Hellllloooo friends 🙂 Welcome back to my blog! I wanted to share an update about my upcoming NPC Bikini competition. FIRST…where has the time gone!? Seriously this month is flying by and knowing the show is this month is REALLY getting to me.
I feel like I have been an emotional rollercoaster these past few weeks! I had a good start to the week then I received some really sad and tragic news that my Aunt had passed away. How do you focus on your prep and body when you have lost a loved one, or have a breakup or any type of stressful crazy thing happen in life? It was a rough week, I spent a whole day crying, praying and looking at photos and just being sad. I didn’t go to the gym at all and had a hard time eating for about 3 days. I started back with my meal prep then fell off the wagon when my birthday rolled around (and my boyfriend came home). I had so much going on I almost forgot about my birthday all together. I actually had a wonderful time ( I will be posting my bday vlog soon) but I did eat cupcakes..and cookies and had too much wine. I felt I really could use a fun night free of calorie counting and carb watching.
This past week I started on my carb cycling and hitting the gym every day. I had 2 posing practices with my girlfriend and fellow competitor and awesome coach. The more posing I do the better I feel and little by little build my confidence. After a full week of not working out or eating right I really needed to bring it back this week.
WHAT THE HECK AM I EATING! My Carb Cycle
- My high-carb day -175
- Medium carb day -150
- Feel like I am half dead day -100
- I am definitely going to die low carb day -50
- What is my life right now…going crazy low carb day two -50
- My high-carb day -150
- Medium carb day – 100
- Low carb day one -50
- Low carb day two -50
- Are you #*&$!#* kidding me day -0
My second week of carb cycling starts on 10-11 (oh joy)
MY SWIM SUIT! O.K guys, I got my suit! AND… I love it! It’s so pretty and sparkly and just awesome! I ordered it custom-made by Barely Visible Bikinis. They have a HUGE selection of beautiful bikinis (not just ones for competition) and every suit is customizable with fabric and connector choices. If you have ever been in the market for a custom bikini you know it can be pricey!! At Barely Visible Bikinis they have suits from every price point so you can get an awesome bikini and not go broke looking fabulous! The customer service was absolutely amazing! The got back to me really quick and my suit arrived in just under 2 weeks from my order! I have seen custom bikini sites taking orders as far at 12 weeks out for a custom-made suit. Plus they were patient and understanding when I was getting nervous and asking a ton of questions about the suit. I have done one posing practice so far in my bikini and the feeling I get when I put it on is awesome, I feel like it’s a huge boost of confidence and reminder that this thing is really happening!
Food Prep Strong
Alright, alright I admit it…I love to meal prep. YES ITS TRUE! At first it was a love hate relationship, I’d say me and the prep deff had our ups and downs! But now I know better and I know when you take time to prep it actually saves you time! Yes time during the week, thinking about what you’re going to eat, cooking, grocery shopping, dishes. Seriously saves you time! Plus I feel better knowing my food is ready when I am.
Here’s a quick look at a meal prep for me. Check out my food section to see more meal prep and recipes!
I love this one! Having chicken in a meal prep can be tricky, it can get dry and taste a little gross. I have mastered the art of juicy chicken! Just before all the pink is gone from the middle, remove the chicken from the heat and let it rest to finish cooking.
When the chicken is almost ready to be removed I add my veggies. Asparagus was on sale so it made it into my meal prep:)
Sweet potatoes are full of good stuff and fill you up! I haven’t discovered any really awesome ways to make them that fit into my diet so I have them plain most of the time.
Add my asparagus
Some chicken and done! Simple, easy, quick prep!
Hello friends, welcome back to my blog! Anytime I find new recipes or ways to make eating good food easier I have to share it with you. My mornings are busy, I always feel rushed and often don’t have time to eat before I take my son to school and feed my 6 month old. I know oats and grains are great….REALLY GREAT…especially in the morning. They have carbs to give us fuel, protein to jump-start our metabolism and fiber to fight off hunger and keep us feeling full.
I wanted (and needed) to find a way to have hot oats and grains in the morning in a container I could take with me on the go. I love overnight oats but sometimes I forget to prepare the oats before I go to bed. I use this simple recipe I came up with, stick it in a sealer jar and in 10 minutes I have hot, fresh, filling oats and grains ready to go.
So what the heck is in this stuff?!?
1/3 cup unsweetened quick oats (I love the Sprouts brand Organic Quick Oats)
2 tablespoons ground flax-seed ( I use Bob’s Red Mill Ground Flax)
1/4 cup raw shelled hemp seeds (I get the Hemp Hearts from Sprouts)
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (for creamy oats)
Water (for regular water)
1 teaspoon cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons agave syrup
How-To Prepare These Tasty Oats!
Heat your water or almond milk in a microwavable cup
Mix all dry ingredients (hemp seeds, ground flax, oats) in a mason jar that has a fitting lid
Add hot water or almond milk to jar
Add cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
CLOSE JAR (10 minutes)
I use this time to make my coffee and son’s lunch before he goes to school every morning
Add agave or honey or sugar..or nothing at all 🙂
I like mine sweet so I add a little agave.
You can also add fresh fruit, pumpkin seeds or anything else you desire:)
I love to put some raspberries and dark cocoa chips 🙂
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Hey Mama’s out there! I love finding new (cruelty free) fashion pieces, shoes…handbags..belts. AND…I love finding things that make my mom life easier..and keep me stylish too. I discovered this brand Newlie after they had contacted me a few months ago. The bags they offer are functional, stylish and made from amazing faux leather.
First…the look. Let’s just get it out of the way before I go into detail about the function, space and versitility. This bag is adorable! Fashionable, on trend and well made. They offer this bag in two different finishes. I feel in love with this light metallic finish. I have tons of black bags so I wanted to add something new to my wardrobe.
Pockets GALORE! This bag has 6 pockets inside. Large ones and smaller ones. My favorite part about the bag is the large insulated pocket! YES>>INSULATED! Keeping milk or formula cold, snacks fresh (and lets face it…my meal prep) cool until I need them.
The Lily Tote also comes with its own diaper changing pad. It folds down easily, wipes clean and has its own space inside the bag. The hardware is lovely and well made. I have been using this bag for 3 months now and love it…seriously love it.
My MUST HAVES for YOUR DIAPER BAG
- Snacks! For your tots and yourselves
- Wipes and diapers
- Some sort of teething or chewing toy
- Extra change of clothes for your babe and an extra bib
- Something for mom! Lipstick, a body spray, maybe some headphones
- Diaper rash cream and lotion
- Small nail clippers
Thank you for stopping by my blog! Please leave a comment below with your must have diaper bag item, I love finding new mom life hacks and sharing them with you all! xo *
*I was sent this bag for free. I was not paid nor receive payments for my opinions. Everything expressed in my blog is my own personal opinion. 🙂
Hello there lovely friends and fellow moms!
I made a quick demo and review video on my YouTube channel sharing some of my favorite wraps and carriers. I also share the ones that I thought were not-so-great.
I personally love leaning about new products before I buy them and it’s no different when it comes to stuff for my baby. Baby product reviews have been a life and money saver for me and my family. I hope my baby product reviews are helpful 🙂 xo
Have you heard of or seen Seven Slings? I received a coupon to get a free sling (just pay shipping) and I was SO EXCITED! Free stuff? Baby Sling? I’m all over it! Well..My excitement was short-lived. The first thing I found unappealing was the material. It was rough, stiff and not what I had in mind when I think of swaddling my little sweet newborn. Though the material had some stretch the stiffness made it fit awkwardly around me and my babe.
The other main problem I had with the sling was how it fit my body. If the sling was placed over my shoulder (like in the photo) I lost mobility in my arm since it had to stay down to hold the sling in place. If I wore the sling up around my neck the place for my baby was too large and she would slide all over. A girlfriend of mine didn’t like the sling either. For me, this product was a fail.
This baby back pack is AWESOME! It can be worn forward and backwards. Your baby can either sit facing you or away. I personally love how light-weight it is and that it can be worn two ways. I got this at my baby shower and it sells at Target for under $30!!
When you take it out of the box…DON”T FREAK OUT! I know it looks a little scary with all the clips and straps but once you figure out how to wear it it’s great. Honestly it takes less than a minute to get this thing on and put my daughter in it.
The Boba! Ok..Seriouly who came up with this thing!? It may just seam like a long, stretchy piece of material..Well that’s exactly what it is..but awesome some how! I had to read the tag the fitst 3 times I put it on but now that I have the hang of it I love it. It takes 40 seconds to tie on. I wash it all the time and it doesn’t loose shape or get stained. For the first few months this was awesome! Now that my daughter is larger I use the backpack the most but would re-purchase this wrap in a heart beat.
I love my ring sling! You may think it looks just like the Seven Slings but it’s not! The material is soft and light. It doesn’t make me or my daughter hot and sweaty thoughtout the day. It is adjustable and my daughter can be sitting up or pulled close in the swaddle position. I toss mine in the washer and it comes out clean and stain free everytime. This sling gets a thumbs up!
These opinions are my own. I was not paid nor sent these products for free.
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I have a passion for helping women and girls discover there healthiest and happiest selves. I personally have struggled with weight, food, depression and just not seeing my value and worth. I am a certified personal trainer who works from home making videos and posts about food, fitness beauty and health. My two children keep my life full and are a constant reminder of why my health is so important. My posts range from healthy quick meal ideas and recipes to trying the latest trends in beauty and fashion and sharing it with all of you. Leave a comment, leave requests, leave my page in good energy and have an awesome day.