Protein Ice cream sandwich

What You’ll Need:

Easy. Peasy. (Cookie?) Squeezy.

I fell in love with Lenny & Larry’s a while back when I went to a health expo and automatically became hooked. I’ve tried every type of Complete Cookie they have to offer + what I love the most isn’t how healthy they are, it’s how much they taste like Grandma’s homemade cookies…I wouldn’t even tell the difference if you blindfolded me besides the fact that the Complete Cookies are H.U.G.E! 

I love that they’re all natural, don’t contain any GMO’s, contain no sugar alcohols + contain 16 grams of protein per cookie! That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

Want to hear the very best part? Lenny & Larry’s has agreed to give away one box of their Chocolate Chip Complete Cookies! Just comment below with what kind of ice-cream you’d use in your cookie sandwich :) Contest open to US residents only!

Who would you split your cookie with? 

 

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Tonto Natural Bridge

April 15, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that G recently had knee surgery after over a year of having problems– this meant no couple hiking! That means that after a year of wanting to rip each other’s eye balls out being stuck inside, when we finally were able to venture to Tonto Natural Bridge for G’s first hike back a couple of weeks ago, we were psyched.

Tonto Natural Bridge lies 10 miles north of Payson, Arizona and is home to the largest natural tavertine bridge in the world. It was gorgeous. I’d go as far as to say one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. There are four different trails you can take and we tried all four– but beware, the Anna Mae trail probably isn’t the best for young children or people who don’t dig the whole climbing on rocks/muddling through rivers type of thing. However, we loved it so I highly recommend it!

If you take one trail, take the Gowan! This is where we were bestowed with the most lovely views, photograph opportunities + even a sweet Canadian couple. ;) You don’t want to miss this! 

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Tips:

  • There’s a fee so don’t forget your cash! $2.00 for children 13 and younger and $5 for 14 and up.
  • Bring water!
  • If you’re going to hike the Anna Mae trail I highly recommend bringing hiking shoes.

Do you like to hike? Where are your favorite trails? 

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Weekly Wishes

April 14, 2014

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Monday, Monday, Monday…how did you come so soon?! The weekend was fun, but the week wasn’t quite long enough and I felt like I had no time to get everything I wanted to get done done! Although I had time to start two of last week’s weekly wishes- brainstorm for my upcoming project + begin one of my final projects. I totally failed on blogging four times. I blogged twice. So there’s that.

This week my Weekly Wishes are to:
  • Finish one of my final projects by Tuesday afternoon.
  • Brainstorm some more for my project.
  • Take time to relax.

Simple and to the point.

What are your Weekly Wishes? 

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Savor the Moment

April 11, 2014

During the week I get so caught up in the day-to-day that I often forget to sit back, relax + savor the moment. Work is constantly running through my head, errands to run are constantly stacking up on my “to do” list and school work is piled on my desk waiting to be completed. So, last night, G and I decided to take some time off to go fishing, enjoy each other’s company + (of course) devour some Ghiradelli Intense Dark  chocolate. A obsession guilty pleasure of mine and one of G’s favorite snacks.

We grabbed our fishing pole, our chocolate and hit the road! It was such a nice night filled with a beautiful warm spring breeze, good conversation + much needed relaxation.

Relaxing

Twilight Delight Intense Dark Chocolate

I hope this inspires you to take some time out of your busy week + enjoy a little downtime (and a lot of chocolate!)

What’s your perfect pairing for a leisurely evening? If you follow me on Instagram, you saw mine! Share yours with me (pretty please with a dark chocolate square on top?) here! 

Although this post was sponsored by Ghiradelli, all opinions stated are my own. 

 

 

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Weekly Wishes

April 7, 2014

weeklywishes4-7Is it just me or did Monday arrive way too soon? After a relaxing weekend up in the woods getting back into the groove will be quite the task, but I’m sure everything will fall pack into place in no time! Last week, my Weekly Wishes were to exercise more, drink more water and work on Kayli Wanders’ social media presence. One word: fail. I actually exercised less because I was so busy with work + getting our trip planned out, I drank my usual amount of water but nothing crazy and Kayli Wanders’ was probably less on the social media stage than usual. Here’s to this week, right?!

This week, my Weekly Wishes are to:
  • Brainstorm for my top secret project…more details to come (hopefully soon!)
  • Get started on at least one of my final projects. The final month of school has come and it’s here full speed ahead!
  • Blog…let’s say at least four times, okay? Hold me accountable!

What are your Weekly Wishes? 

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Weekly Wishes

March 31, 2014

Weekly WishesHappy Monday, my lovelies and I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I know I did + am looking forward to the week ahead. Last week, my Weekly Wishes were to get back into blogging, keep my head above water with school work and relax a bit by flipping through that Elle that has been on my desk. I got back into blogging (although I didn’t post quite as much as I would have liked), finished all school work on time (why I didn’t get quite so far in blogland as I’d have liked!) and I did have time to relax…I just spent that time doing other things. So, I’d consider it a win!

This week, my Weekly Wishes are to:

  • Keep on exercising! I’ve been good about this lately, but I’d like to do it more often + get ready for bikini season here in Phoenix.
  • Drink more water! Once again, I feel that I’m doing pretty good with this one, but there’s always room for improvement and less sugary drinks.
  • Work on Kayli Wanders’ social media presence. It’s there, but I realize that I spend most time working on my clients SM efforts + not as much my own! I should be doing more.

What’s on your “getter-done” list this week? Do tell! 

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Books To Read

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald // Prep // Half Broke Horses 

The Fault in Our Stars // The Glass Castle // Freewheelin’ Time

Just Kids // Where’d You Go, Bernadette // The Paris Wife

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know of my unhealthy  obsession with headbands. So when Skyanne offered to send me one free to review here on the bloggity blog (one that I was already looking to buy, no less!) I had no choice but to take her up on her super generous offer…Did I mention she’s giving one away to one of you lovely ladies too? Yup. You can go ahead and thank her.

I chose the Smoky Topaz headband and fell. in. love. Some of the headbands I’ve tried on in the past didn’t do it for me. They’d cut off my circulation and feel tight around my head…something that no one wants! That’s why I love the headbands at Lilla Rose! They’re secured with elastic so you don’t have to deal with any pain or discomfort. I seriously wore mine all day long! I was out and about from 10:30-5 and didn’t even have to adjust it once! If you rock a headband on the reg, you know this is almost impossible as they usually get uncomfortable, your hair usually comes out of place, it starts to move, etc.

I highly recommend them to anyone! If you’d like to see all of the fab hair products Lilla Rose has to offer, go ahead and click here!

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Headband Giveaway

Want to win a super fab headband of your own? You’re in luck! Skyanne is graciously giving one lucky reader the Lovely Pearls headband. To enter: Leave a comment below telling me what outfit you’d wear it with. Winner will be chosen 3/28!

Although I was given this product to review, all opinions are my own. 

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Weekly Wishes

March 24, 2014

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I know what you’re thinking… “She’s actually back?!” Yes, I am and I am so happy to finally be back hanging out in the blogosphere! Truth is, I took a little hiatus because I’ve had some rather big career changes lately. I’ll write a more detailed post on my new venture coming up, but for now I’ll say that I’ve been busy as a honeybee following my dream to work independently and integrate work into my life so it doesn’t seem like such a chore…and it’s working! I’m so ecstatic about where I am in life right now and I can’t wait to share the details with all of you!

Now let’s get down to business, shall we?

This week, my Weekly Wishes are to:

  • Get back into blogging + share some pretty cool content with my favorite readers EVER (hint, hint…you’re one of them!)
  • Get through the school week without feeling defeated. I have a ton of huge assignments due this week so I’m just trying to keep my head above water at this point!
  • Relax a bit and find the time to flip through that copy of Elle that I’ve had on my desk for ages now.

Let’s catch up– how has your life been? What have you been up to? 

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DIY Stenciled Towels

February 19, 2014

*This is a guest post by Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange.

I’ve seen a bunch of people using stencils and stamps to paint different designs onto rugs, mats, really anything. I have been thinking of something stencil-worthy and thought that some little tea towels would be a really easy, cheap way to test out my stenciling skills!

Here’s what you need:
-Tea Towels

(I got mine at Target for $5)

-Stencils of your choice

(I bought the Martha Stewart Crafts stencils—they are more like stickers, but that makes them really versatile because you can use them on fabric and on glass, etc.)

-Paint

(the Martha Stewart Crafts paint is supposed to stay on fabric, glass, really anything without using a medium. I haven’t washed my towels in the machine yet, but they seem to be holding up ok as of yet.)

-Foam Brush 

(You can buy one of those round ones and it will probably make your life much easier, but I just used one of the regular ones you can get for 10 cents.)

What to do: (this is SO easy)

1. Get a paper towel or piece of scrap fabric to lay underneath the towel. I left mine folded so I could stamp only what was going to be visible when it was hanging, but they are very thin, so you definitely want something under it so the paint doesn’t bleed through.

2. Stick down your stencil. Make sure it’s pushed down really good so the paint doesn’t slide under the lines of the stencil.

3. Paint! You only need about a dime’s size glob of paint. Start out with hardly any paint and slowly blot all over the stencil. You don’t want to use too much paint because it will start bleeding all over the stencil. Easy does it. ;)

I made this for a friend and totally wish I was keeping it. I think I’ll make a few for myself. :)  

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