Spring Break Starts in Style

One of the perks of being a teacher?  Forever spring breaks!  If you know a teacher, I’m sure you’ve heard them talk about how they love breaks as much as the kiddos do!  I can attest to that!  As much as I love my students, my job, and teaching, it’s nice to be able to wake up with no agenda or time schedule.  And the fact that it’s finally starting to feel like spring around here just sweetens the deal.

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Baby in sunglasses?  Oh yes.  We’ve gone on walks every evening this week that it was warm enough, and have been absolutely loving this warm weather!  Today I’m actually sending William to his school and I’m taking a day for myself since I literally never get to do that.  Not that I mind devoting every spare second to William, but the pampering will be nice.  My plans?  Go for a run, take a long shower, get a manicure and pedicure, and get a massage.  Yeah, I’m excited to say the least!

I told a friend that I felt guilty for sending William to school when I was off, and she reminded me that I need to take care of myself in order to be the best mom for William.  I do take care of myself, but this will be an extra special treat.  My wonderful co-workers/friends at school actually gifted me a massage and mani/pedi.  I told you, I love my job!  A massage plus getting my nails done is like the ultimate pampering for me.  I love it so much, probably because it happens so infrequently.  But hey, I’ll take it!

And this little man is just kickin’ off spring break in style, as always!

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the sunglasses lasted a maximum of two seconds… just enough time for a photo!

How often do you pamper yourself?  Do you get a spring break?  Any plans?

Healthy Weekend

Itz been a healthy weekend over here, my friends; how about for you?  I think that the term “healthy” refers to so much more than merely exercising and eating right.  While those factors are definitely incredibly important to living a healthy life, being “healthy” also involves taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically, and fostering relationships with those you choose to surround yourself with.

All of such which are, of course, marvelous, which is why we’re starting the week off celebrating Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday! #MIMM


Healthy is… spending time with your family.  On Friday night, we went out to dinner at The Pasta House to celebrate my nephew Jackson’s fifth birthday!

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Of course Jacob had to help hold the cake and blow out his candles.  Those two boys do everything together!  Best of cousins, best of friends.

Healthy is… nourishing your body with healthy food and fueling it when itz hungry.


Apple Cinnamon Chobani topped with more cinnamon and almond butter makes the most delicious and satisfying snack!

Healthy is… hanging out with your friends and sitting around a newly built backyard fire pit enjoying each other’s company.

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On Saturday night, our good friends Stevie and Whitney invited us over for dinner.  They grilled flank steak, asparagus, and potatoes.  Very delicious!

Healthy is… moving your body.  Exercise IS important!  Don’t forget to enjoy the beauty nature offers when the weather permits, too.


Diana and I headed out Sunday morning for a five-mile walk around her neighborhood.  While it was a simple walk, we got in our workout for the day, kept a brisk pace, and took in the views along the way.

Healthy is… doing things you love with people you love.  Jonny, his parents, and I went to the Cardinals game on Sunday afternoon.

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My Running Skirts red and white headband and my Oakley sunglasses match perfectly with the rest of our Cardinal red!  While we didn’t exactly bring home a winner, we certainly loved the hot weather and sunshine on our faces!

Healthy is… rooting for the best baseball team ever – the St. Louis Cardinals!

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St. Louis IS Cardinal Nation!  The atmosphere is always a blast at Busch Stadium as St. Louis fans are constantly pumped up and cheering on our team.  I love how you can see the Arch in Busch Stadium; it makes for a very pretty backdrop.  Now how many cities can say that about their stadium?  That’s what I thought.  Go Birds!

What was healthy about your weekend?  Favorite baseball team?  Cardinals…

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Tell me I look good.

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Oh, yes. Itz due to the Wayfarersunglasses I’m rockin’, clearly.  You’ve probably noticed these snazzy sunglasses in many of my Instagram pictures as itz all I’m wearing lately.  (Ya know, in terms of sunglasses…)

My brother has ’em.  My sister has ’em.  I just had to have them and the Sunglasses Shop so very kindly provided me with a pair.  Now I could be as cool as them.

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Mine is the Ray-Ban 2140 Wayfarer, to be exact.

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My sister and I were browsing the Ray-Ban Sunglasses, and instantly she noticed that the price was lower than what she paid at a local department store.  I’ve also compared prices as they carry tons of name-brand sunglasses, and Sunglasses Shop is consistently less expensive.

I’ve worn these Ray Ban Sunglasses anywhere and everywhere.  Like hiking Squaw Peak.  Or doing the #99 WORKOUT.  And obviously posing by the pool…

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Itz safe to say these sunglasses are the bombdotcom.  Sunglasses Shop is sweet, too.  Their prices are low and their shipping is super fast and they have a million different options and brands!  In my professional stylish opinion, I think Ray Ban’s look good on anybody.  Especially me.  🙂

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Sunglasses Shop provided me with the sunglasses for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own.

The winner of the Good Earth Tea giveaway is #41 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli.  Please email me: itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com with your shipping information.

What’s your favorite brand of sunglasses?

Oakley Sunglasses Giveaway {CLOSED}

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are off school today.  A three-day weekend is always nice!  I get to sleep in this morning; any bets on if I’ll make it past 6:00 a.m.?  Doubtful.  Waking up without an alarm is always nice, so I’m not complaining even though I know I’ll still be up early.  I’ve got a workout date planned with my friend who just joined my gym.  Working out with friends is awesome.

This weekend was pretty low-key.  On Saturday, I knocked out 30 minutes on the stair beast for some cardio before sitting in my hair stylist’s chair for a few hours during the afternoon.  I wanted to take a bikram class on Sunday like last weekend, but I also didn’t want to have to wash my hair the day after I got it done.  I can do a low-key workout and not wash my hair, but bikram is a must-shower-must-wash-hair kind of workout. Major sweatfest.  And after the work that Preston Salon Spa did on my hair, I was willing to take a rest day from the gym. #sacrifices

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Hey, part of healthy living is knowing when to take rest days, keeping your hair healthy, and being ok with not being a gymaholic every day of the week.  (As long as you go on a fairly regularly basis like I do!)  And yet another part of healthy living is protecting your eyes from the super strong sun.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like the sun is brighter in the winter than the summer!  Maybe itz just because we get less of it so when itz out it feels intensified?  Maybe?

Lucky for me, Sunglasses Shop sent me a sweet pair of Oakley Women Sweet Spot Sunglasses.  They are from the latest collection of Oakley Sunglasses and are a perfect balance of style and sports. They even came in a pretty, sturdy case which is awesome for throwing them in my purse or gym bag and keeping the shades safe!

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Some facts about the Oakley Women Sweet Spot Sunglasses:

  • Three-point fit: eliminates pressure point tension during sunglasses wear.
  • Lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter® frame: won’t weigh you down.
  • Awesome UV protection: (100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400nm) provided by Plutonite® lens material.

How do they look?  Well, why don’t you tell me?

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MARVELOUS! (Which is perfect for Katie at Healthy Diva Life’s Marvelous Monday!)  I love the look of oversized sunglasses, but often worry that they’ll overtake my face.  I don’t believe that’s the case with these shades.  Honestly, I think they’re perfect.  I have a pretty narrow face, so the fact that these stay on and still feel comfortable are impressive.  While I love wearing these as a fashion statement, when I start running again I’ll take them on a jog.  I’m confident that they’ll stay on, provide protection from the sun, and not be a bother during my run.  They’re stylish AND sporty!  Ready for the best part of this post?

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Sunglass Shop is giving one lucky reader a pair of their own Oakley sunglasses!  Check out Sunglass Shop for tons of designer sunglasses.  For your chance to win, let us know what pair of sunglasses you would choose (mandatory).  Additional entries can be obtained by completing one or both of the following steps and leaving a comment saying you did:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Sunglass Shop on Twitter and tweet the following, “I want to look stylish & sporty in Oakley Sunglasses that @ItzLinz is giving away via @SunglassShop! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-1g9″
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering in your e-mail address and confirming your follow via e-mail.

The Oakley Sunglasses Giveaway will be open until Thursday, January 24th at 8:00 pm CST.  One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, January 25th and will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected.  Good luck!


The winner of the Oakley Sunglasses giveaway is #59 Danica @ It’s Progression. Congratulations!  Please e-mail me (itzlinz@gmail.com), so we can get you your sunglasses to you ASAP.  Thank you to Sunglasses Shop and everyone who entered.

*Note: I was given a pair the pair of Oakley Sunglasses from Sunglass Shop in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.