Stay Hydrated

Hey everyone! It has been extremely hot out and I am really seeing how important it is to drink water. Those of you who know me know I do not drink water, even though I have at least 100 water bottles and cups. Well I recently added to my cup collection and they really help me to drink more water. Keep reading to see what cups I use to get the daily suggested water I need!

The first cup is my Yeti. I have the 30 ounce cup and it is amazing! I use it up until it is in dire need of being washed. If I am being honest it should have been washed a few days ago. What I love about this cup is that it keeps my water cold for a super long time. This is also great because instead of trying to guess if I drank enough water I can just fill my cup twice throughout the day and know that I drank enough. I love the Yeti cups so much that I ordered two more which I am super excited to get!

The second cup that I am obsessed with is a glass mason jar from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. This cup is 32 ounces which is wonderful! Just like the Yeti I can fill the cup twice and get my daily recommended water. Another thing I love is that the lids are colorful with different patterns. I really love The Pioneer Woman’s line, and not just because we share the same name…Ann Marie, because you also can purchase more lids and straws. You can change up the look of your cup every day!

These are just two of the cups I own but they are the ones I use regularly. I highly recommend both cups! They both have great designs but they also help to meet daily water goals. What is your go to cup or water bottle? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Brooke Burke Body App

Hi everyone! Today I am going to talk to you about one of my new favorite apps. I just downloaded it a week ago and love it! This app is the Brooke Burke Body app. If you could not tell by the title of the app, this is a fitness app.

On the app you will find many different workouts, for every part of your body! The categories you will find warm ups, booty burns, total body, abs, legs, and upper body. If you need a more set schedule for workouts there is a challenge going on right now. You can also look under Brooke’s Workout Week, and follow those videos.

I have been taking part in the New Year, New You Challenge and it is such an amazing workout plan. I am feeling sore which I love! It just shows how hard I am working out. After each workout I feel great! What I really love about this app, besides the amazing workouts, is that each video takes very little time to complete. If you are in a hurry one day and just need a quick workout you can go and find a 5 minute workout! This is great for me, because sometimes after a day at work and/or school I come home and do not feel like exercising, but I can turn on a quick workout and do what I am supposed to. They do have longer workouts if you would like that too!

The Brooke Burke Body app is available in the App Store on iPhones and in the Play Store for Androids. The subscription is $7.99 per month, which equals 25 cents a day! It does not get much better than that! You will not regret downloading this app.

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It’s all about Balance

Hey everyone! Today was a super crazy day at work, and it was definitely hard to keep with my goal to eat healthier and exercise daily. Even though today was crazy, I was able to maintain balance in my day.

Today at work “B”, “D”, and Baby P were super energetic and crazy. I cleaned up an insane amount of milk off the floor and was spit up on a few times! While at work instead of eating healthy I ended up eating 2 pop tarts with butter on them. Once I got home things did not really improve in the sense with my eating habits. I ate Chick-fil-a French fries and drank a coke. After all that I did not want to do my daily workout, but I forced myself to do it. I am super glad I did too! After I got the workout done I was able to relax and watch my favorite show.

Even though I did not eat as healthy as I would have liked, I did work out. It really is all about balance. I really wanted to just lie around and eat junk food, and even though I did do that I also did my daily workout video and was able to make up for some of the calories I ate! How do you balance things when you are feeling like doing nothing? Let me know in the comments below!

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Favorite Supplement Brand

Hi everyone! Today I am going to tell you about my favorite supplement brand, olly. I buy mine from Target for $13.99! Olly offers multiple supplements, but I have only tried four so far.

The first supplement I tried was purely probiotic. With a flavor of tropical mango it tastes amazing! The probiotics contain bacillus coagulans. This is a must buy item!

The second supplement I bought was goodbye stress with the taste of berry verbena. The ingredients are gaba, L-theanine, and lemon balm. The gaba is what promotes relaxation by boosting your brain waves. L-theanine helps you keep calm by supporting the alpha waves in your brain. The last ingredient, lemon balm helps quiet the the mind. This really works, and is worth every penny.

The third product is restful sleep, and tastes like blackberry Zen. The ingredients in restful sleep are; melatonin, L-theanine, and different botanicals. The melatonin helps promote a healthy sleep cycle. The L-theanine is an amino acid that promotes calmness. The botanicals in this are; chamomile, passion flower, and lemon balm. This helps you soothe yourself and relax! I always have this product on hand!

The last product I bought was the perfect women’s multi vitamin. There are multiple flavors in this container. You will taste blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry acai. This multi vitamin is full of vitamin d3, vitamin e, vitamin b6, vitamin b12, folic acid, and biotin. I just started taking this, but I am loving it!

The olly products are amazing, and I highly recommend them. Have you tried any of the olly products? Let me know in the comments below!

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Memory and Energy Inducing Foods

Hey everyone! I know it is a couple days late, but for this week’s Tasty Tuesday I want to talk about memory and focus inducing foods. This idea originally came to me while I was in class on Tuesday night. I was falling asleep in class and trying my absolute hardest to stay awake! It got me thinking about if there were any foods that could help me be more energized and have better focus. This morning I looked up if there were any foods that did what I wanted and I discovered that there are quite a few!
The first food that helps with memory is beets. Beets are natural nitrates, meaning that they help boost blood flow to the brain. Not only do beets help with memory they also help with boosting your energy, which is great for those long days! The next food may be my favorite of the options! Blueberries will not help with short term memory, but it will help in the long run. There is Gallic acid in blueberries which helps protect against brain degeneration and stress! Another good food to help with memory is broccoli. Broccoli is rich in fibers which helps keep your brain focused and improves your memory. The last food that I am going to talk about is dark chocolate. It helps in the free flow of blood to your brain. A good thing to keep in mind with dark chocolate is that the darker it is the more health benefits you will receive. It is also best to get dark chocolate that is processed with at least 70 percent of cocoa.
I hope that all this was helpful to you, and that you learned a little something! Do you know of any other foods that help with memory and energy? Let me know in the comments below!
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Tone it Up Products

Hey everyone! This week I am going to be talking about some of my favorite health products, the Tone it Up products! For those of you who do not know, Tone it Up is a health and fitness company run by Karena and Katrina. They have many health products along with fitness products.
One of the things I love about Tone it up is that they post workouts on YouTube. It is such a great thing for those who want a great workout, but cannot buy the DVD’s they offer. These workouts are great for beginners, and they use equipment that is accessible to everyone, whether you get it at your local Wal-Mart or from the tone it up website. Karena and Katrina also will give alternatives to certain equipment if you do not or cannot purchase what they are using. I work out to their videos at least 3 times a week!
Another great thing that Tone it Up offers is nutrition products. They offer nutrition plans, protein mix, and protein bars. My favorite thing about the protein mix and bars is that they are sold at Target! They offer two flavors of protein bars, blueberry coconut and chocolate peanut butter. I buy the blueberry coconut, and cannot get enough of them! It is a super easy breakfast, just grab and go! The protein powder is also offered in two different flavors, chocolate and vanilla. My favorite is the chocolate! With that being said I am very picky about what protein powder I use. I do not like the taste of most brands, but Tone it Up protein powder is fantastic! They also offer limited edition protein powders. The latest one was coconut, but unfortunately it is all sold out. That does go to show how great the powder is though! Another thing that is offered is organic tea. They offer a morning tea to help get your day going, and a night time tea to help end your day. The tea was the first product I bought. It is definitely a must have!
The last thing I wanted to talk about is the Tone it Up app. You can find it in the app store under Studio Tone it Up: Workouts. The app really is such a great resource. You can find daily workouts you can do throughout the day. If you do not like the workout they have planned for that day you can go through the videos they offer through the app.
Tone it Up is a great company and I highly recommend it to everyone! You will get so much out of the workouts and feel great after! I know you will love it! Have you tried any of their products? Tell me in the comments below!
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Stress Management

Hey everyone! Today I thought I’d write about ways to manage stress. Before I begin I want to say that these are ways I cope with stress. These methods may not work for you, but I hope that you are able to find something that helps you.

Recently I’ve been stressing out a lot. I’ve been stressing about school, work, and friendships. Some of the things that have been happening to me are getting canker sores, bad stomach aches/cramps, and I’ve even been losing some of my hair. I finally decided that  this would not just go away and that I needed to find ways to manage this stress. I would like to say that I have this all figured out, but truthfully I don’t. I am still actively trying to figure out ways to manage this stress.

The first thing that I do is talk to my friends. When I start to feel overwhelmed I will message one of my friends and talk about what is going on. This does not totally get rid of my stress, but I do feel a little better. Another thing I do regarding friends is I’ll get a hug from one of them. This works for me, but may not work for you.

If those two things don’t work or if a friend is unavailable I will take a nap. This may not be the best thing to do, because it is probably not great to sleep every time you are stressing out, but it can be good sometimes. After a nap I wake up feeling more clear headed and able to calm down about whatever is bugging me.

Another way I manage stress is I will take a break and read. I will usually do this when stressing about homework and school. I will do a section of homework then take a break and read. I will go back and forth doing this until I get my homework done.

The last thing I do is exercise. I usually run on the treadmill, but recently I have started doing yoga. A good fitness channel to watch is tone it up, on you tube.  Pinterest is also a good place to get different exercises from.

These are a few things that work for me. I don’t know if everything will work for you, but it’s worth a shot. I hope you all found this a little helpful. If you have any other ways you manage stress, let me know. I’d love to hear your methods!

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