Unique Men’s Gift – The Gift of Time + Giveaway

Engraved watch for Valentines

If your anything like me finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life is no easy feat.! As a military family we value gift of time, we always cherish being able to celebrate holidays together. With Valentines day just around the corner, I thought a really unique watch would be the perfect gift. Personally, I’m kind of obsessed with watches, I think a watch is gift that your loved one can cherish for years to come. Thanks to Jord Wood Watches I was able to surprise my husband with an engraved JORD watch for Valentine’s Day. He was totally surprised and lets be honest this unique wood watch is definitely going to help Kale elevate his daily wrist wear!

Kale’s engraved watch is the newest style in the JORD collection, the Hyde series, is a model of minimalism. Like most men my husband is all about minimalism when it comes to anything fashion. Even though this watch is simple the details of the sapphire crystal glass, metal tipped hands and real wood are just beautiful. Another special touch that JORD offers is personalizing the box your watch comes in with an engraved message! If your in the market for a unique men’s  or women’s  watch, JORD’s watches are timepieces pieces meant for a modern lifestyle!

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So now the GIVEAWAY… JORD and I have partnered up to give one lucky winner $100.00 off gift code to spend on a JORD watch of your choice. Use it to pick up something for your sweetheart for Valentines day or pick out a watch for yourself! Even if you don’t win the the $100.00 gift code, everyone who enters will receive a 10% off coupon code

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

You have until February 4th at 11:59pm to enter and the $100 and 10% off Coupon Codes will expire February 11th.


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January Things I’m Currently Loving.

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Cozy Sweater and Distressed Jeans

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  Happy Wednesday Friends!

I put together a list of all the things I’m currently crushing on. I would love to know what’s inspiring you at the moment, too! Comment below!

Fashion

Asos: Jeans and Denim for Tall Girl! Yes, Please!

Vici: Hibernate Pocketed Zip Cardigan it’s like living in your robe.

The Spring 2018 Trends are here and very interesting. Thoughts?

Lifestyle

This Mongolian Faux Fur Blanket: Project 62 is out of this world. Thanks Target!

Tone it Up: I really want to tone up this year so I’m now a Tone It Up Girl and loving it!

Think Dirty App: Scan the barcode on your product and you will receive a rating of 0 (clean!) to 10 (dirty). It’s amazing you’ll find yourself scanning everything in sight.

Beauty

One Word: Influenster ( look for more info in an upcoming post)

Kerastase: Fibre architecte reconstructing serum for weak hair and damaged hair. Because after years of hair extensions my hair needs some major love.

LANCER: The Method is a skin game changer. My skin has never felt smoother. Yes, it’s a little pricey but worth it. Try out the limited addition mini set at Sephora and see what you think. 

Motherhood

Starbucks: New L.O.V.E reusable cup just makes me happy.

Smartygirlbrand: I’m all about girls being girly girls but girls can still like chemistry and Dinos, right! These unique leggings are going to be a staple in Blakely’s wardrobe. Go swoon over their Instagram

Sweatandmilk: My good friend just posted about these luxury bras for nursing mamas. I looked everywhere for fashionable nursing bras and found nothing. For baby #2 I’m stocking up.

 

 

 

10 tiny changes to make in 2018 for better health

Photos.pngMake 2018 the year of HEALTH. Even the littlest changes can make a huge impact on your overall health. I love making slight adjustments to my daily routine, so small it doesn’t feel like I’m changing much but those little changes add up to help me maintain my weight and sanity! Here are 10 tiny changes that I made in 2017 and a couple I’m trying out in 2018 to better my health!

 

Swap out the sweet sugary coffee drinks for plain black coffee. Weening myself off sugar was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Don’t get me wrong I still indulge but only occasionally. Cutting out sugary coffee is a great place to start reducing your sugar intake!

Do nice things for people. Don’t always make everything about yourself, as a nurse I wish people would look around and help one another out a little more. People don’t give solely for the joy of giving anymore. If you get something in return, awesome, if you don’t, great.

Take a hard look at what your grocery cart looks like, how much of your cart contains packaged food?  Finding a good balance of veggies, meats, fruits and a few boxed items  within your grocery cart is a great start to a healthier 2018.

Pop a multivitamin. Recently I did a huge blood panel to look at my overall health (best decision ever) and found out that I was very deficient in Vitamin D, CoQ10 and Omegas. As a nurse I know that being vitamin deficient can create a ton of problem, lacking vitamins can affect your anxiety levels and skin pretty much everything. Do your research and find a good multivitamin to take daily!

Have a mantra…Mantras are so powerful. They allow us to feel present and think, as well as connect with ourselves.

Don’t skip breakfast. I get it mornings are chaotic but feeding your body the proper fuel is so important for about brain power, energy and a high metabolism. Here is my favorite protein powder I’ve been using.

Change what time you eat dinner. Studies show that it’s beneficial to consume the majority of your calories over breakfast and lunch and have a lighter dinner.

Laugh more, laughing is one of the best feelings in the world. It also lowers blood pressure, decreases stress hormones and can work those abs

Drink More Water Not More Wine. My whole life I heard the phrases everything in moderation and there is such a thing as… too much of a good thing. So in 2018 I’m making that good thing water! I’m upping my water game and drinking more water and drinking wine in moderation!

Find self acceptance. It’s not bad to want to improve your health but while improving remember to always give your self grace and acceptance because change takes time.

I’m hoping these little changes can make a big impact on my health in 2018.  Leave me a comment and let me know the tiny changes you want to make in 2018 to better your overall health!

Whitney

Be a trendsetter for women

Women trendsettersThis year is going to be another big year for women, and I want to be woman trendsetter for my daughter. People who know me will tell you I am so proud to be American, I am also proud to come from the great state of Wyoming! Wyoming is a state that is often over looked but people should know Wyoming was a trendsetter for women’s rights. January 5, 1925 Nellie Ross was elected the first woman governor in the nation, talk about a trendsetter for women! She was known as “ever feminine, never a feminist” and a woman in politics who had not “lost her womanliness.”  Interesting Right!!! 

Can we all agree 2017 was a POWERFUL year for females everywhere? My hope in 2018 is that women can continue to be positive trendsetters for women’s rights. Encouraging women everywhere (not just in the USA) to be outspoken in what they want at work, home, in relationships, in our kids school even what we see on the pages of fashion magazines! As a women and a mom to a beautiful little girl, I know it is my job to instill this trendsetter attitude in her mind and heart.

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Mom and Daughter

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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A super easy Butternut squash soup, it’s possible and so delicious!  Now listen when I dealt with Butternut squash for the first time, I was totally scared of it! But this hard-skinned winter squash is sweet, with an orange shell that is thin and SO easy to peel.

Ingredients

1 large Butternut squash

1 small onion

2 red peppers (or any color peppers)

2-3 cloves of garlic

2 cups chicken stock or chicken bone broth

Salt and Pepper

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F

Peel, remove seeds and cube Squash. Then cut peppers and onions into chunks. add in garlic cloves

Drizzle about 1 TAB of olive oil over the veggies and toss and sprinkle with salt and pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Roast veggies in oven for 25 mins, still once or twice

Once roasted let cool until slightly warm and then add half the veggies to your blender. Add 1 cup of chicken broth and blend until smooth. Then pour puree into a pot and repeat blending with the rest of the veggies and 1 cup broth.

Once in pot and warming add 1/4 pepper and a couple dashes of ginger.

Serve hot and garish with cilantro

**I love adding to each bowl one cut up cilantro chicken sausage from sprouts. It adds so much flavor and turns it into a hearty meal.

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Self Acceptance in 2018

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Happy New Years Eve Friends!!
I hope your holiday season has been wonderful, it has been so fun around here!
I can’t believe tomorrow will be 2018, this year flew by
I am not a huge fan of New Years resolutions, but in 2018 I really feel like I need a LIFE resolution… not just a New Years resolution.
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Self Acceptance is something that I have never had, I’ve struggled my whole life with my ever changing body which led me to an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. As a mom I play such an important role in my little girl’s life, mama is who she looks up too! If I can’t learn self acceptance of my body, how can I teach Blaklely to love and accept herself! I have a feeling 2018 will be filled with a lot of personal growth and maybe some tears. Lets just say it will be a big year for us and I’m looking forward to it. Have a great time ringing in the NEW YEAR, I’ll see you in 2018!
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Vivora Luno Ball For Luxury Active Sitting or Exercise

Happy New Years Weekend! Like many of you know I am a fan of using an exercise ball for at home workouts. It’s a great tool for toning from head-to-toe while engaging your core, so I was thrilled when I was introduced to the Vivora Luno ball. The Luno ball does everything an exercise ball does and more! Besides using it to workout I have been using it as a desk chair, which is so nice because it allows me to shift and wiggle while constantly engage my core! You can also find the Luno rolling around our living room at times because it makes the best footrest! What also makes the Vivora Luno different than other exercise/ stability balls is the fabric cover. It’s so appealing unlike the typical plastic exercise balls, it adds that extra bit of flair to your house.  Check out the variety of colors and styles that Vivora offers here. They now are offering a worn hazel suede leatherette cover, which is my personal favorite!

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Vivora also offers something for your kiddos, Niko buddies with cute animal faces are perfect for kids with problems such as ADHD or kids who have a hard time focusing and sitting still! The Niko ball allows your child to wiggle while they work, releasing that energy in a positive way. Check out the variety of animals faces they offer Brown Bear, Koala, Panda, or Polar Bear and Polar Bear cub buddies! Click below to order the Niko and my Luno favorites on Amazon right now!!

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Vivora Luno: Marble    Lululemon top: Similar OnSale  Figur Activ: Mesh Leggings

Use your Luno with these home workout videos

Ball At Home Workout Video

At-Home Workout video with a stability ball 

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*Sponsored post but all opinions and thoughts are my own!