Try-It Thursday – 1/31/13

I absolutely LOVE this idea.  Tomorrow is February 1st.  What a great time to start a new Valentine’s tradition.  Check this out;

15 reasons why you love someone!  Fun idea!!

15 reasons why you love someone! Fun idea!!

This is so simple, yet so much fun.  Every year starting on Feb 1st, a loved one wakes up to a new heart on their door that says something you love about them. By Valentine’s Day they have 14 special reasons.  You could also put a spin on this and use the same idea for co workers, neighbors, friends, etc and come up with 14 reasons why you appreciate them, care about them, love their friendship, etc.  There’s a long list of ways to make this simple and fun idea work for everyone special in your life.  Make sure your loved ones know how much you care about them.

Happy “heart-ing”!

Random update…

I realized it’s been a little while since I’ve given an update on my weight loss journey.  My first 90 Day Challenge has come to an end.  My goal was to lose 25 pounds.  Well, I didn’t get to 25 pounds BUT I did lose 22 pounds.  So 3 pounds short of my goal.  While some people may have been disappointment, I am not.  I’m super excited I got that far.  Especially since I was making the life style changes over the holidays.  AND I did spend 15 days on an antibiotic which did put a little damper on things.  However, even with the curve balls life throws at us on a daily bases, I still made progress on this journey.

I’m getting ready to start my 2nd 90 Day Challenge.  I’ve trying to figure out what my goals should be.  I want to challenge myself a little more this time.  I still want to have a weight loss goal as I’ve set myself a goal to lose 50 pounds by December 31st, 2013.  So this time around here’s where my goals are at;

  1. Lose another 20 pounds
  2. Workout 4 days per week
  3. Become better at practicing Yoga at least 2 days per week
  4. Offer my body a day of rest once a week
  5. Continue to improve with healthy cooking
  6. Explore and learn about clean eating.

I love where we are at in life right now.  We have made a lot of positive changes over the last year.  Our health is improving, we are losing weight, we are healthier, and continuing to grow and learn more about improving our healthy lifestyle.  It’s important to always be learning and growing.

On a side note, my husband and I are getting ready to start our 2nd 90 Day Challenge.  We are looking for more people to join us.  The excitement of having others to talk to, vent, celebrate, and everything else that comes along on the journey is so much more fun.  Join us.  There are many perks and reasons to try the 90 Day Challenge.  Ask us, we’ll give you all the information you need to make an educated decision about joining us.

Always get up and try again.

Always get up and try again.

Looking forward to the next Challenge………

Wisdom Wednesday – 1/30/13

This past week has been spent on a lot of personal soul searching, researching, planning, talking, and establishing some direction.  Upon researching several different things, I stumbled upon the following picture.

What side do you fall on?

What side do you fall on?

I must say, I LOVE this.  It’s something that has now been printed and put up in my home office.  It’s something that is so right and we all need to be reminded of the power of success on a daily bases.  I’m glad a find myself falling a lot on the right side.  And as I’ve done some deep soul searching and I start to understand somethings, I’m glad the things that fall on the left side will soon be switching over to the right side.  It’s amazing how powerful your mind-set has such a control over things.  I strongly encourage you to do some soul searching and see where you are at…….do it often and make sure you have more on the right than the left.  When you find things on the left are true, work to make a change.  Stay in the green!

Happy soul searching! 

 

Tasty Tuesday – 1/29/13

With Valentine’s Day 15 days away, we thought today we would make today’s Tasty Tuesday about how you can give friends and family a special treat without breaking the bank or spending a lot of time preparing.

How about making chocolate covered strawberries at home?  Sounds messy and time consuming, right?  We found an easy way.  Check this out……..

Here’s what you need;

Clean ice trays

Clean Strawberries

Melted Chocolate – of your choice

Now what?  Well it’s simple.  Cut the tops of the strawberries off.  Cut them in half – long ways and rise them off.  Place half of the strawberry in one section of the ice tray.  Once your tray is full, pour melted chocolate over the strawberries.  Make sure to focus on pouring the chocolate on top of the strawberry and not just in the tray.   Place the tray in the freeze until the chocolate hardens.  Once the chocolate has harden, remove from the freezer.  Pop the chocolate cover strawberries out of the trays and cut.

Homemade Chocolate cover Strawberries!

Homemade Chocolate cover Strawberries!

There ya go.  Simple, homemade chocolate covered strawberries without breaking the bank OR the mess.  Yummy!!  And by the way, yes, we know this might not be the most healthy posting for Tasty Tuesday BUT we thought hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up and everyone deserves to be spoiled.

So spoil the ones you love!!

Manic Monday – 1/28/13

Homemade apple sauce.  Is there anything better than the smell of homemade apple sauce cooking?  Try this for a Manic Monday.  Prepare in the morning and come home to a house that smells amazing.  Not to mention, you’ll have unbelievable homemade apple sauce for the family.

So here’s what you need;

Ingredients: 

    8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.) (I filled the crock pot, using about 20 small apples)
    1 strip of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

3 inch cinnamon stick

5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) – or agave

Nothing better than homemade apple sauce.

Nothing better than homemade apple sauce.

1.  Peel, core and chop the apples.

2.  Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon stick.

3.  Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce. Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact. (I used a whisk, which gave the sauce a nice chunky consistency.)

4.  Can and process as you would other recipes or keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks.

~  My family LOVES homemade applesauce.  We actually have it with almost every dinner.  I find myself making this recipe every other week due to the fact they we love it so much.  It is much healthy than the store bought apple sauce.  I’ve also read about using pears also.  I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds just as yummy.  Try it and let us know what you think.

Enjoy!

Fun Facts Friday – 1/25/13

What is your mind-set?  Is it a Positive?  Negative?  Neutral?  Go with the flow?  type of mind-set?  Do you think your mind-set effects your life?

Ever heard of mind over matter?  Your mind is a powerful tool.  It controls so much more than any of us will ever realize.  Sometimes we wonder why things happen or why something didn’t happen.  Did you stop and look at what type of mind-set you had during that time?  No matter how positive you thought you were being, was your mind and thinking really positive?  Was there a little negativity there questioning whether or not something will really work?  That little bit of negativity could have made the difference in the outcome.  Hard to believe that but it’s true.

I love this picture……..

A positive life is a meaningful life.

A positive life is a meaningful life.

…..it’s a great reminder.  When you change your mind-set and truly focus on all things positive, life changes.  Things change.  More positive thinking and things continue to happen and follow you.  Make your life positive.  Make your thoughts positive.  Share your positive mind-set with everyone around you.  At the end of your day, going to bed with a restful positive mind-set and focus not only changes your life but can change your health and wellness.

Focus on the positive.

Try-It Thursday 1/24/13

Struggle with getting your whites really white when you wash them?  I tried this recipe the other day and added it to my load of whites…….Results!!  I noticed a difference.  Give this a try on your next load of whites.

Like your whites really white?

Like your whites really white?

Here’s what you need;

HOT HOT HOT water
1 cup of laundry detergent
1 cup powdered dish washer detergent
1 cup bleach
1/2 cup borax

Dump it into your washer with HOT water.  One thing to remember is to add the above ingredients to as small a load size as possible. You are looking for CONCENTRATED cleaning power, and the more water you have in the tub, the less concentrated it will be.  Shoot for BARELY enough water to cover the clothes.

Happy washing!