GOQii Life | More Than Just a Fitness Tracker

For the past few months, we’ve been upping our fitness level and overall healthier lifestyle with the combination of a fantastic advanced wearable technology device, the world’s leading experts, a great personal coach (hey Neha) that is not only an expert in the field of fitness and nutrition but are themselves are part of the program, and some Karma (more on that later) that allows you to #BetheForce for good. For the past few months, we’ve been living the GOQii Life. The GOQii Fitness Band is not just another fitness tracker; while other fitness bands just measure your activity and provide you with the information, GOQii Life is a community of health and wellness coaches advising and encouraging you, an app that helps you develop healthy physical activity, nutrition, sleep and stress management habits, as well as using your Karma points to help others.

The GOQii Fitness Bands are made out of silicone, are water-resistant (not waterproof  so no swimming), but it will resist rain, sweat, shower and a splash of water. The straps are adjustable and changeable to any of the cool colors – Passion Red, Power Black and Persistence Red+Black – with more color options coming soon. The GOQii Core can connect to your computer or device via Bluetooth and will automatically sync every time it is within 10-15 ft of your smartphone. Not only is your information updated on your end, your GOQii Coach is also automatically given your activity, which allows them to better advise and applaud you (it’s a bit like working out with a friend).

While other bands concentrate on your body, GOQii aims to bring happiness to your body, mind and soul. Our coach, Neha, has been our cheerleader, fitness trainer, and adviser on everything from our fitness routine, sleep patterns (we’re happy with anyone who tells us we need to take a nap during the day), eating habits, and mental well-being, with daily tips and encouragements. The GOQii Band does an amazingly precise job of measuring your Activity and Sleep. In the Active mode, it focuses on measuring steps, calories burnt, distance traveled, activity time and Karma points. In the Sleep mode, it measures time slept and quality of sleep. Additionally the GOQii Band will also display time and an envelope symbol when you have a message from your Coach.

If you feel so inclined, the GOQii app gives you the ability to share your updates via social media, interact with other GOQii Life users, and donate your karma points to great causes. You may be thinking, what exactly are Karma points. As we previously stated (and as you can see in the photo above), it’s a way to do good by help great charitable organizations. Essentially you earn points based on the number of steps you take in a day, these points can then be donated to any charity organization linked in the GOQii app. It gives you a great sense of happiness to know that just by walking, not only are you heading towards a healthier lifestyle, but you’re also helping people in need. In other words, you do good and feel good, and as GOQii says #BetheForce. What’s better than that?

Tea Time | No Longer Just an Afternoon Delight

Our love of tea is no secret and knows no bounds. While most people swoon over coffee more than anything, we bleed tea. We proudly call our cupboard of tea, a collection, because just as people collect stamps, action figures, etc, we collect tea. We thoroughly enjoy tea infusions and experiment a lot with flavors and while we haven’t gushed here on ready-to-drink cold tea drinks, we’ve been enjoyed them for year – and we’re not talking simple iced tea. Today we highlight cold tea beverages we’ve been enjoying. Some are new, some have been around for years. all we know, they are all very delicious and good for you. Get ready to stock your refrigerator, not your cupboard, with teas from ITO EN, Little Miracles, ChaiElixir, Honest Tea, and Gold Kili.

ITO EN’s Oi Ocha’s Shincha

When you’re thinking of limited edition teas, ITO EN’s leading Japanese brand of green tea, Oi Ocha comes to mind. For the first-time ever, bottled Shincha, the year’s first harvest of green tea, is available in the U.S. Known as the year’s very first harvest of green tea, which is celebrated for its fresh and lively flavor, naturally sweet finish and smooth umami taste. Oi Ocha Shincha is better for you than typical green teas. With its high concentrations of the amino acid L-theanine, catechin antioxidants and Vitamin C, lower caffeine, and high concentration of Catechins/EGCG – a powerful antioxidant in tea that helps neutralize free radicals, this limited edition, seasonal tea will blow you away with its health benefits. Oi Ocha Shincha is available in 16.9 oz., BPA-free recyclable bottles at select retailers and at www.itoen.com.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles are delicious tea beverages you can enjoy anytime. These addictive drinks combine the purest organic green or black tea leaves with the most revitalizing fruits and juices from superfoods. One taste of these refreshingly healthy drinks and you’ll find yourself hooked. What can you expect from this bottled goodness, energizing ginseng and Acai in their purest forms, and other great ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger, pomegranate, and white cherry. Available in four uniquely blended flavors, you’ll find yourself continuously quenching your thirst with these high quality, antioxidant tea drinks day and night. Little Miracles come in handy little 11.16 oz bottles but are very new to the US. To find a list of stockists (aka retailers), go to www.drinklittlemiracles.com.

ChaiElixir

We have a profound love of chai. it is a love we cannot understand and one we have completely surrendered ourselves to. Which is why we were truly excited to be introduced to ChaiElixir, an amazingly refreshing, effervescent chai drink that is an all-natural alternative to carbonated and caffeinated drinks. If you’ve ever enjoyed the spicy, sweet and milky taste of a cold or frozen chai, you will fall head over heels in love with all three flavors of ChaiElixir. Essence boasts a blend of white tea, natural flavors and spices, sweetened with sugar cane and white peach nectar. The very smooth Fusion blends oolong tea, natural flavors and spices from around the world with a touch of vanilla for an enchanting and flavorful journey. Last but not least, Vivid invigorates your taste buds with green tea, natural citrus flavors, spices and caffeine. ChaiElixir comes in 12 oz glass bottles and can be purchased at www.mybrands.com.

Honest Tea

For those who want the fresh taste of fruit with a caffeine-free tea option, the organic, 100 calories per bottle, Honest Tea is just what you need. Although the two newest flavors, Orange Mango Flavored Herbal Tea and Pomegranate Blue Flavored Herbal Tea are launching in January 2015, you can currently indulge in their refreshing and slightly sweet flavors. We recommend their Raspberry Tea, Honey Green Tea, and Peach White Tea, all of which are only 70 calories per bottle. Honest Tea comes in 16.9 oz. and 59 oz bottles, and is available at mass retailers and drug stores nationwide.

Gold Kili All-Natural Ginger Lemon

we know what you’re thinking, one of these things is not like the others. Yes this tea can be enjoyed hot and cold but ever since the weather has become unpredictable, we’ve been plopping one of these filter bags into all our drinks. We’ve infused our water, orange juice, smoothies, etc with the sharp, spicy taste of ginger all for our good health and love of this pronounced flavor. Made with the finest grade ginger, and enhanced with the naturally tangy lemon, Gold Kili will cure what ails you this winter. A box comes with 12 individual foil pouches and can be purchased on www.amazon.com.

Are you a tea lover like us? Have you tried any of the above? Share your favorite cold tea beverages.

Always Discreet, Never Ashamed | Marilu Henner & Always Discuss Sensitive Bladders

There’s an issue that seems to be very taboo among women, so much so that women prefer to suffer in silence rather than tell anyone, even loved ones don’t know they suffer through this condition. That condition is sensitive bladders. Did you know that 40 million American women of all ages are affected by sensitive bladders? More than 40% over the age of 40 suffer from it but it can affect women of all ages. Many women stop participating in their favorite activities because they’re afraid of accidental leakage. Always, a global leader in feminine protection with a long history of meeting the needs of women, has launched Always Discreet, a new product line for women with sensitive bladders that revolutionizes the way women manage and view their sensitive bladders.

To help celebrate with the launch, and to get women talking about what has been a taboo subject, Marilu Henner, along with some amazing lifestyle experts, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, Positive Aging Expert, Dr. Marla Shapiro, Medical Expert, and Valerie Waters, Fitness Expert and Celebrity Trainer, were on hand to introduce Always Discreet and discuss what many women hide from friends and family.

The event encouraged all to attend, in their best 80’s workout outfit. That’s right, it was all legwarmers, leotards and headbands, as we were in for some Dancerobics from the master herself, Marilu Henner. While we participated for a while, we had to capture great atmosphere of this fun experience.

Check out some of our amazing video below taken from the Dancerobics class with Marilu Henner:

You may be thinking, what does exercise have to do with bladder protection? A sensitive bladder affects one in every three women, ages 18 to 75 when they’re doing everyday things such as dancing, laughing, exercising or just going about their daily lives. Always Discreet introduces three products – Liners, Pads, and Underwear, which are designed to offer incredible comfort, protection and discretion, in a flattering feminine design, that absorbs leaks and odors in seconds.

The Always Discreet pads are up to 40 percent thinner than competitive brands (see above for how 6 pads stack up against other leading brands) and absorb twice as much fluid, twice as quickly, as needed. The disposable Always Discreet underwear hugs your curves, making it feel like real underwear; this discreet, easy-to-wear bladder protection product provides extra protection thanks to its Dual Leakguard barriers that helps stop leaks where they are most likely to happen.

On the new Always Discreet website, women can learn more about sensitive bladder issues and how to manage them comfortably and confidently, get tips, facts, and articles written by experts on fitness, health and aging. For women who are not quite ready to talk openly, it features an anonymous forum for women to ask experts questions and connect with other women, similar to what we had at the event.

The Always Discreet website helps you choose the Always Discreet product that best suits your needs and lifestyle as well as a free sample pack with coupon. Get the new Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear now in all major supermarkets, pharmacies and mass retailers.

Healthy Hydration w/ Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters

We’ve shared several low calorie drink recipes of Cascade Ice made with Cascade Ice Cocktail Mixes and Sparkling Waters with Juice, today we’re highlighting the two new flavor addictions to their range of USDA certified Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters. With zero calories, zero grams of sugar, no sweeteners, and zero carbs, this sodium-free, caffeine-free, and gluten-free sparkling flavored waters will keep you refreshed and happy.

Who says your water has to be boring and tasteless. With the organic fruit oils and extracts that are in the Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters, your taste buds will be delighted with every sip of this sparkling essence. Joining the current organic flavors of Mixed Berry, Lemon Zest, Citrus Twist and Lemon Lime, are Organic Blueberry, and Organic Grapefruit, two tart flavors for continuous guilt-free enjoyment.

If you’re asking yourself, can these make cocktails better, they can. If you love White and Red Sangria, pour in 1/4 cup of the Organic Blueberry Sparkling Flavored Water to cut your calorie intake and add the sweet and tart blueberry flavor because when it comes to Sangria, we think the more fruit flavors, the better. For cocktail ideas using the Organic Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Water, we recommend adding 1/4 cup to the classic Mimosa or 3/4 cup to a Grapefruit Margarita to instantly turn it into a sparkling margarita. You won’t lose the delicious tastes even though your cocktails will be healthier. For a list of retailers that carry Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters, check out the store locator.

GIVEAWAY: Snack Guilt-Free While Devouring Harvest Snaps

When we usually snack, we tend to search for things that are delicious first, and healthy second. As you can imagine, sometimes one (the healthy) is pushed aside for the other. We were so apprehensive when we first received Harvest Snaps, because when we think of peas, we think veggie side dish you eat for health reasons, not a delicious snack. We were never so happy to be so wrong about how amazing and addictive these snacks are.


Upon first taste we were hooked and down one bag, then two……and so on of these incredibly tasty Harvest Snaps. It’s a great snack for the entire family and perfect your kids Lunchspiration. We think you’ll love them as much as we do, so we’re giving some away (details at the end of this post).

Let’s just say, we’re not the type to sing about how delicious Edamame are (it’s an acquired taste that our tastebuds haven’t fully embraced yet) but if they tasted like these Harvest Snaps, we’d clean out every store that sells them. That’s how delicious the Lentil Snaps and Snapea Crisps are. The Lentil Snaps are baked, have less sodium and 40% less fat than potato chips (they taste better too), are gluten-free, have higher levels of protein and fiber, and lower your glycemic index. The Lentil Snaps come in two delicious flavors: Tomato Basil, which perfectly combines the taste of juicy ripe tomatoes with sweet, aromatic basil, and Onion Thyme, a sweet yet tangy onion perfectly pairs with the slightly minty, dry herbal taste of thyme.

The Snapea Crisps are also baked, have less sodium and 50% less fat than potato chips (trust us, they taste amazing), are gluten-free, great source of fiber, high levels of protein and vitamin B, are Non-GMO,  and lower your glycemic index, and completely eliminates your snacker’s guilt. The Snapea Crisps are available in four addictive flavors: Lightly Salted which allows the original flavor to shine, Caesar gives the classic tangy and savory flavor without the high calories and all the deliciousness, Black Pepper gives your tastebuds a delicious and bold kick with just a pinch of pepper, and the Wasabi Ranch combines the intense flavor of wasabi and cool ranch to fascinate your senses and taste buds.

Want to try these delicious snacks or already know and want your favorite flavor? See below for a chance to win these incredible snacks:

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Give a Child the Gift of Health w/ Walgreens’ #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign

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We are always highlighting a good cause, especially when you can help someone by doing something you’d normally do anyway. We love to celebrate charitable efforts like shop for a cause, tweet for a cause, etc, which is why we’re highlighting Walgreen’s #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign. It’s getting to be the time of seasonal flu and time to get yourself and your family immunization shots. The great part of this campaign is that for every flu shot or any other immunization you get at Walgreens, they will help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program. It’s hard to believe that not every child has access to medicine for preventable diseases but that my dear readers is a harsh reality. While diseases like whooping cough, measles, and meningitis are curable with a short walk to your neighborhood Walgreens for a shot, it is not so easy for families in developing countries.

Did you know that 1 in 5 children around the world still have no access to the lifesaving vaccines? That two of the most common causes of child death are the very treatable pneumonia and diarrhea? That 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases? That’s one child dying every 20 seconds. No family should go through the heartache of losing a child, especially when it’s because of something that is preventable with an immunization shot.

With over 8,215 drugstore locations nationwide, Walgreens is not only the most convenient location to receive these lifesaving vaccines for you and your family, it is also the most philanthropic. Your immunization can help this very charitable campaign to reach its goal of providing up to 3 million vaccines to kids that need it most. Walgreens offers vaccines for several of the most well-known preventative diseases with no appointment necessary and provides you with all the information you need to stay healthy.

So while you’re picking up your essentials at Walgreens, make a pledge to get your flu shot at their Immunization Center and help provide the gift of health and possibly life to child.

Reverse Glycation Damage w/ Morinda’s TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel

Have you ever thought what your true age is? I’m not talking about how old you are, or how old you feel, but your body’s real age. Did you know things like sugar and processed foods can affect your body’s A.G.E (Advanced Glycation End-product)? A.G.E’s are proteins or lipids that become glycated after exposure to excess sugars and can develop or worsen many degenerative diseases such as Diabetes, Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease, Chronic Renal Failure and Alzheimer. But fear not, thanks to Morinda, there are several ways to defend your body against this damaging bonding of sugar molecules in the body. Along with their strengthening and balancing beverages, and powdered shakes, Morinda launched their newest AGE fighting product, TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel, a state of the art skin care product designed to help you reverse the external effects of AGE damage and glycation.

TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel “helps to reverse the external effects of damage caused by advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). This damage is also known as glycation. AGE Therapy Gel improves the skin’s appearance while boosting its protective layer. This light, moisturizing gel works by disrupting AGE formation, while soothing and repairing stressed or damaged skin.” We’ve been using this anti-aging gel on our face for several weeks and are truly please with the results. We were initially worried how our oily skin would react to this new product but lightweight gel didn’t clog my pores or made me feel oily at all.

Boasting the benefits of Noni fruit juice, Cornelian cherry fruit extract, Olive leaf extract, Blueberry fruit extract, and Cranberry fruit extract, this first topical TruAge product soothes, repairs and moisturizes stressed or damaged skin leaving you with fewer wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. It’s also great for acne-prone skin and enlarged pores pores. AGE Therapy Gel is available now exclusively at the Morinda Online Store for $42.00 for a 750ml tube.

Get connected to your health goals & healthy choices w/ walgreens #balancerewards

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that my clothes were fitting a bit more snug than usual, as a blogger, it wasn’t hard to find the culprit of this weight gain. I sit for hours on end on a computer, and although I try to eat healthy snacks, I sometimes revert back to old habits. However, I am making some headway in being more active. With the help of my Jawbone Up fitness device, Walgreens’s healthy snack offerings, and their #BalanceRewards app, I am well on my way to getting back to making healthy choices and earning points to continue on a healthier wellness and lifestyle journey.

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Thanks to the healthy choices program located in the Walgreens #BalanceRewards app, I am able to connect and sync my fitness device, mine being my Jawbone Up Wearable Device, to the Walgreens app to better keep track of the following: what I eat, my calorie intake, how long I’m inactive, how many steps I’ve walked, other workout activities, my sleep patterns, and my favorite notification – a vibrating reminder to get up and move around if I’ve been idle for too long.

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Along with keeping active, I’ve been trying to eat healthy as well and Walgreens is a great resource for finding what you need to. As you can see in the photo at the beginning of this post, I’ve been keeping my energy up with almonds, hydrating with water, taking a daily gummy multivitamin for overall wellness and tracking my steps with my Jawbone.

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Ever since I’ve started this regime, I find that I walk a lot more. I use my time between attending events to take advantage of walking the city. I’m very proud to say I have walked over 20 NYC blocks on several occasions, all for the chance to reach and/or surpass my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Some days I do get stuck behind the computer so I periodically get up to walk around the apt, go up and down the stairs, or do a little dance just to keep myself active, all while earning points towards my Walgreens Balance Rewards.

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Unfortunately I have only reached my goal of 10,000 steps (5 miles) once because this week has been what I like to call “the calm before the storm”, aka the week before NYFW, but so far I have earned 760 points and I know I will being earning much more towards my $5.00 reward.. I fully expect my step count to be triple next week, which means earning rewards faster. How much points you earn it completely up to you, all you have to do is be active, the more you walk, run, spin, etc, you more points you earn. What could be better than that?