November 2016 Popsugar Must Have Box

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Official Popsugar Must Have photo because I don’t like my photo. Maybe next month…

Must Have Fashion
Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl: I love love love this bracelet!!! I also love the necklace Popsugar sent about a year ago (it got SO many compliments!) so the new Bellevue, WA store is a little bit dangerous for me. I’m glad Popsugar also includes (or included?) a Kendra Scott necklace in their bridesmaid box because that was the gift I picked for my bridesmaids (about six months ago).

Must Have Beauty
Stowaway Cosmetics Dawn to Dusk Palette: This palette was smaller than I expected but the packaging is nice. I hope it’s a great product because I gave it to a friend.

Must Have Home
AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl: I love getting “home” items! This bowl is nice and is now being used as a fruit bowl. I’ll probably put it in the middle of my dining table in the near future.

Pehr Chambray Runner Wine: Another wonderful item for my home/dining table! I first learned about table runners while planning my wedding 7-8 months ago so it amuses me that I received one shortly after realizing they exist. I’m looking forward to putting it on my dining table in the future!

Meri Meri Star Party Picks: Cute! I think these will be more fun at a friend’s house than at my house because more people would see them. I’ll probably take them to a holiday or birthday dinner or something!

Must Have Food
Oogie’s Snacks Oogie’s Gourmet Toffee Butter Popcorn: I don’t frequently eat popcorn but my husband loves it so I was really happy to see that it’s gluten-free. Popsugar frequently picks food which isn’t gluten-free (or a good idea for me health-wise) so I end up giving a lot of it away…

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November 2016 Birchbox

1. Phyto Phytokératine Repairing Mask: I love hair masks! This sample is a good size so I’m really glad their system picked it for me. Is there any chance I’ll buy this? Yes!
2. Coastal Scents® Blush & Bronzer Palette: I don’t normally use blush and bronzer so I am probably going to give this sample away. I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten a lot of their products (mostly eye shadow) in boxes but haven’t tried anything because I don’t normally use eye shadow. Is there any chance I’ll buy this? Nope.
3. Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional: Matte Rescue Invisible-Finish Mattifying Gel: I like the Benefit samples that I’ve tried so far so I’m really happy to have another product to try! Is there any chance I’ll buy this? Probably not.
4. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye: I have a few different eye creams thanks to subscription boxes and don’t frequently use them. This item sounds slightly different and easy to use, though, so I’ll try adding it to my evening routine. Is there any chance I’ll buy this? Probably not.
5. Oribe Superfine Hairspray: I’ve heard great things about this brand and like some of their other products. I don’t use hairspray, however, so this sample will probably go to a friend who gets most of my hairspray samples. Is there any chance I’ll buy this? Nope.

I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber since November 2012 (4 years! whoa!) so I am obviously a Birchbox fan. I’m a little bit less of a fan now that box sample feedback doesn’t get me about $5 in Birchbox.com credit every month but I still like many of the samples they send so I’ll probably continue getting their box.

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Thanksgiving 2016 Fitness Classes and Workshops – Seattle

I spent a few minutes searching for interesting Thanksgiving Day fitness classes this morning and realized there should be a post about the options.

A few things I noticed:
– The first few which popped up in my search were yoga studio classes/workshops with a focus on being thankful.
– Some of the other studios will be focusing on getting a great work-out before eating a huge meal.
– Many of the studios have picked a non-profit to support and will be hosting a donation-based class/workshop instead of a normal class.

Aditi Yoga & Bodywork (Fremont)
“Join Megan for her 2nd annual special Thanksgiving Day Practice at Aditi. This heart opening slow flow practice will open us up to the energy of the day, welcoming in peace and connecting us with gratitude and thanksgiving. The asana practice will be followed by a long delicious savasana accompanied by a sound bath with crystal singing bowls. Class is all levels.”
When: 9:30am
Cost: Regular class pricing. I found it on ClassPass.
Donation/non-profit: Mom & Baby Benefit Drive (a check or items from their list) for Seattle women’s shelter, Mary’s Place.

Bala Yoga (Kirkland & Fremont)
“Join us for an all levels class in benefit of Yoga Behind Bars – A Seattle based, volunteer powered nonprofit that offers incarcerated people—men, women and youth—the transformative power of yoga as a tool for self-awareness, healing, and a pathway to freedom.”
When: 9:30am in Kirkland and Fremont
Donation: Cash – amount up to you?
Non-profit: Yoga Behind Bars

bFit Bellevue
8:30am Thanksgiving Throwdown
Cost: Regular class pricing? I found it on ClassPass.

Community Fitness – Roosevelt Way
10:45am BodyPump – Thanksgiving Fundraiser
Cost: Not sure. Regular class? Found it on ClassPass!

Corepower Yoga

Eka Yoga (Queen Anne)

FUELHouse (Fremont)
Turkey Day Massacre with Molly – “Every year on Thanksgiving we do one workout as a community. We hope to always maintain this tradition. This year we will be serving up a partner workout that will be very demanding. ”
Cost: Regular class pricing? I found it on ClassPass.

hauteyoga Queen Anne
8:45am Thanksgiving Devotional – “Join Leah for a special 75 minute class on Thanksgiving morning. Give thanks and gratitude for everything we have in our lives, the triumph AND trials. Move through this strong flow, leaving feeling joyful, thankful, and transformed. Start Thanksgiving Day off with your community at hauteyoga Queen Anne!
Cost: $20

Hot Yoga Experience – Issaquah & Sammamish
7:30am Power Class for Thanksgiving
Cost: Looks like a regular class!
ClassPass: Issaquah Studio and Sammamish Studio.

Live Love Flow
9:30am Gratitude Practice (Madison Valley)
9am Gratitude in Motion – PureCycle for Northwest Harvest (Capitol Hill)
10am Gratitude in Motion – Flow  for Northwest Harvest (Capitol Hill)
Donation: $20+
Non-profit: Northwest Harvest
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/249549165443144/

Ritual House of Yoga
9-10:30a Jivamukti Devotional Vinyasa: led by Erika Ramberg
Cost: regular drop-in or membership
11a-12p Donation Vinyasa: led by Aubrey Jenkins
Non-profit: STREET YOGA
Pre-registration is recommended and open online. Email info@ritualhouseseattle.com with any questions.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430926886921494/

Sweat Equity (Bellevue)
9am Lose a Turkey Workout
Cost: Regular drop-in or membership. I found it on ClassPass!

Yogabliss (Mercer Island)
Description: Practice of Gratitude – Thanksgiving Day
8am & 9:30am Hot Fusion
8:30am Power Vinyasa
10am Vinyasa
11:30am BlissBarre
Donation: $25+
Non-profit: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services

Xtra Fitness (Bothell)
9am Turkey Bootcamp Special
“Burn those Thanksgiving calories before you ever sit down at the table.”
Cost: Looks like it’s a regular class. I found it on ClassPass!

Know about any others? Please leave a comment, tweet me, or send me an email!

Inna

August 2016 Birchbox

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stila Matte About You Liquid Lipstick Trio: I love lip products so I’m glad this one was included in my box!

Living proof.® No Frizz Nourishing Oil: I haven’t gotten to try this yet because I have a few other hair samples to get through first (yes, I’m this behind!) but I’m happy to have it because it looks like a nice product.

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder: Food in a Birchbox! FINALLY! They used to frequently send little food samples but then stopped. Guess they had some quality control issues or something like that. I thought it was interesting this sample had a health focus because in the past I usually received chocolate from them.

Acure Organics Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes: I love these!! I actually got the full-size version as an add-on item several weeks before this sample arrived. I’m happy to have the smaller pack because it takes up less space in my bag.

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow: I believe I’ve tried and liked Marcelle products before but I don’t usually use BB cream so I gave this sample to a friend.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – not from the August box – I’m not sure when I got this sample from (probably) Birchbox but I’m glad it appeared again (3rd time?) because I love it!

I still love Birchbox because they have sent me a lot of awesome samples over the years but I’m a bit sad about their recent points program changes. I really liked getting about $30 of products (usually awesome liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner) for just a few bucks (and however many minutes it took me to complete the sample surveys) every 6 months or so!

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August 2016 Popsugar Must Have Mini

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jOTBLOCK by three by three – I love that this is a Seattle company! I have heard of them but have never used/owned any of their products. I have a lot of (cute) notebooks and notepads but none with a little pen compartment.

EYES by ToGoSpa (Coconut) – I believe I have received this product in a box before but haven’t gotten around to using it yet. No idea why because it sounds like a wonderful experience!

Cool Cotton Body Lotion by CLEAN – I don’t love receiving lotions in boxes but this time I actually wanted some because my knees have been a bit dry (summer? barre?). I do like that box companies usually send really nice lotions (like this one!), though! Quite a few friends like taking the nice lotions off my hands. ;) Anyway… this lotion. This lotion is nice but has a stronger scent than I expected. Not a huge fan of the strong scent but I guess it’s not a big problem.

Wonder what they will send next month! If you’d like to subscribe (this box is $18.95 per month), here’s my referral link. :)

ClassPass Adventures (March 1-15, 2016)

Class: Pilates Chairs & Towers
Studio: 5 Elements Fitness
Instructor: Mary Herzog
City: Mercer Island, WA
Thoughts: My last couple of classes at this studio were surprise private sessions so they ended up not really matching the class description. The interesting thing I noticed this time was the difference in teaching styles of two teachers I like (Kerri and Mary). The difference: Mary talks much more so while I was able to have a long conversation with Kerri during my private session (while also working out) I only really chatted with Mary before and after the class.

Class: Vinyasa Flow
Studio: Metier Racing & Coffee (my first visit!!!)
Instructor: Sarah Ilgenfritz
City: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
Thoughts: I love the space! It’s a cafe, bike shop, and fitness studio. I took a Saturday morning class and it took me quite a while to get there so I enjoyed a small almond milk mocha before the yoga class. The yoga class was relaxing and challenging. I liked that it wasn’t heated because I didn’t want to need a shower after. I am looking forward to checking out more of their classes!

Class: Ass Blast
Studio: David Barton Gym (my first visit!!!)
Instructor: Ryan Carver
City: Downtown Bellevue, WA

My first @davidbartongymbellevue @davidbartongym experience! LOVED the "ass blast" class (even though I couldn't get myself to say the name to the front desk guy and just showed him the class description in the @classpass app… he said it and chuckled). Ryan Carver did a great job explaining exactly what we were supposed to do and focused on explaining proper form. The facility is cool but a bit of a mess (dirty towels all over the locker room and overflowing garbage bins). They said they are having hot water issues this week so I was glad I wanted but didn't really need a shower🚿 after class. Will I go back? Yep. Why? It's a convenient location and the class exhausted me (in a good way). I'd like to also check out the machines and find the sauna… Bonus⭐️: I just noticed the #microsoft sign in the window. Nice. 🙂 #yelpbellevue

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Class: Dailey Express
Studio: The Dailey Method – Mercer Island
Instructor: Julie Mock
City: Mercer Island, WA

I love this #barre studio and their classes! 💚💛 @tdmmercerisland @daileymethod @classpass #classpass

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Class: TUM Boot Camp
Studio: The Union Method
Instructor: Alyssa Schnitzius
City: Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Thoughts: This class kicked my butt! I was a little more careful this time than last time I took this class because I injured a weird chest muscle last time.

Class: TUM Pilates Mat with Props
Studio: The Union Method
Instructor: Nariman Sraieldin
City: Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Thoughts: I took this class about 15 minutes after the boot camp class. Guess I was a bit inspired that evening!! I really enjoyed the class (and the instructor’s Australian accent!!) but struggled with some ab exercises because we did a lot of ab work at the end of the boot camp class.

Class: Disco Inferno! Power Yoga/Boot Camp 60
Studio: Firehouse Hot Yoga (my first visit!!!)
City: Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

Totally forgot to post this after Friday's 60-minute heated Power Yoga + Bootcamp class at #FirehouseHotYoga in #KirklandWA! The studio was way nicer than I expected based on the exterior (this was my first visit) and the bootcamp parts were super challenging. I didn't have time for a full shower after class because it was the last class of the day (yoga teachers want to go home/out, too😉) but I was thankful for the quick rinse. Will I go back? Yes!! We had a substitute teacher on Friday so I want to experience what that class is normally like and I also want to check out some of their other classes. 💕 #classpass #classpassSEA #classpassSEATTLE #classpassambassador #kirkland #seattleyoga #kirklandyoga #seattlelife #loveisallyouneed #seattlefitness #yoga #yogaclass #yogastudio #yogalife #fridaynight #totemlake #yelpseattle #activelynw #yogilife #fitness #fitfam

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Class: CP Cardio Sculpt 2
Studio: Club Pilates
Instructor: Nikki Adams
City: Downtown Bellevue, WA
Thoughts: Nikki is my favorite Club Pilates instructor! Their classes seem a bit more relaxing than a lot of the classes I take but they’re still challenging and leave me feeling good…

Class: Fly 45
Studio: Flywheel – Bellevue
Instructor: Chelsea Wyles
City: Downtown Bellevue, WA
Thoughts: Great experience! Chelsea has been added to my list of favorite Flywheel instructors. ;)

Class: Fly 45
Studio: Flywheel – South Lake Union
Instructor: Stephanie Propper
City: South Lake Union/Cascade, Seattle, WA
Thoughts: I loved this class because I hit 222 total power! I was really good about hitting 200+ every time for a while so this was just a little bit better, but recently I’ve been stuck around the 180’s so getting over 200 again felt great. It’ll take me a while to get a new personal record because I totally kicked butt at my first class (total power: 305). I’m guessing the lunch-time energy of the Seattle studio (next to Amazon offices) was a bit more intense than the Sunday morning class I usually take in Bellevue…

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February 2016 Popsugar Must Have Box

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Must Have Beauty

Beautycounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm: I love this item! Nice packaging and I love that there’s a muslin cloth included.

Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion: It looks like a nice lotion and I’m glad it’s a big bottle. I’m not really a fan of most lotions, however, so I gave this one to a friend.

Must Have Fashion

Tilo Heart Print Scarf: Loooove this scarf! The little hearts are cute and perfect for February.

JewelryStorm Endless Arrow Ring: People have told me I have small hands/fingers and this ring only fits me as a midi ring, so I’m not sure it fits like a normal ring for many adults. I like it because it’s cute and it sparkles. :)

Must Have Home

Fringe Studio Hello Beautiful Square Tray: Super cute tray! I love it and am glad they chose it for this box.

Must Have Food

Foodstirs Heart Cookie Mix:  I love that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy!) is involved in this project (co-founder!) and that the package was super cute. I had to give it away, however, because it wasn’t gluten-free.

Special Extra: Victoria’s Secret Sports Socks: I love these!

Special Extra: Victoria’s Secret Reward Card: I don’t normally shop at Victoria’s Secret but I’ll probably be able to find something for about $20. Maybe something fitness related! ;)

Can’t wait to see what’s inside the March box! If you’d like to subscribe, click here (my referral link). Save $5 with this coupon code: MUSTHAVE5