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Things I’m Loving Lately Summer Edition!

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Every time the seasons change it seems that there is a whole new set of things I’m loving.   My food shifts a bit, my workouts shift, my clothes change and sometimes even my bath products change.  Obviously the weather has every thing to do with these changes and now that summer has arrived I’ve shifted yet again.  I thought I’d share a few things I’m loving on these long, hot and humid summer days!

New workout gear from Lucy. 

I’ve reviewed some of their stuff before and loved it so when they asked me if I was interested in testing some new products I jumped at the chance.  They sent me the Worth the Weights pants and tank.  I really liked both.  The pants are really light weight, just like the Breeze on By Crop they are perfect for a cool summer morning.  The Worth the Weights tank is ultra supportive and perfect for any type of exercise.  I’ve been wearing it on runs, to barre and for yoga.  The real thing I’m loving about Lucy though is their sports bras.  There was a mix up in one of my orders and I ended up shipping something back.  Last week a gift card for the value of the item arrived in the mail.  I headed to my local Lucy store and decided to get a few new sports bras.  They were having a big sale so I was able to get two of them with my card.  The bras are ultra comfortable and extremely supportive.  I feel like this is a rare combo, anyone with me here?  I got a more supportive one for runs and a fun yoga one with cool straps for yoga and barre.  In the summer I wear looser workout tops and have to wear a sports bra with them, in the winter I tend to opt for the style with built-in bras. So needless to say my new bras have been getting a lot of wear!  I love them!

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Lightweight tanks and tops for warm summer days. 

I’m a huge fan of tanks in the summer and much prefer them over t-shirts.  I recently replaced a few of my older summer tops with new ones from Ann Taylor Loft.  They had a great sale and I was able to score 5 new tops for $50.  A super good deal if you ask me.  The tops are really soft and comfortable.  I’m so happy with them!

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Smoothies for days. 

Warm weather makes me crave smoothies.  I’ve been drinking them regularly for months now but I couldn’t leave them off the list!  I love stocking up on local greens at farmers markets and the like for them.  There is nothing like fresh spinach, kale and lettuce in a smoothie! I like to add mango and pineapple in the summer for a refreshing twist.  I also recently started adding a little plain greek yogurt to them.  I love how thick it makes them.  The other bonus is that they also fill me up more!

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Shea and Cocoa Butter Baby Oil.

I bought a bottle of Johnson’s Shea and Cocoa Butter Baby oil awhile back.  I had read it’s more moisturizing than lotion so I wanted to give it a try.   It was the middle of a cold, dry winter and my skin did not love the switch.  Now that it’s warmed up a bit I decided to try again and I love it.  It feels lighter than lotion and I feel like the more I use it, the more moisture my skin has.

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Zoya Nail Polish in Summer Shades.

My mom turned me on to Zoya and I love love love it.  It’s free from nasty chemicals and much better for your nails.  I ordered a few new colors and love them.   I’ve been digging Blu and Whitney.  They are perfect for digging your toes in the sand!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box.

As you know, I’m a POPSUGAR Ambassador.  As part of the program they sent me their June Must Have Box to check out.  I’ve seen boxes like this all over and was curious as to what it was all about.   As soon as I knew it was arriving I was really excited and couldn’t wait to see what was in it.  It was really fun to try out some new products.  I’ve been loving the lotion that came with it and the wrap is super cute on cool summer nights!  Actually, I felt the box was everything you’d need for a day at the beach!  The boxes seemed like a really fun way to treat and surprise yourself each month!  I’m thinking I might sign up for this as soon as I become a Mrs.  Until then I’ll be putting my money towards the wedding.  For those of you who aren’t planning a wedding you should check it out and use code JUNESELECT10 to get $10 off a 3-month subscription.   The code is good through June 30, 2014.  And in case it wasn’t obvious, POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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What are you loving for summer?

Love the Run

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This morning my alarm went off at 5:15am.  I woke up and headed out for my run. As I stood on my front steps I debated…start uphill or downhill?   I had a work event until late last night so I was a bit tired and decided that I’d start downhill.

As I was gliding down the hill, enjoying the quiet of the morning and the warm weather I couldn’t help but think about how life is like the hills of running.  Sometimes its uphill, sometimes it’s downhill.  Michael and I are rather lucky these days in that life seems like a downhill- things are falling in to place, we have a lot to celebrate, we’re gliding if you will.

I think one of the reasons I love running so much is that no matter what life throws at me, running always relates.  Running is always there.  Sometimes it’s the slow and steady long distance runs that remind me I have the stamina and strength to take on the marathons of life-like long projects, and extremely busy stretches.  Other times it’s the uphills that represent the challenges in life and remind me that I can overcome anything.  The downhills remind me of the easy stretches where you can coast through.  Speed work reminds me that with hard work and dedication we really do get better.  Those amazing runs where you feel like you can run forever and feel amazing are like those special moments in life where everything seems absolutely perfect.  And those tough runs where you want to quit and wonder why you do it represent those bad days we all have from time to time.

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There are times in life when I feel less connected to running.  I get out less often-maybe once a week- and when I do I don’t feel inspired to run more.  Today was not one of those days.  I felt so happy to be out running and lately that has been the trend- I’ve been increasing my number of runs per week and looking forward to each of them.  I love that I’m reconnecting to running and finding the joy in the good runs and bad runs.  I love that wherever life leads me, running will always be there.

How does running remind you of life?