Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Home Decor!

Over the weekend I made a trip to Home Goods and Marshalls in hopes adding a few pops of color in our home for Spring. 
Turns out I had to hold myself back from buying almost everything that caught my eye! Right now both stores are chock full of all things nautical and while we don't have any sort of theme in our home I found myself wanting everything. It's the Long Island in me ;)

At first I wasn't sure the place mats I picked up were going to work with our curtains but I figured since both are navy and white it may work even with very different patterns. 
I added fake coral flowers and yellow candles to keep things from getting too matchy matchy in the way of color.

I absolutely love our bar but it is one of the hardest areas of our home for me to decorate. I'm not sure why but it haunts my dreams. So when I came across this print that had not only an alcohol themed quote but it was said by the one and only Carrie Bradshaw AND it was pink, I knew I had to have it.

I also picked up a light pink candle holder (top right) and added some fresh flowers from BJ's plus a few odds and ends that we already had and I think it worked out nicely. It doesn't feel done just yet, even though I have switched the arrangement several times before snapping this photo (Eddie thinks I am nuts) but hopefully I'll find peace at my bar soon.

Sticking with my love affair with anything bright/pink/coral I picked up two new hand towels for my bathroom. 
I love how they sit in between my nail polish racks and my turquoise towel dresser
 (had no idea what to call it)
It's a burst of color every time I walk in!
The "C" was on clearance for $2! Therefore it had to come home with me to sit upon my desk as a reminder that my name starts with C.
And who can resist brightly colored, mini mason jar citronella candles for the porch!?
Not me.

Our entire kitchen is white, appliances-counter tops-cabinets... I HATE IT. Not only does it look dirty 98% of the time, no matter how often I clean it (which is several times a day) it's just so... blah.
Lately I have added bits and pieces of bright color to break up the overwhelming amount of white. The dish towels are a welcome addition to the kitchen, even Eddie agrees!

And lastly we have the bedroom. Our bed, dressers and Eddie's desk are all black wood, our night stands and bedding is all grey so I was craving color in a big way.
I picked up the three pillows and blanket from Home Goods and the print from Marshalls, it still looks pretty boring to me but I am hoping to add more color to it soon!
If you have any suggestions/ideas please let me know.

I can't wait until we find our "forever home," I want paint on the walls and to decorate a place we plan to live in for more than a year. Plus after moving every year for 8 years I am OVER IT.

Hope you enjoyed this little peak into parts of our home.
Happy Monday!

Friday, April 10, 2015

This Is Not A Diet...It's A Lifestyle

I hate the word "DIET"
It makes me feel restricted and trapped.
Anytime I have tried to "diet" in the past I have failed, which made me feel like a failure.

I try my best to focus on an 80/20 eating lifestyle (because love pizza and buffalo chicken anything)
and I kill it in the gym 5-6 days a week. However, I have mentioned many times on my little corner of the Internet that I have struggled to find balance since moving to Virginia.

The Tone It Up Bikini Series kicks off on Monday and I have been a long time TIU Girl but I have never fully participated in any of their challenges/series because I didn't want to have to feel like I was on a "diet." 
What's great about the Tone It Up plan is they focus on an all around healthy lifestyle and eating clean, whole foods VS crash dieting.

This year I am committing myself to the 8 week series and the main reason behind this decision is I have no reason not to. Karena and Katrina aka the Tone It Up girls have provided the members with not only an updated meal plan but they have provided us with 8 weeks of daily meals for us to follow.

This morning I printed out the "Seaside Staples" which is a list of everything I need to have on hand at all times for the next 8 weeks and the "Catch of the Week" checklist which is the all of the food I need for Week 1.

I will be tracking all of my food + workouts in my Erin Condren life planner and if you want I will share a weekly round up here on the blog.

This Sunday I plan on taking before pictures (kill me now) to help keep me motivated and as of now I plan to share them alongside my "after" at the end of the 8 weeks. 

For my workouts I plan to stick with my gym classes and add in the workouts the TIU girls provide us with as my AM workouts or days I'm too lazy to drive to the gym.

(You can still sign up!)
The Bikini Series is FREE to everyone, but the meal plan is a one time fee of $150 and you're given new updates every few months. 

If you're doing the Bikini Series let me know in the comments below, I'd love to follow you on Instagram and cheer each other on!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

We're Back!

After an overwhelming amount of messages/tweets/emails from you guys, Eddie and I have decided to bring back the vlogs. We are not uploading daily but will be posting once, possibly twice a week.

The first video just went live and I wanted to share it with all of you. I plan to post them here on the blog in addition to my YouTube channel so you'll never miss us again ;)

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