Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chicken Fajitas on a Stick!

Just in time for grilling season!  Sharing this delicious and healthy recipe I made last week for my mom's birthday.  Her name is Rita so we had margaritas ;)  See what I did there?  Pretty genius.  I think we may do this every year! But with the margarita indulgence, I wanted something delicious that wasn't going to kill my diet.  Chicken fajitas on a stick were a huge hit, even with the hubs!  

You need:  Cubed chicken and veggies to your liking.  I used zuchinni, peppers, and red onions.  I also suspect that you could use steak if you wanted.  Definitely on my "to try" list at some point this year.  

For the marinade:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
Juice from one lime.
1/4 teaspoon each of sugar, salt, cumin, dried oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder

I marinated the chicken for a few hours before skewering it with the veggies.  Grill about 7 minutes each side, less or more depending on the size of your chicken.  

Served with a side of wild rice and a cilantro lime dipping sauce: Lite sour cream mixed with chopped fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, and honey!  The perfect accompaniment to this delicious meal! 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Makings of a Perfect Day

In a perfect world, every day would be amazing.  We would wake up with a smile, knock everything off the to-do list without complication, be greeted with kindness everywhere we went, and still have time for fun and relaxation.  So why do we continue to live our lives in a state of constant stress and exhaustion?  Because we haven't figured out how to balance our responsibilities in a way that works for us, in a way that aligns with our personal values!  Certainly, my days are still far from perfect, but by incorporating these little rules of thumb into my life, I have certainly upped the ratio of perfect to imperfect a lot!

Dress according to your priorities.
For me, this has meant adopting a whole new sense of style.  I am wearing a lot less jeans and whole lot more cozy leggings, sweatpants, and gym wear.  Why?  Because it aligns well with both my fitness goals and desire to actively play with my babies without caring if I get spit up or slobbered on.  And lucky for me, activewear is sort of a style now, so it's not any sacrifice to my self image.  Below is the cutest and most comfortable romper ever from Tobi.  Check them out for 50% off your first order!

Put on some makeup.
You don't have to spend a ton of time on it, and probably nobody else cares, but there's something about putting makeup on that mentally gets me ready to accomplish something that day.  Most of the time I never even leave the house, but I still find it worth it for the mental boost it gives me.  Face on,  and you will face the day with enthusiasm!

Surround yourself with a clean space.
Is my house always clean?  Heck no.  But do I continue to make it a priority to clean up as best I can?  Absolutely.  Why bother with 10 month old twins in the house?  Because I recognize the huge difference a clean space can have on my psyche!  When things are put away in their place, I internally feel at peace and more focused throughout the day.

Make time to be creative.
Whether it's crafting, cooking, or working up a blog post, I always feel better when I have time to let my creativity loose.  And the more I tap into these types of activities, the more creative I realize I can be.  It keeps me growing as a person and I am convinced is helping me to reach my full potential.  It's important.  Trust me.

Break a sweat.
As a working mom, this one is tough.  I totally get the struggle of putting your kids' priorities first and attempting to get enough sleep to function throughout the day. It doesn't always happen.  But we're talking about the perfect day here.  And more days you break a sweat, the closer to perfect your days will become. I could write a novel about the benefits of exercise, but I'll just let you Google that one.  It doesn't have to be a killer workout.  Just move our body!  I try to keep a variety of programs on hand so that I can match my workout with my mood.   Because I don't care exactly what I'm doing most days, just that I'm doing something!

Have another ingredient of perfection to add?  Please comment below!  I'm a firm believer that life CAN be all we've ever wanted it to be, it just takes some effort and a personal design! 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Flat Tummy Foods I Swear By

Hey guess what?!  There are exactly 30 days until Memorial Day Weekend.  30!!!!! Why does this matter?  If you're like me, it's the first weekend you honestly plan on wearing a swimsuit in front of people.  Ok, I may not be living it up at Seacrets these days, but even in my own back yard, I fully intend  to make my swimsuit debut a personal goal!  Even if you're slightly terrified by the mention of the word "swimsuit", I encourage you to make a few additions to your diet  to get yourself in prime condition.  Or at least these are the things that have consistently made a difference for me throughout my life.  Thought I'd share!!

1. Avocados. I know, it's fat.  I don't give a crap.  It's a healthy fat and I'm not putting a cap on it. It's satisfying, satiating, and easily added to any breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  If you need something creamy, filling, and decadent like I do, just let yourself have it.  And don't feel bad.

2. Peanut butter.  Again, I knowwwww it's fattening.  But let's assess the situation.  You're hungry.  It's not a meal time.  You have cookies and chips from your kids or office lingering nearby.  Are you going to be happy with a baby carrot?  Heck no.  You're not a rabbit.  If you need something real and indulgent, just go for the peanut butter jar.  A few spoonfuls and you'll be feeling better in no time.  Just make it natural, would ya?

3. Spinach.  I'm not sure it comes more satisfying, versatile, or nutrient dense than this.  I freaking love spinach.  I eat it in scrambled eggs, as a side salad, steamed, in soups, whatever!! It goes anywhere I can fit it in.  But a huge bag full and dig in several times a day.  

4. Eggs.  Maybe it's because I'm not really a huge meat fan, but eggs are my life when it comes to clean eating.  Throw a few yolks in with your whites and you won't be missing out on anything.  Best part, I can mix it with my spinach (duh), ground turkey, or top it (hard boiled) on my salad and they easily fit into any meal.  

5. A protein supplement.  Ok, I'm not a big hoarder of supplements and I believe in overall good nutrition.  But if I'm being honest, I have never gotten into prime bikini shape without the help of a supplement. It's true.  I'd love to say that good old fashioned diet and exercise do it all.  And yes, they will keep you 100% healthy!  But if you're looking for that extra umph, that little side chisel, that ping of extra confidence when it comes to stepping into your suit, you gotta throw a shake in there.  Of course you know I've been partaking in my daily dose of Shakeology for a while now, and am adding in an additional protein shake, post workout, as I enter the bikini season crunch time.  

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Ways to Simplify Your Life!

My life has gotten crazy.  My brain is in a jumble.  Between my responsibilities as a wife, mom, teacher, friend, and trying to build my business, I just can't mentally keep track of what has actually happened and what hasn't.  Did I actually talk to that person last week?  Oh sh*t, I forgot to shower the past two days?  Crap.  I just missed our entire team call and mail from 2 weeks ago is stilllll sitting in my passenger seat.  Sound familiar??  You're not alone.  There's a point where a girl just can't handle anymore.  The day to day thinking quota is already at a max and something has got to give!  I won't lie, I'm still a jumbled up mess of a mom brain, but there are 3 things I have done this year to absolutely simplify my life.  And as long as I'm a working mom, I don't think I'll ever go back. They are.....

1.  I wear the same thing every day.  Ok, not exactly the same clothes, but the basic idea remains constant.  I have drawer full of black leggings and a closet full of longer tunics to pair with.  I wear the same pair of shoes (one of winter, one for spring) and keep the same handful of cardigans handy as I walk out the door.  There is no more staring at the closet trying to decide my look for the day.  It's a decision I am just not willing to take on anymore and my decision has been life changing.  I doubt anyone is sitting around judging me like "hasn't she worn black leggings every single day?"  and if they are, well I honestly don't give a hoot.  It's been life changing.  And so worth it.

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2. I eat the same things every week.  Maybe I'll switch between seasonings or veggie types, but all in all, I have the same list every single time I go to the store.  It's same basic rotation every week.  Maybe when I'm not working I'll start trying out new recipes and unique exciting combos again, but until then, it's on the back burner.  My sanity is more important.  And it helps with healthy meal prep too ;)  

3. I "attend" meetings and live my life simultaneously.  I put attend in quotations because the life of a Beachbody rep includes many hours of online team calls, trainings, and personal development.  And as someone who is hungry for success, I can't get enough of them.  Lately I've been on a team call and training tear simply by taking them everywhere.  My kids and I listen while we play with toys on the floor.  I listen on my commute to and from work.  I stick my phone on speaker while getting ready for work, doing the dishes, or making that night's dinner.  It's productivity x2 and it's made a huuuuge difference in my ability to keep up with life.  Even if you're not in a business where you can do this, I highly suggest listening to audio books or making client calls on speaker if you can.  There are only 24 hours in the day and the faster you can get it all done, the better!

What do you do to increase productivity and simplify your life??? I'd love to hear all other suggestions out there!! Have a great week everyone! 

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