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Monday, September 29, 2014

Snack Giveaway

Happy Monday! How about we start the week off with a fun giveaway?

Remember, when I talked about my Fantastic Fall Food Finds of this year? We are going to be giving away some snacks from one of those foods - Funny Face Cranberries! These are great for snacks, lunches, and so much more.

One lucky winner will receive a fun Funny Face Cranberry Prize Pack! Enter below to win!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fantastic Fall Food Finds

*I was provided product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.*

If you are feeling in a little bit of a food funk, then let me introduce you to some of my favorite Fall food finds! These companies and their products can help you add some variety to your food routines, and maybe they will become some of your favorites!

With the cooler weather approaching, there is nothing better than a warm bowl of soup. With soups like Zucchini, Tomato, and Vietnamese Pho broth sold with fresh rice noodles, Nona Lim has both American favorites and Asian comfort foods. What makes Nona Lim really special is that they use no additives, preservatives or excess salt. Instead Nona Lim’s whole ingredients keep fresh in the refrigerated section of stores. They are also gluten free and non-gmo project verified.

These soups and noodles are like a burst of flavor in your mouth! Not only are they a great substitute for BPA-laden canned soups, but they will having you craving them any time of the year! These were a huge hit with every member of our family!

Another great way to stay warm this Fall is with a great cup of tea.  Pukka Herbal Tea, which is the most popular brand of herbal tea in the UK has just made a HUGE splash here in the US. They are certified organic, packaging is biodegradable, and they are delicious!
They make over 30 flavors including Peppermint & Licorice, Lemon Ginger & Manuka Honey, Three Fennel, Three Mint, Three Cinnamon, Relax, Refresh, Revitalize, and more. I love to enjoy Pukka teas on these cool mornings!

Now, to settle your sweet cravings or get ready for a healthier Halloween. If you have not heard of a fantastic boutique candy company called Oh, yes you candy, you do NOT know what you are missing. They offer Missy J's products, which are vegan, contain no refined sugar, no caffeine, no GMOs, preservatives, or trans fat. Do they still taste good without all the junk?
 300 dpi Missy J's Vegan PB
Of course they do! Their truffley treats and carob cups taste better than good - these are decadent, full of delicous flavors like coconut, almond sea salt, mint lime and peanut butter & jelly. You will fast become a fan!

Following along a chocolate theme, you also have to try the new granola from Ladera Granola - Immortal. This new creation is a tasty mix of chocolate and almond. Every bit is full of a good dusting of chocolate and slivered almonds. Not only does it taste great, but it is so much healthier than traditional granola!
Ladera Granola

It is made with only a few ingredients roasted at low temperatures to preserve the flavor and health benefits: whole grain oats, slivered almonds, maple syrup, olive oil, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and salt. That is it! And it is just plain heavenly tasting!

If you looking for some more options for healthy lunches, I have one last product to share with you. Outside of being a super fun company, Funny Face offers dried cranberries that now come in convenient, raisin-like containers - perfect for taking on trips or in lunches.
Plus, you will love that these cranberries have 50% less sugar than normal varieties. Less sugar, but definitely still sweet enough. My husband loves throwing a couple boxes in his lunches for added fruit servings.

Have fun trying out a few or all of these fantastic Fall food finds!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Botanical Splash Review and Giveaway

Cara was provided product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.

Fall is literally just a few days away, but the drier air has already been taking a bit of a toll on my body. We have very harsh winters here in Minnesota, and a great moisturizer is a MUST-HAVE!

Thanks to Trusted Health Products, Botanical Splash body moisturizer and revitalizer is the ultimate dry skin solution. This 100% pure and natural, live cold-pressed solution feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave for beautiful, healthy, young-looking skin.

I love how it really moisturizes my skin deep down. It has the most amazing invigorating smell, from the botanical oils of orange, lime and lemon - perfect for giving you a boost when you need it!

Because it is not petroleum based, it absorbs quickly into your skin and begins feeding the skin cells what they naturally need. It does not leave an oily feeling on your skin. All the amazing oils just absorb right into your skin and do their job!

Since this is such a pure product, you don’t need a lot. You just lightly spread it over your entire body, from the neck down. Also, don’t feel like you need to rub and rub for it to soak in. No need for that!

This fall and winter, there is no need to walk around and suffer from dry skin. This is the perfect skin moisturizer, and now 3 lucky readers will get to try it for free!

We are giving away (1) bottle of Botanical Splash to 3 separate winners! For the U.S., Canada, England and Australia Only. You – or anyone in your household - may win one bottle of Botanical Splash one time only. Previous winners please do not apply.

“For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Botanical Splash and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your FREE bottle now!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tabata Tuesday - Total Body Burner!

It's our favorite day of the week again! Why? Well, because we are crazy about Tabata, and we give away FREE Tabata workouts right here. Yep, it's your lucky day! (If you haven't learned about why Tabata is the workout I recommend most as a certified personal trainer, read all about it here.)

Today, we are going to work your whole body - from your booty to your abs to your strong upper body. I call this workout Total Body Burner, because it is going to burn mega fat and your whole body is going to be stronger by the end. As you can see, I am pregnant! In fact, I am 26 weeks pregnant, so feel free to pass this workout on to your pregnant fitness friends. Have fun getting ripped and burning fat!

Work hard during each 20 second burst and enjoy the rests in between. Make sure you are giving it 100% to see the best results! Do this workout 3 times this week, every other day, and then I will give you a new workout soon to keep your body guessing and the fat flying off!

Tabata 10 - Total Body Burner!

This is an interval workout that consists of hard work for 20 seconds and then 10 seconds of rest directly following that. You repeat that pattern for 8 sets. That is one round. You can choose to do as many or as few rounds as you would like. This workout contains 5 rounds. Do as many as you can and challenge yourself to finish them all!

Round 1 -  Morning Glories - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

 Start in a standing position. Hold weights or hands up by your ears.
 Bend forward from the hips, keeping back straight and abs pulled in towards your spine. Squeeze hamstrings and glutes to stand back up.

Round 2 -  Pushup to Side Plank - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
From a plank position, bend elbows to come down into a pushup. 
 Take a big exhale and come out of the pushup into a side plank. For more difficulty, add in the top leg lift.
Do another pushup and exhale into a side plank on the other side. 
   *If you would like to make this easier, you can also do the pushups and/or planks on your knees.

Round 3 -  Curtsy Lunge and Squat Jump - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
 Start in a curtsy lunge position, with right leg behind and diagonal to left leg, both knees bent.
 Move into a squat position.
And jump out of the squat position!

  Next, curtsy lunge to the opposite side, with left leg behind and diagonal to right leg.

Round 4 -  Back Row and Leg Lift - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
 Start in a bent over position from hips, back straight. Let your arms hang down, holding onto weights.
Exhale as you lift elbows to ceiling and weights towards armpits. Add in a leg lift if you would like added difficulty.

Round 5 -  Little Front Kicks - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Keeping legs as straight as possible and holding arms straight out to sides, kick your feet up and off the ground quickly, switching legs with every kick. Squeeze your abs and hold arms strong.

That is it! Rock this workout, and you are going to feel amazing! Remember, do this 3 times a week to get in awesome shape and join me next time for another great Tabata workout!
*Feel free to ask any questions. Also, please remember to consult your doctor before beginning exercise. I am obviously not responsible for any injuries or accidents that happen during or after this workout. Be safe and be healthy!*

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Best Garlic Press Ever!

Garlic is such a super food, but it can also be a super pain-in-the-butt food. I still love using it in my kitchen, which is why I am so thankful for my new garlic press from Orblue. This tool is a must-have for any home cook! 

Let me share with you what really sets this garlic press apart from others.  

1. It easily minces garlic in one press! (No more sore palms or aching fingers like you get with other garlic presses)
2. Large capacity basket! (Press good sized cloves ... even if you leave the peels on)
3. No more stinky "garlic hands"! (Easy to use and even easier to clean so you won't have to worry about smelling like garlic cloves all day)
4. Heavy duty, quality construction! (BUT it weighs in at a svelte 9.3 oz so ANYONE can use it effortlessly)
5. Backed by an INSANE Double Guarantee!

 I love that the Propessor Garlic Press is made from 100% stainless steel, unlike many of the garlic pressers on the market that are made from cheap zinc alloy. It won't rust, won't weaken at the joint, and won't break, unlike other garlic presses I have owned.
 It is so easy to use. I just throw the garlic cloves in - even with the skins on!
 Press away!
Then, you can open it up and grab the peel out. Or if you do not want to touch it at all, a knife or other utensil works great at getting the leftover peel out. 

You can also see how easy it is to use on their their YouTube video:

I highly recommend this garlic press. It is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store! Order your own Propresser Garlic Press today. Use it in your kitchen to effortlessly press garlic and add loads of flavor to your favorite dishes. You can find it on Amazon here:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fun!

Living healthy natural lives is not always the easiest thing, which is why I started my blog - to inspire and help others live their best life healthfully and naturally. Friday Fun is my way of sharing a bit of my life with you, my readers and friends, and I hope you will be willing to share your thoughts and ideas with me too.

So, here we go!

In my life this week...
Well, this week got cold very fast! We have been having near freezing temps at night, and I am scared for my poor garden! We planted spaghetti squash and beans quite late, and I am still hoping they will survive for about another month.

Last week was a fun week! It my husband and my birthdays! We had a fun time celebrating, including going to a delicious new restaurant featuring lots of local and organic food and visiting a free conservatory, which was absolutely so peaceful and beautiful. We both agree that although we are another year older, we do NOT feel any older than we were 10 years ago. Age is just a number, right?

I am inspired by...
wives and mothers who are doing a better job than I am at loving their husbands as they should. I am a work in progress...

My favorite thing this week was...
hearing my baby's heartbeat! Yes, I know I am 26 weeks pregnant, but we had a little scare with the baby's heartbeat, and so this was pure music to my ears!

What's working/not working for me...
Working - I am juggling more at work than normal, with a few new personal training clients and new sessions of small group training starting soon. But, I absolutely love what I do, so it is exciting. I have the help of my wonderful husband with watching the kids while I work or helping pick up at my work. I could not do it without him.

Not working -I have been feeling much more pregnant this week than normal - some backaches, a lot of round ligament pain, a cramp here and there - nothing to complain about - but it reminds me I might have to slow down a little sometime. Ha! :-)

Questions/thoughts I have...
I am constantly wondering how to help my children develop self-control. They really struggle with this; granted, they are all ages 6 and under, but I want to help them solve their problems and develop control over their emotions.

I'm reading...
Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKerst, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, lots of other historical fiction books, and I am still reading through one chapter of the Bible a day, now I am in Luke.

I'm cooking...
This week I tried out a new recipe, and it was a hit! I made my own paleo barbecue sauce, poured it over homemade grass-fed beef meatballs, and left it in the slow cooker for about 2 hours. Delicious!!! I also bought some squash, since ours are not quite ready, and we are craving squash. I plan to make spaghetti squash and with meat sauce tonight. Yum! Otherwise, lots of cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs fresh from the garden.

I'm grateful for...
birthdays, moments of happiness with my kids, patience during the unhappy moments with my kids, forgiveness, sweatshirts, blankets, work that I love, new recipes, Paleo on the Go, and so much more!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share... 

A little picture of love from my kids!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Brand I Trust for my Seafood

*Thanks to Wild Planet for supplying me with a few new products to try. I am a huge fan of their products, and it is my pleasure to share my own thoughts and opinions with you without being compensated by this company.*

So many people are confused about seafood. Is it full of toxins? Should I eat tuna? What fish should I eat? Where should it be caught? Let me a clear up a few things for you today.

First of all, you should definitely be concerned about what fish you are eating, where it is caught or if it is farmed, and if it is packaged in BPA free containers. Why? Because there is a lot of crappy fish being sold out there. To make matters worse, the canned fish is almost all packed in BPA laden cans. Double yuck! Read more about why BPA is a serious concern.

So, should we just stop eating fish all together? My suggestion is no. 

There are some great options out there for you packed full of protein and Omega 3s that your body needs. Let me share the only brand I use with my family for packaged fish, and why.

Wild Planet is my choice for my family. Not only are they the most environmentally friendly company I have found, but their products contain way more of the good stuff that fish offers than other brands. For instance, their Wild Planet Tuna contains six times the omega 3 of other brands.

But, isn’t tuna bad? Especially for pregnant women or kids? Why am I eating this as a pregnant women and sharing it with my three little kids? With high levels of protein, omega 3, calcium, and other nutrients, Wild Planet tuna has more of the good and less of the bad. Open a can from a conventional brand and you’ll find small portions of tuna swimming in 45% water, oil and other additives. Wild Planet Tuna has no additives or preservatives, and a whopping 3,350 mg of omega 3. And because bigger fish bio-accumulate higher mercury levels, Wild Planet—who is considered a Best Choice for Sustainability by various environmental groups— opts for smaller tuna with an average mercury level of only .17ppm, less than half the .391 ppm average for most brands. I could honestly go on and on about how awesome all of the Wild Planet products are, not just their tuna, but I think you get my point. I researched this quite thoroughly, and I encourage you to do the same.

Here is another reason I trust Wild Planet Foods - they offer their sustainably caught products in BPA-free cans, re-sealable glass jars (for those who’d like to opt out of the use of the can) and in flexible, lightweight single serve pouches with no added water or oil to drain! 

We also love their other products, such as Alaskan salmon, anchovies, shrimp, and sardines. Before you turn up your nose like I used to at the mention of sardines, check out one of my favorite recipes for sardines - Sardine and Avocado Snackers. I personally think all of the Wild Planet products taste fantastic! They are jam-packed with so much flavor and goodness, I cannot help myself from eating one of their varieties every single day at lunch. It is the perfect midday meal paired with veggies.
I hope I cleared up some fishy thoughts that you might have had about fish today. Please let me know your thoughts and questions. Share your favorite fish recipes too!

We are going to celebrate seafood with an awesome giveaway today! We are giving away (1) Sample Pack of Wild Planet products for (1) lucky winner! Enter below for your chance!

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