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    5 Positive Affirmations to Start the Week

    In celebration of the the month of love, I wanted to kick off February with a self-care post. Although I love spending Valentine’s Day with Jordan and we make an effort to celebrate every year, I also firmly believe in self-love. As Carrie Bradshaw says, “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first”! One of my favorite ways to practice self-care is through positive affirmations because they provide clarity and encouragement in my thoughts. Below, I’ve shared five positive affirmations to start the week.


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    My Clean Eating Grocery List | Lessons From Whole30

    This is a bit of a different post for me, BUT like I said in my resolutions post, I want to provide you guys with more content of value this year. One of the priorities on my list is to get more REAL about my daily life and a look at my normal routine. So why not include a peek into my fridge and my newly adopted clean eating grocery list?

    I don’t often post about my diet – this is something that I think is so private and personal for a lot of people. The last thing I want to do is make you feel like what you’re eating is WRONG. I think it’s important for everyone to listen to their bodies when it comes to making informed food decisions.

    I have a sensitive stomach and several food allergies (gluten and dairy specifically) which is why I chose to start the year by adopting clean eating habits. The months of November and December had me eating SO poorly and making the worst food choices for my system. I was tired, unmotivated, unproductive – walking around in basically a fog. Bad food decisions were impacting me in BIG ways.

    In today’s post, I’m outlining easy food swaps that I made in our fridge, my clean eating grocery list, and how it’s changed the way I feel!

    Ps. See my first juice cleanse review here. 


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    Three Ways to Shop My Closet

    With the start of the new year, I thought I’d do a few little refresher blog posts. For example, if you didn’t know yet, I have several easy ways that you can easily shop my closet! So what exactly does that mean? After each season, I go through and do a clean sweep of all the items that have sold out online, are unavailable in most sizes and/or have a unique print/pattern. In most cases, they’ve only been worn once or twice, and are in pristine condition. (And sometimes, they’re brand new with tags on them.) So that’s when I offer them to you guys at just a fraction of the original price!

    Last year, I did a huge closet sale on IG Stories with proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief!

    Sharing all three ways to shop my closet in today’s post!


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    The Most Annoying Things Bloggers Do On Instagram

    Like I mentioned in my 2018 resolutions post, one of my major priorities this year is getting to know YOU! So one of the first things that I did was create a poll on Instagram Stories asking what you’d like to see more of this year on APOL. And then I got a little crazy. In the last story I asked you to DM me the most annoying things bloggers do on Instagram.

    I went back and forth about asking this question – to be honest, I was a little scared haha. I ultimately decided that yes, I was opening myself up to criticism, BUT I’ve always wanted this blog to be like having an open and honest conversation with friends. So I did it, and guess what?

    You guys BLEW. ME. AWAY.

    Some of the messages had me laughing hysterically, and others had me rethinking the way I look at blogging and content creation.

    Not only did you 100% confirm that I have the nicest readers and Insta fam ever, you gave me genuine, heartfelt feedback that was more than just superficial. You dug deep, and it was SO good that I decided to dedicate a post with the most popular responses. THANK YOU to every person who took the time to share with me and inspire this post!


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    Setting Realistic 2018 Resolutions

    It’s a little bittersweet saying farewell to 2017 because it gave me so many beautiful and meaningful memories. But more importantly, there were so many lessons that life brought last year. I’m dreaming even bigger for my 2018 resolutions – I narrowed it down to five over-arching goals for the entire year after reflecting on last year’s lessons. From these five things, I’ll create smaller actionable tasks each month of the year. (Post on my goal-setting tips coming later this week!) Keep reading to see how I put together my 2018 goals with intention.


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