Simple Boxing Workout

It’s a New Year! It’s a time to reinvent ourselves, get second chances, and start over.  That goes for our bodies as well. So, this is a perfect time to introduce you to a new workout that I have been obsessing over.  A simple Boxing workout for the new year!

Fitness Gurus will tell you that a good fitness program includes resistance training as well as cardio.  It’s a balance between the two.  I for one can’t stand cardio such as treadmill, running, or spin. I can tolerate the elliptical, but it’s not my favorite.  But, my favorite cardio is boxing or kickboxing.  You’re moving the whole time and usually hitting the crap outta something!  Talk about a good feeling my friends.  Boxing is so empowering.  Bad day? Take it out on a heavy bag and all your cares just float out of your fists.

So how did I get started on boxing? I’ve always been fascinated with the sport.  I used to do a boxing regime at a with an instructor.  But, I like to workout at home.  Going to the gym takes too much time out of my day.  So, we turned one of our spare bedrooms into a fitness room.  It includes free weights, a weight bench, an elliptical machine, and a heavy bag.  It’s the perfect set up.  I can get in, get my sweat on and get on with my day.

If you’re wondering where to get equipment such as a heavy bag, stand, boxing gloves and wraps: try Amazon.  Be sure to pick a boxing glove that matches the weight of your heavy bag.   Here is a perfect chart to determine glove weight.

DISCLAIMER-Just to be perfectly clear, I am not a certified fitness instructor nor am I a physician.  So, if you have any doubts in any form or fashion about your body being able to handle a workout like this, PLEASE consult your physician.  Can’t have you coming after me saying “What the What”!

 

My Simple Boxing Workout

*Wrap hands first*

*To start out, I stretch for about 5-10 minutes*

-Jump rope for 1 minute

-On the Heavy Bag-Left, Left, Right, Duck-12 x’s

                                  Right, Right, Left, Duck-12 x’s

                                  Upper Cuts-12 x’s

                                  Left, Right Punches-12 x’s

-20 Crunches

-20 Side Lunges, each side

-20 Donkey Kicks, each side

-On the Heavy Bag-Left, Left, Right, Duck-12 x’s

                                  Right, Right, Left, Duck-12 x’s

                                  Upper Cuts-12 x’s

                                  Left, right Punches-12 x’s

-20 Squats

-20 back Lunges, each side

-20 Push-Ups

-Jump rope-1 minute

*Repeat this sequence 2 more x’s, 3 x’s total*

*End with 5 minutes stretching*

You will definitely be sore for a few days after you do this workout.  It definitely works a lot of muscles and joints you did not know you have!  I would love to know your thoughts on this workout after you’ve tried it.  Let me know if you absolutely love this workout as much as I do!

Happy Boxing!

XOXO-T

 

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Christmas Day Look

 

Wow. Just wow friends. Christmas is a week away.  How did this creep up on us so fast? If you’re like me, you’re running around ragged, fighting crowds, traffic and bitter store employees.  Why do I wait til the last minute to get everything done? Regardless of all the chaos, one thing I do have ready is my Christmas Day Look!  Hey, it’s the important things! Am I right?

When you think of a good print for Christmas, what comes to mind? For me, plaid. Hands down.  Especially red plaid.  It’s festive fun, and can be dressy or casual.

When I found this plaid dress from Old Navy, I immediately was like “Christmas Day Outfit”! One less thing to worry about.  Score. This dress is so versatile and can be worn many different ways. I love mixing prints, such as plaid and leopard.

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Wishing You and Yours a Merry Christmas!

XOXO-T

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Holiday Cards by Basic Invite

The Holidays bring warm tidings of cheer with Holiday cards from Family and Friends, far and near.  Hey, that actually sounded like a card greeting in itself!  I love to send out Holiday cards.  It’s one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time! This year I found my Holiday Cards by Basic Invite.

Basic Invite offered so many different options that I feel really set them apart from other stationary lines. Some of those options are:

1) Almost Unlimited Colors 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

2) Custom Samples

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

3) Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. You can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to your envelopes so that you can make your card stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

4) Address Capturing Service

Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in your Basic Invite account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

5) Foil

Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. You can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

6) There are over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs!!!!

And the best part, right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30!!!

XOXO-T

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How to wear a Sequin Skirt

I can not believe that the Holidays are upon us! It was just Thanksgiving. And now we are in full swing Holiday mode.  Decorating, madly shopping for gifts, baking and attending Holiday Parties.  Uh oh, Holiday Parties…what to wear? What about sequins? Sequins scream Holidays and the perfect and classy way to rock sequins is with a sequin skirt.  But if you’re a little unsure of this trend, fear not.  I am going to show you 2 ways how to wear a sequin skirt!

I got this Sequin Halsey Skirt from a local boutique online boutique that I love to shop out, Gray Monroe !

How to Wear a Sequin Skirt First Look:

Pairing a sequin skirt with a nice blouse sends the image of classy and sophisticated, as well as fun! I love the blend of the wine top with the rose gold skirt and heels.  It feels like an all over “wine” affect (red and rose’)! Okay, forget that. Just focus on the overall lady like vibe.  This look would be amazing at any Holiday party!

How to Wear a Sequin Skirt Second Look:

I don’t like to follow the matchy matchy fashion rules and always like to add some type of spin to my looks and this Sequin Skirt with White Booties and Beanie is just the flair I love!  White Booties are so hot for this fashion season and yes, you can wear white in the Winter!

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Happy Partying! XOXO-T

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Monochromatic Fashion Trend and How to Wear It

The Monochromatic Fashion Trend is all the rage for Fall Fashion!  So what is Monochromatic? Mono means single and Chromatic means color…single color! When we think of Monochromatic Fashion, black comes to mind.  But we need to think outside of the all black box and go with more color!

To rock the Monochromatic Fashion Trend, not only are you going with 1 color scheme but to pull off this trend you need to mix up the textures of your pieces.  You can also do separate pieces in the same hue. So, white and cream or Gray and Charcoal.  Monochromatic is a great way to give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette and can simplify putting a look together but yet making a bold statement.  It’s easy to update pieces you have in your closet by adding a newer piece that is the same color.

I purchased these Vino Skinny Cords from a friend’s Cabi Clothing party (I’ve linked some less expensive ones below). But I love the velvet feel of these skinnies and the color is amazing! Perfect for Fall and Winter. The sweater and skinnies are not an exact color match but pretty close giving the perfect Monochromatic look!

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XOXO-T

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Thanksgiving Day Look

Thanksgiving is one week away and if you’re like me, you still need to purchase the turkey! The last thing you need to worry about is what to wear on Thanksgiving Day.  Hopefully this Thanksgiving Day look will take the guesswork out and make your day less stressful.  Now you can just stress over the food and your family!

Our Thanksgivings are pretty casual and although I like to look nice, it’s not a runway show.  I’m generally the one who hosts the day at our house, which means I’m in the kitchen all day long.  The last thing I want to be is uncomfortable while I’m slinging the hash, or rather, the turkey!  My Thanksgiving Day look usually involves jeans and adding a fun sweater and boots  just makes it the perfect look for the day.

This sweater from Express is HOT and not heat hot, I mean fashionably HOT.  The balloon sleeves are such a statement and it comes in multiple colors.  Plus it’s currently 40% off! Why wouldn’t you get 1 or 2?

I finally caved and indulged in the the “Marlo” Over The Knee Suede Boot from Goodnight Macaroon ! If you have never checked out this online boutique, you MUST! They have the cutest things!!! These boots come in Tan, Black and Gray Taupe.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! XOXO-T

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Boyfriend Blazer Two Ways

Every woman should have a Blazer or two in her closet.  Especially one like this Glen Check Boyfriend Blazer!  Glen Check takes me back to 8th grade and the pair of high-waisted pants I had from Express’s OBR Line! Does anyone remember the OBR (Outback Red) Line? I had a ton of it.  Anywho, back to the subject at hand,  I wanted to show you how to wear this must-have Boyfriend Blazer two ways!

The good thing about Blazers is that they look good with A LOT! Whether it’s a skirt, jeans, pants, shorts.  You name it and you can more than likely rock a Blazer with it.  Glen Check plaid is very HOT for this Fall/Winter season and it pairs nicely with prints and solids.

You know I’m a sucker for Band Tee’s and I just love the easy, casual and fun look of this Journey Band Tee along with these navy NEO Adidas!

Blazers, jeans and heels are just too sassy.  Adding a lace trimmed cami (pardon the cleavage) up’s the sass factor!

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XOXO-T

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Step Hem Jeans DIY

Have you fell in love with the Step Hem Jeans trend yet?  If so and you don’t want to spend the moolah on new jeans.  Then I’m going to show you how to DIY your own pair!

I purchased these Skinny Just Black Jeans this past February and wanted to give them a “face lift” by turning them into Step Hem Jeans. Plus you know how I can get crafty from time to time by “altering” my clothes to new ways to wear them!

 

All you need is a pair of scissors and 10 minutes to do a Step Hem Jeans DIY.  I started by letting the stitching line out to full length .  Next I cut up the side seam then over and back down the other side seam.  So it looks like the front side of the jeans are shorter than the back side. Then cut the back to the length you want them to be.  Pull on the threads to fray them a bit (washing will fray them more). Wa-La! You have Step Hem jeans!

  

 

XOXO-T

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Easy Halloween Costume

Halloween is just around the corner, I mean literally.  It seems like it was just September and here we are, halfway through October!  If you are a Mom that means you will probably be busy on Halloween night taking your little goblins trick or treating.  I know I will be AND I will want to dress up too!  However, dressing up isn’t as elaborate as it used to be when you’re in Mom Mode.  So, I came up with a super easy Halloween costume that allows me to dress up on the fly!

There are tons of costumes that I could have came up with but this one seemed appropriate because my hubby is a President of bank!  So, why not a Thief?

This  costume was so easy to put together!  The only thing I had to purchase was the mask.  I’m sure some of you can find one of these in your kiddos toy box.  All you need for this look is:

  1. Stripe Top (Black/White)
  2. Black Jeans
  3. Black boots ( I have on Moto Boots)
  4. Black Beanie Hat
  5. Simple black gloves
  6. Black Eye Mask (Costume Store, Party City, Target)
  7. Red Lipstick (optional for some sizzle)

Put it all together and you have an easy Halloween Costume!

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Happy Halloween!

XOXO-T

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White Button-Down Shirt Three Ways

I think we all have a white button down shirt in our closets for some reason or other.  Whether you’re a professional, have to wear a uniform to school or just purchased one to wear under a blazer or a sweater; a white button-down shirt is a closet staple.  So I’m going to show you a how to reinvent that white button-down shirt three ways!

While I was out perusing the mall the other day for white button-down shirts, I saw many different styles and cuts!  There is a lot of options out there.  Some options are Bell Sleeve, stand up collars, crop, and boyfriend just to name a few.  I went with a standard, fitted cut for three different looks!

White Button-Down Shirt Look 1:

Dress up a pair of Boyfriend Jeans with a White Button-Down Shirt and Velvet Booties! Easy peasy and effortless!

White Button-Down Shirt Look 2:

Give Versatility to a LBD by slipping a White Button-Down shirt underneath it.  It also adds more coverage and can take a more summer LBD into Fall.

White Button-Down Shirt Look 3:

Make a Slip Dress look more “Buttoned Up” by adding a White Button-Down Shirt.

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XOXO-T

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