It’s Not A Diet

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GUYS. I need to share with you some awesome news. I am going to take this moment to give myself a quick pat on the back. I have always been the girl who says “I’m on a diet” or “I am back on track on Monday” or “I’m already off the wagon so I will just eat this and start again next week”. Eating healthy was always something that looked good on paper but in reality I just couldn’t get myself together. I love food. I love beer. I love having a good time. And in my mind those three things go hand in hand. And they do in some aspects, but I am finally at a place mentally where I can go for the healthier option and still have a good time.

And with that I have officially lost 12lbs and am feeling better than ever. I still have a ways to go to be where I ultimately want to be, but this is a start and I couldn’t be more proud.

So what am I doing? It’s simple really. Cutting out the carbs, minimizing my potions, eating more fresh produce, staying away from the fast food, eliminating the beer, and lifting weights. It has been a couple weeks now since I have been doing these couple of things and it no longer feels like I am on a diet. I have built this lifestyle that now feels.. normal. I am happy, I do not feel like I am missing out on anything (other than maybe a couple slices of pizza), and I am seeing results.

I am vacationing to Florida on August 9th to go to one of my best friends weddings, and this has been a huge motivator. Who doesn’t want to feel their best while on vacation? I plan on losing another 5-10 by then, and I am taking big strides to reach my goal. That means working out 6 days a week, and cutting out all alcohol. No wine for the next 15 days. I can do it (because I am sure I will have enough of that on vacation to make up for it!)

I will update you on my results when the time comes. Would you guys like a post on my fitness routine? Or some of my favorite meal prep recipes? I am excited to continue to share this journey with you all!

xx Casey

How To Simplify Your Life

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Good Morning Guys! How was your weekend? Mine was a little nuts. Like, getting lost in Boston at midnight by myself with a dead phone nuts. Thankfully the rest of the weekend was not as eventful. But that’s life right? One day you are going full speed and the next you are an auto pilot. So today I am sharing with you a couple tips to help simplify your life, and help make those crazy days a little less.. crazy.

01 Set monthly goals – but just three of them. Decide what you realistically want to accomplish and work towards those goals. You will feel AMAZING when you check them off your list at the end of the month.

02 Declutter. How amazing does it feel to come home after a long day to a clean and organized house? Now trust me, most weeks by Friday my apartment looks a little less organized and a little more like a bomb went off – but what if you spent 20 minutes every day after work organizing one little area? Hang those clothes up instead of just throwing them on the chair (you know you have one of those chairs!), do the dishes, clean up the cats toys that he took out of his basket. Your atmosphere affects your mood, so imagine how much better you would feel after a quick organizing sesh.

03 Unsubscribe from unwanted emails. How much do you hate waking up to 100 emails only to find out 90% of them are from groupon or Nordstrom? Take a day and go through and unsubscribe from all those unwanted emails. Or, you can use a website like unroll.me and they will take care of it for you.

04 Meal Prep. Guys, this has seriously become a lifesaver for me. Not only because I am trying to eat healthier during the week, but because it saves me so much time. My schedule is different all the time and I never know what time I will actually make it home, so pre-portioning and pre-planning my meals is a life saver.

05 Slow down. Seriously guys, I know this is obvious and self explanatory but how many of us actually take some time out of our busy lives to relax and do something for ourselves. Whether it is having a cup of coffee while reading your favorite blogs or listening to your favorite podcasts, re watching the hills for the hundredth time, taking a relaxing bubble bath, or watching the bachelorette with a glass of rose and a bowl of boom chika pop popcorm (tonight!).

xx Casey

Friday I’m In Love…

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have been having an AMAZING month! This June has been a little crazy between driving to Jersey for my sister’s graduation, driving to Jersey for my cousin’s baby shower, driving to Boston for a concert, and my mom and aunt coming up here for my sister’s college orientation. To say my weekends were packed this past month has been an understatement. So I am definitely excited for the holiday weekend coming up full of BBQ’s, pool parties, and beach days. The first couple weekends of July are going to be just as packed as this past month – and I will be sharing all of those details soon! But before we hop into a new month, let’s talk about some more favorites shall we?

01 Watermelon Water. So simple, and so delicious. You guys know I am the WORST about drinking water. So recently I have been saving a couple pieces from my breakfast and throwing them into my Venti Starbucks cup and filling it with ice cold water. I finish at least two before lunch and three more in the afternoon. I am so proud.

02 Weights. So guys, this past month I have been finally using my Planet Fitness membership and really getting into a weights routine. Who am I? IDK but I am down 7 lbs and ready to drop another 7 more this upcoming month.

03 Post Grad Problems: Things Girls Do After Graduation. GUYS I am obsessed with this series. There are 125 articles in this series so far and a new one posted every Wednesday. It is absolutely hilarious and so real. This site is ran by the same people who own Total Sorority Move and Total Frat Move so it has that same type of humor. Go check it out ASAP!

04 Happy Hour. As much as I have been loving the gym this past month I have also been balancing it out with some after work drinks with some of my favorite girls. Nothing like a glass of wine or two to make a long work day a little bit better.

05 Throwbacks. Every summer I cultivate an epic throwback playlist of Warped Tour’s past filled with Valencia, The Starting Line, Blink, Cartel, New Found Glory, and a TON more. Here is the link to my High School Jams Playlist to start off your weekend right.

That’s it for this favorites post guys. Yesterday I have to admit that I had this weird longing for fall, but after a couple glasses of white wine last night and my new playlist I am mentally back in summer mode and ready to take on the 4th.

xx Casey

Weekend Wrap Up

Good Morning and Happy Monday Friends! It’s been a while? I told you guys this summer is jam packed and June was the start of it all! So before we hop back into our regular programming I thought I would share with you a little wrap up on what’s been going on the past couple of weeks. I can not believe my last post was a May favorites and now we are almost at the end of June. Unreal.

So let’s rewind to the past three weekends shall we? The first weekend I drove down to Jersey to attend my sisters high school graduation. Yeah – her high school graduation.. I don’t think it has sunk in yet. When did she get older than five years old? I am very excited though because she will be coming up to Rhode Island for College next year. Sister goals. We went to the graduation and then had a BBQ with awesome, food, drinks, family, and friends. It was a great weekend!

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Fast forward to the next weekend when I drove down to Jersey again – this time for my cousins baby shower. She is having twins (a boy and a girl) and the family could not be more excited! The baby shower was ADORABLE and we had so much fun setting it up. Then I drove back to my family’s house and relaxed/hit the pool before it was time to drive back up again.

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This past weekend we spent Saturday running around buying plants, shopping, and maybe finding a new friend? We stopped in the local animal shelter and my boyfriend may have fallen in love with a little grey kitten. On Sunday we made the trip up to Boston and I FINALLY got to see my favorite band, Dirty Heads. The show was incredible and I can not wait to see them the next time they come back around.

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It has been a crazy fun couple of weeks, but I am definitely looking forward to a little more low key weekend coming up.

xx Casey

 

Friday I’m In Love…

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Happy Friday everyone! Coming at you with a May Favorites post. I obviously love all my favorites’ posts because well… they are my favorites. But this list? THIS LIST. It is everything. So let’s get to it.

01 Girl Boss. I loved this new Netflix series and breezed through it in a couple days. Did Sophia’s attitude put me off sometimes? Absolutely. But none the less there was something endearing about the show and I couldn’t stop watching. Would love a second season please Netflix.

02 Malibu – Miley Cyrus. GUYS. I am obsessed with this song. I have always loved Miley (even when she went a little wild) but with this new song she is getting back to her roots and you can tell that she is totally happy which is awesome.

03 The Bachelorette. I am seriously loving this new season. Rachel is so endearing and she was definitely the best choice out of the group of girls from last season (however no lie I would have died for a Corinne season – here is hoping she is on Paradise!) The Bachelorette has never been my favorite – I have always preferred the Bachelor, but this season is awesome so far and I cannot wait to continue to see what goes down.

04 Boom Chika Pop. This has literally become my favorite Monday night Bachelorette snack. 1 cup of the stuff is only 70 calories, or 2 ¼ cups for 150. Right now I am loving the Cheddar Cheese flavor, and I cannot wait to try a new flavor next week.

05 Barefoot Rose. Dear Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Baby Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent. I’d just like to thank you for this $5 bottle of Rose that I will be drinking every Monday night along with my popcorn while watching the Bachelorette. Currently stocking up.

xx Casey

Weekend Wrap Up

Good Morning my blogging friends! I know, I know.. it’s been a little while. So let’s catch you up on what’s been going on the past week shall we?

First up my little cat and love of my life George has not been feeling well. Little Guy had a stomach ache and I wound up having to bring him to the vet and get him some medicine. So instead of traveling down to New Jersey like I had planned we took it easy this Memorial Day – meaning lots of cuddles for the bubs.

The weekend however wasn’t all rest and no play. We went to a couple awesome new places this weekend as well. On Saturday we hit up Feast in East Greenwich for one of the BEST burgers I have ever had. You can tell I was really enjoying it..

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Saturday night we hit up a new pasta place in the West Side of Providence for some small plates to share. It was absolutely perfect and I will be sharing a whole post on this spot soon! For dessert we hit up an amazing cookie place on Thayer Street for an Ice Cream Sandwich to end the day.

The rest of the weekend was pretty low key – exactly what I needed. Refreshed and ready to take on the month ahead! I am traveling to New Jersey the next two weekends in a row so the rest time was definitely needed.

Before I go I want to also want to update you on my posting schedule and where I am at. This summer is going to be crazy – in a good way! I have so many exciting things planned (make sure you are following me on Instagram to keep up to date on everything I am doing!) and so I am trying to find a balance between work, life, and blogging. The most important thing to me is being consistent. I want to provide you with consistent well thought out material. I want you to gain something from reading my blog whether it be inspiration, perspective, or a good laugh. With that being said, I decided that for now I will be changing my posting schedule to two days a week – Monday’s and Friday’s. This way you can start and end your week with band new My Nine Lives content! Once the summer is over I may be able to add a third day back into the rotation but for now it just doesn’t seem feasible. Now I know I am posting on a Tuesday this week but I wanted to pop in here before my regularly scheduled post on Friday to give you a little update on the blogging sitch.

So I will see you guys Friday with a new favorites post – I have a lot to share! And can you believe May has already come and gone? Summer time is almost in our grasp…

xx Casey

Current Favorite Blogs

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In the morning before I get out of bed and after I scroll through Instagram (and if I actually open my eyes after only pressing snooze once) I like to read through my favorite blogs posts. I love starting my day with a little inspiration and a couple laughs. So today I thought I would share with you a little list of my five current favorite blogs.

01 The Skinny Confidential. Lauryn’s blog is the first that I open up each morning. I just love her witty charm, her personal way of writing, and of course her amazing tips and tricks for living your best life.

02 Betches. This is my daily dose of pop culture in the morning. I love their wit as well – seems like there is a trend in the style of writing I love to read! I cannot get enough of their recaps come Bachelor/ette time and they love Bravo almost as much as I do which is pretty great.

03 The Everygirl. This blog is literally… everything. They have amazing posts from recipes to home décor to lifestyle tips. There is so much amazing inspiration in this blog so it is a great way to start off the day.

04 Total Sorority Move. Was I in a Sorority? No. Am I in College Anymore? No. But do I still find their articles hilarious? Absolutely. This is my true guilty pleasure and I am not ashamed.

05 The Balanced Blonde. I love a good wellness blog that also has some character to it and that is exactly what Jordan brings to the table.

There are a ton more that I am loving that I may add in a Part II. If you have any others that you love (or your own!) please share them in the comments and I would love to check them out!

Hope it is as gorgeous where you all are as it is in sunny Rhode Island today! Have an amazing Thursday – we’ve almost made it to the weekend.

xx Casey