Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My {me} day - Poundfit, Holistic Facials, Skin Saving Smoothies, and Lovely lippies!

Hi there! I can't believe how much time has gone by since my last post!! I have had so much going on lately that the time just flies by so fast, but something I've been working on has finally come to fruition and I can really start focusing on this blog now! I definitely plan on organizing my time and putting a lot more energy into this blog!! I actually decided to kick this off yesterday with a personal "ME" day.

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Everyone needs a "ME" day now and then. And everyone spends theirs differently. I decided to spend mine nurturing myself and doing some of the things that I haven't really had time to do lately. I started by checking out my new Poundfit DVD's that I got in the mail on Monday! I have been so so SO excited to get these, I was practically stalking the mailman. I have to say, they did not disappoint. Let me preface this by saying that I am not really into Cardio. I know it's necessary and so beneficial, but I really struggle with it. I don't like to run and I do ok on the treadmill, but I get really bored. I sometimes mix it up with some Dance Cardio a la Tracy Anderson Method, but again, I get bored. PoundFit is the perfect thing to add to my weekly routine! It looks kinda easy watching them right? Well let me tell you, it's not. I only did about 20 minutes because I didn't have a ton of time, and I am sore today. You sweat, it's fun, and it's perfect for someone like me that struggles with lack of fitness focus and needs to mix it up! I can't wait to start doing this daily!!! 

After I was finished my little mini-pound session, I hopped in the shower in preparation for giving myself a Healthy Facial. As I had explained before, I am chemical-free & I don't use any personal care products with toxins. I'm a label-reading lunatic!!! =) So here is a little pic of my ingredients....

There's actually one important component that I forgot to put in the pic, but I'll get to that in second. I started out by giving my face a good scrub when I was in the shower. Then I got my mask ready, My favorite thing to use is Aztec Secret Healing Clay, which I grabbed on a trip to Whole Foods probably well over a year ago. This stuff lasts forever!!! I personally love this clay because you can mix it with pretty much whatever you want according to your skins needs. Sometimes I use ACV as suggested on the package, and others I like to mix it with filtered water, brewed tea, facial oils, etc. This time I started out by doing a steam tent with some filtered water & tulsi chamomile tea. This way my pores were open when I applied the mask. The mask consisted of Aztec Clay, a couple pumps of Shea Terra Organics Wild Honey Argan wash (this is more of an oil, so I thought it would be great for moisture!) and my Wedderspoon Manuka Honey mixed with filtered water.  I just mixed everything together with my finger  in a little ceramic bowl (you def don't want to use anything metal here! It will react with the clay) until it reached the consistency I liked. I applied this directly after steaming and let it sit for about 10-15 min. You really don't want this to dry out a ton, or it will pull a ton of moisture from your skin. You can spritz with some orange blossom water if needed. Or, if you are using the mask for oily skin & clogged pores, just make sure to properly moisturize afterwards! Once I rinsed the mask off, I toned with a DIY mixture of Tulsi Chamomile Tea and a few drops of ACV that I keep in a glass spray bottle. 

After I finished my facial I decided to nourish myself by making a skin-loving smoothie! I grabbed some organic beets from Whole Foods this past weekend and have been looking for a way to sneak them into my daily diet. Beets have so many amazing health properties and are so cleansing, so I've been wanting to start incorporating them into smoothies, as I'm not quite accustomed to the taste just yet. I just used what I had on hand to throw this delicious smoothie together! I have an Omega Vert juicer and pressed the juice from the beets fresh. I then added the juice to some coconut milk yogurt, about a TB of organic chia seeds, and a handful of frozen blackberries in my blender, and blended until smooth. This was so good!! It was a tad sweet for my taste (probably because of the yogurt) and I think would have tasted amazing with strawberries, but I didn't have any. So maybe next time! 

I then spent the day just relaxing until it was time to pick my boy up from school. I felt refreshed and in good spirits. Not that my life has been super chaotic lately, but sometimes you just need to do these little things to reset & recharge, whatever that may mean for you! I want to close this post by sharing my most favorite lip balms with you! I am a lip balm addict and these lovelies have been my go-to's for quite some time.

I may have mentioned before, that while I love a bit of color on my lips, I'm not a lipstick girl. Never have been. I've been using this tinted lip balm for a year now and I adore it. It adds the perfect touch of color and it's so moisturizing. Even though it's fine alone, I like to add a little extra pout quenching goodness underneath. Hubby grabbed me a couple of these Mongo Kiss lip balms at the checkout in Whole Foods last summer and I love them! I keep one at my makeup table and one in my bag. The vanilla honey smells so good. And a new favorite, this Me & the Girls lip moisturizer. I love a minty smell on my lips and this has Spearmint, which I LOVE! It's hard to find any lip products that use spearmint (which I prefer to perppermint). I keep this in my bag and have been layering it under my lip tint! 

Enjoy the rest of your day lovelies! I'll be back tomorrow with my "The Last Thing Thursday"!

DISCLAIMER: All of the above products mentioned were purchased by me personally. No samples or compensation was provided for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

{{ Kaeng Raeng ~ Couples Cleanse Diary }}

Hi Lovelies! I apologize for taking so long to get this cleanse diary up. I'm actually typing this as snow is  coming down, hoping that we don't lose power anytime soon. As I had mentioned in previous posts, I was planning on doing the Kaeng Raeng cleanse. It got pushed back a couple times due to a lagging cold that I had. But it finally went away and the Hubby and I decided to do the cleanse together this past weekend. It was actually a great choice for so many reasons. It was fun to do something like this as a team, so that we could cheer each other on during the process, and bitch to each other when we weren't feeling so well! I've done cleanses alone in the past, and this was definitely a much better alternative for me. I would highly recommend doing this or even doing one as a group! Ok, so let's get into the details.

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Kaeng Raeng is the brainchild of founder, Lindsay Reinsmith. A little about KR in Linday's own words...

" I started this company four years ago with a single blender in my one bedroom apartment in downtown Palo Alto. I was working long hours as an advisor to food and beverage companies and hated how unhealthy I had become.  I started experimenting with raw vegan diets and created cleansing smoothies in my kitchen.  I knew what I had created was special (because it worked); so, in true Silicon Valley fashion, I posted about my weight loss, renewed energy, and better skin on Facebook.  Several men and women, people just like you, asked if they could join me in jumpstarting a healthier lifestyle.

I created Kaeng Raeng to provide an accessible, healthy, delicious, and FILLING natural cleanse product to the market.  I was sick of how tired and gross I felt with my awful diet of processed, artificial foods and decided to embrace the culture of health and wellness so ubiquitous in Northern California.  I found doing the Kaeng Raeng cleanse exhilarating and liberating.  I could really taste my food.  I was finally aware of what I was putting into my body.

I named the company Kaeng Raeng, pronounced kang-rang, which means "be healthy, be strong" in the Thai language. I continue to be fascinated with Thai's cultural cuisine focused on the vegetarian lifestyle (Phuket, Thailand has the largest vegetarian festival in the world). KR is truly a product that empowers you to find your best health and inner strength. Although we have a Thai name, KR is 100% made in the USA. "

To read the entire About Me page, you can do so here.

So while the various reasons for cleansing might be pretty obvious, maybe you're wondering why I, or we (my Husband & I ), chose to do this cleanse. I consider myself a pretty healthy person. I live a Holistic Lifestyle, and though I'm not perfect and do eat junk from time to time, I'm pretty regimented for the most part. I've also been Gluten-Free for a year now, due to gluten intolerance. This really keeps me in check, because some of the junk that I might be tempted to eat, most of the time, I actually can't eat it! Win-win!! lol. But though I lead this lifestyle, I do have quite a few pounds I would like to lose. I'm planning on really kicking my fitness game into high gear and I thought this cleanse would be a great way for me to do that. As far as my Husband goes, he's not as strict as me as far as what he eats. Especially since he's not gluten-free, so he can eat a lot of the food I'm not allowed to eat. He also thought this would be a great way to kick off his healthy living - especially since there's currently a "Health Challenge" going on at his work!

So I was initially sent the original 3 Day Beginner Level Cleanse, but since I did not know it had Soy in the ingredient list, I was not able to do it. I avoid soy and was so disappointed that I had made the mistake of missing it on the ingredient list! But Kaeng Raeng was so generous, that when they came out with their NEW Soy-Free version, they sent me a box to review! So that's when I had the idea of my Husband doing the Soy-based version and me doing the new formula! The cleanse is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Caffeine Free, Non-GMO (super important to me!!!), and locally sourced! To get into the details of cost, there are several levels, several options and various price ranges. It can get kind of confusing at first, but if you're a first time cleanser, you can choose from the following....

~ 3 Day Soy-Based $69.99 
~ 6 Day Soy-Based $119.99
~ 3 Day Soy-Free $79.99
~ 6 Day Soy-Free $139.99
~ Soy Trial Packet $8 each
~ Soy-Free Trial Packet $10 each

So let's get into the details of the actual cleanse process and my experience with it. Depending on the amount of time you choose to do it, you are sent 3 packets for each day. They are ...

"Joyful" ~ Strawberry, Raspberry, Pineapple
"Into the Blue" ~ Blueberry, Banana
"Daybreak" ~ Mango, Peach, Pineapple

You simply choose which flavor you want to do for each meal and blend it with 24oz - 32oz of water, non-dairy milk, or a little low-sugar fruit (or even some leafy greens if you like that!) and/or ice. I tried both and preferred my smoothie to have a little less water, and did the 24oz. We made ours in the blender and poured them in 36oz mason jars. This kept great, as we did not drink our entire smoothie in one sitting. We decided to split it up between two 2 servings. This was also a great option for my Husband, as the cleanse extended into Monday, a workday for him. I made his smoothies in the morning, poured them in jars and put them in an insulated lunch bag for him to bring to work! So the convenience was great!!! Because there's so much going on in this post, I'll break down our experience bit by bit for you. My overall thoughts....

  • The price:  I think this cleanse has a great price point! I love the ingredient profile (I'll get more into that in a sec) and the convenience is great! And you don't have to worry about juice going bad in your fridge if you decide that it's not the right time to start after ordering!
  • The prep:  The prep is super easy!!! You can choose to make your drink in a shaker or a blender. I prefer my drinks to be smooth, so I made them in the blender. It all depends on personal preference as far as texture goes. But like I had stated above, they keep really well to make ahead in the morning and to bring to work, etc.
  • Meals/Snacking: You can eat Raw Foods during this cleanse. I personally don't think I ate enough. In all honesty, I was pretty hungry during the 2nd day. And by hungry, I mean HANGRY. My monthly "friend" was visiting, so maybe that was not the best time to choose to do a cleanse, lol. But I wasn't hang from the ceiling crazy, just kinda bitchy. As far as the Husband, he had no issue whatsoever. It was actually a running joke throughout the weekend because this was his first cleanse, and it was not mine, yet he was coasting right through.... so he reminded me several times! ; )
  • The juices:  Ok, as far as taste goes, I'm not going to lie.... They are just a teensy bit bland added with water only. But there is a great recipe page that gives you some great ideas as far as tasty add-ins with juice etc My favorite as far as taste alone was the Strawberry blend and then the Mango blend. We chose to add a few pieces of frozen, organic fruit to our smoothies and were just mindful of what we were eating as far as raw foods went. They both tasted great with a couple pieces of pineapple, mango and a couple strawberries. Because this increased the sugar content of the smoothie, we just made sure to eat veggies in our meal (like a nice raw salad) and if we had a piece of fruit, we ate a fiber-rich apple, no banana's etc. This seemed to work just fine. But I will say this, I LOVE the fact that this cleanse includes a whopping 15g of protein! You don't see this in cleanses and I really loved this, as it kept me feeling full for the most part. It also contains plenty of fiber (necessary to eliminate those toxins), Vitamins, and my favorite.... PROBIOTICS! I'm big into probiotics and gut health. Your gut is your "second brain", did you know that? Well it totally is!
  • Hunger: As I had mentioned above, I had a bit of a hunger issue. In hindsight, I would have increased my raw veggies a little. I think I was a bit stingy as far as how much I ate and could have added a little more. Husband had no issue with this at all.
  • The side effects: No side effects for me or Hubby!
  • The experience & Results: I thought the overall experience was great for both of us! It was really convenient and I loved the ingredient profile of the packets. It was a HUGE plus that I didn't have to worry about taking any additional supplements to support my system during the cleanse, and I had no side effects at all. I personally lost 5 lbs. I think I could have lost more if I was a first time ever cleanser. Because I already lead a Holistic type lifestyle, I think that impacted my results. But I was having some skin issues and I think this cleanse kick-started them clearing up for me, which was great! The Husband on the other hand started prepping for the cleanse the week before by making some minor changes and lost a little weight prior, but he lost a total of 11 lbs!!! This was an amazing start for him. 
My Advice for a Successful Kaeng Raeng Cleanse....

~ Prep yourself the week before! Especially if you are a first-time cleanser!!! I cannot stress this enough. Work on eliminating crappy foods from your diet. Be mindful of your portions. Add in fiber-rich foods so that you don't get clogged up during your cleanse (this might happen because this cleanse contains a good amount of fiber ). In other words.... DO NOT eat a super fatty, junkie meal the night before you start! Prep yourself before you wreck yourself!!! You WILL absolutely regret it if you do this and you may even sabotage your cleanse.

~ Work on increasing your water intake the few days leading up to the cleanse, especially if you are not a water drinker! I personally drink a ton of water normally. I have some coconut milk in my coffee in the morning, but that's pretty much it. I rarely drink juice and absolutely do not drink soda. So for me, this was not a problem. But drinking lots of water to help flush out those toxins and keep you regular during your cleanse time is absolutely crucial!

~ Don't be stingy with your raw meals. If you're hungry, eat some bell peppers or celery sticks. For dinner have a leafy green salad with some bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, etc and a delicious detox-friendly ACV dressing. I make mine with a teensy bit of raw honey and organic dijon mustard. Yum! 

~ Take note that depending on where you're coming from before this cleanse, you may or may not have detox symptoms. This is perfectly normal, unless they are alarming in nature. If you have them, it simply means that it's working. Just like if you do not, it doesn't necessarily mean it's not working. Just be mindful of what you're experiencing and try to keep in tune with the symptoms. You may need to drink more water, eat a serving of veggies etc.
Overall, I could definitely see myself doing this cleanse 1-2 times a year and keeping the packets on hand for quick & easy, vitamin rich meal replacements!  Want more details on this cleanse? Check out the recipe page, FAQ, and Nutrition profile!

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful!!! Make sure to check out Kaeng Raeng on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram to stay up to date!!

DISCLAIMER: For review purposes, Kaeng Raeng generously sent me both the soy-based and soy-free versions of the 3 day cleanse to review. I was not compensated financially in any way. All opinions stated are my own.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My New Love .... The Duluth Trading Convertible Messenger

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So I was recently gifted this gorgeous bag from Duluth Trading. And to say that I love it, or even adore it, just wouldn't convey the feelings that I've been having. I'm totally smitten. I'm not really one for trends. I don't feel I need to have the latest Coach bag (though I do own one, which this bag replaced), and owning a Louis isn't one of my goals.... Though there's nothing wrong with either. I just tend to gravitate towards different and unique. I want what everyone else doesn't have. I revel in the extraordinary. I love using clothing, accessories and jewelry as my own personal expression. And this bag..... This lovely, beautiful bag.... Definitely fits the bill for me. So let's get into the details....

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The Convertible Messenger bag comes to you in a Duluth dust bag and upon first glance, though it is brown, it looks to be a very bright brown, more on the saddle side. It's very slightly stiff when you first take it out. But this is the thing that I love most about this bag, and why I waited some time before writing this post. This is a lifetime leather bag. It's actually made to age and look better over time. ******swoon. For me this is a HUGE deal. While I prefer a very distinct look in all of my accessories, I'm also a creature of habit, and I cherish the durability of a product that I have fallen so deeply in lust with. I'm known for buying 5 of the same shirt when I find something that just works for me, that way I can wear it forever. But with this bag, I have the added assurance that I won't have to do that. This beauty will only get more buttery and gorgeous with time. We are soulmates....  For life.

So all appearance aside, because I'm not just all about looks.... Lets get into the actual function. I personally don't love all of my things swimming around inside my bag, so I like to put them in another bag inside. I finally got some use out of my Marc Jacobs for Target clutch, which was also very exciting, since the poor thing was perched in my closet since last year! A travesty..... I know. But I do think that if you just like to throw your things inside and go, you would be totally fine. There are tons of pockets! There's a big one (big enough for an ipad or notebook) and then on the other side, two smaller pockets, which one is perfect for a phone.... A necessity for me. There are also two on the outside - perfect for my planner and then my grab and go items in the zip compartment, like my lip balm, lip tint, hand cream, etc.

The last thing that's really interesting about this messenger, and the reason it's called a "convertible" messenger, is that it can, well... convert. You can choose to wear it on your shoulder with a long strap (I do) or you can make it into a backpack. I don't really see myself wearing it this way, though it may just come in handy when I'm out for a day trip when the warm weather gets here! Overall, I give this bag a 5 star rating. It has everything.... Beauty, Function, and Durability.

Now because I fell so head over heels for the bag, I decided to take a look at the Duluth website. Though this is a trading company that has many outdoorsy type items that are meant to stand the test of time, I found some great items for the everyday. I loved a couple of the other bags, flannels, and this organic underwear looks comfy.... but I really fell hard for a few of their jackets. I've been kind of obsessed with Buffalo Plaid and really love this FlapJack Flannel Shirt Jacket. And the DuluthFlex Ripstock Jacket looks perfect for the warmer days on the tail end of winter. There was also a gorgeous Wool Duffle Coat that was on sale in the catalog, but it has since sold out. Maybe they'll bring it back next winter!!!

The other thing that really blew me away is the company overall. I'm a sucker for packaging, slogans, and genius marketing. They really sucked me in with their clever & cheeky names and descriptions. I'm so glad I found Duluth and I definitely see myself placing quite a few orders with them in the future!!! If you're interested in checking Duluth out, just visit any of the links above or touch base via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. They also post some fun reviews on their YouTube channel!

Ps - make sure to stop back tomorrow to see my "Couples Cleanse Diary" and our results!!!

DISCLAIMER: The Lifetime Leather Convertible Messenger bag was generously gifted to me for my review. I was not otherwise compensated by Duluth Trading for this post in any way. All opinions stated are my own.

Friday, February 7, 2014

{{ 5 on Friday ... }}

Hi Lovies! I can't believe it's Friday already! We had not one, but two, delayed openings at my little guys school this week. I really don't mind the snow at all (except if I have to drive in it), but I'm not a fan of the late openings at all. It totally throws me off.  I'm so ready for the weekend! I decided to do something a little different this week and am linking up with  DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha for 5 on Friday! I love these posts!!! It's such a fun way to find new blogger friends and learn more about them =) So here we go....

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My music taste has been expanding quite a bit lately. My true love will always be Rock, but I just got into this band a few months ago and really love so many of their songs. No to mention the fact that the lead singer, Will Anderson, is adorable! This is one of my favorite songs by Parachute and I think it's the perfect upbeat tune for a Friday afternoon, don't you?

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I recently started knitting again and I'm finally almost done my first ever finished project! Knitting is kind of my meditation in a way. I've known the basics of it for years, but I have a hard time concentrating and I either end up abandoning it or ripping it apart. I have never actually ever finished a piece! I've really been into it and even though I still fight that urge to tear it up because it's not going fast enough, it's very calming for me since I can't really think to much while doing it. I hope to post the finished Cowl after this weekend! 


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 I am in DESPERATE need of a manicure lately! Since there are no Holistic-Minded Nail Salons in my area, I often do them at home. I actually just came across this eco-friendly brand and really like it! It's a little pricey at $18 a bottle, but it's 5-Free, so to me it's worth the cost.  And if you just like a basic neutral, a set like this is great! I also really like Julep, Zoya, and 100% Pure now has new nail line. 

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The Hubs and I are planning on doing a 3 Day Cleanse together this weekend that will extend into Monday. I'm in desperate need of a reset! And I think doing it together will be great because we'll be able to cheer each other on. I'm in no way affiliated with this contest, but you can enter to win a giveaway for a couples cleanse (the same one we're doing) on the Kaeng Raeng Facebook page, if that's something you're interested in! Just scroll down on the page a bit and you'll see the photo above. Good luck and make sure to stop back next week for my our Full Couples Cleanse Diary! 

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I have majorly been stressing over my skin lately. I have battled with adult skin issues a lot over the years, mostly due to food sensitivities and hormonal imbalance. When I eat along my body's perfect guidelines, my skin looks great! But I've been really bad with my sporadic eating and also adding organic dairy back in, which I'm finding I really just can't do. Also, the harsh cold, dry heat in my house, and stress from the skin issues, just isn't helping. I'm really hoping the cleanse I mentioned will give me a good starting point. Then I need to get back on track with my daily supplements and personal food guidelines. I'll actually be posting more about my personal experience with this in the coming months! 

Here's to a great weekend!!! Thanks for stopping by! 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Last Thing Thursday #7

I seriously cannot believe that over a week has passed since my last post! I apologize for being MIA.... again. One of my New Year goals was to start posting regularly again, and so far, I'm not doing that great of a job! Believe it or not, I've actually been battling some kind of bug since last week. With the exception of that nasty stomach virus that went around last year, I actually haven't been sick in a really long time. And by really long time, I mean hardly at all for the last couple of years! My son was home sick over a week ago and I've been kind of off my game as far as my immune system, so my body just succumbed I think. I had a sore throat and earache for the first time in two years!!! It's not been fun. So between that and this crazy weather we've been having, the time is just flying by. This week I decided to do something a little different. Last year I discovered this amazing post series from Jenna over at The Life of the Wife. It's called The Last Thing Thursdays and it's so fun! I saw on her blog that she brought it back for a bit, though there haven't been a any posts for a couple weeks. So I decided to bring it back here. Jenna typically does a link-up, so hopefully in the next couple weeks she'll start doing so again! In the meantime, here are mine. THE LAST THING I.........

{ Bought ~ Fitness ... }

I've been waiting for the Poundfit DVD's to come out and I finally ordered them last night! I waited too long for the initial preorder and the first round sold out. I'm beyond excited!!! As I mentioned here, Drumming is in my blood. My Dad has been a recreational drummer for my entire life, and I grew up going with him to band practices. I tried my hand at it, and failed miserably, but the urge to drum when I hear a song is always still there. Coupled with my dislike for traditional cardio, this is a great option for me! Poundfit fits the bill as far as calorie burn, muscle building and fun! Seriously, the first time I tried it, I was soooooooooo sore after. Muscles I didn't even knew I had, hurt so bad. It looks easy, but you will sweat and burn. I can't wait to get my hands on this and tell you how it is! 

 { I was Inspired by ... }

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I came across this company recently, and was beyond inspired. I love apparel and accessories with some kind of story or personal touch. It's such a fun and easy way to convey your personality and literally wear your heart on your sleeve so to speak. But this company is so much more than that. It reached down into my very soul and grabbed me. After his father died from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2008, Brett Novek started the clothing company Good HYouman in an attempt to save others from the heartache he felt, of which a portion of its profits goes to help people with leukemia and lymphoma. You can read more about his story here. I was just so blown away by this company and everything they stand for, that I had to share it with you. I also love that you can pick the fit, color, and message for your tee as well. They also have accessories and jewelry. I plan on placing an order for sure!

{ Was Excited to Watch ... } 

I CANNOT WAIT for The Walking Dead to come back on this Sunday!!! It is, by far, one of my top 3 favorite shows. The last episode before the mid-season finale was crazy and I'm dying to see what's going to happen. This is such a well done show, if you don't watch it, I can't recommend it enough. Even if you're not a huge fan of zombies, there's so much more to it. It really sucks you in and you find yourself really invested in the characters! And of course, it doesn't hurt to look at this guy. Love Norman Reedus!!

{ Obsessed Over ... }

This gorgeous bag was gifted to me recently and I simply ADORE it!!! I have been looking for a new go-to bag for a really long time, and this one is sheer perfection. I've literally been obsessing over it since I got it. I'll be giving a full extensive review of this beauty, including photo's very very soon. So if you love it, make sure to check back! 

{ Daydreamed About ... }

I adore this Manifesto from Tiny Devotions. Since I've had the amazing opportunity to be home to raise my son these last few years, I've really taken the time to slow down, think, and find myself. I feel like this is a daily effort and often times, especially lately, find myself letting life get in the way a bit. I've been really working on making a conscious effort to stay centered and living in the moment, rather than constantly worrying about the past or future, which I tend to do. I felt like I mostly figured out who I was when I turned 30. But now as I approach my mid-thirties, I feel myself starting to shift again. I'm trying to really nurture my creative side. So lately, I've been daydreaming about opening an online boutique with beautiful things I create. Right now this is just a thought in my mind, though it's been there for a while. I'm exploring the possibilities and hopefully, maybe one day in the near future, this will become a reality. 

Coming Soon ....

~ My Dual Cleanse diary with the Hubs! Finally!! (I had to push it off since I've been sick)
~ My in-depth review on the amazing bag shown above
~ My latest Natural Beauty Lusts
~ My first finished knitting project

DISCLAIMER: With the exception of the bag shown above (which was gifted to me by the company in exchange for my honest review), all other companies/products mentioned are by my own purchase or interest. All opinions stated are ALWAYS my own. I was not financially compensated for this post in any way.