I love finding cute things to decorate my apartment with, but sometimes sticker shock prevents me from buying them! I saw these adorable Natural & Gold Agate Coasters by Jonathan Adler and knew I had to have them in my apartment. But, the $125 price tag for FOUR coasters, I knew I had to find a way to DIY them myself!
I was strolling through my grocery store and found these agate slices. So, I hurried up to Michaels and grabbed all the materials needed to make these! I hope my tutorial will inspire you to make some of your own!
Paint brushes for both gilding & gloss (small is best)
All you have to do is paint the agate slice’s raw edge with the gilding paint, wait to try, and seal with the sealer. I let mine dry overnight. Simple enough, right?
These are perfect under your favorite drinks, or even a candle. Make some extra and you have the perfect hostess gift! You HAVE to make these- and be sure to send me a photo to my Twitter or Instagram if you do!
Anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m not a morning person. So, now that school has started back up I’m waking up earlier and earlier, which means I need CAFFEINE! I love having tea or cappuccinos in the morning to wake myself up, and I prefer to make them at home instead of spending way too much money at a coffee shop. Lately I’ve been using Born Sweet® Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener in my morning beverage because I like my drinks SWEET!
Want to know what’s AmaZING? The moment you find a perfect sweet taste without a funny aftertaste, and zero calories! I love being able to enjoy my morning tea and coffee without having to compromise on flavor just to save a few calories. Sprinkle it into your coffee, teas, smoothies, over fruit and other favorite foods and beverages. Zing™ Stevia Sweetener – a taste of sweet excitement! Small changes like replacing sugar for Zing can make all the difference. Especially because I lost 40 pounds last year and need to maintain my weight! I like to keep a few packets in my purse and backpack for when I’m on the go and pick up a coffee in between classes.
I’ve been wanting to share my story of how I lost 40 pounds last summer for a while now, but never really knew what to say until now. I think the video explains it best, but if you don’t have 12 minutes to watch a video, I’ll condense it a bit on here.
My Weight Struggle
I wasn’t really an overweight kid. In the 6th grade I was bullied for my weight for the first time, and I think it triggered my weight gain over the years. I continued to get bullied for my weight through high school and I struggled with it a lot. I was maybe around 160-180 in high school, I honestly don’t remember because I avoided scales at all costs.
Once I started college, I was still living at home and had the same bad food habits from my childhood. I think an overall depression started my weight gain over the next few years and I grew to around 220 pounds. I moved out my 2nd year of school, and although I was still depressed because I had a crazy roommate that infuriated me, I was inspired to make better food choices and work out at my DTLA apartments’ gym. I was able to lose 10 pounds in 2 months and was down to around 192 before I moved back home because of my bad roommate situation.
Since then, I maintained around 200-210 for a couple of years. I found out I had PCOS and started getting seen by an endocrinologist to maintain it. Being a blogger and YouTuber with depression and very few friends led to a very isolated and sedentary lifestyle.
My Weight Loss Journey
In May 2014, I weighed 217 pounds. I got an internship at a PR firm and was motivated by my career and my doctor to lose weight. Through mainly diet I was able to lose 17 pounds in around 2 months. The next month, I only lost 6. Then I studied abroad. After I studied abroad I learned I lost 12 more pounds, bringing me to 35 pounds total. I lost another 5 pounds after coming home, bringing me to 40 pounds total. I started up a gym membership and went between classes during school. I was feeling a lot better physically and emotionally. Unfortunately I’ve gained some back, but I hope by sharing my tips, we can help each other!
My Diet & Exercise Tips
Small Improvements = results (as long as you’re making an improvement on almost every single thing you eat, you’ll see results)
Switch sugars: a nutritionist I saw recommended me to use sugar alternatives like splenda and stevia because they are not treated like sugar (or honey and agave nectar) are in your body. Plus, they’re usually zero or low calorie.
Healthy snacks: Apple slices with cinnamon or low fat caramel for dessert, hummus and vegetables, popcorn, nuts
Only drink water: This is pretty much a must! Your body will thank you. I skipped soda for the most part, but if you have to have something flavored, try a watered down lemonade, iced tea, or spa water and limit to once a day or less.
WALK!: I took the metro everywhere which leads to a lot of walking. It’s a half mile drive to the grocery store? Grab a utility cart and walk there instead!
Do exercises that you like: I like the elliptical, so I always do that. If you hate the treadmill, find something else you’d like! If you don’t like the exercise, you are going to want to skip work outs!
I hope my few tips can help someone out there. Whether you have a lot of weight to lose, no weight to lose, or just want to feel healthier, implementing these tips is so simple & it won’t take long for results. I’ve struggled with this for half of my life, and because of losing 40 pounds, the most weight I’ve lost in my life, I have the motivation to try even harder.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight, share your tips in the comments! Would love to get new ideas…
I always love seeing what people carry in their bags, so I thought I’d share mine! I carry a Michael Kors Orange Crossbody Satchel that I got at TJMaxx. Because it’s out of season, I honestly have no clue what the name is or if you can get it anymore- I can’t find it anywhere online.
You’ll have to watch the video to get the whole experience, but here are just a few of the products I carry with me…
Bath & Body Works Pocket Bac Hand Sanitizer in Limoncello: I always need hand sanitizer for whenever I take the bus & train! I hate touching all the metal bars because who knows what’s on them! Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses in Black: I adore these sunglasses- they’re the perfect fit for my face! TUSK Business Card Holder: When I go to events, a business card holder is a must have because I always need to network & get my blog and YouTube channel out there! RAVPower Portable Phone Charger(Charges 4 times for me!): My phone always dies when I’m out, so this is perfect to give it a charge or two if it dies & I’m still on the go! Breakups To Makeup “Cross My Heart, Hope To Die, Stick Mascara in My Eye” Compact Mirror: I love the saying on this mirror- it’s so cute! I always need a mirror for touch ups, or to just make sure I look good! I’m constantly checking if my face is too oily or if I’ve gotten something in my teeth. Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette(My FAVE perfume!): Throughout the day I like to give myself a little spray of perfume to pick myself up. If I’m headed to an event or date, it comes in handy if I forgot to spray at home! And this perfume is my current signature scent- it’s so unique and I’m so obsessed with orange blossom. I first found it while I was studying abroad! Face Stockholm Mimmi Lip Liner: Loving this nude liner right now- so many lip products pile up in my purse from other days! Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 17C: This is the perfect orange lip liner- it lasts so long and works with all of my fave oranges! Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Lemon & Chamomile: I can’t live without this lip balm! It’s the best scent & moisturizes so well.
Milani Lipstick in Matte Nude: I love this drugstore matte lipstick right now- it’s my go to! The color and formula are both great, and who can beat that price? IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi: If I need some lip balm but I’m wearing makeup, I instantly go for this to give my lips a little color! I love the scent and it is really moisturizing.
Share in the comments: what do you carry in your purse with you that’s a must-have (but not a necessity like wallet/keys/etc.)?
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If you all saw and loved my first Tinder video, reading my creepy tinder messages, then you’re in for a treat today! The last two new guys I met up with in person on Tinder were just not cool. Lines were crossed! But, in order to find what happened…you’ll have to watch the video. I can’t give all of my good stories away!
Anyways, I hope to do more dating videos soon, maybe not just on Tinder. I just need some inspiration- so leave me a comment with topics you’d like me to cover!
Also, how do you like my awesome Tinder shirt? Thanks so much to Tinder for sending me that- it was actually my first package at my new apartment! #blessed