Guest Post: A Healthy Twist On Entertaining

Hi guys! I have a great guest post for you today which combines two things I absolutely love: eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle AND entertaining. Sherri, over at Fun Fit Flavor seems to have the art of healthy entertaining, so I think you’re in for a real treat. I’m so happy she agreed to help keep B2B active while I’m in Italy because I just love her blog! It’s down to earth and she always shares the most delicious looking recipes… and, I can always relate so much to the things she posts about (going out with friends, entertaining, creating delicious foods, working out and drinking lots of bubbly ;) )! Enjoy!

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Hi everyone! My name is Sherri and I write the blog, fun fit flavor. When Monique asked me to guest post while she basks in all of the gloriousness of Italy I, of course, said yes! Monique and I met through our friendship with New Balance and quickly realized that we have a lot in common; we both enjoy Prosecco, fitness, healthy food, and going out to eat. We both promote balance which, to me, is the core of wellness. Coinciding with that theme, today I’d like to share with you some tips for healthy entertaining. Entertaining is kind of my jam… I’m a Marketing Director by day and I’m part Italian so I love to feed people. For mother’s day, I set up shop at my mom’s house to create a relaxing, tasty/healthy, fun-filled day for my mom and sister. Here’s how it all went down!

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First and foremost, appetizers! Instead of the typical veggie sticks and dip – I like to make deviled eggs, guacamole, and charcuterie. Now, I know meats & cheeses might not sound like the healthiest option, but, adding in options like olives, cornichons, prosciutto, and nuts really makes a nice assortment full of healthy fats and protein.

Here is my best Deviled Egg Recipe (they are a huuuuge hit with family & friends).

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Ciao America!

Hi there! As this post goes up, I’ll be arriving in Rome, Italy! I know… it seems like this vacation arrived so quickly. In fact, I’m not even sure I’ve really talked too much in detail on B2B that I was even going to Italy? Regardless, for the next 10 days I will be vacationing in Rome and Tuscany, drinking lots of vino, eating lots of gelato and soaking up the Italian experience with RM and his family. The last time I was in Italy was when I was studying abroad as a junior in college, so I’m sure this experience will be just a liiiitle different ;) RM’s parents are both from Italy and he and his siblings are all fluent in Italian so I’m pretty much all set in terms of communicating and getting around!

To say I’m excited about this trip is an understatement. I loveeee to travel and explore cities and getting to do that with RM and his family just makes it even better. Rome is actually my all time favorite city (and I’ve been to a lot of the big ones: NYC, Paris, Athens, London, Dublin) so I can’t wait to get back there and immerse myself in the culture.

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(From my last trip to Italy!)
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I Love Wine & I Love A Good Deal

If you’ve been following B2B for a while, it should come as no surprise that I loooove my vino ;) and bubbly, for that matter! I’m no where near a wine snob, so as long that it’s not Franzia in the box (sorry mom and dad, I just can’t do it!), it’s good for me. But, if you’re like me, you get comfy drinking your “favorite” wines, right? For me, those would be (in no particular order):

  • La Crema Chardonnay
  • Butternut Chardonnay
  • J.Lohr Chardonnary
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • 90+ Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
  • Konos Sauvignon Blanc
  • Layer Cake Malbec

…and so on. However, although I certainly have my “favorites”, I’m always open to trying new ones, especially ones that are in my price range ($10-15/bottle), which is why Club W is so awesome (<— full disclosure: this is a referral link- more on that below). My friend Kelly introduced me to this and as soon as I talked about it with RM, we were both totally game. 3 bottles of wine delivered to your house every month?! Sign me up! And, the way the referral program works is that when you sign up using the referral link in this post, you automatically get 2 free bottles of wine as part of your first month shipment. And, anytime someone signs up using your link, which you’ll get if you sign up, you get 1 free bottle, so it works out pretty well.

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We’ve received 2 shipments so far, so we are pretty well stocked up, but another perk of this program is you have the option to gift one of your months to someone else, which makes for the perfect birthday present (or Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversary….). Here’s a review of the wines we’ve received. What I love is that they give you a note card for each wine, telling you how to serve it (chilled, room temp, etc.), when to drink it (relaxing, dinner party, etc.) and what to serve it with as well as a recipe. Pretty awesome, right?

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Wednesday Workout: Hotel Gym Full Body Circuit

I’m a big believer that just because you travel, doesn’t mean you have to give up your normal routine. Sure, things will be different- that’s a given- but when I travel I really try to stay on track with eating well and keeping active. Well, I guess this is more true when I travel for work because personal vacations should include indulgences and living off your normal schedule, right?! Last week I had to travel for work and since I was traveling alone, I was able to eat when, where and what I wanted and also go to the gym when it was right for my schedule- this was awesome!

I’ve been to a lot of hotel gyms- some are good some are not so good. Luckily, the gym at Le Joule had a pretty nice gym- full set of weights, cable machines, kettlebells and cardio equipment. I ended up working out twice in my very short stay because I enjoyed the gym so much (ok, and the shower in my room was amazing and I wanted to use it again…). The first day was a little cardio and then the full body circuit in this post. The second was a 5K run on the treadmill and some abs. All in all, I was really happy that I was able to get some physical activity in, especially since the flight was so long each way!

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My Latest Stitch Fix “Fix” {#4}

If you’ve been reading B2B for a while, you’ve probably seen me talk about Stitch Fix (Referral link- you get one if you sign up!) before. I’ve had “meh” fixes, good fixes and great fixes- you can read about those here:

My first Stitch Fix: Why didn’t I love it as much as everyone else seems to?
My 2nd Stitch Fix Review {Hint: I loved it!}
My 3rd Stitch Fix: so hard to pick just 1 thing!

My 4th fix was another pretty good fix! Some pieces I loved, some were just ok, but regardless, the whole process of scheduling a fix, waiting for it to arrive and then checking it out is so fun!

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I try to just schedule fixes when I know I have an event coming up, otherwise it gets to be a pretty expensive habit ;) Since I’m going to Italy AND since I received a gift card from my gym friend, Jen, for my birthday, I figured it was the perfect time to schedule one. Here are the goods!

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Market & Spruce Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top- $48

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While I liked this top, it just didn’t fit that great so I sent it back. I know they are supposed to fit loose and flowy, but this one just seemed to be baggy and just didn’t do anything for my figure.

Market & Spruce Lawford Knit Top- $58

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I LOVE this top! I think the pleather border on the collar is cool, I love the material and I like the little detail on the arms. While it’s more than I’d normally spend on a top like this, I just liked it too much to send back!
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