February Goals + Life Update

This post will be a little on the unconventional side because February is almost over! Can you believe it?! It feels like we’ve just started 2017 and to think we’re approaching the third month of the year?! Crazy!

You’d assume I’d have thought of this blog post idea before the month began but unfortunately that’s not the case. Although I still had goals this month, I suppose I forgot to write them down, put them on paper, or in this case attach them online. On the bright side of things, I’d still like to share my goals from this month with all of you, as well as how I’ve lived up to my personal expectations throughout these last few weeks.

Right off the bat, I’d like to say this month has not been easy. It has been full of curve balls and days where I just did not want to get out of bed. Despite a less enthusiastic attitude, I managed to pull myself together and get what I needed to get done.

Being A Better Partner

My fiancé (spoiler alert: now husband) was off at military training for pretty much all of February. If you didn’t know, my fiancé will be deploying in March and the months leading up to this has not and will continue to not be smooth. But we’re working on it. It was difficult to get a taste of what our new normal will be like and frankly very eye-opening.

To get to my point, February was my month to learn strength. I consistently reminded myself why it was so important to collect my thoughts and stay positive. As a fiancé and now wife, I felt almost obligated to hold our relationship together and not let anything break our bond. Why? Because a soldier can’t be a soldier without the backing of his family and I was determined to make sure my soon-to-be hubby felt secure and supported throughout those difficult weeks. With that said, there’s no doubt I felt lonely and most days I was by myself but that goal of staying in touch with one another, calling nightly, and keeping busy always kept me hopeful.

Continuing A Healthy Lifestyle

With those rough evenings ahead, it was a goal of mine to consistently stay active. I’ve been going through spurts of energy and the outdoors has been a perfect outlet to let some of that go. Illinois weather in February tends to be gloomy and cold but lately it’s been the exact opposite. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of my days off walking the pups or running throughout my neighborhood.

In addition, I made an effort this month to monitor my calorie intake, work load, and physical activity. Although I haven’t managed to see any appearance based results, I’ve definitely noticed a difference in attitude and mood. I’m able to keep up with my day now and not get tired as easily as I would have the last month. It’s neat to realize my body is changing in a good way.

Grow My Social Media 

At the beginning of this month I really wanted to make sure I was paying attention to other social media sites aside from Instagram. Instagram has always been my go-to creative outlet and I’ve been fortunate enough to establish a strong following on that platform. However, I’m realizing now that if I essentially want to build a brand, I need to allow myself to branch out on other applications.

Since making this decision, I’ve set daily goals for the amount of times I should be tweeting a day, pinning a day, etc. Honestly, I’ve really began to love these other sites just as much as I do Insta! Even better, Twitter and Pinterest give me another way to connect with my followers on a more personal level. The most recent change I’ve made is creating at least four new boards a week or one every other day. It keeps things consistent for my audience and lets me explore creative options.

To conclude, February is coming to an end and March is upon us. What are your goals for next month? Be sure to comment below or share with me on other sites what you’re most excited for this Spring. As always, my socials are linked below as well as on the home page. Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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V-Day + My New Wood Watch

Hi friends! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and your girl is so excited! In this post, I wanted to share what I’ll be wearing, a new yummy Starbucks drink themed for V-Day , and a cute date night idea!

For my outfit, I’ve ultimately learned I can never go wrong with some simple basics including chunky scarfs, textured booties, and of course a beyond fabulous watch. Below, I’ve listed some of my current go-to accessories along with some ideas for styling. Basically, a collection of items easy to throw on before a dinner date while also running out the door!

JORD Wood Watch

This is my new obsession. I’m a sucker for anything containing natural and neutral toned vibes. JORD wood watches is becoming my muse for tons of cute winter month outfits. As seen below, you can pair JORD watches to any of your daily threads and it instantly spices things up.

JORD has many options, matching a variety of different tastes. I’ve chosen the Reece Watch to wear this Valentine’s day. This beauty features a stunning navy face surrounded by walnut wood. I get such a deep rustic energy from this watch and have paired it with a handful of outfits already.

A neat way I’ve style this watch is by rolling up my long sleeves. This way, I’m able to show off my time piece while also remaining fashion forward and comfort friendly. I’d also recommend placing the watch over your top for a different kind of look. Combine JORD with a long knitted pullover or bulky cardigan, some leggings, along with a set of riding boots and you’re ready to go for date night!

This isn’t the only wood crafted watch JORD offers! Their website features so many more chic, classy, and modern pieces for everyone in your life. There’s a large variety to choose from with details of dark wood, light wood, different colored faces, and more. I’ve really been into this square-shaped style but the choices are never-ending. Find something that fits your own liking. I highly recommend scoping out their website to discover your very own must-have accessory!

Dressing up a casual outfit can be easier than you think. Swap out your sneakers with a little heal. I’d choose to pair these booties with a solid colored t-shirt, long cardigan, and some loosely ripped jeans. The shoes compliment basic pieces nicely and gives the illusion that you put more effort into your outfit than you really did.

Blanket Scarf

I can’t say this enough, make sure you’re comfortable! The worst feeling is being uneasy and uncomfortable while eating dinner with your significant other. Skip out on those itchy blouses and tight jeans. Create a simple look with a plain top and big blanket scarf. It’s still winter and the cold doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. So, kick up your layering skills and add this accessory to stay content all night long. Coziness for the win.

It’s A Date 

Make your own fruit plate by adding chocolate covered strawberries drizzled to perfection. You can do this multiple different ways and make it your own with your partner or friends!

What I chose to do in the photo below, is melt down both milk chocolate and white chocolate. After doing so, you can easily pour each mixture into a plastic baggy. Zip the bag up making sure to push out all the air bubbles. Then, snip a corner of the bag so it’s easier to pipe on.

I picked up some food coloring to make them more festive but you can truly do whatever you’d like. If you really want to get creative, try adding sprinkles, different toppings, or other fruits. Pair your creations with a nice glass of wine (or sparkling cider if you’re not of age) and have a movie night indoors. A super cute idea and you don’t have to spend a ton of money!

Starbucks Drink Recipe

Combine the Valentine’s Day vibes with Starbucks in this delicious recipe. When you go to order, ask for a white chocolate mocha frappuccino, with raspberry syrup, and strawberries mixed in. Top with some whipped cream, a little mocha drizzle, and you’ve got your masterpiece! It’s refreshing and colorful for the day of love.

I hope these things give you total motivation for V-Day this year whether that be rocking the evening by yourself, with friends, or with the person you love the most. Also, if you’d like to win a $100 e gift card towards your own wood watch masterpiece I’ve featured in this post, check out the contest link below! All other entries will receive a $25 e gift card too! Everyone’s a winner! The contest goes until February 19th, 2017 so go get your entry in quickly!

Enter My Giveaway With JORD Here

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