Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EverLettery Etsy Shop + Giveaway!

I love social media, and Instagram is hands down my favorite for so many reasons. I also love connecting with people and making new friends, especially when they're local! Shelby with EverLettery Calligraphy and I haven't officially met yet, but we connected via Instagram and are both in the Tulsa area. Her calligraphy work is just gorgeous, I know you'll all agree.

Last May I did a small redo of our home office (here), I needed a space where I could disappear to and be a little more inspired. Almost a year has gone by and I'd yet to finish it. The wall space above my desk was still incomplete. Procrastination at it's finest over here... Shelby created the most beautiful & perfect custom print for me and I can now say that my little area is complete. Shelby also sent an extra treat for me to give away to one of YOU and I bought an extra print as well, so that means 2 of you are going to win a pretty print of your own...

My happy place.

Please make sure to check out Shelby's Etsy shop -

She specializes in:
Hand lettered & custom calligraphy | Envelope addressing | Wedding & Party signage

I'm already thinking about what I'll be ordering next, which will probably be lyrics to our wedding song <3

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Friday, March 20, 2015

A Friday Confession Session.

I've been blogging for almost 2 years and I've never had a confession post. I like reading them so I decided to share a few things with you today. Super important things that I just really need to get off my chest. 

Not really, they are random and pointless.

#1 My poor poor nails.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen em'. Cold temps, lacking in the care department and lots of gym time took it's toll on my nails. Ick right? So I shared this pic and you all had lots of tips for me. I had coconut oil on hand so I've been slathering my hand in it and then putting gloves on at night. Happy to say, they're slowly improving. Can't promise it won't happen again. I need a professional mani though.. 

#2 Divas.
Fun fact- I hate wrestling, always have. However... Eva Marie and the Bella Twins are big fitness inspirations for me, therefore I watch the show. Can't stop, won't stop. I tried.

#3 You're supposed to clean blinds?
We bought our house 6 years ago next month, I've never cleaned the blinds. Might as well be totally honest here, or the baseboards. My friends always give me a hard time about how "clean & perfect" my house is. I've got them fooled. It's tidy but don't get too close to the blinds or the baseboards. You might get bit by something. Don't worry, I plan on deep cleaning this year. It was scheduled in my planner for February. #oops 

#4 I live for snack time.
All day, everyday. I'm happiest when jello or pudding are involved. I'm a child. 

#5 I'm obsessed with YouTube.
The amount of joy I get from watching my favorite YouTube girls at night is ridiculous. I spend any ounce of free time before I sleep doing this. If only watching beauty & fitness YouTubers could be my job. That would be a perfect life. These are my faves.

That's it's, just a random fun little post for ya. Life has been crazy lately, my family is really going through a lot right now, so my energy has just been elsewhere. I'd sure appreciate some extra prayers for them if you don't mind! Hope you all have a wonderful & fun weekend. I'll be at a bachelorette party tomorrow night, complete with a party bus. Fun times ahead in my weekend forecast. 

Throw me a random confession ;)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 2015 Ipsy | Floral Fantasy

*Purchased by me, affiliate links included.

Spring is in the air and Ipsy was sure to remind us of that this month with their adorable bright & cheery bag. As far as their makeup bags, this is probably my favorite one ever. I just love the floral print with pops of blue, yellow & pink. I'll be using this one for sure!

Floral Fantasy

What I received this month:

Pur Lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover | Deluxe sample

Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Face Highlighter | Deluxe sample

Boo Boo Cover Up Concealer in Medium | Deluxe sample

NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk | Full size

Dr. Brandt Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion | Deluxe sample

When I pulled the NYX lipstick out, I'm not going to lie, I was about to toss it. I thought "Ok, this is super dark and I know I won't wear it" I decided to try it out and was very pleasantly surprised! The color was nowhere near as dark or intense as it appeared and I LOVE the formula. It's creamy and moisturizing, I will be looking into more of these for sure. (I used no liner because I was just testing it out)


Good job Ipsy, another great month. If you're interested in Ipsy, you can check them out here. It's $10 a month for a bag full of 5-6 full size & deluxe sample beauty goods. You can see some of my previous bags here too! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Typical Week in Workouts.

You all know I love working out, but I've never actually shared what I do each week. I shared a week in food on Tuesday and today I'm sharing what a typical week looks like for us as far as our workouts. We've been doing something similar to this for over a year now, but we're pushing a little harder here recently since we started tracking macros

How many times a week do we workout?
4-6, always at least 4 but some weeks we workout 5 or 6 times. Sometimes I'm extra busy or less motivated and some weeks I want to do something daily. It varies, and I'm ok with that.

Do I have a workout buddy?
I have my forever workout buddy <3 I love that Dustin & I share a passion for working out, there's nobody else I'd rather lift with! We mostly do the same workouts (minus Pure Barre, HA!) just different weights obviously. It wasn't always like this, we hopped on the fitness/healthier lifestyle train about 3 years ago and never looked back. 
My workout buddy

Do we take any pre-workouts?
Yes, we drink Advocare Spark or Cellucor C4 before a workout and BCAA's during. 
Spark C4

Do we track our workouts or calories burned?
Yup, we both have Polar Watches. We try to make sure we burn at least 500 calories during each workout. If we're close but not there yet, we do cardio until we hit that. Some days it's easy to hit (like leg day) and sometimes it's a little harder.
Heart-rate Monitor

Do we drink protein before or after a workout? 
Not normally, we try to eat our protein and only use powder if we're low that day. If I need it I normally add it to my morning green smoothie. We usually have some form of chicken, turkey, salmon or black bean burgers for dinner which is full of protein. If not, then yes we'll drink a protein shake post workout. 

Do we create our own workouts? What do we use?
Yes, I usually create them but he's actually going to be taking over next week! I usually use Pinterest (my fitness board) or to create them. I save them all too so we have a "file" of workouts to refer to. Our workouts take about an hour and a half each time, give or take a little. 

We rotate muscle groups and tons of different workouts and do abs daily, but here is an example week for us:

Monday: Chest/shoulders/triceps
Incline dumbbell press
Alternating front raises
Tricep extensions
12-15 reps, 3 x's each

Side lateral raises
Tricep pulldowns 
12-15 reps, 3 x's each

Repeat circuit 
Finish with HIIT cardio

Tuesday: 30 min fasted or regular cardio if I workout

Wednesday: Back/biceps
Dumbbell bicep curls
Renegade rows
Hammer curls
12-15 reps, 3 x's each

Close grip lat pulldowns
Preacher curls
Back extensions with weights
12-15 reps, 3 x's each

Repeat circuit
Finish with HIIT cardio

Thursday: 30 min fasted or regular cardio if I workout

Friday: Leg day! (hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves)
Leg extensions
Hamstring curls
Leg press
12-15 reps, 3 x's each

Weighted walking lunges
Wide stance squats
Glute kickbacks, bridges or hip thrusters
12-15 reps, 3 x's each

Repeat circuit
Finish with HIIT cardio

Saturday: Fasted cardio & whatever muscles we each feel like working at the gym or I will go and do Pure Barre which is a full body workout! 

And yes, call me crazy but I still do bathroom squats, lunges or leg lifts every time I use the bathroom at work. I sit at a desk all day, I like to stay active ;)

What are your favorite types of workouts?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

IIFYM Week 4 // A Full Week in Food.

A couple weeks ago I shared that Dustin and I started tracking macros, we're now in week 5 and seeing definite results from the changes we've made with our food! What does "tracking macros" mean? My full post is here, but basically we're tracking our food intake each day making sure we get a specific amount of each macronutrient- carbs, protein and fat. We use My Fitness Pal (username: mianuttle) to track everything and just make sure we're eating the right amount of each throughout our day. 

I took a picture of everything I ate last Mon-Sun so you can see what a typical week looks like right now. I wanted to share because I personally have been most inspired from seeing what other IIFYM people eat. Seeing tips from others on what they buy & eat gives me new fresh ideas.  Like I said before, I'm currently in a stage of eating approx 1550 calories a day, but broken up into approx 40% protein/35% carbs/25% fat. *Remember, these are set specifically to my body and my fitness goals. I am NOT suggesting you do this, just sharing my journey.

*Everything was tracked & fit
Weekly Food IIFYM
Breakfast: Green smoothie minus the banana
AM Snack: 1/4 cup scrambled egg white, 1/2 cup turkey sausage, 
1/4 cup cottage and 2 chocolate chip protein cookies
Lunch: Leftovers from Sunday- 6.5 oz chicken tenderloins, Kraft Slim cut cheese, Dellalo pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni and 2 oz salad with fat free Italian dressing.
PM Snack: Gala apples, 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips and 2 tbsp Jif Whips (SO GOOD!)
Dinner: 5 oz chicken breast, Steam Fresh asparagus corn & carrots, 2 oz salad with fat free Italian.

*Everything was tracked & fit
Weekly Foods IIFYM
Breakfast: Green smoothie
AM Snack: Quaker Low Sugar Strawberries n' Cream Oatmeal & 1 cup strawberries
Lunch: 3 oz salad with 3 oz chicken breast & fat free Italian, Key Lime Greek Yogurt and 1 carton of edamame
PM Snack: Apple cinnamon rice cake, 1/2 cup cottage cheese & 1 can chicken breast, 20 Van's Say Cheese crackers
Dinner: Chicken sausage zucchini skillet and 1 serving protein angel food cake with 4 tbsp fat free Reddi Whip

*Everything was tracked & fit
Weekly Foods IIFYM
Breakfast: Green smoothie minus the banana
AM Snack: Strawberry Cheesecake Greek Yogurt, 2 Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies & 1 cup strawberries
Lunch: Leftover Chicken sausage zucchini skillet & 2 oz salad with fat free Italian
PM Snack: 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 2.25 oz baby carrots & light ranch wedge
Dinner: 1 Lavish bread toasted in the oven with 1/4 cup fat free refried beans, 4 oz taco turkey meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, fat free cheddar and plain Greek yogurt for sour cream 

*Everything was tracked & fit
Weekly Foods IIFYM
Breakfast: Green smoothie
AM Snack: 1 plain glazed donut. I got to work and there were donuts so I swapped out my Kind bar for a donut. It fit my macros perfectly and well, who passes up a donut?!
Lunch: Archer Farms Quinoa pack with 1/2 cup black beans & 4 oz taco turkey meat. (Forgot to take a pic!)
PM Snack: 3/4 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt, 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips & 2 tbsp PB2 (a favorite snack of ours)
Dinner: 4 oz Turkey meatballs, 5.5 oz roasted asparagus & a roasted diced sweet potato

*Everything was tracked & fit
Weekly Foods IIFYM
Breakfast: Green smoothie minus the banana
AM Snack: 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 2 tbsp PB2, 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips 148 g strawberries
Lunch: Leftovers 4 oz turkey meatballs, 1/2 can green beans & roasted diced sweet potato
PM Snack: 1 Teriyaki beef jerky pack, Kay's Naturals Cinnamon Toast protein pretzel sticks and a Peanut Butter & Jelly Quest bar before the gym
Dinner: 5 oz Chicken breast, Bird's Eye Steam Fresh green beans & red potatoes

*Everything was tracked, minus our untracked splurge meal
Weekly Foods IIFYM
Breakfast: Green smoothie minus spinach + 75 g strawberries
AM Snack: Vanilla Almond Quest Bar & Honest unsweetened green tea after Pure Barre
Lunch: 2 oz salad with 3 oz chicken, tomatoes and fat free Italian
Untracked meal: Hop Bunz turkey burger & Yolatti fro yo!

*Everything was tracked & fit, I was unintentionally under today though
Weekly Foods IIFYM
Breakfast: 3 Maple Grove mix pancakes, Walden Farms syrup, 2 tbsp fat free Reddi Whip, 1 turkey sausage patty, 62 g strawberries & 1 cup of coffee with 2 tbsp Califia Vanilla Almond milk creamer
Lunch: 1 piece Lavish bread, pizza sauce, fat free mozzarella, 1/4 cup turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni & 2.5 oz salad with fat free Italian dressing
Dinner: 300 g White Chicken Chili, 1 oz plain Greek yogurt, fat free cheddar, 1/2 of a Spicy Wholly Guacamole cup & 5 black bean tortilla chips (YUM!!)
Dessert: 1/2 cup Edy's Slow Churned half the fat French Vanilla ice cream & 5 Savannah Smiles Girl Scout cookies crushed up AKA HEAVEN

Random other stuff & things:
//As you can see, I drink a green smoothie everyday. The only variables in that each day are the banana and protein. I add or remove them depending on what my carbs or protein look like for that day.
//Dustin and I are eating very similar to the way we have for years, just less carbs & fat. I had NO idea the nutritional value of even healthy foods until we started tracking. You 100% want healthy nutrient foods, but you can still be consuming too much. 
//I drink hot tea each morning and usually once in the afternoon. I drink tons of water, I always have. Occasionally, I'll have something else but mostly just a water drinker.
//We do use a food scale and weigh or measure out most of our foods. 
//It's very easy for me to stick to my routine throughout the week. The weekend is just when we tend to indulge a little. If I'm craving something throughout the week though, I'll fit it in, I just normally am not.

Thursday I will be sharing what a typical week in workouts looks like for us. I'm not going to be sharing much more after that on Macros, but if you want to see anything else specific or have any questions at all, just ask me :) 

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