Happy Summer! Plus, June Julep Box + Some News

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First of all….SUMMER IS HERE!! And the best part? The weather actually feels like summer too.

It’s been a busy week this week but it’s also been a good, productive one. I’ve been able to keep up on school work and yesterday I spent a few hours with our oldest boys making their birthday cakes for their joint party tomorrow. I can’t wait to share pics with you next week! I recently started a tradition where we make the kids’ birthday cakes instead of buying them. I let them pick the flavor, design, colors, etc. It’s so fun!

Here’s a sneak peek:

cake making


Baking with boys is awesome. <3


One of my favorite pieces of mail recently is my June Julep box! I love that you are able to preview what’s coming next before being charged. They also let you skip months if you aren’t interested in what’s coming. Anyway, here’s a snapshot of my June Julep box:

june julep

You can see the color swatches on my nails in my ‘Currently’ post.

There was also a “DD creme” that came with it and I thought it was complete crap. At least for my skin type. I have a BB cream that I really like but the one I received in this box just didn’t do anything for me.

In case you missed my May Julep box, you can see what was inside here. I can already tell you that I will be getting July’s It Girl box. Can’t wait!

P.S. You can use the code “FREEBOX” to get your first box FREE.


A couple of exciting things happened this past week that I also wanted to share.

But first up, my breakfast:


Bacon + coffee = LOVE.

Next up, I finally started a newsletter! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and finally just forced myself to sit down and get it started. Turns out, when you really put your mind to something, you can get it done!

You can read more about it and sign up on my Freebies page. I hope you’ll sign up and if you do, I would love any feedback!

Finally, I’m excited to announce that I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador with FitApproach.com! I had applied awhile back and heard back this week that I had been accepted. Yay!

You may or may not have noticed my brand new badge on the lower right sidebar:


I love their mission:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

We sweat pink.

I can’t wait to receive my pink shoelaces!

I’m still getting acquainted with everything but will continue to share more with you as I learn more. I’m all about doing what I can to share my fitness journey with others. Our journeys may not be the same, but all journeys are inspiring and you never know how yours will impact somebody else. Your journey may inspire somebody to start a journey of their own.


In some other quick news, I will be starting Shaun T’s brand new Focus T25 program in July and I can’t wait! This workout consists of 5 daily workouts per week that are just 25 minutes long. If you’ve seen any of Shaun T’s workouts you know that those 25 minutes will be WORK. I’m a huge fan of short, intense workouts. I’m really anxious to see how it goes because I can totally do 25 minutes a day. Anybody can! I will report my progress here (including before/after photos and measurements) to share with you!

I’m also planning on doing a home gym video tour and posting it up on the blog. I’m hoping to get it done next week when things aren’t so chaotic around here. We recently added a few fun items and I can’t wait to share!

Lots of sharing goin’ on here real soon! ;)

Happy Friday!



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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  1. Welcome to Sweat Pink!!! Now we are SPA sisters!!! :D I love the nail polish!! Very pretty colors!

  2. The Focus T25 workout sounds really interesting, I wonder what the results from that would be.

    • I just ordered my copy today so I guess we’ll find out! :) I’ll be posting progress and updates here for accountability and so others can see what it’s like.

  3. Bacon and coffee is a great combo!

  4. TITLE Boxing Club Parsippany says:

    I love making birthday cakes! Glad you got to spend some quality time with your kids!

  5. TITLE Boxing Club Johns Creek says:

    The Julep box looks nice!

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