Beauty, Fitness, Life, Shop, Shopping

New Yoga Pants!

It’s been a while since the last time I’ve purchased workout clothes and after a month of clean eating and Piyo madness, weight was lost and inches dropped! It was time for a new pair of pants for this lady!

I’ve always purchased yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret Pink but they just don’t quite do it for me anymore. I was searching for a more durable fabric, slim fitting but not suffocating feel at a reasonable price. We know that yoga pants can be pretty pricy, they range from forty to over a hundred dollars!

A friend suggested I give the new line Fabletics, by Kate Hudson a try. I must say I was a bit skeptical at first but when I signed up, they offer quite the discount off your first purchase! I was mostly in search of leggings so I bought one pair to try them out.

I am so in love with these leggings!! The fabric is fabulous! It hugs your body without feeling too tight, it compliments your shape with the high waist band, helping with tummy support as well. ūüôā

I wore these out for a quick grocery shop and felt amazing walking around in these.

They move easily with my body through each pose and workout!

Needless to say, I’ll be purchasing more of these and keeping my monthly subscription with Fabletics!

Did the word subscription frighten you? No need! While you are a VIP member, you choose your style of clothing, allowing Fabletics¬†stylists to hand pick amazing ensembles for you! An entire outfit will be sent to you monthly starting at $49.95. That’s a pretty sweet deal since many places offer that price for only one item! If you don’t want to be charged that month, all you have to do is log in to your account by the 5th of every month and skip the month. You can continue to skip each month until you’re ready to make the purchase!

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Namaste Yogi’s!

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xo

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Beauty

Simple Nail Art

So I was busy decorating my Erin Condren planner when I suddenly felt like doing something with my nails. I have become even more obsessed with my nails ever since I went natural. I am always changing polishes (with my husbands annoyance) and who has time to do all those awesome designs?! Certainly not this mom!

While I don’t have nail stencils, I do have hole punchers and washi tape. I already had my nails painted from the night before in the loveliest shade of lavender. OPI’s Tickle My Francee. I grabbed another fave from OPI in the color Alpine Snow and my all time favorite fast drying top coat by Seche Vite.

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I grabbed my craft scissors I already had nearby (couldn’t find my office scissors for the life of me!), the washi, and my gifted little heart-shaped hole puncher from my bestie :).

IMG_3120It was really simple to be honest. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this sooner! I cut a piece of washi large enough to cover my entire nail and then punched it with the hole puncher. When you remove the tape, try to be careful so you don’t rip it.

Place the tape on your nail in the desired position.

IMG_3123Paint over the tape and quickly remove it.

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Once you’ve removed the tape, move on to the next hand and repeat the steps before sealing it with your favorite top coat.

IMG_3126And there you have it! The end result. I hope you all enjoyed this post and once again, please feel free to share your own suggestions! I love hearing from everyone!

xo

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Beauty

Flat Hair? Never!

For a long time I’ve struggled with patience. I detest waiting and being stuck in a tedious situation (as most do). It’s a trait I’m working on, sort of anyway. So, drying thick curly hair is just one of those tedious things I dread. I have never enjoyed blowing out my hair because it would just take far too long. I’m talking more than an hour here. ¬†So I would just flip my head over and dry it while forking my fingers through it because I found it to be an easier task than blowing it out by sections. I grabbed my handy Chi flat-iron and would straighten my curly mess to a sleek look. However, it often looked a little too sleek. Let’s just call it flat. Like a dead thing on my head.

I went on this way until I came across a brush that now makes blowing out my hair a much easier task than I could have ever imagined. This wonder brush cuts my blow drying time in half and gives my hair volume and shine. What more could a girl ask for? Although, I will say my arm gets a bit tired but hey, it’s a nice workout and worth it at that.

Now, while having a good brush is ideal, having the right blow dryer is important as well. Expect to spend a little more than you normally would. Remember, quality is key here! If you buy something cheap you might just have to purchase another one sooner than you would a more expensive and better working dryer.

With that said, let me introduce you to my stylists….

IMG_3246These two items have saved my hair and my time! The brush is by Cricket and it is a thermal brush with a barrel size of 3 1/4 inches. It has heat-resistant and static free bristles (Yay!!). No need to rub a sheet of fabric softener on your head. Just a little beauty hack for those who didn’t know ;).

This brush is large enough to take large sections of my long hair and with the added power of my blow dryer, it’s dry in no time!

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The blow dryer is by BaByliss Pro. It’s smooth and rubberized all around for comfortability. Although it is a bit on the heavy side, it’s not bothersome since your ¬†time is cut a lot shorter. This blower is powerful but will not fry and helps eliminate frizz as well. I’m absolutely pleased with these purchases and I have to say that I no longer use the flat-iron on the length of my hair. I do however, use the iron on my bangs from time to time.

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For all of you who are in search for shiny voluminous locks while saving time, give these a try! If you do, please let me know how it worked for you and if you have any suggestions for me, please share!!

xo

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Family, Fitness, Health, Life

The Yoga Journey

I really never got into yoga until last year and it wasn’t easy. I set up a routine for myself so I can practice every morning and do some deep stretching in the evenings. I went on like these for months and I was astonished at what my body could do! I started to believe that I could be just as good and flexible as any of those awesome yogi’s I saw on Instagram.

By the end of the year however, I began to deal with some personal struggles that did not give me the ability to practice every day. I went from daily practices to four and then to none. It took a serious toll on my emotionally and physically. Being active is known to kick your serotonin levels up to the sky and let’s just say mine were not where they needed to be.

Recently I have been in a better place emotionally so I jumped back into practicing expecting my body to have forgotten everything I learned.

To my surprise, my body fell right into place as if I had never stopped and it was great! I felt happier instantly and once again I’m back on my yogi journey, enjoying every pose along the way! Even if I am constantly getting interrupted by my littlest one.

FullSizeRender-8My sweet little Zoey jumping on mommy in mid wheel pose! After many tries, this happened….

FullSizeRender-5Getting to this position was a lot harder than I thought and when I tried to gracefully land I fell down like a tree! hahaha

It was my first time really falling from a pose and now that I experienced it, the fear of falling is less of a burden when I’m upside down hahaha.

It’s a great experience and never feel like you have failed if (or should I say when) you fall because it will happen and it’s all part of the journey and growing, becoming a much stronger and confident you!

There is a power in practicing yoga that I never understood and wondered what the hype was all about. Well, now I completely understand and I can’t wait to see where I will be in my journey years from now.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv03 presetIncluding my babies in the practice is important to me because I want them to enjoy it as well. To be honest though, once they see mommy roll out the mat, they come running to join and I just laugh. It’s the cutest thing watching them do their best.

camel pose namasteIt’s amazing what we are capable of if we only allow ourselves the chance.

FullSizeRender-6FullSizeRender-7In conclusion, I want to say, whatever your journey is, never stop pushing through and reaching your goals. Above all, enjoy it until the end!

xo

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Beauty

Looking For The Perfect DIY Hair Mask?

DIY Mask

There are TONS of products out there that are too costly and simply do not give us that silky smooth look we crave! I have always been a product junky and I when I say “junky” I mean I was purchasing one product and still ten more that said it did the same exact thing. It was pretty ridiculous, especially since everything I tried just didn’t do what I needed it to do.¬† Continue reading “Looking For The Perfect DIY Hair Mask?”

Family, Life

Moving up the latter…

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It’s a happy day today for my family. We have officially signed the lease to our new home! Although we are renting, it is a huge accomplishment nonetheless as it is our first house together. I don’t thank my husband enough for how hard he works to give us everything we could ever imagine and more. Looking back I don’t think I would have been able to see myself enjoying such simple things in life.

Waking up to my husband and our girls sandwiched between us makes me realize how lucky we are to have each other. I learn so much about myself when I look at my husband and my daughters. They inspire to do so much more than I ever thought I was capable of and that in itself is a treasure.

Time is the most valuable thing that has no price because we can never get time back that has been lost. I plan on making my time count getting the most out of this life.