Friday Rundown

Hi, guys! Happy Friday!

Here’s a quick recap of “what I’m loving lately,” but in a different format – just to switch things up and keep ’em interesting! 🙂 I thought it might be fun to give you guys a little rundown. Enjoy!

Summer Hack: Insulated wine glass

LifehackMesh laundry bags to keep socks organized – otherwise, we lose them!

Favorite Daily Apps: Stitcher (podcasts), MyFitnessPal, Trello, Instagram, MyFLO

Best Piece of Advice: I’m not sure I can pick just one, so here are 37.
Where I’d Retire: Mal and I joke about retiring at The Pinehills, but we’ll probably end up somewhere on the Cape or Duxbury.

Travel Hack: Packing protein powder because food options are typically lacking. I like to add it to my iced coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, mashed banana or fresh berries and nut butter.

Splurge Booze: We’re not fancy, so a $20 bottle is a “splurge.” I recently discovered Domaine A. Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris, Loire, France, and I’m obsessed. It’s the best wine – light, crisp, and mineral-y. Love!

Podcast Recommendation: Girls Gone WOD is my current favorite, but I’m also a huge fan of Paleo Women Podcast and MindPump.
Book That’s Changed My Behavior: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story (my review). This book taught me how to shut off my brain, so I can sleep. The waterfall metaphor has a 100% success rate to date.

Netflix Recommendation: The OA, Pretty Little Lies, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things

Favorite New Discovery: Late to the party, but mobile orders at Starbucks. So convenient! 

Snack HackVanilla Almond Butter + Protein. I also like adding collagen to the milk in my cereal. 

Question of the Day

Your turn! Give me a rundown of what you’re loving lately! 

 

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So ummm
this happened!!!

So if you’ve been following me on Instagram, I kinda just announced the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. Guys! I got engaged on Kauai to the love of my life! AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I AM A FIANCÉ NOW!

You’re probably thinking, “Wait whaaaa….you…were…in a relationship?” It’s okay. I meant to keep it private. It took everyone by surprise…like everyone…even COSMO!??!?!?!?

Before I get into the romantic proposal story, I just have to say that when Sam and I were Ubering home from LAX, we got a notification for this article, and when we opened it up – we just about DIED laughing.

First, at the fact that we were important enough for Cosmo to write an article about, and then secondly – I mean THAT HEADLINE. It is golden. Just golden. The Uber driver probably thought we were lunatics. We were CRYING. DYING. We couldn’t breathe.

Sam and I got engaged on August 16, 2017 in Kauai and I kept it a secret from you guys until the 22nd. Sam chose the 16th because it is my favorite number. And now, as I am writing this, I just realized that we announced ourselves publicly as a couple on the 22nd…which is Sam’s favorite number!

Though I never officially shared Sam with you guys, if you look carefully, he’s actually been in quite a few on my YouTube videos! POP Songs in Real Life and Train Like a Beast, Look Like  Beauty Workout just to name a couple. We kept our relationship private because as a “public figure”, there are just some things you need to save for yourself. To me, love is very precious, and I did not want to put our relationship or Sam in a place of constant judgement. We needed to purely and genuinely develop our relationship without the pressure of followers, likes, and comments etc.

I actually had trouble writing the engagement announcement caption because in a way, I almost felt like I had been hiding a secret from you guys. I didn’t want you to be mad because you guys pretty much know EVERYTHING about me – except for my dating life. It took me an hour to write the IG caption and when I posted it, my heart was racing. Was my biggest moment going to be ruined by people being upset that I was hiding something from them?

Thank you Nicole for saying that. It made me feel a lot less anxious! And not that this matters AT ALL, but our engagement announcement is the highest liked thing in the entire history of the entire Blogilates Instagram!

I think the highest liked post I’ve ever had like before this was around 64k. I got into the mid-50s with Taylor Swift. But this? THIS comes to show that people really love LOVE. Sam and I are so happy that you guys are celebrating with us. THANK YOU. I cannot wait to share more stories about our relationship and things we’ve learned over the years. We’ve been together since college and he knows me better than any person in the world, including myself.

So for those of you who have not read it yet, here is original engagement announcement:

I’ve been waiting a week to post this because I wasn’t sure how to tell you guys. Most of you probably didn’t even know I was in a relationship because I’ve been very private about my life offline. But now, there are no more secrets.

He knew me and loved me before Blogilates ever existed. We dreamt together, built together, failed together, lost hope together, and found what we were desperately searching for in one another…together. We’ve been through so much and I 100% would NOT be who I am today without him.

I want you to meet my biggest supporter, my best friend, the man of my dreams, the man of my reality, the only one who can make me laugh within 5 minutes of a heated argument by putting on my favorite Disney songs and forcing me to dance with him…the amazing Sam.

That evening Sam told me we needed to go take Instagram pics at this cool cliff he found. So right before golden hour, I got ready, put on my new dress, and did my hair & makeup! Once he walked me to the edge of the cliff, he bent down to get his camera and said something along the lines of “Oops, I forgot my camera.” He was probably confused because all I said was “Oh ok!” (I don’t know, the scene was too pretty to get mad!)

Then…I saw a black box. And I was like ummmmmmmmmmmmmm. đŸ˜¶đŸ˜±đŸ˜łđŸ˜Ź (Because we ALWAYS discuss everything and we definitely did NOT discuss what was about to happen!)

He got on one knee and asked “Will you marry me?” And all I could say was…”Wait, is this real?”, “You’re kidding right?”, “Hold on, this isn’t fake?!”

He was like, “NO CASSEY! THIS IS REAL!!!!”

And at that moment, I started crying, he slipped on the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, he turned me around, and I saw my sister and her boyfriend snapping pics and shooting video from behind a well positioned bush.

IT. WAS. UNREAL.

So there it is guys. I got engaged in Kauai to the love of my life. It feels like a dream but Sam reminds me that it’s definitely real. 😉 There’s so much more I want to tell you but Instagram won’t let me write more. 💕

My baby sister Jackelyn was taking pics the entire time! Her and her boyfriend Nick (we call him Nickles) were behind a literal fir fort being all sneaky. I HAD NO IDEA. LIKE ZERO IDEA. We had to go back to the scene of the event before we left Kauai to re-enact this photo for you guys so that you could appreciate the fir fort. LOOK:

I was CRYING once I realized Sam was asking me to marry him for real! Then Jackelyn and Nickles came over to hug us and we took some selfies on a cliff. In case you’re wondering, Sam proposed to me on Punahoa Point in Kauai. It was perfect. Just PERFECT.

Ah, and the ring. Want a closeup? Okay cuz I took a closeup to show y’all! I can’t stop looking at it! AHHHHHHHHH!!!! (Also thank goodness I got my nails done the week before!)

You know what’s funny?

LITERALLY a couple weeks ago before we went on vacation I told Sam that I hate rings, don’t get me a ring, and that our love does not need to be shown off by an overvalued rock. I said take the money and let’s start another venture instead! Hahaha.

Omg he must have been DYING inside because Sam and lil sis have been working so hard CUSTOM DESIGNING this ring just for me – in secret!

I remember a few months ago Jackelyn asked me if I HAD TO pick a ring what it would look like. I was like…ok fine, well if you force me then something that doesn’t look like a traditional wedding ring! 💍 I want it to look like a rose on a vine! đŸŒč She was like…what!?!?

Well baby sis and fiancĂ©, you guys knew me better than I knew myself because I DIDN’T KNOW that I could love a ring THIS MUCH. It is so beautiful and the fact that you guys designed it for me makes it even more special. What’s a Blogilates ring if it ain’t got some pink stones and a rose gold band!?!? 💕 You guys crushed it on the design!!!

Finally…for those of you wondering…how does being a fiancĂ© feel different from being a girlfriend? đŸ‘« Surprisingly it feels REALLY different! I feel like I’ve unlocked a new level of adulthood and am experiencing a heightened kind of love. Its so weird and magical! ✹ Eeeeeeeeee!!!

Now onto the wedding dress search! THIS IS GONNA BE FUN.

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Two Lunches > One Lunch

Hi, guys! Happy Thursday to you! This week is FLYIN’ for me!

Yesterday was quite a busy day, and I spent almost of it at the Derby Street Shoppes. My morning started with an early wake up before the rest of my family – well, ok, Murphy felt me get out of bed and followed me downstairs. The potential for food with just so strong!

For breakfast, I made myself a rice cake with a thick layer of sunflower butter and banana slices on top. Then, I took the pug for a walk.

Quinn must have heard Murphy and me come back into the house because, as soon as we got settled, I heard his bedroom door open. I walked upstairs, gave him a big hug (he’s so cuddly in the morning), and carried him downstairs into the living room. He watched a little TV while I got ready for the day. (Later in the day, I found this photo below on my iPhone. Apparently, somebody borrowed it to snap some photos!)

Once I was ready, I got Qman ready for school and packed up the rest of my things to take for a full day at Derby Street. (The bag on the left is a homemade beach bag from Quinn.)

I dropped Quinn off at daycare and then headed straight to Derby Street for an outdoor spinning class with Rev’d.

The class was a lot of fun – I was moving and grooving all over the bike, so, by the end, I was a sweaty mess. Holy workout + humidity!

If you’re a local reader and would like to check out a free class, follow this link for more details.

Fun times with Rev’d! #sweatybeast

After spinning, I popped over to the Whole Foods restroom to take a quick “shower“and changed my clothes. Then, I headed over to the Capital One CafĂ© for a triple decaf espresso over ice with half-and-half and lots and lots and lots of work.

Kerrie met me there a couple of hours later, and we immediately got down to business. She was away for a few days, so we had lots to catch up on. My stomach started to grumble, so I dug into my lunch a little early. On the menu: Trader Joe’s chicken strips with white rice and buffalo sauce. It wasn’t the most nutritious lunch, but I was in a hurry and there wasn’t much food prepped in the house. It was still really tasty! I mean, just about anything with barbecue sauce is delicious!

Shortly after that, we had a meeting with our marketing company. It was actually more like a follow-up meeting just to make sure we are on track with everything that we have planned in the coming weeks, like the Post-Summer Slim Down and the webinars associated with the launch of Nutrition House.

After our meeting, Kerrie and I tested out some new software features (on the development site), which are going deploy any day now. They’re so cool – can’t wait for our coaches and clients to see them!

Mid-afternoon, I started to get hungry again. I was planning to just buy a snack, so I asked Kerrie if she wanted anything while I was up. She actually said she packed a second lunch, and I immediately thought it was such a great idea. I knew a snack would take the edge off my hunger, but a second lunch with “real food” would satisfy me much longer. So, I took a quick walk over to Whole Foods to grab lunch #2. It was mostly veggies with a piece of fish and chicken breast for protein, and it kept me full for quite a while. I didn’t even need a snack before dinner, like I normally do!

I finally packed up around 5:30 PM and headed home. When I pulled into our driveway, I saw that the basement door was open. It was a little strange, so I decided to see what was going on inside. I was surprised to see Mal in the middle of a work out and Quinn playing video games. If there’s a will, there’s a way! Haha!

Once I got settled at home, Quinn wanted to take his bike out, so we went for a family walk around the neighborhood, which was a nice opportunity for me to catch up with my boys.

When we returned from our walk, I started to make dinner while Mal and Quinn played T-ball outside. Murphy kept me company in the kitchen and kindly offered to pug pre-rinse the dishes in the dishwasher.

On the menu for dinner: Sweet potato hash with bacon, red bell pepper, and chives. How to: Roast sweet potatoes in the oven. Cook bacon and chop into small pieces. Then, use the grease to sautĂ© the red bell pepper. When the veggies are done,  mix them with the bacon in a large bowl. Top with chopped chives. Serve!

I also sautéed some baby spinach in some leftover bacon grease, which was an especially delicious idea!

This dinner was so good!

We didn’t sit down to dinner until almost 7:00 PM, so after I cleaned up the kitchen and cuddled with Qman on the couch for a little while, it was his bedtime. After we put Quinn to bed, Mal and I caught up with Big Brother, and I ate some Pumpkin Spice Cheerios mixed with Peanut Butter Puffins. It was an awesome combination of cereal goodness!

Question of the Day

Do you ever eat two lunches instead of an afternoon snack? 

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Designed to Fit Nutrition Post-Summer Slim Down

Mark your calendars for the the Designed to Fit Nutrition Post-Summer Slim Down! It starts on Monday, September 18th! We have limited availability, so be sure to reserve your spot!

If your summer was all about eating, drinking, and being merry, this meal plan is for you! It’s time to get back on track and set yourself up for a happy and healthy fall season. I know that I had a REALLY fun summer, so I’ll be doing the Post-Summer Slim Down and sharing my experience on CNC, so I hope you decide to join me! It’s time to get it together, people! 🙂

Our 3-week Post-Summer Slim Down starts Monday, September 18th. It incorporates whole, unprocessed foods and low sugar to reset your body and reduce cravings as you work toward your weight loss and health goals.

Here’s what it will entail:

  • The first week of your diet will include minimal starchy vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy. Weeks 2 and 3 will add low-glycemic sugars, such as sweet potatoes, berries, and oats.
  • Throughout the plan, you will avoid added sugars (i.e. honey, maple syrup, etc.) and alcohol.
  • Each week includes 3 fully built-out days (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) that you will rotate for the week (here’s why). Each day is set to your personal macronutrient prescription (for both workout and rest days, if applicable).
  • Each week will have corresponding grocery lists and recipes with macronutrient breakdowns.
  • You will have access to a coach to address challenges or minor food swaps as needed.
Our 3-week Post-Summer Slim Down Meal Plan includes:
  • Your personal macronutrient goals (protein, carbs, and fat)
  • 3 weeks (3 days per week – here’s why) of meal plans customized to your specific macronutrients goals and food preferences*
  • Access to a coach to address personal challenges
  • Corresponding grocery shopping lists with simple food prep instructions
  • Membership and support from our private Facebook group

This meal plan starts Monday, September 18th, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible! The deadline to sign up is Saturday, September, 9th. 

* This meal plan is customized to your individual macronutrient goals, but not personal dietary preferences (i.e. you don’t like tomatoes). For individuals with a number of dietary restrictions, please select one of our DTFN Custom Meal Plans.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m excited and can’t wait to start! I hope you decide to join me! 🙂

 

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Photos from Quinn’s Camera 4

Good morning!

Qman is on a photographing spree recently, so I wanted to share another batch of his pictures. My first few blog posts featuring his photos were such a big hit with you guys, maybe they’ll become a regular feature on CNC. Quinn’s photos give a little insight into his life as a 3 year old – I hope you enjoy them!

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10 Ways to Burn 500 Calories Without Using Weights

Lifting weights isn’t always convenient, especially when you don’t have access to a gym. Luckily there are many ways to burn 500 calories without using weights. Maybe you are interested in this topic because you want to avoid bulking up while keeping some lean muscle on your body. Thankfully, weight lifting isn’t the only way […]

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5-Minute Face (Effortless Beauty)

Hi, guys!

I wasn’t sure whether I should devote an entire blog post to Beautycounter’s 5-Minute Face, but the deal is just TOO GOOD not to share! And if you’re interested in cleaning up your beauty products (which can definitely affect your hormones – yes, I’m obsessed), it’s a great way to discover what Beautycounter is all about.

The 5-Minute Face includes six of Beautycounter’s most popular products:

  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation (I wear Sand)
  • Touchup Skin Concealer Pen (I use Light)
  • Color Define Brow Pencil
  • Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara
  • Powder Blush Duo
  • Lip Gloss

$178 ($241 value)

Interested to learn more? Check out how the 5-Minute Face can give you effortless style in just 6 quick steps (#momlife). Then, just select the combination of products that best works for you!

If you guys have any specific questions about products, please don’t hesitate to contact me (or just leave a question in the comment section below). My goal is to support you on your journey to discovering cleaner beauty products. And, as always, I truly appreciate your support!

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