Get Your Fit On: Week 2

GET YOUR FIT ON: WEEK 2 As I sign off on Week 2 of my 12-Week Get Your Fit On Challenge, I was elated (2 pounds down) but also feeling a wee bit defeated. I injured my back and my doctor says no working out for a few days. Walking is A-OK, however, so I am logging my goal of Read More

#1: Get Your Fit On

#1: Get Your Fit On Remember that New Year’s resolution you made to really, truly, madly get in shape this year? The noble promise to yourself that you’d get off the couch, peel yourself away from binge-watching “The Affair” and bravely blaze into the gym? What happened? Trust me, we all have those heroic goals heading into the new year. Read More

A holiday present to me

A holiday present to me When I planned my early Christmas vacay in Arizona, I booked a room at the CopperWynd Resort & Club in Fountain Hills. My mission: To relax. Because a busy careerist needs to take all the pampering she can squeeze in. Seriously. I was more than delighted with the wonderful front-desk staff (thank you, Veronica, for Read More

Westward bound: Phoenix

Westward bound: Phoenix Oh Mother Nature, you are a fickle one indeed. Our plans tonight have been delayed due to the snow in Chicago. However, after few phone calls to the understanding and highly efficient agents at United Airlines and Expedia — we are once again ready for takeoff tomorrow. The lovely suite at the CopperWynd Resort and Spa in Read More

Flower power on T-day

Today is the day of giving thanks! Yippee skippee! The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pies and all the other good fixings are ready to go. flower power on t-day But. The decor is not quite there. Boo hoo. Here is a last-minute, game-day idea for making Thanksgiving not only taste amazing, but look quite impressive as well. Read More

5 Tips: Awesome Holiday photos

5 Tips: Awesome Holiday photos OK, the season to celebrate and take serious selfies is upon us. Although Thanksgiving is just a turkey hop away (it’s Thursday, my darling divas and dudes), there is still time to get a crash course in taking the best-ever impromptu holiday photos of you and your loved ones. You’re armed with the cool camera Read More

Sopa de Lima & “Soup Swap”

Sopa de Lima & “Soup Swap” Winter is quickly approaching and the time change yesterday … well, let’s just say I am not ready for darkness at 6 p.m. Nonetheless, the silver lining in all of this season switcheroo is we now get to practice our culinary skills. I had first read about Kathy Gunst’s new cookbook, “Soup Swap: Comforting Read More

3 Easy Ways to Get Your Fit On

GET YOUR FIT ON Holiday travel often spells the end of regular workouts. But you can still get your fit on during trips this time of year —whether you’re staying in a hotel or at Grandma’s house. Here are three ways to keep fitness a part of your daily routine, despite the festive yet fantastically hectic days that are now Read More

5 Ways to Wow as Book-Club Hostess

5 Ways to Wow as Book-Club Hostess As the cooler temps slowly settle in and the days grow shorter, joining a book club is an incredibly smart way to socialize and also avoid the winter blues. After all, it’s hard to think of the drudgery of winter (snow-shoveling, anyone?) when you’re fully engrossed in a good novel. My last book-club Read More

Prevent holiday weight gain

Prevent Holiday Weight Gain A recent study once again affirmed the fact that holiday weight gain is real. Ugh. I know it’s surely not what I want to hear as the season of celebrations begins this month. But there is a silver lining to this cautionary tale, start eating right now (yes, in October) and faithfully working out, and you’ll Read More