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December 26, 2014

Holiday Recipe Recap

I hope you're still enjoying lots of memory making downtime.
 I love the way this time of year forces us all to take a pause and BE STILL.
Or at least be more mindful of doing that even if the tasks start to take over. It's tough to find this perfect balance between trying to meet the expectations that come this time of year and that deep urge to just stay in your oneZ all day long with a warm mug, Hallmark movies and knitting needles {anyone with me on that?}
This was the first year it was just our little family of 4 for Christmas. I love just being at home with these guys without a list of to-dos and letting it unfold. 
Well - that's not totally truthful -  I did have a list for food prep so I found a great way to keep the girls busy while I got busy in the kitch.
132 decorated gingerbread cookies later....
This gingerbread cookie totally rocked!  

A fun change this year was using my doterra essential oils in the recipes {#upleveling}
Just one drop made such a flavour difference - I haven't used them too much this year in recipes but will be doing a lot more experimenting with them now!

I would also like to note that I didn't begin any prep until 130pm on Christmas Day and had everything in steamers, crockpots and the oven by 230p. The kids started cutting their cookies, baked + decorated the whole time I was prepping. And then we were able to get back to relaxo mode by 230pm. It's also great to do some of the sides the day before {I did this for desserts and set the the table} - but I just utilized my little appliances to multitask the day of.
Here's what I made this year - everything turned out great!

H O L : F I T's   H E A L T H Y   H O L I D A Y   R E C I P E S:

Berry Banana Oat + Quinoa Bake {Christmas morning}
Slow Roasted Whole Chicken {with leftovers for soup + sandwiches next few days}

I actually love a meal like this on Sunday nights and as you know - I'm a big cheerleader for you taking Sunday afternoons as your meal prep day. Give these recipes a try next weekend - they don't take a lot of time and can be cooking while you wash + chop healthy produce for the week. 
Let me know if you try them!

Peace + Love,
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July 26, 2014

Eat Clean :: Get Lean Summer 2014

We just wrapped the Summer Session of Eat Clean :: Get Lean. 
4 weeks of clean eats, fresh workouts, food strategies, webinars, sprouting, meal planning, prizes, detoxing + vision boarding magic.
All online.
Incredible bonds formed.

And lots of inspiring pictures shared over the 30 days. I am sooo proud of what this group accomplished!
Are you ready to join us?
Next session starts Oct 12th. Details Here

P R O G R A M  R E V I E W S
I hesitantly signed up for this course two days before it began. I messaged Ange saying "I eat crap. I don't exercise. I'm so far gone. I'm depressed and miserable. Would this program be too much for me?". She told me it would be perfect and that everyone comes to this program with their own struggles. She was absolutely right. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I will go ahead and say this program saved my life. I have learned so much in this program that my brain could explode. I knew all about eating healthy and exercising before, or so I thought, but implementation was my problem. This program was all about implementing and doing. Not just "talking" about being healthy, but doing it. Getting out to the grocery store and buying those "weird" foods you've never had before. Trying new recipes, workouts, ingredients, ways of looking at things.... It was all about seeing health in a new way and then DOING IT! Ange's gentle and compassionate ways, and the loving support I received from the ladies in the ECGL program, reminded me to cut myself some slack. I learned to want to feed myself nourishing foods from a place of love rather than a place of shame or hatred. I learned that "not planning, is planning to fail" and that "done is better than perfect". Ange clearly understands the cognitive and emotional challenges and struggles involved in setting goals for health, eating healthy, exercising, and balancing that with our day-to-day responsibilities of being mothers, wives, employees, etc.

What I feel is most special about ECGL and Ange's approach is that she is all about EMPOWERING women to live their best lives. Ange will not take the credit or glory for anything we have done. Instead she reminds us that we're the reason these changes happen and that we deserve to give credit to ourselves and not to her. She is too humble. It has forced me to realize that I succeeded in this program, not just because the program was incredible and Ange and the ladies supported me, but also because I did the hard work. I made a commitment to myself to take care of and love myself and to see this program through. And I did it! It's the first time in a long time that I believed I could do something that was difficult and I did not give up. It's an amazing feeling. And I have myself, Ange, and all my ECGL ladies to thank. 

"I can't quite figure out what's so magical about Ange's programs. She gives all kinds of good information with background research and common-sense goals. She has said herself that she's put a lot of great information out there for free, and her podcast is an awesome source of information and inspiration, but her programs are special. It's partly because she curates a great community of support. It's partly because the strategies she presents toe the line between deceptive simplicity and impossible difficulty. But I think it's mostly because she has traveled this road to health and truly feels passionate about helping others find the path and stay on it. She's not dogmatic or judgmental, and she's quick to personalize a program. Anyone could lead a bunch of ladies in a brand-name diet for 30 days, but Ange really created a program that is a well-thought-out journey, with a roadmap, and a group of wild ladies with whom to enjoy the ride. This is the first time I have seen my body change over a short month, and I was never asked to starve or exhaust myself. This program is about strength and empowerment. And best of all, the community stays even after the program is done."

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April 7, 2014

{Hol:Fit Hacks} Remove Labels Easily + DIY Green Cleaners

Who's ready for a little awesome DIY project to kick off a new week?
I love this discovery because it's not only easy but it upcylces something that most of us are not able to recycle in our areas....

I am a bit of a glass hoarder....I have 2 cupboards full of empty masons and my pantry shelves are lined with glass containers full of pretty things to cook + bake with. {you can watch my pantry tour video from 2 years ago should you feel like it}
I purchase the large case of smaller perrier bottles from Costco and enjoy them daily by cutting my home brewed kombucha 50/50 with perrier {extra fizz!}. So I always have lots of empties...

But not a big fan of labels + sticky residue hanging around on my pretty glasses. So in today's hack I'm going to show you how to easily remove the gunk and then turn those bottles into something very useful as a health trooper.

Fill a sink with hot water and 1tbsp of baking soda for every jar/bottle you plan to soak. For extra quick dissolving - add 1 drop of doTERRA lemon essential oil for every jar/bottle. The lemon oil just on its own will remove adhesive from anything {nature's goo gone}
Let the glasses soak for at least 10 min and do a peel check. Some bottles like Pelligrino + Perrier will peel off super easy
Steel wool will help to get that last little bit of adhesive off the stubborn ones.

Store your masons for later use. The sparkling glass water bottles are what you'll need today because they fit perfectly with standard spray heads!!! This is great incentive to dump the harmful chemicals in your cupboards {ahem windex} and use the spray head for your new creations:

I'm making up a bunch of bottles if you are interested in buying one from me this weekend.

Click on the Essential Oils Tab at the top of the website for more info on how to infuse your life with oils!
Peace, love + healthy-hacking,

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