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Help Me Choose My Memorial Day Mani!

HELLO ๐Ÿ™‚

How ย is everyone doing? I am so excited to get away for the holiday weekend with some friends, and am looking forward to a stress-free trip! I recently visited my localย Sallys Beauty Supply and was thrilled to see that they were selling all six colors in the Gelish Candyland Collection for a reduced price!

As you know I already own the two pink shades ‘Sugar N Spice & Everything Nice’ and ‘You’re So Sweet You’re Giving Me A Toothache’, but I was hesitant to purchase the others at the time because Gelish polish is a bit pricey, and they weren’t really ย colors that I would wear very often. However, now that they were on sale, I couldn’t resist!

I picked up the remaining four colors in the Candyland Collection;ย ‘Orange Cream Dream’, ‘Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss’, ‘You’re Such a Sweet-Tart’, and ‘Sugar Daddy’.

I figured that this weekend would be a great time to try out one of my new polishes… but I need you to help me choose which one!

Below are pictures of each…take a peek and let me know your favorite!

Orange Cream Dream
Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss
You’re Such a Sweet-Tart
Sugar Daddy

I like them all in a different way, and am totally stumped on which to go with. I’m going to give myself a manicure tonight, ย let me know before then what your favorites are in the comments below, or tweet me @_AmandaBella!

What color nailpolish will you be wearing for Memorial Day weekend? ๐Ÿ™‚

Bikini Bod on the Brain

Hi All!

So glad I finally have a few minutes to post. Work has been beyond busy, there have been a lot of family and friend events recently, I’ve been super committed to my 3 week diet/exercise plan, and I’ve been sick the past few days! It’s been a horrible combination for blogging; but hopefully I can get back on track!

I wanted to re-cap my efforts of my goal to get in shape before Memorial Day weekend (ahh only 5 days left)!

So I bought Bethenny’s book, Naturally Thin for some inspiration! I’ve been reading it regularly and picked up some great tips, but over all I don’t know if I could fully adapt to her methods of eating…it honestly sounds like she barely eats! Regardless, it’s an interesting perspective.

I’ve upped my exercise trying to do some arms/legs/butt/abs and cardio everyday. I picked up some new hand weights and have been using them regularly. I try to work out every night- out of the last 2 weeks I’ve only skipped 2 work out days!

I’ve been pre-cooking and packaging all of my meals and snacks. In the morning I’ve been eating a hard boiled egg or an egg white muffin! I found this recipe and loved it- especially because they can be frozen for the week. Mix egg whites, green peppers, black pepper (add any veggies you’d like), pour into greased muffin tins- bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Freeze and heat up in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚

You got a peek into my healthy snack prep a couple weeks ago, but I’ve extended to non-refridgerated items as well: peanuts, dried fruits, multi-grain chips, etc.

I’m a frozen food/veggies fanatic lately! I use them for lunch and dinner. I’ve been making salads with a veggie burger or chik patty with vegetables, hard boiled eggs, walnuts, etc, and hot dishes with eggplant, squash, zucchini, onions, shitake mushrooms, black beans, broccoli, and organic salsa.

Results have totally been paying off- I even picked up 2 new bikinis ๐Ÿ™‚

Props to Old Navy- I have such a hard time finding a swimsuit that fits properly, I always need to shop at stores that sell separates, and even then I struggle, but this suit is amazing! The cut on the top fits so well!
This one is a little flashy, and definitely has less coverage, but I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been looking for a metallic/silvery suit forever!

I plan to continue my efforts, and definitely up my game the next few days! I like setting a goal and seeing it through. I’m not dropping the ball on this one!

And as always…a picture of my current mani ๐Ÿ˜‰

Forever 21 Polish- no name on it though :-/

This polish is crazy! It appears neon orange, neon pink, and red in different lights!

So many people have told me they’re currently trying new diet and exercise plans, how are you getting ready for the bikini season?

My Apologies

Hello! I just wanted to check in and apologize for being so MIA! I’ve been really busy with work, family, and my 3-week diet/workout that I’ve been a horrible blogger!

On the plus side, I’ve been gathering phenomenal material that I will share as soon as I have some time to create some new posts ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for understanding ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXO

Fruits & Veggies Made Easy

Just yesterday I embarked on a three 3 week effort to get in great shape before Memorial Day weekend. I’m trying to increase my physical activity, and get myself on a strict, fruits/veggies/protein only diet (bye bye carbs :(). One day down, and I’m feeling great!

I have no problem eating healthy, I just don’t like how it always seems to be so inconvenient to do so. Whenever I feel a healthy streak coming on, I get ambitious and buy a ton of fruits & veggies- but many times they end up going bad because I’m too lazy to cut them up or wash them when I’m in the mood to snack- and in turn I end up eating junk food #fail.

I recently discovered a way to avoid that problem, so I spent Sunday afternoon doing just so…

I picked up celery, carrots, watermelon, and grapes (not pictured) for the week…

I pre-washed, cut and bagged everything!

Red grapes
Celery
Carrot & celery snack bags
Oh my gosh, is it difficult to cut up a watermelon!
Watermelon snack bags
Look at that!

Now my fridge is stocked with fruits and veggies, ready at my fingertips. It makes healthy snacking at home much easier, and packing a healthy lunch simpler as well. I’m ultimately saving money since nothing goes to waste, I’m filling up on healthy foods, and not feeling as guilty about snacking since I’m avoiding more tempting, junk food options.

I wish I were this ambitious about healthy eating all of the time, but you never know- maybe it’ll become routine and stick. Here’s to hoping!

Happy snacking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spontaneous Spring Shopping

The other night I randomly decided to go shopping, I needed to find some outfits for a couple of upcoming parties/events I was going to. I was trying to avoid Nordstroms because I know that they have this adorable coral Kate Spade Bag that I have literally been having dreams about, but am not ready to drop $500 on…

Isn't she so pretty? ๐Ÿ™‚ Sigh. It may be an early birthday gift to myself...

So I took a trip to Marshalls instead- I was so excited with my finds! (Well most of them)

I tried on this super cute pants/jumpsuit, but it was SO huge! I was literally swimming/tripping over it. ๐Ÿ™

I guess us short girls have to stick to our rompers… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ahh...can't wait for Summer country concerts ๐Ÿ™‚

So, back to my shopping trip… I was looking for color! I’ve been trying to buy more (only)ย colorful clothes lately. Look at how cute these two dresses that I snagged are!

This green dress is perfect for summer- I actually thought it was a romper when I picked it up. It's so light and can be dressed up for work, or down for a picnic/weekend. I was excited about this find, and it was only $17 ๐Ÿ™‚
This was the winning ticket...I'm in love with this dress! Aside from the vibrant orange color, it is so comfortable, forgiving, and it was only $25 ๐Ÿ™‚

I was so thrilled with my dress finds, and I was completely content… until I walked by this black DKNY purse. I just could not turn away (probably because it reminded me of my Kate Spade dream bag :(…)! Every time I walked by I found myself picking it up, trying it on, feeling the ridiculously smooth leather, then putting it back. But every time I left I’d immediately turn right back around to make sure nobody else had grabbed it. The more I thought about it, I figured it’d be the perfect purse for work, going out, or any special occasion…and truthfully I don’t have a small bag like that. I had to have it…

Swoon!

When I got home I discovered all of it’s functionalities! It appears as a traditional 2-strap handbag, but can be converted to a 1-strap shoulder or cross body bag. How convenient. My purchase was justified ๐Ÿ™‚

AND when I opened it up, I discovered that it came with a sham tucked inside! That is very rare for a Marshalls purchase!

What have you picked up lately? Anything fun or colorful?

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