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February 25, 2015

Wedding Workouts to get you Looking Amazing

Working out is hard.  Sometimes it feels like the stars, planets, and moon have to be perfectly aligned for us to feel completely ready to take on 60 minutes of heart pounding, exasperating exercise.  But damn are we always glad we did.  Not to mention the pressure you soon-to-be brides are under!

With the craziness, of work, friends, family, emotionally unstable dogs, it is so hard to find an hour!  Great thing is, you don't always need an hour, or a gym membership, or Nike Air's.  We know how important it is for you ladies to feel your absolute best and most confident on your wedding day, so we have compiled our favorite workouts to give you the little push or high five you may need and absolutely deserve.

Alyson's #1 go-to:

A good leg day makes me walk like I own the place (okay, maybe the day after leg day, or 3 days, whatever).  However, if I only have a couple of minutes and I want to get my heart pumping and feeling strong, I go straight to my core.

I will typically start with mountain climbers to get my body warm and heart rate up.  I don't have a certain amount or reps that I do.  I find a good song and and do as many as I can while the tempo is up, take a rest when it slows a bit and speed back up with it.

Crunches with an Exercise Ball

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For a little extra coordination work and fun, reach  and grab the ball brining it down over your head and returning it back to your feet.  Don't have an exercise ball? No problem.  Improvise with a couch cushion, laundry basket, or gym bag full of towels!

Planks

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Don't be scared of them!  Plank's are your friend.  60 seconds looking ahead, and without collapsing, switch to side planks and hold for 60.  Looking for a challenge?  Add some dips in there!  Lowering your hips to the ground and returning back to side plank position.

Kate's gym must: Cardio

I am so much more of a cardio girl than anything else.  I love how much energy I gain from it and breaking a sweat is instant gratification!  I have two favorites: 1) Going for a good old fashioned run, and 2) Cross Country Skiing.  Personally, I think music changes everything.  If you have trouble running more than a block or two, consider a change in tempo.  Most people think really fast paced music gets them going.  For me, it made me go to fast and burn out.  I choose something lighter and slower, like Ed Sheeran or Norah Jones Radio.  That way I can keep a steady pace.

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Cardio and Cross Country Skiing slim and tone your entire body.  The muscles used support your back and core all day, so keeping them strong is crucial.   Not snowy where you are living?  Get some rollerblades!  It is essentially the same movement and muscle groups, and you will get the most high fives of anyone.  Style points for sunscreen and a fanny pack.

Chelsea's cant live without: Yoga

I have been doing yoga for years and have seriously fallen in love.  The challenge in new poses, strength you can honestly feel being built, and the calm quiet voice of your instructor clearing your mind, have locked me in.

My favorite pose, and I think incredibly beneficial for any level of yogi, Warrior II Pose into Warrior III Pose.

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These poses really zero in on balance and utilize your entire body's muscle to hold Warrior II and slowly move into Warrior III.

 Fit Tip- Jillian Michaels is not in our living room's yelling at us, and following all the Victoria Scret angels on instagram does more harm than motivation-so where do we get our push??  We absolutely LOVE the photo blog theberry.com for their hilarious photos, titles, and captions. They feature a section compiled totally of pictures and phrases to get you feeling 110% ready.  Go to their site and check out Daily Motivation or DAMO.  (Feel free to also enjoy Shirtless Friday) you can thank us later.

Tweak these and make your own wedding workouts and get going!  You are going to look as amazing as you feel.

May 27, 2015

What do I Bring to a Destination Wedding?!

A destination wedding is such a treat as you get to be in one of your favorite places, with your favorite people.  They can however, be that much more stressful as well.  We have listed our top 5 categories to run through as you pack for the big trip!  Get out your suitcase, pour some tea (or wine), and start getting excited!  (Norah Jones radio always help ease any jitters.  We promise).

Carry On

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Typically we like to keep carry on's short and sweet, a few magazines, snacks, and our wallets.  Your destination wedding trip is another story.  You will ABSOLUTELY need to be checking your wedding dress, rings/wedding day jewelry, and vows.  Too many times are we wearing clothes from high school out of our old bedrooms waiting for our bags to arrive.  Somewhat acceptable visiting home, NOT acceptable when your'e saying I-do.  Be sure to pass this on to members of your wedding party, Mothers, and Mr. Future Hubby.  Dad's always seem to figure it out (thanks to said Mothers..).  Be sure to tell the gate attendant so she can give you special attendance.

Electronics

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These days it seems as though we can't successfully go anywhere without or gadgets fixated to our hands, but with everything on your mind, it doesn't hurt to be extra prepared.  Chargers, batteries, cases, etc.  It is also recommended to label your items with your name and email address.  Many busy brides accidentally leave these leaping from one spot to the next, and who doesn't love a label maker?  One hot tip-if you're leaving the country, be sure to bring the necessary outlet converter and remind your guests as well.  It's also easy to be TOO prepared, you probably won't need 2 EXTRA "in-case" chargers since chances are 80% of your guests have the same gadgets as you.  Over packing can in fact cause more stress.  We have proven it.

Clothing

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This is REALLY where over packing becomes an issue.  Really try and be realistic in what you plan to wear.  We suggest laying out your outfits a week or two beforehand.  Seeing them everyday will make it easier and more natural to add, subtract, and swap as needed.  As much as you will want to wear that gorgeous new maxi you bought before you even lift off, aim for having your bag packed and zipped 4 days prior.  Hot tip-if you feel good in them, pack strapless bathing suits to avoid tan lines.

Medical

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This is important and can get over-looked.  Any and all necessary prescriptions, ibuprofen for any stubborn headaches, allergy medicine if you are traveling during allergy season,  Cortisone cream for rashes/skeeter bites (or any bad waxes; again, proven), extra contacts, and potentially a mild non-addictive sleep aid.  When we have a big day it is almost impossible to get shut eye, and that never leaves us at our best.  Remind guests that if you are traveling to a popular or secluded destination, chances are these items will be pricier to buy there, so bring whatever you can.

Oh yea!

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Our miscellaneous pile, also easy to over pack (ie. everyone's junk drawer in the kitchen).  Keep a running list a few weeks before you leave, either on your phone or a notepad that is always within reach.  Things will pop in your head while running on the treadmill, waiting in line at the post office, and most likely in the middle of the night.  A few days before, sort out the necessities and the "I-could-live-without"s, and pack into corresponding categories.  We always have an organized miscellaneous bag with us.  Our #1 don't forget- your serenity.  Keep in mind this is a special time, and reward yourself with a one-on-one dinner with Mr. Future Hubby, some yoga, or a mani-pedi.  We suggest all three.