Workout Favorites Gift Guide

Finding the perfect #ChristmasGift for someone who loves to #workout or wants to get #healthy in the new year!

Whether you are shopping for a friend, a sister, or yourself I am a firm believer that no one can have too much good workout gear! With all the great food that comes with the holidays there is always that guilt that comes along with it. Then BAM it is January and everyone is starting New Years resolutions to get healthy. I am sharing my current long time favorite workout items that also make great gifts for the health obsessed person in your life. A few of these may also be on my wish list, hint hint hubby 😉

1 // A smart scale- I am dying for one of these! I use my regular scale almost daily, especially when I first started trying to lose weight. The smart scale makes it so easy to track progress on your phone or apple watch.

2 // Apple Watch– I have already shared my love for the apple watch in this prior gift guide. I always thought I would hate the apple watch but I honestly now HATE not having it on. I track everything from my workouts, to messages to my sleeping habits and more on my watch.

3 // Workout/Yoga Bag– I am obsessed with my LuluLemon yoga mat. It was an investment but I go to yoga at least once a week and use my mat for other workouts so I have definitely got my moneys worth. I would love a great workout bag for my mat and this is a must for any yoga obsessed person.

4 // Dr. De Headphones– These are another item on my Christmas list. I personally love the rose gold version. I have been running a ton lately and I have heard these are great and actually stay on when you run.

5 // Fun workout Tees– Who doesn’t love a great “sayings” tee? I have no shortage of mom themed tees but I think workout ones are great too. You can find some really cute ones on Thread Tank or on Etsy!

6 // Nike Running Pants– I live in yoga/work out pants 95% of the time and any that are high waisted are the best! I recommend the Nike, Zella or even this pair from amazon are all amazing.

7 // Pretty new water bottle– I keep a huge water bottle near me all the time. I personally aim to drink about half my body weight in ounces of water a day. I find it way easier to fill a water bottle up rather than grabbing new bottles of water each time.

8 // Classic Black Nikes– I own these and love them. They go with everything and have stood the test of time and a lot of running miles both on the road and on my treadmill.

9 // Booty Bands– Booty bands are my FAVORITE workout item. I use mine multiple times a week for everything from squats to different cardio moves. There are an abundance of pinterest and Youtube videos that show all of the best moves for your bands. The best part if they usually come with an easy band, medium and hard so you can really make your workout your own depending on how you are feeling.

10 // Vitamix (Splurge) or This (Save) Blender– I use my blender daily! I honestly don’t think you need a very expensive one to do the trick. I love making acai bowls, morning protein smoothies or even a smoothie meal replacement in mine.

11 // Splurge APL Sneakers– These have been on my wish list for forever! I love the style and that they are “tongueless” sneakers. They are a bit more than I would typically spend on a sneaker so I would probably treat them like my third child and never wear them outside!

12 // Wireless earbuds– I have yet to find a pair of wireless ear buds that I like but these look great! I love the color of them and that the Bluetooth portion of the wire is smaller. These Beats By Dr. Dre look really great too!

13 // New Sport Bras– Who doesn’t love new workout gear to get them in the mood for a good workout? I love wearing a pretty sports bra to yoga class under a class tank. I think if you feel good and look cute than you can’t go wrong!

Printing Your Holiday Memories with Kodak Moments

Why you should always print your memories with your family!

This post is sponsored by Kodak Moments and SheKnows Media

I am so excited to share some images from a recent fall photo-shoot we had with a local photographer! I could not love these photos more and I am so excited to share them. My favorite way to share images
is by printing them out and giving them to my friends and family, because it feels more personal than
just sending them in an email.

Taking holiday photos is one of my favorite traditions. We started doing it once we had kids and we
haven’t stopped since! We typically take holiday photos in late Fall because the weather is ideal
and not too cold for our little ones. I love and cherish the photos that we have taken throughout the
years more than anything! We use our images to create unique, personalized holiday cards that we mail
out to friends and family.

Why we Choose to Print our Memories

Printing our Family Moments

Kodak Picture Kiosks made printing out our holiday cards this year a breeze! We simply headed to our
local Kinney Drugs store and we were able to completely customize and print our holiday cards. The
prices can’t be beat and there are so many options to choose from.
Bonus! From now until 11/17, Kinney Drugs stores are offering 25% off at the Kodak Picture Kiosk.
Head to this link to find a Kinney Drugs near you: https://www.kinneydrugs.com/locations/
Do you get holiday photos done before or after Thanksgiving? Share with me below in the comments!

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4 Tips for Soon-To-Be-Parents

They say that you can’t prepare for becoming a parent, but is that really true? It can’t be. While you can’t prepare fully for the madness and joy that comes with parenthood, that doesn’t mean that you should just sit back and do nothing. There are absolutely ways you can prepare for parenthood, which will make the process all the more smooth when it eventually happens. Below, we take a look at some useful ways to prepare, which will take your “absolutely clueless” to “slightly less clueless.”

 

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Ease Out Of Old Lifestyle

You’re going to have a long list of responsibilities when you become a parent, and that means there will be an even longer list of things that you can’t do. If you’ve been making a habit of staying out late or otherwise being social, then you might want to slowly ease out of that routine. If you only go cold turkey – when it comes to socializing – when the pregnancy becomes “real”, then you might find the process pretty difficult. Enjoy the process of being at home, of settling into motherhood or fatherhood before the baby has arrived.

Read Up On What to Expect

How difficult parenting would be – actually, how difficult everything would be – if there weren’t useful advice from people who have already done it available to read. While your circumstances will be unique, you can get some general advice on how to manage your forthcoming bundle of joy by reading some parenting tips for newborns. They’ll be an invaluable source of guidance and know-how knowledge when it comes to making sure your child has everything they need. No-one has all the answers, but between all of us, we’re getting pretty close.

Monitor Your Temperament

The number one fear among soon to be parents is that they’re going to be a bad mother or father. If it’s a concern, then it’s highly likely it’s going to come to pass. Still, there’s always room for improvement, in all aspects of our lives. Take a look at yourself; what are your flaws? No matter what they are, there will be a way to improve them. If you’re not a patient person now, you might not automatically become a patient person when your child arrives. Read up on how to improve yourself. It might just be your saving grace when the baby arrives.

Talk To Your Parents

It’s your first child. You’re going to be nervous, and have a sense that you’re going to get everything wrong. But don’t worry, because everyone feels that way. To drive the point home, just talk to your parents about their experiences as first-time parents. They’ll fill you in all of the horror stories and uncertainty that was part and parcel of raising you and any siblings you have. And if you turned out just fine, then that’ll show you that there’s nothing to worry about.

 

Apart from the tips above, take the time to enjoy the experience. You only become a mother or father for the first time once!