May faves

Can you believe we are already 1 week into the month of May?  This year is seriously flying by.  I feel like I just did one of these “faves” posts!  This month’s faves are less about beauty or fashion products and more about things and people that are inspiring me or making my life a little easier.

1.  New Apps:

I never really use my iPhone to its fullest potential.  But in recent weeks, I was keeping a very hectic schedule between my job and my fitness training.  I decided to download some Apps to keep my schedule in order, and here are a couple that turned out to be my faves:


Aaaah, Evernote.  Love of my life.  What in heaven’s name did I do before this came into my world?  Basically, it’s a way to capture and organize information all in one place.  You can save info from your iPhone, iPad, email program, or the Internet, and collect it in notebooks to access later.

Here’s a great example of how this works:  Leading up to my competition, I received a bazillion emails and messages a day about various things.  Hotel reservations, lists of things to pack, confirmation emails for hair / makeup / posing practice appointments, my registration email from Fitness America…the list goes on and on and on.

With Evernote, you can simply click “add to Evernote” with any PDF, email, or selection from the web.  Then you choose the notebook where you want the info to be – in my case, I created a folder called “CSF Competition.”

And voila!  There you go – everything in one place, accessible from anywhere!

Ace Budget:

I’ve really been slacking on keeping track of my finances lately.  I find that when I get busy, I just kind of forget to do things like pay bills or look at my checking account balance.  Oopsie!!  😉

This became most evident last month when my husband received a call from our power company, letting him know that we were not one but TWO months behind on our electric / gas bill.  Uh yeah, I pay that bill.  Uh yeah, I spaced out for two months.  Again, oopsie!

There’s no reason that a 32 year old woman shouldn’t be able to keep up with her bills and home budget.  I mean, really.  So, I downloaded “Ace Budget” to help me keep track of my spending, and I love it!

(not my info; this is from iTunes)

Basically, you just input your expenses and your income and it tracks these items compared to a monthly, weekly, or annual budget.  Nothing complicated, but it helps keep me in check.  My goal is to update my Ace Budget app every Monday night, just to be sure that we’re not about to have our utilities shut down or anything.  Seriously, ridiculous.

2.  Flavored Coffee:

Omg, omg!!  This coffee is soooo good.  It totally reminds me of when we got married last year.  I have such a great memory of my wedding day in Hawaii, when my sister-in-law Ali showed up to my hotel room with all kinds of snacks to tide us over while we were getting dolled up for the wedding.  And one of my favorite things she brought to the room was coconut-flavored Kona coffee.  This, my friends, is the closest dupe I’ve found on the “mainland.”

I bought this at Giant.  It smells divine and this got me through my cravings when I was training for my competition.  TRY IT!  🙂

3.  Girl Crushes:

Can I get a “hell yeah” for some strong, beautiful, kick-ass women?!

Gina Carano:

My hubby and I just recently watched the movie Haywire, and I was enthralled by Gina Carano.  Her rise to fame was due to her career in mixed martial arts, which I’ve always had an aversion to (just seems so gruesome!), but she may have changed my mind.   She is so gorgeous and such a BAD ASS in this movie!  Love her!

Elle Swan:

I listen to Sirius Radio Cosmo Channel’s Wake Up with Taylor EVERY morning.  Several weeks ago, they interviewed Elle Swan, an “International Vibrant Living Expert.”  I was totally captivated by her story!  Elle has risen up from some of the darkest scenarios you can imagine:  she was a homeless alcoholic and drug addict who struggled with her weight and almost died from an overdose.  She had an emotional awakening and now specializes in “assisting others in overcoming all self-defeating thinking and behavior.”

What really resonated with me from her interview on Wake Up was her views on relationship standards.  Elle teaches women to rise above mediocre when it comes to men and to EXPECT the BEST from your relationships.  As I listened to her speak, I found myself emphatically nodding my head and saying “yes!!” aloud.  I wish I had come across Elle years ago, back when I didn’t take care of myself and allowed my relationship standards to be sub par at best.  Anyone reading this who may feel she deserves better should pay Elle a visit 🙂

The pop up videos on the site are a little annoying to me (sorry, girl!), but please check out Elle’s site for an eye-opening reality check from a true life success story.

Tara Mohr:

I like to listen to Jillian Michael’s podcast when I’m taking Pickles on long walks around the neighborhood.  Jillian recently interviewed Tara Mohr, and I was blown away by this woman’s quiet confidence and practical advice for professional women in today’s workplace.

I took so many little gems away from that interview.  Tara points out various things like speaking patterns or little things in your communcation style that may downplay your abilities in a male-centric workplace.

Please sign up to receive Tara’s 10 Rules for Brilliant Women Workbook today!  You won’t be disappointed!


That is all for my faves so far in the month of May!  Hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts on anything mentioned in this post!!

Daily Cup of Inspiration: Lori Harder

You are unlimited.

Happy Friday!  I’m so ready to get this weekend started!

It dawned on me recently that because of my competition prep, this is going to be my first Super Bowl Sunday in probably the last decade that hasn’t involved copious amounts of beer, nachos, and chicken wings.  Sad to say, but true!  I actually believe that the Monday after the Super Bowl should be declared a national holiday so that we can all recover from our food hangovers.

That being said, I wanted to share an inspiration with you – Lori Harder.


Not only is she friggin’ gorgeous, but she also seems like such a sweet, down-to-earth person!  She has a great site called Busy Girl, Healthy Life where she shares all kinds of yummy recipes, cute videos, training ideas, and more.

Visit Lori’s site for some great (healthy) recipe ideas for Super Bowl Sunday, too!

Here are some fun Super Bowl Sunday food stats to chew on this weekend:

1,200: Average number of calories consumed during the Super Bowl. It’s the second largest day for U.S. food consumption. Only Thanksgiving tackles the big game day.

71.4 million: Estimated pounds of Hass avocados that will be consumed for the game this year, according to the Hass Avocado Board. That’s enough to cover Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium end zone to end zone in more than 27.5 feet in avocados.

1.25 billion: The number of chicken wings Americans are expected to eat Sunday, according to the U.S. National Chicken Council.

17: Average number of people at any given Super Bowl party, according to

32: Percentage of U.S. grill owners who will be firing up on Game Day. According to Weber, the Super Bowl ranks as one of the top 10 most popular ” holidays” to grill.

325 million: Gallons of beer to be consumed.

The Calorie Control Council says we’ll also eat:

— 11.2 million pounds of potato chips.

— 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips.

— 4.3 million pounds of pretzels.

— 3.8 million pounds of popcorn.

— 2.5 million pounds of nuts during their Super Bowl parties.

The potato chips alone will account for 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat.


Let’s get ready for some football!!!!!