Albion Fit Review & Giveaway


I recently lost over 15 pounds. Yay me! The issue with losing weight is then finding clothes to fit better. I am not going to complain since I have been enjoying finding comfortable, quality, and figure-flattering clothes from workout gear to dressy clothes. I am totally in love with Albion Fit (click here to see more). About Albion fit garments are fashionable and unique, but more importantly practical and technical. Designed by women, our apparel is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. Our clothes easily transition from work out gear to lounging gear: whether she's running an errand or 26.2 miles across a finish line.   Albion fit is committed to our environment and our community by continually striving to make our manufacturing facility greener each day by recycling plant waste and by using earth friendly materials in our products. We follow fair labor practices with all of our employees and business partners to create a … [Read more...]

DIY Colorblock Nail Art #beauty


As I have mentioned before, I was a nail biter for 20+ years. I am relieved to have that addiction over with. Of course, when you have never really had to deal with having nails I felt like I was missing some key information on how to do at-home manicures. I started out with just solid colors to get use to painting my nails. I am a perfectionist so this was an obstacle for me at first. Now I am testing out some of the new nail art trends with my healthy nails and more confidence in the process.  Supplies: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Sheer Bliss Sally Hansen INSTA-DRI in Brisk Blue Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Coral Sally Hansen UV Top Coat optionally: I keep Sally Hansen No More Mistakes handy for quick touchups! Apply coat of Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Sheer Bliss. You may want to add an extra coat depending on the amount of coverage you want. Normally I would use nail art tape, but I was all out. I couldn't find any at several locations so I decided … [Read more...]

Apple-Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea Syrup with GF Cornmeal Pancake Recipe #AmericasTea


A while back I did a post about a Bigelow Tea Contest (click here to see it). I was one of the selected to attend this once in a lifetime opportunity with my mom. Here's a little bit of the itinery... Arrival Night: Cocktail Reception hosted by David & Eunice Bigelow at the Edmondston-Alston House Day 2: Among many other things, we will be doing a tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, Tea Tasting with Cindi Bigelow, and ending with a Southern Style BBQ! I look forward to sharing all about it with all the gorgeous pictures I plan to take when I return. While I am away though, I wanted to leave you all with a tea-inspiring recipe Print Apple-Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea Syrup with GF Cornmeal Pancake Recipe #AmericasTea   Ingredients ¾ c. Gf flour mixture ½ c. Cornmeal 2.5 tbsp Sugar 2 tsp. Baking powder ¼ tsp. Salt ½ tsp. Cinnamon 3 Egg whites, slightly beaten ¾ c. Skim milk 1 tsp. Corn oil ⅔ c. … [Read more...]

InfinitiPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron to the rescue for wavy hair #SoFabCon #beauty


I have no time for myself. I have been known on occasion to leave the house without even looking in the mirror. I like to consider myself low maintenance. I detest spending forever getting ready. However, as much as I love being low maintenance, I enjoy when I get the chance to get pampered, but who has the spare time though? I am lucky to get in for a hair trim every 3-6 months. When I was at SoFabCon recently, Conair was one of the generous brands located in the brand salon. I had to check it out and lucky for me they were giving away InfinitiPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Irons. They were also doing hair makeovers, but everytime I stopped by there was a line. I have never (Seriously NEVER) even attempted to use a flat iron. With my wavy hair, I feel like my hair is always in between. I generally wear it wavy because it's easy and maybe with some extra curl added since my hair curls easily.  This is me first thing in the morning. This is actually I pretty good hair … [Read more...]

Feed Me Friday Email Subscription Hop w/ Grilled Marinated Chicken Recipe


Hello Friend! Thank you for stopping by this week's Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Eco Baby Mama Drama!   <center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center> What makes Feed Me Friday so different from other blog hops? It's designed for you to build your email subscriptions while networking with other amazing bloggers! Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

Sally Hansen Gel Strips from a reformed nail biter {Beauty Review}


I don't often talk about being a reformed nail biter. I bit my nails since I was a little girl for 20+ years. Over the years, I kept trying to quit. My mom tried to be helpful, but her help just made me more nervous. I tried several remedies and I finally found what works for me! Nail biting was definitely one of my bad habits that I am glad is a thing of the past. I used a combination of Vitamin B to strengthen nails and Sally Hansen Maximum Nail Growth. Once I kicked the habit though. I started treating myself with at-home manicures. Everyone has bad habits for a reason and mine stems from being a perfectionist! I realized that a trigger to want to bite my nails was when my nails were not even or when the polish started chipping. I would try to fix it then next thing I know I bit all my nails off. I started keeping nice files around and finding long-lasting nail polish. My favorite line is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure especially in Right Said Red Even short my … [Read more...]

Why is it so hard to be real? #ThisIsMe


This past week I was in Arkansas for a conference with my online family Collective Bias. I couldn't wait! All I could think about was all the things I would learn to help make me a better blogger as well as networking. However, I was surprised by how inspired I was several times with some of the touching keynotes. I couldn't imagine getting up there and telling a room of 300+ people the truth. I guess you could say that I felt the need to only talk about ways to make gluten free and healthy living easier. If I had been doing this for 5+ years and still have bad days, then why would anyone want to listen to me. I felt like a fraud sometimes putting on the facade. When I started Great Contradictions over 2 years ago, I started to tell my story (and Hunter's story) about how we became gluten free. I started and I never completed it. Telling the story was just too much. The courage that these women have has inspired me that I need to get it out there. I am just going to start at the … [Read more...]

Join us for Feed Me Friday Email Subscription Hop


  Hello Friend! Thank you for stopping by this week's Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Eco Baby Mama Drama! What makes Feed Me Friday so different from other blog hops? It's designed for you to build your email subscriptions while networking with other amazing bloggers! Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

***High Pollen Alert***Find Allergy Solutions at CVS with Allegra! #MyAllerGenius #cbias


Ughhh!!! Allergies have really been disrupting my life since we moved here a few years ago. Congestion, headaches, etc... have been keeping me inside. However, I miss really loving Spring!!! I have decided it's too gorgeous to stay inside any longer so I have been taking actions into my own hands to get my allergies under control in collaboration with Allegra and Collective Bias on this sponsored post. Thanks to I can now save money, learn more about dealing with allergies, and stay informed of how the pollen levels are in my area! With one pill every 24 hours, I can feel normal during these high pollen days without the drowsiness. I just haven't been having luck with the other options lately. I don't want to feel out of it to feel relief! To see my entire Allegra shop at CVS on google+ click here Some additional ideas to help ease allergy suffering: If you are like me and have a tough time with pollen, early times tend to have a higher pollen count. … [Read more...]

Reset your metabolism the healthy way w/ Haylie Pomroy’s The Fast Metabolism Diet! #FastMetabolismDiet


Since the car wreck, I have really been trying to get myself back on track. I know I have said it a million times, but it's not so much about losing the weight. It's about eating healthy, staying active, and finding your balance. I eat healthy, but I have had a hard time with the lack of intense physical activity. When I was offered this sponsored opportunity with SheSpeaks, I thought what do I have to lose! Starting stats: weight: 122 pounds waist: 33 inches hips: 41 inches 15 pounds is what I have been trying to lose. I go through phases that I am an all or nothing type person. But I don't want to walk, I want to run! I don't want to do the modified version of my intense workouts! There comes a time that I just have to accept my limitations and just put one foot in front of the other! About The Fast Metabolism Diet Haylie Pomroy has helped thousands of clients lose up to 20 pounds in just four weeks -all through the fat-burning power of food. Haylie says … [Read more...]