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Monthly Archives: February 2016

My Beauty Philosophy – Where I Save and Where I Splurge

I always think it’s fascinating to hear about women’s beauty philosophies – where they skimp and where they splurge.  With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to share my own mantra when it comes to my beauty philosophy and regimen.

How to Pack (Feather) Light

Being the wife of a pilot, we always fly standby.  There are some MAJOR perks to this such as (mostly) free airfare and schedule flexibility.  However, there is one huge downside for us girls:  no checked bags!  It doesn’t matter if you are going to Europe for 3 weeks or Hawaii for 7 days or Austin for the weekend – no checked bags allowed!  As you can imagine, I have mastered the art of packing – whether I wanted to or not.  While going through this packing journey (oh man – never gets old), I have learned that I actually like packing lighter.  It isn’t so heavy to carry, I make decisions on outfits before we leave which removes the guess work out of outfits when I arrive at my destination, and I think it is a fun challenge.

Meal Planning… as Easy as Pie!

When I get into healthy eating and weight loss/maintenance mode, I tend to rely heavily on routines and repetition to keep myself on track.  Not only does meal planning save money and calories, but it also takes the guess work out of meals for the entire week.

Peach is the new Pink

We always go out to a nice dinner for Valentine’s Day instead of buying each other presents.  We are the couple that prefers experiences (yummy food) and memories (a romantical dinner) over gifts on this lovely holiday.

We be Jammin’

Being on a clean eating diet, it is nearly impossible to find a pre-made jam in the stores that does not contain processed sugar.  I decided to take matters into my own hands and boy I’m sure glad I did.  BEST. JAM. ON. THE. PLANET.  Not only was it healthier with the honey substitute and chia seeds, but it was the best tasting jam I had ever tasted (winning!).  I ended up using this jam on everything from PB&J sandwiches to waffles to bruschetta.

Go Take a Hike… In Sedona!

On a tight budget? Been stuck in the house for the last couple of months and just want to have a change of scenery?  Go take a hike… in Sedona! On Valentine’s Day this year, we decided to celebrate our love by taking a day trip to Sedona for some lovely hiking (see what I did there).

Hello world!

Hello!  My name is Jackie Yost and I am married to my best friend, Kyle, where we live in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona with our happy puppy, Sierra and our antisocial cat, Whitney.  I currently work as a Senior Manager of Strategy Analytics for Make-A-Wish America.  In February 2016, I decided to start a lifestyle blog as a way to document the things I love and all the other little pleasures of life.  My hope is to encourage and inspire readers through food, fashion, fitness, travel, home, beauty and just… life!