Monday, November 24, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #5

It's Monday.....during the last week of November....which means it's almost December....which means it's almost 2015 - craaaaaazy!

We had a great, quick weekend in NJ for our friends' wedding! It was a beauuuuutiful wedding at a magnificent country club with great food & a GREAT band.  It was a brisk 35-ish *F......but we were just so happy to be there to celebrate with them it didn't even matter!

Now it's back to reality - and back to my Thanksgiving tips!  Here is Tip #5.....

This tip is sure to boost your mind, body and spirit!  Tip #5 is...

We often take for granted 'simple' things that we have - whether it be a loving family or a roof over our head or a hot meal.  Not because we are ungrateful, but because it's hard to imagine that there are many people that live without these things every day.....

Charity is a beautiful thing.  It should come from the heart and you should never feel pressure or uncomfortable about should give what you can, where you can, how you can.

Some ways to GIVE this holiday season (and all year 'round!):

  • Time - Volunteer at a soup kitchen or help to pack boxes to send over to our military or to send to the victims of the recent natural disasters.
  • Money - Don't have the time but have the ability to give money, do so!  The charities will use it where they need it most.  Even $5 is helpful and appreciated.  It's not the amount, it's the fact that you're donating...because every little bit helps!
  • Goods - Donate old clothes, toys or furniture.  Clean out your closets and play rooms - some charities will even come to your house to pick up your donations.
Find a charity that you believe in, that you want to help - since it's YOUR time and money that you are giving away!  You want to make sure that where you think your goods/services are helping and what they are actually going towards are the same thing!

How are you planning to give back?
Doesn't it feel good??
2014 UPDATE:  I wish I had all the time (& money!) in the world to help everyone that needs it.  {Spoiler Alert: that's NOT the case! lol}  However, around this time of year we always donate what we can to Miami Children's Hospital - the hospital & their doctors, nurses & staff all hold a very special place in the hearts of our family. 

See you tomorrow for the next tip! :)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #4

So it's Saturday and we're on to Tip #4!  

I hope you're planning for ways to put my first 3 tips into action (anyone sign up for a Turkey Trot yet?? I did! I did!)

Hi guys!!  It's Saturday - WOO HOO - hope you're all having a great day!!  Since Thanksgiving is only a handful of days away, I'm sure some (most!) of you are taking advantage of this weekend time and starting on TIP #4....

This is a feast of a holiday - the mere mention of the word 'Thanksgiving' and my brain goes straight to thinking about turkey and cornbread and stuffing and cranberry sauce....and so on!

I think, for a lot of families, it's not only food that's made in the kitchen....memories are made there, too!  Cooking together, sharing recipes and the stories behind them, getting messy and pouring your love into the dishes that you're really makes them taste even better, I'm sure of it!

Now I'm not telling you to dive in and cook a 20 lb turkey!!  If you're up for the challenge though, go for it!

I'm just suggesting you make appetizer, a side, a dessert.  What's your go-to dish?  What are you great at making?  MAKE THAT!!

If you have the time, try something new a few days before Thursday and see how it goes!  If not, just make what you know.  There is so much else going these days it'll be way less stressful to make something already in your repertoire!!

Cooking is also very exciting because you're in control....of the ingredients!  You can make substitutions, swapping out high fat/calorie foods for great alternatives, or not!  You decide!

I think it's healthy for mind and body - so get in the kitchen with your loved ones and help prepare this awesome meal for your family and friends!

What are you making for Thanksgiving??
I'm planning to make a green bean casserole and something yummy for dessert!

2014 UPDATE: We're going OUT for dinner this year! Takes some of the pressure off & best of all...we don't have to clean up!!  It's not as intimate but it's easier since we're a lot of people this year!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #3

TGIF my friends!!  It's time for Tip #3! {Here are Tip #1 and Tip #2 in case you missed it!}

By now we're all familiar with this game I'm playing, so I'll get right into TIP #3....

This is a healthy tip for your mental well-being rather than your physical well-being, but in my opinion it's just as important as TIPS #1 and #2!

Have a conversation!  Sounds simple, I know....but please let this be your reminder to DO IT!  

Sit down with your grandparents....your children....your friends...and have a meaningful chat!  Put away the video games, shut off the TV and grab a coffee or hot chocolate and just TALK!  This is time together that you won't get back.

Tell stories with each other, share things and connect - or reconnect! - with the people that mean the most to you!  Take the time to let these people know that they are important in your life.  It sounds small but it really feels good, and means a lot!

I have close girlfriends that I don't see or speak to all the time because we're...well...busy.  After college we all went off to do our own thing - I got married and started a family, some friends moved to the Big Apple and started the "Sex and the City", single-gal life, others went off to graduate school.  

We may not see or speak to each other every day or even every week, but when we do we pick up right where we left off.  We can see updates from Facebook and pictures, but it's nice to connect sometimes...not through text or email, but through real conversation.

Take advantage of (free!) video chat to connect with loved ones that can't be with you physically!

Sometimes you need a reminder to make that extra call, or close your computer, to make the most of the moment that you're in, with the people you love!

Stay tuned for TIP #4 tomorrow :)

Do you have family or friends that you may not see or speak to all the time but when you do it's like no time has passed?


2014 UPDATE: Let's make a Thanksgiving-resolution together.... Make 1 phone call to a friend or family member that you haven't spoken to or seen in a while. I PROMISE you that you will feel so good after you're done! And keep me posted :) 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #2

Thanks for coming back today for Tip #2!! {In case you missed it, here's Tip #1 from yesterday!}

I am reposting these from last year so some of the links aren't relevant but the tips & tricks are totally applicable!

Here is my 2013 Thanksgiving Holiday TIP #2

I hope this series is getting you excited for Thanksgiving - I've enjoyed planning it and coming up with tips that I think you guys will really be able to use and implement!  It's not that I'm giving you mind-blowing suggestions that you never would have thought's just that sometimes (especially for me!) it helps to see things in black and white, laid out in front of me, in a simple list!

For today, here is Tip #2:

I know what you're thinking...drink?  How is that a healthy tip??

I'm not talking alcohol people!!  (but I will get to that in a minute!)  I'm talking the good for you, refreshing, raw, pure, delicious...




Water is important for so many reasons, especially around the holidays when there tends to be more eating and less moving!  Water fills you up, it keeps things moving (ahem!), it keeps you hydrated (duh! lol) and honestly, more times than not, when you think you're hungry, you may just be thirsty!  Try it and let me know! 
If you can't stand the taste of water - which I can't understand because has no taste! lol - try something to spice it up, like Crystal Light!  But there really is no substitute for the real deal!

As a former Weight Watcher (or lifelong WW, I guess!), I am a water freak!  I drink water all the time, all day long, every day!  I always have my water with me!  And so should you!  

If you're interested, I just found this great article - click here for Real Simple's Best Reusable Water Bottles.


Don't get me wrong....I am planning to drink alcohol too!  Any reason to celebrate!  Just remember to drink responsibly, have a plan and don't drink and drive!  Enjoy yourself within reason :)

Do you like water?  
Do you drink 'enough' of it?

2014 UPDATE:  I am still on the water (band) wagon!! Drink it people - all day, every day!!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #1

So for the next 9 days (Sunday won't have a tip!) I will be posting tips that will help you get through the Thanksgiving holiday!  Little reminders to keep in mind during this holiday season!!

I am reposting these from last year so some of the links aren't relevant but the tips & tricks are totally applicable!

Here is my 2013 Thanksgiving Holiday TIP #1

Thanksgiving is only a week away!!  WOW - that came fast, huh?  

The days leading up to Thanksgiving will be filled with family, friends, fun and food - and rightfully so!  It is a time to indulge and enjoy yourself, to stop THINKING so much, to give thanks for everything that you have, everything that you should be grateful for!

Which is why I decided to do A Tip a Day until the Big Day...  Each day I will reveal a new tip - and include some easy and feasible ways to incorporate this 'tip' into your Thanksgiving celebration.  These tips will not help you lose weight (necessarily!).  They aren't really meant for that....they are simply meant as a reminder to stay mentally and physically 'healthy' during this festive and food-y holiday!

So let's get this party started with....

TIP #1 - MOVE!

If you have the time and energy, continue on with your usual workout routine! Why not, right?  Go to the gym, head out for a run, take a spin class!  If you're pressed for time, check out my favorite online trainers that have 100s of full-length real-time workouts to choose from...Melissa Bender and Coach Kozak!

Sign up for your local "turkey trot" which is a fun and light-hearted 5k run/walk.  Or if there isn't one near you, sign up for a virtual one! (like Roni is hosting, check it out here!)

Walk at the park, walk to the park, walk after dinner with your family, walk while the kids ride their bikes, walk to check out the homes in your neighborhood that have put up their Christmas lights  (I'm excited to say that we have a few already!!), just take a feels good!

Dance with your kids, with your honey, by yourself!, in your living room, like no one's watching!

Do #wycwyc - can't ask for more than that! :)

Is anyone planning to run a Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving?? I am!

Stay tuned for the next week while I slowly reveal the rest of my healthy tips!!

2014 UPDATE: I AM doing the Turkey Trot again this year on Thanksgiving morning! I love a chilly, casual 5k with my sister!! :)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Wordless Tuesday...why not??

Hi friends!!

So I'm popping in to share some pictures and I'm not really in a chatty mood (shocking, right?!) so I'm making it a Wordless Wednesday Tuesday...because I CAN!! :)

Tomorrow I'm going to be starting a week-long series of posts called: 

8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving!  

so stay tuned for that!  They're going to be more of re-posts, because I ran the series last year!, but I'm pretty sure most of us weren't friends back then so it'll be new to a lot of you!! They're great, fun tips so get excited!!

So here are some pics of what's been going on around here lately....

Making our own ornaments!! $3 for 20 ornament crafts - I {heart} you Target!

Our "Tree"....
Spoiler Alert: We don't celebrate Christmas - but I LOVE being festive over the holidays!

Dinner with friends Friday night - I DID NOT finish this....not even close...but it was really good!

They're ALWAYS looking for the garbage ALL hours of the day....even in the DARK....when it's not even garbage day!! [little boys!]
See you tomorrow for Tip 1!

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