The Heel Lock

Have you ever wondered what that extra shoe lace hole is for at the top of your shoe?? I wish someone would have showed me this sooner !!  

 

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Nature Hunt

My 4 year old and I wrote down a list of things to search for while outside this morning & both girls loved it!  I created a document so I could use it again and again and I wanted to share it with all of my other mom friends, dads, nannies, Aunts & Uncles, Fraunties (that’s a friend auntie!), or anyone else who may need to find something to help pass the time with their rambunctious toddler and preschooler  in this gorgeous summer weather!

Tip: I gave my two year old a paint dobber to “check” the item’s off the list!

I may need to laminate a few of these to help save paper 🙂 Click on the link below the picture for the PDF version!

 

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Are you up for the CHALLENGE??

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SISTERFIX 30 DAY SHAKEOLOGY CHALLENGE

What is Shakeology: It’s a nutrient dense Shake packed with superfoods and vitamins to help lose weight, fight cravings, increase energy and overall health in a tasty convenient way!

Q: What is the SisterFix 30 Day Shakeology Challenge?

A: The 30 day Shakeology Challenge is a commitment to replace one meal a day with Shakeology for 30 straight days.

This is a great way to jump start a healthy routine, lose weight, increase energy, improve your mood and metabolism, and kick those pesky cravings. Not only will this be your healthiest meal of the day but it will also be the quickest/easiest!

Q: How do I enter the 30 Day Shakeology Challenge?

A: Officially make me your coach by clicking the link below to place your order.

REQUIREMENTS:

Order your Shakeology (Autoship or 1x purchase) by clicking here:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/MDSUSH311G?referringRepId=747880

  1. Email me (sisterfixhealthcoach@gmail.com) or add me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13957410) and message me saying… “I am ready to start the Shakeology 30 day challenge Jenny!”
  2. Day 1 Take your Before Measurement’s and Photos.
  3. Drink 1 meal per day of Shakeology for 30 straight days. POST a picture either via Facebook Messenger, Email or onto FACEBOOK itself (you must tag me) 3 times a week (9 times total).
  4. Take your After Photos!!!

 

Q: What do I receive from participating?

A: You will Receive:

  • A healthier You!
  • Weightloss
  • Increased Energy
  • Happier moods
  • Online Support
  • Group Accountability

AS WELL AS….

Your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win either

  • E & E (pre-workout… it’s amaze balls)
  • Performance Line Sample Pack (try out all the different products from the Beachbody Performance Line)

Q:  How will I be held accountable during the 30 Day Shakeology Challenge?

A:  When you commit to it by the Deadline of Friday June 10th (must place order by then to receive it on time) EMAIL ME (sisterfixhealthcoach@gmail.com) OR Add me on FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13957410) and type on my wall/or message, “I am ready to start the Shakeology challenge, Jenny!” You will be added to the SisterFix Shakeology 30 Day Challenge Facebook Group once you have placed your order, and I have a confirmation number*.

*About the 30 Day Shakeology Challenge Facebook Group:  In this accountability group, you will be able to network with others who are taking the challenge, too!  This is a great way to stay motivated during your 30 Day Shakeology Challenge so you see the BEST RESULTS possible!

Q:  Why is the Home Direct Option when ordering Shakeology a better deal?

A:   This option includes FREE shipping every month!  That alone saves you a ton!  Shakeology will ship to your house and arrive on your doorstep monthly, without you having to worry about placing the order on the right day.

Q:  What if I only want a one-time purchase of Shakeology?

A:  That is totally fine as well! However if you still select the Home Direct Option (autoship) you will receive the perks of free shipping and once you receive the package you can email beachbody to cancel.

Q:  What flavor of Shakeology do you recommend?

A:  Personally, I like Vanilla the best…f you are someone who prefer’s recipes that involve fruit, this one’s for your.   Chocolate Shakeology or Chocolate Vegan Shakeology is another VERY popular option.  It’s delicious and has the most recipes.   We will be posting and sharing recipes throughout the group.

 

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE SISTERFIX 30 DAY SHAKEOLOGY CHALLENGE?

 

 

Doughnut or Donut? Either Way, I’m Eating It!

Two things you may not know about me:

  1. I fricken love donuts… they are my weakness.
  2. I love to bake, it’s very therapeutic to me, but I don’t do it often. I love to create my own or tweak recipes to make them my own!

This past weekend, I challenged myself and my 4 yr old sous chef,
to create a fairly healthy but extremely tasty donuts for a guiltless morning treat!!

Challenge accepted and we nailed it! First off, I had to buy myself a doughnut pan.  This was the moment where I  realized how old and lame I have actually become because of the excitement I had towards the arrival of this pan.   A doughnut pan is a must… I bought mine on amazon for $11 and love it (http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Nonstick-6-Cavity-Donut-Pan/dp/B004CYELOQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00).

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I happened to stumble across an awesome recipe from the Baker by Nature (go check out the original recipe @ http://bakerbynature.com/vanilla-frosted-funfetti-donuts-baked-super-easy/ ….Thanks for the awesome recipe Ashley!) and it inspired me do some tweaking and adapt it to a “healthier” version using ingredients such as coconut sugar, raw stevia, almond milk, and whole wheat flower.  These donuts were easy and fast to make, were delicious, and paired well with my morning coffee…even my kid’s loved them.

 

 

Tip:

If you are not planning on eating them ASAP, place them in the fridge.  I actually made them Friday night and kept them in the fridge and took them out about an hour before serving them the next morning. They may have to be a new Saturday morning ritual for our household.

*My disclaimer: Not 100% the healthiest thing in the world, but definitely a GREAT alternative to a deep fried donuts! So here is it!!

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Healthier Vanilla Frosted Funfetti Baked Donuts:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-3 scoops of Vanilla Shakeology (This is optional. I did this to add more nutritional value and more protein)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I actually used vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of yogurt butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • For the vanilla frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (more if needed)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • A dash of pure vanilla extract
  • A dash of pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles, for decorating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Lightly grease a doughnut pan.
  3. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients. Using a stand mixer, add the milk, butter, and egg. Slowly add the dry mixture and mix! Gently fold in sprinkles using a spatula.
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared doughnut pan, and bake for 10-11 minutes.
  5. Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool for a few more minutes.

For the glaze:

  1. Combine heavy cream and powdered sugar using the stand mixer. (You may need to add a little more cream if the frosting seems too thick or add a little more sugar if the frosting seems too thin. Mix in salt and vanilla.
  2. Once the donuts have cooled completely, dip the donuts in the frosting so the top it is covered and then add the sprinkles.

 

Financially struggling as a SAHM… The Struggle is Real!

1 st off, I need to say one very important thing before I start this post, being a SAHM (this is probably one of the only acronyms that I actually know what it stands for now a days… am I getting old??) is a very difficult job but is also a position I do not take for granted and will always be grateful I have this opportunity for me and my family.  This is probably one of the only jobs in America that has an endless list of job duties, no time off, no lunch breaks, no bathroom breaks without interruption, no sick days, zero pay, no reviews from anyone telling you how good (or bad) you are doing, no daily pat on the backs from co-workers, basically zero recognition, and rare adult conversations!   Let’s face it… You never get to clock out!

Even though all of this sounds pretty horrible (I really hope I didn’t scare any of you without kids of not having any!!) I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  If you’re a fellow mom, you understand that even though I just gave off a laundry list of complaints, it’s worth every hr., every minute, every second.

Ok, now after that long rant, let me get to the point.  One of the hardest adjustments for me once I left the corporate world and became a SAHM was not the long thankless hr’s but it was the fact that I was not providing for myself or my family financially.  Hold it, Stop right there, I get that what I do is bigger than any number on the pay scale… don’t worry, I’ve read all of the articles letting me know how important this job is, but until you don’t actually have any of your “own” money,  it’s easier said than done.

My husband has never made me feel as if the money he makes for our family is “his” and not “ours”.  In fact, he goes above and beyond to make sure I know that this is not the case… but for some reason I have that deep down feeling I need to ask for permission to spend the money that I did not earn (like I’m kid asking my parents for money…at the age of 30… so not fun!) .  I hear I’m not the only SAHM who feels this way and in fact it’s a very normal reaction to not being the so called bread winner.

Well peeps, the times have changed in my world!  I was so sick of having that feeling that I realized I needed to change this!  It was no one but I making me feel this guilt and so I was the only one who could fix it.  Self-help is an amazing thing once you realize you have the power to make the change!!  A little less than a year I took the scary leap of starting my own business and became a Beachbody Health Coach.  This new journey of being a health coach has been an amazing opportunity.  I am able to attain the life of being a stay at home mom, something that my husband and I had always envisioned for us and our family.

Here’s the deal, the purpose of this post is not to tell you to become a Beachbody coach… that might not be your thing.  The purpose of this post is to let all other’s (stay at home mom or not)know that they too, have the power to change their situation.  Most people are not that lucky to know right away what their “dream” is or find their passion naturally, most have to dig deep to find out what makes them want to jump out of bed every morning and tackle the day.  If you are like me, finding my passion meant going completely out of my comfort zone (Hello, I’m writing a blog… definitely out of my comfort zone!).   By pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, your passion may just find you! It may not happen instantly, but keep pushing, keep working towards being a better you, and you will find it! Just remember, if you stop pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, and let yourself get too comfortable within your current situation… it may not be a passion anymore.

So, are you wondering why I am posting about becoming a Mommyboss (yea… it’s my new title at work, ask my 4yr old)??  I reached a huge goal of mine this last month financially with my business… I was able to take my family of four on a trip to Disney World!! It was an amazing feeling to be able to do this without feeling  guilty or to financially strap us down … I guess dreams do come true (I’m sorry for the corny one liner, but I just had to do it J !!).

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Tip of the Day:

Tip of the day: How to get your tired ass out of bed in the morning to get a morning workout in!

I’m pretty sure my kids might think I’m a super woman and are determined to see how much sleep I can function off of(see definition of function in mom terms below) ! Surprisingly, once you become a mom, you actually do pretty well off of only a couple of hrs… and take it from the girl who if she didn’t get 8 hrs of sleep + she turned into a grizzly bear!! Getting out of bed to get my early work outs in can be a tough one but a lot of times necessary, because once those kids feet hit the floor, it’s go time, and it may be my only opportunity to do it!

If you have a programmable coffee maker, use it as your second alarm. Set it for when you need to wake up so you have an incentive to get out of bed. Take a few relaxing min to enjoy a cup of coffee (get hopped up on caffeine) and then go kill a workout 🙂

Happy Monday  everyone!!!

*Function: To be wearing clothes (you and the kids) and hopefully they are not inside out, to get out the door on time (who am I kidding… get out the door no more than 5 min late), at least call your kids by one of the names in the family…. even the dogs count, and to only lose an important belonging like your cell phone no less that 3 times during the duration of the day!

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A Letter to My One True Love

To my one true love,

I never thought I would find love at this point in my life, you know, two kids and 5 years of marriage later.  When I first saw you I was hesitant, I didn’t want people to judge me or my friends to think “wow lady, so not cool of you”.  I really had to think hard about my decision to fall in love with you, but once it happened, I do not regret my life changing decision.   My husband did not agree with it, after all this also affected his image and his measure of how much cool he still was holding onto.  Even though he was not 100% on board with this, we made the decision that it would be the best decision for our new family of four.

Hold on; hold on, you didn’t think I was talking about another man did you?  Oh no, l fell in love with a minivan!!  Let me tell you the top 10 reasons why I love my minivan:

My 10 (but are not limited to) Reason’s I love my Minivan:

1 . It’s like a living room on wheel’s…. Comfortable chairs, a dvd/tv entertainment center, & power plugs. Let’s not forget to mention that the back of your minivan can also function as a bathroom (a small potty chair for a preschooler and toddler on long road trips is a must.  If you think this is gross, you obviously do not have kids!)

2. I’m 5’2” (on a good day!), the fact that I do not have to use a ladder to place my children in their car seats is a def. plus!

3. My kids can’t ding the car next to us with their door, automatic sliding doors are amazing! It helps avoid the awkwardness of wrecking that beautiful car next to you, you know the one…  zero fingerprints smeared all over it, no scratches from a bike scraping along the side of it because the preschool driver had no control even with training wheels on… they obviously don’t have kids because their car is beautiful and it looks like it just rolled off the car dealer lot (it probably still smells new too… I wish!!).

4.The amount of space in the backseat is amazing for the -20 degree days here in MN. You can crawl into the backseat and buckle them up without your boogers freezing (you won’t understand this unless you have truly experienced a -20 degree day!).

5. Doors will open with the touch of a button… this could possibly be magic, especially when your arms are full of two screaming and kicking kids plus groceries. Thank god I have grown 10 arms since giving birth (at least I feel like I did!).

6. What can’t you fit in a Minivan … enough said!

7. The stares… I drive a Minivan for the stares. Nothing is better than bumping and grinding in a Minivan to some good ole’ Salt n Pepa. Roll up to a stop light, with the radio blaring, and people stare at the bumping family van… If you have a van, and have not done this… you’re missing out!  Oh, and you’re welcome for getting the song “Shoop” stuck in your head!

8. A Minivan teaches you a very important message in life… when life throws you a van, you rock it! Mini Vans are probably THE most uncool vehicle on a car lot, so when your turn come’s to have one, you learn to rock the sh*t out of that vehicle. Lesson Learned:  Make the best out of the situation handed to you and try your damnedest to look as HOT as possible!

9. Once you get behind the  wheel of a van, you become part of the secret van society.  No, seriously, I’m pretty sure it’s a real thing.  You start surrounding yourself with other minivan drivers and find your self’s talking about it’s amazing functionality and attributes (I think  that this is our way of convincing each other that we still are awesome and we really aren’t that uncool).

10. Headphones… my Mini Van has Headphones for the kids to watch movies or listen to music!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?? Peace and quiet and this is not the kind that comes with the scary double standard. That double standard that every mother knows way to well …. Too quiet equals bad, bad, things (to many art murals have happened on my walls from this double standard).  The fact that they are strapped into a car seat mean’s minimal damage can be done (I hope!).

I love my minivan! Yes I might not be “cool” anymore but I lost that along ways down this road we all call motherhood.  Do me a favor next time you see a minivan mom (or dad) driving down the road and instead of judging them, think “that van is the only thing keeping them sane” and shoot them a big friendly smile, because they may just need it!  Don’t worry, I will come around again someday and buy an SUV, but until then my friends… functionality beats fashion!

Love,

The Crazy Minivan Lady

 

To all the moms who…

This is to  all the moms who…

Have a piles of laundry, it’s OK.

Have dishes that are sitting in the sink, it’s OK.

Have a beautiful art mural on your wall by a 1.5 yr old artist, it’s OK.

Have stale goldfish on the bottom of your car floor, it’s OK.

Have heard their name called literally every three seconds from sun up to sun down, it’s OK.

Have literally only made it through a day because coffee carried them through it, it’s OK.

It’s OK, its OK to be a hot mess, because last night you rocked your sick baby for three hours in the middle of the night to make her/him feel better (who needs sleep anyways, right? )

It’s OK to be a hot mess because at 3 am you scared away a monster from your 3 yr old’s dreams.

It’s OK to be a hot mess because by 8pm you had already been a chauffeur, gourmet mac n cheese chef, a teacher of the alphabet, fight club referee, the kiss that can heal any ouchie, the wrestling hair and wardrobe artist, and the best story teller there is….

YOU, you hot mess you, are a damn good mom!!!

Its OK to be a hot mess… just remember that in someone’s little eyes, your not the hot mess that you see in the mirrmorning are not prettyor… your their super hero!