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Put yourself first to feel amazing!

Bye-bye lazy days of summer The kids are back in school and I've finally got time for me.  I'm ready to get into a solid routine for Fall.  How about you?  For years, I'd get excited at the start of the school year and commit to too many volunteer projects and sign my...

Asian Kale Salad

Kale salad was a no-go   I'm always trying to get my kids to eat more veggies, so I thought I'd make kale salad.  It didn't go over well.  My husband, the storyteller in the family, took the opportunity to tell us about the time he hid veggies under the kitchen table....

5 Mistakes You Make on the Go

    It's September. In my house that means a new school year (yay!).  Sports practices, piano lessons and homework mean extra juggling that I don’t have over summer. It's always an exciting time of year, but I also feel a little more tension when Labor Day passes and...

Spring Meal Ideas: Korean Chicken

Ah...March.  Even though we got 3" of snow this week in Iowa, it'll soon be gone and warmer weather should hang around longer (fingers crossed!).  The glimpses of spring we've had have made me want something different from soups and comfort foods.  The grill is...

Why Your Salad Dressing Needs An Upgrade

  I am the condiment queen.   In my mind, condiments make a meal special.  I love chutneys, garlic chili paste, and even weird stuff like fermented beancurd (check it out!).  I've also been known to have five different kinds of salad dressing at one time, but it's...

Why You Should Detox

Holiday weight gain sucks.   I stepped on the scale a few days after the new year started and realized I’d gained 5lbs.  I knew I’d been eating and drinking with abandon in a “sure, give me another sugar cookie” kind of way, but my jeans didn’t feel tighter.  See how...

Overnight Oats

Oatmeal isn't big in Hawaii I remember seeing commercials as a kid for cold medicine that showed a sneezing, coughing, miserably sick person in a snow storm.  Since I was a kid growing up in Hawaii, I could never relate to that ad. That's how it was with oatmeal.  We...

Wisdom From the Confidence Course

I love physical challenges Being an American Ninja Warrior will never be on my bucket list, but when I saw the confidence course at Camp Dodge I was pumped to test my abilities.  I was there for the Get Real Retreat, led by Liz Nead, and she clearly wanted to take us...

Too Busy For Breakfast?

Notice something missing? Unless I put food in front of him he won’t eat breakfast because he says he’s not hungry. That seems to work for him, but if I ran out the door without eating some protein and fat, I’d be inhaling doughnuts and M&M’s by 10am. That’s why I feel breakfast is so important.

Better Than Starbucks?

Have you ever wanted a pick-me-up in the afternoon? and wished there was something quick you could pick up that’d refresh you and actually be good for you? I think many of us head to Starbucks hoping for that jolt of energy (which explains why there’s always a line at...