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DAT MAT: Fun For Everyone


Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review of Dat Mat.   All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.   #ad #datmat

Most of you already know that we are huge into fitness, and healthy eating. Well, for some of us, including me,  need boost to help me get through a work out, such as “if I finish this, I can have one cheat treat” and others don’t even need that. But what if you can get it without actually having a cheat treat? Have you ever hear of DAT MAT? They design fun and enjoyable yoga mats for everyone to enjoy.

I’d have to say, the donuts one is my favorite one out of all of them, for my one weakness is sweets. So when I work out I feel that just physically seeing that, I helps me to not give in to cravings. Yet not all the time LOL! They have different ones as well such as Fat cats for those cat lovers out there, 420 for those chill people out there. Watermelon, because who doesn’t love watermelon? Rainbow to lift those spirits up when your working out; because there’s always going to be a struggle, but there’s always a pot a gold at the end. Caprese Salad for us salad lovers, DAT Pizza,; because who doesn’t love pizza? And Unknown Pleasures, for those who dream of traveling the world.

But there is more to these mat’s then the colors or designs. The Mat’s are 10.5 Ft in length and 2 Ft wide, with a thick padding for comfort. It’s easy to roll up and very light so you can throw it up on your shoulder, or to just carry for those who have yoga class or just at home; very easily stored. They come in cute cardboard with the design on it; so if you go the donuts yoga mat, then there will be donuts tape on it as well.  These are great mats, and with the great selection there is something everyone can relate to.




You can also find Dat Mat on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

How about winning yourself one?  Enter below to win a Dat Mat of your choice.  Giveaway ends 11/5/16 at 11:59 pm CST.   1 Winner will be selected, and I will email the winner and they can send me their shipping address and choice of Dat Mat.  The company Dat Mat will ship the product to the winner.

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5 of the Best Essential Oils for Weight Control

5 of the Best Essential Oils for Weight control


I love food. I’m sorry, but I really do love it. My body loves it, too. It’s why it tends to hold on to it in the form of fat. I carry around my love for food every day, and recently, I’ve decided it’s time we had a break.

It’s as sad as a break up with your best friend or boyfriend. Food is there for you in good times and bad times. It makes sense that this can be a traumatic situation.

As I have been working on my eating habits trying to move towards a healthier lifestyle, I’ve fallen in love with essential oils. These oils in a tiny little bottle have become a great counselor to me as I wean myself off the thousands of calories I used to consumer in a day. It’s helped me control cravings, curb my appetite, and even eat less without starving.

The following are five of the essential oils I’ve been using as I get used to this new way to love food.

Grapefruit Oil

I have to be honest about watching the Dr. Oz show regularly. It excites me to hear about natural remedies, especially with weight control. It’s also where I discovered Dr. Axe. His website discusses Grapefruit oil and many other essential oils for weight loss.

Grapefruit has always been a great food to eat to lose weight, and the oil can work just as well. You can put it on your skin, and the oil seeps into your body. It’s a diuretic and stimulates your lymphatic system. By eliminating excess water and toxins and exciting your lymphatic system, your body starts to burn fat quicker, which helps you lose weight.

Lemon Oil

Lemon makes me so happy, and researchers have actually found that it can suppress weight gain! The mood boosting properties of lemon can even relieve pain. It’s really just an all-around good essential oil to use.

I usually just rub some lemon oil on my hands in the morning. It does well getting into my skin and it smells so nice in the morning – it’s fresh! I also take a big whiffs of it, which can really wake me up. It’s almost as good as coffee…almost.

Lavender Oil

I found this one just browsing some sites about essential oils, and have used it every night before bed ever since. It helps calm your mind and body before bed. I usually take some whiffs of the oil and then sprinkle some on my pillow. Ever since I’ve done this, I’ve gotten some great sleep.

How does this help me?

I’m much less likely to binge on food when I’m well rested.

Peppermint Oil

I’ve been using peppermint oil as well. It’s supposed to boost metabolism, and since I’m getting older, I need all the help I can get with that. Usually, I just put it in my essential oils warmer in my office. That way, I don’t even realize that it is helping me. I just let the metabolism take all of the benefits.

Cinnamon Oil

Every night before bed, I also drink a special weight support concoction. I warm up some warm, pour about a tablespoon of honey in it with two drops of cinnamon oil. Cinnamon helps a body burn fat and boost the metabolism. Since I don’t eat a lot of foods with cinnamon, I get it into my diet with this drink. I’ve started looking forward to my bedtime drink!

Those are the essential oils I’ve been using. I’m always researching, so I may switch them up from time to time. The benefits of essential oils are so awesome.


4 Steps to a Better Pre-Workout Routine for Women



The steps you take before your workout can have a direct impact on your performance, and ultimately, reaching your fitness goals. When done correctly, a pre-workout regime also reduces the risk of harming your body and helps maintain energy levels throughout your training period and beyond.


Many sources will break down a pre-workout routine in as few as two stages, eating and supplementation. While these are important stages to prepare your body for an impending workout, these over-simplified pre-workout routines leave out two of the most important steps.


The best pre-workout routine for women includes four steps: sleep, nutrition, supplementation and stretching.

Stage One: Sleep

Normally, the notion of a pre-workout routine makes us think of a time frame immediately before hitting the gym, the treadmill, the road or what have you. But, your pre-workout routine actually begins hours before, depending on when in the day you plan your workout. Sleeping is often regarded as an important post-workout step, but it is equally important before you visit the gym too. Without the proper amount of sleep, you’ll lack the necessary energy levels to maximize your performance. Also, your body will still be sore and pained from previous workouts.


For many of us, getting seven or more hours of sleep is hard, especially on an every-night basis. Whether it is a crying newborn in the middle of the night, staying late at work, getting up early to race the kids to school or a combination of the above, there are hundreds of variables that threaten to damage our sleep. Thus, sleep is not only the most important step to a woman’s pre-workout routine, but also the hardest to obtain.


When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces less of the hormones it needs to build muscles. Since muscles are the key to burning fat, the less sleep you get, the harder it is for you to lose weight and thereby obtain your fitness goals, if they involve reaching a healthy weight. So, while grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning may help you mentally feel awake and energized for the day ahead, your body chemistry and metabolism don’t get that same effect.

Stage 2: Nutrition

To successfully make it to the end of your workout and optimize performance, your body is going to need fuel. What you put into the tank may vary, based on what your overarching fitness goals are. If your goals are strictly weight loss, you may opt for a less substantial pre-workout meal. However, if you are going for a high performance workout to maximize your gains, you are going to want a meal that consists of slow-digesting carbohydrates, fruit and protein. This combination is essential to help ensure you have the necessary energy and electrolytes needed to explode through your workout, A source of protein is especially useful as it is the building block of new muscle growth. Without it in your pre-workout nutrition regimen, you may not see the gains you hope for.


Typically, you want to eat this pre-workout meal an hour or two before you start your training program.

Stage 3: Supplements

If you are a lover of working out first thing in the morning, you may not have the time to scarf down a pre-workout meal. However, you should put something into your system and a protein shake or pre-workout supplement is a nice alternative for the woman on the go. A protein powder supplies that good source of clean protein and the right pre-workout powder, like pre-workout cocktail for focus containing Blackstone Labs’ Dust v2, gives you a huge boost of energy for peak endurance, strength and overall performance. Thus, you can workout harder and longer, even if you can’t squeeze in that pre-workout meal.


Ideally, you would have the ability to consume a good meal and a pre-workout supplement like Dust v2. After all, supplements are meant to be supplementary to your diet, not a replacement for proper nutrition.

Stage 4: Stretching

Hopefully, this goes without saying because stretching should always be done before you engage in any type of exercise or physical activity. But, when we talk about pre-workout routines, it is that final important step. Stretching helps ready the body for more serious exertions, like running, resistance training etc. Ideally, you should develop a warm up routine that lasts about ten minutes. This will drastically reduce your risk of injury and soreness. You can even perform a warmup that is specific to your target muscle groups for that day’s training session.


Final Thought


Stretching and eating right before your workout are not only helpful towards reaching optimal gains, but they are also safer. You reduce your risk of fainting or pulling a muscle when you take these necessary steps before your training. And remember, above all else, get those seven or more hours of sleep every night. It is crucial towards achieving your fitness goals. Not to mention, you totally deserve it.

Get the Bikini Body You Want This Year



Each year, the summer comes around, bringing brighter skies, longer days, shorter nights and warmer weather along with it. But, for many girls out there, it also brings out a range of body image issues that have been hidden away over the winter underneath woolly sweaters and winter coats. For many women, there is a building pressure to look good in a bikini on the beach. Although body positivity is becoming more and more mainstream with companies and individuals alike being slammed for fat-shaming and judging people on their looks alone, more and more women are hoping to drop a few pounds or tone up in order to feel more confident when on the beach. Here are our top tips for achieving the figure that you want!

Waist Training

Although it may not be for everybody, waist training has recently taken the internet by storm after being used by Kim Kardashian and other popular celebs as an aid to their weight loss. Waist training works in much the same way as a corset, ‘training’ the waist to be more narrow by tightly compressing it. If you’re interested in giving waist training a try, visit Waist Training Center for more information.

Up Your Workout

If you’re mainly doing cardio exercises when you go to the gym such as running on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike or rowing, it’s time to switch up your workout and head over to the weights corner. Lifting weights and doing strength exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and crunches will add muscle definition and tone you up, giving you the confidence you need to wear your bikini with pride. Don’t believe the myths about weight training making girls big and manly – it’s completely untrue!

Your Diet

No matter how hard you work out in the gym, if you come home and devour a chocolate bar, you’re pretty much back to square one. If you’re looking to improve your figure so that you can be confident in a bikini this year, making some changes to your diet is one of the most important things you’ll need to do. Not only does eating a healthier diet cause you to lose any extra pounds that you have, it’ll also mean you’re healthier in general and often more energized.

It’s a Personal Thing

Remember that there is no ‘perfect body’ – if you’re hoping to get a ‘bikini body’ this summer, it’s important to make sure that you set yourself realistic expectations. Any weight loss journey, whether you have a couple or a couple of hundred pounds to lose, is a personal thing! Get the bikini body that YOU want – not the one that you think everybody else thinks that you should have. Remember that at the end of the day, it’s all about how you feel about yourself and how confident you are in your own skin.

If you’re looking to lose a few pounds or build some muscle and tone up in order to be more confident than ever in a bikini this year, it only takes a few smart lifestyle changes!

Summer Beauty, Fitness and Fashion in one box!


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Summer is in full swing, and actually here in Minnesota, it’s slowly coming to an end.  Yes, we are still in August, just like everyone else but way up north here we just have a lot longer winters than summers.  Very sad for me, because I am not a winter person.  But, before I cry and dwell on the fact that winter is just around the corner, I am going to enjoy summer while we have it.  I got a great gift in the mail that was filled with Summer Beauty, Fitness and Fashion in one box! It was a Babble Boxx.  Have you heard of them?  Well, read on to see what all I got!

This Babble Boxx was the Olympic / Summer inspired box.  There were some fun items in this one that can help anyone try to reach their fitness goals.

The Vitamin Shoppe had items 3, 4, and 5 in the box.   TRUE ATHLETE by the Vitamin Shoppe had some packets of natural whey protein which are really tasty.  They included a tub of energizing training formula in Fruit Punch flavor,  which is for serious muscle, endurance, performance and energy support.  Also, a vitamin compartment holder and a shaker bottle.  All awesome products.




I am sure you know how important water is in your daily life. Well, JUST Water is 100% spring water in a paper-based bottle.   That is just brilliant!!  The water bottle is made of 83% renewable resources.  They use plant-based plastic from sugarcane.  Yup.. you read that right.  Cool huh ?  So next time you need to quench your thirst, try this spring water from JUST Water!


Looking for a fun, functional and fashionable watch?  Look no further, check out this great Baby-G Tri-Color Watch.  This neat watch supports the USA in style with the patriotic colors. The  BA-110TR-7A is color blocked red, white and blue.  Great fashion accessory and also a great functionality piece as it is water and shock resistance so it is perfect for diving, or warm weather runs.  Also has an LED light, world time, stopwatch, countdown timer and multiple alarms.



I might not be an Olympic athlete, but I can look like one with my new 2XU High Performance Compression Gear.   These are a mid rise 7/8 compression tight, in a fun patriotic design.  A perfect item to add to your fitness gear clothing pile.  They are engineered to promote maximum blood flow, help with faster pre-exercise muscle warm up, reduce fatigue through less muscle oscillation, and reduce muscle soreness.   Get these great performance tights at a 20% off discount with coupon code 2XU20.



Just because it’s summer, and life is busy, I shouldn’t have to remind you to take care of your skin, right ?    Purpletale has a great product to help you have beautiful skin all year round.  This is a portable 5 step facial treatment kit that comes with foam cleanser, ampoule, bio-cellulous sheet mask, facial cream, and neck cream all in one packet for at home or on the go.   Purpletail 5 steps to lovely skin is perfect for anyone especially if you want to travel light as it is compact and TSA friendly.   Easy to use as well ~ 1 Cleanse: lather in hands and wash face and neck, rinse and dry.  2 ~ Treat you skin with the ampoule and let sink in.  3 ~ Place mask on face and let sit 20 minute and remove when ready.  4 ~ Moisturize by dabbing cream on face and apply evenly.  5 ~ Nourish by massaging neck cream onto neck in an upward motion.

Have you been watching the Olympics?  What is your favorite Olympics game to watch?  I love gymnastics and am just amazed at the talent and dedication.  GO USA!!

Make sure you check out Babble Boxx and grab the next months box.  One never knows what kind of goodies you might get.



6 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

6 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

6 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals


It’s a common case of affairs. People get excited about the initial results of their workouts, but then for some reason they seem to plateau. You think you’re working out just as hard, but the results aren’t pleasing you and you aren’t reaching your fitness goals. Does this sound like you? You might be at fault of one of these 6 mistakes. Read on to make sure you’re not sabotaging your fitness goals!

1. There’s monotony in your workouts


If you aren’t feeling a level of discomfort during your workouts, you probably aren’t getting the results you want. It’s important to enjoy your workouts, but the only way to boost your fitness will inevitably involve doing things you don’t necessarily love. Let’s face it, running sprints after sprints is not usually fun, and can even make us feel quite uncomfortable. But doing the difficult training is where you will achieve your best outcomes. Why not try getting out of your comfort zone and changing it up? Join a social netball team, take up cycling or try scheduling a krav maga class.


2. You take shortcuts


Are you completing your whole workout, set by set? Or are you taking shortcuts, not reaching the full amount of reps or not running the full distance? Do you drop to your knees when doing a push up when your trainer isn’t looking? If you’re not being honest with yourself and completing a full workout, you are taking shortcuts, which is going to impinge on you meeting your fitness goals. Be honest with yourself and stop making excuses. You can do this!


3. You don’t get enough sleep


Getting enough sleep is absolutely necessary to allow your hard-working muscles to recover. If you don’t get adequate sleep, you won’t be able to exercise at your absolute best. You will feel as if the workout is at its full intensity, but that will only be an illusion. Try to ensure you’re getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night, to ensure a fit and healthy body, ready for exercise.


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4. You’re not eating well


Protein intake is essential if you are working out, as it helps your body build muscles and recover from training sessions. It is vital to include protein in every meal, even in your breakfast. As well as this, it’s important to ensure you’re eating lots of whole grains, lean meats and green, leafy vegetables, and to cut back on treat foods. You can’t out-train a poor diet.


5. You’re socializing during your workouts


Although socializing during working out can be a great way to change up your habits and make exercise appealing, it shouldn’t be happening during every workout. Stay focused on what you’re doing and avoid turning your workout into a social event. Leave your phone alone, too. If you’re having a text or phone conversation while you’re working out, chances are that you’re not working hard enough.


6. You don’t hydrate


Nothing leads to exhaustion as fast as not fueling your body properly – and a huge part of that is hydrating. 75% of your muscle tissue and 10% of your fat tissue is comprised of water, so it’s important to replenish your water supplies frequently. As well as this, it’s important to factor in variables such as the intensity of exercise and the weather temperature and humidity. To combat dehydration, many athletes use a timer on their watch to remind them to stay hydrated.
Although many feign to be an expert on fitness, the reality is that many of us aren’t. Achieving the results we want from our fitness is a science, and one that involves self-discipline and honesty with ourselves. Make sure you avoid these 6 common pitfalls, so you can achieve your ultimate fitness goals today.

Practical Tips to Promote Healthy Lifestyle for People Living Alone


Living alone is often an excuse for people to get lazy and unhealthy. Since they are living alone, they do not care much what they eat and often times, they end up eating fast food take outs or instant noodles and canned goods. They spend most of their time on their couch, watching Netflix while drinking ice-cold beer. Every night they spend hours surfing the Internet, finishing their work or watching more Netflix until the sun rises already. They form a routine that is truly unhealthy no matter what angle you look at it.


And then one day, they will look into a mirror to realize that they’ve grown big and fat. Well, if you’re following the same kind of lifestyle, there should be no surprise at all if you get fat.


Living alone should not be an excuse for you to take for granted your health and lifestyle. In fact, living solo should inspire you more to follow a healthy routine since no one beside yourself is looking out for you. Thus, you should aim to be healthy and strong all the time.


In this article, we will give you some practical tips to improve your lifestyle into a healthy one.



  • Learn how to cook – instead of ordering pizza every night, why don’t you learn how to cook and start making your own meals. It will help you control your calorie-intake and you will also get to control the portioning of your meals. So go ahead and get yourself the must-have kitchen appliances to start learning how to cook. Online shops like Harris Scarfe provide slow cookers, cookware and stove burner perfect for people who are living alone. Buying from shops like this is practical because it saves your time and energy from buying on retail stores.
  • Make a weekly trip to the supermarket – it is advisable to squeeze in grocery shopping in your schedule so you have ingredients and food supply in your place. Some people lose interest in cooking once they see that they do not have all the ingredients that they need. So make sure to do your weekly visit to the supermarket to buy your groceries.
  • Find a hobby – it is recommended to find a hobby other than watching Netflix. You can try skateboarding, cycling, drawing, playing instruments, or even playing sports. These hobbies will help your body become active and strong. And it helps you socialize with people other than your officemates.
  • Set-up a home gym – if you are too lazy to go to the gym to workout then you should just bring the gym to your house. Set up a home gym with equipment like treadmill or stationary bike, some dumbbells, kettle bells, TRX, and other necessary gym equipment. This way, you no longer need to go out to exercise.
  • Sleep early – lastly, it is advisable that you develop a healthy sleep routine. Do not push yourself too much by doing all-nighters every night whether for work or pleasure. Your body needs to rest too. So make sure to have at least six hours of quality sleep every night. This will give you enough energy and strength to face your day.



It is important to keep a healthy lifestyle not just to look good but to feel good as well. Follow the tips discussed above to say goodbye to your old, unhealthy habits and routines.


Year Round Essentials for Cycling

The New Year is here, and there’s never been a better time to begin making the big changes in your life that will lead to a new, healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re commuting to work, trying to tone up, or just want to explore, cycling is an exciting new hobby to get into with an endless list of benefits for your health, inside and out.
If you’re planning on hitting the roads on a shiny new bike this January, take a look at this guide on the gear you might need including helmets, jerseys and shoes, with information for all kinds of cycling, in all seasons!

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