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Jul 27, 2015

Fabulous Friends

I am so excited about today's post!  It was an idea that I can't say that I came up with.  In fact, it was at the suggestion of today's guest that this is all happening!  I'm nosy, and I know there are a lot of other nosies out there (NO shame in that game!)  I love knowing what people eat, what their day looks like, their go-to meals and workouts, basically anything.  I have a need to know!  It's like reading all of the details a celebrity gives in a magazine interview, except that you know these are real details, not PR-made details to sell covers.

Today, I am so excited to have my very first guest, my gorgeous and insanely talented friend, Helen.  We met through our children's school and immediately bonded over our love of working out, shopping and Pitch Perfect.  She is a phenomenal mom with amazing taste in style and design!  Her home is seriously swoon-worthy and she has a stunningly curated closet, as well as a huge heart and gracious attitude.



Name / Location
 Helen / New Jersey

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Occupation / Goals
 I worked in fashion public relations for luxury brands for five years before becoming a stay at home mom. I am currently home full time with my two children. I began a course in Interior Decorating last Autumn and aspire to complete my studies in the next two years to acquire my CID decorating certification. I am also simultaneously working on my fledgling decorating business, H. Tarrach Interiors.

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Do you have kids? If so, how many and ages.
 I have two children - my son is 6 and my daughter is 3 1/2.

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Go-to healthy meal for you and / or your family
 I am a big believer in roasting anything in the oven! For dinner I usually roast a protein (usually chicken) and a vegetable (broccoli rabe is my favorite) with a little olive (or truffle) oil, salt and pepper. A more kid-friendly family favorite is this vegan quinoa and sweet potato chili. It’s filling, clean eating and easy to dress up with cheese for the children!


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Go-to workout at home when you can’t get to the gym
 Truthfully, I have a tough time motivating to exercise at home. I feed off of the energy and enthusiasm of working out in a class setting. When I can’t find the time to get to the gym I typically blast music and break a sweat dance-party style. I also try my best to make TV time double as 
ab-work time!

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Favorite item in your closet
 I absolutely love when the weather gets chillier in the Autumn and I can take out my Armani Collezioni green-grey wool swing coat. I acquired it as a sample from the Armani PR closet about 8 years ago and somehow it has held up beautifully, seen me through two pregnancies and still garners compliments every time I put it on!

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Number one beauty secret / tip
 I finally purchased the Clarisonic about 6 months ago and it’s completely transformed my skin! I now use it religiously and can’t leave home overnight without it.

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What is your normal day like?
 After 6+ years of being a mom one thing I’ve learned is that no two days are alike! Just when I get into a routine with my family our schedule gets thrown off kilter and we are forced to adapt - quickly! Summer days are mostly spent outdoors and during the school year we’re running from one extra-curricular activity to the next. There are a few things we try to squeeze into every day such as a dance party in the morning, having breakfast together even if it’s in the car, a trip to the gym so the children and I can have our “independent time,” a nice warm bubble bath and a nightly recap of our favorite and least favorite parts of the day.

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Your fitness inspiration / motivation
 My children are my biggest inspiration. I feel one of my responsibilities as a stay at home mom is to demonstrate the importance of fitting in exercise and fitness into the daily routine. More than ever before I am motivated to exercise to feel both physically and mentally strong. I strive to be  able to keep up with my children and their boundless energy!

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Usual workout / diet
 I enjoy high impact cardio workouts paired with pumping music in a classroom setting. I find the better and louder the music, the more I’m able to shut off my mind and listen to my body! Kickboxing, spin, Zumba and cardio interval classes are my go-to’s. I try to throw in a low-impact class such as yoga, Pilates or Barre once a week to mix things up. I recently started adding strength training to my routine 2-3 times a week. I feel very blessed to have found a gym that has a comprehensive array of classes available so I never get bored!

My diet is very repetitive - I start each morning with hot water and lemon and drink green tea and water continuously throughout the day. I always have a Lara or Luna bar for breakfast and a protein bar or shake after my morning workout. Lunches are generally leafy greens paired with a big portion of protein (usually chicken) to keep me full. Late afternoons are my “danger zone” - this is usually when the good habits start to slide. I’ve been allowing myself a treat in the afternoons (e.g. popcorn or a cookie) before having an early-bird dinner of roasted greens and protein around 5:30 / 6pm



 You can find out more about Helen's design services and portfolio here.  A big thank you for sharing with us H!


xo
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13 comments:

  1. What a fun post, I love learning more about people :)!

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  2. Oh my god - her interior decorating skills are amazing!! Thanks for sharing this! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. What a great post - I really love learning more about normal people!

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  4. Such a fun post! I may need to copy this! So cool to learn more about someone and her house is to die for!

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  5. I love her style! Her house looks amazing and her family is adorable!

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  6. I love her home! So perfect!! Thanks for posting this.

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  7. Ummmmmmmmm talk about inspirational!!! So beautiful and I love her outlook on life! Now I just want her houdini ways of keeping a white couch clean with children, shoot I can't even keep a white couch clean just by myself! Thanks for the fabulous introduction!

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  8. GORGEOUS mama, family and her style is impeccable. Loved reading more about Helen :)

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  9. Wow she is a fabulous interior designer! Seriously, I need her to come over and do my house for me, this is so perfect! And yes to the Clarisonic! I can't live without mine! Great reading all about Helen!!

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  10. I love this post. Helen is gorgeous! I love the way she decorates and her meal ideas. I need to make sweet potato chili asap. Btw her family is adorable! xo

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  11. Thank you so much for letting me share a little about myself with your fabulous readers, Lindsay! xo

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  12. I love doing these kind of posts too. I have a Connect With: each month featuring a blogger. It is an easy way to bring some fame to them (your words said it well) and to expose them for other bloggers to follow if they feel they fit. The pictures - gorgeous! Glad to have read about her.

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  13. Such a fun post! I love getting a peek into other mom's lives and seeing how they balance it all. She has a gorgeous house!

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