Favorites time! Are you about to embark on a long weekend? I sure hope so. For those of us on American soil, this weekend typically involves Fourth of July celebrations and maybe an extra day off of work. Yes!
I wanted to pop in a day early to say hello to you lovely folks before I begin my long weekend. After teaching BODYPUMP on Saturday morning, Dave, Rudy and I will be road-tripping north near Mendocino to have a quiet and peaceful couple of days. On the agenda? Maybe a stop at a winery. Maybe a hike. Maybe a whole lot of down-time in some cooler air. Definitely some good eats and sleeps. I can’t wait. Even though we toyed with hosting a Fourth of July party this year, like we did last year, the call of a getaway pulled us in and we accepted. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery.
While there’s still time left in the work-week for most, I have some awesome favorites that had to get out to you, so here we go. Oh, and if you haven’t already entered my giveaway to win a big summer essentials package, please do. It ends tonight. (Thanks for the support!) Now today, I have a varied selection. Get ready …
This week’s “Favorite things”
Les Mills Video Shoot
If you had told me years ago before I moved to San Francisco that not only would I hang out with, work with and become friends with some of the most popular stars in the Les Mills group fitness world, I would have died from excitement. As you know, Les Mills group fitness is one of my favorite things, and it’s a massive international brand (which is getting bigger in the U.S. finally!). That being said, I was so happy to be invited by Reebok to participate in a Les Mills promotion video filmed in the Bay Area last week.
It was a very interesting experience. First of all, we didn’t get the exact time and location until a day before the shoot, which just kept those of us involved guessing – and perhaps growing even more excited. Second of all, we filmed overnight. Yes, you heard that – overnight. Thirdly, we were extras in a video that Reebok will be sharing widely in August, so we won’t see the finished product for a while. But we have no doubt it will be top-notch and representative of the whole Les Mills culture.
The shoot took place at a Crossfit gym in Oakland, and we did a lot of chatting and watching the first group being filmed (Crossfitters!) before being fitted for our Reebok Les Mills wardrobe, warming up, practicing and participating in the actual shoot. There was one star of the Les Mills spot (the beautiful and talented Lissa Bankston), and there were about eight of us extras, who served as class members. Overall, the shoot was a super cool experience – particularly to be part of and see the way these large-scale productions work.
But quite honestly, I love every time I get to hang out with fellow instructors, especially when we are coming together on behalf of Les Mills, even if it means working out and doing many repetitive motions just to get the right shot at 2 in the morning on a school-night. And YES, I will share the final video with you once it comes out. One Tribe!
POPSUGAR Must Have Box
Another amazing San Francisco company? POPSUGAR. A few weeks ago, I received the June POPSUGAR Must Have box in the mail, and it’s adorable. The POPSUGAR Must Have box subscription is just $39.95 a month, and with that you get a delivery of hand-selected goodies sent to you and you never know what you’re going to get. My favorite thing in this box? The card game. I will be bringing it on an upcoming trip for sure.
This is seriously an awesome gift for someone who is hard to shop for. NCLA nail polish, Pacifica deodorant wipes, a designer mirror, a scarf/sarong, a game, a cool bottle-opener and some snacks — what more could you ask for. Check out more from the Must Have team here. *Thanks to POPSUGAR for sending me the box to try.
Nutiva Nuture Vitality Coconut Oil
No this is not just another coconut oil, this is an organic coconut oil with a buttery flavor, and I have been putting it on everything. I believe this jar came to me in a big delivery from Whole Foods a few weeks ago, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long to dig into it. It’s super healthy. Non-GMO. Vegan, etc. But what you really want to know is that it smells divine and adds the perfect flavor to anything. Like buttery popcorn, but in a good way. It’s unreal. I could coat my body in it and ride off into the sunset for eternity. (Not an exaggeration.)
Here’s how I use it – Slather a thick coating on raw vegetables (broccoli or Brussels sprouts or sweet potato fries) using a tool like this on an aluminum-foiled baking sheet, then I throw them in the oven at 450 degrees for 22 minutes, until they come out a little charred. Buttery vegetable goodness. Get thee to the grocery and purchase this stuff. You won’t regret it.
Big Ol’ California Mug
When I took this California mug up to purchase it at Bed, Bath and Beyond with my 20 percent off coupon last weekend, the clerk said – “well, this is big enough to put soup in it.” She’s right. It’s big enough for soup, but also big enough for my massive morning helping of hot green tea (sometimes I use two tea bags, because one just isn’t enough).
Maybe it’s silly to have a touristy mug from your own state, but maybe it’s cool. I’ve been on the hunt for a cute huge mug for a while, and I can now officially stop my search. And get a little geography lesson while I’m at it. A win win.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West lately?
- Rise and shine 20-minute treadmill interval workout
- Weekend recap and my weekly workouts
- How I snack on the go and a big giveaway
- Weekend scenes and my weekly workouts
And more from around the web worth checking out …
- Another one that I can’t stop watching or smiling from: “Me Too” by The Fitness Marshall.
- I know I’ve mentioned this before, but the daily news round-ups on mindbodygreen are the best.
That’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of your week and have a safe, happy and healthy Fourth of July, if you’re celebrating. (Check me out on Instagram to see some adventures.) Thanks for reading friends. I really appreciate it that you keep coming back.A look at some #LesMills fun and other faves ... Click To Tweet
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What was the best thing that happened to you this week?