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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in At Home Workouts, Girly Things, Running | 16 comments

My Favorite 5 – Fitness Edition

Today may be my favorite post of this week’s series because it is the Fitness Edition and it is no secret that I love my workouts! This was the hardest post for me to write though because I had such a tough time picking only 5 products.


There’s another giveaway today, so be sure to read the bottom of this post and spread the CnC love for a chance to win! πŸ™‚

Bose Headphones


For as long as I’ve been a runner, I’ve never been a headphone snob. I have always ran with headphones that either came with my iPhone or headphones I found at the checkout counter at CVS or the occasional pair that Dave surprises me with. However, when we moved to Atlanta my headphones got lost in the move (no clue where they ended up). I went out for a run one day and asked Dave if I could use his headphones and he handed me his Bose headphones. Now, let me say that my husband is most definitely a headphone snob. He will only run in Bose headphones and he scoffs at any other brand. Well, after using his headphonesΒ on my run, I could totally see why! I swear I could feel the beat of the music in my bones because the headphones were pumping the tunes into my ear that good. It was such a difference from the cheap headphones I was used to. I told Dave how awesome they were when I arrived home from my run and then a few days later, a pair of my very own showed up! Dave surprised me with them (I really did marry the best) and now they are without a doubt my favorite headphones ever.

Fun Workout Mat by Ban.Do

Fun Yoga Mat

This is actually another gift that Dave surprised me with!Β β™₯ #lovethatman My yoga mat was getting rather gross, so Dave got me this fun workout mat and I love it! It has way more cushion than my old mat had, so it is way more comfortable, the pastel pink color is so pretty and it is freaking hilarious (because it is true – I always think, “after this, I’m eating _____”). Β I use a workout mat several times a week, either after a run when I’m doing some ab exercises (or letsss be real…after I run, when I’m laying on the mat thinking about doing ab exercises) or when I’m working out at home during nap time, so this product had to make the list!

21 Day Fix Workout DVD’s


And speaking of working out at home…Let’s talk about the 21 Day Fix. I think these are some of the best at-home workouts I have ever tried. I am not a Beachbody coach, but I absolutely love the 21 Day Fix DVDs. In full transparency, I’m currently in a ‘gym phase’ where I prefer to go to the gym than work out at home right now, but I find that even in my own workouts, I’m incorporating new moves I learned during my time spent doing the 21 Day Fix. If you are thinking about trying it out, I really do recommend it and if you want to read more about my experience with the 21 Day Fix, you can check out this post.

‘Cashmere Mist’ Deodorant by Donna Karan


Okay, this one is a little weird but I felt like I couldn’t talk about working out without highlighting my favorite deodorant. I like to seriously sweat when I workout, but nobody likes to smell when they workout, right? I have tried so many deodorants (I really think I sweat more than the average person), but this deodorant by Donna Karan is my absolute favorite! If you are a sweaty mess like me then add this to your shopping cart. It is the best ant-perspirant I have ever used and in my opinion, totally worth the price. Oh, and since it is the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale you can get a 3 pack of this deodorant + a little perfume at a discounted price (I think it is $25 off, so you basically get 1 deodorant and the tiny perfume spritzer for free). Β If I was stranded on an island & I could only take 1 thing, I would take this deodorant. (←In that little hypothetical scenario I’m assuming necessities like water, a toothbrush and reese’s peanut butter cups are being provided on the island.)

Bic Bands


Maybe I just have a weird head shape, but I swear headbands just don’t stay on my head very well. I get so annoyed when I’m running or doing burpees and I can feel my headband slipping off. I have to wear a headband though because I have all these tiny hairs that are growing back around my face from all the hair I lost after giving birth to Andi Rose (File that one under hashtag: things nobody tells you about having a baby). If I don’t wear a headband those tiny hairs stick to my face and drive me insane. I’ve tried quite a few headbands andΒ Bic Bands are, without a doubt, my absolute favorite! I own several and I can’t workout with out them. In fact, we went out of town for a weekend once and I forgot a Bic Band and I wouldn’t even attempt a run without it. That’s how insane I am about those tiny hairs not getting in my face. Crazy, right? Bic Bands come in so many different adorable patterns – I especially love the sparkly ones! Check them out!


Now for today’s giveaway… πŸ™‚

The sweet people at Bic Bands have agreed to give away 3 headbands to 1 lucky reader (you get to pick your 3 headbands if you win)! In addition, Dave & I will be giving away a Ban.Do yoga mat. So you get my favorite headbands AND my favorite yoga mat if you win (And just to clarify, you will be getting new headbands and a new yoga mat, not my used headbands and used yoga mat because that would be weird and gross)! Since there are TWO prizes today, you have to tag TWO friends on my Instagram post that corresponds with this giveaway. You can also share this post on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting me know you shared it, and I’ll be sure to enter your name into the giveaway.

The winners will be announced on Friday and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for 1 final giveaway in this series!

Thank you so much for reading my little blog & participating in this week’s series! Reading your comments really makes my day & your {virtual} friendship means so much to me. πŸ‘―

And now tell me your favorite fitness related product!


  1. I have the same problems with headbands- so frustrating! The 21 day fix is a GREAT workout! Have you tried the extreme version? The upper body day and pilates day from that series are my favorite!

    • Yes, I have tried the Extreme version and it is growing on me! I love the upper body day and pilates day too. πŸ™‚ I also sort of like the cardio day. Sort of. But I also sort of hate it because it hurts me so bad. haha!

  2. I would LOVE to win this prize… I can’t ever find a headband that will hold my hairs in place and my tiny apartment has wood floors so getting down to workout hurts so bad! I tagged people on instagram!

  3. Sharing on FB but I also like bolder bands ( ). They are great for a workout and you can get a lot there too. I may be biased because they are made in Colorado but I still love them. I have been wanting to do the 21 day fix, maybe that will be my morning workout.

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Kathi! πŸ™‚ You’re the best! And I’m going to check out Bolder Bands – It sounds familiar, so I think maybe I’ve seen them somewhere? Maybe at a race expo?
      And I think you would like the 21 Day Fix – they are short and sweaty. 30 minutes and you’re done so it is great for morning workouts.

  4. I’ve never tried the Bic Bands, but I’m like you in that finding a good headband seems so difficult! My favorite fitness related product is a good pair of socks. Sounds silly, but I can’t stand when I have to take off my shoes and pull my socks up during a workout or when they easily get holes in them!

    • That’s so funny – Dave buys all my socks for me. When they start to get holes in them, he will notice and then order me more – I think I would wear them until they disintegrated (That’s totally gross, I know). I’m not picky, unless I’m in a barre class (I’ve taken very few of those, but I quickly learned socks are a key component to success in that class lol).

      And you would LOVE Bic Bands and they come in so many cute patterns!

  5. That mat! Mine is SOOOOO ratty that I’m actually embarrassed to roll it out at Yoga! πŸ™ˆ Hey, at least I’m working out, right? Can’t be expected to look like a person. Love this series,btw! I kinda want to try your mom’s straightener…and Dave’s headphones. Lol

    • Hey – better to have a ratty mat in yoga than to skip yoga altogether! I’ve been itching to get back into Bikram yoga, but it is crazy hard for me to find a 90 minute block of time to be away from the kids. But I miss the way I felt when I was doing that once or twice a week…but that was years ago…maybe I felt better because I was also well rested? haha

      So happy you are liking this series! πŸ™‚ When you come visit you can totally try the headphones!

      P.S. Enzo’s baby cub bun = best thing I’ve seen all week. LOVE

  6. Oh this one is my favorite too so far in your fitness edition! I shared it on FB because I don’t really get on Instagram! My daughter loves headbands and we were just talking about deodorants. She uses Dove dry spray but I am going to get her to try this one. (I am not saying she smells lol- she just sweats a lot;)) I also tagged my good friend and running buddy (when I used to run) she will love your blog too!

    • Thank you so much for commenting and sharing my blog with your friends on Facebook, Wendy! That means so much. πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure your name gets added into the giveaway! And if your daughter tries the deodorant, I hope she loves it as much as I do. And I totally remember being a teenager and sweating ALL the time. Nothing really compared to that…until I became a mom…and now I sweat all the time again because I’m always holding a baby. lol

  7. Girl I love reading these! I can relate to you on so many levels. I just ordered the Cashmere Mist’ Deodorant by Donna Karan. I got the anniversary deal and 5 free trial products so I’m super excited!! I can never find a deodorant that I love so hopefully this will be the one! Btw…I know this was on another edition but I love Kai products!! I use the shampoo and conditioner and the lotion! One of my favorites! The smell is just amazing so I’m sure I would love the perfume oil….I’ll be trying it next!! Keep on writing these editions….I love them!!

    • Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Randi! That means a lot to me. πŸ™‚ I hope you love the deodorant as much as I do! And I didn’t even know Kai made shampoo! I’ve got to check that out -their products really do smell the best.

      • I got the deodorant in the mail! I absolutely LOVE it! I worked out lifting and doing the stair climber so let’s be honest…I was sweating like a pig!! I still smelled amazing amazing after! I couldn’t be more happy with this purchase! Btw…u got me hooked on Nordstrom! Lol

        • I’m so glad you love the deodorant as much as I do! πŸ™‚

          And Nordstroms is seriously my favorite place to shop. I think 98% of all my purchases can be traced back to Amazon, the grocery store & nordstroms. Lol

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