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5 Brands I Loved On Day 1 of Expo East

brands and flat lay from the 2019 Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore

I'm still recovering and reorganizing and reassessing after Natural Products Expo East. I met with so many different brands and tried so many different products that I'm still not sure I've digested everything from that week!

Instead of writing one incredibly long post about my experience (maybe I still will), I've decided to break up my experience into days and activities. This first post is about the 5 brands I loved from my very first day at Expo East. 

12 Podcasts to Check Out InternationalPodcastDay


Today is International Podcast Day! What does that mean? It means everyone and their mama is promoting their podcast in the hopes to get new subscribers! While I haven't officially started my podcast yet (it's under construction), I do love to listen to podcasts! I especially love them for when I'm driving, but I'll sometimes listen when I'm out for a run or hike, or even just going for a walk at lunchtime.

I usually listen to podcasts on Spotify because that's where I listen to my music, plus I can download them to listen online later.

Here are 12 podcasts I recommend you add to your playlist on Spotify (in no particular order):

Using Products with CBD Oil As Part of My Sports Recovery


This post is sponsored by CBDMEDIC but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

As I led my indoor cycling class through their cool-down stretches, I heard a lot of creaking and cracking coming from my body. It dawned on me: I had just taught my sixth class in just eight days!

Did You Know Fabletics Has a Physical Store?


Well, they do! And I had a chance to check out the one in Columbia, Maryland two weekends ago!

I received a seemingly last-minute email from Fabletics inviting me to their store opening for their store in Columbia, Maryland. Wait, store opening? I didn't know they had a store! Unfortunately, I couldn't work it out to get to the grand opening celebration that day; however, I managed to stop by a few days later, which was great because I felt like I had a more normal shopping experience. It was weird being back in the mall where I'd worked part time for 8 years. I probably hadn't been back there since I finally "retired" from Ann Taylor last fall!

First and foremost, if you don't know what Fabletics is, check out my original review from last year here.

Fit Technology: Playing Volleyball with a Fitbit

Can you play volleyball with a Fitbit?
Month after month, Google tells me that people are searching for, "Can I wear a Fitbit while playing volleyball?" which is leading them here to Flecks of Lex. Since I have never explicitly answered this question on the blog, I thought today would be as good a time as any to take a moment to answer the question!

I have had a Fitbit for several years now. I first purchased a Fitbit Zip, and absolutely loved it! It clips on to you, and tracks your steps, calories burned, and distance traveled. Next, I upgraded to a Fitbit One (affiliate link), which also tracks those things, and additionally tracks your sleep and flights of stairs ascended. As a woman who has suffered from insomnia her entire life, how cool it is to be able to track my sleep pattern!

Now, I'm rocking the Fitbit Charge 3 (affiliate link). I have a lot of thoughts about wearing it for volleyball, which I'll share below.

Okay, so now to the question: Can you wear a Fitbit while playing volleyball?

What I Learned from the #BasicBowl Nutrition Challenge


My friend Shanique hosted the #BasicBowlNutrition Challenge that ended yesterday, and it was truly transformative!

I loved putting my bowls together, and it was amazing how quick and easy they were to build. It really took a lot of the guesswork out of cooking dinner after late nights of volleyball, spin class, and work.

Why I'm Protesting Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew


It's not for a political reason. It's not because of my religion. And it ain't because of any food allergies.

Why am I protesting the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Starbucks?
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