Friday, May 25, 2012

YOUR Best Butt!

Photo from Shape.com
Let's face it...genetics are genetics.  Either your butt is big, small, perfect or non-existent.  Although I would love to have a nice big butt it just isn't in the cards for me. So instead of wasting time envying every girl with a great butt, I decided to just make my butt the best possible version of itself. So here is a short version of one of my workouts for toning/tightening my behind.

Bodyweight Squat Warm-UP
Jump Lunges 
Curtsy Lunges
Jump Squats
Walking Lunges
Single-Leg Deadlifts
Weighted Squats
Single Leg Lunge
Burpees
Mountain Climbers

I will post pictures later of me doing some of these exercises...but in the meantime, you can google these exercises to get an idea of what they are.  I use dumbbells or a barbell with most of these, but if you can't make it to the gym you can definitely do these exercises at home with no weight.  If you want to really make it interesting, set a timer for 10 minutes & do each exercise for 1 minute & go right down the list without stopping. OR if you're REALLY brave set it for 20 minutes and do each exercise for 2 minutes.  I bet you'll be hurtin' the next day.  A good hurt, of course! :)

My Summer Must-Haves

My closet was in desperate need of a makeover for the summer.  I haven't went on a shopping spree for myself since I had Kollyns because I don't feel guilty splurging on her, but I feel SO guilty shopping for myself.  Wedges, colored jeans & lacy tanks are def on trend for the summer & I've been wanting to buy some since the weather got pretty & I got summer-clothes fever.  So today I got an e-mail from American Eagle with a discount code because all of their clothes are 40% of thru Monday (oh SNAP).  So I just went on ae.com, pushed my guilt aside and racked up!  These are a few of my fave items & at 40% off...they were super cheap! Yay for Frugal Friday!


 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WATER WATER WATER! Drink it.

Okay, I know everyone hates to hear that water should be what you drink the most of...but it's SO true.  I used to love a good ole Mountain Dew every once in awhile, but now I've forgotten what they taste like.Seriously. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so why would you fill it with JUNK & drinks/juices FULL of added sugar & other weird ingredients?!?  Not to mention, who likes to feel bloated? Not this girl!  And soft drinks are bloaters! I know, I know...water is no fun!  Which is why I'm obsessed with awesome water bottles.  A cool water bottle is worth the investment & trust me, you will drink more water from it AND you don't have to fill your trash with little plastic water bottles...you just wash it every night & reuse it!  My fave water bottle is the CamelBak!  Mine is the 24oz bottle & I drink about 3-4 bottles a day!  Buy yourself a fun water bottle, start guzzling...& I guarantee you will feel great! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sanuk Yoga Spree Flip Flops, aka The Best Flip Flop Ever Made!


I was given a pair of these flip flops as a gift & since then I have bought just about every color they come in!  These are some amazing shoes!  I used to be a Reef-aholic because the Reef flops last forever...but after discovering these Sanuks I don't think I'll ever go back.  You can buy them at the Sanuk Website for about $30 a pair!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What's In My Makeup Bag?

I LOVE makeup! Putting makeup on is seriously one of my favorite things to do! It used to take me forever to paint my face on (ha), but after having Kollyns I definitely don't have time for that. Now I have it down to 10 minutes or less!  5 minutes to get ready for work & 10 when we are going out! Below are the products I use every single day!
Foundation:  Loreal Infallible
Powder: Lancome Dual Finish Powder in Matte Wheat
Bronzer/Blush:  Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Luminous Bronzer in Beach Bunny
Mascara: Maybelline Illegal Lengths in Black
Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Definer Automatic Eye Pencil in Black
Eyeshadow:  Victoria's Secret Hypergloss Eye Shimmer in Golden Lights Gold & CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze. I apply Beige Blaze all over & the Golden Lights Gold in the crease!
Lips: Maybelline Super Stay 14hour Lipstick in Beige ForGood & CG Wetslicks in Honey Talks


Monday, May 21, 2012

My Fave Snacks: Healthy & Not

Vanilla Berry Protein Shake
2 Scoops Syntha6 Vanilla Protein, Frozen Berries, Ice & Skim Milk! Delishhh.
Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt w/ Fruit on the Bottom
Blueberry is my favorite.  I add granola & fresh berries & it's a great breakfast or mid-afternoon snack and it's full of protein! So Good!
Pistachios
They take a little work to get into, which is why I don't eat too many in one serving! Perfect!
Banana & Pineapple
My 2 favorite fruits to eat on the run! Yummy...
Celery Dipped in Peanut Butter
Weird but good!

& Yes...I have my weaknesses:
Golden Oreos
Need I say more?
Nutella Spread on Whole Grain Bread
I could eat Nutella on just about anything though! 


Stay Away Stretch Marks: My (Not So) Secret Solution

Like most moms, I did not look forward to the stretch marks that result from pregnancy.  You hear over & over again that it's genetics, genetics, genetics & doctors advise just to keep your tummy moisturized & hope for the best.  My mom actually did not get stretch marks, so I was blessed from the get go with a slimmer chance of getting them. But at age 22, I wasn't going to take any chances.  So I started researching & found the  Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter & Bump Gloss.  I started applying this as soon as I discovered I was pregnant & it smelled nice & did a great job moisturizing.  I would recommend Spoiled Mama products to anyone because first, they are organic which I LOVE...but they are also reasonably priced high quality products.  I continued using Spoiled Mama products throughout my pregnancy, but I wanted to do more so I started snooping through my kitchen cabinets to find some practical solutions.  As soon as I opened my cabinet, the olive oil literally fell out into my hands.  DING DING! I found a winner!  So from my 4th month of pregnancy until the day I delivered I would slather olive oil on my belly every night & gently place 1 layer of Saran Wrap across my tummy & put on a maternity tank top to hold it in place.  My belly stayed super smooth & the Saran Wrap allowed my belly time to absorb the moisture before it absorbed into my clothes!  Needless to say, it worked for me!  I just want to say,  there is nothing wrong with stretch marks because in my eyes...any & everything to do with the birth of a baby is BEAUTIFUL!  But anyone who says they WANT to get stretchmarks is lying!  I hope this little secret works for you! :)    








Moby Wrap: Mommy Must Have

Kollyns is my first child, so naturally I want to keep her as close to me as possible for as long as possible.  Since birth, we have not parted for longer than 3 hours and I wouldn't trade the time I spend with her for anything.  When she was first born, all the way up to about 9 months old when she started walking...she wanted to be constantly held!  It was so hard for me to get anything done at all with only one arm free.  One of my good friends introduced me to the Moby Wrap.  At first it seemed like it would be so confusing to put on, but after watching videos & reading the little booklet it was amazingly simple. I will tell you, it was the best $45 I've ever spent!

Get Glossy!

I've always been known as the lip gloss queen!  Yes, even at 6am in the gym I'm rocking my glossy lips.  I feel completely naked without it.  My husband was at odds with my glosses that left my lips sticky & unkissable...so I went on a search & found the best gloss for my lips! Here are my faves:

Maybelline Baby Lips are AMAZING for the beach or just everyday wear & it's SPF 20!

CoverGirl WetSlicks Honey Talks is my go-to gloss everyday.  It isn't sticky & you can wear it alone all day or over lipstick when you're going out!

Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm a beast in the morning...a gym beast, that is.

Before having a kid, it was all I could do to wake up at 7:30 am. Now, I pop up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym & get that morning workout in before my sleeping baby wakes.  I workout in the morning for several reasons. The main one - I don't want to miss a single moment that I can spend with my daughter!   By waking up before she rises & getting my hour workout done...I'm not having to sacrifice any quality time we could be spending together after work! I get up early enough that my brain doesn't even have time to talk myself out of going to the gym.  The day can totally get in the way of a great workout, but by slipping in first thing you leave no chance of that happening! It's a huge energy booster too!  Before your morning coffee, fill up that water bottle & get em' girl!  What do you have to lose? Besides an extra hour of sleep that will probably make you even more reluctant to crawl out of your fluffy bed! Don't be a morning beast & start your day off in a tired way!!! Be a GYM BEAST...& get your pump first thing which in turn will make your day simply fabulous!