Abs are made in the kitchen. But so are cupcakes.

At this point, who hasn't heard the expression "abs are made in the kitchen"? It's on Pinterest, Instagram and any health-related blog out there. But can I just point something out? Cupcakes are made in the kitchen too. and pizza. and ice cream. and bacon. and all of the things that taste like heaven.

I love to exercise, and I'll be the first to admit that I love the aesthetic benefits that come from it. I have an internal battle every once in a while about whether or not I should really buckle down, cut the crap(py food) out and unveil a little bit more of the muscle that hides beneath the layer of desserts. After many of these internal battles, I've come to the conclusion that moderation is my friend. I know abs are made in the kitchen, but personally, I have to live a little. And for me, living means savoring a dessert every once in a while or going for the cheesy potatoes when I "should" opt for the asparagus. 

I seriously mean it when I say more power to all of you who eat lean, clean and green 100 percent of the time. But as for me, I'll take my abs with a side of cupcakes.

Rollin' on the River

It was a looooovely weekend, but I'll spare you all of the boring details (except for the not-so-boring sunset below) and focus on the highlight: kayaking. Justin and I have been wanting to try our hand at this, so when the gorgeous weather presented itself this weekend, we took advantage. We took a one-way five mile trip down the Charles and rowed towards Back Bay/Beacon Hill/Kendall Square. It was awesome seeing the city from the water, the weather was perfect and it wasn't too bad of a workout. All in all, I would call it a successful outing.

Skoah Newbury Review: A New Perspective on Facials

I've always been of the belief that facials are a waste of money. I can wash my face at home, right? Something happens, though, as you get older and you begin to realize that your skin isn't going to stay the same forever. It's going to get wrinkly and spotty and saggy and ew. And you're stuck with this skin for.ev.er. And so you begin to reevaluate these previously held beliefs on facials.

This is what happened to me, anyway. And so I did my research and found myself lying atop a fluffy heated bed at skoah on Newbury back in April to receive the second facial of my life (gasp. I didn't even get one before my wedding. BIG GASP).  

I have now had three facials (one facialiscious, two fitskins) with the lovely Becca, and I have certainly seen improvement in my skin. My chin has been a breakout problem area for me for a solid eight years now. I'm talking cystic-below-the-skin-painful-acne-problem. It took some time, but I have seen only a couple of itty bitty zits pop out and ZERO cystic monsters in the past seven to eight weeks. In addition, my skin just looks better in general now that I'm sporting a nice little glow instead of dull dead skin cells.

The great thing about skoah is that they treat skincare like personal training where you work out your skin regularly, which HELLO, clearly I can get on board with. Your "personal trainer" (esthetician) provides you with a skincare plan to follow in between facials to help maximize the results. I've been slowly transitioning to nearly 100 percent skoah products as my old skincare products run out, and let me tell you, I LOVE THEM.

All in all, I'm very pleased that I changed my tune about facials. Not only am I happy with the results I'm experiencing now, but I think I'll also be happy in 20 years when I know I've done what is best for my skin. What's your view on facials? Love 'em or feel they're unnecessary?

Summer Travels

So I've been a little MIA this summer. This is partially due to my personal computer being kept at work for video editing purposes, and it's partially due to lotssss of travel, as you'll see below. Our summer travel is done for now, which I'm very thankful for. It's all been fun, but it's nice to stay at home two weekends in a row too. Also, not pictured was a trip back home to Indiana, which ended up being a day longer than it was supposed to be, because Delta is awesome and cancelled our flight home on Sunday night. That's a story for another day though. For now, here's a photographic summary of my summer travels this year!

How has your summer been? Travel-filled or more relaxing?
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