5 Fitness Favorites, Vol. 2

October 26, 2016

My first 5 Fitness Favorites post included a lot of food because, well I love food. But when I was trying to decide on what to include in the next fitness favorites post, I thought it would be fun to include some items I use every week in the gym.

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These items are super affordable and will help you get the most out of your workout - and who doesn't want that? Of course - you can totally take these items to the park, your living room, hotel room and anywhere in between, too! Let's get to it!

1. B-Force Mini Loops Resistance Bands


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I've been using these resistance bands for a while now and I can't tell you how much of a difference they make during leg/booty day. While squatting, lunging, etc you always want to make sure you keep resistance and these bands keep you accountable - while making each work out more challenging. For $20 you get 5 bands and each color is a different resistance so you can use a lighter one (yellow) or increase the resistance with the black or red bands which are the 2 that I usually use.

Where to buy: bforcebands.com

2. C9 Champion Slider Discs




Slider discs have been another affordable investment that adds even more dimension to my workouts. They're the perfect portable training tool to get a full-body workout inside the gym or your home. I love to use them for ab workouts as well as reverse lunges and side lunges to enhance toning and sculpting.

Where to buy: Target

3. Harbinger Weightlifting Belt


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Ladies - if you're incorporating weightlifting into your workout routine at all, you need a weightlifting belt! Trust me, this little thing will help you in so many ways. First, it will help keep your back and spine in a neutral position. When we lift heavy objects, we tend to arch our back which puts pressure on the spine which can then cause back problems. The weightlifting belt helps you keep your back straight as you do each rep. It also helps you keep good form - which has been a huge help for me, especially when dead lifting and going so heavy each set.

Where to buy: Amazon, Dick's Sporting Goods (in store and online)

4. Champion Women's Gusto Cut Out Runner Sneakers


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Ever since my boyfriend and I popped into Payless a few months ago, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amazing selection of shoes there! We went in to check out their sneakers and both walked out with a pair of these Champion shoes (they come in men's, too!). Even though they're labeled as a running shoes - which I have used them for - I mainly wear them for weightlifting and they're still comfortable since they have memory foam. And can we talk about how cute they are?! They come in several different colors and color combinations too which is always a plus. If you love the Nike Free sneakers like I do, these are a very similar and much more affordable option!

Where to buy: Payless

5. Intervals App


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WHY it took me so long to download a HIIT (high intensity interval training) app, I'm embarrassed to say, I don't know. But that's finally changed and I just had to share this one with you guys in case you're looking for one as well. I found the app by searching "HIIT interval training timer" in the App Store, downloaded it and hoped for the best. (Literally because I was downloading it right before the workout I needed it for.)

It is so easy to use! You can set the amount of rest time, recover time, interval duration, warm-up/cool down time, and even alert sounds and colors. To make it even easier, you can save the settings for use at another time.

Where to download: The App Store


Do you have any favorite workout items you use? Share with me in the comments!

Halloween Total-Body Workout

October 24, 2016

Can you believe Halloween is only a week away?

Just like any other holiday, we are surrounded with sweet treats and if you're like me, have very little will power to say no. In the spirit of Halloween and indulging, I thought it would be fun to create a total-body workout that will help you feel better about enjoying all the candy corn.

From legs and glutes, to arms, abs and even a high intensity set, this workout has everything you need to burn those Halloween calories!

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I had so much fun putting this together and included some of my favorite workouts that I do each week. If you follow me on Snapchat (kelllybelllly), you know that I went through the whole workout on Saturday and trust me it's a scary good workout for sure. ;) I was dripping sweat!

Here are a few notes:
- When you're going through the total body and arm workouts, make sure you increase the weight each set
- The HIIT workout is perfect to do in between each full set
- Where noted, make sure you perform the number of reps on each arm/leg (for example - do 10 lightning lunges on your left leg, then 10 on your right leg)

If you have any questions, let me know! In the meantime, bring on trick-or-treating, costume parties, and candy!

My Style: Black Vest

October 21, 2016

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VEST: Target [similar] // TANK: H&M [similar] // PANTS: Target //  
PUMPS: Target [similar] // TOTE: Old Navy // NECKLACE: Old Navy [similar] //

If you've been reading Naturally Me for any amount of time, you know I'm a Target lover. Every single time I go in there for 2 things I walk out with clothes. (I also know I'm not alone in this thankfully, haha!)

A month or so ago I went in during my lunch break (bad/good idea) and hit the jackpot - a huge clearance section in women's clothes. Oh those little orange tags just make me giddy. Anywho, I picked up this black vest from the Who What Wear collection for $6 and I've been wearing it non stop. (I can't find it online anymore, but check your local store!) It's a sort of linen material in a classic cut that is also super flattering. I'm thinking that when the weather actually stays chilly, I'll pair it with a long sleeve shirt for fall because I don't want to stop wearing it!

What's everyone up to this weekend? I don't have much going on which isn't a terrible thing.. but I will be finishing up some posts coming to the blog next week even though I'll be out of town - including a scary good workout! ;) Stay tuned!


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Photos by Rosa


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My Daily Skincare Routine

October 19, 2016

It's been over 5 months since my first facial with CPS and I realized I totally forgot to fill you in on my new skincare products and routine. Whoops!

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Anywho, even though I still know very little about skincare, makeup, and anything beauty-related really, I learned a lot at CPS about what works and what doesn't with my skin type.

I have very dry skin and deal with eczema which flares up very badly in the fall and winter months. The only product that helps is dermatologist-prescribed. Plus, my skin has always been sensitive to products - from concealer to face wash, lotion and everything in between - and ever since I've been in my 30s, the sensitivity has gotten worse. Sometimes it's so frustrating I won't try new products, but after visiting CPS I finally found a skincare routine that is easy and my skin is responding very well to. It's already looking and feeling better!

Side note: props to the ladies that change their skincare routine for the seasons, because my skin would retaliate and I really can't afford to miss work because I'm embarrassed to be seen in public or answer any questions.

Products I Use


Zo Skin Offects Hydrating Cleanser

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I received a sample size of this product on my first visit to CPS and after the first time using it, my skin looked and felt so much better. No joke! It's literally the only daily cleanser that helps control my skin issues.


EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Moisturizer

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This pale girl was pretty scared at the thought of using tinted moisturizer since I'm not trying to look orange unless it's part of a Halloween costume. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this Elta MD face moisturizer. Somehow, it blends into my skin perfectly, goes on smooth and evens out my skin tone a bit, too. Plus it has SPF 40 in it which gives me extra protection from the sun and that's always a good thing!

My Routine 


Ready to write this down? It's tough to remember.....

Every morning, I cleanse my face with the Zo then apply the Elta MD tinted moisturizer. (If I feel like it, I'll throw on some neutral eye shadow and mascara which rarely happens.) That's it! The CPS tech did suggest that I wash my face before bed as well. Update: I'm still working on that. ;)

I'm also on the hunt for face wipes that I can use to cleanse my face when needed, especially post-workout. I've been using these, but if you have any good recs, let me know in the comments!


What's your skincare routine look like? What are your favorite products?

My Style: Utility Jacket & Cami

October 14, 2016

Naturally Me fall fashion

CAMI: Topshop via Nordstrom // BOYFRIEND JEANS: Nordstrom [love these] //  
UTILITY JACKET: Old Navy [similar] // HEELS: Lulu's [similar] // RING: Alex & Ani //

Boy oh boy what another long week it's been. Anyone else agree?

If you saw this Instagram post, you know I had my flu shot last Tuesday and thought I got hives from it a few days later. After going to the doctor and getting no answers I sent my Mom a photo and she knew immediately it was poison ivy from our camping trip. It's been a fun week trying to get that to clear up. (It's gotten a lot better and isn't nearly as itchy but still hasn't disappeared yet.)

Anywho, let's get to the outfit. There are so many things I love about it but if I had to pick my top 2 items, it'd be the utility jacket (last seen here) and cami. Since the weather turned chilly, I've already worn this jacket a lot. One of my favorite ways to wear it is to work with a light sweater and black faux leather skirt, but it's also perfect with jeans for a more laid-back weekend vibe.

Now, can we talk about this cami? I've seen so many bloggers wearing it and now that I own one, I totally get the hype. It's the perfect every day top that can be dressed up, tucked in or left out or even worn backwards. Plus, it comes in 9 different colors and the price is just too good to pass up. I just bought it again in black it's that amazing.

P.S. - two more fall staples you can't go wrong with buying: boyfriend jeans and fringe. And yes, clearly I'm still obsessed with burgundy for fall!

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The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar + Lemon Juice

October 10, 2016

My morning routine in a nutshell: I hit snooze at least 122 times before finally getting out of bed, "enjoy" a wake-me-up shower as much as one can still half asleep, then I think about putting on mascara - but oops I forgot. You get the idea... I'm not a morning person especially during the week.

Another (much healthier) routine I've added is taking a shot of apple cider vinegar + lemon juice. Somehow I manage to fit this in each morning even if I'm running late, but it's an important part of my day.

Benefits of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (kelllybelllly), you may have seen that I always start my day with a shot of the 2. I've been doing it consistently for a few months now so I wanted to share the benefits and why I can't go a day without it.

The Benefits of ACV

 

Bragg apple cider vinegar with the mother

1. Aids in healthy weight loss

2. Promotes healthy blood sugar

3. Boosts energy

4. Has antioxidant properties

5. Helps with heartburn and acid reflux

6. Clears acne, sinuses and helps sore throats

7. Promotes healthy cholesterol and improves nutrient absorption


The Benefits of Lemon Juice

 


Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice

1. Helps get rid of constipation

2. Aids in better digestion

3. Improves energy levels and mood

4. Improves oral health

5. Clears skin

Lemons also make a great detox drink!

What You Need


The benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar and lemon juice

1. Organic, raw, unfiltered ACV with the 'mother' (protein enzymes). Bragg is the most common brand.

2. Organic lemon juice. (I use this brand.)

When + How To Drink

 

You can take it at any time of the day but I prefer the morning because I feel like I start my day off better that way. (If I forget to take it in the AM, I'll take it when I get home from the gym in the evening.) If you're just starting to take it, I suggest the morning or at least well before a workout just to make sure your stomach has adjusted.

There are a few ways you can take it:

1. Mix 1 tbsp of ACV & 1 tbsp of lemon juice in a drinking glass and fill the rest of it with water

2. 1 tbsp of each in a shot glass and add 1 tbsp of water (this is what I do)

3. You can even take 1-2 tbsp of the ACV straight without any lemon juice

My friend said she adds in some cinnamon which helps it taste better. It's up to you!

When I first started, I mixed a tbsp of both then added water to fill the glass thinking that would dilute it. Not the case! Plus, it took me forever to drink. I looked like I ate a whole bag of sour patch kids... you know, with the eyes twitching and watering uncontrollably. I seriously dreaded it.

Then, I got the idea to make it into a shot which has been SO much better for me. It's quicker and a lot easier to take. Most of the time, I take the shot and I'm on with my morning, but occasionally I'll drink a glass of water after. (Having an adorable mini mason jar shot glass helps, too. ;) It's definitely a taste you have to get used to but I was surprised at how quickly I adjusted.

How I Feel


If I don't take it, I have slight pains and just feel "off", especially if I also eat food out of my macros plan. Hello Tums and GasX. But when I do take it consistently, I have zero bloat and stomach pains. And no you won't be running to the bathroom constantly, ha! A lot of people think that, and I did too but that is not the case. I take it every day and can't go without it! It has helped me a lot.

There are so many benefits to both ACV and lemon juice so why not make it part of your day? Now that fall has begun, this would be a great time to start! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or Tweet me. I'd love to help!


Do you make ACV + lemon juice part of your day? How do you drink it?

My Style: All Black

October 7, 2016

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TOP: Target // PANTS: Joe Fresh [similar] // HEELS: Shoemint [love these] //
CLUTCH: Target [similar] // SUNNIES: LOFT [similar] //  
NECKLACE: Old Navy [similar] //

Help, I'm becoming addicted to wearing all black! I blame the fact that I've been doing a closet clean out and realizing that I have a lot of items I never wear. And I mean NEVER. They're either clothes that don't fit me well anymore, items I'm just over or pieces that got pushed to the back so I forgot I had them.

Since purging a lot of items, I've been way more conscious of the ones I decided to keep. The first question I ask myself: do I love wearing it? If it's a yes, then: can I think of at least 3 different ways to wear it?

This black sleeveless top and black faux leather pants both fit my criteria. I'm still thinking of so many versatile outfit ideas for both items! The top will be perfect for work paired with a cardigan and the pants will be so cute dressed down with a pair of Adidas and a striped top.

But for now, why not wear them together? Paired with a cognac clutch, black and tan sandals and minimal accessories, the whole outfit is definitely far from boring even though it's all black. I think I have my next date night look - but maybe I'll grab a jacket too since the temperatures are dropping. (Yay!)

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Photos by Rosa

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A Weekend In Ohiopyle State Park

October 5, 2016

Ya know when you have such a great weekend you want it to last forever? Well, that's every weekend for me - but this past weekend especially! It's already Wednesday and I want to rewind as I write this post. The struggle.

If you missed all my waterfall Snapchats, I spent the weekend camping in Ohiopyle State Park with my family. Since it's my second time at Ohiopyle, I figured I'd share a little bit about our trip, what there is to do (hint: a lot!) and some of my favorite snapshots since I was 'that person' carrying my camera everywhere.

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One of my favorite things is discovering parks where I can hike and bike and take in scenery - especially around this time of year when the leaves begin to change and the weather is cooling down. Mom suggested a weekend camping trip a while back, so our trip planner (a.k.a Dad) decided on going to Ohiopyle State Park again because my parents and I camped there 2 years ago in October and we loved it. Plus, it's about halfway between me and my family who lives near Pittsburgh so the drive time for everyone was doable for a weekend trip.


Ohiopyle State Park covers over 20,000 (!!) acres in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. From the DC area, it's about a 2.5 - 3 hour drive. (I left Friday at 3pm and it took 2 hours and 45 minutes to get there.)

The drive up is beautiful and the closer you get to the park, cell service is spotty, signs warn you of windy "main" roads, houses are few and far between, and cows roam around the many acres of farm land. I feel like I'm at home again!

Friday evening, I met my parents and 4 other siblings there and since there was 7 of us, we reserved two campsites. It was dark out when we got to our sites so we had to set up the camper and tent in the dark. Don't worry, I took my job as flashlight holder very seriously as the guys did most of the work.

Once our campsites were set up, it was time for a fun weekend despite some rain. When we weren't enjoying our campfire, roasting s'mores, making hobo pies, sleeping, or making dinner together, we were out exploring the area.

Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, Graffiti Wall


What To Do In Ohiopyle

 

There is so much to do that it would make this post super long, but here are some of the must-do activities while you're there:

1. Whitewater rafting

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My Dad and I did this 2 years ago with Wilderness Voyageurs and it was a blast! The Youghiogheny River is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations on the east coast and has some of the fastest rapids depending on river levels but trust me you're safe, ha!

It was my first time and I wanted to do it again but it was full last weekend. It's a guided tour with about 4-5 rafts of 6 people or so. There are several guides that give you a crash course before you start and help each raft the whole way down the river and over rapids. They even packed us lunch as it was almost a full day trip. One of my favorite parts was when we ate lunch on top of a huge rock, then jumped in the water to get back to our raft. (But seriously, there wasn't anything I didn't like about it.)

2. Hiking

There are 79 miles of trails that vary from short day hikes to challenging backpacking trips. Both times I've been to Ohiopyle, we haven't been on a full hiking trip but definitely on the next visit! I bet the views are incredible, especially this time of the year.

3. Biking

Biking trails cover 27 miles and connect Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland. These trails are covered in flat, crushed limestone and were once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad. Visitors can bring their own bikes or rent them on-site. Also on my list for next time!

4. Camping

(Duh.) Friday night, the girls slept in the tent but we managed to stay dry despite the pouring rain! Whether you're in a camper or tent, you have to experience camping at Kentuck Campground. There are also cabins and yurts you can rent which were so cute. Don't worry, there are electric hookups at most sites as well as nearby bath houses.

5. Walk around town

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Even with all the other fun activities there are to do in Ohiopyle, I loved walking around town for a few hours before lunch on Saturday. There's a General Store, ice cream shop, and so many other local stores with unique finds. We pretty much went in each one and found so many cool treasures. Also, I wanted to buy every pumpkin I saw because, #fall!

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In town is also where you can see this amazing waterfall. There are several platforms that visitors can walk on to see the rushing water up close. You can also walk for several miles along the water. Seriously, these photos don't do it justice but I had to get pics. I could sit here all day and fall asleep to the sound, too! It is my favorite view at the park by far. Fun fact: George Washington made a raft out of wood and sailed down the river!


Other Local Attractions


Even though I've been here before, I didn't know there are also several great destinations close to Ohiopyle if you want to explore beyond the park. Here are a few:

1. Seven Springs

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After we ate lunch at the campsite on Saturday, we spent the rest of the day/evening at Seven Springs - which I had no idea was only about 20 minutes away from Ohiopyle. (The last time I was there, I was a lot younger.) It was their Octoberfest weekend so there was a lot of fun activities going on. We walked around the festival, did the Alpine Slide - where I totally beat my Mom down the mountain, and walked around the grassy ski slopes which was such a cool experience!

2. Steelers training camp

Yes, my beloved Steelers practice very close to Ohiopyle! You know you want to go! ;)

3. Wine tours & tastings

While sitting by the campfire after a day of hiking is never a bad idea, why not check out a local winery to relax and enjoy views of the Allegheny mountains? Why not take me with you?


What I Packed


I must say it was fun to pack for a weekend of camping because I had cozy clothes and a campfire on the brain. Aside from a pair of jeans, I focused on bringing warm clothes and socks since we're getting into cooler weather - especially at night. I had so much fun packing, I packed too much but I like to be very prepared.

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Ohiopyle definitely makes a great weekend trip, but I'd love to spend more time there in the future because there's still so much to do and see! I can't wait to go back!


Have you ever been to a state park? Which one is your favorite?

This trip was in no way sponsored. I just wanted to share my weekend with you all!