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  • We are continuing our health kick in today’s Friday Favorites with a little bit of bling. Of course, if you haven’t figured it out yet, this girl loves her jewelry. This jewelry is particulary special because it has a purpose.

  • Friday is here and it’s definitely one of my favorite days of the week. A long work week has come to an end and the next couple of days will be filled with fun and relaxation (okay with 3 kids, maybe relaxation is not the right word.)  So what a way to start a weekend than with a couple of my favorite things.

    I’m slightly obsessed with coffee and lattes from Agawam’s Java Stop. In fact, they’ll be celebrating their one year anniversary in a couple of weeks! Most people who walk in the cafe are regulars and the staff knows their names, kids names and favorite drinks. I’m a huge supporter of local businesses and I’m very happy that they’re right down the street from me. The holiday’s are almost here (at least that’s what the advertisers are telling us), so I tried the Eggnog Iced Coffee with almond milk…ohh my it is to die for. A must try!

    Iced Eggnog Coffee, Agawam’s Java Stop

    Should I indulge in a latte, I head right to Active Lifestyle Fitness for an amazing workout called Booty Barre. It’s a combination of ballet, pilates, yoga and pain. You work every muscle group and your body is literally shaking (it’s all good.) It’s by far my favorite workout ever!!! Owner, Ashley Brodeur started boot camp classes in a parking lot and has grown to have her own fitness facility that includes Booty Barre, boot camp, spinning, TRX,  yoga and small group training. The instructors are amazing and truly care about you and your progress. It’s such a comfortable setting and everyone who goes there is extremely nice. Plus, your first class is free! You have to check it out!


    Booty Barre, Active Lifestyle Fitness

    The last of my Friday Favorites is this amazing shampoo and conditioner by Davines. My hair is extremely coarse (horse hair) and frizzy and it takes a lot to tame my wild locks. Michelle Scibelli, owner of Gasoline Alley the Salonalways points me in the right direction with hair products. When experts say it’s all about your hair product, they’re so right. This shampoo and condition give hair shine, softness and body. If you have coarse, frizzy hair, this is great for you. Always consult with your stylist on what works best for you hair. Looking for a stylist?? Please check out Gasoline Alley the Salon. Michelle and her staff are amazing at their craft and I love, love, love them! This is where you should really spend your money. A good stylist and good products = great hair.

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    Davines OI Conditioner

    I have a ton more “favorite things” that I am excited to share with you. In the meantime, please go out and support local businesses and enjoy your weekend!

    Cheers,
    Alison

  • I hate the gym, yes I know that’s a strong word. But the thought of being on a cross trainer for 45 minutes is like walking on nails for me. I’m the type of person who will stop half way through. The only way that I’m successful at working out is when I’m with a trainer or in a group fitness class. I need to be pushed. I need motivation. I need a group of people around me. I need to be held accountable.