Fitness Fashion Finds, Stores and Brands You Haven’t Heard Of

Hey All!

So if you know me you know I love clothes, activewear in particular I would and do wear it almost every day! I love that active wear is now not only my part time “work clothes” but my full time work clothes : ).

With that being said since I enjoy fitness wear so much I’ve discovered several brands you may not be aware of that I thought I’d share with you today. After all who doesn’t want more bright colored, comfy, cozy active wear?


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Splits 59 – 10% off your first purchase

Life Lately – Vacation & Goal Crushing

Hey Friends!

Been missing you all a lot lately! Thought I would take today to catch you up on what I’ve been up to in my absence from the blog.

The farmer and I went on an amazing vacation at the end of February in celebration of our 2 year wedding anniversary. We went to the Dominican Republic and stayed at an all inclusive called The Sanctuary. It was warm, relaxing and just what we needed!


The biggest news is that I took and passed my ACE Group Fitness Certification! This is an item that has been on my goal list for quite some time so I’m really excited to check it off!

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Next goals up on the list are obtaining my YogaFit certification and becoming a certified Herbalife Wellness coach! Both of these will be accomplished by May.

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What have you guys been up to lately?

Friday Finds – February 13

Hey All Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!
I’ve been absent from my blog for awhile now but I’ve been up to big things building my Herbalife business, coaching classes at Kosama and finding my way pursuing these passions with my availability thanks to the big step I took in December when I left the corporate world. I have to say its been a bit scary but I wouldn’t change a thing and I’m so happy I took this step.
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I thought I’d share with you today some recent finds because it is Friday after all!

On My Radar

Things I’ve Tried

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Gelous Base Coat
I’ve been using this base coat thanks to a tip from a friend! Give it a try. It makes your DIY mani look, feel and shine like a pricer gel mani from the salon. I picked my bottle up from Sally’s Beauty Supply.
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I’m loving the smell of this fragrance from Victoria’s Secret. I first smelt it in store and then got a little rollerball travel size with a special offer. I would love the full size bottle. How cute is it? I love the pump!  It would make a great Valentine’s gift for any of those late last minute shoppers. The farmer, my husband, already told me he wasn’t going to be one of those creepy guys in Victoria Secret, his words lol. I tried to explain that it wasn’t creepy for guys, especially married ones to be in the fragrance section. Oh goodness : )
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Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Shake
As you know, I’m an Herbalife Wellness Coach at Prime Nutrition. Thanks to one of my mentors, Tammy, I got to try this awesome new shake recipe she posted on Facebook this week. I’ve already had this one twice this week. Love my shakes and I love that they provide me with all my nutrients and 24g of protein.
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Herbalife has a skin care line in addition to all their other great products. I just tried their skin line for the first time. I’m using their cleanser and toner. The toner is different than any other I’ve ever used before. It is a spray. I love it, its quick, effective and refreshing!
I’ve been getting boxes from Julep for a few months now, but I got favorite this month complete with some polishes perfect for Valentines.

Things I Can’t Wait to Try

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I found out about this organization thanks to Facebook and my alma mater. Super cute hats created for a charitable organization created by two college students. You buy a hat and a had is also given to a child with cancer. Checkout their new collection launching soon!
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MAC Cinderella Collection
 This collection just look so fun and happy. Who doesn’t want to look like a Disney Princess?

Must Reads

15 Best Things About Being Close With Your Mom
A Mom Let Her Toddler Dress Her For A Week And The Results Are Crazy Adorable
25 Best Fitness Apps

Some Funnies For Your Friday

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Friday Finds, Favorites and Fun

Hey All Happy Friday!

Today has turned into an unplanned lazy day for me. I”m feeling a little guilty but trying not to as I’ve had a busy week with helping coach 10 classes this week. I always love reading Friday posts from all my favorite blends so I’m hoping you like them as much as I do. They are also so fun to write!

This week I’ve fell in love with breakfast. Sounds weird right? Well, I love several breakfast foods but generally don’t make time for anything to fancy or big. This week I helped out and taught some classes at 6:10 a.m. at another gym location. With the extra early classes I was ready for some heartier breakfasts. I took myself on a breakfast date or two. It was a great way to start my day and fuel my body!

Here’s a photo I snapped at my breakfast date. I went to HyVee picked up the latest issue of Fitness Magazine and chowed down on some yummy food.


Speaking of Fitness magazine, I always love reading magazines as they help me discover a ton of new finds and get new ideas for everything from fashion, fitness to food. I found some of those sweet kicks in my last post thanks to the latest issue of People Style Watch I had picked up.

Here is a cool learning I read in Fitness

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And a cool fitness find I found in there too! My mom got Nike Studio fitness wraps for Christmas and has been loving them for her practice. Check out this sweet Nike Studio Mid Pack. It includes special boots to wear over your wraps on the way to the studio. Perfect for those of us in the colder climates! How cool, right?

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What are finding and favoriting lately?

Shoe Love – Kick It Up!

Hey All and Happy New Year!

I’ve been away from the blog for a bit but I’m excited to get back at it. I needed a break to get inspired and rest up from the go go go of the holidays and all of the big goals I have on my mind. Anyways finally felt inspired today to get back on the blogging wagon. If you know me, it is no surprise that this inspiration came from shoes.

What can I say I love shoes? I thought i’d share with you some of my favorite new shoes in my closet right now and some I’ve found to put on my wish list!


Newish  favorites in my closet!

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Gunmetal Toms Desert Wedges

Reebok CrossfitNano 4.0

Vans Low Pro

Tieks Flats

New kicks that have caught my eye!



Kate Spade Saturday and New Balance Collaboration

Etnies Scout


Kaanas Patmos Slip-Ons

Mojave Sandal

What shoes are you loving or wishing for?

My Favorite Things 2014

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Hey Friends! It’s been too long. The holidays tend to get crazy busy don’t they? I’ve been busy working away as an Educator at Lululemon, a coach at Kosama and a Herbalife Wellness Coach at Prime Nutrition. All of which I am so excited about! The days have been a bit of a blur but they have been packed, just how I like them, and full of fun and meeting new people.

Today I got a chance to do some Christmas shopping. Usually I’m way ahead of the game and have this completed by now but not this year. I’m super excited about my purchases and wish I could share them all with you right now but that would ruin the surprise so instead I’m going to share some of my favorite things from 2014 like I had mentioned I would. Feel free to use these as gift ideas or as last minute additions to your wish list. You won’t be disappointed.

Did anyone else grow up checking Oprah everyday after school around the holidays for her Favorite Things special or was that just me? I may or may not have tried to create a video of my shouting “it’s my favorite things” all Oprah like that just didn’t quite make it pass the proofing department, but I digress on with the favorites!

Erin Condren Life Planner

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This planner was on the top of my wish list last year (some of you may remember). It was love at first sight when a fellow blend showed me her beautfiul Erin Condren planner almost two years ago at the Healthy Living Summit. This planner did not disappoint. I’ve asked for one again for next year. Perfect for mom’s, bloggers or any of those busy bee’s on your gift list. With a number of options to customize you can make it a truly unique gift they will use all year long!

Arm Candy Classics

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The next item on my favorite lists is one I’ve been enjoying since way before 2014, but I still wanted to share it with you. I’m a lover of bracelets and really all jewelry. I think it is super fun. It is essentially the human form of sprinkles. Anyways, few things are as fun as some great arm candy to really express your personality and sparkle as well as dress up a plain jane look. This stretchy circle pave bracelet is one of my absolute favorites to wear almost every day. I about had a meltdown when it finally broke after a few good years of wear this year. Luckily I found a really similar bracelet online at Francesca’s and ordered two!

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 1.11.28 PMThis bracelet is a great little gift. Another favorite also featured in my pictures above is from Stella and Dot called the Renegade Cluster Bracelet.

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Reebok CrossFit Shoes

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These Reebok CrossFit Nanos 3.0 have been amazing. I’m pretty sure I’ve raved about them on here a few times. My pair is still going strong, and I got them last February,  which far and away beats any other shoe I’ve used to coach and train at Kosama over the past 3 years. I will definitely be getting another pair. These bad boys are not just for CrossFitters. In fact, if you haven’t tried them out for your weightlifting, plyometric and HIIT days you are missing out!

Lululemon Athletica Core Pieces

Since I’ve become an educator at Lululemon, I’ve had the opportunity to try and learn some more about all of their products. Here are some basic pieces I’ve been loving that I was totally missing out on!

Cool Racerback

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This super comfy and super flattering longer length tank stays put throughout your entire workout. Its simple perfection.

Speed Tights

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While I obviously was aware of the amazingness of Wunder Unders, I hadn’t tried Speed Tights until a few weeks ago. These are my new favorite pants. They have four way stretch and are sweat wicking making them the perfect pick for all my classes at Kosama and time spent outside the yoga studio. For those of you in cooler climates, try them in brushed for  a warm cozy treat!


Whether you are on your journey to healthy, trying to find more energy or looking for ways to pack more protein into your diet Herbalife is a great company full of products to help you meet your goals in a healthy way. This year I’ve been focused on getting more protein in my diet. Herbalife has helped me tremendously with a bunch of options for my on the go life. Some of my favorites right now are the shakes (of course), meal replacement bars, beverage mix and soup mix!



What are some of your favorite things?

I Mustache You Some Questions!

Several of my blends have been taking this fun survey recently so I thought I would join in too. Read on to learn a little more about me!
Four names that people call me (other than my real name):
-Gabe: I believe my two awesome brothers came up with this one, but I’m not sure it has been with me awhile.
-Gabri: This nickname has been with me many moons as well not sure who started it but my first friend used to call me it as well as my teammates on my synchronized swimming team.
-Little Dub: My brother Austin came up with this one. Not sure of the origin, but his the master of nickname creation.
-Little One: My mama occasionally calls me this. I believe it is because I’m her youngest and her shortest. One of my friends I coach with likes to call me this too.
Four jobs I have had:
-Synchronized Swimming Coach
-Digital Strategist
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Four movies I have watched more than once:
-The Holiday
-The Devil Wears Prada
booksFour books I’d recommend:
-Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
-The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
-What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
-Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Four places I have lived:
Haha so lame when it comes to this question. All of the below are in Iowa ha!
-My mom’s house
-Wartburg (this one barely counts!)
-My townhouse

Four places I have been:

South Padre Island

-St. Thomas

-Orange County

-New York


Four places I’d rather be right now:

-Disney World

-New York with my blends : )



Four things I don’t eat:






Four of my favorite foods: This was tough!





Four TV shows that I watch: Guilty as charged, I enjoy some trash T.V.

– Grey’s Anatomy

-The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

– Suits

– Pretty Little Liars

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

-the holidays

-new adventures

-goal crushing


Four things I’m always saying:

– “You got this, don’t stop, nice form, few more, get it, etc” while I’m coaching I sometimes feel like I repeat the same things, so sometimes I just turn into a giant goof ball!

-“Let me check my calendar” I love planning and calendars. I don’t know what I would do without mine.

-“What are you hungry for?” the never ending conversation between the farmer and I.

-“I love you” I love hearing this so I love telling others!

Five On Friday – 11/21

Hey All!

Happy Friday! To say its been a crazy few weeks for me is an understatement. I can’t wait until I can finally spill the beans and share some exciting news with you but until then here’s a quick Friday Five just for you.

  1. amazon smileWednesday I did a post on getting out of your mall shopping rut and shared some of my other favorite ways and places to shop especially for gifts. I didn’t include Amazon on the list because I thought it was a total gimme, but I discovered a new Amazon feature just yesterday that made me fall even more in love with them. It is called AmazonSmile. Use the AmazonSmile link when you do your holiday options and portion of your purchase will be donated back to the charity of your choice. There are several options from United States Synchronized Swimming to Doctor’s Without Borders, St. Jude’s and more. So check it out and don’t forget to use the link when you shop!pure vida
  2. Have you ever heard of Pura Vida before? I had seen there ads pop up in my Facebook feed a few times. Last week for the opening of our Jordan Creek Lululemon store we ordered some bracelets to hand out. I quickly fell in love. I visited their Facebook page as well as their site and quickly found several more that are just dying to be a part of my arm party (especially some of the pretty pearl ones). Who could blame them right?fav things
  3. I had been planning on doing a favorite things post think a la Oprah Winfrey but looks like some awesome bloggers grouped up and beat me to it. Check out their favorite things for 2014. I think I’ll still do my post, and hopefully next year I’ll get asked to link up with them. Love meeting new blog friends!travel
  4. With the holidays fast approaching, how is next week Thanksgiving, one of my favorite bloggers wrote a great post on how to stay active during holiday travel. I’m pretty luck as the farmer and I’s family’s are both located about 15 minutes from each other so my holiday travel is less than minimal, but I know that is not the case for a lot of you so checkout Anne’s tips. Don’t forget to invite the family to join in your sweat sessions!mocking jaywild
  5. I’m so excited to see Mockingjay and Wild, which comes out in about two weeks. Not sure when I can get to theater but I’m pumped!


Will you be going to see Mockingjay this weekend?