Friday, April 19, 2013

EXERCISING WITH BABY.... among other things



In the last months of my pregnancy, for obvious reasons, I didn't work out as vigorously as I did pre-preganancy.
After I had my son, I wanted to loose the baby weight real bad! I missed the adrenaline of reaching that 5th mile after a long run, finishing off that last crunch after a bootcamp class, and getting the "day-after" muscle soreness that reminds you that your workout has paid off and your muscles are changing.

Since I had canceled my gym membership during my pregnancy (no need to pay $15 a month for no reason right?) my only options were working out at home.

So I started to look at youtube videos of simple 15 minute workouts that I could do in my garage or living room (fitness blender is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.)
The video above will give you some samples of how I use my baby to workout, and how I handle other mommy duties... enjoy!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Did you know what NAIBE means?

by Elia Esparza
Sitting at one end of the ¡HOLA LA! table is none other than multiple-Emmy Award winning journalist, Naibe Reynoso!
NaibeEmmySo, what does Naibe bring to the table? A wealth of broadcasting and television experience mixed with her entertainment savvy and quick wit… well it makes for one unique voice.
First things first, how do you pronounce your name?
Naibe: NIE – E – BEH. I believe the origin of my name is Lebanese. Someone once told me it meant ‘female warrior.’ Not sure if that’s really what it means but I like it and sticking to it!  However, upon further digging Naibe is derived from the original name Najibe or Najib or Nahibe something like that… my parents knew a Lebanese family and that was the name of one of their daughters names and my mom changed the spelling to Naibe (thank God she picked a “b” and not a “v” LOL).

to read more click on this link

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


The corner of my kitchen has a fruit bowl-- with LOTS of Apples... Although "an apple a day keeps the Dr. away" an apple a day also makes you "sick" of apples!  So when I found that the dozens of apples were starting to wilt,  I decided to make Apple Pie!

I don't have a recipe up my sleeve so I have to rely on good'ol google to help... After looking at a few recipes Bobby Flay's seemed to be the easiest. Plus, I LOVE me some Bobby Flay. And it was super easy! For the recipe click here: APPLE PIE RECIPE

STEP 1: peel 5 apples

STEP 2: make the crust with butter (as a substitute for vegetable shortening which I didn't have in my fridge), flour, salt, egg, water, vinegar

STEP 3: cut the Apples and mix with sugar, flour and cinamon, and place in the raw crust

STEP 4: place in the oven for 30-40 minutes... and Voila...

THIS RECIPE WAS SO SIMPLE, IM ACTUALLY GOING TO MAKE IT FOR MY FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING... I never thought making apple pie from scratch would be this easy... and this  delicious!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:57 PM PDT
The CIRCUS is coming to town! But not any circus, its Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" . I've seen Cirque's "O" that has a water theme and "Zumanity" which has an erotic theme. 

Me (Naibe) jumping on Cirque De Soleil's Trampoline
"Iris" is a Journey through the world of Cinema that combines dance, acrobatics, live video, film footage, and much more to create this poetic phantasmagoria inspired by the movies. 

That's why its very fitting that the show will be featured exclusively at Hollywood and Highland's Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars.

 On my assignment I got to interview Argentinean acrobat Matias Plaul. Who taught me how to jump on the trampoline as if I was a giddy 5 year old on Christmas Eve... Yipeeee...
Matias teaching me how to land on my butt during jump.

I also got to go backstage and talk to other cast members such as the fellow here who plays a clown.. BTW, for the sake of the show, he lets his eyebrows grow so much they are practically 5 inches long, no extensions required. Now thats talent!
Backstage in Makeup room
Here is another performer. She was telling me that they all have to learn how to do their own makeup to save time backstage. During the show, she wears a bright green and yellow eyeshadow, tres Lady Gaga.

Olga is one of the stars of "Iris".  She plays Scarlett, a woman who is chasing an impossible love. She is originally from Russia and she does complicated acrobatic moves during the show. She told me she has to warm up for one hour before every performance.

For Olga, looking beautiful and standing on one hand come natural.  
During her warm up, she invited me to join her. Needless to say, the "warm up" was probably the most complicated acrobatic move I've ever done!

Cirque du Soleil never fails to impress. The beautiful stories told and the artistic and amazing way the performers contort and move their bodies make me in awe of how miraculous the human body and spirit truly are.  This is not your grandpa's circus.
Lights turn into motion, the curtain is pulled back, and the show begins... IRIS now in previews... Premieres September 25th which just so happens to be my Birthday!!!

Have you guys seen a Cirque Du Soleil show? What did you think? Which one was your favorite?

Monday, October 29, 2012

EVA LONGORIA is scared at Halloween Horror Nights

Ok, Eva Longoria  doesn't really look scared here. But only she can pull off a sexy, sophisticated and stylish look while being surrounded by a bloody bunny carrying a chainsaw and two other ghoulish creatures.

Longoria visited Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood along with friends including hairstylist to the stars Ken Paves. I gotta give the girl props. She has time to be part of Obamas political campaign, produce a show (Devious Maids),  manage her acting career and still make some room for Halloween fun.
Loved the Scary Mazes!

I actually got a chance to check out the scary Mazes at Halloween Horror Nights a few weeks ago myself. My favorite one was Alice Cooper goes to Hell in 3D. Visitors actually have to wear 3D glasses as you walk through rooms decked out to represent, purgatory, limbo, each of the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride) and the final frozen level of hell. Cooper's music is heard in the background.

going down the HHN escalator 
What are your Halloween plans?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 Great Books to Read Before & During Pregnancy

When I found out I was pregnant, my search for interesting and informative pregnancy books began. It was overwhelming! There were hundreds of books to pick and choose from and my fears of being a good mom began: Am I picking the right books to prepare me for this?  Am I missing out on a must-have read that all other mommies are tuned into?
Then my husband reminded me, mothers have been having happy, healthy children for thousands and thousands of years, before books were even invented. So when the pressure faded, I just used my motherly instinct and read the books I naturally gravitated toward.

Friday, October 12, 2012


A picture is worth a thousand words.... September has been such an amazing month for me... its been a roller coaster of hormones, career accomplishments, and sleepless nights... I could write an entire book on how SEPTEMBER 2012 was for me... but instead here is my amazing month in 8 pictures...

Sep 06, 2012-
The birth of my son Brayden Mateo... I honestly didn't think life would give me such a precious gift. On this day, my whole world changed. I love my life more than ever, and Im happy I have a new person to share it with. My lesson: never stop dreaming, hoping, wishing... dreams do come true.

Sep. 09, 2012-
My daughter Giselle's 9th birthday. I was still at the hospital on her birthday, so I decided to celebrate it in my recovery room. We decorated it with balloons, signs, and yes, even lit candles on her cake. Thank God the fire alarms at Cedar's Sinai Hospital didn't go off. I want to thank my in-laws John and Jackie for helping make Giselle's birthday so special. Her biggest present was her new little brother. My lesson: I had worried that I wasn't going to be able to celebrate my daughters Birthday, but with creativity, help from family, and lots of love, you can make anything happen!

Sep 16, 2012-
Covering the ALMA Award's Red Carpet and walking the Carpet too!
I was given the assignment by Fox News Latino (CLICK HERE TO READ MY ARTICLE) to cover the ALMA Awards red carpet. Wow, this was only 10 days post-c-section delivery. Should I stay home and recover? Nah! I decided to go ahead and cover the event, after all, I thought of all the other women around the world that live in third world countries and have to get up and work days after having a baby. Im not a wimp, Im a warrior! The added bonus of attending was that my co-hosts for the Latina Talk Show "HOLA L.A." which will air on KCAL/KCBS, and I were asked to walk the red carpet as Talent to promote the show! MY LESSON: when you work in the Industry, rain, sleet or snow, "The show must go on!"

Sep 25, 2012- MY BIRTHDAY!  
I turned 30-something... Another year older, and hopefully wiser! What more could I want with a new baby and a new show? Well, life has no meaning without people to share it with. So my best girlfriends  took me to my own "Tea Party" at the American Tea Room in Beverly Hills. I got a little break from my baby, and got to catch up with the girls. My husband also took me to dinner to my favorite L.A. Restaurant "The Bazaar" at SLS Hotel. Hey, just because we are new parents doesn't mean we cant "date" anymore!

It's a show we have been working on for a long time. Four women discussing current topics with a Latina twist. Yes we finally have a voice at the table! Please (Click here for more info on HOLA L.A.) MY LESSON: If no one gives you an opportunity, you have to create it for yourself. My hats off to show creator Bel Hernandez-Castillo, who decided to put the show together on her own, seeing that networks weren't providing a Latina perspective  on current Talk Shows.

How has your current month been? Please share your stories below: