Village Artisan Necklace Giveaway

Earlier this month, Village Artisan launched at your local H-E-B Blooms. Now I’m giving you a chance to win one of their very special items to add to your own jewelry collection…

Enter to WIN this beautiful, hand-crafted Village Artisan Boho Tassel adjustable necklace!

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These “charming” three lines made of glass, wood and artisan metal beads make the perfect bohemian backdrop for our unique antique charms. Chocolate suede pulls the look together with a sliding bead giving you the flexibility to wear longer or shorter.

This necklace is adjustable and can be worn as high as approximately 18 inches and as long as 26 inches on the shortest strand.

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Giveaway ends 11/13/15 at 12AM. Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours.



Continuing My Weight Loss Journey with Jenny Craig Anywhere #WeightLossWednesday

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week

Last month, my husband and I moved out of the city, leaving me without a Jenny Craig center nearby. For the last few weeks, I’ve been off the program. Luckily for me, though, I’ve learned that Jenny Craig offers an online/over-the-phone program called Jenny Craig Anywhere.

I’m SO excited to be continuing my journey with Jenny! I know this program works and I’m ready to reach my long-term goals.

All stocked up! I just received my first delivery and this is what two weeks of Jenny Craig foods looks like:

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Yum! :)

During my first 200 days with the Jenny Craig program, I lost 50 lbs. I’ve done a pretty good job at maintaining this over the last few weeks regardless of some dieting/weight loss challenges like our cruise vacation in August, moving, making a career move into a new industry, getting used to a new full-time work schedule and commute, etc.

With all of these big changes in my life lately, you can imagine my stress and anxiety levels have been higher than usual. As a result, it’s been really important for me to keep my eating in check and not turn to food when things get crazy! As someone who has had those stress and emotional eating tendencies in the past, I know I have to watch myself closely.

I try to always look at things positively. These are good challenges for me to face because all of these weight loss changes I’ve made have to be lifestyle based. You have to make sure you don’t turn to your old ways when things get rough again.

All of the lessons I’ve learned with Jenny over the past 7 months are so helpful. One of those being to stay patient and consistent, no matter what…

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Needless to say, I’m ready to get back on track with the number on the scale moving down again!

I’ve got ~47 lbs to go to reach my final goal weight.

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Here’s my latest full body photo taken Oct. 3, 2015. I’m going to be using this one as my before picture for the next leg of this weight loss journey.

Remember, you can follow my weight loss journey on Instagram, too.

I’d love to connect with you!

Are you also on your own weight loss journey?

Leave a comment and tell me how it’s going. What are your goals?

As some very wise women say, the secret to success is support! Let’s do this!

Village Artisan: Now Available at H-E-B Blooms

This post is sponsored in part by Ethical Sourcing Network. All opinions are my own.

H-E-B’s floral and gift shop, H-E-B Blooms, has recently launched a new, exciting product line.

Meet Village Artisan, gift giving with meaning. Each and every one of their unique items is handcrafted in North India. With every purchase of these pieces, you are helping share their story with the world and make a significant impact in their community.

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What’s the story behind Village Artisan?

Village Artisan is one of hope, dignity, and empowerment that comes from the opportunity to be trained in a skill and to work at a fair wage in a caring community.
By buying these unique Village Artisan pieces, you are sharing #aglobalstoryofchange about these artisan women and men in North India, whose hearts and dreams are carried within their crafts straight to you and your loved ones within these fantastic pieces of hand crafted jewelry, sari scarves, stationary cards and journals, home decor, and more.

More about these one of a kind, Village Artisan fair-trade goods:

Village Artisan has a number of unique and one-of-a-kind offerings like handmade jewelry and scarves. (Scarves are up cycled and many jewelry pieces have up cycled elements from reclaimed saris.)

I’m a paper goods geek. My office is full of notebooks and all kinds of stationary so of course, my favorites of the Village Artisan collection are the stationary, cards, and notebooks. Each of these items is made with 100% recycled cotton. You can literally feel a difference and know this stationary is of substance (both physically and figuratively).

After learning the backstory about the products, you get a really good feeling to every touch. Your item was personally made for you with special love and attention. In turn, these artisans are so grateful for your purchase because it’s absolutely helping to change their world.


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Gift giving with meaning and purpose behind it. Give a gift that gives back half way across the world.

Next time you’re in need of a special gift for a friend, family member, or loved one, visit your local H-E-B Blooms. Village Artisan items are complimented beautifully with fresh flowers.


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The #VillageArtisan mission is to make #aglobalstoryofchange. Just by purchasing these items at your local #HEBBlooms, you are helping further that mission to change the lives of people around the world to break the cycle of poverty and overcome. To learn more about their full story, visit the Village Artisan website here.


For all the latest updates, you can connect with Village Artisan on Facebook and Instagram.

My Jenny Journey: 200 Days on Jenny Craig

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week

Just recently, I wrapped up 200 Days on the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Journey. During this time, I dropped ~50 lbs in 200 days!

Here’s my before (when I first started the program back in February 2015) and most recent after photo (taken last weekend):

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Showing the most notable difference, weight loss in my face!

Here are a few more results photos from my birthday weekend in July:

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Me and my husband – there’s a two-year difference between these two photos.

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On my 28th birthday, looking good & FEELING better. I don’t like calling these my “before and afters” because I still have a ways to go before I reach my final goal. But I am definitely proud of what I have been able to accomplish while on Jenny Craig these past 6 months!

My final thoughts on the Jenny Craig weight loss diet plan:

I have nothing but awesome things to say about the program. Majority of the foods are really, really good. They make dieting life so easy. They teach you how to meal prep and plan on and off the Jenny Craig menu. The consultants are fantastic and super supportive. The program is all about lifestyle and reaching your goals in a positive, healthy manner.

The only negative is that the program is pretty expensive but if you’re able to make the investment in yourself, do it! You’re worth it!

Jenny Craig’s new fall foods are here! & they’re letting me share a special offer with my readers:

Jenny Craig just launched more than a dozen new fall foods and seasonal items. I’ve had the chance to try most of these and they are all fantastic. I really like that Jenny rolls out new foods a few times a year to keep the menu fresh… plus, we all need our pumpkin spice and peppermint fix when it’s that special time of year!

The new foods include:

  • Loaded Baked Potato (so good & super filling)
  • Italian Style Pasta Bake
  • Classic Waffles (who doesn’t love waffles?! yum!)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cake
  • Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
  • Pumpkin Loaf
  • Pumpkin Spice Cakes
  • Homestyle Beef Pot Roast
  • Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • Turkey & Wild Rice
  • Apple Crisp
  • Chocolate Lava Cake (so good!)
  • Strawberry Yogurt Anytime Bars
  • Cookie Dough Anytime Bars

    Offer: Join Today & get $50 off* Jenny Craig’s Best Program + $50 in food savings**

*$50 food discount to be used in $10 increments with minimum weekly food purchase of $90 US/$95 CAN. Discounts valid at participating centers and at Jenny Craig Anywhere for new members enrolling in the Jenny Craig All Access program, other restrictions may apply, details available at participating centers. Additional costs include monthly membership fee, cost of food, and cost of shipping if applicable. Not Valid to purchase food at No cash value. Offer ends 10/30/2015.

An Update from Home: Loving Life in Our New House

BIG news: We bought our first house!

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The journey to home owning has been exciting. We’ve been really blessed during this process to find a great team who worked so closely with us to get us exactly where we want to be. We were referred to our wonderful realtor, Albert Yanez of RE/MAX Northwest Realtors, by a co-worker of my husband’s. Albert was essential in finding our perfect first home. We can’t thank you enough, Albert!

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We were also really blessed to have a wonderful Mortgage team. As new home owners, we had never been through this process before. Jayden Slentz and his AMCAP Mortgage team were fantastic in leading the way home for us. Thank you, Jayden!

We’ve been working toward our goal of owning our first home for well over three years now.

All the budgeting and saving, patience and preparation, hard work and sacrifice has been well worth it. We closed late last month and just moved in recently. Nothing has ever been more gratifying than owning our own home. (Well, maybe except for my weight loss.)

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We’re having fun getting settled in and learning our new area. For me, the transition from living inside the city to moving to the suburbs has been awesome. People are just so much more friendly!

Needless to say, we won’t be missing 1-bedroom/1-bathroom apartment living at all. One of the most gratifying things about our move is seeing how much happier our fur-babies are in their new home. Chloe, our Golden Retriever, loves her new backyard. Seriously, sometimes, we can’t even get her to come back inside because she’s enjoying it so much! Our cat, Andie, is just loving having more space in general. She’s always been pretty anti-social but when guests aren’t over, she’s all over.

The fact that they took so well and took so quickly to this house just solidifies how meant to be it is for us. They just instantly knew they were home as soon as they got here!

I could not be happier to be enjoying #housewifelife again (for the time being).

We relocated about 40 miles away to be closer to my husband’s workplace so I’m currently in between jobs and looking for work closer to my new neighborhood. Ah, the job search begins again!

I’m also really excited to have more time to devote to blogging, too. Be on the lookout for more new posts coming very soon!

In the meantime, my main focus is homemaking and honing my domestic goddess skills. As an organization lover, having the time to unpack and find a place for all of our belongings has been nice. We’ve been purging and making quite a few trips to the donation centers, too.

It’s so nice to finally have SPACE. Can you believe we have had wedding presents (from over three years ago) unopened, in boxes still, because we had no place to put them in our apartment?

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Finally, everything now has it’s home and with room to grow. Ahh, home owning happiness, for sure.