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I know I’m not the first person to say it, but the holidays are stressful! Sometimes I wish I could just wake up and it will be January 1 already — but then I’d miss all the fun, and I certainly don’t want that. So what’s a girl to do to take a little of the “hectic” out of the holidays? For one, it’s important to stay organized. My iPhone is filled with checklists detailing everything that needs to be done, from party planning, to my work to-do list, to gift shopping.

One of the best (and worst, let’s admit it) parts of the holidays is searching for that perfect gift for everyone on your list. Whether it’s a little something for an office coworker or something a bit more extravagant for mom, I love seeing the joy that comes when a friend or loved one opens a gift and loves it. But finding that gift can be tedious and time-consuming. This year, I decided to simplify the search by shopping at beauty superstore Ulta, where there is something to be found for every single adult on my list at every price point. One-stop shopping? There’s certainly nothing better than that.

For my sister, the Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance was a no-brainer. A 2013 Allure Best of Beauty winner, the scent is light and refreshing, and the honeybee adorned bottle will look amazing on her vanity. For mom, I went for the Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System — the best product that anyone can purchase for their skin. Using sonic technology, it gently removes impurities, leaving skin softer and more beautiful.

For my kids’ teachers, The Body Shop Schoolbox Gift Set containing a selection of shower gels and body butters is the perfect little gift to show my appreciation. For my babysitter, I’m loving this Ulta Beauty Box Blockbuster set which contains an endless color assortment to last all year.

Finally, what’s gift shopping if I don’t treat myself with a little something? For me, I picked up Your Skin But Better CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, a product which truly lives up to its name. Not only does it provide flawless, natural coverage, but it protects skin with SPF 50+ and is packed with anti-aging ingredients. So when I’m feeling the full force of holiday stress, at least my skin won’t give it away.

ULTA Logo.jpgULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it’s an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!

resource-water.jpgWhat is electrolytenment? It’s the term resource® Spring Water has coined for an enlightened state of mind, body and soul. It’s a hybrid word made by combining one of the essential ingredients of resource® Spring Water, electrolytes, with enlightenment. Cute, right?

How one achieves electrolytenment is extremely personal, whether it’s from working on crossword puzzles, through meditation or by running a marathon, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. There are many activities that bring me joy or pleasure, but achieving an enlightened state of mind, body and soul is a rare combination.

I do yoga regularly and have experienced the “zen” feeling that comes with a great practice, particularly during shavasana, the relaxation pose that closes every yoga practice. This summer, I’ve also been making an effort to move my workout outdoors and have been working on increasing my running endurance. I’ll admit, I have never been an exercise lover, but you can’t beat the feeling of accomplishment and yes, electrolytenment, you get after completing a great workout.

Of course, when working out in the summer heat, it’s important to drink a lot of fluids. resource® Natural Spring Water is a great choice for fueling a workout since it’s 100% naturally sourced spring water and has naturally occurring electrolytes. I also appreciate that the packaging is made with 50% recycled plastic.

resource-Spring-Water-Logo.jpgresource® Natural Spring Water is a holistic bottled water brand that sustains a lifestyle of wellbeing - spring water with naturally occurring electrolytes for taste, a bottle made from 50% recycled plastic [excluding label and cap], and a source for discovery and enlightenment.


Everyone’s favorite 0 calorie drink, Crystal Light, is even better than ever. With amazing new flavors like Mango Passionfruit and Pomtini, it’s a quick and delicious way to make water come alive. We’re feeling the flavor so much, we’re seeing the inspiration everywhere in the color of everyday life.

Crystal Light wants to know how you’re feeling it with a fun new Instagram contest. Snap a pick of the colorful moments in your life, from a Blueberry Raspberry-inspired manicure to a warm-weather scarf that’s reminiscent of Strawberry Lemonade. Upload your colorful photos to Instagram with the hashtag #FeelTheFlavor and you could win a gift bag full of fun summer essentials. Then head to the Facebook page to enter. Random winners will be chosen each week through the end of June.

Here are just a few ways we’re feeling the flavor on our Instagram:


Join us over the next few weeks as we share glimpses of delicious color on Instagram and show us what’s inspiring you!


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Everyone knows that the hardest part about sticking to your fitness routine is staying motivated. Each day I’m faced with a multitude of obstacles and excuses not to work out: I’m tired, I’m too busy, there’s a new episode of The Bachelor on (oh wait, is that just me?)… Overcoming the obstacles and finding the time and inclination to work out is my daily struggle — sometimes I’m successful, sometimes not so much — I try not to beat myself up too much and just vow to do better the next day.

Obviously, the key to getting motivated is to find a workout you like. I have a few that are in my weekly rotation: yoga, walking and dance. Mixing it up and finding activities I enjoy that can be squeezed into my daily routine is essential for me. Something else that helps to keep me motivated? Investing in stylish and flattering workout clothes. Feeling confident in what I’m wearing can be a big mood booster, often giving me just the last little push I need to get out the door and get moving.


This week, I was lucky enough to receive four items from the Heidi Klum for New Balance collection, a range of seriously stylish fitness clothes made for performance. I couldn’t wait to take the new clothes out for a spin (there’s that motivation!). I started with the HKNB Coverup ($79.99) and HKNB Tech Capri ($74.99) and headed out for a brisk walk/jog on a gorgeous cool spring day. The clothes fit perfectly, looked great and were unbelievably comfortable. The coverup was long enough to cover my rear (a bonus in my book) and was super soft and stretchy. I loved the thumb holes in the sleeves and the kangaroo pocket was perfect for holding my iPhone while I listened to music. Also, the top is so stylish, it easily goes from gym to street. The capri felt like a second skin; the elastic waistband stayed in place and didn’t dig in to my waist at all, and the moisture wicking fabric kept me cool. I loved the flash of reflective fluorescent on the lower legs too.

For yoga the next day, it was the HKNB 1/2 Zip ($69.99) and the HKNB Essential Tight ($74.99), both equally as comfortable and flattering as the coverup and capri. The bottom line? I just found 4 more great reasons to ditch The Bachelor and get moving instead.

Are you a fan of Heidi Klum for New Balance? Show off your style via Twitter or Instagram using the #HKNB hashtag!

HKNB-logo.jpgNew Balance has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. The Heidi Klum for New Balance partnership combines New Balance’s expertise in fit and form with Heidi Klum’s commitment to sophisticated style, to create a versatile collection for women that is both everyday wearable and chic. Learn more:,default,pg.html

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