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Onzie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When I don’t get around to the laundry every other day, it only takes a week of working out for me to realize how many workout pants and tops I actually have, and how many of those I actually like wearing.  I have a lot of pants that are too long and thick, too many tops are aren’t breathable, and just too many articles that aren’t comfortable enough to be chosen first, second, or third when I’m reaching for gym clothes.  I needed some new options that I loved, and when I met Onzie, the stars aligned and we became instant friends.

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Onzie carries the most amazing clothes for the hot and steamy divas of the gym.  Seriously, their clothing is attractive and sexy, cute and unique.  They’re best used for activities like pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, running or hooping, or any activity where you want to look cute and not like a dripping mess.  They are perfect for hot yoga!

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Their designs and patterns are so fun!

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I knew I’d love everything I picked out from Onzie, but I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised with all three of these items.  I love them more in person than what the photos presented, and that is sometimes a rare thing.

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Here I am showing off the Onzie Hoodie in Purple, and the Capri Pant in Cheetah.

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What first made these items stand out to me was their silky feel and strong stretch being so thin and durable.  The fabric used is very breathable, so you don’t feel inhibited, hot, or unable to move.  I wore my new outfit for a workout the very next morning after the package arrived, and I was so impressed by how ‘contained’ and cute I felt!  The material is very fast-drying, so you’re quick to feel comfortable again.

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The pants have about a 4″ waistband, but they’re still low-rise and very comfortable.  The waistband isn’t biting, the length is just perfect, and the sizing is “spot” on, haha.  Now, I’m not really into purple, and in fact, this is probably the very first purple thing in my closet EVER, but for some reason, I really love this color!  It is deep enough to look mature, and it pairs so well with the cheetah!  I heart these thumb holes!!!

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This last little number (below) is the High Waist Short, and fortunately for you, it will not be seen on me in photos, but know that it fits like a dream and I CAN’T WAIT to take it to the beach!  Onzie clothing can be worn for everyday wear, but they are also designed to withstand and perform in chlorine and salt water environments.  Wouldn’t these be great for triathlon training?

black copy So at this point (above), the city bus driver yells out something like, “Give the photographer what he wants!”  ?!

And so, my friends, take my word that these are really great clothes.  I’m sold.  And you are totally in luck, because…

One winner will receive $50 to spend at Onzie!!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Feb 1st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Workouts on Demand {Review}

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Fitting in a workout a few days a week shouldn’t be so hard!  I feel like as soon as kids came into the picture, finding time for myself got 10x harder, especially if I have to coordinate with daylight or gym hours. I’ve decided that the home gym is really the only way I’ll get in consistent exercise where the rest of the household doesn’t have to be thrown off schedule.  For the last few weeks, I’ve been able to use Workouts On Demand’s online gym, and I have found my groove!
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Workouts on Demand is an online library of various workouts that you can play at any time from any device.  Searching through all the different kinds of workouts available made me SO excited to have found this!  They offer a library of over 170 gym-style exercise videos and I want to try ALL of them!  I’ve been trying a new workout every other day, and several weeks into it, I’m still finding new favorites.  What is so great about these videos is that they can be downloaded or streamed, paused and replayed.  Among the workouts I’ve tried, I haven’t come across a workout that lasted more than 38 minutes, but they also have Express Workouts, which are around 7 min.  Perfect!  Here are some of the classes I tried:
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CARDIO KICKBOXING
The first one I tried was so exactly what I want in a workout!  It almost made it hard to branch out to the other workout styles.  I think its awesome that the instructors are not 19-yr-old skinny minnies!  I feel like I’m working along side real women with real bodies.  Leigh is a great instructor with an effective workout style.  She is positive but not fake, with high energy but she’s not obnoxious.
CARDIO HIP HOP
This is a great little dance routine, slow enough at the beginning to really get the steps down, and enough back to back repetition of the routine to get your heart pumping.  I appreciated the music being low enough to hear the instructor, but I do wish it had a little more volume and a strong beat to follow, esp. for a hip hop routine.
KICK AND TONE
I love that this instructor was busty and curvy!  It made her workout also bosom-friendly and 38 min. sped by.  I did this one with the kids running around and we all jammed out.  Every toddler can kick and jump like a boss.
DANCER’S WORKOUT
I LOVED this one!  Another favorite.  It was the perfect stretch for first thing in the morning when I don’t want to get dripping, but I still want to feel like I got my heart pumping.  Jessie demonstrated beautiful sequences of dance moves, and I could tell she was trained in dance.
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A quick 30 min.  Loved it.
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This one had nice background music (most of these videos have very appropriate music selections) and it was easy to follow along.  I wish it was a little faster paced, but perhaps because this video was early in the series of pilates mat videos, time had to be spent explaining moved and technique.
CARDIO KICK #3
For some reason, this one rubbed me wrong.  It was the first video where there was one instructor and two sloggy buddies behind her, and the first video not in a home gym setting.  Maybe it was their baseball hats of different colors and logos, or perhaps the dated backdrop with fake fog and odd frame changes, but this one looked to me as if it was filmed 15 years ago.  I think this video was really an anomaly because all the other videos have really been my cup of tea.
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And there are still so many to try out!  With 170 videos, you could get a year subscription and I doubt you’d have to repeat at all, unless of course you found your favorites and wanted to stick with those.  This has been fabulous to turn on right when the kids go down.  I’m motivated, I can wear whatever non-matchy clothes I want, I don’t have to leave the house, and I can keep it as quiet as I want to keep the kids asleep upstairs.
I’m reeeeally tempted to get a year subscription.  Especially because the basic membership is $9.99/month.  This is just so terrific for my crazy mom-of-young-children lifestyle.  Check em out!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Aurorae Yoga {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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So remember how I’ve become such a yoga advocate as of late?  There’s just something about it that makes me feel sophisticated, healthy, and strong!  What DOESN’T make me feel sophisticated is the way I look when I’m carrying all my yoga equipment with a gym bag, water bottle, and a baby in each arm as I lug myself to the gym!  I must really look like a circus some days.  I knew I needed something to help me look more ‘put-together’ and this Aurorae Yoga Mat Sport Bag/Multi Purpose Crossbody Sling Backpack is just the ticket.
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This is not just a backpack!  This is the ultimate yoga bag, gym bag, carry-everything-you-need, yoga mat holding super bag!
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I liked it from the moment I first picked it up.  It is heavier than a typical canvas bag.  It is much stronger because it is made from durable, heavy-duty polyester.  It has two large individual pockets for storing anything from gym clothes to school supplies, with just the right compartments to store small things in front and your water in the mesh side pocket.
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As you can see, the selling point of these bags is how they expertly carry your yoga mat!  There are two securing elastic adjustable straps that hold the mat snug and rolled tight, regardless of its awkward shape and weight.  When I carry this around, I don’t at all feel like the mat could fall out or unravel.  Here are my favorite features: A hole for earphone buds…
IMG_5952…and a cell phone pocket!  Perfect.
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Really, you could use this for yoga, hiking, biking, travel, the gym, or even school/office.   I think the navy blue color is great, as it allows this bag to be comfortably used for all sorts of occasions and places, though the other colors are just as fun and the colors really make these more personal.  Another treat from Aurorae Yoga is their Lavender Scented 100% Soy Wax Pledge Candle, which is also today’s giveaway prize!
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This candle smells like a field of wildflowers!  Even my husband (the scent snob) walked into the room and said something to the effect of, “What is the glorious smell?”  It is non-toxic and smokeless, and has a burn time of 30-35 hours!  I also think the recyclable tin is pretty cute and I’ve got some projects in mind for as soon as my candle is gone, which won’t be very soon, based on how many hours this guy can burn.  It is meant to promote a peaceful, relaxing state of meditation, creating harmony between your mind and body.
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Aurorae sells the best reviewed yoga mats, yoga apparel, and yoga and meditation accessories online. You can browse their yoga mats, yoga bags, yoga apparel and other yoga accessories here.

Today’s giveaway prize: the Lavender Scented 100% Soy Wax Pledge Candle!

Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

*This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 24th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Affirmats Yoga Mats {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Ahh, the power of yoga!  The first time I tried it, I thought it was kind of ridiculous!  I was a string-bean high school teenager, already quite flexible and on the cross-country team, so taking time out of my “busy” adolescent schedule to breathe deeply while holding a pose for over a minute seemed like a waste of my time and abilities.  Now I am singing quite a different tune!  I am NOT the stringy girl bursting with energy and attitude I once was.  I am a tired, not-so-flexible, energy-strained mom who longs for a little soul-searching moment of silence every once in a while!  Yoga is a saving grace!

Untitled-1At these times when I feel worn down by the weight of motherhood, and a little yoga is in order, a little positive message goes such a long way, and what a cute way to be told–on your yoga mat!  A little note of affirmation right at your feet!  Look at these charming mats from Affirmats!

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These charming mats are made from dark earth eco-pvc blended with biodegradable jute fiber.  This creates a terrific non-slip surface and a cozy comfy texture.  These measure 68″ x 24″–standard adult size, but a little wider than some mats I’ve used in the past.  Love that.  I don’t enjoy feeling like I’m balancing on a place mat.

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I love my mat!  The neutral, earthy color looks great with the bright pink!

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Look at these grippies!  This guy is completely non-slip, and surprisingly just as comfortable as thicker mats I’ve used in the past.

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Affirmats also makes towels with these positive messages.  How friendly and how nice to see right when you need a pick-me-up!

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I really like that these mats are eco-friendly and made from biodegradable jute.  There is just something fulfilling about feelings at one with Mother Earth while you’re standing on something made from the earth.

One lucky duck will win their own Affirmat!  (Sold for $64.00)

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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