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My ONE Goal for 2017

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Can you believe it’s almost 2017? GAH!

I can’t believe it!

I stumbled across this video by Tony Robbins the other day and I feel like it’s spot on with how to create happiness and reach your New Year’s Resolutions / goals ( so obviously I have to share it with you. It’s too good not to! )

Basically, Tony says it comes down to creating PROGRESS by creating new HABITS.

And for me, specifically, it also comes down to FOCUS.

I’m really ( REALLY! ) terrible at following the principle of “The ONE Thing“. But I believe in it… & it’s something I’m working on.

So this year, I’m focusing on ONE goal and ONE habit ⇢ fitness, working out every morning.

If you want to have an awesome year ( & why wouldn’t you? ), DEFINITELY check out this video—think about one area in your life you’d like to make better & what habit will help you get there… Help you make progress. I think you’ll love the video!

Tony shares his 4 steps for making progress towards the end of the video so I made a little cheat-sheet for us ( below ) to refer back to / pin.

If you guys go through Tony’s process ( or even if you don’t ) I’d LOVE to hear what your 2017 goals are. LOL I’m totally serious… I’ve asked / talked about 2017 goals with my boyfriend & his sister so many times now, it’s kind of become a joke.

But, I REALLY want to know. I love this stuff! So shoot me an email ( bita@joyfetti.com ), comment below or on Instagram, or tweet me… However you’d like. I’d love to hear from you! : )

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Switching gears for a moment, I want to give a shout out to tobi.com for sending me this super comfy, huge ( just the way I wanted, LOL ) navy sweater & this maxi dress ( both pictured above ).

I’ve been snuggled up in this sweater all day & probably will be for a good chunk of winter. I’m definitely packing it for our next Tahoe trip!

I feel like baggy sweaters are a staple during winter. Don’t you think? Especially solids. I love solids!

Okay… I’m going to bed so I can wake up early-ish ( LOL ) and go to the gym in the morning & run. Wish me luck ; )

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

I hope you have a safe & amazing NYE!

<3,
Bita

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How to Find the Right Pair of Running Shoes for YOUR Feet ( + an Interview With ARM! )

 

Hi Guys!

This post has been a long time coming. For the past 2-3 years I’ve been running and doing all my workouts in Nike Frees, which was all fine and dandy until it was extremely painful to run in them.

Side note… I should’ve seen it coming when my friend, Katrina told me Frees are NOT running shoes. Point taken. I learned the hard way.

She also told me about A Runner’s Mind ( ARM ) and their super personalized process for fitting you into the right pair of running shoes for YOUR feet.

So about 3 months ago I FINALLY walked in and the experience was AMAZING & SUPER personalized!

Dawson, who’s the co-owner at ARM, helped me find the perfect pair of running shoes for my feet ( so basically I have no excuse not to run! ) and I’ve been running in them comfortably for the past 3 months

And, this is just a bonus, but I think they’re super cute!

Luckily for us, he agreed to do a fun lil’ Q&A just for JOYFETTI. Thanks, Dawson!

Let’s get into it…

Please introduce yourself: 

I’m Dawson, co-owner and footwear buyer at A Runner’s Mind. I’ve been with the company for about five years now, and I have been involved with the running retail industry for over 8 years. I have been a marathon runner since I was in high school.

Can you tell us about A Runner’s Mind? 

A Runner’s Mind was founded on a simple premise: helping people. We focus a lot on developing relationships with people who walk through our doors as much as we focus on getting people into the right shoes and gear.

Our original founder and owner, Monte Keleher, first opened the store in Burlingame when the local running shop next to the high school closed. It left such a huge void in the community that he decided to open A Runner’s Mind a few years later in August 2010. Ever since then, our involvement with the community and our focus on customer experience has created such a huge following that we’ve been able to open a store in San Francisco ( 2013 ), and more recently in Lafayette ( spring 2016 ). It’s been great! We’ll continue to focus on development in the next upcoming years.

What truly separates ourselves from our competitors is not only our expertise and knowledge, but it’s how fully we integrate ourselves in every community we’re in.

I love your fitting process! Can you tell us all about it?

Thank you! It’s called a gait analysis!

It’s so incredibly important for people to understand how they move to find the right type of shoe.

The gait analysis breaks down an individual’s biomechanics and alignment to find the best possible fit. Running requires so much coordination and energy so we find the best ways to reduce the stress and fatigue on the body to keep you running faster, stronger and farther.

What kind of things do you look for during your fitting process?

There are several things we look for during the gait analysis.

It all starts with understanding the individual; your goals, history of injuries, running volume, any cross training activities you do, and the surfaces that you’re typically running on.

From there, we like to test the individual’s mobility to understand if there are any asymmetries or discrepancies in the body’s alignment, and we conclude by watching the individual run. We conduct a video gait analysis—which means we film you running so we can slow the footage down and frame-by-frame we can see how you carry your weight from one foot to the next.

Our goal is simple: if we can understand any underlying muscular imbalances, we can prevent injuries from happening. It’s about pre-hab, not rehab for us.

If we can make your body stronger, you can run/walk stronger, longer and with less issues!

Why is it so important to be running in the right pair of running shoes?

Finding the proper pair of running shoes for your body and activity is so critical to keeping you healthy and out there with fewer problems. It’s hard enough to find the time to stay active, fit and healthy. Injuries only make it worse. We can prevent injuries from happening by making sure you have the right equipment so that means replacing your old, worn out running shoes frequently and investing in the right pair!

What are some indicators that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes? What should readers look for?

There are lots of different types of indicators or red flags that may suggest that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes. If your feet are going numb during the middle of a run—you may have the incorrect size or width. Other things like blisters, callousing, arch pain or general discomfort are easy indicators that you may need to replace your shoes fast!

Are those indicators different from what you’d feel if your shoes were just worn out? How can readers tell the difference?

Sometimes those indicators are different, but frankly, a lot of the times they can be the same. Worn out shoes may present itself in different ways too—like suddenly, your hip is feeling sore after your normal four or 6 mile run. An old shoe loses its support and cushioning, and that kind of wear and tear on the body can take its toll. We typically tell athletes that you should be looking to replace your running shoes every 5 to 6 months depending on an athlete’s efficiency and running volume.

I know you love marathons! What are some of your favorites? 

I do! You remembered! I absolutely love, love, love marathons! My absolute favorite marathon has to be the San Francisco Marathon. It’s my hometown! Plus it was my first marathon when I was eighteen.

Which marathon(s) do you recommend for first-timers?

A lot of people tend to recommend flatter courses for a first-time marathoners. For instance, the California International Marathon is a net downhill course in Sacramento! However, what’s the fun in that? A more scenic race is worth the challenge. I suggest checking out Big Sur in April or the Napa Valley Marathon!

What’s your favorite snack to fuel you before your run? 

My favorite fuel for a long run tends to be one of two things: 1. Generation UCAN which utilizes a modified corn starch for a longer sustaining fuel source or 2. Picky Bar (Ah! Fudge Nuts—it tastes like a brownie!!) + Banana + water!

Both of those combinations have led for some of my best races!

How about after?

Post long runs I always look forward to my Generation UCAN Chocolate Recovery Drink mixed with Almond Milk. It tastes a lot like chocolate milk with so much more protein!!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

Yes! Definitely! It feels like a lot of people are intimidated to start running for one reason or another. Whether it’s because they think they’re not good enough to run or don’t seem themselves as runners or they’re not fast enough—none of that is true nor does it matter. Running for me is not about competition. It’s personal. It’s something I do for myself to relieve stress and take a break from the chaos of life.

Granted, it has some great benefits in keeping people healthy, but a lot of what running becomes is personal. So make it yours. Go for a run or walk. Take on the day!

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Sara Kashlan of Kash in on Health on Living Healthy & Creating a Life You Love

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HI GUYS!!

I’m SO sorry I’ve been so quiet on the blog lately. It took me a few weeks to realign my priorities and declutter my life ( I’m making that a thing if it isn’t already ; ) ) Even though The ONE Thing is one of my FAVORITE books, I’m really, REALLY bad at practicing “The ONE Thing”. But I’m working on it. Anyways, it feels really good to be back.

This blog post, has been a long time coming…

You know when you meet someone & you instantly click?

I feel like that’s what happened when I “met” Sara, the founder of Kash in on Health—an awesome health & wellness blog. Except, we didn’t meet in person… We found each other on Instagram ( LOL ) So 2016, right?

For those who don’t know Sara ( yet ), I want to introduce you.

She’s authentic, personable, sweet, AND she’s on her way to becoming a Registered Dietician. SO COOL!

I love that she’s into eating well and living healthy, but also makes a point to treat herself.

SO, without further ado, here’s a fun Q&A to get you acquainted:

HI SARA!! Introduce yourself:

Hiiiiii! My name is Sara Kashlan. Avocado lover + part time blogger for Kash in on Health from Orange County, California. I’m currently in graduate school to become a registered dietitian.

What advice do you have for readers who are feeling unfilled or like something’s missing?

First things first—I’ve definitely been there. After college, I worked as a social media manager for 3 years and was literally going through a pre-quarter life crisis ( more details about that here ). Long story short, I wasn’t happy or satisfied with what I was doing and I needed a change. I knew I loved nutrition but the thought of going back to school to take a bunch of science pre-requisites was terrifying. I ended up taking the leap and while it wasn’t a smooth ride, it was by far the best decision I’ve made yet.

If you’re feeling unfulfilled, I HIGHLY suggest taking some ‘you’ time to learn more about yourself. Travel, read a new book, try a new exercise, tap into your creative side, start a side business or blog… The possibilities are endless. With time, things will slowly start to come together.

How did you figure out that going back to school and becoming an RD was the right move for you?

I’m a big believer in doing what you love. You’re going to be working for the rest of your life, so why not do something that makes you happy? I personally knew that if I continued in the career I was in, nothing was really going to change and I would remain unfulfilled. With that being said, I’ve always loved health & wellness and after going to a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, I realized I wanted to make a career out of it. Took me a while to figure it out, but hey, better late than never! The first step I took was getting Plant Based Certified from Cornel University. After that, I realized I wanted to dig deeper into nutrition so I decided the grad school RD route was the way to go. I also started my health blog, Kash in on Health, as a way to share my passion for health with the internet world.

What’s your life like now that you’ve taken this leap?

It’s prettyyy busy but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I’m currently doing rotations in Los Angeles where I shadow dietitians in different fields & that’s been super fascinating! I also work part time as a nutrition consultant and do blogging on the side for fun : )

You’ve tried several lifestyle “diets”… Raw, vegan, vegetarian, low carb / high fat, you name it… What’s your take on all of them?

Honestly, diets don’t work. I had to experiment and try them for myself to really figure that out. Overall, it’s hard to stick with them and you end up depriving yourself from one thing and compensating it for something else. Trying a variety of fad diets made me realize that eating healthy is a way of life. It’s important to eat a variety of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins. & It’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. We’re all human & it’s better to enjoy yourself and move on rather than stress over it. I’m really into psychology and mindful eating so I’m a big believer in the mind / body connection. For example, if you beat yourself up over eating something that’s considered not “healthy”, I truly believe it slows down your metabolism. Instead, enjoy that treat and continue with your healthy lifestyle.

How would you explain your “diet” currently?

I really don’t like to label myself but if I had to I’d probably say I follow a mostly plant-based diet. For me, that means the majority of my diet consists of fruits & vegetables, with some eggs and fish. I eat chicken & meat occasionally.

What’s your #1 tip for living a healthy & active lifestyle long-term?

Start your mornings with a big glass of water. Every. Single. Day. Ideally warm water ( bonus if you add lemon to it! ) It totally sets the tone for the entire day and clears your mind first thing in the morning. So many of us mistake thirst for hunger so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day! It’s incredible for your skin, too!

What motivates you to eat healthy & stay active?

For me, health & fitness make me happy. You know how some people get hangry? Well, I literally get like that when I feel myself slacking off in my meals or workouts.

What’s one of the most surprising or interesting things you learned while in your program?

Hmmmm. That’s a tough one.  A lot of my clients are mind blown when I tell them that one teaspoon of salt is the limit for sodium intake in a day, which is about 2300mg. A teaspoon of salt seems like nothing, but it really goes a long way! Plus it can make you bloated and isn’t so great for the abs!

Where should readers go if they want to find credible information about nutrition online? What resources do you recommend?

NutritionFacts.org is a good one!! 

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What’s your favorite plant-based ( vegan? ) recipe? We have to know! ; )

Another tough question! I loveeee me some cauliflower buffalo wings with some Majestic Garlic Spread ( the spread is raw / vegan and can be purchased at Whole Foods ). THE BEST! Now I’m hungry…

 Favorite ( healthy ) snack?

Celery or apples with peanut butter… Hands down. 

Cocktail of choice?

I’m really not much of a drinker but I do love me some sparkling water with lemon! 

Guilty pleasure? ( mine’s chocolate! HA! ) 

Oh boy. I have a big sweet tooth which is why I love to bake my own healthy desserts. But if I had to choose one guilty pleasure it would have to be chocolate chip cookies. The soft, gooey, chocolate chips melt-in-your-mouth kind. Mmmm…

What do your mornings usually look like?

Right now I wake up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., drink 1-2 BIG glasses of water, my peppermint tea and then eat breakfast. After that I check my emails and head to work.

What’s your weekly workout schedule?

My schedule is kind of all over the place right now so I don’t really have a set routine ( in the process of fixing that though! ) Lately, I’ve been working out in the afternoons. In terms of specific workouts, I like to change it up between circuit training, pilates, spin, stairs and yoga. When I don’t have time to take a class I love going outside and doing stairs or sprints. Ideally, I try to workout 5 days a week. On the weekends I love hiking.

What’s your must-have beauty item?

Tinted sunscreen / moisturizer for sureeee. Can’t live without it!

Favorite natural beauty product?

Right now I’m loving my ice face roller, haha! Does that count as a beauty product? It’s so refreshing and totally relaxes me! My skin looks so much brighter after ice rolling and makeup goes on better as well!

Favorite quote?

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.” I really, truly, 100% believe this.

What’s your favorite book? Or a book you read recently & LOVED?

The last book I read and loved was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The biggest lesson I got from it was to live a more simple life with less stuff / clutter. Another book I love is The 4 Hour Work Week. I haven’t had much time to read lately so I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts instead!

Favorite podcasts?

The Art of Charm, #AskGaryVee Show, and TSC Ask Him & Her are my current faves!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

I think that’s about it! Thanks so much for having me! If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to email me at sara@kashinonhealth.com.

+ Want more? Follow Sara on Instagram & check out her blog, Kash in on Health

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Is It Already Smonday?

Minty and Bita 4th of July on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI #MintyMondays

( Throwback to 4th of July last year—if you’re looking for style inspiration for the 4th of July check out these cute, new looks. )

… As in almost Monday!?

It feels like the weekend came & went so quickly. Don’t you think?

If we’re already Snapchat friends, you know I spent the day with family, pups, & chilled wine ( we had La Crema 2014 chardonnay today—it was so good! )

Any who… I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share. Just wanted to stop by & say HI! : )

I hope your weekend was amazing. Let’s kick some butt this week!

xx,
Bita

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( Pretty leaves while running in the neighborhood. )

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( Mira bracelet here & Zella “Live-In” Leggings here. You can read more about Mira & why I love it here. )

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Must-Haves for the Babe Who Runs Outside

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Running is one of my favorite ways to break a sweat—& it’s kind of like therapy.

It’s one of the few workouts where I actually focus on my movement & get away from my thoughts / work / etc… If I’m having a bad day, I run. Lately, I’ve been getting back into running in the morning & it’s been AMAZING. There’s something about starting the day with a run that’s so freeing and energizing. I LOVE IT!

Are you a runner?

If you enjoy running outside, like I do, these items are for YOU! & if you’re not, maybe they’ll motivate you to give it a try. ; )

First up…

1. A MIRA BRACELET

I’ve been using Mira for a hot minute ( 2-3 days, LOL! ) BUT I’m already so in love with it. Hear me out…

Before Mira, I just used the Stepz app, but I wanted something I could wear that was more accurate ( i.e. tracked my steps while I worked out, moved around the house, etc… ) that didn’t make me cling to my phone ( because I do enough of that already ).

Mira syncs with my phone ( through their app ) and is so clean & easy to use. Isn’t it cute?

I put it on like a bracelet when I wake up & wear it throughout day. It’s been giving me a nice mental switch… When I put it on in the morning I know it’s time to tackle the day & when I take it off before bed I know it’s time to wind down & go to sleep.

If you’re a runner ( & even if you’re not )… Take a look at Mira. I have it in their Polished Rosé All Day color & I love it!

AND—BTW, it’s on sale right now. WOO!

2. BEATS BY DRE EARBUDS

Honestly, the gold color got me & their reputation sealed the deal.

These earbuds are GREAT for running. If you follow me on SNAPCHAT ( username ⇢ joyfetti ) you already know this. ; ) I always listen to Spotify or Pandora when I’m running so a good pair of headphones is VERY necessary. My run is 543482948394935 more intense & amazing when I’m listening to music while I run.

If you’re looking for new music,  follow me on Spotify to check out my favorite Spotify playlists and to listen to the JOYFETTI playlists.

3. ZELLA ‘LIVE IN’ CROP LEGGINGS

I’ve never been gung-ho about a pair of leggings until I tried these. I know it’s weird to talk about a pair of leggings like this… But they really SUCK YOU IN. So weird, I know… But it’s true. The fit is amazing, and so is the quality. I guess that’s why they called them “live in” leggings, you’ll want to live in them.

4. A BKR WATER BOTTLE

I tried running without a water bottle the other day & it just wasn’t as good. I got thirsty and sounded like a dog that’s dehydrated ( LOL, because I was dehydrated—it’s hot out. )

Plus, why not drink water when you work out? It’s a win, win…

I like the 500 mL bottle for running & workouts in general.

5. SUNSCREEN ( !!! )

This is a big one! When it comes to running outside ( especially during the summer ) one of the most important things to remember is to put on sunscreen.

5 years ago you wouldn’t find me preaching about the importance of putting on sunscreen, but times change. ( THANK GOD! LOL )

I’ve come to realize the QUALITY ( & health! ) of my skin is MUCH more important than the color. So no thanks to a little runner’s tan ( or really, burn ), I’m much more interested in keeping my skin smooth & healthy. You can’t replace your skin… Think about it.

One of my friend’s, Kheri ( she’s an esthetician ), recommended Osmosis Protect Sunscreen, and I love the feel & texture of it. It’s the only sunscreen I’ve tried thus far that I actually look forward to putting on. It feels like a quality skincare lotion. It’s that good. Plus, it doesn’t say this… But I feel like it’s kind of tinted ( kind of )—it doesn’t have that typical, gross, cake-y white color most sunscreens have. In the description it says it’s “sheer” & it totally is—& it smells good.

Unheard of right… A sunscreen that smells good? It does. Try it out & LMK how you like it. : )

I have the 30 mL bottle right now, but I’m planning to get the 200 mL when I run out. I put it on every day now.

6. CUTE SNEAKERS

I’ve been running in Nike Frees for yearssss now. I love that they’re cute and petite ( not too chunky like some sneakers ) & they’re comfortable for me. Find a pair of sneakers that work for you, and are comfortable and provide support, and be sure to get a new pair when they start to feel funny.

The lifespan of a pair of sneakers varies depending on the shoe and how often you use it, but generally experts say it’s time to get a new pair after 300-500 miles. I usually notice it’s time for a new pair after 6 months to a year. What about you?

BTW, for those of you who hate running, I use to hate it too, but now I LOVE it. It’s such an INSANE workout and it feels soooo good! I’ve been running for 7 years now ( as an exercise ) & let me tell you I definitely see a difference between my face & body when I’m running consistently. I look & FEEL way more lean.

PLUS, it’s one of the BEST forms of therapy for me.

LMK if you give it a try! : )

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: I Love the Sunday Snooze

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( My fav kind of donut ⇢ pink with sprinkles! )

Is it just me, or is there something super soothing about Sunday nights?

Am I crazy?

It’s just so calm & quiet… ( LOL… Do I sound old? )

This month has been very “go, go, go” because we’ve had so many great occasions to celebrate.

But today was definitely a change of pace because like most of my Sundays, it was actually calm ( except for the last few minutes of Game 7. Those were definitely NOT calm. )

This week, I’m looking forward to working on some new projects for JOYFETTI & JOY Consulting Co., getting back into a regular schedule ( hopefully with early mornings! )—& DETOXING, kind of… Mostly from booze & cake. ; )

A little activated charcoal lemonade sounds soooo good right now.

BTW, please LMK if you have a particular brand or place you like to get it from—I’d love to check it out!

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( Celebrating Minty‘s 2nd birthday! Check out her 1st birthday photoshoot here, and SUBSCRIBE on YouTube for her birthday video coming soon. : ) )

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( Me, this week… More reason to detox ; ) )

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( I love these earbuds for running & for listening to music ( usually Spotify ) while working on JF & JCC. PLUS, they come with an awesome case so they don’t tangle up in my purse. )

What are your Sunday nights like? Are you dreading Monday or looking forward to it? Would love to hear!

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday & Father’s Day!

<3,
Bita

 

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Energized

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HELLO, HELLO, HELLO!

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Hopefully you’re enjoying some ice cold Stellas & spicy guac!

Or just the Stellas? I always want the guac too.

Definitely more of a Cinco de Mayo kind of girl. LOL!

ANYWAYS! I feel like energy is SUCH an important “currency”—Right?

Like if you don’t have it, the day kind of sucks… You’re either chugging insane amounts of coffee just to compensate or you’re going through the motions & feeling meh all day.

BUT! When you HAVE it… Your day is fricken AWESOME! Everything gets done, you’re in this happy-go-lucky state of mind, you’re beaming with happiness, and everything just rocks!

Today was one of those meh days… I woke up with MEH energy.

So I did my best to bring it around… I had lemon water in the morning, chugged lots of Pellegrino throughout the day, went on a “walk” with Minty ( if you can call it that, LOL—check it out on Snapchat. Username ⇢ JOYFETTI ), enjoyed lots of fresh air ( it smells amazingggg outside! ) & even went for a quick run.

Another thing that really helped me today was THIS playlist!

The songs in this playlist really “woke” me up, which is exactly the purpose of JOYFETTI Playlist—Energized. Sometimes, you wake up and the energy just isn’t there. This playlist “wakes” me up & gets me out of that sluggish zombie-like state on those days, & on the days that I have energy, it amplifies it.

Check it out & LMK what you think.

Lots of love! xx

<3,
Bita

More JOYFETTI Playlists: HappyCarefree, Motivated, Determined, & Loved. Check them all out on my Spotify profile, “joyfetti” & please subscribe! : ) xx

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Loved

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Hi Loves!!!

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

Hopefully you’re enjoying some yummy cocktails, chocolates, and sun today. It’s SO warm here in the Bay Area—I LOVE IT!

I’m gearing up for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, which always feels like a 2-day endeavor (LOL), so I can have a relaxing day tomorrow. ; )

BTW, I have a sweet lil recipe to share with you later today so stay tuned for that!

BUT! In the meantime, I’m so excited to share this new JOYFETTI playlist with you. We have our Happy, Carefree, Motivated, and Determined playlists, but for Valentine’s Day weekend I have a very special playlist for you:

JOYFETTI Playlist – Loved

(Listen on SPOTIFY)

So perfect, right?

This playlist has all the right songs for the weekend, regardless of how you spend it. I’ve always loved this holiday because come on… Everything is pink (my fav color LOL), so, what’s not to love? But all joking aside, it’s a day to celebrate any & all types of love.

So, cheers to you!

XO! Love Always,
Bita

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Determined

HIII GUYS!!

Happy 2016!

This year I’m focusing on building habits rather than just listing out my resolutions. Here’s an example ⇢ Instead of saying, “I want a six pack, I want to be more in shape, I want to be more toned, etc” I’m building the habit of waking up early and working out, daily—and the habit of drinking a green smoothie every day, and eating a salad every day… You get the point.

Is it easy? Nope! But building new habits is the only way to create lasting change.

It also takes motivation.

While the vision of me with toned abs is GREAT, it doesn’t motivate me enough to break a sweat before the sun’s up. So what motivates me to push through an early morning workout?

GOOD MUSIC.

I put together this playlist especially for making me feel DETERMINED. This playlist is great for busting through workouts, and work projects.

Check it out on Spotify & LMK what you think

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Determined

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If you want to mix it up, check out JOYFETTI Playlist: Motivated for your next workout << this one’s great for early morning workouts too!

XX!

<3,
Bita

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MAJOR INSPO: LAURYN EVARTS OF TSC

Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential on joyfetti.com

My love (er, obsession) with TSC is somewhat of a joke among my friends—because it’s INTENSE. If you haven’t heard about The Skinny Confidential, please let me introduce you… It’s my favorite blog.

That’s how my spiel always starts.

(Also, I think my eyes light up when I talk about it…)

Lauryn Evarts of TSC on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

Let me elaborate: it’s this awesome lifestyle blog with tips and tricks from Lauryn Evarts, who’s a super talented, whitty, go-getter. I look forward to her blogs, daily. And I visit her blog MULTIPLE TIMES PER DAY. And I’m not ashamed to admit it because it’s that good.

I came across TSC three years ago when I was looking for lifestyle bloggers in San Diego for my client at the time (iTAN Sun Spray Spa—they’re awesome! Definitely check them out if/when you’re in SD). I knew TSC was going to be a huge success. And I say this not to toot my own horn, but to toot Lauryn’s: I was right. Lauryn and TSC are a HUGE SUCCESS.

And it doesn’t stop with her blog. Really, that’s just where it all starts.

Since 2012, Lauryn has launched a successful blog design company, authored and published a killer lifestyle book, and most recently, launched a fitness program and community: Bombshell Body Guide. Needless to say when she invited me to try a complimentary membership, I JUMPED ON IT, after squealing, of course.

TSC x JOYFETTI on joyfetti.com, #JOYFETTI

The Skinny Confidential x JOYFETTI on joyfetti.com, #JOYFETTI

I’ve always loved Lauryn’s clean, simple approach to food. Her recipes are light, tasty, easy to make, and only require a few ingredients… #WINNING! (Anyone else just have a Charlie Sheen flashback? Whoops! Sorry!)

Lauryn’s Bombshell Body Guide is loaded with light, tasty recipes. AND, LOADED with workouts. It’s seriously like opening a piñata she keeps refilling—because she adds new content to the guide every month.

3 Ingredient Pancakes on joyfett.com #JOYFETTI

So, to celebrate TSC’s Bombshell Body Guide I’m sharing Lauryn’s take on the pancake—pancakes are so silly… Who decided it’s okay to have cake for breakfast so long as it doesn’t have custard or frosting? Personally, if I’m having cake, I want the custard too… But, Lauryn’s pancakes are different. They’re healthy. Yup, they’re healthy! And they only have THREE ingredients!! I told you—so easy. All you need are eggs, banana, and chia seeds. SO YUM! They’re gluten-free and delicious.

Brunch inspo_3 Ingredient Pancakes on joyfett.com #JOYFETTI

3 Ingredient Pancakes

Ingredients:
+ 1 banana
+ 1 egg
+ 1 tablespoon chia seeds
+ 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (< optional, I added this b/c I’m obsessed with seeds!)

(Note: the original recipe calls for two eggs, but I prefer using one.)

Steps:
Blend ingredients together. Warm pan to medium heat with a little coconut oil. Cook pancakes for 30-60 seconds on each side. Stack on a plate. Smack your lips. & enjoy! I usually add a little cinnamon on top and fresh fruit.

Click here for step-by-step directions from Lauryn herself, and here for more deets about her Bombshell Body Guide.

Little note for Lauryn if you’re reading this: thank you for inspiring me and making me laugh, daily. You’re awesome!

<3,
Bita

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