Monday, November 24, 2014

Peppermint Mocha Shakeology


I've always been a huge fan of Starbucks white chocolate peppermint mocha.  I would eagerly await the red cup knowing it was the season for one.  Then I read about the GMOs and the chemicals, not to mention the calories in it and I have to admit, it's just not as tastey now that I know what's in it.

I'm not gonna lie, I still do get one once in a while, but that could change this holiday season.

It is cheaper, healthier, and tastier to have one of these Peppermint Mocha Shakeology shakes instead!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. ice coffee
  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/4 tsp Peppermint extract
Just blend and sip!  So good

If you're interested in trying Shakeology, contact me.  I would love to be your coach!

Friday, November 21, 2014

10 Things I Love about PiYo

PiYo has quickly become my favorite Beachbody program.  I initially got it because I was training for a half marathon and didn't need to add another cardio workout that would be hard on my joints.  Now, it's my favorite and I find myself consistently referring it to my family and friends. For the month of November, the challenge pack is on sale for $20 off the normal price making it a great deal!


10 Reasons Why I love PiYo:

1. Low impact and low intensity, but NOT low results.  I have a bicep!  I've never had upper body strength, not even when I played college ball and was lifting weights on a daily basis.  I love the fact that this is not hard on my knees and joints, but I am still seeing and feeling great physical advances.

2. No shoes required.  I know this may seem insignificant, but when you've got limited time to get your workout in or when you spend the majority of your day in dress shoes, it's really nice to not have to wear shoes!

3.  Total body workout.  This workout targets every area of the body even the parts I don't like to focus on.

4.  Increased flexibility; this is especially important for me as a runner.

5.  Short, quick workouts.  The workouts range from 25-45 minutes tops.  Perfect for nap times or after I put Carson down to sleep at night.  Also, my attention span isn't that long so unless I'm in a group workout or out for a run, 30-45 minutes is about all I can take.

6.  Abs off the floor. Some of these workouts require crunches or sit-ups, but for the most part I'm working my core without hurting my back.  I am not a big fan of the traditional sit-up.

7.  On my own time. There is no set schedule.  I just try to fit in about 30 minutes a day.  I don't have to get to the gym at a certain time and I don't have to wait until late in the evening.

8. No gym fee. Once you purchase the dvds, they're yours.  There is no monthly membership fee.

9.  Support, inspiration, and motivation from other people just like me.  We don't always have the same goals as people in our daily life when it comes to health and fitness, but PiYo connects us with other people working toward the same things we are.  It connects you with people who are trying to be stronger, healthier, fitter versions of themselves just like you!  The community is so motivating and helps me to stay accountable.

10. Free coaching. This is quite possibly the most impactful part of any Beachbody program.  The coaching that comes with the program.  It keeps me going, gives me new recipe ideas and meal plans, gets me out of bed when I'm tired to turn on the dvd player...  It definitely makes Beachbody different from the average workout program.

If you're interested in trying PiYo or any of the Beachbody programs, I would love to be your coach!  Just leave your email in the comments below and I will be happy to share more details with you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Afford Healthy Eating

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The biggest argument people give me when I approach them about trying my Beachbody programs is money.  Money is the root of all our problems, right?

It can also be the root of a lot of excuses.

I try to live by the 70/30 rule.  70% of what I put into my body is clean and 30% is cheat.  From my personal experience I've learned that if I deny myself all sweets and "cheats" then I'm setting myself up for failure...or at the very least a tummy ache from a binge-fest.

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There are obviously more coupons out there for prepackaged foods, boxed items, and beauty products.  However, there are coupons for frozen steamed vegetables, packaged chicken, and sometimes even produce!  In fact, right now there is a $5 rebate when you buy $5 worth of fruit.  FREE fruit!

I also go by the motto: if you save in one place, you can splurge in another.

So, the money I save on diapers, wipes, bodywash, shampoo, etc. can go toward the items that are pricier such as fresh produce, lean meats, and high quality grains.

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Here are some tips for saving money when purchasing healthy food:

Collect coupons.
I have joined a few groups on Facebook where people go to share the deals they're getting, coupons they aren't using, or upcoming sales.  I have a couple of friends who let me go through their coupons after they are done with them and I share my leftovers with them as well.

Get a rewards card.
A lot of people (myself included) just type in their mother's phone number when at the register.  This will get you the instant savings, but you won't receive coupons in the mail or more savings down the road.  Sign up for your own card so that you get the most benefit.

Some favorites: Lowe's Foods, Food Lion, Price Chopper, Harris Teeter, CVS, Walgreens

Register for digital coupons when possible.
Places like Walgreens, Dollar General, and Family Dollar have digital coupons now.  Unfortunately, you can't stack these digital coupons with manufacturer's coupons, but you can use them in place of your manufacturer coupon and save those for another trip.

Watch sales and stock up when you can.
Even when you don't need something, if you can get it for free or close to free, get it!  I currently have a year's supply of toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in my linen closet because I paid next to nothing for it.  I also have 3 boxes of cereal sitting in my pantry unopened because I paid less than $1 per box for it.  If you know you are going to use something, stock up!

Know your prices.
Know what prices are good for certain items.  Knowing this will help you decide whether or not you are getting the best deal with your coupons.

Take advantage of the double and super double rule.
Stores like Harris Teeter, KMart, and Lowe's Foods double coupons every day.  Once in a while they do what they call a super double where they double all coupons up to $2!!  It's a little like Black Friday a various points throughout the year in the grocery market.  Totally worth the chaos.

What is your favorite way to save on healthy foods?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Virtual Holiday Market

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Everyone loves a good holiday market.  Something about the first sounds of Christmas music, sips of cocoa, and the smell of cinnamon and peppermint really puts me in the Christmas spirit.

Thanks to this record breaking arctic cold we are experiencing, no one wants to leave the house!  And some people can't thanks to the insane amount of snow piled outside their door!

So, I'm hosting a virtual holiday market on Facebook.  The event will take place the Sunday after Thanksgiving until the Saturday before Christmas.  Each vendor will be assigned one day to flood the event page with images, deals, giveaways, information about your craft.  However, at any point during the market, people may purchase from you.

This is the perfect way to engage people with your product, extend your customer outreach, and create new relationships with other vendors as well as consumers.  

To partake in the event, each vendor will pay $5.  The $5 will go toward a VISA gift card that will be given away at the end of the week.  In order to be eligible to win the gift card, customers must make a purchase; each purchase equates one entry into the drawing.  

As a vendor, you will be given administrative access to the event page so that you can add your friends to the event.  This will allow all vendors to invite friends making for a larger customer base than what your business page may have on its own.  Meaning you will have a larger audience!

To register to be part of the Virtual Holiday Market, please complete the Google form here
I will be in contact with you as soon as possible to let you know scheduling and how to send the $5 via PayPal.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stroller Run Photo Contest


BIG FAVOR!!

CT and I were entered in a stroller run photo contest with this picture.
You are able to vote once a day until the contest ends. 

We would love you forever and greatly appreciate it if you voted for us!

It's very easy, just click this link:
http://runstrollerrun.com/?contestants=quintessential-fall-run

And click Vote on the right hand side!

Thank you so much!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

11 Months


Dear Carson,

I was sitting in the car the other day thinking about the fact that you are about to be one year old.  It's not even been 365 days yet and I can't remember life without you.  You are the best thing to ever happen to your daddy and me.  I wish we could bottle up this love we have for you and give it away to people who need it.  It's amazing.

You are a ball of energy!  On the days we don't get to go for a run, I don't even feel bad.  I am too busy chasing you around!  

This month some things happened or didn't happen that could have really brought me down.  To be honest, I couldn't really waste time being sad about any of them.  I just feel so blessed to have you and to be your mom.  Who cares about the other things?

I still wonder how you picked us.  Out of all the other mommies and daddies out there in the universe, you picked us.  I'm so glad you did.  We're the perfect fit for each other.

Love you so much,
Mommy


11 Month Update
Weight:  22 pounds
Length:  30+ inches
Nicknames: Milkman, Milk Monster, CT, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Bubby, Monster, Buddy Boy
Sleep: You've started going to bed earlier since you are using so much more energy during the day.  Typically you are out by 7:00 and awake around 6:00.  You are still a champion sleeper.  You like to sleep in your crib - you definitely don't want to be held or in bed with us when you go to sleep.
Eating:  You love food!  Some of your favorites are pancakes, Ritz crackers, macaroni and cheese, carrots, chicken and dumplings, banana, and hummus.
Clothing: 12 months
Loves:
  • Playing
  • Your Aden + Anais blankies
  • Bath time
  • Runs with Mommy
  • Bath time
  • Ribbons/shoe laces/strings/etc
  • The dog dishes, carbon monoxide detector, battery charger - anything you shouldn't have
  • Your soccer ball
  • Brushing your own teeth
Dislikes:
  • Having your face/hands wiped
  • Getting lotioned when you are sleepy
Exciting Moments:
You've taken a few steps here and there, but you aren't quite sure on your feet yet.
You are saying more words: dog, dada, mama, that, uh-oh
Momma's Milestones:
I have made Success Club with my Beachbody business every month since becoming a coach and I earned a free ticket to the Summit for 2015.
I signed up to retake my National Boards one last time.  If you're a teacher you know this is an incredibly difficult process.  Third time is a charm, right!?

Just look at the change!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A new take on outfit pictures



I've never claimed to be a fashion blogger.  I mean, I'd love to be.  I love clothes and I love finding new ways to put together outfits using what is in my closet.  I just don't have the means to purchase high end pieces or photograph the outfits professionally.

Since having CT, outfit pictures have really changed.

If I don't have him in my arms, he is probably going to partake in one of the following activities:
  • crying (How long does the separation anxiety phase last?  Anyone?)
  • eating something....more like eating everything
  • sticking his hand in the dog's dish
  • inspecting the toilet
  • kissing his reflection
So, a lot of times this is what we do.  I try to snap one before he tastes the blades of grass, but I usually end up scooping him up before the opportunity presents itself.

Honestly, I wouldn't change it for anything.  At some point in his/our life, I'm going to be grateful I snapped all these pics of us together.  I have a ton of pictures of him.  It's nice to have some with me in them as well.

Speaking of pictures, this weekend we are having family pictures taken.  I can't wait to see how they come out.  By the way, can you believe this boy is 11 months old today?!


Sweater: PacSun, Dress: Bass (love this, similar), Boots: Macy's (similar), Glasses: GlassesUSA