Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dad


Happy birthday, dad.

Reflecting on the last 30 years, I realize never once have I felt like I let you down.
You have been the best role model, supporter, and cheerleader I could ever ask for.
You've loved me even when I made it hard.

And you're the best Grandpa CT could ever ask for.
He knows your love so well.

I hope you have the best day.
I only wish we could be there with you (or you with us to avoid the snow) to celebrate.

Love you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bacon and Cheese Quiche


Yesterday I shared my broccoli quiche recipe and today I'm sharing another version I make.  I typically make both at the same time. They go in the oven together and we have enough for the whole week.

If then men in your life are anything like the men in mine it's not a meal unless there's meat.

So of course, I had to make a version with meat in it.  The nice thing about quiche is you can pretty much throw anything in there and it's probably going to come out good.  So you could substitute sausage or add some veggies in with this one, too.

Bacon and Cheese Quiche:

  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 pie crust
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 1/2 c cheddar cheese
  1. Cook bacon until crispy and allow to drain.
  2. Blend 4 eggs and milk together until well blended.
  3. Put bacon and cheese in pie crust.
  4. Top with egg and milk mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
Again, very easy and quick for midweek meals.  This recipe also reheats really well and everyone always loves it.  I hope you and your family do, too!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Broccoli Quiche


This has turned into one of our favorite meals at our house.  It's easy, inexpensive, and yummy.  And most days I have all the ingredients on hand.

I especially like this recipe because my one year old will not eat eggs.  I think he hates the texture.  But, he will chow down on some quiche!  I have a hard time being certain he is getting enough protein so this is really a big deal for me.  Do you have a hard time getting your little one to eat protein?

I initially created this recipe when some friends were coming into town so that I wouldn't have to stand at the stove and make breakfast in the morning while they were there.  I wanted to be able to enjoy their company.  This is a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it reheats really well.

Broccoli Quiche:

  • 1 cup broccoli 
  • 1 pie crust (I buy the frozen store brand)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c mozzerella cheese
  • 1 c milk (I use whole)
  • 1 small onion
  1. Sautee cut up broccoli and onion in a pan until tender.
  2. Put broccoli in pie crust.
  3. Beat 4 eggs and milk together until blended.
  4. Pour cheese over broccoli.  Cover with eggs and milk.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
*I always line a baking sheet with tin foil and place the pie crust on that while baking.  It never fails that my egg mixture overruns the sides of the crust and makes a mess to clean up.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Vegetable Soup the Whole Family will Love


This is hands-down the easiest, quickest, healthiest meal your family is going to love!  It's perfect to make in advance and freeze to have on hand for busy weeks.  And it's easy enough to throw together on a week night after work.  Not to mention, the entire family is going to love it!

In fact, the lady who shared this recipe with me (amazing coworker and friend) said that her grandson requested this instead of Domino's pizza one Friday!  Instead of pizza!!

While eating it for dinner my husband said, "I can see what the kid was talking about!"

Here is what you need to make this for your family...
  • 1 bottle V8 (you can use spicy but I wouldn't recommend it for kids)
  • 1-2 lbs hamburger/ground turkey/ground sausage
  • 1 small onion 
  • 1 bag frozen vegetables
  1. Brown meat in pan and drain grease.  Add onion and allow to soften.
  2. Place juice, meat, and vegetables in stock pot.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through.
  4. Top with seasoning of choice (oregano, basil, salt, pepper, etc.) and serve hot.

I make this and freeze a few ziploc bags full for nights when I know it will be cold and I won't have time to cook due to school functions, work responsibilities, or exhaustion.  

Let me know if you try it!  Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Confessions of a Fit Momma


So, I've been thinking about all the stuff I post on Instagram, Facebook, and this little bloggy space here and I realized a few things:
  • I never share the moments of self doubt, poor body image, or negative self talk that I encounter
  • I only talk about all the things I'm doing and there are a great many things I'm not doing nearly as often as I should
  • I may appear to have it all together and that makes me laugh.  really hard.
Being a mom and taking care of myself and my family takes a lot of time, compromise, and sacrifice.  Luckily I married a man that is willing and does help out around the house a lot.

In all honesty, there are nights when the dirty dishes sit in the sink and the clean ones sit in the dishwasher because I want to read and go to bed.  There are times when I wouldn't eat anything that falls on the floor because I can't remember the last time it was swept/mopped.

I want my house to look nice, but I want to lead a happy, healthy life more.

I just believe that if I don't take care of myself then how am I going to take care of my family?!  I mean, if I'm feeling bad physically and emotionally, how am I expected to make other people happy?

The best and easiest way for me to feel confident and happy is to exercise and take care of myself.  Therefore, it's a priority for me.  So a lot of times that means laundry piles up until the weekend or clutter litters our dining room table.  Sometimes it means folded clothes sit in baskets littering the bedroom floor.

I try to wake up early and get my workout in so that I have time for those other things in the evenings.  I do a good job waking up and exercising, but somehow things still pile up on me.  Life is busy.

It doesn't mean we don't deserve to take care of ourselves.

I'm going to make a commitment to be more transparent.  I want you to see that I'm not some crazy lady who never sleeps.  I'm just trying to do the best I can with what I have.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My 2015 Word | Shine


Every year I pick a word that sort of represents my goals for the year.  Last year's word was embrace; I wanted to embrace each new moment of motherhood and truly drink it all in as I experienced each milestone with my little family.  I think I did just that.  

This year my word is SHINE

Shine: (v) to give forth or glow with light
to be bright with reflected light; glisten, sparkle

This year I want to shine.  I want to reflect the happiness, blessings, and spirit within me to others.  I want to do this in my role as wife, mother, teacher, and coach.  

I want to be a blessing to my husband.  I want him to look forward to coming home each evening.  I want to make life easier on him and love him unconditionally.

I want to be a rock for my son.  I want to advocate for him and ensure his safety and nurturing.  I want him to feel like mommy is superwoman and she will take care of him at all costs.  

I want to be a bright light in my students' days.  I want them to look forward to my class and see me smiling as they come down the hallway.  I want them to be sad to say goodbye.

I want to help my coaches reach the level of success I've reached within Beachbody.  I want them to love this business and enjoy helping others as much as I do.  I want to help my challangers reach their goals.  I want my success story to become their success story.  I want them to exude the same light and confidence that I do.

What is your 2015 word?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Moms on a Mission | Free Group for Moms


When I first had Carson I truly thought I was going to be Supermom.  Not only did I think I would do it all, I thought I would do it all on my own (with the help of my husband of course).

Yeah, I didn't realize how hard it all is.  I mean, waking up throughout the night, going to work, preparing a meal, packing lunches...  Oh, and then there's all the diapers and bottles.

That's why I am so excited to be sharing this FREE opportunity with you all today.  My friend, Erica, and I have put in all the time and work for you so all you need to do is fill out this application and you can be part of our Moms on a Mission FREE challenge group for February.

We are both moms.  We are both employed.  We are both housekeepers, wives, daughters, friends.  We are stretched way too thin just. like. you.  We both struggled to lose the baby weight.  We struggled to come up with healthy meal ideas.  We didn't take care of ourselves in the process.  We get it!

That's why we decided to host this group where not only will you get to focus on your own personal health and nutrition, but that of your entire family.  Through this group we will share healthy *toddler & husband approved* snacks and recipes.  We will share tricks to make meal prep quick and easy. And we are going to get you moving and motivated so you get that confidence back!

We want to help you take care of yourself and your family all while keeping it simple.

This will be a small, intimate group of moms supporting each other, sharing, and growing together.
We are looking for women who are:

  • moms or pre-school age children
  • trying to lose the baby weight
  • want to feel happy and confident again
  • are tired of being tired
  • want to transform their family's eating habits

If this sounds like something you would be interested in all you have to do is fill out this easy application and join us!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below.