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Feeling Inspired: New (Post-Baby) Workout Gear X Albion Fit

October 17, 2014

Albion Fit workout apparel


















It’s been 8 weeks since I had my second baby. I’m still very sleep deprived, nursing, busy all day around the house, finding time to cook a healthy dinner for my family, attempt to (smell) + look good for my hubby by the time he gets home from work + taking care of my 2 boys. I’m exhausted just typing all of this – phew! Seems as if the day goes by in a blink! Anyone out there that can relate<< ??!

It’s been pretty hard getting the motivation to workout again. BUT I reeeallyyy do miss it! I would like to lose 12-15 damn pounds already – I’m really ticked off that I haven’t fit ME into my schedule! I know it takes time, I’ve been there already, but after my first baby I started working out after about 5 weeks. Now I have 2 + it’s taking twice as long to get to it!

Anyway, I decided I needed to get some pretty workout gear to help the process along – haha! But seriously though, it is amazing what some fun, bright + pretty athletic clothes could do!

I’m loving all the athletic apparel from Albion Fit!

Albion Fit leggings








{♥ These floral + papaya orange leggings! They are super cute + fun.}

Albion Fit Tops








{This ‘FIND YOUR HAPPY PACE’ tank is a good reminder (really comfy). And this pink racer back is great for when I go running or do more high endurance workouts, it has great support!}

It’s just what I was looking for:  pretty colors + prints, cozy tops + most importantly, high performance fabrics! The leggings + capris are figure-flattering, have built-in compression (great to keep the jiggly-wiggly in check) + are thick enough that you don’t see your skin through when you bend over or move  >> I HATE that! I don’t want to do a downward dog + be worried about showing all of my ‘business’ to everyone in the studio!

Albion Pants















I also have this tunic hoodie, these black leggings + these cute violet capris.

So here’s to some ME time + to feeling good + energized again (and of course, dropping more post-baby Lb’s)!


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New Website, New Name!

July 15, 2014

Hi Ladies,

Whelp, for a couple weeks now I have been working on taking my blog to new heights!

Although, I’m still tweaking a little here ‘n there, I’m ready to show you the changes…



A couple things to mention:  as you all know, my blog name was operating as Natural Maven, and due to stupid – technical reasons (I wouldn’t bore with the details) I had no choice but to come up with a NEW BLOG NAME!

Natural Maven is now…wait for it…Petals and Pumps (PetalsandPumps.com).


I will still be discussing topics on beauty, motherhood, fitness, fashion & health…Just under a new name. I hope you all understand. And whether or not you like the old name vs. the new name, I can’t really do anything about that- sorry! It’s still a girly blog with good topics!

I am switching/or have switched my Social Media to reflect my new website & name – PetalsandPumps.com. So stay tuned for that. If you see pictures/posts still up as the Natural Maven, that’s probably the way it will stay so I don’t loose what I have already done. But for the most part, I’m doing my best to switch as much as possible. I will be keeping NaturalMaven.blogspot.com up for a while so that it may help with the transition and/or any confusion.

You can also find the Social Media “buttons” in my website. When you “click” on them, it will take you directly to any of my social media accounts I have.

Thank you girls for your support and understanding! I can’t wait to start blogging as Petals and Pumps!

Please comment below with any ideas, topics, etc. you would like to see on P+P.

Xx- Kristen


Tone It Up X The Beach Babes: Inner & Outer Thighs Routine!

June 03, 2014
The Tone it Up girls, Karena and Katrina just GET women! They understand fitness and health and know how to make it FUN for us.
These girls are sexy, funny & smart– they have built a brand all their own!
Find a fitness plan and nutrition plan on their website: http://toneitup.com/fitness/
as well as motivational stories, and workout videos you can do on-the-go, or anywhere from your home right from your personal computer!
And watch these girls on Bravo
With all their workouts being filmed on some exotic beach, following along makes it a “breeze!” It feels as if you are on location with them!
But once you get working…don’t be fooled by the beautiful scenery, their routines are challenging!
In the video below, Katrina shows us a killer Inner & Outer Thighs Routine, Part of their Bikini Series
Purchase the Beach Babe DVD, complete with 9 workouts. The set of exercises include:
Set the Bar, Fine Toning, Beach Barre, HIIT The Beach, Sunrise Routine, Sunset Stretch,
Sunkissed Abs, Hula Booty & Bikini Arms.
So what are you waiting for?! See what the Beach Babe craze is about and get your body Bikini ready (I can’t wait to go at it full-force after my baby is born)!