Blog

When your heart screams “dessert!!” but your head says “no!” This is that perfect treat you’ve been looking for. No artificial-crap packaged substitutions that programs like Weight Watchers always seem to conjure up (anyone else a former abuser of 100 Calorie Pack fudge stripe cookies? Ugh.) No, this is clean eating at its finest! Proof that nature has already given...
more
The very base of every healthy smoothie is greens; such as kale, baby spinach, and/or Swiss chard. What happens too often though, is when the green mixes with the reds, blues, and purples of other fruit mix-ins, the result is an unappetizing grayish, thick liquid that sends any discerning child running in the other direction. It’s delicious and jam-packed with...
more
I attempted to make homemade granola once before. I literally set off the smoke detector. And because we have The Nest, it texted a message to my husband at work that there was “smoke detected in the kitchen.” Thanks for telling on me, Nest. Today I was inspired to try making my own granola again by this simple recipe from...
more
I’m on Day 12 of being sick so I finally broke down and ordered a diffuser and essential oils. I’ve been considering it since this past October but cannot afford Young Living or doTERRA oils so I’ve put it off. After researching like crazy, I have finally found an affordable company that still promises pure, non-diluted, properly expelled essential oils....
more
Saturday morning was the big day…I got to co-teach my first group exercise class! Last March, I began my journey of becoming a certified group fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The material is no joke, and I pulled heavily from the anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology knowledge I learned in massage school. I took the computer-based ACE certification...
more
This is totally more for me to re-read down the road if I ever feel blah about this career path, but it’s the eve of my very first class (teaching only the first 20 mins, but still! Eeeek!) and I want to remember the excitement, anticipation, and most of all, the passion I feel about getting to teach fitness to...
more
I recently read a VERY convincing, and thoroughly researched article on Mamavation about the cancer-causing toxins found in mainstream deodorant and anti-persperant, like Degree and Secret (check now to see if yours says “active ingredient: aluminum” on the back.) She got me right at the first and second paragraph, when the author, Gina Badalaty wrote: What sort of toxic chemicals do lurk in...
more
One of the best things about being a Sweat Pink ambassador is getting to participate in fun giveaways like this! Take the Leap 30 Day Yoga Challenge is an opportunity to pause a few moments each day from February 2 – March 8, 2015 and connect your mind to body. Just a pose or two, or a full class, will do!...
more
“Comparison is a thief of joy” –unknown. This may be the truest quote I’ve ever found. It makes me think of two kids—the first is thrilled about the carrot sticks and ranch dressing she’s been given as a snack….until she looks over and sees her brother was given a cookie. Suddenly, her snack is an insult, a physical representation that...
more
I love me some cookies. And with the infiltration of Girl Scout cookies all over my social media feeds and outside my stores, I am craving Samoas like nobody’s business this week. I appreciate that their organization has forayed into gluten-free offerings with their new Toffee-Tastic and Trios, but for the love of all things chocolate, could they please just convert...
more
I have a very love/hate relationship with headbands. I want to love them, and have found several cute ones over the years, but they either squeeze my head so tight that I end up with an excruciating headache, or they slip back and become a serious distraction in the midst of a workout. Raise your hand if you’ve ever almost...
more
I’ve been thinking about motivation a lot lately. Mostly because I’m lacking it. Do you ever have days where life feels like one big obstacle course? Maybe it’s just par for the course when you’re in the throws of raising little ones, but distracted is way too common a feeling I have right now and I can’t seem to pray my...
more
Last week I was glutened. I have never experienced such severe pains, short of natural childbirth. I contemplated going to the hospital before somehow falling asleep. I wasn’t going to point fingers at the food that caused this, but honestly, I don’t see how it was anything else. Luna Lemon Zest bars are now being touted as “gluten-free!” on the...
more
I’m done wallowing in frustration and disappointment that my body failed to carry our third child. I considered writing a big, long blog post about that, but I’m not going to do it. No words exist to properly explain it to someone who has never been through it and anyone who has suffered a miscarriage knows the incredible impact of emotions....
more
I just realized this week marks my 3 year anniversary of being gluten-free but, more importantly, 3 years of being completely off drugs for ADHD. I can’t believe it has been that long but I have never felt better! There are still days where it’s rough—mainly at holidays and parties—but the pain and discomfort I feel when I consume gluten is...
more
This week I’ve been all about Squeez’Ems Reusable Pouches and trying to escape the humidity! The best way I survive eating clean in the heat is to build on easy basics like cold roasted chicken, plain Greek yogurt, and quinoa. And speaking of plain Greek yogurt—this week I discovered that Trader Joe’s plain greek yogurt is only 6 grams of...
more
I’m keen on making homemade baby food for my 9 month old, but as with all my cooking adventures, I like things simple, quick, and healthy.  Thanks to my NutriBullet, D has unintentionally been on a raw foods diet. Why bake, boil, and cook when I can just make a greens- and fruit-packed smoothie, thicken it with organic baby oatmeal, and...
more
Confession: Besides my leafy greens, we can rarely afford organic produce (I know, send the paleo police!) but I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash to thoroughly wash everything and it’s working well for us. At only $4, this wash will help get any pesticides, waxes, chemicals, or other questionable substances off…you know, the stuff that marks the difference...
more
I know I’ve been MIA for about a month but with good reason I promise. I was on a FABULOUS family vacation for a week and a half at the beginning of August, and then came home only to experience two of the worst weeks of my entire life. It’s a personal matter that I’m keeping close to my heart...
more
I’m officially a Zumba instructor! It was tempting to start this post off with “I now get to shake my booty for a living!” but that sounded a little too much like Mindy Collette on ‘Friday Night Lights,’ so I went with the more direct announcement. This past weekend I spent a solid 9 hours training to be a Zumba...
more