Wait….Winter workouts?!

So obviously we’ve all heard of “making summer bodies in the winter” right? I really never even attempted this until after I had little babes! You know the whole no shaving in winter? Haha let’s just say I used to hibernate my workouts all winter long pre-babies.

In today’s society I swear bullying is getting worse, and self esteem is dropping lower-let me re-phrase true self acceptation is decreasing no matter how much confidence people show online. I won’t get much into that today, after all this is about outer appearance I want to focus on!

After kids not only did my day-to-day life/school/work schedules change but my eating habits/workout habits/”lack-there-of” have all gone bonkers. After Avynn, and again after Ivory I developed umbilical hernias. This made my workouts super painful and made my stomach constantly bloat. After giving birth to these huge monsters my midwife suggested for me to grab a waist trainer and train 2 hours a day to help re-build my core. After undergoing a surgery to repair 2 huge hernias in July my workouts have fluctuated.

This post is for the Mama’s, or really anyone super busy who needs alternatives. Or maybe this post is for me-to motivate, to look back and see progress.

After Avynn my stomach was terrible. I carried a 9lb 4.5 oz 21.5″ beast , and once she arrived my skin was stretched, my stomach was scarred and marked. I did core workouts and used a ton of “wraps” on my tummy and almost 2.5 years later I was seeing results but never publicly would reveal my stomach (aside from family). However, my confidence remained because I gave birth to a mix of myself and the love of my life- life’s greatest gift.

It reminded me of childhood where I remember never judging myself, never caring about anything physically aside from how skinny I was and how hard it was for me to gain weight. I remember buying boxes of Twinkie’s and housing them before bed-lol gross.

After Ivory my hernias were worse-another big babe: 9 lb 1.5oz 20.5″ thanks Jamesy

Now after Ivory, I realized how much harder life was with 2. Guys….INSANE. Two girls is like having 20 I swear it. I love it though, I’m busy, or stressing 24/7. So when I’d want to bang out a workout I’d finally get Ivory down, while Avynn destroyed her room with dolls, clothes, and anything she could steal from my room.

I soon started chopping workouts in half-then I’d throw my waist trainer on and be out-the-door.

I slowly started slipping into a depression- life, unfortunate events, and lack of workouts took over me. So the waist trainer turned to a habit. Then I had my surgery. After surgery I had 8 weeks with no lifting-yikes

Depression grew and grew, I needed a boost quick. I hurdled over all of my downfalls and slowly started workouts again. Once I started my semester in September between classes I drove home while my mom still had my girls and I killed every workout. To speed up results I started using a scar cream from Celsus . They sent it to me just in time for my surgery and I finally whipped it out.

It’s now 5 months later and my skin is finally tightening, my abs are slowly creeping through, and my surgery scars are fading beautifully-esp with a fresh spray tan

Their scar cream is used for not only scars but stretch marks and also helps with anti-aging!

I’m offering a discount for anyone interested!

However, to complete this post I have a few tips to reaching those body “wins.”

First: Accept that you’re human, but don’t use that as an excuse. I did this for too long. Telling myself “oh well, you’re never going to look better you had two kids.” This is crap. Because I’m a strong woman, I bounce back; we all do. It’s mind over matter for sure, and I wish I screamed this in the mirror 4 years ago.

Second: Make time for you! I’m extremely blessed with way too much help from my huge family. My mom, my sisters, my brother, James’ family; everyone. Since day one if I had appointments, work, school, blog events, anything: I could count on someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, or accept help. You’re not a bad person for taking some time for you. Don’t go crazy, just take a segment of time out of your day/week to get yourself pampered, go to the gym, escape life and read a book for an hour. Mine was going home and working out before picking the girls up

Third: EAT! No seriously, too many people stay so busy they skip meals. This was 2017 in a nut shell for me. First I started working 2 jobs trying to hustle-only eating breakfast then a late dinner after 9:30pm. Then I started classes and picked on snacks between classes-you could say the coffee diet was reaaaaaal. However I soon realized the only words out of my mouth each day was “ughh I’m so tired.” Breakfast is most important, we all know that, but all day we need to snack, and eat for energy- otherwise we crash, slump, and become lazy. Common sense right? So I learned to plan ahead. Left overs are perfect lunches. Eggs with peppers and onions cooks in 6 minutes-bam. And then, grab a protein shake, this gives me more energy than any coffee!

Lastly: Find balance. It’s the hardest part of becoming a parent let me tell you. It’s a tough feeling knowing you have to rely on someone else to care for your children so you can selfishly go to school or go to work. This is why I understand why people wait until career stages to have children. Or why people marry then have children-I don’t know how single parents do it-I’m so blessed to have James. I’m so blessed for my family for helping me. However, as I said it’s tough finding balance/accepting balance. You want to dedicate all of your energy into one thing; being a good parent, but spending time away from the girls to go to class or work kills, especially knowing someone else is with them so much. Or wanting to put all of your energy into taking care of your body but instead skipping meals. But we can all be selfish. Again, take an hour a day to do something for yourself.

I find flexibility in motherhood. I won’t workout every day, but I find 5 Days. I throw some Celsus on my stomach, clip on my waist trainer and keep it on for a few hours after my workouts. Not only has my waist trainer helped with workouts, but after workouts it makes my stomach feel so much better. You have to find what works best, what boost helps results come quicker. I always thought it was harder to workout than to be lazy but I was 100% wrong. It’s way harder being lazy. Because all the results we’ve built up, restarts and it’s 10x harder to step back up again.



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Growing up whenever I would hear the word power/powerful I always thought it meant how strong someone was, and that to me was always physical. Years later power to me doesn’t just boil down to muscles, haha

I went through a huge funk this past year, and it allowed me to get back in touch with me. My passions, who I am, and what I love. Growing up I loved to read and write. I was super late in the game reading Girl Boss about 8 months ago, but let me tell you I’ve re-read it a thousand times; even just small excerpts to remind myself to never give up during those times when my overthinking brain screamed louder than my open heart.

Luckily I’ve been anything but negative lately, something has come over me and it feels so amazing! I picked up “Power of Broke” by Daymond John ( for those of you who don’t know Daymond he is the “people’s shark” from ABC’s Shark Tank).

To me, Daymond isn’t just the “people’s shark.” I remember growing up my older sister would rock FUBU and whenever she’d sleep out at a friends house I would steal her clothes and wear them…growing up with sisters man haha

So Daymond has always been a HUGE inspiration for me, mostly because of the fact that I could relate to him 100%. I remember years ago I was reading an article about him and his journey, and the one point that’s always stuck with me was his ability to build a brand out of his house-sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor right nearby some clothes he had to ship out.

This image never left my head. I’ve received handfuls of advice about entrepreneurship from plenty of experienced people, bitter people, and helpful ones; but I’ve always felt they’ve never been delt my cards, felt my footsteps. And man when I tell you, Daymonds book is speaking levels. I’ve screamed YASSSS outloud so many times, and smiled twice as much.
I am the Power of Broke. Since day 1 nothing, ever has been handed to me. This is 100% the reason why success never came easy. I’ve always been lazy with excuses and doubts; telling myself nothing could ever happen for me. I’ve never felt things were in reach, or even at the end of the tunnel for that matter. This was until I became a mom. At first I let life beat me up a little, then I grabbed the gloves. Now I am hungry.

Never in my life have I ever felt so powerful, and a huge reason for this is because of the push. I’ve been pushing out of my comfort zone, and having faith in prayer. But guys, prayer is only so powerful ’til backed with action.

I’m on my way to a meeting that will push something I’ve been working on, and I can’t wait to share with you all. Reading to me, alters reality for me, well actually it puts reality back into perspective. Hearing multiple success stories has overwhelmed me with faith.

I want to thank you Daymond for your down-to-earth real advice. It’s such a breath of fresh air to hear reassuring words from someone who never let money change him. Just know you pulled me out of a depression-you gave no false hope, just reality. So I thank you. You hit it right on the head when you described the power I hold as an individual in my circumstances. The power of positivity is really what this generation needs.

If you guys haven’t had the chance to read, and you’re one of those who have been in a rut lately; he got you!

And in honor of power, you all know Red is the perfect symbolic color! I chose to mix pink and powerful. Pink was a huge theme of my first collection I dropped; then I snatched it back. I wasn’t ready, but now more than ever I feel so powerful. Ladies don’t be scared to colorblock-although James wasn’t feelin’ this look at first, he came around haha

Sunsets + Shop Elle G

Hello All! In my last post I introduced one of my favorite local Boutiques, Elle G!

Their Spring Collection is out and who doesn’t love the biggest convenience of Spring-throwing on a dress! ‘Tis the Season of dresses, rompers, skirts and shorts making appearances from my closet!

Last Spring my favorites were skorts and shorts because it was so easy to pair them with cropped tops, or a tucked-in/tied-up tank!

Well, this Spring + Summer I’ll be nice and pregnant, so my wardrobe will have to adjust for sure! This is especially why I LOVE that I will be pregnant during the two seasons most popular for dresses!

This dress that I pulled from Elle G was a Springy Coral color, and such a girly choice (having a bow and all)! I loved wearing this dress after the sun went down because of how thin and breezy the material is! This dress was originally supposed to be tied as a halter dress, however I got super sun burned the first few days and my bathing suit left an “X” from the way I tied it, so like so I tied that way as well! I love adding new dimensions to a piece so simple!

This dress doesn’t come completely to floor length so I feel it should be worn with a lace-up sandal or wedge! It sure is the season of “laced-up-everything!”

I was on the beach at sunset, and am almost always barefoot!

Along with this dress option the owner Lauren pulled a cute dainty gold 2 layered necklace for me! I love love love layered necklaces! What’s better than getting 2-in-1?!

Here again I wore some sunnies, this time a brown pair from  H&M!

I highly suggest visiting Elle G on their Instagram @ Shop Elle G for more new arrivals + popular items that lace-up and cut-out!

Who doesn’t love coral on tan skin, or a beautiful beach sunset?!


Okay, im teasing myself already + want to be back there 😩 , and I’m sure I’m teasing you  all too!



“White Out”

This past Wednesday I decided to make it a “white-out!” I’ve never really followed the “no white after labor day” rule, so I went all-out this fall with collecting “winter whites.”

I recently began brand-promoting for a company called “Style Heist.” They have affordable prices and such classic items! For my first promotional gig they sent me a white cape (which I’ve been dying to find). Capes and ponchos are so trendy right now! I wanted so badly to wait to break the cape out for my birthday next week, but knowing me I will destroy the all-white at dinner haha. You can find the cape and other amazing and affordable outerwear here —> Style Heist

Now that fall is finally in swing I’ve been dying to get rid of all of my old boots and slowly collect new ones (especially booties).  These nude booties are from Necessary Clothing you won’t even believe the price!

Monotone-dressing is my favorite, when all else fails, I usually throw on all black, but wearing all tones of one color is super chic ladies! Show me your monotone outfits!!!




Comfy Sunday’s with Skirts and Sneakers!

On my day’s off you would think I would have extra time to put myself together. Avynn gets so excited to see that I’m waking up with her, so from the moment I’m out of bed, I’m chasing her everywhere!

I try to find an activity for the day to get out of the house, and get all of her energy out! This past Sunday was gorgeous out, so we chose to go to the park! Avynn just turned 2 1/2 last week, so she’s growing out of everything!! We decided before the park to go pick her out a pair of new sneakers!

For Mommies on-the-go sometimes we forget how easy it is to just throw a pair of sneakers on. If you are like me, I feel I want to look presentable still, even though I’m chasing after a monster!

For Avynn and I, a day at the park was easily paired with cute dresses/skirts and our new sneakers! This way we transformed our day from shopping, to running around the park!

Our outfits brought me back to the 90’s where I used to throw on a “skort” with my halter top and sneakers!




“A Lighter Alternative”

As we all know, when fall comes, darker colors creep back into our wardrobes….but who am I kidding, most of my wardrobe consists of dark tones anyways! As the cooler days approach, I have been taking advantage of wearing the last of my sleeveless and strappy items!

My light-weight items are easily transformed into the cool days by layering and equalizing. Equalizing to me just means to balance your outfit. If I am wearing a skin-showing top, I will make sure to wear full-coverage bottoms (like jeans in this #OOTD). I also decided to wear a zipper-detailed blazer of another shade of nude, to add coverage, but to also embrace the trend of multiple-toned shading. Something so simple is trendy right now, and that is choosing a color, and displaying multiple shades of that color within your outfit.

With dark colored items in fall, that includes dark jeans, so I chose to pull out my lightest jeans along with my light nudes for a chic date-night look! Hibachi is always my favorite excuse to slightly dress up!

To all my mommy-followers out there, this is for you! Don’t be scared to pair your favorite pair of jeans with a sexy top and a red lip!



Blacks and Browns are Bouncing Back!

Since I can remember, I’ve never really followed the “fashion rules.” No white after Labor Day?! Who are you kidding, I loveeeeeee winter whites, although I’m known for staining my white clothes the first time I wear them! Along with the “don’t mix blacks and blues,” the mixing black and brown rule also does not apply anymore! I think the lighter the shade of brown, the nicer it goes with blacks!!!

I chose to mix a chestnut fall tone with black to slowly and sadly creep into the fall color scheme. Two-toned color blocking seems so boring to me, so throwing in another neutral toned (cream) clutch, helped add a little more to the outfit.

9 times out of 10 accessories determine your outfit theme. If I would have chosen to wear a strappy heel, my outfit would have been over-dressed for just a nice day in Newport! Instead I chose to go with bootie-short heels, and added a hat to tone down the over-dressed vibe. Ladies!! When you feel overdressed, don’t over-do your hair! My HMUA threw a cute little messy fishtail in to also tone down the dressy vibe.

It’s time to whip out your favorite skirts before under-layering with tights! The leaves will change so so soon!


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