21 Days of Positivity with Pamprin

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogThis post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever found yourself in a negative funk, that didn’t seem to have an end in sight? I have, and when I realized it, I knew I need to make some changes. What became a fore front thought in my mind was that being happy was truly the best medicine for a positive and fulfilling life.  I had to really start taking care of myself because my (future, at the time) daughter needs a happy, healthy mom!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogOne thing I do for myself is allow time for exercise. It’s one hour every day that I get just for myself, and I don’t need to worry about anyone else. It’s time for me to destress and improve myself both inside and out. While I initially signed up for classes to lose some left over baby weight, I’ve discovered that the classes have given me so much more that I initially came for. I’m building muscle that I haven’t seen in ages, I’m getting confidence to lift heavier things or challenging myself more often..  I’m finding myself hanging out and sharing more with others around me!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogNo longer was I just the work from home mom who watched her kid. I was beginning to feel like I was getting “me” back, with just a little investment in myself.  I’ve set myself new goals and believe that I can achieve them. The desire to do more and expect more from myself has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, working out is my favorite thing to do each day. I look forward to it and it feels like second nature because I committed to making changes that make me feel good both inside and out.

Week by week, little things like preparing meals ahead of time just fit into my day.  When I first started my classes, I was going 3-4 a week. I now am committed to 6 days a week with a few extra classes thrown in for fun.  Missing a class just feels weird now!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogThe only time that I may struggle a bit to get to class is when I’m on my period. That’s where Pamprin comes in and helps me work past that fatigue and irritability that seems to surface during my cycle. Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against bloating and water weight gain, and a pain reliever that’s the the equivalent of extra Strength Tylenol to alleviate cramps. It basically works as an all-in-one punch to fight those uncomfortable period symptoms we all could do without.

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogBecause Pamprin in my go to for PMS and period relief, I’ve teamed up with them to bring you the 21-day Guide to Positively Powerful Thinking so you can make positive changes in your life for the better. Did you know that habits can form just after three weeks of consistent work and effort? Three weeks, guys! I know you can do this! We have some super simple 7-day plan that you can repeat three weeks over. You’ll be surprised what you can change if you really put your mind to it! Let take a look at the 7 steps we can do for ourselves, one for each day of the week.

  1. Start today with 3 Positive self-affirmations. I tend to do this in my car when I’m driving. It could be the same thing I repeat to myself, or new things that is specific to that day.
  2. Find Positive Company. It always helps to be around like-minded people when you’re trying to make a change or achieve a goal. I’ve connected several classmates of mine to stay on track with diet or strength goals I want to hit.
  3. Make a list of things for which you’re grateful. I am most grateful for my daughter. I feel she is the best gift I couldn’t have ever been given and I love my little family.  I’m grateful to have a job that allows me to stay home with her and spend as much time with her as I possibly can while she is little. I’m grateful that my husband works with me on giving me time to work out because he knows how important it is to me. I’m grateful for my trainers who have pushed me far beyond what I ever thought I could do.
  4. Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy)”. Words of encouragement can mean so much to someone who is fighting hard to “get there”. It also goes both ways.
  5. Seek, and you will find. If you look for good in people and things, you’ll find it. Perception is everything.  Keep an open mind and see where it takes you.
  6. Find what brings you joy. I know that workout out brings me great joy! I like feeling strong and challenged!
  7. Stop and smell the roses. Give one away. Staying in the present really allows me to enjoy whats going on around me. Watching my almost two year old have a dance party, cheering a classmate on while they commit to extra burpees, or just staying in bed for that extra cuddle is what keeps me happy.
  8. Hit replay and make it a habit. Positive thinking will lead toward positive actions, which lead to positive results. If I think it, and I tell myself I can do it, then I just do it!. And I do it again and again until I raise the bar a bit more. So try committing to these positive actions each day and see where it takes you at the end of three weeks.

I’d LOVE for you guys to share with me where you land 21 days from now! I’m POSITIVE  you’d be amazed where it takes you! (See what I did there? ;)) If you decide to share your story on social, make sure to hashtag it #BePositivePamprin so other challengers can find you!

You can purchase Pamprin at walmart.com

 

 

Beauty Bloggers Best Beauty Picks From 2017 : Vol 2

best of beauty vol 2Beauty Bloggers Best Beauty Picks

I hope everyone enjoyed the first volume of beauty bloggers best picks from 2017 —but we’re not done just yet! With so many amazing “must have” products out there, we couldn’t stop at 14 — so let’s find out what the rest of my beauty blogger friends claim as their star product from 2017!  I already created a small list of things I’d like to gift myself…but just as any beauty enthusiast would assume — that list is just going to keep growing! Grab your cuppa tea, get cozy on the couch, and scroll through to find out what else you may need to ask Santa for this year.  In case you missed Vol. 1, I’ll link it at the bottom of this list!

  1. Nicki of FutureDerm

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Repair 2:4:2

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“Hydrates in all of the ways that skin can possibly go dry — ceramides, cholesterol and other lipids, occlusive agents, emollients. Saved my skin during pregnancy!”

 

  1. Brooke of Blushing Noir

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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“It makes my lashes look like I’m wearing falsies without going thought the pain and glue of actually applying false lashes. Every single person IRL that I drag to the store to buy this now swears by it! “

 

  1. Shannon of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub/Lip Mask/Lip Slip trio

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“This is the ultimate lip nourishing trio – from the super sweet exfoliation of the scrub, to the frosting-like lip mask to the nourishing hydration of the lip gloss, Sara Happ’s lip products are my go-to in keeping my pout looking perfect.”

  1. Renu of Cosmetopia Digest

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  The Hero Project Vit C 30

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“This is a 30% Vitamin C formulation that fades post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation faster than any other Vitamin C I’ve tried – without burning my skin the way some Vit C formulations did (apart from some mild tingling). It never oxidises, and is cruelty-free and vegan. I’ve bought five bottles already, and counting.“

 

  1. Lulle of Beaumiroir

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

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“1st my blogging niche is French beauty, so that’s my top pick by a French brand for this year. It’s a beautiful liquid matte lipstick that’s very comfortable to wear even for people with dry lips, and it leaves a stain that lasts forever. It has a very unique applicator and comes in a ton of vibrant shades from nudes to vampy and reds.”

 

  1. Marcia of Beauty Info Zone

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  PERSONA IDENTITY EYESHADOW PALETTE

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“PERSONA IDENTITY EYESHADOW PALETTE is the first product from this line and it’s a winner. The price is better than most palettes ($32) with 12 wonderful shades, both matte and metallic. It’s a neutral lovers dream if they want to step up the colors to be something more special. The combinations you can create are terrific and you have everything from light to very dark. It’s one of the smoothest palettes I’ve used this year.”

  1. Jen of My Beauty Bunny

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Tarte Maneater Liquid Eyeliner

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“I have been searching for a liquid liner that won’t smudge on my hooded, oily lids pretty much my whole life. I had given up on liquid liner (or ANY liner without a smoky eye to go with it). Then I received a sample of Tarte Maneater Liquid Eyeliner and I was SHOOK! It doesn’t smudge and it’s still fairly easy to remove at night. It’s cruelty free and vegan. Holy grail y’all!”

 

  1. Nikki of Nik Makeup Junkie

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

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“The colors in this palette are gorgeous. The mattes are super pigmented and easy to blend. The shimmers are very metallic and pigmented as well. This is a very well rounded warm palette with a ton of options. This is by far the best Naked Palette ever released.“

 

  1. Shelley of Polarbelle

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  The Pixi Beauty x MaryAmNyc Strobe and Sculpt palette

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“I’ve come across so many wonderful items this year that deserve recognition and at the top of the list is this palette and the Strobe & Highlight brush.  Panic ensues when I think about running out of my favorite contour color.   It is Neutral perfection and the whole palette can be used to create and healthy glowing look.   The brush has been made so that the sculpting head is the best bronzing and sculpting brush I’ve ever used.  It distributes powders evenly without blotchiness.  I’ve purchased backups because of my anxiety over running out and I’ve made quite a dip in my favorite color already.  No matter what I wear, these are s daily staple.“

  1. Katie of From My Vanity

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadow

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“I’ve always steered clear of glitter because it was a mess to try to use and it would make a mess on my face throughout the day. But with these Stila ones, there is NO mess to apply and I find that a little bit of glitter glue underneath keeps these beauties off my and on my eyes. I am SO excited that I can now enjoy a glitter eye look without the mess and hassle of the traditional kind!”

 

  1. Babi of ColorSutraa

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette

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“I have tested a lot of palettes this year and hands down, this has got to be my favorite! The shades are incredibly pigmented, velvety smooth and absolutely beautiful on my East Indian skin tone. Worth every single penny!”

 

26 Erika of Notes from My Dressing Table

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Foreo Luna

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“My Foreo Luna is an integral part of my skin care routine. This little sonic wonder deeply yet gently cleanses my skin, massages and soothes it and leaves my complexion soft, smooth and glowing. My skin looks younger, firmer and it’s primed for a perfect makeup application, too.”

27. Cindy of Prime Beauty

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  PUR Cosmetics PRO X Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette

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“This palette definitely can take you from day to night, quiet to smoky and it’s perfect for over everyone! I am totally smitten with this palette because of the wide variety of colors and finishes. Neutrals pops of color, liner shades, smoky shades–the PÜR PRO X Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette is a winner. It’s also a value–18 eyeshadows for $42 ain’t bad!”

So spill it friends…what else did you add to your list? Share in the comment section below!

 

What My Fitness Essentials Are

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Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated to workout, but I find it’s easier when you love what you’re doing, and have the right gear to put your best effort into it — whatever you may be doing! I thought I would share what my fitness essentials are to get the best workout.

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Heart Rate Monitor   – MyZone 

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I use something called a MyZone heart rate monitor and I wear it for a few reasons. First, I get an accurate look at what my heart rate, and effort level is. I also find out what my calorie burn is which is useful information when you are figuring out your macros for losing weight. Mine is a chest strap that I wear under my clothes while working out, and all the data is sent to my phone when I’m finished to give me a whole breakdown of how my workout went numbers-wise. I know that WHILE I’m wearing it, I constantly check my numbers to try to stay “in the red” — basically, maximum effort so I get the most out of my 45 minute class. If I don’t hit my numbers by the end of class I stay there doing burpees until I do which could be an extra 5 minutes.

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Fun Clothing – Fabletics, D’tinas and Champion

Feeling like I look good while I workout truly helps me stay motivated! I cannot workout in stuff that doesn’t fit right, or makes me self-conscious. I also like to have lots of options because I may need anywhere from 7 to 10 different workout outfits for the classes I take. I’m someone who likes my leggings/capris to feel tight and “hold me in” and my tops need to be sleeveless because I get hot and want to rip everything off if I wear anything with sleeves. My favorite leggings are the Salar from Fabletics. They have good compression, and comes in both capri (mid-calf) or full length leggings —and is 100% squat proof. I do the bendover test in every lighting possible to make sure. It’s something I’m weird about. If I think you can see my crack, I simply cannot focus, haha.  My other favorite brand is D’tinas. They have super customizable workout pants (lengths, color, patterns) and I just bought myself two more pairs to add to the three I already own. These can come with a scrunch booty, which imo makes things look just a touch better back there!  For sports bras, I can get away with getting the Champion ones from Target as long as they have thin straps. I love the look of Fabletics ones, but haven’t tried them yet. By the way, I don’t have a Fabletics subscription — I buy them off Poshmark at a discount because WHY pay full price when you can get them for waaay cheaper and brand new with tags! And good socks are important too. I like low socks but if they fall down in your shoe it can be super annoying. I usually buy a pack of no show Champion socks that have rubber inside the upper heel so it stays put.

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Comfortable Shoes – Nike In Season 7 

I recently treated myself to new shoes and I still look at them with love when I put them on. I tend to stick to Nike for training/running shoes because not only do they feel good on, they look pretty cute too.  My latest pair are the In Season 7’s with a color-changing swoosh. Basically it’s slightly sparkly and shows all the colors of the rainbow depending on how the light hits them. I like that they’re super lightweight and work for both training and running. 

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Nalgene Bottle  

I get super thirsty when I workout and always need to have something drink or I “feel like I’m dying” as I usually put it. I’ve been trying to get used to using a gallon container for the amount of water I drink per day, but I tend to just refill a 32oz Nalgene bottle a couple times a day. They’re super durable and won’t break if it gets tossed or dropped and can withstand lower rack dishwashing. You gotta get your water in order to feel good and have a great workout, so a water bottle that is of practical size will help get you there.

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The Stick  

If I don’t feel sore the day after a workout, then that means I didn’t work hard enough. I’m not saying you should be in crippling pain the next day, but I should feel that stiffness when I get out of bed in the morning at least — usually it’s way more than that though. To help with muscle soreness I found this magnificent little tool called “The stick”. This slightly flexible baton looking thing rolls out muscle soreness in the best way possible. By rolling it out, you spread out the lactic acid buildup and help lessen the chance of doms (delayed onset muscle soreness). It feels SO good to use this at night time and you find unique ways to roll your own back and arms. I did used to have a foam roller, but I chose one that was too dense and hurt everytime I tried using this. The Stick is much easier for me to use and I would recommend this for anyone who has muscle soreness.

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Weight lifting gloves  Harbinger FlexFit Weightlifting Gloves 

I noticed that after a few months of doing my bootcamp classes that I was developing calluses and my hands would really hurt during class. It felt like I was playing on the monkey bars and getting burns on my hands and I’d have to stop more to give my hands a break. It was finally time for some gloves. Gloves are great because they protect your hands from burns and calluses, and help you get a good grip on your weights, or protect you hands from the floor. I have a couple pairs of these gloves because they fit well, have some cushion, and don’t feel restricting on my hands. I can toss them in the washer/dryer at the end of the week, and they stay in good condition for about a year.

Good Music

I have no idea how anyone workouts without music. Music is everything to me! It gets me pumped to workout, it keeps me on beat and helps me push through when I’m really tired. I keep playlists ready on my phone, but I also use an app called Soundcloud also.  I also use an app called soundhound so if I hear a song I think I really like and don’t recognize it can listen to it for me and figure out what it is so I can buy it.

My fellow beauty bloggers have shared what their top fitness essentials are also — just hit the links below!

What things help you stay motivated with your fitness plan? Do we have an of the same things? Share in the comment section below!




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