Someone’s In The Kitchen With Mazen

November 14, 2012

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I spent the day cooking! First cooking dried beans from a mix we sell at Great Harvest, then the soup that followed. I have two mom friends who just had babies, and I’m taking them both dinner! 1 big pot of soup, 3 families to feed. I’m so glad to take dinner to new moms – it makes me so happy to think about how much we appreciated it during the first few weeks and paying it forward.

Chicken + Bean Curry Soup and Spinach Salad plus Great Harvest Rolls and GH cookies!

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I also roasted some squash for the fun of it. And you know butternut – it takes 30 minutes to just prep for the oven. A very time intensive kitchen day.

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Luckily breakfast was a heat-n-eat affair!

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Leftover baked pumpkin oatmeal with hot apple on top.

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I just microwaved the apple to save washing a pot. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sunflower butter.

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For lunch I took bits of what I was cooking to eat.

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A little chicken breast, some squash, spinach salad, chopped apple, raisins and almonds. Since all the ingredients were prepped, it took no time to assemble lunch.

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I went out to deliver to mom #1 today – Rosie and baby L! Baby L was so cute and tiny and slept sweetly the whole visit. Maze on the other hand was rambunctious in my arms! Drooling and snorting. But also very cute : ) Mom #2 delivery is tomorrow Smile 

Afternoon snack of yogurt + cereal. Photographed one handed with baby in the other.

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This evening, I went with my friend Kirsten to a Pure Barre class! Valerie, who I walked with yesterday, opened the studio here in Cville and invited me to try a class. Kirsten and I drove out to the 5:30 class.

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I loved the studio and liked the class. It was hard – especially the first 5 minutes of solid abs. My abs are completely gone after baby stretched them out, and 5 minutes was a bit much for my first ab workout postpartum. I just barely kept up! Thankfully the workout got a little easier after that when we moved on to other parts of the body. I sort of wished the class was more ballet barre and less Pilates-style floor moves, but maybe I just caught a more mat-centric class. But it was a good muscle workout. I’ll tell you this: I will be sore tomorrow. And if you did this workout regularly you would definitely have a rock solid core! It was a really fun change. I’m so excited to get back into FITNESS of all kinds!

Karen and Matt watched Maze together and had a bottle on hand, but he didn’t need it because he slept on his KK the whole time!

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The soup was delish – I loved the chicken.

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Hiiiiiigh Fiiiiiive. Toasted with some butter.

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I had a peppermint patty from Valentine’s Day for dessert. Imagine that.

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1 Jun November 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

What do you usually add to the bean soup to spice it up a little? Or you just stick with salt?

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2 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

Well this one had a spice pack, but normally salt, pepper, some herbs

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3 lisa fine November 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love making huge pots of soup to have all week (or to bring for others, or to serve at home for others!).

Love the idea of adding hot apple to baked oatmeal or regular oatmeal, or even yogurt. Need to get on that.

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4 Parita @ myinnershakti November 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love the idea of bringing new moms food. I, for one, can’t imagine having to worry about dinner and food after having a baby. So thoughtful of you!

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5 the 3volution of j3nn November 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

Valentine’s Day! Girl, that’s control, lol. How nice to take new moms delicious meals! I hope to have someone to do that for one day. It’s a great idea!

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6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

I definitely want to try a Pure Barre class sometime, it sounds fun and like a good change to my usual workouts!

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7 Eating 4 Balance November 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

I’ve always heard awesome things about Barre classes. I would definitely go if it was more focused on bar work than mat work. Pilates isn’t my favorite but when I was younger I used to love doing ballet at the bar!

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8 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

What a precious picture of Maze with … is that grandma? Very cute!

We don’t have anyplace that offers barre classes here but the idea of a rock solid core sounds worthy of the pain. Plus, for whatever reason, ab muscle pain is a pain I like. Leg pain after a workout? Not so much. But I like knowing all that hard work is working to strip and rebuild muscle!

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9 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

It’s great that you’re cooking for other new moms. I can’t wait to be able to do that for my friends.

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10 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

Aww, so good of you to return the favor to new mamas! I’m sure they appreciated it!

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11 Blessing @ WorkingMomJounal November 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

I love days when I feel this way, eager to cook!

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12 Emily November 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love taking food to new moms. It’s also a great excuse to sneak a quick pick at the new bebe! ;) I just started going to Pure Barre 3x week about 3 weeks ago and the results I’m already seeing are insane! Definitely a great motivator to keep it up! My classes does a lot of barre work, so I bet you just caught an off class.

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13 deva at deva by definition November 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’ve always been curious about the barre classes but in my area they are few, far between, and also very far-flung!

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14 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Cooking for new parents does feel amazing!!!

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15 Tiffany November 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Mazen is getting so big! he is adorable :)

How did you peel the butternut squash?

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16 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

With a peeler : )

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17 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles November 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

Big batch soups are perfect for sharing. I am sure the new moms will appreciate the time you put in to create such a feast for them. Why is it that ‘bits and bats’ taste so good together? I love my ‘this and that’ salads every day…especially if I have some leftover roasted veggies like brussel sprouts, brocolli, cauliflower and squash. :)

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18 Leslie November 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

Your toast at the end made me think of this. I caught a part of Dr. Oz the other day and it sounded interesting so I hit record. What had my attention was that he was talking about chia seeds, but he also did a whole segment on coconut oil. Do you use it? I love it, but the TJ’s brand I got is so coconutty tasting that I don’t use it for stuff like eggs or certain veggies. Anyhow, he recommended putting it toast just like butter and I tried it…Delicious! Try it if you get the chance and especially if your coconut oil really tastes like coconut.

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19 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

I do use it! Love everything coconut

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20 CT Cupcake November 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

glad you came to try Pure Barre. Every class and instructor is a bit different, though all PB classes follow the same format of 14 segments, so come try other classes out! The core part is a killer !

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21 Carla C November 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh, I’m glad you shared your experience of barre class! I’ve always been curious…will probably try to check one out if I hear of one in my area. And, Valentine’s Day????! Haha.

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22 eliza November 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

your baby is so so cute!! He looks like such a mix of your and your husband.

i love that blanket too on him.. love reading you and daily garnish and getting to see your handsome babies. they are just too cute! i hope they meet :)

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23 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

Oh gosh, I have a butternut squash sitting in my kitchen because I’ve been avoiding cutting it up!

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24 Melissa @ HerGreenLife November 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

Wow, that’s ambitious that you’re making meals for other new moms while still a new mom yourself. I took me until just a couple of weeks ago (when my little guy was 15 months old) to venture into making a meal for someone else territory!

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25 Carly @ Snack Therapy November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m seriously impressed that you have any kind of sweet leftover from Valentine’s Day. I’m lucky if chocolate lasts a week in my house!

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26 Liz November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

I noticed your fridge is one with the freezer on the bottom. We are thinking of upgrading to one lik that. Do you like yours?

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27 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yes, definitely!!! It’s a bit hard to organize the freezer being so low, but it’s worth it to have the whole fridge at eye level.

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28 Kim November 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

That soup looks so good – I hope you post the recipe soon! And I’ve tried Pure Barre and it’s definitely a great workout! The format is basically the same during each class, so you should expect the same if you go back.

And you are too sweet to take meals over to that new mom! Is Mazen still sick though? I hope her newborn doesn’t catch anything, especially if she hasn’t gotten any shots yet!

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29 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

There wasn’t a recipe since it was a mix – but it was by Frontier Soup.

He’s not sick anymore! He’s been over his cold for quite a few days.

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30 Kim November 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

Oh, that’s good he’s not sick. But I thought since you posted about his stuffy nose yesterday morning on Twitter, he still might be getting over something. Sometimes baby colds take a while to clear up!

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31 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

See my response to Alyssa. Even healthy I wouldnt let him near a new baby.

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32 Kim November 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Sorry, I guess I’m confused. So you didn’t take Mazen then? I’m assuming you didn’t let him grab the baby’s face, but if you brought him over with you, then he was near the baby since he was in the house (unless you sat on the opposite side of the room during your visit! LOL). It’s not a problem, especially since he’s healthy now, but I was just confused since you said you wouldn’t let him near a baby, even when healthy.

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33 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I just mean we weren’t going to put them side-by-side for a baby photograph on the couch or let them touch hands or anything.

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34 Alyssa November 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

If he’s not sick, why are you asking for help with saline on Twitter? Is there a reason to use it other than illness?

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35 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

It just arrived in the mail yesterday. (delayed Amazon…) I wanted to know how best to test it out. It’s not a medicine so there’s no harm in trying it on everyday nose gunk.

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36 Greg November 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

How long did you microwave the apple?

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37 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

About a minute

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38 Mom November 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

Go KK! And that’s some cute baby you have there and lovely baby blanket!

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39 Kristen @ Change of Pace November 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

Yay for soup season! That is so sweet of you to take the new moms food. It really does help just having that one meal ready for you.

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40 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun November 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

I have really been interested in trying a barre class but unfortunately we don’t have any studios nearby! I have heard that it really is such a great way to strengthen your core. Is the ballet bar largely incorporated or was there a lot you could do without one? (I know you said it was pretty mat-centric). Maybe I could just do my own classes here at home :)

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41 CT Cupcake November 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

Hey Jordan- I teach Pure Barre classes, so I figured I’d answer your question. The Barre is used for balance in a number of exercises. Some you can improvise at home and use a chair but there are a few exercises that the barre is used to support your body weight, which won’t work with a chair. Pure Barre does have dvds, which give a great core workout. Obviously I’m biased, since I love PB and teach!

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42 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun November 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Thanks! It sounds like a great class, I am really interested in trying one out if I ever get an opportunity :)

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43 Lily November 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Mazen and Karen look a lot alike!

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44 Emily @ www.main-eats.com November 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Yum yum! How do you manage to make such beautiful food?! I don’t have a kid and I struggle to find the time! You are Super Mom! : )

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45 Julie November 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I’m on my way to a barre class right now! It’s called Yoga Barre, but it’s pretty mat-centric, too. I agree – wish it was more ballet-focused, but it’s still fun to do something different. And the little moves you make work your muscles too, which is funny to me, but fun.

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46 Kavi November 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

“Someone’s in the kitchen with Mazen” Cute! Now I’m humming that tune :) How on Earth do you come up with so many titles for your posts without repeating?! haha

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47 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I do repeat sometimes :)

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48 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Ok, first of all, that pic of Mazen and Karen together is adorable. Sigh.

Second, you have got me worried. If the barre class kicked your butt (or abs, as the case may be), I am so scared about to think about what working out after the baby is gonna be like for me. I have been active during this pregnancy, but I don’t think nearly as much as you were. I mean, you did body sculpt for goodness sakes. Yikes!

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49 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

It mostly just kicked my abs!

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50 Ilane November 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Kath, do you use a mandoline slicer to cut the squash or do you cut it by hand with a knife? It is so hard to cut :)

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51 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

By hand – I microwaved it a bit first to soften!

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52 Ilane November 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thanks :) They were nicely cut.

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53 Laura @ She Eats Well November 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

It’s amazing how patient you are to peel the butternut squash. I def. don’t have the patience in me but I should try it because it’s a pain to peel it after it’s roasted!!

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54 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette November 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Soup looks delicious! So nice of you to cook for others while you’re a busy new mom yourself! The barre class sounds fun. I have one going in near my house and was considering giving it a try for something different. I bet Karen doesn’t mind a long cuddle nap from Mazen. :) Very cute picture.

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55 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Glad the soup was a hit and the squash looks great.

And the Barre class- glad you were able to go and enjoyed the burn :)

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56 Annette @FitnessPerks November 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I love peppermint chocolate after a meal. SO delicious!

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57 Michelle (Peachy Palate) November 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Had to check out Rosie’s baby…so cute! You’re all so good each other, having such great friends makes having a new baby and your whole life turned on it’s head, for the better of course ;), so much easier!

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58 Katie @ Balanced RD November 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

That soup looks so delicious! I have been wanting to try a pure barre class…it’s always good to hear other people’s feedback about classes to know what to expect! Your baby is adorable :)

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59 rosie November 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Enjoyed the soup for dinner AND lunch today…SO good! So were the sweets!

Thank you for the food and for the visit :)

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60 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

So glad! Lets walk soon!

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61 Amy @ Eat Workout Succeed November 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Remember the 2 day rule… it won’t hurt tomorrow it will be the day after!

Just to back you up Kath, my son Rowan was stuffy as a small baby last year so i used Saline spray regularly… he was not ill he was just stuffy – I think the central heating caused it as he is starting to get stuffy again this year! But other than that he is a very healthy boy :)

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62 kate November 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Oh looks great! Which flavor was it and how many packs did you use?

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63 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I linked to the flavor – it was celebration I think with sausage and apple but I used chicken instead

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64 Abbey Brown November 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

a peppermint patty from Valentine’s Day???!!!
that was nine months ago…how on earth do you manage that? (especially since they are readily available year-round)

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65 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I have a chocolate stash that I forget about in the pantry. This patty was heart shaped!

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66 luv what you do November 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I love the idea of one big pot of soup feeding the neighborhood. I make soup (and chili) all winter long and randomly bring it to my coworkers, which is so fun. I love to share and they love to have lunch!

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67 Steph @ Staph Stays Slim November 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I LOVE pumpkin anything….especially oats! All the bread from the bakery looks so good, wish I was close by!

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68 Sandy November 15, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love barre classes but there are none nearby so I do Physique 57 DVDs and a Cathe Barre workout DVD. Don’t know if I’m getting the same awesome results but at least I’m trying. I wish I loved cooking and was more confident about the results, I don’t offer to take meals because I don’t feel that it is really a gift they want to receive.

I read through the comments looking for other’s suggestions and ideas about barre classes and I was distressed by the comments that question your choices. I wish people didn’t feel they need to mention everything that they might think. You must be really strong to take the criticism. I think you are doing a great job of mothering, blogging and having an active life with Mazen. Enjoy this time.

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69 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

That’s so nice of you to make food to bring over to new moms. I’m sure they appreciated that greatly! :)

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70 Fran@BCDC November 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

The soup looks tasty!

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71 Suzanne November 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I’ve never tried Pure Barre, but I love Barre3. I haven’t been to the studio, but they have a website with videos that you can do from home. http://www.mybarre3.com/ It’s $15 a month and totally worth it. If you use the promo code b3friendsandfamily you can get a free month!

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