Disclosure: This post is sponsored by VerveLife in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.
I love reading “day in the life” posts, especially from other work-from-home mothers. (Here’s one that I published when Remy was about 2.5 months old.) It’s always reassuring to see that others face the same challenges I do and often, I get inspired to try new life hacks to get it all done.
(Also, as an aside: I’ve decided that I don’t believe in balance. Balance by nature means that things are in equilibrium, and that feels like an unattainable goal. There are many days when my work gets put aside so I can cuddle a sick kid or I have to finish up emails after the kiddos go to bed. And other days, I put on a Daniel Tiger marathon to distract the little ones so I can Skype with a client or finish up a deadline project. We do what we have to do to make it work, right?)
The hardest piece for me is fitting in fitness. I know that I’m a better everything when I work out: a better mom, a better worker, a better wife and a better friend. But with everything else on the to-do list, having go-to workouts that are fast, effective and easy to do at home while the baby is napping or before the workday starts is crucial.
25 Workouts to Do On Your Lunch Break
- 5-Minute Booty Barre Workout
- Do Anywhere Bodyweight Workout
- Sexy Arms Weights Workout
- 8-Minute Barefoot Workout
- 12-Day Glute Challenge
- See the other 20 on my Pinterest board “Workouts for Busy People“
Making my work-to-workout routine easier is this product:
VerveRider+ wearable Bluetooth® earbuds by Motorola
These wireless headphones make it really easy to transition right from a work call to a workout playlist and back (and I actually did that when a client called an hour earlier than scheduled due to a time change miscommunication: I was able to take the call and go from the weight bench to my desk and open up our project folder to jump in and answer her questions, and when it wrapped, I lunged my way right back to the bench, with no interruptions or stress!).
The integrated microphone means that you can do hands-free calling, and you don’t have to be tethered to your phone because it has 150 feet of range.
The VerveRider+ is part of Motorola’s VerveLife collection of wearable, wireless, waterproof devices. It delivers HD sound (that can be customized with different sound profiles) and allows you to listen to music and use your phone — even for live videos or webinars! — for up to 12 hours on one charge.
Design-wise, I will say that it takes some getting used to.
The collar, or hard plastic piece, goes around your neck and the earbuds go in your ears. The collar is contoured and very light, but for running or plyo, you may be better off tucking it under your shirt (I even tried wearing it like a headband to cut down on the bounce!). For bodyweight workouts with minimal jumps, I found that the headphones worked really well, and I loved that I didn’t have to wear my phone on my arm or in a waist pouch.
The sound quality is amazing and I think the microphone picks me up and eliminates ambient sounds better than when I hold my phone to my ear (and it’s a huge plus to be able to type or take notes during client calls and webinars, instead of having to put the phone on speaker or try to do everything one-handed).
Anything that helps me streamline my busy life and make it easy to bounce back and forth from my work to my real life is key and this is a great part of my “on the go” lifestyle. At less than $100, the VerveRider+ is worth looking at, along with the rest of the Verve Life line.
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