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Hello and Cheers to July. Started out with a small post and it quickly changed into a huge post with losts of recaps. Just felt like I had so much to share, I just went with it.

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Totally loving my Michigan Bamboo Cutting Board! I love my Michigan Mitt.

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We have had some beautiful sunsets lately. Snapped this one just in time.

 

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Recently tried a new Sun screen from Block Island Organics. They sent me a bottle to try out. I really have to work getting into a routine of using sunscreen more regularly. With being on the boat and on the motorcyle, I really need to be better at applying and reapplying. I usally do not burn and tan very easy. So with that I tend to be more relaxed about using sunscreen, but with age I have realized that I am not doing myself any favors. At 46 I have to take better care of my skin. So here is a look at Block Island Organics Sun Care SPF 30.

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NATURAL MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30
An ultra lightweight, non-nano and instantly absorbing natural mineral sunscreen great for babies, kids and adults….

Play Smart. Play Safe.

Visit Block Island and you will find a culture that celebrates life, the outdoors, and making time with friends and family the first priority. The people and values of Block Island’s local community combined with its stunning natural beauty and impressive conservation efforts form the back bone of our company. We hope to embody that Block Island spirit in our brand, bottle it, and bring it to you in the form of safe, quality, and lovable non-toxic suncare and skin care products so you too can get outside and play.

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The ingredients (from the website)

We believe ingredients matter. Thus, we pledge full disclosure of our ingredients and our reasons for choosing them. We intend to build a brand that can be trusted to consistently create great quality and safe products while keeping in mind affordability. That means sometimes we don’t choose the certified organic ingredient because it would cause us to raise our prices too much. Our goal is to keep our prices as low as possible to make our products affordable to as many as possible. The safety of our ingredients is and will always be a top priority. We believe our formulas are the optimal balance of quality, safety, and affordability.

My thoughts:

I just tossed it in my boat bag and applied. First off it smelled good, and spread out on my skin with ease. I always get fustrated when I have to work hard to apply sunscreen evenly. We spent a few hours on the boat and then headed out on the bike for a 3 hour ride.  So I applied it 3 times in the day and a few things I noticed. It did not get sticky or messy. It absorbed and did what it was supposed to do and protected my skin. I also noticed that it covered much better that the normal sunscreen spay that I use. I also realized that my skin felt soft and not dried out. So even after a full day of boating and being out in the sun and also being on a motorcycle with the wind beating me up my skin still felt hydrated. Gotta say I really loved trying and using Block Island Sunscreen.

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About Block Island

“One of the Last 12 Great Places in the Western Hemisphere” ~The Nature Conservancy

Block Island Organics is built on the values and natural beauty that is Block Island, Rhode Island. Only 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, but feeling like a world away, Block Island is a welcome step back in time to a place where shorts and t-shirts are seen in the finest restaurants, phone numbers are exchanged with just four digits, and the homes are without street addresses.

At the heart of Block Island is a commitment to protecting the environment and a celebration of life spent enjoying the outdoors. In addition to being home to more than 40 rare or endangered species, over 40% of open space on the island is protected by an ardent community of conservationists. When not drumming up support for another environmental cause, Block Islanders spend their leisure time walking the 17 miles of beach or the 28 mile network of hiking trails called the Greenway Trails. Numerous other land and water activities including fishing, sailing, clamming, diving, biking, windsurfing, kayaking, yoga, pilates, surfing and just sitting on a porch or the beach pass the time as well. It is this commitment to environmentalism and this celebration of outdoors life that forms the values and core of Block Island Organics. We hope you come visit our island, unwind and get a little break from modern-day stresses, and remember to wear sunscreen!

Store Locator: Sold mostly online, Please go to www.blockislandorganics.com.

Some good cooking going on over here lately.

 

I am hooked on Blue Apron. We have been ordering it about two times a month for about 6 months and I really love this service. The variety and quality is amazing. Posted a ton of dinners in this Previous Post. 

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Made one of my favorite easy go to meals. StoneFire Naan Flatbread Pizza.

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Just used what I had on hand and threw it all on.

 

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Yummy.

 

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Naan is great to have on hand for so many easy dishes. Plus its great to have on hand for the weeks I do not get a Blue Apron order. Throwing a pizza together is super easy. I linked a previous post on Naan Here. I also just like to use it to dip into my hummus for lunch.

 

Organizing my everyday portable essential oils for summer has kept me busy. I love my oils and have been using them for over 10 years for everything from cuts, headaches, bug bites and household cleaners. I love seeing it being used more and more now in people’s homes. I  cannot remember the last time I used store bought house-hold cleaners.

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I love creating and making homemade bug spray. Here is the link to my recipe from a previous post.

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Here’s the Recipe I Use:

  • 4 ounces Witch Hazel
  • 4 Ounces Water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 15 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 15 Drops Citronella Oil
  • 15 Drops Peppermint Oil
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 15 Drops Lemon Oil

Mix, Shake Well and put in spray bottles.

Spray usually lasts for a few hours, but is safe to reapply several times throughout the day.

It also has a nice fresh and clean scent!

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In a previous post I made a DIY Neck Pillow for a gift using Lavender Oil. Essential oils are a huge part of my life. I love making Spa type gifts for my friends and family and introdcing them to the many uses of essential oils.

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Picked up a new label maker for $19.99. So excited. Also broke down a bought a big bag of skittles..Great placement at the checkout counter..Fell for it hard, it was tropical flavors after all.

 

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My flowers are loving all the rain and cool nights. They are so beautiful this time of year.

 

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Caught my Ginger girl trying to get a better view of a bird. She is so cute. My dogs love this turtle. I nicked named it Big T. I get pictures of them on it nearly every year.

 

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Previous Big T the Turtle Pictures.

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Hope your summer is going well.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Here are a few things I am so excited to share…First off I went to Bora Bora. Crazy Right! Check out these pictures. This trip was a celebration of our 20th. Wedding Anniversary.

We flew from Detroit to LA and then boarded Air TahitiNui. It was such a long flight but totally worth it. Once you arrived.

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Our view as we were approachingBora Bora. The excitement was overwhelming.

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Exhausted, but so Excited.

 

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Once in Bora Bora we were picked up by this amazing boat. Which took us right to our Resort.

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We arrived in paradise to cool drinks and this amazing welcome.

 

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Once in our bungalow all checked in for a week of celebration. We were surprised with this refreshing gift.

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Look at this place. So breathtaking.

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Dreamed of this day for a long time. We started planning this trip over two years ago.

 

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I researched every blog, website and review and got some amazing tip on items and things to bring from home. One being tubes and floating rings. So that’s what I did. Brought my own so we could float the day away. I also brought rope to tie off to our deck…Kinda have a fear of being in the Open Ocean.

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Four Seasons Bora Bora was the most amazing place to stay on earth. They are amazing hosts. From the first sight of the island to the last they were the most friendly people I have ever met. They really made every single day so special.

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Anniversary dessert and champagne compliments of the staff.

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One of our special dessert we had on the trip.

 

 

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We also represented Detroit, Michigan on this trip.

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Had the most delicious fruit every morning.

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Lots of pool time with fun drinks.

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Had room service so we did not have to leave our Over Water Bungalow.

 

 

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Did a mini photo session on the deck (poser) while enjoying the amazing weather and the colors of the water.

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Explored the resort grounds and found this look out point.

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Swan in the lagoon and did some snorkeling.

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Did some paddle-boarding.

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So much fun.

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Relaxed.

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Watched the sun go down for 7 nights in paradise.

 

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Best trip ever, but then reality hit us. Back to Michigan. Well at least I came home to warmer weather, just in time to start my yard and planting.

 

 

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It’s good to be home.

Also recently had an opportunity to try a few new supplements from Neocell.

NeoCell has been developing and manufacturing all natural, premium anti-aging formulas for over 20 years and is the leading collagen brand in the world. Our products are naturally based, not synthetic, and are designed to promote youthful health, beauty and total body wellness. We manufacture our own products using carefully sourced food-grade raw materials and our facility exceeds all GMP standards. We strive to continuously bring the best to our customers– products that we and our own families are proud to use, made with Nutrients You Can Trust®.

BIOTIN BURSTS – SOFT CHEWS – ACAI BERRY

 

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Feed Your Skin With Delectable Bursts of Nutrients!

Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high potency beauty nutrients in a delectable, gourmet soft chew. Formulated based off of scientifically proven ingredients NeoCell Biotin Bursts offer a delicious alternative to your daily biotin regimen. Each chew is low in sugar and was especially formulated to be as readily absorbable as possible in delicious Brazilian Acai Berry flavor. Healthy hair and skin were never this easy, or sweet!

NeoCell Biotin Bursts, the best way to take your biotin. Period. (You’re Welcome!)

  • Biotin is an important B vitamin supporting hair and skin health
  • 10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew
  • Scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body promoting natural energy, luxurious hair and vibrant skin.

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SO easy to just scoop, mix and enjoy.

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Collagen Type 1&3 Benefits:*

Provides specific amino acids necessary to replenishing the body’s collagen supply helps minimize fine lines & wrinkles, and improves elasticity in the skin builds and supports bone matrix, corrects weak, broken, split and damaged nail beds thickens fine hair, adds body and slows down hair loss repairs connective tissues for improved elasticity; improves circulation; promotes glycine builds lean muscle to help burn fat while you sleep.

Collagen: The Body’s Anti-Aging Protein

Collagen supplementation is one of the most fundamental things a person can do to prevent premature aging and promote youthful vitality. Understanding collagen begins with knowing that it is truly the glue that holds the body together; it is the building block for all our body’s major systems.

Although abundant in our youth, the body’s natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25. As this collagen production slows, the collagen fibers in the body become brittle and begin to break down resulting in many of the tell-tale signs of aging, such as loose, flaccid skin, wrinkles, ligament and tendon injuries and osteoarthritis. Super Collagen+C™ utilizes Collagen Types 1&3, which is 90% of the body’s total collagen supply and the main collagen constituents in the skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.*

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I used NeoCell Biotin Burst every day for 30 days and I did notice some changes in my hair. It did not crack off at the bottom like it normally does and my scalp seemed to be healthier. I normally get really dry scalp around my crown area. I also want to comment on the flavor of the chews. They are just taste little nuggets of flavor. I really looked forward to them every day. Wonderfully made product and a great website with lots of health items.

I also loved having the Collagen  shakes. The flavor was so good. It mixed well and was easy to just add water and sip on after yoga or a long walk.

Check HERE for retailers close to you.

Hope this post inspires you to take your  Dream Vacation, and Celebrate Life

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When I think of BBQ I think of Stubb’s.

Check out this Amazing Recipes Page.

previous Stubbs’ Post.

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Some of my favorite recipes are the;

STUBB’S SPICY SHRIMP KABOBS

Ingredients

1 lbs. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 ½ cups pineapple chunks (preferably fresh)

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch squares

½ cup Stubb’s Pork Marinade (or more if desired)

8 wooden or metal skewers

Cooking Instructions

If using wood skewers, soak in water for at least 15 minutes. Thread shrimp, pineapple, and red bell pepper in an alternating pattern onto skewers.

Prepare your grill for direct high heat cooking. Oil the grates and place the skewers over the heat. Grill for 5-10 minutes, flipping often until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Baste the skewers with Stubb’s Pork Marinade every time you flip.

NOTE: To make the dish less spicy, baste less often.

 

 

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and the;

SWEET HAWAIIAN MINI BURGERS

Ingredients:

Burger:
1 pound ground beef (95% lean)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 canned pineapple slices
12 Hawaiian sweet or small whole wheat dinner rolls, split
Lettuce

Sauce:
1/4 cup Stubb’s Sticky Sweet bbq Sauce
1/4 cup pineapple preserves
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

 

Cooking Instructions:

Combine ground beef and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twelve 1/2-inch thick mini patties. Set aside.

Combine sauce ingredients in small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Place pineapple slices on rack in broiler pan; brush with sauce. Place pan in oven so surface of pineapple is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 4 minutes, turning once and brushing with sauce. Remove pineapple, keep warm.

Place patties on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 7 to 8 minutes for medium (160°F) doneness, until beef is not pink in center and juices show no pink color, turning once and brushing burgers with remaining sauce after turning.

Cut each pineapple slice into thirds. Line bottom of each roll with lettuce, top with burger, then with pineapple piece. Close sandwiches. Makes 4 servings.

Cook’s Tip:  Cook’s Tip: Other fun and flavorful toppers could include tomato slices, cucumber slices, red bell pepper strips and shredded carrots.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.

This recipe was developed for Stubb’s by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. For more recipes by NCBA, please visit her website at www.beef.org.

Courtesy of the Beef Checkoff. www.beef.org

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I found all my Stubb’s favorites at Kroger, but for those who like to shop online checkout Amazon.

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STUBB’S COWBOY BURGER

Ingredients

2.5 lbs ground beef

1/4 cup Stubb’s Smokey Mesquite Bar-B-Q Sauce

2 Tbsp. Stubb’s Beef Marinade

1/4 tsp. Stubb’s Mesquite Liquid Smoke (optional)

1 tsp Stubb’s Beef Rub

1 large yellow onion, cut into slices

Shredded cheddar cheese

Bacon slices, cooked crisp

Onion Rolls or Hamburger Buns

Toppings of your choice

Cooking Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, Bar-B-Q sauce, Stubb’s Beef Marinade, liquid smoke (optional) and Stubb’s Beef Spice Rub. Use your hands to mix well. Once combined, separate the mixture to make six patties. Make a slight indent with your thumb in middle of each patty to keep it from swelling while on the grill.

Prepare your grill for direct medium-heat cooking. Lightly oil the grates and place your burger on the grill, indent side up. Cook burgers for 12-14 minutes or until preferred doneness (160°F) turning once during cooking. While burgers are cooking, add the onion slices to the grill and cook until lightly charred and soft, turning once. Also toast the buns.

To serve, top burgers with Bar-B-Q sauce, bacon, grilled onion and shredded cheese. Add additional toppings to your liking.

TIP: To cook the bacon for this burger, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay bacon on top. Cook in a preheated oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool.

YUMMY BURGER COMING YOUR WAY!

Did a lot of lazing around over memorial day, but was fast enough to snapped a quick picture of the Blue Heron “Harvey” that hangs around on the lake. He is so fun to watch.

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Received my May Bestowed Box and it was full of amazing goodies. Wow, I mean full.

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They never disappoint. Their membership boxes are loaded. April was my favorite. Gift card for Urban Remedy.

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Buddha Called to me.

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Used that card that very day.

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More Bestowed posts, here , here

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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I have a few other Bestowed Box Reviews under my belt; check them out here,here, here, here, here and here! What can I say, I’m a Bestowed Box Groupie. More and  here, and here

Made Hemp Seed Amaze Balls.

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Love them. Previous Amaze Balls recipes here and here.

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Threw together some cinnamon chip pumpkin muffins.

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Next Post is of our vacation post from  our 20th. Wedding Anniversary trip tp Bora Bora, where we stayed in those Over water Bungalow, at the Four Seasons Resort! Please stay tuned, We are so excited to share.

 

Athlete Mindset Work Book

 

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ABOUT THE WORK BOOK

This Athlete Mindset Workbook guides you in simple and practical ways to help you learn how to excel in your training, your performances and your life so that you can live your dreams. By answering the reflective questions provided in this Athlete Mindset Workbook and by acting on your positive intentions, you can turn challenges into focused opportunities in every part of your life. This will free you to succeed in your training, your performances, and your life.

TERRY ORLICK / AUTHOR

 

A world-renowned author and high performance focus coach who has committed much of his life to discovering and sharing effective ways to enhance personal and performance excellence. Terry has helped people of all ages learn to focus in more positive and fully connected ways that free them to be better learners, better and more consistent performers, happier people and contributors to a better world. His extensive terryphotoongoing consulting work with high performance athletes, Olympians, professional athletes and high level performers in many different domains began many years ago and continues today.

He has written over 20 books including In Pursuit of Excellence (4th edition, 2008), Positive Living Skills: Joy and Focus for Everyone (2011), Happy Living Skills: Teachers and Parents Guide (2014),Embracing Your Potential (1998), Cooperative Games and Sports (2006), Psyching for Sport (1986)and Every Kid Can Win (1975).

Dr. Orlick is a long time Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada where he continues to teach courses in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology and Quality of Living, conduct applied research on Performance Excellence and Quality Living, and share his simple wisdom with others around the world.

FATIMA LEITE KUSCH / AUTHOR

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Fatima Leite Kusch is the visionary behind Team Blessed Bodies, a growing sisterhood of competition athletes and models who are beautifully fit and share a positive mindset.

A Canadian fitness talent, she is a WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model, Contributor for Strong Fitness Magazine.  She has earned two pro cards and one world title on stage and has appeared in publications such as Oxygen, Inside Fitness and Fit & Firm, as well as  advertisements for Asics.  She is also the founder of Blessed Little Sisters, a non-profit teen athlete scholarship program.

Committed to the balance between health, strength, and beauty, she’s created unique programs for clients around the world through FitnessPrint, an online system that offers exercise, diet, and wellness advice to everyone from absolute beginners to professional athletes.

THE ATHLETE MINDSET WORKBOOK is a cherished project created for and inspired by her team.

LESLIE LEWIS, MFA / AUTHOR

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Leslie Lewis is a multifaceted creative artist and producer who is passionate about fitness.

As a writer/performer, she is best known for creating and starring in MIRACLE IN RWANDA, a one-woman show that she has performed on every continent except Antarctica.

Currently, she is the producer and lead actress in WITH CHILD, an indie film that was shortlisted for Critics Week at Cannes and began its festival run at Busan, the largest film festival in Asia.

Leslie is a proud member of Team Blessed Bodies, competing in the CBBF in the Masters Bikini division, and a FitnessPrint client since January 2010. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Finally, Leslie earned a BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in acting from UCLA School

Here are my thoughts and feelings about this work book.

I love it. Here’s why…This workbook is an amazing motivational tool. You feel like you have someone in your corner encouraging you and helping you to set real goals that fit your fitness level. Giving you time to think and journal your progress and help you achieve positive intentions. The interaction in the work book reminds you to Celebrate as you progress and work hard! I really love that. Who doesn’t need to be motivated and encouraged. Sometimes we focus too much on the final results and not the little things that keep us focused.

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I always feel like I do more if I document it, and with this work book I can see that this fits right into my lifestyle and mindset. I love to make to-do lists to get all my chores for the day completed. This book has the same principle behind it. Do the work see the results.

To get your own Athletic Mindset Practical Step by Step Guide, this book can be purchase on Amazon. This book was given in consideration for a review, however all opinions expressed are those of my own.

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Somebody just launched a new tag line, and some new amazing food items.

Van’s is so well-loved that they now have a new tagline, Van’s Simply Delicious. If you would like to try some simply delicious food, be sure to check out Van’s foods at a supermarket near you.

 Van’s Simply Delicious

 

Van’s Pasta

Keep dinner simple.
Prep. Taste. Smile!

Van’s Whole Grain Pastas are a deliciously simple, wholesome, quick and easy lunch or dinner option. Made with whole-grain, gluten-free pasta, each variety offers its own unique blend of seasonings and other simple ingredients available in three flavors: Creamy Herb & Garlic, Ultimate Cheddar & Penne and Rotini & Red Sauce.

Who needs lunch & dinner options? Well I think we all do. So if you’re looking for easy, healthy solutions, I think we found one. The flavor varieties just look so delicious! These new gluten-free whole grain pasta’s from Van’s can be prepared on the stove in about 10 minutes, they are made with simple ingredients, seasonings, and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are all full of flavor & are packed with protein and whole grains.

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Gluten Free Pasta

Ultimate Cheddar Penne

Easy & cheesy! What more could you ask for?

Craving a cheddary classic? We have the perfect guilt-free, gluten-free fix! Indulge in the goodness of Van’s Ultimate Cheddar Penne. It’s packed with the cheddar taste you love plus nutrient-dense pasta with 28 grams of whole grains in every serving. So go ahead, grab a spoon and enjoy the cheesy goodness. We bet you it will be a family favorite.

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Gluten Free Pasta

Creamy Herb & Garlic Pasta

Deliciousness in every bowl

Want big flavor without the big fuss? Van’s Creamy Herb and Garlic pasta is deliciously wholesome and easy to prepare— ready in just 10 minutes. Our gluten-free pasta packs 11 grams of protein and 28 grams of whole grains into each serving. So go ahead, impress your guests with our easy-to-prepare sauces that deliver gourmet flavor. We promise your secret is safe with us.

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Gluten Free Pasta

Rotini & Red Sauce Pasta

Classic, from-scratch flavors without all the fuss!

Fall in love with classic Italian flavor with new Van’s Rotini & Red Sauce. Sure, it tastes just as good as grandma used to make— both are made with love, and both taste great. But ours is packed with all the delicious benefits you’ve come to expect from Van’s: nutritious whole grains, a hearty dose of protein and absolutely no gluten. This is one sensible dish you’ll be serving again and again!

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Whipped up this little dish in only 9 minutes, then added a little can of tuna and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and warmed in the oven on 350 degrees for an additional 10 minute cook time. It was So Good, or should I say “Simply Delicious“.

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Perfect for a small meal or a side dish.

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Van’s Granola

On-the-run snacking has never been so sensible!

  Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Blueberry Walnut and Cranberry Almond are made from wholesome, gluten-free, whole grain oats and are a tasty complement to Greek yogurt or ice cream, or on their own right out of the bag as a midday snack. These clusters are so wonderful, the texture was comparable to Soft Baked Cookie Granola Dough with Dried fruit and Nuts. My husband really loved the Blueberry Walnut. I hoarded most of the Cranberry Almond for my mid-day snack at work.

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Blueberry Walnut

Granola…definitely not just for breakfast!

Meet Van’s Soft Baked Granola. From morning snacks, to re-energizing an afternoon of family fun, Van’s Blueberry Walnut Granola was made to sweeten up your day. Packaged into bite-sized morsels, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking and packed with 12 grams of whole grains and deliciously plump blueberries. We’re sure our gluten-free granola will be your snack-time, any-time favorite. Granola for breakfast? That’s so yesterday.

Packaged into bite-sized morsels, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking and packed with 12 grams of whole grains and deliciously plump blueberries. Piled high on yogurt makes the perfect snack for watching my favorite show, The Walking Dead.

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Gluten Free Granola

Cranberry Almond

Love at first handful!

Perfectly balanced sweet and soft bites will give you the boost you need to take on the day with 12 grams of nutrient-dense, gluten-free whole grains.

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Simply Delicious. 

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Wanna check out my previous Van’s Posts: Well Look Here, Here and Here.

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Lately mine has been Blue. Blue Apron came into my life via Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. She posted a review of the service and offered 50 readers 2 free meals with Blue Apron, so I jumped on it and received my two free meals and have been hooked ever since.

So here is the deal on Blue Apron meal plan.

How does Blue Apron work?

Blue Apron delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to make delicious meals in exactly the right proportions.

We offer two plans, with no commitment and no fees, so you can prepare delicious, inventive meals at home. We do the menu planning and shopping, and deliver recipes right to your door with all the fresh, perfectly portioned ingredients you need to cook them. All you have to do is cook and enjoy! We have no membership fee, and no minimum commitment. You can skip any week’s delivery in advance or cancel at any time.

With our 2-Person Plan, you will receive one delivery a week, with three delicious recipes and the corresponding ingredients pre-portioned for two. We customize your menu based on your dietary preferences (which you can change or update at any time).

Our new Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of (4) four. Our culinary team creates four new Family Plan recipes each week designed to appeal to both parents’ and kids’ palates. You can choose to receive all four recipes (in two separate deliveries that you can schedule for when it’s most convenient for you), or you can choose to receive just two recipes per week that are customized based on your dietary preferences,.

We’ve designed our service to teach you how to cook new recipes, expose you to seasonal, farm-fresh produce and reduce unnecessary food waste. By letting us shop for you, we can bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you can get on your own in the supermarket, all at a better price.

How does the 2-Person Plan work?

When you sign up for our 2-Person Plan, you will receive one delivery a week, with three seasonal recipes and the all the ingredients you need to make them, pre-portioned for two. Our culinary team creates six new recipes weekly for this plan, and you receive a menu of three of the six recipes based on your dietary preferences.

How do I skip a week or more of delivery?

If you are going on vacation or don’t want a delivery, you can skip that week before your weekly delivery cutoff.

To do this, visit “Delivery Schedule” under “My Account“. Your future delivery dates will be listed and you can skip a week by clicking on that delivery date and following the instructions to skip.

When will my delivery arrive?

Depending on your location, we offer daytime and/or evening deliveries.

When you sign up and enter your zip code, you’ll see which delivery windows are available in your area.

When your delivery is on its way to your kitchen, we’ll send you an email with the tracking information for your order.

You can check to see your delivery window by logging into “My Account” and clicking on your “Account Info” then looking under “My Plan.”

You can also check your tracking information in the “We’re on our way!” e-mail we send the day of your delivery to help you monitor your order’s progress.

So with that being explained let me show you: How it works and a few meals I have made.

First you get your box!

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Then you check out your goods and unpack it.

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Grab your Recipe card and GO.

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Prep your food.

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Now put together an amazing meal.

Here are my Creations…..and Yes, I do feel like I am ready for Top Chef ;-)

Buffalo-Style Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Sauce and Celery-Apple Salad.

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Banana Leaf-Steamed Cod with Spanish Rice, Yu Choy and Coconut.

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Chicken Charlemagne with Roasted Root Vegetables and Parsnip-Potato Mash.

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Chicken Mulligatawny Soup with Kohlrabi and Basmati Rice.

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Pistachio-Crusted Catfish with Clementine Salad, Israeli Couscous and Roasted Fennel.

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Beef Bolognese with Fresh Pappardelle Pasta and Brussels Sprouts. * My Favorite Meal So Far*.

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Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup with Lemon Grass and Red Curry. *Second Favorite Meal*.

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Macadamia-Crusted Cod with Black Rice and Golden Beets and Avocado Salad.

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Basted Flank Steaks with Beet-Freekeh Salad and Gorgonzola.

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Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashew and Sambal Oelek.

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Also had another Seven meals that I did not photograph because we ate them too fast…Sorry, Not Sorry.

So here are my thoughts on this meal service as it applies to me and my husband. We love it. We don’t get it every week because I do have a freezer full of venison and I love to make chili, Stews and Sauces with venison, but I do like to receive Blue Apron 2-3 times per month. For us it is worth the cost because we are not wasting any food and getting portion sizes we need, and the most importantly the ingredients are fresh, healthy and I do not have to shop for them. I love the variety of meals and feel like I am gaining so many cooking tips, tricks and experience in the kitchen.

After putting them together, I look at my creations and think; WOW, I made that. I Rule this Kitchen.

So those are my thoughts on Blue Apron. I was in no way compensated for this post other that the first two free meals when I first signed up. I just Love this Service.

Hey in other News! I just received the latest Bestowed Box. Look at these goodies.

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You can receive your membership using the discount code LOVEHEALTHY to get 10% off their Bestowed membership, available at bestowed.com/join.

Bestowed also makes a perfect gift – they offer 3, 6 and 12-month gift subscriptions. Check them out at bestowed.com/gift.

Check Ya Later.

This summer I went to New Orleans with my Husband and our Friends. We love this town! This is our Third time visiting this fun and never-ending party town. Our trip was centered around the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Which features Music, Food and Culture.

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I love New Orleans, so much so I decided to Get Some Ink.

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Meaning Behind the Fleur-de-lis symbol link.

I had it placed on the back of my neck. Gives my neck a little decoration when I wear my hair up.

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Back to the Jazz Festival. It was packed with so many people.

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So many different venues to visit with so many live bands playing at the same time spread over the entire festival. Always something to do, see, and eat.

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They had parades and so many activities happening everywhere you looked.

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After the Festival it was back to Bourbon Street where we walked the streets and enjoyed the town some more.

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Had Lots and Lots of Amazing Food.

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573 It was an amazing trip with our dear friends. Until next time New Orleans.

Speaking of Vacations, I also wanted to share a new candle I just recently tried out for the blog. Sold on Amazon made by Old Factory . These all Natural Soy candles have a variety of scented candles to choose from, I went with Vacation.

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The prepper in me has already started my Christmas shopping list. With the list comes keeping my eye open for fun gift ideas. Well here is one I was recently lucky enough to score from Old Factory Candle sold exclusively on Amazon.

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I love opening Packages. I also love candles. I have not had too many soy candles so I am really excited to have a natural burning product like this in my home.

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Old Factory Candles are sold exclusively on Amazon.com. These candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someone’s in your life.

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A perfect size candle. With three different tropical scented jars. Jeff and I do travel quite a bit, so the fact that these are small is a huge bonus for me, because I can easily toss them into my bag and have a wonderful comforting scent to enjoy on my trip.

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It really feels like a Vacation in a box.

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The Vacation Theme Includes:

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

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So I can check one gift off my list. I know a few people who would really love the receive this as a gift. You can never be too prepared.

I gladly rate these candles with five stars, the quality soy wax and wicks, and for the nice fragrance. Great USA made product with wonderful tropical fragrances.

My Amazon Review Link Here.

Check Ya Later.

 

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