Archive | February, 2012

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Mama’s Kitchen: Bagel with Avocado & Tomato

bagel with tomato and avocado
One of my favorite spots in North Beach is Cafe Sappore. We lived around the block and we’d have breakfast there every weekend. No flavored cream cheeses here, just open face bagel sandwiches piled high with healthy ingredients. I miss my bagel sandwiches so I’ve recreated one of my favorites. It’s super easy, healthy and delicious – and only takes 5 minutes to make.

Bagel with Avocado & Tomato

1 Bagel (I use 1 mini whole wheat bagel – only 70 calories!)
Few slices of avocado (enough to cover both halves of your bagel)
Few slices of tomato (enough to cover both halves of your bagel)
2 Basil Leaves thinly sliced
Dijon Mustard
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
**Cheese is optional – a slice of Jarlsberg is really nice with this.

Slice the bagel in half and toast. While the bagel is toasting slice the avocado, tomato and basil. When the bagel is toasted to your liking, spread dijon mustard on both halves. Add avocado and press down on the avocado so it spreads on the bagel (by doing that it’s easier to eat and doesn’t slide), then layer the tomato and basil. Drizzle a dab of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Finish off with salt & pepper.

Buon Appetito!

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Happy Leap Day!

happy leap day

Happy Leap Day! Are you doing anything special today? February 29th only comes around every four years so make sure you do something special today. Happy Birthday to Leapers!

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CoreBody Reformer Challenge: Week 2

CoreBody Reformer Challenge Week 2

Today I started week two of my CoreBody Reformer Challenge. I’m on the 3-day plan so I worked out on the CBR three days last week and I definitely felt the burn. On Tuesday and Wednesday my glutes were sore and after I did the core workout later in the week my abs were a little sore. I like feeling sore after a workout because I feel like I did something. If I don’t feel sore, then I feel like I didn’t work hard enough.

For all of my workouts last week I kept the resistance the same – I had one level of resistance added – and I’m keeping that level this week. There are definitely moments when I want to lower the resistance but then I feel like it will be too easy. Some of the workouts are only twenty minutes so I want to make sure I get the most out of them. I may start adjusting the resistance depending on the movement I’m doing. My legs are a lot stronger than my arms and I think I could bump up the resistance when my legs are using the resistance bands and keep the resistance lower for my arms. The main thing is whether I can keep proper form because without the right form there’s no point in upping the resistance.

Last week I was feeling a bit under the weather so I didn’t run as much as I usually do but I stayed committed to the CBR challenge. One of the great things about the CoreBody Reformer is that you can adjust the resistance and the workout level you choose to do depending on how you feel. It’s too early to see any major changes but I’m definitely feeling a bit stronger because some of the movements were harder for me to complete last week than they are this week. I’m excited for week two and I’ll check in with you next week!

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Sneak Peek! DVF for GapKids & BabyGap

DVF for GapKids and BabyGap

Last week Gap sent out an email to get us excited about the DVF for GapKids & BabyGap collection and I recently saw a sneak peek online thanks to Child Mode.  And I’m happy to say that my prediction came true – mini wrap-dresses! The line also includes DVF’s signature prints and bright colors.  I also love hearing DVF speak – she’s like a wise mama when she says “to empower a little girl is to empower the woman she will become.”

DVF for GapKids and BabyGap

DVF for GapKids and BabyGap

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Hello Kitty Flies the Friendly Skies: Eva Air Hello Kitty Airplanes

Eva Air Hello Kitty Airplanes

Thought you’d seen enough Hello Kitty products?  Well Taiwanese airline Eva Air has teamed up with the kawaii kitty to create Hello Kitty-themed aircraft.  The partnership has been going since 2005 but Eva Air recently launched three new jets to celebrate the airlines 20th anniversary.  The themes for the three jets are: apple, magic and global. Any sort of accessory you would find at an airport or on an airplane is Hello Kitty themed from luggage tags, boarding passes, lotions, pillows and meals.  I am trying to find an excuse to fly Eva Air just so I can experience this!

Source: Huffington Post

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Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids

diane von furstenberg babygap gapkids

Last year I mentioned that Diane von Fursteneurg was teaming up with Gap to produce collection for babygap and GapKids.  The capsule collection will be mostly girls’ clothing with a few unisex baby pieces and will be in stores in almost 30 countries and available online in 75 countries.  Well, now we have an exact launch date – March 15th.  This is one “ides of March” that I’m looking forward to!  I can’t wait to see this collection.

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CoreBody Reformer Challenge: Week 1

This week I’m starting my CoreBody Reformer six-week challenge. I was lucky enough to receive a CoreBody reformer to try out and for the next six-weeks I’ll be doing the 3-day plan (3 workouts/week) and documenting my experiences and results.

The CoreBody reformer is a reformer machine modified for in-home use. There is a tube that you are meant to stand, balance or sit on and you exercise by moving pulleys with your arms or legs, depending on the workout. The pulleys have three levels of resistance which you can adjust by simply clicking a button.

The CoreBoy Reformer comes with lots of useful bonus products: a DVD with four workouts, a workout schedule calendar, recipe book, food journal and portable workout cards.

corebody reformer

I wanted to try the CoreBody reformer because I need help with getting toned. Since I have a dance and yoga background, I liked the combination of cardio dance, pilates and yoga movements that the CoreBody Reformer used. I tried the CBR two times before starting the challenge so that I could get familiar with the product. On my two trial workouts I used the basic level one resistance with no added weight to get acclimated with the CBR.

Each of the exercises focuses on a certain area (arms, legs, core) but since you are balancing for many of the exercises you are always using your core. There are also modifications for each exercise so you can work up to a higher level. The DVD shows the three levels: easy, intermediate and advanced. For my first challenge workout today I pressed one button on each pulley to add a bit more resistance and give myself a harder workout. I fluctuated between intermediate and advanced because I have pretty good balance and am able to stand on the CBR. I definitely broke a sweat and feel like my legs may be sore tomorrow.

If you’ve been reading the blog then you know that earlier this year I did a cleanse and finally got down to my pre-pregnancy weight of 96 pounds. Since then I’ve managed to keep most of those last nasty 5 pounds off and during the week I fluctuate between 96 and 98 pounds. This morning when I weighed myself I was 98 pounds. I’m happy with my weight but I want to be more toned. My stomach is totally stretched out after the baby and that is my main area of concern.

I hate pictures of myself – especially ones of me in fitness clothing but I’m doing this for you… This is what I look like.

I’ll show you what I look like at the end of the 6 weeks and I’m hoping that I’ll have more muscle tone and a tighter stomach – I want my waist back! In addition to the CBR workouts three-days a week, I’ll continue running 3-4 days/week and eating well. I’ll touch base with you each week to let you know how it’s going. Wish me luck!

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Tiny TOMS and TOMS Kids Fall 2012 Collection

toms kids shoes one for one

By now you’re probably familiar with TOMS One for One pact – for each pair of footwear you purchase, a pair is donated to a child in need. TOMS is expanding their product offering for kids and Tiny TOMS to include familiar styles with updates on fabrications and pops of color on the soles. You can have the little ones look cute while helping another little one in need. It doesn’t get much better than that. You can purchase TOMS for kids and Tiny TOMS on the TOMS webshop.

toms kids shoes one for one

toms kids shoes one for one

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Volley Shoes for Kids – The Sole of Australia

volley shoes for kids

Volley Sneakers is known as “the sole of Australia”. Founded in 1939, Volley is Australia’s oldest and largest sneaker company. This season is Volley’s first out of the country and for those of us living in the states, it’s “new.” The The Australian icon’s classic tennis shoe styles are simple and look best when worn in a bit. Some of the styles are taken directly out of the company’s archive and are from the 1950s and 1970s and are sized down for the little ones. You can purchase a pair on Volley’s webstore.

volley shoes for kids

volley shoes for kids

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Superga Italian Sneakers for Kids

superga baby shoes

At Project there were a lot of smaller sneaker brands that caught my eye and Superga was one of them. I guess smaller brand may be misleading though. Superga is over 100 years old and is billed as the People’s Shoe of Italy. These shoes may be relatively new to us in the U.S. but in Italy Superga is an institution. The classic tennis shoes are perfect for the little ones because they come in many colors and fun styles. You can purchase online on Superga-USA.com.

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