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    Be Comfortable in Your Own Shell


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    This month I partnered up with DesignR to promote a positive self image and encourage a happy healthy lifestyle with clothing made for the active style conscious woman on the go. Their motto “Embrace the Turtle”, and “Be comfortable in your own shell,” really speaks to the idea that getting fit is not a race. Everyone’s journey is different, and fitness looks different on everyone. It is not a quick fix. It doesn’t happen over night. It is a every day choice to be healthy and happy and loving yourself every step of the way. Fitness is a way of life.

    There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. As a wife and mother, here are my top 5 reasons why I make fitness a part of my life:

    1. It lowers my stress levels. As Ell Woods put it,  “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” I know my husband can appreciate this lol.

    2. It is something I do for myself. After a long busy day of working and taking care of my family, it’s nice to take 30 minutes for myself to workout. It gives me time to myself where I can wind down and do something to improve myself.

    3. It pushes me mentally to be stronger. There are many times where my body wants to give up, but my mental strength has pushed my body where I never thought it could.

    4. It strengthens my faith. When all else fails and I feel like giving up, my faith has been the number one factor to keep me going. Believing in something greater than myself has helped me in my fitness journey.

    5. And last but not least it gives me confidence in myself. All the factors above contribute to added confidence in my life. I can look in the mirror and know I can make a difference. I have all the right tools God gave me to improve myself daily.

    A healthy lifestyle is a happy lifestyle. And fitness has helped me become a better person, a better wife, and a better mother.

    Don’t forget to check out the details of my outfit below, and make sure to stop by DesignR and checkout all their cute and comfy active wear!

    <3 Dawn

    top: DesignR/ capri: BKE Sport/sports bra: New Balance/ shoes: Nike (similar style)/ water bottle: Design R

    P.S. The capris I am wearing are reversible and on sale! Check out the colorful print on the other side in my previous post here.

    IMG_0146(This post was sponsored by DesignR)

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    Food

    Gluten Free Frosted Raspberry Protein Muffins

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      What if I told you the frosting was fat free and protein packed? Yes you can have your frosting and eat it too! Less than 70 calories a muffin and with 9 grams of protein This is a great morning snack to kick start your day! In less than 6 easy steps you can make this delicious treat.
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    Ingredients:

    3 scoops or whey isolate of choice
    1/2 cup rice flour
    1.5 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 cup granulated stevia
    4 egg whites
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    2/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    3/4 cup fresh raspberries, halved

    FROSTING

    2 scoops vanilla whey isolate of choice
    1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbs of vanilla extract
    1/3 cup fat-free cream cheese

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    3. Combine all cupcake ingredients except the raspberries into a food processor and mix together until smooth. Gently fold in the raspberries and mix together until smooth.
    4. Evenly pour into each of the muffin cups and put in oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and tops are firm. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
    5. Prepare the frosting by combining ingredients into food processor (or by hand) and blend or mix until smooth. Put in piping bag (if you have one) and place in the fridge to firm up.
    6. Squeeze frosting from the piping bag (or simply use a knife or spoon to spread) onto the tops of each of the cooled muffins.

    Enjoy!

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more fitness tips and motivation follow me on Instagram @dawnpdarnell_wefit!

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    Fashion

    Paisley Ruffle Shorts

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    This was a fun date night outfit I wore, and it was all about these shorts! I can’t get enough of how cute the ruffle detail and paisley print. Love all the bright summer colors! I found a link to a clutch similar to the one I got on Mother’s Day from Nordstrom. It is one of my favorite summer clutches because it goes with everything. Check out one of my previous post with this clutch here. I love how I dressed it up with one of my favorite cork wedges. By the way you can get 40% off these wedges by clicking on the link below! I love this website. You get cute comfortable shoes for such a great value!

    Tan Faux Leather Sling Back Cork Wedges
    The Royal Standard Bangle Set/ BKE Red top
    Billabong ‘Island Escape’ Print Woven Shorts (Juniors)
    Alex and Ani Birthstone Expandable Wire Bangle
    Kendra Scott ‘Ripley’ Triangle Stone Bracelet
    Street Level Perforated Convertible Clutch

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Follow my instagram @dawnpdarnell for more fashion and style post!

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    Fashion

    Rose Polka Dots – Jamberry Nails

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    Hey guys so I did this fun product review of Jamberry Nails for a sweet friend of mine. I’ve never tried them until now. I don’t normally get my nails done, I prefer all natural just because I am so active, and do a lot with my hands it is hard to keep nails on. I’m also not a fan of how thick and heavy acrylic or fake nails feel on my fingers. I was pleasantly surprised by how light weight these nails felt in comparison to fake or acrylic nails. It was a ton of fun to sport such a cute design on my nail in the convenience of my own home. The only downside for me, was the application process. It was hard to get some of them to fit straight on my nails, so I had tiny creases on my nails. However, this would make a great investment for someone who loves to do their own nails and change it up with fun and unique designs. For more information, if you are interested in trying this product, click here, and talk to Lyssa one of Jamberry’s independent consultant. Ask how you can become financially independent by working from home and becoming a consultant!

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    <3 Dawn

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    Fashion

    Zoo Date – Yellow and florals

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    This past weekend we went to zoo for the first time with our little one. Unfortunately we got rained out before we got to see the new gorilla exhibit. I love my outfit I wore to the zoo. I bought this straw hat to keep the sun from my face. It’s a perfect summer hat for all your summer activities. It coordinates with everything. My top is a fun floral sheer, off the shoulder, crop top paired with my favorite BKE Mollie shorts, and gladiator sandals from my previous
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    His:

    RVCA VA All The Way Trucker 
    DC Trase TX SE/ Oakley Sungalsses
    Oakley Men’s Hybrid Cargo Short
    Old Navy Men’s V-Neck Tees

    Hers:

    FOREVER 21+ Classic Straw Fedora/ BKE Mollie shorts
    CALL IT SPRING Call It Spring™ Nickles Tote
    Not Rated Women’s Radiant Gladiator Sandal
    FOREVER 21 Floral Tie-Dye Off-the-Shoulder Top

    <3 Dawn

     

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    Fashion, Fitness

    Rebel Gypsy

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    Sports Bra: Fox/ Rebel Gypsy tank: Billabong/ BKE Sport Reversible Active Tights/Reebok Sneakers (similar style)

    Sometimes it takes a really cute outfit to motivate me to go the gym. I purchased this super cute outfit from the Buckle. The bralette is made by Fox, and I love the mesh neck detail. I love this soft tank from Billabong. It’s a great lightweight tank for the summer and such a steal for less than $25! But the best thing about this outfit is the reversible workout pants. I can actually wear these inside out as a pair of black capris. How cool is that!

    Four months postpartum and I still have my hormone line going down the middle of my stomach. I have loose skin from my pregnancy, but it is getting better with the right diet and exercise. For more on my fitness journey to getting my body back better than ever follow my Facebook page.

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    Thank you all for the encouraging and kind words and for motivating me to work hard towards my fitness goals. I did a fun little Mommy and Me workout video for ya’ll to check out below. It has my new favorite song from Taylor Swift to get you motivated. Hope ya’ll like it!

    <3 Dawn

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    Fitness

    The “Mom” Diet

    I know some of you are wondering how I lost the baby weight so fast, and honestly I can credit a majority of it to my “Mom Diet.” So what is the “Mom Diet”? I know I’ve mentioned it a couple times in my previous post so I wanted to explain it you. I never knew about it until I became a mom. It’s an exclusive diet only mothers would know about, and only mothers can relate to.

    I remember the first week I was home with my baby I was exclusively breast feeding. It was one of the hardest and yet most rewarding thing I had ever done. But it was also one of the factors that contributed to my “mom diet”. They say when you breast feed you will loose your post baby weight faster. I did’t realize why until now. I remember every 3 hours breast feeding my baby with no breaks in between. I felt like a cow at a certain point because it was literally all I did for days. I rarely got any sleep, and nor did I have time to eat. I was too tired and too stressed to even think about eating. All I could think about was my baby eating and being happy.  My nutrition was no longer a priority in my life.

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    I decided being a stay at home mom was not giving me the life balance I wanted. I needed to make myself a priority as well so I decided to go back to work part time where I could continue to pursue my passions yet be able to be there for Jayden. I was really thankful to work for a company that allowed me to make my schedule and prioritize my family first.

    After I started supplementing with formula and started to work part time my diet improved. I ate better at work, where I had a designated break time to enjoy my meals with no interruption. It was one of the perks of going to work. But at home the only consistent thing I was eating was my protein shake and protein peanut butter cups, still not enough nutrients or calories to keep and build my muscle. I had lost all 35lbs of my baby weight in less than 4 months.  With the “Mom diet” I was loosing weight the unhealthy way. It wasn’t fat I was loosing but muscles.

    Currently right now, I am no longer breast feeding. I still have days where I am so exhausted from staying up all night with the baby that I forget to eat all day. I never thought I would ever have a problem with eating, but it has become more of an after thought than a daily routine some days. My mindset has changed when it comes to eating. I have to remind myself daily my nutrition is important. It is hard for me when all I can think about is my baby, but I know in the long run I have to prioritize my health for me to be the best mom I can be. My friend recommended me to check out a website talking about shifting that baby weight in a healthy way. After having a read, I realised just how important it was for me to get my diet and nutrition back on track before I end up making myself ill!

    The “Mom Diet” is not as glamorous as it may seem, and I would not condone it for any mother. Ask for help, take time for yourself, and know you are enough. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to make your health a priority. Don’t feel guilty if you take ten minutes to eat while your baby entertains himself. Yes he might cry for a bit because he just wants to be held, but he will understand eventually. Don’t feel bad if you can’t juggle it all by yourself. It takes a village to raise a child. Being a mom is a selfless job, and we would give more than an arm and a leg just to make our children happy. But if we don’t put or health first, we will end up just giving bones. We are more than just a mom, we are someone’s daughter, wife, sister, friend, coworker, ect. If we want to be the best mother we can be then we have to make ourselves a priority. Our health matters for our children’s sake. I know this is a common sentiment as well, I have a friend who regularly goes to Austin Tennis Lessons and she says it really helps her keep fit enough to keep up with her children.

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Capturing my little man and his little attitude. He did not want mommy to put him down at all this day.
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    Food

    Easy No Bake Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Inspired by Jamie Eason’s Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Pie, I decided to make my own version of this recipe. For those getting their beach body ready for the summer, or just want a healthier version of a chocolate peanut butter pie this recipe is for you! No need for a crust, this works perfect in a mini pie dish. In less than 3 steps this is by far the easiest and tastiest recipe I’ve made. This is a perfect guilt free dessert or post dinner or even post workout treat!

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    Ingredients (for 1 mini pie):

    2 scoops whey protein

    1/2 cup low fat cream cheese

    1/4 cup non fat greek yogurt

    2 tbsp natural peanut butter

    2 tbsp honey

    2 tbsp stevia

    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

    1/2 tbsp coconut oil

    3 tbsp Reese’s chocolate and peanut butter topping (optional topping)

    Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Directions:

    1. Blend and mix all ingredients but the chocolate topping in a bowl

    2. Pour in pie pan and top with chocolate topping

    3. Freeze for 30 min and enjoy!

    Yup it’s that easy! It’s a perfect summer guilt free treat, and a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Definitely try it out and let me know what ya’ll think! Stay healthy my friends!

    <3 Dawn

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    This is probably one of my favorite summer outfits so far. Not only is it super cute, it is comfy, and the shoes and top are less than $40! I am absolutely in love with these shoes! They feel amazing and go with everything! For a summer wedge, they are definitely a must have! I love how effortless this outfit was to put together and how all the little details really popped. Maybe I’m having a good hair day lol, but this outfit takes the cake so far. Can you tell how much I love the white jeans? They are currently sold out in the style but I posted similar style below. I’ve worn them in several post with different looks and they work so well with everything. I highly recommend them to anyone! White denim is a must for any summer wardrobe. Check out the rest of the details of my outfit below!

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    Kendra Scott ‘Ripley’ Triangle Stone Bracelet/ Clutch (Similar style)
    Bar III Gold-Tone Lace Bib Necklace/ Mark & Maddux Caged Wedge
    white Kancan Jeans (similar style)/ Daytrip top/ BKE watch
    Kendra Scott ‘Sky Spear’ Small Statement Earrings

    <3 Dawn

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