03/24/17

What I’m Loving Lately.. (Its Back!)

Happy Friday y’all!!

I am actually taking a personal day today and putting the OUT OF OFFICE status up for the first time in a LONG time! I decided after a LONG crazy three months of working non stop, I needed a day for myself.. (without actually replying to emails)!! So momma is getting her hair done and then manis and pedis!! In other words… Im getting a “Tune Up “!! I am going to soak it all in and NOT think about work (hopefully)

I last wrote a Loving Lately post probably about six months ago on the old blog platform. It is one of my favorite series to write and to read from other bloggers! Sharing things that make me happy and could make someone else happy is just so much fun!! Here are a couple things I am Loving Lately….

Starbucks Spring Cups

Last week, Starbucks launched their new, multi-colored Spring cups which come in pastel blue, yellow, and green — according to which size you order. The cups feature a big white space in place of the signature Starbucks green mermaid. Don’t worry, some cups will feature drawings inspired by Spring to brighten your season now that the gray skies of Winter are finally leaving.

Silver Hair

I will hopefully be rocking one of these looks after today! I couldnt bare to do my own hair color anymore and need my hairstylist to do work his magic! Hoping that it turns out like I am picturing… Ill keep you posted!

Spring Rompers

Bardot Print Romper

Off The Shoulder Romper

 

Tie-Waist Romper

Halter Print Romper

I want all the floral prints for Spring! Especially floral print rompers!! These are all on my wish list and affordable! I have been on a ruffle kick and putting floral and ruffles together just give me life!!

Cover FX Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are pigments that you can add to either a transparent product to make your own foundation, or another base product to adjust the shade for a better fit. Cover FX suggests one drop for sheer coverage, 2 for medium, 3 for full, and 4 for total. This really is almost pure pigment, which is more bang for the buck. With something like the Custom Cover Drops, I can always have a pigment on hand to lighten or darken up whatever product I’m using.  Also, I love this product as a concealer.  I can take my eye cream, add a drop or two of the Custom Cover Drops and voila, I have a concealer! It’s worked great for me.

HIIT Workout

I recently just started doing the HIIT workouts again since we will be beach bound in a couple weeks. I was getting bored with my usual “Arm Day – Leg Day” workouts and wanted to change it up a little bit. I came across some articles about the HIIT Workouts and thought these looked pretty intense. I actually do some of these exercises already so I thought it couldn’t be too bad. I am still sore from the arm workout on Tuesday. I never thought doing as many push-ups for a straight minute as you can was so hard but let me tell you… I was dying by the third round. The leg workout was pretty intense too…. I incorporated 10 minutes on the stair master with this for extra cardio.

Upperbody

 

What are some things you are loving lately?

Have an awesome weekend!!

Brittany 🙂

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02/17/17

How I Fit Workouts into My Crazy Schedule

Happy Friday y’all!!

Yay for the weekend!! I am actually super excited for this weekend because Monday is a holiday and we are doing a fun mom’s “stay-cation” in Grapevine. We are doing a wine/dinner tour Saturday then of course hitting the town and just having fun!! Stay tuned to Instastories & Snapchat for all the festivites…

Today’s post is all about my love/hate relationship with working out!

Since last summer, I’ve slacked off the workout wagon. Well, I like to think of it less as falling off the workout wagon and more as jumping on the chinese delivery/french fries/ranch dressing goes on EVERYTHING wagon. This wagon is delicious, but this wagon is my downfall.

This past November, we booked our “official” Honeymoon Trip to Mexico!! Yes, we are finally going on our Honeymoon two years later… there is a back story but to sum it up briefly, I was that mom that couldn’t leave her kid for more than two days!!!! #separationanxiety

So right after the wedding, we celebrated in Shreveport (casino city) for a couple days! Classy 🙂

So, now that I have a goal ahead, I started getting my butt back in gear and preparing for the dreaded “bikini season“! With my crazy work schedule, a 5 year old, family time and blogging, its pretty challenging to fit in a workout! I told myself… NO MORE EXCUSES!!! I’m not focused on losing weight but more about toning and feeling good. Since I personally need a kick in the pants and since some of you have requested a workout post, I figured I’d  share my top tips on how to fit a workout into your busy schedule and how to actually stick to it.

 TIP #1  MAKE A SCHEDULE & COMMIT TO IT

One of the most cited reasons to skip a workout goes something like this: “I am just too busy at work today; I can’t make make it to the gym.” I call BS! If you unexpectedly had to pick up your child from school and had no back-up plan, how would you deal with the situation? Cancel an internal meeting? Take some work home with you? Do some hard prioritizing? The truth is that when we really need to, we get out of the office at the time that is necessary. Make a schedule, stick to it, and remind yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping. I am a big runner & I love a great 2 mile run! If I skip my run in the morning, I will pack a bag with running gear/headphones and take it to work on the days I plan to pick up Ridge. There is a neighborhood right next to his school that I will get a quick two mile run in before I pick him up two days a week. I HAVE to pack a bag so that I don’t have any excuse NOT to run!

TIP #2 CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Mornings can be rough with little ones. As a parent, I find this to be the best time to exercise, though. Pre-plan and prepare breakfast the night before. Wake up 30-minutes early and get a quick 20-30 minute workout done or run the neighborhood! The energy boost you get from exercising and becoming more fit will more make-up for the lost 30-minutes of snooze time, plus this allows more time for coffee!!! 🙂

TIP #3  FIT IN SHORT WORKOUTS & MIX IT UP

Ideally, we’d all have time to workout for 90 minutes a day, five days a week. However, let’s face it. Ain’t. Nobody. Got. Time. If you know you have a super hectic week where you just can’t make your favorite 90 minute yoga classes, don’t forget that it isn’t all or nothing. There are easy 10-20 minute workouts that you can do anywhere.  If you can’t schedule those full-blown sweat sessions, still schedule 20 minutes at home where you do a simple circuit of sit-ups, lunges and push-ups, for example. In general, mixing up your workout routine is not only better for your body, but also better for your state of mind.  Personally, I can be a creature of habit and will sometimes end up doing the same workout class for weeks in a row.  However, after a few weeks I’ll burn out and all of a sudden feel bored of the routine, and eager to make excuses.  To prevent this, find a group of workouts that you enjoy, rotate them throughout the week, and don’t be afraid to periodically throw in a new workout class into your schedule.

TIP #4 CATER TO YOUR OWN LIKES & DISLIKES

By now you might be thinking, “I hate running!”—and that’s okay. We each need to be realistic and to know ourselves. One person’s running is another person’s yoga, weight training, or dance. Flexing your self-discipline muscles is often necessary when it comes to exercise, but make it easier on yourself by choosing a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste. Not sure what you love to do? Don’t be afraid to experiment with different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.

TIP #5  GEAR MATTERS

I spent the majority of the first 23 years of my life either at a dance/cheer event or en route to my next event. I was never big on what I used to call “cutesie” workout gear.  Admittedly, I used to roll my eyes a bit at the girls who show up to the gym in head-to-toe pink Lululemon matchy-matchiness.  I was always more of the girl who threw on a pair of old running shorts, a t-shirt and ran out the door.  However, after getting some amazing Nike gear for Christmas a few years ago, I was shocked at the enormous difference they made in my workout and immediately started hoarding them in troves.  For me, I am all about a good hoodie and some breathable leggings! I like to sweat… it makes me feel like I am getting a great workout!

Here are the 5 primary workout types that I do:

1. I’ve been a runner since I was young, and whether it’s on the treadmill or running my neighborhood, this is my cardio of choice.

2. Never skip LEG DAY! But for real, even missing one week of leg day I want to die the next day! I try to do it once a week with weight training and LOTS of squats!

3. I love spinning classes! Spin, Spin, Spin!!! Trust me, you will thank me later!

4. I LOVE barre method classes.

5. I keep 5-10 pound hand weights at my house so that on days when I don’t have time to get to the gym, I’m able to do some lunges, sit ups, and simple weight training at home on a yoga mat. My 5 yr old son loves joining in on the fun 🙂

Favorite Workouts

And of course, finishing a good workout with a yummy pick-me-up will keep you going all day!

What are some of your favorite workouts/classes?

Brittany 🙂

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