Do Your Relationships Suffer During the Holidays?

Does it feel like you are too busy to spend time with your friends this holiday season?  Ironic isn’t it since the holidays are supposed to be all about family and fellowship.Tree Lights

When I hear myself uttering that phrase “I’m just too busy”, my first thought is – okay then, I must be doing too much.  Pretty obvious, right?

The best thing to do if you feel yourself falling into that situation is to take out your calendar immediately and find at least one thing you can cross off your “to-do” list.  Or if it’s something that absolutely has to be done, think creatively about who else could help you with that task – and then ask for that help.  I know it’s hard to ask for help, but for your own health and sanity, sometimes you just have to suck it up and ask.

Now take a good look at these last few months of the year and make some strategic decisions for next year to keep too much hustle and bustle from happening again.  Is there something you are doing or someplace you are going that you are doing just because you’ve “always done it that way”?  If it isn’t serving you any longer, this is your chance to remove it.  Don’t replace it with anything else – leave that space in your life empty.

Empty space in our life is often where the magic happens.

Don’t despair if this year is a lost cause – you can STILL have quality time with those you love – even with a jam packed schedule.  I’ll share some ideas next week, but for now, please take a look at your calendar and see if there isn’t something you can remove.

What am I going to remove?

I’m going to pass on making a ton of Christmas cookies this year.  I will still make one batch of my favorites with the kids, but that’s all I’m doing.  We all get plenty of treats and so there is no need for more!  What are YOU going to remove?  Share it in the comments – we learn best from each other and your idea might spark one for someone else!

Feeling frazzled, overwhelmed and like your life is just one long “to-do” list?  Then the program I’m creating now is the perfect one for YOU.  Early next year I’ll be beta testing the first few weeks of a brand new online group program to help busy moms move their life and health from frazzled to fabulous.  If you are interested in being one of the testers, send me a note HERE and I’ll get back with you with more details.  I’m limiting the test group to ten and I already have a few women lined up.  It’s going to be amazing, and YOU can be a part of creating it!

Shared on Friendship Friday

photo by:

Fix It and Forget It Pork Carnitas

Just like last week’s White Chicken Chili, this week I’m sharing another simple, delicious and healthy dinner.  This one is even easier, and QUICKER than last week – and also tastes just as delicious the next day.  Perfect for your busy holiday season, right?Fix It and Forget It

Fix It and Forget It Pork Carnitas

2-3 pounds pork roast (or if you are out of pork roast like I was, use four pork chops!)

1 cup salsa (green is preferable, but if you are almost out of green, red is fine – apparently I need to go to the store!)

corn tortillas

Toppings:

shredded cheddar or jalapeno cheddar cheese

2 avocados

1/2 red onion, sliced

2 limes, cut in wedges

sour cream

tomatoes, sliced (grape tomatoes are fine if it’s winter and the large ones are icky)

Step one:  Place your pork in your crock pot and cover with salsa.  Set on low (8 to 10 hours) and let it cook all day.  Midway through the day, I did open it up and mix it all around.

Uncooked Pork Carnitas

Step two:  Shred pork with two forks, heat your tortillas in the oven or on the stovetop and let everyone top their own however they would like.

Toppings

It’s THAT simple!!!  You might even have time to make yourself a tasty margarita to enjoy alongside!

What is your favorite quick and easy, but healthy meal for the busy holiday season?  Please share it in the comments – I’d love to add some more to my go-to list!

Don’t forget to get your FREE copy of my e-course “Discover Your Perfect Start to the Day.”  You’ll be rocking your mornings in no time!

Shared on Create With Joy, WFMW, Real Food Wednesday and The Mommy Club

Weekly Goals December 15 – 21

Ugh, I was hoping to avoid the sickness that’s going around, but I started feeling a bit icky yesterday and am feeling that worn out, achy feel today . . . so although I’m setting some goals this week, I think I’ll keep them simple and short! Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day - done
  • Keep up with coaching coursework – done
  • Pitch 2 guest posts (see my latest success HERE) – done – check out my second article on The Huffington Post HERE
  • Marketing for FREE webinar scheduled for December 16th – it’s going to help us all deal with the upcoming holidays in a healthy manner – Registration is open HERE – You can still sign up – call is tomorrow and I’ll record it for replay if you can’t make it live, but you have to sign up to get the replay!

Personal

Family

  • Christmas Partieshad lots of fun at a couple of Christmas Parties this weekend
  • Help kids work on teacher giftsgifts are done, just have to finish the cards
  • Book Summer Vacation - done, whew!

Household

  • Get my in-box under controlbetter every day
  • Prep for next day each night - somewhat, but can’t say I did it every night
  • Clean my office – halfway there, it’s a really BIG project
  • Bake cookies for party Saturday and school Friday - done

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Blog posts for rest of month

Personal

  • Get enough sleep to get HEALTHY quickly
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day

Family

  • Fun outing Saturday with family
  • Finish and deliver teacher gifts

Household

  • Prep for next day each night
  • Clean my office

What are your goals for the week?  Looking for help in dealing with holiday parties?  There is still time to sign up for my FREE webinar:

Webinar* affiliate links included in post

Holiday Parties on Your Schedule?

Many of us have lots of holiday parties this time of the year – and they can really hurt a healthy lifestyle.  Check out my article over at The Huffington Post for some great ways to “attack” them and not lose your healthy mojo.Webinar

Quit Stressing About Holiday Parties

If you’d like more tips on how to handle the holidays in a healthy manner, don’t forget to sign up for my FREE 30 minute webinar next Tuesday at 12:00 EST – Sign up HERE.

Snow Outside? White Chicken Chili to the rescue!

This is the perfect time of year to start hunkering down with warm, hearty and comforting meals.  Add the cold weather to the incredibly busy schedules that seem to occur in December and you need some easy, healthy and delicious meals to fall back upon.Warm up with chili

This white chicken chili fits the bill perfectly and has the added bonus of being better when re-heated the next day!

White Chicken Chili

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (leftovers from a roasted chicken are perfect, but you could cook up some boneless breasts and shred them)

1 large galic clove, minced

1/2 onion, chopped

1 small can green chilies, drained, or 1/8 cup chopped jalapenos (if you like it spicy)

1 can pinto beans, drained

1 can cannellini beans, drained

2 t cumin

1 t pepper (white pepper if possible)

1/2 t cayenne pepper

2 to 3 cups chicken broth (homemade or jarred)

extra-virgin olive oil

toppings:  shredded cheese, chopped onions, sour cream

Step one:  Saute the onion and garlic in a few T of olive oil.

Step two:  Add the chicken, beans and spices and saute a few minutes longer (stirring so it doesn’t stick).

Chicken Chili

Step three:  Add the broth, bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.  Let it simmer for as long as you’d like – I like to let it go for at least an hour or so, but it’s technically not necessary.

White Chicken Chili with broth

Step four:  Serve and pass around the toppings so everyone can make their own perfect bowl!

Ready for some healthy holiday tips?  Join my FREE 30-minute Webinar on December 16th at 12:00 EST (it will be recorded for replay if you can’t make it live).  Check out the details HERE.

Webinar

Shared on WFMW, Real Food Wednesday, Coffee and Conversation and The Mommy Club

Weekly Goals December 8 – 14

Whew, another busy but fun week!Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day – every day except one
  • Keep up with coaching coursework - done, this is an easy one since I enjoy it so much
  • Pitch 2 guest posts (see my latest success HERE) – never got to it
  • Marketing for FREE webinar scheduled for December 16th – it’s going to help us all deal with the upcoming holidays in a healthy manner – Registration is open HERE – done, if you haven’t signed up, do it today!

Personal

Family

  • Swim Meet Weekend – make it fun!What a fun weekend, lots of family time, cheering the team on, and watching my daughter shine
  • Holiday dress up day at school (work on costumes) – we did a little each night so it wasn’t overwhelming – they were AMAZING (mostly thanks to my super talented SIL)

Holiday Dress up!

  • Book Fall Break and Summer Vacations – Booked Fall Break, but not Summer yet

Household

  • Get my in-box under control – made a dent
  • Prep for next day each night – only managed this once
  • Clean the house – yeah, didn’t even begin to happen, I think it’s more out of control NOW than at the beginning of the week!
  • Big trip to Goodwilldone

This Week’s Goals

Business

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!
  • Exercise 5x

Family

  • Christmas Parties
  • Help kids work on teacher gifts
  • Book Summer Vacation

Household

  • Get my in-box under control
  • Prep for next day each night
  • Clean my office
  • Bake cookies for party Saturday and school Friday

Are you ready for the holidays?  What is your biggest area of stress this time of the year?  Please share in the comments or on my Facebook page – maybe we can all help each other RELAX into the season!!!

Don’t forget to get your seat the FREE Healthy Holidays Webinar – sign up HERE.  (replay will be available)

Webinar*this post contains affiliate links

FREE Healthy Holidays Webinar

How do you normally feel on January 1st?  Like you are at your healthiest?  Or more likely a little bloated, tired and feeling like you need to make some changes?  Let’s face it, most New Year’s Goals include losing weight, eating better, exercising, etc. for a reason – we haven’t been taking care of ourselves during November and December! Webinar

I’ve got some sure fire tips guaranteed to help you navigate through the holiday season feeling a little bit healthier – and hopefully more ready to greet 2015 on a positive note!

Join me on December 16th at 12:00 EST for a FREE Healthy Holidays Webinar.

Sign up HERE to be registered (it’s simple and easy, I promise!).

While you’re at it, share it with your friends – they deserve a healthier holiday season too!  Just click below to tweet!

Healthy Holiday Tips – FREE Webinar December 16, 12:00 EST – join HERE.

How do YOU stay healthy during the holidays?  Share in the comments below!

 

November 2014 – Books I loved!

Time for another little book review – I ended up with more non-fiction this month, but finished out the month with a couple of terrific novels.  HERE is the list of all the books I read last month, and below is a short summary of my favorites!

books to read

Sneak peek of November books!

NON-FICTION

I have to admit that this book by Dan Harris really surprised me.  I picked it up on a whim at the library from the new books section and found it both fascinating and useful.  Dan was the ultimate skeptic when it comes to religion, mediation, etc. and through his research and experiences found a valid connection between meditation and increasing happiness.  If you are at all interested in meditation or just like biography-type books, this is a solid recommendation.  My rating 4 out of 5.

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work was the assigned reading for November for my coaching program (Mentor Masterclass).  I added it to my Kindle and it proved to be full of juicy little tidbits and bits of advice like “Our lives are entirely up to us.”  I especially liked (and resonated with) the concept of a shadow career.  I found myself taking notes in my journal as I read along.  It’s a quick but beneficial read – my rating 4 out of 5.

FICTION


Finally towards the end of the month, I turned back to fiction. Big Little Lies took me a while to read (it was a decent sized book), but I really enjoyed it.   There was a bit of a mystery involved while the plot line wove together the lives of three main characters (who were all very different).  I found myself rooting for all three and hoping things would turn out okay for each of them.  My rating 4 out of 5.

I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get through in December – things are a little bit crazy right now, but I AM in the midst of a few good books.  What was the best book you’ve read lately?  Share in the comments as I’d love to get some more recommendations to add to my list!

Looking for some great tips on staying healthy this holiday season?  Join my FREE 30 minute webinar on December 16th at 12:00 EST – sign up HERE. Webinar*this post contains affiliate links

shared on Friendship Friday, The Mommy Club  and WFMW

Weekly Goals December 1 – 7

Not my most successful week, but I did have a terrific, completely work-free holiday weekend!

Last Week’s GoalsWeekly Goals

Business

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday – except for Thanksgiving!
  • Read 2 books – only read one, but it was a good one (and long!): Big Little Lies
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day! – most days
  • Exercise 5x (even though it’s a holiday week!)done, and did a few fun classes too – spin, weight workout class and a moving yoga type class

Family

  • Finish Christmas shopping - done, wrapped and hidden!
  • Date nightfun couple of days of shopping and dinners out
  • Work on planning summer trips and camps – not much movement here

Household

  • Get my in-box under control – getting better
  • Prep for next day each night – two nights only
  • Clean the house – done
  • Christmas decorationsdone!

This Week’s Goals

Business

Personal

  • Up by 6:30 Monday – Friday
  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day!
  • Exercise 5x

Family

  • Swim Meet Weekend – make it fun!
  • Holiday dress up day at school (work on costumes)
  • Book Fall Break and Summer Vacations

Household

  • Get my in-box under control
  • Prep for next day each night
  • Clean the house
  • Big trip to Goodwill

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.

*this post contains affiliate links

The easiest, healthiest lunch around

So, this is my current go-to lunch – it’s the healthiest, easiest and tastiest meal, and I am addicted to it!  This simple combination covers your Finished lunchbodies cravings for sweet, sour, greens and it’s filling.  (and did I mention easy and delicious).  Although it’s a frequent lunch, I have been known to add a scrambled egg and enjoy it for breakfast too!  I typically roast up a few sweet potatoes early in the week (while cooking dinner one night – how’s that for multi-tasking?) and then keep them in the fridge to add to the skillet – that one step means this meal will come together in minutes.  Ditto for the brussel sprouts.

Sweet Greens

1/2 of a large sweet potato, cut into bite sized pieces and roasted

1/4 cup cooked brussel sprouts (don’t like sprouts?  leave them out – this will still be delicious)

2 cups greens (I like a combo of spinach and kale)

sea salt

2 to 3 T sauerkraut (my favorite brand is Bubbies Of San Francisco Sauerkraut, 25 Ounce — 12 per case. – it’s full of healthy probiotics –  I typically find it at Earth Fare, Whole Foods or even Publix sometimes)

Extra virgin olive oil

1.  Add sprouts and sweet potatoes to 1 T olive oil in a non-stick or cast iron skillet.  Saute until warm.

Sprouts and potatoes

2.  Add greens and continue to saute until they are all wilted.

greens

3.  Season with sea salt and serve with sauerkraut.

I know this sounds a bit crazy, but seriously, GIVE IT A TRY.  There is something so wonderful about the combination of bitter greens, the sweetness of the potatoes and the tangy flavor of the sauerkraut.  Ah.Mazing!

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.

*This post contains affiliate links