Define Brave with Katie K.

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I am thrilled to announce that I am an ambassador for the Katie K Activewear line.

There are TONS of activewear brands out there now to choose from with prices that run the gamut from super affordable to half a month’s rent. The common factor that many brands seem to have, however, is that everything seems to be designed for women who have already attained a fitness model physique.

That’s why I love Katie K. Katie’s platform is “define brave.” Katie’s definition of brave is being the best you, you can be. Brave also comes in all shapes and sizes…

Between new runners at the store and new clients looking to get into shape, I see so many women working out in old T-shirts and cotton lounge pants. Not only does the cotton absorb sweat and weigh them down, they seem uncomfortable and un-empowered. It may sound silly, but great fitting and flattering fitness apparel can really make a difference.

The Katie K Active Signature Collection is a new premium line for sizes Small to 3X which empowers you to BRAVE YOUR ELEMENTS while leading a healthy and enriched life. The Katie K Active Signature Collection is the perfect blend of STYLE MEETS FUNCTION for your daily sweat sessions. The Katie K Active Signature Collection ends the search for a versatile wardrobe that will take you from yoga class, to the gym, to your coffee date, and everywhere in between. With the Katie K Active Signature Collection, you and your girlfriends can feel great about how you look while working out, or even on those crazy days that you didn’t quite make it to the gym. The Katie K Active Signature Collection with double-fit technology will ELEVATE YOUR CONFIDENCE, giving you the motivation to perform at your best.

I’ve been rocking my free flow cardigan almost every day; it’s the perfect cover up for warm-ups or quick errands.

Kaie K Active Free Flow Cardigan in Black

The length of the walking pant is adjustable and the wide waist band is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for this entire pregnancy.

Katie K Active Signature Walking Pant in Black

Katie K Active Signature Walking Pant in Black

I love how breezy the burnout tank is, and the drawstring sides compliment my bump without making my butt look flat.

Katie K Active Signature Burnout Tank in Vivid Blue

Katie K Active Signature Burnout Tank in Vivid Blue

Prices are comparable to the market and the quality is better than a certain subscription service that I’ve used in the past. I’m trying not to buy too many more clothes until after baby comes, but I can’t wait to get my hands on those signature urban capris!

Why not give Katie K a try? Use code SAM15 for 15%off and free shipping!

Disclaimer: I received the apparel pictured for free as part of my ambassador contract. All opinions are my own.

Date Night

We’ve been trying to get out of the house a little more on the weekends since we know that won’t really be an option after BS Baby arrives.

Lately though, we’ve been doing a lot of work around the house and passing out watching the DVR. Sometimes on separate couches because I need to use the heating pad. It’s glamorous and super romantic.

We asked for movie gift certificates for Christmas since I knew that’s the kind of outing we’d least be able to do with a screaming newborn, but I’m often way too exhausted to sit through an entire movie by the time we find something we want to see.

Saturday we decided we’d give it a go. As a Noah Baumbach lover, While We’re Young has been on my radar, but I wasn’t sure if TJ would go for it. Luckily, he didn’t take too much convincing. Because the tickets were covered, we grabbed a bite at District Pub before showtime.

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We’ve been into District for drinks before (the beer selection is pretty rad, and happy hour is awesome) but never got around to trying the food out. The menu offers sausages and burgers, with some pretty eclectic twists. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s an Alligator or Duck Sausage, along with the usual pork, chicken and beef options. There are even 2 vegan sausages that sound quite tasty if that’s your thing. The burgers sound delicious as well – especially the Early Bird, which is topped with an egg. Egg on burgers is just the best.

I’ve been going easy on the meat lately myself, so I opted to try the vegan burger, but added fontina cheese and their tomatillo habanero sauce. TJ got the cheddarwurst, and we shared fries (naturally) with a side of spicy ketchup.

Vegan Burger, tomatillo habanero sauce and original fries.

Vegan Burger, tomatillo habanero sauce and original fries.

The ketchup was life-changing. Really nice heat balanced with a really robust flavor; I almost asked if they would give me some to take home. The tomatillo habanero was very unexpected, but very good. I was imagining more of a salsa, but this was thick – kind of like pureed guacamole. The habanero flavor was a nice kick but the tomatillo kept the whole thing tasting very cool and a little earthy. The burger suffered from textural issues but tasted delicious. I didn’t have a problem finishing it.

TJ liked the sausage, but we both agreed it didn’t seem to have too much cheddar in it. I partook in the beer sampler he got with my pregnant technique of “lipping.” You keep your mouth closed and let the drink cover your lips and then lick your lips for the flavor. I’m a genius, not an alcoholic, don’t judge me.

After dinner, we hopped across the street and made it into our seats just in time.

While We're Young

I really loved While We’re Young. Balancing the perfect amount of humor with the heavy, the film explores the idea of “timeline manipulation” both in life and in cinema. Exposing the boundaries between documentary and fiction, it’s an honest look at the generational cycle, and how we perceive our own authenticity and self-growth; a coming of age for the 40-something. Highly recommend!

Played it pretty low key the rest of the weekend… did some Pre-Natal Yoga, which I honestly still find boring, but I know it’s good for me. Feeling WIPED OUT today, especially after Pop Physique this morning. Not sleepy tired, but just lethargic and achey to the bone. I wouldn’t complain if I could take a nap though.

Hope you had a great weekend!

My Top 5 Pregnancy Must-Haves

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At nearly 6 months along (almost 3rd trimester – yay!) I’ve been through a LOT of ups and downs with this pregnancy. I feel very lucky to have been able to stay as active as I have, and honestly feel like I’m in the healthiest and best shape of my life.

Staying this active hasn’t exactly been easy and there have been plenty of days where I want to zone out on the couch and eat bags of jellybeans. I started putting together a list of my pregnancy must-haves, and realized that most of these things are what help me continue to be so on top of my fitness game. Yes, I consumed a LOT of ginger during the first trimester, and Healthy Mama still gets used on the reg, but these 5 items are really helping me survive this whole growing a person thing while maintaining a pretty challenging fitness regimen.

Snoogle Original by LEACHCO

Snoogle Original by LEACHCO

Let’s face it – no way you’re going to workout if you didn’t sleep the night before. While I don’t exactly sleep through the night, having this body pillow allows me to get mostly comfortable and fall asleep faster to begin with. I’m generally a back or stomach sleeper, so the whole side-sleeping thing has been an adjustment and this pillow has been a HUGE help. TJ bought it for me after I whined for a few weeks about wanting one, because he’s the best.

Adidas UltraBoost

Adidas UltraBoost

Swollen, achey feet suck. Adidas Ultra Boost helps it suck less. Normally I’m a firm, minimal shoe kinda girl, but I’ve needed some cushioning love to get through my harder workouts – especially the LA Half Marathon. I was already in love with Boost before the Ultra came out, and it’s no secret I’m biased towards Adidas in general, but I really love these shoes. The knit upper stretches with my foot throughout the day and breathes like a dream, and the sock fit makes them super easy to get on and off. The boost material is super cushioned but still really responsive, which is important when you’re trying not to fall on your face. I have the black ones but I’m lusting after this Tangerine color.

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

While many people like to use pregnancy as an excuse to eat for two, you really only need to take in an extra 300 calories each day. However, because I was used to eating a calorie deficit for weight loss prior to my pregnancy, it’s a LOT of extra calories for me. Add in the amount of exercise I do, and we’re looking at the caloric requirements of a male bodybuilder. Because the surge has a continuous heart rate monitor, I know how many calories I need to replenish throughout the day. I stopped trying to keep my HR at 140 and rely instead on the talk-test, but it’s nice to be able to keep an eye on it during more intense solo workouts where I have no one to talk-test to. It also links to MyFitnessPal, so I have everything in one place which is super convenient. It’s also really motivating on days where I’m feeling lazy to at least try to get some additional steps in.

Heating Pad

Heating Pad

Things hurt during pregnancy. And by things I mean ALL OF THE THINGS. I started getting lower back and sciatica pain a few days before LA Marathon, so TJ went to Target and got me the Sunbeam Moist and Dry Heating Pad. I haven’t used the moist option yet, but the heating pad is awesome. I’ve used it almost everywhere at this point, including on some pretty terrible knots that developed in my calves after the marathon. Now I mostly use it for lower back flare ups which seem to happen after running… not gonna stop me!

Insulated Cold Cup with Straw

Insulated Cold Cup with Straw

Everyone knows that drinking water is super important during pregnancy. When you work out a lot, you need to drink even MORE water. I’ve been carrying this guy with me since Christmas (TJ got it at a Starbucks back in NH on clearance – cheap AND no sales tax!) and I swear water tastes better in this cup. I think it has something to do with ALWAYS being cold in combination with the slight metallic taste of drinking through the straw. Regardless, having it with me is a constant reminder to stay hydrated. Plus I really like the colors.

What helps you stay active? Anything I’m missing in my list?