My Favorite Healthy Snacks

Listen… I know what you’re thinking. Yet another list of tasteless snacks. Absolutely not. I struggle with healthy options because I to love to snack on no good for me foods. I learned that if you prep your snacks a head of time and make them easy and quick to choose you will likely eat them more. A lot of items you will see are things I personally typically have at home and are cheap to purchase.

Cleaning Hacks

Microwaves are personally my least favorite thing to clean, always caked on food from months of use. I found a perfect solution that does not involve vigorous scrubbing! Here is how you do it and I promise you will not clean your microwave any other way.

  1. Cut a lemon in half
  2. Fill a microwavable safe bowl or container with water
  3. Squeeze the juice of both of the lemons into the water then drop the lemon halves into the water as well.
  4. Microwave on high for 10 min
  6. Leave the door closed for another 20 min, the steam will loosen all of the caked on food.
  7. After the second 10 min is complete, simply wipe with a rag and see how easy it is to wipe clean

Clogged drain? Try this baking soda and vinegar hack!

  1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down your clogged drain
  2. Follow by 1 cup of vinegar
  3. wait 5 to 10 min to allow the vinegar to work through the baking soda
  4. Now flush with 2 cup of extremely hot water
  5. Depending on how clogged your drain is, repeat as many times as necessary.

Animal hair filled carpet? This trick changed my life. simply take a squeegee to the carpet and use it like you would on your window and shower and watch how much stubborn hair hiding in your carpet you will find. It will astound you how much hair your vacuum misses and this trick makes your carpet look brand new.

Smelly garbage disposal?

  1. Cut up limes or lemons into quarter pieces and drop them into your disposal
  2. Run extremely hot water
  3. Then run your disposal and smell the difference

Spotty Shower Head?

  1. Fill a large Ziploc bag with vinegar
  2. Affix this to your shower head
  3. Secure with rubber bands
  4. Leave over night.

Products That I’m Loving This Month From Amazon

BeLive Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies on Amazon

Apple cider vinegar is something that I have tried my absolute HARDEST to be able to take and enjoy but the flavor is hard to get past. These were a great alternative for me. They give you all the benefits of apple cider vinegar without the terrible taste, AND THEY ARE SUGAR FREE! I have shed a few pounds since taking these supplements along with better eating and weekly exercise. I will definitely be purchasing more of these and other vitamins they carry as well.

This shirt by WDIRARA on Amazon

This shirt comes in 13 different colors and can be worn 3 different ways. I loved the material of this shirt! It is super light weight and will be a staple piece this summer.

This top by BTFBM on Amazon

This shirt is the perfect relaxed fit! Its got a round hem and a tad longer bottom that gives you plenty of room to tie a front knot or tuck into your pants. It comes in 4 animal print patterns similar to this one. For the price the quality of the shirt is phenomenal! I’ve been wanting to add some cheetah print to my wardrobe and this is my first piece. I’M IN LOVE and will be purchasing additional colors.

These tank top hangers for better summer closet organization on Amazon

These hangers were a god send! Not only did they replace 24 hangers they are not only perfect for you tank tops. Use them for bras, shirts, dresses, or anything you could use extra space for. These are high quality (not plastic) and can be purchased in black or white. These SAVED my overflowing closet.

This over piece from Balasami on Amazon

These over pieces are super light weight and are perfect over any summer look. They come in 16 different patterns to fit anyone’s style. I need to have layer pieces for my full time job and these are perfect for spring and summer looks.

Travel Bucket List

Traveling is something I do not get to do much but something I would love to do all the time. Unfortunately travelling can be super expensive! So I wanted to create a fun list of places I can only dream of affording —– Lets dream a little.

The Galapagos Islands… This is THE DREAM place of mine since I was a kid. Scattered across the equator, the Galapagos Islands are especially famous for their unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery – a visit here is almost like travelling to a whole new, enchanting world. It is breathtakingly beautiful and unique. My dream would be to go island hopping by boat to visit some of there 12 islands. Each island is like visiting a different world, some having entire different species and landscape to the next. The trips can be as expensive as you can guess, so this one will stick to the dream vacation list… for now anyway.

Hawaii: As you can tell I love tropical places, I live in the Midwest can you blame me? Getting Married in Hawaii is a life goal. The warm water, the plentiful reefs, fish, turtles, whales, and barracuda make the beautiful Hawaii islands a great place to spend a lot of time in the water. With all the different things Hawaii has to offer, it surely ranks as the most beautiful place on Earth. I would love to be paddle boarding over the ocean or hiking in the mountains right about now.

Ireland: Well folks I’m not sure if you know this or not but your girl is Irish! I think it would be a really remarkable experience to visit a little bit of my own history. From storybook castles to magnificent gardens, wide open spaces to the bustle of international cities, breathtaking natural scenery to man made megalithic structures, Ireland is a must visit. There is such a range of thongs to do the possibilities are endless.

Top 5 Must Read Books

Wild By Cheryl Strayed

Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning in the Mojave Desert and hiking through California and Oregon to the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. The book also contains flashbacks to prior life occurrences that led her to begin her journey. Seeking self-discovery and resolution of her enduring grief and personal challenges, at the age of 26, Strayed set out on her journey, alone and with no prior hiking experience.

The Defining Decade By Meg Jay

In The Defining Decade, Meg Jay argues that far from being an inconsequential stage of life, the twenty something years are in fact crucial to our future. It’s a guide to not feeling lost in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s from a clinical psychologist who sees young people. It’s a must read if you’re in your 20’s.

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

Mindy shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing you have a place in this world.

Milk and Honey By Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain.

It’s Not Yet Dark By Simon Fitzmaurice

This book explores the reality of living with a terminal and debilitating disease. It is honest and filled with both little and big moments of sadness and hope. While Fitzmaurice confronts his mortality on a regular basis, he continues to live and express his creativity. He is a strong advocate for ALS patients and others living with disabilities and believes that all people are entitled to the dignity of choice with regards to how they live their life.

Financial Apps That Will Help You Save Money

Being able to save money any chance you get can lead you to having more financial security in life. We all have different reasons for wanting to save some money. Some of us just want a nest egg or maybe some for a wedding. Here are some great apps that can help you achieve what ever goal you are reaching for.

Acorns: Acorns is an investing app lets people automatically invest their spare change by rounding up the purchases they make with a linked credit or debit card. Acorns has been lauded by investors and journalists alike for finally getting more people investing. When you want your saved sum, all you have to do is withdrawal your earnings from the app choosing how much, and how you want your money. Its simple and easy!

Mint: As a finance aggregation app, Mint helps users create and manage budgets by using the information from bank accounts, bills, credit or debit cards, and PayPal and other accounts to track how much money users are making versus how much they spend. Mint’s main categories include overview, transactions, bills, budgets, goals, trends, investments, and ways to save. From there, users can set up alerts for bills or other financial goals that you can customize to fit your needs. This app is perfect for you if you have a long term event to save for. Mint really lets you see an in depth look on how you spend your cash and can really help see where you can save.

Qapital: Visa Debit Card Qapital offers its users this fee-free debit card through its partner Lincoln Savings Bank. You can use the card wherever Visa debit cards are accepted, and you’ll also earn 0.1% interest on both your Spending and Goals account. This app does have a base fee of $3 a month for basic package or $6 a month for complete package depending on the tier you choose. Your Qapital Invest account helps you reach your short term and long-term Goals. When you make an investment Goal, your money is held in an ETF portfolio based on the risk level you are most comfortable with. 

Digit: They keep your money and personal info safe and offer a valuable service that will benefit many people. It’s a great option for people who have a hard time saving money. There is a $5 monthly fee attached to using Digit so be sure to weight if the investment is worth using their service to save money. Digit doesn’t require you to come up with an arbitrary amount to transfer every month. It adapts to you and saves accordingly. Digit learns when and how much is safe to save based on your spending habits. Making this an affordable and easy option for most.

Top 10 Feel-Good Activities To Do Today

  1. Snuggle With Your pet. There’s nothing better than having a four legged friend. Animals. Science has proven that when you cuddle with your dog, it stimulates the brain’s production of Oxytocin (also called the “love hormone”) in both of you. This is the same hormone that is released during childbirth and when a mother breastfeeds her baby. It’s associated with the feelings of trust, empathy, and forming bonds. SO GIVE IT A TRY SCIENCE SAYS SO!
  2. Garden Outside. Pull some weeds or plant a few seeds. Planting for me is a creative outlet. you can design the garden of your dreams.Or you can be like me and stare at your garden in awe of how good you did. That always puts me in a good mood.
  3. Get Your Exercise On. I know I know the motivation to do this one is probably slim but its so goo for you! just 30 min a day is beneficial for your body. Even if it is a brisk 30 min walk is enough to get those endorphins to your brain! (another feel good bran chemical)
  4. Read A Book. I used to be such a book worm growing up, spending days in my room to finish a book because the story was so good. I can tell you from experience that sometimes getting lost in a good read is all you need. I’m sure you have some books around at home that you said you were going to read but haven’t. Now is the chance!
  5. Meditation. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration. People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline,and healthy sleep patterns. You can find a quick how to YouTube video to get you started. Your brain WILL feel better.
  6. Plan A Vacation. This is something that ALWAYS puts me in a good mood. There is just something about looking forward to a relaxing a fun trip, especially to a new place!
  7. Paint. You can get some cheap supplies at your local dollar tree if you don’t have some at home. Now now no one said your painting had to be good, or that you have to be good at paining. That is what makes it fun. get your family involved for a extra great time.
  8. Listen To Your Favorite Music. Music is a big part of my life, you can fine me singing 90% of the day. Blast it in your headphones if you need to be quiet or on a speaker and TURN IT UP! If able sing with it and really feel it.
  9. Start A Journal. Sometimes having a creative outlet is helpful to sort out your emotions. putting it on paper helps get it off your chest making you feel lighter. Try writing a little everyday.
  10. A Random Act of Kindness. For me this one is a no brainier. Have you ever had your fast food paid for by the person in front of you? Immediate gratefulness and gratitude. Then you do the same for the person behind you hoping the act continues to get passed on. There’s something about doing nice things for others that can not compare. Its always a good idea to do good things for other people always.

My drugstore makeup must haves!

Hello ladies! This is probably my favorite post so far. I have always been a drugstore makeup kind of gal all my life. Not only has it most likely saved me thousands of dollars over the course of my life, the products are amazing. For me choosing to shop drugstore did not mean compromising quality.

Before I jump into my lists of product let me give you the run down on my skin. When I said you were going all in with Amanda, I meant ALL in.

Growing up I had trouble skin and acne due to improper skin care. As an adult I have taken a tremendous effort to take my skin care way more seriously and that has made a dramatic difference in my skin. I still to this day have my struggles with my skin like we all do. My skin type is combination; a mix of dry and oily as all get out through my t-zone. Therefore I tend to gear towards more matte foundations and primers as you will see.

  1. Maybeline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation only $9.39 at Target

With 28 shades to choose from this foundation has been a staple in my routine for years now. This foundation is lightweight, yet has a high-impact coverage formula that glides onto the skin for a flawless makeup finish that lasts all day. Oil free and Doesn’t clog pores. This product blends well with a damp beauty sponge as I use this technique daily.

2. E.l.f Instant Lift Brow Pencil only $2.00 at Target

This is the most affordable product in my entire routine and such a staple. It is such a build able product and a great product all around. With 5 shades and a price point like that how could you not try! The Instant Lift Brow Pencil has a dual-sided design. The fine tip liner on one side and tames and combs brows with the other to create natural and defined looking eyebrows. This slim mechanical pencil shapes, defines, and fills in brows for a natural, polished look. Cruelty free and vegan.

3. Airspun powder only $5.97 at Amazon

I used this translucent powder every day for setting my foundation! It is such a light product that does not make my foundation patchy after use like most powders do. This powder comes in 6 shades making it easy to find the best color for you. This ultra smooth powder hides tiny lines, wrinkles and blemishes and gives a new softness to your skin. Use to set make-up or as a foundation. This container lasts me months at a time and is a must have.

4. E.l.f Poreless Putty Primer only $8.00 at Target

I need to thank Jeffree Star for this one! This is a go to product for anyone with large pores or oily skin. This bad boy helps with all of it. This skin perfecting poreless putty primer is infused with Squalane to help grip makeup for all-day wear and help protect skin from moisture loss. The velvety texture glides effortlessly over the skin, smoothing over imperfections while helping minimize the appearance of pores for a poreless effect.

5. L’Oréal Volume Lash Paradise only $9.47 at Amazon

I am very particular when it comes to my lashes. I want volume and length without clumps and lumps. This is a know dupe for Better Than Sex by Two Faced retailing at $25. This volumizing and lengthening mascara delivers a full lash fringe that’s feathery soft. No flaking. No smudging. No clumping. This is a product that a picky girl like me swears by and so do my lashes.

6. Maybeline Master Holographic Highlighter only $7.99 at Target

This highlighter is ridiculous, it has no business being this good at this price. This gives me such a vibrant glow, I also use it on my inner corners for a nice pop of shimmer. It has beautiful pink and purple undertones that reflect beautifully in any light. No other highlighter I’ve had compares.