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1. Do your squats. Eat your veggies. Wear red lipstick & don’t let boys be mean to you.

Oh yeah, and buy cute shirts from Activate Apparel

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2. These days I’ve been super thankful I no longer work my office 9-5 job. I can sit outside and soak up the sunshine whenever I want. *disclaimer* I was wearing shorts. They just got cropped out and I know the screen looks black, but I actually was doing work.

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3. Still day dreaming about future adventures and I’m less than a month away from my California trip! You can check out my bucket list here!

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4. I’ve been distancing myself from so much negativity in my life. The more grateful I am for what I’ve been given the less energy I have to deal with negativity or complaining. If you start each day with a grateful heart, I’m sure your outlook with be a little better!

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5. Some days I don’t go any where but I just like to play with my Mac make up. Russian Red and Brave lipsticks are my current favorites!

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I decided to try out a new essential oil recipe for deodorant after my current all natural stick ran out. Last year I made the switch to Tom’s natural deodorant, only to realize it still had aluminum in it, then I found a company on Etsy who sold all natural that worked well but now I’ve decided to make my own!

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Our bodies sweat for a reason, but when we use aluminum filled anti perspirants or deodorants to prevent the sweat for coming out of our body it’s not allowing our bodies to release those toxins naturally and then they get clogged in our pits and can affect our lymph nodes.

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Two questionable things found in popular deodorants, aluminum and parabens, have links to breast cancer. There are scientific studies proving a link and there are articles saying there is no link.. But I like to err on the side of caution when I can with my health, and since I have the natural ingredients.. why not make it myself? I know this isn’t bad for me!

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For those who need step by step measurements.. you didn’t come to the right place. (I know, I failed you, I’m sorry!) I guesstimated this based off of friends recommendations. I started with a generous amount of coconut oil that I thought would fit in my size mason jar, added about 2 teaspoons of witch hazel and then added about 30 drop of essential oils. I used peppermint for its natural cooling/tingly/amazing smelly goodness and Melaluca (Tea Tree oil) for its help with many different skin issues I mixed in arrowroot powder, then some baking soda, and then some more arrowroot powder until I got my desired consistency!

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If you have sensitive skin, skip the baking soda and just add more arrowroot. Most recipes will call for like 1/2c of both but I was told baking soda can irritate you skin. So I just added a little bit, maybe like 1/4c to 3/4c arrowroot!

If you’re a momma who is pregnant or nursing, skip the peppermint and try joy, citrus fresh or lavender instead. Peppermint is used to dry up milk supply for weening littles!

And there you have it! Toxic free deodorant. Don’t knock it till you try it.

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I’m always on the search for new products to try out, especially ones that can make me healthier! Being a vegetarian who doesn’t eat a lot of dairy, I can be B 12 deficient. I try to get my nutrients in food but sometimes I have taken multivitamins. Which leads me to my next point.. I h-a-t-e taking pills. You know this part in The Grinch, where he points to the book and says “Hate, hate, hate, double hate… LOATHE ENTIRELY”? Yeah, that’s me talking to any pill or supplement I need to take. I feel like no matter how big or small they always feel like they’re stuck in my throat and it bothers me. So needless to say, I was excited to try out Vita Science’s Maxasorb Vitamin B 12 Cream!

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A full application is two pumps from the bottle and you just rub into your wrists and forearms. It’s easy to use and I love it. It provides 320 micrograms of B 12, 120 micrograms of B3 and 10 micrograms of Folate! The active ingredients are Methylcobalamin and Niacin. And this cream is paraban free!

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So if you’re on the search to get some added B12 I recommend you trying out this B 12 Cream! If you know of any other vitamin creams you love, let me know! I would later myself in oils and creams if would replace all of my supplements!

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As always, opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Let me start this off by saying, I’m not a food blogger, but I love to eat good food. And for my birthday I was able to get a reservation during the soft opening of downtown Annapolis’s new restaurant, Preserve. My brother is the sous chef and our family loves to reap the rewards of where he works!

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From their website, “Preserve is a casual American restaurant using sustainable and local products.  Pickling, Preserving and Fermenting is a passion and focus on the menu.”

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The place is set up and decorated really cool. The wall has ‘edible art’ which are filled with jars of pickled fruits and vegetables and preserves, which is all made in house and hopefully will eventually be available for purchase.

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And the restaurant has an awesome open style. Not only can you see everything going on ‘behind the scenes’ with this open layout, you can even sit at the kitchen bar and watch the food being prepared.

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The general consensus from our table after trying the Quick Pickle snack was that the Old Bay turnips and the fennel were the favorites! And that is a mason jar cut in half!

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The drinks are another detail that has a special touch. You won’t find pepsi products, but instead you’ll find house made sodas, special infused cocktails, and Maryland bottles of wine and 4 Maryland beers on tap.

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I was excited to try these perogies because, hello… potatoes. And they did not disappoint. I really wish I didn’t have to share with the rest of the table but at the same time I wanted them to know how good they were. When you try out Preserve, these are a must have!

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For my main course I got the Cauliflower steak, which was served with herbed farro, white bean hummus and a brown butter sauce poured table side. I had said before I wasn’t sure how much I would like the food, I don’t have an advance palette but I was so impressed. I loved it. And I love how vegetarian friendly this restaurant is!

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The only other meal I photographed was my sister who got the Ribeye Steak. Oh and those fries are amazing. They aren’t prepared ahead of time, they’re not even cut ahead of time. When your order is placed, potatoes get cut and fried to order. #GetInMyBellyPreserve | Downtown Annapolis | www.amylorraine.com

As a special birthday treat I got to try the Tandy Cake. It is a white cake with a layer of peanut butter and topped with a layer of chocolate glaze. My sweet tooth was satisfied and I even shared with the table!

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I’m just starting to get into vlogging and here is my first official vlog. I realized when I was home and editing this together that I didn’t record anything once our food came… which should speak for itself. If I had you would have seen our family stuffing our face.

 

So the next time you’re in Downtown Annapolis and looking to fuel your body with fresh and seasonal food, make sure you try Preserve!

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Today I turned 26.

I did nothing and it was awesome.

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My day started off with this donut cake.

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I still have bed head and I’m still half asleep but if I was to be woken up daily with a donut cake I might be enticed to get up earlier… might. [Please excuse the horrible-front-camera-bad-lighting-iphone-selfie-quality of this photo.. It’s my birthday, so you have to let it pass.]

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 It’s really funny how you envision your life to be when your X years old. Twenty six seems like really old but here I am and I don’t feel like I’m old enough to say I’m 26. I’m not upset by any means or crying about my youth, but I’m just kind of in awe that I’m 26.. Not sure where those 19-25 years went?

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The one thing I am most excited for this year is BRUCE. His mom is my best friend Krista’s dog Molly so I got these photos in a text from Krista this morning. #BestTextEver and less than 6 weeks until he’s coming home!

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Getting old has put a lot on my mind in terms of where I’m at, and where I want to be so I actually wrote down a list of goals I want to achieve. The one I’m most excited about is to travel to all 7 continents, and preferably by my 30th birthday. One consistent dream of mine has always been to travel the world and so I created this Bucket List.

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Now I’m off to watch Big Hero 6 and fall asleep early! Here’s to turning 26. I have a feeling it will be the sweetest year yet!;)

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Five on Friday post, but I’ve got some goodness to share. Mainly a puppy. But the rest is good too!

Corgi Puppy | Five on Friday | April 10th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com1. Brucey!! For those of you just tuning in, I’m getting a corgi puppy! Since his mom, Molly, is one of my best friends dog, I get to go see him when she’s home from college! *insert all the feels*

Five on Friday | April 10th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com2. #UnpopularOpinion I’m not a big fan of avocados. I can eat them when they’re cooked in a dish but just eating them straight.. nope. Can’t do it. I was surprised I loved this avocado toast with a fried egg. I just cut the avocado in half, removed the pit, and cubed it while still in the peel. I put in the toaster with my bread, and then mashed together while warm and mixed in a bit of salt and pepper. Nom!

Five on Friday | April 10th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com3. This nice weather is SUCH a tease. I get so happy when the sun is shining and close to 70. I put on shorts, grabbed some fruit and Half The Sky and laid out with Roxy to soak up as much sun as I possibly could.

Five on Friday | April 10th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com4. This is my newest favorite quote and some serious words to live by. I’ve never really believed you should only give respect once you’ve gotten respect from people. You should just respect everyone. There is no reason to be disrespectful, even when someone wrongs you. I’ve learned to simply not engage with those who don’t respect me. They’ll get the message.

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5. I posted this morning and got a few questions about this floral print. It’s actually a kimono laying across my desk, which I got from boohoo.com last year!

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date! And if you want the latest and greatest from Bruce, you can follow him too!;)

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I’m a visual person and I love my Young Living Oil bottles labels! The bright colors are aesthetically pleasing and being able to arrange them in color code, like my closet, makes me happy. So I knew I needed to use my nail polish rack as my essential oil storage system!

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I first bought this for my nail polish, but I love the look of the oils sitting out instead! On the top row, I have all my roller bottles and my theives mints! The next three rows are color order of the 15ml bottles I have, and the last two are color coded of all the 5ml bottles! The random 3 oils are set to the side for my oil giveaway you can learn about here.

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Don’t they just look so pretty! It’s bright and happy and I love it! I know some people alphabetize theirs but how could you deal with that chaos?;)Essential Oil Storage | www.amylorraine.com

If your oil collection isn’t as large as mine and you want to start of with something smaller this table top nail rack would be perfect or for a different look you could try this black metal storage rack!Essential Oil Storage | www.amylorraine.com

The other way I store my oils is when I’m traveling and need to bring a few with me. This little bag came from Victoria’s Secret in a luggage set and is supposed to be a cosmetic bag. Since I already have bags for my makeup and this one is lined with a plastic I knew it would be perfect for my oils. I make sure they’re all tightened before putting in the bag but just in case one were to leak, I wouldn’t have issues with it getting everywhere else!
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Do you have a different way to store your oils? I’d love to hear about it so don’t forget to leave a comment! If you want to know how to get started and order Essential Oils check out this post and see some of the way’s I’ve been using EO’s here!

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I get a lot of questions about how to order Young Living Essential Oils and how to get started with the Premium Starter Kit. I know I’m a visual learner and know so many others are too! So I’m going to walk you through the process! First thing you’ll need to do is head over to the site here! Make sure you’re country and language are set up (If you are in a different country, some premium starter kits may not be available, if you have further questions just message me using the contact tab on my blog and I’ll let you know whats the best option for your country!) My member number should automatically be entered but if not enter 1921693!

The one thing I will say is that wether you have any interest in the business (and you don’t have to have any to sign up) or just looking for a natural way to help you, your team will be the most important aspect of signing up. My group has SO much knowledge and information to help everyone succeed. Testimonials and information on how to use the oils makes it so much easier to get started and you’ll be filled with knowledge before you kit even arrives!

Enter in your information and read/agree to the Terms and Conditions, create your username, password and pin! It’s smart to write that pin number down because if you ever need something with customer service or live chat, you’ll need to have it! Young Living actually has some of the best customer service reps so you won’t actual dread talking to them!
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The second part is to choose which kit you want. There are 4 different types of premium starter kits and the same 4 in a spanish version. The Premium Start Kit and the Premium Starter Kit with Bamboo diffuser include the 5ml oil bottle. The one I choose (with bamboo diffuser) is circled below. The other PSK’s are the Thieves start or Ningxia Red. If you compare all the options you’ll see that the PSK with oil bottle and diffuser is the best value and the best start to get introduced with the oils.

The everyday oil kit (green box pictured) includes Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Joy, Purification, Stress Away, Melaluca A (Tea Tree Oil), PanAway, and Theives! The PSKs also include Citrus Fresh and samples of a few oils, a roller ball top and Ningxia Red samples too!

How To Order Your Young Living Premium Starter Kit | www.amylorraine.comThen the next step is the Essential Rewards and you can skip this section and just select No Thank You!  Essential Rewards is a great option but you can always sign up later when you’re loving your oils and need more. It will allow you to rack up points and get free oils! T

Then add your credit card information and hit next!

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You then have the option to add any additional products to your order. Just make sure you complete the check out process (you’ll get the email confirmation!) If you’re wondering about other oils to add, I would seriously suggest Cedarwood to help with sleep and the Deep Relief Roll on to help with any sore muscle or pain. It helps tremendously with my back pain and I’m always stocked up so I don’t run out!

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask me! And feel free to check out some of the way’s I’ve been using EO’s!

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For my birthday I do as many acts of kindness for the age that I am. Last year, I gave away a newborn session and this year, I’m giving away a home diffuser and three 5ml bottles of Young Living’s essential oils in this spring giveaway! These are amazing and have helped with my allergies. For more information and how to enter head over to my instagram and find this picture! Details are in the caption! Good Luck!

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These day’s I’m all about comfort. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable and still look cute. Also any look looks better with some red lips!

Jacket | Shirt | Pants | Shoes

Lipstick | Necklace | Rings | Purse

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The reason I wanted to start a Project 365 is because ever since starting my business I had been taking my camera out less and less for me. But I felt like it would inspire me to document my day to day life, remind me why I went to into photography in the first place and help me become a better photographer since you know practice makes perfect. I had concerns starting it because I don’t have cute kids or a puppy yet and my life isn’t really that exciting. My day to day routine is pretty much the same and my creativity has been at a stand still.

I’m so unmotivated to do it. I think it’s great in theory, and when I have children I will be photographing them like a crazy paparazzi.  I think the same burn out photographers get when only photographing clients, was what I started to feel with this Project. I *had* to take a picture everyday. I’m a photographer who wants to be proud of the work she posts and there are a few images I’ve posted that I only did post because I needed something for that day.

I will make a point to shoot more for myself and personal but it won’t be everyday. And I’m okay with that.

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