Thanksgiving gratitude ♡

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE! I hope everyone is able to have a wonderful day with family and friends!

We just drove up to my parent’s house in New Jersey, and brought along my bestie Catey and her pup Bruiser…the dogs are having blast. Haha

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While this holiday has become all about that turkey, I’d love to take a moment to remember what this holiday is really about: being grateful.

Studies show that being grateful is associated a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, more energy and more happiness. Showing gratitude also helps you focus on positive thinking and being optimistic!

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Being home with Tom, Catey and my family is incredible. I’m so happy to be here! Hope you’re all having an equally wonderful day! xoxo

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Also, do yourself, and others, a favor share some gratitude this week! And maybe, the next time you catch yourself in a bit of a sour mood, you’ll take a moment to reflect on the things that have made you happy before.

Week of thanks: Good Karma Weekend

It’s going to be an amazing week. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it really brings together friends and family around the idea of giving thanks – something that is so important, even though we don’t always remember to do it.

I kicked off this thankful week last night with a great class at M. Power Yoga Studio in Canton. As you may or may not know, I’ve gotten to know this awesome crew this past summer through various classes they’ve held around town at lululemon, on the rooftop of their building, at Farmstead Grill….so so fun!

Their team is thoughtful and happy and inspiring and I’m so so happy they’ve finally opened their studio in Canton’s Natty Boh Building! It’s such a great addition to the Baltimore fitness scene! If you haven’t already, take a look at their site (you’ll see a familiar face haha) and classes! They’ve got a great mentality and a beautiful spot for newbie and well established ones!

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After a week of time with family, friends and turkey back home in NJ, I’ll be heading back to town to join for M. Power’s upcoming Good Karma Weekend! It’s going to be a fun-filled few days with fitness, food, discounts and more – all benefiting the Holistic Life Foundation, a non profit organization that is dedicated to bringing Yoga and mindfulness to underserved communities in Baltimore City. There will be:

  • mpower yoga studio store | sunshine & the bear Complimentary yoga & barre classes all day on Saturday November 29th!
    Suggested donation of $8 goes to Holistic Life Foundation
  • Live music and DJs in classes throughout the day
  • Complimentary henna tattoos on Saturday November 29
  • Complimentary coffee & pastries provided by Atwater’s
  • Complimentary food provided by Of Love And Regret
  • Mini spa services by Nava Health & Vitality Center (I seriously need this…) 
  • 15% off the entire retail boutique from Friday November 28th – Sunday November 30th
    (M.Power members get 20% off)

Hope you can come join me at a great studio for a great cause! 

 

[Workout] Thanksgiving Thighs

So who else is trying to get back into the swing of thing post-Thanksgiving feasting? :)

I found this thigh workout on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a whirl and I actually loved it! It has a few yoga moves in it that I needed to get used to doing, but it’s a great one for targeting the legs & glutes!


Today’s workout: Thigh Burner
Muscles worked: Thighs, legs, glutes
Courtesy of: Fitness Magazine 
Needs: Just your body weight!  

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Roundhouse Kick + Squat – 10x each side 
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and bring your fists up to your chin (ready to punch/defend haha). Pivot 45 degrees to one side and extend your leg out to the side. Do a roundhouse kick (kicking your knee as high as you can with your outer thigh facing the ceiling). Retract your leg and squat down. Do 10 on one leg then 10 on another.

Back Leg Lift Circles – 10x each side 
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and, keeping your leg straight, lift one leg behind your body until when you feel a contraction in your glutes. Point your foot and draw a circle clockwise with your back leg 10x. Repeat on the same leg counterclockwise 10x. Then switch legs and repeat.

Chair Sit with Reverse Lunge – 10x each side*
Stand with feet/legs together and squat down into a chair pose (basically like you’re about to sit in a chair). Hold for 5 counts. Step back with one leg into a reverse lunge and really lower into it. Hold for 5 counts. Return to start and complete both moves on the opposite leg. *This one BURNS!!

Wide Plie Squat on Toes – 20x 
Stand with feet double wide with your toes and knees facing out. Lift up on to your toes. Staying on your toes, squat down and back up.

Knee lifts with Crescent Kick – 10x each side
Stand at a 45 degree angle with your fists at your chin like in the first move. Raise one knee to your chest and hold for a second. From this position, draw an arc with your foot. Complete 10 on your first leg then move on to 10 on your other leg. Make sure you focus on contracting your abs as you pull your knee in.

Tree to Warrior Pose – 5x each side 
Stand with your feet together and bring one foot up to the inside of your other leg (some people can get their full foot up to the inside of their thigh, but if you can’t try to get it to the inside of your calf – either is fine!). Hold for 5 counts. Place your foot down and lunge the leg you lifted behind you, turning your back foot out 45 degrees. Bend your front knee 90 degrees. Extend arms out to sides, shoulder height. Hold for 5 seconds. Return to feet together. Repeat on each leg 5 times.

Curtsy Squat with Side Leg Lift – 10x each side 
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Cross one leg behind you in a curtsy and squat then return to starting position. Once you’re standing straight, raise your leg to the side (try not to shift your hips).

REPEAT ENTIRE SET THREE TIMES! 

I thought I was going to add this on to another workout but after doing it 3 times my legs were worked enough! Prepping for hopefully a long run tomorrow so I don’t want to go too far.

Have you found any good thigh/leg workouts lately? My legs are self-admittedly my trouble zones and I’m always looking for good ones!

As always, remember, you’ll never regret a workout!

 

 

I am thankful for…

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I feel like we often get so wrapped up in the food and the traveling and the shopping craziness, that we forget what Thanksgiving is really supposed to be about. Or at least what we learn that it’s supposed to be about in grade school :) GIVING THANKS.

Tom. My best friend, the love of my life, my future husband, the person who will eat quinoa for me even though he hates it haha Through thick and thin, I could not be more thankful for this crazy man. And I’m so incredibly thankful I get to spend the rest of my life with him :)
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My animals. Even in their worst moments (which happen somewhat often haha) I love having these crazy nuggets in my life!
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Family. What can I say, I am who I am because of these amazing people who have cared for me and helped me grow my entire life…and still do so every day! And now that Tom and I are getting a married, I’m excited that my family is expanding even more…couldn’t be more elated!

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Friends. Who I basically consider my family :) 20131127-141131.jpg

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The Tone It Up community…. Again, Karena, Katrina and the tons of amazing women could/should also be categorized under family :)

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My health. This is something I feel like I sometimes take for granted…. But I realize I shouldn’t…at all. Moments like this help me really appreciate the fact that I’m doing these workouts not just for me (but that’s also important!) but for my greater health…for Tom, for my future kids/grand kids, for when the dog wants a good run. I am so grateful I am able to do the things I do.

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Doing my part. In the form of working for an amazing conservation organizaiton, National Aquarium. While there isn’t much that tops the feeling of witnessing a child fall in love with nature/animals for the first time at our venue (seriously, I’ve teared up on multiple occasions haha), there is so much I get out of just working for a nonprofit with a mission of saving the planet through inspiration and education.

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Hope everyone is having an amazing holiday week! I’d love to hear about what makes your list!
What are you thankful for?

[Recipe] Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Hold on tight, I’m about to give you the best stuffing recipe you’ll ever find (You’re welcome). 

Someone made this for a friends-giving about 4 years ago and I’ve been making it evers since and it’s always been a big hit! Now, two days post-Thanksgiving, it’s still going strong. I’ve discovered it’s not just for the table with turkey…it is nothing less than the “little black dress” of the holiday :)

It’s great on the table, but it’s also a delicious side with eggs for breakfast (come on…sausage, cornbread, eggs…it’s perfect!), on an open face turkey sandwich for lunch, etc. I’d eat it for days if I had made more! Hope you enjoy!

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Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing

  • 1-2 lbs sausage (if you can get it loose from a local butcher, that’s best!)
  • 1 C carrots (chopped)
  • 1 C celery (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh sage (chopped)
  • 4-5 corn muffins
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 C chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

  • Cook sausage in skillet and break up into small pieces.
  • Drain excess oil from sausage with a paper towel.
  • In a separate pan, cook carrots, onion and celery, seasoning with salt, pepper and sage until carrots are medium soft.
  • In a large bowl, crumble muffins.
  • Add sausage and vegetable mix to bowl then mix in eggs and stock.
  • Place mixture to baking dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until browned.
  • Enjoy! (over and over!)

So this is (one of) my favorite Thanksgiving dishes! What are yours?