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Mar 12, 2018


I have been busting it in the Gym for the past few weeks and I am feeling more like myself again. I have gained some weight since moving and the gym is making me feel like I am getting back to the dancer bod I used to have. I have been an adamant gym goer for a few years now, but I am happy getting back into a grand routine. 
Different things work for different people. Because I typically go to the gym and lift weights, or use weights for workouts, bodyweight cardio exercises will do nothing for me. If you are starting from zero, sure...cardio alone will show results at first. You will not become shredded from just cardio. It doesn't work that way. If you are looking to build muscle, cardio actually can hamper muscle gains. I alternate arms/back and leg day at the gym, but I always end with the elliptical. To burn more fat, cardio after weights is best. Some people say the other way around, and some people day it doesn't matter. For me, I prefer to do cardio after. The general rule of thumb is if you are looking to increase endurance, do cardio first. If you are looking to lose weight or increase strength, do cardio after. 
I have done lots of research over the years and have done things the right and wrong way and seen real results doing things a certain way. I mentioned on my IG that I was trying Kayla Itsines BBG. As someone who does a harder gym routine... it wasn't something that works for me. Yes BBG is a good workout, but if I'm doing lunges I prefer to put 110 lbs on my back and do 4 sets of 12. Not walk around a room for 24 sets. Will I be tired from lunging around a room? Sure. Will I feel as accomplished as reaching 145 lbs as a PR lunge? NOPE. 
I like being able to go to the gym after a day of work, unwind and have some quiet time to just listen to music, turn my brain off and just sweat. Some people hate lifting or using machines but I personally kind of love reaching a new PR. I have WEAK arms. I started about 3 weeks ago only being able to do a wide grip lat pull-down with about 50 lbs, now I'm pulling 75. My goal is to pull 120. I love the gratification of being able to see my strength build. I just plug in and chip away at my fitness goals. 
I have a few different playlists but I am always into really upbeat songs when I'm at the gym, so here are my music Monday selections:

These links lead to youtube, happy Monday:


Mar 5, 2018

Kendleton Farms | Shop Local, Support a Great Cause

Before I get into the amazing cause that is Elijah Rising, I want to be sure to highlight that all products from Kendleton Farms help provide assistance to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. The survivors live, heal and work at Kendleton Farms and lets be real, the products are so amazing.  In my care package from my girl Sam, who I went to high school with by the way, I got the best array of items that represent the brand. 
Kendleton Farms uses natural and high quality materials in their line. The scents on everything are really impressive. I was actually surprised by the quality here. This line is so cute I hope it has found its way into little boutiques already! The aesthetic is everything and every little detail goes a long way.
The Items I received are linked below:
Charcoal Mint Natural Soap (not available)
Tobacco and Cedar Soy Candle (14.5 oz linked)
Is this not the cutest candle? It also smells amazing. 4.5oz won't do, I need to spring for the 14.5oz ones. I am so curious to see what the other scents smell like, the prickly pear and honey bourbon are sitting in my cart as we speak. I love giving gifts that are not only amazing, but also for a good cause. If you are looking for items to fill a gift bag just know that this is my new go-to. The items I am talking about range from $5-$28. 
I have been eyeing different types of bath salts so this came at a good time. I can't wait to unwind with this lava soak. It has a clean scent and I love the way it looks on my already cluttered bathroom counter. It fits the vibe, so I am here for it.
If you want to learn a little more about Elijah Rising click here. Through prayer, awareness, intervention and aftercare they are committed to ending Sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is always a major problem in port cities, Houston is one of the worst, but Portland is also pretty bad.
You can shop Kendleton Farms HERE.

Thanks for sending me this package Sam! This is one of the coolest things I have been able to share with my readers.

Mar 4, 2018

Hey March! Innit is helping us stay on track.

OKAY, so  January went on for what felt like FOR-EVER! February passed by so quick, it wasn't fair. It is MARCH and I am really excited for spring and travel. Part of that means I need to eat better! I have a hard time with cooking too much, or not wanting to cook, etc, This app has been a fun little savior for me. Sometimes when I look for recipes I peruse pinterest, pin 6 million recipes, try to remember what I can cook, frankenstein a shopping list and then totally still forget an ingredient when I shop. I can't always find/don't like certain ingredients, so the customization in this app is major key. So how does it work? Step one, download Innit.

Once you download the app you can scroll through a ton of recipes. If something sounds intriguing you can click on it and customize the sides and ingredients based on your diet or cook time. For me, sometimes I don't know or like certain ingredients. It's easy to swap things out  and create and easy meal plan. From there, the app aggregates a shopping list for you! So, going to the store is so easy and you won't forget an ingredient like I always do.

If you are looking for a way to try out new things to cook, this is a fun app to give that a try! 


Feb 26, 2018


Thanks Influenster for this package with 2 nude shades of Covergirl's Melting Pout Matte and glitz. I am the matte nude lipstick queen so trying these is my comfort zone. I got the colors Ballerina and Current Nude. Ballerina is a soft pinkish while Current nude is a greyish brown. 
The formula is a very lightweight almost liquid application.  It's not what I am used to when applying a matte lipcolor, I am used to something a little thicker. I felt like it took a few coats to get my desired color. It says that it lasts up to 24 hours, I got about 16. It didn't wear as well as I imagined it to, but in what scenario would you need a lip color for that long?! The colors are beautiful and pictured above I layered ballerina with melting pout glitz top coat. I was terrified of it at first because it looks like just glitter, but on a lip IT IS EVERYTHING. The reflective finish creates a fuller pout and I felt FIERCE with it added. MUST HAVE. 
You can shop the collection here:



Feb 21, 2018

Kendra Scott Mood Board

I am kind of obsessed with Kendra Scott's new spring collection. There are a lot of people that collect these pieces that hate it because they look "unfinished" but I love how out of the box and boho this collection is. I was getting bored with just color updates and no new shapes. I think these are super cute!

It's snowing in PDX and this mood board makes me want it to be spring already. I haven't gone to work all week and it's Wednesday! It looks like tomorrow won't be a good day to come in either. The struggle is real. I don't understand driving on ice. I know people that do it but I am just not here for that. I am luckily able to work from home so my couch has been my desk. It's so much harder to do spreadsheets, trust me working from home is overrated. Its great for people that have children or just the ability to not be forced to consume a vacation day because of weather! Anyway, I'm here for spring and these boho vibes.
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