You know it, I know it, we all know it… Morning’s are the worst. I’m actually a semi-early riser, but mornings still get to me. I think just knowing that you have a full day of work ahead and waking up to an alarm just puts an immediate damper on the day. That’s why it’s important to upgrade your morning routine, so you look forward to getting the day started.
For me, mornings are all about being quick and effective. I like to sleep until the last possible moment, so this means making sure that everything is laid out the night before. On my bathroom counter I leave out all of my essential beauty items including my face wash/lotion, toner, eye cream, serum and most importantly, my Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant (which offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms). Let’s face it – nothing makes you feel more “ready” to take on the day than a lil’ deo.
After my little primping session, I start feeling a bit more recharged, but am no where near done. Next, I grab my lunch from the fridge (that I prepare the night before), stick it in my bag and make a morning shake to have on-the-go. I like to use some sort of protein powder, fruit, chia/flax seeds and almond milk.
Then, I’m ready to take on the day! This little routine has helped me stay on track.
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Whether you’re getting a gift for your boo thang or your bff, call me cupid because I’ve got you covered. Just in time for the loved up holiday, low and behold my 2017 Valentine’s Day gift guide (I just threw up in my mouth a little bit). Shop items for your boy-toy, #WCW and even your Galentine below!
Gifts for Your Boy-toy: From lounge-wear to electronics, you’ll be sure to snag something for your beloved. If you want to treat him to something sexy, shop some of my picks below for yourself!
Gifts for Your #WCW: For all of my male readers – I’m here to help you out! Trust me when I say, your lady will love any of these items. You can’t go wrong with a designer fragrance, comfy pajamas or gourmet truffles. You’re welcome 😉
Gifts for Your BFF or “Galentine” Your bestie needs some lovin’ too! Treat her to something funny to let her know that she’s not alone with Valentine’s Day. Then, buy two tickets to see Fifty Shades Darker and you’re all set. I’ll see you at the movies.
Thank me later for all of the extra love your about to receive after gifting one of these gems.
New Year, new products to try and new obstacles to tackle!
Like most, I’m trying to be more health conscious in 2017. That’s why I’m so excited to have come across Silver Fern Brand, which has a unique approach to weight loss and healthy eating. The brand focuses on understanding that gut health has a huge influence on our metabolism and weight. Something you’ve never thought about, right? Me either! Well, until now.
As we all know, losing weight is very difficult, and keeping it off is even more difficult until gut health is restored. The unique program is a combination of products that include high fiber and clinically proven probiotic strains (very different than most probiotics on the market). The combo of probiotics and plenty of fiber are the key to restoring gut health, boosting metabolism and making weight loss easy. Other gut health benefits? Better digestion, nutrition absorption and an improved mood! Sign me up.
That said, I want to share a little bit more about each of the products I received! Read about each in detail below.
Ultimate Probiotic Supplement: Whether you are interested in gut repair, transforming a dysfunctional immune system, digestion support, immune support, or healthy bowel, the Ultimate Probiotic is right for you. Silver Fern Brand’s probiotic supplement is unlike any other on the market and I was amazed to read how different is actually is (see for yourself here).
Wai – Probiotic Drink Mixes: We all know that water consumption is key to weightless, but it can get boring from time to time. That’s why I was excited to try Wai drink mixes, which enhance your liquid intake with clean and natural ingredients. Wai is loaded with a powerful probiotic blend and the drink mixes are guaranteed to persist through your digestive track and stimulate your digestive health.
German Chocolate Brownie: Let’s be real, even health nuts love dessert! This brownie mix is moist and rich bwith an astonishing 2 net carbs per serving. It’s also gluten free and contains natural ingredients that sustain you with 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 0 grams of sugar.
70% Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds: These are a favorite of mine for sure! Chocolate has always been a diet no-no…until now. The 70% Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds were created by award winning chocolatier Art Pollard and are absolutely incredible. Full of fiber, protein, prebiotics and probiotics, these are the perfect treat for any diet.
Kai Meal Shake – 2 Pound Canister – Plant Protein: I love a good meal replacement shake – it’s easy and delicious. But the Kai Meal Cinnamon Swirl flavored one is next level. It’s the ultimate craving crusher, protein maximizer and superfood blend supplement on the market. It offers 4X better protein absorption than other comparable products which provides more amino acids for building lean muscle and supporting muscle recovery.
So what do you think? The program works as a standalone weight loss approach, but is actually designed to complement any existing diet plan to make it easier. I love it because I just incorporate the various “treats” into my everyday life/diet. Check out their website, which is SUPER informative for more information.
Believe it or not, writing personal posts are sometimes my favorite posts to read back. Although they are the hardest to write, they’re the most rewarding and somehow force you to get in touch with your inner self. As such, I’ve decided to be more open and “pull back the curtain” a bit more in 2017. This is my promise to you.
I want to talk about hard-hitting topics and share more content than ever before. So low and behold my blog/social resolutions and promise for 2017:
Communicate more via video (Instagram Stories, YouTube, etc.). I want to do more tutorials, so stay tuned! I’d also love to hear what YOU want to see. So please do let me know below in the comments or on my Instagram photos!
Be more open and touch on “real” topics
Double in size. As of today (1/6/17) I’m currently at 21.6K Instagram followers and 10.5K blog views per month. By this time next year, I’d like to see those numbers double. So please help me in spreading awareness about my pages with your friends/family!
Get a full time intern and/or assistant (if you’re interested HMU)
Tap into my inner-publicist a bit more. As most of you know, I work in PR full time and I really need to put all these years of experience into practice by pitching myself for interviews and features. If you have a blog and spotlight influencers, I’d love to work with you!
Work with my dream brands (I’m going to keep these to myself, but just know you’ll see me working with a few of them – I’m a go-getter after all)
I had such a success with my first holiday gift guide post that I wanted to share another with some new, fresh ideas! Again, this gift guide will feature gifts for everyone in your squad. That means grandma, dad, and your sister – seriously, everyone! Below, check out some of the amazing items I’ve compiled.
Omaha Steaks “The Tasteful Gift” Set
What do men love more than steak? OK, I know that’s a generalization, but I feel like it’s true! My dad would seriously love this gift and I’m thinking I’ll definitely be gifting him an Omaha Steak set this Christmas. There are a plethora of gift options for the holiday season. The Tasteful Gift is a gourmet collection that includes their legendary Filet Mignons and Top Sirloins, meaty Boneless Pork Chops, delicious Potatoes au Gratin and Caramel Apple Tartlets. It’s a gift that is sure to be treasured throughout the year! Plus, it’s so easy to order and affordable ($69.99)! Just go to OmahaSteaks.com, call 1-800-228-9055 or visit one of Omaha Steaks’ 70 retail stores across the country.
Vermont Brownie Company Gourmet Brownie Sampler
Gift your sugar somethin’ sweet this holiday season. The Vermont Brownie Company Gourmet Brownie Sampler is a perfect gift to bring to a friends holiday party or to give the one you love. At the Vermont Brownie Company, it all starts with great ingredients. The proof is in the batter (they’re SO darn good). They make their gourmet Brownies a collaboration with farm partners. Why? Because not all ingredients are made the same. Because of this, their bakers use the finest, locally-sourced, farm-fresh ingredients they can find. How amazing does this sound?! I’m in choco-heaven. Buy here.
Spire Wearable Wellness & Activity Tracker
So for your active friend or family member, what is better than gifting a wearable wellness and activity tracker? As you may or may not know, state of mind affects how you breathe, but how you breathe can also change your state of mind. Studies have shown that slow, deep and consistent breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase the flow of endorphins in the blood stream. Spire is the only wearable that increases mindfulness and productivity by tracking breathing patterns reflecting our state of mind. How cool?! Buy here.
LumaBella Cool Mist Straightener
Gift your sister or girlfriend something they’ll not only love, but use all the time! The LumaBella Cool Mist Straightener features technologically that has a cool mist channel that applies a conditioning treatment to the hair before smoothing with heat. Together, the cool mist prep followed by the salon-quality heat helps improve frizz control, give protection from hair breakage, improve moisture and shine, and deliver longer-lasting style. I’m obsessed with this! As someone that has curly hair, I can tell you, this truly works. Buy here.
YogaJewelz Unity Om Pendant Necklace
Everyone needs a little zen in their life! The YogaJewelz Unity Om Pendant Necklace blends simplicity with style. The classic Om shape creates a powerful image of spirituality, energy and strength. A single round brilliant white diamond adds a little sparkle to this uniquely elegant sterling silver pendant. Wearing an Om in jewelry is said to bring luck, love, peace and harmony to those who wear it. Buy here for $150.
Happy Holidays! Hope you find this helpful.
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