Favorite Skin Care Products/ Make up

Taking care of my skin has always been important to me, but until recently I hadn’t put in the effort that I needed to. I didn’t realize how many chemicals and other things are put into moisturizers and foundations and even something as simple as mascara. About two years ago, I made a switch in my make up and skin care routine and have seen amazing results since. I do have to be honest though, I do deal with adult acne now due to a hormonal imbalance from taking birth control pills. I am here to share with you all my skin care routine and favorite make up products.

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Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I wanted to share with you all some casual and dressy outfit ideas. Whether you are going on a fancy date or going out with your girlfriends or having a night in with your significant other I added many options to wear.

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and a lot of you requested date ideas for it. I have included some of our favorite past Valentine’s Day Dates and also some other ideas as well. I also included a section for any ladies who don’t have a significant other around or are wanting to hang with the girls for a Galentine’s Day.

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My Fitness Routine and Tips for a healthy lifestyle

This is a topic that I am so excited to share with you all! I have been passionate about fitness and healthy eating for over 3 years now. The most important rule I live by when it comes to a healthy lifestyle is balance. I try to let it go and not worry too much when I am unable to eat healthy or go through times of the year when I am not as committed to it, but I think that’s the beauty of living with balance. It’s okay to sometimes eat a chocolate chip cookie or a bunch of fries from Chick Fil A and I definitely want to encourage all of you to do that every now and then. To be honest, I am still working on trying to be okay with treating myself every now and then.  I try to live by the 80-20 rule, meaning 80% of the time I eat a really healthy meal, but 20% of the time I splurge and treat myself. I think the other important thing to remember, especially as a woman is that we are all beautiful, unique, and loved no matter what body type we have. So be confident in being yourself and who you are more than worrying about your body image.

 

In high school I often felt defeated and was bullied a lot so being confident in myself was not something that came natural to me. I have learned as I have grown up to always believe in myself and to trust that God thinks I am beautiful just as I am. I do believe that it is important to take care of my body though and to feed it well. I find that when I am eating well and living a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally that I feel my best. I feel like the most important part of living healthy physically is your balanced diet.

 

My Fitness Routine:

My typical fitness routine for a week includes yoga, resistance/weights, and also cardio. I switch up between all of them in a week to get different muscle groups working. It’s always important when working out to mix up the muscle groups everyday. I mostly use Beachbody on Demand. My husband and I decided that spending the $100 for the whole year for access to a bunch of workouts was better for us as far as time and budget goes. My good friend Whitney Atkinson is a coach for Beachbody and I highly recommend her as a coach. She is so motivational and passionate about what she does. Some of my favorite workouts from Beachbody include the 21 day fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Core de Force, Piyo, and also Yoga Retreat. I use Yoga retreat once or twice a week due to having a back injury. I use 22 Minute Hard Corps for a good mix of cardio, abs and resistance. Every now and then Piyo for a lighter cardio and hiit workout. I love the programs since most are 20-30 minutes long and include a lot of body weight exercises.

 

I have also been recently using the Sweat App which has different workouts on there including ones with Kayla Itsines’. There are a different variety on there, but you do need more equipment for them. If you’re looking for something different and more challenging to do and have access to a gym then these are great workouts. I am hoping someday we can have our own gym in our house, but for now my living room works. They have a lot of different challenges for the Sweat App which makes it fun and engaging, plus you can turn on your own music too.

 

I typically try to work out 4-5 times a week on a typical week. On vacation it doesn’t happen often, especially on short vacations. We vary on times when we workout, although my husband and I are trying to get into a consistent schedule of working out in the mornings this year together since I work mostly in the evenings. If you have any questions about my fitness routine please feel free to message me or leave a comment.

 

Healthy Eating:

It is very challenging to eat healthy at times, but I feel much better when I eat healthy. I am definitely not always the best at eating healthy cause….Chick Fil A fries and sweet tea get me, but I try to eat well most of the time. My philosophy to eating healthy is about eating a balanced diet. So not cutting out carbs or fats, but rather eating the healthy carbs and fats. I think most people think that you have to cut out all carbs, fats, and sugars, but that isn’t true at all. I have tried almost every “diet” in the book and none of them worked for me. I think when I understood that eating healthy didn’t mean salad 24/7 and didn’t mean that I couldn’t enjoy carbs anymore is when I really stuck to eating healthy. It’s more about a mindset and having control over what you choose to eat. If you are trying to avoid certain things for cholestrol or other medical issues then this might not be the eating plan for you, but for an everyday person this is a great start for eating healthy.

 

So what do I eat on a daily basis??

For breakfast, I stick to eggs, ezekial muffins with almond butter and fruit on top, avocado toast, oatmeal with honey and fruit, omelets, and low sodium bacon….yes I did say bacon, just the low sodium kind. You can also do the uncured bacon or sausage and both of those are the best for you. I also stick to drinking water and one cup of coffee in the morning with almond milk creamer.

 

For lunches, I typically do stick to a salad with shrimp on it or chicken or I do leftovers from one of our dinners that week. I love making a simple spinach salad with nuts,avocado, veggies, and shrimp or chicken on top and use olive oil for some dressing. Olive oil is one of those good fats to eat. I am not the best person for lunches, but sometimes also do a lentil, veggie or bean soup for lunch on a cold day. I usually try to incorporate a carb in with every meal. I normally have some blue corn chips with my salad.

 

Our dinners constantly change, but we love making dinners in big portions so we always have leftovers. We love doing a simple chicken teriyaki and I use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce since it has less sodium. One of my favorite dinner meals we do is a cauliflower pizza crust. We buy a pre made one by Caulipowered and love it. It’s really easy to make. We use olive oil and pizza seasoning as our base and just add spinach, chicken, and cheese on top. We have lots of simple meals we make since we try to stick to a budget, but we always find unique recipes and ways to make healthy options.

 

I am so excited for this year and the many fitness/healthy eating goals my husband and I both have! Hope this was helpful for you all and let me know if you have any questions about workouts and or healthy eating tips! Follow along on my instagram stories for more updates on health and fitness.

 

Have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Autumn

Favorite Winter Coat and Accessory Finds from Amazon

Amazon is one of my new favorite places to shop for clothes online. The best thing about Amazon Prime is your items ship in two days and I am always impressed by the quality. Amazon Fashion really has some cute and unique Coats, Shoes, and accessories for both winter and summer. I linked my store front for Amazon HERE where you can shop resort wear, winter outfits, and some of my favorite amazon finds.

 

I think one of my favorite winter accessories is beanie hats. Amazon Prime has a lot of beanie hats in different colors and different looks. I also love the cabby hats which Amazon has a great selection of and all are under $20. If you’re also looking for winter scarves and gloves they have several sets.

 

 

I also love the selection of shoes for Amazon. They have Prime Wardrobe too where you can even order a pair of shoes and try them on before you decide whether you like them or not. I have several of my favorite OTK boots and winter boots in the Winter Outfits tab on my Amazon storefront.

 

You can definitely find a lot of affordable faux fur jackets and vests on Amazon Prime. They have the cutest leopard print one and several teddy coats as well.

 

I have also found some good casual long sleeve simple winter dresses on Amazon, including this red one. They have a lot of good basic dresses that go with a lot and can be styled in different ways. There is also higher retails connected to Amazon like J.Crew who have a couple of things on Amazon you can find.

 

Overall I have been very impressed with Amazon Fashion and bought several of my winter items this year off their site. Feel free to look around on my site and reach out if you have any questions about sizing.

 

Hope you all have a great week!

XOXO,

Autumn