I have really been mood boarding like crazy (I had a lot of time to kill on my back for nine days with a neck sprain. Seriously who sprains their neck in their sleep?) And I really have been playing with light and shadows within my photography so I just wanted to share some beautiful pics that I took of my friend Katie. I think they are so pretty and hope you will too!Read More
Whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall, pie is always in season in my opinion. Fresh fruit combined with a light, flakey crust, what’s not to love? Pie is definitely my weakness in life. Okay pie and cookies.
But if you are like me and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, refined sugar and white flour (which can be found in most traditional pies) are on the "no-no list." Plus I am the world's most terrible baker.
So today I know you will be excited fellow sweet tooth lovers because I have gone ahead and created two smoothie recipes that have all the delicious flavor of two of my favorite pies, but none of the refined sugar. These two recipes are also full of vitamins, minerals, protein (omg yes to protein-counting macros right now and I am finding that my body needs so much more protein but I can only eat so much dang animal protein) and fiber — and the best part? You can have them first thing in the morning without an ounce of guilt! Plus when you prioritize a balanced breakfast that includes high-quality protein, you establish a good foundation to continue making healthy food choices throughout the day. So when the afternoon rolls around, you’re more likely to reach for nutrient-dense, high-protein snacks to help you stay on track with a healthy diet.
It's Friday so you know what that means....it's time for another Friday Five round up! I have so neglected this series (catch up on older Friday Five's here) and I promise to stay more on-top of it! It has always gotten a great response and is such a great way for me to recap the things I am sharing on my Instagram that you may have missed.
My beauty bag has been inundated with new beauty products to try – from new to me skin care products, cosmetics, and some fabulous haircare items. All of the gems featured here have been personally reviewed by me for weeks and I have a feeling you are really going to love them.
I feel like it's pretty much impossible to have a good hair day in the summer and forget makeup as it just drips off my oily skin by noon in these three digit temps. So I really rely on finding the best products to keep me looking somewhat decent out there! (and hydrated) So here are my five for this week's summer edition.
First thing's first....beauty starts from the inside...and hydration is so important.Read More
I love the idea of an apéritif-they are just so simple and refreshing! For today’s cocktail, I turned to a classic Italian aperitivo for inspiration, but with a twist-combining Prosecco with freshly muddled peach and mint and a splash of Perrier Peach. Perrier Peach is one of the newest flavor in Perrier’s line of all-natural flavored sparkling waters (the L’Orange flavor is also lovely in this easy Prosecco cocktail)Read More
I am so excited to have started a 30 day sugar detox on Monday. I am on day 4 now and really loving it!
Check it out over on my Instagram to get all the details. I made a permanent story on my Hi-lights titled Sugar Detox. (It has the little watermelon cover)
About once every two months or so, I start to feel like I need to reboot my system. I have always found that giving my body a little detox is always a grand idea and I feel so much better afterward. I feel so much healthier and have such a better grasp on making better choices.
Could not be more excited to make this Q&A live today because it happens to feature one of my best friends!
I am so excited for Katie and her new Pilates career.
Katie is our very own Tulsa girl with an infectious smile and genuine enthusiasm for the perfect Pilates move.
She discovered Reformer Pilates months ago while accompanying me for a class and it very quickly it became a passion. The principles of Pilates, the concentration and coordination came for naturally for her and she loved Pilates so much she decided to become a Pilates Instructor!Read More
For several months, I’d been toying with the idea of hosting a “get-together” for a bunch of bloggers and was never quite sure how I wanted it to play out. It had been a while since I hosted one and I wanted to make it super fun and exciting! So I decided to combine my love of blogging, connecting, and Pilates to create a Pilates & Prosecco event with the fabulous crew from Club Pilates. I knew it will be such a fun way to kick off summer and visit with one another! It's amazing how little we actually get to connect even though we live in the same city!
On Saturday mid-afternoon, I invited a group of ladies from The Tulsa area to join me for a social hour and workout at Club Pilates in Jenks. Take a look at my Facebook invite incase you need some inspiration to host your own Meet & Move Event.
So excited to be kicking the month and summer off with a Fitness post for you. A few weeks ago I had a few appointments get shuffled at the very last moment and had wished I had my work out attire with me as I could have easily made it to Pilates or Indoor Cycling. I even could have joined a friend at her kickboxing class had I been prepared. So I came home and immediately packed a ready-to-go gym bag with all the needed essentials to just keep in my trunk at all times. Now there really is no time for excuses for your daily sweat session. Lol! Below, I’ve put together a little cheat sheet of items that I keep in my gym bag so that there’s nothing standing between me and my summer bod and hopefully it will inspire you to keep a little gym bag in your car too!Read More
So I just found the raddest ad-free, subscription-based app service that allows me to listen to music, read magazines and (soon) watch visual content in one app!
And every time you listen to a song in the WEYV app they will make a charitable donation. Say whaaaaat??!Read More
Pilates has improved my sports performance. My posture is better. I have an increased joint range of motion and increased muscle flexibility. I am building muscle tone everyday I practice. And pilates has helped my back pain and reduce my stress.
I found myself sitting taller. And I am always finding myself in neutral spine now!
Pilates builds a body awareness that translates into everything that I do now and I couldn't be happier.
So I have talked about Club Pilates in South Tulsa quite a but but today I want to introduce you to the Jenks location!Read More
Focusing on health is a common theme for 2018 for my friends and me and I am so glad that we all realize health is so much more than just a number on a scale or the number of calories on a plate. 2018 is all about paying close attention to those daily routines, taking care of our bodies, and knowing ourselves----and certainly not playing the comparison game. Health and wellness looks different for everyone.
I personally have a love/hate relationship with working out. Sometimes I get into a great groove where I’m consistent with my weekly workouts and look forward to them at the beginning or end of each day. But then other times, my dang schedule gets so busy that the thought of working out (or even the drive for it) just doesn’t come, and I go days without doing anything. I think to myself “I just don’t have time”, but the truth is that some of the busiest people still make time for it, so I know that I can, too. It's so important.Read More
I hope you all have been having a great time following along with my newest fitness journey over on my Insta Stories. I have been taking reformer Pilates classes at Club Pilates here in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the last three weeks. And I am having the best time, even better than expected! I had always been so intimidated with the thought of pilates and now I am just kicking myself because I wish I had been doing it my whole life. I was desperately looking for a workout like this....and am now a die-hard pilate enthusiast.Read More
On a cold winter's day about 7 weeks ago I decided to take a scientifically-based weight- management test that identifies your unique genetic makeup and provides diet and exercise strategies specifically tailored to your genotype. I feel like I have been running around like a hamster in a hamster wheel exhausting myself with tons of exercise and trying to get enough protein into my diet with once again----zero results except a tired exhausted Samantha still wearing the same size of clothing.Read More
This time of year most of us are dead-set on getting to the gym. With all of this holiday indulging, I like to call the month of December maintenance month. If I can celebrate a victory of not gaining weight because I am sure not going to lose it eating pie and cookies, I am one happy girl. And then in January it's time to hit it hard. Am I right?!Read More