November 29, 2017 Laura

My first experience with Brussels Sprouts was not a pleasant one. They were tough and they were bitter. I vowed to never eat them again…that was when I was sixteen…seventeen years later and I love them. I remember the second time I tried Brussels Sprouts. My mom and I were at a local farm to table restaurant and they were a featured appetizer that night. They were cooked perfectly with crumbled bacon and a balsamic glaze over top. Since that day I look for them on menus now! Brussels Sprouts are a very particular food, packed with health benefits but a…

October 29, 2017 Laura

Halloween brings lots of fun – candy, party, creative costumes – but it also brings some havoc on  your face with all the heavy Halloween make-up. This year I went as a “jail bird”, it was super cute but it also meant my face was layered with face paint. By the end of the night I could feel my face was feeling all the oils it had been soaking in. Step 1: The Night of Make-Up – Immediately wash the make-up after getting home. I was exhausted, getting home late after dancing the night away but I knew I couldn’t…

October 23, 2017 Laura

Only seven days left in the 30 days of blogging challenge…missed four days. Not too shabby for such a challenge. I’m discovering a lot about myself and about my blog through this challenge. I’m learning my limits. I’m learning to okay with my limits. I’m proud of myself for what I am doing and I’m learning a little bit more about my style and I’m expanding my topics some this month which has been creative and fun. Progress Report: Let’s start with how I’ve been doing with my fitness goals. I think I’ve been making good progress, even though a…

October 17, 2017 Laura

I am totally that girl that has all kinds of yummy, exotic fruit on her desk…the strange to some folks…kumquats, lychees, and one of my favorites – Rambutans!  Rambutans are those spiky red fruit that you may see popping up time to time. They are native to the Malay-Indonesian region and some other regions of tropical Southeast Asia. Packed with sweetness and lots of nutrients, these make a fantastic power snack! I was super excited when they arrived in my SuperFood Box last week…fresh and ready to eat. Usually their a bright, vibrant red but they had faded a little…

October 9, 2017 Laura

I am a workout wear fanatic…anyone else? If I’m not in work clothes for the office, nine out of ten times you’ll find me in workout gear. I find it comfortable, I feel confident and good in it and it totally fits my active lifestyle. My Fall Picks from Reebok: Long Legging (Running Tights) $75 – I love the sleek design of these and they look ultra comfortable for a nice fall trail run Workout Ready Supremium 2.0 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt $40 – Fitted so it moves with you during your workout Cake Today Tank $25 – Because we work to…

September 18, 2017 Laura

We all have that occasional sweet tooth…I know…but there are many healthy options out there. One of my favorite sweet treats is honey. I remember eating spoonfuls of honey with my Grandpa on a Sunday afternoon. It always brings so much warmth to my heart.  Honey: Studies have shown that replacing sugar with honey has helped with weight management and with lowering blood sugars. It has also been shown that raw honey can trigger certain hormones that will help suppress the appetite. Honey is a natural energy source. It has been nicknamed, “the perfect running fuel”, containing carbohydrates that can be…

September 16, 2017 Laura

Staying fit during the cooler months can be tough. We have shorter days and lose our sunshine in the evenings…the air gets frigid …we get busier during the holiday season…the list goes on. Here’s 10 places you can turn to to stay fit during the colder months.  Join the gym – sounds easy if you can stay disciplined to get your butt there. This has its pros and its cons if you’re someone with time constraints. Create a home gym – I stocked up on some stuff to squeeze work out time in at home. Check out ProSource for all…

August 21, 2017 Laura

Why not celebrate this fuzzy, sweet fruit this month? August is National Peach Month and for good reason with all the farmers markets bringing them to the table. This sweet fruit is more than just yummy to eat, it is packed with vitamins and nutrients to help you get going each day! 1.) High in fiber which aids in digestion and helps you stay full longer. 2.) Filled with antioxidants. 3.) High in phenolic and carotenoid compounds which help prevent cancer. 4.) High in vitamin C which helps maintain healthy skin. 5.) Also high in beta-carotene which helps improve eye…

August 11, 2017 Laura

We are all striving to feel our best and to do our best. But without taking care of ourselves how can we keep doing just that? Healthy habits can be simple and easily worked into your days. Whether it’s taking some time to yourself to recharge by taking a hot bath in the evening, or calling up a friend to vent about your day, or walking down the drive to get the mail instead of driving, every little bit makes a difference in how you feel each day.  Here are 10 Simple, Healthy & Happy Habits to start doing today to…

August 2, 2017 Laura 2Comment

Adrenaline was coursing through my veins. I started my Fitbit too soon, I had to stop it. I was nervous. I was anxious. I was excited. One by one, clouds of emotions rolled over me. Here I was standing under an over cast sky on an early Saturday morning in June waiting for the announcer to yell, “Go!”. I stood still, holding my balance strong while being bumped around by runners rearing to take off just as much as I was. I was at the starting line of The Baltimore 10 Miler. Thoughts of doubt, thoughts of disbelief, and thoughts…