20 Minute Recipe | Sausage Pasta Skillet

20 Minute Recipe | Sausage Rotini Pasta Skillet

Parmigiano Reggiano Sausage Pasta Skillet Recipe

This post is sponsored by Mutti Pomodoro. All opinions are my own.

This 20 Minute recipe is super easy and the perfect quick meal for those busy mom days we all have.

This is one of my go-to recipes on a weeknight or when I really don’t feel like putting too much effort on a meal but still want to serve and eat something delicious with my family.

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3 Tips for Your Family to Eat Fresh and Stay Healthy

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.

I guess living in Florida has spoiled me. I don’t remember ever giving a second thought to whether or not there would be fresh produce available to me. But Making sure my family will Eat fresh and Stay Healthy is just as important in the summer as in the winter.

We don’t have the harsh winter climates most places have which greatly benefits our local farmers.

Fresh ingredients don’t have to be difficult to come by in the winter months. I love cooking with fresh ingredients and Fresh From Florida makes my life easier.

But let’s be real getting kids to eat their veggies and fruits are a battle on it’s own. Continue reading “3 Tips for Your Family to Eat Fresh and Stay Healthy”

How to Boost Your Family’s Immunity + Giveaway

immunity-boosting-tipsThe Cold & Flu season is here and you can help boost your family’s immunity by following these easy steps. Keeping our families healthy is on top of our to do list, you can easily prepare your home & family to help fight colds & flu.

With toddlers in the home, the chances of someone coming down with something is a given. They love sticking their hands in their mouths and touch anything they come in contact with.

Knowing this, it’s important to be on top of our families habits. You can help boost their natural immunity with these easy steps that you can begin today. Continue reading “How to Boost Your Family’s Immunity + Giveaway”

Healthy Back to School Habits Made Easy

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It’s hard to keep up with a good schedule during the summer. With so many different activities we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. A healthy and diverse diet is so important in boosting our immune system but we sometimes, especially during the summer months tend to let some of those healthy school habits slip.

Start by creating some healthy back to school habits to get the ball rolling.

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I certainly am guilty of this. Now that kids are back in school it’s time to get those routines back into shape. Dust your calendars out, write down all of those soccer meets, ballet, play-dates and grocery runs.

Next time you’re at your local Target (which as I know is always) stop by the vitamin aisle and stock up on some Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies for your kiddos. Easy to spot, great price too and your kids will love the flavors.

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nature made kids first gummiesI also grabbed Nature Made Vitamin C for some extra immune system support, cause who doesn’t need that? So be sure to stop by your Target store and pick up a bottle of Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies.

While you are at Target you should pick up some Nature Made® high quality vitamins for yourself too.

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Top 4 Favorite YouTube Channels for Fitness at Home

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With summer just around the corner I’ve stepped up my work out game. I was never a gym person or a workout person in general but I was always active and remained stick thin until I reached my mid 20’s. I would eat any and everything I wanted. Yea… I hate me too. But that is DEFINITELY not the case today. Whatever food I think of already adds calories to my body, especially my inner & outer thighs and mid-section. I’m sure I’m not alone in this! After baby, things aren’t the same. Unless you’re a supermodel, then you don’t count.

My 33rd birthday is coming up in a few short weeks and I’m determined to shed 8 pounds till then. I have however already lost 3 of those pounds, so I need 5 more pounds to reach my goal for my birthday. I’ve always liked reading about different workouts even when I never even worked out. I used to subscribe to Shape Magazine long long ago. I have no idea what for because I really just read it. But when I do workout today (which isn’t very often) I do have some go to workouts from memory because of it. Thanks Shape Magazine.

Today I’ll share with you my Top 4 Go-to YouTube Channels for a complete at home work out. 

 

1. FITNESS BLENDER 

This one is my absolute favorite, they have over 3 million subscribers on YouTube. They are a husband and wife duo and have so many different workout videos, I love working out with Kelli. She wasn’t always the fit woman she is today, she has struggled with weight and eating disorders. If you browse their video uploads you will find a workout you can do and choose the intensity depending on the day.

Their workouts are very well put together and easy to follow along. This channel is for any and all fitness levels, if you are looking for an advanced workout they have plenty to choose from. When I want to intensify my workouts I choose one of their HIIT workouts. Some of their videos also include a warm-up and cool-down, which I like so I don’t have to go digging for one.

2. BLOGILATES 

Cassey has some great Pilates exercise and at a lot of targeted areas workouts. Her Pilates for beginners videos are how I started getting into Pilates. They are also easy to follow and she has a super bubbly personality. She talks throughout her videos pushing you to work harder with positive affirmations. However I don’t watch her dietary recommendations videos.

3. XHIT DAILY 

Xhit hasn’t posted a video in a few months, what gives? But they do have some great videos if you want to get a quick workout in. I do these sometimes when I don’t want to feel guilty I haven’t worked out. Hey, at least I moved for a little bit.

4. YOGA WITH ADRIANE 

Last but not least, Adriane posts frequently and when I don’t feel like jumping up and down or moving too much I choose one of her yoga videos. She also has some great beginners video (which are the ones I use) I’m definitely not a yogi but doing yoga makes me feel good and more centered.

Mommy Tip: Some might not be okay with this but the way I found I could exercise while my son is up and not try to jump on me while I’m working out is to hand him an iPad and let him go crazy until I am finished. Might not be an option for you but I’ve found this works best for me.

I love finding new easy exercise routines to follow, and I hope that you get to check some of these channels out and choose one or a few that is just right for you.

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Do you have a favorite fitness YouTube channel you watch to add to this list? I would love to know, Join the conversation on Facebook or comment below with your suggestion.

Thanks again for reading!

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Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Getting Your Body Back // New Years Resolution

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Sorry to break it to you, but you won’t have THAT body back. You’ll have another, slightly rounder maybe, softer breasts, maybe some stretch marks.  IT’S OKAY!

You made a human being.  Your body went through tremendous work, it stretched in unimaginable ways.  You are amazing! With that said, you can have an even better body. It will depend on how bad you want it. Continue reading “Getting Your Body Back // New Years Resolution”

My Shot at Being Healthy

Hi everyone!

I’ve been dealing with my procrastination for way too long. Nicolas is about to turn 9 months and I still haven’t gotten off my butt. Yes, I could work out with him, while he naps, at night if I really wanted to after he’s off to bed. But I don’t want to and that’s the truth. There are other things I deem more important like mindlessly scrolling through blog posts, Instagram & Facebook (By the way, go and like my both of those pages for me, will ya?)
Being a mom is a daily struggle of what gets done first in the never ending to-do list. It’s about time my well-being was on that list.
So here I am, publicly stating that I vow to work out at least 3 times a week. I will also eat healthier! Not just pick up whatever I can get my hands on as quickly as possible. 
What say you, wanna join me? 
My weight is fluctuating between 131-133 depending on what delicious food I ate.  But that needs to stop.
If you follow along you’ve read that I went for my first run sans child a couple of days ago. And I didn’t run again. Why? I’m in pain. Even my obliques are hurting from running. My core must  be really loose from pregnancy. 
But it made me happy. So ladies, who would like to join me in this battle down hill? I’m close to my pre-pregnancy weight but I don’t look or feel anything like I did before. Things have definitely shifted. So I’ll need to lose more weight in order to go back to my original size. But it doesn’t end there. I wasn’t happy with my weight then (I would give an eye for that body now).
I won’t be the same that I know. I’ll be better! I want to be healthier. Not only physically but I need to reconnect with God and myself as a woman. This will be an overhaul of me completely.
If you’re joining me let me know in the comments below, post your goal weight along with what you’ll be doing to improve your body, mind and soul. My goal weight is around 115. I plan on running/walking, eating more salads, fruits & veggies, more water and having a daily devotional with God!
 I hope to update you all on my progress soon with great news. 
Once again thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.

Here’s to us ladies. Cheers!