Tuesday, May 3, 2016

{Henry's Latest Trip to Kauffman}

I'm back, finally! I almost had a post up yesterday, but time got away from me, I'll try and get that one up later this week. For now, a photo dump from our fun at the royals game last night! A friend of mine gifted us some tickets to see them play the Washington Nationals. It was gloomy, rainy day all of yesterday, so I was kinda bummed that we wouldn't get to enjoy beautiful weather for our first game of the year. We wore lots and lots of layers (long johns), & packed coats and blankets! Turns out we didn't need them! The weather was perfect, especially where we sat, the wind was completely blocked and the sun graced us with it's presence for just a bit. We couldn't have asked for a better night at the K. I told Henry we were going to the game weeks ago, so he's been talking about it ever since. All night we heard, "Go Royals!!!!" He would cheer and clap every time anyone else did and he'd even cheer when the other team got a base hit lolololol. The best part is he correlates the K with the park because of the Little K area. He had a blast running around, playing, riding the carousel and he even got to meet Slugger thanks to our friend Kristin! We ran amuck through 4 innings, but finally sat down, smashed some peanuts and enjoyed the game for a few innings before heading home. As we were leaving Henry told us that we were going home, leaving the royals game and said, "wanna come back Royals game again..."
We will bubba, we will!
We love The Royals so much. And the fountains and the park and the peanuts...maybe not so much Slugger hahaha.
Have a wonderful day, friends!
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{My Reason}

I've been sharing so much about my fitness lately, I think it's time to switch it up and chat about my little man. This was him napping yesterday. Totally zonked. So sweet. So pure. So innocent. I glanced at him and I was taken back to his newborn days. He's growing up and changing so quickly, but every now and then I still see my tiny little baby.
I realize that I flood social media with my workouts and my Advocare biz and whatever else, but he's why. He's my reason for grinding and putting myself out there every day. I hustle for him. He has two loving parents, but he has a mom that will never settle and who will do all that she can to provide him  with everything that he needs. If that means working harder and pushing myself to be my very best, I'll do all that it takes and I'll never stop. It's hard some days to be motivated. It's hard to get through the work day, it's hard to make ends meet, but then this little human of mine will come up to me, squeeze me tight and say, "loves you mahm." And boy does he love me. And that's the only reason I need. 
I hope he always knows that he was always my reason to never give up. <3

"Want you mom."-Henry Harper
You've got me forever dude.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{Crop Top Season Y'all}

There were two things that I promised myself I'd buy once I reached my goal weight. 1) Lululemon pants. 2) A crop top. It is now officially time for both! I want to chase after my ultimate goal weight, but I hit my first goal, so I'm going to crop top it up. :) 
When I saw this crop top from Twill, it was love at first sight. I knew I had to have it once I reached my goal. Spring whites and lace and an airy, intricate back, perfect for the new season.
Have you shopped at Twill yet? It's formerly Frankly Basic, so that may be how you remember it. It's the cutest boutique in the Crestwood Shops in Brookside. They have the perfect location and great brands, so it's definitely worth checking out! I linked their site, you can order online too!
All I have is these crappy mirror selfies, but you get the idea. I'll have to wear it again soon and get some decent photos. ;) I also wish I would've gotten a pic of the back. It's so light and pretty. New favorite top! <3
I paired it with some dark skinnies and stripy wedges. A simple pony to show off that back and some winged liner to keep it fun!
I also replaced my Henry necklace that got stolen in STL. I'm obsessed with it and so glad I found an affordable option on the Stella & Dot website. 
That's it, that's all I have to day. Ha.
Keep goal digging, friends!
Melissa Loren

Monday, April 25, 2016

{Halfway with Tulip and Trails}

I'm halfway through my challenge and feeling great. I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I'm so far from where I started. I've come a long way in a short time and I have no desire to stop or slow down. Even past my challenge I think I might push through and start the stay on track for summer challenge. I'm not looking for perfection, but I do what to be better everyday. 
The gym is my ultimate happy place for working out, but while the weather is beautiful, it's hard to pass up a good trail. 
Yesterday was way too perfect. The weather was insanely good, the Royals won and I enjoyed much needed time with the people I love. I need more days like that.
I wanted to pop in and share this cute workout gear I got from Tulip.
I love the colors, the aztec vibes and most of all, the inspirational words on the sports bra. {Work. Sweat. Inspire beauty.} Just a few of my favorite things and life mottos. 
Perfect for me right now.
It feels so true about how the camera adds 10 pounds, but whatever, I'm still proud of my progress and it's more motivation to keep going! Check out the cute gear and beautiful scenery!
Thanks for checking in.
Happy Monday friends!
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

{He Kinda Likes Me}

I got the sweetest gift ever the other day and I just had to brag about it. The company and the idea is super rad too, so I wanted to share them with you. 

So this guy I know, I think he kinda likes me. He surprised me with this wrap bracelet that's called a baseball lacelet. He is baseball-obsessed so it's no surprise that he found a bracelet that's made from the lacing in baseball gloves. It's easily the coolest thing ever. Perfect for bracelet stacking, wearing to the ballpark or as everyday wear! I'm obsessed with it. They come with set quotes you can pick from, OR you can customize them. Which is exactly why mine made my heart melt. Mine reads: My son my life my world my strength my everything <3 Henry Harper. Nothing could be more perfect for me. He knows my world revolves around my son, and that means the world to me. 
They're of course not just for moms(I just love that mine is), which makes the possibilities endless. His reads: Live life like a 3-1 count, motivating and inspiring, I like that about these baseball laceless.  

If you *are* looking for something just for moms, they're having a 25% off sale on their non-customizable mom options!
Pretty sweet, right? I plan to wear mine basically everyday. 
Thank you for the bracelet! :)
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

{I Almost Apologized}

I was going to apologize to all my friends and followers for all the Advocare talk, but then I thought, "WHY?" It has helped me. It has only added to the success of my fitness journey. The entire process has brought joy to my life. I am so insanely in love with working out now, it's crazy. Clean eating is becoming more and more natural to me and I love that. Advocare products have challenged me to push my limits and go even farther and I'm thankful for the extra boost. Not only has it be helpful physically, but financially I hope to make something of it. I know it's easy to see someone selling something and think, "oh lord, what's Melissa selling now," "or I don't need more jewelry, a candle or a wrap!" The truth is, you never really know the reason behind someone selling something. You can't rag on someone for pushing something that they love or for trying to better themselves. You certainly can't discredit the fact that they're trying to earn a living for themselves and their families. Everyone has different creative outlets. I post a lot, because I have this blog where I like to share my life, it's a creative outlet. I'm cheesy and share selfies, because I *love* doing hair and makeup, I'm proud of the work I do, I'm proud of myself.  Now, I'm sharing my fitness journey. My body is my latest work of art and my newest creative outlet, and I'm not ashamed of that. Growing and making myself better is something that I'm proud of and something that I'm falling in love with. And my momentum and drive are on another level right now, so I will keep pushing and keep sharing what I'm passionate about. I hope that there will be people out there that are inspired, people that want to learn, people that want to join me! Let's always lift each other up and support one another. Don't always be so quick to turn the other way, have an open ear, an open heart!

All of these photos are several days old, more progress has been made, and there's much more to go. Today marks day 8 of the challenge!
If you are interested in any of the products, or have any questions, or want to chat with me about my process/progress/workouts, email me melissabriggs@sbcglobal.net. You can also visit my site to look over the products. They have some awesome promos for different summer bundles to get those bodies summer ready!!
Melissa Loren

Monday, April 18, 2016

{Weekend Adventures}

It was a looooong week last week! 56 hours in the books at work last week. I was so tired and worn out, but I couldn't miss out on *some* fun this weekend. Saturday night I was able to enjoy dinner with some friends and get dressed for once. Sunday morning was so beautiful and I took advantage of it with some trail walking. Afterwards was brunch at my favorite health and wellness store, Terra. They have an amazing salad and soup bar and a smoothie and juice bar. Perfect for me! I snapped a pic of their adorable collage wall, so cute. Sunday I was an ambassador for a Glam Gals KC event. I also "modeled," in their mini fashion show. It was full of fashion, beauty and girl time!
And after a very, very, very long week of missing my baby, he finally came home Sunday evening. He's not usually gone that anywhere near that long, nor has he ever been before, so it was tough and I was so incredibly happy to see him. I had to take him for ice cream and we spent an hour playing at the park before bedtime. You can see me eyeballing his ice cream so hard core at the end. ;)
When you want all the good food, but just have to watch your kid eat it. Hahahahahaha. Merp. PS the 24 day challenge is going really well. I'll have an update soon, I'm just trying not to bombard you with too much Advocare stuff.
It's time for a new week, y'all!
Melissa Loren
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