5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

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5 tips for staying hydrated

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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.

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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!

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HYDRATION CHART

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

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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.

Ingredients:

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!

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*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.

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Wedding Wednesday- What to Wear for Your Engagement Pictures!

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WHAT TO WEAR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Today, I am sharing a few photos from our engagement pictures and some advice for brides-to-be (or you could also apply these same tips to a family photo session).

Engagement Photos by Jeri Ann Photography

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What to Wear For Your Engagement Pictures:

  1. Wear something flattering. If it doesn’t look good in the mirror, then it won’t look good in pictures. You can even have your significant other take a quick iPhone shot of you wearing the outfit to make sure that it photographs well.
  2. Tone down the patterns. Patterns (especially super tight patterns) can look weird when photographed (look up the moiré effect). I usually try to add texture (like the lace on my dress) rather than crazy patterns.
  3. Make sure your outfits flow but aren’t super matchy matchy. No longer are the days of all white tops and jeans on the beach. My center stone on my ring is a midnight blue sapphire, so I asked Jordan to wear his navy blazer.
  4. Get your nails done. You’ll want some close up ring shots (speaking of which, have your ring professionally cleaned. That way it’s extra shiny in pictures.)
  5. Wear something that sets the tone of your wedding. Your Save the Date is the first impression that guests have of your wedding. If you are having a formal wedding, then I wouldn’t send a save the date with an engagement photo wearing t-shirts.
  6. Wear something bridal. I know I’m not wearing white, but I consider lace accents and blush as falling into that category.
  7. Make sure that your outfits match your home decor. Ok, this one may be a bit of a stretch… but since most engaged couples don’t have children yet, your house will end up looking a bit narcissistic with wedding photos and engagement photos everywhere… so they might as well match your throw pillows! Our pictures will look great in frames and hung on our walls because our outfits flow with the theme and color scheme of my apartment (and our future home together).

Non-Outfit tips:

  1. Bring props. I chose to do a picnic themed engagement shoot so I borrowed my friend Jackie‘s mom’s picnic basket and repurposed my bridesmaid bouquet at her wedding from the day before. Bringing a bottle of bubbly also gave us something to do in the pictures besides just stare at each other. 😉
  2. Enjoy it. I had so much fun taking an hour and just being near Jordan. We weren’t on our phones, we didn’t have anywhere to be, our only job was to hold each other and be in love. Sounds super sappy but it was a really nice to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. Plus, smiling in general makes you a happier, even if you’re in a bad mood (it has something to do with your brain and your facial muscles… don’t quote me on that, but you can look it up).
  3. Don’t psych yourself out about it. I looked up wayyyy too many poses on Pinterest and we didn’t end up using half of them & some of the ones that we did use, I don’t love. At the end of the day, your engagement pictures are just pictures of you and your loved one. Be prepared, but don’t get carried away and miss what this special time is really about.

unspecified-3Cheers & ciao for now!

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Wedding Wednesday: A dozen items that you need to add to your wedding registry!

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ITEMS YOU NEED TO ADD TO YOUR REGISTRY

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Engagement pictures are done, save the dates are ordered, & I am officially past the 6-month mark. Before we send out our save the dates, I need to make a wedding website (I know, as someone who works in digital media, how have I not done this already? ha!) and mostly finalize our registries.

I am a member of a Facebook group called the Wedding Connection (let me know if you want to join & I’ll add you), it’s a group full of engaged and newlywed brides. I polled the ladies in there about the best wedding presents that they received and got some surprising answers. I added some of their answers along with advice from my mom below!

A Dozen Items That You Need to Add to Your Wedding Registry:

  1. Really nice bed sheets- I would suggest registering for two for the master bedroom and one for the guest bedroom. This is an investment that you may not originally make on your own but once you sleep in them, you’ll never go back to regular sheets. Here is a guide from Southern Living with advice about what thread count is best.
  2. A nice set of knives- Jackie recommends these 17 piece Calphalon knives.
  3. A splurge kitchen item- I chose a pink Kitchenaid mixer for this category and a lot of really fun attachments. Like this, this, and this. If a mixer isn’t you thing, then you could choose a Vitamixer or a Big Green Egg.
  4. Something for him- I still haven’t added this yet, but I think I’ll add some nice tools or a cordless drill. Definitely include something that will make him happy. My friend Laura registered for Star Wars tumblers for her groom.
  5. Dyson Animal Vacuum & a Furminator- If you have a pet, plan to get a pet, or your significant other is a package deal- definitely register for some pet care items that will keep your house clean.
  6. Nice bakeware- Be sure to register for quality bakeware that come with lids. Choose bakeware that you won’t mind sitting on your dinner table. Your casserole deserves to travel from the oven to the table in style. Corningware is awesome and Kate Spade has some cute options too. Jordan begged me to not make our entire registry Kate Spade.
  7. China or Christmas China- A lot of women have recently opted to forgo china and only register for every day dinnerware. As someone who loves the idea of hosting swanky dinner parties, I knew that I wanted china. I originally registered for this china, but then we found out that we would be inheriting the exact same pattern. (WOW! Right?) So now, I am registering for complimentary pieces & platters. If you are inheriting china, then you could always register for Christmas china!
  8. A nice peppermill- There is no spice that that I love more than fresh ground pepper. We like this mill.
  9. Insulated picnic basket- My sister got one of these at one of her wedding showers and I knew I would register for one ever since.
  10. Chargers / Table setting decorations- Don’t just register for china and neglect the rest of your table! Some nice chargers or some napkin rings can be used for years & parties to come.
  11. Kitchen Tongs- I almost forgot these! I think tongs are the most under-appreciated kitchen item.
  12. Nice leftover storage containers– I registered for these because they were glass (I’m wary of putting plastic in the microwave) and have lids.

Obviously, I didn’t list EVERY item that is on my registry. My list is 100+ and going strong. The items listed above are items that I forgot about or was told not to leave off my registry! Did I miss something major? What was the best item that you registered for?

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Wedding Wednesday: Advice from Newlywed Brides

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ADICE FROM NEWLYWED BRIDES

Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday post!

Every Wednesday until we get married (on November 5th), I am going to share something about wedding planning or wedding related. Jordan and I have been engaged since July 2015 and we are just getting into the thick of wedding planning. I am definitely in the wedding season of life. A lot of my friends have been getting married recently and I have been lucky enough to be included in their special days. When looking for advice for my wedding day, what better ladies to ask than the brides whose side I stood beside not too long ago?

Question: What was the best advice that you got or advice that you wished that you would’ve gotten for your wedding day?


Bridal Advice for the Wedding Day
Leah and I at her bridal luncheon.
 “The best advice we received when it came to wedding planning was wait 24 hours before saying yes or no to a new idea/vendor/decision, it helped us make sure what we decided on was really what we wanted and not just a hasty choice to feel like were getting things done (which was tempting because we were barely engaged four months). And best advice we had following the wedding was wait 1 year before make any big life changes. I am so glad we did that because that first year was a wonderful time of just hanging out and getting to know each other, since then we bought a house and started my own business so we just don’t have as much time to relax like we used to but I know we learned how to just enjoy each other that first year.”
-Leah (married since March 2014)
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Bridal Advice for the Wedding Day
Laura and I at her bachelorette party in Savannah, Ga.
“I wish that someone would have told me that it’s okay to cry. All day I held back tears for various reasons and tried not to let it out. When I finally saw Matt for our ‘first look’, I tried to hold it in which just made it even worse. It’s okay to cry! Just let it out and often! People will understand and will help you fix your makeup afterward!”
-Laura (married since November 2015)
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Mandy and I running errands for her cookie business.
“The best thing I can recommend is writing thank you cards after each shower and soon after your wedding. Do not be stuck like me finishing up almost a year into your 1st anniversary. I was raised truly southern and to always write thank you notes and wish I had adhered to this a year ago. Also, do not let anyone tell you what you like or need, follow your heart and your dreams. It is your day and forever more.” 
– Mandy (married since June 2015)
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Bridal Wedding Advice
Jackie and I getting ready on her wedding day.
 “When we first got engaged, everyone told me to enjoy this time and to just take everything in. I took this advice to heart and used it to help me not sweat the small stuff. Throughout the week leading up to my wedding, everyone (and I do mean everyone, even the bank teller) asked me why I was so calm. My response was always the same, “Why wouldn’t I be calm? At the end of the day, I’ll be married to my best friend; everything else is just details.” If something isn’t done by that last week, don’t do it! That will just stress you out, and your wedding should not be something you stress out about; it should be something you enjoy and cherish every moment of.” 
– Jackie (married since April 2016 (a little under 2 weeks!))
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Ciao for Now!

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First Wedding Nightmare

First Wedding Nightmare

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Happy New Year everyone! 2016 is here!

I can no longer say that I’m getting married next year. Our wedding date is slowly approaching and I have started dieting (DUN DUN DUN). I wanted to wait until after Christmas to really focus on my diet because I don’t think the holidays should be spent worrying about your waistline but instead spent enjoying time with loved ones.

I wanted to share with y’all my first wedding nightmare. It was so realistic that I had to wake myself up at 4 AM to stop dreaming about it.

Our wedding date is November 5th and will be in Augusta, GA. In my dream, our wedding date changed to New Years Eve (I had this dream the night before NYE). New Years Eve does hold a special significance in Jordan’s and my relationship because our first phone call was January 1st at midnight. We had been texting and even skyping before then but Jordan called to wish me a Happy New Year.

Also in my dream, we changed the location from Augusta to Chattanooga but for some reason I hadn’t physically seen the location for the reception. This didn’t bother me in the dream but in real life I would’ve been freaking out about that. On top of the unseen location, my dad was doing all of the floral arrangements… which also didn’t seem to phase me. The part in my dream that DID freak me out is when I realized that it was 1:30 PM and my nails, hair, and make up weren’t done. After realizing how late in the day it was (wedding was set for 5:30 PM),  I also realized that Jordan and I had forgotten to ask our wedding party. This part is based on a little truth because we haven’t asked our wedding party yet. I then woke myself up in a cold sweat.

It’s funny how our subconscious runs wild at night. I can usually trace my dreams back to some sort of reality or worry in my life. Good thing I still have 11 months to plan!

Have you had a wedding nightmare?

Ciao for now!

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