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Moving On...


Hello strangers!
Long time, no blogging- I know, I know... But I promise I have a very good reason why.

Many of you may have noticed a change in my Twitter & Instagram handles.  I'm proud to announce that I've been working on a new blog!  While this little corner of the internet has been my home for the past two years (really?), I've decided to move on.  I'm so thankful for the contacts I've made through this blog & hope you all will join me in my new endeavors.  I just feel it's time to move on to new pastures & recenter my blogging self.

These days you'll be able to find me over at The Modest Adventurer.  While it's still a lifestyle blog, TMA will be more of a travel heavy site.  Anyone who has followed this site for any amount of time can tell you that travel is my biggest passion & I've felt I've just got a little lost here.  Time for a fresh start on a fresh site focusing on my biggest obsession!

Be sure to check out the new site & you can still find me creeping around social media herehere, & here.  Thanks so much for all your support!

Project Pan: May Update


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Another month down & several products have gone with it.  This month was a productive one on the Project Pan front as I finished off several items.  The more I rid of, the harder I find it to keep from filling those empty spots in my cabinet.  I did manage to pick up a new shampoo & conditioner this month, even though I have several 'backups' waiting underneath the bathroom sink.  I'm blaming it on the fact that I lightened my hair for summer & needed a color protecting set to help the color last longer.  An excuse?  Sure, but it is what it is...  Without further ado, this month's products:

Acai Bowl


acai bowl

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're likely to have heard about the superfruit acai berry (pronounced a-sigh-e).  These berries are native to Brazil & are packed full of antioxidants, fiber, & omega fatty acids.  You can buy acai in a variety of forms at your local health-food store but I prefer the frozen packets as it's easiest to throw into a smoothie or breakfast bowl.

5 Fresh Summer Juice Recipes



Fresh juice screams summertime to me & I find there's no better way to start my day.  I'll usually have one big juicing session to prep a few jars to enjoy over the next couple of days.

Project Pan: April Update


Okay, so remember how I promised to be better at this whole blogging thing- like a month ago? Yeeeeah, someone didn't make good on that promise.

Project Pan: March Update



Another month has passed & with it I've managed to dwindle down a few more beauty products.

Life Lately


Hello blog world!  Long time, no see.  If you read any of my posts over on the Alabama Women Bloggers site this month, you'll know that March was a complete whirlwind.  While it was absolute chaos, it was a month full of blessings.

Alabama Women Bloggers Collaboration Pt. 4


Alabama Women Bloggers
I'm back for my fourth & final installment regarding "luck" on the Alabama Women Bloggers site.  Thanks to Kari & all the ladies of AWB for having me all month long!  My first guest post spot was challenging but a lot of fun!

You can read all the posts here.  Feel free to browse the other posts to find some new lovely blogging ladies to follow!

Iced Early Grey Latte


Now that the temperatures are starting to warm I find myself not as interested in curling up with a cup of hot tea (pause for gasps).  That's not to say that I don't still luuuuv tea in any shape or form.  Lately I've been enjoying iced tea to get my fix.  This blended iced latte is perfect for these warmer days.

Alabama Women Bloggers Collaboration Pt. 3


Alabama Women Bloggers

I'm back for a third installment on "luck" over on the Alabama Women Bloggers site.    Today I'm sharing a delicious "Luck of the Irish" green smoothie in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Head on over to read all my guest posts for the month!

Homemade Granola


homemade granola

I really love granola for tossing into breakfast bowls or topping off a cup of yogurt.  Unfortunately, most store bought granola contains more sugar than oats.  Even though companies try to market it as healthy & waistline friendly, once you look at the nutrition label you'll see that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Kiehl's Overnight Biological Peel


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It's no surprise that I'm completely obsessed with Kiehl's.  (You can read my raves here & here.)  I've recently been trying out the Overnight Biological Peel.  I was interested in giving peels a go but knowing how this ginger's skin reacts to everything I was a bit hesitant.

Alabama Women Bloggers Collaboration Pt. 2


Alabama Women Bloggers

I'm back with another post about "luck" on the Alabama Women Bloggers site.  Head on over to their site to see my newest post!

Alabama Women Bloggers Collaboration Pt. 1


Alabama Women Bloggers

This month I was honored by the lovely ladies of Alabama Women Bloggers to be named the "Blogger of the Month".  You can find me guest posting on their site all month long.  I'll be chatting about "luck".  Head on over to their site to read the first post today about my feelings on luck, hard work, & loving the small things!

Also, be sure to check out more of the wonderful & creative ladies of this group!

Fitness Friday: Mean Abs March


I have a tendency to save workout ideas on my phone with the intention of trying them out later.  Fast forward 7 months & as I'm browsing the depths of my phone I come across them again.  Hence, today's Fitness Friday post! 

Project Pan: February Update


project pan

Last month I talked about my plans to participant in a year of Project Pan.  I'm only one month in & already getting rid of things left & right!  I made a pact with myself that I wouldn't purge my collection by just tossing unloved items.  For the most part, I've done well with that.  I did manage to toss one product this month that I'm just not pleased with.  Here are a few mini-reviews:

Review: You Won't Believe Your Eyes


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I've talked a lot about the troubles with my under eye area in the past.  If you've somehow managed to miss out on all my gripes, let me catch you up with the Cliff's Notes version: we're talking desert level dry skin.  Fortunately, I recently found my oasis.

Strawberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie


Is there anything better than a refreshing post-workout smoothie?  Well, ok- maybe lots of things.  I'm looking at you, doughnuts... But in the interest of not reversing all the hard work you just did, here's a healthy & delicious smoothie recipe that's perfect for an after workout boost.

Fitness Friday: 5 Min Leg Workout


Confession: I hate cheery fitness enthusiasts. Mainly because when I'm experiencing a fairly severe stroke & sweating buckets these girls are swishing their picture perfect ponytails while barely breaking a sweat.  I'm looking at you, Anna Renderer. Sure, you look cute in your ad worthy Lululemon attire & perky attitude but homegirl's over here strugglin' & creating enough friction with these thighs to start a fire...

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty (but it was funny...)


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Does anyone not love Diane Keaton?  (If you say you don't, then we certainly can't be friends...)  I recently read her book Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty & fell even more in love with this beautiful woman!

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl


chia bowl
I've recently been craving cereal for breakfast, as it used to be what I lived off of.  However, I know that those delicious sugary bowls aren't exactly my waist line's friend.  This chia seed breakfast bowl is an excellent healthy alternative that's just as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal.

Asheville, North Carolina


Last weekend was my birthday & per usual I was insistent it would not be spent at work or moping around the house.  It's a given that tears will be shed on my birthday (despite it being on my 30 by 30 list to get over that crap).  I knew that this would be my last birthday of my 20s & there would be many a blue moment (yeah, yeah- woe is me...)  I figured if I'm going to cry, I might as well do it in a cool & interesting town.  Enter Asheville...

Homemade Peanut Butter


homemade peanut butter
I've had some intense cabin fever the past few weeks with all the rain & cold weather.  While I've spent a lot of time reading (& by reading I mean watching countless hours of Netflix...) & cleaning, I recently decided to also spend some time playing Susie Homemaker.  I browsed several of my cookbooks to make a meal plan for the week.  While digging through my Vitamix starter book I found a recipe for homemade peanut butter. 

Project Pan 2015


I am a hoarder. 
But only when it comes to beauty products. 

Random Facts About Me


We've been casually seeing each other for some time & I think it's high time we had "the talk".  What are we?  Where is this going?  Don't heave a sigh of exasperation.  You had to have known this was coming... I'd like to think it's a little something more than the place you stop by for a quick recipe or craft project for your ever growing Pinterest board.  I've decided it's time we get to know each other a little better.  And by "we" I mean me...

New Year, New Finances


I know what you're thinking- another New Year's Resolution post?!?! Well, cool your jets man, because I'm not here to give you a two page introspective "this is what I learned about myself in 2014 & here's how I'm going to improve" narrative.  Trust me- I feel your pain.  I don't do resolutions.  I do, however, like money.  Who doesn't right?  And who doesn't want more of it?
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