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Today: Ready for Action! (a preview and giveaway)

One of the many advantages to being home these days is the opportunity to take my workouts outside.  In addition to long walks and short runs at Castle Island (who can beat that view?), Grace and I recently started joining my sister-in-law and friends for a stroller-friendly bootcamp a few mornings a week. 

I am absolutely loving it.  It’s exactly the structure and community I’ve been craving.  I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun working out, and it certainly helps having a cute little spectator cheering me on.  After having spent most of the winter cooped up inside, though, it’s taken me a while to get my act together in prepping for these workouts.  From sunscreen and plenty of water, to diaper stuff, toys and snacks (Grace snacks while I work out… I think she has the right idea), to a yoga mat and resistance bands, I’m bound to forget something.

After falling for nearly every product inside the Hello, Beauty! bag from Whole Foods Market, I was so excited to hear that they would be releasing a second bag, filled with Whole Body products, just in time for summer…. and just in time for me to stop making a second or third trip back inside our condo before bootcamp.  

My lovely friends at Whole Foods Market River Street in Cambridge hooked me up with a complimentary Ready for Action bag to preview before they are available in stores on Saturday… aaaand I’ve got one for you, too!

Each Ready for Action bag contains a carefully curated collection: sunscreen, aloe, Toms of Maine deodorant, arnica gel, Nuun electrolyte tablets and superfood shake mixes, along with coupons for other great products.  And the bag itself is really cheery.  It is hand-printed bag by RIJI Green, a company committed to ending human trafficking.  It’s perfect for storing sunscreen and snacks (clearly, we are all about the snacks) in your beach or gym bag.

When it comes to active living, our local Whole Foods Market really is a one-stop shop.  I know the products and ingredients on the shelves are going to be safe and family-friendly, which I can’t necessarily say about so-called nutrition and supplement stores.  

I couldn’t wait to put the Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen and Boiron Arnicare Gel to good use during this week’s workouts, and I’m looking forward to mixing the Amazing Grass vanilla chai Amazing Meal into my next shake.

You can pick up a Ready for Action bag for just $12 (it is valued at $50) tomorrow, Saturday June 27th at 10 AM at your local U.S. Whole Foods Market store, in the Whole Body department.

Ready for Action giveaway

I’m excited to share a Ready for Action bag with one U.S. reader.  To enter, please comment below.  A winner (though… you’re, like, all winners… and don’t you forget it) will be randomly selected on Tuesday, June 30th.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your list of summer essentials?

Today: The weekend, according to Instagram.

With work being crazy (in a good way), I’ve been making a conscious effort to unplug a bit more during the weekend.  I can’t seem to put my Instagram machine iPhone down, though.  Technically it’s only plugged in when it’s charging, so… I guess that still sort of counts as being unplugged.  Maybe.

The weekend, according to Instagram.

The weekend according to Instagram 1

  1. The Os Gemeos mural in Dewey Square, taken from a stoplight (safety first).
  2. View of Logan from the Seaport – I love living so close to the water.
  3. Spotted this so jelly mug (the reverse side features a pair of jelly fish) at Target while running errands.  And then I had Destiny’s Child stuck in my head for the rest of the day.  I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.
  4. I whipped up a quick and (extremely) easy lemon artichoke pesto on Friday night.  I love throwing together ingredients with neither measuring, counting, nor caring.  Pestos are perfect for that.  I used two small jars of artichoke hearts (drained), added a generous helping of walnuts (~2 cups), a bunch of fresh parsley, a drizzle of olive oil, juice from one lemon, a pinch of nutritional yeast, and little salt and pepper.  You could probably chop up the ingredients and mash together in a bowl, but I went straight for the food processor.  Nice and smooth.
  5. Clark and I enjoyed the spring-like weather this weekend with a few extra-long walks.  I thought this tree was cute.
  6. I slept in on Saturday and missed the early class at CrossFit Southie, so I threw together a little at home WOD, after checking out a few of the workouts on The Traveling WOD.  That site is a great resource for workouts on the go, or at home – with very little, if any equipment required.  After six rounds of my made up workout, I got to work on pull-ups.  Practice makes progress.
  7. After taking some time a few weeks ago to organize my random collection of ribbons, mint and coral colored pens, and washi tape, I’ve been obsessed with little projects like this one: sprucing up my iPhone and iPad chargers with different tapes.  Here are a few more clever uses for washi.
  8. There was a time when I never, ever napped.  That time can be defined as my entire childhood.  Nowadays, if football is on and Clark’s feeling snuggly… the two of us are out like a light.
  9. I am finding my Polar FT4 heart rate monitor from h.h. gregg to be not only informative, but super motivating.  I’ve been wearing it to CrossFit and am amazed at how much harder I push myself at the box, than I do when I workout on my own.

But wait… there’s more.

The weekend according to Instagram 2

  1. Speaking of CrossFit, I left the box on Sunday feeling like a Mighty Endorphin Power Ranger after our rowing/DU WOD.  It didn’t hurt that “Beat it” (rock in peace, MJ) was playing on the radio on the way home.  While I’ve been able to do one or two double-unders here and there over the past few months, I’ve never been able to string them together before.  Usually I would feel or hear the rope pass under my feet for the second time, freak out, and then immediately whip myself in the shins.  I’ve been practicing, checking out YouTube videos, and watching other athletes and somehow… it just clicked during the warm-up.  One double-under turned into two… and then three… and during the workout, twenty!  I must have looked like a total goofball, but I could not stop smiling and Irish-whispering “I am doing it!”  When I went up to the board after class to give our coach my time, I started to say level one (which was scaled to 10 DU attempts), our coach replied… “What you did was not level one.”  Perma-smile.
  2. After class (and various leaps and spin moves about the condo while I described my jump rope glory and push jerk PR to Nick), we headed to Whole Foods River Street to stock up for the week.  Pomegranates: check.
  3. As soon as we got home, I traded my skinny jeans (no one should wear real pants on the weekend) for short shorts and ProCompression socks.  Much better.
  4. Yet another water view from the Seaport.  You will not be shocked to learn I am a Pisces.
  5. This was the mess I made while multi-tasking.  I perused Runners World for a spring half marathon to run, while painting my nails, while watching the Pats (I stayed mostly awake for that game).  I like to pick nail colors based on their names (seen above: essie eternal optimist, beyond cozy and miss fancy pants).  I’ve been reading Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure and was reminded about the good having fresh flowers around can do.  Tulips are a favorite of mine.
  6. As of Sunday evening, I have successfully completed 13 out of 13 #fmsphotoaday challenges.  Yesterday’s theme was circle.  This was kind of a stretch, but the BC seal is a circle.  I recently joined a mentoring program at my alma mater and will be paired with an undergraduate student next month.  I think it will be a good way to reconnect with the Heights, especially with my 10 year reunion not so far off.  Yikes.
  7. An impulse purchase from the Whole Body department while grocery shopping: Biggs and Featherbelle Beauty Soak.  I love bath time.
  8. A nerd’s dream: French grammar review books.
  9. Clark and I headed out for another long walk (clearly, I put my pants back on).  It’s January in Boston, yet it was too warm for a jacket and real shoes, so I dug out my Toms.  Al Gore was right, people.

Also On Tap for Today:

Do you unplug on the weekends?

Today: Drumroll, please.

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Thanks to the magic number generator at random.org and a carefully crafted Excel spreadsheet, we haaaaave a winner in Weleda’s fabulous Body Oils Essentials Kit giveaway.

Congratulations, Kelly M.! Please send me an email (ontapfortoday[at]gmail.com) with your mailing address and your oils will be on their way.  🙂  Kelly recently started her own blog, The Daily Snip.  Be sure to stop by and check it out!  You just may leave with inspiration for a new ‘do or two.

Many thanks to all who entered, and especially to the lovely people at Weleda for generously sponsoring this giveaway.  Weleda products are available at Whole Foods (in the Whole Body aisle, totally my jam), at Target, and online.

Today: Vacation in several bottles.

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With the holidays fast approaching, the temperature dropping in this part of the Universe, and the sun playing hard to get, we could all use a little vacation.  With all my talk of getting away, the least I could do is share some of the vacation ahhhhh with one of you.  The lovely people at Weleda are coming to the rescue of one lucky reader who will receive their Body Oil Essentials Kit, which promises to replenish, regenerate, balance and protect.

I just relaxed a bit more typing those words.

The Body Oil Essentials Kit includes six mini versions of Weleda’s 100% certified organic, natural body oils and poses quite well with all the coral I snuck home from the Caribbean.  This set would make the perfect holiday gift.  Or you could keep them for yourself.  You could also split up the kit and drop a bottle in each stocking you pass.  Or you could keep them for yourself (see where I’m going with this?).  Here they are, in alphabetical order, because I am a freak of nature and can somehow find a way to systematize even the relaxation process.

  • Arnica Massage Oil boasts the special restorative properties of hand-picked, organic arnica flowers and will warm your skin during usage.
  • Birch Cellulite Oil will help purify and detoxify your skin.  It will visibly improve your skin’s texture and smoothness after a month of regular use.
  • Lavender Relaxing Body Oil is the perfect antidote to a long, stressful day.  The aroma will help you unwind before bed.
  • Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil is an indulgent, antioxidant-rich oil that will visibly reduce the signs of aging, promote skin renewal, add moisture, and will leave you looking smooth and firm (sort of like my handshake).
  • Sea Buckthorn Body Oil features Biodynamic(R) sea buckthorn, which is rich in antioxidants and has long been used by Weleda for replenishing the skin.
  • Wild Rose Body Oil smells heavenly.  I am sure there’s more to it, but I could sit around sniffing this little pink bottle all day.  If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.  Beyond the amazing aroma, rosehip seed oil boasts a powerful combination of vitamins and fatty acids which help to improve the skin’s suppleness and elasticity.

A bit more about the brand behind the beautifying botanicals: At Weleda, we cultivate beauty and 100-percent, certified-natural baby and skin care products. We believe beauty should be grown right from the earth-not from a lab. Carefully. Lovingly. And certainly without pesticides or chemicals. Look through our ingredients and you will find flowers and herbs, crafted organically and biodynamically. We are the pioneers of Biodynamic® and organic farming, and since our inception in 1921, we have put as much love and care into the earth as we have into our bottles. We create meaningful products that work with your body’s own natural vitality and ability to nurture and heal. The end result is radiant skin and a sense of well-being that can only come from nature and from us—Weleda.

Weleda products are available online at www.usa.weleda.com. Select products are sold at Target, Whole Foods Market, select independent health food stores and other specialty retailers nationwide and around the world.

I love that Weleda has been around since 1921 and their products are rooted in organic farming, and are not dictated by trends and passing fads.  They are a brand I trust and respect and see every morning in my shower and makeup bag.  It’s just that good.  My favorite picks are their Skin Food, Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash, and their incredible Foot Balm.  I am looking forward to experimenting further with each of these oils and can’t wait to pass along a set to one of you.  So let’s get down to business, shall we?

To enter, please leave a comment sharing your best tip for staying balanced and relaxed during the holiday season.  For an extra entry, please feel free to tweet (“RT @ElizabethEv: Relaxation is On Tap for Today! @Weleda giveaway at http://wp.me/pySBS-IC”) or blog about this giveaway.  Many thanks to Weleda for generously presenting this giveaway, and to each of you for being so lovely and loyal.  You are simply the best. 🙂

I will randomly select one winner on Sunday evening, November 28th. You’ve got practically a whole week to imagine what you’d do with six bottles of body oil… and I will leave you with that.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • There’s quite the deal on Groupon today: half off at Nordstrom Rack!
  • Pick up Clark from Camp +dog… he’s been away for over a week 🙁
  • Peruse recipes– what should I bring home for Thanksgiving?

So let’s hear it: How do you stay balanced and relaxed during the holiday season?

Today: Ma’am, your epidermis is showing.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] The older I get, the more refined my sense of humor becomes.  Clearly.  Fortunately, I moisturize on the regular, so I have the dewy complexion of a eleven year old, which is right on par with my emotional maturity.  Speaking of eleven year olds, if you passed sixth grade science, you know that the skin, or epidermis (from the Greek, dear spelling bees, meaning upper skin),  is our largest organ.

Oopsies, wrong organ.

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As I was reminded at last night’s Whole Foods Market Whole Body showcase, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. You body ultimately absorbs whatever products and chemicals you slather on your skin, which gives me great pause when I consider the body glitter craze of the late nineties.  I am pretty sure I can break out in hives on command, so I have always been extra careful about which products I use, but I certainly have a lot to learn.  About mostly everything.  I was like a veritable loofah last night, soaking up all kinds of information.  Let’s wring it all out, shall we?

Inside each Whole Foods Market is a heavenly little section called the cheese department.  The is also a section equally as heavenly, called Whole Body.  Whole Body features carefully selected products that can be characterized as quality, safe products with an emphasis on natural ingredients– plant-based, naturally-derived, with pure essential oil fragrances, gentle preservatives, and non-petroleum ingredients.  In other words, no Bonne Bell Lip Smackers.  Oh, and no Whole Body products are ever tested on animals (obvi).

I had the chance to meet some of the glowing (seriously, these people practice what they preach) faces behind many of Whole Body’s featured brands last night.  The event had sort of the same appeal as my favorite farmers’ market up the street: we enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the people who care about the product, and learn a bit about why and how it should be used.  This is how I found myself smelling all kinds of lotions, serums and spritzes, enjoying a facial on my hand (a handcial?), sipping an elderberry elixir, and eating goji berries, mulberries and chocamole on a Tuesday night.  Yes.  Chocamole.

My first stop was the Kiss My Face table.  I’ve long been devoted to the brand and loved chatting with their lovely representative about their new products, and their partnership with Seeds of Peace, the recipient of 10% of sales of their new castile soap, aptly named Peace Soap.  You can learn more about that partnership and the great work that Seeds of Peace does here.  Doing good while looking good?  I’ll take a piece of that.

I was similarly attracted to the partnership between Mineral Fusion and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many of the other brands represented that have relationships with organizations dedicated to environmental protection, land preservation and other important issues.   Cause marketing is such a brilliant way to attract consumers, while elevating organization’s public profiles and often channeling valuable resources.  As someone who runs a non-profit, I always love to see how brands interact with causes.

This post has officially reached “bordering on way too long, sister” status, so I will wind things down for now, with the threat promise to be back with more soon.  In the meantime…

If you’re interested in learning more about keeping your body “fit and sassy both inside and out,”  I recommending visiting the Whole Body website, which is ripe with information about quality, safe, natural health, beauty and wellness products.  They also offer great resources on a variety of topics, including health and wellness for young adults, supplementing with superfoods, and how to create a spa experience at home.  Given the wealth of products I received last night, I am quite certain a spa day (or month!)  is in the cards.  Someone bring me my slippers.  Please.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Returning to the Heights to steer impressionable undergrads down the career path at an alumni/career center event
  • Owl jokes are the new pirate jokes
  • Invent a new type of laundry that washes and dries itself …psssssssh

If you had a million dollars to give away, which cause (or beauty product) would you donate to (buy)?