Some Randomness For Your Monday


  • Another road trip this weekend. Ben and I went to Philly (a 5 hour drive) on Sunday to see a concert! His sister, her boyfriend, and friend drove up separately and they were so late that we thought we might miss the show, so we took an Uber car all of .7 miles to get to the venue. Ben is a huge dork and has wanted to take one every time we've been to a city that has it, so he was stoked. We stayed out way too late and headed back home first thing the next morning. I don't even really like Philly but just being in a city makes look forward to living in one!
  • I have completed 8 whole days of the 30 Day Shred. I was getting bored of my strength routine and thought I'd give it a try. I used to do weights 3x a week but now that I've added this, I do it every day, on top of whatever swim/bike/run workout I have. On the first day, you would have thought I'd never worked out in my life. I started getting the hang of it after a few days, but seriously, how can 20 minutes with 5lb dumbbells be so hard?! Even crazier, I actually think it might be working better than when I was spending 45 minutes to an hour doing heavy lifting. 
  • I am halfway through a 30-day yoga challenge! I can follow a running training plan like a champ, but I've never stuck with any type of 30-day fitness challenge for more than a few days. I LOVE yoga and for a long time I've wanted to develop a daily practice, but I don't have time the attention span to devote 30-60 minutes to it every single day. Enter: Erin Motz's 30 Day Yoga Challenge (free on Youtube!). I love Erin's teaching style and that all the videos are ~15 minutes long (I think the shortest so far has been 12 minutes and the longest is 19). I have definitely felt a difference just from doing that little bit every day. After taking up yoga a few years ago and practicing about once a week since then, I finally feel like I've made a breakthrough in my yoga!
  • I think I'm an Ulta convert. After years of being a Sephora loyalist, I went to an Ulta store for the first time a couple months ago, and made my first Ulta order last week. I ordered 2 products and got not one, not two, not three, but FOUR sample sets of products for free. They ranged in size and quality from trial packets of drugstore shampoo to deluxe samples of Philosophy moisturizer. There must have been 15 or 20 different things that I got for free. FOR FREE. And I am digging their rewards program way more than Sephora's. From my 2 shopping experiences there so far, I've gotten $3 toward a future purchase (which will keep adding up the more I spend). I'm kind of done with holding out for Sephora to actually put out decent reward products and would rather just get credit to put toward a purchase of something I actually want. 
  • What random post would be complete without a giant rubber duck?!

This guy is 40 feet tall and has been traveling the world, from London and Hong Kong and now, Norfolk. People were abuzz (a-quack?) with excitement about his arrival, and we had to go check it out. It's art, people. 

8 comments :

  1. I've been considering Ulta too! And... I'm also almost halfway in Erin's 30 day yoga challenge. She is the best yoga instructor on youtube, by far!! Too funny that we are both doing it! That rubber duck is HUGE!

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  2. wow, you bad ass you! yoga + 30 day shred - seriously, inspiration girl. i would love to get into yoga, but i have tried a couple times and stopped for whatever reason.

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  3. What concert did you see?

    My dad loves using Uber whenever he comes into the city for dinner- even when we go somewhere with a parking lot! He just loves the service.

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  4. I go back and forth between Sephora and Ulta and spend too much money at both.

    Which concert and what venue?

    Kick ass on all of your fitness stuff!

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  5. I LOVE both Sephora and Ulta!!! I can't help it...I just don't let myself go in there though :)

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  6. OK you got me...I've gotta try the 30 day Shred AND the yoga...I'm SOLD :) THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. I've shopped at both Ulta and Sephora and absolutely prefer Ulta. Sephora is stuffy too me. I'm definitely checking out this YouTube channel! Thanks for that. And that rubber duck is everything. I must see it/have it!! :)

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  8. I'm so happy to hear that 30DS is working for you. I started it again a few weeks ago and am slowwwwwly trying to get into it. I hate it but knowing that someone else is doing it and it's working is motivational!

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