November 21, 2014

friday five

I thought I would dedicate this friday five to my favorite things that help combat my DRY DRY DRY skin this winter. We got hit with some serious cold-ness this past week and my skin is feeling it. BAD!

1. This stuff. Saves my cuticles....

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
2. This night creme because its like a drink of water to your face...I swear by it.
FC5 Moisturizing Night Crème  from Arbonne
3. This scrub because it takes all the dead stuff away and leaves my skin feeling baby soft.
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4. This lip stuff because its the bomb. End of story. (I love sweet mint...)
Sweet Mint Lip Balm from Evolution of Smooth
5. This stuff...because its important to work on the inside out, baby! ;)

PS. Wanted to bring your attention the ad in my sidebar. The Starfish Project helps women in need around the globe and you get $25 a $75 purchase until the 27th! And starting Black Friday to the following Tuesday they will be having a 2 for 1 Sale. Check em out, cute stuff! :)

November 20, 2014

{guest post} 5 Healthy Beauty Gifts for Your BFF This Holiday Season

This holiday season; give your BFF the gift of beauty -- healthy beauty, that is. Beauty products are coveted item for many fashionista and beauty lovers, but do you know what toxins and unhealthy ingredients may be lurking in your beauty products? Because you love your BFF so much, give her a gift that will make her feel beautiful while also being healthy. With so many different products to choose from, it can seem daunting when it comes to finding the perfect gift you know she will adore. 

Here are 5 ideas that any beauty lover will enjoy that also contain healthy ingredients for the skin. They are free of a lot of nasty ingredients that are unhealthy for us.

1) Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - These gorgeous blushes are free of many harmful chemicals and are made from Amazonian clay. They look beautiful on the skin and come in array of colours bound to suit any skin tone.

2) Bourjois Healthy Mix CC Cream - This CC cream targets an array of skin imperfections such as redness and discoloration. It contains a mix of fruits that are healthy for your skin, as they contain antioxidants.

3) Fresh Sugar Scrub - The brown sugar scrub from Fresh contains real brown sugar and will help to slough away dead skin, revealing smoother and brighter skin. It also smells divine! During cold winter months when skin gets dry, this makes a wonderful addition to anyone's shower routine and will help send wintery dry skin packing.

4) Organic Rosehip Oil - This luscious oil is rich in vitamins A and C, which are potent antioxidants for the skin. It is a beautiful oil that is a great night-time treatment before hitting the pillow. Many brands make rosehip oil. One brand to try is Triology, as it is organic and cold-pressed.

5) Rose Day Cream by Dr Haushka - Organic and lovely, this cream is sure to make your BFF's day a bit rosier. It contains plant extracts such as rose that will help to nourish the skin and make it more radiant. It also has a lovely, yet natural smell that isn't overpowering. It treats your skin while you have the peace of mind of knowing that you're treating your skin to natural and healthy ingredients. Looking the part this holiday season has never been easier than with the help of

November 19, 2014

favorite workout gear

Although I honestly don't really care what I look like at the gym, I have realized that wearing the right gear really does make a difference. Does it all match? No, not all the time. Do I wear makeup to the gym? Nope. Do I brush my hair before the gym or just throw it up in a pony-tail? The latter. I'm pretty laid back but I know everyone is different. 

Finding good shoes, nice fitting leggings/shorts/pants, a cute but breathable top are all important...even down to the right headband can be important too! 

So in my experience here is what I've found I love and works great for me.

My favorite pants.
Relay Capri

Relay Capri by Athleta. I have a few from this brand in different styles and I have loved every one. They are thicker so when you bend over there are not see-through but they are light too so they breath. They are also tight and hold you in, in all the right places! ;) I'm actually obsessed and will be buying nothing but these from here on out. Plus, you can get them on for about half the price. Winning! 

My favorite tops.

Costco US homepage

I'm not gonna lie and I know every workout mama will send me a "here, here" on this one. I LOVE Costco's workout tanks. I usually wear tanks when I work out because I get sweating and no one needs to see the taco-pits...just sayin'. 

In second place, I love my tanks that I have gotten from JCPenney. I know! What a surprise! They are affordable, have great styles, fit great and breath well too.  I love my STAY STONG one! ;)

Xersion™ Print Crossback Tank Top     Xersion™ Layered Blouson Racerback Tank Top   Xersion™ Graphic Racerback Tank Top - Tall

My favorite shoes.

I'm a runner and have tried loads of brands but the one I love and love forever will be...

Asics America

They fit well on my feet, I have less knee pain in them and I wear them for cross & weight training too. I don't have a specific style in them that I always buy like some runners but any style I've gotten, I've loved!

I also really like...

This came as a shock to me but husband always liked this while working long hours at the hospital, I decided to give them a go and I LOVE them for cross training. I have yet to run any long distances in them but they are GREAT for everyday gym wear. 

My favorite accessories.

Hot Pink
So, I saw these on sale when I did a race about 4 years ago  and snagged one. I've told loads of people at the gym about them because people always ask and I've even turned family members on to them too! Its just a belt that holds your keys and phone while you run. It doesn't fall of slip and isn't bulky either so it fits nicely under your top. I love it because I don't have to worry about my phone falling from the treadmill when I run or wearing one of those annoying arm bands. This is by-far the best workout thing I've ever bought! :)

These are the best, hands down, the best! That's all I can say. I love them!

iPhone Headphones

Apple iPhone Stereo Headset w/Mic

I'm no longer an iPhone user but I will forever be using their headphones. They are the only brand that don't fall out when you run. I love these!!

Water Bottle / Shaker Bottle - Mint (24oz)
So first off, the coolest thing about this (really) is that my brother in law designed and invented these. Nope, this isn't a hand out to him in any way but I'm honestly, completely and totally in love with this water bottle. 

I usually have to run some errands when I leave from the gym and always have a protein shake after my workouts. I used to bring a water bottle AND a shaker and now I just need this. Plus, it doesn't leak, has two different drinking spouts, a grip on the bottom and is the perfect size. I'm obsessed and Merry Christmas family! :)

That's it for my workout stuff...hope this was helpful!


November 14, 2014

pumpkin pie facial mask

Oh yum! I love pumpkin pie. This is a fun little twist on a super lovely facial mask....with some holiday flare. Pumpkin has natural enzymes in it that literally eat away dead skin cells. This mask will leave your face feeling smooth as a baby and give you a super delicious glow!
**If you are at allergic to pumpkin or have sensitive skin, please don't use this mask.**

Pumpkin Pie Mask

1 heaping TB of pre-made pumpkin puree
1 TB olive oil
a dash of cinnamon

Apply to a clean face with fingertips for 10-15 minutes. Wipe clean with a cool washcloth, follow with a toner and a your favorite night cream.

Don't be surprised if you skin is a little sensitive or red after this mask. Its normal to feel a slight burn or tingle too. If you are super uncomfortable, please remove the mask.


November 11, 2014

JTV Jewelry GIVEAWAY and favorites

I know I'm not the only girl in the world who appreciates a little bling here and there. Jewelry makes the best accessory and makes great gifts too. It is usually my go-to Christmas gift for family. I'm really excited to be giving away a necklace that I personally picked from for my readers to win! Its beautiful, dainty and goes with everything.

But first here a few favorites from the JTV website.

The Giveaway ends December 10th!!! 

Here's the necklace again in cause you forgot... 

November 10, 2014

my favorite makeup looks for fall

Makeup trends and colors will change with the season. Fall brings in more rich colors like plum, bronze, dark browns and jewel-toned colors. 

Here are some of my favorite looks for fall...

1. A deep colored lip
Whatever color you wish but something rich, dark and romantic.

2. Bronze smokey eye
Isn't this beautiful? And yes, this looks for on everyone...every eye color. 

3. The naked look
This is so plain and simple it looks as if she's wearing on makeup...and that's the idea. Simple browns, pale lip and heavy on the contouring.

4. Plum eyes
This might a little intense for an everyday look but overall you get the idea. I love plum colored eyeshadow for the fall.

5. The classic smokey eye
I'm not a really a fan of her's but she pulls off the best smokey eye. Dark around the edges and smoked out.

6. Nude lips
Its hard to find a nude lip color but when you do its the best for a pretty, laid back look.

7. The "Taylor Swift"
Yep, its the classic look. Winged liner, red lips. 'Nuff said.

And there we have it! What is your favorite makeup look for fall?

November 7, 2014

friday five

Being out of town really throws your schedule off a bit but I'm trying to come back slowly to being more consistent with my blog. I think I decided I'm shooting to post on Monday, Wednesday and swing by those days to see what I got going on! :)

Here's the Friday Five

1. This because I use it everyday, flippin' day lately and its lovely (and it honestly smells like chocolate....)

2. This song (which is weird for me because I'm usually not a fan of her's....). Sang it at the CMA's last night and just KILLED it!

3. Finally got a rug for our living room. I searched for months and months....I love this one!
Nourison Fantasy Aqua 8'x10'6" Country & Floral Area Rug

4. This because its THE BEST ever in the world of toothpaste

5. This new find...I'm loving it!
lights, camera, lashes! natural mascara

Thanks ladies, have a great weekend!

November 5, 2014


Hello Get Pretty With Laura Readers! I’m so excited Laura has asked me to write a post. Laura is my bestie cousin. We used to spend summers together dressing in the same outfits and staying up all night giggling. We both had a great fashion sense even at a young age as you can see below. 

Bestie Cousins
She asked me to write about my health and fitness journey. I could talk about this 24/7/365. Haha! I love it. I truly feel like it is a passion that I have been blessed with. I got my degree in Health Education with the hopes of being able to help teach people how to live happy and healthy lives.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how everyone’s fitness has to transform and change over the years depending on what is going on at that moment in time. When we turn 18, we go to college, we have homework, tests, graduation, job applications, jobs, we move to different cities, we get married, have families, take care of babies, responsibilities, responsibilities, responsibilities… you catch my drift? Our lives are BUSY!! There’s always going to be a reason why our health is hard to be a priority. There’s always an excuse to be made. Now I want to talk about how to make it easier, and how we can make our health “fit” into our lives. 

When I was in college, I got really in to running races and triathlons. I was a single girl with lots of time of my own to spend, sometimes multiple hours a day, training. It was something I loved and it worked for me at that time.

My first triathlon with my Dad. Never mind the weird beaver face I’m making. Ha!
After I got married, went to college, and got a “big girl” job, I had a lot LESS time to focus on myself and the hours of training I use to do. If I wanted to work out, I had to wake up at 5:30 a.m., drive downtown 20 minutes, then shower and get ready at the gym to be to work by 8:00 a.m. To be honest, this was the hardest time in my life to find time to work out. Plus the endless free work lunches and snacks were very tempting. So I have NOT always done my best that’s for sure.
After a few years of my “big girl job”, I got preggo. This is when my fitness really kicked back in to gear, even though I was gaining weight with a growing baby, I found that working out helped with morning sickness , energy levels, and emotional stability (you know what I’m talking about!).  I would do things like go to spinning classes and do pregnancy yoga.

40 Weeks Preggo!
When my beautiful baby girl was born, I was quick to find out what sleep deprivation was. I hardly got any sleep for almost a year straight. As you could imagine, I was full of excuses as to why I was not making health a priority. I was soooo tired! When my baby turned about nine months old, I had enough of being tired, out of shape, and squishy. I wanted to be a fit mama and be a good example to my baby. So I decided to dust off my old P90X DVDs since I knew going to the gym wouldn’t work for me anymore. I joined an online accountability group and before I knew it, I had my MOJO back! Oh yeah. I had such a great experience and great results, I decided to become a Beachbody coach and help others reach their fitness goals while working out at home like I did. Since then I have completed P90X, P90X3, T25, and PiYo. I work out about 30-60 minutes a day and it works amazingly well for me. I just pop in a workout while my baby takes a nap. I don’t have time to train hard for a race or go to the gym, so the short workouts fit well into my life right now.

Results after doing P90X3

Current Results from working out at home!!
The point of me practically sharing my life story with you (which I know you are all on the edge of your seats) is that we all have different phases in our lives. We are all busy and have really important duties whether we are moms, dads, spouses, bosses, employees, students, or teachers. If we focus a little bit each day on our health, it will make us do our jobs better and I promise it will make you happier. So make your health “fit” into your life and find what works for you in whatever phase you’re in. Is it waking up at 5 a.m., a lunch time or naptime workout, a walk with your children, playing city league sports, or hiking? Whatever works, do it! J
Here are a few tips that I rely on to make living a healthy lifestyle easier for me!

Cicily’s Easy Tips to Make Your Health a Priority
1.      Workout at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week.
2.      Drink your water! Shoot for half of your body weight in ounces.
3.      Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day that include clean non processed foods such as fruit, veggies, healthy fats, and whole grains.
4.      Find accountability somewhere. (Online support, a friend, a coworker, spouse, etc.) This is so important!!
5.      Allow yourself a cheat meal once a week to help keep you on track and satisfy your cravings.

For any more health questions or tips, or to join my accountability group, contact me at or follow me on social media IG: cicilyseamons or You know I love to talk about this stuff!!