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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Stop! Before you grab that bottle of barbecue sauce full of sugar, salt, and unknown chemicals, check out my delicious Paleo Barbecue Recipe that I am sharing today.

This weekend is the perfect weekend for a barbecue, but that does not mean it has to be a weekend of constant splurging and cheat days. With a few switch-outs, you can have a weekend full of delicious and healthy food!

Here are a few ideas:

Paleo and Whole30 approved Chicken Salad - perfect for lunch!

Swimming Fish Tacos - a favorite with kids and adults!

My award-winning Chocolate Melt-In-Your-Mouth No Bake Cookies - healthy and to die for!!

 Paleo and Whole30 approved Crock Pot Italian Meatballs - perfect for an easy family meal

When you get that grill fired up, do not forget to use this delicious Paleo Barbecue Sauce Recipe! Yumm!!!

Paleo Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Cup Organic Ketchup or homemade
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos (you can also use soy sauce, if you eat soy)
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika or Smoked Paprika
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
 Mix these all together and cook on medium over the stove until desired consistency. Or you can throw it all in your Crock Pot and cook for a couple hours. You can also throw in some meatballs or chicken for a tasty meal!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Safe Herbs For Children

I was provided product to review. I am an independent consultant for Shaklee. I absolutely love all these products, and all the opinions are completely mine.

What does your medicine cabinet look like? Is it full of drugs, products that contain artificial, chemical ingredients? If so, you may want to think about making a change to a more natural medicine cabinet. You can get the same relief, or more, with natural products. We use lots of herbal remedies, essential oils, vitamins, and spices with our family.

What about children? Aren't herbal remedies too strong for kids? Absolutely not! Check out the herbal remedies we use below from Herb Pharm, a nationally respected grower and producer of certified organic medicinal herbs and herbal healthcare products.

We love their new Kids Herbal line that includes every remedy for kids, from stomach flu to colds to ear aches and more!
As you can see, they offer a great variety of herbal supplements! Our favorites are:
  • Black Elderberry, which boosts the immune system to fight off all junk
  • Echinacea, another great immune booster that we use in combination with the elderberry
  • Tummy TLC, great for tummy aches, gas, or recovering from the stomach flu
  • Immune Avenger, which is a superhero for fighting off germs in cold and flu season
We have not had any ear infections or problems, so we have not yet had to use the Ear oil, but I know so many children suffer from ear problems. It can make a mom feel so helpless! This would be a great product to try! We also have not tried the Lemon Balm Calm, but I plan to use it with my kids on our road trips this summer if they get overwhelmed and overexcited. 

We also love our Shaklee Vitamin C, Defend and Resist for immune boosting with the power of elderberry and echinacea, and their Stomach Soothing Complex, using peppermint, ginger, fennel and anise for tummy aches and stomach flu symptoms.

With these great products you can get support for kid's needs that do not come in day-glow colors or in chemically coated cartoon shapes. Try out these safe herbal remedies with your family.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Dear Mama, Enjoy This Season

Sometimes life as a mama is just hard. Sometimes you feel completely drained. Sometimes you feel like you have lost all sense of what makes you, you. Sometimes you just want to quit. Sometimes you just want to move on from this phase of life and get back to your life as it once was.

For me, it is a real struggle to try not to do it all. I have four young kids. I work as a personal trainer for about 12 hours a week. I work at home for about 12 hours a week. And...I have a serious perfectionist problem. These kids are dragging me down, aren't they? Won’t life be better when these kids grow up a bit?

Whether you work at home, work as being a mom 24/7, work outside the home, or do a combination of all of these, I know you have these same feelings too.

What is a mama to do when her tank is empty and she is not finding joy or fulfillment in the here and now? I am writing this letter to myself and to all mamas who need a little encouragement and uplifting today. Hopefully, the next time you feel ready to give up, this letter can give you some of the encouragement you need to keep going!

Dear Mama,

Enjoy this season! Yes, I said enjoy. That means you can find joy in the crazy.

I know your house is endlessly dirty. Your children are driving each other and you crazy. There are dirty cloth diapers stacked up next to the phone. Your daughter may or may not have peed in a cup and drank it. The baby just spit up all over your shirt and pants for the 7th time this morning. Healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner must be made every day. There are weeds taking over your rock beds and garden. You eat a half tray of cookies in a sitting. Laundry is piling up. You forgot to send out a Fathers Day card to your father-in-law. The romance in your marriage is practically non-existent. 
Yes, the work seems never ending. The thanks are mostly non-existent. It is dirty work. It is taxing mentally and emotionally. But this work you are doing is impactful. In a BIG way. Let that sink in for a moment. 

Not only does each word you say affect your children, but each action you show them means even more! 

When you take that deep breath before yelling out all your frustrations, you are teaching them that they can use self-control to calm down too. 

When you make healthy food choices and teach them about the importance of taking care of their bodies, you are helping them establish healthy routines they can use for the rest of their lives. 

When you dance and praise God with your voice, you are letting your light shine and reminding them of their Savior.

When you take the time to look them in the eyes and listen to each word they want to tell you, you are helping them feel comfortable and confident about sharing what is on their mind and heart.

When your eyes light up each time they walk into the room, you are showing them they matter.

When you greet your husband with a kiss, hold your tongue from nagging and show him respect, you are teaching them how to treat their loved ones.

Not only are you serving and impacting these precious gifts each and every day, each and every hour, they are blessing and impacting you. This season of life is short, it is challenging, and it is rewarding.

Those rosy, chunky cheeks will not last forever. Snuggling and giggling about silly little things needs to be treasured. Their wonderment over the simple things in life will be gone before you know it.

So, dear Mama, enjoy this season. Enjoy the times when your children smile lovingly up at you. Enjoy the cooing and giggling from their little mouths. Enjoy the hugs and slobbery kisses. Enjoy the privilege you have to help shape and mold them while they are young. Enjoy the way you are growing in patience, love, and forgiveness. Enjoy the messy faces, messy hands, and cleaning up their messy diapers. Enjoy being needed. Enjoy all their voices shouting, screaming, crying, because all too soon your house will be quiet. Enjoy the chaos and crazy, because inside of all that are your most precious gifts. 

Never forget the words to a favorite song, Where I am Right Now by Jared Anderson
God, Your plan is the best
But my heart is a mess
I’m wondering why You have me here
I’m so ready to be moving on
In my head I’m already gone
But Your voice is crystal clear

I am called to be where I am right now
In the middle of the storm but I have no doubt
You are here with me, You are here with me
And I won’t give in or second guess
I’m trusting You with every step
Father, You are here with me
Where I am right now, where I am right now, where I am right now
Where I am right now, where I am right now, where I am right now
I don’t want to spend a day looking 100 ways
Lord, make me single-minded
Come and be my one desire
And even if my world’s on fire
Make me undivided

And the enemy tells that lie
That I’m missing out on a better life
You know where I need to be
I am Yours and You are mine
You can move me anytime
I’m resting in Your perfect peace
Where I am right now
Where I am right now
© 2014 Integrity Worship Music / Cleveland Boy Music / Meaux Hits & Red Soda Pop (ASCAP)
Go, mama! Get back to loving those little ones!

For more thoughtful reading, check out The Comparing Game and Do You Love Your Kids More Than Your Husband?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Citrus Clear Review and Giveaway

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Fresh. Energizing. Effective. Clean. Those are a few words that I would use to describe Citrus Clear and their products. Their focus with their skincare line is to be naturally-based, eco-friendly, and sustainable. They hit that nail right on the head with all the products that I tried out.

My two favorite products are the Grapefruit Spot Treatment and Sensitive Moisturizer. The spot treatment is very effective without being too harsh on your skin. With ingredients like organic herbs, aloe vera, witch hazel and vitamin C, your skin will love this treatment.
The Sensitive Moisturizer is also a very gentle product. With ingredients such as organic aloe vera, shea butter, organic jojoba oil, you will love how it feels on your face. I especially liked the refreshing smell of the grapefruit, lemon, orange and other citrus essential oils it contains. It left my skin feeling soft, not oily.

Both of these products are also very affordable, each priced under $15. You can afford to give your skin gentle nourishment with Citrus Clear!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Healthier Snacks For Your Beach Bag

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Who is ready for a day at the beach? Towels, check! Swimsuit, check! Sunglasses, check! Healthy snacks...hmmm. What are some easy, portable, healthy snacks to bring to the beach?

Let me share a few of my faves.

1. SuperFood Drink! Drop that iced flavored coffee drink! I have something that is soooooo much healthier that you will love! I love the Super Blends from Temple Turmeric; which includes dairy-free fusions of synergistic, whole-food ingredients like raw honey, cardamom, and healthy fats from coconut milk and hemp milk in modern twists on traditional flavors including:
· Matcha Latte Super Blend features Japanese ceremonial-grade matcha from shade-grown green tea leaves harvested at the peak of nutrition and blended with smooth hemp and coconut milks
· Mexican Chocolate Super Blend combines deeply rich cacao with a delicious cinnamon and cayenne kick for a decadent and classic spiced beverage
· Bullet Brew Turkish Coffee is a cold-brewed take on classic Turkish coffee with hints of aromatic brown cardamom
· Turmeric Golden Mylk is a time-testing Ayurvedic recipe dating back 4,000 years with coconut and hemp milks

I love that these are serious super drinks, but they taste like a treat! As you may know from my post, 4 Spices to Use Now, I love turmeric! I put it in my food, I use it in my lotions, I take it by tablet, and now I drink it. It is a super anti-inflammatory, and it works to get rid of my pain in a flash. These drinks from Temple Turmeric are now a must-have in my kitchen and in my beach bag.
crazy richard's pb burstcrazy richard's cashew buttercrazy richard's creamy pb
2.Protein Boost! After all the swimming you are going to do, you might need a little protein packed snack. How about Crazy Richard’s award-winning nut butters? Their peanut butter is gluten-free and packed with protein, fiber and other essential nutrients, and does not contain added hydrogenated oil, palm oil, sugar or salt. Recognized as the best natural peanut butter by Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Prevention and the New York Times, Crazy Richard’s peanut butter is pure, non-GMO and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. I also love their almond butter, cashew butter, and PB Burst. The PB Burst not only includes their yummy peanut butter, but it has an added energy burst of B vitamin complex, decaffeinated green tea extract, and natural astaxanthin. And it is perfect to throw in your gym or beach bag!

Another great option for a protein boost is free-range, 100% grass-fed, gluten free, non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic free beef and turkey jerky from The New Primal. Their jerky snacks provide instant energy and real-food protein to keep you going!

Their jerky is a huge step in front of the rest when it comes to sustainability, high quality, and nutrition! Plus, it tastes as good as it sounds. I have always found when you eat the highest quality food, it not only make you feel great, but it tastes the best! This is an easy portable snack that will keep you satisfied for hours!

Another snack that will give you a good protein boost is plant-based Plentils from Enjoy Life Foods. Plentils (such a fun word to say!) are protein-filled lentils that are crunchy, salty and yummy! They can easily replace traditional chips, and give you 40 percent less fat and 3 grams of protein per serving!

Like all Enjoy Life Foods products, Plentils are allergy-friendly and free from the eight most common food allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish), Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified and made with high-quality ingredients. Varieties include:

Light Sea Salt, my personal favorite with only 5 ingredients! – adds a salty crunch of flavor
Dill & Sour Cream – tangy flavor for a savory bite
Margherita Pizza – the satisfying flavor of pizza and chips in a good-for-you snack
Garlic & Parmesan – traditional flavors burst in every bite

3. Indulgence Maybe you prefer something like Nutella. Spare yourself the GMO and non-organic ingredients in favor of a healthier, higher-quality, better-tasting version. That is right, you can now indulge with Nocciolata (pronounced no-cho-lata), a better-for-you hazelnut spread!
Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO's, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Nocciolata combines hazelnuts, cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, raw cane sugar, and skimmed milk for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Unlike other brands, which use palm oil, Nocciolata is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats. Still just as tasty, but without all the junk. It is the perfect summer indulgence!

4. Greens! What about veggies? Sure, you can throw in some chopped up carrots and celery to snack on. But, if you want a little more nutrition power, check out one of my favorite green drinks, Green Duo from PINES International. They offer a line of the purest, freshest and nutrient-rich wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa and beet juice powder that can be added to your shaker bottle for some instant energy. Just add one teaspoonful of PINES Green Duo, a mix of organic wheatgrass and alfalfa powder, to your water bottle and you get the  same amount of nutrition as a serving of deep-green, leafy vegetables.

Pound for pound, PINES Wheat Grass products are many times richer in chlorophyll and iron than spinach. Protein levels average 25 percent and contain virtually every vitamin known, along with 20 amino acids, including the eight that are considered essential for human health. I feel so much better when I drink my green drink, which is why I rarely ever miss a day of drinking it. Drink up!

5. Dessert! How about a little healthy treat to go in that beach bag? Bare Snacks makes the most delicious Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips. Crafted from sweet and fragrant Nam Hom coconuts grown exclusively in Thailand’s Central Plains, Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips are made with real, whole-food ingredients (coconut, coconut nectar, unsweetened chocolate) and are free of preservatives, gluten, GMOs and are a good source of dietary fiber. Practically a super food, if you ask me! They are the perfect way to bring your chocolate to the beach without it melting, and you do not have to feel guilty about indulging in a sweet treat!

Have fun this summer, now that you know how to bring your healthy lifestyle to the beach with you!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Fun Kids Videos and Giveaway

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How many of you have children who pretend to be superheroes? My oldest son is pretty obsessed with Superman, Spiderman, and all those superheroes I cannot even keep track of.

If yours is too, you will have to check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new Youtube channels - included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels!

Here are the links:
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

#GoMacro MacroBar Discount and Giveaway

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This summer, you are probably finding yourself traveling a lot - whether it is just a walk to the park, trip to the zoo, road trip to visit family or family vacation, you are on the go!

Many people think that just because they are not at home, they cannot eat as healthy. Wrong! Yes, you can. It takes a little extra planning, a bit more preparation, and a few healthy go-to snack options, but it is worth it!

Let me introduce you to a snack bar that will help you keep up your healthy habits this summer!

GoMacro is a family-run natural food company with roots in organic farming and dedicated to making the best tasting food with the highest quality ingredients. Everything they make is 100% vegan, USDA certified organic, certified non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and made from mostly raw ingredients. They believe that everything we put in our bodies should have a beneficial impact. So do I!

I love their MacroBars! Available in 11 incredible flavors, these are GoMacro's original and most popular bars that are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and deliver plenty of clean-burning natural energy. All MacroBars are USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten free and vegan certified.
Then there are the MacroBar Minis, which are perfect for snack time. For only around 100 calories, you get around 4 grams of protein, depending on the variety. They are satisfying, delicious, and you know exactly what you are eating - no mystery Franken-ingredients. The larger regular sized MacroBars are great for re-fueling after a hard workout or if you need more of a pick-me-up than the mini size. My favorite is Protein Paradise, aka Cashew Caramel - made from yummy ingredients like organic cashew butter, organic cashews, organic cinnamon, organic coconut oil, organic coconut sugar, and organic flax sprouts.

With so many varieties, and so much goodness, these are the perfect snack for all those times you will be on the go. The whole family will love them! Try them out with our 40% off discount. Place your order and enter BLOGGER at checkout to receive 40% off your first order!

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