#SCBDExclusive: #Health and #Fitness Interview Shirley Archer: 9 to 5 Workout




When Shirley Archer, world-renowned fitness and wellness educator, trainer and award-winning author of 15 books, suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she learned a lot about “self-care and how to create optimal health,” Shirley says.

“Eating well, managing stress, sleeping well and regular exercise are all parts of the puzzle to create health and fitness,” Shirley shares. “After restoring my own health and feeling great, I wanted to share all the valuable tips and information that I had learned to help other people.”

Shirley’s “Fitness 9 to 5: Exercises for the working week” allows us to exercise while we’re working. You can’t make any excuses that you have no time because you’re working a lot.

“I am absolutely positive that others are in their offices feeling frustrated and wondering what it is that they can do to stay in shape while working full-time,” Shirley says. “You can maintain muscle tone, strengthen, stretch, manage weight, improve posture and reduce stress with the tips in the book.”

We all know staying positive and motivated can be quite difficult, but with tips from Shirley, we know it’s more than possible!

“I’m motivated to support others. I believe that if I don’t “walk the talk,” why should anyone believe what I have to say,” Shirley says “My mom always taught me that a picture is worth a thousand words so I make a point to live everything that I also teach.”


According to amazon.com, this “This handy book features 75 quick and easy exercises that can be performed discreetly while sitting at a desk, standing at a file cabinet, and even on the morning commute.” Along with that, there are Coffee Pot Curls in the kitchenette build up biceps, while Stairwell Bun Blasters are sure to improve the bottom line. And stress-busters for tired eyes and wrists keep computer fatigue at bay. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work and exercise at the same time?

Always remember that you can change. You can push yourself to lose and maintain that weight. You are powerful and strong enough to stay true to yourself!

“I want to help people create the healthy life that they deserve – to feel and look their best, to avoid suffering and to enjoy life. These tips will help prevent back pain, neck and shoulder aches and maintain strength and flexibility,” Shirley says.

Please feel free to check out Shirley’s digital edition, sold on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google play, kobo and ibookstore.

For more information on Shirley and her books, visit her sites:



#SCBDExclusive: #Health & #Fitness Interview with @JarrettArthur





At age 21, Jarrett Arthur developed a passion for self-defense after her mom convinced her to take a class. She wanted nothing to do with it stating, “I was thoroughly convinced that I didn’t need to take a class. I was young. I was strong. I was comfortable with being aggressive and the notion of fighting back. Exactly how I would fight back, who knew, but I was sure I would fight.”

She explicitly says, “It was in that very first 60 minute self-defense class that I fell in love with what the training gives us, as women: empowerment.”

As women, we are more inclined to be vulnerable and more likely to get attacked. We need to be able to defend ourselves and not be afraid.

Jarrett: I can’t stress enough how powerful and important it is for women to learn that they can trust their bodies, their instincts, and their minds to get them through the absolute scariest thing a woman can imagine– being faced with someone intent on doing them or their family harm. When I throw a punch or an elbow strike, with all of my body weight behind it, and feel the explosive force, I know that it’s a tool I can trust to ensure that I stay safe. I think it’s something that many men take for granted; the confidence in their protective abilities. Every female I’ve ever worked with can identify with experience of feeling physically vulnerable and fearful in someone else’s presence. What a wonderful thing, to be able to address and resolve that experience.

What we women need to learn is that we can be strong and stick up for ourselves when we’re in a room full of lean men who want to take advantage of us. Our strength comes through fighting and not allowing fear to take the lead. I asked this inspirational woman to name an experience that shaped and changed her life and how.

Jarrett: I can honestly say the experience that shaped my life the most in regards to having to defend myself was actually taking my very first self-defense class. I was giving answers to questions I didn’t know I had. I was giving hope and confidence in areas of my life I didn’t know were lacking those things. Experiencing the truth that I had the ability to keep myself safe from someone who wanted to hurt me, dominate me, maim me, or even take my life, was an astonishingly profound experience. Without upending my life, I began to look at the world in a different way, carry myself in a different way, and believe in myself in a different way. Those changes have worked to not only keep me safer throughout my life, but to help me succeed in many different aspects of my life.

In terms of her health & fitness journey she says, “My love for health and fitness has actually been a love/hate relationship. I’m the epitome of an A-Type personality. I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a rip-roaring Anxiety Disorder in my teens. I can remember the effects of these much younger.  And, also, balance has been the hardest goal for me to accomplish, still in the works, but while everyone talks about balance between work and family, pleasure, hobbies, free time, few people talk about a balance between eating foods that are nutrient dense and wholesome, and eating foods that are decadent, delicious, and less wholesome.”

When it comes to working out, she wishes others would talk more about that recovery period!

“My hope is that health and fitness topics stop trending, and the conversations turn to goals of lifestyle, balance, moderation, and enjoyment.”

To find out more about Jarrett Arthur, check out her blog:


#SCBDExclusive Interview with @StacieClarkLife


Stacie Clark.

Once you take one look at Stacie Clark, you know she’s a health & fitness guru and she doesn’t play around when it comes to working out. Along with her rock-hard bod, she was recently named “Next Fitness Star” by Women’s Health Magazine. I was given an amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity to interview this hard-working gal. Even at 40, Stacie Clark looks like a rock star.

After submitting a 5-minute video for Women Health Magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” series, Stacie received an email stating she was in the Top 5 and was flown to New York to get a makeover, photo shoot, fit sessions and some video making. It was up to America to choose, so, on August 14th, 2013, the winner was announced on The Today Show. It was Stacie’s, “Best Day ever,” she shares beaming.

According to Stacie, this process took about 6 weeks “from concept to finalization of ‘what is it going to look like’ from timing to theme.” Not to mention, “it took one full day to film,” Stacie said.

Mom of 2, Stacie, has been in this fitness industry for 15 plus years and has her own studio in Minneapolis called Tiger Athletics, with her hubby Chris. It’s shocking to find out that this fabulous woman works out “5 to 6 days a week with 1 to 2 rest days,” Stacie says. She suggests that, “the body needs recovery to repair. That’s when change happens.”

She shares a story that was incredible to the ear because when you glance at her, you would be surprised to hear it, “In college, I had a full schedule and also held three jobs to pay for school.  Well, I gained 40+ pounds.  So I set goals and started working out.  I got in the best shape of my life.  From then on, I never let go.  It was a passion and ultimately became my long-term career in the end.”

Everyone has those ‘lazy’ days, so I wanted to know how Stacie pushes through them, “I have so much passion, commitment and dedication for what I do I can’t help but shout it out to the world and help guide others have fun with you also!  The days I want to sleep in?  Well, you have to have a kick-ass music playlist on hand!  Oh, and coffee before a 5:45am workout!  Then it’s game on!”

As for her Kick Ass video, Stacie says, “It’s the hottest workout for 2014!  Get fit and sexy and tight and tone in 30 minutes or less!  This is a do-it-quick, do-it-anywhere interval-based workout series designed to ignite calorie burn and burn fat fast, combining both cardio and strength training. I designed a combination of “work it to burn it” moves targeting multiple muscle groups that fire the core simultaneously so your workouts are twice as effective at getting results!  I’m a master at maximizing your time.  Your body gets a marathon metabolic boost that keeps going long after your workout is over, so pounds and inches fall off to reveal beautiful, lean muscle! All you need is a set of dumbbells and a small space. Your body weight does the work.”

She also notes for best results to “make healthy food choices to compliment all your hard work and dedication!”

If you need motivation and dedication look no further because Stacie can give it to you. Anyone can use her “Power Sculpt Series” video.

After watching the previews, it made me want to buy this DVD. Be sure to check it out ASAP and finally tone that body you’ve been dying to have!

And, if you wish to know about another beneficial program Women’s Health Magazine came out with, look into Women’s Health Fit Club. According to https://fitclub.womenshealthmag.com/, WH Fit Club gives you access to the hottest, most coveted workout studios and leading fitness experts across the country.

There are two programs, one for $15.75 for one month, which has unlimited access to WH Fit Club and all of our videos and $39.99, a 3-month program,  which allows unlimited access to WH Fit Club and all of our videos for three months. You’re able to search classes taught by the specific celebrity of your choosing. Stars like Simone De La Rue and Kristin McGee and our Stacie Clark are featured on the DVD.

There’s no harm in checking either of these out. So, hop to it!

#SCBDFitness: Sweat the Small Stuff


It’s that time of year again! The time of year when we make New Year’s resolutions that we only keep for a few weeks and then quietly forget about them. The most common resolution is to lose those extra pounds and start going to the gym. To help you out with this, I thought I would offer some exercises to assist in this endeavor. Most people, especially women (sorry ladies) tend to think that cardio is the answer. I’m here to tell you that it only goes so far, and that weight training, yes weight training can really help in weight loss. While cardio helps you break a sweat, it only does so much for the body after the workout is done. When your body gains muscle, it continues to burn fat even after you have worked out helping with weight loss. Trust me ladies (and gentlemen), weight training is not something to be afraid of or stressed over. I know the normal reaction, I had it too. “Oh no I’m going to get huge and look like a man!” I thought this until I tried it and I never looked back. Weight training will only make you big if you want it to, in the end it will make you stronger and help you to feel better in the long run. I repeat, you will NOT become some body builder or bulky looking person unless you WANT to be. Here are some exercises which include proper form for all of them to get you started. Most if not all of these can be done in a dorm room or small area which means no expensive gym membership for you!



This is a great leg exercise that is not difficult to do but not many do it properly. You can do this with or without weight, though form is more important. Without weight, begin in a standing position with feet hip width apart and shoulders back. Proper posture is important. If you choose, you can either have your toes facing straight or slightly out to the side. The most important thing is that your knees never cross over your toes because this will mean that you are putting more weight on your knees which will eventually cause pain and not work on your thighs like the exercise should. The best trick I can give you is to lead with your butt which in turn means to lead with your hips.  Many people say that it is as if you are sitting in a chair behind you. I always think that I need to lead with my butt. Odd I know but it works! That way your hips move back, your back is arched properly, and you can put the weight on your thighs where it should be. If you get down the form, you can always start to add weight with small barbells, plates, or even a weight lifting bar. As you add weight you will get stronger and the reps will decrease because it will get more difficult.


Triceps Kickbacks:

This is a great triceps workout that can be done anywhere. Your triceps are the muscle on the back of your upper arm. It is a muscle that is sometimes ignored but important in order to get nice toned arms. Once again have your feet shoulder width apart and slightly bend your knees. With a weight in each hand begin with your arms on each side bent with the weights near your shoulders. Then slowly extend behind you so that your arms straighten out. The important note here is that you do so slowly, especially when using a small weight. It is easy to do this quickly but you won’t get much out of it if you do.


Bicep Curl:

This is another common exercise that a majority of people already know about. A good tip for this exercise is to try it with your back up against a wall in order to ensure proper form. Most everyone knows a bicep curl is palms up on the weights and with arms down slowly pulling them up until your hands are at your shoulders. The important fact once again is to keep it slow and not rush through it. When you add more weight your body is more likely to rock back and forth with your hips putting the weight on your lower back. While doing this is easier, it doesn’t help work on your biceps and it will only cause pain. To take it to a different level try going only halfway up for a few repetitions and then doing a full curl. Bring the weight up just enough that your elbows are bent and your forearms are straight. Then bring the weight back down to starting position and repeat as desired.



This is another leg exercise that can be done in a variety of ways depending on space available and preference. One option is to start with one foot forward and one in back on your toe. Bend the front knee to a complete lunge and do as many repetitions as desired. You can then switch legs and use weight or just your body weight. You can also start with feet slightly spread apart and step with one foot forward into a lunge then back to the starting position. To make it more difficult, you can do the same but backwards which requires some more coordination and balance. Lastly, there is the option of walking lunges which can be done along a track with or without weights walking with each step being a lunge with the opposite leg. The great thing about lunges is that you can make it more difficult if necessary and it does not get as repetitive or boring as some others.


Bench Press:

Using a barbell or dumbbells keep your arms shoulder width apart laying on your back and bring the weight towards your body. Slowly push the weight away from you until your arms are extended again. Make sure your elbows go out to the side, you want to get the weight close to your chest without actually hitting it. Though I am doing this workout on the floor, this is not a good idea. I recommend using a bench or steppers depending on what you have access to. This will help your back and give you a better workout.



This is another great exercise that you can do anywhere. Using a barbell or dumbbell keep your legs shoulder width apart with palms facing down. Stand with shoulders back and slowly bend the weight down to your knees then come back up. Make sure that you are facing forward because it will force your shoulders to stay back and upright. If you are using dumbbells have your hands at your sides and bend your knees until the weights almost touch the floor and come back up.


One Arm Row:

This is a great bicep workout that is easy to recreate. Using one dumbbell and a bench, lean one hand and one knee from the same side on the bench. Holding the dumbbell in your hand start with arm extended just hanging and pull the dumbbell towards you keeping your back straight and the weight controlled. Do the same for both sides and increase the weight when necessary. Much like the tricep workouts, your arm needs to be controlled and do not swing the weight or move quickly through the exercise. You can also take this exercise and use both arms for what is known as a row. Much like the one arm row, this works your upper body, from the deadlift position with your back slightly arched and arms back take the weight with your palms facing down. Pull the weight towards your body and let the weight go back down.


Clean and Press:

This is a great leg exercise that also uses your upper body. Standing with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent, use a barbell with palms facing down. With shoulders back like a deadlift, bring the weight halfway down your thighs and using your legs as well as your arms pull the weight up to your chest so that your elbows stick out straight. From this position push the weight up over your head extending your arms completely. Repeat this depending on how much weight you use. The important thing is to take your time and make sure that your back is arched and your shoulders are back. Without proper posture this will become painful because all of the weight will go onto your back. Do not swing the weight forward but instead pull it straight up bending your arms and bringing your body underneath it. Also, do not just use your arms because the legs are very important in this exercise. This is an Olympic weightlift exercise which is more complicated than the other ones I have already listed but still a great option. For something different and a little easier, do the same movement but as a one arm clean and press. You will use a dumbbell and still bring the weight by your knee pull it up to your chest and then straighten out your arm.

Overhead Press:

This works your upper body by using a barbell at chest height (or dumbbells starting at shoulders) and pressing upwards extending your arms fully. If using a barbell, watch your chin because it can get hit. This does not mean that you should not move up in a straight line from your chest. Simply watch the position of your head when coming up but continue in a straight line rather than going out and up. Repeat this for a few repetitions or many depending on how much weight you use.


Deltoid Exercise

This exercise uses some smaller muscles and because of this I recommend using light weight if you plan on doing other exercises. They are your deltoid and other small muscle groups which are not used as often and will become sore much easier. With dumbbells in your hands bring your arms up so that your elbows are bent but forearms facing forward. Then lift your forearms so that your palms face forward. Then bring your forearms back down then begin with your arms together bent. Repeat this as many times as desired.

These are just some of the weight exercises you can do whether you are at the gym or in your home. There are endless possibilities and the weight and repetitions that you do are up to you. Personally, I take these weight exercises and create my own circuit consisting of four or even five different exercises. Moving from one move to another helps get rid of that boredom factor and helps you to use different muscle groups. What works for one person may not work for another so just try and see what happens! I do recommend to start with either no weight or just a small amount of weight to get muscle memory and good form. Don’t be afraid to research more or ask trainers at your local gym. I hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year and good luck on those New Year’s resolutions!

#SCBDLifestyle: Stories to Make Things Easier

scbdlifestyleCSS_Company_Logo-1Chicken Soup for the Soul had a very hefty impact on my life, to say the least. The books provided information dealing with things but not limited to  love, family, motivation and more. Chicken Soup for the Soul was founded by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. The founders told their stories long before the offical book was published. Their audience was constantly telling them that they should publish books, so they finally released the title on June 28,1993.

Instead of using the stories that they had to put into the book the decided that they would reach out the their readers and get stories from them to publish within the book. They used 101 inspiring stories for there first book.

It answered questions that we as kids were maybe afraid to ask our parents.

In my opinion, I almost think that Chicken Soup for the Soul books should be mandatory for middle school children. It’ll help them understand all the things that they are worried about.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a nice little getaway to keep your world balanced.

#SCBDExclusive: Thanksgiving Cocktails

scbdexclusiveDo you enjoy cocktails that make you want to sip and curl up by the fire? Then it may be a potential Thanksgiving cocktail. Some say that’s the trick to selecting a Thanksgiving cocktail. There is something for everyone, from hot ciders to sparkling wine cocktails. Some of you may have a traditional Thanksgiving cocktail, but there are also some innovative cocktails that you might enjoy, too.

For wine lovers, Thanksgiving can be a frustrating time of year ~ so many flavors being served at once. Amanti Vino’s (30 Church Street, Montclair, NJ) top pro tip: PAIR WITH THE SPICES! Think cranberry sauce, gravy, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. The turkey’s a blank canvas! Staff picks for a great 2013 holiday:


  • 2009 S&B Borgogno Barbera d’Alba – $19.99
  • 2011 Felline “Archidamo” Primitivo – $15.99
  • 2011 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir – $31.99
  • 2008 Reininger Merlot Lot 66 – $19.99


  • 2012 De Forville Piedmonte Chardonnay – $16.99
  • 2012 San Pietro Sylvaner 2010 – $19.99
  • 2012 Donnhoff Estate Riesling – $20.99
  • 2012 Clos Julien Chardonnay – $14.99


  • Saison Dupont (750ml) – $9.99


  • Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider – $13.99
  • Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider – $13.99
  • Etienne Dupont Cidre Brut – $12.99


Divine Thanksgiving Cocktail - The Verrazzano
The Verrazzano — A Divine Cocktail Recipe by Allison Hamlin of Astor Center
Before Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson, before Jamestown and before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano captained one of the earliest voyages up the coast from Cape Fear to Narragansett Bay. The fusion of New World pumpkin, chocolate and applejack is balanced by an assertive Italian amaro for a cocktail you can be properly thankful for.
  • 1 barspoon Divine Chocolate syrup*
  • 2 barspoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ oz applejack
  • ¾ oz orgeat
  • ½ oz Ramazzotti Amaro
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Pinch of cinnamon
For the chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Divine Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:                                                                                                                    Blend chocolate syrup, pumpkin puree in a mixing glass until smooth. Add additional ingredients and stir until well combined. Fill glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon twist. Bring water and sugar to a boil and whisk in cocoa, vanilla and salt. Stir until blended. Store in the refrigerator.


Most recipes revolve around alcohol, but it’s always good to have a non-alcoholic option, too. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Good Earth Tea just revamped their line of fusions to have pumped up flavors and quirky names like Matcha Maker – green tea with matcha.  Even better, they have all natural ingredients and don’t need any added sweetener. Here’s a fun recipe I thought you’d enjoy, and it’s also super simple to make.

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  • 1 bag Good Earth Matcha Maker tea
  • 6 ounces hot water
  • 1 tsp shredded or chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lime cut into two wedges


  • Steep Matcha Maker tea bag in 6 ounces of hot water for 3 minutes, then cool in refrigerator 10-15 minutes
  • Muddle ginger, juice of one lime wedge
  • Add cooled tea and stir
  • Shake with ice then pour into your favorite glass
  • Garnish with remaining lime wedge


-3 Owl’s Brew has a few fall/holiday cocktail recipes:

Owl’s Toddy

Owl’s Toddy


In a saucepan, combine:

  • 2 parts Owl’s Brew The Classic
  • 1 part Whiskey
  • Apple slices

Heat until desired temperature.  Do not boil. Pour into mug and garnish with Cinnamon Stick.


Owl's Nog

Owl’s Nog


In a saucepan, combine:

  • 2 Part Egg Nog (homemade or pre-bought)
  • 2 Part Owl’s Brew Coco-Lada
  • 1 Part Bourbon

Heat until desired temperature.  Do not boil. Pour into mug and garnish with Cinnamon Stick.


Ginger Lada

Ginger Lada


  • 2 Parts Coco-Lada
  • 1 Part Vodka
  • 1/2 Part Ginger Liquor

Shake and pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple.


If you haven’t tried a cocktail with Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice, you’re missing out!  Put together a large crock-pot of Coconut Hot Chocolate for guests (spiked with your favorite alcohol),  or simply add Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice to a punch bowl of vodka and cranberry juice for holiday parties!  The best part of adding Amy & Brian’s to cocktails is that the Coconut Juice adds a sweet, coconut flavor without added sugar and no fat or cholesterol.  Coconut Juice can introduce a nice, complex flavor to complicated cocktail recipes, and adds a great twist to the simple classic recipes!

Coconut Juice Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cans of Amy & Brian 17.5 oz Coconut Juice Without Pulp
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

*(Add rum for delicious holiday cocktail!)


  • In a pot over the stove, add all ingredients and turn heat on medium-low.
  • Whisk ingredients together, quickly, while they warm. Once ingredients have dissolved, heat to desired temperature and serve.

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Midwest Rye Cider Small Midwest Rye Cider-Templeton Rye Whiskey


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#SCBDExclusive: Identità Golose @Eataly



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On Saturday October 5th, the Small Chick and I were invited to attend the fourth edition of Identità New York featuring Chefs Sara Jenkins and Mauro Uliassi. Identità Golose is a culinary organization from Milan that highlights contemporary Italian cuisine. The international chefs’ congress took place at La Scuola Grande in Eataly; the largest artisanal Italian food and wine market with locations in Turin, Italy and the Flatiron District here in Manhattan.

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Upon entering La Scuola, the Italian word for “the school”, we were given a choice between Berlucchi Brut and Berlucchi Rosé. I chose the Cuvee ’61 Brut Franciacorta DOCG. The Brut was a sparkling floral and fruity wine with subtle greenish highlights. The Small Chick chose the Cuvee ’61 Rosé which was a sparkling wine with a soft, abundant mousse, described as complex, fragrant, and lively. We were given two additional wines: the Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto Langhe DOC 2010 and the Marchiopolo, Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC 2011. We tasted the famous Italian beer, Birra Moretti La Rossa which is a double malt beer with a distinctive amber color.

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Mauro Uliassi was the first to cook. Uliassi is charismatic, the perfect Italian chef who clearly prepares dishes with passion and enthusiasm. He wooed the audience as he explained his background as a chef. Uliassi and his sister Catia have a Two Michele Star restaurant called Uliassi which opened in 1990. He also taught for ten years at the Hotel Management and Catering School Panzini in Senigallia, Italy. For the seminar, he prepared a crudo dish of red shrimp with yellow tomato and yellow plum Béarnaise sauce. The shrimp was incredibly fresh, and the dish was wonderfully simple, showing that you do not need to have complicated ingredients or a distracting plate presentation to make a bold statement. The Béarnaise sauce and fresh seafood spoke for itself.

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Sara Jenkins cooked after Uliassi. She made pasta al pomodoro, better known as pasta with tomato sauce here in the United States. Jenkins explained that it was important to understand this dish.

“If you don’t understand pasta al pomodoro,” she smiled, “you can’t even begin to understand Italian cooking.”

At this moment, the entire audience at La Scuola clapped for Jenkins. As an American, my favorite element of Jenkins’s dish was the fact she made her pasta al dente. The traditional American palate does not tend to enjoy the harder pasta, whereas the traditional Italian palate prefers the pasta to be al dente to emphasize the texture of the pasta. The Italians cook their pasta al dente to allow for more appreciation of the actual noodle, and to not to drown the pasta in sauce and have wilted noodles.

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Even if you are unable to attend a seminar or class at La Scuola Grande in Eataly, I highly recommend visiting the marketplace, winery, and various restaurants at Eataly in the Flatiron District across from Madison Square Park. There are seven full-service eateries including a café that serves Lavazza coffee and gelato. The marketplace offers a prodigious selection of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, handmade pastas, baked goods, books, and housewares.


Previous Review of La Birreria  http://smallchickbigdeals.com/2013/09/26/scbdfavorite-eat-a-lot-at-eataly/

Identità Golose Main Website www.identitagolose.it

Eataly Main Website www.eataly.com





#SCBDReview: Bob Harper’s The Skinny Rules Workout #4: Abs



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Can you make time for 20 minutes in your day? Then you can get an amazing abdominals workout, no excuses! Bob Harper has released his workout DVD’s since the release of his book, The Skinny Rules. Each DVD works on a separate area whether it be cardio, strength, core, or abs. I have tried out the Ab Workout DVD and my abs can definitely tell you it works!

In case you don’t know who Bob Harper is, he is one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser television show. Since he started there he has written a book called The Skinny Rules focusing on diet and exercise and how to be healthy. You can find out more about him at his website, www.mytrainerbob.com.

Being an athlete, I have tried out different workout DVD’s throughout my college years. I have done workouts on Insanity and P90X. I was excited to try out the Bob Harper workout and I was not disappointed. The DVD itself is simple there is a warm up you can do and from there you have three separate daily workouts. These workouts are called WOD or Workout of the Day. You can either have the instruction first and then workout or if you know it well you can just do the workout itself. All of the exercises are explained well and Bob has a good mix of motivation as well as pushing you to your limit. He is assisted by three athletes who have the distinction of beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts. Some DVD’s only do beginner and advanced it was nice to have that middle ground to push yourself to.

The greatest part about this DVD is that I had no excuse to not do it. Anyone can wake up just a little earlier and get in a 20 minute workout, it’s not asking for much! After the first day my abs were already feeling tight! Even spending a day or two resting resulted in some pain from lack of use. The workouts focus on the upper and lower abs, the latter being the more difficult to focus on and the usual problem area for the average person.

Another aspect to the DVD is that you don’t need anything else but your body! Everything is done using your own bodyweight with some assistance from free weights which he even substitutes with a book for some workouts. You don’t need anything fancy to get a great workout and you will feel it! Not only did my abs hurt after these workouts but so did my arms and my legs because you are using your whole body to get through the workouts. It is set up as circuit training moving from one movement to the next and continuing it in a routine-like pattern.

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If you are to purchase the Skinny Rules workouts including 1-3 you not only get a calendar of workouts for the first month but it continues online as well. I really like any program where you can go online and find a community of people who are doing exactly what you are which is trying to lose weight. There are monthly newsletters and more calendars to follow to get the best workout. This blog and information can be accessed at www.mytrainerbob.com/blog.

I definitely recommend this DVD it is a great workout and definitely targets your abs by using your own body. The workouts are easy to learn and you will feel the burn! If this is any inclination as to how the other ones are, I recommend the entire collection. I would definitely love to try out the other DVD’s to get a well-rounded workout.


So the question is, do you have 20 minutes to spare?


*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*





#SCBDFavorite: A Free Way to Lose Weight– MyFitnessPal



Hey Everyone! It’s Kristen Lefkus, one of the new writers here at Small Chick Big Deals. I was an athlete most of my life and because of this fitness remains not only a way of life but a passion too. In the last year I lost a total of 18 pounds. What’s my secret? Prepare to be shocked. The answer is: diet and exercise! Now I know this sounds silly but if anyone has tried to lose weight you know it isn’t easy. Last year a friend of mine introduced me to an app (which can also be accessed online) called MyFitnessPal. It is a 100% free daily calorie counting app.

MyFitnessPal tracks what you eat and your exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The app works by taking in information such as height, weight, age, and how active your daily life is. With this it calculates your daily calorie goal depending on whether you want to maintain, lose, or even gain weight. Each day you add in what you eat, drink, and exercise which can be anything from cleaning the house to lifting weights. The app will add and subtract calories as needed informing you of how many you have left for the day and what you have used up. You can weigh in as often as you want or even go by measurement if you choose in order to track your progress.


Using the app is both easy and simple. When something is entered in as a food or drink you can either search it or if possible scan the bar code. Most foods are available when searched for, especially at chain restaurants when you go out for dinner. Throughout the day you keep track of what you eat adding it to snacks or any of the meals during the day. While counting calories seems tedious, it is only that way when you have to do the math yourself. Being a Literature and Spanish major I was not about to do any math. The app makes it simple because you can use it on your phone or on your computer and it does everything for you. Overtime I learned great portion control and realized how much I was eating and how often I needed to go to the gym.

The great thing about this app is that you don’t need to change everything you eat; I didn’t. I did not buy different food or stop eating what I loved like chocolate. I ate different portions and I learned how to eat better whether I was at home or out to dinner. I started using the app in November (I know the worst time to try to diet is around the holidays) and in May of this year I reached my goal of losing 18 pounds. In no way was I unhealthy or ever felt like it was something I could not do. Self motivation isn’t easy and that is another great aspect of this app. You can connect with your friends and encourage each other as you reach your goals. Online there is an entire community you can be a part of to see what others have done in order to reach your potential. I was inspired by my friend and I hope that I have inspired some of you to start a healthy lifestyle!

Disclaimer: When starting any sort of diet or exercise plan please be healthy about it and consult a doctor if necessary.

#SCBD– A Concept that Started A Year Ago, Still A Work in Progress!

When I started this blog a year ago, well this week a year ago to be exact– I had no idea where it would take me, the opportunities it would bring me, etc. If you read my story you know I was just interning at The Rachael Ray Show in the field, post, & production departments and in the my 2nd to last semester of my Senior year at Fairleigh Dickinson University. On the Wednesday’s I interned I’d always tell my peers I interned with the best deals I found for lunch which would usually be Blarney Stone, or my craving for Potbelly. I was the deal finder of the gang and I took the title proudly. I’d also constantly look for deals on Twitter & Midtown Lunch. Thursday’s were also filled with great food experiences on set or just sharing a meal during the field department, never a dull moment.

As I mentioned in my story I was also involved with the Intern Queen Campus Ambassador program and would be blogging about food the next semester. I knew I could do it but I knew if I started a blog about food & deals it would be a head start. The idea sunk in my head more, so one Thursday when I was finished with my field work on the computer I decided to start the blog. As I mention above and in the title, this was just the manifestation of starting the blog and having the site. I wrote a little paragraph about my concept, etc. It was also written the day before my boyfriend Jason’s birthday last year. You can see my first post, here. As you may notice it’s not much but it’s something!

Like any good thing buying the domain didn’t happen until later. Since I wanted to be the best intern possible, I had to wait to share my eating adventures while I interned and went full on and haven’t stopped writing (except for maybe finals week) since January 11, 2012 and I plan on celebrating a year in 2013! I’m so happy that I can bring you all the information I have whether it be recipes, meeting you readers through Twitter, all of the interviews the last few months and of course my special deals and contest alerts! I also can’t forget where it all began with my restaurant reviews.

I want to end this on a happy note — I found this shirt at Forever 21 today at Garden State Plaza and had to buy it and share it with you all:

It screamed SCBD and was perfect timing with the one year concept anniversary!

I love the quote: Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

I love the colors of this banner with the saying also:

I promise I will have another reflection piece in January. I’d also love to have a happy hour or something to celebrate and would love invite fellow bloggers & readers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch so keep the week of January 11th open!

Make sure you are a fan and are following Small Chick Big Deals on Facebook & Twitter for the most ongoing updates! I am always posting deals, recipes, new posts, & more– so it’s the easiest way to get a hold of me also.

Before I get too carried away, I just want to emphasis once more how grateful I am for all you readers, the fellow bloggers I’ve met, businesses I’ve been fortunate to review & work with and all the people I’ve been able to interview & more! I’d also love to thank the staff of The Rachael Ray Show for bringing out my inner foodie last Fall!

I have tons of more posts on the way that you’ll love, but you’ll have to wait! I promise I won’t take too long, can’t wait to tell you all about my recent foodie experiences in the city.

Well on that note–Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! :D

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