Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Savvy Shopping at Kohl's

Savvy Shopping at Kohl’s

When it comes to savvy shopping Kohl’s is one of the stores that are best known for their huge savings on big brand clothing, accessories and appliances, but there is a good chance that you don’t know about how many different ways there are to save at Kohl’s

Stack Your Kohl’s Coupons for Extreme Savings!

Most people aren’t aware that Kohls allows you to stack a percentage off coupon, like the Kohl’s20% off coupon available from Discountrue with a dollar off coupon, like a $10 off any purchase coupon.
Dollar off coupons, Kohl’s Cash and discount coupons all can be redeemed on a single order. Or you can stack a category coupon (Men’s, Juniors, Women’s) and a Total Purchase coupon for big savings!

Save by Signing Up for Email & Text Alerts

If you haven’t already then signing up for the Kohl’s Mobile Sales Alerts will automatically qualify you for a fifteen percent off coupon which can be redeemed in-store or online.
Signing up for their email alerts gets you $5 off your next in-store purchase and 10% off your next online purchase along with other percentage off coupons and updates on current discounts and sales.

Earn $5 For Every $100 You Spend!

The Yes 2 You Rewards program requires online sign up but it earns you $5 on every $100 you spend, regardless of how you pay. This reward works in addition to Kohl’s Cash so it’s bonus savings that you would be foolish to miss out on!

Use Coupons In-Store

Saving big at Kohl’sis not limited to online shopping. Every Kohl’s coupon is valid both in-store and online! You can find coupons online by looking under the ‘Today’s Deals’ section or use the Retail Me Not App to see all current and valid Kohl’s coupons.

Use Price Matching

If you find a competitors advert with a current date Kohl’s will MATCH the price of the advertised item! This only applies to in-store purchases but it can be an easy way to save on something that you really like when it’s on special at another store. When combined with Kohl’s in-store coupons this can add up to MASSIVE savings!

As you can see saving at Kohl’s is as easy as one, two, three and it is no wonder that Kohl’s is one of the largest discount retailers in the nation!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sweet Ice Cream Pinata

Arya's second birthday is coming up soon and I'm having a full on blast planning it.  So much fun to choose a theme, an outfit, and all of the other fun stuff that go along with a little girl's birthday party.  This year's theme is...Candy Land!  So bright and colorful.  I'm all about it.

For me I really like choosing the decorations, planning the games, and creating a themed menu (that's all for me if I'm being honest, kids don't care about that stuff).  What the kids always go nuts for is the pinatas.  There's something about whacking an object with a stick until it just rains down candy upon you.  I love how excited the kids get.

However this year I'm leaning towards using not just candy to fill the pinata, you know...sticking with my new healthy lifestyle.  I'm thinking I could also put in erasers, small notepads, little toys, maybe a toothbrush.  That's why I love pinatas that don't come pre-filled because I get to decide what goes in them.

I love the pinatas from Wholesale Party Supplies, because they're bright, fun, and adorable!  I've used them for Isabella's mermaid themed 4th birthday party as well as for our kid Halloween party this past year.  Sturdy and adorable...win/win.

So in keeping with the theme of Arya's birthday, I picked out a lovely ice cream pinata that I'm sure all of the kids will go nuts for!


I mean seriously...how cute is that?  I know the kids will just love it!

**I was provided with this item free of charge so that I might provide my honest opinion**

Monday, March 9, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: Bolognese Sauce

I'm a pasta girl at heart. I could eat macaroni every single night. But since my waistline has a firm opinion in the matter I've had to find ways to lighten things up.


Last week I took a family favorite, Bolognese sauce (which is a hearty meat sauce) and gave it a lighter, healthier transformation using spaghetti squash. 



Ingredients 
1 spaghetti squash
1 tbs coconut oil
1 garlic clove minced
1 carrot chopped
1/2 onion chopped 
1lb lean ground beef 
1 28 ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes 
1 tbs dried basil
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 

  1. Preheat the oven  to 400 degrees while you prep the squash.
  2. Use a chef's knife to cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise from stem to tail. 
  3. Scoop out the seeds
  4. Place the squash halves cut-side down in a roasting pan. 
  5. Cook the squash for 30-45 minutes. The squash is done when tender. Gently use a fork to scrape out the meat of the squash into long "noodles" 
  6. While the squash cooks, heat the coconut oil in a large pan and cook the onions, garlic, and carrots over medium heat until tender (about 5-8 minutes). 
  7. Add in the ground beef, breaking up any large chunks, until no longer pink. Drain off some of the fat. 
  8. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a bubble then reduce heat to a simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Top the spaghetti squash noodles with the sauce and sprinkle on the cheese. 
Honestly the sauce is so flavorful that it takes center stage in this dish and you don't even miss the pasta. 

If you're on the 21 Day Fix this counts as: 
Spaghetti squash = 1 green 
Sauce = 1 red and purple
Cheese = 1/2 blue 

If you're looking for more great recipes follow me on facebook at Completely Fit 

Or if you're interested in joining an online fitness group please email me at Galileo.melissa@gmail.com 

Growing Up

My littles are getting big. It struck me the other day as I watched them playing that they're not so little any more. They're like these walking, talking, thinking, people with their own spark, their own ideas. 



Isabella just won "The Making a Difference" award in school. Only two kids on each grade get the award. I'm so proud of her. But with growing older also comes her own personality. She can be lazy at times, not wanting to put her clothes in the hamper and leaving her garbage around the house. She also rolls her eyes at me when I remind her. But she's sweet and smart and sensitive and knows what she wants. 


Arya is almost 2 and she is a ball of energy. She's speaking in 3-4 word sentences and she finally knows the colors besides green. She's also wild as all hell; a danger magnet. We just registered her for a 2.5 program at a local school. She'll go Tuesday's and Thursday's from 8:45-11:45. She needs to start socializing and getting into a routine. 

I'm usually not a sentimental person, always eager for the next stage and increased independence. But I know I'm right on the brink, the verge of being 100% out of the baby stage. Which is equal parts upsetting, filling me with nostalgia, and freeing! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's Fixuary

If you've been following me for a while the. You know a little less than a year ago I dipped a tepid toe into fitness and soon after dove right in. 


People ask me a lot what my favorite program is. It's a tough question. My favorite trainer is hands down Tony Horton (my first beachbody program was p90x3) but my favorite program I would have to say is the 21 Day Fix because it tackles MY biggest issue...food. 

I don't necessarily love working out, but I'll do it. It's just a part of my routine. But food has always been my issue. I could eat oreo cookies and macaroni and cheese from sun up to sun down. 

But the 21 Day Fix has not only taught me how to eat...it's taught me what and how much to eat using a simple color coded system. 

Reds- protein 
Purple - fruits 
Greens- veggies 
Yellow -carbs/starches 
Blue- healthy fats 
Orange- dressings 

I though I would be starving on it but I'm actually surprised by how much food I actually get to eat. And I don't have to say goodbye to my beloved wine! 

And I love the workouts. 

Total body cardio fix (cardio w/ weights)
Upper fix
Lower fix 
Pilates 
Cardio fix
Dirty 30  (total body w/weights) 
Yoga 
10 minute an fix 

I love that the workouts are only 30 minutes because that's about all the free minutes I have in my day. 

I have an online accountability group that starts next week. It comes with FULL meal plans with recipes for the entire duration of the program. Plus it's on sale this month and I'm offering a sweet rebate via PayPal (expires 2/28/15). 



If you're interested or have any questions email me at: Galileo.melissa@gmail.com

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shakeology and Breastfeeding

First, let's get the particulars out of the way. I am not a doctor. I am not a lactation consultant. I am just a mother who drank Shakeology while nursing her baby BEFORE I ever even imagined signing up as a coach. This post is reflective of my experiences only. 



I started my first Beachbody program back in March of 2014 making Arya about 9 months old. I started p90x3 with a side of Shakeology. I was having a really hard time losing the weight and getting my eating under control. I ate so super healthy when I was pregnant but once I actually had the baby I adopted the mentality that I could eat whatever the hell I wanted because I was exclusively nursing. 

That wasn't working out so well for me in the health and fitness department. I had no time to get to a gym  and was having inconsistent results with weight watchers and running. A friend of mine at work was having amazing results with Beachbody so I figured, "Why not?" 



BUT I was nervous about trying the Shakeology because even though Arya was eating table food as well, she was still very much a nurser and I had no plans to wean her any time soon. I don't know why I was so worried. I didn't much care about the processed and refined foods I was eating affecting her, like white pasta, Oreo cookies, and a serious deficit of vegetables. I guess I was worried about the protein affecting her tummy or whatnot. 

I brought the ingredient list to my pediatrician and she looked it over and she told me that the ingredients were perfectly safe but to try a half serving every other day at first to see if it bothered her. Arya never reacted to any food in my diet ever. So I tried it and it didn't affect her at all. No constipation, no gas, no discomfort. I did notice a significant boost in my supply though. Not sure if it was from the extra nutrients or calories or whatever but I definitely saw more in my pumping output when I was at work. 

I went on to nurse Arya until she was 16 months old. I drank Shakeology almost every day and I have never had an issue. Arya is bright, funny, and has hardly ever been sick. I can't say for sure if that's from nursing in general, drinking Shakeology, or just dumb luck. 



Monday, February 16, 2015

Apple Pie Shakeology

I have an insane sweet tooth. I will choose a restaurant based on the dessert menu. Sugar addiction has been a huge obstacle for me to overcome in my health and fitness journey. 


I've been relying on Shakeology to hit that sweet spot. I might have out done myself with my concoction today. 



Apple Pie Shakeology 

1/2 cup of water 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology 
1/2 cup unsweetened Apple sauce 
Dash of cinnamon 
Ice 

Combine all ingredients and blend.

It tastes like thanksgiving in a glass. 

If you're on the 21 Day Fix this counts as a red and a purple 

If you're interested in trying out Shakeology send me an email @ Galileo.melissa@gmail.com

Monday, February 9, 2015

A General Hodgepodge of Miscellaneous Potpourri

I suck at blogging lately but I'm doing pretty well in other areas.  Here's a general update for any straggling readers I might still have. 


Isabella


Isabella is kicking ass in kindergarten. We had a little trouble with a bully back in October but that's been taken care of. She's starting to read on her own and she loves school! I get a little worried making sure she has friends and things like that since I don't really know any of the mothers but she seems like she's doing ok in that area without my help. She's such a sweet big sister. We're working on her picking up after herself and being more independent. Like getting her own applesauce and yogurt out of the fridge instead of constantly badgering me for every little thing. 

Arya


Arya is my little firecracker! She's the most affectionate, huggy, cuddley, kissy little thing ever but oh my lord does this child have a wild side. Keeping her alive is a full time job! Her favorite things to do are to jump on the couch, climb on the table, and pretty much climb on anything she can. She's a great eater and once we weaned her about 5 months ago she finally (finally) started sleeping through the night. She's still a little mama's girl. Which is both wonderful and annoying depending on the day. 

Me

I'm loving my third grade class this year. Such a fun group of kids. It makes such a difference when you really love your class. I'm still struggling with balance: kids, work, family, friends, house. But I figure that I'll always be imbalanced and that's ok. Except on those rare occasions when I completely lose my shit. But my mommy meltdowns are few and far between these days. I'm really seeing some forward momentum with my Beachbody business. I just recently hit Emerald Coach meaning that I now have a team of my own coaches. That's really exciting for me because I love seeing people hit their fitness and financial goals. 

Andy 


Andy and I are doing great! Watching our shows, drinking good wine, balancing each other out. We don't get as many date nights as we'd like but we've been doing date nights in. 

So that's life in a nutshell. It's messy. It's hectic. It's beautiful. 




Sunday, January 25, 2015

What Is Coaching?

What is Beachbody coaching and why do I do it? 

Well there's a lot of reasons...I love helping people reach their goals. I love seeing women trading in soda for Shakeology and giving up TV time for workout time. I like that it holds me accountable to my own fitness goals. I can't expect other people to stay the course if I'm not leading by example. I enjoy the 25% discount on my workouts and Shakeology. I also enjoy the extra cash it's bringing in. I've found that with very little effort I can get the cost of my shakes covered and with a little more effort I can earn some extra cash. I can't leave my job like my diamond coach was able to do but it pays for dance class for Isabella and groceries. Every little bit helps! 

If you've ever been on the fence about coaching or have just been curious as to what it is. My diamond coach is hosting a sneak peek into coaching group. It's a private online Facebook group where she lays out the basics of coaching and what it's all about, what it entails, and what you can get out of it. 

If you're interested please email me ASAP and I'll get you added in. 


You don't have to have had a huge transformation or be fit. A lot of people want to take the journey WITH you. There's no obligation to sign up. It's just a looky loo into what coaching is all about. 

Hope to see you there as part of the family! 



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Saving Up for the Summer Holiday

Saving Up for the Summer Holiday

Who can afford to just leave everything and go on a summer holiday these days? Even though it's a novel idea, the budget for most of us simply doesn't allow vacations without sufficient planning and saving. You might even be thinking that your budget doesn't allow holidays period. The truth is you can, and even though it could take a little longer for some, with basic saving strategies in place money can accumulate.


Set Up a Bank Account or Jar


This is the tried and tested way to save some money. With a special bank account or even a glass jar specifically set aside for saving you are preparing yourself mentally. It doesn't really matter how much money you put in there as long as it stays there. If you want to speed up the process then get both. Use the bank account for money you can spare from your paycheck and the jar for extra change you won't be needing.


Start Small


Assuming you've set up the jar, don't put too much pressure on yourself. Start by placing $1 in the jar every day for the first week. The second week throw in $2 and the third week throw in $3. By matching the number of the week with the amount you put into the jar every day will become quite a substantial amount over time.


Implement Discipline


Take a good hard look at what you buy on a daily basis. How many items fall into the "luxury" category? This can be anything from candy, a Starbucks coffee and piece of cake or a magazine. In essence you want to eliminate items that aren't really necessary and using that money towards the summer holiday you are dreaming about. Keep in mind that eliminating these items doesn't have to be permanent, but you might discover that you could use that money for something more constructive.


Coupons and Promo Codes


If you haven't seen shows like "Extreme Couponing" then now is a good time to start. Thanks to promo codes and coupons you are able to save loads of money without having to starve yourself. This is one of the best ways you can save without having to curb your normal spending, in other words, a win-win situation. Follow tips from websites like DiscounTrue and you'll be on your way to becoming a coupon expert. After you start you will probably never stop using them.


Set a Goal and Time-Frame


We all need to aspire to something and the best way to motivate yourself is by setting a goal and a time-frame in which that goal can be reached. It's important that you don't set a goal that is out of reach. Keep it realistic and if you manage to save a little extra then great, but you will only disappoint yourself if you want to save $1000 in the first week.


Get the Family Involved



Don't be shy to ask the rest of the family to help out, seeing as they will be going on vacation too. Making it a family effort will definitely increase motivation in addition to saving more money. Just make sure that extra money doesn't stay in your pocket. If you go to the store only take the necessary amount in order to restrain yourself from buying something unnecessary. In the beginning it might be hard, but watching the money pile up will make it worth the while and a lot easier.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Make Your Own Takeout: Sesame Chicken

I love Chinese takeout. What I hate is the fat, sodium, and high calorie intake. It's just as easy and even cheaper just to make it yourself. This recipe is so super quick to make it will be gone before the delivery guy even rings your doorbell. 


Here's a quick, easy, and delicious recipe for sesame chicken 


Ingredients

1/4 cup flour
4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbs coconut oil
Cooking spray
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce 
1/2 tsp sesame oil 
1 tbs sesame seeds 
Cooked brown rice 

1. Coat the chicken with flour and shake off the excess
2. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and heat the coconut oil until hot 
3. Brown the chicken on all sides until cooked through.  About 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. 
4. Quickly combine sugar and soy sauce and continually stir until the sugar dissolves and combines with the soy sauce being careful not to burn the sugar. Add sesame oil. 
5. Return chicken to the pan and coat with the sauce. Top with the sesame seeds. Serve over rice. 

Serves 4

If you're on the 21 Day Fix I count this as a red, yellow, and orange. I'm taking a little liberty with the sugar but it's really not that much. 

If you want any information on the 21 Day Fix email me at Galileo.melissa@gmail.com or visit me at http://www.teambeachbody.com/MelissaGalileo 








Thursday, January 8, 2015

Controlling the Crazy

I used to care what everybody though about me. My fear of being judged, or being different was crippling. It riddled me with anxiety. Now if you're not someone who thinks that way then you're probably just rolling your eyes and calling me crazy. Which I accept. 


I wasn't always that way. I used to be confident. Brave. Bold. It wasn't until I become a mother that my awkwardness and anxiety started to fester and grow. I'm not blaming my kids...this ones on me. Worrying if your parenting right, fear of messing up all contributed to my hyper sensitive state. 

Social media also wasn't around when I was younger. Our lives weren't on display...open for judgement to everyone with a scrolling thumb and a spare moment. And I realize that I'm the one putting myself out there but it's a double edge sword. That need to connect, to share yet that fear of opening up. 

Or maybe that's just me. 

Maybe that's my crazy showing. 

However, lately I've noticed a shift in myself. I'm caring a lot less what people think of me. Mostly because they don't. People are so consumed with their own junk. And it's freeing. And it makes me feel like I can accomplish things I was scared to try. I really feel like I'm coming into my own. I feel like I need to come from a positive place of yes. 

I feel like I'm finally corralling my crazy.