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10 Habits to Live a Happy Life

I believe living a happy life is a choice…

There is so much going on in the world and negativity screams at us from our tvs, radios, cell phones and computers.  Social media has really changed our levels of anxiety, stress, and even happiness.  How many times have you been on social media and seen someone posting [bragging] about something? I know for women, we often fall into the comparison game.  We compare out lives to the lives of those on social media and around us.  We must realize that those “glamorous” lives we see on social media, are not all that perfect, happy or wonderful.  We all have good days and bad days.  We all deal with the same situations, disappointments, highs, lows, stresses, and etc. Some just choose to only show the good.  I guess it’s better than those who turn to social media to only complain about everything in life.

But seriously, social media can make us miserable.  It can really exaggerate life.  You have to learn to tune it all out. You have to know that being happy is a choice.  You can choose to be happy no matter what life throws at you, what you see on social media, hear on the radio, read in the newspaper or see on tv.  I think of myself as a happy person [thus the name of my blog].  I’d like to share with you a list of 10 habits I do that inspire me to live a happier life.

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  1. Pray ~ I give it all to God.  I pray about everything.  I trust in Him & I have faith in His plan.  No matter what life throws at me, I trust that it’s all a part of God’s plan.
  2. Move your Body ~ I’ve been working out regularly for about 3 months now and I feel so much better.  I like what I see in the mirror which has given me added confidence.  My body can do things I never dreamed I would be able to do. I have met knew people and created lasting friendships because of a common interest.
  3. Eat Healthy ~ I have learned that eating healthier choices makes you feel so much better.  I do have days when I might have a cheat but for the most part, I eat healthy foods.  I try to eat organic and natural. And I drink plenty of water daily [half of my body weight in ounces].
  4. Ignore Negativity ~ People who feed on negativity bring me down to a place I don’t like to be.  It’s really hard for me to not let negative energy and thoughts get to me.  So, I’ve learned that I just have to separate myself from negativity.  If someone in my life is negative and just zaps the life right out of me, I’m moving on and pushing them out.  I just can’t do it!
  5. Laugh ~ I laugh a lot! My kids make me laugh. My husband makes me laugh.  My friends make me laugh.  Heck, some days I laugh at myself.  I have a bit of a sarcastic side…
  6. Listen More ~ When you listen to what people are saying and I mean truly listen to them, you become a much better friend to them.  They will appreciate you more.  So many people want to talk, talk, talk and never listen.  Just listen to what those around you have to say.  Also, I’ve learned that in certain situations, it’s best to just not say anything.
  7. Do What You Love ~ Find what really makes you excited & happy to be alive.  Take that passion and run with it.  Because our “work” takes up most of our lives, you must love what you do and if you don’t, maybe it’s time for a change.
  8. Read ~ Reading is what keeps me going in a positive direction.  I love to read books centered around personal development.  If I find myself in a slump or in a place where I maybe don’t feel so positive about things, it’s usually because I’ve not been reading. I do enjoy reading books for fun too but personal development is what I typically read these days.
  9. Breath Fresh Air ~ Get outside and soak up the Vitamin D [but don’t forget the sunscreen]. Take a walk. Breath the fresh air. Feel the sun on your skin. It does the body and soul good!
  10. Live Fearlessly ~ Don’t let your fears hold you back in life.  No one wants to look back on life and say they wish they would have done this or tried that but didn’t because they were too afraid.  I’ve done many things in my life that scared the crap out of me but in the end those things ended up being the best thing for me. I’m not talking about skydiving or anything like that [although that is on my bucket list]. I’m talking about life decisions…switching careers, moving out of state, walking away from an unhealthy relationship, going back to school, etc.

I truly believe that being happy in life is a choice that we make.  If you’re not living your happiest life, then maybe it’s time to make some changes.  You deserve to be happy.

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Have a happy, healthy day!!

~ Michelle

Light & Fluffy 5 Ingredient Banana Protein Pancakes

These pancakes are so light & fluffy and with only only 5 ingredients they are not only easy to make but healthy too. They are low-fat, low-carb and packed with protein.  It’s the perfect meal for anyone who is lifting or working out or anyone who is looking for an amazing low-carb pancake recipe.  With only 200 calories, these will be a favorite meal!

I like to make these after I lift or do a HIIT class.  They would also be great before you workout, but I’m too lazy for that.  I like to top my pancakes with a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, strawberries & greek yogurt, or lite syrup & slivered almonds.  I’m not a fan of fake sugar, so I don’t use the sugar free syrups.  You can top these any way you want and change them up every time you eat them!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops vanilla or baking protein powder
  • 1 large very ripe banana
  • 1/8 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. You will need 2 clean bowls.  Separate your eggs carefully. Egg yolks in one bowl and egg whites in the other. Beat the egg whites on high for 2 minutes until soft peaks form.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the egg yolks & beat until smooth. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture until well combined.
  3. Heat a skillet or griddle over low heat. Scoop 1/4 c. of the mixture & cook for 60-90 seconds on each side.
  4. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

My Journey Back To The Gym


It’s been 5 weeks since I stepped foot back into a gym and I’m so stinkin’ proud of myself!! I started out my first week with just 2 Strength (Lifting) Classes.  My second and third weeks I did 4 classes each week which included both Strength and HIIT classes.  I tweeked something in my back so I had to modify things a bit.  My 4th week, I was at the gym working out 5 days and then this week I will be doing the same…5 60 minute workouts.

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It’s just crazy to think how far I’ve come so far! I’m getting stronger.  I’m losing inches and weight. I am also feeling pretty darn good about myself.  I am loving my workouts and I love the challenges.  I have an awesome workout partner.  We workout really well together! I suggest getting a workout buddy!! It really helps.

Aside from my daily workouts, I’m also tracking my macros and calories every day.  I also walk at least 20 minutes daily and strive to get in my 10,000 steps every day.  This is a job that requires a degree that I do not possess.  It’s so hard to get all of the numbers just right but I think I’m on the right track.  I’m also drinking a gallon of water per day (or at least trying to).  I drink at least one Isagenix Isalean protein shake per day (somedays I do 2). I’m staying away from refined carbs and sugars as much as possible and just choosing healthier food choices.

My muscles were really sore…and I mean REALLY sore…in my first week, I have really enjoyed this journey so far and it’s just beginning.  It hasn’t been as difficult as I expected.  Once I set my mind to doing something though, I don’t look back.  I’m pretty determined to get fit and train hard.

My transformation so far. I can't believe the difference! From April on the right to May on the left.
My transformation so far. I can’t believe the difference! From April on the right to May on the left.

I have been telling myself for many years that I don’t have time to workout.  I just wasn’t ready.  You have to be mentally prepared for something like this.  If you’re not committed, then you won’t be successful and you won’t stick with it.  I lose about 2 hours out of my day 5 days a week because of my workouts but it’s so worth it.  The rewards far out way the time I’m losing.  If you are struggling to commit to daily exercise, reach out to me! I’d love to tell you more about my story and I’d love to hear yours and maybe I can motivate you to get your booty moving more!

Have a happy, healthy day!

~Michelle

Yummy Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins

Who says you can eat delicious muffins when you are living a low-carb lifestyle? When I first made this blueberry muffin recipe, I was really skeptical as to how they were going to taste. To my surprise, they tasted great! My 4 kids even approved!!

The recipe is not only yummy, but it’s also super simple which I love! My 7 year old daughter mixed it all up on her own.  I helped with the measuring but she did most of the work.

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Here’s the recipe:

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup powdered Swerve sweetener
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line 12 standard-sized muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Combine eggs, cream & sweetener and whisk until well blended.  Let the batter sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Gently fold in the blueberries. Divide evenly between the muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops no longer look wet.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: 1 Muffin, Protein: 4.20g, Fat: 7.08g, Calories: 108, Carbs: 5.89g, Fiber: 2.58g  NET CARBS: 3.31g

My Spring 2016 Favorite Fitness Finds

Well, I did it! After 7 years, I finally stepped foot in gym today. It felt good and even though I was a bit nervous because I’ve not been committed to working out as of lately, I’m proud of myself! I didn’t give up! I pushed through and completed the strength training workout without passing out or throwing up. 🙂 Ha Ha (Kidding, not kidding)

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As a Mom of 4, a PTO President, blogger and a home-based business owner, for me working out has always been just one more thing on my plate every day.  I knew it was important and that I should be fitting it into my daily routine but it was just easier to skip the workouts.  I’ll ride my bike with the kids occasionally or go for a walk or play catch but that’s it for any form of physical activity. Over the years, I’ve purchased so many workout dvd’s and I’ll do them for a bit but I never stick with activity.  My husband has been going to the gym I went to today for the past 5 years or so and he’s always encouraged me to go but until today, I just wasn’t mentally ready. A friend recently joined and also encouraged me to join her.  So, finally I realized it was time! I have this image in my head of what my ideal body will look like.  Now it’s time to do the work.  I’m a pretty determined person and for the most part whatever I set my mind to do, I accomplish.  So, while this will be super challenging it will also be super rewarding and I’m really looking forward to a rockin’ body and feeling amazing!

As I headed back to the gym today, I took with me 4 of my new favorite fitness finds & I thought I’d share them with you.

(1) Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 shoes

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I’m normally not a fan of Nike shoes.  Maybe it’s just because I never found the right shoe for me because these feel amazing on.  My favorite walking shoes are my Hoka’s but these are great for my HIIT classes and strength training classes.  They have some really good cushioning and they are lightweight.  For Nikes, these are pretty amazing!

(2) Thorlo Socks

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I discovered these socks a year or so ago and I love them! They have some really good cushion for your foot and are super soft.  They have extra padding on the ball and heel area as well as an Achilles tendon pad.

(3) Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch

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I’ve always been a fan of Fitbit Fitness trackers.  I have purchased the first 2 that came out and recently bought this one because I wanted something to track my heart rate for my HIIT workouts. This Fitbit is obviously a bit larger then the other Fitbits.  It resembles an Apple or Galaxy watch. The band comes in 3 colors…black, blue and plum.  You can easily change out the watch bands too.  It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes.  It also has a heart rate monitoring system that can track your heart rate all day or when you want it to.  There is even GPS available for mapping your fitness routes.

(4) Hint Premium Essance Water or Hint Kick Essance Water

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This water is naturally flavored with no artificial sweeteners, sugara, dyes or chemicals. It’s preservative free, vegan and gluten free and is made from non-GMO plants.  What I love about this water is that it has a great fruity flavor without the nasty aftertaste that you get with some fruit flavored waters. The Hint Kick contains caffeine from coffee beans and is great when you need a little pick-me up!

Whether your like me and returning to the gym after a hiatus or you are a gym rat, I hope you find my favorite fitness finds helpful.  If you try them, I’d love to hear what you think.  Please feel free to share your comments below. I’m always on the hunt for great new finds so please feel free to share.

Have a happy, healthy day!

~Michelle

Joyful Mama Blend

Most of us have those days when we get into a “funk” as I call it and some days no matter what we have going on, it’s just hard to shake it.  I sometimes don’t even know why I’m in a funk or how to snap out of it. Maybe it’s God’s way of letting us know we need to take a little time for ourselves.  As a busy Mom of 4, my plate is usually running over with responsibilities, I do sometimes need a reminder to stop and do something for me.  So maybe those “funks” are just wake up calls to take a break & do something for yourself or just do nothing at all.

I do find that scents can really help me when I get in these “funks”.  I recently got the Young Living Joy essential oil and I must say, it’s amazing.  It’s a blend of bergamot, lemon, palmarosa, jasmine, Roman chamomile, rose, coriander, tangerine, ylang ylang and geranium.  It’s definitely a very floral scent but I like these kinds of scents.  Just a whiff of it brings a smile to my face!

Joy essential oil is definitely a mood booster.  It can also calm anxiety, reduce stress, relieve tension, calm cramps and help your libido.  This essential oil is photosensitive, so you want to avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after using it.

I decided to make a blend of Joy essential oil & Orange essential oil because I thought the two would be a perfect spring & summer blend that would be both calming & uplifting.  Many years ago I visited Arizona in the summer and I will always remember the amazing smell of the orange blossoms.  This was sort of my inspiration for this blend.

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Here’s my “Joyful Mamaroller ball blend:

  • 10 drops Joy essential oil
  • 15 drops Orange essential oil
  • Carrier Oil (I had almond oil & apricot oil on hand but you could also use any carrier oil you have on hand)
  • 1 glass roller ball bottle

        I simply add the Joy and Orange essential oil to the bottle & then fill it up with the carrier oil.

This blend can be applied to your wrists, temples, feet or even over your heart.  You can diffuse it or even add it to your bath.  I like to put a little in my hands and just breath it in.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

DIY Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend

Having 3 kiddos with ADD/ADHD, I know all too well what it’s like for them to have issues falling asleep.  I love the power of essential oils and for relaxing they work wonders.  I myself love some lavender body butter before bed.  I love this DIY Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend. It’s super simple to make and smells amazing!!

The essential oils I’m using in this blend are Lavender, Peace & Calming II & Frankincense. You will also need a carrier oil (I used almond oil), a roller bottle (I was all out so I improvised with a glass dropper bottle). You may also need a plastic pipette, however I did not.

DIY Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend

I started off by adding:

9 drops of Frankincense (helps alleviate nervous energy)

15 drops of Peace & Calming II (very calming and promotes rest)

20 drops of Lavender (helps you relax and unwind)

You could certainly cut this in thirds and make less but I made a pretty good sized bottle.  I added extra Lavender, because I really love the smell…you could add equal amounts of the Peace & Calming II and Lavender though. I then topped it off with some carrier oil filling the bottle until it was about 3/4 of the way full.

This is a really relaxing, pleasant scent. At bedtime, I suggest putting this on the bottoms of your kiddos (and your) feet and maybe even a little on the back of the neck and your wrists. Sweet Dreams!!

Why do we fear change?

Why do we fear change? Have you ever been in a situation, relationship, career, etc. and you knew it was time for a change but you just kept doing what you’ve always done? You keep going through the motions.  You keep doing what you do but you know it’s not what your heart really desires.  Change is scary.  Change means leaving our comfort zone & trying something new.  Leaving something that is comfortable for something that is unknown and new can definitely be frightening.  But in my experience with change, it’s never easy but it’s always worth it in the end.

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I’ve had my fair share of big changes over the years…leaving a marriage, moving to a different state, starting a business & then moving on to a new business, etc.  Many times I had to reach a breaking point in order to make a move and make a change.   Something happens and I realize that this just isn’t working for me.  There has to be something better out there for me.  You get to the point that you just don’t care what waits for you but you know that it has to be better than the current situation you are.  Sometimes you just need something new to refuel your passion.  And in the end, all of the major changes I’ve had over the years have always lead me to something bigger and better.

I see so many people living unhappy, unfulfilling lives all because they are afraid to make a change.  They are afraid to upset the status quo.  But life is just too short to live a life of unhappiness or living a life that just doesn’t feed your passion.  Yes, change is hard! Yes, it’s uncomfortable! But it’s also kind of exciting! It’s a second chance at something.  Sometimes it’s a “re-do” or a fresh start.  It’s a new beginning.

If you are unhappy or unfulfilled in some area in your life, take a minute and close your eyes.  Visualize how you’d like your life to look.  What changes would you make? How would it feel if your life was the way you visualize it to be? Would you wake up every morning excited & go to bed happy? What’s holding you back? What are you afraid of? You deserve happiness, success, someone who loves you & supports you unconditionally.  You deserve everything you want.  You just have to decide that you’ve had enough & you are going to go for it.  You can do it! Sometimes you may find that those who are supposed to love and support you, won’t understand your decision to make this change, but you’ve got to do what’s best for you.  This is your life to live and you only get one life. So, do whatever it is that scares you and find happiness again.  In the end, you will look back and realize that change isn’t so scary after all & in the end, it was all worth it.

8 Of The Most Interesting Facts About Makeup

8 Of The Interesting Facts About Makeup

Makeup has existed for thousands of years. In ancient times tar, lead and other elements we wouldn’t dare put on our skin today, were applied to beautiful faces all over the world. Now we’re much more conscious about what we put on our skin.  The ingredients and trends may have changed throughout history but one thing has stayed the same…women love how wearing makeup makes them feel gorgeous, powerful, and sometimes even more confident. The cosmetics industry has grown so much over the years & the statistics and facts about makeup have tooI thought I’d share 8 of the most interesting facts about makeup that I’ve seeSome of these might blow your mind! red-woman-girl-brown 1. You know the shimmer & shine in some cosmetic products like nail polish and lipstick? Where do you think the “shimmer” comes from? Well, we can thank our little fish friends! Yes! The FDA has approved fish scales in your beauty products.  So shimmer & shine on my friends!!

2. In the Victorian Era, makeup was most popular with prostitutes, actresses, working class women and women of questionable morals. Needless to say, many women chose to go “all natural” to avoid being mistaken for a “working girl”.  England almost passed a law that allowed men to divorce their wives if they caught them wearing makeup.

3. Waterproof mascara was first introduced around 1938 & one of its main ingredients was turpentine, which is often used as a paint thinner.

4.  Every year there are close to 900 million lipsticks sold worldwide. So that means almost every single person in the United States could own three tubes of lipstick! (I’m pretty sure I own enough for at least 5 people.)

5. Some laws never get tossed out no matter how outdated and ridiculous. In order for a woman to wear makeup in Morrisville, Pennsylvania she must get a permit first.

6. In the 1400’s, the “hairless” look was in. Women shaved their foreheads, plucked their eyelashes and even their eye brows.

7. In the Elizabethean Era (1550 AD) , coal tar was used as eye liner, mascara and eyebrow pencil. The downside? It smelled bad, caused blindness and is flammable.

8. Women spend an average of $15,000 on makeup in their lifetime & an average of $784 a month on beauty products while 94% of these women are in debt. (Apparently women have no problem spending money on makeup & beauty.) 20151119_133837-1-1-1 I think Tyra Banks says it best, “Makeup is the great beauty equalizer. We don’t all wake up with naturally sculpted cheekbones, long lashes or plump lips but we can use makeup to take what we have & transform it into what we want.”

Why I began referring to myself as a “friend snob”

It wasn’t until I hit my late 30’s & early 40’s that I really understood friendship.  I have always had a lot of people whom I called my “friends”.  Many times over the years I’ve put myself in situations where I involved myself or spent time with people who were more “acquaintances” than friends.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really started to take friendship seriously.  I am not comfortable sharing my life secrets with everyone.  I don’t necessarily open up as easily as I did when I was younger.  I guess you could say that I’m more “guarded”.  I think that has a lot to do with the fact that over the years, I’ve learned not to trust so easily and I’ve gotten hurt one too many times.  So, this is why I began referring to myself as a “friend snob”.

I guess I’ve become a little “picky” about who I spend my time with.  Life is just too short to spend it with people who bring you down.  We should spend our time with those who build us up, encourage us, who are interested in our lives as much as we are interested in theirs.  I don’t want to spend time with negative people…you know the ones that complain about everything or have something negative to say all the time.  I want to be with people who make me laugh & smile and in turn I do the same for them.  I just want to spend my time with people who make me feel better and not worse.  If I leave your presence and I just feel irritated, annoyed, mad, disappointed, or any other negative way…chances are we won’t hang out much, or at all ever again.  Now this is not to say that those whom I call friends will never be negative or whatever, but for the most part they are consistently those who make my heart happy.

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When I was younger, I thought I had to put up with people even if I really didn’t want to be in their presence.  As I’ve gotten older, I know that I don’t have to be everyone’s friend.  I don’t! I will respect everyone and be kind to everyone but I certainly don’t have to give you my time.

My favorite things to do with my friends include some sort of food or drink and shopping! I love to go out for breakfast, lunch, coffee or even drinks.  I like that it’s an intimate setting where we are forced to chat and communicate.  Shopping with my friends…is just fun!! I have friends whom I may not speak with for weeks or even a month but when we get together it’s like no time has passed.  We just catch up and move on.  I am ok with that because we are busy mamas.  Life sometimes gets in the way of our friendships but no matter what, I know they will be there for me if I need them and they know they can always count on me.

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Friendship is a wonderful thing.  We all need friends.  We all need people in our lives who support us, look after us, encourage us, & even put us in our place from time to time.  You don’t have to be friends with everyone.  You get to choose who you spend time with.  I don’t know about you, but I do get by in life with the help of some amazing friends!!