Life / Sponsored

Clean Eating…Not Just for Humans

05/08/2017

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO sponsored series for Socialstars™.

Over the past few months I have been trying to create positive habits in my personal life. From trying to create a better work/life balance (leaving work at 5pm), working out (going to yoga class at least once a week), to eating healthier (I quit eating fast food in December…trying to eat less artificial sugar). I’m definitely not perfect in my execution of the aforementioned goals, but my life is a constant work-in-progress with room for improvement.

For me, it’s about doing the little things that can help me reach my goals. Little things like making it to yoga twice a week, but not beating myself up if I don’t make it because something else comes up, or simply switching to air-popped popcorn instead of microwave popcorn (trust me, popcorn is a food group in my diet), or simply turning my work e-mail ‘off’ on my phone to help reduce my anxiety of always being available.

When evaluating my daily habits, I realized there was no point in just stopping with me but to evaluate the decisions we were making for the well being of our dog, Lola! Cody always jokes with me that I treat her like my child, and I don’t deny it. She’s my baby girl and I want what is best for her. We adopted Lola three years ago from a rescue in Nashville. We had her for a trial period, but I knew the moment Cody brought her home, she was never leaving.

So first things first, I started with the food we were feeding her. Admittedly, I was previously buying food off the shelf without doing any research. As a first time pet owner (Cody has had dogs before; Lola is my first pet, ever), I don’t have any notes or previously knowledge to best compare brands and what’s best for her.  I can spend hours going down an internet black hole researching skincare products for myself, however; I realized I needed to be spending the same time investing in products that keep my girl strong, healthy, and around for a very long time! This is where NUTRO™ came into our life.

In the food we cook for ourselves, we try to utilize all natural, non-GMO ingredients and thankfully NUTRO™ does too. I slowly introduced Lola to their new dry food product, NUTRO™ Limited Ingredient Diet Small Bites Adult Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe Dog Food a few weeks ago and to say she enjoyed it was an understatement. Made with no more than 10 ingredients, the food not only offers high-quality protein, but also provides nutrients to promote healthy skin. We have struggled from time to time with Lola’s allergies and skin sensitivity, so anything to help her keep her coat soft and shiny, I’m willing to try! I’m sure Lola would agree, as she loves to look her best when she’s modeling for The Brunette One (exhibit ABC, and D). Prime example below, I can’t even with her guilty eyes after knocking over the bag of food, it’s safe to say we have a NUTRO™ enthusiast.

Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.

Fashion

Shopbop’s Event of the Season

04/12/2017

I’d like to think in honor of turning 29 this week (I mean…I can’t be the only one that celebrates for at least an entire week, right?!), Shopbop is hosting their EVENT of the season. For 3 days only, get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders $500 or more! Simply use EVENT17 at check-out!

Need ideas shopping ideas for spring? Shop some of my favorite trends below!

The Mini Backpack

I treated myself to a new mini backpack from Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack before I left for San Francisco last week and not only was it a great addition to my handbag collection, it completely eliminated my need for a carry-on while traveling! It held my kindle, sunglasses, wallet, and small travel beauty products on the plane, and while touring the city, it even held my DSLR and a mini umbrella! It was seriously one of my better purchases to date and really paid for itself!

 

The “It-Shoe” of the Season 

I have an obsession with slides this spring season and it all stemmed from these Sam Edelman mules I picked up a few months ago. I’m anxious to add to my shoe collection, especially these Dolce Vita Espadrille Mules!

The Straw Bag

I’ve been seeing straw bags pop up everywhere lately on social media. They aren’t just meant for the beach anymore! How fun is this Mar Y Sol cross body bag?!

Gingham Print

I recently snagged this English Factory Gingham tank/t-shirt combo (and it’s currently on sale for under $40!) and currently have my eye on this purple off-the-shoulder Glamorous dress – how adorable would this be for a spring wedding?!

Fashion / My Style

My Style: Old Navy Spring Florals

04/11/2017

Old Navy Florals for Spring

Old Navy Peplum Tank, Stay-White Flare Ankle Jeans, Lightweight Floral Scarf, Jean Jacket c/o | Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack | Kenda Kist Necklace

There’s nothing like flying thousands of miles away from home just to take in a little sunshine. I just returned from a much needed vacation to San Francisco, CA. I spent a few days touring the city and spent this past Saturday touring Sonoma.

We started the day with rain and ended it with sunshine. Mother Nature was kind enough to throw us a bone on our last full day in California. It was chilly, but the sun finally came out to play. Of course, Iowa was experiencing 80 degree weather in our absence. That’s how it usually works, right?! But in lieu of warm temperatures, I couldn’t appreciate the lush greenery more than when we drove into Sonoma. It was a reminder that spring is indeed here and summer is just around the corner!

So what do you wear when it’s raining and you are bopping around from winery to winery? White jeans, of course! I hesitated slightly when I picked out this outfit, but Old Navy’s stay-white jeans came through for the win. I can’t recommend Old Navy’s jeans enough – especially when they work in my favor to help prevent stains! The added detail of the raw edge hem adds a fresh twist on a pair of cropped denim!

Forcing a little spring wardrobe into my trip, I branched out of my usual color palette and picked up this sunshine yellow peplum tank top. The top great for layering, which is key for traveling to San Francisco, I added even more color with this floral printed neck scarf. I can just hear Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada saying, “Florals for spring, groundbreaking!” She was really on to something. : )

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