30 Day Plank Challenge Day 20 – Mixing it Up and Having Fun!

Woohoo! It's my favorite day of the week! Today you get to customize your workout however you please. What will you start with?  A basic plank or those killer side plank dips? I tend to go with the one I like the least first so I can get it out of the way and end on my favorite. Do you have a favorite yet? Tomorrow we take another day off so NO holding back! Give it your all and get … [Read more...]

30 Day Plank Challenge Day 15 – Crank up the Heat!

Today marks the half way point in our 30 day challenge! Congratulations for sticking with it and making it this far. What a way to kick off your healthy new year! You should be feeling strong and starting to see some nice definition in your abs. This week we crank things up a notch by increasing your hold time to 45 seconds! Yes you CAN do this and totally ROCK it!!! Remember … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – 7 Moves to Blast Holiday Fat

The holidays are here and for most of us that means routine goes out the door... It means shopping and parties, lots of parties -- school parties, work parties, parties with friends, with the in-laws... and yes, that tends to mean eating lots of fabulous food, drinking eggnog with Bourbon, dancing the night away and getting little to no sleep! But it doesn't mean you throw all your good work … [Read more...]

Herb Smothered Chicken

I don't cook a whole chicken very often... I'm not sure why as it is such an efficient and cost effective way to feed a family.... But when I found an organic, pasture raised chicken at my health food store last week, I was inspired to come up with a simple, healthy way to prepare it. And I was thrilled when my 7 year old who was practically licking her plate, asked "Mommy, pleeeaaase put this in … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Give Your Workout a Break

Why REST should be an important part of your workout plan. When we think about transforming our bodies into a beautiful, sculpted work of art, we tend to focus on two things: workout and meal planning.  And while both of these are indeed important and necessary, we  often forget one of the most important ingredients: REST! Yet REST is crucial for optimum results and should be treated with … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – The Secret to a Highly Effective Workout

Walk into a gym and you are likely to see dozens of High Definition television screens broadcasting a variety of programming to keep everyone in attendance entertained. "Yes!" you might be thinking... "I love having the TV! It keeps me going and keeps my mind off the pain so I can get through this dreaded workout." But here's the problem... Are you happy with the results? Do you feel … [Read more...]

Is Technology Robbing Our Kids of Their Smarts?

The girls have officially been back in school for a week today, though with Labor Day weekend we've been easing back nice and slow and things have been quite manageable so far. With three girls, two of them in High School, we had a full day of meetings last week with teachers and administration to get all the details on what to expect with this current school year.  It should come as no … [Read more...]

Could Our Children Be Suffering From Social Jetlag?

When we turned back the clock a few weeks ago, the girls had all sorts of questions: "Who decides when we turn back the clocks?  Why doesn't everyone change time at the same time?  What time is it really?  If we can change time any time what does time mean anyways?  How do we know when we are on the right time? " And on and on the questions went.  All good questions, but I was left wondering … [Read more...]

Scrumptious Mom Anne Newsome – July 2013

Anne Newsome, 36, has been married to her college sweetheart John, for over 14 years!  The couple share a passion for food and healthy living and together write a Food Blog, the Saturday Evening Pot,  where she is known as "The Lucky Wife", and he as "Chef John". Anne and John both grew up in North Carolina but now live in South Carolina with their two young children, a son who is 6 years old, … [Read more...]

5 Strategies for Fast Fat Loss before Summer Ends

by JJ Virgin Why does winter seem to stick around forever yet you blink and summer’s half over? Oh, I know: you’ve still got that early August barbeque at your in-laws, numerous beach dates, and a Labor Day cookout to wrap up the season. But summer just seems to fly by and before you know it, you’re sending the kids off to school again. Warm weather is unforgiving. Whereas bulky sweaters … [Read more...]