6 Sneaky Work-out Moves for Workers

Do you use work as an excuse to skip working out?  Do you find that articles on working out at work don’t help you because the moves would draw unwanted attention from your co-workers?  I am here to show you some sneaky workout moves that you can do throughout your workday.  These six moves are for days that you may not have time to go to the gym…

1.  As you are waiting on your conditioner to set in do thirty wall pushups while you’re in the shower…

2.  As you are drying your hair do at least thirty squats…

3.  As you are driving to work recline the back of your chair back (past 90 degrees) and contract your abs to sit upright (you can also do this at your desk)

4.  When standing around at work- work your calf muscles by getting on your toes (this is easy to mask in heels)…

5.  Take the stairs whenever possible, and skip every other step to work glutes, quads and hamstrings…

6.  When sitting at your desk raise feet slightly off the ground and hold for one minute-three times.  This works abs and quads…you can also do one leg at a time… (lady in photo raises legs more than slightly)

Remember no excuses!  Happy New Year and New YOU!

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Audra

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Hair Today Gone Tomorrow- 13 Hair Trends for 2013

If you want to stand out in the crowd in 2013… don’t stand out for being the only mullet, poofy bangs, or chia pet hair in the room. Stand out by being in style with these 13 trends for 2013!  Some are new, some are reruns and some never left!

Super Long Hair

Super Long Hair

Short and Spicy

Short and Spicy

Retro

Retro

Shorter Layers

Shorter Layers

Messy Updos

Messy Updos

Messy Bedhead

Messy Bedhead

Braids

Braids

Deep Side-parts

Deep Side-parts

Hints of Pastel

Hints of Pastel

Low Sleek Ponytails

Low Sleek Ponytails

Ombre

Ombre

Natural-looking Waves

Natural-looking Waves

Reverse Ombre

Reverse Ombre

Slide Into Shape!

This is one of my all-time favorite picks.  If you know me at all, then you are aware that I am a huge Jennifer Garner fan.  If you have ever seen “Alias”, “Elektra” or “Daredevil” then you know that JG is known to rock some serious muscles, while also being long and lean.  If you have ever wondered what her secret is… I am here to tell you that it is none other than celebrity trainer Valerie Waters.  Valerie has created “Valslides” which are the best and most convenient piece of workout equipment you will find.  These are great if you travel frequently, or if you don’t want a lot of bulky equipment in your home.  Valslides are slides that you literally slide your feet on in many different ways to build muscle, tone up and raise your heart rate.  The best way to understand how they work is to watch the videos below. If you go to Valslide and get the “essentials kit” you will find everything you need.  The essentials kit includes the Valslides, instructional dvd, instructional chart and booties for use on hardwood floor (since they were designed for carpet).  This would be a great gift for someone wanting to get into shape or for yourself (after you get all that Christmas money to spend).  I have added two videos below showing you a few of the moves featured on “Access Hollywood” and “Ellen”.  Also, there is a big sale going on this weekend over at Valslide so slide on over and get yours today!  They are a great way to get a total body workout and they are very affordable!

Valerie on “Access Hollywood”

Jennifer Garner training Ellen

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Audra

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Audra’s Picks Contest

Subscribe to my blog and follow all my upcoming posts by entering your email over on the right…and you will be entering to win these fun-sized favorites of mine! Essie-(Wicked and Ballet Slippers with file), Dove Deep Moisture Bodywash, Curel Daily Moisture Lotion, and Wet ‘N Wild lipgloss in Rose Gold!!!!! Plus if you like Audra’s Picks on Facebook and Follow @AudrasPicks on Twitter you can get two additional entries!!!! If you already like and follow RT or Share my post and it’ll enter you…

Audra’s Picks Facebook link

Audra’s Picks Twitter link

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Audra

*{UPDATE}*
The winner for the giveaway is………….. Courtney Epps! Thanks to all who followed/Facebooked/Tweeted I will have another giveaway very soon!

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Diana Warner Jewelry

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Men, this is an easy assignment. If you want to buy your lady a gift go to Diana Warner Studio, Altar’d State, or Obligato (Knoxvillians) and buy her a piece of Diana Warner Jewelry. It really doesn’t matter what you pick- she will love it. There isn’t a piece I don’t like. Diana is a New York designer from Knoxville who styles stars from tv and movies like…Natasha Bedingfield, the “Gossip Girl” Cast, Susan Sarandon and more. You can’t go wrong with her unique and artsy pieces. I got to meet her and look at many pieces yesterday and I was in seventh heaven! You can personalize a piece of jewelry for your special lady or buy a finished piece. You can’t go wrong with Diana Warner guys…Happy Shopping!

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Audra

Say Wen

Like you, I have seen bits and pieces of the Wen infomercials on TV, and like you I was skeptical.  I seriously doubted that the people who achieved clean hair from a lather-less shampoo had very dirty hair to begin with.  When I received this product I decided to really put it to the test.  I used it with two days worth of greasy hair that had a ton of hairspray in it.  Plus, I used the amount recommended for normal length hair, knowing that there are few people I know that have longer or thicker hair than I do.  I used the Cleansing Conditioner one time and it cleaned my hair very thoroughly to my surprise.  If anything, it dried it out a tad so I also used the SixThirteen product as a heavier conditioner after I rinsed out the Cleansing Conditioner.  My hair has never felt so clean or light.  Plus, the scents are so amazing that I keep smelling my hair throughout the day.  After about a week of usage, I already notice less frizz and damage.  I wish I had this six years ago when my hair wasn’t healthy like it is now.  If you have damaged hair this would be a great investment for you to make.  Unlike certain ordinary shampoos, the WEN® formula contains NO sulfates, NO harsh detergents and NO harsh chemicals.  It is great for rejuvinating your hair, or to simply keep it healthy.  You can purchase Wen alone or in packages at Wen Hair Care, QVC or go somewhere like Sephora.  I would recommend that if your ends tend to get dry that you get the Cleansing Conditioner and SixThirteen.  Use both as directed and you cannot go wrong!  If you don’t want to invest in everyday usage you could also reap the benefits by using Wen once a week, since it isn’t exactly cheap.  I must say that I am a believer in Wen and absolutely love it!

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Audra

Get Bombshell Hair

My first “Holiday Gift Guide Pick” is by Sultra and it is called “the bombshell cone rod curling iron.”  This is an absolutely genius curling tool.  I have so many good things to say about it that I hope I can effectively relate them all to you.  First of all, you can tell by looking at the bombshell cone that it is no ordinary curling iron, it has no clamp.  There are many such irons on the market today but this is the “best of the best” for many reasons.  First of all, the copycats I have seen have tips that are hot.  I like that the tip of this iron is not heated.  There isn’t too much space, but there is just enough space at the tip that doesn’t get hot.  So… if you need to grab the tip- you can without getting burnt.  Sultra’s bombshell cone is also great because of it’s cone shape, this gives you a tighter curl as you get to the ends of your hair.  I love looser curls around my face and this gives you that look.  The curls you get can range from ringlets to loose waves depending on how tightly you wrap your hair around the wand.  I love this because you can throw out all the different sized curling irons you already have (if have several like me) and you can create all of their looks with just one tool.  Sultra’s bombshell cone also features a no-slip ThermaGrip tapered barrel (so your hair doesn’t constantly slip through the iron like most).  It also features a revolutionary Kyocera Ceramic Heater Technology that keeps the cone at an evenly proportioned 360 degrees.  This technology actually mends hair with infrared rays as you style it, so it is perfect for those of us with damaged/color-treated hair.  One of my favorite features is that it curls your hair much faster than a traditional curling iron.  I wrapped a piece of hair (1-2 inch sections at a time) and counted to about 2 and it was done.  With my curling irons I usually could count to 15 per section.  Once you get used to the process it is much faster than a regular curling iron.  I also love that I can curl more hair in the bombshell cone than in my other curling irons.  This allows my curls to start closer to my root than when I use other irons (where I usually have 1/3 of my hair straight then the bottom 2/3 is curled).  Sultra also offers a 2-year warranty with their products and even throws in a styling glove and iron pad (glove so you don’t burn your fingers, and iron pad so you don’t damage countertops).  Honestly, I didn’t use the glove but I wouldn’t recommend you do the same for the first few times at least.  I posted a how-to video below on how I use this product if you are interested in seeing how it works.  The Sultra bombshell cone can be purchased online at Sultra, Nordstrom, or in stores like Sephora or Nordstrom for around $130.  I know you are thinking that is pretty steep, but I actually think it is worth more.  Like I said before, you can throw out all of your different sized curling irons and replace them all with this product (plus any rollers you have).  I love the wavy curls that I was able to create in just minutes with this tool, and if you want to make a special lady feel extra special for the holidays you should definitely consider buying one for her (or yourself).  Happy Shopping everyone!  I will be posting on most days for the next several weeks to share some more wonderful products with you!

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Audra

Sultra Bombshell Cone How-To Link

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Holiday Gift Guide

I just wanted to announce my Holiday Gift Guide 2012! I am so excited to pair up with some really great companies and share some of their best products with you. As usual, I will only be sharing the ones I love, if I don’t like something I simply won’t blog about it. I am very excited about the things I am trying out. Be on the look out (beginning very soon) for my first Holiday Gift Guide Pick. These will be great gifts to purchase for the women in your life. Share with your husband/fiance/boyfriend if you want them to be aware of some really great gifts. Also these are things to buy for your fellow girlfriends or for yourself! I hope you enjoy!

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Audra

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