What's On My Apple Watch? (My Favorite Apps That You NEED)

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If you see me at the gym, walking from class to class, or running errands, you’ll most likely see my Apple Watch series 3 on my left wrist. One of the most common questions I hear or get asked is, “What are some good apps to have on your Apple watch?” 

Funnily enough, when the watch first came out, I wasn’t crazy about it. I had no interest in purchasing one and couldn’t see myself wearing one either. But once I started seeing my favorite bloggers, influencers and friends sporting theirs, that quickly changed.

For my 20th birthday, I decided to give in and ask for one as a gift.

Now that it has been over a year, I can tell you that the watch is worth it! I never go a day without wearing mine. 

I thought it would be a great idea to share with you what apps I have on my Apple Watch as a college student, blogger and writer.

Motivation – Daily Quotes

A positive quote is one of my favorite ways to start off the day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that every now and then, I love to post a snapshot of a positive quote from my Apple Watch. Motivation – Daily Quotes is the app they all come from. 

Everyday you get a different quote which I find is something fun to look forward to in the morning! As a writer, these quotes serve as awesome inspiration as well.

Spotify

For all music-lovers including myself, Spotify is a must. This app is on my phone and laptop so naturally, it makes sense to have on my Apple watch as well. 

Spotify says it best themselves that by having this app on your watch, you become a “DJ from your wrist.” You can control the music that you’re listening to from your wrist as well as get more information about the song you’re listening to. 

This comes in handy way more than you think.

Nike Training Club

For all of you fitness fans, you need the Nike Training Club app if you don’t have it already. 

I started off by having this app on my phone years ago. It has over 300 workouts, taught by professionals themselves, that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Their workouts also vary by level of performance, for example, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Although you’ll need to use your smartphone to start your workout of choice, the Apple watch displays how much time in the workout you have left, how many reps you have and your heart rate/calories burned. 

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Headspace

We all need to remind ourselves to breathe and relax especially if we tend to constantly be on the go. 

The Apple watch comes with a breathe app already that will guide you through breathing exercises ranging from 1-5 minutes, however, Headspace is a great addition if you want even more.

Headspace is a guided meditation app that works wonders when it comes to relaxing your body and mind. What I love the most about the app is that you can use it anywhere and anytime. Between the SOS and touch options offered through the watch, you will always be one step closer to living a more mindful lifestyle. 

4 Letter Word

I have another daily word app on my watch that speaks to my more spiritual side. The Four Letter Word app gives you a new four letter word each day. Underneath it, you’ll find a biblical passage that the word is included in. I love this because it serves as an amazing food for thought! 

Drink Water Reminder N Tracker

This app is truly changing lives and by lives, I mean mine. I am the worst when it comes to remembering to drink water. So much so, that I took the initiative to download an app that will REMIND me to do it. As crazy as it sounds, this app has helped me a lot. 

You can set the quantity of water that you want to drink in the app on your phone and the app will provide you with reminders throughout the day to reach your water-drinking goals! 

So now that I’ve shared some of my favorite Apple Watch apps, I need to hear yours. Whether you have an Apple Watch or not, what app can you not live without? Let me know below!

Group Fitness Classes That I Love & Why You Should Too!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHappy New Year! I hope everyone’s 2019 has been off to a wonderful start. If 2018 was a rocky year or you didn’t achieve all that you had  planned, 2019 will be your year and you will achieve any and everything that you set your mind to!

I know a lot of us have 2019 goals/resolutions and many of them include getting back on track in terms of health and fitness especially after the holidays. I know mine do! It’s always hard to jump back into working out especially after a bit of time, but for me I’ve found this to be a lot easier with group fitness classes.

Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite group fitness classes that you should give a try this year if you haven’t already.

Let this be a year of trying new things! Finding a workout class that works for you is an amazing starting point to ease your way back into a successful fitness journey.

Zumba

If you like to dance, love music, or simply like having lots of fun, you must try Zumba! If you’re not the biggest fan of working out, I highly suggest doing Zumba because rather than working out, it feels like one huge dance party!

Dancing burns an insane amount of calories and I never fail to feel energized and amazing after one of these classes. Not the greatest dancer? You don’t have to be! As long as you are moving and having fun that is ALL that matters. Along with that, I don’t think I’ve ever had an instructor yet who didn’t radiate positive, fun energy!

Barre

Barre is something that I tried for the first time last year and I must say that this class is the epitome of the saying, “looks can be deceiving.” Don’t let the tiny movements that look and seem easy, fool you. You will leave your first barre class feeling the burn but in the best ways possible. This is an excellent class to try if you are looking to lengthen, strengthen and tone your body quickly especially before spring break, the summer or throughout the year in general.

Kickboxing

In the summer of 2017, I tried my first CKO kickboxing class and quickly became hooked. Not long after, I ended up getting a membership at my local CKO kickboxing gym and went twice a week for the remainder of that summer!

Kickboxing was something that I had always wanted to try, but I was so hesitant to start it because I didn’t think I was strong enough or fit enough for it. It took me the longest time to convince myself to give it a try, but after starting I realized, that’s the whole point! With every kickboxing class you feel yourself getting stronger and stronger. Every punch and kick gets becomes more powerful and your body starts to adjust to the intensity of the exercises. Aside from that, kickboxing is an excellent way to let out any pent up frustration, anger or stress.

Yoga

It was during my junior year of high school that I first got into yoga. I joined a yoga club with my best friend and it was amazing for so many different reasons. Not only was it helping me cope with the stressful load of junior year, I noticed a difference in my strength by the time the quarter was over. My arms and abdomen got more toned and strong, I became more mindful and coped better with stressful situations, I connected so well with the other students in the class and I learned a lot about myself and the core principles of yoga.

Cycling

After years of wanting to go to a cycling class, I finally dragged a friend along to do it with me a few months ago at my school. Cycling is INTENSE, but after one class it is so easy to understand why people continue to come back. While my legs may have been sore for what felt like weeks, I developed an urge to want to come back and push myself even harder. Not to mention, I’ve learned that instructors can get really creative with their playlists used in the class. There’s nothing better than a workout class with great music because it makes the class feel a little less painful!

What are your favorite workout classes? I personally love going to group fitness classes because I love having an instructor who can tell me exactly what to do as well as make sure that I am constantly in proper form. I love discovering new classes and am curious as to what the next hottest one is going to be this year!

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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Christmas is in two days, and we’ll be entering the new year in less than two weeks! Time has flown by so quickly.

So let’s be honest. Sometimes the holiday season in reality doesn’t feel as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies, TV shows, commercials and social media.

Maybe you’re finalizing travel plans, or you’re in charge of wrapping gifts. Maybe you still haven’t picked up all of your gifts yet, or you still have to make final preparations for a holiday dinner or party.

If any of the above describes how you’re feeling right now or if you’re experiencing any form of holiday stress large or small, just take the time to breathe. Right now.

Being surrounded by portrayals of situations opposite to yours may make you feel like you’re the only person in the world going through this, but let me be the first to tell you that you’re not!

I’ve had my fair share of holiday stress this year, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that the true meaning of the holidays and how I should be spending this precious time outweighs all of the stress that I have been experiencing.

I want to offer some tips to combat holiday stress because at the end of the day, everything will get done even though you have no idea how.

Disconnect

The holidays are the perfect time to break away from social media, TV, or anything that is distracting you from getting what you need to get done. Sometimes seeing what is portrayed online or on the screen can worsen your stress and make like you feel like you don’t have it all together!

Don’t give your attention to that. Instead, use your time of disconnect to spend more time with family and loved ones or give yourself some time to just unwind and relax after a long day of crossing off tasks from your to-do list.

Ask For Help

Never be ashamed to reach out for help if you need it! This goes for decorating, planning or picking up something that you may have forgotten to grab at the grocery store.

I know you may want to get everything done by yourself, but simply asking a friend, family member or significant other for help can lessen your stress significantly. Maybe for your dinner party you can ask guests to bring a meal to lessen the load of cooking everything. Or, you can ask a friend or someone who is free to help you clean and prepare for guests that are coming over.

Make Time for Self-Care

Whatever your favorite form of self-care may be, make time in your schedule for it. Self-care is something that is necessary to implement into our daily routines. It allows us to listen more closely to our body and mind.

It doesn’t matter how long of a day you’ve had or how much left you still have to do. A few minutes dedicated to your favorite form of self-care won’t hurt. In fact, it’ll make you feel better and give you energy to tackle your next task.

Be Kind To Your Body

Of course during the holidays we are surrounded by so many delicious sweet treats all around us and it is absolutely fine to treat yourself!

But, it is also important not to lose sight of continuing to nourish your body with the proper nutrition that it needs. Doing so will keep you moving and full of vitality.

Along with a treat here and there, make sure you are staying hydrated, and continuing to eat fruits and vegetables. It is so easy to lose track of what you are consuming this time of the year, but if you remain mindful of it all, you can notice a positive difference in your mood throughout the rest of the season!

“Gratitude is the BEST Attitude”

When in doubt, practice gratitude. Think of everything you are grateful for! Appreciate all the good and bad that you are going through because at the end of the day, you will become so much stronger because of the challenges you may be facing at the moment.

Continue to spread generosity and kindness to everyone because everyone is going through some kind of battle whether it is apparent or not.

While the holiday season may be stressful at times, remember to be easy and kind to yourself. No one is perfect and not everything goes according to plan which is fine because that is a part of life. Taking care of yourself is the most important and remember that all of this will pass!

Camille Rose

Skin Care is My Makeup.

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Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m not one to wear makeup often. Yes, it’s incredibly fun to apply makeup for a nice outing with friends or a fancy dinner with my family, but more often than not, you’ll see me bare-faced.

While many girls that I knew in middle school were starting to experiment with makeup, I was messing around with skin care. I don’t recall too much about how I got into it, but I do remember that I would constantly pass time by watching YouTube videos of skin care routines, constantly research new cleansers, moisturizers and masks to try out (I still do!), and pick up a new skin care product every time I went to the drugstore.

It is often said that you should do the things that your future self will thank you for and when I look back, I’m incredibly proud of myself to have gotten into skin care at such an early age because today, it is such a vital part of my daily self-care routine.

Today, I want to share with you some of my current favorite skin care products that I use religiously. It has definitely taken a lot of trial and error over the years to find products that work well for my skin, but I can genuinely say that I am very satisfied with the products that I am using at the moment!

Shea Moisture African Black Soap with Shea Butter for Troubled Skin

I started using this product over the summer and I haven’t used any other cleanser since! It is incredibly effective and always leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant. I bring this soap with me wherever I go.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

Before discovering the Shea Moisture African Black Soap, this cleanser was my go-to. I still love it so much! This cleanser removes all of your makeup while giving your skin a deep cleanse a the same time. It is super gentle and has a subtle, calming scent.

Aztec Secret- Indian Healing Clay Mask

After so much hype over this product on YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, I had to give this mask a try. It certainly has delivered! I love using this mask after a long, stressful week of school or work. This mask has cleared up my skin so well and I feel like my skin is genuinely spotless after every application.

Bubble Sheet Mask

My current obsession at the moment, this bubble sheet mask is AMAZING and so much fun. I never truly understood what brighter skin looked like until using this. My bestie and I used these masks to prep for a formal last month and after using it then, I was hooked. Also, the way this mask works with its reaction to oxygen makes this a unique product to have for sure.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

This has been a favorite skin care product of mine for years; I think I’ve been using it for around 7 or 8 years! Every time I use this, I’m reminded of why I continue to go back to this scrub year after year. It smells great and leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth. It has also helped immensely with fading my dark spots and scarring.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream

Cold weather calls for annoying, rough and dry skin. Cold weather or not, this moisturizer has been a favorite for about 3 years. Not going to lie, the first time I tried this product I was not a fan. I thought it was too thick so as a result, I resorted to thinner moisturizers. By doing that, my skin’s dryness became worse so I resorted back to this product and haven’t turned to any other moisturizer since.

Provence Beauty Repair Oil

I just picked up this oil a few days ago and I love it! This oil is made of coconut oil and hazelnut oil in order to repair your skin from dryness, scarring, acne and more. I love how light and absorbent this oil is making it something perfect to apply not only at nights but during the day as well. With this oil, you really do wake up with glowy skin!

Sisal Cotton Body Sponge

Aside from our face, our body needs just as much love too! I’ve just been getting into using body brushes and scrubs more often lately especially as my skin has been getting drier due to the cold weather. My sisal cotton body sponge gives my body a great exfoliation without being too harsh on the skin.

If you couldn’t tell already, I love skin care and am always on the hunt for new products to try. What are some of your favorites at the moment? Let me know!

Camille Rose