Favorites Lately

favorites lately

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared some of my favorite things and latest discoveries. Since the things that I tend to covet and fill my wish list are writing/blog, fitness, food and clothing-related, I thought that I would share something from each of those categories.

{I was not compensated for this post. These are items/services that I have tried and have enjoyed or had a positive experience with and thus wanted to share them with you. I always share my 100% honest opinion. Some links are affiliate links.}

Media Kit Smash Online Course

Media Kit Smash

OK, so I haven’t actually tried this course from Melissa at Blog Clarity (formerly MomComm) because it’s brand new. But if it’s anything like Content Brew, it’s going to be awesome.

As bloggers, we all know how important it is to have a media kit. But, have you actually made one? This course will walk you through making a kick ass media kit and includes eight templates that you can use. Plus, with videos, handouts and a private Facebook group, you will have tons of support along the way.

Registration opens at 11am on Monday, February 10th << TODAY

Session 1: Monday, February 24 – Friday, March 7
Session 2: Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 28

Each session will be capped at 50 people so go register!

ultimate booty workouts

Ultimate Booty Workouts

First, I was so excited when I received a complementary copy of Ultimate Booty Workouts from my friend Tamara Grand. If you won’t know, Tamara is the author of this amazing book and of the blog Fitknitchick. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Fitbloggin’ a few years ago and I’m so proud of her.

There are a bajillion workout and fitness books that all claim to get you in shape in 48 hours with no dieting or working out. In other words, there’s a lot of junk out there. When I flip through these books, I see workouts and some diet plans but I often don’t understand why this workout will work.

Tamara not only offers 12-week program (with options for beginners and advanced exercisers) but she provides information on anatomy, the muscles behind the movements, and the rationale behind the structure of the program so you understand why you are doing what you are doing.

My favorite part? The exercises are clearly photographed and explained AND feature real women performing the moves, including Tamara herself, and not fitness models.

  • What you need: a set of dumbbells and a stability ball. Options are available for those with access to equipment like barbells, TRX, kettlebells, etc.
  • How it’s structured: 3 4-week phases: Setting the Foundation, Building Muscle, and Leaning and Cutting. It’s a complete and solid workout rotation that is progressive in building stronger hamstrings and glutes.

mix my own


A little while ago, Klara from MixMyOwn.com reached out to me and offered me a chance to create my own muesli. I love the idea behind this because as someone who has a number of food allergies, I’m often hesitant to try most granolas and mueslis because inevitably, they will contain something that I’m allergic to. With MixMyOwn, I can choose the ingredients that I want and that are safe for me.

They offer roughly 100 ingredients – from dried fruit to nuts and seeds to five different whole-grain bases. Many ingredients are natural, unprocessed, organic and/or non-GMO, preservative-free and sugar-free. If all the ingredient combinations are too overwhelming, you can also choose from 8 pre-mixed variations.

The ingredients are really fresh and this 1 lb bag has lasted me a long time!

keaton row lookbook

Keaton Row

I think we’ve previously discussed that I like to shop. The only problem is that most of what I shop for is fitness clothes. I often feel like I need a personal shopper or stylist (remember when I had an almost What Not to Wear experience?) but I don’t necessarily have the time or money for it. My friend Ellie must have heard me lamenting through grapevine because she offered to put together some outfits for me.

I first met Ellie when I was in the 8th grade and she was in the 9th grade. We played soccer together and ran track. Actually, Ellie was the runner and at that time, I pretended to run.

She’s now a stylist and is working with Keaton Row which offers an easy, personalized styling service online. Tell them about you – the types of occasions you need clothing for, sizes, colors, areas that you want to highlight or camouflage and they will match you up with a stylist who will put together a lookbook for you.

I told Ellie that I needed some clothes for business meetings as well as casual outfits to wear out with friends or around the neighborhood. Here are two looks she put together for me.

keaton row coffee meeting outfitkeaton row casual outfit

I wasn’t intending to purchase anything (I swear Ed) but I was really surprised by how much I loved the choices (Ellie put together a couple of other looks in addition to these two).

It’s a great option for those of us who may not have the time (or inclination) to spend hours shopping and putting together outfits. It’s also great if you’re looking for a little inspiration and it doesn’t cost anything to request a lookbook.

What are your favorites lately?

{I was not compensated for this post. These are items/services that I have tried and have enjoyed or had a positive experience with and thus wanted to share them with you. I always share my 100% honest opinion. You can view my disclosure policy here.}


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  1. says

    I think Keaton Row sounds awesome! I am among those w/ no inclination to shop, so this sounds right up my alley! I also need to get Tamara’s book…so great that she has it out. And finally, I’ve been wanting to try the muesli mixes, too. You hit some great faves!
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  2. says

    I have really wanted to take the Content Brew course. I am glad you found it effective. I don’t think I am ready for a media kit yet. I could definitely use some non-workout clothing. I am always flirting the line of acceptable when I wear my Athleta stuff to the office :-)
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  3. says

    I’m intrigued by the booty workout. I do the same Jillian Michaels video every week as my one and only strength training session. Other than that, it’s just running for me. This might be a good thing to mix in with that DVD to avoid the burnout that is inevitable with same, same, same!
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  4. says

    I love that you referenced another Tamara because all of the comments saying, “I love Tamara!” or “I am going to read Tamara’s book!” still make me happy even though it’s not me!
    The mix your own granola is awesome!
    What are my favorites lately? Beef jerky. Is that weird? Our local co-op has amazing house-made, nitrate-free, GMO-free, everything terrible-free beef jerky.
    And Talenti Gelati. And spring dresses on Zulily.
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    • says

      Yes! But you two pronounce Tamara differently. I am obsessed with Talenti Gelati. It’s been on sale at Whole Foods and I can’t help myself. Beef jerky isn’t weird but it’s been pork jerky for me. Maybe it’s all this cold weather that is making us want to put some meat on our bones?
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  5. says

    I keep meaning to get Tamara’s book – not sure what is taking me so long!!!
    I figured it was awesome because all of the workouts she shares are plus her vast amounts of knowledge!!

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