ConfidenceKini Day 1



This weekend the sun finally came out, and I definitely was not tanned or skinny enough to cope with the sudden appearance of sunshine. Plenty of brands and gyms are getting ready to release their “get ready for summer workout plans”. Usually I do the Tone It Up Bikini Series (which starts May 7 and lasts 8 weeks), however this year I’m giving Lauren Gleisberg’s ConfidenceKini a try. ConfidenceKini is only 5 weeks long – which makes it easier to follow, the food is REAL food you’ll want to eat and the workouts are challenging but do not last for hours. Oh yeah and there is a killer ab workout as well. The challenge officially started yesterday, so I thought I would post my accountability here. For the next five weeks on Tuesday’s I will give a recap of my previous week, however follow along at Petitefitnessista on Instagram to stay up to date with how the challenge is going for me, what I am eating everyday and if I am keeping up with workouts. Are you doing any fitness challenges?

P.S. before and after photos will be revealed at the end of the 5 weeks!

Confidential Review



 Had a little double date night Saturday when we went to see Maks – Val – Peta Confidential at the Fox Theatre. If you don’t know Confidential features ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. The show is designed to give you a little inside look into their lives and loves. The show reveals secrets, dreams and hopes that they have -  oh and a little Chip n’ Val show in between. Ladies I’m talking every girls dream here, fire turnout gear, hoses and hot dancing…. yup you’re not going to want to miss this. In this show you will not see any traditional dancing it’s very energetic and flashy so if you are looking for a tango you won’t find it in this show. If you’re looking for amazing dancing with some rockin’ bodies – this is the show for you.


Currently Coveting

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Anyone else in full on warmer weather shopping mode? Lately, I have been shopping for rompers, UPF attire and of course anything with bows. Above you will find some of my favorites.

Restaurant Review: Supino Pizzeria

 
Located on Russell Street in the heart of Eastern Market you’ll find Supino Pizzeria. Let me tell you, if you like New York style greasy thin crust pizza this is the place for you. Andrew and I checked it out before seeing Cinderella a few weeks back and both really enjoyed it. Since we were very short on time we just ordered slices instead of an entire pizza. I got my slice with cheese only and he got his with pepperonis. Where should we try pizza at next? 

Are You Keeping Up with the Change?

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In a world where technology changes by the day, can you keep up? Is your company performing to the best of its ability, and getting to actually know the consumer? I mean really know the consumer? Do you know where they’re from? They’re age or how they use your website? If the answer is no have no fear there are tools to help you get the information you need to have your business perform at its highest ability. Companies and brands are using things such as embedded analytics to get the information that will be most useful to them. I’m sure you’ve heard of Google Analytics, where you can find out who is on your site, which page they’re on where they are from and so much more. Knowing key components of analytics is what is going to help you take your business, brand or company to the next level. Use Google analytics along side embedded analytics to get the most performance driven information. Some believe that since they’re business has been doing find for the past X amount of years that they don’t have to evolve with the change, and that’s just not the case. Without change, restructuring and knowing who is actually on your website you’re setting your business up for complete failure. Just because something worked in 2000 does not mean it’s going to work in 2018. Analytics, SEO and more have evolved greatly and it’s time for you to make that change as well. Will you make the change? Will you take the next step and bring your business to the top of its game? Make it appear on the first page of a google search. Will you work on paid ads and campaigns across the internet to draw attention to your company? If you can’t do the things needed to improve your companies value, then are you willing to hire someone to take charge and learn the trends? It’s absolutely critical that you know who is on your website and what they’re doing. If people are staying for mere seconds you need to figure out what you’re doing wrong. If you have a shopping cart and people are bailing on the shopping cart see why they’re bailing and figure out how you can fix it. Be proactive and take your business to the next level. I once worked for a company who wouldn’t listen to what its employees were saying and the site completely failed because they didn’t learn the customer, they were charging extra for no reason and it just steered consumers into the arms of our competition including ME because I couldn’t even figure out how to navigate the site. So are you staying still or moving with the time?

Lugz and I Were Mint To Be

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If you know me, you know that I love when my shoes match my outfit. If I don't have an outfit that goes with my shoes, I will go buy an outfit to go with my shoes. I recently discovered Lugz, not only do they offer boots they also offer kicks in some pretty fab colors. Currently they have white, black/white, sky, pink and minty which I am wearing in the picture above. The color is amazing, and they're so comfortable. I think out of all the shoes that I own these get the most attention when I wear them out. I love that these shoes have a cushioned insole and durable rubber outsole - they even held up really nicely on an impromptu hike.


Goal Digger


Before Friday’s workout class started the trainer asked us to write down our goal/why we are coming to classes. Sure summer is coming and I want to look good in a bathing suit, lose weight, be healthier etc etc. Aside from all of that, why am I actually working out? Why am I putting my all into these classes? What I wrote on the paper was “to tone up and gain confidence”. The root of it all is I lack body confidence, and I want to look good naked. All the tools are in front of me to reach my goals. I am trying to be realistic, and making sure everything is actually attainable. So what’s your health and fitness goal? Why are you on this journey?

2018 Spring Activities List


According to the calendar spring is in full swing, according to Michigan we are still struggling our way through winter – there is currently an ice storm going on. I am forgetting about the snow and starting to plan out some spring activities. Here is what you can find on my list…..


Go for evening bike rides
Discover a new hiking trail
Learn how to swim
Check out the tulip festival in Holland
Watch as many sunsets as possible
Visit the zoo
Have a picnic on the beach or in a park
Go for a nature walk
Stargaze
Attend a baseball game
Do an outdoor workout
Get soft serve ice cream
Visit the peony garden in Ann Arbor

ps, if you’re reading this ask me to go, and there won’t be a fight xoxo

Bonefish Grill

 
If you remember from this post A took me to River Crab for my birthday, where we had an absolutely amazing seafood meal. We started with their firecracker shrimp (which was seriously amazing), while at the restaurant he informed me that Bonefish Grill has Bang Bang shrimp that is even better than River Crab’s version, so Thursday he surprised me with date night at Bonefish Grill in Troy. We started the evening with an order of Bang Bang shrimp, which is crispy itty-bitty shrimp that has been tossed in their signature creamy spicy sauce and is out of this world delicious. The shrimp was super filling, and since I don’t eat a ton we decided to split a meal of scallops which were fantastic as well. All around great first time experience at Bonefish.

Dying Easter Eggs

 
Did anyone else dye eggs for Easter? A and I did, and even though Easter is over I had to share our eggcellent masterpieces.  



Kroger Prep + Pared: Coconut Curry Chicken


Anyone else a huge fan of date nights that involve food? One thing I really appreciate about Andrew is how adventurous our eating is - from home cooked meals to eating out sometimes thinking outside the box really makes the meal. You've read about our love for Kroger's Prep + Pared Meal Kits and this week we gave the Coconut Curry Chicken a try, and let me tell you the flavor was amazing. The Coconut Curry Chicken box came with Lemongrass Chutney, Toasted Rice + Green Beans for a culinary explosion of flavor. The kit included everything we needed to create a restaurant quality meal at a fraction of the cost.












55 Days Until Memorial Day



Anyone else focusing on that beach bod? In just 55 days it will be the unofficial start to summer. Kind of scary, but it gives me plenty of time to get my body ready for sunny days on the beach and of course A’s boat. Since I really like seeing what workouts others are doing and what they’re eating, I thought I would pay it forward and do the same. In an effort to not turn my blog into a health zone, I am going to stick with posting the health and fitness aspect of my life each Tuesday (which is what I have been doing for the past couple of years now). If you want to see what I am eating daily, how I am meal prepping, my workouts and more head over to my fitness account on Instagram.

Goals for the next 55 days
Drink at least 65 ounces of water per day
Focus on eating clean
Meal prep
Workout at least 6 days a week
Focus on my core
Build a more round and firm booty
Limit sugar intake
Avoid processed foods

Working out at home takes discipline, and while I am capable of working out at home I just don’t push myself like I should. Therefore, I committed the next three months to an all babe studio, and I am hoping to get some killer results. I took pictures this morning and will post before and after at the 55 day mark.

Coming to Detroit: The King and I - GIVEAWAY CLOSED

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I have heard so many wonderful things about The King and I, and was excited to find out that May 8 - May 13 it will be headed to the stunning Fox Theatre in Detroit. This is a Rodgers & Hammerstein performance, and none of their other shows have ever been a let down so I cannot wait to see how they turn this show into a musical masterpiece.  Not doing anything on May 8? You should definitely enter to win a 4-Pack of tickets to see this amazing show live on stage.



Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will perform at the Fox Theatre Tuesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 13 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets ($35, $45, $55, $65 and $75) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling 313-471-3099.

The King and I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. The King and I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for The King and I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. The King and I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter. 

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday, May 8 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Easter 2018

 
The ground began to shake, the stone was rolled away, his perfect love could not be overcome – forever He is Risen. Hope you all had a Hoppy Easter. I started my morning bright eyed and bushy tailed with a trip to church, and then headed to my parents house for Easter brunch. This was the first year that Meeme was not with us for Easter, and let me tell you it definitely was not the Easter I know. Papa started eating immediately, therefore we didn’t say grace (super annoyed with this - yes I did say them in my head – not the point), no one yelled at me to not throw the frosting from my cake out…etc. My mum did a beautiful job creating a Victorian brunch, but all together it was a strange vibe, so Jackers and I found our way outside where we soaked up vitamin D.  Here’s what brunch looked like…












Coming to Detroit: Confidential



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Anyone else a super huge fan of ABC's Dancing With The Stars? I am less interested in the stars and more interested in the dancing pros, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Maks, Val and Peta are bringing their tour Confidential to the Fox Theatre on April 21. My boyfriend is going to be in so much trouble after this show ends, because I will for sure be talking him into taking dance lessons with me... but for real - I will want to take dance lessons with him bad. The best part of this show coming to town is I am giving away TWO tickets to one lucky person. So who will be ready to watch these Mirror Ball champions dance their way across the stage of the most gorgeous theatre? a Rafflecopter giveaway



Following a smash hit first tour, Maks and Val, the hottest stars of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars are back with an all new spectacular show and this time the family has grown. Joining them in their brand new show “Confidential”, the stunningly talented, Peta Murgatroyd, two time Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball champion, actress and Mrs. Maks Chmerkovskiy. The trio along with a dazzling cast of the industry’s best dancers are coming to the stage this Spring and performing in 49 cities across America, including the Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, The Fox Theatre and Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. VIP packages will be available through ticketmaster.com, giving fans the chance to purchase prime seats and meet and greets with the cast. For up to date information go to maksandvaltour.com.

“Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential” will be a spectacular dance show, driven by a narrative of true family life and love stories. Honest and intimate, the stars will be revealing their closest secrets, hopes and dreams in their own inimitable style. The show will inspire and delight, combining the elegance of the ballroom, some confidential revelations and a true love story.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy said; “Our Way was just the beginning of the story. This time I’m a husband, a father, in the best shape of my professional career and still learning on and off the dance floor every day.  I’ve had two of the most eventful years of my life and I can’t wait to use my favorite medium to express what’s on my mind and in my heart. Sharing a stage with my wife and my brother, what could be better than that!”

Peta Murgatroyd added; “Usually I’m acting out a love story through dance. This time there will be no acting, and we have the unique opportunity to perform a genuine love story. I found the power of Our Way to be the relationship between Maks and Val, and this time I hope to cut in on that love story!  What have I got myself into!”

Valentin Chmerkovskiy said; “Performing on the Our Way stage with my brother and some of the greatest dancers in the world was the highlight of my career so far. This time we have set the bar higher, and given ourselves more time and freedom to create, rehearse and ultimately perform the show that we can honestly say is our very best. No excuses. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy performing it for you.”

“Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential” will be created & choreographed by Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The tour will be produced by Barnstorm Entertainment.