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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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After a year of being a stay-at-home mom, I started a new part-time (quarter-time?) job this past week at a health club! I had seemingly outrageous criteria, and they were able to meet it all. It’s only about 10 hours per week, but I am loving this sweet taste of adult conversation again! And, of course, being surrounded by healthy-minded...
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Quinoa is a fantastic canvas for almost everything in your spice cabinet and produce haul. I have a lot of fun throwing in a variety of ingredients on a whim and tonight was no different. I’ve had this can of Trader Joe’s organic pumpkin taking up precious cabinet space for months and I finally was inspired to use it. Definitely...
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Good morning! The secret to an invigorating bowl of sunshine is lemon zest! Plain Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and chia seeds. Something about the lemon just multiplies the freshness. Have a kickass Thursday!!...
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One of the main reasons (excuses?) I can sometimes neglect this blog is the ease of Instagram. Quickly uploading a photo already in my phone—or even taking the photo through the app—adding a couple of quick remarks or a recipe, hashtagging it, and automatically sharing to my other social media accounts is so convenient! Too convenient. So I’ve decided that...
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I am so excited to announce that I am officially a nationally certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise! I have been studying for the past 3.5 months and I just passed the board exam this afternoon. By adding this certification to my existing massage therapy license, I am intentionally adding more tools to my box of...
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My parents have officially moved 1,000 miles away—to say I am heart-broken would be an understatement. The drawn out anticipation leading up to this move and then the actual move itself has left me so drained. I’ve been desperately trying to stay centered and grounded, and ironically, last week I received a free 6-month subscription to MyYogaWorks.com in exchange for an honest review...
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Amazing: Peanut butter banana “sandwiches” Life Changing: Frozen peanut butter banana sandwiches! Easy, refreshing treat on hot summer days. Kid-approved for taste, and mommy-approved for no sugar, no dyes, no high fructose corn syrup, and no chemicals that are the main ingredients of store-bought popsicles. Cut banana length-wise and then into thirds. Coat inside with nut butter (make sure it’s...
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It’s so easy to get scale obsessed and calorie counting obsessed. I can fall into that vicious pattern too and even have gone through periods in the past where I’ve put my scale in a closet for several months. It’s the main reason why I can’t do programs like Weight Watchers where your weekly weight loss—not your healthy choices—is the...
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I’m very excited to announce that I am now an I’m Fit Possible Ambassador! This just means I will have more access to, and inspiration from, others in the health and fitness community, as well as more opportunities and content for my blog! Taken from Imfitpossible.com, the philosophy is: We are a fast growing group of fitness and wellness enthusiasts that are...
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I wasn’t going to bother posting overnight oats on my blog since I figured so many others have before me, and it’s by no means my own recipe or creation. However, when I posted a photo of it on my Instagram last week, I received so many great questions and comments about this tasty breakfast, I realized many haven’t heard about it,...
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The results for the $25 GIANT gift card giveaway are in! On behalf of GIANT food stores, Produce For Kids, and Below the Fork, thank you so much to everyone who participated. A huge congratulations go to Shelly S.! I’ll be mailing the gift card to her this week and cannot wait to see what yummy produce she purchases with it. Today...
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