Monday, June 29, 2015

Currently Crushing On.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I am just getting settled into our beach vacation. This weekend was spent packing up and then unpacking everything again at our beach cottage. My parents, Joe and I spent Sunday enjoying the beach, taking the pups on the beach and long bike rides. Where we are staying dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are on a leash. Charlie (our  pup) and Chloe (parent's pup) had a blast running and chasing seagulls yesterday. 

Alright, let's get to today's post.  I'm sharing a few of my favorite finds from around the web.  You have to check out those delicious ice cream sandwiches. I hope you enjoy!


Drool Worthy Ice Cream Recipes

Ice Cream Cupcakes- Cupcakes with a little surprise inside. Yum!

Oatmeal Creme Pie Ice Cream- Two of my childhood favorites combined.

Best New Ice Cream Flavors - I have had my eye on Klondike Cookie Dough Swirl

Ginger Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Bits- I'm dreaming of pairing this with a ginger beer for an adult ice cream float.

Healthy Living Inspiration

12 Netflix documentaries that will inspire you to get healthy- I truly enjoyed Forks over Knives

Resistance Band Exercises- Perfect for travel or at-home workouts. You bet I am doing these while I'm on vacation.

12 Minute Ab Workout- Greatist is quickly becoming by go to for quick workouts.

Stylish Favorites 

Swing Dress- Love the colorful sleeves on this Anthro dress.

Elle Earrings- Love these Kendra Scott baubles. Think I may need to get a pair as a birthday present to myself.

Vineyard Vines Dresses- These two are my favorite. Love the classic casual feel of the Vineyard Vines line.

What are you loving on this Monday? I would love for you to share in the comments.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Five: Beach Vacation

The best thing about Fridays is knowing the weekend is right around the corner. Today is extra exciting as we are headed on vacation for two weeks. Blog posts may be a bit sporadic over the next two weeks as we never have great internet connection on the island. I am all packed for vacation and ready to hit the road to the beach tonight! For today's post I thought I would share a few of my beach trip essentials. 
One. Coverup w/ sun protection. Over the past few years, I have become more cautious of sun damage. Having a coverup that doubles as an extra layer of sun protection is a must. I snagged this columbia fishing shirt and love it. The material of this shirt is very light which prevents me from getting overheated while on the water. I love the idea of getting it monogrammed adding a preppy touch. 



Two. Sun Hat. A straw hat is essential to keep highlights covered while protecting your face. I love to rock it off the beach as well. It is perfect for a day at the park or for strolling the boardwalk. 


Three. Sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin or breakout easily I highly recommend using baby sunscreen which is formulated for kid's sensitive skin. Another perk of this sunscreen is that it is 97% natural while having a great clean smell. 



Four. Beach Drinks. Much to my husband's chagrin I am not a beer drinker. When we head to the beach I always make sure to pack a few beach friendly adult beverages. This wine is one of my favorites the can is the perfect size so I can enjoy 2 -3 without feeling like a lush. 



Five. Aftersun Care. This lotion is perfect after spending a long day at the beach. It is thick without being greasy and does not leave a noticeable smell once it dries. I have never been a fan of lotion (Really). Partially because I already have oily skin and I hate the way it feels on my skin once it dries. I have many unused bottles of lotion in my cabinet from trying to find one I love. However, I know I will be using this one all summer!


Other things I always pack in my favorite scout bag are a good book, polarized sunglasses, lip balm & my favorite swimsuit

Do you have any fun vacations planned for the summer? What is the one thing that you always have in your beach bag? 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Simple Summer Staple - Infused Detox Water

This week I have been pretty busy which I love. Being off work during the summer months while Joe and other friends are still working can make for boring days at times. After two days of binging on TV, I reach my limit and start to crave structure and activities. This week has ben filled with packing for our big move, visiting with friends and packing for vacation next week! I am thrilled to be spending two weeks at the beach with my family. I am also squeezing in a bachelorette party over the weekend of July 4th.

With lots of beach time my future, my goal is always to eat clean to avoid bloat. Another easy tip I always do to keep slim is stay hydrated! I find that I drink 2x more in the summer as an attempt to beat the summer heat. Staying hydrated actually can help reduce bloat. I love sipping on flavored water instead of plain water to help file soda cravings as well. An added benefit besides flavor is the detox qualities of many fruits.  Today I am sharing some of my favorite flavor combos. Adding ingredients such as raspberries, cucumber and mint create a detox powerhouse in your water. Hence the term Detox Water! Detox water is great for helping remove bloat while hydrating your body. Right now I am loving pineapple and mint. All I do to prepare it is place a few slices of each in a bottle right when I get up in the morning. I let it sit in the fridge and then 2 hour later I have delicious cool water!

 Here is the low down on some key ingredients. Red Raspberries and Strawberries contain strong antioxidants including Vitamin C as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Red raspberry ketones have also been used as a weight loss supplement for years.  Lemon improves digestive function, strengthens the immune system and can help curb appetite. Cucumber promotes hydration and has anti-inflammatory properties.




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