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My Cozy Patio Oasis

When we moved to Florida 6 years ago we were so excited to finally have an outdoor space we could enjoy year round. We wanted to create an oasis where we could sip coffee in the morning, enjoy some good quality family time, or escape for some peace and quiet all together.

My favorite outdoor space is this comfy Patio Egg Chair. I live in it so much that Tod ended up buying another one for the other side of the patio so he and others could also enjoy it, ha! Shop the entire look HERE!

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What To Drink When You’re Not Drinking

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I am currently wearing a shirt that reads:

Coffee

Contracts

Cocktails

You see I love coffee and wine almost as much as my family. O.k. that is a complete stretch but not a long stretch. Before I go any further I need to preface by saying I am not a raging alcoholic and my wine intake was typically 1 glass of wine/night, 2 glasses maybe a few nights/week. I started by cutting back to wine down Wednesdays and allowing 1-2 glasses, and  2 nights during the weekend 1-2 glasses. Lately I have been trying to cut it back further to strictly a social situation where we are out to dinner or out with friends.

I recently have really focused in on my nutrition. I have always been a fitness guru and tried to eat healthy and clean but I really have taken it to the next level. It’s really a lifestyle as cliche as it sounds. So I needed to start putting extremely healthy and nutrient foods into my diet. This means healthy and adequate amounts of nutrient rich oils, legumes, greens, protein, etc…you get my drift. So what gives? My 200 calories worth of wine had to give. Say it isn’t so?! If you know me you know this was a huge step in my journey towards a truly healthy self both mind and physical. You probably see where I am going with this. What the heck do people drink at night if it doesn’t contain alcohol? Sugary juices? and something other than water? and what do you do if you are really really craving that glass of wine?

There are a million options out there, some complicated, some not but I was too annoyed to really research; annoyed with myself and my new found journey to be healthier. HA! I joke. Kind of…So here we go:

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Seltzer waters are always a safe bet (but don’t sip on these all day you really do need pure water intake and 1/2 your body weight friends). Add a splash of cranberry or limeade (just a splash/watch that sugar), some fresh fruit dropped or muddled. I personally love adding basil or mint into plain old soda water.

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Tea is also a great option. Specifically Sleepytime or Chamomile so you can get sleepy and forget about the wine. I seriously sound like I have a problem, but I promise I do not.

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Kombucha I recently discovered and absolutely love b/c it is definitely something you sip on and it is said to have pretty advantageous health benefits.

A few nights ago I was really just wanting that glass of wine and it was like Sunday so it was absolutely not going to happen. So I popped in a handful of grapes (love me some grapes) and poured myself an ice cold glass of orange seltzer water in a wine glass. I kid you not the pairing truly worked.

Here are my findings after cutting back the wine. I have way more energy (for obvious reasons). I wake up and am not lagging to get out of bed. I’m up and no stress or rushing around in the morning. No more morning bloat (well for like 3 weeks until Aunt Flo visits). I perform better in my workouts and am seeing so much definition and progress, b/c again the bloat and inflammation is down.

So I’m sticking to this new way of life and honestly it’s not so bad once it becomes a part of your life. It’s just the first few weeks/month of transition to new habits that is the hardest part.

-Yesenia

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Mondays

My Monday grind before a Tuesday holiday includes swim lessons for my 3 year old (the mom life), leg day (the fitness life), catching up on emails after vacation (the working life), and preparing for a 4th of July bash at our house (beacause I’m insane :))…

Enjoy your Monday grind!

-yesenia

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Feel The Burn – Booty & Abs

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Combining a good booty and ab workout? Ahhh yes, thank you!  I would venture to say they are my two favorite muscle groups to work. Getting that perfect burn I tend to struggle towards with other muscles groups (ahem those darn arms and shoulders) seems so much more satisfying in that booty and those abs (o.k. well the lower abs might be a bit of a struggle for me after 2 kids) . So guess what today was? Yes! Booty & Abs! I like to mix up my workouts each time so here is a run down of my workout today.

Reps for each – 3 sets of 15 reps. Two ways you can run through these. Do one set of each exercise and then start over 3 times or you can do all three sets of one exercise with 30 seconds of rest in between. What did I do? I did one set of each exercise with a little cardio between each set. See below.

Deep weighted Squats – 1 set of 15 reps. Feet hip distance apart, weights at your shoulders, lower that tush to the ground as low as you can go and then squeeze everything as you stand back up. What have I learned with these? The lower the better. Do you know how you can strengthen those muscle groups to get you lower? Besides trying to get a little lower each time you do these, squeeze the tush and those hamstrings every time you come up and increase those weights as you get stronger.

CARDIO TIME – Burpees. To love ’em is to hate ’em but man are they effective! 30 seconds. Come on you got this!

Plank knee to elbows – 15 reps on each side. In plank position bring your right knee in (keeping that plank position and that body in a straight line) to your right elbow. Extend right leg back out into plank and bring the left knee into the left elbow and then extend that leg back out. If you need to modify this move bring those knees down to the ground to start; as you get stronger keep one knee to the ground and try extending just one leg out until you are strong enough to get into a full plank position.

CARDIO TIME – Jumping Jacks. Basic? Yes? Heart rate rocking? Yep. 30 seconds baby!

Pikes– 3 sets of 15. You can use paper plates or two kitchen towels if you do not have an ab dolly. In plank position slide those feet in towards your chest while keeping your legs straight. You are just extending that booty up in the air. Bring your legs back out into plank and repeat.

CARDIO TIME – High knees. 30 seconds. You will get through it I promise!

Plie squat pulses – 3 sets of 15 reps. O.k. let me walk you through this one. Get into a wide stance with the heels off the grounds (tipy toes), feet pointing outward and squat down as low as you can. Come up just halfway and then back down pulsing through each rep.

CARDIO TIME – Jump squats. Make sure you squeeze that tush when you jump up and land soft on those feet. 30 seconds and you are almost there!

Weighted Russian twist – 3 sets of 15 reps. And no you cannot take a shot of vodka after this move. Get it? No? O.k. bad joke…. sit on your tush with knees bent and feet on the ground. Grab a weight and hold it in front of you. Lift those legs up off the ground, lower that back slightly behind you to get those muscles engaged and twist from side to side. For a modification you can keep those feet planted on the ground.

CARDIO TIME – Running man. Not the dance but hey if you want to do the dance you’ve gotten this far so go right ahead and kill those dance moves! Or you can get into plank and run those feet and knees in towards that chest.

AND REPEAT 3 TIMES

That was AMAZING! I had a great time, worked my booty and abs out, and now I’m ready for a smoothie and a shower!

-Yesenia

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Thursday Seven… 7 Low Calorie Cocktails

With summer approaching so do the sugary refreshing cold cocktails. Check out these mouth-watering low-calorie cocktails inspired by Shannon Rosenberg on Buzzfeed.

 

  1. Watermelon Mojito

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A refreshing cocktail with a mix of watermelon, rum, club soda, and mint.
Ingredients. Click for recipe.

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A mouth-watering blend of grapefruit, lime, and tequila. Swapping out the tequila with vodka is an option. Salt or sugar the rim for an added delight. Click for recipe.

3. Blueberry Mint Fizz

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Crisp and refreshing a blend of blueberry soda, St. Germain, soda, mint and blueberries. Click for recipe.

4. Yves St. Laurent St. Germain Cocktail

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An elegant mix of dry white wine or Champagne, St. Germain, and Sparkling Water or Club Soda. Click for recipe.

5. Tequila Cocktail

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With Cinco De Mayo just around the corner this delicious cocktail will have your taste buds jumping for joy. Made with Agave Silver Tequila, Pure Coconut Water with Pineapple, Fresh Green Apples, Fresh Mint, Ice, and finished with a Lime Flavored Cocktail Rimming Sugar. Click for recipe.

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Perfect for a garden party this cocktail features just 3 easy ingredients. High quality vodka, freshly squeezed grapefruit, and club soda. Click for recipe.

7. Skinny Summer Cocktail

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Looks just about too pretty to drink. Throw some Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water, lemons, liquid Stevia, Ice, Organic blueberries, Organic strawberries and your fave vodka together to get this summer must have. Click for recipe. 

I would venture to say I am all set to bring on the cookouts and all things summer with these amazing and refreshing cocktails to choose from.

-Yesenia Whipple

 

 

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9 Of My 2016 Spring Must Haves

Happy Springtime friends! I love making room for florals prints, strappy sandals, and all things warmer weather. Yes I live in Florida, but a girl can still dream of the spring to summer transition. We still love to shop seasons down here.

Here are my go to’s this Spring. Enjoy!

  • Illesteva Sunglasses are hot on trend right now. How do you even choose a style, color, look?! Here is a basic black and a beautiful lavender shade.

 

  • 2 Piece Sets. I’m currently obsessing over these looks. This one is basic gray but oh so chic!

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  • High Waisted Jean/Trouser. What’s not to love!

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  • Striped T-Shirt Dress. I love this comfortable dress. I could wear it every day. Dress it down with some sneaks or flats or dress it up with a bold necklace and wedges.

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  • Maxi’s are not going anywhere. They are versatile and a staple in my closet. This dress is gorgeous with its beautiful hues and floral print.

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  • Strappy Sandals. Basic but can add an umph to just a boring jeans and t-shirt outfit while at the same time compliment a beautiful cocktail dress.

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  • Patchwork Clutch. Love this jean inspired patchwork clutch. Brunch or casual dinner date approved!

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  • Off Shoulder Tops. I actually love everything about this outfit from the glasses all the way down to the fringe sandals. Perfection!

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  • Rompers. Still on point this season. Seeing lots of blues, lavender, and grays this season.

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There you have it! My favorite looks for this Spring. What are you spring must haves?

Images Credits: Pinterest

-Yesenia Whipple

 

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Adjusting Your Sails

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Because who wants smooth sailing all the time? Those rough waters test your drive, passion, and desire to get to your destination. Sure, they are tough times, but without those hardships growth would be slow or non-existant. Don’t settle for ease, but rather challenge yourself to preserver when you encounter those storms.

Happy Tuesday Friends.

-Yesenia Whipple

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The Thursday Seven… 7 Ways To A Healthy Dinner Out

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I cannot believe The Thursday Seven is upon us already! This week I took a topic I could literally write a book on. I think I might have had 20 ways to keep it healthy before stopping myself (I could have gone on) and shrinking my list down to seven!

No matter where you are in your health and fitness journey going out to eat can sometimes be a daunting, anxiety filled, and stressful process. Trying to stay on a healthy balanced diet with temptation filled menus can make a hermit out of anyone. Here is a list of 7 ways you can stay on track and still enjoy a night out.

1. Avoid big chain restaurants and fast casual restaurants where food is remade and shipped in. These foods are pumped with high levels of preservatives, sodium, and who knows what else! Look for scratch kitchens where you can customize your order.

2. If you plan on bread skip dessert, if you plan on dessert skip the bread. For dessert try a healthier option like fruit with whipped cream.

3. Ask for a box with your meal and box up half of your meal if the portions are large. Better yet ask if they can box half for you prior to bringing out the food that way you will not be tempted when you see your entree in all it’s delicious glory.

4. Stick to small plates or an appetizer or two depending on the size and a healthy side like steamed veggies, side salad, or baked sweet potato (be careful on those toppings).

5.Stay away from creamy dressings. Look for vinaigrette options, oil and vinegar, and ask for these on the side.

6. Look for protein that is or can be broiled or grilled. Ask they go light on the salt when seasoning and if you are feeling really confident ask for your chicken or fish to be broiled in water.

7. Take a look at the menu prior to arriving so you have an idea of what their healthy options are. I always find this to be extremely helpful. At times this will take certain restaurants off the list of where to go. There is nothing worse than getting to a restaurant and realizing it is of a certain cuisine where absolutely everything is fried, contains cheese, loaded with carbs etc…if there are absolutely no healthy alternative skip this place. Stay away! Unless you are on a treat day and are o.k. with those options for that given day.

BONUS: Be careful when attending events that consist of buffets and h’ordeuvres. This scenario is a perfect example of when to eat a snack or an entire dinner at home prior to. This is especially hard for me and if I could ask my husband to tape my mouth shut while attending without looking absolutely ridiculous and not being able to talk to anyone I totally would.

I love talking about all things health and fitness so PLEASE comment with any questions, tips, or Thursday Seven topic ideas.

-Yesenia Whipple

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Losing Sight of Comfort Zone

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Do you often wonder the difference between the doers vs. the dreamers, the go getters vs. the I wish I had’s? I believe one of the biggest thing that sets these groups apart is their ability to get outside of their comfort zones to achieve what many feel is the unreachable.

What a powerful saying ‘You never can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore’. The Ocean can be a scary, lonely, massive; just like our hopes and dreams or the road we need to get moving on to achieve ‘our unreachable’.

So how can we start learning to step outside that comfort zone? For some this comes as second nature. For others it requires some work. For many it really can be the scariest thing they have ever tried to do. The point here is it is not impossible and anyone can do it if you step outside what is comfortable and safe.

For the second nature group – These guys really don’t need much in the way of advice. They have a vision and they do whatever it takes to get it done, with little to no fear. They don’t let rejection get them down but rather let rejection fuel their hunger. These guys have vision, they are organized, and they know how to stay focused keeping the ‘noise’ out of their head.

For those who have to work at it a bit – This is where the majority of people fall. They have the passion and desire, but often times, fear gets in the way. The good news for this group is that once they take that initial step outside their comfort zone, it becomes easier and easier. Many people in this category learn to overcome fear and rejection and end up moving up a tier into the ‘second nature’ group. Focus comes with some work. They know how to organize their tasks and re-prioritize when they lose focus.

The ‘I’m scared sh*tless to step outside what is safe’ group – If this is you don’t feel there is no hope for you. You just have to work a bit harder, focus, make a plan, have a vision and really stay organize to stay on track with your successes. You will step outside your comfort zone and quickly jump back to your safety net, however, your confidence will build over time and you will also learn to jump into that fear zone and stay there until it becomes a little less terrifying. The best advice I can give this group is to find a successful mentor and surround yourself with like-minded people.

The take away is that ANYONE has the ability to succeed and stepping out of your comfort zone is possible. For some easier for some harder, but success will come to those who commit to their vision no matter how scary it may be.

-Yesenia Whiple