New Mom Beauty Must Haves


You're exhausted, tired, drained and the last thing you probably want to think about is putting on a full face of makeup to feel good. I have some quick tips and products that will brighten up your face and have you feeling like a new person in 5 min!  Throw these products in your hospital bag or on your vanity table for an instant boost. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir- Great for any skin type. A few spritzes of the lightweight mist is all you need to wake up your skin and feel alive again. It will give you an instant radiance and tighten the appearance of pores. The invigorating scent is formulated with essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. Use before, during and after makeup application or alone. Formulated without toxins like parabens, sulfates and phthalates.  


**NEW** Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara- If there is one thing I can not live without it's mascara. Mascara will do wonders for your eyes and face. Using mascara instantly opens your eyes and helps you look more awake. This one from Wander Beauty has a curved wand to bring more oomph to your lashes by lifting and curling at the same time. The peach leaf extract helps to condition and nourish your delicate lashes for a flake-free look. (To open up the eyes even more, use a lash curler. My favorite is from Kevyn Aucoin.) This product is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, fragrance, and gluten.  


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50-This is a great product because it "kills three birds with one stone." Perfect for a quick application with just your finger tips to color correct, moisturize and protect your skin against sun. It creates a flawless coverage and instantly camouflages any imperfections. Easily pick your shade from the five different colors and you are good to go! 


Burt's Bee's Tinted Lip Balm- Just a hint of color is all you need to brighten up your face and Burt's Bees gets the job done with it's 100% natural, nourishing lip balm. it makes lips super soft and feel like satin. This balm is inexpensive and comes in six every day shades certain to match any lip tone.  


Honest Beauty Creme Blush- Small, compact and completely portable. Apply the cream blush with your fingertips to the apples of your cheeks to create a natural flushed look in a flash. The blush is creamy and blendable for easy on the go look. 

I hope you found these tips and products helpful!  
 
Guest Blog Post: Denise Del Russo/Professional Makeup Artist/Healthy Beauty Columnist at DIVAlicious.NYC
 

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Posted on February 17, 2017 and filed under Beauty, Lifestyle.

Fitness Files: McCullough Shriver, founder of Sweetflexx

McCullough Shriver is the founder and creator of Sweetflexx, the Innovative resistance leggings is perfect for the person who is passionate about changing their lives and reaching their fitness goals inside and outside the gym. These Yale tested leggings prove that you can burn up to an extra 255 calories. Naturally, I gravitated to these leggings facing more of a time crunch these days as a new mom. Continue reading to learn more about McCullough and his love for fitness. 

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

McCullough Shriver (MS): Ever since I could walk, sports has always been a part of my life. However, once I graduated from college and the sports career was over, my appetite remained. It's been a battle ever since! Intense lifting and training were a major part of my life when I was playing sports, but now that that phase is over, my training has been more focused on promoting overall health. 

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?

MS: Smoothies are always a great start to the day, as for snacks (something I always need!), I've found plain vegetables to be awesome! There's nothing better than grabbing a pack at the grocery store and having them around throughout the day.

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 

MS: I always try to learn something new which keeps the mind young and fresh. I often learn more by reminding myself that it's better to know nothing than to know everything. This keeps me focused on asking questions, listening to others and being the student. As for motivation, it's really about limiting the bad choices. It's very easy to choose a fast food meal, but with it come the consequences. 

NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?

MS: Full body exercises on the bosu ball are my favorites. I like to focus on a certain movement with weight while still maintaining balance. This recruits various muscle groups to fire and intensifies the workout. Working with a lighter weight reduces the risk of injury and the high rep count is great for toning. 

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Posted on February 15, 2017 and filed under AskNadia, Fitness, Fitness Files, Fitness Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Interview, Tips.

The Benefits of Rose Water

Why not give the gift of roses with a twist this Valentine's Day? Rose water first caught my attention when I heard that Jennifer Lopez sips on this fountain of youth beverage but I figured it was something that A-listers do and I didn't give it a second thought.  It wasn't until I was stocking up on my health must-haves on LuckyVitamin.com that concept of rose water was brought to my attention again.  After a little bit of research, I decided to order a box of this unique beverage once I learned the number of health and beauty benefits that come from rose water when applied to the skin and consumed.

1. Rosewater helps maintain the skin's pH balance, and also controls excess oil. If you have oily skin the rosewater spray and beverage is the perfect combination. 

2. Rose water helps hydrate and keep skin moisturized, try a light spritz throughout the day and post workout.

My latest beauty must-haves from Lucky Vitamin

My latest beauty must-haves from Lucky Vitamin

3. Rose water contains various vitamins: A, C, E, and B.

4. Due to rose waters antibacterial properties, it helps to heal scars, cuts, and wounds.

5. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

6. Studies have said that rose water is great for depression as well as for those with sore throats. 

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Posted on February 14, 2017 and filed under Beauty, Fitness Lifestyle, Healthy, Lifestyle, NMFITTIPS, Tips.

Fitness Files: Lisa Binderow, Founder of nicepipes Apparel

Lisa Binderow, is the founder of nicepipes apparel, her premiere line of performance fabric athletic leg & arm warmers are catching the attention of yoga instructors and fitness lovers everywhere. I connected to Lisa instantly when I found out her love for fitness as a mom-to-be (I just had my son December 2016). Lisa started nicepipes apparel two years ago, when she was inspired to create a women’s activewear line specializing in performance leg and arm warmers that would work for those serious about their workouts.  

The idea behind it?  Teaching yoga & running around the city in cold weather required seriously warm layers; her cropped yoga pants left her shins bare and the wool or acrylic legwarmers of the past just weren’t up to the task.  Lisa thought that if she had this problem, others must too and wanted to find a solution. So, she designed nicepipes – leg & arm warmers made from the same, awesome, sweat-wicking fabric as yoga pants so that she could have the option of wearing them before, during, and after class.  As soon as she wore her pipes around the studios her students and fellow instructors wanted their own pair of pipes…and so a business was born. Continue reading to learn more about Lisa and her love for yoga!

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

Lisa Binderow (LB): Growing up, I was always into sports and gymnastics, though it definitely fell off majorly in the college years.  I took my first yoga class at 22 and the practice really resonated with me.  Throughout my 20s I became more and more dedicated to yoga, especially after I lost my dad to cancer.  I ended up doing over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and have taught yoga and barre at the YogaWorks studios in NY.   Today I am almost 6 months pregnant so there is a lot of stretching, breathing, and definitely brisk walks on nice days to get my heart rate up! 

Nicepipes Apparel

Nicepipes Apparel

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
LB: Apple with sunflower seed butter, I'm addicted.  I am allergic to nuts so I have to avoid the almond and peanut butters, but sunflower seed butter is so delicious.  Also if I know I need to get more veggies in that day I always reach for a green juice or smoothie from the Juice Press.  The Rainforest with extra spinach and ginger is my fav!

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 
LB: I am diligent about stretching every morning for 10 mins, meditating for 10 mins, and then stretching every night before I go to sleep.  Just squeezing 5-10 mins of breathing and stretching into start and end your day can do wonders for your energy, sleep quality, and peace of mind.  


NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?
LB: SLT! I really think their workout can change your body, especially if you do it mindfully.  It made a huge difference in my glutes and hamstrings which have always been a weak spot for me.  It's a tough class but I love it.

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Booty Burn with Brooke Burke-Charvet

 

Last month I had the opportunity to workout with Brooke Burke-Charvet and learn more about her Booty Burn workout. Poise hosted a pelvic health event infusing Brooke's signature moves. The workout helps to strengthen the pelvic floor and focused on the often overlooked portion of the abdominals. 

Brooke Burke-Charvet and Nadia Murdock Fit

Brooke Burke-Charvet and Nadia Murdock Fit

This fitness event was the first one since giving birth to my son. It felt good to move my body again and be able to push myself. 

So many women suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) the event shared the best options for a women's lifestyle and body.  The event highlighted the following:

Practice Posture: Poor posture can lead to weak abdominal muscles, which in turn weaken your pelvic floor muscles. Next time you find yourself slouching in front of a computer, practice what your mother always told you and sit up straight!
Squat, but with precaution: Make sure your legs are shoulder width apart and when squatting, watch your form. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes and that you contract your pelvic muscles during the squat.
Kegels: Practice every squeeze of the pelvic muscles (for up to 10 seconds), then release and relax for the count of ten. Try to do this at least twice a day.

Such an eye opening experience!

For more information on Brooke's workout click here!

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Posted on February 6, 2017 and filed under AskNadia, Fitness, Fitness Lifestyle, Healthy, Lifestyle, Tips, Trainer, TYMCYB, Workout.

Big Game Workout

Why not switch things up today and squeeze in a workout during the Super Bowl! I am all about giving your lifestyle a healthy makeover whenever and wherever you can! NYHRC shared the perfect Big Game Workout to do with friends. It's worth a try, you will feel less guilty and sluggish when the game is over!

BIG GAME WORKOUT

Repeat each exercise 10 times for 15 minutes

Line Shuffles (Lateral Shuffles)

  • Take an athletic stance and keep your core tight.
  • Roll slightly onto the balls of your feet.
  • Laterally shuffle across the floor twice, dropping your hips and touching your outside foot with your inside arm.
  • Repeat in opposite direction, moving fast and getting as low as you possibly can.
  • To modify, instead of touching your foot, touch the outside of your knee.

Red Zone Sprints (A Skips)

  • Start by getting hyped (bounce up and down on the balls of your feet).
  • Run in place, bringing your knees into your chest. Make sure you’re skipping while running.

Touchdowns (Single Arm Planks)

  • Start in a standing position.
  • Take one hand and place it on the floor.
  • Kick out your legs so that you’re in single arm plank position.
  • Extend the arm that’s not on the floor and pull it back in towards body.
  • Jump back up to standing position.
  • Repeat, alternating arms.
  • To modify, step back one leg at a time instead of kicking both legs back simultaneously.

Thank you, JayD Dantzler, for this amazing workout! Jay is a Group Fitness Instructor and creator of GridIron Power at New York Health & Racquet Club. 

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Posted on February 5, 2017 and filed under Fitness, Fitness Lifestyle, Healthy, Lifestyle, Tips, TYMCYB, Workout.

The Perfect Snack for Super Bowl...Guilt Free!

Looking for the perfect snack on game night this weekend?  Ips Chips are packed with nutrition, a healthy alternative to your traditional everyday snack and will keep you energized while you cheer on your favorite team! Did I mention it's guilt free? 

If you are attending a Super Bowl party this weekend it can be hard to avoid the temptation that surrounds you. This is why I like to offer to bring something knowing there will be at least one healthy option for me to nosh on. 

Most people can agree that the best part of football season is the socializing with fellow football lovers and the yummy food usually associated with a football party.  It can be easy to lose track of what you’re munching on while chatting with friends and keeping an eye on the score. Ips Chips helps with making smarter decisions without depriving your taste buds! 

Most health food lovers are told by others that healthy snacks have no taste, well that is not the case with Ips! Their snacks are gluten free and come in four flavors making it easy for even the potato chip lover to dip into a bag of this yummy snack.

NMFIT and other fitness professionals are loving Ips not just for it's taste but nutrional value too!

Celebrity trainer and fitness and nutrition expert Michelle Lovitt swears by Ips Chips and Ips Pop as THE ultimate post-workout snack. She says:

Ips Chips and Ips Pop are amazing post-workout recovery snacks because they are easy to eat, taste amazing, have 6 grams of protein per serving that is rapidly absorbed by the body because it is not a solid protein, like chicken, steak or turkey, and does not need to be broken down before the body can absorb it. Ips uses whey protein which is the most rapidly absorbed protein by the body. This helps lower cortisol levels and immediately begins muscle repair. Carbohydrates are needed in conjunction with protein enabling your body to restore muscle glycogen that was depleted while you worked out. If your post workout meal doesn’t contain carbs, your body may actually instead break down muscle tissue for this same purpose.

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ACK Wraps Help Moms Get Fit and Close to Their Baby

I was excited when my friend Brittney Hope Levine introduced me to her friend Leslie Brake, the founder and creator of ACK Wrap. I wanted to find a baby wrap that was fashionable, easy to wear, and would keep my little one close to my heart during my outdoor walks.  After speaking with Leslie I wanted to learn more about how to use the ACK Wrap especially when trying to make time for fitness during a busy day. 

Nadia Murdock Fit testing out ACK Wraps

Nadia Murdock Fit testing out ACK Wraps

NMF: As a mother of two how do you find time for a workout?
ACK Wraps: Working out seems like a daunting task when you are a mother of two. With the first baby, it was easy; I just exercised when she slept (newborns sleep up to 20 hours a day!). I lost all the baby weight by three months postpartum. This time around is a whole different ball game. My two year old is down to one nap a day which is usually around two hours long. That is my window of opportunity to get after it. If the new baby is sleeping, great. I always have 8 pound weights in my house and make the most of my time, whether it be 10 minutes or an hour. If the baby isn't sleeping, my ACK Wrap lets me wear her while working out, which she loves as well! It adds an extra ten-ish pounds to my squats and lunges which is awesome. I also walk with them in the morning before taking them to the park. Briskly pushing two littles with a jogger is a great core and body workout and is a good activity for the kids. We like to point out things we see during the walk to keep my two year old engaged. I make it a reward for her to get to go to the playground after the walk if she is good during the walk. Sometimes I even mess around at the playground while she plays doing walking lunges with the stroller, push-ups on the bottom of the slide, or jumping chin-ups on the monkey bars. 

Founder and creator Leslie Webster working out with the ACK Wrap!

Founder and creator Leslie Webster working out with the ACK Wrap!

NMF: What is your favorite workout when seriously pressed for time?
ACK Wraps: My favorite workout when I am seriously pressed for time is a plank. I have a love-hate relationship with planks because I have always struggled with my core and I find them to be extremely challenging. Recently, my best friends and I were on a trip together and two of the girls did a FIVE-minute plank since we didn't have time to do a full workout that day (#goals). It is an awesome way to get your blood pumping quickly and then you can work your way up longer and longer each time. 

NMF: When you are completely stressed out how do you recenter your mind and body
ACK Wraps: When I am completely stressed out, I try to take several minutes of deep breathing in child's pose. There is something about this pose that is completely surrendering and vulnerable, yet empowering at the same time. I realized the importance of this when I started teaching my daughter to deep breathe when she gets frustrated, yet I wasn't doing the same for myself. I struggle not to internalize when I am stressed which is what I am hardwired to do, so I have come to force myself to ask for help when needed. We put so much pressure on ourselves as mothers to be perfect with so much negativity and judgment everywhere. It is important sometimes to take a step back, look at our incredible children and say, "Damn, I'm doing a great job."

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How to Get Healthier for Your Big Day

A good percentage of brides get engaged during the holiday season! Getting engaged to the love of your life is an amazing feeling. As you start planning your wedding, take a moment to plan for a happier, healthier you. Whether you want to lose weight, develop better eating habits or just have peace of mind, here are four ways to ensure you feel great before walking down the aisle.

Find a workout plan that you enjoy. Not everyone loves going to the gym, so if you enjoy running outside or dancing, do what keeps you motivated. It’s easier to keep an exercise routine when your workouts are fun.

 

Set up a meal plan. Don’t go on an extreme diet. Take this time to learn about healthy eating. Every Sunday sit down with your favorite cookbooks and recipes, pick a few and schedule your meals for the week. This includes all your main meals and snacks. After you have a meal plan ready, make a list and grocery shop for the week. A plan like this would keep you on track and teach you healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Get enough sleep. Don’t skip sleeping to stay up wedding planning. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and plan to get at least seven hours of sleep. If you can’t sleep, read a book before bed, take a warm bath or try not using your phone while in bed.

Take a “day off” from wedding planning. Take time off to de-stress, breathe and just give yourself a little bit of space from your wedding to-do list. Take a yoga class or zumba if you like dancing, go on a date with your fiance (don’t talk about the wedding) or go out with your girlfriends. The point is to set time aside for an activity that you enjoy and have fun.

Photo Credit: Matthew Kane

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Posted on January 27, 2017 and filed under Fitness, Fitness Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Tips, Workout.

Gluten-Free Lemon Almond Biscotti

I am always on the lookout for delicious guilt free food options that can be made in a jiffy and taste good too! Hampton Creek focuses on offering consumers the purest form of food, the way it should be eaten without all the yucky additives! Below is their Lemon Almond Biscotti recipe that is so easy to make. 

   

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Posted on January 25, 2017 and filed under AskNadia, Healthy, Lifestyle, Vegan, Fitness Lifestyle.