Effortlessly Chic Look from M. Shreveport

It is just as easy to put on a great pair of jeans and a pretty top as it is to throw on yoga pants and a tank!!! If you are getting dressed, you might as well get DRESSED. This outfit is not only cute, but it’s also comfortable and functional. Despite having three kids underfoot while putting my clothes on in the morning, this outfit still manages to look effortlessly chic. Every piece I’m wearing here is from my favorite boutique—M. Shreveport—in my Louisiana hometown. The perk of hiring a personal stylist is that we have knowledge of and access to many resources that the average consumer might not know about. M. Shreveport is the perfect example; they have the BEST stuff!

***The Blog has now been updated so that you can click directly on an image in the block below to be redirected to a website for purchasing an item.***

 Photo cred: Jenny Perry Photography

Photo cred: Jenny Perry Photography

 Photo cred: Jenny Perry Photography

Photo cred: Jenny Perry Photography

 Photo cred: Jenny Perry Photography

Photo cred: Jenny Perry Photography

***Note: If you wish to purchase the exact Mcguire Denim Floral top Savannah is wearing, please call M. Shreveport Boutique at 318-220-8828 to arrange purchase and shipping!***

Top 10 Pieces for a Classic Wardrobe

Hello everyone,

Fall closet audits are in full swing, and I am always surprised that, after I assess what is missing from my clients’ closets, the answer is always the same: the basics!

Even closets full of clothes are lacking key pieces that can tie a wardrobe together. It is easy to get wrapped up in current trends, which are of course tons of fun! But if you don’t have good bones supporting your wardrobe, you will end up stressed when a last-minute occasion pops up that you don’t have time to shop for. The problem with this is that, whenever you need something immediately, you will inevitably end up settling for an item that you are not going to love long-term. This universal dilemma will have to be its own blog post someday soon, but the moral is this: have a plan when you are shopping. Prepare in advance and purchase well-researched staples so that you can spare yourself the stress of getting dressed in a closet full of “trendy” clothes that are no longer fashionable!

Here is my advice: If you build a wardrobe around quality, classic staples, then you will always have the options you need at your fingertips to get dressed for pretty much any occasion. I hope you find this helpful! I would love to know your thoughts, your questions, or your favorite item pictured. Have a great day!

1. A Fabulous White Collared Shirt

A crisp, white button-down blouse is a versatile wardrobe staple! It looks great as a stand-alone top and is also perfect for layering.

*Please note that the Elizabeth Wilson Designs Patti Lynn Top (#6) will be available in November of 2018. The link included here will take you to the Elizabeth Wilson Designs Home Page where you can shop all of the other fabulous pieces in the collection!

1. Equipment ‘Slim Signature’ Silk Blouse 2. J. Crew Slim Stretch Perfect Shirt 3. Madewell Drapey Oversize Boyshirt 4. Sanctuary Steady Boyfriend Roll Tab Shirt 5. Michael Kors Puff Sleeve Stretch Poplin Shirt 6. Elizabeth Wilson Designs Patti Lynn Top

2. A Great Pair of Black Pants

Choose a fit and style that is the most flattering for your body! I personally prefer that most of my clients do a straight or tapered leg, but for you taller ladies, a boot-cut style might look better! I love Theory, and I don't think you can ever go wrong choosing any of their classic black pants! 

1. Leith Pleat Front Trousers 2. J. Crew Cameron Slim Crop Pant in Four-Season Stretch 3. Top Shop Clean High-Waist Wide Leg Trousers 4. Theory Crepe Treeca Slim-Fit Pant 5. Avenue Montaigne Billy Straight Leg Pants 6. Theory Crepe Fluid Pant

3. A Statement Necklace

Who doesn’t like to add a fun accessory as the perfect finishing touch to an outfit? Statement necklaces are a great way to show personality and bring color into a wardrobe. They can be changed seasonally to keep up with the trends or be classic investment pieces that you will reach for time and again, season after season.

  1. Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps 2. N°21 Bow Pump 3. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Pointy Toe Pump 4. James Chan Anika Curvy Pump 5. Nine West Mine Pointy Toe Pump 6. Schutz Ionara Ankle Strap Pump

5. A Feminine Blazer

Blazers are a polished, structured layering piece. Keep them from looking masculine by selecting one with a tapered waist, ruched sleeve, fabulous collar, or other feminine detail.

  1. Lafayette 148 New York Lyndon Tweed Blazer 2. Mural Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer 3. Gibson Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer 4. Madewell Tribune Blazer 5. J. Crew Parke Blazer 6. Theory Gabe Stretch Wool Blazer

6. A Dark Wash Jean

This is such a crucial piece to have in your closet. It can be as dressy or as casual as you wish because of the dark wash. The dark wash is also universally flattering.

  1. Articles of Society Heather-Carson City 2. Madewell 9-Inch High Rise Skinny Jeans 3. Paige Transcend - Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Jeans 4. Joe’s Icon Ankle Skinny Jeans 5. James Jeans Hunter Easy Indigo 6. Citizens of Humanity Fleetwood High Rise Flare Jeans

7. A Simple Flat

A pair of simple flats can take you a lot of places because they are so comfortable to walk in! They look effortless and polished with jeans, black pants, skirts, and dresses alike. Because they don’t have a heel, they are highly functional and always appropriate!

  1. Jay Godfrey Argon Sheath Dress 2. Modern American Designer Caplet Sheath Dress 3. Halston Heritage One Shoulder Dress 4. Rebecca Taylor Short-Sleeve A-Line Tweed Dress 5. Black Halo Jackie O Belted Dress 6. Vince Camuto Off the Shoulder Midi Dress

9. A Classic White T-Shirt

Everyone needs a blank slate to build upon, and a basic white t-shirt is just the thing! You can add a great statement necklace to dress it up, layer a jacket over it, tuck it in to show off a belt, or throw it on with jeans and cute shoes for an easy breezy look.

  1. COS Crew Neck Cotton T-Shirt 2. Caslon Peplum Tee 3. Madewell Northside Vintage Tee 4. Citizens of Humanity Hannah Puff Sleeve Tee 5. Boden Supersoft Easy Tee 6. COS V-Neck Cotton T-Shirt

10. An Envelope Clutch

This is a great finishing touch to an outfit. It’s a chic detail that can pull an entire look together and make all the difference! Envelope clutches are great for events where you really only need to carry the essentials: phone, lipstick, credit cards/cash, and a car key!

Up Up and Away

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Hey there everyone! I have been asked a lot of questions lately about my routine when flying with my boys. So, I wanted to share with you my tricks in hopes that they will help you!

First thing is first! Each Parent is aloud to check 1 car seat for FREE. So if we are traveling as a family, both of my boys seats are checked for free which is great! You will want to have a car seat travel bag to check it in so that it doesn't get torn up and dirty. We all know the airport is certainly NOT gentle on your luggage!

Most people think that traveling with a simple umbrella stroller is easiest but I actually disagree. Because I am lugging a LARGE carry-on full of treasures, I like to have my bigger stroller to store my bag underneath while we are strolling through the airport. Once you are boarding your flight, the gate agent will then "Pink Tag" your stroller and check it for you. It will be waiting on you when you get off of the flight at your destination. There is no charge for this. 

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I would always encourage you to choose a flight time that falls somewhere CLOSE TO NAPTIME! That is crucial! Neither of my guys fall asleep easily, so I have to make sure I have enough time at the gate to get my little dude down BEFORE boarding. If you are traveling with more than one child I think it is imaprative to have the youngest strapped to you! For me, its the Ergo… the Bjorn BREAKS MY BACK! It is such a tight squeeze on the plane tho and you will for sure need both hands.  

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 (If I am on a long flight , I just let the attendant know that once it is safe and the seatbelt sign is off, that I may need to stand up and bounce/rock for a few minutes to get someone to sleep. Occasionally they will direct you to an area where there is a little bit more space to do that ☺️) 

(If I am on a long flight , I just let the attendant know that once it is safe and the seatbelt sign is off, that I may need to stand up and bounce/rock for a few minutes to get someone to sleep. Occasionally they will direct you to an area where there is a little bit more space to do that ☺️) 

So… Here is a little peak inside my Carry-On Bag

For Brooks ( My 3 1/2 Year old) 

* The iPad. Make sure you download some movies or apps that do not require wifi. You can pay for wifi on the airplane, but it is just one extra thing you have to fiddle around working on, searching for your credit card to pay, etc. Definitely not worth it in my opinion.  His baseball headphones are already plugged in and ready to use with this so that he isn't disturbing anyone else.

* a sticker book, a coloring book with just a few crayons in a plastic baggy, and 2 hot wheels cars, because those are his favorite things in the world right now. 

 * I am loaded down with our favorite snacks, as well as prepped with a hidden cookie and a couple pieces of candy in case there is a chance of a total meltdown for some reason. Always important to have a "bribe" in your arsonal for very public appearances 😜.  Also a sucker is a great thing to have if your little one starts crying saying their ears are hurting. The sucking helps pop their ears in additional to just being AWESOME to kids.

Bradley ( my 10 month old ) 

* I make sure that he has a pacifier to suck on during take off and landing, one light up toy, and a small wooden spoon to chew on since his little teeth are a source of never ending pain for him. He was easily preoccupied with all of these options until he started being on the move 😳. Now he is a little wiggle worm so I have to be singing him a song and letting him interact by helping him clap his hands if I want him to sit still. Some times if Brother will share his iPad that helps too. 

 

Side note. I always pack both boys a cup with a lid on it in my carry on. Once you go through security, go ahead and purchase a water or apple juice, or drink of your choice and have ready to go in their cups. Waiting on the flight attendant to bring a drink is a sure bet for disaster 😜. It will be spilled all over you and the kids within minutes.  

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So this is a little clip of what it looks like to travel with me and the boys😉. I do want to point out that this is my experience based on flying with Delta or American Airlines. Definitely looks over other Airline websites to double check their policy for car seats and strollers. I hope this helps you and you're little travelers.  Please feel free to ask any other questions that I may not have mentioned. 

 

Hope you're having a great week!  

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Who doesn't love a good SALE ?!🇺🇸

Happy July 4th weekend everyone!! 

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I wanted to share with you a few great deals that are going on this weekend from some of my favorites websites to watch.

Below are my top picks from Loft's 50% off sale. When it comes to buying pieces that are priced GREAT, (like some times too great 😉), you have to be very caustious of the QUALITY. Loft is awesome in the sense that they offer very current and fun items, but occasionally the quality isn't the best. As much as I usually LOVE everything online, sometimes once it arrives I have to let certain pieces go because let's face it, sometimes things really are too good to be true 😜. But these below I can totally vouge for 👌🏻. 

 I wore this  Off The Shoulder Romper   just this past week and got 100 compliments!! It was sold out but JUST RESTOCKED!! 

I wore this Off The Shoulder Romper  just this past week and got 100 compliments!! It was sold out but JUST RESTOCKED!! 

  Lace Up Heel     This style shoe has been all the rage this season! I ordered this in a blush color a while back and they are not only adorable but very easy to chase a three year old in 😉.  

Lace Up Heel  

This style shoe has been all the rage this season! I ordered this in a blush color a while back and they are not only adorable but very easy to chase a three year old in 😉.  

JCrew is doing 40% summer looks and these little gingham shorts are a must have!!  You could easily pair these back to the peplum tank or blush flutter sleeve tops from The Loft. 

Dee Keller has really grown to be one of my very favorite recommendations for shoes. Two of my favorite styles are 40% this weekend.

I have this sandal in a natural version (as do several of my clients), and they are a no brainer!  

 The  Audrey  Flat  

The Audrey Flat  

And these are just beautiful! I bought these for two lucky clients this season and I love the versatility of them. You can dress them up or down and the verdict is, they are very comfortable. 

   The  MEL  Heel     I do feel like her shoes run about a half a size too small, so if your in between sizes, order up! 

I do feel like her shoes run about a half a size too small, so if your in between sizes, order up! 

As if could love Reece Witherspoon anymore... I just adore her fun clothing and home accent line, Draper James. These two little numbers are on sale 60% off this weekend. I'm having a very difficult time not ordering for myself 😜.  

  This Bow Blouse  😍😍😍 

This Bow Blouse 😍😍😍 

If you're able to get out and shop over this long weekend, or spend some time online, there are definitely lots of deals to take advantage of.  These were just a few of my favorite finds that I wanted to pass along to you!! I hope you get to enjoy a fun weekend with the people you love!! Happy Independance Day! 🙌🏻🇺🇸🙌🏻

Simple Style

Hey there!! I hope everyone's week is off to a great start. Wanted to share 4 keys to getting dressed quickly with you today. I shared this blog post on The Cold Coffee Blog a couple of weeks ago but I felt like you might want to read it too! I honestly find these to be so helpful. I would love to know if you do too, so please, let me know 😘. 

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Key 1: PICK YOUR CLOTHES OUT AHEAD OF TIME! I think this is crucial to you getting ready in a hurry! Before the start of your week, look over your calendar and see what you have planned. I usually pick five looks. Three that are for runnning errands, play dates, delivering to clients, etc. One that is little more fun for a dinner out with my family or friends. And one for church on Sunday! I can fill in the gaps if I need to for the additional two days of the week, but generally I end up wearing work out clothes those days 😁

Now, here is the other important part of this key.

Wear. The. Outfit.

There is no time for you to waste in front of the mirror picking yourself apart, you have things to do 😜 Put the outfit on, and go! At the end of the day reflect on how you felt in it. Did you feel comfortable, did you receive any compliments, did you like the style/fit, or did you just not love it?  If the forth option is your answer, then toss it into a designated donate/sell pile and get rid of the pieces that don't make you feel very good. This will help you weed out the pieces in your closet that are just taking up space, as well as help set up your wardrobe to be only the things that you feel your best in. This whole process will  also give you have a better understanding of exactly what you NEED when you are shopping and in turn save you money 🙌🏻

Key 2: WEAR YOUR CLOTHES, Don't SAVE them! 😂 So many people will buy things they love yet stick them in the back of their closet to wait for the "perfect" occasion!! Don't do that 😜 Wear and enjoy the clothes that make you feel good because the "perfect" occasion will rarely arise, ( for a busy mom anyway). 

Key 3: BUY QUALITY CLOTHING  

I know, I know! Those budgets mess up everything 😜😂 It is hard to want to buy what is cute and in style, and not spend a fortune. 

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Here are my suggestions. Build your wardrobe around staple pieces! Invest your money in those things that will last for years. For "trendier" looks, don't spend too much as they wont last forever. Touch and feel the fabrics on pieces that you are interested in. If they are even the slightest bit flimsy do not buy them!! You can bet that after one wash they will never look the same and will be "one time wears" that only drain your pockets. Be wise about this and with purchasing styles that you know are the most flattering for you! And hey, if you struggle with this and really don't know what is the most flattering for your body type, please email me and I will gladly help you learn what you need to be looking for! 

Key 4: Buy pieces that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits! Honestly Less is more in a closet and by purchasing enterchangable items you can give yourself several options. So many of my clients can only seeing ONE "outfit" with something they have purchased. When I split it up and show them all their options it's like I have performed some sort of magic trick 🎩🐇 TADAAAAHHH 💁🏼

Getting dressed should be easy and fun. If it isn't, please try applying theses keys above to help you! Below are just a few pictures of easy every day looks I throw on. 

 Who says moms can't match their boys 😜 No sense in the girl moms having all the fun!!   I love pairing a tennis skirt with my tshirts for our park dates! It has full coverage underneath so I can REALLY play, but it makes me feel more feminine and cute than a simple wind short. 

Who says moms can't match their boys 😜 No sense in the girl moms having all the fun!! 

I love pairing a tennis skirt with my tshirts for our park dates! It has full coverage underneath so I can REALLY play, but it makes me feel more feminine and cute than a simple wind short. 

 I love finding a Jersey style tshirt that I can get in all of our sizes. This one pictured is from  JCREW Crew Cuts . 

I love finding a Jersey style tshirt that I can get in all of our sizes. This one pictured is from JCREW Crew Cuts

 Rompers are so fun and easy! You can very simply dress them up or down so they make for a good, functional piece in your wardrobe! This particular one is by  Bella Dahl.  The fabric is super soft and breathable. 

Rompers are so fun and easy! You can very simply dress them up or down so they make for a good, functional piece in your wardrobe! This particular one is by Bella Dahl. The fabric is super soft and breathable. 

 I have this paired with the gold  Dolce Vita for target espadrille ! They are incredibly comfortable and incredibly affordable! I have also worn this with a pair of booties to dress up and a pair of Nikes for a super casual look.  

I have this paired with the gold Dolce Vita for target espadrille! They are incredibly comfortable and incredibly affordable! I have also worn this with a pair of booties to dress up and a pair of Nikes for a super casual look.  

 This chambray  Gap dress  is a no brainer! It is so simple to throw on and go and it is super comfortable! Again, pair with a flat sandal or  wedge for a dressier look.  

This chambray Gap dress is a no brainer! It is so simple to throw on and go and it is super comfortable! Again, pair with a flat sandal or  wedge for a dressier look.  

 These shorts are one of my favorites because they have an elastic waist band! Can't get more comfortable than that when your getting ready for a roller derby race 😂 I paired with this adorable, fluttered sleeve top that I would also throw on with a white jean, or a pencil skirt on Sunday morning for several other outfit options. The shorts are from  JCREW factor y and the  Top  from the Loft. 

These shorts are one of my favorites because they have an elastic waist band! Can't get more comfortable than that when your getting ready for a roller derby race 😂 I paired with this adorable, fluttered sleeve top that I would also throw on with a white jean, or a pencil skirt on Sunday morning for several other outfit options. The shorts are from JCREW factory and the Top from the Loft. 

 My shoes have already become a summer favorite. They are from  Zara  and were an awesome price!  

My shoes have already become a summer favorite. They are from Zara and were an awesome price!  

 I love this little gingham top! I can pair with several things in my closet so it was a great purchase! It is from  JCREW . 

I love this little gingham top! I can pair with several things in my closet so it was a great purchase! It is from JCREW

 Here's a closer look, but I know the Little dude is way more fun to admire 🤗 

Here's a closer look, but I know the Little dude is way more fun to admire 🤗 

 I'm feeling a little lost (and silly) without one of my two side kicks in this photo! This is such a fun and easy summer look tho! I can dress it up or down depending on where I am going. It is lightweight and cozy and I have loved it.  It is by  Matison Stone . 

I'm feeling a little lost (and silly) without one of my two side kicks in this photo! This is such a fun and easy summer look tho! I can dress it up or down depending on where I am going. It is lightweight and cozy and I have loved it.  It is by Matison Stone

So whether your a busy Mom or just BUSY, you can get dressed quickly, look great, as well as eliminate those pieces just wasting space in your closet all at the same time!  🙌🏻

 

Have a great day today! XOXO

 

 

 

I'll try that...

Everyday when Brian comes home he asks Brooks the same question...

"Where you nice to your mom today?"  

Side note: I never really knew what people were talking about with the "terrible two's". They just didn't seem so bad to me, but THREE... Now that's a doozy!! A friend of mine coined the tearm "THREENAGER", and that... well, THAT is a REAL THING! 😜.  

Brooksy is a total THREENAGER! He is so so wonderful in so many ways, but he is one tough cookie on his momma! Anyway, he always spills the beans on himself when Brian comes in and asks him that question. I rarely have to say a word as he tells his dad the EXACT play by play of how he wasn't kind to mom. 😳 ( I'm usually thinking, " Dude, I would have left that part out 😜) At least he's honest!! I will give him that.  

Tonight, after Brian had a talk with him in his room, I was brushing his hair and changing his clothes for us to go out for dinner. Here's how our conversation went.

"Mom, I love you!" 

"I love you too Brooks!" 

"Mom, why did I make you sad?"  

"Well Brooks, instead of obeying Mommy, you push the limits until you have to be punished. But then after you are punished you obey mommy perfectly. It makes me so sad to have to punish you! I wish you could just obey without us having to argue about it. Mommy says "no" to things sometimes in order to protect you, not to be mean! " 

 "So if I obey I won't have to be punished?" 

 "Yes, exactly!" 

"Oh... I'll try that!"  

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 

Man, it was all I could do to not bust out laughing at the fact that he's gonna "try" that, but honestly the entire conversation I was thinking to myself, "Wow, this is exactly how God feels!" 

His daughter (me) who HE is so desperately trying to teach, guide, and protect is steady fighting for control! Control over a life that was never mine to begin with!

This was a sweet reminder to me tonight of how deep Gods love for me and YOU really is! Our need to fight back for control only hurts us, and HE allllwwwaaaayyyysss has our best interests! 

 

I am so thankful for this little crew of mine. After dinner we treated Bradely to his first few licks of Menchies Frozen Yougurt, and it did not dissapoint ❤️👼🏼. 

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I had stumbled upon this little top on Intagram and immediately ordered because the price was so great! Being crazy as always, I forgot about it, but it finally arrived about 2 1/2 weeks later. I didn't realized that it was coming from CHINA, hence the long wait, but for 20 bucks I can hang tight!! 

It is adorable but the fit is a little off. I needed a white tank underneath and wish I would have ordered a size small to give me a little more room in the chest. Over all tho, super cute for a fun, summer piece!  

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To order click HERE  

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I hope you all have a blessed weekend! Try and stop fighting for control of your life 😉 God knows what your heart longs for because He made it!! 

 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Psalm 37:4

 

xoxo

 

Tips for a Fit and Healthy Summer

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Hey sweet friends

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I'm Kati from The Cold Coffee Blog, and I'm thrilled to be here on Savannah's super cute and trendy blog. There's just one problem... I'm no expert on cute and trendy. I bought my swimsuit from Kroger for goodness sake. Bet you didn't know Kroger sells swimsuits...

So why the heck am I here? Because Savannah said so, and she's the boss. But also, I'm here to tell you a bit about my fitness/nutrition journey and help get you headed on the right track to a healthy summer.

Between family barbecues, summer weddings, ballpark hot dogs, ice cream treats, and a fourth of July feast, summer can be a bit high in calories. Believe me, I was a summer calorie intaker for years. And I was good at it. It was delicious, but I was a bit fluffy.

I had had enough when I trained 18 WEEKS FOR A MARATHON AND DIDN'T SHED A POUND.

Not a single one...

Apparently you can't outrun a bad diet.

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My weight and health controlled my life. If I ate bad, I was in a bad mood. If I was on a restrictive diet, I was tired and fatigued. I was insecure and uncomfortable in my clothes. I felt like a slave to the scale. I weighed myself everyday. What the scale said each morning affected the rest of my day.

 

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I thought I was D.O.N.E. trying to lose the extra pounds until I saw my sister complete a program called 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. She was a part of a private challenge group on Facebook where other challengers rooted each other on, and coaches shared recipe ideas and tips to make your 21 Day Fix successful. I needed to hear more!

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It all sounded great until she told me the price, and then I wanted to cry. (Remember, I bought my swim suit at Kroger?... for half off.. and then I had a coupon for another additional 15% off. I'm cheap. I own it.)

But then I figured out a few things I could give up to make it fit into our minister/stay-at-home-mom budget. No Starbucks, less eating out, less junk at the grocery store, and those low calorie freezer meals would be gone (they cost about the same price as a serving of Shakeology). I canceled my gym membership and those running shoes I was buying every 4 to 5 months to run for hours on end, for apparently no gosh darn reason, were no longer necessary due to the 30 minute workouts I was about to complete.

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With the support of my awesome husband, I went for it. I was a bit skeptical, but 30 minute workouts at home sounded a lot better and reasonable for our busy family. And I needed a plan. Someone just tell me what to eat and what to do!

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Fast forward 9 months later and here I am with a few 21 Day Fix rounds under my belt and the newest program, 22 Minute Hard Corps, completed! So here it is my friends. Proof in the product. Here are my before and after results:

14 pounds lost

17 inches gone

3 pant sizes down

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Now, I'm blessed to be a fitness coach while helping others find balance between life and fitness/nutrition. We all are busy, so I want to help you find the right plan so you can spend less time obsessing and worried about your health and more time and energy with the ones you love.

If you are interested in grabbing your own 21 Day Fix + Shakeology Challenge pack you should know that they are on sale for the month of June! You can email me at thecoldcoffeeblog@gmail.com for more details!

To read more about my fitness and nutrition transformation story, you can go HERE to read more!

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So before I leave, I want to share with you 5 tips for making your summer fit and healthy:

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Drink lots of water!  

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 ...and not to just combat the 100 degree weather, but to keep you full.

Listen, I used to be a Diet Dr. Pepper girl through and through. If I was in a bad mood, my husband handed me that cold crisp Diet Dr. P. But, that had to go. The carbonation, artificial sweeteners, and other yuck in sodas needed to be detoxed out of my body, and that was one of the first things to go when I started on this journey. However, I can not drink plain Jane water all day long. So, I've been adding different flavors to my water. In the morning I squeeze some lemon juice into my water. It's the first thing I take in each morning. Check out some of the benefits of lemon water...

 

Increase in brain function

Balances pH levels

Weight loss

Hydration

Effects your digestion and ability to absorb nutrients better

Benefits the liver

Boosts immune system

 

I also use these Crystal Light Pure packets to flavor my water once a day.  With no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or flavors, this is a guilt free treat that will help keep you full before and after your meals.

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Grab yourself a workout partner!  

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Accountability is key for me.

I try to get all my workouts done in the morning before my three sweet babies wake up. So, if my husband is pushing me out of bed or I know I'm completing a round of 21 Day Fix with my coaches and challengers, I am much more successful.


Find people who inspire you nutritionally as well. I definitely need someone to tell me to put the queso down every so often!!

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Just because there is something to celebrate, doesn't mean you eat whatever you want.

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I have people who think I'm crazy for not eating "just one cookie" at little Suzy's birthday party. But, what they don't understand is there is little Suzy's birthday bash today, little Johnny's pizza palooza tomorrow, and granny's 70th shin-dig the next day. Add a holiday or two within the month, and you have had WAY more than just "one cookie".

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This is my secret weapon!

I make my Chocolate Vegan Shake and bring it with me to celebrations. It curbs my cravings and gets me full!

Shakeology is packed with over 70 dense nutrition super foods. Here are just a few ingredients and vitamins in this great tasting shake that will get you full and keep you successful on this new lifestyle of healthy choices:

Proteins and fiber – to help reduce hunger and food cravings.*

Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals – to help fight free radical damage and help support a healthy immune system*

Adaptogen Herbs – traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress*

Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Digestive Enzymes – to help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion*

Benefits of drinking Shakeology:

Build and repair muscles

Support healthy blood sugar levels (as measured by HbA1C)

Support healthy skin, hair, and nails

Provide the body with vitamins and minerals

Support a healthy immune system

Help fight free radical damage

Support healthy digestion

Support regularity

Support nutrient absorption

You can email me at thecoldcoffeeblog@gmail.com if you would like to order Shakeology for yourself!

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Meal Prep! 

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First off, let me tell you that when it comes to meal prepping, I don't go overboard. Some people like to make all their food, separate it all into containers, label, etc. all in a day or two. I do not do this. However, this works great for some people. If it works for you, do it.

 

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Meal prepping for me is just cooking large amounts of food that I can grab and eat all week. I use my 21 Day Fix containers more as measuring cups than I do storage containers. It is also just about getting nutritious foods IN my home and ready to eat. I am more likely to eat my kids' waffles before I will go to the store last minute to buy brussel's sprouts. #reallife Always get your grocery shopping done before your crazy week starts!

Check out this post from my blog HERE to read more!

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Get your workouts done in the morning!

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Would I rather be sleeping in my comfy bed? Absolutely. But do I have three children and a husband that need my attention 90% of the day. Yep, I sure do!

By the time the kiddo's bedtime ‪at 8 PM‬ hits, my tired is tired. The odds of me working out when those cute little babies decide to snooze is like 347 to 2.

I have slowly fallen in love with morning workouts. I wake up, drink my preworkout Engergize (#momjuice), and get my 30 minute at-home workouts done! It's great to check it off the list and move on with my busy day. My endorphins are now kicking, my body continues to burn calories throughout the day, and I don't have to sit and think about how I have to workout when I get home from work or when the kids go to bed.

 

ONE LAST THING!

It's time for a GIVEAWAY!

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I love this cookbook by Autumn Calabrese, the trainer behind 21 Day Fix! There are over 100 21 Day Fix approved recipes that are awesome for anyone to whip up! Savannah is contributing these cute tassle earings from Bauble Bar!

Head on over to both of our Instagram accounts, follow us both, and tag two friends in the comments section with the picture of this giveaway picture to enter!! The winner will be announced Monday!

You can follow me @thecoldcoffeeblog

and Savannah @shesheartsofstyle

I hope you had as much fun hanging out with me today as I did my sweet friends! Now go rock that summer swimsuit of yours!... Whether it's from Nordstrom, Target, or even Kroger! Have a blessed day!