How To Cultivate A Healthier Lifestyle Today

I received a complimentary membership to Dashing Dish in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

I personally have never been the type to meal plan. As a new mom, my focus is getting through one day at a time with whats in my refrigerator.

I have an okay diet, and my exercise consists on chasing my boys around the yard.

This is my reality.

This year I'm choosing to make a CHANGE in my overall lifestyle with the help of Katie Farrell from Dashing Dish. 

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For years I've followed Katie's journey through Dashing Dish, her heart for Jesus and healthy living. Through her three books, Katie continues to share her testimony and over 2,000 mouth-watering recipes - (minus the guilt!) 

 

 

My boys enjoy the Cranberry Turkey Salad - sandwich form (we did omit the pecans.) It's a quick savory meal with a sweet crunch AND kid-friendly! BONUS!

There's more where that came from...

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The Dashing Dish Membership has you covered with more kid-friendly, gluten-free options, 30-minute meals, a variety of delectable dishes and SO much more!

And coming from an amateur (me) in the kitchen, these meals are effortless to whip up AND bursting with flavor! 

Not sure about an ingredient? Katie also includes substitutions for your personal preferences. (I did swap out a few ingredients and the meals were just as delicious!)

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The Skinny Mexican Lasagna was my family's personal favorite. This meal took a little over a hour between prep and cook time but was certainly worth the wait. My husband has a particular palette and was coming back for seconds!

I do enjoy the gluten-free options, especially a dish with a little bit of heat: cumin, chili powder and enchilada sauce gave this meal a kick but wasn't overwhelming. 

 

MMMMM ENCHILADA SOUP....

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AND it doesn't "taste healthy" because the thought behind healthy dishes is... 

healthy = lack of flavor.

Katie does a phenomenal job introducing various spices and herbs throughout her dishes to keep flavor VERY present and removes all the processed junk - This is paramount for exceptional dishes! 

CAN'T FORGET THE CLEAN EATING GYROS

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SO, what is the Dashing Dish Membership?

     The membership provides the tools for cultivating a healthy lifestyle which includes:

  • A Meal Plan Builder

  • Grocery List Builder (THEE best!)

  • Members only - Exclusive recipes AND workouts

     All for only $7 monthly or $70 annually! Head over to Dashing Dish and sign up TODAY!

 

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My top three favorite Dashing Dish Member features are:

  • The Grocery List Builder: a time-saver and so efficient! There's no going back and forth between recipes. I simply click what meal I want and the ingredients are added to my grocery list (sizes and amounts included - also includes what recipe the ingredient is from.) Easy Peasy!

  • The Meal Calendar: EVERY mom's dream! With a click of a finger, meals can be added to your weekly (or monthly) meal schedule AND you can print it out for the fridge. So there's no asking mom all day, "What's for dinner??"

  • The Dashing Dish Community (via Facebook:) a wonderful addition where other members share tips, ask questions, give suggestions and chat directly with Katie (she's actively posting updates, videos and talking with other DD members.) It's a great way to bounce ideas off other women aiming to live the best life with healthy goals too.

  • **BONUS** Dashing Dish has an iPhone app so you can take these yummy recipes wherever you go! AND its free!

A few things improvements would be:

  • An email option to have a weekly pre-made meal plan. I received a DD newsletter email that included a link to download a pre-made week plan curated by Katie and LOVED that this task was already done for me!

  • More copycat recipes. I noticed there was an In-N-Out clean eating recipe and would love to see more like that.

  • I do consider myself an amateur cook/baker and would love to see a "beginner's recipe" or easy recipe category.

 

 

Overall, I really enjoyed navigating through the Dashing Dish website. As I mentioned, I have read all three of her books and can attest to Katie's passion behind Dashing Dish. The savory and sweet recipes are crafted specifically to help those flourish in the kitchen, care for our bodies and live health(ier) lifestyles. 

Through discipline (diet, physical activity, etc.) and accountability (DD membership, community, etc.), we are able to cultivate and maintain an ideal healthy lifestyle.

Dashing Dish is the resource for exactly this...

 

How are you cultivating a healthy lifestyle?

 

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Here's a Twist to Girls Night Out

This post is sponsored by Painting with a Twist, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

If you're sitting at home on a Saturday night (or even a weekday) struggling to come up with a unique and effortless night out with a girlfriend or even with your kids, well I think I can help you out!

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I've never considered myself to be the "artsy" type and to be honest, I'm that person who still draws the stick figures and wish I had some artistic ability. When I first heard about Painting With a Twist, I was most definitely hesitant. 

I took my sister-in-law to Painting with a Twist for her birthday to see what it was all about and sure enough, we had an absolute ball! 

 

The fun began as soon as we walked through the door, the head instructor greeted us with smiles, laughter, and adorable little aprons. To our left was the "Inspiration Station" filled with a variety of yummy drinks, and to our left was artwork wall to wall that I instantly envied

 

Throughout the two hours of painting, there was singing, some dance breaks, and a whole lot of encouragement. Their motto, just have fun.  And I'm ok with that.

 

During the breaks, there was a fun contest that entailed painting a portrait of your partner...yikes! Naturally, my sister-in-law wins the GRAND prize (a paintbrush pen) with her somewhat fierce picture of me. 

 

I enjoyed my time with this group, because that is what made the experience so memorable -  your fellow creatives. No one took themselves seriously, some were on dates, others with their daughters, and we all came out with a gorgeous sunset to hang

 

I would highly recommend Painting with a Twist for a group of gals looking to have a laid back and silly evening, or a fun day with the kids (they even offered a kids painting camp during the week and weekends!.) No artistic ability needed. (if I can do it, you most certainly can.) 

Looking for a Painting with a Twist studio? Find one nearest to you here

 

My son is going to LOVE waking up to the warm sunshine every morning! 

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3 Ways To Squeeze VitaTops into Your Daily Routine

This post is sponsored by VitaTops, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Spring is in full swing and schedules are as busy as ever with extracurricular activities, work projects, and packed planners with all sorts of to-dos! It just never ends!

And with all the busy comes a break, SPRING BREAK! Time to unwind with family and make amazing memories. So what's in your cooler for the long-awaited road trip? 

I think I can help you out with a delicious, family-friendly and healthy snack that's ready to go, at home or on the road! 

 

 

Bursting with antioxidants and crafted with organic ingredients, VitaTops are simply your go-to snack. They come in several flavors (blueberry pictured) and packed with plenty of protein and fiber for everyone in the family.

I'm sharing 3 ways you can squeeze VitaTops into your busy, busy schedule today, including a few other fun ideas for the upcoming holiday!

 

 

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, VitaTops are a great way to start the day at breakfast. My boys devoured this tasty snack and couldn't help but ask for a second helping. They loved the blueberries!

 

For mom, I was able to sneak one away while at the computer and another as I was heading out the door. Only 120 calories with a dash of tartness - yes please! 

 

I was so excited to hear that my son and his classmates enjoyed their VitaTops for snack time! He was excited to share them with his friends.

 

A couple other creative ways to slip VitaTops in your "on-the-go" lifestyle, especially this time of year for spring breakers, is a road trip snack! VitaTops come in large packages (I purchased mine on Amazon - packet of 24) that are perfect for last minute, nutritious snacks. 

Other VitaTops flavor options:

  • Gluten-Free

  • Organic

  • Protein-Rich

  • Superfood

 

**Also, another great idea for Easter baskets! VitaTops is a great healthy substitute to the Easter sweets!**

 

VitaTops can be found at the following local stores: Kroger, Target, Publix, Shop-Rite, HEB, Stop & Shop, or Giant. 

What I Will NOT Do in the New Year

This post may contain affiliate links.

 

We are coming to a close on the first week of a new beginning and, I enjoyed reading everyone's goals for the new year! For me, I finally jotted down my aspirations for a fuller, healthier, and happier new year!

And as we know, with a new year comes change: better health, more organization, making wiser choices, etc...

 

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I've never been one to make a new year's resolution. I believe in goal setting and if I'm dissatisfied with my lifestyle, I simply won't wait until the new year to make necessary changes.

Having said that, I've created a list featuring what I know I will NOT do in the New Year:

 

  • DIET. I believe in being more aware of a healthier lifestyle: mind, body and soul - healthy eating habits, A fitness routine, and taking a mini-hiatus. Food is meant for healing and MAINTAINING our health - all in moderation. 

  • DRAMA. There is enough hurt, sadness, depression, and disease daily around the world. I would much rather spend time resolving those issues that will make the world a little brighter, versus contributing to those matters that develop a lingering dark cloud. Choose to focus on a resolution rather than conflict.

  • WORRY. For the past several years, I have fallen victim to this trap. Worrying about my marriage, being a great mother, our finances...it is a thief of joy! It has diminished my faith as well as my emotional and physical self. The Lord asks, "why do you have little faith..."

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So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NLT)

MY FAVORITE VERSE

  • COMPARE. Another thief of joy. Whether its my lifestyle, my children, or my relationship with the Lord, others' opinions shouldn't affect me nor should i reciprocate with judgement. No one story is identical to another. Keep in mind that we must guard our hearts, for with comparing comes envy, selfishness and jealousy. Embrace all you possess and give thanks to Him!

  • BE STILL. Although I have three active boys (husband included), I will continue to have my still moments with God- That will never change. I'm speaking in regards to exploring and remaining active with my family, sightseeing and experiencing all that will create invaluable memories. 

 

There is so much to look forward to with this past year behind us and a year ahead filled with opportunities, and endless goals. I cannot wait to witness what the Lord has planned for you!

 

Why We Must Listen Love Repeat - Part 2

In case you missed Part 1 of Listen Love Repeat, click here to get caught up ;) 

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Karen shares so many inspiring tips, personal stories, scripture and simple ways to show kindness throughout your community. Here are a few ways to live more intentionally and kind right where you are:

  • Practice hospitality. There was a point made in the book that said, "we can lead with our hearts and bless with our homes." Last month, I had hosted a small gathering (thrown together last-minute) and invited our neighbors. It was a wonderful time. A couple days later, my neighbor had seen, stopped and thanked me for having our get together. Turns out, he had been having a tough week with work and needed a breather. Our possessions, our homes are meant to be utilized for ministry and at times, a haven for someone when we least expect.

  • Connect with the lonely and unloved. What better time to be reminded of this than with the holiday season quickly approaching. Adopt the concept of "living with an open door policy." We should be ministering to those who society dismisses. We were created to live for community and for each other. Turn on your feeling barometer and reach out!

  • Love the unloveable. You know who I'm referring to and someone had to of popped into your mind. Think about it, Jesus continued to love those who betrayed, slandered, mocked, and despised him. Only love and kindness can melt the icy heart. Seek out someone today who would least expect a kind word or an act of gratitude. Remember, slow and steady.

  • Embrace family. I have written on a sticky note next to my nightstand, "If you aren't praying for your family, then who is?" Accept and embrace every flaw, every imperfection of the people who loved you from day one and continue to do so. My most cherished and vivid memories growing up were with family. The love of family is the closest form of endearment to God's love we will ever feel on Earth; because they are a gift from above. Celebrate those dear to you not just on special occasions but every day.

  • Scatter kindness. If your loved ones could describe you in one word, what would it be? Beautiful? Caring? Sweet? Funny? Although I fall short at times, I strive to be kind. I couldn't tell you what I have said or done for someone, but I can remember exactly how they felt. When we scatter kindness where ever we go, the blessing comes back ten fold. Our job is to show others God's grace through kindness. Once we have done our job, the rest is in God's hands.

 

My prayer for you is that these words will resonate with you as they have with me. Not too often do books like Listen Love Repeat change the way I think or influence me to take action.   

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**I was selected as a book launch team member for Listen, Love Repeat. All views and opinions are my own.**