Red, White & Blue Patriotic Activewear Roundup

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Activewear

Other than the year Joe had to get post-MMA-fight hand surgery, the 4th of July is always one of my favorite holidays. For this festive activewear roundup, I tried to choose a good mix of price ranges for the items. A couple are on sale; I have discount codes for some; and others give back to charity. The rest are just cute. 🙂

1. Terez Tie Dye USA Performance Capri Leggings | I have a couple pairs of Terez leggings and might just need to add this fun print to the collection! If you’re new to Terez, you can take 25% off their leggings with the code nicole25. This particular print, however, might be an exclusive for Shopbop (I can’t find them on the Terez site). Luckily the ‘bop is having a sale and you can use the code 25EXTRA for an additional 25%. Not totally sure if these leggings are included in the sale but worth a try! $75

2. Make + Model Freedom Jogger Sweatpants | Cute and affordable–love that! $38

3. K-DEER leggings  | Not only is the pattern super cute, but I hear K-DEER leggings are incredibly comfortable (I don’t own a pair myself but have been eyeing them!). This particular design from K-DEER is especially awesome because 5% of sales go to T.A.P.S. $98 long / $88 cropped 

4. S’well Love 9oz Water Bottle | I am on an awful roll with losing water bottles every. single. time. I bring them with me to a fitness class. Maybe having a stylish one like this would motivate me to keep better track of my water bottles … $25

5. Nation LTD Stars Tank & Crop Tee | Cute for everyday wear as well as the gym. $70 tank / $81 tee

6. Sadhana TAPS leggings | These patriotic prints from Sadhana give back! $1 from every purchase goes to T.A.P.S. $80

7. Beyond Yoga Swept Away Open Back Tank | Love the open back! This tank is on sale (and you can get 15% off a purchase if you use the above link). $35.50 

8. Fabletics 4th of July OutfitsFabletics is always reasonably priced and if you become a VIP member you save even more. Love their July collection!

Which are your favorite items?


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What Was Inside My Summer BabbleBoxx


Aside from a brief obsession with Bath & Body Works that was pretty much a rite of passage for 90’s kids (I can still identify the scent of Juniper Breeze and Cucumber Melon a mile away), I was never really interested in beauty and skincare products until I hit my late 20’s. I guess noticing your forehead start to crease every time you lift your eyebrows to apply mascara will cause your interests to shift. 😉

When I got this fun opportunity to receive a wellness and beauty BabbleBoxx, I was excited because all the brands involved where new to me and I always love discovering new products. I got to try everything from body scrubs to leggings, so let’s look inside my delivery! Some brands are offering reader discounts so be sure to keep an eye out below.

Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub


This Shave Prep Body Scrub from Tree Hut exfoliates, removing dead skin and lifting hair. As the name suggests, it’s great as a pre- hair removal scrub, but I also think it’d be perfect to prep your skin for a spray tan. It’s thick and gritty enough to efficiently exfoliate, but I didn’t find it to be too rough. There are oils in it (oat kernel oil and avocado oil among others) that help soothe the skin. Added brownie points for being paraben-free and made in the USA!

2(X)ist Tank Top & Leggings


The Square-Cut Tank from 2(X)ist is slim fitting and made from cotton. It’s a good everyday tank and I know I’ll get a lot of use from it when the weather gets cold again and I’m constantly laying with sweaters. It’s $26.

2(X)ist has leggings in prints, ombres and solids. The style I went with has a mesh panel in the back of the calves which is a fun touch and there’s a hidden zipper pocket in back for storing keys or a card. The fabric is super comfortable. If you think of workout legging fabric on a spectrum of straight up spandex to soft everyday-wear cotton, these are towards the cotton side. Solids are $48 and prints are $52.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme


LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme is a lightweight anti-wrinkle and hydrating face serum containing Rhamnose (a sugar) and Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid. According to Vichy, this serum improves the signs of aging by reducing wrinkles and fine lines, evening out complexion, hydrating skin and giving it a plumped, lifted appearance. I’ve been using it regularly for only a bit more than a week so I can’t say the fine lines above my eyebrows have miraculously disappeared, but I have noticed a major difference in the hydration department! Air conditioning typically dries out my skin, but I’ve been feeling moisturized all day and night since using this serum (I put it on before bed and then in the morning after teaching). The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s paraben-free.

READER DISCOUNT: You can get 20% off and free shipping on all LiftActiv products with the code BABBLEBOX (enter at checkout). The code is valid through 11:59pm PST, 06/30/2016. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or gift sets.

Village Naturals Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Products

These Village Naturals products would be the BOMB.COM if you had a cold. Not to say the products aren’t good for other times, but the eucalyptus-spearmint-menthol ingredient combo just screams “cold remedy” to me with its natural ability to clear the sinuses and soothe achey muscles.

Village Naturals Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Soak with Epsom Salt


Epsom salt baths help ease stressed muscles. This one also contains oils and extracts to make a softly foaming bath that’s so relaxing!

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak


This is similar to the above bath soak. The combination of sea salt and epsom salt help to draw out impurities and ease tired muscles, and the concentrated formula means you get relief by using less than you’d need in a traditional epsom salt bath.

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash


As far as scent goes, this one is a little less intense with the whole menthol-spearmint-yup-I’m-awake-now smell. You can use it as a bath oil or can put it on a loofa as a body wash (that’s how I’ve been using it).

READER DISCOUNT: $1 off any one Village Naturals Therapy product with this link.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara


I rarely wear a full face of make up because my job involves either sweating or working alone in my apartment, mostly likely sans pants. That being said, I love mascara. It’s crazy the difference just that little oomf to my lashes makes (to me, anyway!). IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara combines strengthening biotin and collagen in its formula to create a thicker, longer lash appearance. I’ll let the before and after pictures speak for themselves!

In the picture below, the left side of my face has no mascara on it and the right lashes have a coat of the Superhero Mascara. And yes, I totally took these using the “pretty filter” in SnapChat so that my skin would look like that of a newborn. 🙂


The brush makes for an even application of the mascara and I love that it’s easy to remove (with just my regular face wash it all came off).

Have you tried any of the products/brands in this post? Thoughts?

Have you discovered any new skincare/beauty products lately that you’re absolutely loving?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by on behalf of Single Edition Media. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado and Feta

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

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Food pics and dog pics?? You guys are really striking internet gold with today’s blog post. 😉 I recently started walking my friend’s dog a few days a week, and it’s become an hour of “me time” I look forward to each afternoon. Headphones on, away from the computer, getting my daily dose of Vitamin D–I love it! And just look at this little cutie … cooking-light-1

I switch up where we go each day, and with the warm weather in full swing, these dog walks are the perfect excuse to get out of the apartment and soak in this beautiful city that I all too often take for granted. If we’re going to be crossing streets and weaving around crowds, I’ll pick out a podcast to listen to, but if I take the little fluff ball to the Public Garden, he spends so much time sniffing around trees that I can actually do some reading while we “walk” (aka stop to sniff and pee on every single bush in Boston).

For today’s post, I stopped by Shaw’s (<– you can get $1 off PEOPLE, InStyle, Real Simple, Cooking Light or Sunset magazine with that link) and picked up a Cooking Light for my trip to the park. Flipping through magazines is so relaxing to me, and food magazines in particular are perfect for blog recipe inspiration. Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

One of the pages I dogeared on my walk was a beet salad. Inspired by the recipe, I threw together this variation of arugula, golden beets, feta and avocado when I got home. So delicious! For the full recipe, check out the June issues of Cooking Light.Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

I made this light and refreshing salad for dinner the other night along with some pan-cooked cod and quinoa and it was perfection.

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What are your favorite magazines with which to unwind?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, InStyle®, CookingLight® and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine.