Prenatal Barre Workout

Two weeks.  That’s how long until Baby B allegedly gets here.  I use the word allegedly because at this point, the baby could come at any time!  That actually kind of scares me.  I like schedules and routines.  It’s comforting for people to ask you how far along you are and to be able to say 7 months, as in I still have two full months left until this baby gets here.  Now, I walk around feeling like a ticking time bomb.  In fact, the Hubs and I were driving this weekend and all of a sudden we heard very very loud sirens behind us so we pulled into a different lane.  We had to the let the NYPD bomb squad get through on their way to an emergency.  NBD.  Aside from the fear of a potential bomb somewhere, I kind of felt like it was after me!  Chasing me down until this baby arrives safe and sound.

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Despite the ticking time bomb feeling, I certainly haven’t secluded myself of from the rest of the world.  I’m still trucking along with workout classes, work and trying to maintain some type of social life.  I also recently put together this quick prenatal barre workout.  It’s quick and uses only one piece of equipment– a resistance band, which I have found to be a great tool for strength and toning, especially during the later half of my pregnancy.

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Celebrate InStyle Event

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to an event called Celebrate InStyle hosted by InStyle and Single Edition Media called Celebrate the Season In Style.  It was an amazing opportunity to check out the latest trends for the holiday season and spring.  Now that Baby B is almost here, I’m excited to get back into some “normal” clothes and feel stylish again.  I was so excited to check out the latest from InStyle and all the brands in attendance.

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 While there were a ton of awesome brands, a few of my favorites were Metaphor for Sears, Skinnygirl, Gardien, Jergens and Vigoss who gave away free pairs of jeans!!

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I lived that the Metaphor for Sears had this new amazing line aimed at day-to-night and week-to-weekend all for under $100!  And let me tell you, everything was super cute!!

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I’m kind of obsessed!

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I was also a big fan is the new Skinnygirl Sparkling Drinks and Skinnygril Daily bars.  I tried the pineapple coconut drink and it was so good!

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I’m super excited to tell you all about Gardien who provided the refreshments for the evening but that has to wait for another post! :)

Jergens was also a hit with their BB cream (affiliate link) for the body.  I love my BB face cream so I was excited to learn about the body cream.   It’s so cool because it hydrates, illuminates, evens, firms and corrects!  A magic cream indeed.

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Ok so I know you are dying to find out what is going to be interns this season! Here’s a few that I loved:

  • Textured waves
  • French braids 

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  • Nude nails (forget manis- buff, clear polish and you’re done!)
  • Leather (I was wearing my leather jacket when this came up so I got so excited.  I’m on TREND!)

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  • Color block coats. Side note- I love this look with the slouchy workout pants!

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  • The little red dress. 

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Also, for all you bloggers out there, we were introduced to a cool new social media platform called Tagspire.  It is most similar to Pinterest but the cool thing is that you can actually recommend products on the site for people to purchase and then you get an affiliate commission.  The best part is you can embed the Tagspire post into your own site so you aren’t driving traffic away from your blog.  How cool is that?

A special thanks to all the amazing sponsors: 

  • Jergens
  • Sears
  • Tagspire
  • Silk’n
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • DSW
  • Gardein
  • Sugarwish
  • Bulova
  • Etienne Aigner
  • Vigoss
  • Call it Spring

Readers, have you started thinking about your holiday shopping?  What’s your favorite trend of the season?  What do you think of the activewear paired with ready-to-wear trend? 

Freezer-Friendly Meals

So I’ve heard that making dinner quickly goes onto the back burner once a new baby arrives. While I love some Indian or Thai takeout as much as the next person, I’m hopeful that we can stick to some home cooked meals at least a few nights a week to avoid excess fat, sodium and other things you consume when you get food from a restaurant.  So to make things a bit easier I’ve been working on some easy freezer-friendly meals so I can just pull them out of the freezer, heat them up and voila, we have dinner!  Whether you have a new baby or not, it’s nice to know that dinner can be ready quickly and that you aren’t faced with making something from scratch on a harried weeknight.  Here are a few of my freezer-friendly meals!

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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Kalette + A Commercial

Hey hey!  It’s Friday!  I feel like it’s been a long week and as much as I am trying to de-stress I feel like the weight of getting as much done in a short period of time is making me feel a tad bit stressed out.  Oh well, c’est la vie.  I guess what gets done will get done and what doesn’t, won’t.  Not a lot you can do about it! 

Welcome to this week’s Friday’s Food & Fitness where we are talking kalettes and a commercial!

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The Reverse Why Me?

I’m not a huge link-up person.  I don’t have a problem with them, but they were never really my thing. But, I’ve found lately that growing a basketball sized object in your belly lends less time to fitness activities and more time for thinking.  Sooo…I thought I would join in on Thinking Out Loud Thursday and share with you all my latest thoughts.  Enjoy!

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I’m sure all of you have heard about Brittany Maynard, the woman who is choosing to end her life in November due to a fatal brain tumor that would otherwise leave her in an immense amount of pain and overall diminish the quality of any additional time she may have left on this earth after November.  Obviously this has struck people in so many different ways.  I recently read a People Magazine article (I know my reading standards are high these days…I used to read the Wall Street Journal!) about her and I felt really saddened by her story.  She got married in the fall of 2012 (I got married in the spring of 2012), she loved to travel, was active and in 2014 she and her husband decided to start a family.  Instead, they found out she has an incurable brain tumor.  So instead of painting a nursery and preparing herself to meet a little child, she is planning her death.

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Her story struck me because of our similarities.  Obviously I don’t have a brain tumor or suffer from any horrific diseases, in fact, I’m really healthy.  I’ve had a very healthy pregnancy and have remained active into my 37th week.  Prior to becoming pregnant, I’ve always been very healthy with my main complaints being seasonal allergies.  But, like her I’m young, married for a few years and how I’m starting a family.  It made me think, why me?  Not in the why-is-this-happening-to-me way, but in the why-ISN’T-this-happening-to-me.  I feel like I’ve been very lucky in life.  I truly love my life.  I have a great family, awesome friends, a job and a blog I love and I get to spend my free time pursuing my passions.  My major stressors are getting all my chores done and ensuring I get to bed at a reasonable hour.  So why did I get so lucky?   

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Perhaps a lot of this is driven by the fact that I’m facing a joyous but simultaneously scary time.  I’m obviously so excited to meet my child but like every mother I have anxiety over the birth going ok and whether my child will be healthy.  I can’t control any of these things.  I feel like I’ve been so lucky so far that it makes me wonder if the other shoe will drop.  I feel like people can’t just sail on through life without hard times.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve certainly had to deal with stuff in the past, but lately it seems like things are kind of great.  So how come some people have good luck and others bad? 

Whatever side you take on the right to die issue is completely personal to you, but I hope that Brittany’s story at least makes you think about what you have in your own life and how you can make the most of it.

Readers, what do you think of Brittany Maynard’s story?  Do you ever get anxiety over life being too good?  How do you deal with adversity?