A Friday 5

It’s finally Friday again….Yipee! How’s everyone celebrating???

First off, I know the holidays has MANY of us stressed out….there will be non of that. To help reduce some of that tension I wanted to give you my 5 exercises to beat stress!

check it out….

5 Exercises to Reduce Stress

1. Sun Salutations:

2. Neck Rolls:

Sitting in your chair, reach down and grab the side of the chair with the right hand and gently pull while tilting your head to the left, feeling a stretch down the right side of the neck and shoulder. Hold for 10-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

3. Eagle Arms


see how it’s done

4. Hip Flexor Stretch


  • Kneel with one knee on the floor and the other foot in front with the knee bent
  • Push your hips forwards and keep the back upright
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds

*****NEVER let your knee go past your toes********

5. Upper Back stretch on Foam Roller

My PERSONAL FAV! Just roll over the tight muscles of your upper back (traps, posterior delts, rhomboids), and feel a delicious massage that relieves so much tension! This is MUCH cheaper than getting a massage ๐Ÿ˜‰

**I always place my hands behind my head to support my head and neck…allowing them to relax.


5 Immune Boosters that fight Colds & The Flu!

I touched on this yesterday with my Thirsty Thursday drink (it was a late post though, so you may of missed it). While we are extra stressed this time of year, that will make us more prone to getting sick!ย  Guard against illness with the power of plants!!!

**Sorry to those of you that read about this already yesterday. It’s an important topic, I thought it should be repeated!!**

1. Hot Lemon Tea with Ginger & Honey


Freshly-squeezed lemon juice contains a great dose of vitamin C!ย  Adding fresh grated root ginger helps to relieve nausea, suppress coughs and settle the stomach. Honey adds sweetness, and, according to the Archives of Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine (June 2007), is more effective than DM cough syrup for treating coughs. Manuka honey containing UMF is the most beneficial type of honey for health purposes.

2. Chili & other spicy foods

although spicy foods may not “cure” your cold…they sure do help alleviate symptoms! Whip up a nutritious bowl of chili and it will be sure to clear up your sinuses! Adding some yummy veggies and healthy beans in there will add some immune boosting power!

3. Carrot-Orange-Ginger Juice

…like I said yesterday, Carrots, Oranges and Ginger make a great combo when arming yourself against illness! These 3 super foods will give you super powers ๐Ÿ™‚


-full of beta carotene which bolsters the number of white blood cells in the immune system, as well as T-cells


-everyone knows that oranges are loaded with vitamin C, and adding it to this combo gives you lots of fighting power. Remember, fresh is BEST! Stay away from the commercial, high sugary OJโ€™s, they may be bugged. According to U.S. FDA standards, 250mL of orange juice is allowed to contain 10 fruit fly eggs, but only 2 maggotsโ€“YUCK!


-Ginger has antipyretic and antibacterial action which can fight against fever and cold!

4. Garlic

The health benefits of garlic are endless; it’s antifungal, antibiotic, germicidal and beneficial to the cardiovascular system and cold sufferers are most likely to welcome garlic for its ability to clear mucusy lungs and sinuses. Ideally, garlic should be crushed to release its aromatic oils and eaten raw; however, even the cooked version is beneficial!

5. Elderflower, Black or Green Tea


Drinking five cups of tea a day is reputed to significantly enhance the immune system, helping to fight off colds. Try flavoring tea with honey, ginger or lemon to enhance its therapeutic effects!


5 Things on my Wish List

hint, hint to my family that is reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. A Kitchen Aid Mixer–I really need this BEFORE Christmas so I can do all of my holiday baking! It will make it WAY more enjoyable, and I could get SO much more done! However, they are pricey, and I don’t really want Michael spending that much on me ๐Ÿ™

2. Maternity clothes that do not make me look matronly, or frumpy. I like things that FIT me, and show off the belly ๐Ÿ™‚ The above is a look I have been sporting a lot. I could use more cute open sweaters like that, and some long tanks from H & M. I bought 2 long sleeve crew neck t-shirts from the Motherhood store today. The only plus side about maternity clothes is I still can fit into a small ๐Ÿ™‚ I can always use more black stretch pants too, hint hint.

3. Warm Long Socks to wear with boots. NOTHING that is real tight around my legs, the looser kind that will stay up.


4. Warm Slippers ๐Ÿ™‚

5. More fake bake so I don’t get too pasty ๐Ÿ˜‰

and if worse comes to worse, I always love iTunes gift cards…the ONE time a year that I update my ipod…and it IS struggling these days!

What’s on YOUR wish list? Maybe I forgot something, LOL.


5 of my Favorite Christmas Movies

1. ELF

2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

3. A Christmas Carol

the OLD school version

4.ย  It’s A Wonderful Life

5.ย  A Christmas Story


Five Chic Holiday Fashion Trends



I would be all about this dress if I didn’t have the belly

2. Sparkly Shoes


3. FAUX Fur Vests


as long as it’s faux it’s a go in my book ๐Ÿ˜‰ not really my taste, but sure it would look cute on a lot of you

4. Patterned Tights


5. Military Coats



What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Favorite fashion trends this winter?

What’s on your wish list??

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

I am looking forward to a great dinner tonight in the city with family then tomorrow night we get to see our friends at a Christmakah party! Hope your weekend is fabulous!


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  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I LOVE the eagle arms stretch and foam rolling my upper back. Lately I’ve had a lot of tension in my upper back area and those stretches feel so so good! On my Christmas wishlist is the Vitamix (although I’ll settle for something a little less pricey!), a Canon XSi DSLR, and Lululemon clothes! Have a fabulous Friday Laury! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Check if there are any consignment stores around you. Or Ebay. I got all of my maternity clothes when pregnant with M from there. I got like 20 outfits for $200 and cute stuff. Then, for the few winter things I needed to get me through the end of this pregnancy I bought stuff on consignment for like 70% off. Some nice jeans and cute tops from like Gap maternity even.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:08 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks for the tip!! There is a place near me, they carry a lot of designer stuff on consignment. I completely forgot about it! Thanks for reminding me ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 10, 2010 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Sissy

    Man I wish I had you for Polyanna!! JK thanks for all the great gift ideas : ) JK again!

    Laury what about Christmas Vacation!!? this is top 5 of my favorites along with Elf, Family Stone, A Christmas Story and HOME ALONE!!! I think you are having baby brain and forgot about these great movies!

    Who’s party are you going to one Sat night?

    Favorite fashion trends this winter- I am really into purple, clark griswald looking hats (just bought one) and still big into the dresses/tights/boots.

    See you tonight for a delish dinner! Xo

    December 10, 2010 at 10:19 am
    • Reply laury

      I didn’t forget…those were def the runners up!! So hard to pick just 5! But I had to go with the ones that make me feel MOST like the holidays!

      December 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply erica @ fashionmeetsfood

    I really want to get a pair of sparkly pumps for Christmas parties, and a sequined top. I am all about sparkles this year and usually I am not. My husband watched Elf with me for the first time last year. Now he understand when I continuously quote the movie. Have a fabulous weekend.


    December 10, 2010 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Kat Condon

    HAHA I am so with you on the early present thing! I asked for a food processor but really want it early to help with my baking! I also want it so I can make homemade nut butters as gifts ๐Ÿ™‚ How cute and creative would that be? BUT, my hubby has yet to bring home the food processor….

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I want a kitchen aid mixer too! And jewelry ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Michael and I were talking about or favorite Christmas Movies last night and It’s a Wonderful Life was on mine, too!! Along with A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol. ๐Ÿ˜› We used to watch It’s a Wonderful Life around Christmas time when I was in marching band. It brings back a lot of good memories sitting around with all my best friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Holly @ couchpotatoathlete

    I love Its a Wonderful Life – makes me cry every time!!!

    My wishlist: warm long jane PJs from Vic Secret, flannel sheets, coffee for my Keurig, barnes and noble gift cards, trader joes gift cards, CASH ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    Since my hubby already gave me the number 1 thing on my list (my new laptop!) I am also hoping for some cute new workout tops!

    Also, where do you find the Fake Bake Spray? I am super pasty by nature and am always on the lookout for a good self tanner!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 11:02 am
    • Reply laury

      I get it at Ulta, but I am sure you could find it online.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I love Love Actually and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Maybe not traditional Christmas movies but they are my favorites. I love almost all Christmas movies so its hard to pick.

    I’m going to have to keep your illness cures on hand to prevent any colds this winter!

    December 10, 2010 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Wow, you’ve got quite a bit of yoga up there! I also love practicing the moon salutations bc it’s such a different energy and really gets into the hips.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:24 am
    • Reply laury

      Yoga is great for reducing stress!!! I don’t know if I ever did moon salutations…or at least never heard the name if I have done them!

      December 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    the kitchen aid is a godsend i have that exact one! it was a wedding present to us. the christmas story is my all time fave! fashion trends for me this season are the tights (obviously) and a piece that sparkles like a tank or blazer.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Marg

    I love Elf, may watch it tonight and make Christmas cards. I love winter clothing but don’t get much wear out of it here. Today it’s 73! I do like the gold and stockings.

    check out Forever 21, I was browsing online yesterday and saw a tab for maternity clothing. May be cheap and fitted?

    December 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
    • Reply laury

      I have seen them on Forever, but there wasn’t much of a selection last time I looked. I will have to go back and check again.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Courtney F

    Great Friday 5. My fave Xmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation. I do love A chrismas story too. Actually, I like most xmas movies. The cheesier the better haha!
    I have always wanted pattern tights, but never think to get them while I am out and about. Note to self…..pick up tights!!

    December 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply susan

    Great exercises you’ve chosen Laury. I have a pink Kitchen Aid, I wanted it for years and finally got it, love it! Hope you get one too! I think what’s on my wish list is my prince arriving and to have a happy and healthy 2011 with a hot man!!!

    December 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply laury

      I hope you get your wish ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    awesome post!! ๐Ÿ™‚ we watch the same Christmas movies every year, which include The Family Stone and Love Actually. but my absolute favourite is The Muppet’s Family Christmas (a TV special with Fraggle Rock and Seaseme Street included. simply awesome.)

    i don’t really follow fashion trends, but i’m diggin’ those military jackets hope your Christmas party is grand! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply kris |

    I love Elf!!! Such a funny movie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Girl, you have to tell me how the Fake Bake is? I have been using St. Tropez and I feel I need a darker one ๐Ÿ™‚ you always look fab and dark in your pics!

    Great post today! I love long socks in my boots too!


    PS thank you for the kind words regarding my sick puppers…he goes back to the vet today. Breaks my heart :[

    December 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      I have been using fake bake for YEARS….i LOVE it!

      I hope the puppers is OK…I’ll be thinking about you!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    I love home alone and christmas vacation!

    December 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply La.

    Your yoga side lunge thing from the other day made my muscles hurt… I don’t know if I can do any more of your workouts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ At some point I am going to pay for you to do a far away training session and see what needs to be done here! I’m really loving yoga these days. It REALLY helps me to sleep better. I wish I had known about it when I was preggers… I think it would have been better!

    December 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Nicole@makinggoodchoices

    I would take those sparkley shoes! I also like the fitted maternity look, show off that belly ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    Honey is the best thing for the cough! My mom used to make me hot water with lemon and honey and it is also delicious (not the case of most syrups :P)!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I love the hip flexor stretch. Even when I have zero time for stretching, I make sure to do it.

    Elf, A Christmas Story, and Christmas Vacation. Love them all.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    You use the stuff from the can, really?? Your tan always looks so good and I thought you did the Myst–I need to look into that stuff. I hate how pasty I get in the winter, meh ๐Ÿ™

    The socks are absolutely adorable. I need long ones like those that are good quality!

    December 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yea, I use that about 90% of the time. If I have somewhere to go I do the Mystic or the Airbrush where someone else does it! I love my Fake Bake!

      December 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Joslyn @ missfitbliss

    Another great Friday Five! I have a KitchenAid mixer and I’m actually pretty surprised by how little I use it. It can be kind of a headache to clean and pulling the head of it up and down whenever you add a new ingredient gets old. It’s funny but it seems the more I bake, the less I use it lately!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:32 am
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