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10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier


Every year, I almost buy so many things – but 2018 is the year I buy things to make my life easier! I love knickknacks that are unique, but also take a lot of the little struggles out of life.



I created this list of the 10 things to buy in 2018 to make your life easier.

Portable Phone Charger

If you haven’t got a portable phone charger by now, it is time.

Besides the fact that it is 2018, the new iOS update has been draining the battery of everyone’s phone – and no one wants their phone to die when they need it.

If you keep your portable phone charger on you, you will always have a spare charge no matter what happens!

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

This one created by PowerAll.  It recharges with 5V/2A adapter is twice as faster than normal 5V/1A input, reduce recharging time by 50%

Air Fryer

If you are looking for a healthier way to eat your favorite fried foods, it is time to invest in an air fryer.

The original TurboStar AirFyer from Phillips is a great choice!

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

The TurboStar technology swirls hot air continuously throughout cooking basket. The food is exposed to this constant, circulating heat, it is cooked through while draining excess fat.

Fitbit Ionic

I have long been a fan of Fitbit, and I think that it has dramatically changed how I take care of my body.

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

The new Fitbit Ionic is a step up! It gives you personal workouts (with coaching), allows you to store 300+ songs, and has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor.

It can also be used to pay for things and can be used with Bluetooth Headphones.

Bluetooth Headphones

Speaking of, it is time to get Bluetooth Headphones. They are great for working out, and they solve the whole lighting port issue on the new iPhone.

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

The Otium Wireless Sports Headphones are waterproof, noise canceling and they have an 8-hour battery life.

These headphones also have easy to use buttons – so you don’t have to reach for your phone.

Plus, learning how to keep up with Bluetooth Headphones proves some real responsibility – and make you can talk your significant other into that puppy you want!

Subscription Box

I have been testing out Subscription boxes since 2014, and I love them! Since that time, I have tried Ipsy, and I have tried the Barkbox.

I am no longer subscribed to the above (because I have them for 4 years), but I am subscribed to FabFitFun. FabFitFun is a subscription box that is $49.99 a season – and you get over $300 worth of products (check out my winter and fall boxes).

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

I love this box because I get fashion, beauty and home products!

There are tons of subscription boxes out there! Be sure to try one this year!

Roomba

Being a dog mom, I have dreamed of owning a Roomba! I think about clean floors – without all the dog hair – all the time. Why do I have to love long-haired dogs?!

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

If there was ever a time to get a Roomba, it is now. The new Roomba can communicate with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It also has its own app.



The patented 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris – meaning Schmidt hair!

High-Tech Scale

One of my favorite purchases of 2017 was my RENPHO scale!

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

The RENPHO scale has 11 essential measurements. The scale shows body weight, data including Weight, BMI, Body Fat Percentage stores to an app.

You can weigh yourself anytime WITHOUT your phone. The data will sync to the app once it is connected again!

Wall Decor

This might seem like an odd one on the list, but I know so many homes (including my own) are lacking wall decor!

Wall decor really adds personality in your home, and can really upgrade a space.

Here are some favorites that I have been eyeing lately:

Dumbledore Quote

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

Blue Ferns

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

Six Pack Cooler Tote

I am always bringing my own six pack along to my friend’s house, and this is the year I need to buy a better way to travel with them!

10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

When it comes to beer, I stick with 6-packs of Shiners. This little guy would be perfect for it.

It has a slot for an icepack and another side pocket for a bottle opener!

Travel Pack for Cords

I am always traveling, and I need to find a solution for all of my cords!

As a blogger and a normal person, I have ALL the cords!
10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

This Travel Cord Roll is perfect because it can store my cords, headphones, hairbands, etc.

What are you planning on buying in 2018?

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10 Things to Buy in 2018 to Make your Life Easier

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Workouts you Should Try in 2018

In my three years of blogging, I have occasionally created a few posts on workouts that did really well for me! You can always tell my mindset when I create a workout plan – my winter workout because I was cold, Treadmill workout because I was going to the gym more, etc.

If you are stuck and don’t know where to begin, these four workouts are a good start.

Workouts you Should Try in 2018

Winter Morning Workout

I always stop working out when it gets cold. I like working out outside, and when you take that from me, I give up.

I created this plan to warm up your body and to get your workout over with! I needed something quick and painless to get through this winter!



Treadmill Workout for Non-Runners

This workout is one of my most popular posts of all time! I guess I am not the only person who hates running!

I really wanted a way to burn some calories at my gym – but I wanted to do anything except run. I created this workout because you burn as much as running – but you are just going on steep inclines!

treadmill workout

Squat Challenge

If I go far enough back, I can find my first ever squat challenge!

I have always been one with a little more around the hips – and I decided if that’s my body, then I am going to tone it!

squat challenge

Wake Up Workout

This workout is one I did 3 times, twice daily! I did this when I lost 40 pounds and was trying to keep it off!

During this time, this was probably the most fit I have ever been in my life!

wake up workout

I hope these give you the inspiration to hit your fitness goals!



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Workouts you Should Try in 2018

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Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

I am the worst at giving up. I will get so distracted towards setting my goals – which is why I need things to inspire me. When it comes to working out, I always get new fitness gear to inspire me to keep my goals.

There are so many amazing places to shop for new activewear – on any budget! I created a list for you guys to get some inspiration.



FOREVER21

In the recent couple of years, Forever21 has really stepped up their athleticwear game! They have so many cute options – and they are all so affordable!

Active Surplice Wraparound Top

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Active Mesh-Panel Leggings

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

High Impact – Sports Bra

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Medium Impact – Sports Bra

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Active Phone Arm Band

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

DSW

DSW is one of my favorite places to find shoes! A good pair of shoes makes all the difference for me! I personally love Nike and Adidas for all of my workout needs!

Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR Sneaker

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Adidas Advantage Sneaker

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Nike Flex Experience Run 6 Lightweight Running Shoe

Adidas Edge Lux Lightweight Running Shoe

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

ATHLETA

Athleta is more on the expensive side, but I love their workout gear so much! I splurge just a little bit sometimes for their quality!

Essence Tie Back Tank

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Modern Life Hoodie

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Mesh Chi Tank

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Transcendence Bra

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Reef Salutation 7/8 Tight

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

TJ MAXX

TJ Maxx is my mecca for everything – including activewear. Almost all of my workout clothes come from this store, and I everything is super affordable and reasonable!

90 Degree by Reflex Pullover Hoodie

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Gottex Mesh Insert Leggings

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

90 Degree by Reflex Criss Cross Bottom High Waist Capris

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Reebok Full Zip Jacket

Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

Jessica Simpson the Warmup Mesh And Strappy Back Bra

Where is your favorite place to buy activewear?

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Fitness Gear to Inspire you to Keep your Goals

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Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

Anytime I go to Red Lobster, I have to get the shrimp scampi. My mom always got it, made me try it, and now, I always get it.

Bottom line: If I am going to eat shrimp, I want it covered in garlic and butter.



When I started this healthy living restart month, I wanted to eat a lot of fish and shellfish. I started to think about how much I love shrimp, but they are usually a pasta dish.

And then I thought about my favorite, shrimp scampi! And I was determined to create my own healthier-inspired recipe.

This is about the time when I remembered zoodles! Zoodles are spiralized zucchini, and they are a great replacement for noodles.

I created a Zoodle shrimp scampi recipe that makes you feel like you are eating something fancy, and you definitely don’t miss the pasta!

Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients

2 zucchini (or pre-spiralized zucchini)

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/2 cup white wine – I used Pinot Grigio

1/2 lemon

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp parsley

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

3 cloves of garlic

black pepper

parmesan flakes

Instructions

1. Take a spiralizer or another tool to make your zucchini noodles. You can also buy zucchini pre-noodlized

2. In a skillet, spray with some olive oil and saute the zoodles.

3. In a separate skillet, heat butter and olive oil in a pan and add onion, garlic, and red pepper. When onions are clear, add shrimp until cooked. After the shrimp is cooked, pour in the white wine and stir for 4 min.



Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

4. Remove from heat and add the parsley, lemon juice, and black pepper.

5. Add sauce and shrimp to Zoodles.

6. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

I hope you love this recipe – and be sure to comment if you try it!

What is your favorite recipe with a healthy twist?

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Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

 

 

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Business Tools You Should Be Using if You are a Blogger

This year will be my fourth year of blogging! Holy cow, how does time fly by?

When I first started blogging, to say I had no idea what I was doing is an understatement. Actually, to say I have any idea of what I am doing now could also be an understatement.

However, throughout my journey, I have found a few resources or business tools that have changed my blogging game. These tools look more into the business side of blogging and not the creative side.



I have always struggled with the business aspects of blogging because I am mainly just a creative person. I am good at creating and thinking things – not so much being financially organized.

These five business tools that I am about to share make everything a little easier for me!

Quickbooks – Self Employed

Business Tools You Should Be Using if You are a Blogger

I started Quickbooks this year – and it is a game changer. This tool organizes your finances, and it can keep track of your mileage. I download the app onto my phone, and I just record all of my trips as I am making them!

You can also upload receipts to your account, so you can access them anywhere!

Plus, you can use this link to get 50 percent off!

Google Analytics/AdSense

If you are not using Google Analytics and AdSense you are missing out!

One of the key things I realized this year was that sidebar ads are not enough if you really want to make money with AdSense. You need to make sure you are embedding ad codes in all of your articles!

And with Analytics, I keep a spreadsheet with my monthly pageviews and goals!



Evernote

Business Tools You Should Be Using if You are a Blogger

Evernote has been a godsend for communicating between me and my assistant. You are able to create notebooks, so I am able to create one for every month and plan content!

I also can create a notebook for all of 2018, and I can share them with my assistant – and we can chat!

Tiny Scanner

I am constantly having to sign contracts and send them back to my clients. The best thing to have for this is Tiny Scanner! You can print something off, scan it by taking a photo on your phone and then email it back!

Plus you have a copy on your phone for your files and easy access.

Buffer

Creating social media posts can be considered content, but I think they are really just marketing! Buffer allows you to connect all of you social media accounts and schedule posts throughout the day!

I have used a ton of social scheduling tools, but this one is the cleanest and easiest to use!

What are your favorite blogging business tools?

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Business Tools You Should Be Using if You are a Blogger