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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. 

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Hello Monday! Did you guys watch the Oscars last night? I am trying to stick to an earlier bedtime and plan to watch the highlights later today online. Sadly, the only nominated movie that I saw over the last year was American Hustle. I have some catching up to do if I want to see all of them. This weekend, the weather was incredibly beautiful. Not too hot, and not too cool! I tried making sweet potato hash for the first time, organized my hair products (more on that soon), went to an art show, went antique shopping and had brunch with one of my friends to catch up!

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 My assortment of hair products, a set of 2/3 vintage Louis Vuitton trunks found while antiquing {want}, Brunch at 10th and Piedmont and a sculpture by Stephen Hayes from his Cash Crop exhibit I attended on Friday.

  The other day, I listened to the new Pharrell album via iTunes Radio and I was inspired to create an entire playlist inspired by him to go along with my workouts.

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I haven’t planned out my full week of workouts, but I will share them when I have!

Did you do anything fun and exciting this weekend?

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I signed up for Tough Mudder this week with my coworkers! We are getting team shirts and everything. It got me thinking about what races I will be participating in this year. I definitely want to do the Peachtree Road Race again. But beyond that, I’m looking at a few new races. I saw yesterday that Disney announced a new half marathon called Smash the Half.

I’m really tempted to participate because I’ve never done a half at Disneyland and the Disney Princess Half was so much fun last year. So many races, not enough money or time, lol. I’ll think on it a little bit more before I make a full out schedule for the year. Decisions, decisions.

I’m on the end stretch of the burpee challenge! I have 15 more left!! I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to it. Maybe I’ll take on another challenge for March?

The weather here is flirting with spring, but then going back to cold. Which sucks, but that’s Georgia for you. I found this cute dress at Macys that’s the perfect color for spring. I left it, but looking at this photo again makes me want to go back for it.

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 All of those spring colors in there. I love spring dresses and skirts.

Here’s my schedule for this week:

Monday – Cardio, arms, 10 burpees

Tuesday – am: yoga pm: Zumba

Wednesday – am: burpees 15 and lower body yoga, pm: Body pump

Thursday – am: Beach Babe Tone It Up dvd pm: 15 burpees LAST SET OF BURPEES :)

Friday: am: yoga

Saturday: run (hopefully outside)

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Happy National Drink Wine Day ;)

In celebration, I’m sharing a review of Spodee Wine. Have you heard of it?

Spodee comes in a milk bottle and dates back to the Depression era hooch with homemade country wines, spiked with backwoods liquor and garden herbs. It’s a grape wine with natural chocolate flavor. It’s 18% alcohol by volume (36 proof). So, a little bit goes a long way!

 

A week ago Spodee reached out to me to let me know that they are coming to the Atlanta market soon and offering me a bottle to try. I went to the website and instantly fell in love with the branding. Over the weekend, I mixed up a few different cocktails over the weekend and my favorite happened to be Spodee and soda.

 

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I added:

1 part Spodee

1 part Club Soda

1 whole squeezed orange

I really enjoyed the taste of this drink. The Spodee has a great flavor and the soda gave it a few bubbles. The light hint of orange made it the perfect cocktail to relax with for the evening. I drank mine during a House of Cards season 2 mini marathon. The great thing about Spodee is that it isn’t too expensive. In fact, you can get a bottle online for $7.99. When the wine makes it’s debut in Atlanta I will definitely pick up a few for gifts ;) I saved my bottle too because it was so cute. Perfect for a few flowers.

Here’s that cute video to learn more about Spodee. I loved it!

 

Did you have a drink in honor of National Wine Day?

 

Disclosure: I was given a bottle of Spodee Wine for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Any House of Cards fans out there? I need someone to talk the season over with and I don’t want to spoil it yet for people who haven’t seen it yet. But just the first episode had me thrown for a loop. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Frank and Claire are too much. So many great quotes happening there. This one happens to be one of my favorites:

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Last night I hit 951 burpees out of my 1,000 goal with Fitfluential! 49 left to go! Pretty exciting! My high has been 45 in one day, and I did that number for six days straight. My arms were pretty sore after that. I’m on pace to finish a little sooner than February 28th. I think I will still do a few every day up until the end of the challenge to push my numbers over a bit. I worked out with a trainer last week and he helped me figure out what I need to focus on in terms of my workouts and nutrition. It helps to ask for help when you need it. I’ll share insight on that meeting soon. For my next few burpees I want to focus on doing different variations. There are 30 on this list and I want to try a few of the variations.

On Valentine’s Day, I heard that new Mariah Carey song, You’re Mine and I love it. Whenever I think of Mariah, I think of gold glitter and butterflies. Seriously. That’s just her. Gold glitter and butterflies make me happy like her music :) That made me really think about the folks I care about and what positive things do I associate with them. I always think of biscuits and Cane Patch syrup when I think of my grandmother. I used to love those when I was younger. I think of pound cake when I think of my aunt. All great things that make me happy.

Do you associate the people you care about with something you always enjoy?

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Happy Valentine’s Day! This week didn’t go as planned again, we had two days snowed in here in Atlanta. The first day, there was more ice than snow. The second day there was snow, but it melted in 7 hours and next week it will be 60 degrees. That’s Atlanta!

I came across this article this week on Valentine’s Day marketing. It talks about how the hashtag #ForeverAlone is a popular one across social media over the Valentine’s Day holiday.

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How do you market to a person not in a relationship on a day about being in relationships and in love? I can’t say. While I’ve had to tackle many challenges working in marketing, this is not one of them! But because I am a single person who is not in love {at the moment} I know I wouldn’t want the tagline to be forever alone. That sounds so permanent and negative. How do marketers get to single people without taking a negative approach? That is the question. Since it is Valentine’s Day, I’m doing some link love to a few great articles I’ve seen lately across the web on love and relationships. Some for the pro V-Day folks, taken, single and the anti ones too ;) Have a wonderful day!

- The Band Perry’s Guide to Dating: Speed Dating w/ Kimberly Perry

- Single Ladies Valentine’s Day Playlist

- A Love song from Kid President and Lennon and Maisy {cuteness and talent overload}

- Self Love – Are these Excuses Keeping you from Success?

- House of Cards Valentine’s

- Nine Lies in the Not so Married Life

- Justin Timberlake’s pt 2 of the 20/20 Experience on sale for $6.99 on iTunes

- Give Yourself Some Love via Run or Dye

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Love it or hate it, we are two days away from Valentine’s Day! I am excited to see About Last Night, but outside of that I don’t have grand V-day plans. Maybe something spontaneous ;) Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share a wish list of items that might even make perfect gifts. Especially for you last minute shoppers out there looking for a little inspiration for the folks you love. Here it is:

 

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Victoria’s Secret Incredible Sports Bra | Kate Spade Charming charm bracelet | 5 Love Languages Singles Edition

Henri Bendel Mini Crossbody | Naked LipglossPurple Cowboy Tenacious Red wineCake Stand with mini dome