Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My 60 Day Work Out Challenge with Cardio Barre

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So, something hit me last week, after finishing my set of classes at Cardio Barre Beverly Hills - exercise is good.  After finishing just one week of classes, I had more energy, felt better and looked better.  I had a little bounce in my step, and I was enjoying how I felt. People were noticing. 

And so now, I'm embarking on a 60 day work out challenge! And, I want you to join me! It doesn't matter what you do, just get up and get active for at least 60 minutes a day, four times a week.  And, we'll check in with each other after each ten day increment.

My personal goal is to attend Cardio Barre classes 3-4 times a week, and supplement with walking at home. In addition, I am also following the Weight Watchers points program.

So, who's with me? Let's get moving! Share your goals below.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

5 Reasons to Visit the Cars 2 Experience

The Fiedlers are besties with Mr. McQueen. It's true.
Cars. Cars. Cars. My son is obsessed. We've probably watched the first movie a hundred times. He literally carries around a backpack filled with his Hot Wheels brand Cars toys - Mater, Lightning, Sally, Sarge, and more. So, when Cars 2 hit the movie theaters, we were beyond excited. We were seriously desperate for some more Cars material to quote and talk about.

And, when I found out that the El Capitan in Hollywood was not only showing Cars 2 in Disney 3D but they were also opening a whole new attraction called, The Cars Experience, we were besides ourselves. Yep, even me. I could not wait to go. Uh, neither could the kid.

Last week, we all had the chance to go down and check it for ourselves. It was like a mini Disneyland - every detail from the movie was right in from of us, and we could not help but feel a a part of it all. So, without further ado, here are the top five reasons you MUST go.

Meet the REAL cars characters - Meet life-sized Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissle and more. Judging by the excitement on my son's face, this might have been worth the price of the experience. He REALLY thought they were real and he talked to them like real people. It brought tears to my eyes. SO cute.

Cars Lego Mania - Build your own lego car and test its speed and strength in a series of crazy, multicolored tracks. Ours did not do so well, but it was fun to see it "explode" into a million pieces on the way down. This was my son's favorite attraction. He spent a looooooong time perfecting the perfect car.

Paint and Go Wild - Paint and color an actual car and scenes from the movie. There are also a ton of car themed arts and crafts. SO much fun!

Get Into the Movie - Thanks to Kodak, you can become a part of the actual movie. See the picture above. You can choose from three different scenes and then download a high res version at home. FREE.

Great Deal - The entire Cars 2 Experience is included with the price of the movie, and when you think about it, this is an amazing deal for the family. Nothing in the Cars Experience costs anything (except for food and stuff in the amazing gift shop)! So, feel free to try all of the attractions again and again and again. Lightning would want you to.

For more information and a complete schedule of show times, visit the El Capitan Theater website.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hooked on Cardio Barre

If you know anything about me, it's that I hate going to the gym. While I hate it, I still do it, because exercise is important. But, I find the gym boring, tedious, and there's no real motivation to get moving. Especially at an ungodly hour in the AM. This is why I fell in love with Cardio Barre - a unique, high energy/no impact exercise class that combines barre work and light weights with continual fat burning motion. 

So, how did I get here? I was recently invited to take a week long set of classes at the Cardio Barre Beverly Hills. I was hesitant at first because I am not used to taking group exercise classes, and the thought of having everyone see just how uncoordinated I am, was frightening. But, I accepted, and attended my first class on a Monday. There were a ton of classes to choose from at all hours of the day.

I was greeted by smiling faces who were genuinely excited for me to try out my first class. The instructors were awesome, and were totally encouraging and helped even me - the most uncoordinated person alive - feel at easy with the exercise routine. And, before I knew it, I was sweating like a mad woman, and enjoying the intense burn of the work out.  It felt so empowering to be pushing my body to those limits. It's high energy for sure, but ends with a nice cool down set to soft music. That was a really nice touch.

But the best part by far, was that with every class they offer free babysitting services. FREE. Basically, this leaves NO excuse for us moms. The play room is completely full with everything and anything you little one would want to play with, plus an endless supply of DVDs. And, if you have a smaller child (even an infant) they can handle that as well. 

Will I be going back? Yep! I'm challenging myself to a two month challenge. No less than three classes a week. I'll be checking back in to let you know how it goes.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Top Five Carmageddon Deals and Savers

For all of you that are actually going to try and brave the freeways  this weekend - I feel sorry for you! As for those who are planning on staying in town - bravo! There are some amazing deals and savings going on this weekend at local eateries, hotels and more. So, without further ado, here's a round up of the top five best deals around. Check 'em out. Just sit back, relax and enjoy one of your first traveless weekends in a long time - well at least until the second stage of construction begins and we're faced with Carmageddon 2 next year.....

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles - The hotel's pivotal location on Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood is ideal for those who need (or want/dare?) to be on the Westside over the weekend or for work on Monday morning.  The ultra-chic yet friendly, comfortable hotel is within 4.05 miles of Santa Monica (to the west) and 4.05 miles of Beverly Hills (to the east). Here's what you get: a 2-day stay deluxe package for $239/night, or Vista Deluxe for $259/night, a clever $40.05 dining credit to enjoy BLVD 16's fabulously fresh, sustainable cuisine, complimentary valet parking ($60 value), $4.05 drink specials, including the Red Light, Green Light, Yellow Light and others, and Concierge Paul Wittenberg (AKA "Captain Carmageddon”) at the ready with insider tips and alternate routes to help you navigate LA on this highly unusual LA weekend. I've stayed here before and it's awesome, and quite the deal. 

Archlight Sherman Oaks - This place has got the best seat in L.A. for this rare opportunity to see the busiest freeway in California EMPTY!  ArcLight Sherman Oaks is offering a special "Carmegeddon Menu" this weekend that includes hummus, spinach and strawberry salad with goat cheese, and a delicious turkey burger. Thirsty? Enjoy their special "405" cocktail and the "traffic jam" martini. 

Palamino Westwood - Check out their 4.05 pizza and sangria deals. Aside from this, the restaurant really has a nice family atmosphere and other great dishes as well. Manga!

Gladstone's - Diners can choose from a select group of menu items priced at $4.05. Awesome for a place that's kinda known for their steep prices.

Body Wellness - Breath in and breath out. Body wellness is offering 1 FREE Yoga or Pilates class.
Make sure to call for appointments though at 310.4531221. This one is bound to fill up.