Monday, May 18, 2015

My Top 10 Spring & Summer Blushes!

Let me start out by saying that I think you should wear whatever colors you want, whenever you want.  That being said, there are some colors that just scream warm weather to me or I find they look even better on tanned skin.  Recently, I have definitely become obsessed with blushes.  I've always liked them of course, but this year I love them more than ever!  I find that I can create a dramatic, but quick look very easily with a great blush and bold lipstick.  I think that if the skin is looking flawless and alive with a beautiful blush, you don't need a whole lot more.  Lately, Ive been focusing more on blush and lipstick, while only applying mascara or a soft neutral crease color to the eyes.  Don't get me wrong, I still love bold eyes and winged eye liner, but this is fast, easy, and just feels fresh to me.

Mac Blush - Modern Mandarin:  I bought this blush 2 -3 months ago, after researching Mac blushes, and I am soooo happy that I did!!  I have medium tan skin with very warm undertones, so this color is very complimentary.  It may look scary in the pan, but it is beautiful when applied!  If you are very fair with cool undertones, this wouldn't be your most flattering shade.  I love pairing this color with coral lipsticks like Mac's Costa Chic, it's a gorgeous combination!

Mac Mineralized Blush - Warm Soul: Let me say that I believe warm soul is a great color all year around and flatters everyone, but I love it during the warm months, because it gives a warm beachy glow to tanned skin.  This is a mineralized blush so, it does have shimmer in it, but it isn't overpowering at all.  When wearing these mineralized blushes, they also give such a nice glow/highlight that just looks dewey and fresh.  I love them and can't wait to get more!

Mac Mineralized Blush - Gentle: This is my most recent Mac blush purchase.  I bought it online, so I wasn't sure how it would look, but it is the prettiest berry-pink color.  It is a warmer shade of pink, so it flatters warm skin tones.  Again, you will get a beautiful glow, that doesn't need additional highlighting.


*From Left to Right - Modern Mandarin, Warm Soul, and Gentle


Milani Blush - Luminoso: Ohhhh Luminoso.....how I love thee.....  This is one of my first holy grail blush loves, and it is from the drugstore!  This color is similar to Nars Orgasm.  It is a gorgeous warm  peach with gold flecks.  It's beautiful on everyone!  It is such a versatile shade, that if I buy makeup for anyone, I buy them this.  It doesn't matter their skin tone, eye color, or hair color....It Works!!  I wear this color year around, but think it looks great on tanned skin.


*TIP - My favorite technique for applying blush is to use two colors.  I love to put the deeper shade on the backs of the cheeks toward the hairline, and a lighter shade in the same color family, on the apples.  I find that this gives the face more dimension.  Use a bronzer or contour along with a highlighter, and you have instantly stepped it up even more!  It's not necessary to use all the products daily, but is great for a date or night out.


Milani Blush - Coralista: Coralista is similar to Luminoso, but it has a lot more coral and it is brighter as well.  If you love coral blushes, you will fall in love with this one for sure!!  If you only get one coral blush from the drugstore, get this one.  Again, this one has shimmer, which gives a beautiful glow.


*From left to right, top to bottom - Luminoso, Coralista, Dolce Pink, Delizioso Pink

Milani Blush - Dolce Pink: Okay, so you can see a theme here....I love Milani baked blushes!  In my opinion, nothing at the drugstore compares to them.  You can find some great blush lines, but some colors are hits and some are misses.  All of the baked Milani blushes are hits!  I do lean more towards peaches and corals, but I love a good pink as well.  This one is so pretty.  It has the same glow, but it isn't too pink.  It's neutral enough that works with whatever I pair it with.  It definitely looks like a fresh, youthful pink.

Milani Blush - Delizioso Pink (matte finish): Now this one was out of my comfort zone.  It is very pink!  I tend to stay away from the barbie pinks, because they are usually too cool for my skin tone, and it just looks odd on me.  I had heard so many great things that I thought I would try it anyway.  It is so pretty!  While it is a brighter pink, it isn't too cool.  It's just a gorgeous summer pink.  Unlike the other baked blushes I mentioned, this one is matte.  If you want a little shimmer, you can add a highlight or topper, but having a matte gives you a little more flexibility.  Not everyone likes or wants shimmer everyday.


*From top to bottom - Luminoso, Coralista, Dolce Pink, and Delizioso Pink

Dolce Pink definitely has the most shimmer in it, but look at these colors....GORGEOUS!!
All of the Milani blushes also have a mirror under them, which can come in helpful.  A lot of blushes, drugstore or high end, don't offer that.

*TIP - When applying Milani Baked Blushes, use a light hand.  They are very pigmented!  A little goes a long way.

*TIP - If you find that a color is too cool for your skin tone, pair it with a warm bronzer.  It will make all the difference.

Hard Candy Baked Blush - Honeymoon: I think this is the only Hard Candy product that I own.  I saw a youtuber talk about it, and I HAD to have it!  It was everything she said it was.....warm, peachy, glowy, and youthful.  So beautiful for the summer.  With a bronzer, this is just a warm, glowy, bronzed beach babe look.  You don't need a highlighter with this shade.  I love a quick two-in-one product!


*In this pic, the blush looks quite pink, but I promise you it is not.  It is definitely a warm peach.  The swatch is definitely more accurate.


Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush - Coral: I have talked about these before.  They are my other drugstore favorites.  You get a nicely pigmented blush in a beautiful color, along with a highlight.  These are great everyday two in one products.  They are definitely more glowy than the Milani Baked Blushes, but I don't find them overwhelming at all!

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush - Deep Bronze: I love this shade for summer, because I love a beachy, bronzed look.  With this shade, you don't need a separate contour.  It's bronzer, blush, and highlight all in one!


Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral & Deep Bronze


ELF Pressed Mineral Blush - Cabo Cabana: With my last ELF purchase, I bought these.  They have 4 colors, and I got them all.  They are a great formula at a great price, so I am so happy I ordered them! This color is a deeper peach that is quite neutral.  If you are more of a pink girl, but want to branch out and try some peaches, this is a great one to try!  They are regularly $5, but I got mine on a 50% off sale.  Always check eyeslipsface.com for great deals.  If you sign up for their email, you won't ever miss out.  They also offer free shipping on purchases of $25 and up.  They also ship very quickly, which I love!

ELF Pressed Mineral Blush - Sweet Retreat: I heard one of my favorite youtuber's talk about this blush, so I went online to order it.  All the colors looked so beautiful that I ended up getting them all. I can't say that this is my favorite one of the bunch, but it is very pretty.  It is a soft peachy-pink, though I think it looks more peach on me.  Because I am tan right now, it doesn't show up like Cabo Cabana, but if you are lighter skin, it will show better.  For me this pairs beautifully with another color, and just gives a soft peach color to the cheeks.  I think this is a great color for a teenager or someone just starting out with makeup.


ELF Pressed Mineral Blush in Cabo Cabana & Sweet Retreat



Sonia Kashuk Blush - Sunset:  I bought this blush because it was recommended by a beauty vlogger that I watch.  I have heard a few others talk about it, but I think it is pretty overlooked.  I have only a couple Sonia Kashuk products (I think I only have finger nail polish and a brush), but this is a really pretty blush that is different than any of the coral blushes that I have.  It is on the orange side, but don't let that scare you.  It looks so fresh and pretty!  It has gold micro shimmers in it, but it isn't like BAM GLITTER ON YO FACE!  It just gives a nice sheen.  I find that red and orange shades tend to be the most natural looking.



As you can see, most of my picks are from the drugstore.  They are easy to find and affordable.  If you are new to makeup or are just looking to add to your blush collection, I hope you found this helpful!  If you have any questions or would like to share your favorite blush picks, please leave them in the comments below!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nails Of The Week!


Sinful Shine with gel tech - All The Rage 1217 & Sally Hansen Insta-Dry - 120 Go For Gold

I love these colors together!  I can't wait to use the gold for my pedi.  I found both of these at Wal-Mart.

Monday, May 11, 2015

My April Favorites!!



Mac Fanfare Lipstick (creme sheen) - I keep a running list of Mac products that I want to purchase.  The first 3 got knocked of my list during April, and I am so happy with all of them!  Fanfare is a an everyday neutral pink.  It is similar to the Fast Play color I have, but that one is definitely more brown.  Mac lipsticks have a great comfortable formula and so many finishes and colors.  Plus, they smell great!

Mac Lipstick: Impassioned (amplified) - I just love this color for the warmer months!  It is a deep, bright pink that makes a statement.  I love to go with a brighter lip, and a more neutral eye.  It is a fast, easy, on the go, summer look.


Fanfare & Impassioned



*wearing Impassioned

Mac Blush: Modern Mandarin - (satin) - A great summer blush color!  It is definitely orange, which I know is scary for a lot of people, but orange shades are actually very flattering.  If you have a warm skin tone, I think you would love this shade.  Mac blushes are one of my favorite products that they sell!


Too Faced Beauty Balm: Nude Glow - I don't have a large collection of BB creams.  I have come across a few that I like, but I really love this one!  I like a dewy/glowy finish, and that is exactly what it gives.  It is light coverage, and won't build up more than that.  I wear this on it's own on light makeup days, but I also love it as a primer under foundation.  It is great for a natural no makeup kind of look.  Perfect for summer!!


ELF Lifting Brow Pencil: Deep Brown - I wanted a simple, easy eyebrow pencil that gives a natural look.  While browsing ELF's website, I stumbled upon this pencil.  I had never known about it or heard any reviews.  It was only $2, so of course I was skeptical, but figured I wasn't out much if I didn't like it.  I have been happy with every product I have tried from ELF, but it still blows my mind how great and inexpensive they are!  This pencil is great!  It is a retractable pencil with a spooly on the end.  It is quick, easy, and gives my brows a finished look.  I don't have problems with it smudging or rubbing off either.  The only slight negative that I see, is that the pencil doesn't stay super sharp because it is retractable, but it is still easy to work with and doesn't change my brow look.

Olay Pro X Microdermabrasion+ - This is one of the best skin care finds for me in a long time!  I never had the Clarisonic, but have heard many reviews.  I was always curious about the Olay brand cleansing brush.  One evening, my mom and I were at Target browsing the makeup and skincare per usual, and ran across this item again.  It was on sale for $40, so we both picked one up.  I went home and used it that evening.  I immediately texted her and told her that I loved it!  She felt the same way. 2 1/2 weeks later while at my monthly esthetician appointment getting a facial, Kayla commented on how much smaller my pores were.  I thought they had gotten smaller, but thought maybe I was just overly excited about this product.  It comes with two heads.  One is a brush and one is a flat spongey material.  The brush is to be used with cleanser, and the sponge is to be used with a scrub.  A sample cleanser and scrub are included with the brush.  It has 3 setting, comes with batteries, and is very easy to switch out the heads.  I am so glad that I made this purchase, and always tell people about it when the topic of skincare comes up.  I think everyone would benefit from this brush, plus it is so much more affordable than the $150 Clarisonic.  Replacement heads can be purchased where ever Olay products are sold.


L'Oreal Overnight Mask - I found this at Walgreens in a sample size, so I decided to give it a try.  I hadn't even heard of these.  It is called a mask, which could make you believe that you need to wash it off, but you don't.  I put this on before bed.  It is a very thick consistency, but doesn't feel thick and heavy on my face.  I find it to be very moisturizing,  In the morning my skin just looks moisturized and fresh, but also feels very soft.  I will repurchase this product in a bigger size, especially for the winter months.

Neutrogena Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream - I have been wearing this cream day and night, and I really like it.  It is moisturizing, but not heavy so it can be worn under my makeup.  The under eye area can look extra wrinkly if it is dehydrated.  I feel like mine are always a little on the dry side, even though I have normal to oily skin.  You only need the smallest amount for each eye, so the tube will last a very long time.

Burberry Brit Perfume - A few weeks ago, I spent the day shopping with my mama.  I found a display of perfumes and loved the Burberry Brit.  Without me knowing, my mama bought it for me!  I was so surprised as to how she slipped that past me.  I have worn it everyday since, and am still in love.  The notes in this scent are Italian Lime, Icy Pear, Green Almond, White Peony, Sugared Almond, Mahogany, Amber, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean.  According to Sephora, the style of this perfume is unique, sexy, and impulsive.

Celestial Seasoning's New Blueberry Tea - I found this tea during the month of April, and love it!  I love the flavor of blueberry, and this tea tastes like a blueberry muffin to me.  It is caffeine free, so I usually drink it in the evening before bed as a relaxing end to my day.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

25 WAYS TO SAVE ON MAKEUP!

COUPONS - Of course we all know about coupons, but you need to know how to get the most bang for your buck!  Stores like Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid, take their store coupons along with manufacturer's coupons so you can stack them up on the same item.  If it is a sale item that week, you get an even better savings.

EBATES.COM - This is a website that you go to first before making online purchases.  It is free to sign up.  They give cash back on your online purchases, and send you a check quarterly for those purchases.  They work with hundreds of stores, and you can still use your coupon codes on the stores site.  It is super easy, just Click Here!

SIGN UP FOR THE STORE'S EMAILS - This will increase your daily email load, but you can really get some great savings this way.  They will contact you with sales, coupon codes, and/or free shipping.

KOHLS CASH & REWARDS CARD - Most of us are familiar with Kohl's Cash.  For every $50 you spend, you get $10 in free Kohl's money to use at a later date.  They have recently come out with their own rewards program as well.  You get one point for every dollar spent.  Once you reach 100 points, you get a $5 coupon.  Kohl's sells everything, including makeup.  I have seen Lorac and The Balm there, along with their regular brands.

WATCH THE WEEKLY ADS FOR UPCOMING SALES OF ITEMS ALREADY PURCHASED - Every store has a different policy on how long they will do this, but if you buy an item and in the next week or two it goes on sale, go back to the store with your receipt.  They will give you the difference.

CARTWHEEL FOR TARGET, TARGET.COM COUPONS & THE RED CARD - Cartwheel is an app that has coupons in every category.  You can also print lots of coupons from Target.com.  If you sign up for the red card, you get 10% off your first purchase, 5% off all other purchases, free shipping from Target.com, and an extra thirty days for return.

COUPON.COM - Last week, I knew I would be going to CVS for a few things.  I didn't have a lot of makeup coupons, so I went to www.coupon.com to find what I wanted and printed it off.  It was so easy!  I combined them with the CVS coupons that printed from the kiosk in the store and saved 60%!

GROUPON.COM - Always check on groupon!  They have makeup and beauty services.  If I know we are going out to dinner, I always try to check their deals also.

ULTA & SEPHORA REWARDS - Ulta and Sephora both have rewards programs.  If you spend a certain amount per year, you can also be able to get an extra percentage off during certain sales of the year at Sephora.  Ulta always has $3.50 off coupons online and in their monthly flier/magazine.

COUPONMOM.COM - This is really a great site.  Not only does it tell you what is on sale each week, but it also tells you where to go and which coupons to use for the best deals.

ASK FOR SAMPLES - Sephora and Ulta do have samples for a lot of products, so don't be afraid to ask if you are unsure of a purchase?  Looking for a new foundation?  Most high end brands will apply  for you to try in store and/or you can get a sample to try on your own.

KEEP YOUR RECEIPT - Foundation color a little off or just not liking that bright lipstick?  Take it back!  Most places high end or drugstore, will take back gently used products if you have a receipt.

BIG LOTS & DOLLAR STORES - Don't forget about these stores!  They have heavily discounted drugstore makeup every single day!

BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTIONS - I have five or so beauty subscription box services.  For a low monthly fee, you get a box of beauty goodies delivered to your door.  Every month is different.  I have been able to try a lot of products, that I had never tried or even heard of before.  Many of these subscription services send coupons, offer deals, and have a points/reward system that can get you free product by referrals or reviewing what you have tried.

RECYCLE OLD MAC, KEIHL'S, AND LUSH PACKAGING - These companies accept some old packaging with the incentive being free product.

BUY A Z PALETTE - If you have a Z palette, you can buy makeup that is the the pan only, from companies who offer it.  That way your makeup is easier to store, and you save a few dollars on each eyeshadow and blush.

CHECK YOUR PRICE PER OUNCES - It isn't always cheaper to buy the larger size of an item.  I ran into this recently with Mac's strobe cream.  I could buy 3 of the smaller sizes, and get more product cheaper, than buying the full size.

FIND DRUGSTORE DUPES FOR HIGH END PRODUCTS - You can search online, and especially youtube for dupes on high end products.  I love watching dupe videos.  If you are on a budget or just don't have a lot of high end makeup in your area, you can still get the look for a lot less!

HAUTELOOK.COM - Is a site that does flash sales for 3 days.  Every day they get new brands of beauty products, clothes, shoes, home fashion, jewelry, etc.  I have bought and seen a ton of high end brands on this site.  Some can sell out quickly though.  The sales start at 11 am eastern time, so you want to check them out as close to that time as possible.

DISCOUNT CODES FROM YOUTUBERS - I love my youtube beauty girls!  I watch them everyday, and communicate with a few on a regular basis.  Not only have I learned so much from them, but they often offer discount codes for high end brands!

TJ MAXX AND NORDSTROM RACK -I love TJ Maxx!  Nordstrom Rack is basically the same concept on a bigger scale.  You can get deep discounts on everything!  You never know what you are going to find.  Their inventory changes quickly, but I think that is part of the fun....the hunt!

OUTLET MALLS - Outlet malls are very much the same as TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack.  Lots of good surprises as a deep discount.

LOOK FOR AUTOMATIC COUPONS IN THE BEAUTY AISLE - Some items will have a sticker attached to them or a tear pad sticker on the display.  Always keep your eyes open for these!

DON'T FORGET THE CLEARANCE AND CLOSEOUT ITEMS - Always check these aisles first.  I know that Target puts makeup on markdown on Fridays.  Sometimes the makeup is with all the makeup in the correct slots, but some of it is also on end caps in the health/beauty section.

YOU DON'T NEED EVERYTHING - This is definitely a good tip for me!! I love makeup, I truly do.  For me, it isn't a vanity thing.  It's a hobby, just like scrapbooking, knitting, baking, gardening, etc.  My husband and son will say, "why you putting makeup on we aren't going anywhere??"  Because it is a hobby that I enjoy doing.  When I was in Junior High and High School, I spend numerous nights home, just practicing with different techniques and looks.  Plus, I am a bit of a collector, and I have a beauty blog.  But at the end of the day, I don't need EVERYTHING!!  I won't even use everything more than once or at all.  I may just end up giving it away.  Not everything is a necessity.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Spring Peach & Coral Look!


I love corals!  I bought some new coral lipsticks from Maybelline, Peach Poppy & Coral Burst.  These colors inspired an all peach and coral look.  This was my first time wearing only this color family.  I wasn't sure how it would come out, but I really liked it.  It is very spring/summer appropriate, feminine, and just gives a fresh,  look to the face.  



Face Products

- Mirabella Prime Face Primer

-  Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

-  Mac Pro Longwear Concealer: NW20

-  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: Brightener

- NYX Radiant Finishing Powder: Brightener - To set concealers

- Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - To contour cheekbones, jawline, sides of nose, and forehead

-  Sonia Kashuk Blush:  Sunset - Applied to the backs of my cheeks

-  Hard Candy Baked  Blush:  Honeymoon - Applied to the apples of my cheeks & highlight area.  This is really a blush and highlighter in one.  Beautiful color.  Hard Candy products are only sold at Wal-Mart.

- Too Faced Amazing Face Powder:  Honey Beige

- Starlooks Lip Liner:  Tipsy

- Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick:  Coral Burst from the Rebel Bloom Collection


Eye Products

- NYX Eye Primer:  Skintone - Applied all over eye lid from lash line to brow bone.

- Mac Eyeshadow: Free To Be - Applied to the crease

- Mac Eyeshadow: Brûlée - Applied on entire lid from lash line to brow bone, and inner corners

- Wet N Wild Fergie Palette: Dessert Festival


     ~  After applying the eye primer, I used brûlée and free to be.  Next, I applied the bottom left shade from the Wet N Wild palette (terra cotta shade), on my entire lid.  I applied the top right shade (coral color), to the outer crease just to deepen the look.  I used the top left shade (tan color) in the inner corner on top of brûlée.  Finally, I used the center dark brown shade as my liner.  I ran it along the outer two- thirds of my top and bottom lash line.



- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Black - 2 coats on top lashes

- Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: Black - 1 coat on top lashes, 1 coat on bottom lashes

- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade: Dark Brown

- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel: Chocolate


If you don't have many peach or coral shadows, try using peach/coral blush.  It works well, and will get you the overall look.  If you are fair with a cool undertone, these warm peaches and corals may be harder to pull off.  Pink goes great with your skin tone, so you could recreate the same look just with pink!

I got the Fergie Collection Wet N Wild palette sometime last year, but it is still a part of the permanent line, so it shouldn't be hard to find.  I just saw it last weekend at Walgreens.  It is a unique palette with good quality for only $4.99.

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Health & Fitness Essentials

Everyone has their own journey, what they enjoy, and what works best for them.  I had to learn everything on my own.....workouts and nutrition, because I have never had anyone in my life who lived a healthy lifestyle.  I didn't know where to start.  Over the years, I educated myself and found my way.  Looking back, these tools have made my journey successful.

~  The Eat Clean Diet Book by Tosca Reno:  I remember after having my son, my weight was over 200 pounds, and I had no idea where to start to get my health and fitness back on track.  I went to Barnes & Noble to find a "diet book."  It took 2 trips, because I was so overwhelmed.  Somehow I found this book, and it changed my life.  I read it from cover to cover and applied it to my life.  My life changed, and I transformed back to the old me again.  Tosca is 55 years old, a mother of three, and was previously very overweight. My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting her some years back, and she was so sweet, genuine, and personable.  It was great to meet the woman who helped change my life!  She has several variations of the eat clean book and also a few cookbooks.


~ Workout DVD's

     ~  Jari Love's Ripped Workout Series DVD's:  I have always loved weights.  I started weight training in high school, but this workout takes it to another level!  Depending on your video, you can workout 30 minutes or over an hour,  If you are a beginner, I suggest watching the workout first, and using no weight or maybe just 2-3 pounds for the upper body.  If you can't make it through the entire workout right away, don't worry.  Just do your best.  I did the entire workout with weights from the beginning, because I always have something to prove to myself (my mom and husband say I enjoy pain), and I hurt soooo badly.  I live sore everyday, but this was an extreme.  Don't do that, because it is likely that you won't want to do the workout again.

     ~  Jackie Warner DVD's:  I never heard of Jackie Warner until she had a reality show called Work Out.  I loved the show and fell in love with her.  After that she started coming out with workouts and books on health and fitness.  I love her videos.  It is circuit training, weights and cardio, so you can get twice the workout in a shorter period of time.  I do my own circuit training when I am low on time, but popping a DVD in makes it even easier!

     ~  Jillian Michaels DVD's:  I started using Jillian's DVD's many years ago.  I fell in love with her on The Biggest Loser.  She has a large array of workouts, that are sure to get sweating and burning calories.  Her videos are more in the style of Jackie Warner's videos.  She also offers yoga and kickboxing, along with her circuit training workouts.


*My Tip:  Not sure what workouts are best suited for you or what you would enjoy?  Check out your local library!  I request and pick up workout dvd's all the time.  That way you aren't wasting your money on something you may not like.  Getting them from the library gives you the ability to try it out before purchasing.

~  Dumbbells:  I started out using kitchen items as weights before I had a full dumb bell set.  I used cans, milk jugs, 2 liters, etc.  Then I got 3 pound weights and went up from there.  I love weight training, because it is the only workout that will give my body the shape that I want.  I don't just want to be thin.  I want a certain shape.  Plus, the more muscle you have on your body, the faster your metabolism will be.  That means you will even burn more calories while you sleep.  Also, your body goes through what is known as after burn.  It is the elevated rate of your metabolism after you workout.  For cardio, after burn is fairly short lived.  After weight training, your after burn can last for 24-48 hours depending on the intensity of your workout.


~  Comfortable Shoes:  We all know how miserable it can be to spend any amount of time in a bad pair of shoes, but to workout is even worse.  Invest in a good pair of shoes that comfortably form to your foot.  Also, get a type of shoe that is designed for the activities that you will be performing.  Myself, I mostly weight and circuit train, with smaller bouts of cardio.  So, I like to get cross trainers.    It is also wise to go to a good athletic store with knowledgeable staff.  That can make a huge difference.  Good quality shoes are usually an investment, but it is worth it if it keeps you on track and progressing with your fitness.  You won't be working out if you have rubbed raw spots and blisters on your feet.


~  Good Workout Music:  I wouldn't be able to last more than a few minutes without my workout music!  With it, I can go on for a very long time (time permitting).  It gives me motivation, energy, excitement, and just makes me have a much better time with my workouts.  I have a large surround sound in the gym.  It may be bothersome at times to others, but it keeps my butt moving!! Make a play list of your favorite energetic songs, and watch how positively it affects your mind and body!


If you are unaware of my past health, nutrition, and fitness struggle,  Click Here to read my story!

*My home gym








I love having this space to workout, destress, and unwind.  Of course, when I first started doing full workout routines, all I had was a TV, VCR, and a few VHS tapes in my living room (I know, I'm showing my old age).  I had no privacy, and I was completely out in the open.  We all have to start somewhere and use the tools that we have.  I put my gym together over the course of a few years, piece by piece.  I do love having it and the privacy that it provides.  It also gives me no excuse to not workout!

Please remember, at the end of the day we are all human.  Even after working out for somewhere around 25 years and becoming a certified personal trainer, I still have setbacks and obstacles to over come.  It's not about being perfect everyday, it's about doing your best everyday, and your best can differ from day to day.  You will have failures.  There is no getting around that, but it doesn't mean that you have failed unless you stop picking yourself up and moving forward.  Success doesn't just  happen to the smartest, luckiest, prettiest, richest people.  It happens to those who never give up!