Our new home


Dear readers,

I have officially packed up and moved to new digs.  Our new home is full of dynamic content, information, photos and of course, blog posts.  You can subscribe — and continue to receive the posts by email — here.

Thank you, thank you for all of your love shared here.  This is officially the last post on this domain.  www.HilaryPhelps.com is fully operational.

Fondly xx,

Hilary Phelps & Genuine Joy


Vacation Time

Until Tuesday

Starting tonight, I am officially on vacation… and I cannot wait! It’s been some time since I’ve unplugged completely, relaxed fully and simply “been still” for longer than a day.  During my vacation, my site is also getting some R&R.  From this point on, HilaryPhelps.com will have a new look.  Beginning in July, you will see a new layout, a new logo and fresh content.

I’m awful at delegating, attempting to do everything myself, but this time I let go of the reins and brought in someone who specializes in design, so I can focus on content.  I know you be just as pleased with the freshness on the site, as I am excited to deliver!

Until Tuesday…




It’s official…

Summer 2013

… the first day of Summer 2013 is here! And what a fun summer we have planed for you on HilaryPhelps.com!

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and celebrated when the sun is at it’s highest peak in the sky.  June 21 (officially began at 1:04am Eastern time in the USA) is the day when the earth’s axis is most tilted towards the sun, making it the day with the greatest amount of sunlight. After today, the days will slowly get shorter until December 21, when they will then start getting longer. June 22-23 is the arrival of the Supermoon, which promises to deliver the biggest and brightest moon of the year.  (This article tells you when to watch)

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Revenge Wears Prada


Last night, at the POV Lounge a top the W Hotel in Downtown Washington, DC, hundreds of women gathered to meet author Lauren Weisberger. With 1200 people confirmed, Brandlink DC invited a handful of 30 guests to meet and mingle with the author beforehand in a room with sweeping views of the District, more specifically, the Washington Monument (which is currently covered in scaffolding, from damages caused during the 2011 earthquake).  “Revenge Wears Prada,” the author’s fifth book, is the sequel to the 2003 #1 New York Times Best Seller, and subsequent movie, “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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ICYMI: May 29, 2013


This ICYMI falls on the heels of the long Memorial Day weekend, which has me thinking about summer.  I forget, often, that last year, we were all over the world —  Omaha, London and celebrating Michael’s history making, Olympic success — what a year it’s been.

The summer months evoke images of beach, bathing suits and sun, but every year sneak up so quickly, feeling as if we’ve skipped right over spring, and gone from winter to summer overnight.  Here in the mid-Atlantic that oven means that temperatures dip back into winter for a few days and then jump to 90 degree temperatures, most indicative of Summer.  Ey-yi-yi!

Today’s ICYMI are focused on summer, food and fitness…

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Photographic Tuesday

This weekend was a quiet one. Relaxing, reading and catching up with friends.  But I often find the day after a holiday weekend to be a challenge when it comes to getting back into the swing of things.  To help ease into the week, here are a few fun photos to start off the day.

Take a sip..



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Friday Food Flash


I had 5 minutes with Steuart Martens recently to discuss the upcoming BITE OF DC on May 18th. The conversation went by in a flash and true to form, Steuart’s phone was beeping and buzzing the entire time. There’s never a dull moment (or an off moment for that matter) with Steuart. As a native Washingtonian, Martens is known to many as being a competitor on “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump, but to limit the 30-year old to merely being a reality television star is like calling an Oreo a chocolate cookie–it’s barely scratching the surface. In the five minutes and three questions I had with Steuart, here’s a glimpse of what I mean…

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Genuine Joy’s First Giveaway

Who likes winning and getting fun packages in the mail? Um, EVERYONE! So, my loyal readers, as the Third Annual 30 for 30 day challenge comes to an end, I want YOU to win and receive a fun Genuine Joy package, from me, in the mail! I want to hear from you, readers!

Over the last 23 days, I’ve shared my workouts, challenges, frustrations and “lessons learned.” Now it’s your turn to share! Here are the steps:

  1. Tell me your story.  Share your personal experience from this 30 for 30 day challenge in 300 words or less.  Put your story into the body of an email and send it to info@hilaryphelps.com.
  2. “Like” Genuine Joy on Facebook and follow Hilary Phelps on twitter.
  3. Share the giveaway on your Facebook page and Twitter to encourage others to share their story
  4. Entries must be received by May 1, 2013 at 5pm EST.

The winner will win a few of our Genuinely Favorite Things: Vega products (to keep your workouts going) and a Danielle Nicole handbag (for a fashionable Spring look).

So, what are you waiting for? Send me your stories and start sharing it with friends!