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We Love LILLEbaby Giveaway!

We Love LILLEbaby Giveaway by the LilleBrities #babywearing

 

Join the LILLEbaby Ambassadors as we celebrate our love for LILLEbaby and babywearing with the We Love Lillebaby Giveaway!

Below you can enter to win a LILLEbaby carrier of YOUR choice! This means you get to pick ANY in stock carrier – including the new Tokidoki Space Place, Elephant Part, Frosted Rose, Color Me, Embossed and more! This also includes anything else that may be released before January 29th!

I am honored and LOVE being a LILLEbaby ambassador and am so excited they are nominated for the Comfiest Carrier in the 2016 Crispie Awards. Babywearing is my Life. With two kiddos 2 under I am wearing one of them every where we go. We also carry at home for chores and doing laundry.  The LILLEbaby carrier never makes my back/shoulders hurt while wearing and helps me accomplish so much! It truly is the Comfiest Carrier I have tried!

We love Lillebaby giveaway - Running On Eagles Wings

Are you new to LILLEbaby? Check out my reviews on the Complete All Seasons and the Essentials. Also follow me on Instagram to see how it works in our lives daily!

This giveaway includes:

Let me know in the comments what LILLEbaby carrier you would choose if you win! Enter to win below! Thanks to LILLEbaby for sponsoring this amazing giveaway! Open to US and Canadian Residents 18 years of age and older.
We Love LÍLLÉbaby Giveaway

If you are that sold on LILLEbaby then go here and purchase one and get a free cloth diaper with your purchase! (must enter coupon code)

Disclosure: I received no payment for this post. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Holiday Leg Burn Workout 2015

This is one of the hardest weeks of the year! We often don’t have much time for working out but you need to MAKE the time then make the most of what time you do have! Here is a fabulous leg burn workout I did this week to keep my calorie burn going all day!

Holiday Leg Burn 2015 - Running On Eagles Wings -  Workout - Metabolic Effect

This workout consists of 2 simple super sets. I recommend 3 sets of each superset with 10-12 reps per exercise! The first set is Bench step ups (10 per leg) and then regular squats. Try to sit down parallel and squeeze. The second set is split squats (10 per leg) and then deadlifts. Use heavy weights but do NOT sacrifice your form! If you aren’t sure of the proper form look it up and ask someone! If done properly – you will definitely feel this workout the next day! After weights, I love to get some HIIT cardio in for an extra burn. Today I chose sprints. Up to you try for 30-60 second sprint with double that time rest. I always warm up and then start slow with your sprints. Every sprint I try to increase my sprint speed.

Holiday Leg Burn Workout Sprints - Running On Eagles Wings - HIIT cardio

Sprints are one of my favorite HIIT workouts because it is a full body workout. It works your legs, your core and upper body! You don’t need to do sprints every day for them to be effective.  Sprints will make your legs burn for a couple days! I like doing sprints once a week!

Hope you have a great holiday week! Remember moderation is KEY. But enjoy the pie! :)

12 Days of Fitness Christmas – Day 8

12 Days Fitness Christmas Day 8 - Protein Powder - Orgain Organic Protein or Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein

Protein Powder – This is optional. It is not necessary for everyone. However, I find that it aids significantly in recovery from heavy lifting and HIIT workouts. It is also a great option for a fast – but healthy – meal. I commonly have a smoothie for lunch because I don’t have time to make a whole meal just for myself! My current favorite protein is Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder . We typically buy the vanilla, but the chocolate is good too! Our Costco sells the chocolate so if I’m ever in a pinch I can grab it there! I find this protein is NOT gritty at all and it blends very well. My kids both love it as well! We are using plant protein currently due to some dairy issues with Teddy. However if you prefer a Whey (diary) protein our absolute favorite is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey. This protein is great in smoothies or mixed alone with milk.

No matter what – protein is important part of of foods and nutrients you need daily. If you struggle getting enough protein, then check out options like these powders!

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12 Days of Fitness Christmas – Days 4-7

Whoops we got a bit behind!

Day 4:

12 Days Fitness Christmas Day 4 - Socks - Smart wool running socks

Socks. My absolute favorite socks are smart wool. They are fabulous socks that wick sweat away and help your feet stay dry. They are breathable, soft and even have a light cushion. My two favorite styles are the Ultra Light Micro and the Elite Low Cut.  The light ones are great for even wearing day to day. They come up in the back to prevent any ankle blistering as well! For days you want a little higher coverage (or if you are outside and its muddy/dirty) the low cut are perfect. They are stylish, yet great coverage for the top of your foot/ankle. Don’t skimp on your socks if you want to keep your toenails and not have to deal with blisters!

Day 5:

12 Days Fitness Christmas Day 5 - Shoes - Running shoes from Mizuno and Scott Running

Shoes. Whether you prefer running or lifting or whatever – you need shoes. Shoes are like sports bras and other items – they wear out with use! Worn out shoes can lead to a whole host of issues! So keep track of your shoe usage! If you notice any visible wear then its time to replace them! My favorite running shoes are Mizuno Wave Riders.  However I really also enjoy Scott running shoes for some running or trails or just wearing about!

Day 6:

12 Days Fitness Christmas Day 6 - Fitness Watch - GPS, heart rate monitoring, FitBit surge, Garmin Forerunner 220

Fitness Watch. This is becoming more and more popular. Runners for awhile now have been using GPS watches to track their distance/speed. They work really well. I loved my Garmin that I had and I would totally replace it with this Garmin Forerunner 220. Simple yet effective and not too big! If you aren’t a huge runner but still want something FitBit has seriously upped their game the last few years. Their newest watch the Fitbit Surge has GPS, and heartrate monitor on the watch! Plus it allows you to see your sleep patters and calls/texts so you don’t have to always pull your phone out! (I am getting one of these for Christmas so I can’t wait to figure it out!)

Day 7:

12 Days Fitness Christmas Day 7 - Running Shorts - Oiselle Roga short

Shorts – In particular Oiselle Shorts and the Roga Short. I own a lot of these. I wore these shorts EVERY day this summer when it was swealtering down here in SoCal. The Oiselle ladies are amazing (yes I’ve met them in person!) and they have quality products. They sell a regular Roga Short and a Long Roga Short. The regular ones are short. The longer ones are great if you don’t want to show as much leg or wear them out if you are self-conscious.  I really need to buy more of these. At one point they made some pants as well. They also have an ’embossed’ version which has a slight pattern to it if that is your style. If you haven’t tried any Oiselle gear before – go try it! You will not be disappointed!

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12 Days Fitness Christmas – Day 3

12 Days Fitness Christmas Day 3 - Sports Bra - Moving Comfort - Lululemon

Today we have every ladies MUST have item! A good quality sports bra. Yes you may think hey these Target bras are cheap and are OK. But really (unless you are super small) they do not offer support you need! Supportive bras support your girls and allow you to do MORE and have better quality workouts! I know I have many times had to back off on my workout intensity because I haven’t been wearing the right bra!

A few of my favs are the Moving Comfort Bras. They have a lot of options and have some great bras for nursing moms! They also go up to larger sizes if you need that!

Another favorite of mine is the Lululemon All Sport Bra or any of their other bras!  Other brands have some great bras like Under Armour and such. I haven’t varied outside of these lately! Do you have a different favorite?

Also remember – Like shoes and other gear your sports bras DO wear out! So if you can’t remember the last time you bought one – It needs to be replaced! :)

Rest assured one of these is on my Christmas list!!

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12 Days of Fitness Christmas – Day 2

12 days of Fitness Christmas - Day 2 - Foam Roller

 

On the Second day of Fitness Christmas we have….

A foam Roller! There are lots of foam rollers out there – High density Foam,  short, long, deep tissue massage (ouch!!)– but this one – the Trigger Point Grid 2.0 is my Favorite.

I recently have had a lot of back pain from maybe a lifting injury but that combined with baby wearing and nursing makes for a stiff and tight back! I have a high density roller at home I was using pretty regularly. Then our gym got some of these Trigger Point Grid foam rollers. It has made SUCH a difference! My pain is much less, I feel like my posture is better!

The back is not the only place to use a foam roller (probably one of the least rolled body parts!) – but rolling is so beneficial for your legs and post workout recovery! Yes its painful, but the results are fantastic!

What is your favorite (or most hated) body party to foam roll??

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12 Days of Fitness Christmas – Day 1

12 Days Fitness Christmas - day 1 - water bottle hydration

Happy December!!

Wow this year has like flown by! To help you with any indecision you may have about gifts for your friends or loved ones who are fitness fans – I’ve put together a 12 days of Fitness Christmas for you!

Hopefully these items will help you check something off your list!

Day 1 –  a Contigo Water Bottle  – With fitness (or just life in general!) hydration is KEY! It is what makes your body run all day and every day! We love the contigo bottles for their spill-proof -ness, easy to carry, and easy to drink. You can choose from 16, 24, or 32 oz size! Go big or go home right?!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s item!

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Fit Friday Workout + Happy Mail

Happy Friday! We made it through another week!

Sexy Arms 15 min Workout Metabolic Effect. Running On Eagles Wings

If you follow my Instagram I decided to change up my routine this week. I headed to the gym 3 days (normally 2)! I did Legs and HIIT cardio on Tuesday,  Wednesday I did spin (!!) and Thursday I did back and some cardio. I felt good although a little tired!! I didn’t do well eating enough after the spin since it was much more of a workout!

Spin: I haven’t been a huge proponent of long duration cardio in a few years. I don’t think its something you should everyday, but one a week I think its a fabulous way to get a little extra push into your workouts. The longer duration can help with endurance and the extra burn. I’m hoping to add this once a week to my workouts! (*my opinions here!)

Secondly its been a happy Mail week! We got some presents for Teddy’s birthday next week!! And this package of amazing-ness!

Happy Mail - Lulujo, skip hop, clifbar, applecheeks

I bought the Applecheeks Diapers with my friend Emily and when she sent them to me she sent all these extras!! The Kids LOVE the lunch box, and the books! I love the lulujo blankets and can’t wait to use them!! This is pretty epic – but if you have a good friend that you talk to regularly – go buy them something small this weekend and MAIL it to them! old school style! Make someone smile!

Have a great weekend!

The Topic of Diapers!

The Topic of Diapers & why we Cloth Diaper #clothdiapers

Every new parent dreads diapers and buying them and all the mess. Diapers are necessary – that is a fact. When we were planning our baby budget, I was trying to do the math of what we would need each month to buy and the cost. When I started adding it up I was not happy! The cost was not going to leave much for anything else for the budget we had! My estimates were that diapers and wipes would be $50-75 a month!! That’s a lot of money. (No this isn’t going coupon crazy or buying store brands…)

So I started doing research. I had read a post by Emily at Daily Garnish on her cloth diapering experience. From there I read posts by Young House Love and a few others. I also talked to a few friends and gathered lots of research. I did my research on all the different brands of diapers. I watched YouTube videos. (That was new for me as I was not keen on watching videos.)  I researched places to buy diapers and all the costs and accessories. I read all about washing them and the details.
I was hooked. 
The next step was convincing the husband. I gathered my research and costs and everything all organized to present it to him. It took me weeks to gain the courage to bring it up! When I finally did I barely had 10 words out of my mouth before he was turning me down. I argued for him to hear me out. He did. In the end, I won because he doesn’t really have much interest in changing diapers. It’s my job since I stay home and therefore if I want to use these then I should be able to.
I didn’t use cloth diapers as soon as Hannah was born. For the first 7 weeks Hannah was in disposables. I do not regret this decision. It was hard to adjust as a first time mom and it just made it easier. But boy they were expensive! We had to buy a lot of newborn diapers!
What did I get?
I started off by purchasing 12 BumGenius 4.0 diapers. I bought a pack from Kelly’s Closet and with their awesome coupons I got a free Rumparooz diaper. (*note the current version is 5.0 of the diaper but its the same thing almost)
I had some amazon money from baby showers and used that to buy 2 wet bags, 3 more diapers and some toys and books.
I started out with 16 diapers when Hannah was 7 weeks old. Here she is in her first cloth diaper:
First Cloth Diaper Bumgenius Pocket 7 weeks
It was not bad! She was small enough that I could use just the small newborn insert. She didn’t have many rashes but I had some CJs butter as well to use and it is great! I was quite nervous at first to use diapers when I went out so for the first couple weeks I just used disposables. We had some still from baby showers. Eventually I got my nerve up and used them for outings. It was not as hard as I expected.
 I did end up buying 5 more diapers when they discontinued some of the colors and put them on sale. 16 is fine but I was having to religiously wash every other day and it was cutting it close. With the second order I also got a couple Thirsties hemp inserts and a prefold! That put me at 21 diapers total and I would typically wash every other day still but can go for 2 days if things were busy. I also got a couple GroVia covers and some snap in inserts to use as a back up when things get dicey for washing. I love the covers and eventually switched to using the covers and the GroVia prefolds for night.
That is what I  used to diaper Hannah from that 7 weeks until about 21 months. At that point I had to purchase some more dipaers since Teddy joined our family and I’ll have more about that in another post!
I just want you to know that you can diaper well with 24 diapers! It is not a lot, but you don’t have to buy 50! (you certainly can if you wish because they are CUTE!)
Why I love Cloth Diapers #clothdiapers RunningOnEaglesWings
All in all we are very pleased with our decision to cloth diaper. Even hubby makes comments about liking the ‘reusable’ diapers! He has also heard from coworkers about the cost of diapers and come home saying how glad he is we don’t have to buy them!
Do you cloth diaper? If not what is holding you back? 
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Fit Friday Workout & Cooler Temps

It has FINALLY cooled down in southern California! The daytime temps are getting into the 70s but the nights are cool and into the 50s!! We actually have to close the windows! Mornings and evenings require long sleeves and I had to go buy socks for my kid. He literally had NO socks that fit because that is how long it has been since I have attempted to put socks on him. Oops.

While the weather has been fantastic this week – I have not felt 100%. While its hard to know sometimes when you feel tired if exercise will help or hurt, you never know until you try. So we loaded up on our usual days and headed to the gym. I didn’t overly push it, but still got a solid workout in! I decided to put together the workout to share because while simple, it was definitely effective!! I did this at the gym on machine and with free weights. You can do it at home or at the gym! up to you!

Fit Friday Upper Body Workout Home or Gym

 

I also did legs this week one day. Yesterday in fact- and today I tried to bend down and that did not feel good!! Hopefully we can get some walking in today and work out the soreness!

How was your week? Get any fun workouts in?

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