Pursuit of Pink

Bring the BOOM with BOOMCHICKAPOP

Monday, February 1, 2016

In just one week, some sort of really big game is happening - so I'm told. ;) And somehow the most unlikely person to host a Game Day party (me!) is doing just that. As a Southern girl, the first thing you think of when having friends over is food. And for Game Day, you can't just have anything. As Tolar says, you need football food.

Football food is oh so yummy, but often oh so fattening. And this chick has just finished a solid three weeks of healthy eating and working out. I'm not about to spoil that over something having to do with football! Lucky for me, I have found something that is tasty, a crowd pleaser, healthy and falls into the football food category. BOOM!

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Have you heard of BOOMCHICKAPOP? I'm already a huge fan.  BOOMCHICKAPOP is some of the best popcorn I've tasted (the White Cheddar is to die for!) and the best part is that it is very low in calories. BOOMCHICKAPOP is made with simple ingredients so you know what you are eating. And yes friends, BOOMCHICKAPOP is Tolar approved. He said it tastes great!

This yummy snack has made the menu for Game Day. It is excellent all by itself; seriously I think I need to go pour me a bowl of the White Cheddar as I type. But I also love to add some mix-ins with my popcorn to give me a little bit of a treat without the guilt. One of my favorite things to eat is popcorn with some mini marshmallows. That is the perfect amount of salty with just a little bit of sweet (the BOOMCHICKAPOP Sea Salt Popcorn is perfect for this!). So I plan to Bring the BOOM to our Game Day party by offering my sweet friends a snack that they can enjoy guilt free.

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Bonus time! BOOMCHICKAPOP is also offering up a fabulous giveaway right now. That's right my friends, you can win yourself one of five Game Day kits, which includes a grill, grilling utensils and a PINK travel chair, all thanks to BOOMCHICKAPOP. All you have to do is share a photo on social media showing how you #BringtheBOOM to Game Day. It can be whatever you want, just make sure to share your photo and use the hashtag #BringtheBOOM. So easy, you already share photos all day everyday, might as well make it worth your while!

For FULL details on the contest, go to the BOOMCHICKAPOP website.

Workout Wednesday: Squeezing in Exercise Throughout the Day

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Happy #WorkoutWednesday to you all!!!

My intention behind this series is to show you how I'm incorporating fitness into my daily life while still living my life as a busy mom. I feel like I'm doing something right because every time my daughter sees me in my workout clothes she either asks if I'm going to workout (and I can actually say YES!) or she asks to workout with me. I was super proud of myself and her the first time she asked to workout with me. So I encourage all of you other busy moms, workout while your children are around so they see it can be fun and easy to fit in to your life.

Sometimes full blown workouts just don't happen. Either your day is too full, you overslept or you just don't feel like it - I've been there. But that doesn't mean your day has to be a total bust. Here are my tips on squeezing some extra exercise into your normal day.


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  • Always take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take the stairs two at a time for a little extra burn.
  • Park far away from the door so you have farther to walk to get inside.
  • Plank for 1 minute each day (we ALL have 1 minute!).
  • Do squats, lunges or sit ups while watching tv.
  • While cooking dinner, incorporate leg lifts while standing over the stove (I also like to do this when applying my makeup).
  • During playtime with your children, hold them and do squats. Your kids will LOVE it and you will love your legs.
  • Go for a 10-15 minute walk on your lunch break.
  • Talking on the phone? Squats or lunges can easily be achieved while chatting.
  • Anytime during the day, tighten your abdominal muscles for 10 seconds and let out. Repeat as much as you can.



What Instagram Has Taught Me...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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It is no secret that Instagram is my favorite social media site. I've talked about it a lot on here and judging by how often I post, you can easily figure it out. And I don't just love instagram for the pictures. I love it because it has taught me a few things too. :)



1.) To get creative and take better photos.

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It's true and I'm totally embarrassed to show you, but my instagram feed looks like I have split personalities. If you scroll back through my instagram feed, you will see "the evolution of Lindsay's skills."  The more time I spend on instagram and analyze other people's feeds, the more inspired I get. And past Lindsay, well she had a lot to learn because the photos at the start of my feed were a hot mess.


2.) That moms really can work out.
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If moms.can.be.fit didn't follow me and like a lot of my photos last summer, I never would have realized this. :) Tiffanie is a mom in her 40's who has totally transformed her body thanks to Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide. Because of Tiffanie's feed and her incredible success, I was inspired to try BBG and now I love it. In fact, if you weren't aware, I started #WorkoutWednesday here on the blog. Be sure to check it out tomorrow.


3.) That there are things I need to buy that I wasn't aware I even needed.
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Funny story. A girl I follow on instagram posted a similar photo of this Michael Kors puff in grey asking if anyone was selling one because grey was sold out in stores. I'd never seen the puff keychain and never needed it in my life until I heard that it was sold out in stores. I watched her post all day as others commented to look on Etsy to find something similar. I even found myself checking out the links and Etsy shops that other people gave her. All for a $40 keychain!!!! Who am I?


4.) There is community out there that I didn't even know existed.
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When I first joined instagram, I looked at it as an extension of my blog - another way to connect with my readers. But I have realized there is so much more! In addition to some of you, I have connected with other beauty lovers, other moms and other girls working out. We all support, encourage and inspire each other daily. I especially love instagram because it helps hold me accountable to my workouts and gives me nutrition inspiration almost hourly (seriously just search the hashtag #bbgfood or #cleaneating).


SNOW!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

I had an entirely different post planned for today, but after three days of photographing my sweet little darling in the snow I realized something...LET'S GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT.

So here you go world (aka Grammaroo and GMa), pictures of K having a blast in the snow.

Here in the New River Valley, we got about a foot of snow. It was glorious to watch it snowing all day Friday. I found myself staring out the window with the same wonderment that I had when I was a little one myself. I don't think I will ever escape the excitement that is snow falling from the sky.

For our first two days we ventured out with a sled (or as K calls it, a boat) and tried to trudge through the knee deep know. K was more interested in using her shovel and attempting to make snow balls than she was in sledding. Unfortunately the show was very powdery so a snowman and even a good snowball were out of the question. Luckily by Sunday, the sun was out and the temperatures were a bit warmer, causing everything to melt just a bit. Which offered up the perfect conditions for Tolar to make an snow cave/castle.

The snow has been fun and I have loved every second of the joy that explodes from my daughter. We are still hoping for another good snowstorm before this winter is over!

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Workout Wednesday: HIIT Workout

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's Workout Wednesday!!!

Continuing with my theme from last week, I'm all about offering up exercises that you can do at home. As a busy Mom, it is easiest for me to get in my workouts at home when I have time and the beauty of today's workout is that it can be finished in 15 minutes!

I'm sharing a quick HIIT Workout that you can complete anywhere in your house, no workout equipment needed. 

HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. This is a training technique where you workout with 100% effort (full out) for quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by rest and recovery periods. This type of workout gets your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. And that is what I am all about!

Complete each exercise below for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat 3 times for a total of 15 minutes.


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Winter Skin Tips

Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter is here which means frigid temperatures and cold wind can wreck our skin. Even people with oily skin on their face (raises hand) may still have to battle dry skin else where. It's important to take care of your skin daily, even if you aren't going to be in direct sunlight. Did you know that some people don't even think about their skin care unless they are planning a beach vacation?!?! Here are some of my best tips, to keep my skin looking its best every single day.

1.) Drink LOTS of water. Hydrating your skin from the inside out is probably the most important thing you can do. Without enough water, your skin can appear duller and your wrinkles and pores will appear more prominent. No one wants that! When skin is hydrated and plump it is less likely to crack.

2.) Moisturize - your face. It is important to use a moisturizer even if you have oily skin (there are different types/forumlations of moisturizers that you can use depending on your skin type). A moisturizer helps lock in the skin's moisture. Think of it as kind of "sealing" in the work you just did with your cleanser and toner.

3.) Moisturize - your hands. The cold temps and constant hand washing cause my hands to crack in the winter. I make sure to use a cream based moisturizer since it is a thicker substance with more oil to help heal my dry hands. Rodan + Fields has a specific skin care line for sensitive skin and their SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream is a LIFESAVER for my winter hands.

4.) Wash off your makeup. Please don't ever go to bed with your makeup on, this can clog your pores and lead to tons of breakouts.

5.) Exfoliate. When you have excess dry skin or even dry patches, you need to exfoliate your skin and remove the dead skin that is just sitting on your face. Exfoliating can also help you get rid of blackheads and give you a more of a glowing complexion.

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To help with winter redness (like you see in the photo above), I'd love to tell you about the Rodan + Fields Soothe Regimen. This Regimen is designed to help treat people with sensitive, dry or irritated skin. I use it on my hands daily to treat my dry, cracked skin. Soothe calms, relieves, nourishes and defends your skin! AND Soothe can be used on babies and toddlers, in addition to adults!

There are SO MANY uses for this regimen. My customers and other R+F customers use it to treat:
-skin redness
-wind burn
-rosacea
-razor burn
-sunburn
-keritosis pilaris
-eczema (even on babies!)
-poison ivy
-dry, cracked hands
-burns in general
-rashes
-psoriasis

Stop suffering from these common ailments and let me help you!!!! But don't take my word for it - just look at the photo above. Those are REAL results.
If you would like more info on the Soothe Regimen or if you have other skin concerns, feel free to shoot me a message! (lindsay@pursuitofpink.com)

Rodan + Fields has a 60 day money back guarantee - if you try the products and don't like the results, send them back (even empty bottles!) and get your money back. So you have NOTHING to lose by trying these products. 




Toddler Fun Recipe: GAK

Friday, January 15, 2016

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Do you want to offer your toddler a really cool sensory experience and have a ton of fun? And do you want them to be entertained for awhile? Well I have an extremely easy recipe to share with you - GAK!

Last semester with my MOPS group, we had a guest speaker who showed us all sorts of awesome activities that you can play with your children. The gak was by far the most popular. Gak is a gooey, semi-slimy mixture, that is extremely pliable. It can be molded, shaped, stretched, ripped apart and more. And it's important to note that it is NOT messy. :)

The best part? It is super easy (and cheap) to make!


INGREDIENTS:

- two 4 oz. bottles of Elmer's white glue
- 1 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry aisle)
- water (fill up both glue bottles with water)
-1/2 cup very warm water

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) In a large bowl, empty all of the glue from both bottles.

2.) Fill each empty bottle with water and shake them to rinse out any remaining glue. Pour the water into the bowl. Mix well.

3.)  In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup very warm water with 1 tsp. Borax. Stir until the Borax dissolves.

4.) Slowly pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture, stirring a little in between each pour.

5.) The Borax will start to make the glue stiffen and you will likely need to finish mixing everything by hand.

6.) Store in an air tight container. I just use a gallon size ziploc bag.

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One of my favorite things about gak is that it can "move" on its own. If you let the gak sit, it will sort of melt a bit. It will flatten out and take on the shape of the container you use to store it.
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