Happy Fitness Wednesday!

I have received a lot of questions about my recent hikes lately so to answer of all of your questions and honor Earth Day this past Saturday, I figured I’d focus this fitness Wednesday post about my favorite hikes in AZ. I might be a little biased and focus on hikes in Northern Arizona because that is where I grew up and currently live. I also think there is the most beautiful hikes and scenery in Northern Arizona and is unlike anywhere else on Earth. I love hiking because I love exploring new places and think it is the most fun way to burn calories. I don’t even notice I am exercising while hiking because I enjoy it so much! I will be sharing the links to shop the workout gear I wore during each of these hikes. Simply click on the desired image where you will then be redirected to a separate page to shop the item.

  • Horsehoe Bend- Page, AZ

Horseshoe Bend is absolutely amazing, the pictures I’m sharing with you today don’t even do it justice. The Colorado River running through and around the beautiful red rocks makes a picturesque view. I first saw it and thought it looked fake because it is so surreal. The hike to Horseshoe Bend is short, but is on a sand path with hills. I would recommend bringing water and proper hiking attire, especially during the summer months. The sand makes the path about ten degrees hotter than the outside temperature, meaning it can be well over 100 degrees on the path during the summer months. I would recommend doing this hike between the months of October-April for the best weather. This hike is the easiest of the hikes I will be sharing today, it’s perfect for all fitness levels.

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  • Antelope Canyon- Page, AZ

Since Antelope Canyon is also located in Page, this hike can be done during the same day as Horseshoe Bend, which is what I did. Antelope Canyon is also very surreal and looks fake when you first see it. Unfortunately, you cannot just walk up to the canyon and walk in on your own. You must book through a company and go through a tour in order to visit Antelope Canyon. I really enjoyed the tour we did through Antelope Canyon Tours. Our tour guide was so friendly and shared so much great info about the canyon. We did our tour at 4 pm in April and I would definitely recommend doing an earlier tour. The first half of the tour, the lighting was great and we saw so much detail in the canyon. The second half of the tour was too dark and it got really cold really fast. In order to have the best lighting while you are there, I would recommend going around 2 pm or 3 pm during the months of March-June. This hike is also very easy and perfect for all fitness levels.

 

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  • Devil’s Bridge- Sedona, AZ

Devil’s Bridge is hands down my favorite hike in Sedona. This hike allows you to see so many different views of the red rocks and has such a fun path. Some of the path consists of stairs made out of red rocks and other parts of the path has you up against walls of red rocks. I also love this hike because at the of the path is the actual bridge made out of red rock. You can walk out onto the bridge (as shown in second picture below), if you are brave enough and check out the most amazing views. The first picture below was a picture taken during the hike, which goes to show that every second of this hike is picturesque and showcases beautiful views of Sedona. This is a longer hike and the path has some steep inclines. I would rate this hike moderate and wouldn’t recommend doing it if you have health issues because it is in the middle of nowhere. I recommend doing this hike between the months of October-April at any time of day. If you do go during the summer months, I recommend doing this hike at 6 or 7 am and would not attempt this hike right before nightfall as it is easy to get lost. If you ever visit Sedona, this is the hike to do!

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  • Cathedral Rock- Sedona, AZ

Cathedral Rock is another one of my favorite hikes in Sedona and the hike I do most often. Once again, this hike displays panoramic views of Sedona during the entire hike. Once you are at the top, you can see the most beautiful views in every direction you look. If you are looking for a great workout and want to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time, this is the hike for you. The hike is rather short in distance, but is a steady incline from start to finish. At points, you are required to directly climb the red rocks, which can be challenging for some. I would only recommend this hike if you do not have health issues and have an established level of fitness. I also recommend doing this hike during the months of October through April at any time of day. If you do go during the summer months, I recommend doing this hike at 6 or 7 am and would not attempt this hike right before nightfall as it is easy to get lost.

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  • Lockett Meadow- Flagstaff, AZ

Last but definitely not least. Lockett Meadow is my all time favorite hike in Flagstaff. It is hidden what I call “the hidden gem” because it is definitely a trek to even get to the trail head. I would recommend taking a bigger car or a 4 wheel drive vehicle because it is atop a mountain. When I saw atop a mountain, I mean you have to drive up the side of a mountain with huge cliffs, needless to say I always freak out. The hike is always worth the drive though so don’t fret. The hike is absolutely stunning as you can see all different shades and colors of leaves during the fall. During the summer, the leaves are also beautiful and bright green. Many people bring their dogs and children with them as this is an easy hike and very enjoyable for all fitness levels and ages. I highly recommend doing this hike the last week of September or the first week of October for the best coloring. I also highly recommend bringing layers and jackets to take off and on during the hike because it can get very cold at all times of the year. During this time, the leaves are bright yellow and completely canopy the path. I highly recommend doing this hike in September and early October for the gorgeous coloring and doing this hike during the months of April-August for a great hike and beautiful views.

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Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, I know I sure did! Over the weekend we went to a wedding in Phoenix and it was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony, venue, and every detail was absolutely stunning. Funny story about the wedding. I ordered two dresses from Nordstrom about a month ago to make sure I had the perfect outfit to wear for the wedding. The first dress I wanted to wear wouldn’t even zip up when it wasn’t on so I decided to take dress option number two with me to the wedding. I figured I didn’t need a backup dress since I loved this dress so much. Long story short, my boyfriend was helping me zip up the dress around 4:30, the wedding started at 5:00 and the zipper broke and completely came off of the track. I didn’t have a backup dress and we ended up having to go to the closest Nordstrom to find a new one. Anyways, the ladies at Nordstrom Chandler Fashion Center were absolutely amazing and helped me find such a cute dress and I got so many compliments on it! We were only 15 minutes late to the wedding and no one even noticed (at least I don’t think they did). I think I was meant to wear the last minute dress instead and I’m learning to laugh off silly situations like those instead of getting mad about it! My blog post has nothing to do with that story, I just thought I would share it since it was funny (not at the time, of course), but it is now!

Anyways, I went to San Francisco a couple of weeks ago with 14 of my closest girlfriends and we had such a fun time! Today I will be sharing the highlights of our trip and sharing must do/see places in San Francisco. We stayed at an AirBnb in Nob Hill and the house was amazing! All 15 of us slept comfortably in the house and it was in such a great location. We all got there throughout the day on Thursday night and went to a casual dinner while we waited for the rest of the group to get there. On Friday morning, we woke up and went to brunch (of course), ventured through the city, went to the cutest wine tasting bar called Winery Collective, which I highly recommend, and went to a yummy dinner.

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On Saturday, we rented GoCars, which is a GPS guided tour through the city and it was so much fun! The GoCars were definitely the highlight of my trip and I recommend doing the tour if you are ever in San Francisco. We saw all of the highlights of the city, stopped along the way to take pictures, and enjoyed the beautiful day with the wind blowing in our faces. We also went to Fisherman’s Wharf for clam chowder bread bowls and they were out of this world, so delicious. Another highlight of my trip was going to Ghiradelli Square for the BEST latte ever and complimentary squares of chocolate. The square is so cute and has little boutiques to shop at. Despite the huge rain storm, we made the most out of our outdoor adventures and saw everything there was to see.

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Here is my San Francisco recommendation list:

Best Restaurants:

  • Hops & Hominy- Great beer and I loved my burger.
  • Bob’s Donuts- Best homemade donuts and coffee.
  • The Redford- Wonderful happy hour drinks and appetizers, I got a Moscow Mule and sweet potato fries.
  • The Brixton- High-end restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and amazing food, I split the chorizo pizza and gnocchi, both were so good.
  • Wasabi & Ginger- Fun sushi and Chinese restaurant, I got the terrayaki chicken with steamed veggies and it was delicious.
  • Mymy- Great brunch and mimosas, I had eggs, toast, potatoes and fruit. Very friendly staff and great service.
  • Scoma’s- Delicious seafood and beautiful views, I had a clam chowder bread bowl and it was so fresh and yummy.

Places to See/Things to do:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Painted Ladies
  • Alcatraz
  • Giants game at AT&T Park
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Exploratorium
  • GoCar Tours of San Francisco
  • Lombard Street
  • Ride a cable car
  • Shop at Union Square
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Chinatown

I highly recommend visiting San Francisco, it is such a fun city filled with good food and plenty to do/see!

XOXO,

Jonica

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Happy Friday!

It’s the weekend and my favorite designer is having a sale, yay! Tory Burch is currently offering up to 30% off and free shipping by using the code SPRINGEVENT. In honor of this sale, I thought I would share my current favorite spring and summer Tory Burch items. It was honestly hard to find favorite items since I absolutely love everything and anything Tory Burch. If I had to pick a favorite item, I would definitely pick all of the espadrilles, all of the patterns are so cute! I seriously want all of them, but I had to hold myself back. Shop all of these images by simply clicking on the desired item, where you will then be redirected to a page to shop the item.

Since items are limited, head over to the sale ASAP! Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

Jonica

 

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Happy Fitness Wednesday, everyone!

I hope you are all having an awesome week and pushing through those long to-do lists for the week! I have had a very busy and productive week, which is always good. I just want to start out by saying that the review I am sharing with you today is my 100% honest opinion of this program. That being said, I’ll jump right into the review. I have always had a difficult time staying motivated at the gym, unless I was playing a sport. I would get bored and lose interest in what I was doing and not push myself as hard, which then led to me losing motivation to even go to the gym. I then started the Kayla Itsines workouts, which I absolutely loved and had amazing results with. They kept me motivated because I had a plan to follow and wasn’t working out for more than 30 minutes. I loved the fast paced workouts with cardio on my days off from the workouts. I then went on a cruise after the program ended and struggled to get back on track with the guides. My friend reached out to me and recommended trying a 21 Day Fix through Beachbody and although I was hesitant, I tried it anyways. I figured, what do I have to lose, they are only 3o minute long exercises for three weeks. So I decided to go all out and buy the package and the Shakeology. Each day is a different workout targeting different muscles for 30 minutes. The only equipment needed is a mat and small weights (or heavy if you’re ripped), which is perfect for people who travel or don’t have access to a gym. All of the workouts are fast paced and make you sweat every single time. The program also comes with containers and a guide to give you guidelines for a healthy eating plan. The containers help you portion everything you’re supposed to eat and the booklet provides recipes and a list of what goes inside the containers (simple right?). The program is also designed to go hand in hand with Shakeology and the shakes are supposed to be used as a meal replacement to provide optimum nutrition. I actually really love the shakes, I got vegan chocolate and it tastes amazing. You’re not supposed to have any cheat days during the three weeks of the program, you are supposed to go all out and stick to the nutrition and exercise program to see the best results. I could lie to you and say I did exactly what I was supposed to, but I didn’t. I had a cheat DAY each week (bad me) and had to do a couple of exercises twice in one day while skipping another day, but I still did them. This program is amazing because it truly works. I know everyone says that about the workout programs they love, but if you put the time and effort into this program, you will see results. I also love how fast I saw results. I’m always so bad with thinking that if I workout once and eat healthy for one day, I should lose ten pounds and have a six pack. No program can do that (if you know of one, let me know), but this program gets you back on track with major results in as little as three weeks, which is pretty amazing. During my 21 Day Fix, I lost a total of 6 pounds and 12 inches! I thought it was amazing for only doing the program for three weeks and having a few cheat meals. I just started the program again and I am going to not eat any cheat meals or skip workouts this time so i am hoping to lose more and see better results. Stay tuned for my round 2 results!

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XOXO,

Jonica

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Happy Monday and Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend with your loved ones. I had such a great weekend and I feel energized to start the new week. On Saturday we all woke up early, made a big breakfast and went on a long hike up and around Bell Rock. We then came home and planted flowers, had lunch outside and played bocce ball. It was so nice outside, I even got a little sunburned! I love spending the weekends outdoors, especially with the weather we’ve had lately. Easter Sunday was also a wonderful day. We started the day by going to church and the service was absolutely amazing (as always) and was the perfect start to the day. We then came home and I baked and cooked with my mom all day, which is always one of my favorite things to do. My mom is such a great cook and always teaches me so many useful tips and tricks while cooking. We made prime rib, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls, and asparagus. The food was all so good, I’m still full, just kidding! I also made a homemade cheesecake, which was a huge success! I used thin mints and graham crackers as the crust and used heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and cream cheese for the filling. I topped the cheesecake with cherries and it was a huge hit. Anyways, today I am sharing my Easter look with all of you and I am so excited! I bought this Lilly Pulitzer dress in January during the Lilly sale, but waited until now to finally rip the tags off, yay! I love the bright colors and this dress had the perfect Easter/spring pattern. I paired the dress with my favorite denim jacket (it’s on sale) and all of my favorite accessories. You can shop this look at the bottom of this post by simply clicking on the desired image, where you will then be redirected to another page where you may purchase the item.

   

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I hope you all enjoyed this Easter look!

XOXO,

Jonica

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