So this one time, I decided to be crazy BRAVE, and fly with my three kids, aged 3, 2, and 11 months, by myself to visit my family. I live a 15 hours car drive away from them, so driving was out of the question. My husband doesn’t get much time off from work, so if I want to see them, I gotta go on my own. So, flying is the best option.  We live about 3 hours from the airport, it’s a two and a half hour flight, and the another 3 hour drive to my parents. I knew it was going to be a LONG trip, but we decided to...

I’ve heard that phrase a lot – you reap what you sow. I always assumed it meant “you get what’s coming to you,” as in, you get what you deserve. I never really thought about a deeper meaning than that until I read the last chapter in John C. Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  The last chapter is about The Law of Contribution. It talks about the fact that in order to grow, you must give. Maxwell quotes Andrew Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth” and says something about...

Soooo… I decided to take a shot at the 3 Day Refresh. What is the 3 Day Refresh, you ask? It’s a 3 day gentle cleanse that allows your body to detox without starving. It’s a straightforward program to lose weight, get a clean break from bad nutrition habits and feel immediately cleaner, lighter and more healthy…without starving! I was skeptic about trying it for a few reasons.  It seemed like a “quick fix” and I’m not into those kinds of things.  It SAYS you won’t be hungry...

The 21 Day Fix is an amazing nutrition plan that I used to first start losing the baby weight after my third baby was born. It taught me about portion control, what to eat, and when to eat it. I was NEVER hungry and I was able to keep a good milk supply for my now 8 month baby (who is still almost exclusively breastfed). The program is about eating MORE of the right foods. There is no calorie counting or anything like that. The best part is that it’s on sale this month {January}! Click here to order One problem some people have...

I feel like I do a pretty good job of showing all the high lights of my life. I share all my successes and all the fun things I do with my kids.  I try hard to show the REAL picture. I want to inspire people. I want to show them that it is POSSIBLE to feel good, to be productive, to workout, keep a (mostly) clean house, whatever it is that they WANT to do, it’s possible.  But it’s hard to show an accurate picture of that without staging things too much. I’d been thinking for awhile of HOW to do it.  Then...

Seriously. There is pumpkin EVERYWHERE. And it’s so delicious. BUT you are on a diet. You can’t possible eat any of that pumpkin stuff because it tastes SO good that it must be bad for you… right??? WRONG. Pumpkin is GOOD for you! On the 21 Day Fix, it satisfies one of those dreaded green containers. It’s true! You CAN have pumpkin pie this holiday season and NOT go off of your meal plan.  The best part about this recipe is that it’s literally takes about 3o seconds of prep and 5 minutes of cooking (in...

I recently went on a 1800+ road trip with my kids. My THREE kids. My three kids that are three and under. BY MYSELF. Yes, I’m giving myself a HUGE pat on the back for this. I mean… serious Super Woman status here guys.  But seriously.  I thought I would write down a few things I learned during that trip to help anyone else who might be thinking about doing the same thing.  1. Bring TVs. But keep them hidden. If you can help it, hide your TVs for the first few hours. They are the “pinnacle” of entertainment...

My husband and I were married in 2009. During that first year, we both worked part time. In 2010, we decided to go to school full time, and squeeze work in when we could. That meant about 10 hours a week for my husband and 25 or so for me. After a few months, due to some personal issues, I had to quit my job. My husband’s income was all we had. When it came time to do our taxes that year we found out that we had only made $11,000 combined! Granted, it was just the two of us that year (I was pregnant with our first), but looking back...

I have a few challengers that DREAD the weekend. They feel like it just ruins all the progress they’ve made all week. And the truth is, a bad weekend CAN set you back a little bit. I recently heard a pod cast by Chalene Johnson where she talks about how to LOSE weight this weekend so when you step on the scale on Monday, the number is LOWER than it was on Friday. Wouldn’t that be amazing???  I strongly recommend you check out the podcast, but here is a recap of the tips she gives:  So who is ready to lose weight...

I know a LOT of people are doing the 21 Day Fix program. It’s a GREAT program with an emphasis on eating healthy as well as working out. It was designed by Autumn Calabrese, a celebrity fitness trainer and bikini competition competitor. The program uses a container system to help you measure out how much food you should be eating. It teaches clean eating and portion control. It is a nutrition program that you can maintain long term, not just a crash diet. I LOVE how much food I get to eat with this program. Because I’m nursing,...

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