My 2017 Holiday Must Haves


15590367_10157887329075099_5824961947880908289_nIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, and these are a few of my (healthy and fit) favorite things!

If you are looking for unique gifts that give more to the recipient than just a smile, I think you’ll find something for everyone on your list right here.  Better health is the gift that keeps on giving!


I have to start with MY favorite gift, Juice Plus+!

Whether you want to stuff stockings with healthy snacks and treats, give the gift of health all year long with powdered produce, or even gift a garden to a loved one or your favorite school, Juice Plus+ has what you need.

Vegan protein shakes/bars, fruits and veggies in a capsule/gummy, vegan omegas and Tower Garden all make perfect gifts that keep on giving!


20-dollar-leggings-amazonYou can’t go wrong with gifting a great pair of leggings, and these 90 Degree by Reflex leggings, priced at only $20, are getting rave reviews (more than 4,000 five star amazon reviews)! Check out this Women’s Health article for all the reasons people are obsessing over these leggings.

Perfect for under a sweater, great for a super sweaty fitness class and super comfy for just lounging around.  And with so many great color options (I just got them in purple wine – LOVE) you’re sure to find the perfect pair.


IMG_7816Just as important as what we put IN our bodies is what we put ON our bodies.  I absolutely love the mission of Beautycounter  – to get safer products into the hands of everyone!

They are committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: they’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals, all while ensuring their products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

I have SUPER sensitive eyes and their mascara is the only brand I can wear! I don’t wear makeup often, but when I do, I want it to be safe AND gorgeous – Beautycounter is BOTH!


Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 9.19.42 AMTea has been a treasured elixir for thousands of years, and recent research studies are shedding light on why this beverage has earned its reputation for numerous wellness benefits.

If you’re looking for a great tea gift you need to checkout Shineworthy Tea! Shineworthy offers only the highest quality tea, tea ware, and accessories from around the world.  Their teas come from single-estates and have been harvested using traditional techniques, and well as blends enhanced with fruits, flowers, spices, natural flavors and pure essential oils.

I absolutely love the Tea Traveler and the Magic Tea Maker. My favorite tea to gift is the Butterscotch Bliss, but you need to hurry for that one because it sells out fast! Don’t worry tho, ALL of the teas at Shineworthy Tea are amazing.


81ARh719W9L._SL1500_For any fitness enthusiast on your list, these inexpensive Exercise Bands are a practical, yet fun gift. This resistance band set can be integrated seamlessly with multiple workout programs including Yoga and Pilates. Or use them for general exercise, stretching, strength training, power weight programs. The included carry bag makes it easy to take your bands with you and do any workout away from home or your home gym.



20171026071434_Holiday_17_10_19_2I love it when my house smells amazing!  I used to use a lot of plug-ins and scented candles.  But in trying to clean up our lifestyle, I realized that was an area I needed to work on.  I’m so happy that I found essential oils as a way to make my house smell amazing, and boost our moods and focus at the same time!  Essential oils have so many other benefits and uses, but this is how I use mine most of the time.

61ZRyCPabBL._SX522_This great little outlet diffuser works just like a plug-in, but without all the chemicals in the air! This is a great gift, especially when paired with some essential oils.

I am loving the holiday blends from Doterra for this time of year.  I use citrus bliss and purify a lot as well.  And serenity is a great blend for relaxing.


onnit-star-wars-themed-fitness-gear-kettlebells-slam-balls-and-yoga-mats-designboom-1-818x491Ok, these Star Wars dark side kettlebells by ONNIT are on the pricier side and definitely a novelty, but they are on MY wish list for sure!

“A bounty hunter, an Imperial Stormtrooper, and the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, these three loathsome figures have been meticulously sculpted and cast in dark black iron to strike fear into the hearts of all in their presence. You will never find a more wretched group of scum and villainy in any gym.”


What about the kids in your life? Are there fun gifts that are also promoting health and fitness? Yes! Every kid needs their own super yummy chewables from Juice Plus+ .

Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 3.49.03 PMFor the younger kids on your list: The Cranium Hullabaloo Game will get the whole family moving. As kids ages four and up bounce, spin, and jump between the colorful pads, they’ll learn new shapes, colors, and words. They’ll also hone their listening skills –especially when they “freeze” and wait to see if they’re a winner at the end. Though it’s geared towards kids ages four and up, even two-year olds will want to play along. Though kids can play Hullaballoo among themselves, parents will enjoy the silliness and the exercise!

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For the grade school and up kids on your list: The Aerobic Spring Ball is a great aerobic workout for any age. It works like a mini trampoline for great fun and exercise and teaches balance and coordination.

And who remembers Skip It?  I used to love mine! Laugh, sweat, and feel like a kid again while you tone your lower body and burn as many calories as running.  This is definitely on MY wish list!


Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 3.45.25 PMFor the techie teens (and adults) on your list: Apple Watch is the ultimate health and fitness tool for ALL ages.

Getting teens excited about being active is made easy with fun built-in and add-on apps.

With all the fashionable and functional band options, it’s easy to customize to their unique style.


Hidrate-Spark-2-features_600xWe all need to drink more water (1/2 our body weight in ounces every day to be more specific)!

I love my Waterminder app on my phone/watch, and it really motivates me to keep track.  But I also love the water bottles that help you keep track as well.

71+KfNsEbxL._SL1500_The hidrate spark actually syncs to your phone/fitbit/Apple Watch to help you keep track and glows to remind you to drink!

These wide mouth inspirational water tracker bottles are inexpensive and fun!


61GoiPX9GoLIf you want to be inspired you’ve GOT to check out this new book, The Power of a Plant, from Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine!

This is a great gift for the favorite teacher in your life, or anyone who gets excited about healthy living, gardening or inspiring kids to beat the odds.

If you want to be inspired TODAY, just check Stephen Ritz‘s story out. What he has been able to do at his school in the Bronx is AMAZING!


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