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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Beauty Box Favorites

I decided I wanted to do a fun little experiment in my life and then tell you all on my blog.  I have a lot of other interests in my life besides running and my children.  Once upon a time, I loved to wear makeup.  I loved to try new makeup, shop for it and watch other people put it on.  About 7 years ago, right before I started having children, I had a lot of free time! I can barely remember those days, but it was right around the time YouTube was really getting big and I used to watch make up tutorials. I remember signing up for Birchbox and loving the idea of getting samples sent to you for an inexpensive price.  Well, I had kids and life kind of went crazy from there so I canceled my subscription.  Well, now that my baby is 9 months, I have been able to get back into my hobbies that I once used to enjoy.  I have been running quite a bit, but make up is slowly creeping back into my life.  It's been several years since I have had a beauty subscription and now there is a million to choose from.  I signed up for the top 3 that I have heard the most about: Birchbox, Ipsy and Glossybox.

As previously mentioned, I had received Birchbox in the past.  It was my first ever experience with a beauty box subscription.  I had heard from quite a few close friends that Birchbox wasn't really worth the price.  This subscription is $10 a month.  They offer 5 personalized samples to your door every month.  This month I got a Burt's Bees tinted lip balm, Naobay Mattifying CreamTOCCA Eau de Parfum Florence, Coastal Scents Style Eyes Pallette and Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Mask.  I really like the lip balm and the perfume, but have not tried the masks yet.  

I loved the box! I mean who doesn't love Rifle!! However, I wasn't in love with anything.  I was happy, but not excited.  I think I might cancel this subscription since it wasn't a favorite and most of my friends told me to not expect much.  SAD!

Now onto my Ipsy bag! I have heard great things about Ipsy.  This bag is also $10 a month and so I knew I didn't have too much to lose if I didn't like it.  Well I opened up my bag and wow, I was in love!! Everything in it was something I would totally use!  

In this month's ipsy bag, I got a tarte cosmetics LipSurgence lip creme in wonder, Probelle Nailpolish, Crown Brush in C427, pur~lisse Beauty Masks, Nomad Cosmetics Eyeshadow- Desert Sands

I am not sure if I will keep this subscription going.  It definitely was a great bag, but I will see.  I like it a lot, but I think I will give next month another try and see if I like that one too.  I recommend ipsy!

Now last, but certainly not least is Glossybox.   I have to say this one might be my favorite.  One little random thing was, they ship really fast!! This is already my second one and I purchased the box about 3 weeks ago.  They got me my March box like the last week of or even day of March.  Then just a few days later, they notified me saying my April box had shipped. I think that has really made me like them more.  There is one important thing I would like to mention, this box is $21 a month.  They claim they will send 5 luxury brand products which they have and 2-3 of them have been full size.  

In April's box, I received Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask, Studio | 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner, Leighton Denny nailpolish, Not you mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.

I will definitely be keeping this in my rotation for beauty box subscriptions.  The price is more than double of the other two, but I felt like they really put a lot of effort into the products they chose.  Plus the packaging is adorable and comes in this cute pink box that I can use for other things! 

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Surviving the Holidays

I don't know about you, but during the holidays, I feel like there are so many parties and gatherings to attend to.  It can get very overwhelming to try and go to them all so sometimes it's not completely possible! However, the ones that I do make it to, I try my best to feel and look my best.  I wanted to write about my top 5 things I include while I get ready for the fun parties.  

1. Sephora Cream Lip Stain | Last week I went to Sephora with some girlfriends and I was hoping to find a great lip stain.  I didn't want just any color, I wanted a bright ruby red.  I think that color is so fun for the holidays.  I always feel like lipstick rubs off and my lips dry out and after an hour of having it on, I feel like I am looking like the joker from batman.  This one is awesome!! I highly recommend it.
2.  Hanes PowerShapers |  After just having a baby, I tend to stay away from tights.  I think it's because I feel so awkward and "fluffy" that wearing tights makes me feel uncomfortable.  However, during the winter months in Utah, it's too cold to wear a dress without some sort of tight, nylon, what have you! When I put the PowerShapers on, I felt very comfortable.  They have a grip on the waist so there is no sliding down, BRILLIANT! I didn't feel like I was constantly having to pull them up while at my husband's Christmas party.  

3. Booties | I love wearing booties because they look dressy and fancy, but you don't have to be uncomfortable in a 3-4 inch heel! I am all about being practical right now and heels don't fit in that mix with 3 little kids.  I can barely keep up after them in flats so I can't imagine adding a heel.  My favorites right now are these Sam Edelman Circus ones in Black.  Comfortable and fancy!

4,  Gold Jewelry | I remember when I got married in 2008 and how I insisted on only wearing a silver ring! I thought gold was so old lady! Well, times have changed because I LOVE wearing gold.  It is so warm and rich in color and makes any outfit just so much prettier.  I usually buy my jewelry from Forever 21 because 
it's cheap and way cute!
5.  Holiday Dress | I adore the Peter Pan look! I think it's darling and anyone can pull it off.  I bought this dress over 3 years ago and even though I have lost a considerable amount of weight, I can still wear it! It's very stretchy and forgiving which makes it nice to wear all the time for the comfort. There we go again, COMFORT! The one I bought is from Asos and is out of stock, but I found one similar at Forever 21.
So there we have it, my holiday survival items for the Holidays! I hope you enjoy all these picks for your busy holiday party season.

Thank you to Hanes for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Meal Prepping

I have said it before and I will say it again, you cannot out exercise a bad diet! I have tried! There have been weeks where I was burning 1000 calories per workout, working extra hard.  Then I would come home and pig out.  I would either maintain my weight or gain! I was trying so hard to eat whatever I wanted, but I knew deep down that I could not do that if I wanted to see progress.  I have 3 kids now and my free time is very precious.  I have to get creative on when I get that time to get things done for myself.  As you all know, I workout in the mornings before kids are up for the day.  I have an AMAZING husband who is very supportive of my goals because he knows it makes me happy.  He is always encouraging me to spend time alone if I need it because he understands the demands of a stay at home mom.  Well for food, I like to cook my meals a few days in advance.

I was cooking this while my oldest was at school, my second was watching his favorite show and my third was taking her afternoon nap.  I thought how easy it could have been to just lay down and relax with the rest of them, but I knew I had the time to get this done so I did.  This food made 2 meals.  I am also not the biggest fan of leftovers... sometimes it grosses me out! Especially microwaved chicken or certain vegetables.  I usually make my food no more than 3 days in advance but I like some freshness.  Other times, I will spend Sunday evenings after my children have gone to bed (between 8-9pm) and cook up a few meals for the week so that I stay prepared.  I will also boil a handful of eggs, peel carrots, cook a bunch of rice and sautee some vegetables.  Then I can store them in my fridge and all I need to do is cook up some meat to go along with it.  It seriously cuts my cooking time in half, yet I am still get a great tasting meal. I honestly feel so much better when I eat this way.  I had my cheat meal this past weekend and I felt so gross afterwards because my body is not used to eating that way. This prep makes such a big difference in my life!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Keeps me Motivated

We all know how difficult it can be to keep trying to lose weight especially if you have failed and tried again numerous times.  You never know if it's going to stick or if you will be able to emotionally commit to another round of cutting back the foods you love and putting in the work at the gym.  I have been there.  It's hard! However, I focus on a few things to help remind me why I am doing this and it has really helped me focus on my goals rather than my wants.  I believe weight loss is 90% emotional and 10% physical.  Anyone can move their body. Anyone can eat their vegetables, but not everyone can stick with it every single day! It really takes an emotional toll on your mind when you feel overwhelmed and stressed out with your body.

One thing that keeps me motivated is my fit bit.  I love being able to track my activity for the day.  This really pushes me to go a little longer and push a little harder.  I also love that I can compete with my friends and see how they are doing.  That for sure motivates me as well! I am not sponsored or paid to use my fit bit, I just love the product and want to share with others how great it is.  

I think every other person on the planet is motivated by this next one: Results! I want to keep going when I see my progress.  And not just progress on the scale because that isn't always going to  be correct.  I always tell people to measure because that is where the real results will come.  Take pictures too! That helps me see my body in a different way than just looking in the mirror! I am always looking at my old photos to remind myself where I started and how far I have come!
Lastly, my children.  They motivate me every single day to wake up early and work out so I can spend that time on myself.  They remind me to stay active so that I can keep up with them.  They aren't slowing down anytime soon and I find when I am more active, I have so much more energy with them. It gets trickier with their schedules, but I always make sure I find the time for myself so that I can be a better mom to them.  I think they appreciate it too.  I also want to be a good example to them about their self-esteem and being healthy.  I am constantly letting them know why I do this.  They ask me why I am sweaty or why I am eating chicken.  I tell them it's because I want to be healthy and I want to feel good.  My daughter will sometimes ask to go to the park so she can run.  It's so cute to see her run her 1/4 mile around the park and see how happy she looks as she moves her body because her mom does that.  We aren't allowed to say fat in our house simply because it's just not a nice word to use.  I don't want her thinking that about herself ever and to think of being healthy rather than being skinny.  I also try and talk to my son about this too, but he doesn't care as much...boys!  I always try to lead by example because I know that is where I will have the most impact.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

weight loss update

I had no idea how hard losing the baby weight would be.  I think in my mind it would be like how I lost weight before.  However, this time around I think I will have to work twice as hard and double the patience.  It's taken me two weeks of working really hard to even see the slightest change in the scale.  I have to remind myself that the scale doesn't mean a thing sometimes.  Just because it may say there has been a gain, does not mean that I actually gained fat.  It's so easy though to get caught up in that number.  I am trying not to do that! This past Friday, I weighed in and have lost 3 lbs.  I was pretty pleased because I sure put the work in.  I also have lost 6 inches throughout my body.  That is what I am most pleased with because I cannot wait to fit into my clothes again.  I have an entire tub full of clothes that I put away when I was about 18 weeks pregnant because they were all slowly getting tighter on me and I needed to free up space in my closet.  I remember when I put them away and thought to myself "when I open this back up again, it will be like Christmas!!"  It will happen, I am sure of it.

I have been putting the work in at the gym and it sure feels incredible. I have wanted a home gym for forever and I think this next month we are going to make it happen.  We have a fairly large garage which we don't really use except for random junk.  I am really excited because my workouts will be much easier to get done since all I have to do is go to my garage.  I want to put a treadmill, a bike, weights and maybe even a bench in it.  I haven't figured it out completely, but once we get the garage cleaned out, I will know what I want exactly.  Well things are going good here.  Staying motivated and preparing healthy meals is the extent of what my free time consists of! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

You can't out exercise a bad diet

I have learned through this entire process that eating healthy is going to make the biggest dent in your weight loss.  I have tried many times eating whatever I want and while still exercising only to discover that it's not how it works.  You just have to watch what you eat, put the work in and the results will follow. I mentioned on my instagram page that I haven't been losing weight this month like I thought I would.  I have to remind myself that this weight didn't come on in a month and that it will take probably the entire 9 months for it to come off.  Isn't the saying, slow and steady wins the race?  I hope so!

I don't have a lot of time during meal times to cook for myself because I have 3 other hungry mouths to feed.  My kids don't like what I eat.  I don't mind though because I usually make them a turkey sandwich with some sort of side.  Lately, we have been eating lots of carrots and hummus.  Of course, they still eat the cookies and the cheez-its, but when I give them healthier options, they are more willing to eat those.  

I like the cook my meals two days in advanced since I am not the biggest fan of leftovers especially vegetables and chicken.  I like to get a thing of ground turkey and then some vegetables.  This week I have been eating a lot of sweet potato and brussel sprouts.  I also try and incorporate a lot of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.  When I cook it, I make enough for another meal or two and then heat those up when it's time to eat them.  This has become so handy around lunch time when I am starving, but don't have extra time to stand in front of the stove cooking.  If you are looking for more meal ideas, I have a recipe e-book with 20 more recipe ideas to help you with your food prep.  Click here to purchase and you can receive 50% off with code HALFOFF

Last night I made this amazing meal.  I used italian chicken sausage, then cut up carrots, brussel sprouts, and red potatoes.  I then combined it all in a pan with some olive oil and cooked it for about 20 minutes.  Oh my YUMMY! I only used salt and pepper seasoning because the sausage flavored everything else really well! This is definitely going on my dinner rotation.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

How this mom to 3 gig is going

It's been 8 weeks since we added our newest little lady.  She sure has kept us busy and smiling! I was terrified, but bravely entering the "mother to 3" gig.  After we started getting into our groove and creating a schedule, it hasn't been all that bad.  Granted, my baby takes 3 long naps during the day so I still get some stretches of time where I can get things done.  Olivia, my 5 year old, has started Kindergarten and my 3 year old Harrison has started preschool.  They go at opposite times, which has worked out really well because there's not as much fighting! I get some one one time with my bigger kids while baby naps, which has been so nice! I know they both really appreciate that time as do I.  

Naomi has been sleeping better at night! I think I have been really blessed with a good sleeper or my mothering skills are just amazing...or not.  We put her on our bedtime routine that we do with our older kids and she is out around 8pm for the night.  I put her in her bassinet which is in our room.  She sleeps 6-7 hours, wakes up to eat and then falls back to sleep until 7 or 8 am.  It really has been amazing! However, I am not holding my breath since babies change their schedules all the time! Who knows what next week will bring.  

I feel like I am really enjoying this baby stage much more than I did with my other two.  My first rocked my world! I think every first time mom has no idea what to expect and so it's all very stressful! Then my second was difficult because he is only 16 months younger than his sister which felt like I had two babies at once on opposite schedules.  We waited 3.5 years this time to have Naomi so we could avoid the stress we had last time so now I feel much more calm and able to care for my precious baby.  I don't freak out at every little cry or worry about all the what if's.  It's been pretty great so far and I cannot complain!

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