Just the Motivation You Needed: My Tried & True Workout Playlist

If one thing is going to motivate me during a workout, it’s music.

Without music, there’s no way you could get me to run endlessly on a treadmill, get through a tough spin class or drown out everyone at the gym. It just wouldn’t happen.

Over the years, I’ve honed in on exactly the type of music that works best for me & put together my tried and true workout playlist. You won’t find any of today’s top “hits” on my playlist, I can’t risk getting sick of hearing a song too much! If I’m hearing it all day on the radio, chances are I’ll want to skip it during my workout.

I’ve found that EDM music is truly the only thing I have blasting through my AirPods every day at the gym. Fast tempos & minimal lyrics are the perfect combination for a sprint on your favorite trail. Slow & smooth songs are great for cool downs and stretching. This playlist hasn’t let me down yet and I’m constantly adding to it. Feel free to use it for your next workout and let me know what you think! Here it is…

✩ January Favorites ✩

2019 is off to a good start.

Anyone that knows me, knows I love to test and try new products. Thinking about all of different things I’ve tried this past month, made this post very pertinent! Instead of droning on, let’s just get into some of my favorite things from January…

Face mask applicator

Yes, I am aware of how pretentious this sounds; but hear me out. For so long, my face mask “applicator” was my hands, plain & simple. This month, I decided to pick up a mask spatula and my life was forever changed. First of all, super satisfying. Second, it saves you the mess of washing (& wasting) a bunch of clay mask off of your hands every time you apply!

Celery juice

Next up is me fully admitting that I jumped head-first onto the bandwagon. I give full credit to fellow blogger All Day Pretty for turning me onto drinking celery juice every morning. Guys, this stuff works wonders. It lowers inflammation, reduces bloating, heals acne & truly flushes out your system. I’ve noticed that I’ve physically been feeling better ever since introducing this magical juice into my life. Break out your old dusty juicer or head to your local health food store and give it a try. Bottoms up!

Sugar Bear Hair

Ok, don’t judge me yet. You’ve seen this stuff all over your Instagram feed and maybe their advertising has worked on you as well. I used to think Sugar Bear Hair was another gimmick aimed towards millennials — until I tried it. Kylie Jenner was right, guys. This sh*t works (for me, at least.) If you don’t know, these are hair, skin & nails vitamins. I’ve always had short and brittle nails, like I would be embarrassed to get a manicure. After taking these the entire month of January, my nails have never been so long and healthy, EVER! Not to mention my hair has also grown rapidly as well! Obsessed.

Mario Badescu Skincare

I think after years of searching, I’ve finally found my go-to skincare company. Although I’ve been using Mario Badescu products for a while now, this month I’ve been using a ton of new stuff. I’ve been lucky to never have had horrible skin, but it does have it’s moments. I’ve found that their products like their Aloe Moisturizer, Seaweed Night Cream and all of their facial sprays have truly made a difference for my skin. Usually I like a skincare product because it just makes me feel good, but everything from this brand has actually been pumping out good results.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I don’t know why I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with lip balms lately, it might be the recent below zero temperatures in Indiana. Anywho, I’ve officially found my favorite one I’ve ever tried. Even though I think they need a major packaging re-design, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lip balm has made it’s way into my product hall of fame. First of all, it’s literally the size of an oversized glue stick which I love because I never lose it. Second, it leaves my lips feeling moisturized all day. Perfection.

Well, there ya have it: my January favorites! Let me know you’re obsessed with any of these products as well!

Trader Joe’s Holy Grail Items You Need In Your Cart

Trader Joe’s is my Disneyland.

Here comes my most important post to date…

If you’re lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s near you, you know exactly where I’m coming from. Trader Joe’s is truly one of my favorite places in the world. Yes, this is what my life has come to.

Yesterday, I took a trip to my happy place and picked up a few of my holy grail items and felt the need to share. Because Trader Joe’s has so many original products, that are so easy to get obsessed with, they keep me coming back for more and more. Sorry, bank account.

My first item is my favorite of all time. I’m sure you’ve seen this all over the internet; it’s been my obsession for years now! Everything but the Bagel seasoning blend is iconic, guys. If you’re a fan of everything bagels or just adding a crunch to your meal, you’ll die over this. I add it to my avocado toast, bagel & cream cheese and even my salads. I can’t get enough, get on the train!

Next up is my current obsession. Tamales, guys. Why did it take me so long to try these? It took me a minute to figure out how to properly eat a tamale (embarrassing), but now I’m a pro. Trader Joe’s has their own handmade tamales. I love the Vegetarian and Chicken & Green Chile ones with a burning passion. I would eat these every single day if I could, you need to check them out.

Speaking of Mexican cuisine, Trader Joe’s has the most bomb Salsa Verde. If you know me, you know I do not do well with spicy foods. Qdoba’s salsa verde is one of my favorite condiments ever, because it’s the perfect amount of heat for me. This salsa verde from TJ’s is literally as if they jarred up Qdoba’s magic sauce just for me. I add it to my tamales, salads, chicken or just straight up with tortilla chips. Can’t get enough.

Last, but definitely not least, Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower. You don’t have to pretend like you’re not curious about the cauliflower trend, just jump on the wagon! I’ve tried cauliflower rice, buffalo cauliflower and even cauliflower pizza crust. But once I tried this meatless creation, I was hooked. If you’re a fan of Kung Pao or any Chinese food for that matter, give this a try. It takes exactly like chicken and it’s the perfect addition to any stir fry.

Well, there ya have it. I’m sorry for causing you to drop everything and head to Trader Joe’s tonight, it was only a matter of time. If you guys have any holy grail TJ products that I missed, please fill me in; add to my addiction!