#LoveBulu Bulu Box Review

by Emmy on August 30, 2015

As a proud member of the #SweatPink community, I was recently given the opportunity to review a Bulu Box. Bulu Box is a health and fitness subscription box that contains four or five samples each month. It is designed to let you try new products before you buy them. Once you have tried the products in your box, you can give feedback on their website and earn points which you can use towards the purchase of full size products.



My box arrived promptly, and as you can see from the picture above, it is a sturdy, and well marked box.


Inside the items were packaged well and there were some paper inserts asking for my reviews, or offering more information about the products. My box contained Movit Energy Gummies, a sample pack of Shapeology Garcinia Cambogia, two packets of Quest protein powder, a Runa tea bag, and a sample of Earth’s Care anti-itch cream.

Bulu Box subscriptions are $10 a month, and you can choose from a regular box, or a weight loss box. Shipping is always free, and you can cancel at any time.

This particular box didn’t appeal to me all that much. My younger son confiscated the gummies, and my older son took the tea bag. I will let them try the protein powders, and we will use the anti-itch cream. None of us will use the garcinia cambogia. While this box may not appeal to me, each month has different samples, so you’re bound to find something that you like.

If you’re interested in trying out Bulu Box for yourself, you can use code SWEATPINK for 50% off a three month subscription!



Disclaimer: I was given a free Bulu Box in exchange for review. 


Melissa McCarthy’s New Clothing Line

by Emmy on August 19, 2015

ST PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 13:  Melissa McCarthy debuts first fashion collection, "Melissa McCarthy Seven" live at HSN Studios from 1pm to 3pm and 9pm to 11pm pm on August 13, 2015 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for HSN)

ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 13: Melissa McCarthy debuts first fashion collection, “Melissa McCarthy Seven” live at HSN Studios from 1pm to 3pm and 9pm to 11pm pm on August 13, 2015 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for HSN)

News of actress Melissa McCarthy’s new clothing line is all over my Facebook news feed right now. Her line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 will range in sizes from four to 28. She says that her reason for creating the line is that she’s tired of women’s retailers ignoring the fact that the majority of women wear a size 14 or larger. She doesn’t like the term “plus size” and doesn’t like the segregation that occurs in stores where the sizes are sectioned off if they’re larger.

I will say out loud right now that I currently wear a size 16 so I can speak as someone who wears a size in the category that she’s speaking about. I have worn larger sizes in my life as well. At my heaviest I was probably wearing a size 20. At my smallest, a size 10. Yes, it sucks to not be able to find cute clothes in larger sizes. I have long believed that companies who make clothing in these sizes just need to make larger versions of current fashion trends. Being bigger doesn’t mean we want to wear crazy prints, we just want to wear things that all women want to wear. I’m all for a woman being able to walk into a store and find cute clothes no matter what size she is. I agree with McCarthy in that women shouldn’t be made to feel that they’re not worthy just because they are heavy.

This whole “plus size” thing came up in some complaints about Old Navy recently. I don’t really get the outrage over the term, or even about the clothes being in a different part of the store. I don’t enjoy shopping, and I usually don’t have a lot of time to shop. I am plus sized, and I don’t let that label define me. But, I do like to be able to identify whether or not a store carries clothing in my size, and I like to be able to locate it in the store quickly. So, I really don’t care what a clothing line wants to call me, or where they put me in the store. Just make comfortable, cute clothes, and let me know where I can find them.

In reading comments on the stories about this clothing line, there are two issues I see popping up. One is that she only goes down to a size four. There are a lot of very small women out there who have just as much trouble finding clothes to fit them as larger women. Why not go down even smaller if your goal is to incorporate all women? I’m sure there are reasons not to, but it does seem a bit odd. The other issue is the price tag. From all reports these clothes are pricey. Your clothes can fit all women, but if they’re in a price rage that a majority can afford, it’s not really going to matter. Maybe more people can afford it than I think.

Here’s where I might lose you in this conversation. I am 100% in favor of women of all sizes being able to find clothes that fit them well, and make them feel beautiful. That is something we should all have. But I just can’t shake her statement in this story that 70% of women in the US wear a size 14 or larger. If that is accurate, and I suspect that it is, then we are in trouble. I want to feel good at a size 20 or a size 10, and I shouldn’t be shamed at either end, or anywhere in between. My worth is not defined by my weight, but there is a fine line between acceptance and denial. I can accept and love myself at my current size, while understanding that this size could kill me. So while I’m all about self love, I fear that we are also beginning to ignore the fact that we are killing ourselves with food while telling everyone that they need to change things to accommodate our dangerous habits.

So what do you think? Is the body acceptance movement doing more harm than good? Is it causing us to go into a state of denial about our health?


What’s New at Spartan Race!

August 13, 2015

You all know my love for the folks over at Spartan Race by now! Well, they’re at it again! They are offering an awesome promotion right now that helps you and your friends! If you recruit three of your friends to sign up for a Spartan Race, not only will they save $20 on their […]

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New Name!

July 24, 2015

Well I gave a little warning over on my Facebook page, but then Facebook worked much faster than anticipated, so the name change went through within minutes. I’ve decided to change the name of the blog to Life by Emmy! Overall the main theme of the blog is still going to be health and fitness. […]

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All the Pieces

July 21, 2015

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day so far. I decided I wanted to write about something that I’m struggling with right now, so that you’ll understand why I’m still not posting very much. Blogging and social media are fabulous things. You have the ability to connect with people all over the world, share information, […]

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Go Vegan for Weight Loss? Why I Hate That Advice.

July 11, 2015

A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine says that vegetarians (and even more so vegans) lose more weight on average than their meat and dairy eating counterparts. This information is now making the rounds in popular magazines and diet related social media….and I hate it. I should love it as a vegetarian […]

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An Open Letter To Arby’s

July 9, 2015

Dear Arby’s, I recently became aware of your letter to “struggling vegetarians” offering a support hotline for people who may not be able to resist your new bacon. I’m well aware that you decided on this campaign to get attention. That’s what all good marketing campaigns do, they bring attention to the place or product. […]

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1MillionMinutes Mad Lib

July 6, 2015

Here’s a fun little mad lib to start your Monday! I’m partiipating in the goal of reaching a collective one million minutes with Fitapproach. Feel free to copy the mad lib and fill it in with your own goals!   I’m so excited [adj] to fuel my #1MillionMinutes goals with Puritan’s Pride! All summer I plan […]

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A Few Fourths Ago

July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone has something wonderful planned today, and that you all enjoy your day and stay safe. We started our morning off by heading to our local 4th of July 5K. My kids run it every year, and it’s always fun to watch them. While we were waiting for […]

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Back At It

June 29, 2015

I’ve been gone from here a long time. If you follow me on social media, I’ve posted a bit on my channels, but I haven’t really talked about what’s going on with me anywhere. The truth is, I had decided to close this blog. It wasn’t that I didn’t love you guys, I just felt […]

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