Motivated Monday : Food Prep.

I'm determined to get some abs, I've been killing it in the kitchen and in the gym. The harder I work the more motivated I am. Giving up sugar and alcohol was hard at first, but honestly the longer I stick to it the easier it is - we've had a box of TAG A LONGS in the house and I don't even want one. Not worth it to me right now. 

I've simplified my meals and it's been so great, I think less about food and stress less about what to eat. When I get tired of a meal, I just change it the next week. Planning is 100% necessary no matter your situation, even if you are home every day you need to plan ahead for success. 

I still spend 1-2 hours on a Sunday meal prepping.

I sleep in, get up and drink a cup of coffee while planning our meals. I clean out the fridge and pantry, see what we need, and make a grocery list. 

I swear we spend half our income on food, we eat 95% of our meals at home. I am pretty picky on brands we use, but making a list and sticking to it does help. What does NOT HELP is that the only jerky I love it 15 bucks. I tried the cheaper one, swear, but it sucked so hard.

I made these turkey meatballs last week - EVERYONE loved them so I put them in rotation again this week. Plus they were so easy to make ahead and just heat up with quinoa and tomato sauce for dinner on the go. 

I also have to prep double the chicken because Oliver is all truffle chicken. Still using the Truffle Rub from AllSpice.com  I cook my chicken at 425 with a electric meat thermometer until is says 165 degrees. 

I do not cut it until I use it for my lunch, that way it doesn't dry out.

I made this for dinner on Sunday night - it was fabulous!!! Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken with Sweet Potato. I'm lazy and did not cook the sweet potato in the oven, that takes way too long, so I peeled and boiled in chucks. Plus it's easier to weigh. The sauce on top is what really makes it, greek yogurt, blue cheese, milk, and vinegar. 

My favorite part of Sunday is around 6:30 when my food prep is done, my kitchen is clean, and I can go take a hot bath and watch Hulu until we go to bed. 


Friday Favorites: Beauty.

Time to update on my favorite beauty products! I'm such a beauty product junkie, ever since high school and I dyed my hair every color and wore silver lipstick thinking I was so cool. Those 5 years I worked for Ulta were the best - new products every week! 

Cleaning: I absolutely love love love this balm, Take Off the Day Balm. It feels so luxurious on my skin, the Take the Day Off Cleansing Towelettes I use for my eye and lip makeup.  The Clarisonic Mia I use after I put on the balm, it's really gets deep to remove all the makeup.

I go back and forth between these two foundations, both have great coverage and lasting power. The Hourglass is great for drier skin, the Becca is better for oily/combo skin.

I use the Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer under my eyes to brighten, it's something I found in my Ipsy bag - which I still have listed as my #1 subscription bag. I like a light finishing powder, nothing heavy, and my sister recommended the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish.

Spray tan fades fast from my face, theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer fixes my life on those days. If I could only live on two make up items it would be blush and lipstick, this NARS Orgasm Blush is a gorgeous soft color for every day use.

100% best eyeshadow kit ever, I just love a good matte shadow, I use every single color in here. Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

I've long been on a hunt for great eyeliner, I have a hard time getting close to my lash line because of my lash extension, but this liquid liner has a fabulous tilting handle for easy application.

I've become addicted to my LipSense lipstick - I talked before about how much I hated it the first time I tried it. Then I tried again and actually followed the directions.

My favorite colors are Bombshell {a great pink nude}, Rose Ice {frosty light pink}, and Caramel Apple {darker pinky plum}. I recently started carrying theses over at Ollie Mare, if you'd like help finding your perfect color you can email me {a selfie!} at olliemarieboutique@gmail.com

My recent hair color and cut is probably my favorite, but then again I love to change my hair pretty often LOL I've been digging it blowed out straight with a blow dryer and large round brush.

I switched my Pureology to this Redken Volume High Rise Shampoo & Conditioner, I like the volume it gives me without drying my hair.

On day 3 hair I like to take my Nume and curl it a bit, then fluff the crap out.

The Aquage is an old fav, but this Dirty Dry Wax Spray, stuff is pretty amazing, perfect amount of texture. Plus I feel like it lasts all day in my hair, I can re-poof as needed.

That's a wrap. Also be sure to stop by and check out my favorite faith based fitness shirts from Fit Darlings!


Friday Favorites

This is a must have, literally have no idea how I lived so long without one - Pop socket. It helps you grip your phone and sets it up to watch Hulu while I cook dinner.  Just finished Blindspot - catching up on This is Us. Top is the Bashful Top.

I'm just not a heels girl, if I can get away with flats I will wear them daily. I especially love ones I can slip on, I just hate dealing with slipping no show socks. I ordered a pair of Gekks ages ago - they came with pretty lengthy set of directions, we all know I suck at direction so they sat on my dresser forever. My Mom gifted these MK shoes to me for Christmas and I love them with everything - leggings or jeans. So I finally figured out how to put them in {for the record it's really easy!} and I LOVE them! They stick inside your shoe - like a built in sock. I need them for all my slip ons now!

This. Candle. Is. Amazing. Everyone who walks into my house loves it. Sparkling Cinnamon Yankee Candle.

Rainy season is coming and I highly recommend this Windproof Double Layer Folding Inverted Umbrella - it's sturdy, cute, and it flips both ways so you can slid into your car and close it on your way in!

If you have muscle soreness this HealthmateForever TENS Unit is super helpful - it's similar to what they use a chiropractor office. I have heard insurance may cover a unit, but this on is like 30 bucks off Amazon and works great! It's a muscle stimulator, it uses low voltage electric to release muscle pain. I put it on my traps a lot before I go to bed :)

In a hurry and want to wear a dress, but no time to spray tan? Loving Tan body makeup -  waterproof and won't rub off! It dries in 60 seconds, didn't come off on my clothing and looked great! You have to use soap to get it off.

Next week I'll update on my favorite beauty products! You can always find my Amazon shop at the top of the page under shop. I try to update often with my most loved items! Trying out a new spray tanner this weekend ;)


Those Kids.

This month at our Church we are doing 21 Days of Prayer and fasting - Madison wanted to participate and decided to give up desserts. For the past 2 weeks she has stuck to her word, even when Oliver and I weren't around. She was on a playdate at a friends house and the Mom texted me that Madison turned down dessert because of her fast, I totally didn't even think to mention it. I completely left it up to her, she's been a rock. I can't even express the amount of respect I have for my 7 year old right now. I know adults that can't stick to this for a week, shoot, myself included! 

More than anything I want my children to be polite, respectful, and true to their word. I struggle with all of these things often, so to see my baby girl holding true to her word makes me want to try harder in my own life. 

Hat from Jennifer Ann Style.

Now this little turkey right here. Sigh. He's turning 3 in March and we've been debating potty training him, but I wasn't 100% sure he was ready. Then last week at school his teacher said he asked to use the urinal and went, so I took that as a sign that he was ready to let go of the diapers.

So I got on Amazon, bought a Mickey Mouse potty and underwear. The day we opened it he insisted on taking his diaper off and sitting on it - he actually went too! I was like - heck yeah! We got this. 

The next day I opened his new underwear and let him pick which one he wanted to wear - once he had them on he started crying to take them off... "TOO TIGHT, TOO TIGHT" which is what he says anytime he doesn't want to wear certain things {like any shoe except his light up Batman shoes}

With Madison we used the 3 day method - you stay home for 3 days and literally drink and potty all day long - now we have tutoring, soccer practice, crossfit kids, etc and staying home for 3 days is not very feasible. I don't know what to do about longer car trips? I'm not a fan of pull-ups, they are really just diapers, but do I just stop frequently? Am I overthinking this?? Do I really need to train him at all?! hahahaha. geez. You'd think I never had a kid before!

Also. That pee is everywhere!!!! I'm like - hold it down, but he doesn't get it. Then he gets upset that there is a mess on the floor, he's very tidy. Yesterday he refused to walk through a puddle, he made me pick him up and carry him so his shoes wouldn't get wet. Can I just use a piddle pad under the potty chair?! Someone said to use the regular potty, but he seem scared of it.


If you Workout you NEED this!

I've made some tweaks to my diet and I think they are making a big impact on my strength and I wanted to share with y'all. I am still counting macros, but I don't think I'd call it super 'flexible' dieting. I am eliminating, actually let's it's more like cutting way back, sugar and dairy and timing my foods to try to keep my blood levels stable throughout the day. I eat every 3 hours and I always eat protein with carbs. 

No more snacking on grapes throughout the day.
No more sweet treats between meals, even if the fit my macros. 

The first two weeks were really hard, I felt hungry and deprived. I thought - I'm good I don't need to get stronger, but deep down of course I want to improve on myself! I'm not happy staying the same for long. So I kept chugging along, boring and predictable foods every day. Well, except for my Home Chef meals 2x a week. If you don't follow me on Snapchat, that's where I've been sharing all my meals. 

I've tried to cut out all dairy, but I haven't been able to 100% yet. I try to only use it when absolutely necessary, lol, cheese emergencies. So for example here is how I would pair my food:

25g carbs + 25g protein +8g fat {Breakfast} 
So born is my Oatmeal mixed with egg whites and almond butter.

Protein shake after every workout.

BCAA. Y'all lemme tell you why you NEED to be taking BCAA. I thought my diet was good - lots of protein every day. I got lazy and stopped taking my Catalyst, I also lost muscle. I immediately got back on my bandwagon of Catalyst every morning before my workout and I gained muscle. THAT'S my proof that it works. 

Now you can drink them also, I prefer the above combo of Limeade Spark + Red Raspberry Rehydrate. The pill form of BCAA's in Catalyst make it easy for me to know I'm getting the full amount, a lot of times I don't finish what's in my water bottle at the gym. 

Overall I obviously haven't been 100%, but I try to make as many of my meals as possible adhere to my plan and I can tell a difference in my lifting, my endurance, recovery, and body. I will never be on the bandwagon that diary and sugar are evil - I DO believe in moderation. Will a cookie kill your progress? No. Will a sleeve of cookies kill your progress? lol, maybe. It IS girl scout cookie season. 

Plus I totally out lifted Oliver yesterday, that's a damn good feeling. 



Y'all I'm seriously obsessed with my brows! I was so scared and now I'm so glad I found someone who gave me exactly what I wanted. Jewels Artistry in Forney. This was right after she was done.

She started out by numbing my brows, cute huh? She left this cream on for about 15-20 minutes.

The she measured and drew on my face - this was kinda scary because I have to approve the look I want. It's hard to say, yeah I love this when it looks thick. You have to imagine it drawn in between the lines. Then she picked a pigment color and dotted it on my skin to show me. 

Next she tested an area for pain, I felt nothing. It was pretty painless, only a bit uncomfortable on the edges by my scar from an eyebrow ring long long ago. From the time she started drawing with an exacto knife on my face to the end was about 10-15 minutes. We chatted the entire time, seriously so easy.

Day 1 was great, day 2 they were a bit red and darker, day 3 and 4 they are totally fine. I haven't had much flaking at all. You can't get them wet for 7 days y'all - no showers just bathes. Seriously do not google the do's and don't because they vary so much from artist to artist. She said no working out the day of {so I wouldn't bleed a lot} and I went back to the gym the next day. 

I asked if sweating would make the color run, she said no. People use different pigments and if the pigment is cheap that's where you will have colors changing on your face. 

Snow Leopard Top

This is day 4. The lips are my LipSense - Aussie Rose and Razzberry. 
The number one tip I'd give is to search and search for someone you feel comfortable with! I hunted for month, when she was recommended to me I looked her up and every one of her IG pictures was YYAAAAASSSSSS. I knew right then I'd be happy with her work - this is your face so don't settle. 

The cost was $350 for the initial visit - follow up is $150. $500 is the going price from all the places I quoted in the area. They last 18 month to 3 years depending on your skin - the oiler you are the more it can fade, but everyone is different. 


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