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You guys know I like to do round-ups of workout clothes for Fashion Fridays, and I've shared a little about my own wardrobe woes, wanting to dress better, both in and out of the gym. Well, I recently discovered a cool app that makes shopping a breeze and, I can do it through one of my favorite and frequently used apps, Instagram!

When you sign-up with Liketoknow.it you get the scoop on where to buy items pictured in a post shared by a Liketoknow.it participant!

For example, I could post a photo of my purse, tag Kate Spade, and, if I'm signed up with Liketoknow.it, give you instant access to shop that same purse with just a click of a button! Pretty neat, huh?

You can log into your account on Liketoknow.it to shop all Liketoknow photos, but they've gone a step further and made shopping Instagrameven easier by sending you an email with direct links to the items in any Liketoknow.it image you've liked on Instagram that day!

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Did you catch that?

Like the photo. Get an email. Shop!

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I follow some pretty fashionable ladies on IG and I'm excited to have direct access to their wardrobes, and the items I often look at with envy! I love that there's some budget savvy fashionistas out there, too!

Here are a few of my favorite Liketoknow.it instagrammers:

I love how Instagram is becoming like a mini blog world, with mini posts from 'bloggers' or frequent posters; there's photo styling and a lot of personality and now, it's even involving big brands-- it's a whole new wave of digital marketing! It's kind of amazing how fast and furious the digital world is, huh?

I think anyone can use Liketoknow.it whether you're posting to Instagram or shopping Instagram. I'd probably need to be a little more fashionable to start directing people to shop my posts, but nonetheless, I think this is a pretty neat idea, especially for fashion bloggers.

Have you heard of Liktoknow.it?

Do you follow any fashionable Instagrammers?

Do you ever see Instagram photos you'd like to shop?

9 Amazing Instagram Transformations

When I first joined Instagram back in September, I had no idea it would play such a huge role in my fitness journey. But, the way this social media platform instantly connected me with clean eaters and crossfitters, and incredible transformations, has been the biggest motivation. I love meeting new people (Hi Nutty!), trying their recipes, and watching others transform their lives as I try to transform mine. Posting my own before and after pictures, workouts and clean eats is fun, too. Not to mention it's free and easy to use! If you have instagram and you're on a weight loss journey or a get-strong journey an eat-clean journey or whatever, you should be following these women.

@Estellearcher

Dawn is positive, upbeat and on a mission to change the lives of women across the nation! I love seeing glimpses of her fast-growing zumba/fitness workout classes, SWEAT and her motivational quotes. I also love that Dawn setup a seperate instagram account to share other people's transformation stories. If you need a shot of inspiration, just start following @wesweat. Like Dawn, the people, the stories, the transformations are incredible!

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@Nutty4Nutrition

You guys know I'm a huge, huge fan of Nutty!! She always posts great recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious. I also love all the funny jokes she posts, and her before and after shots are so inspiring. I love that her fitness journey has been HERS and hers alone. She advocates finding a path to healthy that works for YOU, and that there's no one-size-fits-all approach.

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@sarah_griff_fit

Sarah is a friend of mine and she is on fire for running - she just completed her first half marathon! - and PX90! She's a beachbody coach and on Instagram, she posts the most inspiring before and after photos (like the one below!). This mama was definitely born to encourage and inspire others! Rock on, sister!

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@myweightlossfr

The picture tells it all! Wow! Just wow!

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@the_masonette

I totally love this girl! Just look at her before and after photo - it's not just about weight loss, look at that muscle! And doesn't she look so much younger in her "after" photo? Someone commented the before picture could easily pass as her mom! It's amazing the way weight loss makes us look younger. The Masonette is down more than 67 lbs, and has more than 100,000 followers. If you need a dose of heavy inspiration, look no further!

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@babnotonadiet

I interviewed Brooke about her incredible weight loss and ever since, I've been following her journey on Instagram. I love Brooke's balanced approach to weight loss through Weight Watchers, and not any extreme measures. She's also not afraid to try some hardcore workouts like Jillian Michaels Shredded or Insanity! She's lost more than 150 lbs!!!!! It doesn't get anymore inspiring than this.

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@jessicasmith626

I also interviewed Jessica- she's incredible! Like Brooke, Jessica takes such a balanced approach to weight loss and healthy living. Jessica is a runner and her blog is full of awesome, healthy recipes. She just doesn't give up! She's got a heart for God, which I love seeing laced through her posts; she's so inspirational.

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@niftyfoodie

Another friend of mine who has lost an incredible amount of weight - Amy is an awesome source of inspiration! She's been tracking and counting calories, running and weight lifting! I love these shots of her flexing that she posts every once in awhile to Instagram. Amy also has an incredible food blog, The Nifty Foodie, where you can read more about her weight loss journey, as well as find some awesome recipes! I really love Amy's approach because she's not looking for a quick fix! She's slowly, but surely changed her life through running and eating better - and the results are just a side effect of that. You're amazing girl! Keep up the good work!

niftyfoodie@average2athelete

I get a new favorite instagrammer every so often and the moment, I'm obsessed with @average2athelete - two girls on a mission to inspire! Below is a photo of Julia before and after beginning crossfit - she looks incredible! Both ladies, Julia & Kayte post some crazy workouts that always looks awesome and intense! I love that they're doing them in regular gyms, too! Not necessarily crossfit gyms! They look like they do these workouts on their own, too, which is something I really admire!

If you're looking for a place for workout inspiration - this is it! These girls will have you leaping from off the couch in no time! They also have a blog you have to check out!

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Are you on instagram?

Who do you follow? Share your favorites!

Weekend Recap

Hey all! Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good: Friday night I made Paleo cookies and a delicious whipped butternut squash. Saturday morning I went to Crossfit and it was another crazy workout ("Lorenzo" is six rounds of 24 air squats, 24 pull-ups, 24 lounges and 400 meter run). I've never sweat so much in my life! Saturday evening I went to Girl's Night, this time hosted by the twins! Yesterday was church and a little running around.

I'm trying something new, posting this "weekend recap" with few pics from my iPhone. Hope you enjoy it!

Girl's-Night

Girl's night was hawaiian themed and so fun! Nutella-stuffed strawberries are so yum! :)

{Top right} The favors were mason jars filled with gym balls, with a note that read, "thanks for popping over!"

I love that we've started this tradition of getting everyone together once a month.

Do you do that with your friends?

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 {Top row} My pup got a haircut this weekend and I got a color!

{Bottom left} I did a little window shopping at Loft; they're having a huge sale!

I'm totally regretting not buying this outfit! :(

{Bottom right} Friday night's dinner was supposed to be Paleo until I realized green beans were BEANS. Lol.

The butternut squash turned out great, though! (I blended it with a little coconut cream!)

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I also made Paleo cookies this weekend! They were so good!

I'm logging the ingredients into MyFitnessPal now. I'll definitely post about these again!

What did you do this weekend?

10 Healthy Feeds to Follow on Instagram

I'm somewhat new to the world of Instagram, but I'm hooked! When I created my account, I loved that I was able to connect with all my Facebook and Twitter friends instantly, but beyond that, I've loved finding new people to follow, especially people who are all about being healthy, like me!

The following 10 Instagram users will amaze you with their healthy eats and their drive to workout and for some, lose weight. I love seeing their daily photos-- they're definitey a pickup on dreary Mondays when I'm trying to get motivated. As for the ones that focus on food, you'll be amazed at how colorful, unique and often times easy the food is to make. You'll also find the recipes right there in the caption, which is faster than scouring blogs or Pinterest for new recipes! These users will inspire you to meal prep, try one-legged squats, strike a yoga pose, eat more pancakes (the healthy kind-- yep, those exist!), and so much more.

Here are my Top 10 Healthy Feeds to Follow on Instagram (In no particular order- I love them all):

1. Nutty4Nutrition - I love this feed! I joked with a friend that it looks like this girl eats nothing but pancakes-- check out the top right photo! The trick is that most of her pancakes are "protein pancakes" made with egg whites, protein powder, and almond milk! They're "guilt free" she says but gauging by the pictures, I doubt they taste that way. Chantal also has a blog and guess what? She's engaged! Maybe I can get her to guest post one day :) Fingers crossed!

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2. Natmoser - This photographer is also a yogi and she's been doing a #yoga2013 challenge through January. In the words of one of her other followers, the photos are "so rad!" Totally agree! And um... I so wish I could stand on my head like that! I'm not sure if the #yoga2013 challenge ends this month, but I sure hope not!

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Yoga on Instagram

3. Fitmencook - They say abs are made in the kitchen, but what they don't tell you, is that the food in that kitchen is damn good looking! Check out Fitmencook to see what I mean. The pictures are striking and colorful, and there are recipes galore! Is it wrong to want hubby to follow this guy, too? Maybe it will inspire him to get creative in the kitchen!

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4. Dieffs - I found Dieffs through Nutty4Nutrition. Her food looks FANTASTIC and she runs a lot of cool contests to engage followers and get them cooking and eating clean. Next month she's doing a big challenge with FitMenCook called #30Days, where followers commit to eating clean for the entire month and snap photos of their healthy food, tag it, and possibly get picked to have their photo shared! I plan to participate!

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5. Mealprepmondays - This is probably my FAVORITE Instagram feed. I found most of the others THROUGH this one. Here's how it works-- meal prep, snap a photo, tag Mealprepmondays, and they'll share your photo and username on their feed! Pretty cool, huh? Not only that, but don't these photos make you want to meal prep?? It looks so easy, and yummy too!!! I'm planning to do a series on meal prepping next month and I think as part of that, we should all snap photos like this! What'd you say??

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6. Fabbylousness - I found this girl through MealPrepMondays and omgineverknewhealthylookedsogood!!! I'm dying to try these "banana strawberry coconut milk popsicles"  (top left)! Don't they look great?? She also has the most delicious, clean-looking lunches and uses a really cool lunchbox from Wal-Mart that has dividers. You've got to check it out!! Did I mentioned she posts the how-to and the calories with each photo? You're going to love this one!

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7. 200poundsgone - Seriously, this girl inspires me to no end. Every day she shares a motivational quote or something along those lines and it really makes me stop and think! She's down 215 POUNDS you guys!! Seriously, it's BEYOND amazing. If you think you have a long way to go... yea, think again!

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I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this "before" picture, but it's so telling! I'm VERY inspired by your story DeeDee and wish you the best of luck on your journey! You are INCREDIBLE!!!!

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8. Camille4Wildcat - I'm not sure how I found this girl but I'm pretty sure she's a beast in the gym. I love seeing insane workout moves (like the center photo) cause it gets me pumped about being healthy and being in the gym! Also, take a closer look at the top left photo-- she's standing on a kettle bell. With one leg. Holding that heave weight. Wow. Incredible! I love this sorta thing!

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9. Simplegreensmoothies - Wanna jump on the juicing/smoothie train? Here's you place to start! There's recipes and fun facts and little contests to get you started. I love the photos-- it's hard to believe they all are from an iPhone! (How cute is the bottom left pic?) And again, has healthy food ever looked so good?

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 10. Jillianne13 - More delicious clean eats - lots! - and workout inspiration... AND, a whole lotta love for God. I'll take it! (Check out her 'about.' <3)

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What are some of your favorite people to follow on Instagram? Share them in the comments! I'm always looking for more! Have you ever considered following people you don't know, or people who will inspire you to live healthier?