Moving!

Well, everyone,

I MOVED. After the months and months anticipation it finally came. I was at a loss for words from the outpouring love and support from my family and friends the night before we took off. It was so much fun (some of us had too much for, cough-me) and really made the trip the next day feel so surreal.

We named our party Bye, Felicia of course.

Billings, Montana has always been home to me and it will always be home. I honestly just left and I am already looking forward to going home and visiting all my family and friends. Although I miss them, I still feel like this was the best decision for me.

I know I’ve discussed this topic before but I was soooo unhappy with life in Montana and I could never figure out why. I was surrounded by the most wonderful people, I was in my junior year of college, I got to see my family as much as I please, etc. Then point of all this is to let anyone know that is struggling is the smallest (or largest for some) changes can literally change. your. life.

At the end of the day I feel incredibly blessed to take this leap with my two wonderful friends. I feel so blessed that they wanted to move across the country WITH ME so we could all take this journey together. I know that there will be times of sadness but I also know there will be times of greatness.

I know this post is semi-sappy and I promise to give an update of my apartment and decorations as soon as we get settled. But for now, I leave you with this.. I GOT A PUPPY!

We were going through so much change as it was that we felt we should throw something else into the mix.. whoops!

Her name is Pippa (Pipp for short) and she is the absolute sweetest. She is 1/4 American Bulldog and 3/4 French Bulldog. I’ve wanted a frenchie for awhile but I knew that they often have a lot of health issues because of their big ol’ heads. So I opted for a mix – and to say the least, I am not disappointed.

Training her has been a task in itself but she is such a love bug.

I am thrilled that I finally had some down time to update everyone on life and can’t wait to start up Wellness Wednesday again soon. I have a few posts I’ve been dying to write so be on the lookout, friends!

Thanks for always being there to support me in all my endeavors.

Xx, Christine

PS. Quick question. How do we all feel about Colton being the new bachelor?

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Fourth of July Recap!

I haven’t posted a recap in forever so I thought I would fill everyone in on what’s new! If you haven’t picked it up in the previous posts; I am moving to Charlotte, NC at the end of August. I was dying to expand my horizons and start a new adventure so I decided to take a leap and move in the fall. But, besides that.. I’ve just been a busy little worker bee and just saving as much money as possible and trying not to put myself in a poor position when I move.

May

May brought the end of a semester and a small vacation. My best friend and I traveled to Portland so I could visit some friends and she could visit her sister. While I was there I got bangs, many brunches, and lots of clothes that I didn’t need. I had so much fun visiting my friends and was sad to come home. On the way home we drove an hour in the wrong direction, yikes, and had to turn around make it a two day trip. Although it felt like a lifetime to get back home, it’s always nice to travel with someone that you’re so close with because it never makes for ‘awkward’ car silences or conversations.

ALSO! My sister graduated high school! Woohoo! I’ve never been more proud of anyone and she is such an inspiration to ME (even though she is the younger sister!).

May also brought my friend Michelle’s birthday. We went out to a few bars and definitely had a few too many drinks! We had sooo much fun and it was totally a night to remember. Sometimes it is so nice to catch dinner and drinks with friends instead of curling up at home and watching movies (which is what I would rather do 99% of the time). I felt so blessed to be apart of her special day but I was for sure regretting some of the drinks the following morning.

June

This month I got to go to… Taylor Swift! She was playing in Denver and it was a last minute purchase. Kenzi, Michelle and I were spontaneous and just randomly bought the tickets to go see one of my favorite pop stars. And it was safe to say that she put on the most amazing show. Besides that, the trip was cut super short because it is hard for us all to get the same time off. We drove back in a hurry but it didn’t make the trip any less amazing.

Believe it or not, but I went to four movies in June. I am beside myself that I spend that much money on movies but who doesn’t love a good matinee? I went to see Book Club (awful, don’t see!), Incredibles 2 (movie of the year for sure!), Tag (so incredibly stupid), Jurassic World (eh) and Oceans 8 (Sandra Bullock will forever be a babe). Even though all these movies were so wonderful, I think the best movie that I have seen this year yet would be Love, Simon. It is so touching and heartfelt and if you haven’t seen it – you need to.

July

Well, it is only the 7th ..  but my fourth was pretty great with great friends. Besides getting sunburnt to a crisp while on the lake with my family, my friends and I went to the lake and had some drinks and basked in the sun all day (woohoo!). It is so rare to get these times with my friends and I really do cherish every single moment.


I know my life seems super boring at the moment but I promise I’ll be more exciting soon! Until then .. here are some photos my sister took of me last weekend to practice studio lighting. She is so talented and if you all don’t follow her on Instagram already then you should start! @alexajorgensonphoto

ttfn,

Christine

PS. This week on Wellness Wednesday I’m going to be discussing 5 wellness tricks I practice daily. It will also be featuring a cilantro lime shrimp salad! Check back Wednesday & subscribe!

Wellness Wednesday – Social Media Detox + Recipe!

Happy fourth and welcome to my second Wellness Wednesday.

This week I’ve decided to talk about the social media detox I did a last month and how it affected me and why everyone should give it a try.

I was definitely the typical girl who was always sending her girlfriends memes on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc. I was constantly scrolling through the popular page and comparing myself to fitness models, makeup bloggers, YouTube stars and so on. I was so consumed in other people’s lives that I felt like I truly wasn’t living mine to the fullest. The point being, why was I doing that? I decided that it was extremely unhealthy to be doing so and honestly exhausting mentally. I hate participating in things that make me feel sad or upset afterwards and I knew that I could easily make a change for the better by just putting my phone down.

Because of that, I decided to deactivate my Facebook, delete my Snapchat and Instagram apps from my phone and take a break from social media for awhile. At first I was constantly grabbing for my phone to start scrolling through mindless posts that I’ve already seen a hundred times. But after just a few days I noticed that I was reaching for my phone less when I was at home, with friends, driving (we are all guilty) etc.  I really was trying to focus on being aware in every situation. I’m so tired of hanging out with people that are constantly on their phones! Please put it down and be present. If I could have a life motto it would for sure be to be present. 

I did have certain vices that helped this detox. I definitely saw myself on Pinterest more and instead of browsing or being so invested in other people’s lives and what they were doing; I was getting ideas for my new home in Charlotte. What I really wanted from this was to pull myself away from everyone else and focus on myself instead. And you know what? I truly believe that is the reason I came back to blogging! I wasn’t comparing my blogs to other blogs, or myself to insta-models anymore. I was so consumed in my well being and it really opened my eyes.

Moral of the story – everyone should take some time off social media and be more engaged in conversations with anyone you encounter. Make sure you are listening and giving your full attention to the people that deserve it. Because at the end of the day, that Instagram model you stalked for over an hour and ended up on her brothers-daughters-friends page doesn’t give a crap about that hour you gave her. But your friends/family/strangers will remember these moments forever.

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Since we got the ‘serious’ talk out of the way I wanted to start incorporting recipes in my blog. Soooo, starting this week I hope to have at least one recipe up a week of healthy eats that are easy to make. This weeks topic is Sweet Potato Brownies.

Ingredients:

· 1 medium sized sweet potato (finely grated)

· 1/2 c of cacao powder

· 1/4 c coconut oil

· 1/4 c honey

· 3 tbsp almond meal

· 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 320° F

2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl once sweet potato is finely ground.

3. Line a baking tin with parchment paper and pour batter into tin.

4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 min.

6. Place in fridge and eat next day – they are much better and more dense when chilled until the next day!

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Topping:

Heat 1 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 tbsp cocoa and 1 tbsp coconut oil and combine together. Wait until brownies are completely cooled and then drizzle overtop. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Knock, knock

Wellll helllloooo,

Yes, I am still alive and yes, still blogging. I did take a slight hiatus because school and my competition prep has kept me busier than usual! But, I have some fun recaps to share as to what I have been up to!

I am two weeks out from my competition in Spokane and I couldn’t be more pumped. I have struggled a lot this prep with staying motivated and on track but these past few months have been really eye opening. Once I got my suit I realized that it was all becoming real. As much as I would love to share progress photos.. I think I will save them until after I come back from my show.

 

(This is actually my favorite gif right now)

Last week, Sidney, Lindsey and I decided last minute that we wanted to go the Jimmy Eat World concert. We had soooo much fun. I think we only knew like two or three songs but we danced in the crowd and had a great time anyways. I love that we were all able to share this experience together even though we didn’t know any of the lyrics.

 

On Friday, MY BEST FRIEND GOT MARRIED. Helllll ya. Not only did she get married but I was able to be apart of the big day. It was so beautiful to watch her and her (now)husband tie-the-knot. Not to mention that her maid of honor and I cut a freaking rug on the dance floor (if you didn’t know already – I LOVE to dance).

On Sunday evening, my friends Nat, Jess and I went to the pumpkin patch. ‘Tis the season! I love Fall. I love the weather, the smells, the food. We took a hay ride up to the top of the corn maze, walked through and then picked out which pumpkins to carve. I was especially excited because we are having a ‘pumpkin carving party’ when I get back from my show on the 29th! I love to celebrate the holidays surrounded by friends and family.

Even though this post was ‘short and sweet’ I will definitely keep you guys in the loop of my last two weeks of cutting! Stay tuned!

-Christine

5 Life Improvements

Helllooooo!

I can’t believe it has been over a week since I have posted last! I have been so busy with school that days mesh into each other and I didn’t even realize that I have been so MIA from blogging!

Lately I’ve been working on trying to improve my life and trying to make the best of prep, school, work, etc. So sometimes when I’m laying in bed at night I have running thoughts on what little changes I could make that will make me happier.

Here are the 5 life improvements that I have come up with:

  1. Why am I on my phone all the time? I sometimes will be driving and checking Facebook at the same time. Not only is that super illegal it is even more unsafe! I decided that I needed to take one day out of the week to detach from social media and take time to enjoy people’s’ company around me. EVEN IF IT IS JUST WATCHING TV. I will spend endless hours sitting on my phone like a potato and not even know what is happening around me. So, one day a week .. no phone.

2. During prep I have struggled with my weight. I will hop on the scale every time I enter the gym and noticed I either gained, lost or remained the same. That killlllssss me (and I’m sure it kills many of you too!) DITCH THE SCALE, PEOPLE! At the end of the day it is what you see in the mirror and if you are happy or not. The scale shouldn’t control your life but sometime I let it! I will leave the gym unsatisfied and unmotivated. If you don’t weigh yourself and only focus on how you feel. Your attitude at the gym will guaranteed be more positive.

3. STOP EATING OUT SO MUCH. Up until recently, I was the worst about doing this. I love to eat out, who doesn’t? But often times I find that the food I was eating wasn’t worth the money or even wasn’t that great for my body. When I’m at home I have limited options and have to cook what is in my fridge. SO OFTEN I will let food go to waste in my fridge, therefore, I bought food that went bad and then bought another meal on top of it. HOW EXPENSIVE?! WHO AM I! THE QUEEN OF SHEEBA?! Just focus on making more food at home and if time is an issue prep food ahead of time for the week.

4. Start adjusting your goals. So often people make these crazy goals that aren’t obtainable for the ‘right now’. If you adjust your goals to your existing life and not the other way around, you will find that the opportunities may become endless… I want to lose 30lbs in two weeks. OK, let’s be realistic here. Maybe, lets start by making it to the gym 3 times a week and eating healthier meals. THAT IS OBTAINABLE. I too also make goals that aren’t realistic at this time in my life. My goal, to save up one billion dollars to go on vacation over Christmas, WELL, I am a full-time student with a FAT car payment and barely work right now. So, re-analyzing that .. I guess!

5. Don’t be too hard on yourself! If you do something that you regret. Don’t sit there and kick rocks. Get up, dust yourself the hell off and keep going in life. Life is too short to be so concerned about every bad thing that you have ever done. WE HAVE ALL DONE BAD THINGS. NEWS FLASH : WE’VE ALL SAID THINGS WE REGRET. WE’VE ALL BEEN A BAD FRIEND AT ONE TIME AND WE’VE ALL BEEN MEAN TO PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT US BECAUSE WE NEED FOOD AND COFFEE… okay, maybe that last one is just me. But at the end of the day, either apologize or move the heck on. If you sit and dwell it will affect your mood and can make the situations worse than you already have made them.

Lately, I’ve been really to follow these improvements. Not allll the time do I realize that I need to make a few changes in my life but I always feel that if a few small changes could potentially make me happier, then why not try?

What are some improvements you have made to improve yourself?

Chat soon!

-Christine

Hi, Bozeman. It’s me, Christine.

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends! I hope you are all enjoying some R&R and taking some time to yourselves. got to spend this weekend celebrating Miss Becca’s bachelorette party in Bozeman, Montana!

I know I have mentioned Becca before but she is one of my best friends. She is getting married October 6th and I cannot wait. We picked Bozeman because it is a local college town and we knew that people there would be down to party (def a perk that it is only 2 hours away).

We rolled in Saturday afternoon and went straight to Target to buy some booze to pregame. Unfortunately, I can’t drink because I am on prep but I was totally a cheerleader for these girls. Of course we took pictures before heading to dinner.

We didn’t make reservations anywhere for dinner, why? we don’t know, so we ended up going to a place called Teds. Their food was amazing. Becca and I both had bison filet and it cut. like. butter. I have never been that impressed with a steak in my life!

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I ordered asparagus and squash casserole as a side. And there was a garlic glaze that sat on top of the steak. I love the presentation of it all; almost too cute to eat! We got a few ‘before’ pictures of the bride but didn’t get any ‘afters’ (maybe just a few in-betweens).

 

We went to a bar called ‘Rocking R’ to hang out until 11pm (which I guess is when the party starts in Bozeman?) The ladies had a few drinks there and we just kinda watched the Bozeman vs. Washington game and chatted until around 11pm and then headed out to the next bar! I don’t really remember the names of any of the other bars but the girls had me rolling. They were being so funny and apparently when Becca starts to drink, she wants to hook you up with every boy in sight. None of us came home with boyfriends soo… good luck, Becca. Better luck next time.

Around 1:30am we decided to head home. Well, Taco Bell and then home. Becca found a bachelor party walking down the street and they were carrying a pizza, she LITERALLY convinced these boys to give her some pizza. I was driving and I couldn’t stop laughing on the way back to the hotel.

The next morning we all woke up and decided we needed food STAT. We went to this place and there was over wait .. we then stumbled upon the Cateye Cafe and I was over the moon (for obvious reasons). The entire restaurant was decorated in cats. I couldn’t think of a better way to decorate, honestly.

THEY CALLED THE BATHROOM THE LITTER BOX FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They had little cat books and games lining the windows so you would be entertained the entire time you were there.

After breakfast we walked downtown Bozeman to do some ‘light’ shopping (more or less, I’m the only one that bought anything and it was totally a romper).

On the way back we allowed Britt to pick the music. Therefore we listened to Eminem the entire time. I didn’t realize that his music was as deep as it was but I got an entire life lesson of Marshall Mathers. SO, if any of you want to challenge Britt to a Eminem rap battle, I would totally be down to watch.

Right now, I am wrapping up my Sunday snuggled up on my couch with my roommates watching Halloweentown. Most people know that I ‘like’ Halloween and Fall but I do tend to take it to the next level sometimes. We are already trying to decide what to be for Halloween because my friend Jayde and I are throwing a small Halloween party bash!

Anyways! Need to get off the computer to finish watching the movie with my friends. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post!

Tata, friends!

QUESTIONS:

Who is your favorite rapper?

What is your favorite season?

Where is the best place you’ve been for a bachelor/bachelorette party?

 

The Liebster Award

Hi, friends! So this post is something different besides another lifestyle or fitness post! But I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Uniquely Mickie! She also blogs about college and lifestyle so she is very relatable. You can check her out here.

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I just recently heard about this award and so I’m sure there are quite a few people that don’t know what it is! It is an award that goes out to new bloggers that are trying to gain readers. There a few rules that you must follow:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions that blogger provides you with
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think deserve the award
  4. Tell the bloggers you nominated them
  5. Write 11 questions for them

Here the questions that Mickie gave me:

1. What is your favorite activity to do outside of the blogging world?

I really enjoy working out (obviously, fitness blogger). I love to go to the gym on good and bad days and it is the perfect way for me to release some steam. I love that working out can be an inside or outside activity and anyone is capable of doing it!

2. If you could go anywhere for a day, where would you go?

Hmm.. this is a tough one. I have always wanted to visit the Great Wall of China and be able to walk on such a huge part of history. But I am torn because I have always also wanted to see the Eiffel Tower ..

3. What is a piece of advice that you would give your younger self?

Don’t worry about what other people are doing, focus on yourself and your goals and it will take you far in life.

4. What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)?

Coffee

5. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you eat?

It would have to be breakfast and definitely maple bars.

6. What is your biggest fear?

Failing or not being good enough. I feel like there is always an insecurity of not being good enough and disappointing the people I care about most.

7. What was your biggest inspiration to start a blog?

Honestly, I wanted a forum to write freely and be able to express my feelings. This blog was something I decided to do for myself. So I suppose I was my own inspiration. If we are talking about what blog inspired me to do so, it would be simplytaralynn.

8. How long did you wait to tell your friends and family about your blog?

I told my friends before it even happened! I wanted their opinions on if I should go for it or not and they were all so supporting of my decision to dive right in.

9. What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done?

Probably my NPC competition.

10. Do you have any pets?

Yassss, my little friend Wallace.

So cross-eyed but so cute ❤️
#catsofinstagram #snowbengal #catmomaf 
Pc: @risadarvo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.Favorite snack that you have to have?

Well on prep, probably dark chocolate Kodiak Cakes. Off of prep I love Biscoff Cookie Butter, BREAKFAST SANDWICHES, sweet potato fries, carbs, carbs, carbs.

Thank you again for nominating me! I get to now choose 5 people that I would like to nominate! These are few new blogs that I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award:

Susana from Style and Life by Susana

Molly from Molly Rees

Asha from Wellness Ginie

Stephanie from Simply Stephanie

Anisa from She’s Beaming

I love all of your guys’ blogs and hope you keep it going and share the love! Here is some questions for you:

  1. What is your biggest achievement?
  2. What do you wish you were better at?
  3. What is your favorite movie and why?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. What blog inspired you to start yours?
  6. What is your favorite book you’ve ever read?
  7. Which destination is on top of your bucket list?
  8. What is your most memorable travel experience?
  9. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  10. Describe yourself in 3 words.
  11. What is your favorite quote and by whom?

Thanks again for the nomination and hope the Liebster will be passed on! If you enjoyed this post, comment below!