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21 Day Fix - Round 2

I've reached what should have been the end of round 2 of the 21 day fix, and here are my thoughts.

I got WAY too bored with the workouts, and started mixing it up by week 2.

Meal Plan
 It was really hard to actually measure with the containers this time around.  I think it had to do with my current season of life, in January the baby was on a more consistent eat, sleep, nap schedule. Right now, we are working on a bunch of teeth and other huge milestones (like walking) so her sleep has been really rough the last couple of weeks.

Additionally, my middle daughter is working on some molars.

So, planning the meals just was really rough.

Container Eating
Even though I didn't plan out my colors every day and track them very well, I did  make sure to portion control myself. I always tried to eat more veggies then anything else and watched my dairy intake.

Lessons Learned

Portion Control is key to success! 20-30 minute workouts are effective and go by faster than you think. Round …
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The SECRET to a SWEETER Sweet Potato!

As a mom of three children, three and under I've had to develop systems and find ways to make the healthiest and tastiest recipes for my children. I'm no chef, in fact, I personally believe i'd benefit from being on one of the worst chef type shows you see on T.V. However, I have mastered the art of making healthy, and delicious baby food recipes, and I'll be sharing some of my favorites with you during the month of June!

My tried and tested way of making the BEST and SWEETEST Sweet Potatoes EVER! Before I give you my secret, I wanted to give a little background on how I used to prepare them for my first born.

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June 2017 Fitness Goals

Summer is upon us here in Sunny Miami, and I have spent more time outside in a bathing suit drenched in sunscreen chasing my toddlers around over the last few weeks than I think I have in all my adult life.

It's such a blessing of being a Stay at Home Mom, I get to have lots of adventures with my children, and get some pretty amazing tan lines doing it. 
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These are MY kind of people...

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