30 Days of Giving Thanks

Wow, can you believe it’s November already? As if being knee deep in pumpkins, fallen leaves and homemade bunny costumes isn’t fun enough, I’m getting excited for the family to arrive in town for another crazy fabulous Thanksgiving weekend.

Because Thanksgiving means pumpkin cheesecake. You see, I have so much to be thankful for in my life, but pumpkin cheesecake definitely tops the list.

You think I’m kidding. Never. Continue reading

Top 25 Things I Have Yet to Do

Getting outside to hike – like on this recent trip to Glacier National Park – keeps life playful, but it’s important to keep bigger goals in mind too.

Last week, in my Inside Out class, I was tasked with something fairly difficult: making a list of 25 things I’ve always wanted to do, try or learn, but never have.

The good news is, I’ve been fortunate to seek out and accomplish a lot of cool things in my day: backpack Australia, bungee jump in New Zealand, zip line in Costa Rica, climb the Eiffel Tower, ramble through castles in Ireland, honeymoon in Jamaica, scuba dive in Baja, cruise around Mexico with my BFF, drink wine in Napa, hike 14,000 foot mountains, mountain bike the White Rim Trail, give birth naturally and well, you get the idea. I’m an adventurer at heart.

So at first thought, I didn’t believe I’d come up with 25 things. But the truth is that as adults especially, we tend to stop doing some of the cool things that we used to. In short, we stop playing. Continue reading

Share Your Diet/Fitness Ideas and #Win a Slow Cooker!

It’s no secret that I believe living a soulicious life involves nourishing your body. Staying active and eating well should be priorities in life, no?

SlimKicker is a healthy living/fitness app that turns healthy habits into 7-30 day challenges. This level-up, points-based game puts the emphasis on learning proper nutrition, portion control and other habits that participants can stick with for the long run.

Because the SlimKicker team realizes that fun and games aren’t enough, they also provide ongoing support with personalized advice, as well as tools such as calorie counter and fitness tracker. It’s a great way for folks to interact with experts and stay motivated while developing healthier, life-long habits.

For example, users can pledge to give up soda for a month or use their slow cooker once a week. We know all about the latter as we are (or are trying to be) Slow Cooker Savvy around here, right? Which brings me to…

The Giveaway

SlimKicker reached out to me looking for fresh ideas from YOU for fun, creative fitness  and diet challenges! To enter, leave a comment below for each idea that you have. Keep it simple; one-to-two sentences only. SlimKicker will choose the winner based on their favorite entry, use it on their site and send you a brand-new Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker. Hooray! Continue reading

Conquering versus Recovering

I’ve had a few questions lately about how PT is progressing for me, what kind of exercises they have me doing now, etc. Well, last week my physical therapist sent me a new workout, and I was totally excited to get it in a new online format that not only illustrates the exercises, but also animates them with step-by-step, printable instructions. Super cool, and helpful too!

I thought some of you might enjoy seeing exactly what kind of torture strengthening moves Brad is putting me through these few weeks. 

I count a total of 150 lunges. On both sides.  Continue reading

Earth Day Challenge

Happy Earth Day! I know it’s cliche, but I truly believe that every day should be earth day. (I told you it was cliche!) Be good to Mother Earth, and she will be be good to you. But let’s face it, when it comes to treating her with respect, we can all do a little better. The key is to replace one bad habit at a time with something healthier. Continue reading

A Holiday Challenge

It’s one week before Christmas and I’m failing miserably. My holiday card is going to be another New Year’s card. My child’s holiday photos – which still need to be sent across the country – will not be ready for pick up until five days before Christmas. We have not yet gone to visit Santa despite the Groupon I purchased. And I have done nearly no shopping.

Of course, this is completely my fault. I challenged us this year. I’m so tired of the consumerism and excessive buying that Christmas has become that I challenged Eddy and I to buy nothing brand new. It can be second-hand, handmade, or an experience, i.e. a massage or yoga class punch card (hint, hint, hubby).  Continue reading