New Years Goals & Giveaway!

In the new year we are always on top of our game when it comes to health and fitness. Then a few months pass and our new years resolution to stay healthy and fit start to dwindle. By summer we have forgotten all about the promises we made to ourselves way back in January and our news resolution turns into something we will make come next year.

I am so over that trend. So over it that I no longer make New Years Resolutions. I make yearly GOALS. I write them on the wall and they stay there until I make them. Everyday the post it on my mirror reminds me what I want out of the New Year. Last year my goals were to get fit, lose weight, live positively, and do something good for others as often as I could. I am proud to say that I hit them all. I lost 15 lbs. (and I am still losing!), I donating time to volunteering, I focused on all of the good in our lives, and I am well on my way to having Madonna arms. Boom! There are a few things that helped me out to committing to my own goals. Here are a few health-related things that really helped me stay on track and could definitely help you out with your own goals or resolutions:

Eating Plan is KEY

  • I write out a weekly eating plan for myself on Sundays. Since the mornings are usually chaotic as all crazy can be I tend to stick to low carb protein shakes. I love the Muscle Milk french vanilla powder that can be found at Meijer stores. I mix it with almond / coconut milk and add strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Sometimes I even add my coffee to it. I eat veggies as snacks all the way up to lunch which I actually make bigger than my dinner. In the afternoon I chomp on some veggies again and then maybe grab a low carb protein bar like Pure Protein bars or sometimes I even make my own like these. 

Work Out Work Out Work Out

  • Working out is part of my plan. It's hard with a busy schedule but it makes such a difference both in the way I look and the way I feel. My favorite workout and massage tool is my foam roller I got from Meijer stores. It is unbelievably amazing and is a great strength builder. I use it in the morning and before bed and I must say it has drastically changed my body. And it's super easy to use!

Be Positive

  • Choosing positivity is the only way to live. Being positive keeps me motivated and it helps me get through some really hard times. Every morning I wake up and I find a positive quote for the day. I screenshot it on my phone and all day long I am reminded of it. It's such a simple act yet it does so much for me. I encourage you to try the same.

I am truly looking forward to a year of fun, fitness, and family! To help kickoff your New Years goals I am giving away a Meijer Stores Prize package that includes a $25 gift card and a 2lb. jar of Muscle Milk protein powder. Enter below.

This post was sponsored by Meijer stores. 

Wen Hair Care

I stopped using traditionally shampoo 2 years ago. Between the unknown chemicals that I was putting on my head (not to mention my kids heads) and not being able to find a brand that I liked I decided to quit the chemical laden product and find a new haircare path. First, I tried the No-Poo thing. It wasn't great and my hair seemed worse off from the baking soda.  For a couple month's I used a shampoo bar and all natural conditioner. That was better than the no-poo but my hair still looked drab.  

One day I was at Sephora and decided to check out the shampoo lines they carried. I told the Sephora girl that I was looking for a chemical free line and she led me to Wen. She said "I know, I know you've seen it on infomercials but I started using it 6 months ago and I love it! Just look at this shine!" Her hair was remarkably shiny and I happened to have a gift card. I bought a Wen Gift Set and decided to give it a try. 

That was almost a year ago and I have definitely drank the Wen kool aid. It is AMAZING. And it's amazingly easy. It's a conditioning shampoo which means bye bye 2 products. My hair was a bit troubled when I started using Wen and within a month it was shiny and growing like crazy. Even with all my crazy dye jobs my hair doesn't get fried and stays strong. I've even gotten rid of shampoo and conditioner for our entire household. The minis and the Chef are not faithful Wen users. If you are thinking about trying Wen definately check out their seasonal specials on the conditioning shampoo. It's a great way to test out the product and see if you like it for your hair.  

I give Wen  🔪🔪🔪 out of 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 only because it's a little pricey and that takes some getting used to.

Bath Time Bliss: Must Have Bath Products

Now that winter is around the corner, my time spent in the antique claw-footed bathtub increases tenfold. I bathe when it's cold out. I love talking baths. It is my time to wind down. It is my time to think. And most important it is time spent on me which doesn't often happen.

These are some of my must have's for my bath-time fun:


  1. Bath Caddy: made from salvaged wood this bath tray is perfect for book and wine. 

  2. Big Blue Bath Bombs: you'd be surprised how turning your bath ocean blue can help you relax. Not to mention all the minerals getting rid of toxins!

  3. Milk Bath Float from The Body Shop: a deep sleep concoction that make the bath feel like silk. 

  4. Ahava Caressing Body Sorbet: A great moisturizer for after bath. Leaves you skin feeling like butter. 

  5. Konjac Sponge: I love this for my face so much that I bought a bigger one for my body. 

What are some of your favorites?

Konjac Face Sponge

I am not a skin care kinda gal. I don't use toners, or expensive lotions, nor do I ever wash my face with soap. I am a simple girl when it comes to my face and for 35 years this simplicity has worked for me. My skin is a perfect balance of normal and I never break out. Like never. I have always believed less is better when it comes to your face and although my regimen consists of water and apricot oil, I have recently added a Konjac facial sponge to the mix.

The Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a perennial plant native to Asia, and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. A totally natural food source, Konjac is 97% water, rich in mineral goodness and low in calories. Naturally alkaline, Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced.

I like the way the Konjac sponge leaves my skin feeling after. Usually when I rinse my face with water before I apply apricot oil, my skin feels a wee bit dry. When I use the Konjac sponge my skin feels soft and pliable and when I apply the apricot oil my skin absorbs it immediately. I have only been using it a month and I really like it as a new addition to my facial regimen. 

Cleveland Nail Artist: Jessica Dingess

My GHT and Noodlecat nails...

I am a huge fan of nail art. I first became aware of the trend when I met a girl name Mayay Apple on a visit to LA in 2012. Mayay did my nails in my hotel room and hand drew our restaurants logos on my nails to celebrate a special dinner the chef was doing in California that night. Turned out Mayay was not only my nail artist but also nail artist of Miley Cyrus, Rebecca Prince, and Busy Phillips. Can you say 6 degrees?

Adventure Time Nails...

When I came home to Cleveland I searched long and hard for someone as good as Mayay. It took me nearly 2 years but I have finally found someone!  Her name is Jessica and she works at Tease Hair & Body Parlor. She is the best (and ONLY) nail artist in Cleveland. Check out her work on her Instagram and if you are in the mood for some funky or beautiful painted nails be sure to give her a ring. 

Disney Villan Nails 


Tease Hair & Body Parlor

15112 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

(216) 228-2440