Blog Posts I Love This Week July 18, 2014

              How did your week go? Mine is pretty good, things are looking up in the career department! In other news, I planted some pumpkin seeds and lettuce seeds the week before and this week I’m seeing some pumpkin sprouts. The lettuce…just cups of dirt so far. I’m also thinking of ways to fundraise the remaining $2300 I need for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. I’m considering hosting either a waffle brunch or spaghetti dinner where guests pay X amount per plate and possibly also have some donated gift baskets to raffle off as…

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Free Summer Nights Sizzle Welcome Box from Julep for New Maven Subscribers

Since I’m a big Julep fan and now an affiliate it is my duty to get you hooked…er…I mean tell you about sweet deals, such as this! New Maven subscribers can get the new 4-piece Summer Nights welcome box that includes 3 sizzling nail colors and a bonus beauty gift (stock varies) valued at $60 for free when they sign up for Julep Maven. The Julep Maven subscription box is the perfect way to treat yourself to new nail color and beauty products each month. Just a few of the perks you get as a Maven subscriber include: A fully…

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Fabletics Review

I just signed up for this new subscription service called Fabletics. I’m already a fan of subscriptions as you can tell from my Julep and Ipsy posts. I also subscribe to Shoedazzle but don’t purchase very frequently anymore. Fabletics, co-founded by Kate Hudson, is different from those subscriptions, this one offers cute, trendy, versatile workout clothes. I made physical fitness a part of my life while trying to get fit for my wedding. Now I’m training for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. I now require a variety of workout clothes since I’m trying to be active four or more…

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Blog Posts I Love This Week July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July! Besides Halloween and Christmas this is one my favorite holidays. It is the quitenstial summer holiday. I love decking myself out in my flag tank top and painting my nails in a patriotic fashion. What are you up to this Independence Day? Here are some posts that really caught my attention this week! 1. Double Chin Diary – Why Aubrey Walks the 3-Day  I’m walking this November in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk to raise funds for cancer research. One of my teammates, Aubrey, wrote a heartfelt and motivating blog post on why she walks.…

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Dealing with Anxiety and Change

I deal with anxiety. During stressful situations anxiety creeps up on me, pressing down on my chest and twisting my muscles, winding it tight creating pressure and sometimes difficulty breathing. I never experienced this horrible feeling until age 21. I never sought help for this feeling because after a while it just went away. I used to just live with this feeling all the time until slowly things changed for the better and the depression and anxiety melted away. Except now, anxiety sometimes still finds a way to creep into my life. Even in minorly stressful situations I can feel…

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Hiking at Wildwood Regional Park

Living in Ventura County is great because we are right in between two major metro areas yet still enjoy the tranquility of rural farming, beaches,  and mountains. Although the area is growing at a steady pace, there are still so many maintained natural areas to explore. Wildwood Regional Park is located in Thousand Oaks. It’s a short drive from where I live and I’ve hiked the area twice now. What’s great about this park is the variety of trails available, you can customize your hike based on your skill level and time available. It’s like a choose your own adventure…

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Drowning in Doubt

Recently I took on a new opportunity. I felt ready for a new challenge, ready to dive into something new. Feelings of doubt and apprehension did rise but I tried to shove them down and let the “what ifs” subside so I could enjoy this new journey. Now, I know this might sound a bit vague, but I want to express myself without spilling all the beans about my personal or professional life. So please bear with me. The whole time I felt like I was floating in the middle of the ocean on a small raft with small islands…

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Gardens of the World + Wine Tasting

Last weekend we visited The Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks and the went wine tasting at a nice little wine bar called Wine Yard that is located across the street from the garden. Admission to Gardens of The World is FREE and the wine tasting I selected cost only $10 and included four tastings. That made for an affordable and fun day trip. Each section of the garden is designed to represent a style from a different nation or time. Even though I grew up in Ventura County this was my first visit to Gardens of the World! Just…

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My First Ipsy Glam Bag: June 2014 Review

Last week I received my very first Ipsy bag. Ipsy is a subscription service (can you tell I love subscriptions?) and each month for $10 they send you a small makeup bag full of beauty products, either full size or deluxe sample size. Like most subscription services you take a quiz and the products are customized to your interests and skin/hair tones. I signed up for Ipsy a few months ago and was immediately placed on the waiting list. I needed to get friends to sign up in order to receive my first bag. I didn’t really like that so I…

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