Posts tagged #video

One of my favorite gift registry items

I always thought gift registries were weird  You tell people what you want them to get you and then you have to act surprised when you open the gift at your shower. I was/am so thankful for all the wonderful gifts and generosity my friends and family showed during my wedding shower. I did not think this would happen, but I actually DID get excited about the gifts I was opening, even though I knew I registered for them. This was one of my favorites.

ImageI love the way the berries look in the ceramic colander, and it makes it so much easier to wash the berries and store them in the fridge. I also snack right out of the colander! So easy, cheap, and a great gift item. Highly recommended!

I finally got back on the YouTube video train. I was off for about a week because of Boston events that distracted me greatly. BUT back on track, and I made this awesome butt video for you :)  



I will also be doing another bride arms video next week. You will need to get an elastic workout band. If you don't have one get one. It will be worth it! I would recommend getting the black.  You can also check your local sports store, or marshals.

Enjoy the beautiful sun and wear your SPF! 

What is your favorite gift ever? I want to hear!!!

Under 15 minute interval detox!

Happy Friday! In honor of spring I decided to do a DETOX video. This will get you sweaty and help you start fresh for spring! [youtube]

Elise from Lillybelle Foods came over to film and we actually ended up doing the workout TWICE because half way through the first time the memory card become "full", and we didn't realize that it had stopped recording!  (hence why we look so flustered!)

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This is one huge reason why I wish I had a camera pro with me all the time!! Then I would not have to worry about recording and producing, just do the fun stuff like working out, sharing cool recipes with you and doing awesome product reviews. I am not the best when it comes to video, so this is not the first time something like this has happened. But I guess it just gives me a double workout...right?!

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Try the workout and let me know how it goes. It is a good one!!

Posted on March 22, 2013 and filed under sweat, fitness.

Are your triceps feeling jiggly?

photo (11) It always happens. The time between Christmas and New Years where people start to slack at the gym. My class numbers slow down and then BOOM come the New Year the number of students in my classes sky rocket and people are back at it. I myself have been eating more "sweets" than normal, and my workout schedule has been all over the place... so really no schedule. This is partly due to the fact that a lot of my classes have been cancelled due to the holiday and new year.

I just got back from lunch with my mom and future sister in law. I got a salad nicoise, actually one of the best salad nicoise I have ever had. And then we split the masterpiece featured above. We didn't even know where to start! It was huge, so we didn't end up finishing it, but it was good. It was filled with vanilla and raspberry ice cream and some kind of vanilla cakey stuff.  I also had a cup of peppermint tea. YUM.

Here is a video to get you back into the groove. Lets target those triceps, and get rid of the jiggle in time for the new year. On Friday I will be posting a full body workout to get you ready for your New Years little black dress!

Posted on December 26, 2012 and filed under video, food, fitness.

Tips for a successful engagement shoot, and a famous pinterest arm video of mine!

It always gets me excited when people tell me they see my videos or pictures or blog posts floating around Pinterest. This video, in particular, has made a presence around the site. Maybe you have seen it before?  It works and I love it!

One of the biggest things for me during my wedding planning was finding a good photographer. It is something that years after your wedding you will look at and hopefully share with friends, family, and your kids... EEEEK!  After much research and looking through so many wedding blogs I found a photographer that I love. Abby Lorenz. I love her because her pictures are not the ordinary, and they all tell a story. Here are some shots from our engagement shoot. We were lucky enough to have an easy going photographer in which we felt comfortable. Chemistry is key!  Here are a few more tips before you take your engagement shots:

*All photos were taken by Abby Lorenz Photography! She is available for hire!

I love the pictures in front of your apartment door. It's a must! (If you live together) Or at least visit a place that you both love. A restaurant? Bar? Park?  A special tree?

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Props are fun. Grab something that you both can play around with. It will make posing less awkward and you can focus your attention on something else.

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Walk and talk. You both know how to do this. If you just walk the streets of your town or you "hood" you will feel comfortable. OK it is a little odd having someone follow you around with a camera, but if you are like me that's a dream come true! For my fiance, more like a nightmare  Anyway, try to pretend that it is just the two of you. You do not always have to pose. I LOVE streets pics. Stop in the middle of the road. Look both ways first!!!

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Use your environment and get a little silly and creative. We saw a ledge and right away Abby said "hop on up"! We had so much fun and it created an easy flirty environment.

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Use Pinterest for ideas! I did. We had a "chalk fight"!  What a blast! And the pictures came out awesome.

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What are your passions? What do you love to do ? Do you both run? Paint? Golf? Fish? I love to dance. So that is what I did. We ended up with some great shots. If you do something you love it will come natural! dancing

Lastly, the one leg up picture! So cute and sassy. Try it!

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I filmed two new VIDEOS for you this week. Stay tuned will post soon :)

Posted on December 10, 2012 and filed under fun.

Inner thigh and Hip slimming video!

I recently became a solow ambassador!! I am a wearing a lovely outfit by them in the video below. I have always been obsessed with their clothes, and now I love that they are branching out and doing more "fitness" type clothing. Comfortable, so flattering, and SO cute with a fun edge! They have the perfect apparel for wearing in and out of the gym!

Posted on November 28, 2012 and filed under fashion, fitness.

Black Friday sales and NEW WORKOUT VIDEO

Here is a video that will make you feel AWESOME! Take 15 minutes out of your day today and do it!

Happy Black Friday. Avoid the crowds and order online. BodyRock Sport is having an incredible deal; 40% off until 11/25! They have amazing stuff so shop away, and check out the "Lauren Bra" named after me!!  ** Enter GOBBLE at checkout for 40% off.

My other favorites from BodyRock:

Morning after top

Jayde Moto Jacket

The Ruby Bra

The Jan Bra

The Sophie Bra

ANOTHER amazing brand, Hotdrop, is giving 35% off if you use the code MAKEWAY. They are getting a lot of new apparel and gear this week, hence the word "makeway". Be sure to check them out and become a fan of their Facebook page! Below is a video I did with Sarah Dussault, where I am wearing the "Lauren Bra" from Hotdrop.

Have a great weekend! See you with some new videos and material next week! Cheers!

Sometimes it's more fun working out with a buddy

It's a rare opportunity when my fiance lets me "Work him out". I usually hear him say "no, I have soccer tomorrow"  or "no, I went to the gym yesterday" or just plain old "not a chance". So on the VERY FEW AND RARE occasions that he says "YES" I get so excited I could pee myself!

Yesterday was one of those "YES" days. So I set up two mats, took out some light weights for arms and back. and grabbed a kickball for abs. Most of the exercises I put him through I modified for myself. We did a lot of plank and push up variations. I made sure to throw in some back work to even us out. The workout was under 25 minutes and we were both sweaty! It was so much fun.. for me at least!

I find that working out with someone can be motivating and just more fun. I once worked out with a friend who is also a trainer. We set out two mats and I put her through an exercise and she put me through one. We did this for about 30 minutes back and fourth. We both learned some new moves and the workout flew by! Try it and let me know how it goes. Instead of a dinner date, it can be a workout date! YEAH?! OR workout while dinner is cooking! HOLLA.

Here is an old workout video we did together.  I plan to do another video demonstrating what we did yesterday, because it was amazing. I am sore from it today!

Posted on October 29, 2012 and filed under fitness.

Full Body Chair workout!

Hello All!! Below is a GREAT workout using a chair. I really loved it, and think my next video might be a full length chair workout! What do you think? That way you can follow along with me! [youtube]

Some FUN news....I just entered into "The Face OF Fitness" photo contest for a chance to be on the cover of FITNESS MAGAZINE! How cool would that be? (If I was on the cover I PROMISE I'D SMILE!!!) This endeavor seamed right along my path considering I love fitness, I love inspiring, and I would love to be on the cover of this magazine. To be honest, I would be happy even with being on the inside pages of Fitness Magazine. I always wanted to be one of those fitness magazine models that demonstrates the exercise step by step... know what I mean?

This is where YOU come in... I need YOUR HELP! If I inspire you, if you enjoy my workouts and my blog and think I would be a good fit to be on Fitness Magazines cover then I would LOVE your VOTE. You can vote EVERY DAY until the 14th of this month, Sunday at midnight. After a couple of rounds of voting there will be 5 finalists. ONE of the FIVE finalists will be chosen by the readers... AKA readers choice... AKA chosen by YOU.  The Grand prize winner and the person who will be on the cover of Fitness is chosen by a panel of judges.

Q. How is the winner chosen?

The Grand Prize Winner is selected by a panel of judges from a group of five finalists. She will be selected based on her overall fit and healthy appearance in her photo(s), personality of entrant as expressed through the photos, quality of the photos, and quality of her essay. One of the finalists comes from the weekly Reader's Choice voting. See Official Rules for more details.

THANK YOU for your love and for inspiring ME. XO... now go VOTE!

Posted on October 10, 2012 and filed under sweat, fashion, fitness.

Berry Smoothie and Green Smoothie Recipe & Video

berry smoothie

berry smoothie

Check out those stainless steel straws!

Berry Smoothie (serves 2)


  • 2 Frozen Bananas (makes the smoothie cold, so no need for ice!)
  • 1 C milk (can be almond, soy, anything!)
  • Frozen or fresh mixed berries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Feel free to get creative and add protein powder, flax seeds, or anything that makes you smile!

lauren green smoothie

lauren green smoothie

Green Smoothie (serves 2)


  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 C any kind of milk (soy, almond, cow!)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 3-6 stems of kale

Follow along with us here! [youtube]

Posted on July 25, 2011 and filed under food, snack, drink.