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Review: Baby Foot Peel

Warning: This post is about feet. My feet, in particular. There will be pictures of feet. If seeing pictures of feet grosses you out (ahem, 2nd sister), you may want to skip this post. I’m on a message board with local women in Austin – many of whom I met online 10 years ago when I was planning my wedding. These women have been a great resource for advice in all things lady-related. In the marketing world, they are ultra influencers, and they’ve certainly influenced me in my purchase decisions. The Baby Foot Peel is no exception. It’s exactly what you’d expect the name to mean. It’s a chemical peel for your feet so that they’re baby soft. At under $20, I was lured in by the promise. While I was eager to jump right in, I realized the timing for such a peel is not so easy for a yoga teacher. The peel takes at least a week, and I am barefoot ALL. THE. TIME. Scary, flaky feet are not exactly what I want to parade …

Work. Pump. Repeat. Q&A with Jessica Shortall [+ Giveaway]

I met Jessica Shortall through email via a mutual friend when she was looking for working moms to offer input for a book about pumping and working. At the time, I had returned from maternity leave with my older son, going through all the pains and awkwardness and tears of trying to juggle full-time work and full-time milk maker (unpaid work). Like other working moms, I struggled. A lot. My body didn’t cooperate with the pump. My office hadn’t seen a new mother in well over a year, and from the stories I heard from other mom co-workers, breastfeeding didn’t last long because it was so hard trying to keep up their milk supplies. I was so thankful that Jessica had completed her book and shared an early digital copy by the time I had my second son. I read it end to end while on a work trip, which involved pumping in airplane and airport bathrooms and in the rental car with a co-worker driving (who was also a mom and remembered the pains of pumping!). …

Inside the Studio: Corepower Yoga

During SXSW, I received a one week free pass to Corepower Yoga. Turns out that they offer the first week free for all new students, but I felt special either way. Austin has two Corepower Yoga locations – one downtown at the Monarch and one in the Triangle shopping center. I visited both studios. Corepower Yoga is a national chain. They have a few Dallas locations as well and are in 14 other states. The upside of a nationalized brand is that every studio is nicely equipped with showers, lockers, filtered water dispenser, and you can use your pass at any of their locations. It feels a little corporate – even the shampoo bottles are branded – but it’s clean and the teachers are well trained. Every class has a portion dedicated to core work, which I guess explains the name. I went to a Hot Power Fusion class by accident. I say accident because I didn’t really check the schedule that day and just found a convenient time I could make. It was a …

Review: The Kids’ Yoga Deck

The Kids’ Yoga Deck by Annie Buckley has got to be one of my favorite things I’ve bought for the big kid. I don’t know who was more excited when he opened this gift for Christmas – him or me. 🙂 I found this deck of cards at Whole Earth Provisions, which is based out of Austin and carries some of the most interesting educational kids items among many many other cool, cultural, wanderlusting, earth-friendly merchandise. The deck comes with multiple colored cards for different types of postures and exercises, including breathing and meditation. You can either put together a sequence of cards to do with your kid, OR if you have a bossy 3-year-old like I do, you let him pick his own cards and work through them. One side of the card has an illustration of the posture, while the other side has the kid-friendly name, a description and some ideas for how to do them. Since the big kid has gone to numerous yoga classes with me and his school also offers yoga once …

Review: om finder app

As much as Lululemon gets eyerolled at in the press for their crazy founder and expensive stretchy pants, I still buy the brand. They make good products, okay? I recently found a new app they created called om finder, available free through iTunes. I’m generally skeptical about mobile apps because I’ve seen more sad executions from brands than actually useful ones. I took it for a test drive, and it works well! Based on your location, it pulls up local studios and their schedules. You can “favorite” your usual studios so they all pull up instead of going through the whole listing. You can also filter classes by proximity, time of day, style of yoga and length of class. While I’ve memorized the schedule for my usual classes, I end up scouring every studio’s website when I have a day off from work and am looking for a class to attend. OR, I can see this being especially helpful when I’m visiting family out of town or during work travel and am looking for a …

Review: Thai massage at Zen Well

To say that I’m a little addicted to Thai massage isn’t quite doing my emotions justice. This is hands down my favorite form of massage. I’ve only been able to get it twice before (the first time and the second time), and each of those experiences left me feeling like my body had really been worked over… because it had! Thai massage is pretty difficult to find in these parts. Most of the local area spas offer some variation of Swedish massage and cost anywhere from $100 and up for a 50 or 60 minute session. I’ve only found a few places that offer Thai, but I can’t afford them more than once in a blue moon. I was absolutely delighted when I saw a new place open up near my home called Zen Well, AND it specializes in Thai massage. The best part? The prices are incredibly affordable. At $66 for a 60 minute session, that is a steal. They have secure lockers to store your items, and they also have loose-fitting Thai pants …

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