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Fall/Spring Cleaning Check List

I pretty much grew up in a family of neat-freaks and I am a proud one myself, to a point. I love coming home or being in a clean, organized home. I sleep better at night knowing my house is clean. I like cleaning when I can take my time and somewhat “enjoy” it. I am on an every-other-week cleaning schedule for my household cleaning, like dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing my floors (yes, I do it by hand) and do touch-ups when needed. I actually schedule my cleaning, otherwise it would never get done!

However, spring and fall cleaning are not my strong points. I HATE cleaning out cabinets, closets, flipping mattresses, cleaning windows, cleaning the oven, and ALL of the above. These are things that I do when they are absolutely needed or else they are so dirty/unorganized I can’t take it anymore! Therefore, I created a schedule to get cleaning when they need it throughout the year and check them off as I go.

Feel free to print and edit the list as needed! Post it on your fridge or even laminate it, so you can use a dry erase marker on it!

Happy Cleaning!!

Cleaning Check List

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Sunday Dinner Team Arise Takeover: Sea Bass with Spinach and Sweet Potato Fries

This Sunday Dinner portion is a little different than most! Over the next few weeks, my Sunday Dinner posts will be taken over by my team members from my fitness team, Team Arise! Including my own coach!

I am so excited to about this new step! I am also so happy to know these ladies! Once thing I love about my new job, is meeting so many new friends and connecting with them! Everyone is so positive and supportive, and we all have common goals! It’s so great to be friends with so many amazing people you can lean on, laugh with, support, and workout with!

For those of you who don’t know, I made a big lifestyle change back in January, to better my health and eating habits! I am currently a BeachBody coach, fit and healthy, have my eating under control, and I am building my own team, and business and I absolutely love it all!

I’m happy to introduce my very own coach, Rose! Rose has helped me so much this past year from questions when I first stated working out to now, training me to start my own business and building my own team! I am so thankful for her. Even though we have never met, we talk everyday! She is a wonderful person inside and out and she genuinely wants the best for you! Not to mention, she has ripped abs and guns to prove it!

Name: Rose Smith

Live: New Jersey

Occupation: Athletic Training and BeachBody Coach

When did you start coaching and what brought you to it?

I became a coach on February 14, 2013… yes valentines day!! At the time me and my husband (then boyfriend) was living 2 1/2 hours away from each other and I knew I need to make a change in my life so we could be together. There weren’t any job openings for the past 3 years and I couldn’t wait much longer to hope a job would be coming soon. Thats when the coaching opportunity was presented to me and I though this was the right fit to get me to my future. At the time I had recently lost 30lbs with the workout program Insanity and was honestly in the best shape of my life. I wanted to continue being in this amazing shape and didn’t want to yo-yo like I did in the past and put the weight back on once I stopped. That’s when I got my free Team Beachbody Coach and talked to her about doing another workout program called Turbofire & drinking Shakeology. My coach mentioned to me that I could also be a coach and help other people see they don’t have to live a life of one diet after the next and actually make an income as well as paying for my Shakeology each month. I asked myself, what do I have to lose and all I could think of was what could I gain? That’s when I knew this was my ticket to living a life of freedom that I have always dreamed about.

What has been the hardest part about coaching? The easiest?

I would have to say that the hardest part about coaching is getting out of my comfort zone. I’ve always had a Facebook, but never really posted much. However, I soon realized that if I wanted to be a successful coach I had to do things I had never done before which meant posting consistently and starting conversations up with friends that I had not talked to in many years. The easiest part about coaching is motivating others. I’ve been an athlete my entire life while playing volleyball and I am currently a volleyball coach. Encouraging and motivating others is something that I find so much happiness in! Knowing that I can be the one to help someone change their life is a big deal to me!

What advice would you give to new coaches or someone just starting their fitness journey?

Advice that I would give to anyone is to “See Yourself A Year From Now”…whether that is a successful BB coach or someone that wants to lose 20-30 lbs, they both require much HARD WORK and DEDICATION!! Nothing is going to come easy, but don’t get frustrated right away. Everything takes time and if you stick with it, it’ll all be worth it!

Favorite Workout Program? Shakeology Flavor?

My favorite Beachbody program has to be the 21 Day Fix because it has everything you need to really transform yourself, clean eating with portion controlled containers and a fitness program that only takes 30 minutes a day. It used to take me that long to drive to the gym and back so I even have more time to be a coach and help others. I first started this program last year to get ready for my honeymoon and I have to say I got so many compliments by complete strangers!! I knew that this was something special especially if it can be done in only 21 days. My favorite flavor of Shakeology is absolutely Chocolate Vegan! It seriously tastes like a dessert and helps me with my cravings but I know it is actually giving my body nutrition. I do drink the Strawberry Vegan too because that tastes amazing and gives me variety when I need it.

Rose
Sea Bass with Spinach
-4 tablespoons GHEE
–One 5-ounce bag prewashed baby spinach
Salt and freshly ground pepper
-1 medium shallot, minced
-Four 8-ounce skinless sea bass fillets
-1/4 cup dry white wine
Cooking Directions:
-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Tear off four 18-inch lengths of foil. Put 1 tsp of ghee on each foil. Mound the spinach in the center of the sheets and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the shallot. Season both sides of each sea bass fillet with salt and pepper and set the fillets on the spinach. Scatter the pieces of ghee over the fish. Pull the sides of the foil up around the fish and drizzle the fillets with the wine. Fold the edges of the foil to make sealed packets.
Arrange the packets on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through. Transfer 1 of the packets to a medium bowl. Carefully make a small tear in the side of the packet and pour the juices into the bowl. Repeat with the 3 remaining packets. Using a spatula, transfer the fish and spinach to shallow soup plates, pour the cooking juices over the fish and serve.
Sea Bass
 
 
Sweet potato fries make a great match with the fish…. peel sweet potato and cut length wise to form strips.  I personally use duck fat or lard to cook my fries in a pan that way they are nice and crisp, plus have great taste.
Sweet Potato Fries
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Sunnday Dinner: Beasty Turkey Meatballs, Team Arise Take-Over

This Sunday Dinner portion is a little different than most! Over the next few weeks, my Sunday Dinner posts will be taken over by my team members from my fitness team, Team Arise! Including my own coach!

I am so excited to about this new step! I am also so happy to know these ladies! Once thing I love about my new job, is meeting so many new friends and connecting with them! Everyone is so positive and supportive, and we all have common goals! It’s so great to be friends with so many amazing people you can lean on, laugh with, support, and workout with!

For those of you who don’t know, I made a big lifestyle change back in January, to better my health and eating habits! I am currently a BeachBody coach, fit and healthy, have my eating under control, and I am building my own team, and business and I absolutely love it all!

I am happy to introduce a serious #beast! This lady makes pistol squats look easy! She’s a mommy to two adorable little boys and proved that you can have a six pack after baby! She also won $500 from her story and transformation! Welcome Danielle!!

Name: Danielle Laube

Live: New Jersey

Occupation: Full time mom, part time instructor

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When did you start coaching and what brought you to it?

I never had an issue with my weight until my first pregnancy. Growing up I’ve always been petite. I was told most my life I had “a fast metabolism” I worked out causally. Every once in awhile i would really get into it but eventually I’d quit. Like most young people I wasn’t too concerned about my health. I was generally happy with the way I looked. There was problem areas but for the most part I didn’t really care. The truth is I was completely unhealthy. I was going out 4 nights a week drinking and eating crap. Junk food and sweets were my best friend. I never thought twice about how my lifestyle was effecting my body. After I married my husband in 2009 I found out I was pregnant. I continued to eat everything and anything I wanted. I gained 55 lbs with my first son. I had my son premature and although I may never know the exact reason I always wonder if my unhealthy body was the reason. Like most young moms for some reason I thought after having my child my body would just magically come right back. Boy was I wrong. To make this more difficult I had my son through cesarean. It was the first time I actually hated the way I looked. Everything on my body was different and that “fast metabolism” no long existed. I was having a huge problem with my self esteem. I decided one day that I was going to take control of my health. My husband and I decided to take the p90x challenge. My love for fitness just sky rocketed after that. I got into Insanity and I was telling all my friends about it. I didn’t even know what coaching was. It wasn’t until after I had my second son, which was a very healthy pregnancy, that I connected with an old friend. I thought of helping other new and young moms was extremely appealing to me. I wish I had someone to help me through which seemed to my darkest days. That’s when I decided to be a coach. That day was May 28th 2014.

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What is the hardest thing about coaching? The easiest?

I would have to say that the hardest part about coaching is getting out of my comfort zone. I’ve always had a Facebook, but never really posted much. However, I soon realized that if I wanted to be a successful coach I had to do things I had never done before which meant posting consistently and starting conversations up with friends that I had not talked to in many years. The easiest part about coaching is motivating others. I’ve been an athlete my entire life while playing volleyball and I am currently a volleyball coach. Encouraging and motivating others is something that I find so much happiness in! Knowing that I can be the one to help someone change their life is a big deal to me!

What advice would you give to new coaches or someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

Advice that I would give to anyone is to “See Yourself A Year From Now”…whether that is a successful BB coach or someone that wants to lose 20-30 lbs, they both require much HARD WORK and DEDICATION!! Nothing is going to come easy, but don’t get frustrated right away. Everything takes time and if you stick with it, it’ll all be worth it!

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Favorite BeachBody Program? Shakeology Flavor?

Insanity love and all Shaun T programs. I drink chocolate shakeology with cooled coffee every day!

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Extra Beastly Turkey Meatloaf

This recipe originates from the body beast program but I’ve spruced it up a bit.
2lbs ground turkey
1 cup of whole wheat bread crumb
1 cup of all natural salsa
1/4 cup of chopped pepper
1/4 cup of diced onion
2 eggs lightly beaten
1.5 tbsp of Minced garlic
4 strips of turkey bacon

Preheat oven to 375

Mix all the ingredients together except for bacon.
Put mixture into loaf pan
Place turkey bacon across the top of loaf.
Bake for 60 to 70 min or until center is no longer pink
Enjoy.

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Sunday Dinner: Roasted Vegetable Soup

This weekend once again went by way too fast. Seriously. Where does the time go? This weekend was busy, but fun and relaxing. After last week, a crazy busy week at work with projects needing to be out and things not going as planned, I needed some R&R time with my hubby! Which was why I was so over-joyed it rained enough on Saturday for them not to be able to be out and about in the field!

Saturday night we had a date night to our local Tastee Freeze. There is absolutely NOTHING that you can get there that is healthy, but it was great! I look forward to m y summer cheat meals at the Freeze. It’s greasy, cheesey, and sugar-ed up, but I love it and it tastes like summer at a small town!

Yesterday, our local church at had a free concert with the Mr. Bryan White!! This was his second time in Streeter, North Dakota, but this time, it was in our newly remodeled church building (which I got to help be apart of), and a much more laid back environment. He sang his famous duet with Shania Twain, “From This Moment On”, several of his other hits, and also some gospel music. It was great and I am so glad we went! Then, my mom0in-law had extra ribeye steaks, so we ended the night with steaks and wine!

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Bryan White!

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With a weekend filled with not-so-healthy food, I am ready to get back on track this week with my food and nutrition! This weekend, I meal prepped like a crazy lady! One of the new recipes I tried, was from the Fixate Cookbook, by celebrity trainer and coach, Autumn Calabrese! Her new cookbook, Fixate will be coming out this Summer!! I am giving you a little sneak preview of what to expect! The recipe I tried was roasted vegetable soup!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pound Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1″ cubes (I cheated and bough Walmarts pre-packaged butternut squash cubes!)
  • 6 medium Parsnips, peeled and cut (I used 5, or one bag)
  • 2-3 medium Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 red – 1 yellow – 1 orange bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of chopped fresh Thyme or dried
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 4 Cups Low Sodium, Vegetable Broth (I used half veggie and half chicken)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hot Sauce (optional – I didn’t use this)
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds for topping
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Cashew Milk

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine all chopped veggies, thyme, olive oil, salt, pepper into a large baking pan and place in the oven for an hour, stirring 2-4 times, (Mine took slightly over an hour), or until veggies as slightly browned and soft. Place 4 cups of broth with the veggies and place in blender until well blended. (I added 1 cup of water, because the soup was pretty thick). Continue cooking in large saucepan over medium heat. I added in my water and cashew milk, for a creamier texture during this time. Top with raw pumpkin seeds and serve!

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Serves: 5 (3 green containers, 1 yellow, 1 orange, and one teaspoon for all you 21 Day Fixers!)

Also this weekend, I made is to Diamond Status as a BeachBody coach! I am so proud of this accoplishment and of my team! If you are interested in learning more about fitness programs or Shakeology, check out the form on the left side of my blog! I’d love to connect with you!

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Enjoy! Happy Monday! xoxo

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Sunday Dinner: Egg Noodle Veggie and Turkey Hotdish

This weekend was fun and full of family! Friday night, we had dinner at my parents. My mom made a delicious meal of beef tips or orange chicken over rice with a salad. Saturday was a lazy day at home when I watched most of the History Channel’s The Bible series. Have you seen it? It was wonderful and I was so blessed by it!

Sunday was Easter! My mom-in-law asked me to be in charge of dessert. I was thrilled. I had seen the perfect idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago, a Peep garden scene cake, complete with little carrots and of course, Peeps! I also made Bunny Bait (a chex mix with popcorn, M&M’s,pretzel sticks, chex, and almond bark) and pistachio pudding dessert!

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The Peep cake turned out awesome and the kids loved it! I also got to see my sweet, chubby, and giggly niece and god-daughter, Sydney! She loves Blue’s Clues right now and she is just the chunkest little lady, ever! We love her!

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With the fun, busy and holiday weekend, I didn’t get much time to meal prep, that is why last weekend I was thinking ahead. Last weekend, I made plenty and froze for this week! One of the recipes I made was a turkey egg noodle hotdish and 100% 21 Day Fix approved! So today, I am sharing that recipe with you!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of Egg Noodles
  • 1.5 pounds of Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups of Skim Ricotta Cheese (I used some cheddar instead, and I used way less cheese than what is called for)
  • 4 cups diced veggies, Spinach, Tomatoes, Onion, and Green Pepper
  • 2/3 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Dash of Pepper, Salt, Garlic Salt, and Dried Basil

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook meat and drain fat. Cook noodles and drain. Sautee veggies until tender (I sauteed mine in olive oil). Combine meat and veggies, top with noodles, and then the cheese in an 8×8 pan. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.

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This turned out to be a yummy recipe that I would definitely do again! And it froze well too!

On the 21 Day Fix meal plan, this would equal one yellow, one green, one blue, and one red containers. In case anyone is interested, I will be hosting a challenge group starting April 27th (through Facebook)! With the help of Shakeology, BeachBody programs and me as your coach for FREE, we will get you to your goals before summer! If anyone is interested in more information, please like or comment on this post! To date, I have lost over 11 inches with the help of PiYo, 21 Day Fix, and Shakeology! Not to mention my psoriasis has cleared up and my arthritis is doing so much better!

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Sunday Dinner: Spicy Turkey Burgers with Mango Salsa

This weekend was busy, but fun! I had a baby shower to attend yesterday, for a friend who is having twin girls! And between church and painting… the rest was a blur.

I have been wanting to do an accent wall in our family room for sometime now, and finally made it Taylor’s birthday present to do some updates in the room that we probably use the most. I got him a tv stand and matching end table. We were still using something we found in his parents basement when we moved in our house, as a tv stand so, it was time for something new and different and something of our own.

I decided on a terra cotta color for the accent wall and it turned out lovely! We were both a little nervous until it dried, because it did look really peachy going on. Thankfully, it dried to the perfect color of a Southwest, organgey-brown, red. It really makes everything else in our family room so cozy and warm. And now, I am inspired to do more accent walls in our house! We’ll see how that goes!

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Our new accent wall!

For Sunday Dinner I made spicy turkey burgers with mango salsa on a whole wheat bun! It was yummy, healthy, and the perfect weekend to grill! It is in fact, getting more and more spring like here in North Dakota!

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Package of Lean, Ground Turkey (It was 1.5 pounds and made four burgers)
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick Southwest Seasoning (No Salt Added)
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Mango Salsa (I cheated and bought some from our local Cashwise grocery store)
  • 4 Whole Wheat buns
  • Avocado, sliced

In a medium bowl, mix turkey, garlic powder, and Southwest seasoning. Form into four equal patties. Place on grill and grill until done on each side. While grilling, cut buns in half. Slice avocado, and prepare salsa. Once burgers are done, place burger on bun and top with mango salsa and slices of avocado. Enjoy!

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Did I mention this is 21 Day Fix approved. This meal would equal, one red, two yellow, one blue, and one half purple! Since starting my new lifestyle in January, not only did I lose almost 11 inches but, my Rheumatoid Arthritis has been so much better and my psoriasis has pretty much cleared up and I am now a BeachBody Coach!! I am so excited to help people change their lives through eating and exercise! I will be holding a couple of challenge groups coming up, so if you are interested in trying Shakeology or a BeachBody program, please feel free to contact me with questions! And the best part, I get to be your coach for free!

Happy Monday! Xo

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Sunday Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas

This weekend was the dreaded “Daylight Savings Time Change”. Loosing an hour however didn’t set me back from cooking and meal prepping for the week and weeks ahead!

I made Unstuffed Pepper Soup in the Crockpot, took out what I needed for the week and froze the rest. I also made Chicken Enchiladas, and froze for next week. And on Sunday, I made a smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and asparagus. It was a successful weekend!

Today, I decided to share my chicken enchilada recipe with you! Granted, I didn’t take many pictures because I was busy cooking for a good majority of the day and just wanted to be done! Yes, even I get tired from cooking! 😉

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Can of No Salt Added Black Beans
  • 1 Can of No Salt Added Tomatoes
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup, Frozen Corn
  • 1 Red Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped
  • 1/2 of an Onion, Chopped
  • 1 package of Whole Wheat or Corn Tortillas (I used whole wheat)
  • Shredded Cheddar and Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • One Batch of Clean Enchilada Sauce

What You’ll Need: Enchilada Sauce:

  • 1 Cup of Low Sodium, Organic Chicken Stock or Broth
  • 1 Can No Salt Added Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • A Sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cumin

Mix well with Wisk. Set aside.

For Enchiladas, Preheat oven to 350*. Combine all ingredients, except for cheese and tortillas. Sprinkle in about 1/4-1/2 Cup of Cheddar Cheese. Stir well. Take a 1/2 of mix or more and place in center of tortilla. Wrap up and place in a 9X13 pan, place tortillas close together. Continue this process until you have no more tortillas. Top with Mexican shredded cheese and more jalapenos. Place in oven for about 20-25 minutes or until done. Enjoy!

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Happy Monday! Xo