​The Rundown

Running… You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great

I have never been an athlete.  I’ve tried to play just about everything that was offered to me throughout my childhood, but I was never any good at anything, really.  In middle school, my gym teacher urged me to run track after we ran the timed mile, but I was playing (bench warming) softball at the time and wasn’t willing to make the switch.  Same in high school.  Like I have said before, it wasn’t until college that I started running.  I realized that running was a sport that you didn’t have to have any special skills for.  Yes, you need stamina and endurance and discipline…and you know, be able to breath pretty well…and I had all those things!  Running is something that you can make your own.  You start at your own speed and determine your own challenges. You can do it the same way every time, or completely different every time.  You can do it anywhere!  And you don’t need much in the way of equipment to participate.  You can do it alone, you can do it with others!  You make your own rules!

For me, running is just as much for my mental health as it is for my physical health.  Yes, my body feels better when I run.  But so does my mind!  As little as 30 minutes of running can completely change my mood.  You can do it anywhere!  And you don’t need much in the way of equipment to participate. You can do it alone, you can do it with others!  I can leave my house mad, sad, frustrated etc etc…and 95% of the time I come back home in a better mood.  I am an outdoor runner, unless the weather is not cooperating (I run outside right through our New England winters…you will only find me on the treadmill in heavy rain or icy road conditions).  The posted picture is showing the view from my front yard, where I stretch and recover after completing my runs.  This view fills my heart with gratitude for the life I live.  I tend to appreciate it the most after I’m done running and I’ve just had time to clear my head of chaos and had time to think with just myself.

There are proven health benefits too.  Women who regularly engage in intense workouts like running can reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 30 percent.  Runners have a leg up against heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and running has been shown to lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol and boost immunity to colds and other viruses. And not only do runners remain active longer than their sedentary counterparts, they actually live longer.  As an impact exercise, running helps build the muscle that lower-impact workouts don’t, keeping bones healthier even as they age.  This is only the beginning of the list of benefits of running. If those don’t grab at you, remember this…running is one of the best ways to scorch the most calories in the least amount of time!

I feel like more and more people are running these days.  Or maybe it’s just my age.  Moms trying to get their pre-baby bodies back, desperate for a little time to themselves.  Women, men and even children signing up for a road race that benefits a cause close to their heart.  Whatever the reason, it’s great to see more people giving it a try and not just cringing when they see someone running and proclaiming that they don’t know how people can do that.  I am here to tell you that anyone can do it!  Even if you can only start out a minute at a time.  The worst thing you can do is write it off before you even try.  You may be a runner and not even know it!

Happy Running!


When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

This dip is BOMB


I acquired it from a friend in college, and it has been my go-to ever since! (Thanks Mel!)
So easy to make and super DUPER healthy AND yummy! Can a girl get a HELL YEAH?!?

1 red pepper
1 green pepper
½ onion
3/4 package of mangos (I find them in the produce section next to the sliced pineapple and watermelon packages)
1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can corn

1. Drain/rinse all beans + corn in strainer.
2. Chop up all peppers, onion + mango (the smaller the better)
3. Throw all ingredients into large mixing bowl + mix with large spoon
4. Add a quick drizzle of fat free Italian dressing (I use wishbone) – This step is optional. If you are making the dip close to serving time, it helps add a little extra juice/flavor. But if the party is the next day (p.s. way to go on being prepared!!) then you don’t necessarily need the dressing. The juices from the veggies + fruit will do their magic overnight.

*Serve with Tostitos (or my personal fave from the vending machine: Fritos’ Scoops!!)
It can be an appetizer or even a healthy lunch. P.S. the boys like it too 



Diet Schmiet

Nothing gets my goat (gets my goat out?  I’m not sure the proper phrase!) more than when someone says, “oh, I can’t eat that, I’m on the (insert crazy fad diet here) diet. I’m not eating carbs, sugar, red meat, anything white, blue, purple…” whatever it may be. I mean, I want to shake these people. And please remove the ones who are on this special regimen because of allergies. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the ones who want to drop a few lb’s and think that this is the way, because “so-and-so” did it and they lost 12 pounds in a week!
I understand the want to be healthy. That’s me!  I want to be healthy!  But diets are not the way, people.  Moderation is the way. Indulging occasionally but not overindulging all the time is the way.  Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the way.  The dictionary defines “lifestyle” as the way in which a person or group lives. Way of life, way of living. This means forever, for your life. Not just for the couple weeks or months that the latest diet requires.

I am 100% all for healthy eating. But I am also for incorporating unhealthy foods (and drinks) that you may so desire OCCASIONALLY. IN MODERATION. I would say that I eat healthy 80% of the time. For me, that means making healthy meals for me and my family, but having a small piece of chocolate after dinner, or some chips with my sandwich at lunch, or, let’s be honest here, some cookies after breakfast. I will say that just about every single day, I consume something that isn’t a “healthy food”.  But it is the way that I stay in balance. In control. Happy!
You will probably have tons of questions about weight loss and exercise. That’s what I am here for.  Weight control is very simple, scientifically. It is simply calories in vs. calories out (calories burned). If your weight is always stable, that means your calories in and calories out are in balance. If you are looking to lose weight, you must take in less calories than you are expending. And if you are looking to gain, you must consume more than you expend.  Sounds simple, right?  Yet for some, it is so hard to do. As an RD, I have worked in a health and fitness center and have helped people both lose and gain. It is so rewarding to help people change their lives!  Key word being LIVES!  Like, a change that they can stick with forever.

Let me talk about myself for a moment. I have never had a weight problem, per se. I was always thin growing up, never once thought about my weight. Until I went away to college. And gained the “freshman fifteen”. Oh, hell, it was more like twenty. I returned home for the summer after that first year, and I was so ashamed of myself. I couldn’t fit into my clothes and I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. I didn’t even want to see my old friends. It took me about 2 weeks of being home before I gained the courage to join a gym. It was just a three month membership because that was all I had until I had to go back to school. I started out soooo slowly. Just walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Then 30. Then I would walk a little, run a little. Eventually I added weights and by the end of the summer I was running for a full 30 minutes and had lost all twenty pounds!  I returned to school happy, healthy and back to me!  The only other times in my life that I have struggled with weight were the two times I have been pregnant. I gained a total of 60 pounds with each pregnancy. That may sound like a lot, but it was what my body needed during that time. After my babies were born, the weight didn’t just fall off immediately. I worked hard at eating right and exercising when I was cleared to. After my first was born, it took about 9 months to get back to where I started. To tell you the truth, by the time my daughter was one, I was in the best shape of my life!  And I followed the same exact pattern after I had my son.   And I am confident that if there were to be a number three (are you reading this, husband?!) I could be right back to where I am today. Eventually 

I haven’t stopped running since I first started.  It is my favorite form of exercise. Not only is it good for my body, but it is good for my mind, good for my soul!  It is my “me” time and I cherish it!  It has helped me shape the body I desire and keep my heart healthy at the same time. I am not saying running is the only way. I am just saying how wonderful it is to find something so good for you that you really love. And there is something like this out there for everyone. You just need to try to find what works best for you.

Listen, I am by no means perfect. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been overdoing it lately with   the pumpkin spice lattes (common white girl, say hey!). I simply adjust my intake of other things, like say, ice cream 

More on ice cream coming soon!  It’s going to be delicious!!

If there is interest from you readers out there, I would love to start nutrition programs here online.   Please give me some feedback!  I am so excited to begin this new journey!!!

Happy Saturday!


Curly Hair: Friend or Foe

Well, another rainy day came along and here I sit with my hair tousled in knots and larger than I can even deal with right now. It feels dirty, dry, wild and borderline-homeless.

A bit dramatic? No. This thing is a beast that I just can’t seem to tame. During my commute I kept it down, after an hour at work I put it half up in a pony, and now? Now, 3 hours later, it’s in a top-knot that doesn’t seem so “top-rated”. Yes, I’ve given up and I’m not even half way through my day. I might as well close my lap top and just head on home.

This might not be the case for everyone, but for me… My hair-status makes or breaks my mood. The reason for the “friend or foe” title to this post? Well, it’s something that all women have been hearing since they were little girls. “Curly hair? OMG! You are SO lucky!” or “Straight hair? OMG! I would die to be able to let my hair air-dry and be ready to go! You’ve got it SO good!” Yep. It’s the timeless tale of never (never ever ever) being happy with what you’ve got. And today, I’m the prime example of someone else’s friend being my foe. I’ve gotten 3 compliments (all before noon) on just how gorgeous my natural curls are. And yes, every time I have said thank you with a scour on my face, followed by an argument on why I believe I don’t have it so good. I mean come on! Monday, new jeans: nothing. Tuesday, new sweater: nothing. Wednesday, flashy necklace: nothing! And today, Thursday: Bad hair and a bad attitude and everyone’s up in smiles. I don’t get it and no I don’t want to. I just want to sit here mad with my bad hair. Counting down the hours until I get to go home, shower, wash this mess and start all over again. It’s a lesson I haven’t given myself in over a month. Stop waking up late, or this happens. Because yes, GREAT HAIR MATTERS.

My learning: Get a good night’s sleep, make sure you have enough time to get ready, and take care of yourself. Because when you don’t, it’s an uphill battle for the next 24 hours that you just didn’t get enough rest to handle. Take it from me. I’ve got a lot to accomplish today, and all I can think about is how uncomfortable I am in my own skin. We need to take care of ourselves first and foremost, in order to have the confidence and endurance to handle everything and everyone else.

Is hair an extreme version of this? Perhaps for you, but not for me.

Let’s just say that tomorrow… Tomorrow, I am going to look FABULOUS.


The Fear

Yikes! First real blog post EVER!! I have to confess that I am a little bit nervous about this. I have been writing in a journal for as far back as I can remember…back when I had a little Hallmark diary with a key that I hid from my two younger brothers underneath my mattress. But the fact that I am now writing here for the world to see is super scary! Like what if I am just plain old uninteresting?! I feel like a have a million things to talk about but don’t have a clue where to start. I am trying to think of the blogs that I love to read and why I love to read them and I’m realizing it is because I can relate to them. I am also realizing that it is impossible to relate to EVERYONE out there, but hopefully between the 2 of us, we can come up with lots of things to spark your interest and keep you coming back to us!

Starting this blog is important to us for 3 reasons:
1). We feel very strongly about food, fashion and fitness and loooove to talk about it, especially with friends who loooove to hear about it!
2). It gives us a great excuse to spend quality time together, working and playing! Check out these delicious cranberry margaritas we “worked” over just this past weekend!
3). It also gives us a great excuse to try out new recipes, trends, and workouts. And then take ridiculous photos and videos of them.

It may take a bit for us to get comfortable here, but please don’t write us off just yet! There are many fun posts coming your way, and we think (hope?) you are going to love them!



Hi Guys!
I’m Kelly. I’m a 34 year old wife and mom of two. My family is by far the most important thing in the world to me, and if I’m not reigned in, I can talk about them all day long. Sooooo while they will definitely come up from time to time (ok, a lot of the time. Ooookkkk, most of the time), I will try to focus on my other passion; health and fitness.

I discovered this love after graduating with a business degree. Working in New York City in corporate finance after being born and raised on a dairy farm in Connecticut was not at all my thing. I hated it! I spent all my time researching on how to pursue my hobby of running and healthy eating as a career. Just a few (hard) years later, I had my new degree and registration and I was working in a field that I absolutely loved! I have been a Registered Dietitian for almost 9 years now and although I have taken a few years off actually working so that I can raise my babies, I am all the while continuing my education and I am still just in love with it as ever.

I met Erin right in the middle of me taking my registration exam and getting married…two of the biggest events in my life (aside from my kiddos coming along, of course). She was the first (and only) girl that my baby brother brought home and I fell in love with her immediately. It is hard not to, as you all will see as soon as you meet her.

All that being said, I am so excited to share my knowledge with you guys! I hope it inspires you and I hope to be inspired by you! Can’t wait to meet you all!




I’m Erin and this is my first time blogging.
I have to be completely honest when I say, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. All I know is that I have a lot to share and am excited to have a place to express my thoughts. I’m a 26 year old Virgo who’s just genuinely happy. I’m married to the man of my dreams, work in retail, and am surrounded by some pretty awesome people #family #friends #Kelly

Why 2 is better than 1:
Kelly and I are like the perfect pair: Rachel and Monica, Cher and Dionne, Romy and Michele, and so on! Together, we thought we’d make one big happy place for girls to come and read about all things real. Because for us, it isn’t just diamonds and pearls; its food and clothes and family and those little things that make you smile so much that you start to cry. It’s about those things that at the end of the day, you’re proud of because hey, life is pretty good isn’t it?
These are our opinions, our thoughts, and our ideas. No one else’s. And if you like them, please keep reading, and if you don’t, then that’s okay too; no need to bookmark.

We are going to write about all things nutrition- the salads, the cookies, the oh-so-good peanut butter that you eat off a spoon. And all things fashion + beauty. Because we’re pretty sure that we’re not the only ones who like to feel pretty even on a rainy day.
We will also talk about our families and what it’s like being a mom, a sister, a daughter, and a wife. Details about the love that keeps you going every day and the real reason for why we felt confident enough to start this blog.

So you see, there’s a lot right? We’ll do our best to categorize our thoughts so that those of you interested in the specifics will know exactly where to find them. But in the meantime please keep reading and hopefully one of our posts will shed a little extra glitter on your day.