Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought I’d share my favorite ideas and recipes that would be perfect for Thanksgiving:

stuffed turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!

How to have a little more fun this year?

Have some FUN with exercise

Create a FUN, new memory for Thanksgiving

How about some amazing (and healthy) recipes for your table?

The best and EASIEST cranberry sauce (no Thanksgiving is complete without this!)

Easiest Thanksgiving appetizer ever

Easy but IMPRESSIVE day after Thanksgiving pot pie

And looking for something green to round out your table?  How about fresh green beans or even brussel sprouts

So what are YOUR Thanksgiving traditions?  Share them in the comments, I’d love to hear what your family does!

Ready for a terrific opportunity? I’m looking for ten ladies to beta test a program I’m SUPER excited about.  I will be leading an eight week program specifically geared towards helping busy moms create a healthy, happy, stress-free life, and to make it the BEST program it can be, I want to run the first four weeks with a small group of busy moms for FREE – it’s an amazing opportunity for the right ladies, so if you are interested (and willing to commit to playing FULL OUT), contact me today and we’ll talk more.

Healthy Loaded Potato

Do you love loaded potatoes?  I know I do.  However, at a typical steakhouse restaurant by the time they are covered in sour cream, butter, cheese Lunch potatoand bacon, they aren’t the healthiest thing to consume.   Enter a healthy loaded potato – this makes a terrific side dish or a perfect lunch!

Healthy Loaded Potato

1 potato

1/4 cup sun (or oven) dried tomatoes

1 T chopped chives

Organic sour cream or cream cheese (your choice)

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Step one:  Bake your potato – HERE is my fool-proof method.

Step two:  Place a few T sour cream or cream cheese on top.

Step three:  Add tomatoes, chives and any other veggies you find in your fridge (roasted peppers would be nice, broccoli or even sauteed spinach)

Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Just a tip – next time you are making baked potatoes, bake a few extra and keep them in the fridge for a quick, easy, healthy lunch!

Interested in tips on how to survive the holidays healthfully?  You may have missed the first call, but the second one is coming up Tuesday, December 20th at 12:00 EST.   The call will be recorded for those who can’t attend live.  Sign up HERE and make your holiday season healthier this year!  As a bonus, I’ll also send a copy of the first call to anyone who signs up to attend the second!

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Huffington Post Article – Healthy Holiday Shopping

Check out my latest article on Huffington Post with tips on Healthy Holiday Shopping! 

And don’t forget to register for the FREE webinar  Tuesday, December 16th at 12:00 EST with more tips on staying healthy this holiday season.  The call will be recorded, so you can always listen now if you can’t make the Tuesday time!

Survive the Holidays

Weekly Goals November 16 – 23

Well, this was a much better week overall – everything seems to be back to normal after the break-in, and I feel back on track!  Here’s to another fun and productive week – keep ‘em coming!!!  Weekly goals

Last Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every daydone!
  • Get 10 ladies on board for beta testing my latest project –  there are still a few spots, so contact me today if you are interested!!!
  • Keep up with coaching coursework – done and what a GREAT week
  • Marketing for FREE webinar scheduled for November 20th – it’s going to help us all deal with the upcoming holidays in a healthy manner – if you are interested, shoot me a note and I’ll get you the call in number. (it will be recorded) – done – going to be so fun, join us!!!

Personal

Family

  • Birthday party for my son!what a fun party we had with his school friends plus a “day of awesomeness” with his best older friend followed by a dinner at Thai Kitchen with our family!!!

monkeys!

  • Date nightfun night at the casino
  • Book a ski trip for the winterfinally DONE!!

Household

  • Finish filing cabinettop drawer complete!
  • Prep for next day each night – 3 days
  • Stick with cleaning/ meal planning schedule – better, but not great

This Week’s Goals

Business

Personal

Family

  • Plan something fun for the weekend
  • Date night
  • Start planning summer trips and camps

Household

  • Get my in-box under control
  • Prep for next day each night
  • Stick with cleaning/ meal planning schedule

This week you don’t want to miss the FREE webinar Thursday, November 20th at 12:00 EST on having a healthy holiday season.  This month I’ll share tips on how to deal with holiday shopping as well as the big feasts we all participate in.  It’ll last about half an hour and the recording will be sent out to anyone who registers!  Sign up HERE!

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Ready for your holiday game plan?

I’m not sure how it happened, but the holiday season is upon us, and that means for many busy moms, it becomes a time to relax our healthy lifestyle (or maybe give up on it entirely?).Christmas

While I do agree we should enjoy the holidays, I think it’s important to be careful not to fall too far off track.  It’s much harder to get back to being healthy than to avoid pitfalls in the first place.  Plus, do you really want to face January 1st feeling run down, out of shape and unhealthy?

I know I don’t!

So what CAN you do to enjoy the season this year without ending up feeling like crap by the end of it?

Here are a few tips:

1.  Don’t overextend yourself.  This leads to burnout and stress every time!  Burnout and stress lead to poor health choices and often illness.  Don’t let that happen!!!  At the beginning of the season, take a look at your schedule and cross out anything you aren’t super excited about.  Just because someone asks you to do something or go somewhere doesn’t mean you have to!!!

2.  Make exercise a priority.  Notice I didn’t say “take it easy on exercise”?  No, this is the time you NEED to keep your health and energy levels high, which is exactly what consistent exercise will do.  As much as possible, stick to your current regime.  Write it on your calendar in ink.  If you don’t already have a routine in place, start walking for half an hour at least 3x a week.  Exercise is a proven stress reliever, so take advantage of it.  As an added bonus, it can help keep the extra holiday weight gain at bay.

3.  Speaking of holiday weight gain, watch your diet these next few months.  It’s so easy to get carried away with cookies, special holiday drinks and big family meals.  Remember that although it IS okay to indulge once in a while, don’t do it daily.  So often we try to convince ourselves that it’s okay since it’s a “special occasion,” but with the holidays, there are a LOT of “special occasions”.  Instead, be cognizant of the food choices you are making, enjoy every bite, and then eat healthfully for the next four or five days.

The holidays really CAN be a time of fun and enjoyment without crushing a healthy lifestyle.

For more strategies on how to handle specific holiday situations (Christmas shopping, cocktail parties, etc.), join my FREE webinar on December 16th at 12:00 PM EST.  I’ll share with you all the best ways to enjoy your holidays, stay healthy and stress free, and ditch the guilt.  Send me an email HERE for your invite, and get ready to create the perfect game plan for creating your own healthy, happy holidays! (call will be recorded in case you can’t make it live)

Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes . . .

Now that it’s November, we can’t even pretend it’s going to be warm anytime soon.  Winter is well on it’s way. Oven Fries

One of the tough things about winter is the lack of fresh and local produce.  Not much grows outside right now.

Luckily, there are some veggies that can be stored for quite some time and still remain tasty.  Potatoes are one of those veggies.  Potatoes are a terrific introduction to vegetables for most kids due to their mild and familiar taste.  Plus, they are a powerhouse of nutrition:

Regular 5.3 oz (with skin) Potato contains about 110 calories, 45% of the daily requirement for Vitamin C, 10% daily requirement for B6, 2 grams of fiber (mostly in the skin) AND more potassium than a banana!  Although only 20% of the nutrients are found in the skin, it’s still best to eat it if possible as that’s where the fiber is located.

A bit of history for you . . . the Inca Indians in Peru first cultivated the potato.  Although there are more than 100 varieties available, here in the US we tend to most frequently consume russet, red, white, yellow and fingerling potatoes.

Already a potato fan?  Then  move on to try sweet potatoes this month.  They are even MORE nutritious:

A medium sized sweet potato (with skin) contains about 130 calories, 3.9 grams of fiber, 2x the daily requirement for Vitamin A, 42% daily requirement for Vitamin C and 4X the daily requirement of Beta Carotene.  Plus, the sweet taste and fact that sweet potatoes digest slowly means you’ll crave fewer sweets and the gradual rise in blood sugar helps you stay full longer.  Sweet!  Interested in more info on sweet potatoes?   Check out THIS post from earlier in the year.

One last question – organic or non-organic?  The research I did on this came up with some interesting advice.  Regular potatoes are best eaten organic (as the flesh will absorb the chemicals from the soil and potatoes are heavily sprayed), but sweet potatoes are one of the veggies on the EWG clean list.  apparently, they are not typically sprayed with pesticides, so are a lower risk.

To start you on your way to enjoying potatoes this month, here are two of my favorites – these both show up weekly in my house!

My version of French Fries (I’m sure everyone who eats dinner even occasionally at our house has had these).

Sweet Potato Chips – terrific snack and addition to so many other dishes!

Enjoy those potatoes this winter!

Ready for a terrific opportunity? I’m looking for ten ladies to beta test a program I’m SUPER excited about.  I will be leading an eight week program specifically geared towards helping busy moms create a healthy, happy, stress-free life, and to make it the BEST program it can be, I want to run the first four weeks with a small group of busy moms for FREE – it’s an amazing opportunity for the right ladies, so if you are interested (and willing to commit to playing FULL OUT), contact metoday and we’ll talk more.

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Weekly Goals November 10 – 16

This week was kinda a mess . . . so I’m pretty happy I accomplished what I did.  Early in the week, someone smashed my car window and stole my hidden purse.  So, I spent most of the week cleaning up that mess – canceling cards, getting phones sorted out, insurance, etc.  Not a great way to have a successful week.  Luckily by the end of the week things seem pretty much back to normal – I’m out a lot of stuff, but I guess I’m more streamlined now . . . lesson learned – even if you hide your purse, don’t ever leave it in the car.Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day – almost every day!
  • Get 10 ladies on board for beta testing my latest project – interested?  If you are a busy mom – check the bottom of this post for more details – halfway there, still FIVE openings
  • Keep up with coaching coursework - done
  • Write November blog postsdone

Personal

Family

  • Swim meet – have fun and support my daughterwhat an amazing meet – she won six of her heats, and dropped time on all her events – even qualified for divisionals for some of them!
  • Finalize Spring Breakdone – can’t wait!!!!
  • Book a ski trip for the winter – picked dates, but haven’t booked yet

Household

  • Finish filing cabinet – didn’t even work on it
  • Prep for next day each night – 3 days
  • Stick with cleaning/ meal planning schedule – fell apart completely

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Get 10 ladies on board for beta testing my latest project – interested?  If you are a busy mom – check the bottom of this post for more details
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Marketing for FREE webinar scheduled for November 20th – it’s going to help us all deal with the upcoming holidays in a healthy manner – if you are interested, shoot me a note and I’ll get you the call in number. (it will be recorded)

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!
  • Try out two new exercise classes

Family

  • Birthday party for my son!
  • Date night
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Finish filing cabinet
  • Prep for next day each night
  • Stick with cleaning/ meal planning schedule

As mentioned above, I’m looking for ten ladies to beta test a program I’m SUPER excited about.  I will be leading an eight week program specifically geared towards helping busy moms create a healthy, happy, stress-free life, and to make it the BEST program it can be, I want to run the first four weeks with a small group of busy moms for FREE – it’s an amazing opportunity for the right ladies, so if you are interested (and willing to commit to playing FULL OUT), contact me today and we’ll talk more.

My Favorite Books from October 2014

This month was another heavy fiction month – and that’s okay as there were some really good ones!   All of them can be found in my Amazon list HERE.  Below is a short summary of my favorites:

books to read

Sneak peek of November books!

The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Katja Millay was a very engrossing book.  It started out as a typical teenager angst type scenario, but you quickly began to understand there was so much more to Nastya.   Even though most of the book revolved around a small set of teenagers, the characters were very well written with a lot of depth.  I was really cheering for them all by the end.  This was really a very lovely book (and would make a great movie!).  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles was a little tough to get into at first, but once I found the flow, I discovered that there were so many layers to the characters and the story.  On the surface it is a simple story about a year in one women’s life back in 1937 (which that aspect alone was fascinating to follow), but once the story ended, I realized it was also a book about the choices we make in life and how simple, daily decisions can and will change our life path.  My rating:  4 out of 5

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The Shadow Children, the Complete Series: Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons; Among the Brave; Among the Enemy; Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix was recommended to me by my daughter.  I actually have only completed the first book (Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1), but am in the midst of the second in the series.  It’s been very fun to have a fifth grader who loves to read as much as I do.  I’ve enjoyed reading her recommendations and having some terrific discussions together on our weekly dates.  In the series, the shadow children are 3rd children.  It is illegal to have more than 2 children, so anyone who has a 3rd must keep the child in hiding.  For an adult, these are obviously quick and easy reads, but still have enough meat in them to enjoy.  My rating 4 out of 5.

So what were YOUR favorite books last month?  I think November will hold more non-fiction (as I’ve already finished two so far!), but I’m hoping to enjoy a few good novels too.  Share your favorites in the comments please!

Ready for a terrific opportunity? I’m looking for ten ladies to beta test a program I’m SUPER excited about.  I will be leading an eight week program specifically geared towards helping busy moms create a healthy, happy, stress-free life, and to make it the BEST program it can be, I want to run the first four weeks with a small group of busy moms for FREE – it’s an amazing opportunity for the right ladies, so if you are interested (and willing to commit to playing FULL OUT), contact metoday and we’ll talk more.

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Weekly Goals November 3 – 9

Last Week’s GoalsWeekly Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day – maybe 50%
  • Finish advertisement for November webinardone!
  • Keep up with coaching coursework – done
  • Write November blog posts – didn’t even start

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday - terrible week of this, I stayed up way too late most nights and in the mornings I paid . . .
  • Read 2 books - Landline (didn’t like this one as much as Fangirl) and my daughter convinced me to read Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1) which I have to say was a really good book (and super quick) – she has been suggesting books that she loves and I’ve gotten a kick out of reading them and then having a good conversation
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day! – not my best week
  • Update my music playlists on my iPod (move to Spotify?)done, finally!!!

Family

  • Date nightwent to a Halloween party – fun!
  • Halloween!!!VERY cold, but VERY fun night!
  • Book a ski trip for the winter – nope . . . we may only end up with one trip this year if I don’t get my act in gear

Household

  • Finish filing cabinet – did a few more files, almost there
  • Prep for next day each night – stayed up too late and didn’t do this consistently
  • Get back on cleaning/ meal planning scheduledone!  got the whole house cleaned (a little bit at a time)

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Get 10 ladies on board for beta testing my latest project – interested?  If you are a busy mom – check the bottom of this post for more details
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Write November blog posts

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!
  • Book 2 massages for November

Family

  • Swim meet – have fun and support my daughter
  • Finalize Spring Break
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Finish filing cabinet
  • Prep for next day each night
  • Stick with cleaning/ meal planning schedule

As mentioned above, I’m looking for ten ladies to beta test a program I’m SUPER excited about.  I will be leading an eight week program specifically geared towards helping busy moms create a healthy, happy, stress-free life, and to make it the BEST program it can be, I want to run the first four weeks with a small group of busy moms for FREE – it’s an amazing opportunity for the right ladies, so if you are interested (and willing to commit to playing FULL OUT), contact me today and we’ll talk more.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is such a fun holiday – as a kid I loved it because it was close to my birthday – so I often had costume parties – FUN!

Want to make Halloween fun for you family?  Here are my favorite ideas:

  • Start the day with pumpkin pancakes (hint:  don’t eat these and then go do an hour of piloxing – just saying . . .)
  • Decorate!  We typically don’t go all out like this year, but it WAS a fun family project.

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