Latests 11/14

I did a flow class at yoga tonight and it was TOUGH. I think mostly because my entire body has been extremely sore the last few days. I did manage to get in my first full bind though! So now, 16 hours after I began my day, I am finally showered, in bed, and watching SOA. The chances of me falling asleep in the next 10 minutes are highly probable.

But, [hopefully] before that happens, I want to share this week’s latests!

We hopped over to Home Depot this weekend to grab some paint and FINALLY cover the god-awful orange that’s in our entry way downstairs. So far, we’ve only had time to put one coat on and it already looks fantastic! It really makes the space lighter and larger. We opted for Behr”s Manhattan Mist.

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Metamucil! Tyler and I are both adding more soluble fiber to our diets. And I gotta tell ya, it’s working wonders for my digestion- especially during the week when I load up on veggies and get stuck at a desk all day. It also helps lower cholesterol and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The orange flavor isn’t that bad, either! (Has anyone/Is anyone taking this?!!)

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A cast iron skillet! We found one at an unbelievable sale price and couldn’t resist. I absolutely cannot wait to make frittatas and [more] cornbread!!!

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My music obsession for the past week or so has been Eminem’s new CD and the Dubstep Pandora station. Both are great for workouts.

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Well isn’t that a sad roundup of latests. There might be more that I’m forgetting to include, but I am .2 seconds away from getting some serious shut eye.

Tell me: What are some of your latests?

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Not too many things to share this week- trying to cut back on spending until I’m back in the States in a couple weeks (where I can get more bang for my buck!) But things to share of late are:

The Starbucks App

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Yeah,  I know I’m super late on this one. I was totally aware of the app, but never really had the desire to pre-pay for my black coffee. But then I was made aware of all the rewards that can result from pre-paying for black coffee and I got myself signed up right away. In fact, tomorrow I’m indulging in my once annual skinny peppermint mocha. Kinda really excited.

Hot Yoga

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I got a 10 class pass to Hot Yoga on Crowfoot. It’s been a couple months since I went last and my hips really needed the stretch, plus I want to get in some sweaty stretch sessions before Vegas.

Lady Gaga

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Dang it, you guys. I am a serious Gaga fan and this latest album is no bueno. I listened to the whole CD during my workout last night, and my booty did not throw in any extra shakes due to non-booty-shaking-beats. Le sigh.

Wine.

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Cono Ser Viognier. It’s a sweet white wine. That’s all I have to say about that. Well, that and I only drank about 1/4 of a glass of it when I bought it. So lucky me I have most of a bottle to play around with this weekend.

The Body Shop stuff

1. Moringa  Beautifying Oil. To help with the crazy dry weather and for sexy times! You are welcome for the TMI.

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2. Seaweed Clarifying Toner for post- Hot Yoga and other super sweaty workouts. Helps get all the gunky makeup off that I usually miss when I wash my face.

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3. White Musk Voluptuous Velvet Body Creme. I already have the perfume of this, so I thought I’d add the body creme to my collection. Yet another thing to lather on and keep my skin from being so dry. I swear, I am itchy practically 24/7 during the winter!

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Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bars

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Yup, this new flavor is the best. I still have to be super careful not to eat the whole bar in one sitting otherwise I turn into a blowfish. But with this flavor it’s so hard to restrain myself because it’s like a delicious and decadent candy bar.

And I realized maybe I did spend a bit. Woof.

Tell me: what are some of your latest finds?!!

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Today, this week rather, has been completely emotionally and physically taxing. I don’t even know how to talk about how I’ve been feeling. Mostly because I don’t have the time. And I’m too tired. Ha. I think the thing that’s been on the front of my mind has been my physical feeling- I have been eating fantastically, drinking tons of water, and exercising on a regular basis. Yet, with the start of this job I have slowly been gaining the weight back. I have so many assumptions of the culprit, but I can’t seem to overcome it!

A couple reasons why this bothers me. Even though I KNOW I’m healthy, I just don’t feel good. And another (vain) reason is because I don’t want this apparent weight gain to cause an outward thought that I’m ‘letting go.’ Meh. Stupid female brain. It is mostly how I FEEL though. 

Onward and upward.

I have some latest things that I want to share!

Fleece Lined Leggings. I picked these up on a whim while we were at Bed Bath & Beyond a couple weeks ago. It wasn’t until this week that I opened them up to see how they fit. And, well…….they did. But they didn’t. There was no waistband to hold the suckers up! Not worth trying to amend on my own. They’ll probably wind up just being leggings I wear around the house. Only because I know Tyler doesn’t mind seeing a little crack from time to time.

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Winter is coming. And just as I slapped on last year’s pair of boots, I realized the heel on the left boot was shot. I can’t risk waiting till I get to the states to buy them on the cheap, so I headed to the mall the other day to utilize a coupon. Come to find out these puppies were already on sale. SO, for a pair of boots that retails on the brand website for $170, I only paid $100! Good deal, Jen. Good deal.

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On my weekly grocery shopping trip, I was in the baking aisle to stock up on all my baking ingredients, and I noticed that Peanut Butter & Co. products were on sale. They’re super expensive here, so I never indulged in a jar for the longest time. I caved and bought the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. Still can’t decide whether I’m gonna enjoy this sucker by the spoonful, or whether I’m gonna bake something masterful with it.

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I went for tea the other day with a coworker at Second Cup. I had never been there before, so I relied on my coworker for a good tea selection. She recommended the Maple tea. Hot dang it was so good. I really just wanted a stack of pancakes after I finished my cup!

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A hair product that I should’ve mentioned a while back is something my hair dresser uses on me every time I go. After I found out what it was, I wondered WHY she would ever using a ‘thickening’ product on my Medusa of a scalp. But this Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray works. However I style my hair using that product, is exactly how my hair stays. That’s something every lady wants, right? In case you were wondering, I actually spray it into wet hair, sleep, then style the next day (on most occasions).

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Are you looking for the best cookie recipe of all time? Then head on over to Sally’s Baking Addiction and make her Favorite Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies. In her post, she tries all sorts of mix ins. I went with white chocolate chips as my mix in of choice. And that, my friends, is the best decision I’ve ever made. I want to bake these cookies over and over and over and over again until my oven breaks. (Maybe a slight exaggeration, as I just made a chocolate pie)

PS: regarding my rant at the beginning of this post. You may say Duh Jen stop eating all that shit and you’ll feel better’. Ah, but that’s where you’re wrong. I enjoy in moderation. It keeps the cravings to a minimum AND I can still have some of my favorite sweets.

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SOCKS. Lots of fun socks. These were a steal at Target. The ankle socks were 75 cents and the knee highs were $1.50. Really can’t beat it. (I looked on the Canadian Target website and you can’t buy anything! So the link is to the US website. Silly Canada)

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Favorite workout song I came across on Pandora: 

Two exercise moves I’ve utilized lately (and love):

Last, but certainly not least, my sweet score of the week. I hit the RW & Co. at the mall during my lunch the other day and found this sweater (Originally $65) on sale for $14!!! Nothing like a good savings. To offset the savings, I also purchased two tanks. 

 

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What are some of your latests?

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Some more latests for you!

Nuts To You Nut Butters Organic Sunflower Seed Butter. I picked up a jar of this stuff at Community Naturals yesterday as a snack to keep handy at my desk. I ate some with an apple and it was over the moon delicious. Not quite sure if it tops my favorite Sunbutter from Trader Joe’s though (and yes, I know Sunbutter is available elsewhere, but I’m just professing my love and loyalty to good ol TJs).

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I picked up this snazzy Belkin Easefit for iPod earlier this week, too. My last one had half the velcro come off that was totally past repair. And yes, I realized this problem right before leaving for a workout and attempted to have Tyler electrical-tape it to my arm so I could still have a good workout. Ended up swinging by a Future Shop and finding this bad boy on clearance..only $10! I’ve used it a few times already and really love it- it’s snug and soft on my arm. The end.

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I also loaded it with my most recent music downloads (yes, I know not all these songs are brand new!!)

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I just started reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (she wrote Eat, Pray, Love) So far it’s really good, but I’m not too far in it.

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Tyler picked up a new flavor of Quest Bars…White Chocolate Raspberry! I had a bite of one tonight before heading to the gym and it tasted like dessert. This could be very dangerous. But then I remember if I eat too much of a Quest Bar I get all bloaty. You’re welcome for that extra bit of information.

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A couple weeks back, I went with a friend to get our hair and makeup done (she won two tickets for the complimentary service and asked me to join her). The girl who did my hair used one of those wand things and I LOVED how it put some really awesome waves in my long-ass hair. I’ve been on the hunt for a wand ever since and managed to find one at Winners on the cheap- hopefully it’s not cheap in performance just because it was cheap in price! Oh wait, I just googled it and the original retail price for the Le Angelique Ultimate Curling Iron was $149…..and I paid $34.99! Sweet. 

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With the cold weather so brutally seeping in, I managed to find a pair of Anne Klein sweater knit tights. My main concern before purchasing them was that they wouldn’t be long enough since my last tights purchase was an epic fail. Turns out they WERE long enough, only they didn’t have adequate elastic in the waist and would sag every time I walked a bit. Totally annoying when I try to get in about 2 miles of walking during my lunch break.

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At the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Fest this past weekend, Oil & Vinegar had a booth that I managed to swing by. I only tried one of their samples and HOLY CRAP it was phenomenal. I tried their Fig Vinegar. As soon as I tasted it with a small piece of bread, I could immediately imagine sitting down with a nice loaf of crusty fresh baked bread and sopping up the goodness mixed with oil. Mmmm my mouth is watering now.

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Last thing to quickly share are some of my latest favorite moves in the gym:

  • Kettlebell Jerks (link to video demo here)
  • Barbell Front Squat (link to video demo here)

That’s all from this end! Any latests you’ve discovered lately and want to share!?? I love knowing about new-to-me things!

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I love sharing things I love. So this post should be ground zero for the stuff that’s been hitting the top of my list lately.

First up, Alterna Kendi Dry Oil Mist. I got a small bottle of this stuff in one of those monthly beauty subscription boxes and never thought to use it. Well, recently I started using it and it blows everything else I’ve tried out of the water. I have dried and styled my hair immediately after applying AND I’ve slept with it in damp hair. Both instances leave my hair super smooth and soft and just….wonderful. When my trial bottle started to get low, I searched online with bated breath that it was available in Canada. Sure enough, I saw that Sephora Canada carried it and I took my next work lunch walk over to snatch up a bottle.

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Next, Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Hot Tango. I have been hot on the trail for a red lipstick that suits my skin tone. Yesterday, I was in Sephora (again) and tested out the Hot Tango. After sleeping on it, I decided to head back today and bite the bullet.

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I totally love it and it makes me feel powerful. Just have to make sure not to get outside the lines otherwise I could look a little too similar to Steve Buscemi.

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Third- Taste of Nature Organic snack bars. I’ve found that I need a tiny pick me up in the afternoon before heading home. I’m pretty particular on how I eat during the week- especially now that I’m back to work and sitting for long period of time, it really takes a toll on my digestion, etc.- and I hunted throughout a variety of drug stores downtown before deciding on these bars. They have fantastic nutritional stats, all REAL ingredients, and well…they just taste FANTASTIC. So far, I’ve had the Quebec Cranberry Carnival and Brazilian Nut Fiesta. Perfect snacks, and I plan on stocking up when I get to Costco this weekend so I can have tons handy wherever I go.

 

 

 

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Then there’s the Gap Dot Print Top. This was another purchase made during my ‘walk to the mall during my lunch and pretend to window shop but really buy a few things’ trip. I almost want an ‘occassion’ to wear this to before wearing it to work. I’m thinking of maybe wearing it when we go to Banff on Saturday. Best part of this purchase other than its cuteness? I got it for 50% off. I’m a SICK shopper.

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Ok, so this isn’t a new favorite, but dang it it’s a GOOD favorite. Stiegl Radler. Add a shot of vodka to it and you’ve got yourself a good time. This stuff sells out QUICK every week at all the local liquor stores, so we like to stock up on it and keep it in the beer fridge.

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That’s all I’ve got for now! Any of these hit your radar? What other Latests can you share with me?!!