Happiness Prevention





On Monday, one of my favorite bloggers, Shay the Mix and Match Mama, shared a story about one of her closest friends Manda Maxwell, who is bravely fighting cancer for the 3rd time.  She is a wife and mother of two young children. I got permission from Shay to share her blog post with all of my readers so we can support and help any way we can.

Maxwell Family


A Go Fund Me donation page has been set up in Manda’s name and all the money will go directly to help her family with medical bills and other necessities. There is also a Facebook page where you can get updates and continue to pray and support Manda and her sweet family.

Manda has a great group of girlfriends supporting her and her family and I would love for my readers to support them as well.



For the full story please head over to Shay’s blog.

Pin-spired Linked Up


I’ve enjoyed linking up lately with some of my favorite blogs that I check on a regular basis. So I’m continuing today with Pin-spired with Shay at Mix and Match Mama. She’s got great style that I really like. She doesn’t shy away from colors and knows what works for her. Shay also shares fun pictures of her sweet kiddos. If you haven’t already, definitely check out her website. She also has a food blog and a travel agency. Talk about a multi tasking mama!

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Pinterest is an amazing place for inspiration of all kinds (if you didn’t already know!) Weddings, parties, travel, what to read, inspirational quotes, and what to wear. I love browsing to see how other people style their clothes and accessorize.

So this month for my first link up with Get Pin-spired, I wanted to look up pink maxi skirts.  I recently bought both a hot pink maxi skirt as well as a black one. So I started looking for some ideas of what to pair my pink maxi skirt with and here is what I found:

Black striped shirt with a turquoise necklace and gold accessories. 

Black striped tank top, a black belt, aviators, and a black leather jacket. 9c0fb60a055ececdd66cd3da5a079a6b

 Jean jacket, white tank top, and turquoise jewelry.


 White tank top, turquoise jewelry, and a brown belt.  


 Black tank and blazer, turquoise jewelry, and nude wedges. 


Grey tank, gold jewelry, and a black belt.  


 Black tank, gold statement necklace, nude heels. 


Color blocking with an orange tank, gold belt, black leather jacket, and bright accessories. 



I love how different yet simple these outfits are. With a few accessories (mostly turquoise and gold jewelry) and belts these outfits are totally transformed. Next time I put on my hot pink maxi skirt I’ll have these to look at for inspiration. Which is your favorite?

Music Mondays : Paramore – Ain’t It Fun

I am a bit of a late bloomer I would say, so this song really speaks to me about being an adult and growing up and really getting out there in the real world. We all have that moment where we are coming of age and this song really captures that for me.

Paramore was one of the opening acts of my very first concert (Simple Plan) so they hold a special place in my heart. My first concert was my senior year of high school (told you I’m a late bloomer.) Who was your first concert?Untitled design (2)

20 Secrets of Very Fit People


  1. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and drink from it often. Water should always be your drink of choice. To kick things up every once in a while, try adding lemon, lime, cucumber, or a few berries to liven up the flavor without adding significant calories.
  2. Look at exercise as a pleasure and a privilege, not a burden or chore. Think positively about the changes regular exercise will produce. Rather than obsessing about your next meal, get excited about your next workout!
  3. Eat well-balanced meals and remember that excess calories, even if they’re from food that’s fat free and high in protein, will turn to excess weight. No matter what the latest fad diet says, extra calories equal extra weight!
  4. Limit caffeine and exposure to even secondhand smoke.
  5. Focus on short-term fitness goals with an emphasis on completing daily exercise.
  6. Keep a daily log of what you’re actually eating. This includes every time you grab a handful of chips here or eat the crust of your kid’s sandwich there, and ALL of your snacking.
  7. Enjoy an occasional (once a week) “unhealthy” treat, but never an unhealthy week or unhealthy vacation.
  8. Enjoy contributing to the health of others by having a partner or friends to exercise with, as well as recruiting others who want to feel better and have more energy. Have a neighbor who’s sitting on the porch every morning when you walk by? Ask him or her to join you on your walk!
  9. Avoid monotony by taking up new forms of exercising, or using things that keep you motivated and inspired, like new shoes or great music.
  10. Subscribe to fitness magazines to keep focused on health as an overall way of life.
  11. Invest in the right tools—good shoes, a portable MP3 player or iPod®, fitness equipment, a new series of tapes, etc.
  12. Make it your goal to do some form of exercise 6 or 7 days a week. If some days you exercise once in the morning and once in the evening, even better! If you’re eating right, exercise will fuel your energy level!
  13. Don’t compare your body to others’. Instead, work to be your personal best.
  14. If your diet is unbalanced, take daily vitamin and mineral supplements for total health.
  15. Work to take your exercise to new levels of intensity.
  16. Create an exercise schedule the day before instead of leaving it to chance or waiting to “find” the time. If our last three Presidents of the United States can make time to work out every day, you can make time too!
  17. Move beyond the boundaries of weight loss and into total fitness. Measure success by the way your clothes fit, not some number on a scale.
  18. Stick with eating plans you can maintain indefinitely. Remember that no matter how hard you’re working out, if you’re consuming too many calories, you’ll never see the muscles that lie beneath layers of fatty tissue.
  19. Get adequate amounts of sleep, but remember that people who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
  20. Limit alcohol intake to special occasions.

Source: Healthy is Classy