When You've Abandoned Your Blog For Far Too Long . . .

Monday, January 11, 2016

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I started this blog three years ago as a way to celebrate my weight loss and all the fun I was having shopping & finding deals while living life in my svelte new body. And in 2015, adulthood happened.

I got a new job. A very DEMANDING new job. I stopped going out during the week. My standing gym appointments took a backseat to late nights at my desk. I was missing in action at my favorite mani/pedi spot. Shopping was done out of necessity rather than my weekly therapy. And a "hopping" nightlife for me was a stroll through the Whole Foods hot bar after 8:00 p.m. I was in a deep funk and just didn't find enjoyment in the things I used to love. Needless to say, 2015 didn't end on a very high note for me. And the one thing I kept thinking I missed most was my blog. I really HATED the fact that I was neglecting my blog. It was my little spot on the Web where I could share my thoughts and musings, no matter how silly or frivolous they were.

As the second week of 2016 has rounded the corner,  I have decided to reinvest in my happiness and start spending more time at my second home -- the blog. I'm currently in the process of rebranding (God, I hate that word) my blog. I've become quite the little homemaker and I find writing about cooking good food is just as satisfying as sharing my score of a DVF dress in TJ Maxx with a red sticker. And lastly, I'm learning to embrace my mid-30s, which means I am much less tolerant for the BS and less apologetic for being so, and wish to pass on some of this hard-learned wisdom with others. So maybe something a bit more lifestyle-focused (another term that makes me want to give a deep eyeroll) with my real life mixed in.

So please bear with me as I search for the perfect balance for all these ideas and thoughts and feelings and experiences and try to present them to you without sounding like a total crazy person.

May 2016 be the year that you find it . . . whatever IT is.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy Friday! Can you believe January 2015 is almost out the door? It seems like just last night I was throwing confetti and popping champagne to ring in the new year with my friends. Time is flying, you guys...and February is literally around the corner.

Today I want to talk about something that's been on my mind lately: self love. November through February can be a tough few months for some people (especially February). I've had my share of awful valentine's experiences, but I've also had a lot of great ones!

I have tons of wonderful, gorgeous, talented, single girlfriends that never cease to amaze me with their awesomeness. And we often have conversations about the single life, why it (sometimes) sucks and just commiserate in general over guys and the dating scene. But the one thing I try to impart in all of them is that being single can have amazing benefits! You get to know yourself, treat yourself and spoil yourself better than anyone else can or ever will. Being single is a great opportunity for reflection and figuring out what you want out of your life before you have the added responsibility for caring for someone else. It's the perfect time to be completely selfish and do what you want to do every day of the week. Don't get me wrong, married life is really good, but you will never be ready for a relationship if you don't learn to love yourself first.

So to all my single ladies, I say live it up! This is the best most possible time for you to grow, learn and love yourself to the highest power. Don't wait for valentine's day (or any other day of the year) to affirm the love you have for yourself. Indulge. Do it now. Do it often!


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Happy 2015! This past year took a major toll on me, and subsequently, blogging took a back seat. But, I will be sure to post on a more semi-regular basis for the new year. And for my first post, a few of my Instagram friends asked me to share the recipe for my detox water. I always do a detox the first weekend of the new year to clear out all the ickiness consumed over the holiday. I try to drink a gallon on Saturday and Sunday and limit solid foods. It's tough, but totally worth it to jumpstart your weight loss goals (or at least get rid of belly flab due to bloating)! So here goes my detox water recipe:

2-Day Detox Water

-- 1 Gallon of Water
-- 3 Large Lemons (slided and halved)
-- 1 Large Cucumber (sliced and halved)
-- 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries (sliced)
-- 1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
-- 1 Cup of Frozen Pineapples
-- Mint Leaves (at least 2 sprigs)
-- Fresh Peeled Ginger (qty to your liking) 

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I try to use fresh ingredients in my detox waters as much as possible, but since most tropical fruits are out of season this time of year, frozen fruits like strawberries, pineapples and blueberries are much more cost effective, and you can buy them from your local grocer in bulk bags already sliced and ready for use. 

Before I start my water routine in the morning, I also take a tablespoon of Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to jumpstart my digestive system. Not everyone likes the taste of ACV, but it's a great, natural way to promote alkalinity in the body and reduce bloating. 

There are all kinds of detox water recipes on the Internet, especially Pinterest, so feel free to swap and substitute fruits and veggies to your liking. And if you do, leave a comment to let me know what you use!

Cheers to good health in 2015!

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