Saturday, February 16, 2019

I Answer My Most Asked Question!


This post is sponsored by Sweat Coin, and all opinions and experiences are mine and mine alone!

Staying Fit & Healthy!!


Hello everyone I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. As most of you know on Instagram I’m known as the Dessert Diva, I also have a crazy sweet tooth. Eating sweets is literally a hobby of mine, and one question I have gotten many times over is what I do to keep in shape? How do you keep yourself at the size you are now and eat so many sweets and high calorie items? Well I’ve decided to finally answer that question, but let’s not get it twisted I’m by no means a fitness blogger or health fanatic, I just stick to my daily routine to keep myself fit and healthy. Heart disease and high blood pressure also run in my family, so it’s best just to do what I can to prevent those issues. As I always say prevention is much better than reaction. There are a few tools that I keep at my disposal, these few things assure that I always get in a good workout.



#1 The right workout gear, I know you’re thinking what is she talking about? Well think about it, you definitely aren’t wearing an aerobic shoe for running. You have to have the right gear for the right activities, I also know that when I wear gear I look and feel amazing in, it always puts me in the mood to put out my best which gives me the best results. 

#2 You MUST remain consistent, because consistency is the key to good results. I definitely recommend that you make a workout schedule and stick to it NO MATTER WHAT!! It’s the constant hard work that conditions your body to get to a healthy place and remain there as long as you keep putting the work in. 

#3 A good fitness watch and (or) app, I use an both an Apple Watch, the Nike fitness app. It was the first one that I ever used and liked because it gave me very specific and detailed info about my runs. The apps make a record of each step, the route you took, how fast you walked or ran, how many calories you burned and much much more. With these apps I’m able to keep track of all my workouts and set daily goals for myself, that way I can try and beat them the following week, or take new routes to see which is the best, or to keep it from getting boring.

#4 Last but certainly not least, in fact it’s the most important tool I use….Sweat Coin!! This app is amazing because it literally tracks each step you take and pays you for it….YES you read correctly it pays you. At the end of each day the Sweat Coin app compiles all the steps you took and I'll say it again ..pays you for them. Then once you get your desired amount you can either transfer it to your bank, your PayPal or use it towards some of the amazing offers that have from day to day on the app. 


My daily routine consists of my morning run which is 3 big laps of the 5 blocks that surround my neighborhood, one lap is about a mile. I remember when I started I could barely run the one block, I had to stop and walk a few times before I could finish. (I also realized #1 that I needed the right running shoes and running gear. If you don't have the right shoes with the right support you can start to get muscle injuries and much much more). Now when the laps are done I push myself to run just a little bit more, eventually my plan is to get up to 5 miles per run and I’m not that far off. Then there's my evening workout, I do a simple cardio routine for anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes long, depending on how I feel. I always make sure to get it in well before I eat dinner, I don’t know why that is but it’s just always been my schedule so I’ve stuck with it. Remember consistancy is the key! My next cardio goal is 20 minutes, and I know if I’m determined enough that I can definitely do it as long as I stick to my guns, wear the right footwear/active gear, and let’s not forget.. "Keep my Sweat Coin active". Even if you don’t run like I do you can still use Sweat Coin because it’s counting your daily steps which you’ll be making regardless, so why not get paid for them. 
At the end of each day I love to look at the app and see how many steps i took. With each day that passes I push myself in simple ways like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking a little further away from the entrance so I have to walk a bit more. It’s amazing how this app pushes me to be the best version of me that I can. 


       



It’s super easy to use, just grab the Sweat Coin app here: https://sweatco.in
Sign up and wallah the app does the rest, all you have to do is get those feet moving.

Well I hope I didn’t bore you guys too much with my daily workout deets, I just wanted to answer one of thee most asked questions that I get. If you have any questions about me feel free to ask them below, who knows maybe I’ll answer your question next. 
Have a Fabulous Weekend Dolls and Remember to Treat Yo’Self!!

PS…Don’t forget to check out todays Dessert Diva post on Instagram, every Saturday I post an amazing ice-cream cone shot from one of the delish ice-cream spots in my area. 
Don't forget to follow and turn on my notifications because I have some HUGE giveaways running as we speak and to come...right now someone has the chance to win a 4 night/5 day vacation to Maldives. Then there are 4 other winners for stuff like an iPhone x, and lots of cash!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

#GIVEAWAY TIME BABY


~GIVEAWAY DETAILS!~
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I have teamed up with a handful of other amazing bloggers to give one person 1 of 3 amazing prizes!!

1. iPhone 8, open to any carrier, 64gb in rose gold. 
or
2. A Kate Spade Bag & Apple Watch
or
 3. $600 PayPal Cash!!

Which one will you choose?? 


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Brunch on The Avenue & A GIVEAWAY!


Love me a Good Sunday Brunch!


There is a great little spot in Hampden called The Food Market, all in all it's not that far from me. I would say its about 15-20 minutes from my house in Randallstown/Owings Mills. It's one of my favorite spots, not to mention is flippin' amazing, they have thee best brunch menu EVER! Now don't get me wrong they have an amazing dinner menu as well, from Mon-Fri they don't open until 5pm, then on the weekends they open at 9am. There is a full bar and mind you the drinks are relish, i got the one above which is called Bohemian Raspberry. I like my cocktails fruity and sweet, it's just better when they go down yummy, who wants to choke down a drink that tastes utterly horrible? I want to taste and enjoy it, not force it down whilst I make a cringed up face and most liquor does that in my case unless it's cut with something sweet. Are you the same way??...I'd love to know in the comments. Back to the food, Rob and I started out with the soft pretzels and beer cheese, now keep in mind tis is what they're known for...and now I know why!! the pretzels where soft and buttery and the cheese was thick rich and tasty, such a perfect match.


Then for the mains I ordered the Peruvian Cheesteak which is made up of fork pull short rib, smothered in cheese and lots of yummy fried onions and red peppers on a soft sub roll, topped with jalapeños and sided with fresh fries. It’s  an absolute master piece that I will be going back for many times over,. Rob ordered the chicken and biscuits, which he ate every bite of mind you. We never leave The Food Market hungry or unhappy, and it seems we aren't the only ones that feel this way because they're always packed no matter what time you go in. I'll give you a tip, make a reservation or you will be waiting to get a table.




After brunch we walked down to The Creamery to grab an ice cream, we decided to grab the newest flavor Baltimore In A Box...WOW was it good!! They always have amazing sweets, i love their hot chocolates as well, i like to top mine with one of their amazing homemade caramel marshmallows. 
You know I have a crazy sweet tooth and while I constantly say... "It's always a good time for ice-cream", it was a little insane today being it was six degrees. Let's just say it was more than cold shooting the ice-cream and omg super windy so it felt even colder. Sadly not long after this shot the wind blew the cherry right off the ice cream onto the ground, it was about then I decided enough ice cream pictures...lol!! Well I hope you guys enjoyed my Sunday brunch escapades, but done't go yet I have a surprise for you, just scroll down for more!!




IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

~Yes it’s time for another out of this world giveaway!~ 
I have teamed up with a handful of amazing bloggers to give one lucky winner 
the choice of an iPhone 8 0r $600 PayPal cash!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Our Weekend Getaway to Virginia!!

Virginia Here We Come!


Nothing like a relaxing weekend full of fabulousness, it's always a MUST to just get away and recharge, there's no better place to do so than Virginia. We arrived on Friday afternoon and left on Sunday evening, that way we were able to enjoy the whole weekend. We stayed at Lansdowne Resort & Spa, located on Woodbridge Parkway in Leesburg. We chose Lansdowne because of their amazing pet friendly atmosphere, obviously you know we took Piper along so it was important that they welcomed her as well. If you let them know at the front desk that you have a pup joining you they will bring you a pet bed, bowls ect, they even have a pet area called Bark Park for the pups to enjoy some time outdoors. 



The rooms are spacious, bright and clean, not to mention the beds are super comfy. I really think Piper enjoyed the decor, as you can see she made sure she checked out every single bit of it...lol! She ate up all of the attention she got from the friendly staff, they were there to help with whatever we needed. The hotel sat on a huge property with a beautiful golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a huge fire pit for s'mores, a spa, a gym, restaurants, stores and much much more. We spent most of the first evening wandering around exploring everything on the property.





When our stomachs started growling we began searching for a great dinner spot. I found a local restaurant called Lightfoot, it was about 15 minutes from the hotel. As usual we had no idea where to eat so I took to google to see what was good. I'm so glad we discovered Lightfoot because the food was absolutely amazing. I ordered the short rib and Rob ordered the filet mignon. Let's just put it this way, we were both linking our fingers when we were done. Everything looked beautiful, was cooked to perfection and full of flavor, I even had the pleasure of meeting the owner/cook who was more than amazing. She makes sure each plate that comes out is just how it should be and that really says something. We enjoyed the food so much that we went back for brunch on the following Sunday which was just as spectacular. Lightfoot is located on N.King Street in Leesburg, the next time you are in the area for dinner or brunch I recommend them 200%, you are going to LOVE the food.


By the time we got back to the hotel we were more than stuffed and ready for some rest, and boy did we get it. Both Rob, Piper and I slept soundly and comfortably all night until 7am when we woke to start the day. We had a day planned out at Stone Tower Winery which is only a 15-20 minute drive from the hotel, it's located just atop of Hogback Mountain in a stunning location. The view was amazing as you can see from the pictures below, we couldn't enjoy the outdoors like we wanted due to the cold weather so we definitely plan to go back in the summer months. 







We took part in a tasting tour that was so insightful and fun, we got the 411 from Kevin Chung aka @TheWineProfessor check him out on Instagram. He can answer just about any question you have when it comes to wine, I know Rob and I asked him a ton while we were with him. He walked us through the entire facility, showed us some of their 75 acres of vines, the barrel rooms, and shared some really spectaular bottles with us. Everything was clean and well taken care, and wow was it packed with people. They have a variety of nibbles in the Harvest Barn like local and imported cheeses, fresh chibatta, crackers, and artisan chocolate. On Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday they have wood-fired pizza. and last but certainly not least there is the gelato, yassssss I said gelato. I got myself a mint chocolate chip gelato and a hot cup of cocoa.




I almost forgot to tell you guys, Stone Tower has a wine club that offers a ton of "members only" discounts, events, tastings and much much more. Check out their website (Stone Tower Website) for more info, the clubhouse has thee best laid back feel with a cozy ambiance. I'm a bit bummed they aren't closer because I would definitely be visiting on a regular basis, we really enjoyed our time at Stone Tower. As you can see Piper more than enjoyed it as well, she always loves exploring new places, she's the most curious soul you will ever meet. 


When it was time to leave Stone Tower we were more than exhausted, so the bed back at Lansdowne was calling our names. We stopped at DC Prime for dinner on our way back to the hotel, they have thee best french onion soup. For a main course I ordered the roasted chicken, and Rob the salmon, kinda backwards to order everything but steak at a steakhouse. That's us though, always a bit off...lol!



Before we knew it Sunday morning crept up on us and it was time to start heading home, all in all it was great weekend that I recommend 100%. It's the best way to slow down and recharge, plus Virginians are so sweet and friendly. As I told you guys we stopped back into Lightfoot for brunch before we headed back home to Baltimore. The whole trip went smoothly thanks to Mitsubishi Motors, we got a beautiful new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Recenetly we've been car shopping because this year we plan to get a new car, what better way to test one out than take it on a road trip for the weekend. It handled beautifully and wow was it comfortable, we are more than considering the Outlander. It has a sleek body style and plenty of room inside, so all of my camera equipment and luggage fit perfectly. it just made the whole trip that much more enjoyable, even Piper took to the idea of a new car, she was more than comfy riding shotgun..lol!! I definitely feel us becoming a Mitsubishi family very very soon.




I hope you enjoyed our little weekend road trip, I would love to hear about any great spots you have been too. We're always looking for fun new places to visit and explore, so your recommendations will be more than welcomed. I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!!


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pumpkin Patch Perfection!


Fall Vibes Rock!

We had an amazing time at Laugher's Orchard last week, it was so full of fun things to eat, pick and see...not to mention pet! It's a huge orchard/farm not far from my house in Westminster Md, they grow every kind of fruit and vegetable you can think of, then they have different times of the year that you can come and pick them. Peaches, apples, pumpkins, berries, and much much more. Now that I know about it I definitely plan to come back next summer and enjoy their fresh strawberries and apples, yummy peaches and blackberries. They also have a little country store like atmosphere where you can buy fresh fruit already picked, fresh apple pies, homemade ice cream and so much more. Along with huge posts of beautiful mums, and halloween decor.



They also have a tiny little petting zoo area, when we walked in the gate all of the animals ...billy goats, turkeys, sheep, pheasants and a donkey all came jogging across the yard to say hello. The video of this is posted on Piper's account on Instagram -> (HERE!) They all loved sniffing Piper curiously, and wow were they all so cute and friendly. The one jumped up to get a better look at Piper and myself as you can see below. 






They billy goats where the coolest, they just loved Piper and the idea of another little furry creature in their midst, they came up and sniffed noses with her over and over. I also grabbed some of their feed from the grate and fed them for quite some time. All in all it was an amazing and super fun experience and I really loved that its only a half hour from my house. I can definitely see us making many more trips to Laugher's in the future. Even the Turkey was cool, he flew up next to us and just checked us out, animals are so cool. It always makes me smile when I see how excited Piper gets to interact with them, and because she's only 1 year old she's still much like a puppy. 


Therefore she's always getting into some kind of trouble, as you can see below she was insanely interested in seeing what the mums where all about. She sniffed them and she ate them...lol!! This is her way to check out everything, she reminds me much of a baby. I'm so glad that the rain held out but the cold surely didn't, I'm sure as you can tell by my outfit it was chilly as heck. I know when I have to pull out the North Face Fleece the cold weather has definitely set in, add a pair of Uggs and some jeggings and you have my winter uniform. I love the soft and comfy feel of winter fashion, it's by far my favorite seasonal wear, people think I'm crazy when I say fall and winter is my favorite but thats for many good reasons. A. No sweating like crazy, the heat kills me, I'm definitely not made for it. B. I love hot cocoa and comfy sweaters, boots, hats and scarves. C. I love snow and the holidays. Trust me I could go on forever, but you guys get the idea. 
I'm curious what's your favorite season??



Well I hope you guys enjoyed my little Pumpkin Patch Fun, I always love sharing these great outings with you. I have an amazing trip coming up in a couple weeks, it's all about a Weekend Getaway Trip to Virginia. It will include a beautiful Hotel & Spa, a stunning Winery, and lots of local charm and fun. It a fun and affordable trip that I think y'all will absolutely love. In the meantime have a wonderful week.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Baltimore Chef Shop!!


Absolutely love this place!!



Hey guys!! Sorry I have been a little MIA, not only is October my birth month it’s my favorite time of year because of course FALL IS FABULOUS so I have been taking a bit of a break from work to enjoy it before it's gone. I recently went to thee coolest class that I can’t wait to tell you all about, it’s a spot called Baltimore Chef Shop, located at: 807 W 36th Street, in Hampden Baltimore. It's one of the most interesting things I have done in a while and wow was it fun, first you choose from their calendar what type of class you want to take. We chose Moroccan food because it’s one of our favorites and I’ve never actually made it before, it's alway neat to learn something new. As you can see below they offer so many different options from sweet to savory, and much much more. 






Another awesome thing is you can BYOB ....yasssss!! Bring your own bottle of wine or beer, I don’t think you can bring liquor due to MD laws. The good thing about this is you can enjoy a glass of wine while you are cooking. Basically there is a whole meal set out in recipes on each table, there are two groups of 8 people. All of the needed utensils, bowls, pots, pans and plates are available and surrounded by a fully equipped, clean and modern kitchen. Then all of the fresh ingredients are set out on each table, spices, herbs ect. Each of the two groups get the same recipes, so both groups are cooking the same meal. Each table/group it broken up into 4 pairs, and each pair gets a recipe to work on, that way you all work together to create this amazing meal, while the chef walks you through each step and helps make sure you don’t burn the place down ....lol!! Rob and I got the main dish which was chicken tangine with olives and lemon. Our other recipes included a tomato and chick pea soup, chermoula spiced carrots, vegetable couscous, Moroccan mint tea and Moroccan flat bread. Yassssss we made all of this in one class and did it quite well, we were all quite proud of ourselves and how great it tasted. 






The team we got was phenomenal, the chef was patient, super down to earth, and more than friendly, Rob and I literally got the coolest table of people ever to work with. This is the best part about the whole thing, because you’re all working together as a team to create this big meal together you all become friends in the process then you break bread together, or at least we did at our table. We drank, laughed, cooked and ate together, it was a more than fabulous experience. So much so that I definitely plan on going again. Did I mention the food turned out ahhhhhhhmazing? I have to say I recommend Baltimore Chef Shop, it was a more than awesome experience.






For more info on upcoming classes, pricing and more just check out their website https://www.baltimorechefshop.com, or give them a call at 443-869-5121. Just tell them Dana sent you, i know you will love these classes if you go. Well I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did attending, if you have any questions feel free to ask away.  
Also keep an eye on my IG for video and posts on stories, there will be much more coming up.

PS....What class would you choose? 
I would love some ideas for my next one.

Have a wonderful week Dolls!