Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My weight loss plan and diet REVEAL

Good Morning everyone and Happy Wednesday aka HUMP day. :D I know its 12:00am but I am going to be super busy tomorrow so I wanted to post early as possible. I wanted to blog today about my Exercise plan and diet plan to show y'all what I do on a daily basis:

Le Diet-->
For Breakfast:
(I always follow portion sizes on the back of boxes)
this cereal is delicious, affordable, low on calories and a complex carb everything I look for 
& then I add a 1/2 cup of 1% or skim milk

For my late morning snack I usually eat one of these below :) NOM
They are SOOO yummy and def. a great pick me up snack and the dark chocolate has many health benefits PLUS only 90 cals.

Lunch: {i eat a late lunch due to classes}

These sandwich thins are amazing and I get them in WHOLE WHEAT for the complex carb attribute and toast it and add NATURAL peanut butter [it has less trans fats] & to top it off I have a serving of fruit with it

I usually eat leftovers if I have them but my dinners are pretty basic I love making pasta bc I am part Italian but I knew my italian cooking needed to change because it was a carb overload so I decided to try wheat noodles and whole grain! I LOVE IT and if you are good at cooking pasta you will not tell the difference i swear. 

So I'll make pasta and make sure it's portioned for two (my bf and I) and then ill have a lean meat with it like chicken or turkey. 
GREEN BEANS are always on hand in my house.

and if I am tempted for a late night snack it's 
RAW veggies:
-etc and I dip it in LOW FAT CREAM CHEESE

*DIET TIP: never buy fat free items always buy LOW FAT or LIGHT bc [the fat free has added sugar---don't believe me read the back of the labels that's why it's there]* I know all of this stuff because my lovely bf is  nutrition major and he has changed my life so much that I do not like fried food anymore! 

Le Work out--> 

I hit the gym at least 3 times a week but I shoot for 5...and when I do- man do I feel amazing! This is what i do every time I am there:

1st: I hit the elliptical for 30 minutes on incline and 2 resistance 
There is the beaut.

Then I do abs and push ups-
 3 sets of 20 for the abs and 15 push ups 

[push ups are hard to me! haha!]

Next I go to the weight machines and do the leg press 3 sets of 10 with the weight on 130lb and the but machine as i call it 3 sets of 5 with 150lb of weight (gets your butt perky and toned PROMISE)

Then I do the captains chair 3 sets of 20 of raising the leg- for those of you who do not know what the captains chair is i'll post this lil pic V 

Lastly I do the crotch machine (i know I sound stupid but I really forget the correct names of these machines haha)
I do 3 sets of 15 on the inside ones and outside ones 

and then I walk on the treadmill for 15 mins on 3.8 speed on 15 ALL THE WAY INCLINE. 

My weight goal:

132 lb. right now I am 141- and trust me I can't fit into my fav jeans so I am working really hard Birth control (CONTROLLED) my figure and cravings...but ladies it's MIND OVER MATTER!

Have a blessed morning/afternoon & night and this little saying via Pinterest for you to ponder on,


Life of Lu's GIVEAWAY!

Life of Lu is having an amazing give away...including cupcakes (yum) make up, magazines, coffee mugs, a cup cake recipe book etc. I love her blog!


UPDATE: Found the clutches & got a nude lipstick & the PUPPY

SO here is the deal. I found 2 clutches at express- thanks ladies for helping me...and I also found a gorgeous nude lipstick from Mac which is all the rave for the summer! :D Below are some pics of everything, Enjoy
Charley checkin' out momma's purchases

15$ :D from Express

From Express @$15

My NUDE lip color from MAC called 'Blankety' in love!

Someone loves the camera a lil too much


Have a blessed day! XOXO

Monday, January 30, 2012

In need of a clutch for my 21st:

Hey everyone- I have been on a desperate hunt for the perfect clutch. I feel like I have looked everywhere online and in stores... from Target to Tj maxx I have covered it all. PLEASE HELP ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND ANY CUTE CLUTCHES OR WRISTLETS IN THE PRICE RANGE OF 20-50... <3 Samantha 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Naughty Saturday Purchase!

SO this recent purchase aka attack of my bank account has been online shopping for shoes..and I stumbled upon Target...oh lord. But I got 4 pairs of shoes for just 83 $ including shipping & tax...HOW you might ask? Well let me tell you what I noticed: First off I am going to give you a little secret ALWAYS check websites banners to see shipping codes and deals. Target was fortunately having a deal where if you spent at least 75 dollars on clothes free 20% off and if you spend at least 50 dollars FREE shipping! I got so lucky because most of my shoes were on sale! Here are the shoes and prices as well as the links! Tell me what you think or if you have any awesome sale stories! :D 

These cute platform sandals you can get here for about $16 :D

These sexy and sophisticated Leopard platform pumps for just $29.99 :D

This chunky heel pump in a Coral color $29.99 :D

These adorable teal flats for only $19.99  :D

Tell me how you think I did? haha!

Friday, January 27, 2012

What I'm thankful for Friday:

My CUTE lil puppy Charley- he inspired my blog ;)

My sweet bf Sam <3

my wonderful friends...


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Whats Important to me: Etiquette

My mom raised me with extreme etiquette rules more than just saying excuse me, bless you, thank you, etc. But how to reciprocate, extend welcomes, thank you notes, host a guest in a your home, how to be a guest, how to be a listener, how to give gifts etc. I sometimes wonder where did it all go- a lot of people I know do not practice etiquette and it's highly frustrating to me. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people do not reciprocate. Anyways I just know that a lot of my followers are from the South so they would appreciate this website I am posting. It's called Emily's Post Etiquette Daily. It has all kinds of tips to know what to do in certain uncomfortable situations or the POLITE OR the correct etiquette. Sometimes I don't know the right way to handle awkward business situations so I always use this site. ;D 

(this is a cute way for a couple to say thanks for their wedding gifts!)


"Never be angered or hurt by someone not accepting your kindness at least the seed was planted"
- quote from my mom 



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday:

My first WILW link up.

Right now I am obsessed with grilled chicken salads I make my own dressing and my own rub for the chicken they both are based with Rustic Seasonings (I bought mine from TJ MAXX)

This movie was recommended to me by my mother- It's amazing especially if you're a follower of Christ. It was so eye opening to me and I hope each one of you takes the time to rent it from Red Box and maybe Netflix. 

This wine has been the tastiest Riesling I have had in a long time. It's crisp, but sweet but not OVERBEARINGLY sweet! It's super girly too and looks like a Lilly Pulitzer print so that's  plus. ;) All you ladies should try this if you like white wines.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Liebster Blog AWARD!

Special thanks to Live, Laugh, Love  for giving me this award!

Liebster in German means dear, beloved or favorite, and is for bloggers with under 200 followers.

The rules are as follows:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.
5. Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog.

My choices for the Liesbter Blog Award are:


Monday, January 23, 2012

Color Crush: Pink & Yellow!

This is my current color crush and it's pink and yellow- which makes me totally happy and bubbly feeling!

And above this precious cup cake! :D 

Have a wonderful day everyone! XOXO

Sunday, January 22, 2012


So- tonight is a big deal for me because I live with a 49ers fan AKA my boyfriend Sam. He has been a loyal fan of them since he was little. After I got a shellac manicure {LUCKY ME} I decided to do a little something special for Sam. I decided to cook him Superbowl food... incase the 49ers don't make it to the super bowl. I decided to make him his favorite meals/appetizers I make. I made him: Buffalo Chicken dip with Multigrain Tostito Chips, Macaroni and Cheese [multi-grain] Velveeta brand. We are really keen on not eating any white bread products, I BOUGHT him fried chicken from Food Lion (YUM), and his absolute favorite my Sausage Balls! 
Below are some pictures of the Sunday fun-day I created as well as the recipes!!! :D 

This above is the FAMOUS in my family SAUSAGE BALL 
-1lb of Jimmy Dean sausage (or any brand you love) REGULAR 
-1 cup of Sharp cheddar chz
-1 cup of bisquick pancake mix
Method: Mix with your hands the cheese, sausage, and bisquick all together and place the balls on wax paper on a baking pan (to prevent sticking). 
{Yep- EASIEST recipe and YEP men think you slaved hours in the kitchen over it!!! HEHE!)

 This above is the DELICIOUS Buffalo Chicken Dip (YUM) 
-1 cup of hot sauce (any kind you like)
- 1 hearty squirt of ranch dressing
- 1 hearty squirt of blue cheese dressing
- 1/2 cup of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 1/2 chicken breast diced and cooked
-1 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
Mix all of the spices and cheeses up in a big mixing bowl. Add the chicken. Put in a baking pan of your size, top with the cheese and bake for 14 minutes on 375. [easy recipe and takes barely any time- and once again your man will think you are God. At least mine does hahah!

 for the boy... 
for ME! <3

Let me know if y'all have any questions!!!! XOXO

GOOOOO 49ers!!!!!!!!!!! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My TOP 5 Candies:

So right now I have a MAJOR sweet tooth! So bare with me. I am going to list my top 5 candies:
  1. Gummy Bears: I love Gummy bears they are sooooo delicious! I don't have a favorite brand I love them all!
  2. Twizzlers: These candies are not too fattening in M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N. This is my go to candy for movies
  3. Swedish Fish: HAHA I know I put up a picture of the Pinnacle Vodka {Swedish Fish} flavor but it is a real cocktail I really wanna try because I loooooove this candy! So sweet and chewy!
  4. Tootsie Pops: I love these lolly pops! Its the perfect mix of chocolate and fruity!
  5. Circus Nuts: EVERYONE I know hates these but since I was a little girl I've loved these!

What are your favorite Candies?

Friday, January 20, 2012

His Diamond and Mine Give AWAY!

My blog buddy Katie @ His Diamond and Mine is having her FIRST giveaway! YAY! Below is a picture of her and her giveaway! 

Check her out and look at the lovely monogrammed purse!!! I hope I win it!!!!!

Thanks Katie!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

NEW button & NEW banner!

I finally have a BUTTON and I now have a BANNER! I am so happy and so excited about it! Katie my blog buddy @ His Diamond and Mine basically made the HTML for my button and I figured the banner out myself by using the blog site The Cutest Blog on the Block! Everyone check out Katie and that site both are really nice and have cute blogs!!!!

Have a blessed day- I will be posting smoky eye and brow tutorial Friday night! 


Breaking in NEW shoes! (Problem)

Who hates breaking in brand new shoes? 
The worst is breaking in brand new BOOTS! OWWWW!
I am currently walking around the house in my new boots from Shoe Dazzle I will show you a picture of them from below. 
Shoe Dazzle is an awesome website to get shoes! I love it so much! I just bought two pairs from there and they are only 39.95 each time and it doesn't have to be a monthly thing. But these babies are giving my toes a run for their money. They are so narrow and I guess I do not have a narrow foot haha!

Have a wonderful night! XOXO

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Asking fellow bloggers for help TUESDAY! haha!

Hey Everyone reading,
I am going to sound a little dumb but I really want to make a button for my blog and I have something in mind. I will post the kinda gist I want for my button and was wondering if anyone was willing to help me figure out how to put it into a button for my blog. Help would be greatly appreciated. Love you all!

*I know it's simple but I was trying to figure out how to do it haha PLEASE HELP!*

Monday, January 16, 2012

I was TAGGED!!!

Hey! So I was officially tagged by the beautiful Carolina Queen! 
Here is how tagging works:
If you are tagged you must {State 11 facts about yourself and answer the questions the person who tagged you in the post. You must also tag another 11 people and let them know you did it with another set of questions...ENJOY!

11 Facts about ME:
  1. I wear glasses but only to DRIVE at night and at LECTURES 
  2. I would love to be married by 25 and if I had kids to start at 28! Those ages seem so perfect to me!
  3. I am turning 21in {24} days!!! YAY!!!! I will be drinking RUM!
  4. I just purchased a MAC for the first time EVER! :) 
  5. My middle name is Lynn and it's my mom's as well.
  6. I am absolutely in love with Mexican food! It is so YUM!
  7. I always wear two rings {a David Yurman one from my mom & a Citrine and Diamond stone one from Sam} I feel so weird without them.
  8. I get really annoyed with ungrateful people and naggy Host at house get togethers 
  9. I just recently high-lighted my hair! I now feel like I do not have to tan so much.
  10. When it rains I get very sad for some reason or I get unmotivated!
  11. FINALLY- my favorite color is yellow but it's sometimes awkward to wear in the winter.
Carolina Queen's Questions to ME:
  1.  Are you a PC or Mac person? BOTH I have had both and so far they both have been pretty good for me!
  2. If you are at a bar what drink do you usually order? Panty droppers & rum and coke! :D 
  3. What color is your nails right now? A shade of pink from the OPI Sephora collection- so girly.
  4. What are your top 3 beauty products? My Argan oil for the hair, Urban Decay eye shadow primer and Loreal felt tip eye liner.
  5. What do you usually eat for lunch? Either left overs or I'll make a lean cuisine.
  6. Heels or flats? HEELS- :D I absolutely adore heels I have over 20 pairs and cherish each one. I am a shoe freak. I might be tall to some girls but it doesn't stop me I'm almost 5'7 and my bf is 6'4 so it doesn't matter!
  7. Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what's your favorite? Yes I am  I have a Keurig and my favorite flavor is the Donut shop ones! It taste like the Dunkin Donuts coffee. 
  8. Is there a fashion trend you wish you could pull off? Oh yeah- I wish I could pull off the cute biker booties but I do not think I am edgy enough for it.
  9. What is the first thing you notice about people? I first notice if they are cocky or not- if someone is really cocky it truly bothers me and I cannot stand to be near them.
  10. Why were you given your name? (Family name?) I was given the name Samantha by my mom who claimed the prettiest girl in high school who had anorexia was named Samantha and my mom promised her she would name her first daughter after her {my mom was pregnant in high school }
  11. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I saw my friend Jackie blogging and thought it seemed so much fun and I had a lot of ideas and thought I could help someone else out!

MY (11) Questions to who I tag:

1. What is your favorite brand of perfume?
2. What is your favorite online shopping website?
3. What three things can you not leave the house without?
4. What is one thing you wish you had right now?
5. Do you believe in any kind of faith? If so what?
6. Do you have a dog if so what kind?
7. What is your dream career if you have it what is it?
8. What is your favorite meal you can cook?
9. What is your favorite magazine?
10. What is your biggest fear?
11. What is the best diet you have ever tried?

People who I tagged: 

 Stephanie @ BEAUtiful Mess
Jenna  @ Eat Drink Pretty 
Brynn @ Being Brynn
Valerie @ Along the way with V & J
Allie @ Conquering the World One Rhinestone at A Time.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Decorative Style and my RELAXING MLK Weekend!

This picture is of the couch and pillows I would die to have in either my bedroom or my living room! Absolutely posh! They are all from Pier 1 Imports. I love this store and currently just applied to work there part-time as well. I like the look and color scheme it reminds me of Chic & Peaceful which is actually what my boyfriend and I's bedroom is kind of like now! Tell me what you think!
I wish I picked interior design as my major and communication as my elective I looooove designing bedrooms and decorating everything from kitchens to dining room tables! Have any of y'all regretted picking your majors?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Morning for Me and Dwelling on things...

This song completely describes my life at this very moment...I hope you guys can connect to it in one way or another or at least get to know me a little more. Mike Snow "Animal" 
This is a picture from my Grandparent's river cottage in Matthews County, VA. I love it.

When I listen to this song I literally just want to blast it SOOOO loud! I love it. Mike Snow is a good artist!

"am I free or am I tied up?" 

Nobody knows it but me... :)

Have a good Saturday XOXO