[WINNER of my Wrawp giveaway announced! Check to see if it’s you!!]

Hey everyone! I know it’s odd for me to be posting on a Thursday, but I had to pop in to share an awesome promotion I recently came across.

This month I am collaborating with Stayfree®  on a few posts and they are offering up a month of FREE YOGA to anyone who buys their products.

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Explore Your Own Backyard: Fancy Fitness & Exotic Eats

Happy Weekend everyone! Even though it’s a working weekend for me (they all are!) I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can since it’s my second last before school starts! Nothing to big planned. Just enjoying the nice weather and the semi-freedom I have before school and my internship get into full swing! But that doesn’t mean I don’t have some adventures to share! It’s time for another round of Explore Your Own Backyard!

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Explore Your Own Backyard: Hive Lifespan Center

After a week of food focused posts on the blog, it’s time to talk a little fitness up in here! Who’s ready?

For my next installment of Explore Your Own Backyard, I had the opportunity to check out an innovative fitness center that opened only 4 years ago here in WNY. exploreyourownbackyard

It’s called  Hive Lifespan center and they are truly redefining fitness. Hive promotes a modern fitness lifestyle and this mission is very apparent immediately upon entering the facility. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When I first drove up to Hive, I didn’t know what to expect. From the clean, professional, sleek website it seemed like I would be walking into a high end, top of the line fitness center. And it turns out, I was right! The minute I walked into Hive I felt like I was transported to a west coast workout facility where celebrities and famous trainers would work out! The modern look of everything, open spaces, and gorgeous front lobby made this feel like anything but a place that you come to sweat! It felt like a spa.

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WIA[and tried]W

Today is a 2 for 1 special on the blog! Not only is it WIAW, but I also have a another fun installment of Explore Your Own Backyard! This summer has been the summer of trying new things in my city and last week was no different!


On Friday I set out for a short drive to visit my area’s only Pure Barre location! I have never taken any sort of barre class before so I as pretty excited to try out this new type of workout. And it fits perfectly with my exercise break since it is low impact and low intensity….exactly what I am working with right now!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was how clean and simple everything looked. I was greeted by the own, Shayna, and the woman who would be teaching my 9:35 class, Katie. Both were extremely welcoming and friendly and they assured me that I would enjoy the class even though it was my first time.

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Jade Yoga Mat Review

[Have you entered my Thunderbird Energetica/Gather bar giveaway!? It runs until Saturday so enter for your chance to win!]

You all know, I LOVE MARSHAL’S. So many good deals on stuff that would otherwise be way overpriced. But despite my love for their deep discounts, there are some things that just shouldn’t be purchased there. Case in point….YOGA MATS. No matter how alluring their pretty colors, cool designs, and 15 dollar price tags are. When it comes to getting good quality equipment for a sweaty yoga practice, Marshal’s simply doesn’t cut it. Now that I’ve been practicing yoga daily, I learned that lesson the hard way. My Marshal’s mat pretty much turned into a slip and slide during my practice. IMG_6281

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