Five Tips for (Relatively) Stress-Free Wedding Planning

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I know I haven’t posted in forever but today is my six month halfiversary! It’s hard to believe we’ve been married for half a year but this has been a great learning experience so far.

I can tell you that the weekend before our wedding was the most stressful one either of us have ever had. Between running last minute errands and signing for our first apartment, it was insane. But we made it through to tell the tale. Since I’ve successfully survived planning my own wedding, I want …[continue]

Weigh-in Wednesday: Scaling Back on the Scale

I know as well as anyone that the scale is not the most accurate marker to track weight loss. Everyone’s weight fluctuates throughout the day and we women have the added bonus of our monthly courses that can make it appear we’ve had a setback.

Even armed with this knowledge, I’ve recently gotten hooked on weighing myself daily and sometimes *gulp* multiple times a day. I found myself doing this at time when my nutrition and fitness weren’t on point hoping for …[continue]

Is Your Spouse Your Bestie?

In my lifetime, I’ve been blessed with an amazing set of friends who have stuck it out through the long haul. Now that I’m engaged, I have another person in my life who I share my deepest, darkest secrets with and who’s obligated to listen. Score! Would I go so far as to call him my best friend? I’m not sure but he’s definitely a member of my inner circle.

Here’s the thing. I find that lots of women call their fiancé/husband their BEST FRIEND but that term is so …[continue]

Healthier, Wealthier You Challenges: February and March Updates

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I know I’ve been super MIA for a hot minute but I’m back! My absence has been due in part to being inconsistent and poor time management on my part. This post will serve as a quick update for February and March on how I’m faring with the Healthier, Wealthier You challenges.

1. Brown Bag Lunch: In February I fell off bringing my meals because I didn’t do proper grocery shopping. Towards the end of the month I finally got it together and I’ve been brining meals since …[continue]

Healthier, Wealthier You Challenges: January Update

We’re 27 days in to the Healthier Wealthier You Challenges and I’ve been holding up pretty well. Here’s a quick recap of how I’ve been faring on the challenges.

1. Brown Bag Lunch: I’ve been bringing breakfast and lunch every day this month and will continue doing so. Sometimes it’s a salad, a sandwich, leftovers or even a Smart One meal. I’m trying not to go too crazy with the Smart Ones because they’re super high in sodium.

2. “The Wealthy” Savings Challenge: Since I get paid twice a month, I …[continue]

Why I Need a Positivity Jar (and You Might, Too!)

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I don’t know about you but when I get sad, I spiral. One issue multiplies until I have trouble seeing anything good in my life. These times don’t happen as frequently as they used to but I can usually feel them coming on and feel powerless to stop them.

Until now.

At a New Year’s Eve Zumba Masterclass, the entire room was given a positivity jar (tutorial can be found here) in order to help us capture amazing moments throughout the year and reflect on them. We all know …[continue]

Ooh, You’re Engaged? I Have Shade to Throw!

Like most brides, I love chatting wedding stuff. So much, in fact, that I’m liable to talk your ear off! I do make an attempt to not bring it up unless someone else does, though. My question is why do people throw shade like it’s rice? I’m already scared witless so bitter divorceés, please spare me the diatribe about how horrible your marriage was and ends in, “But I wish you two all the best. Marriage is truly beautiful.” What inspires folks (especially …[continue]

Protective Styling Series: Havana Twists One Mo’ ‘Gain!

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I’m nearly 7 weeks post and at the point where my new growth is starting to make its presence known. I’ve also been working out more and need an easy breezy style and something to save it from these arctic temps! My hair thrives in protective styles and I loved my Havana twist updo from the summer so this seemed a logical choice.

To prepare, I shampooed with Aussie Moist Shampoo. I then applied Roux Porosity Control, Silicon Mix, ORS Replenishing Conditioner and castor oil to my hair. I …[continue]

Why I’m Taking My 2014 Vision Board Seriously

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Last year, I decided to create a vision board using O Dream Board. Admittedly, I thought it was hogwash. How could making a collage help me achieve my goals?

This year, I have a better understanding that what you focus on will come to fruition. When I created the board, I made it the background image on my phone and my laptop. Even when I wasn’t consciously studying the images, they were still fixing themselves in my subconscious.

Of the nine goals, I successfully achieved five. I …[continue]

New Year, Same Awesome Me: Be Healthier and Wealthier in 2014!

I know the new year usually inspires loads of resolutions that, for many, last until February. Maybe March for the truly “dedicated.” Personally, this won’t be the case in 2014. Since I’m getting married in June, there are quite a few things I want to get in order for my big day and subsequent marriage. My list is topped by being fitter physically and financially. At the risk of falling subject to the “new year, new me” mantra, I’ve decided to name this group of challenges “New …[continue]