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I started taking a new multivitamin after coming home from BlogHer in July. It’s the Kind Organics Women’s Once Daily created by Garden of Life. I’ve read about Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet in the past. In fact, I have her book The Kind Diet. I was excited to test out the vitamins because I’ve heard about them via Twitter. I often switch out my multivitamins, but I’d like to stick with this one for a while.

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I take mine once a day every morning. A few great things about the multivitamin:

- It has 100% of the recommended daily amounts of 15 important vitamins and minerals. I usually take the multivitamin in the morning when I get up or just before breakfast. I have noticed that my hair is getting thicker and the curl pattern is growing in more defined. My coworker also takes the vitamin and has noticed hair growth too.

- Certified vegan, USDA Organic, Non- GMO Project Verified and gluten free

- Great levels of B vitamins for skin and nails (my skin is looking great)

- Tablet is easy to swallow with no after taste

- 60 tablets are a plus for me. You take one a day, so essentially one bottle lasts for about two months. At a price point of $35 per bottle, that’s $17.50/month and a great price in comparison to other vitamins with much less to offer. Some multivitamins ask too much in my opinion. I don’t want to take 3 of them a day at all! I’ve found some great coupons and also recommend subscribing to the email list for offers and following on social media.

More details about this vitamin and other Garden of Life products here. Do you take a multivitamin? What kind of benefits do you see?

 

*I was given a bottle of Garden of Life Kind Organics Women’s Once Daily to try. As always, all opinions are my own.

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TGIF!

It’s been a long week. I’m thankful that the finish line is so close. I don’t have big plans for the weekend, and I’m okay with that.

This week, I tried turkey meatballs and veggies over Quest Nutrition spinach fettuccine.

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I found out about Quest Nutrition on YouTube. Then when I went to FitBloggin’ in June, I got to learn even more about them. I’ll definitely be purchasing the spinach fettuccine for future meals. They were super easy to make!

I bought a desk!


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I had to buy a hammer to put it together, but hopefully, it’s ready for use. I really wanted a designated place to sit my laptop and do work. Writing, planning, budgeting, etc. Doing it on the sofa wasn’t very productive because sofas are for “relaxing”. Now all I need is a chair and I’m good to go!

I enjoyed reading this article by Paul C. Brunson on the 9 Biggest Problems with Dating. I had a first date over the weekend. It was a learning experience. I always tell people that my dating life is like a comedy show. Like In Living Color. Have to make the most of it right?

Did you hear about the Digorno tweet on the domestic violence hashtag #WhyIStayed? As a social media manager, it’s important to not only monitor trends, but to know and understand the trend. I hope the person handling it doesn’t get into too much trouble and will think twice about future “trend hopping”.

I loved the NIssan #RoyalBaby tweet. Simple, but effective.

What’s on your mind this week?

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A few years ago, I was in a tough spot.

I was in between jobs, steadily interviewing and going through a cycle of rejection and frustration.

Often times, I’d be on an interview with one company while receiving rejection letters from other companies all in the same day. It was a humbling time. What really helped me make it through that period was sticking to a solid schedule filled with exercise, reading (mostly memoirs), networking, mid day movie matinees, and interviewing. I went on so many interviews. I can’t even remember them all. I know that I went through all of this, but lately, I was reminded of that period.

I started getting alerts on my phone from Tumblr. Honestly, I love Tumblr as a platform, however, I’m not incredibly active on there. I kept getting these alerts on my phone about a quote being reblogged. One that I posted a while back by Kelly Cutrone after reading her book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside.

 

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As soon as I saw the quote, I remembered that period of struggle. I remembered receiving those rejection emails, while on the phone interviewing for other positions. Feeling confused and frustrated about where I was in life, feeling doubtful about my career standing. I learned so much during that period about being patient, and resilient. Was it a tough time? Absolutely, but from that period came lessons that I needed to learn. I just wanted to share this for anyone as motivation this morning. It’s hard to see outside of the season your in. We’ve all been there.

But things get better.

What season are you in? What’s preventing you from living your best life?

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I have been fortunate enough to enjoy these gorgeous flowers for the last week.

 

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Expect a full review on my experience with The Bouqs soon here on the blog.

I have been focused on making my new place feel like home. I know it’s not the things that make a home, but more about the people and experiences. So far, I’ve had a few visitors over for dinner. My goal is to have one guest per week to try out some of my meals. I’m also slowly but surely adding little bits of decor.

I set a goal to eat in every meal of the week and take my lunch daily. I allow myself one lunch and one dinner “out” per week. That’s it. This really helps me stay on top of my spending on food and I have been able to try new dishes and entertain guests ;).

My plan is always to hit the grocery store on Sunday, then make all of the food after that. SO far, this plan hasn’t gone as expected. Usually, after hitting 1-3 grocery stores to get everything on my list, I’m hungry, tired and ready for a nap. This week I went Monday since it was a holiday. This worked out fine, but instead of cooking while it was 95 degrees out, I decided to hit the pool. So yeah, meals didn’t get made.
I’m not sure if my plan is too solid or if I need to think things through on Friday or Saturday and hit the grocery store right after church Sunday, have break time for lunch, then make everything. Perhaps I’m overthinking things…I will give myself credit for the fact that this “plan” has gone really well and I have in fact eaten what I make with the exception of two meals a week ovevr the last three weeks. I’ve made it work. **Pats self on the back**

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This week’s list

Here are a few tips that have helped me stick to it over these last few weeks:

1. Fit Men Cook – I saw this video where he talks about how to make your food budget happen. He explains the importance of selecting quality proteins first then everything else after that. This was so helpful for me because I usually spend the most money on the “fluff” as opposed to buying quality proteins.
2. Pinterest – This Monday, before my grocery trip, I took inventory of what I already had and also the pins on my board of recipes that I wanted to try. By doing this, I realized that I had a surplus of qunioa and I planned a few meals around that
3. Invite a friend – By inviting a friend/guy to impress ;) over for dinner helps me get feedback on my cooking in addition to preventing me from getting bored with leftovers.
4. Experiment – By the end of the week, I’m drained from everything. So the meals need to be easy to make and simple. Last week, I got creative with the ingredients that I had left.
5. Be flexible – Of course, schedules are not permanent. I’ve had to adapt or move things around. That’s life. As long as I have my plan set prior to the week, it helps me remain flexible throughout.

I definitely plan on improving my process. I want to reduce my spend as soon as I have all of the essential kitchen items. I also plan on creating a list of staple products and an inventory. Seems like so much, but I’ll get there. I’m working on my fall bucket list too.

Do you meal plan? What works best for you?

 

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Last week, I had the opportunity to try new menu items at Olive Garden. I haven’t been there in forever, so I was excited to attend. I’m so glad that I saved room at lunch because we were treated to eleven new menu items.

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Row 1: Crispy Risotto Bites, Artichoke Fritta, Poenta Shrimp alla Greco,

Row 2: Lasagna Fresca, Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich, Pappardelle Pescatore

Row 3: Bucatini with Diavolo Sauce and Sausage Meatballs, Chichek Abruzzi*, Vanila Panna Cotta with Strawberries

(* – Lighter Italian Fare menu item)

Everything was delicious. On my next trip, I would definitely love to try the Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries. It’s a light dessert with loads of flavor. The Chicken Abruzzi and chicken meatballs were excellent and light as well. I am not the biggest fan of heavy menu items at all, so the items that had lots of flavor without the heavy sauces stood out most for me.

I saved my favorite two items for last ;)

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The Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper adds a topper to your traditional Olive Garden salad. I always enjoy Olive Garden’s salad and breadsticks during my trips. The addition of roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and kale really take the salad up a notch. I love how there wasn’t too much dressing so that I could really taste and enjoy the flavors. I would order this on another trip.

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My absolute favorite entree was the Garlic Rosemary Chicken. I loved the rich rosemary flavor. The raw spinach and mashed potatoes were a perfect compliment. This dish is on the lighter fare menu too so it’s under 575 calories!

I’m getting full again just looking through all of these photos ;) Will have to go back for date night or girl’s night soon!

Have you been to Olive Garden lately? Have you tried any of these menu items?

If you’d like to see what others thought of the menu items. Check out my Storify below!

*I was invited to attend a media dinner with food and drinks provided by Olive Garden. As usual, all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own!

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The week after BlogHer, I moved ITP. (ITP = Inside the Perimeter for non Atlantans ;))

I must admit now, that between FitBloggin’, BlogHer everyday life and this move, I took on a little too much in a span of a couple of weeks. But that’s life right? Summer has been a rollercoaster, and hopefully things will pace themselves out during this last half of summer and through fall. I’ve been settling in and getting organized. I’ve learned this about myself: I’m not a neat freak, I’m no slob and I’m not OCD, but everything has to have a place in my home and it things don’t have a place yet. It bothers me a little bit. So, I’m working on giving everything a home to dwell. I also had to purchase furniture. Pinterest has been great with helping me organize what I like and even helping me come back to it when I’m ready to purchase. It’s nice to enjoy time at home as opposed to eating breakfast in the car, sitting in traffic and always being in a rush.

My commute is down to 15 minutes and I’m beyond thankful. Why did I wait so long to do this?

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I get to sit down and enjoy my breakfast every morning. My car is thankful for less spills! One of my favorite mugs ever. Love it!

I have set a few goals since I moved and I’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks on the blog. I’m excited that I will have more time to spend here and I’ll have updates about decorating and organizing my new place.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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BlogHer 2014 was beyond words. Great stories, great people, fabulous fashion and tons of inspiration.

Seriously, I’m so glad that I went!
It was my first time in San Jose. What a gorgeous place!

On Thursday night, I hit up the Eppa sangria party. It was toasty out but the sangria was nice. I took a selfie with Stacy, the founder of Blogalicious!

On Friday, the conference kicked off with a newbie breakfast. From there, the fun only continued. Here are a few of my favorite moments:

Kerry Washington
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Yes, the Olivia Pope live in the flesh graced us with her presence during a much anticipated keynote. I admire Kerry for not talking about her family and private life. It’s nice to have a celebrity that draws the line between work and personal life. She spoke with blogger Demetria Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn about her life, work and Scandal fashion. I’m even more excited about the Scandal collabo with The Limited happening this fall.
Alie and Georgia
While charging my phone at the WIFI Family booth. I found out about a cool event happening at the NesCafe Dolce Gusto booth in the expo. I ended up enjoying a great cocktail creating demo from the duo. It was my first time learning about Alie and Georgia, but I’ll definitely be following them for drink and party inspiration.
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Aren’t they the cutest??
I love the vintage dresses, glam hair and eye makeup. They served us this great cocktail with lavender simple syrup, grapefruit juice and lemon flavored Smirnoff. So yummy. I will be making it for poolside enjoyment before the summer ends ;) I remained caffeinated with the help of the Chai tea from the lovely ladies at the booth all weekend!
Rev Run
Rev Run put on a show for us at the McDonald’s closing party. I enjoyed a happy meal and even tried McDonald’s strawberry smoothie. Then we all jumped around to tunes by Kanye West, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Run DMC of course right at the front of to the stage during a hyped playlist from the Rev.

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My Rev Run selfie :)
The Multi Culti Suite
I got there first and ended up winning a copy of Ananda Leeke’s latest book Digital Sisterhood! Can’t wait to read it.
Goldieblox Suite
I enjoyed the Goldiblox Suite on Friday night. Candy, cocktails and building things all go well together. I heard about Goldieblox after seeing the funny commercials. I like how they are encouraging women to get into building things.

I’m having a great time connecting with other conference attendees through these recap posts. Did you attend BlogHer? Let me know in the comments so that I can check out your recap! Have you ever attended BlogHer?

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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.