Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kentucky Y'all

Someone recently asked me the question, "You've lived in Kentucky your whole life?" - and I said "Yes Ma'am, I'm definitely a Kentucky girl through and through".  I'm really not a Kentucky girl in the ways one would think. Take for example University of Kentucky basketball, the Wildcats. I like them, wish them well, watch them (my boyfriend and his mom bleed blue), but I don't own more than three Kentucky shirts. I don't even know who plays other than the twins and I think they decided to go to the NBA, so there goes that.

Let's talk Bourbon, I wasn't a fan until recently, and I'm still on the fence. I tried it with Ale-8 at our friend's wedding, it didn't seem so bad. But if I had the choice - Ale-8 with/without bourbon, I'll take mine without please. I'm not really into horses either. And I'm not sure I could tell you the difference between blue grass or green or crab grass. And KFC - yuck!!

But I am a Kentucky girl through and through, I love my state - I love the beauty of hills, how there is that attempt of seasons changing here.

I love how that comment "do you all wear shoes" has slowly died down, because now we're getting good publicity for breweries that are popping up, rock climbing. the outdoors, and local businesses that are truly unique. I love that I have a southern drawl/twang/accent.

 I also love my city. Lexington has changed so much in the ten years that I've lived here. Wow - as I am writing this I realized that I moved to Lexington exactly ten years ago this month. Time really does fly by.

The restaurant scene in Lexington has truly grown, we are much much more than chain restaurants. Farmer's Markets have expanded from only downtown to Southland Drive, Harrodsburg Road, and Hamburg.  The "go local" fad seems to have developed into more than a fad, it's more a way of life. So many artists are getting in on this action, with the wide range of Kentucky t-shirts, car stickers and jewelry.
I'd say Kentucky is doing well for itself. I'm proud to be born and raised here, and I'm glad to call this home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cruisin' to Columbus

Looks like the last time I blogged was 1922 - I apologize. Or for those of you who don't read my blog, you're welcome? :)

Mike bought me tickets to see Chris Hardwick for my birthday in December. So this weekend, we drove to Columbus to see probably one of the best shows I've seen in a long time! For those of you who have no clue who I'm talking about, Chris used to be the host of Singled Out, he is the CEO of Nerdist, and the host of my favorite show (well second favorite), Talking Dead. We saw him at the Southern Theatre, which is absolutely beautiful.
Perfect seats!

I'm still obsessed with Advocare. I had such great results with my 24 Day Challenge that I decided to keep it up. Today, I put on a size 6 - I've always been around a 8/10! I can honestly say, this stuff works - it not only gets your body in good shape, but also your mind. I will have cravings for bad food, but then it passes. I've been really good with temptation...I even packed my little bags for our trip, I had no intentions of cheating. 
New favorite Spark flavor...GRAPE! Tastes like Grape Kool Aid!
No intentions of cheating....none. Until we went to this quaint little spot in Columbus, Strongwater. It was across the street from a spot that Mike really likes, Land Grant Brewing Company. They have a burger...oooooh myyyy worrrdddd....and Bloody Mary's....I couldn't say no. I've been so good!  If you go to Columbus - make sure that both of these places are on your tour!

After getting our belly's full - I experienced my first soccer game...EVER. It was in the rain..but honestly it was a lot of fun. He may be able to get me to go back to one sometime...
Mapfre Stadium
So that's what I've been up to...what about you guys?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

And so it begins - My Journey with Advocare

Well we definitely had one heck of a winter in Kentucky this year. I worked from home maybe in total two weeks because the weather was just too bad to get out. I got really good at making soups - good hearty soups, with LOTS of cheese. I think I made a chicken tortilla soup one week and a potato soup the next - pretty much the same thing - one block of Velveeta. They were good though and if you're lucky I may even post the recipe some time. BUT, I gained some pounds. I can't blame it all on the weather, I've gotten "fappy" in my relationship (fat and happy). 

It was March 7 I realized I needed a change. I was laying in bed scrolling through Instagram and saw someone who used to be on the Bachelor mention Advocare. Curious, I googled it. The 24 day challenge seemed pretty easy - eating healthy with the help of the Advocare products. I didn't think twice, I went to Order Now - chose a Coach - and decided it was time to get healthy!

My Advocare challenge wasn't going to arrive until Thursday, but I decided to get a head start on the diet part on that Monday. Sunday I planned out my meals, went to the grocery, and loaded my cart with fruits, veggies, and lean meats. Those first days before the challenge arrived, I stuck to the plan. I did have one moment of weakness on Tuesday of that week, I found Mambas in my purse (btw these are amazing fruit chews) I had two. One thing I had to give up for this challenge was coffee and alcohol. I haven't missed either - the Spark drink is amazing and honestly I don't feel like I'll go back to coffee except on special occasions!

After getting the challenge in the mail - I would definitely suggest dividing out eat day into Ziploc bags. It gives you a visual of what you have to accomplish. 

So...I just finished the Cleanse yesterday - starting the Max phase today. I'm a little shy to show before and after photos, but I will tell you - after ten days on the cleanse, I've lost 7.5 pounds just on the cleanse and total of inches that went bye bye - 9.5. Until yesterday the cleanse part of the challenge was great - yesterday I had a touch of a cold and literally nothing could make me happy. (Except the UK win - GO CATS) 

Today I start the Max Phase - I'm ready! I ordered another box of Spark (Fruit Punch) and Oasis. My Coach told me that it was so yummy and a great way to end the day and unwind - since I can't have a my usual glass of wine. I am so excited to have this while watching the Walking Dead tonight as a treat! 

Advocare has really been a great thing for me - I'm so excited to see how the next 14 days go! If you're looking for something to just give you that help you need, I would definitely recommend this. Have any of you had success with Advocare? I would love to hear your stories! :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Weather Cure - Seaberry Face Oil

I've always thought that coming home from a stressful day of work that putting a face mask on and jumping in a bubble bath sounded so relaxing. Unfortunately, I get bored in a bubble bath and face masks cause me to break out. I've always had an issue with face products – it’s hard to determine what type of skin I have. Am I oily? Dry? Acne prone? Honestly, I think I’m all of the above, so I've taken it easy when it comes to skincare. I love getting little samples from Sephora, but I rarely find something that just makes me quickly use up the sample and order more. Fresh – Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil – made me.

There is something about oil that seems scary, I've always thought “oil” causes breakouts, why would I intentionally add this to my face? And honestly, not sure why I did, maybe because I love the Fresh packaging, and I’m so glad I did.

For me, I add this nightly  to my routine – I use something a little lighter during the day (also from Fresh, which I will be sharing sometime soon). By the time I make it from the sink to my bed, the oil has already absorbed into my skin and it feels amazing. I never worry about it staining or rubbing off on my sheets.