Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Busy Mom's Guide To Healthy Eating

     I think I have shared on a couple of instances that I am in my graduate school. I decided to pursue my Master's degree, and it was a goal that I wrote way back when our youngest daughter was a baby. I saw my old journal, and while I do not graduate until 2019, I was ecstatic to check that off the list. It has been in the back of mind, and I always hesitate even to inquire. Our youngest one is now in Kindergarten, and I felt a strong will that the time has come to pursue that goal. Starting to inquire..which school was course...is another battle. BUT... I am proud of myself for taking that first step. I am also fortunate to have a very supportive husband, who assured me that I could do this along with the busy season of our lives and raising our kids.

     No matter how I have prepared myself mentally for how things can get crazy hectic ...I still get overwhelmed. These are the top things that consumed my mind and how I tackled them( and always trying to improve).

1. I will not be as involved in my kid's education as I used to be and will not have quality family time
Well, I am now able to volunteer at both of our girl's school. I am fortunate that I was able to pick and choose the days and time that I can volunteer in their classroom. I can still guide them with their homework if I can not...my husband is as happy as I am to help our kids with their homework. It is just about scheduling and planning.I do not read any textbook and do the research paper (not unless it's an absolute must) on weekends.

2. Keeping up with chores
Moms and wives are terrible at asking help and settling with the support they get. If you don't have any problems with I  have mentioned, good for you! Sometimes, we expect the people around us to guess and read our minds. Ask help! I know do...even our little ones at home. A seven-year-old and a five-year-old can help. Trust me; you will be surprised how much this can free your time.  We came up with our chore system, (which I will share soon) and I love it!

3. Healthy Eating
I stress about this...all the time. I am a frugal mom, and I just find it hard to shop without menu planning and a list. I kid you not when you are in school, raising your own family and keeping up with everything, this is one department that will inevitably be affected. This is where Personal Trainer Food became a blessing!



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What exactly is PERSONAL TRAINER FOOD?



Do not be put off with their tagline. I know, because that was my first thought. Small waist? Personal trainer food is a meal delivery system. Pre-portioned, healthy meals delivered right to your door.  If you want to lose weight and do not know where to start or just do not have the time. This meal plan and food delivery are for you. Weight loss is more about what you eat. Eating less and moving more. Meal planning can be overwhelming, and Personal Trainer Food has different meal plans to choose from.


1. REV Rapid Weight Loss Women's Program

2. Two meals a day ( breakfast and lunch)

3.Three Meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

4. You Choose (breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner)


     If you want to lose weight, just follow their very simple weight loss plan. How simple? No calorie counting, no points counting, no additional ingredients to buy and nothing to cook from scratch. Nada! All the food are pre-cooked, impressive in taste, gourmet-style food. You might wonder ...well..frozen food is not healthy and does not taste good. This is where I come in.


I loved the Personal Trainer Food because:


 I am a busy mom, and I still want to eat healthy meals. I am also a frugal mom, and I know this delivery service does not seem economical by all means. However, there are days after days where we just can not cook. We get tired. We can't shop. There are days where I can not even meal plan. That's life. If we are honest with ourselves..we just can not pull a June Cleaver lifestyle every single time. Instead of hitting the drive-through for fast food, I prefer Personal Trainer Food.
The meals are not just for me too! Our girls, ages seven and five have tried and loved it too. We ordered the 28 days (lunch and dinner). My husband loved it as well. And here's some of the things , I also love to share with you all:

1. My husband and I are were impressed with their frozen vegetables. Truth be told, we are expecting a soggy and sad veggies. To our delight, the vegetables are fresh and not soggy at all. Believe me when I say, that their bagged and frozen veggies are way better than the store-bought frozen veggie bags.



2. Each packed meal, has heating instructions on it. However, microwaves do vary. I overcooked the pork ribs and it turned very rubbery. I suggest to cook it less than the time specified and play it from there.



3. If you get bored with the meals, you can get creative. I used the cooked rotiseerrie chicken for my alfredo pasta! It was so tasty and my husband said it was by far the best alfredo pasta I made. The chicken is tender and full of flavor. Just be mindful that if you get creative and trying to loose weight..this alters your weight loss plan. As always, you can always use wholesome ingredients or moderation.

4. Their sauces and the garlic butter ....awesomely delish! Our eldest daughter can not get enough of the garlic butter. We used it with the veggies.



5. We ordered a bunch of hamburger patties. We bought hamburger buns and just added lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayo. You can skip that, the patty with romaine lettuce as the "bun" is also good!

6. They ship the same day. No hidden fees, contracts or auto-billing. Zilch!


Here's a few of the meals that we love!

The apple and gouda sausage


The Prime Rib Fajita


The Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast


The Rotisserie Chicken Breast


The Meatballs


Did I mentioned that you can mix and match your entress and veggie selection? The combinations are extensive!

Check theirwebsite and give Personal Trainer a try! Let me know what you think about it too. Also, this is a great Christmas gift as well. For your fitness fanatic friend and relative, the foodie dad and the mom that needs a long break from cooking (and does not mind the microwave heating).

Meal Prep


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blogger Spotlight Link Party # 88

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party #88

Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

We have a new Tailwind tribe to join, if you link up here feel free to share your linked posts on our new tribe.  RULES:  you must pin one pin for every one you leave.  I hope this helps us promote each other’s posts even more!



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Healthy Living Link Party # 137


Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party #137


Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
  We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.


We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

 Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


 A Bountiful Love  

40 Weeknight Skillet Recipes 



Day By Day In Our World  
 






    SIMPLIFIED Rules of the Party: 

    • Link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  
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    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Blogger Spotlight Link Party # 87


    Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 87

    Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

    We have a new Tailwind tribe to join, if you link up here feel free to share your linked posts on our new tribe.  RULES:  you must pin one pin for every one you leave.  I hope this helps us promote each other’s posts even more!



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    Healthy Living Link Party # 136


    Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 136

    My apologies for the late posting of the party. I have not shared with you all that last July, I enrolled to pursue my Master's degree. The school and family life kept my mind and time busy. Maybe busier than I want to. Thank you for your patience! For now, enjoy the party and I can't wait to see what are you up to. I will be pinning!


    Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
      We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



    The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.


    We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

     Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


     A Bountiful Love  



    Day By Day In Our World  
     






      SIMPLIFIED Rules of the Party: 

      • Link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  
      •  Visit your linky neighbor. Comment or share on your favorite social media platform.




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      Tuesday, October 24, 2017

      40 Weeknight Skillet Recipes

      Here's 40 mouth-watering, easy weeknight skillet recipes for busy parents. Save 'em and pin 'em for later too! 





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      Monday, October 23, 2017

      Maverick and Me: Review + Giveaway

           I still vividly remember the day I saw a white puppy at our parent's friends house. We were visiting my parent's house, and their dog just gave birth to these small, white and adorably cute puppies. I begged to have her. And just like any parents who believe that their kid is not ready to have a pet, my mama declined. It was until I was in high school when my sisters and I became "moms" of two St. Bernard pups. We named them Charles and Diana. We loved them like our kids. Charles and Diana died of natural causes, and it was devastating. The four of us cried, and we were sad. After that, we adopted another dog, and our pet family grew from there. I remember having five all at the same time. It was indeed a lot of work, but as a kid, those were the best times. That was one awesome part of my memories growing up.

           Now, that I am married and have two beautiful girls of our own, I still desire to have a family pet. A dog that our kids will grow up with and play with. Unfortunately, our living situation for now will not allow that. We live in a small and happy home with NO backyard. We just do not think it is feasible. However, I firmly believe that adopting a pet is in our future. If you are constricted because of your living situation or budget limitations, there are several ways to help and support your local animal shelter, which I have shared in this post.




      This book, Maverick and Me is a colorful and value-filled material. Our eldest, enjoyed reading it and she now know that adopting a pet is honorable and is also a way of honoring God's creation. It is a teaching moment to be able to tell our girls how many animals, dogs and cat alike that needs a loving home. That loving and taking care of the animals is honoring God's creation.  Every page is full of engaging illustrations and simple words. Our five year old, understood the words that were used in the book. It engages their imagination and got excited when I old them the book, is based on a true story. Katherine Schwarzenegger's own rescue dog story.


      8 Other Ways to Support Your Local Animal Shelter:

      1. Volunteer - There is nothing as helpful as giving your time. Ask your local shelter if kids can tag along.
      2. Spread the message and be an ambassador - Visit Humane Society's website and grab one of this to share on your social media accounts :


      3. Donate pet food- If money and budget is an issue, hold an animal-food drive. There are also tons of coupons available from the Sunday newspaper.
      4. Donate supplies - Donate supplies such as old towels, blankets and toys. Contact your local shelter for any supplies that they need the most.
      .
      Shop Amazon for pet supplies 



      5. Share the idea of pet adoption- Be a constant ambassador. Even if you can't adopt, maybe you can direct other people who always want to adopt an animal but are not aware of the procedures.




      About the book:

      Publication Date: September 5, 2017
      Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris
      ISBN: 9780824956875
      Price: $16.99
      Format: Jacketed Hardcover
      Page Count: 32
      Ages: 4-7

      About the author:


      Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and ASPCA Ambassador. Katherine and the real Maverick live in California, where Katherine blogs about their adventures. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.

      About the illustrator:
      Phyllis Harris is a supporter of pet adoption and has adopted two dogs, Brandy and Cassie, over the years. She has been illustrating children’s books since 2001, including On Christmas Day by Margaret Wise Brown and My Mama & Me by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband.

      Now, onto the GIVEAWAY!
       Disclosure: (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to WorthyKids for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this honest review and post.



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      Thursday, October 19, 2017

      Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 86

      Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party #86

      Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

      We have a new Tailwind tribe to join, if you link up here feel free to share your linked posts on our new tribe.  RULES:  you must pin one pin for every one you leave.  I hope this helps us promote each other’s posts even more!



      If you need more SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT and BLOG ENGAGEMENT support,
      We invite you to join our FACEBOOK GROUP.



      Join our BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY Collaborative board! You are welcome to pin your awesome post that you had shared in our parties. Just please let's make it clean and wholesome.  If you want to join the board, just send us a message and let us know!






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      DIY Nature Placemat

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      Witch Footprint
       


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      Meet Your Hostesses :



      Not a must but we appreciate follows! Follow your host in any way, let us know if you are a new follower and we will be glad to return the love.

      Cristina of A Bountiful Love 



      Tweet , help us spread the word!

      Join us every Thursdays, 7pm . Connect with bloggers and grow your reach.
       


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