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This is a sponsored post written in partnership with the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM). All opinions are my own.
How do you know when you’re ready to have a baby? From what I’ve heard, no one is really ready for parenthood. It’s just something that you fully embrace when the time is right. Seeing my friends start families of their own has been so eye-opening and it’s been great to see the way that they care for and interact with their children. My husband, Kyle, and I have talked about having kids and starting a family of our own one day. Before getting married, we discussed our plans for the future and when children might fit into the picture and we both agreed that we wanted to be married for a few years and enjoy being newlyweds before welcoming a baby. Kyle and I didn’t live with each other before getting married, so after we tied the knot, we both went through an adjustment period where we just got used to being under the same roof all the time. That phase quickly passed and as the years have gone on, we’ve really enjoyed spending time with each other and still having our own independence.
Aside from spending time with each other, Kyle and I both love to travel, so we’ve always wanted to be sure that we’d have the chance to see places and do things that we wouldn’t necessarily be able to with a newborn. We also want to move into a bigger house and get settled in before having a baby, so those are things that we’ve been considering as well. While we don’t want to put an exact timeline on things, we’ve talked about having a baby after about five years of marriage. Believe it or not, we’ll be celebrating our third wedding anniversary at the end of July, so we’re definitely getting closer and closer to welcoming our own little bundle of joy.
I’ve often wondered what having kids would be like and which traits my children would develop. Would they have my husband’s smarts and sense of humor? Would they have my eyes, nose or lips? I can’t wait to see, but I know that no matter what our kids are like, they’ll be exactly the way they’re supposed to be. (not sure this is necessary) While my husband and I haven’t started to have kids just yet, we’ve talked about our options in case I can’t get pregnant naturally. One of the possibilities that we’ve been discussing more recently has been egg freezing. Did you know that your eggs start to diminish in terms of number and quality as you get older? This can make it more difficult to conceive or maintain a pregnancy, so age definitely plays a factor in fertility.
Every woman is different, but typically when you reach your late 30s, half of your eggs will most likely have either too few or too many chromosomes. These abnormalities can sometimes cause failed implantation or miscarriage. I recently learned that women that are in their 40s only have about a 5% chance to become pregnant each month.
Even if you’ve never considered egg freezing before, it’s a great thing to keep in mind if you’d like to become pregnant down the road because it allows you to preserve your fertility for the future. When you freeze your eggs in your 20s or 30s, you can take advantage of your body’s fertility when your eggs are generally their healthiest.
There are a lot of things to think about before deciding if freezing your eggs is right for you. One of the most important decisions is deciding where you freeze your eggs. If your goal is to get pregnant and have a baby, you’d want to work with a fertility clinic that has a proven success rate, right? Why not choose a global leader in fertility treatment? This is why I’d recommend CCRM who pride themselves on an industry-leading approach to fertility research and treatment that offers prospective parents the fastest path to the healthiest baby.
To do your research ahead of time, be sure to check out the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) website. Not all clinics are SART members and that means that they don’t need to necessarily adhere to guidelines that SART-member facilities have in place such as reported success rates, strict practices, as well as advertising and ethical guidelines. CCRM is a member of SART and delivers some of the highest success rates in the industry!
Some other things you should look for and ask yourself when selecting a clinic are:
Is the clinic’s thaw data and success rates exceptional compared to the other clinics you are considering? Freezing isn’t about the freeze, it’s about the clinic’s ability to help you achieve pregnancy when you’re ready to thaw your eggs and create embryos. When compared to others, CCRM’s results exceed most every clinic out there. According to SART, it takes the average CCRM patient 1.2 IVF cycles to get pregnant (versus the national average at 1.6)!
Is the clinic performing all services under one roof? This helps ensure quality control and can expedite test results, analysis and consistency of services. It’s best to freeze your eggs at the same place that thaws them. The industry’s newest boutique clinics do not offer anything more than egg freezing so patients are forced to set their sites on a completely separate facility to thaw the eggs and proceed with pregnancy pursuit. CCRM uniquely conducts all of its services in-house; meaning patients don’t have to go elsewhere to pursue any part of the fertility journey – this promises more safety, patient-to-physician connection and less stress overall.
Moreover, oftentimes, boutique egg freezing clinics will freeze and run. Meaning, once you’ve frozen your eggs, there’s no need to further your relationship with the physician and clinic. On the contrary, CCRM promises to be a “partner for life in fertility” from egg freezing, to IVF and 10 years down the line to check in and ensure your reproductive life is going smoothly. Whether that means having another baby or struggling to do so, CCRM physicians provide life-long support through simple and difficult journeys.
Ninety-seven percent of patients would recommend to family and friends to CCRM. It’s no wonder that people are so satisfied with CCRM – more than 50,000 babies have been born through fertility treatments at their clinics. Between highly skilled physicians and top-notch equipment and facilities, CCRM continually excels at success rates and patient satisfaction. Unlike many other fertility clinics that outsource their specialists and testing needs, CCRM leverages its own data, as well as a dedicated team of in-house reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and geneticists in order to deliver consistent, successful results.
You can find CCRM in 25 locations across the U.S. and Canada, serving 11 major metropolitan areas. If you live in or near cities like Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, New York, Northern Virginia/D.C., Minneapolis, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto, there’s a CCRM clinic near you.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to be sharing a blog post that talks through the egg freezing process. I’ll provide more details then so stay tuned to my blog, but if you’re interested in reading over some egg freezing FAQs from CCRM, you can click here to check those out.
If you’d like to visit a CCRM clinic in your local area, you can schedule an appointment online or by phone – it’s super easy.
Now, I want to know which questions you have about egg freezing. Is it something that you’ve ever thought about or considered? Do you have any questions about the egg freezing process that you’d like to have answered in my next blog post? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
This is a sponsored post with The Huntington National Bank and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
As a young millennial, I have a lot of things going on in my life. Between my full-time job, blogging, traveling, spending time with family and friends and just general hobbies, I’m always on the go. Since I’m awfully busy, I have to carve out time to spend on tasks like paying bills and sorting out my finances. I like to set aside time every few weeks to go over anything and everything related to banking. I have found that being intentional with my finances has made such a difference, especially after entering “adulthood.”
My husband is very well-versed in the world of personal finance, so I definitely attribute my interest in banking to him. Since getting married, he has helped me to see the bigger picture in terms of what we can do with our money. He’s shown me that we can make our money work for us in a number of ways, like contributing to our 401k’s and saving for retirement early on in our careers and paying off our credit cards in full every month to avoid paying interest.
Over the years I have become more comfortable with making financial and banking-related decisions. While it’s great to know the basics when it comes to money management, I know that there is still so much more for me to learn. That’s why I’m so excited to be working with Huntington Bank and serving as one of their social media ambassadors this year. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing a variety of content related to Huntington Bank, including their services, involvement in the local community and more!
Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Huntington Bank’s headquarters in Columbus, OH for their Influencer Summit. I, along with a handful of other bloggers and content creators, got an inside look at all things Huntington and we learned so much about this Midwest-based bank. During my time in Columbus with the Huntington team, I had the opportunity to learn more about Huntington’s mission and I got to meet some amazing team members at their HQ. It was such a great experience and it definitely made me feel excited about this relationship and the fact that I get to take you all along for this ride with me!
Did you know that the very first Huntington branch still operates today? We got to get a glimpse of it during our tour at Huntington’s HQ. The teller windows looked so cool – they immediately transported me back in time.
Another cool tidbit that I learned while I was at Huntington’s HQ is that the “H” in the Huntington Bank logo is a honeycomb. I don’t know why I never realized that before! The honeycomb is significant because it illustrates a community. Bees work together to create their own little community and Huntington Bank wants to be a reflection of that type of community in all of the local areas they operate in.
One of my favorite parts of the Influencer Summit was getting a sneak peek at Huntington’s new brand commercials. I’ve already seen a few of the ads airing on TV – maybe you have too! If you haven’t seen them yet, you can check them out here.
After wrapping up at the Influencer Summit and heading home, I couldn’t wait to brainstorm and set my financial goals and intentions for this year. I absolutely love to travel, so I definitely want to save up some money to go on a few vacations next year. Last year my husband and I went to Germany. Next year I’m thinking we’ll head to Switzerland (I’ve heard that Switzerland is expensive, so we’ll definitely need to be diligent when it comes to saving money). Aside from travel, I really want to focus more on saving to buy a new house. We’re starting to outgrow the home that we’re in now and we just need more space. It would be great to upgrade to a larger place with more bedrooms, bathrooms and a larger kitchen. I’ve been checking real estate listings nearly every day to see what types of homes come onto the market. I can’t wait to start visiting some properties and scheduling showings with our realtor.
With so many exciting things coming up in my future, I know that managing my money will play a big role in how successful I am in reaching my goals. I decided to open a Huntington account to turn my dreams into a reality. I figured that if I set up a bank account to reach my goals and track my progress when it comes to saving, I’ll be able to pay for my vacation to Switzerland and have enough money saved up for a new house in no time!
I decided to open my Huntington account online and I was surprised by how easy the process was. You can open a bank account in-person, online like I did, or even over the phone. I love the fact that Huntington gives you the flexibility to choose from personal banking options, like checking and savings and you can monitor your accounts online, on your phone or in-person at your local branch. No matter how you like to manage your money, Huntington makes it easy for you to do it your way.
I decided to open an Asterisk-Free Checking® account. This is a simple account that’s free to open and maintain. It also has no minimum balance and no monthly maintenance fees. In order to apply online, you have to be at least 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia and you have to open either an individual or joint account.
When opening an account, you’ll need about 10 minutes of spare time, a U.S. government-issued ID like a driver’s license or passport and you’ll have to provide your social security number.
For me, the process was over in the blink of an eye. I’m so excited to start using my Asterisk-Free Checking account so I can save up money for all of the goals that I have established. Every little bit helps, so being able to manage my money with the help of Huntington should make a big difference and I think I’ll be able to reach my goals relatively quickly. I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress toward my goals as my ambassadorship with Huntington continues through the rest of this year.
Now, I want to turn the tables and see how you, my readers, feel about finances. Do you have any finance-related questions? Is there anything that I can help you with over the next few months during my relationship with Huntington? If you have any questions at all, feel free to drop a comment below or reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be sharing much more about my journey with Huntington in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, make sure you stay up to date with everything going on at Huntington by following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Huntington, click here.
If you work in an office setting or if a future job opportunity will require you to work in an office setting, chances are that you'll have to set an out of office email reply during your career. Spending time outside the office and having a good work-life balance is so important. Disconnecting from your workplace and taking a few days to yourself to relax can help you come back to the office feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your next big project. Just because you step away from the office for a few days doesn't mean that the world will stop and the company you work for will be put on hold. Business will continue as usual and you'll be responsible for catching up on any work that you missed while you were away.
Don't sweat it though, because with some planning and communication with your colleagues, you can keep everyone informed and make sure that your projects keep moving along even while you're gone.
I've been a part of the post-grad working world for 4 years now, so I've definitely seen my fair share of good, bad and ugly out of office replies. What you write in your out of office email is totally dependent on you and your personality. Just remember that what you write and set as your grown up AIM away message is a reflection of your professionalism and communications skills so put some thought and consideration into your message before you head out on your vacay.
Next time you decide to take some PTO and get away from your workplace for a bit, remember these tips for setting your out of office reply:
1. Make sure you're including all of the pertinent details, but don't overshare If someone emails you while you're out of the office, they'll probably want to know the following:
How long you'll be away
When you'll be returning to the office
Who they can contact in your absence if something urgent arises
Whether you'll be reachable while you're away or completely disconnected from the office
If you include everything listed above in your out of office reply, you should be golden. Make sure you spell out all the details, especially if you'll be away for more than a week. If you do decide to include information about who someone can contact if they need assistance with something and it can't wait until you return to the office, be sure to speak with your supervisor or your colleagues and determine if someone can serve as a backup for you and answer any questions while you're out. They'll appreciate that you checked in with them first and made sure they're prepared.
Also, you want to make sure that you mention whether people will be able to contact you while you're away or if you won't have access to your phone or email. If you're staying local or within the country and you'll be able to answer emails, texts or phone calls, you can include your cell phone number and state that you'll be checking and responding to emails periodically. If you'll be traveling out of the country and you won't have access to phone or email, you can say that you'll be abroad and you'll have limited access to phone and email (or no access at all).
One thing you don't want to do in your out of office reply is to overshare details regarding your whereabouts. Going on a beautiful tropical vacation to Hawaii is great for you, but do your coworkers and anyone who emails you externally need to know that's where you'll be? No, not really. Of course, it doesn't hurt to include information like this, but at the same time it isn't completely necessary.
2. Turn your out of office reply on and off at the right time If you use Microsoft Outlook as your email service at work, you can actually opt to send automatic replies during a certain time frame that you specify. All you do is choose the dates that you want to send the message and then you select the time you want out of office replies to start being sent and when you want them to stop being sent. I use this feature ALL the time and I love it. It's so nice to set it up ahead of time, too. That way, you can focus on other important tasks you need to wrap up before heading on PTO instead of drafting your out of office reply and setting it right before you leave the office.
If you're more old school and you don't like to schedule your out of office replies ahead of time, make sure that you turn it off shortly after returning to the office. No one likes getting auto-responder messages when you're clearly in the office.
3. Consider setting an out of office reply while you're traveling for business or attending an all day meeting or conference This isn't something you absolutely have to do, but if you travel a lot for work or if you're attending an off-site meeting or conference, it might be a good idea to turn on an out of office reply. This could be useful for when you're on an airplane and not connected to Wi-Fi. Setting a reply that simply states that you'll be traveling for business or attending a meeting but you'll be accessible at different times throughout the day should suffice.
As a little gift to my readers, I'm included a short and sweet out of office reply email template below. Use this as a starting point when writing your next auto-responder email message and feel free to tweak it to fit your writing style.
Out of office response template:
Hello, Thanks for your email! I will be out of the office from Wednesday, March 14 to Friday, March 16. If your matter is urgent and you require immediate assistance, please reach out to Jane Doe (email@example.com). Otherwise, I will respond to all messages when I return on Monday, March 19. Have a great day! [Your name]
Like I mentioned above, you can definitely add a line in that will tell someone whether you'll be accessible or not. If you'll be able to answer emails here and there while you're on PTO, add in something like: "I'll be checking emails periodically and I'll be returning messages as I receive them." This will let the person who tried contacting you know that they'll be able to hear from you sooner than when you return from PTO.
Now that you know the three tips that I covered above, you'll be rockin' your out of office messages. Bet you can't wait until the next time you take PTO to apply these newfound skills, right? Just remember to always proofread your message before setting it and make sure that your grammar and spelling is correct.
What are your tips for setting an out of office reply? What information do you always make sure to include? Share with me in the comment section below.
Every generation is different, but there’s just something about millennials, right? GEN Y is the largest living generation and they’re making a splash across a variety of mediums. As the first segment to truly embrace the internet, millennials are all over the latest and greatest social media platforms and it’s no surprise that so many millennials (like myself) have started their own blogs.
GEN Y has embraced everything about connecting with people online and using their platforms as a way to share everything from their favorite products to what they’ve been up to in their daily lives.
I love following along with all sorts of millennial bloggers. It’s fun to read other people’s perspective on things and also learn some new things here and there. The great thing about blogging is that you can write about anything. Travel, beauty, fashion, food…the list goes on. No matter what you’re interested in, chances are that there’s a blog out there for you.
In today’s post, I’m sharing a list of millennial blogs that I love to read. To me, these are the best millennial bloggers out there! They each bring something different to the table and share unique content with their readers.
Since I’m a millennial blogger myself, I figured that I’d add my blog to the list. Read more about my blog and the rest of the blogs I love to follow along with below:
Since you clicked on this blog post, I might as well start off this list by introducing you to my blog and telling you what it’s all about. First of all, my name is Katie and I’m the Owner/Editor of Millennial on the Move. If you haven’t explored the blog yet, I write about lifestyle, travel and career topics. As a millennial myself, a lot of my content is geared toward millennials.
Ever since I can remember I’ve enjoyed writing and creating content. I decided to start my blog as an outlet to channel my energy toward while I’m not at my 9-5. I have a background in journalism and communications and I love creating great content for my readers. I'm a pretty creative person, so I love to brainstorm content ideas and write engaging blog posts. I’ve also loved learning more about photography since becoming a blogger - with every blog post that I publish, I make sure that I have great photos to accompany whatever I’m writing about. I've been working professionally in the social media field since graduating from college and I know the ins and outs of every social channel and how to optimize content for great engagement.
Kayla was one of the first millennial bloggers to hit the scene. She's been blogging for over five years and it's been great to see how she has grown along with her blog. She shares career advice and now that she's a new mom, she shows her followers the ins and outs of motherhood.
Casey is one of the realest bloggers I know. I had the chance to meet her at an event with Toyota in Austin, TX last fall and we instantly clicked. She’s the type of person that makes you feel like you’ve been friends with her for years. Her blog focuses on life as a twenty-something in Dallas.
Shalee is a girl that loves to travel and go on adventures. She even has cats that go hiking with her. How cool is that? She’s been all over the globe and dishes out all of her travel tips on her blog. It’s so fun to follow along with her. I know you’ll enjoy following her, too.
Natalie is a photographer and blogger based in Ohio. She used to work in the PR field, but decided to purse her passion of photography and blogging full time. She’s absolutely killing it so I think it’s safe to say that she made the right move!
Kristen is such a girl boss. I love reading her blog because she’s just like me. We both work full-time and run our blogs as a “side-hustle” (something Kristen is an expert in). Her blog has monthly themes which are so fun to follow along with. If you're looking for career tips and advice on how to become a boss babe, Kristen has you covered.
Cara is such a fun person to follow. I met her on a press trip and we spent a lot of time together. It was so easy to talk to her and getting to know her was so great. We found that we have a lot in common and I’ve loved reading her blog ever since. From fashion and beauty tips to general lifestyle content, Cara covers topics for just about everyone.
This is an all-around great blog for millennials spearheaded by a girl named Nicole. Covering topics like self-development, finance, health and career, this site is a perfect starting point for anyone that's wanting to learn how this whole "adulting" thing works. With multiple contributors offering different viewpoints on a variety of topics, you'll always find something new to read about on Gen Twenty.
I absolutely love Chelsea’s blog. She’s one of the most relatable bloggers that I’ve come across and I love the way she writes about topics that affect almost every millennial. Her posts are so clever and witty and they provide either a dose of inspiration, motivation or just straight up realness. I love following along with her content and watching her Instagram stories. She'll make you want to be her friend in real-life in no time.
Amanda is a full-time marketing professional by day and a travel blogger that loves to share all of her experiences around the world by night. I absolutely love her writing style and her content themes including “power trips,” “desk depart” and “free travel”. She has a knack for writing travel content and it really shows!
There you have it! I've loved following along with these bloggers and I can't wait to see how they continue to create content in the future. Be sure to check out all of these millennial bloggers when you get a bit of free time. You won’t be disappointed!
Are you familiar with any of the millennial bloggers that are on this list? Leave me a comment below and tell me which bloggers you like to follow along with.
Raise your hand if you love to travel! You obviously can’t see my hand, but it’s reaching toward the ceiling. I’ve shared on my blog time and time again that traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Travel is truly the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. There are so many things out there to do and experience.
Every year I make a list of the places that I want to travel to and then I search far and wide on the internet to determine if there are any deals for the destinations that I have in mind. If I find a decent deal, I’m definitely not opposed to booking it and turning my travel dreams into a reality.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have a full-time job, but working remotely is definitely appealing to me. Who knows - maybe it’ll be something that I explore a little more in the future. If you have the flexibility to work remotely at this stage in your life, then you should definitely check out the six jobs below that can be found on FlexJobs and Remote.co:
Take a break from your travel schedule to review and critique content as an independent contractor. Your professional area of expertise determines the content you’ll be tasked to review. The company is looking for professional attorneys, doctors, financial planners, and others to fulfill this part-time role.
Proficient travelers likely have extensive experience using travel rewards and loyalty programs. This employer seeks an Assistant Assigning Editor to work on the travel rewards team. Collaborate with writers and other editors while you fulfill your passion for travel.
Work to support an entrepreneur 15 to 30 hours per week while you’re on your journey. Help build a business and support a business owner in day-to-day operations and manage daily workflow while you work remotely.
In this truly unique role, you’ll be connected with those who are blind or have limited vision to allow them immediate access to visual information. Perhaps you’ll even assist a visually impaired person in their travels.
Work as a contractor to teach English to Chinese students. Depending on where you’re traveling, you can adjust your sightseeing schedule to attend to your teaching duties, which are based on weekday evenings and weekends, Beijing time.
Will you be focusing your travel schedule in the U.S.? Then this could be a good way to work while you explore. If you enjoy snuffing out inaccuracies and have a sharp mind, consider this flexible career.
And there you have it! Six different jobs that will allow you to work remotely and free up more of your time so you can travel the world! Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
Do any of the jobs above catch your eye? If so, which one sounds most appealing to you and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave me a comment below.
Summer is so close I can almost taste it! This is the time of year that I get excited for longer days and warmer weather. I love spending time outside and just having more sunshine in general, so I’m definitely counting down the days until Memorial Day (because we all know that that’s the unofficial start of summer). With better weather around the corner, it won’t be long until it’s time to break out the shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and bathing suits. If you’ve been thinking about starting an at-home workout routine to get ready for the upcoming season, then keep reading!
In today’s blog post, I’m going to cover three of my favorite at-home workouts: Bikini Body Guide (some people call it BBG) by Kayla Itsines, Jillian Michaels workout DVDs and P90X. I have personally used all of these programs/methods in the past and I’ve seen success with them. If you want to see results when you do at-home workouts, you need to be diligent and stick with them. Giving up or taking days off will set you back, so it’s important to come up with a goal, create a workout schedule that’s easy to follow along with and stick with it so it becomes a part of your daily routine.
Before my wedding, I did a mix of BBG and Jillian Michaels DVDs. I started off with BBG and made it all the way to week 12 before switching over to Jillian Michaels. I know there is a BBG 2.0 program that stretches the program out to a 24 week time span vs. the regular 12 weeks in BBG 1.0, but I knew that I needed to switch up my workouts and try something new because I was starting to get bored and I wanted my workouts to be more mindless in the sense that I wanted to watch someone on my TV screen to understand which moves I needed to do and how long I needed to go each move for.
I started working out and holding myself to a specific workout schedule in February and by the time my wedding rolled around in late July, I had lost around 10 pounds. I was gaining muscle and in turn, I became really toned which was definitely an added benefit since I had more definition in my arms, abs and legs. On days that I didn’t do an at-home workout, I did cardio at the gym (I worked out over my lunch break at the gym). For the most part I used the stair stepper machine for anywhere between 20-30 minutes . This helped to tone my legs and glutes and get my heart pumping at the same time.
In total, I worked out around 5-6 days per week. Rest days were really important to me as those were my days to relax and recharge. As far as diet goes, I didn’t limit myself too much in terms of what I could/couldn’t eat. I just made healthier choices. I cut out sugary drinks, ate grapefruit or yogurt for breakfast and packed salads with low-calorie dressing for lunch. I typically ate whatever I wanted for dinner and skipped dessert.
No matter which at-home workout you decide to do, you’ll need a few necessities:
A set of hand weights
An exercise mat
A water bottle
Hair ties and headbands
Without further ado, let’s get into the at-home workouts that I recommend:
Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines:
BBG is an all-around great workout. Instead of following along with a DVD, you have an actual, physical booklet that you read. The workouts are split out by week and target different areas of the body such as arms, abs and legs. Each day focuses on one key area and then a few days later you’ll focus on that key area again in order to keep building up strength and endurance.
Jillian Michaels Workout DVDs:
The nice thing about Jillian Michaels DVDs are that there are so many of them to choose from. I’ve tried just about every workout, but my favorites are 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30. Since I work full-time, I need quick workouts that combine strength and cardio and these DVDs do just that.
Depending on which DVD you use, you can expect to have a 20 minute workout from start to finish. Jillian Michaels is a big fan of HIIT workouts, so her DVDs follow a circuit-like pattern. You start off by doing strength moves, then you work your way into cardio and then abs. Each 20 minute session has three circuits.
One thing that I love about these DVDs is that Jillian shows you modifications for just about every exercise. When you’re first starting out, this is really helpful since the moves can be pretty intense right off the bat.
P90X is an oldie, but a goodie. These workouts were all the rage a few years ago. I remember following along with the workout DVDs in high school. Each workout is around 45 minutes to an hour long and they mix cardio and weight training together. Some of the moves are really challenging (wall sits, anyone?), but the pay off is what makes these workouts worth the pain. If you stick with these workouts, you’re bound to see results. My favorite DVD to follow along with is Ab Ripper X. The exercises definitely make your abs burn, but in a good way.
No matter how you decide to work out, fitting at least 20-30 minutes of activity into your day will make a huge difference. When you think about it, working out doesn’t have to take up too much time. You can plan your day around a 20-30 minute workout and once you start making workouts a priority, they’ll fit into your routine seamlessly.
What are your favorite ways to work out at home? Have you ever tried any of the workouts that I mentioned above? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment and let me know.
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I'm a huge fan of traveling light and packing my things in carry-on bags. Being able to bypass the airline ticket counter, bag check lines and the baggage claim area at the airport is a major plus. I also love knowing where my things are at all times and having my essentials handy in case I need anything while waiting at the airport or while on board a long flight.
Since I've become accustomed to packing my things into carry-on bags I've had the chance to test out a lot of travel size products. Before each business trip or vacation I take, I raid the travel size aisle at the store and stock up on my favorite products. I could write a whole separate post focusing on the makeup I pack when traveling, but for purposes of this post I'm going to be focusing on facial, body and hair products. All of these items are products that'll help you get through either a short or long flight. If you need to freshen up while you're on the plane, you can just reach into your bag and pull out any of these items.
You can purchase most of these products at your local retailer or online. Here are the travel size products that I always keep in my carry-on bag:
1. Toothpaste and Travel Size Toothbrush This is an obvious one, right? You can take any toothbrush you want when you travel, but I love using travel size toothbrushes because they're smaller and more compact. They don't take up too much space in my toiletry bag and that allows me to have more space to pack other items.
2. Q-tips I use Q-tips every single day. They're one of my favorite beauty tools. I use them to touch up the areas around my eyes when I'm applying eyeliner and eye shadow. I also use them to remove makeup from the more delicate areas of my face, such as my eyelids and under my eyes. When I'm on an airplane or at the airport and I need to do a quick touch up, I'll pull out a few Q-tips and remove any eyeliner or mascara that has gone astray.
3. Lip Balm I can't go anywhere without lip balm. I mostly use Chapstick brand since that's what I've always bought, but I'm also a fan of Burt's Bees, Blistex and EOS. Soft Lips lip balm is great too since it comes in such a skinny tube! No matter where I go, I always make sure that I have lip balm in my bag or purse.
4. Makeup Remover Wipes I don't know about you, but I cannot live without my makeup wipes when I travel. Having to wash off my makeup with hotel-provided bar soap makes my eyes water just thinking about it. Tossing a small pack of makeup wipes into your toiletry bag is a must-do as you pack for your next vacation. I've tried everything from Neutrogena to Simple brand makeup wipes. To me they're all the same. You could even get away with store brand wipes - they do the job just as well!
5. Lotion or Hand Cream Having dry skin, especially when traveling, is the worst! I always keep Nivea Creme in my bag. After washing my hands I apply Nivea in order to keep them smooth and moisturized. I love Nivea's packaging - the lotion comes in a small tin that can fit easily into any bag or purse. Once I've used up all of the lotion, I like to repurpose the tins and use them to carry small things like medicine/pills or tiny pieces of jewelry.
6. Aquaphor This is one of my favorite products! Aquaphor is a must-have item if you're going on a trip with extreme weather conditions (think blistery winter conditions or hot, beating sun). When my skin is dry or cracked, I just slather on a little bit of Aquaphor and by morning my skin is magically on it's way to being healed. My favorite use for Aquaphor is to bring moisture to my skin after I've been in the sun for a while. If I have sunburned lips or if my skin is starting to peel after a sunburn, I'll exfoliate the area and apply some Aquaphor to help repair the area.
7. Contact Lens Solution I wear contacts, so I can't travel without packing contact lens solution and a contacts case. I normally use Opti Free contact lens solution, but when I'm traveling I use BioTrue. In my opinion, the BioTrue travel size bottle isn't as bulky as Opti Free's travel size bottle. It's a bit more tall and skinny so it fits better in my TSA quart-sized bag of liquids. If I'm on a long haul flight I'll take my contacts out, wear my glasses during the flight and put them back in just before the plane is about to land.
8. Cetaphil Face and Body Moisturizer I just recently started using Cetaphil moisturizer and I love it. My husband uses it and I found myself stealing a little bit out of his bottle each day after I got out of the shower. For me and my skin type, Cetaphil moisturizer isn't greasy and it asorbs into my skin relatively quickly. I put face lotion on everyday to keep my skin from getting dry.
9. Hair Spray Using hair spray isn't a huge part of my daily routine when I'm at home because I mostly wear my hair down and straight, but when I travel I use it all the time. I need for everything from pulling my bangs back and keeping them in place to holding a curly hairstyle. I prefer aerosol hairsprays over non-aerosol because I think they provide better hold and better coverage when it comes to my hair type.
10. Dry Shampoo Dry shampoo is life changing, isn't it? If my hair is feeling flat or greasy I just spray a bit of dry shampoo on my roots and comb through. It completely revives my hair and brings it back to life. I love keeping dry shampoo in my carry-on bag because it helps me tame my hair if it has gone out of whack.
11. Deodorant Last but not least is deodorant. This is a great thing to keep in your carry-on bag, especially if you want to freshen up after a long flight. Travel size deodorants are really convenient to pack for short trips, but if you're planning on going on a longer vacation, you'd probably be better off packing a larger size. I've never had a problem taking a full size deodorant through airport security.
Don't forget about the 3-1-1 rule when you travel with carry-on bags. TSA's 3-1-1- rule states that your travel size items should be 3.4 ounces or less and all of your items should fit in one quart-size ziploc bag. Quart-size bags of liquid are limited to one per traveler, so pack your travel size products wisely.
If you have products that are over 3.4 ounces you can always buy travel size containers and fill them yourself. I've transferred sunscreen, aloe, face wash and more into my own containers to make sure that I had all of my essentials with me while I was on vacation.
What travel items do you always make sure to pack when traveling? Share with me in the comment section below!
Whether you work in an office environment or from home, chances are that you aim to take a break during lunch time, right? I look forward to my lunch hour every day since it gives me an opportunity to take a step back from my work and focus on something else for a while. Sometimes it’s good to just take a break and start working right where you left off with a clear mind.
I’ve been a working professional for almost six years now and I’ve spent my lunch hour in a variety of different ways. During my first job right out of college, I always made it a point to leave the office during lunch. Sometimes I ate lunch in my car just because I wanted to get away from my desk and listen to the radio. Nowadays, I spend my lunch break either at my desk catching up on emails, at the gym for a quick cardio session or I even go out with coworkers.
Are you looking for some ideas on how to spend your lunch hour? I’ve compiled nine ideas in today’s post, so read on to get some inspiration or to find a way to switch up your routine:
1. Eat lunch with coworkers
I’m lucky to work at a great company with great people, so I really enjoy eating lunch with my coworkers. We often gather around a big conference table and catch up while eating. Sometimes we’ll bring our own food from home and other times we’ll order food and have it delivered to the office. Having a little bit of extra time to really get to know coworkers on a more personal level is a perfect way to strengthen relationships and bond with those that you’re around for 40 or more hours per week.
2. Run errands
This is my personal favorite activity to do while I’m on my lunch break. I love to go grocery shopping, make returns, fill up my car’s gas tank, run to the post office or bank or just browse around for things I don’t need (not even afraid to admit it). Sometimes it’s just downright nice to get out of the office and take care of an errand or two while you have an hour of time on your side.
3. Burn some calories at the gym
Feeling stressed? Need to burn off some steam? The gym is a great place to do it, especially during your lunch break. If you visit the gym during lunch, I recommend packing your gym bag with shorts, a tank top, extra socks, extra undergarments, a towel, headphones, hair accessories, a brush, extra makeup, a hair dryer, body wash and shampoo/conditioner. It’s always a great idea to wear an activity tracker like a FitBit during the workday so you can track your steps before, during and after your sweat session at the gym.
4. Spend your lunch hour at home
If you live close enough to your workplace, heading home for lunch is never a bad idea. Eating lunch at home is a great for a variety of reasons. You can save money since you won’t be eating out all the time, you can catch up on chores (while you won’t necessarily be able to do a load of laundry, you could still do small tasks like tidying up small spaces in your home) or you could even relax a little and watch TV while you eat. Going home for lunch
5. Read a good book
I know a ton of people that vowed to read more books this year, so why not do just that during your lunch break? As long as you bring your book to work and find a quiet space to read and eat, you’ll be able to breeze through cover to cover in no time! If reading and eating at the same time doesn’t sound like a good idea, you could always just listen and follow along with an audio book.
6. Listen to a podcast
Speaking of audio books, listening to a podcast is a great way to entertain yourself while you eat your lunch. There are so many podcasts out there covering a wide range of topics. I definitely want to start listening to more podcasts in 2019, so I have a few picked out that I’ll be listening to on my lunch breaks as the rest of the year goes on. I’m always open to recommendations, so if you’ve listened to one that you liked, let me know!
7. Catch up on emails
I’ll admit, I spend most of my lunch breaks at my desk catching up on emails or other work. This year I definitely want to make more of an effort to spend my lunch hour in more fulfilling ways. Sometimes I just get into a groove and I don’t want to step away from my desk. Working through your lunch hour will have it’s pros and cons, but for the most part you’ll be all caught up for your afternoon and chances are that you’ll leave the office at the end of the day having accomplished more during your time at work. Can’t complain about that, right?
8. Go for a walk outside
There’s nothing better than getting some fresh air, especially during the work day! I love going outside at work any chance that I get. Sometimes you just need a simple change of scenery instead of sitting at your desk and staring at your computer screen. I always find that my mood improves and my energy levels go up after taking a quick walk outside. During the spring and summer it’s especially nice to be outside to enjoy the sunshine and all of the blooming flowers.
9. Check something off of your to do list
Need to write a thank you note to your aunt and uncle for the birthday gift they got you? Need to make a phone call to set up an appointment? Why not do those things during your lunch hour? I’m all about accomplishing small tasks that can be finished within a few minutes while I’m on my lunch break. I feel so much better after I get things out of the way so they don’t hang over my head for the rest of the day. Better yet, if I can handle small personal tasks over my lunch break, that leaves more time for me to do the things I want to do after work!
If you work full-time, how do you like to spend your lunch break? If you’re someone that works from home, what do you do when it’s time for lunch? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
I received products in this post for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
The holidays are over and the new year is underway, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop indulging in your favorite things. As much fun as it is to give gifts over the holidays, I think it’s important to splurge every once in a while on yourself and pick out an item or two that will help you to look good or feel good. Whether you like to light candles to turn your home into a cozy fragrance-filled oasis or buy makeup/skincare products to keep your eyes, lips and face on point, there’s nothing wrong with a spending a little money on yourself every once in a while.
With this in mind, I’m sharing three products that you should treat yourself to right now in today’s blog post. I have and use all three of the products that I’ll be mentioning below, so I can personally attest to how great they are and why you need them in your life. Read on to learn why I recommend them and where you can buy them:
As for the Cordless SHIATSUTALK™ Voice Controlled Neck and Shoulder Massager, this device uses voice-control technology for hands-free operation. The massager kneads deep into your neck and upper back muscles to relax and loosen them. I personally love the soothing heat option and the variety of speeds and massage intensity to choose from. This is a must-buy if you suffer from frequent neck pain do to tight muscles like I do.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Products
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a fan of Neutrogena® since I was old enough to start wearing makeup. When I started to pay more attention to skincare, Neutrogena products were my go-to (and they still are) since they’re dermatologist recommended. As someone that has used several Neutrogena products over the years, I can tell you that their products are innovative, high-quality and affordable.
Last year I got the entire Hydro Boost skincare line just before winter hit and it was an absolute lifesaver for my skin. The Hydro Boost Water Gel helped to quickly repair dry spots on my face and using the Exfoliating Cleanser became my favorite part of my morning shower routine before work. If you’re on the hunt for some new skincare products, I can’t say enough good things about Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line. You need to check it out!
Today, I’m so excited to share that Neutrogena recently came out with new Hydro Boost makeup products! From foundation that’s packed with moisture to lip glosses that provide the perfect pop of color, this line of products has a focus around one of their main ingredients, hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is all the rage right now and for good reason - it’s meant to replace moisture and keep your skin feeling supple. If that sounds like something you need in your skincare or makeup products, keep reading because I’m going to break down all of the different products Neutrogena offers below:
Looking for a foundation that’ll keep your skin feeling moisturized? Neutrogena’s Hydrating Tint is a perfect choice. It’s designed to provide 24 hour hydration to give you a fresh-faced glow! One of the best things about the Hydrating Tint is that it’s lightweight and has enough coverage for a dewy, natural-looking finish.
Everyone wants longer and fuller-looking lashes, right? The Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara is the answer to all of your eyelash prayers. It leaves lashes looking shiny and it includes vitamin E, keratin and hyaluronic acid for a perfect coat each time.
Hydrating Lip Shine:
These lip glosses are silky smooth and as I mentioned earlier, they provide a little extra pop of color which is always a plus. You can pick from 14 different shades (I personally love the True Nude shade). Each Hydrating Lip Shine has bold pigment, a shiny gloss and conditioning balm.
Cover up any little imperfections you may have with this amazing concealer that has a hydrating core. This Hydrating Concealer is easy to blend and has a creamy feel.
Hydrating Lip Treatment:
Rounding out the Hydro Boost cosmetics line is the Hydrating Lip Treatment. You can use this product as a primer before adding lip color or alone. Either way, it’ll lock in moisture and provide all-day hydration to leave your lips smooth and soft.
Head on over to your Walmart to pick up these Hydro Boost products - they’re on sale now through 1/15.
One of my favorite things to do when I get home from work or running errands is picking out my favorite candle and lighting it. I love the way that candles fill your home with fragrance and instantly make you feel more relaxed. During the winter months, I burn tons of candles when I’m at home so I always make sure that I’m well-stocked and have plenty of different scents to choose from depending on the mood I’m in. I recently discovered LAFCO (which stands for Luxury Articles Fragrance Company) and after smelling/burning a few of their candles I’m in love! LAFCO combines premium quality fragrances and pure ingredients, so each product is made to look, smell and feel good while being good for you at the same time.
These candles come in a variety of sizes ranging from 6.5oz (50 hour burn time), 15.5oz (90 hour burn time) and 30oz (three-wick; 120 hour burn time). They’re also hand poured and they come in the most beautiful handblown glass vessels. I have candles in the scents Marine, Sea and Dune, Lemon Verbena, Crimson Berry and Winter Balsam. They all smell amazing, but if I had to pick my favorite I’d have to go with Winter Balsam. It smells so fresh and crisp.
In addition to candles, LAFCO also offers reed diffusers, room mist, bar soap, liquid soap and hand cream (after trying out their candles I can’t wait to get my hands on all of the other products they sell).
What would you treat yourself to from the list above? I’d love to know what caught your eye, so leave a comment down below!
I received product(s) in this blog post in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
The holidays are approaching quickly, so I hope you’ve made your shopping list and checked it twice. If you have a furry friend in the family, don’t forget to pick out a few gifts for them, too! Pets are part of the family and deserve a little bit of extra attention and love around the holidays. If you have a dog and you’re searching for the perfect gift to get them, today’s post is for you.
Ever wonder what your dog is up to during the day when you’re not home? The Furbo is the ultimate pet camera. In addition to recording your pet in real-time, the Furbo has a built-in treat launcher so you can feed your furry friend and barking alerts so you can see what’s going on at home. This device records HD video and it has two-way audio so you can hear and speak to your dog. Setting up the Furbo is super easy, too. You just plug it in, connect it to your WiFi network and then you’re ready to start using it - all it takes is just three minutes to get your Furbo in action.
2. Hartz Chew ‘N Clean Bones
If your dog loves chewing on bones, you should pick out a few Chew ‘n Clean Bones from Hartz. These bones are durable since they have a nylon shell and they promote good oral hygiene. My dog, Oakley, loves the Hartz Chew ‘n Clean Dental Duo bone because it’s a chew toy and a treat all in one. Oakley also enjoys the Hartz Chew ‘n Clean Tuff Bone. It’s made of durable nylon and polyurethane and has a multi-textured surface to withstand mild to moderate chewing.
3. Yeti Drinking Bowl / Collapsible Drinking Bowl
YETI makes the coolest tumblers, so why not splurge a little for your pet and get a YETI water bowl? The Boomer™ Dog Bowl holds eight cups of water or tasty treats and it’s built with double-wall, non-insulated stainless steel making it incredibly durable, easy to clean, and resistant to rust. The nice thing about this bowl is that it’s dishwasher safe, so you can keep it clean it quickly once your furry friend licks up the last drop of water. Another great gift idea for your pet is to get a collapsible drinking bowl. These are great to take on walks or in the car. The Dexas Popware for Pets collapsible dog bowl is a great choice since it comes in a variety of colors and has a quick-release clip that you can attach to virtually anything for easy transport.
4. Purple Pet Bed
Just like humans, dogs need to get adequate sleep. The Purple Pet Bed is the ultimate product to buy to ensure your dog sleeps restfully at night. The bed is scientifically engineered with Purple’s Smart Comfort Grid, which adapts to your dog’s body and to provide support and pressure relief. The bed is hypoallergenic and made of non-toxic materials. In addition, it has an odor-neutralizing removable, washable cover that’s antimicrobial and moisture-resistant. You can just unzip it and throw it in the washing machine to keep your pet’s bed smelling fresh.
5. Oinkies Dog Treats by Hartz
Give your dog a little extra love by rewarding them with Oinkies dog treats from Hartz. These treats are a good choice for any dog that likes to chew and enjoys a variety of flavors. From bacon and beef to chicken and pig skin, you’re sure to find a flavor that suits your furry friend. Oinkies are hand rolled from 100% real pig skin and they don’t contain any rawhide so they’re highly digestible. You can feel good giving these treats to your dog because Oinkies’ signature twisted texture helps to reduce plaque and tartar build-up while dogs gnaw away. What’s not to love?!
6. Hartz Tuff Stuff and Dura Play Toys
If your dog likes to chew, chomp or tug, the Hartz Tuff Stuff and Dura Play Toys will be right up their alley. The Hartz Tuff Stuff Fetch and Tug is a great toy to toss around in the backyard or at the park. It’s made of strong ballistic nylon and it contains a squeaky ball inside so it’ll keep your dog on his or her toes while playing. The Dura Play Bone is made of firm, natural latex which makes it ultra-durable and it’s interior uses foam technology which creates a chewier, bouncier toy. This bone has a squeaker so it’ll make your dog’s ears perk up every time you squeeze it. One of the coolest things about Dura Play toys is that they float, so you can play with this bone on land or in the water!
7. Dog Treat Jar
Make storing and giving out treats more fun with this Amici Paw Rainbow Collection Hermetic Preserving Jar! This is the perfect little canister to place on your counter top in order to keep your dog’s treats fresh. The lid on this treat jar is hand-painted and made of ceramic. The curved design shows off all of your dog’s delectable treats in a modern way. In total, this treat jar has a 44 ounce capacity and each canister has a silicone gasket which helps to create a tight seal. One thing to note is that this jar can only be hand washed, so keep that in mind before buying it!
8. Frisco Patterned Leash
Just because you’re taking your dog out for a walk doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable while doing so. This Frisco Patterned Leash is both stylish and durable. It’s made from high-quality, polyester webbing which makes it perfect for everyday walks with your pup. The other nice thing about this leash is that it comes in a variety of lengths and widths so you can find the right fit for any size dog.
My must-have picks:
If I had to pick out a few of the gifts on the list above, my top choices would be the Purple Pet Bed and the toys/treats from Hartz.
My dog, Oakley, has the large Purple Pet Bed and he absolutely loves it. He used to sleep on a bed that we got at the store on a whim. We didn’t have any specific bed in mind when we went shopping for him, so we just picked something out that was within our price range. Before he got his Purple Pet Bed, Oakley would always sneak up on the bed while my husband and I were sleeping. He wanted to sleep on our bed rather than his own because he felt that ours was more comfortable. My husband and I have a queen size bed, so I’m sure you can imagine how uncomfortable it was for us to share space with a 85+ pound Labrador Retriever like Oakley. Since getting the Purple Pet Bed, Oakley stays on his bed all night long. He doesn’t disturb my husband and I anymore and he sleeps through the night, only waking up when the sun rises in the morning.
Oakley enjoys his Purple Pet Bed so much that he now goes into our bedroom randomly throughout the day just to lay on it. It’s definitely “his spot” and it’s turned into a place for comfort and relaxation for him. Looking back, I don’t know how he (or we) got a wink of sleep without the Purple Pet Bed. It has been a great addition to our home and I feel good knowing that Oakley now has a comfortable bed that’s all his own. I feel like a proud dog mom when he wakes up every day with his tail wagging. I know it’s because he’s refreshed and recharged after sleeping on his Purple Pet Bed all night.
There are lots of pet brands out there, but Hartz is one of the best! Aside from toys and treats, Hartz makes products focused around grooming, flea and tick control, training, health and wellness and more. While I’m most familiar with the dog products that Hartz produces, they also have a variety of brands for cats, birds, reptiles and fish.
Oakley has tried all of the toys and treats listed in today’s gift guide and he was a big fan of everything. He has a new “favorite toy” every week, but right now he’s really enjoying the Dura Play Bone. I think his favorite part about it is that it’s lightweight and easy for him to carry around (he literally takes it from room to room in the house). He’s also a big fan of all of the different Oinkies flavors. Whenever I pull a treat out of the bag, his tail starts wagging uncontrollably. I love Hartz and all of their products because they’re high-quality and they’re affordable. I don’t know about you, but when I go to the pet store and see the price tags on some of the different dog toys and treats in the aisle my jaw drops to the floor because the products are more expensive than I’d ever be willing to pay. In my opinion, every Hartz product that I’ve come across is reasonably priced. I know that Hartz products are durable and made from quality materials or ingredients, so as a dog mom, I know that I’m giving Oakley the best of the best!
If you’re a dog owner, which items in the list above would you buy for your dog? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so drop a comment down below!