Friday, February 12, 2016

NYC Birthday Weekend

Happy Friday! It’s been a while, so I thought I would join up with the lovely DC Trifecta (Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney) for the weekly Friday Five Link Up! They’ve changed the format of the linkup since the last time I linked up, so I really had to think long and hard about the food and drink theme.

Today is my birthday (woohoo!), and I’m heading up to New York as this post is published, so I thought I would use this weekend getaway trip as a guide for this post.

As you may know, I went to college in Newark, New Jersey for a year, and Brooklyn, New York for the remaining three. Despite having traveled all over the world, and visiting exactly half of the 50 United States, New York still remains my favorite city in the world. I have fond memories of my time in NYC, and I’m going to be giving my boyfriend a tour of some of my favorite places in Brooklyn while I’m there. New York is such a great place for food, so here is my list of 5 places I’d like to visit for my birthday weekend:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NEW! Scandal Bingo - Season 5

Oh SNAP! Scandal is back tonight, y'all! You know what that means! Lots of wine, lots of dramatic speeches, a ridiculous love triangle that seems never-ending, and some crazy one liners. That's right, folks. We're back in Shondaland!

A lot of (ridiculous) things happened last season, so I'm looking forward to watching the soap opera unfold once again! Of course I have a bingo board for you, so never fear! Remember, you can use this bingo board as just a fun game with friends, some conversation fillers for commercial breaks, or a workout challenge!

Definitely make sure you consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise. I'm not a doctor or certified personal trainer, but I am a big fan of Scandal!

Alright, alright! I'll quit yapping! See your new bingo board below!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

You enter child's pose to release the tension in your lower back. You put your forehead on your yoga mat and take a deep breath in. That's when it hits you...

Your yoga mat smells like feet and sweaty funkiness! P.U.!

What do you do when your yoga mat stinks? You clean it, of course! You weren't going to go out and just buy a brand new one every month, were you?

How do you clean it, you ask? Well, I'm here today to tell you how, so pay attention! This is a very simple cleaner that will help you get that funk out of your mat, make it smell fresh and actually refreshing, and doesn't contain harmful ingredients.

Here's what you'll need to get started:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monkey Muscles for Year of the Monkey

Happy Chinese New Year! As you probably already know, this year is the Year of the Monkey! Monkeys are my favorite animals, so it seems fitting that my CNY horoscope says that this year is going to be a great one for me!

Yesterday, to get myself ready for the Year of the Monkey, I decided to work on my "monkey muscles" at the gym. Think about which muscles a monkey uses when she walks or climbs, and I pretty much worked those muscles out yesterday afternoon!

It's been a long time since I've done a tabata workout, so I thought I'd put this one together for all of us, and share with you my workout from yesterday! Enjoy!

Quick note: Consult with your doctor before starting any physical exercise activity. I am not a doctor or certified personal trainer. Do these exercises at your own risk!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner #wbwalinkup

It's Sunday, so you know what that means: Time to link up for my Week Behind, Week Ahead linkup!

This was a weird week, thanks to Snowzilla (eye roll). I work for our local government, which means I didn't spend my snow days like most other people I know. I'm not going to bore you with my Leslie Knope-like stories, so I'll just use this guy to summarize my thoughts: :-|

Fortunately, I was able to get some fun and fitness in with my family, as I mentioned in last week's linkup, as well as another bonus day of yoga which prevented me from pulling all of my hair out over the course of the week. Hooray, yoga!

Now, on to this week's Week Behind, Week Ahead post!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Yoga, Snow, Snow, Yoga #WBWAlinkup

Greetings from the tail end of our blizzard!

Once again, I am hosting my Week Behind, Week Ahead Linkup (#WBWAlinkup). As a reminder, this linkup is to let you know all about the past week's activities, as well as plans and goals for the upcoming week.

Want to join the linkup? Be sure to add your blog post link using the InLinkz tool below, that way I can read your posts to learn all about your week! Make sure you comment on at least two posts in the linkup so that we can all share the love!

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's get on with this week's Week Behind, Week Ahead, Post! (Note that I've updated this week's format by adding an optional button, if you want to include the linkup image in your post!)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What to Wear on a Winter Hike

Last weekend, I went to Shenandoah National Park, which is located along Skyline Drive in Virginia. It is absolutely beautiful, with breathtaking views, wildlife, and at times the feeling of being wild and free. Shenandoah National Park isn't exactly nearby, which makes it a nice little mini getaway for folks in the DC Area.

The original plan was to get a group of friends together for an all-day hike, but that plan fell through. Everyone changed their plans, or didn't feel up to being outdoors in the cool weather. It was all good, though. It made for a quick little adventure date for my boyfriend and I.

I hadn't gone hiking in cold weather in a long time, or maybe ever?, so I wasn't quite sure what to wear. After a quick Google search I decided, yep! Still didn't know what to wear. I eventually pieced together a few different pointers from different website, and decided I would share what I learned with all of you lovely people. :-)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Week Behind, The Week Ahead [LINKUP]

Happy Sunday! You know, Sunday is a weird day of the week. Some people consider Sunday the end of the week, and some people consider it the beginning. I'm a little bit of both, I suppose. I like to use Sunday as a day of reflection. What have I accomplished in the week behind? What are my goals for the week ahead?

With that thought in mind, I decided to start a little Sunday linkup here on Flecks of Lex. It is here that I will discuss the passing week, and the week up ahead.

It is my intention that this Week Behind, Week Ahead linkup serves as sort of a report card since last Sunday, but also a way to hold myself accountable on what I do during the week coming up. If I don't follow through with my goals for the week ahead, I'm going to have to tell on myself next week! So, let's get to it, shall we?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

8 Things to Do After a Volleyball Tournament

After my volleyball tournament over the weekend, I realized that I have developed a pretty sweet post-tournament recovery regimen for myself. The night immediately following my tournament was not met with agony, heavy eyelids, or crawling from my bed to the bathroom -- unlike previous tournaments. Instead of regretting playing volleyball all day, I had a lovely date night in DC with my boyfriend. It was great!

Please enjoy this infographic I have put together for those who are interested in learning more about my little recovery routine. While it is my post volleyball tournament routine, it doesn't mean that it is explicitly for volleyball players. In fact, this route is pretty much the exact same thing I did after running my first half marathon less than two months ago.

I must note that, while I have nearly a decade of coaching experience (including my IMPACT certification), I am not a doctor. You should totally make sure that you consult with your doctor on any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication you may be interested in trying.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Beauty Time Out: Simply Earth Peppermint Essential Oil

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been testing out Simply Earth Peppermint Essential Oil. Prior to receiving this product for free from Simply Earth, I'd had very little experience with essential oils. Pretty much the only time I can recall using an essential oil was with my tea light candle oil diffuser (which I love!).

It used to be that when I would think of essential oils, I would think of Will Ferrell's ridiculous character from The Ladies Man. He was a Greco Roman wrestler who liked to oil himself up. It was really over the top, like most Will Ferrell characters. I loved it (though I can admit that it was not an excellent move). Can you believe that movie came out in 2000?? Man, I'm getting old.

Anyway, despite Will Ferrell ridiculously rubbing oil all over his body, I can now say that I love the versatility of essential oils, and that I'm now officially a fan!

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