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Books We’re Loving

Hey! It feels like it’s been so long so we’ve checked in to chat about some of our latest reads. The nerdy side of me gets super excited to share my latest reads with you. Even more so when one of my best friends gets to join in too! Be sure to go check out A Slice of Brie, to see what books Brie’s been reading lately.

You guys, getting a library card was one of the best things I’ve done for myself all year, but I admit, it’s almost becoming a problem. I got carried away with holds that all happened to come in at once, leaving me to drop everything and read all the time. I’ve been a bookworm since I learned how to read so it really isn’t anything new for me to be nose down in a good book, but the last couple months had me wanting to abandon all responsibilities and crawl into bed early. This resulted in a staggering six completed books in the month of March alone. I have zero regrets.

Loved: Normally it’s so hard to choose a clear favourite, but not this month. A Man Called Ove was hands down the best book I’ve read all year. Do yourself a favour and read it before the movie comes out. It was such a sad, funny, heartwarming book that has you falling in love with Ove, the crotchety old man who appears to hate everyone and everything. I shed a tear or two while reading this book, which is surprising for me since I’m not one to cry while reading unless it’s about animals.


A close second was a recommendation from Jo, Always by Sarah Jio. It was very similar in feel to my beloved Taylor Jenkins Reid novels which is no doubt why I enjoyed Always so much.

Runner up was Couple Next Door, a book club pick which I read in about a day in a half on top of work and parenting. It was just one of those thrillers that kept you turning pages from the very beginning.

Currently Reading: When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford. This one just came out last week and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Harper Collins. If you’re not familiar with Kelly Oxford at all, do yourself a favour and look her up, read her previous book, follow her on Snapchat (seriously, the only reason I miss Snapchat is her). I was sad to find out her appearance at WordFest in Calgary in a couple weeks was sold out.

Looking Forward To: Later this week my book club meets so I’m definitely looking forward to finding out what our next book will be. I always have a copy of Miss You by Kate Eberlen from Harper Collins on my nightstand waiting to be opened. I also have The Woman in Cabin 10 and Truly Madly Guiltily in my TBR pile that I’m itching to get to, so hopefully, I can finish all of them before we meet again!

We want to hear from you! What has been some of your favourite reads lately? What are you currently reading? 

Don’t forget to head over to Brie’s blog to see what she’s loved, is currently reading and what she’s going to read next!

 

*Affiliate links have been used. I was given copies of When You Find Out the World is Against You and Miss you from Harper Collins. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this little hobby of mine. 

Reviews

You Don’t Have To Be A Yogi To Wear Yoga Jeans

My Yoga Jeans Story

In the before times (aka: before I became a mom), I was like most twenty-somethings who spent their cash flow on designer duds. My denim collection was fierce and I loved each and every pair just a little too much. Of course, when my son came along, my body shape changed and I no longer had the dollar bills to spend on seasonal shopping sprees for myself. Let’s face it, a certain four-year-old has a better wardrobe than I do. Since ditching the designer denim that no longer fit me (RIP), I was on the search for a pair of quality jeans that wouldn’t break the bank, could become a wardrobe staple, would flatter my figure, and keep up with the demands of being the mom to an active little mister.

Enter Yoga Jeans.

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Photo Credit: Lindsey | Pullover: Lululemon | Yoga Jeans: High Rise Ankle Jeans | Boots: Poppy Barley

I had a lot of demands for my denim duds and it took me a long time to find a pair that lived up to my expectations. After being sent a couple pairs of Yoga Jeans, I can honestly say that I will probably wear nothing else going forward. The fit is perfect. The high waist keeps everything tucked in where it should be, without the fear of exposing my butt cracked while I’m crouching down to tend to my son. Being a shorty, I thought the ankle length would end up being a regular length on me but it too falls at the right spot for me. I can squat and bend and go about my days without these jeans stretching out, losing their shape and feeling uncomfortable.

Their Yoga Jeans Story

Canadian brothers Eric and Jacob Wazana set out to create the most comfortable jeans in the world and so began Yoga Jeans by Second Denim Co. By studying women’s body shapes and movements, and then deconstructing traditional denim, they created jeans that are so comfortable and flexible that you could literally do yoga in them.

Based out of Montreal, Second Denim Co. has gone against industry standards to ensure their product is socially conscious. Every pair of Yoga Jeans is 100% handcrafted in their Montreal manufacturing facility, ensuring that every pair is made ethically without losing quality.

Photo Credit: Lindsey | Pullover: Lululemon | Yoga Jeans: High Rise Ankle Jeans | Boots: Poppy Barley | Booty: All Mine 😉

But Can You Actually Do Yoga In Them?

The philosophy behind the jeans is intended to help you love your body. The tag found in the pocket of every pair of jeans states “Second Yoga Jeans are for those conscious of the unique link there is between the way we treat our body, and how it treats us. Practice your asanas wearing your Yoga Jeans, they are filled with good energies, positive karma and were created to help you feel confident, beautiful and at peace. Love your soul and it will love your body…which will love your Yoga Jeans.” I think this philosophy speaks beautifully to everything I aim to achieve right now, feeling comfortable, confident and loving who you are.

While Yoga Jeans are stretchy enough that you could practice your asanas in them, they aren’t actually made from sweat-wicking material so they might not be the best choice for your sweaty power flow class. But don’t let that stop you from getting bendy to test out the stretch factor and showing off to your friends.

Yoga JeansPhoto Credit: Lindsey | Pullover: Lululemon | Yoga Jeans: High Rise Ankle Jeans | Boots: Poppy Barley

Where To Buy

Locals can find Yoga Jeans at The Pink Paire or Copper Lane.

Use the store locator to find a retailer close to you.

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*I received two pairs of Yoga Jeans from Second Clothing in exchange for this post, but as always, all thoughts and reviews expressed are my own.  Thank you for supporting the companies that continue to make this hobby of mine possible!
Healthy Living Reviews

22 Minute Hard Corps Review

One thing about Beachbody programs is that they are a quick and effective for me to fit fitness into my busy life. I enjoyed both 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme  so was excited when 22 Minute Hard Corp was released. My criteria for home fitness programs are 30 minutes or under and minimal equipment and 22MHC definitely meets those. While I didn’t complete the program in entirety due to injury, I gave it my best effort and thought I would share some of my thoughts.

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22MHC is an eight-week program that consists of both cardio and resistance workouts in a military boot camp style workout. Workouts are six days a week with one rest day, alternating with resistance one day and then cardio and core the next. As you progress through the weeks, the videos increase in intensity, ending with “Hell Week” which doubles up your workouts.


My first reaction to the videos was that they were incredibly cheesy but I quickly got over that because the workouts pack a punch in 22 short minutes. Working with weights or a sandbag and a pull-up bar if you have one, the three different resistance workouts go through five to seven different moves over three rounds. There are modifiers to show you how to increase or decrease intensity and how to perform the movements with the weights or the sandbag. My one complaint was that I found that it wasn’t always obvious what the alternative movements were if you weren’t using a pull-up bar, which meant I would end up taking an unscheduled break when it came to that move.

The three different cardio workouts also consist of seven different cardio moves over three rounds that will leave you dripping with sweat after. Finally, there is two core video that is half the time of the other and cycle through 11 reps of various abdominal exercises with Core 2 cycling through 22 reps of the same exercises. If needed, there’s also a Cold Start video to help you warm up before you get into the workouts, but I always skipped that one.

I originally thought that doing the same workouts on repeat for eight weeks would be a bit too repetitive, but I wasn’t bored with the exercises at all before I was done with the program. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the end of the eight weeks, as I fell off the wagon and did a couple weeks over again and then ended up with an inflamed tendon from repetitive movement. Womp.

I do think that had I stuck to the program better and was more diligent about eating properly, I could have had some great results. I did take measurements before starting and was happy that I was still at the same measurements as when I finished 21 Day Fix Extreme last year. I didn’t take any end measurements this time around though since I didn’t fully finish the program. One thing that was a noticeable result was my strength. While I stuck to weights over the sandbag, I ended up upping my weights after a couple of weeks and know that I could continue to build functional strength following this, or other Beachbody programs.

I do think that this is a decent program to build some strength and add some cross-training to your routine. Consistently following the workout calendar and eating guide (follows the same plan as 21 Day Fix) will surely get you some noticeable results. This is such a great option for busy parents without the option of joining a gym or without a lot of time to spend working out.

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with BeachBody at all. I wanted to try this program and share my honest thoughts. If you’re interested in 21 Day Fix or any other BeachBody programs, contact Alison and she can hook you up!