Sunday, July 24, 2016

How to Quit Drinking Soda + 3 Healthy Alternatives

I remember when my parents tried to kick the soda habit. My parents were huge soda drinkers. So huge my dad put in a special fridge by his seat at the dining table just for the soda.

I'm dead serious.

So when they finally tried to kick the habit, they started drinking other things instead. Here are a few things that you can drink when you're trying to quit soda.

  • Club Soda - I drink this stuff everyday and I love it. Now I do drink the flavored ones so they have some taste. I love that they have bubbles and have no artificial ingredients either.
  • Fruit Infused Tea - There's nothing like Watermelon or Strawberry tea. It's sweet and healthy!
  • Flavored Water - There are lots of essential oils or even drops that you can put in your water to make it taste sweeter. It's much healthier and it gives it a good taste.
Other than drinking something other than soda, here are a few tips to break the soda addiction too.
  • Eat fruit - when I get a craving for something sweet or soda, I grab a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I know it sounds crazy but the fruit is already sweet so when you're done, you don't have a strong craving anymore.
  • Control what you buy - if you don't buy soda in the grocery store, you won't have it in the house to drink!
  • Carry a good drink with you - a lot of times when we get thirsty during the day, we grab a soda because it's sold everywhere. If you make your own tea or flavored water and carry it with you, you are less likely to try and grab a soda instead.

Tips on Coping When a Spouse Has a Dangerous Job

I will never forget when my husband decided to join the military. He had already been in the military twice before we ever met. When we did meet, he was newly out and that's when we began dating and eventually got married. But through a lot of hardships during that first year he decided he could make a better life for us in the military.

When I was pregnant with Mary, he started enrolling. And shortly after she was born, he got his appointment to go to MEPS. Being the nervous nelly I am, I went to MEPS with him because I wanted to find out just exactly what he was getting into. I myself knew nothing about the military and it was a scary thing to me, especially since he would be gone training and I would be with a newborn.

When we were there, he found out his job would be to drive HUM-V's, most likely overseas. And that's where I drew the line. I was so upset and since I was already going through postpartum depression it was enough to make someone go loony!

It's really hard when your spouse has a dangerous job. Thankfully my husband isn't in the military now and I can take a deep breath each day knowing he is safe.

But not every spouse is as fortunate as me. If your spouse has a dangerous job, here are some tips to cope:

  • Stay in touch as much as possible. Call them on their way to work or even on their lunch break. I always checked on my husband when I could to make sure he was alright.
  • Finding a support group online or in person is a huge help. Years ago I had a lovely group of women who helped me through a lot of things. We even swapped gifts in the mail which always made my day brighter.
  • Start stress management habits. Learning how to take deep stress relieving breaths, finding out what relaxes you, taking long walks, etc can really help.

Friday, July 22, 2016

How to Buy Vintage Inspired Fashions Easily

Have you noticed that vintage fashions are making a huge comeback? With their classy styles and elegant charm, it's a no brainer that they make women look feminine.

I love vintage fashions very much but sometimes their price tags can be super expensive depending on where you are shopping.

The first thing you need to know about vintage shopping is that you need to watch the price tags. You don't necessarily have to buy antique clothing if you are on a budget either. Another great option is buying vintage inspired clothes that have the same look and feel but are much cheaper.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you wear a clothing size that isn't as easy to find in a thrift store, buying vintage inspired clothes can be a great option too since you can pick your size in the clothes you like.

If I've peaked your interest about vintage inspired clothes, Romwe is a store online that sells gorgeous vintage type fashions along with modern ones too at a price tag anyone can afford. Just take a look at the beautiful clothes they sell below.

Vintage Fashions from Romwe

Everything in the collage above including the accessories can be bought right on Romwe. And look how wonderfully everything goes together! They also have extended sizes too for anyone who has a hard time finding their perfect size in thrift stores.

If you love vintage fashion as much as me, please check out Romwe. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Affordable Fashion Tops from FashionMia

I am a lover of all things fashion and I recently found a new site that I am loving! It's called FashionMia and they have gorgeous designs for women at super affordable prices. It's like buying wholesale it's so cheap!

In their store they have everything you would ever think of from womens tops to dresses. Their trendy tops are very fun, especially their lace ones too.

Here are some of my favorite items I compiled into a wishlist for you. Of course they are vintage fashions and I love that they have an amazing selection of them too.

Aren't these dresses absolutely gorgeous? And the price tags are awesome too with the most expensive dress on here being under $25! They have cheap tops on their site too along with casual tops that you can just hang around the house in. 

If you're ever looking for a place to get tops for women and other amazingly cheap fashions, make sure to check out FashionMia. They also have a sale going on with now too where you can get 5% off certain products. So if you're shopping for tops online, dresses, skirts and even shoes, check them out. Their prices are perfect for anyone on a budget or just looking to save a little bit!

Boating Memories and Safety Tips

Growing up I lived in Florida for ten years of my life. In all that time, I went on many boat rides in all shapes and sizes. My first fishing trip actually was when I was seven years old and I caught a Sunfish. Believe me, as a kid I was so proud of myself!

Another boating trip I remember was as a second grader when we went on a field trip to an island. We got there by boat and our entire class could fit on it! That trip was very fun and I'll never forget dancing when I got off the boat!

And of course like any other Floridian, my dad and I went on a lot of Everglades Airboat Tours together. For some reason, I loved alligators growing up so seeing them always made my day!

But while boating can be fun, it can also be very dangerous. Boating is a leading cause of injury or death in recreation so here are some safety tips for boating that you should always consider.

  1.  Don't drink and drive a boat
  2. Wear a life vest at all times
  3. Know the rules of navigation on the waterways
  4. Check the weather before you leave
  5. Take a boater safety course
  6. Always keep safety equipment on board
  7. Don't speed
  8. Keep paddles and an anchor on board in case the motor stops working
  9. Always have a way to call for help with you
  10. Keep a weather radio on board
Following these tips can help you have a fun boating experience this summer!

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