Friday, October 18, 2019

National Mammography Day

Today is officially observed as National Mammography Day which is observed annually as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. Mammograms can often detect a problem before there any other signs. Although breast cancer screening can't prevent breast cancer, it can help find cancer earlier which is easier to treat. If you haven't set up your annual mammogram this is a great reminder to do so! You can also use the hash tag #NationalMammographyDay to spread awareness on social media.

Sporting my pink mammogram robe before I got my screening!


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women behind skin cancer. Every year in the United States, more than 245,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. Almost every person has been impacted by the disease through either a friend, family member, or themselves. Breast cancer is especially important to me because my mom is a survivor who beat the disease in 1998. She found a spot very early due to screening and luckily was able to treat it early. That's why I'm so passionate about screening. This affected me greatly because at a young age (I was 17 at the time) I became very aware of how widespread this disease has become.


Wear your pink proudly during the month of October to spread awareness!

As a wife, mother, full-time employee, and occasional blogger (feels funny to say that!) there is often little time to fit in my own health screenings. We know as moms- we all put our children's doctor visits at the top of the list thus dropping our own health priorities. But this is one screening that every woman needs to prioritize. Most doctors recommend to start mammograms at the age of 40. But if you have family history like I do most doctors recommend starting at age 35. Of course be sure to consult with your physician about what they recommend. Younger women tend to have more dense breast tissue. Even nearly half of all women 40 and older have dense breasts.  One of my biggest tips on screening (which I owe to a friend's advice) is to request a TOMO type of mammogram. This is a digital breast breast tomosynthesis. It is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. In the state of TN you have to request this type of mammogram otherwise they will give you the standard kind. Knowledge is definitely power so I think it's a great idea to always request this type. I've heard that in some states that are automatically performing this type of screening which in my opinion should become mandatory in all 50 states. It's always helpful to ask when setting up your screening! 


Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month this is a great time to get involved or give to the cause. The Susan G. Komen organization is a wonderful way to donate to the cause. They put on several walk/runs around the country. If you have ever participated in this event you know what a powerful event this is! The Nashville race will be on Saturday, October 26th. Register here for the event. Another easy way to help support the local Nashville community is through one of our fave local charities called NaSHEville. They make it easy to contribute to charities via the sale of clothing, accessories, etc. They currently have a "Fighter" Breast Cancer Tee which serves breast cancer patients and survivors in the Nashville area. Check out their amazing site which also serves many other amazing missions.
Check out NaSHEville to purchase this "Fighter" Breast Cancer Tee

I hope this post was a great reminder to schedule your screening or to encourage your sisters, mothers, friends to do the same!

XOXO,
Amanda
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Amazon Sunglasses

If you have followed me for awhile then you know allll about my love for Amazon sunglasses!  Crystal and I's dear friend (and our website builder + #1 cheerleader!) turned us both onto this obsession.  And now I #cantstopwontstop -there's just too many good styles along with amazing prices.

Meet my fave new black sunnies- they are a dupe to a Quay pair that I previously owned.  I love the gold brow bar detail!



Another day another Amazon sunnie selfie haha! I love this classic square shape and I scooped them up in the brown shade but I might need more colors. 


You can always shop our Amazon storefront as well because sometimes narrowing it all down can be tough!  We have several categories divided into: style, beauty, fit, etc.  Shop all our Amazon picks here!

Show below for some more of my fave styles!




Happy Shopping!
XOXO,
Amanda
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Healthy Daily Food Ideas

I often get asked from followers about what I'm eating. Here is just an example of what I strive to eat on a regular basis! 




Breakfast:

-One real egg + 2 part egg whites + add spinach

-F-Factor shake- by far the best most filling one I have found! It gives you 20 grams of fiber and protein with 3 net carbs

-GG Crackers with cottage cheese and salsa

Try the pumpkin seed ones for Fall!


-Fiber one cereal with unsweetened almond milk

Lunch:

-Salad with non-breaded chicken or fish - light cheese, lots of non starchy veggies. Vinaigrette dressing on side and just use a little

-Low carb high fiber wrap (I love the Olebrand) with chicken or turkey deli meat. I put lettuce on there and mustard (and sometime cucumbers)

You can get these at about every grocery store!

-Any kind of sandwich in a lettuce wrap


Snacks:

-Almonds with hummus

-Turkey deli meat with mustard

-Protein bar low carb (check out my Fave Protein Bars post)

-Low fat pepperoni

-GG crackers with salsa

- Seaweed paper


- Powdered peanut butter


Dinner:

-Paleo Works delivers me 3 meals every week that I usually turn into 4 and eat during the week. These are lean protein and veggie meals

-Turkey burger with veggies

-Salad with Chicken

-Cauliflower rice with grilled chicken

-Tuna Fish on a low carb wrap


**If I have a sweet tooth at night, I will do some low sugar Greek yogurt or drink a La Croix.
Love this grapefruit flavor!


Now this is a pretty good day :). I'm def not perfect like this all the time but I do try!


XOXO,


Crystal



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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Labor Day Weekend Sales

Labor Day weekend is here! Not only is it a time to relax with friends and family but you can also score some major shopping deals (all in your pj's!) I'm planning on enjoying the last pool days + watching college football.  I narrowed down some of my fave sales going on!





Anthropologie:

Extra 50% off sale prices

Promo Code: None












Banana Republic:

Extra 10% off + 40% off purchase

Promo Code: None








BaubleBar:

Up to 80% off original prices

Promo Code: None







Bloomingdales:

Extra 50% off select styles

Promo Code: None















Mango:

Up to 70% off original prices and an additional 30% off anything with a purchase of $100 or more or an additional 20% off anything with a purchase of $49 or more.

Promo Code: LBR19












Sole Society:

Select styles up to 70% off

Promo Code:  No code needed




Target:

Up to 30% off women's clothing

Promo Code:  No Code Needed







Check out some more deals below!



I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!
XOXO,
Amanda








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Monday, July 29, 2019

Nantucket


I wouldn't consider myself a travel blogger by any means because we don't get to travel that much with our kiddos being so young.  But, we did just get to take a fabulous long weekend trip to Nantucket that I wanted to share with ya'll!

My hubby and I had never been up north to the East Coast, and wanted to go somewhere that we hadn't been before in celebration of our 10 year anniversary.  We had 3 child-free days so we wanted to go somewhere that was easy to get to.  We also had a good friend that had been to Nantucket a lot, so she gave us some fabulous recommendations!

The flight was surprisingly pretty easy!  We left Nashville at 6:00 AM, and landed at Nantucket's airport by 11:40 AM.  The first night we stayed at 21 Broad which is an adorable boutique hotel.  I am not one for staying at a true bed and breakfast so that is why we chose this spot.  The hotel was very quaint and had that bed and breakfast vibe without being a true one.  Note- the room was TINY!  But the hotel was really nice and was in a perfect location.  They also made yummy breakfast in the morning which was an added bonus.
21 Broad Boutique Hotel


We grabbed lunch at Brotherhood of Thieves which was right next to our hotel.  It was like a little German pub with great food.  We sat upstairs at the bar and had a great time.

Then, we got bikes and headed to Cisco Brewery which is about a 20-minute ride.  I loved the vibe there!  They had a wine bar, liquor bar, and obviously great beer.  I was pretty sure my husband never wanted to leave.  Our fave beer was the Grey Lady.  They also had live music- it was fantastic!

Dinner that night was at Lola 41 which is known for their burgers and sushi, (plus it was in walking distance of our hotel).  We luckily got a seat at the bar, but I would recommend getting a reservation because it gets pretty packed.  The food and drinks were awesome and I highly recommend!

Friday we got to check into our other hotel which is a resort called The White Elephant.  I can't say enough good things about this hotel!  I kinda didn't want to leave our room, it was unreal.  It was the nicest... and most expensive hotel that I have ever been to.  I do believe it is worth the splurge because of the location, and you get to use all the amenities at the resort like the pool, workout facility, and restaurants.
White Elephant Lobby

White Elephant


We called the day before and got a boat reservation on Lady Wauwinet for a ride to eat lunch at Toppers at the Wauwinet Luxury Seaside Hotel.  The boat ride was about 45 minutes and had some great scenic views.  They also offer a dinner cruise which includes drinks on the boat.  When we arrived at the Wauwinet I was blown away by the quaint surroundings and dining.  At Toppers we got the clam chowder, which is usually not my thing, but it was delish.  I also got the crab + lobster cakes which were the best I have ever had.

Enjoying some Rose' on the lawn at Wauwinet




After we got back from our boat ride we packed up and biked over to The Sandbar at Jettie's Beach.  This was a beach front restaurant that was quite the lively party vibe (which we loved).  We hung out on the beach and the Sandbar, then grabbed an early dinner there.

Saturday we worked out in the gym, then took a dip in the pool.  We got ready and biked over to Cru Oyster Bar.  I am so obsessed with this place.  It was chic nautical decor and right on the peer so you had a view of all the yachts.  I had my first lobster roll and it was unreal.  They also had fabulous cocktails and oysters.
Lunch at Cru
My first Lobster Roll @Cru

There are lots of little shops around Cru, so we walked around and visited the stores.  We also did some Yacht shopping😉.  We biked around a little more and found the Tree Bar and had some drinks.  We had a flight out to Boston that night at 6:00 PM, so we then headed to the airport.  We had dinner in Boston Saturday night, then flew out first thing Sunday morning.

We loved our trip to Nantucket and cannot wait to go back.

XOXO,
Crystal

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's here! The ultimate shopping sale is now underway for everyone and not just cardholders.  If you are going to shop one sale a year then this is the one!  I always try to have a game plan for shopping the sale.  Be sure to evaluate your closet and decide on items that you are missing in your current wardrobe.  I wouldn't go crazy during the sale but instead, invest wisely on a few pieces that you know you will get tons of wear out of!  And if you do go too crazy Nordstrom has a great return policy and even free return shipping as well.  Just a reminder the sale is now open starting at 12:30 PM ET through August 5th (prices go back up on August 5th).  Many items sell out quickly so if you really love something I would buy sooner rather than later just in case it sells out.

The top items I've loved on the sale are athletic wear, beauty items and of course shoes!  Not going to lie I wasn't entirely impressed with the clothing items this year but the shoe selections are always top- notch.  Here are some of my top picks!


If you don't own a pair of faux leather Spanx leggings then this is your chance to scoop them up at $65 (they are normally $98 and hardly ever go on sale).  I literally wear them all winter and they go with practically everything!


These peep-toe booties have been a staple in my closet for years and I was pumped that they brought them back!  The deep cut V in the front elongates the legs and adds interest.  These are great for pairing with skirts/dresses and black jeans!


Crystal got these amazing Adidas running shoes in black- she has been raving about them and how comfy they are!  You can tell Crystal took this pic because it has her beloved Defiance Fuel in it- read her blog post here about the benefits of this water.

This is the best beauty deal that I saw!  This is the holy grail of self-tanners and this jumbo-sized one is a great value and will last you a long time!  Check out my tips on self-tanners here.


Shop more of my picks below!


Athletic Wear




Beauty




Shoes




Clothing



Accessories




Happy shopping!  And as always if you have any requests or need help shopping the sale-feel free to email or DM me.

XOXO,
Amanda
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Shake It Up!



I love starting my day off with a delicious + filling shake. I feel like it sets the tone for the day to be healthy and gets me off to a great start. I feel like starting the day with a healthy shakes keeps me more motivated throughout the day to stay on track with my eating. I have always said strive to have the healthiest breakfast as possible. You may not be perfect the rest of the day, but starting off on an unhealthy note can wreck you whole day.

I have tried so many shakes over the years and I have a few favorites. Like always I am looking for powders that are low in sugar and carbs with fiber to help keep me fuller, longer. My two favorites are 310 Nutrition and F-Factor.

I have tried 310 Nutrition in the past and have really liked it. Since then, they have come out with new flavors that I am loving. Toasted Coconut is my favorite flavor right now. These shakes only have about 90 calories per serving with 15 grams of plant based protein + no artificial sweeteners. They also have some fiber, usually around 5 grams. Side note, I also am loving their Detox tea. I usually think tea is blah, but this tastes great, and is helping curb my appetite. You can get free shipping by using code 310CRYSTALJ. FYI the bag is huge and lasts forever!



I follow the F-factor lifestyle diet so I love their shakes as well. I go back and forth between the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. They are both so creamy and filing and jam packed with 20 grams of fiber in 2 scoops.  (Do I talk about eating fiber enough ?!). They only have 3-4 net carbs + 20 grams of protein.  You can also cook with them if you chose to do so unlike myself.

Here are some other things I will throw in my shakes for taste + added healthy benefits. Not all in the same shake because I like to mix it up! For the most part I mix about 5 ounces of water then add a few of unsweetened Coconut, Almond, or Cashew milk and blend in my Vitamix. We have had our Vitamix for a while now and I love love it.

Shake add-ins:

Frozen Rice Cauliflower- Gives you shake a little more consistency
Spinach- Added fiber benefits you can’t taste
Peanut Butter Powder- Added peanut butter taste without the fat
Cacao Nibs- Gives chocolate taste + rich in polyphenols
MCT Oil Powder- I have tried a few, and this is by far my fave brand
Amazing Gass Green Super Food Powder

Low Sugar Yogurt- you can add just a spoonful for a little more taste + helps with consistency

I think its all about playing around with what tastes best to you, and what keeps you feeling full longest.

XOXO,
Crystal

Low Sugar Yogurt- you can add just a spoonful for a little more taste + helps with consistency
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