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Why You Need an Exercise Beach Date Now

September 6th, 2014 · No Comments

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There is nothing more fun that swimming, running, walking, and doing pretty much anything at the beach.

If you’re planning a beach trip in these last few days of summer, think beyond sitting on the beach towel. Use a beach trip as an opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun in the sun!

Long walks on the shore are a ton of fun (the extra resistance tones your muscles!), but other great options are swimming, volleyball, or taking a bike ride down the boardwalk.

Here are some tried and true ways to incorporate fitness into your beach plans:

Plan Ahead: Before a vacation, download a few high-energy songs — they’re perfect for motivating exercise, even on those days when you’re feeling lazy.  New music perks up my energy, so make sure to have a few great songs ready. 

Beach Side Workouts: If you’re not sure where to start, bring a volleyball with you to toss around with your sweetie or your friends. Also, pack a Frisbee and research if the beach you’re going to will have bike rentals. Get a rental, with a helmet of course, and bike for 30 minutes or an hour. It’s a great cardio workout! Also, there’s always the most obvious choice – swimming. Have a friendly swim race or just splash around in the water.

Remember the Recovery: After your workout, remember to pack some healthy snacks and plenty of water!  Since you know that you’ll be exercising keep a water bottle handy all day long, and bring along easy snacks like sliced fruit for an extra hydration boost.  If you can’t pack your own snacks, look for fruit salad or raw vegetables and hummus at the concession stands.

Don’t forget your skin: Even if your moisturizer already has SPF, apply additional sunscreen when you’re at the beach for added protection. Always reapply it after swimming or exercising. Bring makeup wipes (Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes) to freshen up at the end of the day and reapply your moisturizer with sunscreen. That way, you can go straight from the sand to dinner!

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Makeup Tips for Sunburned Faces!

September 4th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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With summer coming to a close, everyone’s favorite activity is spending time outdoors!  But whether you’re planning an afternoon cookout or a day at the beach, it’s crucial to remember sun protection.

However, even after taking those precautions, sometimes you still end up burned. Maybe you missed a spot, or maybe you fell asleep in the sun — it happens. When your skin is paying the price, there are some quick, easy things you can do to conceal a sunburn.

1. Start with a stick concealer and apply it to the parts of your skin that are the most red — probably the tip of your nose and the apples of your cheeks.

2. Follow it up with a light liquid or powder foundation. Liquid provides more coverage, but powder will be easier on your sun-sensitive skin. Avoid rosy tones like pinks and reds, and focus on bronze and nude shades in your blush and lipstick. 

3. Dust your face with a translucent powder and smile — your skin looks great again!

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girls night!

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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One of my favorite things to do, party-throwing-wise, is to have a night in with my girlfriends.  I love going out, and I love spending nights with my husband, but sometimes you just need an evening with just the girls — whether it’s to catch up on everyone’s life, to vent about problems or challenges, or just to relax and enjoy a fun night together. 

I like to keep things simple when I throw a girls’ night — a light recipe, a bottle of wine and some non-alcoholic options to drink, and a fun distraction or two.  We have a projector that can be set up outside, so I always put on a total classic — Clueless or Girls Just Want To Have Fun — in the background!  Or, I love to break out the XBox for the night, and get everyone in to almost-Karaoke by playing Rock Band! 

And it’s almost too easy to set a pretty table — mix and match your favorite china and crystal, stock up on a few bouquets of fresh flowers, and whip up a healthy recipe that’s full of fresh, local ingredients, like Panzanella!  Your friends will love it, and it’s incredibly easy to make!

Panzanella

Panzanella

INGREDIENTS

2 pints cherry tomatoes, mixed red and yellow, cut in half
4 cups crusty bread (sourdough or french), cut into chunks the same size as the tomatoes
25 stems of fresh basil, torn into little pieces
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Fleur de sel
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Toast the bread for about 3 minutes, until just crispy on the outside.  Mix everything together and let marinate, covered, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Serve.

So those are some of my favorites!  What’s on your Girls Night agenda?

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