Fine Dimes: Miami Times…And My 2 Travel Must Haves

Fine Dimes: Miami Times | The Bombshell Files

So this is a day late and a buck short, but I wanted to post some pics from the holidays in Miami AND share some must haves when traveling.

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{The first full day we were there was Christmas Eve/Noche Buena.  J’s Aunt always throws a big party, with tons of people, great food, and a fun band.  And the only picture I got from the night was of the tree.  But it was gorge.}

Travel Must Haves:

2 of my travel must haves these days are my kindle and podcasts.  I used to get so bored on flights because I’d either pack a book that I wasn’t that into, or get tired of my playlists…or forget to download my amazon songs onto my phone, which apparently you can’t access 40,000 ft in the air.  But these 2 little lifesavers have been gold.  Now, I look forward to fly days where I can just read or listen, uninterrupted for hours :)

I’m not sure why I got a kindle so late in the game, but color me obsessed.   I feel like everybody blows up books, like, oh my god nothing beats holding a paper book, kindles just aren’t the same.  Which okay, I get it, but the ease of a kindle wins in my mind by a freaking landslide.

Not only are they ridiculously light and portable, you can get new books so easily.  I always keep it in my purse.  It’s great to pull out in a waiting room or when you’re taking a break at work.  Oh! and how easy is it to hold one of those when reading in bed?  I just love.  I find myself reading so much more and I know the convenient factor is playing a huge part in that.

Kindle By The Water | The Bombshell Files

{Reading The Cartel by Don Winslow}

And podcasts!  Where were these when I was living in Chicago taking the L and buses all the time?

Now, I listen to them on my drives to and from work.

Currently LOVING The Joe Rogan Experience.

Joe Rogan is the host/interviewer and he has so many great guests.  He gets guests from all walks of life.  He has comedians, professors, psychologists, and so many interesting people.  He is also an MMA fighter host so he has a lot of those guys on his show, but I’m not too into those so I usually skip to the other episodes.  But he’s been doing 3-4 shows per week for the last 6 years, so he has a shit ton of shows to listen to.  And he’s a really great host because he has so many interests all across the board and always asks his guests the questions you want to ask.

Can you tell I love that podcast?

It’s been keeping me entertained for months.  But I am definitely open to new ones too!  Any good ones out there I’m missing?  I am planning on checking out Tim Ferriss’ podcast.  I hear he’s super motivating and has a lot of business/productivity wisdom.

Now back to the Miami trip:

Hibiscus Champagne | The Bombshell Files

{My sis-in-law made these gorgeous champagne/hibiscus drinks on Christmas morning}

New Years Nail Polish | The Bombshell Files

{The prettiest rose-y nail polish I picked for my toes on New Years}

New Years Eve | The Bombshell Files

{Me and J before the ball dropped.  I chose athleisure for my New Years attire}

Grapes At Midnight | The Bombshell Files

{Gotta eat those 12 grapes the first minute of the New Year.  Pretty sure I forgot all about that and just casually ate them while watching fireworks}

One of the big highlights for me on this trip (randomly) was the Pitbull New Year’s Party.  I guess he hosted this event last New Year’s and it’s becoming a tradition.  So, I kind of love Pitbull (it’s a secret love not many people know about) AND we would be able to view/hear the concert from my father-in-law’s apartment.  I was super pumped!  I get to enjoy the New Years celebration in the comfort of our apartment in my athleisure attire.  Yes, please.

Then, it ended with fireworks (my fave, duh).  But can we talk about how hard it is to take good pictures of fireworks??  Is it just me?  My pics always end up looking smoky and not impressive.  Sorry guys, no firework pics.

All in all, great times!

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Don’t forget to let me know about any podcasts you are loving!

♦ Stephanie

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2 Ingredient Valentine’s Recipe …Pink Fudge <3

VDay Pink Fudge | The Bombshell Files

I ran across this super simple (here and here), 2 ingredient recipe, that was just too perfect for VDay.

Now I’m not a big blow out decorator for the holidays, but I do get into holiday foods.

And the easier it is, the better, right?

So this isn’t the healthiest…and by that I mean, there is absolutely no redeeming healthy qualities about this at all.  But it is delicious. And I can’t emphasize enough, the greatness that is a 2 ingredient recipe.

Here’s what you need →

Pink Fudge Ingredients | The Bombshell Files

Ingredients:

♥ Strawberry Frosting

♥ White Chocolate Chips

♥ Sprinkles (I was wanting heart sprinkles, but you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got ;))

Pink Fudge | The Bombshell Files

Directions:

♥ Melt the white chocolate

♥ Mix in the strawberry frosting

♥ Spread into a lightly greased pan

♥ Sprinkle away

♥ Let it sit and chill in the refrigerator for 3o minutes.

SO quick and easy.  And such a fun little treat if you want to get into the holiday spirit.

Hope you have a great VDay!

♦ Stephanie

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How to Quit Diet Soda…And Other Bad Habits

How To Quit Diet Soda | The Bombshell Files

Quitting diet soda is not easy.  At first.  But soooo worth it in the end.

I even knew all of the crappy, unhealthy, facts about it and how bad it is for your body, and I still kept drinking it.

Instead of being really grossed out by all of that info, I just chose to ignore it because I love a Diet Pepsi with lunch, and dinner, and as my 2 o’clock pick me up.  It was definitely an addiction of sorts.

It wasn’t until I started feeling physically sick to my stomach (like, nauseated sick) after I’d have my afternoon soda, that I knew something had to change ASAP.  I finally felt what all those unhealthy facts were all about.  And it grossed me out.

So let me tell you how I quit diet soda.  

This is what worked for me, so I hope it can help someone else out too!

Two main things that helped me to quit diet soda (and possibly other bad habits):

  1. Limit it (But don’t completely eliminate it)
  2. Find substutions

Let me break it down:

LIMIT IT (But don’t completely eliminate it):

So here I am, I know I want to stop drinking so much diet soda because it’s making me feel like crap, but straight up quitting has just never worked for me.  Instead of no more diet soda, I told myself that I could only have a soda at lunch time, 3 times/week.  This way, I could still get my fix, but would definitely be cutting way back.

And let me tell you, it was hard.  But at the same time, not that bad.  Confusing?  Well, when I’d pick up my sandwich for lunch, I’d be thinking, “you know what would go really well with this sandwich?…a diet pepsi.”  But I sucked it up because I knew I could have one tomorrow.  And midway through my meal, I wouldn’t even be missing it.

And slowly but surely, I actually preferred water to soda.  Not only was I feeling so much better on my water days.  I was saving a few bucks everyday.

And on my soda days, I would still sometimes get that sick nauseous feeling.  My mind was in tune with my body > > > Soda makes me feel like crap >>>  Water makes me feel good and healthy.

Soon enough, I was on board with water at all times.  I just had to be extremely conscious about my choices in the beginning.  And now my subconscious chooses water.

Start with whatever rules work for you.  Maybe you decide to only have some during the day but not at night, great!  Or you only drink one when you’re eating out, good start.  Just keep modifying it and cutting back over time.

The important thing is to make your rules and stick to it!  Don’t be wishy washy, use some discipline here.

Sparkling Water with Fruit | The Bombshell Files

SUBSTITUTIONS:

Another thing that makes quitting a bad habit easier, is finding a healthier/better alternative to get excited about.

Quitting diet soda got me to play around with other drinks.  I started squeezing lemon or grapefruit into my water and adding other fruits to it too.  Then I discovered sparkling water <<< best drink ever.  Why was I never into it before?!?

This shift in my diet soda habit was actually the start to a much healthier diet all around.  I  started looking at food differently and substituting bad snack habits with ones that were just a tiny bit healthier.  And I still keep looking at ways to tweak my diet to get more bang for my buck.  Making these small changes led me to feel much healthier and happier.

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These are some ideas that really worked for me when quitting diet soda.  Hopefully, they can help you out too.  I cut diet soda out a few years ago but will still have one every now and then.  It’s all about balance.

Do you have any tips for quitting bad habits?

♦ Stephanie

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Quick Wellness Tip for Your Eyes

Wellness Tip For Your Eyes | The Bombshell Files

Today, I wanted to share a quick wellness tip for those gorgeous eyes of yours.  My husband JUST shared this tip with me, and I’m kinda like,  I could’ve used this tip months ago, babe.

Anyway, I started reading a bit about blue light and what it does to your eyes.  You know, the same blue light that comes off of your electronics, like your phone, TV, computer screens, and tablets.  This is the same blue light from the sun.

So imagine, you’re getting this sunlight effect during the day, which is cool, but you’re also getting it at 10pm or so, when you’re trying to wind down for the night and relax.  The blue light affects your melatonin production and makes it harder to fall asleep.

“At night, light throws the body’s biological clock—the circadian rhythm—out of whack. Sleep suffers.” {source}

So if you’re catching up on your social media when you’re about to get your sleep on, the blue light from your phone or computer will trick your brain and keep you up longer.

Well, sorry, but I’m still gonna be on my laptop at night.

Which leads me to this little program (f.lux) I downloaded that warms up the color of the computer screen and makes it easier on your eyes, especially at night when the blue light is harsher.

The application says:

“it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.” {source}

It’s amazing, because I can feel my eyes relaxing when I’m on my laptop now, instead of the squinty look I had going on before (not hot).

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Definitely check this out and let me know if you enjoy the soothing view of your screens now.  I will sometimes disable it, just to see how bright and gross the blue light was before, and you guys, it was intense.  You will not believe how your screens used to look and how you could even stand it (a little dramatic?).  But seriously, it makes a huge and positive difference.

If you want more info on blue light, I liked this article.

♦ Stephanie

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5 Desk Stretches to Loosen Up

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Never underestimate the power of the stretch.  Especially the desk stretch.

I love stretching in the mornings, before going to sleep, and before and after a workout.  But the most important stretch of the day, for me, is the desk stretch.  If you work at a desk for the majority of the day, you have to incorporate these stretches.

Whenever I actually pay attention to my posture at the computer,  I’m almost always hunched over like an old lady.  I will straighten up when I notice it, but it’s usually going unnoticed for, who knows how long?  Hours??  No bueno.

Queue the stretching.

I will try to do these 5 stretches at least 1-2 times per work day.  I found these stretches below on Lauren Conrad’s blog and have been doing them for the past 6 months, and always feel better afterwards.

High Altar Pose

Take a deep inhale and raise your arms above your head. Clasp your hands together with your palms facing upward. Lean to your left for a deep stretch for about 30 seconds and then repeat on your right side.

Side Twist

While placing your left hand on the back of your chair, twist your body to the left making sure to sit up straight. This exercise can help alleviate some of that awful back tension.

Hip Flexor Stretch

Having tight hip flexors not only affects your legs, but your back as well. Try stretching them by sitting at the edge of your chair while positioning your torso to the left. Take your right leg and extend it backwards, making sure to keep your knee straight. Sit up straight, lift your sternum, and tuck your tailbone under for optimum stretching. <<<Hip flexor stretches are my favorite.  Think of how much sitting you do everyday, including your drive to and from work.  I stretch my hip flexors every chance I get!

Chest Opener

This exercise can be done in a couple different ways. The easier of the two is to clasp your hands behind your back and pull backwards. Another way you can perform this stretch is to bring your right arm over your shoulder while bringing your left arm behind you back. Clasp your arms together if you can. Be sure to inhale and exhale deeply for an even deeper stretch (you’ll be able to feel the difference!).

Ankle To Knee

Another great way to stretch both your back and hip flexors is to place your right foot on your left knee, making sure to keep your knee at a 90 degree angle. Lean forward for about 30 seconds and then switch sides.

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After I do a round of these stretches, I feel noticeably better.  I definitely feel more limber and get a little burst of energy.  I also like to grab a quick, 10 minute walk, around my office building at 2 o’clock.  That’s my crash time, so I like to get my body moving around then.

I would really love to bring my rebounder into the office, but think I might look a little ridic bouncing around in my office  :)  I’d also like to try one of those exercise balls as a chair instead of my regular old rolling chair.  Gotta keep working that core!

What do you do for your health and wellness in the office?  Any other stretch tips or ideas to feel better at work?

♦ Stephanie

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