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Oct 20, 2014

Weekend Things! Eating, Prevail Boxing & Farmer’s Marketing

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Hi guys & Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a good weekend!  

It was a busy and eventful one for me.  Got in a little relaxing too.. which is always good!

Friday was kind of cold so I pulled out THE NORTH FACE. Haha.  Seriously Danielle…???  It’s L.A. and 70 degrees out!   I KNOW I know…but it seriously felt like 50 degrees and I was cold!

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Bea face…

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She is hard to get pictures of…At least I got one!

Friday night I stayed after teaching my 5:15pm yoga class to take the 6:15 yoga booty ballet class.  Needed to get in my cardio!!!  

Especially because we were planning a little date night in the hood.  We walked to Ago, a nice Italian restaurant near us and then walked to Sweet Lady Jane for dessert.

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WE WALKED…SO THIS WAS COMPLETELY OKAY AND ALLOWED. ;)

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Yum - Pretty good for Oreo Cheesecake.  But then again, how could you go wrong with OREO CHEESECAKE?!

Saturday we woke up to head over to Prevail Fitness Boxing.

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Prevail is a fitness boxing gym in Los Angeles, right off of Third Street that provides fun, high-energy group boxing classes.

Since I box with boxing trainer, Gabe Johns, almost every week, when I heard about Prevail and they invited me to try a class, I was in!

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I love boxing!  I started just about over a year ago.  It is so different than any other workout I’ve ever done.  It lets you (especially us women) let out a little aggression and be in touch with a different side we’re used to.

Yoga and dance is so feminine and can be graceful, gentle and so much about breath, etc.  BOXING is all about strength and “kicking butt”.  Haha, that is my definition.

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The class was really challenging!  I brought Tyler to join because he boxes and thought he would like it.  We sweat our butts off!

We started with a warm up, which was quite hard.  And then took turns in different circuits - and did a whole bunch of leg work, bag work and then abs at the very end.  

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Pink gloves FOR THE WIN. :)

After we came home to shower and headed to run some errands.  

I was hungry and craving some of my favorite tacos… Planchas!  They have the best shrimp tacos!

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Craving satisfied.

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After we came home for a little nap and then headed to watch the sunset with our friends Kelsey and Dillon.

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Oh, Tyler.  So dreamy… haha.

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It was such a pretty sunset.  Perfect start to our evening.

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We then went to try a new restaurant in Santa Monica.

…And I tried Pineapple Beer.  Not sure how I feel about Pineapple Beer/Cider, but it was okay.  

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I got a Corn Greek Salad with a side of sweet potato gratin.  I couldn’t resist the gratin…My favorite Thanksgiving dish (T-35 days).  Yes, I’m counting down until THANKSGIVING!!! 

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And after, ICE CREAM.  Of course.

But hear me out, it wasn’t Sweet Rose Creamery.  We ventured out and went to Beachy Cream instead.  They had some pretty crazy flavors anddd Pretzel cones!

It was goood.

Sunday morning we woke up to head to our favorite Sunday morning activity: The Farmer’s Market.

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But first, coffee.  I don’t drink coffee but Ty does.  Got him his coffee from Alfred Coffee.

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Dogs came along of course…  Water break!

Got some of those pretty pink flowers for the house…

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And met up with one of my best friends, Meredith.

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Ty likes “his spot”.  He sits here with his coffee and the dogs while we get what we need for the week.

Toby, looking very regal in this picture.  

After the farmer’s market I went to teach my 1:30 yoga class.  I came home to relax, make some dinner and MAKE MY ZUCCHINI BROWNIES!

Yum…

Hope you all have a great week!  I have some exciting events this week to share with you - stay tuned!

 

Oct 17, 2014 / 2 notes

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!

Did everyone have a good week?

I did!  This weekend I am planning to take it easy…

I love weekends where I don’t really have plans and I can just decide what I want to do that day.  Very spontaneous of me!  Which can’t always be the case when we are working!

Since, it’s Friday, we can start off with a positive thought.  That thought being: …IT’S FRIDAY! :)

I think it’s important to take you time.  Slowww down a bit.  Drive just to drive, roll down the windows, feel the breeze blowing across your face and in your hair.

I just figured out one thing I’ll do this weekend. :)  Can’t wait.

Leaving you with one of my favorite songs…

And wishing you all a great Friday.  Can’t wait to share with you what I do on our Monday post. 

xo

Oct 16, 2014 / 3 notes

End of Our 20 Day Meditation Challenge

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This week concluded our 20 day Meditation Challenge.  

I did it!  I meditated every single day for 20 days straight and guess what, I’m going to do my best to continue so.  Seriously, it has changed me.  I am not just saying that because I started the idea to do one.  I will say it wasn’t easy to always find the time and the place.  There were days where I’d get in bed and be like yikes, I totally forgot to meditate today. SO I would set the timer for 5-8 minutes before bed and just sit there in silence.  I feel lighter, I feel happier and more clear.  

Life is going to be stressful, there are going to be things we can’t control, but what we do need to remember is that we can control our bodies and our minds.  We can find peace and learn to react to things more gracefully.  We can choose happiness.  

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I guess what I learned is that meditation makes me a happier person.  It brings me to the present moment and usually lets me let go of whatever I’m holding on to, making me more positive about things and more grateful for what IS in my life.  

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You can meditate in your back yard, in the middle of your bedroom or your office floor.  It doesn’t matter - just as long as you try to find a quiet space.

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My yogis at the end of every class practice 5 minutes of meditation aka Savasana.

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Try it.  Try to make it a part of your daily routine… Brush your teeth, brush your hair, eat breakfast…MEDITATE.

I promise you will see results!

If you are in L.A. and would prefer to meditate in a group setting, try these places!

1. Insight LA1430 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2. UnPlug Meditation12401 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90025

3. UCLA MARC Center - 760 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095

Oct 15, 2014 / 11 notes

Zucchini Brownies!!!!

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It seems to be RECIPE WEEK here on The Beauty Blender!  And I am not complaining!

Guys, drop your Wednesday night TV, drop your dinner plans, go home and make this one tonight!  

Grain Free Zucchini Brownies

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil to grease pan

1 cup creamy, unsweetened almond butter (we used creamy Peanut Butter, which worked fine!)

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup of raw cacao or cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups of shredded zucchini

1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan.

In a large bowl combine, the almond butter, maple syrup, cacao powder, salt, egg, vanilla and baking soda until smooth.  

Add in zucchini and chocolate chips.

Pour into a prepared pan and bake.

8 x 8 pan will take 40-50 minutes.  Allow to cool before serving…which I totally burnt myself and had a bite too soon.  I was a little too excited! :/

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Yes, it seemed a little gross to mix zucchini with chocolate buttttt let me tell you, it’s magical once baked!!!

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OH. MY. YUM.

Guys, make this one tonight!!!!

PS. The Athleta winner is Chloe Dworkan!!!  Congratulations Chloe!  Your $25 giftcard to Athleta is on it’s way.  There are many more giveaways in store - so stay tuned!  

Oct 14, 2014 / 41 notes

2-Ingredient Pancakes, Say What?!

Hi guys!  Happy Tuesday!!

I have posted about these before here on The Beauty Blender, but I wanted to post about it again because I have been craving them like crazy recently!

They are just so good and so easy to make.  There is NO way you can feel guilty when eating these.

Here’s the deal.

1 EGG + 1 BANANA

Yes, that is it!!!  Don’t believe me?  Give it a try yourself!

What to do:

Mix together one banana and one egg in a bowl.  Put on a flat pan on medium heat on the stovetop.  Make small round pancake shapes.  Flip when start to see the mixture bubbling on top and bottom is slightly brown.  Takes about 5 minutes total!

Voila!

…Feel free to throw on some fruit or powdered sugar if you would like!  I sometimes use Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon in the mixture to add a little more flavor and gives it this fluffy/moist texture that makes me want to make it again and again!

Toby eyeing “the cakes”.

"Mom, Can I have my bite now?"

Dogs can eat it too! :)

Enjoy.  

Oct 13, 2014 / 2 notes

Weekend Things

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Hi guys!

Who doesn’t LOVE the weekend?  I seriously wish every day was Saturday!

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Friday started out pretty smoothly.  I woke up majorly craving my 2-Ingredient Pancakes (which will be up on the blog tomorrow!).

Yes, 1 egg & 1 banana.

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Toby was eyeing them….Toby’s favorite thing beside Bea and his bones…is FOOD.

He definitely is my dog!

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I got some work done in the morning and then headed to the airport to pick up this man.

Tyler had been gone for about over a week back and forth for business so I was happy he was finally home for good.

The rest of Friday I worked and took a Yoga Booty Ballet class to get some cardio.  I picked up some food and we stayed in all of Friday night.

Saturday we were planning to go to the Veuve Cliqcuot Polo Game but unfortunately the line was soo long and we had to be somewhere later so decided we wouldn’t make it back in time.

Instead, we headed to one of my favorite Taco places in LA.  

James Beach!  Yes, THE “I Love You Man” Tacos from the movie!

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Started out with a raspberry mojito….It was delicious.

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Our friends Meredith and Steve joined us.  

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The fish tacos come like this with a side of tortilla.  You make them yourself and they are so good.

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Me & Ty.

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After we had lunch we headed to The Bungalow in Santa Monica.

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It was so nice out and we found a little place to sit in the shade.

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The boys found the Ping Pong table.  That lasted 5 minutes.

We got home and got dressed and ready to head to one of my friend from highschool’s engagement party in Malibu!

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All cleaned up.

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So fancy… :)

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The drive to the house was beautiful and well timed just around sunset.

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They had belly dancers, a sushi bar, kabobs…It was really fun.

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Tyler seemed to be a little shocked by the belly dancers?  Not sure what that face is! Haha.

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After the party we had to get home to the dogs but we HAD to stop at Sweet Rose Creamery.

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They had a new flavor!

Malted Milk with Mocha!

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It was really good.  Maybe one of the best I’ve had.

Sunday morning came way too fast.  I didn’t have any morning clients before my 1:30pm group class so we took it easy and relaxed around the house.

I was craving my 2-Ingredient pancakes AGAIN.

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Oh yeah…and we also finally got a KITCHEN AID!  We had been wanting one for a long time and they had a great deal so we couldn’t resist.

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Yum.

I went to teach my class and after went food shopping for the week.  

I had been wanting to try this Zucchini Brownie Recipe that my friend sent me so I did!  Seriously, guys.  This recipe is life changing.  

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The recipe will be on the blog this week!  You won’t want to miss it!

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After we sat on the couch, ready to couch potato out.

Toby, the potato master.  He was OUT.  I love how he found his little pillow and made it his thrown.

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We watched CHEF.  I really liked it.  It’s now on On Demand so I definitely recommend watching for a light, fun, will make you hungry kind of movie!

Happy Monday everyone..Wishing you a productive and equally fun week.  Go get it!

Oct 10, 2014

Favorite Quote RYAN, I mean Friday

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Hi guys!

Yup, the baby has been born and I am just happy the name is Esmeralda Amada.  Amada is pretty. Esmeralda though…Lets just say it’s a name!  

if you guys are just tuning in, we’re talking about Ryan Gosling’s baby girl.  

With that said, I have declared and devoted “FAVORITE QUOTE FRIDAY” (which we have every Friday here on T.B.B) to our favorite man, besides Tyler (and Toby) to …Ryan!  Don’t worry we will back to our inspirational quotes next week. :)

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Guys, I gotta go…HE’s calling.  (Haha. I love how it says “Answer” “Answer”.)  You better answer!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  I am planning to go to a Polo event in Malibu and an engagement party for one of my close friends from highschool!  Should be a really fun weekend!

Enjoy, relax, laugh and have fun!  That’s what weekends are made for!! 

PS.  Have you entered our $25 Athleta Gift Card Giveaway?!  Make sure to do so.  How to enter: Re-blog this post with your e-mail address attached.  Winner will be picked out of a hat and announced next week!  Good luck!  

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Oct 8, 2014 / 5 notes

Yogawear & $25 Athleta Giveaway!

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HI guys!

I have quite an addiction with yoga apparel.  I basically live in my yoga clothes pretty much 24/7 so it makes sense that I LOVE when new arrivals get in to any yoga apparel store.

If you’re a yogi, spinning or running addict, you are probably like me.  You love feeling good in your workout gear!  It gets boring being in the all black yoga pants and top every day, so I love adding a little color and funk to my workout outfits.

Today on “TBB” (The Beauty Blender) we are showing you our favorite yoga get ups and giving you a chance to win $25 OFF towards your purchase!!!

Our Favorite Athleta Wear

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Shanti Tie Dye Tank $59.00

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Crush Metallic Tank $64.00 (I recently bought this one! Pictured below.)

 

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Crunch Top $44.00 (Because nobody can have too many white tees.)

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Running Wild Half Zip $89.00 (Love this!  Sophisticated and perfect for winter).

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Quilted Half Zip $118.00 (How cute is this..?)

I wore my Crush Metallic Tank to one of my group Yoga classes at Swerve Studio this week.  It was perfect to teach, dance and workout in.  Super light and airy!!

imageToby not interested as usual.  Bea looks into it though…Thanks Beatrice! :D

ATHLETA GIVEAWAY!
Enter the giveaway for a $25 gift card to Athleta to apply to your purchase!  
How To Enter:  Re-blog this post on Tumblr with your e-mail address somewhere listed OR Post one of the pictures to your Instagram tagging @TheBeautyBlender or @DanielleCuccio with your e-mail address so we can contact you!  You can say “I want to win” or “Athleta Giveaway!”
Super easy…Make sure to give us an e-mail to contact you if you win!
Oct 8, 2014 / 5 notes

Community Workout: fitmob

Hi guys!

Happy Wednesday!  

Hope everyone is having a good week.  We are half way through!  Woohoo!

Since this is a health & beauty blog, I like to share some cool “healthy” events and opportunities with you guys.  

I love working out in groups.  There is something special about one-on-one sessions; however, there is also something equally great about having a workout community.

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I love teaching and attending group classes. 

I was recently invited to a new workout program/group class.  Working out in group settings is not always easy, but it’s much easier to commit with a group versus doing your workout from home.

That’s why I love what fitmob has created.

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fitmob creates the most fun, affordable, and results-driven workouts led by top notch trainers.  Gym memberships can often be expensssive!  FitMob lets you pay per week, so you don’t have to feel obligated to pay for an entire month.  Also, the more you work out, the less each class is each week!  It’s like a private trainer, for a whole lot cheaper!

The workouts range from cardio to strength training, dance, and yoga and are offered mornings, afternoon and evenings!  Classes range from 2-6 people per class.

Right now they are only offering classes in San Francisco, but don’t worry, it’s coming to a city near you for those of you not in SF!

Get your workout on!  

Oct 7, 2014 / 3 notes

Meditation Music.. Ommm

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My week is busy…but still finding time to meditate (of course!).  Even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes a day!  I feel that is has been making a huge difference in my overall happiness and keeping me calm even when life and work are busy!

It’s easy to find new music, turn on the radio and you will hear the newest Maroon 5 or Pitbull song, but it can be pretty difficult to find calming music for meditation.  I love meditating with music, it allows me to relax even more than I would if I were in silence.  I am always searching for my classes so I wanted to share some of my favorite songs to get you feeling extra calm and relaxed.  These are the ones that do the trick for me!

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10 SONGS TO HELP YOU MEDITATE

Storm Of Prayers - Craig Kohland

Breathing In - Shaman’s Dream

Devi Prayer - Craig Pruess, Ananda

An Ending (Ascent) - Brian Eno

Om Based on Raag Bhairavi - Sanjeev Abhayankar

Meditation on Tranquility - Music For Deep Sleep

Awakening - Benjy Wertheimer

A Lovely Place To Be - Patrick O’Hearn

Against The Sky - Harold Budd

Ganesha Invocation - Shantala

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Connect with me!  Are you meditating/doing our 20 day #meditationchallenge?  Sit for 5-10 minutes a day.  Yes, do nothing and just find stillness.  Find me on Instagram and tag me @daniellecuccio and @thebeautyblender in a comment or picture (of anything yoga, meditation, health related) and I’ll answer!  I want to see you guys meditating and doing something so good for yourself!

Wishing you a good day!