My 3 Step Fitness Routine

I think I finally have a routine and the gym! If you have been following me on my Instagram you probably have witnessed my many Instagram Story gym sessions. Which mostly consists of photos or boomerangs. -Lol

Even though I try to go at least 3 days a week, I never really had a routine while I was there. I always would go to the treadmill and afterwards be done. I think it was mostly because I didn’t know what machines to use or how to use them? BUT with a little help I caught on pretty quick.

If you are reading this going – “I am the same way.” I would recommend asking someone who works at the gym how to use the machine or going with a friend so you can both learn together ( its less embarrassing with a buddy – LOL). Below, I am going to share my recent routine with you and REAL photos. These are not staged so judgement free zone. – I can’t always look good ๐Ÿ™‚ J/K

STEP 1.

When I get to the gym I start with either the treadmill or elliptical for 25 mins. Now, you can make this as easy or as hard as you want. I generally do a fast paced walk on an incline, however, if you want to run that’s fine too.

STEP 2.

After my 25 minute walk/run & depending on what day it is, I’ll workout my upper body (chest & arms) or lower body (legs and butt). I usually do another 10-15 minutes working out these areas. As far as how much weight to use, that’s completely up to you and how much you are comfortable with. I stick to 30-40 pounds. You don’t want to over due it or hurt yourself, but you still want to sweat a little.

STEP 3.

My final step while at the gym is stretching. Most gyms have a designated area for this, usually with mats available. I don’t have a specific amount of time for stretching. Sometimes I incorporate Yoga moves to push my workout a little more, other times I just cool down.

After that I’m done! Since doing this routine I have lost 5 pounds in about 2 weeks. I also haven’t changed my diet (I love food too much) however, I will most likely change up this routine to push myself and try for better results. BUT we all have to start somewhere! As someone who doesn’t really enjoy working out, I know that just doing it is an accomplishment.

-Oh and make sure you have a good playlist! I swear it makes a HUGE difference in your mood when working out.

Thanks for hanging out guys! If you’ve been wanting to workout more I hope this helped you. Tag me on Instagram & we can cheer each other on!

Always,

Tara

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3 Tips For the Newly Engaged

Hello everyone & Happy Sunday!

Today, I wanted to talk about some tips for the soon to be bride and groom since so many of you were interested in our wedding planning! I’ve been engaged now for two months ( which is crazy to me!) and since the holidays are over, wedding planning is in full force!

However, I know this can be a stressful time for some so I’m going to share some of my tips to help sort your thoughts and relieve some of that anxiety you are probably feeling. Hey- by now means am I stress free over here, but I’m learning that organization is key to the madness!

Keep Your Engagement Quiet

WHAT?! Is probably the first word out of your mouth right now, BUT I promise you will thank me later! You don’t have to keep it on the down low forever, but I do suggest that you take time to enjoy this moment between you and your new fiancรฉ. Personally, when we got engaged we only told our immediate family members and close friends (who we told to keep it off Facebook).

We did eventually make a public post, but it was nice to have a “secret” that only a few knew about. Also, keep in mind once you share this exciting news, you will get a ton of questions! Make sure you are ready.

Start Thinking About A Date

Here we go – You are now engaged and everyone wants to know when the big day is! You don’t have to lock in a day right away, however, I do suggest getting an idea of what season, time frame, etc. Take into consideration how long you’ve been dating. For example, if you’ve been dating for three years or less, you might want a full year engagement (saving & planning).

For us, we have been together for five years, ( six by the time we get hitched) so a full year engagement is not on the agenda. But, I am still giving us time to save and plan. Which leads me into my next tip.

Determine What Type of Wedding You Want

This might be the most important. Do you want traditional, destination, or an elopement? Now that I think about it, you might want to do this first – LOL. The reason is because the type of wedding you want will most likely determine your budget and guest list. Don’t be afraid to do what you want either. People who want to celebrate with you will be there no matter what you choose, and that’s all that matters.

To give you a little scoop – We have decided to do a mix between elopement & destination. Our guest list is small, 15 total and I couldn’t be more excited! We didn’t want to go into debt, and both of us have lost important people in our lives. Since they are not here physically, and with no one to walk me down an isle, our decision was mutual. This is not meant to make you sad either! I just want you to know if you are in a similar situation, its perfectly fine and normal if you feel the same!

If you are single and still reading this post, YOU ROCK! Don’t worry, one day you will be in the same boat and you now you have three great tips to reference back to! Until then, just have fun and enjoy life! Time moves fast so make sure you travel, hang-out with friends, and learn about yourself!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post – I can’t wait to share more with you about our wedding festivities! Make sure you are subscribed to the blog – They see it first! Head over to my Instagram as well for real life moments!

Always,

Tara

Holly Jolly Detroit

Hello Everyone!

Happy Sunday & Christmas Eve Eve! ( Lol, it’s a real thing)

Alright, I know it has been a hot minute since I have posted, and I’ll be honest….. I need to get more organized with work, life and everything in between. I hope I’m not the only one who can relate to that? ANYWAY, I appreciate everyone for sticking around & if you ever need to catch up make sure you are following me on Instagram @ifyouseektara.

Ok, on to some Christmas Fun! This year I wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit like I usually do, so I needed a boost. My fiancรฉ decided to take me downtown to enjoy some holiday activities & I think it actually worked! We live about twenty minutes from the city so it was an easy ride over, and we parked for free at one of the casinos.

Might not be the best shot, but there were a lot of people and cars, so I had to take what I could get, BUT its so pretty! They also have an ice skating ring to the right of the tree.

After we walked around the little pop-up shops we decided to walk over to Miracle at Park Bar. If you are unfamiliar with it and you live in the Detroit area, it’s a New York City based pop-up bar that takes over The Skip . The menu is all Holiday inspired drinks. ( Don’t go there hungry, no food.)

There are Christmas lights everywhere, presents hanging from the ceiling, Christmas music playing and of course every table had these RV’s, which reminded me of the movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Now, they have a lot of festive drinks that come in cool glasses, but I decided to be a little safe, lol. I ordered the Christmaspolitan & it was delicious!

If you don’t have any plans today and you live in the area I would highly recommend going downtown and checking it out for yourself! If you can’t make it today don’t worry the pop-up bar will be here until December 31st!

I hope you enjoyed my little trip around the city. If you know of any other places let me know, I would love to hear! I hope everyone has a Fantastic Holiday and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone to hear all about it!

Always,

Tara

Small Business Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! Since the holiday season is upon us & today is all about supporting local businesses, I put together a little gift guide with my favorite Etsy accounts.

Two of these ladies I know from school/friends and I love watching their work on Instagram. All of these items are super cute and perfect as gifts! Plus, you should probably order for yourself as well! I’ve listed everything below for you. Enjoy & happy shopping!

1. PopFizzKlink

The owner of this shop is Brynna & she is wonderful! Her Instagram is @popfizzklink & I highly recommend you check out her Instagram stories often. Her Etsy is listed in her bio for all your sign needs ( Hurry, they sell out fast!)

2. Lighters Candle Company

I came across this Etsy account one day while I was browsing online & I instantly fell in love. Who doesn’t love candles? More importantly, who doesn’t love candles & swearing?! Instagram is @lighterscandlecompany Etsy account listed in bio.

3. The Foxy Hipster

The owner of this shop is Amy and she’s amazing! If you are looking for 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, her shop is perfect for you! Instagram is @thefoxyhipster Etsy in bio.

4. Bookend Candle Co.

Last but not least we have more candles! I’ve actually purchased recently & love the style ( and smell) of these candles. Plus, right now until Christmas you can get 20% off your purchase! Instagram is @bookendcandleco Etsy in bio.

Hope this helps you !

Always,

Tara

Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I feel like November is just flying by, don’t you? Christmas will be here before we know it, but don’t worry if you haven’t started shopping, I plan on posting some more holiday gift guides soon!

Anyway….. a couple weeks ago I went to Denver for the first time and it was amazing! So I thought I would share some photos with you and some things we did while we were there. It was a short trip, only four days, but still fun.

Right when we landed we got our rental car and headed to the Red Rock Amphitheater. I have to be honest with you, once we got there I felt so sick. Elevation is a real thing. BUT I did my best to be a trooper and hang out. ( I did end up going back to the hotel to sleep)

After walking around and hanging out at the Red Rocks, we stopped at Roof Top Tavern. It was literally right around the corner in a little town with other bars and shops.

Roof Top Tavern

The second day we got up early and drove to The Rocky Mountains National Park. It was about an hour drive from our hotel, but the view while driving makes up for it.

The park is beautiful. Some parts had snow while others didn’t.

Ryan wanted to see wild life the whole time we were there, while I was terrified to see anything. Lol, I didn’t want to meet anything big and wild. However, we did see some deer at the park, which I was ok with.

While we were at the park we decided to do a little hike along Bear Lake Trail. It was beautiful! It was covered in snow, and you hike the loop around a lake.

& here folks is where it happened! I GOT ENGAGED! That’s right after five years of dating he finally popped the question! The photo below we took right after he got down on his knee. ( Awwww!)

A women walking the trail with her son stopped & took our picture because she said she saw us & we “looked too cute”. ( the snow was falling which makes the photo look grainy)

& thats pretty much all folks! It was a great time and I would definitely recommend visiting if you haven’t already. I’m sure I’ll be posting more photos on Instagram ( so go follow @ifyouseektara ) Thanks for hanging out and reliving our trip with me!

I can’t wait to start writing about wedding stuff….. haha too soon?! I do plan on going back so if you live there or have visited before I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Always,

Tara

Halloween Vibes

Hey everyone!

Can you believe that it’s already November?! I don’t know about you, but I’m already starting to feel the pressure. Getting the house ready, food menus, and of course hanging with FAMILY. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know too much, right?

Don’t worry we have some time still. For right now, lets grab ourselves a drink and enjoy each other’s company. ๐Ÿ™‚

So Halloween was not that long ago, and I wanted to jump on here real quick and share my DIY Costume I did this year! I always dress up, which could be because I bartender for seven years, and well… you dress up in a bar! ( Tips, ya know)

Anyway, now I work in an office, so my costume choices have changed to say the least, but I still enjoy it. So this year I decided to be Mary Poppins!

I went with the bag instead of the umbrella.

I did eventually decorate my hat, which I think made a big difference!

It was super cute and fun to do! I also posted some fun boomerangs and video’s on my Instagram! ( So if you missed it, make sure to go FOLLOW me on there!)

I bought all the pieces separately, which I am going to link below for you! The shoes I already had, which are from DSW!

Top – @HM

Skirt – @AMAZON

Hat – @AMAZON

Bow tie – @AMAZON