This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.
Ah, I love fall! Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, sweaters and boots…
Nah, just kidding. I live in Florida, where we look like this most of the year.
Still, the start of a new season, like a new year, is a good time for reflection and renewal. It’s also the perfect time to take inventory of your goals and your progress toward them. As I’ve mentioned before, every year on January 1st, my family and I lay out our goals for the year ahead.
We keep our list of family goals on a whiteboard in our kitchen. I took a look at the list this morning, and overall I think we’re doing pretty well. Most of our goals, both as a family and as individuals, fall into 3 main categories: travel, meaningful adventures & experiences, and healthy choices.
While we may not end up accomplishing all of our travel goals this year, we’ve had quite a few fun trips! So far we’ve checked North Carolina, Arizona, and Maryland/DC off our list. We also took a couple of bonus trips to Orlando. We’ve had a lot of adventures at home & on vacation: skiing, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, hiking in Joshua Tree National Forest, and we even got a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Personally, I’ve been actively working on making healthy choices. I joined a gym, made a number of dietary changes (doctor recommended), and finally took steps to address a couple of longstanding health issues. Making good choices feels great, but it definitely isn’t easy! I want to share some new products that I’ve discovered, courtesy of BabbleBoxx.com, that are helping make my journey more enjoyable – plus I have some special offers to help you enjoy them too.
Aeropex from AfterShokz
I’m not exactly an audiophile – I was still listening to CDs in my car until literally a month ago, when I got a new car that doesn’t have a CD player. So not surprisingly, I’d never heard of bone-conduction technology. In case you’re not familiar with it either, here’s a quick summary adapted from AfterShokz.com:
Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process—sound travels through your eardrums and bones simultaneously. First, transducers create mini vibrations that travel through your cheekbones. Then the sound bypasses your eardrums, traveling directly to your inner ears (cochlea). The result: A reinvented listening experience, through an open ear design.
In other words, AfterShokz don’t go inside of your ears; rather, they sit on your cheekbones and deliver sound via mini vibrations to your inner ear. This open air design allows you to listen to your favorite music while still hearing the sounds of traffic and your other surroundings. And they’re an especially good fit for runners, walkers, cyclists, and other outdoor fitness enthusiasts, as it helps them stay safe while exercising with music.
In addition to many of the regular features of AfterShokz wireless headphones (dual noise cancelling mics, super lightweight design, bluetooth connectivity), the Aeropex headphones are fully waterproof (IP67 rating, or waterproof down to one meter for up to 30 minutes). They also have an 8-hour battery life from a single charge.
Aeropex are also designed with new & improved PremiumPitch 2.0+™ sound technology, which produces improved audio quality with deeper bass, louder volume, reduced overall vibration, and 50% less sound leakage.
I know a lot of my runner friends are big AfterShokz fans, and now I’m glad to call myself one as well. If you’d like to try them (or if you need an upgrade), AfterShokz is offering $50 off all bundles with promo code BOOTCAMP50.
As I mentioned, I’ve recently had to make a lot of dietary changes for health reasons. My doctor and I are still working together to create my optimal nutrition protocol. The GenoPalate Report couldn’t have come at a better time for me!
GenoPalate creates a personalized healthy eating plan based on your genes. With just a simple DNA test, GenoPalate will help identify your ideal intake for 20+ nutrients including carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. It will also provide you with a list of 85+ foods that fit best with your genetic-based nutrition recommendations.
Having a clear idea of what I can & can’t eat has impacted my overall health in a big way. I can tell you firsthand that everything I do is easier when I feel healthy. I’ve mailed off my DNA diet sample (it’s quick & easy), and I’m eagerly awaiting my results (results take 3-4 weeks). I’ll update you on Instagram when they come!
In the meantime, you can learn more about GenoPalate on their website, and you can save $20 on your own DNA diet plan with promo code MOMMY.
Rosewater and Rosewater Facial Toner from Heritage Store
Sometimes all it takes to boost your mood is a little spritz of a pretty scent. That’s not just my opinion – quite a few studies show that exposure to a pleasant smell can improve your mood significantly.
Heritage Store Rosewater does just that. It has a lovely, floral scent without being overpowering or perfumey. Use it as a body splash, add it to your bathwater, or give yourself an extra hydration (and mood) boost throughout the day. Even better: it’s made of just two ingredients – Rose Hydroessential Oil and Water. (Pro tip: keep it in the fridge for a nice, cool spritz – it feels and smells so good!)
Heritage Store also has a Rosewater Facial Toner, which is just as light and refreshing. Its oil-free, gentle formula will hydrate your skin, remove debris and residue, and help give your face a natural and healthy glow. It’s the perfect first step before applying makeup, sunscreen, or moisturizer. And since it’s so gentle, it can also be a great part of your nighttime skin care routine, even if you have sensitive skin like I do.
Manitoba Harvest has lots of products to help make your health journey a little easier and a lot tastier! I was sent samples of several of their hemp-based products, and I was actually able to try them all (nothing off-limits for me, yay!):
Manitoba Harvest Natural Hemp Hearts: I’ve been hearing about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts for years, and I was excited to finally try them out. Hemp hearts are shelled hemp seeds, and they’re packed with nutrients! Each serving has 10 grams of protein (twice as much as flax or chia seeds) and 12 grams of Omegas 3 & 6. They’re also vegan and gluten-free. They have a nutty taste and can make a great addition to your salads, cereal, yogurt, or smoothies.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Granola: This granola is packed with healthy goodness! It’s made with organic ingredients including hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and quinoa. Every serving contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 3+ grams of Omegas 3 & 6. It’s Certified Organic, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher – plus it has less sugar than most competitor granolas. It is available in Oats & Honey, Blueberry, and Dark Chocolate. I tried the Blueberry and it’s really good! (I was going to let the rest of the family try it, but I ate it all myself. Oops.)
Hemp Yeah! Wellness Bars: I’m a huge bar eater (nutrition, protein, granola, you name it). But since cutting out dairy, I’ve had trouble finding bars that are both dairy free/vegan AND taste good. Enter Hemp Yeah! Wellness Bars. They’re dairy free, grain free, gluten free, soy free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher. And they come in delicious flavors like Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Cacao, and Coconut Cashew Dark Chocolate. Hemp Yeah! Bars are made with quality ingredients including hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Each serving has 10 grams of plant-powered protein.
Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract with CBD Oil Drops in Peppermint: If you’re interesting in trying CBD oil, Manitoba Harvest carries a Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract with CBD. I’ve tried CBD oil drops before, and they tasted dreadful. I was a little nervous that this experience would be similar, but Manitoba Harvest’s peppermint drops actually tasted fine. Manitoba Harvest’s Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract products are made with organic coconut MCT oil. They contain non-detectable THC , and they are non-GMO, U,S. grown, and third-party tested. You can learn more about where to buy CBD oil HERE.
From hemp, with love! Save 30% off your first order shop.manitobaharvest.com Use promo code Babblebox30 on a single order up to $500. Valid through 11/15/19. At this time, Manitoba Harvest Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract products can only be purchased and shipped within the United States. Some state exclusions may apply.
The Ultimate Sports Bra from SHEFIT
The Ultimate Sports Bra from SHEFIT is a game changer. I know that sounds like a catchy tagline, but it’s truly the most comfortable, supportive, and well-fitting sports bra that I’ve ever owned. Here’s why: it’s a fully adjustable, maximum impact bra, designed with SHEFIT’s patented Zip. Cinch. Lift. technology. It has wide, cushioned straps that are completely adjustable and can be worn as either an X-back or H-back. The bust band is also adjustable, and it zips up the front. The wireless cups support each breast individually, which is important in a high impact bra. In fact, the Ultimate Sports Bra is scientifically proven to provide 33% more support compared to leading brands. Also, it comes in cup sizes A – I. Honestly, words don’t do it justice. I was amazed the first time I tried it on (here I am jumping for joy).
The Ultimate is very versatile and can be worn for all sorts of activities, not just high impact sports. But if you don’t want or need that level of support, SHEFIT also offers other styles:
The Flex: This high impact sports bra is also adjustable and has molded, seam-free cups. It’s made with buttery soft, moisture-wicking fabric and is comfortable, flattering, and powerful.
The Real Support: Unlike its counterparts, this bra is designed for you to wear during low-impact activities. It’s relaxed and comfortable, but it’s also flattering enough for everyday (non-sports) wear.
You can save 10% on your SHEFIT purchase with promo code BABBLE10 (1-time use per customer).
Thank you guys for reading – I really hope you’ll check out these products and use the special offers. If you do, let me know what you try and how it goes! I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful season for you.