10 Get-Fit Gifts (with special money-saving deals!)

Written by: on Monday, December 5th, 2011
Stay-healthy holiday gifts

The best gifts are those that help make you healthier and more fit!

These are just a few things I love that would make perfect presents (for you or a friend) this holiday season.

pair of women's snowshoes

You can burn about 400 calories an hour snowshoeing


1.) GET MOVING! I have a pair of these LLBean Winter Walker Snowshoes ($109; llbean.com) and absolutely love them. They make their way through deep snow with ease, making them perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors or just wants to get fit.

DEAL: FREE shipping plus FREE $10 gift card with any $50 purchase


L'Occitane Hand Cream

Absorbs quickly and moisturizes even the driest of hands!

2.) STAY SMOOTH My hands have been SO dry lately from parched indoor air and frequent washing, I couldn’t wait for Santa to bring me a tube of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($26; usa.loccitane.com). I bought one myself. It contains shea butter (of course!), honey and sweet almond extract, and vitamin E along with jasmine and ylang-ylang. (Works on tired feet too!) Makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

DEAL: Free shipping on orders over $25


The Silver Diva Necklace

You can have this imprinted with whatever saying you want.

3.) BE INSPIRED This Mother’s Hands Birthstone Necklace ($68; the-silver-diva.com) is actually on my Christmas list this year. Love the fact that you can have any motivating phrase you want stamped on this sterling silver necklace, although I’m going to keep the one that’s here (“A mother holds a child’s hands for awhile & their hearts forever.”). In the center: a Swarovski crystal birthstone.

DEAL: Use code MSLDEC for 15 percent off 


Anti-fatigue mats for kitchen, laundry and bath

These have been tested to reduce leg fatigue by up to 60 percent!

4.) FEEL GOOD I have one of these Imprint Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mats (on sale now for $54.99 for 20” x 36”; imprintmats.com) in front of my kitchen sink as it makes standing less of a chore, particularly after a tough workout. Also love that they’re eco-friendly and made from non-toxic materials, important in a home of three kids! Makes the perfect gift for a cook and an athlete.

DEAL: $5 shipping on all orders

Pedometers from Striiv

Probably the coolest pedometer I've ever seen!

5.) GET FIT How cool is this Striiv Pedometer ($99; striiv.com)! It highlights the typical pedometer stuff (in a sleek design): steps, stairs, calories, distance. But the more you walk, the more you can donate to a charity of your choice, achieve goals with every step you take, and even play games. Anyone who is looking to get fit will LOVE this!

DEAL: Order through amazon.com and you’ll get FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING.


Heart Rate Monitor for Bikes

Love the big, easy-to-read displays on this bike monitor...

6.) STAY STRONG This is a one fabulous deal! Get a Polar CS500 or Polar CS500 Tour de France Bike Mount Heart Rate Monitor for 44 percent! off the original price (was $319; now $179 for a limited time; heartmonitors.com). A perfect gift for a triathlete—or yourself!

DEAL: Enter code POLAR500 to get the special rate and FREE shipping.



Under Armour Cold Gear Colorblock Compression Leggings

Available in six different trim colors.

7.) BE WARM I love going out for a run on a brisk, sunny winter’s day—as long as I’m layered up. These Under Armour Coldgear Colorblock Compression chafe-free Leggings ($59.99; underarmour.com) are the perfect way to keep legs warm. Plus I love the addition of some neon color!

DEAL: Free shipping; enter code UAGIFT 



Avocado of the Month Club

Get up to a year's supply of good-for-you food.

8.) EAT RIGHT Add Avocado of the Month Club to your Christmas list and you’ll get three (or more, depending on what you select) months of avocados (full of good-for-you fat) plus a bottle of avocado oil ($194.95 for 3-month membership; avocadoofthemonthclub.com).

DEAL: FREE SHIPPING, but if you join Oprah’s Avocado of the Month Club on avocadoofthemonthclub.com, you’ll get a 3-month membership for $110.


Radiation-busting cell phone case from Pong

Reduces cancer-causing cell phone radiation by up to 95 percent.

9.) STAY SAFE I have one of these Soft Touch Pong Cell Phone Cases ($49.99 each; pongresearch.com) and am buying some for my friends for the holidays. Why? It’s the only cell phone case proven in numerous studies to reduce cell phone radiation. Comes in a variety of colors and styles; I have the hot pink one!

DEAL: There’s no deal on this one; but I feel so strongly about it that I included it anyway.



plastic bag dryer from Gaiam

You will use this simple countertop gadget over and over again.

10.) DO GOOD I have one of these Countertop Bag Dryers ($20; gaiam.com)—and love it! I can re-use my Ziploc snack bags (saving them from the landfill)—and even use it to dry my water bottles (although you have to make sure the weight is balanced on two sides so it doesn’t topple over). Everyone should have one in his/her kitchen!

DEAL: 20 percent off and free shipping; use code FESTIVE or FRIENDS11.


I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time!

Written by: on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

I recently read Tina Fey’s new book Bossypants and I laughed—but when I read If It Was Easy, They’d Call The Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon (Living With And Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married) by Jenna McCarthy (no, not Jenny McCarthy, Jenna!), I actually laughed so hard I had tears running down my face—for almost the entire book. Truly. Honestly. This is one of the funniest (and most truthful) books (about relationships) that I have ever read.

Jenna McCarthy's New Book

After reading this, I ordered 5 copies to give as gifts to my friends

I’ve always wondered why my guy can’t: close his closet or his dresser drawers; why he lacks the ability to EVER wash out the kitchen sink of food and his morning coffee grounds; why he’s unable to find anything in the house and needs to ask me where it is (despite the fact that we’ve both lived in this house for almost 7 years); why he needs to spend eons in the bathroom; etc, etc. Now, I love him…but some things he does drive me absolutely crazy!

If you wonder too why your guy does the most annoying things, get to a bookstore and get this book (out in bookstores tomorrow, October 4, for $15). Not only will Jenna make you laugh about your guy’s, um…well, issues. She’ll also make you appreciate him a lot more with her real women anecdotes (printed throughout the book) of “At Least You’re Not Married to Him”. As Jenna says:

“Now, as husbands go, I have to admit I did all right. Joe is unquestionably handsome, doesn’t leave ragged toenail clippings scattered about the house, and has never once, in nearly five thousand days of togetherness, left the toilet seat up…he’s seen me naked on numerous occasions and still wants to have sex with me. All in all, he’s a catch by pretty much anyone’s standards.

“And yet he still can make me madder than a bag of rabid badgers…the guy seems hell-bent on personally driving me to the nuthouse…But I haven’t [left him] and I won’t, and there are three particularly compelling reasons for this:

1. He’s a guy, and all guys are basically the same, and since I don’t want to die alone, if I got rid of him I’d just be trading in his sometimes infuriating tics for someone else’s, and I’m too old and too tired to even consider that.

2. He puts up with all of my shit. (This really should not be underestimated.)

3. I love him.”

Even if you’re not married and are just in a relationship—or aren’t currently in a relationship but have been in one—you will still love this book. It makes you look at guys in a whole new light—and still love ‘em!

(P.S. I lent this book to one of my best friends—and she called me laughing, saying she LOVED the book too and was passing it on to one of her friends!)

(P.P.S. I went to Jenna McCarthy’s website, jennamccarthy.com, and am now following her on Twitter…but if you’re interested, she’ll be on the Today Show tomorrow morning being interviewed by…Khloe Kardashian)


An easy way to keep up your summer glow this fall!

Written by: on Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Alpha Beta Glow Pads

Contains anti-aging ingredients too!

This past summer, I swam my almost daily laps in an outdoor pool. The result: a pretty nice golden glow (complete with freckles I haven’t seen in years!). And, yes, yes, while I know tanning is actually a response of the skin to sun damage, I must admit, I have enjoyed the bronze-y no-makeup look!

To keep it up, I’ve been using these AMAZING wipes from Dr. Dennis Gross (Alpha Beta Glow Pads)—a top dermatologist in New York City and creator of a top-notch skincare line—every other morning. They exfoliate while adding a bit of faux color. Just wash your hands after swiping over your face and neck to prevent your palms from getting “tan”! ($32 for a little more than a month’s supply; dgskincare.com)


Dear 16-year-old Me

Written by: on Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Dear 16-year-old Me