First School Day Thoughts

photoSo my son started Kindergarten this week.  Despite the fact that I thought I’d be a-ok and he’d skate right through these first few days, we both had some weak moments.  Having said that, everyday when he gets home, I remind myself that regardless of drop-off anxiety and perpetual momma-bear tendencies, he’s totally fine.  So today, I compile a list of likely first school day thoughts. Read more

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Friday Favorites

excited-girlNormally I talk about food on Fridays.  So although I’ll still incorporate some food into this post, today I feel compelled to share a few other things too because they rock my world.  So a few Friday Favorites. Read more

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The Thursday 3′s Workout

push-yourselfToday, we venture into Thursday with a workout based on 3′s.   Read more

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Quick Fix Grocery List

groceriesSometimes, you’re in a rush and need to grab some quick and easy options.  But that doesn’t mean you have to opt for the unhealthy aisles.  Here are some grocery store ideas when you’re in a pinch. Read more

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Rampant Running

A female road runner runs down a road at dusk at Independence Pass.I hate running.  Which is why I should put a little more effort into improving it.  So I’m stealing part of a workout from our CrossFit 8035 programming, because it’s a pretty badass option that can be done on your own at home!   Read more

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Nude Beach Know-How: Guidelines For Skin-Bearing Success

BeachNudityI just booked a Caribbean cruise for my husband and I.  It’s not my first rodeo…some might call me a veteran having been on almost 10.  Although I always seek out new experiences, some destinations are regulars on the cruise ship hit-list, and beaches seem to top the list when it comes to traveler desirability.  More adventurous American travelers may be enticed by the luring ideals associated with nude beaches available at the popular French and Dutch islands.  Whether it’s the vision of endless droves of hot bodies, want to check off an item on the ole’ bucket list, or experience the liberation of complete freedom to shed all wardrobe in a public place, visiting a nude beach has a certain appeal.  When it comes to particular Caribbean island like St. Maarten, topless and nude beaches are common, but there isn’t necessarily a rule book when it comes to a concept so foreign to most.   To enjoy your naked stay and play, follow my top 5 Nude Beach Know-How guidelines.  Read more

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Guide To Getting In Your Wife’s Pants

kitchen kissIt’s common knowledge that with most long-term relationships comes a lull in sexual escapades.  A couple develops a comfort level with one another, they move in together, they watch one another pee and put on deodorant, and suddenly that ravenous sexual appetite you initially experienced fades into early bed times and excuses.  So from a female perspective, I write to you with an almost-guaranteed guide on getting into your wife’s pants.   Read more

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Dear Dad: A Father’s Day Feature

dad2From an early age I was a daddy’s girl.  There was an unexplainable and urgent need to please my parents; the first-born curse.  I had to be certain my father was proud of me in all endeavors.  And amidst my venture to claim his never-ending approval, I provided him many pain-in-the-ass moments.  I was not an easy child to deal with.  I got fantastic grades, excelled in sports, and never got in much trouble.  But I was mouthy, opinionated, and picky.  My flighty imagination ran about a thousand miles a minute, at 6 I thought I knew it all, and my sometimes questionable choices had the potential to threaten my future in ways I couldn’t recognize then.  But my parents never wavered in their support for me as a person.  Although it didn’t always feel like a favor, and although they weren’t my best buds, and although I challenged anything remotely beneficial to my future, they persisted in raising me the right way.  So as Father’s Day approaches, it seems only appropriate that my father know exactly what he means to me. Read more

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Benefits of Booze

boozeTomorrow, I turn a year older.  Which means tonight, there’s reason to drink.  Over the years I’ve had my phases of UV and Hawkeye (college), fancy beer (mid-twenties), and liquor (a child-rearing induced choice).  So as I make my way to Bar Louie this evening for some cocktails, I’ll bear in mind my experiences and knowledge on what booze is best. Read more

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Healthy Grilling Go-Tos

grillGrilling out is commonly cause burgers smothered in cheese and ketchup, excessive amounts of chips and dip, and cold sweet treats in the form of ice cream or sugary popsicle.  Those items can certainly make for a backyard barbecue, but if you want summer grilling satisfaction without the unhealthy repercussions, try out some of these tasty alternative options. Read more

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Ode To At-Home Moms

motherhoodI do not stay home with my children.  Nor do I have any desire to.  I realize that sounds calloused, but here’s the thing…I love my kids and the time I spend with them fiercely, but I think that fact that I’m able to step away during the day and commit my passions to my career helps me appreciate them more than I might otherwise.  I have a selfish streak, and dedicating endless amounts of time to my babies wouldn’t be enough for me.  Now some women are born with a commitment and passion for family.  This has nothing to do with their IQ or ambition, they simply have strengths that lend themselves well to child-rearing.  They love babes and selflessly make a career of motherhood.  And that’s no small thing. Read more

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Mexican Corn Dip

Mexican Corn Dip

A get-together gotta-have!

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  1. 2 blocks (8oz) cream cheese
  2. 1 can creamed corn
  3. 1 can corn (or 2-3 ears of fresh corn)
  4. 1 can Rotel
  5. 1 bag shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)
  1. Microwave 2 blocks of cream cheese until soft enough to mix
  2. Add 1 can creamed corn, 1 can corn (or 2-3 ears of fresh sweet corn), 1 can of Rotel (I prefer hot), and 1 bag of finely shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)
  3. Mix ingredients, and chill for at least 1 hour before serving
  1. This is the perfect addition to a backyard barbecue. It’s quick and simple, cost effective, makes a large portion size, and tastes heavenly. Your guests will go back for more and more. Mix up your chip selection by trying Doritos, sweet potato tortilla chips, regular tortilla chips, or Fritos.
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Cool Weather Cardio

100burpeesWith some cooler temperatures sticking around for the week, it’s a perfect time to get outside and heat things up with hardcore cardio.  Give this one a try to kick your cardio into gear! Read more

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Heavenly And Horrific

eatingSometimes, you just need to indulge.  Today, I offer a list of some foods that I just can’t give up entirely.  They are heavenly-tasting, and horrific for your health.  But I firmly believe that eating things you enjoy (even if it’s not Paleo or nutrient-filled), is key to having a balanced life.  Try these items out…just not all at once.  Your balanced life depends on it. Read more

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Try A Racy Rest Day

coupleToo often, rest days go from relaxing to boring.  As you stare mindlessly at the television menu, daydreams of ring dips and hang cleans haunt you (or is that just me?).  But it’s important to take time off to allow for proper workout recovery.  Having said that, there’s no need to let couch lounging dominate the day.  And there is one very beneficial, very safe, and very fun activity that can be the perfect fit for a fabulous rest day; a good ol’ rhomp.  It doesn’t matter who you are, or what your normal fitness routine involves, sex is a perfect filler on days off.  Get on board with racy rest days, and reap all sorts of health and wellness benefits.  Read more

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The Ugly Truth About Our Youth

tantrumI’m officially old.  I find myself randomly thinking about “kids these days”.  I guess now that I have a couple of children, I ponder the future and the potential struggles and successes my children will face.  Generally speaking, I have a sense of frustration when it comes to the lessons withheld from most kids today.  They are treated as delicate and deserving children who grow into envious, sensitive, and entitled adults.  Now there are obvious exceptions to every general statement I make, but I think it’s clear that a huge developmental shift continues to rear its ugly head with regards to generational time spans.  In school, my dad faced things like gross food, rulers to the rear, and maybe a playground punch between boys.  My children will be forced to deal with more significant scenes involving violence, drugs, and unwanted exposure through technological advances.  But will they be prepared to handle a world with such harsh circumstances?  The fact is, with technology, social media, and an overly sensitive society, our children are being guided in an ugly and unproductive direction, and only tough parental love can keep them on the right track. Read more

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Amazing Turkey Meatballs

Amazing Turkey Meatballs

A flavorful, protein-packed ball of poultry!

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  1. ground turkey
  2. fresh peppers (assorted)
  3. kale
  4. spinach
  5. 1/2 onion
  6. 1 egg
  7. cayenne seasoning
  8. cajun seasoning
  9. cumin seasoning
  1. finely chop fresh peppers (I like red and green but use whichever you like), 1 large handful of kale, and 1 handful of spinach, and 1/2 onion, and combine in a small bowl
  2. add 1 tbsp cayenne, 1 tbsp cajun, and 1 tsp cumin to vegetables and mix well
  3. beat 1 egg and add to 2 pounds of ground turkey
  4. with hands, combine chopped vegetables and meat
  5. take a small handful of the mixture and roll into ball
  6. place meatballs into greased (with coconut oil) casserole dish and cover with foil
  7. bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until cooked all the way through
  1. These meatballs go great with spaghetti squash and olive oil, or a fresh tomato sauce! Get creative with the vegetables you use to get the flavor you crave!
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Stop For The Scenery

sunsetIn a world of digital access to everything, all the time, it’s hard not to focus your attention toward the wrong things.  Most of us become transfixed with checking our email every few minutes, or glancing at our phone to see if a new text message was overlooked.  We pull out our computers and ipads to entertain our kids and review the daily Facebook feed.  The television primarily spats stories of violence and tabloid trash, bringing just enough attention to heroics and miracles to keep us from giving up on day-to-day positivity.  So when the busy schedules and hustle and bustle occupy virtually every moment of our lives, we forget to put things on pause, if even for a split second; moments to relax our minds and soak up a sense of serenity.  For health, sanity, and happiness, I think it’s imperative to stop and enjoy the scenery every once in a while.  So here are my top 6 suggestions for scenes that SHOULD distract you! Read more

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Bullet Blend: A Spring Smoothie

Green Goodness: A Spring Smoothie

This spring-infused smoothie makes a perfect sippable snack!

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  1. Get creative!
Grab your bullet or blender, and add the following
  1. 1 tbsp coconut butter
  2. 1 tbsp honey
  3. 1 handful of kale
  4. 1 kiwi
  5. 1 handful of spinach
  6. 1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple
  7. 1 cup fresh blueberries
  8. 1 cup fresh halved strawberries
  9. Blend together for a serving or two of sweet sipping goodness. Makes a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert option, and it’s packed full of vitamins to keep you going.
  1. Experiment with wheat grass, other fruits, and even adding chopped nuts. If you have a protein or recovery supplement you like, throw it in for added value.
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Tips For Taking A Hike

hikeSome days, the gym is just not the place you need to be.  Whether you’re in desperate need of a rest, or just need some scenery to mix things up, a walk or hike is the perfect way to take an active rest, and reset your body, mind, and spirit.  Here are 6 tips for taking a rejuvenating hike! Read more

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