Category: "easy recipes"

Motivating Mom Podcast interview

October 8th, 2016 | no comments

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I’ve admired Lisa Druxman for her bad-ass entrepreneurship and her Fit 4 Mom business that helps so many moms! I joined Body Back because it’s the best way I know to fit in a workout post-baby.

It has been on my bucket list to meet Lisa and when she asked me to be on her podcast, well, drop the mic, dream come true!

I’m humbled and honored to share some of my favorite tid bits on her Motivating Mom Podcast. We covered my “secret recipe” for a successful return to work after maternity leave, my favorite self-care tips for busy moms and what it means to be “okay with okayness”.

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25 Working Mom Tips

June 26th, 2016 | no comments

The struggle is real for working moms! Lack of time, meal planning prep and the relentless giving of our time, our and energy to others. That is why this blog round-up from Thoughtful Journey Counseling of some of my most favorite mom-support experts is a keeper. I was honored to contribute a nugget about how to master the morning routine. Hope you enjoy them all!

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Moms Making Memories online summit

March 26th, 2016 | no comments

I’m honored to be one of the 21 amazing women who will be interviewed for the Moms Making Memories free online summit!

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Elizabeth gathered premier  experts on health, wellness, mom-life, parenting experts and more so that you can have some sanity in your busy life!

I’ll be talking about how:

1.  How I birthed ThriveMomma for one of the most traumatic times in my life…going back to work after maternity leave
2.  How can busy moms incorporate mindfulness and balance into their busy schedules
3.  What the heck time management and what little things can you do today to get organzied
4.  Some of my favorite work/life balance tactics
5.  Return to the workplace after maternity leave tips and tricks
Each interview is an easy 20 min and they are delivered to your inbox daily.
After the interview you can download my Time Management for Busy Moms Essentials guide + a BONUS!

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and I know you will enjoy them all!

Cheers!

10 Ways Busy Moms Can Save Time

May 10th, 2015 | 4 comments

Happy Mother’s Day! What a fun 10 days it’s been sharing my Bad-Ass Times Savings Tips series. I got so much great feedback and lots of love shared on Instagram. If your interested in more, cruise over and find out about the Time Management for Busy Moms workshop coming up at the end of the month! In case you missed it here are the 10 tips. Leave a comment below sharing which one you are going to try out this week!

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TIP 1: Grocery list tracking throughout the week. We are kicking off the Bad Ass Time Saving Tip series today with a great way to keep track of what you need to buy as you run out. I use this paper form and its up on my fridge so as soon as I run out of butter I circle it! Don’t waste time on Sunday night trying to remember what needs to go on the list! 

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TIP 2: “Mise en Place” is a French them for “putting in place”, in other words, everything you need is ready to go. Get out every ingredient, mixing bowls, utensils, measuring cups and a trash bowl or trash can BEFORE you start. So you literally don’t need to move from where you are standing while preparing a meal. I learned this from Personal Chef, Michelle Keonig during our Restful Nights, Balanced Days Workshop (new dates coming soon !!)

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Tip 3: Sunday Night Planning. This is a must-do for all the Bad Ass Mamas out there. Take 15 min and figure out the meals, schedules, birthday parties and anything you need to plan for this coming week. Fess up, do you do this every week?!?! This is my #momcave and my planner, laptop and a MUST HAVE for planning = a candle! It helps to make a boring task to be special! Are you gonna do this tonight?!?!

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Tip 4: if it’s not on a calendar it’s not real. Create a shared Google calendar with your husband. Don’t waste any more time trying to figure out what you have going on this week. I even put my dinners on there so I don’t get the dreaded “what’s for dinner?”

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Tip 5: freeze portion-sized meals from this week’s crockpot enjoy on a busy night next week. On the label write the name of the dish, date and a little love note to yourself. Go ahead and be cheesy. Your future self will trip out at how much you really needed to hear that wonderful message that day.

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Tip 6: Take three deep breaths before getting out of your car. This may not seem like a time-saving tip but in fact it will prevent the worry/anxiety/stress time. Taking a couple seconds to get centered and present before you move to the next phase of your day will save you time. We have very long days. We have a morning shift getting the kids ready, day shift at work, night shift with the kids and then after-hours. Besides the one free hour to ourselves from like 9-10:02pm we have to take micro-moments to recharge our battery throughout the day. 3 deep breaths will get us in the “now” and allow us to not bring work-stress home or guilt from home to our work.

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Tip 7: Activity stations help save time but keeping all the stuff you need to do the task all in one location. Think about daily weekly or monthly tasks you do in your house. Get a cute basket/bin and you are ready to go. A few examples are: bill paying, restaurant toy bag for the kids and my favorite…spa bin. This pic shows my bin with Epsom salts, book, EO, and of course candles. By keeping all of it ready to go I save time trying to find my book or matches. What activity station will you create?

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Tip 8: Take 15 min and declutter a drawer. If you can feel good about your junk drawer, you can feel good about your life. Taking these few minutes to deal with a messy space now will save you countless minutes of frustration down the road. Thanks Andi Wickman for the tip! While we are on the topic of organization, next week’s guest blog is from a good friend who is a Professional Organizer. Hallelujah! In case you were wondering, yes, that is a fart machine in this junk drawer. Life is way too serious and I can’t help but chuckle every time it goes off when I close the drawer.

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Tip 9: Unsubscribe from old email distributions. Much like in tip 8, set your timer for 10 minutes and opt-out of emails that you don’t read in awhile. Have you opened their email in the past 3 month or do you think you might want to read it in the upcoming 3 months? If not then, adios! Taking a few minutes now will save you frustration and wasted time having to delete every week.

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TIP 10: Make a Stop, Start and Help list.  Well this tip is all about stopping stuff that doesn’t serve you, starting healthy habits/positive tasks and ASKING FOR HELP. As busy mamas we often take on way too much so getting in a habit of asking for help is a good thing. Your Stop list should always be longer than your start. Don’t just do this in your head either. Writing will set you free. I just wish I had spell check for my pen.

Well mama?! What do you think? Leave a comment below with the tip that you will start to use today!

Time Management for Busy Moms Twitter Chat

April 20th, 2015 | no comments

See you over on Twitter this Wednesday at 6pm Pacific/8pm Central with 30Second Mom for a chat about how to manage your busy life! I’ll share tips on morning routine,#mealplanning, dealing with stress, and favorite apps to help you get it all done. #newmom

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What I need for Easter eggs

April 3rd, 2015 | no comments

Every single year! Even as a new mom with a one year old I was running to the grocery store getting white vinegar. Since then I’ve made Apple Cider vinegar work but man, it’s STINKY!

 

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crockpot love note

March 29th, 2015 | no comments

I love crockpot so much I would marry it.  But there comes a point when a woman can’t eat chili anymore.   Not to fear, I can extend my meal into the next week with this easy tip so I don’t get bored of it or dare I say waste it!

Also try writing love notes to yourself on the label,  it will make you feel wonderful and the crazy thing is that somehow when you do take it out to eat, you need to hear those words. Trippy!

What will you write to yourself in your crockpot love note? Leave a comment below!

 

How one ingredient can change your kitchen (and your life)

April 12th, 2014 | 2 comments

So there I am rubbing coconut oil on my armpits (and liking it). Say what?! I did, indeed, and it was lovely. More as to why in a moment.

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Coconut oil has been a staple in my kitchen for over a few years now. Mostly because I did some research and saw how some trusted experts embraced it. And this youtube vid about how it helps Alzheimer’s. I don’t claim to be an expert but the science about medium chain triglycerides is pretty compelling. You decide for yourself.

Want another bodacious reason why it’s awesome? Antibacterial qualities. This Hawaiian-vacation-smell in a bottle can pretty much be used for all your personal care and household cooking AND cleaning needs. Mind = blown!

Now back my now coconuty pits. After my bout with some hefty congestion over this winter I got serious about looking at my health and ways to prevent further illness. My hubby and I had the pleasure of having Dan Moreno give us an Ayurvedic consultation. It’s an ancient Indian philosophy on health and wellness that is really  interesting. He helped us see how some bad food combinations, too much sugar, lack of water (and lack of yoga) that was leading to low vitality as I would describe it. Part of his recommendations was an abyhanga massage…oil massage your body once a week. Your skin deserves it. So which oil did I turn to? That sweet little devil, Coconut. I found aches that were hiding and it just felt nice to tend to my body using a substance without any creepy chemicals. Caution: coconut oil is greasy so I just showered after and felt silky smooth.

Here are some of my uses for coconut oil. Share this article on Facebook and let me know how you use it!

  • When baking, use it when it calls for oil or butter
  • Brushing teeth. I tried it a few times but I’ve got friends who swear by it
  • Coconut oil non-stick spray for cooking
  • Spoonful in my morning oatmeal…did you watch the video above?
  • Dry skin…you know your husband’s elbows need it!
  • Weekly massage
  • Chapped nipples during breastfeeding
  • Diaper rash

Hey pregnant and new moms, I hope you try the last two on the list. I also wanted to let you know that I’m giving my “Finally Feel Ready To Go Back To Work After Maternity Leave!” talk at an upcoming Parent Connection event here in San Diego on May 19th. More details to come, hope to see you there!

As a woman who embraces health and a mom who cares what her kid is eating, I dig on coconut oil. It’s a no brainer that gives you a better brain.

Share and let me know how you use coconut oil !

Disclaimer: I am not giving health advice. I’m a mom blogger. So enjoy!  Photo credit: Pixabay

Crockpot Your Way to Sanity

March 3rd, 2014 | 2 comments
Enjoy these easy and healthy slow cooker recipes!

Enjoy these easy and healthy slow cooker recipes!

It never fails to disappoint when I can literally make dinner in half an hour before the girls wake up and come home to a gorgeous smelling home and hot, yummy meal. Done and Done. Why don’t I do this every day?!

Well, in my research for meal planning I found a few sites of women who have done just that! Insanity or genius! Check out 365daysofCrockpot or Stephanie O’Dea’s year of crockpotting.  They have fabulous recipes and it’s handy because they tell you what goes wrong and what to avoid. I’m also a big fan of Once A Month Meals where you prepare a bunch of meals, freeze them and then heat them up the night you want them. Well they even do crockpot meals. So you can simply take the frozen meal out of the freezer, thaw the day before in fridge, then throw in crock pot the day of. Now that is some cooking efficiency!!!

Because I’m on a slowcooker afterglow I wanted to share the love. Here are some of my fav recipes taken from some of the greatest women online! Also check out my Pinterest board for all my faves!

 

Crockpot Lemon Rosemary and Thyme Chicken and Rice Soup

From Whatsfordinner.blogspot.com that she adapted from food.com

Ingredients:

9 cups water (3 of the cups I used chicken broth instead of water)

3 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 TBSP fresh minced ginger

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup sweet onions, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 garlic cloves, minced

one sprig of fresh thyme

one sprig of fresh rosemary

2 lbs chicken breasts

2 1/2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

8 ounces rice, uncooked

Directions:

Add water, salt, pepper, olive oil, ginger, carrot, onion, celery, garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon peel, lemon juice, and chicken to a crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.  30 minutes before serving add uncooked rice to crockpot.

 

White bean, kale and Sausage Soup

From Saturday Evening Pot

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds bulk Italian sausage (we use      turkey)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, liquid      included
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans Bush’s white beans, drained
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 5 cups kale greens, chopped

Directions:

  1. Brown turkey and garlic together and drain      excess grease.
  2. Place in large 5 to 6-quart crock-pot.
  3. Add beans and tomatoes.
  4. Add chicken broth until completely covered by      at least a half inch. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Add kale and fold in until kale is completely      moist. Cook on low approximately 6 to 6.5 hours or until kale is tender.      Makes approximately 8-10 servings.

Mango BBQ Chicken

From MyQuirkyLife

Ingredients:

• 3-4 Boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs

• 1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (look for one that DOES NOT have tons of sugar…beware of BBQ sauce)

• 1/4 cup no salt chicken broth

• 2 fresh mangoes, cubed or package of frozen mangos

Directions:

Place the chicken in, top it with your cubed mango, add your BBQ Sauce, and then the chicken broth. Then cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. When it’s done, simply grab two forks and tear it up – my favorite part. The chicken should more than easily come apart super easy.

 Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

From TableSpoon

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

1 can (14.5 oz) organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (11 oz) of whole kernel corn and red and green peppers, drained

1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

4 cups tortilla chips, coarsely crushed

1/2 cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 4 minutes, turning once, until browned on both sides. Place chicken in slow cooker. Add water, broth, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, cumin and chili powder.
  2. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from slow cooker to plate; shred using 2 forks. Return chicken to slow cooker. Stir in cilantro. Cover; cook 30 minutes longer. Top each serving with 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Do it. Make one of these! Do something wonderful for you and your fam!! Hugs!!

Juice Pulp Bisque

January 27th, 2014 | no comments
Don't let that #juicepulp go to waste! Enjoy this  healthy, savory soup!

Don’t let that #juicepulp go to waste! Enjoy this healthy, savory soup!

I’m a mom on a mission! Yet another creation to use up green juice pulp. This one is a warm, cozy and healthy soup. Enjoy!!

I always have these ingredients in my pantry so hence the ingredient list.

Ingredients:

All your juice pulp from the day’s juicing…you may want to pick a day where you don’ t use a lot of fruit

3/4 cup light coconut milk

3 cups broth, I used chicken broth

tablespoon full of turmeric, pumpkin pie spice, cumin

half teaspoon full of salt and pepper, cayenne or smoked paprika….go easy on spice

Directions:

1. add pulp and coconut milk to 3 cups broth, heat until boiling

2. transfer to blender and blend until smooth

3. put back in pot and add spices. I noticed that I needed more flavor so I added a few shakes of cinnamon and cumin. But you should add spices to your liking. I encourage you to taste and add the spices that you like!

4. Ready to serve with pine nuts and dollop of sour cream.

Depending on how much pulp you make, you can get a several cups of soup. I suggest that you only keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days. I just put some portions in Tupperware and froze them so I could have a serving size ready to heat on the stove and eat!

Check out my other #greenjuice pulp recipes on my Favorite Recipes board on Pinterest. Let me know what you think!!