Friday, May 22, 2015

Egg, Avocado and Black Bean Tostadas Recipe #EBeggsfit

I could honestly eat Eggsland's Best eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Truth be told, I have even enjoyed them as a late night snack. They're only 60 calories per eggs and contains more nutrition than the ordinary egg. I've recently started making tostatada's and my favorite combination is a sunny side egg over avocado and black bean puree. It's the perfect combination and would work for anytime of the day.

Egg, Avocado and Black Bean Tostadas

Ingredients:
For Black Bean Puree
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 small chopped white onion
1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 can Cuban style black beans (I found mine at Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup beef broth

For Tostada 
4 tostada's (found in the ethnic aisle near tortillas)
1 avacado, sliced
4 sunny side up eggs
Cilantro for garnish
Hot sauce if wanted

Directions:
Heat Olive oil on medium until hot, add onion, jalapeno, cilantro and cumin. Cook for 5 minutes on medium. Add black beans and beef broth, cook for 20 minutes on medium low, stirring frequently. Blend the mixture (I used my BlendTec on Sauce mode) until you have the consistency of puree. 

Cook your eggs sunny side up. Slice your avocado. Stack the tostada with your bean puree, egg, then avacado., Top with cilantro garnish and hot sauce.

Since May is National Egg month, I wanted to give you a free copy of Eggland's Best eCookbook, “Your Best Recipes” Volume 2 – The Top Recipes from the 2nd EB Your Best Recipe Contest! It is FREE for EB fans, courtesy of Eggland’s Best.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland's Best.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ASICS desk exercises for National Employee Health and Fitness Day

Did you know today is National Employee Health and Fitness Day? I started my morning out with an awful 3 mile run which I'd rather not discuss. Instead, I want to share ASICS info-graphic on how to stay active at work.
I have had a desk job my entire career. I now work from home and while one would think that makes life easier to stay active, it is quite the opposite. I sometimes find myself never getting up during the work day. These desk exercises will help you stay active while at work.

The average American sits 50%-70% of the day - that equals 93. hours a day, 46.5 hours per week. Mind boggling numbers that have really bad side affects. Those Mondays-Fridays desk sitters become part of the 80% of Americans that fall short of the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week
Too much sitting is associated with: 21% increased risk of lung cancer, 24% increased risk of colon cancer, 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer. Also if you aren't active, you will not burn as many calories.

Here are some easy steps to stay active during the workday.
MORNING: Prior to lunch, find a few minutes to do leg lifts, desk push-ups and reverse desk push-ups. If you are in a cubical, get a group together to keep each other accountable (and so you don't look silly).
LUNCH: During lunch time, do leg squats, cubical wall sits and chair dead lifts. 
AFTERNOON: Before you head home for the day, do spinal twists, climb the stairs and do shoulder shrugs. I love these reps as they not only help you stay fit but also act as a stress relief. 
DESK MOTIVATION: Have items around your desk that motivate you. I have my ASICS mini marathoner (aka Mini Megan) which was made for me during the 2014 NYC Marathon. Beside Mini Megan is my 2014 runDisney Vinylmation Dopey Mickey, who is a constant reminder that I ran 48.6 miles in 4 days. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 North Highland Worldwide Consulting Day of Giving Back

Saturday May 16, 2015 was North Highland Woldwide Consulting's 4th annual Day of Giving Back where 22 offices across the US and UK volunteered in their communities. We had over 1,500 volunteers come out, giving back to those less fortunate. Our Central Florida offices (Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville) had a wonderful time making an impact in our communities.

North Highland Tampa - Metropolitan Ministries

The 2015 Day of Giving Back was the second year the North Highland Tampa Office volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries The organization’s mission is to “…care for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency.” Services include food, lodging, childcare, and life skills.
We put on gloves, hair nets, and aprons in order to help serve hot meals to residents. Majority of the food is donated to Metropolitan Ministries by local restaurants and church groups. Saturday's lunch was Chicken Parmesan! We also helped “behind the scenes” by grilling hundreds of chicken breasts for the following night’s BBQ dinner. We sliced hundreds of pounds of lunch meat and assembled sandwiches to be sold at Metropolitan Ministries Inside the Box Cafe, where every meal sold gives a meal to someone in need.

North Highland Jacksonville - Five STAR Veterans Center

On Saturday morning, the North Highland Jacksonville office hosted a Professional Development Day at the Five STAR Veterans Center. Nearly 20 veterans participated in this four part event; sessions including Dress to Impress, Job Seeking Tips & Tricks, Online Presence and Resume 1on1.
Throughout the morning, the Veterans broke out into small groups and rotated through the four 30 minute sessions, facilitated by North Highland. Following the sessions, everyone reconvened to wrap things up and enjoy some BBQ with the Vets! Our day volunteering at Five STAR Veterans Center brought invaluable support and guidance to Jacksonville's local veterans. Please check out www.dayofgivingback.com for more information.

North Highland Orlando - Clean The World

The North Highland Orlando office spent their Saturday morning at Clean The World, an organization with a two part mission; 1) recycle hygiene products from resorts and hotels to eliminate waste 2) by distribution of hygiene kits to impoverished people throughout the world, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year. Alongside other groups of volunteers we sorted through 90,000 bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion and 27,000 bars of soap.
The Orlando office is excited to have impacted not only the local Orlando community we live in but also global communities throughout the world with the hygiene kits that will be created with these items. The 2015 Day of Giving Back was a great opportunity to further a great organization’s mission and come together as an office to make the world a better place.

North Highland Central Florida also took part in a global food drive, hosted by each local North Highland office. We are still tallying up the total pounds contributed throughout our 22 offices and will update this post with the numbers, which I know will be in the thousands.

Friday, May 15, 2015

10 minute or less Smores Mug Cake Recipe #LetsMakeSmores

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored

When I think of summer, a few things stick out - the beach, grilling out and eating S'mores. You will rarely find me at a campfire so I have found ways to enjoy this ooey gooey treat in the comfort of my home.
Over the past few years, I have seen countless S'mores mug cakes floating around on pinterest and I decided to give this a try. While this recipe is not intended for someone who is dieting, it is downright delicious.
This was such an easy recipe to make. It is made in the microwave and you have a delicious S'mores cake in your hand in 10 minutes or less. Simple, quick and delicious.
Makes 1 serving
3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs (I used Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares)
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pastry flour (if you cannot find pastry flour, click here for substitution)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (mine was dark cocoa, hence the dark color)
1/8 teaspoon Hershey's baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 bar of Hershey's milk chocolate
3 Kraft S'moresMallows

In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons butter and chocolate. Melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. In another bowl, combine 1/2 tablespoon butter with 3 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs, stir until combined. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of your mug. In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa, and stri with a rubber spatula until you have a smooth batter. Add the butter / chocolate mixture and combine.

Top the graham mixture with half of the chocolate batter, top that with 1 Kraft S'moresMallow. Top with the remaining batter, then your second S'moresMallow. I used a glass mason jar and it was half full. The marshmallow's expand, so be sure not to have this filled to the top. Microwave for 1:30. Top with the third marshmallow and toast it with a kitchen torch.


I found all of the ingredients used to make the S'mores at Walmart in Tampa. There was a S'mores display with the S'moresMallows, Graham Cracker Squares and Hershey Bars in the middle of the store. .

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jord Wood Watches for a unique Fathers Day gift #jordwatch

I cannot believe Fathers Day is right around the corner. This also means my birthday is coming up! I was born on Fathers Day and always joked that I was my Dad's eternal fathers day present. There is a trend going around - buying gifts made from wood. Wood sunglasses, Wood bow-ties and Wood watches are a few items I've seen popping up everywhere I look. Being my maiden name is Wood, I love everything about this trend ;)
I gave my husband Gabe a Jord Wood Watch for his birthday last month. When we were with the family at Epcot over the weekend, his father mentioned a few times that his watch would make a perfect Fathers Day gift.
The watch I got Gabe was the Jord Sully Wood Watch (retailed $139). It's a two tone black and maple wood watch. The Sully series marries complimentary and contrasting woods giving a vivid and varied tonal effect that can only be achieved when constructing a wood timepiece. In other words, this watch is gorgeous.
Aside from Gabe's father drooling over the wood watch, he has received multiple compliments from friends and strangers. Gabe loves that it is light weight and said he sometimes forgets it is on. One of the features that I like most about his watch is how the bezel compliments the two tone wood. It really makes the watch pop.
Gabe's been very responsible with keeping this watch away from water. Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water. It is also made of a Scratch Resistant Mineral.
Jord offers ladies wood watches and mens wood watches. Aside from Gabe's watch, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite watches below. Top Left: Cora (retailed $275). Bottom Left: Dover (retailed $295) Top Right: Sidney (retailed $199). Bottom Right: Pujols Family Foundation Wood Watch, made with the same wood bats are made out of ( Retailed $195 & 20% of all proceeds from this watch directly benefit the Pujols Family Foundation)
With Jord Watches starting at $129, you couldn't go wrong with this gift for Fathers Day, Birthdays or any other holiday for that matter.

Disclaimer: Jord sent me a watch for review. Instead of keeping it for myself, I gave it to my husband and he truly loves it, to the point a few of his friends are considering buying Jord watches of their own. As always, all opinion are mine. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ticket #Giveaway to Hyatt Regency Orlando #SummerSensation Country Concert

Hyatt Regency Orlando is kicking off summer with a Memorial Day Weekend concert featuring country star Josh Thompson with special guests JT Hodges and Nikki Lane. The concert will take place on the Garden Terrace of Hyatt Regency on Sunday May 24th.
General Admission tickets to this event are $45 and VIP tickets are $75. VIP includes reserved seats, artist meet-and-greets and access to the VIP lounge with complimentary summer snacks and a premium cash bar. ALL tickets (GA and VIP) will receive free self-parking and 20% off food at all of Hyatt Regency's signature restaurants.
Summer Sensation ticket packages are currently on sale for $199 and include an overnight stay at Hyatt Regency Orlando, two general admission tickets to the concert, and complimentary parking. Visit http://orlando.regency.hyatt.com and use offer code MUSIC to book the package.

GIVEAWAY! Hyatt is giving me 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway to this kick off event! Let me know in a comment below what you are most looking forward to this summer. Be sure to use the raffle copter widget to claim your entry and for more chances to win!
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HYATT REGENCY ORLANDO KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Hyatt Regency Orlando unveils Summer Sensation, a live outdoor concert featuring country star Josh Thompson with special guest JT Hodges on Sunday, May 24. The hotel’s Garden Terrace will act as the backdrop for the event with cocktails and bites available for purchase during the performance.

“We wanted to kick off summer with a big celebration,” said Tom Smith, Area Vice President. “While guests are here for the show, they can also take advantage of the complete resort experience we offer, including our pools with private cabanas, spa treatments, innovative seafood dishes at our new restaurant, Urban Tide, and some of the destination’s iconic attractions that are just a short distance away. This is a great way for us to kick off the summer, and we’re looking forward to introducing additional entertainment and programming throughout the summer.”

Follow #SummerSensation for artist announcements, ticket offers, and additional information.
For further information, or to book a stay at Hyatt Regency Orlando, please visit www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com.

Monday, May 11, 2015

I'm going to Ireland! SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon #gorunit

Friends.....I have been sitting on some major news over the past two weeks. I am teaming with ASICS for another once in a lifetime experience. This time, I will be running one of Europe’s most popular marathons in October - the 2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon!
picture from Dublin Marathon Facebook
Ever since hearing the news, I have been in a bubble of excitement. This will be my 5th marathon and I cannot wait to test my limits. Starting this summer, I will be trained once again by Coach Andrew Kastor, who will get me into prime shape for this race. Until then, I will follow the plan which has gotten me through my last 4 26.2, The Galloway Method - click here for my May marathon training plan.

I never thought returning to Europe would happen this soon. My husband and I just celebrated our honeymoon in October 2014 and visited France, Italy and London. It was a lovely trip, however Ireland has always been on my bucket list and I am beyond blessed for getting this opportunity.
The Dublin Marathon course is very flat and the weather in October is around 50 degrees. In other words, marathon perfection. Walkers are welcome as the race course is open for 7 hours. There is not a lottery (yet) for this event so runners get guaranteed entry until the 15,000 spots are full. It's 90 euros to register, and with our current exchange rate, this would make the perfect time to run a marathon in Europe!.
We will run through many of Ireland's beautiful sights such as Georgian Dublin and several parks and squares. All runners who complete the 26.2 mile course will receive a the 2015 Dublin Marathon Medal. The medal will pay homage to he Mansion House, Dublin which is celebrating it's 300th anniversary this year. The Dublin Marathon Course course is a loop with start and finish lines in the city center near Trinity College. The race finishes at Merrion Square where a couple of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats, have resided.

For those familiar with Dublin, here is a virtual walk through of the 26.2 miles: (Start) Fitwilliam Street Upper; Fitzwilliam Place; Leeson Street Lower; St Stephen’s Green South; Cuffe Street; Kevin Street Lower; Kevin Street Upper; The Coombe; Meath Street; Thomas Street; High Street; Lord Edward Street; Parliament Street; Essex Street; Wood Quay; Merchants Quay; Ushers Quay; Ushers Island; Victoria Quay; Parkgate Street; Conyngham Street; Chesterfield Avenue; Castleknock Road; College Road; Tower Road; Knockmaroon Road; Upper Glen Road; Chapelizod Road; Chapelizod Bridge; St Laurence Road; Sarsfield Road; Inchicore Road; South Circular Road; Dolphins Barn; Crumlin Road; Drimnagh Road; Walkinstown Road; Cromwellsfort Road; Kimmage Road West; Fortfield Road; Tempelogue Road; Terenure Road East; Orwell Road; Orwell Park; Dartry Road; Milltown Road; Clonskeagh Road; Roebuck Road; Fosters Avenue; Stillorgan Road; UCD Flyover; Stillorgan Road; Nutley Lane; Merrion Road; Shelbourne Road; Haddington Road; Northumberland Road; Mount Street Lower; (Finish) Merrion Square North

Bits and pieces from the official ASICS SSE Airtricity press release:

ASICS recently announced their two-year partnership with SSE Airtricit Dublin Marathon, one of Europe’s most popular marathons. The two-year partnership enables ASICS to expand its Marathon portfolio, which already includes New York, L.A, Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona, Belfast and Greater Manchester marathons.

ASICS will be the official sportswear partner for the 2015 and 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Held over the Irish Bank Holiday weekend of 25th and 26th October, ASICS will provide the official merchandise for the Marathon and will offer unique participant training tips and advice helping runners accomplish their desired results.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Training for my 5th Marathon

Words I never thought I would say - "training for my 5th marathon". I often look back to how this marathon madness started: I was one of "those" runDisney people who signed up for the Dopey Challenge (running 48.6 miles over 4 consecutive days, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2) prior to running a full marathon. I made it a priority to complete a full marathon before the Dopey Challenge and thanks to the marathon gods, my first marathon ended up being the 2013 NYC Marathon thanks to getting in via lottery.
2013 New York City Marathon
After I completed the 2014 Dopey Challenge, I swore off marathons for life. I nearly swore off running anything more than 3 miles. It wasn't just the Dopey Challenge, it was 2 marathons, 5 half marathons, 2 10k's and 2 5k's completed in less than 4 months that made me wave my white flag. Did I mention this fell on my 2 year anniversary of running my first 5k? I look back at that girl and say "you are cray cray".
2014 Dopey Challenge, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2
When I received an invitation to run the 2014 NYC Marathon as part of ASICS blogger challenge, my grumpy runner went back into her rabbit hole. Getting that once in a lifetime experience brought me back to why I fell in love with running. Next thing I knew, I was signing up for my 4th full marathon. I knew from past experiences that I will never put myself through the torture of back to back races again. Am I saying I will never do another Dopey Challenge...no.  However I will not sign up for every bling dangled in front of me.
2014 NYC Marathon
This brings me to training for my 5th full marathon. This one will be different from all the others...
Full Marathon #1: I was delusional and didn't train correctly
Full Marathon #2: Dopey Challenge (and see paragraph 2 of this post)
Full Marathon #3: Invitation to run my 2nd NYC Marathon w/ ASICS with only 2 months to train and getting married w/ a 2 week long honeymoon falling in those 2 months
Full Marathon #4: Running a full with my best friend (we don't live in the same city and couldn't train together)
See a pattern there? Not only do I have more excuses than a barrel of monkeys, I didn't train correctly for any of those 4 26.2 mile accomplishments. While no one can take away my 4x26.2 mile accomplishments away from me, I know deep down inside that I can do better.

My goal is something that many runners can do in their sleep with food poisoning but this is what I am aiming for. I want to finish my 5th full marathon in under 5 hours. To complete a marathon in 5 hours, you'll need a mile average of 11 minutes and 27 seconds which is a fairly easy jogging pace for most people, including myself. This is slower than what I average a half marathon in. The problem for me is maintaining that pace for 26.2 miles.

Once again, I will be training with the Galloway Method. I am a huge fan of Jeff and his no injury method. Starting off, I will train at an 11 minute mile pace for 26.2 miles. This pace has me running a a 2:30/1:00  (running two and a half minutes on, walking 1 minute). I have been doing a 2/1 for the past year so bumping up shouldn't be an issue. I know I could easily train with a 3/1 ratio which would be a 10 minute mile pace (4:22 finish time). However, that is not a reachable goal for me at this time and I refuse to put that pressure on myself.

Here's looking to you May:
Due to my work travel schedule, I have to do my runs on Wednesday's, Friday's and Sunday's. To be honest, seeing 9 miles on this weeks agenda doesn't thrill me by any means. Sorry Mom, mothers day brunch will be delayed. Your daughter is a slacker and hasn't ran more than 4 miles since her last half marathon in March. Please save a Mimosa for me....thanks!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Disney's Beauty and the Beast comes to the Straz Center Tampa

A tale as old as time came to life last night in Tampa Bay. Disney's Beauty and the Beast charmed the Straz Center as kids of all ages were enchanted by the Disney musical adaptation based on the 1991 Best Picture Oscar Nominee.
This romantic broadway musical is perfect for all ages. I was in Middle School when Beauty and the Beast was released and it is still one of my favorite Disney animated movies. My husband and I attended the show with our friends Ashley and Ryan who moved to Tampa last summer. This was their first and surely not their last visit to the Straz Center.
It was amazing seeing all of our favorite songs come to stage. Ashely and I found ourselves fighting the urge to sing Be Our Guest. The cast did an amazing job bringing all the unforgettable characters to life.
Prior to getting into our amazing seats, we visited Straz's coffee shop "Steam Heat" and found they had themed drinks for this showing. How delicious do these drinks sound! I personally liked "The Gaston".
The sets, costume and production numbers did not disappoint. I had very high expectations going into this show and they were more than met. My husband proclaimed this was his second favorite broadway show. I can easily say it is my favorite production to date.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast tickets range from $35-$130 a seat and the production will be inTampa through May 10th. Running time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission. Click here for more information


Beauty and the Beast at the Straz Center Tampa
May 6th 7:30pm
May 7th 7:30pm
May 8th 8:00pm
May 9th 2:00pm
May 9th 8:00pm
May 10th 1:00pm
May 11th 6:30pm

Tickets were provided to me through my partnership with Tampa Bay Bloggers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shapewear in a swimsuit - Leonisa Swimwear

I had a sad realization this past week. My metabolism is not what it used to be. What can I expect though - I spent 6+ months on a "watch what you eat diet" for my wedding. After that day, I said goodbye to the D word and never looked back....hello burgers & pizza! Then my marathon training ended. Over the past few weeks, I have found myself uncomfortable in clothes and want nothing to do with a bathing suit.
Truth be told, I have put on nearly 15 lbs since my wedding in September. I had to buy all new shorts for this spring. What the what?! All you have to do is look at my Instagram feed and it is clear why. So unless I am at an event, I am watching everything I eat and following a very easy to follow 30 day meal plan I found online.

All this sounds great but we live in FL and it is May. This means Memorial Day festivities are right around the corner. Memorial Day = Beach = bikini = Megan hiding under a big hat. Luckily for me, Leonisa reached out to me to try out their new swimwear line who combined their shapewear with a swimsuit, creating a product that helps women feel confident. They've been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Marie Claire and Jezebel.

Upon receiving the email to check out a piece from the Leonisa swimwear line, I found myself having a very hard time choosing just one. There were three suits that stuck out to me. I went with the first one shown below and I love it. However, part of me wishes I got the polka dot strapless bandeau.

Stunning Bikini Swimsuit with Air Push up
Push up halter-top with removable air padding. Halter straps tie at neck and back. Contour cups with underwire provide support and lift. Adjustable sides bikini bottom fit perfectly to you.
  • Two-piece bikini bathing suit 
  • Contour halter-top with supportive underwire 
  • Removable air padding for great push up 
  • Adjustable sides bikini bottom fit perfectly
I love this suit. My favorite feature is the adjustable sides on the bottom. Usually for me, the beach means day drinking and by the time it's over, I am hiding under a towel. I will NEVER look like the model in this pic but I did feel a sense of comfort wearing this suit on the beach. I did have to remove the air padding from the top. That's a whole different story about sudden weight gain!


The other two suits I considered were:

Polka Dots Strapless Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

Ruched bandeau top with underwire offers support and lift. Optional halter straps provide extra support. Sultry tie back fits your figure perfectly. Comfortably controls your tummy so you feel confident and carefree under the sun!


  • Ruched bandeau top with underwire 
  • Optional, halter straps provide more support 
  • Side-boning centers
  • Tie back adjusts to your figure 
  • Super comfy tummy control 

Strapless Bandeau Top & Bikini Bottom Swimwear
Top offers removable padding and is gathered in the middle. Wear optional halter straps for more support or without for less tan lines. Bottom provides moderate coverage.


  • Strapless bandeau top with removable padding
  • Gathered centered adds volume
  • Optional halter straps
  • Moderate coverage bikini bottom








What are you doing to get beach body ready?

Leonisa sent me a bathing suit for review. As always all opinons are my own. I am strongly considering purchasing the polka dot bandeau out of my own wallet because I loved the suit I received so much.