How to Make Friends in a New City as a Busy Professional

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Happy Wednesday!  You ever move to a new city and DREAD trying to make friends?  When I moved to Phoenix, almost 12 years ago, I had limited chances on making new friends.  I worked in a small office with three other women (all married with children) and I didn’t know a single soul who lived here except my parents.  Making friends was difficult unless you met them at work or at the gym (can be dodgy).  And here we are 10 years later and we can now make friends through our phones.  Crazy sauce?  When I first heard about Bumble BFF, I asked “Where was this 10 years ago?”  Thank god for online apps, am I right?  Bumble BFF (aka Bumble But For Friends) is ideal for women who may have just moved to a new city and are looking for new friends.   You can find someone to lunch with, brunch with or try a new workout with.  The perfect solution for us busy professionals! Continue reading



My Summer Essentials + $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Being pregnant in the Phoenix summer is no walk in the park!  The temps are around 100 degrees of dry heat and then monsoon comes you have humid heat at high temps. URGH!!  Can we say swollen feet and just HOT all the time?  Around this time of the season, I make sure I stock up on summer essentials that increase my comfort level inside and out.  My favorite place to stock up is Sprouts Farmers Market.  They have their Vitamin Extravaganza promotion (July 26-August 2) which saves you 25 percent off regular retail nutritional supplements and body care items.   I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite summer essentials from Sprouts.

Inside Out

I believe that beauty and health start from within.  I’ve been diligently and almost obsessively taking prenatal vitamins during my pregnancy.  If you have ever taken these types of vitamins, you would know how BIG these pills are.  I researched an alternative and found SmartyPants VitaminsTheir prenatal complete gummies contain Omega Fish Oil, folate, iodine, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.  You have to eat 6 per day but I honestly don’t mind it since they taste so good.  Each bottle contains three delicious flavors with no synthetic colors, no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives, or any other junk.  Vitamins are NOT cheap so the sale is definitely a time when I stock up on these yummy and essential vitamins!

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Outside In

My day job requires a lot of driving, walking and basically more physical activity than I want, especially in the blazing heat.  My feet get pretty swollen from the pregnancy and the heat so any type of relaxation at home is a MUST.  I start by soaking my body in the Sprouts Sleep Formula Epsom Salt.  It soothes my tired and aching muscles and promotes a better nights sleep (Baby Zoe has been moving around a lot).  What I love about this product is that you can use it in three ways: bath (soak for 20 minutes), shower (use to exfoliate skin) or foot soak (mix with warm water and soak feet for 10 minutes).  After the soak, I take a shower with my favorite body wash Jason Calming Lavender.  It has an amazing scent and leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft.  It’s important to moisturize after a shower, so I use the Jason Calming Lavender Hand & Body Lotion next.  The last and most important essential that I use on my body is the Badger Pregnant Belly Oil in Rose & Vanilla.  I am FREAKED out about stretch marks so I hydrate my belly as much as possible.

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summer essentials

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RUN don’t walk to this amazing sale! They have the best array of natural products for healthy living.  Don’t forget that the promotion runs from Wednesday, July 26 through Wednesday, August 2!

GIVEAWAY

Sprouts Farmers Market is sponsoring a giveaway to my readers for a $25 gift card.  YAY!  To enter, simply leave a comment below letting us know that you follow us on Instagram (@stylistafitness, @sprouts).  Leave your handles so we can check if you’re following.  Winner will be announced on Monday July 31st.  

GOOD LUCK!

**This is a sponsored post and I received a gift card to purchase these products.  Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.



Current Meditation

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Between working full time, 20 weeks pregnant and part time blogging, you can imagine that my life is go go go! If I’m at home, I’m either blogging or preparing a post for Instagram.  If you looked into my brain you would find a million to do lists and cobwebs all over the relaxation section. The stress level is mostly at a 9 or 10 on any given day.  As I’m writing this post, I am probably at a 9.  For years, I’ve been telling myself that I need to figure out how to meditate.  It has always been my favorite part of taking yoga.  I’ve always read the benefits of mediation but never get around to actually doing it.  The ability to release any negative thoughts and release stress has been a goal for me.  I was extremely excited when Current Meditation, which offers meditation classes near me, contacted me to try out one of their classes.  I tried a grounded meditation class and here’s what I thought.   Continue reading



The Perfect Healthy Option for a Gender Reveal Party: Sprouts Catering Trays

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Two and a half weeks ago, Dave and I hosted a gender reveal party.  I am currently 21 weeks pregnant and we found out the gender around the 13 week mark.  Many asked us how we could keep it a secret for so long.  I honestly did slip a few times because pronouns are just tricky in general.  Actually, finding out the gender was sort of a mistake.  We did an Informed Pregnancy Screen that tests for trisomies, sex chromosomes and microdeletions.  As I opened my email, little did I know that the gender would be SMACKED dab in the middle of the email.  OOPS!  I thought I had to log in to their website and wanted to do that with Dave together when I got home from work.  Oh well!   I was excited to know and was in the middle of planning the reveal anyway.  Continue reading



How to Arrange a Market Fresh Bouquet

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When my hubby buys me flowers from the market, I basically unwrap them, slap them into a vase and call it a day.  They stay pretty for about two days and then the water starts to look rancid.  Apparently, I’ve been doing it all WRONG!  Who knew there were pretty easy steps to rearranging market fresh flowers?  A few weeks ago,  the nice people at Bobbie’s Flowers asked me to gather a few local blogger besties of mine to take  a flower arrangement class.  The lovely owner, Paula, taught the class in her quaint flower studio in Tempe, Arizona.  Continue reading