Memorial Day and That Long Lost Feeling of Confidence.

You know what's awesome?! Actually being excited to put on a swimsuit, that's awesome.
I've never been overweight, but I have been "skinny fat" and I'm telling you, that just may be worse.
I've been working my butt off and eating healthy for the past few weeks now
 and I am definitely seeing changes, and I am SO pumped about it.

Memorial Day was spent at my mother in laws!
We layed by the pool and soaked up the sun [and storm clouds] as long as we could.
I scored this hat at walmart and I may wear it every day from here on out...

I look awful in this picture and my hair looks orange, 
BUT I didn't take many pictures that day so you gotta work with what ya got.

These 2 seriously kill me, my heart is so full.

and of course the typical "force your daughter to smile and cooperate" photo.
She loves being difficult.

It was really nice just to be able to be outside,
We've pretty much been stuck inside for weeks because the weather has been so bad.
Thank you Jesus for sunshine, even if it's just a little!!

Hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and got to spend it with loved ones!

xoxo, Monica


Family Sunday Fun Day.

Crazy, crazy weather over here lately y'all!
Our Saturday was spent curled up inside watching netflix while it stormed.
Thankfully Sunday was a little better and we were able to get out of the house!
My parents, sister and brother in law came over for the day, and it was just what we needed.

Top: ShopMCE
Shorts: Zumiez [similar]
Converse: Nordstrom

It was somewhat of a late birthday celebration for me,
they all came over and then we went to Chuys for some yummy tex mex,

afterwords we came back to our house to relax and give Charley some lovin'
Y'all she is SO in love with Jonathan, it was hilarious...

Our food digested and we were ready to get out of the house again!
So we decided to head over to the outlet mall (Thank God) to check out some sales.
My first stop was of course Nike, I scored some super cute spandex and a soft tank!
We walked around for as long as we could until it closed at 7,
by then we were all exhausted and ready to lay back down!

I definitely didnt eat the healthiest this weekend BUT I'm not going to beat myself up about it.
I've been working my butt off and one or two days isn't going to ruin my progress!
Here's a little progress photo for those of you who aren't following my fitness pages
Feeling super proud over here!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

xoxo, Monica


26 Aint So Bad...

So, my birthday was Saturday and I'm officially a 26 year old...
26?!?! I feel like 25 was always a fun age to tell people..but 26?? Eesh!

Here's a sneak preview of the outfit I wore, beyond obsessed.

The day started with some beautiful flowers, the sweetest card ever, and a yummy breakfast..
All thanks to my sweet husband.

We had a relaxing afternoon and headed over to Claire and Bretts place around 6.
Claire is my go to girl for hair and make up, she always makes me look fabulous,
and she's my best friend so it kind of works out perfectly...

So I didn't have time to do a real outfit photo shoot...which I'm SUPER bummed about,
because this is probably one of my absolute fav outfits i've ever worn.
But I do have lots of pics from the evening!!!

Top: Tobi
Skirt: LuLus
Belt: Kate Spade
Necklace: LuLus [similar]
Heels: LuLus [similar]

After getting ready we headed to Celtic Gardens in midtown to start the evening!

After a few drinks and lots of fried appetizers we decided to 
head over to Petes Piano Bar downtown!

It was such an awesome night and I'm so glad I decided to do something!
I'm only going to be young and child free for so long, might as well enjoy it.

xoxo, Monica


Changin' Things Up.

Guess who hopped over to the blonde side?!

THIS girl!!!

It's a HUGE change and I'm definitely still getting used to it, but I think I'm really going to like it!
I just have to give a huge shout out to my colorist, he did an AMAZING job y'all...

So the photo on the left is the one I showed him and told him I liked,
and the 2 smaller photos on the right are my before and after....
is that crazy or what?!?!
Follow him on instagram >>> @evensteven22
does that blow your mind?
My after photo looks almost identical to the photo I showed him!

It's a huge adjustment because I feel like I can't wear certain colors now?
Or like...I don't like as good in them as I did with my dark hair...
Does that make sense?! Like has this happened to anyone else??

I'll tell you one thing though I will definitely be rocking red lips more often.
For some reason blonde hair + red lips just make me feel amazing. 

But ANYWAYS...One of my best girlfriends, Skye[& hopefully soon to be sister in law] graduated!!
She had a little brunch Friday afternoon to celebrate with friends and family.

The weather has been so gross here lately so unfortunately outfit photos just aren't happening.
But I did manage to snap a mirror selfie.

Not the best or most flattering photos :( BUT the only ones I got.

Top: LuLus
Jeans: LuLus
Wedges: MIA via Ebay
Necklace: Love it Buy it

My birthday was Saturday and I had THE best day!!
Will share what I did tomorrow so make sure you come back and check it out :] 
I'm just a TAD obsessed with the outfit I wore.

Happy Monday!! I'm about to get in my 30 minute cardio work out!

xoxo, Monica



Real Talk:

I have a had a bloating problem since as long as I can remember. No matter what I ate, I would bloat and it would stay for hours. 
Didn't matter if what I was eating was healthy or not, EVERYthing caused me to bloat. 

I was super skeptical about this 21 day fix thing...SUPER skeptical. I considered only buying the shakes, and I considered only buying the work outs...THANK GOD I ordered the challenge pack. 

I'm only on day 3 and have actually been eating more than I usually do in a day, and drinking my super shake every day...and I have not felt bloated once. My mind is blown. I had a hearty breakfast, and a good sized super shake for lunch and my stomach was still flat, and even had some definition. So I took a photo, because well... I was shocked. Every stomach photo I've ever taken has been in the morning before I ate, or right after a work out...

I've never been able to look at my stomach after a snack or meal and still see it flat, not since junior high at least! Super excited about the results I'm ALREADY seeing.

This was RIGHT after drinking my amazing super shake.

Never, ever, EVER has my stomach looked like this after consuming something.
The shake has DONE wonders for my digestion and regularity,
and the work outs...HOLY CRAP they are good!

I really can't say enough good things...okay rant over.

Happy Hump Day!


Work Out Videos by Yours Truly.

As most of you know I now have a fitness instagram and Facebook page!

Make sure you follow along to get free recipes and work out videos! 

These stuffed peppers were SO dang good!! 
And full of protein and all things good for you! Who thinks I should post the recipe??

Always refueling my body with this amazing super shake after my work outs!

Small glimpse into todays upper body fix!

Facebook: Monica Kaase - Health & Fitness
Instagram: @MonicaKaaseFit


Lovin' On Mom.

Dress: ShopMCE
Sandals: MIA via Ebay
Bag: LuLus
Necklace: Kendra Scott

First off, I have been DYING to get these little sandals since I saw one of my favorite bloggers,
Ashley, wear them in a few of her posts.
Every single store that sells them seemed to be sold out,
 and then an angel appeared on instagram....
(but really, she made my day)
She told me she found them on ebay but they only had 1 pair..
and guess whose size they were?!?! THIS GIRL!
Bought them without any hesitation and I could not be more thrilled.
They are PURRRRRRfect y'all. 

Anyways, back to Mothers Day. 
Mothers day is really special to me because my mom is honestly my best friend.
Can't even begin to describe how thankful I am for her...

So on Saturday we headed over to my parents for some family time.
My mom is the cutesttttt!

We started the day with a huge amount of mexican food,
I mean what better way to start a day right?!?!
Which of course lead to a whole lot of laying on the couch.
Of course there was also a lot of family bonding and laughing.

It was an awesome day, and I'm so glad we were able to celebrate my mom!

Happy Monday!!

xoxo, Monica


My Fitness Journey

Hey girlfriends!!

As you can see above I have added a "Health & Fitness" tab!
I am so so so excited to share my journey with y'all.
I've done tons and tons of different work out guides but there's only ONE that I came back too.

Feel free to read all about it,
if you have any questions or comments I would LOVE to hear from you.
<3 <3 <3

Make sure you follow along:

Instagram: @MonicaKaaseFit
Facebook: Monica Kaase - Health & Fitness

xoxo, Monica


Re-living our college days.

Tank: H&M
Shorts: LuLus
Wedges: Agaci 
Necklace: LuLus [similar]

This past Friday one of my girlfriends from college came to town!
She had a sweet baby girl about 9 months ago, and she lives about 4 hours away.
Therefore we haven't gotten to see each other much, and she was in major need
of a little getaway!

Me, Tiffany, & Liz
How AMAZING does tiff look after having a baby?? Like her body couldn't be more on point.

We had wayyyy too much fun.
The evening started out at Cedar Creek, a little outdoor restaurant & bar,
and then we headed downtown to begin the girls night festivities of drinking and dancing.

If you follow me on snapchat (MonicaLeeee) I'm sure you got to see a little of the action.
During the evening we all agreed to do some kind of girls weekend/getaway every year together.

It's SO important to plan things like this when you get older and start having husbands and babies.
You still gotta make time for yourself and your girlfriends!
Can't wait for our next weekend (or maybe even vacation) together!!

Happy Tuesday Y'all!

xoxo, Monica