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My Free People Holiday Wish List

If you are a regular reader, you know of my love for Free People. I always have a hard time picking out what I want! Here is a look at some of the awesome items that Free People has for the holidays:

Hendrix Sweater Leggings

I am in love the Hendrix Sweater Leggings and they come in 7 different patterns.

marshmallow cardigan

Doesn’t the Marshmallow cardigan look cozy? This would be a great addition to any winter wardrobe.

Feya Furry Loop Scarf

The Feya Furry Loop Scarf, can go with so many winter looks. It may make me basic but I love infinity scarves.

Snow Angel Pullover

The Snow Angel Pullover comes in 4 color combinations and is perfect for a cold day.

Santos Iphone Case

I am in need of a cute iPhone case, the Santos case comes in 4 fashionable colors and patterns.

Up All Night Wedge Boot

Since I have become a mother, I have had less of an opportunity to wear heels. They have not been very practical but a wedge heel would be perfect. The Up All Night Boot would go with so many things and being a wedge they are easier to run around in. **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links


Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

I don’t know about you guys but I am super excited for Thanksgiving. It will be our first with Emma and we will be spending it with family in Texas. We all tend to eat too much over the holidays. I have been searching for some healthy recipes on Pinterest to share with you guys. Here are some of the delicious yet healthy pins that I found:

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

32 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy Thanksgiving

Pan-seared Brussel Sprouts with cranberries and Pecans

Pumpkin cookies

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Clean Green Bean Casserole with Parmesan Crumb Topping

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Heavenly Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

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Junk Food Be Damned- Guest Post

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As parents, we want to give our little ones the happiest possible start in life and fill their tummies with wholesome, nutritious food in the process. But unhealthy food – such as sugar-filled snacks and cereals – is everywhere we turn. It’s no surprise that a 2012 survey discovered a whopping 28% of the UK’s 2 – 15 year olds were overweight or obese. So it’s worth paying a bit more attention to calorie content and how many take-aways your family eat during the week – and to watch out for so-called ‘healthy foods’ as they can be very deceptive.

First let’s go through some calorie information:

 A Medium Dominoes Peperoni Pizza: 1720 Calories

 A MacDonald’s Big Mac: 508 Calories

 A MacDonald’s Medium Fries: 337 Calories

 A MacDonald’s Medium Strawberry Milkshake: 379 Calories

 A MacDonald’s Dairy Milk McFlurry: 1394 Calories

 A Full MacDonald’s Meal: 332 Calories

 A KFC Zinger Tower Burger: 714 Calories

(Recommended daily calorie intake: 900 for toddlers aged 2-3. 1200 – 1800 for girls aged 4 -18; 1400

– 2200 for boys aged 4 – 18. Obviously this varies according to build, height and activity levels).

You might argue that the above list isn’t relevant as these aren’t children’s portions. But many children do consume food like this every day (when out with friends for example). A treat every now and again is great and I would wholeheartedly encourage it, but if you let toddlers or teenagers eat this food several times a week, there could be problems. Being a parent doesn’t stop once they are old enough to leave the house on their own. If anything, it steps it up a notch.

What Can Be Done?

Start by paying closer attention to how much take-away food your children are eating. And try to cut down on ‘instant’ microwavable foods, so-called ‘diet’ foods and ready meals which lack nutritional value and are full of additives and ‘toxic’ fats which are more difficult for the body to burn off. Also, cut down on the number of unhealthy snacks you have in the home, like chocolate biscuits and crisps – limiting them to weekends. You should also keep an eye out for any deceptively unhealthy foods such as breakfast cereals which contain high levels of sugar.

Sugar is actually highly addictive – some would say as much as nicotine – and you’re best bet is to cut it out altogether. Those whose diet is high in sugar can get tired and irritable easily (not to mention having bad teeth and skin) and that’s aside from the increased risk of obesity. The less sugary foods there are in the house, the less your little ones (and you!) will crave them. Also, try having dessert once or twice a week rather than every night. It should be seen as a special treat, not a necessary accompaniment to each and every meal!

Getting the family together for dinner at the end of the day isn’t just a great way to spend time together, but also discourages teenagers from just grabbing some chips on the way home from school. There are hundreds of healthy recipes online that your family will love and can help prevent health issues in the long run.

A Cause for a Super Hero

Super foods are great for your kids – and you – as they aren’t just healthy and low in fat, but are excellent brain and body fuel, being packed full of vitamins and minerals. See the list below:

 Blueberries

 Broccoli

 Beans and Pulses

 Salmon

 Spinach

 Green Tea

 Tomatoes

 Walnuts (great for curbing hunger pangs in the afternoon when children get home from

school)

 Pro-Biotic Yogurt

 Carrots

This isn’t an extensive list, but it’s a great starting point. Add some of these foods to a packed lunch or evening meal and they can greatly improve your children’s diet. They are tasty and healthy – and in the long run you will see a marked improvement in your children’s health and attitude to food.

 

Beachbody 60 Day #PIYO Challenge Results

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I have completed the 60 day PIYO challenge and I loved it. I was looking for a workout that I could do at home and fit in to my day while still taking care of the baby. This workout definitely delivered results and was able to fit it in to most days.

What you get with the basic PIYO DVD program:

  • Eight PiYo workouts on 3 DVDs
  • Quick Start Guide: Discover just how PiYo will define you while getting insider tips to help you get the best results possible
  • PiYo 60-Day Workout Calendar: This is one where the workouts are arranged strategically to get more difficult as your endurance progresses to get you stronger and more flexible.
  • Measuring tape for tracking your weekly progress
  • Get Lean Eating Plan: An easy-to-follow guide to get you eating healthy to get you the body you want.
  • Buns Workout: Designed specifically to target that hard-to-define glute and hamstring areas.
  • 24/7 Online Support: Something you might need when you really want to succeed.

There are 8 workouts in the DVD set:

  • Align: The Fundamentals. This is an introduction to PIYO and breaks down the moves that you will be using in the program. It is important to do this workout first so that you can see the proper form that needs to be used during the program. If you are going to do the program I can not stress enough, you must do this workout first. Even after having done Align: The Fundamentals I still suffered an injury from improper form.
  • Define: Lower Body. This is now one of my favorite workouts to do. With Define: Lower Body being only 21 minutes it is perfect to fit into my day. I am able to complete this workout while the baby is up and playing on the floor along side me. I felt it in my glutes and legs within 24 hours of doing this one.
  • Define: Upper Body. This workout can be done right after Define: Lower Body or you can do it the next day. If I had extra time I love to do them together. Upper Body is only 18 minutes long and it really easy to fit into any schedule. I know you are thinking, how can you get a good arm workout in 18 minutes? After doing Define: Upper Body, I can tell you that you definitely can. Going forward I will be continuing to use Define: Upper Body and Lower Body on a regular basis.
  • Sweat: I will admit that I only did Sweat twice during the 60 days. It is nothing against the actual workout but it was longer in time and my little gal usually does not let me have that much time to workout! It is hard to break a sweat when I did have to stop several times to tend to the baby. I did like the added cardio in this workout.
  • Core: I totally love this core workout. I have never seen so much difference in my abs in such a short amount of time. I really think that this workout is responsible for helping me get my belly a little flatter after the baby. I feel that I will probably continue on with Define: Lower and Upper Body as well as Core on a weekly basis.
  • Strength Intervals. This workout is only 25 minutes and definitely gets the job done. It is a combo of strength and cardio moves. I love that it can help you with your strength with no equipment needed!
  • Drench. This is a really solid home workout. I wish I could have fit it into my schedule more often. I was really only able to do it a few times because of the length. This one will really leave you drenched in sweat!
  • Sculpt. I love this one! I really felt that sculpt made a big difference in my muscle definition all over my body. The varying tempos kept things interesting that is for sure. I would love to do this one a lot more if I can fit it in my schedule!

Overall I really enjoyed the workout and I am really glad I had a chance to do them all. The ones that I will be continuing to do every week are:

  • Define: Lower Body
  • Define: Upper Body
  • Core
  • Sculpt

These workouts really worked for my body but more importantly I was able to fit them into my day at home. I am sure as Emma starts to get older I will find more time to fit in the others! She really only lets me get in at the most, 25 minutes of working out. The food portion of the challenge was pretty easy for me. It really helped me to get back to my pre baby clean eating habits. Having Jon join me in the food plan really helped as well. We were able to find other ways to make our food taste amazing. Herbs and spices can go a long way!

I am really glad that I completed the 60 day PIYO challenge and I am hoping to do it over again in the New Year! Let’s talk results! I started out at  142.7 pounds and ended up at 132. I will take it! I had really hoped to hit the 120’s but given the fact that I was still breast-feeding, I do not think that hitting those numbers was possible. I will keep up guys posted on when I will be re-starting the program and hopefully some of you can join me! If you have been doing PIYO a long with me,  how did the 60 days end up for you??


Looking for Guest Bloggers for the Holidays!

Good morning readers and fellow bloggers! I am looking for some great guest bloggers to help me out over the holidays. Last year, I was lucky to have some of you guys help me out by writing some awesome posts for the holidays. I will be traveling again this year and would love to be able to feature some guest posts while I will be away. If you are interested, email me at nycfitfoodfashion@gmail.com

I would love to feature:

  • recipes
  • outfit ideas
  • workout tips
  • travel
  • beauty
  • NYC events

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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16 Water- Product Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 16 Water for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey Guys! I hope you are all having a great week. Recently I had the opportunity to try out a product named 16 Water. I jumped at the chance to try out 16 Water. Since we only drink water in our home, it was a great fit for me and the blog. We drink so much water that we have water delivery brought to our door. I try not to drink tap water because I can not stand the taste and the smell of it. If you are like me you probably have not heard of 16 Water. The brand 16 Water is the number one bottled water in Korea and has been really gaining popularity in Japan.

16 Water gets its name from being water that is naturally purified though 16 layers of volcanic bedrock. This water is a high quality bottled water that is produced on the island on Jeju, which is a volcanic island off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula.

There are many benefits to drinking 16 Water. Some of them are:

  • naturally purified
  • mineral rich water
  • no processing
  • essential minerals still intact
  • there is no synthetic enhancement
  • naturally fortified with: calcium, potassium, magnesium and vanadium
  • Jeju has been designated by the UN a World Natural Heritage site
  • crisp, fresh taste

Since I do drink a lot of water, I can tell you that there is a difference in taste. This water has a unique and really pure flavor to it. I really enjoyed trying this product and would definitely recommend it to fellow water lover and even non-water drinkers. It is not widely available in stores but it is on amazon. I love amazon, especially amazon prime. You can not beat next day delivery! If you are into bottled water, this is one brand of water that you really should check out.

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#TulaForLife 30 Days to Balanced Skin Challenge

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I was given the opportunity to try a new skin care product line. Tula is created with Tula Probiotic Technology. This line features rice proteins, vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and fruit extracts. The technology also contains a complex that includes yogurt, green tea and blueberry extracts. In addition,each product helps deliver antioxidants to fight free radical attack, while helping promote a youthful appearance.

The kit that I had the pleasure of trying for the last 30 days included:

  • Purifying Face Cleanser
  • Illuminating Face Serum
  • Revitalizing Eye Cream
  • Hydrating Day and Night Cream

I started out with the Purifying Face Cleanser. I fell in love with this product right away. I am always looking for a good cleanser. It was amazing how little of the product that I needed to use to get the job done. It left my skin feeling silky smooth and super clean.

The Illuminating Face Serum was easily absorbed and did not leave my face feeling greasy like a lot of other products I have used in the past.I found that during the first week the serum made my skin dry and it was peeling off. After the second week the peeling had stopped and my skin was left softer than I have ever experienced. It really seemed to tone up the skin too.

I did not see that much difference with the Revitalizing Eye Cream, I imagine this is because I do not suffer from under eye puffiness or dark circles. Once again it did leave my skin feeling fantastic anyways.

With the Hydrating Day and Night Cream, I used this in the morning and night and loved it. I have normal skin so it is not too dry. I used this sparingly in the morning and at night, I loved the way it made my skin feel. Almost as good as my 7 month old daughters skin.

Here is a little more info on Tula:

Tula is the Sanskrit word for balance. The concept of the line is that we need to take care of our insides to look good on the outside; and that feeling beautiful on the outside can improve how we feel on the inside. The line specifically incorporates a patented Probiotic Technology, which is quite unusual in skin care products. Recent studies have shown that the topical use of probiotics stimulates skin’s protective mechanism, improves moisture and the balance of the “good” bacteria on the skin’s surface, guards against acne and UV-induced damage and boosts skin’s elasticity and collagen production.
Products are sold exclusively on QVC. Feel free to check out the products on their website . Also take a look at Tula’s social networks:
Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Tula. I also received a sample of the Tula products to participate in the Tula 30 Days to Balanced Skin Challenge. All opinions are my own.

Crock Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

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With the weather cooling down, it is time to break out your crock pots. We just got back from visiting my family and I can tell you that we ate out a lot. I was really looking forward to getting back home and making some yummy dinners at home. We decided to try making a whole chicken in the crock pot and it smelled amazing in here all day. I can tell you that, the chicken tastes as good as it will make your house smell. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots,  peeled and chopped
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

Preparation

  1. Peel and chop the vegetables.
  2. Wash and season the chicken.
  3. Place your chicken in the crock pot and arrange veggies around the chicken.
  4. Set Crock Pot to cook on high 5 hours.
  5. Remove from Crock Pot and arrange on platter.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

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#TULAForLife 30 day challenge Giveaway

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Hey guys! I have been using Tula skincare and I am excited to be able to offer this giveaway! One lucky reader will receive:

  •      Purifying Face Cleanser
  •      Illuminating Face Serum
  •      Revitalizing Eye Cream
  •      Hydrating Day/Night Cream

TULA is offering a giveaway to NYC Fit Food Fashion readers! The winner will receive the same full suite of TULA’s probiotic skincare products that I received for review. TULA stipulates that the winner must reside in the U.S. for shipping purposes.

I have been working on the review and it will be up shortly!

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First Prize: 6 Winning Ideas for “Game of Thrones” Costumes- Guest Post

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Winter is coming, but so is Halloween. And, if you’re like most people, you’re looking for the hottest Game Of Thrones Costumes. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for you, a lot of people don’t spend a lot of time dressing up. Here’s what you can do to take your outfit to the next level and win any Halloween costume competition you attend.

Daenerys Targaryen

The Mother of Dragons often wears fine silks, or a v­neck dress, and her hair back in a double-row ponytail thing. The key to pulling off Daenerys is to nail the hairstyle ­ this is her “signature” look. It will take some work, but basically you have to create two sets of plaits and tie them off in the back into a super ponytail. Here’s a guide that helps you pull it off.

Beyond the hair, you’ll want to pay special attention to the makeup ­ you’re going for a pale, but soft, white, almost airbrushed look in the face with a hint of color in the cheeks.

Eddard Stark

Ned Stark is one of the first heroes of the show, and it’s a shame to think that he never made it far. But, you can relive his glory by donning some heavy leather armor, chain mail, and that humongous fur coat that he wore in the north.

Don’t forget the Hand of the King Pin ­ this is essential jewelry that will really set off the costume. Oh, and of course, you’ll need a two­handed sword made of Valyrian steel. Or, you could settle for a replica. Your choice.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow isn’t a major character, at first, but he becomes one of the most important characters in the show. If you want to dress the part, the most important part of the ensemble is the cape. He wears a black cape trimmed with fur at the shoulders. You should also consider growing out your beard and having a lady­friend help you with curling your hair.

Cersei Lannister

Cersei’s character wears regal­looking deep red dresses and always seems to drown in them. Think velvet or silk gowns with full sleeves. You’ll also need a very long wig or long hair that you can divide and pull part of it back into a ponytail.

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark is actually pretty easy to pull off. All you need is a light­colored dress with long sleeves. Also, the hair. She either wears it down and “flat” or parted and pulled back. You don’t need a lot of makeup, but dye your hair red if you can. Also, give yourself subtle color in your cheeks and try to accentuate your eyes.

Joffrey Baratheon

If you want to be the little tyrant king, all you have to do is act like a brat. But, you’ll also need some armor, a cape, leather booths, and a golden crown. Joffrey had golden locks, so that’ll help too. It helps to have a young face, and not everyone can pull this off. Go for authentic clothing if you can manage it. It’ll cost a bit more than the typical costume, but it’ll be so worth it.

Diane McNamara loves a good costume party. With a background in fashion design, she looks forward to this years Game of Thrones inspired Halloween costumes. Her article mainly appear on lifestyle blogs.

 

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