Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Friday Favorites this week!

SO....I found out I won a Sunset 45 Box from Maria at The Style Letters blog.....yay! Winner, winner chicken dinner.
Photo credit-The Style Letters Blog
I'm so excited for this box to come.....accessories, skin products AND nail polish. WAHOO! Sunset 45 is a monthly subscription service. This just isn't any box. It blends fashion, make up/skin trends AND accessories all in a little box. Everything is so hip and fashion forward!

Here's the lowdown on Sunset 45, "Every month's box follows a new runway trend and comes filled to the brim with outfit-making accessories and beauty products. The Little Luxuries Box is a great way to expand on your closet's repertoire without breaking the bank. And it's also a fun way for women to challenge and refine their personal style each month!" Their price point of $30 seems more than reasonable for everything that comes in this box. So excited for my box to come! Thank you Maria.

Blogs to check out:
Glam Karen-My friend the fab Glam Karen is talking suncare for your hair in her latest post. Good info!
Poise in Parma-Is giving away tickets to a wonderful Cleveland event to benefit the National MS Society's Buckeye Chapter.
A Lovely Little Blog-My friend and fellow blogger Lyndsey writes an awesome blog that you need to go read NOW! She also owns her own boutique B.Lovely. I'll be featuring her in a post in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, July 14, 2014

New fitness app-GPS Sports Tracker

So a while ago I let you guys in a new concept in fitness monitoring through Sportslyzer. Now the Sportslyzer team has come up with a Mobile App-GPS Sports Tracker so you can  track our fitness during your workout. I have done some fiddling with the app and let me tell you it ROCKS! And its FREE! Check out all the features below.

We have packed the GPS Sports Tracker app for Android with neat ways of getting feedback from your workouts. So if you are not using the app yet, it's about time you started.
Here's what we have to offer for Android fans:
  • improved interface with smoother and more accurate GPS tracking;
  • get plans from your coach + create your own plans + track workout from a plan;
  • weekly or daily overview of done workouts (heart rate zones, split times, speed, etc.);
  • weekly overview of health data;
  • Bluetooth heart rate belt support (see more);
  • calendar for tracking competitions and events;
  • test results database to track your progress over time;
  • friends' leaderboard on your dashboard;
  • improved voice feedback.
All of this is seamlessly synced with the web. So it doesn't matter whether you use Sportlyzer on a phone or on a laptop/desktop computer - all of your data is accessible on all of your devices.
Get the Android app
Have an iPhone? Download the iOS app from here.
The Sportlyzer Team

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday favorite things I've seen

For today's post this is more of a wish list of the budget has been super tight.

I've seen Tieks everywhere!
Tieks are made of full grain leather, have a non-elasticized cushioned back and have non-skid rubber soles and a cushioned instep. Everyone that has these says they are simply amazing! They come in a wide variety of colors. Oprah swears by know a product is good when it gets Oprah's seal of approval. Be sure to check out their Facebook page. For the past several months they have had contests to win a pair. Crossing my fingers this is my month! Another cool thing about this company is they give back. They help women through Kiva Foundation. These are definitely on my wish list! I'm trying to get my wardrobe a bit sassier and think the red would be cool!

Apricot Lane has opened up a store in downtown Chagrin Falls.  This is a picture of one of their super cute outfits from Facebook:

I've got some cool Stella & Dot to go with this adorable outfit!! Here's the skinny on the franchise from Cleveland.com

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom-7/9/14

Health benefits of swimming for moms and kids

The past 6 months I have had a major life change that has basically shut down my running training. It sucks but everything happens for a reason. I am beyond blessed as this has given me the opportunity to look at other options to exercise and stay in shape. 

Luckily the kids and I live in a place where we have a pool just outside our apartment within walking distance. We have been doing a TON of swimming lately. Yes swimming doesn't do the same thing for your body as running does, however it still carries a number of health benefits.

Women's Health Magazine featured an awesome article on this. Here is an excerpt, "A pool might not be the first place you think of going when you're looking to shape up and slim down—but perhaps it should be. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.

Look no further than superstar Natalie Coughlin to observe how water can whittle a sexy, sculpted silhouette. And you don't have to be an Olympic gold medalist to get the perfect body. When researchers at Indiana University compared recreational fitness swimmers with non-swimmers, they found that swimmers of all ages had more lean muscle and trimmer waists and hips.

And while swimming may not offer the lace-up-your-shoes-and-go convenience of running, all you need are three key items—swimsuit, cap, and goggles—and you're set to hit the water. So go ahead: Make a splash with one of the best workouts for women!

Why Water Works
The body-shaping benefits of swimming workouts are the result of a perfect storm of calorie burn and muscle recruitment. An easy swim burns around 500 calories an hour, while a vigorous effort can torch almost 700. And because water is nearly 800 times denser than air, each kick, push, and pull is like a mini resistance workout for your entire body—especially your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and glutes. So in addition to blasting calories as you swim, you build lean muscle, which ignites your metabolism so that you burn more calories once you've showered and dried off.

The irony is that while swimming makes you lean and mean, it's also kind to your body. Water basically neutralizes gravity, so you become virtually weightless when immersed, giving your joints a much-needed vacation. "You can swim almost every day without risking injury," says Joel Stager, Ph.D., director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University at Bloomington, who has studied the effects of swimming for years. "You can't say the same for running or strength training."

And that makes swimming something you can do for your entire life—a major bonus because it can literally help you stay younger: "Our research shows that habitual swimmers are biologically up to 20 years younger than their actual age," Stager says. The data, which were presented at an American College of Sports Medicine Conference, revealed that a swimmer's blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system, and cognitive functioning are all comparable to someone far younger."

Now for the kids, swimming almost every day has helped my oldest son learn different swim strokes. He's had a few swim lessons but we have been fortunate that people at the pool have been helping refine his technique. For my younger two it has helped them get more confident in the water as well as get out some much needed energy.

So get out there and swim and take your kiddos with you. Have fun friends!