2013 Gift Guides: Gadget Nerd Ideas

November 19, 2013

I love technology…and I think these are such fun and cool gift ideas for the people in your life that don’t really “need” anything. I really love all of these products and think they are top notch. One is even on my wish list! 😉

Start planning your shopping lists…Black Friday is coming soon!


1. Nest Thermostat

2. Jawbone Jambox

3. Nike Fuelband

4. iPhone Case

5. Drone

6. Camera Harness

7. Camera

When do you usually do your holiday shopping? 

Freebie Alert: A Healthier Thanksgiving Cookbook and Planning Guide

November 12, 2013

I don’t know if you know, but I work for Anytime Fitness. I have a pretty awesome job of managing editor of our blog which has just been relaunched: blog.anytimefitness.com!! I am super excited about this launch because along with it we are publishing an eBook: A Healthier Thanksgiving – Cookbook and Planning Guide. This 50+ page eBook has a ton of healthier Thanksgiving recipes, planning worksheets, inspiration, and more! Can you tell I’m excited?

Click the image to go download the eBook!

Some of my favorite bloggers contributed to this eCookbook!

Take 5 minutes to look around the blog, too! Let me know what you think! I can’t wait to share more content with you guys!

{Photos} California Day 3: Carmel

October 26, 2013

We left Half Moon Bay early and there was just a touch of fog in the air. Luckily the skies were clear. As we drove we happened upon two beaches that seemed lovely for a wedding. No crowds, nice coves, and perfect amounts of parking. Noted.





We drove into Santa Cruz. I really wanted to get some photos of the boardwalk. I took my photos, grabbed a package of salt water taffy and we were back on the road.

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The only real appointment we had was at an estate in Carmel Highlands to look at a house to use as a potential venue. We drove 2 miles up a mountain to get to the estate. What a view! From up there you could see the fog roll in and move over the city below. The house was spectacular. Could we afford it? Probably not but what a view!

By this time we were starving, so we headed into Carmel. We ate at Forest in the Forge. Right away we noticed something odd. There were puppies and dogs all around in the waiting area. It was so cool to see a restaurant that actively invited the furry friends to enjoy a day out with their family. We ate and walked around downtown Carmel. A shopping center with a Kate Spade and Anthro temporarily distracted me.

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We drove a small section of Pebble Beach’s 17-Mile Drive only on accident to get to our next beach to check out.

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We also looked at a park/beach in Pacific Grove before driving to our Airbnb stop for the night to “check-in.” The house was nice but the meeting was odd. B and I felt a little out of place when we realized that we were to stay in an attached section of the house rather than the whole house. We relaxed for a little while and drove to a beach to watch the sunset and take photos.

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It was fun until the rain came, that is when we retired to the bungalow for sleep! After our sleep, we headed to Big Sur (photos and post coming soon as well as our engagement photos)!

5 Easy DIY Pop Culture Costumes 2013

October 7, 2013

Having troubles deciding what to be for Halloween? If you’re like me, you don’t even want to go to those Halloween stores, those costumes are too slutty (for lack of better word). I prefer to keep my Halloween costume costs down and usually opt for a DIY costume. Here are just 5 easy costumes for you to create in 2013!

What about you? What are you planning on being for Halloween?

Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn

If this year you are looking to turn back the clock, look no further than Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This elegant costume is quite easy to pull off.

You’ll need…

  • Black pencil dress
  • Chunk pearl necklace
  • Diamond earrings and tiara
  • Black gloves
  • Old fashion cigarette
  • Black flats

Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead

Daryl Dixon

Daryl is probably my favorite Walking Dead character. He is brave, smart, and easy on the eyes. This costume is uber relevant and works for most guys…as long as you can get your hands on a cross bow (which makes this costume). Make sure you keep that cross bow unloaded though, okay?

You’ll need…

  • Tank top (roll around in dirt to get that dirty look)
  • Jeans
  • Boots
  • Cross bow
  • A badass attitude

Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen Halloween Costume

She is the true queen, we all know it. Plus, she has dragons! This makes her my hero on Game of Thrones. Of course, you’ll need a good wig with some braids for this costume. Find yourself a goddess dress to wear or grab some fabric from your local store and start sewing as a goddess dress is pretty easy to make.

You’ll need…

  • Goddess dress
  • Arm bracelets
  • Goddess shoes
  • Blonde long wig
  • Dragon toy

Minecraft Creeper

Creeper Minecraft Costume

I have found an odd love for Minecraft. Not a typical gamer, I find the game awesome and full of endless opportunity. Creepers are a game “mob,” they find you and come close and blow up in front of you…sometimes causing you to die. This costume is so much fun because it doesn’t take much.

You’ll need…

  • Green cami or dress
  • Black leggings
  • Minecraft head – DIY or buy online
  • Black booties

Stacee Jaxx from Rock Of Ages

Stacee Jaxx Halloween Costume

This one is fun for the guys, you can walk around all night acting like a rock star! Yeah!! Honestly though, you’ll probably want to start doing those push-ups and crunches to get the Stacee Jaxx abs.

You’ll need…

  • Leather pants
  • Fur jacket (try Goodwill)
  • Sun glasses
  • Scarf
  • Belt buckle
  • Bandana
  • Fake Tattoos (unless you already have them)