Irish Blessings

Ireland: home of castles, churches, cows, singalongs, leprechauns, shining rugged coastlines, guinness, green rolling hills, charming accents, and melt-in-your-mouth homemade brown bread. We spent the weekend in the lovely village of Galway and while I was a bit sad going home, I feel extraordinarily blessed to have had an entire weekend off-duty to spend some long overdue time with a handful of my favorite people in the world: 3 of my brothers and sisters and their wife/fiancé/girlfriend. If you fancy a trip to this charming part of the world and are looking for recommendations, stay here: http://www.thehousehotel.ie, go see: http://www.kylemoreabbey.com, grab a pint at: http://www.mcswiggans.ie, and enjoy a delicious meal at: http://www.whitegables.com.

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I hope you also enjoyed your weekend wherever you were in the world. We are having class tomorrow for anyone at a loss for exciting bank holiday plans. Don’t miss:

Monday: Skinny Jeans Workout! For anyone struggling to retire the elastic waistband trousers, this one’s for you.

Tuesday: Bands and Benches: sculpt a long and lean look using your own body weight, plus the resistance of our benches and bands for full body toning.

Thursday: The Metric System. Come enjoy the endless benefits associated with isometric holds (think plank) and plyometrics (think high skips). Both will help you achieve a fit and healthy body in their own right. The perfect workout for those just getting back into it.

Fit Kits: available all week for purchase! £35 gets you your own resistance band, a comfy Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, 3 at-home workouts and 3 delicious slimming smoothie recipes, plus the knowledge that you are making a difference for babies born too small, too soon, too sick to get the care they need to survive those first critical weeks of life. All proceeds go to the Bliss Foundation. Best money you’ll spend all week 😉

I have a great cleaner if anyone would like details! Hanna has helped us for the last 8 months and is wonderful. She is looking for additional work in central London at £10/hour on weekdays. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Let me know if you’d like her details!

Much love from your Irish American London resident, who couldn’t dance an Irish jig, make an edible apple pie, or keep calm and carry on if her life depended on it,
Kerri

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Here Comes the Sun

Hi girls!

I hope you’re loving this summer-perfect weather as much as I am. My brothers and sisters arrived yesterday morning and we have been going nonstop ever since. Pic below from dinner last night at Inamo Restaurant in Soho. Super fun if you are a techie who fancies a bit of Japanese. You can order your meal from the touch screen table, play games with your dining companions, even spy on the chefs making your meal! Loving having more company but definitely a bit “knackered” (do I sound British yet? Don’t answer that!).

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Need a little extra help shedding that baby weight or gearing up for a warm weather holiday? I will be selling Fit Kits all week again in prep for the Bliss Buggy Push on May 31st. Your Fit Kit costs £35 and includes a resistance band, a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, 3 do-anywhere band workouts, and 3 delicious waistline-friendly smoothie recipes! All proceeds go to the Bliss Organization which helps babies born too small, too soon, too sick. Let me know if you’re interested. Everybody wins!

Many thanks to all of you who have joined Buggy Bootcamp in the past few weeks! I hope you are enjoying the mum camaraderie and workouts. This week we have some fun and intense sessions designed to push you past that plateau, shed unwanted baby weight, and tone you up like never before. Don’t miss out!

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Monday: Cardio Core Ladder Workout! Work your abs, bum, thighs, and get a good sweat going tomorrow. You know you need it!

Tuesday: Superhero Circuit: unleash your inner superhero with 3 full sets of effective and fun intervals designed to tone you from head to toe. Don’t forget your capes!

Thursday: Cardio Zen: keep your mind and body sharp with these complementary sweat/stretch pairings. Hands down the best way to rejuvenate yourself after a long week of mum duties.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Cheers,
Kerri

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Carpe le weekend

How did you all spend your weekend? I am back to London after a long weekend spent with Grammy Pritz and Pops (my parents) in Normandy, France. If anyone has even a remote interest in World War II and the invasion on D Day, I can’t recommend this quick trip enough and have the perfect B&B, tour guide, and restaurant choices for you too. No matter where your relatives were in the world before, on, and after June 6, 1944 and what side they were on, you more than likely have a personal story that ties back to this turning point in history. I’d love to hear them!

The Japenese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 as my grandfather was preparing to graduate from Providence College in Rhode Island. He was nervous about being rejected from the draft due to poor eyesight. Nonetheless, he was drafted into the service and shipped off to Bootcamp (unfortunately not the Buggy Bootcamp variety). After a few months of training, 99% of his fellow soldiers were shipped off to North Africa. Due to his large brain (which I didn’t inherit) and invisible biceps (which I did), Grandpa Jim was tapped to go to Officer Candidate School in California. From there he was shipped to Brisbane, Australia and over the next three years went to The Philippines, Okinawa, and ultimately Tokyo working in Intelligence as First Lieutenant. The war ended in August of 1945 and he began his studies at Harvard Law School. He met my grandma shortly thereafter before being called to serve in the Korean War. He said to my grandma, “well I guess that’s it”, to which my grandmother replied, “well it doesn’t have to be. We could get married.” And so they did. 7 kids and 23 grandchildren later, here I am with my grandfather’s first son on a plane back from the boiling point of World War II, trying to picture what it was like as the world sacrificed hundreds of millions of fine young men and women to secure the free world we live in today. Carpe le weekend and go visit this beautiful historic part of the world if you have not done so already.

This week we will be continuing class on Mon, Tues, and Thursday despite the bank holiday tomorrow. We have some fun classes so clear your morning plans and meet us:

Monday: HIIT! High Intensity Interval Training: one of the best ways to rev your metabolism, torch major calories, and enjoy an endorphin-high for the rest of the day. Exercises will follow an easy/medium/difficult format in 30 second intervals. Get excited.

Tuesday: Mom Friends are the best friends. Partner up for a full-on sweat session and leave with a new friend.

Thursday: wind down with a slightly less intense cardio workout focused on melting fat and deep therapeutic stretching for your achy breaky parts.

Have you bought your Fit Kit yet? Your £35 donation to Bliss, the foundation that raises funds for families with preemie babies desperately needing extra care and support, earns you a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt in cozy soft cotton, a resistance band, 3 at-home workouts, and 3 delicious smoothies high in fiber, protein, and vitamins to help you get in the best shape of your life. Summer is approaching… What are you waiting for?

Anyone looking for a sitter/nanny? One of the girls who used to watch C and M just texted me that she is available! This girl is fan.tas.tic. and I cannot recommend her enough. My kids love her, and they are a tough sell. She will tidy up well while your little one is napping. She is available starting next week. Email me if you would like more info.

See you tomorrow!

Cheers,
Kerri