Your no excuse guide to staying toned while traveling this holiday season



Many fitness enthusiasts find it difficult to follow their normal exercise plan while traveling to see family or friends for the winter holidays.  Unfamiliar environments, tightly-packed family living conditions, or lack of exercise equipment may hamper even a fitness fanatic’s best intentions for staying fit while traveling this holiday season. Alex Vital is a V Shred Lead Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness and a graduate of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. When planning your December holiday trip, he offers the following tips for putting together an exercise program that travels with you.

“If you’ve worked hard to establish a good fitness routine, traveling for the holidays doesn’t have to mean your healthy habits will be derailed, says Alex. He adds, “You can keep your momentum and endorphins flowing and maintain your fitness level when traveling.”




Stay Hydrated. “Drink a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Airport food, sitting on a plane, jet lag – all contribute to bloat. The best way to fight it is to stay hydrated,” says Alex Vital of V Shred.

Lift from your knees, not your back. Be aware of your posture as you carry your bags.  Use good body mechanics when you lift your suitcases up to the check-in counter.

Eat three meals a day- Even though you’ve left behind your daily routine, try to eat three meals a day, maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you’re going to eat a high-fat meal, eat a smaller portion, or order an appetizer instead of a main course. Split desserts with a friend.

Rest. If your schedule is shot and you’re not sleeping enough at night, take cat naps whenever you get the chance.  Stretch in the morning and evening, especially if you’ve been sitting all day. If you will be drinking alcohol, drink a lot of water between events.

Pack snacks: bananas and apples, yogurt, protein bars. You can make meal replacement shakes in your hotel room. You don’t need a blender, just a container with a tight-fitting lid, large enough to shake the contents.


Find out if your gym reciprocates its membership with a gym where you’ll be traveling, log onto the International Physical Fitness Association’s Web site,, or ask at your home health club before you leave town. Alex Vital says that “Three to five days off from a strength routine can give your muscles a rest. But you wouldn’t want to go a week or more without serious exercise and a short respite for your biceps doesn’t mean you should ever let your cardio workout go.”

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Pack a jump rope for a go-anywhere aerobic session. Invest in “travel weights” -inflatable weights that can be filled with water or sand when training, folded and stored while on the road.

Plan active recreation during vacations -check out the local golf course, riding stable, and so on.

When sightseeing, forget the tour bus and walk. You’ll not only see more, but you’ll be sneaking in some extra activity.


Bring portable fitness.

For more fitness options, place in your luggage a Resist-A-Tube or any of the home exercise tubing, a stability ball, jump rope or exercise video. ”If you like classes, make your own class in your room,” offers Alex Vital


If you work with a personal trainer, ask him or her to design an exercise plan before you leave town. When you’re sitting on a plane or in a hotel room, take deep breaths occasionally, tighten your stomach muscles, then relax. Travelers need to periodically flex and stretch the hamstrings and hip flexors, the muscle at the upper part of the leg that connects into the pelvis.

For women who spend the day in high heels, a walk around the room toe-up, heel-down will stretch the calf muscles. Or, do toe raises by putting the heels on the floor and stepping up onto a telephone book. “Men often complain of being cramped when traveling,” states Vital. “They need to stretch their lower back and legs.” He recommends the cat stretch. Get up on your hands and knees, arch your back for 15 seconds, then release. Repeat.

Alex Vital points out that the more comfortable you are with operating fitness machinery at your home gym, the easier it will be to set up unfamiliar equipment when you’re on the road.


Air travel may be fast and convenient, but for many of us, it can be uncomfortable and restrictive due to cramped cabins and sardine-like seating. The following tips can help you make the most of your next airplane trip by helping you stay flexible and fit while you fly.


–   DEEP BREATHING is an instant-relaxer and can be done anywhere at any time. Try taking 4-5 deep, cleansing breaths several times during your flight.

–   RELAX YOUR SHOULDERS by bending forward slightly, hands on knees and “rolling” your shoulders in a circular motion 5 or 6 times. Repeat the “roll” in the opposite direction, then finish up by “shrugging” your shoulders up and down 5 times.

–   RELAX YOUR BACK by reaching overhead, holding elbows, and bending side to side. Repeat 5 times in each direction.

–   STRETCH YOUR LEGS by alternately lifting your knees toward your chest and bringing your body toward your knee to the count of eight.

–   RELEASE YOUR FEET by “drawing” the alphabet with one foot then the other.


About Alex Vital:

He is a V Shred Lead Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness and a graduate of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, a global leader in applied exercise science education. Alex’s mission as a personal trainer is to, not only help people to get in shape, but also to take more control over their lives and up-level to the best version of themselves possible.








Girlfriend Giving Gifts from Precious Moments

 Precious Moments has a ‘Girlfriends Giving Gift’ line which is hot!  Each of these items makes a thoughtful present for gal pals, our BFF’s, and our “we may live miles apart, we’re always friends” special people. They’re great for birthday, holiday, or “because I was thinking about you.” Whether gifting for a special occasion or surprising someone with needed encouragement, these items are sure to please. Plus, they look great with any home décor scheme.

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“Let Our Light Shine” Resin Snow Globe

Standing with arms outstretched amidst an enchanting swirl of gold glitter, this young woman celebrates the joyful fact that she can do anything as long as she has faith, friends, and family by her side.

  • Encourages girls and women to let their unique light shine with an inspirational message of strength and hope
  • Carefully crafted of resin and glass
  • Approximately 5.5 inches high


“She Is Clothed In Strength And Dignity” Ceramic Travel Coffee Mug With Lid

This stylish coffee mug is a functional and beautiful gift that features a flexible lid for sipping while you travel and an inspirational message about faith from Proverbs 31:25. She’ll be encouraged each and every day as she gets ready to take a nice hot drink with her wherever she goes!

  • Carefully crafted of ceramic
  • Approximately 6”H. Holds 11 oz.
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe

For years, I’ve been obsessed with snow globes and coffee and couldn’t resist laying my hands on the “Let Our Light Shine” Resin Snow Globe and “She Is Clothed In Strength And Dignity” Ceramic Travel Coffee Mug With Lid These two pieces are perfect to gift out and your friends will absolutely be thankful for receiving them. Take a peek at the line and put a smile on your besties face! ❤ 25% off code!


Start a Magical Christmas Family Tradition That Your Child Will Cherish Forever!
Give the one-of-a-kind memorable EXPERIENCE of receiving a Package From Santa!
Every Package From Santa includes both tangible & technological delights including: * a personalized Santa Letter that arrives in the mail
* a personalized VIDEO starring your child via email
* a personalized PHONE CALL
* a personalized printable NICE LIST GUIDE
* and the option to upgrade with MORE goodies!

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This uniquely personalized gift experience creates Christmas wonder and excitement that your child will never forget!
Have your camera ready to video every step of this special Santa experience! It all starts at the mail box when the Package From Santa arrives from the North Pole! Delight in the process of making Christmas magic come alive in a very personal way for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or any little one you know!

This esteem-building personalized gift is an amazing experience of joy, memories, wonder and happiness! has options for EVERY BUDGET starting at $14.95 with an array of add-on goodies to choose from. Create a custom package for each child!

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EVERY package come with:
-Personalized Letter from Santa
-Santa’s Special North Pole Return Address Label
-Genuine North Pole Stamp
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– FREE Personalized PHONE CALL from Santa
– FREE Personalized printable NICE LIST GUIDE

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Popcornopolis Weaves Magic into Every Kernel with NEW Unicorn Popcorn

Popcornopolis, the family-owned and operated gourmet popcorn company, announced the launch of their NEW Unicorn Popcorn. Inspired by myth and magically irresistible, Unicorn is popping with fruity flavor and enchanting taste buds of all ages, and is available in Popcornopolis’ iconic regular-size and mini cones. To be one of the first to purchase Unicorn Popcorn, visit

Cedar Rapids, Iowa is known as the city of five smells. Some days it smells so rancid and others it smells so fruity and delicious.  We have one smelly day that everyone loves and that’s Crunch Berry Day. Where Crunch Berry’s emit through the air from Quacker Oats. It’s honestly one of the best smells ever and was the first thing I could think of when I tried this popcorn. It was mouthwatering and so darn delicious!

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Dubbed the experts in popcorn, Popcornopolis’ new Unicorn Popcorn is formulated with premium ingredients that capture the sweetness, fantasy and fun of unicorns in every bite. Each crunchy kernel is made with natural flavors and natural colors, and finished with creamy, sweet-tart icings. Unicorn Popcorn it not only magically scrumptious, it is also certified gluten-free and made with non-GMO American-grown corn – just like all of Popcornopolis’ gourmet popcorn goodies.

Especially fun for Halloween trick-or-treaters or festive celebrations, Popcornopolis’ iconic cone has been transformed for Unicorn Popcorn into a charming tribute to the unicorn’s magical horn wrapped in a special rainbow-and-ribbon-theme. Unicorn Popcorn is available in regular size cones, as part of the popular Create-Your-Own assortment, and available in a case of 40 mini cones. Six iconic cones of the latest mythical recipe are $50.46 and one case of 40 minis is $84.99.

For more information, a full list of Popcornopolis recipes, and to place your order for Unicorn Popcorn visit

LG Matte Black Kitchen @BestBuy, @LGUS, #ad

I’m obsessed with home renovation shows, and I spend hours thinking about ways that I can renovate my home to make our busy lives that much easier.  Best Buy has always been my go to when looking for great appliance and technology to finish off a project. I’m sure you will absolutely love the new LG Matte Black Kitchen by BestBuy it’s so classy!


The appliances look great in this kitchen!! I love the color contrast and I love that they are stainless steel. When we were looking for appliances, we wanted stainless steel, but didn’t want to deal with the finger prints and all that go along with that. The matte black is so elegant.

Product Specs:
  • LG’s exclusive Matte Black stainless steel combines the timeless look of stainless steel with a luxe & low-gloss matte finish that compliments any kitchen décor.
  • These LG smart kitchen appliances are wi-fi and voice-enabled, allowing you to control your kitchen appliances remotely — from changing settings, to checking the status, or turning on or off.
  • These smart appliances make life easier.


I mean, honestly…..the features are awesome right?! I love that I can control my kitchen remotely….. how cool! What are they going to come up with next?! So many cool features.


Precious Moments Eat Pray Love Collection

With the holidays right around the corner, we want to make sure your home is equipped with functional and beautiful pieces that bring simplicity and a modern look. The Precious Moments Eat Well, Pray Often, Love Always collection will top your table with inspirational messages of love.


The Eat Well, Pray Often, Love Always collection is perfect for entertaining, as a housewarming gift, or for a bridal shower. The collection includes an oven mitt, potholder and wooden spoon set, as well as a beautiful ceramic canister.


I’m currently in the process of updating my kitchen cupboards from a dingy brown to a eye popping white and I cannot wait to include these pieces in the update! It will be a slow process but worth it in the end. This set is very modern, crisp and functional!

Precious Moments Eat Well, Pray Often, Love Always collection: Kitchen Canister and the Oven Mitt/Pot Holder/Spoon Set. Available on!


Samples were provided by Precious Moments to review. 


Precious Moments Whale Baby

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Just like the waves, love for your little one is never ending. The Precious Moments “Mightier Than the Waves…” collection features precious whale décor for an inspiring and delicate touch to any nursery. The sleek design will fit in with any modern nursery design.

The Mighty Whale motif creates a comforting and cozy atmosphere for rooms and nursery’s alike. The Precious Moments “Mightier Than the Waves…” collection includes a snow globe, piggy bank and photo frame.

Over the weekend I was able to attend my best friends baby shower and she’s always had a thing for sea life. Especially, whales! You should have seen her face upon opening the gift. She was ecstatic and it almost brought her to tears! I’d highly recommend this set for your little one!

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