Kirstin Czernek - Owner of The Balance Culture in Lakeland, FL

Colorado Adventures

To say that I have been the worst blogger lately would be a serious understatement. Life has hit unreal levels of crazy but all in the best way! I can’t share all the deets at this moment but I will be able to in a couple of weeks so stay tuned, at that point I know you will all understand! 😉
Sooo on top of the crazy we went to Colorado for a week and had a blast! It was a much needed break for Tomas and I, I am so excited to have added another adventure to our memories.
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We arrived in Denver and stayed at the Kimpton (fave hotel) downtown and explored the city. The weather was a-mazing! We walked around and explored all the little shops and just had the best time chatting and catching up. We had a crazy few weeks prior and had barely spent time together so it was so nice to catch up with my best friend!
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We went to the best restaurant of our lives called Root Down! OMG I almost can’t even talk about it, it was SOOOOO good! Tomas and I agree it was by far the BEST restaurant we have ever been to, and might have to go to Denver a couple of times a year just for it! If you are ever in the Denver area you HAVE to go!
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The next morning we headed out to Boulder which is a city I have been wanting to visit for years. We spent the day on Pearl street and then did some minor hiking at the Flatirons.
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That night we drove to Colorado Springs to stay at a hotel that our Hot Air Balloon ride was leaving from early the next morning. We woke up at the crack of dawn and made our way to our ride for the morning. I am not a huge fan of heights at all. I actually hate them but refuse to miss out on experiences because of them so up I went, freaking 4,000 feet in the sky, in a basket, with a giant balloon as the only thing holding me up. I stayed towards the middle of the basket the whole time and consider myself quite the trooper. Of course Tomas was hanging over giving me a heart attack the whole time, but that’s another story.
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After the ride we made our way over to the Broadmoor. So one of the reasons we were in Colorado was because Tomas won a trip with his work to the Broadmoor for three days and we just went up a couple of days early on our own to explore. I felt like we didn’t belong at the Broadmoor, it is SUPER sophisticated, like presidents stay there, but it was so much fun.
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The next day we went hiking up the steps along waterfalls, again so scary but literally my favorite part of the trip. It was GORGEOUS, I still can’t even deal! Once you make it up all the steps you hike about another 45 minutes to the top of the mountain, it was really amazing!
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The following day was more chill, I think we napped in the middle of the day because we had really been nonstop. That night there was a gala with Tomas’ work peeps and Tomas got recognized for an income goal he had accomplished. I am seriously so proud of him and his hard work. I have never met a harder worker in my life and his constant great attitude while he pulls 18 hours day really challenge me. If you guys know Tomas, you know he has one mode, happy, all. the. time. I seriously love him even more then the day I met him 10 years ago. Ok I’ll stop with all the mush.
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So that was our trip in a nutshell. I love going on these trips and exploring but I also love my day-to-day life that I was just excited to get back to and I don’t take that for granted for a second.
I’ll try to be a better blogger, thanks to all of you that follow along!
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Eyelash Extensions

Let’s talk LASHESSSSS!!! I thought I would start off by giving you guys some lash history here. I would say I have pretty normal lashes. Normal length, curl and thickness and never thought much about them. The summer before I went to college I switched my mascara after a friend raved about a certain one. I made the switch and loved the mascara. After a couple of weeks I noticed my lashes looked a little on the lighter side, I couldn’t tell if some had fallen out but they definitely looked more sparse. I kept putting on the mascara and even more now because I wanted them to look fuller. 

Flash forward a couple of months and I was literally down to four lashes on each eye (OMG!). It didn’t really dawn on me that it was the mascara; I kinda figured it was stress or maybe I was developing some rare disease on my eyelid (would not have surprised me). This is the exact moment I met Tomas. I strolled up and met him with all eight of my eyelashes and he fell in love with me despite (brownie points for Tomas). He refers to this time period as my Minnie Mouse lash days (cool.). I switched mascaras and the problem went away, turns out I was allergic to that mascara, that was fun.

I tell you all this to say I have been at both ends of the spectrum, having a total of 8 lashes all the way to have a full, beautiful set with my eyelash extensions! 

So like I said, since then I have pretty normal lashes, but I started hearing about eyelash extensions and was super curious because who doesn’t want amazing lashes, am I right!?!?! From what I had read about them they made your life a lot easier not having to worry about mascara and they were pretty low maintenance. I was ultra intrigued because with teaching fitness classes all the time I am constantly having mascara smeared all over my face from sweating (sexy I know) but I didn’t want to go without because then I look like my freshman-year-self and really tired. 

When my friend Haylee Coleman (seriously guys she is so cute!) opened up her eyelash extension studio, The Lashery, I was all over that! I made an appointment with her and really had no idea what I was getting myself into, but showed up without any makeup and ready to go! 

First off, her place is SOOO cute! Aesthetics are super important to me and so is cleanliness and her place was so cute and super clean! I layed down on a comfortable bed and closed my eyes the whole time. She taped under my eyes (this protects the bottom lashes from getting adhesive on them and also protects the skin and eye from the primer touching the skin or the eyeand started doing her thing. 

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Basically, the eyelash extensions are applied one lash at a time, one synthetic lash to one natural lash approximately 1-2mm from the lash line. She uses a brand called BlushRock made of synthetic polyester that looks super real. The first set takes about 2 hours and then about an hour for refills that you should get 3-4 weeks later. 

It was SOOO relaxing and I kinda dosed off a couple of times. It was really nice just to chill, not have my phone on me, and relax for a couple of hours, so that in and of itself was worth it! 😉 

When she was done I was super surprised by how much I loved them. I got the longer lash and I thought it was perfect. They do not look fake at all and now its honestly hard to imagine eyelash life without them ;) . It has been so much easier not having to worry about mascara and it’s silly but life does feel a little simpler. 

I have gotten so many compliments about them but mostly from people that knew I was getting them. The question I have received a lot is if they will ruin my lashes and the answer is NO, which is crazy! They don’t ruin your original lashes at all! 

Here is all of the FAQs she has on her website if you want more information and you are always welcome to ask me! 

Haylee is so awesome and is running a deal for you guys! Normally it is $180 for a full set and $60 for a fill but if you mention this post you will get $30 off both, SOOO $150 for a full set and $30 for a fill! Trust me guys it is SOOO worth it! This deal is for the month of August and she gets booked fast so make your appointments soon!

The best way to contact her is either to text her or Facebook message her. Her number is 813-240-2829.

Seriously let me know if you have any questions!

Again, I am obsessed!!

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Friday 5 Favorites!

Hiiiii everyone!! Today I am coming to you live with five of my favorite things right now!! I get a lot of questions about the products I use so I thought that doing this type of post here and there would be fun!

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1. I want to start with my number product in life right now! Literally I am obsessed with Anastasia’s Brow Pencil and CANNOT go without it! It has taken my brows to a whole new level! I plan on doing a tutorial on how I use it but for now I wanted to tell you about it so you can head to Ulta ASAP and pick it up! The color I use is Taupe if that helps anyone, and seems to be a popular choice for blondes. So there’s that!

2. So if you have been around me lately you know I am going to add Velvet Teddy to the list! What is this you ask? A Mac lipstick that is literally giving everyone life! It is seriously the best color that looks so different on everyone but looks so good on everyone. I brought it with me last weekend when me and a group of friends went to Miami for me sister’s birthday and we all used it the whole weekend and everyone was obsessed! So head to MAC ASAP because it seriously is everything!

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3. I shared with you guys a few weeks ago how I am trying to up my protein intake. I love this protein, but I might love the cups I drink it from even more. I bought this 12 pack of cups on Amazon and I am obsessed with them. We actually use them to drink everything from but I love having them for my protein shakes!

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4. My friend Julia got me hooked on earrings. I am actually not an accessories person at all, but there is something about earrings that when you have them in you feel a little bit more put together. I was at Urban Outfitters with my sister shopping the other day and came across this set and could not resist. I love them! So simple and chic! 

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5. OK I think I can officially admit I am a purple shampoo junkie! I cant help it, it really freshens up your blonde to a whole new level! One of my instructors, Jill, told me about a Purple Shampoo Hair Mask and I was all over that. I went to Ulta that night and picked it up! It really is a miracle worker! It totally brightens your blonde without giving it ashy or purple hue, AND does not dry out your hair, it actually makes it super conditioned and soft! You use it once a week, leave in on for about five minute, wash it out, and you’re good to go! Since I only wash my hair about once a week it works out perfectly! 😉

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All right those are my 5 fave things right now! I already have an idea for my next post, I love products (this is not my husbands favorite quality about me 😉 ) and cant wait to share more! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

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Protein

lHeyyyyyy guyyyysss! Sooooo I wanted to talk to you guys about protein and some things I have been doing to up my protein intake! Little backstory here, I have been a vegetarian for about three years. I started this because I learned a lot about the blood type diet and decided to try it out. Blood Type Diet means you eat according to your blood type and that your blood type effects how you process/break down food. I am A+, so basically that means little to no meat, this is because it takes me longer to break down and process meats because of my stomach acids, taking all of my energy and leaving me with little energy to carry out everything else I need to do. So when I initially went vegetarian, I had SOOO much energy, like bouncing off the walls energy it was pretty crazy. It leveled out eventually but I still had way more energy than before. It wasn’t difficult for me to give up meat because honestly most meat grosses me out anyway, especially chicken breasts (weird I know).

It was pretty easy for me to eat this way and I stuck with it for a while and outside of it being tricky at some restaurants it was pretty easy. When I went to someone’s house or to a place that didn’t have vegetarian options I always ate meat and didn’t think twice about it. I also never talked flat out about being vegetarian so not many people even knew. I a) didn’t want to be annoying and b) didn’t want people to freak out if I ate meat just because I wanted to and was craving it. Sometimes people box us in more than we do ourselves! So any way that’s my whole speal on that!

So where am I at now with all this? Well, a few weeks ago I decided to take my workouts to a whole new level. It is difficult for me to put on muscle and always has been, my body will lean out and get skinnier way before it puts on muscle. I knew that for the amount that I was exercising there was no way I was consuming enough protein. I started adding more protein shakes, and adding gelatin, which has 10g of protein per teaspoon. I also ate at least one protein bar a day. I tried to eat more protein dense veggies and more eggs but I still felt like it wasn’t enough so the only thing left was to start adding meat.

Like I mentioned before I am not a big chicken/turkey person so when I got presumptuous and bought ground turkey and cooked it I could not deal. I struggled big time and ended up throwing it out. I just can’t take the smell… anyone else??? I then bought this ground beef that I am obsessed with and cold cuts  and started adding them to each meal.

To give you an example of my day, I wake up have coffee usually teach a class, go home drink a protein shake while I shower (haha), then eat some eggs and turkey sausage (love this brand), a salad with this cold cuts (usually sliced turkey) for lunch, protein bar and nuts for snack, and ground beef in a soup, tacos, or salad for dinner and of course dark chocolate to finish the night off! I love Lily’s!! (no sugar sweetened with stevia!) This is what I am eating today so it was the easiest to think through. So pretty protein heavy! I have been slightly more tired but that could be from just upping the workouts too.

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*I’ll post this recipe soon!

I still believe in the blood type diet and did find that it worked for me for a season, I could go back to being a vegetarian in the future, I just always stay open to what my body needs and never super commit to any certain type of eating just in case my body needs something else!

Moral of this story listen to your body and it’s needs! Eat the way that works best for you! If you guys have any others ways you sneak more protein into your diets comment below I would love to know!

P.S. I ordered this kit off Amazon to find out my blood type but you can also ask when you go to a blood drive or your doctors might have record.

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Grieving…

I have gone back and forth about whether to write this post. I wish vulnerability was one of those things that the more you did it, the easier it is to do, I feel like with vulnerability it is the opposite. You feel like you already have exposed yourself so to expose more is even scarier. I have found it really helpful to me when people can relate to me or when something I said effects them personally, so it is always worth it, but still just as scary.

If you have noticed I have been pretty quiet on here. Outside of a recipe post here and there and a couple vlogs, I have had a hard time being interested in blogging and sharing. I think it is because I knew I had to write this post so I just decided to avoid the whole thing together #healthy (OK not so much ;) )

Things were hard after Danae died, harder than I thought. I have always been one to bounce right back into the swing of things no matter what I was going through. I have incredibly thick skin (to a fault sometimes) and no matter what is going on I can usually plow through to the other side and almost forget it ever happened.  I am a totally dude when it comes to my brain and can easily compartmentalize. So I kinda figured when Tomas and I moved out of the Nation’s house that’s what was going to happen. I didn’t want to forget Danae, but I did want to forget the pain. 

Well, not so much,… now that I wasn’t so focused on her kids and their loss, I started to think about mine. I fell into a slump a bit and had a hard time enjoying things in the same way I did before. For the two weeks after moving back I struggled. I gave myself those two weeks until her memorial service to live in that slump and then promised myself after the service I would give more effort to getting out. I still worked, and probably still seemed normal to most of you (those I run into) but inside I was really hurting. I looked forward to getting home everyday and just being with Tomas, I had no desire to do anything else. 

The two weeks came to an end, the memorial service happened, and the forcing myself began. I made myself go and be around people even though it felt uncomfortable, I got back into the workouts that I loved, started cooking again, started listening to my podcasts, and getting back to the things that gave me life. I also had a friend hold me accountable to not back out of things I committed to for the added support. It felt forced and uncomfortable but really necessary. 

I started to develop new fresh vision again for Balance Culture and get into my groove. I took a room of my house and each night when I got home from the studio organize/clean/decluttered/redecorated it which made me feel really good, #OCD. It gave me something to do when I got home from work instead of sitting and waiting for Tomas. I seriously highly recommend it and attribute a lot of my “Get Kirstin Out of Her Slump” project to it. 

A couple of weeks after the memorial service was Danae’s birthday. The night before, I had a really hard time with it. A reminder went off on my phone “Danae’s Birthday” and for a split second I thought “shoot I forgot her present” and then reality hit and it was like it happened all over again. I cried a lot that night and Tomas just held me. It was hard but the actual day of went OK. I thought I was going to be a wreck but I pushed myself to do the things I needed to that day and ended up having a really great day, I still missed her like crazy though. 

As the weeks pass the pain doesn’t feel as intense but I am not going to lie I think about Danae easily 100 times a day. She is constantly on my heart and I just want her back. Initially when she passed away I was relieved because she wasn’t in pain, I don’t know if I can say that anymore. I really wish I had more time, I wish we could have just a few more conversations, it’s so selfish but so raw and true. I just want her back.

I wrote this post to share how I have been grieving and how I am getting through it. It is different for everyone and there is definitely not one right way. I am still taking it a day a time, but it is still hard. If you are going through something I do want you to know you are not alone and I am so sorry and unfortunately know your pain… A lot of times it is just fighting your way to your new normal to the best of your ability and that’s all you can do… 

Love you guys

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Colorado Adventures

Colorado Adventures

To say that I have been the worst blogger lately would be a serious understatement. Life has hit unreal levels of crazy but all in the best way! I can’t share all the deets at this moment but I will be able to in a couple of weeks so stay tuned, at that point I know...

read more
Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions

Let’s talk LASHESSSSS!!! I thought I would start off by giving you guys some lash history here. I would say I have pretty normal lashes. Normal length, curl and thickness and never thought much about them. The summer before I went to college I switched my mascara...

read more
Friday 5 Favorites!

Friday 5 Favorites!

Hiiiii everyone!! Today I am coming to you live with five of my favorite things right now!! I get a lot of questions about the products I use so I thought that doing this type of post here and there would be fun! 1. I want to start with my number product in life right...

read more
Protein

Protein

lHeyyyyyy guyyyysss! Sooooo I wanted to talk to you guys about protein and some things I have been doing to up my protein intake! Little backstory here, I have been a vegetarian for about three years. I started this because I learned a lot about the blood type...

read more
Grieving…

Grieving…

I have gone back and forth about whether to write this post. I wish vulnerability was one of those things that the more you did it, the easier it is to do, I feel like with vulnerability it is the opposite. You feel like you already have exposed yourself so to expose...

read more


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