My Top Nine Wellness Apps

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I often use wellness apps in different ways to help keep me focused on my health and fitness goals and general overall wellbeing. I thought I would share them with you in today’s blog.

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Fitbit keeps me motivated to achieve my steps and to keep moving throughout the day because I believe that while you can work out for that one hour during a workout, if you’re not moving the rest of the day it kind of almost defeats the purpose.

I like that Fitbit gives me notifications to keep moving throughout the day, so every hour it will remind me to get up, move and get in my steps. I also like the community aspect of Fitbit.  A group of friends and I do weekly challenges so we can motivate each other to get in our steps for the day.

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My Fitness Pal is a good one for tracking nutrition as well as your exercise. If I want to keep kind of a nutritional diary, I can track what I’m eating. There is a great community aspect to this one do. I have a few friends on there and we support and motivate each other towards our wellness goals.

It’s also very user friendly, it’s simple to track your macros if that is an approach you like to take. If you’re someone who’s more into Keto and you’re trying to not have some any carbs or whatever you can adjust those goals in My Fitness Pal to better track them.

As far as apps that are available that do what this one does, it is my favorite app for this.

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Strava is one that I used quite a bit when I was cycling more. I started this one again because I’ve been using it to track my runs as I train for the Disney Princess Half Marathon that I’ll be running in February.

This one uses GPS to log your runs, giving you the time, pace, map route and more. It’s great for tracking outside runs and bike rides. Fitbit does this as well, so I like to use both of them and compare the input.

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We just joined the LA Fitness in our area and their app is very useful. I can use it to check in at the gym (instead of using a key tag), track my workouts, schedule classes and even find gyms to hit when I’m out of town.

I like that wherever I am I can pull up the schedule and see what’s going on and if there are any classes I want to go to.

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This app really helps you to find some focus and clarity in the moment. I love this one for the whole mind/body connection.

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Five Minute Journal is a great app if you want to start a gratitude journal. You can take time each evening to add a few words or sentences on what you were grateful for that day. I’ve used this one in the past a lot and really helps you to get in a positive frame of mind.

I like that you can also add affirmations and pictures to your posts. And each day it will give you an inspirational quote when you log in.

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Affirmations is just that. Log in and a new daily affirmation appears. I like to use this one in the morning to set a positive mood for the day. It gives me something to think about and refer back to during the day.

I’m a big believer in affirmations and that they can help us frame our day in a positive mindset.

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Oracle Cards might be a little woo-woo but I’ve used them for years. It’s kind of like reading your horoscope or getting a tarot reading. I like to draw a single card everyday and again this helps me set a mood for the day. I have found that these can give me some great clarity around a situation I’m contemplating.

The one I’m using now is the Oracle of the Avalon from Hay House and I like a few of the others they have, especially the ones from Doreen Virtue.

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Focus Keeper works off of the Pomodoro Method. If you are someone easily distracted by cat memes on Facebook and find yourself wasting away hours at the computer, then this is the app for you.

It sets a 25 minute timer for you to focus on one single task at a time. Then you take a 5 minute break to complete the cycle. You can do as many cycles as you want in order to finish your task. It’s great at keeping yourself focused while working on a project.

What is your favorite health and wellness apps? Let me know in the comments below.

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now #1

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I wanted to start a new series where I share the things I’m loving right now! This series will be different than my regular “Favorites” videos and posts though. Favorites are things that I use on a regular basis and have incorporated into my normal daily life.

“Five Things I’m Loving Right Now” will include things that I’ve recently stumbled on and am currently obsessed with at this moment in time. Who knows, maybe one day they will become Favorites? These are just a few things that I’m loving and want to share with you.

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Me & My BIG Ideas The Happy Planner Scrapbook Stickers

I used to do “Plan With Me” videos and posts but they never seem to get much love. Although I love watching them myself, I decide to stop sharing my weekly spread in my Rose Gold Passion Planner. Every week, I take the time on Sunday to sit down and plot out my week in my Passion Planner. I love to add Washi Tape and brightly colored stickers to spruce up my week and add a little flavor.

I recently found these Me & My BIG Ideas Planner Stickers from Target. The first one is the Happy Planner Scrapbook stickers which contains 766 stickers over 20 pages. The second one is also a Happy Planner Scrapbook sticker set but contains 1349 stickers over 20 pages.

These both have fun stickers to jazz up my planner as well as ones that help with productivity such as color coding, appointment reminders and more. I found these in the back to school section and they were actually on sale. I love the fun bright colored stickers and I found these really fit into my lifestyle to help me set up a better week in my passion planner.

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Bliss Jelly Glow Ball Facial Cleanser

I talked about this in a recent blog post where I reviewed all of the Bliss products. While I’m not a fan of the packaging that the cleanser comes in, the cleanser itself is amazing. I love how the ball shape fits the contours of my face really well. I love that it is a very good cleanser and it cleanses without stripping away the natural oils from my face. My skin is not left dried out like other cleansers will sometime leave it. This has a very light and pleasing scent. I have definitely noticed my skin has been brighter, more radiant and more clear since using this cleanser. Huge huge huge fan!! If you are on the hunt for a new daily cleanser, I highly recommend the Bliss Jelly Glow Ball.

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Paris Bath and Beauty Book by Chrissy Callahan

I literally can not stop raving about The Paris Bath and Beauty Book. I’ve mentioned it on this blog and on my social media, as well as telling anyone who will listen about it. I think we all wonder at some point, how do the French always look so chic? Callahan does a great job of sharing some of the most common Beauty secrets from French women. Also included are several amazing DIY Beauty recipes for skin, makeup and hair. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book.

Valspar’s Oh So Pink Paint Color

We recently purchased a new home and will be moving in shortly. So expect lot’s of house organizing and decor posts coming up. The first thing I did, of course, was to pick out paint colors. I am not the type of person who can live in a beige and white world.

My favorite color is pink, so I wanted to incorporate some Pink into our home decor. It’s not a color we have ever used in our homes, so I wanted to try it this time around. I decided to  paint our dining room (shown above on the left) and my in-home Pilates studio with Valspar’s Oh So Pink. Now, my husband almost vetoed any pink paint in the house, but I managed to win (eventually and with much persuading).

The previous owners had the walls white above the chair rail and a dark grey color on the walls under the chair rail. I found the room looked small, dingy and too dark. At first, I actually thought this color was going to be too light. However, when I started painting with it it looked like too much pink and I was a bit scared. But after it dried down it looks amazing.

The pink is not too in your face and really brightens up the room. Even my husband, Matt, has decided he really likes it. I just need to do one more coat of the white on the bottom and touch up some spots but I’ already loving it. And it looks great in the studio space too. I want to use it everywhere in the house now, but my husband is reigning that one in.

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Paris In Four Months

While spending some time looking for Paris blogs and Instagram accounts, I came across Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months. I have been following her blog and Instagram account ever since. Carin is originally from Stockholm and decided to move to Paris for a bit. Her blog and Instagram account were going to be her outlet for chronicling her stay in France. She now lives there regularly and shares some of her amazing photography.

I just adore her accounts and her aesthetic. Definitely go check her out! I could spend forever just perusing her blog and photos, imagining I’ve been whisked off to Paris.

Now it is your turn! Tell me in the comments, what are you loving right now? Also, don’t forget to shop my favorites in the sidebar.

 

 

 

 

The Happiness Project: Mid Year Check In & June Resolution

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After reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin back in December, I set out to create my own Happiness Project for 2018. I set an area of focus, or resolution, for each month in which I wanted to bring more happiness and joy into. I shared my goals and resolutions for each month in 2018 here, check then out.

Now that we are half way through the year, I did a mid year check in on my goals. In the video below, I share how I did on each goal, including some wins and some misses. I also share my resolution for June and some exciting news about my professional career.

I would also love to hear about any goals you set for this year and how you are doing on them, so comment below.

The Happiness Project 2018: January Resolution – Health

I am doing my own Happiness Project for 2018 based on Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project”. Each month I will focus on a different area of my life that I have been taking for granted and want to bring in more joy and happiness.

Check out my January resolution/goal to focus more on my health and some actionable steps I will be taking to achieve my Health and Weight Loss goals.