2016 Christmas Round-Up

2016 Christmas Round-Up

Wow!  I can’t believe Christmas is a few days away!!!!  Are you ready?  I’ve got all the presents wrapped and the Christmas Eve menu planned so I think I’m good to go.  The kids have a few more days of school, and then they are off for two weeks.  YEAH!!! Need a little help and inspiration?  Here are some of my favorite holiday posts – both mine and others.  Enjoy! Healthy Tips: Healthy Holidays Game Plan 5 Quick Healthy Holiday Tips:  Replay Enjoy the Holidays: Make the Season Special Great stocking stuffer ideas from Modern Mrs. Darcy Spread some Christmas Cheer Your elf didn’t move?  Here are some reasons! Any great last minute tips?  Please share your favorites while we all still have a few days! If you’re new here, welcome, I’m Pam and I’m a coach for busy working moms who love their kids, but feel tired, stressed out and overwhelmed.  They want to do it all but can’t find enough hours in the day.  I help them balance family, health and work so that they can go to sleep each night feeling fulfilled and guilt-free.  Interested in learning more?  Check out ways I can help you HERE!...
Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have some fun and fulfilling plans for the next few days.  Today I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite Thanksgiving posts and recipes. Everything Thanksgiving, all in one place! Recipes: Fresh Cranberries – I made these last night for the Thanksgiving I’m hosting Saturday.  Perfect to make ahead and check them off your list! Cranberry Mimosas – I’m totally adding these to my holiday gathering this year – YUM! Green Beans – so much better than the traditional green bean casserole Easy Cheese Plate – people love to snack on this while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking Traditions: Thanksgiving “Awards” – a fun family tradition my daughter created a few years ago – always a hit! Thanksgiving Leaves – this year I’m planning on adding this as a new tradition – simple and meaningful Burn off that dinner! – We’ve had kickball games, walks in the woods and other kinds of fun – I don’t know what it will be this year, but we’ll do something active after we eat. How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?  Are there any traditions that must be followed for your family? Ready to kick start a healthier and happier life?  Get your FREE copy of my 3-day Refresh HERE and see how easy it can be to change your...
Healthy Halloween Round Up

Healthy Halloween Round Up

I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween again!  Where has the Fall gone?  Oh yeah, soccer tournaments, Fall Break, daily life!  Today I’m sharing my favorite healthy Halloween posts: Healthy Snacks The Halloween Candy Aisle – what to buy and what to skip General Healthy Halloween Tips 5 Steps to Rid Yourself of Halloween Candy Healthy Halloween Candy Swaps:  Eat This and Not That Fun Halloween Ideas 11 Healthy Halloween Ideas What are your healthy Halloween Ideas?  I know this year I’ll be making a pot of Posole to enjoy before heading out trick or treating and I’ll be walking with the kids to get those steps in! Looking for ways to live a healthier and happier life?  Check out all the ways I can help you...
5 Easy Ways to Live a Little “Greener”

5 Easy Ways to Live a Little “Greener”

In a nod to Earth Day this week, I thought I’d share a few easy ways to live a little greener – and as a bonus, most of these ideas are also healthier for you! Reusable bottles – this is SO simple to do.  I keep all our reusable bottles in the wine rack above our “drink station” so it’s easy to grab a bottle, fill it up with water and go. Oils for scents versus store bought plug-ins.  Almost daily I run a diffuser or two with a few drops of an essential oil and water.  Better for the environment (less packaging and chemicals) and still leads to a delicious smelling house!  A mix of Thieves and Cinnamon Bark is my current favorite. Paper scraps.  Next to my desk I have a big basket for recycled paper – scraps left over from cutting out something I printed, sheets that only had one side printed on them but the other side is blank, etc.  Anytime I need a piece of paper for a quick list, note taking or the kids want a sheet for drawing, we grab from the basket.  Less paper use = more trees for our environment. Buy used.  Not everything obviously, but if you need something, why not first see if you have something already that will suffice, and if not, consider buying it used – often you’ll save money too! Buy local.  This is a favorite of mine – especially when it comes to food.  Buying local eliminates the need for food transportation and as an added bonus the food is fresher and tastier.  It’s...

A Healthier Birthday Party? Get the Kids MOVING!

November is a busy month for us – along with the start of the holidays, multiple sporting tournaments/ meets and after school practices, my son has his birthday.  He always wants a party at our house – which certainly saves a lot of money, but as the boys get older also creates a LOT of craziness!  Luckily, as parents we are a little bit crazy ourselves and do our best to have fun and enjoy the night instead of cringing at the mess! Although it is certainly a good idea to try to keep the food at the party as healthy as possible (without slaving over the stove all day), it’s important to remember that many kids are picky eaters.  So in this area, I tend to limit the sweets (by serving smaller portions and less variety), offer typical kid food like pizza or pretzels, and then just consider the food for the night to be part of our once in a while “not so healthy” meals.  I also serve cut up veggies or a salad to my family before the party begins – I’ve learned through the years not to bother making enough for everyone, I’ve only had one kid take me up on it after dozens of parties.  This way I can feel a little better about the pizza and cake! Where you can REALLY shine in making a party healthier is to incorporate exercise into the evening.  There are so many great ways to do this – from traditional games like tag, soccer or kickball if the weather is nice to relay races, hula hoop contests and fun active...
Foolproof Jewelry Making!

Foolproof Jewelry Making!

Maybe you haven’t figured this out about me yet, but I’m not very crafty.  I love the idea of doing crafts and I enjoy trying stuff out, but craftiness is not high up in my skill set.  That’s why committing to crafting in December was a great stretch for me – and a nice relaxing break from the typical business or wellness learning I like to indulge in. One of the things I wanted to try this month was jewelry making.  I took a bead class a few years ago and had so much fun.  Of course I bought a bunch of supplies and then never made jewelry again.  No one else does that right? This time around I ONLY purchased what I needed for the projects I was going to try, and I picked two very simple looking projects.  The first was a leather bracelet (I got the directions from Pinterest of course.  Happy Hour Projects has the original project – she has some other really fun ones, so check that site out if you like quick and easy crafts!).  The second project took longer but was just as simple – most of the extra time was waiting for glue to dry.  This one was glass pendants – there were numerous tutorials on Pinterest and after reading a bunch of them, I just gave it a go on my own. Leather Bracelet This bracelet took me less than ten minutes, start to finish.  No lie.  I’ve worn it several times now and think it looks great as an addition to my stack of bracelets.  I liked it so...

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