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17 August 2018

5 Small Adjustments I'm Making For My Overall Happiness This August

[This post is sponsored by Olay, all opinions are my own]

My life ever since the wedding has been so wheels off. Workouts have been few and far between, food has been prevalent and my IPA and wine consumption has been just way too much. Why must I be so obsessed with IPAs, why can't I love green juice or kale salads with no dressing. I've been doing so many damaging things lately and simply put, don't feel good. 

My anxiety has been out of control and I've been wondering WHY. Well, duh it's because I don't do anything to take care of myself. I go to comped dinners for Dallas Love List where they shower you with nearly the entire menu, and it's always BOMB. I'm not complaining, getting free food and booze is the holy grail of life and I'm so lucky. If I keep going at this pace though, it'll ruin my happiness because I'm so uncomfortable in my own skin. 

So, this August I'm going to do 5 different things that I think will really help me restart and reset and try to find peace in my own skin again. 

5 Things I'm Doing This August For A Self Love Boost

A few months ago I bid on and won a 30 day unlimited Studio Hop Membership at a silent auction. The certificate has been collecting dust on my desk ever since. I finally punched my free code in and now have 30 days to various classes around Dallas. Spin, here I come. 

Not looking forward to the return of the spin bike crotch pain on the next few visits, but it's a small price to pay for feeling better in the long run. 

Breaking news: Texas is hot. I've been consistently straightening my hair for months and months, way more than I've ever straightened it in the past. So much so that I don't think people realized my hair was even curly. 

I'm ditching the flat iron, freeing up 40 minutes of my mornings and embracing my curly hair for the entire month. It's been so long since I've worn my hair curly that I forgot how much I dig it. It makes me feel unique. I pretend I'm channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw. 

Side note, I hope this will help with my habitual lateness.

I've been blogging for nearly six years and weight watchers is my go to. The last time I was really successful with it was right before I met CB. Time to get back on the wagon. 

Now is the perfect time because I don't have many blogger dinners scheduled, so I'm setting myself up for success with the lack of road blocks. 

I'm not going to go as strict with this as I did last year during the 24 day challenge, but at the very least I'll do a kick start week without the sauce, then make a conscious effort to cut back the rest of August. 

Cutting down on booze will also help me get to the gym more for early morning classes. 
Furthermore, IPAs are probably the worst possible beer you could drink for your waistline. 

I wish I could say I was joking but since I moved in with Drew I've just been using the bar soap that Drew buys. I'm not lying to you, I'm going on year three of using Drew's bar soap. Face palm.  

Olay sent me their brand new Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash to try out and I'm IN LOVE. Its not like any other product on the market because it creates such a luxe, incredibly thick lather. It's so thick that when you flip your palm over, it stays there. It smells so incredible and feels like a blast of hydration on the skin.

You guys already know that I'm a big fan of the Olay brand (I've been a brand ambassador with them the past year) and they really knocked it out of the park on this new product that retails for just $4.99 at most retailers. The body wash comes in three amazing scents, it’s truly hard to pick a favorite: Birch Water & Lavender, White Strawberry & Mint, and Shea Butter. If I had to choose, I’d pick the White Strawberry & Mint for summertime because it’s such a sweet, refreshing scent. If I didn’t already love this product, it retails for right under $5 and you get 30+ washes per bottle. You can find the Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash at HEB or on Olay's website. A little product goes a long way, and I don’t know about you but I can sleep a little better at night knowing that not all of the product is actually ending up in the drain.  

Changing from bar soap to the Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash is honestly pretty fancy for me. It is a complete shower upgrade that I'm oddly excited about. I’d love to hear which scent you’re dying to try, let me know!

So, that is my shortlist for what I have planned for August. I'm not really a goal setter, I'm not a person who goes into a new month thinking about what I can change. I usually just go with the flow, but I'm hoping if I outline a few things I want to change, my self love in my own skin with change.

Have you made any small adjustments in your life that have made a big impact on your overall happiness? 

09 August 2018

Dallas Road Trip || The Most Instagrammable Place for Photos in Oklahoma

I had no idea that the best place for your Instagram photos was just an hour and a half down the road from Dallas in Ardmore, Oklahoma. If you're looking for an easy day trip out of Dallas, grab your bestie (mine happens to be a bomb photographer for Sweet Sweet Dallas) and get your camera ready because this is the best place for photos in Oklahoma, and only a 90 minute drive from Dallas. Located about 1 minute off Interstate 35 east is the coolest hidden gem called Cloverleaf Antiques.

When you take exit 31B in Oklahoma, you'll drive about half a mile and find the pink Instagram Mecca you didn't realize you'd been searching for your whole life. The lawn is filled to the brim with Insta gold pink props. You'll find everything from ice cream cones, to flamingos, to a pink RV, to pink pigs to neon signs. 

Clearly this is not a drill.

True to the age old saying, if you build it, instagrammers will come. They should really put a sign on the door that says no photos unless you crave Instagram likes for internet validation. I say this with love, as I too crave Instagram likes.

I've always said if you have lions at the front of your driveway, you've made it in life. Can you imagine the wealth and notoriety you'll display with PINK LIONS?

I can't even wrap my mind around the accolades you must posses. I imagine there is a collection of Oscars for best costume design for some foreign film back in 1997 and potentially a plaque hanging in your home office awarding you for eating five molten lava coated hot wings from your local dive bar for you to have such an affluent lion marking your home. 


Photo by Alexandra Minton Photo

If you don't like rainbows, happiness and a substantial collection of bald eagles staring and judging you for eating cheese fries for breakfast, then Cloverleaf is probably not the place for you.

Additionally, if you have a penis interested in women, also probably not the place for you.

So for everyone else, you're welcome for the intro to your new favorite Instagram backdrop.