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March 28, 2014
Good Morninggg and Happy Friday!
Holy wow, today marks the thirtieth week of Friday Favorites here on the blog! (<- What? How?)
After doing them consistently for a few months, I started noticing how popular they were becoming in the blogosphere and decided to make it a link-up party for anyone and everyone to join in on at eight weeks in. Thanks to you all, not only have I kept it going, but I look forward to hosting it every week more than you know. You guys are seriously the best! (Woo hoo!)
All right, before things get rowdy, let’s kick start the weekend with this week’s edition of #FFavorites. Don’t forget to tell me all about what you have been loving in the comments section too!
Friday Favorites #30: Week of 3/28
• life quote refrigerator magnet
I found this gem in the greeting cards aisle at the grocery store.
I couldn’t help but to bring it home, and have been enjoying seeing these words of wisdom every time I enter the kitchen.
• Yes To product haul
This week, I have been loving:
- Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser
- Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream
Also, (I guess I am a little late to the share party here… but) March is National Women’s History Month! To celebrate, Yes To created the March Hashtag Project to inspire, empower, and get women to say YES more.
(Check out this video for more info… you might even see a cameo by yours truly pop up around the :24 mark!)
Love it! #YESTOMOVEMENT
• egg, English muffin + jelly breakfast sandwiches
I go through phases with English muffins, and I have definitely been “on” with them lately. At least three times this week, I enjoyed the following breakfast that takes about five minutes to make.
Egg whites + organic berry preserves on a whole wheat English muffin.
• Reebok outerwear
I shared a great Reebok discount with you last Friday. I also took advantage of it myself and finally used up some gift cards I have been hoarding.
I went out on a limb and ordered up in size on the zip up, and ordered a size down on the pull over. Well, the zip up is for sure a size too big and the pull over fits snug. It looks like I will be doing some exchanges on those two. Bummer!
I did, however, already wear the dance capri to practice last night and received a ton of compliments. They are so soft and unbelievably comfy!
• How I Scrunch + Tight Curl My Hair Video Tutorial
I have been rockin’ this hairstyle like nobody’s business lately! In case you missed it, I finally shared my ways with the diffuser and wand yesterday.
(By the way, I really have fun putting these little tutorials together. Have a request? Send it on over via the comments section or email!)
Keep an eye out for Part II of this one, as I am currently working on another to show you how to make this hairstyle last at least a few days. (Don’t judge… just accept it and move on.)
This might sound lame, but I recently got really excited over this stain and odor remover.
I used it to clean up a couple of pet messes (<- our house was kind of a zoo over the weekend) and Scott actually complimented how good the house smelled that day. It did a fantastic job of removing the stain and left the house smelling fresh as ever!
• Pistons vs. Heat Game
Tonight our Pistons take on the Miami Heat, and it is one of the few games of the season that is totally sold out!
I am pumped to sit on the sidelines and also to see the Bad Boys – 1989 NBA Championship (Pistons!) Team – reunite during halftime. It should be an absolute blast!
• Florida for the weekend
Directly after the game, I will be getting ready to fly down south for the weekend. My friend and college roommate, Katie, is getting married and I am so excited to sneak away for a couple days and celebrate with my friends!
Yup, I guess you could say I am already in a pretty amazing mood!
Have a very Happy Friday!
March 24, 2014
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
I have a feeling a lot of you were expecting to see this post pop up sooner than later. If you have been following the blog over the past few weeks, you have probably seen a handful of mentions and pictures including these.
They are extremely lightweight and comfortable shoes made for yoga and barre classes with the purpose of providing a barefoot feel with extra grip.
Before even trying them on, I had a hunch that they would feel very similar to a ballet slipper, and would allow me to point and flex my feet with mobility and ease. I was right.
Basically, they are like ballet slippers, only more versatile, thanks to the Concona woven coconut fiber material and grippies on the bottom.
If you have ever been to a barre studio, then you have probably seen a pair of barre or yoga socks before. The purpose of these is the same: to create an easy way to balance and hold positions while providing an anti-slip grip on the floor.
Before seeing these slippers appear on the Reebok website, I had only heard of barre socks. Never shoes.
On my last visit to Orlando, I took a barre class and noticed some really neat new features and styles of barre socks. There are tons of them out there and now some even include mesh and sparkles as part of the design.
While this slipper doesn’t have either of those features, it does include:
• light upper materials with an elastic topline (So comfy!)
• a low-profile for a grounded fit (Great mobility!)
• coconut fiber lining for natural evaporative cooling and odor resistance
• silicon printed outside grip for traction and slippage prevention
• ultra feminine style and sleek design (not to mention fun colors!)
The class and style of workout was amazing, and absolutely perfect for these type of slippers. In fact, since my arrival back home, I have already completed two more Ballet Beautiful workouts in my basement via Amazon Prime online streaming.
While this fitness slipper is designed primarily for barre and yoga, I can’t help but to want to turn to them for other things as well. I may be alone here, but I don’t always feel like wearing shoes when completing workouts at-home. I end up in socks on my carpet most of the time, and I think these might just be the perfect in-between during HIIT, kick boxing, and Tabatas.
Don’t take my word on that, as it was just a thought. If I do end up wearing them for anything similar to what I just mentioned, I will be sure to check back in with how it went!
Just as a heads up, I think these slippers run a bit on the small side. I normally wear anywhere between a 7 and a 7.5 street shoe size, but all of my Reebok sneakers arrive in size 7 with a great fit. These, however, I think I would feel more comfortable in the half size up.
Used on variety of workouts or not, these slippers make me happy, and I love the ballet slipper feel that takes me right back to ballet class on wood floors.
While I do like wearing barre socks, I think the extra money spent on a slipper would be worth the investment if you frequent a studio.
They retail for $59.99 and you can purchase them online or at any Reebok FitHub store.
Thanks, Reebok, for always keeping me up to date on the latest studio wear!
Question of the Afternoon
• Do you take barre or yoga classes? If so, do you prefer to go barefoot or wear (regular or grip) socks?
March 20, 2014
It finally happened. Today I broke down and signed up for Amazon Prime. Well, technically, I only agreed to the 30-day free trail, but I have the feeling it will ultimately turn into a permanent upgrade.
I have been an avid Amazon lover and affiliate for quite some time, and have always been straight forward about my links popping up from time to time throughout my blog posts. I do get a small kickback, but that is certainly not why I include them into my writing.
Being a Prime member costs $99 a year, but offers free two-day shipping, unlimited instant streaming of movies, DVDs, and television, plus over 500,000 book downloads all for free. Not to shabby if you order things from the site on a regular basis!
Anyways, the upgrade happened on account of the ever lovely and talented Mary Helen Bowers. She is the founder of Ballet Beautiful, a ballet inspired workout similar to barre, but involves more flowy, bigger movements in the center and on the floor without the use of a ballet barre.
Her methods specifically cater towards busy women who don’t always have time for extensive workouts, but want to achieve and maintain strong and lean bodies. With the experience of ten years as a NYC Ballet member and training celebrities including Natalie Portman and Miranda Kerr, I’d say she knows a thing or two about attaining the long and lean dancer physique a lot of women shoot for!
I was first introduced to Ballet Beautiful at the Reebok Skyscape Launch Party last week in NYC. Alongside a few blogging buddies, I took a condensed version of one of her classes and the ballerina in me fell for the style of workout right away.
I left the event wanting to try the full classes and after getting a message from Julie earlier this week, I found out you can stream her Ballet Beautiful DVDs online, totally free for Amazon Prime members!
With the itch to try something new today, I put on my True Studio Slippers to see exactly what all the fuss is all about.
In just under an hour, I completed a set of exercises that targeted the glutes, abs, inner and outer thighs, and arms.
The best way I can describe it is a fun and graceful full-body workout meant to focus on, tighten and tone an area at a time, without the use of weights.
MHB is very soft-spoken and the DVD brought me right back to ballet classes with piano tunes, frequent stretching and her use of dance terminology like first position, rond de jambe, and degage.
Before you get intimidated, please undersand that you don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this series of workouts! I just so happen to personally appreciate the references.
The video started with twenty minutes of bridges, which is actually one of my favorite exercises. Okay, I don’t love them… but I love the results I get from doing them, hence the reason why I say favorite.
I knew I was in for it, but I didn’t think my legs would be burning quite as much as they did! I have to admit that the moves felt a tad repetitive since they all happened in four sets of eight counts until the next change, but that is also very similar to the style of a lot of barre classes out there.
If there is one thing I could change about it, it would be the music. I enjoyed the piano, but feel like more upbeat tunes might make the workout go by faster.
Overall, I am definitely a Ballet Beautiful fan! I loved the fact that ninety percent of the workout was done on the floor, and that none of it required any type of equipment.
She recommends doing this type of workout three times a week to achieve maximum results, even if it’s just for 20-30 minutes a day. Being extremely portable, I see this series of DVDs being a definite go-to when I am traveling this summer!
Earlier this morning, I mentioned that Scott and I are dog sitting and couldn’t leave without including a few photos of the characters that are currently in our household.
Macy is an adorable (somewhat senior) Australian Sheppard we adore that belongs to our good friend, Alex. Roadie has been loving the extra company and has been getting along with her really well.
(We’re still working on the whole sharing attention concept though.)
After my workout, I threw on a pair of sneakers and sweatpants and took the pups out for an afternoon walk around the neighborhood.
Two peas in a pod, those fur balls are!
I worked up quite the appetite by the time we returned and quickly threw together a lunch similar to yesterday’s.
(Baby spinach, spring mix, tomatoes, carrots, black + green olives, a Gardenburger, feta cheese, and a spoonful of red pepper hummus inside a whole wheat tortilla.)
I also enjoyed a golden delicious green apple and the last of our macarons from New York!
Chocolate Coconut, get in my belly.
I am looking forward to having a clear schedule for the remainder of the day and hope to stay productive by knocking some thing off of the Spring Cleaning to-do list. I almost forgot that comes with the new season of (hopefully) warmth and sunshine, and I’m sorry if I just put a rain cloud over your day by reminding you. Whoops.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your Thursday, and I will see you again bright and early with tomorrow’s Friday Favorites link-up!
Questions of the Day
• Do you enjoy workout DVDs at home, or prefer to keep active at the gym?
• What is your favorite macaron flavor?
I have always loved incorporating at-home workout DVDs into my fitness routine. As much as I love taking group fitness classes and making up my own at the gym, I also love the convenience and portability of workout DVDs. I am already loving the (free) online streaming through Amazon Prime and plan to try out a lot more of MHB’s workouts in the near future. As always, I’ll be sure to report back with my thoughts!
March 20, 2014
Good Morning and a very Happy Spring as well!
Knowing today officially welcomes the light at the end of the tunnel for us Northerners, this makes me want to bust out the bright colors and do a million happy dances.
I just might for today’s workout. (<- Stay tuned!)
Today started with an extra pep in my step. We are dog sitting for the remainder of the week, so I now have two sets of happy puppy eyes waking me up in the mornings. I’ll be sure to share some photos soon since they are are ridiculously cute together!
After a quick morning walk with them, I put on the coffee and enjoyed a fresh cup through a straw.
Yup, a straw. I just started a new whitening kit from the dentist that was included in my new patient package six months ago, and I have about nine days left in the process.
I was advised to keep away from any teeth staining food during the ten days of bleaching, but clearly giving up coffee isn’t an option for this girl.
Drinking it through a straw it is!
Accompanying my coffee was also something new for breakfast.
While grocery shopping a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this bag of gluten free Super Oats hot cereal.
I am already an oatmeal fan, so when I saw the combination of chia, quinoa, amaranth added into the mix, I had to give it a go.
I flavored it with a few big swirls of honey and topped it with fresh berries. I bypassed the brown sugar, but would suggest adding that as well if you don’t like a plain tasting oatmeal. (I’ve never minded it!)
The texture was very similar to regular oatmeal, and even maybe a little thicker. I would never guess this mixture to be gluten free!
Reebok Friends and Family Discount
For those of you who are swooning over the cloud print materials on the top of this post, you’re not alone. I absolutely adore the new prints and looks of this spring line and am excited to share that Reebok (<- affiliate link) is currently offering a Friends and Family Discount! Simply enter the promo code FAM30 upon checkout to receive *30% off your order!
*This sale only runs until Sunday, March 23rd and the discount does not apply to their Crossfit gear, products ending in .98, custom shoes, and gift cards.
I know I will be perusing their site this afternoon for goodies!
Hope you have a great start to your Thursday. See ya in a bit!