Netflix Workout :: The Following Season One :: Arms & Abs

I’m in the habit of switching Netflix on whenever I’m cleaning or cooking. It gives me an opportunity to catch up on shows or, in this case, become obsessed and binge a new-to-me show.

At the beginning of the month I was tired of the same shows and nothing new on Netflix was really interesting me. In a moment of television desperation, I clicked on Kevin Bacon’s smirking face and began The Following. The Following follows FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) as he spirals in and out of control.

The first season revolves around Ryan’s quest to catch illustrious serial killer Joe Carrel and has  heavy Edgar Allan Poe theme. No spoilers, but I quickly became hooked and finished all of the episodes on Netflix (aka, all three seasons).

The following


I wanted more of an endurance workout and let me tell you, my arms are so freaking sore.


Have you watched the following? What do you think about it? What’s your go to arm or ab workout?


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Criminal Minds Netflix Workout :: Arms and Cardio

I had planned to post either a new brownie recipe or my favorite go-to cookie recipe today as I was making both Saturday for different events, but I was having one of those days. You know those days where everything just seems to go wrong? It was one of those days.

First, the cookies I had made dozens of times spread (the first batch) and burnt (the second batch) and then the brownies came out looking great, but tasting so icky. After hours in the kitchen not working, I was sort of thankful when the cookout I was going to on Sunday got rained out. It gave me a chance to spend Sunday making different brownies for my work potluck on Monday.

Monday was supposed to be action packed after I got off work at one, but everything got rained out! I ended up spending the 4th curled up in bed with hot tea, a bowl of popcorn, Netflix, and a new book.

The latest season of Criminal Minds is on Netflix now, so I have been so focused on that.

I made sure to do a couple of my fun Netflix workouts in order to make my night in a little more productive! lol


I thought I’d share these workouts with you! I did arms and a small at home cardio workout.


Netflix Criminal Minds Workout

Criminal Minds Netflix Workout




Summer 2016 :: Goals and New Things

Summer is here! I mean, not officially, but pretty close. Everybody is graduating, school gets out next week, the weather is warming up, the sun is out again – so it’s summer time.

Summer means more free time for most people – especially those under 18 and not taking summer college classes. I try to use each summer as a way to focus on any New Year’s Goals I might not be totally following through with and to try new things.

This summer I want to focus on improving myself in multiple areas by sticking to my workout program, eating a healthy breakfast, blogging about three times a week, doing more DIY projects, being more organized, and reading more. I think being a well-rounded person is important in order to lead a happy, fulfilled life and after taking the last month or so to focus on relaxing and lowering my stress level (I have some anxiety so it is rather easy for me to become stressed over relatively lame things), I thought I should spend the next few months focusing on improving other aspects of my life.

As for new things, I want to go hiking, explore various local and regional parks and historical sites, just general try things outside of my comfort zone. This will be super easy because Cody is always trying to get me to do new things – especially outdoor things lol

To complete any goal, you typically need a plan of action. I sat down last night and wrote out plans for each of my goals, including a workout schedule, a blogging calendar, a list of DIY projects I want to complete, and I ordered the book about the KonMari Method to help me declutter my space. As for reading more, I have boxes of books (literally) that I haven’t read yet.

I’m super excited to get started on these!

Do you guys have any goals for the summer?



Catchup Post: FabFitFun Box Winter 2014

I love shopping. I love getting packages in the mail. Subscription boxes combine the best of both worlds 🙂

I signed up for the FabFitFun subscription boxes back in January after reading about them on Pinterest. So far, I received the Winter 2014 box and the Spring 2015 box. I’m in love with them both. They each came with unique products that I can (and have) started using in my daily routine.

Fab Fit Fun Winter Box 2014

The winter box was super fun! I got twelve different things, all of which are pretty cool.

FabFitFun Winter Box 2014

My favorite thing I got in this box I haven’t tried yet. I’m hoping it’s still good. I plan on using it on the first if the month since I’ll be done with school next month. But, it’s a 3 month free trail to Salted. If you don’t know what Salted is, and you love to cook, you’re missing out. I’ve been – and still am – missing out! It’s kind of like Netflix, but for foodies! You can watch videos of cooking classes with all of these amazing chefs. And, they have step-by-step, easy to follow recipes! Please, head on over to to check them out!

Salted Giftard

I got a $30 gift card to Fashion Project. This company lets you shop like new or gently used designer clothing and a percentage of the purchase goes straight to charity. Sounds like a great deal, no? I haven’t used my card yet, but I have checked out the site and I love tons of the stuff sold. This would be perfect gift for your humanitarian shopaholic!

Juice Beauty

My next favorite and most used product is by Juice Beauty. It’s the Green Apple Peel Sensitive. The box came with a full sized jar of this certified organic face peel. It isn’t good to use peels more than once a week on your skin, as they can be very damaging and inflammatory, so I use this one once a week or every other week, depending on the texture of my skin. My skin isn’t super sensitive, but I had zero redness after trying it! My super fair, ginger boyfriend didn’t get read either when we tried it on him, so it’s pretty good for sensitive skin!

One thing I have yet to try (shame on me), is the Tibetan Goji Berry eye serum. It’s anti-aging and has retinol. That’s why I haven’t tried it and why it’s going to go to one of my friends – retinol. I have a neurological condition that is exasperated by retinol, so I try not to use it very frequently.

AHA Lather Hand Creme

I got this really decadent hand cream by Lather; it’s the AHA hand crème with evening primrose. It smells divine! I know use this product nightly on both my hands and my feet. I swear they are softer than ever! I’m in love with this.

I also received a sample of Justin’s almond butter. I cannot explain how excited I was to try this! I had heard about it from nearly everybody I follow on Instagram (in the health, wellness, and fitness industries) and it’s been all over the web. It’s as good as they say! I highly recommend this yummy, all natural nut butter. I ate mine on Van’s protein waffles for breakfast one morning. Supper yum.

Justins Almond Butter Special K Bar

A Kellogg’s Special K salted caramel pretzel bar was included, too. It was pretty yummy. For the one bar, it had 100 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. It isn’t the kind of bar I normally snack on, but it was tasty and if your into that kind of thing, you should check it out!

Organic Valley Protein Shake

I am not a fan of protein shakes, which is why I wasn’t too excited to try the Organic Valley protein shake. It’s Vanilla Bean flavored, so I sucked it up, and tried it. It was actually pretty good! You couldn’t taste that icky protein taste that turns so many people – me included – off of protein shakes. For the one bottle, it had 16 grams of protein, 23 grams of sugar, and 190 calories. Not too shabby depending on how you like your macros distributed. I don’t think I’ll ever purchase any of these on my own though.

Half United Necklace TagHalf United Necklace Gold

One thing I absolutely LOVE in this box is the Half United necklace. Each necklace sold pays for seven meals for people in need! I love that idea and I love that FabFitFun choose to share this company and their mission with their subscribers. Each necklace is made from three recycled bullet casings. Mine came in gold. This is such a great item if you’re looking for a gift that pays it forward!

I got a super chic Daniel Stone candle. Not only do I love the minimalistic take on the label, it is made with coconut wax, providing a super clean burn and producing no nasty toxins. Plus, the smell is amazing!

Daniel Stone COCO candle

I lucked out and got two of my favorite beauty product: eyeshadow! These cool shadows are by yourMinerals and are loose powders. I got the shades Swedish Winter and Glistening Grey. These colors are versatile and the formula is smooth and soft. I’m in love!

Swedish Beauty Eyeshadow

The final product in the winter box was from Zumba – it’s actually like a two in one. I got the 60 minute Max DVD and a $25 gift card to the Zumba store. I’m giving the DVD to one of my friends that loves to dance because I’m not so fond of Zumba, but I plan on using the gift card to grab some cool new yoga pants.

Zumba Gift Card and DVD Zumba FabFitFun Pack

I love, love, love most of these products and I’m super excited that they used a couple of different companies that give back to charity. What a great message!

Have you tried any of these products before?