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Ahhhhh hello January 2019!!!!! That time of year your social feeds are filled with “New Year, New Me” posts!!! I totally agree that the beginning of the year is a fabulous time to make a fresh start. I just love the idea of having a clean slate and checking out all the kick butt ways my fellow boss babes plan to tackle the new year!!!! Such an inspirational time scroll the internet!
If you have been following my crazy adventures here on The Trophy WifeStyle for awhile, you know diets are not my thing!! Diets have too many restrictions. Anything in life where you make a long list of no-no’s, usually ends up leading to rebellion and eventually failure. I love food & know from experience that the best way to kick those weightloss and health goals is to make simple lifestyle changes not take your favorite foods away.
Back in June, 2018, I went on a quest to lose the extra fluff that snuck up on me. I was heading back to Orlando to visit my old hometown and chill with my besties. I wanted to look fab & the fact that my clothes were feeling snug had me feeling everything but! By making two simple lifestyle swaps, I managed to lose that fluff in no time AND lost a few extra lbs!! I came back from that trip with such a self esteem boost due to complements galore!!!!
Since I had such great success & my body is looking better than ever, I decided to kick things up a notch in 2019 by make one more simple lifestyle swap! Keep on reading to find out my 3 Swaps For A Healthier New Year!
Lifestyle Swap 1
“Enjoy responsibly” ~ It’s no secret that I love my drinks!!!! Once the weekend hits and I clock out for the week, my favorite way to celebrate my weekly wins is to kick back with a cold one in my hand!!! Unfortunately, not paying attention to what you drink can derail all of that hard work you put into your health and fitness goals all week!! Those empty calories unfortunately add up and leave you back at square one once Monday hits.
By taking one peak at my Instagram, you already know what my first lifestyle swap happened to be! All those glasses of wine morphed into bottles of Michelob ULTRA & recently Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold! With only 2.5 carbs and 85 calories, Pure Gold is triple filtered and brewed free of artificial colors and flavors!!! It was an obvious lifestyle swap must & it worked! It worked so well that I have actually converted many to the Michelob ULTRA family!!! My friends and family couldn’t get over the fact that I was looking fab, still heading to Walmart to do my weekly grocery shopping AND had a case of beer in my cart! The best part of all?? Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is a light lager with a superior golden taste!! I didn’t give up great taste for a lighter drink option!
Lifestyle Swap 2
I cut out soda and joined the tea team! It was one of the biggest lifestyle swaps I ever made. I like my tea on the sweet side & sugar equaled calories. I often found myself questioning the lifestyle swap. I know soda is awful for you, but I felt like I was still drinking my daily calories. Was soda really that bad since I was drinking the same amount of calories?
Then I discovered Splenda Naturals which can be purchased at your local Walmart!! I was able to experience the joy of sugar in my daily cup of tea without all the calories! Honestly, using Splenda Naturals only enhanced the flavor!
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A healthier lifestyle has never tasted so sweet. Love the fact I was able to cut my calories with this simple Lifestyle Swap!!!
Lifestyle Swap 3
I had great success with my first two lifestyle swaps, that I decided to kick it up a notch in 2019! This time I was all about finding natural lifestyle swaps for energy!!! Being a work at home mama with an empire to build, I need all the energy I can get!!! So when I discovered Optimum Nutrition and their variety of delicious products at Walmart, I knew these swaps could easily be a reality!!!
Amino Energy was the one product I was stoked to try!!! Being a creative person, I feel like I get my best ideas late at night, which makes for sleepy mornings. Zero time to nap when that empire needs built, so I love that I can use Amino Energy as a pick me up- any time of day!! Caffeine from natural sources for energy and focus support!!! I also loved the fact that this product didn’t require mixing into a milk related product. I have a weird milk phobia, so I loved how this is an easy to mix powder with refreshing fruit flavors that you simply mix into COLD WATER and enjoy! That’s right, water!!! Plus, each serving is only 5 calories with 0 grams of sugar!!! WooHoo!!!
We all know that gyms are not my thing. Too people-y and everyone wants to chat. I’m a girl filled with social anxiety, so mall walking solo is more my thing! To put my mall walking workouts into high gear in 2019, I figured trying two new sources of protein would be ideal!!! I’m already doing the walking, mind as well get as much out of it as possible and I’m told adding protein is the way to do it!
I was instantly drawn to Gold Standard Whey! 24g of protein- whey protein isolate is the primary source- so much of the carbs and fat are isolated out or removed!!! Plus, just like Amino Energy, Gold Standard Whey is delicious and you can mix with cold water or your favorite beverage!! Another water win for us shake haters!!!! And at only 120 calories, 1.5g Fat (or less), 2g Sugar (or less), this Gluten Free option is not only a win for me, but a win for all!!!
Not thirsty? Protein Crisp are a delicious source of protein to snack on! These unique, high protein bars have a delicious, crispy texture & provides 20g of protein per bar!
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Mermaids!!!!!!! So I was at the mall the other day with Haylie and Bath & Body Works was filled with all of their new Spring Break Scents! It may only be January, but apparently it’s Spring Break at the mall and the store was filled with beach scents lol... If only that were reality and it wasn’t a winter wonderland once we stepped out of the mall! I wish I was walking out to a beach instead of snow.
After spending way too much time in Bath & Body Works and being all depressed that it was still indeed winter outside, we decided to go home and make Mermaid Cupcakes. We lathered up in one of the beach scented lotions we scooped up & baked away!!!! It may be snowing outside, but we could at least pretend our home was a beach house for a few hours!!!!
- 6 Prepared Strawberry Cupcakes
- Blue Frosting
- Pink, Purple, and White Chocolate Candy Melts
- Edible Shimmer Bead Sprinkles
- Silicone Mermaid Tail Mold
1. Melt Chocolate according to package directions. Once melted, place each chocolate in a sandwich size baggie and snip a very small hold in one corner.
2. Squeeze the chocolates in the mold. You can swirl the chocolates or do solid colors.
3. Let set for 10-15 minutes or until harden then carefully pop out of mold.
4. Frost cupcakes, you can use a piping bag and tip or just frost with a knife.
5. Sprinkle with the shimmer beads and add a chocolate tail.
These Valentine M&M Bars have become an absolute favorite in our house. I make a new version every season since M&M comes out with a new holiday bag!!! Since I spotted Valentine’s M&M’s on the shelves last week, I figured I would make my famous M&M Bars for the family!!!
These Valentine M&M cookie bars are so easy to make and they bake up so nicely. They are a gorgeous golden brown color and the texture of the chocolate chips with the crunchy M&M’s is just delicious! These Valentine’s M&M Bars are perfect for a crowd or a party. They can be cut smaller to serve more, or cut larger for for a pretty presentation! Enjoy!
• Box yellow cake mix
• 1 Box instant vanilla pudding
• 1/4 Cup water
• 3/4 Cup vegetable oil
• 2 Eggs
• 1 Cup chocolate chips.
• 1 Cup M&M’s
2. Mix well!
3. Add your chocolate chips and m&m’s! Then mix!
4. Pour the batter (it’s going to be thick) into a greased 9×13 pan or use a silicone baking dish as I did!!! Silicone works wonders when it comes time to remove the bars from the baking dish!!!
5. Bake your bars for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool. Then cut into squares.
6. Serve & enjoy!
who doesn’t love a unicorn craft?!?! My daughter may take after my hubby when it comes to most things in life, but one thing we share is our love for these mystical creatures!!!! I’m always trying to come up with fun ways to incorporate unicorns into our lives because I just love the bond we have when it comes to all things unicorn!!!
I have spotted many versions of unicorn canvas, but I hate drawing unicorn eyelashes!!!! Makes your craft go from a 10 to 5 no matter how awesome your handwriting andeyelash drawing skills are. So when we were at Hobby Lobby on Saturday and spotted sticker lashes, omg!!!! Get ready for some Unicorn spam y’all because I have a bucket list of crafts to make with my daughter now that sharpie eyelashes are obsolete!!!! Enjoy!!!!
• Sticker Eve Lashes (Hobby Lobby)
• Sticker Flowers (Hobby Lobby)
• Mini Canvas
• Glue Stick
• Glitter Hearts
• Gold Glitter Paper
Take your sheet of gold glitter paper and cut out a unicorn horn.
Glue the gold glitter unicorn horn onto your mini canvas.
Now take your flowers and glue/stick them onto your canvas. Make sure to position them where the flowers cover the edge of the unicorn horn.
Stick/glue on your eyelashes & heart shaped cheeks!
And just like that you have yourself a mini canvas unicorn! Perfect to set up on your desk or hang on a wall!!!!
It’s that time of year again!!!! The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Erie, Pennsylvania January 10th at 7pm!!!! Last year my daughter was FINALLY old enough where I was comfy taking her to such an event and the worst thing ever happened! A freaking blizzard happened the day of. With Erie Insurance Area being 45 minutes away from our house, it just wasn’t going to happen for us! As excited as we were to see all the neat tricks the Harlem Globetrotters had in store, it just want worth risking our safety heading to Erie. This basketball loving family would just have to wait another year to attend!!!! Thankfully this year there isn’t a single snowflake in site (knock on wood it stays that way) so we will be hitting up this awesome family event at 7pm on Thursday!!!!
In 1926, in Chicago, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 1941, the Globetrotters signed Reece "Goose" Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team.
Twenty years after their inception, the Globetrotters had played 3,000 games and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race.
The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, Globetrotter Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract.
In 1959, during the Cold War, the Globetrotters went on a sold-out tour of the Soviet Union. The also had an audience with Pope John XXIII and posted their first undefeated season, with an astonishing 441 wins.
Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents.
The line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, and Connie Hawkins, just to name a few, and they have appeared in their own movies and TV shows.
The Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.
Erie Insurance Area
January 10, 2019
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CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.