Thankful for Style

Thankful for Style

Hey guys! Happy Sunday!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? I honestly can’t, but I am truly thankful for a short time to relax, bond with family, and feast on some holiday yummies. Thanksgiving just means we are one step closer to Christmas, aka the best holiday!

While the food may be the main event at your Thanksgiving gathering, no holiday get together would be complete without a bomb outfit to show off to all of your relatives. There’s nothing quite like prancing around the kitchen and grazing on snacks in an outfit that makes you feel like the fashion icon of your family. Your cousins have nothing on this.

So, to help you look your best I have linked some of my Thanksgiving style inspo outfits and accessories from all of my favorite websites! Enjoy!

-Cay

 

This Mascara is a Miracle Worker. Honestly.

This Mascara is a Miracle Worker. Honestly.

Hey guys!

I hope everyone has had a great week! Today, I am going to fill you girls in on how to get long, thick, and defined lashes without having to spend all of your hard earned money on expensive lash extensions!  This post is a MUST READ.

Recently, I one of my Facebook friends reached out to me and urged me to try a new mascara that is part of the Younique brand called Moodstruck Epic Mascara. She swore by it and said that she was selling it in huge volumes just because of how good it is and how high the demand for it was.

I don’t know about you, but I never turn down a great makeup sample. Especially one that has reviews as good as this mascara did. I happily obliged to try out the mascara and patiently waited for my package in the mail. Okay, maybe not patiently waited but excitedly waited. Girls gotta have her mascara. When it finally came in I was ecstatic.

First, can we talk about how cute this packaging is?? Just the little eyelash stickers that are taped on the back make the packaging look so cute and make you feel like you’ve really invested your money in something that’s high quality.

As cute as the outer packaging is, I’ll be honest and say I might have aggressively ripped through it to get to the goods. A worthy cause in my book. The mascara tube is shown above. No weird shaped tube, a simple design, and a really good volume size. Phase 2 of liking this mascara complete. Now on to testing, drumroll pleaseeeee…

Seriously, WOW.  I tried my best to get a really good before and after picture but, if you have ever tried to take a picture of your eyeball with an iphone, it can prove to be quite difficult. However, even if this isn’t the best pic, look how dramatic the difference in my eyelash length and volume is! I was honestly amazed because I did not think that it would be this drastic of a difference.

After wearing this mascara all day, and basically every day since I received it, I have made a list of all of the positive qualities that it has:

  • Super lightweight: a lot of mascara can make your eyelashes feel weighed down and heavy after multiple coats, not this mascara! My eyelashes felt light and feathery even after numerous coat applications.
  • Long Lasting: After a long day of running around town and going to all of my classes my eyelashes looked just as good as they did when I started the day!
  • Sweat and Gym Proof: I took this mascara through multiple high intensity workouts and not once did I deal with mascara running down my face or into my eyes. What a blessing.
  • Easy Removal: Most mascaras that promise to make your lashes thicker and longer are a huge pain when it comes to removing it. Not this mascara, I was able to get my eyelashes completely clean with only one makeup wipe. I love that this saved me a makeup wipe or two and that I didn’t feel like I was damaging my natural eyelashes trying to get it off.
  • Great Price: I will not hesitate to spend money on mascara if it has good reviews. Before I tried this product, I believe I was spending about $45 on a mascara that was pretty good, but definitely not as good as Moonstruck. That’s why when I found out the price of this mascara I was so surprised with how affordable it is! You really can’t afford not to buy it!

Ever since I started wearing this mascara I have received multiple compliments on my eyelashes. Someone even asked me if I had gotten extensions! I rate this product a 10/10 and would definitely recommend that you consider making an investment in yourself by purchasing this product. Everyone wants to be fabulash 🙂

If you would like to get amazing, natural, and beautiful looking lashes visit fabulashsuzanne.com or simply click this link!Have a great week!

-Cay

 

Intermediate Week 3

Intermediate Week 3

Monday: HIIT it

1 mile run on tread

At mat, 4 rounds

  • 12 burpees
  • 20 situps holding 8 lb medicine ball
  • 30 leg raises
  • 1 minute plank

Tuesday: Lit Legs

10 minutes on stairmaster or incline walk at 6.0 doing 4.0 mph

At weights, 3 sets per exercise

  • 16 forward leg lunges (8 per leg) holding 5-10lb dumbbells in each hand
  • 16 weighted step ups (8 per leg) holding 5-10 lb dumbbells in each hand
  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 16 backward leg lunges (8 per leg) holding 5-10 lb dumbbells

Wednesday: Cardinooo

On Tread

0.10 mile warmup at 3.5 mph

0.5 mile run at 5.5 mph

0.25 mile walk at 3.8 mph

0.15 mile run at 6.0 mph

0.25 mile walk at 3.5 mph

0.5 mile run at 5.0 mph

0.5 mile incline walk at 4.0 mph

*stretch after*

Thursday: Arms

Warm up with 0.5 mile walk on tread

At mat, 3 rounds

  • 15 girl pushups
  • 1 min plank
  • 15 commandos

At weights, 3 sets

  • 10 dumbbell curls (5-10lb weight)
  • 10 tricep kickbacks ( each arm, 5-10lb weight)
  • 10 shoulder raises (each arm, 5-10lb weight)

 Friday: Total Body 

Start with 10 minute row

At mat, 4 sets

  • 12 burpees
  • 20 girl pushups
  • 20 situps
  • 20 leg lunges
  • 1 minute plank

*disclaimer* I am not a personal trainer and only suggest these exercises because it is what worked for me when I was starting out. If at anytime you feel pain or discomfort stop the workout and modify the reps or movements as needed.

Beginner Week 3

Beginner Week 3

Monday: Arms & Cardio

On tread

0.25 mile warmup at 3.5 mph

0.25 mile run at 5.0 mph

0.25 mile walk at 3.5 mph

0.25 mile run 5.0 mph

At mat, 3 rounds

  • 10 girl pushups
  • 30 second plank
  • 10 seated dips
  • 20 jumping jacks

Tuesday: Cardio

20 minutes on Cardio machine of choice! Stretch After!

Wednesday: Legs 

Start with 5-10 minute bike

At mat, 3 sets

  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 16 front leg lunges (8 per leg)
  • 12 side lunges (6 per leg)
  • 20 high knees

Thursday: Cardio

On tread

0.10 mile warmup at 3.5 mph

0.40 mile run at 5.3 mph

0.25 mile walk at 3.5 mph

0.25 mile run at 5.5 mph

1.0 mile incline walk at 3.5 mph

Friday: Total Body

10 minute row or walk on tread

At mat, 3 rounds

  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 20 high knees
  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 10 squat jumps
  • 1 minute plank

     

    *disclaimer* I am not a personal trainer and only suggest these exercises because it is what worked for me when I was starting out. If at anytime you feel pain or discomfort stop the workout and modify the reps or movements as needed.

 

New Meal Prep Recipes & WOW

New Meal Prep Recipes & WOW

Hey Guys! Happy Monday!

I realize it has been awhile since I said I was going to bless y’all with some new meal prep recipes, so today’s post features two new yummy meals that I’ve started packing in my lunch bag. Enjoy!

Oven Baked Tilapia with White Rice and Green Beans

What you’ll need:

  • fresh or frozen tilapia filets (I always try to choose fresh & always check the origin of fish)
  • 2 Bags of Uncle Bens Ready Rice Original
  • 2 Cans of French Green Beans (french style is a personal preference)
  • garlic powder
  • cajun seasoning
  • light olive garden dressing
  • vegetable oil
  • butter or margarine

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish with vegetable oil and place filets inside. Lightly season the filets with garlic powder and cajun seasoning. (I like a lot of spice so I use a generous amount of cajun seasoning.) Place inside oven and bake for 15 minutes. When the fish is cooked it should flake easily with a fork.

2 minutes before fish is finished cooking, drain your 2 cans of green beans and pour into a microwavable container. Add 1/8 stick of butter, garlic powder to taste, and olive garden dressing to taste. Place in the microwave along with your 2 bags of ready rice and cook for 2 minutes. (be sure to cover green beans with a paper towel so they don’t spill)

Once your tilapia, rice, and green beans are finished cooking place them into your meal prep containers and you’re set for the week! Usually this recipe makes 5 servings for me.

BBQ Pork Chops with Potatoes and English Peas

What you’ll need:

  • 5 boneless pork chops, trimmed
  • 2 bags of Idahoan instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 cans of no salt added english peas
  • Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce
  • hot sauce
  • garlic powder
  • cajun seasoning

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease bottom of glass cooking dish with vegetable oil and place pork chops inside. Season with garlic powder and cajun seasoning to taste. Sprinkle hot sauce amply over pork chops. Run a line of Sweet Baby Rays down each pork chop. (or you could drown them in the bbq sauce but that defeats the health-conscious purpose) Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes.

Prepare instant potatoes as described on the back of the package. (I always choose the stove top option over the microwavable option) If potatoes seem too thick, add in a tablespoon of water.

To prepare the english peas, open and drain each can and empty the peas into a microwavable dish. Season with cajun seasoning to taste. Microwave for 2 minutes.

Once food is cooked, place it into containers and pop them in the fridge!

 

These are the two different meals that I have been switching between each week! I always like to add a side of fruit, whether it’s a banana or a generic fruit cup, to each of my meals to give me some sweetness. I hope you enjoy these recipes and find them as tasty as I do! WOW below!

-Cay

Monday: HIIT Arms 

1 mile run on tread

On mat, 4 sets

  • 20 pushups
  • 20 commandos, 20 reach outs
  • 20 out in plank jumps
  • 20 tricep dips
  • 15 weighted burpees

At weights, 3 sets

  • 12 bicep curls
  • 12 hammer curls
  • 15 tricep kickbacks
  • 15 tricep extensions

Tuesday: Legs get it

15 minute bike

  • 5 sets of 8 smith machine squats, medium difficulty weight
  • 3 sets of 10 close stance smith machine squats, light weight
  • 4 sets of 12 leg press
  • 3 sets of 12 (6 each leg) single leg press
  • 3 sets of 20 weighted leg lunges
  • 3 sets of 10 (each leg) bulgarian split squats

Finish with 10 minute walk on tread

Wednesday: Cardio & Abs 

30 minutes on elliptical

At mat, 4 rounds

  • 15 burpees
  • 40 mountain climbers
  • 20 situps on exercise ball
  • 20 ab ins on exercise ball

Thursday: Upper Body Weights

15 minute row

At weights, 3 sets

  • 12 bicep curl to shoulder press (each arm)
  • 12 shoulder raises (each arm)
  • 15 chest press, superset with 15 pullovers
  • 20 reverse flyes (10 high weight, 10 low weight)
  • 15 cable face pulls
  • 15 cable pulldowns

Friday: Sweat it out

1 mile run, 20 minutes on Stairmaster

On mat, 3 sets

  • 15 out in jumps
  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 12 burpees
  • 20 pushups

 

 

 

New Meal Prep Recipes & WOW

New Meal Prep Recipes & WOW

Hey Guys! Happy Monday!

I realize it has been awhile since I said I was going to bless y’all with some new meal prep recipes, so today’s post features two new yummy meals that I’ve started packing in my lunch bag. Enjoy!

Oven Baked Tilapia with White Rice and Green Beans

What you’ll need:

  • fresh or frozen tilapia filets (I always try to choose fresh & always check the origin of fish)
  • 2 Bags of Uncle Bens Ready Rice Original
  • 2 Cans of French Green Beans (french style is a personal preference)
  • garlic powder
  • cajun seasoning
  • light olive garden dressing
  • vegetable oil
  • butter or margarine

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish with vegetable oil and place filets inside. Lightly season the filets with garlic powder and cajun seasoning. (I like a lot of spice so I use a generous amount of cajun seasoning.) Place inside oven and bake for 15 minutes. When the fish is cooked it should flake easily with a fork.

2 minutes before fish is finished cooking, drain your 2 cans of green beans and pour into a microwavable container. Add 1/8 stick of butter, garlic powder to taste, and olive garden dressing to taste. Place in the microwave along with your 2 bags of ready rice and cook for 2 minutes. (be sure to cover green beans with a paper towel so they don’t spill)

Once your tilapia, rice, and green beans are finished cooking place them into your meal prep containers and you’re set for the week! Usually this recipe makes 5 servings for me.

BBQ Pork Chops with Potatoes and English Peas

What you’ll need:

  • 5 boneless pork chops, trimmed
  • 2 bags of Idahoan instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 cans of no salt added english peas
  • Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce
  • hot sauce
  • garlic powder
  • cajun seasoning

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease bottom of glass cooking dish with vegetable oil and place pork chops inside. Season with garlic powder and cajun seasoning to taste. Sprinkle hot sauce amply over pork chops. Run a line of Sweet Baby Rays down each pork chop. (or you could drown them in the bbq sauce but that defeats the health-conscious purpose) Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes.

Prepare instant potatoes as described on the back of the package. (I always choose the stove top option over the microwavable option) If potatoes seem too thick, add in a tablespoon of water.

To prepare the english peas, open and drain each can and empty the peas into a microwavable dish. Season with cajun seasoning to taste. Microwave for 2 minutes.

Once food is cooked, place it into containers and pop them in the fridge!

 

These are the two different meals that I have been switching between each week! I always like to add a side of fruit, whether it’s a banana or a generic fruit cup, to each of my meals to give me some sweetness. I hope you enjoy these recipes and find them as tasty as I do! WOW below!

-Cay

 

 

 

 

Raise the Bar.

Raise the Bar.

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

Raising the bar means setting a standard above what you think you can do or what you expect to be given. It means setting tougher goals, challenging your comfort zones, and getting away from what looks easy. Raising the bar means saying goodbye to complacency and hello to a challenge. So today, I want to boldly challenge you guys to raise the bar on every aspect of your life.

“How can I do this? Why should I do this?” is what I can guarantee you are thinking right now. I completely understand, why should you deal with the pressure and discomfort that stems from setting higher goals and standards for yourself when living a mediocre life can be so easy, and at times moderately fulfilling? Let me prove it in 3 bullets.

  • You are constantly being reminded of your ambitions. Setting goals and having dreams are great, but if you do not create a plan to tackle them step by step each day, your goals and ambitions will always be set in the future. Thoughts are just thoughts without action. Making your ambitions a reality takes consistency, a future state of mind, and a lot a lot a lot of determination. As the great Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama football, once said, “There are two pains in life. The pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment. ” I could end my post here tbh.
  • You will gain a new sense of self respect. Think about how your grandma thinks of you, now think about having that same mindset for yourself. She thinks you’re the smartest in the crowd and the most intelligent in the room. I mean, my grandmother once told me I had a chance to be on Tyra’s Top Model. LOL. But to piggyback off this mindset, once you set the standards for what you deserve and develop the mentality to achieve it, nothing can stop you. Now I’m not saying to be cocky because Kendrick Lamar says to #sitdown & #stayhumble but I am saying that knowing your standards will lead to a new type of mindset you develop for yourself.
  • A ripple effect will happen. Picture stacking dominos in a row and then knocking one over, the rest will follow right? The same thing happens when you set and achieve a new goal or standard for yourself. The adrenaline you get from getting closer to the peak of success will motivate you to climb even higher.

And that’s my take on why you should raise the bar for yourself! Talk is easy, actions are hard. I get it. But, hopefully this post motivates you to begin thinking about the actions you need to take in order to live a successful and fulfilling life. Below is my WOW! Have a great week! (ALABAMA SHOULD HAVE WON MISS AMERICA)

-Cay

 

Monday: Arm Burner

*1 mile run on tread*

4 circuits, only stop between circuits

  • 15 out in jumps with pushup in between
  • 20 pushups
  • 12 weighted burpees
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 20 commandos

At weights, 3 sets

  • 21s with short bar and your weight choice
  •  12 wide curls
  • 12 tricep kickbacks
  • 15 seated tricep extension

Tuesday: Leggies 

*10 minute bike*

At weights

  • 5 sets of 8 smith machine squats (alternate wide and narrow stance)
  • 3 sets of 10 leg press, wide stance
  • 3 sets of 10 leg press, narrow stance
  • 12 weighted sumo squats

On mat, 3 sets

  • 20 leg lunges, each leg
  • 20 step ups, each leg
  • 15 out and in jumps

Wednesday: Cardinoooo

Long run, and finish with this ab burner!

On mat, 4 rounds

  • 20 situps on bosu ball
  • 20 leg raises
  • 40 butterfly kicks
  • 30 side taps
  • 20 ab ins on bosu

Thursday: Back & Shoulders

15 minute row

At weights, 3 sets

  • 12 wide grip lat pulldowns
  • 12 front cable pulldowns
  • 15 cable face pulls
  • 12 reverse flys
  • 15 single arm row

Friday: Cardio & Chest 

1 mile run, 20 minutes on stairmaster

At weights, 3 sets

  • 8 barbell bench press
  • 12 incline cable fly
  • 20 pushups