Posts tagged ‘shopping’

December 2, 2013

Enjoy the Holiday Rush

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Now, this is my kind of holiday spirit 😉

Hi, Everyone! All stressed out and nowhere to run? I hear ya! This time of year invites not only merriment and reflection but lots of obligations absent the other 11 months of the year. Decorating the house, shopping without breaking the bank, crafting and baking (if you’re so inclined), vowing that THIS year you won’t wait until the last minute to do everything . . . all the while, the calendar is shrinking relentlessly down to zero hour. Then there’s the anxiety over sending Christmas cards—you could choose not to send them this year, but then you risk the icky feeling of being quietly dropped from your friends’ card lists. So, your list of to-do’s is long but necessary. Here are a few tips to help you cope:

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Don’t let this be you . . .

1. Plan Ahead: This one’s a big challenge for me, but it saves a lot of headaches and heart palpitations down the road. Decorate your house early in the season so you can 1) enjoy being surrounded by holiday cheer and 2) focus on other tasks as the season ramps up. If you’re shopping for loved ones’ lists, do like the stores do and barely let the gratitude of Thanksgiving sink in before jumping into The Holidays. Take advantage of sales early in the month, and if you want to avoid having to fight your way through crowded lines even for a latte, do some gift getting during the weekdays. Not possible for everyone, I know, but have you seen those women who seem to have everything done, presents wrapped (nicely), and treats baked for their children’s friends’ families before the first full weekend in December? That’s how they do it! Oh, and they may have made a little deal with the Dark One—I’m just speculating.

2. Savor the Season: This is my favorite part about the holiday season—enjoying it, even as I mow through my lengthy list. When we pull all the decorations and tree down from the attic, I love to put on our favorite Christmas CDs (Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Harry Connick, Jr.’s When My Heart Finds Christmas—I love you!). Preferably I also have a delicious iced Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks as my companion. You know that song from Mary Poppins—“A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down”? I’m a big believer in that phrase when I’m doing anything onerous or involved (for example, cleaning out my closet . . . again). Just give yourself a little sparkle to help enjoy the task at hand—it’s always worked wonders for me. Also, despite the lack of checkmarks on your to-do list, take time out to drive around and look at the lights on your neighbors’ houses, or sit down and watch your favorite holiday movies as a family. Do the things that bring cheer and joy to you and your loved ones—make those cute, little bread loafs that you always dream of doing over the holidays. Go root through your winter clothes and find your favorite comfy sweater to nestle up in, even if you have to crank up the AC, like we have to do in Texas J

3. Be Good to Yourself:  This one obviously involves bits of the previous paragraph, but sometimes we are the ones that get forgotten in the mad rush of December. Taking care of yourself is more than just pampering. You are the lynchpin to your family’s progress through their lives and this season. If you run yourself ragged, then everyone’s in trouble! Be reasonable in your expectations of yourself. Learn to say “No” politely to some requests for your time and assistance—trust me, this will change your life. Just because someone wants you to something doesn’t mean you are beholden to. And it doesn’t mean you are a bad person or don’t like the requestor. It just means that you have a limited amount of time, and you need to spend it in the way that fills you up and keeps you marginally socially acceptable (and not a hermit). Say “Yes” when you can cheerfully help out, and be gracious but direct when replying “No.” You will feel so much better when you can do this. Also, despite occasional obstacles, keep up with your healthy eating and exercise. Exercise especially is a powerful stress buster that improves your mood, relaxes your crazy mind, brings more restful sleep, and keeps your body healthy and happy. It will serve you very well this season, as will mindful eating. If you keep yourself fueled throughout each day with high-quality food (lean protein, whole grains, veggies, fruit, and LOTS of water), you will not only feel amazing but also be able to cope more easily with holiday party temptations. If you’ve been on track with your nutrition, then you (and not the double chocolate cheesecake at your work party) will be in control. Go on, have a little piece! Mama needs some chocolately cheer too!

Enjoy the season, ok? It’s going to go fast!

XOXO, Brooke

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September 12, 2013

Sometimes shopping is my cardio….

As, one of my favorite characters said….

Hi! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Ok so I got a really great shopping tip today from one of my clients and wanted to share with all of you. My amazing client and friend AK, for short owns and operates Kazy’s Gourmet Sushi & Seafood.  She supplies most of the finer restaurants in town with their fresh seafood and sushi and runs a Japanese restaurant and small grocery store. She is a very smart business woman so I listen when she gives me tidbits.

Today she explained to me how she shops online and basically never purchases anything until it goes on sale, or has a rebate and some type of purchase offer which happens about 85% of the time. Her tip for that is filling up your cart or wish list and then going back to purchase once the items have been discounted and she checks them every few days. That seems easy enough right? and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made purchases only to see them go on sale right after.

Another way she saves a little money and actually receives money back is through Ebates. Ebates is a free online company that gives you cash back for accessing your favorites store through their site and making purchases. Companies that partner with Ebates will offer anywhere from 1 to 20 percent back, or more. There is no membership fee, and they also feature coupons and other exclusive offers.

Here’s an example of how it works: Retailer gives Ebates 2% of every sale that gets referred from Ebates. So if Ebates sends a customer to Retailer, and that customer buys a $500 computer, Ebates will make $10 on that sale and mail you a check for half of that $5. Its a great deal for just clicking through their site to purchase! Retailers include  Walmart, Target, Bestbuy, Barnes & Noble, Kohls, Gap Kids, Justice, Saks, Old Navy, Lego Store, Petco and so many more!

I signed up tonight, which consists of typing in my name and email and received $10 gift card to my choice of retailer. I choose Target. I also signed up at FatWallet.com which is similar to Ebates and purchased a Living Social deal I was going to purchase anyway with 2% back. 🙂 Another site to check out is Befrugal.com.  Happy Cardio!

 

Kathy, Fit Fashionista 🙂

 

February 14, 2013

Make your Valentines Day Sexy and Healthy! And Fun for the kids too!

d91b04e2a0779ba693098bbb03572a7bValentine’s Day is here! For most of us, it’s the same every year! Lots of thought and time goes into planning a romantic dinner out.  Reservations must be made well in advance and most restaurants hike up their prices and serve you what they bought on special! They get to serve you a very expensive (not always healthy) 3 course dinner with wine and dessert.  It always sounds so good in theory but at the end of the evening what are you left with? I’ll tell you…a very full tummy, a wallet with a big dent and the only thoughts in your head are going to bed and I mean sleep. 

I’m not saying you can’t have a special evening but maybe you can celebrate Valentines Day in and bring the romance home.

Dinner In.

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So skip the reservation, stay home and make dinner a romantic event! Turn off the TV, listen to your favorite music, have a glass of wine or make a special valentine cocktail with fresh fruit juice.  Then cook as a couple. Prepare a big healthy salad with lots of vegetables, homemade veggie pizza or even something quick and light on the grill. Don’t kill yourself on a meal with tons of preparation.  This should be fun, easy and sexy!

Dessert

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Now, the good stuff.  After a light healthy meal with great company its time for some healthy chocolate indulgence!

Guiltless Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

Cooking spray (make your own)

6 ounces 70% dark chocolate
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup roasted sweet potato
1/4 cup honey
1 whole egg
3 egg whites

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place 8 (4-ounce) ramekins or custard cups on a large baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Combine chocolate, orange zest and vanilla extract in a medium bowl over hot boiling water. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Puree bananas, sweet potato and honey until smooth.
  5. Remove the melted chocolate from heat and fold over banana puree and 1 whole egg. Mix well
  6. Whip the egg whites until soft peak
  7. Slowly fold egg whites into chocolate mixture.
  8. Spoon mix into ramekins, filling them almost to the top.

Bake for approximately 6 to 7 minutes, remove and serve. Warm center of the chocolate should be soft.

 Cooking Spray Ingredients

  1. 1 part olive oil (or your choice of oil)
  2. 5 parts distilled/filtered water
  3. 1 misting  spray bottle

Instructions

Mix in your spray bottle 1 part oil to 5 parts water. Shake well and store in a cool dark place.

Roses

We all love roses.  They are beautiful and I love them but during Valentines they are super expensive or very cheap and don’t last very long either way. Rather than giving or expecting roses suggest an alternative, such as a fresh herb plant that smells great and can be used in cooking or a lovely houseplant to purify the air in your home.  Here is a great suggestion that involves rose, kids and a craft. That’s a Valentine Trifecta! Every child loves crafts and parents and grandparents love items made by their little ones.  Sit down and make these rose cards together!

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Fun for the kids – Rose Cards craft

  1. 1 stalk celery
  2. Red and green tempera paint
  3. Blank note cards

Cut celery down to the bottom of stalk, dilute red tempera paint with a bit of water, put onto paper plate, dip celery in paint, and press onto a paper note card, leaving a rose shape!

Make sure you apply even pressure when you press down on the celery. Add glitter, green leaves and write a Valentine message such as “Be Mine” on the outside of the card. The inside is left blank for sweet love notes for friends and family from your child.

Kids Non-Candy Treats

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There are healthier ways to say I love you, than loading our kids up on the heart shaped boxes of candy from the grocery store.  Here are several cute alternatives I found on Pinterest.

(1) Bouncy Ball Valentine by The Crafting Chicks

(2) Free Printable Valentine’s Bookmarks by Summit Avenue Design
(3) Ruler Valentine by Thompson & Spring
(4) Silly Straw Valentines by Plucky Momo
(5) Glow Stick Bracelet by Kommuicated
(6) Love Bug Valentines by Dandee
(7) Pencil Valentines by Write with Moxie
(8) Play-Doh Valentines by Paging Supermom
(9) Race Car Valentines by Paper and Pip
(10) Magnifying Glass Valentines by Dandee
(11) Recycled Heart Crayons by The Long Thread
(12) Super Star Glasses by Plucky Momo

Whatever you do, I hope you all have a very Happy Valentines Day! Kathy, Fit Fashionista

December 10, 2012

Beauty Supplements that Really Work!

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Could your beauty routine use a booster shot?  As a girly girl and beauty guru, I’m always looking for the latest greatest items to add to my regime.  Here are a few noteworthy supplements worth a try.

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Murad Clarifying Supplement $43
I have prescribed this one to many of my teen acne clients. When taken regularly it makes a definite difference. Murad claims it provides a powerful internal defense against breakouts. Reduces blemishes by 55% in only 6 weeks.

 

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Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for skin and nails $50

Phyto has been around for awhile. And with celebs like Jennifer Anniston giving credit for her famous locks its no wonder!

Here’s what one woman said about it.

I’m 41 and I decided to buy this over a year ago. I used it for about 6 months
and noticed that my hair stopped falling out. I’d notice the hair loss only when
I’d blow dry my hair. There would be hairs all over the bathroom floor. After
about a month of using these vitamins, it dramatically improved! However, due to
the cost, I stopped ordering it. I went without it for about 3 months and I
started noticing all the darn hairs around the floor again! UGH!!
I ordered 2
bottles and plan to keep this in my daily routine from now on! I’ve learned my
lesson. It’s worth it BIG TIME!

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ZenMed Derma Cleanse Capsules $30

If you’re looking to go the more natural route this one’s for you.  It promotes a healthier complexion from within. This herbal formulation based on Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, aids with the body’s natural elimination processes.

 

Give ’em a try! You won’t be dissapointed

Cheers!

Shelly

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2012

Gifts That Give: UNICEF Jewelry, Salvation Army and even Your Closet!

With the Holiday season well under way it’s time to start thinking about gifts and giving.  I always love to give gifts that have special meaning and can give back in some way especially to children. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in over 190 countries to save and improve children’s lives.  UNICEF provides health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children all over the world.
The UNICEF jewelry is beautiful and very affordable and would make a lovely gift for a loved one or even yourself.  The UNICEF website is filled with many other gift ideas as well as holiday cards all benefitting children.  And while thinking of giving don’t forget about those who are less fortunate in your town or city.  It’s a great time to clean out your closets gather old, small or outdated clothing especially warm coats, gloves and scarfs and donate to the local homeless shelters and women and children’s centers in your area.  Every winter season my daughter helps me go through her last seasons clothes and we donate whatever doesn’t fit.  It makes her happy knowing she will help another child and I hope will instill a life long passion in her to help others.  Even a small gesture can go a long way.
Another great way to give and help bring happiness to children and those less fortunate this holiday season is the Salvation Army  Angel Tree Program.  In Dallas/Ft. Worth the Salvation Army will collect over 55,000 gifts from 9 area malls to distribute to children in our region.
I know there are many other fantastic programs that give so if you know of one please share with me and others who may read this.  Lets all try to reach out and help as many as people as we can in any way possible even if it’s small.  It wont be to someone else!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll be back next Thursday, my regular blog day! Yours truly, Kathy – Fit Fashionista
October 12, 2012

Fit Fashionista’s Tip of the week

Hello Healthy Housewive’s family! My name is Kathy Hamilton, the Fit Fashionista.  I’m a Mom, Pilates Instructor, Healthy Housewives of the month covergirl, and Fashion Lover!

As a mother, I know it’s tough to make time for yourself to workout, eat right and look amazing too!  My goal is to give all you Moms and Ladies real time saving, money saving and Eco friendly fashion tips while keeping you up to date on the latest styles and trends.  So here we go! 🙂

TJ Maxx Department Store

I can not tell you how much I love this store, especially the Runway section at TJ Maxx, all designer and in season unless the tag says otherwise. Talk about bargains galore! Just last week I picked up a pair of J Brand twill brown motorcycle jeans on clearance for $39.00 (regularly well over $250) and two Alice & Olivia dresses on clearance for $79.00 each (both had price tags of $350) at the TJ Maxx on Preston near Beltline in Dallas.  I have wondered for years how they sell clothing so inexpensively and this is what I found out. They buy their clothing from the same designers as any big department store at the mall but they have a no buy back clause with the designers which means the designers do not have to buy back any clothing that doesn’t sell, they also buy clothing from department stores who have ordered too much and if you ever been in a TJ Maxx well you know it’s no frills and you may have to wait in line longer than you would like but with these savings I don’t mind at all! Another positive, they have lay-a-way…oh and the Runway department has Gucci handbags, Balenciaga boots, Missoni dresses and other great big designer finds…lay-a-way….just saying.  Don’t forget to check out the beauty section, work-out clothing, and kids clothes are adorable and cheap (DKNY cargo pants for my daughter 9.99)! And be sure to buy one of their adorable .99 cent shopping bags to load up all your loot and skip the plastic bags!

Kathy Hamilton
Fit Fashionista

PS Love to hear about your finds!