Today I’m excited to welcome one of my favorite guests, The Barre Code Metro Detroit co-owner, Lindsay, back to the blog for a little spring wellness inspiration and motivation. One of my favorite things about The Barre Code workouts is the non-stop positivity and encouragement you get during classes, surrounding you at studios and by interacting with the brand and studio on their social channels. So here’s Lindsay with a few tips on getting yourself Spring/Summer ready:
As you’re busting out the Windex and dust pans getting ready to prep your home for a wonderful spring and summer season, it is also a great time to take an inventory of your personal wellness routine. Here are a few ideas on how to prep your mind and body for the warmer months ahead!
MIND YOUR MENTAL STATE:
Find time to do things that make you happy. Between graduations, spring recitals, and #WeddingSeason, it can be easy to fill your calendar quickly. Make sure to pencil in time to read, dance, spend time with family, visit an old friend – whatever makes your heart sing.
Start a gratitude journal. Gratitude turns what we have into enough and allows us to find happiness in our present circumstances. One of the easiest ways to incorporate a practice of appreciation is to keep a gratitude journal. Every morning when you wake, or every evening before bed, write down 3-5 things that you are thankful for. Watch as your blessings multiply in result.
MOVE YOUR BODY:
Go outside! Embrace that sunshine! Running with a light breeze, swimming in a lake, taking your dog or children for a walk, playing on a kickball team… there are SO many opportunities to really get out there and MOVE in the warmer months. Enjoy the beautiful weather and get those endorphins pumping.
Take advantage of warmer, brighter mornings. It is scientifically backed that people who work out in the morning are the most likely to stick to their plan. Kickstart your morning early with a great sweat, you’ll reap the rewards and the pride for the rest of the day.
FUEL YOUR FUN:
Include your pantry stock in your cleaning, and make a few adjustments to your next grocery list. Swap your brown rice for your white rice. Or try this fun edamame pasta instead of refilling on your existing option. Switch your vegetable oil out with olive or grapeseed oil. Your instant oatmeal with rolled oats. The list can go on and on! The tiny swaps that we make within our lifestyle can go a very long way in keeping us feeling good and healthy.
Focus on what you can add, not what you should take away. Restriction is not your friend and will leave you feeling hungry and deprived. Rather than focusing in on minimizing things like calories or cheese (because who doesn’t want more cheese?!) focus in on the healthy things you can add – a great one is VEGGIES! Find a way to add at least one vegetable into every meal – they are so fresh and delicious in the summer and will keep you energized, strong, and ready for all of the fun in the sun you can handle.
Thanks so much to Lindsay for guest posting! Stay tuned for an upcoming workout feature on the latest The Barre Code class I’ve tried and a few more things we’re working on. And, as always, stay tuned to The Barre Code Metro Detroit Facebook page for the latest happenings!
In preparation for Cinco de Mayo this week, I wanted to share two of my favorite non-margarita tequila cocktails with you! As you read on, you can obviously tell that I love a Paloma, but these are two different flavors and ways to make them. The first one is super easy and quick. The second is also very easy but has a few extra ingredients and is just as delicious!
Fresh Grapefruit Paloma
This one is my absolute favorite summer cocktail! We started making these two years ago and since I was pregnant and obviously not drinking them last summer, I’m looking forward to bringing them back this year.
2 oz. Tequila Blanco (we use Casa Noble)
3 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (if you don’t have a juicer or just don’t want to make it, the Simply Grapefruit juice works well)
1 Tbsp. agave nectar
Pinch sea salt
1 oz. chilled club soda
Fill glass with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add tequila, grapefruit juice, agave and sea salt. Shake well. Strain into glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Original Recipe Here
Strawberry Chamomile Paloma
We just recently tried this one for the first time and loved it! It’s light and a little sweeter than the recipe above. Making the syrup is sort of the extra “in advance” thing you need to do, but if you do it one time, you’ll have some left over for future cocktails!
Ingredients: Honey Chamomile Syrup
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup honey
1-2 chamomile tea bags
Combine water and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat. Add the tea bag, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and allow the syrup to cool completely. Store in the fridge.
Ingredients: For the Drinks
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (about half of 1 grapefruit
2-4 tablespoons chamomile honey syrup (depending on your taste)
2 ounces tequila (omit to make a virgin version)
4 fresh strawberries, sliced
Chilled club soda, for topping off
Add the grapefruit juice, chamomile syrup, tequila and strawberries to a glass. Use a muddler (or even the end of a rolling pin), gently push the strawberries down until they release their juices and are lightly smashed. Add a handful of ice and then add sparkling water to top off. Give the drink a gentle stir. Taste and add more chamomile syrup if desired. Garnish with fresh chamomile flowers and strawberries if desired. Original recipe here.
With Mother’s Day this coming weekend, I wanted to kick off this week of posts by talking about being a mom, along with a few things I’ve learned from my mom .
Although I was really excited about it, becoming a mom for a second time was pretty intimidating to me. With just one child, I felt like I had that down and could totally handle it, but with two I was going to be outnumbered and I was positive that they’d completely overwhelm me (and sometimes they do).
Thankfully, I’ve had a ton of help and support in getting used to our new family. My mom has been a huge help and I’ve called her with probably some of the most ridiculous questions – some of which you’d think I already know the answer to because, hey, I’ve done this once! I’m learning a lot more this time around, and advice (and, often, just a listening ear) has been really helpful in making this new family life easier.
Perfection isn’t easy // When we were little (and even still), we had the mom who made us themed lunches for holidays, the mom who everyone wanted to bring snack because it was always going to be and look good and the mom who showed up to everything looking put together and stylish. I always thought she made it look effortless and really believed that it was easy! Now that I’m starting to have to do those same things, I’m realizing what a challenge that was.
Planning is key// What I know about organization, I learned from my mom. She’s way better at it than I am, because she will have her kitchen drawers super organized with everything facing the same way, canisters labeled and everything lined up. Mine is decidedly less pretty. I’ve also learned to always have a calendar and to update frequently. That calendar was (and still is) always on the refrigerator and everyone was able to look and see what was going on and when. I’m actually adding a “info center” wall to our breakfast room with a place to put a family calendar that will hopefully help keep us organized.
Be yourself// Whether you’re talking about parenting, style, work or anything else, it’s most important to do what you like and be true to who you are. We were always taught to be individuals and my sister and I could not be more different. My mom encouraged our different styles in the way we dressed, the way we learned and handled school and now the way we manage our families. I always felt that our decisions were respected (although we certainly did get advice if maybe we weren’t heading down a good road) and that we were allowed to become the people we are today and that our parents were always proud of us.
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Bering’s Hardware to share a beautiful piece of jewelry that would make a perfect gift for mom! This beautiful bracelet is part of the Waterford Rebel collection. The collection is bold and stylish, just like mom would want us to be! This bracelet was my very favorite piece because it’s great for stacking with other favorites or wearing alone to make a cool statement.
As part of the new health and fitness content of the blog, I’m going to be doing a monthly workout feature to highlight a different class or workout. It’ll always be something I’ve recently tried or have loved doing and want you all to know more about. To kick things off, I’m starting by sharing more about the brand new Pure Barre Platform class.
I’ve been doing Pure Barre for several years now. In fact, Pure Barre was originally started down in the Detroit area, so the studio where we live was actually one of the first few ever opened. I always felt that the barre based workout itself was great and really effective, even when I was pregnant. This past fall Pure Barre introduced the new Pure Barre Platform class and it came to our studio at the end of last year. Since I was super pregnant, I couldn’t try it until about a month ago and I’m already hooked!
When they announced the class, it was paired with a video preview which made it look incredibly challenging (which it is – in a good way!) and even a little intimidating. I saw lots of comments on Facebook about how hard the class was, or how people didn’t want to try it because they didn’t think they could do it. That made me actually want to try it more and also to feature it first because if you haven’t tried it, you absolutely should!
I chatted a bit with Ann Marie, who owns the Pure Barre studio here to share a few more details to know before you take your first Platform class.
What is your favorite part about teaching and taking the Platform class? My favorite part is the energy I feel from the clients while I’m teaching! It’s a rush for sure.
Why did Pure Barre add a platform class? To be able to offer clients the cardio they were craving.
How do the two types of classes (PB and Platform) work well together? Pure Barre is isometric movements that keep your heart rate in the fat burning zone and Platform kicks it up a couple notches adding in the high heart rate cardio element. The combination of the two is amazing!
What is the biggest misconception you hear about the class from first time Platformers? They didn’t think they’d be able to keep up. Yes it’s hard, yes it’s intense but when you are done you feel like you’re on top of the world, you feel so proud of yourself!
What advice do you have for people who have never taken Platform but want to give it a try? Just do it! You will be amazed at what you can do. Bring in water, a towel and take a breath, even breaks as you need. Just like that first Pure Barre class you took, it’s going to be tricky and maybe uncomfortable at first. But give it a few chances, you will be hooked!
I LOVE Platform. I’m a big fan of cardio anyway and, because I’m trying to lose weight, it’s a great fit for me to pair with my walks with Dylan and regular Pure Barre classes. Is it hard? Yeah, it’s hard but it’s also completely doable. You can modify as you need to and you work as hard as you’re able to. At my first class, I felt pretty very uncoordinated and like I had no idea what I was doing. But at my second class, it was a lot easier and I found that I actually burned more calories (according to my Apple Watch) because I knew what was coming next and I was able to focus a little better. So I’d actually recommend you give yourself at least two classes a try before you decide if you like it or not.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t as sore as I expected to be after Platform. I’m almost always sore after Pure Barre classes, but because of the cardio and bigger movements, I think that was a little different here. I was pretty worn out and sweaty though!
Because Platform is more cardio-based and the movements are bigger, you need a little more support in your workout gear than you might for a normal barre class. I want pretty much zero bouncing around, so I’d start by wearing a supportive sports bra. I also like high-waisted leggings because they’re more supportive on my stomach (which is currently a problem area for me after the pregnancy). At regular Pure Barre classes, I usually start in a zip up or long sleeves, which I’ll take off by the time we’re mid-way through class. But at Platform, I get right to a tank top and stay there because you’re moving hard and fast pretty quickly.
Today I’m excited to share a fun collaboration for a great cause. Clarins and FEED are partnering on the National Million Meal Mission and the goal is to provide 1,200,000 meals to children around the world in 17 days. Now through May 8, you can buy one of these great FEED pouches, filled with deluxe Clarins products. The purchase of each pouch will provide 10 meals to children, helping them to learn, grow and thrive! The pouch I have is available at Nordstrom with a $75 purchase and a cool blue pouch is exclusively available at Macy’s with a $75 purchase. You can also shop directly at the Clarins website.