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Week 9-10: Obsession Update

It feels like a long two weeks since I’ve shared an update on my progression through 80 Day! I am just TWENTY Days (18 workouts) away from graduating this program, and I can’t begin to tell you how stoked I am! Earlier in the week I was talking with a friend who is considering beginning the program and we were discussing how it seems like it has been forever since I started….guys, it has been! Since Sundays don’t count in the workout countdown, I have been at this already for about 70 days….and it will be about 90 when I finish it! That’s crazy, right?

The past two weeks have been a little more challenging for me that I had expected. For starters, I am now two weeks into Phase Three, the final phase of the program, and it is a phase I haven’t been particularly fond of. I’m not sure if it is because of the fact that I’m not a huge fan of some of the workouts (and I hate the warm up moves this round), or because it is just a mental mind#&*k right now since I’ve been at it so long. Regardless, I’ve had to give myself more pep talks this month already than I have the entire rest of the program. I’ll tell you what has been the silent killer this phase: these sliders! They seem so innocent but really they are challenging you and making your abs work in crazy ways. I’m not going to be too upset to say goodbye to them at the end of this program, that’s for sure.

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Nutrition-wise, I definitely have been a little off my game the past two weeks. I’ve never been perfect with a meal plan, and I didn’t expect to be with this one, but I did have some  days where things didn’t go as planned. One day I ate a bag of Cheetos (gosh, I love them), another day I ate chips and queso, and I may have a few Starbucks even though I had said I wouldn’t. And don’t get me started on a few highly emotional days I had these past two weeks!

Last Friday my little pup, Luigi, had to get fixed, and that surgery ended up going much longer and being a little more invasive than we had planned. He had been pulling a Lance Armstrong with one ball, and the vet had to open him up to find where the other one was and safely remove it, leaving him with a ginormous incision, staples, and a sweet cone. The day of his surgery I couldn’t eat at all because I was so nervous, and I literally went from having my post workout wonder woman shake at noon to not eating anything at midnight. And what did I eat? Pizza….and I immediately regretted it.

The good news is Luigi is recovering well and has a follow up appointment next week. It’s been challenging monitoring him constantly since he has to be limited in his movements and refrain from playing, running, and jumping, but he has done well for the most part. However, since I wanted to make sure his recovery went well and wanted to be cautious just in case he had any additional issues, I made the decision this week to cancel the free trip to Riviera Maya I had won with my company  for my hard work this past year. I’m a little bummed, but I know I can travel there whenever I want, and I will always put my dogs and their care above a trip.


I’m going into my third week of Phase Three more focused. I’ve tightened up my meal plan, and I’ve set some very specific nutritional goals for myself  to end the program as well as I started. When it comes to the little slip ups I’ve had, I don’t regret them one bit. Life isn’t perfect….meal plans aren’t always either.

Besides…..I’d say my progress to this point is pretty freaking fab, slip ups or not.

Down 12.5 pounds and 17 inches in the first two phases.

I was forced to watermark this picture because my previous side by side comparison after Phase One resulted in some chick who sells those ridiculous weight loss patches trying to pass my photos off as After photos for her product. Give me a break, people.

This is hard work. This is dedication. This is pizza and cheetos and imperfection at its finest.

But this is me, and I am beyond proud of what I’ve done so far.

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Now off to get ready for travel and Easter dinner with my family! I hope you have a lovely holiday and refrain from eating a lllllllll of the Cadbury eggs and Peeps (my faves).

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Week 5: Am I still obsessed?

Yep….I most certainly am!

This last week was the first week in Phase two, and I was excited/nervous to start it! Even though the workouts were different in Phase one, I had come to know what to expect, and I was loving them. Since I started a week after most of my challengers and friends, I heard them talk about how much more challenging the workouts were……eek!

I ended Phase one feeling really great….I was down about 8 pounds since I started and over 12 inches, and I felt so much stronger than when I started. Other than a few very minor snack issues and that taco night, I had stuck to my meal plan spot on. Check out my day one side photo compared to the one i snapped on day 29. It’s crazy that the difference is only 8 lbs. Don’t ever listen to the SCALE!

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Let’s talk about the challenges of the week, shall we?

Based on how Phase 2 is set up, I had to go up a bracket for food, meaning I needed to eat more. Guys, with this program I feel like I am always eating! I felt this way in Phase one, so knowing I had to eat more made me worried I wouldn’t get all my containers in. Everywhere I went I took some kind of food, and it inspired me to finally get a new lunch bag that would help me carry my food!

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I love these glass Pyrex containers!

I was between two different styles of Six Pack Bags but ended up with the Innovator Mini instead of the Innovator. For me that just worked better, but I encourage you to check out their options….there are many! The pink is so me, right?

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I did do pretty well with my meal plan this week, but I did have a slipup on Saturday when I had a small piece of thin crust pizza that Kyle had. Pizza is one of those foods for me that I absolutely love, and I thought I missed it….then I ate it, and I was like “No thanks, Tom Hanks.” It’s funny how your taste buds shift when you focus on nutrition and feel really good about what you are eating. Still, it was consumed, and I have to own up to it.

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My food for the week!

Workout wise, I killed it! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the new challenges of Phase two and the workout moves. There were so many great ones that made me feel strong and badass. I especially loved a move that included a tricep crab into a bear (sounds fun, right?) and a half turkish get up! And I am beyond thankful that every workout is easily accessible from my on demand library…I’d hate to be carrying around 80 DVDs! That would be so annoying! This ipad will be joining me this weekend when I get to Columbus because some of my workouts will be happening when I’m at a hotel for The Arnold Classic.

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This upcoming week will bring something exciting: refeed day! This day (Wednesday) is all about changing up the carbs, which means I can have some treats I haven’t been able to. Here is my plan for the week. You’ll notice that the reefed meals are listed below my meals for the rest of the week. Again, those are only enjoyed on Wednesday!

MealPlanFeb26Ready to rock this week! Be on the lookout for some recipes….I mentioned the blueberry pies on my Instagram Story (pssttt…..make sure you are following me there: @sparklefitnessbabe) and a bunch of people are asking for that recipe already!

Let’s make this week amazing!

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Sushi for Dessert? Yes, please!

A few weeks ago I ran across an article for an easy dessert sushi recipe that I absolutely had to try. It took all of a minute to make, and was delicious! Try it….especially if you have kids!

Here’s how I made my version of dessert sushi, but you could honestly customize it however you (or your kids) like!

Katie’s Dessert Sushi
Ingredients:

-Banana
-Peanut Butter
-Strawberries
-Graham Cracker
-Dark Chocolate Chips

Roll peeled banana in graham crackers, then slice lengthwise. You can also roll banana in coconut or rice krispies depending on what you like. Drizzle with melted peanut butter, then top with chopped up strawberries and dark chocolate chips. I use the brand Good Life for chocolate chips, which are great if you are looking for a dairy free, nut free, and soy free option, and I also used Smoreables in place of graham crackers!

Serve with chopsticks for a fun dessert experience!

The finished product! I didn’t roll the banana completely in graham crackers, but you can. 

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WTF is Mochi????

I heard this question about a billion and five times over the weekend once I shared on my IG story that I was enjoying a few flavors before starting a new workout program and meal plan on Monday. I was shocked how few people knew what it was!!! Let me educate you, my fellow ice cream lovers, because you deserve to have some Mochi in your life.

 

Vanilla Bean, Kona Coffee, and Green Tea Mochi

 

Mochi is a Japanese treat that is basically a sweet rice dough ball with an ice cream center…..sounds delicious yet odd, right? In Japan, mochi is a symbol of good fortune while also representing sustenance for those who may be in need due to the fact it is incredibly filling. While it has become popular around the world and available for purchase year round, mochi has been an integral part of the Japanese New Year celebration, a celebration going on since the late 700s. No one can confirm the exact origin of this treat, but  it is known that mochi was eaten exclusively by emperors and the aristocracy since the beginning of the Japanese New Year celebration, being nicknamed “the food of the gods.”

The main ingredient in mochi is Mochiko or Shiratamako rice (both variations of Japanese sweet short grain rice) that is used to create a dough to wrap around a ball of ice cream. The flavors are endless…..vanilla, coffee, strawberry, peanut butter, sesame, green tea….I could go on and on! And the best part…..each little ball is only about 100 calories! Yahtzeeeeeee!

 

Why are these so tasty?!?!?!

 

I discovered this treat several years back while shopping at a Whole Foods Market and instantly fell in love. There are several ways you can enjoy it; I usually just cut into it with a fork and knife, but I have used a toaster oven to change it up from time to time. If you choose to do this, you only need to put it in the toaster oven for about 8 minutes or so (you want the dough to puff up a bit and turn a golden brown) and can top with a mixture of soy sauce and sugar for a more traditional taste. If all else fails and you find yourself without an eating utensil, you can just eat them whole!

 

The perfect treat for those with a sweet tooth or ice cream addiction!

 

One thing I’ve learned about mochi: many people have never heard of it, but once they try it they can’t imagine how they lived life without it. If you are into ice cream, go get yourself some! They are traditionally about $1-$1.50 per ball and located in the freezer section of stores. Not all stores carry them, so do some research in your area if you are on the hunt. I presently buy mine at a local Whole Foods 365!

Go get some and tell me what you think!

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Muffins deserve their own pair of pants!

I bet you never thought about that happening, did ya?

I’m currently running an online bootcamp entitled “Eff You Mom Jeans and Muffin Tops” because the ab region is the area most of my challengers shared they needed some work. Not only are we focused on our nutrition, meal planning, and our daily workouts, but we are working hard on getting rid of those muffin tops and avoiding mom jeans for-ev-errrrrrrr (Sandlot voice).

I wanted to share one of my favorite healthy muffin recipes with my challengers and wanted to make it fun, so I decided the muffins needed some pants. Yes, they exist….you can actually buy them HERE!

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Here’s the recipe for the Banana Apple Muffins I love so much (found in the Fixate cookbook, a staple in my kitchen):

Ingredients:
-2 large eggs
-1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium sized bananas)
-1 Tablespoon grassfed butter (melted)
-1 1/2 cups almond flour
-3/4 Teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup chopped apple
-dash of sea salt

***I also add in cinnamon to taste, usually about a Tablespoon. This is not part of Autumn’s recipe, just something I think makes them even tastier!

Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare muffin tin by spraying with nonstick spray or paper liners. Combine eggs, banana, and butter in a bowl and mix until blended. Combine baking soda, almond flour, and salt in a separate bowl, then mix in with banana mixture. Fold in apples and cinnamon (if you are using). Divide batter between muffin cups (this recipe usually makes about 9 muffins). Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.

That’s it! How easy are they?

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A few things I want share:

-I prefer using silicone baking cups, so I loved the little silicone muffin pants. However, they do make smaller muffins. In the batch I made last night I was able to make 9 regular muffins and 4 muffins wearing jeans. I also was worried about overfilling them so they didn’t end up with a true muffin top, which is actually okay since we are working on getting rid of them anyway!

-You want to use ripe bananas…..as in REALLY RIPE bananas. If you follow me on Instagram (@sparklefitnessbabe) you probably caught my IG story where I showed how RIPE mine were….they were basically black! I love baking with bananas at this state because you can mash them so much easier and they are so much more flavorful!

If you are a 21 Day Fixer, 80 Day Obsessioner, Hammer and Chiseler……these count as 1 purple and 1 blue (blue is the almond flour. If you use another flour you will want to adjust accordingly).

Enjoy friends!

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Wonder Woman: Is it worth the hype?

I feel a little weird actually writing that out. Is it worth the hype??? In my world, eerrrryyyytthhhiinngggg Wonder Woman is worth it. I mean…I am freaking obsessed!

If you are a new subscriber to the blog, you may not understand my obsession with WW, but let me just make it known: it is a fierce one. I channel my inner Wonder Woman all the time….in photo shoots, in challenge groups, for strength…..I just love her….and I’ve been waiting for the release of the Wonder Woman movie for what seems like forever!

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Because of a busy Thursday night, I couldn’t hit the midnight showing like I would’ve preferred, so I hit the theater for the Noon showing on opening day. Naturally I rocked one of my many WW shirts to the theater….one that had a cape attached. I had to make it known to everyone that I am WW Obsessed!

When it comes to things I love, I always get so excited when a movie is coming out that incorporates them. However……all too often I am let down, whether that be a build up I create in my own mind or just a really bad job by those making the movie. Beauty and the Beast is a recent example….it didn’t live up to the expectation in my mind, leaving me disappointed. I hoped this wouldn’t be the case with Wonder Woman.

Let’s talk about the actress who plays Wonder Woman for a second, Gal Gadot. Hello, Im obsessed. Often I don’t agree with casting choices for movies that have to do with a superhero, but this one….this one was perfect. I think Gal is a complete knockout, and not only did she fit the look of Wonder Woman, but she did a great job with the role.

And then there is Wonder Woman’s leading guy, Steve, played by Chris Pine. As soon as I realized Chris was in this movie, I groaned with disgust. I’ve NEVER been a Chris Pine fan (sorry, dude) even though I have tried. As a huge Trekkie, I was disappointed in his role in the Star Trek movies and for some reason he has always annoyed me when I’ve seen him in interviews. Plus, I don’t find him attractive whatsoever, so I didn’t think he was a solid male love interest choice for this movie.

Buuuuuuut……..I didn’t hate him in this movie, which is shocking. I could’ve lived without him wearing weird turtleneck sweaters, but I actually thought he did a good job with his role, and he even made me cry once (I won’t say when because I don’t want to spoil anything).

I wasn’t sure coming into the movie what the story line would be like other than Wonder Woman trying to save the world. While that was the basis, the rest of the storyline was interesting and had me engaged. I’m not going to tell you much about it…you need to see it for yourself!

A couple of additional points I have to mention:

SPECIAL EFFECTS: I was a huge fan of the special effects in this movie….I felt they were done so well and gave this movie such a modern feel.

HAIR: Whomever did the hair for this movie needs to win some serious awards, not just for Gal’s hairstyles (shoutout to those under braids and braided mohawks), but ALL the women in this movie.

ROBIN WRIGHT: Who knew that Robin Wright was so badass??? I’ve always been a fan…from Forrest Gump  to House of Cards…I just love her. Her role in WW completely caught me off guard and I loovvveeddd it!

My honest opinion: Wonder Woman not only met my expectations, but it exceeded them. Not a lot of cussing, barely any nudity (I wouldn’t even say what we saw of Chris Pine was bad), and no gore, which means this morning can be seen by a variety of age groups.

Go see it!!!!!

And tell them the real Wonder Woman sent ya 😉

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Fill your cup.

Let me let you in on a little secret……my life lately has been HECTIC. That happens when you are an entrepreneur and active in organizations outside of your business….things just tend to compound and before you know it you don’t have time to do the things you love.

About a month ago I sat down and really put some thought into where my focus and energy was directed. It was long overdue. I kept thinking to myself….I need to slow things down….and because of this, I knew I had to step away from something I had been a part of for the past few years and truly loved with all my heart.

The Summit Athletic Running Club.

I joined SARC several years back when I moved to the Akron area with the hope of finding some new friends to run with and the skinny on local running trails. I loved the club immediately and after some time joined the Board of Directors as Membership Director. It was a role I was very proud to have….and a role that led me to many great friendship and runs with incredible athletes.

However, serving on the Board the last year was rough on me. Once my father passed away I had a difficult time making myself go running, and it was challenging to talk about running in a positive light. It took awhile, but I finally got right in the mind with running….but when I started to think about what needed to go in my life, my up and down relationship with running was at the top of the list.

So…..I submitted my resignation to SARC as a Board member and also as the Race Director for my beloved Shamrock 5k and 15k race. I knew it was the right thing to do.

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Interested in a great run club? Join SARC!

I got to thinking that I know many others who load their plate and try to be superwoman. You may be one of those ladies. There’s no shame in trying to do it all….but what’s the sense in doing it all if you are sacrificing things you love….or doing all those things half assed?

Here are some ways to prioritize if your plate is loaded up higher than one at a Golden Corral buffet…..

1. Make lists. People who know me know that I love lists, but this really does help. Make a list of the things you spend the bulk of your time doing. Also make a list of the top priorities in your life, numbering them from most important to least.

2. Delegate when able. We all think we can do everything, right? However, some of the items on our plate can be delegated to those in our family, our coworkers, etc. Don’t be afraid to give up control….it will help you…trust me!

3. Have a tribe! I talk about my tribe a lot….those on my team and the incredible coaches I work with every day within the community. By having a tribe and sharing challenges I face, I am allowing others to potentially help or offer solutions.

4. Always have ME time. This could include reading a book, taking a bath, going for the run…..but make sure you have some time to enjoy something you love. Ever hear the saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup?” You have to take care of yourself, too.

5. Know the difference between importance and urgency. Assign deadlines to complete tasks based on their overall importance. Some tasks on your plate may not be needing as much focus as others, which can help lessen your task load.

It’s never easy to start this process, but if you feel overwhelmed like I did, it is important. Am I sad to leave the Board of Directors for SARC? Absolutely. However, I know I can still remain involved by volunteering when I’m able and running with the club as a member. Sometimes you just have to acknowledge that it’s okay to be involved in a lesser capacity.

Listen to Dolly Parton…..never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Thanks for the memories, SARC!

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With Boston marathon great Dick Beardsley

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Doughnuts for everyone…Vegans, too!

Doughuts need to be a food group…I will never stop lobbying for that to happen. They are just one of the greatest things in the world!

If you follow this blog, you know I recently finished up a 21 day detox called The Ultimate Reset. It was challenging in many ways, but I was determined to complete it and decide if I wanted to pursue a lifestyle that leaned more toward vegan/vegetarian. There are many aspects of being vegan/vegetarian that have interested me over the past year; however, I’m a hardcore carnivore so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make the change.

I’m still debating….although I am leaning more toward just cutting out SOME of the animal products and making my diet more 80% plant based and 20% animal product. Time will tell.

Shortly after I started the Reset, I connected with the owners of The Vegan Doughnut Company,  a local company that was just starting out on a quest to share their vegan doughnuts with the Cleveland area. As a huge supporter of local businesses AND doughnuts, I just HAD to check this company out and share with all of you, so I accepted their invitation to attend a doughnut tasting a few days later. I didn’t care that it fell in the middle of my reset….the doughnut tasting was happening, and I was pumped about it.

Since The Vegan Doughnut Company is a newer company, they do not have their own brick and mortar building yet……so the tasting was held at Kitchen 216 in downtown Cleveland, and awesome space perfect for the event. There were two tasting times, one at 10am and one at 11am….and knowing how I’m not a huge morning person, I naturally opted for the 11am timeframe. I wasn’t sure how many doughnuts I would be able to try since I had been on my restricted meal plan…fortunately my friends Julie and Erica attended the same session. I knew between the three of us no doughnut would go untouched!

Before I share a little about the doughnuts, let me give you a little scoop on this company as told to me by owners Kyra and Kharisma!

-When and why did you start the Vegan Doughnut Company?
The Vegan Doughnut Company started back in November of 2016 but was publicly announced just a month ago. We absolutely love doughnuts but couldn’t find vegan doughnuts. Plus we always wanted to own a business together that involved what we loved, which is veganism.

-What did you do before you started making doughnuts?
Kyra: Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Student at CSU and Intern at Dominion East Ohio.
Kharisma: Laboratory Supply Coordinator for University Hospitals.
We currently still have our jobs.

-Where can individuals buy your doughnuts?
Right now, we do orders minimum of 1/2 Dozen and The Cute Little Cake Shop on select Saturday’s

-Do you do special orders?
Yes we do special orders. Anything can be done with a doughnut. Anything from letters to unicorns.

-What is your favorite doughnut?
Kyra: Vanilla icing with Sprinkles
Kharisma: Glazed chocolate cake

-Do you partner with any local businesses for ingredients?
Not currently but we would love to in the future.

-Did you complete any formal training/where did you learn to bake?
Honestly, we both learned the bulk of our cooking in high school home economics. Also, watching our parents when we were younger. That’s where we feel in love with cooking…..we had to learn to make our favorite food in vegan versions.

-What made you want to bake doughnuts instead of other vegan items?
Everyone makes cupcakes and cookies. We like to be different.

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The talented owners of The Vegan Doughnut Company

The doughnut tasting was pretty neat…..and I can honestly say I didn’t know what to expect since I had never been to one before. We arrived at Kitchen 216 and were given score cards to rate the flavors. Since The Vegan Doughnut Company is a newer business, they were eager to learn what kind of doughnuts we the people liked, so we got to try one doughnut hole in each flavor. Give me all the doughnuts! Angels were singing to me….it was that glorious.

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Oh, hello you attractive little babes. 

The flavors ranged from Vanilla Sprinkled to Chocolate Cherry to Chocolate Glazed to Hibiscus to Oreo…..I almost didn’t want to eat them because they were so cute in my little tray. However, we all know me so you know I did.

My favorite? It’s a tie between the Maple Bacon, the Hibiscus, and the Oreo. The only one I didn’t like was the Lavendar doughnut, and that’s because I associate lavender with my baths……it is the scent of one of my favorite Lush bath bombs! They were all so tasty and had a great consistency….sometimes with vegan baked goods they taste a little off, but not these doughnuts.

Want to score yourself some of these delicious vegan treats? The Vegan Doughnut Company will be at The Cleveland Flea May 13th (more dates to come depending on how well they do…it’s their first Flea!) You can also catch them at the Cleveland Bazaar May 20th, July 1st, Sept. 16th, and Oct. 7th.

Don’t forget about Social Media!!!! Like this local business on Facebook by clicking HERE!  This way you won’t miss anything regarding upcoming pop up shops or news regarding their business!

Kyra and Kharisma, thanks for having me at your doughnut tasting! And please know I am ALWAYS available to sample doughnuts!

Is there a job out there as a professional doughnut taste tester???? Because this girl right here would really do well with that…..just saying’.

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March: Sparkle or Dull

Oh hey, friends! Halfway through April and I haven’t shared my March beauty finds! Sometimes I slack….I’m sorry about that!

I’ve been trying really hard to try out the products that a lot of people have been talking about….but lately there have been so many of them! I’ve seriously considered upping the number of products I review each month, but I haven’t decided for sure yet.

Here are the two products I chose for the month of March!

Product 1Silisponge

EVERYONE and their mother has been trying out this silicone makeup blender, which helped skyrocket it to the top of my “must try” list. A silicone sponge thing? Could it really evenly distribute my foundation??? I was skeptical.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, back in 2015 I shared my favorite finds of the year, which included the Bare Mineral Perfecting Face brush. That brush is what I have religiously used to apply my foundation ever since its discovery. I knew it would be tough to beat!

Initial thoughts on this applicator: Man, it is much different than I thought it would be! I thought the applicator would be a thinner more flexible item….this was thick and not very bendy. Look at this thing!

I tried it using my normal foundation, good ol Kat Von D, which blends really well and is a full coverage foundation. Did I like how the sponge worked? NO! I can’t even tell you how disappointed I was in this product. When you are trying to apply foundation evenly, a brush is great….you can get into every nook and cranny. With this thing…..not even close. I applied my foundation and then realized there were parts of my face (like around my nose) that were not covered, causing me to grab my brush to complete my face.

FINAL VERDICT: DULL! I know this product seems appealing (price wise they run between $4-$10), but save that money and invest in a quality brush. Trust me, it is worth it.

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Product #2: Photobalm Powder Foundation

I follow a lot of makeup pros on Youtube….there are so many great tutorials out there. One of my favorites, Christen Dominique, shared her love for Photobalm’s powder foundation, which she used as a setting powder. Since I love a matte finish, I opted to give this a try and give my trusty old Banana powder a break. I also was hoping to fall in love with the powder so it could accompany me on my upcoming trip to Punta Cana.

Right away I loved the look of this product…the packaging had a cute little pinup like girl on it, so you know I was into it! Since Photobalm is technically a foundation, I decided to try this as a foundation by itself and also as a setting powder like my gal Christen did in on her youtube channel.

Thoughts on it as a foundation: MINIMAL coverage. I felt like I just had a layer or loose powder on my face, and that wasn’t the look I wanted. However, if you like a very minimalist look, you may enjoy it.

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Thoughts on a setting powder: Surprisingly, it was very disappointing. It was a nice product…but there are lots of nice products out there. The coverage was so so on top of my foundation, and it wasn’t as matte as the product reviews claimed it would be. Is there a huge difference between this $26 product and a $4 Cover Girl compact? Nope. At least not to me!

FINAL VERDICT: DULL

Two dulls….that’s something that doesn’t happen regularly. I guess you can’t win them all in the makeup department.

Speaking of my Punta Cana trip, I have a group on facebook created where I will be sharing lots of live video, photos, and fun with a few of my best gals! The group begins on Saturday, so if you want to see what’s happening, just click HERE!

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Top Secret Mission: Success!

Earlier last week I was made privy to a super big secret….a secret that, other than our team at corporate, only one other person knew about. I was told to not tell anyone…not even the other Market Council members, and I have to be honest….it was so hard!!!

I hate secrets….and I’ve always been a terrible liar. How was I going to avoid my friends and team and the other coaches in the area and not spill the beans?!?!?!

Somehow I did it.

The secret? At our quarterly event, one where corporate announces new products and fun things, a brand new program would be announced, and the super trainer for that program was going to be the special guest at OUR event.

Guys, this was HUUGGEEE!!!!

With over 500,000 coaches out there and thousands and thousands of Super Saturdays across the country, the Cleveland/Akron area was going to be able to provide an event NO OTHER event could duplicate…….our coaches would get to meet this brand new trainer after the new programs were released and would be able to have an exclusive meet and greet!

Want to see the minute I announced what was going on and the crowd went bananas? Here it is:

So who is this new super trainer????

Chris Downing!!!!! His new program, Shift Shop, will launch at our Coach Summit in July! I cannot waittttttttttttttt! July, get here soon!

And the best part? He is from the Canton, Ohio area, so he is local to me! I always love being able to support local talent! Chris has been in the fitness arena for years, training and running his own successful gym. Getting to meet him and hear a little bit of his story….incredible! Everyone was blown away by his passion and positivity, and I know this guy is going to have a tremendous future! Our market council is definitely looking forward to partnering up with him for future events.

These events mean so much to me….it allows me to connect with other people who share the same fire and passion as I do…it allows us to learn from some of the best in the business and grow…they are such a huge part of our business. I’m thankful every day for the community I found when I became a coach. It has changed my life, and it continues to change it for the better one day and one event at a time.

Here’s a look at some of the fun at Super Saturday!

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We are already planning out our next big event…..I hope you will join me for it! You never know what surprises will be in store!

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