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Thursday, October 22, 2015

clean eating shopping list for beginners!

When you're just starting out on your journey to healthier living, trips to the grocery store can be super overwhelming. It has taken me years to learn how to properly grocery shop and still I feel like I am learning something new all the time!

I decided to help you out, though, and create a very simple clean eating shopping list for you to take along with you the next time you go grocery shopping. 

First, a few rules though!

*Stick to the perimeter of the store: produce, meats, dairy
*Skip the junky aisles altogether
*Skip any and all sugary drinks; if your kids must have juice, stick with organic and dilute it with water
*Create your meal plan/menu before you go to the store; this will help you to move through the store faster & be less tempted to buy things you don't need
*If you get thrown off by the prices of organic foods, remember that your body is a gift & your health is worth the investment
*Have FUN! Try new produce and herbs! This will keep you from getting bored with clean eating.

I'd love to know what you would add to the list! Feel free to sound off in the comments below or SHARE this blog post with your friends!

Friday, October 16, 2015

pre-k homeschool resources

I have homeschooled my oldest since pre-k and with another up-and-coming preschooler, I thought it best to sort through my pins on pinterest and figure out which activities will be best for my little firecracker! Brooklynn and Avery, my two girls, have very different learning styles--I can tell that already. Avery is visual and enjoys structure; sitting still for periods of time is usually no issue to her. Brooklynn, on the other hand, is very active and expresses very little interest in puzzles, games, reading...she will be more of  a hands-on learner.

The thing about homeschooling...you learn as you go.

So, here are some of my favorite resources if you have an active munchkin on your hands like I do! I hope you enjoy them!

alphabet: http://www.themeasuredmom.com/letter-of-the-week-with-a-3-year-old/

science experiments: http://loveandmarriageblog.com/science-experiments-3-4-year-olds/

autumn crafts: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/08/fall-craft-ideas-for-preschool.html

busy bags (great for traveling!): http://www.powerfulmothering.com/ultimate-guide-of-busy-bag-ideas-100-ideas-sorted-by-category/

Montessori-inspired exercise: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/08/12/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-physical-fitness-for-preschoolers/

Bible lessons: http://www.preschoolpost.com/January.html#.ViGIG9Y-DVo

math activities: http://www.howweelearn.com/preschool-math-activities-curriculum/

Monday, October 12, 2015


If there's one thing I've learned over my last 26 (almost 27) years of life, it's that life consists of many different seasons. No day, no week, no month or year will ever look exactly the same.

You will experience busy seasons...
hard seasons...
restful seasons...
seasons of sickness...
seasons of health...
seasons of prosperity...
seasons of struggle...
seasons of growth...
seasons of valleys...
seasons of mountain tops.

Early this year I experienced a real season of service. I was able to lead our local MOPs (moms of preschoolers) group. I was able to fix meals for sick mommies, babysit my friends' kids, and reach out to others.

Now it seems I'm the one accepting all the help.

I feel tired, heavy, clumsy, and worn out...mentally & physically. I am relying on my husband to do a lot. I'm not committing to anything, and my attendance at things like Bible study and even church has been sporadic. And you know what?

I'm ok with that.

Because I know that I won't always be in this season of restful solitude. I know that one day I'll again be able to reach out to help others and busy myself and my family with good, positive activities. Right now is just not that time.

If you're struggling with the season you're in, know that you're not alone. It's easy to feel like the season you're in now will be the season you're in forever. But just as the earth's natural rhythm shifts it from spring to summer to autumn, so your life will change and evolve.

Hang in there, sister. Enjoy the time you're in.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fitness Accountability Group-- October!

>>87 days until a NEW YEAR!!!<<

So many people wait until a new year to decide to start working out (anyone else guilty of new year's resolutions that have yet to happen?!)....

What happens if you start working NOW? You get to enter into 2016 in the best shape you've been in, possibly in years! You get to start the year with a fresh mindset and a clean bill of health. Sounds pretty good right?

>>My next health & fitness accountability group starts on October 21.<<

*No…No….No….No magic pills here. All hard work and dedication.
This 21 day challenge will teach you how to portion your meals what to eat, when to eat and what foods to help you get in the shape that you always wanted. It even comes with its own containers so you don't go over the portion you are supposed to eat.
*Everything is outlined and made simple so you don't have to do the math or any mental work.
*Workouts are only 30 min a day & they can get all done from home.
*The best part is that you can keep going with the same program after 21 days. Do one round of the 21 day fix or several rounds!

This challenge group is 21 days long.

What you will get:
- Workouts
- Meal Plan
-A 30 day supply of the superfoods that I drink
- Support from ME as your coach

I'm taking 10 ladies to join me and only 10...I'm going to be very picky as not everyone is ready to take on the challenge and I don't want anyone to waste their money or my time. <3 p="">
If you're READY to make a change in your health and that of your family, let's do it together!! You don't have to figure out anything on your own!

Apply HERE by October 15! https://annabmac.wufoo.com/forms/challenge-group-questionnaire/

**one of the best parts?! the 21 day fix AND the 21 day fix extreme are BOTH on sale this month!**

Friday, October 2, 2015

Family photo FAVORITES!

A couple of weeks ago I had a dear friend come to San Diego to do family photos for us. These are a few of my favorites!


These photos are even more special because I was able to incorporate a crocheted vest that was my grandmother's. I love using special items in our photo shoots; in one of our previous family shoots I used a quilt that my other grandma had made for me.

**(photos done by Reflecting Grace Photography)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Beachbody Contact Info

As your Team Beachbody Coach I am here to lead by example and help show you the tools to succeed on your health and fitness journey.  If you ever have a problem with a product please feel free to let me know and then we can resolve the issue with the Beachbody Contact Info below.  You can call Beachbody Customer Service or Beachbody Coach Relations at to have questions with orders resolved.  You can also get access to their help via email which is the process that I personally use.
 Beachbody Contact Info–
-Beachbody Customer Service  
            Phone 1 (800) 470-7870  Monday – Friday from 6 am – 6 pm  Pacific Time
-Beachbody Coach Relations
          Phone1 (800) 240-0913  Monday – Friday from 6 am – 6 pm  Pacific Time
Fax: 1 (213) 201-7225

Have an awesome day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

just be here with me: a guide to shutting off the social media chaos & living a life that is present and fulfilling

I love to see families having fun together. I love to see married couples, holding hands. It makes my heart smile.

In an era that is governed and dominated by social media and technology, these scenes are becoming more rare. Next time you go out to eat, you will most likely spot at least one table where the entire family is on a mobile device. Or you may see more couples out together, with one of them on the phone. Or mom may be so busy scrolling through her newsfeed that she's missing the chance to play and engage with her child. (guilty)

This breaks my heart.

I want us to remember how to talk to one another, out loud-- not via text with half of what we say consisting of emojis. We need to remember how to laugh together, how to look one another in the eyes. We need to remember how to be together-- how to be all there, engaged and attentive.

I know it's hard to sit down the phone. We seem to have been rewired with this need to be constantly connected, distracted, disengaged from real life. I've been there and I struggle, too. Here are a couple of simple ways that I am trying to cut the media mayhem out of my life and just be here with the people that I love:

Create a no-media zone. For me, this would be at the dinner table. No phones, tvs, or computers allowed! This is our time to connect at the end of the day. I like to ask the kids what was their favorite part of the day, what things they're thankful for, or a struggle that they experienced that day. It gives us a chance to bond and get to know one another.

When my husband and I are out on dates, I put my phone on vibrate and leave it stashed in my purse. I check it every hour or so to make sure I don't have any emergencies with the sitter, but other than that it stays put away. Date nights are rare and special for us, and so important to our marriage. I don't want either of us to spend that time on our phones.

In the evenings when the kids are in bed and I don't have work to do, my husband sit together and read, talk, or watch movies. This is a no-phone zone as well. I sit my phone completely away from me, in another room if possible, so that I'm not tempted to check it again and again.

Turn off notifications. I don't have instagram, twitter, or facebook notifications popping up on my phone all the time. I can only imagine how distracted I would be if I were notified of every single like, comment, share, or tweet every time I looked at my phone!

When I am speaking to my friends, I try to look them in the eye. Imagine how you'd feel if you were speaking and the person you were talking to was glancing at their phone, scrolling through text messages, or looking at pictures. Would you feel very valuable?

We don't have cable. And haven't missed it one bit.

Spend at least 30 minutes a day playing and engaging with your kids, phone free. When they speak to you, sit down your phone and look them in their eyes; if you're not able to at the moment, ask them to hold their thought until you can get to a good stopping point. This shows your kids that you value what they have to say, which will go a long way in building their self esteem and communication skills.

These things may take you a while to work at, but I promise that if you do the reward will be worth it. You'll go to sleep at night feeling satisfied, content, connected. Your relationships are worth a little effort ;)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

life post-deployment

The days and weeks after a spouse returns from a deployment can be filled with so many different emotions, many of them unexpected or unwelcome.

Justin has been home for barely over a week after a 6 month deployment, and my emotions have been all over the place. But this is our second deployment and homecoming, so I have learned a few things along the way that may be helpful to you.

It's super important to check your expectations before your spouse returns. A few things to keep in mind...

If your husband has never been overly romantic, or thoughtful, or affectionate then don't expect him to suddenly be just because he's been gone for a while. You can't expect him to leave and return a different man, that's not fair to him or to yourself. Be realistic. Don't set yourself up for failure before he even gets home.

You don't know what your spouse has seen or had to do. Assume nothing. Be prepared for him to need to talk, or to not want to. Know that there is probably a lot that you don't know. And if he needs help from a professional, help him find it.

If your spouse does need to talk, be prepared to listen. Set aside everything else and sit with him while he pours out whatever is on his mind and heart. Don't judge him for anything he says. Only offer feedback or advice when he asks for it.

Allow your spouse time to himself. Justin has been gone for 6 months, surrounded with the guys he works with 24/7. If he wants to take the harley out for a spin or spend a few hours in the gym, I should be more than willing to let him do so!

Don't expect life to fall back into the same old routine. Give it time. It may take a few weeks or even months for you two to figure out who does what. You've gotten used to being independent and planning things on your own. Allow your husband to lead again. Ask him before you make plans. Be patient with him and with yourself.

Your kids are going to be starving for their dad's attention. Don't deprive them of that. If bedtime gets pushed back later than usual, it's ok. If nap time gets skipped one day because dad wants to take them out, don't stress over it. Be happy that your kids love their dad and that he is excited to spend time with them. And hey, take advantage of the extra hands! Schedule yourself a pedi or take a walk by yourself!

Journal. It helps you figure your feelings out and gives you a safe place to vent. My journal has saved me from saying or doing some very foolish things.

Schedule time together. Get a sitter and go out on dates. Turn off your phones in the evening and spend time talking. Make each other a priority and reconnect whenever you have the chance to.

I hope some of these are helpful to you as you navigate the waters of your husband returning home after long absences. If you have any other tips to share or questions to ask, I'd love to hear them! Feel free to comment below! Most of all, smile and be thankful that your spouse is HOME! Take life one day at a time, accepting the good and the bad, and be content knowing that you will work through it all together.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September Fitness Accountability Group

September, I can't believe I'm saying this, is nearly half way over!
School either just started back or is about to for you moms, teachers or students. Back to the daily HUSTLE! Early mornings, home work, gymnastics, soccer practice, etc. You're going to be struggling with where you fall on the priority list 🏃📚
For the rest of you, the end of summer simply means you're buckling back into your routine from travel, vacation, BBQs and pool days. It's a time of transition- little more work, little less play. ⏰
Summer time is full of so many wonderful FUN things, but unfortunately several of those things include lots of less than healthy food, one too many mojitos, a little more fro-yo than we should have said yes to, beach or pool days instead of workouts, some unwelcome pounds or fluff and ultimately --> a loss of ROUTINE.
I know that getting into the swing of things can be tough. Motivation to find your rhythm doesn't just always just *happen.* It's nice to have some guidelines to know how to get started. To have a workout buddy (near or far) that will make you feel like you aren't alone. Some accountability to make sure your excuses don't get the best of you every day. Too bad that doesn't exist.. Or does it?!
ALL of those ^^reasons^^ are why the timing of my upcoming virtual accountability group is so perfect! Through September 15th, I'm allowing 4 new participants into my privately coached health and wellness group. Together, we're going to START FRESH in September!
For about $5 a day, you could complete an ENTIRE program and feel more confident in your routine & skin come October. Start this new season out right. Respect the limited time you have with QUICK at home workouts. Simplify your nutrition with a quick and easy dose of Shakeology. Cut out the daily grind of cooking and learn how to food prep.
Not all who apply will be selected. I'm looking to coach those who are MOTIVATED to work alongside me! To be fueled by your goals and meet me halfway for accountability with YOUR participation!
Apply here to be considered::
Drop your email below if you want some additional info.
If you have questions - I'm happy to answer them!
{Group is for non-coaches only -> if you already have a coach, please reach out to them!}

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Broken Things

Things just break.

Relationships. Marriages. Friendships. Hearts.
We live in a world that is filled with broken people.

Maybe you are trying to climb your way out of a broken marriage. Maybe you come from a broken home. Maybe you're nursing a broken heart or struggling to recover from a broken friendship.

Whatever the cause for your brokenness today, I encourage you to hand it over to Jesus. He is not incapable of fixing things that are broken...I know, because my past is wrecked with brokenness.

Broken family. Broken heart. Broken dreams and plans.

When I decided to trust God to help me through it, instead of trying to make sense of it all myself, healing began to happen. Restoration took place. My broken dreams were replaced with bigger, better ones!!

He's waiting for you to run to Him.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

10 lessons I've learned from my kids

Being a parent has taught me a lot...about life, about myself, about others, and about the Lord-- particularly my need for Him!

I always say my children have taught me more than I could ever hope to teach them, or at least as much. And they don't even know it ;)

Here are a few of the top lessons I've learned from watching and interacting with them:

1) Your appearance does not define who you are.
My kids love me when I have a great hair day, and they love me when I can't tame the mane. They love me when I've gained a few pounds, when I'm bloated, and when I have a six pack of abs. It doesn't matter to them. They are too busy loving me to see any of those things. They have taught me how to see beyond the flaws, in myself and in others.

2) Grace...always, grace.
Parenting is hard and to be honest if we point out every negative thing our kids say and do, we'd be harping on them all day long. My kids encourage me to extend them grace when they mess up, and they have taught me how to extend that same grace to myself, too. I am also fully aware of God's grace for me as I navigate the difficult waters of parenting and failing daily.

3) There is beauty everywhere.
I remember when we first moved to California, my oldest was captivated with the beautiful flowers that we encountered on our many daily walks. She would stop at every rose and smell it, begging me to allow her to pick one. But her favorite flower of all? Dandelions. Yep, those pesky little weeds that you can never seem to get rid of. She loved them, and still does, better than all the roses, peonies, poppies, and gerber daisies. Her love for that simple dandelion has taught me a lot about finding beauty in unexpected places...even weeds.

4) Embrace the chaos.
Life is crazy and chaotic, it just is and always will be as long as we're living here on this earth. We will always deal with bad attitudes, sicknesses, mean people, and circumstances that just don't go our way. Deal with it. Life is messy and often doesn't look how we pictured it to, but that's life...and I'm pretty happy with mine! I know one day I will miss the messes, the noise, the clutter!

5) Live with intention & purpose.
Parenting should be a very intentional endeavor. My kids have shown me how to take every day moments and turn them into teachable ones. A sibling quarrel is an excellent time to practice sharing, apologizing, forgiving, and remembering how many times God has forgiven us. Temper tantrums are a good time to work on taking deep breaths, learning to control your emotions instead of vice versa, and focusing on the positive aspects of life in that moment.

6) Time is fleeting, use it wisely.
Every parent knows how quickly time passes. Having my kids has shown me that our time here on earth is precious and limited, and I want to make the most of it! I realize that I won't have my babies with me 24/7 forever, so I'd better soak in the time that I do have with them! They have taught me how to use my time more wisely and focus in on what is important...them.

7) Enjoy the simple things.
Both of my daughters have taught me this lesson, over and over. I am always amazed when I see them take simple things like rocks or wooden blocks and turn them into a story or a game. Watching their imaginations at work blesses me so much! Enjoy the simple things in life. Like sitting outside watching them play, hearing them laugh. Or reading a story, singing a song, coloring a picture. (And, mamas, enjoy a sit down with a good book and a cup of tea every chance you can get!). Ahh the simple life.

8) God is everywhere.
When I look into my girls' faces, I see the work of God. I see how He carefully knit together their little personalities, their preferences, their differences and likenesses. I appreciate His handiwork and am thankful to be able to play a small role in it. Also going for walks with little legs that go very slowly has helped me to slow down and see Him all around me-- in the trees, the ocean, the sky. He is so magnificent!

9) I am capable of doing hard things.
Pregnancy is hard. Childbirth and the following weeks and months are hard. Parenting is hard. Juggling it all can be hard. But I've done it! I've lived to tell about it (so far)! Being a mom has taught me that I am stronger than I thought, I am capable of more than I thought, and I have a bigger heart than I ever thought. You can do hard things, too, mama.

10) Children are blessings, not hindrances or inconveniences.
Sure having a kid isn't easy. We already covered that one. But oh my, what if I had said no to the possibility of being a mom? How many incredible moments of joy and love would I have missed out on? My children are my most valuable accomplishments, I am so proud of each of them. They are blessings to me now, and I am raising them to be blessings to others later.

I'd love to hear the lessons your kids have taught you! Please share in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

the giver

Gifts are my love language. 
It doesn't have to be anything big... Give me a pack of gum or a note and I'm happy because I know you were thinking of me! It's that thought & small effort that really touches my heart!
I also really enjoy giving gifts to people I love! I dream of one day being able to gift my favorite people AMAZING things, really big, exciting things that take their breath away and put tears in their eyes!!
One day I'll be able to do things like buy cars, pay bills, fund vacations for people. One day I will have a beautiful home with space to invite people to come and stay with us so that I can love on them and dote on them. heart emoticon
This is one of the things that fuels me to work hard at what I do! 
I know that with Beachbody, all of this {and more!} will be so possible. The future holds BIG things for me and my family, if I am willing to say "no" to what is good now, so that later I can say "yes" to what is BEST!
It's that excitement, that hope future, that belief that anything is possible that really keeps me going when things get hard or when life gets busy. I am learning how to do what I need to do now, even if I don't really feel like doing it. Those feelings can get us into trouble can't they?
If you are lacking a sense of purpose or a hopeful feeling for your future, then I can relate to you. I have been there. There was a time when I felt my life held NO purpose other than changing diapers and feeding kids. I now know that's not true. God made me for a unique purpose, and has placed me in a specific place with people around me who need me.

The same is true for you. Don't allow those dreams to die just because they're inconvenient or will require hard work. Your time on this earth is limited, and what you choose to do with it is just that... your choice. Are you going to settle for a lackluster life? Or step into the awesome plans that God has for you?

(If you are interested in Beachbody coaching please fill out this application.)

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Monday, June 29, 2015

What is Beachbody coaching?! Webinar TONIGHT @ 9p.m. EST!

I'm sure you can tell that I LOVE working from home... right?!

Have YOU ever considered working from home? Did you know that I earn income by using Beachbody programs and products and sharing my journey, while HELPING OTHERS to do the same?!

Helping others...that's the core of what I do, and what I've been looking for my whole life.

Before Beachbody entered my life, I was living a lackluster life...I was sleep walking through my life, living a passionless existence. I lacked vision & purpose. I knew I wanted to help people but I didn't know how to or where to even begin. I knew there was MORE for me and my family.

That was two years ago. ✌🏼️ I am now living a life FULL of passion & excitement! When I think of the future now for me and my family, I feel full of hope & purpose! The best part? I get to work from HOME, which is truly where my heart is...with my kids. 💗 And every dollar I make is a direct reflection of how many people I have helped. Another perk? I get to choose who I work with, so I'm constantly surrounded with AMAZING people all striving towards a common goal: creating a healthier nation while reaching big goals & dreams for their families. It's the bomb really.

If any of this resonates with you, I encourage you to join us tonight for a coach info webinar! 30 minutes of your time, answering any questions you may have about coaching & how it could affect your life & your family's future!

Bring your coffee & join us! Feel free to message me for more info or the link!



Thursday, June 25, 2015

new 'office' hours!!

I've been contemplating for a while what I should do where my business is concerned.
I am in a weird season of life (which honestly always seems to be the case). I'm EXHAUSTED 24/7, my husband is deployed, physically and mentally I'm not 100%, and I'm out of my home and routine for the next few months. So I decided to reexamine my schedule and make it fit into my life better.
I mean, part of the perks of owning your own business are choosing your own hours and making THEM work for YOU. So that's what I'm doing smile emoticon
When I work, I want to be able to give it 100%. I want to be able to focus on my team, my Challengers, and my customers. I want to add value to their lives & help them grow as much as possible! This business is going to be in my life forever, and I know my seasons of life will constantly be changing--it won't always be this hard!
In an effort to find some balance, I'm moving to a 4 day work week. Wednesday-Saturday are the days that I will devote at least a few hours each day to my business.
What does this mean for you? I will still be posting, working out, and eating clean daily. If you're one of my Challengers or coaches, you will still hear from me daily as well. If you inquire about coaching, Challenge Groups, Shakeology, or any other Beachbody products, then you can expect to hear from me Wednesday-Saturday smile emoticon
Thanks for being so understanding! Excited to have you along on this journey with me!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

life these days

The struggle is real over here.

This is the most difficult pregnancy I have ever had.

With my first daughter, I was sick a lot throughout the pregnancy...but it was my first daughter, and I was able to sleep and rest as needed.

With my second daughter, I had my husband home a lot to help me. He was in a training that had him home nearly every day by 2 or 3 o'clock, which I know was God-ordained.

This time, I have two kids to parent and my husband is deployed for 6+ months. I am trying to build a business that I love, and I have responsibilities with homeschooling my oldest. I haven't had very much help. I am convinced I've never been so tired in my entire life, often feeling so exhausted that it moves me to tears. The exhaustion has been giving me headaches, as well.

I have a lot of personal stuff that I'm working through with a counselor. And I have a lot on my mind, as I just have no idea how this fall is going to play out. When my girls and I return home to California we won't have a home or a car, and all that we (I) will have to do and figure out is stressing me out. It keeps me awake at night sometimes and wakes me earlier than I would like in the mornings.

I try to just rest in the Lord and trust Him to figure it all out, because deep down I know He has a plan. But this is a daily, hourly process and hey I'm human...

I feel out of balance in so many ways. I am unable to do so many of the things that I love, like really play with my kids, homeschool Avery, encourage my team of health coaches and motivate my customers, and just enjoy life. I feel like a bad mom, a bad coach, and it's so frustrating.

This is my healthiest pregnancy in terms of what I'm eating and the fact that I am exercising daily...so I should be feeling pretty good. I guess that just goes to show how hard pregnancy is, and how much your mental & emotional state impacts the way that you feel.

I know that everything is going to work out, and in a few months I will be able to look back and see how much I've grown as a person. But for now, I'm kind of wishing I could hibernate for the next five months and wake up with a home, a car, a husband, and a beautiful new baby boy! Sometimes just living and trusting through the hard times is the best we can do.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

fit food: lemon basil chicken & healthy gluten-free chocolate cupcakes

Hi guys!

My little Brooklynn celebrated her third birthday last week! Instead of the usual crappy birthday food and processed cake mixes, I wanted to ring in her third year in a healthier way! What was on the menu? Well, I'm glad you asked ;)

We started out with some lemon basil chicken & zoodles!

Have you ever tried zucchini pasta before?! Before this I'd only ever had zucchini lasagna (which is delicious, by the way). I'd been itching to try some zucchini spaghetti but first...I needed my vegetti: aka, vegetable spiralizer. You can buy one here. They're super easy to use and the result is awesome! I can't wait to use my vegetti on everything!

First I whipped up the chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts (2-3 chicken breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

  1. Whisk marinade ingredients together and add to chicken. Marinate chicken for 4 hours up to overnight, occasionally flipping bag over.
  2. Proceed to grill chicken or cook indoors by heating 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes or until well browned on one side. Flip chicken over, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (time will depend on chicken thickness). Remove to a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. I can only imagine how delicious this would be in salads, wraps, sandwiches, pitas, etc. The possibilities are endless!

*for even better results & more tender chicken, try this: Place chicken inside a freezer bag and pound chicken thin with a meat mallet. (If you don't have a meat mallet, you can use the side of a can), then add seasonings & marinate (in the fridge) for four hours up to overnight.

Next you're going to want to sauté your zoodles with a little olive oil, garlic, and basil. Cook just until tender, otherwise they may get too soggy.

Top your zoodle pasta with your chicken and enjoy! **this meal was a HIT with all of our guests...the chicken flew off the pan!

And now for dessert! I had been craving watermelon for a while, so I bought a big one to share. Oh it was so delicious, sweet, and juicy! I also mixed in some red food coloring with low fat cool whip as a simple topping for the cupcakes, served alongside a little ice cream-- a decent blend of naughty & nice foods. The cupcakes were super moist and everyone seemed to enjoy them, despite the healthier ingredient list!

Here's the recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/09/08/100-calorie-chocolate-cake/

Sunday, April 19, 2015

life these days

well, not a lot has been happening here. i'm still battling the first trimester yuck, so most of my time has been spent on the couch. i just feel yucky and so tired. i miss my normal routine of workouts and clean eating, but am trying to give myself grace! Brooklynn has enjoyed the extra snuggles...she is so affectionate!

we're ALMOST two months into this deployment, and i'm already over it. realizing how much time we have left (about 4ish months) makes it that much harder. these things STINK and seem to take forever...

i feel pretty strong mentally and emotionally, but missing my husband comes in waves...very strong waves. it happens when i pass a place that we went to on dates...when i'm laying by myself in bed...when one of the girls mentions him. last night when i was hovered over the toilet and had to hold back my own hair, i missed him then. it doesn't really ever get easier being apart. he is my home and without him i feel...homeless.

things business-wise are picking back up! i have a new challenge group starting up soon! and a sneak peak into Beachbody coaching, so that people interested can learn more about it, no strings attached. if you or someone you know are interested in either of these opportunities, email me ASAP! these spots go fast! navywife_anna@yahoo.com

Thursday, March 12, 2015

our sky

one of the last texts Justin sent me before he left the country and most of our communication was cut off said something along the lines of:

"i hate being so far away from you. i guess i'll just have to look up at the sky and know that you're under the same sky, too."

which inspired a poem :)

our sky

when my heart is missing you
and tears fill up my eyes
I will look up at the sky and think of you
I'll remember when we went as a family to fly a kite
we were happy, the sky was so blue
that's why the sky makes me think of you

when I long just to hear your voice
and I wonder how you are
I'll look up at the sky
and feel your love in my heart
I'll remember walking with you at night
under a canopy of stars
then maybe for a time I'll forget
how far away you are

when I struggle to recall
the feeling of your touch
I'll look up at the sky
and know that you love me so much
I'll remember the moment you asked me to be your wife
underneath a springtime sky
with clouds floating my

when I miss your voice
and wonder where you are
I'll look up at the sky
and know you're not that far

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

don't forget...take care of YOU!

I think the weeks and days leading up to a deployment are the worst.

My mind and heart are ready to say goodbye and get this thing rolling!

Before Justin leaves for long trips or deployments I always find myself subconsciously distancing from him. It's like my heart's way of protecting itself from the pain of saying goodbye. I can feel it happening, but I'm powerless to stop it, so communication is so important during this time.

Also, my body is being affected by all this stress. It's showing itself on my skin, and by weakening my immune system-- I just had a stomach virus...twice in less than a week.

I need some time soon to decompress. Relax. Take care of ME for once.

Which brings me to the topic of self care. So often as moms we feel guilty for doing things for ourselves. We feel like our time could be better spent serving our family or a friend rather than sitting still doing something we enjoy, like having a pedicure or a cup of coffee in silence. But we have to remember that if we're not caring for ourselves, then we can't effectively care for others. God created us to need rest and breaks. You are NOT a weak person or mom if you crave time alone or time to just get away!

You're human ;)

Allow yourself time to rest. Allow small daily moments where you can escape-- if not physically then at least mentally for a few minutes! It's good for you...and your family, too.

Monday, February 16, 2015

jipped, cheated, and mad?

I hope all of you had an awesome Valentine's Day! It was sunny & warm here in southern California, so we spent the day at the beach!

Now that we have less than two weeks until our big move {which thankfully is only temporary}, I have been feeling the stress! Oh my gosh! There is so much to do!

Also something I've been feeling: really, really angry that things didn't work out how I wanted them to. We were supposed to have time together, as a family. We were supposed to go on a road trip to see new places. We were supposed to go on dates and take our time saying all the things we wanted to say.

But instead we're moving. I have put on a brave face about it, but yesterday I had a melt down. I wanted to throw a tantrum, punch a hole in the wall, anything really... but instead I sat in bed for a while and cried. I feel really disappointed. And annoyed. And tired. And just jipped. Cheated. Mad.

I know that there is a purpose here somewhere, but I'm not seeing it. Sometimes-- usually-- in the midst of a struggle or hard time, you can't see the reason for the struggle. You just have to get through it. Once you're on the other side, the lesson usually becomes clear. It may take a few days, it may take several years-- but you'll know.

I keep telling myself that, anyways. I have to believe that the things that happen have purpose, or else what's the point?

And so here we are! Packing, planning, selling, cleaning. I'm teetering between wishing this time away and struggling to hold onto it. I want the move to be DONE, but I do not want my husband to leave.

Such is life! I'm really trying  hard to enjoy each and every day-- it takes a lot of prayer and effort on my part!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

healthy recipes: 5 ingredient white chili & healthy chicken & dumpling soup!

I have a couple of DELICIOUS recipes for you today! Not only that, they're both also super simple to make... always a plus for my busy schedule!!

AND they were husband tested & picky-eating kid approved ;) 


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 (15-oz) cans Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips

 Add chicken broth, 2 (uncooked) *boneless skinless chicken breasts, beans, salsa and cumin to a slow cooker, and stir to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.  Shred the chicken.
Serve warm with desired toppings. {I recommend a little cheese, cilantro, and avocado!)

And last but not least, healthy chicken & dumpling soup!

I was craving this comfort food last week but wanted to put a healthier spin on one of my favorites. The secret ingredient? Cottage cheese! I know, it sounds gross, but my husband was even fooled with this one! Definitely worth a try!

  •  1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  •  1/4 teaspoon pepper
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken until no longer pink. Add the broth, water, vegetables and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Meanwhile, for dumplings, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cottage cheese until blended. Add water and salt. Stir in the flour and mix well.
  • Bring soup to a boil. Drop dumplings by tablespoonfuls onto the boiling soup. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in dumplings comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering). Yield: 4 servings.

  • Enjoy!! 

    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Beachbody coaching: we're just real people!

    This post was encouraged by two things:

    1) We are in the beginning of a new year. It is my absolute hope & desire that each & every one of you set out to do MORE, achieve MORE, dream of MORE than you did last year! I hope all of you work harder so that you can play harder. I hope all of you are filled with HOPE for the future that lies before you! 

    2) The GROWTH that my team is seeing this year {and it's only February!!}. I want YOU on this train with us! This journey to the top is hard work, yes, but oh my-- the pay off is SO worth it!!

    So with that in mind, I really want to share this income potential with you! This is something that truly anyone can do. I am telling you, the top 2% in this company are REAL people who have been through some serious struggles! Things like bankruptcy, homelessness, eating disorders, addictions, death, struggles with their own health.

    We're just real people here.

    So when you read this, I hope you remember who is behind these words. Think of me in my jean shorts and tee shirt, hair up in a bun, no make up on... overcomer of depression, someone who used to hate her body but has come to love and appreciate it, the mom who now has a sense of purpose. And know that YOU TOO can do this. You too can reach for those dreams that you thought had died.

    But you have to set those goals.
    You have to decide what you want, and reach for it.
    Daily. Not giving up. Not quitting when it gets hard.
    Believe in YOU!

    And lastly... while the income potential here is HUGE, that's not what really matters here... it's what we're doing with it that is changing this world, one life at a time!

    If you want to join my next Sneak Peek group, email me by TOMORROW!


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