Feel-Good with New Balance!

IMG_3484Last Saturday, we attended the Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay Family Picnic, a yearly summer event where the bigs, littles and their families get together to enjoy sunshine, food and fun. It’s such an exciting and wonderful time; between the lawn games, delicious lunch and ever-popular ice cream truck, the Family Picnic is always a day to remember!

IMG_3454For the second year in a row, we partnered with our friends at New Balance to donate over 200 pairs of shoes to the littles and their families during the picnic. There’s nothing better than seeing the beaming smiles on the kids’ faces when they receive a brightly colored, super comfortable pair of New Balance sneakers. We were so happy to see so many of the littles put their shoes on right away and run off with their beloved bigs to play football, Frisbee or catch.

The day was absolutely perfect: clear skies, a whole lot of sunshine and a heaping pile of happiness and fun. It’s always a great day when we can get out into the Boston community, give away some great shoes and make some kids’ days a little bit brighter!

A huge thanks goes out to our friends at New Balance for sponsoring this event with us! We couldn’t have done it without you :)

Tune in next year for another wonderful Family Picnic! Check out our site or our Facebook page for all of the photos.

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Perfect DIYs for the Ultimate Camping Trip

shutterstock_150707921Looking to go on an adventurous camping trip this summer? There’s nothing quite like getting outdoors, exploring your natural surroundings and taking a break from cell phones, computers and the pressures of everyday life. Head out to your favorite local campground, set off into the woods on a mystery hike, or set up a tent a few hundred miles away from your backyard… whatever feels right for you!

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or an out-of-doors newbie, there are certain materials and hacks that will totally better your outdoor experience.  From definite necessities to fun DIYs, we’ve got you covered when it comes to bringing the perfect items to make your camping trip a total success.

Bug Spray Having the right bug spray on hand is a definite necessity when it comes to staying happy and itch-free. Find the one that’s right for you here, whether you prefer DEET-free, odor-free, or a generic brand. If you happen to get one of those nasty bites, quell the itch by rolling some deodorant on the affected area.

soapslicesDIY Soap Bars of soap can be messy and difficult to handle. These DIY Soap Leaves are easy to pack, disappear after one use, are unscented to keep the bugs away and are totally biodegradable.

Huge Trash Bags If you’re out camping, you know how wonderful nature can be. Keep the environment clean by bringing along huge trash bags to store your food scraps and other waste. Using large ones and keeping them tied up keeps critters at bay.

Minimal Clothing, Extra Socks You’ll probably end up wearing the same thing for two days or more, so pack lightly when it comes to clothing. If you’re going to over-pack on anything, choose extra socks; there’s nothing that ruins a camping trip quicker than cold, wet feet.

Fire-starters There’s no need to lug around heavy kindling. These DIY Firestarters made from toilet paper rolls and lint work just as well and are super light and packable. If all else fails, chips like Fritos and Doritos surprisingly make for excellent kindling. Another quick tip: adding sage to your campfire helps keep the bugs away.

coffeefiltersCoffee If you’re used to a morning cup o’joe, there’s no need to have caffeine withdrawals while out in the wilderness. Pack up these easy coffee bags utilizing dental floss and coffee filters. Steep them as you would a tea bag in hot water for instant DIY coffee!

What are your best camping hacks? Let us know in the comments below and they could make it into our next post! 

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Spice Up Your Running Routine!

runningHow fresh is your workout routine? If you find yourself responding to emails while on the treadmill, yawning during your weight-lifting reps or knowing every single word to every song on your workout playlist, it may be time to change up that workout.

After doing the same workout for a while, your body gets used to the movements and motions, slowing your progress and decreasing the impact the exercise has on your muscles. To make the most of your time, try changing up your normal running routine with these fun, strength-building tips!

Add Intervals
Adding intervals to your runs not only changes things up but can even be more efficient. Rather than jogging for a straight hour, inserting intervals burns the same calories in less time. This can be done via incline changes on the treadmill, choosing a hilly running route or adding speed changes to your workout (20 second sprint, 40 second rest, or whatever is best for you).

Use a New Medium
Try using something totally new, like stadium stairs, to spice up your workout. Traveling up the stairs is your sprint while recovery takes place on your way down. Just be careful with your form here; this could be a tough fall!

Surround Yourself Differently
Used to running through your neighborhood? Find a great backwoods trail to encircle yourself with trees and peace. Switching up your routine location can make all the difference. If that isn’t your favorite option, even enveloping your mind with new music can do the trick!

Make it Social
Many towns and cities offer running clubs to get you motivated and keep things social. Find one of these groups online or start one with your friends! From there, you can try inserting Indian sprints into your run, where friends jog in a line and the person in the back sprints to the front. Once the sprinter gets to the front, the next person goes! Cheering each other on makes these runs even more fun.

Add in Some Heavy Lifting
Changing up your typical run by adding in some lifting and weights gives you a great workout while spicing up your routine. Try doing 20 jumping jacks every mile, adding some squats in every ten minutes, or doing a nice 30-second plank when you find you’re losing your breath.

Try Something Totally New!
Who says working out has to be a run? Try spinning, swimming, biking, or any of your other favorite exercises for a fun change-up. If you’re up for a lifting challenge, try this 20-minute weight room workout that’s sure to get your heart pumping.

  
How do you keep your workout from becoming stagnant? We’d love to hear your ideas! 

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Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes from Day to Night!

fotor_5ingredientmeaWe recognize that cooking our meals from scratch is a healthy, un-processed way to grab the vital nutrients and minerals that our bodies crave. And most of the time, our home-cooked meals taste so much better than the packaged alternative!

However, we also realize that with busy lives, demanding jobs, children with hectic schedules, and trying to fit in a good workout, it can be a whole lot easier to rip open a packaged lunch and get on with your day than whipping up a from-scratch meal with 95 ingredients.

Not to fret… with a little research, we found that it’s totally possible to make simple, whole-food recipes with little time and few ingredients! All of the recipes in today’s post are super easy to make, take no more than 20 minutes to prepare, and contain minimal ingredients that you probably already have laying around in your kitchen. Go through the day, from breakfast to dessert, with easy recipes made from scratch! Your family, and your health, will thank you.

Breakfast
Two Minute Paleo Blueberry Muffins
Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes
Eggs in Clouds

Lunch
Roasted Broccoli Soup
Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Dinner
Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers
Grilled Fish Tacos

Snacks & Desserts
5-Ingredient Pear Pomegranate Salsa
Peanut Butter Mousse Cups
Ice-Cube Tray Chocolate Covered Cheesecakes

Which recipe are you dying to try? Do you have any easy, 5-ingredient recipes to share? Let us know in the comments below! 

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On-Trend: Teva Sports Sandals

tevaoriginalThere’s a new footwear trend on the horizon… and we’re so into it! Marc Jacobs, Prada and fashion bloggers alike have started to adapt the sports sandal on runways, in fashion spreads and on the streets of NYC.

There’s nothing we love more than when one of our favorite comfortable, functional brands becomes fashionable. Those sandals we’ve been wearing for years are now considered a fashion staple… and it’s brilliant!

This sports sandal trend is even better for summer, helping you transition from the city streets to the beach seamlessly. Many are utilizing this trend in its brightest colors, wearing teals, purples and oranges with simple shorts, sundresses and jeans to make for super chic, on-trend ensembles.

Our go-to brand for this look has been the Teva Original. Easy to wear in bright hues and super durable for your best of summer adventures, these sandals are simple to slip on and look great with almost any outfit.

Try it out for yourself! We love how fashion bloggers are styling these Tevas. Explore the trend via the Teva #OriginalStyle Pinterest board.

Follow Teva’s board #OriginalStyle on Pinterest.

How would you style these awesome sandals? We’d love to see your Instagram pictures! 

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