A Staycation at the Omni Oklahoma City

OKC lifestyle blogger @amandasOK does a Staycation at the Omni Oklahoma City

When you can't vacation....staycation! Pre-pandemic, C and I used to travel pretty regularly. It really became a part of our lifestyle, so during the last year it almost felt like something was missing. Without having a getaway to plan or a trip to look forward to, our weekends started to feel a bit monotonous. Sometimes, though, it's not so much the destination of a trip but the act of getting out of your routine and doing something different. Insert: an OKC staycation! 


We had such a great time at the new Omni Oklahoma City a few weekends back and came away feeling refreshed and re-inspired. It is always fun to be a tourist in your own city! I wanted to recap our experience here for locals that may be looking to staycation or for anyone planning a visit to OKC and needing a hotel. OKC is just a quick road trip from Northwest Arkansas, North Texas, Kansas City or pretty much anywhere in Oklahoma, and the Omni makes a fabulous home base. 


My Peloton Bike Dupe: How to Use an Echelon Bike with the Peloton App

Oklahoma City blogger Amanda Martin shares how to use an Echelon bike with the Peloton app

Hi, friends! If you've been following me for long, you know working out is a HUGE passion of mine. It is a major part of my life and something I truly enjoy. I'm a CrossFitter first and foremost and cardio/endurance has always been something I struggle with, but I love the results I see in my body when I combine cardio and cross training. I HATE running, but I've grown to really enjoy spinning, so I recently purchased an Echelon Connect Sport indoor cycling bike (basically the Walmart version of a Peloton) and it has been such a game changer for my overall endurance and my fitness routine. I'm sharing the details on how to use the Echelon bike with Peloton cycle classes below! 


The Echelon bike costs $500 from Walmart (a fraction of the $2k Peloton). It looks and feels the EXACT same, minus the screen, the strap in pedals and the lack of dumbbell holders. My mother in law has a Peloton, so I am speaking from first hand experience. I subscribe to the Peloton app digital membership ($13/month, with a free trial), put my iPad on the handlebar holder, and get all the benefits of Peloton classes for a fraction of the cost. WIN!! The Echelon does come with its own app (with classes and a free six month subscription), but I prefer the Peloton classes. The Peloton app also comes with a ton of other classes, too, like strength, yoga, HIIT, bootcamp, stretching, etc. that you can do off the bike.


AOK Guide to Yellowstone

Amanda's OK Travel Guide to Yellowstone National Park

The earth is really neat, you guys. I recently visited Yellowstone National Park for the first time and was completely awestruck at its insane geological features and topographical beauty! After traveling internationally the last couple of years and being forced to stay in the US in 2020 due to covid, I was really pleased to find such unique and inspiring sights in my own country. Yellowstone is mostly located in the northwest corner of Wyoming and was established as the first ever national park in 1872. It is filled with hydrothermal features, geologic wonders and a ton of wildlife in their natural habitat. 


I have really struggled with the best way to put this guide together! I was so overwhelmed while planning this trip.... Yellowstone is HUGE and there is beauty around every corner, how could we see it all?! When I was planning, I had a hard timing knowing how long each sight would take, the best order to see things in and the drive time between sights. I decided to break this Guide to Yellowstone down into 1) what sights to see in the park and 2) further breaking down those sights into a two-three day itinerary. I hope it makes sense and gives you some good insight! 


AOK Guide to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

AOK Guide to Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Travel blogger Amanda Martin hikes to Delta Lake in the Grand Tetons

Howdy, friends! I just got back from my first real vacation in a year and ya'll, my cup is FULL! 2020 has been such a strange season of life...it's hard to make it as a travel and lifestyle blogger when you can't really travel! I obviously knew I missed traveling but being able to go somewhere made me realize just how vital travel is to my overall happiness and preferred lifestyle. It was SO needed and I enjoyed every single second to the fullest. Traveling allows me to appreciate earth and life in such a special way!


Traveling internationally wasn't an option this year and due to covid, C and I wanted to travel somewhere new that offered social distancing and outdoorsy activities so we could feel a bit better about taking a vacation. Wyoming and its wide open spaces seemed like the perfect option! We spent a week visiting both Jackson Hole, Wyoming (along with the Grand Teton National Park) and Yellowstone (I'll be doing a Yellowstone National Park post next so stay tuned for that). Jackson has been on my bucket list ever since I was a teenager! I met a guy at summer camp from Jackson and it was love at first sight (LOL)....he told me he was an Abercrombie model and I believed him. From that point on, I would search Zillow for ranch homes and log cabins mansions in Wyoming and dream about riding horses across the open fields with mountain view in the distance. It was everything I dreamed of and more! 


Clear Aligner Q+A | My First 2 Weeks with Lewis Orthodontics

OKC blogger Amanda Martin shares her experience with clear aligners at Lewis Orthodontics

When I was a kid, I wanted hot pink braces SO BAD because all my friends had them. I magically had a perfectly straight smile that never required braces. At the time I felt so left out of the club, like I was being cheated out of a major childhood / life experience. What was I thinking?! I laugh at my naivety. I was truly blessed. I should have been voted "Best Smile" in my yearbook because I had dimples and perfect teeth. It turns out, though, that around the ripe ol' age of 30 (and again around 60) your teeth can shift. Who knew!? Mine decided to do just that and after 30 years of having the perfect smile, they went rogue. It was only two teeth and wasn't overly noticeable to anyone other than me, but it started to really bug me when I saw pictures or watched myself talking in a video (I'm sort of a perfectionist, it's probably my greatest flaw).


Insert: Lewis Orthodontics in Edmond, Okla. Dr. Lewis reached out to me about working with them and I jumped at the chance. I wanted to get out ahead of the problem and hopefully prevent it from getting worse as I get older....so, here I am. Thirty years old and getting braces for the first time. It is never too late to straighten your teeth and luckily in today's world, there are a lot of options to do it discreetly. I no longer want those hot pink bands (LOL) or anything noticeable so I opted for clear aligners

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