Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DIY Coffee Scrub

I'm going to be totally honest--my skin has a bad habit of getting gross FAST. When I first started seeing coffee scrubs pop up, it seemed me. When I finally took the plunge, I had no idea why I'd waited to long. Not only did I slough off a lot of dead skin, I was left with soft, glowing skin that made me want to keep using this product over and over again.

The kicker: One application costs around $8 and I'm not made of funds.

I decided to take matters into my own hands. I grabbed my favorite coffee, some coconut oil and got to work!

You Will Need:
*I recommend using them new as opposed to used to keep the delicious smell in-tact!
2 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Combine both ingredients.
2. Apply generously to body prior to showering. 
3. Shower off!

It's THAT simple! :)
The mixture is a bit messy, so I highly recommend scrubbing in your bathroom prior to showering. I promise you, it's very simple and your skin will thank you!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Squat Challenge

Happy September, everyone!

I thought a fun way to kick off this month (and stay true to continuing my own fitness challenges!) would be to challenge all my fitness-inspired readers to a squat-off this month.  If you follow along with me using this calendar, you will have done nearly 3,500 (3,425 to be exact!) squats and 250 in a single day -- WHOA!

I know it seems incredibly daunting. I've been on the front end of one of these challenges before (push-ups) and I thought there was no way I would be able to do it. The key is to stay consistent and make sure to get it in every single say. *shameless TWSS joke here*

In any case, break up each day's set into smaller, "bite-sized" pieces. My typical day includes 100 squats. I do my first 25 while I'm brushing my teeth -- I'm still half asleep so they seem to go by pretty quickly! I do my next 25 mid-morning or around lunch time, usually just to stretch from sitting at my desk so long! The next 25 are while I'm cooking dinner and my final 25 are while brushing my teeth again before bed. BOOM! 100 squats. Just like that.

I'll be checking in at the end of the month to let you know how I did -- who's with me?

Monday, August 31, 2015

How Did I Do With August Goals?

I'm so glad you asked!
First of all, how is it already September? September always reminds me that summer is officially over and the holidays are just around the corner. For me, that's just an excuse to bust out the Christmas carols VERY SOON. Oh, who's kidding who -- they play year round.

Anyway! Let's see how I did with my August goals. I never did a post on them here on the ol' blog, because if I'm being honest -- I didn't want anyone being like HEY REMEMBER THAT TIME YOU WERE GOING TO ______. Fear of accountability to the internet can be a very scary thing!

In any case, my goals were to:
Exercise more
Attend church with Dane every week
Be more present
Drink less soda/eat more healthy

1. Exercise more. I really got into this one, I won't lie! Dane and I discovered an absolutely fantastic kickboxing class that leaves us both laying in a pool of our own sweat. I feel like I get such a great workout and I'm using muscles I never even knew existed! The downside is that it's held at 5AM. We only go a couple times a week, but are sure to hit the 8AM Saturday class. When I didn't go to boxing, I tried hard to walk 3-4 miles with my fitness buddy Jen and checked out a few new hikes.

2. Attend church with Dane every week. I'm giving myself an A+ on this one. Not only did we go to church every week, we made it a priority. When we knew we couldn't make Sunday, we went on Saturday night. We also started doing a Daily Devotional together, which has been such a nice way to connect with each other more during the week. I don't talk a lot about religion on the blog, because I'm a firm believer that you don't always need to find God in a church, so supplementing weekend services with the devotionals has been really great.

3. Be more present. I struggle with this in many aspects of my life. My goal was to be able to put our phones and electronics away as soon as we both got done with work for the day. We would both put them away first thing, and then we would realize we had more that needed completed before the next day. I would say I got a C- in this. I passed, but it wasn't pretty. My goal for September is to be more vigilant.

4. Drink less soda/eat more healthy. I kicked the soda portion of this goal outta the park. I was a 2 Diet Cokes a day girl. Now I drink maybe 1 or 2 A WEEK! I don't feel nearly as sluggish as I once did and I don't get pounding headaches when I go without it. Admittedly, I love a cold Diet Coke once in awhile, so I will probably never give them up completely. As far as eating healthy, I have a refrigerator full of fresh cut fruit and produce, but I also made a butter cake yesterday. I'll let you draw your own conclusions. September is a new month, right?

What do you usually do for monthly goals? 

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