Month: January 2018

3 Ways I Plan On Growing This Year

Growing in 2018

I’m honestly SO excited for this year! I just have a gut feeling 2018 is gonna be good to me. I like making goals for myself at the beginning of every year, as most people do, and usually those goals are related to school and my career. This year, however, I  want to focus more on myself as a person, separate from my achievements. There are three things I want to grow in this year:

First, I want to be a better friend. Between work and school, I’m super busy all the time.. and now that I’m a new mother, I’m going to be even busier than ever before. This year I want to do better about staying in touch with my friends and not using my busy-ness as excuse to not call, text, or hang out with them often. My friends are always understanding when I’m slow texting back or when they don’t get a call from me for a few weeks, because they’re just as busy with their own lives. Still, I want to make more of an effort to catch up with them at least once a week.

Second, I want to be comfortable doing nothing. As I mentioned above, I’m used to being busy and going, going, going all the time. I want to be comfortable with just relaxing and not feel like I have to be productive all the time. A break is much needed.

Third, I want to spend more time outdoors. I spend wayyyy too much time inside on my phone and laptop. This year I want to spend more time doing things outdoors. My boyfriend and I used to go hiking when we first started dating, so I want to start that back up. I also want to take my daughter and dog on walks and to the park regularly, instead of being cooped up inside.

How I Make Myself Drink 100oz Of Water A Day

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Since it’s January and it’s a new year, now’s the time to make sure you’re growing, glowing, and staying hydrated. So I wanted to share how I’ve been able to make myself drink 100 ounces of water almost daily for the past 8 months.

My skin has been SO much clearer, even with me being pregnant and my hormones going crazy. I’ve also noticed I’ve had a lot more energy and been able to get out of bed earlier in the morning(I am NOT a morning person.) So what is this magic I’ve been doing to be able to drink so much water you might ask…

Well, it’s actually something really simple– I bought a big @$$ water bottle to fill up every morning and I know that I have to drink every drop of it by the end of the day.

…I told you it was simple! It’s been so helpful, because once I get my day started I don’t like to stop in the middle of what I’m doing to refill a glass or go buy a bottled water. Just being able to carry around the amount of water I need and be able to see it all right there has made it much easier to increase my water intake, because I mean, it’s RIGHT THERE.

64oz water bottle

This blue 64oz water bottle that I found on Amazon is my favorite. It was only $8! I started out using this bottle everyday and drinking 64oz. Once I got used to drinking 64oz everyday and was no longer really forcing myself to, I started increasing my intake gradually.

64oz and 100oz water bottles

I went to HomeGoods a few months ago and found this giant pink water bottle which holds 100 ounces of water. I can’t remember the exact price, but I do remember it was around $10 so I had to get it! This was right around the time I had begun trying to drink even more than 64oz everyday.

I can’t find the link to the exact water bottle I got from HomeGoods, but here’s a link to a similar but nicer one. If you know of anywhere else to find big, but cheap water bottles leave it in the comments!

Married At First Sight S6 E3 Recap: The Wedding Night

mafs season 6

It’s episode 3 and the couples are officially married!

The episode starts on the couples’ wedding night and if you’ve watched the previous seasons of Married At First Sight you know this is when the show starts getting real. Unlike most of the previous seasons, all the couples this season are actually attracted to each other!

So that brings us to an important question: which couples got it on during their first night together?

Jaclyn and Ryan definitely did …and it’s given away by the used condom left on their hotel room floor.

We know Shawniece and Jephte didn’t, although Shawniece hints she wants the D by showing Jephte the bowl of condoms left for them in their room(as if the lap dance she gave him in front of their friends and family wasn’t a big enough hint). Jephte is still “too nervous” for all that… but to be honest, to me he just doesn’t seem into the marriage at all. He proves that by reluctantly saving Shawniece’s number in his phone(why wouldn’t you want YOUR WIFE’S number??) and saving it under her full name instead of “my wife” like Shawniece wanted. Shawniece didn’t have to make as big a deal of it as she did, but Jephte could have at least acted like he cared… like, at least put a heart emoji beside her name or something.

As for Molly and Jon, I’m pretty sure they didn’t do anything, because they don’t mention it and Molly seems a little freaked out by the ball gag Jon pulls out to show her.

Now it’s time for a sit down with the in-laws and surprisingly the families of all the couples are very supportive. Even Jephte’s mom, who was extremely skeptical of her son getting married to a stranger, seems to be coming to terms with it now.

In the pre-honeymoon sessions with the relationship coach, nothing too much of note happens: Jaclyn and Ryan talk about how attracted they are to each other, Molly says she wants to take things slow sexually, and Jephte says he has to get used to the fact he’s married to a stranger because he has trouble opening up to people he doesn’t know… *facepalm* what did he think this was???

ANYWHO.. the couples head off on their honeymoon in Jamaica, and unlike previous seasons, they are are all staying in the same hotel and will have the support of each other. Once in Jamaica, the couples are wallowing in the sun and each other’s company… except for Jephte and Shawniece OF COURSE. Shawniece is trying to keep a postive attitude although their flight was delayed and their luggage hasn’t made it to Jamaica yet, but Jephte continues to bring up how he doesn’t know her so he can’t open up. Uhhh.. maybe talk to her and get to know her then? (Sidenote: if you’re over 21 and tryna get a lil tipsy, take a shot every time Jephte says “stranger” …actually, don’t, because you’ll probably die of alcohol poisoning)

And that brings us to the end of this week’s episode. The preview for next week shows Shawniece crying after Jephte tells her she’s a stranger for 80th time and then walks out saying “this is too much”. No, Jephte, you doing too much …or too little, I don’t even know. The other couples seem to be enjoying each other so far, but we’ll see how long that lasts. I’m not sure how long Jon is gonna be okay with Molly wanting to take things slow.

If you watch MAFS, what do you think of the couples so far?

 

Baby Aria Is Here!!!

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Yes, my mini-me, my diva, my baby Aria came into this world on December 20th, 2017 at 6:31am! If you saw my pregnancy announcement or baby shower post, then you know I was due January 7th BUT I ended up randomly developing pre-eclampsia at 36 weeks and had to be induced not even a week later. Her and I are both doing amazing now!

I plan on doing a post about my labor and delivery experience a little later on, but for now I just wanted to update y’all and let you know that Aria made her grand entrance into the world.

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