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.

Our house

World’s BEST way to enjoy Kale

Did you try the Kale Chips last week?  Although we love those, THIS recipe is our all time favorite way to enjoy kale.  In fact, it’s so yummy that my daughter (a self-proclaimed kale hater) will happily eat two servings of this salad.Dinosaur slaw

Need a healthy side dish?  Make this.  Asked to bring a salad to a get-together?  Bring this one (and be prepared to share the recipe).

Ready for a simple, delicious, super healthy salad?

Best Kale salad ever

1 bunch kale

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar

freshly grated parmesan

sea salt, black pepper

Step one:  remove the kale leaves from the stem (throw stem away), chop into thin ribbons and then place in a bowl and massage with your hands for a few minutes – this makes the kale easier to digest

Kale

Step two:  place the garlic in a small pan, cover with olive oil and heat at medium heat until garlic gets fragrant

Step three:  while garlic is warming up, sprinkle some Parmesan over the kale (few tablespoons), mix well

Fresh Parmesan

Step four:  before garlic burns, take it off the heat and add the vinegar.  Stir and then pour over kale.  Sprinkle some more Parmesan on kale, season with sea salt and pepper and mix well.

Give this one a try – it is so tasty and so easy, you’ll be glad you gave it a shot.  If you can’t get your hands on fresh kale, you can use spinach for this recipe too, but the peppery kale is really a better choice with this dressing.  I especially love to serve this with homemade pizza – it’s a great side dish.

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Weekly Goals October 27 – November 2

Been a few weeks, I know – we’ve been on Fall Break which throws my normal schedule out the window!  However, we had a great week of vacation and then a fun week at home too . . .  check out the fun activity we did together last weekend:

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Goals from Two Week’s Ago:

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day – most days
  • Create advertisement for November webinar – got started, need to complete it!
  • Keep up with coaching coursework – done!
  • Finish October blog postsdone

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday – only two days . . .
  • Read 2 bookssome good vacation reading: The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day! – better
  • Update my music playlists on my iPod (move to Spotify?) - iTunes is causing me all kinds of grief – every time I try to purchase a new song it keeps cycling around and around with my log in info . . .

Family

  • Date nightdinner with friends
  • Prepare for Fall Breakhad a wonderful trip and some relaxing time at home!
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Clean out 1 drawer of the filing cabinet – got through half of it
  • Clean off my desk each evening – not so great . . .
  • Finish canning apples (we had a windfall of free apples from a friend)  - done

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Finish advertisement for November webinar
  • 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!
  • Update my music playlists on my iPod (move to Spotify?)

Family

  • Date night
  • Halloween!!!
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Finish filing cabinet
  • Prep for next day each night
  • Get back on cleaning/ meal planning schedule

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How does your exercise routine change with the seasons?

The days are getting shorter, colder and darker here in the Midwest.  I find it becomes harder and harder to get up early and exercise (let alone get outside!).  What’s a girl to do?

How DO you manage the change in seasons?

The leaves are just starting to change!

The leaves are just starting to change!

If this sounds like your current situation, its important to consciously switch things up and move with the flow of the seasons changing versus trying to fight it and stick with what you’ve been doing.  Otherwise, if you aren’t careful, it’s all too easy to let inertia take over and then before you know it, it’s New Year’s Day and you haven’t move energetically in months.

Wouldn’t you rather close out the year feeling happy and healthy?  Yep.  Me too.

Ready for some ideas?  Here are mine and I’d love to see yours in the comments!

  • Try a new sport or exercise – nothing like trying something new to get excited about exercise again!
  • Change the time of the day you work out.  Although I like morning best, if it’s very dark, sometimes I’m better off sleeping an extra half an hour and doing a quick run on the treadmill at lunchtime.
  • Change your activity to accommodate the weather (and have a backup ready).  For example, this time of the year it might be lovely to take a long hike in the woods – enjoy the crisp air and relish the multiple colors of fall leaves.  BUT, if you wake up ready to hike with your family and it’s pouring, you could pop in a Just Dance video or some tunes on your iPod and dance around for an hour.
  • Try an inside exercise class – maybe spin versus bike rides, or a dance class versus outdoor runs

What will you be doing to keep your fitness goals in the forefront as the season changes?  Is this an area you need help or motivation with?  I love to work with my one-on-one clients to help them create the perfect routine for each season of their life.  Contact me for a 30 minute breakthrough session and we can pinpoint the top 3 areas you need to evaluate to create the happy and healthy life you desire!

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Creamy Kale Dip

This recipe is a fun alternative to the traditional spinach artichoke dip.  It tastes very similar so it’s an easy foray into Kale for someone who is a bit scared to try this unique green . . .Kale Dip

Creamy Kale Dip

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 bunch kale, chopped (remove stems)

1 cup cream cheese

1/4 cup mayo

2 T milk

sea salt

freshly ground pepper

1/2 t. hot sauce or siracha

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated best)

extra virgin olive oil

Step one:  Heat oven to 425.  Rub an 8 x 8 casserole dish lightly with olive oil.  In a medium skillet, heat about a T of oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant.  Add kale, cook 10 minutes or until wilted.

Kale, Onion and Garlic

Step two:  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, mayo and milk until smooth.  Stir in hot sauce and then kale mixture along with 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour into casserole and top with rest of Parmesan.  Bake uncovered 30 to 45 minutes.

Serve with crackers, bread and/or veggies.

Have fun with this – take it to a party and see if anyone else suspects it’s not the normal spinach dip!

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Crunchy Kale Chips!

This has got to be the easiest way to enjoy Kale – and it’s very tasty too!kale

Crunchy Kale Chips

1 head kale – remove stems and tear into chip size pieces

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

Simply pre-heat your oven to 325, spread the kale over a cookie sheet, drizzle with oil and salt and then use your hands to mix it all up.  Bake at 325 for about 15 to 20 minutes until crunchy (depends upon the size of your kale chips and your oven).  Make sure and flip them all around at least once during the baking process.  Cool and enjoy!

Crazy for Kale!

Kale is pretty trendy right now.  Chances are, even if you haven’t tried it, you’ve at least heard of it – am I right?fresh kale

As it turns out, kale is in vogue right now for a good reason – it is incredibly healthy (and delicious too!).  Kale is available year round, but it tends to be the tastiest in the late fall/ early winter (after it’s been exposed to some cold weather or even a frost).

When you prepare kale, make sure and remove the stalks – they are edible, but bitter and chewy.  Although kale will last quite a long time in the fridge, it does become more bitter as it ages.

Want to eat a LARGE serving of something for very little in the way of calories?  A cup of kale has only 33 calories, 1 gram of fiber and is chock full of folate, potassium and calcium.  It’s also very rich in anti-inflammatories – good stuff!

Kale is super versatile – you can treat substitute it for spinach in pretty much any dish (or saute it like you would spinach).  I have a few tasty dishes that I strictly use kale for, and I’ll share them this month.  One of our favorites is this Kale Pesto – it is simple and oh so yummy!

So if you haven’t been brave enough to give kale a go, I encourage you to go buy a bunch at the store or farmer’s market and try some new dishes this month!

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Weekly Goals October 7 to 11

Last Week’s GoalsPlanning

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every daydone
  • Create advertisement for November webinar
  • Keep up with coaching coursework – done
  • Finish October blog posts – didn’t even start . . .

Personal

Family

  • Date nighthad a wonderful time trying out a new restaurant (La Mulita) and going to see Mama Mia
  • Celebrate final week of soccer & baseballit was COLD but we had fun watching the last games of the season
  • Book a ski trip for the winter – I have got to get this done soon or we’ll end up skiing just once this winter!!!!

Household

  • Update/ change? insurancedone
  • Finish cleaning up my office – this task may never be done – maybe I need to change it to clean off my desk each night
  • Trip to Goodwilldone

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Create advertisement for November webinar
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Finish October blog posts

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!
  • Update my music playlists on my ipod (move to Spotify?)

Family

  • Date night
  • Prepare for Fall Break
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Clean out 1 drawer of the filing cabinet
  • Clean off my desk each evening
  • Finish canning apples (we had a windfall of free apples from a friend)

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September Book Review Roundup

For some reason September was pretty much all Fiction reading for me . . . unusual as I tend to bounce back and forth between fiction and non-fiction – maybe I just need some good recommendations for non-fiction!!!  I’m sharing my favorites from the month below, and you can find all the rest HERE.

Having read Me Before You: A Novel  by JoJo Moyes back in January (see review here), I knew I had to try a few of her other novels. One Plus One: A Novel did not disappoint.  Take two VERY different people, with completely different lifestyles and throw them together for hours on the road in a car, and you get quite an entertaining story.   Their paths weren’t easy and weren’t perfect, but that made the book much more interesting.  I didn’t love it as much as Me Before You, but it was still a solid read.  My rating 3.5 out of 5.

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Melton was another book I enjoyed this month.  Glennon blogs at Momastrey and her writing is raw, courageous and emotional (along with funny which I love!).  Each chapter reads like a little essay, and there is plenty of wisdom to be plucked out of them.  My favorite (and it’s also posted HERE on her blog) is the letter to read to your child before he/she goes back to school.  I just love this!  Worth the price of the book to have a copy of this letter alone!  My rating 4.5 out of 5.


Twenties Girl: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella (of Shopaholic fame) was a fun read – this is one of those ideal vacation books.  Lighthearted, a bit goofy and with a nice, happy ending.  It took me a bit to get into it – I wasn’t sure I bought into the storyline of Lara being visited by the ghost of her great Aunt Sophie, but once I kept reading I found I didn’t care if it was far-fetched as it was quite fun.  My rating: 4 out of 5.

So what should I read in October?  I just loaded up my requests at the library, but again most of those books are fiction – I need a few good non-fiction books to round things out.  Any suggestions?

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Weekly Goals September 29 – October 5

It’s October this week – one of my favorite month’s of the year.  The weather is so nice and there are so many fun things to do!

Last Week’s GoalsWeekly Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every daydone
  • October newsletterdone, if you don’t receive it, sign up HERE
  • Keep up with coaching courseworkdone
  • Work on upcoming webinar (details coming soon)

Personal

Family

  • Date nighthad a date “lunch” instead, which was still lots of fun
  • One on one outing with each kidhad a fun day with my son – burritos and mini golf, and then an ice cream date with my daughter
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Update/ change? insurance – started on this finally, but haven’t finished
  • Create October Master “To-do” listdone
  • Finish cleaning up my office

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Create advertisement for November webinar
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Finish October blog posts

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!
  • ENJOY my next business trip

Family

  • Date night
  • Celebrate final week of soccer & baseball
  • Book a ski trip for the winter

Household

  • Update/ change? insurance
  • Finish cleaning up my office
  • Trip to Goodwill

Any exciting plans?  What is your favorite thing to do in October?  Mine is a toss up between all the Halloween events (like Headless Horseman, ZooBoo & the Children’s Museum party), and the simple things like walking to the park and enjoying wine on the screened in porch while we still can!

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