Friday Five: This Summer I Will …

Happy Friday, peeps! I can’t believe it is June already, and summer is just around the corner! I’m linking up again with the DC Trifecta (Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed up for What?!!) and their Friday Five Linkup!   

Today’s theme is: 5 Things I Will Do This Summer

Here’ s my list!

1.  Visit my family in Louisiana.  I decided to throw my dad a big party for his birthday in August and invited all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. My dad will be thrilled! He loves a big family get-together, and I can’t remember the last time we all got together. It will be just like Christmas Eve when I was a kid, and we would all pile in to my MawMaw’s house. I’ve got a LOT of planning to do — Wish me luck!

2.  Head back across the Pond.  Since the hubs works for a French company based in Paris, he travels abroad quite a bit. I was lucky enough to join for a couple of weeks in July last year, and I hope to do so again this year. It would be nice to squeeze in a trip before the end of June, when the big shopping SOLDES (sales) are in full effect! Last summer it was much warmer than usual when I visited.

I took this photo from the roof of my husband’s office building in the 9th arrondissement on Bastille Day. I was shocked that the fireworks show didn’t start until around 11pm on a weekday so that it was completely dark.

Bastille Day in Paris |

I hope it is at least cool enough this summer so that I can stop in and have a cup of hot chocolate at Angelina on the Rue de Rivoli. The best hot chocolate I’ve EVER tasted! And it comes with a lovely little dish of the most yummy whipped cream! I sat down in the team room last year, but it was SO hot inside (most places in Paris don’t have A/C) the idea of drinking a hot beverage was out of the question. Champagne to the rescue! 🙂

Sipping Champagne in Epernay |

3.  Blogfest!! 

BlogFest with Sweat Pink |

Heading down to Anaheim to meet up with my #SweatPink Ambassador sisters for IDEA World Fitness Blogfest! I am super excited to attend the first ever Blogfest with Sweat Pink. Already got my room reserved! Hoping to connect with many more SPAs virtually before the show in August when we meet in person. Are you going??

4.  Score new magazine assignments.  Most of you know that I’m a Freelance Writer, and I write for cool magazines & publications like Z-LIFE (Zumba’s magazine), MAX Sports & Fitness,, and others. I’ve been a little lazy with my pitching lately, so I’m going to kick it up a notch & become an idea-generating machine! 

5.  Launch Awesome Beauty Product Giveaways on My Blog.  I currently write about health, nutrition, and beauty. My love of beauty products is intense. I’ve got SO MANY samples to try and review in my beauty closet (yes, I’ve got an entire closet people … it is a sickness!!) Planning to spread the love, though. Sign up to the right of this post for Giveaways, and you’ll be added to the raffle for some awesome beauty product giveaways including luxury brands like Chanel, La Prairie, and others!!! 


What are your plans this summer? Got trips planned? Any time for R&R?

LYFT Clean Caffeine {Product Review}

LYFT Clean Caffeine Review |

I am a devoted coffee lover. Seriously, to the point that I have to stop myself from having “just one more” so that I don’t start having palpitations.

I come by it honestly … I grew up in Louisiana, home of some pretty darn good coffee and have been guzzling it down before anyone outside of Seattle had ever heard of Starbucks. I even met my husband in a coffee shop in college!!!

I know that I can go overboard with my coffee so I was intrigued to try these LYFT Energy Stir Sticks for my afternoon caffeine-boost, a no-calorie “clean caffeine” product made from green coffee beans and boasting vitamin A as well as a handful of B vitamins that no cup of joe can offer.

LYFT Energy Stir Stick |

I found the product extremely easy to use. Simply remove the wrapping from one of the sticks and stir into 8-ounces of the beverage of your choosing. Each stick contains 125 milligrams of caffeine — about as much caffeine as an 8-ounce cup of coffee.

I decided to mix it with a glass of sparkling water since staying hydrated is super important in this warmer weather. I did not detect any taste at all, which I considered a benefit. The fine powder seemed to dissolve completely, and I chugged it pretty quickly as I do when I’m drinking room-temp water.


I consumed this bevvy at around 2:30, and by 4:30, I was yawning & feeling oh-so-very-sleepy! My usual Grande Iced Coffee (packing 190 milligrams of caffeine) usually keeps me going well into the evening hours & gives me just enough of a boost to make it through dinner and a little TV watching but not enough to keep me from falling asleep at a decent hour.


So insanely convenient! No waiting for a coffee pot to drip or standing in a long line. Just keep it in your handbag, work bag, etc. for an anytime boost.

I would like to try LYFT again but this time use both sticks at the same time instead of just one. This coffee addict just needed a little more of a boost to keep going!

Learn more about LYFT Clean Caffeine by checking out their website: You can also find them on Twitter @PureLYFT?


Have you tried LYFT? If not, would you try it first thing in the morning or for your afternoon boost?


Disclosure: I received a sample of LYFT Pure Energy Sticks to try as a SweatPink Ambassador. Opinions are my own.