What I’m Loving Lately

Lately, I’m really digging the fall season. The weather here is TRYING to cool off and we are slowly starting to decorate our house. I’ve been baking and making (healthy) comfort food left and right. I figured I would stop by and share a few products I’m loving lately!

What I'm Loving Lately

Kombucha!What I'm Loving Lately

If you follow me on Instagram or watch my Instagram stories, you’ll see that I’ve been drinking kombucha almost every day. Y’all, kombucha has taken over my fridge lately. I think I have enough to last me until the middle of November. The great thing about kombucha is that it is alternative to soda and you receive so many health benefits. Probiotics are great for your digestive system and with a great taste, you can’t pass these drinks up!

Arbonne “It’s A Long Story” Mascara

What I'm Loving Lately

My makeup routine is pretty simple but I love to play up my eyes. Since I wear glasses, I usually stick to create big and bold lashes. A few weeks ago I was invited to an Arbonne party and I was SOLD on this mascara. Not only does it make your lashes look longer but it is lasts all day and it’s water resistant. All Arbonne products skin care products are made with great ingredients and aren’t made with filler materials so that’s a huge win!

Lush’s R&B Hair Moisturizer

What I'm Loving Lately

Lately, I’ve been washing my hair about three times a week. However, I style is pretty much every day. I use heat styling tools which leads to my hair begging for mercy but the end of the week. This hair moisturizer is heavenly! Not only does it smell AMAZING but it keeps my hair from looking dry and brittle. A little goes a long way so this tub will keep my hair looking great for a while.

Simm’s Artisan Jerky

What I'm Loving Lately

Guys, I’m not a big jerky fan at all. However, I wanted to give these a try since I saw them at Aldi. They’re a good source of protein so why not? After my first bite, I was converted! Lately, I’ve been really focuses on snacking well throughout the day and getting in extra protein. These packages are super convenient because I can carry them in my purse or keep a few at my desk. There’s a variety of flavors and the price is great.

The Weekend In Pictures!

Coming in a little later than normal this week! I had a busy weekend but it was full of so much fun. Jordan is out of town this week so I had to soak up the whole weekend with him. I figured I would share a sentence per picture to share what we did!

We started off Saturday morning with our usual run/bike.
Nothing like a delicious breakfast and coffee post run!
I picked these up at Target and I love drinking them throughout the day. Grabbed this one before Halloween shopping.
Before we left the house I put these chicken tenders in the crockpot for lunch!
We decorated our yard Saturday afternoon!
We had a concert on Sunday but we still cheered for the Chiefs!
Quick meal prep after church!
Jordan and I on the way to the Andy Mineo concert Sunday night.
While in line outside the venue, I bought a popsicle to eat while we waited.
I stood in the back during Social Club Misfits.
Made my way up front for Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed!

 

Well, that’s my weekend in pictures! I have another eventful weekend coming up too so I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures.

How was your weekend?!

How I Stay Productive Daily

Calling all the people who have their life together! Please let me know how you do it because some days I CANNOT get myself together. When I tell people that I get up early to workout and I’m in the middle of training for a race, they ask me where I find the time. Honestly, some days I’m just a zombie running around trying to get stuff done. However after some trial and error, I have learned a few things that keep me organized and productive on a daily basis.

How I Stay Productive Daily

Tip #1 – Use a Weekly Planner

This bleeds in a bit into my meal prepping but I have a weekly planner and I set everything out for the week. Honestly, I do this about two weeks in advance but I try to write down every task outside of the usual work and church time.

When planning tasks, make sure to give yourself enough time to do everything. Don’t make one day of the week jam packed. If it’s possible, spread out housework or chores throughout the week so it’s less daunting. You’re more likely to stay organized if each task seems achievable.

Tip #2 – Set Reminders On Your Phone

Lately, I’ve been staying organized by using an app called Google Keep. It’s basically a note taking app but you can color code each note and set reminders. I can create labels and assign each task a color so I know what goes together. I’ll even use Keep as a way to stay organized when it comes to the blog!

I used this in conjunction with Google Calendar. All the label and colors stay the same as those on Keep so I have a general idea. The great thing I love about Google Calendar is that you can include reminders set with locations and notes so it’s all on any device you chose! If you have a smart watch, I believe you can even send reminders to it too!

There’s plenty of other apps you can use on your phone and your laptop. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard of Slack. This is a great way to stay organized with your team and have a streamlined process.

Tip #3 – Pick Your Non-Negotiable Tasks Daily

Every morning, you should create a to do list. Figure out what needs to be done that day. Once you have that, you should pick between three and five tasks that NEED to be done that day. No excuses. Then structure your day around those tasks. It would be ideal if you could get these tasks done first thing.  If not, ensure that you get those tasks done. If you can get others done in the process, that’s fine. Making sure that these non-negotiable tasks get done daily will keep you organized and will give you a feeling of accomplishment.

With a combination of these tips I can make sure that my days are structure and I’m being productive. Life happens and sometimes things may not go as planned. However, this can keep you from feeling overwhelmed and can lead you on a path to getting organized!

Changing Up Your Exercise Routine

I’m starting up today’s post with an honesty moment: I’m a SUPER Type A personality. I have a very meticulous morning routine and I plan out my days so much that it gets on my husband’s nerves. I run certain days and cross train on the others.  HOWEVER, when it comes to exercise, you MUST change up your routine occasionally.

Changing Your Routine

Now, I’m not saying go into the gym with no plan at all. That’s just madness. What I’m talking about is finding your comfort zone and pushing past it. For example, it’s no secret that I’m a runner. It’s rare that I go a week without it. A good way to change up my exercise routine would be to add in sprints or hill intervals to my runs. What this does is it challenges your body and keeps your mind engaged.

Your body is this ever changing complex organism. If you do something long enough, you’ll build what’s called muscle memory. Professional athletes thrive on this and that’s why you’ll see Quarterbacks practice passes multiple times a day and basketball players spend HOURS on free throws. Once your body gets the basic mechanics of the moves, then you can practice throwing harder, faster, etc.

Same with running and weight lifting, your body finds a balance and gets used to it. If you do a workout long enough, you’ll find that you’re not as tired as you were when you started. A workout that you couldn’t get through three months ago may seem easier now. Your body knows what to expect and has adapted. Now that you’re here, you want to continue changing it up and challenging your body. This is how you become strong and faster.

Ways To Change Your Routine
  1.  Interval training – if you want to run, break it up into intervals and run at different speeds. This doesn’t have to be complicated, you can sprint to choruses in songs or find landmarks along your trail.
  2. Add body weight exercises to your runs – city running usually means waiting at intersections and lights. Why not use this time to add in some squats or push ups. If you run at a park, do a different workout at each park bench you pass.
  3. Change your speed – one thing I learned is your speed affects the difficulty when you’re lifting weights. Do five reps of an exercise slow and really focus on your form and the muscles you’re working. This will improve the exercise and increase the burn.
  4. Try something new – even if you don’t like it. It will remind you what you truly love to do and give you a motivation to hit the ground running!

What’s one way you change up your routine?

The Weekend With The Snacks!

This past week has been a rough one in our household. My old hip injury decided to act up and my shoulder was not happy with me. Jordan suffered from side effects from his new medication most of the week as well. It’s safe to say, the weekend couldn’t come fast enough!

Saturday

I went to physical therapy during the week and I had been cleared to resume activity once I felt the pain and inflammation was gone. We woke on Saturday and chose plan B since I didn’t want to risk jumping in too soon. Jordan and I went for a walk at the trails and enjoyed the cooler weather!

After our walk, we stopped in to Chick Fil A for some breakfast. It is always amazing to see how busy it gets mid-morning. Once we finished up breakfast, we stopped for groceries. Normally we get groceries on Friday nights to avoid crowds but we weren’t feeling up to it on Friday.

We cleaned up and watched some of our shows on Hulu. We realized that the season we were watching was the last one of the show. Luckily, we found out before we got to the last episode so we could emotionally prepare ourselves.

After this, Jordan and I went on a drive and went to Sprouts. I had a few coupons for snacks and I knew I could find them at Sprouts. It is a bit of a drive but they also have so many dairy free products so I stocked up on a few as well. I want to continue to limit dairy since my body is responding well to it!

Sunday

Y’all, I was so excited to sleep in on Sunday. Of course, my body wasn’t having any of it and I woke up before six. I decided to get out of bed and get started on meal prep. I had also planned to make pot roast for dinner so I threw everything in the crockpot.

Meal prep and breakfast was done by seven. Even though I was slightly annoyed that I was up so early, I was glad to have my afternoon free to relax!

After church, we had lunch at Panera with my in-laws. I have been a bit lax and eating all the comfort foods this weekend. It is hard to turn down their mac & cheese!

Once we got home, I put on my oversized sweatshirt. The weather is still in the 90s here but a girl can dream, right?

We finished our Sunday with a nap and some football. This week was my first week catching a game with Tony Romo commentating. He gets so excited and Jordan and I just crack up laughing. Gotta love football y’all!

Are you enjoying fall weather?

Wild About Buddha’s Brew Kombucha!

I know we are technically a week into fall but y’all, Texas doesn’t really do seasons! It’s been pretty mild here the past few weeks so I’m basically treating this as Summer: The Sequel. In that train of thought, there’s nothing more I love on a warm day than relaxing and enjoying a delicious bottle of kombucha!

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Take a Minute With Soulful Essence

Have you ever had a day where nothing seems to go right? You feel like everything is falling apart and your mind can’t seem to make sense of it all? That feeling is more common than you think! Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a young professional, stress has a way of creeping into our lives. I’m sure the concept of self-care is nothing new as it seems to be the buzzword as of lately. However, taking a minute for yourself can be much easier than you realized!

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Eat Healthy, Eat Enlightened!

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Eat Enlightened

If you don’t know me in person, you may not know that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. It’s a wonder all my teeth aren’t rotten, haha! However, I do strive to eat well so I’ll limit my consumption of sweets and only have some if I really, REALLY want it. When I found out about Enlightened ice cream bars, I was ecstatic! Continue reading Eat Healthy, Eat Enlightened!

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