Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Workout Wednesday // The Ultimate Burn

Woohoo it's finally Wednesday! This week has been going so slow but it is officially half way over. Today I am bringing you a workout from the girls over at Tone It Up! I love doing their workout routines so I thought I'd share one I got today from their website. This is a Ultimate Ab Burn routine that came strictly from the girls at Tone It Up. 

Hope you all like this exercise I am about to do it myself right now too! I love fast routines for when you are on a time crunch so if you are anything like me you'll love some of their workouts. Check them out! I'm participating in their 31 Day Challenge starting up this Saturday October 1st and would love to have some accountability partners 💕 
Feel free to comment down below if you wanna join me for this challenge :) 
Can't wait to hear from you. 


Monday, September 26, 2016

Organization of Planner Products

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Monday's can really set the tone of the week so I want to start this week off on a positive note and bring a little organization post to the blog today. It has been a while since I've blogged about organization so I figured hey why.

Today's post is going to give you a glimpse of how I keep all my planner products organized and how it keeps me sane. I have a ton of different products so staying organized is important. One so I know where things are and two so it makes using my happy planner products easier and quicker to find. 

A few of the products I keep organized are all my washi tape, stickers, planners, and pens and highlighters

My washi tape I keep in this storage container. At first I only had a few rolls but over time is has grown quite a bit, so I needed something to keep them all together. 

My stickers I created a sticker book so that they are easy to find when I am planning out my weeks on Sundays. I saw someone using one of these when they were doing a plan with me on Youtube, and I thought this idea was genius so I decided to make my own as well! 

Here are some short steps on how you can make your own sticker book as well. 
#1: You'll need some expander rings and either your own covers or I just used the dashboards from MAMBI. These worked great because they are hard plastic and sturdy. 

#2: I used old planner pages and cut them down to size of the sticker sheets. If you are someone who likes to save their planners to look back on then you can get regular paper and whole punch them with a MAMBI punch to fit in the dashboards. 

#3: Take the stickers out of the packages and organize them how you prefer. I organized most of my stickers by functionality. I have all my fitness stickers together, chores, etc. 

#4: Here you will glue down your sticker sheets to either the planner paper or regular paper with a glue stick. 

#5: Here you will start inserting your stickers into the expander rings and then continue steps 2-5 until you have your finished sticker book.

I love my sticker book it makes going threw my stickers so much easier than flipping threw each individual sticker set. 

I also keep all my planners together in one place so I don't have to search my room for which one I want to use. I am currently only using two of my planners. One fitness planner and one regular planner that you see on Sundays. 

That is all of my products so far I only have a few pens and highlighters I use which I keep in the bottom drawer with my washi tape. Everything is pretty much all in one place, which works great for me. I like to spread out all my products on my bed on Sundays and plan out my weeks right here. Then when I am done I can return it all to its correct place. 

Hope some of these ideas help you stay organized. I am sure there are other planner fanatics out there who have way more products and cuter organized spaces. I would love to see some of them, so if you have a blog or picture feel free to share with us down below in the comments. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Plan With Me // Week #38

Happy Sunday! Welcome to another Plan with Me on this fabulous Sunday. I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend where you were able to take a minute or two and just relax with your family and friends. Around here it gets pretty crazy with working on the weekends and trying to get everything caught up between laundry, grocery shopping, and meal prepping. Not to mention trying to keep things organized. That is why I love using my Happy Planner and making out a schedule for myself each week. I am much more organized with how I should be spending my time and when I can take a moment for myself and just hang out for a bit. 

I love Sundays because I tend to use them as relaxing days only. There are some times when I will wake up early enough to squeeze in a quick morning workout, but most of the time I use it as a rest day. Sundays as I have mentioned before are days where I do all my planning for the next week. I get out my planner and fill out the week so I am ready to hit the ground running. This time is "me time". It tends to take me about 30 minutes to decorate my spread how I want it to look then I will gradually fill in things here and there as the week goes on. I fill in all the important stuff on Sundays, but then jot stuff down later. 

This weeks spread is more calm and has a taste of fall to it! I am getting more excited about the seasons changing, if only the weather would just catch up. It has been in the 90s this week here in Indiana and it is just crazy how stinking hot it is staying. I am ready for sweatshirts and jeans people! 

So with all of that being said let's take a look at what my planner looks like....

My washi tapes is from Me and My Big Ideas they came from the Fresh Floral set and Brights set
The animal stickers came from a set I had found at Wal-Mart I believe I purchased them for under $1. 
The heart checklists, the boxes backgrounds, the "lazy day", "coffee first", and the "put your heart into it" stickers came from the color-coordinated sticker book from Me and My Big Ideas.
The "hello fall" and leaves stickers came from the seasonal value pack sticker book from Me and My Big Ideas as well. 

That is a list of all the products I used for this weekly spread. I tried to keep things pretty simple this week and I went with this color scheme to shift more into the seasonal change as well. Summer is officially over, now let's just hope the weather catches up. 

Hope you all enjoyed today's post. 
Have a wonderful week! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Workout Wednesday // Chest & Triceps

Happy Wednesday loves!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I am so excited because I am finally starting to feel like myself again. Feeling more energized and happy with how I'm living each day of the week ☺️. 

This was me after yesterday's workout! I was so sweaty but happy because it was my realization moment of this is the life I want to live. Being comfortable with the decisions I'm making and also the workout I completed released my happy endorphins! 

So let's get to it. Today's workout is the exact workout I completed yesterday so I hope you all enjoy and feel the burn! 

First up...bench press
4 sets of 12 reps. I did 2 warmup sets with the bar of 10 reps just to get my muscles warmed up. Then I threw on some weight and did 4 sets of 12 reps. The last few sets were difficult but I pumped those reps out like a badass. 

*Always have a spotter or someone near you when doing bench or any other exercise where you may need help!* 

Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 
4 sets of 15 reps 

Incline Dumbbell Flys 
4 sets of 15 reps 

Tricep Pushdowns on cable machine 
4 sets of 15 reps 

Tricep pullover with Dumbbell 
4 sets of 12 reps 
Use a lying bench and scoot your head all the way to the end so you can comfortably extend the Dumbbell over your head. Feel the stretch almost all the way to the floor then raise dumbbell to your chest. 

Tricep Overhead Extension 
4 sets of 12 reps 
I like to do these while standing up. My triceps were very tight once I got to this exercise so I went with a lighter weight and still got a great burn. 

After this routine I went up and completed 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill. I put on some YouTube videos I've been wanting to catch up on and set the speed to 5.5 and ran my little heart out. This was difficult at first but at the end I was shocked with how well I did during this cardio session. 

When I got home I enjoyed a lovely protein shake. I use Muscle Gain in the flavor chocolate by Advocare. I love that it doesn't take like a protein powder and it goes very well with a glass of milk 😋. Protein shakes work best if you consume them within an hour of any exercise. This helps you recover after your workouts and will help you see muscle growth quicker than without taking any supplemental protein source. If you are not one who likes protein shakes make sure you are eating a meal high in protein when you finish your workout. 
Hope all you lovely weight lifters love this routine. This is my go to when I am on a time crunch in the gym. I can usually finish the lifting part in less than an hour which is awesome! 

Let me know what you think of this exercise in the comments below. 



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Plan With Me Sunday // Hello Fall

Hi loves and happy Sunday! I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Mine was filled with lots of pampering and spending quality time with friends and family. Today I will be showing you this weeks spread in my happy planner. 

It is not as filled out this week because I am going to try and write things down as the week goes on. I usually have my planner all filled out on Sundays but I want to try this new method and see how well it works for me. I will let you guys know how I like using this method in next weeks plan with me! 

Doodles have slightly taken over this week. I find doodling fun and a way to express how you are feeling. I've never been great at it but sometimes I enjoy doodling away.

Until next time!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall Favorites // Shopping Haul from Charlotte Russe

Hi loves and happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a wonderful day. If you are anything like me I bet you are so ready for fall and what it brings from the leaves changing beautiful colors, chunky sweaters, combat boots, pumpkin everything, and my all time favorite Hocus Pocus and other Halloween movies! This time of the year is very special to me because it's when me and my best friend/other half started seeing one another. It was a sparatic time in my life where I made some big life changes and I was so happy to have met a kind gentleman who is now the love of my life.  

Since it is starting to feel a little bit more like the seasons are changing around here I decided to treat myself to a shopping haul. I love buying clothes on clearance because I get way more and I can find some pretty good deals. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Workout Wednesday // Time For HIIT

Alright it's the dreaded workout we all hate doing...CARDIO! And to make it even worse its HIIT! I am one to admit I hate doing cardio. I'd rather spend 2 hours in the gym lifting weights then just knocking out 20 minutes of cardio. 

I am bringing you my go to HIIT workout that will only take you 20 minutes to complete and it flies by when you complete it. Do this workout as your morning cardio and it will help boost your metabolism first thing in the morning. This helps keep your body fueling with energy all day long. 

HIIT the Treadmill Workout

Warm up for 2 minutes on speed 3.5 or 4.0

Complete this circuit for 10 rounds

Speed 5.5 for 1 minute
Speed 8 for 30 seconds

Now that is one round! Only 9 more to go! 

Cool down on speed 2.5 or 3 for 3 minutes. 

If you are more advanced at sprinting you can do faster speeds or if you are a beginner try the speeds I've provided and if it is still too hard you can bump it down a few. Try to work your way up to faster speeds each time you complete this workout. 

It's that simple and it gets the job done.
Hope you enjoy and get a good workout with this HIIT routine. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Health & Fitness // How Do I Track My Meals & Workouts...

Happy Monday and welcome to Simply Pure and Beautiful if this is your first time here! I hope you enjoy today's post. I am bringing you some insight on how I track my meals and workouts. I also want to take you along with me on how I plan out everything for the week! It really is simple once it becomes apart of your weekly routine. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Plan With Me Sunday // Feeling Blue

Happy Sunday loves! Here is this weeks planner spread is full of to do lists and everything blue. Everything you see in the planner is from Me and My Big Ideas.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Workout Wednesday // Legs for Days & My Journey with 30 Days of Yoga

Hi loves! Today was an amazing day. I worked a 10 hour shift at my job and still found the energy to go to the gym and complete my leg day circuit. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do today when I went into the gym, and since it has been awhile since I've lifted I decided to work on my quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Let's just say everything was burning and my body is already sore from the aftermath. I figured go big or go home! And I went big then cried like a little baby going home. My gyms weight room is down stairs two floors...ummm hello what the heck...yea I could barely walk up them steps today. I was holding on to the railing saying "ow, ow, ow", "am I there yet?"