Friday Finds, Update On My Top Secret Goal, and Transitioning To The Fit Farm Wife

Friday Fav’s

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Fellow bloggers Kristi of Life Sprinkles and Erin of Neater Your Nest have teamed up to create this great challenge for September. It a great reminder this month to make sure you are taking care of yourself not only physically but mentally and spiritually. Don’t put yourself on the back burner! These ladies will be sending out a weekly newsletter with daily mini challenges. Sign up for the newsletter and commit to at least trying a few of their suggestions each week. Why? Because you are worth it and you have to invest in yourself to be able to invest in others.

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photo from Amazon

Foam Rollers

After Wednesday’s Lululemon Sweat On Us sponsored class at Spark Barre, Pilates and Yoga I have come to the conclusion that I definitely need to invest in a foam roller. I’d only used a foam roller once before during a barre class, and if I wasn’t smitten before I definitely am now.

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photo from Amazon

Thursday night as I lie in bed after a class that combined kettlebells, body bars and TRX, I was wishing I had roller of my own so I could roll that soreness right out. Look for a blog post as I determine which roller to buy and find some resources for stretches with the foam roller.

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 1.21.37 PMInfluenster

Love the idea of trying out new products before they are available to others? With Influenster you fill out information about yourself and the social networks you participate on to earn points and be selected for their VoxBoxes. Once you receive a VoxBox, which is usually themed as the last one I received was the Something Blue VoxBox, you review the Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 1.23.07 PMproducts and share your thoughts via your social channels. There are even opportunities to compete to win giveaways of the products you enjoy the most. Best part of all? Super fun and super free you just have to qualify! Check it out or comment with your email and I’ll send you an invite!

Curious about that top-secret goal of mine?

While I can’t yet reveal my top-secret dream goal, I can say I have been working hard on it these past two weeks, and the work has only made me want this goal even more. Right now I’m working hard to remain patient and confident as I wait to see the next steps ahead for me. I really think achieving this goal would go a long way in helping me achieve my journey to healthy, happy and balanced. I’ll keep you posted!

Last but not least transitioning to the Fit Farm Wife

You may have noticed changes over on my Facebook page and the header here on my blog. I have decided to transition from my original blog name, The Unexpected Farm Wife, to the Fit Farm Wife. Why the change?

  • I’m discovering that fitness is one of my main topics and Fit Farm Wife illustrates that from the get go
  • In reserving my social channels, I realized that “The Unexpected Farm Wife” was really too long if I wanted to keep my branding consist across social media

What does the change mean for my readers? Not much, except there is now one name to remember FitFarmWife. You will find me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all at FitFarmWife. Also, I am in the process of moving my blog to my new domain fitfarmwife.com and hope to have the switch complete by the end of the month.

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Running Naked

Tonight I ran naked in 100 degree weather with a group of what I guess you could now call friends I mean we ran naked together, I mean bare we ran bare. Got your attention did I?

Merrell shoes put on a demo for the Lemon Sole Run Club at the Lululemon Des Moines Showroom. I stopped by and learned an awful lot considering I’m not much of a runner! It was a small turnout but that just meant I got to ask more questions and get to know everyone a little bit better.

Two reps where there from Merrell shoes who gave us all the low down on the different styles and specs of each shoe as well as a small clinic on what barefoot running is.

The first pair of shoes I tried on were the

Women’s Barefoot Trail Run Ascend Glove

Merrell Women's Barefoot Trail Run Ascend Glove (photo from Merrell site)

Merrell Women’s Barefoot Trail Run Ascend Glove (photo from Merrell site)

  • 0mm Drop – meaning no drop from heel to toe
  • 6mm cushion
  • TrailProtect pad in the forefoot and heel offers support for rough terrains
  • Vibram® outsole- same outsole used on Five Fingers Shoes
  • Vegan friendly

The second pair where

Women’s Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 2

Women's Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 2 (photo from Merrell site)

Women’s Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc 2 (photo from Merrell site)

  • 0mm Drop – meaning no drop from heal to toe
  • 8mm cushion
  • Vibram® Pods

These were the pair I ended up taking out for a spin a.k.a. mini run. They were nice and light (really every pair was!). From talking with the Merrell reps I discovered that many people enjoying wearing these shoes for other activities in addition to running including weight lifting and CrossFit as well as elliptical training and casual wear. Hmmm I would love to put a pair through a Kosama class or two! I know I would feel it in my calves.

The third pair I tried on where Merrell’s original barefoot shoe called something Pace. I couldn’t find the exact pair I tried on tonight on their website. This pair was definitely the lightest and most minimalist pair I tried. I wasn’t really feeling them maybe after I gradually graduated down I would be ready, but my ankle I had injured earlier this summer felt funny just putting them on. Who knows could just be me. Also, I’m no running expert or even a runner. Though I hope one day I’ll learn. Any tips for learning this whole pacing thing? Oh ya, and that whole breathing thing too?

Cool specs about all of the shoes; they can be worn barefoot or with socks and are machine washable.

Do you wear Merrell’s?

What kind of shoes do you run in? 

What kind of shoes do you lift in?

Friday Finds And Favorites

Happy Friday All! Here are some of my favorites and finds for the week.

FAVORITES

My sis and I ready to get our sweat on

My sis and I ready to get our sweat on

Sister Time

Last night after work I met up with my sister for hot barre! It was fun, it had been too long since I had visited the studio. I was missing it and needed the stretch. We followed up barre with dinner and sister talk, just what I needed!

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The cute email invites we sent out

Girls Night In

Remember how I told you all about my top picks from the new Stella & Dot fall collection? Well I loved it so much, I decided to have a party of my own. It was a great excuse to make me clean my place, invite others to my home, see family and friends and of course shop! Lauren, my Stella & Dot stylist of choice was such a sweetheart. Make sure you visit her page. Don’t forget to check out the super cool versatile pieces like the 5-way Sutton necklace, too cool!

Sorry I don't have a better photo!

Sorry I don’t have a better photo!

Cowboy Caviar

At girls night, I wanted to serve light, refreshing relatively easy snacks so I decided to give this recipe for Cowboy Caviar a go. It was delish. I’ve had other variations before, but I think this is probably the healthiest. The leftovers were also a winner at the office the next day. Pictured above is my lunch along with some of said leftovers! I was too busy to remember to take a picture Monday night.

IMG_1006The Mat by Lululemon

Last night at hot barre I finally got the chance to try out my new mat. I got The Mat by Lululemon for my birthday and just hadn’t gotten a chance to test it out yet. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. It is ever bit as good and wonderful as the reviews say. Can’t wait to take it to hot yoga this weekend!

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Don’t you love their motivational packaging?

Cookie Dough Quest Bars

Thank goodness I was able to get restocked on the delicious protein packed cookie dough bars yesterday. They’ve been selling out all over in my neck of the woods. I was hooked after my first one! Definitely my favorite so far Quest, keep em’ coming. I couldn’t have found them at a better time either because I’m working on my diet and trying to get 40% of my daily calories from protein. Easier said then done, but I like a challenge!

Photos from jcrew.com

Photos from jcrew.com

J Crew T’s – on Sale!

These super cute wear with anything tees are on sale in stores and online. I love the button detail, vibrant colors and the ability to pair them with slacks, a skirt or jeans and killer Stella & Dot statement necklace. Available in stripes and solids you can’t go wrong. Happy shopping!

FINDS

Tabata

I know I can’t be the only one who has been wondering what tabata was. Thanks to Erin at Fit Bottomed Girls for the downlow and tips for first timers. I’ll be trying tabata soon, don’t worry I’ll let you know how it goes.

Make sure to check out Fit Bottomed Girls blog, I love their tag line “Keeping a lid on the junk in the trunk”. Made me smile

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Picture from questproteinbar.com, check em’ out

White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar

I finally came across one of these yesterday when I was stocking up on my Cookie Dough flavored Quest Bars. This is another new flavor for Quest. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m super excited too.

Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 11.20.15 AMSpecial Edition Must Have Fall Style Box by Pop Sugar

I love me some Pop Sugar! Especially FitSugar, but all those ladies know whats going on. Anyways, I’ve seen them offer these boxes before, there are both month and special edition options, to sample products they recommend for the upcoming season and this time I just decided to go for it. I can’t wait for it to come and to give you guys the full scoop on everything it contained and how I liked it. If you want to order too visit their site before they sell out.

What are you finding and favoriting this week?