Get Abs for Summer With This Simple Guide

Summer isn’t far away, and you’ve probably got one or two holidays and events planned. Wouldn’t it be nice to show off an amazing set of abs in the sunshine? It won’t be easy, but if you follow the tips in this guide, you can do it! [Read more…]


A Messy Manicure

There’s a reason I haven’t done a Manicure Monday in a while…

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Photo is blurry on purpose because I’m so embarrassed by the sight of these tragic talons

Now, I know my nail-painting skills are not the best, and practice makes perfect… but this is one day! And it’s already chipping! I thought I’d be all dramatic with long blackened nails, but instead I just look trashy with tip wear.

I used Orly Bonder as a base coat and Orly Won’t Chip as a top coat, but there was just no staying power for this manicure.

Tell me your secrets for a chip-free manicure! Please!!


What Are The Best Supplements For Runners?

As all runners know, the best way to perform at an optimum level is to train hard and eat right. But what happens when you are eating a balanced diet and training consistently, but your recovery times are starting to slow?

When this happens, many runners choose to turn to supplements, to help improve their performance. Before taking any supplement, it is important to check with your doctor, to ensure that you aren’t suffering from a medical condition.

To help you find the best supplements for running, we have put together a handy guide below: [Read more…]


Shamrock (Protein) Shake

(Repost from last year because this recipe is that good)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Do we shorten it to St. Patty’s or St. Paddy’s? I don’t know which so I’ll stick to the full name of this completely invented holiday.
Around this time of year, McDonald’s sells its famous Shamrock Shake. Now, Shamrock Shakes are pretty good! Especially since they’re only available for a sort time – it kind of adds to the mystique. But honestly, if I want a shake, I’m going to In-n-Out. And I’ll ask them to leave me a little bit of room at the top of my vanilla shake so I can put a little bit of root beer in it.

But I digress! The Shamrock Shake has cult status in the US (international friends, let me know if you’ve got these in your countries, too). But let’s not waste calories on a mediocre treat, let’s make it a delicious post-workout drink!

Shamrock Protein ShakeHere’s how I made it:

  • I blended two handfuls (handsful?) of spinach in some water with the Nutribullet
  • I added half a cup of cottage cheese and blended again
  • Then I blended in a packet of Vanilla Shakeology and a tablespoon of stevia
  • Finally, I added two teeny tiny drops of peppermint extract, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and some more water, then – you guessed it – blended that too

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The spinach makes it green without using food coloring. From Previous Experience, I know that you’ve got to be careful with the peppermint extract because it’s powerful stuff! I added in vanilla extract and stevia to make it even sweeter.
I suppose you could use a vanilla whey protein for this shake, but I sell Shakeology so there you go.

Shamrock Protein shake nutrition

this is much healthier than green beer

Do you have any plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Is it St. Paddy’s or St. Patty’s?
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Amazing Diet Tips That Will Help You Lose Weight

It’s no secret that I’m always battling the bulge…and living in a hotel in Mexico City on and off for the last few months certainly hasn’t helped! So I found this article for some new ideas. Let me know if any of them sound good to you!

If you have made the decision to lose weight, it can be hard to know where to start. I mean, there is so much conflicting diet advice to choose from, it can be super stressful picking a diet to follow.

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