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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Going out for margaritas and Mexican food is a killer combo, and what better day to go than Cinco de Mayo? This year we should try to take a healthier and cheaper approach! Don’t make a reservation, just invite everyone over for a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Calories really build up when you order rounds of sugary drinks, so make your own version. I love Crystal Light margarita mix. It tastes great and the mix only has a few calories. If you haven’t already, try Skinny girl margaritas with only 100 calories per drink! I actually like these more than the margaritas I order when I go out for Mexican!

We all know you can’t go wrong with some Mexican munchies! I always chow down on the free chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants, but I didn’t realize how fattening the chips are! They are usually loaded with fat and sodium, and sometimes the chips contain trans fats. For a healthier option, mix avocado with some salsa and pair it with baked tortilla chips. Eat this while you sip on your margarita and you have yourself a festive and healthy Mexican snack. Have a happy and skinny Cinco de Mayo πŸ™‚

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This is cute for grandma!

This is cute for grandma!

Mothers day is just around the corner! It always means a lot to mom to make something on your own. Grab and canvas and show her how much you lover her! It is a great way to save money and a fun way to let your creative side out. This is another idea I liked πŸ™‚ Mugs are always fun! http://wired-inspired.blogspot.com/2013/04/mothers-day-diy-sharpie-mug.html

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Go Ahead, Drink the Barre Juice

Go Ahead, Drink the Barre Juice

This is a picture of the workout that seems to have taken over young women’s workout routines for the past few years. I feel that new studios are popping up everywhere, but the high cost of many barre studios is enough to scare some women away. I must ask the question. Is it worth the money?
I am a self-proclaimed workout junky. I will try anything for a week and feel there is not much I have not tried. Sports, speed training, sprinting, marathons, row classes, yoga, Pilates, Crossfit, and now barre. As I woman I feel there are two types of bodies we strive to achieve. For those who want the stronger, muscular bodies I would recommend a trainer or Crossfit and you can stop reading here. For those you who want to look like a yoga instructor with long and lean muscles you should consider barre.
Before starting barre I found many excuses to not go. “I am not a dancer”. “Yoga and Pilates are not hard enough”. “It’s not enough cardio”. “I am not coordinated enough for this”. “Those types of women are snooty and judgmental”. I am here to say that on my first class, every hesitation went out the window. It was an amazing workout that focuses on the female body to develop and tighten areas that we want firm: arms, thighs, seat, and abs. It was great to find small movements that hit the exact spots I had once struggled to work without doing lunges or squats till the break of dawn. The music was great, the women were friendly, and the workout was a great success. It was be intimidating trying any new form of a workout. I will be honest, your first class will be awkward. You are learning something you have never done before. Give it a second try. I truly believe that if you are looking for a long and lean body, barre classes are the best way to go.

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Soup Season and Southern Breakfast

Here in the South the winter has been much colder than normal. I usually love cooking up new recipes, but the weather has put a stop to many once quick and easy grocery runs. Soup has become my new go-to food because it can be frozen and saved for a long time… I am also trying to get ready for a summer body. You know what they say, “Summer bodies are created in the winter months.” I recently stumbled upon this recipe and after a few adjustments it has become a household favorite. Yes wives, that does include my husband who normally pouts the moment he sees any form of broth on the counter.

Ingredients: I package hot Italian sausage, 1 package vacuum-packed gnocchi, 2 beef bouillon cubes, 2 cans of Italian stewed tomatoes, fresh spinach leaves, and 6 cups of water.

Direction: Simple brown sausage in a pan, drain extra fat for calories sake, then add all ingredients and cook on medium until the gnocchi floats to the top.If you are a lover of cheese, like myself, top with Parmesan.

This is a soup that not only tastes great, but makes the house smell just as tasty. Who doesn’t love the smell of a southern breakfast?Soup