Skater Skirt

Agh my favorite time of the week…. Fashion Friday!! And this is one of my favorite backdrops ever!

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Today is all about skirts, backpacks, floral shirts, and my favorite pair of shoes!  Skater skirts are such the trend right now. I have been seeing a lot of younger girls wearing them so I wanted to see if I could pull it of! Here is my attempt…..

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I decided to pair this skater skirt with a long sleeve floral shirt and tights. It was a bit cold in Arizona and I wore this outfit out on the town, so I wanted to have something covering my legs and arms. I’m glad I did because my friend Liz and I got locked out of her house and ended up taking a cab to her boyfriend house and stood outside for awhile trying to wake him up… sorry Todd! You were a good sport:)

Ok back to the outfit, I think wearing a silk blouse with the skirt made it a bit more dressy. Last summer I did a post with a similar skirt and a graphic tee (seen here), that look was a bit more edgy and jazzed up. I wanted this look to be softer as we were having a dinner and drinks out in Scottsdale!

Ok less about the outfit now and more about this backdrop! This is right down the road from my parents house in Scottsdale! It is so beautiful.       redoutfit4redoutfit13redoutfit7

Now lets talk about this lip color. I love this Mac lipstick it is called Diva and it is my favorite color and happened to match my skirt perfectly. The past 6 months I’ve been into a bolder lip and this berry color tends to go with everything.

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This was one of my favorite looks thus far and it was fun to get a little more dressed up than usual. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!

Shop This Look:

Skirt // Floral Top // Toms // Backpack

Cheers,
Jess

Staying Organized While Traveling

So I am back in Washington now, and loving every sun filled day. It it is the simple things like walking out of a grocery store and not having to push a cart through a blizzard that just puts me in a good mood! I luckily had a pretty decent travel day too. My bags didn’t make it with me but they came the next  morning, so all is good. I travel quite a bit so it is important for me to stay organized, so I am going to share one of my favorite items to stay organized that I never travel without.

The Travel Grid-It Organizer

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This is a woven grid of elastic bands that enables you to hold pretty much anything.

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I got my Grid-It at the container store, and it has been awesome keeping all my cords and gadgets organized.

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Everything here are doubles so I keep it just as is, even when I am not traveling. I keep it in a drawer so next time I am on the go I just throw it in my carry on.

What I keep in my Grid-It Organizer:

  • Wall cell phone charger
  • Cordless cell phone charger
  • Old iPod
  • Ipod charger
  • Extra headphones (I always travel with my nice ones, but keep a pair of cheap ones as back up)
  • Stereo plug cord (to connect Iphone to play music in hotels)
  • Thumb drive

It is so nice to always have everything you need and not having to make unnecessary purchases. If you travel lots then you should think about doing something similar.

Cheers,

Ang

 

Homemade Lip Scrub

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After being in Vail for a week I came home with lips that were dry, cracking and needing some TLC. So I decided to make a lip scrub and see if that would do the trick. I looked up some different ideas to see what I could use. There are 1000 different items you could use, but I put together 3 simple items most people have in their cupboards and created this lip scrub.

Ingredients:

Sugar In The Raw

Agave Nectar (or you could also use honey)

Coconut Oil

*a few drops of vanilla extract

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Directions:

Combine all 3 ingridents, make sure you have enough sugar and add in a little vanilla extract! Then let it sit for 20 minutes, having it sit for awhile allows it to become more of a paste. Then simply apply on your lips using your finger or a small toothbrush. Let sit for a few minutes then gently rub the scrub on the lips and allow all the dead skin to come off. Rise off and put on your favorite chap stick and viola! Smoothe lips!!

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Needless to say my lips were very happy and I will be using this scrub often! As women we take care of our faces, but sometimes forget to take care of our lips. This scrub surely does the trick.

Cheers,

Jess

 

T-Shirt and Jeans

Yet another fashion friday post photos taken from my office….I can not wait until I can take these photos outside. The cold weather and snow is really bringing me down these days. Thankfully I am heading home to Washington this weekend, and then a quick trip to Cali to watch the hubs play with some girlfriends. That trip can not come soon enough, I am dreaming of that warm sun on my skin.

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This is a look I put together last week for a hockey game. I like to keep it casual with t-shirt and jeans, but since I had friends in town I knew we would probably be going out after so I wanted to dress up the look a bit.

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My favorite leopard clutch and statement earrings dressed up the casual look.

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Normally I would have thrown my leather jacket on, but I am in love with this light weight trench so I am mixing it up a bit these days.

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The jeans, t-shirt and trench were recently bought in a Vero Moda store. I couldn’t find the exact items online but found similar ones.

T-shirt (similar) // Jeans // Trench // Clutch // Pumps 

Have a great weekend,

Ang

 

 

Two Cardio Machines You Shouldn’t Ignore at the Gym

I love changing it up at the gym, my cardio style has evolved since high school when I first started working out at the gym.  I used to hit up the elliptical and give a half-ass effort as I mostly just talked and read my magazines. As I got older this cardio approach didn’t work so well, so I moved onto the treadmill. Don’t get me wrong I still use the treadmill most days at the gym, I love walking at an incline, doing intervals, and running. I just get bored doing those things over and over again. A few years ago I discovered two forgotten machines at the gym, the stair stepper and the rowing machine. I will talk a little bit about the benefits of both and give you some workouts you can test out on each machine.

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When I lived in Wisconsin my friend Alana was training for a body building contest or a bikini contest or whatever it’s called. Anyways she looked fabulous and shared with me her love for the stair stepper.

Side Note- these machines will be at the very back of the gym, most likely won’t have a tv and will never be in use.

I immediately became hooked and now incorporate the stair stepper into my workout routine. If you want to start sweating immediately get on the stair stepper. It will get your heart rate elevated, and the calories will start to burn off.  You are able to work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. I don’t hold on when I’m on the stair stepper so I make sure to use my arms as well which makes the workout more strenuous and forces you to keep your core tight to stay balanced.

According to my research the stair stepper allows you to burn more calories than traditional cardio machines due to the fact that you are constantly lifting your body weight up with each step. You are then using your large muscle groups in your lower body which allows for more calorie burn.  Because stair steppers helps you efficiently burn calories, it is are a good option when you are trying to shed some pounds.

 

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As you know I’m a big fan of interval workouts and many of my interval workouts I get from Peanut Butter Fingers Blog! If you haven’t checked her blog out you should. I love this stair stepper workout, it’s a doozy!

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Rowing Machine

My Husband and I used to do crossfit and those of you who do crossfit know the rowing machine is a big part of every warm up and some WODs. I wasn’t super interested in the rowing machine before crossfit, but after working out on a rowing machine I know the benefits. I usually end my workout with 10 minutes on the rowing machine, that is if I can make it for 10 minutes. Sometimes it is only 5, but hey it’s an effort right!

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Here is why I like the rowing machine. It is a combination machine that combines muscle building resistance and cardio elements. It strengthens the major muscle groups like shoulders, arms, back, core, legs and glutes. Not only that it is a great way to burn calories. 
 I especially like to use it when I’m focusing on my arms, it is the one cardio machine that focus on the muscles in your back and arms. It is also great for your legs, I mean you are working those legs the entire time, basically it is a great FULL body cardio workout.  I personally like to do intervals on this machine, go hard for 30 seconds, lighten up for 30 seconds then back at it!

I challenge all of you this week to try out the stair stepper and the rowing machine and let us know how you like it. I can guarantee you will be sore after using these two machines and you will feel the burn!
Cheers,

Jess

 

Berry Oatmeal Bake

We have had quite a few new readers lately so I wanted to take a minute and welcome you all. Thanks for checking us out. We blog about whats currently going on in our lives, but if there is something you want to see more of please let us know. This recipe is from the current episode of 24CH, so for all of those of you who have been asking….here it is! oatmealbake

We are big breakfast people in our house. A hearty breakfast is always nice for the hubby before he heads off to practice, and this is one of our favorites. We even add cool whip or ice cream sometimes and eat it as a dessert.

Berry Oatmeal Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup berries of your choice
  • 2 bananas. sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla extract to your liking

Directions 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease a 9×9 baking dish and layer with sliced bananas. Sprinkle half of the berries over the bananas and then add a quarter of the honey. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.

While the bananas are baking in a medium bowl combine oats, nuts, baking powder and cinnamon. In a small bowl mix remaining honey, milk, egg and vanilla extract.

Once the bananas have softened remove from oven. Layer oat mixture over bananas.. Then pour the milk mixture over oats evenly. Finish it off with a layer of the berries, using whats left.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the oats are golden brown. Serve warm.

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A big thanks to the 24CH crew who filmed me preparing this post, it was fun pretending to have my own cooking show! Will post a link to the full episode once it is released online.

Cheers,

Ang

Berry Red Valentines Day Outfit

It’s Valentines Day weekend, after being in Vail for a week the only thing I want to do for Valentines day is cook dinner, have a glass of wine, and snuggle up on the couch as I force Jay to watch a good old fashion romantic comedy. As much as I love fancy restaurants, Valentines Day isn’t the day I test them out. I’d rather go to a Happy Hour enjoy a glass of champagne with my Husband, then head home and make dinner. This way I get to still get to dress up and get ready, but we also get some quiet time at home.

Vests are kinda my jam all year, from denim vest to fur vests I find a way to wear them all the time. So why not wear one for Valentines Day! I bought this cute berry vest a few months ago at forever 21 and was looking for the perfect pair of pants to wear it with. Then I stumbled across black tuxedo jogger pants and bam the outfit was born. I was a little nervous about the tuxedo jogger pants, but I ended up loving them. I love the ankle cleavage you get with this outfit. But all in all it’s the shoes that make this outfit, I bought these on the website 6pm last year and I have been obsessed with them. I love leopard print and having a good pair of leopard print heels or booties are a must have in my book.

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Agh these heels, I love them so much and the best part is they are comfortable! They are Jessica Simpson I have since bought a few more pairs, they are like a bootie/pump!

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With the texture of the vest I opted to wear small earring and a few bracelets. Let the vest and heels do the talking… so go simple on the jewelry approach!

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Outfit Details:

Faux Fur Vest // Tuxedo Pants // Leopard Print Booties  // Here are another pair of Jessica Simpson shoes I recently bought that I love!

Cheers,

Jess
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Dish Soap…..From Kitchen To Shower

Last week Jess posted about using dish soap to wash your jewelry….well, I have another great use for dish soap.  The other day I used it to wash my hair….yup dish soap turns out to be a pretty great shampoo substitute.

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The last month or so I have felt like my hair has been just blah, I figured it may be build up from all my hair products. In the past I have used pricy shampoos for an occasional deep clean so I started looking around online for the best brand. Luckily I came across quite a few articles suggesting that dish soap can provide the same deep clean as those expensive shampoos. Why has everyone been keeping this a secret for so long?!

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I chose Dawn dish soap. For no real logical reason or anything. I just remembered seeing commercials where they use dawn to clean animals after oil spills so I thought if it was okay on animals hair then it couldn’t be so bad for mine. So I gave it a try and was super happy with the results. My hair felt suuuppper clean AND it is now sooooo soft!  I will defiantly be doing this on a monthly bases now and will never waste my money on those over priced shampoos.

Tips for washing your hair with dish soap:

  • Use about half the amount you would regular shampoo (this is more concentrated so less is needed)
  • Scrub the heck out of your scalp as well as the entire length of hair
  • Rinse with cold water
  • When your hair has a really weird texture, don’t freak
  • Use a hair mask or a hydrating conditioner and let sit on hair for a couple minutes before rinsing with cold water

Happy washing,

Ang

Build In Jewelry Organizer

My Mom’s friend Pam has a beautiful house in Arizona, recently when I was visiting my parents she had posted some photos of her new jewelry cabinet. I asked her if I could come over and take some photos for the blog cause I had to share it with you guys.

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Do you guys remember when TV’s weren’t flat? Well to disguise this many houses opted for a built-in tv cabinet to mask the giant tv’s. But gone are the days of big tvs, but the cabinets remain. Pam decided to repurpose her tv cabinet in her bedroom into a jewelry cabinet. GENUIS IDEA!!

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She picked up some velvet bracelet holders and jewelry organizers at TJ MAXX as well as some pretty display trays. She hung hooks on the sides to hang her necklaces and got a fabric covered tackboard to hang her larger earrings.

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I am so envious of this jewelry space, I would love to have my jewelry all in one place like this!

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What a great space repurposed! Thank you Pam for letting me take some photos of your beautiful home and jewelry cabinet!

Cheers,

Jess

Girls Night Out Fashion

Earlier this week we had a little girls night out. Dinner and drinks followed by a local “Dancing with the Stars” charity event to cheer on one of the other wives on the team. The event had a dress code so I had to kick it up a notch from my usual jeans and leather jacket.

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This wasn’t the most ideal outfit for trekking through the snow and ice but I made it work…. well kind of, is holding on to the person next to you for dear life considered making it work?

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Best part of the outfit…..sweat pants and dress pants came together to make these gems. With the loose fit and draw string these are as comfortable as my sweats, but with great material and structure I can pull them off as dress pants. Seriously one of the best purchases in a long time!!

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I dressed things up a bit with oversized earrings and I loved this pair of heels with the sexy zipper detail.

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Vince Top (old) similar style // Calvin Klein Pants similar // BCBG Heels (old) similar

Have a great weekend,

Ang

 

 

At Home Jewelry Cleaning

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I am so bad about cleaning my ring, thankfully my girlfriend Katie bought me an awesome ring steamer. I often remember to use it when I’m home, but as of lately I’m rarely home so I needed to find some other methods. I love having a sparkly ring so the minute I walk into the door at my house I change my clothes and take off my jewelry.  I never do any house work with my ring on which usually keeps it sparkling and I’m less likely to hit it on something while cleaning.

However, when I travel I’m so afraid I will lose my wedding rings that I keep them on all day and night. Which means, they get exposed to makeup, hair spray, lotions, self tanners, conditioner, etc etc! This makes for a VERY dirty ring. Here are a few things I usually can find when I’m traveling or staying at a family member or friends home that will clean your ring!  I also added a little bonus on how to clean costume jewelry, I know mine needs cleaned here and there!

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For Diamonds:

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1. Windex

Spray the cleaner on your ring, then use a toothbrush to scrub. I suggest having a small toothbrush you use exclusively for jewelry cleaning. This enables you to clean under and around the stone to allow your ring to sparkle! More Light=Brighter Bling!

2. Alka-Seltzer

This one is my favorite, probably cause I love Alka-Seltzer, I’m seriously an Alka-Seltzer addict! Me and all the 80 year olds! I found out a few years ago that you can also use it for cleaning jewelry and since I basically buy it in bulk I use it often to clean my diamond studs and rings. Drop your diamond ring into a glass full of fizzing Alka-Seltzer until the bubbles subside. I love using it with my pave diamonds all the bubbles get into all the little nooks of the rings.

3. Dish Soap

Now this one is super simple! I often hear people saying to put a small amount of dish soap and warm water into a dish and scrub… I take the lazier approach and I just put a dab of dish soap on my ring and grab a toothbrush and clean away. Then simply rinse the ring in the sink (making sure the drain is closed) and voilà!

4. Vodka

Holy smokes, I’m so happy to learn about this one! A few drops of vodka will clean any kind of glass or jewelry with crystalline stones.  Although you might get some interesting looks when you drop your wedding ring into your glass of vodka soda! Oh well just smile and own it!

5. Baking Soda

Mix one part baking soda with one part water together. Apply with your jewelry toothbrush, lightly scrub, rise, dry, complete!

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For Costume Jewelry:

Friends don’t ever put rhinestones into water or chemical dips. Moisture will damage the foil backing, therefore the stone will not sparkle. This can also cause any of the glued in stones to loosen from the settings.

It’s safer to put a tiny bit of windex on a soft cloth and gently wipe the jewelry. Then dry it quickly with a hair dryer set on COOL!!!!

Now we have your real and faux diamonds sparkling just in time for valentines day!

Cheers,
Jess

 

 

Essential Oils

Anyone else nursing a super bowl hangover today? What an incredible game last night!! Not the outcome we wanted but what a great show. Would have been amazing to be a Patriots fan.  Already looking forward to next season.

Okay, enough football….today we are talking essential oils.

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Essential oils have been all the rave lately.  One of the wives on the team had given my husband a diffuser to use at night to help him sleep a few months ago, and he loves it. He is always a huge skeptic so if he thinks it works it is defiantly worth a try. I am also a big supporter of using all natural ingredients and products when ever possible, so it was only a matter of time before I jumped on the bandwagon. Holy, is there a lot to know when it comes to essential oils though! When I first started researching I was majorly overwhelmed, there are 90 plus oils out there, where do you start?!

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I eventually stumbled on to Saje and I found this little pocket pharmacy which was perfect for me since I was not ready to dive in head first. This abled me to just get my feet wet a little and see if this was something that was going to work for me.

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There are 5 different oils which cover pretty much all the basics. I really wanted to put these bad boys to the test so for the entire month I did not take any type of medicine, no Advil or anything. I relied fully on the oils, and I must say peppermint halo is a amazing. It took my headache away every time. I also felt a cold coming on twice, instead of running to the Cold-FX I used only essential oils both times and never did get sick.

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I love this kit, it is small, nicely organized and super easy to travel with.

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Between my husband and I one of us are always traveling so I got the travel safe kit as well. I recently used it last week when we traveled to Columbus and we both loved it.

I am feeling a bit more comfortable now so I will be trying different oils for a variety of things, I have a few “recipes” I am excited to try…will keep you posted on how it goes.

Any oils you are using that I should try??

Ang

 

Ski Town Fashion

I have been having such a great few weeks, 10 days in Sun Valley and next up a week in Vail. I was quickly reminded that packing for a ski vacation isn’t easy. First you need all the ski gear, (that in itself takes up so much room), then you need loads of sweaters, vests, hats, and boots! However if you are flying you can’t bring everything you want. I tend to pack a lot of vests and a few big chucky sweaters. With a vest you can pair it with different colored shirts, jeans, necklaces, hats and create a different look. I wore this vest 3 times in Sun Valley in 3 different ways. My “nanny girl” McKenna and I posed by their outdoor fireplace for a few fun pictures!

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Gloves are a must, your gloves don’t always have to match your outfit. I love McKenna’s brightly colored mittens!

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McKenna is wearing the cutest chucky sweater, sky blue jeans, snow boots, and a knit hat. I love everything about this look!!

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Shop This Look:

Sweater // Sky Blue Jeans // Snow Boots // Hat

I’m wearing a consignment store find, there is the best consignment store in Sun Valley. This is a Max Mara fur lined vest. I paired it with this camel colored sweater and jeans I also paired it a few days earlier with a white shirt and black jeans. One thing you’ll also need is lots of hats. After a day of skiing you will have major helmet hair, so a hat will do the trick!

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Shop This Outfit:

Vest- Consignment Store similar HERE // Sweater  // Jeans // Toms

Tea Time

I’m constantly drinking tea and coffee to keep warm. McKenna and I loved our tea time so we thought we would take some cute pictures with our tea cups!

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Shop Pendleton Blanket Here!

Shop Cute Mugs: Mug with Heart // Single Heart Mug // Cappuccino Cup

Cheers,

Jess

Funfetti Energy Bars

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It’s my birthday week…. last birthday in my 20’s whoop whoop! I have been trying to eat healthier, but I wanted something festive for my birthday. I have been craving funfetti birthday cake, but not the calories and sugar than comes along with it. I was looking on pinterest and came across some coconut funfetti cookies that looked delicious along with some funfetti protein pancakes. That’s when the thought came to me, I should make a delicious and festive birthday breakfast treat. And these funfetti energy bars were born. I will say I have been eating these more than just for breakfast, they are so yummy it’s hard not to.

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Another great thing about these bars is that they took less than 10 minutes to make and they don’t require any oven time! So they are super simple and use less than 10 ingredients, sure it’s a lot of agave, but it makes a whole pan full so I don’t think it’s too bad. I also added 1/2 cup of protein powder, which is where the “energy” part comes from. I can’t do breakfast without a little protein.

Funfetti Energy  Bars  

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cup brown rice crispies
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protien powder
  • packed 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp cashew butter
  • 7 tbsp agave or honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • a handful of sprinkles

Instructions: Combine rice crispies, protein powder, coconut flour, and salt and stir well. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla extract, cashew butter, agave, water, and sprinkles and stir to form paste. I warmed up the cashew butter and agave so it made it a little easier for mixing.  Pour dry ingredients  into wet ingredients and stir until evenly coated (you can add more water if needed, but 1/4 cup was good enough for me). Line a baking dish with a large piece of wax paper and pour the mixture into the dish. Take another piece of wax paper and place over top of the mixture and press down as hard as you can! Stick the pan in the fridge or freezer to harden before cutting into bars. Store in the fridge . Serve with fresh raspberries or strawberries. IMG_4025

Enjoy,

Jess

Wedding Arm Workout

So you want to have nice toned arms for your wedding? Well duh…all girls like to have good arms, especially on their wedding day. You’ll be extra glad you worked your arms out when you decide to pose like this for your professional wedding photos. I think the champagne had been flowing too freely at this point…

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But none the less my arms looked feminine and toned. There is definitely a fine line when working your arms, I personally like feminine arms. Less budging muscles more of a sculpted and toned look!

Here is my favorite arm workout. I do this with different weights ranging from 5lbs to 15lbs depending on the move.  I think it is a great workout that hits all the major muscles in your arms. I also like to add in assisted pull ups, seated rows, and more push ups. If you want to get your heart rate going, you can add 10 burpees between each set.

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Cheers,

Jess