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I caught an infomercial for Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer
while I was eating breakfast one Saturday morning. I was somewhat familiar with Tony since some of my friends were doing the P90X
workouts. They all were looking toned and healthy after a few weeks of the workout. The only problem with P90X is that it requires at least an hour workout 6 days a week. With my busy schedule, that just wasn’t going to happen.

The 10 Minute Trainer sounded very appealing for my time crunched schedule. However, the 10 minute part is slightly misleading. They recommend that you do three 10 minute workouts 6 times a week. And if you don’t have time for that just do one or two. Anything is better than sitting on the couch eating chips I suppose.

I didn’t really want to pay the $90 (including shipping) for the workouts so I turned to eBay, one of my favorite shopping sites. I was able to find the “deluxe” edition for $75. It included three resistance bands and some other extra’s and was from a reputable eBay seller so I knew they weren’t pirated. You can see what all is included on the official 10 Minute Trainer site. You can also get them on Amazon. Now I know that these are going to be in next summer’s garage sales for $10, but I really wanted a new workout now and something to motivate and challenge me.

The Pros

The first couple of weeks I really didn’t have time to do the workouts consistently like I needed to. When I was finally able to do them 6 days, I could really tell a difference. The workouts are great and you can get as much or as little as you want out of them. Tony also keeps things entertaining. It took me a little while to get used to the resistance bands since I am used to working out with free weights, but once I got the hang of it, I liked it. You can control the resistance and make it as challenging as you want. It is amazing how much of a workout you can get in with 10 minutes. I try to do at least 3 of them but sometimes if I’m crunched for time I’ll only do one or two, but it is still a good workout.

The Cons

While the workouts were great, I had a few issues with the format and the DVD’s themselves. The one thing that annoyed me the most about the videos is the incessant advertising of the web site before every workout. It always says, log on now! If I’m getting ready to workout, I’m hardly going to go log on now, I just want to get on to the business of working out. There are also several other ads for other workouts which is annoying.And probably the most bothersome thing about the DVD’s, is that I always have trouble getting to the cooldown. Maybe it’s operator error, but there isn’t a separate menu option for the cool down so I have to flip back and forth through different workouts until I get to it.

Overall, it’s a great workout. It is like any other workout routine, if you do it, it works, if you don’t, it won’t. If you want a fun, fast paced workout routine and you don’t mind dropping a few bucks for it, it is a great way to get in decent shape without dedicating your life to working out.

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Yesterday’s Café and Tea Room Review

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Tea CupI was looking for a place to take my mom and mother-in-law for tea or brunch the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Although I have lived in the Northern Kentucky area for nearly 10 years, I didn’t know of any tea rooms in the area, so I turned to my friend Google to see if I could find one. I found one right away, Yesterday’s Café and Tea Room in Florence, KY. It is kind of hidden away in the older section of Florence on Main Street. I called and made reservations for the Mother’s Day brunch a couple of weeks in advance.

When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and shown to our table where a welcome card with our name on it awaited. ThereBrunch were also fresh flowers on the table in a cute, tiny vase. Since we were getting the brunch, the meal was pre-planned so we didn’t have to order but did have our choice of quiches. We were served the mother’s bouquet hot tea which was a special blend and was excellent. We also were served a glass of sparkling juice.  We were first served piping hot orange pecan French toast which was delicious. We had a selection of three quiches to choose from, I chose the spinach quiche. The main course was a personal quiche, a cup of fruit, a slice of banana bread and a blueberry scone with lemon curd. It was all excellent and presented beautifully. The service was excellent as well. I will definitely be visiting Yesterday’s again for tea or lunch with friends.

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The Glitz Restaurant Review

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The Glitz Restaurant is located in Nonesuch, Kentucky which is near Lexington. Jake and I went there with my parents as part of a day trip on a staycation (link) we were on. The Glitz is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, it is a three course meal for $19.95 and reservations are required. They change the menu bi-weekly so there is always something different to choose from. As soon as we were seated, we were served the spiced apple refresher which was delicious. It was served in chilled champagne glasses and the bottom was ice with a cherry frozen inside. When we were there, for the appetizer course the choices were Irish potato soup, crab or avacodo appetizers. The main entree was salmon en croute or chicken lasagna florentine, both served with a salad and The Glitz’s signature poppy seed salad dressing. For dessert we could choose from the Nonesuch kiss which is their signature dessert of jamoca ice cream, meringue, chocolate fudge and almonds. The peach melba crepes or wild berry sorbet were the other selections.

I chose the potato soup for my appetizer and it was creamy and delicious. The chicken lasagna florentine was my entree and it was excellent. It was very flavorful and hearty. The salad was also wonderful and I liked the poppy seed dressing so much, that I bought a bottle of it. The peach melba crepes dessert was also excellent. It was served with a small shortbread cookie and scoop of vanilla ice cream. The service was good for the most part but did drag a little toward the end. We had to wait a bit for our check.

The restaurant is decorated beautifully, it is really hard to describe. It is somewhat dark and the ambiance is nice. There are a lot of clear glass globes and decorative white lights on the ceiling and give it almost a fairy tale look. Overall, our visit to The Glitz was a good one and definitely something I would recommend.

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My husband and I had been planning a staycation this year in May. We decided it would be nice to just stay home and chill instead of traveling. It would save time, money and hopefully be more relaxing. Then he found out his company decided to do a two week shut down at the end of March and everyone would be required to take a week of vacation time. So we are taking our staycation a little earlier than planned.

Staycations became popular last year when the economy started going south. Although according to a blog by Chris Elliot, this is the year of the naycation, but we decided we still need a break. If you aren’t familiar with staycations, they simply involve taking vacation time and staying at home. Exploring local attractions is popular and a lot of people find there are many interesting things to do in their own cities. Some people even like to get a hotel in the area but to me, that starts to defeat the purpose of the saving money part of staycations. I will be chronicling our staycation here so stay tuned!

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Via Vite Cincinnati Restaurant Review

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viavite1My husband and I recently went to Via Vite an Italian restaurant in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio with some friends. It is located on Fountain Square in the heart of downtown. The restaurant was opened by the owners of Nicola’s, an Italian restaurant in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. The chef is Cristian Pietoso. The restaurant is appointed with contemporary furnishings and decorations and is very inviting.

We had made reservations from the restaurant web site via Open Table which was very convenient. We were seated promptly and our drink orders were taken right away. I started with the arugula and pine nuts with shaved parmigiano reggiano salad which was good, but had a little too much dressing for my taste, I should have asked for it on the side. For the entree, I had the pork tenderloin saltimbocca with Tuscan-style green beans and pork jus. The pork tenderloin cooked to perfection and was complimentary to the Tuscan style green beans. The service was excellent and our glasses were kept full.

Overall, this was a wonderful dining experience and I would highly recommend checking out Via Vite the next time you are in downtown Cincinnati.

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