2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For Workout Junkies

Gift Guide For Workout Junkies

We all know someone in our lives who just can’t stop moving! Whether they’re lifting at the gym, running on trails for miles, or taking a hot yoga class, they’re staying active. I put this gift guide together to help you think of what the perfect gift would be for that fitness junkie in your life.  This list is based on some products that I own and love and some that are just crazy popular among the fitness community these days. Take a look–I hope you find something on here that works!

Glute Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands Set- $9

According to all the trainers and fitness models on Instagram, resistance bands like these help to engage your glute muscles further when doing certain exercises like squats and kickbacks. Whether the person you might be buying this for works out at home, at a gym, or on-the-go say at like a hotel or something, these bands are perfect for those looking for toned and sculpted thighs and buns (ha!)!

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide: 200 Recipes and Weekly Menus to Kick Start Your Journey

The Bikini Body 28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide- $18

As a Kayla Itsines fan, I purchased this book thinking it might be helpful in addition to my BBG workouts–and it really is! It’s full of healthy recipes that actually taste good too, so you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself or feel like you’re just eating lettuce all day. Plus, it’s full of information on nutrition and fitness tips. Oh, and there’s also a 28 day workout included, which is great for beginners who might just want a taste of what BBG is like. 

The Bikini Body Motivation & Habits Guide

The Bikini Body Motivation and Habits Guide- $18

Kayla Itsines is releasing a brand new book in time for Christmas! While I haven’t looked at the book myself, it’s highly anticipated among her BBG community, which is the largest fitness community in the world I think? I think that was a statistic either they, or Forbes, has shared before. 

The Inspiralized Cookbook

Inspiralized Turn Vegetables into Healthy Creative Satisfying Meals – $15

Spiralizers are a common love between the fitness and foodie communities. I’ve spiralized zucchini quite a few times to turn them into noodles, which make for a totally guilt-free spaghetti alternative. This book is full of recipes for spiralizing vegetables, which is great for someone who might really be missing spaghetti, or someone who wants to get a little creative with how they eat their vegetables.

Paderno World Cuisine 3 Blade Vegetable Slicer Spiralizer Counter Mounted and includes 3 Stainless Steel Blades

Paderno World Cuisine 3 Blade Vegetable Slicer Spiralizer Counter Mounted and includes 3 Stainless Steel Blades – $20
This is the spiralizer that I have and really like. It’s one of the most popular spiralizers on the market, and for good reason. I love it because the suction cups under the stand help keep everything stable while I turn the handle. Plus, it handles oddly shaped vegetables well, too. 

AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller, Black and Speckled Colors

AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller Black and Speckled Color -$8 – $20 depending on size
I still remember the first time I used a foam roller! After a heavy gym workout, my gym partner and I stretched and used foam rollers, and WOW it hurt so good. Whether someone does heavy workouts or frequent workouts, foam rollers help with soreness and help the muscles recover faster. I bought one of these AmazonBasics foam rollers earlier in the year and now I can foam roll whenever I need to in the convenience of my home instead of waiting to foam roll at the gym. 

S'Well® 17-oz. Pink Topaz Water Bottle

S’Well 17-oz. Pink Topaz Water Bottle – $35
Does the fitness junkie in your life forget her water bottle all the time? Well, who could forget this cute pink water bottle by S’Well?! It’s cute and eye-catching color and design will help forgetful fitness junkies stay hydrated.

bando Work It Out

 

Ban.Do Work It Out Exercise Mat – $32
This cute exercise mat sets itself apart from all the rest! It’s great for someone with a sense of humor…or a strong love of pizza! 

Women's Alo Moto Leggings

Women’s Alo Moto Leggings- $110
These leggings are so popular right now, it’s not even funny! Alo is the brand behind these moto leggings you see all over the gym and on Instagram. Black is the classic color they come in, but they come in quite a few colors. I love them (I have them in black!) because they’re comfortable whether you’re with weights at the gym, running, or doing yoga. It’s not often you find leggings versatile enough to do all three. You could probably even wear the black leggings to a bar!

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version)- $149
Fitbits are very popular these days, especially among the fitness community. I got my first Fitbit in 2012 as a Christmas gift, and I used it for so many years! It’s a great way to motivate someone to keep moving throughout the day and to help someone keep track of their fitness goals. I know some people say they can use their phones to track that stuff, but TBH I’m not always wearing my phone! Especially when I’m at a barre class or something like that. There are so many brands to choose from when it comes to “step trackers”, including some off-brand ones. Fitbit is pretty reputable though and their devices are definitely high quality. 

Resistance Band Set - Include 5 Stackable Exercise Bands with Waterproof Carrying Case, Door Anchor Attachment, Legs Ankle Straps and Exercise Guide Ebooks

Resistance Band Set – Include 5 Stackable Exercise Bands with Waterproof Carrying Case, Door Anchor Attachment, Legs Ankle Straps and Exercise Guide Ebooks- $25
Resistance bands like these are great for home workouts and travel! They’re easy to stow away but give you the effect of using dumbbells if you use the bands correctly. This set comes with everything you need to get started, including an exercise guide to walk you through your resistance band workout!

Women’s Nike Free Tr 7 Training Shoe- $100
Everyone needs a good pair of training or running shoes. Nike Free makes some great training shoes, making it no surprise that they’re some of the most popular trainers out there! Seriously–at the gym, I always see at least 10 girls wearing these shoes. If your workout junkie is a Nike Free fan or is usually at the gym training, these shoes are a great gift for them.

FlipBelt - USA Original Patent, USA Designed, USA Shipped, USA Warranty

FlipBelt – USA Original Patent, USA Designed, USA Shipped, USA Warranty – $28.99

FlipBelts are great for runners or those who exercise outdoors! For those morning or evening runs, this FlipBelt helps runners carry all the necessities while they’re out and about without being bulky.

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones In Ear Wireless Earbuds 4.1 Magnetic Sweatproof Stereo Bluetooth Earphones for Sports With Mic (Upgraded 7 Hours Play Time, Secure Fit, Noise Cancelling) - Black - $25.99

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones In Ear Wireless Earbuds 4.1 Magnetic Sweatproof Stereo Bluetooth Earphones for Sports With Mic (Upgraded 7 Hours Play Time, Secure Fit, Noise Cancelling) – Black – $25.99
I hate when I’m at the gym and they’re blasting music I don’t like, but I can’t drown it out with what I’m listening to. Or when someone is grunting from the other side of the gym. Noise-cancelling wireless earbuds like these will make sure what you’re playing comes through clearly while blocking out those noises that just end up breaking your focus.

BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Clear/Black, 28-Ounce Loop Top

BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Clear/Black, 28-Ounce Loop Top – $7.99
If your favorite workout junkie looooves protein powder, they probably can never have enough BlenderBottles. Not only are these bottles portable, but these bottles help when making protein shakes to really make sure all the powder has dissolved into the water or milk being used. Plus, they’re pretty easy to clean.

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker with 24-Hour Playtime, 66-Foot Bluetooth Range & Built-in Mic, Dual-Driver Portable Wireless Speaker with Low Harmonic Distortion and Superior Sound - Black

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker with 24-Hour Playtime, 66-Foot Bluetooth Range & Built-in Mic, Dual-Driver Portable Wireless Speaker with Low Harmonic Distortion and Superior Sound – Black- $23.95
This bluetooth speaker is great for blasting workout music and/or workout instructions! Plus with a built-in mic, long bluetooth range, and lots of features to keep the sound from distorting, these speakers are an essential!

Invisibobble I Live In Wonderland Collection ORIGINAL the traceless hair ring holiday trio – $8.00

I wrote about these in the Beauty Gift Guide, but they’re worth sharing here too. Traceless hair bands are a necessity for working out! I love these invisibobbles and ever since I started using them, I can’t live without them. Plus, they’re waterproof/sweatproof.

SoundCore nano Bluetooth Speaker with Big Sound, Super-Portable Wireless...

SoundCore nano Bluetooth Speaker with Big Sound, Super-Portable Wireless… – $21.99

This cute little speaker is great for playing music loud to keep you motivated during workouts! Plus, it’s portable and you can bring it anywhere. I have a little speaker like this for when I do BBG at home. I can bring it outside or just play my music in the house. 

That’s what I’ve got on this list! Is there anything you would add to the list, or maybe something you’ve added to your own wishlist?!

 

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For Beauty Lovers

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers

Finding good gifts for beauty lovers can be a lot more complicated than we think. Unless the beauty lovers in our lives explicitly say they want such and such product from this store, it’s kind of a long shot whether they’ll like the beauty gift you give them.

And it’s not your fault. The beauty lover is just so knowledgable about what she wants. It takes a level of dedication to really know the ever-changing beauty industry inside and out. She might even stay up until midnight just to get her hands on the latest beauty launch. Every beauty junkie has her own (or his!) favorites, her own style, and her own beauty regimen. 

Instead of getting frustrated over what to gift the glam queen in your life, I’ve put together a list of beauty products that should be pretty safe to gift! Either I love and have tried these products, or the beauty community has (bloggers, customer reviews, YouTube reviewers, etc.). Also, they’re classic in a sense, coming from brand new and very popular brands, but also some from brands with name-power–the ones that are well-known because they’re just that good. 

Here we go!

Beautyblender ‘Pure’ Sponge Applicator, Size One Size – No Color – $20

Beautyblenders are one of the most popular tools in beauty right now. . Just wet the sponge, wring out any excess moisture, and use it to apply skincare products, foundation, blush, concealer, or even a setting powder. $20 is the usual price for the classic Beautyblender. Usually you see them come in pink, but the one right here is free of any colorful dyes. I like the idea of a no-color sponge because the sponges can sometimes bleed color when you clean it.

Occasionally, you can find good deals on value packs, like the one shown below. Two beautyblenders, a cleanser, and blotterazzi for $34 (on sale at the time of post) is a very good price, and $40 normally.

Beautyblender Gold Mine Makeup Sponge Applicator & Cleanser Set – $40.00 but on sale for $34

This set is a great deal! This value pack is worth about $60 and is on sale for almost half the price. Even if you purchased this for yourself (shhhh I won’t tell :)), you’re saving a lot of money. 

La Mer Mini Miracles Collection – $85.00

La Mer is well-known for their luxury skincare products. This mini bundle is perfect for someone stocks their vanity with very high-end beauty products. The price is definitely a little steep for a gift, but if you’re okay with the price, chances are that you can’t go wrong with this gift! It’s very thoughtful. Plus, it’s great for those of us who are very on-the-go, travelers, or minimalists. 

Arcona Triad Toner Pads – $36

With so many 5-star reviews, it’s hard to go wrong with something as convenient and nourishing as these triad toner pads. They’re so easy to travel with, keep in a desk drawer, or throw in a gym bag.

Foreo Luna(TM) Play Facial Cleansing Brush – $39.00

No batteries needed for this tiny cleansing brush! It’s smaller than the palm of my hand. I love the size because it’s small enough for me to pack or stow away in the bathroom, but big enough to actually clean my face. As someone who wears makeup on a daily basis, it’s nice to add a cleansing brush to my skincare routine to ensure I’m cleaning my skin well.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil – $38.00

Sunday Riley is one of my favorite skincare brands right now and I have to say, this cleansing oil is a holy grail product for me. As someone with oily skin, I finally found a cleanser that doesn’t totally irritate my skin minutes after using it by drying it out. Plus, the best way to get rid of dirt and debris in oily skin is to use an oil-based cleanser like this one. Once I started using it, I never looked back.

Almost any Sunday Riley product would be greatly appreciated by a beauty lover!

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane – $15.50

The Ordinary is a brand taking the beauty world by storm right now. This brand sells pure and powerful skincare formulas and basics for rock-bottom prices. $15.50 is the high-end of what you’ll pay for products from this brand. Foundations start at $8. You can get beauty oils for $5-7. And the skincare products are purely made up of the powerful skincare ingredients you’ll find in high-end skincare. The Ordinary has guides on what to purchase for your own customized skincare regimen and how to layer the products, making it one of the most affordable beauty lines right now. It’s so popular that many items are consistently sold out across the internet, so keep your eyes peeled for in-stock notifications. 

BabyFoot-Exfoliating-Foot-Peel

Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel – $25.00

Baby Foot is the best product you can buy for dry feet and cracked heels. Slip on the booties for an hour, and wash off the product. Then, in a few days, you’ll see dead skin cells peeling off, leaving you with baby smooth skin in a week or two. I’ve tried a cheaper product that totes the same results, and it didn’t compare AT ALL to Baby Foot. This is the only foot peel I can personally recommend. Typically this product retails at $25 but sometimes you can find it for cheaper at other stores!

Invisibobble I Live In Wonderland Collection ORIGINAL the traceless hair ring holiday trio – $8

Finding good hair ties or hair bands can be pretty tricky. And once you find your favorite one, stretched to the perfect size, you lose it. After seeing a few blogger recommendations, I tried Invisibobble and I’m never looking back. I always have an issue with hair ties and bands leaving lines and marks in my hair. Even the soft hair ties made with foldover elastic, I still had soft traces of the band in my hair. That issue is long gone for me with these Invisibobbles.

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Match Stix Trio

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Match Stix Trio – $54.00

URBAN DECAY Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

URBAN DECAY Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – $54.00

The Naked Palette series by Urban Decay is now a classic! So many companies try to duplicate the palettes since they’re well-loved by the beauty community. I don’t wear eyeshadow often but I have a couple of Naked Palettes I rely on when I do need to wear something more than eyeliner and mascara on my eyes. The only way you would go wrong with a Naked palette? If your favorite beauty lover already has one! 

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette – $65.00

Huda Beauty is a brand new line by world-famous beauty blogger Huda Kattan. Her products flew off the shelves just like Rihanna’s! This eyeshadow palette is one of the most popular products at Sephora right now. 

Kiehl's Since 1851 Disney x Kiehl's Healthy Hydration Set

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Disney x Kiehl’s Healthy Hydration Set – $35.00

Kiehl’s skincare products are classic. This value set features $66 worth of products for $35. Since hydrating products are a must in winter, you can’t go wrong with this set!

L’Occitane Hand Cream Collection – $42.00

This limited edition set of hand cream by L’Occitane will be well-loved and used by dry hands all year long. What I love about this set is that you can break up the set and give out 1-2 hand creams in gift baskets or bundles.

What do you think? Were you able to find a good gift on this list? Beauty junkies–are there any beauty products you would add to this list? 

Let me know in the comments–I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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When we move into our first apartments, many of us are faced with using the kitchen on our own for the first time. We’re pros at timing microwave ovens so our bagel bites don’t bubble over too much and can practically brew coffee with our eyes closed, but not everyone moves into their first apartment knowing how to use their stove or oven. 

There’s a learning curve that comes with learning to “actually cook”. It takes patience, practice, a little luck, and a lot of skill. Plus, we all have to get to know the quirks of our stoves, ovens, and cookware. 

When I was on my own for the first time, cooking was a big chore. I didn’t know the quirks of my kitchen or my brand new cheap cookware I purchased during back-to-school season. I didn’t have time to learn how to cook with everything else I was doing. I still really wanted to cook at home because it’s far healthier and much less expensive than easting out every meal. 

Even though I had a kitchen available to me, cooking was too frustrating to deal with.

Then I started asking myself what I could do to make things easier. I mean, there are so many people who cook every day with schedules more hectic than mine…how can I do it, too?

One of the first things I learned was that having quality cookware in the kitchen made a big difference in how much I was motivated to cook at home. Simply put, it makes things far less frustrating.

Cookware is available left and right, in-store and online, in so many different colors, styles, and shapes. Home cooks, especially new home cooks, have to do a little research and shop around for what’s best for them. It’s too easy to purchase the wrong cookware for your needs, just because there is so much out there. 

I’ve definitely purchased the wrong cookware before–I’ll admit it. Instead of buying something that works well and lasts a little longer, I went for the cheapest cookware I could find.

How did that turn out? Well, my kitchen smelled like fish every time I made pasta.

Gross. 

So, how do you know that you’re buying quality cookware? Where do you shop for it? How much does it cost? Is what I have already good enough? 

Instead of extensively researching what to buy for hours, it’s much easier to stick to a good brand that is known to create quality cookware. Who really has time to spend hours on researching cookware anyway?

After getting the chance to try a nonstick 10-inch pan from Made In, it’s clear that they’re great at creating quality cookware that looks good, too. The pan I have is a beautiful and shiny sapphire blue with a stainless steel handle. Lighter than a MacBook pro, it’s easy to maneuver in the kitchen especially when making things that require you to lift the pan away from the flame, like omelettes. 

I hate making omelettes. They’re simple and something most people know how to make, but I never really got the hang of it. Bad advice led me to believe that homemade omelettes just don’t turn out the same as restaurant omelettes and that restaurant omelettes are just plain better. I think I would always overcook them or let them sit just a little too long. 

Anyway, to test out this pan, I made an omelette. Yeah, I went ahead and made a food that I don’t really like to make and also don’t really care for the taste. I didn’t add any special ingredients like mushrooms or spinach because I wanted to see if I could really make a simple omelette with no help from supporting ingredients. 

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I have to say, even a simple omelette turns out great with this pan. The omelette turned out soft and full of flavor, not dry. The omelette heated and cooked evenly, even though I know one side of my range is hotter than the other. It totally debunked my belief that homemade omelettes don’t taste as good as restaurant omelettes. This was one of the freshest and softest omelettes I’ve had the pleasure of having. 

This pan has a recipe for omelettes etched into the back, so those of us who just can’t seem to remember all the steps or need a refresher could always consult a “cliffnote” version of the recipe. I thought that was pretty cool, especially for people who don’t make omelettes often like me. 

When it was put to the test, the Made In 10-inch nonstick pan definitely shined. 

A couple of things to know about Made In products:

  • Made in the USA
  • Their non-stick coating is PFOA-free. 
  • You don’t need oil and butter, but this cookware won’t go bad if you use oil or butter. 
  • Dishwasher safe (but it’s always good to hand wash your pots and pans! Be gentle!)
  • Induction compatible. 

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They also have a Stainless Steel Cleaner (green bottle) that helps keep your stainless steel cookware nice and shiny. Stainless Steel can lose it’s luster over time, so this stuff will help keep your cookware looking brand new. In addition to that, Made In also has some great care tips for their products that come with their cookware. 

Instead of buying every item you want on their website one by one, Made In offers kits that bundle their products based on use. The Starter Kit, for example, is perfect for a studio apartment and comes with a fry pan, sauce pan, and stock pot. Buying all the pieces individually would cost far more than buying the kit. 

Today is the final day to get 20% off sitewide and up to 35% off on kits, plus a free cleaner. Just use the code “BLACKFRIDAY”.

Made In cookware is perfect for your own kitchen, but it makes a great wedding gift or Christmas gift, too. 

It goes to show that quality cookware can make simple recipes so much better. Good cookware and kitchen tools mean it’s much simpler and far less frustrating for first-time cooks to put easy meals together. 

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