Spring Recharge: 8 Tips For A Healthy Seasonal Transformation


The winter woes are almost behind us; we’ve been cooped up, living under layers, craving comfort foods, working out irregularly – and possibly even struggling with a spell of seasonal depression? Rejoice! Springtime is near and while we welcome the season happily, it’s a little easier said than done to adjust mentally and physically so quickly.

EAT THIS, NOT THAT: The winter months have had us reaching for warm (not waistline-friendly) comfort foods. Time to swap out those heavy foods for lighter variations that still satisfy your cravings. Trishna recommendstrying sautéed garlic spinach instead of creamed spinach and quinoa bowls topped with fresh, light flavors including roasted vegetables, vinaigrettes, lemon, and herbs. Opt for spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini to replace pasta. The emphasis should be on lighter dressings and seasonings, fresher ingredients.
ON THE ROAD-READY SNACKS: The important factor here is to think about what foods that travel well and to pick snacks that will be play if they get bumped and do not have to be refrigerated. Nuts, seeds and kale chips are always a good choice: low in calories and in fat. Roasted chickpeas are high in potion and in starch that keeps you fuller longer. If you’re taking a cooler, opt for yogurt. Pair hummus and peanut butter with celery or cucumbers because they’re non-starchy vegetables. Remember that protein helps to satiate your appetite while sweets tend to make you hungrier.

BLOAT-LESS BITES: Hiding under layers has come to an end – we’ll be sporting spring dress and bathing suits shortly and now is no time for bloating. Trisha advises to stock up on fiber and potassium from bananas to help reduce water retention. Also reach for melons, leafy greens, artichokes, avocados, yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes, berries, asparagus, almonds, and eggs.

EXERCISE EATS: What you eat before and after a workout is critical for energy, rebuilding and maintaining a healthy weight.

PRE-WORKOUT: Contrary to what you might believe, Trishna recommends to snack on carbs! Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt with granola, and peanut butter toast are all great options.

POST-WORKOUT: You need to opt for something with protein to help replenish muscles: cottage cheese with fruit, an omelet, bean salad, pita with hummus, or chicken salad.

THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE: Just the mere mention of ‘bathing suit’ sends shockwaves through our system. Rather than approaching the layer-shedding season with the knee-jerk reaction of dread or anxiety, how about changing your perspective? What would be possible then?

BONUS TIP: Step into a variety of different perspectives on getting in swimsuit-ready shape – ask yourself, “What if I succeeded?” “What if I did nothing?” Say to yourself, “I feel sexy,” “It’s fun.” Listen to your body’s reaction to these new perspectives and choose one to focus on. Now fully embody this fresh perspective. Remember how it felt, what sound it had. Notice how your posture, breathing, even outlook changes.

DEFENSE KNOCKDOWN: How many times have you said, “I’ll start tomorrow?” or “I don’t have enough time in the day?” Transition and change almost instinctively activate the fear of the unknown and this is when our defenses go up. Many of us will choose to stay where we are just because it’s familiar. What small steps can you take daily that will help build your confidence and familiarity with this new unknown?

GO FOR THE GOAL: The ‘Mindset Reset’ challenge encourages you to break down larger goals into one specific and measurable goal because our brains are more effective when they focus on one thing at a time. Whether it’s giving up sweets or working out five days a week, choose a different piece of your goal that’s obtainable and awards you with “quick wins”.

BONUS TIP: In the world of instant gratification, the biggest hurdle is accepting that transformation won’t happen overnight. Shortcuts or an excessive approach for a week won’t help you reach your goal. We ultimately want lasting change instead of making diet and exercise a grueling seasonal thing – commit to one small goal every day that will get you closer to your bigger goal.

WORKOUT WARRIOR: A total mind and body transformation will come from making healthy habits – after awhile, these become practices you crave rather than dread. For maximum results, aim for 30-50 minutes per workout. Try doing 2 days of an intense workout (boxing or plyometrics), 2 days of moderately intense (running or biking) and 1-2 days of a lighter workout (Pilates or yoga). It’s also important to have a day or two to give your mind and body a chance to rest and recover.

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March 23, 2015 – 10:56 PM - | Posted in health | No Comments »

The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown


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We all know I have a love for wrestling, and that includes everything and anything WWE, including their animated movies and shows. Yup, you can catch me watching WWE with Scooby Do, WWE Slam City, and now The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown.

In fact I was so excited to watch it, I brought it into the first grade classroom I volunteer in for a Friday treat. The kids were so excited! They kept saying they saw this movie on TV and couldn’t wait to watch it! It was a show they loved, and were entertained with. It was super cute! My two girls were even fans when we watched it at home that weekend as well.

About The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown:
When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!

Yes, you’ll see a couple of wrestlers who are no longer with the WWE, but it’s still great fun, and they’re still characters kids know and identify with.

Your whole family will enjoy this movie, even if they’re not die hard WWE fans like my family, it’s a great choice for a family night!

The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown can be purchased on Amazon.com or other local retailers.

Check out The Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown App below:
• Take the quiz to find out which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star YOU are?
• Download the fun activities – and do them together as a family while you watch the film at home.
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!

How would you like to win your very own copy of The Fintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown in a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack? Just use the giveaway widget below to enter. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or else entries will not be valid.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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March 23, 2015 – 10:31 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Entertainment, Wrestling, WWE | No Comments »

It’s Time For Wrestlemania and a WWEMoms Twitter Party!!!


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One of my favorite times of the year, no it’s not my birthday, it’s not Christmas…..It’s WRESTLEMANIA!!!

The Superbowl of Wrestling is THIS SUNDAY and you can catch it for just $9.99 on the WWE Network! This is the cheapest yet for a Wrestlemania. Why pay more when you can watch it online, on your TV, on your mobile device, just about anywhere for just $9.99?!?! Never mind the other great hours and hours of WWE content you’ll have access to, plus you can cancel at any time, but why would you want to?

Anyways, Wrestlemania is underway, here’s the full card for the night (not in order)
– Brock Lesnar (with Paul Hayman) Vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
– Sting vs. Triple H
– Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
– Bad News Barrett vs. R-Truth Vs. Dean Ambrose Vs. Luke Harper Vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Brian in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
– The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
– Rusev vs. John Cena for the WWE United States Championship
– AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins
– Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins (with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury)
– Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (with Natalya) vs. Los Matadores (with El Torito) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos in a Fatal 4-way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

I’d rather BE at Wrestlemania 31, but there’s no chance in that happening, so we’ll be sitting in front of our TV watching it starting at 5:00pm with a 2-hr pre-show, and Wrestlemania starting at 7pm.

You can celebrate with myself and the WWEMoms this Thursday March 26th at 7pm ET with a WWE Wrestlemania Twitter Party! Check out the details below and don’t forget to RSVP to be eligible to win some great prizes!

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When: Thursday, March 26, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 pm ET
4:00 – 5:00 pm PT

Join myself @wrestlingaddict and @WWEmoms and friends at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) on March 26 as we look forward to WrestleMania 31!  Help us kick off WrestleMania 31 and showcase WrestleMania Axxess, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, and all the community outreach events that highlight this week-long celebration!

RSVP and attend the Twitter event for a chance to win one of 10 WrestleMania Prize Packs courtesy of @WWE!

(Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP:
– Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: WWEmoms) and include your Twitter ID
– Spread the word and RT this post on your Twitter Feed: http://bit.ly/1xtbmAE
– Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#WWEmoms) on March 26 between 7 – 8 pm ET
– Tell your Twitter followers!

PRIZE WINNERS will be announced during the Party!

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March 23, 2015 – 10:29 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Wrestlemania, Wrestling, WWE | No Comments »

Let’s talk COUPONS!!!


I’ll admit, I’m great at finding freebies, and great bargains. Heck I’m even good at finding coupons online for things, what I’m not good at is actually printing out, clipping and using these coupons for said items.  I either don’t want to bother with the small amount of work that needs to be done, or I forget them at home.

I’ve searched around the internet on various sites and found a few great blogs with some great advice.   What I really like about technology, is that we can now load our coupons to our devices, and our rewards cards, without having to print or clip.  I’m sure I could save more if I did, but with sites like Frugaa.com that are able to help me save online AND in store, it’s just more convenient for me.  It’s easier to whip out my phone, (which is probably out already when i’m shopping) and show a coupon and have them scan it.  Plus, I get to save on more than just groceiries.  I’ve found so many clothing stores, resturants, and just various stores in general where I can use a coupon.

No clipping or printing for me.  Maybe I’m saving less, but it works, at least I’m saving something!

Do you use coupons?  What are some of your helpful hints/tips to using them?

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March 23, 2015 – 9:23 AM - | Posted in coupons, daily life | Comments Off

20 Quick and Simple Kitchen Hacks


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Finding easy life hacks seems to be the thing these days, everyone is pinning or sharing different ways to do different things easily and with daily products. Check out these 20 quick and simple kitchen hacks.

1. Use dental floss to slice cheesecake. The secret to slicing cheesecake perfectly can be found…in your medicine cabinet. Really! Hold the floss taut, as you would to floss your teeth, and gently, with a slight sawing motion, slice through the cake. Clean slices! For best results, use plain (unscented) floss.

2. Spray or oil a measuring cup before measuring sticky ingredients to ensure easy release. Make sure you get all of the honey, molasses, or other sticky ingredient out of your measuring cup by spraying it with non-stick spray before measuring. It will ensure an easy release of sticky ingredients.

3. Store avocado with a sprinkle of lemon juice to keep it from turning brown. It’s as easy as sprinkling lemon juice on top of exposed surfaces of avocado or avocado slices. It will keep them looking green and tasting fresh for far longer.

4. Wrap the top of a bunch of bananas in plastic. Seriously! Wrapping the top of a bunch of bananas with plastic will prolong their life by a few days, and will slow down the browning process.

5. Run a knife under hot water for perfect bars, brownies, or cake slices. Run a knife under hot water, then dry using a kitchen towel or paper towel before slicing. The warmth of the knife will help it glide through the cake easily, for clean slices. Repeat, drying and cleaning off the knife between cuts.

6. Make cookie dough in advance and freeze it. Most cookie dough containing butter can be made in advance and frozen. For drop cookies such as chocolate chip, you can pre-portion dough into circles. For slice and bake cookies, you can form dough into logs then slice and bake as desired.

7. Combine herbs and oil or butter to make your own bouillon cubes. Start by combining butter or olive oil with enough herbs to form a thick paste. Form them into balls or cubes, wrap individually, and freeze or refrigerate. Voila–you have bouillon cubes ready to go when you are.

8. Bring stale cake back to life by placing it in a steam bath. Place a slightly stale cake, either by the slice or whole, above a pan of simmering water. Let it steam for a couple of minutes, not so much as to melt the frosting, but to add moisture to the cake. Serve immediately after doing this.

9. Freeze your broth in individual servings. If you’ve made homemade broth, separate it into common servings such as 1 or 2 cups, store in freezer bags marked with the amount or empty yogurt containers, and freeze. It will keep for months, and you’re ready to roll next time you want to make a soup.

10. Flip natural peanut butter before you open it to help the oil incorporate. If you love the taste of natural peanut butter but don’t care for the messy mixing of the nut butter and separated oil, flip the jar for several hours or overnight. It minimizes the annoyance of stirring to combine, meaning less fuss and mess for you.

11. Soften brown sugar with a slice of apple. Place a slice of apple in an airtight container with hardened brown sugar. Within hours it will soften the sugar. Once softened, use the sugar immediately.

12. Use a plastic bag with the end cut off for easy piping of icing. No piping bags? Not a huge problem. You can use heavy-duty freezer bags instead. Simply fill with frosting, cut the tip of the bag off in whatever size you’d like to pipe, and get to work. It won’t be as fancy as if you have a fancy decorating tip, but it will do the job for simple piping work.

13. Make your own confectioners’ sugar by grinding granulated sugar. You can make your own confectioners’ sugar at home with regular granulated sugar. Simply put granulated sugar in a blender, and blend for up to 30 seconds. It will grind the sugar into a super-fine, confectioners’ sugar consistency.

14. Use a bottle opener to open jars. If you’ve got a tough jar to open, use a bottle opener. Use it to gently pop the seal on top, making it much easier to open.

15. Combine vinegar and milk to make instant buttermilk. If you, like many, don’t use enough buttermilk to warrant buying an entire container, there’s an easy way to make it on command. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a measuring cup and then fill with milk until the mixture totals one cup. Wait until it curdles for an easy DIY solution. Using the same ratio, you can make any quantity.

16. Store lettuce in paper towels. Storing fresh lettuce between paper towels will not only keep lettuce fresher far longer than just keeping it in the bag, but it will remain crisp and won’t get slimy.

17. Microwave citrus fruits for 10 seconds before juicing to release the most juice. Lightly warming citrus will help it soften and release more juice. Microwaving it for 10 seconds will help you get more juice out of each and every lemon, lime, or orange.

18. Store pineapples upside down. Store pineapples upside down for the best flavor: it helps the sweet juice which has sunk to the bottom of the fruit travel back up the fruit, making every single slice juicy and flavorful.

19. Pour hot milk into the “empty” peanut butter or Nutella jar for a tasty drink. Don’t throw out that nearly empty jar! Those hard to reach bits can still be employed to make a delicious beverage. Simply add warm milk, shake or stir, and enjoy.

20. Make your own yogurt by combining a few tablespoons of yogurt with cream or milk. Using the last few tablespoons of a container of yogurt as a “starter” you can combine it with a cup of cream or milk to create more yogurt. Use a bit of that yogurt as a starter for your next batch.

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