100 Followers!

Hey everyone!

I’ve reached my first milestone/achievement today! 100 followers!

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I’ve been blogging sporadically for about 2 years but I didn’t get consistent with it until late last year. Apparently that consistency is paying off.

I want to thank each and every one of my readers. Your comments, “likes”, and views mean a lot to me.

I really appreciate your support!

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Liebster Award

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I would like to thanks to fitnessgrad for nominating me for this award. If you haven’t seen her fitness blog, I suggest you go and check it out right now. Lots of interesting and informative stuff to see there.

With this nomination comes 11 questions to answer, 11 blogs to nominate, and 11 questions to write!

Here are those 11 questions given to me:

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?

After I hit the snooze button a few times, I usually check Twitter and IG. Then I reluctantly get out of bed. 😦

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Pepperoni, banana peppers, and extra cheese.

Who is your role model and why?

Beyoncé! She is just living proof of how great you can be when you have raw talent, good work ethic, and the courage to ignore your haters.

If you could reset your life, would you?

Nope. I’m content with where I am right now. Continue reading

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I’ve been nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by thejouskablog.

Thank you so much for the nomination as it is my very first blogging award.

Do yourself a favor and visit thejouskablog.

You’ll be glad you did.

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The Rules
  1. Display the Award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate six deserving bloggers.
  4. Write seven interesting facts about yourself.

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Save The Date: Choosing Your Wedding Venue

I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally booked my wedding venue and we finally have a guaranteed wedding date. The wedding planning process consists of making decision after decision. Choosing your venue is one of the first big decisions that you have to make. Your choice of venue kind of dictates everything else. Your wedding date, your vendors, your honeymoon, your dress, etc. Everything begins to fall into place once you book your venue. Since I’ve finally done the deed, I feel like I should share my most helpful tips for choosing your venue.

Narrow your search down BEFORE you start visiting venues

There are a lot of ways to filter through the long list of wedding venues. You can save yourself a lot of headache and confusion by getting your list down to no more than FIVE venues before you start making tour appointments. Continue reading

Spicy Cajun Sausage, Peppers and Cabbage

The other night I tried making a recipe from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook.

I made a few adjustments to the recipe and the directions.

The recipe calls for one red bell pepper, but I had to omit that because the red bell pepper that I had was bad and I forgot to pick up another one. The directions require a really large skillet. I don’t consider mine to be that large so I did the first half of the recipe in the biggest pan that I have and then switched everything over to a really big pot (not a stockpot though). I did that so I could fit everything into one dish without making a huge mess in my kitchen. Unfortunately, I can’t be too specific with the list of ingredients and instructions but I can tell you that even with the adjustments that I made, the food was lovely. Continue reading

Ranking Beyoncé’s Six Studio Albums

It’s Beyoncé eve for me and my fiancé! Tomorrow night we will be in a stadium watching Beyoncé perform hits from her extensive catalog of music. In light of that, I wanted to take some time and rank Beyoncé’s solo albums from best to “worst”. Keep in mind that I actually love all of these albums but when you take Beyoncé’s growth as an artist into consideration, some albums are going to be better than others.

Lemonade

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Lemonade is Beyoncé’s most cohesive album/project to date. This time she took the visual album to a whole ‘nother level by making it into a complete film. Instead of giving us a bunch of random visuals, she gave us a story with Lemonade (the album and the movie). I really don’t even listen to this album on shuffle because I prefer to take the journey of the story each time I listen. Shuffling through the songs doesn’t really allow you to do that. I love that Beyoncé didn’t sugarcoat anything with the lyrics on this album or with the film. She’s unapologetically Black and unapologetically a scorned woman. Everything she sings is exactly what a woman in that position would say. The sadness, the anger, the love, etc. Those are all very real emotions and the way she’s talking on this album is truly authentic to the feelings that she’s trying to convey. I really appreciate the fact that Beyoncé kept it all the way real on this record.

Highlights: “All Night”, “Love Drought”, “Sorry”

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Mascara is one of those beauty products where you find one and then you commit to that one brand or type for years. Most people don’t have a collection of mascaras that they swap out every day. You typically have your one mascara and when it dries up or you run out, you go out and buy another one exactly like it. I had been doing that with Great Lash for at least ten years. When I would watch makeup tutorials, I didn’t even pay attention to what type of mascara was being used because I knew that I was sticking with Great Lash for life. And I figured that all mascaras were the same with a different name on the packaging. I was so wrong.

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Back in March, I received a mini tube of Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara as part of a free gift with a $75 Urban Decay purchase. Continue reading

Plant Nanny App

A while back I wrote a few posts about drinking a gallon of water each day (LINK, LINK). If you’re not drinking from an actual gallon jug or bottle, it can be a little difficult to keep up with how much water you’ve already had. I’ve recently discovered a mobile app that can help with that. It’s called Plant Nanny.

It doesn’t force you to drink one gallon a day

Plant Nanny uses the information that you provide about your height, weight and lifestyle to determine how much water you actually need to be drinking each day. A gallon may be too much or not enough depending on your body and how you live. Basically, the more active you are, the more water you’ll need to consume on a daily basis.

The app is cute


The premise is that you are watering a plant. Hence the name “Plant Nanny”. You start out with a “baby” plant and as you water it (with the water you drink), it begins to grow. Continue reading

So Lush Lifestyle

In case you haven’t noticed, I have changed the title of this blog and the domain. I always knew there would come a time when I would have to buy a domain. For the past month or so, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with something cute, unique and encompassing of what I actually blog about. I decided to go with So Lush Lifestyle for a few reasons.

1.)    This is a lifestyle blog.

The things I blog about are actually part of how I really live and what I’m really interested in. I cook, I shop, I work out (sometimes), etc. These are my real interests and passions in life.

2.)    “Lush” is something I used to say as a teen.

When I was around 15 or 16, “lush” was my WORD. It basically means “awesome” in the context that I use it. I picked it up from Charlotte Church so I guess it’s actually British slang. Either way, I said it all the time and it was even on my MySpace profile so you know it was official.

3.)    A “so lush lifestyle” is something I aspire to have.

I am someone who believes that women can have it all. I want to be able to say that I’m a great wife, a great mother (eventually), a great cook, etc. I want the nice car, the nice wardrobe and handbags, the nice house. I want it all. I truly believe that I can have it all. And I believe that other women can too.

“Get To Know Me” Tag

What is your middle name?

Renee.

What is your favorite color?

It’s a toss-up between green and blue. I like looking at and taking pictures of the sky, trees and the ocean.

Who was your first best friend?

A little girl named Sara. We’re not super close anymore because we only went to daycare together between the ages of 5 and 10. But I think we would’ve still been friends today if we hadn’t gone to different schools.

How tall are you?

5’4”-ish.

Cats or Dogs?

Definitely dogs. I like dogs more than I like most people. Cats are cute from afar but I’d never want one as a pet. Plus, my fiancé is allergic.

Funniest moment throughout School?

In college, my friends and I would kind of play pranks on each other. Continue reading