DIY

Body Butter DIY

“COCOA” CHANEL Body Butter

  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 cup Almond Oil

Heat up the butters and oils until completely melted! Let it either sit on the counter or I put it in the freezer to speed up the prolonging.

Once the substance is more on the “waxy” side, not too hard, not too soft, then whip out your mixer!

I used my kitchenaid mixer, so I could walk away while it whipped up.

ESSENTIAL OILS I USED:

  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Bergamot
  • Jasmine
  • Frankensinve
  • Cedarwood
  • Rose
  • Ylang ylang

To me, it smells AMAZING. I called it cocoa Chanel! Use oils or don’t! It is optional!

It filled up 2 8oz jars and I made it for my best friend for Mother’s Day! Super amazing little gift from the heart!

Xoxo

Cait

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Fitness

FRIDAY FITNESS

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TOTAL BODY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

NARROW SQUAT WITH AN UPRIGHT ROW 4X15

SHOULDER PRESS 4X15

BARBELL LUNGE 4X10

BENT OVER ROW 4X10

40 PUSHUPS

SCISSOR ABS ONE MINUTE

TRICEP EXTENSION 3X10

SIT UPS 3X10

BARBELL SQUAT 3X10

BICYCLES ONE MINUTE

TURTLES ONE MINUTE

DOWN DOG TO OBLIQUE KNEE 30 SECONDS EACH SIDE

AB L HOLD 30 SECONDS EACH SIDE

MIX THESE UP HOWEVER YOU WOULD LIKE! I DID ALL OF THEM ONE TIME THROUGH THEN REPEATED. I HELD THE ABS OFF FOR THE VERY LAST AND I BURNED THROUGH THEM WITHOUT A REST. (OTHER THAN A CHEAT REST).

 

XOXO

CAIT

 

Fitness

Thiiiirsty Thursday!

If any of you have a YMCA, I would highly highly HIGHLY recommend taking the Grit class! EXHAUSTING! It’ll have you drinking a gallon of water the remainder of the day!

SUPERSET

  • HAMMER CURL 4X15
  • KETTLEBALL SWINGS WITIH A SQUAT 4X15

REST

  • 12 BURPEES

SUPERSET

  • PUSHUPS 4X10
  • STANDING FLYS 4X10

REST

TRISET

  • MILITARY PRESS 3X10
  • LAYING CHEST FLY 3X10
  • FRONT RAISES 3X10

 

  • JUMP ROPE FOR ONE MINUTE
  • MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS FOR 30 SECONDS

 

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GET IT GIRL!

XOXO

CAIT

Fitness

Wednesday Challenge

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LEG DAY IS AMONG US!

Insanity Max 30 Sweat Intervals first!

SUPERSET

  • SINGLE LEG DEADLIFTS 4X10
  • WEIGHTED GLUTE BRIDGE ON A BENCH 4X10

REST

360 SQUAT FOR ONE MINUTE

REST

SUPERSET

  • WEIGHTED SUMO SQUAT 4X15
  • SINGLE LEG SQUAT 4X10

REST

TRISET

  • GOOD MORNINGS 3X10
  • SINGLE LEG HIP THRUST 3X10
  • SUPERMAN 3X10

REST

SIDE LEG RAISES ONE MINUTE EACH SIDE 

ONE MINUTE PLANK

 

XOXO

CAIT

Fitness

Tuesday Challenge!

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Alright alright alright! Here is Tuesday’s workout in the books!

I did insanity max 30 tabata power to begin and worked my back/triceps/biceps/abs. 

SUPERSET

  • LAT PULL DOWN (I USED A RESISTANCE BAND AND PULLED DOWN ON EACH SIDE OF MY BODY)
  • TRICEP EXTENSION (I USED A 10LB DUMMBELL)

REST ONE MINUTE

ONE MINUTE PLANK

SUPERSET

  • BENT OVER ROW 4X15
  • BENT OVER TRICEP KICKBACKS 4X15

REST ONE MINUTE

ONE MINUTE RUSSIAN TWISTS

TRISET

  • TRICEP DIPS 3X10
  • BARBELL DEADLIFT 3X10
  • TRIANGLE PUSHUP 3X10

REST ONE MINUTE

ONE MINUTE STARFISH SITUPS

ONE MINUTE EXERCISE BALL PULL INS

GET THAT GLASS OF WINE, YOU DESERVE IT!

 

xoxo

Cait

Fitness

Monday Challenge

Let’s start Monday off with legs/glutes and with a 30 minute cardio sesh of your choice!

*DISCLOSURE: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL BY ANY MEANS, I’M JUST TRYING TO GET THAT KIM KARDASHIAN BOOTY. 

Insanity Max 30 Cardio is one of my favs and that is usually my cardio M-F followed by a quick strength sesh. Mondays, we booty lift!

SUPERSET

  • CURTSY LUNGE – 4 X 15 (EACH LEG) I USED 10LB DUMBBELLS 
  • SINGLE LUNGE JUMP OR NO JUMP – 4 X 10 (EACH LEG) I USED 8 AND 5LB DUMBBELLS

REST

  • ONE MINUTE

SQUAT SQUAT SQUAT FOR ONE MINUTE WITH WEIGHT OF YOUR CHOICE

REST

  • ONE MINUTE

SUPERSET

  • BULGARIAN SQUAT – 4 X 10 (EACH LEG) I USED 10LB DUMBBELLS
  • DEADLIFT – 4 X 12 I USED A 45LB BAR WITH 15LB ON EACH SIDE

REST

  • ONE MINUTE

TRISET

  • HIP THRUSTS – 3 X 10 I USED A 45LB BAR WITH 15LBS ON EACH SIDE
  • KICK BACKS – 3 X 10 I USED A 10LB DUMBBELL AND THRUST UP ON ALL FOURS
  • LUNGE TO SQUAT – 3 X 10 I DID NOT USE ANY WEIGHTS (UP TO YOU)

REST

  • ONE MINUTE

BANDED LATERAL WALK 30 REPS EACH SIDE (TWO STEPS TO THE LEFT AND TWO STEPS TO THE RIGHT)! ALMOST DONE!

RUSSIAN TWISTS FOR ONE MINUTE

VIOLA!

CONGRATS MY BABES AND GENTS, YOU DID IT!

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XOXO

CAIT

 

Food

RaspMarry Muffins

Fruit and muffins are one of the most valuable breakfast categories EVER! This morning, I read a ton of muffin recipes to get the ratios down, but let’s be honest, once I start baking/cooking, I do my thang. Every muffin recipe I have ever followed directly has always been either dry or not much flavor, so I tried a few things out, and it worked! Let’s just get into it, shall we?

THE RECIPE

  • 1/2 cup of very soft butter
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (a tiny sprinkle more also)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • raspberries (however much you would like, I did an entire small container)

 

The oven is set at 350 for roughly 20 – 23 minutes. That was my oven; everyone’s is different. Keep an eye on them though!

Mix the butter and sugar until really creamy and add the almond extract.

Add the eggs and mix until blended up real nice.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the milk as you go too.

Spray a muffin pan, with or without liners and fill the cups up until they’re full. It should make 12 regular sized muffins. The batter will be a bit on the thick side. I blame the buttermilk, but trust me, it is worth it. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with sugar to make it yummy! I used brown sugar…

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xoxo,

Cait

Book Reviews

An Honest Review

 

For Christmas, my sister, Natalie, got me an excellent gift! She got me credits for the Book of the Month (BOTM) where you get to choose up to three books a month. Honestly, it is a great way to shop! Books are picked for you monthly.

*MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*

Let’s start with the one I read first, Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. This one started out a little strange and suspenseful at first. It is about a young girl, Cedar, who ends up being pregnant in a world that is supposed to be coming to an end or beginning, they are unsure what is happening. All the pregnant women are taken away, and the births are getting harder to have. The babies are more significant, walking, talking, and growing up faster. Most of the mothers die during childbirth, if they don’t die, then the baby dies. Cedar knows she is adopted, but finds her birth family and ends up being close to them throughout this ending of the world catastrophe. Towards the end of the book, Cedar finds out that her adopted father is her actual father. Anyways, Cedar ends up being captured and taken to a hospital where they brainwash the girls with drugs, and they can’t escape. Her mother breaks her out, and her friend and in the end she ends up having her baby. Then, she dies. Needless to say, it was interesting and I read it in one day!

Next, I read The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Let me just tell you that this book was my favorite of the three! It was thrilling, full of twists, and captivating. There is this man, Richard who is apparently the star of the book in this. He grows on you and you learn to love him, then hate him, then feel sorry for him. In reality, he’s a screwed up creature. Nellie is the young girl whom he met on an airplane while he was still married to Vanessa. This novel jumps between the two women throughout the majority of the book. Vanessa is portrayed as a drunk who can’t keep a job and she is miserable over losing her husband to another women. Nellie, is a scared women who is afraid of her past because when she was in a sorority, she left the beach to confront her professor that she was pregnant with his child. When she did so, a young girl she was supposed to be in charge of drowned in the ocean while she was being initiated into the group of girls. She was taunted and threatened by the girl’s brother for years until she finally moved to New York. Vanessa was viewed as a drunk and obnoxious in Richard’s point of view, but they were madly in love when they met. (I don’t want to blow too much up, so I will get to the point here). Towards the end, you find out that Nellie and Vanessa are actually the same chick! Then Emma is introduced as to marry Richard and you get the feeling Vanessa/Nellie is trying to kill her the entire time!! Actually, she is trying to save her from Richard. Richard is an abusive, mind controlling pig-headed idiot. He killed Vanessa’s dog, made her believe she was the reason they couldn’t get pregnant, made her look like an abusive drunk, a liar, a coward, and useless. He tracked her everywhere she went and would punish her continually to scare her. Blah Blah, eventually Emma gets on board with Vanessa and they try to trap him. He is trying to choke Vanessa in the hallway of Emma’s apartment, and they call the police. He gets sent to a mental ward and begs to have Vanessa back. Clearly, she says no. The FINAL twist is that Emma needs to tell Vanessa how she knew Richard and why she was there in the first place. Well, the man that got Vanessa preggers in college was a married man; the night Vanessa went to confront him, she met his wife (whom she didn’t know about), and he had children (whom she didn’t know about). The wife got angry, they got divorced, and Vanessa got an abortion. The little girl who watched it all happen was Emma! She came to New York to ruin Vanessa’s life, but the joke was on Emma because Vanessa orchestrated their whole relationship because she was scared to leave Richard so she made it look like Emma was the better woman because she couldn’t leave Richard unless it was his idea. WHEW! It was twist after twist, and I will read that again one day!

Lastly, I finished reading As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner yesterday. It was very heartbreaking from beginning to end! This family of 6 turned into a family of 5 when the new born baby, Henry had passed away because he didn’t have a strong enough heart. That happened on the first page. Tragic. The mother changed, I mean what mother wouldn’t change after that event. They moved to Philadelphia to live with her husband, Thomas’s uncle. His uncle was a mortician and ran his business out of his home, which Thomas was supposed to take over eventually. Maggie is the middle child who falls head over heels for Jaimie across the street who is 9 years older than her… He gets drafted off to war (this is dated in 1915) and then her father has to end up enlisting. Evie is the oldest who is going to eventually go to medical school to be a doctor, when the Spanish flu had an outbreak and killed thousands and thousands of people. There were piles of bodies lining up at the doorstep with nowhere to be put. Children were orphaned and the orphanages were overfilling. The mother, Pauline, and Maggie were tending to the sick in a poor town when Maggie heard a baby crying. She didn’t even stop to realize and she grabbed the baby. She saw the mother was dead with the flu in her bed and a little girl was almost dead with it in the living room. Pauline tried to find out where she found the baby, but Maggie lied and said she did not know because she wanted to keep the baby. Willa, the youngest of 6 ended up getting the flu and the mother stayed in the room and wouldn’t let anyone in or out. So, of course she gets it. Sadly, Pauline dies…. The same night the uncle dies of unknown causes. The family decided to keep the baby, as their own since no-one claimed him. Several years later, Evie is in medical school and meets a patients husband and ends up marrying him. Maggie ends up marrying Jaimie after a failed engagement to another man. Willa becomes a singer in a bar. (I will save the significant twist for you to read).

 

xoxo-
Cait