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My 1st Honest Purchase

Hi there! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday (: I just want to share with you guys my first purchase from The Honest Company. I love Jessica Alba and The Honest Company has amazing products for your house, baby products, and yourself! I love their principle of making their line of products all organic and safe to use.

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The Honest Company has a promotion going on that if you download their app on your phone and use the code LOVEHONEST, you get 20% off your first order!

I was looking into organic cotton tampons at my local grocery store and they were pretty expensive. Seventh generation was selling a box of 10 tampons for almost $7.50. I am trying to switch to organic cotton tampons, but the price difference was killing me. The Honest Company sells organic tampons for a reasonable price! 16 tampons (with no applicator) for $5.95! I also went along and ordered pads and liners. My total after the code was $24.34. I say that isn’t too bad for getting the whole bundle of organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners for just under $25.00!

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Clearance Deals at QFC

  
I love a drip blonde roast coffee in the morning! I found this great deal of Starbucks veranda ground coffee in the clearance aisle at QFC for 50% off! Usually costs $7.99/bag, but got it for $3.99! I stocked up and bought four bags for under $20! 

No More Waste!

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I’ve been looking into ways about what can I do in terms of reducing waste. I never realized how much waste is created when using plastic applicators for tampon products. O.b. is a brand that sells tampons that doesn’t use plastic or cardboard applicators! They were also conveniently on sale this week at my local Fred Meyer! I usually like to stock up on feminine hygiene products when they are on sale (:

  • Sale price = $4.99
  • In-store coupon = $1.00 off
  • Final price = $3.99

Sorry if this was TMI for everyone, but I mean… It is a good deal! Also, a lifestyle change towards trying to reduce waste.

$1.99 Suja

I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I start feeling like a cold is coming… I like to treat myself to a cold press drink that makes me feel a little bit better (: (My immune system is horrible btw). I love suja products, especially their greens concoctions! This week at my nearby Fred Meyers they were $3.99 with an attached coupon around the bottle for a $1.00 off coupon!

  

 
If you are an avid Ibotta user like I am… They are having a $1.00 rebate for a variety of suja bottles! Ibotta is an app that gives you money back on certain purchases at grocery stores, electronics, beauty products, restaurants, and even pet stores! Depending on what items are available for a rebate, it is a great opportunity towards stacking coupons on your purchases! 

Snowing in Utah

Do you ever feel a sense of cleansing whenever it snows? Life stops for a second and you appreciate snowflakes and the crisp air. There’s a lot that I think about when I am at a standstill during moments like this – I am truly captivated. What does the future have in store for me? What is in God’s plan? Whatever it may be, I need to trust and have faith. 

Loving God’s creation, such as snow and majestic mountains, is my realization of how much beauty there is to see around the world. Also, how love can be so powerful. 

My boyfriend is beginning his around-the-country interview sessions for physical therapy school. First stop Utah. Then, Iowa. Minnesota. Oregon. My boyfriend tells me I don’t have to come along with him, but when you love someone… You do anything for them. So, I am his personal, bring-along supporter. The unknown is a scary place, but I believe that being with someone familiar makes the journey that less fearful. 

Whatever God’s plans may be for my boyfriend, for me, and for us, is in His hands. When I am still in all His beauty and presence, I learn that whatever He has planned for me is all on God’s time. I just need to be still and put my faith in Him. 

Burgundy Parka – 50% off!

I have been on the search for a parka that will keep me warm from my head to below my waist. It has been pretty chilly in Washington and all my coats are either rain jackets or nice, warm North Faces that stop right at my waist line.

I’ve been eyeing these super cute parkas at Target, but were retailed for $59.99. I know that Target has great deals when their apparel goes on sale, so I have been patiently waiting for their jackets to go on clearance. Today, I saw the ONLY size small parka in this cute burgundy color! So glad that I waited (:

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Original price = $59.99. Clearance = $29.98 -> 50% off!

2016!

I hope all of you guys had a great and safe New Year’s Eve! Today is the first day of 2016 and I hope all of you rang in the new year surrounded by loved ones. I spent my morning at St. James Cathedral ringing in New Year’s Day filled with the Spirit.

This is my second year celebrating New Year’s Day with my mom at the cathedral and it is an amazing experience. To be able to self-reflect on everything that God has blessed me with in 2015 in His presence is powerful. I am lucky that God has provided me with a caring family and group of friends, good health, a career I am passionate about, a roof over my head, and the abundant opportunities He presents me with for self-growth.

I can’t wait for what 2016 has in store! So far here are my upcoming plans/resolutions/thoughts:

  • Spend more time with family
  • Travel more
  • Complete 8 classes of barre every month
  • Volunteer more
  • Use “1SE” app to create a one second video for every day of each month of 2016
  • Blog often to give myself time to self-reflect

Thanks for reading! Happy 2016!

Breathe

Besides Christmas, I’ve been having a pretty rough week. I left work early last Monday because I was absolutely miserable. Migraine. Body aches. Chills. Fatigue. Sore throat. Enlarged lymph nodes. I was a mess. I went to the doctor’s the next day and was diagnosed with either mono or strep throat – both highly contagious. I forced myself to be on strict bed rest because I wanted to be well by Christmas Eve which was in two days!

After a course of antibiotics, I felt alive again. A week after getting sick, I was back to my normal life. I was driving on the freeway making a steep turn when one of my tires blew out. The back of my car fish tailed and I spun myself into a ditch on the side of the road. I was shaking and a million things were going through my head. How am I going to get to work this week? Who am I suppose to call now? How am I going to get my car out of this ditch?

However, I took a deep breath. I took another. I was breathing. I was thankful to be alive and that nobody around me was involved. I’m so blessed to have friends and family that care ❤ God was truly by my side that morning.

Be thankful to be employed, even though you may not enjoy what you do. Be thankful for a roof over your head because some wait for hours in line for a place to sleep. Even though your family may be dysfunctional or separated, be thankful to have one no matter what size. Your car may not be luxurious, but be thankful that you’re able to get to point A to B. Life isn’t easy because it is suppose to be filled with challenges. So, be thankful when you wake up in the morning. Be thankful for the brand new day to create something more out of this beautiful thing called life.

Mt. Rainier Tour

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary at Mt. Rainier! I bought tickets through Customized Tours that picked us up at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle and drove us to and from Mt. Rainier. It was nice not having to worry about driving, especially since neither of our cars have AWD. It was absolutely majestic! During my daily commute, Mt. Rainier is a landmark I see almost every single day. However, being so close to it is a whole other experience. Something so beautiful that is constantly changing due to mother nature, made me feel some sort of way.

Being locals, it seemed silly to pay for a tour, but having other locals on the bus made us feel a little better. We spent the day catching waterfalls, taking in the views, and our tour guide even provided us with snow shoes to go snow shoeing around Mt. Rainier in Paradise. Also, my boyfriend had a Rainier beer on Mt. Rainier – that is something special.

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Catching the sunset off of Mt. Rainier

After spending our whole day at Mt. Rainier, we were able to relax and treat ourselves to room service (: Five years is definitely a milestone, but I can’t wait for what else our love has in store for us!

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