7 Gym Bag Necessities

7 Gym Bag Necessities

As you may know, leading a healthy and active lifestyle is an important aspect of my life. You shouldn’t have to choose between—as I call it— Living Wisely to ensure that you're feeling your absolute best.  In a perfect world, maintaining your social life, work life, workouts, etc. should all culminate into one beautiful blend. My gym bag essentials are a vital tool in making sure I can smoothly transition from a great workout to a busy business day or lunch date with friends. Here are my favorite products to store in my gym bag for a quick, clean refresher.

Winter - Hot Apple Cider

Winter - Hot Apple Cider

For the perfect warm drink, SkinnyMom served up this Skinny Hot Apple Cider recipe, which we are loving for many reasons! This recipe has only 98 calories per serving and combines apple juice, oranges, lemons, cinnamon and more to create the perfectly spiced warm drink. Cuddle up on the couch with a glass of cider and a good book tonight!

3 Unexpected Ways to Use Coconut Oil

3 Unexpected Ways to Use Coconut Oil

For centuries, the coconut tree has often been referred to as "the tree of life". Nearly every part of the coconut tree can be used or consumed to benefit your everyday life in a healthy and natural way. The oil derived from the tree, serves various purposes in both health and beauty, acting as an all-in-one product in place of many others. Here are 3 of my favorite ways to use the oil:
 

IMMUNE BOOSTER - PART III

IMMUNE BOOSTER - PART III

Part III of my Immune Booster series is all about apple cider vinegar, a product most of us are familiar with but few use to its fullest potential. Besides being a base for delicious simple salad dressings and BBQ sauces, apple cider vinegar has a host of health benefits, both short and long-term. It’s an elixir essential to my daily routine, and an easy addition to yours too!

IMMUNE BOOSTER - PART II

IMMUNE BOOSTER - PART II

Part II of my immune booster series is all about oregano oil. Yes, oregano is more than just an herb you use in your kitchen. Similar to fire cider, this herbal oil is a natural healing tool and has a variety of uses. Who knew something so simple packed such a big punch?!?!

IMMUNE BOOSTER - PART I

IMMUNE BOOSTER - PART I

Does this cold and dreary weather have you feeling like this pup? Do the winter months wreak havoc on your immune system? Are you frequently around people who are coughing and sniffling? If you answered yes to any of these questions, my three-part blog series is for you! I am sharing my favorite immune boosting products. 

RXBAR - NO B.S.

RXBAR - NO B.S.

Are you sick of looking at the ingredients in your protein bar and being unable to pronounce them? If your answer is yes, I highly suggest checking out RXBAR! Produced locally here in Chicago, the protein bar is made up of egg whites, fruits, and nuts. It is also free of gluten, soy, dairy, and GMOs - all things I prefer to avoid.

Essentia - Why Less is More in the Hydration Game

Essentia - Why Less is More in the Hydration Game

You remember that old science class factoid, that our bodies are over 60% water. Long before we’d heard of ions and pH levels, we all knew that hydration was important. Whether you’re an elite athlete or simply want to keep your skin looking great (check out my skin post), staying properly hydrated is essential to full-body health. So if water is such a big deal, shouldn’t we be reaching for the best water possible? And since we’ve all read, heard and felt the benefits of clean, additive-free foods - why should we expect anything less from our water?

 

Travel and Stay on Track

Travel and Stay on Track

The end of the year is approaching and that means holiday overindulgence, entertaining, year-end quotas and of course, travel. Commit to keeping fitness in your routine with a few staple items in your suitcase. Packing a Jump Rope, Resistance Band & Nylon Door Anchor takes up minimal room and will keep you prepared when your hotel gym is subpar! If your hotel gym has equipment - BONUS. You can add weights to the exercises below and/or substitute dumbbells for some of the band exercises. The workout below is a full-body workout that will get your heart pumping. You can crank up the intensity of you are advanced or use this as a beginner routine to kickstart your fitness journey.

Candles - Instantly Warm Up Your Space

Candles - Instantly Warm Up Your Space

I love candles! They can transform your space and make it feel warm, cozy, or romantic in an instant. The seasons are changing and we will be spending more time indoors. With the holidays approaching and entertaining on the horizon I thought I would share some of my favorite candles. Feel free to use my recommendations the next time you are having people over, need that last minute gift, or just want to fill your place with an amazing scent.

Healthy - From the Outside In

Healthy - From the Outside In

We often forget that our skin is our largest organ and whatever we put on it or encounter can directly affect our health. Our skin is our first line of defense against environmental toxins, harsh chemicals, pollutants, and viruses. We should be doing everything possible to keep our skin happy, healthy, and in tip top shape for our protection. Although this may see complicated, you can make skincare easy using a few of my favorite products.  

Men’s Fall/Winter Fashion

Men’s Fall/Winter Fashion

In order to be prepared for whatever Chicago weather throws your way, I recommend layering.  This applies to men and women alike; however, the topic at hand is focused on you fellas. I prefer to keep my recommendations classic but edgy, and with a few staple pieces you can develop a variety of looks with your current wardrobe. Feel free to reach out directly should you have any questions or need additional recommendations.

Meditation: 2 Ways To Give it a Go

Meditation: 2 Ways To Give it a Go

Ever thought about meditation but didn’t know where to begin? Interested in reducing stress, improving sleep, and increasing mental clarity? You’re not alone! Thanks to a large variety of apps, starting a meditation practice is just a click or two away! No need to feel embarrassed or vulnerable with a group of strangers (THANK YOU TECHNOLOGY!); you can meditate anytime or place you wish.