Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hump Day Headshots

Pageant prep is coming along very nicely! I am so ready for it to be here already I can barely contain my excitement. Monday I sent in my official headshot for the judges and since it will not be posted on the website, I wanted to share it with all of you.

I wanted to shout out to Kristina Thomas and Megan Farmer for making me look and feel like a million bucks! I absolutely love my pictures and loved working with these two.

Be on the look out for some sneak peeks I'll be posting on wardrobe. I won't be showing everything until it's show time but you'll get little tidbits here and there :)

I will soon be high lighting my sponsors for the journey to the crown, so you all will get the chance to see who is a part of #TeamTarole. If you would like to be a part of the series, visit my GoFundMe page to donate. Anything helps and is greatly appreciated!

Happy Hump Day!

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Monday, August 24, 2015


Good Monday morning!

I can't believe it's the last full week of August, my goodness where has the time gone! School is in full swing which means there is NO time to slack on your fit lifestyle. Many of you have kids, are going back to college, or just still busy with your 9-5 career. When do you fit in the time to work out?

Fitting in a work out can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as a couple hours, the choice is up to you! Here are a few of my favorite workouts for any busy momma, student, or worker that is constantly on the go.

20-40 Minute Workouts

POPSUGAR Fitness is a really great channel to subscribe to on YouTube. Their workouts are full blast, but short timed. Here are some of my favorites from these ladies..

20 Minute Bikini HIIT Workout

20 Minute Fat Blasting Full Body Workout

Fitness Blender is another great YouTube channel for quick, fully loaded workouts. Here are some that are in the 30 minute category.

Brutal Abs Workout

Total Body Strength Training with Dumbbells

BeFiT is another very useful channel with a huge variety of different length workouts. Here are a couple of my favorite 40 minute workouts.

40 Minute Total Body Fat Burn Workout

Beach Body 40 Minute Fat Burning HIIT Workout

You can always find time to fit in a workout. Even if it's just 20 minutes on the treadmill. There are no excuses for trying to make a difference for the better in your lifestyle and it all starts with the first step! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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How do you stay motivated?

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Head Shots

So I know I usually do Friday Fitness on this day but I finally got a sneak peek of my head shots for Miss Arkansas USA and I HAVE to share, I'm so in love.

It really came at the perfect time. After having a rough week, it totally brightened up my day to see the photographer post this on her Instagram. She did such an amazing job and made me feel so comfortable when I really didn't know what I was doing. I can't wait to see the rest of the batch and I know it will be a tough job picking out the perfect shot to send in to the pageant.

Without further ado..

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Thank you SO much to Kristina Thomas and Megan Farmer for making me look and feel like a million bucks. What do y'all think?

Have a wondering weekend!

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pageant Update

I'm so anxious to get my head shots back from Kristina Thomas Photography but I know I have to wait a couple more weeks. Don't you hate that feeling of anticipation and knowing you just have to be patient?

Patience is a virtue... Patience is a virtue...

Anyway, pageant season is in full swing. Miss Benton County is on Tuesday and I'm so excited to be home and able to be apart of it this year. Miss Benton County is where my pageant life began. Way back when, a timid 17 year old was talked into entering and it changed my life forever. October will be a busy month with pageants and I'm looking forward to it more and more with each new day.

Saturday I am heading to Harrison to resume my hunt for the perfect gown. My dad is going with me this time (he chose my very first pageant gown and I won!) so I his opinion is a huge factor in making the final decision. Hurry, hurry Saturday!

A lot has gone on this week and it has thrown my life into temporary turmoil but if you've been around here before you know I will bounce back in no time. You can only control what's going on inside, and even though it's hard to deal with, the outside interactions with others should not dictate your well being, your personal quests, and it should not make you feel inferior in anyway if things don't go as planned. I've actually learned a lot in these last 4 days and this lesson I'm in the process of learning will be a huge one for my future. It's time to really focus on me, my career, my wants and needs as an individual and no one will get in the way of my success..

First starting with capturing the title of Miss Arkansas USA 2016 ;)

Time heals all wounds.. the amount of time differs, but the outcome can be so good that it'll just be one of those chapters of your life that makes you that much better of a person.

Don't forget you can help me on my journey to the pageant this fall by donating and becoming a sponsor. Businesses can use this as a tax write off. You will be listed in the official pageant program book as well as get plenty of social media love from yours truly. Visit my GoFundMe page to donate, anything helps and is very much appreciated!

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Monday, August 3, 2015


Good morning guys and dolls,

Today is Monday which means it's time for some much needed motivation. I know I definitely need some, so even if this only helps me, I'll be doing ok.

I can't remember if I announced that I am now a FitFluential Ambassador which basically gives me another outlet to gain more knowledge and tips/tricks when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I know we all need a little extra motivation sometimes so today I'm bringing you 5 ways to get motivated!

5 Ways to Get Motivated

1. Music

Music is a big one for me personally and I know a lot of people that are the same. There are certain songs that just make you move naturally. Whatever your favorite songs are for getting your groove on should always be ready to go. Grab the playlist, hit the gym, road, beach, etc. and get moving! Follow me on Spotify - I am constantly having to put Spin playlists together, so I have a ton of options to choose from!

2. Dress for Success

This saying doesn't just work for business, it works for every aspect of your life. You'll feel better in your favorite work out brands and styles which will in turn motivate you to actually go to the gym or on a run through the neighborhood. I have a ton of favorite brands ranging from Forever 21 to Lulu Lemon. It's always nice to feel good while working to look good.

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3. Call a Friend

Working out is always easier with a friend. Even if it is just you two with your headphones in running side by side. Motivation is a lot better when there is someone opting to do the workout with you. Call up a friend, figure out a meeting place, and get to it!

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4. Like Nike Says, Just Do It

The hardest part of working out is making yourself go. The moment you have that inkling to drive to the gym, just do it. Get into your car and drive. By the time you realize you maybe don't really want to workout, you'll already be at the gym, and by then there are no excuses.

5. You'll Be Happy

"I'm so upset I completed that workout", said no one.. EVER. You will never be unhappy for making the time to work out. In fact, you will thank yourself for showing up and getting your day started with one. You'll have more energy, you will feel better, and you'll be one step closer to your goals. How is that not motivation in itself to get moving?

(Inspired by this article)

Hope these tips help you this week on staying motivated and staying active. If you're in the area, come see me at the gym and we'll set up some training sessions for you. Let's reach your goals together.

Don't forget...

I'm still searching for sponsors to help me with my journey to Miss Arkansas USA this October, here in Northwest Arkansas. This is my last shot before I become too old and I can't do it without the help of my community and friends/family. I'm almost halfway to my goal and with a little help, I know I can reach it. Anything helps from $1 to $500. You will be listed in the official program book, given countless social media love, and it can be used as a business tax write off. Check out my GoFundMe page for more info!

Happy Monday! Have a great week :)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Life Lately

It's been a month..

Oops! Boy, have I been busy. I have so much to catch up on for y'all, starting with where I left off. We came up with a winner for the Tiux Compression Socks giveaway I hosted.

Let's see, what has been going on since the end of June. I was lucky enough to accompany Daniel one weekend in Miami while he was there for business. I had never been before that trip, so I was pretty excited. And let me tell you, it was definitely a trip I will never forget. It was everything you'd expect a Miami vacay to be. We stayed in an amazing two bedroom condo in one of the many Trump towers, right on the beach. We dined at some of the best restaurants, including Milo's, a ridiculously nice Greek inspired restaurant. What an experience! We had a very, VERY nice car the whole weekend, we went stand up paddle boarding, ordered pizza one night and just stayed in, I went running on the beach again after so many months of not being able to, and the pool... lounging at the pool was one of the most relaxing moments. I had so much fun, and I can't wait to do it again.

In the elevator at the Trump Royale.

The view of the marina and sunset from the condo.

Sunny Isles Beach

It was really a great vacation..... Until the plane ride home -_- Let me tell you about this Delta Airlines plane ride home. My flight was supposed to go from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta to NWA. Simple right? Wrong. About the time we arrive in ATL (about 5pm), there are thunderstorms. Due to these thunderstorms, we circle for about an hour to wait for a clear chance to land, which never happened. The pilot then informs us we are headed to Savannah, GA to refuel and hopefully make it back to ATL. Ok..... I hope we can in time for my next flight!!

We get to Savannah, and the clouds are rolling in. I kept checking the weather and thought to myself, "we better hurry before the storms reach us here and we're stuck". I must have subconsciously manifested just that. We were informed that several flights had been deferred to Savannah due to weather and that the international flights took precedence over us to get fuel, so we waited... and waited... and about two hours later, the crew calls it quits.  Now, mind you the whole time we are stuck on this plane (because if we "were to leave it would be our final destination") there was a 7 month old baby in the row behind me who had already been through two bottles and running out of the third. Mother was frantic, Grandma who was sitting next to me was frantic. It was kind of a mess. My phone was basically dead but finally the crew told us we could get off the plane but had to have our original boarding pass to get back on, which of course with my luck, I had already thrown away.  -_-

After getting off the plane to get a plug in and charge my phone, we were notified that the next flight out wouldn't be until 7am the next morning. Um.. WHAT?! I have to work at 8! We were supposed to be home by 10pm that night. This will not work for me, no, no, NO. I wasn't the only one who was desperately trying to get home, the majority of our flight had moved gates to an incoming flight from ATL that was possibly going back out once it landed. It was our only chance. Once we got to the gate, surprise, surprise, we ran into more trouble. Since the airline changed all of our flights to 7am the next morning, we were shown in the system as literally being on a flight, so the clerk had no possible way of switching us to a new flight. Um.. WHAT?!?! We were fuming. We were hungry. We were tired. It was nearing 11pm by this time. The airline then decides to tell us that all of our luggage is sitting at the carousel to be picked up. UNATTENDED. They basically unloaded our luggage and piled it up in an unlocked, unsupervised area. Freaking A! Thankfully someone held my spot in line so I could go get my suitcase, which thankfully again was small enough to be a carry on and I didn't have to check it again. Fortunately for us, the airport ordered several pizzas for us, which was ahh-mazing considering we had been stranded for 6 hours by now and still didn't know if we were getting onto the next flight, leaving Savannah for ATL at 11:50pm. The awesome, patient, and BRAND NEW clerk we were working with finally figured out the issue and started to transfer us to the new flight, and thankfully I was front of the line.

Once I had my new boarding pass in hand, I felt like I could breathe. The rest of us that got onto this new flight sat and talked while waiting for the plane to come in (which was carrying the crew for another outgoing flight on the next gate). What a mess. Unorganized, no communication, Delta really gave off the wrong impression. Around 12:30am we started boarding, and I hoped it would be downhill from there. Luckily, I got a row all to myself, so for the short flight to ATL, I sprawled out and got to take a tiny nap, which never happens for me on a plane. We got to ATL and I immediately went to a booth where you can call the airline about your flight. My next flight was rescheduled for 10am, and since I didn't want to spend 9 or so hours in the airport, I tried (and succeeded) to get an earlier flight, for 8am. I found my gate, laid down, put on Pretty Little Liars and waited. I got about 30-45 min sleep before my alarm starting going off. I apparently was dead to the world because a random man had to eventually wake me up, oops. I made it on to my flight and finally touched down in Arkansas. Such a trip... here's a video from my Snapchat that describes it pretty well.


Moving on...

 Daniel's sister came to stay with us for almost a week. It was a really great time. We hiked, shot guns, ate good food, and got to show her the beautiful-ness of my hometown/area. She had never seen fireflies before, so that was really refreshing to experience, and it also stormed while she was here so she had a little taste of the amazing summer thunderstorms we have. It was a great time.

Hawksbill Crag hike in Arkansas

The next weekend I believe, was 4th of July. Daniel, being from California and all, has never experienced Independence Day like we do in NWA. He literally had no idea we are allowed to shoot off mortars, big boomers. And out fireworks stands are anything but. I'm talking actual buildings. He was like a kid in a candy store, it was the funniest thing. We grabbed a shopping cart and started to fill it. He seemed to be getting one of everything, it was a good time. The next night we went to my uncle's house to shoot them off. It's always been a tradition in my family to host a huge firework show/celebration so this year, even though smaller, was no different.

I'd say it's been a very busy month my goodness. The next weekend I was off on Friday and spent a good part of the day driving to Hot Springs for the Miss Arkansas (America) Pageant. My good friend, and Miss AR 2008 sister lives there and let me stay with her in her cute little apartment. We lounged at the pool all day Saturday and both Friday and Saturday nights we were spectators at the pageant. I hadn't been since the year 2008 when I competed, so it was a little bittersweet for me. I love pageants, and probably always will, but I completely forget the negative energy drain it gives you. I'm making it sound awful, but that's just a small part. Dressing up and seeing beauty queens compete onstage is a really fun event for my friend Jennifer and me. Plus, she trained a few of the contestants (which I hope will be me soon!). It was great to be there because Miss Northwest Arkansas (and one of my Miss NWA sisters), Loren McDaniel, won the title and is representing our state at Miss America in September. It brought back fond memories for sure.

Jennifer and me, Night 3 of Prelims (Friday)

With a couple of the teen queens!

Something that is super exciting that has happened recently, I am finally on the schedule regularly for teaching spin at FreeRide! I am on every Tuesday and Thursday morning. It's a really early time, but my class is always full of energetic, dedicated people ready to go!

Follow me on SnapChat --> @onehaolegirl

And another SUPER exciting thing happening in my life, I am finally a personal trainer! And what's even better, it's at an all women's facility! I cannot express the gratitude I have for the opportunities that have been given to me in the last couple of months. I am so excited to get my career started.

Personal Training at Body by Kelly.

Miss USA was a couple weeks ago and Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma captured the crown. This is the first win for the state of Oklahoma and is also a part of Vanbros and Associates which is the organization that produces the state pageants for Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, and ARKANSAS. It's super exciting the org that will be producing my pageant has produced a national winner. I wholeheartedly believe she will be a force to be reckoned with at Miss Universe this winter, and I think she will be an incredible Miss USA. We're back to blonde baby!

This past weekend I decided to do a little pageant shopping. I'm hoping I can get enough sponsorship money to get a new gown. This is my last hoorah and I really want to feel like a million bucks. I don't plan on really showcasing my actual wardrobe until I'm on stage competing, but here's a little sneak peak of a style I'm looking at...

The Royal We

What do you think? Don't forget I have a GoFundMe account set up for potential sponsorship. It can be used for businesses as a tax write off and you will be given constant social media love and advertisement, including being listed in the official Miss Arkansas USA program book.

What. a. crazy. month. and I have a feeling it's not slowing down anytime soon. Time to get some flyers together and hit the pavement! Wish me luck :)

Happy Hump Day!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fitness Friday [GIVEAWAY]

Happy Friday!

I'm so glad it's finally Friday and I'm super excited about what I'm posting today. A few weeks ago, I was approached with an opportunity to review a pair of compression socks. If you've been around these parts before, you know I love running and I LOVE compression socks. Naturally, I quickly accepted the offer.

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Introducing Tiux

"Premium compression socks without the traditional retail markups."

Tiux is a completely online based company. No retail stores, distributors, middle men.. Nadda. They bring a different approach to compression socks. They don't endorse athletes but believe the customers are the ambassadors. Honestly, I'm really digging the socks.

Compression socks are amazing for runners but also benefit a lot of other athletes and exercises. They are also different in the sense that they are graduated compression; meaning they have a higher compression at the ankle that gradually decreases towards the calf. It enhances circulation and increases the level of oxygenated blood to your legs, while pumping deoxygenated blood back to your heart. Ultimately it helps to stimulate the blood flow, which in turn will improve athletic performance, reduce muscle fatigue, and help recover faster. 

Benefits of compression:
  • Muscle and Joint Stabilization (Reduces the risk of injuries and muscle tears by minimizing muscle oscillation.)
  • Enhanced Proprioception (Improves agility with heightened sense of muscle awareness)
  • Increased Arterial Inflow (Improves performance with greater blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles.)
  • Increased Venous Return (Accelerates the rate of blood flow back to the heart to help alleviate swollen and achy legs)
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It's been raining cats and dogs here the past few weeks but we were able to get a spot of sunshine long enough for me to do a circuit of stair runs, which obviously I decided to test my socks during. I have to say I'm highly impressed. (1) The material is so nice. It's tight, yet breathable, and the purple part that runs along the sole of your foot is padded a little more to give you a soft cushion for the high impact from running. (2) I usually always feel soreness in my calves after running stairs and much to my surprise I experienced minimum if not, NO soreness. (3) Recovery. If anything, I really love these socks for recovery. I've been talking for weeks now how I've been lifting heavy and my calves have been feeling the burn. Wearing these socks at night just while lounging has actually helped with the aching.

In conclusion, I will definitely be wearing these socks again, and I would HIGHLY recommend them to my runner/athlete friends. They are a great price, great quality, and a really great heart behind the company. (They've partnered with Mines Advisory Group [MAG] and donate 1% of their revenue to help save lives and protect communities from landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other weapons remaining after conflict.) How amazing!

One more thing...

Tiux has offered to GIVE a pair of their compression socks to one of my lovely readers! Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Who doesn't love winning free stuff?

Contest Rules:

  • Like this picture on Instagram and post a comment telling us your favorite way of stay fit
  • Follow Tarole via Instagram
  • Follow Tiux via Instagram

Loved these socks, thanks so much Tiux for letting me review this awesome product. Good luck entering! You have one week :)


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