Flexin’ Friday – May 19, 2017

Welcome back friends!! 

I am to even going to lie, I really didn’t know what to write about today. I had about a handful of ideas but nothing was absolutely jumping out at me. I wasn’t really inspired yet.

Then this happened. CLICK HERE to continue. If you don’t love awesome things and don’t want to see what I am talking about, I guess I’ll explain it. But seriously, it is the most inspiring 30 seconds. 

We have a 90 year old World War II veteran and his wife working out at our gym. In the video he is deadlifting a 55lb kettle bell for five reps (six in the video)!!! Now, if you didn’t click the link above you better go watch it because its seriously so cool. 

After Dennis posted this, I began to think a lot about myself and my journey. When I tell people I do Crossfit – I get one of three reactions. The first: OMG that is so cool. I would never be able to do that. I usually follow up with, you should come try it out, everyone can do it. The second: How do you do you do that with your leg? I then explain that everything can be scaled and I work with great coaches who constantly work around my injury. The third (and my least favorite): is no words at all. I can see them processing how does this girl do Crossfit and looks the way she does. These type of people I try to avoid in my everyday life but hey it happens. 

I want to address all the people who have every said anything along these lines to me today. 

The first: The OMG that is so cool’s. Seriously – come try it out. Most Crossfit gyms offer a free introductory class. If you want to have a lot of fun, come try it out at my gym. If a 90 year old WWII Vet can do it, you can do it. What usually scares people is the price. It totally did for myself as well – then I decided to make a few changes. I figured if I stopped buying Starbucks everyday I was more than half way there and the rest I could afford. Also, keep your eyes out for deals on Groupon’s or on a gyms social media. With the price, you are getting small classes with almost individual attention from the coaches. At both gyms, I think the most I’ve ever worked out with was about 15 people. I use to have a trainer like 8 years ago and was paying $75 a month for one session a week. Again, half way there and you can go everyday to Crossfit. 

The second: The how do you do that with your leg. I DO. I show up every day and do what I am told in a safe way. I wasn’t shy about what is going on with my leg. In the past month, I’ve found out the hard way that it is more apparent I had a leg injury than I thought. I had people who barely know me ask why I walk funny. I had a girl at the gym ask why I was favoring my right side while coming up on a heavy squat. Honestly, I hate using my leg as an excuse. I want to be done with it. In June, it will be two years since I broke it. Guess what, it still hurts. Thursdays workout involved running and my leg felt like it was going to explode. I had new sneakers, the weather is changing, etc, I DON’T KNOW WHY IT HURT, some days are just better than others. I’ve never been closer to tears in a WOD than on Thursday, but I did it and so can you!

The third: The judgmental jerks. Two words: BYE FELICIA. I am not Katrin Davidsdottir or Brooke Wells and I never will be so stop picturing them and give your girl some props. I don’t have an entire lifetime to dedicate to working out and eating right. I love beer and chicken wings too much and work 50 hours a week. I tend to get this reaction from the bro’s who can only bench press or the women who do cardio for hours on end. If I get this reaction from someone, I’ll take a mental note of it and move on. I know who won’t be giving me a high five when I get a PR that I am excited about. 

SOOOO if you want to have fun and workout with some great people come check out my gym by clicking here – Quarter Deck Athletics – Crossfit QDA 

If I can offer any advice – just try it out. It doesn’t have to be my gym but it would be cool if it was. If you’re on the fence and don’t know if you can do it – just try it out. I seriously just walked into a gym and signed up and haven’t looked back since. After a month, most people wish they joined sooner. 

Like and follow my blog, follow my social media, but most importantly, have a great weekend!! See you Monday!! ❤

New Brew Wednesday – May 17, 2017

Hellloooooo everyone!

So, have you ever had those couple of days, weeks, months, maybe even years where it seems like no matter what you do to get ahead, you can never get there? That has been me for the past two-three weeks. My days off from work are non-stop with everything that I have failed to get done during the week and the days I work seem to be jammed pack with 8 million other things to do. To be honest, in my personal life, my time management could use some serious work. I feel like that is another blog post. SOOOO cut your girl some slack. 🙂

Since I missed Makeup Monday, I’m going to combine Makeup Monday and New Brew Wednesday. Again, with my time management being outstanding, I was running late for Mother’s Day dinner on Sunday. I had off and fell asleep. Oooops. So I did my makeup in my brother’s truck. Since I was in a rush, I grabbed my favorite products and ran out the door. I saw this as a challenge. On YouTube, the makeup guru’s have a 15 minute make up challenge and I saw it as that. Also, Jeffree Star has people get ready in his Bentley. I mean, I combined the two and got ready in 15 minutes in my brother’s F150. Close enough, right?

Here is the final product:

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NOT BAD RIGHT? Don’t mind my hair – I obviously didn’t have time to do that either.

Now on to New Brew Wednesday.

Genesee Brewing Company – Orange Honey Cream Ale

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Type: Cream Ale

ABV: 6%

IBU: 11

Details: A silky smooth spin on our American classic. Light-bodied with flavors of orange, honey, and a special blend of spices balanced by just the right amount of hop bitterness to create a crisp, citrusy-sweet beer.

Who doesn’t love a Genny Cream Ale? If you haven’t had one, you are seriously missing out. Genesee has stepped up their game the past few years. With the craft beer scene exploding, especially in the WNY area, they have stayed competitive. I have visited their brewery once before and it is absolutely stunning. Okay on to the beer – THIS WAS A CRAZY BEER. There were about 230471629387 different flavors going on all at once. The finish was more of a winter beer taste. Kind of tasted like cloves. It was an overall good beer. Joelle and myself drank it when we were food prepping. We both felt the same way.

I ended up giving it 3.5/5 stars on Untappd. The overall rating is a 3.67.

That is all I have for you guys today!! If you have ay new makeup or beers for me to try let me know. Follow all my social media and let me know what you think! ❤

Flexin’ Friday – May 12, 2017

Hiiii friends!! So today I am going to write about my favorite Crossfit workout. It just so happens to be a hero workout. A hero workout is dedicated to a service member, police officer, or fire fighter who gave their life in the line of duty. They are designed to remind us of the ultimate scarfice they gave to keep us safe. So needless to say, they really suck but you always push through thinking of the hero. 

My favorite workout is DT. Here is a little information on DT: In honor of USAF SSgt Timothy P. Davis, 28, who was killed on Feburary, 20 2009, supporting operations in OEF when his vehicle was struck by an IED. Timothy is survived by his wife Megan and son T.J. 

Now the workout. 

5 rounds for time: 

12 deadlifts

9 hang cleans 

6 push jerks

Men: 155 lbs. Women: 105 lbs. 

Sounds easy right? It’s not. It was my first Crossfit workout ever. I secretly loved it because it was all barbell and the only thing you had to scale was the weight. BUT IT STILL SUCKED. DT also got a lot of attention in the Crossfit games the past two years with the atheletes performing heavy DT and double DT. I’m kind of sad DT probably won’t be at the games this year, unless Dave Castro has something crazy up his sleeve. 

Now I want to dig into why I really love this workout. Yes it’s a hero WOD, yes it’s all barbell, yes it’s all things I’m good at. The real reason is that this was the first WOD I ever repeated and saw how much better I actually got at doing Crossfit. Now remember I wasn’t even going that much between November of 2015 and the beginning of 2017. And my diet was absolutely terrible. And I still somehow got better. Now I don’t have the exact times because my Wodify account was deactivated when I left my old gym. They were something along the lines of the following: 

November 2015 @ 55lbs: 17:30 

May 2016 @ 75lbs: 15:15 

Not only did I go up 20lbs, I got better by two minutes. That is why I love DT. It’s been over a year since I’ve done the workout but every day I look at the WOD at QDA, I secretly hope it is DT. I want to repeat it so I can see how much I’ve improved! 

We did a sort of mini version of DT this week at QDA. 

4 rounds for time

5 hang cleans 

5 shoulder to over head

Now I was gearing up to do at least 85-95lbs and figured that’s where I would be at with the short time cap of six minutes. Then Anita and I had a head to head match where we both used 65lbs. I said before the workout I could probably do 65lbs without putting the barbell down. Guess what – I didn’t put the barbell down. I got through the workout in 1:20. Even with a no rep. The last two rounds sucked. I wasn’t push jerking the first two sets and my arms were getting very mad at me for not using my legs to help them out. I remember thinking to myself “oh Lauren, you have legs use those’. That helped me get through those last two rounds when all I wanted to do was put the barbell down. Honestly, if I wasn’t going head to head with Anita, I probably would have put it down. Now I know I don’t have to put the barbell down – I want to put the barbell down. My lungs burned for the entire day but I think it is what I needed. I needed to push my mind past the comfort zone. It got there and I couldn’t thank Anita and Dennis enough. 

Sorry!! This took a crazy turn. Let me know what you think and follow all my social media ❤️

New Brew Wednesday – May 10, 2017

Hello everyone!!!! If you follow my blog you know that my best friend got married this weekend. It was in Ellicottville, NY and the reception was at Ellicottville Brewing Company. I had SIX new types of beer this weekend and decided to tell you guys about them and which one was my overall favorite. Also, the kind people at EBC took us behind the scenes but I forgot my phone on the table and couldn’t take any pictures. I am so mad at myself. They are all EBC so I will just list their name. Another cool thing from the weekend? I met another Cicerone that didn’t work for Wegmans. It was by far the coolest thing ever.

Villaggio

Type: Winter Ale

ABV: n/a

IBU: n/a

Details: There is no description on Untappd. Which is how I pretty much felt about this beer. One, it was a winter ale and I drank it in May. Winter ales usually come out around September so it was definitely a little old. My mistake. I liked it but wasn’t impressed. Just tasted like your ordinary winter ale.

I gave it 3/5 stars on Untappd. Overall rating on Untappd: 3.23

Coldspresso

Type: Blonde Ale

ABV: 7%

IBU: 23

Details: Our refined house process involves streaming cold-pressed coffee through a secondary vessel to produce a rich, smooth, espresso flavor which is less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee ales. Coldspresso delivers a balanced, light-bodied & aromatic experience.

One of my favorites! The bartender knew exactly what he was talking about and that was awesome. This is kind of strong for a blonde ale but doesn’t taste like it. Ales, especially blonde ales usually run from a 4-6% ABV. The coffee flavor is amazing. They must run the beer through some really good espresso beans!

I gave it a 4/5 on Untappd. Overall rating on Untappd: 3.57

 

Two Brothers Session IPA

Type: IPA – Session / Indian Session IPA

ABV: 4.7%

IBU: 61

Details: A golden Session IPA packed with citrusy American hop flavor.

This IPA was pretty good. I enjoyed the flavor and could see myself drinking this on more than one occasion. This is something that I could drink on a summer night just trying to relax. I loved the overall flavor.

I gave it 3.75/5 on Untappd. Overall rating on Untappd: 3.46

Chocolate Cherry Bomb

Type: Stout – American Imperial / Double

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: 32

Details: Robust & malty Imperial stout, brewed with English hops, chocolate malt, Oregon sweet cherries, and Love! Pours a deep brown with a creamy light beige head. Heavy notes of chocolate, tart cherries, and coffee roast.

I cannot believe I have never had this before. I did this for a demo during Valentine’s Day weekend with a cheese pairing and sold my store out of it. This was a very good beer that packed a heavy punch. Stouts usually have a funny after flavor but I think the chocolate and cherry flavor hid that. SOO good.

I gave it a 4.25/5 on Untappd. Overall rating on Untappd: 3.98

Mow Master

Type: Pale Ale – American

ABV: 5%

IBU: 36

Details: Mow Master Ultra Pale Ale uses Belgian Cara malts and an array of aromatic American hops to create a one-of-a-kind citrusy warm weather Pale that is light on body and bitterness–but big on flavor and aroma. A perfect brew for those long days in the hot sun!

This went down pretty smoothly. The smell didn’t have any citrus smell and to be honest I didn’t even taste a lot of citrus either. I honestly don’t think I would drink this again if there were other options available for me.

I gave it a 3.5/5 on Untapped. Overall rating on Untappd: 3.43

Monroe Street Pilsner

Type: Pilsner

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 34

Details Light and crisp Lager slight spicy hop finish.

If you were looking for anything that was named Budweiser or Blue this would be the beer for you. This was a very drinkable beer that could get out of control if you didn’t watch yourself. After I tried all the beers at the venue, I came back to this just because I knew it wouldn’t really kick my butt.

I gave it a 3.75/5 on Untappd. Overall rating on Untappd: 3.27.

 

Overall, I would have to say that my favorite is the Coldspresso, even though I gave Chocolate Cherry Bomb the higher rating. There was something about the Coldspresso I could see myself drinking all year long. Most beers are very seasonal. I also use the weather for the type of beer I want. I could see the Coldspresso being had all seasons. I also can’t get the coffee flavor out of my head.

Thats New Brew Wednesday for everyone!!!! Follow my social media and leave me some love! I had a few people give me suggestions on some new beers so keep those coming!!!  I am always looking for new ideas! ❤

Makeup Monday – May 8, 2017

Phewwww! I had a crazy week but that is behind me and I am ready of crush a new week. For those of you who don’t know, my best friend got married this weekend. It was absolutely awesome. So Makeup Monday is going to be about my look from the weekend! The last time I wore my eye shadow the way that I did for the wedding, the one and only Danny Wegman said I looked like a PRINCESS. It was only natural I do it for my best friends wedding.

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Here is the best picture that I took from the weekend. There is no filter and its just me and my wrinkles. UGH.

Face

Benefit Cosmetics – POREfessional Mattifying Gel // my every day primer

Kat Von D – Lock it Foundation // applied with a beauty blender

Laura Mercier – Translucent Loose Setting Powder // applied with a brush AND all over my face today because I did not want to see an ounce of oil anywhere. I let it bake for almost 10 minutes before I moved on

NARS Cosmetics – Bronzer Powder // applied with a brush for my contour, neck, and my forehead

Covergirl – Tru Blend Blush // applied with a brush on my cheeks

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit // for my highlight DUHHH

Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray // love my setting spray, don’t want the makeup to go ANYWHERE on this long day

Eyes

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer // this prevents the shadows from fading or creasing

Kylie Cosmetics – Holiday Palette // I usually use a ton of different palettes to get the look I am looking for but I was able to create my look with this just one.

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THIS IS THE FUN PART so I wanted to take a few seconds to let everyone know what I did. I used Sugar Cookie as a base all over my lid. I always start with a base. Sugar Cookie matches my skin tone and its totally awesome for every day wear. Next I took Chestnut and use it on my upper crease and Mittens just a little lower than where I put Chestnut. I wanted a banging halo eye so I used Winter on my lower lid. I made it darker than I usually would, mainly because I needed it to last all night. Then I took a wet brush and applied Frosty the width of my iris. I love to do halo eyes but don’t do them too often because it requires too much time.

Buxom – Lash Mascara // one of my favorite mascaras that I left in Ellicottville – let me go cry real quick

Lips

Kylie Cosmetics – Matte Liquid Lipstick // in the shade Leo

That was my look for the night! I loved every second of doing it, especially because I had so much time to actually do it. One more picture and I am done.

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See you all Wednesday for New Brew Wednesday!!! Follow my social media and let me know what you think of the blog today!!

 

New Brew Wednesday – May 3, 2017

Welcome back to New Brew Wednesday!! So when I was picking what beer to do this week, I actually grabbed another fruity, tarty beer but decided to switch it up a little. I love all beer but gravitate towards the fruit ones all the time. I decided to try out a new IPA today!!

New Belgium Brewing Company – Voodoo Ranger IPA

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Type: IPA – American

ABV: 7%

IBU: 50

Details: Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.

This was another beer that was picked out for me but honestly I have been DYING to try it. New Belgium is one of my other favorite breweries. Also, the packaging is to die for. I love the little skeleton ranger guy. Honestly, the details are exactly what I think of it as. Mosaic hops are one of my favorite type of hops but that is probably because they are known to be a little more fruity than other type of hops. It was a very easy drink but that might be because it was a post work beer. What post work beer doesn’t taste good? This is a very drinkable, summery, and crispy beer. I enjoyed it very much.

I ended up giving it 3.75/5 stars on Untappd.

If you have a beer for me to try – please let me know!! Follow my social media or maybe leave me a comment or hit that like button? See you Friday!! ❤

Makeup Monday – May 1, 2017

Hey Friends!!! Makeup Monday is here but before I get to the makeup part of today – a lot of cool things happened in the last week. So first, one of my favorite, if not my favorite employee form my old store is being transferred to my store and I could not be happier. He was my right hand man and I am so excited to have him back. Plus, I have someone who won’t laugh at me when I ask him to use a power tool for me because I have no idea how to. Second, my cousin designed a logo for the blog!! I really want it to be perfect so please give me some time to get it up! If you are in the need to have anything graphically done – please let me know and I’ll get you in contact with Claire!

On to Makeup Monday. I mentioned it somewhere on here that I was never really into make up until about a year ago. Let me re-pharse that. I never understood the POWER of makeup until about a year ago. I get told all the time that I don’t need make up and I usually mentally roll my eyes and wish they understood makeup like I did. I am not that girl who won’t leave the house without her face on but I will also wake up an hour early to make sure that my makeup and hair look good. People wear makeup for a number of reasons. Honestly, I wear it because I just like the way that it makes me look. People are afraid to take risks and I feel like thats why people are afraid of makeup. Living outside my comfort zone with makeup! I like to wear makeup because its almost an expression of myself. I am not afraid to not wear makeup. Do I feel pretty when I don’t have makeup on? Absolutely not, but I’ll do it. I do it everyday at the gym.

Everyone feels different about why they wear makeup. I asked my friend Kendal why she likes to wear makeup and here is what she had to say:

“I wear it because it makes me feel beautiful. It can change the whole way you look. You can change the shape of your eyes, lips, and nose. It makes me feel confident. If you don’t like something about your face, you can change it and wipe it away at the end of the night”.

We wear makeup for different reasons. And guess what, THAT IS OKAY. You have to find the reason you like to do something and just do it. It doesn’t have to be makeup it can literally be anything.

It was about a year ago that someone told me to watch NikkiTutorials “Power of Makeup” YouTube video. It totally changed my life. If you have seven minutes – please check it out HERE. It has over 35 million views!!! Nikki literally hit every aspect of why I like to wear makeup. If you don’t have seven minutes to spare – here is a picture of NikkiTutorials.

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Yassss. I wish I had time to do my own power of makeup before I wrote this post. Life just comes at you fast, you know? Hopefully in the future I’ll do one. If you want to see one leave a comment below!!

Follow my social media!!! See you Wednesday for New Brew Wednesday!!!