Thursday, May 14, 2015

training tips for your next sporting event!

lifting weights helps strengthen the body and gives curves

Preparing for any type of sporting event whether it be a bodybuilding competition, a swim event or even a race you have to make sure you put forth your best effort in all aspects - diet, training, sleep/rest and your attire. For me my number one thing I do before doing any sort of training for a competition is stretching, this to me is getting your body ready and able to do what you want it to do at it's max capacity. So say you plan to do a 5k - I highly suggest stretching your legs each day briefly to allow your muscles to work at their full potential. From there you are allowing your body, which is of course the number one tool in any athletic venture to be able to excel and also hopefully help to prevent any muscle tears/strains!
Next up on my list of high importance for training for a race or other sporting competition event is your DIET! Now, I may come off to some a bit extreme with my diet, because well, I'm particular, however, you can do it in a manner very close to mine with a few tweaks - the important part is that you are giving your body the proper nutrition to function and be at it's highest conditioning level for the stress you intend to put on it. With running for example, you are going to burn through calories. You need extra calories and carbohydrates for an energy boost and to give you the endurance to make it throughout an entire race from start to finish. So many people shy away from carbohydrates, but truthfully, they really are your friend, it's a misconception. You just have to eat the right kinds of carbohydrates and those are COMPLEX carbohydrates.
Egg whites, hot sauce, brown rice rice cakes, black coffee, water.
What are complex carbohydrates? Well, they are slow acting carbohydrates that keep your body energized without the fast blow to your metabolism, as well as contain a good bit of fiber to keep you full longer and to regulate your digestive track. Some of my favorites are: Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Black Beans, Organic Brown or Wild Rice Rice Cakes, Ezekiel Bread / English Muffins / Wraps, etc., etc. Make sure you are incorporating these into your diet on a daily basis, with small meals every 2-3 hours containing protein and green leaf veggies. With these items your body is surefire going to make it to the finish line of any race or competition. Also, I cannot express enough to keep yourself hydrated - with WATER.

my new backpack, shorts and a protein shaker
Lastly, but kind of my favorite - dressing for the occasion. Being comfortable, having supportive and optimal shoes, packing with a backpack or camel bag that can carry some essential snacks/water on during your training or the actual event and having lightweight breathable clothing. I've been purchasing a good bit of my athletic gear lately from Zappos. My biggest purchase recently included two pairs of shoes to do my training in, a pair of breathable dry-fit shorts and a backpack to bring with me on my runs that fits me snuggly and can hold my items nicely. (oh and the best part about Zappos is that shipping is free and it's crazy fast!)

So yeah, with that said I really strongly suggest looking into your diet, stretching, your attire, sleep patterns and training techniques you are using for your next big competition or race! The more time and energy you put into YOU, the better YOU will become!
Side note - all of my friends running in the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, CA on May 17, 2015 - Good LUCK! I wish you a safe, healthy and HAPPY run!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide for 2015 - What he REALLY wants!

Father's Day - it's among us! I feel like sometimes Father's Day isn't made out to be as special as Mother's Day, almost like it's slightly overlooked. Granted, I'm a mother, so I of course am like heck yeah, give me my day, ha! BUT our Dad's deserved to be just as recognized as our mothers.

I will say that my Dad is one of the hardest men to shop for, I mean what do you give a man that has everything he wants besides a trip to Fiji, right? Ha! Well, I've decided to come up with the perfect gift guide just for your Dad or your husband.

1.) Motorola DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue - From the sharpest display, to the newest, most powerful processor, to the 48-hour battery, every aspect of the DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue by Motorola exudes power and performance. This phone features amazing specs wrapped into a package of cutting-edge materials that pushes the limits on what a smartphone can do. The DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue by Motorola offers amazing speed and performance, sharp display, exceptional battery life, the latest in innovative material design and distinct style.
BEST FEATURE: Go two full days without stopping to recharge with the largest smartphone battery.
2.) Key SMART - This swiss army style key holder will create the perfect pocket organizer and minimalist keyring. Incredibly versatile with a wide selection of accessories, our Key Smart key organizers can fit up to 100 keys. The frame is crafted out of aluminum to be ultra lightweight, and the hardware is milled from stainless steel to survive anything life throws at it. Includes loop piece to attach car keys. BEST FEATURE: Compact size is smaller than a pack of gum.
3.) Nixon Ultratide - The world's first real-time surf conditions watch. An evolution in time and technology, Nixon's Ultratide is the product of extensive research and development and an exclusive partnership with Surfline that taps the power of Ultratide directly into the Surfline network. Ultratide features wireless Bluetooth® technology, to provide you with real time data; tide, wave height, swell direction, wind direction and speed, water and air temperatures, GeoLocating the closest break so you'll never not know. BEST FEATURE: The solid stainless steel case and bezel means your Ultratide is rugged, tough and can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it.
4.) Steven Raichlen Stainless Steel Wide Spatula with Bottle Opener - Talk about rugged. You could flip a moose with this thing—and then crack open a beer to celebrate. The long handle, wide offset blade, beveled front edge, sleek pakkawood handle, and handy bottle opener will make your Dad the Burger Meister. BEST FEATURE: Saw-tooth edge for trimming food right on the grill.
Be sure to think outside of the "box" this year and get Dad something he truly wants and loves. Happy EARLY Father's Day!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

stress no more!

The other day someone on Instagram asked me how exactly I do it, how I have a daughter, work full time, own a home, write a blog, meal prep, train at the gym, compete AND am working on building a clientele for my online fitness/competition coaching. Sounds like a lot, huh? Well, I'll be honest - there are times that I am stressed, crazy stressed, but I have found ways to overcome this stress and to be honest everyone is always at their best when they stress less.

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For me one of the absolute best ways to wind down and collect myself is putting on some of my favorite tunes, lighting a candle and laying on my couch. Anything that is going on in my life, worries, thoughts, body aches, whatever it might be completely diminshes and I feel calm and relaxed. What I've learned is you have to find balance within your life and if you don't you are bound to let your thoughts and stresses get the best of you.
I recently found a product that also helps me with those stressful days, when even my most tactful approaches don't work called RESCUE. Now, don't get me wrong - I am not the girl that takes pills for everything, however, I do believe in natural remedies and if something works and won't harm my body nor cause any sort of addiction I am all for it. RESCUE is a natural/homeopathic product that helps you stress less, stay calm and in control. It was developed by a doctor and is safe and gentle with little to no side effects and is non-habit forming.

 photo rescue.jpgIt's so very important to take care of your body and stress can really take over and throw off your normal balance of life. We all have it happen to us, even if it's just having a million errands to run or if your family is going through some sort of trauma, you name it. It's not always a bad thing, because let's be real - sometimes we're stressed because we are just nervous things won't pan out exactly as expected, but in reality they do. However, if you need something to take that "edge" off and make yourself relax a bit and be able to thoroughly enjoy some of those important moments more, rather than having your heart race and anxiety running though your fingertips RESCUE is a great option to try :) What do you typically do to manage your stress? Tell me about it!
You can purchase your RESCUE stress relief product in the US at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products! Also, be sure to check out their sleep liquid melts for those of you that are having sleeping issues!! Check out some coupons here before you run out to the store too.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Why couponing is not always the perfect shopping strategy

First of all, despite the title that may suggest otherwise, this post in no way discourages couponing, as it really is a strategy that would let you save enough on your everyday stuff, BUT it takes TOO MUCH TIME and EFFORT, which is not worth it at times! At times, as often you can visit a website such as and quickly find a promo code for lots of products, but even there you won't find a coupon for everything.
In today’s era, we merely have time enough to even talk to our family members, then why spend hours finding, printing and clipping coupons? To save a significant amount, you really have to spend a lot of time doing it. Why not just skip it and adopt better strategies to save money, and also skip the downsides of couponing! YES, there are certain bad effects it has on our pockets, and we’ll see them as we talk why it’s not always the best idea to use coupons.
SAVE on groceries, WITHOUT using COUPONS – Just because it’s not feasible to spend extra hours trying to find those coupons, it doesn’t mean that you can’t save on groceries.  Rather, keep a watch for the store sales; and stock up on the stuff that is REQUIRED+ON SALE and also that doesn’t perish too soon.  Buy just the ultimately necessary items off sale. You may indulge in cash-back schemes as well.
With coupons, you tend to buy just anything and everything which isn’t even required, but is available for less (and you think your family might consume it). This is all just the excitement of getting too much for less. So, what happens is people end up with a pantry full of food items that isn't liked by anybody or food items that isn't edible any more. That’s too much wastage and one of the major downsides of couponing. So I would advise you to stock up only on those food items that you know will get consumed timely by your family. And also, buy in quantities that are appropriate for your family size.
Most of the coupons and HOT DEALS that are available are applicable for processed foods. Though, these are available for healthier foods as well, but are more common for processed foods (as they have a better margin). So when you stop running after deals, you get to eat more wholesome and healthy meals.  Stick to a diet which includes more of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains as it would do you more good as compared to eating pre-packed ready-to-eat food. So that’s another reason to not look for coupons!
All said and done, the ultimate decision whether to use coupons or not, depends entirely on what’s beneficial & feasible for you. You need to weigh the evens against the odds as you know your dietary needs, budget and routine the best. But whatever strategy you choose, make sure that you save. Coupons or not, why not visit Discountrue for more tips!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mickey's Magical Arts World .. a new fun app!

I think I've mentioned once before how I am always looking to find apps for my phone and other electronic devices that we have for Blake to play with that are not only fun, but educational so she is gaining some knowledge at the same time she's enjoying herself. We don't spend hours and hours on apps, but I definitely do let her enjoy sometime with some games because well, I just do :)
With that said recently we were given the opportunity to try out a new app called Mickey's Magical Arts World by Disney Imagicademy. Disney Imagicademy is the first comprehensive brand of interactive and connected early learning experiences that combines the Disney characters and stories families love, with a research-driven curriculum developed in conjunction with top academics and education experts. Disney Imagicademy is a new learning brand designed for families with children ages 3 to 8 to inspire a natural love of learning and encourage kids to learn by creating, making and doing. The integrated program includes 30-plus app-based experiences – five of which are available now as part of Mickey’s Magical Math World – along with a companion app for parents – as well as books and other physical products that will be available for back-to-school 2015. The apps and products cover key subject matters that are important for early childhood development, including math, creative arts, science, reading and social and emotional skills.
There are so many wonderful things about this app that I honestly could just rave forever. First and foremost, Blake loves Disney and all of the characters that they've created so with that feature alone she really was hooked instantly. For me that is huge, it gives her that connection to want to see more based solely on loving particular characters. The interface of the app is very "kid-friendly" allowing your child to choose which type of activity they would like to play whether it be drawing, design, music, etc.
One of Blake's favorite activities is the "drawing" portion. She loved adding hair of all different colors to the character and laughed hysterically at the facial expression of the little character.

I definitely would reccomend downloading this app for your little one's if you're looking for something new and different! I'm positive it will become one of your child's favorite apps! Mickey’s Magical Arts World will be available on the App Store on February 12, 2015.Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

yep, i'm a lazy bum

Can we just talk for a minute about how "behind" I feel with the progress of our new home? I had and still do have all these plans for things I want to do with and to the house, but I've been such a slacker and completely avoided every last one of them. Ugh. I think with my shows, Blake starting daycare, work and the weather I've just put everything off.
I have a plan or idea though, with an end goal. I'm going to give myself a task list, 2-3 items per month that I can fully complete and check-off the grand master list. I'm thinking this might be the most effective way to get everything completed that I'm wanting done in a timely manner, but without feeling like I'm overwhelmed. Right?! Right. Ha!

Want those arrows!This month's goals -
* Paint my brown nightstand pink, distress it and change out the handle for something more vintage chic.
*Hang the vinyl text quote I purchased on Etsy 2 months ago above my bed - "Always Kiss Me Goodnight..".
* Create the distressed wooden arrow decor I want for my living room wall using pallet wood. (see left)
Seems easy enough, right? Sigh. Minuscule items I just haven't done. BUT I'm motivated! Spring is right around the corner and I have a million and one projects I want to do then :) Ranging from making my driveway a bit larger where you pull in so I can stop destroying my yard, to decorating my front porch and my back porch, cleaning out my garage - you name it.
Phew - is it odd that I already feel somewhat relieved just writing this post? Putting a plan into action? hahaha. Sad. Anyhow - pics to come of my newly painted nightstand, I'm going to paint it on Monday I believe! Stoked! :) Then I can finally have a bedside table rather than the box on the floor with my vinyl decal in it next to my bed. Classy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Eat right, look young.

Eat right, look young.

Did you know that eating right food items can help you stay young? Well, most of us know this fact but we are not eating it regularly. Why? There are many reasons for the same, but the main reason is that we don’t know what food products should be on our list. So, here are some tips that will make your selection easy and, at the same time, help you look young.

Fat content

Burgers and Pizzas are not healthy and hence, it will not help you look young. There are items like avocado and olive oil that can help you look young. Do you have to eat avocado and drink olive oil? Oh God, No!

You have to bathe with them. Avocado is one of the items that can help you feel fresh, hide aging signs, and make you look young.

Talking about fats, you should cut down the amount of fats consumed on a daily basis. To start with, butter and cheese should be controlled. If that sounds extreme, try and replace it with low-fat butter and low-fat cheese.

Want to buy a low-fat gift basket? Buy it at and save money. is a one-stop solution and offers price lower than the retail price of the product. However, for additional discounts, you can use this 10% off coupon to save big at Overstock. Coupons should be used as an add-on to save money.


Water is magic. Yes, it is! Water can help you look young.

Also, you should consume more of water-based vegetables and fruits. Here are some suggestions for you – cucumber, watermelon, and citrus fruits.

Water and water-based fruits and vegetables help in keeping you hydrated. Staying hydrated, you look younger because it hides wrinkles that begin to show.

Vitamin C

To keep your skin wrinkle-free and your skin cells full, Vitamin C is important. Here, you have options like citrus fruits and guava. However, Guava is a better option here.


What is beta-carotene? It is a strongly colored red-orange pigment that promotes cell turnover, helps combat dryness, and balances skin’s pH. So, it is good for your skin and results in smoother skin.

Did you know that sweet potatoes have beta-carotene?

So, sweet potatoes should be on your list.

Note: Beta-carotene is good. However, if you can combine it with olive oil or other good fats, the results will be even more effective.


How can antioxidants help you look young?

Well, antioxidants help in fighting free radicals. Free radicals are one of the causes of our skin wrinkling that makes us look old. So, look for food items that are high in antioxidant content.

A couple of suggestions are strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

If you are making your shopping list, make sure that the above-noted items are on your list. Also, look for discount coupons to save money while shopping for your necessities.

Apart from the noted suggestions, what do you eat to look younger? Share your views in the comments section below.

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