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    At home fitness

    Exercising at home has been my go-to for the past four years. I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in so long! I do miss going to a gym. Weight lifting is what I miss most. However, for this chapter of my life at home exercise is the best option. I have found a rhythm that works for me. Things like: length of workout, cost, body weight based, etc. I thought it would be fun to share what has worked for me in hopes that it might speak to you and help guide you in your fitness journey.

    How it began:

    It all started after I finished college. I no longer had a gym membership as a college student. My husband and I were young and it wasn’t in the budget to purchase a gym membership. Plus, there’s something to be said for being able to wake up and workout in our own home. I do like the fact that I don’t have to spend time driving to a gym.

    Since then, I got pregnant and then pregnant again and it became difficult to find time for a gym as a mom of two. This has continued to be the case as the years have progressed. I have moments where I just feel so sick of working out in my living room. However, most of the time I feel super thankful that I have found a fitness program that fits my needs and yields results! (along with making healthy choices in the kitchen)

    fitness blender

    My Routine:

    In the past, I would choose my own workout based on what I felt like doing on a day to day basis. However, in the past six months, I have found that the fitness programs offered are better for creating a routine and did the hard work for me of organizing which workout I would do each day of the week.

    What is it:

    I use Fitness Blender. There are hundreds of FREE youtube videos. This is how I found them. I would do youtube videos 3-4 days a week. Currently, I use their website: fitnessblender.com. I have a login and have several purchased programs on my account. Once purchased the program is yours to use as many times as possible. the website is user-friendly! There are a ton of ways to filter through their hundreds of videos. Like- difficulty, trainer, training type, duration, equipment.

    Cost: The programs range from $9.99 to $14.99. Once purchased the program is available to you forever.

    What Works for Me:

    When the boys were younger I was so sleep deprived. I would exercise during their nap time and keep it at 20-30 minutes. Now that I am a bit less sleep deprived, I find it best to exercise early in the am before the boys wake up. This also allows for my time to be spent on other things while the boy’s nap. On the days when I have to workout while the boy’s nap; I tend to feel frustrated that my time was spent exercising. There goes my time to read, work on my blog, watch a show,  clean the house, or heck- take a nap! I know these things about myself and because of this, I have to make the hard choice to get my bootay out of bed at 5 am in order to ensure my day is more productive and for my overall wellbeing. Also, If I start my day by putting in the work I tend to make better food choices throughout the day.

    What Doesn’t Work for Me:

    I struggle to get out of bed in the am. Recently, I didn’t get out of bed before the boys woke up. This resulted in my boys needing me off and on during my entire work out. What would have been 57 minutes took almost 2 hours! I had to stop so many times to get snacks, change their show, play referee with their disagreements. Plus, the boys were watching tv all morning and I feel bad when they start their day with so much tv time. This particular morning was rough and just the struggle of getting through the video while knowing I was creating a less than ideal environment for my boys. (Don’t get me wrong. I let the boys watch tv and I don’t think it is bad for them to watch tv) I just know when I decide to start their day with so much tv time it makes for a cranky day. But, that’s a whole other topic for a different blog post.

    Tips for how I was able to create the most successful space for at home workouts:

    1. Pick a time that works best for your schedule
    2. Set a realistic goal for the length of time your able and willing to invest in a quality exercise
    3. Make sure there is as little distraction as possible
    4. Use a program that has a set workout for each day.
    5. Have everything prepared for your at home workout***

    I’m still working towards consistency with making sure I’m up and at em’. Some days I am on top of it and other days I have to skip the workout or fit it in during nap. But, I do think it helps to have a plan, know what works best for you, and do your best to create success for yourself.

    ***Have everything prepared means to have your workout clothes out and ready to go, the area where you will be working out ready (laptop ready, tv set to the right input, water bottle ready) This way there is no wasted time trying to get the workout started. This is what I do because I like to work out soo stinkin’ early! Like is a strong word. More like I have to in order to like how the rest of my day goes! hehe.

    Hope this helps! And of course, I would love to know your thoughts! If you give my tips a go; let me know how it goes.

    Beauty Staples

    makeup favorites

    There are a few beauty staples in my makeup bag that I have to share! When you find something you love it’s only fair to share the good news right? A couple of the products are favorites from a long time ago. One is new to me but, let’s just say I’m hooked!

    FOUNDATION: LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA LIQUID 24HR LONGWEAR SPF15 FOUNDATION– I began using this foundation seven years ago while I was having some major acne issues. It was my go-to for six years and last year decided to make a change. I turned to NARS tinted moisturizer. Which I do love for light coverage. However, this July I was in Portland on a trip with Nick and left my NARS moisturizer at home. At this point, I decided I was missing my good old tried and true Lancome foundation.

    WHY I LOVE IT: It’s full coverage, stays all day, has SPF, and is non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic is a term for skin-care or cosmetic products that are formulated in a way so as not to cause clogged pores. But, most importantly I really do feel that it evens out my skin tone and gives me as flawless of skin as possible when I currently have pretty bad acne (yet again!) But, that’s for a different time. We’ll talk about overall skin health another day.

    MASCARA: LANCOME CILS BOOSTER XL VITAMIN-INFUSED MASCARA PRIMER- I used this product when it was first released while I was in high school. I remember really liking it then! However, I wasn’t willing to spend $25 on primer and $25 on mascara. Within the last year, I started using drugstore mascara and recently received a sample of the primer. Once I started using it again, I realized it was so silly to ever stop! Let’s just say it is now back in the daily rotation.

    WHY I LOVE IT: I have extremely short eyelashes. Like, almost nonexistent. This stuff truly makes them look so much longer! The length the primer adds is ridiculous. It’s a magic worker! Especially, since I tried to go the fake eyelash route and just couldn’t take myself seriously. Kasmir, even asked me what was on my eyes. HAHA! I love the way it looks on other people though. Really wanted the fake eyelash thing to work for me and maybe I tried some that were too long. But, for now I am happy to say I’ve found longer lashes thanks to the Lancome primer.

    UNDER EYE CONCEALER: TARTE SHAPE TAPE CONTOUR CONCEALER- I am new to this stuff! I have been using the Shape Tape for about a month and am hooked! I’ll never go back. It’s full coverage and can be used to cover blemishes too. I just watched a video on Tarte’s website and just found out it can be used to highlight and contour as well! This is definitely intriguing! I may have to give that a go. (for highlight go two shades lighter and for contour go two shades darker)

    WHY I LOVE IT: This stuff is full coverage and lasts all day! Never creases and brightens my skin so well! I have major dark circles from almost two years of terrible sleep. Kyrie is not known for sleeping well! haha. I have been on the hunt for reliable under eye concealer. After using Lancome and Urban Decay I can honestly say this stuff is way better than either of those and I am not longer on the hunt! I have found the good stuff. I know because after I wash my face twice I look in the mirror and can still see it under my eyes. It only fully wipes away with eye makeup remover.

    With that… I thought I would share my face with no makeup and with! A perfect glimpse of what these products look like in use!

     

    No Makeup here! And honestly, this photo is to also document my skin prior to cutting dairy out completely as well as what I will be using or taking once I see a dermatologist for my skin:

    makeup routine

    These photos are taken on the same day. Before makeup and after. There is no filter and the only reason the lighting is different is that I smartened up and took the makeup photo in front the bathroom window. makeup routine

    SHOP THE MAKEUP:

    Thanks for stopping by! If you decide to give these products a go make sure to come back and let me know what you think! I’d love to know your thoughts!

     

    Summer to Fall

    summer to fall

     

    Summer is in full swing with fall fast approaching. Just so happens that fall is my favorite time of year! I am pretty much thinking about how any piece could work for that time of year! In any case, I thought it would be fun to discuss how to style a dress for summer and transition it into fall. Some pieces are not able to transition from season to season. However, a dress is something that is perfect for transitioning! The most important part is color scheme. The colors that work well for every season are muted (subtle) hues and deep/dark colors. A bubble gum pink dress or sunshine yellow dress is great for summer. However, will not likely transition well into fall. On the other side a dress, that is a rich berry hue or deep blue is perfect for all seasons- summer, fall, winter, and spring. Certain colors are appropriate for year-round wear! I love when a piece of clothing is wearable for more than one season.

    The Dress:

    Any length dress is perfect for seasonal transitions. The only rule of thumb is to stay away from anything too bright. Yellow is great for any season. It just depends on the type of yellow. For example, bright yellow is best for summer or spring. Mustard yellow is great for summer, fall, winter, and spring. I discussed muted hues earlier and wanted to touch on this. A muted hue encompasses colors like; blush pink, cream, beige, and grey. The dress I chose to style has a floral print. The background is beige with navy, burgundy, blush pink and brown accents. I love florals for any time of year! Nevertheless, the guidelines apply to any type of dress, whether patterned or solid.

    Finishing Touches:

    The pieces that take a dress from summer to fall include the jacket, purse, and shoes. For summer, pair your dress with sandals or wedges. Come fall, switch them out for a fun pair of flats, booties, or tall boots depending on the length of the dress.

    During summer, a jacket may not be needed. However, if one is needed a denim jacket is perfect. When fall arrives wear a leather or suede moto jacket, or long cardigan.

    Lastly, I used a large white leather bag for my summer look. For fall, I chose a black clutch as a way to tie in my black booties.

    Shop my look:

    SUMMER:

    FALL: