What's In My April Yogi Surprise Box

May 31, 2017

April's Yogi Surprise box theme was Finding Peace In Nature. Talk about perfect for this yogi who loves to be outside! (If you missed March's Yogi Surprise post, check it out here!)

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To help welcome spring, everything included in the April box is meant to refresh our skin after a cold and drying winter, wake up tired muscles in a way that re-energizes our entire body, and nourish our soul with healthy antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Girl, yas.

ToeSox


If you follow me on Instagram, you know I LOVE ToeSox for my yoga practice. I already have several pairs so I was really excited to see a pair in April's box. If you haven't tried them, I highly recommend! Not only are they cute but they're also really helpful for not slipping off your mat (I have this issue in downward dog a lot). My favorite style is the low-rise half toe - but there are so many different styles to choose from.

Not a yogi? They're also perfect for dance, barre, cycling, pilates, and many more activities!

Arete Complete Hand Towel


Sometimes during downward dog, I have trouble keeping my hands from slipping up my mat. (Do they make Hand Sox? Ha!) It can get pretty annoying for me so I was really excited to get this hand towel from Arete in this month's box. It is really absorbent and keeps my hands in place, it's light to pack, and machine washable. I feel like it'd also be really handy to have for hiking trips or biking adventures, too!


From Molly With Love White Sage Spray


I've never tried smudging, but this is a similar concept except in spray form. Sage is known for its psychic cleansing properties so this spray can turn any space into a sacred haven. This particular spray is charged with the power of quartz crystal-infused water and pink Himalayan sea salt. It smells amazing and adds an extra cleansing element to my weekend chores. (Would it be weird if I brought it to work? Ha!) There are also several other sprays, too, including a pillow spray.


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Earth Science Naturals Facial Moisturizer


If you remember my (few) beauty posts, I have sensitive skin so I'm very hesitant about trying new products. This facial moisturizer included. (I originally thought it was body lotion, ha!) I tried it over the weekend and didn't hate it. It is slightly scented which threw me off and it takes a bit to rub in but it definitely did the job and my skin didn't freak out so yay! I'll definitely keep it as a backup.


Badger Sport Sunscreen Face Stick


At the risk of sounding like a broken record - another item to try on my face. Eeek! Honestly, I haven't tried it yet because the weather is just getting around to being nice but you bet I'll be trying this stuff for all the outdoor activities - especially paddle boarding when I don't want to wear a hat. I'll report back on how I like it. Has anyone else tried it? What did you think?


Eco Lips POGO Lip Balm


Along with sensitive skin comes a very strict arsenal of lip balms which need to be medicated to keep my lips moisturized - even in the warmer months. This lip balm isn't medicated, but I gave it a try and unfortunately won't be using it again. It didn't do anything for my lips and I'm not crazy about the scent/flavor. I definitely prefer a minty (medicated) lip balm but that's just my preference!


Have you tried any of these products?

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My Style: Sporty Swimsuits

May 26, 2017

I literally cannot stop daydreaming about summer and all the fun activities I plan to do like paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, white water kayaking, and hopefully a vacation to Mexico. This ridiculous rain isn't helping, either. (Plus, I saw Baywatch last night. So good.)

Naturally, I started searching for swim suits and somehow the idea of buying a sporty swimsuit popped into my head and I've been on the hunt for one ever since. It would be the perfect piece - especially for paddle boarding - to throw on when I know I'm going to be doing more than just laying on the beach or swimming.


I've had a lot of time to think and research, so here's my criteria for the perfect suit:

- One piece. This is my number one must-have. The last thing I want to do is worry about my bikini top riding up while I'm paddle boarding. I just want to enjoy the water and maybe even stop for some paddle board yoga along the way. I'd also like to find a one piece that isn't too tight but that I might also be able to slip on over a bikini if needed.

- Simple. Where do I put my arm through? Am I cutting off my circulation with this criss-cross business? I really don't want to have to think about how to put it on. Simple does it. Bonus points for a zipper in the back with a pull tab.

- Sleeveless. Sleeves of any kind annoy me in the summer months, even at work, so definitely I don't want to feel constricted while I'm paddling or kayaking. Just remind me to apply extra SPF.

- Not all white. All white swimsuits scare me anyway (I feel like they'd be super see-through) but if I'm going to be doing everything except laying on the beach, I don't want a suit that will get dirty fast or show dirt. Would it be boring if I got an all black suit? Should I go for this palm print swimsuit? Am I thinking too much about this?

- Affordable. If you've been reading Naturally Me for any amount of time, you know I'm all about affordable items that won't break the bank. My price range for this particular quest? I'd say no more than $100 - but even that amount makes me hyperventilate and want to tell my boyfriend to hide my bank card. It would have to be a REALLY good suit for me to go into triple digits. I'm always on the lookout for a sale, too. #noshame

Now that I think about it, I'll have to keep an eye on Memorial Day weekend sales. Might be able to score myself a sporty swimsuit at a great deal. If you come across any, let me know! ;)


Do you have a sport swimsuit or brand you'd recommend? Share with me in the comments! 

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Spring & Summer Fitness With Fitbit

May 22, 2017

I can't believe we're in the middle of May already. Since we have less than a month until summer, I'm kicking off this week with some serious #mondaymotivation. I'm so excited to finally share this collaboration!

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Now that the weather is shaping up, it's been a much needed change of pace to be able to do weekend track sprints or park workouts on days I don't want to see the inside of a gym. Saturday morning, I also went to Great Falls for the first time this season to hike with friends. Being outside is definitely where my heart is.

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What could possibly make enjoying this weather even more fun? The Fitbit Charge 2!

Of course, tracking my daily steps and calories are my favorite parts of this fitness tracker and I always try to beat my steps from the day before. Now that the weather has improved, there's no excuse! (It has also made me realize that I wasn't even close to walking enough during the day).

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Some of the additional features I like about the FitBit Charge 2:

-Tracking my heart rate. It's a game changer seeing that number and making sure it is where it needs to be during an outdoor run or HIIT session.

-Multi-sport modes. You can set your Fitbit Charge 2 on a specific activity (like run or walk) so you can really keep track of your heart rate and steps that align with a certain activity.

-Watch your progress. You can wirelessly sync your stats to your computer or phone and log your workouts which really helps in seeing your progress over time.

-Measures your sleep quality. I hate even sleeping with socks on, so I didn't try this feature because I know I wouldn't sleep well (ha!) but it's still a great option for those who want to track sleep patterns. It can also wake you with a vibrating alarm!

(Side note: a good morning message also scrolls across the screen when you wake up. That was a nice surprise when I first started using it!)

With the FitBit Charge 2, it's so easy to keep track of your fitness goals in style!

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I already have so many activities on my summer to-do list which I may share in an upcoming post - but here are some of my favorite ways to get more daily steps using my FitBit Charge 2!

Ways to Get More Daily Steps:


1. Go hiking

2. Take your workouts outside to the playground, track, or bleachers

3. Go for a walk around the neighborhood

4. Go on a run

5. Explore your local farmer's market

6. Visit museums and walk around the National Mall

7. Visit the National Zoo

8. Dance to Bruno Mars' new album (seriously)


PS: My tank is Arctic Cool - and I can't recommend it enough!


So tell me, what's your favorite fitness tracker? What is your record amount of daily steps?


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I received the Fitbit Charge 2 to try c/o Verizon, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Naturally Me!

My Style: Mesh & Floral

May 19, 2017

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TEE: c/o SheIn // SHORTS: Old Navy [similar] //  
SANDALS: Target [similar] // BAG: Forever 21 [love this one] // SUNNIES: Sojos // 

What better way to enjoy this amazing weather than a day trip to Annapolis? Sometimes I forget I only live an hour away from such a historic town. There's so much to see (even just looking at the cute row homes) so I was thinking about sharing what we did.. would that be of interest to you guys? Don't worry, I can totally include details on our 3pm happy hour.

Another thing I forget? It's sunscreen season and the lobster look is not cute, so be careful of those outdoor tables during said happy hour. Sigh.

Now let's get to this outfit. I usually prefer to leave any mesh details to my activewear - but for some reason this floral/mesh tee intrigued me. I decided to wear it to Annapolis even though I still wasn't sold - and then our waitress said she loved it and I breathed a sigh of relief. Currently leaning toward wearing it more. What do you guys think?

One thing is for sure: I'm never not wearing a cami underneath. ;)

Happy Friday, #fitfam!

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No Sweat with Arctic Cool

May 15, 2017

'Tis the season for outdoor activities - especially now that this week is looking very warm. Bring on walks around the neighborhood, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and park workouts. Ahhh, spring, I really like you and all the extra fun fitness possibilities you bring us.

What if I told you that I discovered a brand of activewear that can keep you cooler as you sweat, thanks to some pretty cool technology. Literally. Sounds impossible, right? Not with Arctic Cool!

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Arctic Cool clothing uses HydroFreeze X Cooling Technology in its products. It sounds complicated, but really just means that it moves moisture away from the skin and lowers the temperature of the fabric so you can keep active and cool.

So..... cool, right? ;)

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I couldn't wait to try this tank when it came in the mail so what better place than the gym? One very sweaty workout later and you know what? It really did absorb my sweat, even after my (killer) 10 minute cardio HIIT warm up. Not once did I feel uncomfortable as sweat was dripping down my back (so pretty, I know) because the tank was absorbing every drop. The same goes for a warm weather track workout!

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No matter your level of activity, these Arctic Cool tanks are perfect for this time of year. (There are also v-neck tees and polos that come in tons of colors!) From walking to weightlifting, Arctic Cool can keep you looking - and feeling - cool. They're so comfortable, you can even wear them to yoga. They'll definitely stay in place but aren't too tight which is perfect - especially during downward dog.

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Another thing I love? There aren't any crazy washing instructions. Since I go through a lot of activewear each week, laundry is a regular weekend activity. Luckily, I don't have to worry about washing my Arctic Cool tank in some crazy special way. It's built to last and is machine washable while still maintaining its cooling properties. (Plus, it's anti-microbial.)

It really is no sweat with Arctic Cool!

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I was gifted an Arctic Cool tank, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Naturally Me!