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November 15, 2017

The most amazing steak marinade ever

I’m a huge steak lover. My dad is a chef and for years preached the proper way to cook a steak. Now that I’m cooking on my own, I’ve had the chance to great a lot of my own recipes. 

The steak marinade below is my favorite! Enjoy!

  • 2 Tbl. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup aged balsamic vinegar (*aged will be sweeter)
  • 2 Tbl. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. sriracha sauce
  • ⅛ tsp. cajun seasoning such as Slap Ya Mama
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne


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November 14, 2017

Cozy Winter Breakfast Recipes for the Entire Family

The weather is getting chilly and Christmas music is in the air: at least at my house! I look forward to this time of year for so many reasons, mainly the opportunity to spend cozy weekends indoors with the kids.

Big breakfasts are our thing. This is the time where I usually go all out for breakfast. Check out of some of my favorite breakfast recipes:


Banana Oatmeal Waffles
Baked Egg and Roasted Veggie Casserole
Peanut Butter Chia Oatmeal 

Fruit and Granola Parfait

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November 5, 2017

Family Fit Time: Pixar’s Toy Story Workout

Happy Wednesday!! Are you making it through Spring Break okay? I hope you and the kids have been enjoying this week exercise challenges with our family fit time movie workouts. Remember the goal of the workouts this week are to not only build a healthy exercise routine but for your children to also build one as well. These workouts are a great way for you and your children to bond while watching movies and working out! I’m a firm believer in modeling great behavior for your children: if they see you exercising and enjoying yourself they will be more apt to do the same thing.

Toy Story is definitely one of those movies that I can watch over and over again with no problem!! The kids fell in love with this movie the very first time they saw it, which is why we love doing family workouts to this movie.

Family Fit Time today will be all about the abs!! We are focusing solely on our core and working those abs for this one! Get ready!

 

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November 4, 2017

Family Fit Time: Disney Pixar’s Brave Workout

We’re almost there!! Which may or may not be a hint for our workout tomorrow 😉 ! Yesterday f;)!y fit time was all about the abs, today we are focusing on the legs! We want them toned and stronger than they currently are, so today we are doing a workout that’s a little more intense. “Brave” is an action-packed movie, so we need an action-packed workout to go right along with it!

If the workout becomes too intense, please feel free to modify these to suit your level.

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November 2, 2017

Family Fit Time: Disney’s Tangled Movie Workout

Do you have any plans or are you planning a staycation this week? If your plans including staying home how about joining in our family fit time workouts this week? You may remember some time back I wrote this post on staying fit during family time.  habits. Well, I’m back again with more moves for you and the little ones to do during your movie night. Family fit time does not have to be cliche or boring.  The goal is to get yourself along with your children up and moving for just a few minutes a day. This is a great way for them to see you exhibiting healthy. This is a great way to get in those exercises while spending time together as a family!!

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One of my daughters’ favorite movies is Disney’s Tangled!! We watch this movie at least once a week and now that I’ve seen it so many times, I decided I needed to do something in order to keep from zoning out during the movie. I created this workout routine to complete while we watch! This particular Disney movie also has a lot of fast paced songs, so this workout definitely involved a lot of moves that will get the blood flowing and your heart pumping! As always remember to stretch before completing any workout! Don’t own the movie? Purchase here and let the magic begin!

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November 1, 2017

Family Fit Time Movie Workout: Disney’s Little Mermaid Workout

Happy November! We are back once again for Day 2 of our Family Fit Time Movie Workout. I’ve been working on completing these routines for the last few weeks with the kids and I’ve watched so many Disney movies it’s been hard to narrow down which five movies I intended to post on. Today I decided we could take it back with a Disney classic “The Little Mermaid”. Who doesn’t love this movie? It’s the perfect length compared to some of the newer Disney movies there are fewer songs, as my son says, he doesn’t have to workout as much.

While the limited number of songs is helpful for some, I still managed to sneak in a few extra categories to make up for the lack of singing in the movie! Trust me by the end you will be pumped and ready for another go round! Bonus: If your children can name all of Triton’s daughters to allow them to skip one of the workouts below OR you can allow them to pick the next movie for your family movie night! Your choice!

 

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October 31, 2017

Family Fit Time: Disney’s Aladdin Workout

Happy Tuesday! We are on day three of our family fit time movie workout! Today it’s all about Aladdin! I hope you’ve enjoyed the past two workouts and I really hope your children have as well! Don’t worry if they lose interest somewhere during the movie, as long as they get in a little activity and your spending time with your babies that’s all that matters! This has become such a fun way to bond with the kids, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you all!

Aladdin is definitely one of my favorite movies! The upbeat tempo of the music and classic characters has made this an all-time favorite of many. Since I’ve always been partial to Disney Villians I must say Jafar is one of my absolute favorite Disney characters!! Family Fit Time, Family Movie Night, Disney, Aladdin Workout, Disney movie workout,

 

I know what you’re thinking: this isn’t a very long workout! Well, the movie isn’t that long and to be honest this provides just enough get up and go for you. After running in place for “Friend Like Me” you’ll be thankful I made this one a little short!!

Don’t have the movie? Buy here and let the magic begin!  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Remember tag your photos #fitfotog #fitfotographer #familyfittime to share you and your little ones this week getting down and exercising!

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October 30, 2017

Stay Stylish & Fit with Bellabeat

Stay Stylish & Fit With Bellabeat

In recent years, there has been a huge influx of fitness trackers, pedometers, etc on the market. Each with their own bells and whistles, while a lot of these fitness trackers are amazing in their own way, they each seem to be lacking one thing: style.

Enter Bellabeat.

Bellabeat is a stylish, beautifully designed fitness tracker the seeks to revolutionize the tracker industry by appealing to the market segment that cares about not only their health but want to remain fashionable as well.

Stay Stylish & Fit With Bellabeat

 

Three months ago I received the Bellabeat Leaf from Bellabeat to review.

This is the first fitness tracker I’ve used, I was really excited to receive it! What I about love about the Bellabeat Leaf is how the pendant tracks your sleep cycles, activity, breathing, and monthly cycles. The box includes accessories so that you can wear it as a bracelet, necklace, or clip.

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October 30, 2017

Wild Game Specialty Dogs for Foodies

I’m all about healthy eating, but I’m also in love with splurging every once and while. I’ve been craving a sausage dog for a while, I knew the only place to get one would be Top Dogs in Lexington. As a frequent customer, their wild game specialty dogs have become one of my favorites. 

If you love specialty hot dogs, Top Dog is the place to go! We love supporting local businesses. Top Dog has been my family’s go-to eat-and-run place since they opened in 2015. 

The variety of hot dogs, brats, and specials meats are part of what drew me to Top Dogs initially. With the inclusion of wild game meats, having a healthy option available while out on the run is always a plus!

Wild game meats have health benefits when compared to meats from domesticated or farm-raised animals. Examples of wild game include venison, bison, rabbit, and elk. The fact that wild game animals eat their natural diet and are very active in the wild contributes to the lower fat content of the meat. (Livingstrong)

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October 27, 2017

Mommy Beat: Date Night Looks ft. The Vanity Planet Palette Brush Set

This post originally appeared here on Grits & Grace. 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I can’t believe how fast 2017 is flying by, just like 2016 did.

As parents it can be difficult to get a night out; sometimes we have to resort to creative measures just to get some time alone with one another. Well If you are thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day, and it’s apparent that you won’t be venturing out, try having an in-home date night. Netflix and chill were created for this purpose, right?

Today I am going to bring you a simple soft date night look, using the Vanity Planet palette brush set. Vanity Planet was kind enough to provide me with this amazing brush set to review for you all today!

Vanity Planet Palette Brush Set // www.gritsngrace.com

If you are a beginner or if you are looking for vegan makeup brush set (yes those exist) then this is the perfect palette for you to purchase! The brushes are soft, and I have really enjoyed used them the last few weeks. I have substituted out some of my more expensive brushes, and primarily use this set when I am ready to put on makeup. This set includes the following.

  • 1 Roll-Out Case
  • 15 Brushes:

1. Kabuki Brush – to apply mineral powder
2. Powder/Blush Brush – to apply powder foundation and blush
3. Flat Top Stippling Brush – to apply light powder or creamy products
4. Angled Contour Brush – for blending and contouring
5. Liquid Foundation Brush – to apply liquid foundation
6. Large Fan Brush – to apply blush, blending, highlights, and for brushing off excess powder
7. Concealer Brush – for concealing a concentrated area
8. Medium Blender – for blending
9. Smudging Brush – to smudge specific area of a smoky eye
10.Crease Shader – for controlled application of shadow on eye creases
11. Large Domed Shader – to shade powders and moisturizer-based products
12. Precision Concealer – to apply concealer to small, targeted areas
13. Rounded Liner Brush – for applying cream eyeliner products
14. Angled Lining Brush – for precise eyeliner application
15. Lip Liner Brush with cap – to apply lip liner for a smooth contour

Now on to the look! For this simple look, I used the following products:

Elf Contour Palette // Mariah x Mac Eyelashes // Elf Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW // Benefit Gimme Brow // Mac Foundation

Mommy Beat: Vanity Planet Brush Kit Makeup Tutorial // www.gritsngrace.comMommy Beat: Date Night Looks Featuring Vanity Planet Palette Brush SetDuring this process, my camera battery died (oh joy), but I was able to take a few snapshots with my phone. I loved how I was able to create a soft, subtle look with the Vanity Planet brush kit.

For both looks, I used the same products. I am not one for a dramatic look (and honestly, I tried, but I hated how it looked on me).

My husband loved the soft looks and complimented me by saying he thinks they also make great everyday looks.

If you are looking for amazing quality brushes, I highly recommend the Vanity Planet Palette Brush it. I have been using this set for a few weeks now, I love the quality. I have experienced no shedding with the bristles; which is something I always look out for since I clean my brushes daily.

Great news! If you’re interested in purchasing this brush set, then click here! Be sure to enter the code “gritstograce17” to get 70% off of this brush set!

Have you tried this brush set from Vanity Planet? If so let me know what you think in the comment section below! Be sure to subscribe to our blog for more Mommy Beat looks! Also be sure hop over to our YouTube page where we will start our vlog soon!

Mommy Beat: Date Night Look ft. the Vanity Planet Palette Brush Set // www.gritsngrace.com

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