How I balance a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule

I have definitely had a lot more on my plate this spring with teaching voice lessons, fashion blogging, and rehearsing for a musical. It has involved a lot of driving and on the go moments. At first, I was really challenged to figure out how to balance my healthy lifestyle with everything I have going on. I figured out how to balance it most of the time and wanted to share with you all my tips and also best snack foods for along the way.

I think the hardest thing to figure out with a busy schedule is what type of snacks to get for in between meals and that is easy to grab on the go that is gluten and dairy free. I started with buying corn chips and these organic oat bars from the store, but found that I was still hungry and spending a lot of money on them. I came across a company on instagram called Safe + Fair. They have chips and granola that are both gluten and dairy free, plus they are made with healthy ingredients and at an affordable price. So I decided to try some of the birthday cake granola and chocolate brownies to start with. I loved the granola so much and it was so easy to grab as a snack between rehearsals and teaching. So I got to try all of their chips, granola, and brownies a couple weeks ago and I love them. They are my favorite on the go snacks, filled with good ingredients and taste so good too. The blondie’s are my husbands favorites and I love the chocolate granola. I put it in my yogurt and eat it by itself. You can use my code: Autumn20 at checkout to get 20% + Free Shipping.

The other thing I do when I have a busy week is plan our meals for the week ahead of time. This helps a lot so we don’t have to question what we are going to eat each night. We do a lot of crockpot meals since I have time in the morning to put everything in and cook it all day so it’s ready between my lessons and rehearsals. We also make sure to eat a big breakfast in the morning if it’s going to be a long day. When I need to grab something quick I always grab Chick Fil A grilled nuggets which is much healthier than other fast food places.

 

I also drink a lot of water during a busy week. It’s so important to stay hydrated during a stressful and busy time. I take my water bottle everywhere with me.

 

I also try to do 4 workouts per week and do the workout in the morning to make sure it gets done. Typically if I don’t workout in the morning, it won’t get done. Working out helps with stress and also keeps you active during a crazy time.

 

These are all my tips for how I balance a healthy lifestyle with my busy schedule. Hope this helps and encourages you all! Have a great week and Memorial Day Weekend!

 

XOXO,

Autumn

Amazon Spring Haul Favorites

Amazon has been killing it with their spring fashion recently. I am all about finding cute and affordable clothes and I know many of you all are too. So I wanted to round up everything I have gotten the past couple months from Amazon and include some of my other favorite items I have my eyes on.

 

Dresses and Rompers:

 

I am all about dresses and rompers when it comes to the summer. Amazon has so many cute dresses and rompers. First is this adorable floral wrap dress. It fits true to size and I am wearing an Small. It is a thinner material so I recommend wearing a slip underneath the dress. You can dress it up with a pair of heels for date night or a wedding or you can dress it down with sandals or wedges for a casual night out. I also love that you could wear it as a cover up over a swimsuit for a beach trip. It comes in a bunch of colors besides this one as well and also comes in a sleeveless version. I linked both below for you all.

Amazon Finds

 

Second, is this super cute red floral strapless dress. It is such a comfortable fit and fits true to size. You can also dress it up with some heels or wedges or dress it down with some flat sandals or flatforms with a denim jacket. This dress would also be perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial Day Weekend.

 

 

This romper is one of my new favorites! It feels like you are wearing pajamas but you aren’t. It fits true to size and I am wearing a size Small. It comes in so many different colors too, but I went with the black since it is a thinner material. You can dress it up with heels or wedges or dress it down too with some cute gold sandals or a denim jacket.

 

Athletic Wear:

I haven’t found too much from Amazon for atheisure, but I did find these leggings and they are amazing. I haven’t tried Lulu lemons before, but everyone is saying they feel as soft. They even have pockets on the sides for you to be able to put your phone while working out. They come in a bunch of different colors and I am wearing the X-Small in them. These are definitely my favorite leggings I have owned yet.

 

Accessories:

Amazon definitely has some great finds when it comes to accessories. I got my straw round purse from Amazon for under $40 and my sunglasses for under $10. They also have a lot of adorable earrings and hair accessories. I have several linked on my Amazon page.

 

I have also linked all of my favorites on my Amazon page for beauty, swimsuits, and shoes, and health/food.

 

I hope this was helpful for you all and I am planning on doing some more hauls in the next month with Amazon. Hope you all have a great week!

 

XOXO,

Autumn

Hair Care with Formulate Co

Having healthy hair is super important to me and it is even more important that it’s chemical free. When it comes to skin care, hair care, and make up it is essential to me that all of my products are cruelty free and free from chemicals. I recently had the chance to try out a shampoo and conditioner from a company called Formulate. This company sends you a quiz to take for your hair,  sends you your own customized shampoo and conditioner, plus all their products are chemical free. I can’t wait to share with you all about this product, the process, and the results I got.

 

How to get started:

It is a really simple process to get started. Formulate sends you a short hair quiz to take which is really easy to fill out. They ask you different questions about your hair and what you are wanting for your hair. Then the chemists formulate your customized shampoo and conditioner which only takes a couple days to receive. Their team is so helpful and have great customer service. It only took about a week to receive my package in the mail. The packaging was so nice and easy to open, plus they give you a brochure that tells you about your specific shampoo and conditioner and how to use them. I absolutely love the smell of my shampoo and conditioner. I got the tide fragrance which reminds me of the beach. Formulate also sent me a second set since the first set didn’t quite work for my hair.

 

Results:

The results have been amazing in only a couple weeks, my hair is softer, shinier, and has lots of volume. Plus I love the way my hair feels and smells after I use it.  It took me about 4 weeks to see the best results. My hair was very dry and dull before I started using the products, but now it’s not. At first, my hair had to adjust to the sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, but after a couple days it was back to normal. My favorite part, is I know I am treating my hair with clean and healthy ingredients and not feeding it bad chemicals. I definitely recommend trying this shampoo and conditioner.

 

Before using Formulate Co.

After using Formulate for a couple weeks

Giveaway:

I am so excited to announce that Formulate will be giving away one bottle of their shampoo and conditioner to one of my lucky followers! You can enter the giveaway through the link below.

Formulate Giveaway

 

I hope you all enjoy Formulate as much as I have! Have a great weekend!

 

XOXO,

Autumn

How I have overcome my insecurities

We all deal with insecurities in our life at some point. Whether it’s with our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, our bodies, or even the way we dress. I have struggled back and forth several times with feelings of insecurity. I still struggle with it at times when my focus is lost or I get distracted by someone else’s life. We all want that beautiful and perfect life of traveling to new places, having the best relationships, lots of money, or the best job. I love this quote from Stasi Eldridge’s book Captivating, “We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to unveil.”

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Top Spring Sandal Picks

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in PA and I am so ready and excited for the warmer weather. There is nothing better than throwing on a sun dress and a light jacket or cardigan or a cute top with jeans. We always need the perfect pair of shoes to go along with our outfit. I absolutely love shoes too. So I am excited to share with you all some of my top favorite finds for spring sandals. I am going to be sharing my favorite heeled, wedges, and flat sandals.

 

Wedge Sandals

Wedges go great with a pair of shorts and a top or a pair of jeans and a top or even a skirt or dress. You can wear them with so many different outfits. I found the cutest nude wedge from Red Dress Boutique. These sell out really fast, so I also linked the exact same pair from Amazon. You can find almost anything on Amazon. They come in several colors including a leopard and snakeskin. The best part about these shoes is they go with everything and are so comfortable. I wore them around a Disney park for the day and my feet didn’t hurt too much at night. I also linked some cute wedges from Target that are on my list to get next.

Taupe Red Dress Boutique Flatform WedgesBlack Scalloped WegesNude Scalloped WedgesRed Dress Black Flatform WedgesAmazon White WedgesAmazon Black WedgesAmazon Flatform Wedges,

 

Heel Sandals

I love a good heeled sandal to wear with dresses and jeans. It helps to make the outfit look dressier and more formal. My favorite heeled sandals are these black and nude plain strapped heels. I love the block heels on my nude shoes the best since they make walking easier and are more comfortable for longer periods of time. I found mine at Francesca’s last year but they have almost identical ones at Target and Red Dress Boutique. I linked several different options below in different colors too. It’s always great to have one nude pair and one black pair.

I also have a pair of cognac shorter heeled sandals from Prim and Pop Boutique that I absolutely love. They are so comfortable and give you a little height, but aren’t too high of a heel. So if you want to go with something shorter I would recommend these. I also linked some from Target too. You can get my exact pair for 20% off at checkout by using my code: Autumn20. They fit true to size and I wear a size 6.5 or 7 normally.

Target Block Heeled SandalsTarget Lower Heeled SandalsBlack Red Dress Boutique HeelsNude Flat Heeled Red Dress SandalsNude Red Dress Block HeelPink Lily Boutique Nude HeelsLeopard Heels

 

Flat Sandals

Having several pairs of flat sandals and flip flops are a must for spring. They are the shoe I go for when I want something easy to throw on with dresses or shorts. My favorite pairs of flat sandals are from Target. I have a cognac color flat and a black pair. My cognac ones are still in stock and they have similar ones to my black ones. Amazon also has lots of cute flat sandals as well and I linked my favorites below.

Target Crossband SandalsBraided Thong SandalsScalloped Slide SandalTwo Band Black Sandal

 

Hope this helps you all with your spring outfits! Happy Spring! Have a great weekend!

 

XOXO,

Autumn