Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Favorite New Workout Apparel


Need new workout gear that is not only comfortable and cute, but also inspirational? 

I would love to introduce you to Shine Athletica and they have just that!


Owner and creator Heather Warner describes how she came up with the idea behind the workout apparel:

"On a sunny day in the great state of Texas about 4 years ago, while working on my final grad school project, I decided that I needed to take a break. Typically, my break consisted of watching a little TV, going to Starbucks, or just taking a walk, but this day was different. I laced up my tennis shoes, put on a tank and shorts, and began to run. I felt invigorated, energized, and pretty sore afterwards, but I knew that I had a new passion-fitness. Ever since that day, I have enjoyed trying all types of different workout and fitness routines, and feel great about who I am! Working out gives me confidence, a challenge, and a new outlook each day.

I started Shine Athleica with three core goals in mind:


1-To provide women with inspirational fitness apparel that promotes confidence inside and out


2- To inspire women to have the courage to work out in any enviromnent and express themselves


3- To promote consistancy in women's workout routines by providing high-quality fitness apparel at an affordable price



I want women everywhere to find their "thing" like I did, and love who they are when excersizing! No matter wha that "thing" is, enjoy it, embrace it, and Shine On!"


I had the chance to try out the "Fierce" Tri-Blend Racerback Tank and the "Pusher" Rib Racerback Tank from the line. The line also includes words such as "Peace," "Love," & "Runner," too!


The "Fierce" tri-blend tank was probably my favorite of the two tanks because its super soft... well BOTH of them are super soft, but I LOVE the way this one is cut. But wait.. I loved the "Pusher" tank, too... Good thing I got both :)


I also tried out a pair of the Bootcut "Pusher" Yoga Pants from the line! They were super comfortable and form-fitting. I was able to squat, run, and jump in them without them rolling up, giving me a wedgie, or annoying me. This was a PLUS. I love the fabric-it is high quality and very dynamic. I also did not sweat in these! The fabric was breathable! Hooray!

These are DEFINITELY my favorite new yoga pants. Bye, bye Victoria's Secret.


Like what you see? 

Be sure to visit Shine Athletica's:


Disclaimer: I was given workout apparel to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.




Natural DIY Dry Shampoo (for dark hair)


Since going "no-poo," I have had lots of people ask me what am I planning on doing if my hair gets too oily. I have created a homemade DIY dry shampoo that is perfect for dark hair and won't harm it whatsoever!

Natural DIY Dry Shampoo (for dark hair)

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp cornstach (you may also use Arrowroot powder)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (YES you read that correctly. OMIT if you have light or blonde hair)
  • 6 drops of essential oil
  • Empty salt shaker
Directions
  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl thoroughly and place in an empty salt shaker.
  2. When your hair needs a pick-me-up, shake a little on the roots.
  3. You may also use a makeup brush to help get the powder into the scalp.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One Simple Trick to Drinking More H20!


If you are like me, you don't  drink enough water. I cannot seem to get enough throughout the day! Even worse, sometimes I do not even remember due to chasing around an 8 month old, working from home, and housework. I tend to forget about, well, myself.

We all know that water is good for you, blah, blah, blah-over and done! We also know the benefits of getting just the right amount of water intake daily.

However, do we know the risks of not drinking enough H20?

Some side effects often include:
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Kidney stones
  • Dry skin
  • Water retention
  • Constipation
  • Joint & muscle pains
  • and so forth.
Yikes.

Here is a great tip that I have learned to ensure that I am drinking enough water throughout my day-no matter how busy life gets: Make a water schedule.

You might think, "Ha, I don't need to do that!"  Well, you would be surprised at how sidetracked that you get during the day. This, for me, is the ultimate way of keeping me on track. It never fails... unless I forget my water bottle (oh shit!). Rule #1: Don't forget your water bottle. Ok? :)

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My Favorite Mascara!


If you ladies haven't jumped on the Younique train yet, I seriously encourage you too! Never have I ever had a mascara make my lashes look so fake-THAT'S A GOOD THING! 

I actually look like I have lashes-finally! I have never had a mascara make my lashes look so long before. I also HATE wearing falsies-so thank goodness for these.

I have raved about this stuff before, but here are a few reasons why this mascara rocks:

Upon opening my Younique package in the mail, I thought I was getting a pair of sunglasses at first! The case that it came in was pretty fancy and heavy duty. I opened the case and there they were: a transplanting gel and a natural lash fiber applicator.


I followed the directions to the macara which involved:
1) Apply a coat of your regular mascara.
2) Apply the transplanting gel.
3) Before the gel dries, immediately apply the natural fibers.
4) Lastly, apply one more coat of the gel.
5) Voila!

The transplanting gel is used to hold the natural fibers in place. Think of it as using falsies, in a way. But instead of applying or glueing a fake layer of lashes over your real ones, Younique involves actually attached the natural fibers to each individual lash-creating a 3D look-making your lashes appear thicker, longer, and fuller-naturally.

My results:

I ACTUALLY HAD LASHES FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!


I was super impressed with this mascara and wore it out on a date with my husband-he loved them too. Washing it off was super easy as well. This product reminds me of Too Face's Better Than Sex Mascara-but better.


To get your own Younique mascara, please contact:
Megan McClintock
Phone: 806-223-7320

Or come visit our virtual party for more details!




The Everyday Wake-up Workout


Tone up before your first morning coffee. Exercise everyday with this quick workout for a boost of energy and confidence. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Free Yoga Classes, Anyone??

Tired of paying countless dollars on yoga classes and then having to make time to have someone watch the kids so you can drive to attend them?

Well, guess what? You don't really have to do that crap anymore. Don't get me wrong-I love the vibe of going to an actual class and did it while I was pregnant. But now, since little man has arrived, I barely make it out of my house to go anywhere!



Instead, I use Yoga Download and stream my own yoga classes by paying a pretty cheap monthly membership. Some are as little as $10 a month-which is exactly what ONE class costs me where I am from. 

With this site, you can browse different classes or styles of yoga. There are also meditation classes (ughhh loveeee these) and even yoga playlists for music to accompany your workout!

There's an app that goes with it so you can do your yoga no matter where you go (vacation, etc) or you can stream it from your computer. When I am home, I will personally hook my laptop up to my big screen tv and stream the classes onto my tv-from my computer using an HDMI cable. Sweet, right?


With some of the poses, I will even let my son join in the fun!



Ok now to the good stuff!

I am so excited to team up with Yoga Download to giveaway a free SIX MONTH memership! To enter for a chance to win, use the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!


Namaste :)

Sia

The ONLY Chips That I Eat!


Someone asked me recently if I ate chips. I used to love snacking on Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos. OMG I loved them so much! But, they were TERRIBLE for me and my health! 

So I found a new chip-one that is actually good for you and supports healthy muscle growth-they are called ips All Natural and they are made of egg white proteins. Yup, you heard me-I said EGG WHITE PROTEIN :)



Want to know how this crazy cool idea got started? Founder & creator Sean Olson puts it into his own words:

"The idea for ips first hatched when I was making breakfast for my kids. I’m always looking for healthier foods to feed them and they loved the crispy edges of the eggs I cooked. So I decided to turn that protein crunch into a treat the world could enjoy."

ips comes in four yummy flavors that I had the chance to try:

Aged white cheddar
Aged White Cheddar

Barbeque
Barbeque
Cinnamon Sugar
Cinnamon Sugar
Sea Salt & Vinegar
Sea Salt & Black Pepper


My favorite? The Cinnamon Sugar :)
My husband's favorite? The BBQ!


Before trying this chip, I wasn't a "chip eater.. Mostly because chips are so terrible for you. However, these, are filled with protein and hardly any sugar-plus, the calories are just right for this sized bag of chips. And did I mention-each one ounce serving contains 6 GRAMS of PROTEIN!? That equals an entire egg!

I know what you are thinking.... WHY EGG WHITE?

Egg whites are rich in the highest quality proteins you can eat and unlike the yolk, contain no cholesterol and almost no fat. We love egg white protein because it is one of the only perfect protein sources, meaning it contains all nine of life’s essential amino acids. They’re called essential because they can’t be made by the human body; they must be obtained through the diet. Even more impressive, egg white protein is 100% bioavailable, meaning that your body can use all of its protein-rich goodness.


What Makes ips Better:
  • Egg white protein - one of the highest quality proteins available
  • 6g of protein (as much protein as an egg!)
  • 50% less fat than leading fried potato chips (1)
  • Fewer carbs than leading baked potato chips (2)
  • Naturally gluten free
  • Non-GMO corn
  • 0g trans fat
  • All natural with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
For more info, check out their FAQ page!

This is the ONLY chip that I will eat. It is light, fluffy, crispy, and just GOOD. But the best part about it is knowing how GOOD they are for you and that I can eat my bag of ips All Natural Chips after a workout, without freaking out. 

Are you excited to try them?? You can buy them here!

To learn more about ips or to view their product line, visit their:


Disclaimer: I was given ips All Natural Protein Chips to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.

15 Minute Babywearing Workout



Becoming a mommy has derailed my original gym routine.

Even after creating my own home gym, there are still times where I am unable to use it. I am only allowed to workout on my son's time now because, let's face it, babies don't always nap when you want them to! 

Instead of using it as an excuse and saying "Whatever, oh well, can't workout now," I have decided to incorporate my son into my workouts (when he is awake anyways).

We especially love to go on jogs in the jogging stroller or go on walks with the baby carrier. However, my favorite workout is a full body toner done inside the comfort of my own home!

For mommies who can't seem to find the time to sneak a little workout in, here is a great way to kill two birds with one stone: you get your fitness on while you bond with baby! It is tons of fun and brings to meaning to a challenging workout!


15 Minute Babywearing Workout

Warm Up: 5 Minute Walk

30 Plie Squats


25 Walking Lunges


20 Tripce Dips


20 Bicep Curls with 10 lb. Dumbbell (each arm)


Cool Down: 5 Minute Walk


Safety tips:
  • Wear your baby tightly and correctly.
  • Use a sturdy carrier. I love my Boba, as seen here, but Ergo & Tula are great, too.
  • Support the head, if needed.
  • Make sure baby's face is visible at all times and not buried into the carrier.
  • Wear baby high enough.
  • Go slowly.


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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Oatmeal


One of my favorite fall recipes for cool, fall mornings!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 packet stevia
Directions
  1. Heat coconut milk & pumpkin puree in a skillet on medium for 3 minutes.
  2. Add in whole wheat oats, pumpkin pie spice, and stevia, stirring well.
  3. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes on the stove top.
  4. Top with coconut flakes or pecans!

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