21 Day Fix Must Haves

Thinking about getting started with the 21 day fix?

IMG_8623I have had great results with the program so far! You can read about my very first review here. I’ve completed 3 rounds of the 21 day fix and one 3 day refresh. In just 11 weeks I’ve lost 30 lbs! That’s the equivalent of losing Giada! She weighs exactly 30 lbs! The number one reason why I’ve been successful is because I have been in a challenge group with my coach and other people with similar goals. That accountability has helped keep me motivated.


Along with that support, here are my top 10 items that helped me be successful with the 21 day fix. Some of the stuff you probably already have at home!


1.Personal blender

I started off drinking my Shakeology from this Hamilton Beach blender… it did the trick, and at 17.99 it certainly did not break the bank! I loved how small it was and the fact that I could take it with me to go. But when I added any greens to my shake they were left chunky. I could never get the smooth consistency I was looking for. I recently upgraded to a Nutri Ninja Professional and it has been life changing for me! I love that I can just blend in the morning and walk out the door with same cup I blended in. I blend in spinach, kale, and bananas and would never even know there were there! I make Shakeology every single day, so the price tag of 79.99 for this model was totally justifiable for me!


2. Lunch and dinner containers

Meal prep is a huge component to the 21 day fix. The more you do ahead of time, the easier your week will be. Just think, if you have a fridge full of healthy meals waiting for you, you are more likely to eat those healthy meals.  Since I usually prep for my husband and I there are typically 10 lunches and 10 dinner, so 20 total meals. I wanted containers that were universal and stacked nicely in the fridge. I found these at Meijer and they were super inexpensive! If you have any meal prep questions feel free to reach out to me personally! bestdressedbabes at gmail dot com

Here are a few of my meal preps:




3. Scale

Duh. Weighing in at the beginning and end of each challenge is key to keep motivation up. If you aren’t seeing a huge change, make sure to check your measurements! Don’t forget to always weigh in on the same day and at the same time. I use Monday morning as my official weigh in each week.

4. Flexible Measuring tape


Sometimes your results are easily measured on the scale, but sometimes the scale doesn’t move, but your body is changing. Make sure to have a flexible measuring tape to measure your body before and after each challenge. You can find these at any craft store or on amazon.

5. Veggie spiralizer

This tool is a great way to get in some of your veggies! I love to use this to make zoodles (zucchini noodles). For 8.99 at target, this item is a great kitchen gadget to have!


6. Large water bottle

 Water is SO key to weight loss. It is recommended to drink double your body weight in water. So if you weigh 150lbs, then you should be drinking 75 oz of water at minimum each day. Having a large water bottle makes it easier to keep the water flowing. I like to use my Shakeology cup as a water bottle since it’s 25 ounces. Makes it easy to measure as I go!


7. 21 Day Fix App

This FREE APP is incredible! I cannot tell you how much I use it! Not only does it allow you to track all your meals for the day, but it gives you a visualization of how much food you have left. Stumped on what to eat? Click on any of the categories and it lists out foods for that color! It also provides a visual for your body measurements and you can track day 1 and then day 21.



8. Measuring cups

Sometimes your containers are in the dishwasher so it’s good to know the equivalents in actual measurements so you can use your own measuring cups instead.



9. Seasonings & Extracts

It is recommended to reduce as much extra sodium as possible. I like to use Mrs. Dash for extra flavor to my recipes. It’s salt free! I also use vanilla, almond, and peppermint extracts for “free” on the plan. They are a great way to flavor your coffee without adding sugar or cream to it!


10. Shakeology

Last, but certainly not least, Shakeology is crucial to my success. Yes you can certainly follow the meal plan and workouts without Shakeology, but I don’t think you will see as great of a success. Personally I think it helps me to avoid sugars and processed foods during the day because I have started my day with such a yummy meal. I don’t find myself missing sugary foods because every day I know I’m getting my sweet Shakeology. If you search pinterest there are a million different recipes to modify your shake each day if you get bored of drinking the same thing day in and day out. I like to drink mine with cashew milk and add a frozen banana and some kale. I drink it in the car on my way to work!


Any questions, let me know! I’m glad to help!


Best Dressed Easter {A Spool Full of Sugar}


Let’s just take a minute and cue all the heart eyes….


…because this dress is that good!

I had my heart set on finding Giada a handmade Easter dress this year and A Spool Full of Sugar knocked it out of the park. A few weeks ago I found her handmade shop on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her style. When we got ahold of her “Ella” dress it was love at first sight and I knew I needed more of where that came from.


When I first contacted A Spool Full of Sugar about an Easter dress she already had the 3 fabrics she planned on using. We kind of went back and forth about the style that she was going to create and we both agreed that a flutter dress would be perfect for Easter!



We also both agreed that big pockets (to put eggs in of course) were an absolute must! After that I let A Spool Full of Sugar do the rest. When this dress (and matching bow tie) arrived in my mailbox I was speechless! The dress was absolute perfection.


Every last detail was perfectly crafted even down to the 3 colorful buttons on the back. Everything about it screamed Easter!


Of course a handmade dress isn’t complete without a coordinating headband and  Darling Delilah never ceases to amaze me! This headband is the perfect compliment and Giada loves it!


…and in case any of you were wondering, Giada’s shoes are Mini Melissa and I recently found them for a great price at Saks Off Fifth! Not only do they smell amazing, but Giada just loves that they are bunnies! Looks like they no longer have them in pink, but you can grab the purple here.


There you have it, the perfect little Easter ensemble! Hopefully our Michigan weather will cooperate!








4 Must Have iPhone Photo Apps


I’m about to share a pretty big secret that I’m a little embarrassed to admit. I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now and have absolutely no clue how to use photoshop, or lightroom, or any other photo editing software on my computer. I’ve gotten by on using my trusty old iPhone to create any image I use. In this day in age I find myself using my iPhone for everything so why not utilize it to create images for my blog too? I’d love to share my go to apps with all of you. No need to download a million photo apps (because yes there a quite a few out there)… here are my top 4 Must Have iPhone photo apps.  Everything I need to get done happens on these 4 apps.

1. PhotoGrid


This app is a simple app to add up to 15 photos and make them into a grid. There is also an option to make them into a collage of sorts with various background choices. I use this app a ton!




2. A Beautiful Mess


This app has tons of borders, fun doodles to add, and cute phrases! Here are some pics that I made with this one.




3. Rhonna Designs


Can we say gold foil font? I love Rhonna because there is an option to use gold foil for the font. I also love the different font options that look hand drawn.


4. Word Swag


 This is my newest obsession! Its so simple to use. Basically you type in the words you want to use and there are a MILLION different fonts/layouts to use. It’s so simple yet makes some great graphics.



There you have it. The 4 must have iPhone photo apps. Anything else that I am missing out on? Let me know!