Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Diva Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Looking for a fruity and delicious sangria recipe? One that is super easy to make? If so, this sangria recipe from Little Black Dress wines is the answer! You can learn more about their delicious wines by visiting their website. Plus, while you are there you can pick up some additional tasty cocktail recipes!

Diva Sangria Cocktail Recipe

2 bottles Little Black Dress Divalicious Pink Pinot
1 apple, slice thinly
1 peach, sliced thinly
1 pint of fresh berries of choice
Simple syrup to taste
ice cubes
Fresh basil leaves for garnish
Club soda (optional)

Combine wine, apples, peach, berries in a pitcher. Add simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate or at least 30 minutes. Serve over ice in a red wine glass and garnish with basil and top with a few splashes of club soda if desired.

Disclosure: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pink Cocktail Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is officially "Breast Cancer Awareness" month and the great folks over at Little Black Dress wines sent over two delicious looking cocktail recipes for me to share with my readers. You can learn more about Little Black Dress wines by visiting their website + you can find additional cocktail recipes while you are there.

Vinopolitan Recipe

4oz Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio
1 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Triple Sec
12 oz Lime Juice
Lime Wedge for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled white wine glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Cherry Shandy Recipe

3 oz Little Black Dress Pinot Noir
1 oz lemonade
1 oz Chambord
Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Disclosure: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Paper Towns - Available on DVD October 20th

Get Lost and Found in never-before-seen featurettes featuring Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 20th, 2015.

After the phenomenal success of The Fault in Our Stars, author John Green returns with another heart-warming tale in PAPER TOWNS, available on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 20. Join rising stars Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in the breakout performances of their careers as they go on an epic journey of love and adventure. For a limited time only, get your Paper Towns fan pack Blu-ray with collectible packaging including shareable sticky notes of inspirational quotes from the film and a U.S. map!

Adapted from the bestselling novel by John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin, a high school senior who has been in love with his enigmatic neighbor Margo since childhood. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Q must find a deeper understanding of friendship--and true love.

The PAPER TOWNS Blu-ray comes with nearly an hour of deleted scenes from Q and Margo’s journey, commentary from the director and Green, and exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes. Watch a never-before-seen gag reel and learn more about the making of the film from the actors, filmmakers and Green in a three-part documentary. Take a road trip with the author and cast, watch the stars engage him in lightning round interviews and see how much fun they all have when the cameras aren’t rolling!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mango MonsterMash Halloween Cocktail Recipe

It's hard to believe but Halloween is less than 2 weeks away. Already this season we've been to one party and have invites to three more. We love getting together with friends during the Autumn season and just having some spooky fun!

Today's cocktail recipe is courtesy of: Sparkling Ice Please visit the sponsor's site to pick up product information and additional recipes.

Mango MonsterMash Halloween Cocktail Recipe

5 oz. SPARKLING ICE Orange Mango
1.5 oz. Orange Juice
1-5 Gummy Worms
Orange slices and mango cubes for garnish
1.5 oz. Whipped Cream Flavor Vodka

Pour orange juice and SPARKLING ICE Orange Mango over ice. Stir gently to combine. Add in gummy worms and Whipped Cream Flavor Vodka. Garnish with orange slices and fresh mango cubes. Serve beverage immediately.

Non-Alcohol Version: Just omit the flavored vodka.

Disclosure: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

9 Frugal Fitness Tips for Fall

National Women's Health and Fitness Day, the nation's largest health and fitness awareness campaign promoting the importance of regular physical activity among females of all ages. Approximately 75,000 women are expected to participate in the numerous events and activities held across the country. While this one-day event is a great way to get people active and promote healthy living, tight budgets often prevent Americans from making fitness a part of their everyday lives.

9 Frugal Fitness Tips for Fall

1. Enjoy the outdoors.
You really don't have to spend much money when it comes to getting healthy and fit. Just strap on your sneakers and head outside for a brisk walk, jog, run or hike. Not convinced that's enough? A study published in the journal PLoS Medicine showed that adding 150 minutes of brisk walking each week, or 22 minutes a day, can add over three years to your lifespan! Keep your walk exciting by switching up the scenery. Head to a nearby park or even downtown. When the weather cools down, you can take laps around a nearby indoor mall at no cost.

2. Set up a gym at home.
A recent study showed that people are more likely to workout when they do it at home. While that's motivating enough, it's also way cheaper to set up shop in your living room or bedroom. Though an at-home gym costs more upfront, you'll end up saving money in the long run. Consider this: the average gym membership runs $58 per month. After five years, you're looking at spending nearly $3,500 to get your sweat on. Head over to stores like Walmart or Dick's Sporting Goods to pick up inexpensive dumbbells, a balance ball and resistance bands to get started. For cardio equipment like a treadmill, search local ads to find used options in your area for less.

3. Repurpose household items for weights.
You don't need fancy barbells or free weights to burn calories. Get creative and tone muscles with common goods in your home like water bottles, soup cans, detergent or oversized-bags of dog food. You can use these items for arm moves like bicep curls and overhead shoulder press, or hold those heavier items when squatting or lunging to build muscle faster. Review this list of 17 items that work just as good as weights for more ideas.

4. Use your own weight.
Though gear and equipment can enhance your routine, all you need is your own bodyweight to get a good sweat on. Planks, squats, lunges, burpees, push ups and mountain climbers are hard enough without added weight and such plyometric moves scorch calories and blast fat fast. Get free guides online from favorite fitness magazines or bloggers who post workouts and show you how to keep such moves challenging.

5. Stream videos for free.
For those who prefer to take classes, you can stream workout videos online that offer the same feel as if you're in a hip hop or kickbox session at your local gym. Check out The Daily Hiit or subscribe to a YouTube channel that features preferred workout styles. From yoga to dance to high-intensity training, you can find daily and weekly workouts online for free or far less than you would pay for a health club membership. If you aren't sure where to look on Youtube, check out Mashable's roundup of top free fitness channels.

6. Max out gym and studio trials.
If you're the type of person who is more motivated to workout at a health facility, you can still find ways to save. For instance, taking advantage of complimentary or super cheap trials at the various gyms and speciality fitness studios in your area will get you several months of free workouts. Such trials may include a free three or seven-day pass, or a deep discount on one-month use. If you decide to sign up somewhere, negotiate your membership first. Ask the sales associate to waive the sign-up fee, throw in the first month free or add a few more personal training sessions to sweeten the deal.

7. Look for deals online.
Before you sign a contract or buy a pass, look for deals online to save on your fitness membership. Deal sites like Coupon Sherpa offer sporting goods coupons and free passes for health clubs including 24 Hour Fitness, while daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial provide deep discounts of up to 70-percent on local memberships and personal training. You should also check a studio or gym's social media page where there may be new-member deals hiding.

8. Find free workouts in your area.
Ask local fitness retailers or organizations if they offer any complimentary workouts. For instance, Athleta offers free Barre, CrossFit and yoga and Lululemon provides complimentary yoga on Sundays. Some even organize run groups at no charge. Beyond these stores, your daily newspaper is a great resource for finding freebies, including complimentary or discounted fitness classes so search before you pay at a pricey gym!

9. Barter, volunteer or teach.
You can get a free membership to a gym, Pilates or yoga studio by offering your professional services as a trade like website design, marketing or bookkeeping. While this usually works best for a small, locally run club and studio, you can offer to volunteer or work just one night a week helping check members in or cleaning up in the evenings in exchange for a complimentary membership. Otherwise, consider teaching your favorite class just once a week or fill in as a sub to get free access the rest of the time.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6 Immunity-Boosting Herbs for Fall

The kids are back to school and now the germs seem to be circulating once again. People are coughing, sneezing, having runny noses and a whole host of things are already going around. While I love the autumn season...I really hate the colds, allergies, flu and other things that seem to go around.

Today I am sharing with you a guest post by Dr. Christopher Hobbs Ph.D., L.Ac, A.H.G. from Rainbow Light. He offers his expert opinion on 6 immunity-boosting herbs that we all need to be taking to help boost our immune systems and help protect us from all of those germs!

6 Immunity-Boosting Herbs for Fall

* Echinacea - Echinacea is a popular herb that has been identified to boost immunity. Combined with goldenseal, another herb, or enjoyed alone as tea, this member of the daisy family has been found to prevent and treat upper respiratory tract infections as well as the common cold.

* Ginseng - This herb has many varieties ideal for boosting immunity and overall health. Its main active component, ginsenosides, has been proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Clinical research studies have demonstrated that it may improve immune and psychological functions as well as conditions related to diabetes.

* Garlic - This spice has had a long history of medicinal value. Studies have shown that garlic promotes overall immune health, that it is active against specific bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, and that it may bolster the ability of the respiratory tract to defend against viral infection. What’s better? It’s also a great tasting spice to use while you cook!

* Ginger - This herb has been shown to reduce inflammation, cardiovascular conditions, blood clots and cholesterol. Also a great ingredient to help aid digestion, we include ginger into many of our Rainbow Light products, such as the Women’s One and prenatal line of products, to help those with a frequent upset stomach.

* Turmeric- This spice contains curcumin, which has notable antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and stomach soothing benefits. It reduces inflammation by stimulating the adrenal glands to increase the hormone that lessens inflammation. It is also used against headaches, bronchitis, colds, fever and menstrual problems.

* Spirulina – worth a discussion, as this natural ingredient is often misrepresented as an herb. Although technically a marine organism, this ingredient is a powerhouse of immunity. Amino acids make up 62 percent of spirulina, making it a complete protein. It's one of the few known plant sources of vitamin B12 and it's full of amino acids, enzymes, and probiotics that help to enhance your immune system and digestive health. It’s a key ingredient in our Rainbow Light products – that’s how much we love it!

Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., Director of Herbal Science at Rainbow Light: Dr. Christopher Hobbs, is an internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist and botanist, has been formulating market leading natural supplements exclusively for Rainbow Light® since 1985. With more than 35 years of clinical experience in herbal medicine, Hobbs has authored 25 books, including Herbal Remedies for Dummies and Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health. He shares his knowledge of herbal medicine with consumers and educators all over the world through lectures, and utilized his expertise in this field to found the Institute for Natural Products Research. He also serves as a consultant to the herb industry.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Easy Way To Improve Your Diet And Shed Pounds

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The only way to lose weight is through hard work, eating right, and lots of exercise. Well, sort of, says Joey Thurman, model, nutrition expert, and celebrity fitness trainer.

“One of the easiest ways to start living a healthier lifestyle isn’t by hitting the gym. It’s by hitting the snooze button,” he says, “Nothing wrecks your appetite and your willpower like being tired and cranky, yet most people aren’t getting the 7-9 hours of sleep a night that an adult requires.”

Thurman explains that a lack of sleep negatively impacts two of the body’s hormones that control appetite: ghrehlin and leptin. He says, “When you don’t get enough sleep, your leptin levels go down, which can be very dangerous for your waistline, as leptin works to suppress appetite. In turn, your ghrelin levels go up, and that could mean your appetite will also increase.”

What are Thurman’s no-fail ways to get more sleep?

“Exercise first thing in the morning, not right before bed,” he says, “And, avoid alcohol and food 2 hours before sleeping. Instead, sip some water or herbal non-caffeinated tea. Spritz your pillow with lavender, which is shown to help promote rest. And, avoid TV and screen time: Instead, read, meditate, or take a warm bath.”

About Joey Thurman: Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Joey was named the best trainer in Chicago by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015. He has appeared on CBS, WGN, FOX, ABC and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer, published author and nutrition expert. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, People Magazine,,, Inspiyr, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, American Global Traveler, CaliDiet, Chicago Sun Times, and Brazen Women. Joey is a fashion model represented by Chosen Model Management where he works with brands including Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, Kohl's, and Carson Pirie Scott. He has also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and TimeOut Chicago. Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional (CCNP) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.