Fabulous Friday Faves {Back into a Routine}

It has been three weeks today since we loaded up the truck and headed up to Shelter Island. I don’t know if you’ve ever moved, but between the unpacking and house full of relatives, I found that routine flew out the window. Prior to the move I had gotten into some great habits and my body has been punishing me ever since for letting them go! But today, no more! I’m going to share my favorite routines that are helping me begin to get my body back in fighting shape after the accident, and just make me feel good all around. Here’s my, just about, daily routine!

{No one is paying me to promote these products. However, I am an Arbonne consultant and would be more than willing to tell you more about the products if you are interested. No Pressure!}

Hot Water

When I was single and had just moved out on my own, I read Maria Menounos’ EveryGirl’s Guide to Life. This book has so many helpful tips and guidelines for being organized and disciplined for everything from finance to workouts to simple space. I recently bought her EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness, which I can honestly say is the only book out there I have read that isn’t a “diet” book!

The fave from this, and believe me there are so many to choose from, is her tip of drinking hot water with lemon when you first wake up and at typical “snack” times during the day. It helps with the digestive system, and, added bonus, lemon is a natural diuretic!

Arbonne’s Chocolate Protein Shake


I can’t push this enough! When I have a shake every day, my body just feels like it works better! There are so many different ways to blend them, but my favorite includes the addition of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and frozen strawberries! It’s like having dessert!

Juice Plus

I was on Juice Plus as a kid, but went off of it at some point. In the past 6 months, my body has had the hardest time coming back from the combination of being sedentary and bad eating habits. I called a friend who sells it, read through all the new research, and decided that the extra boost of veggies and fruit nutrients was exactly what I needed to add to my diet. I can already tell a difference in how my body feels during the day, and how it runs. If you’re interested, I will definitely give you my friend Adrien’s number!

Glucorein HOP 


My sweet PCOS friends who hate Metformin as much as I do: This is a miracle worker! I heard about it through PCOS Diva. It is specifically made for women with PCOS, and works the same as Metformin, but doesn’t have the nasty side effects (you know what I’m talking about!) No prescription, and their is a deal on her website for it. For those of you who are dealing with the infertility side effects, the woman in the office said that several women who worked there got pregnant after starting Glucorein HOP.

Tone It Up

The island is not equipped with a LA Fitness, or something like it, but I guess not having any fast food balances that out. Thankfully, I found toneitup.com awhile ago, and their weekly workout schedule and videos are amazing! I have seen great results in my arms and legs already! I have put a basket of my workout gear and mat in my office closet, and pull it out when I’m ready to workout. Another plug for them: their PerfectFit multi-vitamin is amazing! It has nutrients that I have been low in for quite some time, and it doesn’t make me feel sick after taking them every morning, which most do.


Tone It Up has some great yoga routines, but whether or not I use youtube or a basic routine, yoga is quickly becoming part of my daily routine. This has been the one workout/physical activity that I have been able to do. More importantly, it has helped me reconnect with my body, and with the Lord. I know people have mixed feelings about yoga, but my time using yoga along with meditation and prayer has been so healing. I hope others, religious affiliations aside, will look into it!

Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Skin Care


This is a staple in my daily routine! My skin has never been healthier or looked so good! I’ve written about RE9 before, and started well before I joined Arbonne, but I just can’t say enough about how wonderful these products are! Oh and the smell! Citrus goodness, y’all!

Coffee/Tea Break: Jesus Calling&Godly Play

There just never seems to be enough hours in the day, and the first thing that disappears for me is my time with God. Yet, I can honestly say that, like everything else on this list, I notice when I don’t have this time. Jesus Calling is book I keep on my desk as a reminder to spend time in the Word. If I do nothing else all day to further my relationship with God, I at least try to pick up this book and read through the meditation and scriptures for the day. Yoga is another time when I try to pray and mediate.

Another habit I picked up during my time after the accident was reading through Godly Play stories and creating kits for them. As adults, sometimes we forget the simple joy of just playing and listening to a story. After the accident I was so angry with God. Godly Play brought me back to the Lord’s feet and reminded me of the importance of scripture no matter what age you are.

Day One 

Day One is a journaling app that Stephen found randomly one day. It reminds me daily via my computer, phone, and iPad to spend time journaling. Taking time to journal is actually how I started blogging in the first place. It’s definitely a habit that I support and natural self care that can improve mental health, in my opinion.

Afternoon lull fix: Arbonne Fizz Sticks


No more afternoon coffee for me! This stuff is fondly referred to as “Arbonne crack” amongst people who use it. I gave up sodas a long time ago, but if I was still drinking them, I would give it all up for the fizz sticks! The B vitamins give me the exact boost I need and oh my goodness it tastes so good!

Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea&Arbonne Herbal Colon Cleanse

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Detox is such a controversial word right now. Does it work? Should you do it? Is it doing anything at all? Maria Menounos talks about detoxing by “eating from the ground,” which is a detox I stand firmly behind (if you are interested in a detox plan like that, let me know! Arbonne has a great one!) I do detoxes like that when I feel my bad habits have reared their ugly head. Some additions to that I usually make, and am doing right now after 3 weeks of bad habits, would be the Arbonne detox tea, which is delicious and caffeine free (Awesome before bed!) and the herbal colon cleanse, which I’ve found to be very gentle and helpful when I’m feeling sluggish from bad food habits.


During this incredible time of transition for Stephen and myself, we are working extra hard to spend great one on one time together. It’s a little different than when we lived in Decatur, as there aren’t as many restaurants and no movie theater. Those things have been replaced with home cooked meals, movies on the DVR, and walks on the beach. I can’t begin to tell you how lucky I feel to have found the love of my life in this incredible man. Every day is something new here on Shelter Island, and whether or not it’s good, we have each other to hold on to.

What are your daily routines?