Monday, November 28, 2016

Boys Bomber Jacket + Denim Shirt






As my five-year-old son has grown into a 33-year-old man over the course of his wondrous life, I can't help but notice that he's developed his own personal style of boys fashion. It used to be simple. I would pick out his outfits and shoes for the day, throw them on, and he would be pleased. Now, he must approve everything and if it's not cohesive with his style then we have to start over. Therefore, I've learned to allow him to pick out his own pieces by giving him choices. Hence, this look that we've created here. Teamwork makes the dream work.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Matrix Fitness


Although doing cardio is such a wondrous event filled with sweat-drenching excitement in the gym, believe it or not, it’s quite comforting to be able to do this at home. It takes away from that whole “sitting in your own sweat” during the drive home from working out. Therefore, I’ve teamed up with Matrix Fitness to introduce their newest residential luxury line of Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Matrix Fitness is the fastest growing commercial fitness equipment brand and their equipment is found in many elite gyms. 

One can assume my level of excitement (and my sweat glands were enthused) when I discovered they just launched their Home Fitness line of machines. These machines have all the best technology and accessories for an incredible at home gym experience. I know I’m not the only one who agrees that it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals when you have proper entertainment (i.e. apps on apps on apps) to keep your mind occupied, which makes Matrix Fitness equipment so unique. Personally, I like to watch YouTube, listen to music, and have the capability to connect my phone to stay in sync at all times. 







Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines also come equipped with Sprint 8, a HIIT training program that helps trim fat, tone muscles and boost energy. Some users experienced a 27% body-fat loss in 8 weeks without changing their diets! 

Visit their website to find out more information about the all new Matrix Fitness residential luxury line.


This post is sponsored by Matrix Fitness. All opinions are my own.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Zesty Holiday Snowballs Recipe


The holidays are one of my most cherished times of the year not only for being able to spend time with friends and family, but eating delicious food as well. However, I seem to struggle with finding healthier options whenever I go home. Obviously, I can't deny eating my mother's cooking or all of the thousands of holiday treats she makes. On the other hand, introducing healthy options is a possibility. To test out this magical theory of mine, I've teamed up with Earth Balance® to conduct a "Sneaky Swap" by swapping Earth Balance® Buttery Spread or Sticks in one of my traditional holiday recipes. Earth Balance® Earth Balance® Buttery Spread and Sticks are a plant-based alternative to butter or margarine, and I've actually been using it for quite awhile now. I've tried to make it an effort to reduce the amount of dairy I consume, for personal preference, and can't even taste the difference.

Therefore, I tested this out with my five-year-old son, with this recipe for "Zesty Holiday Snowballs." With only five ingredients, they are extremely simple to make and a healthier alternative to other holiday treats that may be lurking around.



Ingredients:
2 cup shredded coconut + extra for coating
1/2 cup almonds, peanuts, or macadamia nuts
2-3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp Earth Balance® Buttery Spread, melted
Zest and juice of 1 lemon





Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Roll into 1-inch balls, coat in coconut, and let cool in the refrigerator until firm.

Makes 12-15 balls. Calories per ball: 150.

The "Sneaky Swap" turned out to be a success, as my son loved eating and making these yummy treats! If this particular recipe isn't your cup of tea, or you're looking for a visible step-by-step guide, check out this recipe for Peanut Butter French Toast.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Earth Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Toyota RAV4


Believe it or not, I vowed to never become one of those caravan soccer-mom drivers after I had my son. There was something about driving an oversized minivan that did not scream, "I have arrived." However, I have opened up to crossovers or SUV's. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Crossover has been an absolute breeze to drive, and it's not too bad on the eyes either. Its bold and chiseled exterior gives it an athletic touch, yet it remains refined with elegant interior. 

Let me break it down for you. After I stepped inside the vehicle for the first time, I utilized the Smart Key System and pressed the ignition. I thought to myself, "do you hear that?" Absolutely nothing. The RAV4 has such a quiet start that I turned the vehicle off and back on, to make sure it was accurate. Aside from that, it's spacious enough to fit my whole life and then some. It also has an incredibly proven hybrid powertrain and great fuel efficiency. What surprised me the most was its 194 horsepower, which gave it sporty acceleration (we all know I love this aspect of cars).






Toyota RAV4 Crossover featured throughout.

For more information, visit www.toyota.com


What I'm rocking:

Trench by Revolve
Jumpsuit c/o Anatomie (older style)
Shoes c/o Cole Haan at Brickell City Centre 


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