Thursday, July 31, 2014

Can I do Zumba on Carpet?

It's time for another Zumba FAQ!  This time, a woman at the gym asked me "Can I do Zumba on carpet?"  There was a class at her church, but the room was carpeted.  She wanted to know about doing Zumba on carpet. So here's the scoop.

Doing Zumba on Carpet

Whether you're interested in taking a class at a carpeted facility or just doing the Zumba DVDs or video game in your living room - You CAN do Zumba on carpet, but you'll want to do some prep first.

You'll want to make sure you have the right shoes for Zumba.  These are shoes with a grippy running shoe may not be ideal.  I tell my students to get a dance or cheer shoe because they have hardly any tread.  Zumba actually makes shoes (check out my faves here- and use code BLEE1 to get 10% off!). 

If your shoes are not ideal, you can use carpet gliders to make it easier. Zumba makes carpet gliders that slip over the toe of your shoe to enable you to make the sideways/lateral movements that can be difficult on carpet. Again, you can get 10% off your carpet glider order with the code BLEE1.

If you really don't want to buy gliders, you can also wrap duct tape around your shoe like a carpet glider, however, the duct tape will be a little more "grippy" than the carpet glider.

If you're doing Zumba on carpet, you'll definitely want the right shoes and something to help you slide over the carpet.  Don't attempt to do Zumba barefoot or in socks - it's too high impact for that!  You'll want the support of the shoe, but you'll just need to make it easier to move in.

If you have any questions about doing Zumba on carpet, let me know! I'm happy to help!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekend in the Boston Mountains: Part 3

On our last day of our weekend getaway, we crammed in a lot of stuff!

We started with breakfast at the cabin- she made breakfast casserole and AMAZING cinnamon rolls. Yum!

After breakfast, we headed back to Lake Fort Smith to do some hiking.  We stopped by the visitor center to get a map and decided to do the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT).  This is actually a 160+ mile trail that has its western terminus at Lake Fort Smith.  We didn't do 160 miles, but we did go about 1.25 miles into it, and then came back.

The trail was cleared off nicely.  Very easy to walk.  It did have some inclines up and down hills, but the brush was cleared off the path well.

About 45 minutes in, we heard a branch crack....and we got quiet to look through the woods.

We finally spotted this little baby deer!  This fawn was being so still and let us get so close to it!  

He finally bounded off into the woods and we kept walking.  About 100 yards up, we spotted another fawn!  This was one was a bit bigger.  

Tyler got really close to it before it hopped off.

After our hike, we went back to the cabin to shower and pack up.  Then Tyler took me to the Jones Center in Springdale.  A Youtube Zumba instructor that I like - he is called the Wild Shaker!- was in town for a masterclass. I met up with 4 friends and we took the class together.

It was a fun but VERY TIRING class. He was super high energy the whole time.  

After the class, we all went to Noodles for dinner, where we consumed our weight in bread and pasta after feeling like we burned 1000000 calories at that master class! 

We made it home around 7 Sunday night.

We crammed so much into the weekend that it felt like we were gone for a week!  But, even though we did a lot of stuff, we still felt relaxed and renewed. It was a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend in the Boston Mountains: Part 2

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We were up pretty late at the baseball game Friday night, so we crashed back at the cabin.  We planned on sleeping in until breakfast, but God stirred us both awake at 6 a.m. (this is not unusual for me, but it's VERY unusual for my sleep-loving husband).  So we emerged from the bedroom and saw THIS BEAUTIFUL sunrise.  We sat on the porch and watched it come up. 

We ate a delicious breakfast at the lodge (breakfast tacos, coffee cake, hasbrowns, fruit...they prepared a feast!), and then we headed to Lake Fort Smith.

At the marina, you can rent kayaks and tandem kayaks.  We got a tandem for 4 hours for like $20 (a steal!) and off we went.

The lake was so still and quiet and peaceful.  It was awesome.  The cool water gave us a little breeze too.

Tyler was a great coach and taught me to kayak really quickly. It was fun!

We were able to squeeze in past the trees in the water and explore some coves.  We may have had to miss the Grand Canyon on our Vegas trip, but we got to see what looked like the grand canyon of Lake Fort Smith.

We docked on a sand bar and got out to stretch out legs...and then boated back to the marina.  On our way, we slowly paddled through some shallow waters (in the shade!) and tried to spot some fish.

We had a picnic lunch back at the cabin, and then we got Cool Runnings from the lodge (on VHS, holla!).  It's one of Tyler's favorite movies from his childhood, but I had never seen the whole he was excited to share it with me.  It was a fun movie!

After the movie, we headed to Bentonville for the Walton 5-10 museum...aka the Wal-Mart museum. 

It had some interesting history of the Walton family, and my favorite display was of items returned to Wal-Mart stores and why. One funny item was an outdoor thermometer that the customer said "It never told the correct time!" ha!

We also grabbed a sweet treat in the Spark Cafe there.  This tiny ice cream cone hit the spot.

We walked around the square, I did some shopping, and then we ate MORE sushi for dinner.

Another great day in the Boston mountains!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend in the Boston Mountains: Part 1

Tyler and I had a little weekend getaway this weekend to NWA and the Boston Mountains.  It was perfect.

Since we can't go to Las Vegas, this was our little getaway instead.

We started out in NWA eating sushi for lunch.  Tyler was in heaven. 

The views are gorgeous. This was from the back of our cabin. 

The cabin was so cute! They had been added on to, and the old exterior stone wall was still there! Loved that!

After we got checked in, we took a little drive.  A favorite spot on Highway 71 is Artists' Point. It's a little gift shop, and they have tons of hummingbird feeders on the back.  The views are spectacular. 

Next, we hit up a swimming hole in West Fork at the Riverside Park.  The water was spring fed and cold, and the sun was shining.  It was perfect.

We brought little rafts...and just chilled floating up and down the river. 

Tyler even climbed up into this cave and jumped! Eek! 

Friday night we went to the Naturals game.  It was SO fun.  They even had fireworks after the game!

Day 1 was just perfect. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Five: Five Products That I Couldn't Make It Through Summer Without

Summer brings it's own challenges for my beauty routine.  Here are five products that are helping me survive the summer.

1. After Bite Itch Relief.  I am a mosquito magnet.  Seriously.  We can be outside for 5 minutes, no one else will get bit, but I will have 5 bites in 5 minutes.  This happens each year.  Pair my bug-magnetism with the fact that mosquitoes are bad this year (thanks all that rain for extra standing water!)...and I'm slathering this stuff on regularly.  It really does calm the itch fast. 

2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner.  Humidity and sweating make my normal long wear eyeliner smear.  No one likes a raccoon-eyed girl. I can't usually do liquid- I find it difficult to apply.  However, this stuff goes on easily and stays put.

3. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation.  I got a sample of this from a Sephora order...and I fell in love.  It's a little pricey ($55 from Sephora), but TOTALLY WORTH IT.  It covers well, feels light, and stays matte better than anything else I've used.  Great for keeping your makeup on despite the humidity and sweating. 

4. Big Sexy Hair Powder Play.  The humidity makes my hair fall flat fast.  A sprinkle of this at my roots helps keep it bumped up.  It also makes it easier to "poof" and fluff up later in the day. 

5. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray.  This also helps give my hair volume.  It's a texturizing spray.  I have NO texture in my this gives it a little body.  It also doesn't feel sticky when it melts away off my sweaty head. 

What products help you deal with the heat/humidity/summer?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What You Didn't See on Instagram

On Wednesday, I loved my outfit.  I had these fun new watermelon ankle pants that I got a great deal on from Rue La La.

I paired them with a fun polka dot sheer shirt. I thought I looked cute.  I wanted to share it with the world (or at least my 581 followers). I took this:

Let me explain.  This is what you didn't see on Instagram:

I've got thicker thighs.  I always have, and no matter what I weigh, I will have stronger legs.  They are dimply.  That's ok.  Cellulite is normal (see: "Cellulite: It's Time We All Just Get the Hell Over It").  Even though this fabric is a thick denim, you can see my dimples.  The bright color does no "slimming" on my thighs.

Know what?  I don't care. I like them.  I wore them.  I will wear them again.

It's empowering to wear something that draws attention to your "flaws."  But I don't really see these things as flaws.  I see them as me. I'm not flawed.  I'm not perfect, but I'm no where near "flawed." I shouldn't hide in slimming black pants.  Why would I when there are watermelon pants out there?

This is just a friendly reminder to wear what makes you feel good.  It's ok if it's not what the fashion magazines tell you to wear for your body type.  They would never advise bright pants on my pear shape.  But I dig it. And I won't apologize for it, and you don't have to either.

In fact, yesterday at the chiropractor, a girl (much smaller than me!) said "Ooh I love your outfit.  I could never pull that off.  Those bright pants just don't work for me."  And I replied, "That's because you have to work them."  You better work it, ladies!  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Thoughts I Have Daily

Come into my brain today. (confession: I originally typed "my brains" in that sentence.  I have only one brain.  If I had two, I'd be a lot smarter.)

Here are 10 things I think almost every single day.

1. I want an Oprah Chai from Starbucks.  I work basically behind a Starbucks.  Every day as I come and go, I have to will myself NOT to stop and get an Oprah Chai.  I feel ridiculous ordering it - "I'll have a grande skim Oprah, please."...but it's SO good.

2. What snacks are in my desk? I like to snack.  I keep snacks in my desk so I don't buy from the vending machine.

3. How much water have I had today? I try to drink 80-100 ounces each day.  So as I fill up my water bottle or get another glass, I try and total up my ounces in my head.  But I'm bad at math, so it's a crapshoot.

4. What's that noise? My house makes weird noises.  The ice maker, some critter outside, something beeping.  I basically am always trying to track down the source of a noise.

5. STOP BITING YOUR NAILS. It's a daily struggle.

6. I need to organize my closet. Also a daily struggle.

7. I need to hire a maid. When I see something that needs to be done (baseboards are dusty, floors are dirty, etc.) and I either don't want to do it/don't have time...I think "I'd rather pay someone."

8. I'd rather be napping. Always.  I love to nap.  Unless I'm at a Hanson concert, I'm probably thinking I'd rather be napping.  So cozy in my bed.

9. I'm so blessed. Truth.  I think this daily whether I'm thinking about my awesome coworkers, my great car, my awesome family, or any number of things.

10. I want a bunny. Every day.  I want a snuggly bunny.  I would love it forever.

What do you think everyday?