Personal Wellness Time is NOT Being Selfish

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I recently had a conversation with a friend, where we compared notes on paying attention to our personal wellness.  She commented, "I need certain things to take good care of myself - to reduce stress, and to keep myself feeling well and happy. It took me until my 40's to not feel guilty about that, but to just embrace it.  Boy, is it liberating!" As I've gotten older, I'm finally reaching this stage myself.   And I've learned a thing or two about how important total body care is.   I work hard.  And that daily emotional and physical wear and tear needs some wellness counter balance. Without guilt.   Without feeling like I'm being selfish.  It's time I invest in myself, in order to stay happy and healthy... for both myself and my family.  Everybody wins. We all have our routines that help us feel better.  Be it exercise, eating healthy foods, having some quiet "me" time,  … [Read more...]

Athletic Gear for Tweens by Dragonwing Girlgear [Giveaway, Ended 5/15]

With my daughter being more active this year than ever before, how exciting to find some athletic gear made just for tween girls by Dragonwing Girlgear!  She helped wear the goods, and perform this review... so here's what we found after having my 10 year old girl wear this active wear for a month of running and gymnastics.  Dragonwing Girlgear This great company was founded by a soccer mom, who (in her own words): "...wanted girls everywhere to be empowered to play sports with determination and joy—free from distraction and constraint." They feature a basic, high quality line of solid pieces tween girls can use for multiple purposes.   The lineup includes tees, tanks, sports bra, shorts, and full or capri length leggings. My daughter has been enrolled in "Girls On The Run" this Spring, and we recently just ran our first 5k together!  She wore her Dragonwing capris, and they worked really well for running.   These are Dragonwing Girlgear Chill Weight Capri … [Read more...]

Hooked by My First 5k

  My ten year old daughter, a 4th grader, has been participating in a great after school running program called Girls On The Run (GOTR) this Spring.  As a running newbie, her goal was the final event to be held in early May:  The Girls On The Run 5k. Although I only dabble in running myself, I was hoping this would be something I could both share with her, and support her in.  So I, too, registered for what would be my very first 5k. I've been exercising, but I haven't been running lately.  Poor K had twisted her ankle earlier in the week, on our new trampoline.  So with that wrapped and hurting when the big day arrived last Saturday, we weren't sure how this whole "first 5k" thing was going to go down for us.  Was this going to do us both in? Alas, we were for a high-energy, motivating, fun experience quite unlike anything else we've ever done before! How did I not know this?   How did I not know how incredibly exciting and fun a 5k race can be?? Here are … [Read more...]

Stonewear Designs Pants Are #DownwardDogApproved [Instagram Contest]

Stonewear Designs is my absolute favorite active wear company, run by a fabulous group of women in Louisville, Colorado.  They truly understand the need for comfortable active wear that moves with you and flatters all figures, made from fabrics that are functional, soft, and stand the test of time. I've been an Ambassador of Stonewear Designs for three years now, and wear their clothes  daily.  They are extremely versatile, and look as cute as they feel good on.  I wear my Stonewear to work at my office, when traveling, to the gym, running around town with my kids, and for all manner of playing outside! Their product line isn't huge, but they have some absolutely awesome core staple pieces that once you've tried, you won't want to live without.  I actually love that they are a smaller company, and it truly shows in their pride of workmanship, careful attention to design, and the level of quality clothing they continue to produce. Classic favorites continue to stick around, … [Read more...]

Join Me As a Stonewear Designs Ambassador!

Throughout the past year, you have likely heard me talk about the Colorado based women's active wear company, Stonewear Designs.  Or maybe you've seen me posting pictures of myself wearing some of their pieces from the 2012-13 line. It's been a wonderful experience serving as a Stonewear Designs Ambassador,  and I'm excited to pass along to you that the search is now underway for another group of active women to join the ranks and become Ambassador for the 2013-14 season! What Does Being an Ambassador Involve? From their website:  "As a Stonewear Designs Ambassador you will promote Stonewear Designs through social media posts, blog updates, and personal product reviews.  As well, you will support them at your local events and provide them with videos and pictures showing your busy active lifestyle while wearing Stonewear Designs. In return for your support, they will promote you as a sponsored ambassador and provide you with $1,500 in athletic wear for all your upcoming … [Read more...]

Ultimate X-1 Momentum In-Ear Headphones for Athletic Use

If you aren't completely thrilled with your athletic use headphones, you need to read on and learn a little more about the X-1 Momentum In-Ear Headphones. Because you will be completed thrilled with these. The X-1 Momentum In-Ear Headphones have features that I didn't even know existed.  Built for athletic use of any sport and any climate, these ultra light headphones are weatherproof and sweatproof, and can be rinsed after use for a fresh, clean fit. I tried out a pair of "X-1 for Women" Momentum In-Ear Ultra Light headphones.  Here's what I thought of how they fit and performed. X-1 Momentum In-Ear Headphones ~ Features I'll start by stating the first thing that all true music lovers want to know:  the sound quality is excellent. But in addition to that, allow me walk you through the three fantastic features that make the X-1 Momentum In-Ear Headphones truly stand out above the rest. 1.  Pause and Volume Control Device Although they can provide audio for any … [Read more...]

Girl’s Guide to Golf: How to Get Started (& Why Guys Are So Obssessed With It)

My father has loved golfing for years.  When my brother entered his teen years, he got a job at a Pro Shop and joined our dad on the greens. Later on, working in an office in my 20's, I found half the male population obsessed with this same sport and used to wonder to myself, "What is it with guys, and golfing?  What's the big deal?" It seemed a little silly to me.  And it certainly seemed dull and uninteresting.  I really couldn't figure out what the draw was? Until I finally tried it for myself a few years ago, and I now find myself hopeless hooked.  This is one of my absolute favorite outdoor activities!  Allow me to explain why.  But first ... Why are Guys So Obsessed With Golf? I'm sure there are deeper sociological reasons at play here than what I'll even pretend to understand, when it comes to this topic. It's true the golf course for many men still appears to be the equivalent of a Man Cave at home.  Women don't (generally, as often as men, at least from my … [Read more...]

Moms Guide to Wearing Baby On a Hike

I am a firm believer in "Baby in a Backpack".  Babies and toddlers are generally very content when they are outside and in motion. Plus it gives mom the opportunity to release a little stress and get some beneficial, and oftentimes much needed, exercise.  Great combination, wouldn't you agree? When I was pregnant with my first child, I was thrilled to find a used child carrier backpack at a second hand store.  To this day, I don't know what brand it was.  But it was, by far, the best spent $30 baby gear purchase I ever made. If you'd like more information on child carriers, check out my post Hiking With Babies and Toddlers - Child Carrier Tips.  But here I'd like to talk about the business of mom hiking alone with a child carrier. Mom Hiking Alone With a Child Carrier - My Best Tips When my daughter was a baby (my first and only child at the time) - I was a stay at home mom, and frequently took her on hikes alone.  There were some challenges to this, for which I'd be happy … [Read more...]

The Gym: A Real Person’s Guide to Getting There, Part II

Today, Part II - where I share a few more tips (if you missed Part I, the link is at the bottom) that have helped me muster up some momentum to get myself to the gym ... in hopes that they may help motivate you, too! Photo courtesy of Toa55 … [Read more...]

The Gym: A Real Person’s Guide to Getting There

We are the masses of real people. You will likely not find us teaching a Pilates class or bench pressing our own body weight. But if we could find the time, and the motivation - we'd like to stay active and healthy, and be able to reap the benefits that come from being reasonably fit. For myself, I know I feel lower levels of stress and fatigue when I'm able to include some exercise during my week. And when I do get the opportunity to enjoy some fun outdoor sport or activity with my friends and family, such as biking or a good hike - I like to be in good enough shape to keep up and have fun, not just be frustrated with how tired and out of shape I am. … [Read more...]