Archive for December, 2013

Meet the Specialist- Denise Druce

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Denise+DruceDenise Druce is one of our exercise experts on My Fitness Tunes.  Writing for us since May 2011, Denise provides perspective from her role as a yoga instructor.  Over the past two and a half year she has guided our readers through many topics, from advice on your first yoga class to daily hip stretches to holiday stress busters.  Whatever topic she covers, Denise has a wealth knowledge that she gladly shares.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Denise:

MPK: Our readers know you as our yoga exercise expert.  Is there a particular type of yoga that you teach?

DD: I teach a Vinyasa flow style of yoga.  My emphasis is on a playful and rejuvenating practice, using sound anatomical principles and correct alignment.  I incorporate elements of Ashtanga, Anusara, Bikram, Iyengar, and some fun tricks from the fitness world.  I love teaching a class that is inviting to everyone, no matter their age, experience or physical condition.

MPK: In some of your articles you write about accepting your body.  Is that part of yoga, or is it your own line of thinking?

DD: I believe yoga is the best way to “come home” to your body.  Yoga teaches body awareness.  It teaches us to listen to the wisdom of our bodies and when we do that, we become our own best teacher and our own best healer.  The human body is nothing short of a miracle, and I love helping my students see themselves in that light.

MPK: How many yoga classes do you teach/take in a week?  What else fills your days?

DD: I teach 9 classes a week, and I always take one class a week.  I love being a student and not having to think!  I also teach indoor cycling, step and boot camp.  I have three boys so when I’m not in the gym I’m hauling around snowboarders and hockey players.

MPK: What do you like best about being a yoga instructor?

DD: Seeing my students ‘get it’.  Whether it’s an arm balance, better form in Warrior 1, or simply a delicious Savasana, I love watching someone find their true, beautiful, authentic selves on their yoga mat.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

DD: Choose one 🙂

  • I have been kissed on the cheek by Bono (of U2)
  • I have had to ask Madonna to behave
  • My guilty pleasure is Oreo ice cream!

Christmas Week

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

days_til_christmasWith Christmas on Wednesday, this week isn’t a normal business week.  The number of meetings and calls are less.  While many people are still working today, the atmosphere at work is different.  Even as an adult with teenaged children, it’s harder to focus on the task at hand.  I want to think about the food I will be making, the presents I will be giving, the friends and family I will see.  I’m sure I’m not alone in this frame of mind.

However, the world of work doesn’t disappear because of a holiday. There are projects to review, assignments to check, tasks to be assigned.  As a publishing company, I guess we could make the choice not to publish as much this week, or even not at all.  However, it seems like the right choice to follow our regular schedule.  Thankfully, we do have the ability to adjust our schedules so that most of our work can be completed on days other than Christmas Day.

As you (and I) count the days until Christmas, I hope you enjoy the articles that we are publishing this week.  Then, enjoy the extra time away from work with your family and friends.

It Truly Is a Wonderful Life

Monday, December 16th, 2013

hamsterDuring the Christmas season we have a handful of traditions.  Our younger daughter and my husband arrange his collection of nutcrackers.  We bake sugar cookies that the kids frost.  Stockings are hung on the stairway railing, including one for our only pet, a gecko.  (Yes, he even receives a present on Christmas morning!)  Lists are written for Santa at Thanksgiving.

During the month of December, my husband and I have a couple traditions that are for just the two of us.  We always find a day to shop together for the kids and go to lunch.  We also always find time to watch It’s a Wonderful Life.  I’m not one to watch movies or tv shows multiple times; one viewing is enough.  However, It’s a Wonderful Life holds a special place in my heart.  Although I’ve seen the movie numerous times, every time I watch it I am brought to tears.

Watching the movie reminds me of how grateful I should be for all I have. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, it is easy to lose focus on why we are buying presents and getting together with friends.  It isn’t because there’s an obligation to give a gift or go to dinner, it’s because these are the people for whom we care.  While I make the shopping list and note which items we want to get for each of our children, I also try to remember what it is that makes each child special.

In the same way, I am grateful for the team with whom I work.  Engineering, editors, writers- they form the backbone of PKP. Without them this company wouldn’t be the success that it is.  Sure, the number of unique pageviews is critical, but it is the people behind the scenes that make this happen.  For them I am grateful.

As the year winds down and celebrations and shopping fill your calender, take some time and think about those for whom you are grateful.  Feel free to share those thoughts in the comments below.

5 for December

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Top 5 at PKPIt’s the second Monday in December, which for me means that I’m making more lists than I do the rest of the year.  Outside of my assortment of to-do lists for work, I’m making lists for Christmas cards, holiday baking, shopping, and more.  Although it is a busy time of year, I love December.  Yes, here in New Hampshire it’s dark by 4:30, but the lights on houses make it feel festive.  I love that as I pull into our driveway at night I see candles lit in all of our windows.

Here at PeKu, I’ve got my own list to share with readers.  Without further ado, here are five fun facts:

  1. Our most senior columnist, Bea, started writing for PeKu six years ago this month.  While PeKu hadn’t been officially launched, she was busily creating our first sets of articles.
  2. Louise, our second most senior columnist, started writing for PeKu at the end of the December in 2007, which makes her a 6-year team member also.
  3. Last month our writing team saw the addition of Margot.  She will be writing about parenting and health, as well as writing some television show reviews.
  4. This month Tania became the newest member of our writing team.  She will be focusing on parenting and holiday articles.
  5. The PeKu Pinterest boards are growing nicely.  We have created a few new boards to help with the holiday season in the areas of crafting and baking.  We also have added new recipes to Crafty Cocktails to help with holiday entertaining and more exercise ideas to Improve Your Workout to keep you in great shape.

As the year starts to wind down, we look forward to reflecting on the changes of 2013 and planning for more growth in 2014.

December Highlights

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

December HighlightsDecember feels like it arrived early this year.  With a Thanksgiving that was as late as the calendar allows, it isn’t surprising.  So, we quickly shift gears from Pilgrim decorations and cranberry sauce to candles in windows and cookie baking parties.  While this year’s calendar may make the entire holiday season feel more rushed, it also makes everything seem more festive.  At least for me, I enjoy having the family-filled Thanksgiving and proceeding immediately to holiday parties and shopping for presents.

Of course, December contains more than fun and frivolity.  In fact, we have a handful of exciting changes happening at PeKu.  Here are a few:

  • ‘Bout Green– Our environmentally-based publication, Be Green Info, has been relaunched as ‘Bout Green, in order to provide a new look and shorter URL for our readers.  Look for exciting new articles and topics in the coming months.
  • Parched No More– Our beverage publication has a shiny new look.  All of our columns have a great following, so they haven’t been changed, but the layout of the homepage, along with designs of our logo, icons, and more have been updated.
  • Little Bit of Green– Our gardening and landscaping publication has had its content revised.  To offer more pertinent information, we now publish a weekly column that focuses on specific gardening regions.  With the approach of winter, we also will be offering advice on outdoor projects for the colder months.

When you have a free moment, take a peek at our newness.  We hope you like the changes as much as we do!

Inspire. Inform. Engage.