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Fitness

Xtend Barre Workouts During Pregnancy

I am so excited to announce that I have been included in Xtend Barre’s blog Barreology! It is such an honor to be recognized and to be able to share my story of staying active while pregnant. Please read the blog entry by clicking the link below!

https://www.xtendbarre.com/mom-xtending-two/

xoxo
Anna

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Fitness

How I Reset My Bad Day

Life as a mom is many things. While I love being a mom and wouldn’t trade it for anything, today, life as a mom is exhausting, confusing, and overwhelming. I am emotionally drained. More than that, my body feels tight and sore as I have increased the intensity of my workouts. It is amazing how closely tied our bodies are to our minds and hearts. When my body hurts, I feel it on the inside too! All of that to say, I’m struggling to stay in a good place today. I decided that a quick stretch would do me some good. While Jax took his afternoon nap, I completed this Yoga Flow workout from the Tone it Up duo. Just taking a few minutes to breath, clear my head, and stretch my body allowed me to reset for the day and start fresh.

Having a rough one? Give yourself these few minutes to reset. You will feel better!

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Beauty

Favorite Sunscreen

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Supergoop

One of the most important anti-aging skincare steps is sun protection. Not only will sunscreen prevent premature aging of the skin, it more importantly protects from deadly skin cancers.

I don’t know about you, but I have always hated applying sunscreen. That smelly, sticky, oily feeling…yuck! I’ve never enjoyed this step! However, I recently came across the Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C and am hooked.

This non-aerosal mist is super easy to apply and feels light on the skin. More than that, it is highly waterproof which is very important to me as I am active with my 11 month-old outdoors. It contains antioxidants which help protect skin from damaging free radicals and also reduce the effects of sun damage. Supergoop is paraben, fragrance, and oxybenzone free. With SPF 50, this product is a major win!

Supergoop has a wide range of skincare products, all containing SPF. While the line is a little pricey (found at Sephora) it is totally worth it in my book.

xoxo Anna

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Fitness

Work Your Abs While Standing Up

Here is a brand new workout that will chisel your waistline without forcing you to do a plank or a crunch! The entire routine is done standing. Whether you have a wrist issue which prevents you from doing planks, a neck issue that bothers you during traditional core exercises, or  you just want to mix things up, try this vertical core routine!

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Beauty

Favorite Swim Suits for Summer: For women who want that extra bit of support!

Let’s be honest, after having a baby, the same old triangle top bikini just won’t cut it any more, at least not for me! Things change. Drastically. Mothers out there, am I right? The girls just aren’t as perky as they used to be, and while they may have stayed put in any old triangle top bikini before, they certainly need a little extra boost of support now. So support them! Please! You will be grateful you did.🙂 Below are my current favorite swimsuits for those women out there seeking that extra bit of support.

1. Twister Bikini 

This bikini comes in bra sizes with underwire, making you feel like you’re wearing your favorite t-shirt bra. You will be both comfortable and fashionable in this suit. I wore this suit while pregnant and post pregnancy and I can confidently say that it is the most comfortably supportive bikini top I have every worn in my life. EVER.

Twister Top Bikini

2. Tara Halter Tankini

If you are looking for a little bit more coverage, this tankini is right for you. While offering the coverage of a one-piece, this suit gives the freedom of a two piece and is so flattering along the neckline! Also a bra-sized top, this halter supports and lifts in an extremely comfortable way. I wore this last summer directly after having Jax and loved the look and feel!Tara Halter Tankini

3. The Angel Convertible Bikini

This suit recommendation is for those of you wanting something more on the sexy side. Perhaps you’re going on a romantic trip with your man and you want to spice up your beach look? This bikini is as supportive as it is sexy, with underwire and the option to wear the straps cross-back, you can feel like a 10 while lounging by the pool.The Angel Convertible BikiniI hope these recommendations were helpful! Tell me, do you have any favorite swimsuits?

xoxo Anna

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Fitness

NEW Workout Video: Booty Burn

Followers, here is a new workout that will lift, sculpt, and tone your booty! I’ve been doing these moves recently in my continued attempts to tone up post-baby and have been very happy with the results. Grab a light dumbbell, a mat, and break a sweat with me. If you try the workout, please comment below!

xoxo Anna

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Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Beauty

Tester Tuesday: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping SerumAs a free gift with purchase, I tried the Christian Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. It is a mascara primer to be applied as a base underneath mascara. This product claims to gives lashes up to twice the volume. I have tried this lash plumping serum three times and I LOVE it! As I stroke the applicator through my lashes, I can see the formula adding what looks like little lash-like fibers to my eyelashes. My mascara then clings to this base coat of little fibers, making my lashes look fuller and longer. Not only do I love the look, but I also am convinced that the Diorshow Maximizer has helped my mascara last longer throughout the day. I always struggle with smudging beneath my under eye (especially during allergy season). Since I began using this eyelash primer, I have not had to deal with the dreaded raccoon eyes. I highly recommend giving this product a try!

xoxo Anna

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