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New Year, New Resolution?

Ugh, IKR?!

Resolutions are the worst! Or are they?

My problem is I hype myself up for some unrealistic goal, fail pretty quickly (hello January 10th-ish), and then say WHATEVER and forget all about what and why I wanted to do.

Dumb.

So let’s not make resolutions. Let’s make some commitments to ourselves (thanks for sparking this Jo-Elsa!).

For example, I want to start cooking at home for my family more and dining out less. It’s healthier, it’s more economical, and for us it’s more fun! We can be wild and crazy and throw our food (looking at you 17 month old Aubrey) and no one stares, no one cares, and I have three dogs who will happily lick up the mess on the floor. Win win.

I am committing to cooking at home more! Not X amount of times a week because that is setting me up to fail but MORE, that I can do.

I also want to up my blogging game! I want to connect with you all weekly and share my clean recipes, healthy habits, #momlife, and lifestyle tips. You heard it hear first and help me stick to it! Message me ANYTHING! What do you want to know more about? I say it ALL THE TIME: I am not an expert but I love to research and I have some super educated friends that are always willing to help us out!

I encourage you to set a goal, stick to it as best you can, and if you veer of course…hop back on and keep it moving.

xx,

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What’s For Dinner Tonight?!

Happy New Year guys! We made it! In keeping with my goal of cooking at home more, I am recommending this insanely tasty soup I keep on rotation.

slow cooker thai chicken soup

It has been FREEZING here so last night for dinner I wanted something comforting and hot but EASY to prepare (duh).  So I stumbled upon this recipe for Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup on FoodieCrush.  It is tasty and feels decadent but is loaded with healthy ingredients.  I made a few tweaks that I listed below.

  • I added a container of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • I added a stalk of lemongrass that I bruised and smashed before dropping into the pot
  • I added green onions
  • I only used one can of unsweetened coconut milk but added a little more chicken stock
  • I skipped the bell pepper and added peas, carrots, and a bit of chopped greens
  • I used brown rice noodles instead of rice

OK it seems like I made a lot of changes but I just worked with what I had!  You should do the same.  I will be eating on this alllll week!

xo,

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Happy New Year (Resolution Time!)

2016 was the best year of my life.  I had my little boy, who made me a mother, and he makes me happier than I ever knew was humanly possible.  But a lot of people close to me didn’t have such an awesome year whether they dealt with the death of a loved one, illness, or any number of difficult things.  No matter how 2016 treated you, it’s always exciting to close the door on one chapter and start fresh.

Do you make resolutions?  You know, set a goal for a positive change in your life for the upcoming year?  It’s like a clean slate, right? There’s no better time to make a promise to yourself but a lot of times these promises are broken by say mid March.  I have a few suggestions on how to make attainable, reachable, DOABLE New Year’s resolutions for a fabulous 2017, something we all deserve.

  1. DRINK MORE WATER.  Duh.  Sort of a no brainer.  But it’s something we can all do, all the time.  Buy a nice water bottle that you will want to carry around with you ALL THE TIME.  And do.  Fill it constantly and chug chug chug.  It’s good for everything but especially your insides, your skin, your digestion, and can even help fill you up if you’re feeling ravenous.
  2. MOVE every day. I have a goal to work out every single day.  It doesn’t happen but if I shoot to exercise every day, when I miss a day, it’s NBD.  On days that I don’t attend a class or break a sweat, I still have a mini goal to at least move. I walk my dogs, push Aubrey in his stroller (uphill as much as possible), plank on my bedroom floor, squat while I am holding the baby, whatever.  Something is better than nothing.
  3. Cook More, Dine Out Less.  No one loves to go out to dinner more than me.  Like, for real.  I LOVE RESTAURANTS.  Especially now that I have a baby.  I can sit down to eat?  Someone will bring me my food?  I don’t have to load the dishwasher after with one hand?  Sign me up.  BUT even when you’re eating out and making healthy choices, there are so many unknowns.  What sort of oil was your food cooked with?  How much salt was used? Is anything organic?  Is this a reasonable portion?  When you cook at home you know the answers to these questions and can control all of the factors. You will also save a ton of money.
  4. EAT MORE GREEN.  In fact, make it a goal to eat something green at every meal.  Breakfast and dinner are easy for me.  I have the BEC green smoothie every morning and some sort of salad for or with dinner.  Lunch is tough because I am usually on the go.  I am going to try and do better this year!
  5. ORGANIZE.  Say what?  I know what does organization have to do with it?  A lot, actually.  The more organized I am, the better I am doing at the life game.  I have a grocery list with healthy food on it, I have meals planned for the week, I am using my time in the best way possible, I am making it to all my classes this week, etc.  Get organized and stay that way.
  6. Cut Down on the Booze.  I know. I know.  I am like, zero fun. I didn’t say cut it out completely!  Just cut back when you can and preferably where you won’t miss it.  Sometimes after work Douglas will ask me if I want a beer (so crazy, I always hated beer but I love dark stouts after having a baby) and I want to respond YES every time but do I really need the empty calories?  No.  But when we are out with friends for happy hour or dinner or a cocktail party, then YES I really do!  Pick your poison they say, just don’t pick it too often.
  7. Be Nice. No this isn’t going to clean up your lifestyle but it will make you an all around happier person. Times are tough and people can be mean, so take it upon yourself to talk to strangers, hold open the door, don’t beep your horn, return someone’s grocery cart…come on y’all.  We could all stand to be a little nicer!

CHEERS to a happy and healthy 2017!

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