SO MUCH Under Armour Love

You guys, ahhhhh!!! Firstly, happy Friday~!!!

So, my favourite of all the boxes arrived recently (I was having trouble uploading photos or I would have posted this ages ago!)!!! Under Armour boxesssss!

It’s honestly the most exciting for me because I never really know what’s in them.. they’re surprise items from my wonderful UA fam.

           

Most of these items are brand new, and I could not be more stoked on them!
This new Threadborne material is seriously something else. SO soft, super functional for keeping you dry, comfortable and smelling good! Check it out!

Sports Bra
– super comfortable but enough support for working out
Threadborne Shirt (Long sleeve)
– I want to wear this all the time. It’s so soft it feels like I have nothing on. But it keeps me dry and cool at the same time!
Threadborne Tights 
 These tights I will say, are tough to get on… but once they’re on – ohhh so comfy and SUPER flattering.
Threadborne Shoes
 WOWEEEEE~ If you guys have read my blog before you know I’m a sucker for shoes. And these are insanely comfy. And plus, they’re pretty cute, lets be honest!

        

And if that weren’t enough… here are a few more killer pieces.

Strappy Sports Bra 
– LOVE the back. And it’s super supportive (although I’m not large in the chest so keep that in mind!)
Black Mirror Tights 
– GAH. I have a variation of these tights in probably 3 slightly diff styles (in black alone!) and several different colours!
Threadborne Tank 
– I would like this tank in every colour. My only complaint is I am only 5’2 and it’s a little long! I would have maybe gone with a size XS – but it’s still cute and the material… omg!
 Slingride TRI
 I wear these with everything. Seriously. They’re so cute. Grey matches everything, and these are function shoes – absolutely. GREAT for training, but also look cute with tights and a cardi ( I think so … but I’m not fashion guru!)

Underwear / Thong Undies
 the ladies in my family have pretty much gotten rid of all their undies EXCEPT these. They’re so comfortable it’s crazy. Great quality, breathable… what more can you ask for in undies!?

              

Okay guys, so I get asked a lot from friends, family and people that follow my page(s) about UA products, and if I have any I can recommend. I ALWAYS have a million I want to recommend, but I typically need to dial it back to a few. 

It does change from season to season, but I figured I would share a few of my faves that I’ve been loving/living in as of late.

So the first one I’ve been honestly switching back and for between the black and the white pretty much every day is the Essential Demi.. It is SO comfy, it is flattering and it’s long enough to cover your front and your bum (so perfect with tights and a cardi)

Of course I wear Under Armour for my workouts… exclusively, because it’s the best quality, the most comfortable (and so many colours!!). But I’ve been so impressed over the last 6 months or so with the ‘lifestyle’ clothing that UA has put out lately. This shirt would fall under that for me! It’s absolutely functional for working out still, but I love wearing it in my every day wardrobe.

The next thing I’m having a hard time getting myself out of as of late is these Link-Knit tights. Ahhh, you guys know I love tights. I would wear them all day every day if I didn’t have a job that required me to wear real people work clothes.. haha. But these tights come in 2 colours (black and grey) and the BEST part about them is they have POCKETSSSSS!!!!! And the material of them is SO soft… it doesn’t cut into your skin, but they’re still oooo so flattering! Glorious.

 

I could go on and on and on but I will stop there for now!

I would love to know some of your fave workout pieces from UA… Always looking for new ones to try (like I need more!!)

Happy Friday y’all! 🙂

Thanks for reading
xoxo — Andrea 

 

 

 

Infinity Jars and why they’re amazing

Hey guys,

Happy Friday!!! Oh my goodness, it’s been a wee while since I did a Friday faves post, and I’ve got a couple comin your way in the next little bit for sure. Being back home in Ontario I’ve had to take time to get myself re-situated  and find some new fave things/places!

Anyway, I received a little package in the mail this past week and I NEED to tell you guys all about it!

So this company is called Infinity Jars , and just as you would guess… they make jars! All kinds, all shapes, all sizes… But not just any jars… these ones are different!! These jars are not only beautiful, but work so much better than your standard jar for keeping things fresh! 

Perfect for storing things like herbs, spices and TEAS!

Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely LOVE a good mason jar. They look so cute for DIY projects, pictures, overnight oat recipes and the list goes on! However, the transparent glass on these isn’t the most practical for things like tea, spices, or even face creams/oils that you want to keep away from light.

Vitamin C anti aging face cream that I would like to stay fresh and potent for my face!

They are:
– airtight and water tight not allowing anything to get in there (tested with my tea!)
– they have ultraviolet light proof technology allowing nothing to get in to harm whatever you’ve stored in them!
– because of the above points, they’re proven to preserve and rejuvenate freshness 

I wanted to share some pics and info on these awesome jars because really… they can be used for anything!!!

Above you can see I used the larger two for tea storage (if you follow me, you know I need a LOT of storage for my teas), and for face cream… 
The other two I received were more ‘tube’ style. So with these, I came up with a different idea — essential oil storage.

So the first one is a Lavender essential oil spray… Great for misting whenever you need to relax or calm down a little bit. I spray this one in my one pup’s dog bed if it’s noisy outside or if he seems kind of rattled. I don’t know if it helps him or not for sure, but he doesn’t seem to mind! haha 

Anyway, this is a great travel size bottle, and it will keep the integrity of the oil intact because it’s opaque!

     

The last one I received is a little travel size roller bottle. Again, these are PERFECT for DIY Essential oil projects. With this one, I mixed grapeseed oil (carrier oil) with frankincense. This combo is supposed to be good for combating wrinkles and helping to keep skin looking young! We’ll see… but at least I know the oil is going to be protected and the bottle is a great size for travel! #winning 

The last thing I wanted to point out was that these bottles/jars all come with their own labels. You may have your own to use, but handy to have them come with your order incase you don’t! I will be putting mine on now… but I figured the photos would look better without them.

Anyway… if you’re stuck on what to use to keep your items safe from light and air, and keep them fresh… check out Infinity Jars  for TONS of options. I am so impressed with these products, I can’t wait to test out some more. 

Oh, and as a side note.. one of the perks of staying at my parents’ place until my hubby gets back from BC… My super talented bro is here too, and he did all the pics for me 🙂 So thanks Kurt Bickell for doing that! 

Enjoy your weekend, lovelies! 

xxx
Andrea 

 

#riseandsweat February is here!

Hey you guys!
IT’S ALMOST FEBRUARY. Holy crap!

    

I figured it’s pretty much the PERFECT time for a little workout challenge because it’s a month after the New Years resolutions have started, and that’s usually when people are thinking about falling off the wagon (if you haven’t already!). So… I thought I would blow up your facebook/insta feeds with some motivation and a chance to win some cool prizes while increasing your energy and feeling great!

Alright guys … here are your instructions for the February #riseandsweat. The concept couldn’t be simpler. The point of the challenge is to be more active than you are right now! This doesn’t mean crazy intense workouts every day (unless that is what you’re into, and if you are, I can totally point you in the right direction where to find some!). But if that’s not your jam, then just get up and MOVE. Go for a walk, do a little yoga or just a nice 5-10 minute stretch, try out a new class at your local gym, or challenge your kids (or pet) to a race around the couch. I really don’t care what you do, just do SOMETHING to get the blood circulating and ideally get your heart rate up! Just get your booty up a little earlier each morning and do something active!!!! Your future self will thank you.

Here are a few reasons why I’m promoting AM sweat sesh’s vs evening.
* Boost your metabolism and gets your digestion started
* Boosts your mood! Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy — why wouldn’t you want to be in a great mood to start the day
* You’ll ACTUALLY workout – If you wait til later in the day, the chances of something ‘getting in the way’ are pretty good
* You’ll sleep better! – If you workout later in the day, those same endorphins that are putting you in a good mood in the morning can disrupt your sleep at night (if you save your workout until too close to bedtime!)

OK, so hopefully I’ve convinced you to try sweating first thing in the AM… 
Now, how does this challenge work? … Easy.
>Get up and start your day with some form of activity. (Anything from a walk, to yoga, to stretching, to a full on workout)
>Take a pic or video of what you’re doing for your #riseandsweat. *Note: This can be a pic of your workout equipment, your    space, your recovery drink… anything you want! It doesn’t have to be your face! haha
>Tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag#riseandsweat



Every time you post, you get an entry to win any of the awesome prizes we have going throughout this challenge!

**FOR EXTRA ENTRIES
>> Share challenge (repost it on your facebook or insta)
>>Tag friends that you want to do the challenge with you!!
>> You get an entry for every post… so if you’re feeling extra ambitious, do a double header! Yes I want you to workout in the AM, but if you’re wanting to do something else in the evening, you’ll totally get credit for it! 

I am going to be posting 1 exercise each day. I will post it the night before (Eg: Tomorrow night, Jan 31st I will post the exercise for Feb 1st)

IMPORTANT info:
👉you DO NOT have to do the exercise that I post – this is just a ‘move of the day’ I’ve chosen… these are simply guides or ideas for those of you that aren’t really sure what to do and want some inspiration
👉You DO NOT have to do something every day of the 21 days to win – each time you post you get an entry. Of course – the more you do, the more likely you are to win!

I will be drawing a winner on Feb 21st for the Under Armour prize pack. There will be some random prizes throughout the 21 days, so be sure to be as consistent as you can, and always tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag #riseandsweat!! 

Can’t wait to sweat with you guys for the next 21 days ! You know… 21 days form a habit, so get on it!!!!

Any questions – let me know! 
xxx
Andrea

PS. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with workouts, I’ve got a couple options for you! 
👉Beachbody On Demand – my fave option! I’ve been doing CoreDeForce for a month and I’m ADDICTED. But there’s tons of options and there’s a ridiculous deal going on right now – for 100 bucks you have access to every Beachbody workout out there
👉Tone it Up – these gals are wicked. And a lot of the workouts on here are free!
👉Kayla Itsines – Haven’t done these myself but I’ve heard amazing things.
👉And then of course, there are some options right here, on andreagnys.com! 🙂 

Help Coco find a home!

Hey you guys,

So it’s been a little while since I did a pup feature and I am SOOOOOO excited about this one. I mean, I’ve been pumped about every one I have had the honour of helping, but this gal is really tugging at my heart strings.

This sweet little beauty is absolutely GORGEOUS and she’s looking for her furever home!

 

A young gal, Coco is approximately 60lbs, friendly, energetic and playful. She loves to be the center of attention and wants to be by your side whenever she can. Coco still has lots to learn; she is working hard on her leashing training and dog reactivity.  She needs to be reminded that not everyone likes to be jumped up on.  She lives for fetch and could run around with a toy in her mouth for two hours straight if allowed!! Her foster mom Joanna told me that she will throw the ball once for her, and she’ll run around on her own, entertaining herself as long as she’ll let her! How adorable is that?

Joanna also told me that while Coco loves exercise and getting outside to play, she needs her rain jacket on or she won’t go out! What a little princess. haha

 

Hilarious tidbit: she sees a snowman, she punches a snowman with her little paws until its smashed.

This little lady loves to run and play in the off leash area as mentioned, but she’s still working hard on her recalls (coming when called), so it’s best for now that she’s not anywhere offleash (except in a fenced in area). This is getting better, but will take some work before she can be fully trusted offleash! 

Coco LOVES toys. Joanna says her favourite is a kong stuffed with treats, food, peanut butter etc. It will keep her busy for a while, so it’s a good thing to give her if you’ve got to head out for awhile! She also loves plush toys, but she’s a little rough on them – she’ll pull their stuffing out within 30 minutes if you let her!

Coco does get excited when meeting new people so she can be a little bit jumpy. She’s working hard on her manners, but it just comes from a place of love and excitement! She wants to be everyones friend. Once she’s had her exercise, she is so cuddly and just wants to be close to you. She’ll lean on you any chance she gets.

  

Joanna says she can be slightly dog reactive when on leash (she is working on it!), but off leash she is friendly and not aggressive. 

Cmon – that face would never hurt a fly!!! haha

Coco does have some anxiety and she is looking for an owner who can help her build confidence. She does have some fears of things like vacuum, brooms, big sticks etc. She would do well in a home with a laid back male dog but not cats as she has a high prey drive. Coco loves kids but tends to knock them over, so a home with older children may be better suited for her.

Coco is working with a trainer every couple of weeks, and right now she knows how to sit, down, wait, hand, double hand, sit pretty, and up.

Coco is full of potential and would make a great match for an active household. If you’d like to make her a part of your family, please contact us at HugABull (hugabull@gmail.com) today to fill out an adoption form!

           
After all, how could you not want to take this little angel home???
I do realize, not everyone is able to have a dog… however EVERYONE is able to help. Please share this post, and help us find Coco a home – she deserves it! She’s going to make some family very happy – hopefully one day really really soon!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Andrea

 

EMBRACE CHANGE … Hello Ontario!

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

January of 2017, where did you come from?
This is a HUGE year for Greg and I filled with LOTS and lots of change. New year – so it’s a great time for it!

In the last month, we’ve made some big decisions and have some exciting things happening!! 
I accepted a new job, we purchased a new car (used, but new to me!), we have a new home, AND… of course, with all this change I obviously am starting a new workout program too! #winninggggg!!!!

It’s always been our plan to move back to Ontario at some point. Originally when we moved out to BC (almost 6 years ago), we planned on being there for 2 years. And here we are, close to 6 years later and we’re finally transitioning to coming home!

On Monday, I’m starting a new job with a Natural Pharmaceuticals company that I could not be more stoked about. The beer industry was a ton of fun, but I am ready to get back to the natural health side of things!

The car… well, we purchased a nice shiny white Nissan Rogue.  I LOVE it!!! All the fixins… bluetooth, heated seats, back up cam, ANDDDD my fave… sunroof! When you spend as much time as I do in the car, these things are such a perk! I haven’t taken a pic yet, since it’s been bloody cold outside and she’s a little dirty.. but this is basically what it looks like 🙂

New home? Well.. I’m a little bit of a Gypsy for the next few weeks! I’m staying with my parents for the time being, back in the room I grew up in which is kind of fun! Obviously it would be more fun if my better half and my puppies were with me… but they’ll be here soon! Because my training for work is on the other side of Toronto, I’m also going to be crashing on my sisters couch for the next little bit to cut down on my commute time.

Once Greg and the pups get home, we’re all going to be moving in to my in-laws basement. They’ve got a beautiful home, and some extra space down there and are graciously letting us turn it into somewhat of a basement suite. We are so blessed to have families that are supporting us and giving us places to stay over this time of transition! My in-laws place will be our home for the next while anyway… until we can get the brewery up and running (more on that in another post!)

LASTLY – new workout!


OMG you guys… I need to do a whole post on this but for now I will tell you… CoreDeForce (Beachbody program) is amazing!!!! I’m only 3 days in and I am OBSESSED. I definitely had been slacking the last month with my workouts. I was only getting a few good ones in a week (if that!) and when I’m used to doing 5-6 good ones a week, that’s a huge drop off. I have done 3 of these workouts so far and I am SO sore, and I am loving the challenge. They’re completely different than the style of workouts we usually do, and they’re great for me to do while I wait for Greggie to get home to do more workouts with me!!

Anyway – that’s a small update for you of what’s been going on in our world! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far and crushing your goals!!!!
Remember: 21 days to form a habit, 90 days to make it a lifestyle !

 

Thanks for reading!
xxx – Andrea 

 

Bodyweight legs workout

Hey guys! 

HOLY CRAP, can you believe it’s already DECEMBER???? OMG.

I seriously have no idea where the time has gone… but it’s my fave time of year. I just love it! One thing I will say though, is if there’s ANY time of year where workouts are SO important (in my opinion) — it’s NOW. Most people spend a LOT of time during the month of December eating (and not always healthy stuff), and drinking… LOTS of drinking. Mulled wines, eggnog, fancy cocktails, hot cider… ALL delicious… all not so great for the bod after a full month. 

SO… that said… it’s super important to try and keep up with your workouts. I am a huge advocate of enjoying the holidays to the fullest. I LOVE sweet treats, I LOVE all the fun cocktails and I love all the delicious holiday meals.

Anyway… I have a leg workout for you. It’s one I’ve posted on my instagram several times… and I’ve also included it in many of my challenges, but I’ve never done a blog post of it where I’ve broken it down for you. So – here goes.

This workout is awesome because you can do it with some weight if you want to, but it an absolutely be done bodyweight style, which means you can do it anywhere! (~NO EXCUSES~)

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SEATTLE recap

Hey guys!

So this post is a LOT overdue- but I definitely wanted to do a little mini recap of our most recent trip to Seattle!

I wanted to wait until the refresh of the blog was done before posting! 

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I wasn’t super keen to go anywhere… I was happy to have a nice little weekend in with the pups, kitties and Greg. But he found this RIDICULOUSLY adorable AirBnB and sucked me right in!!!  More on that in a sec.

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MUTT MALAS has its own PAGE!!!!

Hey you guys,

I have been MIA for a little bit, it’s true… but I was waiting on my lovely web designer Hilary to complete the refresh of the overall blog, and of course, the Mutt Mala’s page!!! Thank you so much girl for doing such a beautiful job, as always!

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It looks so good and I’m so excited for you guys to check it out. (Incase you missed the link above, it’s http://www.andreagnys.com/mutt-malas/!)

These last 6 months or so have been absolutely incredible and overwhelming at the same time. I can’t believe the support I have received on this passion project from friends, family, and complete strangers (that are now new friends!) all because they wanted to help those that can’t help themselves. It’s truly inspiring and I couldn’t be happier with the way the first 6 months of #MuttMalas has gone!

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***SINCE JUNE OF THIS YEAR… I’VE BEEN ABLE TO DONATE OVER $2000 – THANKS TO YOU GUYS! ***

Most of this has gone to Tierra de Animales in Cancun, Mexico… with a small portion going to Lost Dog Foundation (which is based out of Virgina, but also focuses on rescuing dogs from Yucatan, Mexico. Over $2000 is pretty damn good for a little ‘hobby’ I started 6 months ago, in order to try and raise ‘a bit’ of extra money, in lieu of a 30th birthday bash this year!

That said, friends… It’s time to kick it up a notch. It’s Christmas time… ! And these animals deserve to have a wonderful Christmas. The more we can raise, the more TDA can rescue, share their page, and ultimately find homes for these wonderful creatures ! Can you help me raise $500 to send TDA before Christmas!?! That’s only 50 #muttmala bracelets (Byron has that many on his own… my best supporter!!) And if we get a couple necklaces in the mix, it’s even less, since with necklaces I donate $20 per!

Have a look at some of the amazing things that TDA is doing. This video is so wonderful because it shows what their sanctuary is all about. You’ll see they do not just have dogs and cats… they have all kinds of animals! And they currently look after over 400 animals on a daily basis —– so our donations are SO important. 

Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for all of your support! 

And please, please, PLEASE continue to share your malas when you get them if you’re able! I LOVE seeing your posts and it’s such a good way to get people talking! 

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A little bit of Mala love shared by some of my faves!

Thanks again for your support. What do you think of the page rebrand and the new page for Mutt Malas!?

Have an awesome Wednesday you guys!

xxx
Andrea (And all the animals of TDA!!)