Archive | March, 2011

Soul Surfer – Bethany Hamiliton

Posted on 27. Mar, 2011 in You Go Girl

Recently, I found a book “Ask Bethany. FAQs: Surfing, Faith & Friends” by Bethany Hamilton with Doris Rikkers. 

You may be saying, “Who is Bethany Hamilton, sounds familiar?”  Bethany is the strong, confident and amazing young woman who was attacked by a tiger shark who took her left arm, while she was out surfing in her home of Kauai when she was 13 years old. The story alone shows how strong, focused and powerful she really is.

If you have a young daughter, this is a fabulous book to read TOGETHER.  My 8 years old, who loves to surf, swim and anything water, is amazed at how strong she is and how she is so knowledgeable about so much at a young age. There is a chapter about boys, dating, kissing and all the emotions that go with that.  Bethany has a great response to why she doesn’t have a boyfriend, “A boyfriend is a dangerous thing and could change the course of your life overnight.”  This is from a 16 years old girl.  She needs to mentor those girls on Teen Mom!  Her analogy why you don’t kiss or have a physical relationship with a boy is so on point! I won’t spoil it for you, so you can read the whole chapter. 

Bethany is truly a positive and brillant role model for young ladies.  You Go Girl!

Abs, Core, Abs, Core — How many crunches do I HAVE to do?

Posted on 27. Mar, 2011 in Exercises

As women, we hear “work your abs”, “hold that core”, “if you work your core/abs, you will reduce your back pain”. We do the crunches, sit ups, planks, mountain climbers and timed “V” sits.  Are there any other  ab and core exercises?  Well, indeed there are. The (in)famous Jackie Warner has some new core exercises that are compound to work your lower back, abs, obliques, biceps and shoulders.  Click here for the video of  Jackie’s Side Bend Shoulder Press.

Weekly Tips for March 27, 2011

Posted on 27. Mar, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here it is, officially Spring and March is almost over.  Where are you on your preparation for Spring Break, summer and making Mamma happy? (more…)

Stove Top Comfy Mac & Cheese

Posted on 27. Mar, 2011 in Food


4 cups uncooked medium elbow macaroni

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 1/4 cups fat-free milk

1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.

While pasta cooks, place flour, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan. Add milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Drop cream cheese by teaspoonfuls into milk mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes or until thick and cream cheese melts, stirring occasionally. Stir in mustard, Worcestershire, and garlic; simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Combine pasta and cheese sauce in a large bowl; toss well.

Nutritional Information

Calories:252 (29% from fat)

Fat:8.2g (sat 5.1g,mono 0.1g,poly 0.3g)








Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Posted on 20. Mar, 2011 in Food


1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup of sugar (can use Splenda) (more…)

Weekly Tips for March 21, 2011

Posted on 20. Mar, 2011 in Uncategorized

With St. Patrick’s day over, the start of daylight savings and awaiting Easter, keep on working on those renewed 2011 resolutions and preparations for summer.  Today is the long awaited First Day of Spring!  If only the weather could see the calendar.  Keep on smiling and focus on the summer, sun, heat and extra fun that will be here soon enough.

In anticipation of summer, we are compiling our annual list of Freebies for the Kids and Summer Camps, so if you have any input, please post it here or at our Facebook.  Here are the weekly tips. (more…)

Weekly Tips for March 14, 2011

Posted on 13. Mar, 2011 in Uncategorized

Oh, the luck of the Irish is with you this week.  St. Patrick’s Day and all that goes with that! Careful don’t get pinched.  Here are the weekly tips.  Just think we are half way through March and well on our way to Spring, Spring Break with the kiddos and summer time.  Enjoy each and every day, it is a gift. (more…)

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Posted on 13. Mar, 2011 in Food


1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 4-serving-size package instant pistachio pudding mix

3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

2/3 cup sugar

2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 beaten eggs

1-1/4 cups milk

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 of a can cream cheese frosting (1 cup)

Green colored sugar

1/2 cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (more…)

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Scones

Posted on 13. Mar, 2011 in Food

Makes 12 scones

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled & cut in small cubes

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk (more…)

Weekly Tips for March 7, 2011

Posted on 06. Mar, 2011 in Uncategorized

How is March treating you? Like a lion or a lamb? March can be a very stressful, mundane and trying month, so take some time break out of your routine and mix things up a bit.  Instead of drinking coffee, try herbal tea or a tea latte.  Tired of the same cardio routine, mix it up with a jump rope, hula-hoop and some head banging rock music.  Work those legs, while doing dishes or checking out at the store, do calf raises.  Instead of plopping down at the computer, stand and Facebook, instead.  This week’s tips are Nice, Green, (more…)