The Beat Drop: August 2017 #2

Going a little out of order with my planned playlists as we head in to AUGUST… How did that happen, how is it already August?! Anyways… This August #2 playlist is just the thing we need to send summer out in style. They’re like killer mellow songs.   Continue reading “The Beat Drop: August 2017 #2”


Tip Tuesday: Easy Summer Makeup

Ladies, this is your reminder that it is TIME to retire your Winter shade of foundation.  I know we want to get the most out of our products, so maybe pop that bad boy in the cabinet for a ‘rest’ and grab another slightly darker shade for your gorgeous self!

If you need some help matching yourself to your Summer Foundation color, check this link out.  Send me your results and we’ll get you on track!  The biggest tip I can give you is to make sure the undertones of the product match.  This is a big deciding factor whether your color will match.

Maybe you’re looking for a lighter option for the hot summer months?  Girl, me too. Let me introduce you to my Ride or Die: BB Cream.



Seriously, where has BB Cream been all my life?? So light, so easy to apply — recommended to use a brush or a blending bud, but I’m usually running out the door and need to look presentable in under 2 minutes.  BB Cream allows me that!  Mamas or chronically late people, this product is for you! 😉

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Not only is it quick and easy to apply, my BB Cream is Vegan friendly, meets EU standards for cosmetics (the EU bans1328 chemicals in cosmetics and skincare… US bans 11).  So not only is it a time saver, it’s a skin saver!

Now, personally, I do not care for the dewy finish, so I top it with any powder — pressed, loose, setting. Whatever I’m feeling that day. 🙂

Then, I complete my look with a quick swipe of bronzer, a little tinted lip balm, quick swipe of a cream shadow, and mascara! Mascara is LIFE!  If it’s sweltering hot, I’ll spritz Setting Spray all over, too.  (AND, on days that I need fuller coverage, I just add a bit of concealer to my BB, mix it together and apply! BB Brew has been a lifesaver time and time again!)  Need this look in your life? Visit this link!

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My quick face! BB Cream, Bronzer, nude cream shadow, mascara! Simple, Easy, out the door in under 2 minutes!

Now, if only High School Me could have known about this easy look. (shout out to the days I thought wearing eyeliner sans mascara was the way to go… oh boy.)

OH the things we wish we could tell our high school selves — like, no sweetie, it’s not the end of the world that you don’t have the same backpack everyone else does. Yes maybe that boy broke your heart, but you’re 17… Sweetie, USE MASCARA! & LORDY, blend your makeup down your neck! Just to name a few that come to mind lol .. What would you tell your High School Self?

Stay tuned next week for how to get those long lashes you’ve been dying to have without selling your kidney on the black market.


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The Beat Drop: Renegade Ride

Welcome to a blast from my personal past as a Spinning Instructor.  I love giving my riders something to think about while the lights are off and they’re pushing their minds and bodies to the limits.  There’s just something about the vibes in the room when it goes black, and all you hear are beats, and breaths. Continue reading “The Beat Drop: Renegade Ride”

The Beat Drop: ‘Merica Ride

Get ready for a fun and patriotic themed ride!! 🇺🇸🚴🏼‍♀️🚴🏼🇺🇸
🇺🇸PARTY IN THE USA – warm up, 20 on/ 20off surges of RPM
FIREWORK – out to 3 over chorus, heavy. Back to saddle for verses. Add level. Repeat. Keep with beat
LEAN ON – saddle pushes 20 on / 20 off. TABATA. Add level after each round.
AMERICAN O2 – mod saddle climb, add level every min. 75 RPM
FOURTH OF JULY – option: push up tap back OR hover over chorus.  If it doesn’t feel right to you, don’t do it. Then to 3 w/beat for verses.
AMERICAN BOY – @ HP2 standing jog w/ beat for chorus. Saddle for verses. Add level. Repeat.
STARSTRUKK – option: push ups for whistles! Sprint for fast parts (saddle or 3) then to 2 with beat. Repeat.
A MILLI – 8 ct jumps for the whole song. Add level every min. Focus on SMOOTH transitions.
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS – saddle climb. Mod w/beat. Add level every minute til out to 3 for last minute.
STAY FLY – roller coasters. Saddle for chorus. @ 3 for verses. HEAVY climb.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – reverse ‘hill’. heavy climb. Remove level each min & add 5 RPM. Periodic surges over chorus if it moves you!
MY SONGS KNOW… – mod climb w/beat @ 2 for verses. To 3 over chorus ”my songs know…’. Add level. Repeat.
CRUISE – Saddle climb to 3. Add level & speed it up for Nelly’s verse. Then stay at 3 for mod climb til the end.
AMERICAN GIRL – start at moderate Saddle climb, add level every min to standing if needed.
I MADE IT – sprints 30 on 15 off until end.
STARS & STRIPES FOREVER – cool down. 🇺🇸

Please note that while I make every effort to capture and present these indoor cycling class / Spinning class profiles accurately, the class profiles and class descriptions posted on this blog do not constitute complete instruction for teaching the indoor cycling class / Spinning class.

No statement is made to the suitability or otherwise of the indoor cycling profiles presented on this blog. Care must always be taken when riding an indoor cycle. Please, consult your physician before starting an exercise program.

The indoor cycling class / Spinning class profiles presented are not meant to be exercise and/or personal recommendations, but only examples of workouts that the author completed in the past. The owner and authors of these cycling class profiles will not be responsible or liable for any injury, illness or death resulting from the use of the information contained in this article.

Foodie Finds: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Ours had ground turkey, rice, tomatoes, onion, garlic, cabbage, spices and coconut oil over fresh steak tomatoes. We skipped the extra tomato sauce simply because we didn’t have any. Sub in cauli rice to make it 21DSD compliant! Not beautiful but scrumptious!!


2# ground meat of choice (or even chicken breasts flaked)

1 small cabbage, chopped

2 cups prepared rice (or cauli rice)

1 large onion, diced

1 large beef steak tomato, sliced in thick slices

4-6 medium cloves garlic, smashed and minced

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 TBS coconut oil

2 TBS balsamic vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

(I also added Greek seasoning)

(Option to add more tomato sauce on top!) Directions:

🔹in a large saucepan or pot, melt coconut oil. Sauté onions and garlic. Once translucent, add ground meat and cook thoroughly. Drain grease.

🔹add 2 cans diced tomatoes plus juice.

🔹add rice, cabbage, salt, pepper, and any other spices you prefer. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stir and check moisture periodically)

🔹place 2 slices tomato on plate, sprinkle salt and pepper and drizzle balsamic vinegar. Serve your Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls straight on top of your fresh tomatoes. Option: add more tomato sauce on top!




The Beat Drop: Russian Step Drill & a playlist

I LOVE a timer drill. There’s just something about being able to hit ‘start’ and not worry about keeping up with the intervals, BUT still spitting all the motivation to my riders as I can.  (This drill I’m about to share is also super awesome and rather clutch, if you ask me, if you need a quick 30 minute, grueling workout  — just do a warmup +2 rounds of the drill). Continue reading “The Beat Drop: Russian Step Drill & a playlist”