FitCityFamily Features: Brittan Leiser from AdvisHER

Brittan Leiser is a Financial Advisor with One Seven, a Registered Investment Advisor in Beachwood, Ohio, and the creator of ‘AdvisHer’, a financial blog written specifically for women. Brittan created AdvisHER after realizing that so many of her female clients had similar concerns and questions about their finances. These women all were smart, accomplished, and successful in their own ways, but felt completely intimidated when discussing anything relating to finance. AdvisHer is designed to serve as an empowering, educational, and less overwhelming way for women to learn more about the wonderful world of personal finance.

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Staying Aligned in the New Year

New Year’s reflections - I am a huge fan. As 2018 comes to an end, I have spent some time reflecting on the great times, the I-could-have-done-without-that-but-thanks experiences, the straight up ugly crying moments, and all of the beautiful lessons learned along the way.  Charles Dickens summed up this year so eloquently -- “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” I think it is safe to say that 2018 had a lot of ups and downs for all of us, but we made it.

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How to Maintain Gut Health While Traveling

Noticed when you travel your stomach can feel bloated and uncomfortable? Me too. Traveling usually means being off your normal routine + eating different foods at different times, which can lead to irregularity and discomfort. We’ve rounded up the top 3 ways to maintain gut and digestive health while traveling.

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More Festive than My Red Mood-Changing Nail Polish

February 10, 2014. The day I fell in love. Senior year of college, I discovered the Weight Watchers cake when my best friend’s mom (I love you, Mrs. Klem!) made one for my friend’s 22nd birthday party.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this delicious creation -- it consists of combining a box of cake mix with a diet soda of your choice. By forgoing the eggs and oil, you are creating a lower calorie cake, thus hitting less Weight Watchers points. Although I don’t follow WW, this cake has been a hit among friends and family, and has worked its way into many birthdays and celebrations. For the past six years I have been tweaking the recipe by using different beverages of choice, such as Henry’s Hard Sparkling Soda (desperate times - but also delicious) and on more festive occasions, champagne, because #adulting.

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Self-Care with Aligned Modern Health

Let’s talk about self-care for a second.

In my yoga classes, I often ask people to think about how many instances per week they dedicate at least an hour of time to themselves. Without the distractions of text messages, email, social media, television, or even other people. An hour to be present with YOU, whatever that may mean.

And now I’ll ask you.

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10 Tips for Healthier Travel

Air travel sucks… Flying messes with your circadian rhythms as you shift time zones, increases stress hormones, is uncomfortable, and raises your risk of blood clots.  It’s also dehydrating and your risk of getting sick from flying is actually pretty high. Because air gets filtered from the front of the plane to the back, your risk is even higher in economy class. The human body just wasn’t designed to be inches away from dozens of other humans, breathing the same air in a metal tube six miles above the surface of the earth.

Here’s how to manage during this holiday season.

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Paleo Pumpkin Bread with Collagen Peptides

Feeling haunted by the bowls of candy and treats that pop up everywhere you turn? It may be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to derail your health goals by eating bags and bags of candy because it’s the “one” day a year it doesn’t count. We thought we’d share some tips that are helping us stick to the healthy eating patterns that make us feel our best PLUS a recipe that we’re happy to “indulge” in this time of year.

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FitCityFamily Features: ChiTourGuide

Meet Alex & Jordan of @ChiTourGuide, a fitness & wellness blog + instagram created by two Chicago girls looking to inspire other women to lead a balanced lifestyle. They aim to show their REAL lives - the good, the bad, and the crazy - to inspire others to live their best life. Get the full scoop on the inspiration behind their blog, their go-to ways to stay fit, and their favorite ways to indulge!

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The Glorification of BUSY + Easy Protein Smoothie Recipe

You are enough. You do enough. You have enough.

How can you actively tune into that feeling of abundance, fullness, ENOUGHness (it’s not a word, but you get it). The glorification of being busy is so overrated. Instead of measuring our success by full calendars and fat bank accounts, let’s redefine what it means to be, do, and have enough. We’ve compiled a few tips for doing so in this blog post.

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3 Products for a Healthier, Happier Home

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you begin each day and where you celebrate what you’ve accomplished at the end of it. [If you’re like me and often work from home, it’s where you get to spend the middle part of your day too!]

We all know the importance of keeping our homes clean—but are you aware that most of those cleaning products we grew up with are doing more harm than good? Toxic ingredients and impurities frequently found in cleaning products have been linked to cancer, asthma, and reproductive issues.

If we’ve already freaked you out and you’re tearing through the cabinet under the sink to chuck products into the garbage, take a breath. We know it is majorly overwhelming to do a complete overhaul of all those toxic products, so we wanted to bring you our shortlist of brands that you should know. These companies are all about making healthier, happier homes—for the safety and well-being of you and your family.

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FitCityFamily Features: Daryn Schwartz of The Space Between

Welcome to our #FitCityFamily Features Series! We are excited to introduce you to some of the names we love in the health and wellness sphere.

Our featured guests all share our passion for health, fitness, acceptance and affinity for building community. They are movers, shakers, & inspirers. And we think you should know who they are!

First up is our friend Daryn Schwartz, founder and CEO of The Space Between Yoga, Chicago’s newest yoga studio. She’s living out her dream of opening a yoga studio, but we’ll let her dish on all the details…

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For the Love of the Pumpkin

It is officially the first day of Fall and I am writing this from the Colectivo patio where I am enjoying my almond milk latte with a shot of pumpkin spice and the best pumpkin cranberry muffin in town. Autumn weekends in Chicago, need I say more?

I, similar to most, have an affinity for seasonal things – specifically anything in the realm of pumpkin spice.  As soon as LDW hits, I find myself trying to incorporate pumpkin into just about anything I do. Pumpkin coffee orders, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin Rx Bars, pumpkin candles, you name it, I am here for it.

Thankfully, I am blessed to have a sweet friend who shares my same affinity for pumpkin. So much so, in fact, that she has her own blog centered around all things pumpkin. Enter, Maggie Michalczyk, better known as @onceuponapumpkin. For those of you who are not familiar with Maggie, you’ve been missing out.

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