Healthy Easy Yummy Snack-Kid Approved

Late last week my kids asked if we could go to Sweet Frog. As much as I wanted to indulge and take them I knew that would be a little too risky for the healthy eating habits I’m trying to perfect! 😉 I got some inspiration from instagram and decided to make a healthy treat that both my kids and I could enjoy and satisfy our sweet tooth. Since I make healthy smoothies all the time I already had all the ingredients that I needed.

1. Favorite Frozen Fruit (you can have it pre-freeze yourself or buy at your local grocer)

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2. Chilled Almond Milk or Coconut Milk….Whichever is your preference… I try to stay away from dairy

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3. A blender

Mix everything together you pretty much have a sorbet or smoothie-ish concoction of some sort

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4. I also added some whipped cream just for the fun of it… ENJOY!

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KID APPROVED!

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Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many benefits for our skin and hair which is why it is one of the main ingredients in almost all of my HM All Natural Hair and Skin Care Products . Since it has more health benefits than just consumption it is one of the best oils to keep in your house and has become so popular it is now readily available at pretty much an local grocer.

The vitamins in coconut oil promote growth for hair, increases shine, and is said to have anti-aging properties when used on the face.

-It can be used as a deep conditioner in hair when melting and using a plastic shower cap.

-Rub some on your lips it will hydrate and make them softer.

-Melt and use directly on hair and skin as leave-in conditioner or skin moisturizer.

This oil is a definite must have in the house. I get mine from Costco for a great price.  IMG_4712

New Job….

Today was my official first day at my new job and it went really well. Although my new employers are extremely demanding and the pay isn’t that great, I know this job holds much more purpose and meaning. I took a leap of faith to get where I’m at today and I’m so grateful for my immeasurable fortune. My new job allows me to workout everyday, have time to myself, cook healthy meals, create, market & distribute more HM All Natural Hair & Skin Care products and much more. I know that there will be days where I feel like Cinderella because of all the high demands but I’m welcoming the challenge to become a more organized wife/mother/entrepreneur. The leap of faith it took to get this job was great and the hardest part was finally lifting my foot off the ground. But once I landed on the other side I knew this is where I’m supposed to be.

Hey…. you can’t have a testimony without a test! 😉

Meet my new employers…. (My new job is a Stay-at-home-entrepreneur/mommy) 😉

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Happy Sunday

Today is the First Sunday of the new year and I’m going to make it a point to REST. After church my family and I typically do so much that I’m so exhausted before the “work” week even begins. Since Sunday can/will/does pretty much set the tone for the rest of the week I’m going to think of it how I view my life now….I’m going to do what is right and what is best for me & my family on Sunday!!! Which is going to church and then RESTing! To be the best me I need to set aside time to refuel, reflect, and REST!

What can you do on Sunday’s to promote a better YOU throughout the week?

HAPPY SUNDAY!

~Krystal

IMG_1566 p.s. not my photo, I found it on the world wide web! 😉

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins?

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I know I know, I’ve been MIA for a while but I’m back! I had a rough day at work today so I decided to come home and make some Pumpkin Muffins!!! Both my husband and my trainer (@kim_sportsnlife found on instagram) has my family and I on this Paleo kick and well frankly I’m more interested in what satisfies my tummy!!!

I love fall and I love pumpkin. Since I’m a Pinterest junky I decided to try Paleo-ish pumpkin muffins! I had to first find a recipe close enough to the ingredients I already have in my pantry. I found this easy enough recipe at http://northwestcavegirls.com/2013/04/paleo-coconut-flour-muffins/

Here are their instructions (NorthWest Cave Girls):

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 can (15oz) organic pumpkin
  • 6 eggs (room temperature) <——- I only had three so I used three eggs and some apple sauce!
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 11/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  •  2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. of allspice
  • ½ tsp. of ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. of baking powder
  • handful of raisins or/and chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350*f
    2. Mix coconut flour and oil and let sit for 5 mins to do it’s thing (absorbtion)
    3. Add other ingredients and mix well.
    4. Divide batter into lined or oiled muffin pans
    5. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    6. Leave to stand and cool for as long as you can ;)
    7. THEN devour!!

In the mist of my determination I realized I only had 3 muffins instead of 6 that the recipe requires. Thank goodness I’m a HAWT Mama and I used my God given resourceful mind, I decided to demolish this lack of eggs dilemma by using…..APPLE SAUCE!!!

I was excited, I was motivated and my mouth was salivating at the meer thought of these pumpkin muffins….I looked into the oven to see how they were coming becuase the smell was so delicious!!! They were still mush….it’s ok I had 35 more min to go! LOL

After they finished cooking and letting them cool off my husband I finally had one, were they worth the wait? For him yes….for me they were more “interesting” than anything else. They weren’t the yummiest muffin I’ve ever had but they definitely were far from disgusting! 😉 IMG_4729

Fitness Friday HAWT Mama’s Spot Light: Corry Matthews

Corry is an amazing mom who can help any mom boost their self confidence through her knowledge and experience in health and fitness. Just by being around her is motivation to know as a mom “WE” can always look and feel our best with hard work and determination we can have the body we deserve.

Please meet Corry Matthews…

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“Corry is the owner of two Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Stores (Manassas and Springfield) in Virginia.  She is a retired professional athlete with the IFBB and promoter of the NPC Max Muscle Virginia Classic (bodybuilding & fitness show) and the NPC Max Muscle VA/DC Show (new in 2014).  Since 2005, she has been the president of Fit & Healthy Schools, a non-profit enhancing fitness and nutrition within the public school system.  Additionally, she is a co-author of the book 9 Months In 9 Months Out, a holistic approach to pregnancy (found on Amazon).
Corry’s experience includes corporate health and wellness speaking; health and fitness coaching/mentoring; corporate wellness program design, government/military fitness programming, personal training, group fitness instruction and nutrition.  She represented Gold’s Gym International as their Pre/Postnatal Fitness Institute Expert from 2004-2010.  Corry also created the United States Marine Corps “Mom’s N Babies Getting Fit” program.  Her work has been featured in numerous print and broadcast media outlets including:  News & Messenger, NBC News Channel 4, News Channel 8, Body Fitness Magazine (UK), Flex, Max Sport and Fitness, and Oxygen.
I love helping moms get their body back after babies!  Additionally, I truly enjoy helping individuals with their goals, and since 85% of how we look is based on what we eat…that makes nutrition key!  Daily I get to watch people change their lives and reach goals that they couldn’t or wouldn’t reach if they hadn’t made simple lives like including exericse and changing their nutrition.
I have two beautiful little girls – my double A’s and am happily married for over 13 years!  I love my coffee, working out and a good book – yep I have read all the Twilight books and the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy.”

Fashion Friday HAWT Mama’s Spot Light: Deidre Walters

Not only is Deidre a HAWT Mama but she is the definition of fabulousity. From her hair and her ensemble to her faith in God and love for life, she is a joy to be around. Deidre is fabulous, funny fashion-forward and intelligent, her presence brings out the fabulousness in everyone she comes in contact with.

Please meet Deidre Walters…

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“Deidre R. Walters (37) – mother of 2 (Nyla – 9, Elias – 6), wife of Joseph for over 12 years, lover of God and engrossed in all things fabulous!
Graduate of Clark Atlanta University – BS in Health Care Management
Graduate of The Ohio State University – Masters in Labor and Human Resources
Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR)
Leadership Bible Institute (LBI) School of Ministry Graduate
Director, Human Resources – APX Labs, Herndon, VA
What makes me a Hawt, Attractive Woman with Tenacity is my love for GOD.  I am a committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and I look to show His love and light to others wherever I find myself.  Whether I am volunteering at my children’s school, acting as the HR Director at my company, or serving in my church I strive to always “look like Christ”.  My number one goal everyday is to respond to everyone in a way that I feel would please God.  I want people to have a revelation that God loves them and hopefully that get a sense of that when they come across my path.  I treat people they way I believe Christ would…with love.
Additionally, I always desire to look my best.  As a wife and mother now in my late 30’s; I believe that is my responsibility to be an excellent reflection of Christ in my appearance.  I am a lover of all things fabulous…from fashion, to handbags to make-up; I take my presentation very seriously.  I always change my hair and do other things to keep my husband guessing about how hawt I’m going to be any particular day.  I have a motto…always be the best representation of you!  I want to make my husband proud to call me his HAWT woman because I represent him and my family well.
Lastly, I am encourager and motivator or women, specifically mothers.  If there is a woman who is discouraged, overwhelmed at the thought of trying to balance work and home, or saddened thinking that they are not looking or feeling their best; I want to be that girlfriend that is going to lift their spirits.  Do I need to take them to lunch or for coffee for a pep talk?  Do we need some retail therapy or window shopping?  Maybe a prayer call or a family get-together will do the trick?  Whatever it is if I see a woman not feeling her best I will encourage her.  She will know that she is awesome, fearfully and wonderfully made.  God has an assignment; a plan for her life and with Christ she can do ALL THINGS.  Nothing is impossible with GOD.  I know that, I believe that and I experience that truth everyday on my spectacular journey that is my fabulous life!”