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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)