Monthly Archives: August 2012

Be Good. Do Good. Look Good.

Want to know what’s better than a sparkly headband that actually stays on your head while you’re exercising? A sparkly headband that stays on your head while exercising and that when purchased, not only donates $1 to St. Baldrick’s Foundation but also donates another awesome sparkly headband to a young girl who is going through cancer treatment.

My hair is frequently quite unruly and finding the perfect headband is a glorious moment, so imagine my joy when I discovered that this headband not only tamed the fly-aways, but was also for such a good cause.

Rocking my blue Glitter band post run

Headbands of Hope was founded by Jessica Ekstrom after she completed a summer internship with the Make a Wish Foundation. Make sure to check out Jessica’s story and the history behind Headbands of Hope. (Fair warning: Have a box of tissues handy). Jessica makes a bunch of different styles of headbands in a bunch of different colors ranging in prices from around $10 to $18. And while there are many different styles available, the hope behind each headband is the same: make every little girl going through cancer treatment look and feel as beautiful as she truly is.

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So I don’t normally do posts like this on the blog, but I just thought this was such a great organization and truly do love my new Glitter Bands so feel free to head on over to Headbands of Hope and check them out for yourself. Also September is childhood cancer awareness month so what a better time to order a Headband of Hope than now!

Use promocode: iwearhope for free shipping between now and September 1st!

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.



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Be Selfish.

When was the last time you took time for you? And I mean really took time for you, without reservation, without guilt. We run around all day doing other things for other people, convincing ourselves that there is no time left over. It is so easy to get stuck in this hamster wheel, but not quite as easy to get off.  We all need time to recharge. And we all need to make that time.

I recently went on a mini-vacation and the weather was crappy the whole time we were away. So I sat on the couch and read a book. I know, right?!?! An actual book! And guess what…I didn’t feel bad about it, at all! Of course, I was on vacation so I should have been relaxing, but it made me realize that I need to do that more often. Do something for me, without feeling bad about it. Like I should be doing laundry, or work, or spending time with friends.

So this is your permission slip…

Feel free to print it out and present it to anyone that you have to. I am giving you permission to make some you time, even if it is just a few minutes a day.  You can use it to read a book, go for a run, sit quietly in a coffee shop, sign up for that yoga class, whatever you want, just USE IT!

Leave a comment: What do you like to do during “me” time?

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Be Inspired.

I wish I was lying when I admitted I have been staying up WAY too late watching the Olympics. Keep in mind my usual “way too late” is often 8:30 pm, but that’s besides the point 🙂  So back to the point, the Olympics have been sucking me in on a nightly basis. It doesn’t matter if it is gymnastics, skeet shooting, water polo, or swimming, I can’t turn off the TV. There is something about watching these athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to competing at the highest level. They have sacrificed more than I can probably imagine and are now honored with the opportunity to represent their country on an international stage. I was talking with a friend the other day about how use of gyms, apps like MapMyRun, etc probably increase around the Olympics. It is hard to justify sitting on the couch or making up another lame excuse for skipping a workout when these athletes (most of them teenagers and young adults) have dedicated so much to become their best. Granted, the majority of us will likely never make an Olympic team, but I can always push myself to become my best. So I challenge you to think about what you can do to become your best.

Here are some ways to channel your inner Olympian:

-Sign up for a local road race or sprint triathlon. Check out for local races.
-Rediscover an old passion. See if your city or town offers adult recreation leagues for your former sport of choice, dust off your bike or pull out your swimming goggles and cap.
-Try a challenging new workout routine.

Leave a comment: How have the Olympics inspired you?

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