Greetings! How’s your week been? Mine has been pretty good. I’m back in the swing of things after being in L.A. last week for work and the IDEA World Fitness Convention and BlogFest (you can read more about my experience here).
Even though I had an awesome time in L.A., it was great to get home to be with Dave and Rudy. But then Dave ended up going on a business trip to N.Y.C. for much of this week, so I’m definitely looking forward to a couple of days off this weekend with him. That being said, it’s going to be a low-key one for us. On Saturday morning, I’m teaching BODYPUMP, then spending the day relaxing, before we go out for a double-date with some friends in the evening. And that’s pretty much it.
Things will be fairly standard for us for the next few weeks, but we have a trip on the horizon. In late August, we’re going to Las Vegas for a few nights with our best friends, who live in Columbus (and we made a surprise visit to see last year), and we are absolutely beyond excited for that adventure. But today, it’s all about favorites, so here’s a look at a few things I’ve been loving lately …
This week’s “Favorite things”
Hydrating, water bottles and sparkling beverages
Wouldn’t you know that sometimes I enter giveaways on other blogs and win. I won this pink Nalgene bottle on Gina’s blog a few weeks ago, and it has become my go-to water bottle. I always try to fill it up in the mid-morning and have it finished by the mid-afternoon – it’s 48 ounces, so it’s more than half of what I typically need in a day.
I did the pictures below for a fun little campaign with Old Navy for social media, but because I’m showcasing my lovely bottle, I wanted to share them here too. The campaign included posting a healthy summer challenge video on Instagram and Facebook, and you can see I chose to do it all about hydration. Just a few days in, and I’m sticking to my challenge to drink more water. Because seriously, water does wonders for our minds, bodies and energy levels, and having a big water bottle definitely helps make it easier for me to drink more of it.
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Another honorable mention for hydrating includes sparking water, which is always my go-to purchase at airports, on road-trips and any time I’m at the store and thirsty. I get the Trader Joe’s sparkling mineral water for weekday consumption because it’s super cheap, but this Perrier is something I save for occasional purchase. Love it.
(P.S. Old Navy sponsored the social campaign, but is not sponsoring this blog mention.)
You expected that one, right? I realize a lot of people have jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon, and I’m a little late to the party. After one failed attempt at enjoying it months ago, this second go around, I’m really loving it. Why? Because it’s not staged and perfect. It’s an easy way to share little hints from your life and communicate with others, and you don’t have to think too much about it.
If you don’t really understand what Snapchat is, that’s okay. Basically, it’s a very informal and fun social media network, in which you take quick photos, write text on them, and then share them with your friends and followers. In order to comment, someone writes you a chat. Then, after 24 hours, your photos are gone. What’s the point? You get to see quick snapshots from peoples’ lives, which are not perfect enough to share on Instagram or Facebook. And you can see what your friends are up to, if you haven’t talked in a while. Totally cool, right? I’ve been snapping pictures of my food, scenes from my workouts and lots of pictures of my sweet pup. Examples …
But I don’t have a lot of my snaps to share, because unless you screenshot the snap, it goes away in 24 hours! If you want to see more, add me aladygoeswest.
BlogFest goody bag
This year at BlogFest, we were all given a pretty awesome goody bag to take home. I didn’t have any extra room in my suitcase, so I actually carried on this entire thing and lugged it around the airport. It was heavy!
I’m most excited about the collagen protein powder, new Vega product and hemp seeds inside, and I’ll report back as I sample the products and let you know what’s a winner.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West?
And more from around the web worth checking out …
- There are so many nutritional rules posts out there, and most of the time, they have extremes. This one seems very level-headed, although I’m surprised to see that the writer says to avoid grains. “Basic Food Rules for a Healthy Life.”
- Are you a snacker after dinner? Check out these pointers from healthy lifestyle bloggers on “How to Avoid Late-Night Snacking,” and you’ll see my tip featured!
- Did you know that you can sample anything inside Trader Joe’s before buying it? That fun fact and more in this one: “Fun secrets about Trader Joe’s.”
SALE ALERT — if you’re in the mood to shop, check out the Nordstrom sale. It’s a good one!
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Questions of the day
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