part and parcel: Katy.

need a little kick of motivation to get your butt into the gym? let’s go snooping in gym bags! best part? i got hot momma Katy from Fit in Heels to open up about her essentials. i miss this babe, and her little man, like crazy and every time i feel like skipping a workout i think of her, because, well…have you seen her bum? ‘nough said.


nike plus GPS watch
It has big numbers so I don’t have to think. Also, when I go for runs it tracks how fast and far I’ve gone, and tells me I’ve done a good job. If it could clean I may consider leaving my husband.

skipping rope
Best workout ever. Anywhere. Enough said.

lady speed stick antiperspirant
Because I don’t always shower after the gym. I’m a Phys Ed teacher so I’m allowed to be sweaty. I didn’t say I have many friends.

my iPhone with my boxing timer pro interval app
I am an interval junkie and need my timer. This links to my music (Billy Ocean and Celine Dion… I’ve said too much) and it is the perfect way to get my sh*t done.

maybelline vivids lipstick
For when I do actually shower after the gym (read: spray perfume and brush my hair) and dress nicely. My current obsession is Hot Plum. I resemble 80s Barbie (minus the boobs), but I’m good with that.

lululemon astro wunder under crops
I live in these mofos. I own five pairs. They don’t dig into my lovehandles and make me feel like a supermodel at the gym. Minus the whole lovehandle part.

vega sport electrolyte hydrator in lemon lime and protein powder in chocolate
The hydrator is like Gatorade (minus the sugar), so when I’m doing a long, hard workout, it’s the perfect companion. They come in single serve packs so I can just pop it into my water bottle and get some serious energy. The protein powder is for post-workout, and I like it because it tastes like chocolate milk. I am seven years old.

popeye’s shaker cup with mix ball
Easy to drink my protein. I don’t like chunky chocolate milk.

nike vomero running shoes
These puppies are my favourite. They fit my narrow, weird foot and I run pain-free. I can’t even count how many versions of these I’ve owned! My current ones are hot pink.

under armour performance socks
These are not too thin (seriously.. I hate thin workout socks) and not too thick (seriously… I’m not going snowshoeing). These are perfect. Just like Laura.

what’s in your gym bag?

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boot scootin’ boogie.

anyone care to two step? it’s no Billy Ray Cyrus, but Brooks & Dunn will do. with Calgary Stampede just over two weeks away, this Toronto gal is still trying to break in her cowboy boots – so what if it’s my third go around?

want to know all the ins and outs of this year’s Stampede? you’ll want to check out, only THE place to answer the question, “what’s up?” during Stampede. and over the course of 10 days, be happy there is now one single place to get all the info.


did i mention they have a pretty cute gal on the team? (more like eight, but only one of them runs this blog. *hint hint*)

go check out my first article for the site - Clean Up Your Stampede Breakfast – all about healthy alternatives to the usual belly-bloat breakfast you’ll find surrounding the grandstand.

are you a country lover? ever been to Stampede? you can crash on my couch this year.

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make it epic.

it’s no secret i’m a lipstick lover.

reclaimed mirror selfie orange, pink, red, plum – if you can slather it on your lips and the colour packs a punch i probably have it in my collection.

because of this, and the Calgary weather, it means i have dry lips. it also means i know how to pamper my dry lips.

once a week i exfoliate my lips with lush popcorn, a sweet and salty lip scrub that smells like popcorn and you get to lick off your lips when you’re finished. (do you think i need to add that to my food diary for my personal trainer?)

lush popcorn lip scrubnot only does scrubbing the outer layer of our lips keep them smooth and kissable, but it also makes your lips more moist and retain moisture longer – preventing cracked lips. a smooth surface also helps lip cosmetics adhere better; that means lipsticks, liners, and glosses last longer.

as for my nightly routine, i don’t crawl into bed until i swipe a layer or two of epic blend lip balm over the kissers.

epic blend lip gloss

my current obsession is the hemp coconut lip balm with organic cocoa butter and coconut oil. it feels like i pour moisture into my lips each night.

read the labels: nothing secret. nothing artificial. nothing you can’t pronounce. plus, they are gluten free, non-GMO, and don’t use parabens or any other synthetic preservatives. no sweeteners, either, which means you won’t be licking your lips and drying them out.

epic blend is also a Canadian company; i love supporting homegrown businesses.

want to do something kind for your lips? you can buy epic blend at a collection of retail stores or from their website for $3.49 a tube (other flavours include vanilla, mint, cherry, pineapple-mint, which is vegan, and more) or $12 for a four pack, and receive free shipping on all orders over $15 across Canada.

epic blend kisses

sending kisses. xx

how do you take care of your lips?

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