Sunday= FOOD PREP!

image2Sundays are definitely a day for rest, but since I’ve started eating healthy it has become prep day too!  I would much rather spend 2-3 hours in the kitchen on Sundays to save time the rest of the week.

I did things a little backwards today.  Usually, I’ll come up with a meal plan, shop, then prep.  To save money and trips to the store, I just prepped first with whatever we had in our pantry/refrigerator.  I have some go-to healthy recipes that we like to have for snacks and I used some leftovers that we already had.

Here are some of my top tips for meal prep…

1) Portion out bigger containers

Not only do you save time scooping out your portions later, but you have them to grab quickly on the go or to pack lunches the night before work/school.  You will also save money buying the bigger containers rather than single serve containers.

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2) Wash, cut up all veggies/fruit ahead

Again, such a time saver!  You are much more likely to grab those healthy snacks if they are already ready to go.  They also make great snacks for the kids!


3.) Try to plan meals that have some of the same ingredients

Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money!

So here is what happened today.  I decided to make Berry Quinoa Parfaits for mid-morning snacks this week.  It is quinoa, Greek yogurt, fresh berries and a tbsp of honey.  So easy and so delicious!

I made a few of these using whatever strawberries I had left in the refrigerator, but I ended up with extra quinoa.  Instead of eating it plain later on, I remembered that I had leftover grilled chicken and I could make Chicken Stuffed Peppers from the FIXATE cookbook.  I went ahead and boiled some peppers and prepped the stuffed peppers for tomorrow night’s dinner.  The remained grilled chicken leftovers went on top of salads that we will eat for lunches during the first part of this week.

I use my FIXATE cookbook almost daily.  Find out more about it HERE!

4.)  Make big portions

I am all about making huge portions of something to have leftovers for later.  I will sometimes quadruple pancake recipes so that I can freeze the rest to have throughout the week.  I also like to double up dinner so that I have leftovers for lunches the next day.  I do the same thing with homemade granola and egg cups.  Egg cups are perfect to have as great breakfasts on the run or a midmorning snack.  Here are some great recipes for them!

21 Day Fix Approved Egg Cups

I hope that these tips help you!  What are your favorite tips for meal prep?

But it’s SO expensive…


The most common objection that I get as a coach is that the products are just “so expensive”!  Yup, I thought the SAME THING!  I started as a Shakeology customer about 2 years ago and ended up cancelling my home direct shipments because I just couldn’t justify the extra expense.  I loved the way that I felt while drinking it and it solved my problem with never making time for breakfast in the mornings before work.  I finally signed up as a “discount coach” because I loved the products and just wanted to save some cash.  Well, I’m here to tell you now that there is actually a way to have these products SAVE you money!

So let’s think about our lives for a second…

I know that all of us can trim the fat somewhere.  I know that I could!  Most of us have a gym membership that we don’t use as much as we should, eat out at a restaurant/order take out/eat fast food more than once a week, drive-thru Starbucks regularly, and give into those cravings that we know and love so much.  Now, I will be the first person to tell you…everything in moderation.  I’m all about enjoying a dinner out with friends or a nice cup of coffee, but there is always the element of want vs. need in finances.  Yes, it hurts sometimes to look at how we are spending!!

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So let’s do a monthly breakdown:

Gym membership- $60/month 

Starbucks- $40 (2 times a week)

Bought lunch out- $40 (Once a week)

Dinners out- $40 (Twice a month)

Pizza delivery for the family because of no dinner plan- $40 (Twice a month)

Monthly total= $220

So what just happened?  We found $220 out there that we could potentially trim from our budget each month.

So how does this help in my nutrition and fitness when I trimmed out the gym membership?!

I bought my first Challenge Pack for a one-time fee of $140 which included a full month of Shakeology, a workout program and a system that helped me control my portions and eat healthier.  When I had a meal plan, I didn’t need take out and drive-thrus.  When I had Shakeology, it helps me reduce my cravings, get all of my vitamins/minerals/antioxidants/amino acids.  I didn’t think about that sugar-filled Frappuccino from Starbucks because now I could make my own at home with cold coffee and Shakeology!

$220-$140= $80 to spare!



Now here’s something even better!  If you continue getting Shakeology delivered and don’t want to continue the same workouts, you have Beachbody on Demand to choose from.  There are thousands of dollars worth of workouts at your fingertips to stream to your iPad/iPhone/computer.  It’s free for the first month then it’s $38.87/quarterly (12.95/month, $2.99/week).  I’m willing to bet that we can find $2.99 to spare in our week.

So with the $220 that we were able to trim, we can continue Shakeology ($140/month) and continue working out for $12.95/month.

$220-$140-$12.95= $67.05 to spare!

Want an even better deal?!  Sign up as a “discount coach”!


It is hard to cut back in some areas, but it is so important to prioritize your health and well-being.  You are making changes now which could eliminate future health problems, more medications and doctor/hospital bills later on.  You can choose where your money goes!

Learn more about Shakeology here

Want to learn more about the benefits of Shakeology?  Do you think that you could find room in your budget?  Let’s chat!


Positive mind


I am currently reading a book called Push by Chalene Johnson. (Another reason that I love this Beachbody journey…I would have never heard of this book or had the desire to read it!) Although I’ve only made it into the 2nd chapter, it’s incredibly motivating. It is about goals, habits, your priorities and basically looking for your definition of success and happiness.

We all have things that we want to change in our life. We want to give up certain foods, lose weight, get healthier, workout more, save more money and the list goes on and on.

I’m sure that many of you have set New Year’s Resolutions that have gone sour by February.

Here is some food for thought….

Whether you believe that you’ll reach your goal and maintain a healthier lifestyle…or if you think that you’re wasting your time and you’ll never get where you want to be….either way, you’re right!
What you believe about yourself shapes your life! This thing hinges on your decision to try. Your mentality dictates your outcome.
“There must come a moment where you get over yourself and make a decision to do things differently….There’s no transformation, no life changing, no bangin’ body or better time management until you decide you are worth the effort.”- Chalene Johnson

Baby steps

Last week, I decided to write down 10 goals for the week. I’m reading a book right now by Chalene Johnson called Push. It’s about goal setting and priorities.
We have our hands on the steering wheel and we are in control of where we want to go. Sure, things happen that may throw us off track. If we have a map to guide us, we can find our way!
This is why setting goals AND writing them down is so important. Seeing them everyday gives you that motivation to get it done. Writing down your goals week after week will show you what your priorities are.
I was able to meet 6 of my 10 goals this week. Now I know what I want to work on (and continue to work on) this week!
They don’t have to be major life changing goals….baby steps. goals
Try making a list of 10 goals for the week with at least one of them being health related.
What is one of your goals for this week?

Darn elf…

Funny story…
So my mother-in-law had an elf at her house and she thought that she could send the elf to Jeff while he’s deployed. Jeff has been so good with making the Elf on the Shelf entertaining for the kids so we figured that we could pretend that our elf flew there to visit Jeff and help him put up his small Christmas tree that we sent him. Jeff could then either take pictures of the elf doing other things or we could just have him “fly” back here and I could set him up at our house.
Jeff sent us the first picture of the elf over there decorating his tree. I said “Look, Brayden! Percy went over to visit and helped Daddy decorate.”
Brayden took one look at the picture and said, “That’s not Percy. That elf has different ears and his eyes are different.” 😳
Seriously, child….
So now Percy’s friend is with Daddy and I’m stuck with this damn elf…




I love that no matter how crazy or long a day may be, we always end up here. We have ended our days like this since Brayden was a baby. I love this time not only as a mom, but as an SLP. I remember doing research for my thesis in grad school about early literacy skills. The main focus was how important experiences like these are and how parents can implement strategies to help their children to become readers. Although I loved the research that I did back then, it sure is a whole lot more fun to apply the strategies to your own children! It’s even more fun when your kindergartener can read the bedtime stories!

Here are a couple of strategies that you can use during story time

  1. Focus on the letters and letter sounds.  Point out the fact that “cat” rhymes with “hat”.  Ask your child what sound the letter “S” makes.  Show them that the word “dog” has a letter “d” at the beginning.  Building that knowledge of letter-sound correspondence helps immensely with their early literacy skills.
  2. Track the print while you’re reading the words.  Your child will start to see and recognize words, letters and sounds as you read and incorporate some print referencing strategies.
  3. Ask questions.  Make story time a time of conversation.  Ask them what they think might happen next in the story.  Ask them what they would do if they were the character.  Ask them what is happening in the pictures.  Storytime is a perfect time to build language skills.
  4. When reading a book that has repetition like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”, encourage the child to help you “read” along and finish the phrases that they already know in the story.  Not only will this help them to recognize words, but it will build their confidence and encourage them to start trying to read on their own.What’s your favorite book at storytime?

Choose your battles

Just one piece of happiness of my week! I lay the kids’ clothes out for the week on Sundays. So much easier to do this instead of dealing with it each morning!
What do you do to make your life a little easier throughout the week?



So many times we are focused on a number on the scale. We get frustrated when that number doesn’t budge and it makes us feel that we aren’t making any progress soooo we say “screw it”. We give up after a week…two weeks or a month.
Take a look at your NON-SCALE victories!
How do you feel? Are clothes fitting differently? Are people noticing that you have a better attitude and you are more positive? Do you have more energy to get through your day? Are you gaining confidence? Keep a journal, take pictures throughout this journey or do whatever you need to do to track.
My non-scale victory today? This moment! Ainsley and I were playing and I picked her up and twirled her around. She felt as light as a feather! I felt STRONG! That kind of stuff builds confidence and the determination to continue on this track.
There are so many other victories that we can have besides weight loss. Why? Because it’s not a quick fix! It’s a lifestyle change!
Focus on progress, not perfection and celebrate every small victory!


The small things…

picjumbo.com_HNCK4046-1024x682I always used to get overwhelmed with everything that I had to do in a day.  I would try to do way too much and just get mad when I had things left on my list.  I soon realized that the small changes that I made daily, made big changes later on.
Check out this great article about how to implement things into your daily life to help you become more productive.

15 Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Become Highly Successful