Very exciting news!  I got my 1st shout-out from Miss Ally Love during my 250th ride with the Peloton App.  I normally only take on-demand classes but with such a milestone, I rolled the dice, crossed my fingers and took a live class hoping to hear my screen name.

Half-way through the class, I was delighted to hear Ally exclaim, “MomJeans1973.  250th on the App.  What’s up?!”

Peloton has made some awesome updates to its app and I want to share the news. There are new ways to display metrics, shout outs for at home riders, the ability to see and high five other rides and currently a 2 week free trial. Bottom line, the updates are fantastic!

If you read my earlier blog post about using the Peloton app with a less expensive Sunny bike, then you already know that I use a Wahoo cadence sensor and a Wahoo heart rate monitor to get my cadence and heart rate metrics. You can use the same sensor and monitor to view your metrics right on the app. Very cool.

By now you know that I love cycling with my Peloton App (and if you don’t, here is my earlier review: My Peloton Bike Alternative). Despite the mad love, I wanted more variety so that I didn’t plateau on the bike.  Peloton’s “After the Ride” classes are great but I needed some more oomph.  After experimenting with some random classes on YouTube I signed up for a 30 day free trial of Daily Burn to supplement the Peloton and I am super glad that I did. Now what I do is alternate between Daily Burn and Peloton classes.

What is Daily Burn you ask?   I only just learned about it myself.

Well, its been 6 months since I started my Peloton journey with my inexpensive Sunny bike and I could not be happier.  I cannot say enough good things about the Peloton App.

I have lost weight,  I am sleeping better than ever and I am much more energetic. The classes are interactive and communal but at the same time very intimate.  Also, the instructors rock – they are very motivational, although I like some better than others.

I get a lot of email asking about how all the components of my “Peloton App Setup” are holding up so I thought I would post a review about some of the items that I recommended in my original post “My Peloton Bike Alternative; A Great Money Saving Hack.”

Here is what has worked well and what you can skip:

As some of you know I am the proud mother of two 7-year-old twin boys, so I could be considered an expert on gift ideas for boys.

I wouldn’t say that they are “spoiled” but they’ve been given a lot of toys over the years, whether it’s from Santa, their generous aunts, uncles, and grandparents, or Mum & Dad.  Some get loads of use while others gather dust in the corner until they magically disappear…

Here is a review for gift ideas for boys of about 20 toys. Some are classics that you will remember as a kid and others are one-hit wonders.

WARNING: What you are about to see is a budget friendly home gym that will not look anything like you have pinned on Pinterest.  You have been warned…

Last year we converted an unfinished area of our basement into our own mini-exercise room.  We put up one wall, installed a couple of doors, a dropped ceiling with recessed lights, a TV and interlocking rubber floor mats.  We painted the cement walls bright yellow and bingo – a home gym.  The only thing left is mirrors.  Here is a step-by-step (budget conscience) guide to how we did it.

Hi!  A real short one for my readers.  Have you ever spilled some red wine on your couch or rug?  Well, it has happened to me more than once and I have found the absolute best solution.  It is called “Wine Away” and it makes the red wine disappear in minutes.    Just the other day I accidentally kicked over a glass of red wine that I had placed on our rattan rug in our sun room (yes, I know, a very bad spot for a glass of wine…) and the stain disappeared with just a couple of squirts. I was skeptical but it is magical.  It says that it also  removes coffee, ink, blood, sauces,  fruit punch, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents but I have only ever tried it on red wine.  Next time I will try to remember to take some before and after pictures as long…

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