Fitness Friday

Fridays are going to be my personal fitness check-in accountability days, along with being a day in which I provide a workout for those who follow along to do at home themselves. Whether a video or a Pinterest-type picture description, I will provide something that you can try easily to get that blood flowing and maybe even get your kids or hubby involved with.

I always have my three kiddos around, so my fitness routine usually ends up incorporating them in some way. Having been a health and fitness coach for the past year, fitness is a big part of my personal MomLife. Leading and showing my kids an example of a healthy life is a huge priority for me, so sharing it on my blog would only make sense.

If you ever have any requests on the type of workout you would like to see, feel free to reach out to me and I will see what I can do!

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Broccoli Beef

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If I can get my family to eat veggies easily, I feel like I conquered my evening. Vegetables and fruits are a way of life in our household, but I will admit that the fruits are much more readily accepted. I try to include a veggie with every dinner, but none of them go down quicker than the broccoli in this recipe.

In fact, the night I made this, there was a fight over the last little bit of broccoli since I didn’t add enough in. Winning!

So, I know that this is not THE healthiest meal. Sure there are improvements to be made, but it is a family favorite and something that we eat every other week. It has protein, some greens, and my family walks away from the table with a full belly.

My biggest tip with this one is to make sure that the marinade is given AT LEAST a full hour in the refrigerator before cooking it. I have shortened the time on a few occasions, but the meat was much tougher.

If you want fork-tender meat, you will be patient. 🙂

Marinade:
1.5 lbs beef for stew cut in smaller slices
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda

Marinate the meat in the refrigerator, covered, for an hour.

Towards the end of the hour, I mince up my garlic then get the broccoli going.

Steam or saute broccoli until bright green, then set aside. I use varying amounts, but normally match or double the amount of beef. It all depends on you how much you want to include.

While the broccoli is cooking, mix the sauce for the beef:
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour

Once the broccoli is done, set aside, put the beef in the same large pan and pour half of the sauce over the beef.

After the meat is cooked to your liking, pour the remainder of the sauce and the cooked broccoli into the pan. Stir and serve as is or over a bed of rice or veggies. 😋

If you like it spicy, top with some Sriracha!

Yum!!!

Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco

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Since Christmas was just a few days ago, I have to share one of my favorite Christmas books. Sadly, I don’t yet own it, but I check it out from the public library every year.

I tell myself that I need to buy it every year, and never do. At least the library has my back. 🙂

On to the review. This book pulls at the heart-strings and makes you see the miraculous ways God and life can work. Since my oldest was too young to understand it, I have sat there and become sucked in to the story as if I were sitting there with the characters myself. Even now that I have read it so many times that I know how it goes, I still find myself tearing up.

The power of love and of taking a moment to reach out and talk to those around you is so powerful.

My oldest is now old enough to understand the story, and he enjoys it as well, but parents, if you want a story that you can enjoy reading out loud every Christmas, this one is it. The illustrations will keep your children’s attention while you can get sucked in and read a beautiful, well-written picture book.

Parenting Tuesday

Sometimes you just need to read a blog post or an article from another parent who is coming from the same place or going through the same thing as you.

Maybe it’s the reassurance that you are doing alright or that you are not alone. Whatever it is, I know that when it comes to getting my kids to stop fighting or getting lunch ideas for picky toddlers or hair style ideas for little girls, I search out other parents who are able to shed some light on whatever it is I am in the mood to research.

Let’s call it a virtual friend that has answers.

Every Tuesday, it is my plan to share a tip, a story, or simply some real talk regarding a topic that is relevant in my life that week knowing that there will be at least one person out there that will be able to relate to it. It may seem random at times, but I am designating Tuesdays to anything mom-related.

‘Twas the Day After Christmas

I have had the years where I had some high expectations for Christmas and…. they were crushed. I mean CRUSHED. Hope the day will quickly pass and end and we can wake up and hope everyone and everything is better tomorrow, type days.

That has been rare, but it has happened.

I LOVE holidays. Holiday decoration threw-up-everywhere love. Along with that love, though, comes some high expectations of how I hope the season and the day will unfold. I usually end up in tears at some point due to unmet expectations or feelings of failure because of poor gift-giving on my part, bad timing, or kids just falling apart and way overdue for naps.

THIS Christmas was different. I let go of those expectations and just let the day be.

Life has been messy the past few months and I came to the realization only days prior to Christmas that the most important thing wasn’t a perfect holiday, it was being surrounded by people I loved, reaching out to those that I care for just to let them know I was thinking of them, and in being happy with what we had already.

I flipped a switch in my mind and saw my blessings for what they were: Blessings.

And you know what? No tears. Just smiles. Smiles on my face, my kids’ faces, and a thankful, grateful husband’s face.

Life is too short. I am so, so blessed. I just needed to open me eyes to see it.