Friday, January 31, 2020

Thirty.



Wow! I can’t believe my 20's are behind me. I feel like I dreaded this birthday up until this point, & now I am actually extremely excited for this next chapter. My 20's brought me a lot of things - both good & bad. Most importantly they taught me lessons, matured me, made me realize who I did & didn’t want to be. They also made me realize that I’ll probably never stop learning & evolving, & that that is the beauty of this thing called life. Specifically here’s 30 things I have learned by 30:

1. Grilled cheese & ketchup will never stop being the greatest combination, ever.

2. You are never too old to need, (or to call) your Mom.

3. Post workout endorphins can’t be matched, especially for your mental state. MOVE.

4. If you find your people. The friendships & great loves that make you whole, that solidify & make you better: keep them.

5. If you have people in your life that aren’t doing that, ^^ lose them.

6. Love hard.

7. Don’t tan aggressively. Wear your sunscreen - your skin will thank you later.

8. On that note - develop a skincare routine! Take your makeup off before bed. Thank me later.

9. Eat well. Listen to your body. What food makes you feel good?

10. Read. Educate yourself. Push beyond the limits you’ve developed for your mind.

11. Create hobbies - that YOU enjoy. Not what you think you should be doing based on others.

12. Don’t do drugs. Period.

13. TRAVEL THE WORLD. Go places you’ve never been! Even if it’s in your same state.

14. Journal. Write your thoughts down.

15. SAVE YO $$$$$. To an extent. Spend smart! But also splurge every once in a while. Have cushion the best you can.

16. Go to dang SCHOOL. You don’t need all A's, but dang it just try your best - & go to class.

17. Find a career you love & go for it. No one wants a job they dread going to everyday.

18. Realize it’s never too late to change career paths! ^^ the only one stopping you is you.

19. Play an instrument, at least once.

20. Value your family. Listen to your parents. Hug your siblings after a fight. Say I love you when you leave. Make it a priority to visit & see them.

21. Don’t ever go to bed (too) angry.

22. Value your health while you have it. Take care of yourself. Sleep enough but not too much.

23. You never know when it might be the last time or moments with someone. Try to keep that in mind on the daily.

24. Wine in Italy will always & forever be THE BEST wine there is, & GOOD pasta - & pizza - does wonders for the soul.

25. On that note ^ don’t drink excessively, & don’t drink on an empty stomach - & don’t only eat pasta & pizza.

26. Let your low days be low, but not too low. Find what keeps you afloat & float on that. If you “fall” down, get back up as quick as you can! Never underestimate the value of a good cry, or laugh, or PRAYER.

27. One of the best feelings EVER is getting off of the beach or lake after a full day of sun & sand & water, & taking a shower - & then putting on your fave lotion - & feeling warm & just free. Cherish small moments where you just feel pure good.

28. Get a pet. Dog, cat, bird, hamster, whatever! Just get one & love & care for it with all ya got. It fills your heart.

29. Don’t be too afraid of change.

30. Take the dang picture.


This list could go on & on. Ultimately I am beyond thankful for these lessons, & for the new ones everyday. I am thankful for all of the days behind me, & for all of the days ahead. Thirty, I am ready for you. I really ACTUALLY think you might be the best years yet.


Thankful to have YOU (yes you!) in my corner. Love you all.

Xx. E.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What I Eat: A {Good} Day in the Life


Hey loves! So I know I always say this, but I really do want to start blogging a bit more - I have this space on the web that I worked on for over a year, & I feel like I never utilize it. I really need to start! Like I said on my Instagram the other week, it is really hard for me to come up with stuff to write about lately. I think I am too hard on myself, I am always thinking: "no one will want to read that, thats not interesting enough, no one wants to listen to you ramble...etc." For me personally, I think 2019 is going to be a year of immense growth & change. I feel like 2018 I kind of kept myself at a standstill, because I was okay with routine, & I felt comfortable - but maybe not super happy in some aspects? Feeling a void. Like something was missing. One of my goals for 2019, & 29 (I have a lot of them this year) - is to listen to myself, not care so much about what other people think, & be okay with big changes. One of them - blogging & not giving a (excuse this) f*ck about if people like what I write about or not. & here I go rambling again... ;)

BUT despite the fact that I am going to write what I want to write about - I also love sharing this platform with all of YOU & sharing things that YOU guys want to read about. So. I put out a poll on stories the other week asking what you guys wanted to see. & one of the most wanted posts? Recipes. I feel like this is common ground for everyone. We all like to eat amiright?

Generally, I try to eat pretty healthy. Actually - tbh, I am the first person I need to stress this to right now. I have gone a bit off the handle if you will, eating A LOT over the holidays & its time to come back around to real life eats here! ;) I know I have said this in the past - but in college I literally didn't care about what I ate. I ate out constantly, had pizza rolls/cream cheese wontons/buffalo chicken in the freezer (& consumed this almost every night), & rarely ate a fruit or veg. I also felt like absolute crap majority of the time, was tired as f because all I did was eat, study, or go out when I found the time, & I was literally 30 lbs heavier. Yes, 30 lbs.

Now I {generally} try to only eat out or order in 1-2x a week tops, meal plan for dinners (I don't prep but I try to plan what I might make that week so I have healthier options in the house to choose from), & along with diet I work out at LEAST 3-5x a week depending on my work schedule. Most weeks I do make it 5! I will say, I do allow myself a "cheat" meal at least 1-2x a week (usually on the weekends). I generally don't "cut" things out of my diet - carbs, sugar, dairy, etc, because for me - this actually just makes me want it more. Back before I found this "lifestyle change" I literally tried every diet in the book. I cut carbs, I counted calories, I said no sugar, etc. I would make it say a month cutting these things, & then when the next month came I would just binge on bread or sugar or whatever it may be I cut because I hadn't had it all month, & then I was right back where I started. Now, I generally do pay attention to carbs/cals/sugar content in things - but I'm not insane about it (although sometimes I do take "breaks" from certain foods just to feel better in general). I just try to stick to a general diet routine & I told myself this is it for me. I can't ever go back to freezer food/fast food/take out/pizza every night Emily or I won't be happy. & this has worked. & I feel obviously so much better & my body has responded to it!

Also, I generally drink like 5 20 oz water bottles a day. I ALWAYS have water by me if I am at home - at work, not so easy. But I drink as much water as possible & this makes a big difference in the amount I snack/how energized I feel.


Okay - on to a {good} day in the life. I say good because I told ya'll I do "cheat" & I have days I don't eat so great. I love pizza (ultimate weakness) & homemade spaghetti (which I have a healthier option to this as well - I can share with you guys!) & sometimes order/get take out on the weekends. & I am 100% okay with that! But heres a typical weekday for me:

Breakfast:

(I always usually work out in the AM at 6-8A so I try to have bigger breakfasts to correlate with my workouts) - if I am working I work at 7A usually, so my breakfast routines aren't as spot on, but I still try!

+ Yogurt (I like basic vanilla greek), or I LOVE the "Oui Yogurts" in all flavors - with granola & raspberries/blueberries

+ Avocado toast (as seen above) - I make all variations, on wheat toast, with one avocado total between the 2 pieces of bread, everything but the bagel seasoning to top/or red pepper flakes, & sometimes for a treat I sprinkle on goat cheese, with a drizzle of lemon olive oil. SO DANG GOOD.

*I also love avocados baked in the oven with an egg in the middle. Such a power breakfast & fills me up for the whole morning.

+ Or, a protein smoothie! I have vanilla protein powder with a few chunks of ice, skim/coconut/almond milk, usually a dash of yogurt to thicken it, & whatever fruit I have stashed in the house. Otherwise I will use peanut butter/banana as a solidifier!

& always coffee! Usually only one cup with a splash of the "natural sweet cream creamer." If I am at work, all bets are off. Sometimes I have 2-3 :O

Lunch:

Lunches are hard for me. I won't lie, depending on my breakfast - I sometimes (usually) skip lunch unless I am at work! Work changes the game for me. I am literally RUNNING my ass off - if anyone doesn't know I am a hospital RN - so I am on my feet all day for 12 hours. I eat a lot more than I would at home at work. This routine works for me & I am usually full till dinner but I know it doesn't work for everyone! If I do have lunch it usually involves:

+ Butter lettuce or spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts, green onion, goat cheese, & balsamic vinaigrette.

+ Wrap (usually whole wheat) with turkey, low cal swiss cheese, mustard, light mayo.

+ a few pieces of turkey with cheese & mustard

Dinner:

I have so many dinner options so for right now I am just going to share one that I usually make 2-3 nights a week. It is so filling, easy to prep, & veggie packed!

+ Protein/Veggie Bowl - like I said, a staple in my diet. There are so many variations of these! I get the ready rice in brown/jasmine/basmati. Depending on what type of bowl I want to make (thai, mexican, bbq, etc), make the rice - chop up veggies or a base (usually cucumber, green onion, carrots, corn, green pepper, sweet potato, avocado, anything really) - throw on top of rice, pick your protein (I do chicken usually but tonight I am doing pulled pork, I sometimes do shrimp, or ground turkey if I am feeling a Mexican vibe, etc.) & then sometimes I'll throw on shredded cheese or goat cheese depending on what type of bowl I pick, & drizzle with a sauce of some sort - siracha, bbq, thai peanut, buffalo, etc. SO many variations to do with these & they are SO good! Ya'll will love these & be so satisfied after!

Snacks:

+ I LOVE reduced fat cheese its. They are a weakness, & I snack on them usually between breakfast/lunch, lunch/dinner.

+ Pickles. I know weird right? But I find they give me just enough zing to be fulfilled & I only need like 3-4 of them. I like the sweet & spicy babies. ;)

+ Tortilla chips - with greek yogurt/franks red as a dip. Sounds weird right? LITERALLY SO GOOD. You just take like 2-3 spoonfuls of greek yogurt (non-flavored obvi), add in 2-3 tbsps of franks red buffalo, sprinkle with say parsley or everything but the bagel seasoning & voila! Best. Dip. Eva.

Desserts:

I am not a huge dessert person. I don't love sweets... okay well I like sweets but honestly I get sick of them very quickly. Which may be a blessing, but my weak spot for savory is a curse. If I have a sweet tooth, its always right before bed - & in that case:

+ Cool Whip. HOLY MOLY. I just stumbled upon this as a dessert option & it is a game changer. Freeze this stuff & it acts as a better ice cream. No joke. So good. & only 25 cals a serving!

+ Halo Top Ice Cream! I love all flavors! Pistachio is my favorite ;)

+ Fruit Smiles! (am I 5? Lol.) I love these little fruit snacks & they are only 90 cals a pack! They sometimes fight my cravings more than just your basic fruit options.

+ Okay & my favorite dessert... a glass of red wine. Literally will give up a dessert any day for this sweet smooth blend. NOM.

& there we have it! A little {good} day in the life of eats for me! Hope you guys get some inspiration from these meals & if you have any questions ALWAYS feel free to DM/email me! Info in the contact tab of my page.

Love ya'll & Happy February. XX.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides 2018


Short, sweet, & to the point - but here are my holiday gift guides for Christmas 2018! I am breaking it up to be Men's (I got a lot of requests for this), Women's (with a few tiers of specifics), & my own personal wish list. Hope everyone has been having a great time gearing up for the holidays! Thanksgiving was such a whirlwind, I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner! I absolutely love having my tree & all the Christmas decorations up. The fact that I can listen to "Christmas Pop" Spotify on repeat, have peppermint mocha creamer in my coffee on the daily, & watch Hallmark Christmas 24/7 has got me pretty dang giddy right now.

If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to DM me! Love y'all. XX. E.

Men's Gift Guide:


Women's Gift Guide(s):

The FitFanatic:


The Beauty Guru:


The Fashionista:


The Jewelry Lover:


My Wish List: