Monday, June 15, 2015

Dance Recital Tips and Gift Ideas

Dance recital tips and gift ideas!

The girls dance recital was last weekend and I enjoy them so much. But I didn’t always…

It’s a bitter sweet weekend for us as our oldest wants to take a break from dance. And I get it, it can be a long season, and she should be able to choose. I don’t want to force her to keep taking classes if she isn’t into it.

Our youngest now wants to take a break too. Hmmm? That is a decision mommy and daddy may have to make.

The girls danced so well, and received so many compliments. However, there was a time when I used to dread dance recital weekend. It was so stressful and LooooooOOOOOooooooong. Especially for a child under 6 years old.

I have some tips in a past blog on how to survive dance recital here.

Our oldest daughter wanted to do pinwheels this year as a gift. I thought that was a great idea. I feel we overload on sweets, it has nothing to do about being healthy, and I know that I have been focused on health lately. It is more about giving a gift that is reasonably priced, fun to play with, and won’t make a mess backstage.

She came up with the cute “pun” on the gift tag: “It’s been fun twirling with you”

Excuse their "stage" makeup. Ha ha!

I cannot take credit for this idea, but check this out!

One of the parents took photos of all the kids during rehearsal, printed out each photo, adhered it to a magnet, cut out the silhouette and gave them to each individual dancer as gifts! This will require time, but…Seriously Awesome! How is that for a non-sweet gift?

Stay tuned for some fun 4H projects we are working on! Plus I have some recipes I want to share this summer too!

What do you give as dance recital gifts? Or birthday favors?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If I'm exercising do I REALLY need to eat right?

Nutrition is an important part of your fitness plan.
Fitness + Nutrition = Success!

I cannot stress how valuable nutrition is to see a change in your body. To see a change you have to make a change.

I used to exercise daily and because I "put-in the work" I felt I deserved a treat as a reward. Every. Day. I was self-destructing everything I worked so hard for, but I truly thought, it didn't make a difference. I started to notice, over time, that the scale was climbing higher and higher. I went to bed feeling bloated and bleh. I was tired all the time with little or no energy. Something had to change, but I didn't know what TO change.

I thought I needed to change my workout routine, so I started a 30 day challenge with and I could hardly get through the workout. She kept talking about nutrition and eating right. But what did that look like?

I started looking on Pinterest to find meal plans, but I couldn't find anything that I liked that fit into MY family. I Pinned and Pinned many different recipes, but I still didn't have a plan. I would drink Starbucks Vanilla Lattes and a sugary scone or poundcake for breakfast. Something wasn't clicking for me.

I was frustrated and I wanted someone to spell it out for me, tell me exactly what to eat, each day. What exactly should I be eating? Ugh! I researched My Plate and counted calories or food groups. It just wasn't working.

Then I saw a friend post about the 21 Day FIX and I thought, THIS IS IT! I'm going to try this. I was so excited, because I finally found a plan. A plan that would not only help me and my struggle to eat right, but to help my family too!

What I loved most about this plan is that it included a fitness program, like a personal trainer in my own home. Plus it came with a complete meal plan that I could do myself with the foods I liked.

The thing that was most important to me was my TIME. I needed something that could fit into my family schedule, something where I could wake up, roll out of bed, walk downstairs and push play. I needed a food plan that was easy, quick and simple. The 21 Day FIX completely change how I think about food, nutrition, health and fitness.

My results speak for themselves. These are real photos of me over a year span. I am doing the exact same thing in each photo. I am flexing my Ab muscles and the difference is a result of 3 inches around my waist. That's almost TWO pant sizes that I have dropped.

It takes work, a focused mindset and 100% dedication. I'm not going to tell you it is easy. There are many times when I struggled with my will power, especially with chocolate and wine. But this shouldn't completely define and consume your life. It should be a lifestyle that you are willing to adapt to all while enjoying food and life.

You can do it too! I know you can and I can help guide you and coach you along the way. I would love to help you reach your goals! I am passionate about fitness and dedicated to helping others, I am now a Beachbody coach. I believe in these program so much, that I want to take time out of my busy schedule and help others find their confidence with themselves. Come join me! You can do it too!

Email me to get started:

What are your health and fitness goals?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Blinds Make a Difference

New Blinds make a difference. And they are EASY to install!

It has been a while since I have blogged. I’ve been busy! The kids are getting older, I’ve switched jobs, I’m also more active in fitness and nutrition. But don’t worry, I haven’t stopped decorating rooms or diy’ing our house, projects, etc.

Since my last post we have finished our basement. We studded the entire basement ourselves and contracted out the rest. We spend a lot of time in the basement and I’ll give you a full tour soon.

For now, I am happy to report we have FINALLY added some blinds for privacy. And let’s be honest, to hide the ugly basement window view.



My hubby installed these on his own. Incredibly easy to do. You basically screw in the brackets on each side of the window. Slide in the blinds and add the cover piece at the top.  Literally took us 30 minutes to do all three!

We are currently working on some summer projects and our oldest daughter is currently working on some 4H projects.

What have you been working on lately?
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