Yoga Confessions


I am going to confess something hoping I am not the only one. Most days I wear yoga pants so that when the opportunity to work out comes, I am just READY for it! The beauty of yoga pants is they look super cute with a comfy top and most flat shoes. I have even rocked ballet flats with my yoga pants and didn’t feel totally unfashionable. Today I wore my favorite black Champion yoga pants. I should have bought 5 pairs of these when I found them, they are amazing. I own them in capri form as well so I can rock them year-round. The girls got to bed on time tonight so I got to get my new favorite show in(This is Us) and my work out in – yay!! All I had to do was throw on a tank and my five finger shoes.

I have been teased many times for loving my five finger shoes. I have had them for 4 years and I still love them as much as the first time I wore them!! They feel like you have no shoes on, and they don’t make my feet look huge, so I can wear them with a t-shirt dress or shorts in warm weather (whenever warm weather decides to show it’s face–arghh!!) #whereareyousummer. I checked Amazon for you guys and you can still buy them here.

In case you are wondering what exercises I do, they are 99% of the time going to be by Fitness Blender on YouTube. You guys, they have over 600 workouts for FREE on youtube. I have been obsessed with them for a couple years now. Whether you only have time for a 5 minute squat workout or you want a full body workout with weights, they are for you!! They have kept me interested in exercising for way longer than I have ever been able to go in the past. They don’t put music in the background so you can rock out to your own tunes (or watch TV) I have done that, if I want to watch TV I will just put the exercise video of choice on my phone and watch my favorite shows at the same time. I do a 1 hour lower body pilates video by Fitness Blender that requires you to be on the floor the whole time. You can totally watch your favorite show during this work out! The link to this amazing workout is here.

Tonight I chose a couple of my trusty favorites. I wanted a quick arm workout and even quicker ab workout. I started off with my favorite bicep/tricep video by popsugarliving (link here). Then I did another favorite arm exercise by Fitness Blender (link here)I ended with an 8 minute ab exercise by Fitness Blender (link here).

 

 

If any of you need a change to your exercise routine I hope you will try some of their videos out, it changed my life! I was able to quit the expensive classes I was attending and stay toned at home. I have never been one to be able to work out successfully on my own, so having easy to follow videos has been a life saver! Now if I could only stop eating so many carbs….

 

Ponytails and fur


Ponytails scare me a little bit. I have never been one to confidently walk around with my hair slicked back in a ponytail or in a knot on top of my head. I prefer my hair down, and curly. Ponytails showcase all kinds of things that my long curls usually hide. When my hair is down I don’t have to worry if my foundation lines around my face are blended perfectly, or if my makeup is on point. When your hair is out of your face, you see everything! You better make sure that makeup is perfect girl! And for the gals who can rock a ponytail and no makeup, I applaud you! Girls with thick, long hair or extensions can rock a gorgeous ponytail but I do not have enough hair for that right now!! Today, my hair was NOT working well with me, so I had to resort to a messy ponytail. Do you gals like ponytails or is it a last resort for you too? Maybe I will start experimenting and find a ponytail I can feel confident in, that leaves my hair still looking full. Maybe add some strands around my face down – to offset my long, oval face.

Now, on to my boots! These suckers are at least 7 years old! I got them at Aldo when I worked in a salon and could afford to splurge on a pair of shoes any day of the week. Before kids and a home started sucking the life out of the funds! These boots called to me..they can be worn a few different ways: all the way rolled down, halfway rolled down, or not rolled at all. They are warmest when worn as thigh highs, and trendiest when folded all the way down. I do love me some fur!!!! It is chilly outside today, so a thick scarf from Express and warm, soft boots seemed perfect. (if only my hair was down… Happy Thursday everyone!


Target is life


Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like shopping at Target? Those people scare me. Where do they buy their clothes? Toiletries? Home decor? Food? Where do they buy things they need but didn’t know they needed until they walked into the store?! There’s no other place to do this but Target! I know one thing about those people, they have a lot more money than me.

When I got dressed to run a couple errands today, I realized my whole outfit was Target! My vest, my jeans, my boots! The boots I actually found on an app called Poshmark, they were brand new but somebody was selling them for much less than they were at Target! That is a super easy app to use for you fine people who have never tried it, to find great deals on lots of fashionable items, and it is very easy to sell your own items as well!

I also forgot to show you guys what the pink pencil I put under my red lipstick yesterday looked like by itself. It is actually quite pretty alone! But because it is a pencil, it feels a bit dry on my lips all day.. that’s why I like to put something over it. I actually wore my hair straight today which I almost never do! I didn’t even recognize person I was looking at in the mirror! My hair is getting longer, can’t wait to see how much I can get it to grow this year! Lots and lots of Mythic oil treatments are in my future!

 

A decorative Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers (and single-ers!!!) I was thinking of how different Valentine’s Day is for everyone. For me, it has always been a normal day. I don’t expect my husband to bring me home a dozen roses and chocolates. He comes home too late for me to be waiting around for that! We started the fun early today. Me and the girls were painting our nails pink and red with sparkles and eating chocolates by 10 am. I bought each girl a big box of Whitman’s chocolates because that’s what I….err I mean they like!!! Come to find out half the chocolates in there are not kid-friendly!! The molasses chew stuck to the roof of Zola’s mouth, the coconut made her choke, and the toffee got stuck in their teeth. Looks like me and hubby have a big box of chocolates to share tonight!!

To match my red and pink nails, I wore one of my favorite lip combos today. First, I colored all of my lips with Mirabella Lip Definer – Tease. Now, if you are looking for a nice light and subtle lip color, you can wear this alone (or put a light gloss over it for a glossier effect) But I layered over it Absolute New York Matte Stick in Dark Red. You can wear this alone as well, but I like to go around my lips at the end with the Mirabella pencil again, to help spread the lipstick around and make sure my edges are perfect. I am not even sure if you can see the pink pencil at the end of it all, but it helps me distribute the color to my lips better! I am loving the matte lip colors lately! What more perfect for Valentine’s Day than a sexy red lip? I used to not like dark lip colors because I wished my lips were bigger and I didn’t want to bring attention to them..but one day I realized-UM WHO CARES!!  I got this red matte lipstick in my Ipsy bag a few months ago, and I like it because it stays in place and doesn’t feel wet on my lips after applying, the way gloss does. I enjoy experimenting with lip colors because 99% of the time I do not wear eyeshadow, so I can get away with a bolder lip. Red lips + black winged eyeliner = ON FIRE. I will be showing a lot of my Ipsy goodies in future blog posts.

I may not get flowers for Valentine’s Day..but I did get one thing better! A new kitchen table! I have been looking for the perfectly square counter height table for our new house for a few months with no luck. We randomly strolled into Art Van driving home from another furniture store that disappointed us just like all the previous stores did. Hubby saw an Art Van and we thought WHY NOT, let’s give it one more shot! We found a table within 5 minutes!

I had the guy throw in one of those garden stools too. I have been eyeing them for a while. I found the perfect copper one. It fills the room in a bit more, and is the perfect little spot to put a plate full of appetizers, your coffee, or your tush. Yes, I said your tush! These little stools double as an extra seat!! I love a multi-functional piece. That is why I fell in love with my kitchen table, the bench can be pushed into the living room for extra seats to watch a movie.  All in all, I would say this was a fulfilling Valentine’s!! The stool I bought can be searched for as: Aspire Home Accents Mathers Copper Metal Stool

A sassy beret


Hi guys!! How is everyone’s week going?? I recently purchased a new e-book “Big Little Lies” and I am so excited to read it! I am a few chapters in..and I was giggling because it begins with the moms registering their kids for Kindergarten..and that’s what I was doing last night…attending a Kindergarten orientation!!! This book will be a fun read for me because of the similarities between these Moms and myself. I am hoping to finish it before the show starts on HBO on the 19th.

I dropped the kids off at my parent’s house before attending this Kindy shin-dig, and my Mom surprised me with an early birthday present. Part of my gift was a homemade crocheted slouchy beanie. It is such a pretty sparkly gray and suits me perfectly! I threw it on my head and rocked it out at the “shin-dig”. It matched my silver-studded Converse perfectly. When I stood up in my cousin’s wedding she bought all of us Converse tennis shoes with our names on the back. I love them! They make my feet look ginormous but I am slowly getting over that.

I used to crochet a TON when I was a Mom of only one little minion. But now that I have two, there is just no time! I have a HUGE bin of yarn supplies waiting for my return. I will get back into it one day..but for now we enjoy the hats, scarfs, and ear-warmers I made when I was a crocheting fiend a few years back. If you like the hat my mom made me, the pattern is here.  If you don’t know how to crochet, I am sure someone you know does and can make it for you! I have this beret in multiple colors…it is so fun picking out what yarn to use. There are so many options! I think people on Etsy will crochet you something if you ask as well.

Give a girl the right pair of jeans and she can conquer the world


Happy Monday everyone!!! I hope you all had a great Super Bowl weekend..we sure did. Lots of homemade cooking made by yours truly..and lots of dancing to Lady Gaga. I truly feel bad for anyone who saw my snapchat feed…I was embarrassing! Haha! My girls enjoyed the silly side of me so it was well worth it. I used to be obsessed with Lady Gaga..she is such an incredible performer with an amazing voice. Her dance moves are not too shabby either, she basically killed it out there. Go Gaga!!
So…..I already showed you guys my beloved favorite pair of yoga pants..so now I am going to talk about my absolute favorite pair jeans. Every girl also has these! The jeans that look good dressed up or dressed down. I had a pair from Express that were my go-to’s for 6 years. I needed to find a different pair..the holes in the knees were getting bigger and bigger and lets be honest, they were on their way to being outdated. There was one thing I was looking for in my replacement favorite jeans.. a LOW WAIST. I have had 2 kids, and while I may be on the thinner side, I have a stretchy stomach that tends to show itself when a waistline is pressed against it! I need jeans that are comfortable standing up AND sitting down!! So one day my Cartwheel app notification pops up.. 25% OFF OF JEANS! I ran there…Target is my favorite…it just is. They have everything I will ever need in this life…literally everything. So when I got there I grabbed a crap ton of jeans and just went to town trying them on…until I came upon this one pair by Mossimo. They were so perfect…they fit me like a glove, they have that low waist I was craving, and NO HOLES ripped in them..which means I can rock them in the Winter too! YES! I should have bought 3 pair because they are the only jeans I enjoy wearing anymore. They are called Low-Rise Skinny. I paired them with a t-shirt from Aero..an old faux leather jacket from Wet Seal, and some Daddy’s $ hidden wedge floral sneakers by Skechers that are a few years old but surprisingly they still have on Amazon here. I love playing around with different styles..the shoes may be a bit “young” for me, but I don’t care! I felt good in them today and that’s what it’s all about! Doing what makes you FEEL GOOD. Enjoy your Mondays rockstars.

Yoga Pants


So, the title of my blog is not just made up for fun, I really reallyyyy love a good pair of yoga pants. Every girl has a favorite pair, or 5. I have a favorite pair. They are Under Armour. If they had more than one on the rack, I would have bought 3. But unfortunately, Nordstrom Rack only has a select few yoga pants in store to choose from, so when you find the one you like…you grab it. Fortunately for me, they were a great price!! Under Armour has the best quality pants, in my opinion. They don’t shrink, they come in amazing colors, and they fit me like they were made for me. They do not wear and tear hardly at all!! Bonus: they are bright turquoise. Every outfit needs a pop of SOMETHING..and these pants give me that pop of color I need to feed my inner fashionista.

I usually pair my yoga pants with a nice flowy, comfy shirt in the Winter. (I got this one in Target Clearance recently…by Mossimo.) In The Summer I pair it with a cute fitness top.