When you start my program, I would highly suggest taking your measurments and a before and after photo. I know you really don't want to take a photo but nobody else ever has to see it and you will be so glad you did it! When you compare after a few weeks of my program, you will be blown away! Here it is for you!
Blogging with Bree
London from La La Lovely came on Good Things Utah a while back. She was wearing this scarf that I just fell in love with instantly. It is one of a kind and handmade by London:). I bought myself one and then got thinking... Stella girl needs one too. I begged her to make the same exact scarf for Stella. Look how it turned out...
Isn't that the most precious thing ever! I think so. She makes them in all different colors and patterns.
I have wanted to sit down and write about all the thoughts I have had since quitting Good Things Utah. It just hasn't felt like the right time until now. Just know that I’m not the best writer but you will get the gist. It is a busy place inside my head. (Shocking I know) I am always thinking so intently about life and lessons that I am learning at that point in my life. I have not been a host on Good Things Utah for a little over two months now. I have had time to think about what I have learned while being on the show and sense. Being a part of GTU was one of the best experiences of my life and I will cherish it forever. I chose to leave the show to spend more time with my sweet Stella girl and my hubby Jared. I would be lying if I said that it has been easy being home. My little family and I are still trying to adjust to the change of mom always being up in their business. I think my hubby gets tired of me bossing him around ;) (I’m working on that.) It has been interesting trying to find my role here at home. In the midst of everything I have learned a few important things that I really want to share, in hopes that it might help someone else.
Everyone has their limits and they are all different.
When I first had my baby I KNEW I could “do it all”. I knew that it wouldn't always be easy but I would be able to do it. I knew I could be a good homemaker, mom, wife, business owner, friend, daughter and employee. I really did think it would be tough but there was no doubt in my mind that others have done it and so could I. After my few months of maternity leave, I found myself trying to attack it all at once. A month or so went by and noticed myself losing sight of what was truly important. I tried and tried to find my balance. When I decided it was time for me to quit I was struck with a huge realization. It hit me that everybody has their limits and they are all different. I was learning mine and making the adjustments necessary for me and my family. The important thing I learned is to know your limits and live accordingly. The second I made the change a sense of balance came over my life like never before. I know that others might be able to “do it all”, but I can’t and I have learned to be okay with that. I know when to ask for help and I know with me learning my limits I am now more present with my family and I am truly a happier healthier person.
Don’t compare yourself to others or let others tell you who you are.
I think we all say “we don’t care what other people think”. The thing is WE ALL DO! It think it is okay but how much should we care? Should we let others define us? It was really hard for me jumping into T.V. land a few years ago and sharing my life with people I didn't know and trust. I dealt with a lot of heat when I was first hired. I read/ heard the most hurtful things about myself. I was told when I got the job that I needed tough skin. I had no idea it had to be that tough. I thought I had tough skin from being involved in the professional Dance industry in L.A. That had nothing on this! There were days I would come home crying to my husband not knowing if I could go back to work and face people hiding behind their computers anymore. I told myself, “I don’t care what other people think”. I think it made me feel better to tell myself that. I felt the exact opposite. I cared so much that I let other people who didn't matter hurt me time and time again. I wasn't sure if I became numb to it or if I learned how to better deal with it. One day it didn't seem to bother me anymore. I had gained a sense of respect and confidence for myself that I never had before. I knew I was great. I knew I had a good heart and I was a good person. I knew me and I knew that those who loved me knew who I was. I learned it is okay to care what people think of you to an extent. It is how much you care that makes the difference. Be great because YOU know you’re great not because you want others to think your great! If you learn to love yourself for the right reasons then the rest will fall into place. This lesson is one of the greatest gifts that we can give our children.
Hang with those who inspire you.
We all have those people in our lives who inspire us and build us up. Then there are the people I call the “suckers” who constantly suck the good out of you. I once heard, “you are only as great as the three people you hang around most.” I believe that to be true. It is not a bad thing to politely rid yourself of negative people and negative energy. It will only bring you down. There will be times or circumstances where you can’t change it but you can change how you let them affect you. I have learned it is crucial to surround yourself with those who inspire you and build you up.
The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Find happiness in the moment.
Today I watched the interview Barbra Walters did with Jennifer Lawrence on 20/20. I can’t stop thinking about what Jen said her perfect day would be. Barb asked her what her perfect day would be and Jen said, “My perfect day would be me walking down the street to go get coffee while looking people straight in the eye without them acting strange. I would also live on a large acre of land in a big beautiful home sleeping in every day with the love of my life. Hopefully starting a family and finding peace.” This made me think so much about “the Grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome that I think is human nature. How many of us have that life pretty much exactly as she explained but yet would love to be in her shoes? I felt like I could relate in a sense on such a small scale. (Seems crazy that I would relate to Jennifer Lawrence I know, but let me explain.) So often I get asked, “Why would you quit GTU it seems like it is a dream job?” The job was amazing and I am not taking away from that at all. I experienced what it was like to be in the spotlight and have people look at you differently and people even treated me special at times. It was great, I won’t deny that but all I could think about were the little things I wanted that I didn’t have. Those things were nice of course but they didn’t fulfill me the way I wanted to be fulfilled. I thought about the small things that other moms get to do like snuggling in bed with my baby in the morning while daddy was working. I thought about small dance parties we would have around the house and reading books because we would have time. I thought about making breakfast and having us all sit down and pray as a family around the table. I wanted to have time to clean my house and do laundry. (I know that sounds crazy and I wonder now why I felt that way now.) I dreamed of staying in my PJ’s all day if I wanted. I wanted to stay at grandmas late because I didn’t have to be up early in the morning. I wanted to stay up late watching Homeland or Vampire Diaries with my man without being exhausted the next day. I wanted to have time to sit and teach Stella what a doggy says. I wanted to be there for her first steps. Those are the things I yearned for. I know I’m completely crazy to think that Jen and I can even relate. I only say this because now I am living all of those things that I yearned for. I am happy because I listened to my heart. I am so fulfilled and truly happy but I think it is probably harder now than it was before in a way. I am here to say choosing to be a stay at home mom is not an easy task. There are days when I am exhausted and wonder how so many moms do this and have done it forever with multiple children. I have one baby and I do get overwhelmed at times. I have been on both sides and I am here to tell you the grass isn’t greener on the other side. The important thing is listening to YOU and then finding joy in what you choose. I believe the key to happiness is listening to your heart, following it and finding joy in the journey. Love the little moments that are hard to love. Live for now and not yesterday, not tomorrow but TODAY! I am so happy that I have found my happy and my balance. For me it is being a mommy and for you it might be something else. It is the hardest job in the world yes, but it is the best for me. We all are different and all have our different limits, talents and strengths. The key is listening to your heart, following it and then finding joy in the journey. Remember that Jen wishes she was in your shoes when you are having a hard day;).
All my love,
I have found it very beneficial to substitute sugar in my diet with all natural sweeteners. STAY AWAY from Equal, Splenda and those types that have been proven to cause cancer.
Try these, they tast great and are so much better for you than anything else...
Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small, green Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia has many excellent properties. The body does not metabolize the sweet glycosides from the stevia leaf or any of its processed forms - so there is no caloric intake. Stevia doesn't adversely affect blood glucose levels and may be used freely by diabetics
Truvia comes from the same plant... Try it for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
Are you like me... when I am sitting watching T.V. I just want to snack and snack and snack. I have found some great replacements for those unhealthy snacks.
My favorite it the frozen packets of Edemame that I buy at Costco. I cook them for 3 mins and sprinkle 100% pure sea salt on the soy beans. DELISH
Another favorite that my sister introduced me to Is the 100 calorie Jolly Time Kettle Corn! Great for watching a movie and keeping your calories low.
If you ever travel to Bangkok be sure to stop by Siam square. The mall is incredible. I have been snapping photos of things I really liked. I hope you enjoy it too...
My hubby and I have spent the past month in Thailand. So much beauty but something you all will be interested in is the fashion. I have been photographing everything I can here in Bangkok, without getting taken away by the Thai police. Haha I am in love with the Style, colors and risks they take out here with fashion. Here is a sneak peek... More to come
I'm still begging Jared to buy me the pink flats with the peeking toe. I'm obsessed.
I bought all these nail colors yesterday on the street for $3. My favorite summer colors, especially on your toes with tan feet:).
The crazy wood heel shoes were $150 USD. Not bad considering the amount of detail on them. A little crazy for my taste but lots of fun none the less! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
I know it's crazy for me to write about a baking blog. Here is the honest truth, we all need a break every once in a while. We work hard and I think we can enjoy a treat here and there. Since it is only here and there, I always make sure I don't waste it on the okay stuff. I only go for the DELICIOUS stuff!
While living in Los Angeles I met my dear friend Ashley McKay who is one amazing baker! I dream about her cake pops, cupcakes and cakes probably more than I should. Ashley has been teaching cooking classes throughout Los Angeles. I wanted to share the goods with all of you. Take a look, I promise Deedle Dumplings won't let you down!
For more of Ashley's creations go to www.deedledumplings.blogspot.com for photos and recipes.
If you have, we want to hear about it... Thanks to Jessie Ann for posting this
Now here is a new one friends! I have a great friend who started this awesome workout that is sadly only in utah (so far). It’s called BalletBlast and I’ve mentioned it before but I really want to spread the word. This workout class is an hour of high energy cardio mixed with dance elements that tone your body. The best part about it is that you don’t need any dance experience to benefit from this class. I have taken many “ballet barre” or “cardio barre” classes in Vegas and didn’t enjoy them and Ive finally found a “ballet” based exercise class that I love! It’s non stop and the hour flies by. I’m a sweaty mess after but I love it! The best part is Ive seen results in my body! I highly recommend it to all my Utah readers! Hopefully it will spread to other states soon!
To read more go to... http://www.jessieannjames.com/?p=699
I asked my friends what their favorite makeup is? This is what they said...
Most said Minerals, it is the safest way to go! A few diff brands were mentioned but I think they are all similar.
Two of my friends recommended Bobbie Brown. I have never tried it but it looks like I should.
I know a lot of us use Mac. They have great colors but I find their makeup very heavy. I have fun with Mac.
Benefit has the greatest bronzers. Hulu is my favorite but all their stuff is fab.
Last but not least, my new fav is the Temptu Airbrush system from Sephora. It is fun easy and leaves a porcelain look every time. It is a little pricy but totally worth it. The system itself is $225.00, you buy the pods of makeup separate.
Send us your feedback, what is your favorite?
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Our Ballet Blast goal is to lengthen and strengthen your muscles while giving you a long, lean dancer's body.
Frozen Chocolate Mint Dessert
Weight Watchers Recipe
PointsPlus™ Value: 3
Preparation Time: 7 min
Cooking Time: 0 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Keep a stash of these chocolate-mint treats in your freezer for a sweet summer indulgence.
1 oz chocolate wafer(s), about 5 cookies
1/4 tsp mint extract
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
7 oz fat-free whipped topping, about 1 whole aerosol can
1/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
3 piece(s) Weight Watchers by Whitman's Mint patties, frozen, chopped
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
6 Tbsp whipped topping, light or fat-free, vanilla or chocolate
Line six muffin holes with foil muffin liners.
In a blender, combine wafers, extract, cocoa, fat-free whipped topping and milk; blend until completely combined. Divide mixture among prepared muffin liners; freeze for at least 2 hours.
Just before serving, top each with 1/6 of mint patties, 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup and 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Yields 1 dessert per serving.
This easy chocolate dessert can be made in several flavors. For a pure chocolate treat, replace the mint extract with chocolate or vanilla extract and swap the mint patties for an ounce of mini chocolate chips (could affect PointsPlus values).
Serves: Prep: 5min |Cook: 2min |Total: 7min
1 whole wheat toaster waffle
1/2 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 C slightly crushed blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries
1.Prepare the waffle according to the package directions. Spread the peanut butter on the waffle. Cup the waffle in your hand, add the berries, then squeeze lightly. Think of it as a berry breakfast taco.
Nutritional Facts per serving
CALORIES 170.6 CAL
FAT 8.6 G
SATURATED FAT 1.7 G
CHOLESTEROL 37.2 MG
SODIUM 162.1 MG
CARBOHYDRATES 18.5 G
TOTAL SUGARS 4.3 G
DIETARY FIBER 3.5 G
PROTEIN 5.7 G
AVERAGE RATING: 3.5 / 5, 92 VOTES
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