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When I first received the new Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard, I could barely contain my joy.  I was a little overwhelmed with all the features at first, but let me assure you ANYONE can use this keyboard with the help of the simple step-by-step instructions. After only a couple uses, I feel extremely comfortable using this device. No longer will you need a remote control for each and every entertainment device. Before I get into all the ways this device has simplified my home theater, allow me to explain how it works , the key features and what is included. The package contents include:

1. Harmony Smart Keyboard
Enables text entry, navigation of computers and control of home entertainment devices

2. Harmony Hub
Controls devices via IR, Bluetooth or included USB receivers

3. 2 micro USB receivers
Enables text entry and navigation on compatible USB devices

4. Power adapter
Provides power to the Harmony Hub

5. IR mini blaster
Extends IR coverage when used in combination with the Harmony Hub

6. USB extender
Helps to plug USB receiver into hard-to-reach USB slots

The Harmony Smart Keyboard delivers the full Harmony control experience for TV-connected Internet and home entertainment devices. Harmony Smart Keyboard makes enjoying digital media in your living room easier than ever. The specially designed keyboard simplifies text entry on internet-connected entertainment  devices. Touch the “Movie” Activity button and the right devices switch  to the right settings. Plus, it has integrated DVR and set-top box controls, playback and volume buttons, and a touchpad for cursor control on a PC or Mac. Some of the key features include:

  • Harmony Hub controls devices behind cabinets or walls
  • Media/Cable/DVR playback controls
  • Integrate touchpad for cursor control on PC or Mac
  • PC, TV, Movies
  • 3 one-touch activity button
  • Short and long presses provide 6 total activities
  • IR, RF, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Harmony App turns iOS & Android smartphones into personal universal remote

Setting up this device or getting started is as easy as 1,2 and 3.  Step 1- Position the Harmony Hub. If you wish to place the device on an open shelf then place the hub on one of the shelves in an unobstructed location. If you wish to place the device in a closed cabinet then place the hub inside the cabinet and the IR mini blaster on top to control your TV. (*IR signals from the hub and IR mini blasters reflect off walls, interiors, and other surfaces before reaching your devices- direct line of sight is generally not required).  Step 2- Power up your Harmony Hub. Once plugged in, the hub takes approximately 30 seconds to power up. There is a small button on the back of the device that you will need to hold down for a couple seconds, once the hub starts to blink or flash you will then be able to sync it with your Wi-Fi for internet connection. Step 3- Install the setup app. Visit the Apple App Store or Google play and install the Harmony App. Launch the app select the Setup New Remote button, and follow setup instructions.

From the moment I opened up this package, I have not been able to put it down. I love this new Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Here’s all the reasons I enjoy using this device and how it has truly simplified my entertainment needs. Before I was lucky enough to have the Harmony Smart Keyboard in my life I would have to constantly surf the TV for something good to watch, change my TV inputs back and forth whenever I wanted to play my PS3, and use my PS3 controller to navigate and type anytime I wanted to check out the PlayStation Network. But I honestly feel like I live in the stone age no longer!!!

I first powered on my Harmony Hub and synced it with my Wi-Fi. I then placed the two micro USBs into two devices I use most frequently (my Insignia 55″ TV and my PS3). I also chose these two devices because the TV is not Bluetooth compatible and even though the PS3 does have Bluetooth capability, I rarely ever use it.  I then downloaded the Harmony app from the Apple Store onto my iPhone 4s and followed each step that the tutorial walked me through. Once I was done connecting my iPhone and iPad to the Setup New Remote button, each device now worked as a universal remote. Anytime I need to turn on / off my TV, adjust the volume, surf the web, select which channels to watch, change inputs, or any other command- it could all be done through the Harmony app on both my iPhone and iPad. You can also select personalized preferences as to which TV channels are your favorites so no longer surfing aimlessly for hours trying to find something good on TV. I have personally selected ESPN, USA, Fox, Comedy Central, and FX to name a few, and anytime I want to watch any of those channels its just a press of a button away. The device turns on the TV for you and goes straight to the selected channel.

There is also a Movie Activity button on the keyboard that when selected goes straight to my Hulu and Netflix accounts. But here is the part that really sold me. Anytime I wanted to play my PS3 I would have to turn on the PS3 manually, turn on the TV with the remote then select the correct input. Now I can play video games with the press of ONE button. When selected, it turns on both my TV and PS3 AND switches to the correct input. So instead of three steps, it can now be done in one. Whenever I get tired of playing video games and wish to watch TV or a movie instead, I simply select the desired command and it automatically shuts down my PS3 and switches to the correct input. Simplicity at its finest.

The keyboard itself has a non slip coating which really gives it a great feel and keeps it from sliding off your lap. It requires 2 AA batteries but still maintains a very light weight. There is also touchpad (instead of a mouse) which is a specialized surface that can translate the motion and position of a user’s fingers to a relative position on screen. Logitech specifically mentions support for Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Mac/PC computers, and Roku devices. Overall I am extremely impressed and would definitely recommend that you go out get your hands on the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard  available exclusively @ Best Buy until 6/21/2014.

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     It’s that time of the year again when March Madness provides nail-biting excitement, unbelievable come-from-behind victories, spectacular upsets, the ups, the downs, and everything in between. But no matter what team you’re rooting for, make sure you stay connected and #CatchItAll on your favorite device for all the tournament news, scores, and highlights. I personally prefer keeping a close eye on all my picks and brackets with my iPad Retina or laptop while watching all the live action from my 60″ Insignia HDTV. Nothing beats watching the game on that 1080p big screen in HD – it makes you feel like you are actually there! Add some surround sound to the mix and you got yourself a legitimate game center . Away from home are unable to catch the game on TV? You can also catch all the action on your mobile device because the entire tourney is being streamed live! This means you can stay connected and catch all the action live, no matter where you are! Best Buy helps  keep you connected to the excitement with the devices and connectivity that make it possible. Brought to life by the brand promise of the latest devices and services, all in one place. Staying connected has never been easier!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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It’s just about that time of the year when the cold, harsh winter weather is replaced with sunshine, the trees start to blossom, shorts or skirts can be worn regularly, and when you can smell the delectable scent coming from your neighbors BBQ fresh off the grill. As if it couldn’t come soon enough, Spring is almost finally here! I literally can’t wait to sit out at the pool or around a campfire with a bunch of my closest friends listening to our favorite music. With advancements in technology, downloading music and creating playlists has never been easier. But here is the important part: how do you plan to listen to all this great music without having a quality product that produces top notch sound? Maybe it’s time to throw away those old headphones and CD player and upgrade your audio.

#Audio Fest is taking place across all Best Buy stores from 3/2/14 – 4/4/14 and will feature one month of sweet sounding deals, audio specials, events and more! Best Buy is gathering the best offers on the best audio products throughout the entire month of March and will help you enhance your home entertainment by upgrading your sound with additional components, speakers and headphones. Visit a Best Buy store to test & try the latest and greatest in audio- from home theater solutions, to car audio, portable speakers and headphones. Check out some of these amazing deals happening this month at Best Buy:

Best offers by week:

3/9:

–   2x points on Sonos Home Theater

–   All AVRs on Sale

–   All iPod touch on sale

–   Save $80 on Samsung Blu-ray/Soundbar Bundle

3/16:

–  2x points on all speakers

–   BDi Furniture (3/7 – 3/23) Save $200 on any Home Theater Cabinet

–   All-on-sale Car Audio Speakers + 50% off speaker installation

–   $50 Savings on Sony MDR10 Headphones

3/23:

–   $30 savings on BEATS SOLO™ HD ON EAR HEADPHONE – DRENCHED COLORS

–   Save 25% on all Sennheiser HD 500 Series Headphones

–   All Logitech Computer Headsets on Sale

–   Save $50 – $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)

3/30:

–   All Insignia Computer Speakers on Sale

–   Save $100-$200 on select Definitive Technology Floor Speakers (3/23-4/5)

–   Save $50 – $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)

–   Save $150 – $300 on Select Jamo Speakers

 

Visit your local Best Buy store to check these Audio products and more such as the JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker for most Bluetooth-enabled devices. This JBL speaker has two 40-millimeter drivers and a built-in bass port, it delivers full-range JBL® sound with exceptional bass – all in a portable package. It also features the following: an integrated microphone and call answer button so you can answer calls without skipping a beat; digital signal processing which generates impressive, room-filling sound; built-in lithium-ion battery that offers up to 5 hours of audio playback per charge for extended use; headphone output so you will have no problem listening to music privately; and an outdoor design ideal for any environment. So whether you want to listen to music while your out at the pool or take it with you on a hiking trip, this durable and portable speaker gets the job done. The Bluetooth connectivity allows you to stream your favorite music through most Bluetooth-enabled devices. Don’t procrastinate or hesitate any longer!! Best Buy has the best selection of audio products – come in and let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound so you can hear the difference and bring the noise!

 

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Have you started thinking about a resolution for the New Year yet? I personally set up a few fitness goals myself including the dreaded weight loss goal. My fitness goals include running a half marathon before the start of spring, going to the gym at least 3 days a week, bringing my body fat percentage down from 30% to 20%, and lastly, losing 15 pounds. Getting started can be the most difficult part for some people even when you have set very specific workout goals for yourself or loved ones. The one major obstacle that I faced (when it came to running or working out) is that I  found it rather difficult to get motivated while working out alone. I brought this issue up to one of my closest friends who responded with the question, “What kind of music are you listening to when your working out?”  I then tried explaining that I was not a fan of listening to music while jogging because of the discomfort level I frequently experienced and the fact I had to stop every so often to prevent my ear-buds from falling out. My friend paused for a moment and then replied, “Are you ready to stop making excuses yet?”

After a short trip to Best Buy, I found all the right tools I needed to get motivated and stay motivated. The first item I bought was the Misfit Shine which is a tracking device. The matte face hides tiny, laser-etched holes that reveal 12 white LEDs below the surface. They activate when you tap twice on the Shine’s face, and show your daily goal progress followed by the approximate time of day. The Misfit Shine includes a nifty magnetic clip and wristband mount, effectively making the Shine an elegant watch. The Shine can discern between walking, running, swimming, or cycling and is also fully waterproof so you can take it swimming or in the shower. I was skeptical at first to the idea of working out alone but the Misfit Shine truly helped motivate me. This was simply because my workout goals, that were once viewed as monumental tasks, finally appeared achievable once I could track my daily progress just by syncing up the device with my iPhone 4s.

This was a great start but I still needed that extra boost due to my lack of discipline. Then I remembered what my friend had asked me regarding the type of music I listened to. So I paid Best Buy one more visit and spoke with a Blue Shirt (Best Buy representative). I explained my dilemma with ear-buds and the problems I faced while trying to run and listen to music at the same time.  That’s when I was introduced to yurbuds®, the #1 selling sport earphone company in the United States. Studies have shown that music can increase the intensity and duration of a workout by as much as 15%.  Unfortunately, most people (including myself) miss out on those benefits because their earphones hurt and fall out during active use.  Yurbuds was founded in 2008 by an Ironman Triathlete and a 24-time marathoner in response to that problem. With yurbuds TwistLock™ Technology and FlexSoft Comfort Fit, these Stereo-Bluetooth® earphones lock in place comfortably and are guaranteed never to hurt or fall out. These sweat and water resistant earphones feature full track & call control with a wind-blocking microphone designed for call clarity. Some of the other key features include: Bigger Sound for music and calls provided by 15mm drivers, Smart Battery powers a week’s worth of workouts and provides visual and audible indicators when running low, Dedicated Pairing Button for simple 1-touch pairing, and finally, they are  Compatible with all Bluetooth® devices. Launching at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this January, athletes and tech enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the first-ever Stereo-Bluetooth® wireless earphones guaranteed to never hurt and never fall out. “We’ve cut the cords so fitness enthusiasts have less in the way of achieving the perfect workout,” said Daniel DeVille, Director of Marketing for yurbuds®. “Designed based on user feedback, we are excited to deliver best-in-class wireless earphones that solve the needs not currently met by other wireless earphones and meet the rigorous standards of even the top professional athletes.”

After purchasing the Misfit Shine tracking device and the first-ever Stereo-Bluetooth® wireless earphones from my neighborhood Best Buy, I was ready to meet all my fitness goals and kick my excuses to the curb. Working out has never been more fun and keeping track of my progress has never been simpler. Best Buy has a huge selection of  products to meet all your fitness needs whether your an amateur like me or a fitness pro. I’ve currently lost 3 pounds and 4% body fat after the first four weeks of my New Year’s Resolution work out regimen. Music has played an integral part in regard to providing the motivation I need to get myself up off the couch and into the gym. Thanks to my awesome new devices from Best Buy, I have all the motivation I need to reach my fitness goals and #neverstop.

Check out this special coupon HERE for 20% off all yurbuds® headphones! You can also enjoy a $5 Best Buy Gift Card when you purchase a qualifying Health and Fitness product at a Best Buy Mobile Specialty Store with THIS COUPON! Both offers are valid until 2/22/14.

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This holiday be sure to swing by Best Buy for all your technology and appliance product gifting needs. Their assortment is second to none and with technology evolving and becoming increasingly complex- Best Buy is here to help make it easy for you to choose products and services that work best for you. Best Buy offers a market-leading selection of the hottest tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and titles, wearable technology, health and fitness gear, mobile accessories and much more.  They also features more than 100 products exclusively sold only at Best Buy this holiday.

Best Buy is home of the Geek Squad for help installing, repairing, troubleshooting, optimizing and offering all sorts of technical advise from every Best Buy store, in-home, online and by phone. Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents are passionate, highly trained, knowledgeable and impartial so they can help ensure you get the perfect gifts for your family and friends…and even yourself! They know price is important to us so their Low Price Guarantee will ensure you’re getting the most competitive price possible. The combination of BestBuy.com and their 1,400 stores offers the ultimate showroom to touch, test, try and buy the latest technology.  At Best Buy you can see and try all the phones, carriers, plans and accessories under one roof with industry-leading trade-in options. And for tablets you ask? Best Buy is the only place in America where customers can see all of the latest and greatest tablets. And as for computing, Best Buy features the best selection, advise, services and support in computing.  They help set the market by working with the industry’s tech leaders to develop a highly specialized and innovative assortment of laptops, many of which are only available at Best Buy.

This holiday don’t procrastinate or let your shopping list stress you out. Get all your loved ones a gift that they will absolutely love and cherish by visiting your neighborhood Best Buy store or simply visit BestBuy.com online to get all your shopping done in the comfort of your own home!  They have a  huge selection of the hottest items this holiday including the following: smartphones, gaming consoles (yes even the brand new Xbox One and PS4), home theater, digital imaging,  music/movies/musical instruments, mobile accessories, computing, tablets and much, much more! Best Buy is offering two awesome coupons just for US! The first offer includes 15% off Health and Fitness items as well as Fisher Price and  Mattel toys-you can view this printable coupon HERE! You can use this coupon in store or online and it is valid through 1/18/14.

Best Buy is also offering a printable coupon for 10% speakerphones and portable headphones (excluding Bose, Beats & Sony) that can be viewed HERE! This coupon expires 1/18/14 as well.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Shine is an elegant, all metal activity tracker that you can sync with your smart phone just by placing it on the screen. This brand new Shine activity tracking device will motivate and empower you to be more pro activate about your health!  The Shine features tracking of all types including activity tracking for the following actions: steps, swimming, biking, tennis, sleep, calories and even serves as a clock.  This Shine device runs on a coin cell battery that lasts about 4 months. To see how active you’ve been throughout the day, simply tap Shine and a halo of lights shines through the invisible  micro-holes. laser drilled into the metal casing.  When the small circle of lights is full, then your daily goal is complete. This allows you to see your progress throughout the day. For example, if the circle of lights is only half way lit- up, then you know you’re only half way done, when the circle is only a quarter full- then you know you’re only a quarter of a way there, and so on.  Shine is carved out of a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum creating a very strong, durable and waterproof device.

This Shine device is very tiny, and just a couple millimeters thick, making it one of the world’s thinnest wireless activity tracker so it can be worn just about anywhere, even when wearing close to nothing!  Shine is about the size of a quarter and the magnetic clip gives you the freedom to secure the device just about anywhere on your body.  Clip it on your pants, shirt, belt, bra, shoe laces, necklace, or shoes. Or use the wristband and wear it on your wrist where it can even function as a watch too! At Best Buy you can also find all sorts of additional accessories to house your tracker including sport bands, leather bands and necklaces. There are no buttons, no cables or no charging.  Shine is exclusively available in additional colors at Best Buy including silver, black, champagne and topaz.  Shine shown below with sport band.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Are you like the rest of American households who have cut the landlines in their homes and replaced it with a smartphone (or two or four), only to end up with painfully high monthly bills?  Best Buy proudly introduces a new option to those obnoxiously high monthly bills- a no contract smart mobile service with nationwide coverage.  Zact works off the Sprint network and allows customers to pick their voice, data and texting plans a la carte and Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores are the exclusive U.S. retailer to offer the Zact smart mobile service.

Zact is a no contract smart mobile service with nationwide coverage that lets you completely customize and save-right from your device. You will save BIG with Zact simply because you only pay for what you use and you actually get money back toward your next month’s bill if you don’t use all of your service.  In fact, the average bill with Zact is $22 per month. You can share any Zact plan such as the same pool of talk, text and data with our family without having to pay any heft line fees.  And most importantly, Zact gives parents peace of mind by providing them with the option to set allowances on the amount of text, talk and data, set curfews, set allowed or blocked contacts, and control which apps your child has access to.  Until now, customers could only buy Zact online at their website , but now they’ve partnered up with Best Buy Mobile specialty  stores to offer it exclusively in local stores. See a short video about the plan HERE!

You can find Best Buy Mobile Specialty stores conveniently located in your local mall or neighborhood shopping center. With 414 store locations nationwide, these stores solely carry mobile phones and accessories. Shop at these stores for the latest smartphones and tablets from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and Zact from all the top brands, along with stylish accessories to suit your lifestyle. The staff is highly trained and DOES NOT work on commission so you can trust that they are giving you honest advice without prompting you to purchase. They can set up and activate your phone and make sure all your contacts are transferred with the complimentary Walk Out Working™ program. To find a Best Buy Mobile specialty store, go to www.BestBuyMobile.com

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and here in the United States, domestic violence occurs 145 times every hour. That’s why the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Campaign is devoted to uniting friends, families, and communities in the battle against domestic violence. Their goal is to raise awareness of domestic abuse and educate young women regarding the role finances play in helping survivors break free from violence. In its third year, the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Campaign has pledged to raise $350,000 for the YWCA for programs that help domestic violence survivors gain the resources and financial knowledge needed to live independently.

The purple purse is a symbol of financial empowerment of domestic violence survivors. This year, more than a thousand purple purses will be filled with domestic violence information that will be distributed throughout the United States. The purple purses include conversation starters, ways to spot signs of abuse and ways to take steps towards financial independence. Their main objective is that each purse will be passed along between friends, family, celebrities, and community leaders which will educate the public about the issue. The Allstate foundation will donate $5 each time a purse is checked in at PurplePurse.com. In addition, every time a virtual purple purse is shared at Facebook.com/Purple Purse ,the Allstate foundation will donate $5 to the YWCA. PurplePurse.com is a safe place to learn more about domestic violence and also provides the steps an individual should take if you or somebody you know has become a victim of domestic abuse.

This October for Domestic Violence Awareness month let us unite and show our strength in numbers by participating in the Allstate Campaign’s Purple Purse Foundation. As of today, October 3rd, 2013 at 5:35 PM (Eastern time), PurplePurse.com has already donated $167,890 to the YWCA. We’re almost half way to the goal!! With your help and the help of your loved ones we will exceed our financial goal in aiding domestic violence survivors by providing the tools they need to live independently.

If you or somebody you know is in need of immediate assistance, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233).

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Since 1991, the federal government has designated October as Energy Awareness Month. That means it’s a wonderful time to visit your local Best Buy store and upgrade to more energy efficient appliances, computers or televisions. Best Buy and ENERGY STAR® make it easy for you to find products and appliances throughout the store that will save you money and color your home GREEN!  ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

The annual energy bill for the average U.S. home is $2,200 and energy efficient products can save you money. Find out how much money new appliances can save you by clicking HERE! Aside from simply owning energy efficient products, local utility companies can provide you with rebates that can save you up to $300 annually! To find out what ENERGY STAR Rebates are available in your area, check out the Best Buy online Rebate finder HERE!

Save on energy costs with Best Buy by selecting from a wide variety of ENERGY STAR certified household appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, ovens, dryers, and washers. There is also a wide range of ENERGY STAR certified TVs and computers found online and in your local Best Buy stores. Best Buy has more than 2,300 unique ENERGY STAR certified products. This October for Energy Awareness Month color your home green, do yourself a favor and upgrade to a new energy-efficient appliance, television, or computer to save money on your home energy bills!

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Last weekend my girlfriends came over and I was lucky enough to be able to give them a copy of the new Random House book (right after the release date!) The Fast Metabolism Diet by celebrity nutritionist Haylie Pomroy. We sat around and sipped Peppermint tea from Celestial Seasons and ate several delicious home-cooked meals that I personally cooked in my new Crock-Pot! My friends and I had a Potluck where each individual was responsible for bringing a pre-selected dish so there was plenty of delicious meals to choose from!  We even played a fun game as a way to break the ice and get the conversation started. Each guest was to right down the name of the dish that they personally prepared on a small index card then place into a large bowl located in the middle of the kitchen table. I then went around the room and told each guest to pick one card out of the bowl and read it aloud. The purpose of the game is to guess who prepared which dish simply by observing or tasting the food. We had a blast going around and getting to sample each deliciously unique meal then guessing which friend had prepared it, even if we did end up going a lousy 3 for 12.

We then gathered in the living room to discuss the new diet book and encourage one another as we began our new quest. Everything is always easier with the support of family or friends, and dieting is no exception. Staying healthy is matter of proper nutrition, exercise, and rest. But nobody said losing weight would be easy, that is why it is absolutely essential that you have a strong support system.

It doesn’t matter where you start just as long as you are honest with yourself and create a list of reasonable or realistic goals. “You can’t cross the finish line if you don’t have a clear view of the your starting mark!” Haylie is a firm believer that in order to be successful, it has to fit your life style. The Fast Metabolism Diet is phase-specific meaning it can broken down into three separate parts. These three phases include cardio, strength training, and stretching exercises.  After we recorded our individual measurement (size, weight, etc.) ,we broke up into 3 groups of four and began to participate in the three phases. One group would concentrate on cardio by getting their heart rate up either by jumping rope or doing jumping jacks. The second group would concentrate on strength training by completing 25 push ups followed by 5 pull ups then finishing it off with 20-50 sit ups. The third group would focus on stretching or yoga techniques. Each group was to actively participate in each phase for 10-15 minutes before we would alternate then repeat the process.

During the 3 different phases (cardio, strength training, stretching) it was very interesting and helpful to hear each friend contribute by recommending or demonstrating what exercises are most effective for them. Sometimes we can grow tired of the same old exercise routine that’s why its important to switch it up and keep the body guessing!  Take what you learn from your friends and incorporate into your own routine- make it your own!

I used to hear an expression from one of my close friends who was a personal trainer. She would always say things like “staying healthy is 25% exercise and 75% diet and nutrition” or “abs aren’t made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen!”. What I took from that was if you are unable to diet properly (and basically eat whatever you want whenever you want) then achieving your goals would become that much more difficult, even if you were putting a significant amount of time into the gym or working out. With that being said, a diet shouldn’t be viewed as an inconvenience. It should be viewed as new opportunity. With The Fast Metabolism Diet you are encouraged to prepare Haylie’s recipes so that you can see how easy it is to eat great food and lose weight, without counting a single calorie or fat gram!! There are over 50 recipes including vegetarian, organic, and gluten-free options. Here is sneak peak of some of my personal favorite recipes from this awesome new book:

We started the event with Watermelon Smoothies and Sweet Potato Hummus with Cucumbers which were so delicious I have to share the recipes with you-

Watermelon Smoothie-

* 1/2 cup watermelon cubes

* 2 tablespoons lime juice

* 2 drops peppermint extract

* 1 mint leaf

1.Freeze watermelon

2.Blend watermelon cubes in blender with lime juice and peppermint extract.

3.Garnish with mint leaf.

 

Sweet Potato Hummus & Cucumbers-

* 2 16-ounce cans chickpeas, drained, reserving 1/3 cup liquid.

* 1/2 cooked sweet potato

* 1/3 cup tahini

* 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

* 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

*1/2 garlic clove

*1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

*6 cups sliced cucumbers

1. Using a food processor of blender, blend all ingredients except cucumbers until smooth.

2. Serve each serving of hummus with 1 cup of sliced cucumbers.

 

We had a fabulous time with our healthy, sweet treats. Hailey Pomroy’s book, The Fast Metabolism Diet is available through many retailers online which can be found HERE.