Friday, April 21, 2017

Favorites: Products I've been obsessing over lately.

Here's the deal. I've been thinking about several different things that I've bought, received or finally used over the past few weeks, and I knew I needed to share them with y'all! There a little all over the place, but read on and I promise you won't regret it. Who knows, maybe one of these things you'll just have to try! It is Friday after all!
A few weeks ago I received this palette from Influenster for testing purposes. Just so y'all know, I'm not required to share it on my blog. But I really like it, so here I am sharing with y'all the shimmery beauty of this palette. I'm not a full face of make up every day kind of girl. In fact, most days I swipe on some mascara, touch up my eyebrows and call it a day. However, lately I've been wanting to to play with the eye shadow colors and see if I can find a fun new look. On Easter Sunday, my sister-in-love who is a makeup wizard, did my eyes with this palette. See how it turned out below!

As far as the colors of the palette go, they are beautiful and range from pale nudes to darker natural & jewel tones. Compared to other palettes, the colors aren't quite as vibrant as they appear in the case. It's not a bad thing though, just an observation. You need to get a little more color if you want to achieve the color in the palette, that's all. I personally like a more natural look, so the slightly muted colors allow me to play with some of the darker colors without looking out of my element. 


While I'm on the topic of makeup, I might as well share this amazing mascara with y'all! I got this in my box from Influenster as well to enhance the use of the palette. I'm definitely a mascara girl and wear it every day. I have a few different types, but none that work quite like this one. It's by far the best lengthening mascara that I've ever tried. The best thing is that you can buy it while your at your local drug store picking up medicine or perusing the aisles at Target! Plus it isn't nearly as expensive as the designer brands that do the exact same thing. I need to get a good before and after comparison because the pictures above don't completely do it justice! Let's just say that if you're looking for a good mascara, you should give this one a try.




three. prAna Kara Jeans
Last month, I blogged about the prAna brand and mentioned how comfortable and versatile their clothes are for every day. After I tested their Cleo t-shirt and Mantra pant, I decided that I wanted to try out their jeans. I've been needing some new jeans for a while since my body has changed so much post pregnancy and breastfeeding. I wasn't comfortable in any of my jeans and I only wanted to wear yoga pants or athletic shorts. After reading all the rave reviews on these jeans, they seemed like the best fit for me. Luckily I had a discount code, so I gave it a go.

Oh my goodness, best decision! These jeans are so comfortable. They have an amazing stretch and allow me to move around with ease. This is really important for chasing around a toddler on a daily basis. They also fit great around my hips and stomach. As a mom, the hips and belly area are our most self-conscience areas. Oh wait, that's all women! But seriously, the reason I hate most of my jeans is because how they fit me around my midsection. These fit without squeezing or sitting in awkward places. They also fit my legs because of the nice stretch. Rarely can I find a pant that fits my waist and thighs at the same time. I highly recommend these to everyone! Especially if you need jeans that allow ease of movement and you want to be comfy.




One of our amazing neighbors ordered this for Chloe as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. {I'm telling you we chose to live on the best street with the greatest neighbors in the whole world!} We've already used it several times and had all of her little friends over to play in it too! The kids love to run around, splash and go down the little whale slide. I also set up our plastic baby pool right next to it for them to hop in and out. It comes with rings to practice stacking, an inflatable shark and whale slide! It's fun to watch them try different things with all the pieces and use their imaginations with the water. I highly recommend this to anyone with little ones and a yard! 



five. Oster Cordless Electric Wine Opener
Okay this last one may seem kind of silly, but I'm obsessed. It's funny because JP and I received this for Christmas a couple of years ago and it's been sitting in the box. The other day while hosting a baby shower, I needed a wine opener and we couldn't find our usual one. I remembered putting this in one of the cabinets and busted it out. Why on Earth has this been in a box for years? Why did I not get this out sooner? It's magical. It has the foil cutter in a nice little holder on the back side of the charging stand. All you do is cut the foil, place the wine opener on top of the bottle, press down while pushing the button and it does the rest of the work! Everyone needs this in their life. Especially wine lovers like myself.

There you have it. Five products that I've been obsessing over and decided that I needed to share with y'all. I don't do this often, but I knew I should when I kept thinking about them when deciding what to blog about this week.

Now that I've shared my current must haves, please send some my way! What are the current products you feel like you can't live without these days? It can be anything! I want to know.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tornado Brain & Booty Burn

Do you ever wake up in the morning with a billion thoughts running through your head? Like what time is it? What is the weather like? Did I switch the wash to the dryer last night? How much coffee do we have left? Did the dogs destroy anything now that they're being left out at night? Did another bomb or weapon of mass destruction get dropped on some country while I was sleeping? Is Chloe going to sleep in today? Should I go for a run? What time should I go to the grocery store? All of the most random thoughts often pop into my brain when I wake up. Not every day. Many days I wake up in slow motion, but some days I wake up with a tornado in my brain. Like this morning for instance.

The only problem with all these thoughts is that they happened at 6:00am after I HAD to go potty. I couldn't fall back asleep without going potty, so I went, but that left me wide awake. With all of these crazy thoughts when I should have been going back to sleep. Then I finally got back to sleep and the alarm went off. Whomp whomp. Now granted it wasn't my alarm; it was JP's. I didn't necessarily have to get up, but with my brain in hyperdrive, there wasn't much sleeping to be done. I thought about getting up to go run, but my brain told me to drink coffee and finish this post instead.

Last week I had a little blogging block, so I just took a step back. I'm not sure that block is gone, but the wheels are turning. Definitely today. Luckily the wheels were turning yesterday too because I came up with this awesome workout to share with y'all!


Just in case you aren't sure exactly how to do one or all of the exercises above, here are some videos to show you how to do them properly!

1. Squat Jumps
2. Lunges
3. Single Leg Donkey Kicks
4. Straight Leg Dead Lift
5. Step Ups
6. Superman Lifts
7. Burpees

Caitlin, the GM of the gym and one of my close friends, took that pretty sweet picture of me above while I was teaching my Monday Tabata class!

Anyway, now I'm hoping to wind my brain down for a bit. Maybe I'll go for a run...which would actually not wind my brain down, it would rev it back up. Maybe I'll sit here and watch another episode of Gilmore Girls and have another cup of coffee. It's up for debate. Right now the coffee is kind of calling my name...

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Monday, April 17, 2017

He is Risen, Indeed!


Hallelujah! As a Christian, Easter is always a wonderful, joyful weekend in my house. This year's was by far the best. It was Chloe's second Easter, but her first one where she got to hunt eggs, open her Easter basket and actually partake in the experience.

Our Easter extravaganza started on Good Friday bright and early. The local HEB was having an egg hunt at 9:00am! We needed to grab a couple of things from the store for our neighborhood Easter, so why not wake up a little early.


It was Chloe's first egg hunt, so it was kind of special that it was just JP, Chlo and me. She was a little scared of all the kids running around, but got the hang of it after a little help from mom and dad. While we were grocery shopping, she opened one of the eggs and discovered the candy. Oh dear...not the candy. You'll find out why this turned out to be a problem later on.


 After our morning egg hunt, Chloe's friends Harper and Kate came over! I decided to have a little hunt for the girls, so I filled some eggs with puffs, yogurt melts and cheetos to hide around our yard. JP actually did the hiding, and I was impressed with his skills. The girls weren't too sure about it. Kate caught on quickly, Chloe ran around and Harper hung out in the clubhouse. Eventually they all got some eggs and ate everything inside.


After their hunt, it was all about the splash pad and baby pool! It was a gorgeous day for swimming and the girls loved it!


The girls played until nap time was a necessity. After Chloe's nap, the fun continued! (Yes, we're still on Friday in case you're wondering...) We went to our neighborhood's 3rd annual Kegs and Eggs! It was obviously our first time to attend, but our neighbors are fun. Just saying. Lots of food, all the neighbors, a kegs, more food, tons of kids running around and of course, eggs!


Somehow we managed to get a majority of the kids together in one spot for a picture before the egg hunt began! Chloe's group (0-3) was first! She picked up one egg and was done. Why you ask? She was too interested with what was inside the egg to find anymore. That's right, the candy. She was ready for the candy. Don't worry, the candy thing gets worse. She ended up getting 4 eggs at the neighborhood hunt and she was happy about that. Luckily one egg was chalk and one was stickers!



The best part about Friday is that Kate came to town!!! We hadn't seen her in far too long and she hadn't seen our house yet! It was perfect because she got to start off her trip by meeting all of our neighbors and going on an adult Easter egg hunt! That's right, an adult hunt and it was amazing. Each couple that wanted to participate brought 6 eggs. I filled mine with mini Fireball bottles! Kate took over for JP and we had a blast. The little kids hid the eggs and the grown ups ran at them like children. It was awesome! I ended up with several small bottles of vodka, panties, an a tiny view finder camera with some very flexible women inside...enough said.


It was an awesome party, and it's safe to say that we chose the right house on the best street in town! No joke.


Saturday morning we all slept in which was necessary. I made pancakes, we played outside and Chloe got to open her Easter basket from her Jojo and Pops!


Mimmie and Mickme! Needless to say, she was obsessed with it. A dinosaur coloring and sticker book? Score! Jojo knows what her granddaughter likes! Eventually we all got ready to head over to my parents' house to stuff Easter eggs and go swimming! But first, a pit stop at Bourbon Street Daquiris!


We grabbed a few daquiris after all of our neighbors told us that we needed to go! They were delicious and dangerously potent! We stuffed eggs and went swimming, but by the end of the daquiri we were feeling fabulous. It's probably a good think that I don't have any pictures from the rest of the day. Let's just say we had fun and Chloe saw what we were putting in the eggs furthering her candy obsession.


After all the celebrating, it was finally Easter Sunday. We went to 9:00am mass where my brother in law was playing the French horn with the full choir and band! (He's very musically talented! Look him up on iTunes Matt Lewis.) When we got home from mass, the picture taking began.






Tons of family members means tons of pictures! These are just a few of the lot.

The rest of the day was spent hanging out, hunting Easter eggs and eating way too much food! The egg hunting pictures are all on my dad's phone, but Chloe had a blast again. She was upset that her eggs had puffs and cheetos instead of candy. She did manage to find candy throughout the day and eat too much of it! By the end of the nights, she was exhausted and screaming CANDYYYYYY! Yeah, it's bad. Needless to say, we're hiding/getting rid of most of the candy in this house. Baby girl needs to come down off of her high. No candy fixes for this girl!

I hope that everyone had an amazing Easter and that you were able to spend it with loved ones! Now it's another Monday and I'm off to the gym to teach my classes. Much needed after all the food I ate this weekend...oh and the daquiri!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

7 Years + How to Celebrate the 7 Year Itch


And just like that we're celebrating 7 years of marriage. Seven years! It's kind of hard to believe that 7 years have gone by in the blink of an eye. It makes me think of the Kenny Chesney song "Don't Blink."

Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

Now I know I'm far from being married 50 years and my baby isn't grown up yet, but 7 years seems like a milestone and my baby quickly became a toddler all in the blink of an eye.


I'm so lucky to have the greatest friend and partner in crime by my side every day. Each day isn't always easy and marriage is definitely work, but we've learned so much about each other and how to maintain our happiness over the years. 

one. Have F U N
two. Find common interests and activities
three. Enjoy each other's company
four. Find joy in the little things
five. Be spontaneous
six. Enjoy the mundane as much as the exciting
seven. Always love each other


This year our anniversary celebration came a day early. Monday anniversaries aren't too much fun! Yesterday we decided to have a family day. We started off at the driving range! JP loves to golf and I haven't swung a club in forever. Plus our anniversary always falls right around the Masters so it seemed to fit the occasion.

We both actually did pretty well! I expected JP to, but I thought I was going to tank since I hadn't played since before Chloe was born. Chloe had fun running up and down the hills, collecting our balls, coloring and trying to pick up our clubs. Then she hit a wall and demanded that we eat. It's hard to argue with a hangry toddler. Luckily we were done and hungry too, so off to Torchy's we went!


Because who doesn't eat tacos on their anniversary family day date? The best part about Torchy's (besides the deliciousness of course) is that it's right by a lake with lots of ducks. Chloe loves ducks. She loves to chase them yelling quack quack quack! A family also gave her some food to feed them which she absolutely loved!


After Torchy's, JP took me to Best Buy where he proceeded to buy me an Apple Watch!!! I've been dying to have one for at least the last 6 months. I figured that I wouldn't get one until my birthday since our anniversary gift to each other is our Disneyland trip next month! But JP insisted and I wasn't going to argue with him or turn him down. (He was probably tired of hearing me drop "hints" that I wanted one so bad!)


When we got home, Chloe went down for a nap and we posted up on the couch to watch the Masters! And of course I played with my Apple Watch getting it all set up and everything. We relaxed and enjoyed just being together basking in our laziness after a busy morning.


JP suggested I take a bath which I quickly agreed to. I spent a solid 30 minutes relaxing and reading in the tub while JP watched golf and played his new fave game on my computer. It may sound kind of lame, but for us, it was perfect.

The rest of the evening we spent together as a family. Leftovers for dinner, Masters on the TV, Frozen on the iPad, an evening walk with the dogs and a lot of togetherness. It was pretty much perfect.


Every day is far from perfect, but I'm lucky to love this life I live. I don't want to keep on the rose colored glasses and say that everything is always wonderful. We have our hard times too, but right now we are in such a great place. There are a lot of things that are contributing to that. First and foremost though, it's JP and I putting our marriage first. Fighting for what we love. Fighting for each other. Finding our own happiness and bringing that joy to our marriage. Today we'll work like normal. Go about our lives like normal. Have a nice dinner at our favorite Mexican food restaurant. And continue to love and fight for each other. The real celebration comes in a month when we jet off to Disneyland!


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Quick Fit Fix


Hello world! I was thinking the other day, I changed my blog name almost 4 years ago when I decided to quit my corporate job and pursue a career in fitness. A Balancing Act. Finding a way to balance everything in life. From family, life adventures and my day to day. To running, workouts and my job as a trainer.

Well that was kind of a long winded way for me to say that I haven't shared a new workout or really blogging about workouts other than a run here and there! I want to come back to one of the main focuses in this space! Don't get me wrong, Chloe is absolutely adorable and I love sharing everything about her, but sometimes I just want to focus on me. Fitness is my me space, my happy place.

Last Week's Workouts:

Monday: Spin class + Tabata class = My usual Monday!
{Would anyone be interested in me sharing some of my spin class music? It could be used for all workouts! I don't want to bore y'all though if it's not interesting at all :)}

Tuesday: 3.15 miles with Chloe at a 10:00/mile pace

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Quick Fit Fix {see below} + 2 mile family walk

Friday: 9 mile run at a 9:47/mile pace

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Does slip 'n sliding count as a workout? Because I sure felt it Monday morning!

So that Quick Fit Fix I was talking about from Thursday. Here's what happened. I had been kind of lazy most of the day and Chloe took a late nap, so I decided to get my booty in gear. Instead of looking up a workout from my little black workout book, I decided to just start moving and go with the flow. This is what I came up with:


I did it in my living room while watching Gilmore Girls with no equipment needed. If you don't have a rug or a carpet, I would recommend a yoga mat or something of the sort. The good thing about this workout is that once you finish with an exercise, you don't have to do it again. Just go through the whole workout once and it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes. If you're feeling crazy, then you can crank out two rounds!

Okay if you give it a try, let me know! I want to know what you think. Also, send me a message or leave a comment if you have any questions about the workout or any of the exercises involved!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Lately...

Ahhh Monday we meet again. Monday seems like a good day to just catch up. So everyone grab a cup of coffee and let's chat about what's been up lately.

Lately I've been...

...watching Gilmore Girls, The Magicians and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Yes, MMC all the time. Chloe is obsessed with MicMe and Mimme. She wakes up talking about them. It's kind of hilarious and annoying all at the same time. JP and I are watching The Magicians together. I've read the books and JP is working his way through the first one. It's WAYYYY different than the books, but we're still into it. Gilmore Girls needs no explanation, but for the record, I decided to watch it in order from start to finish. I just started season 6 and man I love this show.

...running a few days a week to prep for the Tinkerbell half marathon! I ran 9 miles last Friday and have 10-11 on the docket for this coming weekend. This weekend's run was amazing! It was in the mid 50's which rarely happens this time of year. I may even get good weather for next weekend. Crossing my fingers that the weathermen aren't lying. I'm looking forward to running a race in California where the weather is pretty nice year round. Speaking of which, now that it's April I can say that I'm going to Disneyland next month!


...working at the gym once a week. I'm still at my gym downtown and I can't imagine parting ways. I drive 40 minutes both ways to do payroll, hangout and teach two classes. It's the people that make it totally worth it. These days I'm teaching cycle and Tabata which is a high intensity interval training class for those of you that are curious. Here's a Tabata style work out that doesn't require any weights that I shared back in 2015!

...feeling kind of bleh. I don't know why, but I've just been tired a lot and kind of out of it. Chloe has actually been the same way. She sleeps in until 9-10am and takes at least a 2 hour nap in the afternoons. It's helpful for me to get things done or to just sit and watch Gilmore Girls which is what I'm doing right now. I have an appointment with my allergist tomorrow morning. I'm going to get retested for allergens tomorrow since I've been feeling so crappy. I'm hoping that has something to do with all of this. It would be a quick fix at least!

...eating kind of like crap. JP and I are going to focus on eating healthy this week. No sweets, lots of veggies. The crappy eating could also have something to do with the bleh feeling mentioned above! Tonight's dinner plans are BBQ pork chops with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes. No more cupcakes, brownies and cookies for this girl. Until Easter at least. For the record, the lemon cupcake from Crave pictured below was divine.


...reading The Outlander series! I'm on the 4th book and it's starting to take me a little bit longer than the first 3 to get through. I'm not sure if I'm reading less or if I'm less interested. I may take a break to read Pretty Little Lies and then go back to it.

...playing with my best girl everyday! We're still doing gymnastics at The Little Gym and we're going to start swim lessons pretty soon. She's a daredevil in the pool and we need to refine her skills a bit. Jumping aimlessly into a pool hoping that someone will catch her isn't going to work for this momma. She knows how to go underwater, hold her breath, float on her back and climb up onto the steps by herself. Now we need to work on putting everything together again. Until then, we're still at gymnastics! She moved up to the Beast class last week. Now she's the youngest and running around with the big kids. She looks so tiny and I'm obsessed with her.


So that's pretty much what's been up lately. Nothing crazy exciting, but life is good. Really good. I'm looking forward to a fairly chill month of April because after April, it's going to get a little crazy around here! Now time to tackle Monday. It's on!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

An Open Letter to All of my Allergens


Dear Allergies,

I don't know how to put this lightly, but I'm sick of you. Literally. You're making me sick. I'm so over you coming in with the wind and ruining my day. Spring is the prettiest season of the year. We don't get very many nice days in Houston. It goes from wet winter to steaming hot summer, and I'm supposed to be outside enjoying every day with my family during these few weeks of Spring!

The worst part is that I give myself weekly shots to avoid getting crazy bad allergies, but apparently this year those shots are doing nothing. NOTHING! Nothing at all and I'm not happy about it. Last month my allergies got so bad that they turned into sinusitis. Did you know that sinusitis can last from 2-6 weeks? Mine lasted 5 weeks. 5 weeks of misery and the tail end of it was at Disney World. That's really not cool.

Now this last weekend it happened again! I had lots of plans. Don't get me wrong, I went through with all of them. My plans just included extra antihistamines, Dayquil and sinus headache meds. Okay and let's be honest, a little booze to help me ignore the congestion and throb in my head.


I managed to make it through the rodeo on Sunday despite all you were throwing my way. The wind was whipping and just swirling all of you around the air and up my nose causing me to sneeze all day and continuously need a tissue.

Despite you pulling all the tricks out of your sleeve, I survived. I even managed to teach both of my classes on Monday. It's not easy to workout when you can't breath through your nose. Being a mouth breather isn't fun and requires chapstick on hand 24/7.

Now let's cut to the chase and just lay out what I really want to tell you. We're breaking up. I'm breaking up with you. I'm over everything you've put me through and I'm ready to move on. I'm heading back to my allergist on Tuesday to get retested so that I can keep you away. I'm sorry to do this so publicly, but you left me no choice. Now I'm going to hide from you until Tuesday since I can't take any of my meds until then. If you don't mind, just leave me be. I need my space. I hope you understand and can respect my boundaries. Soon I should be able show my face outside again, no thanks to you of course.


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