October 31, 2011

The First Step

Do you want to know how many steps it is from the door of my apartment to the door of our community fitness center? Of course you do.

Sixty seven. 67. Siebenundsechzig. Sesenta y siete.

And for those of you who are wondering - yes, I counted each step....and those last two words above are how you say sixty seven in Deutsch and Spanish. Ya know, in case you're ever on 'Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?' or something. You're welcome.

As I was counting the steps out the other day it occurred to me that I am no longer allowed to concoct a single excuse as to why I can't walk those 67 steps into the 24 hour fitness center at least four to five times a week. And then I realized how lucky I am to have the legs to walk to the gym that's so accessible to me. It was actually sort of humbling.

So how does this epiphany of mine apply to you? Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you take The First Step. I know that a lot of people don't have the easy accessibility of an exercise facility within walking distance, but there are plenty of other steps you can take to start living a healthier and more active lifestyle. 

And now, you can check back in every Monday for a new tip or trick that will provide you with some motivation to start your week on the right track of making more conscious decisions in regards to your health, fitness, and overall well being.

First up to get this party started: Portion Control.


I myself am definitely guilty of exceeding the suggested serving size of an ice cream scoop of pasta, a computer mouse sized potato and a dental floss sized piece of chocolate! This handy and easy to remember chart will certainly be in the back of my mind this week as I prepare and serve meals.

Are any of these serving size suggestions a surprise to you? 
Will you be referring to this chart, too?
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October 27, 2011

Sending a Smile | USPS Style

When we live in a world where it takes less than one minute to shoot over an email, type a text message, leave a voicemail or write a Facebook message, it's truly something special to receive a hand written letter in the mail.


Take a lead by the example from my 9 year old brother. As you can see, a hand written letter doesn't have to say much - just enough to make someones day, put a smile on their face, and maybe even a happy tear in their eye. 
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October 22, 2011

Words for the Weekend | Unplug


I am shutting off my computer all weekend. I challenge you to do the same.

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October 21, 2011

The 4 Year Foxiversary.

What a lame title, right? 

Yesterday was our 4 year anniversary and we celebrated it with a yummy sushi dinner. 
Laughing over silly memories and taking ridiculous photos followed. I said a while ago that I wanted to start sharing more personal pictures here to make my blog a bit more....uh, personal? Trust me when I say these are the best out of the impromptu shoot yesterday. But this is us, bloggy friends. Day in and day out. Til death do us part ;) 
We followed up dinner by coming home, laughing on the floor with Brutus about what a terrorist devil dog he was in our first apartment that he wasn't allowed in, and ended the night with the Jersey Shore Finale + Reunion. Pure romantical bliss? Obviously. 

Happy Friday friends. Remember to hug someone you love today. 
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October 20, 2011

Celebrity Style | Looks for Less | Kyle Richards

Check back in every Thursday as I scour the internet to recreate celebrity styles at an affordable price + prove that you don't need thousands of dollars to dress like your favorite star.

Look 2 | Kyle Richards


1. Coral Chiffon Blouse $19.80 | 2. Faux Leather Jacket $39.99 
3. Dark Denim Skinny Jeans $26.80 | 4. Round Pearl Ring $2.99
5. Simulated Crystal Hoops $18.00 | 6. Black Leather Side Zippered Boots $71.98
7. Black Faux Leather Satchel $52.20

ALERT! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards stole my Birkin bag! errr...or not. That bag alone is worth more than my entire wardrobe, but luckily my crack is finding look alike celebrity styles on the cheap. Can you believe I was able to recreate Kyle's entire look for under $250?!

Do you have a favorite celebrity look you'd like me to recreate?
Leave it in a comment below or email me at ky@travel-babbles.com.
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October 19, 2011

Wicked Fit

I wrote this post a couple of months back about my kick ass (literally) personal trainer Katie and her hot pink women's only gym, The Miss Fit Club.

It took everything I had in that post to not drop an "I know something you don't know!," but now that the cat is out of the bag and you may have already seen the commercials! on the Style Network......


SHE HAS HER OWN REALITY TV SHOW!

Please make sure to tune in to Wicked Fit this Sunday, October 23rd at 9/8C to watch Katie transform women and win over America with an equal combination of tough love, four letter words, laughter, drama and tears.

I am so proud of Katie and excited to see where this opportunity takes her and The Miss Fit Club.
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October 18, 2011

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip



WOW!! This dip is DELICIOUS and was a huge hit at girls night. You absolutely must give this a try for your next get together. There is just something about caramel + apples that screams fall (and "GET IN MY BELLY!"). Even if I'm still enjoying 85 degree weather here in Texas, my New England ways are certainly shining through; all I've wanted to do lately is bake apple pies and carve pumpkins.  What is your favorite fall activity?

I've adapted the recipe from The Half Baked Baker with some minor changes, mainly because we don't have a springform, and also because I was not about to make my own caramel sauce. Bite me.

Ingredients:
12 oz whipped (or not) cream cheese
3 tbs. heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Caramel pieces (or store bought)
Health candy pieces
Mini chocolate chip pieces
4 apples sliced + soaked in lemon juice

Directions:
1. Mix cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth
2. Spoon half of the mixture onto a serving plate
3. Melt down caramel
4. Pour melted caramel over plated mixture
5. Sprinkle with Heath and chocolate pieces
6. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes
7. Spoon remaining cream cheese mixture over first layer
8. Cover that layer with melted caramel
9. Sprinkle with Heath and chocolate pieces
10. Arrange sliced apples around cream cheese mixture and ENJOY!



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Have you put any inspiration in to action lately? 
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October 17, 2011

Brutus Blogs | A Walk In The Dog Park

Mom asked me to blog for her today because she has a job interview and lunch date with one of the girls here. She told me to blog about whatever I want to, or maybe to share what I do during the day.....................


.....................Opps, sorry! I accidentally just fell asleep.

The hot weather here in Texas makes me very sleepy and Mom doesn't like to walk me when it's 85+ because it's difficult and dangerous for my smooshed-in face. We take a 30 minute walk at 6:30 in the morning (or whenever I decide to step on her face to wake her up) - then Mom, Dad and I take a much longer walk after the sun has gone down at night.

Our complex has a dog park and it's most definitely my favorite part of Texas so far. 

In the Dog House

Agility Training.

Re-hydrating.

Alright folks, it's time for my mid morning nap. Happy Monday!

Love + peanut butter treats, 
Brutus Baxter-Barkly
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October 14, 2011

Words For The Weekend | Kindness


I challenege you this weekend to perform just one random act of kindness. Pay for a strangers coffee, send a handwritten note in the mail, put a coin in someone's expired parking meter, give blood, rake your neighbors yard, hold the elevator, send flowers to your favorite grade school teacher, donate used books to your local library, give a compliment to your waiter or waitress, let someone go ahead of you in the check out line.

What goes around comes around and kindness is contagious. 
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October 13, 2011

Celebrity Style | Looks for Less | Pippa Middleton

Check back in every Thursday as I scour the internet to recreate celebrity styles at an affordable price + prove that you don't need thousands of dollars to dress like your favorite star.
Look 1 | Pippa Middleton

My favorite part about this outfit is that all of the pieces will carry you straight into the cold winter months. For example, throw some legging on under the sweater dress, and you're good to go. A $60 bag may be a bit steep for a fashionista on a budget, but sometimes an initial investment is worth it when you consider how short term cheaper versions may last and how quickly they may need to be replaced.

Do you have a favorite celebrity look you'd like me to recreate?
Leave it in a comment below or email me at ky@travel-babbles.com.
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October 10, 2011

I'm baaaaaack!

Obviously things look a little different around here, do you like the changes? Taking a (forced, thanks AT+T!) break from blogging for the past week has allowed me to organize my thoughts and decide on a change of direction for this little blog of mine - so stay tuned for fun new features to come this week :)

We've been in Texas for eight days and are quickly adjusting to hockey life. TJ hasn't played a game since late March - he's had a long seven month offseason, so I am actually excited to see him take the ice.

There is a great group of girls here and our apartment is ahh-mazing. It's a little empty and plain right now, but I'm looking forward to filling it up little by little and making it feel more like home.

Come on in.
Kitchen
Guest Bathroom
Guest Bathroom
Guest Bedroom
Guest Bedroom
Our Bedroom
Our Bedroom
Our Bathroom
I love our tub!
Closet
Closet
Dining Room + Pauly P 
Living Room
Our Patio + Texas Motor Speedway in the back
That's all she wrote - Happy Monday, xo
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October 3, 2011

Yo Yo Yo!

Howdy y'all!

Real quick - We made it to Texas safe and sound! We are in love with our apartment, and there is so much to see and do around us. TJ had ice time this morning and he's really excited for the season to start.

We won't have Internet until Friday, so don't expect any more updates from me until Monday - AT&T keeps sending TJ tattle tale messages that I'm close to going over our data package plan ;)

Have a nice week!!!

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Location:Northlake, Texas, United States

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