Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My new favorite self tanner!

I am so excited to share my new favorite sunless tanner with you! I love that it's made with only natural ingredients and it's soo effective! I am pictured down below with only one application! 

How I apply:
After I take a shower I apply this self tanning lotion all over my body with a tanning mitt. I try to be sparing on areas that have looser skin, i.e. elbows, and knees. Then I let dry WHILE I blow dry my hair (sans clothes). After I am done with drying my hair I apply a regular lotion over the top of my tanner (I find this makes the lotion more blended and streak free) and then I get dressed. That's it! Your skin gradually becomes darker throughout the day and turns to this beautiful golden tan! I usually apply once a week and this keeps me that golden tan, which is especially nice this time of year! 

Jumpsuit (similar)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

My top 10 healthy "go to" snacks

Since I have dropped over 40 lbs, I have had so many questions on what I have done to do so. So today I thought I would share my snack secrets and to be honest these are the things that really get me through, because lets be real I LOVE to snack. A big part of keeping me on track, is making sure I have these snacks on hand, so I'm not tempted to make unhealthy choices. 

Below I am sharing my top ten healthy snacks and when in a day I would eat them. I am completely kicking myself though because I forgot to take a picture of my protein balls which are my number ONE go-to snack. I have a protein ball everyday after I wake up and do my morning devotions (usually around 6:30) and then I have a second one at 9:30. Why 9:30? because routine is key for me, even if I'm not that terribly hungry then, I still eat it. It's the perfect amount of time between breakfast and lunch. I have found having these snacks during the day helps me to have something to look forward to so I don't feel like I'm going without. 

This popcorn is my absolute fav! Richard isn't even that crazy for popcorn but he loves this stuff. The flavor is so good and we get big bags of it from costco. I will have this every night (around 8pm), and about a cereal bowl full. 
 We love these crispy ranch chickpeas from Trader joes. I don't have these as often but when I really just need something different I'll try a handful of these along with my nighttime popcorn.
 These coconut clusters are sooo yummy from trader joes! I eat these about the same as the chickpeas. Very rarely along with my popcorn. So that means I have my popcorn every night but maybe once a week I'll have some chickpeas or the coconut clusters to go with it. 
 If you love peanut butter you'll love these bamba snacks from trader joes. They remind me of a cheese puff but peanut butter flavored instead. I'll eat these about as much as the chickpeas and coconut clusters. So once a week i'll have one of these "extra" snacks at night. 
 I have one of these rx bars everyday at around 3pm. This is about when I pick up the kids from school, so I eat it in the carpool lane. I also have it along with an almond milk latte and it totally tides me over for dinner. 
 The vegetables and gauc and the apples and peanut butter below, are what I have if I'm home and I really want something different besides an rx bar for my afternoon snack. 

I am including these three drinks below as a snack because I will have these along with my snacks during the day if I'm needing a little something extra. Especially if I'm still hungry after lunch, the kumbucha really curbs my sweet tooth. 
 These last two snacks I'll have one or the other every single night along with my popcorn. When I have the kosher pickles I will eat 3-4. When I have the kimchi I have about a quarter of the jar. Not sure what it is about these guys but it somehow curbs my urge to binge eat at night. lol! 

I really hope this gives you guys some fresh ideas for healthy snacks. If you try some of these that you haven't before, let me know what you think! 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Outfits

I cannot believe Easter is in a week! I don't have a single easter egg bought but I did however manage to get all our Easter looks put together. I absolutely love matching the girls and now that we have two boys I LOVE matching them as well! I sound like a broken record but honestly my heart is so full it could just burst! 

For our looks this year, I pretty much stumbled upon them. For the boys looks, quite literally. They had these adorable suits for baby boy at target one day when I was making an errand run, and then I found the older boy size online! I can't believe how well made and how nicely they fit them for the price! They both look extremely handsome! I am so smitten!

For the girls, I wanted to make us all match and yet still have something unique and different about each of our looks. Anything eyelet this season makes me just melt so when I found us all the cutest versions of such I was overjoyed! 

I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Easter and remember the true reason for the season! He is risen! Amen! Love you all so dearly!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Jumping on the jumpsuit trend!

First of all I admit, I long to be lazy, BUT I still want to somehow look "effortlessly chic". (who doesn't?!) So that's why when I saw this jumpsuit I was like SWEET! I can throw this on, toss on a few accessories and bam I look instantly "put together". Layering is so fun but this is definitely easier! The cherry on top? It's under $50! I was literally crossing my fingers hoping it wouldn't look super cheap and ill fitting for the price but I was shocked! It is worth EVERY penny! Plus it incorporates SO many trends that are so hot right now! JUMPSUITS. STRIPES. RUFFLES. CROPPED WIDE LEGS. I mean I could not ask for more! 

I decided to pair it with these espadrilles so that it would make me look long and tall. I added this cute shopper bag, statement earrings. gold jewelry, and that's IT! 
Hope you love this look as much as I do! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Spring staples

So I've heard spring is still two weeks away, but I am fully embracing it already! I'm stocking my spring wardrobe and already making big plans for our backyard (which of course I'll share). I get so excited for season changes because I love a little variety! 

Today on my blog I am sharing several pieces (featured below) that are big staples of my spring looks. Some of the main pieces that I was looking for was cute loafers, that would help transition to warmer weather but would still keep my tootsies fairly warm on colder days. I also wanted a cute over the shoulder straw bag, that would be totally practical but still add just the right touch to any look. Lastly I wanted a cute new spring hat, cause lets face it, hats are amazing at completing a look and also saving me from too much hair "fussing" as I like to call it. LOL