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It started out innocently enough. I was trying to make beer cheese dip with homemade pretzel bites and the recipe called for one cup of ale. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what ale was. Timidly, I asked my boyfriend, and he looked at me like I had two heads. I’ve been of legal drinking age for a few years now and still didn’t know what an ale was? A prominent beer drinker, I could see the confusion on his face. I knew I liked Corona with lime in the summer, and Guinness in the colder months, but anything beyond that and I’m stumped.
To avoid being one of the 6% of working Americans who call in sick to work on Monday morning and participating in the 20% rise in antacid sales the day after the game, why not try one or two of these simple tricks to "healthify" your traditional Super Bowl snacks. Remember, small changes, over time, add up to big results.
Soups were made for Winter. When it's cold outside, I have a tough time eating a salad, when my body is really craving something warm and tasty. I used to be someone who could only follow a recipe. I would pin it, print it or read about it in a magazine and follow each step exactly. But the more comfortable I became in the kitchen, the easier "throw together" recipes just come together. That is exactly how this soup came about.
When I started Genuine Joy four year ago, I never wanted to be better than anyone else, but I did want to be the best ME that I could be. Everyday. I wanted to grow and evolve as a person and as a website. With that, I introduce our newest series titled "Conversations." Check out the video to learn more and I truly look forward to our continued Conversations.
We had planned this trip for last year, but I came down with an awful ear infection and couldn't fly for a few weeks. By the time we went to rebook, the ideal time to vacation in Puerto Rico had come and gone. We rescheduled for the same time this year, as we had planned for last year; but this year came with a ton of travel for Doug leading up to the vacation. Here is a snap shot of travels to Puerto Rico.
My sister, Whitney and I traveled to NYC last week and had a blast. It was the first time that it was just my sister and I traveling together -- usually the kids, another family member or friends. But, this time it was just the two of us and I really loved every minute! We are similar in that we both like to get out, walk the city and see the sights, but we also both enjoy time to ourselves to unplug and sleep. Our trip was was a quick 36-hour turnaround, but it was enough time to see what we wanted to see and catch a fashion show at New York Fashion Week as well.
Upon conclusion of New York Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to sit down with the lovely and uber stylish Savvy Javvy to talk about corporate fashion for the business chic woman. An advertising exec by day and a fashion enthusiast, juggling between street wear and corporate chic looks, Java shares with Genuine Joy what you should not wear in the workplace, what every woman should have in her chic closet and ways that you can translate "fashion" into your own "style."
The story of Everlane is an interesting one, but it's their new take on the traditional business model that's the most intriguing. Full transparency, no retail outlets and a group of hungry young entrepreneurs from company's such as J. Crew, Gilt Group, Goldman Sachs and Google have seriously established a creative online shopping experience.
Last weekend, I headed a few hours south to Richmond, Virginia for a fashion show. It had been awhile since I'd made a visit, and I was happy to be back. First, to see the wonderful family that I consider my "Richmond Family" or my "second family." Izabela, who is the youngest of the three kids and 16, was in a Fashion Show held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, where each participant had to apply and were selected to showcase their design skills.
I don't know about you, but I'm struggling with daylights savings time. It's only an hour, but getting up in the morning has been a challenge for the past few days. Tomorrow, I have a 6:30am fitness class, so I will most likely sleep in my Under Armour studio wear tonight. (I'm only half kidding!) Take a look at some of Elle Magazine's suggestions for the Ultimate High Energy Morning.
During the month of February, the American Heart Association (AHA) promotes awareness for the number one killer of woman, heart disease, which kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. While the annual Red Dress Fashion Show happened last week (more on that below) and the national Wear Red day was last Friday, being that today is Valentine's Day, I found it appropriate to talk about how we as women can protect our heart and better love ourselves. (You too men!)
As I write this, I have a bag of frozen peas strapped to my leg, icing a strained ligament in my knee. How did I strain it? Doing yoga. It was my own fault and I knew I should not have pushed it, but I did. And here I am, icing my leg and out of working out for the week (or until it heals.) This injury has me thinking about the basics. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing for 12 years like me, the guidelines are always the same.