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Tips for Staying FIT during the Holidays!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Food & family, what’s better than that right!? As we all are beginning to regret our holiday indulgences, just remember that winter break is among us! As the year comes to an end, I’m challenging myself to stay healthy during this holiday season! Here are a few tips I’m finding helpful and hopefully will inspire you to join me as well!

1. WAKE UP and GO! – Waking up a little bit earlier than usual to get a head start on the day can really help you out! Mornings are perfect for a calm and relaxing jog or walk to wake up your muscles. You get your workout in and have plenty of time for getting all the busy holiday stuff done during the day!

2. Use yourself, not the gym! – Gyms can be intimidating if you are not used to working out on a daily basis, but to stay healthy high-tech, state-of-the-art machines aren’t necessary! Use your own bodyweight to work yourself out. Push-ups, crunches, squats, and jumping jacks here and there is all you need (or even try lifting leftover cans of cranberry sauce and gravy ☻)

3. Don’t deprive yourself from holiday meals! – With all of the tasty treats on the holiday table, it’s hard not to give in! You should never deprive yourself from enjoying your favorite  holiday foods. Eat up, but limit yourself to one serving. Once you’re done, put the rest in a container and slide it in the fridge. You’ll be less likely to dig in for seconds when the food is already put away.

Until next time…

– Mariano

Notes From The 6 Train: Thankful for Thanksgiving

How was your Thanksgiving!?

I hope it was spectacular as mines. This Thanksgiving was particularly special as I got to spend it with my best friend in Boston.

No, that's not what you think. It just seems red cups are the only readily available cups on college campuses. (go figure)

No, that’s not what you think. It seems red cups are the only readily available cups on college campuses. (go figure)

After the four hour ride at 2 am in the morning I arrived to Boston just as it began to snow. I am not a fan of snow primarily because it’s a indicator of just how cold it is outside, but I didn’t mind the snow this time. It was my very first white holiday (white as opposed to brown that often results after snow has been trampled on). This was the first time I’ve cooked traditional Thanksgiving food. I prepared dinner with my best friends from Atlanta who go to school in Boston.


I traveled to Boston for Thanksgiving, despite the freezing cold, to be surrounded by people who love me. With all the craziness and let downs (specifically of our judicial system and the recent rulings of the murders of Micheal Brown and Eric Garner) I’ve been in less than a joyful spirit. In fact, I’ve been extremely frustrated and sad, so taking a momentary break from it was necessary for my sanity.


I felt extremely grateful to spend Thanksgiving with long life friends to cook a number of fantastic dishes, we prepared macaroni and cheese, kale, cornbread, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and an orange, cinnamon & apple cider drink. The best part was that it was all vegetarian. (Yay!, I literally went around replacing chicken stock with vegetarian broth so that I could eat it. Sometimes, you have to be proactive.) We brought of all our food to a huge potluck to dine, play cards and spend hours conversing until the wee hours of the morning. I go to experience a piece of home in Boston and get a few days to recharge. I hope you did too.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Thanksgiving Emotions

Thanksgiving is one of the most emotional holidays in my opinion.  By emotional, I mean there is a total range of emotions that fluctuate before, during, and after Thanksgiving.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Keep reading/watching as I take you through the endless hysteria happiness that is Thanksgiving.

Sitting in class the week of Thanksgiving:

Packing your bags to go home:

Getting on the bus/plane/train/car:

Seeing your family/pets for the first time in ____ weeks/months

And then the reality sets in….

Smelling the food and preparing yourself

Smelling the food in the oven

During the feast…

40 minutes post-feast

Happy feasting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York City is one of the largest cultural centers in the world. There is always something going on, and often it is limited to New York. When I was a kid my parents would always take my brothers and me to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as to see the balloons get blown up the night before. Once we moved to Westchester, we stopped going so I hadn’t been in a long time. This year a friend of mine was visiting from England and I realized that The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a New York tradition and I had to take him to see the giant characters float between skyscrapers. The dorms are only a few blocks away from the parade route, so it was incredibly easy to just walk over on Thanksgiving morning. There were huge crowds of tourists and New Yorkers alike when we got there, but we were actually able to get pretty good spots! I will say that there are a few advantages to just watching the parade on T.V. though; no frozen toes for one thing, and the announcers telling you who the celebrity on the floats are can be helpful.

New York is home to several amazing wintertime traditions. There is ice skating (at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Central Park), the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, seeing the amazing department store windows, and snuggling up with a piping hot mug of hot chocolate (Sarabeth’s anyone?). But they are all distinctly New York so don’t miss out!


Thanksgiving goodies

Hello all! Happy Holidays! Even though thanksgiving was yesterday there’s so much that happened, and so much to be thankful for. Today of course was black Friday and like the nut that I am I went out at 11 last night and waited in a line for ….. KATE SPADE! My absolute favorite store in the entire world. I went to the Jersey Shore outlets, which had amazing sales.. but I didn’t even get close to the door because I wasn’t waiting all day long. So now I am going to do Cyber Monday! ( this is my first one) I don’t have any tips yet but I will once I experience it.

So back to thanksgiving I had quite an interesting one, usually my family and I stay at home and my mom cooks everything, YUM! But this year I had the pleasure of being able to go to this beautiful thanksgiving lunch at an old mansion in Shrewsbury, NJ called the Shadowbrook.

Walking up to the doors I literally felt like royalty. As I approached the doors they drew me in, I couldn’t even open them at almost 10 feet high they made me feel like I was a baby again looking up at a door that I couldn’t open. Then I was able to walk through this beautiful area filled with all kinds of fall things like flowers and leaves and pumpkins, it could have taken your breathe away ( You weren’t aloud to take pictures though:( ). But I found one online. So  then they took our coats and directed us to the table at which we were sitting next to this beautiful view of the garden where they normally host weddings. Sitting there I couldn’t believe at one point someone actually lived in this mansion , this place was so big for the forty people sitting in there let alone only four. The walls all filled with beautiful antique wood and guided mirrors. The tables were dressed with the most beautiful flowers and silverware that you could ever imagine ( I truly felt like a princess). As we proceeded to settle in they then directed us to the buffet, which had everything and anything you could think of. Huge shrimp, the biggest pieces of ham and turkey I think I have ever seen in my life, all kinds of seafood and even sushi all freshly made. My mouth was watering I didn’t know what to go for first, I didn’t want to look like I never experienced this before. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw the DESERT ROOM, I think I nearly passed out! haha Deserts are my absolute favorite so I quickly filled my plate and rushed back to the table to eat, I was stuffed but I needed to experience that desert room! I think i was the first one finished and I didn’t want to be rude so I went up again for seconds, but I ended up just pushing food around to make it look like I was eating. Then it was time to go for desert there was everything pumpkin pie, chocolate covered everything, Ice cream, and just about every pie you could ever imagine, I pretty much grabbed one of each thing. I ate and ate till I nearly threw up, but it was totally worth it and I would do it again in a heart beat.

But suddenly it was time to go and see my family, my fairy tale was coming to an end. We quickly drove about 30 minutes on the parkway back to my house to meet with my brother, sister in law, mom and dad to have our dinner. Every year my mom makes this sweet potato casserole that is the best thing I ever tasted in my life I wait for it every year all year long. I was so embarrassed to bring my friend to my house after that extravagant outing with his family , but sometimes home made is better. We arrived a little late and my mom was about to bring out the food when we got to my house, we said our hellos and got right to eat, I tried so hard to eat all my moms food after all that food I just ate but I couldn’t do it! Thinking about it now even though our thanksgiving was small and just at our dining room table it made me realize what I am truly thankful for and that’s my family and my amazing friends that I surround myself with. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am without them. Sometimes just being at home with those few people mean more to you then anything else ever could. So I guess what I’m trying to say is Happy thanksgiving 🙂 What are you thankful for? Do you have any traditions you follow every year? Did you do anything different?

And yes every year for every holiday my dad needs a hat, so here’s this years stay tuned for the Christmas hatt!

Happy Holidays!- Kailee