5 Summer Fitness Tips

They say women should learn how to iron, so that's what I did ... and now I'm a fit and strong badass!

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Happy Workout Wednesday, y’all! 

We all know that summer is the absolute best time of the year to get in shape. The warmer weather and more free time sure does increase the level of motivation! However, some of us still struggle to find a way to stay actively motivated. Whether that may involve sleeping in or having an overly busy schedule, it's easy to find ways to put off exercising. Well, in my personal opinion, I say excuses don't matter. Despite busy schedules and wanting to rest, I make it a priority of mine to get plenty of activity for my body, even if I only have one minute to get at least ten pushups in.

Summer may be coming to a close, but you still have time to get in shape! If you're looking for some simple ways to help you get physically motivated, here are my top helpful tips for good fitness:

1.) Drink enough water

I can't distress enough how water is so important for the body. Everyone needs to drink enough water, not even just one glass will be enough for the entire day. I recommend drinking at least eight-ounce glasses of agua daily, also known as the "8x8 rule". Even if you're not thirsty, still drink a little bit. There's a difference between being parched and being dehydrated!

2.) Stay mentally strong

Mind over matter, am I right?! It's not your body that you have to convince, it's your mind. If you hear voices in your head saying "I can't do this", be tough and make them say "I CAN do this". Whenever I'm doing a strength & conditioning workout and I hear the devil telling me I'm too weak, I immediately say to myself "Caroline, you are a badass" over and over again. I find that's the best fitness motto that boots my self-confidence, so find yours. Just know that you are a badass, too! 

3.) Find what feels good

I watch Yoga With Adriene for a lot of my yoga sessions and she always repeats her main motto, "Find what feels good." I love that saying, and it's so relevant for all forms of exercise rather than just yoga. It's good to challenge yourself, but it's also important to not force yourself to the point where you're breaking bones. Everyone's body is built differently. So with that being said, find a workout that challenges your body but is also manageable.

4.) Everything in moderation

A fitness tip my mom always reminded me and my sister which has always stuck with me for a good amount of time. I've never really liked the idea of dieting, and I hardly ever worry if I'm eating too much or too little. My summer is not complete without a fitness routine, but it's also not complete without ice cream! Remember that while you're working on keeping your body trim and fit, don't punish yourself. After some good exercising and healthy eating, treat yourself to something that makes your taste buds happy!

5.) Exercise for yourself, not for society

Society has a way of making people believe that they have to look a certain way in order to be accepted. If you're working out to look like the beautiful girl in your class or to impress a guy you like, you're working out the wrong way. Work out for you! There are so many different reasons as to why you should work out for yourself, such as to increase endorphins, decrease stress, boost confidence, increase strength, sleep better, live longer, and of course, to eat whatever the hell you want! So don't let magazines or Instagram posts fool you with expectations. As long as you feel good both physically and mentally, you're already setting a great example when it comes to fitness.

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy and active in the summertime? Comment down below and share!

Also one last thing, I’m obsessed with this new sports bra from Aura Fitness. Use my discount code “SWEET15” to get 15% off your first order!

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Get Creative with CaseApp

Do you like creating art? Do you like using your phone and laptop a lot? I'm guessing you like doing both of those things, especially using your phone and laptop. What if I told you that you could create your own custom iPhone case and laptop skin via online for a cheap price? There is a solution for that, and that is the wonderful CaseApp!

For this special collaboration, I got the chance to create my own custom iPhone case and laptop skin. For the phone case, I was overwhelmed with how to design it. There were so many options and ideas! I found this feather sticker with birds flying out of it (representing freedom) and the word freedom in cursive formatting. From there, I decided it would be cool to connect the feather with freedom to make it flow together ... and that's what I did! As for color, I chose a nice light lavender to match my rose gold iPhone. 

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And as for the laptop skin, that was a simple choice. There's an option where you can use a collage and select the pictures that you want on the cover of your Mac. I knew having the faces of some of my closest friends and relatives would make me the most happy! I smile every time I look at it, it's so special to me! 

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You also have the opportunity to do what I did, too! Be sure to check out CaseApp to design your own custom iPhone case and laptop skin or you can purchase one that's already been designed. You can use my discount code "TULLIS20" to get 20% off your first purchase. 

Also be sure to enter my international giveaway! To enter, just go to my second to last Instagram post and follow the given rules. You have till tomorrow to enter, so be sure to do it now! Good luck! 

Picture Perfect

I can't believe Christmas was over a month ago now ... 2018 is already flying by, people! 

I'm not really a person who likes to show off all their Christmas gifts on social media. However, besides clothes, this year I got two things that we're a big deal and that I'm incredibly grateful for.

I got two cameras! That's right, two!

I'm so thrilled about these because they're going to be a huge benefit for my blog and Instagram, now that this hobby of mine is becoming more of a part-time job! They both a huge surprise, especially since I was already saving my own money to buy one myself. But now I don't have to, and I take pictures for my blog and Instagram with more high definition quality now! I'll now tell you about the two cameras I got and their unique features: 

Canon EOS

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The Canon EOS came from my parents, and that was a huge surprise. It was my dad's idea and my mom secretly bought at Target while my sister and I were shopping. I had no idea she bought it, she somehow managed to sneak in and out of the store without me noticing! I was overwhelmed with joy when I received it on Christmas morning, especially since neither of them had to do that for me! But they did anyway, and I'm extremely grateful and I love them both will all my heart. What's awesome is that the camera came with its own extra set of lenses, a bag, a strap, and a memory card! 

I've been planning on getting a Canon before I recieved it, and that's what the majority of bloggers and influencers that I follow use. My sister has one too, which was another reason. They have high quality and can take both pictures and videos, so it clearly made sense. Fun fact: the name EOS was inspired by Eos, goddess of dawn. How cool?! And other than a tripod which I'll probably buy myself sometime later, I have all the supplies I need for this bad boy! 

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Where To Buy: Best Buy

Instafix Mini 9 Instant Camera

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Isn't this so adorable?!

This cute little polaroid came from my sweet sister and her sweet fiancé Jordan! They both got me the camera together and Jordan got me instant film paper to develop the pictures. They said that it'll be perfect for my Instagram pictures!

I'm so obsessed with it, although I'm trying not to take too many pictures so I don't waste the instant film right away. I've already played around with it a little bit at Christmas. I've been doing a lot of Pinterest researching for cute polaroid picture ideas. I can't wait for spring to come so I can take a picture with the first flower of the season! 

Wanna know what my favorite thing about this camera is, other than the fact that it's hot pink and adorable? Watching the paper fade into high quality pictures and writing down the date below it of course! Just like Taylor Swift's "1989" album cover, but better! Sorry, T-Swift. 

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

I feel like a professional with these two beautiful and Insta-worthy cameras! With that being said, I'm going to go take a thousand more pics with these two beauties (if I have enough storage in each one) ... Talk to ya babes real soon! XOXO

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Falling in Love With Fall

"And all at once, summer collapsed into fall..." 

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Although it's bittersweet to see summer come to an end, I'm ready for the crisp touch of fall air. Isn't that one of the charming perks of the season? Of course it is! The term "crisp" also happens to be one of my favorite words and I like having an excuse to use it in my writing. 

Fall used to be my least favorite season. As a kid growing up in Ohio, it just seemed like a boring season when dead leaves would scatter all over. I also really hated Halloween (I still kind of do, but not as much) because I never liked gory things. With summer ending, I kind of ignored fall for the most part and waited till Christmastime to come around. Now that I'm a young adult, I appreciate the beauty of fall that includes the colorful leaves, cozy fashion, pumpkin flavored everything, and now I actually enjoy Halloween now that there are more DIY costume ideas than there were when I was a kid! I have many things that I love about autumn, and now I'm going to share a few of my top favorites with you!

Enchanted Scenery

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One of the best parts about living in Ohio is that you get to experience all four seasons, even though winter tends to last the longest out of all the seasons. Ohio tends to be very bipolar, the weather changes drastically almost daily. It's just common for us. The state's autumn scenery; however, is very stunning and is what you would consider an ideal perspective of the season. The colors of leaves come in the best fall colors, from orange to gold, thanks to the decent amount of rain we get as the season grows. 

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I love walking or hiking in the fall because of the enchanted scenery and crisp fresh air. It's pleasant to enjoy the slightly sunny/foggy weather and hear the leaves crunching beneath my feet, especially when I'm walking my dogs who have no idea what they even are and are actually scared to walk over them! 

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Fall Scented Candles

What is fall without candles? Not only do they make it more spooky, but they're also very enchanting and are great essentials for when you're curled up in a blanket with a book in your hand. But of course, the only way to make sure you have the right kind of candles is to make sure they're fall scented. From pumpkin latte to salted caramel, you can't really go wrong with what you choose. 

This season, I bought three new scented candles from Yankee Candle that smell amazing and sum up the definition of autumn. 

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Crisp Fall Night - I said it once and I'll say it again, the crisp air is the best part of fall! The sweet smell of fresh lavender gives off a pleasant vibe that's most fit for sitting out in the chilly weather while gathered around a bonfire with friends. 

Autumn in the Park - I love a peaceful walk outdoors in the autumn, especially when my nose tingles from the smell of fallen leaves. There's also a hint of fresh peeled apple and pumpkin to give off a more delicious scent, and eating a pink lady apple while strolling through the leafy park sounds delightful! 

Apple Pumpkin - It's literally apple combined with pumpkin, what more could you ask for? My favorite fall scent out of the three by far. 

My mom also bought a sea salt & maple popcorn scented candle for herself from Bath & Body Works. And holy crap you guys, it smells AMAZING! I honestly thought someone had made pancakes with syrup when my mom first lit it. I've never had maple popcorn, but I imagine it's really good and I can imagine with sea salt it's really good. 

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Hot Apple Cider

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Nothing gets me more excited about chilly weather than a warm cup of fresh apple cider, especially since ripe apples are in season! Of course there are some people who prefer cold, but I find a hot cup more comforting and delicious. My mom has an amazing hot apple cider recipe that she has used for the past few years. It's so good, and it's definitely one of my favorite things about fall! Here is the simple yet special recipe to try out yourself: 

Stainless steel saucepan  

2 cups of apple cider

1 cinnamon stick

All you to do is wait until it boils, then you can enjoy a fresh cup of one of autumn's fellow pleasures! Although don't drink it right away in order to avoid having a puffy tongue. 

Fall Goodies (feat. FabFitFun) 

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I just got my FabFitFun fall box in the mail and I'm already in love with all of the goodies hidden in it. Eventually I'm going to post a blog post with a review of everything that I got, so you'll get to hear more of my thoughts about the fall box later on. You can also check the items all out right here (if you're okay with spoilers if you haven't ordered a box!)

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I could go on about all the things I love about fall that make me "fall" in love with the season. Of course I haven't mentioned anything about Halloween or Thanksgiving which are the two big fall seasons, but that's coming later in the blog. For now, I'm focusing on the simple little joys that start at the beginning.

Leave a comment down below and tell me what you're most excited about for autumn! 

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Cheers (and Beers) to 21 Years

I'm finally legal! No need to "wine" about it anymore. 

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Like the title says, I celebrated my 21st birthday this past weekend and it has by far been the best one yet! Unlike most people my age, I did not celebrate by partying too hard, and I even got a few texts from some older relatives telling me not to live it up to much. I didn't go too crazy, but I spent a perfect day with perfect people living it up to the fullest it could be, almost as much as the margarita I drank!

We started my birthday day off at midnight by going to The Office Bistro in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls for some drinks. I went with my mom, Lauren, and her boyfriend Jordan. Unfortunately, my dad couldn't come because he went on a business trip to Spain, but he promised we could celebrate again when he comes back home. It was great, especially because the bar was barely full with people, so we almost had it all to ourselves. I got very excited when the bartender asked for my ID and allowed me to order a Chardonnay white wine made in California. My bartender was super nice and even gave me advice about not drinking while driving, which of course I will always remember and not do. Never drink and drive! 

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Picture with my first bartender!  

Picture with my first bartender!  

The next morning, my mom, sister, and I went to First Watch for a delicious breakfast meal. We all got avacado toast with over easy eggs. My sister got a side a bacon and I got a chocolate chip pancake on the side with some hazelnut coffee. Afterwards, Lauren and I went to Starbucks because if you tell them it's your birthday, you get a free drink! So I decided to treat myself and go sweet by ordering a passion tea lemonade which is perfect for summer and I highly recommend it. Yay for my birthday and summer on its way!

I went home to go for a run and afterwards did yoga based on gratitude (which you can also do by watching the video here). After my workout, I got a great surprise from one of the florists in our village florist who delivered beautiful flowers from my dad to me! It was like he was there celebrating my birthday with me even though he was golfing with his friends in Spain! Thanks, Dad. I love you lots, XOXO. 

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After showering and beautifying up to go out, I wore a shirt that my mom got for me as a gift designed by Lauren Conrad and sold at Kohl'salong with white Ann Taylor jeans, my coral red Jessica Simpson wedges, and a blue flower jeweled choker from Kohl'sBefore my best friend Natalie and her mom came over to give us a ride to Cleveland, I took some pictures with pink '21' balloons (pictured at the very top of the blog post) and birthday sash to get the celebration started. What other better way to start celebrating?! 

When Natalie and her mom arrived, we drove to a cute little neighborhood called Tremont close to Downtown Cleveland where we went to Barrio Tacos, one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in the city and, in our opinion, one of the best restaurants ever created. It seriously has the most delicious tacos that are not too big which makes it fair to order two. My favorite thing to get is nachos with queso and guacamole. Oh my word, I can't even begin to explain how good the the queso is ... 

But of course, who wouldn't want to celebrate turning the big 2-1 without some water frozen into ice cubes and blended with tequilla aka margaritas! It was very delicious if I must say! Strong, but delicious. 

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And of course, what is a birthday without a birthday dessert? The perfect place for that? Mitchell's Ice Cream, of course! There are so many flavors to choose from, it's almost so overwhelming! I always go for cookie dough, the easiest and best choice in my personal opinion. 

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I won't talk about the gifts that I got because I don't want to be one of those self-absorbed people who constantly brags about everything they have (which hopefully I don't come off as while writing blog posts, especially this one). I will; however, share one gift that I have received and the most special one of all ... 

Lauren had made me a scrapbook in honor of turning twenty-one years old. What the biggest surprise about it was that each page held 21 letters from some of my closet friends and relatives, which makes the scrapbook titled "21 Letters". As I turned each page, I was so overwhelmed and filled with joy when I read the letters from my friends in college and high school, which I definitely didn't expect at all! Of course, Natalie wrote me a beautiful letter as well as my parents, and Lauren saved hers best for last and it definitely made me feel joyous. 

Lauren told me that the scrapbook would be a reminder that I am loved and that I'm enough. She also said that whenever I am feeling anxiety or fear, I should re-read all the letters to give myself the strength and confidence that I need as well as to boost it when I already have it.  I literally was on the verge of crying tears of joy. It was the most beautiful gift I have ever received and it is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

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I thank Lauren so much for taking her free time off to make the scrapbook, my friends and relatives for writing the beautiful letters, and God for reminding me that I am loved, giving me the dreams that I am destined to chase after, and  allowing me to be experience the best 21 years of my life and the more years that are to come. 

I also want to thank everyone who spent me wishes and sweet messages. I've never felt more valuable, confident, and blessed than ever. I doubt that I wouldn't be writing this blog write now if it weren't for anyone reading this. I can't wait to see what this year holds, hopefully including some booze! Not too much obviously, I'm much more wise than that ... 

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