Lets Get Real: What’s Your PM routine

unnamed.jpgWe hear it a lot- –  the phrase “me time”. Finding me time has become harder as my miss B has grown older. As a type A personality I’ve had to create rituals in my everyday life to find some sort of balance.

My evening ritual is something that I look forward to all day, it just helps me refocus my energy and power down for the day. Sounds silly maybe but it works for me.

Skincare: I’m a huge believer in taking off your makeup before hitting the sheets & a having a killer skincare routine– shocker. So I double cleanse off all my makeup, I have been doing this for awhile now and its just my thing– plus I incorporate my whole other skincare routine. For my hyper-pigmentation I’ve been using no BS. super clean & natural vitamin C, plus some must needed anti- aging retinol or a cleaner way to beat fine lines Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil , a dab of eye cream… the whole deal. AND wait can we please talk about Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. I have been using it for a month now and it’s my new best friends. It helps reduce my monstrous pores and balance my skin which I’m always looking for and it FREE of all the bad stuff: GMO’s, Sulfate, Cruelty and Paraben!

I’m also all about slipping into crisp, clean sheets- – which mean using my Slip pillowcase nightly… anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head! We spend a lot of of our lives sleeping so might as well make the most of it with the best pillow case.

There you have it, I want to know your PM routine because I’m always up for trying something new! Share in the comments

-xo Whitney

 

Instagram Worthy Spots in North Park, San Diego

unnamed-7San Diego, California what a place! Being a military family you never know where you’ll end up next, so I’m all about exploring and make the most of our time here. North Park is probably my favorite spot, it’s a vibrant community filled with small businesses, a booming matcha scene (I’m addicted) and lots of Instagram worthy scenery.  I put together a little something I like to call Positively Posie’s North Park Instagram crawl.. SO here it is Ta- Da!

Pigment: Probably my favorite store in San Diego! Guys there are succulents everywhere, it is a total dream land! This store is like if a rainbow and a unicorn had a baby. If you can’t tell I am obsessed with this store. I’m always inspired to make or buy something and of course take a photo quick pic in front of their ombré pink wall…it’s a must!

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Artelexia: Next walk down the street to Artelexia, a wonderful store full of handcrafted Mexican gifts, art, and home décor. If your looking for vibrant color and culture this is the place for you. Buzzfeed recently named Artelexia one of the 6 Culturally Vibrant Brands on Instagram. I mean GUYS they have a DYI piñata bar seriously…HOW FUN! And you can’t forget to take a picture on their Instagram worthy “ You are Radiant ” mural. The colors are out of this world and the message is perfect!

San Diego, North ParkIMG_9056.jpgartelexa San DiegoHoly Matcha:  I swear there is something Instagram worthy on almost every wall in North Park. Walking into Holy Matcha it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.  The tropical pink and green décor is so inviting, it really makes you want to sit and relax for a few. For those of you who don’t know, Matcha is highly concentrated powdered green tea, it has tons health benefits and is filled with antioxidants… so delish! My drink of choice is the Matcha Latte with coconut milk.

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Communal coffee: is a super fun and trendy coffee shop, that has definitely become a hot spot for social media addicts to visit while in San Diego. I mean who wouldn’t want a picture on next to their amazing Coffee + Flowers wall! Why Coffee +Flowers, well communal coffee is a joint store with the Native Poppy flower shop! So the store is filled with the aroma of coffee and flowers, it doesn’t get much better than that! While the ambience is amazing the menu is out of this world. Lavender honey latte, vanilla bean latte, and rose vanilla latte the list goes on and on.unnamed-12.jpg

If you are looking to have an INSTAGRAM worthy experience, check out North Park. It will not disappoint you guys, highly recommend!

-xo Whitney

How I Curbed My Sweet Tooth

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Recently I asked on Instagram what ya’ll wanted to hear more of and the people spoke….drumroll please… Health and Wellness! So today I really want to share with you my journey with sugar! Before we begin, can I just preface this post by saying, I need a sweet treat sometimes. I am not here to tell you to NEVER have a sweet treat ever again. I am here to say (because I know personally) that sugar can control your life, because it is addicting. I saved this article forever ago because I loved what it asks, are you high? High off of sugar that is, don’t worry most of us are buzzed off of sugar these days. We eat on average, as American’s nearly 66 pounds of added sugar every year, when I read this and my jaw dropped. I’m sure that a few years ago I was consuming 66 lbs of sugar a year too but not since curbed that sweet tooth. So moving right along & back to the point: How I Curbed My Sweet Tooth! Well I came up with game plan that’s fairly easy to manage, with this anyone can say PEACE OUT to sugar controlling their life.

+ I’m starting this off with a harsh dose of reality. Sugar is addicting. Truly to curb your sweet tooth I believe you have to cut it completely out before slowly reintroducing those little treats. When I say cut it completely out I mean cut out what I like to call ” THE BIG THREE” the soda, candy, desserts. There is sugar in everything but those three things are where I started.

+ Clean out the fridge and pantry. I literally had a trash full of items that were loaded with sugar. Out of sight out of mind, right! Even the kids treats, if you don’t think you can control yourself until you are detoxed then get rid of those treats too!

+ Eat breakfast. 90% of the time I have eggs and avocado for breakfast. I keep it simple folks, protein with some healthy fats. I swear that when I eat breakfast I find myself not snacking later in the night, which is when most of us tend to grab the sweets.

+ Reduced Stress. Truth! So many people are stress sugar eaters and when we are stressed our bodies produce more cortisol. Cortisol increases our appetite and motivation to eat. By reducing stress through prayer, yoga, drinking decaff coffee and adrenal support supplements I have drastically reduced my stress and my night time sugar cravings.

+ Staying Hydrated. Towards the end of the night I often grab a La Croix or some hot tea. Just something to hold in my hands and sip, really helps. It’s about an hour before bed that those sugary cravings pop up. I encourage you to ask yourself , am I needing something sweet or would some water/ tea do the trick. I bet it will do the trick!!

Anyways– my friends. It took me completely cutting out sugar to beat that addiction. Now I feel like sugar doesn’t control me, and I can 100% have a healthier sweet treat when I want… I’m in control! I hope these tips help and encourage you to curb that sweet tooth too!

xo- Whitney

Tone It Up Inspired Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

unnamed-1.jpg1 scoops Vanilla Tone It Up Protein ( gf. soy. dairy free)

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup spinach

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 od an frozen banana

1/2 of an avocado

1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt

Okay guys this is how I really drink my smoothie, the straw is cute but come on! This blueberry coconut smoothie is similar to a TIU smoothie, but I added a few more items to increase my “good” fat intake for the day.  It’s so good I have to control myself and drink it slowly! Hope you love it as much as I do… ENJOY!

 

San Diego’s Most Instagram Worthy Spots

Over the last year I have literally been Instagramming myself all over San Diego. In 2017 I posted some of my favorite Instagram worthy spots in North Park but there are so many more places to see in this iconic city. I decided to create a Instagram tour guide for ALL of San Diego. So get ready here are my favorite Instagram spots around San Diego, Happy Instagramming!

Spanish Village Art Center

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The spanish village art center is a hidden treasure located in Balboa Park and is largest community of artists in San Diego. It is a color of explosion, and the perfect place to snap a few IG photos. (Google Maps)

 S3 Coffee Bar

San Diego Instagram Worthy S3CoffeeBar

S3 coffee bar’s drinks and decor are truly Instagram Heaven! Grab Rose Gold latte or a Rainbow latte you won’t be disappointed! (Google Map)

C O M M U N A L C O F F E E

San Diego Instagram worthy spots communal coffeeThis shop gives me two of my favorite things– Coffee + Flowers! It’s the perfect spot to grab a latte, a bite to eat and a beautiful boutique of flowers. (Google Map)

Holy Matcha

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Holy Matcha

If pink is your favorite color this is the spot for you. The decor and drinks are Instagram worthy, my drink of choice is their Matcha Latte with coconut milk, it is delicious! (Google Maps)

Artelexia

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The perfect Instagram spot if you’re a local or a tourist, this store is full of color and cute trinkets! (Google Maps)

Pigment

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Add some life to your Instagram page with a photo in front of Pigment’s ombre pink wall. Pigment it is my favorite store in San Diego! Succulents, flamingos and rainbows cover the store, it’s the BEST! (Google Maps)

Birch Aquarium

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Birch Aquarium

The birch aquarium is hidden mom jewel but it’s still very Instagram worthy. This is the perfect place to feel reminded that beauty is all around us, on land and in water! (Google Maps)

Favorite Color Wall 

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This playful wall in La Jolla is another one of my favorites! The “favorite color” mural was created by Roy Mcmakin an designer, architect and was inspired by the emotions around peoples favorite colors. Don’t forget to use #favoritecolor. (Google Maps)

Chronic Smoothies, Blazin Grill

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Chronic Smoothie

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Chronic SmoothieGrab yourself a smoothie and 3 killer IG photos… thanks to the artist peasefulxo there are three beautiful murals to choose from… here are 2 of the 3! Make sure to show the love and tag peasefulxo. on Instagrtam. (Google Maps)

Happy San Diego wandering and instagramming friends!

–Whitney

Must See Favorite Spots- Scottsdale, Arizona

So much happiness in one spot,that is Arizona. It is one of favorite places in the world, and it will forever be home to me. So where should you go if your visiting Scottsdale, Arizona? Head to the heart of Scottsdale…Old Town! It has everything from great restaurants, boutiques,tourist shops and art galleries. Everything that makes for a great Saturday morning, check them out and DUH make sure to Instagram them!

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The Art of Ice Cream Experience 

Guys literally the most instagrammable and colorful place in Old Town. The Art of Ice Cream is celebrating America’s love of ice cream with interactive art that is so much fun. Your kids will love it, gosh YOU will love it because it’s such a happy and colorful place.

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Carmen on 5th 

I can always count on Carmen to have a super cute Arizona based t-shirts. Stop in and check out their adorable shop! They are next to Cartel Coffee on 5th Avenue!

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SHIRT: Madewell tie / SUNNIES: Madewell Aviators  / BAG: H&M tote / Jeans: 7 mankind

Farm and Craft 

If there was ever a restaurant made for me it is Farm and Craft. They have a wellness menu that features 4 paths to optimal health includes ( anti inflammatory, increasing probiotics levels, maintaining high levels of antioxidants and reducing your overall stress levels). Basically this place is gluten free, organic and hormone free, healthy food but done in a creative and delicious way!

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RUZE Cake House 

This is probably one of my favorite places in Arizona! Macaroons+ Boba Tea makes for the perfect afternoon treat. This shop has a place in my heart because the mother/daughter team behind RUZE have played a special role in my major life moments over the past two years.  From my bridal shower to wedding cake and desserts, and then my baby shower treats, I just can’t get enough of their delicious but beautiful designed treats. Be on the look for a future post solely about RUZE and the women behind it.

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OG Beauty

This little gem OG Beauty carries all types of indie beauty/ makeup brands. If your a makeup lover like me then you’ll want to pop in and check them out! They are located on Main St, just down from Ruze Cake House! So grab a Boba tea from Ruze and head over to OG beauty to try a couple new beauty products.  IMG_0587.JPG

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I’d love to hear about some of your favorite spots in Arizona or in your home town! And don’t forget to follow my blog with Bloglovin and Instagram

XO-Whitney

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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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.

 

 

 

Lets Get Real, We Need To Be Trendsetters For Our Daughters

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Gosh I feel it you guys, this year is going to be another big year for women. More than ever I feel we need to be women trendsetters our daughters. This topic has been on my mind the last week especially probably because I’ve been reading about Nellie Ross. If you don’t know who she is well you are about to find out! 

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!!! 

So 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. We need to keep encouraging women everywhere to be outspoken in what they want at work, home, in relationships, in our kids school and even what we see on the pages of fashion magazines! As a woman and a mom to a beautiful little girl, I know it is my job to instill this trendsetter attitude in her mind and heart.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

xo- Whitney

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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!