Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: July 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Four Things.

Four nicknames:
Mama Mia. Are you shocked? 
Mo *My parents only
Bear *Dustin only

Four movies I've watched more than once:
Just Go With It
The Proposal

Four things in my purse:
259,569,465 lip products
My planner

Four places I've lived:
All in Oklahoma...

Four favorite drinks:
Water, I really do enjoy my water!
Tea, hot or cold

Four can't live without foods:
Ice cream, duh
All the Mexican food! 
*Bonus, must have peanut butter too.

Top four places I've traveled:
The Grand Canyon
Mexico (several trips, several locations)
Glenwood Springs, CO 

Four favorite places to shop:
Old Navy
TJ Maxx

Four places I'd like to travel:
Bora Bora
Napa Valley

Four TV shows I'm currently watching:
Total Divas
Younger, just finished it actually, 
Real Housewives of OC
Parenthood, season 5

Four things I'm looking forward to: 
My family returning to Oklahoma
New nieces or nephews on the way
Cancun in Sept
The holidays

PS- The monthly favorites link up will be up next Wed 8/5! Join in and share what you were loving in the month of July.

What's 1 thing you're currently looking forward to?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Salad Love.

I'm a salad addict. I enjoy eating several of them a week, I pray I never get sick of them. Not sure what I'd eat! There are 2 types of people in this world - ones that like a salad with berries in it and ones that think that's disgusting. I get it, I have plenty of odd dislikes. *Ahem* won't touch seafood because sea creatures freak me out. 

I'm a berry in my salad kind of girl though. 

I love throwing stuff together and creating recipes that become staple foods in my diet. So I thought I'd share a favorite lunch of mine, for team berries in yo' salad. 

Healthy Eating

What I use: 
(I track my food, so these are just the measurements I use)

2 oz Lettuce
.5 oz Spinach
25g Blueberries
30g Raspberries
30g Strawberries
1/4 C (65g) Garbanzo beans
1/4 C (56g) Low fat cottage cheese
1 can of chicken, drained *I mix the cottage cheese & chicken together then add to salad
2 Tbsp Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Topped with a serving of sliced almonds and 1/2 serving of Snapea Crisps

Healthy, light & simple! It's a big and very filling salad too, don't let the pic fool you. Served with a side of Fruit Punch Spark too of course.

Nutrition for exactly what I use:
Calories: 361
Carbs: 38g
Fat: 9g
Protein: 34g
Fiber: 12g

What is your favorite summer salad?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

#Prayformayberry Update || He's Coming Home!

It's been a little while since I've shared anything or updates on my brother. Sept 1st will be 2 years since his accident, I can't believe we're approaching the 2 year mark. The craziest part, he's made the most progress these last couple of months. With a TBI injury, you have absolutely no way of knowing the outcome. When progress will stop, if they'll make progress at all, etc. In the beginning months the doctors didn't know if he'd live, and thought that if he did he'd have no quality of life. Months and months of uncertainty, waiting for him to wake up. 

We kept our faith and we always knew that he'd be ok. This boy was going to walk again. Well guess what, he's walking alright. My sweet little brother, the 6 foot 7 walking, talking, Jesus praising miracle <3 

My family is scheduled to come home to Oklahoma in 2 weeks. They'll be leaving Florida, where Christian has been receiving rehab at FINR over the last year, and returning home. The trial is scheduled to start Monday Aug 10th, they will be present for that. Christian is at a point where he can be home now, he'll still have outpatient rehab and still has a ways to go, but he can come home! I thought I'd take a moment to give you a little update on what he's been up to lately.

 -He turned 18 in February.
-He's walking, on his own!
-He's gone from not being able to see in front of his face to watching tv with mom.
-He got to watch fireworks in Wauchula.
-He would live on hamburgers & cheesecake if mom would let him, all the boy talks about.
-His class graduated this May. It was bittersweet of course and even though he wasn't able to be there or walk across the stage, they sent him a cap & gown. A graduation party was planned for him at FINR and all kinds of people came to celebrate him. He had a wonderful time, hamming it up & soaking up all of the attention.

As my family prepares to come home, I'd love it if you could keep them in your prayers. Moving back, attending the trial, starting a new normal, financial stresses, etc. Prayers for strength, for Christian & my mom. Also, there are still updates and all kinds of videos (several of him walking) posted regularly to the Facebook page. Thank you all so much for following along and for your constant prayers, sweet words & support. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

PB&J Cake for Breakfast? Oh yes.

You know I'm a sweets kind of girl. I'm a pretty healthy eater though, so I love experimenting to create things that satisfy my love for sweets without sacrificing healthy eating as much as I can. Last week I had a protein smoothie on the menu for breakfast but for some reason I just wasn't feeling it. So, I took the same ingredients, added my baking powder and made it a big ol' piece of breakfast cake that was heavenly. It was so good that I had to recreate it 2 days later to eat, and blog about of course. 

I make single serving protein cakes/brownies all the time with different flavors of protein and ingredients. Chocolate peanut butter is my go to. It's an awesome way to get high protein, low carb and you really feel like you're being oh so naughty, but you aren't! You have to have a good tasting quality protein or else it's underwhelming, but with a good protein powder, they are seriously delicious... I'm going to list the ingredients below that I used for this one, but use any amount or variation you prefer. The base of a standard "Protein Brownie" consists of 1 scoop protein powder, 1/4 c milk, 1 tsp baking powder, microwave for 40 sec. Toppings of your choice. 

Breakfast Protein Cake
Crappy images are a result of 6 am bad lighting... ;)

PB&J Protein Cake

1/4 C frozen berries
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp flax
1 tsp chia
1/4 C unsweetened almond milk
Pinch of Stevia *not pictured

What I did:
I microwaved the berries for 15 seconds.  Added the protein powder, chia, flax, baking powder, pinch of stevia and almond milk in the bowl, stir until creamy. Microwave for 30 seconds, let sit a few seconds and microwave for another 30 seconds. As you can see, it grows while cooking in the microwave so you just don't want it to overflow. Remove & drizzle your peanut butter on top. Devour that cake! 

Macros for exactly what I used:
Calories 226 / Fat 7g / Carb 14g / Protein 28g / Fiber 7g

Can't beat those macros for a breakfast cake the size of your face & packed with protein! It's gluten free too, if you were curious. 

Do you enjoy creating recipes? 

Monday, July 13, 2015

An Oklahoma Blogger.

When I first started blogging, I immediately remember searching for other Oklahoma bloggers. I wanted to connect, see what other women in my state were blogging about, where they were blogging from. I quickly came across the Oklahoma Women Bloggers site. 

I immediately signed up and since that day, I've been an Oklahoma Women Blogger myself. I've enjoyed reading other blogs, meeting women along the way & building friendships. Blogging has been so much more than I expected it to be. When I first started my blog 2 years ago, I had NO idea that special relationships would be a part of it. Not just with Oklahoma women, but with women all over the country, heck the world. I have made "blogging" friends that I have already hung out with or would hop on a flight to spend the weekend with them in a heartbeat. It's something special. I'm thankful for Oklahoma Women Bloggers, thankful for the friends I've made along the way and proud to be a part of it. 

Bigfoot Creative printed these awesome OWB shirts for us. They're a screen printing, graphic design and retail clothing store located in downtown Norman. They did a fabulous job. I love my shirt & I'm proud to wear it! 

Have you connected with other bloggers in your state?

*Don't forget to enter the $250 Nordstrom gift card giveaway here

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Polish Love || Sally Hansen Miracle Gel + A Giveaway!

Remember when I shared my love for the CND Vinylux Weekly polishes? Well I still love those but I found another one that is equally fantastic but this one is a little easier to find. The top coat alone on any polish works better than any other top coat I've used, as far as making polish last. The Miracle Gel polishes + top coat are a dream. The formula is great and I get well over a week with them. I've been testing them out for a while now, so today I'm sharing them with you and swatches of the 3 colors I currently own.

Miracle Gel Polish

Miracle Gel Polish

Buy from.
Any drugstore (Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, etc.)

Price point.
$7.19-$7.99 is what I've seen for a single. Some places you can find a combo set that has a top coat & 1 polish color. 

Coats applied.
I applied 2 coats of polish, 1 coat of the top coat.

Polish lasted. 
Normal polish with this gel top coat, about 5-6 days.
Miracle Gel polish + top coat, about 8-9 days.

I'll definitely be building up my collection, I'm hooked.

And now onto the fun giveaway....

Join me in celebrating the 2nd blogiversary of Champagne & Suburbs! I'm joining Meghan and several other blogging beauties to offer YOU a $250 gift card to Nordstrom. Enter using the Rafflecopter below and be sure to show the girls some love by following their links. Each link gets you one step closer to winning and buying everything on your wish list from the sale! The giveaway will run from today until 6:00AM on July 15. Good luck, y'all!  

Winner will be announced by July 18 and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If prize not claimed within 24 hours, another winner will be randomly selected.

Hosted by Meghan from Champagne and Suburbs 

Co-Hosted by: 

Mia from Make Me Up Mia // Angela from Head to Toe Chic // Biana from B Loved Boston 

B & M from The Sequin Notebook // Maddie from The Whimsy One 

Kate from Sara Kate Styling // Kristina from Medicine & Manicures // Owen from The Davis Duo  
Shelby from Recent Somethings // Natalie from HashtagFABLife

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monthly Favorites || June 2015

Happy July 1st friends! Who else has a short work week this week? It's that time again, time to share what we were all loving in the month of June. Grab a button below if you want to and join in with Kelli and I for our June 2015 favorites.

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I really don't have much this month, June seriously flew by and I didn't really try out anything new or even experiment with anything outside of my usual products. There are a few products though that I've been reaching for a lot more recently and especially loving.... 
Maybelline Bobbi Brown Elf

+ Looking for a perfect summer color for your cheeks? My Rose Shimmer Brick has been my recent #1. Such a beautiful blend of pinks with the perfect highlight mixed in. Swoon. 

+ I've had this liner and lipstick for a long time. I'd never even used the liner until last month and now it's a favorite. The liner is darker and the lipstick is light, blending together perfectly for a nice light mauve shade. I'm a mauve girl for sure, what kind of lip shade girl are you?

+ I've yet to conquer the art of contouring, it's on my life list ya'll. Bronzer always makes me feel like I look like a clown, but THIS stuff is a different story. A light all over golden bronze shade perfect for summer. I just dust a little on my forehead & cheeks. It's subtle, just the right amount for my pale skin. And who doesn't love a $3 price tag? 


+ Last but not least, these gorgeous lashes. I shared a full review and look last week. You can check it out here

PS- Thank you all for all your sweet comments on last week 5 Reasons Why I Lift post. You're all the B E S T!

Your turn, tell me what you've been loving?

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