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Soybu Swim and Orchid Collection Review

Soybu has been all over my world recently. This is a great company representing many of our bodies and recently said hello to the Fitbloggin world with outfits for speakers and a fashion show. However not everyone made it to Fitbloggin so as a community leader let me show you what they have in-store and online with their Swim and Orchid collection.

The SWIM Collection.  Anything with a rash guard can be fantastic with the Colorado sun that hits us from up high. This is a sweet guard and I love wearing orange in the water. for safety on the arms. The fit on this is great with an easy neck zipper. Rosalie Rash Guard Mod Nouveau

Soybu Mod Nouveau rash guard

 

 

I have to admit to being nervous about a top. I genearlly wear a medium top with Soybu but was transitioning to weaning my son when this tankini arrived and guess what it did not fit at first but it does not. Skimpy, but it does. Keep that in mind if you are blessed in the chest. Rio Tankini Mod Nouveau

Soybu Mod Nouvea Tankini

And I love this tie bottom. The fit is fantastic and the ties are fun. These images are at a clothing optional hot spring so this allows me to be discreet when moving around this place. St Lucia Tie Bottom Mod Nouveau 

Soybu St Lucia Tie Bottom Mod Nouveau

 

I also played in the Orchid Collection and stayed with staples that I know work for me. Here are two of my absolute favorite stapes from Soybu and one that I hope becomes a staple. I love the Gigi pullover. I ordered a size up before but this does run true to size and thumbholes! Then the Alecia Tank, it gives great coverage for my short height and does not unleash the girls on unsuspected yoga students. Finally the Killer Caboose Legging  in Charcoal. The material difference between charcoal (power flex) and the black is noticeable. I prefer the softer feel of the charcoal.

Soybu Gigi Pullover, Alecia Tank, and Killer Caboose Leggings in Reverse Warrior II

Even baby goats love the Gigi Pullover in Skylark 

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Here is the Alecia Tank in Black. It is a great versatile tank and even holds up to playing in the river after a hike.

 

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And what makes the Orchid collection orchid?  Here is the print in black and white with the Camryn Tee Black (another gorgeous staple with a large keyhole back)IMG_0116

Here is another of the Allego Capri Orchid Pond 

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And one more of the Orchid print but in a different color. This is the Alyse Hoody in Orchid but it is only available in plus size at this time.

soybu orchid hoodyPlease feel free to reach to me about this company or any suggestions that I can relay to them. I am a proud community leader with the Colorado-based company. So for full FTC disclosure I am not financially compensated for this review. These clothes are mine to keep and I am asked to write my honest opinions about them. Please use my link to Soybu if you consider buying and use “SoybuPR” if you want 25% off. Wear clothes that make you feel great and compliment your lifestyle. xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Coconut Paleta

Blue Diamond sent me some of their Almond Coconut as one of their Tastemakers and asked for a  recipe. Unfortunately with the carageenan in two places in the ingredient list this is not a product that my whole family can enjoy. It does upset one tummy in our home. For the other three of us it is fair game for now.

I looked at the product and decided to make what I do with coconut water. This idea came around during my first birth when I knew I would want something easy and hydrating.

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Simple – grab your milk, vanilla, and cinnamon

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Pour into paleta or ice pop molds. I stir with a chopstick after I add a couple of drops of vanilla and a dusting of cinnamon.

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Let freeze and enjoy. This is easy and a great treat to stay hydrated without much sugar as the temperature warms up.

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FTC Disclosure:This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. As a Tastemaker I simply get free product.  All opinions are my own.

Soybu Mod Nouveau Collection

I am a proud Soybu Community Leader and advertise their clothes weekly in my classes.  I am glad that in late May I will get to host an evening at their Denver-area store to share this brand with folks IRL on 28 May. More details to follow but expect discounts, a gift, and loads of treats.

Here are some snapshots for their latest line and how it seamlessly fits into my lifestyle with my little ones.

Soybu Teegan Legging in Elodie and Jacinda Pullover in Motion

Soybu Teegan Legging in Elodie and Jacinda Pullover in Motion

The powerflex fabric of this legging has been super comfy and a fave to wear to my classes lately.

Teegan Legging in Mod Nouveau and Alecia Tank in White

Teegan Legging in Mod Nouveau and Alecia Tank in White

I am a shorty (5’3″) and this Alecia tank has been the best fit since the bombshell tank for my shorter torso so that I am not giving my yoga students a view of all the cleavage. This is my new go-to tank for when I am moving around a good deal.

Soybu Gigi Pullover in Storm and Teegan Legging in Mod Nouveau

Soybu Gigi Pullover in Storm and Teegan Legging in Mod Nouveau

This sweater is hands down my favorite thing to come out of the line. I had no idea how the fit would be so went up a size and hit is a bit looser in the middle and hem than I anticipated so be sure to order true to size. You can barely see them in this picture, but thumbholes!!

Comfy Soybu clothes make chilling in the grass easy to watch the youngest bust out his asanas.

Comfy Soybu clothes make chilling in the grass easy to watch the youngest bust out his asanas.

Check out Soybu to see the Mod Nouveau collection as well their new addition of plus sizes for women, the men’s line, and the girls line.  My boys are still SOL but these little animals get active in anything that they wear so it is no big deal that the rest of the family is covered.

Disclosure: I am a community leader for Soybu who receives clothing from their collections. All opinions are my own.

Also, all photo credits go to Terry Cabeen.

TWO YEARS Post-partum, TWO YEARS Breastfeeding

TWO! I am a very proud mama bear. Last Friday our youngest turned two.

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We had planned for two children. Since going child-free was not our plan we at least planned for zero population growth on our biological part to be kind to Mother Earth.

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Two years on the boob. This was a goal that we took one day at a time to aim to meet WHO (World Health Organization) recommendation of two years even in industrialized nations.  I have so many people in my tribe to thank for supporting this journey… we will go until May to get through cold and flu season.

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Two kids making it two years on the boob. Heck yeah I am super proud this is a feat I met for both our boys! I still cannot believe we did it.

Two years post-partum – this is a time-period I stress like a broken record to my prenatal and postpartum yoga clients. In the ayurvedic tradition it takes two years for a woman’s body to heal after the effort of pregnancy and childbirth.  Three years for maximum benefit of spacing for siblings is not a cross-cultural and cross-temporal coincidence for nothing.

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My post-partum recovery after this second kiddo has been a struggle compared to our first. My nervous system was shot for a while early on, then I stopped metabolizing iron for months which only added to fatigue, and finally the lingering stress fracture and recovery with my foot. I am convinced the foot thing was contributed to by the trials of my post-partum body. Right now I am heavy, have pathetic cardio endurance, and a still healing foot.

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Right now I am super proud of my TWO accomplishments and using them as joyful motivation to drop the weight I have piled on in the last year as I continue to nourish myself to better nourish others.  By the way that is the mantra I mention most often to the mamas in the Baby + Me Yoga classes I lead.

What are the truths you are beyond proud of that you are currently living day to day?

Title Nine #T9FitFest – Colorado and beyond + giveaway

I was contacted by Title Nine recently to attend a media event ahead of the FitFest about to take place in the Front Range of Colorado for the next three weeks. RSVP for the #T9FitFest my friends – no matter your athletic range.

Denver area #T9FitFest is April 15-16

Denver area #T9FitFest is April 15-16

My first thought was to trash the email because I do not feel like a very worthy athlete right now. I have not been able to be active with the foot still slowly recovering and I have put on a lot of weight with this lengthy process and still breastfeeding. It would have been easy to been busy that night and let this opportunity pass.

Title Nine Fit Fest

Then I thought about it. I have known about Title Nine since it started while I was in junior high – I have known the company to be about empowerment and I would have been a fool not to attend because I felt put off by my physical state. Women of all kinds of shape and activity levels NEED good bras fitted for our bodies.  As I slowly get back to activity Thelma and Louise need to be caged.

My BRAVANGELIST, Cari, at the Cherry Creek store set me up in a fitting room, measured me, then picked out four bras for me to try on. The bras ranged from the work-to-workout variety, something that resembled a lobster bib on my short torso, a bra that I already own, and eventually the five-barbel beauty that I settled on – their Marvel Bra. The barbell-rating system has been a mainstay of Title Nine with 1 barbell being the least amount of support and 5 barbells standing for maximum control on their scale.

Kia and the Marvel Bra

During my bounce test nothing moved as I hopped around on a bounce ball then moved side to side with a hula hoop. Ha! As if I would share those pictures at this time.

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The Marvel Bra I ended up choosing.

 

Here are the dates and times of the FitFest as it travels through Colorado. Contact your store location to RSVP for a time slot with your own bravangelist. This is a great opportunity as the events will have an expanded bra selection beyond the huge bra wall regularly at each location AND you will receive a professional bra fitting with encouraging women who support active communities in our area.

April 8-9, 10am-8 pm
Title Nine Boulder 1801 Pearl Street Boulder

April 15-16, 10am-9 pm
Title Nine Cherry Creek 160 Steele Street Denver

April 22-23, 10am-8 pm
Title Nine Colorado Springs 210 N. Tejon Street Colorado Springs

Now for the fun – Title Nine has been darling enough to extend the courtesy of a Fit Fest appointment to one of my readers that will include a bra for you to take home.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my notification email or I will have to choose someone else due to the time sensitivity of this event. Good luck!!!

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Also my friend’s Monika, Kait, and Heather are also hosting this giveaway so head to their sites to increase your chances.

Disclosure – I was not financially compensated for this post. I was provided a bra but opinions are my own. And I really have been a Title Nine fan since they opened.

Soybu Mykonos Collection

I love being a Soybu Community Leader. The clothes are mighty flattering and the company is about empowering people to be active, confident and look good going between day to day activities. I for one like feeling empowered. Plus they are local company to me. The other big bonus of being a community leader is having so many great options to toss on as I am headed out to teach at the studio.

This latest collection has been fun to wear. I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with the Camryn Tee. If you follow me on Instagram you have seen this top a lot since January. The texture of the fabric is soft and the cut is elegant. I pair this top with a backless dress a lot to show off the opening with how it drapes with a large opening keyhole.

The only criticism that I have is that most tanks to do not fit very well on my short torso. They need to have higher necklines or the girls could make a sneak appearance if I am moving around too much. Just a heads up for us petite ladies.

Here are some samplings from the Mykonos collection.

handstand soybuCamryn Tee $36 and Killer Caboose Pant $78

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Athens Sky Tank $30 and Allego Capri Mykonos $49striped

 

New Harmony Hoody $45

Please consider using my community leader link to look at the Soybu site. It is not just for women. Girls and Men get some Soybu love too.

FTC Disclosure: As a Community Leader I am not financially compensated but I do receive clothes from each collection. Opinions are all my own.

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