Happiness is ______ {2014-W6} #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 do [...]

Six Pounds Lost on Diet Changes Alone. OMG!

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Before I mention the changes I’ve been up to, I’d like to discuss more about where I’ve been and how I got here in the first place. As you know, I’ve been battling much of 2013 with my weight and plateauing. In the beginning-to-middle of October, I was about 10-15lbs from “goal” weight. I had [...]

Seven.

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She wanted princesses and sprinkles. She was adamant about that. And so, with sparkly confetti, princess-colored pink and purple decorations and crepe paper, I went to work, using her many Princess toys to form her centerpieces. We kept her upstairs until the big “reveal” at dinner – her favorite – barbecue chicken. We had a [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Glazed Strawberry Doughnuts

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I’ve been on quite the strawberry kick lately. Between snacking on them with my kids, enjoying them in my smoothies, and making them in cakes, I am excited to have them on-hand constantly. A week or so ago, I pinned this recipe on Pinterest. Source: maryquitecontrarybakes.com via Lisa on Pinterest   The day we had [...]

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 [...]

Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipe

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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 [...]

5 Tips to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party (Post Sponsored by Kmart)

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My husband leaves this Sunday to go away for two weeks, and will miss spending Halloween with us. We decided not to let this news get us down, so we threw our own Halloween party this weekend, before he leaves, complete with Halloween costumes, Halloween decorated house, and Halloween party snacks out of this world. Tip #1: [...]

The Cookie-Doler-Outer Failure

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“Mommy, I wanna too-tee,” both my toddlers asked me, in their cute, toddleresque kind-of way. “We don’t have any cookies right now, but why don’t we all get dressed, and go to the store to get some, okay?!” I had to go to the store to pick up a few things, anyway, so this just [...]

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 [...]

All Natural and Organic Halloween Candy Alternatives

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Halloween is upon us this weekend, and we’ve been preparing for it accordingly by purchasing our candy for the Halloween Trading Post we do every year. Here’s more information: Our children go out trick-or-treating, collecting various chemically-burdened, artificially-colored and preservative-laden confectioneries from our neighbors. Instead of allowing them to eat said candies, they give us [...]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (and Other Delicious Pumpkin Recipes)

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Pumpkins are out in full force and I am a happy baking momma. Yesterday, I invited people on Twitter to visit my Blog Frog Community to post their favorite pumpkin recipes. Here’s what I received in a mere couple of hours: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies Quick Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween Pumpkin [...]

Quick Low-Fat Ranch Dressing by Single Serving

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Sometimes, I make my low-fat ranch dressing up by the bowl-full in advance for my dipping pleasure. Other times, I don’t need nearly as much, just a tablespoon-full, and I don’t want to have to go crazy making a bowl full just for that tablespoon’s worth. The other day I experimented and I got it [...]

No Room for Mommy

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We ran out of baby sister’s favorite cereal she calls “her cwackuh see-wee-ull (cracker cereal).” Without being aware, a brand spankin’ new box was purchased for our princess on Tuesday, our shopping day. Today she discovered it, excitedly so, so we cracked it open and it’s all she’s wanted. All. Day. Long. So far, 1pm [...]

Custom T-Shirts Made of Awesome

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I am so freakin’ excited! Lookie, lookie at what I got! Isn’t my shirt awesome!? Making a custom T-shirt of your choice with Swarovski crystal rhinestones with your blog’s name on it – yeah, I have to admit, that’s pretty money right there. Oh yeah, baby! Bring on the blogging conferences! I can’t wait to [...]

All Natural Halloween Candy Alternatives

all natural halloween candy alternatives

It’s time for the Halloween Trading Post again. What is the Halloween Trading post, you ask? You see, our children go out trick-or-treating, collecting various chemically-burdened, artificially-colored and preservative-laden confectioneries from our neighbors. Instead of allowing them to eat said candies, they give us everything they’ve collected from our neighbors, and in return, get safe, [...]

Surf Sweets Organic All-Natural Candy Review

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You know me, you know I’m a huge organic/all-natural nut. For MomDot’s big birthday celebration for Trisha, I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite product choices, and give some away, too. I hope you don’t mind (NOTE: There are 3 total giveaways here, be sure to visit all 3!) You see, being organic [...]

Busy Mom Fitness – Eating Right, Special K & Recipes – Day 5

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Baby Weight Be Gone – A Busy Mom’s Guide to Fitness Lose the Baby Weight – Want to Join Me? Pride Swallowing Time – My Before Pictures – Day 1 Busy Mom Fitness – Kill Two Birds With One Stone – Day 2 Busy Mom Fitness- Sweeten Your Disposition – Day 3 Busy Mom Fitness [...]

Help Keep Organic Fish Organic!

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I received this email earlier and felt the need to share. Organics are highly important to me, and I feel that those dependent upon them (chemically sensitive) are getting shafted here. Please join me and feel free to share, pass along this post on Twitter, anything to help! Dear Lisa, Thank you for signing the [...]

Healthier Quiche Lorraine – Quiche a la Lisa :)

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I went to a lovely Mother Daughter Brunch at church on Saturday, and they served a delectable Broccoli and Sausage Quiche that I was lucky enough to bring home. No one else but hubby would eat it (I guess Broccoli for breakfast wasn’t enticing?), so I decided to make my own. A variance on a [...]

When a Spatula becomes a Weapon of Mass Evacuation

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I think I might’ve mentioned this before, but I’m ridiculously addicted to Mac n Cheese. Particularly since they’ve come out with Organic Mac N Cheese, like the ever popular Kraft , Annie’s and Amy’s. I find myself looking forward to lunch everyday, although I can only imagine eating this everyday with my kids has got [...]

Target is My Bestest Favorite-ist Store – Ever!

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Everywhere I turn in that store its Organic or Natural now. Sheets, clothes, baby stuff, diapers, cleaners, electronics, you name it! They now carry California Baby, the bath brand we use for the kids! Yes! They always have carried Burts Bees, but I saw quite a selection there from last time! And they have great [...]

Oh the Organic Gods LOVE ME!

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Or should I say, the Commissary Gods. Our Commissary has suddenly decided organic options are cool. I’ve only been begging and pleading FOR.EV.ER. but it’s become a reality! WHOOPIE!!!! Here… look.. you must see my treasures that I found today!!! Look at this motherload, eh? he he Included above are Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Flax [...]