Blogger Fun at Mixx Yoga

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture by 

Golden Hope Studios

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Not a Sponsored Post...just a review of a wonderful memory :)

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Before I begin telling you about the awesome Blogger Event I got to attend at the amazing

Mixx Yoga

in Newport Beach, I want to say SORRY for not blogging in forever. Honestly, I never planned to take any time away from blogging, especially not 2+ months, but you guys know life happens and boy did life happen. In all that though, my time at

Mixx Yoga

was not forgotten. Also, warning...this post is very photo heavy (but you guys don't mind right?!).

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture by 

Golden Hope Studios

Last

I blogged

,

 I mentioned how I was doing the

Bikini Series from Tone it Up

 that started up in April. Well, this Blogger event was a bit of a warm-up to that (yes I am very late on posting this...again apologies). Fellow blogger Kriselle of 

Livin and Lovin

 invited some of us SoCal bloggers to get our hearts pumping and our bodies sweatin' while we got our yoga on. And it all took place at

Mixx Yoga

in Newport Beach, a unique yoga studio that combines yoga with cardio and plyometrics.

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture of founder Mitra by 

Golden Hope Studios

The studio was founded by Mitra Hooshmand, a neuroscientist who fell in love with yoga while trying to find a cure for her knee pain. Since she was also an athlete she decided to see what would happen if she combined cardio and yoga and that's sort of how

Mixx

was founded. Pretty cool right?! I definitely think so especially because I tend to love it when I can get some cardio in with my yoga.  Not only does

Mixx

have a seriously cool founder, but Kalila our instructor was great too (as are the others).

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture of Instructor Kalila by 

Golden Hope Studios

Aside from being able to experience such an amazing yoga class, what made it all that much better was the fact that I got to do it with some fellow SoCal Bloggers (HCBN girls included), who I finally got meet face to face, and my friend Julia who I brought along for the ride (she used to be a fitness instructor so its apropos). And on top of the awesomeness of the class and the social aspect, we all went home with some

Fabletics

goodie bags (free pants included WOOT WOOT). Kriselle seriously thought of everything (she even hired us a photographer ~Kristen thank you~, cuz hello...Blogger Event). Seriously...enjoy the pics :)

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture of Julia and Me by 

Golden Hope Studios

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach
Mixx Yoga Newport Beach
Mixx Yoga Newport Beach
Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture of HCBN SoCal Girls by 

Golden Hope Studios

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture of the Messy Aftermath...by me

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Just us girls socializing...Picture by me

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Behind the counter...Picture by me

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

The Merch.....Picture by me

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Where the magic happened...Picture by Me

Can you tell we had a blast?! If you live in or are visiting Newport Beach soon, I highly recommend you try a class at

Mixx Yoga

. Mitra and her fellow instructors are wonderful. I truly wish I lived closer, but I will be returning as soon as I'm in the area...for now I'll have to be comforted by my local  studio, cuz yea now I've fallen in love with yoga.

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

That's a wrap....Picture by me

Love

Namaste,

Astrid

Mixx Yoga Newport Beach

Picture of me in corpse by 

Golden Hope Studios

Kiss Me Organics: Matcha Green Tea Review

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*This post is sponsored by

BrandBacker

and

Kiss Me Organics

, but all opinions are my own*

I am sure I am not alone in making one of my resolutions every year be to eat/be healthier. It is probably one of the top resolutions everyone makes every time New Years' comes around. One year its coconut water, another year it's kale and this year it seems Matcha is making a comeback as one of the 

trendiest foods of the year.

 So when I was asked to try out

Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Organic Matcha

, I said sure I'll join in on the fun.

Now chances are you may have heard of Matcha (it was all the craze a few years ago too). Even so, you may still be wondering what is it exactly.  In the simplest terms, it is a powdered form of green tea. It comes with the benefits of green tea, but since it is a more concentrated form, there are even more benefits to it, so they say.

Kiss Me Organics healthy foods trends of 2015

The benefits include help in boosting energy and concentration as well as boosting your metabolism to help support weight loss. It also has 137x's the antioxidant of regular brewed green tea. Because it is a powder, it makes it easy to use in lattes, baking (yes, baking!) and my personal favorite, post-workout smoothies!

 As a tea lover, I do like enjoying it as tea, but I LOVE adding it to my smoothies! I just put some almond milk, a banana, some vanilla protein powder and then a teaspoon of Matcha powder in a blender, blend and voilá, pure healthy yumminess! I like enjoying it in one of my many mason jars (cuz it makes a lot LOL) and add this cute green straw that my friend sent me.

Kiss Me Organics healthy foods trends of 2015

Now, like I mentioned before, I've had Matcha lattes before, but the thing with Matcha is that it can tend to taste bitter. I'm not sure what brand the local coffeehouses use, but I get weary of them at times because sometimes they add too much or don't blend it well, or maybe it's the kind they are using, but I end up with a really strong (read bitter) Matcha latte. Luckily,

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder

doesn't give me this issue. In fact, I can honestly say it is one of the better ones I've tasted, even in a regular Matcha tea. 

If you want to try 

Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Organic Matcha

for yourself you can purchase it on Amazon if you live in the

US

, the

UK

and

Canada

. I'm curious to know if any of you have tried out this trendy food and if so what do you love about it. Please share in the comments and let's make this year a healthy one :)

Love,

Astrid

Save the Undies: What I'd Rather Spend my Money On

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This article is sponsored by 

U by Kotex® Pads

, all opinions however are my own

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I know it's been a while since I blogged (hello its August 10th already). I apologize for this, I've honestly just been adjusting to my new work schedule so I'm sorry about that. Anyway, back in June I wrote

post

about joining the 

Save the Undies

 campaign by 

U by Kotex®

. I told you how much I hate ruining my favorite pairs of undies at the hands of my period since I'm quite particular about them. Well not only is it heartbreaking to lose my favorite pair after searching high and low for a comfortable pair and one that won't give me ugly panty lines, but it's also expensive.

{Source: 

Victoria's Secret

}

Like I said, I like particular underwear. My favorite go to underwear is the No-Show Sexy Hiphugger from Victoria's Secret. It is the one underwear I know I can trust will make me feel confident and not have to constantly be checking if my panty line is visible. However, it sells at 3 for $33 or $12.50 for a solid color and $14.50 for a printed one. I don't know about you but that's a splurge on undies. So when I'm forced to buy more undies because my period has ruined just about all of them, it can get quite frustrating. That's why joining the 

Save the Undies

 campaign is so important to me. It not only helps me save my favorite pair, but also my money. 

I'm so thankful that 

U by Kotex®

 has designed pads that will help me do just this. They've made sure that their pads have the latest technology (in period wear, duh) with their 

3D Capture Core

*. My favorite from their line, as I've said before, are their 

Ultra Thin Pads

, but they also have 

Cleanwear® pads, AllNighter® pads and Security* pads. Plus they all come in super cute packaging, which you can see in my

previous post

 on this. 

If you want to help 

Save the Undies

, and your money, get your 

free samples here

!

This ends August 29th, so hurry, go get your samples!

Love,

Astrid

Wellness Wednesday: H2O Hydration!

Lucky you, today I decided to write two posts. I had planned the Workplace Wednesday post last week, but wanted to do a Wellness Wednesday post about the importance of water since summer officially starts this weekend and the weather is about to become HOT HOT HOT. 

I know I am guilty of not drinking enough water, but it is a goal of mine to eventually drink at least 6 cups of water a day. The rule is that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces, of water a day, more if you are working out a lot. It is especially important to stay hydrated in the summer as the heat can make you sweat more and also "dry" you out, hence dehydrating you. 

Dehydration is no fun as it can make you feel lightheaded and can also make you pass out, along with other more serious health issues that can land you in the hospital(I'm not a doctor so I can only say what I know). But I also understand that for some of us, it's easier to reach for soda or beer or other beverages that aren't water. The issue with this is that sugars can actually dehydrate you more and don't really quench your thrust the way water does. But there are some ways to make water more appealing. I want to share one of my favorite ways to do this:

I like to "infuse" or "flavor" my water by putting lemons wedges or orange slices in a jug of water overnight. I first will wash and clean the lemon or orange and then cut slices to drop into the jug of water. I occasionally will also put mint or cucumbers. This not only makes water taste better, but also makes it more energizing and refreshing. Plus, there's a benefit when drinking lemon water, which I can make a separate post on, or you can read more about it

here

. Here are also some links for recipes: 

Tone It Up Infused Water

Blogilates Detox Water

Kasia Organic Salon Fruit Infused Water

Do you have any tips for infusing your water or making it more appealing?

Share them in the comments below. Can't wait to see what you think/share.

Love,

Astrid