I Confess My Fitness Plan has Slightly Derailed

If I were following my fitness plan accordingly, I'd be presenting you with my outstanding results after 6 weeks of solid effort. But, I'm going to keep it real--or 100--as all the cool kids say it nowadays. I have totally failed. Owning it is my first step to getting back on track so I hope you will all support me. This journey is being sponsored in part by Kiqplan--a great app to help keep you … [Read more...]

Two Weeks into my Three Month Fitness Plan

Two weeks have completely blown by already and I will be totally honest... I have not achieved nearly half of what I had planned so far for my three month fitness plan with Kiqplan. I am using the #SlimAndTrim app on my smartphone to guide me on this journey. I have received the app for free and compensation for my time but all thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Fitness Plan - Week 2 of … [Read more...]

How Gorilla Glass Helps A Blogger Work Out Routine

Working out isn't something that comes easy to everyone. I'd be lying if I said I loved it. Sure, I love the way it makes me feel afterwards, but all the prep, planning, sweating, burning... once you fall out of habit, it's tough to get back into it. To get myself back into a healthy routine, I'm combining my passion for photography into my work outs. Thanks to Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, I'm not … [Read more...]

My 12 Week Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

Today is day one of a 12 week plan I am starting in an attempt to break bad habits and truly make the shift into a healthy lifestyle. I've never had a consistent routine. I've always yo-yo'd with fad diets, drastic exercise, and different combinations of the two. These 12 weeks are being supported by Kiqplan. I received the Slim and Trim app for review purposes and compensation for my time but all … [Read more...]

High Fiber Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites Recipe

These high fiber pumpkin spice energy bites were inspired by a pin Evan found on Pinterest. He actually made these a year ago for one of our nutrition club meetings at school. He recently confessed that he did it to impress me. Obviously, it worked! Affiliate links are included in this post to support this blog. Pumpkin Spice Granola Energy Bites Recipe These little balls of deliciousness … [Read more...]

Disney Playmation Gets Everyone Up and Moving

While attending the D23 Expo, I got to see the Disney Playmation toy line in action. When I say it gets everyone up and moving, I mean it. It's suggested for ages 6 and up, but I can totally see all my 30-something friends getting in on this action. I attended this event as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own. And any affiliate links used are to help … [Read more...]

Cellulite Massage Mat – a Work at Home Asset

Every woman that I know has cellulite. Let's just get that out there right now. I cannot remember a time when I didn't have cellulite. Even when I was at my healthiest and fittest, I still had those stubborn pockets of trapped fat. I received SweetCheeks for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. Cellulite Massage Mat - a Work at Home ASSet Aging makes it harder and harder to keep the … [Read more...]

Best Detox Tea That I Have Tried – FitTea Review #FitTea

FitTea has been popping up in my feeds for months now. I assumed that it had to be the best detox tea since so many people were raving about it. This FitTea review is sponsored, but all opinions are my own. Sarah Hyland from Modern Family. Isn't she just adorable? I love her! FitTea Review Things are changing for me as I get older. Making the transition into working from home as a … [Read more...]

5 Things to Bring on Your Family Bike Ride

In an effort to get my family moving this summer we all got bikes. As a blogger I am guilty of sitting for way too long and sometimes half a day goes by where I haven't physically moved. My body is changing and not for the better. I'm getting squishy and... stinky? Good grief, something has got to give! I'm grabbing my family for a long bike ride through the trails just outside my house and have … [Read more...]

Fun and Filthy Girl Power #Mudderella2015

Calling all women in need of a little good clean filthy fun: I'm so excited to announce that we've put together a team to embrace fun and filthy girl power at Mudderella! I'd like to encourage all of you to sign up with our team if you're in the Chicago area, or create your own team for an event near you! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mudderella. I … [Read more...]

Power Walking My Way Back to Running

Spring is finally here, and I've finally had the opportunity to get out there with my Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker. Yay! I've decided that since I haven't been running in so long, that I am going to power walk my way back into it. Sponsored post; all opinions are my own. Power Walking and Running Intervals I love power walking with my Omron. I used to run quite a bit, but ever since I … [Read more...]

Awareness is the Key to Losing Weight

I would say that a major key to losing weight is awareness. It's easy to assume how many calories you eat in a day or how many steps you take, but that number may be nowhere near reality. Sponsored post and free product received from Omron, all opinions are my own. When I was at my best fitness level ever in my life, I was counting calories in and calories out like a spaz. This can be a major … [Read more...]

Spring Fitness – 5 Tools to Help you do it Right

After this Hellish, icy, sub-arctic tundra of a winter, you might be setting your sights on spring fitness. After all, bathing suit season is just around the corner, and I don't know about you but I didn't do much except curl up under a blanket for the entire season. I've put together a list of 5 things that can help you meet your spring fitness goals this season. This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Style Goals for the New Year

One of my closest girlfriends just stayed with me for a couple weeks. She is a very girly girl and all about fashion. She has inspired me to adapt some new style goals for the new year because fashion has been very low on my priority list and I really need to step up my game. This post has been inspired by Fragments.com, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. New Year - New You Typically … [Read more...]

Get a Core Workout at Your Desk with Swopper

Getting a core workout while working is an exciting bonus. I am sure anyone with a desk job would agree that your posture can take a beating from most office chairs. That's why I jumped at the chance to work on this sponsored post with Swopper. All opinions are my own. Since I have become a full-time blogger I am noticing lots of negative effects to sitting at my desk all day. Of course, I … [Read more...]

Gifts for Fitness Fanatic Grads at Best Buy #GreatestGrad

Do you have a fitness fanatic graduate in the family? If so, we have some great gift suggestions for you. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. It's graduation season and that means parties and gifts. Choosing a gift can be quite simple if you know the graduate's future plans. For us, we have … [Read more...]

Get Your Workout On Movie Thriller Style with #ImmersiveFitness

Do you feel like you need a grizzly bear to chase you just to get you running? Or perhaps ninja warriors threatening your safety to make you punch a little harder? Well, that's where workouts are now going... I'd like to introduce you to #ImmersiveFitness. This awesome new concept will revolutionize the way we workout forever. Les Mills, creator of a number of group fitness programs and Reebok … [Read more...]

Hey Chicago – SELF Magazine Workout In the Park is back

SELF Magazine's Workout in the Park Chicago is back again! I am beyond bummed that I will not be attending this year but that doesn't mean YOU can't! While your there, let me know how it is by tweeting me @TeenyBod with #WorkoutInThePark SELF Magazine's Workout In the Park - Chicago WHAT: This is only one of the coolest events in the city! You really don't want to miss it. I have gone for … [Read more...]

Collagen Protein – Awesome in a Can

Collagen Protein. Unless you're extremely into fitness, you've probably never heard of it.. I'd certainly never heard of it when I picked it up, but after four weeks of using it, I'm glad I discovered it. This stuff is great. It's legit great. Not Home Shopping Network great. Collagen Protein - What is It? That's exactly what I said when I picked up that green and white container. What the heck … [Read more...]

20 Fitness Tips to Come out of Hibernation Mode #HMSpring

Hibernation mode is over and it can be a doozy to readjust. This is a sponsored post with the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own. I am by no means a fitness professional, but I thought I would share some tips that have worked for me. The polar vortex and never-ending winter really did a number on me this year. It's time to take the right fitness steps for a happy and … [Read more...]

How to Drink Coffee Black with iCoffee

My coffee typically consists of nine parts sweetened creamer to one part coffee.  However, after being introduced to the iCoffee machine, for free—don't worry all thoughts and opinions are my own, I can proudly report that I am now drinking my coffee black! How to Drink Coffee Black I tried weaning myself for weeks.  I got down to just using almond milk, but I wasn't really enjoying my coffee … [Read more...]

Reach Your Fitness Goals with Slimfast

It has been a great two weeks towards reaching my fitness goals with a big thanks to the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge.  I received products and a promotional item to facilitate this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Fitness Goals This year I am thinking about doing a bikini competition.  I am telling myself that I am going to compete to stay focused.  Even if I don't get on … [Read more...]

Join me at the #MyMarianos Twitter Party

Planning to eat healthier for the new year?  I am sure many of us have vowed to do so.  It can be a little overwhelming and difficult to know where to start.  Mariano's realized this and has developed a new way to help us shop easier and healthier.  The new health key™ system at Mariano's is designed to help those who have diet restrictions or that simply would like to eat healthier. Let's talk … [Read more...]

Step Towards Fitness with the Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

I am so excited to be taking this step towards fitness by participating in the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge!  I received free products to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Step Towards Fitness I have been chewing on the idea of training for my first bikini competition.  This is a huge fitness goal of mine and it takes an enormous amount of dedication.  With my full time … [Read more...]

6 Foods For Everyone That Fight Cancer

Foods to Fight Cancer Many of you probably know by now that I am in school full time studying nutrition science.  I am almost done with my bachelors degree and so far, I can say with 100% confidence that we really are what we eat. From a molecular standpoint, we build and maintain all our cells using the foods that we put in our mouth. Knowing this, it is so important to fuel our bodies with … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Favorite Gifts This Season

Some of the items on this list may seem totally random, but that's just the kind of person I am.  I mean, really, aren't we all? I'm probably way nerdier, but I own it proudly and cannot wait to share this list of cool gifts with you!  Some I have received or reviewed, will be giving, or am still hoping for... Favorite Gifts of the Season The Yoga Trapeze Okay, so I admit, at first sight I … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel from the Onzie

I seriously cannot get enough yoga apparel from The Onzie.  I received the outfit described below to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel The Onzie offers my all time favorite hot yoga apparel and I should not limit it by saying it is just that.  I wear my gypsy pants all the time!  The material can actually pass for dressy in a pinch.  When … [Read more...]

Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health

A Best Buy Jawbone UP was sent to me for review purposes.  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  All opinions are my own. Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health Over the years I have found that I am at my healthiest when I track my activities.  Awareness is the key -- and logging … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Perfect Foods Bar Review

The lovely Kaitlin, (you may remember her from our trip to the Chicago Cubs game,) introduced me to the Perfect Foods Bar.  These gluten free bars are simply divine.  I was beside myself with joy when the company agreed to work together on a review and giveaway.  I received boxes of each of their flavors and their snack sizes and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Gluten Free Perfect Foods … [Read more...]

RYOBI Lithium 40V Battery Operated Weed Eater

I have been doing yard work since I was a kid.  Now that I'm older, I actually get excited about power tools.  When I saw RYOBI's line of outdoor products that all run on the same type of lithium battery, I immediately contacted them.  As a result, I was lucky enough to receive this RYOBI Lithium 40V Cordless String Trimmer in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts are my own. RYOBI … [Read more...]

Tubing on the Illinois River with a WOW Tube

Tubing is probably the highlight of boating.  We chose our new boat because it was capable of towing a tube!  I was beyond thrilled to receive the Yankee Coupe towable raft from WOW for review.  All opinions are my own. Tubing on the Illinois River Finding the best place to tube around here can be quite challenging.  We live 5 minutes from the Cal Sag river, but people are advised to have … [Read more...]

Hot Yoga Pants from the Onzie

If you have ever done Bikram yoga, you know it's much more than just hot yoga.  It's mentally and physically committing yourself to 90 minutes in a 105 degree room with 75% humidity.  I freaking love it.  However, finding the right hot yoga pants and tops can be really challenging. I am thrilled to once again bring you a review and giveaway for The Onzie's line of hot yoga apparel. Hot Yoga … [Read more...]

Funny Exercise Videos that I Used to Do

I was recently reminded of the funny exercise videos that I used to do and take very seriously.  This came about when I shared a funny video on Facebook.  Another page that I follow, No Hope for the Human Race posted the newest awesomeness that is Prancercise and I was jokingly trying to recruit my friends to do it with me at a local park.  Soon after they all brought up my sordid past of … [Read more...]

Self Magazine’s Workout In the Park is Back in Chicago

Last year, my workout buddy, Vickie and I attended Self Magazine's Workout in the Park in Chicago.  We had so much fun.  It was one of those perfect days with great weather and memorable moments at every turn.  We spent the entire day trying new workouts.  We were sore for literally DAYS after the event, but we felt amazing!  We are thrilled to have been invited back this year! Workout In the … [Read more...]

Week 8 Revolt Fitness Challenge

I am having a bit of trouble keeping up with my Revolt fitness challenge goals.  However, I do have some exciting accomplishments to report! Revolt Fitness Challenge Week 8 I ran 13.3 miles!  Yes, all at once!  That is the farthest I have ever run!  I signed up for Tough Mudder and have been trying to work up to this distance for some time now.  This was just one of those days where the weather … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser Resort Comes to Chicago and Recipe

The Biggest Loser is opening a resort in Chicago!  Being a fan of The Biggest Loser show, and living near Chicago, I thought this was pretty exciting news.  I have partnered with them to let you know all about the Grand Opening. The Biggest Loser Resort - Chicago Fitness Ridge Worldwide, the parent entity of the Biggest Loser Resort, will open its fourth destination resort location this … [Read more...]

Week 7 Revolt Fitness Challenge

I cannot believe seven weeks have gone by already!  Technically this is week one of the second round of the Revolt Fitness challenge, but I'm going to go ahead and call it week 7 because that is less confusing. Revolt Fitness - Week 7 Results I am having slow and steady progress with little hiccups here and there.  But overall I am very happy with these results!  I love the structure of this … [Read more...]

Bikram Hot Yoga Attire from Onzie

If you've ever read any of my posts, there is a good chance you know how obsessed I am with yoga, specifically Bikram yoga.  This past February I even completed my first 30 Day Challenge!  That's right, I did a class a day for 30 days straight!  It was pretty intense to say the least.  And everyday I would walk by a selection of yoga apparel and think oh, maybe I should consider getting some...  I … [Read more...]

Week 6 Revolt Fitness Challenge

My first uprising for the Revolt Fitness Challenge is done!  :D  This uprising lasted for six weeks and I will now continue for another six, however, I will probably follow this program for life!  I love the support and structure.  It isn't just something to do real quick and then yo-yo back to bad habits.  This is actually making me change my lifestyle and I can't get over how much I love it.  … [Read more...]

Healthy Shortcuts for Busy Moms

I am surrounded by moms who are nonstop busy.  I honestly do not know how they balance it all!  My sister, for one example, is one of the busiest people that I know.  Even with all her running around, she usually manages to squeeze in her workouts and maintain a healthy diet.  When she gets too overwhelmed and cuts corners, it's inevitable that she will get sick.  I have partnered up with Mom … [Read more...]

Week 4 and 5 Revolt Fitness Challenge

Okay so I realize combining two weeks of the fitness challenge like this is like horrible cheating but the end of week 4 and beginning of week 5 was just so awful I would like to pretend it never happened.  :( Week 4 Revolt Fitness Challenge Well, my results were exactly the same as week 3.  Absolutely nothing changed.  I was sick all week with an annoying cold-ish type thing and tried not to … [Read more...]

All Natural Juice from Your Kitchen

As a nutrition science major, I can confidently say natural is the way to go when it comes to diet.  If you cannot pronounce something on the ingredient list of your food you should not be eating it.  Some of the chemicals in our foods are just mind-boggling. But, I'm not going to go on and on about freaky chemicals.  We have all been told enough about how hazardous they are to our health...  … [Read more...]

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