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How it all began
When I started this blog three years ago I was in love with writing. I was a new mom on maternity leave looking for a sense of purpose. I needed a new project, something to keep my mind sharp so I didn’t start talking in sing song and lullabies to everyone I met. So…that’s how it all began. I wrote about exercise during pregnancy and postpartum. I got a lot of traction sharing information about diastasis recti and core recovery after baby.
Some people may say I have an athletic wear addiction. I just believe I am well dressed for everyday life. Being a busy mom, Personal Trainer, Occupational Therapist and workout junkie I spend probably 90% of my time in workout clothes or a bathing suit. Ha. Rough #CaliforniaLife
I am always on the hunt for new and upcoming brands to give different fabrics, styles and price points a try (hey, everyone likes a good deal). I recently came across Senita Athletics, and they graciously offered to send me some clothes to try out. I have put together an honest review for you to read before you head over to buy!
A little about me…
I work up a sweat daily, I change my workout clothes at least twice a day, and I wash them usually once a week. I need clothes that will keep me comfortable and stink free and hold up after multiple washes.
I am a pretty standard size small (4-6) across the board. I am about 5’9”, 135 pounds and have long limbs, a flat chest and sizeable booty. I am telling you this, because it will help you visualize how the clothes may fit on you!
I was sent the Sarah sports bra in hot pink (love the color) and Ellie tights in black . I was impressed immediately after opening the package. The colors are bright, the fabric is soft, stretchy and high quality enough to hide some imperfections. I also appreciate that the bra comes nicely padded and everything has pockets!! Seriously though, pockets everywhere….I love having the option to stash my phone in my pants or in the back of the sports bra. The pants have a higher waist and lots of give. Overall everything fit perfect. No sagging, no muffin top, no camel toe. Their clothes definitely fit true to size.
After the workout…
I wore these through a run outdoors as well as a Crossfit workout. They were perfect for a run and felt comfortable throughout. The pants have enough stretch for squats and box jumps and the sports bra held everything in place. Word to the wise….if you sweat heavily like me (I’m talking I can probably wring my clothes out after a workout) be aware that the lighter colors in this fabric show your sweat. This doesn’t bother me because I wear my sweat like a badge of honor post WOD, but some girls who prefer to sparkle may want to stick to darker colors.
After a wash….
I threw these in the wash with my other workout clothes. Please note, I have learned through my years of wearing yoga pants that you should always wash them on cold and hang to dry. My Senita clothes came out perfect, the color didn’t bleed or fade, they retained their shape just fine and didn’t hang onto any odors.
I am thoroughly impressed with this brand. Founded by Maddie and Jenna these entrepreneurial moms have been able to combine affordability and function to create workout clothes that work for everyone. Senita Athletics was launched in December of 2015 with a goal of providing affordable workout clothes without compromising quality. Well ladies, I think your goal is accomplished! Head over to senitaathletics.com to order yourself something today, use code FITMAMASB for 10% off! Be quick, their popular colors and patterns sell out fast, so check back often and follow on social media to catch the new releases.
In fitness and good health,
Probiotics. What is all the hype? Up until a couple of years ago I naively thought they were only beneficial for yeast infections and maintaining feminine health. Recent research has shown their benefits for everything from gut health, immune response, and weight loss.
What are Probiotics?
According to WebMD “Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.”
How many times have you heard your Mom or Grandma say that you better drink your milk if you want to have strong bones? Well did you know that while pregnant, calcium is not just important for you but also for your growing baby? Your baby needs calcium to develop healthy teeth, bones muscle and heart. If you aren’t taking in enough calcium through your diet during pregnancy your baby may be depleting your own calcium stores, leaving you at risk of poor bone health, calcium deficiency and even osteoporosis.
Calcium Recommendations During Pregnancy
According to mayoclinic.org women aged 19-50 require 1000 mg of calcium everyday. This can be taken in through foods such as milk, kale, sardines, cheese and yogurt. Even if you are a healthy eater it can often be challenging to meet your requirements through diet alone. For example, you would have to drink 3.3 cups of milk or eat more than 4 cups of cooked kale to reach 1000 mg. If you are a busy mama like myself, you know some days that just isn’t happening!
Why Supplement with Calcium?
Although it is important to take in enough calories through real food and proper nutrition during pregnancy it may be a good idea to include a supplement in your diet in addition to your prenatal vitamin. Viactiv calcium chews provide 500 mg of calcium per chew and just two of them daily is enough to meet all your calcium needs making sure both you and baby continue to grow strong bones and teeth!
In addition to calcium, other vitamins such as folic acid, iodine and vitamin D are also crucial during pregnancy. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends 600 IU per day of vitamin D for all women, especially while pregnant. Since vitamin D is hard to come by in everyday foods, Viactiv soft chews include 500 IU of vitamin D in every chew ensuring you are getting your recommended amount.
Even though I am not currently pregnant, I find I have a hard time reaching my recommended daily intake of calcium. Quite frankly, I hate milk so that’s not an option for me. I have always been sensitive to dairy and although I can tolerate some cheeses and greek yogurt it’s hard for me to eat enough of it everyday.
I recently started taking Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews and I am loving the caramel flavor! They are also available in milk chocolate and you can buy them at major retailers like CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart, as well as supermarkets nationwide.
Learn more about #Viactiv and pregnancy here.
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning on becoming pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider if you have any specific health questions or prior to taking any dietary supplements.
I never got around to seeing Bad Moms the movie in theatres so I was super excited when it was released on video last week! **On a side note, do people still say ‘video’ or am I dating myself? I feel like this doesn’t really apply in the digital era.**
Regardless, if you haven’t got a chance to see it, go download it now! This movie was not only a great comedy but was such a good reminder that being a mom is hard, and motherhood is really about making it through the day the best way that we can.
Here are the 4 lessons that I took away from the movie (in between nearly peeing myself laughing) hope you can relate!