We all have a vision. It could be our favorite home decor, our dream closet, or for the ambitious bunch, maybe it’s where we see ourselves in five to ten years. How ever you see yourself in the future, it all starts with a vision! That’s why I started putting more time into my Pinterest board . I’ve been filling mine with pictures of all my memories, ideas and interests. This way, I feel more inspired to reach my goals. What are yours? Let’s begin by making a vision board on Pinterest.
So there you have it! To encourage you guys, I’d usually say “just do it”, but this time, i’ll say, “just pin it!”. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Start now!
We all want a pricey vacation that’s also penny-tight. Now, I know that may seem impossible, but it’s not! The good news is that you CAN have your dream vacation– you just have to plan outside the box. To help inspire you, here are 5 dream vacation ideas on a budget.
You can still travel to the Caribbean without breaking the bank. Instead of going for fancy hotels or vacation packages, rent a small villa or cottage. From Punta Cana to Jamaica, you can enjoy the beauty of the islands by staying within a safe local community. While there, you can have meals prepared by local cooks or fishermen who create amazing dishes with fresh ingredients from the land.
And don’t forget to book a cheap flight– get daily notifications to your email from the Kayak app. It’ll automatically send you the latest deals for your destination.
Procrastinators don’t always get rewarded, but in this case, the more last-minute you are, the better! If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing away for a romantic getaway or family trip, now is your chance– and I mean, literally, NOW! Prices for cruises drop way down on the days leading up to departure to fill up the remaining cabins.
When I took a cruise with Andrew, there was never a dull moment. Everyday was a new adventure– I totally recommend it!
For the stylish couple, a West coast trip may be just what you need. Use airbnb to browse through cheap (but cute) residences in trendy cities like New York, LA, Miami or San Francisco. To save even more, you can arrange all your excursions with the locals– pro surfers, guides and foodies who love showing people around for a few bucks. So if you want to see more of the land, stay away from the big touring companies. They charge too much.
Maybe you prefer to slow things down? Let’s consider the peace and quiet of a cottage vacation! Start by planning a road trip to a lake house; there’s tons of beautiful places to rent on a budget. Next, research the local community to find stores with rental equipment, so you can enjoy all types of nature activities like kayaking, fishing and hiking.
Camping is also great for bonding and exploring the outdoors. When Andrew and I camped out at Lake Powell, we had a blast roughin’ it in the woods. Watch our video for camping tips!
Ever seen what your city has to offer? It’s not very often we tour our own city to explore its cultural sites. Plan out a bunch of local destinations where you can visit historical spots, wildlife centers, galleries, museums– the list goes on! You can also make a point of trying out some new restaurants, because we all know, half the fun of traveling is the food!
Healthy and tasty don’t always go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, I’ve developed a little collection of nutritious recipes I love that are super fun and delicious. Who says we can’t have our cake and be healthy too? Let’s take a look!
Avocados are the hot thing in cuisine right now. Filled with healthy fats vitamins, it works deliciously in baked sweets, like brownies, my favorite! Win-win guys. You can also check out my ultimate brownie challenge video for more recipes ideas!
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We all need an energy boost in the morning. But when there’s no time for a full-on meal like eggs and toast, this power smoothie is packed with nutrients. Drink up!
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Thai rolls are one of my faves. Loaded with flavor and spice, it’s comfort food that’s still good for you. And best of all, they look gorgeous, making them a perfect appetizer when friends come over.
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Calling all carb phobes! Cauliflower pizza crust is a hit. Whether you’re gluten-free or just a health nut, you’ll love this yummy recipe.
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I don’t have anything against 2017, but the new year is all about moving forward. Over the past year, we definitely had some interesting trends– silver hair and Calvin Klein undies to name a few– and now it’s time to decide what stays and what goes. Here are 6 things to leave behind for 2018.
As adorable as they look, I think we can all agree the kissy face selfie has had its run. Instead of puckering at the air, let’s try to be more natural this year! Take selfies that capture the real you, all happy and beautiful.
Mushing your cleavage together can be fun. That’s why sticky bras had their fame this past year. The only problem is that these bras tend to be designed poorly and the adhesive part collects dust and other mystery fluff over time. In 2018, forget about sticky bras and move on to a high-quality strapless ones– it’s a better investment.
Like friends, good brows are hard to find. Now first of all, I love brows— they frame your face and make you look fresh and awake. But we’ll no longer be creating enormous, oversized ones in 2018. Keep your brows clean and natural-looking
Inches upon inches of hair is gorgeous, but this year, hair fashion is going short. Shoulder-length hair is the most popular look right now. You can keep it straight or add some waves, which look especially cute if you’ve got balayage. I’ve already chopped off my ends and added wispy layers and highlights!
At the root of its meaning, “basic” is a judgemental term used to put others down for not being interesting enough. If someone enjoys the simple things in life, let them be. Who are we to decide what is better than basic? In 2018, we should all be less judgemental and positive. Spread good energy all around!
Although we love this famous phrase, it’s time to leave it in 2017. Sorry to all the Game of Thrones addicts out there. We’ve heard it used in commercials, tv shows and from our friends– pretty much everywhere! Let’s make the Starks proud and not overuse their phrase.
It’s no secret that working-out can get boring (sad face). Sometimes it can feel like a chore, especially if you’d rather binge watch Netflix. But nobody can deny how great it feels when you get up and do it! Well, now we can make working-out a lot more interesting. For 2018, there’s lots of popular workout trends to try— some we already know, while others that are totally new! Here are the hottest workout trends of 2018!
Unleash your inner lion! With this workout style, you’re combining yoga and breakdancing to create animal-inspired movements on the ground that flow into each position. These exercises force you to coordinate your core muscles like never before! My favourite positions from Animal Flow are the side-travelling ape and crab– mostly because they’re a blast and you sweat like crazy!
Squats will never go out of style! Period. You can do them at the gym with added weight or in front of the television to keep it interesting- there are a lot of variations! Just always remember to have proper form: your knees should never extend past your toes!
What is it about punching that makes you feel like Super Woman? For 2018, boxing is fully on the rise. You can practice solo with a boxing bag at home or join a class and spar with an instructor. You’ll need a set of gloves and some head gear if you are getting serious. After just one session of jabs and hooks, you’ll feel incredibly powerful– watch out!
Take your workouts to real-life heights! By setting challenges for yourself outdoors, you’re not only conditioning yourself for fitness, but also pushing your personal limits. Try activities like skiing, rock climbing and hiking (like my 9-hour wilderness hike with Andrew). Don’t wait to get your adrenaline flowing– gather some friends and get out there!
Okay, by reputation, it may not be the most ladylike workout. Yet, nobody can deny that it seriously helps you tone! The movements train your core muscles, balance and posture. You don’t need to wear anything fancy for the classes– just a t-shirt and leggings. The routines range from basic level to more intricate ones as you become more advanced. Ask one of your girlfriends to try a class– you’ll leave the studio sweating and smiling!
It’s time to get active in 2018. Do what you love!
How many of us have been guilty of making New Year’s Resolutions we don’t keep? I’m definitely guilty. But this year, I’m going to break the cycle and structure my time and schedule to help me reach the goals I set. Join me by designing some meaningful resolutions to grow in 2018. Let’s make it a point, together, to not only create ambitious goals, but also to reach them!
When it comes to the gym, everybody’s always saying, “I’ll start tomorrow” or “next week”. Then, at our weaker moments, cheat meals become our regular meals– ah, I totally get it!
For 2018, let’s take our health and fitness goals more seriously. You don’t need a personal trainer or even a gym membership for that matter. You can easily get active by following a You Tube workout video or doing a sport like tennis or rock climbing. Whether you’ve been talking about toning your legs or finally getting that cuter booty, you can make it happen in 2018!
Your New Year’s resolution can mean both inner and outer beauty. For the inner, maybe we want to be more mindful of our personal habits, like our sleeping patterns or how we speak to our friends, family or partner. For the outer, maybe it’s time to start a better skincare routine, like I did, to help make you feel more confident.
As a working woman, the next goal is always in your reach. This year, let’s take that next step to be more successful by doing what we love.
As I mentioned in my interview with Livestrong, the most important thing you need to have in your career is confidence. Begin by believing in yourself and then just do it! You can start with small steps: design a new website, spice up your resume, go to a professional networking event— just activate!
From family love to romantic love, let’s make New Year’s resolutions to improve it all.
For the fam jam, we can work on staying more connected: visiting our parents, planning little getaways, having dinner together— you know.
I remember one year, Andrew and I got stuck at customs at the airport because we lost our passports (fail). It was stressful and chaotic, but oddly enough, it’s those random little experiences together than bring us closer.
On the other hand, if there’s been some down times in your family, you might consider making amends in 2018. After all, blood is forever.
This year can also mean bringing more romantic love into your life. If you’re in a relationship, try to carve out more “us time” or even the opposite, work on respecting each other’s “me” time— like being less naggy on football Sunday.
If you’re currently single, begin making positive changes for your love life. You can start a new activity to get back out there. Enrolling in a class, maybe yoga or photography, is a good starting point. You can also create a profile on a dating app. The power is yours!
Make your New Year’s resolutions meaningful. Let’s be amazing in 2018!