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Jun 25, 2016

9 Fruit Water Recipes to Keep you Hydrated this Summer

Do you have a goal to drink more water? Check out some of my favorite fruit water recipes!

At the end of May, I had an epiphany of sorts about my health and decided to make an effort to drink more water every day. Living in Phoenix, I'm already used to drinking my fair share of water (especially in the summer). I decided that I wanted to take my health goal to another level and commit to drinking almost an entire gallon of water every single day. 

Increasing my water intake over the last 3 weeks has already shown me some great health benefits!  I feel more awake in the morning, I have more energy, I feel full more throughout the day and find myself not snacking in the afternoons, and it's kept me feeling alert even when it's 118 degrees outside. Honestly, the only downside to drinking more water than my body is used to is having to excuse myself to go to the bathroom more (and even more so with a small bladder!)  

The first week I spent drinking more water was a piece of cake--but around week two I started craving sweeter drinks, and found myself feeling bored with water. I looked on Pinterest to find some fruit water recipe ideas and even reached out to some of my blogger friends for advice! I've found that varying the fruit water recipes has really enabled me to stay on track with my water intake goal, and today I'm sharing 9 fruit water recipes with you to inspire you to drink more water!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 77

Good morning!

Happy Saturday! I'm excited that in just a few days I'll be headed up to Alaska!

This morning, Adam and I are taking some time together and we're having a weekend-long date up until I fly out to Alaska. Since Adam is starting some new training next week, he was able to take time off work and we plan on spending as much of it together as we can. This next week, I'll be exploring Alaska and curating content that I will be sharing on the blog once I come back to Arizona!

I'm excited to see what you have to share at this week's link party!

Jun 20, 2016

Long Flight? Here are 7 Ways to Pass the Time

Need to pass the time for an upcoming flight? Check out some of these tips!

I remember the first time I flew on a plane--I was sixteen and headed on a school band trip from Boston down to Disney World. It felt like the longest few hours of my life. Then a few years later I found myself flying back and forth between Phoenix and Boston frequently to come home from university to visit family. After numerous trips I started to figure out what worked (and what did not work for me) when I needed to pass the time on a flight. 

Jun 18, 2016

Download these Apps to Help you Pack!

Got a trip coming up you need to pack for? Here are some of my favorite packing apps!

Packing is daunting. And I put it off as long as I can!

I remember when we were gearing up for our trip to explore Cape Ann that Adam and I were up packing just an hour or so before we had to leave for the airport. Talk about cutting it close! Anxiety is common when packing is necessary--but I would hate to let packing suck all of the fun out of traveling. After some research, I have compiled a list of apps you can download for your phone or tablet to help you pack and get organized (so you don't have to be like us and pack right before you leave!) 

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 76

I have a lot of things to be grateful for after this week. 

For those of you who follow me on Snapchat, you already know this but my mom had surgery this week. It was stressful, to say the least. We learned a few months back that she had a baseball-sized mass located behind her uterus, and she finally had surgery to have it removed this week. She was in surgery for hours, and when she was done her boyfriend had contacted me to let me know that she was stable (and then she was discharged from the hospital a few hours later). 

I am thankful she is okay right now, I am thankful that Adam is in good health and thankful I am in good health as well. I am thankful for the medical professionals who found my mom's mass and thankful to those who were able to help her successfully remove it. I am thankful my mom should feel less pain for now. And I am thankful for my friends and family who have reached out to support me through this with good thoughts and prayers for my mom's recovery. She is stable and she is well right now, and I only hope that she continues to be healthy and that she lives a long life. I spent a lot of time this week reflecting on mortality and how life is so fleeting, and it was just another reminder to just live life and be thankful for what I have. 

Jun 17, 2016

Learn to Say "No" to Boring Lunches! Easy and Creative Lunch Box Ideas

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Whether you're a college student headed to class, a mom getting her kids ready for school, or someone who prefers to save money and eat healthier by packing a lunch for work, your lunch doesn't have to be boring. 

I remember the days of bringing my lunch to school every day all the way through high school. I was fortunate enough to have my mom help me and pack a lunch for me, but my packed lunches never seemed interesting or unique. Every day, I'd have the same thing for lunch in the same old brown paper bag while I was in school. That is until I went to college!

Jun 16, 2016

How to Get Custom Hair Coloring Done At Home

Thanks to my friends at eSalon for introducing me to their custom hair color service! (*)  

Going to the salon has always been a huge pain for me in some way or another.

Before this week, it had been several months since I had dyed my hair. And the last time I walked into a hair salon it was not a great experience. I remember when I went in and told the hairdresser what I wanted she just laughed and insisted that just because I saw it on Pinterest didn't mean I really wanted it done permanently--she had no idea how long I had contemplated and truly thought about the hair color. Yes, I found it on Pinterest (and yes, it was bright pink which I still want to do some day), but I wasn't making any sudden changes that I would soon regret. Sheepishly I sat down in the chair as she draped a gown around me and I immediately resented the whole process of going into a salon to only have someone tell me that what I wanted was not what I truly wanted. 

Recently, one of the managers at eSalon contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their custom hair color service from the comfort of my home. You know for sure I jumped on that right away--the thought of customizing my own hair color and having it shipped to my door sounded amazing! 

Jun 15, 2016

How to Host a Tropical Paradise Party Indoors

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You don't have to leave the house to bring a little bit of tropical paradise into your life!

Most days when it's oppressively hot outside, I try to imagine sitting on the beach next to the ocean. I can almost smell the salty air and feel the ocean breeze. I would love to be able to travel to an island in the middle of nowhere and relax on the beach while eating some grilled seafood, but the fact of the matter is I am stuck in my air conditioning here in Phoenix. 

With the Arizona summer sun on our backs and feeling beat down from the heat of the three digit temperature days, we make our way inside the house to take refuge in the cool air conditioning in the summertime. But just because we are staying inside does not mean we can't have some summer fun! Today, I'm sharing a full party spread tutorial on how to host a tropical paradise party indoors!

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