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...]

Garlic Green Beans

If you've never had fresh green beans with garlic and parsley you are in for a treat! I've always loved green beans!  This recipe is essentially the way mom always prepared them for Easter, served alongside a perfectly roasted leg of lamb they now grace my family's Easter table as well. Today I enjoy green beans just as much raw, as a delightful snack to nibble on or tossed in a salad, as I … [Read more...]

Watercress and Cucumber Soup

Isn't this soup absolutely gorgeous? The perfect soup to serve on St Patrick's day it will delight family and friends any day. And it is just as delicious as it looks! A raw soup made with cucumber, watercress, zucchini, avocado and cilantro, it is easy on the palette and delightfulA delightly refreshing. It's a wonderful way to start your meal or enjoy on it's own if you are following a … [Read more...]

So Much More Than a Cup of Coffee

It never ceases to amaze me, how a simple, seemingly insignificant gesture can  have such a tremendous impact... I was reminded of this just a couple of weeks ago. It was a Wednesday. I had finally made it to morning Mass, something I've been wanting to do since the beginning of Lent. After Mass I snuck into our Adoration chapel for a little one-on-one time with Jesus, something I absolutely … [Read more...]

The One Thousand Reps Workout

I LOVE Fridays! Fridays are awesome for many reasons and one of my favorites is that I get to train with the fabulous Jill Petterson. Jill has been teaching fitness as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for more than a decade. She is also a life long learned and always current. So her bag of tricks include tried and true moves and cutting edge techniques. There are three … [Read more...]

March Madness $300 Cash Giveaway!

It's March and you know what that means... Spring is in the air and it's the perfect time to freshen things up a little... Add a few whimsical pieces to your wardrobe... A touch of vibrant color to your home... Make a few simple changes that brighten up your mood and your day :-) And because I value you so much I decided to join a group of fabulous blogger to bring one lucky reader … [Read more...]

BeFit 30 Day Fat Burn Review and Giveaway

Get Ready to #BeFitAllYear! Happy Friday! As promised I am back with a thorough review of the BeFit 30 Day Fat Burn Challenge. As you may recall I was invited to review the BeFit program, including a trio of nutritional products, by the Sweatpink community. The nutritional products were sent to me by BeFit to facilitate this review but all opinions are mine. Since I am not personally … [Read more...]

What if You Were Rewarded for Not Being Sick?

Wouldn't it be amazing if your health insurance company rewarded you for not  getting sick? What if you earned a bonus every month that you did not come into the doctor's office or buy a prescription? Would you feel more compelled to stay healthy? I'm a firm believer that the best healthcare is preventative care -- doing everything in my power to stay vibrantly healthy and not get sick. … [Read more...]

Orange Coconut Dark Chocolate Mousse

There is something so intoxicating about dark chocolate and orange don't you think? I remember as a child my dad would have one piece of dark chocolate covered bitter orange peel after dinner every night.  It was his special treat. Simple but oh so satisfying! This mousse is just that -- simple and decadently delicious! It's super simple to make with only 5 ingredients and no dairy. … [Read more...]

5 Essentials of a Healthy Workout Plan

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Getting Started with BeFit 30 Day Fat Blast Challenge

I love new beginnings! Especially when those new beginnings are all about self care and self love and that's what this month is all about. I'm testing out the BeFit 30 Day Fat Burn program thanks to my SweatPink community.   I'll be sharing my thoughts about this program with you as we go along, so stay tuned for mid point check in, in the next couple of weeks and a complete review at the … [Read more...]

Mouthwatering Garlic and Mushroom Turkey Meatballs

  My eight year old loves meatballs. She loves them drenched in marinara sauce over spaghetti squash... She loves them served with sautéed spinach or kale... Yes I know I am eternally blessed to have an eight year old who loves spinach and kale :-) She loves them as finger foods she can gobble down as an after school snack... And she loves to help me make them, especially mixing … [Read more...]

Helping our Teens Hunger for God

"Bored with God" Review and Giveaway "Do I really have to go to Church?  I mean I love God and all but church is soooo boring, it puts me to sleep." My heart ached as I heard those words,  but I could relate... I was a teen once.  And though I loved God and would never turn my back on Him, there were plenty of exiting things vying for my attention in those days -- movies, music, boys... … [Read more...]

Biblical Heroes for our Little Girls

Bible Belles Review and Giveaway One of my favorite times of day is just before bedtime, when I cuddle up with my little one and we read a faith inspired story and a passage from the Bible before saying bedtime prayers.  The Gift of Faith is one of the greatest gifts we can share with our children.  We share in the way we live our lives, through scripture and daily prayer, and through … [Read more...]

Simple Vegan Lentil Soup

I love family meals and insist on them every night... But when I come in from a workout on a cold winter day I love to cuddle up on the couch with a nice bowl of steaming soup... So comforting! On those days I want a soup that is full of flavor but doesn't need to simmer for hours before it can be enjoyed. This lentil soup is perfect! It's rich in flavor and hearty without being … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Fast and Furious Ladder Workout

Are you ready for a challenge? Today's workout is going to kick your behind... So get ready to sweat! As you know one of the keys to success with any fitness plan is to change things up so you don't get bored and you keep challenging your muscles. This ladder workout is completely different from the BURST workouts you've come to enjoy with me and I know you are going to love it! The … [Read more...]

5 Small Steps to Vibrant Health

This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions and tips are my own. Ah the joy of a new year! Can you feel it? Shopping carts are filled with veggies and all sorts of healthy treats... Gyms are bursting with enthusiastic members, old and new, who blast through one class after another... The energy is palpable as we all commit to making this year our healthiest year … [Read more...]

Closing Out 2015 with Strength and Gratitude

Here it is... The last day of the year... A day that makes so many of us gasp as we realize how quickly it has arrived... And yet I greet this day with profound gratitude.     … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetables and Sausage Frittata

When it comes to breakfast I love anything with eggs and lots of fresh seasonal vegetables.  A hearty, healthy breakfast will set you up for a success no matter what day it.  This is a simple and delicious recipe that's perfect on a lazy morning and just as nice for a beautiful Sunday brunch with your family or girlfriends. It's also fabulous as a light dinner served with a kale or arugula … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – 7 Moves for Sexy Sculpted Legs

I love beautiful sculpted legs! Legs that are strong with gorgeous definition. I find muscle to be super sexy and feminine. Whether in shorts, a fabulous dress or comfy leggings, our legs get a lot of attention and deserve our tender loving care. The following exercises are simple and can be done by any one, any where, any time.  You don't need any special equipment to get beautiful … [Read more...]

The Selfie – A Powerful Health and Fitness Tool

This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions are my own. The Selfie -- The art of taking a picture of oneself. An art mastered by all three of my daughters, my 8 year old included. An art I begrudgingly adopted when I became a Sweatpink ambassador this past summer. An art I've come to appreciate as a powerful tool in meeting my health and fitness goals. What is a … [Read more...]

Very Merry Christmas $400 Cash Giveaway

It's almost Very Merry Christmas Time! The time of year we give gifts and show extra love to our friends and family. We overlook the bad and think upon the good and most of us try to show kindness to those we do not even know. Mother Theresa says it best - "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." Let this time of year truly echo endless love and kindness … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Blessings from Thailand

For the first time ever, I am celebrating Thanksgiving far from home and loved ones... I'm halfway around the world, on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, where I arrived a few short days ago with my beautiful friend Jen Bricker. I've dreamed of coming to this part of the world since my parents shared photos of a trip to India, Nepal and Thailand with my siblings and I when I was younger. So … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – 8 Minute Power Workout

Happy Friday! The holidays are upon us and I know everyone is busy busy and time is more precious than ever. But do NOT think you don't have time for exercise. You DO!!! Today's workout is a powerful full body workout that will take 8 minutes. Add a  2 minute warm up and make sure to stretch afterward and you are looking at 15 minutes total time. Yes - You - Have -Time - for - this! And … [Read more...]

Design the Perfect Gift for the Fitness Enthusiast on Your List #YourReebok

This post contains affiliate link and I receive a small commission on purchases made with those links. This supports this blog and the content you love so thank you! If you are looking for a unique gift for the fitness enthusiast on your gift list, you are going to love this cool gift idea from Reebok. Did you know that Reebok lets you customize your athletic shoes?  How cool is … [Read more...]