Author Archives: Ashley Flanagan

Holiday Gifts “Fit” for a Star

The holidays are here! Whether you’re celebrating the second day of Hannukah or starting your 12 day countdown to Christmas, these shiny, star-inspired gifts are sure to please any active, fitness enthusiast. 2017 has been a great year for Sweat … Continue reading

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“Namaste for the Holidays” Yoga Party

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up….Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” ~ Serena Williams I’m so THRILLED and THANKFUL after a … Continue reading

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“Warriors for Warriors” Yoga Party: Style It

“When you’re brave, you empower others around you to be brave too.” Strength was in the air as Sweat for Smilers took on yoga and healthy bites at the Sweat for Smiles “Warriors for Warriors” Yoga Party, on the Hudson … Continue reading

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Warriors for Warriors Yoga Party: Work It

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds, and their feet on the ground.” The Sweat for Smiles “Warriors for Warriors” Yoga Party, made possible by … Continue reading

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Warriors for Warriors Yoga Party

“Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is feeling the fear, the doubt, the insecurity and deciding that something else is more important.” -unknown   So grateful for all the inspiring women who attended and supported last week’s Sweat for Smiles … Continue reading

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“Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga Party: Style It

“If you surround yourself with positive people, who build you up, the sky is the limit.” Throw your hands up for Sweat for Smilers working out in support of SunSmart Athletes (sun safety) at the “Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga … Continue reading

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“Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga Party: Work It

“Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher.” ~ Oprah Winfrey So grateful for all the guests who came together at the Sweat for Smiles “Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga Party, in support of Sun Smart … Continue reading

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“Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga Party: Fit Bites

“A Healthy Outside Starts From The Inside.” After tuning into our bodies and environment through Linda Baffa‘s beach yoga workout, and Shannon Algeo‘s mindful meditation sesh at the “”Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga Party, made possible by GRACEDBYGRIT in support … Continue reading

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Cucumber Mozzarella Bites

Print Recipe Cucumber Mozzarella Bites These refreshing, healthy “Fit Bites” are great for a personal snack, family appetizer before dinner or any party. They work well at an outdoor party because they’re portable and quickly assembled. All will love this!!! … Continue reading

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“Om My Skin!” Beach Yoga Party

“Surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you, who make you laugh, who make you better, who make you happy.” ALL SMILES IN THE SAND at the Sweat for Smiles “Om My Skin” Beach Yoga Party last weekend! … Continue reading

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Easy Baked Kale Chips

Print Recipe Easy Baked Kale Chips These baked kale chips are pretty easy to make and make a great snack in-between meals or healthy appetizer at a party! You can break the chips into any size you want and adjust … Continue reading

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Dr. Maggie: Kickstart a Healthy Lifestyle

At the beginning of every year, men and women around the country begin their new year by solemnly making promises for a healthier lifestyle that ultimately lasts a few weeks before an obstacle is encountered that derails them from achieving … Continue reading

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Charity Spotlight: Back on My Feet

Our “Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party at The North Face benefitted an incredible charity called Back on My Feet, which supports the homeless. I was thrilled to have Deb Brown and Mariel Feigen from Back on My Feet attend … Continue reading

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“Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party: Work It

“Strength is gauged by the ability to lift people up…” ~ Unknown Sweat for Smilers had a blast lifting each other up through Kristin McGee‘s team yoga sesh at the Sweat for Smiles “Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party at … Continue reading

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“Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party: Fit Bites

“It’s all about being healthy, feeling good about yourself, and having lots of fun!” ~ Unknown What’s a fitness party, without healthy sips and Fit Bites? Guests at the “Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party made possible by The North … Continue reading

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Lemon Coconut Crunch Protein Bites

Print Recipe Lemon Coconut Crunch Protein Bites/Bars: Course Appetizer, Snacks Servings Ingredients 2 cups Sunflower Nut Butter and/or Almond Butter in Juice from 1 lemon preferably Meyer Lemon ifseason Lemon zest 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened organic coconut ½in mixture … Continue reading

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Mango & Jicama Tropical Salsa

Print Recipe Mango & Jicama Tropical Salsa Course Appetizer, Snacks Servings Ingredients 1 Fresh Pineapple cored and peeled 1 Fresh Mango peeled 1 Small Jicama peeled 1/4 cup Cilantro diced 1 Lime juiced Shredded Coconut to taste Optional: Jalapeno Mint … Continue reading

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“Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller Sweat for Smilers brightened things up last Wednesday at the Sweat for Smiles “Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party benefitting Back on My Feet, in … Continue reading

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“Team Up! Brighten Up!” Yoga Party: 2 Leggings, 2 Ways

“If you LOOK good, you FEEL good, and if you feel good, you DO good.” ~Georges St- Pierre Wearing stylish fitness gear that you love and feel most comfortable in, gives you the confidence, and go-getting attitude you need to perform … Continue reading

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Planksgiving Pilates Party

“Be humble. Be grateful. Give back. Share. Pay it forward. Chase your dreams. Go for it. And take a moment to realize where it’s all from.” The Sweat for Smiles “Planksgiving Pilates Party”, made possible by Athleta, in support of … Continue reading

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Planksgiving Pilates Party: Style It

“Every day is another chance to get STRONGER, to eat BETTER, to live HEALTHIER, and you be the best version of YOU”. So shouldn’t you look – and feel – great while your doing it? Wearing stylish fitness gear to … Continue reading

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Planksgiving Pilates Party: Charity Spotlight on City Harvest

Generous guests at the Planksgiving Pilates Party provided cans of food as well as a suggested funds donation to City Harvest. Sweat for Smiles and Athleta selected this charity as the benefactor of this fitness fest because of it’s importance to … Continue reading

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Planksgiving Pilates Party: Work It

SORE NOT SORRY! That’s what the guests of the Planksgiving Pilates Party at Athleta UWS were undoubtedly saying the day after Kristin McGee’s ABSolutely awesome Planksgiving Pilates Workout. I know I was. ???? In case you missed this plank-themed fitness … Continue reading

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Planksgiving Pilates Party: Fit Bites

“Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle” ~ Unknown Happy Planksgiving! Guests at the Planksgiving Pilates Party on Saturday at Athleta UWS, benefitting City Harvest, had a BLAST enjoying healthy sips and bites, doing Pilates by Kristin McGee, and mingling … Continue reading

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5 Ingredient Granola Bars

Print Recipe 5 Ingredient Granola Bars This is a healthy, easy, no-bake recipe that any busy health-conscious person should try at home or for any breakfast or brunch get-together. Your friends will thank you and so will your tastebuds. Prep … Continue reading

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“Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party: Hot Pants, Hot Prints!

Summer 2016 is coming to an end (sigh!), but the HEAT is here to stay! Sweat for Smiles has found some hot pants with hot prints to transition your fitness style from summer to fall. Super star yoga instructor, Linda Baffa, … Continue reading

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“Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party: Work It

We LOVE Beach Yoga! Last month, in Santa Monica, CA, Linda Baffa conducted an invigorating beach yoga workout for about 20 guests at the Sweat for Smiles “Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party, in support of Alzheimers Foundation of America, and made … Continue reading

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“Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party: Fit Bites

“To live well is to eat well.” ~ Unknown The guests at the Sweat for Smiles “Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party lived really well while devouring these delicious, healthful Fit Bites during and after Linda Baffa‘s invigorating yoga workout! Since the … Continue reading

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“Beach-Ready” Banana Bread

Print Recipe “Beach-Ready” Banana Bread We made this delicious homemade “Beach-Ready” Banana Bread for the Sweat for Smiles “Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party. Integrating fruits and vegetables and real ingredients into your diet is an important way to eat healthy. … Continue reading

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“Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party

“Paradise isn’t a place. It’s a FEELING!” I was SO THRILLED to support Alzheimers Foundation of America with our first LA Sweat for Smiles event  – “Yoga in Paradise” Beach Party! A HUGE thank you to Prism Sport for making … Continue reading

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“Berry Good” Skewers

Print Recipe “Berry Good” Skewers “Berry Good” Skewers (with Pichu Berries, Blueberries & Grapes) served on Surfboard Cutting Boards were the ideal refreshing & antioxidant-filled treats for the Sweat for Smiles yogis by the water at the Yoga in Paradise … Continue reading

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Vira Sun: 15% Off!

Lucky us! Vira Sun is offering all Sweat for Smilers 15% off their super chic shades! These stylish sunnies are specifically designed for yogis. I love that are lightweight, polarized and have natural arms. When you’re as active as I … Continue reading

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Funktional Wearables: 25% Off!

Great news! Funktional Wearables is offering all Sweat for Smilers a 25% discount off their stylish designs on funktionalwearables.com. This brand is all about supporting your active lifestyle without sacrificing style. These fashionable bracelets slyly turn your fitness tracker into a … Continue reading

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Chic Buds: 20% Off!

Friends don’t let friends be UNCHARGED! I’m so excited that Chic Buds is offering followers of Sweat for Smiles a 20% off discount! These tassles for your bag/purse have a hidden charging cables to charge your phone/computer. These are really stylish at … Continue reading

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Fashletics: 15% Off!

Calling all strong girls! Yes YOU! I’m thrilled that Fashletics is offering Sweat for Smilers a special 15% DISCOUNT off their beautiful handcrafted jewelry at fashletics.com. I wear their “Strong is Beautiful” necklace and bracelet all the time while I workout. I … Continue reading

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“Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party: Accessorize On-The-Go

Do you exercise OR accessorize? Try BOTH with these fashionable brands who were among a group of generous raffle contributors at the Sweat for Smiles “Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party at Athleta in support of the National Arbor Day Foundation. … Continue reading

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“Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party: Flower Power

Who’s up for some flower power? Kristin McGee and I wore these fabulous and floral, spring-to-summer picks from Athleta at our “Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party, benefitting National Arbor Day Foundation. We want to share our picks-of-the-season with you! Take a … Continue reading

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“Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party: Work It

The Sweat for Smilers at “Fit For Spring” didn’t sweat, they SHINED! As always, Kristin McGee gave an inspirational workout fit for any spring queen. It felt great to challenge ourselves with poses that didn’t seem too far out of reach, but … Continue reading

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“Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party: Fit Bites

Serving guests delicious treats is always appreciated, but making them healthful too? That’s something to talk about! This month’s featured “Fit Bite” is a fantastic bikini-friendly brunch recipe that is customizable and pretty to look at. Because style counts too. These … Continue reading

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Baked Berry-licious Oatmeal Cups

Print Recipe Baked Berry-licious Oatmeal Cups These healthful, good for you, and super pretty baked oatmeal cups are perfect your your brunch get-together or a healthy afternoon snack. They are easy to make and will last you at least a … Continue reading

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“Fit For Spring” Workout Wellness Party

Sweat for Smiles was thrilled to partner up with Athleta for our “Fit for Spring” Workout Wellness Party earlier this month, benefitting the National Arbor Day Foundation. It was a wonderful yoga party which focused on celebrating wellness for spring. In addition … Continue reading

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Gold Star Celebration: Get The Gear!

Here’s my take on our new lululemon athletica gear from our Gold Star Celebration Yogilates Party. Celebrity yoga and pilates instructor Kristin McGee and I LOVED the super fun, trendy looks. Kristin rocked the “sheer” trend and I wore “brights”. I feel really … Continue reading

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A Gold Star Celebration: Go For The Gold

Sweat for Smiles struck gold at this gold star celebration! Take a look for ideas for your own upcoming soiree. Gold Star Decor: Gold star confetti on black tablecloths set the scene for this gold star event on both the … Continue reading

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A Gold Star Celebration: Work It!

Who’s ready for a gold star workout? Kristin McGee conducted an inspiring yogilates Session at this golden celebration at lululemon athletica. Just in case you couldn’t make it, I have some of the best moves right here for you. Bikini … Continue reading

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A Gold Star Celebration: Fit Bites

PICTURE THIS: You’ve just finished a challenging, yet inspiring yogilates workout and you’re thrilled, but famished! Time for some breakfast…but you only see donuts, bagels, and boring dry cereal bars. Buzz kill! Check out these healthy and delish breakfast bites, … Continue reading

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Avocado Toast Stars

Print Recipe Avocado Toast Stars These gold star approved Avocado Toasts are a healthy appetizer or snack option for any breakfast, brunch, or dinner party. I used a 2″ diameter star cookie cutter to make the star toasts but you … Continue reading

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Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Balls

Print Recipe Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Balls I made these super healthy and DELISH energy balls for a yogilates party and they were gone in seconds after the workout! They’re very cute to look at too so they go well … Continue reading

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A Gold Star Celebration: The Party

“Take every chance, drop every fear, and always, always wish on stars” – Unknown On an early Saturday morning in February, 28 fabulous and generous fitness enthusiasts celebrated 2016 at the Sweat for Smiles “Happy New Year Yogilates” Party made … Continue reading

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National Arbor Day Foundation

I am thrilled to announce that our upcoming “Fit for Spring” Workout Wellness Party, made possible by Athleta, will be supporting the National Arbor Day Foundation. Here is a little information about this brilliant charity from ArborDay.com: We inspire people … Continue reading

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Make a Wish Foundation

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 … Continue reading

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Boarding for Breast Cancer

Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices … Continue reading

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. To donate to this special charity, please consider doing so via our St Jude personal fundraising page

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Pink Ribbon Pilates Party Recap

Wow, 2015 was a year to remember! Here’s to many more parties like this one in 2016, filled with lots of sweating, giving, mingling, and smiling. So, our Pink Ribbon Pilates Party ROCKED! In case you couldn’t make it, we … Continue reading

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Pink Ribbon Pilates Party: Create It

Hot pink tees, shopping perks, 1:5 odds raffle…you can’t lose! It’s so important to me that the guests at the Pink Ribbon Pilates Party feel appreciated for their support to B4BC and were entertained after the workout. Fabulous favors, a … Continue reading

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Pink Ribbon Pilates Party: Work It

So you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not shout, I’m telling you why – Tomorrow your arms, legs, booty, and stomach may be totally FRIED! I’m just sayin…especially if you try this Pink Ribbon Pilates Workout … Continue reading

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Pink Ribbon Pilates Party: Cook It

Something salty, something sweet, oh don’t you want something delicious to eat? We bet you and your party guests WILL after that perfect pink-ribbon pilates workout! Here are a couple easy & quick bite-sized appetizer ideas from our pink-themed party: … Continue reading

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“The Pink Ribbon” Cocktail

  Print Recipe “The Pink Ribbon” Cocktail This sparkling pink concoction was originally created for a Breast Cancer Awareness party but it is a great sip for any girly or pink-themed cocktail party! The pink grapefruit juice even has antioxidant … Continue reading

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Pink Ribbon Pilates Party: Plan It

Let’s just go out on a limb and review a few things: You will be indulging in some cocktails and food this month You still want to stay somewhat healthy and active though You like to make other people happy, … Continue reading

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Sweat For Smiles Yoga Party: Style It

Activewear, including yoga apparel, is currently the fastest growing fashion market. Most major brands already have or have begun to rethink their offerings in this category. This is not a surprise as “athleisure” has become more widely desirable for a variety … Continue reading

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Sweat For Smiles: Strike A Pose

Cuisinistas, don’t be afraid to SPARKLE a little brighter. Fabulous favors are an excellent way to add flair, helping your party stand out and sparkle. Because we have thrown this party to support St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we didn’t want to spend a lot … Continue reading

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Sweat For Smiles: Strike A Pose (Guest Post by Kristin McGee)

YOGA PARTY! Yoga is all about connection and community. The word yoga means to unite or join. On a personal level, we use the breath to link our body and mind. On a universal level, we all share the same … Continue reading

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Sweat for Smiles “Yoga Party”: Cook It

Simple is always better. Since this is a “yoga party” and I knew guests would be engaged with the yoga class most of the party, I wanted to keep the food and beverages simple, yet still “healthier” and fun. We went … Continue reading

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Sweat for Smiles “Yoga Party”: Plan It

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Family, friends, love, health, safety, financial security. These are a few of the many things we feel grateful for … Continue reading

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