Category Archives: Ziggy

Workout Fusion and Giveaway!

So for about a year now I have been a workout addict.  I hit the gym about five days a week and either do cardio or a variety of different fitness classes (my favourite is Group Power).  I find that if I miss a day I just feel so off; I’m pretty sure that I have an addiction or something, it’s weird.

Anyways, recently I got a Fusion Power Bandz to help with my fitness.  Basically what the band is is a silicone bracelet that is infused with tourmaline, germanium, silicone, and titanium (only the PRO model has the titanium).

Okay, say what? Let me try to break this down for you regular folk.  The key ingredient (in my opinion) is the tourmaline which emits negative ions which are healthy for you.  The negative ions are medically proven to provide a variety of health benefits including increased blood flow, balanced serotonin (a neurotransmitter that is found in the gastrointestinal tract, platelets, and the central nervous system. It is known as the “happiness hormone”), increased energy and focus, and better sleep, among others.  The band is also supposed to relieve all kinds of body pain and increase energy. Click here more information about the technology and benefits.

Alright, so I know what you are thinking, sounds like a gimmick right?  Does it actually work?  Well, I myself don’t have any pain, so I personally couldn’t tell you if the band relieves pain, however, with that being said, I did let my mom try it out for a week or so and she said it actually does work.  My mom tends to get foot cramps at night and after a few days and nights of wearing the band (it is recommended to wear it all the time for it to work properly) she did say that she didn’t experience any cramps at all and she managed to sleep peacefully throughout the night.

As for the other benefits it promotes, I do find my balance to be much better when I am working out.  In group power we often have to do tons of dynamic lunges and stretches that require a lot of balance and usually I have to hold on to the wall or I’m wobbling all over the place.  With the band I have noticed an increased sense of balance and more sturdiness.

So how is this band different from those other ones out there?  I personally couldn’t tell you because this is pretty much the only one I have ever tried.  I can say though that it actually works.  There are medical studies to back it up as well as a variety of athletes that endorse the product.  The thing that is the most special about it is the minerals in the actual product.  Everything about it is supposed to help you health-wise.  From the silicone to even the hologram sticker, it is made in such a way to help your well-being (and the fact that it comes in cute colours is a plus in my opinion).

Sorry for the blurriness! Damn you auto-focus!

So where can you pick one up?  Well, they are available in a variety of different colours and two versions (FUSION Dual Hologram Ti and FUSION PRO Ti – the model with the titanium) and are available on their official website.

Ziggy loves his Fusion Power Bandz!

And now the fun part!  I am giving away a Fusion Power Bandz Dual Hologram Ti band in white (valued at $30 CDN) to one lucky reader!  The contest is open internationally from now until July 31, 2011!  To enter all you got to do is subscribe to my blog!  How do you subscribe you ask?  Look to the right of this page and where it says “Want Regular Updates? Subscribe!” click on the Sign Me Up button, enter your details, and you are all set!  If you want a double entry, then leave a comment below with your summer workout tips!  I would love to read them!  The winner will be chosen by random.org.  Good luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Contest is open from July 7 – 31, 2011.  Winner will be contacted by August 6, 2011.  If the winner does not reply with their particulars by August 10, 2011 another winner will be chosen.  Contest is open internationally to both male and females.  If a male wins, the colour of the band may vary (due to sizing issues).  The winner will be chosen by random.org.

Please note that I have absolutely no affiliation with Fusion Power Bandz.  I do not work for the company and paid for my own personal band with my own money. The prize band was given to me for a giveaway from the company but in no way did that affect my opinion on the product.  I purchased my band about a month and a half ago so I have sufficiently tested it out and seen it’s benefits.

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A Day in the Sun!

Hi all!  So I have had requests for Ziggy to do a guest post, and when I sat down and discussed it with him (well kind of) we decided to do a photo blog instead!  It was pretty hot this afternoon so this is what Ziggy did.  Enjoy!

Ziggy has a dog house which he never ever uses (unless you count retrieving his ball from inside it).  Today because it was so hot we decided to set up his pool in front of it.  So yes, he has a house with a pool outside of it.  Lucky guy, huh?

It got so hot that he decided to take a dip with his favourite ball.  He gets pretty hot with that large winter coat he always wears.

Ziggy isn’t that much of a swimmer so he decided to go tan instead on his towel… he’s rather white…

Too sunny!!! Can’t see!!!!

Time to go inside now!  I’m hungry!

I hoped you liked this post!  I was a request and I always like taking photos of Ziggy.  Leave me a comment if you want other photo stories!

Help the World

So a different post for today.  As some of you may know, I manage my blog through WordPress.  Yesterday when I was looking at the different widgets I could add to make my blog better and cooler one of them caught my eye, SocialVibe.  Basically what SocialVibe is is a mechanism for using social media content to create donations for charities.  I thought this was such a cool way use marketing tools that basically everyone uses to formulate money for charities.

The charity I chose is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organization that is dedicated to protecting the future of nature.  From the WWF website:

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Mission

WWF’s mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by

  • protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species;
  • promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and
  • promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. 

We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet’s natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.

Goal
By 2020 WWF will conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places and significantly change global markets to protect the future of nature.

So how can you help?  If you look to the right there is a badge that says “Help Me Support”.  If you click on the badge it will launch a screen that will prompt you to do an activity.  The activities range from entering contests to voting for things on Facebook, to even just watching videos from sponsors.  They don’t take long and they are completely free to do, all you need really is an email address and/or Facebook and Twitter account.  Once you complete an activity you can earn a number of pounds of greenhouse gases and it should appear automatically on the tally on the side of the page.  Those greenhouse gases can be used to make a donation towards the WWF on behalf of this blog.

So far through SocialVide the WWF has raised $59,980 to helping protect our planet.  With all these natural disasters going on (and not to mention the whole 2012 thing if you believe in that kind of stuff) it won’t hurt to set some time aside and help the cause.  Like I mentioned, it doesn’t take long, it’s completely free, and some of them are even kind of fun!

Wild for Animal Print

So for the past few years I have been in love with zebra print anything.  And then came Keeping Up With the Kardashians and that totally escalated my love for animal print to a whole new level.  I am pretty much obsessed.  Seriously.  I cannot have too many leopard print anything.  Well actually, that’s not true, there is some gross leopard print stuff out there.  But the point is, if it is animal print, I love it.

L-R: Forever 21, Forever 21, Sace

The thing about animal print, although wild, is it’s a nice burst of colour and print.  If you don’t like floral things (they can tend to be a bit grandma) then go for some fun leopard or zebra, or even giraffe, I have been noticing an increasing amount of giraffe print clothing and accessories.  Now with that being said, make sure you don’t go over the top and do head to toe animal print.  It works wonders as a statement piece, not as a whole ensemble.  Like take for instance, if you are doing a leopard print top, I would match it with some dark denim and nude pumps or black stilettos.  If you do a zebra print dress, pair it some some neutral coloured shoes.  As for accessories, make a statement while wearing an LBD with some leopard print heels or clutch.  The pairings are endless.

Zebra print dress by Soho (Mexico)

Zebra print cardigan from Wet Seal

You can have a lot of fun with animal print as there are many ways to wear it. Some of my favourite pieces are a zebra cardigan from Wet Seal (which goes with practically anything), a giraffe print clutch from H&M, leopard heels also from H&M, and a leopard print shirt with 3/4 length sleeves from Forever 21.

Clutch from H&M (bought in May 2011)

Shoes from H&M

Sequin zebra print flats from Forever 21

If you don’t have some wild patterns in your closet already, go out and pick up some key pieces.  My favourite stores to shop for animal print anything are Forever 21 and H&M, not only do they have on-trend items but they are affordable as well.  So what are you waiting for?  Go wild!

NOTD: Birthday Nails!

So it’s my birthday coming up in a few days so I thought I would paint my nails to reflect the special event!  I recently picked up OPI’s Teenage Dream, a pink sparkly polish from their Katy Perry collection, and I thought it would look great over my favourite polish, Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power. I was so right.  My nails are like a mix between barbie and cupcake nails.  Love them!

Star Trek?

 Love it! What are your thoughts?

And as a final side note, I thought I would post this scary photo!

 

NOTD: Turtle Nails

The Inspiration

So I painted my nails the other day (orange on fingernails and green with shatter on toes) and then I realized that my toenails match this decorative lawn turtle we have in our backyard.

To achieve this look I used China Glaze’s In the Lime Light (Neon) with OPI’s Black Shatter on top.  I also used Seche Vite’s base and top coat (I love their top coat, it dries super fast and makes the polish really shiny).  I find that the China Glaze neon colours dry quite matte (and you need like seven coats too!) so make sure that you apply a top coat before the shatter and then after the shatter for a stunning look.  The shatter crackles better on shinier surfaces.

Ignore the gross ant on my toe

And voila! I love this look, I find myself constantly staring at my feet, it’s just so darn cute.

And just for fun…

My little lazy dog

Hi all, so I thought I would do a quick little post.  I came downstairs yesterday and I see Ziggy like this!!

So lazy!! Just chilling with his raincoat and watching TV with a bag of chips!  “Ruff” life huh?

I’m just kidding, this photo was kinda staged. I put on his raincoat and bandana to keep his chest dry because we were going for a walk yesterday and he flopped on the couch like that.  So I put the remote under his arm and a bag of chips near him.  Such a little trooper!

I also took this one too.

My little bag lady, who is a boy.

I love posing my dog and taking photos of him.  Do you guys do the same thing?

Happy Birthday Ziggy!

So today was my special little guys’ birthday!  My American Eskimo dog Ziggy turned two today!  We did all his favourite things – park, walk, played ball, went to Petland and Pet Valu, got hamburgers, opened presents, and ate cake!  I got this super cute birthday cake special for dogs at a pet boutique.  It’s from a company called the Lazy Dog Cookie Co. and he seemed to like it, even though he was pretty full from dinner.

It's my birthday, I'll be sad if I want to...

Last year I went all out for his birthday including doggy friends, birthday hats (which he hates, hence the expression on his face) and even a DQ cake (which Dairy Queen messed up might I add). This year was a little more low key, we did all his favourite things.

Anyways, just thought I would do a quick post about my dog’s birthday. Do you guys throw birthday parties for your dogs too?  Please tell me I’m not the only crazy dog lady…