Weekly Round Up – 7/24/15

24 Jul

I have to admit that I was scratching my head to fill this post. This week was a blur of working early, working late, going home, and working some more. I didn’t have a lot of time for fun, but that’s okay because I get to spend my weekend cleaning the apartment. And if that doesn’t spell F-U-N then I don’t know what does.

Fila Leggings

See the leggings I’m wearing while I do Flexline? They’re the Fila Sport Colorblock Performance Leggings, and I’m really into them. They’ve got enough compression so that nothing jiggles when I run, but they’re still super comfortable. Plus they’re aqua, so that makes them an automatic winner for me. They come in a bunch of other colors too, but I like aqua best.


I know, I know, I know. But these aren’t those crocs. These are cute wedges. The Leigh Wedge in Nautical Navy/White to be exact. And I’m obsessed with the smart buckle. It lets you have all the benefit of an ankle strap – secure fit, no slipping – but it’s so convenient and easy. Because I hate dealing with a traditional buckle, and I usually end up stretching out the straps on my shoes trying to do the on/off without the buckle hassle.

Seinfeld, starring Suzy Soro

You guys, I KNOW THAT LADY! And you should too, because she’s hilarious. Seriously, if you’re not following Suzy Soro on Twitter then I don’t even know what you’re doing on Twitter. She also has a great story about filming this episode of Seinfeld, “The Dinner Party,” in her book, Celebrity sTalker, that you should all buy and read right now. (And it’s free for Kindle! I have no idea how long these things last, so grab it while you can.)

Hunger Games

There’s a new trailer for Mockingjay Part II!!! Everybody scream!! Seriously though, is it November 20 yet?

Awesome 80’s 5K

22 Jul

Last weekend Teddy Bear did his first 5K! Well, I pushed him in his stroller, through the pouring rain, at a pretty slow walk, but it still totally counts. It was my worst time, but the most fun I’ve ever had at a race. Teddy and I met up with Danielle and posed for a fun 80’s photo before the race. Danielle’s outfit was way better than mine.

Then we saw Chris, and Spawn and Teddy got to meet. They’re not really sure about each other, but they’re very intrigued.

And how precious is Spawn’s costume? She’s ET! People kept stopping to take photos because she really was the best dressed.

Teddy was all strapped in and ready to roll, quite literally. Also, please note how happy he was at the start of the race. This will come up again later.

And we were off! Well, first everyone else was off, then we were. Because Chris and I were in the back with all the mamas and strollers. She’s an actual mom with a human baby in a stroller. I’m just certifiably insane.

Things started off pretty smoothly, and then we felt a few rain drops. And then Spawn started to fuss. So I held her while Chris strapped on her baby carrier thing. And poor Chris did two and half miles with Spawn strapped to her chest.

And that’s when things just got hilarious. Because it started pouring. This is LA. In July. And it was pouring like we were in Florida. There’s not much you can do about it, so we just laughed and spent the rest of the race cracking up with all of the other people who were crazy enough to be out in that weather. We didn’t even think about our pace or our time, we just gabbed and laughed and sang along to 80’s songs and danced more than a little.

See that ground? Do you see all of that water? That is what we trudged through. And that is why Teddy was no longer smiling when we finished. He was more than a little perturbed because the water soaked through the umbrella of his stroller and he was a wet bear.

But I got to take my picture with a Delorean and a hover board, so whatevs, Ted.

While I don’t think I’ll be doing any more 5K’s with the angel bear, I’m glad I did this one with him because we had a blast. Without him, I would have felt pressure to run and exert myself and all that nonsense instead of just having fun.

Flex It With Flexline

21 Jul

Last week was the IDEA World Fitness Convention, and they were offering free passes to the expo hall, so on Friday I went to check it out. My friend Melissa had hooked me up with Flexline Fitness earlier in the week, and I was excited to try it out.

It’s a really cool system with adjustable resistor cables. You can move them up or down to work different areas, and the handles have wireless technology that let you adjust the weight resistance as you work. Each handle has a plus button and a minus button, so you don’t have to miss a beat if you’re working too hard or not hard enough.

They were doing fifteen minute mini workouts throughout the day, so I jumped in on one. As did the Nesquick Bunny, who made his way over from his booth.

As I was working out, it was evidently really clear that I was struggling. Helpful trainers kept coming over to let me know that I could reduce the resistance. Except it was already as low as it would go. Thanks guys, I know how to work the handles (seriously, it’s so easy a baby could do it) I’m just pathetically out of shape. But I do appreciate them giving me the benefit of the doubt. As a side note, the one downside to this system is that it displays the resistance weight in a digital readout at the top of the crossbar, so your trainer can tell if you’re phoning it in. What I really love about Flexline is that the wireless handles make it a totally customized workout in a group setting, so you get the best of both worlds. I like being motivated by people around me in a group class, but I never would have been able to workout at the same resistance as the (actual) fitness models next to me.

Oh, and did I mention the best part? This workout comes from the creators of Britney Spears’ favorite workout. That’s really all I needed to know to try it out. Shockingly, after fifteen minutes I did not look as good as Britney did on her Women’s Health cover. Brandon and Julie Kennington, the creators of Flexline, also own Drenched Fitness and created “Totally Drenched”, the class Britney loves so much. (She likes it so much, she fired her personal trainer in favor of Drenched Fitness. A gym I may or may not be spending a lot of time at in the near future….)

After I almost killed myself with Flexline, I got to grab a (only minimally sweaty) selfie with two of my favorite fitness friends, women who inspire me every day, Melissa and Lindsay.

Oh yeah, and I wore this really cute shirt that I made out of a little girls t-shirt from Target with this tutorial.

If you want to try your hand at getting Totally Drenched, you can check out Britney’s gym, Drenched Fitness, in Westlake Village. Hit that link and get your first week free.

And one more picture of me working out, because I think I look pretty great. Even with a double chin.

Weekly Round Up – 7/17/15

17 Jul

Hey party people! I have a jam packed weekend and I can’t wait to get to it all. But more on that next week. In the meantime, here are some things that I’m loving this week. I feel like I just said week a million times. Hi, I’m a great writer.

Konjac Sponges

Have you heard of these things? A konjac sponge is used to exfoliate your face, and it’s made from plant roots, so it’s all natural. It’s soft and gentle enough to use everyday, and feels less abrasive than one of those spinning brushes. In fact, it felt so soft that while I was using it I was convinced that it wasn’t doing anything. Then I dried off my face and it felt like a baby. I highly recommend. They last for two to three months, there’s no batteries, no mess, and it’s all natural. Winning all around.

Caramel Sauce

Thursday night I had dinner with friends, and I got to the restaurant early. So naturally I ordered a caramel sundae to start. When my friend got there she told the hostess she was looking for the blonde eating a sundae and was led straight to my table. It’s all about standing out and being memorable, folks. And caramel sauce.

Lilly Pulitzer Yacht Yard

I am obsessed with this Lilly Pulitzer maxi dress in Yacht Yard. I adore me some Lilly, but the reality is that I’m just not a “loud print clothes” kind of gal. But I am a navy stripe with a subtle sailboat kind of gal. And I’ve basically been living in this dress this summer.

Teddy Bear

I’m always pretty obsessed with my angel bear, but Teddy Bear’s had a tummy ache this week, so I’m extra focused on him. I hate it when he’s not feeling well. Of course, he’s not as dumb as he might have you believe, and he knows that, so he totally milks it. Either way, there have been lots of snuggles and belly rubs and whatever Bear wants. In other words, business as usual.

Friends Emojis

Someday I will shut up about this post. Today is not that day. I’m sorry, but I just think it is so dang clever. I created the Friends season one episode titles in emojis. Praise me! Tell me I’m smart! And funny! VALIDATE ME, INTERNET.

The One Where I Think This is BuzzFeed

15 Jul

I may have gone a bit off the rails, but I think this is a really fun idea so I’m running with it. I wrote out the episode titles of Friends season one as emojis.

Go ahead and assume that they all start with “The One With” or “The One Where”. See if you can guess what they are, and there’s a key at the end. Because this isn’t actually BuzzFeed, so I’m not going to make you take a quiz. (Also because I don’t know how to do that and don’t feel like investing the time to figure it out.)

1. The Pilot
2. TOW the Sonogram at the End
3. TOW the Thumb
4. TOW George Stephanopoulos
5. TOW the East German Laundry Detergent
6. TOW the Butt
7. TOW the Blackout
8. TOW Nana Dies Twice
9. TOW Underdog Gets Away
10. TOW the Monkey
11. TOW Mrs. Bing
12. TOW the Dozen Lasagnas
13. TOW the Boobies
14. TOW the Candy Hearts
15. TOW the Stoned Guy
16-17. TOW Two Parts
18. TOW All the Poker
19. TOW the Monkey Gets Away
20. TOW the Evil Orthodontist
21. TOW the Fake Monica
22. TOW the Ick Factor
23. TOW the Birth
24. TOW Rachel Finds Out

So how did I do? I know some of them were a stretch, but if you have better ideas I’d love to hear them! I’m always looking to up my emoji game.

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