June 16, 2014
February 19, 2014
After I completed the training in the studio, I spent the next two months teaching friends for experience. At the end of August, I completed my training and became a certified truBarre instructor. I taught at The Union Method for a bit and then contacted some local places closer to my home at the end of the year. In December, I was hired at a local gym to teach one class a week and at a local women's wellness center to teach two classes a week. My clients range I'm ages at both places and I've received some really positive feedback from my clients and my supervisors. I am really enjoying it, and it's motivating me to stay in shape too!
My plan is to continue with these classes, and possibly add one more in the evenings at the gym. But my schedule is pretty full between teaching, Santi being in school and going to the gym myself during the week. I'm excited about the changes and especially the possibilities!
January 26, 2014
January 1, 2014
July 9, 2013
Chicken and Orzo Supper
- In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken and garlic in oil 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is brown.
- Stir in broth and pasta. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender and most of liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in tomatoes and zucchini. Cook uncovered 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up tomatoes with spoon, until zucchini is tender. Sprinkle with cheese.
May 26, 2013
May 3, 2013
My first assignment was to try out the new Ivory 2 in 1 Power wash. It's a soap/body wash and shampoo/conditioner all in one. It smells terrific too!
I received it last week, and used it with my evening shower after I'd worked out and done yard work, as well as played with the kids all day. I loved how clean it made me feel, and my hair smelled so good afterwards. It wasn't an overpowering scent but just fresh and clean.
If you're interested in learning more about it, check here to watch a short video. You can also visit Ivory's Facebook page.
May 2, 2013
My piece is about my issues with post-partum depression/anger and the importance of "me" time as a mom...something that is hard to get, but oh so important for our mental health! And for the sake of our significant others and children! A happy mama = a happy household!
April 25, 2013
I'm constantly on the hunt for healthier snacks for the kids and myself. Last week, I made these cookies and they were devoured (aside from a few that were left in the pantry and started molding after a couple of days in there - the beauty of "real" food that doesn't have preservatives in it!)
This week I wanted to try something new and something with a sweeter taste. I searched Pinterest and found a recipe here that I liked but I had to adapt to make larger portions since there would be three of us (maybe four) eating them.
1/2 cup unsweetened Hershey’s chocolate chips
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I use Adams natural and the kind I had on hand was chunky which I figured would add more texture to the bars, but almond butter, sunbutter or another nut butter would work)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or rice milk or regular milk would work...I used rice milk since I have a dairy allergy and only had that on hand for myself)
2 cups oats
4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Tbsp Sweetener (I used agave syrup, but you could use honey, Truvia, etc…)
4 Tbsp Dry Ingredients (I used unsalted almonds because that's what I had on hand, but flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, protein powder, etc. would work too. I just ground up the almonds in my food processor to make them into a powdery consistency)
1. Melt the first three ingredients together in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring and checking (mine took about a minute and a half total to melt.)
2. Add the oats and the additional ingredients, stir to combine. (You want this mixture to be somewhat dry. If it’s not dry enough, add more oats one tablespoon at a time.)
3. Press mixture into bars or balls. I used an 8×8 pan for thin bars, but you could use a smaller pan if you want thicker bars. Simply pour the “batter” into a pan lined with wax paper. Spread batter until even and put in refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes, or until bars have set up. Slice into bars. I keep these in the fridge and give them out for lunches or snacks.
April 20, 2013
So I have finished the garage mudroom makeover for now. I still have a little to do (paint the door and step and add a bench and get a new shoe rack) but for now its done and we've been "living" with it for a couple of weeks.
I hung two coat racks that I made myself. I literally went to Lowes, picked out a piece of wood and had it cut in half there. Then I came home and painted it and then added some brushed nickel hooks and screwed them into the wall, one above the other. Little people coats and book bags on the bottom and big people coats and stuff on the top.
I then added a new shelf and some bright yellow buckets I picked up from the dollar spot at Target to hold outdoor toys, and my gym equipment (since I use the garage to work out in too). I added a hook above that to hold our reusable bags, and next to that I hung a shoe rack that we use to hold odds and ends.
Right next to the door I hung two hooks to hold umbrellas - this is Seattle after all! On the other side of the door I hung a wire letter organizer and decided to use it to hold things like tape, measuring tape, stud finder, etc. All those things you need at hand but don't really have a place.
Right below the wire hanger is a shelf that holds our extra toilet paper, paper towels and emergency kit. I added a rug in front of the step and a shoe rack under the cost racks too. Not bad for now and it feels so good to be so much more organized as utilizing the space better.