Monday, April 27, 2015

Bikini Contest Prep | Here We Go Again!

Happy Monday friends!  I may not be operating at full speed today, having spent the last 4 days in Dallas with my blogging girlfriends (see what I packed to wear here), staying up too late, and indulging in all things girly and fun. I felt like I was a kid again having an all-girls sleepover for 3 nights, complete with getting ready together and pillow talk. But, you know how it is when you go away for even a few days, it seems like when you get back there's so much to do from unpacking to laundry to grocery shopping, etc.  

My boys survived and enjoyed their guy weekend, and I'm sure it was good for them both. Sometimes my son just needs alone-time with Dad.  I can't say the same thing about our poor plants.   Do men really just not notice that the previously healthy and perky plants are wilting away and near death?!?!  Or is it just mine?? I tended to them when I got home, so hopefully, they'll come back to life.

And speaking of coming back to life, if you follow Honey We're Healthy, you know that I trained for and competed in my first fitness bikini contest last July.  It was a long-time bucket list item for me and I finally built up the courage to go for it last year.  Exercise has always been a way for me to blow off steam, release stress and feel good about myself.  While I was going through my Dad's illness, I would work off all the anger, frustration and stress at the gym and it also helped me feel better about myself.  Of course, I want to be healthy and look good too.  I don't feel embarrassed or ashamed about that, even when people don't understand my motives.

FITNESS CONTEST 2014

For my first contest, I started working out seriously and eating healthy in January 2014.  Then, to help get me ready for the contest, I hired a trainer in March, and after 14 weeks of training together, I competed on July 3, 2014.  I was in the best shape of my life and felt really good, even weeks before the contest date.  

It was a lot of work to get to that point, but in retrospect, it was just a matter of doing what I knew needed to be done day in and day out.  I actually didn't have too much trouble sticking to the diet because I liked my food (and there was plenty of it) but the training!!  Oh, the training was always physically demanding, even as I got in better shape and we pushed harder.  Plus, I was doing 45 minutes of cardio about 4 days a week on top of the 3-4 days of weight training.  So, the time commitment was significant too.

At the show, I placed 4th in my age group (over 35) and was humbly proud of my accomplishment.  When I look at the picture below, it's actually hard to imagine that's me. I'm definitely not looking like that now. 

bikin contest prep NPC

POST-CONTEST

In the months following the contest, I indulged in way too many sweets (ice cream is my dessert of choice- hello Haagen Dazs Caramel Cone #drool!!!!) and started eating whatever I wanted with little exercise.  Of course, the pounds and body fat creeped back on.  The picture below is from January 2015- 6 months after my contest. Yeah, I've got a little pouch, but I'm still a happy person.  :) 

nike shoes nike workout clothes
capris (similar) |  Zella Z5 tee 

By November 2014, I knew I needed help getting in shape again so I started back with my trainer. He has helped me so much in the last few months, but it's been an up and down situation with all the struggle my family has been through.  As you can see from the In-Body Analyzer body fat test I did in January, I was 111.6 pounds and 23.4% body fat.  I worked for the next 40 days to lose fat and gain muscle and did pretty well, going down to 110.3 pounds and 19.8% body fat.  You can see from the chart that I added muscle and lost fat, which is the goal.  But between March and mid-April, I lost my Dad and so I wasn't eating much and when I did, it's wasn't very healthy.  I lost about three pounds in 6 weeks and also lost musc
le and gained fat, going back up to 22.5%.  It doesn't take long to get out of shape.

I'm not consumed by these numbers, but they are good to know because they reveal the composition of your body so you don't get controlled by the scale.  Muscle weighs more than fat (but takes up less space), so I don't get freaked out if I'm not losing pounds.  Watching the numbers on the body fat test is also a good measure to find out what's working and what's not in terms of how you're eating and training.   

body fat test bikini contest prep

CONTEST PREP 2015

Now that we are accepting our life's situation and learning to live our new normal, I'm ready to focus on another fitness goal.  My trainer helped me decide to compete in a second contest this July since it's far enough out to get in shape and it's also in my hometown so I won't have to travel.  I'm the type of person who always wants to achieve more in life and do better than I did before, so this contest will be me against myself, hoping to present a better version of me at the time of the contest than I did last time.  As of now, I'm 11 weeks out from the contest, so there's lots of work to do.  

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes
capri pants (similar) | tank (similar) | sports bra | shoes | visor | watch | flip-flops 

By the way, I've had both the visor and these capri pants for so long and they last!  Because they are so old, the capris aren't available online, but they are similar to these new legendary dri-fit tight fit capri.  If you're like me and get too hot in leggings for working out in Spring/Summer, but like the fit and feel of the thicker material, try these capris.  

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

The visor goes with me everywhere from running the park, to weekend errands, and the pool.  Mine is a little faded, but I'm not surprised because it's been used a lot for so many years and I've washed it a bunch! 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes
kid sunglasses (similar) | sunglasses (on sale) | earrings (similar

As for my white watch, I got mine on big-time sale and haven't been able to find it on sale since, but Michael Kors has a similar white and gold watch (I love!) and I just saw that Nordstrom is price matching, so it's 40% off- only $164.98!  How perfect for summer!!

Michael Kors white gold watch

Now, I'm back training with my trainer 3 days a week and this time, I'm doing 40 minutes of cardio 6 days a week.  Last time, I only did 45 minutes of cardio 4 days a week and that was only for about the last 6 weeks of the contest.  I'm curious to see what effect changing this up will accomplish over the next 11 weeks. 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

Since I exercise so much, I need good quality workout clothes that fit well, perform well (wick sweat away, keep you cool, etc.), and that look good too.  I'm crazy over the cute, colorful Nike athletic shoes for working out. In the past, I've always just had blue, black or white athletic shoes, but these hot pink running shoes make me so happy!  Some days, you need every bit of encouragement to drag your butt to the gym. Am I right?! 

I ordered this Nike Free 5.0 14 running shoe after reading the reviews (129, 4 1/2 stars) and would also rate them high.  They are lightweight, comfy and breathe well.  They come in aqua/black, grey/pink, and black/white too. 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

I needed some new sports bras too and just got this Pro Classic Padded Dri-Fit Sports bra.  I don't need the padding with these girls, but the padding is removable, so you don't have to wear it.  I didn't realize you could remove it at first, so the picture below is with the padding in.  I'm a 32-34D and the medium fits great.  The design is fun too. 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

I also got the Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic Training shoe, but those aren't for running because the sole is thinner and not as supportive as a running shoe.  I like them for weight training because they are so light and not at all bulky. You could wear these for walking around, especially running errands or just going for coffee with your friends.  

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

Isn't the purple and pink color combo cute?!

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

Sometimes, especially after working out, I like to get out of my athletic shoes and put on a comfy slip-on so I tried out the Roshe Run Slip On sneaker.  I love the breathability and comfort of this shoe, but I was so surprised how big they were! I typically wear 6 1/2 or 7 in athletic shoes, but both those sizes were huge on me in this shoe.  I put on the 6 1/2 here, but I need to exchange them for a 6.  I usually only wear a 6 in a sandal.  Bottom line: I'd recommend ordering 1/2 or 1 full size down. 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

And talk about comfort with these Nike Gym Vintage Capri Sweatpants.  This is a more fitted, thin sweatpant that is great for lounging in.  I don't workout in them though because I get too hot. 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

ALTHETIC SHOES

I went through the selection of Nike training and running shoes and rounded up the top options below.  A good shoe can make or break a workout, right? 

nike running training shoes nike workout clothes

1 | Lunar Cross Element Training Shoe :  A stabilizing, supportive training shoe with mesh upper and foam cushioning at the midsole for springy response and comfort when launching and landing.  Note: neon colors are brighter in person.

2 |  Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe : Nike zoom and cushion foam provide responsive cushioning in a plush running shoe designed with a no-sew upper for a sleep and easy fit.  23 reviews, 5 stars.

3 |  Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Print Training Shoe : Comfort, stability and flexibility combined in a breathable mesh training shoe.  11 reviews, 5 stars.  9 patterns/colors.

4 |  Zoom Fit Mesh Training Shoe :  A sleek, ultra-lightweight shoe designed specifically for cardio, strength and core workouts with Zoom Air technology for ultra-responsible cushioning and breathable mesh to keep you feeling cool.  4 colors.

5 |  Free 1.0 Cross Training Bionic Training Shoe : An ultra low-profile, zero drop training shoe brings a barefoot feel to your workout with an anatomically designed heel and forefoot.  Laces are wraparound Flawier cables for a supportive, stabilizing fit.  24 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.  3 colors.

6 |  sold out 

7 |  Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Print Training Shoe : For cardio, core, circuit training or other gym workouts, this Nike trainer is designed for multidirectional movement with a lightweight, breathable mesh upper that offers superior support.  Provides flexibility and traction with a barefoot feel, while Flywire technology and an inner sleeve lend dynamic support and snug, secure lockdown.  550 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.

8 |  Free 5.0 Running Shoe :  Super lightweight running shoe with a low-profile midsole for a fluid, rocklike fit.  Provides the food-strengthening benefits of barefoot running with the comfort and protection of a traditional shoe.  204 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.

9 |  Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Training Shoe.  This one is the same as #7, but in solid colors.  550 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.

10 |  Free 5.0 Flash Running Shoe :  Super light running shoe with a highly flexible silhouette to mimic barefoot running with an adaptive, supportive fit and reflective weather-resistant fabric.  204 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.




Y'all know I'm crazy for my Zella socks (and workout wear), but obviously Nike has their own line of socks too.  Do you wear them?  I like the no-show or low socks, but hate when they shrink to a size my son could wear or slip down during a workout.  If you have the Nike socks, let me know how you like them.  


So, what I wanted to ask you is: Would you want bikini contest prep updates here on Honey We're Home?  

I was thinking of merging the two blogs into one (Honey We're Healthy content all in a 'Fitness' tab on Honey We're Home) just because it's so hard to have the time to keep up both blogs in a meaningful way.  Let me know if you are interested in that, or if you like that I keep the health/fitness/recipe content separate from this blog.  I'm still weighing that option. 

P.S.  I just made the switch to make my blog mobile friendly, so if you read my blog on your phone or iPad, it should be easier to read now.  Thank you so much for stopping by and making Honey We're Home part of your day! :) 





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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Girls' Weekend | Packing Edition

You hear bloggers say all the time that one of the best benefits of blogging are the close friendships and connections that are made along the way.  And it's true! Two of my closest girlfriends are bloggers I met over the internet several years ago (I think it's going on 5 years now since I always remember I started my blog when James was just 4 months old and he's 5!) and I talk to them in some form or fashion nearly every day. Whether it's a quick text or phone chat, we've gotten so close, but unfortunately, we are scattered in different cities so we're long-distance friends.  Today, I'm super excited to be meeting up with both Courtney (A Thoughtful Place) and Cassie (Hi Sugarplum) in person in Dallas at a fashion blog conference.  And the icing on the cake is that, since the conference is in Cassie's town, I get to pop into her new home!  I've been dying to see it in person!  Have you been following along on all the fun decor stuff happening over there?!  

I've learned from experience attending several blog conferences over the years that it's mostly just a chance to get together with friends and have a girls' weekend.  I hope the boys are okay at home, I know bedtimes are nearly nonexistent when mom's not around and video games are surely on repeat. As long as teeth are brushed and everyone stays safe, I'm sure they can manage without me for a couple days. ;)  

Since I'm gone tomorrow, in lieu of my regular 'Weekend Steals & Deals' post, I'll share with you what I'm bringing to Dallas (which includes lots of sale items!).  I'm typically a terrible packer  and procrastinate till the last minute because I hate having to choose several days worth of outfits in advance without options.  Last year at the conference, I was in a hurry one morning and burned a hole right through my top while ironing it.  Luckily, I happened to have brought one extra outfit just in case.  I did my best to plan out all the outfits I'd need for the trip this year, so here goes!

travel to dallas 

I'm in Houston, so I decided to skip the air fare and drive myself to Dallas this time.  It should take me about 4 hours to get there so it's not too bad of a drive.  Our weather (and Dallas) has been rainy and stormy lately, so I hope it doesn't cause any issues on the roads.  For a day of driving and arriving at the conference, I'm going super casual with my ripped jeans (they go in and out of stock so you might have to check back), favorite u-neck tank ($18) I've told you about before (also in black and grey), and my super comfy everyday sandals (on sale). This striped bag is new and perfect for holding lots of stuff (but it's not huge), including my iPad and it's cool because you can hold it by the top handles or wear it like a cross body bag.  The cross body straps are removable too.   I always like to bring a scarf just to keep the chill off and it doesn't hurt when it's as pretty as this ombre tassel one!    (It's on sale too). 



Here's a closer picture of the beaded bracelets- they come in other colors too. 


And ladies!  This Kate Spade watch is on sale right now for $168, it's a great deal because it's normally $225.  The lowest I've ever seen it go on sale for before is $180.  I wear mine all the time, pretty much daily unless I'm working out.  Snatch it up at this great price!


poolside party 

There is an evening party poolside on Thursday night, so I thought I'd wear one of my maxi dresses- either the crochet back or striped.  Which one do you think?  Y'all heard me gushing over being so thrilled to find maxis that fit right off the rack, with no alternations necessary because they come in petite and regular sizing.  I can wear wedges or flats with either, but I almost always opt for wedges if I'm in a group unless my feet are really sore and need a break.  If I didn't wear heels, I'd be so so short.  I'm sure I'm self conscious, but I feel like if I'm in flats, people have to practically bend over to talk to me.  

I bought this beige patent leather clutch (also comes in black) because I don't have anything like it and the size is big enough to fit all the things you'd need for a night out.  Some clutches I have are so small or tight that I can only fit a lipstick andy money, but no keys or phone.  I know this one will work with so many things.  Also, it's cool because it can be worn several ways since it has a gold chain strap.  You can wear it without the strap, cross body, or tuck the strap under the fold and carry it at your elbow or shoulder. 

crochet maxi | wedges (similar) | stripe maxi | sandals | clutch | necklace | earrings (similar)

brand meetings

Friday morning we'll be up and at 'em for a few short meetings, so I wanted to wear something on the dressy side that reflected my blog and personal style.  This blush pink lace overlay pencil skirt and black crop top are a good pick, they are even in my blog colors!  

skirt | top | heels (similar, similar) | necklace 

garden party 

Saturday evening there's a garden party on the lawn and I thought this floral sheath dress would be lovely for that event.  It's really easy to wear and I have a feeling I'll be ready to get out of those heels and pencil skirt by the end of the day.  I've been wearing this style of wedges by Charles David for as long as I can remember.  They are well made and super cute!  They also come in black, tan, turquoise, and white, but the orange really pops.  The green statement necklace I picked up a long time ago in Nordstrom's junior department. 

dress (regular & petite) | wedges | necklace (similar, similar)

classroom 

For sitting around the better part of Saturday day, I chose my very favorite new white jeans. You might have heard me mention I was on the hunt for a new pair of white jeans since mine were so worn and old.  I must've tired about 10 pair of white jeans and these won out because they have a thicker weight fabric so they make your legs and butt look really good and tight.  Most of the jeans I tried were too thin and made my legs look like sausages.  And of course these are even better because they're on sale now.  The leafy top is so cute and I adore the cut outs in the back.  Of course, I'm bringing my soft jean jacket just in case it gets cold in the AC. 

jeanstop | necklace (Stella & Dot- no longer available, similar) | bangles | wedges (similar)

party night 

I'm pretty sure by Saturday night, although it's a night out, I'll want to be comfortable, so I'm thinking these black crochet shorts I fell in love with can be dressed up with edgy cage heels and a blouse tank

shorts | top | heels (similar) | necklace | earrings (similar) | bracelet | watch 

I took another picture so you could see the detail on these shorts better.  I love them!  The wide band at the top makes them very comfortable. 



drive home

I plan to wake up early on Sunday so I get home with lots of day left for family time.  I know I'm gonna be so ready to get home by Sunday.  I picked up this awesome double layered tank top and I'll just wear it with the same jeans I drove up in.  How about this fun bright yellow cross body bag?!  It's from Target! 

ripped jeans | tank | wedges (similar) | bag | | bracelets | necklace 

One more thing I'm packing is a workout outfit so I can do cardio one morning (I'm thinking Saturday).  


and of course a bikini in case we get some free pool time!

Red Carter Moroccan Tile top | bottom | sunglasses (similar) | hat (similar here | here)

Hope you all have a great weekend!  You can follow along with me on this weekend's adventures on Instagram @honeywerehome ;)  
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Men's Swimwear

Ever since James and I got a taste of the pool last week, I've been craving more swimming days!  We've been getting tons and tons of rain, and last Monday, when we walked outside from his doctor appointment, we were surprised to see gorgeous blue sunshiney skies!  The appointment ended at 2p.m., too late to head back to school, so we took a quick detour home to grab swimsuits and sunscreen and headed to the pool.  Even just a little over an hour at the pool was so fun! Now, I'm keeping swimsuits in the car- you never know when the opportunity will strike! ;)

I've already shown you my women's swimwear picks (including my new bikini) and those for the kids, and today I teamed up with Nordstrom to share swimwear for the guys!  Does your guy like a colorful swim trunk or prefer something more traditional like solid black?  I like the stripes!  

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Faux Peony Wreath & Mother's Day Ideas

When I was in World Market the other day getting supplies for our Spring dining table, I noticed their new selection of faux flowers are really good.  Y'all know I'm not scared to incorporate faux flowers into our home decor, even though I do buy fresh almost weekly too.  I like to keep at least one small real bunch at our breakfast table and in the kitchen, but these mixed mini faux flower bouquets are adorable (3 for $14.97) and they even come in ranunculus.  


I picked up the lavender and purple bunches of peonies (peonies- my real ones never last long!) (2 for $15.98), but the bright pink ones almost came home with me too.  And since Mother's Day is fast approaching, I made my mom a wreath out of the flowers I bought.  She always keeps a wreath on her front door, but she's still got the Fall wreath up and I think she'd welcome this one that's more Springy. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Neutral Master Bedroom Refresh

How was your weekend friends?  Ours was a full one.  We celebrated my husband's birthday on Friday with a fancy family dinner out and then back to the house for a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  Then, on Saturday, we had our school's fundraising Gala and it was so much fun!  I jokingly call it Prom for Adults because everyone gets all gussied up- women in gowns and men in tuxes or suits - and it's exciting to see how everyone cleans up.  My dress was on sale and has sold out online.  And I have to say this self-tanning spray rocks!  My girlfriend Angela told me about it and it helped give this pale girl some color for the night.  A used it a couple days in a row to let the color build. 

At the Gala, we had a DJ (playing all the get-down songs from the 90s!) and it was awesome to see everyone on the dance floor- men included!  Well, not mine. He stayed at the black jack table with some other fellas the whole night. ;) Over the past two years our son has been at his school, we've made tight friendships with the families in his grade and beyond.  Both Jimmy and I are actively involved with the school (I'm a room mom and PTO officer and he coaches sports) so we spend lots of time with the kids and adults.  I'm so thankful for all the wonderful families we've come to know.  I didn't really realize that when James started school that it would be the beginning of new relationships for me and my husband as well. And on Sunday, we continued with our family dinner tradition.  

Back at home, I photographed our neutral master bedroom refresh and can't wait to show you the space today.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals

Happy Friday! We are busy, busy over here, knee deep in rainy, rainy days.  Our school Gala is this weekend (prom for adults) as I like to call it and I finally found a dress!  I picked it up yesterday and I'm so relieved the alterations came out perfectly.  I snapped a quick picture on my way out the door yesterday and couldn't wait to share these ivory crochet shorts with you!  They are super comfy and from Target- only $19.99.   And of course my favorite Vince Camuto everyday sandals.  When I'm running around most days and don't want to be in flip flops or higher wedges, they are my go to! 

Target Crochet Shorts $19.99 (also in black) (I'm wearing xs) | tank (similar & similar) | Vince Camuto everyday sandals ($118.95, $79.90) | Initial Necklace

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | Best Bras for Spring/Summer

Isn't it true that a good bra (or lack thereof) can really make or break an outfit?!  Gone are the days when an outfit is off limits or can't be worn because the girls don't look good in it.  There are so many different types of bra options out there now and I thought it was the perfect time to do a 'lingerie' post since a few readers asked about what bra to wear with this type of dress.  Since the dress has a gorgeous crocheted back, you wouldn't want to have a bra showing through, but now there are not only strapless, but backless bras as well!  Where have I been?!?! I searched through all the strapless/backless bras online at Nordstrom to bring you the best rated ones that might be useful to you for your Spring/Summer dresses and outfits.   




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