Mini Band Workout

Happy Thursday!

Started my day teaching Cardio Drumming. Came home and did a mini band resistance class. Here is a quick effective workout for you to add on to your workout or to squeeze in if your short on time. Do all 3 rounds one side, then switch sides. Do 3-5 sets on each side.

Round 1:

Staggered Squat with Back Leg Raise and Bow & Arrow Pull (12)

Bow and Arrow Pull (15)

Round 2:

Squat, Tap Out, Calf Raise with Chest Squeeze (12)

Lat Pull Downs (15)

Round 3:

Squat Side Walks with Serving Platters plus double pulse (12)

Tricep Extension with OH Pull (15)

Veggie Snacks

Veggiefied Football Snacks

1st day home from vacation. Watching football and playing in the kitchen.

1st attempt at gluten-free onion rings….need to play with the recipe a little bit more. My kale chips never disappoint.

Only 3 ingredients: kale, olive oil and cajun seasoning. Baked at 425 in the convection oven for 5 min, flip cook 1 more min.

How do you cook your kale chips? Oven or air fryer?

Thankful Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This year, like for many of you, looks different for our family.

When my son joined the military, I felt like my dad had really prepared me. He was always happy to celebrate holidays and birthdays whenever we could be together. The day didn’t matter. This is our 3rd Thanksgiving without our Marine but now, we have a nurse, an EMT and a essential worker doing COVID clean-ups, and we are in the middle of a pandemic, as 1st year empty nesters.

Today, my husband and me spent a quiet day with our granddaughter, baking, watching movies, dancing and singing. Tomorrow we will celebrate with our daughter and son in love and his parents. When we get home, we will celebrate with our youngest and Christmas will be with our middle son and his newborn son.

It is weird to have each child have their own holiday with us, but we also know how incredibly blessed we are. We are healthy, happy, and know how much we love each other.

Our SILs parents are truly the kindest, most genuine people I have ever meet and am grateful to have them as family.

In life, just because things don’t look the way we thought they would, does not mean they are not just as they should be.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

My favorite Fall smoothie right!
Pumpkin is high in vitamins A,C & E.
Nutrient dense, low in calories, high in fiber.
Plus the cinnamon in the pumpkin spice mix help with metabolism and balancing blood sugar. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory,  so lots of health benefits in this yummy smoothie.