Category Archives: Wellness

Blue Barn Kitchen: Mommy Mocktail

Written by: Beth Nydick, Blue Barn Kitchen

On this Mother’s Day, I reflect on the kind of mom I am, I have great mommy moments and BAD ones too. PM me for those stories…..

Either way according to Wikipedia – “Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.”

Now that the kids are in the double digits, I am aware of the limited time I have left before they leave for college. The influence I have on them has not only to shape their lives but has shaped my own. I don’t know what kind of women I would be without those smelly kids. Yes! They make me crazy, the best is when the big one’s hormones are raging ( wow, I love teenagers) and I’m being yelled at while being laid on and asked to scratch his back with only my nails. 

I feel them trying to pull away while holding on tight. OMG, I’m getting choked up just writing this. I want to keep them young but at the same time, I know that they have to live and grow. Boy, it’s so hard to imagine what life will be like when they really are out on their own.

But for now, I will watch their (awful) TV shows and listen to every moment they want to share. No more handmade cards but still moments of love and admiration. I do have to say that I still have flashes of their toddler days, the days where they only wanted me and a baggie of goldfish. I am happy those days are over but still miss their little fat chubby hands holding mine. xoxo-B

Violet Beauregarde


  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 4-6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups organic, no sugar added blueberry juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Seltzer, to taste
  • Fresh blueberries for garnish

Muddle mint in the bottom of a pitcher. Add lime juice, maple syrup, blueberry juice, and ice. Stir until well combined and strain into glasses. 

Top off each drink with seltzer and garnish with floating fresh blueberries.

Fabulous Female Friday – Tina Tang

Meet Tina Tang

This month’s Fabulous Female, is Tina Tang of Jersey City. Tina is a certified Personal Trainer, jewelry designer and one strong AF woman!

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Tina was raised to get a great education and earn a degree that would allow her to “be stable and pay the bills”.  

Tina studied at the University of Chicago and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy.  At the time, the most popular careers were in Consulting and Investment Banking. This is how she ended up working at Goldman Sachs.

Investing in Herself

During her time at Goldman Sachs, Tina had great bosses. However, after five years there, she felt her boss focused solely on mentoring her male colleagues. 

Tina was in a place where she was not comfortable with her life.  She told me that usually, when you’re in a place where you’re not comfortable, it makes you think more about what you really want to do in life.

This wasn’t as simple as switching departments; she knew it wouldn’t alleviate that uncomfortable feeling she was having deep inside.In her mind, she had done everything that her parents wanted her to do, so now she decided she was going to do what she loved.

Create Your Own Future

Not having a safety net, all she knew was that she loved being creative. Since she had already been making jewelry on the side and had pieces in some stores, it was a natural transition for her to become a full time jewelry designer.  The bigger catalyst was being featured in InStyle magazine.

About two years later she opened her first store in the West Village. A second and third store soon followed. However, the financial crisis of 2008 affected the way people shopped, as they no longer spent money on such luxuries as custom made jewelry.

Additionally, on line shopping and social media started playing a bigger role in people’s lives. By 2010 Tina had closed all of her stores and in the process of getting a divorce.

A Strong Resolve

As things slowed down and Tina moved her jewelry sales online, she was also trying to figure out what to do next. After taking a personal training course, Tina again found herself in love with a new path. She worked at Equinox gym for three years, before her entrepreneurial spirit led her to branch out on her own. 

Fitness and Jewelry: A One-Two Punch

As she ventured more into fitness, she wanted to incorporate her love of fitness and showcase the power of achievement into jewelry designs. She wanted it to not only represent physical strength, but also a state of mind. 

That’s how Iron Strong Jewelry was born.

Tina’s philosophy is that being strong on the outside, also helps you become stronger emotionally. I couldn’t agree more. Her zest for life, fitness and supporting other women is contagious!

For more of Tina, follow her on social media or visit Ironbound Performance Athletics in downtown Jersey City.


Fit Fab Moms

It’s not a boot camp, it’s a LIFESTYLE!

That may sound intimidating to some, but these two New Jersey moms are here to be your guide along your wellness and fitness journey. Don’t be fooled by the name, Fit Fab Moms has programs that can be applied to just about everyone in your family, and #HipNJ’s Alex Lee is bringing you everything you need to know about these amazing women and their mission!

Launched in 2017, FFM began when Katie Siano and Lauren Leonard met (during a workout, of course) and began discussing the hardships associated with maintaining or reclaiming your fitness routine as a new mom. While there wasn’t an existing program, Katie and Lauren decided the community needed one, and they were just the people to do it!

FFM boasts personal training style workouts in a group setting. They can be modified and tailored to you based on several factors, all geared toward achieving your personal goals.

In just two years, the numbers grew, and so did their space, as FMM moved from a church basement to a gorgeous studio in Madison, NJ. In true Fit Fab Mom style, Lauren gave birth to her second child just days before breaking ground on the studio!

Women quickly fell in love with the program, the bright, clean studio and the results. As became more confident in their own fitness and wellness journey, they were eager to pass the knowledge and experience on to the other members of their family. Katie and Lauren met this demand by cultivating several additional programs that involve all members of the family.

FHit Kids teaches basics and fundamentals to young ones, aiming to build body awareness, strength and learn teamwork. The ladies recently launched FHit Squad for tween and teen girls. The message focuses on empowerment and strength, both mental and physical.

And they didn’t forget about the guys! Functional Fit Family (or F3) welcomes husbands and men in general to get a great work out, as well. Squeezing in some healthy competition with your significant other is a great way to strengthen your family and keep everyone moving!

To learn more about Fit Fab Moms and what their classes can do for you and your loved ones, visit!