I have recently gotten really into spin class. I hated my first one with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. I was so bored and the inhumanely hard seat made me count the minutes until it was over. But for some reason I kept forcing myself to go. Learning that there was a family history of heart disease pushed me to give cardio a real chance and after about seven classes of misery, I started to really like it. And now? It’s a very healthy addiction. While the playlists and instructors change, one thing that doesn’t is the archetypes that seem to always be in every class. Below are the five types of people that seem to have perfect attendance.
I must admit, when the Apple Watch was first announced I was sitting there thinking, “Another Apple product?” I didn’t even consider buying one. I liked my super-trendy-at-the-time Michael Kors watches. Watches are jewelry. That was technology. No thank you.
But then I got really involved in Pure Barre and everyone had one. Everyone. Finally, after saving all of my Visa points and all of my Amex points, a few $5 gift cards here and there, and a Black Friday sale, I bought myself one. Friends – I’m hooked. I love this thing. I can’t believe I took so long to get one. I am never going to go without one ever again. And it isn’t just a love affair based on nothing. If you are on the fence, here are a few reasons why it is wonderful. Continue reading “Why I Love My Apple Watch”
My journey with Pure Barre started just over two years ago. My best childhood friend had been going to Pure Barre back home in California for about six months and had been trying to get me to try it. I had been curious, but, fearing the unknown, I had been hesitant. I finally mustered up the courage on the last day of December 2015. I arrived 25 minutes early for class, so anxious and excited. I was immediately put at ease when the teacher peaked her head out of the course she was teaching, and, with the biggest smile on her face said, “Are you new? Welcome!” She showed me the forms to fill out, and jumped back in to class to keep going. I was touched that she would make sure I was taken care of, even while she was busy teaching! I was already encouraged and class hadn’t even started! The second class began, though, I could tell: this was something special. The upbeat rhythm of the music, the clear set up of where to go and what to do, and the routine of the way we worked our muscles made me feel so in control. I was not only challenged physically, but I also loved how civilized it all was! I was so disappointed when it was over! I ran up to the teacher after class and asked, “can I take class again tomorrow? Do you need a rest day with barre or can I come every day?” Needless to say, I was HOOKED. Continue reading “Pure Love for Pure Barre”
Have you noticed that about once a quarter your Facebook and Instagram feeds are bombarded with ads featuring veterans from the show The Bachelor raving about how much they love their Fab Fit Fun box? You can’t get away! For months and months I resisted. While I appreciate the industriousness of their partnership, since they were all doing it, I couldn’t really take them seriously. I had no clue if it was a great deal or a waste of money. I searched for a review a few times, but couldn’t find what I was looking for. Naturally, I took this as a challenge, so I went ahead and ordered a box to see for myself if it was worth the hype.
I will never forget the first time I realized I needed an eye cream. It wasn’t actually my noticing something about myself, so much as Cosmopolitan magazine noticing it for me. I was standing in line at the grocery store and I read a headline: “best eye creams for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.” An eye cream? An EYE CREAM? I was 20, and therefore found myself suddenly horrified. I was old. Continue reading “No. 7 – The Number One Skin Care Line in my Book”
I have never been a fitness clothing snob. I will buy any brand, provided that the items I’m purchasing accomplish three things: I like the feel of the fabric, I can accomplish my workout, and the price works with my budget. While Beyond Yoga is my go-to for the first two, it isn’t always in the budget. When Target announced that they were upping their clothing game and getting in some new designers, I was thrilled. Target’s workout gear has always been affordable, so I was optimistic for the new line Joy Lab.
I feel like I can’t go on Instagram of Facebook without the attempted seduction of a food delivery service. It seems that everyone I used to watch on The Bachelor is a Hello Fresh or Blue Apron ambassador. I am constantly shown photos of delicious meals that are “so easy” and “so delicious” and that it will “finally be simple for me to eat healthy all the time!” Because I do love to cook, and the grocery shopping is one of my favorite parts, I had never considered any of these a real option for me. Recently, however, a few family members have transitioned to a plant-based diet for health reasons. Since we know Instagram has the microphone on on our phones all the time, I was not surprised when a vegan-friendly food service popped up on my feed: Hungry Root. Continue reading “A Review of Hungry Root”