Not a tattoo kinda girl..

I always wanted a tattoo.. first i wanted a little heart around my belly when i was about 15, then i wanted a Chinese character on my hip when i was around 17. I also remember wanting a tribal on my lower back and a band like Pamela around my upper arm… I thought it was soooo cool. . well let me tell you, i am glad i never had the balls to do it.

then after a while i became a bigger and bigger fan of Rihanna and she got a tattoo that said ‘Never a failure, always a lesson’, i still think till this day that is a very cool tattoo and would like to have something equal to that myself.

Then just the other day i saw this girl and she had two amazing tattoos on the side of her hips, it was a clean writing of just Roman characters, it represented the date of birth of her two daughters… And i really really liked that as well… and guess what, i wanted that right then and there. But i know how my mind works.. either i am totally obsessed with something or i am just not interested.. so my dilemma here is: I think i want a tattoo now but i am anxious i wont like it anymore within 2 years and will regret my decision.

So then i came across something on Instagram that caught my attention.. I saw this site with amazing pieces of jewelry. Capsul brings the ability to own a truly customized, one-of-a-kind jewelry piece that brings your memories to life. It Encapsulates your moments into modern, timeless pieces you’ll want to wear each and every day.

Happy mothers-day !

Well kinda perfect for me! I ordered a necklace for mothers-day, plated gold with on one side the date of birth of my oldest one, and on the other side the date of birth of the youngest one. I absolutely love the results and it is just perfect for me. I can wear it every day or when i am not feeling up to it i can just leave it on my dresser. .. The only problem is, now i want more.. i saw their rings OMG to die for, and i saw their custom bracelets.. Ok maybe that is a problem for an other day haha, for now i am happy to share my pics with you. Happy Mothers-day to all of the mama’s, with or without children.

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With love,

Margriet  #frombabytobikinibody

Site: https://capsuljewelry.com  —– Discount code : MARGRIETLOVE gives you 15 % off.

 

 

 

Restday in terms of beauty.

Because Momlife can be a very very hectic life, i decided a long time a go that sometimes there should be me-time as well to keep up with the hectic demands of being a mom, a wife a account manager and a sports/fitness lover.
Therefore i try to plan two hours every two weeks where the kids and my husband don’t ask me anything and i have time o unwind and enjoy some sanity and quality time with just plain old me 😉
I always love to try new beauty products or read a book or to combine these two things.
This time i tried several beauty products and i thought let’s do a review about them because they were very nice and i enjoyed using them. So i set up a little beauty ritual for myself, combining a lovely mud mask, a all natural serum, a little spa for my nails and later that day i tested some flashpads for my eyes.
Face masks are an undeniably satisfying part of the spa visit, as there’s nothing quite like the feeling of pampering yourself and giving your skin some much needed TLC. While, massages, hot tubs and aromatic meditation rooms also rank high on the self-indulgence scale, spoiling yourself with a facial mask takes the cake. Who can resist the relaxation time and skincare benefits? Before you write face masks off as spa-only luxuries, think again. You can take pleasure in some of the best facial masks without stepping foot outside. I will be honest with you, normally i am not a big fan of mudmasks. They are just way to messy for my taste, but i found a mask that said on the label it was a ‘No mess Mud Mask’. So i thought let’s give it a try and they deliverd what they said, it did not mess up my bathroom at all! i used the Patchology mud mask.
It is a pre fabricated mask that you can lay over your face, ready to use. The smell was pretty natural but fresh and not heavy at all. The formula has a nice tingly, minty feel to it.
after 10 minutes it was easy to remove, and easy to cleanse my face. I enjoyed a smooth ski for days after. overall score? a 8!
After i removed it, it was time to pamper my face with a serum i got from the Dirty Girl Farm. http://www.dirtygirlfarm.com I tried the vitamin C serum. When i smelled it, it was like spring in a bottle haha, the smell reminded me a bit of cinnamon and a creamy combination. The serum looked very heavy but when i applied it to my face it was actually pretty light and it absorbed quickly in to my skin. very nice!. What i love about this serum is that it is from Dirty Girl Farm and they offer a line of all-natural skincare products and holistic apothecary. All items are free from chemicals, toxins and gluten.. and most important, their products are never tested on animals!!
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  • dirtygirlfarm HOW YOU MOISTURIZE ⠀

    Moisturizing is a big part of skin care, no matter the type of skin! Skipping moisturizing altogether is a big NO NO, but did you know you could be using your moisturizers incorrectly? Put your moisturizer on while you’re still damp (you don’t need to be sopping wet) by doing this, you will trap the moisture still on your skin.
  • For those of you who would like to try this as well, you can use a coupon code ‘Babytobikini’ that will give you a discount of 10%.

As i mentioned i also gave my nails a little spa in the meantime, i tried the ‘Super strong nails’ and i am still using it ( i am testing it now for a period of almost 2 weeks ) i simply apply it to my nails and cuticles. The smell is fresh, a bit minty and it is applied within 2 minutes and helps me to keep my nails strong.

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Allready now i was feeling refreshed and ready to go! But there was still one more pamper moment for me this day to try and these were the restoring ‘Night eye gels’ from Patchology. Did you know the hours between 10pm and 12 am are the best time to repair skin? I did put the lines to bed with a powerful nightly dose of anti aging Retinol and peptides. These gels help you to reduce dark circles. Arnica extract soothes your tired eyes to sleep. Really, just try them.. perfect for moms like me, who are basicly Always tired ( and therefore look tired as well ;-))

So now i am reboosted and restarted after some me time, i am ready t go again!

I hope you enjoyed my review, i know i did haha.

 

xoxo Margriet

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Granola with a twist

Hi there! let’s talk food shall we?

Today i was feeling a bit creative and for those who know me a little bit know i love to cook and experiment a little with it..

So what did i do? Yes i went in to the kitchen and since it was my mumday i thought let’s make a nice treat for my youngest one and for myself. I recently discoverd a granola from OotGranola, it is low in Sugar, it is 100% biologic, without any gluten and contains a whole lot of nuts.

It is from a dutch firm that delivers it to my doorstep, perfect right? yes i thought so as well 😉 http://www.oot.nl

Because i like to keep my Sugar intake as low as possible it really appeals to me since i am a big Sugar addict, yes guilty as charged. 

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I made a traditional granola with yoghurt and fruits and then i thought i am going to try to combine this granola with something that isn’t sweet in texture.

It worked out really well, so hereby i would like to share my recipe with you:

Avocado Salmon and Granola for Lunch.

20180209_123738What do you need?

  • 1/2 a Avocado
  • 60 grams of salmon
  • 1 tb. spoon pesto
  • 2 tb.spoons OotGranola
  • Bread of your choiche i used ‘speltbrood’ ( I looked but there is not a translation for it in English as far as i know )

Really good! i used the ‘Crunchy Nuts’ for this recipe.

 

A classic Granola and yoghurt with fresh fruits.

I also made a classic Granola with yoghurt and fresh fruits as well.

What do you need?

  • 200 grams of non fat yoghurt
  • 80 grams of fresh fruits
  • 2 tb. spoons of the ‘Crunchy Nuts’ from OotGranola.

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I hope you liked it, let me know if you have any good granola recipes for me in the comments below!

xoxo Margriet.

P.s. follow me on Instagram as well – Frombabytobikinibody

Oh my a photoshoot! how to do a photoshoot?

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How are you all?

i see the Blog is getting more and views, so super exited about that!

And i received some questions about some of the pictures i upload on Instagram @frombabytobikinibody .

1. How can it be that all of your pictures look flawless and so professional? ( well first of all, thank you! i am flattered 😉 )

well, i believe that if you have good pictures on your Instagram that really tell a story, then  people who share the same interests as you will find you and you can connect on social media. Which by the way is one of my goals, to motivate and stimulate others on their journey towards becoming the best version of theirselves. I also look for other #fitmoms on their journey and look at those really beautiful women on Instagram with those popping muscles and ridiculous booty’s because .. well let’s face it.. i want that as well haha! off course you can find everybody with this interest by just looking at the right hashtags but if someone has no pretty pictures, blurry or dark for example, i think most people will tune out and look elsewhere.

But that did just answer a little bit of the question; so how come my pictures look professional? i love to work with Elsbeth Hoekstra, she is a photographer who also shot my wedding.  http://www.ehphoto.nl/

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i simply asked her what it would cost to do a shoot together and we came to a agreement. i wanted to have some pictures of me being fit because i worked my ass of to coming as for as i did. I decided a long time ago i was good enough to do some nice things for me once and a while, and so i did 😉 She shot most of the pictures of me in the gym and me in the industrial warehouse. love it!

But i don’t always have money to do a shoot, which i think is perfectly normal.. because you know life haha. so what i do is i look at http://www.Groupon.nl or http://www.vakantieveilingen.nl for a photoshoot. you pay fee for the organisation, you pay the photoshoot you won and you buy the pictures you like ate the photographer office. ( about 10 pictures and all the fees for €55) which i think is a bargain. 19-11-17 Margriet Hoogenberg (353)

i recently shot for Onella sportswear. www.onella.nl .

Really Totally loving the sportswear! i teamed up with Onella and received this lovely set from Gavelo. So i thought i have to deliver good, high quality pictures ( and really because i just like doing it). i had some mental support with me to the shoot, a good friend of mine. Who was super sweet and told me i was doing just fine and gave me some directions. ( Love you! you know who you are!) So that got me through it because i am nervous every time! If you want something for yourself from Onella Sportswear you can always use my discount code B2BIKINI it gives you a 10 % discount.

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so proud to share my new Photoshoot pictures with you! Let me know your thoughts on them!

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New years resolutions 2018

Hi there!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and had some time off from your work.

Now the new year has started it is back to business… work, kids, school, sports and i don’t know about you but i have some new years resolutions! I would like to wear my bikini this summer without any uncertainties about my body and just be able to enjoy the summer and my kids, husband, friends and family.

So, i thought let’s get back on the horse again and set myself some goals:

Ready? here we go:

1. Eat healthy. I will try to share of my favorite healthy recipes with you this year!

2. Eat clean.

3. Eat conscious. Meaning: we eat meat in our house and i am more then prepared to switch some meat for vegetarian alternatives, i think we are just getting used to the idea of a sandwich with meat, while i like a sandwich with cheese and cucumber just as much..

4. Exercise a minimum of two times a week but when possible four times a week.

5. Enjoy more!

6. Be Happy more.. Smile more often.

7. Let it go. Meaning; i can not control it all, i always thought i should, but really should i?

8. Do me first. Meaning: what is really important to me? and  who is really important to me? Invest in that and not in everything and everybody else.

9. Love.

That is a lot of stuff right? but really when you think of it, this stuff should come naturally, and i needed to remind myself of that.

Ok, let’s to this! Starting with: Health and Clean eating and smile more..

One of the products i  recently discovered is Aspire drink. It says that it helps to reduce body fat, well isn’t that something most of us would like? i know i would like that haha. It has zero calories and contains zero sugar. It contains about 0,8 kcal in 100ml.

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How Aspire Works

Aspire contains the compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and is the major catechin found in green tea. Also it is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells.

Aspire delivers healthy sustainable energy derived from premium green tea, guarana and B vitamins. Aspire has a unique combination of natural active ingredients that fuel your metabolism to help you burn more calories and support a healthy lifestyle. Healthy energy = Healthy body and mind.

Aspire provides an array benefits that includes, healthy sustainable energy, calorie burn and assists in weight loss. This is all made up of the carefully selected active ingredients contained within one can of Aspire, that includes, premium green tea (EGCG), Ginger, Guarana, L-carnitine and all your essential vitamins that your body needs on a daily basis. Aspire also contains NO calories, NO sugars and NO carbs.

I tried all three flavours, Apple acai, Cranberry and Mango and i like the Cranberry the most.

This drink will be part of my lunchbox for the coming months.

So i hope you liked this first tip of the year to help you reach your body goal this year!

Stay healthy, stay happy and do you first!

xoxo Margriet

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Healthy snack High protein

Hi there! how are you?

it’s Monday again wich means i have the day off from work, it is mom day and the little one is sound asleep 😉 and i thought let’s share one of my recent recipes with you!

Healthy snack time

I love to snack and i love to find recipes that allow me to do this on a healthy base.

Because they are not Always easy to find i went in to the kitchen and figured out a recipe for myself. here we go ..

Chia and protein cocktail

Ingredients: ( serves 2 )

  • 2.5 tb spoons of chia seed
  • 150 ml Milk and fruit

pour the Milk and fruit over the chia seed, give them a good stirr and leave them in your fridge over night.

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  • al replacement raspberry cheesecake. ( 1 sachet only contains 104 kcal, and this snack serves 2 so 52 kcal, and has 12.6 gr of protein per sachet. The chia seed contains about 44 kcal per 10 gr)
  • Mix this sachet with 3 big tb. spoons of non fat yoghurt ( kwark)
  • Add 3 tb. spoons of water and mix. Now get your glass and put the Chia seeds in about 2.5 tb spoons then put the non fat yoghurt mix on top, also about 2.5 tb spoons.
  • Cut 1 strawberry and decorate your glass, and enjoy your healthy high protein snack. ENJOY!!

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Workout and Recover. To build a booty

Workout and recover.

Hi all! How are you doing?

I have a day off from work today! It is so nice to just have some me-time, it rarely happens. monday is my mumday .. let’s call it that mumday. ( side note, i will try to post a new blog every mumday )

So I I have 1 kid at school and 1 kid at the day care centre and I thought let’s answer some of the questions I’ve been asked about my workouts and recovery process. One of the questions I have been asked is: What does your workout routine looks like?

Ok, here we go:

When I train I never do a full body workout, I always focus either on my upper body or on my lower body. I do have a workout routine, but some days I train them in a different order just to switch it all up. Most weeks I manage to train 3 times.

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Day 1: Leg day ( I will do another blog about day 2 and 3 )

Keep in mind I work out after a very busy day at work, after being the master chef I am in the kitchen 😉 and after these kids of mine are save and sound in their beds… so I need a little pick me up to be able to rock it in the gym as well!

It contains 3g Beta Alanine per 10 gr serving .. Huh say what?

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The sports benefit of supplementing with beta-alanine lies mostly in its ability to raise muscle carnosine concentrations. In fact, beta-alanine is the limiting amino acid in carnosine synthesis, meaning that its presence in the bloodstream is directly tied to muscle carnosine levels.To date, every study in which beta-alanine has been supplemented to human subjects has resulted in a significant increase in muscle carnosine. This stands in contrast to other iconic supplements like creatine, for which distinct responders and non-responders have been observed. But beta-alanine doesn’t just work broadly; it also works well. Supplementation with beta-alanine has been shown to increase muscle carnosine concentrations by up to 58 percent in just four weeks, and 80 percent in 10 weeks.

It also contains 3g Creatine per 10 gr serving.. so ok, but why is that important you might ask?

Creatine is one of the most popular sports supplements on the market. It gives you the majority of energy for short-term, maximum exercise such as sprinting a 100m, or lifting weights. But, creatine is also one of the most misunderstood sports supplements. Some claim creatine supplementation is dangerous and unsafe, despite its widespread use. Creatine is naturally produced in your body from amino acids – the building blocks of protein. It’s also found in protein-rich foods, mainly meat and fish. But, you would need to eat a lot of meat and fish to obtain an appreciable amount of creatine. This makes supplementing with creatine an inexpensive and efficient way to increase creatine intake.

It also contains 1g BCCA per 10 gr serving.. Let me try to break this one down for you as well..

BCAAs are the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine, which comprise around 35% of your body’s muscle protein. They’re “essential” because your body doesn’t make them on its own-you have to get them from food and workout supplements. Like other amino acids, they’re the building blocks of protein. But these particular aminos may also help preserve muscle glycogen stores, which fuel your muscles and minimize protein breakdown during exercise. Translation? BCAAs can help you get more out of your daily gym sessions.

It also containes 0.4gr Arginine per 10g serving .. Why Do We Need Arginine?

Arginine, also known as L-arginine, is involved in a number of different functions in the body. They include:

  • Wound healing
  • Helping the kidneys remove waste products from the body
  • Maintaining immune and hormone function
  • Dilates and relaxes the arteries

And it also containes 0.4gr Glutamine per 10g serving.

Glutamine Molecule

In the past couple years, Glutamine has gained importance through new studies revealing its unique contribution to protein synthesis (muscle growth), anti-catabolic (prevents muscle tissue) breakdown functions and growth hormone elevating effects. Due to these effects, Glutamine plays an important part in your body by aiding recovery of muscle cells.

So still hanging in there? Haha I know it is a whole lot to digest, but it is worth so much when the nutrition and supplements are just right!

So where was I? O right Legday, or better said ..To build a butt 😉

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My leg day routine:

  • Cardio 10 Minutes, speed 8.3 for 5 minutes. Incline 0. 2 minutes of walking at speed 6.0. followed by 2 minutes of speed 8.3 incline 0. Followed by 1 minute walk incline 8.0.
  • Floor kickback ( you can do this one at home as well) 4 sets 6 Reps.
  • Cable kickbacks 4 sets 12 Reps 20kg ( double catroll).
  • Bulgarian split squat 4 sets 8 reps.
  • Hip thrust 4 sets 10 reps. ( you can do this one at home as well )
  • Squat 4 sets 12 reps.
  • Walking lunges 6 sets of 8 meters.
  • Leg extention 4 sets 10 reps.
  • Leg curl 4 sets 8 reps.
  • Cable squat 4 sets 6 reps.

So here it is, my leg day ( on a good day). Always try to eat before and hydrate like crazy during and after. Remember i am not a nutritionist nor a doctor! i hope i explained it correct, when in doubt ask a professional !

*sources i used: bodybuilding.com / webmd.com / gnc.com / myprotein.com

Healthy Pancakes

Pancakes, because weekends are made for them!

I would like to share my quick and healthy recipe with you.

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Pancake recipe: 

Ingredients Pancakes

  • 3 Eggs
  • Oatmeal 3.5 cups ( thee cup size)
  • 2 Bananas
  • Milk 1 cup
  • * optional 1 cup of Linwood

Decoration Tips

  • 1 cup Frozen Berries
  • 1 sliced Banana
  • Honey or Agave syrup
  1. Peel and mash the banana, stir in the egg.
  2. Mix in any non-chunky add ins that you want (e.g. nut flours or butters, baking powder…).
  3. Heat a non stick skillet.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low.
  5. Pour a circle of batter into the pan (I used about 2 or 3 tbsp of batter per pancake).
  6. Cook until golden brown on the underside (around 2 minutes) sprinkle on any chunky ingredients (e.g. chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, if using), then use a metal spatula to flip and cook until golden brown on the other side (30 seconds to 1 minute).
  7. Serve warm or cold! Enjoy!

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From a baby to a bikinibody … Can i?

So where to start..

In all honesty, I have never read a blog in my whole life.

Well that’s not entirely true, I twice started to follow someone because they asked me to so I just did and well I did log in once, scanned their page and thought they were awesome in shaping their page, I saw the most beautiful pictures and was truly impressed and thought wow, well done you! But I was just not interested.

I never thought in a million years I would ever write my own. So what changed?

How to deal with my post partum body?!

Well, I am on a mission. Yes me, I.. just simple plain old me.

I want to be able to put on my bikini, in the summer of 2018 and walk tall, not like, O look at me I am a top model/ rockstar / hottie I want to be her.. no, just to put on my bikini and not focus on all of my 1000 insecurities and cover myself up.

Just by writing this I get more insecure every word I put down but then I think, there must be a trillion of other mums just like you out there coping with this issue and feeling insecure.

Because that is what I am now, a mum…

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A proud mum I might add, a proud mum of two beautiful girls.

But being pregnant twice did not help me to feel more confident in my swimwear… at all.

So.. pretty scary shit, to write this down for everyone to read.. and o before you think well lets go to her Instagram account @frombabytobikinibody and find a pic of her in her bikini.. this might never happen, ever.

It is like I said. I, would like to do this for me. For nobody else, just for me.

And whoever I can motivate, help, stimulate to achieve the same goal.. please join me in this journey and bare with me.

I started an Instagram account posting pictures of healthy recipes and me trying to do sports because it really did great things for me. It motivated me to post another great healthy recipe and hit the gym an second or even a third time that week and it worked! I slimmed down.. I noticed I was able to wear some of my old clothes again and they even did fit me better then before.

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Weightloss after pregnancy ..

The day before I gave birth to my second babygirl I weight just over 88.3 kg ( 194.66 lbs) and today I am proud to say I almost reached my goals of 62 kg ( 136.6 lbs ).

My current status is 63.0 kg ( 138.8 lbs).

But I believe the scale does not represent a healthy or unhealthy body.. it is how you feel in your body.

That being said, I would like a butt, you know a round one. One of those perkier ones.

And I would like to show just a little bit of muscle.. and that goal.. well I have a long journey ahead.

But that’s ok. I’m working on it.

So what is this Blog about, what can you expect?

  • I would like to share my healthy recipes.
  • I would like to share pictures of those recipes.
  • I would like to share my journey, my ups and my down and write about it.
  • I love to review new products and tell you all about it.
  • I will try to manage my grammar ( beacause I kinda suck at this part )
  • I would like to share workout tips.
  • I would like to share people / tips / things that influence me
  • And last but not least .. I would like to inspire, help and motivate others who can relate.

O and remember I am NOT a nutritionist nor am I a sport instructor.

Love,

Margriet 😉

#FROMBABYTOBIKINIBODY

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