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 🙂

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/

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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

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! <—–