The Friday 5 Baby Lotto


Good Morning! How’s everyone? Glad you are liking the simple mango recipes this week, resulting from my obsession…


Here’s my weekly installment of the FF for you all. Let’s have some fun today!Β  πŸ™‚



5 Benefits of using a Bosu Ball



I miss my Bosu workouts terribly! It’s only a matter of time until I get to start using it again! My IDEA Fitness Journal showcased the benefits so I thought I would share them and some exercises that I LOVE.Β  Here you go:

1. Adds a balance challenge

Try One of my FAVORITE Exercise The Bosu Squat Flat part down


2. Makes Some “easier” Pilates exercises more challenging

Try the Pilates Side Leg Lift on the Bosu

3. Provides an “assist” when certain muscles need to be taken out of the equation

Try doing a variation of the back extension on the Bosu


4. Confuses the neurotransmitters and testing proprioceptors

Try the Crossover Bosu Push-Up

5. “Dimensionalizes” the workout and adds a bit of fun!

Try POPCORN JUMPS if you have a partner to work with! They’re fun!


remember to ALWAYS consult a physician when beginning a new exercise program!




5 Facts about MANGOES!




1. Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.


2. They are an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 mg or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin A.


3.Β  They’reΒ  also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals. Β Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production in the brain. It also controls homocystiene levels in the blood which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in CAD and stroke.


4. Mangoes are very high in fiber!


5. They may help slow the aging process, reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, improve lung function, and reduce complications associated with diabetes.




5 Beauty Picks for SPRING!



1. Physician’s Formula Bronzer

I have talked about this before….LOVE it you can use it on your cheeks and eyes for a nice added glow!


2. Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Gloss in “Princess”


I LOVE this stuff! Michael can’t resist giving me a peck on the lips when I wear it but then quickly remembers how much he hates the tingle of plumping it gives to his lips πŸ˜‰


3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

My T-Zone ALWAYS gets oily, and this stuff is PERFECT to keep my makeup on all day! I often don’t get to wash my face before I go to the gym, and this helps keep my Bare Escentuals foundation in place!

4. Essie French Affair Nail Polish

I LOOOOVE Pink! Especially Pink Polish! This is so pretty and has a hint of lavendar to it! Got it on my toes a couple weeks ago πŸ™‚


5. Hair Trends–Barrettes Are Back!

I am not into the huge oversized barrettes they were showing on the runways, but thought J-Lo looked adorable in her barrette on Idol the other night. I wish I had her hair πŸ˜‰



if you haven’t seen this one yet it’s a MUST watch! These twins talk baby talk to each other in an entire conversation..they totally understand each other, so cute!! You will get a great laugh on this Friday πŸ™‚











Calling ALL readers!!! If you have never commented before, but like to lurk πŸ˜‰ here’s your chance to speak up! First time visitors, long time readers, family, friends. I would LOVE to hear from YOU!


My family is doing a baby lottery and I want to get my readers involved too! My due date is April 27th. I want to hear your guesses as to when Ella Morgan’s birthday will be. Don’t be Shy!:


Tell me your guess for:






Come on…it’s fun!!! I would LOVE to go back and look at your comments and see who was right or close once she arrives!


Here’s my 38 Week Photo update or maternity shoot to help you along!


You all have the advantage because my family did this a while ago. Now that I am so close it’s getting interesting!




Have a great day!!!!!!

Don’t forget to leave your guess πŸ™‚




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  • Reply The Teenage Taste

    I just found your blog and want to say I love it already! The Friday 5 is such a cute idea! πŸ™‚

    April 15, 2011 at 7:15 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I’m going to pick May 2, 4 am, 7 lb 6 oz. I was supposed to be due around that time too but I came May 2nd…so that is my guess!! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to find out who is right! Even though I’ll be in Hawaii!!

    April 15, 2011 at 7:39 am
    • Reply laury

      funny that you were due then!

      April 15, 2011 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Wow–so much great info in this post!

    I’m sold on the bronzer. And the lip gloss.

    Ok, I think she’ll be born on the 26th at 2:49pm and she’ll weigh 6lbs 9oz!


    April 15, 2011 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    I’m going to go with April 29 (Ella’s going to be a Friday baby!), 20 inches and 7 lbs, 2 oz. πŸ™‚ Yay for all your mango facts…my sister bought some yesterday and I’m ready to eat it all!

    April 15, 2011 at 7:44 am
  • Reply susan

    Great post Laury, I pick 3rd of May or maybe the 4th of May. Time 1.30pm and weight 7pounds. So excited for you x

    April 15, 2011 at 7:47 am
    • Reply laury

      Susan…nooooo…hahaha…thanks for the guess. I love you but hope you’re off by a week!

      April 15, 2011 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Oh how I too love the Bosu! I’ve always wanted to get one, but forget about it when its like christmas or my birthday. However, my trainer religiously puts it into my circuits and it definitely kicks this up a notch or two.

    As for Ella’s grand arrival, you might be late. A lot of the first born are. I’ll say May 5 at 3:30pm at 6.2lb. There you go. Sorry to make you have to wait, but it also seems to the trend with most first-time moms right now.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:08 am
    • Reply laury

      That’s what I hear, Jen but I hope the yoga squats, pressure point massage and staying active makes me different than the rest, haha. thanks for the guess πŸ™‚

      April 15, 2011 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Alright, my guess: April 28th, 11:15am, 7lbs 5 oz. Totally random and I have no idea how I came up with those numbers, but that’s my guess!

    April 15, 2011 at 8:12 am
    • Reply laury

      that was my official guess a few months ago…I don’t know what I’m doing either πŸ˜‰

      April 15, 2011 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I saw that twin video last week, it’s too freaking cute! Okay, so I predict that Ela will be born on April 22nd at 1:05 P.M. and she will be 6 lbs 9 oz.! Can’t wait to meet her!

    April 15, 2011 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats

    6lb 7oz

    April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    I’m going with April 28th, 9:15am, 6 lbs 8 oz.

    I love that babies video — they are so adorable!

    April 15, 2011 at 9:05 am
  • Reply IslandChica

    Hi Laury,

    My due date with my first child (16years ago and also a girl) was also April 27 and she was born on May 3 so I’ll choose that! In honor of my almost 17 year old fabulous daughter I’ll stick with her other stats too: 5:25 pm and 7 lbs 11 oz.

    All the best to you!

    April 15, 2011 at 9:33 am
    • Reply laury

      How cool is that??? Thanks for the guess πŸ™‚

      April 15, 2011 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Stacy Navickas

    Hi Laurie, I think you’ll go early actually. My guess is:

    April 25th @ 4:05pm
    Baby Ella will weigh in at 7pounds 1 ounce.

    I can’t wait to hear more on this special day!

    April 15, 2011 at 9:54 am
    • Reply laury

      love it, thanks! πŸ™‚

      April 15, 2011 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Katie

    I did BOSU squats for the first time yesterday and I loved them!

    I’m guessing April 20th at noon. 7 pounds 10 ounces.

    Here’s hoping!

    April 15, 2011 at 10:26 am
    • Reply laury

      I like how you think πŸ˜‰

      April 15, 2011 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Keri

    Love this game! I say:
    April 29th at 11am and 7 pounds, 10 ounces

    April 15, 2011 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    Ooo this is exciting.

    Hmm, well I’m going to say April 30th because it’s also my Dad’s Bday and he’s a great guy πŸ˜‰

    April 15, 2011 at 10:42 am
  • Reply francesca @ oral hcg

    The bosu ball, the mangoes, and those cute little babies talking to each other. πŸ˜€ That video has become a worldwide sensation! πŸ˜€

    April 15, 2011 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    That Essie nail polish is gorgeous! And I think barrettes are a cute accent to any hairstyle πŸ˜€

    Ok I’m going to guess April 28 at 3:30 pm and 7lbs 5 ounces πŸ˜›

    April 15, 2011 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Charlie

    April 28 @ 8:32 am
    7.1 lbs

    I love that video! So cute :).

    April 15, 2011 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    Apr. 25th, 6:15 am, 6 pounds 15 ounces:)

    April 15, 2011 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    April 27 is an important day for me… so I’m going to pick 4/27 at 11 AM. Umm, 6 lb 10 oz???

    April 15, 2011 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Jennifer (The Gourmetour)

    What is the different between pro-biotics and pre-biotics?

    I guess baby Ella will come early morning hours on monday 4/18/11
    she will be 7 lbs 5oz

    April 15, 2011 at 11:57 am
    • Reply laury

      Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that go through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow. Probiotics are good bacteria found in fermented foods…both help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract!

      April 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    MAY 1ST!!! I’ll be proud to share my birthday with baby Ella. πŸ˜‰ She can be a MayDay baby! πŸ˜€

    April 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Caree@Fit-Mama

    I am going to say April 29th at 11:00p.m. Baby Ella will be 7 lbs 12oz.

    Loved all of your beauty recommendations, I should try them!! And I didn’t realize how nutritious mangos are for you!! I have fallen in love with dried mangos but I honestly don’t think I have ever had a fresh one! I need to go and buy some!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun

    April 30th early morning (5am?) 6lbz 9oz
    Good luck, Laury!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I will say april 20th @ 2pm 6lbs 8oz. those mangos look yummy now I gotta go find some!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    both Essie and OPI have the best spring colors right now- especially light hued pinks like this one- so fresh yet dainty and subtle πŸ™‚

    ok how freaking adorable/cool is two twin babies that are pretty much clairvoyant to each other! i love that!

    HAPPY FRIDAY <3 xoxo

    April 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Errign

    Came over via Fitnessista πŸ™‚

    I was excited to see a post about the BOSU ball, because we have them at my gym & I have nooo idea how to use it!

    April 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    just found your site this week! What an inspiration =) I’m going to guess…. April 22. around 3:30 pm 7.2 lbs and 18” long

    April 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Lesley! Happy you came by πŸ™‚

      April 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Lee-ann

    I think she will be born at 5.20am on 5th May and will weight 6 pounds 15 oz

    April 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Molly

    Birthdate: 4/23/11
    Time: 5:30 am
    Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz

    April 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    HAHA! THat baby talk video is hysterical. i was laughing so hard. Kids crack me up. Its like they are way smarter than we give them credit for and they just cant express in words. My kids make me laugh so hard all the time! BUt the best part about that video is that the one baby is only sporting one sock too. LOL sooooo funny! And I would say he (the one socked baby) pretty much got dominated by the other one. πŸ™‚
    I am so with you on the mango love! I just downed a whole one right before posting on here. They are such perfect summer food. Filling, sweet and juicy. I told my girls I would make them your mango sorbet with the coconut ice cream layered in it. Looks SO good!
    Ok, we really are soul sisters I think. I love that bronzer. IAnd I totally use it for eye shadow, blush, bronzer, LOVE it. I need to check out a few of your other products you love.
    Ook my guess for Ella Mo…

    Birthdate: 4/19/11
    5:45 pm
    7 lb. 5 ounces

    Please pick me to win Ella! Pretty please. πŸ™‚

    April 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      Michael picked the SAME date!! He said 12:53PM 6 pounds 9 ounces. We’ll see who’s closest if she comes then. Hope you guys are right, although I booked a massage for Wed, so maybe I want to hold off til the 21st πŸ˜‰

      We ARE soul sistas πŸ™‚ LOVE that bronzer and it’s my eyeshadow like daily.

      So glad you are making the sorbet, I hope you & the girls likey!!! Have a great weekend XO

      April 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I love the Physician’s formula bronzer!

    My guess is:

    April 25th
    4:30 PM
    7 lbs. 3 oz.

    Totally random. πŸ™‚

    April 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Candice

    that video makes me so excited for when my twins get bigger! haha, they really do have their own language already!

    April 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition

    I’m obsessed with dried mangos! So delicious. My boyfriend and I got a dehydrator and started making our own!

    Love the way you set up your post- A beauty product I’m currently obsessed with is a Face Moisturizer from Raw Essentials. My face feels like a baby’s bottom (haha) and it’s made with all good for you ingredients! You should try it.

    My guess is:

    April 23th
    6:30 AM
    6 lbs. 4 oz. (what’s I weighted!)

    April 16, 2011 at 12:34 am
    • Reply laury

      Ohh, I will need to try that!!!

      April 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Leila @ Spinach and Skittles

    I love the bare minerals buxom lip gloss. I have 4…and a slight lip gloss/chapstick obsession. My husband reacts the same way πŸ˜‰
    I also loooooove the smashbox face primer. They make a great eyelid primer too.

    My guess for Ella to arrive is:
    April 29, 4 a.m., 6 pounds 4 ounces

    April 16, 2011 at 1:50 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Making Good Choices

    I’m going to guess April 28th at 7:23 am 6 pounds 9 ounces. πŸ™‚

    April 16, 2011 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life

    April 25 at 2:34am! 7lbs 3oz. : )

    One of my best friends is having a c-section on the 28th! I’m so excited and I can’t wait to see pics and see what name they pick out!

    You are getting SOclose!!!! I bet you are so excited!

    April 16, 2011 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Priyanka

    Hi Laury! I came across your blogs from Gina’s! Love your blog and Congratulations on becoming a mum soon. I think your baby will be born on April 25!

    Cannot wait to read more!

    April 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      Welcome πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much!!! I like your guess!!!

      April 17, 2011 at 10:59 am
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    April 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply La.

    Alright: She’s going to be born at 4 PM, on our anniversary/her due date April 27th and she’s going to weight 7.3 pounds. πŸ˜‰

    April 19, 2011 at 12:07 am
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