My Weightloss & Better Health Journey | Why I Chose Nutrisystem

I. Am. So. Busy. I have always been that person with a thousand hobbies, projects and to do lists actively going on at the same time. More recently, it’s been work, basic home life (cleaning and all the joy that comes with being an adult), running this blog here, working on launching my candle business this year, and now also becoming an independent consultant for a skin care and bath product company. (more on these things later for sure!)

I also hate grocery shopping, cooking, the prepwork it takes to do said cooking, and cleaning up after the cooking has been done. But….I have a deep and passionate love affair with food.

So between the hatred for cooking, love of food, and kind of ridiculously busy schedule, my health has been put on the back burner recently and I’ve definitely started to notice it. I’ve been struggling with my weight for a little over a year now, and it seems like no matter what I’ve done I just can’t get rid of and keep the weight off. I started doing research, and while I’ve tried dinner delivery kits in the past like Blue Apron or Home Chef, they usually only provide enough for 2 or 3 dinners for just a couple of people per week. My health flaws were at a slightly broader range than just dinners – though my frequent visits to our local burrito joint or pizza deliveries weren’t helping. I just don’t have time to cook, nevermind the prep/shop/cleaning as well.

After researching several healthy meal delivery systems – some vegan, others specifically designed for losing weight – and crunching allll of the numbers, I came to find the one system that I think will probably work best for me.

Enter, Nutrisystem.*

Ok, ok, I know. You’re probably having mental images of weight loss commercials flash through your brain, along with the thoughts of “yeah, suuuure your system works”. I’m honestly kind of skeptical too. But after reading a lot of outside reviews, looking into the system itself and seeing what they had to offer and what their plans entailed, my research said that Nutrisystem is probably going to be the best fit for me.

My biggest problem with losing weight has been the fact that I love food. And I love junk food even more. If I could, I would eat pizza, burritos, fried chicken and burgers every single day of my life. I also kind of hate veggies (I know. Doesn’t help the wanting to lose weight issue). Nutrisystem offers all of the tasty, comforting foods I want, but with the plans and intent on losing weight through portion control and learning how to choose healthier versions of the food you already love.

From an outside glance, Nutrisystem just looks like any old diet plan. You order your food (which, I’ll be honest, $300+ for one person per month is expensive), you get your food, and that’s all you eat every single day and you magically lose weight. In reality, the Nutrisystem plan and set up is actually more involved than that. Sure, you’re shelling out a heck of a lot of money per month for all of your meals, but if it means training my body to be ok with smaller portions and overall better food I’m ok with that. You’re also getting access to a plethora of guides and information on healthier eating – even a “what to eat if you’re going out to ______ type of restaurant” guide, so even if you do go out to eat you have a better idea of what you should be eating that can still be really yummy.

So for me, Nutrisystem is going to be more than just a way to lose weight. I’m using this experience to retrain my body and my mindset about food as well. I realized a while ago that at the end of the day, I don’t even know how to throw together a healthy but tasty meal. It’s going to be about finding healthier alternatives to the junk food I hold so near and dear to my heart. It’s about learning what this horrible thing called portion control is and learning to accept and love it. If I lose all the weight I want, then great. But my main goal is to learn how to take the needed steps to a healthier, happier, more energetic version of me.

For the next several weeks I’m going to be taking you on my journey using Nutrisystem, sharing my personal experience and letting you look behind the scenes of what really happens when you sign up for a diet plan like this. I’ll be making weekly to bi-weekly post updates, and sharing more on my social media accounts (which you can find links to in the sidebar —–> ).

Next week you can look forward to my first Nutrisystem unboxing and my Week 1 experiences.

till next time,


*items in this post were purchased by me to use and review. for more information, visit my disclosure & policy page

One Positive Thought

It has been long known that positive energy attracts positive energy, and negative energy begets negative energy. People that are always happy go-lucky and bright and quirky seem to never have a truly bad day, and if they do, they often bounce right back to their usual selves. Those that are usually mad or upset over something can usually be found complaining…about everything. Because for them, for some reason nothing ever goes right. And there’s really only one explanation for this.

It’s all dependent on how you let yourself look at things.

This week’s quote art was borrowed from Livvit’s Instagram:

That’s why just focusing on one small good thing during your day can make you feel better. If you wake up and immediately think about how it’s Monday and you wish the weekend hadn’t ended yet and how you just want to go back to bed; well you’re not going to have a great day because you’re setting yourself up for a bad one.

You can’t go into your day already expecting it to be awful and put it on the world to prove you wrong. Trust me, it’ll do everything in its power to prove you right in this instance. That’s why it’s up to you to change your mindset. Your happiness is ultimately up to you, so if you chose to harshly judge everything by first glance you’re never going to be happy. You have to open up and give things a chance.

Rather than waking up and thinking about how you’d rather roll over and go back to sleep, focus on something you’ll look forward to that day. Focus on the really good lunch or dinner you’ve got planned, or being able to see a work friend during the day. Remind yourself that there is something to actually look forward to that day, and it won’t seem all that bad. Even if you’re in a really rough depressed patch and the best thing you can think of is getting back home to crawl right back into bed – remind yourself that the sooner you’re up and moving the sooner you’ll be crawling back into bed.

You’d be surprised how uplifting it can be to remind yourself of all of the GOOD things in your life rather than focusing on the bad and making yourself depressed. If you do start feeling bad and putting the world down, go ahead and let it happen for the moment, but don’t let it take over. Once you’ve had your moment look around you and find one thing to be happy about, or that makes you feel good about your surroundings. Maybe it’s the photo of your family on your desk, or your dog or cat curled up nearby taking a nap, or even the sun shining outside lighting up a beautiful view outside of your window.

Focus on finding the good in the world, and eventually you won’t notice the bad as much.

What’s one positive thought that you have?

Mine is waking up and being able to cuddle with Zach and our dogs before I get up to go to work, and knowing that I get to come home to them all happy to see me at the end of the day.

Let’s be positive this week.

till next time,


Charcoal Peel Off Mask by Formula 10.0.6 | Review

I love love LOVE testing and trying out new skin care products, and I’m always drawn to peel off masks.

I was dragging Zach through Ulta a few days ago on the hunt for some new nail files, and on our way out I came across this line of skin care that I think (?) is a new line – or at least new in my Ulta store. Of course, I 100% blame the pretty and modern packaging. But also the $6.99 price for a decently sized tube of product.

Anyways, the one that immediately caught my eye was the ‘Draw It All Out Skin Detoxing Peel Mask with Charcoal + Plum’.*


  • “works like a super charged magnet” to attract and bind dirt clogged in pores
  • bamboo charcoal and wild plum work to detox pores and gently exfoliate

How To Use:

Apply to freshly cleansed and dried skin. Smooth a thin coating over face and neck, avoiding eye area. Allow mask to dry for 10-15 minutes then peel off starting from the jaw line upwards. Finish by rinsing skin thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry. Use 1-3 times per week on alternate days.

Precautions: A mild tingling sensation is normal upon application of this mask. Use with care. For external use only. Keep out of eyes. If irritation or rash develops, discontinue use.

First Impressions:

This mask definitely smells super nice, very light and not overpowering in any way. On application, the mask is somehow thick but also a little runny – it spilled out of the tube while I was applying it to my face and made a tiny mess (oops). But overall it applied just fine, though somehow a little streaky, as you can see in the photo above.

There was no tingling or burning sensation, which I was sort of expecting since this is supposed to be a detoxifying mask.

Removal & Final Verdict:

At the end of 15 minutes it was time to peel!

I don’t know if it was that I maybe applied the mask too thin or it was the mask itself, but removal was definitely not an easy and clean peel. Nor did it seem to really clean out my pores or get rid of any blackheads. Though to be completely fair, since I’ve changed up my skin care routine in November(ish) my skin has been pretty clear and I’ve seen fewer blackheads in general.

I think my biggest disappointment is that I was kind of hoping that this charcoal peel mask would be sort of like the crazy black charcoal mask that was floating around on everyone’s Facebook pages a little while ago.

Overall, I think this is an ok mask. It’s good if you prefer peel off masks to those you simply wash off, but I personally feel like it didn’t really do anything for my skin. That being said, it may work wonders for your skin.

What’s your favorite skin care mask? Let me know if the comments below!

till next time,



*items in this post were purchased by me to use and review. for more information, visit my disclosure & policy page.

smooth sailing

Smooth Sailing

Easy lives never make for strong people. I feel like there are probably several ways to go about saying this, as with other phrases. But I feel like this week’s quote is probably the most poetic way of doing so.

smooth sailing

In essence, easy lives generally mean no problems, no struggles, no hardships or stress. No lessons to learn from. This means a lack of experience. The hardest struggles are the ones you end up learning the most from, as I’ve come to find in my own life.

You find out just who you’re made of, and you walk away a better and stronger person. So don’t be afraid of facing problems head-on. It’s just a doorway to a better you.

Here’s to hoping that this week isn’t *too* easy for you, but that you face all of your challenges head-on and conquer each of them in turn. You can do it, I just know it!

What was one hardship or problem you faced in the past, and how do you feel like it bettered you? Let me know in the comments below!

till next time,


Be Led By Your Dreams

Hello Tuesday! This week’s QOTW is a little late – time got a tad bit away from me this week! But that’s why I feel like this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is even more fitting for this week.

2018 Led By Dreams

Don’t let your problems be the source of your motivation to move forward. Be led by the idea of reaching your goals and accomplishing your dreams.

If you allow your problems to be the reason why you get a job – say because your problem is that you need more money – you’re going to be miserable. If you’re at a job simply because you need more money for bills, sure you may solve the problem of not enough cash, but you aren’t necessarily going to be happy. Let’s say that instead, you searched for and got a job that was a stepping stone to starting the career you’ve always wanted. It may not solve your short-term problems and you may have to live a little bit more simply, but you’ll be so happy knowing that you’re heading in the direction that will lead you to reaching your dream job.

I feel like so many of us get caught up in “adulting” and getting a job to make money to pay bills to afford even just the basics in life that we forget to dream and to use the position that we are in to further our goals and follow our passions. Because even if you do have to take up some random job just because you need some sort of income, you don’t have to forget to maybe set aside time to take steps or do research to reach your own goals. Or even use the money you’re getting to save up to take that world trip you’ve always wanted, or to open up a restaurant or boutique. Or to use that money to put yourself through school to one day get into the career you dreamt of as a kid.

So, with that being said, remember your passions and dreams. Don’t let them take the back burner for too long. You’ll be more happy and satisfied if you don’t.

till next time,