I don’t know about you, but I aost looking forward to summer right now. One of my favorite things about summer is fresh vegetables right from the garden! My husband is the “green thumb” in our family, so I usually leave the veggie growing to him. That’s why I have a special guest post for you from Ann over at Sumo Gardner. The gardening season will be here before you know it, and Ann is here to share her tips on how to grow a nutritious vegetable garden for the whole family to enjoy.
It’s the story of our lives when it comes to parenting – we all want what is best for our babies! Sometimes…most of the time…we are much more careful about the choices that we make for our children than we are about ourselves. We do research, check labels, ask their doctors, take advice, and carefully plan everything that going on, near, or into their little bodies. Maybe we should take a little lesson from them for a change. Here are 10 lessons about eating that we can learn from baby.
This black bean soup recipe really checks all of the boxes – it is healthy, cheap, easy, filling, freezer friendly, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, full of vegetables, and packed with protein. It makes for a great healthy easy dinner or lunch that is not a sandwich. Black bean soup is one of my favorite meals to make in bulk. This recipe makes 8 meals in under 45 minutes. You can easily double it as well if you are looking to feed a crowd or really fill your freezer.
Push ups are really as close to a perfect exercise as it gets. They are great for toning, strengthening, and building endurance. Just this one exercise works your arms, shoulders, back, abs, and legs. Doing push ups every day is an easy way to work exercise into your routine. This challenge will help you to grow the number of push ups that you can do at once while working on your strength. By the end of this challenge you will be doing thirty push ups in a day.
As a new mom, I had a lot of trouble sleeping. I would have no energy during the day, and then lay down in bed at night and I could just not fall asleep. Some nights I would just be wide awake. Other nights I would be exhausted, but I could not get my mind to stop racing. All of the sudden, everything that I should have done during the day would pop into my head. Everything that I needed to get done tomorrow would just seem overwhelming. On top of all of that, the fact that I was not asleep was frustrating in itself.
Allow me to state the obvious for a moment here: Being a new parent is hard! It doesn’t matter if you are a mom or a dad, if you are single or married, or what your support system is like – being a new parent is hard. Today we are going to focus on dads. If you are an expecting father yourself, you may be worried that your whole world is about to be flipped upside down! Well, it likely is, but that doesn’t need to send you into a panic. In this post, 6 dads will share their stories and advice for surviving the newborn phase.
Apple chips are a favorite healthy snack in our family. Every fall we go to an orchard and pick a bushel of apples and we make pie and apple chips out of them. We even went this past year when we had a one month old baby! It was a nice outing…but I’m not sure that we would do that again. That’s a story that I don’t need to get into now. 🙂 Anyway, apple chips are great. They are a healthy treat to replace either sweets or your crunchy snacks. They are also so simple to make. I know that some people add sugar to theirs, but I really don’t think that the apples need it.
Some of you have probably seen posts, pins, statuses, etc. listing the merits and miracles associated with drinking apple cider vinegar everyday. It is claimed to help regulate your blood sugar, control appetite, promote regular digestion, improve your heart health…the list goes on and on. Since I am not qualified to talk about the science behind these claims, I will let you do your own research on this subject. (For some people this may include talking to your doctor. Please don’t take this post as medical advice of any sort. It is just my experience.) This post will tell you about my personal experience with drinking apple cider vinegar.
I know that all of you have scoured the internet – blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and everywhere in between – in search of the secret trick to being “healthy.” Now here’s the truth that no one wants to hear: being healthy means living a healthy lifestyle. It takes work, time, and making changes in every aspect of your life.
When I got pregnant, I was a 24-year-old fitness junky. I was spending at least 4-7 hours per week doing Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, the rowing machine, ballet class, and whatever other activities kept me moving. Like most new moms, I wondered how my fitness routine would change while I was pregnant and how much I would be able to handle after baby was born.