Ask Away...: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Spring Break Prep for My Body & Soul

I am so ready for Spring break this year!  I used to have zero body confidence until the new year hit.  Then I decided to start making better nutrition choices and making it a priority to exercise.  Here is my basic Spring Break prep!

[1] Exercise More
In order to exercise on a more regular basis, I had to create a routine that worked with my schedule.  Working out everyday is just not possible with multiple jobs and all the responsibilities at home so I choose to do it every other day.  I set up a schedule that allows for rest days and the days that I do exercise, I alternate between upper body, lower body, and core.  I used to use being sore as an excuse to not work out but now that I alternate what parts of my body I work out, I get to rest the sore ones for an entire week. 

[2] Eat Better Foods
I began meal planning so that I could follow more wholesome recipes that use meats and veggies rather than frozen dinners.  I now spend my free time cooking in the kitchen and I really enjoy it.  I've gotten to know the names of certain unique ingredients and I love trying new things. 

[3] Drink More Water
Water is the key to life.  It keeps you hydrated and happy.  Whether it's a work out day or a lounge in my pajamas type day, I make sure to drink at least 5 glasses of water a day!

[4] Choose Healthy Snacks
I used to scarf down cookies and chips but that wasn't helping me feel any better about myself.  Having better eating habits doesn't mean I have to deprive myself of delicious snacks.  I've decided to embrace the Yoplait® "1-Up Your Cup" concept and I'm adding a cup of Yoplait® to my smoothies every night.

  So here's how I make my nightly smoothie...

My smoothies contain a handful of frozen mango, raspberry, and blueberry.  I like frozen fruits because I don't have to rush to use them before they start to spoil. 

Next I add a whole banana.

To add something really delicious I use chocolate chips! 

And finally I top it off with some yogurt. 

This isn't just any yogurt - it's Yoplait® Original and I get the large tub from Walmart so I can use it all week long. I love the consistency and how it really adds substance to my smoothies.  There are so many Yoplait® yogurts to chooose from.

So what's your favorite way to 1-Up Your Cup?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

My Post-KonMari Kitchen & Bathrooms

I wanted to make sure those that don't follow me on social media can still see the amazing way my life has been changed thanks to this method so I'm going to share it each week.   This week I'm featuring my kitchen and my bathrooms.  My kitchen has a lot of storage space but that doesn't mean I have to keep a lot of unnecessary things. 

 Excess toiletries go in the second bathroom's small closet. 

The guest towels are in the linen closet in the bathroom all neatly folded just as Marie Kondo recommends.

This drawer is in the kitchen and it's used for my oven mitts and dish towels.  I always struggled to fit everything in one drawer and I thought folding it Marie's way would only make it more difficult but boy was I wrong.   

Here is my utensil drawer.  Everything is neat and orderly.

This used to be a junk drawer but now it's a utility drawer where I keep all the things I use in the kitchen.

I only have kitchen utensils that I will need for specific purposes so I have them in one drawer. 

This is my beautiful display of dinnerware and bakeware. I love that everything is displayed so I can easily see what I need.

And of all my cupboards - THIS is the one I love most. My organized and tidy cooking/baking ingredient cupboard!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dryel 101: Meet Your Wardrobe's New Best Friend

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Think of all the money you spend on the nice high quality pieces of clothing that hang in your closet right now.   Your wardrobe is an investment and it should be treated as such.  That's why you need to properly care for your clothing.   Clothing should be hung properly so that it doesn't become creased and wrinkled and it should be properly cleaned when necessary.  

The tricky thing about that last part is that not everything can just be tossed in the washing machine on laundry day.  There are some articles of clothing that MUST be dry cleaned.

I don't know about you but I am a busy gal and I don't have the time to run all over town picking up dry cleaning every few days and I certainly don't have the money to do that on a regular basis.  So I'd like to introduce you to Dryel

Dryel is a patented at-home dry cleaning process that is simple and safe on your clothing.  You can refresh your clothing in just 15 minutes in your dryer!   And if you need to deep clean certain items, Dryel has a booster spray that you can use and tumble in the dryer for 30 minutes.  Dryel preserves the shape and protects the color of your clothing without using any harsh chemicals.  The best part is that you don't have to leave your house to dry clean at home!

Dryel is SO easy to use - you just pre-treat and stains or heavily soiled areas with the Dryel Boosters Spray and add a few garments to the reusable fabric protection bag.  Then you toss in 1 ULTRAcleaning cloth and tumble in the dryer on medium heat for either 15 minutes to renew and refresh or 30 minutes to deep clean.  How it works is the heat in the dryer activates the Dryel ULTRAcleaning cloth and it releases chemicals and steam that penetrate the fiber in your clothing.  This steam helps remove body soil and odors from clothing and it gets vented out of your dryer.   

I can't tell you how much easier Dryel has made my life!!!    Stay tuned for some more posts about how amazing Dryel can be for your wardrobe!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fixing Your Finances | 5 Things You'll Learn from the Book

So in case you haven't seen my multiple posts about my new book last week, it's finally here! Fixing Your Finances is available for purchase.   But why should you buy it and what will you take away from it? Well...
[1] Your Current Situation
This book will show you how to gather all the necessary bills and receipts to evaluate where you stand with your income, your expenses, and your overall spending habits.  Most of us have an idea what are finances look like but this book will have you get an in-depth look so you know how to move forward. 

[2] A New Situation
After you know where you stand, this book will walk you through the process of establishing better spending, saving, and shopping habits that will still let you enjoy life but in a more reasonable way. 

[3] Becoming Debt Free
Nobody wants debt.  This book will guide you through the process of establishing a plan to pay down your debt while still enjoying life and being able to spend money on certain things. 

[4] Cash Spending System
In my book, I will walk you through how to create and use a cash spending system which will help you make better shopping and spending choices. 

[5] Lifestyle Changes
Most people don't embrace the thought of drastic lifestyle changes and that's totally fine.  This book will give you some ways to make small changes in your life without sacrificing your overall happiness.

You can purchase Fixing Your Finances on Amazon for just $11.99!

Be sure to join my Facebook group, Fixing Your Finances, to help you with your finance journey along the way. 
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Glasses or Contact Lenses? Here Are the Pros and Cons!

When it comes to impaired vision it’s important to consider all of your options. Are glasses a good look for you? Are contact lenses the way to go? There are, of course, pros and cons for both of these choices

Glasses: Pros and Cons

The biggest benefit to glasses is that anyone can wear them. This is regardless of age or level of vision impairment. If you forget your glasses, and a nearby friend has a spare pair, it’s possible you can borrow and use them. (This is obviously not always ideal, due to varying lens strengths.) They’re really the most simple and quick solution to your vision problems. Seeing a specialist and making sure they’re tailored to your vision is easy, as is updating them if your prescription changes.

What’s more is that wearing glasses is becoming more fashionable. They have a ‘smart’ edge to them, and many celebrities and models even wear fake glasses. Glasses are the safest form of vision correction. They don’t involve touching your eye, which would put you at risk of infection. They actually provide you with a little protection, preventing things from getting in your eyes. Kind of like goggles!

The most obvious downside to glasses is that they’re not suited to vigorous activity. They can easily fall off and get damaged. Long-term glasses use can also leave odd little dents and marks on your nose.

Contact Lenses: Pros and Cons

Contact lenses are great if you’re not too keen on wearing glasses. One thing contact lenses get rid of is the need to worry about the frame. Many glasses frames actually restrict peripheral vision, especially if they’re badly designed. Many people also worry about the frames of their glasses matching their outfit. With contact lenses, you don’t need to worry about them at all! Contact lenses will also not fog up in the same way glasses do in the heat.

If you don’t want people knowing you are vision impaired, then contact lenses can provide you with that privacy. No-one will know that you need them unless you tell them. Contact lenses also provide greater visual clarity than glasses. They’re also less complicated to buy, with many places to find them online.

Their size and invisibility can also work against them, though. If one falls out, then you’re on your hands and knees, trying to find this tiny, see-through thing. Your search will probably be in vain!

You also need to be more aware of hygiene. Not being careful with your fingers can risk infection and damage. If you don’t take them out regularly and clean them, for example, you could experience many problems. They’re also not recommended in extreme weather conditions or when you go swimming. This means you’ll still need to wear prescription lenses sometimes. And some people are a bit squeamish about touching their eyeballs. They may want to avoid contact lenses altogether!

There’s pros and cons to both routes. I recommend you give both of them a go and see which one suits you the best!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

A Night in the Life of My Face

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

Spring is so close that I can literally feel it.  I mean really, my face can feel it.  The weather is changing which means the air is changing which means my skincare routine has to evolve.  Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things to do around my home but whenever it starts, I know that it's time to adjust my nightly ritual for my face.   I love spring time because I really start pampering myself more so I feel more energized and refreshed.  So take a look at a night in the life of my face.

When I'm relaxing around the house in the evening I want my hair out of my face so I normally put it up in a little bun with a cute hair tie.  Sometimes when I put my hair up I feel more ready relax so this helps set the mood for my nightly routine.

In order to keep my hair off my face when I'm pampering my face I need to use a sweatband to hold hair off my face.  The sweatband also helps me focus more on spreading a product on my face instead of being extra careful so I don't get it in my hair.

Now we get to the fun part of what I actually use on my face.  My go to products are Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser.  That's right, you heard me!   In today's post I'm using Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub which is great for combination skin like I have.  I usually get really bored when I tend to my facial routine but I love using Bioré Baking Soda Cleansers because I can watch it fizz into action on my face! 

Both cleansers are perfectly pH balanced and excellent for combination skin.  Baking soda is a natural cleansing ingredient and exfoliator so it really leaves pores clean and soft!

 Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub is New and it actually feels like baking soda fizz!  It's a powder scrub and it's activated by water! This scrub penetrates deep into pores and dissolves the dirt and oil and it exfoliates dry skin without over-scrubbing.  It's a great gentle way to do it.  The customizable scrub actually lets you dial up or down for the amount of exfoliation needed.

Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser is also new and is a dual-action baking soda formula that dissolves deep down dirt and oil and it gently exfoliates your skin.  In just 2 days you can have purified pores! 

I honestly never thought I would love baking soda cleansers so much but I do! What a great way for my face to welcome spring!

You can find Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser at Walmart in the facial care aisle! If you have oily skin, be sure to check out Bioré Charcoal products!

Would you be more likely to enjoy your night time skin routine with Bioré Baking Soda Cleansers?  Do you have oily or combination skin?

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