Raspberry Cashew Mousse

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Since my daughter announced that she wanted to become a vegan I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with new recipes. I'd always thought of a vegan diet as being pretty restrictive but I'm finding it a lot easier and more rewarding than I had imagined. I am enjoying using nuts, seeds and mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables to come up with delicious meals. Those are ingredients I have … [Read more...]

Community, The Greatest Gift of Blogfest and IDEAWorld!

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I recently attended my first Blogfest and IDEAWorl conference and enjoyed four rich and fulfilling days. As I walked into our conference room on Thursday morning after enjoying a full day of Zumba instructor training with a dozen of my fellow SweatPink ambassadors, I found myself surrounded by beautiful women!  Women of all shapes and sized, all gorgeous, fit, healthy, and passionate about … [Read more...]

How I Became a Licensed Zumba Instructor

Posing with Zumba Master Instructor Marcie Benavides

Okay you Zumba fans, I get it!!! Up until last Wednesday I had only taken two or three Zumba classes, and though I had a blast, I didn't become a Zumba fanatic as so many of my friends have... Taking class... After class... After class... If a friend invited me to join her and the class was at a convenient time at a convenient location, I was happy to tag along, but I did not … [Read more...]

Juicing Your Way to Health Breville Juicer Giveaway

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One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to juice! Days are long and hot and I much prefer a light fare at all my meals. And with the abundance of scrumptious fruits and vegetables just brimming with nutrients I simply can't resist making all sorts of delicious juices! I find a fresh juice first thing in the morning gives me clean, amazing energy  that I enjoy all day … [Read more...]

Is Your Sunscreen Doing More Harm than Good?

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I remember that summer like it was yesterday. I can't tell you what year it was or how old I was -- I was young, probably around five or six... But the pain...  Oh the pain! It was summer and my family was vacationing in Biarritz in the south of France.  My siblings and I spent the day playing at the water's edge, splashing in the waves, building sand castles, digging trenches... Having … [Read more...]

Make it a Sweet Summer with Meijer Ice Cream Summer Sweepstakes

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When I told my daughters I was writing a post about ice cream they were overjoyed! Ice cream is practically synonymous with summer in our home. With temperatures rarely falling beneath 100 all summer long it's a fun treat to enjoy as a mid afternoon snack or a late night indulgence. Though we love to play around with making healthy frozen treats of our own we also keep our freezer well stocked … [Read more...]

A Bold Decision for an Eight Year Old!

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"What day is it Maman" asked a smiling Sabrina when she woke up this morning. "Thursday, my love." Barely able to contain her joy she squealed with delight as she hugged me tight "It's almost THE day!!!!" Yes it's almost THE day... THE day when my littlest one embarks on the biggest adventure of her life. THE day when I will not hold back the tears I know will be flowing … [Read more...]

A Blissful Day at Sea

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There is something so magically therapeutic about spending a few hours at sea, away from the chaos of everyday life, waves lapping at the skull, the wind tousling your hair and filling your lungs with sweet smelling sea air, the sun kissing your skin leaving a golden hue.. . Ahhh... Breathe... Feel... Savor! Saturday was such a day. Our dear friend Charlie of Naos Yachts, invited … [Read more...]

Lime Coconut Frozen Delights

My little one has been getting creative in the kitchen again. She's been craving fun treats to enjoy in the sweltering heat and today she was inspired by a handful of gorgeous, plump fresh limes. "What can I add to this to make a frozen pops, Maman" I knew just what to add... a little coconut cream and a drizzle of raw honey... Perfection! Sabrina adjusted the ingredients until she felt … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – 7 Moves for Sexy Summer Legs

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Hot summer days find us wearing beautiful lightweight dresses that dance around our legs, shorts or bathing suits.  And yes that means our legs get a lot of exposure. [Tweet "Greet summer days with confidence with these 7 simple yet highly effective exercises."] Most of these exercises are done with hands and knees on the floor and should not put any stress at all on your knees, making a … [Read more...]