Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beginner HIIT // 20 Minute Cardio

High Intensity interval Training

I've talked about this before and shared a few HIIT workouts. I love HIIT more than an awesome CrossFit workout! Great for getting you through a plateau and great for your motivation because - This. Will. Yield. Results. But It will kick your butt first. =]

HIIT can be done with more than just cardio, it applies to lifting as well. Check out my HIIT 100 workouts! 

The Workout:

Warmup with a 5 minute walk

30 second sprint

3 minute jog

30 second sprint

1 minute walk


What HIIT workouts have you tried before?  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No Equipment CrossFit Workout

Move from one exercise to the next without resting.

Jump Squats – 10x

Butterfly Situp -10x

Burpee -10x

Triceps Dip -10x

Lunge Hop – 10x

Pushup – 10x

Complete as many rounds as you can in 15 minutes

Sunday, October 20, 2013

OFRA // Sultry Lipgloss

Hi Beauties!

I got my monthly Ipsy bag in the mail last week and this OFRA Lipgloss Plumper is hands down my favorite product from the bunch! If you're not familiar with the Ipsy Bag, I explain how it works HERE

So I'm NOT big on color for my lips but we attended a wedding this weekend so I figured I would step out of my comfort zone for once and be bold with this plum shade. Now I'm slightly obsessed with this lip gloss! 

On my face above: Maybelline FIT me! Foundation in shade #220, Elf Clarofying Pressed Powder in 'Light Beige',  Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 'Sun Bronze' Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in 'Hazel', Elf Natural Eyes Beauty Book on my lids, Jesse's Girl Liquid Eye Liner on upper lash line, Wet N Wild eye liner in 'Dark Brown' on lower lash line, Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara in 'Blackest Black', Maybelline Colorsational Lip Stain in 'Plum', Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in 'Berry Pretty' and OFRA Lipgloss Plumper in 'Sultry'.

This lip gloss has a really rich color and lasted most of the night! 

I started out by lining my lips with the Maybelline Colorsational Lip Stain and then moisturized with the Pur Minerals Lipgloss Stick. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Date Night // Bowlen Wedding

Since Baby Logan graced us with her presence almost 4 weeks ago Troy and I have been so blessed to have been able to share these first few weeks at home together with the baby. Most men have very limited time off when the baby arrives and having Troy here every day to learn what to do with this little angel of ours has been amazing. Although we’ve spent every waking moment together the last few weeks, it has been all about Logan. And rightfully so, but we both strongly believe that it is SO important to maintain a healthy relationship between the two of us which calls for a date night. Before Logan was born we agreed to set aside at least 1 date night per month, if we can squeeze in a couple more, great! But at least 1 night a month. 

Our first date night came rather quickly, she still seems sooo tiny to be leaving her, but it was much needed. Last night we attended the wedding of our good friends Erin and Ben Bowlen. My older sister Jenny and my niece Ella were beyond willing to spend the evening with Logan while Troy and I went out and celebrated with our friends. I was not at all nervous leaving my little one with my sister, which made for an amazing evening with my guy. 

Erin looked absolutely stunning and Ben looked so sharp. =] Congrats my beautiful love birds! 

My bestie Chelsey and the beautiful Mrs. Erin Bowlen!

I’ve heard from so many new parents that they talk about doing a date night all the time but never actually get around to it. The way we’re going to keep ourselves a priority is to buy LivingSocial Deals and Groupon Deals for our favorite restaurants as well as new ones we haven’t tried yet. That way there are no excuses for “not having a place to go”, and the deals all have expiration dates so we’ll be more apt to actually go!
I hope you all are having an amazing weekend! =]

Skinny Snacks // Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars


1/2 cup almond meal/flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 cup Splenda or Stevia
medium apple - grated (large holes)


Spray an 8-by-8 inch glass dish with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine protein powder, almond meal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Whisk together and set aside.
In a smaller bowl, combine egg whites, splenda, cottage cheese and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated and then add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix again.
Fold in grated apple and mix until combined.
Pour batter into the prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Makes 16 squares

Beer and Diaper Party//

A couple weeks ago I shared some of the amazingly creative gifts we received from our friends at the Beer and Diaper Party. I didn’t really get into how helpful this party was and really how simple it was. I really wanted Troy to feel included in all this baby excitement so we thought a fun “baby shower” where Troy could invite his friends and celebrate would be perfect.

Check out how stocked we are for diapers! Most places are really easy to exchange diapers for a different size if you got a million packs of size 2 diapers so not to worry about wasting any!  

If you haven’t decided already to host a Beer and Diaper Party – I would highly suggest considering it! It’s a much more laid back get together with you and your hubbies close friends and a great way to get a good diaper stockpile going.

Here are the invitations we sent out! =]

Friday, October 4, 2013

Baby Logan is Here!

Little Logan Jean made it into the world last week at 8lbs 11oz! =D I've been off the map for a couple weeks and I'm excited to get back to blogging! =]

She looks gigantic in these first photos! Hahah

 Proud new daddy.

My little brother Cole and holding his new niece! 

Presley snuggling up to Logan. =D

Courtney Sargent did Logan's newborn photos! This is the teaser we got on Wednesday, I cannot wait to see the rest!