2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Health Nut

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Whether shopping for the health nut in your life or looking to add some new items to your own holiday wish list, this guide has some great ideas for health and wellness gifts!

christmas gift guideI know what you’re thinking…it can’t be time for gift guides! Or the holidays! What happened to October?  Or November for that matter!? That’s kind of how I feel too, but each year the holiday season–and therefore, shopping—seems to start earlier and earlier.  While many people (myself included) love to complain about the Christmas lights and Santa decor hitting store shelves at the end of October, the reality is most of us like to get a head start on holiday shopping.  Also, Thanksgiving is just a few days away and after that it’ll be okay to talk holidays gifts. Right?

As someone who despises Black Friday and all it entails–crowds, rude people, waiting in line–I’m all about getting shopping done ahead of time, whether that be online or from small local shops.  This year, I put together a list of some of my favorite health and wellness items, as well as some thingsI’m putting on my own wish list.  So without further ado…

  • Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($25.95+)  I received one of these on the Clif Bar trip this year and I use it almost everyday.  It keeps cold water cold and hot water hot for a LONG time.  Other awesome bottle options: S’well bottle and Klean Kanteen.  
  • HydroFlaskLe Creuset Cast-Iron Dutch Oven ($120+) I received a Cuisinart brand dutch oven last Christmas and it is easily one of my favorite gifts ever.  I love using it for soups and it’s a bright beautiful addition to my kitchen when it’s not in use!
  • Cuisinart“I Eat” Shirt from Nicole at Body Over Mind Nutrition ($29)  Nicole is an awesome RD who promotes body positivity and is all about finding balance/freeing yourself from food restriction.  I’ve had my eye on her tanks for awhile now and would love to sport the I Eat message!

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  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero ($9.99) This book has changed my world, y’all. It’s a self-help book without all the woo-woo BS that makes you roll your eyes.  Basically, it’s a guide to getting out of your own way!
  • Massage Gift Card/Membership (Varies). Who doesn’t want/need a massage? I personally have a monthly membership to Hand and Stone, because it’s conveniently located close to home, but many massage places offer packages.  It’s a great way to gift self-care!
  • Essential Oil Diffuser Jewelry from The Curated Carrot ($24+). These stylish handmade pieces are perfect for bringing your favorite essential oil around with you all day.  I have several tassel necklaces, but also love the locket and lava versions and think they’re so unique!
  • Curated Carrot DiffuserSubscription to HelloFresh ($69+) There are a ton of meal prep and delivery services out there, but HelloFresh is one of the only with a team of RDs on staff.  I love the idea of gifting fresh, healthy new meal ideas. It’s something even the healthiest, best cooks out there can appreciate.  Also, if you’d like to sign up yourself, you can use code FRESHFANSRD35 to get $35 off your first box!

 

  •  Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender ($35) I received an immersion blender for my birthday this year and truly can’t believe I’ve lived this long without it.  You can use it for dressings, sauces, soups, smoothies and more! It eliminates so much mess from transferring things to blenders and food processors.  

Other bonus ideas: Adult Coloring Books, a Stitch Fix gift card, a fitness class or race entry fee, this Jade Yoga Mat (my favorite).

Your turn. Tell me what’s on your holiday wish list! Black Friday–love it or hate it?

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday y’all! I feel like I’ve been neglecting my little blog a bit, mostly because I don’t have anything to report on the fitness front lately.  At the end of October, I wrote about how I was going to get my butt in gear and back in the gym.  In all honesty, it just hasn’t happened.  I’ve got lots of excuses–work and being a new homeowner is stressful, I’m traveling more, I haven’t signed up for the new CrossFit gym yet, etc.  Right now I’m not “walking the walk” when it comes to eating well and fitting exercise in and I’m beating myself up over it.  I’ve struggled with a lot of guilt, shame and embarrassment over how I just can’t “get it together”.  I can’t seem to take my own advice and end up feeling awful about myself.  But I’m working on it and I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m not perfect.  I’m a dietitian and fitness enthusiast who isn’t on top of her game right now.  And THAT’S OKAY.  I’m learning to forgive myself, just as I ask my patients/clients to do, and move on.  So rather than share this week’s fitness adventures, let’s talk about a few other things I’m loving.

Wash Club Long Island.  Remember that stress I was talking about before?  Yeah, two weeks ago our washing machine died and we had to buy a brand new one.  Then, this past week our cess pool needed to be serviced and we had some restrictions on using water, including that brand spankin new washing machine! The laundry began piling up and I needed to take action, keeping my animosity toward laundromats in mind.  I’ve spent wayyy too much time in laundromats in my younger years and I had no desire to do it again.  I looked into drop-off services and came across Wash Club, a laundry service that will come pick up your laundry, wash, dry and fold it and delivery it back to you within 24 hours…and at a comparable rate to the laundromat! SOLD! 

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I had such a great experience using Wash Club and definitely recommend it to anyone in need of super convenient laundering services.  Use code “kimberlysaintjames” for 25% off your order (you only get 20% if you do it on your own!).  

Rent the Runway.  I may be late to the game on this one, but man did I love this service for the wedding I attended last week!  If you haven’t signed up for RTR yet and want to, let me know so I can e-mail you an invitation and we’ll both get a $20 rental credit!  The dress I rented was affordable ($40) and in great shape.  It was so comfortable and I got a ton of compliments!  Here’s what it looked like in our little pre-wedding family photo:

image2Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale.  I had a few of these during the wedding celebrations last weekend and I was reminded how much I love this beer.  It is hands-down the best pumpkin beer I’ve tried so far.  If y’all know other good pumpkin beers out there, let me know!  

This Curling Wand.  Notice the wavy hair in that wedding pic?  I borrowed the wand while getting ready for the wedding and loved the results so much that I ordered one using Amazon Prime the next day.  Now I have one of my own and I’m already obsessed.  

That’s all the good stuff I have to share this week.  I have high hopes to get back on the fitness bandwagon this weekend, especially considering I have that 10-mile race in January to start training for!  Either way, my goal is to be a lot more forgiving with myself.  Nobody is perfect, am I right?! Have a great weekend, friends.

Tell me…do you beat yourself for being imperfect?  How do you practice self-forgiveness?  Have you used Rent the Runway!? What products or services are you digging lately? 

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