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FroYo Fruit Bites – Summer Treats

Happy Tuesday, Today’s blog post is a simple one! These froyo fruit bites will have you wanting more all summer long. Here’s what you’ll need: PREP: 1. Muffin & pastry pan 2. Cup liners 3. Fruit (your favorite summer fruit ) 4. 2 1/2 Greek Yogurt (your favorite yogurt ) 5. 2 cups Granola 6. 4 tablespoons Honey 7. 4 tablespoons Peanut Butter Directions: Place cup liners inside pan and use cooking spray so ingredients won’t stick. Next, grab a bowl and mix the granola, peanut butter and honey together. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture and place inside the cup liners. Once the base is filled with the granola mixture, use a clean spoon to fill half of the liner with your choice of yogurt. After, dice up fruit into small pieces and lay on top of yogurt. Place in freezer for 30 mins before serving. Easy as that! Let me know what you guys think 😉 Enjoy -Dawn

The Secret is Out | My South Beach Journey

The secret is out, and it feels so good to finally open up and share my weight-loss story with you all!!! About a year ago a long time friend of mine mentioned a great opportunity that might be of interest to me. The agency she was working for was looking for candidates for an upcoming weight-loss program. She recommended that I submit my story and photos to the agency as soon as possible due to the amount of interest these types weight loss programs generate. I quickly gathered some pictures and composed the letter that would change my life forever!  Five days after submitting my story, I received an email from Paige (agent) telling me that I had been pre-selected for the program- YAY! She then scheduled an interview – more like an audition – where the agent asked a number of questions while being recorded on camera- yikes! I’d be lying if I said, I wasn’t nervous. When the day to interview finally arrived, I remembered being excited yet nervous while on the drive. …

3 ways to Kick your New Year’s Resolutions into High Gear!

It’s the New Year which means new goals, hopes, and dreams. I hope that by this time you’ve already been working some of them.! If not there’s no need to panic there’s still plenty of time to get back on track. Today, I wanted to share three easy ways to help kick your New Year’s Resolutions into high gear. Let’s get started. 1. Set goals that are simple and realistic! How many times have we set high expectations and goals for ourselves and fail to follow through or lose motivation? The answer is probably….. always ! It’s great to have high expectations but take each goal one step at a time. For example, one of my personal goals this year is to read one book per month. I set a ” realistic ” goal because I knew if I said I wanted to read two books each month, it probably wouldn’t happen.. and this is just me being honest with myself. Instead, I set a goal (aka, a simple goal) that I knew I could …

6 Personal Questions with Matt | Relationships

For the longest time, people have requested from me to start sharing more of my relationship with Matt on my blog. We’ll be celebrating 6 years this July, so what better way than to ask him “6 personal questions.” So…. without further ado, here’s Matt’s FIRST guest blog post. Let’s do this. What’s the most annoying thing about Dawn? 1) That’s a hard question…there’s so many that come to mind! Just playing:) Its not so much annoying as it is a pet- peeve but Dawn drives like a maniac and plays her techno music really loud! She also never returns things, I cant tell you how many times I’ve thought I lost something only to find it like a month later in her car. Who were you pre-Matt and Dawn? 2) I was a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude! (Tropic Thunder reference for you guys.) Umm I’d have to say that in many ways I haven’t changed much. My core values, beliefs and respect for everyone has been very consistent. If anything …

My Top Editing Applications

In a world ruled by social media, it’s important to evolve with current trends and changes in algorithms. Companies and even bloggers rely on their platforms to represent who they are as individuals and as businesses. I believe that having the right filters, content, consistency, and theme for your Instagram is critical to get noticed. For the longest time, I researched for different ways to step up my Instagram game up a notch. I’ve also become more selective when it comes to my pictures. Why is this important? Think about what impressions you get when you visit your favorite store. Is it tidy and clean? Is it messy? How are your favorite products being displayed? Are they visually appealing? The same thing is applied online. Since people can’t physically see the item, it’s important to capture their attention with stunning pictures and creative content. If you are looking to switch things up on Instagram, then you’ve come to the right place. The first question you need to ask yourself is, what type of theme am …

How I Got Rhabdomyolysis

On May 29th, my boyfriend, his dad, and a few close friends decided we would do a workout at Crossfit Studio City. The WOD (Work Out of the Day) was dedicated to Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. In remembrance of Lieutenant Murphy, the Crossfit community gets together every Memorial Day and completes one of the toughest workouts, known as, Murph. Murph 1 mile run 100 pulls ups 200 push-ups 300 air squats 1 mile run Post Murph: Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling a little sore but nothing out of the ordinary. I had done Murph three times in my life, so I knew it was common to feel some soreness after an intense workout. It wasn’t until Wednesday and Thursday when I noticed I wasn’t getting better and was beginning to feel sorer as the days progressed. I couldn’t sleep, and I was frustrated that I couldn’t bend my arms or even get myself dressed–Yes, it hurt that much! Matthew and I, even …

How to Travel on a Budget

My urge to travel began in 2014 when I was scrolling through my friends Instagram feed and saw her adventures in Italy. I remember sitting down and saying to myself, ” I wish I could travel to Paris.” Just saying it out loud made me realize how foolish that sounded. I realized I was restricting myself from seeing the world because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it. After thinking about it all day and speaking to my boyfriend about it, we decided that it was time to take that next step and figure it out along the way. A few months later, our plans to travel the world were coming true. I’ll be honest, we didn’t know how to prepare for a trip, and we weren’t expecting our tickets to be worth $1700 each! With only six months before our trip, we could not find anything cheaper, so we settled and went for it. We were fortunate enough to have a friend that lived out in Paris, which eliminated the hotel …

Party Planning Guide

  Hello Party People, The Holiday’s are finally upon us; so that means cocktails, leftover turkey sandwiches, smash potatoes and plenty of parties to attend! I recently celebrated my 27th birthday and let me just say, planning my party was an experience I’ll never forget. If you’re not prepared, planning your party can be a very stressful thing to do. I want to make things very easy for you guys, so I’ll share some great tips on how to throw the “perfect party” with minimal stress! Party Planning Checklist: Three Weeks Before 1.Make a guest list 2.Send invitations 3.Decide on a theme and venue Side Note: I planned my party a month prior. I figured many people have plans for Halloween in advance, so I’m happy I did it sooner rather than later! Two Weeks Before 1.Come up with a good playlist (side note) I made my playlist the day off, don’t do this; plan ahead and avoid the stress. Hey, the “Thong Song” was a hit! 2.Make a list of grocery items for the party …

BikiniBod Giveaway

Hello & Welcome Back I wanted to do a little giveaway of some of my favorite products. BikiniBod & I partnered up together to give one lucky winner the opportunity to try these products out. My personal favorite has to be the #beautysleep tea and I’ll link all of their information down below so you can read more about them. Here’s what you’ll receive: BIKINIBOD – THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY BODY FORMULA (Typically 49.99) BEAUTY SLEEP BY BIKINIBOD (Typically $32.99) Discreet Pill Holder Keychain  AND!!!!!! I’m ALSO giving away a $25 gift card to Sephora Here’s what you need in order to enter: 1. Simply subscribe to my blog 2.In the comments section below, share with me why you would like to win this giveaway. P.S Be sure to leave your email in the comment section! Winner announced Monday @ 12pm / Look for updated post https://www.bikinibod.com Update;  So instead of one winner, the surprise was TWO lucky winners.  congrats to Nicole D and Olivia W (Olivia winner of Sephora gift card)  I’ll email you ladies later …

Netflix – Binge Watching

Hello my fellow Netflix lovers, Are you just like me that can practically binge watch multiple episodes in one or two days? I think we are all guilty of this. I can’t begin to mention how many times Matty (boyfriend) & I have cuddled in bed and just watched our favorite tv shows all day! Below, you’ll find ALL my favorite shows to watch including some new one. 1. Dexter – The show that started it all!!!! 2. Game of Thrones 3. Revenge 4. How to Get Away with Murder 5. Prison Break 6. Sons of Anarchy 7. The Walking Dead 8. Once upon a Time 9. Pretty Little Liars 10. The Flash 11. Homeland 12. Jessica Jones 13. Heroes 14. Jane the Virgin 15. Suits 16. Shameless 17. Glee 18. Rules of Engagement 19. Parks & Recreation 20. Orange is the New Black 21. The Vampire Diaries 22. Scandal 23. American Horror Story 24. The Affair 25. Making a Murderer 26. Wayward Pines 27. Empire 28. The Night of – Current Favorite 29. Outcast – Current Favorite …