Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Working from home!

I have my own super exciting first day picture to share!
��This week I was able to see the kids off to their classrooms on the first day of school. 
⏰I took Emerson to her pediatrician appt without having to take time off work. 
�� I had the official right of passage waiting to pick up the boys in the car line.
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And it's only Tuesday. ����
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You guys, I am a realist. My head was NOT in the clouds when I became a Beachbody coach. As a matter of fact I never even VISUALIZED reducing my hours at the school as a goal because...well, it honestly didn't even occur me. It was too far "out there" for me to conceptualize. 
Staying home in this season of life just wasn't in the cards. Last year was hard....I feel you working mommas. I was in the trenches with you...
But, here I stand....In the position to finally have work/home balance. ��
I'm going to be frank here... Going part time this year Is possible SOLEY because of Beachbody. Jud and I have great traditional careers...But we also have student loans, mortgage payments, three young children and special expenses this year (����). 
We realized in the Spring I had the choice.. Full time vs part time. An opportunity I never even KNEW I so *desperately* wanted because I didn't ALLOW myself to want it. 
Then it slapped us across the face---the FREEDOM we could choose where I spend my time this year.
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It still takes my breath away. 
Checking off YES I can volunteer brought me to tears tonight. ����
It's not just BEING home more. It's being able to be PRESENT with more patience, energy and balance. It's going to be so good for ALL of us. 
Im thankful God had a plan to help me find balance and time at home long before I did. ����
If you want to learn more about Beachbody, with no commitment or pushiness, I would LOVE to share. See what it is and see if it's for you, no strings attached. Fill out the questionnaire below or send me a private msg for a coaching SNEAK PEEK! ����


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

YumBox Review

I'm already a little bit obsessed with our new way to pack lunches this year. ��
Meet the YumBox. 
No more baggies. No more losing 10 pieces of tupperware for the dips each week. 
Leak proof, portioned, kid friendly to open & dishwasher safe...AND fits in a standard lunchbox with room for a water bottle! ����
Mom win.

http://www.yumboxlunch.com


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FIXATE :: Mexican Taco Lettuce Cups Review

Still making my way through the FIXATE cookbook.  Was feeling the need for something that felt like a "cheat" and decided to go with Mexican.  This was absolutely delish!  I used grass-fed beef and romaine lettuce leaves because I couldn't find the Bibb lettuce at Publix.

Everything else was simple ingredients from the pantry- corn, black beans, homemade taco seasoning, shredded carrots, some sharp cheddar and fresh salsa.

Filling and JUST as satisfying as a normal taco's with a big CRUNCH.  A simple recipe but filled with healthier stuff in side-- I can honestly say I haven't added shredded carrots to my tacos before tonight.

Totally a winner!



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Monday, August 3, 2015

Edamame Salad Review:: FIXATE Cookbook



This was a winner with everyone in the family- adults and kids!

Very simple ingredients went into the dressing and the salad itself.  The only thing that required a little effort was making sure when we went grocery shopping we knew what we were looking for when it came to "Napa Cabbage".  We've never used it before but everyone enjoyed it and the cabbage didn't how a overwhelming flavor at all.

I had made a similar Asian- inspired salad a few weeks ago that called for sriracha.  This was a nice alternative because our younger kids could eat it and it wasn't spicy.  It was a great recipe to use as a side salad and with some shredded chicken added in it could easily become the main course.

The whole thing probably took about 10 minutes to put together and the leftover saved well for today's lunch!

Healthy and yummy!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FIXATE DESSERTS:: Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Brownies Review

Today is my 30th Birthday!

So, I decided to give Autumn Calabrese's Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Brownies, from her new cookbook FIXATE, a try so I can stay on my nutrition plan while indulging a little bit!

I mean, what is a birthday without some chocolate??

The very first thing I was very happy to see is that the recipe called for ingredients I already had around the house.  Many of the ingredients are common throughout her recipe book- so you often have what you need on hand which is cost efficient and time-saving!

I have made cookie and brownie alternatives before with chickpeas so I had already worked through the initial weirded-out process in the past.  It is a surprisingly good substitute to flour!  It makes the brownies dense and fudgey.  And honestly, it just takes on the taste of whatever you add into it.  You will need a blender or food processor on hand to whip it up and make the mixture smooth.

Prep was fast and the entire pan was in the oven after about 5-7 minutes of prep.

28 minutes later, I had a warm, gooey chocolate pan of brownies.

My son was excited and what was planned to be a post dinner treat became a post-lunch treat (I kind of knew that would happen in this house!) He didn't notice the difference at ALL (and didn't see me prep the brownies) and gobbled his right up.

I also enjoyed the brownies but made a note in my cookbook next time to omit the coconut oil and go for the butter.  I had committed to a VERY clean brownie today but I can usually detect coconut oil in my baked products and it's not my personal favorite.  So for me, I noticed that flavor more than the others.  Next time I will try with butter (which is listed as an option in FIXATE as long as it is organic & grass-fed butter).

Overall, I was super happy with our midday chocolate birthday treat and I know I will be making again!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Power Greens Shakeology BOOST Review

One of the most exciting benefits of attending SUMMIT, Beachbody's annual conference, is being able to try out the brand new products before they are released to the public.  I was excited to get a sneak peek into one of the new Shakeology BOOSTS, Power Greens, before it became available this past Tuesday.

A major part of the reason this BOOST was created to compliment Shakeology is to help consumers meet their daily requirements of vegetables.  It's perfectly designed to complement the nutrition already found in the shake and help those who have maintain a vegetable-challenged diet (aka-- people who are NOT making a happy plate!).  

Personally, as someone who does eat a lot of greens in my diet I could see the benefit of this Boost for spouses or kids who resist that kind of diet.  And I could also see the benefit of having the boosts on hand for those events which you know you do not have as much control over menu options.  Such as eating while traveling, camping, etc.

The reason these power greens are not already in Shakeology is because the basic Shakeology is designed to provide dense nutrition but also maintain the sweet integrity of the taste. With the Power Greens BOOST, shake-drinkers can control how much additional vegetables are added into the shake.  And honestly, depending on how much is added, the shake does take on a more "earthy taste."  The taste is not bad-- but it does lose some of the sweetness which you can tell is replaced by more dense greens.



Overall, I liked it!  I wasn't surprised by the "green" flavor of the shake.  I feel that anyone who has added extra green to smoothies, shakes, juices, etc knows the kind of flavoring that comes with these kinds of vegetables.  The boost tasted less sweet- But, I felt the compromise of losing some of the sweetness was outweighed by getting extra kale, spinach and leafy greens into my body.

One major benefit of putting this power into the consumers hand is that they can ease into adding more and more vegetables and their palette can get used to the flavor changes over time.  It does not need to be a full scoop right off the bat!  You can work your way up!

Happy drinking!

Learn more about the Boosts & Shakeology at my site!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shakeology Focused Energy Boost Review

This past week at the annual Beachbody conference, SUMMIT, I was able to sample the new Energy & Focus Boost for Shakeology before it was released to the public!

SUMMIT is an exhausting, barely-any-time-for-sleep, kind of event to begin with... but it didn't help any that I was wide AWAKE on one particular night and reduced my potential 5 hours of sleep down  to 1.

Luckily, the next day they surprised all the coaches by offering a free Focused Energy BOOST at the Shakeology bar.  I knew I needed to give it a try- especially running on fumes.

I am the type of person that lack of sleep destroys.  I become nauseous, I get terrible headaches, and it  makes me a complete emotional train wreck (occasionally the I-am-so-tired tears).

Well, I can say definitively that the Boost WORKED!

I felt a lot of calm energy (none of the crazy jitteriness that I get from coffee) during the afternoon activities.  I felt wide awake and focused on the speakers at the different seminars but my hands and feet weren't bouncing all over the place.  I could feel the difference where it mattered-- alert & focused.

I felt energized as I got ready for a night on the town with some of my team.  The festivities lasted well into the evening and I felt great.  And the best part- after a long day and night I fell asleep with no problems.  Sometimes, even when I am totally whipped, coffee after noon can keep me up well into the night.

Some of the highlights of the Boost is that the mental clarity, alertness, focus and increased stamina comes from 100 mg of natural caffeine (from guarana and green tea).  There are NO artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

The Boost isn't designed for everyday.  It's for those days you know you need something extra and it is made to compliment your daily Shakeology!

Learn more about the Boosts & Shakeology at www.beachbodycoach.com/KRYSTANYMARK




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