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  • Loving My Skin: Complete AM and PM Skincare Routine

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    One of the topics that I have blogged about consistently over the years in addition to all the fitness, food and yoga is my skin. I consider skincare to be very relevant to healthy living. I first shared my skincare struggles in a post I wrote in May 2011 and I have provided regular status [...]

  • Weekend: Pampering, CrossFit Throwdown, Night Out + More

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    The weekend was a whirlwind. It flew by at record pace but it was full of good things and fun times. (Whoa. Yes, that's a lot of me up close and personal for the first photo of the post!) I trained four clients, taught a yoga class, went into the Charlotte Observer office for a [...]

  • After the Review: Follow Up on Results and Continued Use

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    Hi and hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I'm in Georgia visiting with my family. My parents are in town this weekend so I decided to come too. I was thinking that I do a lot of product reviews but not a lot of follow ups. I wanted to do a post today on [...]

  • Radiant Summer Skin with St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion {Video Review & Giveaway}

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    It seems that I have become a bit of an expert on all things related to taking care of my skin but it's necessary due to my lifestyle and career. I spend hours each day sweating and working in gyms and yoga studios. In turn, I usually end up taking two to three showers every [...]

  • Giving Up the Flat Iron, Pancakes & Winners

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    Hi there! I have loved your enthusiasm this week about froyo, Coldplay and Target. Read to the end of the post for the giveaway winners! :) I have a little more shopping to share with you + some delicious recent eats. Talk about stores that suck you in and make you spend more money than [...]

  • Final Blogiversary Giveaway: Carolina Facial Plastics Services

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    Hey, hey! It's time for the final four year blogiversary giveaway! It's been fun celebrating four years of PBR with awesome giveaways from Tommie Copper, Erin McDermott, Reebok and now Carolina Facial Plastics for my Charlotte area readers. As a token of my thanks to you for your support and for being awesome readers in [...]

  • New Beauty Products I’m Loving: Latisse, Jane Iredell & Vitamin C

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    I can't tell you how amazing it's been to meet with an esthetician monthly to talk about my skin as part of my partnership with Carolina Facial Plastics. I truly feel that we are on the path to a long-term sustainable skincare routine that I can stick with for years and years to come! Today [...]

  • Kicking Off My New Skin Care Routine with Carolina Facial Plastics

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    I announced one month ago that I'm partnering with Carolina Facial Plastics for one year to blog about my experience of "being the best me" in exchange for complimentary services. I'll be writing a monthly post updating you on my skin care routine in addition to other (non-surgical!) products and services that I try. Many [...]

  • Suave Professionals® and a $1,000 Visa gift card giveaway!

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    Over the last few years I have become a big fan of Moroccan argan oil products for my hair and I use a Moroccan oil shampoo and a serum daily. I've had great results with how much moisture and shine these products add to my hair. Recently, I was offered an opportunity to try a [...]

  • 12 Months with Carolina Facial Plastics

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    One of the topics that I've really enjoyed writing about on this blog is skin care and sharing my experiences with you. As women, I think that we all struggle at some point (some of us more than others) with determining what exactly our needs are and how to stay on top of them as [...]

  • Five New Beauty Faves

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    I like to keep you guys on your toes. In the span of three days we've gone from a salmon recipe to a yoga/personal growth story to a workout and now a beauty products review. :) I am not affiliated with any of these products...I just love them and want to share since I love [...]

  • Relaxation Rituals

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    Growing up (and to this day) one  of my moms favorite things to tell me when I was tired, sick, emotional or blah was, "take a shower and you'll feel better." It's one of those things I wanted to roll my eyes at but I couldn't deny that it worked. What is it about a hot [...]

  • Friday Haircut & No Makeup Talk

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    Lots to catch you up on but I'll start with a quick look at Friday. I forced myself to get out of bed for  6:30 a.m. yoga class. I had meetings all morning and a haircut scheduled for later in the afternoon so I knew that early was my only chance to get it in. Yes, [...]

  • I had time to kill at Target. New makeup finds.

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    What is it about Target that throws any good budgeting intentions and rationale out of the window and makes a girl feel like it's her DUTY to take a stroll through women's clothes, home accessories and the makeup and beauty aisle? I walked into Target on Saturday to get toilet paper. I left with Charmin [...]

  • Currently Loving: Moisturizers, Music, Reading Material, Chocolate

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    Lots of things I'm currently into that I want to share. Two Body Products I'm OBSESSED with.  Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. I discovered this stuff about six months ago and it's been a staple in my bathroom ever since. It's unbeatable in its moisturizing abilities...especially during dry winter months and for exposed summer legs. It's [...]

  • Face Matters: Part Three – Beating Acne and My New Skincare Routine

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    I received a request recently for an update on my skin. I first blogged about my skin struggles a little over two years ago. I was dealing with frequent acne flairs worse than I had ever experienced in my life. For some back story check out this post and I blogged about the amazing feedback/suggestions [...]

  • My First Peel at Carolina Facial Plastics

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    A few weeks ago I made my first visit to a plastic surgeon's office. Don't freak out on me the way my mom did when I delivered this news…no, I am not having any procedures done any time soon. I was invited by Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh and his wife Sara to come visit their office. [...]

  • Trip Prep – Swimwear, Dresses, Accessories & More

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    Happy Monday! This time next week I will be in the Caribbean. I kind of can't believe it. I have a crazy week to power through to get there but it will all be worth it when I'm planted on the beach with a drink and book in hand. I have had several requests recently [...]

  • Cetaphil Review And $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

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    I continue to be amazed by how much my skin changes with hormonal fluctuations, seasons and weather, my stress level, age...you name it. Over the past few years I have struggled with acne, redness and dry, flakey skin. It seems like I'm in a constant struggle to find a skin care regimen that works for [...]

  • I could have blogged about…

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    I have a million and one topic ideas in my head right now... - Stress and your stomach - How to become a yoga teacher - How to break into group fitness/personal training - WTF is wrong with 2012 and why does everyone seem to be dealing with major shit? - CrossFit Level 1 Trainer [...]

  • Sweet Friday

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    I don't know if there are words to describe how insanely happy I am that it's Friday night. How happy I am that the week has finally ended, that I got to take a yoga class tonight and that I have zero plans this weekend other than doing whatever it is that I feel like [...]

  • Best Of Beauty

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    There was a time in my life when I was really into playing with makeup and buying fashionable clothing. Trips to Sephora were like Christmas Day for me and I loved going to the mall. I am pretty sure that I single handedly kept Express in business between the ages of 16-19. Somehow my interest [...]

  • Baby I Like It

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    It only seems right to bring in the weekend with a post title courtesey of Enrique Iglesias. Haha. Although every time I hear that song it puts me in BodyPump mode because it's a triceps track. I just want to yell out "singles." Okay, so let's actually discuss the relevancy of the title. This post [...]

  • CrossFit and Makeovers

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    Good morning and happy Monday! It's been rainy and gray here for the past two days but I'm trying not to let it put me in a gloomy mood. Nothing eight hours of sleep, a pot of coffee and some doggie cuddles can't take care of. I wanted to share details with you on the [...]

  • Erin McDermott Jewelry {Giveaway!}

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    Happy Friday! I hope this week has been kind to you. I am really looking forward to the weekend and my normal weekend routine. I am in desperate need of a farmers market trip, some yoga and a good house cleaning session. I'm also running a 5K Saturday morning so pray I survive that. I [...]

  • It’s Good

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    It's been a good day. I had my first 5 a.m. wake up call in a long time to teach a yoga/mobility private. It was awesome and totally worth the early morning. I planned on coming home for breakfast but got caught up at the gym and ended up teaching a class so I just [...]

  • Pinterest Finds, Sock Buns, Should I Color My Hair? Random!

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    Happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start. Mine certainly is after reading your incredible comments on yesterday's post about finding happiness in the little things and everyday moments. I have said this so many times but one of my favorite things about blogging is the opportunity to connect with [...]

  • Five New Beauty Loves

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    From time to time I like to mix things up and stray from the standard format. I rarely blog about beauty-related topics but sometimes I have things to share. Personally, I love receiving recommendations for beauty-related products via word of mouth so here are five of my new beauty loves. I haven't done one of [...]

  • Five Beauty Products I Am Loving

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    I think it's time for a change of pace. Instead of another post full of oats, eggs, cheese, avocado and bowls of randomness, let's get crazy talk beauty. I thought it would be fun to share some products I have recently discovered and am loving. I don't know about you but I find it really [...]

  • 2011 In Review: The Top 10

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    I am not even sure what to think about 2011. I have said this at least 100 times but it has been a year of complete transformation. When I look back at January 1, 2011 I was working full-time in advertising, teaching two BodyPump classes per week and had just made the decision to go through [...]

  • CoverGirl LashPerfection Review {Giveaway}

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    From time to time I receive questions about my beauty routine - hair, skin, makeup. And while I have no intention of ever making beauty topics a main focus of PBR, I do think that it's fun to discuss on occasion! I have always loved playing with makeup. This started back in high school but [...]

  • Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line Review {Giveaway}

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    A few months ago I wrote a post about my struggles with acne as an adult. I was blown away by the response that I received so I wanted to give you an update on how things are going. Here is some background for newer readers. In late 2010 I began to experience breakouts on [...]