4 Meditation Apps for Mindfulness

This is a sponsored post on behalf of prAna.  All thoughts, as always, are my own. 

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“Life is not a race. It’s a gift. Enjoy it. Don’t rush through it.”  – Daniella Kessler

How many times a day do you take a deep, meaningful breath?  Probably never if you are like the average person.  We spend our days rushing from the moment our eyes pop open in the morning till the time our heads hit the pillow at night.  With all that rushing, our breaths tend to be shallow.  Our thoughts are scattered. We are always thinking of what’s next, not what’s now.

We’ve been talking a lot about the monkey mind a lot in yoga lately. Last week I attended my usual yoga class but the teacher decided to do a 15 minute yoga nidra at the end. I was all snuggled under a blanket with a bolster under my feet. I thought I fell asleep as soon as Heather started the guided meditation.  What I now know is that I was in a yogic sleep. It’s the place between sleep and consciousness that’s good for emotional and physical healing, rewiring your brain, and self-exploration. In yoga nidra, you may be aware of sound or activity around you.  The thing is that you don’t react to it. You are immersed in the most relaxed possible state.

Crazy fact: One hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to many hours of restful sleep.

I think I need some more of that!

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Life feels fast because our minds are always onto the next thing rather than what’s happening now. It’s hard to feel a connection when there’s so much rushing in our lives.

By slowing down, being present and in the moment, you can learn to appreciate the little things in life.

Attending a weekly yoga nidra class would be fantastic way to slow down my mind but it’s not always convenient to get to the studio.

The next best thing is building a daily meditation practice.

Thankfully, there’s an app for that.  And all it takes is 5 minutes to get started and to feel the difference.

Here’s 4 Meditation Apps to help guide you into mindfulness.


This app promises that 10 sessions, 10 minutes a day, can train your mind towards a happier life.  The first 10 sessions are free but further use of the app after those sessions requires a fee.


This app can be used anytime, anyplace.  There’s no need to have a set meditation time. Want to do this in your office at work? No problem. Walking during your lunch break? Got it! There are activities each week that help change your perspective to a more optimistic view and to start seeing improvement in your life satisfaction.

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Stop, Breathe and Think

This app asks questions in a simple survey as a way to “check in” with yourself with how you are feeling. You are then lead through a guided meditation based on the results.

Smiling Mind

Meditation isn’t just for adults.  Get the whole family involved with this app that’s geared for ages 7-adult.  Plus, who wouldn’t want to put a smile on their mind?

As a bonus for us runners, meditation HELPS a ton in running.  Think about what happens when you are in a tough workout or race.  Does your mind start to get crazy about how hard everything is and how you need to stop RIGHT NOW?  That’s the normal response. But research shows you can control the negative chatter with meditation. I know Negative Nellie pops up way too often in my head. I’d like to do everything I can to shut her up. And meditation can help with that, I’m all for it!

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Linking up with Coaches’ Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

Do you meditate?

How do you practice mindfulness?

Last Week’s Workouts + Giveaway

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Last week’s workouts had me thinking of spring. The temps were warming up, the snow melted and mud season was in full force on the trails.

And then Saturday night it snowed 8 inches of fluffiness and had me thinking of winter fun again.


30 minutes Arc Trainer

15 minutes Stepmill

banded pull ups

eccentric pull ups

rope pull

kb plank rows

Turkish get up

single leg step ups with KB shoulder press

KB single leg deadlift

push press

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7 miles, 8:36 avg/pace, 366 ft elevation gain

Easy miles on a sunshine, blue sky day.  It was one of those runs where everything felt good and right. That’s just what I needed after Sunday’s sucky miserable run.

60 minute Morning Flow yoga at Bending Bodhi with a 15 minute yoga nidra at the end.  I know it’s supposed to be relaxing but I don’t think it’s supposed to put you to sleep. I was o-u-t as soon as I closed my eyes.  I guess I needed that! :)


20 minutes Arc Trainer

20 minutes Step mill

cable ext row

cable push press

eccentric pull ups

pull up shrugs

TRX single leg row

TRX push up

Trx single leg lunges

Smith press single leg squat off bench

squat curl press

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6-7 mile run,10:58 avg/ pace, 528 ft elevation gain

I needed a mental health run on the trails. There’s only so many days of pounding pavement and dodging cars before something’s gotta give.

The trails were a mix of ice and mud.  It felt and looked more like late March than mid February.  I still wore my microspikes for the majority of the run because the last thing I need is a broken wrist.

My watch died at some point during the run but I started up Strava just so I could get some data from the run.

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Rest day!


5 miles, 8:42avg/pace, 264 ft elevation gain

Easy miles before transporting kiddos to gymnastics and basketball. After waking up super early Monday-Friday, sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday feels really, really good.


10.1 mile, 8:31 avg/pace, 477 ft elevation gain

Saturday night we got about 8 inches of snow.  Rather than tackling snow, ice and slush, a group of us decided to meet closer to midday for a long run. I’d much rather get my run done first thing in the morning, but having company on a run was way more enticing. And it helped me push the pace a little without it feeling hard.  Why do group runs feel effortless? As soon as I split from the group for the last mile, I felt like I was running in glue.

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It was a solid week of training and I’m feeling great!

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

And now for something really cool!

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Over the years, I’ve transitioned away from running with music or listening to anything. But when I’m on the treadmill, the track or working out at the gym, I NEED music or a podcast or noise in my ears.  I finally got a pair of wireless headphones a couple of years ago and it was life changing. My life was changed yet again by wireless headphones when Jaybird sent me the new Run True Wireless Sport Headphones. (affiliate link)

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  • 4 hour play time + 8 hour with the small charging case (a 5 minute charge gives 1 hours play time!)
  • Custom sound and location finder (if you lose the buds) using the Jaybird App

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One of the reasons why I stopped listening to music while running outside is I wanted to be aware of my surroundings at all times.  If you feel you must run with music, I’ve heard the suggestion of running with only one earbud. That’s kind of hard to do if you’ve got wires. What’s cool about the Jaybird Run is that they are COMPLETELY wireless. You can wear the right earbud alone with ease while still being aware of what’s going on around you.

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I had serious doubts that these headphones would actually stay in my ears while running. Those doubts disappeared after finding the perfect fit. They are so lightweight that you don’t even notice the earbud once you put them on. And that’s great because who wants to be messing with wires and earbuds while working out? FYI – did you notice the buds in my ears in Wednesday’s gym pic?

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | happyfitmama.comThis is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I kind of have mixed feelings about this “holiday”.  I love all the love things but it’s kind of overkill. I mean, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and stuffed animals that say ‘Be Mine’ are cool if you are into that sort of thing.  But what about the other 364 days of the year?  Don’t your loved ones deserve to be showered in love on those days too?

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | happyfitmama.comI heard a suggestion of what to do with your Valentine on the big day on the radio – recreate your first date.  Sounds cute, right?  But not when your first date was 19 years ago and you saw the movie “She’s All That”.  Does anyone remember that movie and the song “Kiss Me”?  Yup.  That was our first date.  Ron was a sport for sitting through it that time.  I don’t think either of us could watch the movie in it’s entirety now.

These are all the things that were going through my mind while out on my run on Tuesday.  Running makes me think deep thoughts obviously.

It also makes me think about cookies.

That’s why I’m sharing a healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe with you guys today.  My cookie craving was satisfied and you can share this recipe with your loved ones on any day of the year.

Random Wednesday in July?  Show some love with cookies!

After 6+ years of blogging, I can’t believe this is my first official chocolate chip cookie recipe. Chocolate chips cookies after all are my favorite type of cookie. I shared a 3 Ingredient Cookie Bite but never a straight up cookie.

Well the wait is over!

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1.5 Cups oat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • 2 tsp pure almond extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ Cup melted butter or coconut oil (I used Barlean's Butter Flavored Coconut Oil)
  • ¼ Cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Blend old fashioned oats into oat flour. Be sure to measure the oats after blending to be sure it's 1.5 cups.
  3. Combine oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt (as desired). Set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, beat almond extract, egg and coconut sugar.
  5. Add melted coconut oil and mix.
  6. Stir wet mixture into dry till combined.
  7. Add mini chocolate chips and stir.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying.

A little crunch with just a touch of sweetness that hits the spot.

Don’t brush this cookie recipe off just because I threw the word healthy in front of chocolate chip cookie.  It has less sugar and I used oat flour, other than that, it’s got all the other usual ingredients. You probably won’t even think of it as healthy!

Another swap I did was rather than using butter, I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil.  It’s an easy 1:1 ratio to swap butter for Barlean’s coconut oil in recipes.  There great thing is that there’s no coconut flavor at all.  All you get is the rich flavor of butter to your recipe.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | happyfitmama.comSo whip up a batch of this easy cookie for your loved ones ANY time of the year.

Here’s more recipes using great products from Barlean’s”

Coconut Banana Bread

Chocolate Almond Butter Nice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

No Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Hmmmm…I think I have a thing for chocolate? 😉

What’s your favorite cookie?