In defense of pumpkin spice lattes

In defense of pumpkin spice lattes

If you are anything like me, you associate the fall season with things like awesome smelling candles from Bath & Body Works, cool crisp air, wearing cozy sweaters and tall boots, picking apples, and of course, pumpkin spice lattes.   I honestly cannot imagine autumn without any of them- nor would I want to imagine such a thing. There is a popular post floating around Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. which calls our attention to the fact that our beloved pumpkin spice lattes aren’t exactly healthy.  In fact, they don’t even...

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6 ways to instantly look and feel more refreshed

6 ways to instantly look and feel more refreshed

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel…blah? I know that I definitely do, and because I hate feeling that way, I always do a few little things to make myself look and feel a bit more refreshed and energized. Obviously, showering, wearing something cute, and fixing your hair couldn’t hurt either.  After all, it’s hard to feel refreshed while wearing dirty baggy sweatpants while your hair is still piled sloppily on your head- although I’m sure Miranda Kerr still manages to look stunning that way. But since...

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Friday Favorites (8/22)

Friday Favorites (8/22)

Happy Friday! Here are some of my favorite things from the week.  As always, I’d love to know what yours are as well, so please leave them in the comments. Harvest Bay coconut water I’ve tried my fair share of coconut water brands in my day and have liked mostly all of them, but this one caught me by surprise.  I randomly picked it up at Whole Foods last week and couldn’t believe how good it was!  I have to say that I wasn’t a fan of the pineapple flavor, but the plain one was delicious.  I’m definitely...

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Healthy Snacks by NatureBox

Healthy Snacks by NatureBox

  I’m a big fan of getting mail (with the obvious exception of bills), shopping (even at the hardware store), and healthy eating (which you already know).  So, when the opportunity rolled around to sample NatureBox, a subscription service that combines all three of those things, I was immediately sold. NatureBox delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door.   Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. When you join NatureBox,...

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Weekend recap & update on my new mommy blog

Weekend recap & update on my new mommy blog

Happy Monday! Before I get into my weekend recap, I wanted to give a little update on The Mini Skirt (my spin-off mommy blog).  It is almost up and ready to go!  I have one more mommy related post to do on this blog, and after that, I’ll announce the launch of the new blog.  I cannot wait! My weekend recaps will also start to be there as well.   But for now…here’s a recap of my weekend! Addie had her 4-month old well visit on Friday morning, and she did great.   The poor thing had to get three vaccinations though....

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Friday Favorites (8/15)

Friday Favorites (8/15)

Happy Friday! Here are some of the things that have made me happy this week…   Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drink in Pomegranate I picked this up at Whole Foods yesterday, and I just wish that I got more than one bottle.  I absolutely love the flavor and the fact that it is sweetened with stevia and organic and non-GMO.  For anyone who is interested, it is also vegan, dairy free, and gluten free.   Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce This is an incredible alternative to regular soy sauce- and it is much...

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What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

Happy Wednesday! Well, it has taken me 3 1/2 years, but I am partaking in my very first What I Ate Wednesday today. Being that it is only mid-day, this is obviously what I ate yesterday, but you get the picture.   1.  For breakfast, I had a protein pancake topped with organic pure maple syrup, strawberries, and blueberries.  I also had some decaf coffee with almond milk and cinnamon and a huge glass of water with lemon. 2.  Lunch was a wrap on a whole grain tortilla and filled with grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, and...

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Lunch time check-in (delicious salmon recipe)

Lunch time check-in (delicious salmon recipe)

Happy Monday! I’m trying to eat my lunch at the moment, but I am shaking like a leaf because Michael (whose mattress is as low as it can possibly go) just fell out of his crib.   I heard a big thud from upstairs and found him flat on his back in front of his crib.  Because he didn’t cry, I was terrified, but as soon as he saw me, the tears came, and he was fine.  I think the whole ordeal just shook him up a bit, but it probably scared me more than it did him! I’m sure a gray hair just popped up on my head. Now about my...

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Things I didn’t share Friday (8/8)

Things I didn’t share Friday (8/8)

Happy Friday! I had enough things in mind this week to include in my Friday Favorites, but I figured that I’d switch things up a bit and do a Things I Didn’t Share post just like old times (“old” meaning two months ago in this case).     1.  I had quite the scare yesterday afternoon when Michael started choking on a cracker.  He was gasping for air, and his face started to turn colors. The entire ordeal probably only lasted about 5 seconds, but it seemed like an eternity,  MT and I both took a CPR class...

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My vitamin and supplement routine

My vitamin and supplement routine

Before I jump right into this post, I need to put up the usual disclaimer letting you know that the pretend Fisher Price doctor’s kit I owned as a child does not make me qualified to dish out medical advice.  However, the vitamins and supplements that I am about to discuss all work well for me.  If you are interested in taking any of them yourself, just run it by your physician first.   Since my medicine cabinet is overrun by lotions, creams, and other girly things, I keep all of my vitamins on my bathroom counter.  It is...

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