20 Question with Nicole Moore

Featuring Leigh Smoak of "Clean Eats 101"

MEET LEIGH

I first met Leigh Ann Lane, in the summer of 1996. She was working part-time at a resort boutique modeling clothing pool side to promote sells among hotel guests {I later got a job with with her}. She was pretty, loud, and full of personality.....I instantly thought she was the Cat's Pajamas. Through out the years, we would continue to bump into one another. First, at high football games {we both were on our school's dance team}, later while attending the same University {Go Cocks!}, and most recently she has been a Gypsy Boutique & Nicole Moore Collection Customer. A lot has changed over the years...she has gotten married, had babies, and helped create "CLean Eats 101;" a Health and Wellness website geared toward the everyday person. 

1. I must kick this interview off with some serious business! Our crazy obsession over Halloween, or should I say...dress up in general . What did you and your family dress up as this past Halloween, and what is your all time favorite costume/dress up moment? 

Since, Halloween is my favorite holiday...I pride myself on costume selection. This year we were all characters from the original "Star Wars" {I'm a sci-fi dweeb at heart}. My absolute favorite costume was Halloween 2013. I was two days away from my daughters due date, so I did what anyone with a once in a lifetime opportunity would do. I dressed up as a "beer bellied, bearded, southern gentleman.

My personal FAVORITE.....Prince!!!

My personal FAVORITE.....Prince!!!

Introducing "Mr. Leigh Smoak"

Introducing "Mr. Leigh Smoak"

Heroes on a half shell

Heroes on a half shell

2. Ok, now to this health and wellness. What is Clean Eats 101?

It is a website that is built on the idea that eating clean foods and exercise can be easy, understandable, efficient, and doable for anyone interested. In today's world, people are inundated with fad diets, unrealistic expectations of beauty, and intimidating workout programs...not to mention the expensive price tag for all of them. In my opinion, all of this starts people off feeling defected before they can even take the first steps in turning their life around. This is what got me motivated to help create "Clean Eats 101." I have dieted and tried everything in the book for most of my life. When I learned about clean eating and took some of the pressure off myself, I was literally awakened to a better me, and one that I could actually attain. This was one of the most powerful moments in my life, and I wanted everyone else to find that place too. It's a pretty incredible place!  

 

3. Well, now I must ask {as I put another cheeto in my mouth}...What is your favorite forbidden food and how often do you allow yourself to indulge in it?

"Taco Bell," {Yup I said it!} I love Taco Bell's regular ole tacos, and nachos & cheese. I have some "TB" about once every 3 months. Oh and Totino's {frozen} pizza!!! I freaking love those damn little devils, but I limit myself to one every 5-6 months. Those are about as far away from clean as you can get, but we believe in 80/20 {because that's a realistic expectation}. Try and eat clean 80% of the time. Now for a more frequent indulgence...My favorite is peanut butter M&M's, and I keep a family size bag in the fridge. I have a few at night, at least 3 times a week. This is a perfect amount to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

 

4. Does clean eating allow for cocktails? If so, whats your poison? 

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! In fact we post a "TTICCGF" every Friday! "Thank God It's Clean Cocktail Friday" is a fan favorite and we have posted most of them on our website {My favorite is bourbon!}. I love some Blanton's on ice followed by red wine...of course {it's heart healthy all}.

BLANTON'S BOURBON

 

 

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5. What did you have for breakfast?

Coffee, 2 eggs, and one egg white scrambled with spinach and feta cheese, strawberries, pineapple, and raspberries. 

 

6. Both of your children have some what unique names, how did you decide on Kai {oldest, son} and Quinn {daughter}?

Kai was actually the name my husband, Mike had always wanted to name his son. He was a huge fan of the indoor professional soccer team, The Cleveland Force. There was a player named Kai Haaskivi, originally from Finland. Hasskivi played from The Finland National Team and The North American Soccer League. As far as Quinn...well, originally I planned on naming her "Bexley," calling her "Bex." When I was halfway through my pregnancy, the show "How I Met Your Mother" was still airing new episodes. Neil Patrick Harris' character; Barney Stinson, started dating a girl named Quinn {who happened to be a stripper, but we won't tell my Quinn that's where her name came from}.

 

Leigh, actually picks Lou Ferrigno...the original Hulk!

Leigh, actually picks Lou Ferrigno...the original Hulk!

 

7. If you could have a super power, what would it be? 

"To be the Incredible Hulk, because he's awesome!"

 

8. Eliminating yours and mine of course {to only be fair}...What's your favorite website?

Buzzfeed, is a favorite of mine. Mainly because of their lists and their stars...like Matt Bellassi. I also love TheSkimm.com. I don't watch the nightly news, because it's so damn depressing. So, I go to The Skimm for my daily news. You can also request to receive daily emails and then you can catch up every morning. 

 

9. Favorite fashion trend of all time?

Fanny Packs

 

Who knew the "Fanny Pack" would make another comeback...

Clare V.

Click the above link to check them out 

 

11. Who is your fashion icon?

Jennifer Lawrence or Taylor Swift now, and Marilyn Monroe for the ove

10. What is a current fashion trend obsession?

Lenny Kravitz, and his comfortable quilt scarf {look it up, well worth the time}.    

You're welcome!

You're welcome!

 

 It's easy to see the similarities...

12. Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?

Facebook, with Instagram as a close second. I'm far too wordy for Twitter. 

 

13. Favorite 80's singer/band? 

Prince

{no real surprise here! If you need a reminder...scroll back to the top and view Leigh paying homage in full Prince costume.} 

14. Diamonds or Pearls?

Neither, a fabulous piece of bulky costume jewelry is my preference. 

 

15. What are three words to describe you?

Entertaining, Ambitious, & Compassionate

 

16. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to play the lead role as you? 

Amy Poehler, is my spirit animal!

 

17. What words of wisdom would you pass onto your childhood self?

Your feet are only going to get bigger, and being tall is actually pretty great. Oh, and Leigh...DON'T get your cartilage pierced. It's only going to get gross and you'll have to take it out after 3 months due to the pain. 

 

18. What's you morning ritual like?

I wake up to Kai standing by my bed, saying his light is green on his alarm and he wants to watch PJ Masks. I get coffee, and tip toe because Quinn likes to sleep a few more minutes than her brother. I do morning Instagram and Facebook posts for Clean Eats as well as check email...on my phone of course. I then realize it's getting late and I still need to wake up Q. I frantically get them dressed, faces washed, teeth brushed, and out the door to drop off at school. I head home and eat some breakfast, because trust me...no one wants to talk to me if I haven't eaten breakfast {It's my favorite meal of the day}. 

 

19. What's the most anti-establishment thing you've ever done? 

On a girls trip to Greece a few years ago, the "Owling" trend was in. We decided to "Owl" on some of the ancient Greek ruins for pictures and apparently that's frowned upon...we were asked to leave.

One Owl....

One Owl....

Two Owl...

Two Owl...

Three Owl...WOW! 

Three Owl...WOW! 

20. Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.

I despise chick flicks, except for "The Sweetest Thing"...cause it's just awesome! 

I'm not even remotely surprised by this selection...To be honest you could replace Cameron with Leigh and the movie wouldn't change much!

I'm not even remotely surprised by this selection...To be honest you could replace Cameron with Leigh and the movie wouldn't change much!

If you're interested in getting fit and staying healthy {not to mention being entertained} swing over to the CleanEats101.com website! plus, don't forget to follow Leigh & the rest of the clean eats gang on facebook, and Instagram

XOXO - Nicole