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What’s Your Favorite Piece of Vintage Activewear?

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Fitness | 4 Comments

When you are a fitness enthusiast, you amass a lot of activewear.  Maybe you’re even like me and buy more activewear than any other type of clothing (even if you aren’t a fitness instructor).   With all the different kinds of fitness activities available, the clothing options available are plentiful (and some are even reasonably priced) but we all have our favorites, the pieces of activewear that we keep no matter what.  Even if we don’t use them, we have …

Tunes For Tuesday – The 70′s With The Cars

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Music | 4 Comments

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – The 70′s Edition for July!   The Cars hit it especially big in the 1980′s but their first two albums were actually released in the 1970′s.  I think every nerdy guy in the universe had Ric Ocasek as their hero when he married Paulina Porizkova in 1989.  It’s amazing to think that they are still married today!   Los Angeles radio loves The Cars so I’ve been hearing a lot of their music lately. …

5 Mini Motivational Strategies To Maintain The Mojo

Posted on by Melissa Burton in #14in2014, Fitness | 18 Comments

Oh motivation, why are you so damn fleeting?! When the conference ends, the race is over, the group workout is finished and/or your phone or computer battery is dead, do you ever feel like your personal cheering section has abandoned you?  When real life sets in with all of the every day obligations, commitments and responsibilities that adults need to master every day, finding motivation to reach a goal is not an easy task.     Keeping consistent motivation has …

FFF – Alyssa@DoubleChinDiary

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Friday's Featured Female | 12 Comments

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!   This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here. Today, I’m featuring the super cool Alyssa@DoubleChinDiary.  I met Alyssa briefly at FitBloggin’ 2013 but have gotten to know her better via social media.  Alyssa was going to …

In Susie’s Kitchen – If You’re Hungry . . . Get Lucky

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Food & Nutrition | 5 Comments

It’s Food Week here at thevalentineRD and to make sure that we do it right, we have “In Susie’s Kitchen” with the low-down on a fun new cookbook!   Let’s play word association. When I say “Jackie Collins,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? (I know—sex, right?) You’d hardly think of rich pesto, briny lemon chicken, or luscious, silky butterscotch pie . . . well, maybe that last one!   But the ever-fabulous Ms. Collins has put …