Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's Motivation

These are the words that will motivate me this week.

Taking the first step is sometimes the most difficult.  Mondays are my opportunity to take another first step toward a healthier me!

This is Week 7 on my new lifestyle. 

Clean Eating
I am continuing on the clean eating plan and doing well.  I've added smoothies as my mid-morning snack.  They are yummy and packed with healthy ingredients.  I use a handful of fresh spinach, 2 Tbsp of ground flax, 1 scoop Designer Whey protein powder, 1/2 - 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 - 1 cup frozen fruit.  

Initially I was having 2 cheat meals per week.  Although I love this idea, it is too much for me.  I am cutting back to 1 cheat meal per week.  I think this will work better for me.

Work Outs
I haven't been exercising.  I've used my bum knee as an excuse, but I could still be working on my upper body.  So, I'm on it for the coming week.  I have a Dr's appointment on Wednesday to get to the bottom of the knee situation.

Total pounds lost ~ 8

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beauty Picks Under $20

As we all know quality beauty and make up products can be expensive.

Like you I am always on the hunt for items that perform and are 

Here are my picks.  I personally can endorse these products as effective as the marketing suggests.

Beauty Finds Under $20

1.  Clump Crusher by CoverGirl ~ Get 200% more volume and zero clumps in a water resistant formula.  Features an inovative double-side brush with lash-loading and clump-combing zones for perfect lashes.  I can honestly say this lives up to its name.

2.  Theraderm Anti-Aging Lip Complex ~ Powerful peptides reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Contains avocado oil for super hydration.  Plumps lips without uncomfortable stinging.  Reduces the appearance of lip lines.

3.  Sumitra Color Contrast Eyeliner ~ The makeup experts at Sumitra have created a versatile eyeliner that exceeds all tough standards: sensational blending abilities, bold colors, and non-irritating formulas. The soft wax formula goes on smooth to create clean lines or can be smudged to smoky perfection.  Plus, the long lasting liner will hold up all day and night.  In all my years of wearing eyeliner, this is by far the easiest to work with and holds up the longest.

4.  Stila Eye shadow pans ~ Kitten, a shimmering nude pink shadow in a classic neutral with a shimmer.  A high-quality formula and texture that can be worn wet or dry.   

5.  Ruffian Nail Lacquer ~ This glossy nail polish is formulated to hold up for days without chipping.  The line is bright, bold and totally irresistible.  The polish applies like liquid metal for stunning coverage and wearability.

6.  Yes, to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes ~ These Brightening Towelettes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup and moisturize skin all in one. With lemon peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to help keep your skin refreshed.  Your skin will feel clean, youthful and glowy. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Back To Chic Giveaway!

We're having a Back To Chic Giveaway for a new Pocket Guide Tour ~ Chic Guide to the East Village !

The tour turns your phone into a personal tour guide. It's perfect for locals and visitors who wish to see a different side of this Manhattan neighborhood. Winners will also receive a paperback edition of Writer's Retreat New York City.

10 Winners will be chosen and their photos will be shared on the PocketGuide Facebook Page.

Just follow the 3 steps to enter to win.

Contest begins on September 23rd 12:00am and ends September 30th at 11:59pm.

No purchase is necessary to enter.

Good Luck and Chic Voyage!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fabulous Finds Under $50

If you like me don't have an H&M store near you.  You like me were probably thrilled to learn you can now order online!

After perusing their website I have chosen a few items that I believe will enhance what you already have in your closet.  

Tell me what you think.  Which item is your favorite?  Or do you have more than one?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Blogger Opportunity~Coach Ashley Signature Carryall Value~$398

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Free Black Swan Wednesday

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Jahta Beat: Chanting With TigersThis FREE Black SwanWednesday offering comes from the forthcoming, mind-blowing new album from DJ DrezJahta Beat: Chanting With Tigers (available 9/24) picks up where his last Jahta Beat release, The Lotus Memoirs, left off, with Drez masterfully blending themes of transcendental divine love with utterly solid modern rhythms and arrangements that will keep your body moving. "Sweet Krishna (feat. Kirtaniyas)" encapsulates Drez' gift for cultivating the groove and the devotion into a beat-driven vehicle for you to sweat your dance floor prayers. We hope you enjoy this free track from DJ Drez. Thanks for listening. As always, if you like it please share it.



Saturday, September 14, 2013


Lizzy Bowring, director of womenswear at trend forecasting firm Stylesight said many designers are gravitating toward fluid silhouettes that move away from the body because they are easy to wear and comfortable.

With that thought in mind I'd like to offer 2 trends that are simple yet chic and will seamlessly blend into your closet.



Romantic vintage floral prints with just enough black in them to add elegance and sophistication





Whether shimmering with subtle sheen or classically streamlined, white is the color for Spring 2014

Rebecca Minkoff


Jill Stuart



Which look suits you?

Are you a country flower?


Are you a sleek, crisp silhouette?

I absolutely adore the clean lines and swirling length of the Son Jung dress.

Thursday, September 12, 2013



Support an awesome author and enter to WIN a Kindle Fire, a $50 Amazon Gift Card and an autographed copy of The Midwife's Revolt

We'll be doing an event every hour on the hour with prizes throughout as well as a day long giveaway for a Kindle Fire! Each event will have clues for extra entries so check back in often. So hop over to GoodReads between 10AM and 8PM EST! Come back throughout the day to get more inside info about Jodi, The Midwife's Revolt and have some fun!

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The Midwife's Revolt is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon this novel is rich in detail, character and intrigue! The Midwife’s Revolt takes the reader on a journey to the founding days of America. It follows one woman’s path, Lizzie Boylston, from her grieving days of widowhood after Bunker Hill, to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams and midwifery, and finally to her dangerous work as a spy for the Cause. A novel rich in historical detail, The Midwife’s Revolt opens a window onto the real lives of colonial women.

"A charming, unexpected, and decidedly different view of the Revolutionary War." -- Publishers Weekly

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3DCoverAbout the Book: The Midwife’s Revolt takes the reader on a journey to the founding days of America. It follows one woman’s path, Lizzie Boylston, from her grieving days of widowhood after Bunker Hill, to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams and midwifery, and finally to her dangerous work as a spy for the Cause. Much has been written about our founding men. But The Midwife’s Revolt is unique in that it opens a window onto the lives of our founding women as well. About the Author: Jodi Daynard is a writer of fiction, essays, and criticism. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Paris Review, Agni, New England Review and in several anthologies. She is the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers (W. W. Norton). Ms. Daynard’s essays have been nominated for several prizes and mentioned in Best American Essays. She has taught writing at Harvard University, M.I.T., and in the MFA program at Emerson College, and served for seven years as Fiction Editor at Boston Review. The Midwife’s Revolt is her first novel. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Mondays Motivation

This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish.  It is something that is completely foreign to me, although I am learning the lay of the land fairly quickly.  

Since my love continues to eat whatever he wants it's been a bit of a challenge to fit this mindset to our shared meals.  One recipe that has worked for us is as follows.

Lean meat ~ chicken, beef, pork
Any non starchy veggies ~ mushrooms, onions, green beans etc...
Low sodium  organic vegetable broth
Simmered together til done and served over mashed sweet potatoes

He loves it and it is healthy and simple to prepare.

Another item we are sharing is spaghetti squash.  Cooked you can treat it as you would regular grain spaghetti.


Week 3

Exercised 4 times this week, still missing the mark.  Must get energized and workout every day next week.

Eating is still easy, although it does take much more planning and this is a bit more difficult.  

Only one cheat meal this week with cocktails.

Weight lost 2.2 lbs  YIPPEE!!!

Total 6.2 lbs

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Free White Swan Wednesday

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Love Is King Love Is QueenThis FREE White SwanWednesday offering was selected to celebrate two big September launches forDeva Premal & Miten. OnSeptember 9th in Skokie, IL, they begin their 3-month, 26-city fall MantraFest Tour of North America, andSeptember 10th marks the relaunch of their wildly popular 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey (more details below). Both offer you an intimate, up-close-and-personal way for you to engage with Deva and Miten in the beauty and gift of mantra. "Purification (Om Benza Satto Hung)" is a perfect way to set the tone for these exciting events. This mantra for Purification transforms the karma and opens the mind to goodness, virtue and immeasurable love. TheGyuto Monks' baritone chanting bookends Deva's graceful voice as she recites this chant 108 times. The track, from the album Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent Times, features Grammy-winning cellist David Darling and Kit Walker on piano. We hope you enjoy this free track. Thanks for listening and, as always, if you like the music, please share it.