Category: Fitness Centers/Health/Recreation

Exploring Chestnut Ridge Park

flame{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

This past Sunday called for a coffee date with a friend who I haven’t seen since the summer. Instead of sitting inside a coffee shop to catch up we grabbed the Cup of Joe to go and hit up Chestnut Ridge Park for a little hiking and exploring adventure. We started off in the main park area by the toboggans and then decided to find the “eternal flame” since neither one of us have seen it before.

chestnut ridge

We got to the park around 9:30 and were there for about an hour and a half, two hours. Small signs are placed on trees making it easy to follow on the trail and not get lost. Once we started heading back from seeing the flame, groups of people started to make their way through – justifying are decision to hit up the park early.


With this unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having I’ve been trying to take advantage of being outside every chance I can be. If the weather continues to be decent, my next stop is Devil’s Hole in Niagara Falls, NY.

Until next time..chestnut ridge park


Happy National Park Service Birthday

In honor of the National Park Service Birthday today I thought I would share my post on Letchworth State Park, voted USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Award for Best State Park in the United States in 2015!


A beautiful place to go in the summer is Letchworth State Park. I’ve only been once in the past couple of years and it’s absolutely beautiful. If you love the outdoors and want a place to go for camping, hiking or to picnic this is a park to check out. Between the waterfalls, trails and kayaking there is so much to do.



Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Part of my ” Buffalove Sunday Funday” consisted of taking a spin class with Revolution Buffalo down at Canalside before heading over to Buffalo Riverworks to watch the boaters and kayakers on the water. It made for the perfect way to start your day. I haven’t had the chance to take any of the exercise classes down at Canalside before Sunday. With a beautiful view of the water and boats it in some way makes you forget you’re even working out and the time goes by fast. I really recommend you taking a class down there sometime.

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{Rev Ride at Canalside}


At Riverworks they had the Jack Craft Fair taking place from 11-5pm. There were a lot of artist and craft vendors along with live music making it a great day to meet new local businesses and explore a new venue in your city. Sometimes a mini day trip in your own city can be fun and beneficial.



{Part of the Sunday Funday was at Resurgence Brewery with a beer flight}

jack fair

{Jack Craft Fair}


{Buffalo Riverworks}

The Happiest 5K

Last Saturday a group of us headed down to Canalside for the Color Run -“The Happiest 5k” and it was a pretty fun way to start our morning. People of all ages young to old wore white and were ready to dance and be blasted with colored cornstarch. Below are some of my pictures from the event.

show your sparkle


pre race

{Walking to the start line}

color run


blue tiful

{The Blue-Tiful Color Spot}

happy wall

{Blurry because it was in a Ziploc baggy, but at the yellow spot there was post-its and the happy wall}


{Think Pink}


{Post Race}


{Thumbs up}


{With the Color Run Unicorn}

#BuffaloLinks :: Yoga Edition


Bikram Yoga in Williamsville– classes are offered for all different levels.


One of the best yoga retreats in Buffalo – HEAL BFLO – click here for more information.


Healing Waters in East Aurora – a nice peaceful place for yoga and meditation – a place to go to get a way from the “hustle and bustle” of the city.


Power Yoga Buffalo – not only do the they two locations {one on Main St. in Snyder, the other in the Elmwood Village}. They also put on a number of classes at Canalside and Bidwell during the summer months.

Yoga at the Gardens



One of the biggest things I need to learn is how to relax, so I’ve made it a mission to try and take yoga to help me find a way to just “chill out” from time to time. Last week I went to Yoga at the Gardens – at the Botanical Gardens. The class is led by Leanne from Crescent Moon Yoga . It was pretty full and a pretty unique atmosphere, that I personally think helped me find my “zen.”

I have only taken one other yoga class before and it was hot yoga a couple years back, so I didn’t know what to expect, but to my surprise I wasn’t as lost as I thought I would be. I did however feel like I didn’t get that intense workout in that I’m used to getting when I take other exercise classes. I think that is the toughest part for me to learn from this – that even though I may feel like I’m not doing anything I really am.

The class was $15 (or if you want to take the full 10 weeks its $100) OR if you have BCBS health insurance the class is free. Its from 5:30-6:45pm on Wednesday evenings. To learn more check out the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens site.



{I sat next to this lemon and lime tree inside the gardens}



{New artwork displayed on the Gardens}

Buffalo Marathon

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{Buffalo Marathon prep}

Sunday morning 7,500+ people took to the streets of Buffalo to run either 26.2 or 13.1 miles. The course took you through all parts of town and the community came out to show their support. People lined the streets to cheer for loved ones and complete strangers. This was my second half marathon and my first time doing the Buffalo Marathon and doing it by myself. It was an experience and words honestly can’t describe how I feel. The support and encouragement from complete strangers and the beautiful scenery I ran through makes me love this city even more. To everyone involved in the race, thank you for creating an event that I will always remember.


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{Lined up and ready for the start}

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{Post race}

buf mar 1

{My number one fan – My Dad}

buf mar 2

{Mission accomplished!}

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