BIG News from Flip Flop Leos and a GIVEAWAY!

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Style, fun & comfort in an affordable leotard!

ff1I have some fun and exciting news! My sweet friend Debbie creator of Flip Flop Leos has a BRAND NEW website! {Congratulations Debbie! Gabbi and I are so excited!!}

To celebrate the new site Debbie and I have cooked up a giveaway! Before we get to the giveaway I wanted to talk a little bit about the new website!

Before the new website, Flip Flop Leos were most easily found on eBay in the Flip Flops Leos shop, which is great for us, we love eBay and I shop on it regularly and have for over a decade. However, not everyone is comfortable with eBay. I know quite a few who just aren’t into it. Debbie noticed this as well and decided it was time to have a stand alone website!!! {*This new site is NOT replacing the Flip Flop Leos eBay shop it’s still there. All who are not comfortable with eBay now have the ability to get these amazing leotards!}

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If you are a regular or semi regular reader than you know that we ADORE Flip Flop Leos, but if you are new here I wanted to share a bit about why Debbie’s leos are our favorites. It all started in February, I really wanted to get her some new “fun” leotards. I searched a number sites but I honestly wasn’t thrilled with the prices $30-$50 per leotard just wasn’t what we wanted to spend. Then I thought I’d check to see what was on eBay. I typed in “gymnastics leotards” and if I remember right Flip Flop Leos was the 2nd or 3rd listing and I thought “Oooh those are cute!” and the prices were amazing!  Gabbi’s first Flip Flop Leo was the ADORABLE Hot Air Balloon and it was a shocking $14!!! When the leo arrived it was not only GORGEOUS but the fit was amazing, truly as if it was custom-made for Gabbi {Flip Flop Leos eBay listings all have a sizing guide to ensure the right fit!} and my friends the rest is history.

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IMG_0632Since that first Flip Flop Leos we have accumulated an entire rack {like we could open a store 🙂 } Gabbi adores all the cute styles. I love the fit, they are not cut high on the hip and have a wider crotch, meaning full coverage at all times! These are the only leotards that do not give Gabbi red pressure marks after wearing for a while!

ff7Our Gym now expects Gabbi to wear a different leo to each practice and her coach has defiantly learned they are all Flip Flop Leos! Her coach LOVES Gabbi’s donut leo {sorry its no longer available} We are continuously stopped at practice with a “OMG where is her leotard from?”

Truly I could go on and on…and on! We love them and thats that 🙂

Don’t forget to follow Debbie on Instagram  to see all the newest styles first!

GIVEAWAY TIME!! 

Click HERE or the image below to enter!  

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PLEASE follow all prompt {rules} to be properly entered in the giveaway. 

This giveaway runs from July 21st until July 29th *US residents only please. A winner will be randomly selected on July 30th and contacted shortly after. **Winner has 5 days to respond, if not a new winner will be selected | Follow giveaway prompts {we check} or entry will be deleted | Entry void if you have won a Life in Bloom giveaway in the last 4 months | *please no fake accounts or emails {its just not fair to other entrants}

G o o d   L u c k!

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos for always being so wonderful!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me a thank you package for partnering again. I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos. *Please note although we have received lovely gifts from Debbie we regularly purchase Flip Flop Leos and we pay regular price. I am not a rep or ambassador for Debbie. We TRULY love her brand and will continue to partner with her as long as we can!

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*I’ve had a lot of questions asking why I’m now including “no fake accounts or emails” Unfortunately my last few giveaways had multiple entries from fake emails, meaning one or more persons made up multiple accounts to get more entries, in addition they also didn’t follow the rules making it be completely unfair to those who are following the directions. 

 

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Goals!

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This week #SweatPink asks: “What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? What’s your strategy for staying on track with achieving your goals?”

This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, with the season change quickly approaching {where I live at least} and the face that I’m currently battling a significant slipped and bulging disc that is pinching a nerve in my back {do to a serious fall} and lot of taking it easy {Bummer!} This seems like a perfect time to set some new goals! Hmmm, you know what? Some time a little reevaluation is exactly what you need to get motivated!

My Current Fitness & Healthy Living Goals

  • Heal & find workouts that I can do with my injury:

Because I really have to take it easy on my upper back and shoulder I’ve really been focusing a lot on lower body workouts, walking and running with my husband!  I have been doing Zumba and honestly a whole lot of Pinterest searching for lower body workouts that will be gentle on my back, that will make me sweat, and give me the cardio I’m looking for. Like this one from the always encouraging and lovely Natalie Jill

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Let’s talk ZUMBA!!! Honestly guys, if you are feeling down, discouraged or just not motivated I HIGHLY recommend Zumba! It’s so much fun, gives an awesome cardio workout and you can do it at home when ever you want! For me personally there is a huge plus, even with my injury I can still ZUUUMMMBBBAAA! Here are some of my favorite YouTube videos all from CLUB FITz…my personal fave! These 6 videos can act as a super fun and intense cardio workout {the first video is a slower warm up video. I end with it again or stretches}

I dare you not to have fun and feel ready to conquer anything the days throws at you after doing one or all of these Zumba routines! I know I do injury and all!

  • Give my body the right Fuel:

I have recently really gotten back on track with my healthy eating goals! YAY! A few months ago I kind of slipped off my low-carb eating…ugh…yes I paid the penalty and gained back some weight. I was extremely disappointed {even thought it was my own fault} so my husband and I reassessed our eating and realized we needed to get back to our low-carb lifestyle and hit it hard! I have already seen results {we were on vacation and ate like crap but I didn’t gain at all!} I feel so much better, I have so much more energy and I know it’s because of my low carb lifestyle!

One of the ways that my husband and I have achieved our low-carb lifestyle is honestly by using the entire Atkins line! I have shared before how much I love the Atkins so I won’t go on and on about it! See my posts about Atkins HERE!

  • See my progress: 

Keeping track of my fitness, weightloss and eating is really important for me. There is just something about writing it down that makes me feel more accomplished! For this I have been using a few different printable that I created months ago for my readers!

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  • Get more sleep:

This remains an ongoing struggle for me.  I aim to be in bed by 10:30/11. However I have a really bad habit of  “oops I forgot” until oh 11pm. My goal is to delegate my “day” time better and learn that I DO NOT have to do something I forgot to do during the day….it CAN wait. It will be difficult but I am determined to get the sleep I need and my family needs me to get!

What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? I’d LOVE to hear! 

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Oh just a #LiveInprAna Wish List

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Today’s #liveinprana prompt: What item in your workout ensemble needs an upgrade OR browse the new prAna collection and show us what’s on your wish list?

Since a new season it about to start {well at least where I live ;)} Of course I headed over and pursued prAna‘s website and very quickly I realized my wish list was pretty big! Have you checked out all the great stuff from they have? Something that I just love about prAna is that they are not only a fitness apparel website, there’s everything from jeans, sweaters, coats jackets, accessories and of course fantastic fitness and yoga apparel as well as yoga mats and yoga straps! There are defiantly a lot of things in both my fitness and street wardrobe that really need to be replaced and updated!

I wanted to share with you my prAna fitness wish list and prAna my street clothes wish list!!

Fitness with prAna

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Street Wear with prAna

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I love the prAna fitness apparel so much I decided to make a Pinterest board “prAna“!

What item in your workout ensemble needs an upgrade OR browse the new prAna collection and tell me what’s on your wish list!!!

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#1MillionMinutes #liveinprAna Mad Lib!!

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This week Sweat Pink and Fit Approach are partnering up with prAna to help us get closer to our goal of #1MillionMinutes! 

Did you know prAna has just launched their new Fall collection and we could not be more excited. So many cute pieces to choose from. What’s on your wish list for fall?unnamed-12

Yay!! I’m so excited for the next two weeks of #LiveInPrAna and to be starting today off with a fun mad lib!

I’m so excited to rack up more minutes towards our awesome goal of reaching 1 million minutes this summer!  While most of my sweat has come from hiking and playing outside with the kids {trampoline, swimming and football mostly} , I have also done quite a bit of walking {a 5k every night with my hubby!!}

To motivate myself to get from homeschooling the kids to running with my hubby and through my day,  I always have to be armed with water and protein snacks. I find that the more hydrated and alert that I am, the more determined and successful I am at achieving my goals.

Since staying on track requires so much focus and energy, I think it’s important that I treat myself! If I were going to reward myself with something from prAna this week, it would most definitely be the Arka JacketMaison Legging Dreaming Top from prAna because they are totally on point with my style, super cute and function-able with my life style! And that Arka Jacket…SWOON! 

I tag Thea, Janessa and peacce2784 to join me for this week of #1millionminutes for a chance to win some fantastic goodies from prAna!

Join in on the Mad Lib fun and the daily prompts:

Monday, August 10: Show us your weekly workout attire. How do you go from one workout to the next? #1millionminutes #sweatpink #liveinprana @prana @FitApproach

Tuesday, August 11: What item in your workout ensemble needs an upgrade (show us in a selfie) OR browse the new prAna collection and show us what’s on your wish list (a selfie works!)? #1millionminutes #sweatpink #liveinprana @prana @FitApproach

Wednesday, August 12: What does a fitness lifestyle mean to you? Show us! Is it life in leggings? Always being gym bag ready? Getting outdoors more? #1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

Thursday, August 13: Partner burpees? Double downdogs? Rock climbing? What’s your favorite buddy workout or move? #1millionminutes #sweatpink #liveinprana @prana @FitApproach

Friday, August 14: What are your fall goals? Show us! #1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

Saturday, August 15: Get outside and salute the sun – whatever that might mean to you! #sunsalutesaturday #sweatpink 1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

Sunday, August 16: Gym bag packed? Meals prepped? What are your favorite ways to make your weeks a little easier? #1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

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Killer Kettlebell WOD

This has been my favorite Kettlebell WOD {workout of the day} for a while now!

Heres a few things before you get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Like most of my workouts this can be done pretty much anywhere! Its a fairly quick yet butt kicking WOD!

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If you would like to add something to this I would highly recommend kettlebell halos {my hubs favorite!}

Kettlebell pictured | DemonBell 26lb. SugarSkull “Demonbelle” I LOVE DemonBells the products and the people! If you have not checked them out you need to!

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Do you Grokker?

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This week Sweat Pink has partnered with Grokker!! I have loved the Grokker website and app for a while now and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share it with you! Not familiar with it? Oh you NEED to be introduced!

Soooo what exactly is Grokker?

Basically its an incredible website where you can do some of the best videos and do all activities you love and since it’s a website {or app} you have the ability to do your workouts when ever you want…you are in total control making it perfect for anyone and everyone. Work from home? Grokker is for you! Work Swing? Grokker is for you! Stay at home mom? Grokker is for you…you get the idea! 🙂 I love that Grokker lets you create individual wellness routines created for your personal interest and experience. But it’s more than just great viedos there are also awesome Grokker experts available to each and every member!!!

What type of videos are offered?

Fitness:

 

Grokker is more than just fitness! Want a ton of awesome cooking videos at your fingertips? Just check out the Cooking video topics:

So like I said above…I love Grokker and you will too! Grokker has a free membership that gives you access to a ton of videos. But….if you want more access to more of the amazing videos on Grokker? Use the code LOVEGROKKER for a free month of their premium version!

Don’t forget to download the iPhone app!

 

Although Sweat Pink has partnered with Grokker this week, I want you to know that I am not affiliated with Grokker. All opinion and thoughts are based on my experiences and I was NOT compensated for this post. I love Grokker and have long before this week! ❤ 

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A Gallon a Day

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We all know the drinking water is so good for you! Here are some awesome benefits to drinking a gallon of water a day!

Your skin will look beautiful. Drinking water helps your skin looks moisturized and glowing it will also help reduce any bloating and puffiness in your skin.

Helps you focus. Drinking enough water can ensure that your brain will have an oxidant oxygen that it needs to function at its optimal level how cool is that!

Removes toxins. You know when you drink a lot of water and you have to frequent the lady’s room well this is actually really good thing you’re reading your body of all kinds of toxins.

Better digestion. Water can seriously improve your body’s ability to break down food and remove discomfort from digestion problems. I come from a family with serious digestion issues and since drinking more water I can’t even tell you how much better I have felt.

With the awesomeness also comes a few cautions that I want to share with you if you choose to take the challenge or the plunge and drink a gallon of water a day

Not consuming enough fluids can lead to dehydration we all know that. Dehydration can be caused by a whole slue of things: excess sweating, fever, diarrhea and vomiting or even diabetes. Common symptoms of dehydration are: nausea, a sore throat, dry mouth loss of appetite for food or fluids and feeling ill.

The polar opposite of dehydration is Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication is rare but it can happen if you drink too much water too quickly. What you need to know: Drinking a gallon of water is absolutely safe if you spread it throughout an entire day but if you consume a gallon of water per hour you are at an increased risk of water intoxication and it can be deadly. Please be careful!! One of the reasons that I created my gallon jug with the times is so that I don’t overdo it.

**Drinking a gallon of water {safely} a day is more than the recommended intake but you will not have any harmful effects on your system if you are not dehydrated.

I’m not drinking a gallon of water a day because I thought it was going to cause a miracle weight-loss. Honestly the main reason that I started doing this is because I am easily susceptible to dehydration and with it getting warmer I don’t want to risk heat exhaustion as well. I don’t want to have dehydration headaches anymore. I don’t want to feel gross and sluggish because I’m dehydrated.

I’m only a few days into “30 days of drinking a gallon of water a day” I can tell you is that my skin seems brighter, I have more energy, Yes! I am peeing quite a bit more but thats totally ok with me and hey it’s getting rid of all kinds of nasty toxins in my body!

Quick and easy tips if you choose to start drinking a gallon of water a day!

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Grab a gallon: find yourself either a gallon jug or do what I did and thoroughly clean and empty milk jug or orange juice jug, whatever you have!

Mark it: on my milk jug I have 9 AM 11 AM 1 PM 3 PM 5 PM 7 PM and 9 PM. This is really help me stay on track

Use a glass: I have been using a tall 24 oz canning jar. I keep my gallon of water in the refrigerator and I fill up my 24 ounce jar put a straw in it I drink that down when it’s empty I refill it and so on until my gallon is gone.

Don’t be too hard on yourself: drinking a gallon of water a day for most people is a pretty big undertaking if you start out and you don’t feel like you can drink an entire gallon don’t push yourself work up to a full gallon.

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