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December 2017

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December 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and an even better 2017, now it’s time for 2018!! Who’s ready? I’m entering year 4 of my weight loss journey, while I’ve had so many ups and downs, I’m so happy to be on this journey for a better healthier me.

The kids and I have gone through so much this year, but things appear to be back on track and I can see next year being the best year yet!

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December 30, 2017

Game Day Southern Style Chili

southern style chili

Happy New Years! I hear there’s a winter storm coming through this weekend and a lot of us are going to be affected. I can already feel the cold temperatures here!
Are you planning on watching football this weekend? If so, check out my recipe for southern style chili.


My archnemesis Clemson and Georgia are both playing in bowl games as well as my South Carolina Gamecocks. So we’ll be watching the Outback, Sugar and Rose bowl. And I may be reluctantly cheering on the teams I despise most. Lol…..

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December 29, 2017

Philly Cheese Steak Casserole

The one thing I love about this time of year is the amount of comfort food I usually end making. It never fails, December- March is when I create most of my recipes. The recipes themselves stem from boredom and my desire to create something new.

It was too cold outside for my taste so I figured at this point it was either cheese toast or I actually cook.

The children voted for cheese toast (figures), while I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. I needed to get lunch and dinner out of the way so I could continue to relax.

I wanted to try something different, but didn’t feel like making a trip to the store. I looked around the kitchen to see what I had. Luckily I had enough on hand to make a few different meals– that almost never happens! 

Steak pasta

Prep time 30 minutes 

Cook time 20 minutes 

Ingredients 

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Sliced steak (frozen) 
  • Bowtie (farfalle) pasta
  • Green pepper
  • Onion 

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta
  2. Cook sliced steak
  3. Add brown sugar salt pepper
  4. Add green pepper onion
  5. Butter bottom of pan
  6. Combine in layers.
  7. Cook on 425

Let cool 5 minutes.

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December 28, 2017

3 exercises for toned a booty

 

favorite booty building workouts, exercises for toned booty

As a photographer, I spend most of my time doing various forms of squats and every other movement in order to get ‘the shot’ during weddings. Needless to say, I’ve built a pretty toned booty from all of this!! Because of the constant amount of walking and time on my feet, I began tailoring my summer workouts to help aide in better leg strength. Because of this, I’ve been working out my legs and booty a lot more.

Looking for workouts that will help tone and build that booty? Well, look no further!! Before we get started, let me tell you now there are better more effective ways to build that booty other than doing squats. So if squats aren’t your thing: congratulations this is not a squat post so you can keep reading! These three exercises for a toned booty are a perfect way to build muscle and lift that butt without overdoing it!

  • side kicks  50 per leg
  • plank knee tucks and glute extensions 50
  • donkey kicks 50 per leg

Check out the video below of one of my favorite exercises knee tucks.

Check out my Pinterest Board for more booty toning exercises!

 

 

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December 25, 2017

Grokker Review: How Grokker Made In Home Workouts More Convenient

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Earlier this year, I signed up for a free trial of the website Grokker. I stopped going to the gym on a regular basis but needed something where I could still view workouts from home. Grokker became the perfect solution to my problem.

While at home, I use Grokker for ROKU. This is a convenient way to get my daily workouts in and with the ROKU you are able to access your daily calendar right on the screen.  Having the ability to view the videos on tv are significantly better to my previous method of propping up the phone against a water bottle. Now I’m able to turn on the television and view the views right there. By setting the videos/programs on my calendar, there is no need for me to search for the ones I want to view. they automatically appear in my video library and I am sent a daily email reminder as well.

The downside to Grokker is that there is no app for Android, but for iPhone users head right over to the app store and download to start your 14-day free trial.

Now Your Average Yogi Site

I love Grokker for their strength and conditioning videos. If you only do yoga you will not use a good portion of this website. There is so much more to Grokker than just yoga. Recipes, HITT workouts,  strength training, weight management, weight training, pilates and so much more are all a part of Grokker’s unique platform.

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Another favorite is the barre videos. I have always wanted to go to a barre studio, but am very self-conscious due to an experience at a Barre studio a while back. I love having the opportunity to do this in the comfort of my own home.

Another appeal of Grokker is their collections. I completed the HIIT/Strength video set last week and feeling energized for the next set coming up this week.

 

Grokker is similar to other fitness websites with the exception of its social media like interface. With the option to interact with other users, follow and comment on activities. With the ability to connect with other users, Grokker is the fitness social media site I have been dreaming of.

Grokker is the “be a better you” video network focused on people’s passion for wellness. They offer exclusive, expert-led instructional premium videos in four wellness areas: yoga, meditation, fitness & exercise, and cooking. Grokker members are able to personally interact with their expert teachers, connect with like-minded enthusiasts and customize their experience.

Looking for meditation and ways to reduce stress or enhance sleep? Grokker also features a wonderful selection of videos for the aforementioned and more.

Grokker’s Employee Wellness program is another program that I see as a benefit.  I love seeing companies put their money where their mouth and Grokker’s program could definitely help improve any companies wellness program. With the ability to create challenges and a reward based system, this is a perfect way for companies to improve their in-house work-life balance programs.

With more than 1700 cooking videos, there is a little something for everyone under the cooking section of the website. Every section is this site is comprehensive especially the cooking section. With cooking programs ranging from quick and healthy, to Italian summer favorites you are sure to find something you love on Grokker.

Pricing

It is always free to join Grokker. Members start a 14 Day Trial – with unlimited access to premium videos and can choose from two Premium plans: $14.99/month for a monthly plan or $9.99/month with a one-time annual payment. Members can cancel anytime – no hassle.

 

Looking for more? Get in shape for the summer with Grokker’s 28 Days. Sign up for your free 14-day trial today.

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December 24, 2017

Holiday Drink Recipes for your Christmas Gathering

We had a great holiday party over the weekend.

If you are unsure whether or not your little ones can handle a holiday party or formal dinner, I say give it a try. They are going to have to attend at some point, so you might as well get them used to it now!

We had indoor and outdoor table settings. But somehow everything ended being outdoors altogether.

With decor from At Home Stores, I am proud to say we got everything we needed for under $100!

I also made two special holiday drinks just for the occasion.

Raspberry Holiday Fizz (alcohol), Apple Hot Toddy and Cranberry Pineapple Sparkling Punch.

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December 21, 2017

Ab Exercises that Work All Muscles

my ab workout

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I’ve been on a quest the last 8 weeks to work on my abs. Last summer I had done incredibly well, but with the many changes and unexpected 1000 mile move, I let a lot of my workouts slide and really only did the bare minimum. Now that I am back to a place where I can focus on my workouts again I’m sharing my current ab routine with you all. Finding in home ab exercises that work all muscles was easier than I thought.

I decided I would stop with the excuses and just do it. In just 8 weeks I’ve made a ton of progress, the most fundamental piece of ab development you ask? To see them.

No matter how many squats, crunches, V-ups you do if you aren’t incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your workout, you want to see your progress. If you want to reach 6-pack levels, increase the amount of cardio in your workout and start a healthier lean diet.

Once you get your diet in check and body fat percentage starts to drop-what next? Most people immediately start with crunches for their workouts. And why not? Crunches are the popular go-to workout for anyone beginning their fitness journey. But if you really want to target all of those muscles, not just the superficial ones, you need to do a little more than just your standard crunch.

 

Ab exercises that work all muscles

Recently, crunches are discovered to be one of the least effective ab exercises out there. So go ahead and take them out of your repertoire. I’m given you a ton of exercises that you can do at home with minimal to no equipment. Not only will these exercises help improve your core you’ll also be 100% energized and ready to kick ass throughout the rest of your day.

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December 20, 2017

Exercise Gear To Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy for the New Year!

You read the title correctly: exercise gear for your dogs. These days with the exercises craze in high gear, and with the New Year approaching, as you finalize those healthy habit resolutions, don’t forget to include your family pet when figuring out your exercise schedule. This is the latest tech and exercise gear for your dogs to get your both ready for a healthier 2018. This gear is perfect for dogs of any breed and size!

Have you ever been around someone with an extremely hyper dog? Regular exercise can improve your dog’s mental health and reduce some behaviors done out of anxiety or boredom.

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December 19, 2017

Beer Battered Blueberry Chicken and Waffles with Recipe!

My baby brothers birthday is Christmas day. This year he requested we have chicken and waffles for breakfast. So I decided to mix it up a little bit this year and throw in some blueberries and do beer battered chicken instead.

For the children, we had a toppings bar. Since everyone wanted something different, I decided to mix it up so that we could all enjoy our food the way we wanted!

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