1 Hour Full Body Workout


Okay, I had a friend ask me to help her with some at-home workouts, so I am posting workout videos using various equipment that you can do at home. If you would also like to follow along with us – you certainly can. I know these days everyone is trying to sell ya something, but this is free. Some videos will require light weights or bands, but you can just about do everything without weights as well (or grab some water bottles or cans of soup.) Here is my first strength training workout below. I am calling this “Workout 1,” and it is broken up into sections via body parts.

The only video you really need light weights (3-5lbs) for is the arm video, you can get through the other two without them. So there is the arm workout, legs part 1, legs part 2, and abs. (YouTube made me break down the leg video because it was too long). The arm and ab videos are about 15 minutes each, and I believe the leg videos added together were about 25 minutes total. Let me know what else you would like to see me do, and I would be glad to share. I plan on doing instructional videos on resistance bands, the stability ball, and Valslides (or you could improvise this one with paper/plastic plates). See you soon!



Better sore than sorry!

Click below for each video

Audra Arm Workout 1

Audra Legs Workout 1 (Part 1)

Audra Legs Workout 1 (Part 2)

Audra Ab Workout



My Fit Tips

Fit tips  
I often get asked in relation to fitness “what do you do for your workouts” NOT because I have an amazing flawless figure (because I definitely don’t) but I am fit for the most part and try to be healthy and I love fitness. The truth is that that question should not be easy to answer if you are doing it right. You shouldn’t have a set routine that you do every single day, or you are not going to continue to see results. I continually change it up. For my cardio I will say…during the winter months I did my elliptical a LOT (see my last post to see how you can get your own portable at home elliptical for less than $150). Now that the weather is warmer I try to go for long walks, do my elliptical, or do some form of cardio video. I love Valerie Water’s Hot In A Hurry Series- it is about $60 on ValerieWaters.com it is cardio and strength all in one HIIT workout…and there are plenty of FREE videos I do on YouTube as well by Valerie Waters, Tracy Anderson, Hip Hop Abs, Jillian Michaels to name a few of my fave cardios. Same goes for toning up I like to lift heavier, lift lighter, do Yoga or Pilates, Barre, Dancing (Solo in the house…just bust a move or have a family dance party those are way fun), or a number of videos for free on YouTube by Blogilates, Valerie Waters, Tracy Anderson or Jillian Michaels. Just make sure you do both strength and cardio, everyday if you can, or stagger throughout the week. Keep switching up your workouts so your muscles continue to be confused as to what is coming next and continue to get sore. Better sore than sorry! Try to find things that you enjoy as well, so you are likely to stick with it! For more info. on more specifics tweet or facebook me!
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BioTrust Low Carb

I have recently begun a new workout program called “Hot In A Hurry” by Valerie Waters, which I will fully review here soon (I loved it). In that workout program trainer to the stars (think incredible women like Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale) Valerie Waters recommends a nutrition plan as well as a TON of other great info. One product she uses to replace breakfast is BioTrust Low Carb. This is a low carb protein blend that is sweetened naturally with stevia extract and a naturally sweet form of fiber call inulin. BioTrust Low Carb packs 4 grams of high quality fiber per serving and only 1 gram of sugar per 24 grams of protein! It’s unlikely you’ll find that anywhere else in the protein market, but to be honest, I’m just getting started. BioTrust Low Carb is also sourced from cows not treated with the dangerous growth hormone rBGH, and rBST. I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly my goal to avoid putting synthetic, unnatural hormones into my body whenever possible. I also love that this protein is a time-released four-protein blend as well as being gluten free, so I don’t have to worry about getting sick (which is always a plus for me). One container contains 14 servings for $49, but the more you buy the cheaper the deal you get, and even at $49 (which most proteins at even Walmart are, or are close to it) you are getting a good deal of high quality product. Valerie recommends using 1 scoop instead of 2 per shake (which is what I also do) so mine will last me a whole month (28 servings), and honestly 2 scoops is a little overkill for anyone in my opinion. I love the taste and results so far and I hope to see some great fat loss soon (right now I am mixing 1 scoop powder in the milk chocolate flavor, 10 oz 1% milk, a little extra stevia, a few ice cubes and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of peanut butter. I blend, then let it sit overnight and drink it in the morning for breakfast when my little man gets me up all hungry and I am in a hurry). Let me know if you are interested in this product and want to join me on this journey. Audra’s Picks is now an affiliate for BioTrust so you can order from me right here Order BioTrust Low Carb from Audra’s Picks. There are also a lot of other healthy products by BioTrust, I can’t vouch for them quite yet but if you are interested

email me(AudrasPicks@gmail.com)

Baboosh Baby

Baboosh! It’s gone!

 When I was pregnant with Hudson I had dreams of losing my baby weight in 3-4 months. Little did I know that I wouldn’t even get to begin working out until 9 weeks post baby (2 months) because my stitches ripped about 2-3 weeks post birth. With that said, Hudson is now 6 months old and I still haven’t quite got to my pre-pregnancy weight yet (but I am within 7 pounds so I am ok with that). Bodies change with babies, you have to get over it basically! The one thing I hated was my belly still looking pregnant post-baby. I used the Baboosh baby taut, which basically holds in your stomach and helps it shrink faster over time (think a modern day, painless corset). I have to say I didn’t wear it near as much as the directions said to, and I still noticed a huge difference after wearing it. My stomach went down much faster from using it and it adjusts with you (via velcro) as you get smaller (along with a good diet and exercise of course). With that said, if you want to get results faster…I would definitely recommend wearing one- just go to the Baboosh Site. Brooke Burke endorses this product and came up with it, so you know it has to be great, look at her after having several kids!


Elated with Ellie

Elated with Ellie
More workout gear for you ladies! Oh, and for you men there is still time to order some Ellie gear for the lady, or ladies, in your life…and I even have an exclusive 20% off coupon code for your first order effective immediately without having to wait to enter your email (enter code: audraspicks at Ellie.com). My pictures feature the Rainee Tank and the Go To Legging, both are adorable plus I absolutely love the edgy detail on the bottom of the Go To Legging, you can wear it to the gym or rock it out with some booties or heels and a cute top! Also, the Rainee Tank is one-piece featuring a sports bra and tank in one, for those of us who constantly misplace things haha! Ellie products are great quality that I would definitely recommend to my followers! Don’t forget to use code “audraspicks” while it lasts! Happy early Mother’s Day!


Workout with Kate Hudson

Who doesn’t have a woman-crush on the gorgeous, talented and super-fit Kate Hudson? I don’t even watch Glee, but I had to tune in to see Kate sing and dance because she is one of my favorite triple-threats! Kate has recently co-founded Fabletics, which makes active-wear to die for, that won’t break your budget. Think Lululemon, but affordable! I am sold on Fabletics, plus they give you 50% off your first outfit and free shipping for signing up on their website Fabletics.com. They ask you several questions and even give suggestions to items you may like! Genius! The items I started off with were the Lima Capri in black, the Luena legging in black, and the Norwalk tank in white/bright aqua. A long black legging and a cropped legging are staples every girl needs to have, and these are WONDERFUL! They are 88% Polyester/12% Spandex and offer a smooth, chafe-resistant design. They are also nice and thick (but not too thick) so you can’t see through them like a lot of cheaper leggings, and you can even wear them with normal clothes too because there isn’t a huge logo anywhere visible either. The norwalk tank is great because it is super cute and loose, and since I just had a baby 4 months ago I don’t exactly want a skin tight top yet. It gets as tight as you want at the bottom so if you are doing yoga or pilates and have to bend over, your shirt doesn’t constantly ride up revealing your belly for all to see…gasp! I love the bright colors they offer in this norwalk tank, plus I love that you get a tank and sports bra in one piece so you don’t have to go searching for two separate pieces, cause “ain’t nobody got time fo that!” Haha!


Hope you enjoy this fabulous line! I know I will be going back for more!

A Toxic Life

If you follow Audra’s Picks on Facebook then you saw my post recently stating that “apparently the average woman leaves the house with about 30 different products on containing harmful parabens everyday! Deodorant, hair products, makeup, moisturizer, lotion…all potentially harmful to your body and unregulated by the FDA. Even the big brands you probably assume are “natural” or “organic” because they insinuate that they are…I am really trying to cut as many parabens as possible” and I am posting today to share some of my finds with you! I know I sound granola but we only have one body one life… This is a small start, and as I become more educated and find more great brands I will let you know. Also, I wanted to let you know that there is an app you can download called EWG’s Skin Deep, that lets you scan the barcode to any cosmetic product and they will give it a rating from 1-10 (1 being almost harmless and 10 being so bad you should probably toss it). This is currently the only form of regulation that exists that I have been able to find. Also, the ratings can be misleading due to a lack of information from certain companies, but so far it is all we have. Here is a link to a list of companies/brands (mostly very small and expensive) that are paraben free, paraben free brands. If you can afford them, that is great. I cannot, so here are some cheaper finds that I have discovered so far…

Safe Brands for an easy start
Boots Botanics- this is a line from Boots (think No 7) that is completely paraben free- you can even find it at Target. I have started with the eyeshadow and love it!

Jason- I use their paraben and aluminum free deodorant for now, but they have lots of paraben free products

Suave natural infusion- like Pureology, this entire line is paraben free without the expensive price tag, I use the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

Burt’s Bees- you will pay a little more for lotions, lip balm etc. but they are truly very good products

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear- this is a specialized organic line, they don’t have a ton of product yet but I hear the mascara is great!

Hope this helps for those interested!

For more links associated with this post please like my Facebook page facebook.com/audraspicks I have added new helpful links today with more info.
Here are two I have added so far
Faqs on safe cosmetics
And a quote by Dr. Soram Khalsa- famous eastern/western medicine guru
“A Toxin called Phthalates are found in personal care products. An average women puts on 9 personal care products a day. That’s shampoo, cream rinse, make up and creams. There are 14 chemicals found in each of these products. We walk out of our homes each day having applied 126 CHEMICALs to our bodies. Phthalates are increasing linked to breast cancer.

Also look up Parabens, Mineral Oil/ Petrolateum (no these are not minerals- they are oil drilling by products that are polluting our bodies with HydroCarbons), Sodium Laureth Sulfates and SO MANY more.”

Gift Guide

Here is a great “Gift Guide” including gifts in all price ranges for you all to enjoy. Get these for yourself or for the woman in your life. I tried to incorporate many different types of items that all of us can enjoy.

1. Proactiv+


Proactiv has a brand new and improved line called Proactiv+ they have added advanced skincare ingredients including glycolic acid, prebiotics, kojic acid and other nourishing botanicals, to help heal skin damage related to acne.
*They have added medicine
Antimicrobial benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) in Steps One and Two kills acne-causing bacteria. Now, a different acne medicine, salicylic acid (0.5%), has been added to Step Three to help prevent breakouts by helping keep pores clear of excess oil and dead skin cells.
*Smarter way to heal
Exclusive encapsulated benzoyl peroxide with Smart

TARGET™ technology is designed to guide acne medicine off the skin’s surface — to help minimize dryness and irritation — and deliver it with laser-like precision directly into pores, the target site for killing acne-causing bacteria.
*Built-in hydration
Each step in Proactiv+ contains hydrating skincare ingredients formulated to attract, lock-in and help sustain healthy levels of moisture in your skin.
You can get the 3-step program for under $30! So this would be a great gift for yourself if you are an acne sufferer, or for someone you know that is having skin difficulties. While I am pregnant I am steering clear of as much medicine as possible, but as soon as I can try this new line you can bet I will be. Especially with the breakouts I am sure to face after the depletion of my pregnancy hormones. Can’t wait to let you all know my thoughts on this later! I will say I have used Proactiv for years and it has never ever disappointed me in the past.
2. Valslides workout “Hot In a Hurry” program, slides &/or travel kit with bands


For those of you that aren’t familiar with celebrity trainer Valerie Waters, just know she is the amazing woman behind bodies such as Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck just to name a few. Enough said right? Well she has these amazing slides that she uses to train such clients and amazing bands that come in a travel kit called the Hottie Total Val Gym ($59.95) that I have used and absolutely love! Here is a link to a little overview about how the slides are used which I find useful and hilarious. This is Jennifer Garner on Ellen showing her some of her workout secrets she learned from Valerie Jen Garner on Ellen. Plus she has a brand new 10-day workout plan featuring workouts catered towards and named after different celebrity clients that us normal people can do in our very own homes (which I will be doing after baby Hudson and let you know all the details about) called Hot In A Hurry ($47). Plus one lucky reader/follower will be winning a ValKit for Travel from me very soon so be sure to share/retweet this post!!!! Or if you just want the slides you can get them for just $29.95 in pink, green or black and it comes with workouts mapped out for you to do right away, you can’t go wrong with these Valslides.
 3. Suave Keratin Infusion Line


This line is perfect for winter weather frizz! I don’t know about you but I get some major static this time of year and this smoothing line is perfection for taming wild hair without making it greasy. The Keratin Infusion Line infuses hair with keratin protein and leaves it sleeker, smoother and easier to style everyday. I just recently bought the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo at Walmart for $9.88 in a gift set they have for sale right now. Here is a link to the Walmart Keratin Infusion Gift Set. Once you try out this line you will be addicted like me so stock up on the Walmart deal while it lasts, it would be an awesome stocking stuffer for your mom, sister, girlfriends etc.
4. Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots (Glossy in black)

I have been wanting some of this high-quality brand’s wellies for quite some time now. They will run you about $140 at Hunter-boot.com but they are so worth it in my opinion. They are very well-made, high quality boots that you can purchase fleece liners for to turn them into hardcore snow boots as well. They aren’t just for wearing in the rain or snow either, they can be worn just like any other boot you wear on a day to day basis (all the celebs do it). I am in love with mine (I got black) and I would highly recommend them for you or for the woman who has everything that is difficult to buy for. 

5. Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson CD


I am in love with this cd by one of my favorite all-time voices (Kelly Clarkson). Anyone would be happy to add this Christmas cd to their collection (under $8 on itunes by the way and Amazon). I personally think this is the best thing since Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album from the 90s (maybe even better). Don’t miss out on this one yourself, and give it to the Christmas-lover in your life.
6. OPI Nail Polish Sets

What girl doesn’t love cute nails? They just make you feel put-together and complete…and while other brands like Essie and China Glaze are amazing too, OPI still stays on the longest in my opinion. Here are some gift sets that you cannot go wrong with at Ulta. Most of these will run you just $10-$20. The first one, however, is $49.95.

7. Sexy Little Things Noir Spray

Everyone wants to smell nice, but some perfumes are so expensive! Sexy Little Things Noir packs all the punch of an expensive perfume in an affordable price at Victoria’s Secret. It smells amazing and will only cost you $25! I have several expensive perfumes but this is what I always seem to grab on a daily basis, I always get compliments on it as well. I am addicted and maybe you will be too. Also, a great Christmas gift for friends and loved ones!
Happy shopping everyone!



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