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How to Get Cash for Your Clothes (to Buy More of course!)…

We have a rule in my house when it comes to closets - one in, one out. (This excludes handbags of course!) I've found, like most, that I tend to wear the same pieces over and over again while the same ones remain hanging in the back. Since I love to shop, I find it best if I can make money when I get rid of the higher quality, designer pieces in my wardrobe. I used to spend a ton of time listing pieces on eBay, but over the past few years I've found that the process takes too long, there are too many steps once you include shipping, and the buyers are getting...let's just say more difficult. Its no secret that I love shopping - I probably shop online every day. This  I started taking things I would normally sell on eBay to consignment shops. If you have good ones in your area, this is still something I do and recommend for those who want to make back some of what you've spent for that new fill in the blank. It takes a little bit of time to sort and make sure it's the brand and … [Read More...]

5 Ways to Get Your Body Under Control (from Katie Humphrey)…

I've been working on a post with ways to clean up your beauty routine specifically, but wanted to share this newsletter from Katie Humphrey with easy ways to give your hormones a helping hand with not just friendly products, but nutrition, fitness and more. 5 Ways to Get Your Body Under Control     Do you ever feel out of control in your body? Maybe it feels impossible to lose weight or keep it off when you do actually shed a few pounds. You might feel chronically lethargic or moody, but didn't feel this way a few years ago. You could also be wondering what happened to your body, your skin and your appearance overall. Believe it or not, it may be your hormones. When you were younger, you probably never thought about having trouble with hormones until you were your grandmother's age. Menopause may have seemed like the only thing you ever might worry about. But these days, women are experiencing hormonal imbalance more frequently and much younger in age. Teenage … [Read More...]

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Splurge vs. Save – a Purse with a Pop of Color…

Everyone knows that purses are my thing! I love being known as the one with a different (and of course fabulous) bag all the time.  As my collection grows, I'm increasingly aware of the difference between a cheap handbag, a designer handbag and a luxury handbag. I've also learned that decisions can't always be made based on price. When Erin from Credit Card Insider asked if I'd share my Splurge vs. Save piece with her, there was no question it would be a handbag. Lucky for me I grabbed just the one while shopping the other day. I love Michael Kors. I own a few totes; the leather and quality are amazing (more so for the price range these bags sell at). They can still be pricey, especially if I know it's a trendy print or pattern. Trends fade and are never where you want to invest a large chunk of your fashion funds. I was absolutely thrilled to find a bag similar to the Michael Kors Hamilton in the perfect shade of bright yellow for summer while shopping at Altar'd State this … [Read More...]

The Teacher Appears……

I've often heard when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  I believe this to be true, but often wondered how they might appear, where, when. I know this is not mine to know, but to trust. It's one of the things we can ask to be shown to us clearly in a way that we understand. Sometimes its an article, a blog, a book rather than a face to face meeting with a guru or expert as we might expect. Either way, you know. It smacks you in the face, it jumps off the page or bookshelf at you. It's like a song you hear for the first time and it's as if someone captured your exact thoughts and put them to music. Recently, Danielle Laporte posted a two-part blog - Leaving the Church of Self-Improvement for the Temple of Me. All I can say is holy amazeballs. There are so many lines I want to quote, so many things I want share with you and converse about. But I'll let you read it unbiased, for yourself, to take away what you will. I will share why it was so powerful to me. Can … [Read More...]

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My Attempt at One Ingredient Ice Cream (Bananas are the Secret Ingredient!)…

My sweet tooth has always been very picky - that is, until I cut out most sweets as I go through my AdvoCare 24-day Challenge. I've made it to day 17 and feel amazing, but I'd be lying if I said there were no cravings during the past few weeks. Ice cream has never been a big temptation for me. I'll take a waffle cone any day, but I usually scoop out most of the ice cream and toss it. I'd much rather enjoy a cupcake or fruit tart, although milkshakes are my weakness. I've learned to make smoothies feel decadent and am just as happy with low fat frozen yogurt. The warmer weather came in the middle of my challenge, and for some reason a craving for rich and creamy ice cream came with it. When I do splurge on the real thing, I like a high quality ice cream with limited ingredients. Something I can have a few bites of and be totally satisfied without any guilt. Hagen Das Five is a great example of a brand with simple, real ingredients. Back to what to do in the middle of the … [Read More...]

My NOT To-Do List…

A couple of weeks ago, Danielle LaPorte posted an idea that really struck a chord with me - a stop doing list. As a Type-A, control needing, constantly planning and list loving individual, the to-do list and I are best frenemies. I have lists in my journal in my nightstand, on post-it notes on my desk, on the ottoman in the living room, in my planner, in my work notebook and in my random crap notebook. I have actually made lists of lists to make (it's very important to be organized). You get the point. The stop doing list appealed to the list loving side of me, but it also piqued the curiosity of the side of me that wants to rebel against any kind of routine or regimen. Without further fanfare, here is my personal stop doing list: 1. I will stop working until I'm interrupted by Mike arriving home - my inbox (and to-do list) will still be there in the morning. Trust me, I've tried... 2. I will stop impulse shopping. Quality over quantity. No buying without trying. Think through … [Read More...]

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My Weekend (and what I ate)…

Recap of my weekend: We were supposed to run a few errands this weekend and spend a little time at the casino, but with doggy care and feeling lazy, we opted to stay home and have a Criminal Minds marathon with a little Reign thrown in for good measure. I did feel a little guilty about not grocery shopping, but it felt so good to cuddle up on the couch, enjoy some healthy treats and engaging TV and just let my mind wander. Besides, I hadn't finished my list, and there was no way I was going to Whole Foods and realizing I forgot something - an hour is a long way to drive back for one thing, and with my luck it would be the one ingredient I needed to make the thing I was most excited about. For those of you following my progress on the AdvoCare challenge, here's a brief recap of what I ate: Brown rice pasta with organic, sugar-free spicy arrabbiata sauce.  I mixed in some grass-fed ground beef and hid shredded carrots and chopped mushrooms in the sauce. Everyone loved … [Read More...]

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Kristin Hodnett is a self-proclaimed self-help junkie on a personal quest for thinner peace, believing it is important to shed the excess weight not only outside but in. While this blog chronicles lessons learned on my weight loss journey, it is for everyone who wants to grow into their best self.