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Want to Lose Weight? Super, Super Busy? Read This!

March 30, 2015

For many of us, getting in shape is a priority. Whether it’s losing some weight or just toning up, it’s something that’s important, especially with bathing suit season looming ahead. Butttt then you have to factor in full-time jobs, families, and other responsibilities, and sometimes eating well and exercising get pushed to the bottom of the “To Do” list. When this happens, it’s easy to adopt an “all or nothing” mentality. If I can’t get to the gym three times a week, then it’s okay to just call the whole thing off, right? I just read this article from People.com that gave some great (and practical) tips for people who want to get into shape but can’t devote their whole life to hours of exercise each day and eating only lettuce for lunch.

You can check out the article here. It’s focus on taking small steps to live healthier seems like a much more reasonable approach for those of us who have a lot to balance.

— Lauren the web girl

Now THIS Would Inspire Me To Get on the Treadmill

March 18, 2015

The treadmill is not my most favorite thing in the world. In fact it’s one of my least favorite activities, and I’m great at coming up with excuses to avoid it. But when I saw this video, featuring dancer/choreographer Carson Dean doing an amazing routine to “Uptown Funk” on the treadmill, I changed my tune a little bit. Of course if I tried this, I would be flat on my face and crying within 30 seconds. But, WOW. This is impressive. Check it out below:

Watch Christina Aguilera Do A Spot-On Britney Spears Impression

February 24, 2015

If you’re a fan of pop queens Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, you know that there was always a little bit of a rivalry between the two, especially in the early 2000s. They were both competing for airtime on TRL and your money as you bought CDs and concert tickets. So you can imagine my shock and delight when Christina Aguilera participated in a little game with Jimmy Fallon where she was asked to impersonate some famous musicians, including Brit Brit herself. Not only did Christina happily do the impression, she actually nailed it.

 

As an added bonus, if you love Adam Levine you can click here to watch him do some great impersonations too, including Michael Jackson.

— Lauren the web girl

 

“Jealous” + “Blank Space” = One Amazing Acoustic Mashup

February 09, 2015

If you’re like me, you’re still thinking about the GRAMMYs, specifically Taylor Swift’s amazing dress and this picture showing her making amends with Kanye West. In honor of this year’s GRAMMY Awards greatness, I present a video I can’t stop watching. It’s an acoustic mashup of Nick Jonas’s “Jealous” and Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” Thank me later when you have it on repeat.

— Lauren the web girl

 

Uh Oh, Do You Fit the Profile Of The Most Stressed Out Person in America?

February 06, 2015

If you’re a woman in your late 20s or 30s who has kids and makes less than $50,000 a year I’ve got some bad news: according to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, you fit the profile for the most stressed out person in the United States. Unfortunately, this profile encompasses a HUGE section of women today. It makes sense though. Ladies in this group are trying to balance career goals with being a successful parent, while simultaneously trying to keep finances in check. It’s no wonder that stress levels are high.

We’ve all heard about some common ways to beat stress, but try using some of these unconventional tips to kick anxiety to the curb:

  • Exercising with a friend: It’s no secret that getting your sweat on is great for fighting stress, but socializing with a pal is equally helpful for reducing anxiety. If you’re “meh” about going to the gym but are craving some social interaction with friends, combine the two together. You’ll find that you enjoy your workouts more.
  • Keeping a journal: I’m not talking the “Dear Diary, I have a crush on a boy” variety from 6th grade. This grown up version is actually a great stress buster. Write about anything that’s on your mind, from money woes to work concerns or family issues. Even writing for five minutes a day allows you to get your thoughts out. Allow yourself to be completely unfiltered. You should be writing things you may not even allow yourself to say to your spouse or best friend. Research shows that this kind of journaling is highly therapeutic, especially when you do it using an old-fashioned pen and paper, not a computer.
  • Building a “Happiness Jar” in your home: I recently created a “Happiness Jar” in my apartment (read about it here). I got an inexpensive yet pretty vase and put it in the hallway in my apartment, with some small pieces of paper nearby. Whenever a particularly happy, exciting, or fun moment happens, I jot it down on a piece of paper. Then when I’m feeling sort of blah, I can unwrap a few of the pieces of paper and think back to these moments. It helps me to feel more appreciative, and cures a bad mood quickly.

And if all else fails, eating chocolate and snuggling up with a furry friend are also known stress busters!

— Lauren the web girl