My Road to Finding Mind-Body Balance

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*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Nature Made as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. 

So for all of you loyal followers that have been watching my InstaStory/Snapchat recently, you may have noticed that I recently started a 7-day cleanse. It’s been tough, but I’m really determined to rid my body of toxins and get my health on track. That said, I want to make sure that when I’m done with the cleanse that I’m still arming my body with the right tools to keep my health in check.

Luckily for me, Nature Made® – the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories* approached me to team up with them to highlight my experience with their products. I was obviously on board, as I’m really trying to figure out just what products work to help me achieve that mind-body balance I’m looking for.

I was excited to head to Walmart to pick up the Nature Made® Probiotics and get started (Ps. they can be found at Walmart SuperCenters)! A good friend of mine has been swearing by probiotics for years and I never jumped on the bandwagon in the past, but now felt like a good time to see what all the hype was about.

Once I was in store, it was easy to hunt down exactly what I was looking for. I found the vitamin section and grabbed exactly what I needed to get started. Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.†”

I’m excited to continue taking the necessary steps to enriching my health and can’t wait to see how the Nature Made® Probiotics help me achieve this. Visit https://www.healthyhabitbuilder.com and join the Nature Made® Healthy Habit Builder program where you can get motivation and tips around your specific health goals. And/or head to the Nature Made® Retailer Hub for the opportunity to win one of 60 Walmart gift cards worth $50 each. (No Purchase Necessary).

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Row House Chelsea Turns 1!

Ok – real talk. My body aches like a 90-year old woman. I know this isn’t that common for a healthy 25-year-old, but what can I say? I have a bad hip! No, seriously – I really do. Weird right?

I also get aches and pains in my ankles/feet, so as you could imagine, working out isn’t always the most pleasant experience for me. That’s why I get so excited to find a workout class that is the perfect mixture of intense, fun AND low-impact. Enter, Row House.

I found this gem back in the day when I was a Classpass member and have been in love ever since. The 45-minute workout is a unique rowing experience that is a full-body, low impact group fitness experience for people of all fitness levels.

This week, the Chelsea studio (the one I go to) is celebrating their 1 year anniversary! To commemorate, there will be fun, themed rows happening all week! See below for deets.

Monday – 7:30PM Broadway Row with Caley
Tuesday – 5:30PM Classic Rock Row with Scott
Wednesday – 7:30PM Beyonce and Rihanna Power Hour with Kelsey AND Max
Friday – 7:30PM Boy Band Row with Melissa
Sunday – 1:00PM Stroke Matters 10K Relay (grab a team of 4, and go compete!)

Not going to lie, the Beyonce and Rihanna ride has got me a bit excited…. Who’s going to see me there?

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NYFW Recap: Hot to Adopt

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As I’m sure you can imagine, New York Fashion Week can be a bit crazy. That said, through all of the madness, I was excited to do a little good, too. I stopped by the ‘Hot 2 Adopt’ show presented by Fresh Step to help raise awareness for all the (cute) little kitties that are up for adoption and in need of a home.

 

I was surprised to learn that millions of cats enter shelters each year, yet less than half get adopted, which is why Fresh Step is on a mission to help every shelter cat find a forever home. Plus, the brand is committed to breaking the “cat lady” stigma, which I think is pretty cool because let’s be honest, we’ve all thought it!

 

That said, it was amazing to see such a HUGE turnout at this event. I saw so many blogger friends and fashionistas and was proud to be among them since it’s such an important cause to support. The fashion show was aimed at eliminating barriers to cat adoption including cat bias, celebrating the love of cats, and ultimately helping every shelter cat find a loving home.

 

While at the show, Hot to Adopt models debuted a limited edition Hot to Adopt T-shirt, which I was also sporting! A portion ($7.50) of the purchase price of Fresh Step’s specially designed T-shirt will benefit shelter cats across the country.

 

Loving what I’m saying? Well, you can get involved, too! Fresh Step is calling all feline fashionistas (and gents) to step out wearing their love of cats in celebration of “Feline Fashion Fridays”. Cat owners can show their love of cats by following @FreshStep on Instagram and posting a picture of themselves with their cat in feline fashion finery using #freshstepcontest each Friday through October for a chance to win free Fresh Step litter, a $250 VISA Gift Card and the limited edition #hot2adopt T-shirt. [Official rules can be found here.]

 

You can also SHARE Fresh Step’s Hot to Adopt video (found here) to support its mission to eliminate cat bias and help every shelter cat find a forever home. Fresh Step will donate more than a million scoops of litter to shelters this year.

Adopting a cat is always on trend! #hot2adopt

 

Fresh Step® Litter is a sponsor, all opinions are my own.

The Olympics May Be Over, But You Can Still Train Like Your Favorite Athletes

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI have to admit, watching this years games made me want to hit the gym a bit harder. Did you see Simone Biles abs? Those things don’t just happen overnight! Even Zac Efron noticed them and if having abs gets his attention, sign me up!

Now for the fun part – acting the part! If you want to kill it in the gym, you’ll need a few items to make your workout next level. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite products below that will help you ‘go for gold.’

JUST® water: 16.9 ounce bottle
If you follow me, you already know I’m obsessed with boxed water! JUST® water is 100% spring water in a paper-based bottle responsibly sourced, produced and packaged for improved environmental and community impact, in partnership with hometown USA.

2XU Mid-Rise 7/8 Compression Tights
I’m obsessed with my 2XU Mid-Rise 7/8 Compression Tights! They have a power comfort wide waistband for a sleek and streamlined fit. The 2XU Compression 7/8 Tights are a versatile piece for any activity or post exercise recovery. I wear mine too the gym and love how they help reduce my muscle soreness after a tough workout. Use code 2XU20 for 20% off your purchase! 

Vitamin Shoppe®: TRUE ATHLETE® ZMA with Theanine, Energized Training Formula – Fruit Punch, Natural Whey Protein Packets
A workout isn’t complete without natural whey protein. TRUE ATHLETE, by the Vitamin Shoppe, the next generation of sports nutrition supplements was created for fitness enthusiasts and is free of banned substances, and formulated with care by the Vitamin Shoppe. It contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners!

Casio Baby-G BA-110TR-7A
Remember Baby-G from back in the day? This classic fav (like the Spice Girls) is still amazing. Support the USA with the patriotic BA-110TR-7A watch from Baby-G. This color blocked red, white and blue timepiece is the perfect accessory for adding a spirited statement to any fashion look. The watch is available at select Macy’s for $130.

Purpletale: 5 Steps to Lovely Skin
After any workout you need an effective and concenient skincare solution. Turn to Purpletale’s 5 Steps to Lovely Skin – a complete facial solution that will leave your skin feeling deeply nourished and looking absolutely lovely. This portable five-step facial treatment kit comes with (1) foam cleanser, (2) ampoule, (3) bio-cellulous sheet mask, (4) facial cream, and (5) neck cream in one neat packet so that you can enjoy facials whenever and wherever you want!

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*Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Single Edition Media  

 

Summer Sip: Matcha

Every now and then there is a food trend that takes the Insta-world and internet by storm. From Black Tap NYC’s milkshakes to 10Below’s ice cream rolls, there’s always something new that keeps our stomachs growling and Insta feeds begging for more. That said, there’s a new, healthier trend (TG) taking the world by storm – Matcha.

So, why Matcha? According to MatchaSource.com, it has amazing health benefits. For starters, it’s packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg, boosts your metabolism, burns calories, detoxifies naturally and the list goes on. I rounded up some of my favorite places to sip on this bitter beverage below. Enjoy!

Cha Cha Matcha

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MatchaBar 

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Chalait

Chalait

Blank Slate NYC

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