Running on the Beach

 

 

Good Evening Friends!

Summer Bucket List Item #8

Running on the Beach.
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Are you a multitasker? If I told you that you could exfoliate your tootsies, wear a bikini, get in shape, and be on vacation all in the same sentence, wouldn’t you be enticed? The gig is running on the beach. It has become one of my new favorite things in LIFE!

For those of you who have difficulty with the MIND portion of mind, body, and sole*, you have got to put this on your bucket list ASAP. I know how challenging a run can be when you are having one of those… I. Just. Can’t. Go. Any. Farther!!!! moments. Believe me when I tell you that your thoughts will only become positive – the waves crashing on the shore and atmosphere at the beach will have you feeling great and going the distance!

Now, for those of you who are ready to get a more fit BODY, running is a fantastic tool! To change difficulty levels, try running in different types of sand. More compact sand occurs just before the waves end on the shore which is a bit easier and makes for a really solid run. If you want to feel like you are in a scene from Baywatch, run in the squishy sand where the water ripples on shore. You will cool off from the water splashing on your sun kissed skin and your feet will love the way the sand feels! For my friends who want a challenge, run in the soft sand that is a bit farther away from the water. This is much more difficult and really works your legs!

And, because I am just so clever…. for those of you who need to work on your SOLES*, running on the beach will give you the softest feet. Plus, you can save some major moola – Guuurrl, I am talking to you with the pedicured toes!!  Sand is a natural exfoliant and that salty ocean water aides as a natural healer for scars. Sounds like the perfect combo to me.

Mind, Body, and Sole ❤

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Define EDM

 

avicii twoHey Lovelies,

Bucket List Item #6

Go to an EDM Concert!

Bucket List Item #7

Go to an Outdoor Concert!

Well, Mama killed 2 birds with 1 stone by seeing Avicii at an outdoor venue in Virginia.

So… what is EDM? Sounds a whole lot like a disease if you ask me. Even though I would consider EDM to be contagious, spreading across festival season this year, it’s just Electronic Dance Music! Fear Not Friends! I might say that EDM has side effects as well. Get ready to be blinded by neon outfits – to be sweated from dancing in the summer heat – to be exhausted from spontaneous jumping. But the most common side effect is smiling!

So smile, dance, be…. electric? Yeahhhh!! ❤

 

 

 

Hott Girls Drive Mauve Corollas

Hello Friends!!

Summer Bucket List Day 5!

One of the greatest purchases of all time was my mauve ’98 Toyota Corolla. Two thousand Dollars at the age of 16 – 267,000 miles driven in that bad boy – millions of winks despite poor aesthetics – all add up to hundreds of hours spent having fun on the road and not getting a new car till I am almost 26 years old! I have wanted a RAV4 for years so it was a long time coming. I was pretty sad to see my baby go but my Limited Edition, push to start whip is great and was definitely celebration-worthy. Such a milestone deserves an Aperol Spritz & Cheesecake Factory.

This isn’t just something to cross off on the Summer Bucket List – this really is one for the books!

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Hott Girls make the most of their milestones ❤

 

I Feel Alive – It’s Summertime!

Hello Lovelies – it’s June 21st! ((First Official Day of Summer))

Day 1!!!!!

I have been waiting for this day since… last Summer! Unfortunately, it has been a rather overcast day in NJ, but via audio delight, I will bring you the sunshine and warmth of which you have been craving!!

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Enjoy classic Summer tunes and new era jams! Let me know your thoughts because…. *drum roll please* … it is time for daily blog entries about my Summer Bucket List! Get ready for new adventures, risky business, and a whole lotta FUN!

Catch you all tomorrow!

JAM OUT SISTAS!

Tune Up During an Ice Storm

Hello again! Happy Hump Day. For those of you in the Northeast hit by crazy ice last night and today, I feel ya – I really do!
My day consisted of dodging fallen trees on icy roads, mooching power and wifi off of Panera to work, not showering (and eating the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich -didn’t hold the onions – don’t judge), and thanking God for batteries and BB cream so that I looked somewhat presentable today. One thing that kept me sane today was some good tunes. Here’s a playlist to help you chill out and tune up!

Stay chilly, silly ❤

Capture chilly

 

 

Things You Learn When You’re in Breckenridge

Hi Everyone! So sorry for my absence! Things have been nuts over here. But, I am snowed in on the East Coast and I am ready to blog again!

snowshoeI just got back last week from an amazing work trip to Colorado. We stayed in a massive resort home and I had a ton of fun checking a few things off of my bucket list! I went skiing (hilariously bad at that sport), snowmobiling to see the Continental Divide, and snowshoeing in search of woodland creatures (much more my speed). Here are some of the things I learned rather quickly while in “Breck”.

1) As neat as it seems to see a moose (or hear them hiccup), they are wayyyyy bigger than you think and they will ATTACK!

2) Unlike the East Coast, snow plowing and salting is not a necessity. Before you know it, you can walk on ice. Biking down an icy mountain in the dark (yes I did see this) would not be something to try.

3) You’re much closer to the sun (lol). Let’s say 9,000′ – 11,000′ above sea level – wear sunscreen and goggles.

4) Blue Slopes (AKA Intermediate Slopes) are like Black Diamonds back home…. that’s right, I was terrified.

5) Wearing snow boots or duck boots is awesome and essentially goes with everything. I am wishing that it was socially acceptable to wear my Cabela’s duck boots everywhere back here in Philly.

6) Tele girls are much cooler than all of the other girls on the slopes…apparently. (RULE 6.5: Telemarking is a downhill style of skiing where your heel picks up and involves lunging for stops and turns, etc. -Similar to cross country skiing.)

7) Your thirst will never be quenched.

8) Touring an ice castle is pure *magic*.

9) The woods and ski lifts are the most quiet places ever. So much more relaxing than I ever dreamt!

10) Last but not least, silk long johns are God-send!

These boots are made for walkin’ (on ice) ❤

 

Summer Bucket List 7/23: Cool off with Gelato!

Hey ladies and gents!

There are some things in life that are just plain magical. Gelato would be one of those things —- so magical, so powerful, that I swear the heavens opened and down came gelato on a white cloud …with one of those fun mini spoons… ready to be devoured!

SUMMER BUCKET LIST 7/23: COOL OFF WITH GELATO!

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If you haven’t tried gelato- pleeeaaasee add it to your *Summer Bucket List*! If you are very adventurous (you go girl), enjoy it in Italia like I am doing in this picture!

As my boyfriend and I were walking in the streets of Sorrento, we stopped at an open door where a man was making frozen drinks. When my boyfriend went to pay, he stopped and called out to me as if he had discovered a treasure trove! In many ways, he had!! It was a gelateria swarming with locals. I had to try the pistachio mixed with Toblerone in a cone!  It was the creamiest and richest gelato I ever had and it certainly cooled me off that Summer night!

Spread the magic with gelato!

Summer Bucket List 7/15: Dinner Theatre

Hi Everyone! My Summer reading list has been working out wonderfully! I have also been adding quite a few other items to my list – one that is now completed is going to a dinner theatre!

SUMMER BUCKET LIST 7/15: DINNER THEATRE

13 mystery dinner theatreIn memory of my first date, at the most romantic restaurant in Philadelphia (really – it won awards!), I surprised my boyfriend with a Mystery Dinner Theatre production at Bistro Romano. I have ALWAYS wanted to experience a dinner theatre/a murder mystery theatre! This killed two birds with one stone! Little did I know- I would be selected to participate… as “Bambi”… the sex addict. With my luck, of course, I would get this role!!! The murder mystery *dun dun dun* took place at a meeting for those with behavioral disorders. Now, my role doesn’t seem so out of place does it?! hahaha! It was like playing Clue, in real-life – but just with actors, no actual murderers. My beau and I had an absolute blast and laughed quite a bit at the characters, especially the stereotypical Jewish mother who, with Manischewitz in hand, served us an Italian dinner. LOVED IT! Great food, great spirits, and great fun!

I highly recommend this experience! Those near the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia), please check out http://www.bistroromano.com/ If you guess the killer correctly (like my smart self and my boyfriend did), your name will be drawn to win a gift card!

To playing Clue

Summer Bucket List 7/11: Read Yourself to Another Place

Good Evening! I put up a post with a Summer reading list last year, and it is that time again!

SUMMER BUCKET LIST 7/11: READ YOURSELF TO ANOTHER PLACE

I love laying on a lounger with some iced tea and reading a book – just letting it take me to another place!

13 summer bookieThe books on my list to finish by the end of Summer are Big Girl Pants by Stephanie Evanovich – because every girl loves a “sassy and sexy” story!! I started Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell which so far, has totally like made me LOL… like so many times! Don’t judge me! That is just a taste of what the girls in this book sound like! I have a habit of dog earing pages that I like. Let’s just say this book already has a lot of folded down pages!! I finally got my hands on a 30% off copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn at Target. I am very excited to start reading this – I have heard nothing but awesome reviews. Lastly, I am rereading the Hunger Games books before Catching Fire comes out in November.

Please join me in doing some Summer reading. If you have recommendations, I read about 3 at once (one for bedtime, one for outside time, and one for stationary bicycle time), so bring it on!!

To a good read and exploring new places ❤

 

Summer Bucket List 7/9: Have a Meal Outdoors

Hey everybody! I hope your 4th of July celebration was filled with family, friends, sunshine, fireworks, great food, and a cocktail…or two….

SUMMER BUCKET LIST 7/9: HAVE A MEAL OUTDOORS

This is a fairly simple item on my bucket list this Summer. I don’t know about you, but if I do not get outside, I feel like the day has been wasted! I’m drawn to sunshine, fresh air, and I like my Vitamin Deeeeeeee! Today, I had a late lunch of leftovers on my balcony while responding to emails. (Praise The Lord for the gift of the iPhone) It was not as relaxing as I had hoped, but it still put a smile on my face and on my food baby’s face too! hahaha

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Some things I should warn “the indoor” breed of girls about before attempting, this “outdoor eating idea”:

1) A fly may or may not land on you, near you, or in your food. A swatting motion will solve your problems. If your throat burns or you hear a strange buzzing inside of your ear, honey, it’s too late.

2) If you live by the shore, a crazed seagull could, quite possibly steal food from you. The Jersey shore birds, I think, were cross-bred with the honey badger because they don’t care, they will scoop an entire weenie right off of a flame-filled grill, then fly backwards….

3) If it is really hot, and sweat wasn’t invited to the party, make yourself a frozen margarita. However, if you are a working girl, make sure the alcoholic beverages are kept for after work hours. 😉

4) And on a serious note, if grilling or throwing a bash for a group, keep perishable foods below 40 degrees. Food covers and nets are always a must to keep bugs out! Also, use separate dishes and utensils when cooking meats and fish. Food can go bad, become cross-contaminated, or worse…bacteria can fester and it’s only downhill from there!

To the great outdoors and food babies ❤