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Though my spring break trips ended when I graduated in 2012, I still love to travel in the spring more than I do during any other season. After all, the weather is just right, the airfare and hotel rates are still reasonable and days are longer.
Another thing that hasn’t changed since my first spring break trip in 2009? I’m still a huge advocate for looking your best while you travel.
Check out my (affordable) beauty essentials while on vacay below!
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Don’t you hate sugar cravings? I know I sure do.
For instance: earlier this week a sugar craving jumped on me (yes, it was that aggressive) while I was at work. Knowing I’m currently working on my bikini body for the summertime, I decided I wanted to make a sugar-free blueberry crisp later that evening.
Though I pretty much use the same recipe for fruit crisp each time I make it, I found a great Weight Watchers recipe on Pinterest recently that I wanted to try. So I headed to the grocery store after work to purchase all of the necessary ingredients — only to discover that I somehow forgot to buy the main ingredient (blueberries) when I got home. Doh!
Instead of heading back out to the grocery store, I decided to improvise with fruit in my kitchen. Fortunately, I discovered I still had an unopened bag of pineapple chunks left in my freezer.
I followed my original recipe with a few minor adaptations and ended up with quite a tasty, low calorie result. Check it out below!
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As a slight victim of wanderlust, one of my personal goals for 2014 was to get out of North Carolina at least once each month and – though we’re only three days into March – I’m happy to say I’ve met the mark so far!
Over the weekend, I took a trip to visit an old friend in Tampa, Florida. Though it was a quick turnaround (Friday-Sunday), I had such a great time exploring all that the city has to offer.
When I flew back yesterday I was unbelievably tired, but in high spirits nonetheless. During my layover, I began to wonder how to keep this same frame of mind going on a daily basis, especially Monday thru Friday when a workday is tough or things just aren’t going my way. So I pulled out my pen and notebook and jotted down few of my favorite ways to make any regular ol’ day better.
1) Positive Affirmations
When you enter my bedroom, the first things you notice (aside from the purple walls, Ikea art and zebra-print bedding) are my huge vision boards. When you enter my bathroom and look in the mirror, you’ll see quotes – such as Eleanor Roosevelts famous musing, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – taped within eyeshot.
Though some days are harder than others, looking at positive words or statements first thing in the morning helps me to develop and maintain a positive state of mind and outlook on life, in general.
Whether you like cardio or yoga (like Carmen Electra, above), exercise is a proven method of stress relief. Hopping on a treadmill at the end of a tough day works like a charm every time.
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