Category Archives for "Self & Wellness"

October 24, 2017

Merry & Light: 16 of the Most Unbelievably Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Celebrate the season and stay fit with these 16 healthy holiday appetizers. They're great for a holiday party, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, or New Year's eve. Low carb, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options included! Try a quick and easy dip, sweet and savory shareable, or a fresh take on veggies.

Healthy holiday appetizers will help you stick to your eating plan and stay healthy throughout the holiday season.


My eyes scanned the appetizers at my friend’s Christmas party, searching for something – anything – I could eat without feeling a pang of regret later.

I felt a growl in my stomach and that tingling of my mouth just starting to water at the smell of baked brie, cheesy quiche, and gloriously buttery pastries. Dejected, I hung my head and walked away, dhoulders slumped, silently chiding myself for not having eaten before I came.

It wasn’t my friend’s fault.  It’s not her job to cater to my diet and lifestyle.  That’s MY job!  And I had failed.

I stood there, biting my lip, fists clenched and turning white.  I’d known her party wouldn’t be laid with a dazzling display of healthy holiday appetizers.  I was mad…  At myself.  Why didn’t I eat before?  Better yet, why didn’t I bring something healthy to share?  What was I thinking?

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Be Prepared for Anything at Work: The Ultimate Guide

Has a completely avoidable wardrobe or hygiene fail ever derailed your workday? These tips will give you lots of ideas of products and supplies to keep on hand so you'll be prepared for anything at work.

Do you ever have those moments at work where a completely avoidable wardrobe or hygiene fail threatens to derail your day?

  • You spilled coffee all over your dress, and the assistant regional something-or-other is visiting the office today.
  • You got to work, only to realize you forgot to brush your teeth.
  • You’re due to give a presentation in 10 minutes, and you’re so nervous that you’re pitting out your blouse.

Don’t let these events throw you off your game and ruin your day.  Stock your desk with some supplies in advance, and you’ll be prepared for anything at work.

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August 1, 2017

Easy Ways to Encourage Personal Growth Each Week

Looking for motivation to have a better week? Want to practice self-care but not sure where to start? You don't have to spend lots of time or money to experience personal growth.  Learn to grow into your best self, while improving the quality of your week. Plus a free printable to help you do it!

I’m guessing you’re busy.

As in, sometimes you feel like you don’t even have time to breathe.  Working late, taking the kids here and there, dealing with the endless stream of issues that pop up every day.

Sometimes we get so busy just trying to get it all done.  Checking off all the boxes.  Crossing things off the to-do list.

Getting stuff done is great – I’m a big believer in achievement and taking action.  But what good is checking off all those boxes if you’re the in the same place at the end of the week?  What good is achievement to you as a woman if it isn’t a transformative experience?

Unless you take deliberate steps to learn and grow as a person, you’re stuck at point A in terms of personal development.

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July 11, 2017

Stop Doing These 3 Things Today for Clearer Skin

Dealing with adult acne is frustrating. You may be doing things that are causing clogged pores and breakouts. Learn some common causes and solutions for adult acne. Try these clear skin tips, treatments, and remedies to stop adult acne in its tracks.

Adult acne stinks.  “I’ll have clearer skin when I get older,” I thought as a teen.  And to a major extent, I do.  However, I struggled with significant acne well into my 20s.  It wasn’t until I stopped doing a few things (And got serious about a skincare regimen) that my skin cleared up.

Today, I’m sharing 3 things I stopped doing that led to clearer skin.

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Tieks: Your New Favorite Flats

Curious about Tieks shoes? I was, too. I bought a pair and tried them out, thinking they'd never fit my wide feet. Find out what happened in this review. See pink, taupe, and nude patent Tieks up close!

I received no compensation in exchange for this post.  This post does not contain affiliate links.  I chose to write about Tieks because I love them and I want to share them with you!

Flats.

They’re kind of the broccoli of the shoe world.  Functional, good for your health, and less exciting than the other options on the table.

But a cute pair of flats can completely make an outfit.  And a high-quality pair will be your wardrobe hero, time and again.

Where can I find these stylish, well-made flats, you ask?

Enter Tieks by Gavrieli.

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May 30, 2017

Eating Well: Impostor Fried Rice

Want all the deliciousness of fried rice, without the extra carbs and guilt? Try this quick and healthy recipe for low-carb cauliflower fried rice with egg!

Fried rice.

It’s a staple on Chinese restaurant menus the world over, and for good reason.

There’s just something about that combination of salty soy sauce, starchy rice, and sweet vegetables that is undeniably delicious.

However, typical fried rice is also full of simple carbs and greasy oil… both of which will help you pack on pounds!

I’ve come up with a quick, easy, and healthy alternative that provides the taste and feel of fried rice – without the extra fat and carbs.

Let’s check it out!

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May 18, 2017

Dessert Swap – Blueberries and Zabaglione

Love zabaglione, but hate what it does to your figure? Check out my recipe swap inspired by blueberries with zabaglione! You'll enjoy this quick, easy, and light dessert. It's great for parties. And, it's under 100 calories!

If you’ve never had zabaglione, let me describe it for you.  It’s a cool, sweet, silky custard, usually spiked with a little moscato.  It’s at its best in a champagne glass, under a layer of sumptuous fresh berries.  With blueberries especially, zabaglione is basically irresistible.

And it does your waistline zero favors.

I’ve made peace with my weakness for blueberries and zabaglione.  A simple swap was all it took to get a similar epicurean experience (Ok, a vaguely similar experience at least), with way fewer calories.

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