Healthy eating meal plan- week 1

Who’s ready for my healthy eating meal plan, week 1 edition? My Instagram followers have requested me to share my healthy living progress after my third baby, so each week I’ll post what I’ve been eating and updates with my results.

Here’s the background – before I was pregnant with my first, eating healthy and working out was a huge part of my life. During my two-year engagement, I lost 30 pounds the healthy way – slow, steady, and by making a daily commitment to cleaner foods and actually heeding portions and serving sizes.

Working out was a part of my daily routine, which is where my AB CHALLENGE circuit came from (it also happens to be my most popular pin on Pinterest).

I’ve given birth to three darling girls in January 2015, January 2017, and January 2019; each pregnancy proved increasingly more difficult, to say the least, and in the end, it was just about surviving day-to-day.

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22 best affordable gifts for women

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Raise your hand if you love affordable gifts? I can never think of ideas when people ask me what I want for my birthday or around the holidays, but I spent a lot of time curating either my favorite things or wish list items, perfect for all the women in your life – including yourself!

Check out the best gift guide for women, with seriously affordable options for women of all types and ages.

Be sure to Pin this post for future use and share with your family and friends to pass along your suggestions. Many of these items are on super sale for the holidays, so get them while you can.

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Why beautiful is not a compliment (and what to say instead)

Everyone likes to feel beautiful, right? That’s what the media tells us; that’s what our inner nature tells us; it’s what we instinctively tell any little girl we see and the way we measure our attractiveness against other people’s, whether intentionally or subconsciously.

After finding myself telling my daughters this all the time, I had to stop and realize what I was doing, because telling someone they’re beautiful may be a true statement, but it’s not exactly a meaningful compliment.

If someone is, as you deem them, beautiful, that’s the way they were made. They didn’t do anything (short of extreme plastic surgery gone right, in which case you can compliment the doctor) to look like that. And even so, a compliment towards one’s beauty is merely a statement on their outward appearance, one they had no control over.

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