Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Dancing, Blonde Shoe-Loving Diva

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend all, hope your bellies & hearts are full. I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Healthy Chick in the Community, the one and only Katie.

Like a sister to me, Katie has more energy and can talk more than anyone I know! Not to mention she’s a wonderful person who puts her friends & family first.

I’ll let you meet this shopping-obsessed diva for yourself! Can’t think of a better day than on Black Friday ;)

NAME/AGE: Katie Sullivan, 26 years old

CURRENT CITY: Lives in Vernon, CT

PHOTO TAKEN: This picture was taken last Thanksgiving sitting by the fireplace at my mom’s house.

WHAT I DO FOR WORK: I work for East Hartford Public Schools as a 1st grade teacher

MY NUMBER ONE PASSION: Teaching. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and that passion has never changed. My students keep me motivated and challenge me every day.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN: I start my week off with a great spinning class. This helps me stay on track with my goals for the rest of the week. The empowering feeling I get after a great workout class motivates me to get to the gym for the rest of the week and helps me wake up feeling energized ready to take on the day.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL AND SOMETIMES: just enjoy waking up late on the weekends and indulging in chocolate chip pancakes! :)

TOP THREE (MAYBE FOUR) KITCHEN STAPLES: almond milk, black bean veggie burgers, rye bread and cheese..all types!

MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS: Shoe shopping! If I could, I would have a whole closet dedicated to my shoes! DSW is my shoe heaven and all types of shoes make me happy!


1. My family…although we may be a little different, we are who we are. My mom is my biggest inspiration..always has been and always will be and of course my 3 crazy brothers keep my life interesting and exciting
2. My relationship with my boyfriend Chris. It has been 3 years since we started dating and anyone who can keep up with me is a keeper! ;)
3. I love my blonde hair and blue eyes and I am proud to be 100% irish!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES ME SHINE: Definitely dancing! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to dance. I miss being able to practice all types of dancing so any excuse I can get to move around makes me happy. Whether it is a zumba class or random dance party in my kitchen I love it all!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: brownies! My mom makes the best brownies and there is always a batch in our kitchen so naturally, I usually have a warm batch in my kitchen too! A little chocolate never hurt anyone ;)

MESSAGE I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Don’t forget to surround yourself with people who make you smile and laugh. I am fortunate enough to have so many close best friends and they are the people who make me happy. I laugh the most when I have girl’s nights and their positivity makes me smile!


14 Days to a Healthy, Happy + Sane Holiday Season {2 Week Wellness Program}

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Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite time of year, and brings so many fond memories of friends + family like waking up to the smell of fresh herbs & turkey roasting in the oven (because my dad sneaks out of bed to get an early start!), helping my Grandma Carol open cans of corn in the kitchen, and sharing laughs around the table.

There’s so much joy, so much love. That’s what the holidays are really about.

We need to remember to keep that joyous feeling throughout the holiday season, not just on the day dedicated for giving thanks. That’s why I’ve been busy crafting up a fun, interactive holiday wellness program for y’all…which you can do from the comfort of your own home!

That’s right, “14 Days to a Healthy, Happy + Sane Holiday Season” will get you feeling all warm, cozy + sexy inside (without giving up Christmas cookies or grandma’s famous mashed potatoes with gravy!)

The challenge will begin on Tuesday, December 8th and includes:

1. Daily dose of positivity sent straight to your email (even better than your morning pumpkin latte!) with clear action-steps to implement right away for the two weeks

2. Access to private Facebook group to hold one another accountable – I’m a firm believer that the main reason we don’t follow through is because we have no one to keep us accountable. Oh, and I’ll be doing the challenge with you throughout!

3. No talks of dieting, calories or “losing weight” (pinky promise!) – we’re GAINING our health + confidence back this season!

4. Daily journaling exercises + positive mantras to dig deep and create a true shift in mindset

5. Welcome program guide packed with a few of my favorite heart-warming winter recipes + an HC-approved winter grocery list (note: no foods are off limits during this program!)

6. Surprise goodie upon sign-up. (Shh, it’s a surprise!)


START DATE: Tuesday, December 8th

YOUR INVESTMENT: $15 – I’m keeping the cost down since I want as many ladies as possible to have SUPPORT + LOVE during one of my favorite, albeit stressful, times of the year!


Step 1: Join the list to make sure you receive daily emails + all updates from here on out!

Step 2: Make your payment via the paypal button bellow

Hope to have you take part in this year’s wellness program Have a wonderful, love-filled Thanksgiving!




Healthy Chicks in the Community: Meet RACHEL AKA The Chick Behind the Blog

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Good morning friends, and Happy Friday! I couldn’t be more exited for the weekend — we’re going to a keilbasa smoking + polka party tonight (yes, you heard that right) with my sister’s future in-laws! Since everyone in my family is Polish — including my hubby! — this is totally up our alley.

Anyway, on to this week’s feature for Healthy Chicks  in the Community! Every week I feature a woman in the community who embodies what it means to live well, both inside & out! This week, I wanted to give you the inside scoop on the chick behind the blog, that is M-E! For those of you who have been reading for years THANK YOU, and those new to the blog welcome to the family! OK, now it’s time to get to know me a little better… ;)

NAME/AGE: Rachel Kaczynski “Ski” / 28

twitter: @healthy_chicks
instagram: @healthychicks


PHOTO TAKEN: Last weekend, right after my beautiful mom gave me a new ‘do!

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I wear many hats. I run the Community Marketing for sweetgreen in Boston — they’re a pretty sick company if you haven’t heard of them! And as a certified health coach & lover of writing, I also manage this blog, write for other outlets, and run seasonal wellness programs, that can be done from anywhere! Stay tuned…next one’s coming up in December ;)

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Connecting with others. I like to know your story, who you are (like who you really are), and what makes you unique!

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Taking time to slow down + be present.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I eat lots of takeout pad thai, watch Netflix for hours (right now I’m on a Gilmore Girls kick) and leave behind a messy apartment in favor of being with the people I love.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Organic eggs, garlic + olive oil, and something green like collards, kale or swiss chard!

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: CHEESE!! Dill havarti and sharp cheddar are my favorites, but I love all…well, except Swiss.


1) I’m quirky + fun-loving, and totally OK with laughing at myself

2.) I have been writing this blog for 7 years!

3.) I can talk to pretty much anyone + have a knack for getting into cool events / given free stuff (I get it from my dad!)


FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: It’s a tie between my mom’s Chicken Divan or Chicken Parmesan & Fettucine Alfredo

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Own who you are & keep shining on! No one can do something as good as you can because, well, they’re not you! Comparison to others is by far the worst thing you can do for yourself. Instead, let’s strive to celebrate other women and continue to shine bright! Oh, and slow the eff down.

Thanks for reading this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community series! If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom


21 Ways to Give Back to Yourself this Holiday Season {Plus a Giveaway!}

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‘Tis the season of giving — gift giving, family commitments, giving love, putting in some extra hours at work to hit that deadline, you name it. But just as important as giving is receiving, or better known as giving to yourself.

There’s no better way to practice than some good ol’ self care. Here are 21 quick & easy ways to put yourself first this holiday season!

1. Plan a me-cation.

2. Book a massage.

3. Look in the mirror + tell yourself “I love you.”

4. Set your intention for the season.

5. Take a nap (and don’t feel guilty about it).

6. Play hooky.

7. Buy those pair of fabulous boots you’ve been eyeing all season.

8. Cook a homemade meal for one in the crockpot (and relish the way the scent fills your home).

9. Pick one room in your house to re-decorate.

10. Meditate upon waking.

11. Write in your journal before bed.

12. Sleep. For 8 hours or more.

13. Buy yourself a bouquet of wild flowers & put them in a pretty vase.

14. Be “bad.” Eat the darn chocolate chip cookie.

15. Host a wine + cheese night with your gal pals.

16. Clean out your closet — donate what you don’t want & replace it with something new!

17. Say no. How effin fabulous does that feel?

18. Get outside, even if just for 10 minutes. Breathe.

19. Have an at-home spa day — oatmeal facial, tea, you name it!

20. Get crafty for the holidays! (Ignite your inspiration here)

21. Get a new look (I just went brunette with rich red lowlights and I’m loving it!)

{A Holiday Giveaway!}

In the spirit of giving, I’ve got a special giveaway for YOU! I’m teaming up with the lovely folks of O.N.E. Coconut water to give away a 12-pack of pure coconut water.

I absolutely LOVE their pure flavor, and find it oh-so-refreshing and energizing! It’s the perfect way to hydrate, especially during the cooler months when we forget to constantly drink water throughout the day.

To enter my giveaway, simply leave a comment below with your favorite way to give back to yourself, or one thing you’ll work on this holiday season when it comes to taking care of Y-O-U!

I will choose a random winner by EOD on 11/30. You must reside in the US to participate. While this post is sponsored by O.N.E. Coconut Water as part of my ambassadorship, as always all opinions are my own.


Healthy Chicks in the Community: An Outdoorsy, Natural Beauty Loving Entrepreneur

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week seriously flew by. It seems like just yesterday I was at the W.E.L.L. Summit (if you missed my recap you can catch it here), and it’s hard to believe it was already one week ago.

Speaking of the W.E.L.L. Summit, one of the best parts was connecting with so many like-minded, energetic individuals. One of those lovely ladies was the beautiful Mia Bell, a passionate entrepreneur who’s also a fabulous mommy to boot! I was so drawn to Mia’s infectious personality — she’s super approachable, honest and someone I could totally see being in my “tribe.”

I’ll let you meet Mia for yourself…you’re bound to love her!

NAME/AGE: Mia Bell, 29

twitter, instagram: @miabellbrands

CURRENT CITY: Portland, Oregon

PHOTO TAKEN: Tamanawas Falls, Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon last July

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I am the Founder & CEO of MIA BELL Natural Beauty Brokers. We help brilliant, natural and organic beauty brands grow their presence in the marketplace.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Working together with honest and caring people to create a healthier, brighter and more loving world. I know it’s going to sound a little cliche! We all have something to contribute. Any action we take, no matter how small, can truly make a difference.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Getting outdoors and going on regular hikes. I love a good waterfall at the end of the trail.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: LIFE GETS CRAZY! I’m a wife, mother and business owner with a team and multiple clients. Some weeks it can be easy to skip scheduled exercise and self care for the sake of getting everything done.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Organic eggs, local honey and Kimchi.

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Any gluten-free baked good with a warm glass of milk.

1) I can whip up an awesome Pico de Gallo salsa.
2) From late 2009 to early 2010 I curated an award winning, Spanish language eco beauty blog. The first of it’s kind!
3) At one point in time I could speak 4 languages.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: I am always itching to move. A good Zumba class definitely hits the spot!


MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Wellness is a journey. Take it one day at a time. Do the best you can at that moment. And above all, make sure you are having a darn good time.

Big thank you to Mia for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. Miss last week’s? Catch it here! And if you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom


10 Fabulous + Practical Takeaways from The W.e.l.l. Summit 2015 in Boston

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I was fortunate enough to spend this past weekend at The W.E.L.L. Summit in Boston, a two-day curated event featuring the best of the best in the wellness community. There were top-notch speakers (like Latham Thomas, Kristen Arnett, and Ksenia Avdulova), passion-filled breakout sessions, drool-worthy goodie bags, and a joyous farm-to-table welcome dinner.

Needless today, I was in my wellness heaven. While many folks have now gone back to their home (from New York City to Mexico!) and all that remains from the welcome dinner are the memories, a full tummy, and one candle-lit photo on instagram, I wanted to share with you the many bits of wisdom I took away from my weekend. Enjoy!

1. Build your following by building your tribe: Desperation and trying to be like everyone else will do nothing for your popularity when it comes to social media. In order to grow your following organically, Breakfast Criminals powerhouse Ksenia recommends first building a community i.e. your tribe. Two must-dos? 1.) Share the love by connecting with like-minded folks in the industry and commenting/liking their photos and 2.) Get clear with your vision. If you want to be known in your industry, you must first establish your voice!

2. Trust your gut (literally): I absolutely loved participating in Soapwalla Founder + Chef Rachel Winard’s talk on “Going with Your Gut: How Intuition Leads us Down the Path to Fulfillment.” She bravely shared her story about her journey on leaving behind her promising music career at Juilliard and quitting her secure lawyer job to pursue her passion: making handmade vegan beauty products!

Both times Rachel was faced with a big decision, she felt an intense pain in her stomach, cuing her to trust her gut (literally) and follow her intuition. Finally Rachel decided to stop trying to please everyone else in her life and instead ask, “What’s the worst that can happen if I say yes?” and “What’s the worst that can happen if I say no?”

I can totally relate to Rachel’s experience (in both my career and personal life), and find that when you shush your mind and slow down, your body will tell you exactly what you need to do.

3. Know your sh*t (in your beauty products): Sure, we care about what we put in our bodies, but are you paying attention to what you are putting on your body? It’s crazy to think about all the crap that goes into our beauty products — everything from our deodorant to moisturizer! It was inspiring to be around lots of up-and-coming brands (like Petit Vour, Follain, and Soapwalla) that really get it, and work hard to offer products that work and are safe to use. Do a little investigation, and ask yourself if the ingredients in your daily products are recognizable. If not, think about giving your beauty cabinet a little makeover!

4. Take time to get crafty: One of my favorite workshops was a DIY product class with The Optimist Co. Founder, Devin. I absolutely loved Devin’s energy and passion for what she does — the girl literally oozes positive vibes! In her session, attendees were able to make their own body scrub (with epsom salt, castile soap and essential oils of our choosing) and all purpose house-cleaner (with baking soda, castile soap and essential oils).

The coolest part? Devin actually sells a Make-Your-Own Cleaning Product Kit, showing her customers exactly what’s going into the products and how to make it themselves. While some may find it strange that Devin’s giving away her “secrets,” I love how she’s encouraging people to feel empowered and add a little craftiness into their life! After all, we all deserve to feel like a kid every now and then.

5. Meditate every day: I was lucky enough to spend an hour with Josh Rosebrook to meditate, and chat about how to incorporate it into the modern lifestyle. Josh recommends meditating twice a day, for about 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. While many people may say they don’t have time to meditate, he swears by its power to transform the way you think and feel. One of my favorite mantras Josh recommended when starting out? “Everything is always working out perfectly for me.” How feel-good is that?

6. Take time to break bread + share stories among friends: One of my favorite moments of the W.E.L.L. Summit was the farm-to-table dinner hosted at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Yes, the food was amazing (catered by Chive Events), but my favorite part was the conversations and warmth shared around the dinner table. There is something quite magical about coming together with a group of like-minded people to break bread and share stories.

Key note speaker and the leading lady behind Mama Glow, Latham Thomas, encouraged us to find a way to add that communal aspect into our everyday lives by regularly hosting suppers with friends, ladies nights, and other sacred rituals.

7. Be real: One of my favorite things Ksenia of Breakfast Criminals said during her chat about social media is “Authenticity is greater than originality.” Many of us hold back and bring ourselves down because we think “Everyone is already doing what I do.” But it’s important to note that not everyone is you. If you can tell your story while remaining authentic, you’ve got something special there.

It made my night when Ksenia’s gal pal, the lovely Klara, told me that I had a really cool vibe about me, and that she loved how real I was. It’s extremely important to me to remain authentic and keep it real day in and date out as it’s something I put a great deal of value on, so it felt good to be recognized for it.

8. Nourish your body with good food: As I already mentioned, what goes on your body is extremely important when it comes to living well. But so is what you put in your body — that is whole, clean, energizing foods. The W.E.L.L. Summit did not disappoint when it came to providing eats we could feel good about like Organic Living Superfoods snacks, mini sweetgreen salads, and a wholesome breakfast from Thirst Juice Co.

By far my favorite meal was the farm-to-table dinner catered by Boston-based Chive Events. Everything on our plate was sourced locally, much of it from Boston’s North Shore. We enjoyed a fabulous, heart-warming dinner of local roasted chicken, a pumpkin + greens salad (made with extra creamy goat cheese as it was the last of the season), roasted seasonal root veggies, spaghetti squash and more. My heart and tummy were full of love.

9. Always be learning: Most everyone I spoke to at the summit — from bloggers to leading experts in the industry — recommend constantly learning and looking at new ways to do things. You can do so by reading, following those whom you admire & inspire you, and collaborating with like-minded individuals. Learning helps us grow and makes us stronger!

10. Own Your Beauty: The hilarious Kristen Arnett gave an incredible speech after lunch on Day 1. I loved her honesty, wit and humor, but one thing she said really struck home with me. As a professional natural makeup artist, she mentioned that 99% of the women who sit her chair immediately go to what’s wrong with them. “Make me pretty!” “Fix the bags under my eyes!” “Do something to my lips!” “I have terrible skin!”

This sort of negative self-talk is doing nothing to our wellness. It’s important to remember that all the makeup in the world can not make you beautiful if you first don’t feel it yourself. Practice self-love by focusing on the parts of your body that you adore, and go from there!

What wellness routines do you live by? How do you incorporate wellness into your day-to-day life?


6 Seasonal Fall Foods To Try Now {+Recipes}

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Fall is hands down my favorite season. There’s something about it that’s purely magical…you can even smell it in the air. It’s fresh, crisp and the perfect amount of cozy (think: leggings, boots and an over-sized sweater).

Along with the weather shifts also comes a bounty of delicious in-season fruits and veggies. Here are a few of my favorites, along with must-try recipes to go along with them!

Cauliflower: There’s lots you can do with cauliflower. You can mash it (for a delicious mashed potato substitute), but my absolute favorite way is roasting. It cooks up really nice & crispy, and goes well with a number of herbs and spices. Try this Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower recipe, a house-hold favorite!

Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are probably my favorite fall veggie, and my man will 100% agree. Lately, I’ve been going to town with sweetgreen’s Roasted Turkey + Brussels Sprouts Salad on their fall menu (hot tip: I like to add goat cheese) but it also frequently makes an appearance at home. When it comes to brussels sprouts, keeping it simple is best. These oven-roasted brussels from Whole Foods totally do the trick!

Pears: Once fall hits, apples get all the attention but what about it’s friendly sister, the pear? I’m a big fan of this under-rated fruit — it’s delicious as is, or smeared with some cinnamon & natural peanut or almond butter for an afternoon snack. This Brie, Pear & Mustard Grilled Cheese screams Sunday afternoon cuddled up on the couch in your pj’s with Netflix.

Spaghetti Squash: What’s not to love about this awkward-shaped veggie that resembles carb-a-licious pasta at first glance when cooked? As someone who eats mostly gluten free, this veggie is a life-saver when it comes to savory fall meals. Try Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs for a healthier take on spaghetti night! Trust me, no one will know you didn’t actually use boxed pasta ;)

Pumpkin: Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and dressing up your two-year-old for Halloween. They can also be a great addition to your fall cooking! For one, don’t waste their seeds — these babies make for a fabulous, nutrition-packed snack lightly roasted with salt or cinnamon & sugar. Try this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe to healthy up your breakfast! (Or wait, is it dessert?)

Figs: Fig Newton’s are so out, but their rockstar ingredient the fig isn’t! These 5-ingredient No-Bake Fig Newton Balls give this childhood favorite a comeback both kids and adults will love.

What do you love most about the fall? What are your go-to recipes?


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Fit, Singing Boston Networking Queen

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Happy Friday, ladies! Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful fall weather, and soaking up the last bits of foliage (if you’re a fellow New Englander, that is)

Onward & upward to this week’s lovely feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community! Danielle is one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met — she’s a good friend, a good wife and an all around good person. I’ve gotten to know her these past few years in Boston from my HC wellness programs to fitness nights and of course blogger events…and I love how supportive she always is.

I’ll let you meet this rockstar for yourself!

NAME/AGE: Danielle Kempe, 31


Twitter: @DJDiG Instagram: @gettingfitinma


PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): At the finish of the BAA 5K in 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: fundraiser for the National Organization for Rare Disorders

NUMBER ONE PASSION: That’s hard to pick just 1. I guess writing, since that’s a stress reliever for me, but fitness is a close 2nd for that!

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Making time for my own personal fitness: getting in workouts with November Project, or other social fitness workouts. I schedule my workouts just like I schedule other appointments in my life.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I have nights where I binge watch TV and don’t move much

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Frozen vegetables in microwave steam pouches, frozen proteins like pork chops & chicken (for a quick meal on the George Foreman grill), and lots of fruits/veggies for grab and go snacks for my office

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: I’m a huge fan of  the Royal Spyness mystery book series by Rhys Bowen and I need to read the books the day they are available


1. I love networking and meeting new people so I’m a really good connector.

2. I love to sing used to sing the National Anthem at the football games when I was in high school and was in chapel choir in college.

3. I’m a crazy Red Sox fan that lived a dream by playing baseball at Fenway Park.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: group fitness classes

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: my Mom’s baked macaroni and cheese casserole

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: It’s OK to stick to a fitness activity you like and not be interested in every workout there is!

Big thank you to Danielle for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. Miss last week’s? Catch it here! And if you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom


My #1 Passion + O.N.E Coconut water Partnership

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Good morning, friends! Hope you’re off to a lovely week so far. I am excited to announce that I’m partnering up with O.N.E. Coconut Water for the next few months to bring you delicious content…oh and maybe a few giveaways ;)

I love how O.N.E. keeps it simple, without any extra funky ingredients added. It’s just pure coconut water, and any natural flavors or fresh juices added to amp up the flavor. Right now I’m a big fan of their pure coconut water as I like my beverages as un-sweet as possible.

My #1 passion is living well + connecting with people in the community, and I love that O.N.E. can be a part of that! Last week, I ran my 6th half marathon in Newburyport MA. I had not trained as hard as I had for my others, so I knew it was going to be a bit of a struggle — both mentally and physically.

In the morning, I was lucky enough to “pre-game” with a bottle of O.N.E. pure coconut water. I love how hydrating (& energizing!) it is, and for someone who loves staying active, I know how important it is to hydrate up throughout the day.

Since I love to share (especially when it comes to the gift of wellness), I gave two bottles to my sister and dad who also ran the half with me. They were super fans of the pure flavor as well!

While I didn’t get a PR on my half, I finished…and I finished strong. That’s what matters most to me. There were moments when I thought my legs were going to give up on me or that I’d have to walk the rest, but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.

I knew the feeling of crossing the finish line would be well worth it. And it so was. That feeling of accomplishing something way beyond your imagination is something I cherish. It fuels me.

How do you stay hydrated? What’s your #1 passion…and how do you fuel it?

This post is sponsored by O.N.E. Coconut Water, but as always all opinions are my own.




Bostonians Get Rewarded for Making Healthy Choices {Via The Blue Box Truck}!

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As you know, I’m a big fan of making small, simple changes toward living a healthier lifestyle. I don’t believe that you can look at someone and decide if they are healthy or unhealthy; rather it’s the little things you do every day which add that extra chunk of change to your “wellness bank.”

You know, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator at work.

Going for a peaceful walk on your lunch break.

Adding some organic, chopped veggies to your lunch wrap.

Hitting up the farmer’s market.

Cooking…from scratch…with your family.

Setting your alarm clock for 6:00 a.m. so you can squeeze in that yoga sesh.

You see, when you incorporate simple, little acts of wellness, you feel better all around and you become healthier. Oh, and you can afford to skip the gym or have that extra margarita once in a while…you deserve it. After all, being healthy isn’t about being perfect 100% of the time. It’s about doing what works for you and makes you feel good…most of the time.

Who’s with me on this?

Great! For my fellow Boston-based Healthy Chicks (and Guys!), you may have gotten to experience this first-hand last month. For the entire month of September, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts went around the city rewarding everyday people (that’s you!) for making healthier choices.

That’s right, they trucked along in their brand-new ride (the Blue Box Truck), doling out rewards and perks for those who exemplified living well!

And their team went out with a bang, making there way around the city and wowing Bostonians left and right! Earlier in the month, they surprised the November Project with an obstacle course for their super early-morning Monday workout. The course included favorite childhood games like tug-o-war to a rope climb, and NP tribe members showed ‘em what they’ve got!

The truck also scooted along to different playgrounds around the Bean, delighting kids with a motion-activated bubble machine! The more the children ran around, the more bubbles there’d be. So sweet to encourage kids to move more & stay healthy at such a young age! And mid month, the kind folks at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts woke up bright and early to surprise the fabulous, super-fit moms of Fit4Mom during their morning workout. After the workout, each mom was given a brand new UPPAbaby stroller to reward them for their hard work! How amazing is that?

One of my favorite events involved something all Boston sports-lovers adore: the Boston Celtics! The truck rode around to various basketball courts around the city, surprising lucky athletes with cool swag during their pick-up games. Giveaways included everything from basketball equipment and posters to backpacks and jerseys. Can you imagine the look of excitement on their faces? It surely was a special moment to be a part of!

The sweetest part? You didn’t necessarily need to do anything different to get rewarded! Rather, the fun folks of The Blue Box Truck focused on recognizing people for everyday choices, stressing the fact that your health care should be there for you all the time, not just when you need it most.

Want to get in on the fun? If you are already a member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, you can share your mini health story for a chance to win your own Blue Box perk! Simply visit their site, click “Enter to Win” and fill out this super quick form.

Be sure to check out the Blue Box Truck Facebook Page and Twitter to follow along and see where the Blue Box Truck may have popped up around you! Now I want to hear from you…what are simple things you do every day (big or small) to stay healthy?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts . The opinions and text are all mine.


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