Music Monday: Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!  I know everyone is probably out there firing up the barbecue, mixing that potato salad and making a mad dash to the store for more booze, so here’s a quick #MotivationMonday update!

Today’s #MondayMotivation playlist has a patriotic theme, so I encourage you to jump on your bike, get out there for a run or go do something active even if it’s just for a little bit to celebrate FREEDOM.

Fourth of July  - North and Red - Lurie Cancer Survivors’ Celebration 5k 2016
Lurie Cancer Survivors’ Celebration 5k, June 2016

Last year I ran my first 5k run.  This year I ran two in the span of a few weeks and even shaved off 2 minutes on my time!

Fourth of July - North and Red - Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 5k Run 2016
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 5k Run, June 2016

I’m 6 weeks away from doing my first sprint triathlon and every day counts.  I’ll be bustin’ a move to these jams today and I hope you get out there and do something to burn off all those weekend calories too!

M - Signature - Meghan Phillipp - North and Red

Music Monday: #MondayMotivation Hipster Edition

My first #MondayMotivation post in May featured my super duper #GirlPower playlist to get you on the road to summer bod training season.  I was jammin’ out with myself walkin’ down the street the other day when it hit me.  I realized that hipsters have to work out too, right?! I don’t know about you, but some of the hipsters I know are in seriously good shape to fit into their tight ass skinny pants.

Today’s playlist features a few of my favorite “hipster”-ish bands to change up your workout routine.

~M~ Tip: This is a great work out mix for rainy or cold days!

What tunes do you work out too?  Girl Power?  Hipster?  Metal?  Comment below and let me know what jams keep you motivated!

M - Signature - Meghan Phillipp - North and Red

Music Monday: Ultimate Holiday Playlist

December 1st is a day away, so it’s time to hit play on the holiday tunes!  Christmas radio in Chicago has been available for weeks, but for me the 25 day countdown is when I press play:)

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Here’s my ultimate holiday music list with over 16 hours of carols and holiday faves!  Follow the list on Spotify and stay updated when I add more tunes!  Cheers!



Music Monday: Thankful

It’s almost Thanksgiving!  For Music Monday, I created a #throwback Thanksgiving mix with some songs of gratitude from the 50s, 60s and 70s.   Being around family and friends at the holidays is always nostalgic, and although I didn’t grow up in these decades, a lot of these songs resonate with me.

Carol King’s “Where You Lead” is dedicated to my mom and her love of all things food, family and holiday togetherness.  Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” goes out to my beautiful sisters and brother, who mean the world to me, even if I don’t show it enough sometimes;) “I Thank You” by Sam and Dave is for my dad, who never gives up on me and always knows what to say.

Thanksgiving roll

And of course, “With a Little Help From My Friends” goes out to all my lovelies near and far.  Here’s hoping I’ll get to see all of my favorite people this holiday season! Cheers!