Monthly Archives: April 2014

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink! Anniversary Edition

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Welcome, readers, to a VERY special edition of On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink! Today, April 30th, just happens to be the 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the movie that inspired this segment…Mean Girls!! I can’t believe it came out 10 years ago today!!  Big ups to Tina Fey, one of the wittiest, funniest, and most courageous comediennes of my generation…truly an innovator, great performer, and a huge empowerer (what, it’s a word) of women everywhere!

Cassie and I literally quote this movie on a weekly basis…and usually within the context of an actual conversation.  And so, today, I will run down our Top 10 Favorite “Mean Girls” quotes and how they translate into everyday conversation.  You’re welcome.

10.) “That’s why her hair’s so big…it’s full of SECRETS!!”  For that incessant gossip in your life.  Or that chick you know that always has really big hair.  I mean, I live in the Metroplex…Dallas is the captiol of big hair.  And gossip.secrets

9.) “How was your summer?” “I got divorced.” “My carpal tunnel came back…” “…I win.”  Perfect for that one-upper who always seems to have to have the last word in the conversation.

8.)karen “I have a 5th sense…it’s like I have ESPN or something.”  Oh, Karen.  Honestly, I use this one a lot of the time whenever I flip to ESPN…but it’s also funny when you actually do have a feeling about something.  Or when you’re making fun of late-night TV psychic hotlines.

7.)  “You can go shave your back, now.  Bye Jason.”  Classic “GET LOST” line for that pesky guy at the bar.  Or that co-worker who’s been a total troll.  And Rachel McAdams just nails the delivery…so sweet…yet so nasty. LOVE IT.

6.)  “Is butter a carb?”  Referred to whenever examining the carb count for a food.  Duh.butter

5.)  “ I have a nephew named Anfernee, and I know how mad he gets when I call him Anthony. Almost as mad as I get when I think about the fact that my sister named him Anfernee.”  Let’s just admit, there are some people out there with some ridiculously hard to pronounce names.  And I can’t help but think of this line whenever I meet someone named Anthony.

4.) “You go, Glen Coco!”  Kind of an “Attaboy” phrase.  This one is everywhere now.  It’s the new, “You go, girl!”glen coco

3.) “And none for Gretchen Wieners, bye.”  Basically like saying that someone got the shaft.  Also usuable when turning someone down for something.

2.) “Boo, you whore!” Expressing displeasure with someone. It’s harsh, but it works.  boo

1.)  “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”  I mean, come on.  Inspired this page.  Rules of feminism. Totally an excuse to wear pink. Obvs.pink

Happy 10 years, Mean Girls!! Thanks for the laughs and the lessons!  What are some of your favorite quotes? And let’s see your PINK!!!

Namaste.  Or whatever.

Audrey

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HIIT IT.

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Y’all…I have been getting frustrated with my workouts lately. I work out regularly, but I feel like nothing ever comes of it, so I’ve been wanting to take my workouts to the next level. I don’t want to pay for an expensive membership to a gym or a boot camp, and with traveling all the time I don’t always know what I’m going to have at my disposal. It’s true that just being active is really great for you, but to see changes in your body, you are going to have to do something at least semi-challenging. If it was easy, everyone would look like Giselle, right?

HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is nothing new, but it has been gaining popularity recently. Especially as we tend to seem to have less time for exercising. If you don’t know what HIIT is, it is mixing intervals of high intensity activity (if 1 is sitting on your couch while you read this and 10 is the hardest you’ve ever worked in your life, think like 8 or 9) with low intensity recovery periods (say a 3 or 4). Look up HIIT on the internet and you’ll find a wide variety of options. You can pretty much do it with any cardiovascular activity, and the beauty of it is that it can be specifically tailored to your fitness level. I personally get really bored doing the same workouts all the time, so HIIT is appealing to me just because I can mix it up so that I’m never doing the same thing twice.

So, what is so great about HIIT?

  • Highly effective calorie burner: According to research, it is very effective at changing your body because it burns more calories than a typical 30 minute workout. Why? Well, when you are pounding away at the pavement, or pedaling along on that bike, or working away on that elliptical machine at a steady pace, eventually your body adjusts to that activity, so your heart and lungs don’t have to work as hard to keep going. The beauty of our bodies is that they are really good at being as efficient as possible. Not that running 10 miles isn’t a big calorie burner, because it is, but basically, your body adjusts to it (which you want it to…trust me…if you haven’t run 10 miles, you definitely don’t want to spend the whole time out of breath and feeling like you might pass out), and it becomes the new norm. (This probably also explains why I gain weight every time I train for a half marathon.) When you do HIIT, you are constantly changing the level of exertion your body is challenged with, and it never knows what to expect, so it has to constantly work to ramp up its efforts to sustain you while you are sprinting up that hill and then to cool down once you get to the top and start walking…and just about the time it has gotten back to normal, guess what…yep, you take of sprinting again.
  • Continues to burn even more calories: Some research has even shown that your body continues to burn calories at a higher rate for up to 24 hours after performing a HIIT workout, and that women who performed HIIT regularly (3 x a week) for 12 weeks showed an increase in body fat and total weight lost than women who did a typical cardiovascular workout (like a 5-7 out of 10) for 12 weeks.
  • Maximal results for minimal time: Evidence shows that even a HIIT workout as short as 15 minutes is enough to ramp up the calorie burning effect. I typically aim for 30-45 minutes, but it is nice to know that on a day when I’m really crunched for time, if I can squeeze in 15 minutes, I can at least do a little good.

Get Started: I can’t say that I always get 3 HIIT workouts in a week, although that’s always the goal, but I do shoot for at least 2. I typically do my HIIT exercise as some form of running, but you can do whatever floats your boat. Just find a way to change the intensity!

  • Treadmill: If I’m stuck on a treadmill (which I hate), I’ll alternate a minute of brisk walking with a minute of running at a fairly high speed (pick a speed that at the end of a minute, you are having to work to keep from falling off the treadmill, but not so fast that you actually will fall off).
  • Outside: If I’m outside (which I love), the possibilities are endless. If I’m in a hilly area, I’ll sprint as hard as I can to the top of a hill and walk until I get to the next one. If I’m in a fairly flat area, I’ll alternate sprinting and walking every block, or tree to tree, mailbox to mailbox…you get the idea. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to do until I get out and start going!
  • Warm Up: I always warm up before starting HIIT. Usually I’ll jog a mile or two and then do my HIIT workout.
  • Cool Down: Don’t forget to cool down after that last high intensity interval! At the end of a HIIT exercise, you should be struggling to go further or faster. My last sprint looks nothing like my first…In fact, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t look like much of a sprint at all. The crazy thing is, I’ve been more fatigued after jogging a mile and then doing HIIT for 2 miles than I have after running 10!
  • Enjoy the Results: And after 2 weeks, I have a few skirts that are noticeably not as tight in the hip area as they were 2 weeks ago. I can’t tell you about actual weight because I haven’t been home in a couple weeks to weigh myself, although, I don’t rely solely on the scale because I know people who have drastically changed their body shape without changing much on the scale. The more important thing is I can tell a difference in my endurance level and strength when I do other exercises or long runs…which is really what matters most.

Start at whatever level works for you. If jogging is hard, alternate jogging and walking, add in hills or up your speed to make it harder. If you’re on a machine at the gym, increase the resistance. Just know that at the end of your high intensity interval, you should be really struggling to breathe and or keep going at that current pace. If you are still reading your magazine while you are doing it, it probably isn’t hard enough. Always make sure you warm up and cool down before and after any workout and always listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, never keep going. If you are new to exercise, you should always consult your physician or a licensed professional first.

I found this great article that highlights the benefits of HIIT…and has a sample 8 week program I just might try out!
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ultimate-8-week-hiit-for-fat-burning-program.html

What are some of your favorite challenging exercise routines? I’m always looking for new stuff…I’m sure I’ll get bored soon enough!

Namaste…or whatever.

XO ~Cassie

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Live Like No One Else

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“If it was easy, everyone would do it.”  Ever heard that expression before? I love that expression because it’s true in so many facets of life…whether it be your job, your workouts, your healthy lifestyle…it applies.  The truth of the matter is that nothing of great value just happens by accident…it’s the result of planning, dedication, and the refusal to let failure derail your progress.  A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency, especially one that is hard to give up.”  Wouldn’t it be amazing if, with some good old fashioned hard work, a boatload of determination, and some great support(that’s us!), you could make your habits things that made you healthy, happy, and productive? Here are a few things to remember as you start(or continue) your journey in that direction…

Do this for YOU.  At the end of the day, you have to know why you’re making these decisions…these sacrifices…these changes.  So that others will perceive you a certain way? So that you’ll be better than someone else? No way.  Because ultimately that motivation will fade.  Set your intentions and goals with reasons in mind that have personal meaning to you.  Feeling good in your own skin, being healthy for your family, setting a good example for others…now THOSE reasons keep you on track.

Shake the Haters off.  There will always be critics.  Always.  People who haven’t made choices that lead to them being their best selves.  People who have tried and failed and given up.  People who always need something to bitch about and some reason to complain.  They’ll do their best to sabotage your efforts simply to make themselves feel better.  IGNORE THEM.  And if you can’t, cut them out.  Minimize their influence in your life.  Sometimes making lifestyle changes means eliminating the negative influences in your life, as well.

Own your weaknesses.   We all know where we fall short.  You can sabotage your own efforts  by swearing to yourself that you’ll beat it this time…or you can ELIMINATE the temptation.  Trying to go gluten-free? Dairy-free? Eliminate processed foods?  PURGE your pantry.  Donate those boxes of crackers to a food bank.  Make your shopping list.  Challenge yourself to eat only foods with one ingredient.  Know where YOUR pitfalls lie and map your away around and away from them!

Tell the world.  Ok, maybe not the world.  But your friends that you trust, your family, your support system…tell them about the changes you’re making! Let them know what you expect of yourself.  Write down your goals and keep them somewhere that you can see them everyday.  And SHARE your success!!  Nothing fuels the fire more than encouragement and accountability!

The title of today’s post is from one of my favorite quotes from Dave Ramsey and refers to how we have to live somewhat counterculturally sometimes in order to succeed…he says, “Live like no one else, so that one day, you can live like no one else!”  What he means is, sometimes we’ve got to buck the norm and make decisions that aren’t necessarily easy or widely accepted in order to set up a great future for ourselves!  Make the decision to take charge of your life, your health, your well-being.  You won’t regret it.  And in fact, you’ll probably meet some pretty cool people on the road there.

Namaste.  Or whatever. 😉

Audrey

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You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas. ~Davy Crockett

 

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Davy Crockett is on of my favorite Tennesseeans.  I feel like it’s appropriate that Audrey and I are such good friends and we live in Texas and Tennessee respectively.  If you don’t know the history of how these two states are connected, you should check out a history book.  Maybe we’ll do a Petey history lesson some day.  Until then, just know that Audrey and I have a friendship that was literally hundreds of years in the making.

Audrey and I had so much fun last weekend and we wanted to share some of our favorite parts with y’all. Audrey already shared a little about preparing for my arrival, and I can truly say I feel extremely at home whenever I visit the McCartys, so now, I want to share my top 5 favorite things from last weekend in Fort Worth, TX.

5. Rosa’s Tortilla Factory: Rosa’s is one of the reasons I want to move to Texas. Think really fresh, really good Mexican food…that is fast…and has a drive thru. This is NOTHING like Taco Bell. For starters, their handmade, fresh tortillas are the best you will ever eat (saved one for my Sunday cheat day), and their chips and queso are delicious. I would walk to Texas to eat at Rosa’s.

 

 

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 4. Sundance Square/Bird Café: Downtown Fort Worth is uber cool. It’s the perfect mix of big city buildings and western Texas cool. Sundance Square is an amazing place to sit and have a drink and enjoy all the goings on around you in front of the fountain. There are several restaurants on the square if you want to enjoy some food while you take in downtown. One of the restaurants situated on Sundance Square is Bird Café. It has a very cool vibe and the menu is mostly small plates for sharing. Audrey and I had several small plates: the all night happy hour (house chips with pub cheese and onion dip and mixed nuts), moth balls (a kind of cheese ball in a light gravy), bangers and mash (elk and wild boar sausage over mashed sweet potatoes with spicy mustard…by far the best bangers and mash I’ve ever eaten…and the most creative), and zucchini ribbons. All of the items were creative takes on simple foods and delicious. If you are in Fort Worth, I highly recommend trying Bird Café!

 

  

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3. Revolver Brewing: About 45 minutes from Fort Worth, near Granbury, TX is Revolver Brewing. On Saturdays from 12-3 pm, you can pay $10 for 4 beers and a tour. There is a great outdoor space for sitting and enjoying the live music…and there is plenty of stuff for kids to do as well. My favorite beer was their seasonal Sidewinder, a southwest pale ale. It was bright and flavorful with a really great finish. If you like Blue Moon, you will also probably love their Blood & Honey, made with blood orange and a local honey. All in all, there really is something for everyone at Revolver.

 

 

 

 2. Four Day Weekend: When Audrey first suggested an improv comedy show, I’ll admit I was skeptical. I’ve watched some that are really dumb. This is not one of those shows. The Four Day Weekend comedy troupe has to be one of Fort Worth’s best kept secrets. The audience helps write and direct the show based on ideas and suggestions written on cards before the show starts that the cast draws randomly and works into their skits. Audrey and I had 3 of ours make it in! This is a totally reasonable show, the ticket was under $22. There is a bar inside that is extremely reasonable too. You could spend easily $30 on a few drinks at a bar where you can’t hear the person next to you, or you can spend $30, have a drink and quite a few laughs. Check out Four Day Weekend at www.fourdayweekend.com. GO!! You won’t regret it!

1. Petey Time: I’d go back to Texas and not do any of the stuff I just listed above if it meant that I got to hang out with one of my best friends. I have been lucky enough to know Audrey for almost 9 years now (is it possible that we are that old?!?!), and I know I can always count on her to shoot straight with me. I also know I can count on her to beat anyone up who hurts me…and I totally believe that she’d do it if I asked. I’m lucky enough to have lots of good friends, and the more I travel, the less I’m able to actually spend time with them. Thank God for cell phones, and Facebook, and Instagram that help us all stay in touch, but none of those replace being able to chill out in your yoga pants and have a glass of wine while watching episode after episode of FRIENDS and giggling over things that no one else in their right mind would find humorous.

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So, my favorite thing about going to Texas? Getting to hang out with someone who I know has my back through thick and thin. Here’s to many more trips to Texas…and great friends!!

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Kliff Kingsbury is cooler than your coach.

Okay, y’all…Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury wins the internet today. Just when you think the dude can’t get any cooler, he goes and does this.

If I was a football player, I’d want to play for a coach who did this at practice. Kingsbury gets it, so for that, Kliff, you get the official #gunsup from us…because you’re obviously #KindOfABigDeal. #wreckem Good Luck to Kliff and the Red Raiders this season!

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The Hostess with The Mostest

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I love having company.  No, really, I do!  Now that we’re in a house large enough to accommodate a few extra guests from time to time without everyone tripping all over each other, I really look forward to friends coming to town to visit and family coming for the holidays.  Yes, it requires a little extra cleaning and pillow-fluffing, but let’s face it, I probably needed to do those things anyway!  One of my favorite things to do is to come up with some creative ways to make my guests feel personally welcomed and at home in our home (a la “Hotel Monica” on Friends).  I’m happy to share a few of those tips with you today! (Remember, tailor these things to your personal guests. The more personal, the better!)

Personal Touches to Help Any Guest Feel Welcome 

1.)    Find a knickknack or picture that your guest will connect with.  Whether it’s a picture of the two of you together, a place you went on a trip, or even a little knickknack that represents an inside joke…having something that they recognize automatically makes it seem like it’s their room.  I keep 2 frames in our guest room and regularly rotate pictures out depending on who’s coming…a family pic when my parents or in-laws are in town, a pic of the kiddo and his cousins when my SIL visits, a pic of me and Cass from Oklahoma whenever she comes to visit.  And when she was here for Halloween, I laid out a little treat that coincides with an inside joke about a quote from a movie we always use (props to you if you can name the movie!). IMG_1574

2.)    A seasonal accent.  It may sound funny, but having some sort of seasonal decoration makes your guest room feel fresh and contemporary.  For most of us, that room is one that really only gets used when people are in town…so it’s easy for it to feel that way to them, too…like they’re staying in  that generic extra room.  You don’t have to do anything fancy at all!  I keep a classic glass vase in our guest room and fill it according to the season…mini pumpkins and gourds for fall(might cost you $5 at Michaels and these can be reused), mini Christmas balls for Christmas, Easter eggs for spring, fake fruit or flowers for summer…you get the idea.  And if you don’t want to go that route, fresh flowers are always a win (added bonus:  automatic air freshener).photo 2

3.)    Hotel-like amenities.  Of course, when you have a guest, you’ll want to make sure you have fresh sheets on the bed and clean towels in the bathroom.  And probably an extra bottle of shampoo and conditioner in case they forget theirs.  But I like to take it a step further and provide some extra little toiletries, both as a replacement for forgotten items and also as just a nice gesture.  I’ll always save my hotel lotions, mouthwash, and body wash for just that purpose.  Free samples from places like Clinique or Sephora are also great.  Find a cute glass jar, fill it with these treats, and set it next to the sink in the guest bath.  As an added bonus, this also gives them a place to store their toothbrush while they’re there.

 

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4.)    Aromatherapy.  Hear me when I say, this DOES NOT mean that you have to spend a ton on plug-in air fresheners, scented candles, or anything like that.  In fact, I’d steer clear of those in favor of something a bit more natural and subtle…have you ever noticed that most large hotels have a distinctly Lysol-y type smell?  If you have access to a good quality essential oil (my favorite is DoTerra), a little bit goes a long way and really helps to make the room feel clean and relaxing.  Five to ten drops distilled into some water and then spritzed onto linens, carpet, pillows, and voila!  Scents like vanilla, lavender, and sandalwood promote relaxation.  Peppermint invigorates.  Tea tree, lemon, and wild orange smell clean and crisp.  Choose according to the mood you’d like to set.photo 3

5.)     Special Needs.  Keep in mind any specific needs your guest might have and try to accommodate them before they come.  My FIL loves to read the paper every morning, so I try to have one on the nightstand when they get here.  Some people like to take a glass of water to bed at night…I’ll set out glasses for that purpose on the nightstand.  Consider yourself the concierge and try to anticipate what might make them feel more at home.

Well, there you have it! Don’t be intimidated and think that everything you do has to be Pinterest-perfect.  The important thing is just to put some thought into each guest that comes to visit…whatever you do to accommodate them, the fact that you took the extra time to ensure their comfort will mean a great deal.  Having some stand-bys at the ready helps to make changes for each guest a little bit easier.

What are your favorite things people have done for you as a guest? What little tips do you have for welcoming company? We want to hear from you!

Fun with Fashion

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Hey y’all! It’s finally warming up around here and everyone is coming out of their winter hibernation to sit on patios and have cocktails. Audrey did such a great job of highlighting some wonderful wardrobe staples for the warmer months last week, and I want to add to that. We talked a lot this past weekend (did y’all know that I went to Texas last weekend?) about ways we play with our own personal style. Some of it has to do with what works with our individual personalities and shapes and sizes, but I think there are certain things that everyone can do to maximize what they have hanging in their closet. I love shopping, but I don’t have the budget to go out and buy something new every time I want a new look, so I have to find ways to make the stuff I already have look new and fresh. Not that I don’t go shopping a little more than I should from time to time…

1. Find Inspiration: I am more than happy to admit that I am not quite creative enough to come up with inspiration on my own. I love the Women’s Fashion section of Pinterest. I try to find looks put together with items similar to something I already have in my closet. I love In Style and People Style Watch magazines. People Style Watch especially because they do a really great job of finding great trends for reasonable prices. They also do a great “This Works” “This Doesn’t” section for both clothes and hair with great explanations as to why something works vs. why something similar doesn’t.
2. Accessorize: There is no better way to make an old outfit look updated than adding some accessories. A bright scarf, a chic belt, some trendy sunglasses, the right shoes, or some great jewelry can take jeans and a white t-shirt from ordinary to extraordinary. The right accessories can change the look of a basic outfit. A leather jacket and some ankle booties and you’re biker chic. A bright scarf, some killer earrings, and some heels and you’re a trendy fashionista. Sandals and a headband…you’re a hipster. You get the idea.
3. Layer: One of my favorite things about spring, before it gets too hot, is that you can add layers to change up your look. A good denim or leather jacket. A cute sweater or well tailored button down can add dimension to an outfit. The key here is fit. Too loose and you look sloppy and too tight and you look like a busted can of biscuits. If you are wearing lots of layers up top, keep it simple on the bottom. You don’t want to draw people’s eyes all over the place. Think of one thing as the “showstopper” and the rest of your outfit should compliment and highlight it, not take away from it.
4.Get Your Hair Done: It may seem obvious. It may seem ridiculous. But how you fix your hair can say a lot about what you are trying to say about yourself. A ponytail says “I’m getting stuff done today” while a blow out might say “I’m fabulous”. Putting your hair in an up-do can give a sense of elegance to any outfit. If you want to add a little pizzazz, headbands or hair clips can do the trick. Just remember, don’t put a lot of thought and effort into your wardrobe and then forget to fix your hair. That just says, “I tried, but I don’t really care that much”.
5. Play with Color: Like Audrey, I tend to gravitate toward neutrals. Black, white, and tan are my favorite colors when it comes to my clothes. I tend to buy those things because they are easiest to mix and match, and especially with traveling, that is what I need. But I try to add color in my accessories. Nothing spices up a classic LBD like a bright pair of heels, and a bright scarf can take jeans and tee from drab to fab. Obviously, on Wednesdays, you should wear pink. (Kidding…but, really.)
6. Be Yourself: If you only hear one thing, hear this…if you don’t dress in a way that you think represents you in the way you want to portray yourself, you’ll never feel at home in your own skin. I am a big believer in the whole feeling your best when you look your best, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be someone you’re not. Ultimately, none of the other stuff matters if you don’t like it, so play with looks. Mix and match and don’t be afraid to try new things! Be fabulous…but be yourself.
Namaste…or whatever.
XO ~Cassie

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What Would Beyonce Do?

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Happy Monday, y’all! I hope that you have all thoroughly enjoyed your weekend. I’m home from Texas after my epic Petey Birthday Weekend with my other half…more to come on that later this week…and wanted to share some Monday Motivation with y’all. Last week I blogged about healthy eating, but there’s something else that is just as important…physical activity

Benefits of Activity:Sure, being healthy involves eating healthy foods, but the other side of that is treating your body well, and keeping it working well. Think about it this way: if you don’t treat your car well, it doesn’t matter how great or expensive the gas is that you put into it; it’s not going to hold up well. Our bodies are the same way. Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do to take care of your body. I know so many of us think of exercise negatively. It’s a chore, just one more thing to add to our list of things we have to do today. But let’s take a minute and remember why exercise is a positive thing, and something that we should want to do. Like I said last week, when I understand something, and how it affects my body, it helps me to be better about taking care of myself. When you exercise, several things happen. Some of the immediate benefits of exercise are the release of endorphins (yeah, remember those things from last week’s blog that have the same euphoric properties as opiates…it’s those, except these are beneficial to you and don’t involve chemicals that are detrimental to your mind and body), a decrease in blood sugar, and a decrease in appetite. If you exercise regularly, some of the benefits you’ll see are an improvement in your cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems (this means your heart and your lungs will work better, your muscles and bones will be stronger, and your body will work more efficiently). I could geek out over all the physiological things that exercise will do for you, and maybe in a future post, Audrey or I will go into detail explaining all of the ways exercise is amazing, but for now, we just want to talk about some of our favorite ways to get moving.

It can be cheap:Exercising doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. It doesn’t have to cost any money, actually. Do you have some stretchy pants/shorts, a t-shirt, and some decent tennis shoes? You can head out the door and go for a walk or a jog. You can do simple exercises like lunges, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and planks in your living room. When I travel, I frequently find myself without any viable gym options. My solution? I head over to You Tube or Pinterest and find myself some quick “do at home” exercise options and get going. If I’m in a safe area, I’ll head out for a walk or a jog, and if all else fails, I have run the stairs in the hotel before. Audrey has a little boy she has to accommodate with her workouts…they go to the park and run and play, climb up hills, and hike on uneven terrain. Sometimes they go to the “kids jump” hour at the local trampoline park, and she spends an hour jumping on a trampoline for the cost of one kids’ admission (if you haven’t done trampoline jumping since you were a teenager, trust me, it will be harder than you remember it being). I know for a fact she also squeezes in at-home workouts while he is napping as well. Add a couple free weights or resistance bands, which can be found for reasonable prices, and you can do even more with your routine at home.

Take a class:The point is, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to work out. I actually got rid of mine last year because I prefer doing things on my own and being outside. There are lots of exercise classes that have grown in popularity, and if you enjoy those and can afford them, then by all means, go for it. I know Audrey and I both have our favorites, but we won’t go through all of them here. My advice is (and I know Audrey’s is too) make sure that the class has a reputable, certified instructor, don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right, and don’t keep going if something hurts. Ask questions of the instructor, you are paying good money for their instruction, so if you have questions, or something doesn’t make sense, ask for help. And please, for the love of God, stay for the cool down and stretching portion. It is a part of the class for a reason, and it is not only rude and disrespectful to the instructor to leave, but it could be dangerous or detrimental not to stretch and cool down. If you absolutely have to leave before the cool down is over, let the instructor know ahead of time and ask what you should do to make sure you cool down properly. (End soapbox rant.)

Get Motivated:How much should you exercise? I’d say if you are new to exercise, shoot for 30 minutes 3 times a week, and then aim to work up to at least 5 days a week. I like to try to do something active at a minimum 5 days a week for about an hour. Some weeks are better than others, but I try to make that my “baseline”. Some weeks I am insanely busy, but I like to remind myself that I have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce…and so do you. I like to exercise, but I find things to do that I enjoy. Did I always enjoy exercise? Nope. Stick with it for 3 weeks…21 days…that’s how long it takes to create a new habit. Make exercise a habit like brushing your teeth or washing your hands, and it won’t seem like such a chore. I try never to go more than 3 days in a row without some type of physical activity. It takes 21 days to form a habit but only 4 to destroy one. Don’t let yourself get to that 4th day. If you need motivation, there are things like FitBit, Fuel Band, etc…I am someone who likes concrete numbers and objective data, so my FitBit motivates me to get moving. If you’re a goal oriented person (also me), set a goal, sign up for a 5K, or a group hike…anything that you will have to train to accomplish. If you are a social butterfly, find a walking or running group, head out to the park with friends, sign up for a local sports league. The bottom line is just get moving. It doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to be painful, but I guarantee you it will make you feel like a better person. And the flipside of my car analogy from the beginning: if you take care of your car, you aren’t going to want to put crap cheap gas into it. In the same way, exercise will motivate you to keep fueling your body with healthy, whole foods. Give it a try. Tell us what some of your favorite inexpensive or fun exercises are. How do you stay motivated? And, most importantly, what makes you feel awesome?

Now I’m going to go exercise to relieve my depression from having to leave Texas. Namaste…or whatever.
XO Cassie

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Happy Birthday Cassie!!

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Happy Wednesday, all, and welcome to a special BIRTHDAY edition of “On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink!” Yes, Happy Happy Birthday to my fellow Petey, Cassie! Feel free to send her love, high fives, cupcakes, jewelry, etc. She’s the best and I can’t wait to spend her birthday weekend together!

So, to commemorate the passing of another year in Cassie’s life, I thought today’s fashion post could be on my tried-and-true fashion staples…the pieces in your wardrobe that just never seem to go out of style! Like good friends, they seem to always be there when you need them, and they just work to fit whatever the outfit needs. If ya don’t have ‘em, GET ‘EM!!

As a precursor to this list, I’ll just tell you, I’m a pretty conservative dresser, both for economical and personal taste reasons. Do I wish I could rock every trend that comes around? Absolutely! Are lots of trends made for us almost-6-foot-tall Amazon gals? Unfortunately, no. And I’m a firm believer that the absolute foundation of good fashion is FEELING GOOD IN YOUR CLOTHES. You’re not going to rock an outfit that you don’t feel awesome about…so dress for YOU!

With that out of the way, here are my top 5 wardrobe staples for spring/summer:
1.) A simple sundress. It’s feminine, cool, easy to pack, easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion, and ultimately, it’s comfortable without being sloppy. Win-win-Win—you get the picture. Accessorize with a cute jacket, a light scarf, pair with wedges/espadrilles/strappy sandals…or wear it by itself. It’s all good. The maxi dress has also made its way into my heart as of late.
2.) Comfortable, colorful short-sleeve tops. Summer is hot. We all want to wear things that keep us cool. Basic, thin cotton tees in a variety of colors fit the bill nicely, and can be a solid foundation for a variety of awesome summer outfits. I’m notoriously guilty for buying blues, grays, and blacks as my bases…I’d urge you away from that! Go bold! Buy v-neck! Layer!
3.) A cute, crisp pair of shorts. What I mean is, not your workout shorts. Not your Columbia all-weather hiking shorts (yes, I’m guilty of both of these occasionally. Namaste, or whatever.) But wearing a nice, pressed pair of shorts with a cute tank and a scarf is essentially like wearing a nice pair of slacks. It just pulls the outfit together and gives you a look that says you put a bit of thought into what you were wearing, even if it’s hot. And nothing kills me more than to see a great pair of Tory Burch sandals paired with a ratty gym t-shirt and running shorts. C’mon, girls. Tory deserves better. And so do you.
4.) A light, somewhat fitted jacket. No, it doesn’t have to be a suit jacket or anything like that…but something with a little bit of structure to pull your look together. A perfect example? The simple denim jacket. It has long stood the test of time. Now there are some No-no’s on jackets: shoulder pads(can you say Working Girl?), bedazzlement of any kind(that’s what jewelry is for…unless you’re 8 years old), words written on the jacket(I really think that one should speak for itself), and length longer than your front pockets(I didn’t used to know that rule, but it makes sense. I’ll explain it a little further in a later post)

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5.) A pair of cute sandals. This one seems simple, but I guess to some, it’s not. There are a ton of styles of sandals out there, and if I could afford a pair of each style in every color, I probably(as in, definitely) WOULD. Hear me when I say, I LOVE shoes. But I’m, again, a sale rack/bargain basement/clearance bin junkie, and I’m always looking for that item that I can wear with everything. So if you’re going to pick a pair of sandals to get you through the summer, focus on a few basics: Comfort, versatility, and style. A flat, metallic, slightly dressy sandal is almost guaranteed to go with everything. And they are usually affordable and available almost anywhere you can find shoes. And for the love of all that is good, PLEASE don’t wear you’re pool flip-flops(the ones you got for $2 at Old Navy) out with your sundress or your cute shorts. If you’re at the pool or the beach, wear them. If not, DON’T.
So, there you have it…my spring/summer wardrobe list. What are some of your favorite wardrobe staples? Favorite summer accessories? Looks that you can’t stand? Send us pictures! Leave us comments! Tweet us! We want to hear from you! Happy Wednesday, Happy Birthday Cassie, and Namaste…or Whatever.

Audrey