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April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Staying beautiful, without breaking the bank!

Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5

This is a Guest Post written by Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of Ron has worked and developed products with such companies as Revlon and Lancome. His expertise has also been featured in Womens Wear Daily, LA Times, Womens Health, CBS News and as a resident beauty expert for Allure magazine.
  1. As far as lip balms go, I love the EOS Medicated Lip Balm/$3.99: This is a cool little lip balm that is shaped like a yellow Easter egg that looks so cute sitting on my desk, so handy next to my computer. It immediately soothes and restores moisture with anti-bacterial protection, 95% natural with vitamins C and E, zinc, jojoba oil and shea butter.  Not only does it help relieve chapped lips, but it’s anti-bacterial protection helps to relieve the symptoms of cold sores too. I love the tangerine flavor!
  2. For a low priced mascara, I love the clinical test results provided by the Wet n Wild MegaLash Clinical Mascara/$4.99: Research shows 87% of women saw an instant improvement in the length and volume of their lashes.  Plus it contains oils, vitamins and nutrients to condition the lashes.
  3. For the hair, I’m loving Suave Professionals Weather Protection 365, Humidity Defying Hairspray/$3.99: This all-weather (humidity, wind, static) hair spray is salon proven with results that show that it stacked up against the market leader, Biolage for protection against frizz and flyaways.  Plus, it’s firm hold locks in your style.
  4. Since many women forget to take their makeup off at night, I love Noxzema Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths / $4.79: These super handy and convenient cloths cleanse away dirt, oil, makeup and even waterproof mascara, while conditioning skin. Plus it’s safe for use around the eyes.
  5. In terms of lip color, I love Avon  ULTRA COLOR RICH Moisture Seduction Lipstick SPF 15/$4.99 on sale at Avon.comI love the look of this lipstick with the the swirl of ribbons and rich moisturizers that intertwine with intense color.  Plus it boosts moisture by up to a whopping 500% and provides SPF15 protection.

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April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

No ordinary chicken salad


5 New Ways to Toss Up Your Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of the easiest foods to make skinny, subbing yogurt for all that mayo. You can even do a mixture of the light mayo with the plain yogurt. That fatty mayo is the main reason the usual chicken salad is so awful. Don’t worry, the flavors will still be there as well as the creamy texture. With these 5 recipes, you will be able to take the usual lunch to new levels, sure to please your palate.To get the full recipe, click on the “source link” below the description.


Avocado Bowl
Avocado Bowl

This only takes 15 minutes to prep and make! It’s a refreshing, simple recipe.


As Hummus
As Hummus

Dip some crackers or pita chips into this chicken salad hummus. Cranberries, almonds and lemon juice make this hummus delightfully tangy.


Chicken Salad Bar
Chicken Salad Bar

Make a salad bar with the option to combine your very own salad. Put it in whole wheat pasta mix! Check out the other options below.


In a Crepe
In a Crepe

This is a recipe that uses pre-packaged healthy crepes from freida. However, the recipe for the pineapple chicken salad is delish on its own.


In a Pita Bowl
 In a Pita Bowl

This tasted like a Greek salad in a creamy, soupier form. The pita soaks up the salad perfectly without getting soggy.



April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Pet friendly fitness

Quick Guide for Running with Your Dog


Dog is man (and woman!)’s best friend. What better way to get some exercise than taking your pet with you on a run? It’s a great way for them to  burn off some of that  built up hyperactivity that they can acquire. And, it’s a great way for you to burn off that pent up frustration from your job–whether your office is a cubicle or a minivan. We have rounded up some tips from to keep you and your dog safe, as well as some must-have accessories!

  • Don’t run with younger or older dogs: Take a dog between the ages of 2 and 6 for the best experience for the both of you.

  • Ease your dog in: Just like humans, dogs need to build up their pads. Gradually you can take them on longer runs, but watch their pads for bleeding, tenderness, or raw spots. If you see any of these, give the dog a few days to recover

  • Always keep them on a leash: No matter how well trained, the dog is probable to run after another animal or jogger. Keep them on a leash so you don’t end up running after them instead of with them.

  • Stick to trails when possible: These surfaces will be much easier on your dog’s joints.

  • Keep your dog hydrated: Show them how to drink out of your water bottle or buy them a portable doggie dish (check out our suggestions below!)

  • Watch for overheating: Signs of fatigue or heat illness include panting, slowing down, foaming at the mouth, weakness, inability to stand, uncontrolled movement, agitation and glazed eyes. If you see any of these, cool your dog immediately by thoroughly wetting him with cold water and getting him into the shade or an air-conditioned area, if possible. If your dog starts to vomit or doesn’t improve within 10 minutes,  you need to seek veterinary help as quickly as possible.

Skinny Mom’s Fave Dog Running Accessories:

  • Arm and Hammer Poop Bags: These help you be prepared in any situation, and clip easily to a leash or to your pocket! Click here to check it out.
  • Bamboo Pet Collapse-able Bowl: This folds up easily into a flat shape so you can store it and go, and your four legged friend will have no fear of dehydration. Click here to check it out.
  • Zuke’s Power Bones: These all natural treats will help restore your pet’s energy and nutrients after a long run, and they will love the taste too! Click here to check it out.


April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Are they safe?

Diet Pills and Vitamins: Are they safe?

So, I have a pet-peeve as anyone I know does… but mine is something I hear about all the time that irks me. I always hear ads for fat loss accelerators and such that are totally safe because they are “ALL natural”.  By all means, I think fat burners or accelerators can have a positive impact for some people, and I’m not “dogging” all of them because I think they do have their place for some people.  What my “beef” is about are the phrases that claim they are completely safe because they are all natural.  This is what frustrates me.

Many people believe that something must be completely safe because it’s in nature (all natural) but this is where the fault of the advertisements lye.  I have issues with these advertisements because before anyone tries any medications/vitamins/diet pills, then that person needs to make sure it is safe for them.  Diet pills can and do typically increase heart rate; many diet pills and even vitamins/supplements have complications with certain medications; also, if a person has blood pressure problems or vascular disease, or any type of complications for that matter, then that person may be putting themselves at risk by taking any type of supplement.  Many of those supplements contain natural ingredients, but the amounts of certain ingredients are many times in excess of what we would normally get in normal day’s consumption.

For instance, taking calcium is great, but if we take too much of it, then it can cause problems. Calcium supplements can interact with many different prescription medications, including antibiotics, bisphosphonates and high blood pressure medications . The same exists for vitamin C. Vitamin C has many benefits but if someone takes too much of it, it can cause some ugly side effects including kidney stones.

Just because something is found in nature, does not make it safe.  There are many poisons and toxins found in nature.  Before starting a new workout or diet regime, it’s always good to talk to your general practitioner; the same goes for any medications you are taking (even those that are “all natural”) and are considered a vitamin, mineral, or supplement. Even if it’s supposed to be healthy for most, it may not be healthy for you.

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April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Are you taking the right vitamins?

Top Vital Vitamins

womanvitaminsYou may have heard people raving about vitamins and people telling you that you shouldn’t take any at all. Of course, like most things, most nutritionists would probably agree that taking vitamins is just fine when taken in moderation.

Nutrition expert Jennifer Neily MS, RD, CSSD, LD  suggests the top vitamins you should try to take daily include a multivitamin, calcium, vitamin D, and while technically not a vitamin – an omega 3 supplement.

Neily suggest choosing a multivitamin that is specifically for women, especially if they’re premenopausal. This is because it can help replenish the iron we lose each moth through menstruation. It is important to keep up your level of iron, because it is what helps carry oxygen in the blood by way of hemoblogin. While there has been some research done on the effectiveness of multivitamins and the results have shown that these vitamins may not be very effective, Neily says she disagrees.

“I look at the nutrition analysis of my clients and consistently see that NO ONE, myself included-as healthy as I eat,  receives 100% of the dietary reference intakes through diet alone,” Neily said. “I have looked at thousands of nutrition analyses over the course of my career and will continue to recommend a multivitamin.”

For most women, Neily also recommends taking a calcium supplement daily. You need to take this in addition to a multivitamin because no multivitamins will have the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium. You can get your RDA of calcium in the form of calcium supplement pill or a nutrition bar or drink that has high levels of calcium. Neily says it can be hard to choose a calcium supplement because there are tons of different options out there and calcium should be paired with vitamin D.

“Look for either calcium citrate or calcium carbonate,” Neily says. “My preference is the citrate form for a few reasons; it’s the best absorbed in the body and does not need to be taken with food.”

Also keep in mind that our bodies can only absorb about 500mg, so if you get a supplement that is higher than that, it is really a waste. Also make sure to not take a calcium supplement of 500mg with dairy which are excellent sources of calcium – again, because we can only absorb about 500mg. Neily says she has found that in the diet histories she has seen in her work as a registered dietician, most women only get somewhere around 400 to 600mg of calcium from food per day. Most women need about 1000mg to 1200mg, depending on their age.

While we can get vitamin D from various foods, there aren’t many that contain enough to make a difference, so it is important to take a supplement daily. Aside from it being necessary for proper calcium absorption, research has also found other interesting facts about this important vitamin. Neily points out that research has begun to find a connection in low vitamin D levels and risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Make sure to take it in the vitamin D3 form.

“More doctors are starting to measure vitamin D levels, just like they might check blood glucose or cholesterol.” Neily says. “At your next visit ask to have your levels checked.”

While omega 3s aren’t really vitamins, Neily says they can be pretty important to take as a daily supplement. Unfortunately, many people get confused when it comes to choosing an omega 3 supplement as there are so many fish oil, EPA and DHA products on the market. Neily says your doctor might suggest that you take a 1000mg fish oil daily, but they don’t tell you specifically that you need 1000mg of EPA and DHA, which are the important components of an omega 3 or fish oil supplement, and not all of them contain these two fatty acids. Although good sources of omega 3, plant sources like flax and walnuts do not contain EPA and DHA.

Research has found that EPA and DHA keeps people healthy and at low risk for heart disease. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends consuming at least 500mg of EPA and DHA per day. More if you have heart disease or high triglycerides. Neily personally takes 1000mg of EPA/DHA per day.

To learn more about nutrition from Jennifer Neily, visit

April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Are you heart healthy?

20 Heart Healthy Foods

heart plate with tape measureHeart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the U.S. and in other developed countries.  Chances are you or someone you know has experienced heart disease or the effects of and know the impact that it has on ones quality of life.  You can start today by making changes in your diet and lifestyle that will decrease your risk of developing heart disease.  Part of this strategy is to have a diet rich in heart-healthy foods and to incorporate moderate exercise in your daily schedule.  To make it easier for you to know what foods are considered heart-healthy, we have compiled a list of our favorite food items, selected especially for women:

  • Salmon – this fish is still the best source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers bad cholesterol. It is best to grill or cook in light olive oil for heart-healthy cooking.
  • Ground flaxseed – This foodstuff is different from other grains as it contains omega 3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens that normalize hormonal surges common in women. In addition, it contains a lot of fiber to cleanse the colon and prevent constipation.
  • Oatmeal – this is probably one of the best nutritious cereals. It also contains omega 3 fatty acids and fiber, but it also has good amounts of magnesium, potassium and folate.
  • Black or Kidney beans – women should increase servings of beans as it contains energy releasing vitamin B complex to perk up sluggish metabolism, calcium for the bones and omega 3 fatty acids for the heart.
  • Tree nuts – like almonds and walnuts are very important for women, inside and out. It contains vitamin E which destroys free radicals to keep skin smooth and healthy. Besides containing omega 3, it also contains heart-friendly mono and polyunsaturated fats that work together to lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Red wine – it contains just enough alcohol for a healthy heart while each glass contains catechins and resveratrol from grapes. These compounds are antioxidants that keep the arteries flexible and in good condition.
  • Tofu – soybeans and its products have high amounts of niacin and folate, plus minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are important to support body processes in women and men.
  • Carrots, brocolli and asparagus – these vividly colored vegetables are packed with carotenoids which are converted into vitamin A in the body for good eyesight and vitamin B for steady release of energy.
  • Sweet potatoes and squash – they have carotenoids and vitamin B complex, which is important for the integrity of arterial walls. Their fiber contents makes these foods filling and prevents rapid rise of blood sugar. These crops also prevent hormonal imbalances prevalent in women.
  • Cantaloupe, papaya, tomatoes and oranges – these fruits are vividly colored because of their antioxidant content, which are important for the health of the arteries.
  • Coffee, tea and chocolate – besides having caffeine, which stimulates brain function and creativity, these foods contain catechines, flavonoids, phenols and theobromine, which are very healthy to the heart and blood vessels.

Daily Dish Fact: In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Healthy skin is beautiful skin

Vitamin Enhanced Skincare

VitaminSkincare_645Vitamin Enhanced Skincare a guest post written by healthy skin care expert Celeste Hilling of Skin Authority.What you eat is just as important for your skin as what makeup products you are putting on it. There are even great remedies for your skincare right in your kitchen! Here are the top 4 vitamins you should add to your beauty routine.

Vitamin A
Whether you call it retinyl, retinol or retinoid, everyone should have some form of Vitamin A in their bag! Vitamin A is applied to the skin to improve wound healing, reduce wrinkles, firm and tighten, and to protect against UV radiation.

In high concentrations, Vitamin A can be harsh. I like applying Vitamin A daily, so I use the milder forms with concentrations of .01-.05%

WHERE TO GET IT NATURALLY:  Sweet potatoes, carrots, green tea, broccoli and pumpkin are excellent sources of Vitamin A.

AS AN APPLICATION: When applying topically, Vitamin A is effective in creams, lotions or serums.

Vitamin C
It may not be the cure for the common cold, but the benefits of Vitamin C include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.  Adds density, tightness and glow to skin, eliminates uneven skin tone, fights free radical damage.

I encourage clients to use a concentration of 20% or higher daily.

WHERE TO GET IT NATURALLY: One pomegranate can supply 40% of an adult’s daily requirement of Vitamin C. Other foods rich in Vitamin C include oranges, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin and tomatoes. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel are among the best sources of Vitamin C. Beef liver, cheese, mushrooms and egg yolks are great sources too.

USDA daily requirement is 600 IU per day. Many physicians recommend a higher level of about 1,200 IU per day. I consume 3000 IU per day as I need more replenishment to maintain my active lifestyle. I apply morning and night.

AS AN APPLICATION: Apply in the morning under sunscreen to boost sun protection. Vitamin C has to be present in order for collagen to be made (again at the 20% concentration level). Use in a serum form instead of lotions or creams as Vitamin C oxygenates very quickly when it hits the air.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is only made in one place – the skin. As we age, the skin’s ability to produce Vitamin D declines. Even if we get enough Vitamin D internally (which is nearly impossible), less than 1% of what we ingest makes its way to the skin.

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, bone loss, depression, and many other serious health conditions.

Vitamin D is a hormone and regulates everything else in the body. Because we know that hormonal imbalances cause skin conditions, if we can balance Vitamin D levels, we will find that a lot of skin conditions will improve such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and heavy wrinkling.

Seasonal variations (such as dreary, winter weather), geographical location, and aging reduce our skin’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D from sunlight.

Omega Fatty Acids
Ninety-eight percent of a cell membrane is comprised of fatty acids. Fatty Acids, including Omegas 3 and 6, improve the skin layer that holds moisture in and keeps irritation out. Fatty Acids may also improve rosacea and dermatitis.

WHERE TO FIND IT NATURALLY: They are found in fish, including salmon, tilapia and cod, as well as plant-based sources such as flax seed, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. It’s also a good idea to cook with Safflower or Sunflower Oil as they are good sources of Omega 6 to help prevent dry skin and inflammation.

AS AN APPLICATION: Omega Fatty Acids work on the surface of the skin and are best applied in creams and locations, both morning and night.


April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Mirrored prints are in!

Fashion Friday: Mirrored Prints

mirrorprint_645This Friday we are focusing on a print: the mirrored image. This pattern was originally more popular on the tight bodycon dress. However, more mesh and breezy tops are rolling out for spring and summer with these gorgeous prints. I’ve seen tons of floral patterns, which seems to be an ongoing trend itself. Let’s break down this look by casual and dressy:Casual:Slightly over-sized button ups and mesh tops are perfect for a look on-the-go. We love these purples, pinks and blues against this white and black top. Wear a basic tank or cami underneath. Buckle and Loft have tons of colors! Go with a comfortable gladiator. We chose to use soft colors like pastel pink and white rather than a loud color pop. Just keep the look consistent and clean. Check out the metallic gladiators, adorable and sleek like the modern print!Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 1.59.02 PM

Dressy: Bodycon or slim-fit, body skimming dresses are still in style. This print really accentuates the figure and silhouette. We are loving this dress from Monsoon. It’s a versatile dress when it comes to the weather and seasons. Pair it with black tights and booties in the fall! But, for now pick some delicate gold jewelry. A nude shoe looks really great with this black dress that has color pops.Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 2.37.32 PM



April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Boston Strong

Boston Strong

prayingToday I didn’t deviate from my normal routine at all.  I hit snooze too many times, gulped down a cup of coffee, headed to the gym and then work.  For all intensive purposes, nothing looked very different, but by God did it feel different.  I went through my “normal” day with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach and on the verge of tears.  Like most of my fellow Bostonians, I’ve been feeling this way since reports of the blasts started trickling in.  When I first started trying to take a mental headcount of everyone I knew who could have possibly been by the Boston Marathon finish line when the bombs went off my head swam.  My first thought was “oh God, who’s running”, then bit by bit my brain processed that I didn’t need to just worry about the people who were physically running the marathon, but I also had to worry about all the first responders I knew who would be working, the people who were heading to Boylston Street to take part in the festivities, friends who were making the mad dash from Fenway Park to the finish line. In the end, it was too many people to keep track of.  Basically most of the city has the day off of work, and most people who are off head to the marathon.I checked my phone every ten seconds, emails, texts, Facebook, twitter, basically anything that would hint that people I knew were safe.  Updates came in painfully slow, or maybe they weren’t even that slow, but they felt slow.  There ended up being more people than I even realized that were in the area.  I felt little pangs of guilt when someone posted on Facebook that they were okay and I hadn’t said a little prayer for them because I didn’t even know they could have been in harm’s way.  I sat in an office at work and watched the same clips on TV over and over.  None of it felt real, I knew it was happening within walking distance of where I was sitting, but it felt like I was on another planet.I’m sickened, I’m heartbroken, but over the past couple days I have never once thought, “well there goes the marathon”, or “no one is going to run next year”.  Actually it’s the total opposite. I thought, “I have to run next year”.  The Boston Marathon (or any race for that matter) has never been on my bucket list, not even a little bit.  I’ve never gotten the hype or could figure out why anyone in his or her right mind would willingly run.  Seriously, it’s hell on your body.  Also I can only run about a minute at a time, so I guess what I’m trying to say is that this isn’t something that has given me the push to do something I always wanted, as a matter of fact I still don’t “want” to run, but I feel I have to.  Running the 2014 Boston Marathon is basically saying “F you” to anyone who thinks they can scare me, and I think that’s pretty indicative of Boston as a whole.We’re a prickly lot, an odd combination of hearty Puritan steadfastness and progressive thinking.  Grazing cattle determined our streets, but we have the most amazing hospitals and universities in the world.  We drink iced coffees while we shovel out our cars, wear flip-flops in February and don’t turn our air conditioners on in July.  We’re tough and smart, loud and funny, and maybe sometimes we don’t have a ton of common sense, but these qualities are what set us apart and bind us together. I’ve never been on a trip where I couldn’t spot Boston people a mile away, they couldn’t spot me, or both.  Maybe it’s because of our shared nature, but I know I’m not the only Bostonian who almost immediately felt the need to run in 2014.  We won’t let an act of cowardice dictate how we live our lives.  We won’t be scared into staying away from one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.  No one tells us what to do.Will I actually get to the 2014 Boston Marathon?  I’ve got a bad knee and two weak ankles, my doctor could very well tell me that training would be too much for my old bones.  Will anyone who’s had a passing thought of running over the past couple days follow through?  Who knows, and more importantly, does it matter?  A terrorist’s goal is to inspire fear, I’m not afraid, and neither is my city.

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April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

What does healhty look like?

What Healthy 300-Calorie Meals Look Like

redpeppers_645Eating healthy can sometimes present a challenge. You don’t want to eat too much, but you certainly don’t want to eat too little. Generally speaking, your three big meals should fall between 300 and 350 calories consisting of the right combination of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. It should also be low in both sodium and sugar. Here is what some healthy (and delicious) 300+ calorie meals look like:

Breakfast: Often referred to as the most important meal of the day, your breakfast can sometimes make or break your eating for the entire day. Why? For starters, if you do not begin your day with a good breakfast, you could be setting yourself up for hunger and bingeing later on in the day. With this breakfast you get it all—protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.

  • Toast two pieces of Ezekiel bread, spread one tablespoon of natural almond butter evenly on both slices and then top it off with sliced bananas.
  • This nutritious breakfast comes in at 330 calories, 12.5 grams of protein, 50 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber.
  • If bananas are not your thing, leave them off and enjoy a side serving of one cup of mixed berries.

Lunch: Some argue that lunch should be your biggest meal of the day to avoid eating too much at dinner before going to bed. Truthfully, as long as you keep it in the 300-350-calorie range, you will avoid this problem altogether. Again, by always pairing the right combination of fats, carbs and protein, you cannot lose.

  • This lunch follows all those rules by pairing a skinless chicken breast marinated in a balsamic-Dijon mustard marinade, half of a baked sweet potato, roasted broccoli with garlic and half of an avocado.
  • Coming in at only 312 calories, 30 grams of protein, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fat and 9 grams of fiber, you can still include a small side salad if you want a little extra.

Dinner: Here’s a healthier take on meat and potatoes.

  • Instead of buttery mashed potatoes, fill your plate with a cup of mashed cauliflower (with crushed garlic if you like), three quarters of a cup of green beans and a red pepper stuffed with a mixture of cooked ground turkey and onions.
  • Cover the peppers with low-fat cheese or a non-dairy cheese alternative and put them in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Top each pepper half with one tablespoons of salsa. Not only is this meal 327 calories, but it has 28.5 grams of protein, 35.5 grams of carbohydrates, 9.25 grams of fat and 13 grams of fiber. Super healthy, super delicious and super filling!

As you can see, there is lots of variety when it comes to mixing and matching important nutrients. By sticking with lean protein, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, you will get all the nourishment that your body needs. And because these three meals total around 1000 calories, you still have a lot of wiggle room with your snacks. If you keep your two daily snacks at 200-250 calories each, your total calorie count for the day should be around 1500. But do not make the mistake of indulging on the bad stuff just because you have calories to spare. Always choose healthy snack options like fruits, vegetables, hard boiled eggs, nuts, seeds or whatever sources of protein, carbs and fats you enjoy.

When you know how much food can you eat in the 300-calorie range, the possibilities are endless and you are sure never to get bored with any of your meals ever again!