Bethenny

Day in NY to See Bethenny!

My Mom called me last week asking if I wanted to go with her to Bethenny’s talk show. Being the Bravo housewife fanatic that I am, and having NEVER been to the live-taping of a show, I immediately took her up on her offer! The show she got tickets to was filming on Wednesday afternoon, so I took the day off. I rarely take a day off, but could not pass up the fun opportunity & a day spent with my Mom :).

I drove to my parents house Tuesday night since we were going to be leaving very early the next morning [and so I could do the 80 loads of laundry that had been sitting in my bedroom for weeks].

After a late night & an early wake up call, I was grateful for the train station that was right around the corner from our home. It worked out perfectly [a direct ride with no transfers to Grand Central, yes please!]

Tweeting selfies to #BethennyTV on the train!
Tweeting selfies to #BethennyTV on the train! We look alright for 8:00am, no?

We got into the city around 10/10:30 & grabbed a quick breakfast before heading over to the CBS studios. Quick side note- I really love New York [and believe me, this is a fairly recent love]. Being there in the middle of the week is such a treat, it’s like a completely different world. I’d like to live in the city at some point in my life. Ok, back to the day. So, we got to the studios and had to wait outside for a bit so that they could prep for the show & dismiss the audience from the earlier taping.

Obviously, this was the perfect opportunity to snap some pictures.
Obviously, this was the perfect opportunity to snap some pictures.

Once we got through security, there was more waiting & shuffling around – which was cool because we got to see some fun parts of the studio…

BET people running all over the place
BET people running all over the place
Had to snap a picture of the CBS This Morning sign. Mike's video was on this show, did you see it? ;)
Had to snap a picture of the CBS This Morning sign. Mike’s video was on this show, did you see it? 😉

We finally made it onto the set which was really adorable! My Mom spotted quite a few HomeGoods pieces haha.

Pano shot!
Pano shot!

We couldn’t take pictures during the taping [bummer] so I tried to snap a few before everything began.

Sometimes she come's on set from a place of YES. Wasn't the case this day, she entered from the back & spent the entire show in the audience.
Sometimes she come’s on set from a place of YES. Wasn’t the case this day, she entered from the back & spent the entire show in the audience.
Pink & purple set lights! *I need a tan!!* My Mom still has a great glow from her 2-week Floridian escape :)
Pink & purple set lights! *I need a tan!!* My Mom still has a great glow from her 2-week Floridian escape 🙂

We didn’t think that there would be any exciting guests, but we we’re pleasantly surprised! The show featured a panel with 4 “celebrity guests” Charlemagne Tha God from Guy Code, Bevy Smith from Bravo’s Fashion Queens & two others who I was SO excited to see: Tracy DiMarco from Jerseylicious & N*Sync royalty, Lance Bass! 🙂

They taped for about an hour and there was SO much audience participation. I didn’t answer any Q’s because I’m kind of shy & really didn’t have much to say haha, but nearly EVERYONE in front, behind & to the left & right of us did – so watch for us wallflowers on TV when the episode airs 😉

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3/4  of the guests! Source
Charlemagne with some fans after the show (everyone else ran out of there!) He apparently got himself into some trouble on her show before & he definitely didn't hold back on this episode!
Charlemagne -center – with some fans after the show (all of the other celebs  ran out of there!) He apparently got himself into some trouble on her show before & he definitely didn’t hold back on this episode!

After the show, we made our way to a cute little French spot for lunch! My Mom had a Croque Monsieur [my fave!] and I had a yummy ham, mushroom, swiss & bechamel crepe. It was such a cute little find & everything was so good!

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Jumbo crepe! I was excited that I was able to bring 1/2 home for another meal!
Jumbo crepe! I was excited that I was able to bring 1/2 home for another meal!

We made our way back to Grand Central after lunch [transportation with a deadline stresses me out, I’m always terrified of missing the train/plane/bus, and believe me, it’s happened before]! But we made it with plenty of time. We stopped at the Magnolia Bakery in GC to grab a coffee & cupcake for the ride home.

Cafe Mocha - yum!
Cafe Mocha – yum!
We saved these for until we got home! A coconut for Mom & a red velvet for me :)
We saved these for until we got home! A coconut for Mom & a red velvet for me 🙂

It was a really fun day – we had a lot of laughs! I’m happy to be home, in my jammies, with my feet up as I write this! As much as I love NY, it always takes so much out of me. I’m ready for a good nights sleep before going back to work tomorrow!

Have you ever been to the taping of a talk show? Who did you see?

Bikini Bod on the Brain

Hi All!

So glad I finally have a few minutes to post. Work has been beyond busy, there have been a lot of family and friend events recently, I’ve been super committed to my 3 week diet/exercise plan, and I’ve been sick the past few days! It’s been a horrible combination for blogging; but hopefully I can get back on track!

I wanted to re-cap my efforts of my goal to get in shape before Memorial Day weekend (ahh only 5 days left)!

So I bought Bethenny’s book, Naturally Thin for some inspiration! I’ve been reading it regularly and picked up some great tips, but over all I don’t know if I could fully adapt to her methods of eating…it honestly sounds like she barely eats! Regardless, it’s an interesting perspective.

I’ve upped my exercise trying to do some arms/legs/butt/abs and cardio everyday. I picked up some new hand weights and have been using them regularly. I try to work out every night- out of the last 2 weeks I’ve only skipped 2 work out days!

I’ve been pre-cooking and packaging all of my meals and snacks. In the morning I’ve been eating a hard boiled egg or an egg white muffin! I found this recipe and loved it- especially because they can be frozen for the week. Mix egg whites, green peppers, black pepper (add any veggies you’d like), pour into greased muffin tins- bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Freeze and heat up in the morning 🙂

You got a peek into my healthy snack prep a couple weeks ago, but I’ve extended to non-refridgerated items as well: peanuts, dried fruits, multi-grain chips, etc.

I’m a frozen food/veggies fanatic lately! I use them for lunch and dinner. I’ve been making salads with a veggie burger or chik patty with vegetables, hard boiled eggs, walnuts, etc, and hot dishes with eggplant, squash, zucchini, onions, shitake mushrooms, black beans, broccoli, and organic salsa.

Results have totally been paying off- I even picked up 2 new bikinis 🙂

Props to Old Navy- I have such a hard time finding a swimsuit that fits properly, I always need to shop at stores that sell separates, and even then I struggle, but this suit is amazing! The cut on the top fits so well!
This one is a little flashy, and definitely has less coverage, but I love it 🙂 I’ve been looking for a metallic/silvery suit forever!

I plan to continue my efforts, and definitely up my game the next few days! I like setting a goal and seeing it through. I’m not dropping the ball on this one!

And as always…a picture of my current mani 😉

Forever 21 Polish- no name on it though :-/

This polish is crazy! It appears neon orange, neon pink, and red in different lights!

So many people have told me they’re currently trying new diet and exercise plans, how are you getting ready for the bikini season?

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