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Post-Workout Hydration and Recovery: Ensure Max Protein


Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

This post is sponsored by Ensure®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.



I post frequently on Instagram Stories about my workout routine and what fuels me post-workout. I've recently gotten a lot of questions about what I like to eat and drink post-workout. Since I workout early in the morning, I generally don't eat prior to hitting the gym. But once my workout is over, I am in need of a solid source of protein that can aid in recovery and hydration. After a grueling workout and sweat sesh in the sauna, I drink a lot of water which fills me up too much for a full meal, but a high protein snack always helps to refuel me until lunch.


I was recently introduced to Ensure® Max Protein, a ready-to-drink nutrition shake that provides targeted nutrition to help you stay healthy, active, and energetic. Each 11 fl. oz. shake has 30 grams of high-quality protein, 150 calories, 22 essential vitamins and minerals, and 1 gram of sugar and is low in fat. You can't beat that kind of nutritional value for post-workout recovery.


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Now that I am 50, it's even more important for me to get the post-workout recovery nutrients that I need to keep me fueled for the remainder of my day. Otherwise, I tend to hit an afternoon slump because I haven't properly recovered and my protein levels are low. Drinking Ensure® Max Protein at the end of my workout ensures optimal performance for the rest of my day whether I'm at work or shuffling my kids from one activity to another.



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I purchase my Ensure® Max Protein shakes at Walmart where they are conveniently located in the Drug/Beauty section, which happens to be where I spend most of my time during the shopping excursions to Walmart. I love how they are packaged in bottles of four. They are super easy to throw into your gym bag or a small cooler for on the go.


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Actress Kate Walsh, best known for her roles on Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, is partnering with Abbott, the maker of Ensure to help inspire adults to join her in making simple nutritional changes to stay active and strong by incorporating Ensure® Max Protein shakes into their everyday diets. Kate Walsh knows the importance of protein and good nutrition for maintaining a healthy and active life, especially as we age and enter mid-life.


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To save $2.00 on your purchase of Ensure® Max Protein at your local Walmart store, use the offer available through the ibotta app.

Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Ways to make your resumé stand out via My Domaine.

2. Why toast is the best cure for a hangover via 3191 Miles Apart.

3. What your favorite classic rock band says about you via McSweeney's.
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Weekend Dispatch


Things are getting serious here at the Jersey shore. With all the schools officially out, and July 4th on our heels, the tourist season is about to go into high gear. While that's great for the local economy, it's an adjustment for us locals. Everywhere is bustling with people, and you need to allow twice as much time to get anywhere and do anything. But it's hard to complain when you live at the beach.

Here's are a few things to check out this weekend no matter where you live.
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Summer's "It" Cocktail: Aperol Spritz


Remember when expertly styled glasses of crisp rosé were all the rage on Instagram? It seemed every other picture on IG was a refreshing glass of rosé that made you want to crack open a bottle and pour a glass. Rosé has moved over and is being quickly replaced by the aperol spritz, a sunshine-hued cocktail. The year's most fashionable drink is blowing up Instagram and is a popular choice because it's not the kind of cocktail that knocks you over after just one. You could spend a few hours sipping a few over brunch and easily walk away unscathed.
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4 Important Things To Consider About Parenting


Being a parent in this day and age can be challenging. There are so many things to worry about and to monitor in addition to teaching your children how to be kind, good people as well as preparing them for a life independent of you. There are is so much that goes into being a good parent and raising a child that it can often be overwhelming. But if you are somewhat (we can never be fully) prepared for what's ahead, your job as a parent can be slightly easier.
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Summer Reading List


For me, summer is a great excuse to unplug, kick back and devour a great book. Carefree weekends spent lounging on your deck or patio, by the pool, or on the beach were made for reading. Since I can't devote as much time to reading as I once could, I tend to be very selective about the books I choose to read. Although I tend to lean towards psychological thrillers that have you on the edge of your set, I also love stories with happy endings, murder mysteries that keep you guessing until the last sentence, and heart wrenching dramas that require multiple boxes of tissues.

Here are the books I'll be reading this summer.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Easy edits to make in your life right now via Career Girl Daily.

2. The 5 super skills you need for jobs of the future via Fast Company.

3. How to politely express your dietary needs and restrictions via Real Simple.
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Currently Crushing: Rainbow

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June is Pride Month. In addition to attending parades, events, and celebrations, you can show your pride with all the rainbow things. Not only are these items fun, but some of them give back to charity, which is an added bonus (be sure to check out the J.Crew Love First tee).
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Weekend Dispatch


We are heading to Hershey, Pennsylvania this weekend to visit family and to have an at-home camp out, complete with a pop-up camper and a tent. We haven't been camping since we went two years ago, and since it's so hard to get everyone's schedule together these days to book a few days at a real campground, we are doing the next best thing. I can't wait! Other than that, we will be attending a graduation/send-off party for my niece's Brazilian exchange student and just enjoying some much needed time with my sisters and their families. Here's what else I'll be squeezing in over the weekend:

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Style Crush: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy


With 90s style making a resurgence, it felt only fitting to honor one of my favorite 90s style icons: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. To say that I was obsessed with her style would be a gross understatement. She had a classic style with a modern twist that even now, 20+ years later, still looks on trend. She could make a black tee and khakis look glamorous, so of course, everyone wanted to copy her.

It never mattered what she wore. Casual or special occasion, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy always looked fabulous. Here are a few of my many favorite looks:
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3 Reasons To Hire A Professional For A Bathroom Renovation

If you’re thinking about renovating one of the bathrooms in your home, it's likely that you'll want to seek out the the help of a professional. While this might inflate the cost of your project, it is the best way to guarantee you get the desired results without encountering hassle after hassle, especially if you are doing large-scale renovations rather than a few cosmetic upgrades. 

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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Handy uses for old pillowcases via Apartment Therapy.

2. Great travel destinations if you are a non-drinker via Huffington Post.

3. How to know if a mole might be cancer via Glamour.
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Splurge vs. Save: Slip-On Sneakers


I love the casual, on trend vibe of slip-on sneakers. When I recently went online to browse the incredibly wide selection (there are tons of options!), I was blown away by the range in price points. Boy, do these sneakers run the gamut in pricing. You can buy a pair for $20, a pair for $200, and all price points in between. It seemed like the natural choice for a Splurge vs. Save post.
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15 Fab Finds Under $20


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Over the weekend, I happened upon a stack of gift cards in my desk drawer. After diligently checking the balance on each and every one, I discovered that most had remaining balances that were less than $20. Rather than become frustrated by the lack of funds on the gifts cards, I was inspired to find items that were cute but inexpensive and could be purchased with the leftover gift cards. Just when you think you can't find anything functional or adorable under $20, think again!
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Hobbies To Calm Your Mind

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For most people, a typical hobby consists of doing something they love. Whether it's creating something, watching or reading something, or performing or playing something, a hobby is intended to be enjoyable. But sometimes we need to put in a relaxing frame of mind. And for those times, these are some of the best hobbies you can take up.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to clean 9 of the toughest spots around the house via InStyle.

2. Fun facts about NYC taxis via PureWow.

3. Take this quiz to find out which iconic TV show restaurant you should eat at via Buzzfeed.
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Weekend Dispatch


We are heading into a jam-packed weekend that includes a double graduation party on Saturday night. The Hubs' best friend's two daughters are celebrating graduating from college and graduating from veterinarian school, respectively. Major accomplishments that are worthy of a few cheers! On Sunday morning I'm meeting a friend for coffee to catch up. In between that, here's what else I'll be up to and a few suggestions for what you should do!
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Sweater Weather


June can be temperamental when it comes to the weather. Here in New Jersey, June typically brings days that are downright hot and other days where I literally have to check the calendar to make sure it's not March.

For this fickle month, I like to have a favorite sweater that I can fall back on during days when it starts brisk, turns warm, and ends chilly. This striped off-the-shoulder sweater has been a life saver this month. I've found myself reaching for it over and over again, and I get so many compliments on it when I wear it. It was perfect on a recent chilly, raining Sunday when I spent the afternoon browsing a local bookstore.
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Tips For Finding The Perfect Gift

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Although we think of December as prime gift giving season, late spring and summer offer plenty of opportunity for giving the perfect gift as well. With Father's Day, graduations, weddings, showers, birthdays, and more on the agenda, you're going to want to present the recipient with a special, unforgettable gift.

For some people, buying a gift for someone in their life is one of the most enjoyable things there is. It lets them get creative and search for a gift they will really love. Of course, for the others, it can be a serious source of stress and dread. Trying to find the right gift can often be enough to reduce many people to a puddle of anxiety. After all, what if you can't find something? What if you find something but they end up hating it or already owning it? Don't panic. The ideal gift for just about anyone in your life is out there waiting for you!
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Trendspotting: Gingham


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There isn't a print that's more quintessentially summer than gingham. It just seems to scream warm, sunny days. But if you have a mental block when it comes to wearing gingham because it conjures up images of our favorite Beverly Hillbillies Elly May and Jethro Clampett, it's time to revisit gingham.

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