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The week is almost done! Mine has been a whirlwind. I went to a new dentist yesterday during lunch (two snaps for no cavities). Last night I went to Atlanta Hot Yoga with my coworker. It was really fun. I think that I’ll go to class with her again one day. But I had on running attire at yoga class. I didn’t plan to go to yoga so it was go with the flow ;). I didn’t let that stop me! It was spiritual, sensual and detoxifying. We worked with our yin and yang. Sensual and strong sides. There’s a balance inside of all of us. It was so relaxing. I’m so glad that I tried it. Needless to say, I woke up this morning feeling all cool, calm and collected. I meant to take a sweaty selfie after but, my eyes were so red it was scary! Too much salty sweat rolled into them. This weekend we are having a family reunion in ATL. So, I’ll be a busy bee.

Did anyone see the latest Transformers movie?

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I hit up a Sunday matinee during opening weekend. It was my “break time” as I unpacked from FitBloggin’. I was really excited, but overall I felt let down. I thought it was great to have Mark Wahlberg in the film. I mean, I suffered through Pain and Gain just because he was in the film. This storyline primarily centered around Optimus Prime. That part was cool. I missed the “boy and his car” theme of the 1st Transformers movie between Shia and Bumblebee. I also missed Tyrese and Josh Duhamel. It just wasn’t the same with this one :( I wasn’t buying the father/daughter relationship between Mark and the teenager. The action was alright. I guess that’s the main part. The storyline was intriguing too. I just expected a little better. The very first Transformers movie was the best one to me. New and shiny things don’t improve on drab storylines.

But anyway…..

I got my second Fab Fit Fun VIP box. The Summer edition. This is my second box. I received the spring one too. The box is $49/season. IMG_1803

 

This box had some really great items. Here’s what I got:

- Sonya Dakar Flash Facial - The retail price on this is $95! It costs close to double the price of the box. I will have to do a review on it

- pur~lisse pur-protect SPF 30 - Definitely something I’ll use. Can never get enough sun screen.

- Thursday Friday Away Mini Clutch/Makeup bag – I didn’t really need another makeup bag or mini clutch. So I’ll give this to a cousin or a kid I babysit for. Retails for $35

- Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil - Hair oil to balance out frizz. It retails for $25. I’ve never heard of it.

- Zoya Nail Polish - This polish is in the bottom right corner of the photo. It’s an orange like shade that looks great on my skin. Retails for $9

- KISSTIXX lip gloss in Chocolate and Strawberry (these have a great flavor) - The directions say that you should use each flavor at once. I have already tested them out and I really like how the flavors taste. This retails for $5.99

- POPchips - I thought this was a great addition to the box. However, I’m no sour cream an onion fan. I’ll give these to a buddy at work. Retail $1.29

-Skintimate Shave Gel - Will absolutely use this over the summer! Great size for traveling too. Retail $1.99

- Always Xtra Protection Long Daily Liners - In case you missed it, I’m a fan of liners and never being unprepared ;). I’ll use these for sure. Will slip some in my gym bag and keep the rest in my purse Retail $1.50

-Slimfast Have Your Cake Meal Bar - My meal bar was a bit battered from the sun. But, I’ll definitely give it a try. I usually keep bars in my purse for snacks in the car or at work. Retail $1 for 1 bar or $5.49 for a box

 

Do you get the FabFitFun VIP box? I have enjoyed 2 boxes so far. I think I’ll remain a subscriber through the end of 2014 to see what else is in store for the Fall and Winter boxes. If you’d like to subscribe, join here.

 

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Last week, prior to the Fitbloggin’ conference, I was nervous. I signed up to attend without knowing anyone. I drove to Savannah alone. I didn’t know what to expect at all. By Friday morning, my nerves calmed dramatically and I was really enjoying myself. Everyone at Fitbloggin’ is so nice. Must be the endorphins, right? ;)

Everyone was so complimentary and supportive. We are all at different stages of our lives and fitness journey. Though I should remember that, it’s nice to have a reminder sometimes. I think we all forget a little. We all have insecurities, doubts and fears. The sweetest thing I heard someone say to me was, “You’re so zen”. That made me feel relaxed. I mean, who doesn’t want to be zen? I know I do. I stepped outside of my comfort zone by trying Crossfit (I liked it)

and experimenting with avocados!

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Here’s my creation, an avocado topped with balsamic vinaigrette. It tastes so good. I will have to try this at home on my own.

I discovered some fun new products and learned new things about myself. Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a rut personally and it’s impacted my desire to workout and remain physically fit. I haven’t been to Savannah since I was in middle school. It was nice to be back!

More than anything, I had a great time at Fitbloggin’ meeting new people and stepping outside of my comfort zone. That’s what life’s all about right?

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Did you guys see the latest Scandal news? Looks like we will now get the opportunity to shop Olivia Pope’s looks while watching. I am a fan of this ;) Anything that makes shopping a little bit easier. Scandal has partnered with The Limited, which happens to be one of my top choices for work clothing options. I have several skirts from there. I know Olivia loves her wide leg pants, but skirts and dresses fill up the majority of my closet. I’m excited to see how this works.

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I’m headed to Savannah for a few days tomorrow for FitBloggin’! I’m pretty excited and I will have more to share about the adventure here soon. In the meantime, make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates.

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Lenox Mall is re-opening! There was a ribbon cutting last Thursday and everything. If you shop at Lenox, maybe you’ve noticed the changes happening right out front. There’s now a new entrance and new stores. I go to the mall during the week usually during lunch. For me, it’s the best time to shop since the mall is near my job and the crowd is smaller during the day. When I was a kid, I remember shopping at Lenox on the weekends and during the holidays. Lenox Mall opened in 1959 and I think the new updates are a perfect way for the mall to get an update. Especially at Macys. I’ve never been to the tree lighting or to ride the pink pig, but those are traditions I’ll have to join in on at least once.

During the event, they announced that a Diane Von Furstenburg store is on the way to the mall. Pretty big news since we don’t have a DVF store in Atlanta! Last night I checked out Zinburger, one of the new restaurants. It’s a great spot girls night or for a date ;). I tried the turkey burger with sweet potato fries and the Hey Mamba red wine blend. I’ll definitely be going back! I hope to try True Food Kitchen when it opens too!

Have you noticed the new changes at Lenox Mall?

 

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I told myself that I wouldn’t, but I ended up binge watching Orange is the New Black Friday and Saturday. I really enjoyed seeing more of the stories of who the women were before they ended up in jail. Especially Suzanne (Crazy Eyes).

 

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The child actors were so good.

I won’t do a full on review for those of you who didn’t get a chance to catch the whole season. Overall, it was pretty good. I like how I can just watch every episode when I feel like it and don’t have to wait every single week like with regular shows. The drawback is that it does suck up your entire weekend a bit.

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I’ve noticed something about myself, when it comes to facing challenges and going through things the first thing that I do is abandon my blog. It’s easy to shut the world out and that’s not the best strategy, but it’s a bad habit. I don’t want to do that anymore. I recently decided to start writing thirty minutes a day. I’m excited to get back into writing again and sharing more on my blog! Have a great Monday.

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I can’t remember the last time that I had the opportunity to indulge in brunch. Ever since I had the opportunity to try Saltyard for a blogger brunch, I realized that brunch is a relaxing good time. It’s definitely not something that happens every weekend. But when it does…

 

It’s so worth it.

 

Recently, I attended the The Little Black Dress Brunch at Saltyard hosted by celebrity food blogger Eating with Erica. Saltyard specializes in small plates and the atmosphere is hip with an open interior. Our brunch consisted of four courses. We kicked things off with bottomless mimosas.

 

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Next, we had an option three options: buratta, brussel leaf salad and raw kale salad. I selected the raw kale salad. Definitely made the right choice! The raw kale salad had buttermilk, blue cheese and onions. The kale had the perfect texture. I loved it.

 

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For the next course, I selected the mascarpone stuffed local brioche with house made blueberry pecan maple syrup. I love mascarpone and this did not disappoint. The syrup was sweet with fresh blueberries too. I ate every single bite :)

 

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The next course was skillet eggs with fresh tomatoes. I skipped the toast, but the eggs and tomatoes were a perfect combination. The flavors melted in my mouth.

 

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They saved the best for last with the creme brulee. Oh my goodness! The reputation preceded this great dish. Another blogger highly recommended it. The lemon creme brulee with blackberries was good to the last bite. The perfect ending to a tasty brunch.

 

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What I enjoyed most was how everything tasted different from anything I’d ever had before. I enjoyed how Saltyard put a spin on classic dishes. Our server was a sweetheart too. I will have to make it a point to indulge more often. So worth it.

 

A huge thanks to Lauren from Pretty Southern for the invitation and Erica for allowing me to attend! She did a great job hosting.

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Brunch Selfie ;)

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Over the last couple of weeks, Keurig K-cups have been battling it out on Facebook during the Battle of the Brews. Today, the campaign has been narrowed down to four finalists. (I’m pulling for Cinnabon ;)) To celebrate, I’m giving away a Keurig K65 Special Edition brewer!

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 My Keurig with my favorite mug :)

The prize will be black and look similar to the one in the photo! For additional product details click here. Details on how to enter are below! The contest will end on April 10th!

 

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I’m glad that we have made it to a new month! The last part of March had me down a little. I was under the weather with pink eye {again}. I feel like maybe it was worse than pink eye, but fortunately, now I feel so much better. Over the last three days I set a new goal to start drinking more water. I even got a new half gallon water bottle that has been going everywhere with me. My goal is to get in one entire gallon a day. That’s about 3.78 L.

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I’m also joining in on the plank a day challenge with Fitfluential too.

 

I convinced my coworker to do it with me. I would love for my readers to participate too. Leave a comment to let me know if you plan to ;) Here’s a calendar with the daily plank times. AND if you use the hashtag #FFAprilAbs on Twitter and Instagram you can win prizes from PUMA.

Since allergy season is officially here, I will be starting to drink more tea. I was excited to find out about Oprah’s chai tea coming soon. I love loose leaf tea ever since I tried Teavana. I know that Oprah loves Maharaja Chai Oolong. That’s one of my favorites too! So, I can’t wait to purchase her Chai. I signed up for more details here.

I hope my allergies don’t get the best of me this month. I have so many things that I want to share very soon.

What are your April goals? Happy Hump Day folks.

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It all started out with me getting ready to wash my hair. Frustrated with my bottomless box of products, I decided to go through and pull out every single hair product in my possession. I wanted to get things more organized and take an inventory. For me, the best way to get over impulse purchases was to have a good understanding of what I do have.

A little bit of background on my hair:

- I went natural in 2010. I didn’t do a big chop, but instead I went to a stylist who helped me grow my hair out and trim it accordingly.

- I don’t know my “number” or anything.

- My hair is fine, scalp is dry…very dry sometimes

- Some products I bought work now, but didn’t work when my hair was both natural and permed.

When it came to getting organized, I started by pulling everything out and placing it all on the counter.

 

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The full product haul

 

Next, I used post-its to write down categories and sub categories for sorting:

 

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I love these D Post-its!

Shampoo – Dry Scalp/Clarifying, Moisturizing

Conditioner – Leave Ins, Masks

Styling – Oils, Heat Protectants, Hair Sprays, Scalp remedies

After that, I sorted everything and then threw out a few items that I would never use and couldn’t give away (a sample of weave bonding remover – I don’t know anyone who uses weave bond.) I also found some baby shampoo which I use whenever I get pink eye, but I don’t use it on my hair.

 

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All of the sorted items.

I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for over a year now. While sorting the products I realized that I have a good amount of samples that I need to test out, give away or throw out. I also have some other freebies throughout my product collection that I need to make good use of. I put everything in boxes and into the cabinet. For some of the duplicate products, I spread the items between my room, car, trunk or office desk where needed. I don’t keep hair products in the shower, I pick them out before I wash and put them back when I’m done. Now that everything is sorted and I pulled all of the products out I know what I DO have and that I don’t need anything else. I hope to throw out things as I finish them and replace the products that I like.

I feel relieved to have everything sorted out and in a set place! So worth taking the time to do. Have you done a product inventory before? I promise, you won’t regret it!

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This is a sponsored post for U by Kotex through The bLink Marketing Network. U by Kotex provided me products to review. You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too at www.ubykotex.com/get-a-sample and Do the Demo. All opinions shared are my own.

Warning: this post will be about periods. Hope it’s not TMI ;)

Whenever I think back on getting my period for the first time, I remember my mom giving me a copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. If I have a daughter one day, I will definitely do the same. I was not like Margaret because she was one of those girls obsessed with getting her period. She was prepared before she even needed to be. I got my first period at an overnight religion summer camp before 7th grade and I was totally unprepared.

Caught off guard + away from home = embarrassing!

These days, I try to always keep my bases covered. Keeping a liner or two in my purse always helps. Our bodies and our lives are unpredictable sometimes and having that bit of protection with me makes me feel at ease. For all moments unpredictable or planned, Kotex keeps me covered. Period.

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I wrote this review while participating in a content series through The bLink Marketing Network on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.