Your Super Power

No one is you and that’s your super power, babe! Take a moment to think about your best friend, what one of her best qualities? Now think about yourself, what is one of yours? I bet you thought of two completely different answers. In a recent conversation with a friend we found ourselves talking about accepting who we are and others for who they are.  We found ourselves discussing  how it was not until we reached our adult years that we learned how to accept and embrace our uniqueness and those of others. And more importantly how beautiful that makes […]

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1st Half Mary + 11 Week Training Plan

Sharing a bit of my running history and the 11 week training plan that took me to the finish line of my first half marathon. HISTORY.. I have always admired runners- since probably high school. I had a friend, Joey, who did cross country and track- I was always amazed how graceful & effortless he made the sport appear. Over the years I would attempt to run- it was always so hard regardless of my desire to run.. never effortless! In 2008 I started to run more as an attempt to lose weight for my wedding. My favorite days were […]

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread & Homemade Pumpkin Spice Seasoning

Call me basic but I all about the #allthingspumpkin train. This month I’m sharing healthy pumpkin recipes I’ve made recently-last week it was pumpkin spice energy bites. This week I have a yummy (and healthy) pumpkin bread plus my homemade pumpkin spice seasoning! My love for pumpkin goes way back to the 80’s; I’m pretty certain Thanksgiving originally became a favorite holiday only because the pumpkin pie. So yes, when the season even flirts with becoming fall I break out all the pumpkins. The first fall like temps gave me the itch for a pumpkin bread. The catch is I […]

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Lotsa Lunges

Style In Shape | Losta Lunges

Who loves leg day? I know I do! This Lotsa Lunges workout will fire up those legs in no time! I have been pretty minimal on leg strengthening since race training to avoid over use. Right now it is really down to only one day a week when the husband and I meet our friends at the Y to do Group Power on Saturday mornings. Although sometimes I really crave a leg day like I did last week. This leg work out is a lot of lunges. I recommend using a weight that is a comfortable challenge for you. Whatever […]

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Fashion Find: Camouflage Scarf

Camouflage has made it’s way back as a trend for this season and this scarf is a fashion find that you need to read about! I think everyone owns a little bit of camouflage in their collection and I decided it was time I did too! I am not a huge fan of camouflage so I wanted to sport this print just a little bit. It needed to be a minimal piece and not cost too much since it’s just to for fun with a current trend. While in Hobby Lobby last week to pick up a few items for the […]

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Kind Thoughts. Kind Words. Kind Heart

Kind Thoughts. Kind Words. Kind Heart. Three short sentences that can make a big impact on our daily lives. I did not mention it here yet, and I think only briefly over on Insta but I have some major news to share: I am leading a yoga class at the Fairborn YMCA twice a week! I teach a 50 minute yoga toning class. It is a vinyasa style flow with small body weight repetitions sprinkled throughout. I started at the beginning of September and I am having a blast! The room has soft lightning, I play some light beats and […]

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Fit Review: Aaptiv

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Read my first fitness program review Fit Review: Aaptiv- the workout app that changed everything about running for me! Hey babes! Happy Friday! I recently took this fun little quiz from Gina from Fitnessista which classified me as match to her “Fitness Freak” Fit Guide. After a chuckle I realized I am the person who loves to try all the things fitness related. I love to take a new class or try a new DVD or the workout in a new magazine. Changing up my workouts and workout programs regularly is a need in my book. I thought it would be fun […]

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy bites are easy, delicious and a quick way to get that pumpkin spice fix! They are so good you might need to make a double batch! I am a big fan of everything pumpkin way before the millennials hash tagged and called it basic. Pumpkins are my go-to fall decoration and treat. This month I am sharing FOUR healthy pumpkin recipes that I make on repeat at home. Kicking it off is everyone’s favorite energy bites! This was the first time using Simple Truth plant based vanilla protein powder and I have to say, I am really […]

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October Core Challenge

Style In Shape | Forearm Plank

Join me for the October Core Challenge. Carve out those abs in just 10 minutes a day all month long! Usually at night almost before my husband and I go to bed we get on the ground to do ten minutes of core work. You might have seen me post it’s 10 minute ab time once or twice on my Insta stories. 😉 With the blog relaunch I thought it would be fun to start a monthly core challenge too! 9 core exercises repeated only once for a total of 10 minutes of solid ab work. I’d love for you […]

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Plaid + Leo: A Winning Fall Combo

If you are from the Midwest you probably own a plaid shirt (or five). Instead of pairing with your favorite plain boots trying mixing up the patterns with a leopard print shoe! Plaid + Leo is a winning fall combo! Hey babes! Look- it’s a style post! The first one since April. {covers face} In all fairness I spent 95% of summer in either a bathing suit or workout clothes so really, not much was missed. Here we are though in October and fall is in full foliage. California has palm trees, Ohio has corn fields. You can’t help but […]

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Do what makes your soul happy

Do what makes your soul happy and see how life falls into place. It’s been crickets around here, sorry about that. When I first dove into the idea of having a fashion and fitness blog. I read other bloggers apologizing for taking an unannounced absence I would think “what, how could that do that? That will never be me.” Just like my Mommy used to tell me “never say never” because I’m guilty as charge for leaving this place without new content for months. I’ve missed this place- I miss writing and creating. I however do not miss the anxiety […]

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Hello, are You there?

Heey, winter- you have overstayed your welcome. For real, I would be okay if you never made another apperance for the rest of this calender year. I never thought I’d miss my allergy inducing good friend Spring as much as I do right about now. Hello, are you there spring?  The trees are blooming but we are only receving a tease of beautiful sunny days. We want to throw our booties to the back of the closet and show some skin. This weekend was a pleasant weekend and we were able to spend most of it outside! Friday we went […]

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Fit and Flare Sweater Dress

This dress is so cute you’d never guess I found it on the clearance rack– a perfect find for the last few weeks of winter. Styling a fit and flare sweater dress that is totally appropriate for the office, a lunch date, or happy hour with the co-workers. Keep reading to see how I gave this under $10 dress major style. Since my last style post was layers + dress + OTK boots I wasn’t sure if I should share back to back.  And even though there has been some snow flurries today, I am hopeful the days to packing […]

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Fashion Find: Recent Buys Vol. 1

Introducing a new series to Style In Shape where I will share my recent purchased items before they are styled. I know my fellow fashionistas will love all the good sales in Fashion Finds: Recent Buys! I am a bargain shopper to the bone. I rarely ever pay full price for anything- mostly because I know that most items eventually go on sale. And unless I am shopping for an event, I usually hoard new items- ration out wearing something from the new pile. It’s like my Hail Mary for the days that I’m all  “I have nothing in my […]

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No Squat Standing Leg Workout

No Squat Standing Leg Exercise || Style In Shape

We all have days that we are short on time but still need to get something in that resembles a workout. Quick, equipment free and effective. Try this equipment free no squat standing leg workout before you skip your next leg day. Last week when it was super beautiful and warm here- playing outside definetly trumped the entire to do list for the day- including my morning workout. Little man wanted to ride his bike so I kept pace with baby in the jogging stroller. After the 2.5 miles I needed to add a little something more. With the kids […]

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Layering for Late Winter

This time of year in the Midwest we get all the seasons sometimes in one week. A tease of a beautiful warm 70 degree day followed by snow showers a few days later. Layering for late winter can be a challenge but also fun. It is a time to mix some pieces to create a style to reflect the mixed up weather. One of my favorite SoCal bloggers layered a t-shirt dress last month with a cardi for some insta-style. I wanted to create a similar look using pieces I own at that are Midwest temperature appropriate. I paried a […]

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Pretty Frills Brings all the Feels

Textured and soft, a little lace, and a chiffon bow; a top with pretty frills brings all the feels as winter drags on. Gals, I have been in a little bit of a rut lately and I sortof want to blame it on winter? As much as I love a good pair of boots and a great sweater- about this time every year I’m over winter weather. I have been sticking to workout leggings and a sweatshirt as my #ootd because, well, it’s cold. When I do put the effort of wearing something other than exercise clothes I have picked […]

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Healthier Homemade Chocolate Candies

If it was acceptable and good for you, I am 99% sure I would only eat dark chocolate. I used to think that I had a sweet tooth, but nah- that girl is straight ’bout the chocolate. I try my best to keep better options for my cravings with like a protein bar or smoothie. Sometimes though, a gal just needs the good stuff like a peanut butter cup or a crunchy chocolate bite. With Valentine’s this week I thought I would share two healthier homemade chocolate candies that we make regularly at my house! Plus where you can grab supplies […]

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4 Gifts for your Galentine Under $15

It is February friends! Heart health awareness and Valentine’s Day this is the month of hearts and love! One holiday making a big hit this year is Galentine’s Day. It is so fun to celebrate your best lady friends; after all- we are some bad ass babes worth celebrating! With these 4 gifts for your Galentine under $15 there is room to shower all your favorite gals a little bit this month! On my #TargetRun yesterday with the kids I found a couple of really cute accessories that would make great gifts for your best gals! The best part is, […]

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Heart Rate Blocks

Heart Rate Blocks | Style in Shape

Cardio at the gym can be so boring but it does not have to be! My heart rate blocks workout will have you hopping between machines while blasting your metabolism. Four rounds that are just 7 minutes each to get your cardio day done! Recently I have really been interested in figuring out exactly how hard I am actually pushing myself in my workouts. I am very curious about macronutrients. A big part I understand is learning what macros your body needs on a day depends on how much you exert yourself. Sure I can feel I worked out hard […]

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5 Items for an Organized Command Center

Command Center | Style In Shape

Now that I am staying home I am not sitting at a desk all day anymore where I am in front of calendars and reminders of important to-dos. It quickly became essential that I keep an organized home office if I am going to keep managing my little household. So I recently revamped my house admin status! Today I am sharing my top five items to for an organized command center to help keep you on track with your new year’s resolutions! File Dis We all have files that we need to save for one reason or another. For the […]

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The Warmest Crop Sweater

Crop Sweater with Maxi | Style In Shape

Crop tops are normally for warmer weather and surely not for January here in the midwest. Unless of course its a crop top sweater, then it is game on. I happen to own the warmest crop top sweater and it is a favorite I wear year after year. This chunky knit has a gorgeous texture on the neck and chest and the cream color is the perfect brightness for winter. I paired my crop sweater with a maxi skirt for my daughter’s recent 1st birthday party. I thought it was a great way to look a little nice for a […]

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