Week 3: May Push UP Challenge!

Pulling this image from the archives of 2017 yoga challenges because definition GOALS. After a productively active Saturday, I’m looking for all the motivation for getting in some movement this Sunday.

Sharing the next week’s push-up daily lineup to help inspire you as well!

Week 3:

  • Day 15: 10 Wide Pushups, 10 Tricep Pushups, 10 Diamond Pushups
  • Day 16: 10 Wide Pushups 10 Diamond Pushups (3x)
  • Day 17: 5 Wide Pushups + Walk into Plank between each rep (5x)
  • Day 18: 30 Second Forearm Plank (5x – 2 minutes and 30 seconds total)
  • Day 19: 60 Wide Pushups
  • Day 20: Rest!!
  • Day 21: 2 minute High Plank hold

You guys are totally crushing this challenge and it’s getting me really excited for future challenges and all the ideas I have to share with you all!

I’ve been busy completing my 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, teaching, and working for my Marketing job but am getting so inspired by future goals of my own to expand my teaching knowledge. I’ve also just invested in a new adventure to be a ZYIA activewear rep and I’m so pumped to share all about this in future posts. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Dijon Mustard Salmon Bowl.

I forgot how delicious a well-cooked salmon filet is until earlier this week! I normally always have a bag of frozen salmon in my freezer for quick meal options and Monday night was one of those. I unthawed the fish in the fridge through the day and then cooked at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes with a side of diced sweet peppers.

Below is the glaze and oil topping I did for both – which I always just eyeball these ingredients to personal preference.

Salmon Glaze:

  • Dijon Mustard
  • drizzle of Honey
  • Soy Sauce

Sweet Peppers:

  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt (I buy a mixed jar from Whole Foods which is amazing)
  • Black Pepper

I added the fish and peppers on top of brown rice and spinach for a pretty filling dinner. I was pretty satisfied!

May Push UP Challenge!

Each May, I desire a little extra push throughout my over-excited body. Like the winter layer has shed and I have all this pent-up energy, craving just a tad bit more than my normal routine. No matter that be a switch in eating habits or activity, I’m out seeking a CHALLENGE! Which bring us to the May Push Up challenge this year – daily pushups, every day of May because why. freaking. not.

We’re almost half way through the month and here is the first two weeks of the schedule. Come back each Saturday for an update for the next up-coming week!

Week 1:

  • May 1st: 25 Pushups, 30 second High Plank, 25 Pushups (athlete choice for the first day)
  • May 2nd: 10 Wide Pushups (5x)
  • May 3rd: 30 second High Plank w/ 10 second break (4x)
  • May 4th: 20 Wide Pushups, 10 Tricep, 10 Diamond (3x)
  • May 5th: 30 Diamond Pushups, 30 Wide Pushups
  • May 6th: 1 minute High Plank, 35 Tricep Pushups, 1 minute High Plank
  • May 7th: REST!

Week 2:

  • May 8th: 1 minute forearm Plank, 40 Wide Pushups
  • May 9th: 30 second High Plank, 10 Diamond Pushups (4x)
  • May 10th: 60 Wide Pushups
  • May 11th: 15 Wide Pushups, 10 Diamond, 10 Tricep (4x)
  • May 12th: 10 second Forearm Plank, 10 second High Plank (3x – 1 whole minute)
  • May 13th: REST!
  • May 14th: 1 minute 30 second High Plank

Stay tuned for the remaining weeks as well as Squat challenge for July!

Target Winter Sweatshirt Review.

It’s Target Sweatshirt review time!!

I’ve been working from home since last spring due to the Pandemic and my sweatshirt collection definitely shows it. I went a little crazy on my investment into my Work-from-Home wardrobe lately so I thought I’d share some of my favorite items for my friends on here so you can be cozy and cute while working in your remote offices as well 🙂

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories recently, you know I’m in the middle of my microblading healing process so I was trying to be uber careful with putting on these sweatshirts over my head. If you’ve been interested in the microblading process, I’ll share my whole experience soon once the final results come through. (Right now they are a bit scary close up!)

I’ve had a couple favorites from Aerie and Kohl’s recently too but today’s post is focused on Target finds since we all love a one-stop-shop. Here are my reviews starting from top left, moving across, and then down to bottom right:

  • Universal Threads Blue Tie Dye Hoodie: I did not think I would like this hoodie as much as I do. It is very loose-fitting, soft, and comfy since I sized up to a medium. The neck hole is loose so slides over your head really easy and looks adorable tucked in the front or untucked. I also really like the rounded bottom instead of straight across and that it is longer in the back and covers the bum. Unfortunately, this one is not available online anymore (you might be able to find it at your local Target store in clearance) but I found this alternative tie-dye crewneck from the same brand.
  • Hooded Fleece Universal Thread Sweatshirt: I’ve seen a ton of people rave about this hoodie across social media and wanted to test it out. I chose the red color (which is still currently available online) and I’m a huge fan of the faded look. This is a tighter fit since I purchased a size small and it has a very tight neck hole so you have to be careful sliding it over your head for make-up, messing up your hair, or being careful with your eyebrows if you’ve had microblading recently like me!
  • Zoe + Liv Aspen Crewneck: This has been my favorite sweatshirt to throw on to head to teaching class or run errands. It is never wrong to have a simple gray crewneck to have to go with any color bottom. This specific Aspen style is not available online but I found an alternative ‘Always Grateful’ graphic sweatshirt that is also super cute and from the same brand. I love the way this brand fits and has enough fabric for a tuck front without being too tight (I sized up to medium for an oversize fit).
  • Def Leppard Graphic Sweatshirt: I get THE MOST compliments on this sweatshirt and I believe it is the spotted pattern that is similar to tie-dye [but just different enough] and the large tiger image that is very eye-catching. I sized up to a medium in this one as well to give room for the front tuck [which you know I’m a huge fan of].
  • AC/DC Washed Graphic Sweatshirt: I love the washed tie-dye for this sweatshirt. It gives this one a light-colored look without being too bold so you can pair it with a lot of different bottom options. This sweatshirt is very light and soft on the inside so it’s great under a coat for colder days or on its own for warmer days.

This has been my go-to look for work-from-home days so that I feel a little bit cute but cozy enough to get work done at my computer for extended periods. I get motivated to have options to choose from so I’m not bored of my wardrobe but I want to make sure I use the items I buy, so I’ll only share items I absolutely love. I think clothing purchases are important because you want to invest enough to have quality pieces but not break the bank. I think Target has done a solid job this season of providing affordable cute pieces – I’m already eyeballing a few other items I need in my closet!

What I’ve been Eating: Lunch.

How is it already February? I don’t think I’ve even been able to process the fact that we’ve past the holiday season and Valentine’s Day is next weekend. Holy heck!

Since my schedule has been so busy lately, I’ve been going after really quick lunches so I can focus on cleaning, walking Nella, getting in a quick workout, or running an errand over my lunch hour. Today I’m sharing three of the three quick lunches I’ve been eating like crazy lately. I try to get in a good portion of protein for my lunches so I’m full through the afternoon and can avoid cravings.

Lunches from Left to Right:

  • Scrambled Eggs & Turkey: Brown up about 1/2 cup of ground turkey with 21 Season Salute from Trader Joes. When the turkey is almost fully cooked, add in two stirred up eggs – scramble in the pan all together. Place in a bowl and top with salsa.
  • Ground Chicken Salad: Brown up about 1/2 cup of ground chicken in a pan with 21 Season Salute from Trader Joes. Place over butter lettuce, 1/8 cup shredded Mexican Cheese, & 1 spoonful of Plain Greek Yogurt.
  • Pasta & Green Beans: Pictured is the Birds Eye Veggie Made Mac & Cheese (but all of these pastas are super delicious) with crushed red pepper. Side of 1 can Green Beans with a slice of Pepper Jack Laughing Cow Cheese.

These are my current go-to lunches that only take about ten minutes to whip up because I’m always about being super productive through my day and maximizing my time. If you have quick lunches that you love, I’d be happy to hear & try them out.

If you enjoy food ideas, you can find more from me daily on Instagram at @ashraeeining where I share a lot of different meals, snacks, and drink ideas on stories! Let’s be best friends on social 🙂

Get Ready With Me: Quick Edition.

You heard that right! This is my ‘Oh-sh*t-I-slept-in-too-late’ get ready with me edition 🙂

These are for the mornings I roll out of bed, have a quick half shower, and moisturize my body, face, and hair. There is no make-up included (even though the photo above is a full face of makeup for me hehe).

  • Right after I fix up a pot of coffee and take care of Nella’s morning routine, I’ll brush my teeth and then do a quick rinse in the shower to clean my body. I’ll use a wide headband to cover my hair if I’m not washing it for the day.
  • After the rinse, I’ll use Lush’s Eau Roma Water Toner for my face, Babe Lash Enhancing Conditioner across my lashes, deodorant under the arms, Beautycounters Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream under my eyes, and Origins Faux Glow Radiant Self-Tanner for the face.
  • I’ve been into Jergens Natural Glow lotion again for moisturizer on my legs during the winter months when they are not seeing any sun. I’m also a big fan of Beautycounter’s Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa because I’m a sucker for anything scents that remind me of a beach vacation during colder months!
  • I will then use L’ange’s Deja Vu Dry Shampoo throughout my hair, brush it out and fluff it back up with some hairspray.

And that’s it! This whole routine takes me about 20 minutes in the morning which is excellent for mornings when I’m short on time or want to get a little more beauty rest. What is your morning routine like?

Arm Fitness Series.

I’m in full Cabo prep mode which means I’m working my arm muscles multiple days a week to get them tone. I’ve been requested numerous times to share my fitness & yoga sequences so you all can do them in the comfort of your own home or on the road in a hotel room. I’m sharing an arm focused series today that can be paired with a cardio session or lower body series as well. I typically use 3-5 lb weights for the whole series but you can easily do all of these moves with a resistance band or no weights at all. Put on some tunes and knock out this set 3-5x depending on how you’re feeling!

Wearing:

  • Headband: Hello Headband
  • Sweater: Target
  • Pants: Fabletics
  • Socks: Cuddl duds (softest socks ever and lol at the different height in these photos – opps

Biceps

15 Reps of each:

  • Bicep full range curls [palms facing up]
  • Hammer full range curls [palms facing in]
  • W pulses [hands out to the sides and pulse out 1 inch]

Shoulders

15 Reps of each:

  • Goal post pulses [90 degree arms // elbows straight out to the side from shoulders // pulse up 1 inch]
  • Box pulses [elbows straight out from shoulders in front // pulse up 1 inch]
  • Straight arm pulses [wrist straight out front from shoulders // pulse up 1 inch]
    • Then Pulse in 1 inch

Back & Triceps

15 Reps of each:

  • Reverse flys full range [hinge from the hips with a flat back // arms straight out to a T and then release down in front of the shoulders]
    • Then Pulse 1 inch at the top [hands straight out from the shoulders]
  • Triceps pulses [Arms straight back behind you with weights higher than glutes // pulse up 1 inch]
    • Then pulse in 1 inch

After wrapping up however many sets you completed, finish off your arm workout with some deep stretching. I’m a huge fan of utilizing a yoga strap or resistance band to stretch out my muscles after this arm sequence.

I hope you all enjoy, have sore arms after, & have a fabulous day ahead of you!

ACTA Wear Review.

If you’ve been following me for awhile on Instagram (@ashraeeiningyoga) then you’ve known of my partnership with ACTA Wear. I’ve been testing out the items for about a year and half now and am a HUGE fan. I also clearly am a fan of pink, green, white, & black of their items 🙂

I’m sharing my thoughts on each item, what fitness item I would wear them for, & if I’d buy them again. If you’re interested in any of these same items or other products ACTA Wear provides, my code ASHRAEEINING will provide you 15% off at checkout!

First two outfits:

  • ACTA Renew Vest Bra: One of my favorite recent items I’ve ordered, this top is very flattering for smaller chests. I also am a huge fan of the back detailing. I would wear this top for a barre class or non-heated yoga class.
  • Smoke High-waisted Shorts w/ Liner: I’m very picky with shorts and these are not a top pick of mine. I would wear them lifting but wouldn’t for running, hiking, or classes since they would ride up quickly.
  • Sunset Seamless Pro Bra: I was surprised how much I love this bra. The way the straps lay across the shoulders is super flattering. I’d wear this bra for any fitness activity or under a crewneck sweater or hoodie.
  • Sunset Seamless Leggings: The material of the seamless leggings are a bit itchy for me so I find myself not wearing these as much. I would wear these for outdoor fitness like running or hiking in colder temps.

Final two outfits:

  • Sage Legacy Windbreaker: My all time favorite item from ACTA is this windbreaker. It is almost always on backorder by definitely worth the wait because it is super, super cute. I wear this item after cardio workouts or just over thin sweaters when running around town to get errands done.
  • Flame INLUX Base Bra: I get soooooo many compliments on this color and it definitely pops on camera when I’m teaching my virtual classes. Million times would order this whole set again. 10/10 on quality, feel of the fabric, and movement ability.
  • Flame INLUX Leggings: The only negative I have for the leggings since I love them just as much as the bra is this color does show through for darker undies and is very tight fabric (I personally prefer tighter material but I know this bugs some). I would wear this set in non-heated classes.
  • Seamless Ribbed Tank Bra: My second all time favorite item from ACTA is this cropped Tank Bra. I wear this item all the time and I find it super trendy dressing it up with a cardigan and jogger pants.
  • Sage Seamless Marl Leggings: The seamless material still has the itchy factor I shared above for the Sunset set but I am so impressed by the Sage color that I look past this factor when wanting to wear this set. I really like to wear this color for teaching since it is a lot more fun than the common black leggings.
  • Sage Seamless Marl Long Sleeve: The crop long sleeve is nice to wear over tighter tank tops. This item is not available but I would recommend the Moss Flux Long Sleeve in it’s place if you are looking for a similar item.

Overall, I’m very impressed with my experience with my ACTA items and I’ll definitely continue to order more items. In the future, I’ll lean towards the INLUX and Flux products because I’m a huge fan of the feel of the material. If you have any questions or looking for recommendations for certain activities, I’d be more than happy to help!

Women’s Natural Deodorant Review.

Hey all!

This post has been long overdue for information I wanted to post! Natural deodorant is such a hot topic the last couple years when more & more people are being cautious about what is in the products we’re putting on our body. I switched to Native about 3 years ago but noticed when I would try out the different scents, my skin would react. This reaction was typically during hot seasons like spring or summer. So my doctor suggested testing out different brands and you know this girl loooooves to try out different products. I wanted to make sure to give enough time for each of these (about 1-2 months) to see how my skin would react. This post today is a quick review of each of the different deodorants I tested out, where I got them from, and if I would continue to use them.

I was not paid to promote any of these items but this post does include some affiliate links which means if you purchase through them, I receive a small kickback. If you choose to order through these links, which you definitely do not have to, I greatly appreciate you supporting me 🙂

Starting with the Amazon deodorants:

  • Native: This one is $15 off Amazon and $11.97 as a Prime member. I’ve also heard you can find it at major retailers. You’re probably familiar with the Native brand since this is the most well known for natural deodorants. I started with this one years ago and loved the Coconut Vanilla scent. I didn’t notice any problems with it while I was using this deodorant out in San Francisco where the climate is a bit drier. Once I moved to CO, I ordered the Pear & Lavender scent and summer rolled around, my skin started to become dry and itchy. I have not ordered Native since but am not against trying out the Coconut Vanilla in cooler, dryer months.
  • Each & Every: Hands down my favorite that I’ve tried out so far. This one comes up for $15 on Amazon at the moment & claims to be Aluminum, Parabens, & Baking Soda free. I’ve been using Cedar & Vanilla and have not had any negative reactions. The texture is very smooth and glides right on. I actually found myself going back to this one in between trying out the others!
  • Underarmed: This company won me over by having THE BEST customer service & experience. I work in Marketing so I really notice the little things companies do. This brand sent a Thank You note with the order & if you reached out to them and left a review they would send you a travel size deodorant (pictured above & can’t have enough of those!). They also provided a 20% off code with the travel size item if you wanted to start a subscription. With so many options on the market right now, this small family-ran business really knows how to build a brand relationship. This one comes up at $17 on Amazon and I tested out the Lavender & Eucalyptus as my full size and the Jasmine & Rose as the travel size. Both smell amazing and I had no reaction to these. Underarmed came as a close second for me in my testing since I just love the smoothness of Each & Every.

Now for the non-Amazon options:

  • Avon OnDuty: This one was a recommendation from Mama Becky since she has been using this deodorant for years (She has recently switched to BeautyCounters). Avon is definitely the cheapest option at $3.60 but this one does not claim to be aluminum free as Aluminum Chlorohydrate is the main ingredient. It is nonscented and claims to be non-sticky and quick drying. This one was probably my least favorite as it is not the best natural option (sorry Mama Becky!).
  • Cleo + Coco: This one was a recent Christmas gift from Mama Becky since it was a recommendation on Good Morning America. It is an aluminum-free, charcoal deodorant that sells for $18 and you can also find it on Amazon. I’m currently testing it out & will update this post later with more thoughts but didn’t want to leave it out. I’m not in love with the texture but the Lavender Vanilla scent is wonderful!
  • Primally Pure: You know I had to add in my favorite brand, Primally Pure. I originally order this one after I saw a gal raving about it on Instagram. I ordered the Blue Tansy scent in a bundle around Black Friday a few years ago and feel in love with the scent of this deodorant. This one does contain Baking Soda so if you know your skin reacts to this ingredient than it might not be for you. The current prices on the site range from $16-$22 depending on the size you desire. I went back and ordered other products in the scent because I love it so much. (Psst: Code PrimallyAshRae will save you some $$)

Those are the few I’ve gone through in my journey so far & will continue to update. Following along with me on Instagram at @ashraeeiningyoga for day to day updates since I do still have a few on my list to try 🙂

And most importantly, have a beautiful Saturday!

New Wall Decor Hobby Lobby Haul.

The New Year just felt right to complete a big refresh of my wall decor. A lot of items I had hanging before were collected over the years and I had a strong desire to switch a lot out hence the full haul of decoration in my main living space.

On my shopping journey I stopped at a few different places but really struck gold at Hobby Lobby! I was aiming for a floral, desert vibe with some lighter wood accents so I could easily take these items into the spring & summer seasons. The majority of my current large furniture items are a light gray wood so I found a lot of light brown wood frames to mix it up just a bit.

My favorite find is the tall skinny vase with winter floral pieces. Hobby Lobby has amazing prices on floral pieces and I’m excited to switch up the floral pieces for each season.

Wall decor pieces were all 50% off and I was looking for a main item for my entry way (the ‘Love Grows’ sign) and a few bare areas around my space (floral piece above the tv). I really only updated my main living space so will probably update my bedroom & bathroom in a few weeks then the patio come spring.

A few items not shown are another wall piece I haven’t decided where to put yet & new pillows (because you can never have too many!). Other places I would shop for ideas & items are Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, & Macy’s.