Meal Planning: Week of April 14th

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Hi friends! I am having problems with my photo editing software so I can't upload any photos until I get the issue resolved (and yes I could use other programs like iPhoto, which I might have to do in a pinch but I prefer to wait). So bear with me this week as there might not be any new recipes with photos :( I decided to go back to my usual meal planning method this week because my mom is in town and sometimes winging it, like we have been doing, causes more problems such as hungry, cranky children. It's grilling weather for sure here in the Pacific Northwest- sunny and in the 60s. … [Read more...]


Antioxidants 101

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I had a couple recipes lined up this week and they both ended up as big ol' fails. I didn't have time to retry them so I accepted that I just needed to move on. It happens! I am hoping to get some more cooking done this weekend though. So let's take a different approach and have a nutrition lesson. Lets talk about antioxidants. The word gets thrown around a lot in the world of nutrition, but how many people really know what they are and what they do in the body? Antioxidants 101 Our bodies produce free radicals both through natural processes such as breathing and exercising as well as … [Read more...]


Make-Ahead Salad Bowls

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Hi friends. Just popping in for a quick visit to share this fabulous salad inspired by Starbucks. That's right, you heard me....a salad inspired by Starbucks! I was in there this week with about 25 minutes to spare before picking up my daughter from preschool. I had our sitter watching the other kids so I thought why not actually go into a Starbucks (rather than use the drive-thru), sit down and enjoy some time to myself. Now I am pretty frugal when it comes to buying lunch out. I have a hard time justifying spending money on food that I usually have at home, but I was curious...and … [Read more...]


Basic Family Meal Plan

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Ugh meal planning. What used to be one of my favorite things to do on the blog has now become quite the chore. Having a newborn, plus 3 other little ones in the house and a husband who is missing from the table, makes it quite a challenge to cook dinner. First of all, the kids couldn't care less if they have eggs and toast or a gourmet meal so it makes it hard to put the energy into it. Plus they have different tastes than I do so they end up complaining anyway. It didn't bother me when my husband was around to eat with me, but now it doesn't make sense. It was hard when I was pregnant with … [Read more...]


6 Healthy Habits To Feel Your Best

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Aetna wants to know "What's Your Healthy?" I thought about all the things I do to live a healthy lifestyle. I am by no means perfect. I splurge every once in a while (perfect example is my last post of the chocolate cheesecake), but I do make an effort. I have taken my New Year's goals seriously so far because having my fourth child at the end of December was kind of a reality check. I am getting older. I have four children to raise. I want to be around for them for a long time to come and not just be around but still be active and healthy! My mom spent a month helping me out and had … [Read more...]


10 Ways to Increase Exercise in the New Year

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Are you struggling with fitting exercise into your schedule? Is this the year you want to lose weight, tone up, be more physically fit? I know I am so eager to get back in shape after having a baby. I have already started back to a routine, more on that soon. I want this to be my most active year yet. I am determined to look my best in what will probably be my busiest year. Up for the challenge too? I am over at the Mars Healthy Living blog today taking about 10 ways to Increase your Exercise in the New Year. Hopefully at least one of these ten tips will help you! Sometimes it takes … [Read more...]


Gluten-Free Health and Wellness

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Many people are looking to change their diet and exercise routine as the new year starts; whether the goal is to improve health, lose weight, have more energy or just feel better, diet and exercise make up a lot of New Year's resolutions. Some people are interested in eating paleo, some vegan, some gluten free. One diet does not fit all so it's important to find what works for you and that can be done simply by experimentation. Today I want to talk a little more about a gluten free lifestyle- the health aspect of it all, how to manage your diet along with your physical activity. Let's … [Read more...]


Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating & Merry Christmas!

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Do you give up on trying to eat healthy during the Holidays? I definitely splurge more than usual but I don't let all my healthy habits go out the window. It is possible to make it through the next couple weeks without gaining a ton of weight! I am over Mars Healthy Living today sharing my tips for Healthy Holiday Eating. Head over there to see how you can end the year on a good note! Before I go, I thought I'd share some family pictures we took back in August when I was 20 weeks pregnant. We took them with the intention of using them for our Christmas card because we knew it was … [Read more...]


My New Year’s Resolutions

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With a New Year right around the corner, you’ve probably started thinking about your resolutions, but have you taken into consideration how the activities you chose to participate in now will help you Get Old?Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age. The activities and choices we make today have a significant impact on the way we age in the future. This includes our diet, how much sleep we get, whether or not we exercise and how we … [Read more...]


Rosemary-Sage & Garlic Pork Tenderloin with Wild Blueberry Sauce

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Wild Blueberry Association of North America.  Mmm, blueberries. I am always sad when the fresh ones aren't in season and if you are too, I've got a great tip for you- try frozen Wild Blueberries! You mightthink frozen Wild Blueberries aren't as nutritious as fresh regular ones, but by nature the little wild ones have more flavor, deep blue color and beneficial antioxidants than the cultivated regular ones. That is because of the harsh climate and thin glacial soils that they naturally grow in in Maine, Eastern … [Read more...]