Let’s Just Make a Wallet {DIY Story}

I am in the mood for a new wallet but I really need to be saving for the house.  Twenty dollars can be used for gas or groceries.

So, I’m not best at sewing but I enjoy doing it from time to time.  To be honest, anything that I make from Pinterest turns out to be crap.

When I sew, I typically don’t use a pattern because I hate having a piece of paper telling me what to do!

All I did was go on Pinterest and search for a couple of wallet patterns and free handed the whole project.  The wallet didn’t turn out AMAZING but it is workable and does what it needs to do.

Here are the results:

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SU8A3544  Next time I would make a few adjustment for a cleaner look but since I didn’t use a pattern and it’s my first wallet, I’m pretty proud!

—> Get crafty this weekend and make something! This will keep you entertain and save some money 🙂

Take a photo on Instagram of your craft and hashtag it #GGisCrafty!

I wanna see!! <—

P.S. Yes that is House of Cards on my screensaver!  BEST SHOW EVER!!!

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{Yogi Gear} DIY

So I have been practicing yoga for about a year and a half and it is the best thing the universe introduce me to.  It is a beautiful balance of zen and fitness.  Yoga truly helps the soul!

Well I am obsessed with yoga gear! I love going into stores and checking out all of their cute shirts.  The problem is that they are SO EXPENSIVE!  Why yummy cute clothes? Why do you have to be $40 a shirt?  I understand that they are made out of organic cotton and have special ink imported from India to make these shirts but this little lady needs to stay within a budget.

So what do I do? I make my own!

Believe it or not, it was super easy!

Just go onto Pinterest and search “DIY Tank Tops.”

There are many different styles, so choose which one that you think will look great for your body structure.

I bought my shirt at Target on sale! It only cost me $5.95 (plus 5% off with my Red Card)!

While I was out shopping, I stopped by Jo-Ann fabric to pick up a package of fabric adhesive paper.  Make sure it says machine wash! They are always offering 40% off on one regular price item!

Then I followed the directions to make my shirt and placed my favorite design on the shirt to make it my own!

Here are the results!

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Happy Yoga! May the new shirt bring you to a place of piece because you didn’t spend $40 on a shirt 🙂

The Weather Is Acting Like a Preteen…Doesn’t Know What It Wants To Do!

So I don’t have a lot of room to complain because I live in Florida.  Due to the crazy winter from up north, we are experiencing very fickle weather.

Here’s my tip for a cute outfit for when the weather decides to be a preteen!

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Here, I got a simple top from Forever 21! It’s a light sweater that will keep you warm but not over heat you if the sun decides to come out to play.  Keep the pants tight but stretchy.  I paired the top with a Michael Kors pants.

Here comes the thrify part!

I got the MK pants at Plato’s Closet for $19! The best part was that the tag was still on them (also they were a gift for dog sitting Zoey)!!

This outfit might seem a little simple, but hold on… there’s more! This is where you can get a little funky! SHOES!

Speaking of Zoey, she decided to do a little cameo during this shoot.  I love her but not all dogs are photogenic.  I hope this gives you a MAJOR laugh and also inspires you.

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(the best for last!)

Top- Forever 21 16.99

Pants- Michael Kors (Plato’s Closet) 19.00

Shoes- Marshalls 12.99

—> Please send some cute photos of you and your pets so that I an show Zoey how to pose for the camera!<—

Save On Your Favorite Exercise Class! April Fools! Just Kidding, it’s real!

So do you remember how I told you that I attend yoga, cycling classes and boot camp? It sounds expensive but in all honestly there are ways to get your work out in without killing over over spending.  An extra bonus is that the local companies will love you even more!

Here is my trick, making Groupon my best friend for gossip!

Let me explain!

So Groupon is a website where you are able to buy discounted goods and services.  Companies pay Groupon for marketing purposes.  That’s the thing, companies are PAYING to get your attention by making their items cheaper.  This is really good for up and coming business but in the long run it can hurt.  Well why should I care?

In my opinion, I believe that it is important to support local places especially companies that offer exercising classes.  I personally don’t like the gym and in all honestly, you will most likely build friendships and communities by attending a class.  Besides that, these fitness companies have so much to offer and just need your love for their services to spread the word about them.

So majority of the time, companies that offer fitness classes rather have you buy the services through them.

This is my tip:

Take the time to look at Groupon and see what services are offered.  Go to the actual place and ask if they rather have you pay through them or Groupon.  You are guarantee to get a deal because if you have the app on your phone, you can just purchase it right then and there if they say no.  It helps them as a company and you are paying less than just being a walk-in.

Exercise #health #coaching http://coachingportal.com/

(source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425449496019757223/)

Food Trucks and More

It happened! After three weeks of working out and eating healthy… I cheated! I think it’s healthy to cheat once and a while but honestly, I feel really guilty. THAT’S GOOD! This experience showed me that getting my health back is not a fad but I developed a habit!
I have to show you all the yummy goodness I ate at the food truck show!
Today, I went with my lovely mommy. We walked about for a bit trying to pick the best trucks. We found some interesting ones and very fancy trucks. Our favorite was The Cheesery! They serve our favorite combination! Cheese and bread! It was YUMMY! The only thing was that the grilled cheeses were rich. This helped me have some self control. I had half of a sandwich but I was very satisfied. HAPPIES!
We also got Crepes. That was something to die for. Think of a savory and sweet strawberry cheesecake in a crepe. THE BEST!
Enjoy a cheat day once and a while but you might be surprised that it might take more work to enjoy yummy bad foods. If you feel the way I do… Welcome to having a healthy lifestyle.

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How to Make a Meal Only 200-250 Calories…Wait What?

“Wait a minute Mandy Nicole, how?”

When I first started boot camp, the manager and I started talking about my diet and how awful it was.  She suggested to eat plenty of meat and vegetables.  That’s cool but I am a pescetarian (meaning I only eat fish and veggies).  She told me then eat plenty of fish and vegetables.

I don’t know how it is around your town but at my local grocery store, it can get a little pricy buying fish.  The manager suggested to purchase Atkins meal bars.

At first, I had my reservations because I thought the bars are known to taste like cardboard, too expensive and they weren’t filling enough.  BOY was I wrong!

An Atkins bar can have up to 200-250 calories and are very filling. Did I mention that chocolate lovers will absolutely love these bars!

Okay, let’s have a conversation about price.  That’s why I never bought these yummy goodness bars because I thought it would be too expensive. At my grocery store, a package of five bars is about $7.99.

Think about it, $7.99 for five bars which makes them come out to $1.60 each.  If you replace a meal with a bar, that makes it a $1.60 a meal.  I replace my dinners for an Atkins because I am usually done with an exercise class and don’t want to be too full before going to bed.  That’s five days of dinner you don’t have to worry about cooking for.

I personally like the Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

But mix it up! If you try any others and like them, please tell me in the comment box below!

What is your goal for this week?

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Photos: The Curator’s Zoo

#Goal20

I’M TURING 25 IN JULY AND I’M NOT GETTING YOUNGER!!

One thing I do not fond
is my weight.  Hey, I like carbs and eating out!

IT NEEDS TO STOP!

About a week ago, I bought a Groupon for Fit Body Boot Camp and was I surprised with my findings.

This place is pretty awesome because although I left depressed, the depression was used as a motivation to take my health back.  First I was asked to step on the scale.  I was not happy with that number but it wasn’t a surprised. I was filling myself with Starbucks lattes and their yummy sandwiches.  This lead to me gain 10 pounds in a month and a half! NOT GOOD! This lead my BMI to skyrocket! I was told if I reach a BMI of 40, I would be at risk of having a heart attack.  When I was born, I underwent heart surgery.  That’s why I had the reaction I did and grew a burning desire to change my life around.

I stated in the last post that my other goal is to loose weight.  I personally would like to loose around twenty pounds and keep it off!

But Mandy Nicole, eating healthy and buying exercise classes can be expensive and can that keep you from buying a house?

Trust me friend, I am well aware but there are some awesome tips I will be posting about how to budget your wallet  for your health and wellness.  If you don’t have your health, then there is no point of setting any goals for the future.  We have to start taking care of ourselves!

At the moment, I am attending cycling classes, yoga and boot camp.  It’s a lot of work but it is not hurting my wallet (thank goodness).  Stay tune for these helpful ideas.

For now, do you have any healthy goals? Let me know in the comment box below! How are you hitting your goals?

I also lost 5 pounds in one week!

 

Weight Goals: What Is a Healthy Weight for You?

(http://www.blendtec.com/blog/2013/09/18/weight-goals-what-is-a-healthy-weight-for-you/)