April Showers…

And I’m back!! Time is flying by!

So much wedding planning has been done, and I soon will be a bride in less than two months. Crazy!!

My shower was this past Sunday at L’ANDANA in Burlington, and it was absolutely breathtaking.


(party favors: Potted Herb Planet-basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage)


My place card table had a “love tree” centerpiece, which had 70 words hanging from it’s branches that Matt and I chose to describe our relationship.

When the guests arrived, they each took a word from the tree and brought it to their seat. While Matt and I opened gifts, I chose 5 words from a glass bowl and read them aloud. Whoever had a matching word got to pick an envelope off of the “Prize tree” which held dinner certificates to 5 different restaurants.

The restaurants included The Captial Grille, L’ANDANA, Abe and Louie’s, The Oceanaire, and Davio’s.


It was the perfect way to break up the gift opening portion of the shower, and to keep everyone from getting bored while eating dessert.

My florist, Michele Bernard, is the angel that took my ideas and brought them to life. She is phenomenal in everything that she does, from place cards, to flowers, to menu designs.


I am also FINALLY the owner of a Vitamix Blender and Omega VERT Juicer!

Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer

It’s the little things Smile

What’s My Healthy?

Meditating before the hectic day begins

Begin each day with a grateful heart

Waking up my body with warm lemon water, a cup of tea, and a cleansing green juice.

Allow for at least 30 minutes a day to MOVE.

This may include cardio, yoga, or resistance training. Get that heart rate up!

Fueling with color

Super Simple Ground Chicken Gumbo!

1 lb. Lean ground chicken
1 package of frozen stir fry veggies
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
Cook and place on top of spaghetti squash or brown rice!

Green Smoothies!

Spinach, kale, frozen berries, maca powder, spirulina, ground flaxseed, brown rice protein, cinnamon, water and ice.

Reading instead of watching.

My current book of choice…

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Family time

Getting enough sleep!

Having a new puppy has definitely led to many interrupted nights, but Madi’s bladder has gotten stronger with every passing week Smile

Thank God

Getting out of my own way.

#quollectiveyou paint the picture that is your life. - May Cause Miracles


What is YOUR healthy?

Holiday Baking and Burpees

With all of the baking and taste testing going on this month, why not have fun while spending time in the kitchen?

Pair any amount of time left on your baking timer with your favorite power exercise, and fit in a quick workout while you bake!

I paired my last 12 minutes with double jump burpees, and ended up with a good sweat and a delicious batch oatmeal chocolate chip bars.


  • 2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup canola oil (or melted coconut oil) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2  cups Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips


  1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add and mix oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix your oil, eggs and vanilla extract
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry, and beat until the dough holds together (the dough may seem oily and crumbly. this is okay). Add 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
  5. Push half of the batter into your greased pan. Add some extra chocolate chips on top. Place the remaining half of the dough over the first layer, and add more chocolate if desired.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Do not over cook.
  7. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

They taste really good served with Vanilla bean ice cream.

Find the time this holiday season to move more..wherever you are!

holiday burpee bake off

Eat, Enjoy, and Stay Healthy this holiday season.

5 Tips For The Upcoming Season

It’s coming!!!

lots of vintage holiday prints.

Do you hear it?

The sound of cocktail parties, decadent desserts, fruit and nut baskets and the “it’s too cold outside to workout” excuses that are coming our way very soon!

That’s why this post is necessary right NOW. Go into the holiday season with a plan to stay on track, or at least, not go over board when surrounded by temptation.

Here are 5 tips to help you stress less as we enter into the land of chocolates, ribbon candy, and creamy martinis.

Tip # 1 Keep your schedule consistent.

If you workout 5 days a week, continue to do so. Keep attending that spin class, getting up for your morning run, and making healthy choices as you would any other time of year. If a party gets in the way of your evening workout, try and schedule it in the morning instead. Find the time to fit in both!

If you do attend an evening party, sign up for a fitness class for the next morning. This will keep you aware of anything that may hinder your early wake up call.

Tip # 2 Come prepared

Whenever I attend a party or small gathering, I always bring a bottle of my favorite wine or a healthy food option.Think vegetable platter with cucumber & Greek yogurt dip, a big salad with beans and quinoa, or even a healthy dessert. This way, I’ll know that there is at least one healthy “go-to” snack that I can choose from.

It also helps to have a small meal before hand. Attending a party on a empty stomach can lead to over eating and not making the best food choices. Be prepared.

Tip # 3 Keep each other accountable and create a challenge!

It always helps to have a friend give you that extra push when you can’t seem to find the motivation to workout. Plan one a night week to meet up with friends for a walk or fitness class. Make it a priority.

Also, create a challenge/goal amongst yourselves that must be met by January 1st. Be ahead of the “New Year’s Resolution” crowd, and be each others cheerleader!

Tip # 4  Hang up your prize.

Take yourself to the mall and buy a killer new dress that fits you NOW. This is your Holiday dress and looks amazing on you! Remember it when you feel like you’re about to go overboard on that snickers cheesecake. You want to look your best at the next party!

Tip # 5. Count you cocktails

Create a drink limit for yourself and stick to it. If your limit is 3, stop there. This will help you nurse each drink, and avoid extra empty calories..or a hangover. Speaking of, always have a glass of water after each drink to help keep your body hydrated.

Best Cocktail Choices: Champagne, Wine, Wine Spritzers (with club soda), or Clear alcohol with club soda and a lime/lemon.

The Holiday season is about family and friends coming together for celebrations.

Keep your schedule consistent, make the best choices in all situations, be prepared, and remember that this time of the year is short lived. Enjoy every moment of it.

Choose Joy!