Chemical Free Bug Spray

I live in Minnesota, to me this is the misquito capital of the world.  They are horrible here and because we have had A LOT of rain lately, they are really bad this year!  Don’t get me started on the nats!  Our family loves to be outside and often times can be found at our garden plot, by the pool, or walking around the neighborhood.  I don’t want to be swatting bugs while trying to be enjoying the outdoors!  I found myself in a dilemma…. use a chemical bug spray or make one of my own.  Now this recipe isn’t mine.  Through searching the internet and doing some combining of other recipes I have found this one works well for me and my family.  I only use Young Living essential oils as I have found them to be the highest quality.  If you use another kind of essential oil it may not work quite like this one does.   Continue reading


Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

If you have been reading this blog or know me at all you know I eat mostly vegan.  I would say about 90% of the time I am a plant-based eater.  My husband on the other hand is not.  I often make him meat-based dinners.  I came up with this one last night and even had some.  I have to say it was pretty darn delicious and easy to make too.  These would be great for potlucks or to toss in the freezer and heat up when needed.  Here’s what you will need:

Makes approx 24 meatballs

1 lbs Ground Turkey
1/2 cup Flax Meal
1/3 cup Hot Sauce of your choice
1/4 chopped white onion
1/8 cup crumbled Blue Cheese (optional)
1 T garlic granuals
Pinch salt
1 t cracked pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place everything in a bowl and gently mix to combine.
I used a cookie scoop here but you could just use a spoon and roll in your hands and place on a greased shallow pan.  (I used unbleached parchment instead)
Bake for 20-25 min or until done





Differences and Challenges

I am a true believer that we are our own worst enemy’s, especially when it comes to weight loss and getting healthy.  It is so hard to see the small changes that happen week to week and if that scale isn’t moving we sometimes feel like a failure.  I am proof that even small changes will equal to big and long lasting changes in the end!  I am just into day 2 of week 3 of Hip Hop Abs.  One of the best things I decided to do was take progress pictures from week to week.  This really helps you step back from yourself and see the small changes happening.
HHA week 3I mean I don’t feel like I have changed much, but when I look at these photos next to each other I am proud of the progress I have made!  I have had a few people ask what my secrets are to staying on track and accountable.  There are two things really that have helped me tremendously.

  1. Drinking Shakeology:  This meal replacement drink has been my savior really.  I am a busy mama who has a 4 month old that is going through a don’t put me down and I don’t really want to nap phase.  This was leading me to either miss meals or just grab something convenient (which was usually tortilla chips).  Now I am getting tons of nutrients and vitamins in a simple shake.  I have been replacing 1 meal a day since I started Hip Hop with shakeology and some days even 2 meals a day.
  2. Becoming a Beachbody Coach:  To be a coach you do not have to have a degree, perfect body, or be a personal trainer.  Instead you just have to be a person who is working on themselves, believe in the Beachbody products, and want to help others do the same.  I do have a certificate in health coaching, but since adding Beachbody coaching to my practice I have been so much better at keeping myself healthy.  The reason is because I post everything I am doing on lots of social media sites.  If I were to skip a day I know I have people who would be wondering what is going on.  This has helped me workout on those days I would rather sit on the couch.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities (workouts, shakeology, or coaching) do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Now on to the challenge.  Since I am seeing such awesome results at getting rid of the excess baby weight and toning my body back up I wanted to help support others wanting to do the same.  I am hosting a Fit Mama Challenge through Facebook and couldn’t be more excited. As of right now only have 9 spots left in my challenge!!!  Here is the flyer:

Fit Mama Challenge T



If you are interested at entering my challenge group please contact me ASAP so that we can get you in.  You can contact me either through here or my email:


A Difference A Week Makes

Since having my son I have been working on losing the excess weight I gained with him.  I also want to tone my body back up so I can be one hot mama.  Just kidding, not really.  Right before I got pregnant I was at my goal weight, feeling great, and healthy.  While I am still healthy, this body is just not the same.  I didn’t expect it to be, but I do want to be fit again.  I want my son to grow up knowing that physical fitness is just as important as emotional, spiritual, and mental wellness.  It doesn’t mean you need to be skinny or a certain size but at a place where you feel good and your body is working in a healthy way.

I used to be the queen of get started and fizzle out when it came to working out.  I hate going to the gym, I hate running (though I always try to like it a couple times a year), and I don’t want to spend hours doing a video.  I decided to try Hip Hop Abs which is a Beachbody program developed by Shaun T (also developed Insanity and T25).  I had done Insanity in the past and liked it and thought this dance your way to fit would be a great way to get back in the game.  It’s a 30 day program and I thought to myself I can do this.  I won’t fizzle out like I had in the past.  I now had to be accountable as others were watching my journey via social media and I wanted to inspire others who may be in a situation like me to get back in the game.

I can tell you, it’s not easy finding work out time while having an almost 4 month old who always wants your attention.  Thanks to the support of my husband we are finding time to work out.  Right now my hubby works out first, he’s currently doing T25 and once he’s done and showered he buts M to bed while I get my workout in and shower.  It’s been working well for us so far.  The other way I could do it is when M is taking a nap but currently he’s on a napping strike so I don’t think I’d get a whole one in.  The other thing I have been doing is having my Shakeology shake every day.  Both my hubby and I use it to replace 1 meal a day.  It’s been great when I don’t have time to make something cause of a clingy baby.

So how much a difference can only 1 week make?  A visible one.

 week 1