Mindful Choices… in Clothing, Exercise, and Life

Being mindful for a woman with a busy lifestyle can be challenging.   This is especially true for us moms!  There are so many demands on our time and attention.  But that’s why it’s even more important. "Being mindful" means being present.  Being attentive.  Being aware.  Any time we make deliberate and mindful choices, it contributes in a positive way to our life, and inspires good feelings. Mindful Choices.... like taking a day off work to join your child’s school field trip. Mindful Choices.... like carving out time for yourself to get in some “Me-Time” Exercise. Mindful Choices.... like buying a piece of clothing from a sustainable brand, that has been designed to fit comfortably and last a long time. One of the things I enjoy about working with the prAna brand is that I appreciate how mindful they are of things like use of sustainable fabrics.  They’re also understandably proud of the fact that they are the first major clothing companies to offer Fair Trade … [Read more...]

Stock Your Gym Bag With THIS… it Helps!

The following is a sponsored conversation, in partnership with Mom It Forward and Body Armor.  All opinions are my own. Aaahhh… dragging yourself out in the winter cold temps to head to the gym. Anyone else struggle with this? My fitness focus has shifted in recent years, so that it's not so much worrying about weight.  At this point in my life, I workout for my overall health.  It’s a solid investment in yourself! I know this in my head.  But that doesn’t always translate to getting my lazy butt in gear. That being the case, I’m always looking for help an motivation to go get that exercise in!  Am I right, girlfriend?  One thing that I have found really helpful is having a cute gym bag I love... all packed and ready to go. Discover you forgot something you "need"?  Deal breaker. Too groggy to even pack your gear for that early morning workout?  Deal breaker. So take 5 minutes and pack that gym bag, so it’s ready to go! Pack Your Gym Bag Essentials Here’s … [Read more...]

Making Exercise Your Self-Care “Me” Time

Have you heard the latest craze going around the MomiSphere about “Self Care”?  Self care. Huh.  Sounds.... selfish.  And who the heck has time for self care, anyways?  With all the other demands on our time?  Plus all those other things we’re supposed to be doing, which are also important, like getting regular exercise?  And then there's the precious, regenerative yet oh-so-elusive "Me" time. What if we rolled it all into a ball:  Self care, "Me" time, and the need for exercise?  I’ll be honest, I really struggle with fitness motivation these days.  So I've been thinking maybe this is a fresh perspective that can help me. Could this put a more positive spin on getting my rear in gear? Finding Fitness Motivation I’ve always been a reasonably active person, who enjoyed staying in shape.  I do believe keeping yourself fit allows you to enjoy life more.  So when your friends invite you on a long hike, it's totally doable.  When your kids want to go on a bike ride, you've got no … [Read more...]

Professional Massage Relief at Home ~ MyoBuddy Massager Review

One gander at the almost comical expressions of relief people display when trying the MyoBuddy® Massager, and you'll be dying to give this a try.  At least that's the reaction my husband and I both had when we watched this.  Filmed at what appears to be a trade show booth, it's pretty convincing.  I've now tried it myself... here's my honest MyoBuddy Massager review. October 2017 UPDATE:  My husband recently took a physically demanding job, and now uses the MyoBuddy Massager DAILY.  He's commented several times how well it works, reduces his pain, and is a lifesaver!   Though professional grade, this nifty handheld massager is a soothing and helpful tool you can own and use right in your own home.  It can assist in boosting workout recovery.  Or simply aid in relieving those painful knots from tension and stress that we so often hold in our shoulders and upper back. Between my husband and I, we work long hours at an office computer job, lift weights, work out, and … [Read more...]

TomTom® Adventurer is the Ultimate GPS Outdoor Watch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®.  The opinions and texts are all mine. For those of you who've considered a fitness watch, GPS watch, or any other type of sports tracker, or maybe you're just ready to upgrade your watch tech, and would love to see a product that offers more than ever before, you're going to be very excited to see the new TomTom® Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch. Just released this fall, the TomTom® Adventurer packs a powerful punch of functionality and convenience.  Plus, it's perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. TomTom® Adventurer as a Fitness Watch I've personally never worn a step tracker or fitness watch of any kind.  But I've always been curious if it would motivate me to be more active in my daily life.  Since I work in an office full time, I spend way too many sedentary hours at the computer, and have become lax about taking some ergonomic breaks and taking a walk. Wearing the TomTom® Adventurer the past two weeks has … [Read more...]

Sqord Helps Families Play Together, Win Together [Giveaway, Ended 11/25]

I’m excited to introduce you to Sqord, a family fitness platform that makes healthy, active play more fun for kids by allowing them to compete and earn points for everyday activities.   Sqord wrist bands are an accelerometer worn to record your activity level, and provide a visual reminder to encourage movement. One part social community, one part fitness tracker, one part game.  The brand’s first product:  the Sqord Pod and Game App that encourages kids to get out and play with others - building camaraderie and friendship through exercise-related activities. How does it work?  The Sqord Activity Pod tracks movement in the real world and converts it into Sqord Activity Points that kids can use in the Sqord App. Available for Android and Apple, the Sqord game app enables players to wirelessly sync and upload their points, and increases engagement and interest from kids by adding an element of friendly competition. The more Sqord Activity Points they earn, the more and … [Read more...]

SPORT Clothing Line by Performance Bicycle

Because my recent foray into my runDisney half marathon bucket list left me with achy knees and zero desire to run... my new passion is riding my bike.  So getting to try some pieces from the Performance Bicycle clothing line was an exciting prospect.  And if you are someone who enjoys a variety of athletic activities, you'll like the multi purpose SPORT clothing line that Performance now offers. With styles for both men and women, this well priced line combines excellent cycling performance with contemporary, stylish designs that accommodate active lifestyles. Performance Bicycle Sport Clothing Active wear is my favorite type of clothing, as it's so comfortable and can be worn in most casual settings.  And if you find yourself on the move - be it at the gym, or just on a bike ride or hike - the high performing technical fabrics are ideal, wicking sweat and drying quickly. Here were my favorite picks from the Performance Bicycle SPORT clothing collection, which I've had a … [Read more...]

Kick Start Your Year With The Ultimate Carry-On & Workout Bag

Haiku Bags has become one of my absolute favorite brands for making well designed, high quality, outdoorsy stylish bags.  Their line is perfect for an active lifestyle, equipping you on your day's adventures whether they take you to the office, traveling, or exploring the outdoors.  I love the plentiful storage and organization pockets, multiple carrying strap options, and thoughtful design features. Their use of CyclePET® fabric, made from 100% recycled clear beverage bottles, makes them an eco-friendly choice.  Each season brings new embroidered design accents and colors, each with the unique Haiku flair. I've been using the Haiku Passage Duffle for a few weeks now, and it's one of absolute favorites.  This is a fantastic multi-purpose bag that is beautiful, durable, and works equally well for travel or the gym. Haiku Passage Duffle Features At-A-Glance The Haiku Passage Duffle currently comes in either black or cactus.   Here are some of it's core features: CyclePET® … [Read more...]

Muscle Recovery & Relief With RAD Massage Tools

Got pain from working out, training for an upcoming runDisney race, or just sitting at your boring computer all day?  (Those last 2 were me.)  Then you are going to be as happy as I was to discover RAD massage tools for recovery and muscle relief.  These well designed, compact products help you work on those trouble spots by applying pressure and massage. When Dan from RAD Roller stumbled across my blog and read about my efforts to train for my first half marathon, he emailed me to tell me about RAD.  I've now been trying the RAD Roller and RAD Rod for a few weeks, and am sold on their effectiveness.  They are also affordable and high quality, and I'm excited to share these tools with my readers. RAD massage tools can help massage sore muscles, reduce tightness, and relieve pain in your lower back, neck, hips, legs, and even knees.   RAD’s focus is on achieving full-body mobility through both trigger point and larger muscle relief. RAD Massage Tools ~ RAD Roller The RAD … [Read more...]

5 Things I Can’t Run Without

There's a formula.  The gear and circumstances I can queue up for myself, to make sure I actually take that run.  Because as much as I've been enjoying training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon, there are days when I really don't want to go running. Granted I'm a beginning runner, still in the early stages of training.  I'm averaging 2.5 miles, three times per week.  I use Jeff Galloway's genius run-walk-run method, and I swear it's saving me a great deal of pain.  (Love you, Jeff!)  I've also been experimenting with various gear and items to support my running.  Thus far, I've identified these 5 things I can't run without! Note, some of the items below were sent to me as samples to test out.  Some of them I purchased myself.  All are truly great running gear, and are items I feel I can't live without. 1.  Tiny, Rockin' Music Player I have music on my phone, and music on my iPod Nano.  However, neither of these have *exclusively* running music on them.  This left me … [Read more...]