Living Room Leg and Glute Workout!

Home with my little buddy today and I really needed to work out but he wasn’t feeling it!  It’s so hard sometimes to balance your to-do list, kids, workouts, cooking etc. that sometimes you just have to make do.  I workout in my {freezing} basement but I don’t like leaving little b upstairs alone and he didn’t want to play in the basement.  I thought about taking the day off but it would really screw up my schedule for the rest of the week so I decided to do a short body weight leg and glute workout in the living room while he ate lunch instead.

The beauty of exercise is that there is sooo many ways to do it!  Switching up your usual schedule is a good thing, not a bad thing.  Your body adapts so quickly that it’s good to throw it a curve ball sometimes!
WORKOUTHere is what I did.  Threw on sneaks, kept my sweats on, grabbed some water and I was ready!  This took me just under 30 minutes and my legs were smoked!  Should have taken me less time, just another reminder that I have a long way to go before I’m back in good shape.  1098334_10200671088538227_256066935_nBut I did get off my butt, get my heart pumping and burn 322 calories in under 30 minutes so I guess I’ll take it!  And now I can enjoy the rest of my day…happy Friday!

Protein Mac and Cheese with Bacon {and a secret ingredient}

Yesterday I made our new favorite Mac and cheese and it was a hit again. Everyone loves it, even the kids, who refuse to eat bacon. Score one for Momma!

This is such an easy recipe and packs an extra {hidden} protein punch! Sneaky moms unite and they will be none the wiser ;)


The secret ingredient is garbanzo beans and I promise you, they will have no clue they are in there! You have brown rice and quinoa from the pasta, dairy from the cheeses and protein from the beans and bacon! Just add a veggie on the side and you have a complete meal!


Gluten-free Mac and Cheese
-melt 2T real butter in saucepan
-add 2T whole wheat flour
-whisk until cooked
-add 1/2c unsweetened almond milk slowly, while whisking
-continue to stir until thickened
-purée half a can (you could use more or less but that’s what I use) of garbanzo beans with a little bit of water until creamy
-add to roux and continue whisking
-salt and pepper sauce to taste
-add 3-4oz. cream cheese (I use Greek yogurt cream cheese)
-when melted add 1-2c shredded cheddar cheese (I use 2c)

-Cook and chop BACON!!!!! I use 5 or 6 slices of organic, nitrate-free bacon. Add to sauce…
-Cook pasta according to package. I use Trader Joe’s organic brown rice quinoa pasta.

-layer half the pasta in a baking dish, cover with half the sauce and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top, if desired. Repeat with the remainder of the pasta, sauce and more breadcrumbs.
-bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

*to make gluten-free, use GF flour instead of whole wheat, be sure to use GF pasta (the kind I used is GF) and omit the breadcrumbs.


Yoli sweet treats!

If you know me then you probably are aware of my raging sweet tooth. I’m always seeking recipes that won’t make me gain ten pounds overnight but taste sinful enough to still satisfy my cravings. And if I can somehow add some extra protein, healthy fats or other nutritional ingredients than it’s a win-win, right? RIGHT! Not only are these Yoli sweet treats made with Yes but they also won’t kill your progress if you’re currently on Yoli’s Better Body System!

Yoli sweet treats

Yoli Salted Coconut Protein Fudge (adapted from Fitalicious Me)

-1/3c coconut butter
-3T coconut oil
-1.5T raw coconut nectar
-2 scoops Yoli vanilla Yes powder

*Mix all ingredients (I softened in microwave a little) well place in silicone molds, sprinkle sea salt on top and refrigerate until hardened. Makes 8 servings. Store in refrigerator.

Yoli sweet treats

Yoli Chocolate

-3/4c coconut oil (liquified)
-1 scoop Yes chocolate
-1/3c unsweetened cocoa powder
-stevia to taste (I used one scoop Kal stevia)
-1/8 tsp sea salt
-unsweetened coconut or nuts (if desired)

*Mix first four ingredients together, line square baking dish with wax paper and spread mixture out. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and/or nuts, unsweetened coconut and freeze! Store in refrigerator or freezer.

While these are healthy fats, if you are currently following the meal plan please enjoy in moderation as a treat, the fudge preferably on meal day. Neither of these should be replacing a meal for you!  If you have trouble having “just one” (like I do) then I suggest you don’t make them :)

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Enjoy these Yoli sweet treats! And feel free to share or pin!

What I Ate Wednesday {how I missed thee}

Hello there! I’ve been meaning to get back into the groove of What I Ate Wednesday but I always seem to forget to take pictures before I eat…I get around food and I’m like a wild animal…roaarrrr! Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

20140304-162403.jpgThis is my usual breakfast most mornings…3 egg whites and one whole egg scrambled with hot sauce and a tiny bit of shredded cheese with an oatmeal muffin and two pieces of nitrate-free turkey sausage. I also usually have a cup of coffee with unsweetened almond milk, stevia and Alkalete in it.

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My favorite non-sweet snack! Turkey pepperoni, raw almonds and Laughing Cow cheese.

Whole wheat pasta with sausage and roasted Brussels sprouts.

20140304-162534.jpgPost workout I’ve been obsessed with this shake. Tastes like an old-fashioned strawberry milkshake: Yoli Yes whey, water, egg whites, strawberries, banana (pre-portioned and frozen when I prepped this weekend), unsweetened almond milk and Alkalete to aid in recovery. So dang good!

20140304-162833.jpgWith my shake I also ate 4 mini monte cristo muffins. These are an old Pampered Chef recipe that I modified a tad. Not the healthiest but I really love them! PS. How pretty is my shake?

20140304-210750.jpgDinner was shredded chicken over mixed greens with a little bit of Annie’s Organic dressing on the side.

20140304-211036.jpgSnack was peppers and hummus with a brown rice marshmallow bar from Trader Joe’s. These are amazing!

My love affair with Trader Joe’s

Happy Tuesday!  Now I know most of free world has already been to Trader Joe’s and probably will understand my obsession but this post is for the few underprivileged, like myself, that have never been!

I’ve been dying to check out TJ’s for years now but the closest one is about an hour away from my house and I just couldn’t justify driving an hour to grocery shop…well…how wrong I was :)   Just wanted to share a few of the fun things that I found on my first Trader Joe’s Haul!

Trader Joe's

It was like the mother ship calling me home!

The store was super crowded and I was trying very hard to not spend my life savings or I really would have done some major damage!  I have so many items that I’d like to post but I just picked a few of my favs so this post wasn’t a mile long!

Vanilla Sandwich Cookies

Vanilla Sandwich Cookies

It’s important to mention that while my kids (and my sister) love these kinds of cookies, I never much cared for them BUT these were so good!  I couldn’t stop eating them…I think it was mostly due to Trader Joe’s policy that their private food brands are claimed to not include the following:

-No aftificial flavors or preservatives
-No synthetic colors
-No genetically modified ingredients
-No partially hydrogenated oils (artificial trans-fat)

I honestly don’t know if I believe this policy is adhered to 100% of the time but the point is that it made me feel better about inhaling cookie after cookie!  Safe to say these have been violently crossed off the repurchase list…

Guacamole Hummus

Guacamole Hummus

Guacamole Hummus? Yes please! I’d probably eat a turd if it was covered with guacamole….Just kidding (no, I’m not).

Chewable Children's Vitamins

Chewable Children’s Vitamins

Kids multivitamins with NO artificial food dyes…I’ll try to stay off my soapbox but I will say that why someone would such unhealthy ingredients in a VITAMIN for CHILDREN that’s supposed to be ensuring GOOD HEALTH is just beyond me.  I’ve been searching for naturally colored ones that didn’t cost me my left arm and first born.  AT $5 a pop, I’m buying 10 of them my next visit!

Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli

Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli

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Many clove garlic cooking & simmering sauce

Many clove garlic cooking sauce

Haven’t tried this yet but anything that is garlic on garlic on garlic sounds good to me!

Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter

Last but not least, I’ve heard of the amazing Cookie Butter for years now and I worried that it would didn’t!  It’s everything I hoped it would be (except fat-free, sugar-free and turn me into a supermodel with one spoonful)!  I’m not sure how, but I’ve been able to refrain from eating a half a jar in one sitting…definitely a must try, if you haven’t already.

Can’t wait to go back and stock up on some of these items again, not to mention the entire cart full of other stuff I bought!

What are your favorite things from Trader Joe’s?  I’ll be sure to add them to my list for my next trip!

YOLI Power Bites Recipe

I posted a very similar recipe previously, but this Yoli Power Bites recipe is new and improved!  Yoli Power Bites Recipe

An upgrade from my Easy PB Power Bites, you’ll love these healthy, gluten-free quick bites to help you power through your day!  These are kid-approved, hubby-approved and nobody will even know that they’re healthy!  I’ll be shocked if this first batch even makes it through the day!

Yoli Power Bites Recipe

Yoli Power Bites Recipe

2 scoops Yoli YES protein powder
2/3c Natural Almond Butter
2/3c Organic raw honey
1c Old Fashioned Oats
1c Nature’s Path Chocolate Koala Crisp gluten-free cereal
1T chia seeds
1T ground flaxseed

*Melt almond butter and honey in saucepan on low heat, add chia and flax.  Mix Yoli YES, oats, and cereal in seperate bowl.  Add almond butter mixture to bowl and mix together.  Form into balls and refrigerate or freeze!

Yoli Power Bites Recipe

Recruit your little ones to get their hands dirty and help mix up this Yoli Power Bites recipe! And what a great way to get your children to eat healthier snacks.  Packed with Yoli’s all-natural, biologically active, non-denatured whey you can get more “good stuff” in their little bodies and they think they’re just enjoying a yummy snack!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1 piece
Makes: 30 pieces
Calories: 76
Carbs: 10g
Fat: 3g
Protein: 3g
Sugar: 6g
Sodium: 19 mg

Healthy Kid Stuff

Happy Sunday!  I mentioned that I’d be focusing some more on some other parts of my life in my blog moving forward and since I’ve been a Stay At Home Mom my biggest focus is obviously my kids…I mean, they’ve always been my biggest focus it’s just that now I actually like I’m focusing on them instead of feeling guilty about being away from them all the time!

I often post pictures of my daughter’s lunch so I’ll do a post on those later sometime..but there’s a couple things that I’ve been posting lately that I’ve been meaning to add to my blog that we’ve been doing around here lately…Try some ideas with your healthy kid too!


Watermarked ImageMy kids looove waffles!  They like them best with powdered sugar…a habit that my friend taught them…remind me to yell at her for that!  Not only are the boxed waffles expensive but I wanted to start making my own so that I know what is going in their little bodies!  In the interest of saving myself from hours of recipe testing, I borrowed this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.  Lisa has some amazing recipes and if you’re not familiar with their story, check it out!



I bought a waffle iron and we have been making double batches to freeze!  The kids (and B) love them and I’m happy to serve up as many as they want…even with being topped with organic powdered sugar and the kids love helping!

My Pretty little helper...

My Pretty little helper…


I always used to buy the Apple Cinnamon oatmeal packs from the store until a few years ago when I realized they were so high in sugar!  Then I switched to the ‘lower sugar’ version but I decided I could do it better myself and control both their portions and the ingredients!  I made a HUGE stock for the kids and then B wanted some for himself so I made them for him as well!  Here’s what we did…

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-1 whole container (the big one) of Old Fashioned Oats (use GF if you prefer)
-1 packet of powdered milk
-2 tbsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp apple pie spice
-half a bag of dried apples, chopped
-1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar

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Then I weighed out 2 oz. for the kids’ bags and 3 oz. for B’s bags..I forget how many it made but it was somewhere between 25 and 30, I believe!  No chemicals, no crap!


These are one of my daughter’s favorites!  I like to have them around for those days when I relize on the way out the door that I haven’t packed a lunch for her BUT I hate how expensive they are and how much sugar they contain.  We decided to make our own.  It’s super cheap and easy peasy ;) photo

1) We used this little tool from Wonder Bread, I used to see these in the grocery stores but couldn’t find one {of course} when I went looking so I finally found it on ebay!  Then we bought some all natural pb and jelly.
2) Spread some PB on one side of the bread and jelly on the other but be sure to stay in the center of the bread.
3) Put the tops on!
4) Use the tool to de-crust and seal the sandwich.
5) Finished product!
6) We wrapped in wax paper, packed in freezer bags, dated them and froze!

Voila!  A healthy, CHEAPER alternative that the kids love and so will you!  These cost about anywhere from $0.80 – $1.00 a piece in the store, depending on quantity.  They cost us about $0.35 each!!!  It’s a huge savings and a fun activity to do with your kids!

I’ve Missed You!

Did you miss me?  Probably not, because I’m sure that after being gone since May I probably have ZERO readers left…so…if you’re out there, let me know :) eme

Anyway, the last time I posted I had mentioned that I had just left my full time job.  I had an absolutely amazing summer.  I was home each day with my children and got to go on a fabulous beach vacation with our ENTIRE family!  This is something we haven’t done since I was a young teenager and it was even cooler because now I appreciate my family and our time together so much more!  We did so much cool stuff like visit the zoo, go parasailing and kayaking and saw the most gorgeous sunsets every evening!

At the zoo!

At the zoo!

First time parasailing!

First time parasailing!

The most beautiful sunsets...every single night!

The most beautiful sunsets…every single night!

My blog disappeared in May after the hosting company made some changes in their system.  Since I’m such a duh when it comes to this tech stuff and have been so busy, it took me this long to track someone down who could help me find it again!

So although I still don’t have much free time (what’s that?!?!?) to blog, I’m thrilled to have it back because I can start making all my yummy recipes again…how I’ve missed them!!

I’m still currently a stay at home mom for the time being and loving every single second of it!  Little b will be in full day Kindergarten next year so it was really my last chance to have any time with him! Although I’ve been home, I sure haven’t been bored!

My Mother and I hosted my sister's bridal shower at my house!

My Mother and I hosted my sister’s bridal shower at my house!

Right before I left my job I invested in a new business (I still sell Scentsy also) called Yoli.  I spend as much time as I can trying to build this business and help people get healthy!  I’m going to write another post about what Yoli is and how it has changed my life but until then if you’re curious you can check out my site at and feel free to email me at if you have any questions…I’m not sure my email link on this site works any longer.  In addition, I’ve changed my Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest handles as well since they were named after a blog that was gone for months and I didn’t think I’d ever get it back!  I linked them out here and I’ll add the updated info down below….


I hope you all (if anyone is out there) also had a great summer and I can’t wait to reconnect!

Much Love,


GYMBOSS Giveaway Winner

Hi Everyone, this was my very first week as a SAHM (stay at home mom) and it’s been AMAZING!  I told you there were a ton of changes happening right now in my life and this was the big one!  I’m officially done with my “day job” and I am home each day with my children.  To be honest, I scared sh*tless about how we are going to pay our bills each month, but I  just know this is where I need to be right now and I couldn’t be happier!  I will still be working, just in a different capacity….more on that for a later post.  Speaking of that work, it is currently piled sky-high in front of me as we speak (type) so I must get back to it.  Just wanted to pop in and announce the winner of the GYMBOSS interval timer!Gymboss giveaway winner

Thank you for your entries!  I just know you will all love this timer…And here is the random number that was chosen……

Gymboss giveaway winner

Danielle, you are the winner!  Please email me at with your address so I can get your GYMBOSS Interval Timer out to you!

Thanks again for reading and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Who’s the Boss: the GYMBOSS Timer!

Loved that show.  Seriously.  But, as much as I’d probably enjoy an entire post dedicated to it, this post is about a different boss: the Gymboss Interval Timer!  I had first seen the Gymboss Interval Timer on the BodyRock videos some time back (always wanted the pink one) but then I discovered the iPhone app, which I love, but I also use my phone for music during my workout.  This kind of makes it difficult to use the app at the same time.  Gymboss timer

I loved loved this timer!  Yes, the app is a good alternative, but the timer was really great to have on hand!  Bad Mom Alert: Sometimes when I’m working out with my son in the room I give him my phone to play on to keep him occupied so he let’s me handle my business!!  The Gymboss Interval Timer allowed me to do that and still be able to fit in a quick Tabata workout!  Just set the timer for the intervals of your choice, clip it on your waistband and….GO!

Here’s what I did:gymboss timer tabata

Let me tell you, this workout KICKED MY BUTT!!  Now I already mentioned that I haven’t  been working out consistently lately but I was soo sore from this!  Plus it’s a great full body workout to get in if you’re short on time so please pin away :)

If you love Tabata style workouts like the one above or any other kind of interval training {HIIT, sprints, Crossfit} the Gymboss Interval Timer is a really useful workout partner and it comes in a few different types as well!

You can check them out here or follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Since yesterday was my official 1 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY I have teamed up with GYMBOSS to give one away to a reader as well!

Please show GYMBOSS some love and follow them on Twitter and comment below telling me that you did so and what color you would prefer, you can check them out here!  For an additional entry, you may post a seperate comment as to why you’d like to win a Gymboss Interval Timer!  Entries will close on Thursday May 11th at 11:59pm EST and I’ll announce a random winner on Friday!

Good luck and thank you for reading!!