Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: Yoga Essentials



With a new year come new goals, right? After starting a new medication for my back and leg pain, I've been able to return to daily yoga practice and it has been such a blessing. While I haven't set any hard resolutions for this year, I think it would be amazing to clock 200 hours at the studio.

Many of you have reached out to me on Instagram about starting a yoga practice of your own, but as beginners, you aren't sure where to start. I will always suggest starting your practice in studio, with a trained instructor - plus most studios have all the equipment you need aside from maybe leggings and a fitted top.

But, for those of you ready invest in your own gear, or want to begin practicing at home - I thought I would share ten of my own yoga essentials, today. These are all products that I own and use every single yoga class.

1 // When you're ready for your own mat, it might be tempting to pick one up on your next Target run, but I can't say enough good things about the Manduka PROlite mat. I have had my own - in a pretty shade of green - for almost five years and it still looks like new. A great mat is essential for hot and power yoga practices where you will be sweating - slipping can be dangerous! Another bonus? This mat weighs in at just 4lbs, even though it is 5mm thick - this make it great for carrying to the studio.

2 // Even with a great mat, some classes are bound to have you slipping on any surface. (All that sweating is great for detoxing, right?) I personally love the eQua Plus Yoga Mat Towel for my hot yoga classes. With a quick spray of water, this towel makes your practice area becomes slip-proof and free of towel bunching. I recently snagged it in Oceana from REI on sale for just $22 (as opposed to $38) and it's still on sale.

3 // Though most studios have blocks for you to use, I love having my own - the foam surfaces of blocks can be prone to carrying germs (yuck!), plus I use these for all of my home workouts, even outside of yoga! I love these teal blocks from Gaiam - you can even find them at Target!

4 // While you're already at Target, you might want to grab a Gaiam Thisty Hand Towel. While this towel isn't designed to keep you from slipping and sliding, it's great for wiping your face or hands during practice - even if you aren't in a heated studio

5 // When you're carrying a mat, blocks, and towels to practice, a good gym bag is a must and I'm obsessed with REI's Balance Gym Bag. It holds everything you see on this list (thanks to it's handy mat holder), plus a water bottle and it comes with a snap out bag for your sweaty clothes or towels. And, it's on sale for $40 right now, as opposed to $60! 

6 // I stash a few beauty essentials in my gym bag, too - these Yes to Cucumbers face wipes are a necessity. You can find these at most drug stores or at my favorite place, Target. (Are you guys seeing a pattern here?)

7 // Another beauty essential? Dry shampoo. I don't love aerosol products with my asthma and have fallen in love with this powdered No Drought dry shampoo from LUSH. It has both lime and grapefruit essential oils in it -- yum!

8 // Speaking of essential oils.. I keep a tiny bag of my favorites in my gym bag, too. Deep Relief is a must, but I also love the RutaVaLa roller for relaxing. Some other options? Peppermint, Citrus Fresh, and R.C. (for those days when you're feeling stuffy -- after all, yoga is all about breathing!)

9 // Finally, I keep a few hair accessories in my bag. I was having such bad headaches and recently made the switch to these stretchy ribbon elastics. Why didn't I do that sooner? While you can find these in some stores, I usually order online for the best selection - plus my friend Meghan has the cutest sets in her Etsy shop.

10 // I'm also in the process of growing out my bangs and have to wear a headband to practice. I discovered Ledbetter's headbands while recouping from my first surgery but they've stayed as a necessity for my workouts and my daily outfits, if I'm being honest. They keep my hair and sweat out of my face.



So tell me, what are your favorite workout essentials? Does anyone have a favorite brand of workout apparel?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Document December | A Memory Keeping Workshop


Have you always wanted to document your family's traditions or special events but weren't sure where to start? Maybe you're unhappy with the photos you capture from your smartphone? Or maybe, you've got all of the photos but you aren't sure what to do with them.

This month, I'm providing an opportunity to address all of these issues with a story-telling and memory-keeping workshop, Document December.

The course, which is geared to memory-keepers of all skill levels, will include all of the supplies you need to create a modern scrapbook that tells your family's stories in the twenty five days leading up to Christmas.

The workshop will cover a variety of topics including:
- How to tell inviting and powerful stories with photos and words
- Using your phone to best capture (and edit) those photos
- How to build an album ready to be filled throughout the month

At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with a "completed" album for the month, ready for your photos and stories. You will receive resource lists, a list of photo ideas to capture throughout the holidays, access to an online group of others working through this project, and the skills you need to combine everything together to tell a cohesive story.



There are three kit options to choose from for this class from the minimalist Merry Little Christmas kit to the fully embellished All That Glitters kit. Each kit price contains all applicable taxes and fees, and shipping for those of you taking the course online. The contents of each kit are as follows:

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS | $45

  • 6x8 kraft Project Life album
  • 24 assorted Project Life pages
  • 71 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6 styles

ALL THAT GLITTERS | $60 --- my personal recommendation

 
  • 6x8 kraft Project Life album
  • 24 assorted Project Life pages
  • 71 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6 styles - as shown in the Merry Little Christmas kit
  • 3 specialty acetate cards, 3x4
  • 4 specialty gold glitter cards, 3x4
  • 1 gold foil sticker sheet
  • 1 element sticker sheet
  • 3 gold foil countdown sticker sheets
  • 1 gold glitter sticker sheet
  • 2 alphabet sticker sheets
  • 24 acetate starts
  • 4 cellophane bags, 3x4
  • sequins
  • gold thread, 10 yards
  • epoxy stickers
  • washi tape, 5 years
WINTER WONDERLAND | $70


  • 6x8 kraft Project Life album
  • 24 assorted Project Life pages
  • 71 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6 styles - as shown in the Merry Little Christmas kit
  • 3 specialty acetate cards, 3x4
  • 4 specialty gold glitter cards, 3x4
  • 1 gold foil sticker sheet
  • 1 element sticker sheet
  • 3 gold foil countdown sticker sheets
  • 1 gold glitter sticker sheet
  • 2 alphabet sticker sheets
  • 24 acetate starts
  • 4 cellophane bags, 3x4
  • sequins
  • gold thread, 10 yards
  • epoxy stickers
  • washi tape, 5 years
  • 12 polymer stamps 



For those of you in Albuquerque, I will be offering this class in person on Sunday November 29th, from 1-4PM, at Red Rock Rose Market, in Los Ranchos. In person registration is limited to nine participants, on a first come, first served basis. Register here.

For those of you afar, I will be offering the same course in a video format, and you will receive the physical class kit, and access to the online group -- all at the same price. Once again, this is being limited to a small number of participants on a first come, first served basis. Register here.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Week 18

I was going to start this post by saying, "I can't believe that I am sharing an April spread with you in October" but let's be honest -- I'm actually not surprised. Where has this year gone?

It is hard to believe that it's been almost six months since my trip to New York to see Dr. Greenfield, though, and just over five months since my surgery. This spread seemed fitting to share today as I will be headed on another overnight flight Wednesday to see Dr. Greenfield in the city on Thursday afternoon.


Unfortunately, I won't get to have my sweet Chiari sister, Cynthia, with me for this visit. But, I'm excited to catch up with her in Pennsylvania none the less. 

Here's to hoping that New York is a little less cold when I arrive.
Products Used: Design G, Moments Like These Card Collection, Moments Like These Accessory Pack, Project Life Date Stamp, Gold Foil Rub-Ons from Studio Calico




Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simply your efforts to document life + get your photos into a book. This year, I am creating spreads as part of the 2015 Creative Team and you can view all of my Project Life posts here. To learn more about the product + how to get started, visit BeckyHiggins.com.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ten on Tuesday | Birthday Wishes


Wait, I am posting something that isn't a scrapbook layout? How strange.

Ten on Tuesdays is a feature I began way back (in 2011!) that features a different list each time - my Instagram favorites, books recently read, or even tips for eating healthy. I haven't been great about sharing this feature in this new space ---- who has time to blog these days? ---- but I've got a running idea of lists I'd love to share with you.

Today's list? Ten birthday wishes. You may remember last year's list but this is something I've been doing for the past five years. It's less about the actual wishlist and more about providing a fun little time capsule of what I was doing or what I cared about at that moment in time.

1 // I've been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Younique products which just launched today. Shown here is the Cloud Collection which has one of each new product, from concealer or lipstick. If you haven't tried Younique's makeup yet, I can't recommend it enough - the products are made from mostly natural ingredients and they support flexible entrepreneurship opportunities for women like my friend Breanne (who is a total makeup maven). Win win.

2 // This is the second year in a row that I'm adding a fitness tracker to  my birthday wishlist. (You think I would have given in and bought myself one by now.) I am loving the heart rate tracking capabilities - and the look! - of the Jawbone UP3.

3 // I recently started going to yoga classes in the studio again and during a Yin class this week, discovered the beauty of the yoga block. While I love using my foam roller to stretch, there's something to be said about the stability of a flat surface.

4 // Similarly, I love using a bolster to stretch. Basically a firm yoga pillow, a bolster provides great support for your back -- which I definitely need -- when stretching or meditating.

5 // Last on the yoga list, a mat towel. While I have a great hot yoga mat, I find myself slipping and sliding when trying to do downward dog in a 105 degree room.

6 // By now, you likely know that I love all things essential oils. These rollerball kits from the Drip Drop Shop are just too cute.

7 // Launching on September 14th, the Visionary Journal is a planner and goal setting tool, all in one. Trying to balance three jobs, three classes, and two businesses requires a lot of organization and this tool seems like the perfect fit for keeping it all together.

8 // Since starting physical therapy, I've realized that I am seriously lacking in the athletic apparel department. I recently splurged on two pairs of leggings and a new sports bra, after realizing that I had last purchased one for THON in 2010. Moving on...

9 // A big fan of Kal Barteski, I am loving the Fall 2015 collection from Walk in Love, an apparel company based in my home state of Pennsylvania. While I'm really loving this "Fight the Good Fight" tee, I also love the "Be Bold" and "Take Heart" designs.

10 // And finally, a chai tea scented candle because, chai tea. While it may be my favorite drink, it's also one of my favorite smells. Normally, we stick to diffusing essential oils in the house but Candelle's candles are all natural, so you can feel good about burning them. Plus, they're made it Pennsylvania, too.




So tell me, who else has a September birthday approaching? How are you going to celebrate? I'm in the process of planning a fiesta, complete with an avocado pinata (but more details on that to come.)