Summer Party Planning 101

This is the first in a summer series about entertaining with flair. Over the next few months, we'll be talking party planning, healthy recipes, and more! 

'Tis the season for outdoor BBQs, garden cocktail parties, and all manner of summer parties. We at TRANSFORM are all about community, and hosting your close friends and family is a great way to connect with people who lift you up and support you in your goals. 

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It's important to remember that you can entertain without derailing your commitment to health—or your stress level. The number one rule is: Work ahead. Ironing out the details early keeps you from feeling frenzied on party day and allows you to enjoy the festivities as much as your guests. Here are six of our favorite tips for entertaining with flair. 

1. Simplify. Being a great host isn't about extravagance. Do what you know best, whether it's creative cocktails or a seated dinner. 

2. Be prepared. Know that you can throw an impromptu event with basics you have on hand: ingredients for a signature cocktail, some classy decor, and a rockin' playlist. 

3. Choose your vibe. Select lighting, music, seating, and temperature that are conducive to eating, drinking, and socializing. 

4. Get inspired. Pull an idea or two for decorations from your favorite magazine, book, or blog. 

5. Embrace Mother Nature. Disperse overgrown mint among vases of flowers. Arrange generous bouquets of tree trimmings in urns. Fill a wooden bowl with citrus fruits. 

6. Take it outside. Don't feel obligated to restyle your interior to fit the vibe. If it's too cold, bring in your patio furniture and potted plants to create the casual feel of an outdoor party. 

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and secrets for entertaining this summer!

Your biggest fans in health and wellness, 

Angela and Team TRANSFORM

Hand Weights for Your Home Gym

This is the fifth in a series of posts about developing your home fitness space. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and tools, and check out our posts on yoga blocksfoam rollersexercise balls, and yoga mats

Dumbbells aren't just for heavy lifters at the gym, nor do you have to struggle with extreme weights to get a workout. There are so many ways to strengthen your body with small hand weights right in your own home. If you are building your personal fitness area — or simply want to fit in a quick strength session before work, hand weights are a great tool. Here's our recommendation.  

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How to Choose: We like to have a variety of weights available for different muscle groups. Generally, heavier weights work well for big muscles while lighter weights are best used for smaller ones. Start with a set of each: 3, 5, and 7-8 pounds to get enough variety between exercises and to mix it up as you grow stronger. 

You can find hand weights at sporting goods stores, Target, or even on Amazon. Nonslip neoprene weights are great for sweaty hands — vinyl weights are also great. These also come in a variety of colors to brighten your fitness space. 

How to Use: There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of ways to use your dumbbells. Hold a heavier weight at your chest as you squat or one in each hand as you lunge. Shoulder presses, bicep curls, chest fly, upright rows — you name it. If you've never worked with a trainer or participated in a strength class at the gym, watch a few videos on YouTube to make sure you understand proper form for each exercise to avoid injury. If appropriate, consult your doctor and/or trainer with questions. 

Congratulations! You're well on your way to having your very own home gym!

Your biggest fans in health and wellness, 

Angela and Team TRANSFORM

TRANSFORM Recipes: Herbal Infused Water

Let's face it — plain ol' water can be really, really boring. We're here to help you spice it up, whether you want to drink more water in your day-to-day routine or serve a healthy yet flavorful beverage at your next spring dinner party.

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The great thing about water is that it's a blank canvas. Add berries, citrus or stone fruit, herbs like mint, or some combination of these into the water bottle you keep at your desk or the pitcher that lives in your fridge. We're pretty sure you'll be better hydrated as a result!

For more on hydration, check out the Ultimate Transformation Week 5: Hydration and Pampering video

Herbal Infused Water

2 gallons cold water, plus additional for rinsing herbs

3/4 oz. fresh basil

3/4 oz. fresh mint

3/4 oz. fresh lemongrass

2 fresh lemons, sliced

2 fresh limes, sliced

1 package of edible flowers

Ice (optional)

Directions: Rinse fresh herbs in cold water. Add basil, mint, lemongrass, lemon slices, and lime slices to 2 gallons of water. Stir for 30-60 seconds to release the essential oils. Add ice. Add flowers to garnish, and enjoy!

Your biggest fans in health and wellness, 

Angela and Team TRANSFORM

The Power of Positive Affirmations

We've talked a little bit about how to spring clean your finances, but did you know that this is also the perfect time to reset your self-talk? Use this season to bring a little bit of mindfulness back into your daily routine and, above all, be KIND to yourself. 

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Positive self-affirmations have a very real impact on our way of thinking and being, and scientists have even examined the brain to show how this practice works wonders. Speaking our good thoughts aloud raises our vibrational frequency and lets our bodies know that all is well. One key thing to practice is actually seeing and believing what you speak — your emotions are just as important as your words! 

Spend this next week trying on self-affirmations. You can speak them aloud, write them in a journal, or place Post-It notes around your home, car, and office. Use positive and inspiring words, and then believe in yourself and your capacity to achieve what you envision. Start with "I AM..." For more on creating affirmations, watch Week 1 of the Ultimate Transformation! 

We are the Best of Utah 2018!

Team TRANSFORM is so stoked to be featured in City Weekly's Best of Utah 2018 Body & Mind edition! Thanks to our clients and friends for supporting us in our mission to provide healthy, organic meals and to transform bodies, minds, beings, and lives, and congratulations to our founder Angela Martindale on this honor! 

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