{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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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.

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#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/)

 

Challenge: #GGRENEW; Katie’s Birthday!

YAY! It is Katie’s birthday! Happy birthday kitty cat!

So here is the back story.  I was Katie’s intern at 93.3 FLZ two summers ago and ever since then, we have been amazing friends.  I pretty much owe this girl everything because I wouldn’t be who I am with out her.  She basically taught me to not take disrespect from anyone.  Thanks girl!!!

It’s her birthday and we planned to go out for sushi.  YUM!

During the day, I did not go to any classes because today was my rest and cheat day.  That probably wasn’t the greatest idea to do both on the same day.  Good job Mandy Nicole. That’s okay because when Monday comes, I will go hard again! I promise this is not an excuse.

Anyways, we go out for some yummy sushi and of course there was CAKE! I ate it.  It was SO good.  You know what, I am so happy that I ate it because I am not craving any sweets! It’s all about moderation.

Now that I justified my cheat and rest day, lets talk about the outfit.

I took the challenge of not buying a new outfit.  Why? Because I have some cute clothing items that I thought could be put together (also, I sort of bought a new bathing suit top for the weekend extravaganza).  This was before I started this blog! See …I’m changing.

Ok, about this outfit.  I have to say, I felt pretty confident in it and when you have that certain feeling, it usually means you are going to have a good night. And that it was …a good night! Katiesbirthday

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1. Sea Foam Green Necklaces- Forever 21 12.99

2. Lace Crop Top- Pac Sun Outlet 15.00

3. Maxi Skirt- Marshalls 12.00

4. Tan Heals- Payless (on sale) 13.00

GRAND TOTAL: 52.99 (not including the purse)

That is 52.99 (not including the purse) I did not have to spend for this weekend!

—->  Challenge Time! I want to see your best outfit that you can find in your closet for your night out this weekend.  I know you can! If I can stop the desire of buying a new outfit, YOU CAN TOO!

Post your photos on the comment box below or on Instagram with the hashtag #GGrenew!

Inspire me and you and your outfit might be feature on a post 😉

Happy findings! <—–

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!

Vision

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