April Intentions

It's been a while since I've set some goals/intentions for the month so I thought I'd share what's going on with me currently and what I'm looking for this month! 

I have been making a lot of strides on improving my life, with friends, habits, exercising and eating better.  That by no means doesn't mean I haven't had setbacks.  I feel like the setbacks can be even harder this go around because I can see what progress I'm making. So I'm just trying to make small steps to continue this progress and remember it's not perfection.

  1. Get outside - The weather has been terrible in Ohio, it has seriously made me just want to curl up and stop caring.  (Hence the no blog post for a week) Thankfully I'm headed to Florida in a week.  But regardless of that, with all the snow and cold weather whenever there is a nice 2-hour period of nice weather I'm getting outside or opening the windows.  I can tell my soul needs it and I need to make it a priority.
  2. Walk every day - I work from home fairly often and I've started paying attention to my energy burned and how much I consume.  And I'm just learning even if I work out in the morning but then sit on the couch the rest of the day I just don't burn enough energy.  So on days, I work from home I hope to watch my shows from the treadmill just to help my body moving more consistently.  Hoping for some weight loss results too, to be honest. 
  3. Continue reading - I was reading a lot recently and it really helped my morale, but I've been feeling lazy recently and watching TV just seems easy.  So I wanted to make sure I read at least 2 more books if not 3

With goals, I'm trying to not make them too lofty and more obtainable to I'm only going to set these 3 for now.  So tell me do you have any goals for this month? I'd love to know! 

Ways I've decluttered my life

Hi Friends! I hope that you are having a great week, so if you read my latest post about my social media detox / just giving up my phone you may have noticed I'm trying to simplify my life a lot. In the last month, I've done a lot to just declutter my life.  I feel like my life is a lot less chaotic and way more productive so I thought I'd share that with you! 

A lot of these changes I’ve made had to do with visually decluttering as well as digital information

 

Changes I've made: 

Gotten rid of notifications I don't need - I did take off Instagram notifications but I had to put those back on because people were trying to reach me.  But I have taken away notifications from apps that don't really matter to me and just really peeled everything away to things that I felt I needed notifications.  This helped me to grab my phone a lot less and only see the important things right away.  Rather than constantly being bombarded with pointless information all day and sidetracking myself. 

One for One bottle - I have really decluttered our place by only buying things that need replacing.  My rule now if something is running low is "Will I run out of it in 3 days?", if so then I can put it on the list for the week.  If not it waits until next week.  I feel like I have saved a lot of money that way and our apartment is a lot less cluttered with items we don't quite need.  Rather than stocking up on everything and taking forever to get through it.  Also with makeup and hair products, I like trying out new things, so it doesn't make sense for me to buy duplicates.  I have found it almost wasteful at points. 

I feel like yes, cleaning and putting things away clears my mind, but purging and getting rid of things I dont need really gives me clarity in my home.

Threw out and purged things I didn't need - Spring cleaning here I come! Henry and I did a huge purge because we plan on moving soon this winter.  You can read about where we donated everything here.  But would you believe we donated 4 large boxes and now we are doing another pass and donating 2 more boxes?  I feel like yes, cleaning and putting things away clears my mind, but purging and getting rid of things I don't need really gives me clarity in my home.

Organizing papers - I have SO many papers from my car, home items, wedding things, receipts I needed.  One afternoon I just sat down and recycled anything I didn't need and organized everything else into folders.  Now I have no problem finding things I need and my desk is clear.  I have a little sorter on my desk that I put papers in and I make a point to go through and file those away every week. 

Getting rid of things visually - I donated and cleared a lot of things away that were just laying out.  Even if it was decorative, I really paired down my decor so that there would be a lot more space. I feel like I have so much working space and the place looks so my clearer. 

Unsubscribing from emails - If you haven't heard of unrollme, you should check it out.  It's this website that you sign on to your email and it shows you everything you're subscribed to. I was subscribed to things I didn't even know about.  It takes a few days for them to go into effect but seriously, not waking up to 50 emailed every day has been amazing.  I feel like I'm getting the information I need and not overloaded.

Deleting contacts/social media - I feel like I spent forever scrolling through social media and looking at things that didn't help me or I didn't care about.  So I unfollowed a ton of people, if I didn't like their post or got nothing out of it there was no reason to look at their stuff. I think did slowly add things that did help me like fitness bloggers or food bloggers. 

Overall I just needed to get a lot of the fluffy and unnecessary things out of my life.  Decluttering in the way of technology has been HUGE.  I feel like my days are better, I'm less upset about things I see and I'm WAY more focused on things I want to accomplish.

So tell me have you done any spring cleaning on life or your home?! Tell me how!

January Fitness Haul

Hopefully you all are sticking to your new years resolutions so far! The end of 2017 was crazy for us with all the traveling so I knew that as soon as January came around I would want to hit the ground running with my fitness regimen.  Of course I want to get in shape for the wedding but I also just want to feel good in my skin and healthy. So I used Digit, and set a goal of saving $500 by the end of the year to buy all my fitness needs!

REMEMBER WHEN SHOPPING: Use Ebates for cash back and coupons! Honey is a great back up when Ebates doesn't work on the site.

So today I'm sharing with you what worked and what didn't so you could check it out! PS I bought some of Tone It Up's new line so you can see the review here! 

Yoga Mat *Returned* - this mat was 3mm and even though it was cute that is way too thin for what I was looking for.  But it's good to know because now I know that Im looking for either a 5mm or 6mm mat.  This is the back up that I purchased! 

Sports Bra  - These are my favorite bras from Target, I love the style of them, they fit really well and keep everything in place.  Im not a big fan of padding in my sports bra (I dont need it) so these are perfect!

Lulu- Lemon Pants - This was one of my big splurges.  I loved the color and I knew these pants would be worth it because tehy would hold up for a long time. Although I thought the 7/8 would fit me nicely with being petite and they are far too long. To be honest the tag ripped off when I was trying them on so Im just going to keep them! 

Nikes *Returned* - I just didnt really like the color when it came in, thats all haha.

Still deciding on these Nikes - http://shopstyle.it/l/t67Y

Tone it Up Review

Guys I tried out some of the products from the Tone it Up line, and Im sad to report, I didn't like the products.  Their line is very inexpensive but it shows and I was suppose bummed out about it. 

Jump Rope *Returned* - This jump was the worst, it broke several times while I was trying to use it.  And I kept screwing the piece back on but I knew it would never fully stay so I returned it.

Dumbbells- I kept the dumbbells but you can see the seam and it seems like they may easily split.  But I liked the color and the texture of it so I thought it would be worth it.

2nd Jump Rope - This is the back up I purchased, not as pretty but it works and I guess thats all that really matters

Shoe wise I got these asics because I get shin splits very easily and I know this brand is great for support.  but I have been so hesitant because I hated the colors usually.  So when I saw these colors I grabbed them as quick as I could! They are so comfy! Originally I was thinking about getting a running shoe and another shoe for more cross training and doing weights so I am still deciding on these Nikes.  What so you think!?

TOPS

I was thinking about going to althetica or Lulu Lemon for some shirts but they just seemed so overpriced and I like some of my items from Old Navy so I just looked there I loved what I saw.  I love the Long sleeves, especially with the open back for some breathing.  These Plain Tanks are super cute and I love the material they are made from.  Also they have the cutest Graphic Tank, for a reasonable price. 

More Returns

I tried out these long sleeves from Target, but they had too much of a boat neck and showed my bra straps and not in a flattering way I thought so I returned them.  I also tried tried out these sports bras but they are more like cloth material and don't give enough support I think. 

PS HAS ANYONE TRIED THE HIDRATE SPARK BOTTLE? Im VERY interested in this bottle and if it actually helps you drink more water or if it is annoying and not worth the money.  Just need a review some one help a girl out ha!

You'll never believe it but I haven't hit my $500 limit yet.  So is there something you'd recommend? I'd love to know!!

Some of the products:

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