5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

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5 tips for staying hydrated


This post is a little different from my normal wednesday posts because it applies to everyone not just brides-to-be! This year I have been making a conscious effort to stay hydrated, not only does it help me not snack as much throughout the day but it helps me think straighter!

5 tips to stay hydrated throughout the day:

1. Eat food that has a high water content. Apples, cucumber, celery- most fruits and vegetables fall into this category.

2. Whenever you’re hungry, drink a glass of water before you eat anything. We often think that we are hungry when our bodies are telling us that we are thirsty.

3. Drink flavored water like Dasani Sparkling water. Drinking flavored sparkling water makes drinking water feel less like a chore, & more like a treat! Before I discovered that Dasani made a flavored sparkling water, I would add fresh lemon or lime juice to my sparkling water. This saves me a lot of time having it all together in one can. The cans are really cute too. The slim design makes it easy to pack in your purse or lunch box. My favorite is the lime flavor but they come in Lime, Berry, Lemon, Tropical Pineapple, & Black Cherry. (I buy mine at Walmart- located in the bottled water aisle). Check out some fun recipes with Dasani Sparkling water here!
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4. Keep water with you at all times (even if it means having two drinks at your desk). Water is free at restaurants so even if you’re craving something else to drink- order a water too! Simple habits like these can increase your water intake dramatically!

5. Make it into a “game” with this free printable that I made for my readers! I LOVE checking items off my to-do list throughout the day. Print out this free weekly chart and stick it in your daily planner. Or frame this daily one & use it like a mini dry erase chart. You can buy a magnetic frame like I did or you can use any frame with a clear plastic or glass front. I like the magnetic one because I can put it on my fridge or my filing cabinet at work! Most doctors recommend drinking 8 8 oz glasses of water a day & the Dasani Sparkling waters are 12 oz each. Thats a check & a half!



Do you have any tips to stay hydrated? Let me know in the comments below!


Wedding Diet: How to Make Zoodles

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Zoodles (zucchini noodles) were my saving grace when I decided to try Whole 30 last November. Zoodles are my favorite & easiest pasta replacement. I have cooked spaghetti squash several times but I always end up with SO much left over (and it takes like an hour to prepare). Since I usually cook for one (or two when J is in town), zoodles are the easiest and tastiest pasta substitute.

So, how do you make zoodles? Well before you invest in an expensive tool, I would suggest buying a small handheld spiralizer- that way you’ll know if you’ll actually use it.  This is the one that I got off amazon. Under $10 with Prime. It comes with a cleaning brush and is super easy to use. I registered for a more expensive option for our wedding registry because I use this little one so much.


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Always wash your zucc before spiralizing. Just put one end into the tool and start twisting. You’ll end up with beautiful noodles!

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You can see above that the spiralizer turns the zoodles into thin ribbon-like strands.

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The spiralizer cuts around the core so you don’t get many seeds in your zoodles. The strands come out really long so I suggest cutting the pile into 4ths (like a pizza) to make eating a little bit easier.

Now to get to the meal prepping part of the post. Half a zucc is the perfect portion size for me. This week, I made a meat sauce with a garden tomato sauce & some ground turkey meat.

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This meal comes out to be a little under 300 calories per serving and is the perfect lunch or dinner. If I take this to work, then I would put a little water into the side with the zoodles (not a lot but enough to steam them). I would also probably put the zoodles in a baggy to cook the meat sauce longer than the zoodles. I like my zoodles a little crunchy. I prepared these for dinners this week so I’ll dump the whole thing into a skillet together (maybe with a little olive oil) and cook it until the meat is heated all the way.

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Zoodles don’t take long to cook, which is why I love them. Just warm a little olive oil & add some salt & pepper. I really only cook the zoodles until they’re warm. If you cook them too long (or with too much olive oil), they will become soggy- which won’t taste pasta-like. I like to make them with a meat sauce or with chicken. You could cut the zoodles up into tiny pieces to mimic rice & add it to a stir fry. It’s so simple & easy to make that you can make a side of zoodles for yourself and regular pasta for your family members / guests who are pickier eaters (though once they try zoodles, they may never go back to pasta!)

Do you like zoodles? What is your favorite zoodle recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Ciao for now!


Wedding Wednesday: How to Plan an Out of State Wedding

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This spring (especially the last few weeks) has been pretty busy.

As some of you know, when I first moved to Chattanooga, I had to wait several months before my apartment was move-in ready. During that limbo, I lived with Jordan’s grandmother. After I posted my last wedding wednesday (like within 10 minutes of pressing “post”), I received an urgent text from Jordan telling me to go over to his grandmother’s house. She passed away that afternoon.

To be honest, I haven’t been in the wedding planning / blogging/ social media mood since then… It’s been very hard to move forward with wedding planning feeling like there will be such a big absence on our special day. Before she passed, she got to see a picture of me in my wedding dress and she got to look at our engagement pictures. Even though she won’t be there physically, I know she will be there with us in spirit. I miss her terribly.

This morning I got back into planning, I officially scheduled my bridals & FINALLY sent off my first batch of save the dates!

In the south, it’s traditional for the bride & groom to get married in the bride’s hometown. As I said above, I live in Chattanooga, TN but we are getting married in Augusta, GA. It is a 4 hour drive to Augusta so it’s just far enough that I can’t make the round trip in a day. (Though, I have done that before… like to vote in the primary election this year.) So I have been planning our wedding out of state.


photo by Jeri Ann Photography 

Here are some helpful tips that I’ve found helpful for planning a wedding out of state:

  1. Have a point person in the city (wedding planner, relative, friend). My mom is great about this. I can’t stress how helpful my mom has been with the entire wedding planning process. She really treats wedding planning as a “team effort” and has taken care of a lot of the contracts by herself. I also have my dear friend Jackie in Augusta who has offered to run small errands if I need her too. I haven’t taken her up on this yet, but I have a feeling I will be calling her a lot this fall. Jackie, if you’re reading this, thank you! <3
  2. Double up! Schedule multiple appointments for one weekend. Plan your engagement pictures on a weekend that you’ll already be in town. My trips home are way more planned/ scheduled now that I’m in the thick of wedding season.
  3. Keep an active wedding-to-do iPhone note. This is good advice for anyone planning a wedding- different state or not. That way when I am planning a trip home, I can look at my iPhone note and see what I need to do. I keep my note on my phone because it’s close to me almost 24-7 so I can write down my ideas the second that I think of them.
  4. Book vendors far in advance. When you’re out of town, everything takes longer. Allow yourself a lot of cushion time in case an appointment gets canceled.
  5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember WHY you’re getting married. When wedding planning stresses me out and gives me anxiety… like the fact that we haven’t finished asking the bridal party, save the dates aren’t sent out, and I don’t have people to do my hair and make up…. I remember WHY I’m getting married. I’m marrying Jordan because I love him and I don’t want to go through life without him. I had the opportunity to grab breakfast with my sweet friend, Stasia, passing through town last weekend and she gave me some of the best advice, she said, “it’ll be beautiful, the people who want to be there will be there, and at the end of the day, you’ll be married to Jordan.”

Did you get married in a different state? Do you have any long distance wedding planning advice?

Ciao for now!



Healthy Meal Prepping & Life Hacks- With Centrum Vitamints

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Happy Monday!

Today I am going to talk about something that I try to do every Sunday afternoon: healthy lunch prep. As a busy 20-something, I try to do all my shopping and prepping in one day. Every Sunday afternoon, I head to my local Walmart and stock up on groceries (and Centrum Raspberry Vitamints). I usually only prepare 4 lunches for the week because I always end up doing something else for lunch at least one day. This week, I’m going to show you my favorite recipe- a mexican salad.


4 Chicken Tenders sauteed

Salsa (fresh, I get the hot flavor)

Guacamole (I used 100 calorie guac packs)

Black Beans (strained & rinsed with 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar added)

1 Lime 

1 Bag of Romaine Hearts 

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First I cook the chicken in a little olive oil, himalayan pink salt, & fresh ground pepper on the stove. While the chicken is cooking, I strain a can of black beans and put them in a bowl with some red wine vinegar.

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I cut each tender into bite sized pieces. The first thing that I add to my lunch containers are the black beans. I spoon the beans into the small side of the container until they are equally distributed. Then I lay approximately 1 cut up tender on top of the beans.

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As you see above, the small side of the container is for the protein / “hot” items and the large side is for veggies / “cold” items. Easy lifehack: put the lettuce into a baggie so that it’s easy to take out while you heat up the hot items in the microwave. I put salsa into a small container and use that as the “dressing” on the salad. I use fresh salsa because it saves me from having to cut up all those vegetables but it adds spice & fresh veggies!

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I always make sure to include some sort of snack (usually a piece of fruit) and my Centrum Raspberry Vitamints! While I’m heating up the beans & chicken in the microwave (high for 45 seconds). I take my Raspberry Vitamints! It gives me something to do while my food is in the microwave and the routine keeps me from forgetting to take my vitamins. I just have to be careful to only eat 2- they’re just so delicious. I love the new raspberry flavor, it’s sweet but refreshing at the same time. Plus, I know that I’m getting all the health benefits from a multi-vitamin. I highly recommend Centrum’s Multigummies too! They taste just like fruit snacks.*

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After I heat the hot portion in the microwave, then I put the lettuce into the large side of the container and spoon the hot beans & chicken over the lettuce, I top with guac, salsa, & a squeeze of lime. Not only does meal prepping help me not over-eat (all about portion control) (#weddingdiet), but it helps me save money too. ‘Cause someone’s gotta pay for our honeymoon, right? 😉 I enjoy staying healthy with simple solutions like meal prepping & Centrum Gummies & Vitamints.

PS: Make sure that you pack a napkin & fork! And here are some coupons so you don’t forget your Vitamints!

What helps you save time during the week? Do you meal prep?

Ciao for now!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Wedding Diet & Easy Healthy Recipes