Thank you all for your kind words + congrats on my announcement of buying a house! To say it’s all been a whirlwind is an understatement, but nonetheless, very exciting! I’ve hated being away from the blog so much, but all of the house stuff ended up being much crazier than I anticipated! So here’s a little glimpse at what life has been like lately.

(Still Getting) Settled Into the House

I’ve been busy getting settled in, unpacking boxes (only a few boxes of clothes/shoes left to deal with), and assembling + re-assembling lots of furniture. Thank you to all the people who’ve helped me with it! Not to mention I’ve also been doing quite a bit of online shopping for house things!

It’s been hard since I’m eager to have everything set up and perfect, but I’m trying to pace myself with all of the home projects and decorating. After all, a home isn’t built in a day! A couple things that are on the wish list that I’m eager to get set up? Trying out a mattress-in-a-box and getting my house set up to be a “smart house” – and no, not like the Disney movie!

Disney's Smart House

Bought a New Computer

Normally this would be an exciting thing, but after a year and almost 3 months, my MacBook Air decided to go caput on me. Something in the logic board fried and after bringing my computer into the store, was told it would cost around $500 to repair. I about fell out of the chair when they told me this (which was after they had already typed up everything in the system and were getting ready to mail it in for repair). Normally I buy the extended warranty but since I’ve been a proud Apple owner for about a decade now and haven’t had any issues, I opted to skip it this time around. Murphy’s Law, right? Ugh. I ended up sitting on the info for a couple days and ultimately decided to purchase a new laptop. But this time around I’m making sure to get that warranty!

Rose Gold MacBook

Reading Books

The past couple years I’ve been struggling with finding the time for reading. And that includes choosing a Netflix binge over a book. But I think I’m actually getting back on a steady roll with it this year! I’ve already read Rainbow Rowell’s Landline and Liane Moritary’s Big Little Lies (I can finally watch the HBO show – yay!), and I’ve read a good chunk of A Hundred Summers, which I’m 100% glued to. And speaking of books, my sisters arranged a couple of my bookshelves with rainbow color coding. I’m obsessed with this look.

Dealing with a Cold/Sinus Thing.. Ugh

I’ve done such a great job avoiding being sick throughout most of cold and flu season, but it finally caught up with me this week. I never know whether it’s a cold or sinus thing (both have similar symptoms), but despite my best attempts to nip it early on, I’ve gone from sore throat to feeling ok, to a little nose congestion, to the cough, and now here I am as we roll into the weekend… with no voice. I’m living on soup, tea, and Emergen-C!

Nothing better than curling up with soup and a good book.

So that’s the latest with me. Nothing too exciting, just busy busy! Tell me, what’s new with you?!

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Now that we’re almost 4 months into the year, how’s everyone holding up with their fitness resolutions? I started out strong, but moving has put many of my normal day-to-day activities on hiatus, so it’s basically back to square one for me with getting my workout tolerance back up!

But I think a successful workout is more than just the workout itself. It really starts pre-workout and ends post-workout. Not quite sure what I mean? Here are 4 tips I consider key for a successful workout!

Check out these 4 tips for a successful workout!

Plan Ahead

For me, a successful workout always starts with planning ahead! If I don’t have a workout bag packed and with me when I head to work, chances are I won’t get myself to the gym later in the day. Planning ahead also allows you to find a workout class and/or teacher you like, so you know it’ll be a good workout, and not one you dread.

Stay Hydrated

It’s SO important to stay hydrated (and not just for workouts). Drinking 8 glasses (64 oz.) is recommended, but if you’re working out, you need to drink even more! After all, it’s crucial to keeping all of the systems in your body flowing, including your heart, brain, and muscles!

Warm Up + Cool Down

Warming up and cooling down are essential parts of the workout process. In doing both, you’re signaling to your body that it needs to wake up and prepare for exercise or that hey, great job getting the heart rate up but it’s time to settle back down. Plus, they help tremendously in lessening the level of muscle pain you’ll be dealing with post-workout.

Stop Pain

Post-workouts can be tough. Whether you’re just getting back into the swing of things, are trying a new workout, or just went extra hard at the gym, muscle soreness happens. If you suffer from chronic pain, it can be even worse.

Over the past decade I’ve been in 3 car accidents (I always like to point out none were my fault!) and with the impact of each one, my neck/shoulder/back pain has gotten a bit worse. I try to find active ways to combat it, but pain relief medicine is really the thing that helps the most, so I’m happy to have found a natural solution in Curamin® Stop Pain Now.

I don’t like to taking medicine when I don’t need to, so I feel better knowing that 1: Curamin® doesn’t just mask pain – it stops it, and 2: since it’s a herbal formula, there aren’t any of the (sometimes) negative side effects you find in over-the-counter meds.

If you’re interested in trying the award-winning (28 awards certainly caught my attention!) brand, keep an eye out for it in your local health food store. I picked my Curamin® Extra Strength 60 count  up at Nutrition Smart on the top shelf in the Joint Health aisle!

What tips do you have for a successful workout? Do you suffer from post-workout or chronic pain?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The only thing overshadowing the day of shamrocks, leprechauns, and green beer, is Disney’s HIGHLY anticipated Beauty and the Beast movie, which is officially out in theaters today!

When I first heard that a “live action” version of the movie was being done I was a bit skeptical. I mean, we all know the original 90s cartoon version so well and love it, so the stakes were high. But after seeing the new Beauty and the Beast, I can assure you, it’s nothing short of amazing! You all know how the story goes, so I won’t bore you with recapping the plot, but I will tell you a few of the reasons I loved this remake!

The Cast

Honestly, this is enough reason to go see Beauty and the Beast! The film was PERFECTLY cast, especially with Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, and my ultimate favorite, Josh Gad (who also played Olaf in Frozen) as LeFou.

The Backstory + New Songs

This version of Beauty and the Beast actually gives us a little more backstory than the original. We finally see why Belle’s mom wasn’t in the picture, more about the prince’s lavish life pre-curse, and get 3 new songs! Plus, Celine Dion (who sings the original song we love so much) also makes a comeback with a new song for the movie!

Nostalgia

I must’ve watched my VHS tape of the original Beauty and the Beast a hundred times (probably more) growing up, so this film brought back all the feels of my childhood. While there was some new info brought to light (as I mentioned in the previous section), it didn’t deter too far from the original plot line, which I appreciated!

Are you planning to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend? What are your thoughts on Disney remaking the classic movie?