We love running with Vi Virtual Coach

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My mom and I set new fitness goals this year and we started training together with Vitrainer...It's a Running App πŸ“±
Vi just works like a personal trainer, it analyzes your training patterns and provides you with workouts that are adequate for you based on your fitness goals. It is very convenient as Vi is always available for you, just by a click on your phone πŸ“±, ready set run πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸ’¦
My goal is to participate in the Junior Olympics πŸŠ‍♀️ ...so if I want to qualify, I need to swim faster and in order to swim faster, not only I need to keep swimming and but I also need to workout outside the pool, and so running with Vi is the perfect way to get fitter πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️
My mom's fitness goal is to reduce her work related stress and Vi gives her the best tips to release that stress out during her running workout πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️. We love to #TrainWithVi together and our favorite workout is called "Trust Yourself ": it is a walk to run workout designed to help us become more in tune to ourselves πŸƒ‍♀️✌🏻 
This “We love running with Vi Virtual Coach” is a partnership collaboration between NatashaLaJolie.com and the Vi trainer mentioned in this post. All opinions expressed are our own and written by my  mom. For more information on our sponsored content and/or affiliate link policy, please click here. 

January Recap - First month of 2019!

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Wow, I can't believe January is already coming to an end. You were probably wondering, what has happened to me this month? Well let's me just do a quick recap and tell you what goals I have set...
January is my birthday month as well as my mom's birthday so of course we celebrated us getting one year younger.
We hosted my birthday party at the new Dave and Buster's new location in Torrance. This was my choice and while my mom thought I might still be too young to play those arcade games. I proved her wrong. I had a blast and even broke the Long Jump world record playing the Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!!! Check out how I felt about that:
Our guests had a great time, the food was good, and the staff was very friendly and super attentive. And lucky me, I also got to learn some magic tricks as every Sunday they have a magician coming to entertain their dinning room!

And with all the tickets I earned playing with my Power card with unlimited video games, I exchanged them for a super cute Squishmallows: Hans the Hedgehog.
Talking of Squishmallows, I have now a family of four. I was so happy to be one of 12 days of Squishmas Instagram contest, and won Piper the Penguin.
We celebrated my mom's birthday on our Heelys...isn't it awesome to have a mom who is willing to twin with me and learn how to wheels with Heelys!

And one of my goals for the beginning of this year is to spend as much time on wheels as possible not only with my Heelys but also with my roller skates and scooter...soon you'll be calling me SuperGirl on wheels.
Another goal of mine is to take my fitness to another level, as I would like to participate in the Swimming Junior Olympics...so if I want to qualify, I need to swim faster and in order to swim faster, not only I need to keep swimming and but I also need to workout outside the pool.

My mom and I found the perfect App for that...It is called Vi Trainer,  a personal trainer App. Vi analyzes your training patterns and provides you with workouts that are adequate for you based on your fitness goals. It is very convenient as Vi is always available for you, just by a click on your phone!

Last but not least, let's talk about my skincare routine, as the pilot season is kicking off and I am putting all these hours of swimming in, I have to make sure my skin stays clean and well hydrated, so I can show off its glow to these casting directors! Lately, I have been usingDermalogicaUltra Calming cleanser after each swim practice, followed by the Ultracalming mist and the calm water gel to keep my skin moisturized. Facts that I like about  these Dermalogica products, they are:

  • Made in Southern California, 
  • Paraben-free, 
  • Cruelty free, 
  • Do not contain artificial fragrance and colors!  

I hope you had a great first month of 2019. Thank you for reading this post and talk to you soon!

This “January Recap - First month of 2019!” is a partnership collaboration between NatashaLaJolie.com and the brands mentioned in this post. All opinions expressed are our own and written by my  mom. For more information on our sponsored content and/or affiliate link policy, please click here. 


7 Days until Christmas - Skincare Gift Idea

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I am thankful to Drunk Elephant for sending me these awesome Skin Care products!
Let's start first with my favorites:
  • I used the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser every night in my bath after my swim practice. It is really gentle and I love the Jelly feel when I apply it on my  face.
  • Once my skin is clean and dry, I apply the Protini Polypeptide Cream. The texture is very smooth and it is perfect to replenishing the moisture of my skin after those long swim practice hours.
Now let's talk about my mom's skincare routine:
  • She uses the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser every morning in the shower. 
  • Once her skin is clean and dry, she applies the C-Firma™ Day Serum in combination with the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum, on her face and neck, for an extra shot of hydration.
  • Then she add a shot of the Protini Polypeptide Cream. 
  • At night, she likes to mix the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum and the Protini Polypeptide Cream.
  • Once weekly, she is using the Babyfacial™ to improve her skin texture and tone and give her skin a more youthful radiance. 
Only after a few weeks of applying these Drunk Elephant products, I can clearly see that my mom's wrinkles and lines are not as deep as before and that her skin is glowing...stay tuned for some photos in a couple of week after a month of treatment!

Facts about Drunk Elephant products:
  • Made in USA.
  • Cruelty Free.
  • Fragrance-free...fun fact about the C-Firma™ Day Serum, I tell my mom that it smells like hot-dog :-)
  • Serum Pumps are easy to use, colorful and give a nice pop of colors to your bathroom decor.
  • Can Elephant really get Drunk? Yes by eating Marula fruit! Youtube has it!
If you are looking for amazing skincare products that you can share with your mom, don't wait and get Drunk Elephant products at Sephora or Amazon.

This “Skincare Gift Idea post” is a sponsored collaboration between NatashaLaJolie.com and Drunk Elephant. All opinions expressed are our own and written by my  mom. For more information on our sponsored content and/or affiliate link policy, please click here. 

Getting HydroBoosted this Fall!

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I am lucky to live in Los Angeles, a city where it never rains...or almost as we finally got some rain over the past 2 weeks.

The caveat of living in a city where the humidity level is very low, is that my skin tends to get dry if I don't moisturize it on a daily basis.
And as I swim almost everyday, it is even more important to take care of my skin after swimming and getting exposed to the sunlights and chlorine.
As an athlete and an actress, healthy choices should not just be about food and exercise – but they should also include the best skincare for the face and body.

I am thankful to Neutrogena for sending me these awesome Hydro Boost products (Body Gel Cream, Whipped Body Balm and Hand Gel Cream) to incorporate into my daily skin care regimen!
As a young skincare advocate I want to remind all the moms out there that it is important to start using good skincare on their children when they are young, not when they start developing skin problems.
Neutrogena was always recommended by my dermatologist and pediatrician. I am long time user of their face and sunscreen products.

My favorite product of the  Hydro Boost Body Line is the Hydro Boost Body Body Whipped Cream. I love its feather-light feel, its refreshing and lightweight formula ... My mom always have a hard time with me putting body  lotion on because they are usually feel slimy and I hate that. But finally we found a a body get that hydrates my skin well without bothering me.
And plus it is fragrance free and gives a nice glow to my skin.
My mom's favorite is the Hydro Boost  Gel Cream. It is also very light and holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. She likes that its instantly quenches dry areas and that her skin has a now a healthy looking, and leaves her skin supple overtime. And we both like how easy it is to use with the pump.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream is also Fragrance Free.
And as we are both tennis players, we love using  Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream to hydrate our hands after playing tennis. This Gel cream is a non-greasy hand softening cream, it penetrates really quickly and doesn't leave your hand all sticky after applying it but leaves dry hands noticeably softer and smoother. And the Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream is paraben-free.
Talking about budget, these Hydro Boost products are very affordable and can be used by the whole family. So don't wait and go purchase them at Neutrogena.com, any national food and drug stores, and on amazon.

#HydroBoosted #GotItForFree #Ad #Neutrogena

This “Neutrogena Hydroboost post” is a sponsored collaboration between NatashaLaJolie.com and Neutrogena. All opinions expressed are our own and written by my  mom. For more information on our sponsored content and/or affiliate link policy, please click here. 

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My life as a Little Mermaid

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who loves swimming and always dreamed to be a Mermaid... until the day she discovered Fin Fun Mermaid.
Diary of my life as a real little mermaid:
When I wore the mermaid tail for the first time, it was magical and I told my mom that this was a dream come true!
Ever since then, I am just looking for any opportunity to wear my Fin Fun Mermaid Tails, whether it is at the pool, or at the beach. The Neoprene Monofin is a little hard to slid in, and needed the help of my mom. But once I have the Tail and Fin on, the Mermaid Tail is very comfortable and fun to swim with. It is definitely Fin Fun!

* Getting ready to jump in the pool with my Fin Fun Mermaid swimmable tail and swim like a real mermaid.

* Going to swim practice with Fin Fun Mermaid leggings & T-shirt.

Fin Fun clothing have great designs, are very light and of high quality.

*Relaxing in the ocean with my Fin Fun Mermaid wearable tails and bikini.

As a modern Mermaid, I also had fun taking selfie in the Ocean.... Thanks to Proshot case for keeping my iphoneX functional in the water.

Not only I love Fin Fun wearable tails, but I also adore their cute bikinis. Their size 8 fits me perfectly!

If you are a little swimmer like me or know a girl who dreams to become a mermaid, visit FinFun Mermaid and shop for their mermaid tails and clothing, they are such great gifts for the Holiday Season.

This “My life as a Little Mermaid post” is a sponsored collaboration between NatashaLaJolie.com and Fin Fun Mermaid. All opinions expressed are our own and written by my  mom. For more information on our sponsored content and/or affiliate link policy, please click here. 

Holiday Shopping - Small business Saturday - Blue Tapestry Threads

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Following Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. So let's not forget about Small Businesses.
Owners of Small Businesses work hard all year long to compete against mega brands so they also deserve to be rewarded during the Holiday Season!

One of our favorite is Blue Tapestry Threads, a small company which offers fun unexpected clothing for children.

What do we like about Blue Tapestry Threads?
Their clothing are made in the U.S., with quality and light fabric, and with amazing and bright patterns...Natasha loves their Indigo skirts as they fit perfectly with her personality.

From our photos you can see how they capture her feeling of self-expression.

Blue Tapestry Threads also have a collection for "Mommy and Me", as well gender-neutral Harley- and Haven- pants.

So for your Holiday shopping, if you are looking for original clothing made in the U.S., shop at Blue Tapestry Threads today and on Small Business Saturday!
For a limited time only, use the promo code Natasha and get 20% off on your purchase.

*We've partnered with @bluetapestrythreads to bring you this post! Thoughts and opinions are our own and written by my mom.


Raising awareness in young girls and women about Truth behind Cold Sores!

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According to the World Health Organzation (WHO),  3.7 billion individuals under the age of 50 (or 67% of the population worldwide) are suffering from cold sores, and yet cold sores are often a taboo subject matter.
By educating and empowering Young Girls and  Women with the Truth behind Cold Sores, I believe that we can eliminate the stigma attached to getting the virus.
And if you have or has had a cold sore, you are actually among the majority of people in the U.S. and worldwide, not the minority!

What is a cold sore or a fever blister?

A cold sore oral is a common infection of the mouth area that is caused by virus called herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

Who get cold sores?
According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 80% of U.S. adults have oral herpes, and about 90% of adults have been exposed to the virus by age 50.
Most people get cold sores during infancy and childhood, and once an individual is infected, he/she will have herpes simplex virus for the rest of his or her life. Most of the time, the virus lies inactive in a group of nerve cells. Some people never develop any symptoms from the HSV-1 virus, but others have periodic outbreaks with symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

The initial infection also called the primary infection is usually the worst. It may cause severe, flu-like symptoms and headache, with cold sores occurring on and around the lips and throughout the mouth. However, some people have no symptoms at all.
The recurring infections are usually milder, and the cold sores usually erupt on the edges of the lips. Some people never have any additional outbreaks beyond the initial infection.

Most common signs and symptoms of a recurring cold sore are:
Itching, tingling in the area where the cold sore will erupt
Initial redness, swelling, heat/pain.
Fluid-filled blisters may appear on the lips or under the nose a couple of days following the initial signs described above. Subsequently, the fluid will leak and the blisters become sores.
!!!The fluid and blisters are highly contagious.!!!
After about 4 to 6 days, the sores will start to crust over and heal.

What can trigger the recurrence of cold sores?
Several factors may cause oral herpes to recur. These include:
- Emotional stress
- Fatigue
- Menstruation
- Excessive sunlight or cold weather
- Dental Trauma
- Low Immune System

Recurrent outbreaks tend to be more common in the first year after the initial episode, and then lessen as the body builds antibodies against the HSV-1 virus

How to prevent cold sores?
The best method of prevention is to avoid physical contact with a person who is showing signs of  an outbreak, since oral herpes spreads through direct and physical contact such as kissing, skin on skin interaction, sharing drinks, sharing lip balms.

How to treat cold sores?
Currently, there is no cure for cold sores but you can treat the symptoms by following these simples steps:
 -Keeping the infected area clean and dry.
 -Moisturizing helps to heal the cold sore faster .
 -Using an over-the-counter topical anesthetics and/or anti-inflammatory agents helps alleviate cold     sore pain and itching.

Aubio is an effective over-the-counter gel that provides fast healing relief from pain and discomfort associated with cold sores/fever blisters. 
Aubio's unique formulation combines a protectant (Allantoin) and a local anesthetic (Lidocaine HCl).
Aubio can be easily found at Rite Aid, Bed Bath and Beyond, Supervalu and other independent pharmacies and fine retailers.
When it comes to relieving cold sores symptoms, it's all about timing and it is very important to act during the very first sign of a cold sore. So my advice is to keep Aubio with you at all times (e.g. in your purse, sport bag, car, work office...) and apply it as soon as you feel a tingling or burning sensation on your lips.

Your health care provider may also recommend prescription medications based on your age and overall health, frequency of the recurrent outbreaks, tolerance for specific medicines (e.g. allergy to lidocaine). These include:
 - Applying antiviral topical ointments.
 - Taking antiviral oral medications.

We've partnered with @Aubio to bring you this post! #AubioFirstSign #wintercare #ColdSoreRemedy #lipcare #Coldsores #ColdSoreAwareness
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