12 – 27.4 Photo Project

A beautiful spring day at Madison Square Park, approximately 9:45AM

Aside from the gorgeous weather, you can see how bright and plentiful the green leaves are growing on all of the trees surrounding the pond. Hopefully this is a sign for a fruitful summer!

Summertimeee and The Livin’ is Easy

Two things I love: music and warm weather!

While you’re sweating your buns off this summer, download the tunes below to help you feel cool and relaxed!

“Summertime” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

“Summertime” Billie Holiday

“Gin and Juice” Snoop Dogg

“Summer Nights” Grease

“California Girls” Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg

“Corona and Lime” Shwayze

“Hot Child In The City” Nick Gilder

“Life Is A Highway” Tom Cochrane

“A Hard Day’s Night” The Beatles

“Back to Black” ACDC

“Day-O” Harry Belafonte

“Summer Girls” LFO

“Cruel Summer” Bananarama

“Hot Blooded” Foreigner

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Other links:

EW Top 100 Summer Songs

Billboard 30 Summer Songs

Cool Off With Delicious, Low Calorie Cocktails!

Margaritas, Daiquiris, Bellinis – There’s nothing like a good happy hour to satisfy your thirst and hunger after a long, hot summer work day.

If you’re trying to curb the calories but still enjoy those refreshing drinks, check out Fitness Magazine‘s 10 simple, DIY (do-it-yourself) cocktails. Save the $$ and calories by enjoying some of these tropical treats at the convenience of your own home. They’ll make you feel like you’re laying beach-side at a resort in Aruba or Maui!

For a delicious, easy treat, start with the Strawberry-Coconut Daquiri!*


Ingredients 2 1/2 cups  chopped fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries, (about 12 ounces) 3 tablespoons  sugar 2 tablespoons  lime juice 3 cups  ice cubes 3/4 cup  coconut-flavored rum, such as Malibu

Directions 1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lime juice together in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and rum and blend until frothy. Transfer mixture to a pitcher and serve.

Nutrition Facts Calories 112 (3/4 cup), Sodium 3 mg, Carbohydrate 12 g, Fiber 1 g, Potassium 113 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin C 70%. Exchanges: Fruit 0.5,Other Carbohydrate 0.5.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

*via fitnessmagazine.com

Keeping it Cool…

Summertime is here and we cannot ignore it. Temperatures are rising each day all over the country. What can we do?

image via life.com logo via LIFE Magazine

It is important that we take good care of ourselves and those around us to ensure no physical dangers. Check out this article with helpful hints to stay cool AND lowering use of energy.

It is easy for us to blast the AC unit to keep one cool. BUT, there are easier and more efficient ways to keep yourself and the environment safer.

Don’t forget…put on sunscreen and always have water with you!

Hula Hoop Your Way to Happiness!

Did we all forget about that round toy that we used to move our hips with and try to keep held up as long as possible?

image via wired.com

The hula hoop craze is back and being used for unique exercises by various well-known workout gurus. Daily News posted an article recently that the hula hoop is coming back because, “it’s a great way to work out and burn a lot of calories, tone all the muscles in the body, while having so much fun that you don’t even know you’re working out… It’s a reminder of your childhood days.”*

Sign up here to get 50% of one of these “Hoop Fest” work-outs any Saturday over the summer. [SIDENOTE: You must sign up for the class early in advance as the spots fill up very quickly].

Enjoy the outdoors while reminiscing of your young days playing on those hot summer days!

*Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2009/04/14/2009-04-14_hula_hoop_new_fitness_craze_is_a_blast_from_the_past__it_does_circles_around_yog.html#ixzz0qCoROl9v