Floral Fever: Who’s got it?

FLORAL FEVER, WHO’S GOT IT?!

I know I certainly do!

I love myself anything overly feminine LOL

So when I found this jumpsuit, I had to do what had to be done

Do you have your floral prints yet for this season?

If not, definitely check this look out

I’m IN LOVE

First of, the details in this jumpsuit are freaking amazing you guys

I literally CANNOT

You have the open back criss-cross going on

But then you also have the details in the front

It’s so sexy, yet not too aggressive. Which is what I strive for in fashion.

I want to look like I give a shit, but not too much that it’s taken over my life

Know what I mean? 😉

I’m also not gonna lie

I’m already picturing myself wearing this jumpsuit to my next girls brunch

This is such a Sunday outfit, don’t you think?

Like, who wants to think about what they are going to wear on a Sunday?!

(NO, THANK YOU!)

Jumpsuits are so effortless!

If you don’t know what to wear. NO PROBLEM!

It’s one item you put on and out the door you go

The best part of it all, you look fabulous in seconds!

It’s LIFE.

Anyway, all this talk is making me want to plan a girls brunch now 😉

Hope you guys enjoyed this look!

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Get a similar look HERE.

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Catch you later!

xx

-T

Color me pretty: Pompom Trim Blouse

Color me pretty with this off the shoulder colored pompom trim blouse, PLEEEEEEASE!

I don’t know how your Spring is currently but Spring in Boston has been super questionable this year

One day you may be okay with wearing a crop top but another, you may need to cover up a bit more (a lot more)

Today was an actual super nice day but not that long ago, I still had my heat on (yes, the struggle is definitely real)

Which is why I always have some “safe” options in my closet 😉

I wouldn’t be able to pull off a cute outfit every time without my safe options, they are LIFE.

This is my first pompom blouse by the way and I am OBSESSED!

I didn’t know if I’d like it at first because it almost seemed to childish for me

But it actually isn’t at all. It’s just super feminine and cute

It’s so Spring. Not to mention, so in trend right now.

Pompoms were so HAPPENING last year. And believe me, pompoms and ruffles are still happening this year, as well

So go get yours ASAP!

I paired my trim blouse with a cute pair of patriotic shorts for Memorial Day weekend and lace up open toes

I’m not sure where the shorts are from, it was a gift from Ryan

But the shoes are from Charlotte Russe (a couple of years back)

And the bag is Michael Kors.

On a different note, my calves need some work haha!

(sorry, major distraction right now)

I seriously just don’t work them out, so I can’t complain

Anyway, hope you guys have some fun plans for Memorial Day Weekend!!

And that this look sparked some fun outfit ideas for your celebrations

I’ll hopefully be chilling by the beach somewhere, soaking up the sun after the barbecues.

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SHOP MY POMPOM TRIM BLOUSE HERE

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Catch you guys later!

xx

-T

My guide to Chicago: The Do’s & Don’ts

Ok! I’m so excited to share our trip to CHICAGO with you all!

a.k.a CHI-TOWN! (Ryan is cooler than me, so he calls it “Chi-town”)

Let me start off by saying, I always thought I was more of a beach vaca type of gal

I love the beach, a nice tropical drink and doing absolutely nothing

Why? Because my job requires a lot out of me

So at least 1 week out of the year, I would like to not plan anything, not worry about anything and just relax

Ideally, by the beach, with a pina collada in hand, getting a nice tan, reading a great book.

So before Ryan, my vacations were Cancun, Vegas, Miami, Brasil

Technically, mostly places where I got to chill by the beach or pool all day

Here’s where life gets interesting

You end up meeting someone the complete opposite of you as far as planning goes

And you meet somewhere in the middle after some vaca struggles of learning each others ways.

Compromising is so key if you want to make a relationship work, as no two people are the same.

Ryan loves to plan out details

He will read books about the places we’re traveling to, map the places out, search the hot spots, you name it

It’s exhausting just thinking about all the hours he puts into planning everything. But he loves it!

It’s his thing. And I am totally okay with letting him have it!

So rewind to last year, he surprised me for my birthday with tickets to Chicago for this May

It was pretty damn awesome and I didn’t even know how to react. I thought it was a joke for like 5 minutes..

Probably the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me (thank you again baby!)

Cheesy shit aside and getting to what you guys want to know…

Last Friday was the big weekend

We got there around 12:30-1ish?

The flight was only 2 hours long from Boston, which is unbeatable and not tiring (check check)

We had all day to explore, so we first explored “The Loop,” which is the area we stayed in

We ended up at a restaurant called, “The Gage

What can I say about my first eating experience in Chicago..

I was blown away.

If you are in Chicago, go to The Gage and order their poutine dish.

TRUSSSST ME on this

Their drinks were definitely descent and the service was incredible

We ordered pountine as an appetizer (although, it could’ve definitely been an entry, as you can see above)

And then I ordered tacos because cinco de mayo and Ryan ordered their burger.

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Our next mind blowing experience was just sight-seeing downtown Chicago

I mean, it’s so damn gorgeous!

I was so blown-away by how much green you see everywhere compared to Boston

And Ryan was blown-away by how modern every building looked and how everything just went together like a puzzle

The water was a gorgeous green by the museums and The Navy Pier but I wouldn’t recommend going that way

We did because I was super curious to see why the hype was non-existing there LOL!

And basically, it’s because there’s not much there, aside from the ferries wheel and some okay restaurants

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But let’s go back to some must-do’s

Chicago is known to have some of the best rooftop bars

LH Rooftop is definitely one of them

I highly recommend dressing up for this hot spot, if you’re going there at night

We went there during the day and as you can see below, some people definitely dressed casual

Here, you will mostly find old money or new money

Gucci/Versace boys and girls all day and night

The views are to die for and they also have an indoor bar that is super sick

Crowd is pretty good-looking, too.

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RAISED BAR 

Another hot spot with amazing views

RAISED saved our night with their heated lamps

Which keep in mind, Chicago was still pretty freezing cold in May

So I’d try going in the summer, if you don’t mind the crowds

The weekend we went was so cold and windy, every day

Thankfully, we were loving Chicago so much that we almost didn’t mind

But it’s obvious that the experience would’ve been enhanced if the weather was warmer

The good thing about it not being a busy tourist season, was we didn’t deal with the lines everywhere

We also lucked out with no rain 🙂

But back to Raised, winter or summer, they got you covered.

Great vibes, you don’t need to get too decked out there

Everyone is just chilling and enjoying the views

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River Walk

Umm..I’d say we may or may not have done this river walk the right way

We walked it a bit. It wasn’t anything out of this world but then again, it was freezing

I think in the summer, it must definitely be popping

The restaurants around there are all amazing, too

I’m not completely turned off by it yet and would definitely give it another look.

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Three Dashes and a Dot

I’ve never been to a place like it.

It’s a secret entrance to a basement that turns into a Hawaiian themed restaurant/bar

It’s so hard to even explain it but it’s a must if you’re in Chicago

We went there for the cool cocktails but the food looked very inviting, too.

I think the food is mostly Asian

As I’m typing this, I wish I could go back in time and order some food there

haha!

So yeah, definitely go to Three Dashes and a Dot. You will NOT regret it!

Make sure you reserve a table ahead of time to enjoy their dining experience, as well.

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Giordano’s

Holy deep dish pizza

I could have a slice or five right about now.

Their deep dish looks like a thick pie

It was by far, the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’ve been to Italy before.

Need more convincing?

Didn’t think so.

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The Chicago Bean

I mean, I’m not going to lie. I don’t get what the hype is about

I guess it’s cool to look at for a minute and take a picture but that’s about it

I’d say go for a walk downtown and walk by it, so you don’t get “fomo” (fear of missing out)

Otherwise, you’re looking at it.

Truthfully, I was shocked by the amount of people just standing there looking at it

Maybe I just don’t have the same creative mind to appreciate it

I don’t know

Either way, not the greatest thing we saw in Chicago, in my opinion.

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Willis Tower

You know, the place you go and take this infamous picture to show you are brave 😉

This was a place I really wanted to check out

I think what’s good to know ahead of time is that you will be in line for at least an hour

You will be in line to get inside to buy tickets and once you get inside there’s another line to get to the elevator

And once you get to the elevator, there is YET another line of people lining up to take pictures

SOOOOO, if you don’t have a lot of patience- skip this spot.

I don’t regret it but I wouldn’t go again

And Ryan was running on fumes because it was very frustrating to just stand there for a picture

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The Field Museum

You can literally spend an entire day here and still not have seen everything.

From dinosaurs and mummies, you will really never run out of things to explore at this museum

Ryan and I spent a good amount of time there

I don’t even remember how long we stayed, I just remembered we both couldn’t feel our legs at some point

And that was our cue to leave.

LOVED IT!

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Wrigley Field

The last thing we did in Chicago was go see a baseball game at “The home of the cubs”

This was my gift to Ryan

He loves baseball, so what’s cooler than actually watching a Cubs vs Yankees game in Chicago?

We loved Wrigley Field you guys!

It was so huge compared to Fenway Park and the fans were super awesome

Everything about it, aside from the freezing cold weather was perfect

I highly suggest planning vacations around some awesome event that will be happening that week

I think it’s definitely something we will do going forward.

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Chicago is enormous

I can write about it for days.

But I hope this was helpful and gave you guys a little taste of what it would be like to travel there

And some ideas of places to check out and not to check out 😉

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time

-T

Jord Watch

-JORD-

Hand-crafted, wood timepieces.

Jord focuses on creating watches not only for people who have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go.

They have a variety of brains (artists, designers, marketers) behind the scenes to design JUST the right timepiece

They focus on modern styles and value sustainability, efficiency and experiential living.

What I love about their watches?

You can’t find one like it by walking in to any local store.

They are truly unique, beautiful, wood-watches.

I love how stylish their designs are, too.

You can literally wear it out to a fancy dinner or to a casual get-together

I got Ryan the “Frankie series” called “Dark Sandalwood & Smoke”

It’s pretty sick but just one of their various designs

Check them out HERE, if you’re bored with the usual styles and looking for something that stands out.

Accessorize it any way you want!

I love the bracelets Ryan has here, it’s just the right finishing touch to make it look more modern!

But they are so cool looking, that you don’t need to accessorize at all and it will still be eye-catching.

I’ve always been a watch lover.

And a HUGE believer that every men’s BEST accessory is a good watch

It says so much about what you like and who you are

I always looked for the watch when I was dating

haha!

If you’re a guy reading this, and you don’t have a nice watch…

GET ON IT and thank me later!

If you’re a girl reading this and looking for gift ideas for the man of your life…

GET ON IT and thank me later!

Direct link is HERE.

xx

F|O

Transparency: Discover your RAW self again!

Look at me smiling from the inside out in the picture above

And ask yourself, “When was the last time I truly felt deep/meaningful happiness?”

Like the type that you almost feel like you want to cry from finally arriving to that state of mind

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Today, I want to share a little more about me with you

And I want to thank Ellie Active Wear for actually giving me the inspiration to do so.

A few days ago, I was going back and forth with the representative of Ellie

You know, we were talking details, such as when my box will arrive and what to expect (stay tuned for more deetz)

And the representative was telling me every detail because they pride on TRANSPARENCY

They want their clients to KNOW what they are getting

And not hide any changes or details that might surprise them

I thought that was very cool and this week, it just so happens “transparency” came up a lot

I don’t know if it was just because that word was already on my mind about Ellie Active Wear

Or if it was pure coincidence!

But I had back to back meetings this week

On Monday, I met my new boss and he used that word pretty often when describing his way of managing

On Tuesday (yesterday), I had an all day meeting in Boston with the top leadership team

And again, that word came up a lot

And it got me to thinking, “How TRUE to myself am I everyday?

How authentic am I being around my colleagues, friends, family, clients?

And, “Is that adding or removing stress from my day-to-day life?”

When you’re not being your authentic self, you are not fooling anyone but yourself

The joke is really on you

Why? Because you’re the one suffering. You’re the one stressing and you don’t even realize why

You don’t recognize the cause because you’ve been acting for so long!

We were brought up to believe we have to act a certain way to please people around us

We have to say, look, and act a certain way to be loved, to FEEL loved

We get caught up in what Miguel Ruiz from “The Four Agreements” would say, in our own “hell”

Yes, those are harsh words to describe where MOST of us are living today

(I don’t care how much money you have, how successful you are. Your mansion isn’t bringing you true happiness)

Think about the last time you didn’t care ONCE in an entire day of what someone thought of you?

Man, I don’t even think I can say I lived a day without worrying about it at least once

And that’s after being AWARE of my own “HELL”

You LIVE to please others and forget to please yourself.

And the sickening part is we think that’s normal!

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After reading “The Four Agreements”, it brought a lot of things to light for me

Its made me more aware of my day-to-day actions that led to unhappiness

And it is molding me back to my five-year old self

Remember when you were five?

Did you care what anyone thought?

You were FREE, genuinely happy, didn’t listen to other’s opinions of you because you believed in your own

You were your true AUTHENTIC self

I know what you are thinking

“Talita, I was five. I didn’t have a job or a single worry in the World. How can I come to that same happiness now?”

WELL, Mr. or Ms. reader, you are absolutely right!

Life today versus life when you and I were 5 has DRASTICALLY changed

However, that happiness and being authentic to self is still very much attainable!

I am living proof that my happiness rate has RAISED to a different level after I understood “The Four Agreements

Don’t believe me?

Please pick up the book and read it

Find out more about this small tease I just wrote

I want you to understand why life is so difficult for you today

And how you CAN turn it around by simply changing FOUR things.

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Thank you Ellie Active Wear for this inspiration through our brief email exchange

And guys, please check out Ellie Active Wear for your monthly box of gym-wear goodies!

Above is an example of May’s Box which were alternate items to promote everyone’s uniqueness

It comes with 5 workout items every month

This month, I got an arm phone holder, stress balls, those ridiculously amazing leggings, sports bra & shirt

Guess for how much?!

ONLY $49.95 a month

And you can cancel or skip any month!

As you all know, fitness is a huge passion of mine. But staying motivated is hard, even for me!

A cute box full of amazing gym goodies will get any girl excited to show their new gym-wear off 😉

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Find them on Instagram: @EllieActiveWear

Or check out their site HERE.

Til next time my loves!

xx

T

TIME OUT: When was the last time you gave yourself one?

They say Chicago is the windiest city of them all

But after this weekend, I beg to differ.

Can you blame me?

Hey guys!!

I hope you had an amazing Easter (if you celebrate)

I had a nice lunch with the rents

And wore this colorful dress and fun heels

But I’m actually here to talk about taking a “time out”

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Last week, I took a break from the gym because my whole routine had gone “Gone Baby Gone

I was very upset and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong

I needed to step out of my routine, so I could look at it from a different perspective

Taking time off sometimes can be the greatest thing you can do

Why?

Because it allows you to think clearer

In my case, I discovered some of the reasons why living a healthy lifestyle all of a sudden wasn’t pleasurable for me

It felt like so much work and so much stress

And instead of feeling great about myself for taking care of my health, I was feeling quite the opposite

I was feeling down all the time. I felt like a failure.

And then, finally, after a week off from feeling shitty- something clicked!

I was focusing too much on the wrong things

And I bet you, you can relate to some of it

Here are some of the things I was focusing on:

-Weighing myself everyday after waking up

-Looking for body improvements everyday

-Not giving myself a break, ever

-Overly discussing my fitness goals in my relationship

Gahh.. Ok, I won’t lie. Reading what I just typed is making me depressed.

That’s how terrible all those things were to me.

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I know, if you’ve been working out for years and you got this healthy lifestyle down.

You might want to weigh yourself. Because you already look fantastic, so those numbers won’t phase you.

To me, since it’s so new. Those numbers were devastating.

They were affirmation that nothing I was doing was working or at least that’s how I saw it when everyday, nothing would change..

So for now, I’m staying away from the scale and focusing on how I feel, on the positives.

I want to focus on how my energy level is, on lifting heavier. 

And less on looking in the mirror and stepping on a scale.

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Looking in the mirror to see “what’s changed” is a horrific way to start your day

Instead, we should love our bodies for what they are right now

Own your body, your look.

Going forward, I will no longer look for changes. But be grateful for the body I do have.

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Overly discussing/sharing my goals in my relationship was a mistake

This is obviously my personal experience

But to me, it started out great until it became negative

The message I kept hearing was, “You are not giving it your all, that’s why you’re not seeing results”

And that’s pretty shitty to hear from someone you care about

Sometimes, we need to hear tough love from our partners

But when it’s constant, you start feeling down and even worse, you start feeling let down

This was my mistake for trying to look for affirmation from anyone but me

I should be my biggest cheerleader.

So starting now, I’m my biggest cheerleader.

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Some of these are pretty personal but I felt like many of us can relate.

We often times don’t give ourselves enough credit

And look for others to do it for us

We let ourselves down and many times don’t even understand why

It’s important to stop and think about what’s making us unhappy

That’s the only way you can improve your life, and your well-being.

I hope this post was helpful.

Let me know if you ever had an “AH-HA!” moment like the above, and what you’ve uncovered by digging deep =)

xx

-T

Sportswear: East Coast Style

Ok, so before I start. I’d just like to say how frigging happy I am it’s finally nice out in Boston!

Today was about 77 degrees and you know you’re from New England when you’re content with 77!

My job requires me to do a lot of driving, so the nicer the weather, the happier I am

But back to this sportswear that I’m rocking, because let’s face it- it’s pretty fab

I love that it represents my coast!

The East Coast!

Oh, and I also love THE PRICE!

CLICK HERE to find out.

I paired it with bombshell sportswear pants

You can find it by clicking HERE.

If you’re a guy and want to buy your girl something nice for the gym. This is it!

Look NO FURTHER

Missed the links?

CLICK HERE for crop top sweatshirt

CLICK HERE for pants

Shoes are converse

Until next time, babes 😉

xx

Talita

Read this if you are discouraged by your results in the gym

Hey babes

Turns out I won’t be able to write a blog post daily like I wanted to =\

I got promoted to this very self-driven, challenging, awesome job last year and it’s taking me a while to adjust

I really want to mostly focus my energy on learning everything I can in the next three months

And because it’s been so stressful, I figured why not add a picture of me in Venice, Italy from last year 🙂

It’s always great practice when you’re going through a stressful time, to look back at something you are grateful for

Specially, something you were able to do because of why you’re stressed

(ex. because of my job, I can afford a trip to Italy)

Anyway,

Today I wanted to drop a quick reminder that it’s YOUR journey!

I think we all need this reminder sometimes

I see and follow so many amazing fitness models or fitness bloggers

They look perfect, but we can’t forget we are looking at the “finished” project

We also can’t forget what they have sacrificed to get there…

Pizza nights, wine, ice cream, pasta and much more!

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m the first to complain and wonder why I don’t look a certain way

I tell myself, “You workout so much! You should be there by now. This is pointless!”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said EXACTLY that

And then, I remind myself of the entire pizza I had to myself the week before

The “cheat day” not “cheat meal” I had ‘that other weekend’

I mean, how can I say I’m doing everything right?

I’m NOT fully invested if that’s what’s happening, and neither are you

It sucks to hear it but we need to hear the truth to start getting in the right track!

I’ve started eating 100% healthy, and hitting my macros not even a month ago

Before that, I was killing myself at the gym

But guess what?

I wasn’t getting the results I wanted

What you eat is 80% of your results

So FIRST, stop the pity party you are throwing yourself (have self compassion)

TWO, re-evaluate what you have eaten or start a food diary of what you eat everyday

THREE, start over again!

YES! Start over but this time, be wiser

We fall and we get back up again

We don’t give up on our dreams

We only live once and if we’re lucky, we live a full life

And guess what?

A big part of that is how we treat our bodies.

KITCHEN FIRST, GYM SECOND. 

You got this! 😉

Please feel free to email me (tali@fearordinary.com) if you are not sure how to go about your diet

 Or text me if you know my number!

I’ll be happy to stir you in the right direction 

We’re in this together!

xx Talita

COACHELLA: READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO GO FOR FREE!

Happy Friday, babes!

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you want to attend Coachella 2017

So do I, girlfriend!

Imagine getting free tickets for you and a friend, including stay and airfare!?

Umm..where do I sign up?!?

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Get the “SHEIN” app

Follow them on Instagram

Comment with your app’s nickname

Repost with #SHEINCOACHELLA, tag the friend you’d bring and @sheinofficial !

I’m sharing this contest because out of all my collaborations,  SHEIN has been one of my favorites!

Their clothes are so trendy and fun

So when they told me about this contest, I had to share with my babes!

I couldn’t be selfish about it

(I posted mine on my fb page already)

haha!

You can repost either on fb or ig, but make sure you are not private. Otherwise, they can’t verify!

GAHH! If you win, please let me know!

I’d love to know I was a small reason why =*

Good luck!!

xx Talita

The Importance of finding TRUE happiness: “The Happiness Project”

Hey babes!

On Instagram earlier today, I talked about the importance of finding true happiness

And how reading the book, “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin,  made me look at happiness in a different light

You might be wondering, “What does that have to do with fitness?”

Well, I don’t know about you but I don’t see unhappy/unmotivated people working out at my gym

Or if I do, they are hardly ever there

This is why mental health is so important in the journey of a healthy lifestyle

For example, to fully recover from a great workout, you must get a good night of sleep

But if you are stressed, you most likely won’t and that will interrupt your journey to a healthier you

So let’s start with a simple solution that author Gretchen Rubin came up with

12 Commandments of Happiness

So here goes nothing, I’ll start!

  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself
  2. Be Patient with work and the gym. Nothing happens overnight
  3. Name 1 thing you are grateful for everyday
  4. In hard times, thank God
  5. In good times, thank God
  6. Meditate daily (15 mins min)
  7. Go to church on Sundays
  8. Live in the present, BE present
  9. Make one person smile everyday
  10. Put your phone away when out with friends and family
  11. Surround yourself and give time to those that uplift you and make you better
  12. Take risks you normally wouldn’t out of fear

 

In the book, Gretchen started her own commandments to live by

And anytime she didn’t follow them, she reminded herself about them and tried to be better

She did it until she had all her commandments memorized and lived vigorously by them

She mentions how her relationship with her husband improved, her relationship with her kids and friends, as well

And overall, she lived a happier, more fulfilled life because of these little reminders

The book, of course, is a lot more than just these 12 commandments

And I’d highly recommend anyone to read it

But I thought I’d share this one little side note with my fellow friends on here

Because I truly believe, this will make a difference in my life and yours

And help us live everyday, a happier life.

P.S. CLICK HERE for a direct link to the book.

xx Talita