‘Fabulous: Motivate Me!’ App

This month I downloaded Fabulous: Motivate Me!, an app that helps you meditate, relax, sleep, and most importantly for me, schedule your day. It provides science-based coaching to help you increase your energy, efficiency, and motivation by instilling healthy habits and routines in your life.

Anyone who works for themselves (and indeed just anyone who works a lot), finding the right work/life balance can be difficult. My life is my work and my work is my life, so how do I balance something like that? It’s not realistic to be on a strict 9-5 work schedule. Nor would I want to be. Instead, I can learn how to foster healthy habits that keep me on the ‘inspired’ side of the scale, without tipping over to the ‘burn-out’ side.

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Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask

I have very dry lips and no matter what I do, I can’t shake it. I’ve tried drinking lots of water, every lip balm I can think of, slathering my lips with a regimine of Blistex medicated lip balm + argan oil + petroluem jelly – nothing works. So I picked up this lip sleeping mask from Laneige in hopes it would help.

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a softening balm enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants. According to the product’s description on Sephora, it “boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and active ingredients.” Users are instucted to apply a liberal amount before bed to wake up with soft lips in the morning.

Although the instructions say to use it before bed, I found myself reaching for this at least three times a day. I use this more as an all-day lip balm than an overnight lip mask. It has a nice berry scent, a pink tint, and a touch of sweetness – which is probably what keeps me coming back for more. My lips have seen a signifant improvement since I started using this mask. If you suffer from dry lips, I definitely recommend this.

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Fitbit Charge 2

My sister and I agreed to work together to reach our fitness goals. So far they aren’t too lofty – simply “be active everyday.” To help us out, we use our Fitbit Charge 2┬ádevices to track our steps and workouts. In addition to tracking steps and workouts, I use it to track my heart rate, sleep and water intake. It’s pretty good at tracking my heart rate while I’m performing a steady state exercise, but it’s not ideal for interval training. Since I prefer bootcamp and HIIT, that leaves me with frustrating results – there’s no way I’m only going at 110 BPM 20 minutes into GRIT Strength! Also, it’s somewhat difficult to sync with the app, but after a few tries it’ll eventually update. I’m somewhat unhappy with this device – until it tells me my heartrate is 86 BPH while I’m literally sweating a puddle on the gym floor. Then I want to throw it against a brick wall. Since I’ve found I only really use Charge 2 for tracking steps, I think I would’ve enjoyd the Alta HR or the Flex more. But I got device on sale at around the same price as the Flex, so I don’t feel like I wasted money.