Happiness is ______ {2014-W40} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

The Prep Pad Smart Scale for Easy Food Preparation #TheOrangeChefCo #PrepPad

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The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of The Orange Chef Co. All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the hardest parts about eating healthy and dieting is controlling portion sizes, especially when you prepare your own food. There’s no nutritional label on homemade goods, and unless the recipe you’re [...]

Houlihan’s New Low-Cal Menu Items & $50 Gift Card Giveaway #SoEatingThis

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends. For an afternoon “date” (or as date-ish as you can get with two kids along for the ride), hubs and I ventured to our neighborhood Houlihan’s restaurant [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W1} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Why I Use Young Living Essential Oils

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How Active Are You Daily? Activity Tracking with the Polar Loop #rethinkyourday

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The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Polar. Have you ever thought about how much you’re doing daily activity-wise? Have you ever considered how much you sit, or if you’re standing and moving enough? I’ve been pretty obsessed with fitness trackers and staying on top of my activity level ever since [...]

Weight Loss Progress?

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I started a new workout regimen to get back into the swing of things since the holidays, and it’s KICKING MY ARSE. I tried to put the giant bottle of peanut butter on the table earlier, after serving a spoonful to my son, and I almost couldn’t do it. I couldn’t lift and extend my arm [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Nine} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Pumpkin “Carrot Cake” Oatmeal Pancakes with Protein

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Yes, I did just say Pumpkin “Carrot Cake” Oatmeal Pancakes. Is your mouth watering yet? One of my most favoritest websites is Dashing Dish. Have you ever visited there before? Her site is gorgeous, the food is meticulous, her photography is superb, and I want to eat one of everything she creates because she finds [...]

How Not to Starve Yourself as a Mom to Small People {Video} #theproteineffect

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Because of Princess Fuss-A-Lot (aka Baby V), meals for me have to be quick, succinct, and most-importantly grab ‘n go. I don’t get time to luxuriously and meticulously cook and masticate a feast until dinner time, because that’s when I finally have parental back-up aka my “other” set of arms. During the day, though? Psshaw. [...]

How to Grocery Shop at Whole Foods Market on a Budget

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I was issued a grocery challenge – grocery shop at Whole Foods Market on a budget, by shopping for my family of nine for under $250. I don’t back down to challenges, ever, and I love puzzle-piecing things together to work in our favor. I love seeing how far I can stretch a dollar and make [...]

Low-Calorie Spinach Quiche

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In my quest to lose the baby weight, I’ve done my best to get as creative as I can with meals, to make them delicious AND healthy. My newest love is using egg whites instead of our whole organic eggs. I haven’t found organic egg whites that are ready-to-pour yet in any of our stores, [...]

Flashback Friday – Healthy Family-Friendly Dinner Recipes

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Happy TGIF! (And Friday the 13th, eek!) Let’s bring on the healthy family friendly dinner recipes, woohoo! A few weeks ago while away at the Type-A Conference, I experienced what felt like heartburn in my stomach. Ever since then, every time I eat something with even a smidgeon of fat in it, I experience it [...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake

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When I find myself needing an afternoon pick-me-up in between meals, or something to help pump me up for workouts, this is my go-to, because it feels like I’m cheating and having a delectable malt when I’m not. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake Recipe Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake   Save Print Prep [...]

Top 5 Green Cleaning Products for Everyday Use

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You know how much I’m into all-natural cleaning solutions for my home. I have tried nearly every green cleaner out there, and I can tell you, I’m quite passionate about finding what works best, not only for cleaning’s sake, but for the money. Here’s my top 5 green cleaning products in order of AWESOMEST EVER [...]

Homemade Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches

homemade bacon egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches

Hellooooo, hot stuff. I love making breakfast easier for my (big) family. I’d love to buy out of convenience, and get some of those boxed breakfast microwave-and-done kind-of things from the store, but my conscience gets the better of me. Not only can I make it myself, and make it way better, I can do [...]

Weight and Fitness Truths

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My front porch is my very favorite place to be lately. We planted wonderful smelling flowers, and the second the door is opened, the scent dances around your nose, inviting you to the porch to sit. I love it. I go outside with the kids everyday to embrace it. I think it helps motivate me [...]

Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipe

homemade beef stroganoff recipe

When we were coming up with what to eat this week, we wanted to eat something a little different, something easy but tasty. Beef Stroganoffwas one of those recipes you grew up with as a kid, and immediately both my husband and I knew we had a winner on our hands. I adapted Paula Deen’s [...]

Forty-Eight with Many Exclamation Points

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“Go ahead and take off your shoes.” The nurse scribbled away while my second grader slid out of his velcro sneakers and onto the scale. He stepped onto it gingerly, as he always does. She walked up behind him, masking the scale from me as she moved the metal dial, ticking it over, and over, [...]

English Muffin Mini Pizzas & Pizza Pasta Recipe

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Kids are home for the summer, and trying to get creative for lunch every day is sort-of exhausting, isn’t it? Thankfully, I was caffeinated enough one day to come up with mini-sized lunch of awesome. Check it out! English Muffins + Pizza Sauce + Mozzerella and Parmesan Cheese + Oregano and Garlic Powder = Lunch! [...]

Being a Sports Mom, New Gatorade Naturals and Keeping Kids Hydrated

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Gatorade invited me and other Sports Moms out to their beautiful Chicago HQ over a month ago to tell me all about their new “G-Series” product lines, to include “Pro” and “Fit” and my new favorite, Gatorade Naturals. I was already familiar with their “G2″ products, using them myself for workouts, and was eager to [...]

Sweet and Skinny Cookbook Twitter Party with Truvia and Marisa Churchill (Plus a Giveaway!)

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Everyone loves a good party, right? Mark your calendars for June 28th, friends, because this one you won’t want to miss! DESSERTS, people, we’re talking desserts! YES! And even better? We’re talking great-tasting desserts that WON’T punish your hips for eating ‘em. Can I get an amen? On Tuesday, June 28th, you’ll get the opportunity [...]

Staying Cool This Summer with Flavored Water

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Every day since we’ve gotten to San Antonio, it’s been 100+ degrees outside. I am doing my best to keep ‘em hydrated and cool, complete with a purified in-fridge water and ice system, as well as staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day (which seems like every hour, I won’t lie), but for [...]

Sitting is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down (WHOA)

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I found this graphic shared on Facebook, and had to share it with you, because it really got to me on so many levels. I’ve been fighting to work out and lose weight and stay fit for two years now, and it became quite apparent to me that perhaps I’m only fighting myself? That the [...]

Earth Day and Healthy Me

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Spending last weekend in New Orleans at Mom 2.0 was definitely counter-productive to my desire to watch what I eat for Mission: Healthier Me. I was so surprised by how easy it is to overindulge in the Big Easy. (I blame this on the Beignets and fabulous Ritz Carlton staff for making incredible food and [...]

Mission: Healthier Me (Inside and Out) – Join Us?

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Updated weight loss pictures As you may or may not know, it’s been two years since I began my weight loss journey. (OMG! Two years and I missed the “dietoversary” date! Whoops!) I can’t believe how much my quality of life and health have changed in these two years, and how different and wonderful I [...]

Vegan Banana Berry Smoothie – Addicted to Smoothie Recipes #mamavation

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I thought that I’d share with you, as my first and introductory post to Mamavation and being the newest Mamavation Mentor/Cheerleader, my current addiction love of smoothies. I’m one of those people who, if I love something, I balls-to-the-wall love something. Like, can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t stop talking about it, making my family and [...]