Keeping Your Cool + a Dove and Pure Barre Giveaway!

Let’s face it; we all didn’t get what we wanted for Christmas this year. The only person I know who did for certain was my three-year-old. On his list were two items: the Polar Express and muscles. Done and done. Santa, you nailed it.

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My list was much simpler and yet the one thing I wanted was much, much more difficult to achieve. Seriously, all I wanted in the entire world was a great family photo. I’m not placing any blame or anything, but let’s just say someone didn’t quite want to gift me with that this year. Instead, we have two pretty awkward photos that I will likely frame and taunt him with for the rest of his life.

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Yep, Merry Belated Christmas from my family to yours. If you’re like me and didn’t get exactly what you wanted this year, don’t sweat it. No, literally. Keep your cool, y’all. Luckily for you, that’s pretty easy with the awesome Dry Spray Antiperspirants from Dove & Degree. The first time I tried one of them was at Pure Barre Augusta. (<-If you live in the area, you must go check it out! I miss taking the classes right now something fierce.)

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The owner, Jill, sets out nice little extras in the restrooms for everyone to use and the sprays are a lifesaver for when you have to head somewhere after class and are always underprepared like I am. They go on instantly dry and provide 48 hour protection from the inevitable sweat-fest that takes place when I attempt barre moves. My current favorite is the Dove Dry Spray because it leaves my underarms soft, smooth and residue free. Also, I use Dove soap so I feel like I’m keeping it consistent.

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Now for the fun part! In honor of me missing the amazingness that is Pure Barre, we’re giving away PB & Dove Prize Packs to FIVE lucky readers. Each prize pack includes Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant and a Pure Barre Mile High Package so that you can take the classes with you wherever you go (and stay dry while you’re at it).

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The giveaway is open to US residents and will end at Midnight on January 5th. Good luck! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:
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Barre-Inspired Prenatal Workout + Maternity Workout Clothing

Oh, hey. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, huh? My lovely family passed a cold/sore throat/cough thing to me and it took me down. I woke up feeling a bit better today so I tried to complete this quick workout before I left for the office. I miss taking barre, so I tried to incorporate some moves that reminded me of it. Of course, everything is totally modified for my huge belly.

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Let me just say this: it was brutal. I swear I thought I had retained some semblance of fitness and that this would be a breeze. Nope. I hadn’t and it wasn’t. The move that killed me? Push ups. Yes, I struggle-bussed it through 30 modified push-ups while simultaneously cursing myself for thinking it was a good idea. That being said, I’m glad I finally got up and got moving. It was much needed!

One thing that motivated me was being gifted some cute new maternity workout gear. For Two Fitness is known for their adorable, functional workout tanks. I’ve worn their clothing in the past, so I was excited to get some new “themed” pieces. The barre tank is absolute perfection.

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I also received a training tank, yoga shorts, and active capri. The bottoms each have a 3-way belly panel and I definitely appreciated that fact when I was huffing and puffing my way through my workout. I pulled them up for as much support as possible, y’all.

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I highly recommend the brand if you are expecting. I truly haven’t found better (or longer lasting) maternity workout gear. I wonder how long I can get away with wearing these things after the baby? I mean, belly up to the barre doesn’t necessarily mean I’m pregnant, right?

Why Track Fitness When You Aren’t Working Out?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Garmin through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about vívofit 2, all opinions are my own.

It’s no secret that I’ve had trouble completing traditional workouts throughout this pregnancy. I really beat myself up over it in the beginning, but I’ve forced myself to look at the bigger picture. It can be extremely difficult to focus on yourself when you see other people doing things you only wish you could do. It’s especially hard for me right now, because I’m comparing myself to myself. When I was pregnant last time, I was able to continue running and lifting. Now? I’m finding that other activities like walking, toddler chasing, bodyweight moves, and stretching will (and do) suffice.

I think a great way to remind yourself just how much you actually do during the day is to invest in a fitness tracker. Yep, I said show you what you already do. I’m not forcing myself to do more right now. After checking out my data, I’m comfortable with where I’m at. As it turns out, I’m always on the move. Shout out to the Garmin vívofit 2 for showing me the light.

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The following is included when you purchase the vívofit 2: the tracker itself, two band sizes, USB ANT Stick™, and instructions. I also received a second package with alternate bands. I primarily use the pink accessory band or the traditional black, but I do like having options just in case. I own zero yellow clothing, though, so if you need that band, hit me up. It’s yours.

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Things I love about it:

  • “Always on display” – information is available immediately
  • One year (or more) of battery life – no waiting for it to charge
  • Wearable in the shower or pool – seriously, it’s always on
  • Stopwatch – convenient little feature, right?
  • Backlight – check the time or stats in low light
  • Inactivity alerts – reminds you to get moving
  • Lock mechanism on the band – no losing it, you guys

Things I don’t love about it:

  • Slightly bulky for my wrist – this is probably just an issue for my sensory-probz self
  • Doesn’t synch automatically – but the stats are always right on the band anyway

One of my favorite aspects of the vívofit 2 is how simple the dashboards on my phone are to read and understand. I know exactly how much sleep I’ve gotten and how many steps I’ve taken on any given day. I’m trying to do my best in both areas, so it’s great to be able to see it broken down for me. What really opened my eyes was the spike in activity around dinner time. You can tell who is the short order cook around my house, y’all. I honestly never really thought about how much I’m walking around while doing things like cooking, dishes, and laundry. It also helps that I’m slightly OCD and everything must be in. its. place. by the time I hit the sack. I definitely miss being able to complete my traditional workouts, but it’s no longer a source of stress for me. That’s the beauty of knowing and understanding your currently lifestyle through the use of a tracker.

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Sure, my idea of fitness might not look like it did a few months ago, but I’m still proud of what I am doing. The Garmin vívofit 2 activity tracker is the perfect tool for me right now. With one year+ of battery life, it’s always on. Just like me.

Friday Favorites + an Armpocket Giveaway!

Long weekends really are the best, y’all. I figured it was a good time to bring back Friday Favorites, since I actually have a few minutes to type one out. Without further do, here are a few things I’ve been digging lately.

Chestnut Praline Lattes

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I usually hate “nutty” flavors but I’m obsessed with these. Granted I switch the three pumps of praline to one pump praline and one pump white chocolate, so I’m kind of cheating. Whatever, it’s delicious and I won’t stop ordering them until the season ends.

DNCE

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My friend Molly made me listen to “Cake by the Ocean” a while back and now I’m addicted to every single song they’ve recorded. The fact that the band has a Jonas brother in it just makes me that much more obsessed. What can I say? I am eternally thirteen years old. You can’t make me grow up and/or acquire good taste in anything. Stop trying.

Making Huge Messes

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I was going to say “Painting” or “Art” or something, but I decided to be honest instead. It’s fun to randomly be like, “here, son, make a mess with no repercussions”. It confuses children. You’ve got to keep them guessing if you want to stay in control. Plus, little handprints are adorable.

Quick Road Trips

We are currently in the car headed to the mountains for what will undoubtably be the best trip of Maddux’s life thus far. I’m excited because we get to come home the next day. Quick road trips are where it’s at, because I really just want to hang out at the house and drink hot chocolate for the next month. Lazy.

Bodyweight Workouts

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I’m not totally lazy, though, I swear. I’m trying to be a little more conscious of my movement during the day, so I’m adding simple bodyweight workouts back into my life. So far, so good. By that I mean I’ve worked out once so far, but it still totally counts. I’m sore, but it’s the good kind of sore where you know your body still works. If you want to try one of my favorites, go complete this chair workout.

Armpocket Bands

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge Armpocket fan. I’ve reviewed them in the past, and none of my thoughts have changed since then. I was even caught on Buzzfeed rockin’ one. When I changed phones, though, my old band didn’t fit anymore. Sad times. The generous folks at Armpocket sent me a new one (since I’m super mature and told them I would be depressed if they didn’t and that it would be all their fault). Anyway, they wanted to also share the love with one of you! One lucky reader will win an Armband of their very own.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Friday, December 4th at midnight. If you just can’t wait that long, you can go ahead and order one from the Armpocket website. You will not regret it! And if you’re shopping for any runners this year, this is legitimately the perfect gift. These things last forever, store everything you need, and come in some pretty sweet colors and patterns.

Okay, back to serenading my boys for the remainder of this ride. (I have the voice of an angel, except the opposite.) Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving + Running While Pregnant

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying the family time, because we definitely are. I mean, we clearly took our dessert making seriously today. 

 

(PS: cooking with a toddler is way less stressful when you do it in someone else’s house. Just saying. Thanks, Mom!) 

In addition to hanging out with my boy, I’ve also been doing a little thinking. I’ve primarily just been listing off the things I’m thankful for, because I’m an awful person and only do that one day out of the year. Being pregnant was obviously one of the things that popped into my head, but it also came with a “but”. While I’m grateful for this experience and for the tiny person that will make his debut soon, I’m also not the best pregnant woman one earth. In fact, I’m kind of a crappy one. There are days when I just want the whole thing to be over with, and I want that to happen as quickly as possible. The main complaint I have is that it’s just hard to feel like myself. The biggest issue this time around is the fact that running is impossible. Honestly, I liken my feeble attempts at jogging around the block to a walrus attempting a marathon. It just ain’t gonna happen. It’s also not very pretty. That being said, I am extremely thankful that a lack of fast-paced cardio is my only pregnancy issue. I’m actually crazy lucky, you know? 

While I haven’t been running around the neighborhood like I had envisioned, I have been:

  • running after a toddler (while a cliche, it really is a legitimate workout)
  • running my mouth (it’s the hormones talking, I swear)
  • running on empty (what is with me and the cliches today?)
  • running all the errands (the holidays are no joke, you guys)
  • running the world (okay, fine, I just wanted a fifth thing to list)

See? Tons of running going on around here. Take that, negativity. I win. Totally a glass half full kind of gal now. But, seriously guys, I hope y’all have a great night and that you can recognize the positives, too. :)

Your turn: What are YOU thankful for?