Marvelous Friendsgiving!

Marvelous Friendsgiving!

Hi friends!

I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with my website which is never much fun.  After a long few hours last night chatting with Blue Host the problem is still not solved.  Unfortunately it looks to be internet related so I’ll have to tackle that today.  Luckily I had most of this post finished and hopefully you can still see it on your end!

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Paleo Thanksgiving Roundup

Paleo Thanksgiving Roundup

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving???  I’m getting there… I have everything planned out for our Friendsgiviving this weekend and the menu just about finished for Thanksgiving.  Now I just have to decide what to bring to my family’s Thanksgiving.  OH and find time to prepare everything.  That would help.  In case you haven’t decided what you’re going to make for the big day, I’ve put together a roundup of Paleo friendly Thanksgiving ideas.



Paleo Pumpkin Hummus by Me :-)


Thai Spice Deviled Eggs by Tadka Pasta


Cranberry Relish Turkey Meatballs by Grazed and Enthused


Paleo Butternut Squash Soup by me :-) 


Unami Gravy by Nom Nom Paleo


Autumn Harvest Salad by Hungry Healthy Girl

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Bacon and Chive Coconut Flour Biscuits by Urban Poser


Bacon Wrapped Roasted Vegetables by A Spice Perspective


Maple Roasted Butternut Squash  by me :-)


Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Acorn Squash by The Healthy Foodie


Honey Orange Brined Turkey by Tasty Kitchen


Stuffed Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash and Fig by Skinny Taste


Pecan Pie Bars by Paleo Happy Hour


Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake by PaleOMG


Paleo Carob Pumpkin Tart by Gluten-free Vegan Love

 Okay I’m hungry now!  Just a few more days until Turkey Day!  Do you know what you’re making?

Sous Kitchen Meal Delivery

Sous Kitchen Meal Delivery

Now that I’m teaching a few afternoons a week at The Studio, having meals on hand that are quick and easy is a life saver!  What’s even better is when those meals come already prepped and all I have to do is throw them together to cook then serve!  Which is what Sous Kitchen offers.  Healthy, delicious meals made with fresh ingredients by professional chefs then delivered right to your door ready to cook and eat.  How awesome is that???

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Preschool Boy Gift Ideas and Duracell Batteries

Preschool Boy Gift Ideas and Duracell Batteries

This year The Love Nugget wants EVERYTHING for Christmas.  At Target browsing the toy aisle, “Maybe santa will bring me this transformer and these legos and these Paw Patrol toys and this book and… and… and.”  We popped into a thrift shop the other day to look for a silver serving tray and he found an old toy tractor and insisted on asking Santa for it while.  He’s even starting to catch on that Santa is watching and he needs to be on his best behavior if he wants him to come to our house.  Gotta love the Holiday season!

Anyway, as he’s been listing off all he wants this year I’ve been making mental notes and a little list for the Grandparents.  Since in my opinion boys tend to be harder to shop for I thought I’d share a few gift ideas for pre-school age boys!

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Day in the Life + What I ate Wednesday!

Day in the Life + What I ate Wednesday!

Good morning!

For today’s WIAW post I thought I’d give you a peak into what our Monday’s and Wednedsays look like.  Enjoy!

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5 ways to Kick the After Meal Sugar Cravings

5 ways to Kick the After Meal Sugar Cravings

I don’t have too big of a sweet tooth.  I mean, yes, I crave sweet things but not all the time and those things that I tend to crave have more natural sugars like honey.  However, those things are still sugar in some form.  They might not be as processesed or as bad for us but they are still sugar.

So I’ve been trying to wrangle in my sugar cravings by participating in Kim’s 10 day sugar-free challenge.  S0 far it’s going pretty good but what I’ve noticed is that the times I crave sugar are always about the same time.  Which is right after meals.  Even after breakfast!  What is that about!?!

Anyway, I’ve been doing a few things to trick my brain into thinking it’s getting that sweet treat and have already noticed a huge difference.  So of course I and to share :-)


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Marvelous Old World Candle Gift Set!

Marvelous Old World Candle Gift Set!

Happy Monday!

Let’s jump right into a few Marvleous things to kick off the week.

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Soft Toys for Education with IKEA

Soft Toys for Education with IKEA

I’ve always been an educator at heart.  From the time I was just a little girl standing in front of a makeshift blackboard instructing my younger brothers and stuffed animals I’ve had a passion for teaching.

When it came to deciding my profession in life I knew which direction I’d go.  Teaching!  Not the highest paying job out there but what’s more rewarding than planting the seed of knowledge into children’s brains?

For me it became even more rewarding when I got my first job teaching in a low income school district.  Right away I discovered just how much education can help not only the students but the parents as well.  Many of my children’s parent’s were migrant workers who’s came to America specifically for education.  Those families were so grateful and appreciative of everything educators do for their children.  They knew the importance of having an education and cherished that their children had the ability to get one.

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During my time as a teacher, I found out just how rewarding it was to truly make a difference in a child’s life.  I had students who were being bounced around from foster home to foster home and some that literally wore the same clothes everyday.  For many of those students school was not only a place to learn but also their safe place.  Where they could laugh with other children, be comforted by positive roll models, and better their future by gaining an education.

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Unfortunately for many children in the world, getting an education is far from easy.  Which is why companies like the IKEA are making a huge effort to help the worlds most vulnerable children get the education they deserve.  With projects like the Soft Toys for Education Campaign, children all over the world who might not otherwise have a chance to go to school, are able to.  The IKEA foundation aims to improve opportunities for children in some of the worlds poorest communities.  It’s been working too!  Just check out some of the positive changes these countries have seen;

  • Ethiopia:
    In Ethiopia, the funding from the Soft Toys for Education campaign has helped increase the enrollment rate of children into grade 1 of primary education, which has now reached 92%. The gross enrolment rate for pre­primary schools achieved a significant increase of 15.9 percentage points. Over one year, it went from one in 20 children to one in 5 children getting enrolled in pre­primary school. A very encouraging trend!
  • Mozambique:In Mozambique, thanks to the IKEA Foundation’s contribution of Soft Toys for Education campaign funds, 55,000 children in 88 schools were reached with the five components of the Child­Friendly Schools approach: education; protection; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health and social mobilization. Children in these schools also received physical education and were trained in important life skills (HIV awareness, awareness on gender issues, and preventing violence and sexual abuse).

Since 2003, more than 11 million children have been impacted through 99 projects in 46 countries. Total amount donated $90.4 million (67 million euro)!  Awesome!

You can help too!  For every Soft Toy or Children’s book sold through November  2014 – January 2015 IKEA donates $1.00 to children’s education projects through UNICEF and Save the Children.  The money will help UNICEF train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials in the schools, help rebuild schools, provide better water and toilet facilities, and increase school attendance rates.

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This year the Soft Toy book is titled The Frog Prince and has some cute cuddly creatures to go along with it.  All of which your little one would love and they would make a great Christmas gift!

So regardless if you were born with that passion to teach like me, take a step in helping a child succeed in life by supporting the Soft Toys for Education campaign this year!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday Things…

Thursday Things…

Hi guys!

Hope you are all having a great week.  Almost Friday!  Woo hoo!

Today I was feeling a bit all over the place so I’m here with a random, Thursday Things post for y’all.  A bit of this and a bit of that  :-)

1. I’ve been teaching more solo classes at The Studio the past few weeks which has been fun.  Monday I taught a cardio and weights class but there were only a few people there that day so it was a bit slow.  Tuesday I taught the 6:00 am cardio and strength class and it was great!  I’m a morning person so don’t mind getting up early to help others get in a good workout.  Plus I got to workout a bit too so it was all around awesome!

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Puritan’s Pride Smoothie November Giveaway!

Puritan’s Pride Smoothie November Giveaway!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.

Hey there friends!

It’s hard to post about November since we are back up in the 80’s lately.  Have I mentioned how ready I am for fall weather!?!

Anyway, since it’s been warmer here for this time of year we’ve been taking advantage of it and enjoying smoothies for a bit longer.  I have a heard time drinking them as it cools down so the temps have been good for something!

Like this latest creation using Puritan’s Pride Women’s Protein.


A protein powder developed specifically for women with natural amino acids to fuel workouts.


Remember back in October when I posted about Puritan’s Pride Smoothie Challenge?  Well this month we’re focusing on cleansing and detoxing which is just what this smoothie helps you to do!  How?  Well it includes Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed which is rich in soluble fiber to keep the digestive system tract moving smoothly.   It also includes pineapple that aids in detoxing due to bromelian which is a powerful digestive enzyme.  Not to mention mood boosting manganese!

With the holiday’s just around the corner I’m sure we could all use a little something that helps to detox the body while testing delicious!

Puritan’s Pride is offering a great giveaway package that includes some essentials for creating a healthy smoothie of your own!

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