For those who don’t already know, I’ve been reviewing products in my spare time. I recently had the opportunity to review some great health and beauty products compliments of Inflenster and I wanted to share my thoughts.
When I received the invitation to receive the Frosty VoxBox, I was thrilled! Mostly because it contained some of my favorite drugstore beauty brands like Rimmel and NYC.
The first product I tried was the Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner. Scandaleyes is waterproof and managed to stay on during most of the workday (until my workout that is)! It glided on without smudging which is hard to find in eyeliners. I applied the liner lightly before work but I could easily apply it a bit heavier for evening outings. I was pleased they also sent the Rimmel gentle eye makeup remover which helped me remove the product without any grease or oil.
Another product was the NYC Sugar Plum lipstick. I have very fair skin and was pleased how this lipstick looked. I don’t wear lipstick everyday because it typically washes off really fast once I eat or drink. This lipstick lasted longer than expected.
Boots No7 was included as well. I admire Boots as a high-quality brand and love their products. Although I’m a bit younger (24 to be exact) and don’t have as many fine lines, I can say the serum felt very refreshing when applied under my eyes.
There were also a few food/beverage items in the VoxBox – Celestial Tea Candy Cane Lane, McCormick Gourmet Thyme and Red Vines strawberry twists. I wasn’t aware of a good decaf green tea so Candy Cane Lane was a great find. I added a splash of Truvia to add some sweetness and to balance out the minty taste. It had a nice bold taste and I can’t wait to bring it to work. The strawberry twists were a great alternative to Twizzlers that any candy-lover would enjoy. McCormick thyme has a great scent and I’m planning on adding it to one of my favorite meal prep recipes: turkey burgers (recipe to come).
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Do you have trouble waking up in the morning to workout? Yeah, me too. That’s why when I woke up at 6am this morning I took it as a sign that I was supposed to walk over to the complex’s gym for a quick pre-work workout!
Let me back you up with a history of my morning workouts.
January-March: Went to 5:40/6:15am bootcamp and headed straight to work
March-Now: Hah – people workout that early?
Ever since I started kickboxing, I decided that I didn’t need to double my workouts. Now, I’m deciding that I need to push myself even harder and add more weight training to my daily routine. The morning is a great way to hit the weights in addition to my evening kickboxing/group exercise routine.
I found the Jamie Eason LiveFit trainer and heard great reviews so I decided to give it a try. For those of you who want to incorporate more weight training in your workouts, here’s what the program has for back/bis on day 2. For each move you will do 3 sets of 12 reps with 1 minute of rest in between. If you don’t have time to complete it in the morning (like I did) – try for 2 sets of 12 – your effort is what counts! :
- Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns
- One arm dumbell row
- seated cable row
- Underhand cable pulldowns
- Dumbell alternative bicep curls (used 10/15 weights)
- One arm dumbell preacher curl
- Standing bicep cable curls
Now I’m refreshed and ready to start my Friday. It’s amazing how a short workout can lift your mood and energize you. I hope you enjoy this workout as much as I did!
Happy friday 🙂
If you get off work at 5 – chances are by the time you hit the gym -it’s jam packed with those gym members: the text-on-the-machiners, the heavy grunters and the dumbell hoggers.
According to my online resources (and experience) the gym is most packed when people get off of work around 5:30-7pm. That’s not so convenient considering I myself get off of work at that time!
Whenever I find the gym to be very busy, I try to find workouts that require as little equipment as possible. I found this weight plate workout from Men’s Health to be very effective when modeled for females. All you need is a 10-20 lb weight plate and an open space and you’ll tone your whole body in under 20 minutes!
Move 1: Overhead Squat – Press plate overhead and stand in traditional squat position. Stand tall while squatting. That’s one rep.
Move 2: Plate Swing – Hold the plate in front of your chest with hands on both sides of the plate. Using your waist, thrust weight overhead and back down in front of chest.
Move 3: Upright Row: Hold plate with both hands in center in front of chest. Your chest is upright. Move plate upward as much as possible (elbows go out) – then lower plate back down. (View video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8agsN3RfG8)
Move 4: Plate press and crunch – get down into a crunch position, knees bent with feet on the ground. Then, crunch while pushing plate up at an angle. (View video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWa3Fri_xiY)
Move 5: Around the world shoulders: Hold plate in front of chest, then circle plate in rotations around your head. (View video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qHUUo3VJ3s)
Have a wonderful day and be well 🙂
I’m in dying need of a travel break! Whether it’s to a major city or a European escapade, count this girl in. Although working full-time doesn’t permit much time for travel, I admit to planning my own Royal Caribbean Mediterranean Cruise and bookmarking stops along the California Coast on my travel Pinterest boards (hey, it could happen one day).
For those of you daydreamers who keep on saving for your next venture, you’ll love this workout series I just found!
It’s called Tone it Up and these girls do the best they can to make you feel like you’re NOT working out in the middle of a living room! With workouts ranging from 5 minutes to full-on cardio sessions, it’s easy to squeeze into a busy schedule.
Workouts are provided on a weekly basis. Although I have to admit, I haven’t followed their full workout regimen, adding a few of these workouts into my morning routine was quite simple. For example, try this quick Santorini Bikini workout before work to boost your metabolism and torch calories throughout the day – or wake-up with the Sunkissed Abs workout.
Although the Tone It Up series may be sub-par to my typical workout intensity, I’ve learned that adding it into my workout routine has an awakening effect! It’s easy to feel rejuvenated and refreshed after a quick workout.
Will this series increase my muscle tone and change the way I look? Not quite sure, but it will change the way I feel. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing more about this series. I’d be more than happy to share! Otherwise simply visit http://toneitup.com
My younger brothers and sisters had no clue what going “gluten free” meant, and neither did my father – but little did they know, they were getting a delicious taste of what it meant to eat gluten-free when I came home for a weekend visit. I like to think of it as a gluten-free sneak attack – and it’s fairly simple to pull off as long as your dinner entree is savory with a zesty kick.
Am I a gluten-free eater? No. Have I considered going gluten-free? Yes. From research, I learned that going gluten free may help those with thyroid disorders, celiac disease or sensitive stomachs. However rather than cutting out gluten-filled foods, I learned that I can still reap the benefits simply by limiting my gluten intake and making easy substitutions.
This lemon chicken, red bean and quinoa recipe is one of those substitutions. I knew my pasta-loving family would enjoy.
- Chicken breast cutlets (I used about 2 lbs)
- 2 tbs Olive oil
- Lemon (1)
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp dried mint
- Sea Salt (As much as you like)
- Pepper (A pinch)
- 2 tbsp Cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Quinoa (I bought a box of rice/quinoa mix at Publix)
- 1 small red onion
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 can red pinto beans – salt free preferred
Cook quinoa according to box directions.
To prepare chicken – Pat the chicken with cumin, mint, paprika, sea salt and pepper. Add about 2 tbsp of olive oil to skillet and add chicken. Squeeze lemon over chicken and cook over medium heat (about 5 min each side). Set aside when chicken is cooked completely.
Remove chicken from pan and add more olive oil. Cook the red onion with the garlic until it has a nice brown color.
Add the pinto beans and quinoa into the mixture when ready.
When you have a colorful mixture, add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar to add some extra flavor. Pair mixture with chicken and dinner is served!
I tend to eyeball ingredients when I cook, but if you have any questions on how this was prepared feel free to ask and I’ll give you some tips. I hope you and your family enjoy this delicious gluten-free recipe.
We see it all over the news – divorce, split-ups, general frustrations. Once you get into a rut, the magic is lost. Workouts work the same way. By repeating the same elliptical workout and the same 5-mile run – the weight loss magic is lost. The purpose of intervals is to confuse our bodies by mixing high-intensity movement and a much slower, easy-going pace. Aside from interval training, there are many ways to confuse your muscles, which will in turn result in more fat-loss and more muscle tone.
This workout circuit will take your workout to new heights!
Warm Up (Repeat two times)
High Knees (:30)
Butt Kicks (:30)
Squat Jumps (:30)
Set 1 (Repeat 2x for a total of four minutes)
Frog Jumps (1 min)
Alternating Lateral Lunge (1 min)
(Run laps OR Run on treadmill)
Set 2 (Repeat 2x for a total of four minutes)
Pushups off a box or bench (alternate: pushup to left side, pushup to middle, pushup to right side) (1 minute)
Jump Squats with weights (1 minute)
(Run laps or run on treadmill)
Set 3 (Repeat 2x for a total of four minutes)
Ab leg climb (1 minute)
Russian twist (1 minute)
Set 4 (Repeat 2x for a total of four minutes)
Travel burpees (1 minute)
180 twists (1 minute)
Finish It Off:
50 Sit Ups
50 Mountain Climbers
50 Plyo Lunges
And you’re done!
Have a great day guys. I’d appreciate comments and suggestions 🙂
While resting may seem easy, it’s always been difficult for this on-the-go girl. So I first of all wanted to thank all of my friends who have kindly reminded me how to slow down, drink fluids and most importantly: stay in bed! While I have taken time out of the gym to heal, I haven’t stopped brainstorming short and effective workouts for you, my followers! Here’s a workout I tested recently and found to be an effective and speedy workout.
This workout will have your arms feeling stronger, leaner and more toned! Start with a 5-10 minute cardio warm-up. Be sure to alternate each strength exercise with a cardio-boosting exercise to increase calorie burn. Not challenged enough? Up the cardio exercises to 1-2 minutes! Be sure to challenge yourself.
How did it go? Be sure to let me know in the comments. PS drink lots of water!