How is your posture? (Infographic) For those of us who sit at a desk all day or are in a car commuting for over an hour the constant strain on our backs can ruin our posture. We notice as the day goes on that we are slouching, moving, adjusting and this bad posture continues. When you focus on your posture it is usually good; when we are taking a photo, standing in front of a mirror – but what about the other 23 hours of the day when we are sitting or just walking around? Are you using good or bad posture? For me I noticed it after a few years of working in an office and also just having a small frame and slouching in my shoulders. Over time my lower back felt very weak and strained. It wasn’t until I started to focus on my posture and work … Continue reading
The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess By: Lou Schuler Like many women who have moved on from the traditional hamster-like cardio machines and 10lb dumbbells the last few months I have been dedicating myself to weight lifting. It took me a long time to realize that doing the same repetitive light weight/high repetition workouts was never going to change my body. It wasn’t until this year, right after the holidays that I got the itch to start lifting. I am not quite sure where it came from but I do believe that my taste in my “ideal” body changed once I started to be around more people in the fitness industry. The women’s bodies that I tended to want to emulate were cut, shapely, strong and I was more interested in gaining mass than losing weight. Over time I began reading … Continue reading
Petsmart – Every Dog Owners Worst Nightmare This is my personal and awful experience with the company Petsmart and their grooming salon. Let me first say that before I decided to post this I took every possible road to have this company fix this issue. I am a firm believer in allowing a company to fix their wrongs if they make an error or I have a poor experience. There are companies out there who will recognize their wrong doing and make it right. Those will greatly influence my impression of them and I’d be happy yo share that they did in fact fix things with great customer service. I however cannot say that of Petsmart and want to warn all dog owners out there to NOT take your dog to this establishment to get your pet groomed ever! I made the mistake – my usual groomer was booked solid … Continue reading
Applying nail stickers and decals is a relatively easy process that produces great results. If done properly they look salon-done without the hefty price. I recently have tried a few and this time I am using the Kiss brand called “Nail Dress.” These you can find at Harmon’s or CVS and they come in various styles. I liked these because they are made to put on the tip of the nail and not necessarily the whole nail. You can however use for both I just personally don’t like using the whole nail pieces. This was around $8 at Harmon’s and is called “stripes”. What I comes with and what you need. (Comes with small pink file and stickers. You will need scissors, clear polish and extra nail file if needed) How to apply: Make sure your nails and clean and apply a clear polish. Open packaging and cut the strip … Continue reading
With spring in full bloom that means lots of pastel colors and lace flowing tops. So how do you get out of your winter black wardrobe rut? Here are some outfits to inspire while sticking to a budget. For only $165 I was able to get all this. 4 blouses/tops 1 cardigan 2 pairs of jeans 1 pair of dress pants The pink and cream jeans are a great way to change up the usual denim. Colorful jeans are perfect year round but especially fun in warmer months. Don’t forget to pick up some dainty accessories like rings that stack and a cute bow necklace.
Another week, Another food prep So this week begins my next stage in my training and nutrition. For the last four months I have been on a calorie increase in order to gain some weight and muscle mass. I was at a 2,100 calorie allowance a day and was burning about 500 every day doing weight training. Needless to say I was eating ALOT! Now I am doing 4 months of 2 day splits (one day upper body/one day lower body with cardio day in between). My calories now to “shred or cut” are 1,700 which is still high but I have to compensate for all my calories I am losing still and don’t want to lose my gains from the last few months. Now I focus on my macros being 40% protein, 35% carbs and 25% fats. Much of my meals this week are reflective of this switch. Lean … Continue reading
DIY Nail Look – Mauve/Nude with Decals and Diamonds Fun, decorative nails are all the rage right now and can cost a pretty penny to keep up every two weeks. Recently I took a trip to CVS to get some nail polish, decals and accessories to jazz up my nails myself. If you are looking to do your nails on a budget keep reading. In total I think I pai $10-$15 for all these items that I can use over an over again. That’s still cheaper than a regular manicure and I like to change my nail color often so this works best for me. I highly recommend these decals by Kiss. Prior to this I had bought some nail stencils which you would apply to the nail then paint over and remove once dry – needless to say that was an epic fail. The stickers pulled off the base … Continue reading
Eating Clean and Calorie Free Never Tasted So Good Walden Farms irresistibly sweet calorie free specialties are prepared with real fruit extracts, concentrated natural flavors, rich cocoa and other natural ingredients, all sweetened with Splenda. Our savory specialties are made with hundreds of freshly ground herbs and spices, concentrated natural flavors and the finest aged imported and domestic vinegars. A week or two ago I was looking through my Instagram feed, which is full of lots of people who share the love of fitness, clean eating and nutrition, and I saw one of them using Walden Farms dressing for salad. I was curious about the product and wondered would it be a good alternative for me to use instead of low calorie dressings or plain balsamic vinegar. The issue is my usual grocery store didn’t carry it so I never saw it anywhere to buy. Until I went to Fairway … Continue reading
You are what you eat – so eat clean and train mean! This week I bought all of my meal prep items at Fairway Market which, if you have not shopped at this grocery story, or don’t have one near you, let me say it’s just amazing for clean eaters and those conscious of additives, gluten, artificial flavors, etc. It really offers lots of specialty products, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and organic products. Normally I prep my food on Sundays for the week but once I got home tonight I just got right to it while making tonight’s dinner. Sometimes for me, once I am in the cooking “zone” I like to just do it all at once. I prepped for about 4-5 days worth of day time meals and snacks (I always make dinner fresh so my prep is for daytime and in between meals.) This week’s … Continue reading
Get 21% off regular price items at Forever 21 with their Friends & Family Sale Shop on APRIL 28, 2013 ONLY Print and bring to the store to save. As many of us know coupons from F21 are far and few between so I surely intend to take advantage of this one.
Two Words: LEG DAY! We love it, we hate it. It is the one day at the gym where you don’t feel like you’ve done enough until you are about to either puke, pass out or both simultaneously. No matter how many times you do leg day you will feel the burn during and the pain the day after. It is a very rewarding feeling but surely one that we can all get a good laugh out of. Here are some funny photos I put together that will give us all a little chuckle thinking about our lower body workouts. Enjoy!
Us women always overpack. We have a fear we will forgot something we will really need and in doing so wind up taking way too much. Since I do a good amount of traveling for work and pleasure I figure I would share with you what I pack when I travel for vacation. When I travel for work I don’t take nearly as much since I so very basic makeup for work events. I am currently packing for a vacation to Las Vegas so this is the perfect time to post. This is just chaos. How can I make sure to take what I need and not overdo it. Here’s how I break it down: Pick a bag that can hold a good amount but make sure you stick to only using one bag. This will help you to know your limits. Here is what I am using so I … Continue reading
Tartlettes Listen Up! Just posted on the Tarte Cosmetics Facebook page is information about their “Discovery Sale” with products up to 50% off. Enjoy the savings and share with your friends. CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING: http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-shop-cosmetics-sale?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=+wall+post+discovery+sale+4/16&utm_campaign=Discovery+sale+4/16 My favorite Tarte items: Tarte Mascara Tarte Clean Slate Primer Tarte 12 hour Brightening Primer
Nitro Glass Tempered Glass iPhone Cover Groupon Review I am a sucker for a great Groupon deal and last week I saw the Nitro Glass Tempered Glass iPhone case. I have many cute and colorful cases but none that really cover the screen from damage. This was a great steal for only $12.99 and the best part is its made of glass and not plastic so it’s strong and sturdy. I have cracked my iPhone cover before and had to pay out of pocket to replace it, so when I saw something I could buy for under fifteen dollars to help protect my new one I figured I would give it a whirl! *I do have to say I have decided to return this product for a refund and I will explain more below but I wanted to at least give you the details on the item.* It took a … Continue reading
Victoria Secret “So Sexy” Hair Care Products & Review The full bodied, flowing, curly locks of Victoria Secret models have been sought after for years. The beachy waves with shine an volume have every female envision – which is why I am sure it was a natural fit to create their own hair care line. “So Sexy” roughly 20 products ranging from shampoos to hair treatments. The four items I purchased I will review below: Items I bought include: Tame & Smooth Instant Detangler Hold & Finish Hairspray Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse Brilliant & Glossy Shine Mist Here is a link to view the entire collection of products you can buy from VS: http://www.victoriassecret.com/beauty/hair-care Currently in store they are having a promotion that if you buy 2 items you get the 3rd for free. I had originally bought the detangler first, then on my next visit I got the … Continue reading