Weekend Ramblings

On the weekends I typically try to fully disconnect, but sometimes that changes and I end diving head first into work projects. I get into a groove and just go with it. Sometimes this totally backfires on me and then come the following weekend I am totally burnt out. This weekend was one of those weekends I worked away. It was gray and dreary and I had the energy and the ideas flowing, so I tackled it all. So join me in my "Weekend Ramblings"! 

I have a Saturday routine...No joke this happens almost every Saturday. I really need to work on sleeping in more, especially since warmer days are right around the corner. I'll blame it on winter and the crappy gray weather. 

  • 6:00 AM wake up...It is way too early and I need to change this!
  • Coffee
  • Workout
  • EAT
  • Nap - which typically ends up being 1 - 1 1/2 hours
  • Disconnect + Relax + Wine + Food with family and friends!

Almost ALL of my meals seem to be eaten out of bowls... Is it weird that I really enjoy eating almost all my meals out of bowl? Here is the proof...

Weekend Ramblings
Weekend Ramblings
  • Chinese Take Out...A little bit of this and that!
Weekend Ramblings
  • Sweet Potato
  • Kale, Riced Cauliflower, and Trader Joe's Tempeh (love the extra protein and texture!)
  • Seasoned with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper
Weekend Ramblings

Costco cherry pie and vanilla ice cream (Costco has AMAZING baked goods!)

Workout GOALS...

  • Get outside more! (the weather has been a huge damper on my Vitamin D intake)
  • Variety - I have gotten into the rut of doing a lot of cardio lately and I need to switch it up and bring back the booty and strength. Yes, that booty of mine has been looking like a flat pancake and needs a little boost. I have been finding some awesome inspiration and workouts from Emily Schromm. She's one badass woman! 

What lies ahead...As the seasons change, I have noticed that I am ready for a change! It is probably the Pisces in me that always has my mind wondering, dreaming, and exploring. The past few months have been a time of healing and nourishing and happiness. But it has also been a time of uncertainty, confusion, and nervousness. When you are 38 and still single and all of your friends are married with kids and owning houses and you are here trying to figure out what the hell you are truly meant to do with your life, it can be scary. But leave it to Mom to snap you out of it and put things in perspective. I have my health. I have a loving family. I have beautiful, inspiring, and supportive friends. And when you are single, the world is your oyster and you can do what you want. So we shall see my friends...Buckle up it's going to be a fun ride!

Weekend Ramblings

I hope y'all had a beautiful weekend and cheers to a new week! xoxo

Do you have a weekend routine? 

Bowls or Plates?

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

You are putting WHAT into your smoothie? YES friends I jumped on the bandwagon and have started adding this vegetable to my post workout smoothie and I like it a lot. I am getting the extra nutrients, it adds great texture, and it is a cheap ingredient. All positives, when it comes to creating a healthy, nourishing, and delicious smoothie. I started seeing this cauliflower smoothie craze mentioned by Instagram rock star Shut The Kale Up and an article written on Mind Body Green. I eat a lot of cauliflower in general because I like that it is one of those versatile vegetables that you can pretty much pair with anything and dress it up with anything. 

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Let us talk about this smoothie! Nutiva recently sent me some packets of their Plant Protein Superfood 30 in chocolate and vanilla to sample. It is jam packed with:

  • 20g of protein
  • 4g of fiber
  • Rich in Vitamins C and A to support your body immune function
  • Vegan - Gluten Free - Non-GMO
  • 120 calories per packet

I am picky about my protein powders as so many brands now have a lot of added junk in it, that upsets my stomach, so I make sure to always check the ingredients. My symptoms to those junky ingredients are instant bloating, which we all know is annoyingly uncomfortable. I have already made a handful of smoothies and I have experienced no bloating. I feel great. Please note that these packets are definitely not on the sweeter side, so if you like your smoothies to be sweet, I recommend adding banana, mango, dates, etc. It all depends on what your taste buds like, but for me, I am okay with not so sweet. 

Ingredients

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Directions

Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie
  1. Throw all ingredients into your blender. I use this Ninja Kitchen version;
  2. Blend away until smooth;
  3. Top with whatever your heart desires! ENJOY! 
Chocolate Nutiva Cauliflower Smoothie

Would you every try adding cauliflower into your smoothie?

What is the weirdest vegetable you have added to a smoothie?

Friday Feelings

Can I have a moment to vent? Between the Full Moon, the time change, the blizzard, and the frigid temperatures, I have felt all sorts of stir crazy and lots of frustration. It has felt like a long freaking week. I have felt all sorts of emotions and I finally feel like I have it together. Now that the rant is over, why don't we dive into some "Friday Feelings", before I welcome the weekend with a BIG hug...

Friday Feelings

GRATEFUL - After my rant of really minuscule things, I am truly grateful for many things: 

  • A strong body that allows me to train it hard on a daily basis;
  • Foods that help me stay nourished, healthy, and fueled;
  • Family that supports me through all the crazy endeavors that I decide to embark on;
  • Friends who are there for me through it ALL. This community both near and far are a solid bunch!

I think it is important to take some time each day and write them down, say it out loud, or tell someone what you are grateful for. It really puts things in perspective!

Cauliflower In a Smoothie is DELISH - I know it sounds weird and it is kind of weird, but it is weirdly really good! I have seen some of my favorite recipe gurus talking about this kookie addition to their smoothies and I finally gave it a try. I eat a lot of cauliflower anyway, so why not step out of my comfort zone and try something new. It is good and I recommend you try it. I will share my recipes next week. 

Friday Feelings

There is so much BAD Television on these days - How is possible that with hundreds of television channels there is hardly anything to watch? And what about ALL the commercials? I have noticed lately that I seem to watch at the most the same 4 channels on a daily basis - Fox Business, HGTV, Bravo, and Showtime. So why am I paying a cable bill that is almost $200.00? With that being said, it is time to switch things up and get rid of the cable package. I am going to try it out and see how it goes and take advantage of my Amazon Fire Stick. Stay tuned...

Towel Workout - Make sure to check out my latest workout with Core Power! While I was snowed in earlier this week, it was the perfect time to create another at-home workout. You know that I am ALL about these types of workouts, so it was fun to put this one together. I love how these moves are truly a full body blast. They help your balance, build your overall strength, and of course ALWAYS your core! 

Potato Party - I have a potato obsession. I eat these beauties at least 4 times a week. They are easy to make. They are versatile. They are nutritious and delicious. I even picked up some regular russet potatoes the other day and they make me just as happy too. I cannot get enough spuds in my life and it is what my body is craving, so I am going to give it just that. 

Friday Feelings
Friday Feelings

It's Time for YOGA - It is definitely time to step back onto my mat for not only the physical benefits but also for the mental ones too. My workouts as of lately have been intense. There has been a lot of running and strength training. I am stiff, sore, but getting stronger. And those frigid temperatures are not helping my already tight muscles! It is time next week, to stretch it out...sweat it out...and find some balance, peace, and clarity on my mat. I am looking forward to reuniting with my favorites at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham, NJ. 

I know I sound like a broken record, but when you listen to your body and you give it what it needs, life is a lot more fun, because you are happier, healthier, energized, and that energy attracts only good things. And YES I am speaking from experience. When I ignore the signs regarding nourishing and training, I can become a not so friendly person. But when I am in tune with what my body needs and actually giving it those things, I am just a big beautiful ball of happiness...Corny much...YES, but it is the truth!

Friday Feelings

And that is it my friends! Thank goodness it is Friday! I need to choose a day to fully disconnect, do some spring cleaning, reconnect with old friends, and just slow down a little bit. I hope y'all have a beautiful weekend and see everyone next week. XOXO

What are you GRATEFUL for today?

Do you still have a cable package?

Banana Ice Cream 7UP Floats

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 7UP®. The opinions and text are all mine*

#7WaysTo7Up

Raise your hand if as a kid you used to LOVE 7UP! I remember those hot summer NJ days at Harding School Day Camp. My Mom would pack me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich + chips + a piece of fruit + a cupcake + a cold cherry 7UP (I loved that pink can). After hours of playing “kick the can” all the campers would sit on the brick wall and eat our lunches sweaty, dirty, laughing, and refueling for the rest of a day of fun. Oh those were the good old days! No worries, except to just run around in the great outdoors with no electronic devices. It was so simple. It was so much FUN. It was pure bliss!

Banana Ice Cream 7Up Float

Those kind of memories never go away and they are such good ones! So while we are being nostalgic, I thought it would be fun to create one of my favorite childhood treats for those days when you want something sweet, bubbly, that brings back those fun childhood memories. This is a super easy recipe, with simple ingredients, and it is very versatile. I know we have all had root beer floats, but why not change it up and make a 7UP float?

Creamy, sweet, and delicious this is the perfect dessert to treat yourself I was craving bananas when I whipped up this float, but you could use any fruit and it would be just as good. And if you wanted to make it more of an “adult beverage” you could definitely add your choice of rum, vodka, and even champagne! The possibilities are endless my friends!

Recipe:

  •  ½ cup of 7UP 1 sliced banana
  • Couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Dollop of whipped cream Handful of ice
  • Extra sliced bananas on top and with sprinkles and chocolate syrup for garnish, because why not!
Banana Ice Cream 7Up Float

Directions:

  1. Dice up the strawberries and muddle a few of them up at the bottom of the mason jar;
  2. Add ice (if you like it extra chilled), ice cream, 7UP, and whipped cream;
  3. Garnish with some extra strawberries and ENJOY!
Banana Ice Cream 7Up Float

Easy, delicious, and the perfect treat any time of year for not only YOU but for your kids! And if you really want to get adventurous and step out of the comfort zone with your 7UP, I highly recommend that you check out the two recipes below for some 7UP Inspiration. 

Make sure to check out Savory Magazine in the “New Flavors” edition until 3/30 to save $1.00 when you buy two 7UP 2-Liter bottles. And to pick up your 7UP you can visit the stores below:

Banana Ice Cream 7Up Float

Enjoy and let me know how your 7UP creations turn out! XOXO

Did you used to drink 7UP as a child? 

What was your favorite game to play at Summer Camp?

 

It Was A Good Birthday!

38...How did that happen? Where did the year go? It disappeared is what it did and now it is time to move onto 38. 2 years away from 4-0...what the heck? I am not getting any younger. Life is flying by. And it is time to just do it. Live it. Experience it. Make it happen. Aggressive...Definitely! But I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling energized, refreshed, excited, and ready for the day and the year. I have not felt this in a while. Okay a really long time! I have felt a shift. I can sense a change. I can feel changes in me. Bring it ON! 

Birthday LOVE

Birthday Runs are NOT Always Fun - Typically I work out first thing in the morning, but I had errands to run and meetings to attend, so my birthday run was going to have to be later in the day. I was debating taking the day off, but I am stubborn and I wanted to tackle the run because it was beautiful out and I wanted to prove to my old body I could do it. Needless to say, that run kicked my butt. No watch and no music, it was a mental run with heavy legs, but I did it. And in the end, I am glad I did it, because I had to make room for that cherry pie and vanilla ice cream.

Birthday Run

Breakfast Bowls are MUCH Better with Oats - As of lately, I have been loving adding Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal to my smoothies and yogurt bowls for added texture and added carbs. With the temperatures "sort of" warming up and adding more outdoor running to my training and itching to sign up for half marathons, this body needs more carbs! For so long, I never used to have them early in the day, but my training is changing, my nutritional goals are changing, and honestly it's time to kick those stupid "food rules" out the door this year! 

Birthday Breakfast Bowl

Celebrating with Family Means the WOLRD to Me - Nothing beats waking up on your birthday and having Mom coming down the stairs singing "Happy Birthday"! It happens every year and she does it for all of the kids and it is the best. We had a delicious dinner out and then celebrated at home with cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. It was just what I wanted. A lot of food...A very full belly...And being surrounded by loved ones is PERFECTION! No food pictures of that feast, because sometimes you just need to leave that device at home and share those moments with real talk. I will just tell you that I was in a food coma and went to bed with a VERY VERY full belly. Totally overdid it...whatever! 

Biggest Lesson That I Learned - I spent a lot of time over the past years always asking for people's opinions, hoping that they could give me direction and help me make those difficult decisions that I could not do on my own. Something clicked over the past couple of months. I stopped asking and I started doing. Doing what I wanted to do. It was a HUGE shift. And it is something I am going to continue to do this coming year. I can feel a new energy. I can feel a change in my confidence, my body, my outlook on dating, and how I am tackling my business. Living and learning friends and when you feel a monumental shift like this, to me it means only good things are to come! AMEN! 

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me on Wednesday! It means a lot to me and I appreciate all your love, support, and kind words! Cheers to being 38 and to a new year of endless possibilities, adventures, and new beginnings! XOXO

Restaurant Doro

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Neptune Beach, Florida to visit my beautiful friend Pam! I was desperately needing warmer weather, palm trees, girl time, and some time away from the cold northeast. It was a quick trip, but it was exactly what I needed. It felt good to run in shorts, sweat, walk along the beaches, and of course, eat good food. Pam is a foodie and has the best taste in not only food but handbags and shoes. I have closet envy! 

Onto the food...This is Pam's favorite restaurant and when she suggested we go and meet up with some of her friends, I said YES and PLEASE! Restaurant Doro is absolutely DELICIOUS, gorgeous decor, impeccable service, and the chef treated us like the queens that we are!

I started with Burrata, which was creamy, delicious, and oh so fresh. It was light and the perfect size appetizer. No need to have extra bread with this dish as it had so much flavor that it would have taken away from the dish itself.

I ordered the Lamb for my entree and oh goodness this was so AMAZING! It was cooked perfectly. The snap peas added that extra crunch, but the lamb was the star. I, of course, licked my plate clean and savored every single bite. Tender, juicy, and just PERFECT!

At the end of the dinner, Chris brought us three different desserts, which were out of this world. I do not have any photos of these, as I was devouring the homemade ice cream that was topped with sesame seeds. Who would have thought to add crunchy lightly toasted sesame seeds to ice cream...GENIUS! (PS: You can tell that this was a good experience with all the upper case letters, bold print, and exclamation points...Sorry, but I'm not sorry!)

I had the pleasure of talking with Chris after our dinner as Pam is good friends with him. Chris is friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the restaurant and creating fresh, organic, unique flavors that will definitely make your taste buds and belly very happy. Chris opened Doro in Neptune Beach Town Center in late August last year. This is the first restaurant that he has owned and operated, but he has been working in the industry for most of his life. He started as a dishwasher when he was 16 years old and then went to attend the Culinary Institute of America. He was the personal chef for Matt Lauer for over 12 years. Chris's goal is to keep it SIMPLE and FRESH!

Make sure to follow Restaurant Doro on social media, so that you can follow events, happenings, and obviously beautiful photos of food! Get inspired and if you are EVER in the Neptune Beach, Florida area, stop in and tell Chris that I sent you!

What restaurant have you recently fallen in love with? 

Are you adventerous when it comes to trying new restaurants while traveling or in your city?

Friday Friendly Reminders

And we meet again and we meet on the BEST day of the week! I am liking this day of the week to post. It is a nice time to reflect on the past week, to talk about what happened, and to slowly start to unwind and enjoy the weekend. Today is a round up of friendly reminders for all of us to work on. I am looking forward to tackling them all. Aggressive...maybe...but totally worth it! Have a fabulous weekend and see y'all next week! xoxo

Treat Yourself

Do you make sure to spoil yourself every week? Maybe it is retail therapy, a manicure/pedicure, sweet treats, or a trip, I believe it is definitely a must that you treat yourself to something that makes you HAPPY! You work hard and not allowing yourself to enjoy that hard work, well is just not fun. It can be a simple treat or an elaborate treat, whatever it is, go for it. For me, it is a simple one, but something my body has been craving. A bowl of ice cream with peanut M&M's twice a week and I am a happy lady. 

Friday Friendly Reminder

DISCONNECT

JUST DO IT!!! Whether it is for the entire weekend or 2 hours, put away your devices and just be in the moment. Enjoy the time away from staring at your phone and make eye contact with those around you...Be bored for a few minutes...Pick up a good book and read...And give those thumbs a little break. 

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NEVER GIVE UP

Do you know how many times I have heard NO? A LOT and yet I keep on trucking because giving up is not an option whether it comes to my personal or professional life. I have applied to so many jobs, campaigns, and emailed brands and people that I want to work with. I either hear a NO or no response. And the same goes with dating. I put myself out there and swipe to the right a heck of a lot more than I used to. And yes you guessed it...I hear a lot of crickets. No pity party here. I am just reminding all of you and myself of course, that we all hit a lot of speed bumps in life. "Adulting" is hard. Hearing "NO" day in a day out is hard.  

Daily Reminder to: Keep your head up...stay strong...believe...give it 100%...NEVER GIVE UP!

Get OUTSIDE

We experienced warm weather this week and it was FABULOUS! I really hope that you took some time to get out there and soak up that Vitamin D. When you have been cooped up all winter, there is no better feeling for me than to put on my shorts and get outside for a long run and actually start sweating because it is so warm. WINNING! Each day this week, I made sure to take the pups for a walk and I know that they enjoyed the weather too. Disconnect and opt to get outside to soak up that fresh air. Spring is COMING! 

LOVE Yourself With These Self-Care Tips  

This past winter I have talked a lot about self-care. I believe it is necessary for us to be selfish and to take care of ourselves in whatever ways make us feel our best inside and out. When you fell happy and healthy, it shows and you radiate your beauty, power, and confidence to the universe. And that energy is CONTAGIOUS! Read a few of my self-care tips in this month's  Core Power post: HERE

Friday Friendly Reminders

How are you practicing self-care this month?

Did you get OUTSIDE this week?

A Week In Review

HELLO Beautiful Friday! How are you doing friends? How was your week? No small talk needed, so let us jump right into today's post before I kick off the weekend and disconnect. After working a little too much last weekend, it is time to step away from the devices. Happy Friday friends! XO

My Weekly Reminder...I love this quote! Thanks Leslie for posting this on Tuesday! I have spent this week worrying too much about my social media numbers and it ends up being annoying and exhausting. There is so much more to life and happiness! So YES, I am looking forward to time away from my devices this weekend. To enjoy the tangible things in life that bring me joy! 

Week Of Workouts...There has been lots of running involved over the past couple of weeks, which has me thinking about signing up for a race. It has been way too long and I am itching for something to help me stay motivated with a goal in site. I am even thinking about triathlons again too...HA! I am not sure what has gotten into me, but I am kind of excited about it! 

The weather on the east coast has been cold and snowy, so any sort of running outside is not safe. I do not mind the treadmill as long as I have some good shows to watch. It is usually my time to either catch up on the news of watch the Food Network. And to beat the boredom on the step mill, I always bring my book. 

  • Sunday - 45-minute run + Strength Training (Legs + Triceps)
  • Monday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Chest + Shoulders + Core)
  • Tuesday - 6-mile treadmill run + 25-minute outdoor walk with Lucy (the sun was out WAHOO!)
  • Wednesday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Back + Core)
  • Thursday - 90-minute walk with Lucy
  • Friday - TBD
  • Saturday - OFF

Favorite Eats Of The Week...I forgot how good and easy preparing spaghetti squash is and I finally roasted it on Sunday when I was stuck inside ALL day because of ice. It is a great substitute to pasta. I can do without pasta, but bread...heck no! Crispy Italian bread slathered in butter and dipped in sauce...DELICIOUS! I had that meal 2 nights in a row and it just hits the spot on cold winter nights and leaves me feeling satisfied without the bloat. 

How did I prepare my spaghetti squash:

  • Cut in half + take out the seeds + drizzle in olive oil and salt;
  • Place flat side down on a baking shee;
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes at 400 degrees! Shred out the insides or eat straight out of the half!

Sweet Breakfast Bowl - Eggs + Fruit + Nut Butter

More BIG Beautiful Salads (except this time it's not in Tupperware)

Spaghetti Squash Bowls - Mom's Meat Sauce and Crispy Bread

Recent Reads...I LOVE to read and it is the best way for me to SLOW DOWN at the end of the day! I start working every morning between 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM, so I am pretty tired at night. Disconnecting earlier from all of my devices and reading instead of watching TV in bed, has definitely made a huge difference. Since I have made this change into my nightly ritual, I have been flying through books! These 2 are great reads to help you unwind at the end of busy day!

  • A Dog's Purpose - Funny, sad, heart-warming, and so TRUE, this book is for dog lovers!
  • Eligible - The modern day version of "Jane Austen" this book was so much fun to read! 

I am ready for the weekend and hoping the sun will stay out and grace us with her presence! Enjoy friends and see you next week!

What is the best thing you ate this week?

What was the last good book you read?

    Building A Beautiful SALAD

    Snow days make for the perfect days to tackle the "To Do List" that you have been ignoring for long periods of time. It is good to hunker down with lots of coffee and get it done. Even though my taxes are staring straight at me as I work away, I am still going to ignore that task and instead talk about FOOD! Food is fun...Food is good...And food fuels this lifestyle! This weeks obsession is SALADS. Instead of consuming all the sweet potatoes, I have been eating lots of BIG, flavorful, and nourishing salads for lunch and with dinner. It is all about that crunch and using whatever leftovers are around to make these beautiful meals. 

    A couple of things you should know about my salad creations:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • I always eat my lunch salads out of a Tupperware container...Why? Because I like to mix all the ingredients together...Shake it up...And then let it marinade for a little bit before I devour it!
    • I always add leftovers from the night before! Whatever is leftover from dinner or hanging out in the fridge goes into my salads. I hate wasting food!
    • LOTS of CRUNCH! I love texture and when it comes to my salads, the more crunch the better. It is just like my obession with crunchy nut butters!
    Building A Beautiful Salad

    Here is how I build my SALADS:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • Protein: Chicken, tuna fish, salmon, fried eggs, or roasted chickpeas are my usual go tos! Adding a protein is a MUST when making a beautiful salad. Make sure that you are getting all the great benefits of proteins, because they are so important for our bodies, especially if you live a active lifestyle!
    • Fats: Diced avocado, leftover guacamole, goat cheese, or a heaping handful of mixed nuts are my favorites to add to a salad. Adding fats to your salads are key to helping you stay satiated. 
    • Fruit: Pick one of your favorites and add it for some natural sweetness! As of lately, I like to dice up an opal apple for added crunch. Minneola and moro oranges are really good additions right now for that much-needed Vitamin C. 
    • LOTS of Vegetables: Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Peppers, Red Onion, and a mix of greens are always in my salads. Sometimes I like to add roasted broccoli and cauliflower. You can never go wrong with adding any vegetable to a salad...so load it UP friends!
    • Dressing: Typically I do a balsamic and olive oil combo, but thanks to my friend PAM, she introduced me to Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings and they are FABULOUS! A nice way to switch things up and try something new. 

    That is it my friends! Now go have fun and be creative with your salad creations and remember you can always keep it simple, healthy, nourishing, and FUN. Salads can be a side dish or a meal and are always a good decision. You just need to know how to build the right one to keep your belly happy and satisfied. Let me know how it goes! XOXO

    Do you eat your salads out of Tupperware?

    What do you put in your salad for that extra CRUNCH?

    Thinking Out LOUD

    It is February...How the heck did that happen? Despite the ups and downs; the dreary and gray weather; January went by surprisingly fast. As we close one month and enter into a new one, I thought it would be a good day to post about those random topics that go through my head and share them with all of you. A short summary of what has been happening in my world. Grab that cup of coffee and read along as to what has been happening these days. Cheers to a fresh new month of only good energy, experiences, food, and happiness! 

    Sweet Potatoes are the BEST...I could seriously eat one every night! They are nutritious, delicious, versatile, and so easy to prepare. I keep it simple when preparing mine. Scrub clean + pork with a fork + stick into a preheated over of 450 degrees and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on how crispy on the outside you like it) + sprinkle with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce + serve alongside dinner. 

    Sweet Potato Dinner
    Sweet Potato Dinner

    Tiny Space Workouts are CHALLENGING but FUN...Yes it is winter and gray and cold and sometimes depressing, but that shouldn't stop you from staying active! Make sure to check out this Core Power Workout that is challenging, fun, and can be done anywhere. It is specifically designed to do in a "tiny space", but you can obviously take it to the gym or do it whatever you feel most comfortable working out. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out!

    Healthy Dog Treats...YES PLEASE...Thank you to Best Bully Sticks for sending us dental dog chews that are hormone free; drool-worthy; contain limited ingredients; and from what Lucy tells me, they are DELICIOUS! She is a lucky dog and we appreciate gifts like these! 

    Chia Seed Pudding Is BACK...I forgot how easy it is to prepare chia seed pudding. It is also a versatile recipe, a great meal to take when on the go, and even better when topped with blobs of nut butter or granola. I will share the recipe soon! Oh and of course it is jam packed with all those healthy nutrients to keep your body happy and nourished! 

    Nature's Touch Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

    Online Dating Is BRUTAL...Because sometimes I need to talk about personal things. There are only so many food photos and exercise routines I can talk about. And dating these days as y'all know is hard, frustrating, confusing, and comical. Can someone please explain to me: 

    • Car Selfies...Shirtless Selfies...Bathroom Selfies??? 
    • The disappearing into thin air act! Raise your hand if you have been texting with someone who you met online and developed a rapport with and then POOF...GONE...And never to be heard from again! Where did they go? And what is the point of engaging with someone if you are going to disappear on them with no explanation? I'm a big girl and can handle rejection. Just tell me that "you are just not that into me!"

    On a "Positive Patty" note...High-Fives though to men who take lots of pictures with their dogs! That is always a major plus in my opinion. 

    Practicing Slowing Down Feels Really GOOD...I posted this quote earlier this week on Instagram because recently I have had to slow down because there have been multiple times I have felt the burn out coming on STRONG. It has been with work, training, and just life in general. Those mornings when you wake up and look in the mirror and think to yourself "WOW I look really tired!". It was happening too much, so I am taking baby steps to learn to slow down and let life take its course one day at a time. A few of the things that have helped me slow down: 

    • Closing my laptop at 6:00 PM on the dot!!! I typically start doing work on mine around 6:45 AM and throughout the day, so those hours add up fast;
    • No more social media checking after 8:00 PM! This is hard, but when I stick to it, I feel so much better and refreshed the next day;
    • Sleeping an extra 15 minutes! A few months ago, I was waking up at 5:45 AM...YIKES! I was tired and it made the days really long. Now I am sleeping until 6:30 AM. Great progress!
    • And finally my "go to" for slowing down and disconnecting is LONG WALKS with Lucy! I love leaving my devices and just going for a long walk or hike with Lucy and a friend and just soaking up the fresh air and the peace and quiet. It makes me happy to just be in the moment and soak up the beauty and the simple things in life!
    Practicing Slowing Down Feels Really GOOD

    What is your favorite way to SLOW DOWN?

    Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe? If so, please share with me in the comments!

    Recipes That Use GHEE

    After reading all your comments last week on my review of Gather Superfoods Ghee, I thought that it would be appropriate to follow up with some FUN recipes that you could try out that incorporate ghee. And later on, I would like to dive in a little deeper as to why it is important to incorporate ghee and other healthy fats into our daily eats. But first the recipes...

    Ghee is a very versatile healthy fat that you can use as a substitute for butter, for sauteing, for slathering on your favorite delicious toast, and for drizzling on your nighttime popcorn. But there are MANY other ways you can use ghee. Here are 5 GHEE RECIPES that I found inspiring and I am looking forward to whipping up in the near future. 

    GUT HEALING CINNAMON COCONUT LATTE by The Real Food Dietitians

    I LOVE coffee and I LOVE lattes! The Real Food RDs are pretty amazing ladies, who I have gotten to know this past year and worked with on many projects. They are knowledgeable, inspiring, and their recipes are delicious. Make sure to whip up this latte and enjoy all the nutritional benefits it has to offer!

    PALEO LEMON BUTTER CHICKEN by Jay's Baking Me Crazy

    If you follow me on Instagram, you probably notice that I make chicken thighs a lot. They are so damn good and that crispy skin is my favorite part. I love the simplicity of this recipe with all the fresh lemon and the nice touch of coconut cream. I feel like this photo needs to be a scratch and sniff. DELICIOUS! 

    GHEE RICE by Sailu's Food

    This recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook! It is versatile, healthy, and loaded with lots of delicious flavors. Who knew you could dress up rice like this? I love the addition of Garam masala and cashew nuts. Make a big pot of this on Sunday and eat it throughout the week! 

    WHOLE30 SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI RECIPE by Design Life Diaries

    This recipe...This photo...OMGHEE...I want this now! Was that cheesy enough for you? But seriously. Yes this recipe is going to take a little bit of time, practice, and extra love, but I believe it is 100% worth it. Invite a friend over, sip on some wine, and make these little sweet potato bites and just have fun with it! 

    MEXICAN CAULIFLOWER RICE by Fashionable Foods

    Another thing that I eat on a regular basis is cauliflower! I love how versatile this hearty vegetable is and how it is the perfect side dish with any meal. Next time you are craving Mexican, make sure to whip up this simple, healthy, and easy Mexican cauliflower recipe. Pass the hot sauce PLEASE!

    I hope that you will try some of these recipes and if you do, definitely let me know how they turned out. They are ALL great recipes that are good for your health, so use that ghee and reap all those health benefits that they have to offer. 

    Would you try any of these ghee recipes?

    Did you know that ghee was this versatile?

    Gather Superfoods - Product Review

    Raise your hand if you LOVE healthy FATS!!! We all know my slight obsession with nut butters, but I also make sure to eat plenty of avocados, mixed nuts, and I always cook with olive oil, and now ghee too. I will 100% admit that I used to be one of those people who was scared of FATS. But this was back in the day when I honestly had no clue as to how to properly nourish my body. Times have changed and I am older and wiser and more in tune with my body and its needs. I LOVE fats!  I eat a lot of fats! They make me feel good inside and out and they work for my lifestyle, my training, and my belly. 

    Today I am talking about ghee! I recently partnered up with Gather Superfoods to talk about their ghee and why you should check them out; follow them on social media; and start including their ghee into your eats! ENJOY!

    What is GHEE...

    Gather Superfoods Ghee is derived from butter. The butter is cooked down to remove all the butterfat/milk solids to create pure butterfat that is lactose and casein free. It is a great substitute for anyone with a dairy intolerance and great for anyone who wants to try another fat that is fabulous for you!

    Why GHEE...

    Gather Superfoods Ghee is a delicious and nutritious fat that you definitely need to add to your list of healthy FATS. Ghee is an ancient superfood that is known for its amazing healing abilities internally and externally. This healthy fat is known to alkalize our bodies; provide physical and mental stamina; reduce inflammation; and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Some other fun facts to take note of: 

    • Lactose and Casein FREE
    • High Smoke Point of 485 degrees
    • Rich in Omega-3
    • Packed with Vitamins A, D, E, and K

    What do I use GHEE for...

    Gather Superfoods Ghee is a great replacement to your butter! You can use it for baking, sauteeing, spreading onto a delicious piece of toast, and drizzling it over your nighttime popcorn. The possibilities are endless! Check out this DELICIOUS Gather Superfoods recipe by my friend Sarah!

    Who are the people behind Gather Superfoods?

    Foodies are the BEST kind of people! When I started to learn more about this company and their founders, I knew we would get along and this would be a good collaboration. The two founders have traveled all over the country eating their way from coast to coast enjoying all that life and food has to offer. Food + Travel = PURE BLISS! Learn more about their story and why they started Gather Superfoods HERE! 

    Make sure to follow this fabulous couple on their social media channels to get inspired with healthy recipes, updates on products, and any promotions that they are running! 

    Have you ever used ghee? If so, what is your favorite way to add it to your recipes?

    *Disclosure: I received compensation and product for this post. All opinions are my own.*

    Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

    What do you look for in a teacher when it comes to taking care of your health and fitness? What makes you come back to keep taking their classes? Is it knowledge, passion, their personality, or that they can kick your butt and yell at you, while still having a pretty smile plastered on their face? We all have different likes, goals, and reasons for practicing a healthy and active lifestyle, so it is great that nowadays there are a plethora of options to fit YOUR needs. 

    When it comes to yoga teachers whose classes I revisit, I like a variety of styles, that fit whatever my body is currently needing...it could be more focused on stretching my hips; building up my core; or honestly just getting my butt kicked and getting in a good sweat session. I want to introduce you to Jessica Haims from Powerflow Yoga. She is ONE of those teachers who in a matter of 75 minutes educated me, stretched, strengthened, and kicked my butt! Her passion and knowledge of the yoga and the human body...The way she effortlessly flowed into the poses...Learn more about this beautiful woman and why I consider her a yoga goddess!  

    Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

    I Am Jessica Haims:

    My approach to yoga is to be safe, educational, challenging, and fun. I believe in educating students about their bodies so that they are equipped to make appropriate decisions about their bodies on and off the mat. Classes are based heavily through a lens of biomechanics and anatomy, always explaining to students why we do a pose a certain way. I want to offer as many tools as possible to my students so that they learn how to modify poses when necessary, and know how to play their edge when appropriate. I am both a vinyasa teacher and Yoga Tune Up® teacher and seek to blend these two styles together to link movement and breath in an intelligent manner. I mainly work one on one with students teaching self-care; we come up with a routine at home comprising of myofascial release work, corrective exercise, and yoga. After suffering a serious back injury due to years of competitive ballroom dancing and teaching full time it became my mission to empower students with the relationship to their bodies!

    Why did you start teaching yoga? 

    I started teaching yoga because it gave me a sense of empowerment and peace that was uncanny. In 2011 I took my first class ever (at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham!) and it was the HARDEST thing I had ever done (seriously I thought I was going to collapse on the mat by the end of it) - but then savasana came and I nearly fell asleep. I left the yoga room called my mom and said “I want to be a yoga teacher after school” - it was one of those weird gut feelings. I did my first training a little over a year later and fell in love with the studies of anatomy. Over the past year, I have dove deep into the study of biomechanics, anatomy, and the science of stretching. The more I learn about anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, etc… it reminds me why I always want to teach - to help people understand their bodies and to feel good in their bodies.

    Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

    What is your favorite pose and why? 

    Half moon! There are SO many different ways of approaching this pose with props, the wall, different isometric contractions - I always find something new about my body in this pose. When I’m in it I feel like I’m flying and floating!

    What is your least favorite pose and why? 

    I have a hate/love relationship with warrior 3 (which means I probably need to do it more ;) ) - it always kicks my butt no matter how many times I do it!

    What advice would you give to someone (aka - me) who is scared of handstands? 

    Work slowly away from the wall and with a teacher you trust. Going upside down is a HUGE mental game so it’s all about taking those little steps until you feel ready! There is a move called “scissor kick handstand” that Phillip Askew taught me and it helped me get away from the wall and over my fear of hand standing (will have to show you during our coffee date!). Working on shoulder/core stability and hamstring mobility are major players in working into those handstands. One of my favorite moves are working planks and doing scapula push ups! Another great exercise is doing plank with a blanket under your feet and pulling the blanket towards your hands (ending in forward fold) and then sliding back out to plank.

    How do you practice a healthy lifestyle? 

    Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

    I practice self-care by setting aside time for myself every day - whether it's 5 min or an hour for a workout. I love to go hiking, cooking, writing, reading, and watch old Hollywood movies! I make sure to fuel my body with clean food, get in exercise 5 times a week, and take 2 complete days of rest when I can to re-charge and do active recovery (or binge watch Netflix for hours ;) ! ) 

    Sweet or salty? 

    SWEEEEEET!!!!! I have such a strong sweet tooth - chocolate covered anything will have my name written all over it. My one vice is chocolate and coffee - I can never say no to it. My favorite chocolate is german chocolate, but my favorite sweets are my homemade chocolate chip marshmallow cookies - they are out of this world!

    Tell us 3 FUN things that we should know about you...And if there is anything else you want to add, go for it.

    I LOVE old jazz music - I always say I was born in the wrong era… I love old Hollywood movies and music. Ella Fitzgerald, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, this list goes on and on. I would have killed to live in that era and see those people perform. I had the honor and privilege to see Tony Bennett live with one of my best friends (she got me a ticket for Christmas!) I started tearing up during the performance - it was one of the most amazing experiences.  

    I won world and nationals in 2011 for ballroom dancing! I miss those dancing days with all my heart and when I hear music my mind will wonder off into choreography!

    Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

    My dream is to have a huge back yard one day for a garden and chickens!

    I am a huge nerd and love spending free time reading about human anatomy and the latest research on the science of stretching (Jules Mitchell is an amazing resource for anyone interested). One of my goals with teaching is to eventually develop an anatomy module for 200-hour training that gives newer teachers a concrete understanding of the human body. It is our responsibility as teachers to keep these people safe and I would like to see the bar raised in this department!

    What do YOU look for in a teacher?

    Tell me your favorite teacher and where they teach!

    Love At First Sight - The Best Match

    Life on Nantucket during the winter months can definitely be a little lonely. It is grey, cold, and QUIET. I definitely could not live here if it was not for my amazing friends, but little Lucy has a VERY big part in keeping me sane too! She is with me all the time. She lies by my side while I work. She runs by my side while we walk. She sleeps by the bed and snores like a champ. She is the perfect match for my personality, my lifestyle, and me!

    She was rescued in Houston, where she was left on the side of the highway in a kennel with her two other siblings covered in fleas. It took days for her to venture out of that kennel. After I lost Kala, I started looking for a purebred Golden Retriever just a few weeks later, but I could not justify spending over a thousand dollars for a dog, when there were thousands of dogs without homes. So instead I started searching the rescues for golden retriever puppies. I found a picture of “Custard” and started contact with the foster mom. Once I agreed to meet the foster mom and “Custard”, I knew I was not going home alone. Just like everything else in life, when it is meant to be, it is meant to be - no matter how cliché that sounds, it is the darn truth!

    It was love at first sight and “Custard” would be named Lucy and she came home with me a week later. And her two siblings were also rescued. One went to New Orleans and the other went to live on a apple orchard farm in Rhode Island. Knowing that all 3 of them found such healthy, happy, and safe environments is just BEAUTIFUL!

    Lucy means so much to me and it is really hard to imagine life without her! All those corny quotes about dogs are the TRUTH. She teaches me to be a better person. She makes and reminds me to laugh daily. She reminds me to live life to the fullest and to just keep it simple…LIVE, LOVE, and of course EAT!

    She is in doggie heaven here on Nantucket Island, along with the rest of amazing dogs that live here. They truly do live a fabulous life here! So when I was asked to team up with Z Living to help promote their newest show Finding Fido , it was a no brainer.

    Finding Fido (premiering January 17th at 9pm ET) is all about matchmaking—only instead of human couples, host Seth Casteel is pairing people with pooches. Each week one lucky dog finds their forever home, and one lucky person finds their new best friend. You can see more about the show here.

    In addition to being an awesome show that we’re super excited about, there is also an amazing campaign created by Finding Fido to help support animal shelters and rescue groups.

    Z Living has joined forces with A Greater Good and Halo, Purely for Pets® to launch the #FindingFido program. Z Living will be giving away a series of cash grants plus pet food to shelters and pet adoption organizations in need across the U.S..

    Share a photo of you and your pooch on your favorite social channel and tag it with #FindingFido, for every hashtagged post Z Living will give an additional $1.

    Have a shelter you think should be considered for a grant? Tag them in your post and they’ll automatically be in the running to receive one of several $500 cash grants given away weekly + $6000 worth of Halo pet food donated to shelters in need leading up to the premiere of Finding Fido on January 17th at 9pm.

    Now go give your pet a big SMOOCH and tell them how much you love them! XOXO

     

    Healthy and Happy with Swanson Vitamins

    It is here...The NEW YEAR is upon us! The holidays are done. It is time to take down the decorations. It is time to practice our new intentions. It is time to nourish our minds and bodies with healthy and happy thoughts! Are you ready? I definitely am and I have already been making it happen...ONE day at a time! 

    New Year - New You

    Taking care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and nutritionally is a process. It is not something that happens overnight or the first two weeks after the New Year. Living a healthy and active lifestyle takes time, work, and dedication. It is not easy, but it is SO WORTH IT! When you feel strong, when your skin is glowing, when your body feels healthy, you radiate positivity inside and out and that is why we dedicate so much time and effort into it sweating daily and eating well-balanced meals. And that positive energy is contagious, so throw it around like confetti and inspire others to join you on the healthy and happy journey!

    New Year - New You

    As you know living 30 miles out at sea has it challenges sometimes, when it comes to shopping, as my choices are limited. Do not get me wrong, for an island the stores here have a very good selection, but it is hard for them to carry everything! For that reason, I am grateful to be able to work with companies like Swanson Vitamins that provide a plethora of healthy options for not only myself but Lucy too! YES, they sell an abundance of doggie treats! I was so happy to find that they sell Greenies! I have been shopping with Swanson Vitamins for a couple of years now and I am always a happy customer. They offer so much more than just vitamins. I can get lost on their site...in a good way! And you can always find a good deal, as they have deals of the day, sales, buy 1 get 1 free, overstock, and clearance options. The possibilities are endless and there are no excuses to not make healthy and happy choices in 2017 on Swanson Vitamins website! 

    Above are just a few of my favorite Swanson Vitamins products that I recently bought. I already have a list of what I want to buy next because my nut butter jars are almost empty, but also am realizing that I probably need some Vitamin D because these gray days are driving me bonkers! I am going to treat Lucy to some more Greenies and Oatmeal Milk and Honey Shampoo! So many great options, but now it is YOUR turn to shop with $100.00 thanks to Swanson Vitamins! It is YOUR turn to shop for a healthier and happier YOU in 2017! Follow all the details below and GOOD LUCK friends! 

    How are you living a healthier and happier 2017?

    What would you buy with the $100.00 gift certificate?

    MY 2017 INTENTIONS

    It is time to head bACK to the island after a week of celebrating with family and friends. It was a week well spent. There was LOTS of food consumed...There was LOTS of time spent on the yoga mat...There was LOTS of time connecting with Mom, old friends, and new friends. But it is time to get bACK into my routine and set my intentions for 2017. My body and mind are ready for my routine and I am VERY READY for the new year! I am just READY for a clean slate and fresh start!

    Jockey Hollow New Jersey

    "INTENTION leads to BEHAVIORS which lead to HABITS which lead to PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT which leads to DESTINY"

    I am not one to set "goals" for the New Year or at the beginning of a new month, but I do believe in setting intentions, which is one of the many things that I work with, with my Life Coach. My intentions have nothing to do with fitness and food. They dig deeper. They are not easy. They take patience, practice, and work. As you know, working on yourself is never an easy task. Admitting your faults is hard enough, but then taking the time to work on them is when the real work begins...

    MY 2017 INTENTIONS:

    My 2017 Intentions
    • WIN AT LOVE personally and professionally - The past few months I have experienced a lot of bumps in the road, both personally and professionally. Nothing has come easy. It felt like everything was a struggle and required 100% effort, which in the end was leaving me exhausted, depleted, and slightly negative. 2017 is going to be about WINNING! Winning at love, relationships, business opportunities, health, and overall life. A little cheesy...YES...but for ME, this is the kind of attitude I need to make 2017 a WINNING year!
    • Travel MORE - I can easily become a hermit on Nantucket and get into a routine. This routine gets comfortable real fast and before I know it POOF time has slipped away. It is time to shake up the routine. It is time to explore. It is time to get out of my comfort zone. I am single. I am young. I have worked hard. It is time to book some trips and BE FREE!
    • Be FEARLESS - I am always talking about being "fearless" and it is a good reminder and intention for me as the new year approaches. I am a very sensitive person, which is one of my strengths but can also be one of my weaknesses. Sometimes I need to take a little bit of that emotion and sensitivity out of the picture and just GO FOR IT! This applies to all aspects of my life. 
    • Have more FUN - Do I need to say more??? I want to travel more...Go out more...Flirt more...Learn more...Build and dream MORE! I have to step out of my routine and live fully and let my full self shine. It is time to get out of my comfort zone and LIVE! It's time to go FUNNING!

    It is not a big list and that is a good thing for ME! I believe it is important to keep things SIMPLE! These are intentions that I know I can work on daily. These are intentions that I can give 100% of my attention too. These are intentions that I KNOW I have to work on to be the best version of ME! 

    Have a happy and healthy New Year friends and see you in 2017!

    Tell me ONE of your favorite 2017 Intentions...

    Thinking Out Loud - December

    Winter is officially HERE! The shortest day of the year has come and gone and I can start getting a little bit happier about that extra minute of sunshine per day! Christmas is this weekend and I cannot wait to celebrate with my family. Time is flying. My days are busy and disappear a little bit too quickly. I have already been home for a week and not sure how that happened! There is a LOT happening these days, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me for a "Thinking Out Loud" post to close the week!

    Nantucket Island

    Back on the mat at Powerflow Yoga - LOVE coming back to this community of friends whenever I am back home in good old NJ! I look forward to these HOT, sweaty, and challenging practices as they are such a nice break from my workout routine on the island. I like to take a break from strength training and just focus on walking, running, and strengthening my core, my practice, and obviously stretching those very tight hips and hamstrings. And if you live in the NJ area they have 10 studios that you can choose from, so make sure to check them out and treat yourself or a loved one to some yoga classes! Give the gift of YOGA!

    NuttZo has FINALLY reached 20K followers on Instagram and all the hard work is paying off! I am so grateful to work with this team of amazing people on a daily basis. But I am also grateful for all the brands and influencers that I have connected with and worked with since starting with NuttZo a few years ago. The NuttZo community is passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and obviously YES they are all just as obsessed with NuttZo as I am. The #NuttZoLOVE is for real!!! And make sure to click on this LINK and donate to Project Left Behind and you can receive a FREE downloadable NuttZo recipe ebook! 

    Spending time with FAMILY is the BEST no matter how bat crazy we can drive each other! As you all know, I love coming home to NJ anytime of the year. It is fun to see old friends...Eat all my NJ favorite foods...And spend time with my Mom talking politics and binge-watching "House of Cards" and "The Affair". We've already done a lot of that so far and it is awesome. And yes there are those moments, but who doesn't have those moments. No family is perfect and that is okay. At least we know we are a little kookie and we can get over those bickering moments pretty quickly. I love all the craziness...the fun...the laughter...the food...and the feeling of just being home. Can you tell I am a home body?

    Setting intentions for 2017 is REFRESHING! This quote sums up on one of my BIG ones that I have already started to practice. I plan on diving into this deeper as to what my intentions look like and what I am looking forward to. And of course, there is a podcast that goes along with it. 

    "Sometimes you need to erase old connections in your life to build rooms for new ones. If someone's not making you grow, it is time to go..."

    Note To Self - Keep my "Positive Patty Pants" ON! December has been a LONG month and there have been many speed bumps that have come my way. I am pooped. I have been fighting and constantly dreaming and scheming and planning and reaching out to help build my brand, but gosh darn it can be HARD and TIRING and STRESSFUL! But in the end, this is what I love to do and I am not going to give up. I have to stand up tall. I have to keep trucking. I have to keep fighting. Life is not perfect, but I am grateful, and I will stay positive going into the NEW year!

    Don't put a comma when you need a period! #mandyhale

    A photo posted by Mantra YOGA Magazine (@mantramagazine) on

    Feeling so GRATEFUL for my family, friends, health, and the life that I am able to live! And that is all and that is what I will end on. Have a Merry Christmas friends and I will see y'all before the New Year!!! XOXO

    Tell me your "Thinking Out Loud" thought is for December!

    Island Girls Podcast - Mountain Man

    Happy Hump Day Friends! It is time for another Island Girls Podcast and we have to say, even though we may be biased, it is a good one! Since it is freezing cold outside, we recommend you grab some coffee or tea and listen to this week "coffee talk" with a young gentleman, while you work on the computer, cook in the kitchen, or even need to be distracted while running on the treadmill. 

    Last week and Dorothy and I had the pleasure of sitting down with a young man to talk about dating, love, and life 30 miles out at sea on Nantucket Island. Kelly is 27 years old; from Vermont, (hence the "Mountain Man" title we gave him); studying for the LSAT's; working and living on the island until February. We loved chatting with him and getting a younger man's perspective.

    I am not going to lie. It definitely made me feel a little old, but hearing him talk about these topics was fun and interesting. I loved how he picks up the phone to call women he is interested in. But I also found it interesting how the women his age felt uncomfortable when he called and would have rather received a text message? Kelley was a total sweetheart and it was such a pleasure to have him on our podcast, so that you can learn more about him and what is like for a 27-year-old man in today's dating world.

    Make sure to tune in to the full podcast here

    Let us know what you think! We really want to start engaging with our listeners and we want to know if you have any specific questions; what you would like us to talk about more; and if you would want to share some of your stories with us. We want this to be a fun, inspiring, and educational space where we can all learn, grow, and support each other. 

    As you can tell, I am really enjoying these podcasts as it is allowing me to open up more...learn more about myself...spend more time with Dorothy...have fun...and inspire me personally and professionally. Once you start talking about these topics out loud, you are putting them out into the universe, and then it is time to make things happen! I LOVE THAT!

    When you were in your 20's did you know your non-negotiables?

    Have you dated someone a lot younger or older? 

     

    ENJOY The Holiday Season

    It is the most WONDERFUL time of year or this time of year can wreak total havoc, stress, and weight gain...Am I right? Instead of going into the holiday season with these "Negative Nancy" feelings when it comes to eating and exercising, why not go into it with a positive, HAPPY, and HEALTHY attitude! Yes friends, put on those "Positive Patty" pants and have a jolly good time! This is a wonderful time of year and you should celebrate...you should be smiling...and you should be enjoying it with the ones you LOVE! I am not here to tell you what you should and should not eat. I am not here to share killer workouts, to help you burn off the Christmas cookies and wine. I am here to inspire you to go into this time of year with a NEW, refreshing, fun, and healthy attitude! Be grateful, be joyous, and just have FUN!

    Happy Holidays

    My Happy and Healthy Holiday Tips

    • ENJOY those holiday treats that only come out this time of year, but in moderation! It is hard to not eat all the cookies, candies, and cakes that always seem to be everywhere this time of year! You don't need to eat them just because they are there. Eat them because you want to! Eat them because it makes you happy and you haven't had Peppermint Bark since last year...HA!
    • Get LOTS of fresh air! Yes it is cold outside, but fresh air is always good for the mind and body. Grab a friend, family member, or you dog and just go for a long walk. Whether it is 15 minutes or a 60-minute walk, moving your body on a daily basis is a great way to stay healthy, happy, and motivated. I am cold ALL the time during winter, so I look like a snowman on my walks, but that fresh ocean air feels so GOOD! 
    • Remember to DISCONNECT! When you are at holiday parties, dinners, or events, try turning your phone off and just leaving it alone for a few hours. It is so refreshing and liberating to not be constantly checking your phone. Make those connections with those around you, by engaging in conversations, making eye contact, and giving friends and family members BIG hugs! I believe that when we are truly engaged and having a great time, we forget about our phones and we are just living in the moment. To me, that is PURE happiness!
    • Stay ACTIVE! If you feel like you are in a rut or not very motivated this time of year, switch things up! Try signing up for new classes. If you are traveling, check out local studios and sign up for a yoga class, kickboxing, or even swim laps at the local Y. And check out Groupon to see if you can get some good deals too. Staying active during this time of year, will help you stay happy, healthy, and prevent you from gaining any extra pounds if you really are enjoying that Peppermint Bark a little too much!
    Happy Holidays

    So what do you think of these tips? They are not hard...They are attainable...They are simple and they are REAL! Now go put on your holiday attire and smile big, because this truly is a wonderful and special time of year! Have a wonderful weekend friends and see everyone next week!

    Happy Holidays

    What are you looking forward to most this holiday season, besides peppermint bark?

    Are you signing up for any fun holiday races, fitness, or yoga classes?

    Island Girls Podcast - A Nantucket Gentleman

    It is the LAST big weekend on beautiful Nantucket, until April and it is time to celebrate! "Stroll" weekend is officially here! The boats and planes are sold out...Restaurants are booked solid...Christmas decorations are everywhere...and the island will be filled with up to 40,000 people! I am looking forward to dressing up, toasting to the festivities with friends, and yes DISCONNECTING to enjoy life on this beautiful island! It has been a busy week and I worked hard, so all those devices need to be shut down. It is time to make REAL connections for 48 hours and celebrate the Christmas season!

    BUT...Before I disconnect...We have a NEW podcast to share with you! This past week Dorothy and I met up with a "Nantucket Gentleman" over coffee and tea at Nantucket Culinary Center to talk about dating, love, and of course Nantucket. It was so much fun to get a male perspective. The conversation was fun, relaxing, and honestly, we could have talked for over an hour. People love to talk about these topics and so do we. (And I know my little sister is going to listen to this and she is going to tell me that I say "like" too much and I noticed that I do...DOH! I will work on that little sister...HAHAHA!) And moving forward...

    Here are some of the questions that we asked our "Nantucket Gentleman" were:

    • Why do men text and not call anymore?
    • What are some things that women do that are a turnoff?
    • What do you appreciate about a woman?

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