Weekend Essentials

This post is sponsored by the Her Campus Shop. Thank you to the Her Campus Shop for providing me with the products pictured below in order to make this post possible. All opinions are my own.

Yay for weekends! Two days to do anything you want. I'm here today sharing what you need so you can have the best weekend ever!

Baseball Hats
Baseball hats are a necessity because who the hell has enough time/ambition to wash their hair on the weekend?! I love my GRL PWR baseball hat and how many compliments I get on it! You can buy it HERE.

Coffee is a daily necessity for me, not just a weekend essential. However, on weekends I sometimes like to go out for coffee to reward myself for a successful week. I either hit up Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts for a yummy fix. My personal faves are caramel iced coffee and iced caramel macchiatos. And yes, I'm one of those people who drinks iced coffee year round even when it's freezing! If you're ballin on a budget though, some of my favorite make-at-home coffees are Starbucks Breakfast Blend roast and Starbucks Vanilla K-Cups. I love to pair these with the Coffeemate Naturals Vanilla Creamer!

Good Movies
A weekend just isn't a successful weekend without binge watching movies or Netflix for at least part of a day. I'm currently watching Grey's Anatomy for the third time, and I'm obsessed. I always seem to struggle finding good movies on Netflix. I usually end up spending way too much time googling "good Netflix movies" and never end up finding one. They have a good selection of Disney movies though, if you're into that! If you can't find a good movie on Netflix, I'd recommend streaming one or hitting up your local Redbox to see what's new.

One of my favorite parts of the weekend is being able to relax and have a drink with friends. It is absolutely necessary for me to have cute can coozies or wine glasses when I drink. I LOVE these can coozies by the Her Campus Shop (links HERE)! They really help step up my Instagram game. Here's a little life hack that I recently learned - Aldi has bottles of wine for like $3 and they taste AMAZING. Like, I prefer the taste of my $3 Aldi wine more than the $20 bottle in my fridge. Even if you're not 21 or don't drink, grab a virgin pina colada or a soda with one of these adorable can coozies!

Going along with good movies, a MoviePass is a huge essential for me. Basically, you pay $10 a month and you can go see any movie in almost any movie theater for free. It's limited to one per day. This has seriously changed my life. Going to movies is such a fun weekend activity! I love being able to go see movies that I'm not sure will be good without worrying that I'm going to waste my money on it. It also makes for a great cheap date night! Or you can go alone, if that's your thing. I just saw the new Fifty Shades movie and love it. I definitely recommend going to see it if you can.

A Good Pair of Sweats
I live in sweatpants, especially on the weekend. Sometimes I have to make myself look slightly more presentable though, so I love wearing joggers or more fitted sweatpants and leggings. It's slightly embarrassing, but I categorize my sweats into two categories: "home" sweats and "going out in public" sweats. Below are some of my favorites!

Thank you again to the Her Campus shop for working with me on this post. You guys know that I only work with brands I genuinely love, and I love the Her Campus shop! They have super awesome merch that empowers women and is perfect for college students. Everything on their website is extremely affordable too, which I love! If I haven't convinced you to check out their shop yet, you can use my code jordanhebl for 10% off your order! You can check out their website HERE. Leave a comment down below and tell me what your weekend essentials are!

Fitness Fridays: 10 Healthy Snack Ideas

When you're running around between work and all of your other commitments, it's really hard to make healthy snack choices. I know this first-hand. I'm here today to share some healthy snack ideas that will hopefully make your life a little easier! Some of these need to be "prepared", but some of them are my go-to favorites straight from the grocery store! I'm not a nutritionist or a dietician, but from my own personal research I think these are pretty healthy options. In no particular order...

Annie's Cheddar Bunnies
I made the switch from Goldfish to these. I'm sure these aren't the healthiest thing in the entire world, but the way it see it, they are better than eating a bag of potato chips. They're the perfect crossover between Whales and Goldfish and they are made with organic ingredients.
Avocado Toast
I looooooove avocados. There are a few variations of avocado toast that I really like. The first one is just basic whole wheat toast with an avocado on top. I also really love putting an avocado on top of a bagel! My favorite bagels to do this with are everything bagels. To make it a little healthier, you can use a bagel thin. My secret to avocado-anything is using garlic salt on top.

There are so many ways you can eat apples. My favorite kind is Honeycrisp. I like to eat them either plain or sliced up with some peanut butter. One of my favorite things about apples is that they are super inexpensive and easy to find - every grocery store sells them! A little tip - keeping your apples in the fridge makes them last way longer.

Smoothies are another super versatile snack or meal idea. There are literally thousands of different smoothie recipes out there. Check out Pinterest if you need some ideas. I don't usually follow a recipe, I just throw in some fresh or frozen fruit with some yogurt and juice. Smoothie bowls are another delicious snack! Make your smoothie a little bit thicker and add some fresh fruit and granola to the top. I also like to add Chia seeds and agave syrup.

Chips + Salsa
The "health factor" of this lies in the kind of chips and salsa you eat. Salsa is made of vegetables, so it contains lots of healthy goodness! Check out Trader Joes or Whole Foods for some healthier chip options. This is the perfect snack to satisfy your salt cravings!
Muffins are such a great on-the-go breakfast or snack. I found THIS recipe on Pinterest that I tried out and they are super yummy! These are actually really easy to make. You throw all the ingredients into a blender and pop them into a mini muffin tin and bake at 375 for 12 minutes. You need 2 medium bananas, 1 cup of plain greek yogurt, 2 large eggs, 2 cups of rolled oats, 2-3 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Throw a few in your backpack before you leave for class and you have a super easy snack in case you get hungry!

Wraps are another great snack/lunch idea. Again, there are so many ideas on Pinterest for these. Start with a whole grain wrap or tortilla and add whatever you want inside! I like to add chicken, cheese, avocado. I really want to try out THIS buffalo chicken wrap recipe from Pinterest. 
Oatmeal or Yogurt with Fruit
Both oatmeal and yogurt are healthy snack ideas. Adding fruit on top makes them extra healthy. Try to pick an oatmeal that doesn't have a ton of extra added sugar. For yogurt, I love greek yogurt. I love to add raspberries, strawberries, bananas, and pineapple to mine.
Cheese is one of those things that's good for you in moderation. Cheese is high in protein and calcium, but it can be a high calorie snack. Try to stick to low-fat cheese and don't eat a whole block in one sitting. My favorite kind to snack on is cheddar! I cube up some before I leave for the day and stick it in my lunch box.

Protein Bars
I have tried my fair share of protein bars. I love that you can just keep these in your backpack and your car in case you get hungry. My all time favorite is the peanut butter cookie Larabar. I also really like the new Kind Protein Bars. I have found it pretty hard to find good protein bars, so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

The best way to make healthy choices is to read labels. A good rule of thumb to go by is if something has a bunch of ingredients you can't pronounce, you probably shouldn't eat it (or at least only eat a little) I'll admit, I'm not a super healthy person. I have found that I spend a lot of time snacking during the day, so opting for some of these choices leaves me feeling healthy all day long! What are your go-to healthy snacks? Leave a comment letting me know!

Sephora Play! Box: January 2018

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I received my January Play! Box and I'm super excited to try out the products inside. The theme of this box is "Happy You Year." It's focus is all about hydration, which is perfect since my skin is so dry it's about to fall off. In some of the boxes I've gotten, I have received products that I'd gotten in previous months or owned already. I love trying new things, so boxes that contain all new products are much more exciting to me! I have never tried any of the products in this box. It contains some of my favorite brands like Glamglow and Fresh. My favorite products from this box are the toner and the eye cream. I thought it would be fun to start including a price breakdown of the items I get each month. This box is only $10, so it's interesting to see the value you receive! Read on for price breakdowns and product descriptions.

-Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer: Retail Value: $5.46
"Non-greasy primer/moisturizer hybrid creates a perfectly hydrated canvas with hyaluronic acid."
-Alterna Haircare Shampoo + Conditioner: Retail Value: $2.00
"A luxe shampoo infused with caviar that restores moisture to dry, dull hair."
-Glamglow Supercleanse Cleanser: Retail Value: $3.20
"Unique foaming cleanser uses a blend of three charcoals to draw out toxins without stripping essential moisture."
-Fresh Rose Floral Toner: Retail Value: $2.82
"Rosewater-infused facial toner that hydrates while it softens and refreshes skin."
-Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream: Retail Value: $5.30
"Powerful under-eye cream that brightens and moisturizes with peptides."
-Lancome Cils Booster XL: Retail Value: $9.39
"Conditioning primer preps lashes for smooth mascara application and a boost of drama."

Total Value of Box: $28.17

Shop the box here:

3 Easy + Cheap DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

Hey friends! I'm back today with a super exciting post. I am a sucker for Valentine's Day - it's one of my favorite holidays. I'm a really creative person but I'm also on a college student budget, and sometimes that makes it difficult to spoil the people I love. I had so much fun putting together this post of 3 super easy DIY Valentine's Day Gits. Handmade gifts like these are often much more memorable than something that was purchased in a store. The best part is, these DIYS are really inexpensive and quick to make if you are last minute like me. You can even modify these ideas to use for Christmas or birthdays!

Gift #1
The first gift idea follows this basic structure: wine glass, gift card, beauty product, wine, and fuzzy socks. There are tons of different variations you can make to this and you can spend as little or as much as you'd like on each item. Package all of these together in a cute little bag and you have the most perfect gift for a friend or family member! Here's how I made my DIY wine glass:
-Plain stemless wine glass. They sell these at Target and Amazon!
-Scrap paper and a pencil
-Pastel colored paint. I got mine at Joanns. Make sure it is a kind of paint that is made for glass. The brand I got is FolkArt. This paint is dishwasher safe after is has been cured!
-White paint pen. Make sure this is oil based and made for glass. I used a Sharpie one from Joanns.
-Hair dryer (optional)

1. Sketch out your design on scrap paper. Once you have your design to your liking, stick it inside of the wine glass.
2. Use your pastel paint first. I had to do about 6 coats of this pink paint to get it to the opacity I liked. This paint needs to be cured in an oven in order to be dishwasher safe. The directions for this are on the FolkArt website.
3. I used a hair dryer to dry the paint in between coats. This step is optional, but it sure does speed up the process.
4. Use your white paint pen to outline the design and add any finishing touches. I also used the hair dryer in between coats of this. I did 3 coats.

Here's a price breakdown for the gift that I put together:
-Lip Gloss: $5 (you can find really inexpensive name brands at TJ Maxx)
-Fuzzy Socks: $2
-Starbucks Gift Card: $5
-Wine Glass: $1
-Paint for Wine Glass: $6
-Wine: $3 (this is from Aldi, it's so good and cheap!)
Total Price: $22

Gift #2
The basic structure for this second gift is: planner, pens, pencil pouch, small notepads. The Dollar Spot at Target is a gold mine for finding inexpensive planning accessories. 

Here's a price breakdown for the gift that I put together:
-Planner: $20 at Target, or you can find cheaper ones on Amazon!
-Ban.do Pencil Pouch: $6 (I got mine at Starbucks)
-Bic Intensity Pens: $3
-Weekly Planner pad: $3 (from the Target Dollar Spot)
-Daily Tasks Notepad: $3 (from the Target Dollar Spot)
Total Cost: $35

Gift #3
This gift is the perfect idea for any guy in your life. Guys are super hard to shop for on any occasion. Pair this DIY travel coffee mug with some food and a movie and gift card and you have a perfect gift! The basic structure of this gift is: coffee mug, candy, snack food, movie, and gift card. Here's how I customized this coffee mug:

-Travel Coffee Cup (I got mine at Walmart)
-CraftSmart Paint Pen

1. Sketch out your design on scrap paper first.
2. Lightly sketch your design onto your cup with a pencil.
3. Trace over it with your black paint pen! I did two coats. I let it dry for about a day and then it was perfect!

Here's a price breakdown for the gift that I put together:
-Gift Card: I did $25, but you could do any amount!
-DVD: You can find these in the $5 bin at Walmart
-Bag of Candy: $3
-Beef Jerky: $4
-Cup: $10
-Paint Pen to make cup: $3
Total Cost: $50

January 2018 Favorites

This year already seems to be flying by. When I was reviewing my blog goals for 2018, I decided I was going to continue doing monthly favorites posts. I always enjoy reading about other people's favorites and finding new products to try out! What are your thoughts on favorites posts, yay or nay? Here's what I was loving in January:
  • Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. When the Fenty Beauty line came out I was so excited to try out some new products! This gloss bomb lip gloss is amazing. I usually hate lip gloss because of how sticky it is, but this isn't sticky at all! It's such a pretty color for everyday wear.
  • Sigma Brush Set. I typically use Mac brushes but I was ready to try something new. I picked up a Sigma brush set at TJ Maxx for super cheap (compared to Sigma's website). I am obsessed with these brushes! They are so soft and make for flawless application.
  • Fenty Beauty Matte Setting Powder. I just finished up my NARS setting powder so I thought I would pick up a new one to try. I am super impressed with this powder. I think I might love it even more than the NARS one.

  • Bunny Slippers. If you know me you know that I love bunnies. Bunny videos, bunny memes, actual bunnies, and bunny-themed clothes. These slippers are from Kohls and they make me so happy!
  • Gap Girlfriend Jeans. I am not a jeans person. I've been searching for the perfect pair of jeans for so long and I finally found them at Gap. I love their Girlfriend jeans! I have them in four different washes. This month I was loving my black pair.
  • Bath Robe. I've never really owned or used bathrobes. However, I got two bathrobes for Christmas so I decided it was time to try it out. I am actually obsessed with them! It's so nice to be able to sit in a robe after I shower instead of having to struggle with putting on clothes.
  • Water Aerobics Classes. I recently got a gym membership so I've been taking lots of fitness classes. My mom and I do a water aerobics class twice a week and I love it. I used to think water aerobics were for old people, but the class I'm in is super intense and is such a good workout!
  • Annie's Cheddar Bunnies. These are a staple in my pantry. I always crave cheese and these are a somewhat healthy fix for that.
  • Heated Blanket. Wisconsin is freezing and since I'm ballin on a budget, my house is too. Heated blankets are a necessity to get me through the cold winters. 
There you have it for my January favorites! What were you loving in January?!

Fitness Friday: 20 Tips to a Healthier You

This post is in collaboration with SECO sportswear. Thank you SECO sportswear for sending me product to feature in this post. All opinions are my own.

Developing a healthy lifestyle is a lot easier than you think! Taking small steps and making little changes will help make a big impact on your life. If you’re young like me, it’s especially important to start taking care of your body to help live a long, healthy life. Here are 20 quick tips that you can implement to have a healthier lifestyle.

1. Drink more water
2. Take the stairs
3. Buy new workout clothes to motivate yourself
4. Swap out white bread for wheat or whole grain
5. Write in a journal
6. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier
7. Take a workout class
8. Pack your lunch for work
9. Use smaller plates and bowls to work on portion control
10. Don’t skip breakfast
11. Take a multivitamin
12. Swap out one sugary Starbucks drink a week for black coffee
13. Stop eating out more than once a week
14. Use an app to track your food intake and exercise
15. Freeze grapes for an easy snack
16. Plan your weekly meals
17. Workout with a friend
18. Keep healthy snacks at your desk
19. Wear sunscreen every day
20. Read nutrition labels

Though they seem like small, insignificant changes, implementing a few of these tips into your life will have you feeling great. I can admit that I do not do all of these things, but I am looking forward to working towards a healthier lifestyle with some of these tips.

Thank you so much to SECO Sportswear for working with me on this post. The cute blue headband I'm wearing above can be purchased HERE. If you’re looking to add some high quality pieces to your workout collection, be sure to check out their website HERE. They have headbands, leggings, tops, and more! I am seriously obsessed with my SECO Sportswear workout headband! It keeps all of the hair out of my face and keeps sweat from getting into my eyes. Plus, it’s super cute! I can’t wait to add more SECO Sportswear to my workout collection.

12 Things + Grand Cayman

In celebration of my upcoming return trip to Grand Cayman, I thought it would be fun to share a few throwback pictures from my visit last year. If I've said it once, I've said it 100 times - Grand Cayman is my favorite place in the world, and I definitely think you need to go there at least once in your life. If you want to read my full travel diary, check it out HERE. Here’s 12 things in the meantime:

1. I turned 22 last week and I feel sooooo old. I had a really awesome birthday week/weekend spent with my family and friends. I am so grateful  for this life I have.

2. I completed my very first sponsored post last week with the Her Campus Shop, an online store that I seriously love. You can read my post HERE! I'm really proud of it.

3. School starts back up again today and it's stressing me out. Wednesdays are going to be super long for me. I work 8.5 hours then spend 1 hour driving to Whitewater to spend 2.5 hours in class to spend another 1.5 hours driving home. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

4. Only 54 more days until I leave for Grand Cayman! I am seriously so excited. The crystal clear water and white sand beaches are calling my name.

5. I really need a new car. Madi was nice enough to let me drive her car for a few weeks since she gets 24 miles per gallon and I literally get 10. She's going back to school soon though so that means it's time for me to start shopping for a new car.

6. I've been going to the gym a lot the last few months and to be totally honest, I hate it. Madi and I are doing the Kayla Itsines BBG program and it’s kicking my butt. I am also doing a bi-weekly series here on the blog called Fitness Friday that focuses on workouts, food, and fitness clothing/brands I love!

7. I am obsessed with the new Starbucks Blonde Espresso. My all-time favorite drink from Starbucks is an iced Caramel Macchiato. It is so amazing with blonde espresso. It’s sweeter and less bitter. I usually only get 2 shots of regular espresso, but with blonde espresso I get three. I highly recommend trying out the blonde espresso in your favorite drink next time you’re there.

8. I have been loving my Apple Watch lately. I wasn’t sure if I would love it but so far I really do. My favorite features are the calorie tracker and the sleep tracker. I’ve had sleep issues for years so it’s really interesting to see a breakdown of how much deep sleep I’ve gotten and my heart rate throughout the night. The only thing about the watch that annoys me is how often it has to be charged. I can’t charge it at night because I like to have it track my sleep, so I have to find time during the day to charge it which can be a challenge.

9. I’ve been rewatching some shows on Netflix lately since I haven’t found a new one I love. I’m currently rewatching Grey’s Anatomy and Parks and Rec. I just finished Shooter and that was sooo good. I can’t wait until the next season comes out. What are your Netflix recommendations?!

10. My favorite app lately is Shopkick. I’ve earned a $25 gift card in the last month with this app and it required almost no effort! Basically, you get “kicks” when you walk into certain stores and even more kicks when you scan certain items in the store. It’s that easy! Once you get to a certain number of kicks, you can cash them out for a gift card. They have so many gift card choices! I usually get Target or Starbucks. This isn’t sponsored, I just love the app so much! It’s a great way to make some extra cash in college. You can download Shopkick HERE.

11. I’ve really been craving soup lately. I have never tried making it myself, but I don’t imagine it would be that hard in a Crockpot. I’d love to know your favorite soup recipes! Lately I’ve just been buying it from restaurants or canned at Walmart. I really like the Idaho Potato soup mix too.

12. I can’t believe the first month of 2018 is almost gone. It always goes by way too fast. So far I’ve had a great year, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2018 holds!
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