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For all my running friends… I’m pulling this out of my archives.  
Take a look at my guest post HERE on the FitMark blog.  
See how even just one Pilates session can improve your overall run!

And for even more flexibility, mobility and strength, add the new Tye4® wearable resistance system from TheMethod Pilates to your Pilates workout.  It’s like a Pilates reformer that you wear!  Totally rocks!  Check out more on Tye4 here.


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This week I’m highlighting the 10 Day Cleanse.  
I thought this would be helpful for you guys doing the 
24 Day Challenge with us!  
This cleanse is the first 10 days in the challenge.  It’s gentle, effective, and super doable even if you work and travel!

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Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast”
What you put in your body first thing in the morning really does make a difference in your day.  Fuel your body proper, first thing, and kickstart your metabolism and give yourself what it needs to run efficiently!  
Because of the craziness of the morning rush, we need some easy solutions and that’s why I’m highlighting the Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes this week at the start of the school year.  This is my breakfast 4-5 times a week.  The other mornings I’m actually in the kitchen cooking something 
[Check out the video at the bottom of this post for the 3 minutes egg breakfast.  So good.  So easy.  And So not hard to clean up!]

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As you know, I’m kinda obsessed with the NEW TYE4® wearable system from TheMethod Pilates.  It is amazing for spine, hip & shoulder mobility, strengthening stabilizers, improving balance & coordination, and building overall strength and tone.  It can be used while doing lots and lots of different types of exercise.  


Today I’m talking about TYE4 and FEET!

SOCK FEET… While practicing Pilates, for example, you will want to kick off your shoes. Choose a non-slip sock like ToeSox or something similar.  Tye4 should NOT be done barefooted for a few reasons.  During certain movements, the foot strap will slip and distract from the movement.  It can also irritate the foot, so find a cute pair of sock and wear them proud! 


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While I was in New York City in December for the Pilates Style Magazine photo shoot,  I passed by this adorable shop I just had to check out called MastihaShop.  I was so excited to meet the owner, Artemis Kohas.  We chatted a while and she told me about the amazing Chios Mastiha…. “Mastiha is the natural and rare tree resin of the pistachio lentiscus var Chia tree.  Scientific research has shown that this resin has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory qualities.  It has been documented from antiquity for its health benefits, its use as the first natural chewing gum and as a cooking spice.  Today, it is still chewed as well as used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and in the culinary world.  Chios Mastiha contributes to a healthy gastrointestinal system and has beneficial effects for both oral hygiene and skin care.”  So cool!  I love this.
MastihaShop highlights and promotes the Mediterranean lifestyle of health, well-being and natural products stemming back centuries.  Read more of their story and incredible vision for the shop here. 
MastihaShop carries all kinds of products,
most of which contain Mastiha and lots of quality greek products!
… and much more!  

…………………….GIVEAWAY TIME…………………..

The winner of this sweepstakes will receive
Pasteli Bars – Mastiha nougat w/ almond center
Mastiha essential oils carved soap
Mastiha chewing gum

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I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing this really cool brand of fitness apparel called COLOSSEUM.  I sent them my size and they sent me a pair of leggings, tank and sports bra.   First reaction… REALLY CUTE!  I was just hoping the size I gave them was gonna work with their brand.  So I tried it all on and was HAPPY it all fit perfectly!  True to size from my experience.
First off, my legs are really long and for me this length was perfect.  They go down to my ankles with little bunching.   They fit my legs perfectly without being too tight.  It was NOT a frustrating moment getting into them.  You know what I mean if you wear these kind of leggings.  The routine of laying on the bed pulling them over your ankles and then working them up the legs to the hips – that did not happen with these pants.  They provide a nice fit without squishing unwanted “stuff” in the wrong place thanks to the body countering seams.  It’s made with C-dri moisture management fabric which allows for fast drying and keeps moisture away from the skin.   I did wear these out on a hot day and could tell a difference from my other long leggings for sure.  Also, I love the details.  There is a reflective strip running vertically along the calf and mesh ventilation panel behind the knee!  Cool stuff.  Perfect for my friend Shannon who was just telling me the other day that she had to seriously wipe down her Pilates Reformer machine after her workout because the back of her knees got so sweaty!  LOL  They do have a back security pocket with with autolock zipper closure and one more detail I like – turn the top down and find a fun shade of green!  
I have black, but you can also get them in Charcoal and Pink Raspberry (Super cute!)
So this bra is reversible!!!  LOVE THAT!  You can see from the photo above the pink and black stripes that are a lot of fun.  And below I’m showing the side with solid pink, trimmed out in black.  THE FIT:  Ok, I have a bazillion of these.  My “girls” are on the larger side and I need to give them plenty of support.  But I keep buying soft sports bras in hopes of having one comfortable enough to wear casually.  I think that the fact that I keep buying them can tell us that I’ve not been super happy with what I’ve tried.  Now, 100% honest, I really like this one.  It’s softer and more comfy than any of my others.  No I will not go running or do a plyo workout in this alone, but I can wear it teaching Pilates or just hanging out with a cute summer top.  So I’m very happy with this.  Other cute color options:  Chambray/Black, Lemongrass/Black, White/Black and I am wearing the Pink Raspberry/Black

I really love this tank.  Like the leggings, the tank is also made made with C-dri moisture management fabric.  I like that it’s a cute fitted top without being hot.  I really love the contouring lines that emphasize body lines and the straps are super cute and provide some support and full range of motion.  It has a built-in bra with removable cups.  And ya know when those pads get all messed up…  well these are really easy to straighten up.  Remember our discussion earlier about “support”?  Well this provides enough for a Pilates workout, but I’ll have to add a layer of love when I teach my Tye4® Fusion Class.  It’s important to me to have a top that’s long enough and won’t ride up.  I’m happy to say this one fits the bill.  This Charcoal/Black is my favorite, but it also comes in Pink Raspberry, LT Chambray and White/Citrine which are all very cute.   I absolutely recommend it!

I put both the leggings and the tank to the test with the Pilates Roll-Up… because during this exercise, it’s common for the pants to scoot down while the top scoots up.  If you’ve done Pilates, you know what I’m talking about!  So, after my testing,  I’m happy to say BOTH the leggings and the tank stayed in place!  Whoop Whoop!  Love it!

I did try out my new threads while teaching a Tye4 Fusion Class.  We do Aerobic, Strength and Pilates fitness in this class.  Looking back on the class, I’m realizing that I didn’t think about my clothing at all during the class – meaning they were not fussy, so YES they pass the instructor test!

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 It was a happy day when the nice delivery guy dropped these off at my door.  Just in time for some beautiful warm weather.  PowerICE is a company who makes frozen hydration bars and I am super happy review their product.  They sent a generous amount that has allowed me to share the love and get some good feedback!  Two big things that caught my eye about this product: they don’t have high fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives.  You can see the ingredients here.  
Years ago I stopped buying these for my kids
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because of the HFCS and dyes 
and there was much sadness in my house.
So as you can imagine, I was really hoping these icy pops would be just as good and exciting as the ones that have been banned from my house.   The kids were pretty pumped about trying them, so I packed them on ice, threw it all into my cooler bag and we took them with us on our hike. 
This was really our first time to try them… and we all thought they were really yummy and refreshing.   I left the cooler bag in the hot car for about an hour, then I took it out when we went down to the river.  After that amount of time, they were melted some, but still very frozen and I was happy about that.  
Grape Score
Lime Kicker
Orange Blast
Pomegranate Raspberry Rip
My girl didn’t love the Pomegranate Raspberry so much but really liked the Grape and Orange, my little man was all over Orange Blast and Lime and my fave was Pomegranate Raspberry and Grape.
I shared PowerIce with my class after doing a great cardio/toning workout using Tye4® wearable resistance.  Everyone really loved the PowerICE bars.  Here are some of the things that were said:
“The texture is great, like sonic ice.  Really good.”
“… not so salty and more refreshing then Gatorade”
“Doesn’t leave an after taste like products with artificial ingredients”  
Thought that was great feedback and I 
happen to agree.

I also put them to the test at the ball field.  As you can see, I was hard at work reviewing this product.  It was very difficult not to sneak into the cooler bag and  help myself to a second one.  I did think it nice of me to practice self control and share with the kids after their game.  
Excuse me as I go off on a soap box for a moment:  
Parents, if you have kids playing sports, teach them at an early age to be an intentional athlete.  They can learn to give 100% on the field and off the field as well.  This will develop character and life skills that will follow them into all areas of their life.  As a parent, you have the opportunity to teach them how to fuel their body before the game and teach them what they need to do to repair after a game or practice.  This is a fun experience for the kids.  I’ve seen it first hand.  This is a great way to empower our kids to take responsibility over their own health.  Post game snacks are fun and exciting as the kids celebrate their game, but as parents we can choose healthier options to give them.  These PowerICE bars were PERFECT for this b/c I knew they were getting some good stuff to replace electrolytes and they were excited to get a fun treat!  
Win Win… Win.  

To sum up this PowerICE review, I really like them and so does everyone else I shared them with.  Bam. 
Check out their website here to order and get to know this fun company on Facebook,  Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube.   


I love water bottles.  Who doesn’t?  But isn’t it the worst to buy a cool one that looks like it’s going to be awesome and it just isn’t?  And what to do when we run out of water while we’re out?  At the gym, I will drink a min of 2 bottles of water during and after my workout and I find myself filling up the bottle at the water fountain.  Ew. This also happens when I take my kids to the park, out on a hike or at the ball field.   #firstworldproblems  
So as you can easily see, I was very excited when AquaGear® sent me their filtered water bottle to try out!   Yippee!!!  The filter is on the straw.  The bottle is BPA free.  And it is super cute.  


  • It removes up to 99.99% of contaminants in tap water – including chlorine and industrial chemicals
  • The filter is 100% recyclable and replaceable 
  • It filters up to 75 gallons of water (approx 400 refills)
  • The bottle is very durable
Not only do they have these cool filtered bottles, they also have emergency food and supplies.  You must go check out their website.  
Whether I’m going camping or preparing for the zombie apocalypse, I’m gonna keep this brand in mind. 
Get to know AquaGear on their blog and website goaquagear.com
Like them on FACEBOOK and Follow @goaquagear on Twitter
Have a Healthy Happy Day Friends!


Sara is a recent college grad making her way into the online journalism scene primarily through articles on her biggest passion:  fitness and tech. 

The cold winter weather has kept a lot of us stuck inside on treadmills the last few months, when we would rather be pounding the pavement in the sunshine. Thankfully, the last of the late season snow is melting, and the spring and summer weather is finally on its way in. When it starts to warm up, moving your fitness plan outdoors is a great way to shake up an otherwise monotonous routine, but there are a few things you should consider first. Whether you’ve been working out for years, or you’re more a novice, it’s important to remember to take a few basic safety precautions before changing up any workout plan.

Even though running around the park or biking your neighborhood greenway might not make you feel like you’re out battling the elements, you shouldn’t underestimate the effect of being without the comforts that come from working out at home or a gym. For example, you won’t constantly have access to water. Staying hydrated is critical anytime you’re exerting yourself, especially when the temperature heats up. If you’re someone that pauses several times throughout your routine to take a sip, consider investing in a runner’s belt with a bottle holder. You can also opt for an inexpensive hydration pack such as High Sierra’s Wave 70 that you can wear on your back, or FitSip’s pack that you can strap to your wrist. You might not feel you need it now, during the more mild weather, but when the temperature starts to climb, you’ll be happy you have it.

When exercising outdoors, you’ll also have to do without the convenience of grabbing your treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical’s handles, and getting a accurate heart rate report. Monitoring and staying within your target heart rate zone helps you burn the maximum amount of calories and keeps your workouts safe. Samsung highlighted the importance of tracking your heart rate on the go with their new Galaxy S5 design. Verizon Wireless stated that in staying consistent with their dedication to a healthy lifestyle, the S5 will include the first ever built-in heart rate monitor, allowing users to check their heart rate with just the touch of a finger. Samsung is hopeful that the accessibility of the feature will encourage more people to keep track of their heart rate when working out. Pacing yourself within the correct range will allow you a longer, more effective workout in the long run.  

You might also be surprised at the impact that different terrains can have your workout. Unless you’re employing specific programs when using a cardio machine, you probably aren’t used to the constant change in incline and the uneven surfaces that come with exercising outdoors. There are several different apps you can use to plan a route suited for your fitness level and goals. AllTrails provides hikers and bikers with detailed maps of nearby trails. Users can check descriptions and reviews of over 50,000 trails in order to determine their trails length, difficulty level, and even exciting stops to make along the way.

It can also be easy to lose track of how far you’ve traveled before you realize you’re tired. However, the added challenge of exercising outdoors is that you have to be able to make your way back, no matter how exhausted you are. MapMyHike GPS is a great app to use as a pedometer, and the voice prompts will alert you over your music when you have reached distance markers you can set yourself. The GPS feature will help you log which directions you take, and save the route you took for future use.

Try not to push yourself too hard when mixing up your routine for the first time, and don’t underestimate the basics. Even seemingly obvious things such as checking the weather for the temperature and humidity can help make or break your workout. When you’re comfortable in the new environment, feel free to kick up the intensity a little and challenging yourself.

Stay smart and grab some fresh air—the pavement is calling your name!



I want to thank Ladera Granola for sending me a bag of their granola to review!  I’m SO HAPPY to know about this company. We have tried lot of different brands and I will honestly say this is the most fresh, tasty granola we’ve ever had.  It’s opposite of bland and the texture is really nice.  

Ladera Granola began in the kitchen of Karen Butterfield – medical doctor and mother of 3.  This family business is on a mission to to promote healthy diets, active living, and sustainable business practice… and they make a fantastic product!  What’s not to LOVE??? It’s refreshing to find a company who cares about the quality of their food.

A few facts about Ladera Granola: 
  • Baked by hand and roasted at low temps to preserve the flavor and health benefits
  • No preservatives, trans fats or cholesterol
  • Granola is packed with proteins, fibers, minerals and natural oils
Recipe here
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT LADERA GRANOLA?  “It tastes extremely good… like actual honey and oats… like real food.  The consistency was very nice.  It’s not sticky.  Taste good with any flavor of yogurt.”
“I like to eat it with almond milk as a substitute for cereal.  I like it with yogurt and fresh fruit.  And I’ll eat this kind dry.”
“I’d like to try other flavors by them”
I definitely recommend this brand.  
It’s sold by the package and in bulk. 
 Go buy some right now! 
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