Detox Water: Grapefruit +Strawberry + Lemon

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I’m super excited to share this delicious detox water recipe with you! Lately I’ve been on a water binge. Sounds silly, but I’ve been trying to consume 80-100 oz. of water per day. That means getting very creative with flavoring my water, and many many trips to the bathroom (I pee every 15 min.. not joking) Lets start with some background.. the words “Detox” and “Toxins” had little meaning to me a few weeks ago. After doing some research about the benefits of Detox Water, and just water in general.. they now have a new meaning!

Your body is actually pretty good at detoxifying without the help of any expensive supplements.. all you need is water and fruit! Also, one of the great things about these detox water recipes is that they sweeten up your water and also help you increase your daily intake of water, thus satisfying your sugar cravings and keeping you from running to the cookie jar instead. Try to be strict about your drinking,  & the extra hydration that detox water provides will make you feel full longer, which in turn helps you to lose weight. And lastly, many of the ingredients in detox water recipes are meant to give you an extra dose of vitamins and a nice boost to your metabolism.

So what are you actually “detoxing” and what are these “toxins” in your body? This is something I didn’t really understand at first until I did some research.

When you hear the word “toxins,” it’s referring to two different forms of harmful substances in your body.  Environmental toxins & Metabolic toxins. Environmental toxins come from elements like pollution. Chemical pesticides used on the apple you ate are an example of an environmental toxin. Metabolic toxins are made inside your body. These toxins include illnesses, like a virus or a bacterial infection. So fruit infused water essentially helps flush your system of this crud!

I can 100% say I have seen a difference in my body. And it’s only been two weeks since I’ve started really focusing on my water intake. I’ve noticed I’ve had more energy, my joints feel less stiff, my skin seems to recover from a blemish faster.. and it helps me feel full longer!

 

For this detox water I used:

1 full grapefruit, sliced

1 large lemon, sliced

½ cup of strawberries, sliced

Full pitcher of water

Stir, and let it sit for 24 hours

Enjoy!

Porcelain Pitcher  I use: (LOVE this pitcher. So heavy duty and very affordable!)

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Bridal Shower Recap!

Happy Sunday! What a fun weekend. My wonderful sisters and mom threw my bridal shower on Saturday & it was so much fun! I felt so blessed to have so many people come to celebrate the beginning of our marriage. I’m sad it’s over. It’s always bittersweet hitting these milestones during planning the wedding because you only get this one day.. One shower, one bachelorette party, one WEDDING. 

It’s all so exciting. I’m blessed to have the most amazing friends and family to help me celebrate this time in my life. Hope you enjoy the pictures, and I hope your Sunday is filled with relaxation and coffee!

DIY: Chalkboard Signs; Floral + Rustic

I wanted to share one of my new obsessions. Chalkboard signs! During wedding planning over the last 6 months I’ve grown to LOVE chalkboard DIY’s. It started with my vision for my wedding. The theme is rustic but classy, outdoorsy and whimsicle. I made my first sign (the wood slab “bar” one) and it took me forever! I was so focused on making my handwriting perfect and I redid it a thousand times! Now I just free-hand it and go with the flow and I find they turn out better! After I finished the writing on the bar sign, I loved it.. but I felt like it needed just a little something more. I had these faux flowers laying around from another DIY and decided to hot glue them on. I LOVE how it turned out & it fits the theme of my wedding so well 🙂 So then it kind of snowballed from there and now I’m obsessed with making these cute signs. Which one is your favorite? Mine is the gold framed Welcome sign. ❤ Hope you enjoy! I linked some of the chalkboards and supplies I’ve used if you want to do it yourself.

image5image1drinkinstaSupplies I’ve Used

Gold Framed Chalkboard

White Wash Wood Chalkboard

Wood Slab Chalkboard (LOVE these)

Metal Easel

Black Twisted Metal Easel

Chalk Pens 

Faux Flowers  (I usually go to JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or Walmart)

Hot Glue Gun (newly obsessed with hot glue guns.. so cheap & so much you can do with one!)

8 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

ecca60_bd548215404e4af4a3ea1d1370be5ca2.jpgI might be a bit over optimistic thinking I can fully commit to 8 weeks of this challenge. BUT I AM GOING TO TRY! 🙂 I think these questions are really great to not only get me into blogging more.. but really focusing on one of my goals which is to be a more positve, happy person. I would LOVE for you to join in on this yourselves, or even join in once in awhile in the comments. Each week I will answer a different question/prompt.

Week 1: Why start this challenge?

Week 2: Your spouse/significant other

Week 3: Someone who inspires you

Week 4: Your home

Week 5: Your heritage

Week 6: Music you love

Week 7: Something you created

Week 8: Did this challenge change you?

 

Week 1: Why start this challenge? 

As I kind of “restart” this blog I wanted to start with a more positive mind. This has been a goal of mine for a LONG time. I see myself making some progress.. but it’s still so easy to get caught up in the “bad” things. SO I thought this would be a fun way to not only get into writing on here more, but force myself to focus on the GOOD. 

Lets talk wedding planning for example. For the past 6 months wedding planning has been in full swing. DIY’s, lists upon lists, timelines, food tastings, venue meetings… the list goes on. It’s been so much fun, but I also find myself feeling like it’s a chore sometimes which is sad.. because this should be the HAPPIEST times of my life. I ran across a quote that changed my perspective.

“People will not remember Pinterest crafts, or your bouquet of flowers.  They will remember the sparkle in your eyes, the smiles shared, and the way you glow with excitement.  There is no possible way to please everyone, accommodate everyone’s needs, nor ensure perfection.  What you can control is to truly enjoy the process, let those little things go, and enjoy those little moments licking envelopes with your fiance.”

I’m so lucky my fiance is so loving and understanding through the process. He is constantly telling me everything will work out and to remember that this day is about our love.. not the minor details. With that being said I’m going to start sharing some of the fun decor, and DIY’s I’ve done so far. I’ve found a new love for making chalkboard signs and I’m excited to share! 🙂 Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

I’M BACK! Engagement+Wedding Plans+Life Update!

OH MY GOSH. You guys. It’s been 8 months. EIGHT MONTHS. I’m so sad I let this blog go. I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to slowly start getting back into it as a hobby. I’m hoping some of the great bloggers I met previously are still around. If you are say HI! I’m excited to be back 🙂

SO where to start?! I left off last Christmas. My nephew was just born and things were getting busy and then… life happened! It’s been a whirlwind the past 8 months. On December 27th, 2015 I got engaged to the love of my life during our family Christmas celebration. It was perfect, simple and sweet. We soon after set a date of October 7th 2016.. which now is just 2 months and 6 days away!

In February my fiance and I moved into our first little home together ❤ THAT was an experience. Talk about stress. Financial, physical, you name it. It was an experience to say the least. I FINALLY feel like we are settled and ready to take on married life.

See why I’ve been MIA the last 8 months?!  I’m super excited to be back. I finally feel settled, and ready to take on the next chapter of my life! SO tell me the scoop. What’s been happening in blog world? Fill me in!

Here are some of our engagement photos (Photographer: Shelby Taylor Photography) Enjoy!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015!

It’s the beginning of December, and the holiday cheer is now in full swing! I love gift giving but I must admit, I’m not the best at coming up with unique ideas.. so this year I thought I’d compile a fun gift guide to not only share with you, but help myself come up with some ideas! ENJOY!

 

For her:

Kiss + Mustache Glassware

Real Techniques Brush Set

The Body Shop- Body Butter Gift Collection

Brown Fur Throw Blanket (my favorite!)

Speckled Coffee Mug  (they have so many different sayings, so cute!)

Tote Bag (might have to buy for myself, LOVE!)

 

For him:

Carhartt Duffle Bag

Eddie Bauer Blue & Leather Wallet

MVMT All Black Watch (splurge!) LOVE this watch. 

Smartwool Socks (guys love these, trust me.)

Hope this gave you some ideas! Some of these I’ve purchased for gifts this year and I’m so excited to give them out! Share some of your favorite gifts down below! I love hearing what other people are buying as gifts. 🙂

25 Days Of Christmas!

This year I’m joining in on 25 Days of Christmas! It’s a fun way to share your favorites about this time of year 🙂 Lately I’ve been very stressed and overwhelmed and just not into the “holiday spirit” but now that it’s officially December 1st, I’m forcing myself to snap out of it! I’m hoping this will also help me dedicate more time to my blog, because I really do enjoy it! So, I’m not promising I will post everyday up until Christmas, but I am promising that when I do post (I’m aiming for 3-4 times a week) there will be something Christmas related! I’m excited so start spreading the holiday cheer! I’m starting out with answering the question “What are you most excited for this Christmas?”

Welllllll… a lot of things! I have a few fun holiday dinners planned with old friends that I don’t see as much as I’d like to which I’m super excited about, as well as family get togethers which are always my favorite. Especially since we have a baby in the family now, I want to soak up all the time I can get with him! ❤ Of course I’m veryyy excited for the FOOD. Thanksgiving and Christmas food and desserts are the best! I’m hoping to do a little baking of my own this year. I’m also super pumped about my year end break at work coming up December 24-January 4th. Talk about some much needed relaxation time! I plan to sleep a lot, get some things done that I’ve been putting off like clean out my closet, and organize my makeup, and hopefully start house hunting! I already have a few New Years resolutions in mind, can’t wait to share them 🙂

Sorry about the long text-post.. if you read that all, kudos! 😉 Here’s a picture of my nephew to make you smile, because I know he sure makes me smile! He’s so dang cute and snuggly, I cant stand it!

Happy Monday!

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Kamden Jo. + Life Update

 

Hello! I feel like it’s been a very long time since I’ve sat down and blogged (because it has). Life has been both crazy and amazing lately. My nephew Kamden was born 11/23/15  (his daddy’s birthday!) at 9:25pm. 7lbs 12oz 20 inches long and absolutely perfect. It was a nerve racking and LONG day at the hospital. We arrived at about 6am and he wasn’t born until 9:25pm. Poor baby had a long and stressful birth which made him need some extra care in the NICU 😦 poor thing was all hooked up to oxygen to help him breathe steadily. He’s still in the NICU but is making HUGE improvements by the hour. He’s such a strong willed little guy already. I’m so in love with him & my sister did amazing during her delivery. I said if I’m half as calm and positive as she was, I will be happy. Hoping and praying baby Kamden will be able to go home by this weekend! The nurses are amazing at their job, and he is in the best hands. Here’s some pictures of this sweetie pie!

That hair! In love. I can’t wait to watch him grow up and be a part of his little life! ❤ As for non-baby related news, It’s Thanksgiving weekend and I’m so excited to have 4 days off! I’ve been getting little to no sleep lately so I’m going to soak up every ounce I can get over this break! Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Snapshot Sunday + Thanksgiving

Another Sunday.. Wow where does time go?! Every week seems to fly by. As they say “The days are long, but the years are short.” It’s bittersweet. I enjoy my life so much It’s sad to look back and realize how fast time goes. Try to cherish every moment! Saturday morning I took Christmas card photos for my sister Jamie and her husband & she snapped a few of Everett and I. They turned out so good, I have to share. I am so blessed to have him. ❤31This weekend was also our final family get-together before my little nephew is born. How crazy is that?! I can’t believe in just a week or so we will have a baby as part of the family. Babies are my weakness. I can’t wait to snuggle him, smell him, and be his aunt. I’m so excited that I’m going to share some pictures of his nursery. My sister did such an amazing job with it, I just have to share.image3 (2)image2 (7)image1 (9)12208269_1169130406449845_3345934606789512387_nIsn’t it perfect?! They are such a beautiful couple… I just can’t wait to meet him. Beware: lots of baby related blog posts in my future! 😉 Saturday afternoon we celebrated Thanksgiving early, since baby is due right around actual Thanksgiving. It was a blast! My family is seriously the best. We ate amazing food, and did our annual gingerbread house contest! Everett and I won! YAY! It’s such a fun tradition. If you’ve never made a gingerbread house, you should! They have kits sold at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, pretty much wherever Christmas decor is sold. 🙂 image6image4Wine & enjoying Christmas decor.. Nothin’ better! As for today, It’s a typical relaxing Sunday, my fav! We went on a long walk around the pond by my house to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having. It’s 62 degrees today! Mid-November and 62 degrees is basically unheard of in Minnesota. You HAVE to take advantage it, because any day we could get hit with negative temps, that’s just how MN works. I snapped this pretty tree on our walk 🙂IMG_2745I also want to give a shout out to Kelly over at  I Could Sleep In That for the amazing and thoughtful giveaway she did on her blog in October. I received the package on Friday and LOVE everything in it. The blush is an amazing berry warm color for fall, and the revlon lip crayon is a beautiful burgundy color for fall as well. I’ve worn them everyday this weekend! Not to mention Hocus Pocus, always a classic! Thanks again, Kelly you are so sweet! Go give this girl a follow! 🙂2snapshotsunday

Thanks for reading, and as always, wishing you a great week ahead!