Get Your Workout On With U By Kotex!

Apr 15, 2014

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbyKotex

As a woman, we have the dreaded issue of having to deal with the same problems every single month. I don't need to go into graphic detail and men feel free to skip this post, but let's be honest here ladies..It sucks! What's worse than having your period every month? Having to workout on your period. Since I started a strict fitness routine, I rarely take random days off. I try to be in the gym at least 5-6 days a week, and usually I do some kind of exercise if I can't make it in. I have been lucky enough to figure out that working out on your period is possible...with the right products.

Enter : U By Kotex. A simple, yet sleek way to hide this awful problem without breaking your budget, and still providing your body the comfort it needs. I use U By Kotex because I want to enjoy working out all month long, and not have to take "time outs" because of what my body is going through. I needed a product that could really help me do that, and U By Kotex is definitely my favorite. To get my products, I shopped at my nearby Walmart (everyday low prices y'all), and to my surprise I got free goody elastics with both of my purchases. Who doesn't love free stuff, right? They are attached to the box ,  and you can find them on U By Kotex sleek tampons or cleanwear pads while supplies last at your nearest Walmart. 

I'm not going to lie to you, working out on your period isn't the greatest thing in the world, but it's a part of life so you have to just roll with the punches. Do any of you remember high school gym class and "having cramps?" All of the girls in my class would use the excuse to get out of gym class and we would just sit on the bleachers and watch everyone else run around. If I had known then what I know now, I would have probably just gotten through the gym class without complaining. Exercising actually makes me feel a lot better when it's "that time" of the month. Getting your body moving is the best way to train your brain into thinking that you'll feel better, and it actually works!

In a few months I will be nearing on one whole year of working out! Crazy isn't it? When your body becomes accustomed to something, you can't remember what it was like before. I literally can't imagine not incorporating exercise and nutrition into my life now. I love that I feel better, that I have more energy, and most importantly, I love how I feel. Working out isn't about losing weight, but more so feeling like you're putting your best foot forward. Of course the changes that happen to your body are all amazing, and great, but really it's about reaching your highest potential, and owning it. Do you guys have a special routine? And if so, how do you use it to de-stress and make your life better?

Healthy Living Recipes : Turkey Lettuce Tacos & Sangria

Apr 14, 2014

Happy Monday guys! I am really excited to share today's recipe because it's probably one of my favorite so far. I love Mexican food, and any kind of spin I can make to a normal recipe is pretty fun to do.  I love tacos, and since I started on this clean eating kick I knew I always wanted to try lettuce wraps. I decided to do a "turkey taco" but in lettuce form, and pair it with a glass of Eppa Sangria. Prior to cooking I cut up some fruits and poured the sangria into glasses with ice and a splash of club soda. I let this sit in the fridge for approximately three hours before drinking it. This gets the fruit soaked well, and gives the sangria a better flavor overall. 

This recipe, like most of my recipes is very easy and fast to make. You're cutting the calories in half by switching to a lettuce wrap and using lean ground turkey instead of beef. Tastes just as good, and is way better for you!

First, you want to brown your turkey meat on high heat. Once your turkey meat starts to brown, pour 2/3 cup of water in with your taco seasoning mix. Let this simmer on low heat for 3-4 minutes, and then drain.

Make sure you cut the cilantro, lime, and avocado prior to cooking, so you can easily add them to your tacos when you're all done. Squeeze half of a lime on each taco, and you're ready to go!

I usually make my own Sangria but I decided to give this bottle a try. It's certified organic, and has twice the antioxidants as a glass of red wine! It also has real fruit juices already mixed in so it's nice and refreshing.

Hope you guys have a great start to your week, and don't forget to try some of these easy recipes this summer!

I was sent a bottle of Eppa Sangria prior to writing this post.
The recipe and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting companies that support Little Tree.

Bows and Statement Pieces

Apr 10, 2014

Sunny days are the best aren't they? Yesterday was a great day, I got so many things done and I really felt like I accomplished everything I needed to. I just got a closet built in my back room so now I have space to put all my things where they need to be. It's pretty awesome and spacious, and perfect now that the weather is looking up. My place finally is coming together room by room and I am hoping by summertime to have my whole place up on the blog so you guys can see what I have been working on. What's left is a lot of little things really, hanging some things on the walls and adding accents here and there.

It's starting to feel like home, and Oliver and I are really happy to be there. Life just seems to be going so great lately. I have some awesome news that I will be sharing next week, another surprise that popped up! Hope you're all having a beautiful week! xo

Dress // Courtesy of Choies , Sweater // Target , Necklace // Courtesy of T&J Designs
Heels // Courtesy of Marshalls , Bowler Hat // Urban Outfitters

Be Still My Heart

Apr 8, 2014

Good morning everyone! It went from rainy to sunny in about ten minutes this morning, which was the perfect way to wake up. With the Spring fast approaching I can't help but think about the things I want to do this summer, and how much better everything is when the weather is nice. My family spends so much time outside and I really look forward to that every Spring before summer hits. I also just booked my Cyprus trip! I can't wait to see my family, I am literally over the moon excited!

Details : Vest // UO , Pants & Bracelets // Nordstrom , Ring // Nylon Shop 
 Crop Tank & Necklace // AEBooties (ON SALE) // Courtesy of Lulus 

I've been guilty of not carrying my camera around nearly as much as I should lately. That's what happens when you get caught up in living life, you kind of just forget. I'm already pretty attached to my phone so I guess I forget the camera since everything is basically at my fingertips. 

I have some great things popping up here on the blog over the next few months. I will be restocking the Etsy shop with summer gear, and hopefully adding more healthy recipes and some workout posts into the mix. I just started a new routine that I love and I am really putting all of my efforts into being healthy. I am going to be including more of my fitness stuff into this blog because it's become a huge part of my daily life and I feel like it will motivate and help a lot of people who could use that extra push like I did a year ago.