26 Minute Home Workouts- Week 5

Week 5 home workouts! Remember, these workouts can be done ANYWHERE! Your home, the park, your backyard, during your 30 minute lunch break, while your kid is at soccer practice, etc. Go get it!

M – 3 Rounds

30 Band pumps leaned back/ 30 upright/ 30 leaned forward

15 Body Squats 

12 Dumbbell swings

15  10 lb Squat thrusts

30 Frog pumps

10 Each leg reverse curtsy lunge


T- 3 Rounds

10 Push ups- fall to your knees if needed

15 Chair dips

15 Lateral raises /15 front raises

12 Overhead Tricep Extensions 

20 Bicep curls 

20 Jumping Jacks

7 Burpees


 W- 3 rounds

30 Band pumps leaned back/ 30 upright/ 30 leaned forward

15 Second 10 lb front squats

10 Each leg curtsy lunge

10 Each leg hamstring raises

20 Body squats

45 Second wall sit


Th – 3 rounds

15 Jumping Jacks

18 Jump squats

15 Chair dips

30 Sit ups

30 Toe touches (legs up in the air)

1 Minute plank


  F- 3 Rounds

30 second high knees

15 front pulse squats 

30 mountain climbers

10 Each leg chair step ups

20 10lb RDL

10 Burpees 



4 Burpees

10 Weighted Deadlifts

5 Burpees

10 Weighted Deadlifts 

6 Burpees

10 Weighted Deadlifts 

7 Burpees

10 Weighted Deadlifts 

8 Burpees

10 Weighted Deadlifts 


Rest/stretch/ go for a long walk/run



Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I love doing these gift guides because it’s fun to share ideas that are tailored toward specific people in your life. I have always given my mom my love and a last minute gift idea for Mother’s Day but not this year! This woman is getting spoiled with lots of love and gifts! Here are some fun suggestions that I think any mom or special woman in your life would adore!

Converse because what mom can’t rock a crisp new clean pair of chucks! My mom just recently messaged us saying she wants a pair of Converse because her Keds “just aren’t cutting the mustard”. So here ya go mom, a pair of virtual Converse, just for you! 😉 I found some here for $38 and free shipping!


I am overly obsessed with my letter board. It is the perfect way to describe your feelings without having to speak and for moms, that sounds pretty ideal. They are a fun addition to a house or office and they come in all different shapes and sizes so they can fit on a shelf or a desk. I’ve linked my exact letter board here that comes with everything you need or there are a number of great options at stores like Hobby Lobby and Amazon.


I love everything on the Scentsy website and wish I could buy it all! I think these wax warmers make such awesome gifts and could basically go in every room in the house. There are so many different ones to choose from and if wax warmers aren’t your thing they have diffusers, soaps, lotions, etc. The Blueberry Cheesecake scent is to die for. (SO good)


These Kendra Scott earnings are a splurge but so cute! If you have siblings, these earrings would be an awesome gift to split between y’all to make them a little cheaper for each person. They are so fun and stylish!


A super cute alternative to these Kendra Scott earrings are these tassel earrings I have from Etsy. I came across these last year and absolutely had to have them. They are so fun for a sporting event or a college game day and they are a much cheaper option! The Etsy Shop is called PearlAndShineJewelry.


Nothing says love like a framed picture of a special moment. My mom got our whole family tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game last Christmas and we took a family picture that is one of my favorite pictures we’ve ever taken +Ryan and Eric. I want to have it blown up and framed for her house. Something like this is so meaningful, easy to do, and not very expensive. I’ll share once I have it completed! I love both of these frames from Amazon.


The last thing I want to share is the idea of making something lovely for the special woman in your life. For example, making/buying a card with a hand written note inside, finding a DIY project online, or waking up early to make her breakfast in bed. Often times these are the best gifts to receive because they are so thoughtful!

Good luck on your Mother’s Days gift hunt! I hope this gift guide gave you a little inspiration for the gift you pick out for your mom. My mama is so special and even though I don’t tell her everyday, she is the woman I aspire to be and I look up to her so much. ❤


26 Minute Home Workouts- Week 3

Week 3/8! Great job! Keep killin’ it!

5 minute warm up-
 30 second jog in place
25 second jump rope in place
30 second jump with both feet together over imaginary line
Stretch any muscles that you feel need to be stretched
30 second jog in place
25 second jump rope in place
30 second jump with both feet together over imaginary line
Glute activation using resistance band

Monday – 4 Rounds
1 minute squat jumps into sumo squat jumps 
10 each leg Chair/bench step ups 
30 Seconds full sit ups
20 Walking lunges Holding 10 lbs above head  
25 10 lb squat thrusts
25 10 lb RDL
30 Second burpees  (aim for 15)

Tuesday- 4 Rounds
30 seconds high knees in place
10 lateral raises/10 front raises  
30 seconds 2 feet hop over imaginary line
30 Mountain climbers
20 Chair dips
30 frog pumps
8 burpees 

Wednesday- 5 rounds
1 minute 10 lb front squat- slow and controlled 
20 10 lb sumo deadlifts
25 jump lunges or in place lunges
30 chair squats
35 Body squats
45 second wall sit

Thursday – 4 rounds
30 second squat thrusts 
30 seconds high knees into 30 second butt kicks- no rest
30 sit ups
30 toe touches (legs up in the air)
1 minute plank
30 frog pumps
30 second imaginary jump rope

Friday- 4 Rounds
20 jump squats
1 minute sumo dead lifts with 10lb weights
10 push ups- fall to knees if necessary 
15 10lb squat thrusts
20 10lb RDL
20 Jumping lunges

8 Burpees
30 10lb DB dead lifts
10 squat thrusts- holding weight  
8 Burpees
25 10lb DB deadlifts
10 squat thrusts- holding weight

8 Burpees
15 10lb DB deadlifts
10 squat thrusts- holding weight

Rest/stretch/ go for a long walk/run

For workouts from week 1 and 2, email me.
Questions? Send me an email: lexrussellblog@gmail.com

Amazon-What’s In My Cart

Calling all Amazon lovers I thought it would be fun to share items that I buy often (and I love) and items that sit in my cart until I drink too much wine and finally give in and buy them.

I L.O.V.E these lotion bars. Mostly because they are all natural and have no added chemicals/fragrance, but also because they leave your hands feeling so soft. Honestly, my go-to and I don’t even miss my drugstore lotion.


I am SO excited to try this collagen. About a month ago I bought some collagen off of amazon that had great reviews but it didn’t really do it for me. I didn’t notice any differences in my skin, hair, or nails really so I decided to stop using it. I reached out to a few girlfriends who use Vital Collagen and they are loving it! Update on that in a about a month!


This Arc floor lamp YOU GUYS!!! Sorry for screaming but I want it SO bad. LOL my brother has one and it is so beautiful and modern looking. Every time I see it I just drool because I love it that much. Maybe tonight is the night I purposely drink too much wine??


This Blue Lizard Sunscreen. My favorite. Y’all. Like liquid gold. Anything with minimal and meaningful ingredients has my full and undivided love. I have melasma on my face so effective sunscreen is an absolute must for me.


This Ceder-wood Essential OilCeder-wood Essential Oil is a weird find for me. I’ve been looking for an all natural bug replant for my puppy and I have read that cedar-wood essential oil, diluted, works miracles to keep bugs away.


With all the rave about turmeric right now, I had to get my hands on a bottle. I have been taking it for about three weeks and can’t wait to write a post about the noticeable benefits I have experienced!


This liquid fish oil. It is a little pricy; however, 100% worth every penny. Supports heart, brain, vision and joint health and since I don’t eat the recommended amount of fish that I should, this helps me to get enough Omega-3s. I highly recommend doing research on the benefits of fish oil, more specifically Omega-3s. It is so important that you are getting enough of them. Just add a teaspoon into a glass of orange juice and you’re good to go!


Lastly, These rubber hair ties. I have never used them before but I know a few people who love them and claim that they don’t leave a crease in your hair when its up so I thought I would give them a try. I’ll let ya know what I think!


Curious to hear what items are in your Amazon cart.  Anything you swear by or love to use?

My Six Tips To Rid Negative Thoughts To Achieve Your Goals And Change Your Mindset

“Your mind is a powerful thing, when you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change”

“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do”

Your mind is so damn powerful and will determine the kind of life you live. Your daily routine, your attitude, your relationships, etc. 

It’s a daily practice! 

Holy Shiiiiiit I’d be lying if I told you everyday was filled with all positive thoughts and positive things that come out of my mouth. I am NOT perfect.

I will tell you it for damn sure didn’t happen over night and STILL till this day I have moments or even days where negative thoughts will creep into my mind. I catch myself and instantly think about things that make me happy.

Ways To Help Rid Negative Thoughts: 

  • Figure out exactly where these thoughts are coming from. Talk about them. Analyze them. Write them down. Get to the bottom of them. Adjust them. 

Your mind thinks- ” She has really nice legs. My legs will never look like hers”

Adjust your mindset to ” I’ve been working out so hard and I can’t wait to see the results I have in a few months from my hard work and consistency!”

  • Read “Change your words, change your thoughts” by Joyce Myers

It. Will. Change. Your. Life. You will realize you are NOT the only person having these thoughts and she will teach you ways to rid negative thoughts and emotions. *Even if you are not religious I still recommend this book*

  • Go for a stroll. Walk. Run. Bike. Take 20-30 and enjoy nature. Listen to your favorite music and spend some time on you.


  • Go for a workout. Find a lifting workout I’ve written under my fitness tab and go pump some iron. Guaranteed 10/10 will make you feel like you WILL conquer the world!


  • Take a bath. Something about a bath bomb and candles makes me happy.


  • Listen to a motivational podcast. This is something I do not do enough of but when I do I LOVE it! It makes me feel so energized and excited for life. LOL


  • Meditate. The single most underrated activity in my opinion. I used to feel kinda silly mediating and still sometimes if Ryan is around I won’t do it because I feel silly but it seriously makes me feel so good! Find an app. I used Headspace until my trial was over and now I use youtube and debating on using a different email to get more free sessions on Headspace. 😉

 Conquer your mind and YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.  

If you take anything from this post it’s that I achieved these results by discipline and hard ass work. Adjusting my mindset has taught me disciple, determination, consistency, and so many other things.

Stop limiting yourself. Adjust your mindset and go achieve your goals! 


* Blog post to come on my daily gym routine and nutrition *

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I bought a sewing machine!

A freakin’ sewing machine! Growing up we didn’t sew with our grandparents like some. I am not even sure if my grandma was really into sewing as I do not ever recall her sewing or even talking about it. Really, I had never even touched a sewing machine until today when I unpackaged it and set it all up!

For the last couple of years I’ve been obsessed with swimsuits that of course cost a fortune. Brands like Vitamin A, LA hearts, Revolve, ASOS, etc. etc. the list could go on and on. Obviously as a grad. student, I cannot afford them so I thought I’d invest some time, practice, and a lot of patience and make them!

Let me start by telling you I am an absolute beginner. Such a beginner I didn’t even buy fabric at the craft store today. I’ve decided to spend some time playing around on old t-shirts and fabric from clothes at the thrift store before I invest money into fabric.

You guys. The entire process of clothes is unbelievable to me. The way they’re designed, cut out and sewn, I just cannot believe it. It is such a beautiful process. Every piece of clothing I have put on since the day I began sewing with my machine I have analyzed, debated weather or not to take it apart to use it as a pattern, and even told myself ” I can make this!!” more than an handful of times.

I. Am. Obsessed.  

So, Before I get back to my sewing, I thought I’d share some of the tools I picked up at the craft store so if some of you decide to make your own clothes/swimsuits as a complete beginner, you’ll know where to start!

The sewing machine I purchased was a Brothers 1850. I did a ton of research far and wide and decided on this little gem. So far so good! I love it! I did a little shopping around and found it brand new on eBay for much cheaper than the price listed on Amazon.

In addition, I purchased

measuring tape.

Fiskars fabric shears . Despite the reviews, These scissors are great. I actually bought them at Joann and they were recommended to me buy a lady that works there.

Some pins. The cheapest ones I could find at the craft store.

This thread was also recommend to me by a lady working at the craft store. I basically told her I was a complete beginner and I needed something that wasn’t going to give me a tough time or break.

And that is it! Like I mentioned above I have just been practicing on some old t-shirts. I think I will head to the local thrift store today and find some different fabrics to play around with.

The hardest part for me has been cutting out the fabric. The fact that I am left handed and also trying to cut out my fabric perfectly is a combo that is going to take some practice but it has been so fun!

Here is a piece I made last night using two old t-shirts. I took a pair of old swim bottoms to give me an idea of the shape of the pattern and tweaked it a bit.

High waisted bikini bottoms