5 Kitchen Tools Under $10 You Need in Your Life

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5 KITCHEN TOOLS UNDER $10

5 Kitchen Tools Under 10 Dollars You Need In Your Life

Once you give these 5 Kitchen Tools a try, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. PLUS, they are all under $10!  Can I get an AMEN?

Toaster Tongs ($2.50)

Maybe you love playing catch the toast in the morning, but in case you don’t, these Pampered Chef Bamboo Toaster Tongs will be the best $2.50 investment you will ever make (a Roth IRA might not hurt either, though).

Slow Cooker Liners ($5.99)

So you probably already have a Crock Pot, but have you used these liners yet?  Not only do you not have to worry about making dinner, use these liner so you don’t have to worry about cleaning after either!

All Purpose Spreader ($6.25)

A butter knife just will not do.  Whether you’re spreading Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese, or plain butter, your life just became ridiculously easy.

Veggetti – Vegetable Spiralizer ($9.99)

My girls are pretty good about eating veggies, but I like to sneak some spiralized zucchini into their spaghetti every now and then.  I also don’t like pasta (don’t hate), so the veggetti allows me to eat “spaghetti” with the fam.

Adult Lunchable Containers ($9.99)

So maybe that isn’t the “technical” name, but you get the idea.  Prepping lunches for the week is a breeze with these bad boys!


There you have it!  My life has been forever changed since incorporating these gadgets into my kitchen.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that all 5 kitchen tools are under $10!  Change my life for under $50?  Yes please!

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?  I’d love to hear what you can’t  live without.

 

5 Kitchen Tools Under $10 You Need In Your Life


If you’re interested in other ways I sneak veggies into family dinner, check out Veggie Hide And Seek.

 


 

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Reaching Goals & Gaining Self Control

Setting and achieving goals can be a tough nut to crack, but here is a new concept to help you gain some self control and reach your goals.

Setting and achieving goals can be a tough nut to crack, but here is a new concept to help you gain self control and reach your goals.

I was experiencing a pretty frustrating morning when I decided it was time to get out of the house, slap on my headphones, and go for a hike.  Gaining self control is a constant issue in my world, so I checked in on my podcast library to see what I could find to pull me out of my miry mood.  If podcasts could be spirit animals, I found mine in this episode of Freakonomics Radio where Katherine Milkman shared her findings on a concept she has coined “Temptation Bundling.”  (NOTE: she also discusses the “Fresh Start Effect” in this episode, but for the purpose of focus, I’m saving that one for a future post).

Setting and achieving goals can be a tough nut to crack, but here is a new concept to help you gain self control and reach your goals.

Milkman’s idea of “Temptation Bundling” has you pair something that you like to do with something that you should do.  Generally speaking, as humans, we are naturally inclined to create time for what we enjoy and avoid that which we do not, which is why so many people have a tough time setting and achieving goals.  So, the light bulb went off, and her research followed.   Admittedly, this theory stemmed from her own personal challenges sticking to diets and her struggles with self control at the end of long work days.  Her motivation was to research possible solutions for herself as well as to help others reach their goals.

While listening, I realized that I had unknowingly implemented her notion of “Temptation Bundling” several years ago.  At the time, I was unhappy with my health, and couldn’t figure out how to motivate myself to hop on the treadmill that was collecting dust in my bedroom.  I made excuse after excuse: I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I’m too lazy (ok, so that one was probably true, but not a decent reason).  It occurred to me one day that I was clearly not “too busy” to workout if I had enough time to binge on Netflix every night and most weekends.  So, I made a decision that I was “not allowed” to watch any television unless I was on my treadmill.  I didn’t have to run or get too crazy, but I had to be moving.  Guess what?  IT WORKED!  I was on that treadmill every.single.day. which might say more about my addiction to Netflix than it does about my commitment to getting healthy, but it doesn’t matter!  I was on the right road to a healthier and happier me.  Turns out, I also had this trick in my back pocket to get my laundry done.  I made a rule that I was only allowed to watch Jeopardy (yes, I’m a nerd and I love Alex Trebek’s quippy ways) while folding clothes.  SPOILER ALERT: IT WORKED AGAIN!   Ultimately, I had paired something I liked to do: watch television, with something I should do: workout & fold clothes.  

Setting and achieving goals can be a tough nut to crack, but here is a new concept to help you gain self control and reach your goals.

Here are a few more examples of “Temptation Bundling” that might be up your alley:

  • Indulge in a cheat meal & do 50 sit-ups
  • Only listen to your favorite album & balance your checkbook
  • Skip your workout?  Skip the brewsky!
  • Avoiding someone you should spend time with?  Take them to your favorite restaurant (reserve this restaurant solely & completely for difficult people)
  • Clean out your inbox while watching your favorite movie
  • Declutter while listening to your favorite podcast
  • Only play Candy Crush when you’re on the stationary bike (please only on a stationary one . . . yikes!)

 

If you need help getting your “Temptation Bundle” together, don’t sweat it!  

I’ve got a worksheet to help you figure it out:

Setting and achieving goals can be a tough nut to crack, but here is a new concept to help you gain some self control and reach your goals.

What did you come up with?  I’d LOVE to see all of your bundles in the comments below!

If you want to read some other great posts from some of my bloggy friends, we’ve got a Bloggy Brunch goin’ on!

How to Find Happiness When You’re Down & Out

Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.

Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.

 

So maybe you’ve had a bad day . . . week . . . month . . . year.  Maybe you’ve got the holiday blues.  Maybe you’re frustrated because you have every reason in the world to be happy and thankful, but you just can’t seem to pull yourself out of this ho-hum slump.  All you know is that there is something dragging you down these days, and you can’t seem to snap yourself out of it.  You are not alone my friend.  I know for a fact that happiness ebbs and flows, and sometimes those ebbs seem to be daunting and endless.  I have compiled a few words of wisdom from others (as well as a few gems spawned straight from my endless, inner monologue) that have helped me find the happiness flow when I’m feeling blue.


Act the Way You Want to Feel – according to one of my absolute favorite authors, and my personal happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin, “[a]lthough we presume that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act.”  I’ve gleaned so much wisdom from Gretchen’s books, blog, and podcast, that I can honestly say she has changed my life.  Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.Just the other day I was feeling super negative.  My friend came to pick me up for a movie, and I immediately started complaining.  Literally opened the door, sat down, said hello, and began ranting and raving about how annoying my day had been.  She sweetly sat in silence and let me vent my frustrations until I talked myself right into the realization that I was being a Negative Nancy.  Recognizing that I didn’t want to bring down our movie night with my negativity, I just started laughing.  I was frustrated, tired, annoyed, and irritated, but I wanted to feel happy and positive, so I just started laughing at how ridiculous it all was.  I’m not going to pretend that everything that I was originally annoyed about went away, but laughing at it all definitely made me feel more vibrant, and the stressors of the day didn’t seem to be as relevant as the night wore on. (PS since you are on your epic quest for happiness, I highly recommend checking out Gretchen’s website)


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – I’m sure you’ve heard it before.  After all, Richard Carlson, coined this phrase as the title of his bestseller, and with over 25 million copies in print, maybe he was on to something.  This one might be tough to implement in the moment, after all, the dog peed on the carpet again, your husband forgot to pick up toothpaste on his way home from work, the baby has an ear infection, and you haven’t slept for more than two consecutive hours in over a week.  Each and every one of those things is Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.reason enough to be completely bugged, and here you are dealing with all of them simultaneously, how are you supposed to be happy in the midst of it all?  So here’s a tidbit of advice from Richard Carlson himself, “you will never be completely free from life’s little annoyances, but you can become free from feeling annoyed.”  If it isn’t the dog urinating, or your hubs forgetting to run an insanely small errand, it’s going to be the leaky faucet or the toddler who doesn’t pick up his toys.  There is always, always, always going to be something looming over your head, and the actual, literal, only thing you have control over is your reaction to it.  Easier said than done, I know.  This isn’t one of those “oh, okay, I’ll just not be stressed by that thing anymore, gotcha.”  This takes practice, sometimes years of practice, but a little goes a long way.  So, when you stub your toe later today, choose to take a deep breath instead of spewing out your favorite four letter friends, find a go-to mantra to utter on repeat, and walk it off, because let’s be real, you’ve been through much worse, and you always come out ahead.


Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.Enjoy Small Things – I know what you’re thinking.  We can’t “sweat the small stuff” but we should “enjoy small things,” isn’t that kind of hypocritical?  It’s not, and here’s why . . . both ideologies center around the same focal point: positive mind = positive life.  While we shouldn’t let those tiny annoyances bring down our days, we do have the opportunity to allow those tiny victories to uplift us.  So, as you entertain your nephew with a silly face, drink up that baby belly laugh.  When you schedule lunch with a childhood friend, put your phone away and enjoy a few chuckles over the good ol’ days.  When you whip up pancakes for your daughter, make a happy face out of blueberries just to see her smile.  Play cards.  Cook dinner.  Take a bubble bath.  Workout.  The list is literally endless.


Do Unto Others –  I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets bogged down with life sometimes.  We all do a million things everyday, anFinding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.d there still seems to be a million things on the To-Do list when we can’t fall asleep at night.  In fact, the other day I was feeling ridiculously unappreciated, and I was beginning to wallow in self pity until these words danced into my stream of consciousness.  At that moment, I decided to heed this advice:  I have a friend who bends over backwards for his family, friends, and coworkers, and I suspected that he wasn’t receiving the appreciation he deserves either.  So, I sent him a brief text letting him know how much I appreciate everything he has done for me.  I immediately felt the weight of self deprecation lifted off of my shoulders, and his thankful response later in the day sent me another jolt of happiness knowing that I was able to make his day a little bit brighter.  Sometimes, we just need to take a few moments out of our busy lives to brighten someone else’s day in order to bring a little perspective to our own disorder.  In other words, even when you’re not feeling it, pay it forward.


Set Your Intention – this concept first struck me as I was sweating through one of my 21 Day Fix workouts and Autumn Calabrese said “set your intention for your workout.”  It never occurred to me before.  I had never realized that so many times I would start my day, or a workout, or a project, with half-assed intentions, and then I would sit wondering at the end of it why I wasn’t satisfied.

Finding happiness isn't always easy. Here are a few ways to help you BE happy.The first time I heard her utter these words, I immediately changed my outlook, not just for my workout (although that was truly the best workout I’ve ever had), but for my day and my life overall.  Even though I’ve always known that my mind could play powerful tricks, I never fully grasped how true that was until I began to willfully set my intention each and every day.  I’ll be real here, there are days when I do NOT set my intention, and I absolutely, 100% know the difference by the end of the day.  If you’ve never tried it, I’m sure it sounds crazy, but trust me on this.  Start small, set your intention for a workout, a meeting, a presentation, a blind date, anything.  Tell yourself before it begins that this is going to be a fantastic workout/meeting/presentation/date/etc.  Give yourself a few minutes to let a few negative thoughts come at you (I’m not strong enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever), and then debunk those thoughts with the truth about you (I AM strong enough, I AM smart enough, I AM pretty enough, and so on).  Eventually you’ll be able to translate those small intentions for moments throughout the day into large intentions for your day as a whole, or your week, your month, or maybe even your life.


 

As you can see, I don’t quite have the happiness gig perfected.  There are clearly moments and days when I throw myself a pity party for a little while until I recognize that I actually have the tools to just BE happy.  The reality is, I think that’s okay.  It’s normal.  Is there really a person out there who can be happy in all things at all times?  Nope!

That being said, it is completely and totally possible to find happiness when it doesn’t actually seem so obvious.  It is possible to pull yourself out of a slump.  It is possible to look for and see the good around you.  It is possible to spread joy when you’re feeling like a Debbie Downer.

What about you?  Do you have any tips or tricks to staying happy when times are tough?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so drop a comment below and let’s chat!

The Happiness Project

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We have a new, 60 day health challenge on the horizon (beginning October 5th): Healthier and Happier by the Holidays!

If you’re like me, just thinking about the holidays brings on feelings of stress. Sure, it’s a time to celebrate and hang with my favorite people, but it can also be a source of anguish and panic!

Since I started working out regularly and eating clean, I have less stress, more energy, and am more connected to my body than I’ve ever been. One of my main purposes of becoming a health coach was to help people experience similar results.

I am also doing some much needed inner work. Recently a friend of mine recommended “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, and I knew right away that this would be quite an undertaking, and one better done in a supportive environment . . . which lead to the birth of our next health challenge!

How would you like to feel by early December?

Would you like to be working out regularly?

Would you like to be eating well?

Would you like to have more energy?

Would you like to be happier?

If you think you’re up for the challenge, my coach family and I are organizing a “Healthier and Happier by the Holidays” 60-day challenge!
We will be reading Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project,” working out daily for 30 minutes, and fueling our bodies with clean foods!
Our collective goal is to feel our very best at the time of the year when most people are at their wits end. Don’t your family and loved ones deserve the best version of you? Wouldn’t that be the best possible gift you could give yourself!?
The challenge group will officially kick off on October 5th. The first 5 people to sign up for the challenge will receive a copy of “The Happiness Project” from me! All participants will receive meal plans, shopping lists, motivation, and group support! YAY!
Here’s to a healthier and happier holiday season!

Ultimate Reset: Reclaim (Week 1)

Finding the perfect fitness program isn't easy, but it's possible. Find out how to pick the perfect nutrition and exercise plan to meet your specific needs.
Real talk:  I was absolutely TERRIFIED to try out Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset.  I kept putting it off, and putting it off, until I finally reached out to some fellow coaches asking for accountability.  Thankfully the BB community fosters fabulous coaches wanting to support and encourage one another, so I was graciously met with fellow coaches in a similar terrified boat.  All that to say, we all picked our start dates and went at it full force.
I am happy to report that I am absolutely OBSESSED with this program.  I’m only on Day 4, so we’ll revisit this obsession often over the full 21 days, but for now I’m in love, and here’s why:
1) There is soooooo much food.  On other cleanses and fasts I’ve tried, I have felt hungry . . . nay, hangry!  Not on the Reset, though!  I am eating huge (and I mean HUGE) meals 3 times a day, plus an afternoon snack.  The important thing to remember is that the food is filled with nutrients that your body uses efficiently, unlike fried or processed food that removes most of the nutrients before you get a chance to consume it.  I’m sure you know that when you consume these nutrient dense foods, your body becomes more energy efficient.  Others have reported some fatigue, but I have ironically been experiencing an influx in energy levels and sustained endurance so far.  I did make sure to wean myself off of caffein the week prior to the Reset, so I’m sure that was hugely beneficial in acclimating my body to this program.
2) The food is delicious.  Any other picky eaters out there?  I’ve never been known for my adventurous palate, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  That being said, I made a commitment to trythe recipes detailed in the program.  I usually avoid things like oatmeal and fish, so I was not exactly ecstatic to see those options on the first couple of days.  But I put my big girl pants on and gave them a shot, and you’ll never guess what happened (well you read the heading on this paragraph, so you might be able to guess) they were incredible!    So far, everything on the meal plan has been incredible.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I’ll stumble across at least a recipe or two that isn’t to my liking, but for the picky eater that I am, I was expecting to be miserable with the food choices.  This was definitely a pleasant surprise (have I mentioned my proclivity to hangry outbursts?)
3) The supplements are bearable.  You can hardly notice a taste for most of the supplements in Week 1, and there aren’t any uncontrollable bathroom experiences (you know what I mean).  Notice that I said “most” in that first sentence?  Well, here’s the catch . . . every afternoon there is an Alkalinize supplement that you add to just 2-4 ounces of water.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I definitely did not expect it to be green and earthy (pretty sure I was expecting something salty).  So, my first attempt at knocking it back was pretty rough.  However, it has become easier to consume with each passing day, so I’m hoping by the end I’ll barely notice along with the rest of them.
The pictures above are just a snippet of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Week 1.  The first week is fittingly called “Reclaim” as I definitely feel a renewed sense of ownership over my body and my choices.

 

If you want to “Reclaim” your body from toxins and cravings and are thinking about trying the Ultimate Reset, shoot me a message or leave a comment.  I’d love to answer any questions you have or give more details about my own personal experience.

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