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Making Time for Home Fitness: 2 Week Daily Burn Update + My Favorite Recipe

2 Week #DailyBurn Update + My Favorite #Recipe

I’m now well into week 3 of my Daily Burn adventure and thought I’d just give you a little bit of an update on how my first 2 weeks went.  And since I’ve had some time to try some of the Daily Burn recipes, I want to share with you one of my favorites so far.

Week 1

Well, I didn’t lose any weight the first week, but that didn’t get me down.  I noticed a major boost in energy, which is something that’s proven to be beneficial.  I’m staying up later at night and being much more productive than usual, and productivity is definitely a good thing when you’re a working at home mom of two.

The increased energy keeps me going during the day and unlike before, I don’t yearn for a nap every day (even though I never really got naps before anyways).  During my daughter’s nap time I can get some work done, or some blogging completed, and even get my daily workout in.

Week 2

Although there was a noticeable increase in energy during week 1, I was a little bummed that I didn’t lose any weight.  I didn’t let it get me down, though and decided to make some changes to my diet in week 2 while continuing with my Daily Burn workouts.

I cut out as many carbs as I possibly could.  No bread, no rice, no potatoes, no pasta.  Well, I did say as many carbs as possible – I did have a small portion of mashed potatoes and rather than white rice, I opted for brown rice one evening with dinner.  But I was able to manage without any bread or pasta.

2 Week #DailyBurn Update + Crustless Vegetable Quiche #Recipe

In week 2, not only did my energy stay boosted, but I lost 3 pounds! Woohoo!  Now I’m working on week 3 and killing it.

Daily Burn Recipe: Crustless Vegetable Quiche

I’ve had a little bit of time to try some of the Daily Burn recipes and so far I am loving the Crustless Vegetable Quiche.  No joke, I could have eaten the whole thing by myself.  Luckily for my boyfriend, I saved him some and then to my surprise, he finished it off.  Even my 10 month old had a few bites.  It really is delicious!

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche #recipe from Daily Burn is healthy AND delicious!

There’s a lot of ingredients that go into it, but it’s actually pretty easy to make.  Don’t let that fancy “quiche” word scare you.  This is the first quiche I’ve ever made and it was definitely love at first bite!

Don’t forget you can sign up with Daily Burn and get a 30 day free trial.  In fact, I’m still in my own free trial period.  Plus, there are plenty more tasty recipes to try out to help you on your adventure.  I can’t wait to try more of them.  I’m thinking maybe something to satisfy my sweet tooth would be good next.

*This post contains affiliate links.  I did not receive a special sample/discount for Daily Burn and am just sharing my own experience.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Affordable Fresh Produce

There's no need to empty your wallet to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out these 5 ways to save money on fresh produce!

It can be very hard to find fresh produce at a decent price.  I remember countless grocery shopping trips where I’d buy just a few pieces of fresh fruits and vegetables, but spend $30+.  It’s no wonder I have some weight to lose.  I’d oftentimes forego fresh produce just so that I could afford all of my groceries and be able to eat for more than a day or two.

That has all changed for me in the recent year because I’ve found places in my local area that carry amazingly fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables, at an even more amazing and affordable price.

So without further ado, here are 5 ways I have found that are great for saving money on fresh produce.

1.  Grow your own garden.

Okay, so this probably seems like a no brainer, but I thought I’d throw it out there.  I remember as a child we designated a large portion of our backyard to grow a vegetable garden.  We grew potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, okra, squash and corn, that I can remember.

And I’m talking this garden was pretty big.  Even as a child I remember using a hand-driven machine to till the land and then all the hard work and labor that went into planting, watering and picking everything.

There's no need to empty your wallet to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out these 5 ways to save money on fresh produce!

Growing a garden is hard work, but if you grow only what you can manage, it’s definitely doable and saves a lot of money.  I don’t personally have my own vegetable garden now because I live in an apartment, but I hope to one day be able to grow one.  Until then I have to do some research on what I can grow in containers on my balcony and jealously admire everyone else’s Facebook pictures of their own garden goodies.

2.  Local farmer’s market.

A farmer’s market is where I first found fresh produce at a good price.  When I think of a farmer’s market, I picture something that’s outdoors with various stands where people sell whatever fresh produce they grow themselves.

Since moving to Miami, I’ve discovered that not all farmer’s markets live up to my preconceived notion.  There is a small, but great indoor farmer’s market not too far from me.  It’s literally just a small store.  Nothing fancy, but just a location that has a farmer’s market feel and smell, and sells nothing but produce that’s very fresh and pretty affordable.

My first great find at my local farmer’s market was pineapples.  At a regular grocery store a whole fresh pineapple will run me anywhere from $3.99 on sale to maybe $5.99+ at regular price.  At my farmer’s market, they had them for just $2.50!  That is a pretty big difference in price if you ask me.

3.  Flea market.

This one may not really be on your radar when it comes to fresh produce, but a lot of flea markets have stands that carry nothing but fruits and vegetables.  There’s one flea market, in particular, in my mother’s area that we visit occasionally while visiting her house.

There's no need to empty your wallet to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out these 5 ways to save money on fresh produce!

The fruit and vegetables are sold in some sort of medium sized, open containers, in which the produce is stacked up and over the container as high as a stack can go without falling over.  Depending on the size of the fruits and vegetables, I can purchase 6-7 nice sized tomatoes or 6-7 squash/zucchini for just a couple of dollars.

4.  Small local grocery stores.

This has recently become my absolute favorite way to save on produce.  If you have an Aldi store in your area and haven’t visited yet, you are surely missing out.  You may have to bring your own bags and have a quarter on hand to use a buggy (cart, depending on where you’re from, haha), but the prices are totally worth it.

I went to Aldi just last week for my weekly shopping trip and stocked up on all kinds of fresh produce.  A head of lettuce for a $1.29, hass avocados for $0.49/each, a medium sized seedless watermelon for $3.19, a bag of onions for $0.79, a container of grape tomatoes for $0.59, and the list goes on and on.

I haven’t found anywhere that beats these prices, except for one place and that’s Presidente, another local grocery store in my area.  I don’t personally care for the feel of this store, but if saving money is on your mind and you want fresh from the farm produce, it may be the place for you.  The store has weekly sales and sometimes you can get 10 limes for $1.00, or 4 cucumbers for $1.00, or 4 pounds of bananas for a $1.00.  Where else can you beat those prices?!

5.  Rebate apps.

Last, but not least, after every grocery shopping trip I always check my phone rebate apps to see if there are any rebates for the fresh produce I just purchased.  Some of my favorite rebate apps include Ibotta, Checkout 51, MobiSave and Saving Star.  Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Saving Star always have some sort of fresh produce rebates every week, and occasionally MobiSave does also.  The rebates may be small (typically $0.25), but it adds up pretty fast.

There's no need to empty your wallet to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out these 5 ways to save money on fresh produce!

Whether you grow your own garden, shop at a local farmer’s market, flea market or small grocery stores, or you use rebate apps, there’s definitely room for saving money on fresh produce.

Just do some asking around to see if there’s a location in your area that maybe you aren’t familiar with, but may have some great prices on fresh produce.  It never hurts to try some place new.  In fact, this is how I found my local farmer’s market store.  I actually went to Google maps and simply typed in farmer’s market, and voila!  Visiting became part of my to-do list and it turned out to be a good find.

How do you save money on fresh produce?

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Making Time for Low Calorie Sweet Treats

Paka Baking Mixes are low in calories, low in sugar and net carbs, and high in fiber and protein. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt!

There is no denying I have a major sweet tooth.  Some days brownies, cake, cookies, pie, cobbler, ice cream (you name it) is all I can think about.  I usually have enough self control to hold off, knowing I’d just be eating empty calories and carbs that would most likely go straight to my butt.  But sometimes my cravings just take over and I HAVE to have something.

Can I please just have a sweet treat without gaining a few pounds?

I’m here to tell you, the answer is yes!  Finally, I’m able to have my cake and eat it too!

With Paka Baking Mixes from Silver Fern, I can satisfy my sweet tooth without all the calories and carbs.  Paka Baking Mixes are low in calories and low in sugar/net carbs.  And not only that, but they’re high in protein and fiber, and are even gluten free.

Paka Baking Mixes are low in calories, low in sugar and net carbs, and high in fiber and protein. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt!

Excuse me while I buy all the Paka Baking Mixes.  I mean the only other thing I can ask is for my sweet treats to arrive already baked!

Paka Baking Mix Varieties:

  • German Chocolate Brownies
  • Double Chocolate Brownies
  • Lemon Bars
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Creme Brulee
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Pancake Mix
  • Cake Brownies
  • Key Lime Pie Bars
  • Strawberry Blondie Bars
  • Cookies & Cream Brownie Bars
  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are so many flavor options to choose from, it’s hard to choose just one!  I have a list of flavors I want to try, but started with the Cookies & Cream Brownie Bars.

Paka Baking Mixes are low in calories, low in sugar and net carbs, and high in fiber and protein. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt!

They were quick and easy to make.  The only ingredients I added to the mix was water, eggs and butter, and it took just about 20 minutes to bake.  The brownies definitely have a cookies and cream taste, but still have that nice thick, moist, chewy brownie consistency.  Yum!

The best part about eating these brownies was not having to worry about adding unwanted calories and carbs to my diet.  The Cookies & Cream Brownie Bars have just 1g of sugar and only 70 calories per serving, plus 6g of fiber and 5g of protein!

You’re probably wondering what it is that makes Paka Baking Mixes sweet without having a lot of sugar.  It’s the very first ingredient listed on the box – Kakato.  Kakato is a natural, high fiber, low-cal-sweetener that contains natural soluble prebiotic fiber, tagatose, stevia extract, monk fruit extract, and has a natural sweet flavor.  Yeap, it’s that easy to get a sweet taste without all the sugar and you’re even adding some extra fiber into your diet.

Paka Baking Mixes are low in calories, low in sugar and net carbs, and high in fiber and protein. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt!

I think I’m going to be trying the German Chocolate Brownies next.  If you can’t tell, I LOVE brownies, haha.

Now that you’re ready to join me in indulging our sweet cravings, visit Silver Fern and get your Paka Baking Mixes today!  Each box retails for $13.99, but when you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll receive 10% off your first order.

I know $13.99 seems a bit steep for a sweet treat, but considering the benefits of Paka Baking Mixes compared to store bought mixes, I have no problem spending a little extra to be able to satisfy my sweet tooth without gaining a few pounds in doing so.

Which flavor would you try first?

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Making Time for Home Fitness: My Daily Burn Adventure Begins

Daily Burn is an online hub that provides you with a variety of exercise programs and tons of workout videos, along with meal plans and healthy recipes. Sign up for a 30 day free trial now at http://dailyburn.com/invite/V2KkK.

I have been thinking about starting Daily Burn workouts for months now and every day that I had intentions of getting signed up, I got busy and distracted doing something else and never got it done.  That changes today!

I’ve just visited the Daily Burn website and have officially started my free 30 day trial.  If you’re not familiar with Daily Burn, it is basically an online hub that provides you with multiple different types of exercise programs and has tons of workout videos to follow along with.

Daily Burn is an online hub that provides you with a variety of exercise programs and tons of workout videos, along with meal plans and healthy recipes. Sign up for a 30 day free trial now at http://dailyburn.com/invite/V2KkK.

You can choose to do everything from cardio, to yoga, dance, pilates, core workouts, intense inferno routines, cool downs, and so much more.  There’s even a “Beautiful Belly Pre & Postnatal Yoga” program for pregnant women.  There’s something for everyone and every difficulty level, whether you’re a beginner or are looking for something more intermediate or advanced.

Daily Burn is an online hub that provides you with a variety of exercise programs and tons of workout videos, along with meal plans and healthy recipes. Sign up for a 30 day free trial now at http://dailyburn.com/invite/V2KkK.

The thing that was most appealing to me is that every day there is a new workout, so I’m never stuck doing the same exact routine over and over.  You don’t have to do the daily workout and can choose other existing videos, but I like having some variety in my workouts.

Daily Burn is an online hub that provides you with a variety of exercise programs and tons of workout videos, along with meal plans and healthy recipes. Sign up for a 30 day free trial now at http://dailyburn.com/invite/V2KkK.

Not only does Daily Burn provide you with the workout videos, but you also have access to meal plans and recipes.  I can do all the workouts I want, but food is my biggest weakness.  I love having access to a meal plan so I don’t even have to think about what I’m going to eat because it’s already layed out for me.  And then having access to recipes that are healthy and tasty provides me with better tools for not only cooking for myself, but giving my family healthier meals as well.

So, today is my day 1 and it’s nothing but up from here.  I’m super excited to be getting started on a better me and I’m going into this with all the confidence in the world.  I’ll be back in a few weeks to let you know how it’s going.  Wish me luck!

Want to join me in my new adventure?  Sign up for your own 30 day free trial!

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Making Time for My Little Soccer Super Star

Making Time for My Little Soccer Super Star

My 4 year old son absolutely loves the game of soccer.  From playing outdoor Pee Wee soccer for our local parks and recreation, and indoor soccer with La Redonda, to making his presence known on the PS4 soccer field, he’s all about soccer.  He eats soccer, breathes soccer, dreams soccer, wears soccer.  Did I mention my son LOVES soccer?  Haha!

All American Shot Pop Up Soccer Goal

So it was no surprise when we decided to get him his very own soccer goal so he could practice at home.  We decided to go with something that would be easy for all of us and went with the All American Shot Pop Up Soccer Goal.  It is amazing!

Features:

  • Portable for instant play anywhere.
  • Fold and go set up.
  • Includes outdoor anchoring stakes.
  • Easy carrying/storage bag.
  • Lightweight at around 2 lbs.
  • 4 ft. wide x 2.7 ft. tall x 2.7 ft. deep.

On any given day, my son has this pop up soccer goal set up in our living room and will spend hours practicing his scoring and blocking skills.  At just 4 feet wide and 2.7 feet tall, the goal is perfect for his 4 year old frame and is a great starter goal for him to practice with.  In fact, it’s very similar to the goals he uses at Pee Wee and La Redonda.

Soccer Goal in Home

He also likes to take his goal with him to the local park.  And one of the best things about that is the ease of transporting it.  The goal itself folds flat with a simple twist and fold motion, and in the corners has a snap button closure that keeps it together so it doesn’t unexpectedly pop up.  Once folded, it goes right into a carrying bag and zips up.

Toss the bag’s handles over your shoulder and off you go!  I like that the carrying bag also has enough room in it that we can put my son’s soccer ball in there.  It’s easy to carry all of his gear in one bag.

Goal & Accessories

Once we arrive at the park and find the perfect spot to set up the goal, I simply remove it from the carrying case, unsnap the button, and up pops the goal.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

In our living room, obviously we don’t need ground stakes nor can we use them, haha.  But when we’re at the park I always use the anchoring stakes to keep the goal in place so it doesn’t move around when goals are made, or the ball hits the goal, or the wind is sweeping through.  If it weren’t for the ground stakes that come with the goal, we’d be doing more chasing of the goal than anything.

Family Soccer Fun

Above all else, and certainly not part of the advertised features, is my favorite thing about the All American Shot Pop Up Soccer Goal.  It has brought us closer together as a family.  We hit the park and spend at least an hour playing with each other.  My 5 month old baby even gets in on the action.  I put her in her carrier and we hit the field.  Kicking the ball, running (okay, maybe more like trotting), and scoring goals.  We’re all having a good time and making memories that will last a lifetime.

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Making Time for a Healthy Baby Home Party

Making Time for a Healthy Baby Home Party

Everywhere we look there are products packed full of harmful chemicals and ingredients, and many are products we use on a daily basis.  Diapers, baby wipes, dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, and more.

But there are brands out there like Seventh Generation that offer these products in effective, non-harmful formulas to help keep us and our families safe, as well as our environment.

Now, you have the opportunity to not only try these products for yourself, but also help to spread the word to your friends and family by hosting a Healthy Baby Home Party.  The best part is everything is free to you.

Healthy Child Healthy World, and Seventh Generation and its partners are looking for 2,000 party hosts just like you.  They’ll send you a party kit full of samples, coupons and information on these safer product options and you get to host your very own party, helping to introduce your friends and family to the products as well.  And everyone who attends gets a free goody bag full of these same samples and coupons!

Healthy Baby Home Party Goody Bag

You can expect to receive samples and coupons from Seventh Generation, Bobble, Plum Organics, Zarbee’s Naturals and more!  You’ll also get some educational information about our environment, helpful tips, and a fun game to play at the party.

I’ve hosted my own Healthy Baby Home Party before and it was really fun.  My friends and I had a great time learning about multiple products, and some of the information that was provided with the kit was very interesting.  You really just use the stuff in your kit to create your own little party and host however you want.  Add snacks and drinks, or just have a short get together one day while the kids are at school.  The options are endless!

Ready to host your own Healthy Baby Home Party and try some of these products?  To apply, simply sign up for free at Generation Good and accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your dashboard.  It’s really as easy as that!

Did you apply to host your own Healthy Baby Home Party? Let me know!

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Making Time for Healthy Air

Making Time for Healthy Air

There is no doubt, the quality of the air we breathe is an important factor in our overall health.  That’s why I’m making time to provide my family with the healthy air they deserve, with the Ozazzy ‘I AM AIR’ Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Aroma Diffuser.

“I am Ozazzy Air

Here I am…Breathless to please you!

I am steamy, rainsoft moisture.  Breathe me, soothe me, smell me.

I am whisper quiet in vivid color, use me daily.  Sleep with me.  I will light up your night!

I help you to: Quell coughs, breathe easier, fight off colds and flu, soften hair and skin.

I am air!”

Like any good humidifier, Ozazzy’s ‘I AM AIR’ does wonders when my kids are ill and could use a little decongesting help.  But not only that, I use this humidifier on a daily basis just to provide good, clean air.

Regardless of how or when it’s used, it’s nice to be able to add a few drops of an essential oil to help me get just the right feel I’m looking for.  There are days where being a working at home mom of two makes me want to just pull my hair out.  On those days, a couple drops of a relaxing essential oil is much needed.

My favorite feature of the Ozazzy ‘I AM AIR’ Humidifer is the ability to change the mist output.  If I’m just looking to get a slight scent of essential oils or just want a breath of fresh air throughout the day, I put it on the lowest setting.  But if my kids are sick and need immediate relief, I crank it up and the room gets misty with healthy air.  Whether it’s on the lowest setting or the highest, you can see the mist coming out, and it’s safe for kids because it’s a cool mist and not a hot steam.

PicMonkey Collage

What makes the Ozazzy ‘I AM AIR’ Humidifier fun for my kids, is the changing colors.  My son looks in awe as the colors change, exclaiming “Look at the colors!”  And even my baby sits calmly and watches as the colors change.  It’s even great as a night light for them.  I know they’re breathing good quality air and they enjoy the night light.

With the ‘I AM AIR’ Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Aroma Diffuser, you can sit back and let Ozazzy do the dirty work, while you reap the rewards.

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