the QuickieChick – Laurel House
HOW THE QUICKIE CONCEPT CAME TO BE…
When I was a dance major in college I severed several ligaments in my ankle- snap. As I fell… I knew it was over. I walked, or was supposed to walk, on crutches for 6 months. I gained a lot of weight, became very depressed, and sort of gave up in a lot of ways. Since I drove a stick shift car and it was my left ankle, the handicap bus dropped me off at school. My life had always been extremely active, and for the first time ever, I was forced to slow down. Eventually I started going to physical therapy and, while my favorite part was the massage, I was required to do upper body cardio workouts on special in-office equipment in order to maintain my cardio health and regain my physical strength. In a few weeks I was starting to return to my pre-injury weight and my smile started sneaking back onto my face. After a month, not only had I lost the weight, but I was leaner and more toned than I had ever been. And I still was not walking. Once physical therapy was over I replicated many of the moves at home. But, since I was lazy with my up keep, I recreated many of the exercises, even started making up my moves just by wriggling my body and seeing what muscles were being engaged. Since I was the most comfortable in bed, that’s where I did them. Surprisingly, I kept the weight off. And so the Quickie Workout in Bed concept was created.
I am Laurel House, a Fit and Sexy LifeStyler, 4x Published Author, Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist and the “QuickieChick”- a cheat sheet to life for chicks. I have regular video columns on Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun.com, GalTime.com, TheCollegeTownLife.com and CupidsPulse.com, and I’m a Dating Coach with DatingWithDignity.com. MyYouTube videos have received over 10 million views and now you can get even more Quickie Tips in my new book “QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget” (St. Martin’s, May 2012).
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME AT LAURELHOUSE.COM
E! News (9 times), Good DayLA, Fox News, UsWeekly.com, Glamour.com, Fitness.com, CollegeMagazine.com, Under30CEO.com, Seventeen.com, FabFitFun, VitalJuice, Shape Magazine, Zooey Magazine, All You, Redbook, etc.
As the West Coast Editor for Fit Magazine, I helped launch the national Fit Yoga Magazine, before becoming the Tips and Trends Editor for Healing Lifestyles and Spas Magazine. I have a QuickieChick Channel on Yahoo! Shine, and I’m a regular expert for FabFitFun.com and TheBlush.com. I have also also been the spokesperson for Your Shape on xbox Kinect, building my community of “fans” on Facebook to over 94,000, and served as ExerciseTV’s “Fit Life Expert.”
More than my editorial roles, I have written hundreds of articles about for an array of publications including New You, DailyCandy.com, Women’s Health, First for Women, Playboy, FHM, Men’s Journal, Elegant Bride, Men’s Health, and Vegetarian Times (etc.).
Beyond books, my in-print expertise has led to over 100 television morning show appearances including: the E! News (recurring LifeStylist), Good Day LA (recurring), Today Show weekend, Soap Talk (Soap Network), Daily Buzz, BetterTV, Modern Girl’s Guide to Life (E!), KTLA Morning News, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC Morning News shows both locally and nationally. Well-known wellness and lifestyle companies have engaged me as their on-air and in-person spokesperson including popchips, CheckHimOut.com, American Harvest Organic Spirits, Evolution Juices, Guthy-Renker, Microsoft, Tag Heuer watches, The Platinum Board, Hoover vacuums, TJ Maxx, KY Brand, M&Ms, Norton, Dunkin’ Donuts latte light, Progresso soup, Propel Water, Nature Made Vitamins, Danskin fitness clothes, and Olay beauty products.
Oh… and I LOVE Red Velvet Cupcakes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME AT LAURELHOUSE.COM
…So What’s A Quickie Lifestyle?
Yes, we all know what a “quickie” is (and that’s in here too), but this is more than that; it’s a lifestyle. Just as “quickies” are fun, exciting, sometimes unconventional, resourceful, efficient, sexy, quick, in the moment, and always (or almost always) instantly gratifying… so are LifeQuickies. These aren’t long overdrawn processes that require prep-work, expensive equipment, patience and perseverance. They are right now. Oh, and it’s all done on a budget (because you don’t need to be wined, dined and stay in a 5 star hotel to have a quickie… do you?). Even beyond the fun and fast, LifeQuickies are about seeing that every experience, break up, lost job, screw up, embarrassment, success… (yes, even bummers have benefits) they all have a “net net,” an extracted message… a quickie lesson you can learn that just might change your mind, your path, or simply give you a different perspective, tweak your way of thinking, or make life (or just the task at hand) a little easier.
There’s a Quickie for Everything
Upping your metabolism or your sex drive, easing a bad mood or a hangover, feeling better after a heartbreak or a hard workout, even faking a perfect body before a big date or faking confidence before a big meeting… there’s pretty much a quickie solution for every facet of life.
In the end, you may be a do-everything chick who lacks patience as a virtue and doesn’t have a lot of time to get a lot done, but you still need those extracts of information to help you achieve a better, more fulfilled and fabulous life. And since you don’t have enough time, patience or energy to have all of the full lesson-revealing life experiences yourself, I’ve done the dirty work for you and now, in a nut shell, here it is… quickie tips for fast-paced chicks- like you and me too. This is your cheat sheet to life.
QuickieChick’s Fab Experts
“Taking It Off” Expert- Christine Hassler
Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. In 2005, she wrote the first guide book written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything. Christine’s second book, The 20 Something Manifesto written for men and women stems from her experience coaching twenty-something’s.
Today, she supports individuals as a Life Coach helping clients discover the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 10,000 college students as well as to conferences and corporations about generational diversity. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked.
Christine is the spokesperson for Zync from American Express and the key resource for their Quarterlife Program which empowers young people to take control of their finances. She also created a life balance curriculum for the Leadership Institute and is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100.
Get Organized! Expert- Holly Bohn… forget plain manilla, it’s time to style your file folders in pink!
Holly Bohn, Founder and Creative Director of the See Jane Work brand and www.seejanework.com is a recognized expert in retail and fashion trends for work space organization and supplies.
When she set out to decorate the offices of her consulting business, Bohn became discouraged by the challenge of finding great looking office supplies and desk accessories. With an eye for fashion and a head for numbers she launched See Jane Work, an online retail company where women can find an assortment of office products that are both stylish and functional, as well as tips on how to get and stay organized.
Holly and See Jane Work have received widespread media attention and acclaim from over 300 major publications including: The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The New York Times, Real Simple, InStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, People and many more. This strong media presence has established See Jane Work as the destination for stylish workspace organization.
What makes Holly a fit for Quickie Chick? With a busy career, three boys, a husband and dog Holly doesn’t have a lot of time. She’s been forced to learn short-cuts (or Quickies as Laurel would say) for getting the job done while staying stylishly organized and mostly sane in the process.