Ingredients

2 cups orange juice
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups mixed fresh or frozen berries

Blend all the ingredients and {#ENJOY}

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins >> by {@RunningWithSpoons}

Ingredients
1 cup (225 g) plain Greek yogurt
2 medium ripe bananas (200 g or 1 cup mashed)
2 large eggs
2 cups (160 g) rolled oats (old fashioned or quick)
1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (85 g) chocolate chips, mini or regular

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400F (204C) and prepare a muffin pan by spraying the cavities with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners**. Set aside.
Add all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender or food processor and process on high until the oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cavity until it is about 3/4 full. Optional: sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top of each muffin.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for ~10 minutes before removing.

Stuffed Breakfast Tomatoes >> YUM!
by Pip and Ebby

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Hollow out 2 large, ripe tomatoes. Do this by cutting a large circle into the top of the tomato and removing the core. With a spoon or a knife (I used both), carefully scoop out the ribs and seeds. Leave the walls of the tomato intact as best you can.

In a small bowl, combine:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

With your finger, rub half of the mixture onto the inside of one tomato, covering the inner walls as thoroughly as possible. Rub the other half of the mixture onto the inside of the other tomato. Set the tomatoes aside.

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

Add:

3 green onions, white and light green parts only, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Delicious healthy granola layered parfait with berries, yogurt and a bit of dark chocolate {#YUM}

Layer the following …

INGREDIENTS

– Uncooked old fashioned oats
– Sliced almonds
– Shredded coconut
– Roasted and salted sunflower seeds
– Honey
– Greek yogurt
– Raspberries
– Strawberries
– Chopped dark chocolate

and {#ENJOY}

Name:  Lisa Anderson
Company: Cycleward Studio
Age: 36
Instagram: @cyclewardstudio
Website: www.cyclewardstudio.com

How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always been a really hard worker. I’ve had a job since I was 14 just because I enjoyed working.  As I got older and experienced a variety of jobs ranging from a bar tender, sales, insurance, cycling instructor, a pilot….I knew at some point I needed to have my own business.  I flirted with the idea a blow/braid bar, indoor playground, crossfit. I’ve always been obsessed with fitness so was hoping that God would lead me into that direction. My cousin Jamie and I were driving home from working out one night in January of 2013 and said Ft. Lauderdale desperately needs an indoor cycling studio. A really bad ass one!  POOF….From that moment on we started working on it. We had every obstacle you could think of thrown at us but we never gave up and managed not to kill each other!!  January 19th ,2015 we opened our doors! This is the most complete I have ever felt!

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What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
We are Ft. Lauderdale’s first premier indoor cycling studio. We offer 50 performance tracked bikes with stadium seating, black light illumination and an enormous screen to keep your mind off the burning sensation in your legs!  You’ll feel like you’re at your favorite night club while sweating, burning fat, and having a pretty damn good time doing so!

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
Yes I do!  I measure success by the impact we have on our clients. There is nothing more rewarding than coming to work to see all those beautiful, sweaty, grateful, smiling faces!

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Hearing a client tell me how Cycleward has changed their life for the better!
Seeing the pride in my parents, husband, and kids faces that all my hard work and obsession paid off!

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
Wow, where do I begin.  I’d say my partner and cousin Jamie and I’s biggest mistake when we first opened was letting our staff see our indifferences.  We grew up together so we are very close but very different personalities, so opening a business together was a challenge at first. Not being discrete about it definitely showed a weakness to our staff. We might of lost a little respect from some, some laughed about it, others took advantage of it.

I do believe that mistakes happen for a reason. They help you grow and make you stronger as a person, a team, a business.  At the end of the day I believe our crew understands that we are human and we are going to make mistakes.  Our love and dedication for each other and our business earns their respect.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
BALANCE! Accepting that I’m not always going to make the best decision, be the best proprietor, instructor, mom, wife, daughter, and friend.   Doesn’t mean I still won’t try but it’s ok if I fall short once in a while.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’d say my parents. My dad for his patience with following a dream and never giving up on something he put his mind to. My mom for her ability to see the good in everyone, and having a heart of gold!

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Um….all the time… Ha, I’m a baby! I am very hard on myself and I get overwhelmed very easily. We recently had to make a very tough business decision and it was very emotional for me. I know we did the right thing though and if I wasn’t sad about it I would have been disappointed in myself.  See….I told you I was hard on myself!

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
It’s very easy to let Cycleward consume me. I believe it takes time to build a solid foundation, and I struggle with putting myself and family first.  Last year I was in the hospital twice due to neglecting my body. There’s a reason why the safety intro on an airplane explains to put the oxygen mask on you first!
My kids are 4 and 8 and I wish I could freeze them. We are a very close family and I don’t want to miss out on a second of them growing up.
On a positive note I have developed so many new friends and met so many great people, so I have no complaints!

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
No! Giving up is not in my vocabulary.  I’ll fight to the very end. When times get tough I pray and trust that God has me where I am to serve a very good purpose.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
Leaving things undone. Guilt, that my kids are growing up so fast and one day I’m going to look back and wish I spent more time on the little things.

What makes you happy?
My family and seeing other people happy!

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
You can be anything you want to be, but don’t rush it! Time flies by so fast. It’s ok to just sit still for a while!

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That we are a bike shop, lol!

What is your favorite quote?
“She believed she could, so she did!”

Name: Betsey Chesler
Company: Cameras For Kids Foundation
Age: 52
Instagram: @CFKF
Website: www.CamerasForKidsFoundation.org

How did you get to where you are today?
After spending a month traveling South Africa in 2008 volunteering in Orphanages and shooting the incredible landscapes, I returned to the States and realized how I had just experienced a life changing trip!  Upon my return I began researching what happens in our own backyard when a child is taken away from their families due to abuse, neglect and abandonment and quickly learned that at any given time there are over 500,000 children in the foster care system each year.  Horrified by these statistics, I was compelled to try to make a difference in their lives.  I also knew the therapeutic value of photography and art, so I created a curriculum that I could use to teach the kids the art of photography and began at one local South Florida residential foster facility.  After the first eight week program I knew we were on to something big.  Not only did we see an overall transformation of the kids in our class, but they learned so much and were creating exhibit worthy Fine Art Photography.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
CFKF provides cameras and weekly instruction to disadvantaged kids teaching the art of photography while instilling self-esteem, self-confidence and offering a skill set. We then go on to exhibit the kids work in Galleries and other public venues.  To date, CFKF has placed cameras in the hands of over 700 at-risk children across the US, Canada and Haiti.  GLOBAL IS THE GOAL.

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How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I believe success is accomplishing something you set out to do stemming from a deep and pure place from within…accomplishing something with great purpose.  Furthermore, to impact others in a positive manner, to make a difference in the life of those less fortunate than ourselves, to me that is success.  It’s beyond your own accomplishment, it’s touching the lives of others.

Do I consider myself a success? I will humbly say yes, however, I have much more to do and will spend my life striving to learn, grow, share and continue to accomplish making a difference on any level in this big world of ours.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Every day, in one way or another, touches me.  The rewards can be as simple as witnessing a child who views their printed photography for the first time.  The joy and pride on their faces still over-comes me every single time.  To see a child suddenly feel hope and a sense of purpose in life is all the reward I will ever need.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
On all levels, I’ve thrown myself into CFKF and it’s become a full time mission in my life (morning, noon and night).  That said, I’ve allowed myself to be consumed by the Foundation and the children we serve while not finding the right balance to nourish my own needs and interests.  Finding a balance in life has always challenged me, and then every once in a while I stop to think about it and consciously set some personal goals for myself.  I learned long ago, I’m no good to anyone else unless I am good myself.  I predict I’ll work at this until my last breath.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
Personally, I’d love to spend some time on my own photography and art.  Now that I run CFKF full time, I don’t make time for my own shooting and really would like to do so in the future.  Professionally, the path has always been and continues to be to take our photography program global, and we are on our way!

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Who has been your greatest inspiration?
This is a tough one…but without question, both of my parents have inspired me through life to set goals and go after them.  The only one that could stand in my way would be ME, and they’ve shown me how to go after something I believe in.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Last weekend in NYC.  I was at a conference with several other nonprofits and we were all sharing stories about the kids we serve.  One story brought tears to my eyes.  Too many children become victims of circumstances and are truly helpless.  Their scars run deep and they may spend a lifetime trying to heal.  Many never recover. It’s so terribly sad to me that the very one’s that the children trust to keep them safe are the one’s that abuse and neglect them…their parents.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
As I mentioned before, my career has totally consumed me therefore, I probably have short changed some of my relationship. It’s a juggling act, but in the end it’s about prioritizing your time and purpose.  I’ll continue to work on finding this balance as well.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
In the nonprofit world things move too slowly for me.  I’m results driven.  Working with other nonprofits and state agencies can be frustrating, often never having the perfect solution.  Sometimes it can wear on you to the extent of feeling like enough is enough.  Then I wake up the next day and it’s back to work I go!  After all, the kids are waiting for us. We wouldn’t want to let them down.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
My sleepless nights come from taking on much more than I should at a given time and then feeling overwhelmed by it.  It’s always self-induced with me…or as I like to say, I continue to challenge myself and there is no end in sight. People wonder why I’m so tired at the end of the day…ha!

What makes you happy?
The little things in life make me the most happy.  I child’s smile, animals, my family and friends, a beautiful photograph, music, the sunshine, the ocean, jogging, pilates, ice-cream and even broccoli (my fav!)

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Trust your intuition! If I had listened to my gut, I may have prevented some mistakes along the way. We are smarter than we give ourselves credit for…as long as we draw on our intuition.
What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

What is your favorite quote?
“Help those who will help themselves”

In the midst of South Florida’s cold snap, I needed a break from old man winter without having to tangle with TSA, so I indulged in spa services courtesy of Bliss at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel.

My afternoon was spent in complete Bliss. Upon entry I was warmly greeted by a friendly receptionist who escorted me through the modern 4,000 sqft. spa to a women’s lounge where I received access to a digital locker, plush robe and cozy slippers.

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With five treatment rooms, two manicure and two pedicure stations, there were plenty of services to choose from. The modern design and ambiance of the spa is matched by the menu of services including a “Quick Bliss” set of treatments for the professional who needs a little pick me up but is pressed for time.

I decided on the Rapid Rub ($80) and Oxygen Blast ($90). I spent a few minutes in the waiting room enjoying the decadent chocolate brownie buffet and warm tea prior to my services.

I met my therapist, Diane Harris, for a 30-minute targeted massage that worked the kinks out of all of the aches and pains in my neck, back and shoulders. After being put completely to ease, I met my aesthetician, Judy Leone, for a quick complexion facial that included a fruit-acid peel, antioxidant vitamin massage, hydrating enzyme pack and oxygen spray, which dramatically brightened my skin.

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For guests who have more time to indulge, the spa offers seasonal packages that mix and match different services.

I have already started planning a “Galentine’s Day” getaway with a few of my best girlfriends.
Pairs who want to get pampered can try the Couples Cabana Blissage ($320), full body massage and warm wax foot wrap; Oxygen Blast & Side by Side Hot Cream Mani ($230), quick complexion pick-me-up facial and complete manicure and Side by Side ($160), pedicure and hot cream manicure. The full day of pampering also includes a bottle of bubbly, four chocolate covered strawberries all-day access to the pool and 20 percent off any additional services booked that day.

With one call to 954-414-8233, Bliss Spa at the W, Fort Lauderdale will truly make you feel loved.

Name:  Nina Lacher
Blog: Law of Fashion Blog
Website: www.lawoffashionblog.com
Instagram: @ninaerin18

I was born and raised in Florida to a family of entrepreneurs. They instilled a passion in me for being a hard working, independent woman.  I’m married to my college sweetheart for just over 4 years. I’m a full time attorney, COO of my mother’s company Mattress Helper and fashion blogger.

lawoffashion-1How did you start Fashion Blogging?
It was a combination of needing a creative outlet from my day job of being an attorney, coupled with the problem that I would always spend time getting dressed and doing my makeup in the morning, and my husband would never see the “work” I put into it because he would still be sleeping. Also, I work in a family business; just me, my mom and my dad. I work 10 hours a day so I was always too tired to go out after work. I wanted to document the outfits and the time I put into my morning routine!

Describe your style?
Classic with a hint of trendy

What are some pro’s and con’s of Fashion Bloggers?
Pros: Meeting amazing people, being a part of a community and working with incredible brands! Cons: It’s surprisingly time consuming!

Where do you find your style inspiration?
Everywhere! You can pick 1 article of clothing that can inspire your whole look. Sometimes I’ll look at actresses, models, even mannequins in a store for style inspiration.

One piece of advice you would give to any start up bloggers?
Don’t do it for the money, do it because its your passion! Eventually the money will come to you.

Join us for a 4 Day Kendra Scott Trunkshow! Lilac And Lilies Boutique and Beauty for Real are getting ladies gussied up just in time for Valentine’s Day.

From Thursday, Feb. 11th to Sunday, Feb. 14th, shoppers can get celebrity style on sale. L&L will showcase Kendra Scott Jewelry, the popular designs often worn by Selena Gomez, Mindy Kaling and Eva Longoria, at 15 percent off while offering complimentary mimosas and sweet treats.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13th, Leslie Munsell, celebrity make up artist and founder of Beauty for Real, will make a special guest appearance and perform sexy eye and kissable lip touch ups while showcasing the latest items from her new 2016 collection of make up, skin care and hair styling products.

ABOUT BEAUTY FOR REAL:  
Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell launched Beauty for Real (BFR) in 2010 focusing on simple, straightforward, high fashion and highly functional products. Her expertly created make-up, body and hair styling products are innovative, high performing and highlight every woman’s natural beauty. BFR also creates seasonal, exclusive collections for Aerie. For more information, please visit BeautyforReal.com or follow on Twitter @BeautyForReal and Instagram @BeautyForReal.

ABOUT LILAC AND LILIES BOUTIQUE:
Lilac And Lilies Boutique hand selects pieces from more than 60 clothing and accessory designers for the fashion-forward shopper. The boutique focuses on quality products with a variety of price points and provides customers with a personal shopping experience. For more info, visit www.LilacAndLilies.com and “like” Lilac And Lilies Boutique on Facebook.

WHERE:     

Lilac And Lilies Boutique
2541 East Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

WHEN:        

Thursday, Feb. 11th through Sunday, Feb. 14th – Kendra Scott Trunk Show
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13th – Beauty for Real Mini Makeovers
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

RSVP on Facebook

We love turning up the tunes while we work. Right now, we’re loving these high-energy, feel-good songs that make work in fashion so much fun. Enjoy!