Summer Favorites

by jenna on July 19, 2013

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You guyssssss. I have been really terrible at my monthly favorites posts. Somehow I feel like both May and June were complete washes with the wedding and honeymoon. Now it’s almost the end of July and I still haven’t shared a favorites post. Where did summer go? Yikes.

Here’s a list of some of the things I’m currently loving! These posts are always so fun to write….a little something different for your Friday. I hope y’all enjoy!

 

 

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Temple Spa. This summer I switched over completely from using all Philosophy facial products to Temple Spa. This probably deserves a post in and of itself, but in short I will just tell you that I am obsessed with this line. Totally obsessed. I know there’s tons of debates about all this, but it was important to me to quit using facial products with parabens and retinol in them…which just happened to be in every product I own. Right. I was a little worried at first because the products I had been using on my face worked SO well and I was nervous switching to something totally unknown and “all natural” to boot. However, I have been using all Temple Spa products for the past two months and my skin has never looked better. Seriously.

How did I find out about the company? Well, I’ll be totally honest here and tell you I just happened to be googling “what face wash does Nigella Lawson use?” late one night, which seemed a totally normal thing to google and Temple Spa popped up. I guess she mentioned one time in a magazine interview that she, too, was obsessed with the products, especially the “breakfast smoothie” scrub and the “in the beginning” deep cleansing melt. Well, I researched the heck out of the line for the next week then took the plunge. So thanks, Nigella, I owe ya. I really think I found my face products for life and I couldn’t be happier.

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Barre3. I know I’ve told you guys before of my love for this workout that fuses together ballet, pilates and yoga and if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the TIME! I’ve been absolutely loving these workouts this summer. There’s no studio near me so I do them at home in the comfort of my own living room and they never fail to kick my butt. Recently, Barre3 launched their online workouts, which is what I do, where you pay $15/month and get access to tons and tons of streaming online workout videos ranging from 10 minutes to 60 minutes.

I’ve been loosely following along with their “28 To Great” program, where you do a Barre3 workout 6x a week for four weeks. I was having a hard time getting back in the swing of things post-honeymoon and needed something to motivate and challenge me so I made this a goal for myself and so far it’s been great! I say I’ve been following it “loosely” because I’ve been try to do a Barre3 workout 5x a week and a yoga class once a week for my challenge. I am absolutely loving it so far!

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This ipad sleeve from Better Life Bags. The hubby surprised me last weekend with an ipad {sort of a late birthday present! I have been wanting one forever} and I immediately ordered this gorgeous bag from Rebecca’s shop to keep it safe and sound….and, you know, look cute in my purse. All Better Life Bags are made by local immigrant women who otherwise wouldn’t have a job. Rebecca trains the women and teaches them to sew, thus helping them become a primary or secondary provider in their families. And y’all? The bags are just gorgeous. I can attest — I own three of them now and get compliments wherever I go when I have one on me. You can read more about the BLB mission here.

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Egyptian Licorice Tea. I’ve been sipping on this slightly-sweet-slightly-spicy tea all day long lately! Remember the tea at Aveda salons? It tastes just like that.

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Minnetonka Moccasins. You guys, Adam’s mom bought me these last Christmas and I have worn them into.the.ground. They are my favorite shoe/slipper EVER. I wear them all day, every day, while I’m at home cooking and writing. I think it’s time for a new pair. They are unbelievably comfy!

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La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray {found online and in drugstores}. Okay I get that this is just water in a can but I like it, okay? I never thought I would be someone that buys fancy water in a can but….it happened. I picked some up in Paris and ever since then, have been absolutely addicted to it. I have two cans — one in my purse and one in my bathroom and I spray that thing with reckless abandon all over my face whenever I get a chance.

I hear you laughing at me. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

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She Reads Truth: Women in the Bible.  I am doing this study right now and just loving it. I’ve always been fascinated with the women in the bible so it’s perfect for me! You can download the free YouVersion app on your smartphone and then just search for “She Reads Truth” to find it. It’s free and easy. My morning routine lately has included a double espresso + this plan early before Adam gets up. The fog has been so thick in the mornings lately that all I see out our window is white abyss. I gather Dexter, my bible {or phone if I’m feeling extra lazy} and a blanket. It’s great. I love having the early mornings to pray, write and just sit in silence with the Lord. It really shapes my entire day.

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Lucy leggings. I’ve been a wunder under girl for years but recently bought my first pair of Lucy leggings {I have the hatha leggings} and…I think I’m a convert. In my opinion, they totally beat Lululemon in terms of comfort and style. Just sayin’. Not to mention, they absolutely are NOT see through, which has been a littttttle bit of an issue lately with some Lulu pants. After I got these, I put them through the ringer of a very sweaty and intense yoga class. No awkward bunching of fabric, no stretching out…nothing. They are insanely comfortable and come in a variety of grey and black shades. I also like that they are shorter than my wunder unders. There’s not a ton of extra fabric bunching around the ankle, which was also a problem for me in the past with my Lulus. I don’t have a ton of other Lucy products so I can’t speak to quality or style in other areas, but for leggings I am sold.

 

 

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja July 19, 2013 at 3:52 am

Licorice tea is amazing, my all time favorite is the licorice mint one from yogi tea. Its already naturally sweet and thus makes also a great ice tea when cooled!

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Live Love Yum July 19, 2013 at 3:55 am

What products do you recommend from TempleSpa?!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 19, 2013 at 4:10 am

Love Minnetonka Moccs! I grew up in Minnetonka, MN – their home! I have pics of me as a little girl wearing them. Love them.

Great ipad sleeve and thanks for that link.

And great info on the Lucy pant. I have never been a big Lulu fan for all the reasons you just said. I love Prana or BePresent way more. I will look into the Lucy line.

Awesome post – great links, Jenna. Thanks!

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erin @hooleywithaz July 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

i’m from st. paul (current resident too!), and i can agree with you totally averie! minnetonka mocs are one of our best minnesota-made products. so comfy!

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com July 19, 2013 at 4:40 am

So glad to have stumbled on your blog today – luv this post! I am an Olay user and am being forced to switch as they stopped manufacturing the olayx acne formula – so your post on Temple Spa products piques my curiosity – am gonna have to ook into their products now.
Yogi Kambucha has been my fav – but I have yet to try the licorice one!
Thanks for the very informative post :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 19, 2013 at 4:43 am

Love the iPad sleeve! I had to laugh at the spray water because I have the same can and adore it. (And yes, who would have thought water in a can would be so fascinating? Sometimes simple things are the best!) After my long runs, I love spraying it on my face after I get out of the shower. Great post Jenna!

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Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.wordpress.com July 19, 2013 at 4:43 am

Ok, this post is wonderful because I now know what to get my brother for his birthday (the moccasins are SO right up his ally!)
My friend has been trying to get me to her barre class for months now and I am signed up for this Wednesday, I know it’s going to hurt but I can’t wait!

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Lea July 19, 2013 at 4:54 am

My hubby gave me some leopard print Minnetonka slippers for Christmas and they are just DIVINE. And affordable to boot! It’s been too hot around here lately but they are definitely my shoe of choice. =) (Note: Hubby never intended for me to wear them out of the house but I do, constantly.)

I can’t wait to look into the Temple Spa products. I’ve been a Mary Kay gal since middle school when my mom started buying me a few things here and there. I’ve been concerned too about what is going on my skin and looking for a change. I’ll be taking a look!

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Amy @curlscoffee July 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

I have never heard of Templespa so I can’t imagine it’s even an English thing. Will have to have a look though as I found myself having a one-on-one in the shower this morning debating when I need to start with anti-aging products {a few years ago probably} and what brands/products I should try. Are they expensive? I have a hard time spending excessive amounts on beauty products like skincare and haircare even though they probably make the most sense to splurge on! Meh!

Amy x

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Kelsey @aslolife July 19, 2013 at 5:10 am

I saw your post on Barre3 the other day and had to check it out. I’m totally hooked! I love that you can mix and match the workouts and the leg work is so difficult!

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Jessica @ Lovely Life Cents July 19, 2013 at 5:14 am

I love barre classes, but didn’t know that any were offered online – thanks for sharing!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 19, 2013 at 5:14 am

I love your favorites post. I get such great ideas of a variety of things to try!

And now that you are back and settled into life after a wedding and honeymoon are you still teaching yoga?

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jenna July 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

I moved to Adam’s place (an hour away from where I was living and teaching) and haven’t found anything here yet!

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Emily @ Life on Food July 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

Love the favorite posts. I totally need to get back into the swing of things with Barre3. Makes a complete difference in how my clothes fit regardless of what else I am doing.

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Molly @ RDexposed July 19, 2013 at 5:23 am

I don’t get it-water spray?

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Amy Winkeljohn July 19, 2013 at 6:24 am

Ohhh, I love licorice tea!
I need to check out the Barr3 website. I have one of their DVD’s, but it would be nice to have some variety.

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Dominique July 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

Jenna, do you use the Barre3 ball or something else in its place?

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jenna July 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

I use the Barre3 ball. Before I had one I used a small pillow but I got the ball and love it!

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Katie July 19, 2013 at 6:42 am

Seriously, I love this list. I am checking out everything on it. right.now. Happy Friday!

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Kinsey July 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

I love the licorice tea, Stash has a licorice spice flavor that is downright addicting!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 19, 2013 at 6:53 am

I’d love a water spray right now. Glad to read good reviews about the Lucy leggings – I’ve been thinking of getting a pair!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health July 19, 2013 at 6:59 am

I’ve been wanting to try Barre 3 for a while and you’re motivating me to do it! I’ve heard great things about it. I’m also looking to replace my beauty products with natural options o ill have o look into Temple Spa, thanks for the recommendation!

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Sue July 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

Thanks for the roundup! That iPad case looks so cool, and for such a good cause as well. I’d never heard of them before so I’ll have to look them up. Much appreciated!

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Lauren July 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

Was the winner ever announced for the Emily Ley recipe binder? I’ve been out of town & I think I missed it.

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jenna July 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

Yep! The winner is on that post and has already been notified. Thanks for checking back!

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Ashley July 19, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks to you, Barre3 is my favorite workout. You introduced me to it about 2/3 years ago when you offered a discount by using eatliverun when ordering their 40 minute work out DVD, which included their Barre3 ball. The minute I tried it, I fell in love with it. I try to do it everyday! I love Sadie Lincoln!

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erin @hooleywithaz July 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

i really want to try barre3, i am a huge fan of at home workouts (i can make myself do those, but not go to the gym, go figure). thinking this winter i will make the leap.

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dixya| food, pleasure, and health July 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

i need to check out the barre classes

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jad18 July 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

I have those slippers and adore them as well. I splurge on the Aveda tea bags when I visit the spa from time to time, so I will have to check out that kind.

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Ashley July 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

Jenna,
You should check out Moving Comfort, they have the best workout pants ever called Urban Gym Tights!

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Lauren July 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hey Jenna,
I actually started using Philosophy’s Help Me on your recommendation and love it. Is there an equivalent product by Temple Spa that you feel does the same thing as Help Me? I don’t love the fact that it contains retinol and other harmful ingredients, but it has helped my skin so much. I’d love to switch to Temple Spa if they had a product that could produce similar results.

Thanks for your advice!
-Lauren

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jenna July 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

I have not found an equivalent but started using Temple Spa’s “Be Strong” serum every night and really love it. It’s not for treating acne like Help Me is, it’s rather a vitamin-rich anti-aging serum. I loved Help Me, too, but after using it for almost a year started to get concerned about all the ingredients in it that I couldn’t pronounce.

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Caroline L. July 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

Love so many of these things – thank you for sharing! It’s going to take me awhile to move on from Lulu products, but those leggings look wonderful. (Although in Lulu’s defense, I’ve heard that a lot of people were buying Wunder Unders in too-small sizes, which may be part of the reason why they’re “see-through” – but it’s always good to have other options!)

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Casey July 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

As always, you have great suggestions. Thanks for sharing! I would love to read more about your switch to TempleSpa.

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

Ooooh, love most of these. Bookmarking, thanks! If leggings ever go away I’ll declare it the end of civilization!

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

BTW Here’s a wonderful honeymoon song big hit by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly (whom you look like in this) in their film ‘High Society’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CuP2YQTUlE

You probably know he was one who really promoted Pebble Beach and lived here.

Wed walked on Carmel Beach (low tide) over towards Pebble…up the bluff (there’s a tiny trail easy to fine) land on the back of the golf course then can walk the golf cart trail over to Stillwater Cove, the Lodge (love the tap room) and back to Carmel on the 17 Mile Drive. About 6 miles total. Must walk against traffic and really careful as no sidewalks/shoulder….but what a beautiful afternoon.

Thought I’d mention for the next time you & Adam are down here on the Monterey Coast.

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run July 19, 2013 at 11:06 am

I am loving the bouquet. Happy Summer!

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sarah July 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

Oh my I love that you looked up what kind of face wash Nigella Lawson uses, thats totally something I would do.

Ok and I have never heard of spring water in a can?! Is it for your face? Thats totally blowing my mind as cool and crazy haha:)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I used to have those moccassins- love! Those leggings look super comfy too.. I like shorter ones as well.

Happy Friday!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen July 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I am obsessed with that tea! I tried it out about a year ago and I think I’ve had at least one cup per day ever since. I love its spicy sweetness!

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Marissa@ohhhsolovely July 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

love your posts like these. i, too, have tried to make my skincare routine more natural & thus far, my skin is reacting very well. i’ll have to check out temple spa products!

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Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen July 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for all the tips. I’m going to check out the Temple Spa items.
I’d like to clean up my skin routine, which pretty much doesn’t really exist as of late. A little face wash at night and in the morning…yep that’s it.
I’d like to do something more though since I’m in my early 30s now. :)
The leggings look super comfy too…I need to look into a pair.

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JennS July 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Have you ever tried or have you ever considered trying la mer products?

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dishing up the dirt July 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I hear ya on the Barre3! I’m a farmer and those workouts are the only thing that help restore all the damage I do bending over all day long!!!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I am absolutely sold on the Lucy leggings now. Let my new addiction begin!

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amy leclerc July 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Jenna…we have A LOT in common! xo

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Anna G July 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

A friend of mine from Belgium introduced me to Evian spray (for the face) a few years ago- so refreshing! I agree with you, Jenna (:

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Karen July 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

I’m a new Lucy convert myself, having bought one of their skorts this spring and which has become my most practical, most worn summer garment so far. (I have one from Title Nine too – a store which also has quickly become a favorite active wear source.) I never heard of Temple Spa – thanks for the introduction. (I favor Kiehl’s for most of my facial products myself.)

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Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

I did a couple of the She Reads Truth studies, but this makes me want to get back into them!! Thanks for sharing!

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Krystina July 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

What products did you get from Temple Spa?

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jenna July 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

I use the deep cleansing melt, toning essence, be still moisturizer, be strong serum and windows of the soul eye treatment. I love all the products but I I had to pick a favorite it would have to be the moisturizer! It’s fantastic

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Krystina July 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Just saw this, thank you! I think I’m going to pick up the moisturizer, I’m in the market for a good one.

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Destiny July 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi Jenna! I love your blog! Could you please recommend a couple products from temple spa for newbies to get started? Thank you so much!

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JennS July 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I too would love to know your temple spa routine

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linda July 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Jenna,
I’m also curious as to where you get temple spa products? I agree with you everything now has retinol or parabens, as well as tons of preservatives!

thanks for the info,
linda

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jenna July 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

I order them online through the website :)

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rose July 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

How do you do bare 3 workouts at home? Did you actually have to buy a bar or could I use a chair..
I’d love to try the at home option.

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jenna July 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

I use a chair from our kitchen table

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Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK July 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Love those moccasins. So lovely.

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Jessie July 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

What a great round-up; I always like knowing what you’re loving just for curiosity’s sake, but this time I felt like almost every single product/mention directly applied to recent thoughts/hankerins I’ve been having! Saweet. Thanks!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe July 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

Yogi Egyptian Licorice tea is one of my all-time favorites. I just love the little words of wisdom on each tea bag too! I’ve been searching for a new skin care line to try – might have to look into this Temple Spa line…

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Andrea July 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I know you just switched to Temple Spa – but you might want to take a look at One Love Organics. Completely all natural!

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Jenny H. July 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Thanks so much for the Barre3 information. I started yesterday – its exactly the jumpstart I needed to get out of a workout rut! Love it!

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Monique July 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Is there a reason my comment was not approved?

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Claire August 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

I love your post about Temple Spa! I am a Senior Lifestyle Consultant & Manager for the Company & I too am a self confesses addict!

I would be more than happy to help anyone with suggestions to suit their skin type, just get in touch :0)

clairetemplespa@live.co.uk

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