Women’s Wellness and Self-Care: My Favorite Personal Essentials

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Until recently, I could not recall the last time I dedicated time specifically for myself and my well-being. Self-care? Personal wellness and self-gratification? It almost sounded like a different language I had never heard before. With running a full-time business and raising two young children on a daily basis, me time seemed such a long distance away.

Just this week, I began to dedicate specific times for myself during the day. This time is when I wake up in the morning instead of jumping right onto the computer, or in the mid afternoon while my children are usually resting. I instantly saw the positive difference when I integrated a self-care routine into the day. My mood blossomed, and my energy soared. My productivity has even significantly increased. All without compromising time with my family or my business.

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Always Eat After 7 PM: Final Thoughts and Goal Setting

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This past month has been one of the most rewarding. I cannot express enough how energized I feel, and how proud I am of the difference I see not only on the scale but also in my day-to-day living pattern. I am in charge of an eating plan that finally makes sense to me. Why should I have to eat when the clock says it’s time? Why restrict myself to not eat at night?

Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night.

This lifestyle change is one that I have easily maintained over these past four weeks and one that I easily see myself following for the long-term. I feel great, I don’t feel restricted, and I can enjoy the foods I love without any unnecessary eliminations in my diet. These eliminations had been ones that I fought against the most with previous diets, only to overindulge and gain the weight back once that plan was over. Not anymore!

We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.

If I am not hungry in the morning, why do I have to eat then? Simple, you don’t have to! Instead, I choose to shift my meals, where I enjoy my last meal followed by a snack towards the latter evening.

Having carbs in the evening is also a great weight loss strategy. When you’re active, your body burns mainly carbohydrates and muscle glycogen for energy. By eating carbs at night, you allow your body to use them to restore glycogen for energy the next day and provide your body with the glucose it needs to regulate your blood sugar levels during sleep,” says Marion.

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

I especially look forward to continuing to recreate all of the featured recipes in his book at home. Dessert included!

Join me in changing the way you diet, forever. Finally, embrace an eating plan that is approachable, easy to follow, and sustainable for the long-term. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

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Learning the Secrets of Web Traffic with Russell Brunson

This article is sponsored by Russell Brunson’s Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers. All opinions and content are mine alone.  

I’ve been familiar with Russell Brunson for a few years now. It was not until recently that I sat down and seized the opportunity to read his new book. His new book, Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers, is written for entrepreneurs to help them get their message out to the world about their products and services. The book goes into full detail with how to go about doing this. In fact, Russell Brunson himself truly has poured his heart and soul into the book. It is full of useful information you can refer to again and again as you continue to grow your business. Continue reading

Always Eat After 7 PM: Crave Worthy Recipes

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Finally, a diet plan that allows me to take control and enjoy what I am eating, rather than being weighed down with too many restrictions to count.

Always Eat After 7 PM by Joel Marion is a real game changer. After following the plan for the last five weeks, my energy levels have significantly increased, and I feel ready and eager to start the day each morning with my young family rather than feeling overworked and worn down.

Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program.

Marion eliminates the diet nonsense and so-called rules that have been ‘fed’ to us for so long. He debunks the myths such as the importance of eating breakfast everyday, one that clearly stuck out to me as noted in my previously published post about the program.

Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance.

I personally have never seen a more approachable and honest eating plan that is straightforward and informative with all of the information we have craved for so long. Marion discusses his fat-burning morning ritual that is incredibly easy to follow. Lemon Water? Check! Cinnamon and Apple Cider Vinegar Drink? Done!

As Marion explains: “One of the simplest 3-Minute Fat-Burning Morning Rituals, lemon water is a glass of water mixed with the juice of one half of a lemon. This drink provides all the benefits of regular drinking water, which supports weight loss, digestive health, physical performance, and cognitive function.”

His recipes in the book, provided by his friend and colleague Diana Keuilian, are excellent for immediately incorporating into your plan. Some of my favorites include the Pumpkin Pie Egg Muffins, Salmon and Lentils, Turkey Burgers with Butternut Buns, and the Stuffed Bell Peppers, which I enjoy on a regular basis.

For dessert, I love the Chocolate Very Cherry Ice Cream!

I could easily keep going with my list of favorites, but I want to maintain that element of surprise for you! The featured recipes also include several excellent smoothies and snacks.

The nutrition content is noted for each recipe as well.

Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

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Always Eat After 7 PM: The Surprising Discoveries

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Diet is the word most of us dread. We have all been there and found our pitfalls, struggles, and unrealistic limitations. These fad diets that we have given up on were never meant to sustain us for life anyway. So, why should we follow a diet plan that is only temporary?

A diet and wellness plan should not only be for the long-term, it should also be satisfying and rewarding. We should feel energized and satiated, instead of starved and frustrated. I have chosen to follow a guide where I can enjoy my carbs, fruit, and dairy while gaining more energy and burn fat overnight. A win-win! Continue reading

Always Eat After 7 PM: Break The Rules and See Results

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The Hamptons high season is fast approaching. After almost six months of traveling and culinary binges around the globe, it is time to get back to business with my wellness routine. That means boosting my metabolism and energy to get ready for the busy summer months ahead. Upon learning about Joel Marion’s ‘rule-breaking diet,’ I immediately looked to his new book, Always Eat After 7PM.

In the past I have found many of the dieting plans out there too restrictive. I did not want to be told I could not eat nearly all of the foods I love.

Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night. Marion’s book weeds out the contradictory findings that are out there about dieting and weight loss. The so-called rule of never eating at night was one of them.

What really stuck with me was this:

“In fact, research shows that the average person’s metabolic rate is no different during sleep than during the day.”

Having the energy to stay on top of my upcoming busy schedule while boosting my metabolism is at the top of my list of health goals for the upcoming season. I look forward to sharing my personal updates with you. This is a very exciting time as we begin to gear up for the summer ahead!

In the meantime, check out this video that highlights how and why Joel Marion wrote the book:

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

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Cheers to the Season with Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®

This article is sponsored by Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®, all opinions are mine alone. Content for 21+. Please enjoy responsibly.

Happy Hour at home is as easy as the push of a button. Time always seems to be more precious around the holidays. Shopping trips, gift wrapping, addressing season’s greetings, and baking for large parties is very rewarding, but it does not happen with a simple snap of the fingers.

The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig® is the first of its kind making a splash into the appliance scene. A perfect complement to celebrating the season with family and friends, simply prepare your favorite cocktail or range of ciders at the touch of a button. A brilliant concept that everyone should snag this holiday season, whether for yourself or a gift for that special someone (or both)!

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Raising a Nationwide Jungle Pet with BabbleBoxx

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Nationwide Pet.

Who knew that seeking out the best coverage for my favorite felines would also mean being rewarded? I am not just talking about being rewarded with love and affection by my two cats, Abby and Amy. I am also referring to Nationwide’s Ultimate Zoo Experience Sweepstakes. Now, when a pet owner gets a quote from Whole Pet with Wellness plan for their cat(s) during the promotional period, they will have a chance to win one of several prizes, including a special grand prize for one lucky winner!

Amy, who you see pictured, came into our lives over three years ago when she was in desperate need of a home. Her owner abandoned her, and we took her in with open arms. She needed a great amount of care in the beginning, including deworming, flea treatment, and vaccinations. Abby is our second cat who we adopted almost ten years ago. She too is very sweet but I will just say that she is not the best when trying to be photographed, especially around strangers. 

Cat lovers will appreciate the great protection that Nationwide Pet offers. Quite considerably the best pet insurance plan ever made, those insured with Nationwide’s Whole Pet with Wellness plan can get up to 90% back on eligible vet bills for everything from heartworm prevention to hereditary conditions. An added bonus? Members also enjoy 24/7 vet helpline access for any pet health question, plus the freedom to use any veterinarian. 

Only the Best for Amy and Abby

That freedom is particularly very useful for us as we travel and live between two different states. There were also a few times where we needed veterinary assistance and advice at odd hours late at night. 

Join me in seeking the best pet insurance for cat lovers around the country. Nationwide has over thirty years experience of serving pet owners and is the first company to create an original pet health insurance product for America’s pets. Even if you have birds (I grew up with birds in our home) or even a wide range of exotic pets, Nationwide offers them coverage too. 

Remember to Enter the Ultimate Zoo Experience Sweepstakes and get a quote from Nationwide Pet! Prizes include the monthly prize for five lucky winners: the jungle-themed cat climber, and of course the grand prize. The grand prize is a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Columbus Zoo, admission to the Zoo, waterpark, and safari park, round-trip airfare for four, and a three-night hotel stay! You can also send an e-card to your friends and family for an extra chance to win. The promotion runs until December 31, 2019. 

Leap into Autumn with Clarks x Zappos

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Zappos is my most favorite online shop when it comes to shopping for the latest styles. Who could resist the convenience of fast, free shipping, a 365 return policy, and 24/7 customer service? My most recent find on Zappos are my new Clarks booties. For my husband, I chose a pair of lace up shoes.

Footwear is one of if not the most essential style element of autumn. With plenty of walks outdoors, trips to the pumpkin patch, and apple picking, you need a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes you can rely on all season long. Clarks, available at Zappos, always impresses me with their quality and comfort.

How to Wear

My pair of the Clarks Mila Charm in taupe suede has already been worn throughout New York City on two separate day trips. In addition, I wear them when visiting local farms in the Hamptons and on the North Fork of Long Island. Last weekend, I went to Mecox Dairy, Milk Pail Fresh Market, and then to dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton. Footwear that is easily transitions throughout the day is exactly what you should be looking for this season!

My husband’s pair of Atticus Cap in Tan Leather will bring together any dapper outfit, from outdoor wine tastings at the vineyard to an evening concert. The Clarks Atticus Cap shoes are also ideal for all-day wear as they have a breathable leather lining.

The color is so versatile and goes with dozens of fall outfits, including my favorite military-style olive green jacket and skinny high waist jeans. I also like to style with my navy blue corduroy skirt and knitted cardigan or a sharp blazer.

Clarks Mila Charm


Sizing is true to size. I purchased a US 8.5 (or EU 39), my normal size. No need to break in to these booties, I was up and ready to go with my first time trying them on. I wear them with a pair of cotton ankle length socks.

Discover the Clarks’ style line at Zappos to complete your autumn wardrobe.

A Great Night’s Rest with Solay Sleep

This is a sponsored article written on behalf of Solay Sleep. All opinions are mine alone. 

Many of us seem to take sleep for granted, myself included, especially in recent months. The summer season is always my busiest and thus is the time of year when my sleeping patterns are the most inconsistent. Between the months of May-August is when I attend the most evening events, when I do the most short-distance travel between either New York City and or New England, and when my bedtimes fluctuate as rapidly as the summer seems to fly by. When I take on my most hectic schedule is when I should be receiving the best night’s sleep. I always try to aim for at east nine to ten hours of sleep per night and the least amount of stimulating distractions as possible.

Solay Sleep could not have arrived at a better time. A great night’s sleep is nothing less than essential as my busy season begins to wind down. Solay Sleep is a new mattress company that was founded just over two years ago a providers luxury hybrid mattresses, bed frames, and premium foam pillows all manufactured in the USA. Created with comfort in mind by combining breathable cooling foam layers on top of hundreds or supportive pocked coils, you will not only get a great night’s sleep, but also feel totally restored in the morning. The mattress is available in Classic and Luxury and comes in six sizes ranging from a Twin to a California King.
Customers will receive free shipping, a 180-night risk free trial, and a 25-year warranty.

Their premium foam pillows are the perfect compliment to your Solay Sleep mattress and have personally been receiving the best night’s sleep with mine over these past couple of weeks. Available in both standard and king sizes, the pillow provides the perfect mesh of support and comfort. My daughter particularly loves the pillow and one afternoon we had the pillow next two where she was reading to me. I had laid my head down on it for what I thought was just a few moments, and according to my husband I was out like a light for thirty minutes. 

I am confident you will fall in love with Solay Sleep as I have. Put getting a great night’s sleep as your top priority and get the rest and comfort you deserve, every night.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to score a special deal with Solay Sleep! Receive $100 off a Solay Sleep mattress with code VANESSA. 

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Taking Control of Wellness with FitTrack

If you already follow me on Instagram, you may have learned that starting in January, I initiated a lifestyle change where I no longer consume refined foods and processed meats. With this new, more active and wellness-focused way of life I have lost weight, feel more alert, and have therefore set a better standard of living for my family.

Many of my elder family members passed away from heart disease and after beginning to notice a difference in my overall appearance and mood that was unsatisfying for me, I decided to commence this full lifestyle change and have been more than thrilled with the results. Yet before receiving the FitTrack Smart Body BMI scale, I was only able to track my weight progress. Achieving my optimal wellbeing and healthiest self is so much more than just analyzing my weight loss.

With the FitTrack Smart Body BMI scale, I have the opportunity to receive such a diverse and clear analysis of my health, including seventeen different health indexes. These include my BMI, muscle mass, visceral fat percentage, body water, bone mass, protein rate, metabolic age, protein mass, and what my standard weight is. I am able to track my history and see my progress over any period of time so that I may make small adjustments to my lifestyle and see how it may directly affect my health. I love that I am also able to have my metrics with me at all times so that I may refer back to them.

Additional perks of the app include morning and nighttime weighing reminders, the opportunity to sync your health data and link the date to your Fitbit. You may also choose to weigh yourself in kilograms or stones. You may also weigh your infant with just a couple simple steps. For me, the FitTrack scale motivates me further to stay on track with my wellness plan and has inspired me to share my experience with friends and family. Specifically, it encourages me to drink more water and eat more water based foods, especially during these increasingly warm summer months.

Knowing your body’s water percentage is a significant factor when it comes to weight loss and being able to clearly see my fat percentage reminds me to make smarter choices at home and while dining out. These are results that I had never been able to see before and I am so grateful I always have these metrics at my fingertips.

Share the FitTrack with your loved ones! The scale recognizes eight different users, all while keeping everyone’s data private. My husband, a physician, has already started his own profile and is also very pleased with his ability to track and analyze his results.

The FitTrack app is FREE and available on both Android and iPhone. Use code EASTENDTASTE20 for an additional 20% off the price.


Your “Single Best Day” with Kaukauna® Cheese

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SingleBestDay #CollectiveBias Kaukauna® has recently unveiled a perfect way to enjoy their irresistibly delicious spreadable cheese with on-the-go. Introducing, Kaukauna® Singles in Port Wine and Sharp Cheddar. With the summer finally here, I am more busy than ever. Everything from trips to the beach and park, to car rides to camp and up to New England, mom could certainly use a break all to herself. Kaukauna® Singles are more spreadable than the existing Kaukauna® products but with the same great taste! Each box has four (4) 2oz single serving cups for snacking anytime and anywhere you want to go.

Kaukauna® has been creating delicious spreadable cheese for over 100 years, a Wisconsin Tradition since 1918. I remember growing up during every holiday season, my parents would create a beautiful crudité, cheese, and crackers display at the center of the table, with Kaukauna® Port Wine and Sharp Cheddar cheese balls. We would also love to enjoy their cheese as part of recipes, including as an ingredient in our omelets for brunch and in our cheesy crab and vegetable dips.

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Upgrading My Spring and Summer Fashion with Upbra

When it comes to my spring and summer fashion wardrobe, nothing is more important than having the perfect bra. I am pleased to introduce you to Upbra: a bra that “keeps you up and staying up” and hugs your body for that perfect fit.

After having two children, naturally gaining a significant amount of weight with both pregnancies, nursing, and then finally losing all of the extra weight where I am now practically down to the same size I wore in high school, my chest therefore fluctuated in size so drastically. This variation in size therefore created confusion and difficulty when choosing the ideal bra. The comfort was the most important factor, I was looking for a bra that also flattered my now significantly smaller chest size while creating lift and well, just a touch of cleavage.

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Unforgettable Moments with Constant Comment Bigelow Tea

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I have been a dedicated tea drinker all of my adult life, beginning when I moved to college just twenty minutes outside of New York City. My husband was the first to introduce Bigelow Tea to me almost ten years ago while we began dating during those college years, and I have been a fan ever since. I remember when I would visit my then boyfriend in Philadelphia while he was in medical school, he always would have his tea kettle on the stove with Constant Comment on the side waiting to be brewed upon my arrival. We would sit for hours chatting about our week in school, and he would share his intriguing stories about his time in medical school during his interning rotations. We always especially appreciated our down time together as we were always so busy with school and his preparing for graduation and residency placement. 

We always have Constant Comment and a few other tea flavors at home, ready for not only ourselves but for whomever may be visiting or stopping by. It is the most aromatic tea and each sip is always so fresh. When brewing, it creates a very memorable smell that is both comforting and inviting. We drink Constant Comment year round, and especially love to enjoy when celebrating special occasions at home such as the upcoming spring holidays, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.  Continue reading