Memorial Day Sale Round-Up...

Nordstrom is having their half-year sale which means a lot of my favorite styles are 40% off! I literally want everything... I love a good deal ;) Here are 15 of the cutest tops, all under $45! You can shop by clicking the icon on each designated item! Also ... I've highlighted some of the BEST Memorial Day Weekend sales below the graphic with the promo codes needed! Happy shopping! 

Nordstrom // Up to 40% off select styles for the half-year sale (Starts May 24th)

H&M // Up to 60% off plus free shipping (May 25-May 29)

Ann Taylor // 40% off full priced items + extra 50% off sale items PROMO: SUMMER 

Anthropologie // Extra 40% off 

Intermix // 40% off select items for limited time only!

Loft // 40% off EVERYTHING! Code: VACAY

Nordstrom Rack // Take an additional 25% off clearance

Rebecca Minkoff // Up to 60% off sale

Serena & Lily // Up to 20% off sitewide CODE: AMAZING

Topshop // Up to 40% off select styles through Memorial Day weekend

xx,  Ashley

 

 

Summer Abs...

Carrying a baby during pregnancy really takes a toll on your body as a whole, but mostly on your core! It took me FOREVER to feel like I had my core strength back and it's still a work in progress. Holding a 1-minute plank is still a real challenge but I'm almost there! (45-seconds and working my way up :) I've been trying to focus on taking time a little time out of every day to work my abs, and with summer just around the corner - I have to be extra diligent ;) 

When London goes down for her nap I take 10 minutes right away to do some ab exercises. I start with a plank and end with a plank - usually the last one I try to hold as long as I can which ends up being (almost) a minute. When I feel like I'm not maintaining the proper technique any longer, I stop the time. There is a "Core" class at my gym, Healthworks that I've taken which I really love and I also think practicing yoga regularly is SO good to help maintain core strength! 

Here are some exercises that I do in addition to the planks...

- 25 Bicycles Crunches (see photo below)

- 25 butterfly crunches: sit on the floor with your legs in the "butterfly stretch" then lay back, keeping your legs in the same position. This is your starting point. Now crunch 25 times with your hands behind your head - keeping your shoulders off the floor.

- 25 Toe-touch crunch: (See photo below) Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air (legs pointed toward the ceiling); arms straight and pulse up 25 times, trying to touch your toes.

- 25 Flutter Kicks: Lie on your back with legs extended and arms at your side or underneath your bum. Lift your legs 6(ish) inches of the floor and scissor your legs up and down. Make sure to press your lower back into the floor - you do not want it to lift off the ground.

                                                                     Bicycle Crunch

                                                                     Bicycle Crunch

                                                                  Toe-Touch Crunch

                                                                  Toe-Touch Crunch

What are some of your favorite ab exercises?! 

xx, Ashley