So it is the end of summer and the beginning of a new challenge for me

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Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic long weekend. I would love to say we have been relaxing but the weekend has been semi stressful. We ended up with a pipe leak in our master bathroom. Living in a small NYC apartment this was more obtrusive than you could imagine. The maintenance people had been in and out all day yesterday and then topped it off by spraying outdoor only paint primer in the bathroom. Since it is toxic and can not be used indoors we could not sleep in our room once again. I am more than annoyed at this mistake.

Summer is now over and it is also the beginning of my 60 day PIYO Challenge. I will be starting today with the dreaded measurements and weigh in. Jon will be joining me in the diet potion but he is not to sure on the workout yet. We went to Whole Foods this weekend and picked up a lot of good food for the week. I think the hardest part will be getting rid of our nightly wine drinking. We have taken up drinking red wine after the baby goes to bed. I can pretty much guarantee this new habit is why I have been gaining weight instead of losing weight after the baby. I am sure any one out there that has kids can remember how tough the first few months can be. Wine has been a great cap off to the day but it is time to cut that out for a while.

I am hoping there are some of you joining me on this challenge. I know there are a few of you that have reached out to me and let me know that you are starting a long with me. If you are and have not let me know, I would love to hear from you! You can always join us on this challenge, check out the program here. I can not wait to get started and to be able to chat about this challenge with all of you.

How was your long weekend?


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Fitness Quote of the Week Chalene Johnson

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After this wonderful labor day weekend, I will be starting the PIYO 60 Day Challenge. I am really excited to be doing this and hope that some of you will be joining me. I have used BeachBody in the past with Turbo Jam and I am so excited to be trying something new with PIYO. Today I hit the grocery store and bought some yummy healthy foods to start the challenge off right. I will be adding some recipes on the blog through out the month. It will be challenging to come up with some really healthy but delicious meals for the next 60 days. I will be mixing it up and I will share my results with you all here on the blog. If you want to join me click here and get you PIYO program today! Have a great weekend guys!


Friday Favorites

It is Friday again!! Time for the weekend. The best part is that it is also a long weekend! I love long weekends because I get to share them with my hubby. It is Labor Day Weekend and that means that summer is pretty much over and fall is on its way. Yesterday I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte since last winter. The PSL is also a big symbol of fall starting over again. It also makes me excited to have fall back. I love fall weather and fall fashions. Enough about fall though. Here is a look at some of my favorite things from this week:

Favorite Blog: I am totally loving Bump and Run right now. I had the pleasure of guest posting on their blog last week and if you have not seen it check it out. If you are interested in Golf, Fitness, Fashion and Fun then this blog is for you.

Favorite Product: I just bought Sage Spoonfuls for making baby food. I am now obsessed with making yummy puree for my little gal. The kit I bought also came with a recipe book. There are so many great recipes for the baby and for the family. If you are interested in making baby food, Sage Spoonfuls is worth a try.

Favorite Snack: to be honest I have not really been snacking this week. If I had to choose something it would be a staple in my kitchen: Stacey’s Pita Chips and hummus.

Favorite Clothing Item: I am still loving my harem jumpsuit from Free People. I could live in this thing (pictured below). It is so comfy, Jon had said it looked like pajamas. I disagreed with him but I will admit it is as cozy as a pair of PJs.

Favorite TV Show: Being at home, I get to watch some Daytime TV. I am totally hooked on The Bold and the Beautiful. It happens to be on during Em’s nap time. It is so good I wish it was longer than 30 minutes!

I hope you guys have an amazing Labor Day Weekend! What are some of your favorite things from this week?

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10 ways to find inspiration for new blog posts

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Hey Guys! I do not write about blogging often, mainly because I know that some of you out there are not bloggers and do not need any tips on posting. For those of us that do blog, you know that there are times when you are just not feeling inspired. Here are a few ideas that I use online and offline to help:

1. Social Media: I always check to see what hashtags are hot on Twitter and Facebook. Depending on your niche you can build on whatever is trending to make a post.

2. msn: The msn homepage is full of new stories, celeb gossip and lifestyle articles. Use them to form an opinion piece or to get your imagination going.

3. Google Trends: Similar to following social media trends, you can use google trends to see what searches are hot that day. Check out what people are searching and use that information to write a post on what everyone wants to know about right now.

4. Similar blogs: I am always reading other blogs. I am not saying go and copy someone else’s idea but use what catches your eye to inspire a post. I have found plenty of inspiration from the blogs that I love.

5. Pinterest: If you NYC Fit Food Fashion regularly you know how much I love Pinterest. I have written many articles on things that I have found on Pinterest. It is such a great site for when you are looking for creative ideas.

6. Magazines: I have subscriptions to many magazines. I love looking through them. It could be an article or just some pictures that will lead me to write something.

7. Books: Check out the latest books or the best sellers list. This is another indicator as to what people are interested in right now.

8. Ask People: Why not ask your readers what they would want to see from you. This is a source that a lot of people do not think of. Hit up you facebook or twitter followers and ask them for some ideas or feedback.

9. What products do you use at home? Look at things that you like and build a review around those products.

10. Your own archives: Go through your old posts and see what has worked for you in the past. Pick some of your most popular topics and write an update or follow-up to those posts.

Now that I have shared my ideas. Where do you find inspiration?

 

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I never thought this day would come…. Brad and Angie are now husband and wife.

After nine years together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally married.

In what may be the most highly anticipated union in Hollywood, the couple got hitched in France on Saturday, a spokesman for the pair says, according to The Associated Press.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-married-france-article-1.1919868#ixzz3Bgyp8DdS

Emmy Award Fashions 2014

Ok what was Lena Dunham thinking in that pink nightmare of a dress?? That girl needs a stylist! She is my obvious choice for worst dressed. Best dressed is a tough one. There were so many well dressed ladies. Here are my top 5 picks: Sarah Hyland, Camila Alves, Behati Prinsloo Levine, Allison Williams and Cat Deeley. What are your thoughts on last nights fashion choices?

VMA Fashions 2014