Currently: July

Whoa… how in the heck is it the end of July already??? Oh, summer… slow down!!

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Let’s talk about what’s going on Currently!  So much…

Current Book(s):

I’m definitely enjoying “summer reads” this year.  Beachy, fun, chick lit has been all over my Nook.  Including these two!

I read The Matchmaker earlier in the month and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!  One of the best of Elin Hilderbrand, if you ask me… and I’ve read most!

The Matchmaker Elin Hilderbrand | No Thanks to Cake

This week, on my little mini vacation, I’ve started reading The Vacationers.  A few of you guys have recommended it to me, and I can’t wait to dive into it!

Vacationers Emma Staub | No Thanks to Cake

Current Music:

I’ve been listening to a bunch of Train this month!  I’ll share more about how it all went next week… but I got to see a private concert with these guys on the USS Midway this week!  OMG…

Train | No Thanks to CakeFavorite Song:  Hands down… Drops of Jupiter.  Takes me back to my college days… their new stuff is great too.  Love these guys!

Current Beauty Find:

Bright lipstick. This summer, I’ve started wearing some great bright-colored lipstick.  I just love it, and it brightens up your smile… so fun!

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I’ve been inspiring some other blogger friends to try these colors too… so first, let me tell you that they’re just Revlon.  And, you can find them at your local Target, Walgreens, etc.  They’re part of the Revlon Matte Balm collection, and are those crayon-style lip colors.  As a bonus, these are minty too!  Try them out, and let me know what colors you love!

My faves are Unapologetic (a super-bright coral), Standout (a pretty, pretty red that appears to look good on EVERYONE), and Showy (a lovely pop of fuchsia.)

Current Nail Color:

I keep switching my polish, but I’ve ended up with black on my nails this week and Essie’s Butler Please for my toes… there’s something about me and blue right now.  I’m just going with it…

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Current Drink: 

This month, I also tried my first Paloma.  Um, so delicious!  And, what a lovely alternative to the super-high calorie seniorita called the margarita.  I just pinned this recipe so that I can learn to make them at home…

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It is fresh, made with grapefruit soda and so refreshing!  Perfect for summer.  Try it!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

I bought a new bag.  It was at Nordstrom Rack… it was scared and alone, curled up in the fetal position.  It was scared.

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Was I really supposed to leave it behind??  Good news, I don’t change out my purse very often….

Current Food:

I have a new snack that I can’t get enough of… Have you tried Balance Bars?  Thanks to my friends at Balance Bar for the introduction to these AMAZING bars this month… such a fan!

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OMG… the Cookie Dough and ESPECIALLY the Peanut Butter.  Perfect snack… and they totally feel like you’re cheating.

Peanut Butter Balance Bar | No Thanks to Cake

Try them.  You’re welcome.

Current Favorite Show:

I really may delete this category for next month.  I just don’t watch much TV…

Current Outfit:

In preparation for my rockstar competition this week, I got a few new pieces to take to San Diego, including my first jumpsuit!

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This is a pic from the shopping adventures… but it has since been altered for length and accessorized to perfection!  The San Diego recap post will have the final look… very excited to share!

Bizarre Happening:

I keep losing things.  When I’m stressed, there’s no telling what I’ll do… but losing the makeup bag I keep in my purse last week and throwing away some new flip flops I bought are just a piece of the crazy that’s been happening here.

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By the time you’re reading this, I will have seen the ocean, relaxed a bit at the pool, and returned to my normal, quirky (yet less crazy) self.

Current Online Find:

I absolutely love this commercial, and the fact that so many brands are aligning themselves with empowering young women.  Amazing work, Verizon…

Current Words of Inspiration:

I got a random envelope on my front doorstep last Friday.  And, inside of it was a message that I needed to read…

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With all that’s going on, my friend Jen unknowingly sent me the exact message I needed, at just the right time.  I love it when that happens… and I love “just because” packages.  Note to self: I must do more of these for my people!

Current Mood:

I can’t even begin to tell you guys how grateful I am for everything these days.  For all that fills my days, for the people who make my world, and all of you who visit my little space on the internet.

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Live Worldly {GIVEAWAY}

I am incredibly inspired by women in business who are chasing after their dreams.

A few months ago, I had a chance to attend a networking One Million Cups Event that featured female-driven small businesses in the metro area.  It was AWESOME.  While I was there to prospect new business for my company, I instead felt incredibly inspired and motivated by the passionate stories I heard that day.

One of these stories came from a group of women who spoke about a business named Live Worldly.

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What is Live Worldly?

Live Worldly is an amazing site full of gorgeous accessories and handmade items from around the world.  How gorgeous are these?

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The company sources the most beautiful pieces from all the continents, and GIVES BACK to the communities where the artisans live.  Donations are made to education, job creation, empowering women, and many other causes.  So, when you shop, you are helping to support communities throughout the world!

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I had a chance to visit Live Worldly‘s HQ, and was so excited to learn more about their operation!  Andrea the COO of Live Worldly gave me a lovely tour of their site, sharing with me their vision and how they have been growing the business!

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One of their most popular items is this Brazilian beauty that was featured in Macy’s a few months ago.  How gorgeous is this Beleza Bib Necklace??

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This piece is available in multiple colors via the Live Worldly site, and I’ve officially added this new accessory to my wardrobe!  It arrived yesterday!  I looooove it!  So excited to wear it soon…

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Another offering from Live Worldly are the amazing Brazilets line.

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Brazilets are worn for good luck, a 200-year old Brazilian tradition of good fortune, for you and the planet. Wear your wishes with these Brazilian wish bracelets or give them as a gift to families or friends. Wrap the Brazilet around your wrist, making three knots and three wishes. When it falls off, it is believed that your wishes will come true. 

As Andrea and I toured the facility, you can only imagine how excited I was to see all the pretty, pretty pieces… some of which hadn’t even been listed on the site yet!  So fun!

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Excited about Live Worldly’s causes and the ability to share with you a new site that I’ve grown to love, my new friends at the company wanted to share a giveaway with NTTC readers!

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This giveaway includes:  A fabulous messenger bag from Brazil, brazilets, a handmade keychain, and a Live Worldly flag.

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To win, enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Also, you can shop the site, and save using a special NTTC Coupon Code.   Simply use “LIVEFREE” to save 15%!

Be sure to follow Live Worldly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - – This is the best way to stay up-to-date on all their offerings!

Thanks, Live Worldly, for your hospitality, and for offering this giveaway to my readers!

Disclosure: Live Worldly provided the giveaway items for No Thanks to Cake readers; however, the opinions on the site and its products (and that gorgeous necklace above) are my own.

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Introducing Bic Bands

I’m incredibly excited to share a new brand that I began partnering with a few weeks ago.

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Are you familiar with BIC Bands??

Bic Bands is an amazing brand of non-slip headbands that I’ve been wearing for YEARS.  Perfect for working out, for hitting the beach, or even just holding back a hairstyle by day.  They’re so cute and versatile, they’ve become my staple!

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Something else that’s wonderful about the brand is that the founder Sandy makes sure that she’s giving back every single month!  She just announced the charity that will receive benefit for June – The March of Dimes!  Just another reason to buy from Bic Bands…

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To kick of the new group of ambassadors {there are 13 of us in total!  Check out the awesome ladies here!}, Bic Bands is launching a GIVEAWAY that you guys might like to enter!

How to Enter:

All you have to do is post a picture of yourself on Instagram or Twitter doing something active that you love!  You could be taking a walk, burning calories at the mall, doing cross fit, hiking a mountain, practicing yoga… whatever floats your boat!

Tag the Photo:

Add the hashtag and be sure to tag @bicbands and @nothankstocake

Enter by June 1st and you could be one of THIRTEEN winners!

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Here are 3 submissions from other No Thanks to Cake readers?  Who’s next??

Ordering Your Own BicBands:

To order your own beautiful Bic Bands, simply access their site here and choose from hundreds of beautiful bands!  You can also save 10% by using the coupon code “KELLYBIC.”

Enjoy!

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Currently: May

It’s that time of the month again!  Let’s catch up on what’s going on “Currently”…

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Current Book:

I’ve been busy reading Cameron Diaz’s Body Book this month, while walking on the treadmill.  I’m not quite done with it, and I’ve learned a LOT from reading it.  It’s really  a “real-talk” approach to how to optimize your health.  Not a lot of gimmicky ideas and mostly just good ideas for taking good care of yourself!  If this sounds like your kind of book, I definitely recommend it!

I’m SUPER-EXCITED about the new Emily Giffin book that came out this week, and it will be the book that I’m reading next.  And, when I say that I’ll read it… I mean that I’ll devour it this holiday weekend.  It’s on!
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Current Music:

I’m participating in a contest where I had to pick a song that represented me in the contest.  I know you’re shocked to hear I picked this one…

It’s a classic… my anthem… my running music… and my ringback tone when you call me.  Fitting!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

OMG… This one was EASY to answer this month.  I recently was contacted by… a cookie company, asking if I wanted to try their cookies.  And, of course, I said yes.

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Klara’s Gourmet Cookies reeled me in with a promise of sending me some samples of their award-winning macaroon cookies.  I adore these coconut cookies… so I knew I wanted to try them!  What I didn’t expect was to get the motherload of cookies in the mail!  Check out all this tasty goodness!!!  Thanks, Klara’s!!

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As a girl trying to keep an eye on my waistline, these cookies have been my guilty pleasure this month.  Rationing and portioning sweet treats is not my forte.  So, I have been sharing them with friends.  So far, I’ve tried the Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Shortbread (OMG!), the Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread (Delish!), and the Ginger Shortbread (Such spicy goodness!)  I’m taking the macaroons to work to share with work friends, and so I don’t eat them all!  If you’re looking to send a gift of tasty cookies or to try a new brand, I definitely recommend these delicious treats!!!

Current Nail Color:

I’m still rocking the Taupeless Beach by OPI… it is just perfect right now for me.  Loving it!

OPI Taupeless Beach | No Thanks to Cake

Current Drink: 

Most days, I only drink water.  In the interest of sharing something a little more interesting than that for you guys, I’ve found a new wine!

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I’ve been a red wine drinker for YEARS, but I’ve just recently started exploring more and more white wines… and I think it’s going to be my summer drink!  There’s something lovely and refreshing about a glass of Savignon Blanc on a warm Colorado day while sitting on a patio.  Yep, that’s where you’ll find me this summer!

Current Food:

Avocado… Not because I’m eating a lot of it.  But instead because I’m trying to figure out what recipe I want to use for the Fitbloggin California Avocado Cutting Edge Culinary recipe contest that’s coming up!  I have a few ideas to play with… it’s going to be a weekend of experimentation… I can feel it!  Wish me luck!!

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Current Favorite Show:

Grey’s Anatomy… Oh my.  Did you guys watch this week’s episode?  We’ve all known it has been coming… the official goodbye for Dr. Cristina Yang.  Cristina and Meredith Grey represent a tremendously iconic friendship… one that I’ve watched for years.  Watching Cristina walk away from “her person” and watching them dance it out one last time was just beautiful.

I feel so lucky to have strong, inspirational, and supportive women like this in my life. Never ever underestimate the power and strength that comes with having and being a good friend.  This is what makes us human, and creates that human experience we all dream of….

Current Outfit:

I’d say this was my favorite look this month.  A cute little polka dotted fit and flare number I found at JCPenney last month.  Totally on sale and with a coupon, I’m so glad this little frock made its way home with me.  PS… It has pockets!

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Current Bane of My Existence:

Gray hair.  Yes… you heard me.  Good news for all y’all, I have an amazing colorist… and you will rarely see my grey.  But dang, this change of hair color mess is so overrated.

My dad went salt and pepper pretty early… and fascinatingly MY OLDER BROTHER has very little grey.  It’s a cruel, cruel world, I tell ya… :)

Current Online Find:

I posted this link on my Facebook page, and have since added Andrea and her blog I’mPerfectLife.net to my personal blog reader.  I’d recommend you check it out as well!

I’ve read so many posts and comments from women that are just not happy with this or that about their body.  I look at my body, and there are things I don’t love.  Extra chubby bits or places where my skin has stretched.  While I know I can change these via surgery or even laser treatments,  I don’t.  I won’t change them.  They’re part of me.  The whole me.  They tell a story.

Andrea shared this post, speaking to why she too loves her “ugly” body.  Take a read, you won’t be sorry… here’s a sneak peek.

Amazing.   Real.  Inspiring… That’s the best type of reading, if you ask me.

Current Words of Inspiration:

I’ve been reading my friend Cameron Diaz’ book on the treadmill this week.  I’m in the final section that talks about establishing and maintaining a healthy mind.  She shared these words and they just stuck with me.

Whatever You are Consistent In is What You Will Become | No Thanks to Cake

This applies to everything I am and everything I long to be.  Consistency will get me there… I know this.  Thanks, Cam!

Current Mood:

Without a doubt and without hesitation… I am HAPPY.  I’ve been trying to think of a way to express how I’ve been feeling lately, and it’s been really hard to capture in a post.  HAPPY.  Yep, I’m happy.

And… no, there’s no change that’s causing it…. just decided to do it, and voila!  Try it!

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