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Spring is here, and summer will be here before we know it! I started feeling a little overwhelmed the other day because it seems like there are SO many things to get done before summer hits... get a good body, have money for vacations, buy an entire new wardrobe lol, and a whole lot of activities to attend (graduations, weddings, parties, vacations, etc.)! So yeah, most of these aren't REAL priorities haha, but a concern none the less ;)
I'm totally the type that has to "prepare" for everything, so you bet your bottom dollar I am already gearing up for summer time! :)
Here are a few things that I am doing to prepare for the upcoming season!
1. Making myself feel pretty - Lash extensions, spray tans, nail experiments
Summer is a season that most of us spend in shorts, tanks, and our itty bitty bikinis. This can be a daunting thought, and truly intimidating. You have to be comfortable in your own skin, and totally flaunt what yo mama gave ya (too much? lol) But in all seriousness, I know that during the summer I am going to be invited to pool parties, take trips to the lake, and be forced by the summer heat to be in shorts and tanks. Even though I am comfortable in my own skin, and think we as women should love ourselves as we are, there are a few certain regimens that just give me that extra boost of confidence for the summer.
For the record, I am in no way suggesting that you NEED any of these procedures to feel beautiful!
YOU ARE GORGEOUS AS YOU ARE! I just personally like to have these things done for the summer time.
A Good Tan
Am I the only one that feels like a million bucks when ya have a good bronze tan?
I find myself getting nit picky with the way I look occasionally, but then I get a nice dark tan and all of my problems melt away, haha!
When I was in high school and some of college I tanned in the tanning beds, but now that I realize how unhealthy that is, I either use a good rub on tan (St. Moriz, found at Ulta), or I get a spray tan.
All of the sudden, my skin looks clearer, I feel thinner, my teeth look whiter, and I suddenly have defined muscles, HAHA. Some people may totally disagree with me, but a tan is just something that I always love during the summer.
Summer is the perfect time to play around with fun nail colors and designs. I love to be adventurous with my decisions before vacations because you can totally get away with it! I once tried some crazy blue color on my nails before a trip to Mexico, and it ended up looking so pretty in all of my pics! So be adventurous and try out that cool design that you have been eyeing since December :)
I think all of us girls are aware of the summer makeup dilemma... To wear or NOT to wear makeup to an event that involves water! And if you decide to WEAR, then should you wear waterproof, or not?
Call me vain, but I am the type of gal that wears makeup to the gym, to the pool, AND when I'm at home. When it comes to a pool party, or something of the sort, I want to wear makeup, but also don't want to come up from under water looking like a raccoon, haha. I got lash extensions for the first time on my honeymoon last August and I must say they were a game changer! I didn't feel like I needed any other makeup, still felt pretty, and def didn't have to worry about looking like a coon! I know some people get really annoyed with false lashes, but I really enjoyed them, and actually just got a fresh set last week!
2. Getting Organized
I am the world's WORST at hanging onto clothes forever! Like I probably have clothes in my closet right now that I got back in the 8th grade, haha! Recently, I realized how much I needed to get rid of, and made a pact with myself that things MUST GO! Although it was tough to say goodbye to what is nearly vintage now (haha), I felt SO much better getting rid of it all. THEN I had room to go shop for new goodies :)
I also tried a new tactic that I've never tried before - I moved all of my winter clothes and shoes to a separate closet that isn't ever used, and then I was able to see what I really had for summer! I even bought a few new garment racks to display my go-to dresses, and tops for the season. Gosh, it feels good to get organized!
3. Sticking money back for spontaneous trips and adventures
I'm very big on money management, and believe you should always have a little money tucked back for a rainy day. Funny story- my grandad used to tell me that when he was growing up he would stick his extra money in an old pair of shoes, and that was his little savings account. It later got named "shoe money," and it's been something everyone in my family does, lol. So needless to say, make sure you have a little shoe money tucked away for the summer time. You never know what trips you may be invited on, or what summer adventures await you.
4. Daily gym time - switching up my routines, doing more cardio
As I mentioned above, summer means a lot of time in our most revealing clothing! I hate to feel self conscious, or uncomfortable with my body! It hinders my fun, and totally steals my joy! I know that I am the only person in charge of what my body looks and feels like, so I am upping my gym game!
I've been trying to hit the gym five times a week. I go in the mornings to get it over with, and it makes me feel motivated for the rest of my day. To get my summer bod ready, I have been changing up my workouts when I can, and doing more cardio than usual. This will help you get that little bit of definition you may be wanting! Find a routine that works for you, but don't get stagnant in it. Change it up and challenge yourself! Only you can decide what you look like in that bikini ;)
5. Healthy Now, Cheat Later
For me, I think I eat the most unhealthy during the summer! All I want is ice cream, hamburgers, and cocktails, lol. I've been trying to be healthy and stay on a pretty clean eating plan because I KNOW that once I start taking vacations I will want to splurge. I think everything is good in moderation.
Yes, I eat healthy for the most part, but I always give myself a little treat when I feel like I really want it. It's a total balancing act.
Here is a glimpse at some of my favorite healthy snacks/meals:
Fruit protein smoothies
Oatmeal with fruit and peanut butter
Hummus and veggies
Salad w/ grilled chicken
Baked Salmon and veggies
Greek yogurt w/ berries and granola
Zucchini noodles and shrimp
Chicken salad w/ light mayo
Rice cake w/ honey and bananas
If you're looking to prepare for summer time, I hope these little tips of mine help YOU!
I'd love to hear some tips from you guys! Feel free to leave a comment below!
Hey ya pretty!
I hope you are having an amazing week so far!
I gave y'all a little sneak peek last week on this workout post, and now it's finally time for me to share!
Bikini season will be here before we know it, especially for those of you that get a Spring Break, lol.
I have to admit that I haven't been sticking to my New Year's Resolutions quit as strictly as I should be, BUT I'm attempting to get myself back on track.
This workout is focused on your legs, but will DEFINITELY get your heart rate up. You don't need to do cardio on the day that you do this workout because it IS a HIIT series (high intensity interval training). Be sure to have a water and a towel handy ;) but no weights are necessary so you can totally do this in the comfort of your own home (like I did)!
If you don't want to follow along with the video workout above, here is the breakdown of the series:
Reach one leg in a diagonal direction behind you and squat. Alternate this motion between legs.
(24 total - 12 on each leg)
So when I'm at the gym I use a Bosu Balance Ball, but if you're doing this at home, you can totally use anything you'd like. I chose something simple...a stool! When you do this, you're going to alternate directions around the ball, until you get to 100 toe taps.
Try to keep that booty down, and bring those knees in as much as you can.
If it helps you at all, use the Bosu Ball, (or stool, if your at home) when doing these. This would be a modified version.
Jump into a sumo squat and then jump your feet back into center. This is a similar motion to a jumping jack.
Jump into a lunge, with right foot forward, and left knee nearly touching the floor behind you, then jump and switch to now have your left leg forward and right behind you.
Squat with your feet out (sumo squat), jump up in an "x" position and when you land reach one arm to opposite foot. Alternate your reach.
You will do this ENTIRE series 3 TIMES!
Take this on at your own pace, and don't give up! I know you can do it :)
Let me know if you try! I'd love to hear your feedback!
Hat: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Bomber Jacket: ASOS
Let's talk about Mondays. Yes, I know... the thought of a Monday probably makes you cringe and sends a shiver down your spine. I think I've spent most Sunday nights in my life suffering from severe anxiety and chronic crying (I may be just a little dramatic, lol). So all because of Monday, my Sundays are ruined... and sometimes even my Saturdays. Ugh.
We've GOT to put a stop to this, y'all. We can't give Mondays so much control!
How are we going to do this, you ask? By thinking pretty!
Our mind has so much control over us as humans. It controls our moods, our relationships, our health, and our fortune. I am a strong believer in the law of attraction (a philosophy of thinking which claims that you attract what you ponder on). The more we fill our heads with positive thoughts, the more positive encounters we will have in life. Just speaking from experience, this totally works!
When I was still in college, I discovered this thinking method. I figured there was no harm in trying it, since exams were a few weeks out, my bank account was leaking (lol), and I had boy drama galore!
I began to envision myself acing my exams. I imagined at least one comma in my bank account. I watched myself with the perfect guy in my head. (Y'all, I know this sounds insane, but bear with me).
No joke, things began to manifest right in front of me. I ended up with a 4.0, landed a job, and and before long, I met Nathan (my now husband).
Now that we know how to think positive, let's chat about "thinking pretty."
Let's take Mondays DOWNNNN. Let's NOT spend Sundays crying. Let's make our favorite days Mondays. (Too far? lol)
How to Think Pretty
List the good
I basically live by my planner. I write notes, dates, lists, bills, etc in it, on a daily basis. On Sunday nights I've started making lists in my planner of what I have to look forward to this week. This can be anything from payday to happy hour with your gals. List whatever it is that may excite you.
Cleanse Your Thoughts
Just like our bodies (and our closets), our minds need an occasional cleanse. My personal way of cleansing my thoughts is by doing yoga. I love to do yoga before bed on Sunday nights to rid myself of the Monday blues, and prepare my body for sleep. I know yoga isn't for everyone, but find some sort of meditation or calming ritual to give your mind a good cleanse and a period of rest. (Bubble baths and a glass of wine are also a good solution, hehe).
I'm not sure about you, but nothing skyrockets my mood like rocking a new outfit. Buy yourself a few new looks and wear them on upcoming Mondays. If you're like me, you will literally be beating down Sunday's door so that you can sport your Monday ootd.! Haha! If ya look good, ya feel good. Am I right?!
I freaking LOVE to give gifts, and do little RAK (Random Acts of Kindness). I want to set the goal for myself to do one RAK for someone every Monday. This truly gets me excited, and gives me a definite task to look forward to. It also is sure to make someone else's Monday a little bit better :)
Monday Night Outing
My husband and I love going on dates. We try to go on one at least one night out of the week. Why not make it Monday night?!?! Maybe plan your happy hour with friends on Monday nights! This will give you something to look forward to throughout your Monday.
Give Yourself A Break
Your boss may night like this, but give yourself a few breaks during the day. Don't let Mondays overwhelm you-take a moment to breath or clear your thoughts, and then come back to your tasks fresh minded. You'll actually be more productive and get more accomplished. No harm in that ;)
Some days are definitely better than others, but take note of at least one positive thing that happened to you, daily. Pondering on the positive is bound to give you a better outlook on life in general.
Before you know it, Fridays will be old news, and you'll be counting down the days until Monday :)
Practice these tips, and see what works for you! Go get'em girl!
Oh, and HAPPY MONDAY :)
Blue Sports Bra: Lace Boutique
Blue High Waisted Leggings: Lace Boutique
Happy Thursday, loves!
I hope y'all can forgive me for this less than quality post, lol. I just wanted to share this new workout vid with you all to get that firm booty! I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I am really trying to hit the gym hard right now and get this bod into tip-top shape. It's a 5-step booty blast that will have those glutes looking like Kim K in no time, lol.
Here is a detailed discription-
15, kick backs (on each leg)
Start out on all fours and kick back one leg at a time. I started with my left leg. Kick your leg back to an "almost-straigh" position. Do 15 reps on each leg.
15, right angle lifts (on each leg)
Stay on all fours from your previous reps. Keep your leg in a 90 degree angle and lift it to the side. Do 15 on each leg.
5 butt lifts with 3 second holds in between (5x)
Lay on your back with your knees up. Lift your booty off the ground 5 times, and then hold up for three seconds. Do this 5 times (so that's a total of 25 butt lifts).
Sorry guys, I TOTALLY messed this up, haha.
20 side swipes (10 each side)
Put your booty and legs striaght up against the wall. Drop each leg out to the side 10 times, alternating legs.
10 stair steps
Take 4 baby steps up the wall, keeping your legs in a 90 degree angle. Your butt will be forced to lift off of the ground. Now take 4 steps down the wall, letting your booty and back reach the floor again. Do 5 reps starting with your right leg, and 5 reps starting with your left leg.
20 rocking butt lifts
Put your legs in a right angle against the wall, with your toes slightly lifted, and your booty off the ground. Lift your butt up, rocking onto your toes. This should feel like an easy rocking motion from your toes to your heels, BUT you will totally feel it in your booty!
Do 20 of these.
DO THIS ROUTINE TWICE!!!
By the end of the first run you will probably feel a little burn, but by the second go-round... WOWZA!!!! LOL. Yay for getting a rockin' booty in 2017! :)
I'd love to hear about some of your favorite booty workouts!
Have a wonderful Thursday, loves!