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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Active Couple...we think? Maybe in our own way.
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Alright, hey guys. What's good? Haha, Brod loves to say that and I literally laugh as I type that when I think of me saying to someone, "what's good?" I am not cool enough to use that jargon. Any how, that is not what today's post is about, but what it is about is these rad Adidas outfits pieces we are sporting eh?! Ok, so that is not the focus of this post either, but Brod and I really do love Adidas, and it's crazy how, as a brand they have sort of reinvented themselves over the past few years and have been bringing some crazy cool stuff to the shoe world and apparel game too. For real, Adidas has now become one of the brands that I enjoy and look forward to wearing the most. Nmd's, Ultraboosts, Stan Smiths, Sliders...I can keep going, they got it going on right now.

But, for today's post I wanted to talk about a focus that Brod and I have had now for the past two years...that being a commitment to staying fit, or getting more fit, or whatever you want to call it. Here is what I want to say first and foremost, I am not a trainer, nor do I claim to be, nor do I think I will ever claim to be. However, I love working out and very much enjoy sharing what I have been doing in terms of workouts, routines, exercises, eating, etc...I love sharing what has worked for me. I realize that doesn't mean that it works for everyone or that it will work for you, but if some small portion of the formula that I have shared and will continue to share with you does help...then boom! That makes me happy, and that is why I share it, and I hope that it continues to help, motivate, inspire, and contribute to you wanting to be a better you, whatever that means.

It's funny, working out and being "active" is something that is defined in so many ways, and it really comes down to being such an individual (or team) journey. As I look back to a couple of years ago, I don't look back and say that Brod and I were not "active" or that we were not "healthy," I look back and say that we simply changed our habits and our consistency in our commitment to wanting to be more fit each day. And those habits continue to change and be tweaked each day, week, and month. What it comes down to for us, is desiring to be our best selves, and we definitely fall short of that a lot, and lots of times our best selves has nothing to do with our physical shape, and everything to do with time, value, mental and spiritual health. But, there is a physical aspect to it as well, and we are trying to make sure that we keep that in balance with everything else in our lives. Because, I do think a commitment to fitness can start to take over other aspects of your life if you're not careful and can start to displace value elsewhere. So, where does that leave us now? I think we are in a good spot. I am going to continue to share workouts, videos, thoughts, and feelings regarding my  journey to becoming more fit and hopefully, along the way, that will help many of you too. I think it's all about helping one another and cheering for one another and celebrating one another's victories and being there to support and love in our defeats.

For Brod and I, being more active has simply meant making "the gym or working out" a regular, consistent part of what we do 6 days a week, and spending that time while we are there busting our butts to get better. Day in. Day out. We have kind of adopted the mantra that no matter how valid..excuse never changes performance. And we walk with that each day. Some days I am dead tired and feel like crap and don't get a good workout in, and others I feel like the energizer bunny and work my tail off! I think it's taking those good days and making more of them and being more consistent with them. Anyway, I might be rambling now, but I would love to hear your thoughts and if there is something in the fitness category that you would like to see more of here on my social platforms, please let me know with a comment here or on IG, or wherever. But know that I want to hear them and I am going to continue to share my journey with you, because it has helped me and it motivates me to be better and work harder!! Thanks for following. I mean it. I love you all!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get Fit at Home
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Summer is here and I'm coming to you from my very own backyard. With the change of the seasons, my boys want to do one thing and one thing only, and that is play outside! Seriously, whether it be swimming, the park, baseball, basketball, ninja turtles, and more.....you name the activity to play, they want to do it outside! So, knowing that, I have made an effort to adapt my workout and take it outside as well. Don't get me wrong I still go to the gym and love going to the gym, but there are days, like the one below in the pics, that staying fit and focusing on my overall wellness is carried out right at home.

This particular day the dudes were swimming in their mini pool and running through the sprinklers out back, so that meant some abs, legs, and arms workout for me. Working out outside brings one very clear difference to my routine, as compared to working out in the gym or inside my home...that difference, the amount I sweat and how fast I start to sweat! Anyone else in this boat? Especially on a hot summer day like the one pictured, it's like instant sweating! Knowing that about my outdoor workouts, I am always on the hunt to find activewear that caters to the warmer temperatures and combines the style/brands I love with the right fit and cut(s). For me, Kohl's answered the bell again, giving me an awesome selection of sports bras, leggings, shorts, hats, and shoes that fit my needs and help me feel confident as I wear them.

One of the brands Kohl's carries is, as you can see, Nike. I went head to toe Nike for this activewear look and kept the colors simple and clean. I loved the way it all came together and I love knowing that Kohl's is a great option for any wellness and wellness needs.

As for the workout itself, I think any time you workout from home, the key is to have a plan and set goals from the get go. Know how many reps you want to do before you start, and push yourself to meet those expectations. If you don't have a plan and stick to it, lots of times what happens is the workout gets lost in the shuffle and you get distracted doing something else, because let's face it there is a lot to do at home (like swim with the dudes in their mini pool haha).

Any who, I hope you guys liked the post and I hope it serves a reminder to mix up your workout and workout routines. Try adding an outdoor routine to your mix and see how you like it and let me know if you sweat gallons and gallons like me while you are out there! Big thanks to you all for following, go checkout Kohl's activewear for yourself and let me know what you think! Much love!

*This post was sponsored by Kohl’s through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Kohl’s, all opinions are my own.


sports bra

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Yay! It's a new week! Yay! I love saying Yay! Haha jk, I am just saying that because I love, love, love this new top that launched last week on caralorenshop! This, and a couple other super cute new tops all launched last week, so if you haven't had the chance to check them out...then do it! They are going to go fast!

It's Monday today, and we are feeling recharged and ready to go after a weekend with the fam. I mentioned this on IG, but it was so great for me to be able to unplug and kind of reset my focus for the weekend, and now I am feeling rejuvenated and motivated to begin a fresh new week. This weekend reminded me how important it is to unplug sometimes and get your mind and body in the right place. Thinking about what matters most, and what matters next, and next, and next is a habit I want to make sure that I am consistently practicing. Aligning my values and thoughts and actions is something that I need to be reflecting on day in and day out, week after week. This will allow me to make adjustments and changes that I need to in order to become the person I want to be, and to see the progress in who I am that I am striving for! So yeah, I would say to all of you...take the time to recharge, reset, unplug, evaluate, reflect, and set your goals and expectations! And do it daily if possible, for sure weekly.

May we all have a wonderful Monday and beginning to a new week is my hope! Thanks for following and I love you all!

dress (similar)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Makeup Product Routine!
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Hey ya'll. I hope this little diddy finds you happy and well. So I did it. I really did it. Did what you might ask? Vacuumed my house? Nah. Got over my fears of shutting drawers and actually shut a drawer after using it? Nah. Cut Arrow's amazing curls? Nah. Stopped obsessing over treats I can no longer have do to celiac disease? Never.

What I really did is an updated makeup tutorial/routine! Yay! I have updated the products I use (linked below), and given you a detailed look at my everyday/photo ready makeup routine. I hope you like it and hope it gives you some ideas on what you can add to or incorporate to your routine, or I hope you like it simply because you are nice and like me haha! Thanks for following. Have a wonderful day!


foundation (medium neutral)
foundation brush 
concealer (NC15)
concealer powder
favorite beauty blender
face powder (desert beige)
contour color
eyeshadow palette (golden hour)
eyeshadow crease (copper crease)
shadow crayon
eyebrow powder
eyebrow gel
lip pencil color

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Obsession with Yellow
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 Yellowcard. It was all yellow blue. Mello Yello. Big bird. Bananas. Lemons. School buses. Daisies. So, you can probably spot a theme in all of the above, although the Coldplay lyrics are probably a stretch, but yeah you guessed it they all have something to do with the color yellow. None of the above have anything to do with my obsession for wearing the color yellow this summer, or at least I don't think they do?!

Nonetheless, it is true. I am all about wearing the color yellow this summer season. You might remember the little yellow dress I was sporting on the blog awhile back, and if you stay tuned, one of my favorite new caralorenshop designed t-shirts that is coming out soon is yellow, and now here you have today's post....more yellow. I honestly don't know what it is, it's not like my favorite color...like when people ask, what is your favorite color? I don't immediately respond with yellow, in fact I never have. But somewhere, somehow, this color has become one of my absolute favorites to wear right here, right now, in the summer of 2017! Isn't that weird? Has that happened to any of you, where all of the sudden, or over the course of a few months as you see yourself wearing a certain color, you say, "man, I love the way that color looks on me!" Well, that has most certainly occurred with me, and this swimsuit that I wore in Oahu was no different. I love the fit, and the material is thicker than a normal swimwear piece (and I thought that would bug me but I actually loved it) and the verdict on this one-piece is a yes, yes, yes! I will wear it and I will wear it again. I have linked it below, and if you are not feeling yellow this summer, they have it in other colors too!

I also can't help but miss Hawaii every time I see pictures of my fam and I there, I just wish that I was there again, or leaving on a flight to go back there like tomorrow morning. Oh, and how rad is the flower crown thing on my head?! Unreal right. Any who, I will let you all go for now, but think about that color thing...why do we love wearing certain colors over others? And why is my go-to this summer yellow....weird...but cool...but weird. Love you all!

swimsuit (other color here)

Hanes outfit