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Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this day: You tossed and turned all night and hardly slept a wink. The whole next day was filled with yawns, caffeine, impatience with your spouse and no energy for the kids. You threw together an unhealthy dinner for the family because by the end of the day there just wasn’t anything left. Then you ended the day counting the minutes until you could climb back into your uncomfortable bed just to try again and hope for better results.

Overall, your lack of quality, restful sleep affected every single person in your family. We’ve all been there, and I’m on a mission to find a solution for all of us exhausted moms. I’ve been there – I am there – and I think I’ve finally found the cure. Bring me your tired, your weary, and I will take you to the Sleep Number® Store.

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The importance of restful sleep

Times and mindsets are changing and studies reflect that. Did you know that now they say that solid, restful sleep is just as, if not more, important to your overall health than daily exercise? Respected publications like Time and Shape Magazine even say that sleep is the most important factor in health and weight loss. According to Shape Magazine, “Not sleeping enough—less than seven hours of sleep per night—can reduce and undo the benefits of dieting, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.”

In the study, dieters were put on different sleep schedules. When their bodies received adequate rest, half of the weight they lost was from fat. However, when they cut back on sleep, the amount of fat loss was cut in half — even though they were on the same diet. What’s more, they felt significantly hungrier, were less satisfied after meals, and lacked the energy to exercise. Overall, those on a sleep-deprived diet experienced a 55 percent reduction in fat loss compared to their well-rested counterparts.

In addition, lack of sleep contributes to food cravings and sabotages your gym time because who wants to go to the gym when you’re already exhausted? So, it seems a good (or bad) night’s sleep affects every part of your life. From the quality of your marriage and relationships to your ability to be a patient and involved parent to even the actual physical makeup of your body, it all rests on the condition of your sleep. (Pun totally intended.)

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My Sleep Number bed

Choosing a bed to fit both my husband and me was going to be a task. My husband is a hot sleeper, likes a super firm bed with a totally flat pillow and sleeps on his back due to severe shoulder issues from breaking his collarbone.

I, however, like a soft cozy bed with a big fluffy pillow, because I’m a side sleeper. We tried the overstuffed comfy ones. I liked it but he didn’t. We tried the memory foam. He liked it, but I felt like we were sleeping on a glorified brick. He also says I snore (lying is not nice), and I know for a fact that he snores. Many mornings have been ruined by bleary-eyed “discussions” complete with finger pointing, overly dramatic reenactments and threats of future use of recording devices.

I had heard a lot about Sleep Number and the fact that you could customize your individual side of the bed to fit your comfort level, which was exactly what we needed. Walking into our local Sleep Number store I was expecting the usual “parking lot” of mattresses and to just go bouncing from one to the next, but our time there was much different. The entire Sleep Number in-store process was more like sleep education than it was a buying experience. We were taught about body mechanics and the overall importance of a good restful sleep.

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The excitement of finding your sleep number

However, the most eye-opening part of the whole day was actually finding our Sleep Number® settings. To do this, they have you lie on their bed with embedded technology that can see on a screen exactly where your pressure points are. There is an entire process of going through the numbers to find your ideal softness, finding something that works for you—your very own Sleep Number setting.

But if you’re nervous about getting it wrong, don’t be. The beauty of a Sleep Number mattress is that you’re never married to your number. You can change it whenever you like for better, more restful sleep.

Moms, remember when you were 9 months pregnant and couldn’t find a comfy spot? Imagine how nice it would have been to be able to soften up your bed in seconds to accommodate the growing belly. Tweak your back at the gym? Time to go a little firmer for more support. With an adjustable Sleep Number bed you will always find your ideal comfort level, and with their 25 year warranty, that’s a good thing because it looks like you will have it for a very long time.

In case you were wondering, my Sleep Number setting is a 35, and I even found the most amazing fluffy pillow ever. And for my husband – 35 as well and he picked out the very same fluffy pillow! It’s like I don’t even know who I married!

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The Sleep Number Difference

Sleep Number beds do more than just offer maximum comfiness, they solve many other sleep-inhibiting issues too. Remember when I said my husband lies and says I snore? Sleep Number has got it handled with Partner Snore™ technology. At the touch of one button on your side of the bed, your spouse’s side will raise just slightly to reduce snoring. Are you a warm sleeper like my little furnace of a husband? Certain models have temperature balancing sleep surface which absorbs excess heat and then releases it back to you as the night gets colder.

Sleep Number also offers one-of-a-kind SleepIQ® technology which is sensors in the bed that track your sleep, movements, and heart rate and sends the information to an app that rates how well you slept. This allows you to make adjustments the next night, ensuring you the absolute best sleep you’ve ever had! It even connects to your favorite health tracker! All this in a mattress that has been rated the highest in customer satisfaction for 2 years in a row by J.D. Power and will last you twice as long as an innerspring for about the same price.

Our new Sleep Number i8 bed gets here tomorrow afternoon, and I seriously cannot wait. Stay tuned to Savvy Sassy Moms for an upcoming review of my new bed with all the ins, outs, and my honest opinion. In the meantime, if you are even considering buying a new mattress, do yourself a favor and visit a local Sleep Number store first, you will be so happy you did.

This post is sponsored by Sleep Number, however, all opinions are my own.

Have questions about Sleep Number beds that you want answered? Leave your question below in the comments and I will do my best to answer them in my next post for you.

 

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Spring is full of color and life, so why not let your new favorite cocktail share that same vigor? Inviting with their crisp bubbly taste. Enticing with just the right amount of fun sparkle. Then wowing with a whole lot of color. The one promise we can make is that these Rock Candy Cocktails won’t last long at your next soiree.

Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail

Rock Candy Cocktails are a colorful feast for both your eyes and your tastebuds. Don’t let all that pop and fizz fool you, though. The Rock Candy Cocktails are super simple to put together (hint: it’s all about the candy), and within seconds you can enjoy these delightfully sweet drinks as you entertain this spring!

Easy Rock Candy champagne cocktail recipe
Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail

Serving size: 1
Total Time: < 1 minute

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Rock Candy stick
  • 3-4 ounces of champagne

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Directions:

  1. Pour chilled champagne into individual champagne flutes.
  2. Place one Rock Candy stick into each flute. Let settle for a few seconds.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Rock Candy champagne cocktail recipe

Now here is where you can take the Rock Candy Cocktail to the next level with a little more “oomph”. Our second version of this delicious drink still has all that bubbly and colors, but packs a little more punch (pun intended).

Rock Candy Champagne Punch cocktail recipe
Rock Candy Champagne Punch

Serving size: 1
Total Time: 2 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1 oz of vodka
  • 3 oz of lemonade
  • 1 oz of pineapple juice
  • 3 oz of champagne
  • 1/2 oz of St. Germaine
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 lime
  • 1 Rock Candy stick

Directions:

  1. Cut lime in half and rub lime juice on the rim of your glass. Dip glass in granulated sugar on a plate to garnish.
  2. Place ice in glass.
  3. Pour champagne, vodka, lemonade, pineapple juice, and st. germaine directly over the ice.
  4. Place Rock Candy stick in the champagne mixture and let settle for one minute.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Rock Candy Cocktail Recipes

What crafty way do you use candy in cocktails? Share with us!

Rock Candy Cocktail recipes for spring

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Thank you Mirum for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are our own.    

Easter is right around the corner and that means moms everywhere are busy preparing. We are pulling together everyone’s adorable Easter outfits and managing the mess that comes along with dying Easter eggs. Another thing to check off the list is shopping for goodies to fill everyone’s Easter baskets. This year we didn’t want to leave out the guys in our lives. We made our way to Walmart to stock up on all sorts of guy-approved items.  

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Baseball bold basket
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Our guys, both big and small, are big baseball fans! Walmart had everything we needed for a baseball themed bold basket. We skipped the candy and went straight for the meaty treat in the snack aisle, Slim Jim 26-Pack Original and Mild.

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Playing and watching the big games help work up an appetite, so Slim Jim and these other snacks will be sure to help satisfy and win them over. Since we found everything we needed at Walmart, it was an easy one-stop shopping day.  The added bonus was that we got it all at everyday low prices.

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Create and share your own Slim Jim Bold Basket

Guys everywhere love snapping into a Slim Jim. Whether it be for your husband, significant other or even teenage sons, head to Walmart and create a guy-approved, bold basket this Easter. Be sure to share your own Slim Jim Bold Basket for a chance to will a $100 Walmart gift card!

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We all search high and low for the best baby products on the market. But — confession time — my baby is running off to school and those products stay in my home. Find out which products I transitioned from “for baby” to “for mama”.

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Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant

Until we diagnosed her milk protein allergy, one of my sweet babies dealt with some serious diaper rash. I kept it at bay with Aquaphor. It quickly soothed and protected her skin, even after so many other recommended creams didn’t work for us. With the amount of hand-washing that comes with frequent diaper changes, I’d grab that blue topped tub and smear the ointment on my hands. I soon noticed Aquaphor kept my hands moisturized far longer than my other favorite lotions — and the lack of scent meant it wasn’t irritating my baby’s skin when we cuddled. That “baby” is now nine years old, and I’m still buying Aquaphor.

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The Honest Company baby wipes

I thought I’d ditch the baby wipes once we said goodbye to potty training. I was wrong. I keep them stashed in the car for quick hand and face wipes when we’re rushing between extracurricular activities. My favorite use for them, however, happens when I’m in a hurry and realize I’ve gotten deodorant on one of my many black or gray shirts. A quick blot and rub with baby wipes gets rid of the telltale white marks. I like The Honest Company wipes, because I don’t notice leftover lint you get from other wipes.

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A diaper clutch

I adored my diaper bag — a Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack — but I never looked back when my kids grew old enough for me to carry a regular purse again. However, I’m never giving up this Petunia Picklebottom Convertible Clutch. When my kids were little, I used the diaper clutch for short walks and visits to grandma’s, where my mom kept all sorts of snacks and entertainment for her beloved grandchildren. I thought I’d retire it as they grew out of diapers, but I’m holding onto this beauty for a while. I’ve taken out the foldout changing pad, of course, but the easily cleaned exterior makes perfect sense for nights out or sporting events. I never have to worry about spills.

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A travel humidifier

I’ve lost track of the number of hotels where I’ve woken up with a headache and a stuffy nose. Whether an overzealous heating and cooling system or just bad luck, I hate feeling less than stellar on vacation. A travel humidifier, like this one from Crane, saves my sinuses every time. Small enough to tuck into a suitcase, even for air travel, I can see myself keeping this in rotation even when the kids aren’t traveling with us.

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A Wet Brush

My always-opinionated daughter never wanted her hair cut, but she dug in her heels each time I brushed it. Unluckily for me — and luckily for her! — her hair grew in beautifully thick, which meant lots of brushing to keep it tamed. My own hairdresser recommended a Wet Brush, and I brushed her hair religiously with the detangling brush for years. It eliminated arguments and tears — maybe for both of us. She’s older now and prefers a different brush, but she does her own hair, so I don’t mind. The Wet Brush lives in our pool bag all summer, though. We all use it after swimming, and it works just as well as it did on her tender toddler head.

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Do you still use any of your “baby” products?
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St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun, and dare we say sassy, little holiday. From the green attire, to the sparkly gold accessories, green beer, and those mischievous little men running around town pinching people — St. Patrick’s Day provides the perfect excuse to throw in a little fun on the march to spring. In the essence of joining in on anything resembling a celebration we’ve crafted our very own cocktail,  The Sassy Leprechaun. After drinking this tasty green concoction, the only one doing the pinching this holiday will be you!

Sassy Leprechaun cocktail

A little sassy. A little sweet. This Sassy Leprechaun cocktail is a yummy blend of simple flavors that are most likely already in your pantry. One quick sip will leave you and your guests wanting to celebrate the lucky Irish long beyond St. Patrick’s Day. As an added bonus to this sassy drink: it’s low in calories (less than 70cal/per serving!)!       Sassy Leprechaun

The Sassy Leprechaun

Serves: 3 to 4
Prep Time: 5 mins

Sassy Leprechaun

Ingredients
– 1 bottle of Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice sparkling water
– 6 oz. of tequila
– 1 oz. of triple sec
– 1 teaspoon of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of sprinkles (We used gold mixed with white, but would look just as fun with rainbow sprinkles.)
– 1 lime

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Directions
1: Mix sugar and sprinkles onto a small plate.
2: Cut lime in half and set one half aside.
3: Use other half of lime and use juice to wet the rim of your glass. Dip wet glass rim into sprinkle mixture.
4: Mix kiwi strawberry water, tequila, and triple sec into a pitcher.
5: Take the remaining half of lime and squeeze juice into the pitcher. Stir lightly.
6: Serve over ice, and try to keep the pinching to a minimum.

Sassy Leprechaun

For other pinch proof drinks check out our list of St. Patrick’s Day inspired cocktails.

What green cocktail recipe will you be serving this St. Patrick’s Day? Share with us!

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Chalk paint is certainly not anything new. Anyone that has spent any amount of time browsing Pinterest has seen many amazing transformations. Some of those before and after pictures might have you thinking that only professionals could have such successful results, but that isn’t the case. If you haven’t given chalk paint a try, now is the time! We’re sharing 5 reasons to give chalk paint a chance as a way to update your space.

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1. Less work than regular paint

With chalk paint there is no need to prime your piece and very little prep involved. You simply make sure it is clean, and then you are ready to go. It also dries very quickly so you can get multiple coats of paint on, seal it with a wax or clear coat, and finish a project very quickly.

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2. It’s easy

This paint goes on smooth and has excellent coverage. It is also very forgiving so drips or excess can easily be sanded and repainted, so even beginners can produce amazing pieces. Also, because it is water-based, it makes for very easy clean-up. Cleaning brushes and your hands after using chalk-paint is a breeze!

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3. Provides a creative outlet

We know a lot of moms go through a period of feeling stuck in a rut.  The same day-in and day-outs of motherhood can make you feel a bit crazy at times. By chalk painting a piece, you have a daily reminder of a project you completed, a task you performed and a beautiful transformation that you created. Chalk paint can be used on just about every surface and we just know you have something around your house that could stand to be updated.

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4. Brings new life to old pieces

By chalk painting old furniture, it suddenly becomes new again. Whether an antique family piece that has special meaning or something you picked up at a garage sale, when you chalk paint old pieces you completely transform them into something you will love to feature in your home decor. As an added bonus, it saves you from having to buy completely new furniture!

chalk-paint5. Environmentally friendly

Not only are you saving the landfills from that old furniture you otherwise would have gotten rid of, but you are also saving your health. Chalk paint contains very low VOC’s and virtually no odor, so you can paint without having to worry about breathing in fumes.

Have you used chalk paint? What have been your favorite projects to complete?
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The athleisure trend really benefits the mom on the go! You may find yourself having to be several places at once and one of those places may be the gym. Every morning, in lieu of my New Year’s resolution, I think to myself, “Maybe I can make it to the gym after morning carpool.” Since my day can go any which way, I dress in my athleisure-wear to motivate myself to get there.

Athleisure Wear for Moms

Oftentimes, an unanticipated series of events, like a mishap at school, or an unscheduled grocery run, prevent me from getting my daily cardio in. Sounds familiar, right? Athleisure serves two purposes — I can run around in comfortable attractive clothing and allow me to utilize the same outfit if I end up getting to the gym, seeing I am already dressed to go.

 The legging pant

Pants can go from carpool, the gym or to a lunch and mesh and lace inserts make these pants modern and ready to wear! I love the look of faux leather that can be worn to the gym or to a dinner, which makes my wardrobe versatile yet simple.

High Rise Lustrous Leggings, $89

Fishnet Ankle Leggings, $62

The basics

A simple t-shirt is perfect for layering in cool weather or as a basic at the gym. The ruched tube skirt is perfect for a walk with friends while pushing the double stroller or taking the kids to a play group, ensuring comfort and moveability. 

Basic Boy Tee, $96

Tube Skirt, $166

Hoodies and pullovers

Creating a sporty look with a hoody will keep you warm, layered and ready for action! Hoodies and pullovers are not just for your little one anymore.

Pink Long Sleeve Convertible Hoodie/Over the Shoulder Top, $128

Color Block Crop Sweatshirt, $58

Black and White Long Sleeve Pullover, $80

Accessories

We all need the perfect accessories that can be used throughout the day. 

Pink Longchamp Backpack, $125

Grey Faux Leather Backpack, $140

Matte Lip and Cheek Pencil, $24

Black Cat Activity Tracker, $98

Baseball Hat, $44

Studio Socks, $25

What are some of the athleisure wear items you use all day long?
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Love is in the air and whether you’re entertaining friends or spending the night at home with your loved one, these drinks will inspire love and create an ambiance for your romantic evening. If your palate enjoys sweet or tarte, these drinks will go with any valentine’s day meal!

Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch

Raspberry peach prosecco

Ingredients (Serves 10)

Directions

Place frozen raspberries in a large glass pitcher or bowl. Top with the peach nectar and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Fill remainder of the pitcher with ice cubes. Stir and serve cold.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

A tart drink make my our palates go wild! We are always up for a refreshing glass of lemonade, with a sweet twist. This drink concoction is at the top of our drink list on many occasions! 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients

Directions

Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries. Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in a pitcher. Sprinkle remaining lemon rind raspberries among the glasses

Grapefruit Rosemary

There are so many delicious flavors all mulled together is this refreshing drink. With a cocktail like this on your Valentine’s day menu, you will have your guests heads spinning wondering when you became a bartender extraordinaire! 

Grapefruit Rosemary Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
  • Sparkling Ice Essence of Water
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish
  • Grapefruit slice, for garnish

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine vodka, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, and vanilla syrup- shake until cold. Strain into an ice-filled glass and float with Unflavored Sparkling Ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and grapefruit slice then serve.

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

Pop a bottle of bubbly and say cheers to the season on L-O-V-E! Make it a sweet one with Sparkling Ice pomegranate blueberry and top it off with a handful of blueberries to make it look good and taste even better!  

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne

Directions

In a large pitcher, combine Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice. Garnish with mint and blueberries.

Which drink will you make this Valentine’s day?
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Every new year brings mixed emotions about what the year ahead will look like. Many of us use the new year as a new start to meet goals that we have set for ourselves. Some are old, some are new, but for most of us, at least one of them involves fitness. We’ve got the top 9 tips to make sure this is the year you meet them!

1. Find a workout buddy

You don’t have to do it alone! Step up your chances for success by finding a workout buddy. Having someone to workout with will make the whole process more fun. You can hold yourselves accountable to each other, because sometimes, you are own your worst enemy! Let’s be honest, it’s a lot harder to cancel your plan to go to the gym at the last minute when you have someone else relying on you to go. When you have a workout buddy, you have someone who will push you to run that extra mile or lift those extra 5 pounds only making your chances for success higher!

2. Make it convenient

Take a few minutes to think about your schedule and create a fitness plan that’s convenient. Join a gym that is close to where you live or work, based on the time that will be best for you to work out. Do you have free time in the morning, during your lunch break at work or does it vary each day? Join a gym like Fit4Less and pick a location that you are most likely to workout at, either near home or near work. At just $4.99 every two weeks plus a joining fee, you won’t be digging in your pockets too deep!

3. Make a schedule

Your fitness goals aren’t going to meet themselves! At the beginning of each week, make a schedule for when you are going to workout and stick to it!

4. Set realistic goals

We know you have big goals in mind for 2017 and we want you to meet them. Start by setting realistic fitness goals. Begin by going to the gym once or twice a week, do a workout at home (when you can squeeze it in), or use a short amount of time efficiently with a 30-Minute Express Circuit ™ at Fit4Less. It always makes the transition back to the gym easier when you know you have a workout plan.

5. Plan variety in your workout

It can get pretty boring doing the same thing when you work out over and over again. There are so many fun workouts available to you online. Search the internet for a few workout plans that you can bring with you to the gym. Add variety into your workout plan by using different machines on different days or try adding a workout class into your schedule.

6. Early bird gets the worm

We know you value your sleep, as moms, we do to, but getting up early to workout when the kids are asleep has been amazing! As they say, the early bird gets the worm, and we couldn’t agree more! Getting a workout in first thing in the morning makes for an awesome start to your day and ensures that you won’t be too tired or get too busy later on in the day!

7. Look the part

Sometimes, looking good is half the battle! Help yourself become committed to your new plan by grabbing some cute workout gear. Pick out styles and colors that make you feel good and that you love so that you look forward to getting dressed for the gym!

8. Reward yourself

Work towards a reward! After a hard week of working out, you deserve something great! Treat yourself to something you have been craving. You deserve it!

9. Set yourself up for success

Make sure that you set yourself up for success. For example, if you know you are working out early in the morning, make sure you are going to bed at a reasonable time and pull out your clothes the night before so that you can get ready quickly and quietly in the morning. Keep a gym bag in your car so that if you find extra time to go to the gym, you can’t use the excuse that you don’t have your workout gear. Lastly, remind yourself that you are doing this for you. You are the only one in control of your success (well, your workout buddy will help a bit too). Keep it up and you will feel great about it!

Are you ready to make your workout plan?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fit4Less. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I’ve tried more planners than I can count. I adore each of them for a while but just can’t find one that does everything I need. I’m tired of losing my lists, goal statements and meal plans. Maybe you feel the same — or maybe you’re just dying to exercise your artistic side a little more.

No matter why you’ve decided to give bullet journaling a try this year, we curated some tips and tricks to help you get started — and to stick with it. You don’t need a bunch of fancy materials to get started with your bullet journal — and you don’t need to be a budding artist. Sure, you can layer up colored pens and pencils, stickers and washi tape if that’s your thing, but you can also choose an empty notebook leftover from your latest school-supply run and make that your journal.

Start with a blank journal

New notebooks make me swoon, so I purchased one just for my bullet journal adventure. After checking out several online resources, I chose a Leuchtturn1917 Notebook with a dotted layout. I felt it offered the most options for different page and layout options. Something to keep in mind with the dotted layout: you might need a ruler nearby when you’re doing layouts. If you don’t want to worry about that, a Moleskine Grid Notebook or even one with regular lines, like this adorable Kate Spade Initial Notebook, might be a better option. If you have a super steady hand? A blank MUJI Sketchbook could work, too.Bullet Journal Tips - Pick a Layout That Works for You

 
Choose your layouts

Layouts can take you down the rabbit hole of bullet journaling, never to return. Remember, creating a journal that works for you means embracing what you need and shedding the rest. When I began researching bullet journals, layout options overwhelmed me. I looked through Pinterest, made lists and fretted about it all. In the end, I chose the things I felt I needed — a year at a glance, monthly layout, weekly layouts, a section for goals, a reading layout, and a few other pages. I figured I could add things later if I found I needed them, rather than trying to cram everything in the world into my journal, just because something caught my eye in someone else’s.

 

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The Best Bullet Journal Pens

Pick your pens

Like the rest of bullet journaling, you can use pens you have in your drawer at home or choose a rainbow of colors to color-code and decorate every spare inch of your journal. Colored pens make me happy, and I chose this Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen Set. I found the colors don’t bleed through the pages in my journal — and the triangular case keeps everything I need together. However, they do create a “shadow” on the next page. If that bothers you, you might want to use pens with regular ink, like these classic Bic Ballpoints in fun colors. If you prefer colored pencils, try this InnoArt Colored Pencil Set with all the colors of the rainbow.

Number one rule of bullet journaling

Your bullet journal only needs to work for you! Don’t let the options and possibilities overwhelm you, or you’ll stuff the journal in the back of a junk drawer before the beginning of spring. Remember, you can change layouts, change pens, and cross out things you don’t need. You’ll make mistakes, and that’s OK. No two bullet journals look or function in exactly the same way, which is why they appeal to so many people. So, grab your supplies and get started. You’ll love having all of your information at your fingertips.

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