Justen Arnold: Flexx Mobility and Performance

Personal trainers are a dime a dozen these days. But people like Justen Arnold are not.

I had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to the Chicago native after a series of social media connections came to fruition. We talked business, marketing strategy, workouts, mobility issues, etc.. but what was more important to me was what drove him to do what he’s doing.

Justen is one of those people that I categorize as “awake.” He gets it. He is not self serving, nor is he assuming. As busy as he is, Justen makes it blatantly clear that his family comes first, and that they are what fuel his drive and energy. While talking in his modest facility in the Rochester Auditorium Center, we also discuss how training has to do with the decisions you’ve made on the inside- your motivation to be better,your commitment to yourself, and a small percentage of it is reserved for people like Justen to support you through it.

If you haven’t yet, check out Flexx Mobility and Performance. Justen is a powerhouse of motivation, energy, and knowledge. You may not be able to get into his already slammed schedule, but you may be a reason he starts a new version of what he does.

Flexx Mobility and Performance



Justen will be holding “Boot Camp on the Beach” every Sunday from June 4- Aug 27. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please go to eventbrite or email Justen. event flyer.


I am so happy I bought a waffle maker!!!

– 1 scoop protein powder
– 14g almond flour or coconut flour
– 3 tbsp (46g) egg whites
– a dash of baking powder (about 1/2 tsp)
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 75g canned pure pumpkin
– stevia to taste

1. Heat up waffle maker.
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
3. SPRAY waffle maker and pour in batter. This usually makes one big waffle and one smaller waffle.

Source:  http://www.themacroexperiment.com

Legendary Hair: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Screen-Shot-2013-07-01-at-2.36.11-PM_thumbLegendary.  That is what people will say when you use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Not only is it a great dry shampoo, but it can also be used as a finishing spray and a root lifter.  It really is the stuff dreams are made of.  Yes, it is expensive, but it is Oribe, so you kind of expect it.  With that said, I truly believe you get what you pay for on this one!  It is worth the extra $$$ spent!  You will not regret your purchase!


Here are a few things it can do.  Dry shampoo:  I tend to use this between washings to absorb excess oil and refresh my roots!  It smells amazing.  Very lightly floral, but very elegant.Finishing Spray:  When I curl my hair, I use a few sprays to add a bit of hold and shine.
Root Lifter:  VOLUME!  VOLUME!  VOLUME!  Need I say more.

It is weightless and virtually undetectable in the hair.  I will warn you though, your hair may feel a little gritty.  But that just adds to the overall look! When I use this, I feel like I just stepped off a magazine cover!Check it out! I promise you will love it.Oribe Dry Texturizing  Spray8.5 fl $46Purse Size $22

A Star is Born

It’s official! I have completed the constellation of my being, and am so excited to move forward, contributing positively and encouragingly to the world around me. Finally, it makes sense – instead of contributing to a factory or an establishment of an incorporation, I need to promote myself. 

To be honest, it took me a while to actually get this done and concrete. I was blaming it on – “oh, I don’t have time anymore today” or “the parking in the city is going to be horrendous,” but then I realized it was something so much bigger than that- I was preventing myself from succeeding.

Scared of what it actually meant to make it real is what really created the excuses. And this applies to so much more than starting a business – this applies to your fitness routine, a conversation you have been putting off, a job you’ve been wanting to apply to – anything.  Fear is the reason we don’t succeed.

Once you acknowledge that, you can then change it. It is so much easier to say it than do it, and we are all only human. I have days I can’t get myself out of bed, and days that I get absolutely zero accomplished, but I allow myself to have them.

Stop reliving the past, and assuming the future. Live right now, live for yourself- just live.


Protein Fluff

IMG_0768.JPGSo, if you are tired of drinking your protein powder, check out my favorite way to have my protein shake – PROTEIN FLUFF!  I have to be honest, I get tired of having the same protein shake every night and with the cooler weather, I wanted something that wasn’t going to make me freezing cold!  Protein fluff is super low calorie, as long as you don’t add too many other fillers, and extremely filling.  One scoop of powder makes a heaping bowl of fluff!

You can eat it with just the standard protein powder or add a few toppings. I like to drizzle some melted PB on mine!  You can even make it with frozen fruit instead of ice!  Trust me, try it and you will be hooked!


I cup of water, milk or frozen fruit

2 cups crushed ice

1-2 grams guar gum or xanthan gum

1 scoop protein powder (do not use vegan powder, it will not fluff)

Toppings of choice (Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Chips, Sprinkles)

In a blender mix the liquid, ice and protein powder until combined.  Transfer to either a stand mixer or bowl and use a hand mixer.  Before you start mixing add in the guar gum/xanthan gum.  You will start to see the fluff forming!  It takes about 3-5 minutes, depending on how fluffy you like it! I like a lot of fluff, so I mixed for about 4 minutes.

Protein Mug Cakes

One of my favorite ways to combat a major sweet tooth is to make a mug cake. Not only are you getting something sinfully sweet, but you are getting in healthy protein as well!  They are quick and easy to make, just pop them in the microwave and a few seconds later you are on your way to sweet indulgence.

Here are some delicios recipes to try!how-to-microwave-mug-cakes-that-actually-taste-go-1-27033-1375972829-3_big

1. Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake
Chocolate hazelnut spread mixed with a healthier tablespoon of applesauce flavors this recipe. Plus, it can easily be made gluten-free by swapping in an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix. Jazz it up even more by adding chopped hazelnuts or chocolate chips before serving. Recipe: Gina / Running to the Kitchen

2. Sweet Potato Mug Cake
This vegan cake doesn’t compromise on taste or texture. Mashed sweet potatoes create a dense but moist base, while the combination of vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger send your taste buds to heaven. Top with some toasted nuts or pumpkin seeds for a slight crunch. Recipe: Keirsten Frase / Oh My Veggies

3. German Chocolate Mug Cake 
At just 240 calories, this dessert is the perfect option for chocoholics who live and die for decadent, rich cakes. This lightened up recipe uses whole-wheat flour, coconut oil and protein powder to achieve a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by DailyBurn 

4. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
When you’re craving a classic cinnamon roll but don’t have time to whip up a batch of your own dough, this three-minute mug cake does the trick. If you want to cut down on sugar, use this reduced brown sugar recipe, or halve the ingredient in both the cake and glaze. The texture will be a bit different, but it will still taste decadent! Recipe: Jaclyn /Cooking Classy

5. 5-Minute Carrot Cake for One
If that carrot cake craving is kicking in hard, the measuring, mixing and mashing is well worth it for this dessert. Instead of grated fresh carrot, the recipe calls for canned carrots that are then pureed into the batter. (If you don’t have any on hand, pumpkin purée stands in just fine.) Slather the finished product with some Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting and enjoy. Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

6. No-Bake Chocolate Cream Berry Fireworks Pie
Here’s one mug-sized treat that requires no cooking at all. Vegan chocolate chips, ground almonds, coconut flakes and almond milk combine to make a crust. Next, whip up the cream filling from coconut milk yogurt, cinnamon and sugar. Finish it off with fresh berries, freeze and dig in later. Recipe: Richa / Vegan Richa

7. Single-Serve Funfetti Cupcake
Who doesn’t love Funfetti? This simple creation yields a single-serve cupcake reminiscent of the boxed cake mix we grew up loving so much. Applesauce (or vegan butter) replaces the butter or oil found in traditional recipes, while vanilla extract and sweetener of your choice help give it that classic cake flavor. And of course, sprinkles add the fun! PhRecipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

8. Oatmeal Nutella Mug Cake
Oats and pecans combine to make a concoction that’s made rich and indulgent by placing a dollop of Nutella in the center. An extra bit of baking powder and skipping out on egg keeps it light and fluffy. Not into Nutella? Try nut butter or cooked fruit instead. Recipe: Faith Durand / The Kitchn

9. Nutella Mug Cake
Almond meal helps make this indulgence tender, nutty and delicious. Egg, nutella, vanilla extract and chocolate or peanut butter chips are the only other things you need. The result is a fudgy treat you don’t have to feel bad about loving. Recipe: Kiran / Kiran Tarun

10. Paleo Mug Cake
Ready in four minutes! Coconut and almond flours prep a base while egg holds everything together. Add some maple syrup and vanilla extract for sweetness and throw on some chocolate chips. Recipe: Liz / Paleo on a Budget

11. Banana Almond Mug Cake
Just a third of a cup of mashed banana sweetens the deal here (and that goes into the batter for four cakes!). Coconut flour and almond flour offer a healthy dose of fiber and protein. One of these cakes contains only 94 calories but five grams of protein — not bad for dessert! Recipe: Melissa Sevigny / I Breathe… I’m Hungry…

12. Peanut Butter Microwave Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Peanut flour is the secret ingredient here. The high-fiber ingredient is also packed with protein, but is still low in fat. One cake packs 24 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, and only eight grams of sugar. This recipe calls for a peanut butter topping, but fruit, jam or a drizzle of maple syrup are options as well. Recipe: Jessica/ Desserts with Benefits

13. Avocado Mug Cake
There’s no artificial coloring in this neon green cake — that’s all avocado, baby! The recipe does call for quite a bit of sugar — four and a half tablespoons to be exact — but feel free to substitute in Stevia or cut back on the sweetener altogether. Experiment to find out what works for you. Recipe: Kirbie’s Cravings

14. Coconut Flour & Chocolate Mug Cake
Follow this recipe, and you’ll have a low-carb, high-protein, high-fiber cake in three minutes flat. The rich flavor comes from an unexpected ingredient in a chocolate cake: vanilla bean seeds! Once cooked, dress up this simple dish with peanut butter, fruit, coconut cream or yogurt. Recipe: Charlotte and Russ / Goodness Green

15. High-Protein Tart Cherry Nutty Mug Cake
This cherry-filled mug looks almost more like a fruit buckle… but it’s much healthier. Powdered peanut butter and vanilla protein powder make up it’s bulk, while almond butter, honey and milk moisten the batter and help keep it tender. Add a small handful of frozen cherries before nuking for about two minutes, and they’ll be perfectly plump and juicy when time runs out. Top with whipped cream, Greek yogurt or ice cream. Recipe: Regan Jones RD / Healthy Aperture

Source:  www.dailyburn.com

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip

If you are looking for an intensely pigmented, long-lasting liquid lipstick, then look no further than Smashbox’s Be Legendary Metallic Liquid Lipsticks.  Metallic colors are hot right now and these do not disappoint!  They glide on the lips like butter and seem to moisturize instead of drying out your lips like other liquid lipsticks I have tried.

There are a range of colors, from super subtle to super bold! The Smashbox_LiquidMetalSwatchesblue, Iced Out,  is gorgeous, but I can’t see myself wearing it all that often! I purchased Mauve Squad, Crimson Chrome and Petal Metal.  Petal Metal is quite light, but over a dark lip pencil or lipstick, it looks amazing.  You can also layer the colors together.  Add a little Petal Metal to the center of your lips to make them look just a little bit plumper!

Check them out at Sephora or Ulta.



Farsali Unicorn Essence: My New Favorite Primer

p417141-av-01-heroWho doesn’t love perfect, glowing skin??? Well, I have found the most magical of products out there:  Farsali Unicorn Essence. The name alone transports me in to a far away fairy tale filled with magical creatures and glitter galore!

When I say this serum can do it all, I really mean it!  You can prime your face, eyelids, lips and even use it as just an everyday serum to brighten up your complexion.  What makes it so special?  Well, on the site it is described as oil free, great for all skin types, and free of sulfate and parabens. So, it can work for just about anyone.

I have been using it as my daily primer for about 2 weeks now and I can honestly say I am in love with it.  While it looks pink and sparkly, it goes on quite sheer and gives you an overall glowing look.  My foundation and eye makeup stayed flawless for over 12 hours! That is pretty impressive. Now, the price is a little high ($54 @ Sephora)  for your average primer, but it is worth it when it doubles as a free radical fighting, skin tone boosting serum.

I highly recommend you check it out!



Introducing the “GALAXY”


Galaxy:  Any large and brilliant or impressive assemblage of persons or things.  (So us!)

Hi Galaxy Girls, it is Jen here!  With the start of our “new” and “improved” group, I thought I would do a little introduction to me and what my plans are for contributing to the blog.

Well, those of you that already know me, know that I am the “queen” of all things beauty and fashion!  If you took one look at my closets (yes, that is with an “s”) and beauty area you would see that I am obsessed.  I also love fitness and anything related to fitness (clothes, shoes, new programs, etc.)!  By day I am a corporate warrior princess and by night, I can transform into just about anything!  So, with all that said, what can you expect from me on the blog?????

My plan is to cover a little bit of everything!  Product reviews, make-up tutorials, new trends and product releases, fitness reviews and maybe even a few clean and not-so-clean eating recipes.  I could keep going, but I think you all get the idea!

Stay tuned for some upcoming product reviews as I just did a major haul at Sephora!  If there is anything you have in mind, let me know and I will do it!  I look forward to working on this blog and making it great.  You can email any suggestions to galaxyprojectmgmt@gmail.com.








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