Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato

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Total Time: 15 min. | Prep Time: 15 min. | Cooking Time: None

Yield: 1 drink or smoothie

Ingredients:
For Bottom Layer:
•½ cup unsweetened almond milk
•½ cup ice
•½ scoop Vanilla (or Vanilla Vegan) Shakeology

For Top Layer:
•½ cup unsweetened almond milk
•½ cup ice
•½ scoop Café Latte (or Café Latte Vegan) Shakeology
•¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
•½ tsp. pure caramel extract

Preparation:
For Bottom Layer:

1. Place almond milk, ice, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into serving glass. Place glass in freezer while you blend the next layer.

For Top Layer:
1. Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, cinnamon, and extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Slowly pour into serving glass over bottom

LIFE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR MINDSET.

I have learned a LOT about mindset over the last few years and I have realized that IT is what controls how I approach every little thing in life.
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It’s not easy to have a positive outlook sometimes, and it’s not easy to always think the best of every situation. We are human and we struggle.
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BUT, one thing that has helped is starting my day off with some calm time—time to pray, read personal development, a devotion, something of the sort to kind of calm my heart and get me in the right headspace for the day.
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I woke up in a bit of a funk this morning, disappointed over some work things, so uncomfortable, and lethargic. It’s been the longest week of my life without my husband around much. I am just downright exhausted and not in a positive headspace upon waking.
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As I opened my computer to get through some work before Hudson woke up, this was the graphic that popped up when I went to do some coach recognition posts; how fitting right?
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Today is only as good as MY mindset. If that’s the case, I better shape it up and get more positive this morning. haha! It’s Friday Eve! I’m alive and well and so are you — isn’t that reason to celebrate?
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Let’s check any negativity, doubts, fear at the door and walk into today with a GOOD MINDSET that today is a fresh start, a new day, and a beautiful day to be alive!
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XOXO! You are loved. Go share that with someone today! 💗

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Let’s go back to 2014

Let’s go back to 2014 when I was desperately searching for something else to do. I just found this in my notes on my phone last night.
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We were planning to start a family, I was feeling burnt out and unfulfilled by my job as a teacher, and I had started a list of things I could do to make money as little side businesses…..😂😂
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Clearly I didn’t get far before the opportunity of a lifetime fell into my lap. Just a few months after making this list I began the journey of a lifetime that fulfilled some of my greatest passions: creativity, teaching, writing, relationships, and health & fitness.
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It’s pretty funny how life changes in an instant and how desperate I was to think of ANYTHING else I could do to possibly bring myself home from teaching to grow our family.
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8 months in as a coach and I retired myself from teaching to a full time income from home as a health and wellness coach; fulfilling a greater mission that God laid on my heart to empower women.
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So long #flashback, I’m moving nowhere but forward! 💁🏽

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Looking back

As we were winding down tonight getting Hudson ready for bed, we were scrolling through old pictures and videos and giggling with him from when he was a baby.
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Then I came across this picture on the left and it’s always going to be one I remember vividly. Talk about a transformation bump edition. 😜
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We were packing to leave for a short overnight anniversary trip and that morning I realized I was late, so I decided to take a pregnancy test. Just minutes later we found out we were expecting our second child—a baby girl as we would later find out!
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I was the thinnest I’d ever been and felt so confident and good in my new and improved mama figure after having our son. But round two of pregnancy was about to begin. ✌🏽
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Tonight I shuffled upstairs and threw on my leggings and the same sports bra to take a comparison picture, now more than 30 weeks of pregnancy later. A few bouts of sickness endured, but an overall active pregnancy with well over 20lbs+ LESS gained with Sky than with Hudson.
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I will never cease to be amazed at the way God has formed a woman’s body to endure so many changes. To stretch so far, to go back down, to provide life, to give nourishment, to navigate hormones, and so much fluctuation. It’s really a dang miracle. 😂
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Heading into these last few weeks of pregnancy has me so grateful for my body, for my children, and for my community that has rallied around me and supported me through both pregnancies now. Not to mention my sweet hubby who has kept me going daily too! 👊🏽

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Don’t Give Up!

“Having a rough start to the day?—Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason. DON’T GIVE UP.”
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I stumbled across those words this morning while getting a few emails in and smiled to myself.
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I woke up so uncomfortable, sore, sick and just in pain; not in the best mood. But the second I heard my little boy coming up to the side of the bed saying “mama, mama” I jumped (well, more like rolled) out of bed and put on my mommy hat.
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Sitting here this morning, feeling every contraction and movement of our daughter, feeling the quick heartbeat of my son as he gets so excited to help mommy package a few The Be Brand orders and throw headbands off the table faster than I can keep up…all of that reminds me that I’m here for a PURPOSE.
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God’s given me the gift of motherhood. The gift of mentorship. The gift of marriage. The gift of community.
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He’s given me a purpose to fulfill in so many areas of my life, so why in the world would I wake up and not remember that?
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You have PURPOSE too.
You’re alive.
Your heart is beating.
You have a mission.
Now figure out what it is, and live with passion. 💗

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Matcha Pink Drink Smoothie

This Matcha Pink Drink smoothie features pretty layers of matcha and strawberry. It’s perfect for spring or summer!

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Author: Beachbody
Recipe type: Shakeology
Serves: 1 smoothie

Ingredients
For Bottom Layer:
•½ cup coconut water
•½ cup ice
•½ scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
•1 Tbsp. unsweetened matcha powder

For Top Layer:
•½ cup coconut water
•½ cup ice
•½ scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
•½ cup fresh (or frozen) strawberries
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nstructions
For Bottom Layer:
1) Place coconut water, ice, Shakeology and matcha in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2) Pour into serving glass. Place glass in freezer while you blend the next layer.

For Top Layer:
1) Rinse out blender.
2) Place coconut water, ice, Shakeology, and strawberries in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
3)Slowly pour into serving glass over bottom layer.

Notes:
Make sure the matcha powder you use is unsweetened and does not contain other additives.

If you do not want to make this drink in layers, you can blend all ingredients together to make a delicious smoothie!

How do you see yourself?

Can you believe I almost did not share this picture because all my eyes were drawn to were the hormonal zits on my face and the stretch marks on the sides of my legs and belly. How sad is that?
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Look at how much JOY there is in this picture! It has been such a great day! Why in the world would I rob myself of that by picking myself apart and focusing on those little imperfections instead?
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Maybe it’s the hormones from being 34 weeks pregnant, maybe I’m just exhausted, or maybe it’s the fact that a bikini is the only swimsuit fitting over this belly right now so she’s just all out there. 😂🙈
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But anyway, moral of the story, be kind to yourself, because I just caught myself totally being negative to my self confidence and that is what I constantly preach against!
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I think as women this is always something that will be a work in progress no matter how many compliments you receive or how hard you’ve been working, but girlfriend, you deserve BETTER than that.
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So speak kindly to yourself today. Give yourself grace. Think about the joy in the moment before you go critiquing what’s around it. 💗
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I’ve come a long way in finding confidence in my own skin, but it’s something I too struggle with from time to time still.
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So instead of posting a giddy happy caption with this picture, I thought I would share a little more vulnerably about the thoughts that were going through my head before I shared it. Just keeping it real. ✌🏽

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“Don’t quit your daydream.”

“Don’t quit your daydream.”

That’s something I’ve heard all my life but never believed.
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I really thought all there was to life was waking up, going to a job that would often leave me feeling empty and stressed, leaving my babies in child care, come back home to be wife and mom, and then wake up and do it all over again.
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I. Was. Wrong.
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There’s so much more to life. So much more joy to be experienced, purpose to be lived out, and adventures to experience.
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Over the last two and a half years I have learned not only how to believe in myself more, but to channel my energy into positive thoughts, focus on taking care of myself inside and out, and I’ve taken a leap of faith that has created the most incredible business from home with my babies.
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A business that has brought lifelong friendships, purpose, adventure, and so much JOY to my life.
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>> Two years ago I would have been racing around in the morning, probably running late to get to my classroom after an hours commute in the car, tired and pregnant.
>> Today, I am leisurely making breakfast with my son, listening to an audiobook and sipping coffee while I get ready for a day filled with relationships and purpose. Still tired and pregnant, but so fulfilled and FREE.
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Never quit dreaming.
Never tell yourself you can’t.
Never think it’s too late.
Never say it will never happen.
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IT CAN AND WILL IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF ENOUGH to do something about your life. 👊🏽
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Take control and find what you are passionate about — take the scary leap of faith it takes to make big changes that could change your life! Believe me, I let fear get in the way for too long and the result? I missed out on years I could have had living less stressed and overwhelmed with life. I was missing out on so much positivity in my life!
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So go ahead, I give you permission to dream today! What is it that you’ve always wanted to do? 😘💗

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

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Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 19 mins
Total time 29 mins

Author: Beachbody
Serves: 3 servings, 2 pancakes each

Ingredients
•Nonstick cooking spray
•1 medium apple, peeled, sliced
•¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, divided use
•4 large egg whites (½ cup)
•½ cup unsweetened applesauce
•¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 scoop whey protein powder, vanilla flavor
•¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
•2 Tbsp. coconut flour
•½ tsp. baking powder
•½ tsp. ground ginger
•1 dash ground nutmeg

Instructions
1) Heat medium nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium-low heat.
2) Add apple and ¼ tsp. cinnamon; cook, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 minutes, or until apple is soft. Remove from heat. Set aside.
3) Combine egg whites, applesauce, and almond milk in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4) Combine protein powder, oats, coconut flour, baking powder, remaining ½ tsp. cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; mix well.
5) Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture; mix until just blended.
6) Heat large nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium heat. Ladle about ¼ cup batter for each pancake; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles form on top. Flip. Cook for 90 seconds, or until golden brown and cooked through.
7) Divide pancakes between three serving plates. Top evenly with cooked apple slices.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 149
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 12 mg
Sodium: 194 mg
Carbohydrates: 20 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugars: 10 g
Protein: 13 g

My transformation

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#transformationtuesday has been looking much different over these last eight months. From one baby to the next, my body has been changing a lot for what feels like over 2 1/2 years.
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The one thing that has been a consistent factor is my #fitlifestyle. But more than just the workouts and meals I plan each week, it’s my support community that has been a constant.
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It’s amazing what having the right tools and the right people to support you in staying consistently active does for your mindset.
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When I take care of ME through my nutrition and fitness, I immediately FEEL more confident and better emotionally, as well as physically.
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This week as I’ve been getting one group of ladies finished up in our group and another started in their prep week, my heart is bursting with joy to see the amazing transformations and the ones that are yet to happen. So rewarding to facilitate a community and safe place like these groups, similar to what changed my life over two years ago.
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I may not have lost 20 pounds between these two pictures, actually just the opposite—I’ve gained about that much in 32 weeks of this pregnancy journey, some added fluff and then some too.
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But I am grateful to be active. I’m grateful to have a healthy baby growing in my belly for now the second time. I’m grateful to be an active mama to my 19 month old son.
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There’s a lot of transformation going on inside even if it’s going the opposite way. 😂
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What’s your transformation story? Are you working on yourself from the inside out too? 😘
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You’re beautiful and so is YOUR STORY! 💗