five things friday

Well HELLO Friday!  Depending when you read this post, I am either teaching the last day before spring break or I’ve already started my spring break! Yes, spring break is just as wanted and fun for teachers as it is for students.  Heh heh.  And with this beautiful weather St. Louis is having, you better believe I’m going to enjoy every minute of it!

I’ve got five fabulous things to share with you today for Five Things Friday covering all topics from fitness to food to drinks to beauty.

1. Swimming Boot Camp Class

pregnant swimming

Like I told you last week, I’ve been totally digging this Saturday morning swimming boot camp class.  Yes, I rock a bikini, even with my 33-week belly bump.  I’m sure some people (guys especially) are a bit shocked when I hop wobble roll out of the pool.  The class pushes me to swim far longer and far harder than I would on my own. (No worries, I’m still being safe!)  I need to record one of our workouts and share it with you because swimming workouts are no joke! They’re tough and they work the whole body.  I love it!  Last Saturday I swam over 2000 meters.  You betchya I’m proud of that!

2.  Cocogo: Real Fruit Hydration


Cocogo is a new, all natural premium sports drink made with real fruit and coconut water in stick pack which is super convenient to take on the go.  I feel like I’ve been pretty thirsty during my pregnancy, but I don’t like to consume sugary drinks. When I had the opportunity to try Cocogo, I jumped at the chance!  I love coconut water, so I had a good feeling I’d be a fan. The verdict? Awesome! The raspberry passion fruit, grape, and lemon-lime are all winning flavors. They’re not overly sweet, but provide enough sweetness to satisfy. Cocogo helps prevent muscle cramps, has a good balance of electrolytes, is easy on the stomach, and contains seven essential vitamins.


I enjoy drinking Cocogo in the morning when I feel like my body is in need of extra hydration from sleeping, or before bed. If I don’t go to bed hydrated, I have experienced a charlie-horse in my calves in the middle of the night. Muscle cramps are pretty common in pregnant women during sleep, and staying hydrated and consuming some electrolytes are a great way to prevent this.

3. Ratio Protein Bars

ratio bars

With my partnership with FitFluential, I was sent a package of Ratio Protein Bars.  The first thing to catch my eye was the flavors: Oatmeal, Granola, Peanut Butter Cup, Cookie Crunch, Peanut Butter Banana, and Cake Batter.  You guys, a cake batter protein bar?  It sounded too good to be true!  To be honest, it wasn’t quite as good in the flavor department as I anticipated. However, I think I was literally expecting a real cake batter taste.  Instead, it tasted very protein-bar-like.  Ok it is a protein bar, but some bars taste very protein-y and others don’t. I also tasted granola and I really liked it. I thought it tasted less protein-y.  I haven’t dug into the other flavors, but will update you when I do!

There are many enticing factors about the bars.  The 2:1 is the ratio of protein to net carbohydrates. The bars are all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, no soy protein is used, and they use hormone free protein.  All the bars do pack a mean protein punch!

4. Organic India Tulsi Tea

organic india tea

When asked if I would review Organic India Tulsi Tea, I replied yes, but would need caffeine-free flavors as I’m not drinking caffeine during my pregnancy.  I was sent three flavors: Ginger, Peppermint, and Cinnamon Rose.  I found the history of the tea interesting.

About Tulsi: Throughout India, Tulsi is acclaimed as “The Queen of Herbs” and is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing powers. Traditionally grown in an earthen pot in every family home or garden, Tulsi makes a delicious and nourishing herbal ‘tea’ abundant in a vast array of health benefits. 

  • Ginger: This uplifting combination of ginger and Tulsi including Rama, Krishna and Vana stimulate the senses providing an exciting yet relaxing blend. This exotic flavor combination will not only bring transformative energy and calm, but is great for digestion.
  • Peppermint: Refreshing and restorative; our ambrosial peppermint blends perfectly with the soft, spicy and pleasing tastes of ‘The Queen of Herbs’ Tulsi. This combo creates a cooling and invigorating delight, perfect for enlivening your whole day.
  • Cinnamon Rose: A delicate blend of Rama, Krishna and Vana Tulsi with cinnamon, cardamom, rose petals and cassia make a harmonious, healing combination which inspires the senses. With a lovely touch of sweetness, this infusion will warm you.

My opinion: Ginger was a bit strong for my liking, but I’m funny about ginger flavors. I like ginger, but find the flavor overpowering, in general (not just with this tea). I will continue to drink it when my stomach is upset as it is definitely calming. Peppermint was my favorite. I love peppermint tea with a splash of milk and sweetener.  I was pleasantly surprised with Cinnamon Rose.  Usually I have the need to sweeten all my tea, but didn’t need to with this. I prefer this tea before bedtime.

5. BelleStyle Friends & Family Discount Code

bellestyle code

BelleStyle makes the most unique and gorgeous jewelry. It was born in 2003 by designer and creative director Heather, a St. Louis local. A bit about Heather releasing BelleStyle into the Universe:

Heather’s path to BelleStyle begins when she was young and sings her heart out.  BelleStyle sightings increase in college when Heather paints, acts, models and starts working with precious metals and semi-precious stones.  Heather discovers the healing properties of stones like jade, turquoise, onyx, and quartz.  She finds tools that help her mold and work with metal and findings she falls in love with. BelleStyle rejoices when Heather adds heirloom artifacts mixed in with her precious metals, stones, feathers, angel wings and chains.

BelleStyle is offering friends and family (YOU!) 30% off with code FF30.  Any BelleStyle piece is sure to make you feel and look more stylish and fashionable. They also make fabulous gifts as each piece is uniquely one of a kind.

Which brands are you familiar with that I shared today? What do you want to try?

30 thoughts on “five things friday

  1. Teaching is beyond a challenging profession, however, spring break, summers, etc. totally make up for it! Our spring break is not this coming up week, but the next. I am SO ready for it! I think we all need a break from each other. 🙂

  2. I agree with Jennifer that you are ROCKING that bikini!
    I actually haven’t heard of any of these brands, but the cinnamon tea sounds delicious!

  3. What a cute belly!!! Major kudos to you for both rocking the bikini and the swim workout. 🙂 Love that you’re still so active!

    And holy crap, a cake batter protein bar? I love how desserty and awesome everything is getting these days, haha.

  4. YOu look ROCKIN in that bikini!!! HOT stuff mama.

    Yay swimming! It is a hard workout–and dang that is a lot of meters! Wow. Baby Itz is going to love the water! 😉

    I liked the cookie crunch Ratio bar the best! It was tasty!

  5. Loving the cogo things, those look fabulous!

    You loo so beautiful Linz! You are rocking pregnancy so healthy and beautifully!

    Love you! Enjoy your weekend! Hope you enjoy the weather too! <3

  6. I can’t deal with this swimsuit picture of you! How adorable! I love love love seeing prego pics of you since I haven’t even seen you pregnant. Me=horrible friend. Love you love you!! Thanks for posting about Bellestyle 🙂 We love you!!!

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