It’s Time to Stretch! #7daystretch #liveinprAna

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It's here!  The #7daystretch #liveinprAna challenge starts TODAY and I could not be more excited! Are you ready? As we explored earlier stretching is essential for good health and for preventing injury. You know how much I love a challenge so I'm super excited to be taking part in this fun and healthy one. Join me and commit to 7 days of stretching and you might win some awesome … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Should Stretch Every Day

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There was a time in my life when I dreaded stretching. In fact the mere thought of it brought tears to my eyes. But I endured the torture day after day after day... As a five year old growing up in Paris with dreams of attending one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world and becoming a "Petit Rat de l' Opéra", I learned early on to bear the pain and save my tears for the … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon & Zucchini Quiche in Buckwheat Crust

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I love quiche! It's a wonderful complete meal that is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. This smoked salmon and zucchini version is a family favorite and enjoyed just as much as a cold lunch the next day by my three little princesses. Buckwheat adds a hardy flavor to an already wonderful dish and makes me happy as it is an easy gluten free crust. Quiche is a fabulous lunch box option. … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – 12 Minute Total Body Workout

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Just because you are pressed for time does not mean you should skip your workout. Busy moms need fast and efficient workouts and that is exactly what you'll find here today. This 12 minute no equipment do-anywhere workout is designed to build strength and stamina while you tone and sculpt your body. With only four exercises this is a simple workout but don't be fooled you'll get a lot out … [Read more...]

Celebrating My Birthday and Finishing Strong with #1MillionMinutes

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Today is my birthday and what an awesome day it is! I'm forty nine and loving life. My birthday started early with a special call from my precious 8 year old. She's in France with mom and dad and they called me a little past midnight to send me off to bed with the sweetest of birthday wishes ever.  Seeing my little one on Skype always stirs up a mix of beautiful emotions. She is … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Falafels

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I've always loved mediterranean dishes and falafels have long been a favorite. As a child my parents introduced to foods from around the world. We enjoyed moroccan food fairly regularly, When we travelled to Greece, Turkey or Tunisia I was in heaven! Steaming couscous, tangines and yes, mountains of freshly made falafels. Until recently I had never attempted to make these myself, but in … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cup Breakfast Smoothie and Blendtec Giveaway

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When it comes to healthy living one of the tools I cannot do without is a solid, reliable, powerful blender. I use my blender daily for all sorts of delicious meals from breakfast smoothies, home made ice cream, hummus, soups, dips... I honestly don't know what I would do without it. In fact it's one of the first things I'll be buying for my daughter when I get her settled into her college … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – 8 Minute Fat Blasting Morning Workout

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Kick start your day this fun and energetic workout! As we explored last week, morning workouts offer plenty of healthy benefits, such as increased energy and focus, and of course a revved up metabolism. When you jumpstart your metabolism it becomes more efficient at burning fat all day long. I know moms are busier than ever in the morning with all that running about to get the kids out the … [Read more...]

The Secret to Raising Successful Kids

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My three daughters are the center of my world. Like all moms I know, I want nothing but the best for them.  I want them to live a life that is rich in experiences, and filled with meaningful relationships.  I want them to be bold, confident, and to dare to dream. More than anything, I want my girls to believe without the shadow of a doubt that they can be whomever and whatever they choose to … [Read more...]

7 Benefits to Working Out in the Morning

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If you had told me a decade ago that I would enjoy morning workouts I probably would have told you you were crazy. For most of my adult life I had been a night owl and the thought of getting up early to go for a run or sweat it out  at the gym seemed ridiculous at best. It all started in college with late night study marathons. As a Chinese and Political Science major I had a full plate … [Read more...]