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Real Moms Fight the Frump & Win

What happens when you make the decision to make your appearance a priority? It can be a huge confidence-booster. See how these real moms fight the frump.

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I believe every woman should feel pretty — inside and out. This is often a struggle, though. We live in a fallen world where bad hair days and bad attitudes can reign supreme. We make mistakes, we whine, we complain, and then find that our shirt is stained and our bra straps are showing. Insult to injury!

There is a connection between our insides and our outsides. I am more aware of my physical imperfections than my inner ones, but when I feel good about my appearance on the outside, interestingly enough, it helps me on the inside.

Since last September you’ve heard me wax eloquent about how fighting the frump and taking charge of my wardrobe has brought me such joy and confidence. When I leave my cave these days, I’m no longer self-conscious about what I look like. Instead of worrying about what people think of me or if I look like a dork, I can put more energy into watching my words, encouraging others, and looking outside myself. Continue Reading »

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Nutty Berry Parfait with Dark Chocolate

I am an official ambassador for Dole Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions are mine.

Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables is an ideal way to improve your diet. This Nutty Berry Parfait is a great way to get on the bandwagon.

Nutty Berry Parfait | Life as Mom

Once upon a time, I didn’t really give much thought to my family’s diet. I figured we could eat whatever we wanted and not worry about it. Just enjoy the junk! YOLO. You only live once.

That’s true. You do. And once I did a little reading about nutrition, I realized I wanted to make this one life I have a little healthier. I made some adjustments to our diet and discovered that we felt better when we ate whole foods and less junk. Go figure.

This experiential evidence, coupled with a family history of cancer and heart disease, gave me pause. My husband and I are 54 and 44, respectively. I want us to be around for our grandkids! And I want to set up our kids with better eating habits so that their lives won’t be riddled with obesity and disease.

Nutty Berry Parfait | Life as Mom

I want to get better at this healthy eating thing. In the last few years, we’ve cut out over 50% of the junk food we were eating, cook more from scratch, and are working on getting more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diet. During my nutrition research, I found that there’s a lot of debate about what’s “good” for us, but pretty much everyone agrees that eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is better for all of us.

There’s no better time than the present to make some changes for YOUR family. You don’t have to change everything in one fell swoop. You’ll have a mutiny on your hands. Trust me. My mom tried it once upon a time, and I led the mutiny. Sorry, Mom.

Now that I’m the mom, I’ve been working on making small changes in our family’s diet, trading sugary sweets for more fresh fruits, choosing natural sweeteners over processed sugars, and working more antioxidant powerhouses like nuts and dark chocolate into my recipes.

This Nutty Berry Parfait is the result of those efforts. And oh my word! It’s so good! Now that fresh berries and cherries are in season, you need to print this baby out and make it – on repeat.

I feel so good serving this Nutty Berry Parfait to my kids.

Dole is teaming up with Disney/Pixar to promote Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 movie which comes out June 16. Dole has been inspired by characters from the film in creating a wealth of delicious recipes.

This coming Thursday, May 25, 2017 is National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables. I recommend that you get all the fixings for this Nutty Berry Parfait and celebrate with a healthy dessert.

Looking for more fruit and veggie-inspiration, check out these yummy Cars 3 recipes, created in collaboration with Dole. These Buffalo Bites with Pineapple and Chicken (inspired by Smokey) look great!

Nutty Berry Parfait | Life as Mom

While you’re at it, enter your family in the Fuel Up with Dole Sweepstakes. You’ll have a chance to submit your best healthy vacation photos for an opportunity to win one of 21 prizes, including a customized 10-day RV road trip across the US and Canada, and other Cars 3-inspired prizes. The entry period for the sweepstakes begins May 25 on National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day.

I’d love to know what you’re working on to improve your family’s diet?

How does YOUR family enjoy more fresh fruit and vegetables?

P.S. In the process of collaborating with Dole Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables, I learned that the owner, Mr. David Murdock, really liked dark chocolate and had pretty healthy dietary guidelines for himself, so I looked him up. He is a hoot in this segment with Oprah. He really eats a healthy diet and has 94 years behind him as a testimony to his healthy living ways! If that’s not reason enough to eat more fruits and vegetables, I’m not sure what is. If I play my cards right, they’ll be calling me Great-Grammy before I know it!

I am an official ambassador for Dole Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions are mine.

Nutty Berry Parfait | Life as Mom

Five Favorite Things About Summer

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FREE Printable Beach Packing List

A trip to the beach is a wonderful way to spend a summer day. Be prepared for the adventure with this free printable beach packing list for families. One of the perks to living where we live is that the beach is just a ten-minute drive from our house, depending on which beach we want […]

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Get the Back to Basics Meal Plan to Simplify Dinnertimes

Good meals don’t have to be expensive or complicated. Simplify with this basics meal plan to help you get dinner on the table, no matter your skill level. One of my greatest joys as a cookbook author and food writer is to receive emails from readers who’ve learned to cook healthy, delicious, budget-friendly meals through […]

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Carrot Muffins with Honey Cream Cheese

Bake someone happy this week with these luscious Carrot Muffins with Honey Cream Cheese. They are filling, freezer-friendly, and absolutely delicious! I’ve been making muffins for as long as I can remember. Muffins were “a thing” back in 1994 when we got married. In fact, I worked in a bakery that sold predominantly… muffins. And […]

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Five Favorite Things to Help Me Save Money

Saving money is a team sport. It helps to have friends to share ideas with and brainstorm, so let’s chat about our favorite ways to save money. Money. Money. Money. Can’t live without it, yet it causes so many problems. Oh my word. I’m pretty sure that money is something that lots of people argue […]

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How to Make Your House Do the Housework

This post has been sponsored by 2000 Flushes ® Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Consider these strategies that require your house to do the housework, not you. You? You head to the beach! It wasn’t until I was a grown woman with a handful of kids that I finally understood my mother’s reply when we’d ask […]

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