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…]

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast will save your busy life and give you more time to spend with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach, but thoughts and opinions are completely my own, as always.

Now before we get started here, let’s just address the big ol’ elephants in the room here:

1. This is the most unpleasant looking food ever: Let’s face it. Food that comes from a slow-cooker is not gorgeous. It sometimes looks unappetizing. There’s really no getting around it. So face the music and move on.

2. Vegetarian Pot Roast?? What the??: Yup – vegetarian pot roast it is. I rarely use meat substitutes here, but for heartier slow-cooked meals, sometimes it’s just called for. And these meatless beef tips are seriously ON POINT. My meat-lovin’ spouse craves that stuff!

So there’s those two things. We can now move on to the more important things at hand, such as the fact that I am finding less and less time to actually make dinner these days. Seriously – I am freaking busy!

Psssst! Not to be blunt here, but if you make it to the end of this post, you may get to win an awesome 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker… just sayin’

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You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do – Motivational Monday

You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do. Often all it takes it just TRYING!

You Must do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do. Often all it takes it just TRYING! - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Think of all the goals you have in your life that you kind of put in the back of your mind. Losing weight. Running a marathon. Taking up a new hobby or sport that seems a little far out of your reach. Making a jump toward something that will make you incredibly happy but that is incredibly scary all at the same time. You put these goals and aspirations in the back of your mind because, when it comes down to it, you don’t believe you can do them.

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The Best Workout for Super Sculpted Legs – Fitness Fridays #2

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Welcome to week 2 of Fitness Friday, where I bring you one of my favorite workouts from the internet that you can enjoy in your own home. And it’s not just any old workout. It’s one I’ve tried before, so you know it’s been tested out.

This week, I bring you one of the best leg workouts I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve gone through this routine about 5 times, and no matter how good of shape I’m in, it always leaves me sore for about 3 days. It’s definitely hitting muscles I don’t work on a regular basis. [Read more…]

Nachos with Vegan Cheese and Homemade Chips

These Nachos with Vegan Cheese and Homemade Chips are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for comfort food without giving in to the “junk.”

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I’ve gotta tell you. I crave nachos all the time. And if it’s not nachos, it’s cheesy fries. And if it’s not cheesy fries, well then it’s probably other appetizers topped with a huge mound of nacho cheese. But I generally say no to such cravings because I know they don’t jive with my desires to be healthy, and then I move on (still thinking about the cheesy deliciousness).

And then I’d day dream about a far-off land that involves all the foods that I crave but full of nutrients and healthy ingredients.

Never did I think there would be a time in my life where I would actually play out my dreams of a healthy version of these ooey gooey nachos just so I could actually indulge in my cravings without feeling guilty. [Read more…]

Whole Wheat Bread Made in a Blendtec

Did you know you could get your Whole Wheat Bread Made in a Blendtec blender?¬†That’s right, it makes more than just smoothies! Watch this video to find out just how easy it is to make Whole Wheat Bread with the help of your Blendtec.

Whole Wheat Bread Made in a Blendtec - that's right; you can make the majority of the bread in your Blendtec blender! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

It’s no secret that I love homemade bread. Fresh. Cozy. Aromatic. and so dang delicious. The problem though? Baking with yeast is intimidating for a lot of people, myself included. And all the kneading, although therapeutic at times, can be tedious and time-consuming. And there’s just that waiting game, wondering if that dough is going to rise. For a lot of people, fresh homemade bread just isn’t something they can fathom achieving in their own kitchen.

I learned something so fascinating though. My Blendtec blender can help me get the bread started! [Read more…]

Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Bars – Dessert Mashups Giveaway

There aren’t many better things than a delicious homemade dessert. Well, unless you get a two-in-one dessert like these Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Bars from the new cookbook, Dessert Mash-ups, by Dorothy Kern of Crazy for Crust.

Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe from the cookbook Dessert Mash-Ups by Dorothy Kern of www.CrazyforCrust.com | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is having food blogger friends. And let me tell you guys, I have some of the most talented food blogger friends out there. With every blog post I come upon, I’m adding a new recipe to my Dinner Yum-Yum or Dessert that I Want in my Belly Pinterest Boards. On top of that, I’m seeing brand new cookbooks being published by all my friends every time I turn a webpage corner. So there’s no doubt that I am surrounded by quite the talented bunch.

I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to try out my dear friend Dorothy’s new cookbook, Dessert Mash-ups. You know what a dessert mashup is, right? Basically you get two-fers the whole way through! Cookies mashed with pies. Pies mashed with cupcakes. Cheesecake mashed into dip and shaped to look like a football?! Holy creative mashing here!

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Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars


There is one type of food that my family loves, and it’s probably very similar to the things your family loves. Sweets! Candy and cookies and cakes and brownies. My kiddo just wants it all! He would opt for a tiny piece of candy over a full healthy meal that would fill him up.

Thankfully, this past week, I got the opportunity to try Outshine’s Fruit & Veggie Bars and share them with my family. Oh.My.Goodness, you’d think it was Christmas morning in our house. The kiddo was thrilled with the new treats I was letting him indulge in. But of course, I was snickering a bit inside.

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Don’t Look Back – Motivational Monday

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So often, we reflect on our past. Our habits, our mistakes, our wrong-doings. The problem with that is that we dwell on them. Dwelling on our past puts us in the mindset to think things will happen the same way they did in the past, which prevents us from finding hope and success in our present and future.

I have a challenge for you this week. One that is truly life-changing once you grasp it and actually follow through with it. [Read more…]

Yoga Foundations – Fitness Fridays #1

Have you always been interested in starting yoga but just don’t know where to begin? This Yoga Foundations in Flow video is the perfect place for you to start by learning the basics from a professional.

Have you always been interested in starting yoga but just don't know where to begin? This Yoga Foundations in Flow video is the perfect place for you to start by learning the basics from a professional. | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Today I am starting something new here on Happy Food Healthy Life that I’m so excited about. I want this site to be your one-stop health-related website. A place where you will come to get healthy recipes, words of motivation, nutrition information, and of course exercises and fitness advice. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, or personal trainer. But what I am is resourceful and experienced. With those two things, I’m able to gather some of the awesome resources that are tried and true to me and share them with you so you can be on your way to a happy and healthy life as well.

So I decided to start Fitness Fridays. Each Friday, I will bring you an exercise routine that I have found and used myself. That way, you don’t have to spend your precious time scouring the web and Pinterest for the best workout.

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