Healthy Habits :: Benefits of Staying Hydrated & Easy Ways to Do It

I am never without a bottle of water. I keep a couple of bottles in my car, one beside my bed, I always have my Hidrate Spark 2.0 in my purse, and I have a ton of refillable bottles stocking up my cabinet. Staying hydrated is must in my life and it should be in yours! Continue reading “Healthy Habits :: Benefits of Staying Hydrated & Easy Ways to Do It”

New Year – Same Me

Ah! I haven’t posted in SO long! I’ve been crazy busy at work and constantly sick for the past three months. No fun. I also wanted to take a bit of a break to focus on me and my mental health a bit. I’m sure some of you can relate, but the end of the year isn’t always the easiest. I’m almost back to normal sickness level (yay for chronic illness, right? lol) and I am recommitting to this blog and to posting! I’m super excited for some of the things I have planned for this year! I’m super pumped about the new year!

Continue reading “New Year – Same Me”

Favorite Shows to Netflix Binge

Fall is here! Now, I’ve heard some people argue that fall doesn’t start yet, and for them that’s fine. But for me . . . well, fall started the moment September began! And what better way to pass the chilly fall nights than with fresh popped popcorn, a cozy blanket, and a new to you Netflix show? Continue reading “Favorite Shows to Netflix Binge”

Meal Prep :: Banana Bread Carrot Cake

If this post seems a bit familiar to you, that’s because I’ve written about it before! When I switched my site over, well, I lost several posts. I’m not the tech-y type and I’ve been struggling with figuring all this out. Thank goodness for all of the wonderful bloggers that share their journey; it’s been a huge help. Continue reading “Meal Prep :: Banana Bread Carrot Cake”

Thirteen Simple Fall Date Ideas

Fun, easy dates sure to please during the fall weather!

Fall is my favorite season. I love the apples, the crunchy leaves, the crisp air, the cool morning, and football. I can’t get enough of layering my clothes, sweater weather, boots, and cups of hot tea. Fall is basically here and I am so ready for it. Are you? Continue reading “Thirteen Simple Fall Date Ideas”

30 before 30

Guys, I turn 25 tomorrow and I am having a quarter life crisis basically. Is that a bit dramatic? Maybe, but it’s a bit accurate. I haven’t bought any lavish cars – handbags in my case, but I can’t stop thinking about all of the things I want to do that I haven’t done and all of the things I said I would do that I didn’t do because I was too afraid or let my other issues get in the way. Continue reading “30 before 30”

National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week

So, this is a heavy topic, but such an important one. This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day. If I’m honest, I sat staring at this post for entirely too long trying to decide what to say and how to say it, but this topic is so close to my heart. However, I’m not yet comfortable sharing my story with the whole world yet. I just wish I had thanked the person that took the time to help me when I was at my lowest. But I never did and now I just hope I can be a positive voice.

To Write Love On Her Arms is running a campaign this week to help raise awareness and present people with the tools they might need in their battle. They started a hashtag on Twitter – #IKeptLiving – that is helping people share their stories and raise awareness. You can learn more about their And So I Kept Living movement here. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is sharing the message with #StopSuicide.

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These organizations are incredible and are doing such incredible work. Please, please spread the word and awareness.

Your voice might help somebody. Raise it and spread the word, the love, and positivity. It could honestly save somebody’s life.

Criminal Minds Netflix Workout :: Arms and Cardio

I had planned to post either a new brownie recipe or my favorite go-to cookie recipe today as I was making both Saturday for different events, but I was having one of those days. You know those days where everything just seems to go wrong? It was one of those days.

First, the cookies I had made dozens of times spread (the first batch) and burnt (the second batch) and then the brownies came out looking great, but tasting so icky. After hours in the kitchen not working, I was sort of thankful when the cookout I was going to on Sunday got rained out. It gave me a chance to spend Sunday making different brownies for my work potluck on Monday.

Monday was supposed to be action packed after I got off work at one, but everything got rained out! I ended up spending the 4th curled up in bed with hot tea, a bowl of popcorn, Netflix, and a new book.

The latest season of Criminal Minds is on Netflix now, so I have been so focused on that.

I made sure to do a couple of my fun Netflix workouts in order to make my night in a little more productive! lol

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I thought I’d share these workouts with you! I did arms and a small at home cardio workout.

 

Netflix Criminal Minds Workout

Criminal Minds Netflix Workout

 

 

 

One Bowl Brownies & Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

One bowl brownies & chocolate buttercream make a delicious and unforgettable combo!

I’ve been baking up a storm lately and I don’t want to post all of the recipes at once…I still have cookie dough waiting in the fridge to be baked! I don’t know what got into me, but I have spent the last two days going crazy.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

One of my favorite things I have made in the last two days is the chocolate buttercream recipe by Natasha from Natasha’s Kitchen. I tasted this as soon as I finished beating it, and wow. I cannot believe how easy and delicious this frosting is! I cannot wait to make it again for a cake. I did not pin this recipe and now I cannot find it on her blog 🙁 The only screen shot I took has her logo but doesn’t say the name of the recipe and I searched for a bit, but nothing came up.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream

I put Natasha’s frosting on the easiest one bowl brownie recipe EVER. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Too many evers? Nope. Seriously, these brownies on her Jenifer’s (and her hubby, Trevor’s) blog Show Me The Yummy took me six minutes to mix. And that’s because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to mix my chips in or sprinkle on top as directed. I ended up mixing them.

Don’t do that, kay?

My first batch came out really, really gooey in the middle. You can tell in the pictures. Not that I minded, I freaking adore extra gooey brownies.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream
You can see the gooey on the fork – put your chips on top, people. Don’t mix them in.

So when I made the second batch I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top and it made all the difference. Perfection.

And my gosh. When the brownies are combined with the frosting – fireworks!!

 

Rebel Rebel :: June IPSY Glam Bag

A peek inside my June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag

Misfits. Rule breakers. Badass babes. The riot starts this June. We’re hitting the streets with serious sizzle and signature looks. Coloring outside the lines is encouraged. Sitting on the side of the lines is not.

How encouraging is that quote? I read it on my IPSY postcard and fell in love. I adore that IPSY encourages you to do you no matter what that might be. Awesome, right?

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 ISY Glam Bag Post Card

This month’s bag is so cool. It is the typical zipper style IPSY bag we love but with a killer graffiti print. it is one of the most fun bags I’ve gotten since I signed up for IPSY.

 

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag

My favorite product this month is the Formula X nail polish in the shade “Wing Woman”. It’s a fun, bright hot pink perfect for summer and all of the bright prints that come with it. I wore this to work and got so many compliments on the shade. If you didn’t get this in your bag, go and grab it soon.

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I just adore The Balm’s eyeshadows. I got another of the Meet Matt(e) Trimony shades a few bags back and it rocked. This shade (Matt Kumar) is a nice warm burgundy – perfect for those sunset eyeshadow looks that you see all over YouTube and Instagram this time of year. It’s slightly purple, so it would great with pink or purple shadows.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Meet Matt(e) Trimony

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Meet Matt(e) Trimony

I really appreciate getting brushes in my glam bags because you can never really have too many makeup brushes. Especially blending brushes, right? This double ended brush by Royal & Langnickel is perfection. The bristles are so plush (every time I say plush it makes me think of the movie Sleepover – Steve is so plush 😛 ), soft, and fluffy. Plus, the teal color is fun!

I got another Be a Bombshell lip gloss in the shade “Secret”. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of their glosses because the consistency and color payoff is iffy. However, some people truly love them, so it is for sure a personal thing. This color is awesome, though. It is a lovely poppy pink with tons of sheen.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Be A Bombshell Lipgloss in Secret

 

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Be a Bombshell lipglos in Secret

The last product this month is the Everything Balm by Delectable. I had no idea what to think of this when I first opened it. But guys, it will knock your socks off. So far, I’ve used it on my cuticles, split ends, chapped lips, and dry patches of skin and it has worked amazing for all of it. It is the perfect thing to toss in your purse – a “one and done” type of product.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Everything Balm by Delectable

This month’s glam bag – just like every month – has rocked.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag

If you haven’t signed up to get an IPSY glam bag, what are you waiting for? Sign up now.