Have a Very Merry UnBirthday with an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday!

Have a Very Merry UnBirthday with an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday!I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, both the books and the classic Disney movie. My daughter and I decided it would be a lot of fun to host a Mad Hatter Tea Party for her birthday. It is a lot of fun to create a party from a theme that is not "in" or "popular" or "new." Parties like these make me stretch my creative muscles and I won't [more]

Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!

Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!New from my favorite yogurt brand are the Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches for the family! Delicious, convenient, and organic goodness for on the go, mess free eating. Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches are available in nine flavors for your YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids! No worries, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy these but we will get to that later.   My kids love pouches, it's like space man food meets crazy kids [more]

Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown Harvest

Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown HarvestButternut Squash Soup is something I really enjoy eating. It is not a dish I have ever tried making. When I got my Hometown Harvest bag I found a nice sized organic squash tucked inside. Originally I thought, I will chop this up and sauté it with some olive oil and zucchini. My friend however challenged me to step outside my cooking comfort zone and make a soup using my [more]

Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!

Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!Easter is almost here! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and families are gathering for some good ol' fashioned Easter fun! Make your Easter the best yet with these excellent eggcellent party decorations and crafts from Oriental Trading!  What I love about Oriental Trading is that I can put a party together easily without spending a ton of money.  I hung up the Light Blue and Lilac Paper Lanterns to add a pop [more]

Captain America The Winter Soldier: A Must See! #CaptainAmerica

Captain America The Winter Soldier: A Must See! #CaptainAmerica   Captain America The Winter Soldier is the number 1 movie in the nation and the film with the largest April box office! And for good reason too. From start to finish Captain America is packed with action, drama, and a little comedic relief.  Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson are exactly what you would expect- awesome. I will admit I wasn't always team Black Widow, especially as a kid, [more]

Our Disney World Vacation: Making Memories

Our Disney World Vacation: Making Memories After sharing with you all How to Make the Most of Your Disney World Vacation I wanted to follow that up with a more personal post. Again it took me awhile to sort through the pictures I wanted to use remember I took over 1500 and also to put into words how amazing our trip was. I still don't feel like this post can do it justice, the magic of Disney [more]

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Making and Keeping Goals in 2014 with ZonePerfect

When the clock strikes midnight and you’re yelling Happy New Year with your drink of choice in hand you feel like you can take on anything and anyone. But after you sleep it off and life begins again are you really following through? Now that we are coming to the end of our first month in 2014 I have to ask that annoying question: How are you doing with the goals you set? 

I’m not just asking you I’m directing the question at myself too. I refuse to make resolutions but I do have healthy living goals. In order to maintain my goals and yours, we all need a plan of attack. Words are just words without actions behind them. Are you lacking a game plan for your 2014 self? No worries ZonePerfect and I are here to help.

ZonePerfect Blog Forward Challenge

It can seem daunting to do a 180 in your life and make drastic changes. Some people can do that and are successful, I like to call them aliens. For those of us from planet normal, all that does is set ourselves up to fail. Deny yourself chocolate and the first chance you get to go face down in it you will. It’s not pretty. 

That’s why I am all about the small steps, small changes that over time lead to big results. Once you get use them, bigger changes can be made and you won’t feel overwhelmed. We all have to start somewhere and remember doing something means you are far ahead of anyone still parked on the couch. I know you can do it and we will make ourselves better together!

So let’s get started with these fitness tips from ZonePerfect including my 2 cents:

  1. Swap a snack: prepare ahead of time some high protein, simple snacks. Trail mix, carrots and hummus, I really like apples with peanut butter. But if you need something quick, grab a ZonePerfect bar and be ready for whatever your day throws at you. 
  2. Move Move Move: I am an avid gym rat but I am a mom, wife, and woman first and realistically I cannot get to the gym every time I want to. The goal here is to get moving. Active video games can be a fun way for everyone to work in fitness. Park farther away from the store and get extra steps in. You can even jog up and down the stairs, the point is just do something.
  3. Listen to Your Mother: Or in this case your blogger. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. By eating a balance breakfast full of proteins, vitamins, and nutrients you are starting your day off right and you won’t be starving by lunchtime. 
  4. F is for Fruit. V is for Veggie: Try to add one to every meal. Mix smoothies with both for a yummy and on the go friendly snack. Add berries to your yogurt, veggies to your sandwich
  5. Scouts Honor: It happens to us all, we aren’t hungry and then bam all of a sudden we are starving and could eat a horse. The only options are usually nothing healthy for you. How can you avoid the sudden onset of I’m sooooo hungry? One way is to keep a ZonePerfect bar in your car, purse, gym bag, diaper bag etc. 
  6. The Forgotten Lunch: We all get busy and forget to eat. Keep some nonperishable single serve items at work like tuna, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, crackers, and ZonePerfect bars.
  7. Get in Your Zzzzzzone: Sleep is important, we all know it. So get some!
  8. Fad = Bad: There is no simple, easy, quick weight loss that actually works. Unless you count photoshop. Eat better, exercise more, and make a doable plan that fits your lifestyle. 
  9. Water you Drinking: Water keeps you hydrated, helps keep headaches away, and it also helps you feel full longer. I always drink a glass of water before I eat. To jazz it up add lemon or lime wedges for a little something extra.
  10. Vitamin B-Healthy: Most people are deficient in some way. Talk with your doctor about which vitamins you are lacking and make a food plan or grab a supplement that will help you get what you need. 

ZonePerfect Protein Bars

ZonePerfect Protein Bars

On the go running errands or heading to the gym, ZonePerfect helps me to stay fueled for my day and on track with my health goals.

ZonePerfect Protein Bars

To end this post of inspiration, I will write a letter to my future self (feel free to steal for yourself)

Dear Ashley,

I know it was hard and sucked running so much and going to the gym a lot. You were tired, sore, and sometimes just plain stubborn. But look at you. No seriously, stop reading and look in the mirror. Hard work pays off. You wanted to tone up, you wanted to train for a half marathon and you did it. You persevered and stayed on track almost all the time. Hey we all fall off somedays. The important thing is you never gave up. Now that you’ve conquered this mountain it’s time to find another one. I know we can do it! 

Love,

Me/You however you’re suppose to end something like this….

 What are your plans for this year? Do you have a plan to make them happen? Share below and help encourage others with your awesomeness! 

Disclosure: I am a blogger for the Blog Forward challenge with ZonePerfect. Although I was provided with free product for the purpose of this post, my opinions as always are my own.

Skinny Limits Raw Juice Cleanse Review

skinny limits raw juice cleanse I have been interested in doing a cleanse for awhile now. My problem was knowing where to start and which one to do. Everyone has their opinions on brands, types, and even if you should or should not do a cleanse. Even after deciding yes I want to do a cleanse I still did not know which one to go with. As I have said before being a Moms Meet ambassador allows me to try out products I might not necessarily try or even hear about. Moms Meet offered a Skinny Limits sampling opportunity and I jumped on it. Not only did I want to do a cleanse but after reading about Skinny Limits I decided this was a great product to go with.

Skinny Limits is a raw juice cleanse. Why is raw better? I’ll answer that question with another one: doesn’t freshly squeezed juice taste better than store bought? If you haven’t had fresh juices then let me answer that for you, it tastes a whole lot better! When juice is freshly made not only does it taste different but your body can tell the difference too. Raw juice contains all the enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients of each fruit & vegetable you juiced. Skinny Limits is cold pressed and sent to you fresh! That means it does not use HPP (high pressure processing) like most other store bought brands to lengthen the shelf life. However, it’s also believed to kill enzymes, nutrients, and cells.

Even though I was excited to try the cleanse I was nervous too. What if I didn’t like the taste? Could I really go 3 days without eating? Will I turn into a monster of moodiness? The last one was my husbands question!

I started my days with a warm cup of lemon water, then it was time to take bottle number 1. In total you drink 6 bottles each day every 2.5 to 3 hours with the last bottle 2 hours before you go to bed. That means you need to do some math and have your plan ready. At least that was me, I wouldn’t have remembered if I didn’t write down my schedule! The other obstacle for me was what if I had to go out and be gone for awhile? Luckily it has been pretty cold here and I also have several insulated bags. If my errands would take longer than 2.5 hours then I would just pack up my juices to go.

Enough suspense, let’s talk taste because I know that is what you are thinking! 

It took about 1 and half green bottles to get my taste buds on board with the cleanse. Now this is not because it tasted horrible, it is because I have never been a fan of drinking my veggies. My husband on the other hand, tried a few sips and loved it. He enjoys drinking veggies. So it tastes great but if you’re like me it might take some getting use to. The Scorpion Lemonade (yellow) and the Crescent Moon (white) were fine for me right from the beginning. I enjoy the tartness of lemonade and the milk-like consistency of the Moon. The second most common question I was asked was is it lumpy? NO! Skinny Limits is a smooth drink so you won’t feel like you’re choking down your veggies.

Skinny Limits Raw Juice

The green bottles and I got along fine

Weren’t you starving? 

Another NO! When I felt like I was getting hungry it was time to drink another bottle. Also, if you are feeling really famished you are allowed to eat a couple stalks of celery, half a cucumber, or 1/4 avocado. I didn’t have to but the option is there if you need it. My only other suggestion is, if you are a coffee or tea, caffeinated kinda person like me detox yourself off the caffeine prior to starting the cleanse. I knew when I was starting this so I began to lessen my tea/coffee intake. That keeps you from having massive migraines from withdrawal.

 

skinny limits raw juice cleanse   Just The Facts:

  • The standard 3-day juice cleanse kit includes 18 bottles of juices total, in varying flavors and fruit/vegetable combinations. Each day you’ll drink six 16oz bottles of juice. The ingredients in each type of juice are listed below:

    Pure & Simple (Green Juice): Kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, and lemon.

    Balance (Green Ginger): Kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger.

    Green Firefly: Kale, spinach, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, and pineapple.

    Scorpion Lemonade: Lemons, agave nectar, cayenne, and filtered water.

    Crescent Moon: Raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave nectar, coconut oil, himalayan sea salt, and filtered water.

  • Skinny Limits juices are completely natural and raw, made without pasteurization or processing. Plus they are vegan and gluten-free!
  • All Skinny Limits juices are made fresh to order and delivered immediately after being produced. All juices must be refrigerated immediately upon arrival.
  • The retail price of a 3-day Skinny Limits juice cleanse (18, 16oz bottles) is $147.

Before beginning a cleanse watch this video on how to get started!
Connect with Skinny Limits to learn more about raw foods, juice recipes, and more!

Have you ever tried a raw juice cleanse? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

FTC Disclosure:  I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetsSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 

Mighty Mom Monday: I’m Still Here

#MightyMom healthy living and encouragment for all moms

 

You may have been wondering where I’ve been. Or maybe not, I have been writing, tweeting, so I didn’t disappear completely. Still, I haven’t written about being a Mighty Mom in awhile. Does that mean I have been doing super awesome and was just too mighty to stop and write about it? Hah! Nope. Just the opposite in fact. Ever since I went to Disney World I have not been exercising. I walked a million miles and ate to my hearts content. Seriously, Disney’s buffets are amazing. Then I came home and everyone got sick. So for the last few weeks we have been battling sickness, trying to catch up on life, and just being lazy.

Finally, I decided enough was enough and got off my butt and went for a run last weekend. It was my first in MONTHS. After bundling up, making a new playlists, and stretching (we all know what happens when you don’t!) I hit the trail. Despite having been the equivalent of a couch potato I was proud of what I accomplished. 2.07 miles is not too shabby! I ran again a few days later and kept up the momentum!

I can tell I was getting to that point of no return. That point when sitting on the couch doing nothing or eating whatever (organic of course but organic sweets will still make you fat!) becomes too comfortable. The bad cycle of self loathing starts and you hate what you’ve lost but get in a pit of not doing anything to change it.

Screw that! I refuse to succumb to that again and so I am picking up where I left out and going to the gym 2x a week. I am also running again so I can continue training for that eventual half marathon I want to run. It’s nice to see others completing goals and persevering. It really does help motivate me to see others not being bums. I hope you have friends you can look to when you need some extra encouragement!

Now that it’s getting cold outside everyone needs a little more oomph, gumption to get moving. My advice is to have others you work out with. It’s a lot harder to flake on a workout when other people are waiting for you.

So that’s my story. My truth. I haven’t been practicing what I preach err type but I will get back there. It’s just going to take some time and taking control of those thoughts that try to deter me from working out.

What is your cold weather tip?

Review: All Day Energy Greens Drink Supplement

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by IVL Products. I was compensated for my time all opinions are my own.

 

All Day Energy Greens, Natural green energy drink supplement, natural dietary supplement

All Day Energy Greens from IVL Products is a natural energy green drink supplement. Green Energy? I definitely need that. What parent doesn’t? Best of all you can feel good about using this product. All Day Energy Greens (ADEG) is 100% free of pesticides and herbicides! Also, ADEG contains no common allergens: wheat, garlic, MSG, yeast, egg, dairy, animal products, coloring, alcohol or preservatives. No fillers and sweetened naturally with stevia, ADEG is the perfect companion for your busy day.

I really enjoy using ADEG everyday for the energy to keep going. Aside from the awesome health benefits, I loved that it dissolved completely in my water and juice. Who likes having chunks of powder goo in the bottom of their glass or that gritty texture when drinking? Yuck, I don’t! All Day Energy Greens tastes great too. I didn’t feel like I was drinking any veggies which is a good thing because I do not like the taste of vegetables in my drinks!

Back to the health benefits. All Day Energy Greens gives you 38 super foods in one shot. ADEG has more potassium, calcium, and iron then your typical food sources. Also, it contains a power pack of vitamins A, C, E, and B. All that and more in just one serving. Each serving size exceeds the equivalent of 5 servings of vegetables and fruits!

My favorite and easiest way of using ADEG is in my daily smoothie. Adding ADEG gives me a great start to my day with sustaining energy to get me through whatever this crazy life of mine brings! Below is my favorite smoothie concoction with ADEG. Feel free to substitute fruits according to your taste buds!

All Day Greens Tropical Smoothie:

  • 1 tbsp of ADEG
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • Orange juice or fresh slices
  • Pineapple juice or fresh slices

Blend together and enjoy! Little umbrella on the side is optional ;)

From IVL Products:

All Day Energy Greens® is absolutely packed with vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin e all the essential b vitamins and more protein than you can get from steak and eggs – without the fat… Without the cholesterol and… Without the calories. With the instant energy and the long-term healing that All Day Energy Greens® brings you, you’ll experience:

  • Boost your energy reserve
  • Reach your ideal, healthy weight
  • Regulate your blood sugar
  • Increase your mental clarity
  • Restore clear, bright eyes
  • Rejuvenate your skin
  • Restore clockwork digestion
  • Protect your heart healthy ph balance
  • Lower cholesterol and triglycerides

Visit IVL Products today to order your All Day Energy Greens. Get connected on Twitter, and Facebook for the latest updates, health tips, deals, and more!

Organic Shopping on A Budget by Ashleigh Evans

Organic Shopping on a Budget

Hi everyone!  My name is Ashleigh and my blog is Being Cheap is Easy.  I love to share recipes and money saving tips.  I met Ashley at Bloggy Con last year and I am so honored to be guest posting here.  I am still a “going green” newbie and I learn so many tips from Ashley.

In the past few years, our family has tried to buy more organic food.  Since we have a tight grocery budget, it’s essential to save whenever we can.  I have found when I use coupons, combined with sales, organic products are almost the same price as regular!

Here are some of my favorite sources for organic coupons:

  • Mambo Sprouts.  They send out a monthly email with coupons included.  I find great, high values in this one.
  • Stonyfield.  I find their yogurt on markdown a lot and make sure to stock up with coupons.  Our favorite flavor: Banilla (banana + vanilla)
  • Silk Almond milk.  “Like” their FB page for $1 off coupons!  I’ve found the best deal on Silk at Target! The double packs are super cheap.
  • Earthbound Farm Organics.  They have weekly coupons available.
  • Laura’s Lean Beef
  • Whole Foods.

If I find a brand I really love, it never hurts to send an email with some compliments.  They tend to send some great coupons your way!  Also, as with any product, “like” Facebook pages for coupons.

 Organic Shopping on a Budget

Of all stores I buy organic foods at, Costco is the top of my list.  They have amazing prices on items such as Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese, Wholesome Sweetners organic sugar and Agave, Earthbound Farms spinach and many other foods at rock bottom prices.  You can get healthy cooking items like flax seed and coconut oil for a fraction of the price of chain grocery stores.

We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in our area (so, so, sad!), but when we lived by one they also have amazing prices.  I love their enchilada sauce and couscous.

While not all of my produce is organic, I try to buy local when I can.  Using the great app Fresh Food, you can find a local market by you.  I like to go near the end of the day for markdowns…most farmers would prefer to sell their goods, so they might be willing to bargain.  I also ask about bruised fruits or veggies.  Not so pretty patches on tomatoes, eggplant or soft melons can be cut away.  I like to freeze as much as I can.

Final tip: don’t forget about frozen!  All frozen foods are a bargain, but especially organic.  Wait for sales and stock up!  Cascadian Farms is my favorite frozen brand.

What are your favorite ways to save on organic foods?

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