For the month of February I decided to cut out all meat products from my diet. It’s something I’ve always been interested in, wanted to try, but was always hesitant. I knew it would be a challenge, an experiment, and something I could only hold myself accountable for. So here it goes. I’m sharing my reasons why, the process, any changes, and what I’ve learned.
Giving myself a challenge, a goal, something to work towards to intrigues me. I find the idea of challenging myself, pushing myself, and learning through the process of it interesting. I wanted to see how and if my body would react to not eating meat. I also wanted to hold myself accountable to something; it makes me feel accomplished, satisfied, and drives me to better myself.
The idea of cutting out meat entirely wasn’t too shocking, I’m not a heavy meat eater to begin with, but finding a protein replacement would be most challenging. While starting off strong by meal planning, buying lots of fresh produce, and eating clean healthy meals, the beginning was easy. It became challenging and tiring to keep up after week 2 especially because I still had to cook a meat eating diet for my family so I was often cooking two separate meals everyday. I also found myself always hungry, weak, and tired all the time. It soon became a part of my daily life, that finding ways around eating meat was my new norm.
Was I expecting changes in my body? Yes and no. I wasn’t looking to lose any weight from this diet, but I was maybe expecting some physical changes to my body. I had to change my thought process about what I was eating and how I was thinking about food.
The number one take a way with this challenge is that it made me physically tired ALL the time. This was quite disappointing. I also learned that meal prepping is very important and makes things easier. Because I failed to meal prep I found myself often reaching for a non-healthy options. I think with a better approach, learning to meal prep and have not only meals ready, but snacks too, i think my outcome and process would be totally different.
Here's to the next challenge
In homage to my Birthday I decided to have a little fun with my post today. Here are 9 random facts about me
Hope you found this short post fun!
Now off to have some cake!
Times a ticking, with exactly 2 weeks till Christmas, holiday shopping is in full force! And whether you are finishing up your shopping, or have yet to start, good new is that today is Green Monday! So what is Green Monday? It's the second Monday of December, and has historically been the most busiest online shopping day! Why? Because Christmas is in exactly 2 weeks! Ahhh! Why does it always sneak up on us! Retailers know we procrastinate, so in comes the term 'green Monday' a day to save some green $$! This means lots of retail stores have amazing sales going on. It also goes by the name Manic Monday, where everyone realizes that shipping deadlines are quickly approaching. I will most definitely be finishing up my shopping list and best yet, when you shop online, your gifts will be directly shipped from them! Fabulous! No waiting in line at the post office and paying for shipping! So check out your favorite retailer, chances are they are having a cyber monday like sale going on. Linked below are some of my favorites where I go for gifts for everyone! Happy Shopping!
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Last week we embarked on our family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, located in Ko Olina, Hawaii. This was only our second time staying on site and this time with both kids. We usually do a family vacation around this time to celebrate the kids birthdays, so this vacation seemed like the perfect spot for all to enjoy; and that we sure did! Here are the Pro’s and Con’s of our Hawaiian Disney family vacation:
The service: From the moment we stepped on site, we were quickly greeted with Lei’s for the adults and little Tahitian necklaces for the kids. We were offered water and escorted right to the front desk for check in. From the smiles to the Aloha’s the service and professional attitude from ALL staff members made us feel extra special. We were allowed to start enjoying all the amenities of the resort, left our bags at the bell desk, and were texted when our room was ready, super convenient.
The Pool: At the time, the hotel was at 98% capacity, which means yes, it was crowded. The resort includes many different pool options. There were water slides, a kid splash zone/water bridge, lazy river, infinity pool, hot tubs, and even an adult’s only pool. Also, was a private resort only access right to the beach lagoon with complimentary chair and umbrellas for you to enjoy. I was also quite happy with the amount of lifeguards on hand, which I think is very important especially among children during water play. The whole family enjoyed the water slides and especially the lazy river.
Kids club: INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAY. Yes, you read that right; there is a Kids club where kids 3-12 can enjoy an array of different activities, all complimentary. While I was excited for our kids to try out Aunty’s Beach house, I was still hesitant to leave them in there with out my supervision. Would they get bored? Would they eat? Would they be nice to them in there? These were just some of my thoughts going through my head while signing them into the center. All I can say is that all of these thoughts and concerns were quickly reassured and calmed from the moment we started the check in process.
Each child is given a green band that acts as its check in ticket/security tracking. Everyone entering the house is required to wash their hands; I loved this, such a good idea to help fight germs. As soon as you walk in, it is quite large, very clean, very tidy, with cast members standing and observing all around. Let’s just say I never had to worry that my kids were unattended. With a 5,200 square foot house, there was a game room, movie room, arts and crafts room, eating room, and a huge outdoor play ground.
I was comforted by the cast member that the kids would be taken care of, would have a blast, and for us adults to go have a date night! I was honestly surprised at how calm she was, reassuring that they would be fine, and not to worry and HAVE FUN! As soon as we walked out of the kids club, my husband and I both looked at each other and were at lost about what to do with out the kids around, lol. Because of this great amenity, we were able to have some adult time, date nights and great reconnecting time. You can even call or go into the kids club anytime to check on the kids and see how they were doing. The kids center is open daily from 9:30 am – 9:00 pm for open play, they can come and go any time as long as they weren’t at max capacity.
Parking: The overnight parking fee is $37 per night. This is outrageous in my opinion. We never left the resort, so our car literally just sat there paying rent for the 3 days we were there. Parking options are non-existent around that area, so we really had no choice but to pay it.
Food Options: While the food itself is good on site, the options in my opinion are limited. I would’ve liked to see a casual dining restaurant that wasn’t pool based, but still quick and easy. I heard from guest that they would walk next door over to the Four Seasons because their prices were substantially lower than Aulani’s.
Characters: This is a Disney Hotel, and they do have scheduled character meetings, but I just wish they had more. My kids would’ve liked to see MORE characters walking around interacting in different type of activities rather than just standing in line to take a picture with them.
Summary: This is definitely one of the best family vacations we’ve ever had, and would recommend it as a a great family vacation spot. It’s a great place for the whole family to come together. There were many grandparents who were vacationing with their kids and grandkids . With the high price tag per night, I would say it’s worth it, with all the amenities for kids and things to do as a family. We didn’t want to leave by the end of our stay and will for sure make it back for at least one more stay during our time in Hawaii!
Where have I been? MOVING!!! It’s taken me longer than expected to get back into the swing of things during this move, but I’m still here! You’d think I’d be used to it since this is my 8th time moving to a new home within 11 years, but it only gets busier! Lol. I’ve been organizing our home/life for the past month, getting my kids settled into their new routines, all while building a thriving business with Rodan and Fields, blogging and researching, collecting content for the blog.
There are so many things to be thankful for; moving to an area where I’m familiar with, reconnecting with old friends, and being near family now. So while I haven’t been active much on the blog, I’m still here, still excited to create new looks and share with you the latest and newest in the Fashion and Beauty world! Stay tuned! And thank you all for your support!
4 years have come and gone, and I love that I got to call SoCal my home for those past 4. But the time has come, like so many other military families; it’s rotation time. It’s hard to leave the place that my family and I have grown over the years, the friends, the family, and the community I came to love. I have the memories, I have the experience, and that I’m so grateful for. Now it’s time to head back, back to the 808.
Now as we settle into our new duty station, the place that we call home, a place where I grew up, where family is, friends and community I know, I’m slowly settling back in, because now, it’ll be a new type of experience with my own kids and that I’m excited for. I’m excited to bring some new content to the blog, with new looks, and new inspirations. While it’s hard to leave a place that you have become accustomed to and settled, I’m fortunate to get to call this backdrop home once again in my life.
This post was sponsored by Tai Pei as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It’s that time again. Moving season. I’m sure a lot of you know the pains and stresses when it comes to moving. There’s a lot of things you don’t anticipate and a lot of things cost money when it comes to moving. With my whole kitchen packed up I wasn’t able to prepare dinners anymore, forcing us to eat out a lot. It’s fun for the first few days, but after a while it gets tiresome and quite frankly expensive. With the help of Tai Pei’s single serve entrée; I was able to bring dinner home that everyone enjoyed!
The all-new Tai Pei single serve line of Asian inspired frozen entrees, are made with real, quality ingredients. There’s none of the bad stuff, just pure and delicious goodness. There are a variety of options that my whole family got to choose their favorite. My kids really liked the Peppered beef entrée, while my husband raved about the flavors and taste of the sweet and sour chicken. I had the Shrimp fried rice, and it was honestly surprisingly tasty.
The packaging is simple, inviting, and easy to prepare. Just pop it in the microwave and voila, your meal is served. No mess, no plates required. There are a wide range of choices to include both entrees and appetizers. These are the perfect go to meals for anyone who’s got a busy schedule and doesn’t want to cook some nights, but is also on a budget. Or if you’re in a moving situation like me, these could be a lifesaver in a chaotic and stressful time.
Included down below is the Tai Pei website where you can read and learn more about their products.
The Tai Pei Asian inspired entrees were a huge lifesaver and a big hit amongst my whole family! If everyone is satisfied, then mom is happy. Try yours out today to find out which becomes your favorite flavor!
So you’ve got that family summer trip planned and are feeling overwhelmed at what to pack, what to bring. I’ve traveled a lot over the years since my babies were born. Now being 5 and 3 years old I’m still learning what works and what doesn’t. Here are a few recommendations to make both mommy and baby happy while traveling.
Kids rolling backpack: I've taken these on a plane, and a road trip. They are a cute way to get your kids excited about traveling and keeps their own belonging seperate from each other. Super cute and durable!
Foldable blanket: These are a lifesaver, and are my kids favorite! This blanket is especiallly helpful on the plane where it can get super cold at times. Fold them tucked away and they double as a pillow!
Mom's bag: I usually go small and compact when I travel especially with kids. I need to have all hands available and like to feel light with out a lot of stuff holding me down. I just pack the essential's leaving me free to enjoy our vacation!
The special treat: Thanks to Influenster, I received their summer breezy VoxBox that included their Sour Punch treat. Traveling can be stressful on both child and mother. My kids rarely get to eat candy like these, so it's a safety net to pack in my carry on and special treat for them for traveling so well!
Have some safe family fun this summer!
* I received some items complimentary thanks to Influenster, Opinions and thoughts are my own
Yesterday marked my 400th barre class at Xtend Barre By the Sea. This gem of a studio has been the place that transformed my body, my stress reliever, my friend, and honestly a second home. It’s the place where I was able to get out of my comfort zone, meet some amazing people in the community and develop long lasting friendships. Now it’s time to say goodbye.
One of the best and worst parts of military life for me is moving. While it was adventurous and exciting in the first few years, you begin to develop roots everywhere you go and in this moment, this move will be the hardest yet for me. I’ve met so many great people, had so many laughs, and sweated along side with my friends, all thanks to this studio. It was our common ground that allowed us to develop relationships beyond just working out.
So now, 2 years later, 400 classes down, I must close this chapter in my book. Thank you for all the plies, planks, and fold overs, encouragement, and laughs, it truly has transformed my body mind and soul. Those of you know, you will always have a special place in my heart. Who knew that the first day I walked into the studio it would be the place that made me feel at home, made me belong, and made me happy. Cheers to the best little studio in town and off to the next great adventure!