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Mutt Malas One year (+ a couple months) anniversary! AND, a giveaway!!!!

You guys, omg. I said I wouldn’t wait forever to do another post, and here we are… a month and a half later. UGH! I love and hate summer at the same time, because it’s just SO dang busy!!!

That magical wedding I talked about in my last post (My sisters wedding!!!) – it has come and gone, and hooooolyyyy crap it was absolutely perfect. She looked like the most beautiful princess and it really was a glorious day! So happy for her and her new hubs! 

Note her right wrist… proudly rockin a #muttmala!

I know this post isn’t supposed to be about the wedding, but how could I not include it ? Look how great everyone looks!! 🙂 

ANYWAY… on to the #muttmalas!

This is honestly so exciting! Incase you missed it, or you’re not familiar with what Mutt Malas is all about, you can check out the story behind it here

So MuttMalas was created last June, just over a year ago…. and it started as my passion project. I just wanted to raise as much money as I could for rescue animals. I know that mala beads are popular right now, and I’m really interested in their healing properties, what they’re all about, and I just really love the creative outlet! Honestly though, when I started the #muttmalas page, I kinda thought I would get some orders from friends and family, and that would be it!

The thing that I thought would make me stand apart from all the other pages that sell malas, is that I don’t keep ANY profits at all. I cover the cost of my materials, and I donate the rest. I price accordingly to ensure I am donating $10 from EVERY bracelet and $20 from every necklace! 100% of the proceeds donated!

I was absolutely overwhelmed with support. Seriously. Honourable mentions must go out to my BC #fitfam who always seemed to be the first to support whatever crazy idea I had. They purchased so many of the bracelets right outta the gate and I am beyond grateful for their purchases, but also for their sharing! They took tons of pics, used the hashtag and spread the word about my little passion project. (Byron, this means you! haha)

I’ve donated a lot to Tierra De Animales in Cancun (where our little meximutt Pedro came from), as well as Lost Dog Foundation (also focusing on mexican street dogs). I’ve also donated to HugaBull (in BC), and Emmas Dog Rescue (GTA, Ontario).

I am SO stoked to share that in the last year, I’ve donated just about $4000 from the #muttmalas bracelet and necklace sales!!! AHHHH It’s so amazing!!!! And to be honest, I’ve sort of taken my foot off the pedal promoting in the last few months because I was just so busy with other things. I was still blessed enough to have some orders trickling in here and there… but I am so excited to see what I can do now that the following is growing and I’m ready to dedicate more time to them again come fall!!!

I’ve actually had to turn a couple small businesses here in Niagara Falls away. They wanted to carry them but I didn’t have enough pre made stock ready to go for them to have! I have been doing mainly custom orders over the last 6 months or so as those seem to be most popular! People wanted to create their own… and I love that! But I’m so pumped on trying to grow this page and spread the #muttmala love!! 

I’ve done orders for so many different occasions! 

Custom order for bride/bridesmaids (These ones are from my sis’ wedding, but I have done others as well!)

  

Some parent/child pairs! (these are actually father/child pairs which are so freakin adorbs!)

 
Tons and tons of custom orders

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And even some mala making for minis!

And of course I have my own collection! I may have a problem… haha

My dad made me this awesome shelf/mala holder to hold all my creations! I was running out of room!! How cute and functional is it!?!?!

I am going to do my best to get better and more diligent taking pics of all my creations… posting on the #muttmalas pages more often (especially facebook, that one has been super neglected) and I am going to do everything I can to keep this little project growing!

Recently, I’ve had orders from all over… all different parts of Canada and the US, New Zealand, AND I sent my first shipment to Australia last month!! WOOOO!!!! They’re EVERYWHERE!

These little babies make awesome gifts because they not only can be customized to fit healing needs of the person you’re giving it to, but it’s for a good cause!! 

Anyway… just wanted to share a 1 year (plus a couple months) update, and say THANK YOU! Thank you so much for the support on this project and for having great taste and big hearts! I honestly feel so blessed this has taken off the way it has, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

OH … lastly… the giveaway! haha DUH! 🙂 
As a thank you for all the support over the last year, I’m going to give away a #muttmala bracelet, custom order to one winner AND a friend! 
– comment on the post and let me know what stones are your fave/what you would want it made with
– tag a friend you think would love #muttmalas and the cause
* for extra entries, share the post!!
– I will draw a winner on Friday at 5pmEST
GOOD LUCK!!!!

THANK YOU for your shares of #muttmalas… They could help save a little fur babes life! 

xxx
Andrea 

THREADBORNE by Under Armour (AND The Rock’s new UA line!)

Hey guys! 

Holy smokes I can not believe it’s already mid April and more importantly… we leave for vacay tomorrow!!!!!! AHHHH!!!! I can not wait for some serious sunshine and sand! And perhaps a margarita or two! 😉 

Before we head out though, I need to share some new items from Under Armour. You guys… you know I love this company… but they just keep getting better and better. They sent Greg and I (yes, he even got spoiled this time!) a huge box of goodies from their brand new Threadborne line! Honestly… I’m so stoked about this new line. The stuff is AMAZING!  It’s honestly SO SO SO comfy and light weight… The special threadborne technology is made to be light, dry really fast, and not cling! Winning!

Check this stuff out…

Tights       

Seamless heathered tank /Tshirt streaker   

Seamless heathered long sleeve Train hoodie   Seamless heathered long sleeve Train hoodie

Strappy tank 

 

And then… there’s all the mens stuff!
Muscle Tank / Muscle Tank / Threadborne Streaker Singlet / Threadborne Streaker 1/4 zip 

Seamless T / Threadbone Seamless Threadborne Siro

Threadborne Tour PANT

 

Honestly, there is just too much to say about these clothes guys. Give them a try… any of them. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed!

AND… As if that wasn’t enough to be released at one time… there’s also more great stuff coming from The Rock. He was picked up by Under Armour I think just over a year ago but I could be wrong on that. But he’s different than many of the athletes UA sponsors in that he’s SUPER involved in creating his own line. He released shoes last week, and they were totally sold out in under 24 hours. They’re now on back order and will be shipping again in AUGUST! That’s 4 months from now!!! So cool that people are so into what he’s up to! I mean, he’s the Rock after all.

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I just want to send a quick shout out to my UA peeps for being so awesome to me all the time.  You sure know how to treat a girl right! 🙂

Thanks for reading, and Happy Long weekend!!! Let me know if you have any questions on any of these you guys and I’ll do my best to help. Anything threadborne…. ya can’t go wrong! 

xxx
Andrea 

SO MUCH Under Armour Love

You guys, ahhhhh!!! Firstly, happy Friday~!!!

So, my favourite of all the boxes arrived recently (I was having trouble uploading photos or I would have posted this ages ago!)!!! Under Armour boxesssss!

It’s honestly the most exciting for me because I never really know what’s in them.. they’re surprise items from my wonderful UA fam.

           

Most of these items are brand new, and I could not be more stoked on them!
This new Threadborne material is seriously something else. SO soft, super functional for keeping you dry, comfortable and smelling good! Check it out!

Sports Bra
– super comfortable but enough support for working out
Threadborne Shirt (Long sleeve)
– I want to wear this all the time. It’s so soft it feels like I have nothing on. But it keeps me dry and cool at the same time!
Threadborne Tights 
 These tights I will say, are tough to get on… but once they’re on – ohhh so comfy and SUPER flattering.
Threadborne Shoes
 WOWEEEEE~ If you guys have read my blog before you know I’m a sucker for shoes. And these are insanely comfy. And plus, they’re pretty cute, lets be honest!

        

And if that weren’t enough… here are a few more killer pieces.

Strappy Sports Bra 
– LOVE the back. And it’s super supportive (although I’m not large in the chest so keep that in mind!)
Black Mirror Tights 
– GAH. I have a variation of these tights in probably 3 slightly diff styles (in black alone!) and several different colours!
Threadborne Tank 
– I would like this tank in every colour. My only complaint is I am only 5’2 and it’s a little long! I would have maybe gone with a size XS – but it’s still cute and the material… omg!
 Slingride TRI
 I wear these with everything. Seriously. They’re so cute. Grey matches everything, and these are function shoes – absolutely. GREAT for training, but also look cute with tights and a cardi ( I think so … but I’m not fashion guru!)

Underwear / Thong Undies
 the ladies in my family have pretty much gotten rid of all their undies EXCEPT these. They’re so comfortable it’s crazy. Great quality, breathable… what more can you ask for in undies!?

              

Okay guys, so I get asked a lot from friends, family and people that follow my page(s) about UA products, and if I have any I can recommend. I ALWAYS have a million I want to recommend, but I typically need to dial it back to a few. 

It does change from season to season, but I figured I would share a few of my faves that I’ve been loving/living in as of late.

So the first one I’ve been honestly switching back and for between the black and the white pretty much every day is the Essential Demi.. It is SO comfy, it is flattering and it’s long enough to cover your front and your bum (so perfect with tights and a cardi)

Of course I wear Under Armour for my workouts… exclusively, because it’s the best quality, the most comfortable (and so many colours!!). But I’ve been so impressed over the last 6 months or so with the ‘lifestyle’ clothing that UA has put out lately. This shirt would fall under that for me! It’s absolutely functional for working out still, but I love wearing it in my every day wardrobe.

The next thing I’m having a hard time getting myself out of as of late is these Link-Knit tights. Ahhh, you guys know I love tights. I would wear them all day every day if I didn’t have a job that required me to wear real people work clothes.. haha. But these tights come in 2 colours (black and grey) and the BEST part about them is they have POCKETSSSSS!!!!! And the material of them is SO soft… it doesn’t cut into your skin, but they’re still oooo so flattering! Glorious.

 

I could go on and on and on but I will stop there for now!

I would love to know some of your fave workout pieces from UA… Always looking for new ones to try (like I need more!!)

Happy Friday y’all! 🙂

Thanks for reading
xoxo — Andrea 

 

 

 

Under Armour EXPLOSION. New items!!!

Happy Mondayyyy you guys. Holy smokes. It’s the last week of August/First week of September.
How did this happen?!

Okay, so I’ve got a BUNCH of stuff to share with you. It’s almost September, and that means, change of season! SO, UA has a bunch of new fall stuff out to keep you training hard AND looking good.

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Joga in the AM & a rainy day outfit

Happy Tuesday!

Hope the week is off to a good start for you guys. 
I’m doing a ‘reset’ week this week, before Greg and I start hard into our training again.

We’re going to be doing the Insanity Max 30 workouts again. We’ve done them once before and absolutely loved them. Well – love/hate. But they’re killer workouts, so I’m excited to get back to them. Anyway, more on that next week.

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For this week, I’ve downloaded Joga with Jana from iTunes to do at home, and I am STOKED. I’ve been wanting to do the teacher training for this, and incorporate it into our workouts, but haven’t had the guts (or $$$) to pull the trigger, yet. Anyway, I am doing to do these in the mornings for the rest of this week.  Check out her page for more info on what Joga is all about.

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Friday Faves – Consignment shopping, gluten free beer find & a new tea

Weeekendddddd!!!! And happy APRIL FOOLS! Holy… April.

I don’t know about everywhere else, but I DO know that this last week in Vancouver has been AMAZING this week. Like SO good. I am LOVING busting out all my spring clothes. Dresses, boots, and today, I even wore OPEN toe shoeeeessss! 

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Anyway, moving along. Here are a few of the things I am crushing on this week!

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Friday Faves – Target, Outdoor workouts and Soda Stream

Happy Friday loves! And happy long weekend!

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We’re headed to Bellingham first thing this morning to celebrate Greggie’s birthday. That is what he wanted to do – go to Bellingham for the long weekend and hit up all his favourite spots. Elizabeth Station, and all the Bellingham Breweries! (Wander, Kulshan, Aslan, Boundary Bay, Structure, Chuckanut

Anyway, more on that after the weekend.

On to my faves for the week!

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