How Your Child’s Letter to Santa Can Make Wishes Come True

How Your Child's Letter to Santa Can Help Wishes Come True with Macy's Believe Campaign and National Believe Day on 12/12/2014 - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

 

This year, my son’s Christmas includes a new video game system, Lego’s, art supplies, and lots of other toys. You know, the normal Christmas list. Lots of extra plastic things that you will ultimately step on in your barefeet after tucking them in to bed at night. Really just things. Things that can easily be replaced.

Some childrens’ wish-lists are more that just these plastic toys. Some are incredibly special and priceless. Some can not be packaged up in a box and placed under the Christmas tree. Some children have made one big wish. One wish that may just be their last wish. And that is where the Make-a-Wish campaign comes in. A charity that helps children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy the time they have here with their families and loved ones. [Read more…]

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cheerio & Rice Krispie Treats

These Cranberry & White Chocolate Cheerio and Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect holiday twist on a classic favorite. Perfect for classroom treats or even neighbor gifts!

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cheerio & Rice Krispie Treats - a fun and festive twist on a classic favorite. Perfect for gifting! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I absolutely love making neighbor gifts during the holidays. Whether it’s a plate full of cookies or a small token gift, I just enjoy giving… even if I never even see my neighbors or know them by name. I feel like neighborly friendships are a thing of the past. At least in the neighborhood I live in. I remember growing up, my parents knew the surrounding neighbors. I was friends with all the kids that lived nearby. There was no issue with me saying I was going down the street to so-and-so’s house to play.

Life is so different now. [Read more…]

Cranberry Orange Scones

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There are some things that instantly put you in the mood for the holidays.

* Starbucks red cups
* The first snowfall
* Christmas decorations in the malls
* Watching Home Alone for the millionth time

And of course all the holiday flavors we have all come to love and associate with the season. Gingerbread. Peppermint. Egg Nog. Cranberries. They all just transport you right into the heart of the holidays. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

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Today we’re totally switching gears for a minute. No baking. No eating. Just hair health. I know it’s so random, but over the years, I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on my hair, so I thought I’d talk about what I do to make sure it stays healthy and taken care of. I tried something new the last couple of months and am so pleased with the results that I just needed to share it with you.

My hair is so freaking thick, and I have so much of it that I’ve really had to learn how to properly take care of it, which is hard when you have hard-to-manage hair like I do. It generally takes about 15 minutes total to blow-dry. If I’m to straighten or curl it, that’s another 20 minutes. That’s a whole lot of heat on my hair! Protective measures are definitely a must. So let’s get started with the things I do for my hair’s health. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Eating 100’s of Reese’s Trees When the Holidays are Stressing You Out!

Keep your holiday-related stress at bay and learn to get through it without eating your weight in all the holiday treats and candy.
How to Avoid Eating 100's of Reese's Trees when the Holidays are Stressing You Out! - keep the stress at bay and learn to get through it without eating your weight in all the holiday treats and candy - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

The holidays are notorious for getting too-packed, too-quickly. There’s parties for the adults. Cookie decorating with the kids. Fighting the crowds. Neighbor gifts. Co-worker gifts. All the gifts for your family. And then wrapping all the gifts. Secret Santa. Random Acts of Kindness and Charity. Going to See Santa. Elf on the Shelf. Guests. All.the.BAKING!¬†Phew! I’m exhausted just writing that all out. Let alone the fact that I have to go through those motions over the next few weeks.

The problem with all this stress is that it can have a very negative effect on our health. One of the number one ways we tend to deal with our stress is to EAT. We turn to food because it provides a sense of comfort. And those Reese’s trees. (oh.mah.gah, right?) How many Reese’s Trees do you think you normally consume in the holiday season? Or maybe it’s not the trees, but it’s all the cookies you’re making as gifts. It can be anything. The point is, we turn for whatever food is the closest and can calm down these overwhelming feelings we get during the holidays. And then we’re stuck trying to scramble and lose our holiday weight at the new year.

What if there wasn’t a holiday weight gain at all though? What if you could combat that before it even starts! I have a few tools for you to get you started!

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Quick & Easy Entertaining – Frozen Peppermint Mocha Tiramisu Recipe

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Looking for a super easy dessert that you can whip up in no time this holiday season? This Quick & Easy Frozen Peppermint Mocha Tiramisu is the perfect recipe for your entertaining needs.

Quick & Easy Frozen Peppermint Mocha Tiramisu. A perfect dessert for entertaining this holiday season. - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I love to entertain and make treats to share with my friends and family. But it always seems to be that my desserts for other people fail. There’s always some sort of stress involved. The cheesecake won’t set up. The cookies are flat and falling apart. The bundt cake just won’t come out of the pan in one piece. Of course, I can bake just fine when it’s just at home for no special occasion, but when there’s the pressure of making something for others, there is a huge probability that I will mess it up. Not this time though! This is totally fail-proof!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I’m Grateful for YOU!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Whether or not you celebrate this holiday, I thought today would be a perfect day to express my gratitude for you as a loyal reader to my site. I am so grateful that you support my growing passion for the last 3 years. I am finding that I not only have a passion for food, but a passion for creativity through my styling and photography. And it is you that I have to thank for supporting me in my adventures through this fun journey.

I am grateful that you come here to listen to what I have to say. I know most of the time, we’re all fun and games with the delicious food that I share, but I also have a lot of important messages to share, and I appreciate you for taking the time to read the words that I write.

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5-Minute Vegan Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

This VEGAN COCONUT CREAM PIE tastes anything but healthy. Your guests will assume they’re eating a classic cream pie and will never know the difference. Only you’ll know that you’ve got a healthy pie on your hands!

Vegan Coconut Cream Pie - a "cream" pie that will have you fooling everyone - it's THAT good!  www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

There’s a pretty big chance that the majority of you are going to be terrified of this recipe once you view the ingredient list. But I just want to get it all out in the open and talk about why you are going to love this pie if you’re a coconut lover like I am. More like obsessed really.

During the holidays, I feel like so many of us are picking and choosing what foods we get to indulge on in order to stay health-conscious. Cream pies generally aren’t on the list of those desserts that we pick in order to keep our waist-lines in check. On top of that, what about all the vegans that want to enjoy cream pies and can’t anymore? Well, let me tell you. I have the most delicious solution to both issues on hand. And the awesome thing is that it only takes 5 minutes to put together, so if you’re planning your menu at the last minute, this one is totally do-able. An impressive pie that took you only a few hands-on minutes.

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Fitness is About Being Better than You Used to Be – Motivational Monday

Always Strive to be Better than YOURSELF - not someone else ... www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

As humans, I’m pretty sure we are hard-wired to compare ourselves to other people in pretty much everything that we do. Our parenting skills. Our work skills. And definitely in our fitness abilities and the way our bodies look. Whether it’s an actress on tv or the big screen or just your next door neighbor, it’s hard not to compare. But there are a lot of things that we don’t take into consideration when we are playing these comparison games. And comparing yourself to others is just going to hold your back from your true fitness potential. [Read more…]

Healthy Chocolate Pomegranate Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Pomegranate Muffins are exactly what you need to cure that chocolate craving while still getting some awesome good-for-you stuff.

Chocolate Pomegranate Muffins - a super healthy snack packed with a ton of ingredients, including a secret one that even your pickiest eater won't notice. www.happyfoodhealthylife.ciom

There are some people that would say chocolate for breakfast is a bad thing. Some may call it unhealthy. Some may say you’ll get fat. You know what I say to those people? They are wrong. So wrong. I’m going to show you the way to get your chocolate and your healthy game on all at once, and it’s going to be amazing! [Read more…]