Who takes all of your photos? My husband takes a lot of my photos and was my photographer when I first started. Now I have another photographer I use on a regular basis. But I still love having Michael shoot me!
What self-tanner do you use? I shared all my favorite products and tips for the perfect sunless tan in a blog post here.
What’s your advice for new bloggers? You don’t grow overnight, this takes time. Make sure you are able to post consistently and include high quality images before you decide to start blogging seriously. Make sure to network yourself, by visiting other blogs and commenting. Use trending hashtags that are relevant on instagram and twitter. Blogging is very fun, but a lot of hard work and dedication. Good things don’t come easy, ever!
What type of camera do you use? We use this camera here and this lens here.
How can you grow your instagram?
Take high quality, well lit photos and post consistently. Tag brands you are wearing on instagram for a possible feature/regram. Use relevant hashtags and post at peak times of the day. Instagram now has analytics that show you what times have the best engagement from your audience.
What instagram filters do you use?
To edit photos taken on my phone, I use Afterlight, VSCO and Snapseed are all my favorites.
Happy Monday! Today I am finally sharing my arm workout routine! So many of you have emailed and commented asking what my arm workout all consists of and I am so excited to share what exactly I have been doing.
Let me start off by saying that I believe creating any toned body part starts with what you eat than what exercises you do. Eat clean, eat green and stay focused during the week is my motto. Weekends, don’t be so hard on yourself, just like the next gal, I love my margaritas and Mexican food. I’ll also tell you that arms have always been a big focus when I workout for years now. To me arms are the easiest part to work out and they are the body part that shows the most so why not work them out and work them out good?
Since I moved to Kansas City I recently discovered Fusion Fitness (AKA Sweat Lab on YouTube) and I am hooked. Fusion Fitness is like no other fitness class I have every attended. It is by far one of the hardest workouts I have ever done and each day it is something new. The classes are fast-paced, intense and extremely hard! Think of high-intensity cardio combined with elongating tone moves. It is addictive to say the least. After each class I feel like I can take on the world!
So all my KC girls, if you have yet to attend a class, it is a must! To all my other gals that aren’t able to get to a fusion class here in KC, don’t fret, Fusion Fitness has a YouTube channel called SWEAT LAB where you can get at-home work out video- each featuring a cardio burst and focus on a specific muscle group and new are added each week. Fusion also has DVDs that are available to rent or download online.
A couple weeks ago I teamed up with the Fusion Team and filmed some of my favorite arm and HIIT workouts that you can view below. Classes are normally an hour long, so I suggest doing at least several videos at a time. Turn on your favorite tunes and let them guide you through the workout. Note-I use 2 lbs weights, which doesn’t seem like much but trust me, they do the work. Some days if I am feeling really tough, I go with the 3 lbs.
I also shared a few Q n A’s (fitness focused) below.
How do you stay healthy being so busy? What’s your favorite healthy snacks/fitness tips? Share!
My tip is to keep your fitness routine lively and non-repetitive. Luckily, fusion does that for me. I don’t have to think, I just go to class and work my ass off as they tell me to do. 😉
I usually workout 4-5 days a week doing Fusion classes or running.
I believe working out builds confidence. There’s something powerful in taking charge of your body, and pushing yourself to the limit. I love that feeling.
Favorite Healthy snacks
I love Kind Bars. I love a good clean juice or smoothie. I have some recipes on my blog or go to my local favorites T.loft, and Unbakery Juicery.
Example of a Healthy’s Day worth of Eating?
The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a large glass of water, which helps me start my day out right. For breakfast I always have a Protein shake and oatmeal with fresh fruit. For Lunch I love eating big salads. I load it with veggies, nuts and avocados. Avocado toast and soup are also a favorite lunch. For dinner, my husband will normally grill and I stick to fish and veggies and quinoa or sweet potatoes. We also love making skinny tacos with shredded chicken and using lettuce cups in place of the tortilla.
Quick, easy, healthy recipe?
Skinny Burrito Bowls
Ground Turkey –seasoned with cumin and garlic salt
Organic Black Beans
Whole Grain Brown Rice
Chunky homemade guac –a MUST!
Greek Yougurt Ranch-favorite brand Archer Farms
Over a bed of lettuce.
Cocktail of choice?
I love our wine, especially a Rose, but a great minty mojito is perfection ; ).
Any other tips:
My other advice would be working out in the morning. There’s something about starting my day with sweating and pushing myself that really sets the day for me. My day just seems to flow better. I have more energy and I feel confident and fulfilled.
Any questions, feel free to email or comment here or on my instagram.