Tuesday, March 24, 2015

THE Place For Jeans!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?
Do you even remember them? Are you among the few us of whom at 82 days into 2015 are still sticking with them? I am, and part of that reason is rewards. I don’t food reward because that would really be counterproductive (most of the time *wink wink*). I prefer to reward with massages, pedicures and clothing!
With the seasons changing, or on the horizon for changing, it will quickly be time to switch from your winter wardrobe to your spring and summer. Along with wardrobe changes, those of us with our fitness goals still in sight are likely seeing body changes that naturally translate into the need to shop.
NYDJ is a great place to start. I love the ease of shopping online and not needing to drive all over town to find what I am looking for. If you choose NYDJ, register with your email and receive 10% off the top, which is a great way to begin! Everyone loves saving money!
Specializing in jeans for women, NYDJ covers a very wide range of denim styles such as wide leg jeans, tall jeans, trouser jeans, plus size skinny jeans and stretch skinny jeans to name only a few! And should you happen to have long ago discarded your Resolutions list worry not! NYDJ features an amazing slimming technology called Lift Tuck Technology. They even suggest you order a size smaller than what you normally wear.
Do I hear wine glasses clinking? A size smaller!
I am absolutely looking forward to trying a pair of their super skinny jeans. For the most part I abhor shopping for denim. I can never find all the aspects of a good fit in just one pair. If the legs fit, the waist band gaps horribly (such the conundrum of those possessing some junk in the trunk) and if the waist fits then likely my legs will bust the seams. Tossing a She Squats tshirt over the ripped seams just doesn’t work, especially now that I’m in my mid-thirties (let’s all pretend I didn’t actually admit that out loud).
Goals or no goals, resolutions or not, it’s time to shop!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Swell: Essential Summer Gear

With an active lifestyle comes the need for a wardrobe that transitions with you. Who really has the time, trunk space, and ease of changing shes every time your scenery changes during the day. For those of us that don't work a desk job and are on the go, this is an awesome find!

I am all for products that can be used across all areas of my life. Versatility makes my heart happy. Combine versatility with shoes, style and toss in comfort? I'm over the moon!

On your next lunch break, be sure to check out Reef shoes and apparel with their new Swellular Technology. This should be at the top of your "Its SPRING!" to-do list.  Fortunately they have options for everyone in the family as well. A one stop shop from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet, Ipad or laptop! You don't even have to leave the beach. Are you excited? I am!

The Rover Shoes and sandals have caught my eye. With awesome color choices, its easy to take a little bit of the beach into the office with you! These Reef Shaded Summer are my favorite pair....

I'm also having great difficulty with picking out a reasonable number of sandals to add to my summer wardrobe. Sandals aren't always known for both comfort and style, but Reef merges those elements seamlessly! Picking a favorite from the Girls line was nearly impossible. I'm not entirely sure that I didn't somehow agree to one of each pair appearing in my daughter's closet this summer.

Producing high quality sandals and surf apparel perfect for your life, you can feel good knowing your purchase is from a company who holds customer service standards high as well as making creating Eco-friendly products a priority. Both are important considerations in my book.

While you are existing in the realm of the people with the coolest gear and your feet are loving you for it, join the hundreds on social media sharing their Reef experiences. Add your photo to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #JUSTPASSINGTHROUGH. I'm looking forward to seeing your contributions!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Top 10 Workout Songs for March 2015

Have you dropped your New Years Fitness Resolution? Struggling to keep motivated? It happens. Routines can get old and then boredom sets in. Switching up your music is a fantastic way to boost your workout, your mood and your results! Maybe your playlist needs an overhaul as you work in new exercises or equipment to keep from hitting that results plateau! Read below to see what is trending for March!

Get Results! 

This month's top 10 workout songs cover a wide array of tempos and styles that will complement an equally diverse range of workouts. For low rep exercises that strengthen your body—crunches, weights and so on—you might start with one of the slower tracks from David Guetta or Flo Rida. For a cardio routine—running, ropes, and the like—consider one of the faster numbers from alt-rock favorites Bleachers or club stars Yellow Claw.

If the feel is more important to you than the tempo, there are tracks spanning 100-128 beats per minute (BPM) and a variety of genres. The mix includes the latest confection from Maroon 5, a remix of Big Data's crossover hit, and a collaboration between X Factor alumni Fifth Harmony & L.A. rapper Kid Ink.

There should be something here for every taste and routine. If you're looking for a few new songs to spruce up your existing mix, you're in luck. Alternatively, if you need a clean break, you can swap in this entire list—since it blends a variety of speeds and sounds that will get you moving and keep you guessing.

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog. 
David Guetta, Afrojack & Nicki Minaj - Hey Mama - 86 BPM
Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini & Lookas - GDFR (K. Theory Remix) - 73 BPM
Big Data & Joywave - Dangerous (Spacebrother's Electro Stomp Remix) - 126 BPM
Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink - Worth It - 101 BPM
Madonna - Living for Love - 123 BPM
Imagine Dragons - I Bet My Life (Alex Adair Remix) - 117 BPM
Bleachers - Rollercoaster - 163 BPM
Maroon 5 - Sugar - 121 BPM
Yellow Claw & Ayden - Till It Hurts - 146 BPM
Penguin Prison - Calling Out (Elephante Remix) - 128 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art Endangered

Art is important. That is not the results of some new study or anything, even though there have been several studies done that prove this. This is just a common sense fact known to many people, especially parents. So why are we talking about something that should be common sense? The sad fact is that there are still many more people who do not see the importance art plays in the lives of people.

Arts Help Teach Other Skills
Many teachers support the arts for one simple reason, learning about the arts helps teach other useful skills. A big part of growing up is learning how to collaborate with others, creativity and analytical thinking. A big part of being an artist, be it the written word, visual arts or dance, is telling stories.

Learn About Other Cultures
Art has no borders. German art does not stop at the edge of Germany, just as Asian art is not only found in Asia. By learning to appreciate these art forms, children and adults learn about other cultures and their history. In a world that is getting smaller and smaller every day, the importance of learning about other peoples and being respectful of them is becoming increasingly important.

Community Values
A strong sense of community is important in everyone's life. To feel that you are part of something bigger helps you feel better about your life, as well as the world around you. It also helps sow the seeds of caring and empathy. Art is often times a group effort, or at least inspired by others. Artists like to gather and discuss their art and projects they are working on. By becoming one of these members, people will learn that they can be part of something important.

Change the World
Art has played a role in changing history at defining moments, or capturing one life changing moment after another. People need to learn that art is more than pretty pictures or a fun story to kill some time. Art is meaningful, historical and in the heart of every living person.

So what can you do to change this growing trend of ditching the arts? Speak up. That is the most important thing. Make your voice heard, be it through creating art of your own, finding a cause to donate to or just telling your child's school how important art is to you.