Lo’s Exercise Post: Need Something New to Shake up or Wake up your Fitness Routine?

Hello Sweaty Friends, 


Lo here …   I am so excited to share with you a new online workout site.  Well it is not new but it is new to me and it also may be new to you too:


The website is ⇒ POPSUGAR Fitness and they have a fitness page with great tips on exercise and eating healthy.  

They also feature aYouTube-logo-full_colorYouTube channel with over 150 videos posted with over 600,000 views.

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Lo’s Quick Tip Tuesday: Beauty Post

Hello Sweet Friends, Remember that coconut oil we suggested you use as a body lotion in the last post… well be sure to put it on your toes over your pedicure. Your nail polish only chips because it dries out over time. Keeping it moist with coconut oil will help your pedicure and polish last longer!! 💅💅

Spring 💐 is finally here and we want those pedis to look their best for as long as possible.

Note:  I met with my esthetician (lovely Jennifer over at The Parker Clinic in Willoughby) today for a little spring tune up and exfoliating of my facial skin from all this cold and dry Cleveland winter weather.  I talked with her about coconut oil as a moisturizer.  She suggested that although it may work well on the body, to be cautious using it on the face except around the eye area.  She explained the coconut oil molecules are too large for our facial pores and could cause some clogging of the pores.  I use mainly around the eye area and on my lips and occasionaly a light application on my face in the dry zones.  Just wanted to pass along what I learned today.

Happy Spring,


Lo’s Beauty Post: Coconut Oil – Eat it or moisturize with it?

Pure, unrefined 100% organic extra virgin Coconut oil

Hello Sweet Friends,

Wasn’t sure whether to make this a beauty post or a food post because quite frankly in our house, we eat Coconut Oil AND we use it to moisturize our face and booty.  The only cardinal rule is one tub STAYS in the kitchen and the other tub STAYS in the bathroom and too bad if we run out of one… you cannot under any circumstance “borrow” from the other tub!!!!!

You have probably read all about how good coconut oil is for you but in case you haven’t I have posted some links below for you to check out.

How we use it in the kitchen …

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Lil’s Swap This for That…Series—Swap #2 Pop Tarts!!

Welcome Little Ladies,

Today’s Swap this for that is KPT and NPTP. My family used to buy the KPT brand, until we found out how much High Fructose Corn Syrup was in it!  Me and JD were very upset and we were determined to find a new brand of pop tarts. Soon enough NPTP came and found us!  We started to compare the two:

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Swap This for That … Series — Swap #1 Peanut Butter

Hello Sweet (enough, that you don’t need extra sugar) Friends,

This is the first in a series by Lo and Lil called Swap This for That.

In this series of post, I will help you look into ways to swap out some old favorite foods for healthier options.

Thanks to Lil’s Nonna (Italian for grandmother), she introduced Lil to a new sandwich option a few years ago and Lil came home raving about Nutella and asking me to buy it for her.  Lil has always been a picky eater so I was willing to oblige her with a new food choice in the hopes of expanding her food horizons.  Once I got to the store and “turned the box” or in this case the jar, I realized that just 2 tablespoons of Nutella had over 20 grams of sugar.  I was shocked while reading the label and upset with Nonna for giving Lil a new favorite food that had so much sugar! 😡 Continue reading

**This blog post by “LIL”: HAIR!!! To cut or not to cut… that is the question?

pink-hair-scissors-and-comb-21984917-hairdresser-sign-with-scissors-and-comb-on-white-backgroundIMG_0010Hey there Girlfriends,

“Lil” here with a post for the younger Lo & Lil audience.  So Moms grab your girls and share my blog post with them… I’ll wait…………….  go… go….

Have any of you been thinking of cutting your hair lately?  I cut my hair recently and I had to weigh all the options before I decided to make the cut!  💇

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How do I get a meal on the table every night?


Salads for the week


Hello Sweet Friends,

How do I get a meal on the table every night… Well let me tell you “it ain’t easy.”

I will not kid you …every night is NOT a fresh home-cooked 3 course dinner.  We have lots of evening activities. The kids current sport, basketball, brings lots of practices and games.  There are piano lessons for Lil and lots of school homework and projects to do just like you and your family.

To make sure that my husband and I get a healthy dinner on the table every night, it is “B-I-G” salads (Seinfeld reference here) and lots of hearty soups or chili dishes.  I usually grocery shop on Friday or Monday and then Monday is always my salad making days.  I make enough so that hubby and I have enough for the weekday nights (Lil will also eat just baby spinach, cheese and olives, yeah.)  I use a lot of the cleaned spinach and cut and wash hearty romaine lettuce to which I add red onion, cucumbers, red peppers, olives, tomatoes and chickpeas and then right before we eat our salad each night we add pepitas and pistachio nuts and Newman’s Own Light dressing.

This in itself is sometimes enough of a meal for me depending on when and what I had for lunch.  I will usually make a good hearty soup and a chili for the week.  Yes I know salad and soup/chili every night??!!  Tell me your chicken and broccoli doesn’t get boring too.  Most of the time for us, it is just about making sure we get our bellies full of healthy nutrients and the weekends can be for fancier (calorie rich) meals whether made at home or dining out.

Why a salad?  Look at all the great benefits — Power nutrients in all of these food groups

  • Spinach & Romaine – Leafy greens, more so than other vegetables, play a significant role in decreasing our risk of diabetes, possibly because of their fiber and magnesium, which helps thyroid hormone secretions, metabolism and overall nerve and muscle function.  The best way to get your Vitamin C is through natural sources such as romaine lettuce and turnip greens.

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Looking for some new videos to motivate your workout…

Let hoopla be your guide
to a better new you in 2015!
Hey there Sweet Friends,
Hoopla is an app that lets you instantly borrow free digital movies, audiobook, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.
Download a new yoga or exercise video tonight for a quick workout in the morning!  Have your library card handy.  You will need it to get set up on your iPad or other tablet device.
If you don’t like the video, just “return” with a click of a button or if you love it then you won’t mind spending money at the store to purchase it.  There is nothing worse than spending money on a video to find out it is not for you.
Here’s to you and feeling good in a cold & snowy January!
Love, Health and Happiness to you,


Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer

Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Joan was interviewed by The Today Show.

Please read very closely her #4 and #5 things she wished she had known before …

4. Diet plays such a huge role in preventing and fighting cancer

Many things that we eat and drink are causing us to get cancer. All the garbage food that I ate along with every other American — processed, refined foods — I now look at it with eyes wide open. I see now how I unwittingly contributed to my own breast cancer.

Since my diagnosis, I have switched over to eating nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods that don’t cause any inflammation in my body. My nutritionist put me on a no-wheat, no-dairy, no-sugar eating regimen. I thought: What’s left when you take those away? But actually, there’s a lot left.

I eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower. I also look for dark purple fruits and vegetables, like red cabbage, eggplant, beets, blueberries and blackberries. 

When I was given an eating regimen that I was told could save my life, it became an empowering, life- saving eating program, not a diet of deprivation.

5. It’s important to become a voracious label reader

Sugar is added to almost everything that we buy and eat, and it’s like the best fertilizer ever for cancer cells. I stood in the aisle at Whole Foods one time and looked at 20 jars of spaghetti sauce and only two of them did not contain sugar. Start reading labels: I always considered myself a label reader, but I wasn’t. But boy, I am now.


She puts it best when she says sugar is like the best fertilizer for cancer cells.  Did you know that everyone has cancer cells in their body but not everyone will develop cancer?  Sugar fuels cancer cells and conversely clean, whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes fuel what I like to call our “soldier” cells.  They are the good cells fighting against cancer cells and fighting for a healthy body and mind.

Read Joan’s entire list at The Today’s Shows Health page: