Rejoice!

So up bright and early this morning!!!

Last night, Dan and I organized “us.” I set everything out: made the girls lunches, they set out their uniforms, I knew exactly what I had to wear, book bags perfectly placed, Dan and I already planned for who was dropping off which girl, got our calendar up and organized for the month–I even had time to sit and just be! I was ready for today!!!

Then–the littlest decided to wake up and come in to our room this morning. Boom a change in the set schedule! Here we go–15 minutes before the alarm clock goes off— my feet hit the ground and it’s time to choose  how my day was going to play out. From the tears of crying about her socks, to brushing her teeth–I have to say outloud in my head today, “I will rejoice in this day!”  

It may not be exactly what we planned and our schedules definitely get out of whack sometimes but choose to rejoice! Let’s be honest guys, this morning could have definitely gone a very different way of me panicking, yelling, rushing down the road but by simply choosing to rejoice in this day and choosing peace, I even found time to write this blog to encourage others. Make it a great day friends–Rejoice!

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Just Pray…

Doesn’t matter what this life throws at you just remember Who is on your side. 

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Be filled…

This morning I woke up with this song in my heart –whatever you may be going through–Jesus is there, let Him know U need Him! Be blessed, Be filled with peace, Be filled with Hope❤️

💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest

Without You I fall apart

You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are

And where You are, Lord, I am free

Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

To teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way

When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You

Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

(Matt Maher)

Better Together

It’s been so long since I’ve had time to sit down and write! It’s been a busy yet fun summer though. 

One of our main focus this summer is health coaching. My hubby and I are newly Certified Health Coaches through Villanova School of Nursing and we are so excited to help others reach their goals whether it be in body, mind or finances. We have enjoyed  paying it forward to those who are ready to live their life in complete abundance

Our journey started back in February–one of the best investments yet. Fast forward and Daniel has loss over 65 lbs and I’ve loss over 20! We don’t only focus on how much we have loss but also on how much we have truly gained. 

It’s like having our life back–full of energy, fitting into our clothes comfortably, confidence, better sleep, a better mommy and daddy for our girls, a healthier marriage, our hearts filled with bigger dreams and plans–the list goes on!!! 

That picture above doesn’t define me anymore. The way I felt above was not who I was created to be! I didn’t realize it 6 months ago how complacent I was becoming.  I didn’t realize how I hid behind sweaters and how it was much easier to say I’m just tired than reaching for my next level in my life. I didn’t realize that I was comforting myself with all unhealthy habits. I didn’t realize everyday I was getting further and further away from what God had in store for me.  The weight truly tried to hold me back in every area of my life. I’m a firm believer that weight not only affects you physically and emotionally but spiritually as well. It’s such a bondage and was a bondage for me. Not anymore

Today, I’m different! I’m free! My mind isn’t filled with I can’t but rather I can! My mindset has changed! With the Lord’s help I can do anything. No more hiding behind my sweaters or using excuses of why I can’t go out and accomplish my goals–I’ve learned to create my best life now not later! 


If you are struggling with any areas of your life whether it be physical, emotional or financial–reach out to me. Don’t live it alone. We are better together and I would be honored to walk this journey with you! 

Daniel and I see health coaching as an extension in our ministry–it is the desire of our hearts to help others live their life in complete abundance! We get ONE life, choose to live it well!  Let’s get #fitforthekingdom together!❤️

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one!” Ephesians 4:9-10

Chicken Fajita Salad


Per Serving: 1 leaner, 1 healthy fat, 3 green, and ~3 condiments

Pam spray

1 lb raw boneless skinless chicken breast

1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons olive or canola oil

2 tablespoons lime juice

¼ teaspoon chili flakes

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1.5 oz sliced avocado

PREPARATION

Heat pam in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, bell peppers, onion, salt, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder for five minutes, stirring constantly. Flip the chicken, and cook for another five minutes, until chicken is cooked and vegetables are slightly soft. Remove from heat and slice the chicken into strips.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice,splenda, chili, and salt, stirring until evenly mixed.

In a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce with the chicken, peppers & onions, avocado, and dressing. Serve!

Our Present Help


How many times do we pray asking the Lord to remove this problem or that problem? I know I do! We tend to think oh if we didn’t have this or that–life would be so much easier. But when I read the quote above, I thought, “wow, so true!” We don’t need the problem in our life to be removed every time–sometimes those same problems that bring us stress, grief or seems like the end of the world are meant to teach us something–help us grow or even somehow minister to others! 

Now I know it’s never easy as that but it is simple as that! We just tend to complicate the process instead of allowing Him to do what He does. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our ever present help in times of trouble.” Hang on to those words today! Let Him help you find a way through your struggles victoriously! 

Jalepeño Poppers


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings. Per serving: 1 Leaner | 3 Green | 1½ Condiments

Ingredients

Cooking spray

4 oz 95-97% lean ground beef or turkey

6 whole jalapeno peppers

4 oz (½ cup) low-fat plain Greek yogurt

4 oz (1 cup) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

3 medium scallions, sliced thin

1 large red bell pepper, diced fine

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp paprika

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

2. Cook ground beef/turkey in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat until done. Set aside.

3. Cut jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membrane.

4. Combine meat, yogurt, cheese, scallions, red pepper, and spices in a medium bowl.

5. With a spoon, fill jalapeno pepper halves with cheese mixture.

6. Place the peppers, cut-side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Father’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for that perfect gift 🎁 for the “dad” in your life? 

💡I’ve got the perfect idea that will bring a Health Body 💪🏽 Healthy Mind 😊 Healthy Finances 💵

Show him how much you ❤️ him by giving him his health back! 

Leave me a comment for more details!

Pesky Mosquitoes

Summer is practically here! Summer cookouts, picnics, beach and pool days, going for walks, taking the kids to the playground and the list goes on!  But one thing that can put a halt to all that fun are those itchy, pesky bugs that attach themselves to you and before you can even think to swat at them, more than likely they have already started to feed on your blood!  Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “mosquito!”
My girls and I were headed out for a walk a few days ago as our plan was to get in some exercise while spending some time together and our local news station approached us randomly to interview us on nonetheless: Mosquitoes in our area! That definitely inspired this post and you can find the news clip below.

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They come out of nowhere–the bites itch at night and they keep popping up here and there and everywhere! So what are some ways to make prevent these bug bites?

Here are a few tips I found that works and some that I will be trying throughout the summer:

  • Bug Repellant Spray: Spray liberally before heading outdoors!
  • DynaTrap: this has been a life saver for us! This device emits UV light to lure the mosquitoes in.  After a week or so, check and empty the device.
  • Grow your own mosquito repelling plants (citronella, catnip, basil, peppermint)
    You can crush these leaves and rub the oils on your skin–the natural oils they emit will keep these bugs at bay!
  • Get rid of any standing water in the outdoor areas. (make sure gutters are not clogged so that the water can drain freely from the top of your house) Mosquitos thrive and reproduce in warm, humid and dark areas.
  • Refrain from wearing heavy perfume/cologne or scented body lotions–the sweet smell attracts mosquitos.

How to STOP the itch?

  • Apply apple cider vinegar to bug bites to help stop the itching.
  • Vicks Vapor rub is said to ease the itching. (definitely helps)
  • Honey to soothe the area.
  • Banana peel–rub the inside on the bite for a few minutes.
  • Peppermint oil–a dab on the bite and it relieves the itchiness (TRUTH)
  • Rubbing Alcohol–the cooling effect of the alcohol immediately soothes the bite, reduces the size and swelling. (works for me)

What are some of your methods that works for you and your family to help with these pesky bugs?

 

I Declare…

ONE touch from The LORD can CHANGE everything… 
Don’t give up!

Don’t give up on your dreams…

BELIEVE and DECLARE with me that you are not just going to survive life anymore, but you are going to THRIVE! 

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