BuluBox Review #lovebulu

Hey Guys!

I am SOO excited about todays post, I have been listening to Jillian Michaels Podcast for the past year and she always raves about BuluBox so when I was given the opportunity to try a box I jumped on it!

Bulu Box Review

BuluBox is all about sharing healthy products with consumers in a sample size so you can try them out before buying the whole shebang!

From the Bulu Box website:
Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each custom box comes filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.

I have tried other monthly subscription boxes before and I loved getting to try a couple new things each month without having to leave my house, search the store and then hope that I would like it. This is true with beauty supplies, clothing and especially healthy snacks & health food products.

When my BuluBox came to the door I was SO excited to see what was inside!

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My box included:
2 Quest Protein Packets
Movit Energy Gummies
1 Mediterra Bar 
Yerba Prima Daily Fiber Formula
Earths Care Anti-Itch Cream

I was SUPER excited about the Quest Protein packets, I have heard so many positive things about quest’s protein powders but have never tried it out because I am reallllyyyyyy picky about my protein and would hate to buy a canister of protein just to not like it. Well I am happy to say that the Quest Peanut Butter Powder was amazinggggg!!!!

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I used my first packet to make a protein pancake one morning. It’s a thicker powder than my usual protein so it made my pancake extra fluffy and delicious! I even shapchatted the process, which is mighty tricky with 1 hand 🙂 If you missed it heres how to make the pancake:

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4 egg whites whisked together with the protein powder, add in 1-2tbsp ground flax & 1/4cup oats, combine them all together to make a consistent batter. Pour mixture into a preheated pan with coconut oil & cook until golden brown. I topped mine with 2tbsp of natural peanut butter!

My other favorite product in my BuluBox was the Movit Gummies. It was like eating a gummy bear with a boost of energy. I ate them in 2 servings before two different workouts because I wanted to see if they changed my workout at all. I didn’t notice a HUGE energy surge but I did feel like they gave me a little boost.

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I think they would be great during a long run, 1/2 marathon or any other endurance race when you need a bit of sugar & an energy boost without drinking anything.

The concept of the Mediterra bar was on point! I think there are way too many snack bars that are loaded with sweeteners and chocolate when sometimes you crave something savory. I however was not a huge fan of the sundried tomato & basil flavor that I tested, plus I am not a huge bar eater as of late. I think the concept is amazing and would definitely be something I try again especially if I needed a snack on the road or when traveling.

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The two products I have not tried yet are the Yerba Prima Fiber & the anti-itch cream. I am excited to try the fiber drink as it is Apple spice flavored and I just imagine it delicious on a cool fall day like a hot apple cider. And well I don’t have anything itchy to try out the itch cream however I can tell you that it has a pleasant menthol scent and has a nice texture on your skin. I just cannot attest to its anti-itch ability.

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Overall I LOVED getting to try the BuluBox and learning about new healthy treats and products that I probably wouldn’t try otherwise. I think this would be a great gift for someone who is looking to make small changes in their diet or lifestyle but are afraid to take the lunge and buy products based off of other peoples advice!

Do you #LoveBulu? Well you’re in luck! BuluBox & SweatPink are giving YOU a 50% discount on a 3-month subscription with the code SWEATPINK at checkout! 

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I was provided my BuluBox free of cost in exchange for this review as a part of my partnership with FitApproach & SweatPink. As always all thoughts and comments are my own. 

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Active Nation Day!

Good morning Friends!

Today is September 28th (holy smokes where did september go???) and it is Lorna Janes 3rd Active Nation Day. A day where you are encouraged to get up and move your body to the beat! Lorna Jane even created the #LJMOVE for this special day and I challenge YOU to get up and give it a try!

If you are not familiar with Lorna Jane let me give you a little insight, this Australian based fitness apparel store has been taking the world by storm with their fun and functional clothing along with their moto to Move-Nourish & Believe.

MOVE portion of the LJ App

MOVE portion of the LJ App

In doing this Lorna Jane has teamed up with Sweat Pink & FitApproach a few times to share how we all move, nourish and believe in ourselves. In addition to partnering with FitApproach they have created an APP for your phone (iPhone & GooglePlay) to help you find the motivation to do all of the above. With recipe ideas to help you nourish your body, workout companions to help you move your body and uplifting, inspirational quotes to help you believe in yourself.

To make #ActiveNationDay even better they are offering you a chance to WIN BIG, a $1000 gift card to LJ!

So heres the move… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVs3B9_Hy6w

Step 1: Take your right arm vertical and left arm horizontal so it’s super straight, palms flat, fingers pointing straight!
Step 2: Quickly switch arm positions (your left arm is now vertical, right horizontal) THEN add a slight bend to your right elbow & clench your hand into a fist 
Try in double time to get the fast paced movement like Christine, Lorna and the girls do in the video!

Now go get after it!!!!  http://youtu.be/0RFHa6-C648

Have a wonderful Sunday friends!

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Terms and conditions of #LJMOVE contest: Competition begins, Sept 10th 2014, and ends Sept, 30, 2014. Contest is open to entrants aged 18 and over only. This is a competition of skill. The user judged to have created the most creative and entertaining entries, will be selected as the winner by a representative of Lorna Jane. Multiple entries are accepted. Any fraudulent entries will immediately disqualify user from competition. The competition winner will be drawn no later than Oct, 1, 2014, in Brisbane Australia. The winner will be notified though Lorna Jane social media channels and winner posted on http://www.lornajane.com and/or http://www.lornajane.com.au. The prize is one $1000 Lorna Jane gift card. The Lorna Jane gift card is not available for return, exchange or redeemable for cash. Lost gift cards are the responsibility of the bearer and will not be replaced. Good luck. MNB xx

Lift Run Play with FlipBelt

Happy Friday!!!

Ahh I am so happy its Friday, this week has been a long one with the anticipation of our move this weekend looming over my head. With all the madness going on in my life the past few weeks my workouts have been a bit all over the place. Between wanting to continue strengthening my running to wanting to work on my strength through GPP I have felt very torn. I want to just go to the gym and get my workout on but my focus has been elsewhere, thus leading to more half completed workouts and distracted selfie taking than actual lifting.

I decided that I could use a change. Thankfully this change came perfectly timed with my opportunity to review the Flip Belt! A new workout accessory always makes workouts a bit better. #amiright?

FlipBelt

As a part of my SweatPink partnership I was provided a Flip Belt free of cost in exchange for this review, however all thoughts an opinions are 100% mine!

The Flip Belt is primarily designed and used for runners. It is a belt with slits in the front so you can slid your personal items in it and not lose them or have to hold on to them while you’re running. Basically is a genius belt!

I hated running with my armband. It was hot, uncomfortable, my headphone cord went all over the place and it often left my arm feeling raw. With the FlipBelt I am able to string my headphone wire down my back and my arms are 100% free of distraction. #thankyou

Post-run & still in place!

Post-run & still in place!

I wore my FlipBelt on a few runs and seriously LOVED IT!!! I had a hard time deciding what size to order as my measurements were between two sizes but I went with the smaller size (and my pant size) and the belt fits perfectly!! there is enough stretch that it is not too snug but it doesn’t shift or slide at all when I run. Again I put my phone in the front and flipped then slid the belt so my phone was on my back side. It felt great like this for my all of my runs. I seriously have zero running complaints!!!

Typically I do not listen to music when I lift, because the gym I workout at has music in the background and because I never have anywhere to put my phone. Due to my recent workout distractions I decided to wear my FlipBelt during Tuesdays workout.

Lifting plus!

Lifting plus!

I was worried that my headphones would get in the way, or the belt would restrict my motion but it absolutely didn’t. I LOVED having the headphones going down my back and didn’t feel distracted or any discomfort the whole workout.

My last FlipBelt perk would be that it has a key clip which doubles as a Ring Holder. I don’t know about you but I hate working out with my engagement ring on. I hate getting it scratched up on the bars or weights so I take it off for each workout. Typically I put my ring in my ring box & lock it up, but last week I forgot my box at home. I found the key clip and tried it on my ring. It worked perfectly, I felt safe knowing my ring was secured on my hip and wasn’t getting wrecked on the weights.

Ring Holder #FTW

Ring Holder #FTW

Okay so to wrap it up here are my 5 favorite things about this FlipBelt.
1. Color – I didn’t mention it but how can you NOT love the hot pink? they have tons of fun colors for everyone.
2. Fit like I said I was worried about the size and I can 100% say this fits true to shorts size.
3. Key Clip – while I am sure it would be great for making sure your key doesn’t slide around it is FANTASTIC for keeping your precious ring in place
4. Running Comfort – during any distance run your FlipBelt will stay in place and be so comfortable you won’t even know its there. Plus it keeps your hands and arms free of distraction.
5. Lifting Comfort – its even great for lifting. The material moves with your body you will never feel restricted.

Have I sold you yet?? I hope so because honestly this is an amazing product that will meet your fitness needs. If you’re sold then head over to the FlipBelt website and get yours now. And because FlipBelt is just that amazing they are giving you a 33% discount on your entire order if you use the code sweat33.

Happy Running,

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Keep It Tight with ProCompression

As a Physical Therapist working with people of all different fitness levels, athletic desires and aspirations I get asked a LOT of questions about the newest and “best” fitness gear. One of the questions I get asked most often is “compression therapy” via socks, shorts and sleeves. I have a hard time recommending, supporting or refuting fitness gear that I have not personally tried myself. I just do not feel comfortable because with my luck that patient/friend/family member is going to come back and blame me for something working or not working for them.

So as you can guess when I got the opportunity to try and review my own pair of ProCompression socks or sleeves as a part of my partnership with FitApproach, I jumped on the bandwagon.

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I know most people used compression socks/sleeves to help recover from endurance running/training events but thats not (always) my cup of tea. I mean endurance running to me is 3 miles not 20 and endurance swimming or biking just doesn’t happen. I am much more of a lift heavy and get the run over with like yesterday (although I am learning to love to run), so I wanted to try the socks with MY workouts.

First I wore my compression socks during my 5k run last week. I felt a huge difference during my run, I felt that my legs felt fresher longer and I did not get calf cramps as quickly. Also the rest of the day my legs felt great!

Post-5k Feeling Refreshed!

Post-5k

Next I wore the compression socks during my GPP workout this morning. The workout included a lot of leg strengthening exercises and I was excited and interested in seeing how the socks made me feel during a strength workout. Again they made me feel a bit fresher through my workout but overall I did not find them extremely beneficial. I will say they were comfortable and if nothing else provided my shins some protection when I was lifting.

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p.s. when you go heavy on thrusters with a transition to walking lunges, you are likely to fail… FACT when you go heavy on thrusters for walking lunges and video tape it you will fail twice! {{sorry about the distortion, promise I am not an oompaloompa!}}

I have not worn my compression socks post-workout for recovery. Since I workout in the morning and then go straight to work they are not the best fashion statement. I do plan on doing a run and wearing them after my run to see if they help reduce some of the DOMS I experience in my calves.

If YOU were my patient would I recommend compression therapy? Well here are the ProCompression Stats…

Key Features:
1. True Graduated Compression 
2. Arch support with just the right about of compression 
3. Stabilization zone thru the sides to mid foot. Helps provide foot bed comfort.   
4. Open toe box so it will not keep your toes to tight.  
5. Wide cuff for added comfort. 
6. Moisture wicking materials
7. No blisters!   
PRO Compression socks deliver maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet, you will feel the difference.
This design requires more effort to put on than standard socks. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.
True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.

Now those are stats that I can stand behind. I think anything that can help decrease swelling/inflammation and support muscles & tendons is essential to our longevity.

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I do not think that you need to wear them on the daily but they would be beneficial during &/or after very hard workouts or endurance events to help promote healthy tissue function. Also just because they worked best for me during some workouts does not mean they wouldn’t work better for you during another. Find what works for you and go with it!

And because FitApproach & ProCompression loves you almost as much as I do they are offering 40% off an entire purchase with the coupon code PINK ! This is great for those of you on the fence like me to try them out and see what you think!

#keepittight!

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We All Sweat Better Together… EveryMove Review

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week. As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was given the opportunity to try and review a new app on my phone, even better its FREE!

EveryMove

EveryMove’s goal is to get healthy people investing in their health real-life rewards for the activities they perform! Even better it links up with other fitness applications like MapMyRun and FitBit!

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I know some mornings I wake up to go to the gym and have minimal motivation. Sometimes I need a little pick me up, new fitness apparel is typically my motivation or reward for doing something good but on a daily basis a little extra happy is needed.

EveryMove

EveryMove is that app for me and can be that app for YOU! It lets you put in your workout and get POINTS for every move you make. When you accumulate enough points you can get discounts on fitness apparel/goods & charities. Plus you can connect with friends and share your fitness accomplishments!

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Its always better to Sweat Together and EveryMove allows you to do that which is awesome.

The App is free and easy to use so get to downloading, friend me & get your sweat on!

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Fuel Your Endurance Training Better – Vega Sport Review

Happy Monday!

I had a semi-busy weekend unpacking, organizing and having some self-love relaxation time for myself. It’s nice to have our new apartment starting to feel a little more like home.

Saturday I hit the gym late with Brent and knew I needed some pre-workout energy that wouldn’t keep me up at night. Since I typically workout in the morning hours if I take pre workout to late in the day my brain won’t shut off at night. I quickly grabbed my Vega Sport Energizer and knew I would have a great workout.

VegaSport EnergizerVega Sport is a wonderful plant-based supplement system which has recently rolled out their Fuel Your Better Campaign. They are challenging us all to identify what is holding us back from your better. 

My better is limited by my post workout nutrition and sometimes overtraining, however each day I am limited by motivation early in the morning to hit the gym. This is why I chose the energizer to get an extra jolt of energy bright and early.

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What I love about the Vega Sport Energizer is the long lasting energy that I am given without the caffeine or sugar rush. I turn to my Vega Energizer when I know my workout is going to be endurance based or longer than 20 minutes, anytime I am going to need longer energy I find the Vega Sport Energizer to be the perfect pair.

I did not love the flavor of the lemon-lime powder when I first drank it however overtime I started to like it more, it is still however not my favorite, they do have other flavors and I will likely try those out! I also would not use it for my heavy lifting days or days when I need an immediate energy jolt, as it just did not provide me that energy capacity.

I LOVE the FuelYourBetter campaign. Not only does VegaSport provide you with information regarding Motivation, Muscle Burn, Fueling, Stamina, Muscle Soreness, Overtraining, Hitting A Wall, and Body Composition but it helps you find the right way to fuel YOUR better.

Fuel Your Better Campaign

The information on the FuelYourBetter website is amazing and seriously legit. I cannot wait to try more of the VegaSport products, especially the Recovery Accelerator and their Energy Bars (I am always on the lookout for good energy bars).

While we usually buy our workout supplements in bulk from a large distributor I really love how Vega strives to use clean, plant-based nutrition that is good for our bodies and fuels your healthy active life. I mean that is basically what I try to do with my breakfast, lunch and dinner so WHY wouldn’t I try to do that more with the workout supplementation. I workout to gain Optimal Health and realized I could do better by supplementing my health better. Vega Sport will likely become a part of my regular workout routine and I hope you find it helpful when you look to supplement your workouts too!

Make sure you check out the FuelYourBetter website and identify where your supplementation is falling short, then go out and get your Sweat On!

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I was provided the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer at no cost in return for a review, however as always all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Bondi Band Review and Giveaway!

*This post is sponsored by Fit Approach and Bondi Bands. I was provided a Bondi Band free of cost however all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine*

The battle of workout headbands is one that I have been fighting since I was in youth sports. I could never get the things to stay on my head, or stay in place during sports. They were more hassle then they were worth. Bondi Band

In the past year workout headbands have become a staple in my exercise apparel. I continue to have a love-hate relationship with some of them, as they love to fall of my head and I hate to fiddle with them.

I’ve found a few that work for me and I stick with them but when the opportunity was presented to me to try a Bondi Band I jumped on it! I am always on the lookout for a workout headband that stays in place and looks cute on.

Bondi Band

A little about Bondi Bands:

Bondi Bands are great for women, men, girls and boys! Bondi Bands are composed of a unique blend of nylon, lycra, and spandex. The result is a stretchy yet form fitting band that holds up under the toughest hair styles and types.
 
Charity: 
We are a simple company with a dedication and belief in our product. Our philosophy is to make a great product at a great price and to build relationships one at a time. And as much as we believe in making a tidy profit we also believe in giving back. Each year we donate 10% of our pretax profits to charity. For 2009 we have chosen the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute. It is a major affiliate of Harvard Medical School and is located in Boston, Massachusetts.The origins of DFCI date back to 1947. DFCI employs about 3,000 people. Most importantly, there are more than 150,000 patient visits a year, and it is involved in some 200 clinical trials. It is internationally known for its research and clinical excellence.

We figured if we were going to give away some money, this should be where it goes to.

I was sent a Popular Saying Bondi Band, I was a little nervous about the thickness of the band as extremely thick headbands look funny on me. 
 Bondi Band
I tried to fold it under a bit but after a few minutes of workout that didn’t last, BUT the band did. I did have some “slippage” but not once in my hour long workout of burpees, squats, pushup, rowing and sit-ups did my Bondi Band fall off. I had to adjust the position a few times but like I said it stayed in place.
I wore it a few times to the gym last week and loved it! Like I said it was a bit wide for my head but it did its job. Even after a very sweaty workout I had little sweat dripping into my eyes or face! #win
Even stayed in place during a handstand!

Even stayed in place during a handstand!

Although the thickness was not my favorite I would definitely buy a Bondi Band for myself. I loved the material, the weight and the saying was even a fun addition to my wardrobe!
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Lyft Your Expectations

Happy Memorial Day!

I am proud to live in this country and have so many people sacrifice themselves to serve and honor our country. I am especially proud to be the granddaughter of a pretty great Veteran as well.

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Make sure to take a moment today to disconnect and remember the reason for this holiday weekend.

Last week through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship I was given the opportunity to review PureLyft Stir Sticks

I was provided two Lyft Sticks free of charge in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I was provided PureLyft Sticks free of charge in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

“Lyft Energy Stir Sticks are innovative “clean caffeine” energy product infused with all natural caffeine and vitamins that provide a sophisticated energy experience”(Source)

The sticks are zero calories, and can be used in any beverage!

I used my first stick in cold water before the start of a long work day. I normally drink plain water and am sensitive to different flavors or tastes in my water so the addition of the Lyft Stick was a little too sweet and unnatural to me. I added in a herbal tea bag and made an “iced” tea which was great. I loved the addition of flavor and the little boost of energy that I got from the Lyft Stick. I did not notice any extreme energy boost but rather a long-lasting energy Lyft that helped me power through a busy morning and meeting.

PureLyft with a side of chocolate oats!

PureLyft with a side of chocolate oats!

I used the second stick in a Starbucks half green and half passion-fruit iced tea. This was the perfect combination for me. The iced tea provided a refreshing flavor and the Lyft stick added again a long-lasting energy Lyft all morning. I really enjoyed the long lasting energy boost that the Lyft stick provided without the feeling of a huge caffeine spike.

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I usually drink a coffee or tea 2-3 times per week and have a pre-workout 5days a week before my morning workouts so I would say that I take in a good amount of caffeine (without really realizing this before this post). With that being said these energy sticks were not as “strong” as my normal caffeine intake but they did the job. I did not feel at all jittery or overly energized rather I felt that I had some long term energy.

These would be a great addition to my work desk for those days that I need a little boost but don’t need to spend the $$$ on a Starbucks drink. I also love that they can be added into ANY drink hot or cold. I think my next stick will be used with a smoothie 🙂

I definitely have plans to buy some in the future and encourage you to as well, if they sound appealing to you.

For more information on PureLyft check out their website here.

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Yoga + Creativity & GIVEAWAY!

Namaste Friends!

I am loving the spring weather and longer nights. I feel so much more productive and that there is so much more time in the day to do things I never feel I have time for, like cooking dinners, blogging and spending time practicing Yoga.

If you remember back to the beginning of the year when I said I wanted to make a conscious effort to do more yoga? Well… that hasn’t happened very well. I find found myself coming home from work and feeling lost, unmotivated and exhausted with the last thing I wanted to do was practicing something I am not the best at, something that challenges me mentally and physically and something that I do not feel I can concur… YOGA.

Enter…

Yoga + CreativityAs an I’m Fit Possible Ambassador I was given the opportunity to read, practice and review Yoga + Creativity by Lacey. 

Lacey is an amazing yoga teacher and writer. Lacey has lived around the world and currently is living in one of my favorite places Australia. In addition to being the creative mind, designer & photographer behind Yoga+Creativity she blogs at The Yoga Emporium, writes for  DoYouYoga, Huffington Post and some other amazing publications.

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Y+C is broken down into segments including an Intro which goes through vocabulary, definitions and tips to being successful. I LOVED this section of the book, as a fearful “yogi” having a good understanding of what I was getting myself into was really helpful to me.

She also goes through her 4 governing principles which again helped me feel comfortable turning the next page and moving forward with my self-exploration in this world of yoga. The principles are simple but powerful which is again perfect for me!

Then she explains how the book can be used and how you can get the most out of the experience. I first chose the 1 day exploration and plan on continuing with a more regular regimented program. I love to have choices so this was again a big bonus to me!

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The rest of the book was separated into songwords, MOVEMENT, drawing & a closing. In each section (song, words, movement and drawing) she showed all the items you would need, started with an explanation of the Governing Energy, Intention & Chakra. Then she went through the practice of yoga, including a step by step explanation along with a time guideline for each pose/position. This again helped amateur me find my best yogi and connect with the principles presented.

I still feel silly doing yoga but with the help of Lacey I feel more empowered with the tools and tips that she gave me. In addition to this beautiful book with step by step instructions! I would have definitely spent the $20 on this book, Lacey becomes your personal yoga instructor and helps you truly connect with your best self.

Lucky for YOU Lacey is extending a free copy to one lucky reader! If you do not win or are to anxious to wait you can Head Over Here!(affiliate link) and purchase your own copy!

Best of luck to YOU ALL!!!
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