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Happy Birthday Eastridge!

 

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This week, Eastridge Center celebrates its 45th birthday!

As we stand on the cusp of another major renovation, we thought it would be fun to look back at our history since we first opened our doors in 1971.

Spanning 1.4 million square feet of space, Eastridge drew attention at its grand opening for being the largest indoor shopping center west of the Mississippi.

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Original stores included JCPenneys, Sears, Macy’s, Sees Candies, and even had an indoor ice skating rink!

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Embracing the popular “mod” style, the original Eastridge was full of gorgeous, multi-layer fountains and conversation pits.

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With 160 stores, Eastridge was garnering major attention and giving its competitors a run for their money.

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Eastridge changed hands in 1999, with new owners, General Growth Properties, eager to breathe some life into the dated property and adapt to the changing community.

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In 2005, major renovations were undertaken. The Emporium (formerly Liberty House), which had sat vacant for many years, was given a complete overhaul, being replaced by a Bed Bath and Beyond and Barnes and Noble, a store the community had been rallying for for years.

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The biggest (and most anticipated) addition was the brand new AMC theater, providing a much-needed theater option for local residents.

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Today, Eastridge, under the direction of Pacific Retail Capital Partners, continues to welcome the community through its doors for more than just a great shopping experience–Eastridge regularly hosts events to raise health awareness, feed the public, and to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for people to connect.

Friday, May 27, we can’t wait to party as we dish up cake and ice cream and fun for you–we hope you’ll join us in celebrating 45 years of serving our community!

 

Special Thanks to:

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Summer Reading Must Haves

Whether you’re headed to the beach, mountains, lake, or even just a picnic in your backyard, no summer vacation is complete without devouring a few good books.

We’ve rounded up our new release favorites, as well as a few recent releases you don’t want to miss out on.  From biographies to thriller novels, make sure you tuck a few of these into your suitcase alongside your sunscreen and flip flops this summer!

New Releases

Me Before You, Jojo MoyesMe Before You

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Perfect for John Green fans (The Fault In Our Stars), read the book before its motion picture is released in early June!

 

 

 

 

The ApartmentThe Apartment: A Novel, Danielle Steel

They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives, and as they meet the challenges, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.

Yet another Danielle Steele novel to grace the New York Times Bestseller list, this vibrant, tender, and moving tale pulses with the excitement of New York City, as it explores twists of fate, and the way that sometimes, in special places, friends can be the family we need most.

 

 

 

 

32 Yolks32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, Eric Ripert, Veronica Chambers

In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their salty talk and quick tempers as their food, Eric Ripert stands out. The winner of four James Beard Awards, co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant, and recipient of countless Michelin stars, Ripert embodies elegance and culinary perfection. But before the accolades, before he even knew how to make a proper hollandaise sauce, Eric Ripert was a lonely young boy in the south of France whose life was falling apart.

The perfect biography if you love watching The Food Network, 32 Yolks is the tender and richly told story of how one of our greatest living chefs found himself—and his home—in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

The WeekendersThe Weekenders, Mary Kay Andrews

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Another great Mary Kay Andrews beach read, this is the perfect summer escape, full of humor and warmth, romance and intrigue.

 

 

 

Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Pre-order now for the July 31 release date–this is the Harry Potter follow up we have ALL been waiting for!

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Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Get inspired to tackle that garage/craft room/closet clutter when you get back from vacation–you know you’ve been avoiding it all summer anyways!

 

 

When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

 

 

 

Furiously HappyFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.

 

 

 

 

 

Gone GirlGone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Gone Girl spent 95 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Ben Affleck in 2014.  A juicy murder mystery with a twist!

 

 

 

BadassYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Eastridge Center gives back to the community by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Maricahi Band, Free Food, and Fun!

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Last week, Eastridge Center welcomed hundreds of guests as they celebrated Cinco de Mayo in its Center Counter.

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The event drew crowds as Center Court offered catering by Tu Mero Mole all evening, with Eastridge staff serving Mexican food as far as the eye could see.

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Thanks to everyone who made their way out to help celebrate Mexican-American culture at Eastridge’s signature event “Cinco de Mayo at Eastridge” and remember a day that is so important to our Mexican neighbors!

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Best (and worst) gifts for Mother’s Day

AdobeStock_82691471Can we talk about Mother’s Day gifts for a minute?

For the love of the woman who literally gave you your actual life/the woman who loves you as if she did, please DO NOT get her gifts from any of the following categories:

  1. Gimmick Infomercial products. I know what you’re saying right now, “But Dorthy from Peoria said it kept the racoons from her garden and mom is ALWAYS complaining about racoons in the garden!”    Just, no.
  1. Weight-loss products. Even if your mom is trying to get in shape/lose the weight she gained growing an entire human being in her belly, any acknowledgement that you think she needs to lose weight will set off a chain reaction you will not recover from.
  1. Appliances of any shape or size. Your mom might say she’d like a new vacuum, but under no circumstances do you get her a vacuum for Mother’s Day.  It’s like getting toilet paper for your birthday–yeah, it’s great if someone else pays for it and you definitely NEED it, but it’s a waste of the give-me-all-the-free-stuff-I-want-day you get once a year.
  1. Anything YOU want that she probably wouldn’t use so really you’re just buying a gift for you (sorry, 65” OLED 4K TV, not this time, even if it means mom can watch HGTV in the best definition available #justsaying)

So, with that in mind, here’s our top 5 picks for things you should actually give mom this weekend (also, please don’t wait till Sunday to start shopping.  Don’t be that person.  Your momma raised you better than that).

BOOKS

The best choice for the mom who needs to escape from all your drama for a little while.

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Humans of New York – Stories

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Leatherbound collection of Seven Jane Austen                              

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The Obsession – Nora Roberts

                                    

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Does mom have a green thumb?  Or maybe she turned your bedroom into an art studio the weekend you finally moved out? 

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H Potter Terrarium Kit                                     

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Mixed Media and Easel Set                            

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Chooka Rain/Garden Boots

DRINKS DRINKS DRINKS

Be it tea, coffee, or something a little stronger, you’re probably still the reason she’s reaching for one of these.

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Personal Coffee Maker                                   

MUGS

Cute/Funny/Sweet Mugs    

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Swirl Red Wine Glasses

HANDMADE STUFF

You’ve come a long way since that awkward ash-tray clay slab you had to make in elementary school, but trust us, mom will never tire of getting a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gift you put your (preferably metaphorical) blood, sweat, and tears into.

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Canvas Photo Prints                                        

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Modern Macrame Planter     (with fresh flowers)                          

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Chalkboard Pots

GIFT CARDS

Is your mom THE hardest person to shop for in the entire history of humanity (yeah, mom, I’m looking at you)?  Gift cards aren’t necessarily a cop-out gift as at least it ensures mom can get what she *really* wants.  Just get her a really fancy, mushy-gushy greeting card to put it in.

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Target

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And, theoretically, let’s say you did wait until Sunday, on your way to lunch with mom, and you stop in to Eastridge Center to panic-buy, don’t worry–we’ve got you covered.  Spend $125 between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, May 8, and we’ll give you a $25 e-gift card.

Check out our Facebook page for more details!

Top Ten Eats in San Jose

From food trucks to 50+ year old establishments, San Jose certainly has a restaurant to satisfy any craving you could possibly have. In no particular order, here’s our top ten places to get your fill.

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  1. Falafel’s Drive-In

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd

Celebrate Falafel’s Drive In’s 50th year in business by treating yourself to a classic falafel–a pita sandwich filled with falafel balls (deep-fried chickpea heaven), lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, tahini sauce, topped with the restaurant’s famous hot sauce.

As seen on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this classic middle eastern restaurant continues to serve up the same fresh dishes like tabbouleh and hummus as it did when its door first opened in 1966.

Burgers and fries round out the menu for less adventurous, but you’d be cheating yourself to miss out on a juicy steak-filled gyro or a sweet-crisp pocket of baklava.

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  1. Cha Cha Sushi

547 W Capitol Expy

Move over free chips and salsa!  Cha Cha Sushi has COMPLIMENTARY mussel appetizers!  Who does that?! (Cha Cha does, actually)

Not only that, this popular sushi bar has an extensive menu of specialty rolls like you’ve never seen.  Whatever raw/cooked fish combos you can dream up, they’re already two steps ahead of you and it’s on the menu.

Customer favorite Brandon’s roll (pictured above) is a plateful of sushi heaven with mixed fish, cucumbers, unagi sauce, rice crackers and the whipped topping of Japan–spicy mayo.

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  1. A Slice of New York

3443 Stevens Creek Blvd

If your pizza slice ideal is that it’s a little greasy and best eaten folded in half, then get yourself to A Slice of New York.

Walk in to the storefront on Stevens Creek and pick up a couple of slices of owner-recommended cheese to-go or order a full size from their NYC-inspired menu.  Can’t pick from the delicious line up?  Try customer favorite Munchie Lunchie–topped with pepperoni, chorizo and jalapeno so you KNOW it’s good.

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  1. The City Fish

30 E Santa Clara St, Ste 140

There are few indulgences better in life than a perfectly done box of fish and chips and The City Fish dishes up the best plate going in all of San Jose.

Come for the generous portions of expertly battered and fried fish, but stay for the garlic fries and fresh oysters as far as the eye can see.  Check out The City Fish’s happy hour specials with cheap fish tacos and $1 oysters on the half shell.

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  1. Freshly Baked Eatery

152 N 3rd St, Ste 101 (look for the red umbrellas)

Looking for a great fantastic deli downtown?  Freshly Baked Eatery has got you covered with classic sandwiches like you’ve never had before, thanks to their, well, freshly baked sourdough house loaf.

Freshly Baked Eatery is the perfect spot to stop in for a quick and cheap, but super tasty lunch.  Try the pastrami and turkey (pictured above), or if you need a hearty meal to hold you over to dinner, ask for the Special, which features their homemade-and-cooked-in-beer sausage.

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  1. Chez Sovan

923 Oakland Rd

If you haven’t tried Chez Sovan’s amok, you 100% have not lived.

The amok (steamed fish with curry and spices served in banana leaf, pictured above) is hands down the fan favorite at Chez Sovan.  This unassuming, lunch-only Cambodian restaurant serves up beautifully prepared fish curries and stir-fry noodles that you absolutely need in your life right now.

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  1. Bill’s Cafe

1115 Willow St

Everyone needs a hearty brunch spot in their weekend eating repertoire and Bill’s ticks every omelette/french toast/scramble box you’re looking for.

The real stars of Bill’s Cafe breakfast/brunch are the Benedicts.  From the classic smoked salmon to the riskier crab cakes to the El Paso (think corned beef skillet meets traditional benedict), you’re sure to find a benedict for everyone in your brunch party.  Don’t forget to wash it all down with a chilled mimosa, or else, does it even really count as brunch?
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  1. Sliders Burgers

1645 W San Carlos St

Buffalo wings?  Check.  Chilli cheese fries?  Check.  A selection of unusual meat choices for supremely tasty burgers and cheeseburgers?  Check and check–Sliders Burgers has you covered for a solid night of burger-ing.

From wild boar to elk to ostrich to good old fashioned beef, Sliders grinds all meat in house for the freshest burgers you’ve ever had from a diner-style restaurant.  Start by selection what meat you want as your burger base and add-on favorites like grilled mushrooms or avocado until you’ve crafted a burger that’s all your own.

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  1. Milk & Wood

387 S 1st St

What’s that you say?  Thought you could only choose your toppings when you go out for fro-yo?  What madman would dare dream up customizable popsicles?

The awesome crazies at Milk & Wood, that’s who.  You pick your flavor of popsicle (green tea kit kat is unmissable), you pick a chocolate to drizzle, you pick your toppings (I see you there, Fruity Pebbles), and top it off with another drizzle of chocolate and/or condensed milk.  Your choice, your prerogative.

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  1. Spartan Taco Truck

447 E William St

Located within walking/stumbling distance of SJSU, Spartan Taco Truck is the perfect spot to sate those late-night, finals-cramming munchies.

Don’t miss the $1 freshly fried chips and nacho fries–oh yes, you heard right–that’s all your favorite nacho toppings served on french fries.  Open from 9pm-3am, this food truck serves street-style tacos, burritos, nachos and offers a self-serve toppings bar–everything your midnight cravings could ever hope for.

7 Spring Styles to For Attending a Wedding

Just because its not your wedding doesn’t mean you won’t need to look fabulous. Below are 7 wedding styles for attendees that are guaranteed to make you look fabulous but not take away the spotlight from the bride to be.

 

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beautiful wedding table decorated with fresh flowers, candles and an invitation

 

Wedding-Attendee Rule #2 is that you can’t outshine the bride.

 

Rule #1, if you’re interested, is put your iPhone away already.  Don’t be the jerk ruining the photos your friends/family spent their life savings for and instead, gasp, actually witness the event through your own eyes and not through your iPhone screen.

 

Back to Rule #2–you can (and should!) still look amazing, wipe the floor with the bridesmaids, but maybe save that sex-bomb hair and heavy contouring for your big day.

 

We’ve rounded up the perfect hair and outfits to make you shine with a dewy-freshness for your best-looking spring wedding season yet!

 

Hair

Braids and soft curls are your best bet for a demure and classy wedding guest look.  Here’s our top three subtle and pretty styles, sure to get you some double-takes as you hit the reception dance floor!

 

  1. Braided Crown

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Watch the Twist Me Pretty tutorial here.

 

  1. Old Hollywood Glamour Curls

 

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Find step-by-step photos over at Grey Likes Weddings

  1. Messy-but-classy side pony

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Get the tutorial for this dreamy style from Cup of Jo.

 

Clothes and accessories

In keeping with softly styled hair, match your simple do with soft and sweet threads.  Don’t be afraid to venture outside of floral dresses–we are crushing on jumpsuits this season, too!

 

  1. H&M’s Floral Jumpsuit with Espadrilles

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  1. Forever21’s Floral BodyCon and Nude Wedges

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  1. Patron’s of Peace Maxi Dress with Full-Tilt Necklace

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Don’t settle for a being a wallflower this wedding season!  There are so many gorgeous, sweet, and demure hair styles and outfits that will keep you looking your best without completely stealing the show!

7 Benefits of Yoga You Probably Didn’t Know About

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Yoga began as a sacred form of worship and a way to reach enlightenment by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization more than 5,000 years ago in northern India.  

 

In recent years, it has gained traction in Western cultures as it transformed and adapted to promote longevity and quality of life, however, it’s often dismissed as a “fitness fad” or reason for women to wear extremely comfortable pants all day.

 

What you might not realize is that yoga actually has astonishing health benefits that go far beyond a flat stomach and toned body.

 

  1. Increased Flexibility

With so many yoga poses focusing on increased flexibility, you might be wondering why there is so much attention on flexibility.

 

Flexibility is just the term used to describe the range of use our muscles have–if you have little flexibility, you’re not using your muscles to their full potential.  Our muscles naturally lose strength through lack of use and even loss as we age, which leads to aches, pains and stiffness in our joints.

 

Consistent practice of yoga, in any form, will help you slowly stretch and strengthen muscles you didn’t even know you had, extend their range, and increase your flexibility to give you a strong body.

 

  1. Additional Strength Training

While free weights and machines at the gym definitely have a place in your strength training circuit, yoga also holds its own for building muscle.

 

Yoga poses like chair pose or the humble plank feel easy enough at first, but after just 30 seconds of holding (and probably for a few days after), you’ll notice it’s not just your arms and legs that are burning.  As with most yoga poses, your entire body is engaged, and you’re often supporting your own body weight.

 

Think of yoga as free weights, but you’re lifting the weight of your own body!

 

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Yoga. Woman Meditating and Doing Yoga Against White background

  1. Better Posture

Posture is more than just old-fashioned dinner table manners–it actually informs how well (or how poorly) your muscles and ligaments are aligned in your body.  

 

Good posture ensures muscles are in their correct place and you’re not placing undue stress on any one muscle or muscle group.  Unaddressed poor posture can not only cause muscle strains and injury, but can also lead to digestive and breathing problems in the long term.

 

  1. Protection From Injury

As already mentioned with flexibility and posture, yoga actively keeps your muscles aligned correctly in the body, with each muscle in its intended place and being used within its full range.

 

One benefit of this is protection from injury, with many runners and top athletes engaging yoga as part of their injury-prevention toolkit.  For instance, a long distance runner may use poses like standing forward bend or low lunge as a means of keeping the muscles between the hamstring and knee strong and flexible to prevent a serious knee injury.

 

  1. Lowered Blood Pressure

Yoga is equal emphasis on focused stretching and focused breathing.  While overall fitness can certainly contribute to lowered blood pressure, research shows that focused breathing can provide immediate and long-term positive effects on blood pressure.

 

This breathing technique in yoga is called pranayama, which translates as “control of life force”, and is the incorporation of intentional breathing with various poses.  Although this controlled breathing temporarily causes blood vessels to widen, research indicates that, over time, it can continue to keep low.

 

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Beautiful sporty fit yogini woman practices yoga asana Virabhadrasana 2 – warrior pose 2

  1. Stress Management

“Stress sends the entire physical system into overdrive,” says Garrett Sarley, president and CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Mass. “The muscles tense, the heart beats faster, breathing patterns change, and if the cause of stress isn’t discontinued, the body secretes more hormones that increase blood sugar levels, raising blood pressure. Yoga is one of the few stress-relief tools that has a positive effect on all the body systems involved.”

 

In fact, one study took women who had been suffering from emotional distress and enrolled them in two 90-minute yoga classes per week for three months.  At the end of the three months, the women reported a 30% decrease in anxiety and 65% increase in overall well-being.

 

  1. Effective Pain Relief

Numerous studies have been done on how yoga can specifically help alleviate low-back pain, although, as we’ve already seen, when the body begins to work as it was intended, undue stresses to joints and muscles are reduced and related pains alleviated.

 

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, it is absolutely worth consulting with your doctor about incorporating yoga into your pain management program.  The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has consistently found that patients who practiced yoga for three or more months experienced significant and sustained improvements, even more than usual medical care.

Why You Need Fro-Yo In Your Life

Why You Need Fro-Yo In Your Life

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I love ice cream.

 

Like, let’s move in together, maybe get a dog and merge bank accounts, love ice cream.

 

But, as it turns out, ice cream doesn’t love me.  Well, it loves hanging around on my thighs, otherwise, it’s just a bowlful of sweet, sugary stomach-ache waiting to happen.

 

For most of my life, I didn’t let the inevitable post-binge regret stop me from downing a pint on my own.  That is, until a few years ago, when a friend dragged me to our local frozen yogurt shop, touting its benefits and carrying on about how it “tastes just like ice cream.”

 

I was skeptical.  Don’t get me wrong–I like yogurt.  At that time, I was eating yogurt with breakfast 3-4 times a week.  And because I was eating yogurt 3-4 times a week, I knew that it, in no way, resembled ice cream.

 

Again, as it turns out, I was wrong.

 

It did taste like ice cream.  And, more surprisingly, I wasn’t left with the post-ice cream blues.  This got me thinking.  If it tastes good and I don’t feel bad after eating it, is it too good to be true?

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As it stands, 95% of Americans already think that frozen yogurt, or “fro-yo”, is healthier than ice cream.  After some quick investigation, I found that, on the whole, they weren’t wrong.

 

Low Fat Content

Frozen yogurt typically contains 0.5% fat, whereas ice cream clocks in at a weighty 15%, thanks to the taste (and waist) maker, heavy cream.

 

Keep in mind, though, often when you have a sweet treat that’s low-fat, sugar could be lurking to boost taste.  Many soft-serve frozen yogurt vendors add as much, if not more, sugar to balance the biting tart of the yogurt.

 

Say it together with me, folks, “everything in moderation.”

 

Probiotics

You’re a smart person.  I’m a smart person.  We both know that yogurt is full of healthy, gut-improving bacteria called probiotics.  Since fro-yo is made with *drum roll* yogurt, fro-yo also gives you a healthy dose of the digestive-boosting little guys.

 

While not every frozen yogurt chain is created equal, many are keeping up on the forefront of health and technology by ensuring the probiotics found in their fro-yo are hearty and can withstand the freezing process, so not only will your mouth be happy with your frozen treat, your gut will be, too.

 

Happy gut, happy life!

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Fruity Options

Let’s be real for one minute.  The last time I had fro-yo, I got cake batter, peanut butter, and red velvet cupcake flavors, which probably wasn’t so bad, but then I buried them in cookie dough bites, peanut M&M’s, and chocolate sauce.  I’m not proud of my choices that night, but it happened and I own that.

 

No matter where you decide to pick up fro-yo from, everyone will have a plain or “tart” option, which, if you’re trying to stay on the squeaky-clean side of dessert-dining-out, is going to be your safest bet.

 

You’ll also find every topping bar stocked with fresh cut fruit and chopped nuts to top your sweet treat.  Adding fresh fruit to the top of your tart fro-yo adds a sweet pop of flavor, while nuts will satisfy your need a “candy coated shell”, not to mention getting caught up on your vitamin and protein intake for the day!

The 10 Greatest April Fool’s Pranks You Have To Try This Year

Tired of always being on the ugly end of an office prank?  Switch to the offensive team this April Fool’s with these clever and harmless April Fool’s Day gags.

  1. The Switcheroo

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I suggest a backup box of actual donuts as this prank can potentially cause serious unrest and harbored resentment amongst your colleagues.

  1. The Sensor Block

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Variations of this classic prank include taping photos of Nicolas Cage and the Trollface meme to the underside of the mouse.

  1. The “Hey Girl”

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Take advantage of the coworker who forgot to lock his computer at lunch and install a Google Chrome extension that changes all images on any webpage to photos of Ryan Gosling.

  1. The Googly-Eyed Office Supplies

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Googly-eye packs usually come with about 100 pairs of eyes, so get creative!  Once you’ve covered a coworkers stapler, mouse, and filing cabinets, head over to the communal refrigerator and get sticking!

  1. The Escapee

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The thought of this actually happening is truly terrifying.

  1. The “The Office”

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The quintessential office prank–desktop item set in Jell-O–made famous in the Pilot episode of The Office.  This one takes a minor amount of prep work work, but is 100% worth it for the response.

  1. The Sticky Situation

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If you’re feeling particularly gutsy, try this one out on your office supply manager.

  1. The Moat

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Still a little bitter you’re stuck in the cube farm and not in an office?  This prank is a solid way to vent some frustration, but you may want to follow this one up with peace-offering donuts.

  1. The Christmas Gift

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But really, who DOESN’T love unwrapping presents?!

  1. The Bieber-Fever

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Of all of the above, this has to be the most unsettling.

What’s New at the Movies

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MOVIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

3154_batman-v-superman-dawn-of-ju_8600Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Internet has been arguing the merits of casting Ben Affleck as Batman in this sequel to Man of Steel since it was announced mid-2013. On Good Friday, this highly anticipated feature finally hits theaters, settling once and for all if Warner Bros. choice in casting is a hit or a miss.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is our first peek at a multi-film reboot of DC Comic’s Justice League. As the story goes, Batman fears that Superman (Henry Cavill) is becoming too powerful and poses a potential threat to humanity and the two battle through bitterness and envy until faced with a much darker force, courtesy Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg).

While all eyes will seemingly be on Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his masked counterpart, don’t miss an epic performance by Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]3471_my-big-fat-greek-wedding-2_2D8CMy Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
While the sequel to Man of Steel has been talked about for years, the chatter surrounding a sequel to the 2002 rom-com My Big Fat Greek Wedding has been decidedly less obvious.

The film features all the same players you met the first time, with the introduction of Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian’s (John Corbett) daughter, Paris, who is now leaving home for college. Plot twist–Toula’s parents discover they were never legally married, and thus, another Big Fat Greek Wedding is planned.
If you loved the Portokalos family food-related shenanigans, heart-to-heart conversations, and irreverent laughs the first time around, you won’t be disappointed by this sweet sequel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]3406_allegiant_73AEThe Divergent Series: Allegiant
Allegiant, the third of the wildly popular Divergent teen novel-turned-movie series, finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) leaving the walls of Chicago for the first time ever. They quickly discover that what lies outside is far worse than they could have known as they become caught in the middle of a war to save humanity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]3349_zootopia_E1EDZootopia
Zootopia is a bustling anthropomorphic metropolis where animals live and work together in peace until a mysterious crime puts the city on edge. Rookie Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), the city’s first rabbit cop, is forced to team up with a cynical and wily fox (Jason Bateman) to not only prove herself as a cop, but make the city safe again.
Full of all the fun and clever humor you’ve come to expect from a Disney full-length feature, Zootopia is one you don’t want to miss, even if you don’t have kids.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]