Awesome New e-Cargo Bike & Bicycle from Sanitov Studio

Sanitov Studios: Stylish, Functional and Innovative New Bikes

The start of spring has out and about more often as we soak in those sunshine vibes. This time also inspires us to get involved in more outdoor activities, like biking, and if you’re in the need for a new bicycle we have two cool new options for you from Sanitov Studio. They recently launched a really cool e-cargo bike called the “movE” and a single-speed bicycle called “speeD.”

Founded in 2009 by Danish designer, Alexander Host, Sanitov is rooted in the world of design, which is prevalent in the functionality and minimalism of the movE and the speeD bikes. While they offer two different types of mobility, together they redefine what urban mobility is.

Sanitov Studios: Stylish, Functional and Innovative New Bikes

For moveE, this innovative bike has been developed over a six-year period that is back-loaded and has a concealed, electric motor to assist the user as he/she moves about in the city. The backloaded design – which is also inspired from a classic Chinese load-bike predating the Cultural Revolution – improves navigation and makes it possible to transport heavy goods and even children. movE also has a low turning radius ensures easy and intuitive navigation while the back-loaded design makes navigation safer. The bike has the lowest turning radius on the market.An optional GPS tracker is available for the movE (scheduled for November 2017), which can be super helpful for get around a city as well as to offer a piece of mind with the concern of theft.

Sanitov Studios: Stylish, Functional and Innovative New Bikes

As for the speeD bike, you’ll find an awesome single-speed bike designed with the modern urban dweller in mind. Its simple design and features means that it is easy to maintain, while its clean lines ensure that the owner looks stylish as he/she moves about in the city. The frame is made from high-quality CR-MO steel, making for a stylish but sturdy ride. The 2017 version does not yet feature Sanitov’s GPS chip. However, this is being incorporated in future generations and will be ready for spring 2018.

Check out even more about these innovative bikes in the video, below:

Introducing ‘The MovE’ a cargo-bike by Sanitov Studio from SANITOV on Vimeo.

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Natural Beauty Reviews: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

beauty review: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

You could say that we’re obsessed with scoring soft lips, and really, is that so wrong? Who really wants to go around with rough, dry, cracked lips anyhow?! However, not all lip balms are created many are made of ingredients, like Parabens, that we want no where near our lips. But, thankfully, there are tons of cool natural products like our fav lip butter, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter.

We’ve been using this light lip butter for a few days now and have to say that we are obsessed! Infused with naturally all-powerful Brazilian extracts, like cupuaçu, açaí, and coconut oil, this balm works to leave your nourished, soft and feeling subtle with a subtle dewy sheen that intensifies your natural lip color.

Awesome for dyness, the Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter will also leave your lips feeling smooth, condition, and hydrated as it gives off a mild (and mildly additive) Doce de Leite fragrance that we can’t get enough of!

From the creator of Sephora’s top selling bodycare product– the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – the Sol de Janeiro’s NEW Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter is one of our new must-haves for spring that we know you’ll love.

Check it out at http://www.sephora.com/brazilian-kiss-cupua-u-lip-butter-P415747

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

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Book Review The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth: Book Review for Natural Mamas

Becoming pregnant is huge life-changing moment in your life. As the understatement of the year, this is your time to nurture your body and growing baby, hopefully taking things easier, eating right and getting enough rest. But this time is also really stressful as you face hormonal ups and downs and never-ending questions about what’s going on inside your body. To help you navigate through this time, you’ll need a lot of insight from your doctor, friends, spouse, and unwittingly from your mother to get you through this precious nine-months. Another guide to get you through this time is books and we have the perfect suggestion for you with the new release of Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Written by Genevieve Howland, founder of mamanatural.com, this comprehensive guide for the natural mama that goes away from the ‘old school’ a.k.a dated ways of thinking about pregnancy that is strictly related to medical management. In this empowering book, natural mamas-to-be are given an incredible guide as they navigate how their bodies are changing through pregnancy. This includes tons of information on pregnancy nutrition, how to perform a toxic swept of your home, natural remedies for pregnancy ailments, tips on how to set yourself up for an intervention-free labor and delivery, information on tests and screenings, delicious recipes, insight from other natural mamas, medical insights from doulas, info on how to pick your birth team and so much more.

While the book is packed with so much information and concise learnings, you won’t get lost along the way. The book is cleverly organized with clear paragraphs, imagery and a nonsense writing style that gets to the heart of what you want to learn more about it. One of our favorite parts of the book is the post-baby section where Howland provides new mamas with a plan of what eat during those first (bleary-eyed) seven days. We also loved the lists that she provides where you can educated yourself on what questions to ask when you tour a birthing center, hospital, interview a midwife and more. And while the root of the book lies in focusing a natural path to motherhood, Howland also outlines the scenarios of what happens if your birth plan doesn’t work and methods to deal with depression.

Encouraging, well-researched, thoughtful, and really fun to read, this new book is bound to make its way on the shelves of every new mama-to-be that serves as her trusted guide and companion during this life-changing period.

The book comes out on April 25th.

We were provided a sample for review; all opinions are our own.

 

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Sworkit: Cool New Personalized Workout App

Sworkit: Cool New Workout App

 

Spring has officially sprung but that doesn’t mean that the weather has been jiving with those much-needed spring vibes. In NYC, this has been a collection of rainy days and cold days that has us longing for the warmer weather. Another annoyance to this dreary situation is how challenging it is to get out and exercise, which can be particularly painful if you’re an outdoor runner (like us). One way that we have been trying to still get our sweat on is by checking out some new fitness apps and online workouts. Not all are the same, and today we are sharing more about the latest fitness app called Sworkit, a personalized video workout where you can have your own personal trainer from over 20 pre-built workouts. Read on to check out more about this fitness app to see if it’s something that could work for you!

Sworkit: Breaking Down the Basics of the App

Sworkit: Breaking Down the Basics of the App

No equipment necessary: Every exercise is done completely free of equipment. The portability of it allows your Sworkit exercise routine to complete anytime, anywhere.

Follow along in real time: The app makes it easy to follow along with each exercise in your custom playlist. A trainer demonstrates each exercise in real time for Sworkit users to mimic.

Unique custom settings: Sworkit offers many customizable options. Each user can choose an area of focus (strength, cardio, yoga, stretching), and the amount of time that they want their workout to last. The app then compiles a unique exercise playlist to fit its users current needs.

Premium Version: Sworkit Premium provides a new first-of-its-kind feature with their Workout Builder. The Workout Builder gives users the power to filter their workouts by difficulty, category, stance, impact level, and focus area, along with the ability to share their workouts with others. Users are able to build new workouts, customize and save existing workouts, and even import workouts from other programs. A free 7-day trial version is available.

Kid Friendly Version: Sworkit Kids is a great way to keep the whole family moving and healthy, even on those rainy spring days. Much like the regular app, Sworkit Kids allows users to choose an area of focus. Recommended for children 5-14, Sworkit Kids offers fun exercises targeted toward kids like crab walks and ‘tightrope’ walking. The app is meant to help kids develop healthy habits from a young age by showing how fun exercising can be.

For more information, please visit: https://sworkit.com

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3 Simple Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

By now you’ve probably heard about the many benefits of coconut oil. As one of our favorite ingredients to cook with, it’s surely been a few healthy recipes that has even found its way into our morning cup of java. Another amazing benefit of coconut oil is that it can be used as a natural and inexpensive beauty product to combat everything from dry skin to rashes! As we mentioned, we have been digging the Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil and are excited to share some common ways in which you can reap the benefits of this magical oil on your hair and body.

Beauty Fixes with Coconut Oil

1. Exfoliates and soothes dry skin: Mix coconut oil with sugar for a body scrub or lip exfoliator – a natural way to remove dead skin and treat chapped lips. As a moisturizer, coconut oil melts on the skin as soon as you apply it, without leaving any kind of residue. It easily seeps into the skin pores, moisturizing deeply and thoroughly. Apply after a shower for maximum benefits.

2. Use as a shaving cream: A little goes a long way, where you only need around a teaspoon per leg. Lather it on your skin where you can have a shaving cream and moisturizer in one!

3. Use as a makeup remover: Coconut oil is cheaper than cleansing wipes or store-bought makeup remover, it works better (no harsh rubbing), and it smells like a tropical vacation.

Do tell: what are some of your go-to ways for using coconut oil?

We were given a sample for review. All opinions are our own!

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Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

easy healthy quinoa recipe: vegan and simple

Our lives are moving faster where fast food has become the norm to getting dinner on the go. But we are here to tell you that you can still enjoy a quick meal, except the ones that we’re into are way healthier, cheaper and won’t make you feel like slug after. One of our go-to quick dishes is a vegan quinoa dish that’s layered with quinoa, spinach (or a veggie of your choice), beans, squash or sweet potatoes, coconut oil, salt, pepper and an avocado. And if you make a big enough batch, you just have to plop it in your fridge and heat it up again! Oh, and the beauty of this dish is that you can add in whatever ingredients you prefer for a simple, vegan dish that’s wholesome and pretty delicious. It doesn’t get any easier than that. For this specific recipe, we tested out the Carrington Farms’ Coconut Oil Paks, a really convenient single use pack of organic unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil. This packs don’t require any refrigeration and can be used in your recipes (like this one) or in tons of other on-the-go coconut oil needs like adding them to smoothies or your coffee or even as a moisturizer or hair conditioner.

Quick and Easy Quinoa Dish

2 cups of quinoa
3 cups of frozen or fresh spinach (or whatever veg you dig)
1 cup of frozen squash or 1 whole sweet potato
coconut oil
salt and pepper
1/2 avocado
1 can of organic black beans (or bean of your choice)

Directions:

Bring water to a boil as directed on your quinoa package. Add in the quinoa when the water is boiled. Rinse your beans and add them in, along with the squash. If your including a sweet potato, you’ll need to start this part at least 50 minutes prior for the baking process. Add in your coconut oil, salt and pepper, let cook and stir periodically. Once done (around 30 minutes or so), turn off your flame and top the quinoa dish with some coconut oil and some sliced avocado! Enjoy

We were provides samples of the coconut oil for review. All opinions are our own.

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SweatStyle: New Boutique Subscription Box Featuring On-Trend, Activewear (and an Interview!)

SweatStyle subscription box

Activewear has come a long way since its heyday of sweats and oversized t-shirts. Not that we don’t love rocking baggy sweats every now and again, but it’s nice to have fitted and cute options to wear when you break a sweat. Enter an even easier (hooray!) way to get the most trendy, cool activewear without even having to leave your house with SweatStyle, a customized subscription service. How it works is to take a short quiz so that SweatStyle can curate your dream box based on your personality, preferred workout and lifestyle preferences. You can then receive the trendiest, curated fitness apparel every month, every other month or every three months.

This also includes some of the coolest products out there, featuring brands like Terez, Koral, Nux, Vimmia, Yogasmoga, Track & Bliss and more “boutique” premium apparel. The best part, you can adjust your budget to what works best with your wallet’s comfortability without sacrificing on the quality of brands. To learn more about SweatStyle, we chatted with Helena Cawley, the CEO and Founder of SweatStyle and co-founder of Uplift Studios. Read on to learn more about how SweatStyle works and how’s it’s really different from what’s out there.

SweatStyle Interview with Helena Cawley

SweatStyle Interview

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of SweatStyle come about?

Helena Cawley: I started SweatStyle to help women find the right fitness clothes to suit their workouts, lifestyles and preferences. With the fundamental shift over the last few years in women leading more healthy lives and also wearing athleisure both in and out of the gym, there was a great demand for new and fun clothes to wear for workouts and beyond. The designers were taking notice too; amazing new brands were being launched with hi-tech fabrics, fantastic colors and prints and a diverse range of options for all women across all sizes and workout preferences. Yet there remained a big disconnect between the brands that were producing these wonderful new clothes, and the women who wanted to buy them. Many were very young companies themselves and were hard to find, leaving them wondering where the customers were and the customers wondering if there was anything else out there besides the same old options that they’d been wearing now for a few years. Enter SweatStyle.

It was my vision to create a personalized shopping experience solely focused on fitness clothing. By using information from our customers’ profiles about their workouts and lifestyles, we hand pick the best new styles and brands for each woman. Then we send our selections right to their door and allow a five-day try-on period, so customers are getting convenience, personalization and fashionable fitness clothes that they wouldn’t have otherwise found themselves. When you have a great new outfit to show off, it’s extra motivation to hit the gym, so we’re also helping women lead healthier and more active lifestyles. The old adage is really true: When you look good, you feel good. That’s the fundamental mission of SweatStyle.

Wellness Patterns: How does it work?

Helena Cawley: 1) Customers come to our site and fill out a profile indicating their favorite types of workouts (spin, barre, yoga, etc), their sizing info and their style preferences (do they like big, bold colors or more neutrals, a tight fit or a loose fit?). See the profile here.
2) SweatStyle will curate a box of five items personally for each customer based on her profile.
3) Everything is shipped to her door and she has five days to try it all on and decide what she wants to keep and what to return. She’s only charged for what she keeps.
4) A new shipment automatically arrives every one, two or three months (based on customer’s preferred frequency) with the latest styles, trends and brands on the market.
5) We keep meticulous data on what was kept/returned so that we understand each customer inside and out and can select the perfect items for her that we know she’ll love.

Wellness Patterns: Tell us a little more about Uplift?

Helena Cawley: Uplift is a women-only fitness studio that I co-founded in 2012. The philosophy behind Uplift is rooted in my experience with fitness – that it should help you feel better, not just look better, and that pushing yourself to and past your own goals makes you a stronger and overall person in all aspects of your life. Uplift offers amazing group classes and one-on-one personal training, but what really sets it apart is the community of women that we have cultivated. We spend a lot of time with our clients outside of the workouts discussing careers, breakups, politics, nutrition starting your own business, etc. Uplift had created a network of friends and contacts like I have never seen before. Fitness is at the heart of the business but there is so much more to it and it is such a special place. After spending four years as CEO and Co-Founder of Uplift, I started my company SweatStyle.

Wellness Patterns: How have been finding balancing motherhood and your new company?

Helena Cawley: I don’t know that anyone really feels that they have the “balance” of motherhood and career figured out (if she’s out there – introduce me!). I take it one day at a time and usually I am able to spend a large amount of time on both, but sometimes one has to take priority over the other. I have a great support system that lets me be flexible when I need to be. I have had to sacrifice some other aspects of my life, like spending time with friends and reading for pleasure, but I know that my two main priorities right now are my family and my work and as long as I’m feeling good about both of those, then I’m happy.

Wellness Patterns: What is your advice for women who want to get into the business side of the fitness industry?

Helena Cawley: Talk to as many people as you possibly can as you get started and as you grow. Nobody can do this alone and the more people you connect with, the more ideas you’ll generate, the more help you’ll get, the more relationships you’ll foster, the better your business will be. When we first started Uplift and when I was launching SweatStyle, I tried to meet with new people almost every day to pick their brains or just learn about their experiences. I always left with a new way of thinking or at least another round of practice on perfecting my pitch. It was never a waste of time and more often than not, there was something really valuable that came of it.

Wellness Patterns: What has been the most challenging part of having your own business?

Being my own cheerleader. I’m not the type of person who demands I talk about myself all the time to anyone with an ear, so I sometimes have to force it. There is no one else that is going to get your business noticed or help you grow, so you have to put yourself out there, network and ask for help as much as you can. It’s not easy to do that, especially for women.

For more info about SweatStyle, please visit: https://www.mysweatstyle.com

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Maxin’ and Relaxin’ at these Wellness Retreats in New England

 Wellness Retreats in New England

We love the idea of a wellness retreat, but seriously: where the heck do you go? There are so many options and awesome opportunities where you can ‘get your zen on.’ To help you out we are sharing a few offerings in New England. You had us at daily yoga sessions, sandal-ready pedicures and personal trainers! Read on to check out some wellness retreats that you can get in on now

Topnotch Resort – Stowe, Vermont

This spring, Topnotch Resort, helps ready guests’ mind, body and sole for summer with the new Spring Shape-Up package. The package celebrates warmer weather with an array of the fitness and wellness programming, from a personalized training session focused on toning arms for tank top season, to a sandal-ready pedicure from the award-winning Topnotch Spa, and more.

Available through June 30, 2017, based on availability, the Spring Shape-Up package includes:
Overnight accommodations
One 25-minute personal training session (per adult per night booked)
Daily fitness class (per adult)
One Topnotch sport water bottle (per adult)
Coconut water amenity (per adult served in the guest’s room upon arrival)
One deluxe foot renewal pedicure (per adult)

Rates start at $440 per night, based on double occupancy. Varying minimum stay requirements may apply based on booking dates.

For more information, visit www.topnotchresort.com.

The Red Lion Inn – Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Let winter melt away in the Berkshires during the Relax and Refresh yoga weekend at the Red Lion Inn May 5 and 6, 2017. Guests are invited to join yoga instructor/health & wellness coach Kat Whitney during a weekend of rejuvenation at The Red Lion Inn. The loose schedule is designed to balance activity with free time including daily yoga sessions and a hike to nearby Laurel Hill.

Available May 5 and 6, 2017, the Relax and Refresh special package includes:
Two-night accommodations
Daily morning yoga session (Saturday & Sunday)
Guided hike with picnic lunch
$50 dining credit for dinner at any Red Lion Inn restaurant
Daily breakfast

Weekend rates from $665, based on double occupancy.

For more information, visit www.redlioninn.com.

Woodstock Inn & Resort – Woodstock, Vermont

From a girlfriend getaway to a romantic vacation, travelers can retreat deep into spa solace with an escape to the Woodstock Inn & Resort, now offering the new Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package. Located in the heart of Woodstock, VT, the resort’s 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance, nourishing treatments, organic products and a great room with a warm fireplace for spa-goers to enjoy.

Available March 5 through May 18, 2017, the Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package includes:
Luxury accommodations at The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Hearty country breakfast for two each morning
$100 spa credit per room, per night
Midweek rates starting at $239 per room, per night
Weekend rates starting at $269 per room, per night

Fitness-minded travelers can add “Be-Well” offerings such as a private personal training session, yoga class, tennis lessons or a nutrition consultation to Sugar Season packages. Wellness experts at the Woodstock Inn & Resort will be on hand to assist guests in their quest to improve or maintain health and fitness goals. Prices start at $40 per person depending on service.

For more information about the Woodstock Inn & Resort, visit: http://www.woodstockinn.com/.

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Join the Movement and Help Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

Get Involved with Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

We are so excited to spread the word about an exciting new campaign from Kneipp, an awesome natural skincare brand that’s committed to inner wellness by providing all-natural products. They recently partnered with Action Against Hunger, an international relief organization devoted to saving the lives of malnourished children and families, while also providing sustainable access to safe water and working on long-term solutions to ending hunger for good, to provide sustainable sources of food and tools to nourish communities in need.

Through the #KneippGrows campaign, you can get in on the action and do your part to help out.

How to Get Involved with Kneipp and Action Against Hunger

● Purchase a Kneipp Soft in Seconds hand cream
● Snap a selfie wearing a real or virtual flower crown and share it with the hashtag #KneippGrows
● Sign up for a new Kneipp Family Loyalty Card

How It Works:

A portion of the proceeds for every Kneipp Soft in Seconds hand cream purchased will go toward Action Against Hunger’s efforts to send Seed + Tool Kits to communities in need. Each kit contains one hoe, one water can, and two tins of vegetable seeds (such as tomato or kale) to plant a fruit tree – and help plant the seed to a child’s future. Posting a selfie wearing a real or virtual flower crown (the official symbol of the campaign) along with the hashtag #KneippGrows will also benefit AAH’s efforts, as will signing up for a new Kneipp Family Loyalty Card (online or in-store). Kneipp will contribute up to $15,000 to the cause, which is an incredible way to help nourish a child in need.

To find the Kneipp store nearest you, visit kneipp.com
@kneippUSA
#KneippGrows

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Water Reimagined: Celebrating World Water Day

celebrating world water day tips

Did you know that March 22nd is World Water Day? To help you celebrate and take better care of this precious resource, The Ecology Center is sharing some tips and simple solutions designed to inspire change and reduce your water footprint. Read on to check out what you can do on to support their mission on World Water Day, and really everyday!

Celebrating Wold Water Day: What You Can Do!

celebrating world water day tips and advice

  • Use reusable – Using a reusable water bottle can save 1 gallon of water daily. Request your One Less Plastic Bottle sticker and pledge to ditch disposable water bottles.
  • Conscious Consumption – Buy less and buy products that are built to last. An average t-shirt can cost up to 650 gallons to produce. Give old things new life, recycle and reuse.
  • Turn off the tap – When brushing teeth or washing dishes you could save 8 gallons per day. Or collect cold shower water with a Tubtrug.
  • Brick it – By placing a brick in your toilet’s water tank you can save ¼ every time you flush and 2 gallons per day.
  • Eat less meat – It takes up to 1600 gallons to feed, process, transport and store 1 lb of meat. Swap meat for greens a couple times a week and save thousands of gallons.
  • Ditch your lawn, grown your own – Replace your lawn with native plants or a garden.
  • Build Your Own Water-Light Toolkit with Reusable utensils, Reusable water bottle, Cloth tote bag, Bee’s wrap, Stainless steel tiffin and a Tubtrug
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