Sunday’s Spent Making Macramé’s

Y’all. I have gone crazy with DIY projects lately. I’m obsessed and can’t stop, won’t stop!! I have even created a DIY section on my blog.

My latest obsession is all things macramé’s. I think they are so beautiful and add such a boho feel to a room.

Yesterday I made two macrame plant holders and love the way they turned out. I am in search of all white glass pots to fill these with a viney plant or even some succulents (preferably low maintenance since I have struggled in the past to keep them alive).

Anyways, enjoy and let me know if a tutorial would be useful!

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Counting Macros Day One & Two. DID I FAIL? Fourth Of July Shenanigans

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty (anyone play HQ trivia??) If you download it use my code lexrussell5 to give ya girl a free life.

 

Day One of counting macros was a toughy. Just because I am used to eating whatever I want, with caution. So I would reach for something but my discipline would shake its pointer finger at me similar to what I do to my puppy when she is trying to hide her bone in my clean laundry.

 I tracked all of my food using #MyfitnessPal which makes it easy to input exactly what I am eating.

 

Day One: 

Breakfast: Lots of fruit (Watermelon and Strawberries) Not weighed but used my best judgment. One cup of each. With black coffee.

Lunch: Baked salmon and quinoa. 90 Grams of each

 

Snack:  Watermelon and #Quaker ranch rice crisps.

 

Dinner: Taco Mayo. JUDGE ME haha. Just kidding but I actually do think I still hit or stayed under my macros for the day. I had a cilantro rice bowl and chicken and a chicken /rice burrito. 😛

 

Woke up weighting 130lbs. One pound lighter than the previous day. I was soon hungry but I felt good!

Day Two: Fourth of July!!!

Breakfast: Sausage and bacon breakfast tacos made with lots of #Velveeta cheese and a flour tortilla. ***The take away here is I only ate one taco when honestly I could have eaten 12 AND I’m not perfect. This should give you validation that if you want the damn taco EAT THE DAMN TACO!!!

Lunch: McAlister’s in OKC. I had half a salad with ranch and half a sandwich.

Snack: Ranch dip with ruffles and like 10 hot cheetos. (Could have eaten the whole bag but selffffff control, rightttt?)

Dinner: Pork loin with BBQ sauce and a few potatoes from a bag of precooked microwavable …you know…they sucked so I only had a few.

Woke up weighing 131lbs. Grubbed yesterday so it makes sense and I am not upset about it at all!

**A few notes: 

  1. If you are eating something “unhealthy” the fact that you realize it is AWESOME. Which means you probably understand that YES you can have it and you SHOULD but you also need to keep in mind how important portion control is. 
  2. You are not perfect nor should you act like it. Enjoy time with your family. Eat the hotdog, drink the margarita. One bad meal isn’t going to make you fat like one healthy meal won’t make you skinny. It’s a process.
  3. Don’t quit! Even if the scale hasn’t moved, that doesn’t mean you’re not making progress. Take some progress pictures, choose healthy options day by day, and don’t be so hard on yourself! 

Thursday 7/5/2018: I am eating lots of watermelon, drinking lots of water, and chugging coffee like it’s going out of style this morning.

 

 

AND JUST LIKE THAT: I’m Counting My Macros

‘Ello, Hi, Hey, What’s up you guys!! – Yesterday I posted a long blog post about my experience with counting macros. You can read it here!

WELLLLLL. . . . . Actual crickets……

I have decided to count my macros for 2-3 weeks and blog though the entire process! It can be tough and really overwhelming to count your macros so I wanted to make a guide and explain everything while I do it! Also,,,, I may have something really exciting coming up that I want to lose a little bit of weight for.

I have been making a conscious effort to eat WAY more veggies and fruits and stray away from meats apart from fish. That is not to say I am not eating meats, just not as much of it.

Each day for 2-3 weeks I’ll post:

  • What I am eating/drinking
  • How much I am eating
  • What I use to keep myself on track
  • Cardio/Workouts
  • How I am feeling each day
  • Pictures/ weight each day

I am so excited, Y’all! It has been what feels like sooooo long since I’ve counted my macros and stuck to it. I’m excited to have a different experience than my last and I am eager to add a little more disciple into my diet and share it with you all while prepping for something exciting! EKKK!

Let’s do this!!

BBQ Pulled Pork And Fresh Pineapple Pico De Gallo

The easiest BBQ pulled pork comin’ at ya with fresh pineapple Pico De Gallo!

 

If there is one thing you must know about me it’s that when I’m  in the kitchen, more often than not, I do not measure things. I eyeball just about everything and I’ve done it for years! LOL.  I know what you’re thinking…. Yes, it has gotten me into trouble a few times but no, I have not stopped doing it.

I also adjust all recipes to taste. 

For the pulled pork you will need:

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About 2 teaspoons of Paprika

About 1/2 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

About 1 teaspoon Salt/Pepper to taste

About 1/2 Cup Water

For the Pineapple Pico de gallo you will need:

About 1/2  a Pineapple, in small cubes

2 Roma Tomatoes, in small cubes

The juice from half a large lime- to taste

1 clove of fresh garlic, minced

1 Jalapano, rinsed, seeded and minced

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cooking the pulled pork:

Place pork tenderloin, paprika, BBQ Sauce, and Salt/Pepper in crock pot on high for 6 hours.

Reduce heat to low, shred pork, cook on low for 1 more hour.

Whipping together pineapple pico:

Combine pineapple, tomato, jalapeño and garlic. Add lime juice, salt and pepper to taste

 

Products I’m Trying And Loving

Coconut oil: Lately I have been working on getting more healthy fats into my diet. I like to add a tablespoon of coconut oil to my smoothie every morning. Handful of frozen fruit, water or almond milk, coconut oil, protein powder, collagen, flax seeds, and spinach. I always reach for cold pressed and unrefined coconut oil. 465601_1

Vital Collagen: You guys…this stuff is the real deal. I have noticed lots of new hair growth on my head, my nails grow so fast, my eyebrows are out of control and I have to shave every other day when I used to shave maybe once every two weeks. It’s flavorless so I add it to my shake or orange juice in the mornings.

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Reishi Tincture: This stuff is…interesting BUT I really, really like it. It makes you feel very calm. I am all about natural medicine and will basically try anything after doing my research. You can read about some of the benefits here. The Etsy shop is called NorthCoveMushrooms. If you are feeling any kind of imbalance or you need some help sleeping, this stuff if your friend! In fact, I used to take this in the mornings with my smoothie but it was making me feel sleepy so I take it before bed now.

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 Coty Airspun  face brightening powder is goooood. I don’t really wear much make up but when I do, I like to brighten my under eyes because I have hereditary dark circles. It’s $6 and you can thank me later ;). You can get it on Amazon but I found it slightly cheaper at my local grocery store. I have the color Translucent.

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Flaxseed: Like I mentioned above I love just about all things natural medicine. I truly believe the power of a healthy diet is underestimated and food is medicine. I have been working really hard to filter out about 90% of sugar and processed foods from my diet and when I can include healthier options. Flaxseed in my smoothie is a game changer. At first I wasn’t too sure I’d enjoy the taste, I read about how they have an earthy taste and some people try to mask the flavor but they actually go really well with the other ingredients in my smoothie! I encourage you to research the benefits and try them in your protein shake or smoothie.

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What products are you trying and loving??

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 

 

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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 

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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!

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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.

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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. ❤