Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Get A Great Workout For Free!

Summer is here!  Unfortunately, the weather in New York has been gloomy, rainy, and in the 60s lately.  

Since I live about 20 minutes from the beach, summer to me means going to the beach.  Everyone wants to look their best in the summer but gym memberships can be expensive and can be limiting since gym hours might not work for your schedule.  Here are some great free and low cost options to help you get in shape!

Low Cost
Beachbody on Demand | I'm sure you've seen the infomercials and have heard about many of the Beachbody workouts such as Insanity and 21 Day Fix.  You used to have to order the DVDs but now you can get a membership to Beachbody on Demand and stream many of their popular workouts including 21 Day Fix (my favorite), PiYo (mix of Pilates and Yoga), and Cize.  With the yearly membership, you also get meal plans, recipes, fitness guides, and workout calendars.  The yearly membership is $99.95 which is about the price of a gym membership for one month in NYC so it's a pretty great deal.  That's only $8 a month!  Amazing right? If you want, you can add home delivery of Shakeology for $160.  If you're interested, you can order here!

Class Pass | When Class Pass was first introduced in NYC, it was such a hit!  Class Pass offers flexibility and lets you workout at multiple gyms and studios all over the world.  There are no contracts and they offer flexible plans based on how often you are going to workout.  You can get plans that offer 3, 5, or 10 classes per month.

BBG | Kayla Itsines is a the creator of the Bikini Body Guide.  She offers a variety of fitness and nutrition guides on her website as well as an app.  The best part, is that her workouts are all 30 minutes and you can do them all at home!  On Instagram check out #bbg, #bbgprogress, and #bbgtransformation to see other people's results that have followed the guide.  

There are so many workouts that you can do that are at everyone's favorite price point, FREE!

Running | Running is a great cardio workout that you can do at the park or around your neighborhood.  Even if you are a newbie, you can try the Couch to 5k Plan that helps you train for a 5k in 9 weeks.

Hiking | Hiking is a great low impact workout that challenges your body with hills and rough terrain. Google trails and parks in your area and always go with a friend to be safe. 

PopSugar | PopSugar is a great site that offers workout print outs and videos as well as articles about nutrition and healthy recipes.  

Pinterest | Who doesn't love Pinterest?  It's a great resource for great healthy recipes as well as effective workouts.  Make sure the workouts are from a reliable source like Women's Health magazine so you don't risk injuring yourself.  

What's your favorite way to workout?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How I Stay Organized and Keep Track of My Schedule

As a working mom of 3, I have a lot going on in my life.  I'm always looking for a way to keep track of everything so I don't miss any meetings, appointments, or bill payments.

There are so many apps and websites to help keep you organized but I prefer the old fashioned way.  I like using a planner.  I like to open up my planner and see at a glance what is going on for the week and the month.  I am a visual learner so I am able to memorize things better if I see it on a page.

I have a lot that I need to keep track of.  We pay our daycare per child, per day, so every day is different and therefore our bi-weekly payments are always different.  The twins go to school in the morning 3 days a week but of course, sometimes they have days off where they are at daycare all day.  I keep track of a who goes to daycare each day in a monthly view calendar so I know how much we have to pay every other week.

For my day job, I have a lot of meetings and client calls that I have to attend and need to prepare for.  After work, I also have work events that I have to attend.

On top of my work commitments, I also need to keep track of personal events such as doctor appointments, birthday parties, and haircut appointments.  I like to view all of my work and personal commitments in a weekly view.  On the left side of the page, I keep track of my appointments and on the right side of the page, I have a running to do list for my work assignments.  I break every task down to its smallest element so I have more to check off on my to do list.  It makes me feel more accomplished.

I looked all over to find a planner that would fit my needs but nothing was quite right.  One night when I was up in the middle of the night feeding the baby, I discovered bullet journals.  The concept of bullet journals is to create a planner that works for you.  Some people use it for a calendar, a to do list, to track debt or weight loss, etc.  Pretty much anything you need to keep track of.  I keep it basic and create a monthly view to track my kids' daycare and a weekly view to keep track of what is going on each week.

I purchased a dotted Leuchtturm 1917 notebook for my planner.  I purchased the dotted version to ensure that everything would line up correctly vertically and horizontally.  I go crazy for symmetry and organization.  To add some color to each calendar, I use these beautiful, pastel colored midliners and use a different color for each month.  I also love using Faber Castell artist pens because of the way they write, the beautiful color, and the fact that the pens don't bleed.

If you think a planner would work for you, try one of these beautiful planners or make your own using a blank journal!

Monday, May 8, 2017

How To Pick The Perfect Paint Color

One of the best ways to give your room a new look without spending a lot of money is giving the walls a fresh coat of paint.  Choosing a paint color can cause people a lot of anxiety since the walls can be seen throughout the entire space.  Here are 5 tips to help you pick a paint color that you will be happy with.

1.  Get Inspiration - Use colors you love.  You can pull a room's color palette out of a pillow, painting, or a rug.  Any accessory in your home can be a starting point for your color palette.  Websites such as DecorPad, Houzz, and Pintrest can also offer a ton of inspiration.

2.  Look for Popular Color Combinations - There is a reason why beige and blue looks good together.  They are colors that are found at the beach in the sand and the ocean.  You'll find that a lot of great color combinations are found in nature.  A lot of sports teams also use great color combinations.

3.  Use the 60/30/10 Rule - Three isn't a crowd when it comes to choosing colors.  Three is a good rule of thumb for formulating your color palette.  After choosing three shades, break them down into the 60/30/10 rule for a cohesive look.  60% should be the dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color.   

4.  Complementary Colors - Complementary colors are any two hues that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. For instance, red and green, yellow and purple and blue and orange are all complementary colors. When creating a complementary palette, look beyond the primary colors. If you are afraid of having a wall color that is too bold, try using natural shades like sage green, dark olive and mustard yellow for a sophisticated look.

5.  Analogous colors - Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.  Neighboring colors create a striking contrast when used side by side in an interior.

If you are looking to evoke a certain mood in a room, check out the Psychology of Color chart below.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's Day Gifts Under $100

Just a reminder, Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14th!

It's not my first Mother's Day, but I am looking forward to spending the day with my parents, my brother, my husband, and our three kiddies.  We are going to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants and I can't wait!  I am also looking forward to seeing my brother since I haven't seen him in such a long time.  He only lives about an hour away but our schedules all always conflicting.

My mom and I are both big John Mayer fans, so I got us tickets to see John Mayer in August.  We usually get tickets for a concert or a Broadway show for Mother's Day so we can do something together. If you haven't gotten your mom a Mother's Day gift yet, I found some great gifts for your mom that are all under $100!

Cluse Watch - I love the soft blush color of this watch and it's only $99!
Sunglasses -  Classic, tortoise shell sunglasses will look great on any mom.
Sole Society Handbag - This bag looks a lot more expensive than it is.  It can be carried by hand or over the shoulder and holds a lot!
Kate Spade Passport Holder - If your mom loves to travel, this passport holder with a classic look would make a perfect gift.
iPhone Cover - It's always fun to change your phone cover from time to time and this fun print is perfect for spring.
Beach Tote - My mom loves the beach and usually gets a new tote each year. The saying is so cute and perfect for a mom that loves time in the sun.
Soludos Espadrilles - I purchased these a few months ago and I think they're so cute and they're very comfortable!  Since I wear a lot of navy and white in the summer, it goes with a lot of my wardrobe.
Kate Spade Wallet - I own a similar Kate Spade wallet and the quality is fantastic.  Plus, the bright color makes it easy to find in your bag.
Earrings - I love the classic look of these earrings.  Perfect for making mom feel special.
Leopard Clutch - I own a similar clutch.  I love how a leopard purse elevates an outfit.
Business Card Holder - I need one of these.  In my business, I have so many business cards and being able to keep them organized in such a beautiful case would be great for any career driven mom.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there!  You can shop the items in the widget below!