Dreaming of White River Rafting down the Arizona Salt River

Have you ever been White River Rafting? In June my husband and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage! 25 years... How amazing is that? I'd love nothing more than to whisk him away on a little white river rafting adventure... Just the two of us for a few days :-) Cris and I have always loved the outdoors and our girls have been raised with that same adventurous … [Read more...]

A Special New Year’s Gift

New Year's day may have come on gone but the memories of this special day will warm my heart for years to come. Family Time is a Priceless Treasure With our oldest daughter leaving for Australia in just a few days we wanted to spend as much quality family time as possible. New Year's eve found us on the ski slopes, enjoying one of our family's favorite winter activities.  My hubby was working … [Read more...]

New Year $150 Cash Giveaway!

"If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am." Cyril Cusack To help celebrate this new year, I have joined with a group of great bloggers to bring you a $150 New Years CASH Giveaway! Who wouldn’t like a little extra moola to help with expenses after the holidays! Whatever your New Year's resolution may be there are so many things you could splurge on to get … [Read more...]

New Year, New You! 7 Steps to Success with your New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year!!! It's here... That moment we've looked forward to with such excitement! It's time to turn the page and write a new chapter.... It's time to reflect on the year that has just ebbed way, finalize our new year's resolution and commit to making it all come true. There's a feeling a revival, of renewed hope and endless possibility... Of dreams that can be real... Of lives … [Read more...]

FitBit Alta Fall Giveaway

Why wait for the new year to get on track with your fitness goals? I'm exited to be bringing you this fabulous giveaway to help you stay motivated through the busy holiday season because there really is no time like the present. FitBit Alta Giveaway The FitBit Alta Fitness Tracker provides invaluable feedback to keep you accountable and motivated. If you're working with a personal … [Read more...]

The Fit Mom Ultimate Gift Guide

I know we all agree that mom deserves the very best, so this holiday season why not give her the best gift of all?  The Gift of HEALTH! After all, a healthy mom is a happy mom, and when mom's happy, everyone's happy. Wether your favorite lady is just getting started on her health and fitness journey, or a seasoned pro, here a fabulous ideas that say "I LOVE you" in the most special way … [Read more...]

How to Survive the Holidays without Getting Fat!

With Thanksgiving we officially usher in the season of food centered social gatherings. Whether it's a work party, family reunion or a friendly get together with your girls friends, opportunities for sharing in friendship around tantalizing treats abound! And these events feed much more than our tummies... the holidays are filled with warmth, joy and love, and if we allow ourselves to truly … [Read more...]

A Fabulous Start to My 21 Day Fitness Challenge!

I LOVE Monday mornings!!! After a rejuvenating weekend I am ready to jump into the new week and create all sorts of beautiful things... This morning was particularly sweet. I woke up just past 4:30, excited... Today is Day 1 of my Pre-Thanksgiving Scrumptious Body 21 Day Challenge -- 21 days of fun, fitness and fabulous food so we can all greet the holidays with a smile :-) Two … [Read more...]

Falling for KitchenAid Fabulous Fall Giveway

Falling for KitchenAid Giveaway Organized by: My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life Happy November Scrumptious Ones!! With Halloween now behind us it's time to usher in the Holiday Season, woohoo! In my house, that means a ton of baking.  My girls and I have a lot of fun in the kitchen creating all sorts of scrumptious treats from savory quiches to fabulous French pastries and trays full of … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer, My Story by Christine Suarez

When a mother becomes ill with breast cancer, her entire family is impacted.  Her fight becomes the fight of her loved ones, her pain, their pain. Some feel that pain more than others... and the scars that are left behind, even when the battle is won, run deep. Scars that leave a permanent imprint physically, emotionally and psychologically. Today it is my honor to share with you the story … [Read more...]

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness with Aftershokz Pink Trekz Headphones

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. When I was invited to participate in a special campaign to raise awareness about breast and ovarian cancers, and review the new Pink Titanium Trekz headphones, I had  no idea how timely it would be... Nor how hard this piece would be to write... I felt honored and excited. As you know I love everything pink and these headphones are the most … [Read more...]

Five Things that Make Me Feel Empowered!

Happy Friday and welcome to Friday Five! As you already know I've partnered with the Sweatpink Community and Aftershockz for a wonderful campaign to help raise awareness against breast and ovarian cancers. On this first Friday of October we are sharing Five things that make us feel empowered! Woohoo! If you were to take a peak into my closet you'd quickly realize I'm a bit of a pink … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer Crushes the Mightiest Among Us…

In Loving Memory of my Beautiful Friend Jacqueline.  I gasp, Trying hard to breathe, Hot tears streaming down my face, The words on my screen a thousand piercing arrows through my bleeding heart... I want to scream "No! No! It cannot be!" But I know. My heart knows. My heart has known for days, and yet... I held on to the possibility that maybe she was just … [Read more...]

Back To School $200 Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $200 Back to School Cash Giveaway! This Cash Giveaway is a Blogger Sponsored Event which means the bloggers – who you will find on the Rafflecopter for entry options – have donated money to help pay for this prize! One lucky reader will win their choice of a $200 Amazon Gift Card or Code OR $200 PayPal Cash! This giveaway is open WorldWide and ends August 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM … [Read more...]

Cush Comfort – Love at First Sit!

How is your tush feeling today? Mine? Never felt better! But what's even better is that my back feels amazing! You see for the last couple of weeks I've been enjoying the wonders of the revolutionary Cush Comfort cushion and my tush and, more importantly my back, are feeling fabulous! Like far too many of my peers I spend way too many hours on my tush each and every day -- whether … [Read more...]

What Gets You Up and Out on Monday Morning?

Happy Monday! And what a glorious Monday it is! After an exciting four days at Blogfest and IDEAWorld I feel recharged and ready to conquer the world! … [Read more...]

Summer Fun $150 Cash Giveaway

To help celebrate our summer fun , we have joined with a group of great bloggers in bringing you a $150 Summer Fun Cash Giveaway! Who wouldn't like a little extra moola to help pay for summer fun events, food, clothes or whatever you need help with! Please post in the comments what you would use the extra $$ for this summer! I would love to hear about it. This Cash Giveaway is a Blogger … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Strength Training Basics for Women

Strength training is by far the most effective way to supercharge your weight loss and maximize the returns of those many hours spent on your fitness program. I loved your enthusiastic response to my post last week where I share why I believe every woman should incorporate strength training in her workout routine and am excited about the number of you who are ready to commit to strength … [Read more...]

5 Steps to a Restful Night

If you'd told me just a few years ago, that there'd come a time when I regularly enjoyed a good night's sleep I would have thought you were crazy. 5 Steps to a Restful Night If like me you struggle with sleep, here are five simple things you can do to get your much needed rest: Make Sleep a Priority If it's not important to you it won't be important to anyone else. I've struggled with … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Most of my days start with an early morning workout. That means I'm out the door somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 am. Though I'm wide awake and ready for my day to begin, I'm not usually ready for a big breakfast... The kind of breakfast I absolutely relish with eggs and tons of veggies, fresh seasonal fruit and a giant mug of steaming green tea. Yum! That's what I call "The Breakfast … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Women Should Strength Train

"Nice guns lady!" Living in LA where we enjoy hot weather most of the year I get comments like this quite frequently, and always from men. Truth be told there was time I wasn't so sure I liked the attention on my biceps. I felt a little embarrassed and longed for more slender arms.  I felt a little too manly and I did not like that one bit. Those days are long gone though and that type of … [Read more...]

The Fragile Link Between Sleep and Weight Loss

To say that I was frustrated was an understatement.... I was eating right, drinking about 3 liters of water a day and exercising five to six times a week. Yet no matter what I could not get rid of that sneaky little bulge around my mid-section. I had reached the dreaded plateau! When I shared my concerns with my personal trainer, Hollywood Physique Expert Eric the Trainer,  he asked a … [Read more...]

Spinach and Zucchini Quiche

Quiche is a staple food in our family and I love coming up with all sorts of variations to this simple, tasty and healthy meal. This spinach and zucchini quiche is a favorite with my girls, and a fantastic way to get your little ones to eat their greens. Spinach and zucchini blend beautifully and are generally tolerated by children of all ages.  Add a little fresh garlic and some fresh mozzarella … [Read more...]

Kale And Red Peppers Frittata Cups

Ah the joy of a healthy breakfast! Such a fabulous way to start the day and set yourself up for success. I'm a firm believer that healthy should be fun and flavorful. And these frittata cups are exactly that -- fun, tasty little bundles of wholesome goodness! These kale and red pepper frittata cups are just as fun to make as they are to savor, one scrumptious bite after another. You … [Read more...]

Summer Dreams KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Giveaway

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous Summer Dreams KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt. Stand Mixer Giveaway! After all summer is all about fun and spending quality time with the kids.  So bring the fun to the kitchen and get ready to whip together all sorts of tasty treats. From simple whipped cream to home made ice creams, decadent custards to multi … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Your Travel Plans should Include Travel Medical Insurance

Gripping the seat on either side of me, I braced myself for the arduous journey ahead. Less than ten feet stood between me and the bathroom yet I doubted my wobbly legs would carry me that far. Beads of sweat covered my forehead. The normally soothing clickety-clack of each passing rail a thunderous clap in my throbbing head. Clenching my jaw I tried to ignore the churning bile in my … [Read more...]

How to Host the Perfect Baby Shower

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef Party Favors for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Ah the joy of a new baby... Such a precious time for the expecting mom! A time of joyful anticipation... A time to cherish and a time to celebrate... mom and baby :-) Have I told you how much I LOVE to host a baby shower? From choosing a theme to planning out the menu and … [Read more...]

Safeguarding Our Teens’ Emotional Health

I can hardly believe my oldest daughter will be 19 in less than two months! I remember my pregnancy with her like it was yesterday. It was the most exhilarating time in my life. I LOVED being pregnant! Ah the dreams I had for this precious child... Would this baby be a girl or a boy?  Will he or she look like me or my husband?  What would his or her personality be like? As my baby … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to FitStyle Your Life

We all know that exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but for too many people, exercise is still just something you do. And all too often it is something you do out of obligation... Something that feels like a burden. Exercise requires time... Exercise requires planning... Exercise requires motivation... But what if exercise and fitness simply became a way of … [Read more...]

DYI Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Oh the sweet fragrance of pink grapefruit.... Inviting... Invigorating... Intoxicating! This sugar scrub is super simple to make and oh so scrumptious you are going to love it! It's a favorite of mine in the morning when I want to gently wake up my senses.  I love to indulge in a gentle exfoliation after a rigorous workout and this sugar scrub is perfect for that. It leaves my skin … [Read more...]