Pumpkin Medicine Ball Workout – Fitness Friday

This Pumpkin Medicine Ball Workout is a fun festive twist on your normal workout.

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Okay, I’m just gonna come right out and say it. This is the silliest workout ever. Seriously. When I came across pictures of a woman in cat ears and whiskers exercising with a pumpkin, I definitely had a few laughs. But the fact that I’m actually running with it for Fitness Friday is what makes me crazy.

I completely understand if you just want to skip over this one because it just seems too strange to you, but I totally think it gets you in the Halloween mood! [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites #PumpkinWeek

These perfectly portioned Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites are made with a healthy crust, so there shouldn’t be any excuses for why you can’t indulge in these!

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I just can’t. There aren’t really any words for the love I fell in over the past weekend when I sunk my teeth into this gem!

That’s right – this girl fell in love with pumpkin pie. A love for a squash that I merely only tolerated to please the masses. And I also had hopes that I’d finally understand what all the hype and the craze is all about. Well, with this recipe, I think I’m finally starting to get it! After about 4 of these mini pies, it’s safe to say that I am totally getting it… [Read more...]

Homemade Pumpkin Puree in Your Blendtec #PumpkinWeek

Instead of buying PUMPKIN PUREE off the shelves at your grocery store, why don’t you start at the source with a cute little sugar pumpkin and make it yourself? It’s so simple and can be done in no time!

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So I heard something the other day. I heard that it’s possible that what you’re getting in your can of pumpkin puree may not actually be pumpkin. It could be a completely different, somewhat related squash. (source) I don’t know about you, but I found that to be a bit shocking! When I buy a can of pumpkin, I expect it to have come from an orange pumpkin. Shouldn’t be that difficult, right?!

So instead of stocking up on a ton of canned pumpkin puree this year, I thought I’d do things a bit differently. I’d make my own. And I’d show you just how easy it is to do so. [Read more...]

Top 20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Sick of seeing all the ooey-gooey pumpkin recipes that aren’t going to get you any closer to reaching your health goals? Here are a more than twenty healthier recipes that are sure to keep you on track during pumpkin season!
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I don’t know about you, but sometimes seeing all those pumpkin desserts it just too dang tempting all of October and November. Although I do indulge here and there, I know that I can’t do it all the time. The great thing is that there are a whole bunch of healthier options out there for you to enjoy without sacrificing your health. I’ve gathered over 20 healthier pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy from all across the internet. Some sweet. Some savory. [Read more...]

You Only Get What You Put Into It – Motivational Monday

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You only get what you put into it. This applies to pretty much anything in life. But today, I’m really focusing on how it applies to our time working out. So often, I hear from people that they just aren’t able to lose weight despite the time they put in at the gym. I’ve put a lot of thought into why it is so hard for some women to lose weight even if they are working out on a daily basis. And then it hit me. After watching a ton of people working out, it all made sense to me.

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Pumpkin Peach Smoothie #PumpkinWeek

This Pumpkin Peach Smoothie is the perfectly healthy way to get your harvest spice flavors on to start your day!

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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I haven’t really posted anything pumpkin-y at all. It’s coming towards the end of October and I’m probably the only food blogger that hasn’t posted anything pumpkin. There may possibly be something wrong with that picture. But I have good news for you. I have joined up with some great bloggers to bring you some wonderful pumpkin recipes all week long. Today I’m bringing you something basic, but one of my fall staples to get my mornings started on a healthy note. [Read more...]

Hip Hop Zumba Workout – Fitness Friday #3

Don’t like the Latin style of Zumba? How about Zumba with a hip hop spin?? Try this Hip Hop Zumba Workout for a change!

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Fitness Friday. My favorite blog-day of the week, now that we get to play and discover new fun exercises on Fridays. What are your thoughts on Fitness Friday? Like it? Don’t care for it? Think you’ll use it? I’d love to know your thoughts.

So today, we’re actually playing with one of my absolute favorite ways to workout. ZUMBA! If you’ve never tried Zumba before, you’re probably thinking a couple different things: [Read more...]

Come Run with Your Favorite Bloggers – LocoCoco 5k

Come run with your favorite bloggers!

Happy Food, Healthy Life | Tone & Tighten | The Mama’s Girls | Utah Sweet Savings |

Utah Mom Connection | Natures Knockout | Feel Great in 8

I am so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers (and your favorites too, I’m sure!) to support an awesome local community event called the Loco Coco 5k & Food Drive!

Loco Coco 5k & Food Drive
November 15th at 8:00am
Farmington, Utah
www.LocoCoco5k.com

It’s going to be an incredibly fun day …

  • 5k run/walk
  • Stephen’s Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Free Photo Booth
  • Waffle Wagon food truck!

But, more importantly we’ll be helping with the goal to feed 500 local needy families breakfast on Christmas morning! [Read more...]

How to Make Quick & Easy Apple Butter in a Blendtec

This Quick & Easy Apple Butter can be made in just a few short steps with the help of a Blendtec blender. In no time at all, you’ll be spreading it over a warm biscuit this fall!

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Ever since I can remember, I have absolutely loved apple butter. I think it all started at Cracker Barrel. That was the first place I ever experienced this deliciousness spread on my toast. And instead of taking home the mini-bottles of syrup, I really just wanted to hoard jars and jars of the apple butter.

Fortunately, I have been able to find a way to create my very own apple butter at home in just a few minutes. [Read more...]

Learning to Love Clothes with Stitch Fix

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Clothes. I have a love/hate relationship with clothes. Finding the right outfit for an occasion. Mixing and matching. Figuring out what works with my body. It’s all just a nightmare for me. Clothes shopping can sometimes be so dreadful for me that I just avoid it all together. Which would explain the fact that I have some clothes from high school in my wardrobe. Not to age myself, but that was over 10 years ago!

Part of my recovery from my eating disorder has involved me learning to love my body. Well, unless I can actually figure out what clothes to put on it so it looks its best, that’s not always the easiest task. I do still struggle with body love at times, but the more I learn how to dress myself (ha! that sounds so elementary), the more I learn to be okay with what’s underneath the clothes. It’s taken me almost 30 years to find my style, but I think I’m getting closer and closer to figuring it out.

I was pretty girly when I was younger, but then I went through a tomboy/athletic stage. And then I think there was a stage around 10 years old where I’d only wear black. Then in my later teens/early 20’s, I was back to super feminine. The time I struggled with clothes the most was when I came out. I started buying only boy’s clothes because I thought I had to LOOK gay in order to be gay. And because of that, I wanted to be smaller so the boy’s clothes would fit me correctly. SO that brought on lots of issues in itself. Anyway, over time, I have become much more comfortable with my sexuality, and as a result, more comfortable with the clothes I wear.

Thank goodness, I found StitchFix ( <– affiliate link)! [Read more...]