Category Health and Fitness

Fall into Relaxation

This week has been the most stressful few days I’ve had in a long time. Between the pressure of starting up a new business, an ongoing family situation with my teenage sister, and not having time in my days to do the simplest things like going to the food store, life has been just a bit crazy lately. It’s moments like this where I have to remind myself that shutting my mind down, even for a few minutes, needs to be a part of my everyday routine. Because the truth is, once you realize you need to de-stress, it’s already too late. I have to get better about making time for me everyday, not just on days where I’m ready to pull my hair out! Here’s a few little ways I’ve decided to treat myself to relaxation this week right at home: 1.) My Julep Maven Beauty Box Every month when the mailman delivers

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Taking Back Our Time at the Body Love Tour

Have you ever thought about how much time getting ready takes you? How long in the morning before work? How much time you spend getting ready to go out to dinner? Add it all up and you’ll find that women spend approximately 135 days, 3726 hours, 223560 minutes, and 13,413,600 seconds in their lifetime getting ready. THAT’S A LONG TIME! Why do we do it? Who do we do it for? What exactly is it that makes us give up this much of our lives prepping our appearance? I hadn’t taken this time into consideration either until I started coordinating a client’s involvement in a recent event. Meet the Body Love Tour, hosted by Lindsey Smith and Amie Olson of Promoting Natural Health, where “each event is designed to give women the freedom to express themselves and be who they are.” The mission: changing the way women feel about themselves and their bodies. “One by one we

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SoulPowered: Creating a Strong Generation of Inspired Leaders

I stumbled upon SoulPowered via Twitter, and I’m so glad I did! We need more strong, courageous leaders like these ladies to bring inspiration into the world. Sarah and Nissa are sisters who have truly been through thick and thin together. Their deep bond and similar interests have brought them to where they are today: co-owners of SoulPowered, a leadership development and coaching company that, in their words, is “on a mission to generate a movement of conscious, purpose-driven leaders and organizations that improve lives and create change in the world.” In addition to providing leadership development training to individuals and organization, they also partner with non-profits such as The Africa Yoga Project! The Africa Yoga Project supports economic development and provides yoga training to Kenyans. Clearly, Sarah and Nissa are on a mission to make the world a bit more inspired and soulful, one person at a time. Here’s

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[Obsessions] Finds for Getting Fit

It’s Bikini Season!  So this week in my #obsessions, let’s chat fun, fabulous products to help kick your fitness routine into gear! Here’s what I’m loving right now: 1) Flipbelt – $28.99 Probably one of the most-needed products ever. I don’t know where this has been my whole life. Tuck away your phone, keys, credit cards, etc. while you work out! –> Grab it here 2) The JoJo Legging in Prism from Dona Jo Fitwear – $69.00 Be fashionably fit with this new Dona Jo print! The unique fabric from Brazil has a 5-way stretch that allows for a one size fits most (0-12) design. Dona Jo fabrics are not just pretty they are functional too – breathable, faster drying than cotton, and they even minimize the appearance of cellulite. –> Grab them here   3) Women’s Prodigy 2 Stretch Sneakers from Ryka – $64.99 It’s hard to find stylish, quality, affordable sneakers these days! All Ryka sneakers

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Fashionably Fit with Dona Jo Fitwear

ATTENTION LADIES: No more frumpy t-shirts at the gym, or boring athletic gear. There has finally been a fusion between fashion and fitness! It’s about time… After going gaga over these fitness pieces last month at the Bikini’s & Martini’s event, I was certain I needed to find out more about Dona Jo Fitwear! A few weeks ago, I stopped by to chat with the mastermind behind the new brand, Ashley Ferraro. You know that amazing feeling when you put on a new dress, walk about the door, and feel like you can conquer the world? Well, Dona Jo Fitwear incorporates exactly that, but instead into working out and being fit!   Ashley’s inspiration for her one size fits most (women’s sizes 0-12) fitwear was sparked on a trip to Brazil about five years ago. Dona Jo Fitwear incorporates the fun colors, unique prints and different textures of Brazilian fitness clothing mixed into the traditional

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My Hott Addiction – Yoga to Relieve Headaches

Prior to last summer, I had struggled with chronic headaches every hour of every day for almost six years. After endless attempts with various medications, doctor and specialist appointments, lots of blood-work, alternative medicine adventures, and ER visits accompanied by pain, tears and frustration, I had finally come to the conclusion that I would be facing daily headaches around the clock for the rest of my life.  Then, one day last summer, a friend asked me to tag along with her to a hot yoga class (yoga in a room typically somewhere between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit-sounds like a blast right?). I had taken yoga classes in the past, so I figured I’m sure hot yoga will be just as easy. The first five minutes were wonderful – child’s pose, relaxing your mind and body, deep breathing, letting go of any thoughts or stresses – it was all great. However, after up gulping

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