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Coconut Protein Bites

Well, we’re officially one month post breakup. Things are starting to feel somewhat normal again. Praise be! This was my first “real” relationship (and looking back that’s a big reason why I stuck around for so long) and subsequently my first breakup. Ended up being a lot more complicated and exhausting that I ever imagined. There is a bright side to this though. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Finding the joy in little things that I had lost over the last year.  It’s crazy how you can wrap yourself up in something so tightly and then lose sight of who YOU are and what YOU love to do. My health declined, I was constantly exhausted, and workouts were a thing of the past. But now that I’ve got time to focus on me and what makes me happy again – getting back into running is at that the top of that list. As always with me time and longer than life to-do lists make that hard. But quick and easy recipes like today’s for Coconut Protein Bites make it easy to fuel up post run or grab a…

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Pool Break

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. #PickYourPepper #Walmart Y’all! I’m happy to announce that I’m officially moved into the new place AND unpacked. Well, except for three boxes in my bedroom. Still waiting on a new dresser to arrive, and that shipment is taking a minute. Everything else though? In its proper home. For right now. This is my first solo apartment so I know I’ll continue to move and adjust things as I settle in and add to my ever-growing collection. Currently in the market for a TON of new art to hang on the walls, so help a brother out! Where should I start the search? Keep in mind, I have roughly 13 foot walls. Meaning I have a lot of ground to cover. Especially as all the art from my old place barely even covers a third of the main wall in my living room. A few friends recommended looking into turning things like shower curtains or draperies into large wall art, and I’ve got to say – I’m a fan. Mostly because I have so much wall space to cover that I…

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Gear Upgrade

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KEH and contains affiliate links, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Well, my first ever DSLR served me VERY well for several years. In fact, it would’ve kept serving me for many to come, but there comes a time in everyone’s career when it’s time for an upgrade. Which is why I’m very excited to team up with KEH Camera today to walk through their trade-in process. They make the process of trading in and upgrading your photography gear SO simple and easy. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes to complete, and by the end of it you have a shipping label to send your old gear in with. They literally couldn’t make the process any more simple. Ready to take your photos to the next level? Then let’s jump in! Head to KEH.com. Navigate to the “Sell Gear” tab. Enter the name or Model # of your old gear. Click “Sell to KEH”. Enter in your info. Print off your packing and shipping labels. Then the sell process is complete! Once all of that’s done you can either schedule a Fedex pickup or drop it off at…

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Tan Fresco Tan Verde, Patron Cocktail Recipe

Patron The Summer

Howdy all! Is it just me or is Summer seriously flying by? It feels just like yesterday that I was in Nashville, and here we are halfway through July. I guess it’s true what they say, time does fly when you’re having fun. Anyways, if y’all remember (and follow along on Instagram) I was in Nashville with Patrón to kick off their #PatronTheSummer tour last month. And today I’m sharing a delicious spicy tequila cocktail created by a Nashville legend perfect for celebrating those dog days of Summer. Because there’s no better way to cool off than with an ice-cold cocktail or two. Which is why I’m excited to have partnered with Patrón for today’s post. So without further adieu, let’s dive head first into a new favorite riff on a classic.  The Tan Fresco Tan Verde brings the heat while also managing to be perfectly refreshing. Meaning it’s the perfect drink for just about every occasion. Hence why it’s been on repeat at my house over the last few weeks, especially for those days spent by the pool. Now for the coolest part of this whole story! Over the last year 3 years Patrón has gathered flavor trends from millions…

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Tips on Staying Hydrated

 Hot weather is here to stay y’all! And I’m not mad about it. Especially since the new pad has a pool, and I’m quickly becoming a regular after lunch time. Since no one (literally not a single soul) is ever there before 5 o’clock during the week. Perks of working from home are real – seriously. Other perks of working from home include always remembering to drink plenty of water. But when I’m traveling or out running errands? I’l be the first to admit that I’m not the best at remembering to drink water. Looking at you coffee!  I’ve not drank soda (minus in mixed drinks) in years. Actually, since I was about 13-14. A friend of mine helped get me out of the bad habit, and I’ve not looked back since. So drinking water isn’t the issue. It’s remembering to do it once my schedule gets hectic, and I’m away from home. Now let me tell you, I can 100% tell whenever I’ve not been drinking enough water. How? Because my energy levels drop, I have a hard time concentrating, and I’m constantly getting off task. Used to think that meant I needed more coffee, but boy was I…

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