Monday, March 2, 2015

MealEnders Lozenge review & Giveaway

Hey friends!

I'm swinging by the blog to tell you about MealEnders signaling lozenges.

I was given MealEnders to try for free in exchange for this review.  Don't worry- I was not required to give a positive review so all of the opinions expressed here are my own.



Ken & I have both tried the lozenges and although I would describe the flavor as strong, it's never unpleasant.

Here's the idea- after a meal or when you feel like you want to snack, but you know you shouldn't be hungry, you suck on one of the lozenges.  Then your brain gets the idea that you are satisfied and you get to stop overeating.  Sounds good, right?

I have also been given the opportunity to give one of you the chance to try Meal Enders!  One winner will receive the same 4-pack of lozenges that I received.  You can try them yourself & I'd love to hear what you think!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment in this blog post OR on this Facebook post. (you are certainly welcome to comment in both places but I'll only enter you in the drawing once)

Winner will be announced on Friday 3/6!  Good luck!


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

SnowShoes, Skis and Little Fishies

Hello friends.  Winter has officially brought out the big guns in my neck of the woods.  The snow is deep, the air is cold, and my feet may never be warm again.

A lot of people around here spend the month of February complaining about the weather. (I would just like to take a moment here to say that I feel like people who go outside wearing only a hoodie for outerwear have officially forfeited the right to complain)  Instead of complaining, we like to look for the winter fun.

Last weekend we make our Saturday trek to the Wilderness Lodge where snow is looked upon as good news!  I got to spend time snowshoeing on the trails.  I really can't think of a prettier place to spend the afternoon.


Katie and Mandy headed out with the Wilderness Wildcats to enjoy some fun in the snow on their skis.

Ken has been ice fishing a lot this winter.  I'm so glad he's getting to use the big tent thing I got him for Christmas.  I really felt like ordering that thing might have jinxed our winter activities and led to warmer than usual temperatures.  I should not have underestimated my hometown.  One thing it always delivers is a serious winter!

Ken brought these guys home along with a few of their friends...


Aren't they pretty? They were delicious, too!

I also made a medicinal tea from a recipe in Haylie Pomroy's new book
These days I'm all about using food as medicine and Haylie's books & website are just overflowing with good information.  


I love hot tea on a cold night.

Is it cold where you live?
How do you make the most of the winter months?


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Living with #NoExcuses- My Style

So, no sooner had I committed myself to the #SweatPink #No Excuses challenge, when I got the flu.  And if that wasn't bad enough, Katie & Mandy got the flu too!

So this week my friends at FitApproach asked participants to share what No Excuses means to us.  And I thought about it.  Does "No Excuses" mean that no matter what happens I'm getting active every single day?  No.  Just no.  Because I'm telling you that last week I couldn't think about getting off my couch without wanting to cry.


When I say I'm committed to living a healthy lifestyle with No Excuses, what I  mean is that I'll always get back on track.  I won't be derailed by an off day or an off week (or even an off month).  Because those down times are going to come and go.  Life just doesn't always work out as planned.  But, I will always come back to running, always find my way back to my yoga mat, and always resume stuffing my face with veggies!

(Let's just not talk about that night last week when I ate a bag of chips and called it "dinner."  Poor Katie thought her mother had completely gone bye-bye)

Care to join me in my #NoExcuses living?
There's really only one rule: Share, Share, Share using the hashtags #SweatPink and #NoExcuses.  Use them everywhere. (And if you'd like to tag me I'd love to cheer you on)

Here are this week's prompts:


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

In Which I Ask For A Little Extra...

Dear Blog,

Usually I come here and tell you all of the things we've been doing since the last time we spoke.  In fact, around here it's not uncommon for Katie & Mandy to ask, "Is this going on the blog?" or "Are you going to tell the blog?" while things are happening.

But, not this time.  These past two weeks have been intense and for once the answer is, "No.  This is for us, this isn't for the blog."  Don't worry, everything is fine now and we're all okay.  In fact, we're getting back to the general silliness that is our everyday life.  And friends, life is good.

In fact, the stress of the last two weeks is beginning to give way to a new appreciation of family.  I'm feeling unreasonably happy to just sit with my kids and watch TV.  I'm loving time spent together as a foursome in the car and brief hugs for no reason at all.  I have been reminded that this family is precious and that I should not miss an opportunity to say so.

Today the girls began to get a little snarky with each other.
Normally I might have scolded them.
Today I just asked for a little extra patience, a little extra kindness.  "Do it for me, okay?" and they did.

Yes, life is good. And I'll put that on the blog any day.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Skiing and Food and Hot Chocolate Pictures!

Hello everyone!  It's a quiet Sunday morning and as I write to you I'm looking out my back window at LOTS of snow.  It's not a shocking amount, just the norm around here.

Several years ago I decided that if we were going to live in this snowy, cold area of the country we needed to find a way to enjoy it.  After several web searches I found the Wilderness Lodge and Katie and Mandy became a part of the Wilderness Wildcats ski team in it's very first season.


Here we are, years later and the Lodge is truly the highlight of our January and February.  We really look forward to playing in the snow, eating, and chatting with friends every Saturday afternoon.

Ken got me new snowshoes for Christmas and I couldn't wait to try them out!


I spent some time on the trails and then I got brave and went onto a trail that hadn't been officially opened for the day.  It was marked, but not cleared in any way.  

Let's just take a moment here to acknowledge that no one has ever called me "adventurous". Ever.  But there's something about the beautiful trees with the snow hanging off of them and my big snowshoes that make me feel like I can just go!



Anyway, it got a little nerve-wracking for a minute when I couldn't see any signs anymore, but I kept going and eventually made my way back to the main trail.  It was a lot of fun and a great workout.  I don't mind telling you that my glutes keep reminding me of my big adventure every time I walk up the stairs!

Once I was cold and a little bit tired I headed back to the main Lodge and found my favorite guy.


We ordered some food- the Lodge has the best chili- and waited for the girls to appear.

Mandy ordered hot chocolate and it arrived in a mug with Bach on the side.  
Brilliant!  How did they know that we were music-loving people?


I wanted to take a cute picture of Mandy drinking her hot chocolate, 
but it was really hot so I caught this moment...


She told me not to post it, but I think it's super cute.  Don't tell her, okay?

This is the picture she posed for.  It has been approved for your viewing.


I think she's super cute no matter what.

Katie had a hard workout as she is learning to skate ski.  The first time out on the trails is always tiring.  She said that she was fantasizing about the chocolate cake the whole time.


We are already looking forward to next week in the snow!


What's your favorite winter activity?
Is there anything that you look forward to in January?


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Last and the First

Happy New Year friends!  I hope 2015 is off to a good start for all of you. 

We are staying inside right now because it seems like we're in a Polar Vortex. (but here in the Great Lakes Region we just call it Winter)  This weekend the girls start Cross-Country Skiing, but in the meantime this cold weather just shouts KNITTING at me.

It's a crazy truth about myself that when cold weather hits I don't think "I should get a hat".  No friends, instead I think "I should knit a hat."  Takes a little longer, but I don't have to go to the mall.

I started on New Year's Eve by knitting Mandy a hat.


I started and finished this hat on December 31st.  I love the idea of finishing a project just as the year ends.  I like it better if I can knock out the whole thing in one evening.  A small project and big chunky yarn made this little hat for my littlest girl possible.


The knitwear models around here are silly.

I started 2015 by casting on another, similar hat for Katie.  She is particular and will only wear warm hats that fit snugly over her ears with no annoying pulling.  So I knitted a little extra on this one just in case.


See? Ears snugly covered. And y'know, it's important to hydrate in winter.

So there it is, the last project of 2014 and the first one of 2015 specially designed 
to keep my girlies warm in the winter.


It's a good thing they're smart as well as cute because 
I don't think they're taking their modeling careers seriously.


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ending 2014 with some Tools for Success!

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Happy New Year's Eve everyone!

I really hope 2014 has been a great year for you.  It has certainly had it's highs and lows for my family, but as long as we're safe, healthy and together as it closes I'm going to call that a win.

I'm not waiting for January 1st to get back into my healthy groove.  I started Shaun T's INSANITY MAX:30 last week.  I can honestly tell you that this workout is appropriately named.  It has pushed me directly to my max and friends, it is INSANE!


I've decided to be okay with the fact that I never want to run high mileage in January.  I used to fight this and force myself to do it but I'm not doing that this year.  I've committed to doing Insanity and if I feel like running I'll go ahead and do that.  The urge to run always comes back eventually and I can wait.

This week I also returned to my favorite way of eating.  I'm following the plan out lined in Haylie Pomroy's book  The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight.  This plan features delicious, real food and I have eaten way too many food-like products over Christmas break. Haylie's plan always gets me back in line.  If you're looking for an eating plan to take you into 2015 I highly recommend it.

This is my favorite FMD turkey chili
The only difficult thing about the Fast Metabolism plan is that it requires some pre-planning.  You won't find the foods on this plan coming out of a drive-thru window.

But! I did find a wonderful product that makes breakfast a little easier.
Country Choice Organic Quick Cook Steel Cut Instant Oatmeal tastes like it's been on your stove all morning.  The only problem I'm having here is that Mandy found my stash and she's eating my oatmeal.


She eats my clementines too.  I guess that's a good thing, right?

What are some of your favorite tools for healthy living?

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