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...
Add some excitement to your shower!

Add some excitement to your shower!

Another official creative endeavor for the month!  I thought this would be easy, so I merrily went along creating my batch of amazing heart shaped bath fizzies after combining about a zillion different recipes I found.  I’m sure you can guess where this is heading . . . epic fail. Here is my first batch: Yep, just a big clump of stuff! I didn’t give up, I just did a little research and discovered that my mistake was in adding the water too quickly.  So if you give this recipe a try (and I would since it really was simple once I got the hang of it), go slow with adding the water.  I plan on breaking the failed batch in pieces and using them myself, so even if you mess up, they won’t go to waste! Successful Bath Fizzies 1 cup baking soda 2/3 cup citric acid (find it in the canning section or Amazon: Citric Acid – 1 Pound – Food Grade , Non-GMO, Organic, 100% Pure) 1 cup arrowood (or you could use cornstarch if you prefer) 1 and 1/2 T olive oil or jojoba oil essential oils (I made three batches:  Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender) water in a spray bottle Step 1:  Stir together the baking soda, citric acid and arrowood until well mixed. Step 2:  Pull out 1/3 of the mixture into a smaller bowl (makes it easier to handle and also to create different scents).  Add 1/2 T oil and 5 to 10 drops essential oil.  Mix well.  Repeat this process with rest of fizzy mixture. Step 3:  Here is where things get tricky . . . spray...
The Perfect Hostess Gift – Flavored Butters

The Perfect Hostess Gift – Flavored Butters

So in the month of December, I plan on having fun creating.  It’s something that I love to do, but don’t often take the time to indulge in.  Most of what I’ll be making this month would be terrific for gifts, but you could also make and enjoy them for yourself!  I plan on doing a little bit of both. Last year we purchased some delicious flavored butters at Costco that we enjoyed at Christmas dinner with the families.  As I was thinking about those butters, it occurred to me how simple they would be to make.  So, I gave it a try – and they turned out very successful!  It was super easy, the hands on work was quick and if I add a loaf of fresh baked bread (from the bakery of course!). these butters will make a fabulous hostess gift.  It was also less expensive for me to make them myself and I used better quality ingredients!  Win, win, win! I made two types – Honey Cinnamon Butter and Roasted Garlic: Honey Cinnamon Butter Two sticks organic butter 1/4 cup raw honey 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon  Soften butter.  Add honey and cinnamon and whip until smooth and well mixed. Place into clean mason jars and label.  This recipe made two small jars (or one pint sized one) with a little leftover for me! Enjoy – that’s it – literally took me 5 minutes start to finish once the butter was softened. Roasted Garlic Butter Two sticks organic butter 4 heads garlic olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper Soften butter.  Heat oven to 375. Cut tops off...
Your FREE Holiday Challenge

Your FREE Holiday Challenge

    This Holiday Challenge is SO.MUCH.FUN!  I participated last year (and plan on participating again this year), and I highly recommend signing up!!! Jey is an amazing, intuitive coach with so much knowledge and joy to share.  In fact, I just finished her year long Mentor Masterclass training and learned so much while enjoying every minute! Regardless of whether you are interested in coaching as a career or not, please do yourself a favor and sign up for her free challenge – click on the picture above for all the details! *affiliate links in this...

Healthy Halloween Tips

Almost Halloween!  One of my favorite holidays.  Yesterday, the spider web went up (see picture!).  It looks awesome doesn’t it? Although Halloween can be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous to those of us trying to live a healthy life.  I’m all about moderation, so I see nothing wrong with a few pieces of candy on the 31st, but let’s keep it at a few pieces!  Looking for more healthy Halloween tips? Go trick or treating WITH your kids – it’s fun for you and them and it’s an automatic walk – great way to up your activity level Visit a corn maze or a haunted woods.  Physical activity and fun! Have a healthy dinner prepared BEFORE the trick or treating commences.  Chili, soup or a nice salad will help fill you up and make the bags of candy less desirable. Chew gum while you are out trick or treating with your kids – you’re less likely to steal a piece of candy or two if your mouth is already busy chewing. And finally, when Halloween is over, here are a few ideas from an old post on how to get rid of the candy. There is STILL time to begin a healthier lifestyle before the holidays begin.  Right now I have room in my schedule for only ONE more client.  Could it be YOU?  Contact me today for a FREE clarity session and we’ll decide...

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