I know im not the only one who has a hard time making it to the gym with two kids running around. I can barely get dinner on the table and the house cleaned in an orderly fashion, let alone get daily exercise. Things can get hectic around here and i love knowing that i can always find time to do a 40 minute workout in my living room while the kids are napping than to pack the kids up in the car, drop them off at daycare, go to the gym (if the gym doesn't have child services) do my workout, pick up the kids, drive back home, and then do everything else I have to do along with it. Below are circuit exercises that you can add weight to to increase resistance and get better results, and exercises that take 20 - 30 minutes to do and that's not asking a lot out of your day, and can be done in any room in your home!
A HUGE thank you to Caitlin @ Fit Fab Cities for these wonderful printables! They are only few of many on her blog and they all are amazing and can be down anywhere, anytime, and you can go crazy workout animal, or laid back and a little sweaty! Don't forget to drink plenty of water during your workout to replenish your reservoirs from the sweat you lose ;)
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
1. HEAVY GLAM: Glittery Holiday Eye Makeup
2. Holiday Hair & Makeup 2013
3. Red & Black Smokey Eye Tutorial
4. Santa Baby Holiday Makeup Tutorial
5. Bright & Fun Holiday Party Makeup Tutorial
6. Winter Wonderland Christmas Makeup Tutorial
7. Festive Christmas/NYE Makeup Tutorial
8. Holidays/Christmas Day Neutral Makeup
Now i'll leave you with those as my youtube channel would be all over this page with the amount of beauty bloggers and makeup addicts I follow haha enjoy these, give them a try and have a wonderful holiday! :D
Monday, 9 December 2013
We've all done it. Lost track of time or don't have enough time to slave away at a hot stove for 2 hours and prepare a decent healthy meal to fill that rumbling in our children's bellies. We opt out for the quick fix of fast food, microwavable dinners, or hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, and french fries. Little did we know that those foods can be so bad for our kids and have a huge helping hand in children obesity. Here are 10 foods we really should avoid feeding our children, and alternatives to still being able to enjoy them, just at a healthier level.
1. Fried Chicken
My kids love fried crispy chicken, and the dipping sauce that goes along with it. It's popular and they convince you as a parent that when its cooked at high heats its preventing oil being absorbed into the chicken. WRONG. Its absorbed into the breading and our kids still eat the skin. Avoid the deep-fried chicken and side gravy, go for the baked every time.
Another love of my children. Probably primarily of the fact they can eat with there hands and not get into trouble :P But hot dogs have high levels of nitrates which is a preservative to help it not to go bad. All cured meats contain nitrates, so even if you feed them lunch meat, it could still be bad for them. Try meats that aren't precooked, and free of preservatives :)
3. Delivery Pizza
Probably one of the worst things you could eat. Full of fat, calories, and unless you get vegetables on it, you aren't getting any protein either. Make your own pizza. It's that simple. Use pita bread, make your own Homemade Spinach Pizza Dough , or english muffins as the crust. Let your kids make their own masterpiece with a light sprinkle of cheese. This will cut calories and fat in less than half if you order in pizza. Try to even sneak vegetables into the mix like peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
4. Fast Food
This is by far the most unhealthy choice for a meal. I know my kids see the golden arches of mcdonalds or the big KFC bucket and whine to have it for dinner. Almost every combo, even the kids meals unfortunately, are high in calories, fat, and sodium. You think oh, apple slices instead of fries? yah, healthy, but the dip is still loaded full of sugar. Opt out for making a slow cooker meal if you know or think your going to be running late from work. Prepare it the night before, turn the cooker on in the morning on low, and you'll have dinner prepared by the time you get home!
5. Grilled Cheese
This was my childhood favorite lunch, and has become my children's as well. Made with butter, bread, and processed cheese, yet you can make a healthy alternative believe it or not :) Use whole grain, brown, or rye bread. Instead of processed cheese, use unprocessed and also fill it with cold cuts or sliced chicken breast maybe some lettuce and tomato. And use only a light dab of butter along the outside of the bread. This will cut calories 1/4 of the way down, but it's still better light, than getting rid of your childs favorite meal if its all they'll eat some days.
6. Fettuccine Alfredo
I personally LOVE this dish, it's so delicious, yet wickedly unhealthy. The sauce is packed with fat with the cream, butter, and plenty of cheese that give it its flavor. Any creamy type of sauce is packed with fat and calories, opt out for a traditional hearty tomato sauce with whole wheat pasta instead to raise the fiber content. You can even sneak in vegetables try this Sneaky Spaghetti Sauce.
7. Fish Fingers
My kids hate fish, and I know it can be so so so hard to get children to eat fish. It's a strong flavor, and has a lot of different textures. But most fish fingers these day have little to no fish inside them and way too much breading. Try pan frying mild fish and lightly batter them if you need to. Also, try feeding them halibut. Its very mild and has the same type of texture as say tuna, or chicken.
8. Chicken Nuggets
I've never met a child that doesn't love chicken nuggets. Fun shapes, yummy dips, they can eat with their hands, and there just down right delicious. Nuggets are just made from the cut offs of chicken, not the actual meaty part. So your kids are really eating just the bones, organs, and fat off the chicken. That's actually really disgusting, if not revolting. I've opted out for making my own chicken strips/nuggets with fresh chicken breast, my own home made bread crumbs, and i bake them in the oven. They still come out crispy, tender, and at half the calories AND fat content, it's worth doing it yourself. But if you are out, and want to give them chicken nuggets, go for the chicken tenders. There from the breast meat, and all meat, and watch for the dipping sauces as they can still turn a healthy alternative, into a bad one.
9. Frozen Dinners
SUCH a great way to save time. Out of the freezer, into the microwave, 5 minutes later into the belly of our starving children. Yet did you know they contain double the amount of sodium children should be getting in one day? They should only have 1000-1500 mg a day. Instead of buying frozen dinners, make your own make-ahead-freezer meals :D they are a GODSEND in my household. I take it out in the afternoon, let it thaw, stick it in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes and I have a healthy and delicious home cooked meal without all the mess :)
10. Tuna Casserole
I love tuna fish. It's a mild taste, and you can put it in any casserole, or dish to play it up. Unfortunately with the excess cheese and butter it becomes indulgent. But you can make it healthy. Make the sauce with skim milk and light cheese. Add in vegetables along with the tuna like broccoli and peppers.
There you have it. Alternatives to the fast food and quick picks to help your children grow up big and strong and healthy :)
Saturday, 7 December 2013
I wish I had these printables when I was growing up to write my letters to Santa. There so cute, and probably makes your child more imaginative writing there wish list to Santa for what they want for Christmas, than a blank piece of lined paper :) I was supposed to post this yesterday but didn't get around to doing it until this morning as for some reason YET AGAIN it wouldn't let me save my file. I really hate computers sometimes.. So here they are, 3 free printables to use for your children as they write there letters to Santa <3
Just right click to save image as save as. ENJOY!
Just right click to save image as save as. ENJOY!
Thursday, 5 December 2013
GINGERBREAD CAKEThe holidays are vast approaching, if not are already here. Yet many of us are trying to be "smart" about what foods and desserts we may consume to not overdo it and opt out for the healthy option so we can still enjoy so many great foods and sweet yummy goodies without going overboard. I found this recipe online via healthy recipes blogs and is SO good. I made some the other day and it is super moist, so much flavor and made with a low-fat icing is just down right delicious!
- 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1//2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon and cocoa powder.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, molasses and sugar. Whisk in the eggs and the milk until combined. Gradually whisk wet mixture into flour mixture, whisking until well-combined and smooth.
4. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until top of cake is just firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine was ready after 35 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack, about 30 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.
I also found another great post on making your own home-made low-fat icing and it's super easy to make, and tastes like your eating actual icing haha
First, Make your powdered sugar by taking 1 cup of sweetener such as xylitol or stevia or even splenda would probably work. Add 1 - 2 tbsp of cornstarch (to prevent clumping) and put it in a blender until its smooth and powdery.
Now take that 1 cup of powdered sugar you made, add in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 1/2 tbsp of milk and blend until smooth. Voila, low-fat low-sugar delicious icing you can now make for any cake you make. You can also add in some low-fat cream cheese for something different, or even some cocoa powder if you want a chocolatey frosting.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
There are more than a dozen people who are against fasting in general. It is a hugely debated discussion on many aspects and forum boards across the internet. That fasting is used as a "quick fix" and that the weight you may manage to lose will come back tenfold and you'll eventually just never keep it off. I'd like to give my own story on the matter.
I started my journey at 196lbs January of 2013. After the birth of my two girls I had put on 70lbs of baby weight. I worked out everyday, started cut back on sugary drinks/pop, sweets, and greasy food. Drinking manly water and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. In 3 months I lost 5lbs. A measly 5 friggen pounds. I felt like a beached whale, I hated going outside or to the beach. One day I looked in the mirror and just said, today's the day I stop being fat and unhealthy, and start living a better lifestyle, not just for myself, but for my family.
RULES OF WATER FASTING
- you pick a timeline weather it be 3 days, 7, 10, 14, there's some who do it for 30/40 day, there just crazy and wish I had the willpower they do haha
- 3 days prior to AND after your scheduled fast, try to consume mostly water, raw fruits/veggies, lots of protein. Skip this step and you'll regret it. Trust me, learned the first time..
- during your fast you are to only consume WATER. no pop/coffee/juice and NO FOOD! and if you 100% need to seriously eat something, your limited to an apple or a stick of celery (since it's mostly water and apples are full of antioxidants anyways)
- track your progress. easily said than done. measure yourself before you begin (neck, waist, chest, hips, thighs etc) and weigh yourself every morning as soon as you wake up every day of your fast.
- avoid intense exercise during your fast. do light walking, or a light yoga class if you wish to exercise, don't over exert or over-do it or you could get really dizzy.
- the most important rule, CONSULT YOUR DIETICIAN/NUTRITIONIST/DOCTOR first before beginning a fast like this.
Our body is constantly digesting food. The only break our bodies get is when we sleep, even then we`re still digesting food from dinner, or maybe even a late night snack. The reason we eat sometimes is to fuel our bodies, give us energy, but 85% of that energy goes towards the breakdown of food. Mind-blown. It makes SO much sense. Like why you feel so tired after a huge meal or wake up in the morning feeling like you got no sleep after eating a decadent and heavy dessert, because our body is still digesting, still breaking down whats left of last nights main course.
I have done 3 water fasts since March 2013. During my 3 days, I lost 2 1/2 lbs. My 7 day one I lost 5lbs. During my 10, I lost.. 15lbs! AND kept it off. I work out 3 times a week now, I eat healthier, I drink more water than I use to, I get my 8 hours EVERY night. I had so much energy during my fasts I felt like a whole new person. I've lost a total of 21lbs with water fasting, clean eating (85% of the time) and a slight change in my lifestyle.I feel more like myself, and to be able to fit better into clothes, to look into the mirror and be happier with who you are is just so invigorating.
If you've thought about water fasting seriously look into it, talk to your doctor, prepare yourself for it, STAY COMMITTED, and in due time you will see results, you will feel so much better and you will have that swift kick in the butt all of us really need sometimes :)
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I heard a lot of good things about these books before I read them. My sister in law let me borrow the first one and I read it in 2 days. Same basically goes for the 2nd and 3rd of this trilogy and it is such a wonderful enticing book! It's set in the future of chicago. It's a society comprised of 5 factions: Dauntless (the brave) , Abnegation (the selfless) , Candor (the honest), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent), each of which dedicate themselves to there particular virtue.
In the first book, Beatrice Prior was born Abnegation and during the choosing ceremony which happens once a year to decide which faction she will devote the rest of her life to, she chooses Dauntless and her brother Caleb, Chooses Erudite. She then renames herself Tris after completing her initiation which involved her jumping onto a moving train and into the cavern where the dauntless reside. She then begins to learn the dangerous trait she and a handful of others possess. Divergence. Shortly after the worlds thrown into chaos and Erudite takes control of the Dauntless and wages a war on the rest of the factions, and almost wipes out Abnegation.
INSURGENTTris survives the brutal attack on her former home and family, and pays a terrible Price. Wracked with so much grief and guilt, she becomes even more reckless than before, throwing herself into life-threatening situations without a second thought, as she struggles to accept her new future. She must be stronger than ever to face the uncovered truth about her world, as more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead in her near future.
ALLEGIANTTris was shocked by what the secret tape revealed. It told the truth of the factions, the divergent weren't bad, but wanted and needed by the life outside the fence. Evelyn as now claimed herself as leader by force, and the factionless and those who still had factions to now live without them, the only thing they've ever known and believed in. Tris is kidnapped by the Allegiant (a rebellion against Evelyn) and invited to a secret meeting. After the meeting Four rescues Caleb (Tris's brother) before being executed and along with him, they leave the city with 9 other people. They manage to make it past the fence, and into a world they've never seen before. They learn why the factions were created, that they were all just an experiment of the Genetically Pure.
MY REVIEWWow, this series blew my mind. I couldn't put it down. The first book was captivating, sucking you in and having your imagination run wild. I felt the same emotions as the characters in this book and it was such an amazing read from book one to the last. The Insurgent was fantastic, and how Veronica Roth explained everything, made you feel like you could see what they saw and be in that particular moment with that character. It was amazing. The last book of the trilogy was just great! Minus the last 3 chapters because It was just so sad and totally spun you around and made you slightly curse her for doing that type of ending, but I'll admit, a lot of good characters died throughout the series and it bugged me to bits cause every time I fell in love with a character they'd either get thrown into the chasm, an eye stabbed out, shot at, fall to their death etc. Haha but overall, this is a definite great read for anyone.
Friday, 22 November 2013
So today was a pretty brutal day. I decided to make my own christmas gift tags to share with you all, and after 2 programs crashing on me, and my brushes not showing up and having to re-download ALL of them, I finally finished. YA'LL BETTER APPRECIATE THIS RIGHT NOW! haha now this is my first time doing something such as this, I do make a lot of subway art (which you will see much of next week!) and odd tidbits here and there but WOW was this every time consuming, especially when I didn't have a set design haha. Yet I do hope you enjoy and to use these printables just right-click the image and save as on your computer :) Good as Gold. Enjoy!
Thursday, 21 November 2013
I love pasta dishes. It's something that you can add personality and variety to and you can do practically anything with it. My favorite these days is Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. It's freaking delicious. I love it, my husband loves it, and my kids eat it by the handfuls which says something since they are such picky eaters, if you let them, they'd lick there plate clean :)
CAJUN CHICKEN FETTUCCINE ALFREDO
- 4 small skinless boneless chicken breast
- 1 1/2 tbsp cajun spice
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp EVOO
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups grated italian cheeses (i buy the bagged stuff)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 lb cooked fettuccine
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)
- Pound each chicken breast flat with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin between sheets of plastic wrap or in a plastic bag. This is so the meat doesn't stick to the mallet or destroy your chicken.
- Sprinkle with a heavy amount of cajun spice on both sides of the chicken breast pressing to make sure it sticks to the chicken
- Heat your butter and oil in a saucepan over medium heat until butter begins to brown and add your chicken. Brown your chicken on both sides (3 minutes). Turn down the burner to low and cook your chicken until its no longer pink on the inside.
- Once your chickens done, take it out into another plate, slice against the grain, or even into chunks, and put it in the oven on warm so it doesn't get cold. Make sure you don't remove the juices from the pan though as that adds to your sauce.
- Add a little bit more olive oil if your pan looks dry. Re-heat your skillet and pour in the evaporated milk. Whisk until it starts to bubble around the outsides.
- Add your pepper and salt, cheese, onion and garlic powder, and I like to add a little more Cajun spice to my sauce, just to make it have a bit of a bite to it :)
- Whisk until it's combined and add your cheese whisking. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Taste your sauce and adjust seasonings to your preference.
- Toss your fettuccine noodles, pasta sauce, and chicken in a large serving bowl until well combined. Serve Immediately.