10 Things You May Not Know About Me

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

 

Do you guys love reading these posts? I mean I do. Whenever I see a blogger post something like this it is my favorite thing to read. I love reading the more personal side of bloggers. It’s a nice break from when we post sponsored posts haha!

Here are 10 Things You May Not Know About Me:

1. In high school I was president of the key club. This was a community service organization. Before my freshmen year there weren’t girls in the key club. By my senior year only girls were in office. WIN.

2. When the movie serendipity came out I skipped school to go see it. I had been waiting months to see it and somehow could not wait until that night to go. Fact: I went that night too.

3. I am friends with only a handful of people from childhood and high school. I only invited 3 of them to my wedding.

4. I have more coffee mugs and tumblers than will fit in our allotted spaces for them. So now if I want to get a new one I have to get rid of an old one.

5. I eat the same thing almost everyday for breakfast and lunch. I never get sick of them!

6. Andrew and I have very different vacation ideas. I prefer city exploring and he prefers beach relaxing. We try really hard to go to places that offer both. Our favorite is San Diego.

7. By the time I was 15 I had been out of the country twice. I have not left the country since. But I have a list…

8. I was an avid blog reader long before I had a blog. One of the bloggers who’s blog I read actually encouraged me to start one. So one random weekend morning I did. However before that I had a Xanga(throwback), a Live-journal and a myspace where I blogged ALL THE TIME.

9. Cleaning, and organizing relax me more than most other things.

10. My perfect day consists of waking up before 7 AM. Having breakfast and coffee. Going to the gym and getting in a 90 minute workout. Grabbing a Starbucks and running errands for A and I. Then coming home and prepping dinner. Spending the rest of my day blogging. If I could read for 3-4 hours in there to that would be amazing!

I hope you enjoyed reading 10 things you may not know about me. I would love to know 10 things or even 3 things about you! Leave in the comments!

The Little Things

The Little Things

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Happy Monday my sweet sweet friends! I had a very productive and busy weekend but it has me feeling very go go go today which is great. I noticed over the weekend that random little things would make me smile and just give me a happy feeling. I wanted to share the little things in life that we all may take for granted some days or at least I do.

– Being able to relax on a Sunday afternoon with a good book for 4 hours while burning an all too soon pumpkin pie candle.

– The feeling of happiness when I went into bath and body works only to discover that the Fall candles had made their appearance. I picked up 5 candles, and 4 foaming hand soaps all in Fall scents and it immediately put me in a great mood.

– Seeing how seamless it is when my parents and Andrews parents get together and we all get to have dinner at one of our favorite Dallas restaurants. Such a relaxing and fun meal with my favorite people.

– Realizing that in 2.5 months my best friend will be in Dallas for a LONG overdue visit and we get to see the Taylor Swift concert! BONUS the same weekend as that the unauthorized 90210 story airs on lifetime.

– Feeling really good about 2 weekend workouts. It is the second week in a row I have worked out everyday including weekends. My entire personality changes after a workout. Even if I woke up in the worst of moods I immediately feel better after.

– The sheer joy I get  pinning outfits on Pinterest, or designs for something VERY exciting coming soon to the blog!

– When my husband fills up my water tumbler before I get home from book club or if I am busy doing stuff around the house and just taking that extra pre bed step away from me. He is so thoughtful and the little things like that really remind me how amazing he is. Add in the sweet notes he still after almost 3 years leaves in coffee mugs, on my keurig, in my laptop, on my desk in my office etc and my heart melts.

The little things are the things we take advantage of so often. The things we forget to acknowledge even though they make not be huge life altering events they are things that in that moment make us happy. These are the things we should hold on to when days are hard or we feel like we are getting a crap end of a deal because we are stuck in traffic. The little things by far out weigh the mundane ridiculous things we spend too much time and energy focusing on.

Happy Monday!

July Favorites

I can’t believe we are entering August. I swear I say this every month but this year is FLYING! Andrew and I have almost been married 10 months and are just 7 weeks away from our one year anniversary trip to California! I will say though July ending has me kind of happy because I am ready for cooler weather. Although I know Im at least 2.5 months away from that. Oh well. This month was a great one and I have lots of July favorites to share!

 

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1. Maybe In Another Life: So I had been waiting for this book for MONTHS! I preordered it on amazon so the day it came out it showed up on my iPad and I was so excited! I read it in 24 hours. I was completely captivated by the story and it reminded me of a much better version of the movie, Sliding Doors.  After reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s first two books this one did not disappoint! I highly suggest picking this one up and her other two books. Another great one I read this month was The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase. Amazing read!

2. New Riding Boots: Of course I have not worn these yet but that didn’t stop me from putting them on as soon as they came in the mail and pinning possible outfits! I mentioned these in my Nordstrom post so make sure to check that out for more awesome deals!

3. Alo Goddess Bra: Alo Yoga sent me a few items to check out and I just love my goddess bra! I had already owned a pair of the goddess leggings but the new ones are a favorite for sure. Both items are perfect for barre classes.

4. Benefit: So we are going to San Francisco in September and I am so excited to visit the Benefit store there. I have always loved benefit products but they are fast becoming my favorites. The glosses( coralista and bella bamba), roller lash mascara, gimme brow and hello flawless foundation are on rotation right now along with 3 different blushes! Their makeup is great for sensitive skin ZERO breakouts. It is also perfect for all year round. Trust me I could go on and on about every piece of their makeup I am loving.

5. Home Sweet Caramel Comfort: This candle is from bath and body works and while I love most candles there this one is different. I bought it around the time we bought our house and it was the first candle I burned in our home. It smells like home. I have a closet with about 11 of them because I go through them so fast! It’s the perfect scent!

6. Ice Breakers Mints: I randomly bought these at target one day and I have been addicted since! Seriously I eat them like candy. It’s a problem.

Also make sure to check out my Nordstrom Sale #nsale favorites! The sale ends in 3 days and trust me you don’t want to miss out! I have put together my 20 favorites from the sale! Enjoy!

What are some of your July Favorites?

5 Things I can’t live without

I for sure start to notice trends in the things I use most often. It changes from time to time but there are a few staples that over the years stay basically the same. The 5 things I can’t live without are pretty much the same for most people but I always love seeing these types of posts from other bloggers.

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1. Madewell Transport Tote: I purchased this back in February and I use it almost everyday. What I love about it is the leather is soft and so classic and it holds everything you need. It’s a perfect everyday bag as well as perfect for travel. I have the exact one pictured above with my initials on it.

2. Nike Free: I have a few pairs of these but the ones pictured above will ALWAYS be my favorites! I love this combo of colors and the shoes are so comfy! Perfect for working out and just wearing to run errands.

3. Starbuck errr coffee in general: I have been a daily coffee girl since 2004! Yep 11 years later and I can’t kick the habit and I really don’t want to. I need my lattes everyday and if I do not have it I am a cranky girl! I don’t go to Starbucks everyday, I usually make a latte in my keurig rivo but I do love a Starbucks treat!

4. Lip Balm: Need it! I use it all day errday. EOS, soft lips and la mer are my favorites. I usually have several on me at all times. I am known to not leave target without at least one new one.

5. iPad: I have a 4th generation iPad and I am contemplating trading it in for a mini. But I do love my iPad. I use it for meeting with clients, reading books and general internet browsing. Honestly any of my tech items are needs daily but my iPad is the one I use for the most things.

 

What are 5 things you can’t live without?

Treat Yoself

I have talked many times on this blog about how treating yourself is important. This can be anything from an alone date to the movies, getting a manicure, or even just enjoying some time alone reading with a glass of wine or coffee. With RIDICULOUSLY hot weather one of my favorite ways to treat myself is with a yummy dessert after dinner. Lately I have been gravitating towards TCBY frozen yogurt. Andrew and I are both huge dessert people and if he had his way we would just eat ice cream and yogurt for every meal. Of course we got vanilla because why not? It’s so creamy and delicious!

We love to sit down after dinner and catch each other up on our days and it is always even more enjoyable with some yummy yogurt!

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Bonus: add some granola and fresh fruit for an even better experience!

There are actually 8 delicious new flavors of TCBY frozen yogurt– all have a creamy, indulgent taste with half the fat of ice cream. Each carton has 7 probiotic cultures with 3-4 grams of protein. TCBY frozen yogurt tastes like ice cream, but has all the health benefits of frozen yogurt. So really how could you go wrong?

We have a TCBY in Dallas but it’s super far from our house so this is the next best thing. I actually want to snag the Mint Chocolate Chip next!

So would you like to have some TCBY treats in your life?

Leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor of TCBY frozen yogurt you are most excited to try and you could win free TCBY products for 3 months! Coupons delivered right to your door!

Check out their website for all the flavors!

Also audiences attending the “Get The Scoop” Tour will receive a $1 coupon for TCBY products, free TCBY samples, and giveaway opportunities! For more information around the tour dates and locations, please click here!

So which flavor are you wanting to try?

 

Streamlining Your Blog

How To Streamline Your Blog

Here’s the thing about blogging.  It takes time. Regardless of if it is your full time job or a fun hobby you probably spend a good portion of your week running your blog. From coming up with post ideas, fielding emails and phone calls, taking photos and running your various social media platforms it can seem like you are ALWAYS doing something blog related. I know for me finding ways to streamline my blog and business are great. Streamlining your blog can be a huge time saver. In return this gives you more time for your friends and family, sleep, exercise etc.

One of my favorite ways of streamlining my blog is with HostGator optimized WordPress. I am a WordPress user and have been for almost 4 years. It was one of the best decisions I ever made for my blog! You may be asking what HostGator and optimized WordPress is. Optimized WordPress is a new hosting platform that is specifically built for an optimized and managed WordPress environment. Optimized WordPress hosting packages will come pre-loaded with PHP 5.6 by default (the most recent PHP version offered). HostGator will handle all of the core, theme, and plugin updates without the need for any action on your part. In other words, you won’t have to worry about logging into your WP-Admin panel to handle common updates. Additionally, Optimized WordPress does not provide cPanel access, allowing you to install and access your WordPress sites without needing to access or navigate an extra control panel to do the things you want to do. Make sure to check out additional information about HostGator Optimized WordPress which can be found here.

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HostGator also provides 24/7 live support via chat, phone, and email – you’re not alone.  I can’t tell you how many times you will want and need that!  They also have one click WordPress installs – no messy downloading and uploading of files. As well as one click and start easy to use website builder – drag and drop tools that make building a site super simple. If you don’t want to mess with design they have design services, marketing services including SEO and PPC. You can also shop for domains! Let HostGator help manage your web hosting for you while you do what you do best, produce content.

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Some of the benefits of using HostGator are that the updates are automatic which is huge! It is such a pain to see one of your plugins not working and realize you haven’t updated it! Been there, done that and had the freakout to prove it. It has sitelock malware scanning and removal! Codeguard daily backup and restoring because have you ever had the nightmare that all of your content disappeared. Just me? Also HostGator Optimized WordPress is a new premium product and just a small extension to existing products provided by HostGator.

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Other favorite ways to streamline your blog:

Use quickbooks to keep track of all of your expenses and income with blogging. This is a huge help especially when you need to get taxes done!

Hire out for things that are not your strong suit: Photoshop, blog pictures etc. You can’t be great at everything but I bet your know someone who you can trade with. Maybe you’re great with accounting and your blogger friend is great with photos. Have them take your photos and you help with their blog taxes.

Use buffer or hootsuite to schedule social media posts. This is ESPECIALLY helpful when you are going out of town or maybe have a busy work week but you still want to stay active on social media!

Streamlining your blog may take a little time at first to get everything set up but it’s worth it in the end!

What are some of your favorite ways to streamline?

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5 Best Money Saving Tips

5 Best Money Saving Tips

 

I won’t lie I haven’t been much of a saver during my life. When I married Andrew or rather when we started dating his immense financial responsibly started rubbing off on me. When we purchased our first home back in April we had a long list of things we wanted to buy for the house and things we wanted to do in the house. Because of this crazy free spending had to slow down and we started to really examine needs vs. wants. Here is the thing though; there will ALWAYS be thing I want. I wanted to share with you the ways we have been saving money and the 5 best money saving tips that work for us.

1. Sell your stuff: When I want new clothes it’s really easy to drive to the mall or pull out my laptop and just buy away. Instead of this I won’t let myself buy something new until I get rid of something I have. So a few weeks ago I spent an entire Sunday cleaning out my closet, drawers, extra closets etc and putting huge piles of clothes, shoes and accessories together. From this pile I did two things. First I listed stuff on local Facebook Garage/Yard Sale sites. I can almost guarantee your area has something like this. In Dallas there is one for basically every neighborhood and suburb. The great thing is you can usually get a pretty good price if your stuff is in good/like new condition. I made a good chunk of money there then took the rest to Buffalo Exchange which is a local resale shop. The money I had from the two sales was enough for me to get anything I wanted for the Fall/Winter months with some leftover. Tons of new clothes without spending a dime!

2. Rewards programs: I am a member of almost every reward program you can think of: Starbucks, Sephora, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Target, iPic(our fav movie theatre) the list goes on. This past weekend we wanted to see the movie, Train wreck(hysterical btw) and when I went on to purchase tickets I noticed my account had two free tickets because of rewards/loyalty points. Our movie going experience was FREE! I had no idea I had two free tickets just sitting there. It was such a great surprise and we had a fun, guilt free date.

3. Matinee it: Sometimes I like to see movies alone. Usually these are days when I really need some alone time out of the house. On Friday I wanted to see Paper Towns(super cute). So after my morning workout I grabbed a Starbucks(free thanks to rewards) and headed to a matinee movie. At a lot of theaters if you go before noon the movie is majorly discounted. I believe mine was $6. I would never pay full price to see a movie alone so I always always do this when I see movies alone. Sometimes if I meet my mom for a movie we do this too!

4. Clean out your drawers: I bet you have tons of coupons and gift cards you forgot about right? Whenever we clean out our “junk” drawer in the kitchen we always find random gift cards, coupons etc that can be used. We still have a ton of gift cards left from our wedding which is great whenever we need new kitchen stuff! Give it a try I bet you have a lot of gift cards you forgot out!

5. Ignore the date: If you get those bed bath and beyond gift cards in the mail like we do you will always notice a date on them. Here is the thing they will still take the coupon after the expiration date. I know right mind blow! Since most of those coupons are 20% off one item if you save all the ones you get and go in there they will use each 20% off on each item. 5 coupons? 5 items? 20% off each one! Lowes does this too. We get Lowes coupons in the mail constantly. Just give it a try I am pretty positive other places will take expired coupons too. The thing is you are spending money regardless and the worst they can do is say you can’t use it. But they probably won’t!

So there you have it my 5 Best money saving tips. I would love to hear any that you have too!

What are your best money saving tips? Share below!

Friday Favorites

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TGIF in a major way! This week was VERY busy and the heat index has been well above 105 every day. I am hot, tired and ready for a weekend to relax.

Just popping in before the weekend to share a few Friday Favorites!

1. Monogrammed camelbak: I was sent an ADORABLE monogrammed camelbak water bottle from this super cute etsy shop! I have been using it almost everyday for the gym, pure barre, even just to take in the car while I am running errands. In this insanely hot Texas heat it has been the perfect companion every day. Plus I mean it’s friggin adorable! Make sure to check them out here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Oliveit
Instagram: Oliveitboutique
Twitter: Oliveitboutique

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2. Planners: With it being almost August I can finally start using my new Emily Ley planner I ordered back in April. The one I got is linked and I love it so much! I have been using these planners for the last few years and they are hands down the best I have ever had. I have turned so many people into simplified planner lovers! You should go get one for Fall! Don’t worry new ones are released in September!

3. New Things: There is some exciting stuff coming to this blog. Way more exciting than I can actually tell you now but stay tuned!!

4. Healthy Living Update: I wrote about a month ago about some struggles I have been having with my weight, body and confidence. I have seen a great nutritionist who has helped me get right back on track and I started meeting with a personal trainer. I feel really great! I am down 4 lbs as of this morning! Which doesn’t sound like a lot but it is for me. My metabolism is super low (found out after a resting metabolic rate test). I am excited to give more updates. I plan on sharing a few of my go to healthy meals in the coming weeks!

5. Target $1 section: Every time I go to target I have to browse the $1 section and I have found the cutest stuff: a little decor, some cute office supplies etc. I love love love target. But really who doesn’t?

 

What are some of your Friday Favorites?

 

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