Saturday Coffee Thoughts

Good Morning!

Today is Saturday and my plan was to sleep in but my body just won’t let me.

When I woke up this morning I looked over at Luna’s cage and she was just sitting there staring right at me with her innocent little bunny eyes. I wonder just how long she had been watching me? I gave her some breakfast and bunny snuggles and now she is in her post-meal lounging position.

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Now I am enjoying a big cup of coffee and browsing the internet, thinking of my weekend plans and getting inspired for things I want to do with my blog and just life in general.

This Wednesday, November 9th is my birthday and last year I turned 30, which was a little rough. I was in Barcelona, one of my most favorite cities in the whole world but I felt down. It was weird. The day before was great but then on the day of my birthday I just felt in a funk. I hear that it happens to a lot of people when they turn 30 and I know it happened to my husband, so he was sympathetic and so sweet to me the whole day. Eventually my day turned around and I accepted the fact that years come and go but your age does not dictate who you are. This year I don’t want to allow myself to get into that funk so I am adjusting my attitude and perspective about age and birthdays in general.

Last night I was out with a girl friend and we were chatting about life, future plans, and aging in general. We got into a discussion about society and the expectations that we are all supposed to have everything figured out by 30. Society tells women that you have to be successful in your career, married, have kids, and look drop dead gorgeous. We’re expected to have it all, be it all, and do it all. This is just not realistic or necessary. Why do we have to build a life that conforms to curated images from a magazine? We should be living the life we feel is best for us, at this time. I always believe that you can have everything you want but not all at once.

I am feeling some pressure as my birthday approaches to set more finite goals about commons life events like having kids and buying a house. I have to take a step back though and think about what is best for me and my husband at this time. Once I do that I see that we are happy and we have a great life so if the picture of our life doesn’t match up to society’s standard we will just have to set our own standards.

This weekend I will spend some time brainstorming and planning for this next year of life by setting some new (reasonable) goals. Stay tuned for a follow up blog post where I will share my goals with you!

That’s why I’m thinking about at 9am on this Saturday morning. How about you? Haha

I want to do more informal blog posts like this where we can start a discussion about life and maybe we can help each other through shared advice and experiences. Leave me any comments you have about life, aging, and society in the comments section. You can also leave thoughts on my Instagram, Facebook page, or tweet me @courtneywval.

I hope you have a lovely weekend! Talk to you soon!

<3

 

 

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The Most Halloween Costumes I’ve Ever Worn!

Happy Halloween, friends!

In honor of this festive holiday I am sharing all of the costumes I have worn this month. Yes, I have worn multiple costumes! My office created a costume contest to win gift cards. All we had to do to enter was dress up at least 4 times in the month of October and our name would be entered into a raffle to win one of the gift cards. Today we are having a company Halloween party at Dave and Busters, where they will pick winners. Fingers crossed I win one! Even if I don’t win, it was really fun to dress up! I am usually a little shy about dressing up like this but I work with such an awesome and fun group of people, their confidence is contagious!

Here are the costumes I wore this month:

Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)

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Jean Grey (Marvel)

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Wonder Girl (Teen Titans)

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Ranicorn (Adventure Time)

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Tiger

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Nerd

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Cat

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Miss Starbucks

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Tinkerbell

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Let me know which costume was your favorite and if you dressed up this year I would love to know what costume you wore! I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween and I’ll talk to you soon!

<3

Courtney

 

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Life Update!

Hi Friends!

 

In case you missed it I posted a new video on my YouTube channel giving you a little update about where I have been and what I have been up to. Watch the video below to get caught up. New videos will be coming out each and every week so don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you again very soon!

 

Leave me any comments, questions, or video requests in the comments section.

<3

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Quick, Easy, And Healthy Weekly Meal Plan.

Hi there friends!

This week I want to share with you my quick, easy, and healthy meal plan. If you’ve been hanging around here for a while then you will know that I follow the Tone It Up Nutrition plan so these meals are all Tone It Up approved.

The meal plan I created this week is perfect for people like me who are always on the go but still need to stay mindful of their health and nutrition. As you know I also suffer from migraines so these meals are all free from my migraine-triggers. I do drink caffeine, which is a big migraine trigger for some people but not for me.

Also, you will see a lot of repetition because I think that makes it easier to prepare my meals ahead of time.  I don’t mind repetition but you could always switch things up while keeping the same general concepts in place. In case you are new to my blog, I am not a registered dietitian or doctor so you should always consult your doctor before starting a new nutrition plan.

Let me know in a comment what type of meals you have planned for this week and maybe I will try them for next week!

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Monday:

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Find the recipe here: http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/meals/smccully2/meta-d-drink/

Coffee with stevia (While I get ready for work)

Meal 1– 8:30AM : Protein Oats (quick oats, protein powder, soy/almond milk)

Coffee with stevia and almond or soy milk

Meal 2– 10:30AM: 1 piece of fruit- Orange

20 oz of water

Meal 3-12:30PM : Whole wheat wrap with almond butter and real fruit preserves.

Celery sticks

20 oz of water with lemon

Meal 4-3:45PM- Kind bar or Luna bar

Coffee with stevia (almond/soy milk optional)

Meal 5-6:30PM- Mixed green salad with 4oz of shrimp seasoned with Ms. Dash, cucumber, and lemon juice on top. You can also add other veggies like bell peppers, celery, tomato,etc.

20 oz of water

After Dinner: Sleepytime Tea or cinnamon tea

Tuesday:

Wake up-Meta-D

Coffee with stevia (While I get ready for work)

Meal 1– 8:30AM : Protein Oats (quick oats, protein powder, soy/almond milk)

Coffee with stevia and almond or soy milk

Meal 2– 10:30AM: 1 piece of fruit- Apple

20 oz of water

Meal 3-12:30PM :Baked sweet potato with fajita style mixed veggies and Moringstar crumbles on top.

20 oz of water with lemon

Meal 4-3:45PM- Kind bar or Luna bar

Coffee with stevia (almond/soy milk optional)

Meal 5-6:30PM- Grilled Asparagus with Ms. Dash and 4 oz of leftover shrimp

20 oz of water

After Dinner: Sleepytime Tea or cinnamon tea

Wednesday:

Wake up-Meta-D

Coffee with stevia (While I get ready for work)

Meal 1– 8:30AM : Protein Oats (quick oats, protein powder, soy/almond milk)

Coffee with stevia and almond or soy milk

Meal 2– 10:30AM: 1 piece of fruit- Grapes

20 oz of water

Meal 3-12:30PM :Quinoa with fajita style mixed veggies and 1 cup of black beans.

Meal 4-3:45PM- Kind bar or Luna bar

Coffee with stevia (almond/soy milk optional)

Meal 5-6:30PM-Mixed green salad with cucumber, red and yellow bell peppers, and any other veggies you like. 4oz of grilled white fish. Lemon juice on top.

After Dinner: Sleepytime Tea or cinnamon tea

Thursday:

Wake up-Meta-D

Coffee with stevia (While I get ready for work)

Meal 1– 8:30AM : Protein Oats (quick oats, protein powder, soy/almond milk)

Coffee with stevia and almond or soy milk

Meal 2– 10:30AM: 1 piece of fruit- Orange

20 oz of water

Meal 3-12:30PM :Baked sweet potato with Morningstar crumbles and mixed veggies.

Meal 4-3:45PM- Kind bar or Luna bar

Coffee with stevia (almond/soy milk optional)

Meal 5-6:30PM-Grilled Asparagus seasoned with Ms. Dash and 4 oz Ahi Tuna steak.

After Dinner: Sleepytime Tea or cinnamon tea

Friday:

Wake up-Meta-D

Coffee with stevia (While I get ready for work)

Meal 1– 8:30AM : Protein Oats (quick oats, protein powder, soy/almond milk)

Coffee with stevia and almond or soy milk

Meal 2– 10:30AM: 1 piece of fruit- Grapes

20 oz of water

Meal 3-12:30PM :Whole wheat wrap with almond butter and real fruit preserves.

Celery Sticks

Meal 4-3:45PM- Kind bar or Luna bar

Coffee with stevia (almond/soy milk optional)

Meal 5-6:30PM- Usually I go out for happy hour on Friday so I just try to choose a mix of lean protein with vegetables but… if I have a few fries I’m not going to stress about it.

1 glass (Ok, maybe two) of prosecco or white wine.

 

I hope this was helpful if you are also a busy person on the go and need quick, easy, and healthy meal ideas. The next blog post will be all about my weekly workouts so stay tuned!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I’ll talk to you soon,

<3

Courtney

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New Handbag Review: Miami Swim Week 2016 Pop-Up Shop

Hello lovelies!

This is a late post I know but I’m going to pull the “better late than never” card and just carry on. Sound good? Great!

This Summer I had the pleasure to attend some Miami Swim Week 2016 events including a pop-up handbag shop by Louise & Eleanor, a designer based out of L.A.

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Before this event I had never heard of this brand but I am so happy I found them. This is not just another fashion brand. It’s part of an important movement: Fashion For A Cause.

Louise & Eleanor donate part of their profits to help charitable causes, specifically organizations that empower women. Many of you know that I have worked for most of my adult life as an advocate to empower women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or facing a life-changing crisis.
Knowing that my purchase goes to support such amazing organizations makes my heart happy.

In Miami, Louise & Eleanor donate to The Lotus House, an organization that empowers homeless women through its support services. In L.A. they support Two Wings, an organization that provides assistance to survivors of sex trafficking.

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When I carry this bag I can’t wait for people to ask me, “Where did you get that beautiful purse?” because it opens up the door to share information about empowering women through advocacy and crisis intervention services. Also, their handbags are beautiful and very well made so I’m am always happy to share great fashion finds with others.

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As you can see this bag is a beautiful blend of pink, purple, orange, and gold tones which makes it a great piece to carry during Spring, Summer, and even as a transition piece into Fall. Of course if you live in a warm climate like me then this bag can be used year-round. The bag has a metallic sheen to it, which makes it perfect for a night out or a more fancy daytime occasion like a wedding. This clutch can actually hold a lot including a small wallet, phone, and makeup essentials. I have even fit my small point and shoot camera in here. The inside is made of soft cotton so your camera and phone will be well protected. The closure on the front is magnetic and stays securely shut. The overall feel of this bag is luxurious but not too much so, that you don’t want to take it out of it’s protective bag.

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The price-point on these handbags can vary depending on the material used. I paid $78 for this particular clutch and I feel it is well worth the price.

I am very pleased with this handbag and I definitely have my eye on a couple other bags by this brand. I did purchase this handbag with my own money and all of these opinions are my honest thoughts.

You can check out their handbag collection by visiting their website here: http://louiseandeleanor.com/

I will be doing more posts and videos talking about the Fashion For A Cause movement so stay tuned! Leave me any comments or questions you may have because I would love to hear from you.

Don’t forget to follow my other social media sites to stay up to date with what I’m doing.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk to you soon,
<3
Courtney

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Let’s Work Together!

Interested in working with me?

Email me at courtney@coffeewithcourtney.com

Current services offered:

~Product reviews and feedback

~Product demonstrations in both video and written form

~Content writing for other blogs or print publications

~Content translation English-Spanish and Spanish-English

~Social media content management

~Creative strategy development

 

Want to work with me on another type of project? Email me with your idea!

 

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At Home Anti-Aging Spa Hand Treatment

It’s Sunday which means I just posted a new video on my YouTube channel.

In this video I am sharing the at home spa hand treatment I do weekly to keep my hands looking healthy and youthful. It’s easy and affordable too! Check it out below and don’t forget to subscribe to see new videos every week!

 

 

I hope you enjoy this video and leave any video request below in a comment.

 

Talk to you soon!

<3

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New Vlog: I Cut My Hair….Finally!

Hi Friends!

Have you seen my new vlog? This Saturday I cut a significant amount of my hair off and I thought I would share that with you along with a little shopping trip I did. You can watch below!

I am thinking about doing more vlogs here and there but I would love your feedback. Let me know if you would like to see more follow me around, day in the life,or vlog-style videos.

 

Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!

<3

 

CHOPPING MY HAIR OFF | VLOG: May 14th, 2016

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Quick Morning Workout Routine

Good Monday Morning!

Today I want to share a really quick morning workout I often do when I don’t have much time in the morning. Some may think 15 minutes is not enough to get in a workout but I think a few minutes is better than nothing!

This is the routine and the order in which I do the moves so you will see some moves are repeated.

~Sun salutation with a dive and stretch toward the floor

(Hold for 10-15 while focusing on breathing in and out)

~Shoulder rolls forwards and back

~20 squats

~10 lunges each leg

~Sun salutation with a dive

(Slowly roll back up)

~20 squats

~10 lunges each leg

~10 shoulder presses

(use 2-5lb weights if you have.)

~10 upright rows 

(Using same weights)

~Sun salutation with a dive

~Downward facing dog

~Plank 30 seconds

(or however long you can hold it)

~10 shoulder presses

~10 upright rows

~Sun salutation with a dive

~Downward facing dog

~Plank for 3o seconds

~20 squats

Done!

Let me know if you have a go-to quick morning workout because I would love to try it!

Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. (2)

 

 

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