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Life By Nadine Lynn – Guest Post

Good morning loves!  For the next week I have a few of my blogger besties filling in for me.  I originally asked for their help as I was due to be attending Blogher and Blogger Bash in NYC but sometimes life has other plans and my Mother’s health has unfortunately taken a turn for the worse.  She is in the ICU and we are not sure what is going to happen next.  It is fortuitous that I had these posts scheduled because I am not really emotionally able to be my glittery self for you right now.  I am so thankful to my girls for guest posting for me!

To kick things off, Nadine is sharing a healthy post with you.  I asked her to share something related to health and fitness because I love her posts in that genre.  I hate the gym and Nadine makes it known that it isn’t effortless for her either.  She works hard at it and I find that so inspiring.

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Hey there A Little Glitter readers!  My name is Nadine and I blog over at Life by Nadine Lynn.  I was honored when Pamela asked me to guest post for her!  I was even more flattered when she asked me to post about something fitness related.

You see, I am not a fitness blogger.  I haven’t always loved fitness.  In fact, there are even some days when I loathe it.  And that my friends, is the beauty of the journey!  It is never pretty or perfect, actually is is quiet messy.  I wanted to share some things I have learned along the way.

1. Find a friend.  This doesn’t have to be a IRL friend, a virtual friend will do just fine!  In fact, I have a constant group message going with two girls where we send each other sweaty selfies, share clean recipes and give and receive advice.  It is the most motivational thing I have ever been a part of.  Don’t have someone as passionate about fitness as you?  Hit me up, you can never have too many cheerleaders.

2. Everyone is different.  There are some runners out there that truly love running.  I am not one of those people.  There are some yogis out there getting all zen, but I can’t seem to shut off my mind.  Don’t feel like you have to enjoy the “it” workout.  Find what works for you.  I enjoy lifting weights.  I don’t enjoy running, but cardio is necessary for a healthy heart.  I found my balance.  I lift three days a week, and run two days a week.  If something quits working for me, I switch it up.

3. Abs are made in the kitchen.  I know you have heard this before, but it is true!!!  You cannot out work a bad diet.  You just can’t.  So slip into a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable for you. Maybe that is eating clean during the week, and having a little fun on the weekends.  Maybe you are 80/20 or a calorie counter.  I am not here to judge, we are all different.  I just know that when I eat like crap, I feel like crap and my jeans don’t fit.

4. You don’t have to leave your house to burn calories and build muscle.  There are tons of YouTube videos and apps out there for free!  My favorites are the PopSugar Fitness girls on Youtube and the Nike Training app.  Right now I am working on this PopSugar Arm Challenge in addition to my normal workouts.

After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.

5. Workout clothes can be inspiring!  There is nothing like that feeling when you slip into a cute new dress or pair of shoes.  Well, that feeling can follow you to the gym! With stunning ladies shorts to choose from, plus much more! You don’t have to break the wallet to find great workout gear either!  Most of my stuff comes from TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Target and JCPenney.  Here are a few things that I am swooning over.

Work out by nadine708 on Polyvore featuring Zella, Under Armour, NIKE, Victoria's Secret and Asics

My advice to you is to do what works for you.  Don’t let other’s try to bring you down.  People can be so judgy when it comes to diet and fitness.  Not everyone can eat clean 100% of the time.  If all you can do is have a lean cuisine for lunch and it is working for you, then by all means keep doing that!  Nothing irks me more than when I go to read a positive post and see comments bashing the person for just sharing what works for them.

I hope that you find these tips helpful! With all the different advice and information out there, fitness and health in general can become so overwhelming. What have learned in your journey? Where do you score your favorite work out clothes?

Guest Post – Pink and Fabulous!

I am still enjoying my mini-vacation so my girl, Lindsay, is filling in for me!  Her blog is awesome and she provides me with so much style inspiration!  She is the total package and shows that you can be a Mom and still be fabulous!  Without further ado…

Hi there babes! I’m Lindsay of Pink and Fabulous, where I blog about fashion, food, wine, home decor, fashion, kids and fashion!  I’m so excited to be posting here today and sharing something my girl Pamela and I have a deep love affair for: purses, and what we hoard in them. 

Well, hoard might be an overstatement.  I love an organized, minimal bag.  I try to keep mine as clutter-free as possible, and it is not easy.  My kids would have me hauling around every last one of their belongings if they could, but after a trip to the doctor for a strained shoulder, I started letting go.  I appreciate a great handbag and will always invest in a quality piece because they take a licking and keep on ticking.   My current bag of choice is the See by Chloe Harriet tote, which I scored for a steal at Nordstrom Rack.

 I love her a lot.  Like, a lot.  Here is what is currently inside of her rightatthisverymoment:

 

My essentials include a tiny diaper bag (one diaper, wipes and bags), a small cosmetics bag, my wallet and Pure Barre socks.  Essentials.  Sort of.

 

My LV cosmetics bag is where I keep my powder, lip stick, sanitizer and Stevia (I seriously use this once a day!)

There you have it!  Thanks for having me today Pamela!

xo
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Guest Post – The Sequin Notebook!

Happy Hump Day loves!  Today begins my vacay with Taylor (woo hoo!) so I have invited B and M to guest post!  Their blog is one of my favorites to read and I adore them as people as well!  They are some of the first bloggers I met in real life and I am happy to have the privilege of calling them my friends.  Without further ado…
 
Hey gals! We are B and M, longtime best friends who write together over at The Sequin Notebook, a lifestyle blog dedicated to glitter, party planning, crafting, beauty, fashion, reality tv, cocktails, and more things we love. We hope you’ll come visit us and say hi!
 
The Gals of The Sequin Notebook: M and B!
M is a Jersey girl and B lives in New York City, so we are both totally OVER this never-ending winter and ready for spring. When our blogger bestie Pam asked us to take over A Little Glitter today, we knew right away that we wanted to share the top 10 activities on our spring bucket list!
 

Seasonal Cooking

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 The change of seasons is always the perfect excuse to try out some new recipes and take advantage of all of the delicious fruits and vegetables that are now in season. My go-to is always some fresh avocados for homemade guacamole, but after consulting this list, I’m planning to embrace some of the other flavors, such as mangoes, artichokes, and spinach!

Discover local outdoor events

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 Once the temperatures start to warm up, I’m so ready to cure my wintry cabin fever with lots of outdoor time, so what better way than to discover some local events in your community. I love to check out the community calendars of my surrounding towns and bookmark some fun seasonal events. Already on my to-do list is a local carnival, an international food festival, and a wine walk.

Plan an herb garden

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 On top of seasonal eating, I’m also looking forward to growing my own herb garden. I find that in order to get fresh herbs from the grocery store, you must buy a huge bushel, only to throw most of them out. So instead of wasting all of those delicious herbs, why not grow them in your own backyard and enjoy all Spring (and Summer!) long?

Bike rides

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 Springtime is the perfect way to incorporate some outdoor activities into your fitness routine, and one of my favorites is going for a bike ride. Back when I was living in NYC, I’d love riding over to a different neighborhood to find a new dinner locale, and now that I’m in Jersey, I’m planning to do some leisurely bike rides down the shore on the boardwalk. But no matter where you live, it’s always fun to ride around and explore the area, all the while, you’re sneaking in some cardio while hardly even noticing!

Freshening up your beauty routine

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 Any other fellow makeup junkies out there?! I love to add in some new colors to my Spring beauty routine, and this season I have my eye on peachy blushes and bright lips! I’m most excited to check out the new collaboration coming out from Nars and Christopher Kane and definitely anticipate adding one or two of those glosses to my makeup bag soon!

 
 
Patio grilling
 
 
While my apartment may be small, its most fabulous feature is the private patio that is big enough to hold a table for 8 and a grill, which is essential for all of my warm weather entertaining needs. I have been eagerly awaiting the first cook-out of the season, and I’m crossing my fingers that the temperatures will rise enough to hold it this week. Whether it’s dinner for two or an impromptu mini party, al fresco dining is a must-do spring activity!
 
 
 
Spring cleaning
 
 
At first glance, it may not seem like the most fun activity on this list, but there’s something really uplifting about spring cleaning – after all, it gives a literal “fresh start” to the season. The biggest item to tackle on my spring cleaning list is shedding some excess items from my closets – I tend to be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes, shoes, and accessories, but I’m determined to be ruthless this year. Any tips?
 

Picnic in the park

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 I can’t wait for a lazy Sunday afternoon to pack up a picnic basket and blanket, and head down the street to Central Park. It’s a cheap, easy daytime date – just pack some cold beers and yummy sandwiches and you’re good to go!

 

Theme parties for spring events
 

We love any excuse to throw a theme party, and luckily spring provides us with some built-in occasions for some stylish festivities! Hold a guacamole competition at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, don your best hat and pearls at a Kentucky Derby party (don’t forget the mint juleps), or host a good, old-fashioned American barbecue in honor of Memorial Day…no matter what your party style, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this spring!

 
Second Quarter (Q2) blog planning day
 
 
This one is for all of the other bloggers out there. Every quarter, M and I get together for a full day work session where we collaborate on big blog projects and make sure that our post calendar, finances, social media channels, email correspondence, and sponsorships are all up to date and ready for the next few months. We take it so seriously that we stick to the office hours of a regular work day! Even if you don’t have a co-blogger, we highly recommend building a full blog day into your planner this spring – it’s a great way to tackle some of those seemingly overwhelming tasks that require extra time and special attention.
 
What’s on your spring bucket list? We hope to see you over at The Sequin Notebook soon – thanks again to Pam for having us today!