Saturday, May 14, 2011

Raising Truly Great Kids

A while back I heard some advertising about a conference called "Raising Truly Great Kids".  I was so intrigued, but we were busy the weekend it was put on so we were not able to attend.  My neighbor, however, did attend and she said it was amazing.  After talking with her, I decided to look online to see what I could find out and I found the conference audio on CD and a book that supplements the conference as well. 

The CDs are amazing!  Tim Kimmel is great to listen too.  He is funny and smart and really tells it exactly how it is AND how to make it better.  That is the part I like the best.  He doesn't sugarcoat parenting - he explains how hard it can be, frustrating, annoying, etc. but then her explains how GREAT it can be if we try to use the prinicples that he talks about.  It is Christian based and talks about with the help of God and his grace we CAN raise truly great kids.

I highly recommend the CDs and/or book to anyone that has kids, wants to have kids, takes care of kids, etc.  They are very entertaining and easy to listen to.  You will learn so much and laugh at the same time.

Raising Truly Great Kids Conference Audio
Raising Kids for True Greatness: Redefine Success for You and Your Child

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Snowshoes - a great investment

Since we got PLENTY of snow this year, it was the perfect year to invest in some snowshoes!  I was so excited when "Santa" brought me my first pair of snowshoes and poles!  I have used them many times and I really enjoy it - more than I thought I would.  I have even put my little girls in a sled and pulled them behind while I have gone.  They love it too.  I just tell them to look for fox and coyotes for Dad while I am snowshoeing to keep them occupied :-) 

If you love spending time outside and enjoying the beautiful snow that we get in MN, I highly recommend investing in a pair of snowshoes.  You won't be disappointed.

The pair that I got were from Sam's club and only cost around $75, so the cost of them doesn't have to break the bank.  Here is a pair that is similar to mine -

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A new kind of pizza

I have been obsessed with my new favorite BBQ Chicken pizza lately.  It is super easy to make, filling and has a lot of fiber and protein with minimal calories and fat. 

Accoring to my 'Daily Plate' it has the following:
357 calories
12g Fat
11g Fiber
30g Protein

This is what I use to make it:
Light Flatout Wrap Original (found at Target)
Chopped Green Pepper
Chopped Onion
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chicken Breast
Famous Dave's Sweet and Zesty BBQ Sauce


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New favorite workout DVDs

I started off the new year with a few new workout DVDs to help change up my routine a bit, and I LOVE them both!

Core Fusion Boot Camp
Tracy Anderson's Mat workout

The boot camp dvd has a little bit of everything - stretching, yoga, weights, cardo, etc. I am literally dripping wet in the middle of it! I have quite a few of the Core Fusion workouts and this one I think is my favorite. It seems to target your WHOLE body in one workout. If you can't do the whole DVD, it is broken down into 10 min smaller workouts so you can pick and choose which ones you want to do.

I have been wanting to try Tracy Anderson's DVD for a while now. I keep hearing how she can really change your body no matter what your body shape or genetics. I can see how the mat workout will do that. Like any other workout regimin, I will have to stick with it and do it 3 to 4 times a week at least but I am willing to give it a try. She doesn't talk much or do much instruction, so the first time you might have to watch a little more than actually doing the moves, but I think her "method" could really work! It is more of a targeted trouble zone workout. However, even though there isn't cardio, I still felt like I got a good workout!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Need more fruits and vegetables in your diet?

We eat a decent amount of fruits and vegetables in our house but there is always room for improvement. Recently we purchased a juicer and have found a new love for fruits and vegetables.  We have put some crazy concoctions together and they still turn out great.  It is such an easy way to get in those fruits or veggies that you don't really like, but know that you should have.  If you blend all the flavors well, it will taste fresh and sweet.  My latest blend was broccoli, cauliflower, apples, pineapple, carrots, and spinach.  Sometimes the color of the juice isn't the most appetizing, but knowing all the nurtients I am getting and the taste of it outweighs the color.  It is also a great way to get the kids the nutrients they need as well. 

Another great item is the Magic Bullet.  My sister ordered one and then we bought the smaller "Bullet to Go" from her (which is basically the same thing.)  We

use this machine mostly for fruit smoothies.  It is small, portable and very easy to use.  It also has very little pieces compared to the juicer.  That is probably the juicers only downfall.

If you are looking to eat a little healthier this year, I encourage you to try both!  You will be surprised how well fruits and vegetables can taste!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cheap Christmas decor

Need something to spice up your room for Christmas but don't want to spend any more money?  Try wrapping one of your pictures on the wall. It is easy, cheap and can make the room merry and bright :-)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Great book = Great Christmas gift

I am not much of a reader, mostly just browse things online and in magazines.  However, I have found a few good books that I like - and most of them seem to be "self-help" or motivational type books. I received this book from my sister for my birthday, Run Like a Mother and so far I love it!  The book is great for someone that is interested in running, is a runner or even someone that has no desire to run. It is more of a motivational, funny book about all kinds of things that women and mothers go through in life to get it all in.  I am only a little ways through the book and I have laughed and learned a lot already!  The two authors did a great job! 

This book would make a great Christmas gift!