I Tried P.volve. It Made Me Reconsidering The Way I Workout

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Thank you to P.volve for sponsoring this post.

A great workout has been one of the tools in my self-help arsenal since my teen years. I feel my best with consistent visits to the gym. Functional fitness methods have been buzzing around the city for years. I’ve been curious about P.volve since seeing their adds on the subway and recently took a class at the new P.volve Soho flagship NYC studio.

P.vovle is a low-impact, functional movement fitness method that merges functional science, physical therapy, and small hip-opening movements to sculpt hard-to-reach body areas while eliminating bulk. It’s in no way a grueling workout that makes it impossible to walk down subway steps the next day. Through a series of smooth and effective small micro-movements, along with P.vovle’s proprietary fitness products (including the p.ball),hard-to-reach muscles are activated. Unlike traditional weights, the p.ball (which straps onto the top of your legs) targets the upper and inner thighs and the inner-glutes to create long, lean muscles.

P.volve’s new Soho flagship studio is bright, beautiful and thoughtfully designed to motivate. Aside from all the perks that come from working out with friends or strangers riding on collective energy, proper instruction is helpful when trying anything new. During class, I moved into a booty squat (I suppose out of habit), when P.volve’s movement was more like a subtle knee bend. No worries, because a P.vovle instructor hightailed it to my improper form, directing me into the micro-movement with her quick corrections. Inside the studio, I found myself present in closely watching the instructor’s technique since many of the movements were unlike any class I’ve taken prior. For example, rotating the hip slightly inward (in a pidgeon-toed position) is definitely not in my usual workout repertoire. The studio experience and expert instruction made me all the more comfortable with the small, smooth, controlled movements before beginning the journey of streaming workouts at home.

A P.vovle class left me energized and determined to add P.vovle to my workout rotation. It’s been a while since something made me reconsider the efficiency of time devoted to lifting (somewhat heavy), pounding the treadmill, and plowing through a spinning class. P.volve’s approach certainly changes things up.

Ready to try P.Volve? Take advantage of these great offers:

  • Register for a 15-day free trial HERE with code PVOLVEMOM (expires: 11/8) 
  • Get 15% off of 1st product purchase HERE with code PVOLVEMOM  (Code auto-populates discount in cart. Discount code expires on 11/8 ).

All images via Lauren Kara Photography. Big thank you to Brianne at Stroller In the City for event hosting.

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Enjoying Music On The Go

Thank you to our sponsor Best Buy.

Switching over to wireless headphones is game-changing. Gone are the days of tangled wires making me lose my cool at the gym or on the go. With lots of upcoming family travel plans (and tweens who like to snatch my things), JLab JBuds Air family of Headphones topped my search for top-rated true wireless headphones under the $100 price point.

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JLab Headphones JBuds Air currently offers three new models of wireless earbuds outfitted for quality, superior sound, comfort, and convenience. The new profile from JLab Audio includes something for every lifestyle: the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport, the business-inspired JBuds Air Executive, and the JBuds Air Icon. Check out why we think they’re so cool and why they’re known as the number one true wireless earbud under $100:

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  • Sweat-resistant: designed to provide protection from sweat – JLab is totally workout friendly.
  • Solid battery life and rechargeable battery: starting at 24 hours of battery life – the rechargeable battery offers up to 6 hours of use on a charge.
  • Lifestyle Features: these new wireless headphones have a comfortable sport fit, dual microphones for chatting, plus an excellent in-ear design.
  • Bluetooth interface: allows for simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Stereo design: delivers crisp and sharp tones to enjoy your music, podcasts, and more.
  • Dual connect (Air Icon Only): the ability to use either earbud independently or use both and experience a seamless connection.

We’re adding these to those holiday lists!

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A Look Inside a Fun Moms’ Night Out

Big thank you to our sponsors, Parents Magazine, Clorox ®, and Dove.

With school in full swing and holidays soon around the corner, joining MomTrends for a fun evening at Meredith Corporation’s NYC headquarters for some helpful family lifestyle tips and tricks was just what this overscheduled (aren’t we all?) mama needed. The annual Momtrends Moms’ Night Out presented a bunch of fun activations and info from Parents Magazine, Parents Latina, Clorox ®, and Dove.

Let’s just say that I have a moderate obsession with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. They save me on the daily with a quick swipe of countertops, kids’ sneakers, lunchboxes, and more. They also help to conveniently keep the kids’ creative spaces tidy, while killing 99.9% of germs. I may have been the only one who needed to reach for the Clorox ® Disinfecting Wipes at their fun snowglobe making station (yes, my mess-making left something to be desired). It was a blast gluing mini-trees, woodland creatures, and NYC-themed figurines to a snowglobe base – and then adding snow, water, glycerin, and glitter. Thank goodness for Clorox ® to quickly hide my glue mess! Also, if you haven’t tried the “micro-scrubbers” version of the wipes – do yourself a favor and stock up for eternity.

An excellent resource for all things parenting: Parents Magazine and Parents Latina shared DIY stations for moms and kids alike. Their current magazines came to life with an easy-to-replicate spooky fruit skewer station to make Halloween parties fun without all the added junk.

Not just for kids: the PARENTS team knows how to curate the DIY elements for the adults-only party too. Blending a custom scent with Alchemologie’s natural perfume station brought a super special touch to the Moms’ Night Out bash.

After the evening was over, I looked forward to dropping off a sweet little caddy that I decorated with a simple flower WikkiStix at the Baby Dove activation station to a new mom in my neighborhood. During those early newborn weeks, it’s always nice to gift helpful essentials like Baby Dove’s Tip to Toe wash since it’s free of all the stuff (no parabens, sulfates, dyes or phthalates) that you don’t want on your little one’s skin. I also love that Baby Dove is uniquely made with prebiotic moisture and 100% skin-natural nutrients to gently nourish the delicate microbiome that babies are naturally born with.

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Big thank you to Momtrends and all the sponsors!

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Sustainable Travel: Celebrating Hilton’s Soap Recycling Initiative Around the World

On Global Handwashing Day, October 15th, Hilton announced a substantial expansion to its soap recycling program in 2020. Next year, more than 5,300 Hilton hotels in 70 countries will recycle soap from their properties in conjunction with NGOs like Clean the World to distribute to communities in need. Currently, soap from Hilton properties has been recycled into more than 10.2 million new bars of soap and placed in the hands of people in more than 127 countries. Thank you to Hilton for partnering with us on this post.

We live in a time where we have to be more aware of the collective impact that we have on the environment and the world around us. For my family, that means, going beyond our standard home recycling, bringing our own bags, walking when possible, and significantly reducing our use of plastics – to regularly joining in compost drop-offs, textile recycling, shopping with intention and aligning our purchases with companies and brands that are making a difference in this world. We can always do better. We can always do more. I thank my seventh-grader (who happens to attend a school rooted in sustainability) for encouraging our family to examine and implement ways in which we can improve. As parents, our children often lead the way.

Like many mothers, I hold the purchasing power in our household the majority of the time. It’s my job to learn about companies committed to reducing their environmental impact while making a substantial difference in underserved communities.

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Exploring with my babies. Antioquia, Colombia 2019

I recently learned about Hilton’s Travel With Purpose program and goals at an event at Hudson Yards in New York City on Global Handwashing Day. Hilton presented “The World’s Most Valuable Collection at the Soap Museum” to shed a bright light on the crucial role that soap plays in reducing the risk of hygiene-related illnesses and hygiene-related deaths in children under the age of five around the world. The installation displayed three-dimensional hand-carved soap sculptures of valuable items (designer shoes, bars of gold and more) illustrating the true value of soap as a life-saving resource and necessity that is often taken for granted. All of the showcased soap sculptures were crafted by carving designer, Daniele Barresi. He even provided a live soap carving at the event – a truly magnificent art to observe!

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In the past decade, Hilton has done so much to keep millions of pounds of soap (from their properties) out of landfills by recycling them into new soap bars for life-saving hygiene kits alongside partners like Clean the World. Hilton’s soap-recycling program (the largest in the hospitality industry) is a component of the company’s sustainability commitment – redefining sustainable travel through their Travel with Purpose program. Hilton has committed to cutting its environmental footprint in half while doubling its social impact investment by 2030.

It’s incredible to think of leftover soap in a hotel room recycled into a life-saving vehicle for communities where completely preventable hygiene-related illnesses in children can be halted by access to soap. Indeed a valuable lesson to bring home.

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A Fun Way To Zip Around Town!

Thank you to our sponsor Best Buy.

NYC kids finally went back to school this week, and the community is buzzing with students ready to hit-the-ground-running. Like many kids, if it has wheels, my children will ride it. We’re always on the lookout for fun, and fresh ways to get around town – and the Hover-1 Journey Electric Folding Scooter is the newest ride we checked out. 

Here’s the scoop: 

Designed for ages 14 and up, this super sleek, lightweight electric scooter has a range of 16 miles before it needs a charge. It reaches up to 14 mph and can hold up to 220 lbs. The Hover-1 Journey Electic Folding scooter is designed to tackle hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly – making riding almost anywhere, possible. 

Not just for city kids! The scooter’s 8.5-inch tires offer excellent stability, handling rough terrain smoothly. The foldable design has a minimal footprint, providing a convenient and exciting form of transportation.

Shop this specific scooter and more electric scooters, electric bikes, boards, and more at Best Buy.

*As always, ride responsibly: Purchasers and riders are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. Read and follow the product instructions, including all safety precautions and recommended use of protective gear. Protective gear can be purchased here: http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear.

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Home Focus: Streamline Kitchen Clean-up with the AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher

AutoAir Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher

Many thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post.

We’re all for sharing the latest and most exceptional cutting-edge products, especially when they find a way to help turn tedious chores into minimal tasks. Home appliances continue to get better and more efficient, and the AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher has me dreaming of a kitchen redo! Designed to deliver a sparkling clean plus dry via advanced PrecisionWash technology – check out all the reasons why the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher line, at Best Buy, is the beast I need in my dream kitchen: 

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  • A little fresh air equals a lot more dry! AutoAir™ automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle, allowing moisture to escape and fresh air to circulate for better drying results. (Disclaimer: compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)
  • PrecisionWash, employs intelligent sensors that continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, while powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean. 
  • The roomy interior profile easily accommodates 16 place settings, and the Flexible 3rd rack adds space for cooking utensils and more.
  • The Sanitize Option reduces 99.9% of bacteria with a hot-wash rinse for sparkling clean and sanitized dishes. Super handy with a baby or kids in the home! 
  •  The quiet operation (44 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base.
  • The flexible 3rd rack can accommodate all those bulky odd-shaped items. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped pots, pans and more. 

Get it at Best Buy

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