Life

30 Day Self Portrait Challenge

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Today, I am starting a 30 day self-portrait challenge. The idea came from Tiffany of Sincerely, Whitney and I can not wait to get started. I always feel super awkward taking photos alone and I am hoping this challenge will teach me a little something about lighting, composition, and posing! At the end of this there is nothing more fun than looking back on the photos of how you have grown!

All you have to do to join me is take a picture of yourself every day for the next 30 days. Try taking them in different places and at different angles and post them to your instagram. I would love to follow your journey as well! You can share your selfies via your blog, instagram (#xokyrasambria) or any other site you choose! I will be sharing mine daily via instagram (KyraSambria). At the end of the 30 days I will post all of my photos here and a few of yours too!

If you are in, leave me a comment and let me know where to find you! You can start at any time. I’m starting today!!

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Life

Don’t give up// Words of Encouragement

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The past few weeks/ months have been very discouraging for me. I have no idea where my life goes from here. I’m somewhat having a “quarter life crisis”. Sometimes I think.. maybe I’m too old to start dancing again, gosh I should have stayed in school, etc. etc. It just gets hard!! It’s life.

BUT, I WILL NOT GIVE UP! I refuse. And you really shouldn’t either because it will never be too late to do something you love. Start a blog or a new job, go back to school, pick up a new hobby. Don’t let others or yourself hold you back.

The bible says “You do not have, because you do not ask.” We must ask the Lord to send us what it is we want from our life but ultimately seek to fulfill the plans he has for us. Tonight, I will be praying for just that and I would love my readers to do the same! It is never too late!

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Life

Currently… Wednesday, May 21st 2013

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WATCHING: Hannibal, Psych, + Re-runs of Desperate Housewives… I’m patiently waiting for summer shows like Pretty Little Liars and Big Brother to start!!!

LISTENING TO: Big Band + Swing Music while dancing around the house, like a mad woman!

LEARNING: I am slowly teaching myself spanish. Hopefully one day I can immerse myself into the spanish culture and truly learn the language.

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TALKING ABOUT: My blog posts this week! Very exciting posts coming Friday, Saturday and Monday!!

READING: The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler- I just really got into it, but so far I am loving it and learning several new things about myself and the world around me.

EATING: Trying to eat healthy and on a budget so I have ground my gears to come up with recipes that are super affordable for a family of two that doesn’t eat crap!

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I’d love to know what you think and what all you have been up to “currently”! Leave a comment on this post!!

Also, I am running a sale in my Etsy Shop, Sam Birdy. Use the code MEMDAY2013 to receive $5 off your order of $12 or more!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer 2013 To-Do List

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1.) Summer concert!

2.) Picnic @ the park.

3.) POOOOOL!!!

4.) watch fireworks

5.) Read a good book

6.) Go to the farmers market

7.) Visit a new place in Shreveport

8.) Have/ Go to a Barbecue!

9.) Snow- Cone days

10.) Breakfast outside

11.) Baseball game with C.

12.) Homemade Donuts =)

13.) Family Pictures- Including our sweet & slightly crazy dog Diesel

14.) Fishing

15.) Wash the car ourselves

16.) Game Night

17.) Movie Night

18.) Sonic Happy Hour!!

19.) Paint

20.) Spend time at the library

21.) Go to a Festival in town

22.) A mini getaway!

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I put together a list of a few things I must do this summer. Each year I get so busy, time gets away from me and I forget to do some of the things I really wanted to do. So this is my first Summer Bucket List & I can’t wait to mark each one off!! I will be adding things as I go, but this is it for now. So what about you, do you make a bucket list for the summer or do you just wing it? What are some of your favorite things to do on those long summer days? I would love to hear!

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Beauty + Style

Life, styled- Cozy summer days!

The hot weather has officially rolled in and I am loving it. Spending my days in sundresses and shorts, picnic-ing with the hubs, and snacking on delicious fruit are some of my favorite ways to spend those lazy summer days. This is my go-dress for this weather. It’s perfect for shopping, to throw over a swimsuit, or to even lounge around in like a sloth.DSC_0157 DSC_0164

DSC_0166 Here I paired it with some vintage boots that I scored at an auction! I absolutely in love with them and they will probably make several appearances in the future. I also decided to wear one of my favorite scarves from Target and an Old Navy bag. I choose to wear what makes me happy. When shopping pick pieces that no matter how many times you wear it you feel great in it. Which of your summer clothes are waiting to be refreshed this summer? DSC_0168

Fill your days with laughter and great memories. Live Simple. Be Happy!

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Health

6 Easy ways to take care of your body (that you probably aren’t doing)

Hi Guys! I’ve given a lot of thought to my blog lately and what I want from it. I lost sight of the vision I had from the beginning. It was to help people gain happy healthy lives with the ones they love. I only hope that these tips can help you begin to live a healthy lifestyle and influence those around you to live one too!

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1.) Drink 8 Glasses of water per day. Most Americans drink a sugary drink with each meal. It’s time to cut those out of your diet! They send your body into shock and leave you feeling lethargic and fatigued. The toxins and unwanted “crap” can only get flushed out of your body with water. You will see benefits in all aspects of your life just from this one step.

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2.) Wake up and get moving before 7 am! It sounds nearly impossible for some, but studies show that when you get moving early you can add years to your life. So wake up each morning and stretch, walk, do yoga, or run for about 15 minutes.

3.) Take a multivitamin and not just one from the grocery store because they often include toxic chemicals. I was taking Nature Made iron for years until I found out the type of iron in the pill was actually depleting me more. I recommend Garden of Life multivitamins for women. I felt so great from taking them that I purchased my husband the mens version.

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4.) Workout every other day! It will hep ease anxiety and depression and you will gain confidence. Exercise makes you look and feel great. Who doesn’t want that. Exercise doesn’t always have to be gruesome,  just push yourself a little harder than the time before.

  • Warm up: 5-10 minute walk/ jog
  • Stretch: 5-10 minutes
  • HAVE FUN! Lift weights, Play tennis, take a dance class, play with neighborhood kids.

5.) Eat meals consisting of 1 part fat, 2 parts protein, 3 parts carbohydrates (mostly vegetables)

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6.) Cut out sugar and processed foods. Read your labels! Try not to buy anything with sugars (fructose, glucose, etc.) or more than 2-3 chemical ingredients you can’t pronounce. What is yellow #9 or calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate anyways. I know I don’t want it in my body.

There you have it. Beginning guidance on how to get your body back and gain control of your life. Are these easy enough for you to stick to? What would be your biggest issue when trying to live a healthy lifestyle? I can’t wait to bring you more tidbits on how to live happy and healthy.

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Life

Dream Spaces, Moving, and Spring Cleaning!

This has been one of the most insane weeks that I have had in a long time. My husband and I decided to stick to being true procrastinators and move an entire apartment worth of our stuff in only 2-3 days. Now all I can see far and wide in our new house is boxes, boxes and more boxes. To relieve my stress of course I turn to Pinterest and begin to look up beautiful living spaces. Rooms that would inspire both Chase and myself to get up and do things, a house that we would love to entertain in. :)

Heres what I came up with…

livingroomI am such a huge fan of hard wood floors- I love a simple space.

kitchenNatural Light>>>>>>

homeofficeOkay, this would be perfect for my etsy shop.

Laundry roomThis won’t come for a while in our house, but a girl can dream.

bathroomHis and hers bathroom.. my husband would love the masculinity. Ours is pink and green at the moment, which I don’t think he appreciates.

bedroomWe just got a sleigh bed. Something I have wanted my entire life.

I can not wait to get the renovations under way. Stay tuned for our updates to the inside and outside of our house! I will be posting plenty of organization and renovation tips for you guys.

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Click HERE to see the sweet potato pie I made back in the fall. It’s always the right time for pie ;)

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