{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 🙂

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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

Welcome!

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Welcome to Glitter Goals!

I’m Mandy Nicole. Who am I?

Honestly, I am a young professional who likes to shop a lot!  AND I MEAN A LOT! I joined the work force about seven months ago and I am loving it! It has been a pretty exciting journey so far and I can’t wait for more adventures.

I am nearing my 25th birthday in July and it is a HUGE milestone. Why?

Well I’m turning a quarter of a century plus 25 just sounds so sophisticated.  It will be my second year in my career and I just have a really good feeling it will be a good year (knock on wood).

So this is why I started this blog! Turning 25 does not mean that I should not want more. Setting goals will help me achieve all the things I want in life.

Growing up, I moved many times to count.  This lead to me dreaming about owning a house at a very young age.  This is most likely because I need the knowledge of stability in life but non the less, it is what I want in life.  Since I live a progressive lifestyle, which means not marrying young, I can not rely on a second income to pursue this goal.  That is A-OKAY in my mind.

I am resigning my lease with my roommates this month. That means I have 12 months to achieve this new living space.

I live in a beautiful house with a couple and their dog Zoey.  They have great personalities but I have to admit, it can be a struggle with not having my own place.  I honestly believe this VERY TINY sacrifice will be very much worth it once I am able to purchase a house.  Maybe they can even live with me  🙂 Or maybe not.

So what brought upon this blog?

Well the name of this blog is Glitter Goals.  The reason for this is because I have a not so secret obsession for nice pretty things (i.e. make-up, jewelry, clothes, yummy foods, etc.)  Basically my interests are as the same as typical young female adults.  With my desires of owning a house very soon, there are some things I need to change, like my spending habits.  Okay, my spending habits are NOT THAT HORRIBLE (now that I started to control it) but by looking at my money map that is provided by my bank, there are some things that I can afford to change.  So this blog acts as both a place where I can keep myself accountable and where you as a reader can find money saving tips.

Let’s talk about the second part of the blog’s name, Goals.  I’m sure you will get bored with just reading about my goal in owning a house.  “Goals” represents all of the goals I want to achieve in life (loosing weight, love, traveling etc).  Once I own a house, I don’t want to stop conversing with you.

On that note, I have two goals (so far…) which are owning a house within a year and loosing weight (I’ll publish another post about this particular goal soon).

These are not going to be very easy tasks but it can be done! I am going to get personal about my struggles but also enjoy the achievements! This is why I would like for this blog to be interactive.  Friends, please leave a comment below about your number one goal that you want to see yourself achieving within the next year! Tell me about it by writing your stories in the comment box below.  Together we will get there and concur our wants in life!

Are you ready?

I am. 🙂

DAY ONE.

I want to leave you with this inspiring quote I found on Pinterest!

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