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January 30, 2015

The Busy Life of A Working Girl

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias 





So many people ask the same question...how do I do it? A full time job, a part time job (my blog), 4 dogs, a relationship, and much more; so how do I find the time and energy? Well I make sure to start my day the right way with a few moments to myself, and a quick and satisfying breakfast. For me, that means McCafé coffee and a little me time. McCafé coffee can be enjoyed so many ways. For more inspiration check out the Cooking Up Good website. It's got recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons, and more! Most people might grab their coffee and run but I like to enjoy it sip by sip in the morning so that I can relax and reflect on the moment before I start the hustle and bustle of the day.


Now available at Walmart, and with 8 different flavors to choose from there are a lot of options.  McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica Beans that are harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world.  



Premium bags and coffee pods are available depending on what you like. 


I just love starting the day off by reflecting in the moment and taking some time to prepare for my day while sipping some warm McCafé coffee. I even had a blast attending the McCafé Demo at my local Walmart!




McCafé coffee can be found at Walmart in the coffee aisle.  It's so nice to be able to pick some up when I'm there for my weekly grocery trip!






I honestly believe that if I didn't take time every morning to enjoy some peace and quiet I would NOT be able to handle my busy days like I do.  It really just allows me to wake up without having to rush around or think about what I have to do next. 
Do you guys do anything in the morning before your day starts in an effort to take advantage of some me time? 


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January 29, 2015

Scarf + Towel = SweatSTR

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Yes you read that correctly.  A SweatSTR is  a little life hack that lets you be stylish and comfortable when you are working out.   Nothing is worse than getting your fitness on but being annoyed by sweating running down your face.  So with a wearable item like SweatSTR you can put it around your neck and it's right there whenever you need it, even if it's in the middle of an intense treadmill session.  See, it IS possible to sweat in style!  




SweatSTR is made of 100% cotton material and it's machine washable.  It's made in the USA and comes in fun styles and colors.
I love my SweatSTR.  I wear it when I'm doing my Jillian Michaels DVDs, especially the kickboxing ones. I work up such a sweat and I can NOT stand the feeling of moisture dripping down my face or any part of my chest or back so I love that I can just reach down, grab my SweatSTR, and dry off.
It's SO lightweight!!  I love that I don't have to worry about sitting it down anywhere if I'm working out at the gym and that I can easily wash it with my next load of laundry.
So would the SweatSTR bring  alot of convenience to your fitness routine? What color do you like best?




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5 Ways to Inspire Your Active Life in 2015

They always say one of the best ways to keep up with your goals is by writing them down.  One of the ways I do this is with the Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe 2015 Diary.  




1// Write it down. 
Taking the time to write down my fitness plans and schedules as well as my diet plan and schedules really helps inspire me to keep going.  It lays out a clear plan for me to follow and then after I follow through with my plan, I make sure I log what I did and what I ate every single day. 
Taking time to write things down also gives me time to relax and reflect. Sometimes I simply sit outside after a workout and I stretch before opening my MNB Diary

2// Fashion
Speaking of stretching, did you notice my adorable outfit in that photo?  That's another HUGE way that I stay inspired.  I like to wear fashion-forward fitness clothing that's perfect for the gym but also stylish on the street, and that's why I love Lorna Jane.  Lorna Jane releases 70-100 new styles per month so there is always something new to inspire you.   And did you know that Lorna Jane has stores in A, WA, OR, AZ, TX, NV and soon will be coming to the East Coast in 2015? You can find your closest store here: http://www.lornajane.com/store-finder/list/

3// Stay Organized.
The other thing I love about this Diary is that it's so beautiful. It really helps keep me organized because I always want to use this journal for everything including logging my weight, activities, and what I ate that day.  There are pretty colors and designs on the calendar pages and even informative pages throughout the entire thing. 

4// Me Time. 
Fitness doesn't just have to be about working out.   Taking time to stretch and breathe afterwards helps you chill out and take  a few minutes for yourself.  Sometimes I lay in bed and just stretch for a few minutes in the morning.  It really helps me feel good physically and feel refreshed mentally. 

5// Educating Yourself. 
I like to always stay up to date with information about healthy and fitness and that's why I'm digging this MNB Diary.  There are a lot of inspiring tips, quotes, and exercise ideas as well as fun recipes! 

If you haven't already, check out Lorna Jane on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more inspiration! 

And one of you fabulous readers will win a 2015 diary of your very own!!   In order to enter, just leave a comment below with:
1. An email address to contact you at if you win.
2. How you hope to inspire your active life in 2015.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and NO PO BOXES.  


Good luck! 




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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Lorna Jane.

January 28, 2015

7 Ways to Add Style to Your Home

Pottery Barn at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster

A home is where you spend most of your time when you aren't at work so it's important to take pride in how it looks.  Here are some ways to add style to your home. 
Mirrored Stand from Kirkland's at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster
1 | Mirrored Furniture
Mirrored furniture just looks so classy and modern!   It's perfect for in hallways or bed rooms.


Canvas from Kirkland's at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster
2 | Canvas Art
I absolutely love a good canvas to spice up the look of any room. A picture can make a room light up or enhance the mood so look for pieces that fit the theme of your home and lifestyle.




Chair from Kirkland's at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster
3 | Statement Seating
A chair in a fun and unique pattern is a great way to enhance the look of a room.  This is a great idea if you have a room that lacks color, like a beige couch, cream floor, and grey walls.





Vases from Pottery Barn at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster. 
 4 | Large Accent Vases
Over sized vases in gorgeous designs are a great way to spice up the look of a boring coffee or end table as well as a great mantle decoration piece. 




Display at Pottery Barn at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster
5 | White Furniture
Especially when it comes to a stand alone chair, white can be so beautiful. Add a large vase on the floor next to it, and throw a folded blanket on the back of the chair and Voila!
Candles from Pottery Barn at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster
6 | Decorative Candles
I love candles but what I love even more are cute little candle holders.  Owls are a great piece of decor that can go easily with any home.  



Stool from Kirkland's at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster


7 | Entry Way Benches
I love walking into a home that has a stylish accent piece like a stool or bench right when you walk in. It also offers your guests a great place to sit their handbag or for them to sit on when they take their shoes on or off.  



And PS - When shopping at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster, Get a Preferred Shopper Card if you don't have one already so you can take advantage of even more exclusive discounts and some of the major stores there! You can sign up for the one I have at the management office of Rockvale Outlets Lancaster or any participating store. You can also sign up here. You can see participating stores and register for your card and then just pick it up in person! 

And if you aren't local, check with the main office of your favorite outlets to see if they offer something similar! 


What ways to you decorate your home? 
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Ssh! I Love Shoes + A Giveaway

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I seriously love shoes.   I love all different types, colors, and materials that shoes come in but most of all I love pumps.  Pumps instantly dress up whatever you pair them with.  And the pumps over at Ssh-oes have me going crazy!

I got the Sophia Beige Pumps and I love how shiny and classy they are. 

Everything over on the Ssh-oes website is so simple and classic.  It's like every pair is a staple for your wardrobe that can be paired with so many different outfits! 


One of you lucky readers will win a pair of shoes from Ssh-oes! Good luck!



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January 27, 2015

Five Tips for Decorating Your Home (Rental or Otherwise)


1 // Multipurpose Furniture - This one is equally beneficial for your (un)expected houseguests and accidental naps on the couch while marathoning House of Cards. A comfortable couch, with just the right amount of firmness and give will prevent the inevitable crick in the neck the morning after. Perfect for a quick snooze or a surprise guest when the guest room is a disaster.

2// Useful Storage - Ten minute clean-up time! Your mother-in-law / husband’s boss / friend you haven’t seen in ages surprises you by saying that they’re coming over for a coffee, and the living room is a disaster area. Lucky for you, you have tons of built in storage options, like the coffee table pictured below, and have plenty of room to stash your things.



3 // Spice Up Your Walls - You’ve heard the spiel about gallery walls before, so I won’t spend too much time on them. They’re the perfect way to introduce color and originality to an otherwise blah space. If your kids love painting, frame up some of your favorites in some neat looking white frames (these are great). Your kids will love seeing their hard work showcased.

4 // Throw Pillows - Unless you absolutely love this season’s trendy color, and are willing to stick with it for a good few years, it’s probably best to stick with a neutral colored sofa. That’s where the throw pillows come in - they’re an excellent way to introduce some color, in addition to being an easy way to revive the room by getting some new ones when you’re over the ones you have.

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5 // Let the Light In -- If you’re lucky enough to have big windows, use them to your advantage. Don’t hide windows behind bulky curtains, unless you work the night shift and need total darkness to sleep during the day. Natural lighting is the most flattering, and has the added benefit of being good for your health. Let as much light into the house as possible during the day to lift your spirits.






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