My Visit To The Arnold Sports Festival Was Motivating and Inspiring!


My visit to the Arnold Sports Festival was simply put…. AMAZING! This past Friday me and the hubby had a chance to take a trip down to Columbus Ohio without kids in tow to attend. For me, it was an exciting day. Fitness has become a passion and basically my life over the past year, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, so being among other fitness minded people who have a love of the industry, I couldn’t wait! I was worried about my husband having a good time though, because although he works out, he’s nowhere near……obsessed……addicted……or loves the fitness lifestyle like I do. For him, it was more of a tag along thing to keep me happy.

When most people think of the Arnold they think bodybuilding, that was my husband included. I know a lot of people might be intimidated to attend, thinking they’re not up to par, thinking that when you walk in it’s a bunch of muscle heads walking around, and that’s not it at all!

The Arnold yes promotes a lot of bodybuilding, and that is one of the major focuses of the event, however there is so much more! Tennis, Ping Pong, Fencing, Wrestling, Pole Dancing and even a Kids Expo to visit. The Arnold Sports Festival is for just about anyone who is at any level and has any sort of love for sports or fitness in general. Sure there were bodybuilders around, but there were average people around too, everyone in the convention center together, celebrating fitness!

 

We decided to go on a Friday at the advice of some others who have been there before. We met up with our friends / my trainer (NGA Figure Pro Betty Thomas and IFBB Pro Phil Thomas from CNC Lifestyle Management) when we got there as well. It was…BUSY! But apparently wasn’t even close to what Saturday’s look like where I’ve heard it’s elbow to elbow. I had a plan walking in, which booths I wanted to go to first, but once I walked in, my mind was overloaded and I said screw my plan let’s start at that end and just GO!

My only real plan was to get to the PrimEval booth to meet my idol, my inspiration since I started realizing my dream of getting into bodybuilding IFBB Pro Dani Reardon. She’s amazing (Follow her on Instagram). Since I started on this journey, she is the one I’ve been looking to for inspiration and motivation, so meeting her was a MUST! When I first got to her booth she wasn’t there, and I was heartbroken, but we went back later in the day and I got to meet, and talk to her for a good amount of time. She’s so amazing, genuine and interested in hearing about my journey and where I hope to go.

A few others I had hoped to meet didn’t happen because I simply didn’t want to wait in line. Be prepared! If there’s someone there that you want to meet, get there early, and be patient because you will be waiting quite awhile to meet them. The best part about the expo is getting all the swag and samples. I can’t tell you how much apparel I have, supplement samples etc. This is just a portion of our haul, I’m telling you freebies everywhere!

My husband actually had an AMAZING time, he loved it and can’t wait to go back again next year. I loved the atmosphere so much I was begging him to go back on Sunday again, but it didn’t happen. For anyone wondering if it’s something they should go to, my advice is GO! Not only for the ‘celebs’ to meet, the ‘freebies’ and great deals you can get on supplements, but because of the atmosphere.

I came away from The Arnold with a better, brighter outlook. Everyone I met there was so nice, so inspiring and supportive. The negative stereotypes of fitness or bodybuilder type people go out the door once you’re there and see it’s a community of people with a love that they all share with one another. People motivate and inspire one another, no matter what their fitness level is. My motivation to keep going, to get to my dream and goal was made clear when I walked out, I was encouraged by many people including my idol to keep going and to push beyond my limits because I WILL get there. I walked away inspired and with a love for this lifestyle and community more than I had before.

If you have any interest in health, fitness or sports make it a bucket list item to go at least once to the Arnold Sports Festival, you won’t regret a moment of being there!

If you’d like to see more photos from our day at the expo you can visit our entire album HERE.

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March 7, 2017 – 1:27 PM - | Posted in daily life, fitness, health | 1 Comment »

Spring Clean your Eating Habits by Ditching Food Triggers and Mindless Snacking


Cues to eat are everywhere – and we cave. Food psychology expert, author, tells how to take back control of when & where we eat & trim down for spring in this food-saturated world.

We’ve all been there: The mere sight of the Starbucks logo makes us crave a caramel latte. Ditto craving a chocolate-glazed treat when driving by Dunkin Donuts at the end of each work day.

These, along with dozens, if not hundreds, of other sights, sounds and smells in the world around are our food triggers, says Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D., author of the new book Bright Line Eating, releasing March 21 (Hay House).

They cue us to eat, whether we’re hungry or not. And they are one of our waistline’s biggest enemies.

We are fighting off food triggers all day long, says Susan, who is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester and an expert in the psychology of eating.

Our culture promotes eating at any time of the day, in any imaginable location. Long gone are meal times at the family table. Which means that nearly every situation has become a cue to eat.

But mindlessly putting food in our mouth as a knee-jerk reaction to triggers not only leads to overeating and weight gain, but actually rewires the brain to create constant cravings. In a vicious cycle, the more we give in to food triggers, the more we have them.

 

But breaking the cycle is relatively easy once you’re aware of it – and spring cleaning your eating habits to ditch food triggers away may be just what you need to slim down for the season ahead.

Here’s how:

Eat regular meals

A steady schedule of three meals a day at regular mealtimes—breakfast, lunch, and dinner —trains the brain to eat the right things at the right times and to pass up the wrong things in between.

Establish food-free zones

Draw up a list of places you tend to eat beyond the table: your car, the couch, your office desk… Designate them food-free zones – and stick to it.

Practice an attitude of gratitude

Research shows that something as simple as expressing gratitude will replenish willpower. Gratitude also helps shift the focus from what you want, or crave, to what you have – making it easier for you to drive right by that donut shop as you count your blessings.

Gradually you’ll take back control, clean away those triggers and be the only one deciding where and when you eat.

Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester and an expert in the psychology of eating. She is President of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions, a company dedicated to sharing the psychology and neuroscience of sustainable weight loss and helping people live Happy, Thin, and Free.

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March 6, 2017 – 7:09 PM - | Posted in health | No Comments »

8 Must-Do Family Activities On The Weekends


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Weekends are the time we need to spend with our family. After a week of stress from work, our consolation is to have quality moments with our love ones. The benefits of enjoying your weekend with your family is priceless.

There are a lot of family activities on the weekends you can choose to plan ahead of time. Nonetheless, it’s important to have an idea of different exciting activities that you, and your family can do.

Today, we will go through eight must-do activities you can do with your family on the weekends.Leave your TV and contemporary kitchen faucets alone for the day and see what you can do outside our home with your family.

Top Eight Activities

1. Try to go bike riding together in your neighborhood or in a nearby park. If you don’t have bicycles for the entire family, there might be a bicycle rental store in your area, the easiest way to find out is by hopping on Google to find out. The best part about this is you will all get physical exercise while creating special moments together.

2. Have you ever thought about flying kites with your family? Kites are fun, especially for children, and it doesn’t cost that much. Not only do you get to spend time with your children maneuvering their respective kites. If your kids are not a fan of kites, you can choose a frisbee, baseball, football or soccer ball.

3. A day at local tourist destinations is always a fun idea and grabbing something to eat at everyone’s favorite restaurant afterwards will lighten everyone’s mode.

4. Plan a day at the local zoo in your area. Everyone likes animals, and it’s a great time to spend with your family. Sometimes zoos have special days where particular days have discounts or distinct events with animals.

5. If you’ve ever thought about going to a sports game, now is your chance. If you happen to be too far from a major city, you can always look for a minor-league team that plays in your area. This is typical for baseball and hockey if you are away from a major metropolitan area. What’s best about minor-league teams is they have all the great food and entertainment of major league teams at a fraction of the cost.

6. Seasonal activities are always fun to do with your family, particularly if it’s in the winter. You can go ice skating, sledding, skiing, or just build a snowman. If you happened to be in spring, summer, or fall, going to play paintball, laser tag, or going to a roller rink.

7. When was the last time you took your family to an IMAX showing? Many movies now are in IMAX, and it makes a movie really come to life. Sometimes it can be expensive to buy candy at the movie theatre, and if you had some bought some from SweetServices.com you could save that extra money to spend on popcorn and soda.

8. Have a pot luck party with your neighbors and friends. Not only does this give you time to spend with your family, but your friends as well. At night time, you could have a bonfire in the backyard and have the kid’s roast marshmallows.

Conclusion
Your family is important, and it’s vital to spend quality time with one another, even if it’s only on the weekends. You can choose one activity on a particular weekend, and go on to another one for the succeeding weekend.

You must be creative in the activities that you choose to do, and you have to remember it doesn’t have to be elaborate. It only needs to be fun and exciting, so everyone enjoys the time you spend together.

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Carl Aamodt
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Carl is a super-connector with Towering SEO and OutreachMama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. He frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses his efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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March 2, 2017 – 9:22 AM - | Posted in daily life | No Comments »

‘Kate Middleton recommended it’: How Michelle Obama stays youthful with a £43 ‘organic Botox’ gel thanks to a tip from the Duchess


She’s spent eight years navigating the tricky waters of the White House and supporting
arguably the most powerful man in the world, yet Michelle Obama doesn’t look to have aged a day.

Now the secret behind the 52-year-old’s youthful look has been revealed, and her fresh face is apparently thanks to a tip from the Duchess of Cambridge.

The First Lady’s make-up artist Carl Ray says that Kate recommended £43 ($54) Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel to Michelle – a non-injectable ‘organic Botox’. www.biotulin.com

[caption id="attachment_13156" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Kate shows off her youthful glow at the premiere of a Streetcat Named Bob in London. The Duchess has reportedly been sharing her skincare secrets with Michelle Obama.[/caption]

‘Michelle Obama has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton,’ Carl told Celebrities Style, adding that it is ‘unbelievable’ for erasing wrinkles. The gel contains a natural local anesthetic extracted from the plant Acmella oleracea, which promises to reduce muscle contractions and relax the facial features around the eyes and between the eyebrows. This promises to reduce fine lines and make the skin noticeably smoother. It also contains extracts of Imperata cylindrica, a hardy grass that grows in South America’s desert regions, which gives an intense moisturising effect.

[caption id="attachment_13157" align="aligncenter" width="234"] Kate and Michelle first met at a reception at Buckingham Palace in May 2011.[/caption]

The third key element is skin-plumping Hyaluronic acid to restore fullness to the face. Biotulin claims to provide visible results in 60 minutes that last up to 24 hours. Carl has previously revealed that Michelle likes to keep her skincare regime simple and natural, relying on exercise, plenty of water, a good diet and sleep to keep her glowing.

‘It’s really pretty basic. I wash my face with a good cleanser, and I use a moisturizer with an SPF,’ she told Prevention. ‘Every now and then I’ll go to a dermatologist for microderm or a facial, but I don’t have time to do that all the time.’

[caption id="attachment_13158" align="aligncenter" width="351"] The pair had the chance to catch up again when the Cambridges hosted the Obamas for dinner at Kensington Palace in April this year.[/caption]

And the First Lady herself confirmed in an interview that she doesn’t go in for a complicated regime. The Duchess is also a fan of natural skincare and is reportedly a convert to Beuti Skincare’s Beauty Sleep Elixir, which contains 14 plant-based oils that neutralise the enzymes that inflame and damage the skin.

It’s not known for certain when Kate passed on her skincare secret to Michelle, but the pair were first introduced at a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2011, shortly after the royal wedding.And they had the chance to catch up again when the Cambridges hosted the Obamas for a private dinner at Kensington Palace in April this year. More Information: www.biotulin.com

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February 21, 2017 – 11:48 AM - | Posted in beauty | No Comments »

Round Up Your Devices and Power Them Up With Accell Powramid Air Power Center


Let’s face it, we all have a huge collection of electronics. Most of them need to be recharged or plugged in, and the outlets in some of our homes just isn’t enough. Especially our tech savvy family, we live in an older home and the amount of outlets just can’t keep up with the amount of power we need! We’re always using power strips, but those strips are so ugly, unappealing and stick out like a sore thumb.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging station changes all of our problems. It’s kind of cool looking, not your typical power strip at all. It’s a disc-like shape with a little glow added to it, making this round power center something unique and almost nice to look at in your space.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station has 6 outlets. The difference between this and a normal power strip isn’t only the shape, but being that it’s round, you can use all six outlets no matter what size or shape the adapter is, no more covered ports because of a charger, they all fit and they can all be used! The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB charging station is also good for group / office settings as it can be placed allowing everyone access to an outlet.

Besides the power outlets, you are also able to use USB charging ports. There are two available and feature smart chips which will provide a combined 2.4A of fast charging. It’s not just lip service. Plugging my phone in and it was fully charged in a matter of an hour. Any device that can use a USB charger can be charged on the Accell Powramid Air Power Center.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center also comes with safety features such as surge protection, as well as a blue surge protection indicator light, 15 amp circuit breaker, and a product warranty.

We keep our Powramid Air Power Center used at all times, it’s been a blessing to our home and we were able to get rid of the ugly flat power strips we normally used, it also saved space with its round flat design.

You can purchase the Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB charging station on Amazon.com or check out Accell’s website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to see more products and news.

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February 20, 2017 – 1:01 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »
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