I love Trina Turk clothing. The introduction of an activewear line to Trina Turk was exciting! My peers, community, and my readers all have a sense of style and I know would love the newest TT endeavor. This collection fuses fashion and function. I love it!
The collection currently consists of: shorts, leggings (mid and full length), jackets, sports bras, tank tops, long and short sleeve model tops and a track suit. The colors and patterns range from neutral solids to classic Trina Turk prints.
In addition to looking fabulous while working out, this Trina Turk collection would make great stylish loungewear. I can already see so many of these items working into my world. A short run or Pure Barre class straight to school pick up. All while looking great!
Thanks Trina for continuing to broaden your collection!
I was not compensated by Trina Turk although they did provide the images. As always, all opinions are my own.
15 Years ago I spotted my first French Bulldog in New York’s Meatpacking District. I just fell in love with the breed. Their huge ears, adorable eyes, great size and amazing personality… what’s not to love! So, we did it! After months of research and looking for the right breeder, we found ourselves ready to take the plunge.
His name is Hugo.
How do you start the day? I really try to get it all right. Admittedly, it is not close to perfection. Mornings are a big effort with many moving parts.
We don’t have outfits picked out or lunches packed the night before. That is all part of our morning routine. So is making our beds, a little play time and a conversation about the upcoming day. Our kids are not allowed to watch TV before school, instead they listen to classical or jazz music as they slowly awake. Breakfast is pretty standard, either jelly toast (JT) or oatmeal with blueberries and, my favorite, our morning smoothie.
Our morning smoothies started years ago. They left briefly when morning baba’s disappeared, and recently made its way back into our regular routine. The morning smoothie is both great tasting and really healthy. It makes me feel like I am doing something right when my kids have had spinach, broccoli and other green superfoods before school. Maybe it’s just residual young kid syndrome, but when my kids eat healthy it is like a big pat on the back.
Our Baba’s (morning sippy cup drink for kids 1-3 years old) consisted of yogurt, probiotics, milk and vitamins. Now the morning smoothie can vary, but basics are always the same: spinach, broccoli, fruit juice, superfood greens and fruit. It is our job as parents to not only get our children to eat healthy, but have them embrace and understand the importance of their choices.
Good Morning Sunshine!
Most men will just refuse to go to a Pure Barre class. I have seen them laugh it off, say they won’t be able to keep up and basically just dismiss the idea entirely. Then there are the men that try. Not only do they try, they do surprisingly well. Men are physically so strong that although they lack as much flexibility, they excel at the classes.
This Valentine’s Day is a great time to try a Pure Barre Class! The Los Gatos and Palo Alto locations are offering a $10 class for your man! Sign up online and select “Bring on the Men”. Regular pricing for the ladies in these classes. Reservations are recommended.
Let’s see a little lift, tone and burn guys!
Palo Alto Studio – Friday, February 14th @ 5:54
Los Gatos Studio – Saturday, Feb 15th @ 11:00am
This recipe is a staple. It is delicious, easy to make and a repertoire necessity. Thank you Martha Stewart! I always make some jasmine rice to go with this dish. Enjoy!
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
- In a bowl whisk together eggs whites, cornstarch, sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix ingredients until frothy. Add shrimp, and toss to coat.
- Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high. In batches, cook shrimp until golden and crisp. This will take a couple of minutes a side. Then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. You may need additional oil to cook all of the shrimp.
- Wipe the skillet with a paper towel. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Boil over high heat until syrupy and it reduces to about 1/3 cup. This will take 4-5 minutes. Next return the shrimp, add scallions and cook until heated through and coated with sauce.
As a runner, my fitness resolution is simple. I want to run. All of my goals / resolutions are focused on a healthy mind and body that will enable me to continue running.
I believe in year-round personal improvements. New Years is a fun time to refocus and evaluate, but my running journey doesn’t start and stop each year. It is just that: a journey.
One thing I like to do each New Years is look back at my year of running. It was a relatively race-free year. My Garmin had some much needed time off and I hit the trails like crazy. My overall weekly mileage was pretty high and I added in some-much needed additional cross training thanks to Pure Barre. I gained a running partner on a regular basis, ran with my wonderful husband, my daughters, mother and sister. What a year!
I am so thankful for all that running has given me. Thank you for following me on this amazing journey.
Happy New Year!
From my first Pure Barre class until now, my goal has been to move less. I want to have that perfect lack of seeable movement we all strive for at our barre classes. The object of a barre class is a one inch range of motion during all of the exercises. Yes, that means while high on your toe and punching one arm forward, your straight leg only moves one inch! I understand the goal and the basics about isometric motion, but why and how is it really working for me? If I insist that this is an invaluable part of my fitness routine, I should thoroughly understand why it works.
The word isometric can be divided into two parts “iso” and “metric”, meaning “equal” and “length”. Isometric or static exercises do not alter the length of your muscles. The exercises are performed my simply tensing your muscles. The muscle groups targeted with isometric exercises are very specific and involve using your own body structure or ground, structural element (pushing on the ballet bare) and/or free weights. One of my favorite things about barre was summed up on About.com Sports Medicine, “[t]he benefit of isometric exercises are that they can be used for rehabilitation as well as general strengthening without placing stress on the joints.” Considering that one of my other favorite exercises is running, this is so important.
The only downside to isometric exercises I found during my research are addressed in Pure Barre classes. Isometric exercises do not get your heart rate up and they do not lengthen your muscles. All barre classes also include exercises designed to increase your heart rate. Barre classes also make sure to emphasize stretching, and this is also done throughout the class. The result is a whole body workout!
Check your local Pure Barre Studio for monthly promotions. Pure Barre Los Gatos and Palo Alto have a great promotion running for the month of January! They are offering a FREE 1st class to all new clients! All interested runners should sign up online now!
This slow cooker soup recipe was delicious and easy to make. In my quest to simplify life and eat clean, this soup was a must try. I found this recipe on www.fitnessmagazine.com. A few of the ingredients quantities were changed to utilize my purchases. They are noted in parenthesis. Enjoy!
- 3 14-ounce cans vegetable broth (1 box of organic veggie broth, approximately 34 ounces)
- 1 15-ounce can tomato puree (used an entire bottle that was about 20 ounces)
- 1 15-ounce can small white beans or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon dried basil (1 tablespoon fresh)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 8 cups chopped fresh spinach or kale leaves (4 cups kale / 4 cups spinach)
- finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- Combine in your slow cooker veggie broth, tomato puree, beans, rice, onion, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
- Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or on high heat for 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
- Stir in spinach and kale just before serving and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Fitness magazine also included the nutrition facts – 150 calories, 9 grams protein, 31 carbs, 8 grams fiber
A birthday or holiday workout is not your average workout. It is a favorite run, a new challenge, swimming your age in meters… it is something that has meaning. The reason we all workout, right?! We do what makes us feel great, and keep our bodies young and healthy. On birthdays we like a new crazy challenge. It makes us feel young and invincible!
Recently, we set out to run the biggest hill around for a friend’s birthday. A 12 mile loop up with almost 2,000 feet of elevation gain. As we started the run we laughed at our restless sleep the night before. The excitement of a new challenge got to us! We finished the run tired and elated. The best feeling for a runner.
Four years ago, I picked up swimming and a new birthday tradition. Our masters group loves a good birthday swim. You swim your age in meters. Sounds great in your 20′s and 30′s, but anything in the 40′s and over is a long, long swim! Our group celebrates birthdays each month. Swimming is not my strength, so I always cross my fingers someone is turning 30.
My hubby just reminded me that some people have insane holiday workouts. At the pool they love 100 x 100′s every New Years. To be clear, that is swimming 6.2 miles! This is a workout that requires major training. And in my case a complete focus on swimming more than running or my beloved Pure Barre classes. For now I’ll stick to the birthday swims!
I love the mentality and heart of an athlete. Exercise becomes a part of you. Whether it is running an entire 5k with out walking or swimming 6 miles, achieving your goal is the best gift to your body. Let’s celebrate!
Thank you all very much for participating in this giveaway!
I would also like to thank Mother’s Therapy Organics!