Life Changing Hair Products

6 weeks ago I decided to start changing my hair products to see if I could help my hair start to grow again. My hair has refused to grow the past 4/5 years. I do have hypothyroidism so I know that plays a role but it can’t be the whole picture. Having naturally thin hair already I can’t afford to lose any hair. Some friends told me follow Jasmine Rae on Instagram for hair tips. Her tips are awesome and my hair started to change! This where my hair was starting 6 weeks ago.

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The first thing I did was change my brushes. I bought Wet Brush Shine Brush & Wet Brush Original Detangler.


The 2nd thing I did was I started committing to hair training meaning I go a set number of days in between washes. I stick with it and by the last day before a wash I throw a hat on if I need to. The point is that your hair will stop producing so much oil. If you keep washing everyday it will keep producing the oil.

On the day that I wash my hair I start first with L’ange Tonique Mint Shampoo which acts a clarifier and helps get any build up away. Making sure I am just washing my scalp and massaging it. After Rinse out.


Then I wash my hair again (yes a second time) with my regular shampoo. I still had a bunch left so I want to use it up plus I like it. It’s called Wella Brilliance.  Wash and Rinse.


After I wash 2x I then 1x a week use a Keratin Mask Conditioner that sits in for 5 minutes. First you towel dry, brush your hair, and then apply the mask. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse. Keratin is protein for the hair.

My current schedule is 2x a week I wash my hair. One time I use the Keratin Mask and the other time I use the above Wella Conditioner.


After it’s all rinsed out. I towel dry my hair and apply these products listed below. All have been life changing. My hair has completely changed textures from this new way of washing my hair and use of products. My hair is actually soft now.

Smoothing Botanical balm, Replenish leave in conditioner, and Rival Heat Shield all go in my hair before blow drying. click here  to find these products.


After 1 week of making the change my hair started to transform. Here it is in order week 1, 2, and 3

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I also changed from a curling iron to a wand. Here is the one I purchased. The wand works so well with my hair and I actually can now have 2nd and even 3rd day curls. This picture below is 2nd day curls. Less heat on your hair the better for hair growth and hair health.



Try these tips out and see how your hair changes. Here I am week 1 and week 6. I am happy to be on the road to happier healthier hair. It’s possible for you too!



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My Top 5 Must- Have Products

I know we all have those favorite things in our lives that make things better. Those products that either make daily life easier or make us feel better. These 5 items are a few of my current favorite things…


  1. Mac Prep+Prime Fix+ : This product is a must have in my opinion, if you wear any kind of powder make up on your face. After you have applied all your powders you spray a little of this on your face and it melds all together for one classic finished look. It even enhances the products currently on your face. MUST-HAVE!




2. I love earrings! I am a pretty simple gal but I love to accessorize with statement earrings.  One of my absolute favorite places to buy my earrings is at Olive Street. The specific earrings I am wearing in this picture are Horn Earrings.


3. I keep my life together with my Passion Planner. I am a total pen to paper person and I love to keep my days organized with everything I need to accomplish. There is something really satisfying about highlighting or check marking an item on paper. I just don’t get the same satisfaction on my phone.


4. I LOVE music but lets be honest who doesn’t?! Spotify is great because I no longer have to buy each individual song and as a Group Fitness Instructor this is huge! A cheap monthly fee gets me access to every song. I have so many playlists and you can even download them to your phone so you don’t have to use your phone data. Another great feature is that you can follow your friends and get access to their public playlists. Do you want to see what I have been listening to? Check it out here.


5. Family dinners have been changed in my life since the Instant Pot came about. I love it’s multi functions and it used every single week! I have to prioritize my time with owning a business, teaching group fitness classes, and being a mom, so I need quick meals on the table. Are you new to using your IP or just want more recipes to try? Check out my favorite recipes using the Instant Pot.

I hope you love my favorite things as much as I do.

Talk soon.

10+ Must-Try Instant Pot Recipes

These recipes below are my top 10 must-try Instant Pot recipes. Why are they? Well a lot of these are staples to my weekly dinners each month. Second, anything that saves me time and energy becomes another tool in my toolbox. In addition, My whole family loves these recipes kids included. Give them a try and let me know which is your favorite! I bet it will be hard to choose.

What is an Instant Pot?

Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot.  It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. How could you not want one?

Why should you own an Instant Pot?

If you don’t own an Instant Pot, you should. For me I find it to be a time saver and who couldn’t use more time?! Did you forget to thaw out the meat before you left for work? No problem the Instant Pot has you covered! Do only want to dirty very few dishes? Again the IP has you covered! Interested in purchasing one,  shop it here. Do you have a favorite reason everyone should own an Instant Pot? I would love to hear.

These 10+ must try recipes below are lifesavers for meal planning. Bonus points for being quick and easy. In my opinion, there is no need for the drive thru when you have an Instant Pot.

Top 10 must-try Instant Pot Recipes

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  2. Quick Beef ChiliInstant-Pot-Beef-and-Beer-Chili-1-10
  3. Instant Pot Hamburger Helper
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  6. Instant Pot PicadilloInstant-Pot-Picadillo-2
  7. Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chickeneasiest-crock-pot-salsa-verde-chicken-550x367
  8. IP Corn on the Cobinstant-pot-corn-on-the-cob-3
  9. Un Stuffed Cabbage BowlsUnStuffed-Cabbage-Bowls-1
  10.  Turkey Cheeseburger SoupCheeseburger-Soup-1


In addition, these Instant Pot recipes below are recipes that have been recommended to me to try by friends. Enjoy!

  1. Perfect Paleo Instant Pot Carnitas
  2. Mexican Instant Pot Quinoa With Cilantro & Lime Dressing
  3. Posole Instant Pot Soup Recipe
  7. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Let me know which one of these recipes is your favorite must-try! If you have a must-try Instant Pot recipe, share it with me.

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Am I Going to Live? My Blood Clot Survivor Story.

This is my blood clot survivor story!

“Am I going to live?”  10+ years ago these were the words I was muttering from my hospital bed. Trying to figure out how I managed to get multiple blood clots in my head (Sinus Cavernous Thrombosis) None of the medical staff could tell me the answer of the question I needed to know. My ER nurse gave me a big hug and off I went in an ambulance to St. Joe’s Barrows Unit. 

What is a blood clot? A blood clot is a clump of blood that has changed from a liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state.

I had a headache for a few days and at 3am I woke up out of sorts, in the worst pain of my life, and puking black. I told my husband, to which we had only been married a short time, to get our two month old infant in the car seat. Do not waste any time and get me to the ER! I rode with icepacks on my head all the way to Thunderbird ER.

I spent a few days in Barrows ICU while they monitored me making sure I wouldn’t need surgery, which I was terribly scared of.  A whole team of medical staff gave me the run down of what could happen if they had to perform surgery to remove the blood clot that was the size of pencil eraser. I had never prayed in my life till that moment.

The pain was beyond anything I have ever experienced. I just yelled for more morphine to make it go away.  Surprisingly I only spent 5 total days in the hospital but it was going to take at least 6 months to recover. I lost vision in my right eye for 3 months due to one of the clots locations. It was a long hard 6 months of headaches. Did I mention I had a newborn? Hard is an understatement. Through all of this I found out I had a clotting disorder, which became a perfect storm when I had a baby. I feel like I could have found out in an easier less scary way. LOL!

Did you know? Pregnant women are at least 5 times more likely to develop a blood clot than non pregnant women. This includes 6 weeks after delivery as well.

I had a lot of help during this time, which included my best friends taking my 2 month old for the 5 days while I was in the hospital. I honestly didn’t even want anything to do with him at the time because I was just trying to survive. Joe didn’t leave my side when I was in ICU.

It was rough but here I am! I wasn’t sure if I would see another day and trust I wasn’t ready to go. This is one of the defining moments in my life that changed me. That woke me up! I had to get healthy not just for myself but also for my family and friends.

This is my blood clot survivor story! Please do not wait for a rock bottom. You do not want to be on a hospital bed asking nurses, doctors, family and friends if you are going to live and begging for someone to tell you. Your moment is now! Start making changes and don’t look back!

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Consistency wins and 48lbs down to prove it!

If there were one word I would use to describe Melissa over this past year I would say consistency. I of course would also add in hardworking and focused. No matter what obstacles have come in her life she has kept the focus on her health goals. She has lost 48lbs to date since we started working together! I couldn’t be more proud of her. As we continue to work on her goals we must pause to celebrate her progress.

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When she started with me she was barely eating 1200 calories a day. We took many weeks to increase her food intake and to repair her failing metabolism!! As we increased she started to lose weight each week!! Her weight loss continued throughout the whole process till we found her maintenance calories around 2000 calories per day! After we reached that mark she decided to go on a cut to continue towards her goals.

She has lost several inches on her waist, hips, and neck! Body fat percentage has decreased as well.! The biggest change of all that I have noticed is her confidence!


Here is how the process has been for Melissa:

What has this process meant to you? Dedication, Determination

What habits have you changed that helped you get where you currently are? Removing all bad items from eyesight, learning to cook with more vegetable

What was the biggest struggle to date during this progress? Alcohol lol

What is your favorite thing in this process? Watching myself change, try on new clothes in different SMALLER sizes

What has helped you the most? Watching my daughter struggle with health issues in 2017 and whenever I fail I remind myself that I am making an example for my children

What surprised you the most during this process? Actually giving up soda

What is the one thing you want to tell people that are struggling to lose weight? Do it and keep doing it. Never give up. The reward is there and you are the only one who can make these changes.

Great Job Melissa! I can’t wait to see your progress further as the months go on.

Change takes time as you can see! If you want to change you have to put in the work to change those habits. My method is always zero food restrictions but also moderation. Small changes, big results. Every time you reach for the quick fix or the so-called YOYO diet your destroying muscle tissue aka metabolism. A great deal of your health is resolved through your muscle but if you don’t have it you are risking type II diabetes, hypertension, high lipids, etc!


If you are ready to make changes, let’s connect. Email me at