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Happy Friday! How are you? It’s a lot of the same on my end. Even though Texas (and Houston) are technically in phase 1 of reopening, I haven’t ventured out anywhere since my grocery outing last week. It’s supposed to be icky and rainy all weekend here in Houston. While I’d definitely prefer a day or two of sun, we’ve been pretty lucky with weather lately, so I might just chalk this weekend up as a relaxing, indoor, movie watching weekend.
Let’s jump into this week’s Week In Review!
This Week’s Blog Posts
My friend Monica featured me in her A Quick Chat With … series this week! You can check out the post here! If you’re a new reader, definitely check it out as she asked lots of questions about my background and how I got to where I am today!
Coronavirus Journal – Month TWO (4.11.20 – 5.10.20) // Michael and I have officially been self quarantining for over two months! I’ve been jotting down my thoughts and shared my month two journal this week.
4 Best Non-Toxic Sunscreens // Sunscreen season is officially here! Can you believe Memorial Day weekend is next weekend?! If you haven’t switched to mineral sunscreen yet, please read this post. It’s an easy switch to make and beneficial to your health!
Everlane Sale: Choose What You Pay // One of my favorite retailers, Everlane, launched their Choose What You Pay sale this week! I shared my favorite pieces in the post.
Before I share my workouts from this week, I wanted to briefly touch on a DM I received on Instagram. I had a question from a reader asking if I was seeing any results from Orangetheory. The short answer – no? But I never expected to.
I think it’s important to remember that we’re all doing our best during this unprecedented time. While Michael and I try to get in a workout every weekday, I’m not expecting my at-home workout in my dining room with 5 lb weights that I happened to have pre-quarantine to drastically have an impact on how I look or show any type of results.
The daily workouts make me feel good both mentally and physically, so I’d call that a winning result during a pandemic. Just a friendly reminder to show ourselves a little grace during this new-ish normal. I commend you for getting your body moving even if it’s just for a walk around the block or maybe a walk around your house if that’s all you’ve got in you today.
This week’s workouts …
This week, Michael and I did Orangetheory workouts Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They’re free and viewable on YouTube. We’ve been doing Orangetheory almost every weekday. We finish each workout with a quick run around the block! Pro tip: Use the “K” key to fast forward through all of the talking – it cuts about 10 minutes off of the workout time!
Fridays have become our yoga days. Michael and I are streaming a yoga class from the studio we attend here in Houston, Yoga Works. You can check out the schedule here: https://www.yogaworks.com/classes/live/
I’m hoping I can squeeze in a long walk or two in between the rain this weekend! Fingers crossed.
Here are the episodes I listened to this week:
Bad on Paper Podcast: Celebrity Tanner & Isle of Paradise Founder, Jules Von Hep, on Body Positivity, Self Tanning, and Building his Brand – Made me love my self-tanning drops even more! Check out my full review here!
Berning In Hell: Nick Viall: Blowing Up & Glowing Up
Be There in Five: BONUS: King, Icon, Legend: Danny Pellegrino
Aerosoles // I’m working on an upcoming partnership with Aerosoles, but before I even agreed to the collaboration, I obviously wanted to check out their shoes. They are SO CUTE! I’ve been wearing this pair non-stop! And these leopard sandals too! I also LOVE these heeled mules and these cork heels! Use code ASHLEE30 for 30% off sitewide!
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Abbey Alley // I received a few pieces of jewelry from this new-to-me small business, and they’re so cute and classic! Abby Alley’s jewelry is really affordable and the quality is really great. Use code COBALT for 20% off your purchase!
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Territory Food Delivery // Territory meals are prepared locally and delivered straight to your doorstep! They’re healthy and already cooked, all you have to do is warm them up! We had Territory meals for dinner three nights this week! It was so nice not having to cook or clean up afterwards! Use my code – COBALT – for $50 off across your first two orders ($25 off each order).
Winc Wine // Wine delivered straight to your door! You can use my link to get $22 off your first order, which equals out to $39 for 4 bottles of wine! Click here to place your order: winc.mivh.net/cobalt
Equilibria CBD // I really like the relief cream! Drops and gel caplets available too! I love that you are connected with a dosage specialist to help you along the way! Use code cobaltchronicles for 15% off your first order!
Daily Harvest // Use code COBALT for $25 off your first order!
More Clue! If you read last week’s Week In Review post, you may have seen where I ordered Clue from Amazon. We played last weekend, and it was actually really fun! Clue and movies are on tap for the rainy weekend ahead.
My Favorite Things this Week
A few of my favorite things this week …
SoSis Collab Pieces! // I collaborated with SoSis to share a few of their new arrivals last week! There are only a few pieces in each size left in stock. Check them out before they sell out! Check out the collection here! Everything is super reasonably priced and so cute! An easy and fun way to support a women owned small business!
Have a nice weekend!