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Three Watches to Spice Up Your Workout Outfit

The picture above was taken off my computer screen while I was reading an article on good gifts to get a fitness gal. They showed these awesome watches, yet failed to say where you can purchase them! So I did a little investigation asked a couple of people and found three awesome watch brands where you can get fun bright colored watches!

Posted on September 5, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Before I Die... I Want To

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This weekend was my future sister in laws bachelorette party! It was a Friday-Sunday adventure.  Two memorable moments for me:  the Alpine slide and having Ben and Jerry's open after hours just for us. Both made me feel like a kid again.

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The next day we drove to Portsmouth NH and enjoyed the cute town. On our way there we passed a "Before I Die, I Want To..." board. I remember reading about this years ago and thought it was a cool concept. I never thought I would actually pass one! I saw the black board out of the corner of my eye and got SO excited. Our bus captain popped a U-turn (as well as our confused friends in the car following us) and we explored our new discovery!

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I was nervous on what to write. I was afraid to write something I didn't think I could achieve, but then I realized that the point of this board, for me, is to tell the world a big dream or goal and to step outside your comfort zone.

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”

"Don't let fear decide your fate."

“Those who don't jump will never fly.”

What would YOU write on this wall?

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We stopped for lunch at a cute little cafe with some awesome sandwiches. I got a black bean hummus with tomatoes, sprouts, lettuce and avocado.

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One of our friends got a peanut butter and fluff sandwich. I secretly loved her for it. It just made me smile. She didn't finish it so we cut her second half into mini triangles and the rest of us split it for dessert.

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Below is a picture of all the bridesmaids (and the bride!) outside the cafe.

See you tomorrow for a workout! :) on Youtube!

Posted on August 12, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Dry brushing. Can it really help you firm up and reduce bloat?

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When I first heard the term dry brushing I had no idea what to think. But it really is exactly what it says. You brush your body with a dry brush, and you are dry. Why? Exactly.  Just what I thought.

Dry brushing is thought to stimulate the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems. By massaging or stimulating your lymph nodes it helps shed excess water and toxins from your body. Your lymphatic system, unlike your circulatory system, does not move on it's own and relies on the movement of your muscles and diaphragm. Dry brushing can give your lymph a little oomph. (hehe)

I have even read some people swearing that it reduces their cellulite. I am not sure how I feel about that one. In the end of the day dry brushing is inexpensive (about $15 for a brush),  takes 5-10 minutes, will feel amazing on your body, and you will for sure shed some dead skin, right?

Things to know about dry brushing:

The Brush:

You can purchase the brush at a Whole Foods, or a health foods store. Look for natural bristles, not synthetic. Look for stiff bristles, but not too tough for your body. Test it out on your hand to see how it feels. Try to get a long handle brush so you can reach your back!

How to dry brush:

Start at your ankles and create firm strokes in toward the center of your body. I also read that some people make circular motions and move toward their heart. You want to brush toward your heart because this is the natural path of your lymphatic system. Do not push so hard, like a crazy person, it should not be painful. Your skin will most likely turn pink, but it should not be bright red and painful. After you finish your legs brush your arms, shoulders, stomach and armpits! I know there are a lot of lymphs in the armpits! 

How often:

If you are just starting off, 2-3 time a week. After your skin and body are used to the dry brushing you can slowly increase to every day. People who "dry brush" usually do it before they shower.  If you only shower once a week, you can dry brush before you go to bed.

I plan on trying this dry brushing thing. Does you dry brush? Has you ever heard of it before? Let me know down below! XO

Posted on July 31, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Cupping. Yes it looks like a hickey.

Hi all! What a great day. Yes, it is totally hot but I love it!! My AC broke during the hottest day in Boston a couple days ago. It will be fixed tomorrow, but until then my windows are open and the breeze is making its way in.

During the week I train some clients at my apartment, but since it has been so hot in here without the AC we have opted for the outside! They really enjoyed the outside butt kick.

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I had these girls running up and down the hill, lifting light weights, holding planks,and doing push ups, traveling lunches, burpees, abs, and butt work. Anything and everything. It was an awesome sweat fest!

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Do not be alarmed! It looks worse than it feels. It looks like giant hickeys on my body, but it is actually the result of cupping. For the past month my neck has been a little off. I would usually go for a massage but this time I did something different; cupping. I am no "cupping" expert but I do know it is an ancient Chinese alternative medicine technique. There are these glass cup type things placed on your back (or I am assuming you can put them anywhere) and then there is a pump that creates a suction between the cup and your skin. Cupping is thought to increase the blood flow and energy in some blocked up areas which helps promote healing and clears toxins from your body.

Not only did I cup, but I did acupuncture too! The whole thing was a cool experience. I was more nervous about the acupuncture than the cups. Acupuncture was great though. It was amazing to see the different sensations my body went through. Some parts of my back got tingly and in other areas I got a weird sensation the moment she placed the needles in my back.. When she took out the needles some areas felt a little "hot" for about 5 seconds. I think everyone reacts differently.I am curious to see what my next session will bring.

Then came the actual cupping. It was very cool feeling, actually relaxing. NOT painful, even though the bruising after looks terrible.

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So now, three days later, I do feel better. It was NOT an immediate feeling of total relief like I thought it would be. In fact I felt almost worse a day after my first treatment. I was even more tight. Today I do feel better. I think in my case I may need more than one treatment. I would totally try it again.  Have you ever received acupuncture or cupping? What was your experience?

After my cupping I headed to Portsmouth NH for a weekend of fun for my friends bachelorette! I walked around the city with hickeys on my back, but I only got a few weird looks!

 It was my first time in Portsmouth! Such a cute little place. We ate good food and went out dancing of course (I even had late night pizza!! WHAT??!?!)

I am off to film your video for this week! See you :)

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Posted on July 22, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

A workout for a bummed leg or foot

I rolled my ankle last night during my dance cardio class. It happened in the first 10 minutes of class and somehow I was able to finish teaching. Everyone in the class saw it happen, so they were all supportive. All class I felt like I was doing the sprain dance, like Lisa Turtle. I even saw some students in class hopping on one leg like me.

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It is annoying to have an injury but you can still find ways to work out. Like this person:

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I sprained my ankle once in college while in dance practice. I was out for about 2 weeks. I swam every day to keep myself in shape. So if you have a bummed leg or foot try this workout. It will focus on your pecs (armpits), abs and your back! 

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Posted on July 10, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

sweetgreen Boston opening

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I heard about sweetgreenback in November 2012 from a friend of mine who was obsessed with it when she lived in DC. When she heard it was coming to Boston she made sure to email me and tell me that it will become my favorite salad spot in Boston, and I think she is right!

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After teaching a fun and sweaty dance class I met up with my friend and photographer Lucie Wicker for a sneak peek tasting at sweetgreen!

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I might have been the happiest customer in the history of sweetgreen and kept cheering after everything. What? I love salad!

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Salad:

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I opted for the guacamole salad after three different people told me that it was the best. After my salad went through the assembly line they asked if I wanted any more toppings. EEEK. I said yes! How could I say NO?  So, I added raw beets, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and spicy quinoa. I guess with that many "add on's" I did NOT get the "guacamole salad".

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Let me tell you I was SO full from that salad. It was delicious, and they really give you a good amount of each topping. I was most pleasantly surprised by the dressing. I asked for it on the side (as I always do) but after trying it I realized I would have been just fine with it mixed in the salad already. It felt light and fresh and after talking to some of the sweetgreen employees I found out that all of their dressings are homemade! SCORE.

Dessert: froyo. I had to stand up and stretch a little before dessert time. But after a few belly taps I was ready to go!

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 I love crunchy things in my ice cream and froyo. Whenever there are graham crackers or waffle cone pieces I always get that! So yes, that is what I got this time too. I had them throw in 2 little candied pecans because someone said they were "amazing". Normally I would not have asked for the pecans. But yes, they were quite awesome.

I love this place and will go back for sure. If you are in Boston GO CHECK IT OUT! 

Posted on June 26, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Fruits and Vegetables that take a while to go bad.

I love supermarkets!!!! 

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BUUUUT I hate waste, especially when it comes to food! It is hard, though, when you get excited and buy a lot of vegetables and fruit and then you realize there is not enough time to eat everything before it goes bad. I have a habit of buying too much, and sadly seeing things go bad and throwing them away.

Below are a list of fruits and vegetables that stay fresh for a long time (if stored correctly)!

Apples

Every day I have an apple, but sometimes I over buy and my apples do not seem as fresh as I would want them to be. In order to avoid your apples going bad store them at a temperate of 30°F - 32°F. If they are stored in a place that is just 10 degrees warmer, they’ll ripen twice as fast! Make apples last by putting them in a plastic bag in your fruit crisper drawer. Eat the largest apples first; they’re usually the first to go bad.

Beets

I love fresh beets! I make them often, and they are always delicious. Beets can last between 2 and 4 months in the refrigerator. First, cut off the greens if they’re still attached, and then store them in a plastic bag in your vegetable crisper. Stick a few holes in the plastic bag. I am making a fresh beet salad now, stay tuned for this blog post!

Carrots

Did you ever notice how carrots always seem wet? Carrots give off a lot of moisture and this is part of what cases them to rot more quickly. A tip would be to wrap carrots in a paper towel, so that it absorbs the moisture. And if you buy them in a plastic bag, stick some paper towels in the plastic bag and change the towels whenever they get too damp. This can keep them fresh for a few weeks to a few months.

Potatoes

Potatoes do not like light (makes them turn green) and the ideal storage temperate is 40ºF. If you have a basements put your potatoes there. This is a really good storage spot for potatoes. In good conditions they can last from 2-4 months. Sweet potatoes are a little different and do not last as long in storage so eat them within a week of purchase! 

Garlic

I used to keep my garlic cloves outside on a little plate. But I soon noticed that they did not stay too well. Teh garlic would start to sprout if I did  not use it within a week.

Garlic keeps longest when stored at 60º- 65ºF and moderate humidity. Garlic should be ok if you place it in a dark kitchen cabinet. You can also store whole bulbs in the fridge in a paper bag. The bulbs will last for months if you store it this way... score! But make sure your garlic is not cut or else everything will smell of garlic.

Take note that once garlic has been in the cold, keep it there! it will start sprouting within days after being brought to room temperature. So if you decide to store it in the fridge keep it there until right before you want to use it!  

Winter Squash

Pumpkins, butternut squash, and other varieties of squash will last between 2 and 6 months if kept in a dark cabinet. You want air to be able to circulate around the squash so make sure to keep them in a single layer with not much around them. 

Frozen Veggies

If your veggies always seem to go bad, you can try frozen! Frozen vegetables are frozen within hours of being picked, and can be even healthier than the fresh vegetables. You don't have to worry about them going bad, and storage is easy.. in your FREEZER! 

Do you have any tips on how to keep vegetables or fruit fresh longer? 

Healthy catering for a small party

After an early morning start for hair and makeup I knew my bridal party and I would be so hungry. I contacted my friend Elise, who is the person behind Lillybelle Foods, and asked her if she could make a healthy lunch for us. 

She was SO on top of it, creating an amazing  colorful and healthy menu and taking into consideration things like allergies and food restrictions.

She told me the menu beforehand, and I was excited, but I was even more excited when I saw it come to life and tasted it. OMG it was seriously amazing. It was perfect for us to grab and eat, all the bridesmaids loved it!!! Total success. THANK YOU ELISE!

If you are a Boston local and are interested in a small group catering contact Elise. She delivered the food to us, set it up, and really took the worry out of "how am I going to feed my bridesmaids?!!!" It was easy, she is reliable, and this was seriously a highlight of my day.. sounds silly, but its true!

What was on the menu?

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I loved knowing that I was eating clean food that I would have normally made myself.  OK now go call Elise! 

Posted on May 28, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.