Strata’s are a great way to feed a lot of hungry mouths without too much effort.

As a bonus, an egg breakfast fills you up more so (as studies prove) you eat less throughout the day.

This recipe is really straightforward, but quite delicious. If you want it to be a little bit healthier, you can take out the sausage and it will still have a nice flavor thanks to the tomatoes and cheese.

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BY CATHERINE CASSIDYmacncheeseI love this poem by Shel Silverstein. This pretty much sums it up – whether applying it more generally to your life or quite specifically to your fitness routine.

Woulda Coulda Shoulda

All the Woulda Coulda Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done …
But those woulda coulda shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little DID.

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running1With Beach season fast approaching, I imagine most of you are trying to get your behinds into the gym to shed those last few pounds.First of all, I want to encourage you all (again, I know) to set smaller goals as stepping stones to your ultimate goal. Also, give yourself time parameters for these goals.

Small, intermediary goals, are important to ensure you don’t burn yourself out. Also, I don’t want you stressing yourself out over missing the gym.

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As women, we believe we can do it all.

AND WE CAN!

Though, it’s important to remember that we do need to ask for help sometimes. And we should! This way, we can be sure to have enough time to spend doing the things that make us happiest, whether it’s time with family, friends, exercising, etc.

To give you an idea of how enlisting the help of someone else can make all the difference,

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It was one of my BFF’s birthday’s this past weekend. Of course, I wanted to make her something nice and decadent.

Unfortunately, she avoids gluten so my Fabulous Fudgy Chocolate Layer Cake was not an option. Instead, I re-worked a flourless chocolate cake so it wasn’t too dense, but still quite fabulous.

Like all of my recipes, gourmet is made simple and approachable. I encourage you to try it for a special occasion.

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Not one, but TWO of my favorite handbag designers are now on sale at my two favorite sample sale sites! Hurry! Before the sale is over!

BCBG Max Azria at Hautelook

Ok, I might be biased since I used to work closely with the handbag merchandiser and design team, but BCBG’s handbags just keep getting better. This past season had a lot of vintage influences in both the details and the colors.

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