Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Are you in a rut with what’s going on in your life, or afraid to try something new and different because either you’re terrified you’ll fail or people will look at you funny and laugh? Don’t be! We all need to step out of our regular routine, be spontaneous and try something new and a bit scary now and then, if for no other reason but to prove to ourselves we can. So make a list of a few fun, new and a bit scary things that you’d like to do and MAKE THE TIME to do them! You know … #YoullThankMELater !!!

xoxo,
ILYSE

Fun in the Sun

How is your summer treating you so far? Are you splashing, sizzling, and scorching by the pool? As you can see from this short clip I am splashing, sizzling, and scorching by the pool in my new sexy and sassy cropped tops. I am showing more skin and you will be too once you take me up on my newest offer:

Roll out #2 of my tanks and tees are just around the corner however I thought that I would showcase my favorite style: The Cropped Tank
They come in 2 colors: Black and Hot Pink (see the photo below)

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They are perfect for the summer! Grab yours today! You will feel special…why? They are not being sold on my website just yet. I am offering you a deal if you ACT today: $18.99 + shipping. Once they roll out on my website, the price will be $22.99 + shipping. Have I sold you yet? If so, email NOW, info@ilysebaker.com with your size, color, and design. Happy Shopping!

#YoullThankMELater

xoxo,
Ilyse

What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner?

I’ve been back on the East Coast this past week visiting family and friends, which means lots of meals on top of two special family occasions. Come on… I’m Jewish and everyone knows we love to eat!

There is a part of me that says, “I keep a very healthy and clean diet in LA, so I can enjoy myself and indulge this week.” Thank goodness for the bigger voice in my head that says, “you know how to stay on track with your healthy clean eating even when you’re traveling and cooking. Stay focused, as you know what it feels like when you get off track. It is ok to indulge in a treat here and there…just don’t go overboard.”

Have you said above to yourself time and time again? I bet the answer is YES! I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be hard to live a healthy lifestyle no matter where you are or what you are doing.

The key to health and wellness is keeping it simple. It’s important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day and have balanced meals to ensure you’re getting needed carbohydrates, proteins and fat to maintain your energy level throughout the day.

I love to cook, but unfortunately my on-the-go lifestyle in LA leaves me very little time. Being home in Jersey this past week has given me the opportunity to really enjoy spending time with my mom in the kitchen. Trust me…this woman CAN cook! Holy moly WOW!

We prepared one of my favorite meals this week and Mama B makes the BEST: chicken, sautéed vegetables, and salad.

The chicken is marinated with a touch of BBQ sauce for a nice, tangy flavor. We threw asparagus, one of my favorite vegetables, in the sautéed mix and added snap peas, onions, zucchini, red peppers, and sweet potatoes. I’m known as the girl who loves to throw in a lot of fun stuff and have lots of fun putting things together in my salads however this salad was quite simple: romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots (of course), yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
Cooking with my mom is always a highlight of my trip home. She has fancy tricks with spices and marinades, but loves learning some of my healthy secrets.

Do you have any fun cooking stories or tricks to share? I want to hear them! Please comment below. Remember – always bring it back to the basics – simple is key! No need to reinvent the wheel.

#YoullThankMELater

xoxo,
Ilyse