Thursday, December 18, 2014

Find Ways How To Easily Relax at Home

     When you are a mom, everything is on your shoulders. You need to take of your family, your home, and the pets that everybody loves and kisses but only you clean after them… You are doing it all, and you still need to look nice, cook food and meet your husband with the smile on your face after work. Though it is amazing to have a family and people you really care about, sometimes you might care about them so much that you forget the most important person – yourself. Don’t you sometimes catch yourself, staring at the mirror and realizing that you can’t remember the last time you did something for yourself?

     Do not say that this is what comes with motherhood. Nobody says that it is easy to be a mother, but you should not forget yourself and what you need too. Just because you are a mother, it does not mean that everything is only your responsibility. I know what you are going to say right now. You are going to say that you do not have time to go to spas or yoga to relax because without you, everything would probably fall apart. You are going to say that you are the only person that makes your home livable, because everyone else has school work and meetings at work all the time.
     But not everything has to be so difficult because you can simply relax and find piece at home. Meditation and simple every day stretching, as weird as it might seem, can help you to relax even without leaving the home. Use an overstock coupon to buy a nice and comfortable yoga mat to feel the full comfort. When you will feel the need to stretch a little bit more after spending half of the day in the kitchen, you can buy stretching straps for a much lower price with overstock discount deals, so that your muscles would not be that tense after a long day. You are not a robot that can do work all day, think about your health too!
     You do not need to spend a lot of money buying gym memberships, because let’s be honest, you will not go there as much as you try to promise yourself. These simple, but effective ways will help you to relax as well as will make your body feel so much better! And after you will feel the need to move a little bit more, you can use the constant overstock online coupons that are on the website to buy some more complicated equipment that is still suitable for home (your husband will love it too!).

     Do not ever forget yourself and your needs. You are not just a mother, but a woman too, and you need to do something for yourself as well. Spas, gyms, beauty centers might be expensive and time consuming, but with such things as overstock promo code it will be much more affordable to do something for yourself without having to sacrifice too much. 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fitness Rules

There's a lot of information on fitness out there. A lot. I'm not an expert or a doctor however, I am someone who has studied and researched and found a system that works. So here are the main "rules" or truth's that I've found to be the cornerstones for success.

1.  Drink Water

It sounds easy enough but it's amazing how many people are dehydrated. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces, meaning a 140lb woman should be drinking 70 ounces of water each day. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up and before each meal. You'll consume 20% less calories if you do. The brain also confuses hunger with thirst, so if you're feeling extra pecking, try drinking a glass of water before feeding your cravings. 

2.  Eat Real Food 

Low fat this, sugar free that, things that crinkle in their packaging just screams PROCESSED. I used to eat 100 calorie packs and mini weight watchers cakes like they were going out of style because I thought they were acceptable as long as I had the calories for them. But if I ask myself, "is eating this going to make me healthier?" the answer would be no. Eat foods that are as minimally processed if at all. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, dark chocolate. You'll feel better and fuller longer. 

3.  Get Moving 

I feel like sometimes were conditioned to think that taking the stairs or parking far away is good enough and it's not. You need to get your body moving. I'm talking at least 30 minutes of activity 4-6 times a week. It's not impossible. You can run, weight train, do yoga, take a Zumba class, or do at home workout dvd's like me. Get rid of excuses like "I don't have the time, energy, or money" just find a way to make it work. 

4.  Cut The Sugar 

Eating too much sugar is, in my opinion, an epidemic. Your body can't process sugar so it stores it as fat, namely belly fat. It can be as addictive as narcotics and serves no purpose other than empty calories. Time to ditch the soda and candy bar habit stat. 

5. Get Support 

Most people want to lose weight or tone up or get healthy so you are most certainly not alone. It's great to have a support system of like minded people who are dealing with similar struggles. It can be on an app such as My Fitness Pal, in a beachbody accountability group on facebook, a group of friends meeting up once a week, weight watchers meetings, or an online forum. Use each other as resources and for support. 

6. Cook Your Own Food 

I know there are a lot more healthy options available in restaurants and takeout places now than there used to be and I'm all about enjoying a dinner out  however unless you cook it yourself you don't really know what's in it. Preparing your own meals at least 5 times per week can really help you stay on track. Make extra and take for leftovers or to grab in a pinch.

7. Mind Your Serving Sizes 

Most people have no idea about the correct serving sizes. I didn't either until I actually started measuring things. Here is what your serving sizes should look like 

Fruits and veggies - 1 cup 
Proteins- 3/4 cup
Whole grains- 1/2 cup
Healthy fats/cheese - 1/4 cup 

8. Ditch the Monday Mentality 

If you have a mid week or weekend slip up don't just give up and eat everything in sight with the idea that you can just start fresh on Monday. You'll consume hundreds of extra calories and turn a small hiccup into huge gains. Start right away. You'll feel better. 

9. Get Enough Sleep 
Sleep is your body's chance to heal itself, to recouperate. It's so important that you let your body rest, especially if you're exercising. I know it's difficult, especially if your kids wake you up early like mine do. But you can maximize your sleep by going to bed earlier, keeping your bedroom cool and dark, and not having anything caffeinated before bed.

10.  Enjoy in Moderation 

Life is too short to never enjoy the foods that we love, like cupcakes, wine, lasagna, or a bowl of ice cream. There's no reason you can't enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. There's a big difference between a bowl of ice cream and a pint of ice cream. I always strive for 80/20 this way I don't feel deprived and I can stay on track without feeling like I can NEVER treat myself. I always have 1 cheat meal per week and 1 cheat snack. Make it a choice to indulge. 

Many people have no idea how good their body was meant to feel when it has proper rest, nutrition, and exercise. If you need help I would be more than happy to be your coach. You can email me at or sign up for your FREE beach body account at 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hot Mess Mama

We've all had those moments right? The moments where we are H.A.M's (Hot Ass Messes). Whelp I had a pretty big one this past weekend and it was, in actuality, very far from pretty. 

Andy and I were planning on leaving Arya with my parents to take Isabella to visit A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place. Since I am such a hot mess I couldn't get my shit together enough to get her a Christmas shirt or outfit or something so I put her in an Elsa shirt and hoped she wouldn't freak out when she saw that her cousins were in their holiday shirts. Elsa is a bad ass snow queen and snow is in winter and Christmas is in winter. It all goes together. 

Then since she's wearing an Elsa shirt she needs a side braid. So, with my limited hair doing skills, I manage to give her an Elsaesque braid. We're in the car 30 seconds before the braid is half out and there are about a hundred fly away hairs despite the fact that I doused her head in hairspray. It's all so tragic. 

I tell her that I'll just throw it in a regular pony tail, but now she's pissed that her hair won't match her shirt. So now that we're already running 20 minutes late because we just can not get it together whenever we have to go somewhere we decide to go to Target because they will definitely have a Christmas shirt...Target has everything. You think we'd learn to set up better the night before but 5.5 years of parenthood and we still haven't figured out how to get out of the house on time. we're in Target and they have holiday shirts for babies, for boys, and for dogs but none for girls sized 5/6. Of course not! As we hustle to the car I realize that we left our season passes at home. Back in the car for another 10 minutes and we're now 40 minutes behind schedule. 

I'm sitting in the car flustered and balled up and I look around and there's barely enough room for my purse that's stuffed full of Kleenex and snacks because there's just kid crap everywhere and I've been meaning to clean out the car but my to do list is already so long and who wants to clean out their car in the cold anyway? 

So we get to Sesame Place on time, shocking I know, and the day goes off without a hitch. No meltdowns about the lack of Christmas shirt or inappropriate hair braids. Until it was time to leave...but that's another story. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Make Ahead Egg Muffins

I am a H.A.M in the mornings...a Hot Ass Mess.  I can barely get myself out the door, let alone fed.  Now usually I have my Shakeology for breakfast because it's so easy to grab and go, but one cannot live on superfoods alone, so I've started making these eggs in a muffin tin.

They're super easy and super delicious and I have to make like 24 a week because my husband and both girls love them.  I just make them, portion them out in zip lock bags, put them in the fridge and then reheat for about 30 seconds in the microwave.  Easy peazy.


Non stick cooking spray
4 large eggs
8 large egg whites
1/4 cup mushrooms chopped
1/4 cup bell peppers chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)
salt and pepper to taste


1.  Pre-heat oven to 350
2.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake wrappers and/or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
3.  Mix the eggs and egg whites together, stir in chopped mushrooms and bell peppers, mix in cheese if using.
4.  Spread evenly among the muffin tin 
5.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown

Makes 8-12 muffins
Serving size: 2 muffins 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Bully

Isabella loves school.  She loves her teacher.  She loves to learn.  She loves her friend.  What she does NOT like is the bully who sits at her table.

Lately she's been complaining about a kid who sits next to her...let's call him Fred.  So Fred has been pretty much harassing the people at his table.  He's called them losers, tattle tales, said he wouldn't be their friend if they told on him, and he even made up a song about a little boy that made him cry.  I tried to tell Isabella to ignore him, to tell him to stop, and to tell her teacher.  She wouldn't because she didn't want Fred to be upset with her.  She's kind and passive to a fault.

So I e-mailed the teacher and explained the situation and she changed Isabella's seat.

Well the next day Isabella comes home and says that Fred PUNCHED her in the stomach on the playground.  Punched.  In the stomach.  On the playground.

She was so sad because she didn't understand how her good friend could hurt her.  I wanted to tell her that her "friend" is a little tool, but I decided that it would be wiser to just tell her to stay away from him.  I also told her that if he hits her again to hit him back.  I don't care what your stance on that piece of advice is, I want my daughter to be able to defend herself.

I had a very long phone conversation with the teacher about Fred, Isabella, Fred's parents, and the situation.  She seemed like she was all on board with it and was calling his parents and informing the lunch aides of the situation.  We spoke for a long time and I felt good about the conversation.

Apparently whatever she said to Fred's parents really made an impact because there hasn't been another peep out of Isabella's mouth about Fred since.  I've followed up with the teacher and she hasn't seen any misbehavior in the class since.

See what happens when parents take responsibility and hold their children accountable for their action instead of becoming defensive and entitled?  Changes are made.