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TGIF!

This was a big week for me.  It may sound silly, but I finally hit a goal I set for myself after blogging for six years. You would think a girl could get it together by now, but this was finally the week I hit publish 5 days in a row.  I am giggling to myself while I write this because it seems trivial in the larger picture. However, for the last five years I have put this goal on paper and never accomplished it, that is until now. :)

I don’t know if it is just me getting older or settling into married life in Dallas, but people have been commenting on my positive outlook on life lately.  I haven’t put my finger on it, but I have been SO happy lately.

There are a few things I credit this overwhelming joy with:

1. Eating right. After completing the Whole30 last month, I have continued to eat whole, fresh foods and completely cut out dairy and gluten from my diet.  This is coming from the girl who always asked for another bread basket at a restaurant.  My mind has been clear, I have more energy and my skin has never felt better. If you have any questions about the Whole30 program, I am no expert but I would love to help!

2. Work/Life Balance. I have never been great at this, but I credit my newfound balance to great friends with healthy lifestyles (minus our love for rosé). I have been living more and working the same amount, but for some reason, the work feels more enjoyable.  I also have to credit my happiness to working out 5 times a week.  My friend and trainer, Michelle, has really changed my view on fitness.  She pushes me to be stronger both mentally and physically everyday.

3. Unplugging at night. This was a goal I set for myself at the new year in efforts to be more present.  We are all guilty of getting wrapped up in the Instagram/Facebook game and spend a ridiculous amount of time sitting on our phones.  In effort to live in the moment and enjoy life, I have been putting my phone on the charger when the hubs gets home from work and leave it there until the morning. I wish I could say this happened everyday, but I have been actively working on this.

While these are the factors I have recently noticed that have been increasing my happiness, my amazing husband and family are always the constants.  So, I am going to embrace my positive outlook on life and only hope I can bring a little joy to your life too!

So, TGIF and let the good times roll!

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LOVE YOU, FRIDAY

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Woo! It’s Friday and I could not be more excited!  Anyone else feeling like April is just flying by?  This week has been full of fun events and I sort of feel like a chicken with its head cut off!  Tomorrow I am hosting the very first Style Saturday at NorthPark Center! Find out all of the details in this post.

On another note, this month is Patrick and I’s first anniversary.  It is so crazy how fast this year has flown by because our wedding feels like yesterday.  Next week I will be posting some fun wedding things and tips for you bride-to-be’s out there!

Whole 30 update- So I have to be honest with you guys, I decided when I started the Whole30 that I wouldn’t cut out alcohol.  Hear me out, the reason why I started this process was to feel better, and guess what I am on Day 19 and feeling great! I never had any intention of cutting out my occasional glass of wine, but I did have every intention of cutting out dairy and grains from my diet completely even after the Whole30 program was over.  So I will tell you, this Tuesday, I went to a wine dinner with The Everygirl and Kendall Jackson Wines. It was amazing and the tablescape was incredible!  Want to know the hardest part of the night, saying no to the chocolate ganache.  I don’t even like chocolate, but I guess my sugar cravings are still there.  I kept on track with my eating this week even in social settings.  I have to say that is definitely the hardest part of this entire program.  I am 100% an extrovert, and being with people gives me energy, but being difficult at a restaurant is so embarrassing to me.  The only thing keeping me going is that in the end I know it’s worth it.   I passed the halfway mark and I have to say, I think I am going to continue eating this way after the 30 days is finished.  Maybe I will cheat every once and a while, but I have more energy, my face feels brighter, and my health has done a 180.

A few of my favorite go-to recipes this week:

Cauliflower Fried Rice 

Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles 

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on Cauliflower Rice with Spinach 

Favorite Snack: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

 

Love you, Friday!

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LOVE YOU, FRIDAY

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TGIF! I am currently sipping on my black coffee and wishing it was an almond milk latte.

A few of you have been me asking about the Whole30, how it is going and why I started, so I figured I would share my journey with all of you.  I am currently on my second Friday of the challenge and I am feeling better than ever.  Honestly, I wanted to get through the first week before posting anything on here because before I started I didn’t think I could do it.  I have always had a love/hate relationship with food. I love good food, but I hate how it makes me feel most of the time.  Nine years ago I was tested for a dairy allergy and guess what, I was allergic.  Did it stop me from eating pizza and ice cream? Nope. Not until 12 days ago.  I honestly went nine years of my life putting something into my body that I knew was harmful. It was never going to be life and death and the thought of living without having a cheese plate with girlfriends was just out of the picture.

About a month ago, I finally decided it was time to make a change about the way I see food. After tons of research and reading about clean eating on websites like Chalkboard Magazine and Goop, I decided the Whole30 was the perfect plan for me.  So, last Monday I started the challenge.  For those not familiar with the Whole30, you can read the entire pr0gram here. The main takeaways to the programs are eating clean, whole foods and not eating any sugar, grains, diary, legumes or alcohol. Before I started, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it that I would cave on day 2 or 3 and go through the drive-through for some french fries, but I have made it to day 12 without any tortilla chips and queso (and if you know me personally, this is a true milestone in my life..hehe) even while watching my friends and husband eat it at Mi Cocina last Saturday.

So I am not quite halfway through the program, but I am feeling better than ever and with so much added energy. I will keep you updated on my progress each week, but today I would love to hear from you if you have tried the Whole30, are currently doing it, or are thinking about starting.  Happy Friday!

On another note: J.Crew is having 30% off the entire site (including sale)! This stripe top is calling my name. I mean how cute would it be paired with these and these.   Use the code TIMETOSHOP at checkout.

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photo from my DIY Flower Crown Party featured on Style Me Pretty by Elyse Hall 

LIFE LATELY

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Lately I have been crushing on all things Spring. With Spring Break and Easter in the rear view mirror, I am onto spring cleaning.  Both a closet refresh and a reset on my health.  For the last year (post wedding) I haven’t been taking care of my body. I mean I have been eating pizza, chinese food and chips and queso on the reg.  Not okay- especially for a girl who is about to be 28.

Today, I started the Whole 30 challenge. I know it is not going to be an easy, but I am ready to try.  For the last few weeks I have been mentally preparing (guys, no wine for 30 days is going to be interesting…) for the program and today I was finally ready to start the challenge. You must know that I am not doing this program to lose weight, but instead to cleanse my body of all those things I shouldn’t be eating. I have been allergic to dairy since Junior year in high school and I never really accepted the terms until now. Let me know if you are interested and I will keep you updated on my progress.  Needless to say, this week may be a little rough.  After reading tons of blogs and articles, I will probably be going through a sugar and carb withdrawl around Day 3.  Yikes! Other than my update today, these past couple weeks I have been spending my days outside. Whether it be working, walking the pups and going for long jogs, I am trying to soak up this 70 and sunny weather for as long as possible.

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You have seen me wear my favorite Heidi Merrick looks here, but her new collection is everything.  I think I am going to get this dress for a wedding this summer and I think it is time for another Drake Tee.  I seriously wear mine at least once a week (just ask Mackenzie!).

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One of my favorite bloggers, Camille Styles is planning a cleanse.  I will be using some form of her recipes to get me through the next month.  It  is the perfect time to start getting ready for Summer (aka bikini season).  Be sure to follow the hashtag #camillestylescleanse next week.

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Have you been into Forever21 lately?  I took a major hiatus from the store after college to invest in some timeless, high quality pieces.  That being said, lately I have been browsing online and I have to say, I have an ever growing wishlist of items under $30.  I picked up this top a few weeks ago (it was $18) and I have received so many compliments.  The quality is surprisingly great and the cost per wear is even better.  :) See a few of my must-haves:


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M.Gemi has been killing it lately.  I have had a gift card burning a whole in my pocket for months and I just can’t decide what color loafers I want.  I have been leaning towards this rose color, but it is so out of my comfort zone.  What color and style do you think I should get?


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