Most of you know that in just a couple of short weeks I’ll be getting married (omg) and there’s still so much to do every day. With such a monumental event coming up I’ve been reflecting a lot on the past year. So many things have happened!

Does anyone else feel like the older we get the more we seem to pack into 365 days?

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I’m just getting back to Chicago and settling into my routine after a weekend trip to Boulder, Colorado for our first ever Healthy Glow Co. retreat, which was absolutely AMAZING. Fourteen girls from across the country to celebrate the amazing community we’ve built for the past year and enjoy a day of self care including facials, hiking, cooking together, family style meals and SO MUCH MORE.

Anddddd that’s not all! This weekend we also celebrated some big news: our HGG STRONG fitness plan is finally live!

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I hope you guys had an AMAZING weekend. I spent time enjoying the beautiful weather, brunching, cleaning our place and drinking way too much coffee. Seriously, it’s become my little addiction and I’m not mad about it one bit. My Grandma has been drinking coffee morning, afternoon and night for years and she’s one of the most badass women I know.

In other very exciting news… The Healthy Glow Guide round 2 is finally HERE! The Healthy Glow Guide is back for round 2 with a seasonal meal plan full of fresh flavors, grilling recipes, salads and SO MUCH MORE. That’s right, you asked us for more and we listened: Most of the recipes found in the meal plan are exclusive recipes that Lee and I both developed.

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It’s here, it’s here! Well, almost.

I don’t think I could be anymore exciting than I am because Lee and I FINALLY get to reveal the incredible healthy living project we’ve been working on for the past six months.

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How are we feeling this Wednesday? Yesterday I did a killer workout at Crosstown Fitness. It’s my go-to gym and I’m addicted to the diversity of the workouts and how incredibly fun the trainers are. Anyway, my booty and abs are killing me thanks to some deep squats, rowing, planks and burpees.

Tony asks me why I love it so much and how on earth I can find the motivation to wake up at 5:30am to get to a class. The truth is, when you find an exercise you love, it doesn’t feel like a chore. And if I ever find myself feeling exhausted, I take it easy or find a different way to move my body (like cycling!). Working out helps me manage stress, anxiety and keeps my confidence up. Not to mention I really believe in a well-rounded approach to my overall health: nutritious food, moving my body & a healthy mind. That’s my balance.

Today’s workout is a bonus one leftover from this past Summer Sweat Series! Lee and I thought we’d check in and say hi to all of you who followed the series over the Summer: How are you feeling? Are you finding yourself repeating workouts? What about the meal plans? We wanna hear from you.

OKAY but really, we do have some exciting news! The Summer Sweat Series will be coming back in January 2017 with a new name, NEW brand, NEW EVERYTHING. We are so freaking excited and have been frantically planning for our launch. Stay tuned for more details. I’m actually flying to Denver tomorrow to work with Lee and our new brand manager, Katie, on it.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a killer ab workout — this is for you. Every time I do it, I shake uncontrollably and FEEL THE BURN. Luckily this workout only takes around 15-20 minutes to complete (depending on how fast you go) and there’s ZERO equipment required… except for a large towel of course.


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Whoop whoop! We’re finally in the final stretch of the Summer Sweat Series and heading into the heat of July. Can you believe we’ve been sweating our faces off for almost FOUR weeks now? You guys seriously killed it this year and I’m thrilled I was able to see all of your hard work through Instagram and our FB group.

It’s like I’m a proud mama right now.

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Hello from the beautiful Bordeaux, France countryside! Currently I’m on a cruise ship sailing around Europe and loving every second of it.

Since I’ve been traveling on and off over the past month, the Summer Sweat Series workouts that Lindsey of Nourish Move Love created have come in handy nearly every single day. They kick my ass, make me drip sweat and keep this girl happy while she tries to eat balanced on a food/wine cruise. HALPPPP.

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Warm up with a 20 min light jog or power walk.

Lying Down Chest Press

  1. Lie down, flat on your back. Hold a dumbbell in each hand straight overhead, palms facing forward away from the body.
  2. Slowly lower the dumbbells down toward the chest, bending at the elbows and goal-posting the arms, keeping your chest puffed out.
  3. Once the weights are parallel to the body, squeeze the chest, bringing the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  4. That is one rep, repeat for the number of reps listed.

T Raises

  1. Stand in neutral position, feet shoulder width distance apart, slight bend in your knees and arms at your sides.
  2. Hold dumbbells comfortably at your sides, wrists facing inward.
  3. Keep your arms straight and raise your arms straight in front of your body to shoulder height.
  4. Keeping your arms at shoulder height, move your arms to the sides, even to your shoulders in a lateral raise position, forming the shape of a T.
  5. From here, slowly, lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  6. That is one rep, repeat for the number of reps listed.

Balance Hammer Bicep Curls

  1. Stand in neutral position, feet shoulder width distance apart, slight bend in your knees and arms at your sides.
  2. Transfer all of your weight over to one standing leg.
  3. While balancing on one leg, hold dumbbells comfortably in front of you, writs facing inward, toward your body.
  4. Keeping your elbows tucked in to your sides, curl the weights up towards your shoulders contracting your biceps; keeping your writs facing inward, toward your body.
  5. Balance on the same leg for entire first set of reps, switch legs for second set.

Overhead Tricep Extensions

  1. Stand with your feet hip distance apart.
  2. Hold one dumbbell with both hands or hold one in each hand, with elbows tight to your ears, bend at the elbows, dropping the dumbbell(s) behind your head.
  3. Then, straighten your arms, lifting the dumbbell straight overhead. This counts as one rep. Repeat for the number of reps listed.

Bent Over Single Arm Row

  1. Place your left knee and left hand on a bench or rest your left elbow on your left knee; hinging at the hips.
  2. Hold a heavy dumbbell in right hand, arm extended.
  3. Pull your arm straight up towards the ceiling, leading with your elbow. Pulling your elbow back towards your hip and squeezing your back.
  4. Hold for a second at the top of the movement and return to the starting position. That is one rep, repeat for the number of reps listed.

Bonus Burnout – Circuit

  1. Perform each exercise (as outlined above) for 1 minute.

1 Minute Lying Wide + Narrow Chest Press

1 Minute T Raises

1 Minute Balance Hammer Curls {30 sec per leg}

1 Minute Overhead Tricep Extensions

1 Minute Bent Over Single Arm Row {30 seconds per arm}


Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before starting a new fitness regime. While Lee from Fit Foodie Finds and Monique from Ambitious Kitchen worked with a professional trainer to design the Summer Sweat Series exercise program, you are participating at your own risk. Please listen to your body and modify as needed.

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