Move More #GoodForYou

Nancy with Specialized vita bikeIt’s back to business after December’s holiday indulgences.

I haven’t been to Newfoundland in a year, so when I flew home to visit my mom, my belly was very happy with eating her home cooked meals, and getting invited out to all my friends and families places. So good! I miss all the socialization in Newfoundland due to the life-long friendships I have back there.

I don’t always make resolutions at the start of the year. But this past year I spent a lot of my time at my desk or being sedentary. I plan to change that this year with jumping back into the swing of things with a routine and schedule in place. That means more weekly yoga trips, more bouldering and definitely more group workout classes. I just want to move!

I’m probably not alone. A common resolution for many people is to get fit, and hit the gym. I know the regulars are going to moan and groan about the new-comers. But some of those new people joining your gym could easily become regulars or even a workout pal of yours in the future if you reach out to them. So don’t knock’em.

For some people, work and travel can also get into their normal routine of doing what’s good for them. I know this is true for me. I didn’t always make the best food choices while home in Newfoundland, didn’t hydrate like I normally do, and I certainly didn’t exercise enough

That being said I’m not huge into attending a regular gym to do my own workouts. I prefer group yoga, or like I said group workouts similar to CrossFit or fit36. And bouldering….Oh I’ve missed it terribly. In preparation I’ve already trimmed down all my nails to drive over and get a nice climb in.

So my question for you guys, do you have a word of the year (like me: “move”), or a resolution set for yourselves? To enter for a chance to win, post your New Year’s Resolution for 2017 with a photo that shows off what it is. Include #GoodForYou and #ComfortInn (in a tweet or Instagram post) and follow @spiffykerms on Instagram/Twitter.

1 winner will be selected to win this grand prize:

  • Pro-Maxima – treadmill!!! Just like the kind you can find at Comfort Inn and Comfort Suits hotel gyms.
  • One year’s supply of Glaceau Smart Water by Coca Cola (52 cases)
  • Gym in a Bag by Hotel Fitness
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Open to US + Canadian residents
  • Must be following @spiffykerms (on Instagram/Twitter)
  • Post must include #GoodForYou and #ComfortInn
  • Post must include a photo that shows off your resolution in some way
  • Post must be on Instagram or Twitter
  • Profile must be public until the end of the contest

Once you have posted on Instagram or Twitter, you must fill out this form so I can document your e-mails to select a winner! Contest is open to both Canadian and US residents. Posts will only be considered on social media (as it’s not a random drawing but involves effort on your part). So, get started! This contest closes January 31, 2017.

This blog post is sponsored by Choice Hotels to celebrate its Comfort® brand hotels is now the larges brand to go 100% smoke free in the US and Canada (important to me as I have mild asthma and weird hives going on!). Choice Hotels has resolved to be smoke free as part of its efforts to make your stay #GoodForYou, along with healthy breakfast items and fitness facilities. Check it out here.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

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Pure Box by 100 Percent Pure + GIVEAWAY

I’ve talked about 100 percent pure a lot this summer; from a makeup of the day, a review of the lip colours + eye creamsticks, to facial masks. As I have stated in the past, I am not transitioning into 100% natural, or vegan makeup. But I think it’s definitely a lot healthier for you, knowing what exactly you are putting into/onto your skin, so I like reviewing it for those reasons. However, I do still have my favourite brands I’ll continue to use.



I have some good news for you guys. I received a couple of Pure Boxes in the mail a few weeks ago, one for me to keep and two to give away. Well, I know for sure that there were a couple of products that I definitely wouldn’t use (mattifying primer + vanilla scented lotion), so I gave a bunch of goodies including her own separate box to my neighbour. The last box is for one of you lucky readers! I have it sitting next to me right now, unopened, ready to mail out to a deserving reader of mine :)

100percentpure-eyecreamMy favourite two items from the box is the coffee bean caffeine eye cream and the black tea pigmented ultra lengthening mascara.

Coffee-Bean-Eye-CreamA blob of the eye cream. It’s almost like a lightly whipped eye cream, that glides onto the skin, and sinks in quickly. I can apply my concealer over top almost immediately. It’s pretty awesome and smells not quite like coffee bit a bit like cookie dough. I ain’t complainin’.

Coffee-Bean-EyeCreamThe caffeine eye cream gently rubbed into the skin.

Onto the giveaway! One winner based either in CANADA or USA ONLY will receive everything that is in the pictures above. The Pure Box will be launching November 1, 2015 and will retail for $40 USD for a box.

Each monthly box will have:

  • One full size products this is less than 90 days old (aka new launch)
  • One full size product from their catalogue’s core collection
  • In addition to the 2 full sizes, there will be 3 ‘power packs’ (mini products that retail for $11-$14 each).
  • A hand full of packettes will be in the boxes, too.

Good luck! Giveaway ends Sunday night (October 11) at midnight PST (California time).
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Organizing my day-planner

Organizing-Your-daily-lifeI’ve caught the planner-organizer bug! More like, I needed to get my s**t together because I have a forgetful mind, and I’m getting to that age where I need to write everything down it seems, otherwise it just won’t happen. How’s that for keepin’ it real!

2015-planner-from-TargetI bought a thin and flimsy paper planner from Target right before 2015 rolled around, and I’ve been using it ever since to keep track of everything I have on my schedule, from blog posts going live to doctor’s appointments and my workouts. All colour-coded including ‘cute’ stickers. Although it may not look as organized as some of the hardcore planners out there, it works for me. If you’re so inclined, let me walk you through my planner! Parts have been blurred out due to personal information being on them.





Pens-in-Daiso-striped-caseInk colours:

  • Black = blog posts written & scheduled
  • Pink = YouTube videos scheduled
  • Green = Workouts
  • Blue = events & appointments
  • Purple = Chores (I usually rely on my notes posted on the fridge for this instead now, which is why you rarely see any purple ink)

Stickers-for-plannersSince I’m a visual person, I like to have a variety of interesting things happening on my planner. The stickers are either from Organized Chaotic Fun or Charm Tape, which are both Etsy sellers.


Mini-journalMost days I have ideas for blog posts, youtube videos or groceries popping up in my head when I’m out and about, so this mini leather journal is a great additive to my purse, especially since it’s so small, these two are from Paper Geek My (along with the pen and adorable mini tassel!).


Customize-leather-journalsYou can customize it too from Paper Geek My on Etsy. I have my points and gift cards in here with a notebook on the back side. The one I’m giving away has two notebooks in the leather journal, which can also be replaced once you use it all up.

Mini-Leather-notebookOne lucky winner anywhere in the world can enter my giveaway to win the mini leather journal, with a mini tassel charm in the colour of their choice (just not the red one I have on my notebook). I’ll also include 1 cardboard pen, and some tear drop paper clips. 

Giveaway is open until 12:01am PST Tuesday July 7

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If you want to buy any of the items listed above I’ve linked all the sellers to where you can get your goodies:

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