Kitchen How-To: Preparing Spaghetti Squash

As much as I really enjoyed the spaghetti squash marinara dish at Ruby Tuesday, it was a bit of a bummer when the check came—it was about $12 on the lunch menu, I believe. I figured that was the price to pay to avoid the tedious prep work of the squash, so it was worth it. But soon after my review went live, my sister Sarah left a comment saying that spaghetti squash isn’t as hard to cook as I thought. The competitive side of me ...continue reading

Play Time! 30-Minute Outdoor Circuit Workout

The days are getting warmer and lasting longer, meaning it’s an ideal time to put your gym membership on hold (or put your exercise DVDs on the shelf) and take your workouts outdoors! The only problem with this plan: Running, walking or biking for miles on end can quickly get boring, and the muscles you challenged with the free weights and/or machines might not get as solid of a workout if you fall into a cardio rut. My solution: ...continue reading

My 10 Commandments of New York Living

I’ve learned so much during my last two years as a New Yorker. Walking around town, climbing the subway stairs and carrying your groceries all count for exercise, clearly. Always, always hit the restroom before leaving home or work! SoulCycle is either a rather pricey fitness class or a really cheap therapy session. It’s all about the way you look at it (and if you’re in Danny’s class, it’s well worth it ...continue reading

Healthy Chain Reaction: Panera Bread’s Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad

All of the colors! My Mom and I were shopping the day of my sister’s wedding and needed to grab a quick lunch in the mall food court. Since both of us prefer more nutritious eats, we skipped the greasy Chinese and fried fast food joints and placed our orders at one of my favorites, Panera Bread, instead. The cafe scored bonus points for allowing us to escape the food court for a comfy booth in a less hectic atmosphere! Having heard ...continue reading

4 Greatest Hits in My Workout DVD Library

First of all, the wedding I mentioned in my last post was a smashing success! Amy and Joe looked so happy and in love, and I felt very blessed to be able to share in their big day. More on that in another post when more photos are ready, but for now, back to talking about wellness! New workout DVDs are released every week, meaning that a simple way to switch up your home workouts is always close at hand. Yet no matter how many DVDs I ...continue reading

What’s Making Me Laugh: June Edition

I’ll be smiling most of the weekend, as I’m celebrating my sister Amy’s wedding to her awesome fiance Joe. Hooray! To share the joy, here are some of my favorite things that are making me laugh lately. Best for non-stop giggles: Hey Runner Girl (Click for more…you won’t be sorry!) Best math for dessert lovers: “Where’s the a la mode?” pie chart Best take one for the team: Someecards diet ...continue reading