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Sophia DeSantis - Veggies Don't Bite
Made of sweet potatoes and spinach, this gnocchi packs a healthy punch! Crisp, yet soft, you get the best of both worlds. Make this a weekly dinner and you’ll never get complaints!
Fresh tomato sauce:
It was about four years ago that Glennon Doyle Melton posted her back to school letter on her blog. It instantly went viral and Glennon has given us all permission to edit it to their family's needs. I thank her for the inspiration. This is my letter to my kids which I read to them the night before school...
Tomorrow is a big day. High school and fifth grade! WOW!
Jake and Rachel, When I was in third grade, I didn’t quite fit in. My hair wasn’t just right and my clothes weren’t super stylish. There was something about me that was just a little different from the popular kids. I didn’t do well in school. I didn’t do well in sports. Other kids teased me. They even stole my puffy stickers and put them on the bottom of my shoes. Not all of the kids were mean. But the ones who weren’t didn’t bother to stick up for me.
No one tried to talk to me. No one invited me to sit next to them at lunch or to play with them at recess. So I sat by myself. I walked around from one part of...more
Farel B. Hruska
Try out these intense Tricep Push Ups to create change in your muscles; the key is to SLOW things down by descending in a slow 4 count, then rising up in a slow 4 count. Resist going fast...because sometimes 'more isn't better, BETTER is better.'more
Mareya Ibrahim - Eatcleaner
1. In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, curry powder, and cayenne pepper.
2. Preheat grill or skillet on medium high heat.
3. Spray non-stick cooking spray on the grill grate or skillet. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until fish is cooked through; repeat with asparagus
4. Top with peanut sauce and serve.
The original post pubilshed here .
For more great tips and recipes from Chef Mareya, The Fit Foodie, visit www.eatcleaner.com or text EATCLEANER...more
For the last couple of years, sleep has become something I’ve sacrificed without a second thought. When I was pregnant, I did the walk to and from the bathroom countless times throughout the night. When our daughter was born, I rolled my eyes as veteran moms told me to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Yeah, right!
But now that she’s older and sleeping through the night, I still find myself sacrificing sleep. This time though? It’s the dishes or laundry calling. It’s catching up on my favorite TV shows. It’s the opportunity to get things done or enjoy some rare “me” time.
The question is: “Is it worth it?”
Did you know, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
Looking for fun and exciting way to challenge your fitness?
Try this creative Sandbell workout.
The Sandbell is a power-packed workout equipment that you can use to customise your killer workout.more
I. Have. Too. Much. Stuff. It stresses me out. I think about organizing, downsizing and simplifying all the time. I'm always putting things away, and yet my house is always messier than I'd like. Sound familiar?
April in particular has been a whirlwind of little plastic things - stuffed eggs, party gift bags and presents for my son's birthday. It's also been an incredible adventure in living with less... at least where my son is concerned.
Jack had a lot of toys. Granted he had less than many American kids, but way more than he could handle. Although he had bins in his room to keep things tidy, all of these bins were stuffed to the max with distractions. He would start playing with one toy and move on to the next and the next until the floor of his room was littered with stuff. This is normal for kids, but it's basically the same as an adult who is constantly channel surfing. It's mindless and unsatisfying, and it was also creating real problems. Jack was distracted, defiant, horribly moody and becoming more and more aggressive. Things were getting out of...more
Yes, it's true! I'm going to suggest that you get on one more social media platform! Oh no!!!! Oh yes!
Have you yet heard of Periscope? Periscope is the latest platform from Twitter. In just three months, Periscope has over 2 million users. What is it? Periscope is a live streaming video platform. In some ways, it's like reality television with real people world wide. But I am finding it's a great way to follow mentors, leaders and experts. Never before have they been so real and so accessible!
What might you see on Periscope? Anything from someone walking their dog in Paris to cooking in Rome. You can see someone sharing their favorite workout or organizing their closet. I just watched a live scope with Deepok Chopra! I love Periscope because they can answer your questions live!
Our goal at FIT4MOM is to give all women the strength for motherhood. A platform like this will give us the ability to reach moms world wide! We don't know where it will take us or what we will do but we are ready to play!
Join me this week for the following LIVE...more
Wow! It's hard to believe that I taught my very first Stroller Strides class 14 years ago in Encinitas, CA. I had 4 moms show up for the first class. Little did I know that it would become the first of over 2,000 locations nationwide. It's been quite a ride.
I started the classes because I needed a village. I needed support as a new mom. I was always looking for the answers that other moms had. And now, it is my privilege to share a few of the answers that I have found in my past 14 years of motherhood.
1) It will all pass. The hard days and temper tantrums will pass. And so will the tiny hands and sweet firsts of a new baby. Appreciate the good stuff and let go of the not so good stuff. Days are long but years go by fast!
2) Start with the end in mind. Think about who you want your child to grow up to be. Chances are you want him to be polite, self sufficient, healthy, independent. Your parenting matters. Insist on good manners. Let them do what they can.
3) Don't let them wear you down! No means no. Don't give in to whining or you will raise a child...more
BOSU is short for "both sides up".
It is used for core strengthening, balance training and reflex improvement.
You can use the flat side of the ball to do balance,strength and flexibility training. The dome side can be used for aerobics and athletic drills.
The BOSU ball redefines fun in your workouts.more
Let's consider this part 2 to a time efficient week. On Monday, I did a blog post about how to get more efficient with your email. Today, I am going to find you some time. I keep hearing how you all need more time. Well, let's go out and get it.
If we find you more time, what are you going to do with it? Meditate? Exercise? Garden? Probably not. That is only going to happen if you make it a priority. So, first, figure out what you want more time for. If it's just to feel less busy, that's ok too!
Most moms are packed from sun up to sun down. They are busy with the house, the kids, the carpool and work. It's crazy. Chaotic. Sound familiar?
1) My first tip for you is going to sound just plain crazy. Impossible even. I want you to take a time out every day. Take 10 minutes to do nothing. Just relax. Recharge. There is something about slowing down that will also slow time.
2) Batch. Think about what you need to do for the week. It is much more efficient to run all errands on one day for example than one / day. Batch your time on the computer, doing...more
Sophia DeSantis - Veggies Dont Bite
Two of your favorite desserts in one cup, it doesn’t get much better than that. Taste the sweet cinnamon flavors melting with the creamy cheesecake and you may not come up for air!
Churro cheesecake with no refined sugar, gluten free and filled with protein. This is one sweet treat you don’t want to pass up!
One of my team members asked me for some tips to get email organized, and I realized she probably wasn't the only one who could benefit. This blog might not apply to all moms so forgive me if it isn't for you. This is for anyone who feels overwhelmed by daily email.
Remember life before email? You had to write a letter or type a memo if you wanted to get a message across. You only wrote what was really important. Now, we send emails for any idea pops in to our mind. We literally could spend our entire day on email. Besides the spam and marketing emails, you could continue to converse back and forth with no end in site. I have seen team members' inboxes filled with thousands of emails. That would make me nuts. It would cause me stress that I might miss something. I personally don't like email and don't consider email to be my work. So, I have learned some tips and tricks to get to inbox zero (a phrase from Merlin Mann) almost every single day! I can get my inbox to zero in almost twenty minutes. Just realize that zero doesn't mean done....more
Farel B. Hruska
Summer is drawing to a close and things are heating up...let's heat up your metabolic burn, too! Fire up your intensity with this awesome High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout at home! Add this 20 min workout into your regular exercise routine 1x per week. About 2 weeks into August, add in another day. It will light up your metabolism AND energy!more
Do you know the power of moms?
I mean it. Do you realize truly how powerful moms are?
This month's theme for FIT4MOM is the Power Of Moms.
Beyonce was on the right path when she said that girls run the world. They sure do! And moms lead the charge! Moms represent a $2.4 trillion market. Moms make most of the household purchasing decisions. But it's not just the buying power that makes moms strong. We are political advocates, entrepreneurs, forerunners in medicine and education. We are raising the next generation of leaders, thought provokers and peacekeepers. If we work together, we have the power to shape the world. But to do this we need to lift each other up. We need to realize our own inner power.
1. Let's put an end to gossip. We cannot lift each other up if we succumb to putting each other down. Pay attention to how often conversations may turn catty. Pause and take time to think about the person you are talking about. Put yourself in their shoes. If you wouldn't say it in front of them, you probably shouldn't be saying it....more
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