Swanson Health Products Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Swanson Health Products. All opinions are my own.

When I was introduced to Swanson Health Products a couple of years ago, I was shocked at how low the prices were for the quality of products being offered. Swanson Health Products is essentially an online pharmacy, offering high-quality health products at very low prices. Customers can choose from hundreds of items, including vitamins, healthy foods, and natural beauty products.

To prove how far your money goes at Swanson, last month I spent $45 on their website, and I was able to buy a large jar of coconut oil, facial cleanser, tea tree oil skin treatment, and a three month supply of probiotics. When I buy probiotics in the grocery store, I spend about $15 per month, so those alone are a steal.

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Things I’m Loving Lately

It’s been over two months since my last loving lately post, so today, I want to talk about some of my recent favorites!

In fashion…

When I was going through my photos, I noticed that I’m wearing the same pink tank in quite a few of them, on several different occasions. Well, that pink tank (I can’t find the exact one, but this one is similar) is from Gap, one of the stores that I’m loving this summer. I do all of my Gap shopping online, usually as soon as I’m notified of one their 60% off sales, which happen often!

In beauty…

I’ve been wearing bareMinerals makeup for years, but lately I’ve been wanting more coverage for special occasions, like my friend’s wedding last weekend. A few weeks ago, I got color matched at Ulta, and fell in love with Clinique’s Even Better SPF 15 makeup. The coverage is heavier than what I need for everyday wear, but for special occasions, it’s perfect. In fact, when my friend’s airbrushed makeup started streaking down her face when she teared up before the ceremony (so disappointing), I applied my Clinique makeup on all of the streaky spots, and it blended perfectly. When my mom saw me after the ceremony, she asked me if I’d had my makeup airbrushed, but nope, it was just this foundation!

In food…

No surprise here. Chipotle is almost always a weekly treat for me, usually after I go grocery shopping. I rotate between veggie and steak bowls, depending on what I’m in the mood for, and they never disappoint. The only downside is, they just raised their prices. I’m glad that I don’t live or work by a Chipotle, because I would be tempted to go there way too often!

On the internet…


I’ve always liked Colbie Caillat, but this video makes me like her even more. In my opinion, the song isn’t just about physical appearances — it’s about finding the strength to be who we really are, without feeling any shame. It’s about standing up for what we believe in, with no apologies necessary. It’s about learning to let go of insecurities. Watch the video, but be warned if you’re at work — you might cry!

What are you loving lately?

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Refreshed

This past weekend was so good. It was two days longer than usual, and it leaves me feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready for new beginnings as we kick off our third year of marriage and (on Tuesday) my 26th birthday.

The weekend began with the wedding of two of our best friends. They are high school sweethearts and dated for 7 1/2 years before finally tying the knot, so it was very exciting. I had the honor of standing by my friend as a bridesmaid, and it was so much fun to get dressed up and celebrate their special day.

The day after the wedding, Jordan and I had a couple of hours to pack up before leaving for a trip to Indianapolis. Although Indy is fairly close to where we live, it’s not a place that we explore from the perspective of a tourist very often.

A few months ago, I was invited to attend a press trip for travel writers, and after seeing the itinerary, I knew that I wanted to go for it. It just happened to fall on our wedding anniversary, which made it even better.

From Sunday to Tuesday, we explored Indianapolis like tourists. We got to do and see so much — we were spoiled.

I’ll be writing about the attractions in detail on the travel website that I contribute to, BIG CITY, little Indiana, but I’ll explain more about the beautiful hotel that we stayed at and the trip in its entirety on my blog, as well.

As for right now, I need to ease myself back into real life. Have a great Wednesday!

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My Writing Process

Last month, my friend Katie asked me to participate in the ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour. It’s sort of like a chain letter for bloggers — I received an email with the instructions, followed said instructions, and then I have so much time to pass it on to more bloggers, and then they have so much time to pass it on, and so on. It’s a pretty cool way to learn what other bloggers are working on and what their writing process is, so I thought it’d be fun to participate!

My Writing Process

What am I working on right now?

Truthfully, right now, I’m just trying to keep this blog going. It’s taken a bit of backseat with my summer work schedule. The nice thing is, despite being around this space a little less, I do have a few sponsored posts in the works. I’ve always been transparent with you — it is my goal to make some money from this blog, and it’s been great to do a little paid work here and there! I have two generous giveaways coming up later this month that I think you’re going to love! 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Even though I consider myself a healthy living blogger, I write about everything — health, fitness, marriage, mental health, friendships, careers, etc. Almost no topic is off-limits. I’ve also been writing in this space since I was in college, so if you’ve been around since then, you’ve seen me evolve through many big life events. I’ve been through the ups and downs of life with my readers!

 Why do I write what I do?

I’m not always the most graceful speaker, especially when I’m caught off-guard, but when I write, I can get my thoughts out without stumbling all over my words. I like that. I’m passionate about all of the topics that I write about — nutrition, fitness, relationships, etc. — and because I went to school with hopes of using my degree for writing, I’m glad that this blog gives me the chance to do that.

How does your writing process work?

Usually, I’ll be driving in the car, watching TV, or eating dinner, and a blog post idea will pop into my head. If this happens, I jot it down and come back to it later. Other times, I want to document exciting or interesting things that are going on in my life. Once I have an idea, I write a post (usually in one sitting — I’ll never finish it if I let it sit with my drafts), edit it, and then I’ll schedule it or post right away!

 

So, that’s my process! I’m passing on this ‘chain letter’ to Molly from This Life is Sparkling, and Danica from It’s Progression.

Molly is my youngest sister, who started her blog about a year after I did. Danica and I met through blogging a couple of years ago, but we’ve since become friends, having the opportunity to meet in person at the Healthy Living Summit and Blend. I’m excited to see how you girls answer these questions!

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Two Years

On Saturday, Jordan and I attended the wedding of two of our good friends. They hired the same DJ that we did, and during the reception, the DJ played our first dance song for us. While dancing, I couldn’t help but feel like I was right back on my own wedding day. On that day, we were so naive and hopeful and excited for the future, just as brides and grooms should be. It made me think of how much we’ve accomplished over the past two years. It’s been everything and nothing like I thought it’d be.

I feel so fortunate to spend every day with my best friend. I’m thankful to call him my husband.

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Jordan. I love you so much. Here’s to many, many more years together!

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