I know many of you can relate to feeling the “decorating itch” in your own homes. After the Christmas decorations went down I was feeling a little tired of how our living room was looking. Enter Lorena Canals Rugs and this space was instantly transformed!
Our living room space is really a multi-functional space for our family. My kids run and play with toys in this area (we always have baskets of their toys in the area). We also use this space to watch movies or Football on Sundays and after the kids are in bed my husband and I like to tuck the toys away and light a fire in the fireplace and enjoy the quiet with a glass of wine. I love that the Lorena Canals rug can transform the room and works with both this being a place my children play and also a sophisticated spot for adults only.
Additionally, to update this room we’ve added in some new mantle decor. The space is feeling fresh for the new year but I still don’t feel like it is completely finished as we want a new couch. We’re still on the hunt for the right one!
In the mean time one thing I am confident that fits the space perfectly is this amazing Lorena Canal rug. What initially drew me to this brand is that these rugs are machine washable (say what!?). You mean my kids can spill oatmeal and milk on it and I can just toss it in my laundry machine? Count me in! The variety of rugs they offer is truly so amazing and I had such a hard time narrowing it down. I loved so many of the rugs they have available!
In addition to these being low maintenance and easy to clean rugs, Lorena Canals also donates a portion of their proceeds to the Sakula Project and provides schooling to children in India. The rugs are made in India and designed in Spain and they are made of all natural dyes, handmade, eco, and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs. Since this area of my home is a spot my children lounge or play in often, this was very important to me!
*While this rug was gifted to me all opinions are my own.*
The new year is here and many have made the resolution to start dieting or exercising. I’ve talked about how in the past year I made the resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle which resulted in me losing 60lbs and dropping multiple dress sizes. This didn’t happen overnight and it definitely wasn’t a quick change. I made minor small lifestyle changes over time that really helped me shed the pounds.
I think one of my most important tips is CONSISTENCY. You have to be consistent when it comes to your diet and exercise. I don’t think you need to work out daily, but I do think eating healthy 80% of the time and “cheating” 20% of the time is a great ratio.
I’ve talked about healthy snacks I love here and healthy breakfast ideas I love. Now, I want to talk about how to maintain that healthy eating consistently on the go! This can mean something different to different people. Maybe you have to make a quick day trip for work or maybe you’re going on vacation with your family. I try to maintain healthy eating even while traveling. Now, with that said I definitely think that if you are on vacation and you don’t want to pay attention to what you eat, by all means one week is not going to be a deal breaker. You have to listen to your body!
I recently went on a long weekend trip with my husband and I want to share some ideas of “healthier” eats that i packed for myself or ate when out.
Pictured above you will see I tried to stay pretty clean with my meals out. I ate lots of veggies and egg whites for breakfast one morning at our hotel. For dinner I opted for a side of steamed veggies in lieu of french fries. I ordered the chicken wrap for dinner and requested no cheese or dressing on the wrap. These extras can add up to a lot of calories!
One tip I have is to always eat at home before you go to the airport. My flight left at 6:05AM, which means we were up before 3:30am getting ready. I popped a quick protein waffle in the toaster and grabbed an orange. I also grabbed my favorite water bottle to pack in my carry on. So many airports have water filling stations you can fill your water bottle up at, I learned about this the last time I flew and I must say, I’m a fan!
For myself I packed multiple NuGo protein bars. These are my favorite protein bars, I eat one almost daily. The Dark chocolate variety is amazing, so many different flavor choices. Not only are they high in protein they are also vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. I could not be more obsessed with these bars. If you want to try some for yourself you can check out a store locator map to see where to buy these near you!
Thanks to NuGo for providing me with their Dark Chocolate variety pack in exchange for this post.
I am always on the hunt for a good clothing store option! I will be turning 30 in March so I feel like I am always looking for appropriate “mom” outfits that are also stylish! I want to share a few of my favorite stores to shop at. Please share your favorites in the comments!
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Abercrombie & Fitch– I have recently become obsessed with A&F, much like I was at 16 years old haha! But for real, A&F has been so on point with trends lately for A LOT less than I remember things being when I was in high school. Their denim is still high quality and they have the coziest sweaters and fleece options. They also run sales OFTEN of up to 50% off, making things even more reasonable! It also doesn’t hurt that your clothes smell amazing for the first few times you wear them 😉
Loft– This is also a relatively new favorite of mine. I have always had hit or miss luck with Loft in the past but lately I am loving their cozy sweater options. They also often run sales of between 40-50% off so you can find really great deals!
Gap/Old Navy- You can never go wrong with these two sister brands. They offer cute clothing that compares look wise to much more expensive brands. I particularly love their workout gear, I wear a lot of their leggings and oversized athleisurewear.
Target- I couldn’t make this list and leave out my ALL time favorite one stop shop for everything! I generally am in a slight time crunch when I make my way into Targs but I love checking out the cute women’s clothing section. My favorite item’s to shop for at target are basic T’s and bathing suits surprisingly! Every spring/summer I flock to Target to find the cutest suits.
Free People– This brand is a little on the pricier side but I love the look of their items, particularly their oversized shirts. I love to browse the Free People section at my local Macy’s & Nordstrom Rack because they often offer additional discounts. On black Friday I scored this waffle knit oversized top for $38 (originally $68). It’s really comfortable and I wish I had it in all of the colors! I recommend sizing down if you buy this brand though.
Now, am I the only one who is wishing Forever 21 would open a Forever 31 store?! Please share other recommendations in the comments below!