Healthy Living In The New Year (and a giveaway!)

As the holidays pass up by, it’s natural to start thinking about the New Year, resolutions and of course, getting back in shape after all those cookies and holiday cheer.  In order to help you get a head start on meeting your goals in the new year, I’ve compiled some awesome new items.

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Please note I received samples of some of these items in order to be able to write these reviews.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.  I only bring you things I love personally.

Fitness finds

The Blender Bottle makes taking a protein shake or smoothie on the go easy.  It’s the best selling shaker bottle on the market.  It has a leak proof seal, an easy to open drinking spout and of course, the iconic whisk ball inside.  I love that I can make a shake and take it with me.  If it settles, I simply shake the bottle, mixing everything together again easily and quickly.  This is perfect for my busy life. I’ve even taken this hiking with me.  They even have a color of the month…and this month, it’s perfect for the holidays!

If you’re looking for an awesome snack to refuel with, try Glukos Chews.  It’s not what’s in them that’s important, it’s what’s not.  They are free of high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, dairy, gluten, soy and then are even vegan.  They taste great and refuel you to optimize your performance and workout. These are perfect during a long run or even as an afternoon pick me up. I’m in love with these…they leave out the bad stuff and are full of energy goodness!

You may have a fitness tracker for your wrist or that you wear to the gym. The information it provides is critical to helping you stay fit and get enough activity every day.  Now ask yourself, what do you know about your dog’s activity levels?  Haichiko, the new dog fitness tracker can help.  The device attaches easily to your dog’s collar and tracks your walks, steps taken, activity and time walked.  It’s rugged and durable and my favorite part is that the battery lasts for a year.  It comes in a few colors and makes the perfect gift for your dog, a dog lover in your life or for yourself.  After all, if your dog is getting enough activity, you are too!

Did you know that your gym is probably full of chemical and other nasty stuff?  (Sometimes even the stuff they use to make TIRES!)  It’s not your fault, the FDA allows gum companies to label all kinds of things as just “gum base”.   However, knowing is more than half the battle.  Simply Gum is all natural, includes no preservatives and no synthetics.  It’s better for your body.  And, because it’s biodegradable, it’s better for the planet.  It comes in lots of amazing flavors too; mint, cinnamon, fennel licorice, maple, ginger and coffee.  This is a great way to make a big change in your life.

I’ve been a lover of Balega Socks for a long time now. I seem to have “fussy feet” and get blisters and cuts more often than the average person.  The new Balega Blister Resist Quarter Sock is available in a range of colors, but this sock does a lot more than look good.  It’s double layer protects you from friction blisters and hot spots.  I also find them comfy and cozy.  I wear them to run and hike of course.  However, I also love them inside my winter boots or for rest days.  My feet are happy and protected.  These socks hold their shape and elasticity through lots of wearings and washings.  I’m rough on my socks and I’ve had a few pairs for years!

Safety isn’t always the first thing on your mind while working out.  However, for those of us who head out alone, it’s a top priority.  Sabre has been the top brand in personal safety for decades and they are trusted by law enforcement as well.  Their latest addition to their personal safety line up is the Duathlete Pepper Spray With Reflective Armband.  The arm band offers reflectivity properties so you can be seen in low light and on roads.  The pepper spray is effective and light weight to carry.  I love that I can have peace of mind with me, and still be hands free.  The arm band is comfortable and you don’t even notice you have it on. This is a great gift and a great way to have peace of mind when heading out for a bike ride or run.

If you’re racing from the gym to a coffee date or errands, you may not have time for a shower.  Yuni Beauty’s No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam is an amazing option. It is a mouse that you rub on your body, just like you’d use soap in a shower.  It rinses away sweat and dirt and leaves behind a 100% natural aroma that will help you prolong your post-workout bliss.  The bottle is easy to toss into a gym bag and it’s perfect after spin class, yoga or a weight workout.  Also, you can feel good about this, it’s plant based and biodegradable!

Onzie Moto LeggingsIf you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I love Onzie.  Their amazing yoga gear is comfortable, flattering, stylish and functional.  You really can’t get any better than that right?  Their new Moto Leggings are made of flattering black material that wicks away moisture as you sweat.  They are soft and cozy against your skin and just the right length.  There are mesh cut outs on the legs in just the right places.  I’m usually self conscience about my legs and I will admit, these looked as good as they felt.  They allow for extra ventilation during those hot yoga classes as well.  Onzie’s clothes are durable and you’ll have them for ages.  These are perfect treat to start the New Year off looking and feeling good.

If you’re on the go a lot, and aren’t we all, eating healthy can be difficult.  I’ve been known to give into a busy day and hit the drive through too.  However, having a healthy snack that’s ready to go can make all the difference in the world.  1915 Juices by Bolthouse Farms are the answer to your morning dilemma.  These juices are cold pressed and organic.  They are made from real juices with nothing added in.  The mixtures are full of healthy ingredients, but they also taste amazing.  Even my doubtful husband fell in love.  These are a great pick me up mid afternoon or as a breakfast on the go.  Finding cold pressed juices that are prepackaged and taste delightful made me do a happy dance.   Check out all of their flavors here.

If you’re looking for a way to kick start your new fitness plan, check out the teas at Newport Skinny Tea.   They have natural teas that help you clarify your skin, curb your appetite and increase your energy.  Thier teas are natural and delicious. After three weeks of drinking these teas, I was more refreshed, hydrated, Carpe Diem Journal and able to push myself while working out.  They are a great way to start your day, end your day, and treat yourself in between.  This is a treat you can give yourself, guilt free.  I was able to personally try Malibu Beach Beauty, Venice Beach Fitness, and Sunset Beach Relaxing Tea.

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Keeping a fitness and or food journal has been proven to increase your success in sticking to healthy eating habits and a good fitness routine.   I suggest taking it one step further and using a journal you like the appearance of.  This way, it’s adorable as you pull it in and our of your bag.  You can leave it on your desk without anyone having any idea of the information inside.  Eccolo makes some of my favorite journals.  I love their Capre Diem journal.  It’s the perfect way to start the New Year!

I’m a big proponent of anything that saves time and energy and Lock Laces do both.  Sliding on my shoes is easy after spin class with lock laces.  My Grandpa can put his own sneakers on again too!  These are also wonderful for the frequent traveler.  Airport security will no longer slow you down.  These laces are great for racers, triathletes, etc.  However, I think they will be most appreciated by the busy mom trying to squeeze in a workout.  I also know that they are great for kids who can’t their shoes yet.  Special needs children and adults can also benefit from using these laces.  One of the best things about Lock Laces is that they are a feel good company.  They give back to the community, they are green and contract with a non-profit that provides job training for adults with developmental delays to assemble Lock Laces in the USA.  You can feel great about buying from them.

Play Long Sleeve TeeA great shirt can take you from the gym, to the trail, to the grocery store.  I’ve found that shirt for you.  My Playground (part of Atayne), sells custom state shirts that are comfy AND wicking.  This shirt is so soft you’ll want to wear it all the time.  It also performs like a champ.  Weighing only three ounces it’s made completely in the U.S.A. and is made of wicking material that will keep you cool no matter how much you sweat.  It’s made of 100% recycled materials as well!  Oh, and it’s anti-microbial so it won’t stink.  With designs for every state and activities such as play, hike, and run, there is something for everyone!


Run Gum is what you’ve been waiting for as a runner.  It’s a gum that fuels you, improves focus, and helps you recover.  The tasty gum, filled with caffeine, B Vitamins, and Taurine, is just what you feel to feel fueled and focused.  Here’s the best part…since nothing is going into your stomach, you won’t have any of that notorious stomach upset that you might get from gels. I love this before my early morning run, after a long day or when I need to go the extra mile.  Give it a shot, you’ll want more.



  1. jennifer says

    Great post! Love this giveaway I have been dying to try skinny tea! Thank you for the opportunity.

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