Rowing for the weekend– Intro to Health House!

Guys, I’m sold on indoor rowing. If something makes me want to cry every time I do it, creates a good sore, makes my ass scream, and gets me out of the breath then you better believe I’ll be repeating it. Gotta love that pain!! But let me clear something up… I would never ever do it alone.. I grew up playing sports and am used to team everything. After finishing my last year of college soccer at Mizzou my biggest concern was working out alone. Luckily, I found a group exercise studio that gets results so let me introduce you to Health House. HH is an expanding studio in Kansas City that offers a variety of classes, many of which include rowing.

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Health House is friendly and welcoming to everyone. This starts with the owner and instructor, Jon Knopke. His energy is contagious and it creates a positive atmosphere for people who want to work hard and have fun! Everyone that walks in that door is uniquely awesome and I’m pumped to be around them.

The place is spotless. I’m not the most tidy person so this stands out to me vividly. Having a clean space helps clear your mind and makes for a safe workout! The room is industrial, minimalist, and efficient. It is easy to find the weights, towels, weighted balls, and weighted bags. The layout is clear and colors are simple yet appealing.

The instructors are very knowledgeable about teaching and they maintain a healthy lifestyle by example. The other week I began to notice how the instructors will take each others class. The team mentality and support of each other is empowering. Plus, it is an additional person that you know will drive good energy into the room, and help with someone’s form if they may injure themselves.

Most workout are 45 minutes. They go fast and are very challenging. When you sign up for a class you will see all the classes available and they are different daily ranging from rowing, sculpting, weighted, cardio, etc.

Overall,  the energy is incredible! It takes zero time for your adrenaline to start kicking and it lasts the entire class. People are excited, the music is blaring, and before you know it the work the over… and you cannot wait to walk into Health House again for your next class.

Come take a class with me!

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Thanks for adventuring,

XX- Blonde Boarding

Braids at Bandelier

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Bandelier National Monument is a gorgeous place full of history. It is the perfect day trip from Santa Fe, located about an hour away. My sister and I learned so much about the history of the Ancestral Puebloans and we were very impressed by everything that has been done to preserve the homes and territory. You can see the cliff dwellings and housings remains of where the Ancestral Puebloans lived. Some wanted to live on the ground, and some in wanted to live in the cliffs. We were able to explore both types of living!

IMG_0984IMG_0982IMG_0859IMG_0983IMG_0887  If you decide to go, we highly recommend picking up the self-guided book and reading along at each stop on the hike, they are labeled by number. We also took a steep detour and hiked up to the campground at the top of the mountain in order to check out the views, and also get more of a workout in!

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I hope you enjoy Bandelier and learning about the Ancestral Puebloans as much as we did. Don’t forget to pack snacks and water! I ate a Justin’s Almond Butter Pack, some turkey, and an apple.

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Thanks for adventuring. On to the next!

 

XO – Blonde Boarding

Treatments at Bare Med Spa

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Hi beauties! The last few months I have decided to a make a huge change in my life…. actually RESEARCHING, CONSULTING, and TRYING new face and body treatments. If you know me then you know this sounds insane and takes a LOT of focus. I am always on the go and I hate being slowed down!! If someone isn’t constantly on my case about dentists or doctors appointments then I just skip… In fact, I got my first physical in 5 years last week. Thanks mom and dad for forcing that one! And like yoga? Hell no. The entire time I’m thinking about everything else I should be doing and having the exact opposite experience of mediating. So now you know.

I’m finally taking ME time in hopes to save and prevent my face and body from aging too quickly! Luckily, Kansas City has an incredible spa that I trust 100% with all treatments. If you are in the MO/KS area then definitely check out Bare Med Spa  – I might be obsessed. Also, bring a girlfriend with you! My spa days are usually with The Fit Brunette. Sooooo lets talk about a few treatments I’ve tried in the last few months.. and love, love, love!

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Cryotherapy – 3 minutes… hmmm yes! You already know this is right up my alley. It is amazing for collagen production and inflammation! I seriously wish this existed 5 years ago when I was playing soccer in college. Instead, I was in ice baths 2x a day. Cryotherapy uses extremely cold temperatures to tighten and firm the skin which aids in muscle recovery, blood circulation and can give you a big energy boost (it does for me… hellooo runners high!). You step into an enclosed cryosauna (pictured above) with your head above it and you are surrounded by liquid nitrogen for up to 3 minutes. Overall, I LOVE IT. Helps sore muscles and burns up to 800 calories per treatment. Do it. DONE.

Dermaplaning – Yes, this treatment shaves your face so that’s why I’m obsessed. I really don’t like much hair on my body and I LOVE the feeling afterwards of having the smoothest face ever. My makeup goes on like a breeze! This treatment gets rid of your dead skin which is why most people do it.. I do it for a smooth face with zero hair… you do you. Regardless this is a good one! Oh, and no, from my experience my hair does not grow back thicker or darker after. Never ever.

Botox – I decided it was time to give the ol’ botox a whirl. Lets be real… I’ve watched Real Housewives and I’ve seen the damage they have done with botox and fillers.. I am aiming for the opposite!!! To simply slow down the aging process and for the little 11 to not get any deeper engrained between my brows! So I did it. And I’m glad I did. I am not sure if this will be a few times a year thing for me, I will keep you updated on that. Cost depends on where you get it. If you are a first timer and wanting a natural look in just 1-2 areas then it will most likely be between $200-$300. I totally recommend setting a consultation to talk with someone before ultimately deciding what will be best for you. I have major fear of something changing my face or affecting it too much so in my case, I decided to stay on the more natural side with fewer units.

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I will be trying even more new treatments at Bare Med Spa in the coming months and will share them with you all! Let me know if there are specific treatments you have heard of, are interested in, or want me to look into for you!

XX –

Blonde Boarding

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Kasha- Katuwe Tent Rock, Featuring For Love & Lemons

I fell in love with New Mexico and the Tent Rocks National Monument. Tent Rocks is located about 40 minutes away from Santa Fe. It is a National Monument made up of layers of volcanic rock and ash. Fast-forward 7 million years of erosion and now these layers have created canyons and tent rocks that you can hike in!

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My sister and I completed both of the two hiking trails. Slot canyon trail is 3 miles and cave loop trail is 1.2 miles. Most of my pictures were taken during the slot canyon trail. It is a little more challenging yet it is very worth it for the views! In the hike you will see unusual rock formations and a mini slot canyon.

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Make sure to pack water. If you are like me and get hungry easily then pack snacks! I ate a RX bar, apple, and almond butter pack. At the top, I took a nap on the rocks and my sister painted before we hiked back down. It was the perfect afternoon.

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I’m wearing a For Love and Lemons dress. Enjoy more of their clothes here ! This exact dress is the Mallorca.

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Cant wait to share more of New Mexico with you all.

XX- Blonde Boarding