No Pants Blog

No Pants Blog

Welcome to the No Pants Blog, babe! That’s right, you heard it here first… pants are optional.   Here’s the 411: We’re real women with real-life shit going on every damn day. We are one-in-the-same, and we’re here to let you know you are not alone. We’re opening up the...

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Welcome to the No Pants Blog, babe! That’s right, you heard it here first… pants are optional.
 
Here’s the 411: We’re real women with real-life shit going on every damn day. We are one-in-the-same, and we’re here to let you know you are not alone. We’re opening up the conversation to share that it’s all relatable. You’ve been there, we’ve been there. This blog is for you - a mix of light-hearted content, and a deep-dive into the real shit no one talks about.
So with that, we ask that you please ask the hard questions and submit topics of interest. Let’s try our best to get through this thing called life together. Please keep in mind we are by no means experts here, (pretty damn far from it) but we want to share and celebrate the good, and laugh at the ugly, together. Why go through life in the dark? We’re here to shine the light.
Here’s how it works: We want to hear from you! All of our content is going to be based off of submissions from our community. To start, we are going to be opening this up on our Instagram Stories, so keep your eyes peeled for your opportunity to chime in on the conversation! We mean it when we say, ask us anything. There is no limit on the discussion we can have together as women! We can’t wait to get to know ourselves, our community, and you, the best that we can through collaboration and conversation.

Finding Your Why

I genuinely used to cringe when someone would ask me, "what is your purpose?" or "what are you passionate about?" Like, how TF do I figure that one out? Nothing like a loaded question from a total stranger sitting next to me on a long flight. I am passionate about...

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I genuinely used to cringe when someone would ask me, "what is your purpose?" or "what are you passionate about?" Like, how TF do I figure that one out? Nothing like a loaded question from a total stranger sitting next to me on a long flight. I am passionate about pizza. Does that mean I am supposed to tr(eat) pizza as my purpose? Now I am officially freaking out.
 
I was quite literally searching for my purpose in all of the wrong places and felt incredibly lost until the day that question was reframed for me and now I ask everyone, "what is your why?"
 
Look, I know this can sound like an overwhelming task, but I am here to help you.
Pull out your sleek notebook, a cute pen and let's. get. to. work.
Ask yourself these five questions:
 
  1. What am I doing when I feel my absolute favorite self?
  2. How am I adding value to those around me?
  3. What are my greatest strengths?
  4. What is my mission statement?
  5. How will I measure my life?
 
Now, bathe in all your "why" glory. Sure, maybe right now all you see are words or doodles, but your answer is a unique combination of all the things on that beautiful piece of paper. Do not overthink it, do not try to piece it all together right this second IF what you are looking at is not completely igniting you. Our why is not surface level, it isn't a specific amount of money or a job or a partner or a status. In my experience, your why is number 90% number 5. How will you measure your life? You decide what you stand for and you live in alignment with it. Pay attention to how you feel, yes - feel, when you are going through the motions of your day to day. What moments are you looking forward to and why? Dive in with no judgement, no restrictions. Tuck any expectations about what you thought you'd be or who you'd be in a box that is contained by a chastity belt of sorts. Give yourself permission to explore what makes you feel the most YOU. Your why is slapping you right in the face. In a loving, sassy, pay attention to me kind of way.
 
If you are still sitting with a blank face backed by a confused brain, end your list by writing down the answer to this question. What is your greatest weakness? Sit with that one for a moment. Once you wrap your beautiful head around it, think of how you can turn that weakness into your greatest strength. We wildly bizarre, curious, tough human beings often shove baby in the corner if you know what I mean. Let your freak flag fly and even if it is just for tonight, entertain the idea that you can be successful, fulfilled, fruitful and genuinely happy embracing the parts of you that feel foreign, tucked away and shamed.
 
Stop googling "what career path best suits my personality" and start taking action.

Morning Routine

It is Sunday at 8pm and I am preparing for a kick ass week. I just finished up a face mask and turn on my humidifier. I crawl into bed with my planner and map out my week. FEELIN’ GOOD.

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It is Sunday at 8pm and I am preparing for a kick ass week. I just finished up a face mask and turn on my humidifier. I crawl into bed with my planner and map out my week. FEELIN’ GOOD. I grab my phone, set the alarm for 6am and go HAM on the label because, when I see that in the morning, I will 1000% jolt out of bed with a pep in my step. Right?
"Beep! Beep! Beep!” I look at my phone and hit snooze to calm the abrupt sound and I remember what I did the night before. The label reads, “Good morning, gorgeous! Today is a shiny, new day! Don't you dare think about hitting snooze. You are capable and beautiful and smart, plus you promised you wouldn't hit snooze, so, you can't. The day is waiting for you! Let's seize it!”
Truth is, I am not a morning person by nature. There. I said it. But, I do believe that through trial and error, there is a successful way for each of us to start our day. What works for a pal or badass influencer you admire, may not work for you and that is completely ok. I have done my research on morning routines and have tried nearly everything I have read and listened to. Through that, I found what works for me and I feel it is important to share.
Morning routine tips:
  1. Really. Do not hit snooze. In the moment, it can feel incredible to imagine even 7 minutes more of beauty rest. However, the reality is, you will be more tired and more inclined to hit snooze for a second time. Monitor your habits. If you set your alarm for 5:45am, but hit snooze everyday until 6am, do yourself a favor and set your alarm for 6. You will genuinely gift yourself 15 extra minutes of your best sleep.
  2. Make your bed. This small action may feel impossible as you are still waking up, but it is indeed small movement which allows the blood to start flowing. Making your bed is an immediate accomplishment and will leave you feeling less enticed to lay back down if you are dragging.
  3. Natural Light and water. Let your entire body wake up at it’s own pace, yes, this includes your eyes. Make your way to the kitchen and begin opening curtains along the way. Let the natural light flow in and pour yourself a tall glass of water. We dehydrate over night and treating your parched, hard working vessel with H20 is the greatest gift you can give yourself. I promise myself I will finish my glass of water before I consume any coffee or tea.
  4. Fresh air. While I finish my water, I step outside into my backyard for a quick, light stretch and a few deep breaths of morning air. You can accomplish this tiny task in all seasons by simply opening a window momentarily. Breathing in fresh air replenishes the body and cleans out the lungs.
  5. Gratitudes. I could write and write and write on how gratitudes have set the tone for my day. Like attracts like, it is science. It is incredibly easy to get overwhelmed by the days to-do list, so do yourself this honor and acknowledge your gratitudes first. There are no rules about what you can be grateful be for, just mean it.
That is it. That is my morning routine. It takes me 10 minutes.
Listen up, I encourage you to try different things and see what works for you. If you don’t like the way it feels, don’t do it. I learned that less is more for me. I absolutely have a skin care routine, I drink my caffeine, I walk my dog, but adding every single thing I do in the morning to a list was overwhelming for me. I enjoy doing those extra things, but if I don’t get around to them in the morning, I don’t feel guilty for it. Figure out what works for you and commit.
Other tips:
Alarm clock vs. phone. Having an alarm clock wake you up gives you the opportunity to enjoy your morning routine (you time!) before you see your screen filled with notifications and distractions. Not to mention it is nostalgic. If you are using your phone, try putting it on Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode before you go to sleep and do not switch your device back on until after you have accomplished your morning routine. You deserve that.
Sleep tracker. What happens to your mood and energy levels if you get more or less than the “recommended” 8 hours of sleep? Some people function better on 6 hours of sleep while others function better on 9 hours of sleep. We are all different. Knowing this about yourself could change your life.

Mindful Drinking

We've all been there. No judgement zone.   A casual happy hour marg turns into a 2 am Grub Hub McDonalds delivery. SO. MUCH. FUN. Until you wake up. Tired AF, there is this fuzzy film feeling inside your mouth even though you are 50% confident you brushed your teeth....

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We've all been there. No judgement zone.
 
A casual happy hour marg turns into a 2 am Grub Hub McDonalds delivery. SO. MUCH. FUN. Until you wake up. Tired AF, there is this fuzzy film feeling inside your mouth even though you are 50% confident you brushed your teeth. You feel, just gross. After you grab your phone and text your marg mate 10 skull emojis, you grab your ice roller because you are an adult and you have to show up for the day. While showering and contemplating if you should just throw up, you drop the famous line, "I'm never drinking again."
 
Press rewind. When practicing mindful drinking, you can indeed meet for that marg, remember the evening in its entirety and wake up feeling refreshed. Now doesn't that sounds like, so much better? I know, easier said than done. #guilty. God bless those souls that live by the one and done motto. Kudos.
 
Unless you are living under a rock, you've probably heard sobriety is trending. Sobercurious is a thang. Is alcohol becoming the new cigarette? Stay with me. When I was utilizing my fake ID (approximately age 17) human beings were allowed to smoke cigarettes in restaurants and bars. You may recall being asked if you'd like to sit in the non smoking section. The marketing of health risks associated with smoking were on the rise, but cigarette companies were paying unfathomable amounts of money to continue running television, print and face to face marketing. Obviously we all know they didn't win that fight. When is the last time you have seen any marketing promoting cigarettes? Long, long, long, long time ago. Alcohol companies do the same exact thing. Google any commercial promoting alcohol. Looks like the best damn time of your life. You look so hot, the drink is so refreshing and instagram worthy, obviously the hottest guy around wants, you guessed it, you. Glorious.
Trust me, I love a spicy marg and can easily enjoy a bottle of wine to myself, again, no judgement. Point is. Predictions are being made that soon we will see marketing exploring the health risks of alcohol. Being the go-to party friend might not be "cool" for much longer.
Listen, this read isn't intended for someone who has a real dependency on alcohol. The only way to drink alcohol with a dependency is to NOT. I am just going to jump up on my soapbox real quick to say (ahem) WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS. If you are feeling like you may have a dependency on alcohol, do not be ashamed. You are not alone. It is okay to ask for help. Your people will love and support you on your road to recovery.
Questions to ask yourself:
  • Am I honest when asked how many drinks I have per week? Yes, this includes when your doctor asks.
  • Do I hide my drinking from the people closest to me?
  • Do I wake up groggy or hungover multiple times a week. Every week.
Please note. I am not an expert, not trying to be. Only sharing what I have researched, read and learned from being my brothers number one fan during his journey through rehab.
Mindful drinking is all about (drumroll) being mindful. This is about reprogramming your patterns to live a more bountiful life.
How many times have you woke up worried about what you may have said the night before? How many times have you said yes to that third martini because everyone else did? How many times have you opened a bottle of wine at home with the intention of having a glass and accidentally downed the entire thing? Me too. Me too.
Let's get to it.
Mindful drinking step one. You need to have a plan. When asked what you'd like to drink, it is easy to word vomit your "go to" or the classic line "I'll have whatever she's having". Your plan consists of a.) you're non alcoholic drink of choice. I personally love a good ginger beer. b.) your reason. People are nosey, curious, interested, whatever word you want to use for all up in your business and they could ask, why aren't you drinking? Honesty is the best policy, but if you have an inkling that the person asking you is going to give you a hard time or poke fun, have a plan of how you will respond. This is your body and your decision. Anyone who teases you about making healthy life decisions is projecting and you should probably reevaluate if there is a real friendship there.
Mindful drinking step two. Sober experiences. Go to a dinner, a concert or a birthday and do not drink. If you have step one thought out, you are setting step two up for success. Having something in your hand to casually sip during the countless opportunities for awkward, silent yet extremely loud moments throughout an evening out just feels safe. Once you encounter this experience a couple of times, you will feel much less dependent on that glass and much more in control of the situation. Promise.
Mindful drinking step three. Although Dry January and Sober September are excellent times to kick off your mindful drinking journey, try to relate a diet to our current conversation. When you are on a diet, do you notice that for the first (eh) 30 days you think about food more than you ever have before? We call this one (drumroll please) a lifestyle adjustment. Call it what it is, the law of attraction. When you are focusing on the idea of never being able to drink again, you very well may taste that sweet sip of Sauv Blanc as it touches the lips of someone three tables away. We are not complicated. We are just extremely capable of desiring what we cannot have.
Let me elaborate. When I am on my death bed begging for my final meal, I will be demanding a bottle, maybe two (just in case) of red wine before I ask for my medium rare steak. I will enjoy champagne on fine occasions, I will consciously sip a tasty marg, I will drink a cider at Octoberfest. I will also wake up with a hangover many times over the course of the rest of my life. If I choose to. Mindful drinking is about a choice. This is not about quitting for life, unless that is the healthiest move for you, power on. This is about taking back the control back, setting new rules and redefining what part alcohol plays in your life.
Everything you are most fearful of missing out on, you will gain in other facets of your mindful life.
Give it a go. What do you have to lose other than a hangover?

Home Decor On A Budget

Whether you want to turn your Dorm Room into the most Instagramable spot on Campus (AYE!) or you just spent all of your life savings on the cutest house that you now cannot afford to decorate. I’ve got you. Here are my top 5 tips to flip a room right...

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Whether you want to turn your Dorm Room into the most Instagramable spot on Campus (AYE!) or you just spent all of your life savings on the cutest house that you now cannot afford to decorate. I’ve got you. Here are my top 5 tips to flip a room right side up, honey.
1. Fixtures. Now, I gotta be honest, I don’t know the Dorm rules on this. I know the saying “ask for forgiveness” is a real thing, but in this case, I do suggest asking first. Losing your deposit or all hope of your parents ever co-signing for you ever again is not worth a light fixture. In most cases, if you keep the original fixture, offer to replace it on your own and reinstall the old fixture upon moving out, you should have no issues. If the rules say NO, go thrifting for a floor lamp and utilize the fixture there instead! Fixtures can completely transform a room without breaking the bank. Visit Amazon or Wayfair for some of the grandest deals around.
2. Wall Art. Did you know it doesn’t have to cost a fortune? Etsy printables are where it’s at. Search digital printing and have yourself a hay day. Best part, most shops give you options. You can either have the design printed and sent to your door or order the art digitally and send it in yourself for printing. I have price comp’d this. if you have the time and have a tighter budget, I suggest getting the high resolution image printed yourself to save you a few bucks. Use those saved bucks and put them toward a bold frame.
3. Make it cozy. Little touches such as throw pillows, blankets and candles are inexpensive purchases that can make your space feel like home. Throw pillows can run you $50 a pop. My suggestion is to grab some old pillows and order covers that fit your style from Amazon. Best place to find quality blankets and candles without breaking the bank is TJ MAXX or Marshalls. Hot tip. Whenever I would call my mom in College or when I first moved out of state and told her I was homesick, she would send me candles that reminded me of home. Give it a try.
4. Organization and Storage. This is most important for small spaces. There are easy, inexpensive ways to keep your space clutter free. Do you have unused space under your bed? Empty drawers? Overhead closet space? Every inch can be maximized. Clothing racks are a trendy way to showcase your favorite items. End cap the rack with hats, use the bottom to store shoes and even hang jewelry.
5. The Stand Out. Before starting in on any new space, I want you to ask yourself this question. How do I want people to feel when they are in my home? Be mindful about every little thing you buy. What is the purpose? Does it fit the intention you’ve created for your space?

Five Healthy Recipes That Won't Break The Bank

We know how it goes. Conscious eating can be intimidating, especially if you are working with a budget. Comparing the cost of a Tostinos Frozen Pizza to 1 pound of Organic Chicken just pisses me off. I remember the first time I bit the bullet and went for the Chicken....

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We know how it goes. Conscious eating can be intimidating, especially if you are working with a budget. Comparing the cost of a Tostinos Frozen Pizza to 1 pound of Organic Chicken just pisses me off. I remember the first time I bit the bullet and went for the Chicken. I had no idea how to cook it and instead of calling Mom, I just went for it. No lie, it looked decent. I spent my meal budget on the Chicken, so I had Cheetos for a side. I bit into the chicken and it was so overcooked that it disintegrated in my mouth. End of the story is that I had Cheetos for dinner and it took me until Pinterest became a thing to try cooking Chicken again.
Your body is a vessel. Let’s look at some easy, healthy, affordable recipes that’ll leave you looking forward to leftovers.
Before we dive into recipes, let’s talk about some kitchen staples that you may want to consider purchasing next time you are grocery shopping. 1. Sunflower Oil. This is a great alternative to the expensive Olive Oil. 2. Jar of minced Garlic. 3. Salt and Pepper.
Again, Chicken is a tough place to start. A couple of these recipes call for chicken, but I selected these specific recipes because a good ol’ rotisserie chicken will do the trick.
1. Italian Sausage Scrambler.
Ingredients:
1 lb italian sausage
1 large yellow onion
1 bag of mini peppers
1 spoonful of minced garlic (chefs discretion)
6 oz can of tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Heat sunflower oil over medium heat in large skillet. Dice peppers and onion and add to skillet. Once sauted, add Italian sausage and garlic. Once sausage is browned, drain access oil. On low heat, add tomato paste and stir until evenly mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste, let simmer for 5 minutes and serve!
2. Healthy Ramen.
Ingredients:
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
2 noodled zucchinis
6 cups chicken broth
2 eggs
1 cup green onion
1 spoonful garlic
1 jalapeno thinly sliced
1 cup cilantro
1 cup carrots
salt, pepper, sugar and sriracha can be added for additional flavor
Directions:
Chop all veggies as desired. In a medium saucepan, add chicken broth, zucchini noodles, chopped vegetables and bring to a bowl. Let bowl on high heat for 10 minutes. Add chicken and let simmer. In a small skillet, scramble 2 eggs. When serving, add eggs on top of the dish.
3. No Guilt Pasta.
Ingredients:
1 box gluten free or veggie noodles
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 cup baby spinach
8 oz can diced tomato
1 cup parmesan or mozzarella cheese
for additional taste: salt and pepper,
red chili pepper flakes and garlic
Directions:
Bowl noodles in the appropriate size saucepan. Once cooked, drain and pour back into saucepan. Keep on low heat. Add garlic, spinach, tomatoes, salt and pepper, red chili pepper flakes and stir until blended. Once spinach is cooked, add cheese and watch it melt deliciously.
4. Taco Casserole.
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
6 corn tortillas
1 cup Mexican blend cheese
1 cup chopped green onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup cilantro
8 oz can corn
8 oz can of black beans
1 pre-made packet of low sodium taco seasoning
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and prep baking dish with a light drizzle of sunflower oil. Chop green onion and green peppers to desired size and In a medium skillet, begin to sauté for 10 minutes. Add ground beef to skillet with a tablespoon of water to finely break up meat. Once cooked, drain and return to skillet. On low heat, drain canned corn and black beans. Add corn, black beans and desired taco seasoning to skillet and mix thoroughly. We are ready to build to casserole! Lay 3 corn tortillas at the base of your baking dish. Scoop a portion of your taco concoction and layer evenly on base layer of tortillas. Top your first layer off with a handful of cheese. Repeat with your last 3 corn tortillas and pour the remaining skillet ingredients on top - don’t forget the cheese! Gently toss your casserole in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once browned, remove from the oven and let your casserole cool. Top with cilantro and enjoy!

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