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I Lost 5 LBS in 5 Days By Following These 5 Principles

By on Jul 13, 2015

Most people think that losing weight means that you have to deprive yourself of not only yummy food, but food…period. But last week I learned that depriving oneself of good food is a myth. In fact, the key to losing weight is in what you eat, how frequently you eat it, and your water intake. I lost weight by eating! I actively try to be a healthy eater, but after birthing my 3rd baby in 4 years I felt it was high time to call in the professionals. Not just for the sake of weight-loss, but for the sake of giving my family a strong healthy relationship with food. So this past week I decided to embark on a Clean Eating Challenge lead by a personal trainer and dietitian. My coach defined clean eating for me (nothing out of a box, bag or can…besides tuna) and gave me the flexibility to take the lead on my own meal planning while offering suggestions along the way. So what did I...

Why You Should Never Agree to be Photographed on a Whim!

By on Jul 2, 2015

Do you recognize this meme of Jamie Foxx? It has been floating around the internet serving as a reminder to my fellow Average Joes to be selective about who captures our image. Now I’ve taken absolutely wretched photos in the past, but an impromptu “photo shoot” on Father’s Day proved to be hands-down one of my worst! It was the perfect day for a picnic by the lake; great weather, great food and even better company. But as we laid out on the grass basking in our contentment we were interrupted by a gentleman lingering nearby with a camera. Now I’d been nursing Sydney at the time (wearing my breastfeeding cover of course), and was a bit alarmed to see him inching closer and closer to our picnic locale. Was he a perv? A peeping Tom? A Chester? Who knew! So I whispered to Phil about our lurking stranger when suddenly he breached the silence and asked if he...

Sassy Salmon Salad w/ Wasabi Mayo …Yes Please!

By on Jun 25, 2015

As an uber busy Mom, it’s so hard to make time for the most basic tasks like eating! If I don’t eat breakfast with the girls, then I might not eat breakfast. And if I don’t snag a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the girls for lunch (one of my least favorite lunch options), then I might end up surviving on a piece of fruit or a handful of crackers. I know…I know, it’s not the ideal meal plan. After all, when does eating nothing for breakfast and close to nothing for lunch equate to a meal plan? It doesn’t…and I’ve finally found the perfect go-to meal. During a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, (one of my favorite places on earth), I made a b-line for the food samples and discovered an awesome new lunch dish. It’s quick, it’s tasty and incredibly healthy. It’s called Sassy Salmon Salad and here’s the recipe:...

9 Deceased in South Carolina Massacre, Yet Many Still Pray and Praise God

By on Jun 20, 2015

Like many of you, my heart has been so heavy these last few days following the massacre of 9 African American men and women in the house of worship. It is yet another horrific scar on the face of America. But this cut runs even deeper because it occurred in God’s house… a sacred place for refuge. Yet despite the attempts of the gunman to triumph over all that is good, we continue to hear the following questions: How can the families of these victims offer forgiveness so easily? How can they pray for God’s mercy on the gunman’s soul? How can the people of South Carolina unite and sing God’s praises amidst this horrible tragedy? These questions baffled even the most astute reporters who covered the televised memorial. The answer is that God remains at the center of it all. As I reflect on recent events there is a bible verse that comes to mind that reads as...

Easy- Peasy Pizza Dough

By on Jun 9, 2015

With our newest Nevels member on the scene, we’ve got Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s pizza on speed dial. Now the beauty of pizza is that it is one meal that I don’t have to persuade our picky toddlers to eat, but the tragedy is that these girls eat a lot of pizza. We’re easily dropping $40+ on just a one topping pizza! Needless to say, our bi-weekly pizza splurges were starting to break our piggy bank and this frugal Momma was compelled to take action. Up until recently I’ve been too intimidated to make my own pizza from scratch. Sure I’ve tried the pre-made flatbreads, but those certainly pale in comparison to freshly made pizza dough. So how did I conquer my insecurities? I turned to Betty Crocker and my trusty stand mixer. The recipe instructions are outlined so simply that I even let little Miss Jada join in the fun. Check out the recipe for...

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