I get in food ruts sometimes, and more recently my lunches and dinners have been kinda blah and nothing too exciting. I feel like I’ve eaten out a lot instead of cooking or made a smoothie for something simple and easy. We’re leaving for Mississippi tomorrow so I have another few days of avoiding cooking. I’m hoping to maybe just eat too much restaurant food and only want to cook when we get back. Travis wouldn’t mind that at all.

Though my lunches and dinners aren’t fun I have managed to get in some pretty yummy breakfasts.

Smoothies:

smoothie

smoothie

smoothie

It varies what I put in my smoothies, but I’m pretty consistent with the core ingredients such as spinach, kale, dates, almond butter, almond milk, and frozen fruit. Special additions may include flax meal, coconut oil, matcha, banana, apple, pear, or other random fruit I may have.

Sandwiches, ETC:

Oats and yogurt have made a gradual comeback to my morning routine. I get bored with them pretty easily if I over do it so I try to only make them once or twice a week.

breakfast

breakfast

Same with breakfast sandwiches. I try to recreate fast food sandwiches, but only have time occasionally on weekdays before work. They’re so good but can be time-consuming and I’m not a morning person so fitting in time to make them regularly isn’t really an option.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so mixing it up and keeping it interesting is important to me. Not only because it’s the most important meal of the day, but I see it as setting the tone for the rest of the day. If I’m in a rush and only have a piece of fruit or granola bar I’m famished an hour later and I feel like I’m snacking and eating randomly the rest of the day. When I have more substance and take time to sit down even for 5 minutes then it really makes a difference. Planning ahead really helps too. When I’m super rushed I opt for breakfast over beauty. Meaning if I have to decide between taking 5 minutes to put on my face or make breakfast I apply tinted moisturizer and mascara only and head to the kitchen right away! With a full belly your happy face won’t need the extra makeup;)

Now let’s talk sunscreen!

Source: wakeup-world.com Source: wakeup-world.com

I’m asked by clients all the time which sunscreen is the best and what number to get and I always tell them that as long as it’s between 30-50 and they’re reapplying every 2 hours(60-90 min if you’re in the sun) then they’re fine. But another thing I always want to tell them is what to look for on the bottle as far as labeling goes.

The FDA recently came out with new regulations regarding sunscreen that many people didn’t know and don’t think are a big deal. For example, sunblock was ruled out and sunscreen is what is required as a description instead because nothing “blocks” the sun so it’s effectiveness was misleading. Other things to look for on sunscreen labels include:

Water-resistant:

Water and sweat proof is a false claim and have to say resistant instead. Not only that, but the label must indicate how long the effectiveness will last during sweating and/or swimming.

SPF 15 or higher:

I remember as a teen(early 20′s) I would buy SPF 8 thinking that would give enough protection so I wouldn’t burn and could still get a tan. This plan never worked and I ALWAYS got burned. Hell, I get burned from 45, but I still deny my fair skin because it gradually becomes a tan. Either way anything under 15 isn’t going to protect you and isn’t considered a sunscreen so don’t waste your money.

Broad Spectrum:

It’s rare to find anything that isn’t broad spectrum these days, but it’s possible and you don’t want it. This label means you’re protected from UVA(aging, cancer rays) and UVB(burning) rays.

There are so many products on the market and it’s confusing to figure out what is good and what is marketing. Go with your instinct, if it sounds too good to be true it likely is. Bells and whistles don’t matter. All you need is good coverage to protect yourself from the sun!

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2014

I hope you had as good of a Memorial Day weekend as I did! It’s always good to have a holiday weekend, but more importantly I’m grateful to the men and women who served, and continue to serve, our country. I’m beyond appreciative to those that protect our families and allow for us to have freedoms each and everyday.

With three full days off it, was nice to relax and take it easy. We originally thought we would go out of town to either the beach or camping, but as the weekend got closer we just decided to rest and see where each day took us. Saturday we slept in and decided to work on some things around the house we’ve been meaning to get done. The next couple of weekends we’re busy so it was nice to have an extra day to work on chores.

Sunday felt more like the start of the weekend and after going back and forth debating on camping or hiking we settled on a nice hike.

mountains

We drove a couple of hours to North Georgia and on the drive up the bottom dropped out. Luckily it cleared up just in time for our hike, but we had to cut it short because a storm was headed our way. Thank goodness we decided not to camp. That would have been miserable.

hiking

The views were amazing and we hope to go on a camping trip soon, but it will probably be towards the end of the Summer. It’s getting to be way too hot and camping sweaty and gross isn’t fun. Nothing is really, but especially when there isn’t a shower near by.

Since we didn’t camp Sunday night we thought it would be nice to go to the Braves game. The weather was supposed to be really nice so we turned it into a workout and ran there(literally). It seemed like a great idea since 4 miles isn’t really that bad for us, but it was hotter than we thought and I forgot my sunscreen:(

sunburn

It looks worse in person and hurts too. Of course, it’s right where my bra hits so that’s awesome. I’ve been reapplying aloe to help it heal so i’m hoping it will go down soon.

When we got to the game the only tickets available were standing room only, but we figured that would be the case before we left. We didn’t have any other plans for the day so it was all good, but once we learned it would be $40 for us to “stand” we weren’t too thrilled. A guy saw us and had two extra tickets and offered them to us for free. That was so nice of him and he wouldn’t let us buy him anything in return. Such a good samaritan.

We sat and watched the game for a bit and started getting hungry so we grabbed burgers at Holman & Finch.

burger

Everyone talks about how amazing these are(at the actual restaurant), but I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Granted I was hot as hell and a hot burger, double patty mind you, and fries might’ve not been the best choice, but I wouldn’t wait in line for them on a regular occasion. Between this and the black bean burger at a baseball game I would choose the black bean burger.

It was a great weekend and now I’m off to a pedicure!

Have a great evening!!

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Double Berry Muffins

May 20, 2014

  I’ve turned into a binge television show watcher. My newest binge watch is Orphan Black. I watched the first 4 episodes last night staying up past my bedtime almost causing me to miss my workout this morning. I could have easily skipped it, but then I would’ve had to do the evening workout and […]

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Starting a New Chapter and Still Letting Go of Fear

May 19, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!! My horoscope said that I’ve been distracted since March and this week I’ll finally get that “jolt” of inspiration to get started on all the things that’ve taken a backseat while I’ve been people-pleasing, peacemaking, and placating. Normally I take those with a grain of salt, but I really believe this one. At […]

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Pollen Vortex, Eats, and Workouts

April 23, 2014

Is anyone else enjoying the warm weather as much as me? I don’t even mind the pollen that much because it’s so pretty out! I hear there’s a pollen vortex coming soon though so maybe I’m speaking way too soon. I think the rain every few days has helped ward off any serious allergies issues […]

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In The Fridge

April 7, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!  I’m not sure about you, but Sundays in our house are either really busy or super relaxed! If Travis is traveling for work the next week we typically spend the day relaxing, being outside, and not doing a whole lot. If he’s in town we try to still get in relaxation, but I […]

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Southwestern Couscous with Chicken

March 12, 2014

The weather was acting super cray all day! The wind was so strong and one minute the sky was so dark it felt like it was going to storm and the next minute the sun was out. I wish it would go ahead and rain and get it over, but instead it’s waiting until this […]

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Counting Down to Spring + Recent Eats

March 11, 2014

I’m counting down the days until it’s officially Spring! March 20th can’t get here fast enough! I am SOOOO excited! I’m not looking forward to the allergies, but I am really excited about warmer/ longer days, bright colors, and being outside more!! After work yesterday I took Harper on a nice long walk and caught […]

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Not Taking It Personally

February 27, 2014

I would say I have a pretty thick skin for the most part. In my teens and early twenties I worried so much about what people thought of me, how I was perceived, if I said the right thing, etc. In more recent years I’ve gotten a lot better about speaking up and saying what I […]

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Savannah Weekend and a Snow Day

January 28, 2014

This is how I spent my night snowed in. It took me almost an hour and a half to drive the four miles from work to home, but I got there safe and sound which is all I care about. Lots of people are still on the roads and it’s really scary out there when […]

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