name='p:domain_verify'/> Always A New Day : July 2017


The Ultimate Gift Giver's Guide

This post is sponsored by  UncommonGoods. As always, all opinions are my own.

How has summer gone so fast, you guys? We are less than a month away from school starting, football season, and big events like 40th birthdays, anniversaries, and babies (not me - no way - but, some sweet friends have bundles a'coming). I'm trying to be more organized and diligent in remembering all the milestones.

If you need a gift for any occasion, I've got just the place for your gift-giving needs - this ultimate give giver's guide.  UncommonGoods has you covered!

 UncommonGoods is the best place for all your shopping needs. They work to change the way 
business is done by making sustainability a part of every decision. They also believe in the environment and make it a great place to work - working hard to take care of each individual inside and outside of the workplace.

My favorite part is all the creativity and design that goes into each product - including working with each artist to preserve their goods.  UncommonGoods also features products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur - a beautiful commitment to selling products that do no harm to people or animals.

Besides the amazing gift ideas,   UncommonGoods also created the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from us at checkout. They have donated over $1,000,000!

Now to the goodies! I got lost in all the unique and special gifts. All of my friends are turning 40 (this girl already did) so  this gift collection would be great for those headed "over the hill." I know a few friends who would love  these wooden wine glasses. I accept late birthday gifts, too - just FYI :)

Can't forget  the new homeowners in the bunch, too. So many cute,  personalized goodies here that double as housewarming gifts. Like these pillows - can someone get me the  Texas one? So much fun to add to your new casa.

Now for the babes - and even a few things for your big kids! No matter if you have a baby shower to attend or a kid's birthday to celebrate,  this sweet collection has you covered. The baby keepsakes are too cute as is this  wooden banner that would complete a nursery. Or, if your toddlers are picky eaters like mine, keep their food apart with this  mini happy mat

I think my favorite find is  this thumbprint guestbook for my daughter's upcoming birthday. Our guests can leave her birthday wishes that she can keep for years to come!

 UncommonGoods should be your one-stop shop for any gift you need to give. Check them out - this ultimate gift guide has you covered. And if you see a little something you like, I don't think you need a reason to just treat yourself. Mom life is always an occasion for giving yourself the ultimate gift!

What gift catches your eye? Trust me, there's something for everyone!

Happy shopping! Until next time, my friends...


How To Work Out At Home - Even With A Busy Schedule

It's a new week - another hot week here in Texas. We are knee deep into summer and loving every second. Though our schedules have been laid back, there are still two kids at home who want snacks every 2.4 minutes and bicker just as much. In the midst of all the summer chaos, when do you take time for yourself?

I love to share anything fitness. "I work out so I don't wig out." Seriously. Working out is for my mental health more than anything - it reminds me that through loss and grief, my body still works, and I am still trucking along.

When I can't take a class at my favorite workout (Orangetheory Fitness - though the hubs calls it my "Orange Therapy") I find time to workout at home. So, I was thrilled when Aaptiv reached out for me to try their awesome fitness programs. It's the perfect audio fitness app - and perfect for the busy mom!

Aaptiv has TONS of programs for your favorite kind of workout - cycling, treadmill, running, strength training, yoga, and more! The best part? You can take the classes (with the guidance of a trainer!) anywhere AND anytime.

So how do you work out at home with kids and a busy schedule? Aaptiv helps you find the time - many of the programs are 7-10 minutes long. You can do one or combine a few if you want more of a burn. See what your schedule allows and pick your desired workout with the time you have. Most days, I let my kids watch a show while I exercise or complete it during quiet time. Another favorite is when the kids are in the pool, I stand along side and squeeze in a sweat session.

There is a also a great maternity program for expecting moms. Top-tier talent from the fitness industry will lead you through pre and postnatal exercises - great workouts for each trimester! Aaptiv has your back during pregnancy and post that sweet baby's arrival.

Added perks - the trainers who coach you through each move, each interval, and each minute. They pump you up and motivate you in the comfort of your own home - the upbeat playlist adds some extra fun to your workout, too!

Special thanks to Aaptiv for inspiring this post and allowing me to try these amazing workouts. I can't wait to do more at home - you can do it, too. Click HERE to start your free trial.

Want more fitness inspo or tips to take time for yourself? Check out these posts:

Tips To Make Personal Fitness Goals
5 Simple Tips to Complete Your First Half Marathon
5 Ways to Pick Yourself Back Up - When Life Knocks You Down

Have a happy and healthy week, my friends!
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