April 4, 2017

Spinach & Peach Smoothie

This smoothie saved me and my weekend recently. I recently jumped onto a juice smoothie kick unexpectedly. I should mention that I LOVE smoothies, my kids love smoothies and they are a quick and easy way to pump in some veggies. Usually when I make smoothies- I make them as the main focus of a meal, with some protein and fiber to add some substance to my nutrients. However the purpose of this smoothie was different.

This time, I was focused purely on nutrients because…. da da daaaa… I was sick with every head-cold annoyance possible. While I was able to eat, my desire wasn’t there for the originally planned BBQ. (BBQ is not desirable when you’re not feeling well… period). So this smoothie saved me and my weekend, and I wanted to front load my body with healthy nutrients.

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April 3, 2017

Fitness: Use it, Lose it or Regain it

We’ve heard it all before: use it or lose it, when it comes to fitness or exercise. Isn’t that the truth? We can all relate to this. And we know the benefits of exercise, right? Whew. Sometimes life seasons can make staying active, well- difficult. Which can you relate to?

  • Maybe it’s just getting back into exercise in general, or movement, due to any injury, lack of interest, not a priority, babies and pregnancies, or motivation.
  • Or maybe the focus for you is mainly cardio and aerobic activity, so strength training hasn’t been a top priority.
  • Or maybe life got busy and your fitness, exercise, or training was just not a top priority for a period of time.
  • Or should we even address stretching? Yikes, I know… let’s move on…

Personally my hardest times were…

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March 31, 2017

What’s your Lollipop Story?

Today I’m sharing the infamous Lollipop Story (one of my favorites!) along with items of thankfulness which help me better my wellness during the week. I feel like Friday’s are a perfect day for reflecting on the week(days) and giving thanks again (or rather, everyday is perfect for this but roll with me). Fridays allow us to do some introspection, if you will, and look inside of us to identify where are we really thankful from the dynamics of the last week. That’s why I’m excited to share these favorites with you…

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March 30, 2017

A Normal Week: But Lots of Feelings

It’s been one of those weeks- you know, the weeks that seem ever so normal but yet when you reflect and look back on the last several days- you just see this blur. The funny thing- the week isn’t even over yet. Ha! Well for me this week, I look back in the rear view mirror of the week, if you will, and whew! emotions. A rear view mirror of emotions.

What happened, you ask? Well it’s not like anything large or profound happened. Nothing earth shattering. Nothing that I’m shouting from the mountaintops. But it was the little things that either took my breath away or… brought me to my knees.

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March 21, 2017

3 Minute Egg Breakfast

If there’s one thing I love- it’s a quick, healthy breakfast. Honest moment- I make this for myself 2-3 times a week because it’s so convenient and then I’ll modify it slightly each time due to personal preference (plain vs. different add in’s).

Are there times I don’t feel like making scrambled eggs in a skillet and then cleaning the pan? Yes. #honest.

I will admit, I have a healthy love affair with eggs- however you cook them. So I like to entertain different ways to eat eggs, hence sharing one way last week. Eggs are a very simple, healthy protein and it can be easily jazzed with other nutrients to start the day. That’s what this recipe does, so let’s get right to it…

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March 20, 2017

How I Balance Work & Home Life

I’ve explored many different ways to balance work life and home life, and while it continues to change and evolve depending on my season of life, there is no mastery. It’s just figuring out different ways to juggle because each season of life brings different things to juggle- some bigger things, some smaller things, and usually a combination of both.

And let’s be honest, juggling isn’t easy nor always feasible. The word “balance” is also rather deceiving because are we ever in a real state of balance? It’s like this unreachable goal to find “balance.”

So let me share a little about how I juggle…

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March 17, 2017

How To Get Ahead: Optional vs. Requirement

This has been a topic I have discussed with quite a few people the last few days- “How do I get ahead? I feel like I’m doing everything possible but nothing is working! Nobody is calling me back, I’m not getting responses, etc etc etc.”

I get it. I do.

You feel like you’re making no traction. And the thing may be that you’re making traction on the wrong road.

Let me share with you a couple personal examples…

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March 15, 2017

What’s for Breakfast: Healthy, Versatile, Easy Egg Cups

Want a healthy breakfast on the go? This is it! And it’s EASY!

I made these  a few days ago and it has served as my breakfast (or part of my breakfast) every day this week so far. So easy.

Now it may look like all of these egg cups are on my plate to eat in one sitting. Ha! Uh, no. I took them out of the pan to cool. But I did have a few.

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March 14, 2017

How I’m Finding My Voice

First- come with me. Think about that goal or aspiration you think about all the time that is constantly on repeat in your head to either begin or continue or start back up again.  You know, that thing or goal that keeps whispering in your head or that you continue to get drawn to.

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March 13, 2017

Where Does Everyone Go for Spring Break: How to “Spring Break” at Home

Does everyone go somewhere for vacation during spring break? Bathing suits, beaches, trips and getaways? Actually no, not everybody. However quite a few people do go on a vacation during spring break- to unplug from responsibilities, party hardy, or to simply focus on self care.

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