Dec 31 2018
Quick Hair Updo Tutorial for Date Night
Do you ever feel like you wear the same hairstyle to every event? That’s me and I’m over it! To style my longer hair, I’m always thinking braids but this half up, half down style is actually something I could get into. It feels dressier and with the little techniques used by my hair bestie, Carine, looks dressy, too! Perfect for the Holiday parties we have coming up!!
Having a volume spray helps get the hair ready to style and this one is my favorite: VOLUME SPRAY IS HERE! It smells amazing and also gives the right lift to my heavy hair! I love it on days two and three of not washing my hair to bring the volume and prevent the flat “dirty hair” look. Did I mention it smells amazing? I’m such a sucker for the good smells!
With all the tricks of wrapping the ponytail and bobby pins, you’ll be sure to feel put together and even more glamorous than ever! My favorite part is how leaving the sections of hair in the front adds the spice!
This hairspray is perfect to finish off any style. I’ve used it for years and it not only smells great (see, told you), it adds a good amount of shine to the hair. I prefer the medium hold version found here: MEDIUM HOLD HAIRSPRAY IS HERE!
More hair tutorials in different styles to come so stay tuned!!
Dec 27 2018
FabFitFun Winter 2019 Full Review | Is It Worth It?
I finally did it! After a year of asking all my friends what FabFitFun box was their favorite, this one WON!!
Save $10 on your box with my link here so you know you’re getting the same options I’ve shown here. FabFitFun Custom Box HERE!
The main reason this box stood out to me was because of the jade roller. I get terrible “puffy face” if I get on a plane or even look at a glass of wine. I’m excited to travel with this tool and keep it in the fridge for the refreshing and relaxing effects it will bring. The rollers at Nordstrom are around $20 so I thought all the other products I got would be worth my extra investment.
It was really fun customizing my box! You get an email before your box ships every three months so you can see what you want and what you don’t want. I think I could use some of the fun products as gifts for my friends or family if I don’t think I’d use them.
If you delay on investing in self-care goodies like I do, wait no more!! This is something that will bring fun and excitement each season to your home. I’ve heard Birchbox and Ipsy are fun as well (Birchbox winning in popularity) but everyone still says FitFabFun is their favorite! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Dec 16 2018
What you get with Transform :20 on your your way to your Weight Loss Transformation!
I’m beyond excited to share this new program with you! In this video I explain everything that comes in your pack when you order! There are so many highlights but here’s a few.
- Every workout being unique as they are filmed live. No fitness boredom over here!
- The fact that the workouts are only twenty minutes and that there are six strength workouts and two ten minute bonus workouts. A ten minute booty workout and cardio blast. I’ll be excited to use these as I need them!
- The tracker so I can improve my speed and numbers! I also like that he has a daily journal for us to track what we eat, how we felt and lots of other things!!
I have twenty spots open for our exclusive Transform:20 accountability group starting January 7th with an optional three day cleanse. You can try the workout now before the program releases. Message me today so I can send it over to you, or I’ll send it once you sign up: Transform 20 with ME!!
Here’s what you’ll get when you join our Transform :20 group:
- One superfood meal a day you don’t have to prep or plan in 9 flavor choices, even vegan options
- Full customizable meal guide
based on your eating style and preference.
- Hundreds of workouts to choose from. I’ll help with what fits with your preference and goals after you’re done with Transform:20.
- Me as your 24/7 coach, you’re go to girl!
- Fun workout buddies rocking their own schedule from home but checking in online (app and Fb)
I can’t wait to help you with your goals!! Transform 20 with ME!!
Dec 14 2018
Legs, Booty and Abs Workout! Oh MY! My Favorite 80 Day Obsession Moves!!
If you’re like me, there is nothing better than feeling long and lean after your workout. It’s one of my favorite feelings!! Here’s a short video with some moves to achieve a strong core, tight legs and round booty. I will be making another one soon with some other bun burners.
Grab a pen and paper and sketch a quick note so you have the sequence handy. You’ll do 15 reps of each move. On the moves that require you to alternate legs, simply count the right leg 15 times as you alternate. You’ll also need one weight, I’m using a 10 lb dumbbell.
If you have slides and loops at home, grab those to have handy. If you don’t, grab a paper plate to work as your slide and forgo the loops. If you have hard floors, you can actually use a small towel to use as your slide, it will give the same effect.
I would love to connect you with the bundle pack that gives you these amazing little tools to enhance your workout, so message me for details on the current sale packs!
There are over 800 workouts for you to stream from any device / smart t.v. and you’d have me as your one on one coach. These moves are samples from these amazing trainers and workouts. I did not come up with them myself. 80 Day Obsession moves are some of my favorites. Autumn Calabrese is one of my favorites.
- Here’s your order and you can repeat this 2-3 times depending on how much time you have. Make sure to run in place and warm up.Tension
- Squats with loop. I love how this move engages the legs and booty at the same time.
- Four Way Lunge. I love this move!! You’ll go into a back lunge, curtsy, side and then a squat. By the 15th rep, your legs will be screaming.
- In and Outs. Start at the top and press your core to the floor as you extend your legs and arms back.
- Cabbage Patch Crunches.
- Bear Kicks with a 10 second hold at the end. Make sure to keep your knees just 2 inches off the ground and your hands directly under your shoulders.
- Swimmers. Amazing move for the lower core and back.
- Side Tucks with loop. 15 each side.
- Squat Jumps with loop and weight. Do two lateral shuffles before each jump squat moving right and left. This one will blast your heart rate for an extra calorie burn.
- Inner Thigh Burner. 15 each side. Tuck the loop around the arch of your outside foot and around the ankle of the leg that is being lifted.
- End all moves with some leg stretching, morning stretch and the upper body connector stretch. Stretching post workout is so important!! Don’t ever skip that part.
I hope this was a fun workout for you to do quickly!! Leave me a comment if you have questions or you completed this!! How did it feel? I hope amazing!!!
Dec 14 2018
Babyliss Pro Curling Iron, The Best Curling Iron EVER!
I am only slightly freaking out right now, girls. If you have been frustrated at all with your hair and how it’s styling, something from this blog should help you start enjoying the entire process. I know first hand how frizzy and unruly hair can be in humidity and also from the highlighting chemicals and styling tools. Did you know your flat iron and curling iron can actually be damaging your hair every time you use them?
I know now that my curling iron was not helping me one bit!!! I was so tempted to invest in the T3 system I kept seeing women rave about and while I’m sure the tools are beyond amazing, my budget does not fit that type of investment right now.
So I asked my hair bestie and she quickly knew where to send me. Straight to the Babyliss Pro line of tools. After posting about this on my Instagram stories today, about 4 of my friends immediately responded that they have been using this brand of tools for a while and LOVE it!! I was behind the times on this but not any more!
Here is the curling iron I purchased. 1 inch is the perfect size for me right now. https://amzn.to/2PlpcyI
I also talk highly of these tried and true styling products I’ve been loving lately. Here they are in order of how I use them on hair wash day. I explain how and why I use them in my video for you.
First I sleep on this pillowcase to prevent fine lines and hair kinks: https://amzn.to/2UmtKsl
I also love these hair ties for my workouts because they don’t leave marks in my hair: https://amzn.to/2QhkXts
Sexy Hair Active Recovery: http://bit.ly/sexyhairactiverecovery
Moroccan Oil Root Boost: https://amzn.to/2L4mPjq
Amika The Shield: https://amzn.to/2Ssd40A
Living Proof Volume Blast is great for refreshing day old hair and adding volume and texture anytime you need it: https://amzn.to/2Urfyy5
Moroccan Oil Medium Hairspray: https://amzn.to/2SvHpLZ
If you get this brand of styling tools, you have to message me and let me know how much better your hair wash days are.
Dec 14 2018
REVIEW OF SHAUN T’S NEWEST PROGRAM “Transform :20”
“Conquer your mind…so you can TRANSFORM your life.”
Finally, Transform :20!! It has been 3 years since we’ve had an entirely new workout program from Shaun T. We got to spend a week with him in SHAUN WEEK but it’s now time to TRANSFORM our bodies and minds in 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week, for 6 weeks!
What is TRANSFORM :20?
Transform :20 is a total body workout for both the body and the mind. Cardio, strength, and massive core balance work using a step riser. It is not the step aerobics you may think but rather a nonstop 20-minute workout to burn crazy amounts of calories, sculpt your body, and build long lean muscles. If you know Shaun T, you know he takes cardio to a whole new level of burn! Within five minutes you’ll be breathing heavy, within ten minutes you’ll be sweating and within 15 minutes you’ll be checking the clock. 20 minutes is all you’ll need with Shaun, I promise you that!!!
- 20 minute workouts
- 6 days per week
- 6 week program
- Modifier in every workout
- In real time…you will never see the same workout twice! I used to get so bored with my workouts, it would be harder to push play. This way, we will stay engaged and excited for what’s to come each day. I even heard he throws some curveballs and surprises our way.
- Super simple dialed in nutrition plan to help you not only achieve and sustain your goals!
When is it available?
Launches in April 2019 on Beachbody On Demand. BUT, you can get VIP Early Access in January 2019! Fill out the Transform 20 with ME!! form to get in my VIP Test Group!
Who is TRANSFORM :20 for?
Everyone! Shaun T created this program knowing that there are many people who just don’t have the time to work out…not anymore! As a new father himself, he finds less and less time to get a workout in. This is what motivated him to create a program for EVERYONE. And if you’re thinking that 20 minutes isn’t enough for you…just you wait. I pinky swear you’ll be maxed out by minute 20!! There is a modifier in every workout for you to follow if you’re just starting out on your fitness journey. I personally will be taking some of the moves at my own pace if I can’t keep the exact speed of Shaun. The goal is always progress, NOT perfection on our team.
When can I start Transforming?
You can join my TRANSFORM :20 Online fitness challenge January 2019 with VIP Early Access. BUT, you can start transforming your life now. I will have a custom hybrid calendar to give you of all Shaun T so you can get acclimated and join our crew early. ORDER TRANSFORM :20 to get started on your health and fitness journey now as we wait for TRANSFORM :20.
What equipment do I need?
The Beachbody Step and that will launch on December 4th with the packs! I will be logging in bright and early that day in case there is limited supply.
I am personally SO excited for this new program. When I was in my early 20’s, I found myself at a really low point. I was eating fast food 1-2 times a day, having bags of sour patch kids or red vines every night and the weight started to pile on. My anxiety levels were also rising and I knew I needed to get healthy. I started taking a step class at my local gym and found a love for it. It was really the only time I got excited to workout.
Sure Billy Blanks Tae Bo in my living room was fun but this step class was everything for me. I watched the instructor intently, I wanted my body to move exactly like hers did. As I lost weight and worked to keep my body and mind healthy, I truly found a piece of myself in that class. The instructor ended up moving and I went on to other classes but I will never forget the feeling I found there.
I still find those same feelings with every new program and trainer I work with. This time it’s all at my fingertips because of my “Netflix of fitness” membership I have. Now, being a mom of two I can push play from home and work it around my schedule, not the gyms. That is everything to me and keeps me in the game. I am in better shape now thanks to this lifestyle and all the amazing programs I do than I was before kids!!! I never thought that was possible!!! Anything is possible for you, too, and I hope you decide to jump on this opportunity!!
I find that the new year already brings a ton of momentum but by adding in a new workout calendar and linking arms with my fitness besties, I will feel unstoppable. Plus, I know this one scares me a little which is a good thing. Change happens on the edge of my comfort zone and I need to shake things up often. Hence the reason why I love coaching, it keeps me accountable to my fit crew and also trying new and scary things!
Fill out this form to reserve your spot!!! Fill out this Transform 20 with ME!! form, add the “commit” pic I sent and the before and after.
Dec 13 2018
Stop Drinking Alcohol for Better Weight Loss
This year has been pivotal in my pursuit of a leaner, stronger, more energized body. The secret? Giving up wine for longer periods of time than I normally would. I’ve gone over 200+ days this year without alcohol and was even successful on two vacations with the family. You may think I’m crazy but for my personality, it works really well to give me the edge I’m always looking for in my health journey.
There was actually a time in my life when my husband came to me and said he was worried because I was drinking almost every night. It was becoming a really bad habit and I needed a change. That was a hard thing to hear and honestly, pretty scary. I was slipping into feeling like it was part of who I was and simply what I did.
Being home with two small kiddos at the time and pressure with growing my online health and fitness coaching business may have had something to do with it but either way, coping with alcohol did not leave me at my best. I thank God that season seems like a lifetime behind me but I still must watch and set up safeguards around my health.
When I look at all the things I truly want in life it comes down to giving up momentary pleasures for long term gains. I like to celebrate with treats and drinks and also do what I want to do when I want to do it. That was a theme in my life until I realized the scale kept going up and I wasn’t happier..I was unfulfilled.
Learning now that structure, disciplined behaviors and simply showing up when it’s not always convenient is the essence of success in my weight loss, business and overall life goals. I workout when I’d rather stick a fork in my eye. I say no to late night snacking, drinking and Netflix binging because I remember my fitness goals and clients who are counting on me. I live by an integrity that my talk is also my walk.
Here are some pro’s I’ve personally experienced by taking time away from the drinkie-poo’s:
-I can actually get and maintain a strong, lean core
-less anxiety (way less)
-more energy and life in my body, especially during my workouts
Here are some con’s:
-bloat all over and my clothes feeling tight
-2-3 days to feel 100% again
-dragging my entire workout
-puffy face and eyes
-fine lines showing from dehydrated skin
-less motivation and energy
-HIGH anxiety if I’m drinking every few days
As I type this, I am starting to wonder why I would ever have a drink again, geez. What I do know is saying no forever isn’t realistic but I also know that these big chunks throughout the year have served me well and I’ll continue in this trend.
I was really nervous the first time I did longer than two weeks of no wine. Here are some ways I’ve learned to cope.
The first week and weekend are the hardest but after a couple weeks, I was fine without it. It’s so weird how you can go without something and then come to a place where you are so indifferent that you can take it or leave it. That’s what happens. I will say in Palm Springs this year, the wind was just right and I felt an overwhelming urge to have a glass. Luckily I had all my fellow 80 Day Obsession girls (the workout we were all doing at the time) rooting for me so I refused to let them down. It just goes to show how powerful our online accountability groups can be.
I make this lemon-ginger water recipe and keep it in the fridge:
- Juice from two lemons
- Pinch of cayenne to taste
- 2-3 drops of vanilla liquid stevia https://amzn.to/2EgZiKm
- 1-2 one inch chunks of peeled ginger to taste
- I blended all ingredients with one cup of water and then strain off the ginger pulp with a fine mesh strainer.
- I mix with a gallon of water and pre-fill my 32 oz Hydro Flask for the day! https://amzn.to/2L91Trf
I love little tricks of the trade like this lemon ginger water recipe. I would have never known about this if it wasn’t for my fit community.
I always have my favorite Zevia Cream Soda sparkling water on hand and low sugar Kombucha ( the label needs to have 6 grams of sugar or less on it). I even put kombucha in my wine glass if I want to be fancy.
I also carry this tea in my purse when I’m out and about. https://amzn.to/2QogzZI I order a cup of hot water and use this as my treat drink instead of wine. I also love sparkling water with lots of lemon, I enjoy my meal perfectly with that.
The most important part for me is being better than I was yesterday. I’m far from perfect but I have also learned that the secret to success in life is found in our daily habits. What I do now not only serves me now, but when I’m in my 60’s. It’s like eye cream…you don’t always see the benefits until they start to compound over time. With my esthetics background, I’m a firm believer in eye cream!!
I also like to remember that every time I say no to something that doesn’t serve my goals or priorities, I trust myself a little more and gain more confidence and even more of an edge.
I hope this helps you!! We are in this together and please reach out if you’re ready to jump into a fun fitness or health challenge!!! I’m your girl!!!
Nov 26 2018
Week 8 Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
Oh, it’s week eight and I am loving how tight and toned my body feels. I think some of the highlights from this program for me has been that when I am increasing my strength, I’ve been doing 25lbs for my chest presses. I’ve been doing seventeens and a half for my bicep curls. These are weights that I’ve never ever picked up before. But what happens when you’re picking up heavier weights. I don’t feel bulkier, but I feel tighter. My arms feel smaller and they’re tighter and I’ve lost inches, but I haven’t really lost pounds.
I’ve lost two pounds over the whole program, but I love that I can pick up these heavyweights and they feel lighter to me, so I’ve been able to stay on course with every single workout because it’s only been four days a week, which again, amazing for any busy mom.
The one other thing that I love besides feeling that super tight, toned, lean feeling, my body is that he had us working core every single workout, which I’ve never done before. So now I am in the habit of doing it and even if my program does not call for it. I am going to add it on and that is something that I have noticed my abs have changed the most. Obviously the meal plan has helped, but from working them everyday wanted to show you the moves from this program because sometimes when you see someone else doing it, you think to yourself if she can do it, so can I.
That’s the theme in our online groups is if she can do it. So can I. and that’s what I saw when I lost 40 pounds and I caught wind of these amazing calendars and these amazing trainers that I could just from a touch of my finger, play my workout and do it around my kids’ schedule.
It’s been such a blessing in my life and to be able to be consistent with it I think is the most important thing. Because I used to always think, why do these people have this healthy lifestyle and how do they fit in? I did not comprehend how they made it their lifestyle, with all the other things they had to get done in their daily life.
Now I know now I know and that’s why I love sharing it. So of course on my free day, I’m able to use my sliders, my loops from one of my other favorite programs. And this workout was a burner. It was leg day and 10 minutes in I was dead. I was dying. So I just wanted to show you all the amazing options that are at your fingertips.
There is a bundle deal that will save you so much money. Check it out HERE! It’s basically for a year of fitness, what most people pay in a month for their gym. I live in a little. It’s come down and to a couple of the workout moves with me because I honestly can feel that I’m showing them a healthy, happy lifestyle. And that brings me joy.
So one of my friends lost seven inches all over. Another one has no more workout guilt, because she’s never been able to fit all four workouts in a week before. When I started, I was drinking wine almost every night, lots of cheese and just feeling blah. Now I’ve been able to kick my wine cravings and I hardly ever even think about it because it’s been two months now. I’m going to have some over the holidays, but I just feel like it’s not part of my daily lifestyle anymore.
Nov 23 2018
Easy Eyebrow Tinting Tutorial – What is the Best Way to Tint Your Eyebrows?
Do you ever get your hair colored and think I wish I could enhance my eyebrow hair color, too? I know tinting your own brows might seem like a really scary thought but I promise it’s not as intense as you may think.
This one monthly treatment has been something I’ve been loving for years!! Since I’m blonde (well, I was when I was five) and my lighter brow hairs can get faded out, I love the definition tinting my brows brings to my entire face. It also makes filling in my brows everyday a little less tedious because when the hairs are darker, there is less of a need for extra brow powder. It’s also a great thing to do before heading out to a tropical vacation. This way when you’re frolicking on the beach, swimming and laying in the sun, you don’t need to fill your brows in.
This is the exact brow powder I use daily https://amzn.to/2OUwLw0 I love this brush to sketch the powder into my brows https://amzn.to/2Twr2ju Anastasia Beverly Hills is the brand and artist who does a lot of brow shaping for the Hollywood stars, including Oprah.
Good brow color and shape can brighten an entire face. When I forget to fill in my brows, I just feel and look off. Do you pay attention to your eyebrows? I’m guessing you do if you’re taking the time to read this. Often I see women getting so used to their natural brow that they forget the impact it can have on their overall appearance. It sounds extreme but I promise brows are a big deal!!!! Having a good shape is something we all need professional help with, including me.
Stick to a color as close to your natural brow color as possible. If your brows are lighter than your hair color, go ahead and add some depth to your brows to complement your hair color.
What you will need on hand. Q-tips, cotton rounds, a mirror, a small bowl, water, tint brush, tint and solution.
First step is to not panic! You can totally do this. Have a clean face or remove your makeup with this skin cleanser and a cotton round: https://amzn.to/2BpVx3y
Then you’ll want to take this brush https://amzn.to/2Box5iY and mix a couple drops of the solution with a pea size of the Medium Brown Tint. The exact set and color I use on myself is here https://amzn.to/2zkxwcU
There are other others you can order like graphite or dark brown depending on your needs. I explain the different tint shades in my video so you know other color options.
Stroke the color onto the brow hairs all the way to the skin. You don’t have to paint the skin but some will naturally be applied. Make sure every hair has the tint color on it and then clean up any edges with a wet q-tip. Let the tint process for 2-5 minutes checking it as the time passes. Some skin and hair will process faster than others so it’s important you watch it closely.
Once you see the skin darkening and it’s been about 4-5 min. You can remove the tint with a wet cotton round. It does transfer a bit to the skin but that will wash off after one cleansing and sometimes it’s nice not to have to fill your brows in for a day or two because of the tinted skin! Make sure to get all the tint off of your brows or it will continue to process and darken and you may not like the results.
Come see me on Instagram and watch the other tips I share. I’d love a message from you with any questions or to tell me how your brows turned out!
Sending much love, Stace
Nov 20 2018
Week 7 Liift 4 Review – A Mom’s Weight Loss Transformation!
I’m so excited to share week seven with you girls. I felt really focused when I started this week because I knew I only had two weeks left of the program and I do really well with short burst and short term goals. Obviously it’s a little bit easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so this started shred week for us. He does two weeks, I’ve shred week and you definitely notice that he has upped the cardiac.
Have to say though, when I was doing these workouts, I did not feel very lean, but playing back and watching the videos, I’m like, oh, I actually, I can see more muscle definition. I do feel and look a little leaner, so it’s good to have a mirror in your workout space. You can focus on form. It’s good to video yourself and see the progression because otherwise you just look in the mirror.
You’re going about your day to day business and you don’t notice how much you’re changing. I am dying. Jude is a nice little workout buddy. He came down, it was Chapel Day, so he had his little red tie on and he’s like, “Mom, can I work out with you?” So I love to see how much he was actually watching me, which just goes to prove that our kids are watching us so much more than we realize. Teaching them these good habits is priceless.
Joel mixed it up this week. He totally changed the order and which we used our muscle groups. I was thinking about this morning, how much I’m noticing an improvement in my ab area and it’s because I’m working my core pretty much every day. Um, I didn’t use to do this.
I was of the understanding that you only needed to work your core every other day, but working at it daily has been really strengthening it and I’m noticing a lot more tightness in that area, especially after having two kids. That’s a big deal because I do have a slight separation in the muscles going down the middle of my stomach. So I am really excited to have this opportunity to just focus on my core more on my second free days this week.
I chose AAA from A Little More Obsessed and again, using the bands and the slides are life. I love the way it makes my muscles feel and that just adds that extra tension to those tough to work areas.
Thank you Autumn for blasting out the fat on the side of my butt. I’m working my core in every single move.
I hope this inspires you and gives you some new ideas. I really hope that you’re inspired now to join our group because if you didn’t know there is a special running where when you get Shakeology that I’m obsessed with, you get a year of all these workouts for just $10. So hit me up.