MakeUp Routine

Updated makeup routine comin’ at ya!! I think it’s been about a year since I’ve last shared my current makeup must-haves. So here we go!! 💗

First up- Tula primer, this is blurring and moisturizing primer, as it blurs all the imperfections and gives you that “filtered” look. This primer does have a small tent to it, so if you’re one to want to look “put together” without having on a full face of makeup, this one is for you. It reduces uneven skin tones and reduces redness. It also has probiotics which helps to nourish the skin. 😉

Too Faced, Born This Way Foundation. This is a recent buy and I do love it, its full coverage but not at all heavy. It covers everything that needs covering but does make my face feel cakey.

Tarte, Shape Tape Concealer. This is a must for me, I have dark under eyes and this covers them so well. This concealer has great reviews and it’s a staple in my makeup bag!

Urban Decay, Naked Palette. I have had this palette for no joke, 3 years and you can barely tell! It’s a good one and I use it almost every day.

Smash Box, Cali Contour Palette. Also, have had this palette for a very long time and have re-bought it because why mess with a good thing, haha!! It has a setting powder for under eyes and a highlighter in it as well as a blush, so it’s an all in one. WIN!

Nars, Blush, shade Orgasm. Literally my favorite blush, I am currently out and have been using the blush in the above palette but will one thousand percent be purchasing this again!!

Maybelline, Tattoo Studio Brow. I’m not too picky with my brows, I feel like I’ve picked up a bunch of different products and will try something new once this one is out. This is the part of my makeup routine that I will experiment with!! But this is a good affordable brow coverage option and I like the brush it comes with.

Maybelline, Precise Ink Liquid Liner. I must have a liquid liner, it’s a requirement for me but again I will try a different brand next time because I like to try new eyeliners. Anastasia Beverly Hills has a great eyeliner that I may go back to. (I’ll link it as well)

Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. I’m a huge Too Faced, Better than Sex mascara fan and this is the best dupe ever for that but I think its better and one-third of the price. I love, love, love this stuff!!

Tarte, Shape Tape Glow Wand. This is a good alternative to a highlighter and a little goes a LONG way! It’s a liquid and the top of the wand has a mini sponge on it to dab in the product, so that’s always nice to have.

And that concludes what I am currently using! Let me know if you have any questions, I’d so be so happy to help!! Everything linked here 🤍

xo

margaret

Let’s talk GOALS

Let’s talk GOALS! It’s March, spring is literally right around the corner, this weather has been amazing (which only makes me feel more energized), the sun has been shining more and we are no longer stuck inside due to snow or freezing temps. However, it’s March and your New Year’s resolutions/goals have probably fallen to the waist side. I think making a goal and trying to stick with that one goal or goals for an entire year is a LOT!

Here’s a good thought- what about making a goal for the month of March, if you reach your goal make another goal or strive to meet that same goal again for the month of April… you don’t have to stick with the same goal for an entire year to be successful. One month of moving more or eating less takeout is pretty darn awesome in and of itself. So then, take that goal and broaden it a little or tweak it to make it work for you and your schedule. Maybe instead of just moving, start a new workout class or start slowly incorporating more veggies/fruits into your diet along with little to no takeout. Maybe do some research and find alternatives to make yourself successful (no matter if its food/fitness/time management/meeting new people/become a morning person/etc.) and find things that will actually work for you. So many people set goals to make it to the gym 5 days a week and staying for an hour when in reality, it’s not going to fit into their schedule, meaning they’re setting themselves up for failure. Try taking it month by month and switching it up!! We may be three months into the year but it’s never too late to try. And just because one day may not go as planned doesn’t mean you should give up, there are roughly 30 days in a month to keep trying and to do better. Past this one month, there are nine more months to keep going, success doesn’t happen overnight and it may take longer than one month to reach your specific goal. You got this!

My March goals are to pick up my pace and to be less hard on myself when I have a terrible time (I’m talking about my running, ha). If you’ve read my running series, you know I’m training for a half marathon. So in April when it’s over, I’ll pick a new goal and work towards that. I haven’t yet decided what that’s going to be, any thoughts?!?

I’ll leave you with this–  “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

xx

margaret

What I Eat in a Day

Captured from Yesterday!!

7:00 Wake up- DRINK COFFEE and I happily have two cups!!  I can drink any brand, as long as it’s a dark roast. I’ll add in my Vital Proteins collagen peptides which I’ve been religiously taking for probably 4-5 years now (fun fact: did you know our bodies reduce the production of collagen at age 25??) and about a tablespoon of SoDelicious, French vanilla coconut creamer.

9:30/10:00 Breakfast- i eat what I’m craving, today was savory. Dave’s Killer Bread is what I did but I also really like Ezekiel, Sprouted Bread. Today I added 1/2 avocado and about 1/2 cup of egg whites. I’m big on adding turmeric to my eggs (great benefits) along with pepper, nutritional yeast and garlic- it takes your eggs to the next level, promise! And this is why my egg whites aren’t white 😋!! I always use avocado oil spray, it’s a brand that I trust and the smoke point is high, so that’s good.

Some days I’ll do two pieces of toast and add Crazy Richard’s crunchy peanut butter (clean ingredients bc only roasted peanuts 😋 no other crazy additives… but you do you!!), half a banana and/or strawberries on top and of course, a sprinkle of cinnamon- I LOVE cinnamon!!

If I’m working I still will eat around this time, just something simple like a Perfect Bar or a Two Good yogurt with granola and half a banana or berries. Some days I hold off until lunch- every day is different for me. Simple rule I live by- I eat when I’m hungry!! Fav perfect bar 👇🏽 and yes I ate half of this after my toast!!

12:00 Lunch- Today is random, I wanted to try this stir fry, and it turned out amazing! Good way to get in veggies. I added Trader Joe’s chicken wontons to the mix, this was so good! I also had a serving of pop corner chips, I’m addicted!!

When at work I always have a Big Salad, I love salad and I know that sounds so cliché and a lot of people say they don’t like rabbit food. You can literally add anything to a salad, change up the flavors with your dressing and not feel like you’re having the same darn thing every day! My life is so soo much easier with the salad kits that you can buy at any grocery store. My favorite is the sweet kale superfood salad. Add your protein, mine is always chicken because I don’t eat beef or pork. I don’t usually eat the dressing that comes with it, I buy Bolthouse dressing (Sweet Heat Sriracha is a favorite) or I also really like the Primal Kitchen dressing (Caesar is the best!!) I usually throw on extra stuff too like cucumbers, hard-cooked eggs, sunflower seeds, walnuts, avocado, craisins, feta, just whatever I’m feeling like.

3:00- Snack- Two Good yogurt is my go-to, it’s low in sugar and is a good source for protein. I added PB, blueberries, ground flax and some granola. I also reach for a banana and PB a lot too if I’m not feeling a yogurt for the day.

6:00 Dinner- I made mango salsa, so good and we had grilled chicken, squash and some red potatoes. I put the salsa over my chicken, I highly recommend making this!!

I forgot to snap a picture of my whole meal because I devoured it in .2 seconds but isn’t the salsa so pretty!?

You don’t have to eat what I eat to achieve your goals, eat what your body is actually craving like Whole Foods and protein and good carbs. There may be a learning curve and you may have to retrain your body to stop craving a ton of sugar or fried foods but your body will eventually pick up on it. Also, on the weekends this is most definitely not how I’m eating. I like pizza and wine/beer. I’ll eat a cupcake or fries. I’m an 80/20 girl, 80% of the time I’m a clean eater, it’s what I prefer and it’s what works for me!!

xox

margaret

Training: Week 7

WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN & SHARE THEM

I successfully completed eight miles and this was the first time I physically thought, I can run a full 13, FINALLY!!! Honestly, I have wanted to quit a couple of times now because it’s the easier thing to do. I love to get my body moving, I love to see growth and feel stronger each day and I truly love running. However, with two kids at home, it’s not always easy to make time for the longer distances and/or having to run 5-6 days a week.  It would be much easier to give up and say I just don’t have the time for this, but I set this intention for myself and I want to see it come to fruition! I want to set healthy examples for my kiddos and when Griffin asks me to race with him around the house or wants me to watch him run reeeeallll fast, I know he sees him mommy running and it encourages him to do the same. Even if it is just child’s play, it still makes my mommy heart so happy to see him take notice and interest in something he sees me doing. Plus when he crazy man runs around the house he always cracking up and what’s better than those belly laughs. My heart is in a puddle just thinking about it!

Setting goals and intentions for yourself and actually achieving those things is hard, but so incredibly worth it. If I’ve learned nothing more about myself from this experience so far, it’s that I can achieve what I set my mind/body to do. What has been my saving grace honestly, publically writing down my goal. I feel like it has held me accountable. I don’t want to say I’m going to do something, announce it publically and then not see it through, so thank you to anyone who is reading this. Your acknowledgment has helped me so much, and you would have never known, had I not shared this!

Last thing, I promise! I could not do this and would have never even attempted this half marathon training without encouragement, so find someone who is going to help you push through (thank you, Mr. Gray- you are the best type of partner), no matter the goal or intention, help is always underrated but exactly what makes the difference!!

Until the next time

xx

margaret

Summer & Spring Favs

Who has been watching the Bachelor? We got two doses this week ha! If you have been watching and you’re anything like me, you’re watching but not really. My interest has yet to spike over this season, I can’t seem to actually pay enough attention to know anyone’s name, who my top three are or even where they’ve been. The one-on-one dates are the same as they were previous years (I cannot with the concert experiences, they make me uncomfortable!) and the group dates are embarrassing, ha! This show has been my guilty pleasure for so many seasons, but this season has NOT been the most dramatic season of them all. Hopefully, Peter will turn it around soon because I can’t just stop watching and I feel like I could still get into it, maybe once there are only a few girls left… IDK!

Bachelor aside, I thought I’d share some of my favorite looks from last season for Spring/Summer because the groundhog did not see his shadow (YAAYYY) and I am READY for the higher temps and sunny weather! Dressing for Summer and Fall is my favorite, but honestly, we don’t get much Fall in Kentucky; the weather goes from 70 to 30 in one week. But Summer sticks around and it’s always fun to see how many ways you can style a cute top or jeans!!

xx

margaret

ps you can find all of these pictures linked on my LIKEtoKNOW.it page, HERE

Running Series: Q&A

Today, I’ve decided to answer a few questions that I’ve received since I’ve started sharing my journey to 13.1. For me, this is super fun because I love to share what has worked (or not worked) for me and what I’ve loved so far/what I think has helped me with my miles.

QUESTION 1: RUNNING SHOES

When I was running the random three to four miles 2-3 days a week, I didn’t really care which running shoe I had. I was running in my Nike Run Swift sneakers and they worked especially for shorter runs. Since I wasn’t working towards a specific goal, other than getting a little sweat in, my sneakers didn’t really matter to me. However, after sooo soo much research and googling every store in the world to get the best price- I ended up buying a pair of the Adidas Ultra Boost 19 tennis shoes and they are AMAZING!! I couldn’t be any happier with my purchase, they’re worth every penny and I swear they have helped my time.

QUESTION 2: HYDRATION

So, I haven’t felt like I’ve run a long enough duration to feel like I need to be hydrating while running. I think by mile 8, I’ll be at that point though and I haven’t really decided what to do yet?! EEK! I know there will be fueling stations for when I run the actual half, but for training, I’m thinking of carrying a little 8-ounce bottle for water. I’d ideally like to drink at least 1 hour in and every 30 minutes after that. So, if anyone has a suggestion, I’d love to hear it!

QUESTION 3: WHAT I EAT DURING A LONG RUN

Again, I haven’t had a problem with this yet but I know (per every article I’ve read) it’s suggested that you refuel with calories/carbs every 45-60 minutes. I bought some energy gels, (I’ll link below with everything else) that I’m pretty excited to try. And I’m thinking if those don’t work for me I’m going to try a little bar.

QUESTION 4: FAVORITE LEGGINGS TO RUN IN

Zella, hands down, they are my favorite. Probably because the ones I have (currently on sale 🙌🏼) are a thicker material and it’s pretty chilly out most days that I run. But they don’t slide down and I feel very much held in and supported, if that makes sense! I like where they hit me in the torso and legs, and overall, I just love them!! Plus, they have side pockets! I also like my Lululemon leggings, but they’re so darn pricey. I think they have the same feel as the Zella leggings and the Zella leggings are such a better deal!

QUESTION 5: HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED

I’m a pretty determined/stubborn person (I set my mind to something, I have to do it); especially with a workout- simply put, it makes me feel 1000x better and I really enjoy it (I didn’t always feel this way, promise). I love the feeling I get after a workout, it always puts me in a better mood, I feel re-energized/clear minded, I strongly believe it helps to keep up with my kiddos, and all of these things motivate me to keep going. Also, it helps that I have a super supportive husband who gives me times to beat and he keeps me encouraged to keep it up!

QUESTION 6: WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

I feel like that emoji that has a blank stare 👉🏼 😳, haha!! I think this is a blog post in and of itself. Let’s just say, every day looks different especially depending on how many miles I have and that is what works for me. When I’m not training, I pretty stick to the same ole things, I’m a creature of habit and can eat the same thing over and over again- maybe that’s where my Griffy gets it because kid sticks to a chicken nugget diet 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️. I do, loosely track my macros Monday-Friday, which I personally enjoy (health and fitness is genuinely something I enjoy!) and counting macros is like a puzzle and the pieces don’t always fit for me, which is totally fine. I do whatever I want, within reason Saturday and Sunday. Eating a healthy diet has been something I have loved for years now, I enjoy what I eat and if I want to eat something not ‘healthy’ I most certainly will. But, this is definitely a fun question that I will work on!

If you have any random questions, I would love for you to send them my way and I’ll try to help in any way I can!!

All of the products (that I have/want) that I’ve talked about in this post are linked here!!

xx

margaret

Mom Jeans

I love a good high waisted jean and I love a good price point. Daarik recently decided to get some new jeans from Target. He bought a pair last summer and fell in love, so I thought I needed to jump on the train. So after he added two pairs to his cart, I had him add these for me. And I’m so so glad I went with these!

These jeans are so comfortable, flattering and can be styled a million different ways. I wasn’t sure about how a bootie would look but as soon as I put it together, I fell in love. I’ll probably wear these with a sneaker, sandals in the summer or a slide/mule.  The distressing at the knees is perfect, not too much but enough for the trend. I went down a size because I read some reviews saying they can stretch some, so I’d advise doing that- but for $22 I couldn’t be happier!!

Here are some more “Mom Jeans” that I am loving!!

xox

margaret