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Ok, the title is a little dramatic, but seriously. Owning a smartwatch has totally changed my life for the better for several reasons. I’ve been working from home for quite a while now. Coming up on 10 years I think. The one downside to working from home is that I wasn’t moving NEARLY as much as I should or even thought I was. I would have had no idea if I hadn’t started using a fitness tracker. I LOVE having an easy reminder to move more, seeing how different things affect my sleep, and just having a good overall view of how I’m doing with my fitness goals.

How a Smartwatch Changed My Life

Fitbit Options from Kohl’s

A few years ago I switched from a fitness tracker to a smartwatch and I’ve never looked back! I LOVE having my life basically, on my wrist wherever I go. I recently discovered that Kohl’s has a whole collection of Fitbits including their own exclusive color of the Fitbit Versa – Ruby! If you haven’t looked into Fitbits recently, they have a whole family of fitness trackers like the new Fitbit Charge 3 (soon to be released), a Fitbit Ace is for children 8 & up, and even a full smartwatch like the Fitbit Versa to choose from. While you can switch out the bands to your liking, you can only get the Fitbit Versa Ruby edition at Kohl’s. It comes with a ruby band & rose gold aluminum case.

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October is the perfect time to upgrade your Fitbit or start using one! At Kohl’s,  the New Fitbit Charge 3 is $149.99 every day & the New Fitbit Versa Ruby (Kohl’s Exclusive Color) is $199.99 every day (a great price for a full smartwatch. Plus you can earn Kohl’s Cash from 10/11 – 10/17 to redeem 10/18 – 10/28  or earn from 10/18 – 10/21 to redeem 10/22 – 10/28. Hello, holiday shopping!

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They’re also having an October Sale on other Fitbit models. The Fitbit Ionic is $249.99 (Reg. $299.99) or you can choose your choice of Fitbit Ace (for children 8 & up) or Fitbit Alta for $79.00 (Reg. $99.99).

Why I Love the Fitbit Versa – Ruby

If you aren’t familiar with the Fitbit Versa, it’s an entire smartwatch and fitness tracker. You have access to all your activity with daily stats and insights, can get on-screen workout guidance, and get continuous heart rate tracking (which is SUPER important to me as I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t with my auto-immune disorder).

How a Smartwatch Changed My Life

In addition to all the amazing health and movement benefits, with the Fitbit Versa, you can see call, text or calendar notifications on screen & get push notifications from your favorite apps. It’s water resistant to 50M in the pool and basically just helps you out with all kinds of things to make your life easier. A really cool feature for women is the ability to track female health. You can log your period, record symptoms, and compare your cycle against other health stats like sleep, activity, and weight. I  also love that you can even store and play 300+ songs plus download your favorite stations from Pandora! I also love that it comes with 2 band sizes so you don’t have to decide ahead of time which one will fit you best.

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The Ruby is such a pretty color. Check it out at Kohl’s to see more. Ruby doesn’t work for every outfit? You can easily switch out the bands for different looks!

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How Using a Smartwatch Changed My Life

So how has using a smartwatch changed my life? In quite a few ways actually! Here are the benefits I’ve found using mine regularly:

  • I move quite a bit more than I did before. Especially after setting up personalized reminders.
  • With the heart rate tracking, I can make sure I’m getting what I want out of my workouts AND not over-do it.
  • Weight loss. Having access to see my calorie counts (and calorie burning) throughout the day has helped me get back on track with my weight loss goals. Even though my goals may be smaller, it has made a HUGE difference in my success.
  • Better sleep habits. I was able to discover when I need to stop drinking caffeine for the day, or what habits help me get better sleep.
  • I look at my phone a LOT less. Since I can quickly glance at my on-screen notifications, I don’t have to keep picking up my phone to check the notifications so I don’t miss an important email.
  • I don’t miss calls from the family. I leave my phone on silent a lot and often miss calls from the family. Wearing a smartwatch means that it’s pretty hard to miss a phone call!

All of these little things add up to a lot for me. I absolutely love having and using a smartwatch!

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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.


  1. Victoria Robertson

    Hi! I am wondering if the ruby is more red or burgundy.

    • Allison Waken

      I would say closer to burgundy