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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!

Minty turns 2, mintymondays_joyfetti.com

( 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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JOYFETTI Playlist: Motivated

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15+ years of school can really instill some strong associations…

Like, May/June = end of school = summer vacation (now, hopefully some time off!)

& August/September = start of school = fresh start = new beginnings.

Watermelon and chia seeds on joyfetti.com, #JOYFETTI

[Skinny snack ⇢ watermelon + chia seeds]

To me, a new beginning is an opportunity to reflect on what I want, and to go after it—kind of like setting my New Years Resolutions… It’s basically NYE in August, without a New Years kiss. ; ) 😘💋

Minty on joyfetti.com, #JOYFETTI #MintyMondays

[Minty getting reaaaaaal close w/ Lamb Chop 😂]

So, I created this playlist to get me in the right mindset to knock-out my to-do lists (yes, plural, LOL) and accomplish my goals—plus, it makes for a kick-ass workout playlist!

Every song in this playlist makes me feel like I just chugged a Venti Ice Coffee—I feel motivated to take on the day and to get the most out of it.

Check it out on Spotify ⇢ JOYFETTI Playlist: Motivated

& peep these other JOYFETTI Playlists below!

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Carefree

JOYFETTI Playlist: Happy

I hope you enjoy it! : )

<3,
Bita

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My 1st Trip to Denver!

Pics of Denver Art Museum on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

If I had to describe Denver in one word it would be this: GREEN.

There is so much greenery EVERYWHERE—it’s beautiful! Everywhere you look you see bright, green grass and beautiful ( green ) trees. SO GORGEOUS.

PLUS, the architecture in Denver is AMAZING.

Since it was my first time in Denver, I threw on my Nikes first thing in the morning, and ran through the downtown area.

To me, that’s the best way to experience a new city—to run through it. Do you agree?

Cute Nike Kicks on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

So here are a few photos from my run…

I hope you enjoy them! : )

Denver Art Museum on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

( My absolute favorite building in Denver: Denver Art Museum. It’s stunning!! Gorgeous from every. single. angle. I’m obsessed. )

Love the architecture in Denver! #JOYFETTI via joyfetti.com

( Another cool shot of the architecture. )

The art & architecture in Denver is amazing!! See more at joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

( And an awesome sculpture… Can you picture me ooing and ahing my entire run yet? HA! )

Awesome little pianos all over 16th Street in Denver! See more at joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

There were these adorable, ( super colorful ) little pianos all over 16th Street—”Your Keys to the City” series. This one was my favorites.

Can you spot the teeny unicorn?

( It’s in the bottom right corner : ) So cute. )

So green!! Check out Denver on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

( So green—I love it! )

So, that was all before work… After work, I walked around and did some more sightseeing…

VooDoo Doughnut on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

Naturally, I ended up at Voodoo Doughnut… HAHA.

They’re practically Instagram royalty, so I had to check them out and see what all the fuss is about. #GoodResearch ; )

I got 3 doughnuts:

+ Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut ( b/c obviously I’m going to try it—it has bacon! )

+ Voodoo Doll Doughnut ( b/c my experience wouldn’t be complete without it. )

+ & Voodoo Bubble Doughnut ( b/c it’s pretty & pink… HA. )

My thoughts?

I LOVED the Bubble Doughnut. It was DELICIOUS! And the Doll doughnut was amazing too—really good chocolate. Picture this for a moment… You know when you decide “this will be my last bite?” But then you have that last bite, and think, “wait I need another bite of that other one” ( in this case, the other doughnut )?

Well, that happened a few times between the Bubble & Doll doughnuts… I kept going back & forth between the two.

The Bacon doughnut was cool because it had bacon on it—but taste-wise, the other two were WAY better, in my opinion.

These little guys below would’ve happily taken a bite out of any of these 3 though. They were SO adorable!

So shortly after I did my research ( ha )…

It started POURING ( & not a California sprinkle—real rain. )

It was weird because it was still pretty hot & it only lasted about 15 minutes—but I still got soaked.

Anyways, I walked through it because I really wanted to see the Colorado Convention Center Blue Bear.

& I did! : ) Check it out…

CCC Blue Bear on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

Isn’t he cute!? & so blue!

Overall, I LOVED Denver. If you haven’t visited, or even if you have, I definitely recommend booking a flight and spending some time there.

Beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains! via joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

<3,
Bita

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JOYFETTI Playlist: Carefree

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IT’S SUMMERTIME!!!

To me, summer is all about living life carefree.

Backyard BBQs with close friends and family… Refreshing cocktails… Pool parties… Lounging in the sunshine… Vacations & exploring new places…

AH!! I LOVE SUMMER!! 😍👙🍹

So this month, I brought together some of my favorite songs that evoke that carefree, summer spirit! & voila ⇢ we have JOYFETTI Playlist: Carefree.

Listen on SPOTIFY!

Happy Summer, Babes!

JOYFETTI Playlist-Carefree on joyfetti.com #JOYFETTI

Can’t wait to grill this pineapple this weekend!

Pretty flowers #JOYFETTI

Pretty flowers while walking with Minty.

<3,
Bita

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AT-HOME WORK OUT ESSENTIALS

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Lately, I’ve been really into working out at home.

I can work out at 5 a.m. in the morning—without having to brace the cold and drive in the dark.

I can squeeze in a quick one when I’m pressed for time.

And little Minty can relax close by, or do her own workouts… 😂

At-home gym essentials on joyfetti.com_Minty on yoga mat

I LOVE this picture from when she was a wee baby (~ 7 months). She still thinks the yoga mat is hers… LOL.

So, here are my must-haves for getting the most out of my at-home workouts:

+ Yoga mat (<< of course!)

+ Free weights

+ Foam roller (<< I love this one from Kayla Itsines)—having a foam roller at home has been AMAZING! Anytime I feel a little tight, I can grab my foam roller & roll it out. Done! (Hopefully 😂)

+ Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (<< this is where I get most of my soreness from. HA!)

+ Ankle weights (<< LOVE these for butt work-outs—donkey kicks, etc…)

+ Fingerless weight lifting gloves

+ LARABAR

+ Water, of course

+ Chapstick

At-home gym essentials on joyfetti.com_LARABAR

This is hands down my favorite grab-and-go snack bar: Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie.

Why?

It’s yummy…

Sugar-free…

& has only THREE INGREDIENTS.

#WIN

What do you use when you work out at home?

<3,
Bita

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