BattleFrog: A Race for the Family Being Fit for the Future

Let your kids get muddy! At BattleFrog we have races for any age.

TadPole Dash: The TadPole dash is for 4-8 year olds. The course has 8+ obstacles, through 400 meters, and is guaranteed to deliver a new experience of self-discovery. Children will learn they can take on these new and exciting challenges, while becoming “Fit for the Future”, getting totally muddy and having the time of their lives.

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Navy SEALs run the race with the kids, motivating them, entertaining them, and helping them over the tough spots and inspire them with the spirit of never quitting, teamwork and always trying your best. Start a lifetime love of fitness and competition at the Tadpole Dash. http://battlefrogseries.com/tadpole-dash/

BullFrog Mile: For your slightly older kids there is the BullFrog Mile. Your children can test themselves on at least ten of the full-size obstacles the top competitors tackle, but with a more manageable distance of one mile. Designed for kids ages 8 to 13, your kids can sample the mud crawls, climbing walls, slip and slides and our “boot camp” military fitness exercise. All with Navy SEAL motivation throughout the course as your kids work with other racers as an individual or on a team. The BullFrog Mile combines the right amount of challenge with the right amount of fun. http://battlefrogseries.com/bullfrog-mile/

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BattleFrog 8K: The BattleFrog course is a total test for people of all fitness levels from ages 13 and up. Each step is inspired by the training that forges SEAL operators and prepares them to do anything, anytime, anywhere. The approximate 8K course will take you through 22+ SEAL-inspired obstacles that use air, land and water to test your body, mind and spirit. http://battlefrogseries.com/

 

After run details….

  • Cross the line and receive a banana, water, protein bar and beer (if 21 and older)
  • Full festival after with free wine tasting, beer for purchase, and music.
  • Portrait Station: Take advantage of our professional portrait station and grab a free photo you’ll want to use for your next #ThrowbackThursday photo! These portrait photos will be posted in an album on our Facebook page within a week of your race.

Location:  Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Inc, 230 Pension Rd., Englishtown, NJ 07726

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City Sports: Fashionable and Functional Fitness Options

Purchasing quality clothing can be detrimental to a fitness or lifestyle enthusiasts wardrobe.  One needs to own performance wear that’s breathable, durable, and water repellant.  Those are only a few qualities that shoppers can find when visiting City Sports for apparel or footwear.

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City Sports recently opened a store in Rockville, MD.  In addition to providing athletic gear for any workout, they also offer boot camps and run clubs at each location, connecting community members with similar athletic interests.

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I received a package from the company with core run tights, full zip jacket, and lifestyle top.  My first reaction was to jumpstart my fitness plan for the new year.  I was successful in grabbing a quick workout before picking up the kids and look fashionable on the treadmill.

Although we’re between seasons, the full zip jacket was successful in keeping me warm with the lifestyle top underneath.  I added my faux fur vest to the look for a “breath of style” after leaving the gym and running errands.

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City Sports has a variety of brands in stock and they also run competitive sales on their merchandise.  Don’t forget to shop their gear category with products ranging from heart rate monitors to hydration packs.  Follow them on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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BioHarvest: First – Ever BioFood

BioHarvest, a brand that has pioneered a way to provide the benefits of red wine, in one convenient zero calorie packet: VINIA red grape powder.

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What is it really? VINIA is the first-ever biofood (a new kind of superfood) and is free of sugars, calories and alcohol

How do you consume it? Mix the red grape powder in anything you would normally eat or drink (oatmeal, yogurt, water, smoothies, salads, etc.) for a wellness boost

VINIA is now available for purchase in a 30-day supply box for $149.99 at www.BioHarvest.com. Or, consider purchasing a reoccurring subscription for $119.99/month. I’ve included topline key information for VINIA below for your reference.

VINIA™ Key Facts:

  • One serving contains a similar amount of Resveratrol as found in 1,000 grapes or 1 bottle of fine red wine
  • Supports blood circulation, healthy arteries, and blood pressure already within normal range
  • Comes directly from the Avnir red grape; contains NO artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives

About BioHarvest

BioHarvest, a consumer health care innovator, has pioneered a patented breakthrough platform technology to produce the first-ever superfood sub-category, known as “biofood,” made from the essence of fruit and vegetables and cultivated into a fine powder. The company’s flagship product, VINIA, is made from red grapes, and offers many of the benefits of red wine without sugars, calories, or alcohol. BioHarvest uses a clean production process – no solvent extraction used, non-GMO, free from fungicides, pathogens, pesticides and any other residual chemicals.

 

 

Valentine’s Day 2015 in DC – Specials and Gift Ideas

Treat that special someone to a Valentine’s Day they won’t forget. Up the ante this year by indulging in specials from Mari Vanna DC, Shinola, Union MarketDCanter and The Still Point. Whether it’s a relaxing spa day at The Still Point, decadent Russian caviar at Mari Vanna, luxurious leather goods from Shinola, delicious wines at DCanter or a heart-opening yoga session at Union Market, there’s something for every loved one this season.

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Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Ave., NW, www.marivanna.ru):
Spoil your sweetheart with an extravagant delicacy at Dupont hotspot Mari Vanna with their special Caviar Prix-Fixe Valentine’s DayMenu. On Saturday, February 14, guests of the Russian eatery will indulge in a menu of one cold appetizer, one hot appetizer and one hot entree for $125 or $150, depending on your caviar choice. Cold appetizer options include Olivier, Vinegret or Herring. Hot appetizers options include red caviar Blinis ($125) or black caviar Blinis ($150). Available entrees include Chicken Tabaka, Chicken Kiev, Sea Bass, Salmon, Beef Kebob or Beef Stroganoff. Diners will be treated to a bottle of champagne for two and a complimentary dessert.

Shinola (1534 14th St. NW, www.shinola.com):
Give a gift of timeless elegance with this Detroit-based luxury design brand, dedicated to producing handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and pet accessories – all made in America. Adorn wrists with the Valentine’s Bracelet in Lollipop Red ($125). Explore the city with The Runwell bike ($2,950) or make sure your sweetie never misses a minute with the Triple Wrap Runwell watch ($825).

Union Market (1309 5th St. NW, www.unionmarketdcom):
Open your heart – and your chakras – with an invigorating free yoga practice on Sunday, February 15 at Union Market’s Dock 5 with yogi Nya Alemayhu. The 90 minute session will channel the flow of love and compassion, bringing harmonious balance to mind, body and spirit. Bring a mat and an open mind.

DCanter (545 8th St. SE, www.dcanterwines.com):
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without popping some bubbly, and what better way than with a champagne tasting? Make a toast with your sweetie on Saturday, February 14 from 6 – 7 p.m. ($65 per person). Sample 6 champagnes and nosh on artisanal cheeses. Take home a bottle of wine at a special discounted price. RSVP to reserve a spot.

The Still Point (1 Columbia Ave. Tacoma Park, MD | 12451 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD | 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, MD. www.thestillpointspa.com):
Pamper that special person all month long with luxurious treatments from the Maryland-based wellness spa, with three locations. Choose from two unique experiences, the Chocolate Sweetheart Facial ($55/30 minutes) and the Couples Massage ($218/50 minutes, $290/80 minutes Add on Cocoa Sugar Polish +$140/25 minutes. Price includes 2 guests). The facial includes cleansing and exfoliation treatments followed by a TOMA Skin Therapies #14 Hydrating Antioxidant Mask. The soothing facial is finished off with a blissful 10 minute massage over the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. The couples massage offers a full body exfoliation in relaxing rooms with heated massage tables and heated floors.

Gift Ideas:

 

Shinola’s Valentine EnvelopeDouble Wrap Bracelet or Contrast Dog Leash

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The Still Point at Haven On The Lake Spa Getaway – Media Event Recap and Photos

The Still Point at Haven On The Lake hosted a media event at their new location in Columbia, Maryland. Invited guests enjoyed mini spa treatments, artisan vinegars, and the opportunity to participate in their exclusive Yoga Wall or Bare Essence class.

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Overlooking a beautiful lake connected to Whole Foods Market, The Still Point in Columbia’s considered to be a wellness spa.  Members and Non Members can partake in a variety of services to renew, restore, and rejuvenate the mind and body.  For example, the wellness spa offers nutrition services to design a health program for individual needs. Manicurist perform natural nail services using Deborah Lippmann products (infused with healing ingredients and non toxic chemicals) and provide a therapeutic massage.  If you’re searching for assistance with fatigue, weight gain, detoxification, and hormone rebalancing, The Still Point at Haven On The Lake has doctors on staff for Naturopathic Medicine.

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In addition, the wellness spa offers traditional services such as a hydrating sugar polish, warm salt glow, contouring wrap, healing wrap, detoxifying wrap, and sunless tanning.  I had a wonderful experience visiting the new location and indulged in a theraputic hand massage with Toma Skin Therapies products and exfoliation with epsom/sea salt.  The aromatherapy from Toma Essential Oils also provided a relaxing scent when entering the wellness spa.

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Style + Life + Fashion

Haven on The Lake has become my new favorite wellness spa in the Columbia area.  I am planning another visit (in the near future) to endulge in a renew manicure and acupuncture service.  To learn more about Haven On The Lake click here and follow them on twitter for updates.

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If you like this post: The Still Point Girls Spa Night

Lifestyle Segment on Fox 45 Morning News: Health Benefits of Drinking Tea in Winter Months

I was invited to host a lifestyle segment on Fox 45 Baltimore WBFF sharing the benefits of drinking tea in the winter months. Brewing a cup of tea can serve as an aid with weight loss, stress relief, and help give a boost of energy. Also, black tea is the equivalent of drinking coffee due to a stimulating substance call theophyllin.

Although there’s a social aspect to drinking tea, we have to remember the original health benefits.  Personally, I like to drink tea as a preventative measure against colds and to boost my immune system.  If I’m not feeling well or have an upset stomach, I brew a cup of tea and drink it in the afternoon (or before bedtime) to flush away the toxins.  Below are additional health benefits:

1. Reduce the risk of heart attack

2. Fights free radicals

3. Helps diabetics better process sugar

4. Improve bone density

5. Helps with relaxation and concentration

I was super excited to share the following products and showcase my favorite tea cups. Don’t forget to purchase Carrington Organics Tea, Sparkling Ice Bottled Tea, Downtown Abbey Tea, or visit Caffe bene new tea house (nationwide) for a relaxing experience.

 If you like this post, click here: National Wine Day Television Segment

CrossFit Comes to Ellicott City – Creates Unique Fitness Community

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – CrossFit PCR, Elliott City’s first CrossFit gym, opens the doors to its top-of-the-line facility just in time for those looking to get active in the New Year.

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What was once a 3,600 square-foot classic auto restoration business located at 9449 Baltimore National Pike, has since been transformed into a clean, open and energizing CrossFit gym that will offer a variety of daily classes taught by a team of CrossFit certified coaches. Co-Owners Bronson Dant and Jamie Reisinger began the renovations last October and the space was ready to welcome members at the end of 2014. The brightly painted walls bear the words “Pride. Community. Results.” This is at the core of what CrossFit PCR stands for, not only in its name, but in its values.

“At CrossFit PCR, we take pride in helping our members become healthier and happier,” explains Co-Owner Bronson Dant. “We’re a close-knit community that shares in each other’s struggles and triumphs. It’s this encouragement and accountability that delivers unparalleled results.”

Since 2000, CrossFit has been a rapidly growing trend that is a sport as much as it is a philosophy. Workouts incorporate elements of high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other exercises to offer variety and new challenges with each workout of the day (WOD).

In celebration of the opening of Ellicott City’s first CrossFit gym, those who are interested can take advantage of a free intro session and membership discounts. For more information, visit www.crossfitpcr.com or call 240.339.3268.

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About CrossFit PCR:

CrossFit PCR is built upon pride, community and results. True to the CrossFit philosophy, our programming methodology focuses on setting goals, tracking progress and improving endurance and skill on the foundation of strength development. Our CrossFit trained and certified coaches bring with them over 12 years of experience and give members personalized attention to help them train safely while pushing themselves within their respective skill level. We are passionate about making CrossFit accessible to all athletes, from beginners to professionals through scaled variations. We take pride in cultivating a supportive and encouraging community in which we grow stronger together. Learn more about CrossFit PCR by visiting www.crossfitpcr.com.

Gift Giving Ideas: Tis’ the Season for Holiday Shopping

Tis’ the season for Holiday shopping.  It’s that time of the year and this is the perfect opportunity to post a gift giving guide for fashionistas.

Hopefully, we can redeem ourselves from that set of candles we gifted our co-workers last year.  Below, I have provided a few chic gift giving ideas that won’t have you feeling “naughty instead of nice!”

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Statement Sweater
 

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Mini Jambox Bluetooth

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Nail Polish Kits

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Statement Necklace

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Men’s Slip on Sneakers

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Cuff Bracelet

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Leather T Shirt

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Embroidered Yoga Mat

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Perfume Sets

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Fitness Options and The Right Footwear: Guest Post by Catherine M.

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight this year, a gym membership is the first obvious step towards accomplishing your goal. But as effective as it can be, the gym isn’t for everyone. There are lots of other ways of keeping fit that are worth exploring.

 

 

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If you live near or in the countryside, then going for a run or a brisk walk might be the answer. This allows you to take in the scenery and enjoy some peace and quiet while burning off those pesky calories. If you live in a more urban setting, spend more walking time during your commute – either get off a stop early or if you’re feeling brave, walk the whole hog!

 

 

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Larsa Pippen grab a quick workout at the beach

For those who prefer to exercise indoors, investing in a games console might just be the thing. With a wide variety of games and techniques to help you lose weight and track your progress, you can work out a personal exercise regime customised to suit your own interests. Once you’ve invested in a console, you might be more likely to stick at it too.

This next suggestion may seem a bit surprising, but it’s shockingly effective. Gardening, despite what you might think, is a really good way to shed those unwanted pounds, plus you could end up with some healthy and tasty fruit and vegetables to eat as a result. For example, half an hour of weeding could leave you 182 calories lighter, and the same amount of time spent digging will burn off 202 calories. If you happen to live in the middle of a city or you don’t have a garden, look around for a community gardening plot. Most areas have at least one community garden, and working with other people means there’s an added social bonus that could help you stick to your goals.

 

 

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Whatever activity you choose to take up, investing in the right footwear is essential. Comfort is equally as important as durability. Luckily, most shoes these days offer both qualities. For example, you can now buy Skechers shape ups at isme which are specially designed to give you extra stability and support no matter what you’re doing to stay active.