Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A healthy treat that the whole family will enjoy!

Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes

Total Time: 4 hrs. 20 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 12 servings, 1 cupcake each
3½ cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. raw honey
6 medium strawberries, pureed
½ medium ripe banana, pureed
36 dark chocolate morsels (about 2 Tbsp.)
1. Place 12 silicone baking cups on a baking sheet. Set aside.
2. Combine yogurt and honey in a medium bowl; mix well.
3. Place 3 Tbsp. yogurt mixture in each baking cup.
4. Top evenly with strawberries, banana, and 2 additional Tbsp. yogurt mixture.
5. Top each cupcake with 3 morsels.
6. Freeze for 4 hours, or until firm.
7. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Tip: You can make this recipe using silicone baking cups, a silicone muffin pan, or a regular muffin pan. When using the regular muffin pan, to remove cupcakes, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for 20 seconds.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 63
Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 24 mg
Carbohydrate: 9 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 8 g
Protein: 7 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving)
1 single snack

P90X3 Portions (per serving)
½ carb/grain
½ protein

Body Beast Portions (per serving)
1 protein
½ fruit

21 Day Fix Portions (per serving)
1 yellow container


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What is a RhoGAM injection? My first trip to the hospital for this pregnancy!

My fun and exciting trip to the hospital this afternoon! Oh the joys of being O- blood type! :)

Introduction Video for my New VLOG! Follow me on my healthy pregnancy journey and losing the baby weight after!

I am so excited to announce that I am starting my own video log, so you can follow me through the rest of my pregnancy, and beyond! I get a lot of questions about what I eat throughout my pregnancy, what workouts are safe to do, how I lose the baby weight so quickly, etc. and I thought that this would be a great way for you to have the opportunity to follow me through the 3rd trimester and accompany me on my journey to lose the baby weight once baby is here! If you have questions or suggestions for specific topics that you would like me to cover, then be sure to message me, email me or comment below so I can cover it. I hope you all enjoy my posts! I can't wait to keep you guys up to date on my progress, my struggles and my triumphs throughout this whole process!

If for any reason the video isn't working for you, you can find it HERE on YouTube also! :)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Officially in the 3rd TRIMESTER! And I have a SURPRISE for you all!

So it's official!! I'm now into the 3rd and final trimester of this pregnancy! Wow! Where in the world is the time going? I feel like it was just yesterday that I found out we would be expecting a 4th little one to the fam!

But anyways, I have a fun and exciting announcement for those of you who enjoy my blog and want more! I decided that I wanted to get a little more interactive and personal with my friends and followers during this last trimester and start a VIDEO LOG!!  This is the trimester when things get real... the baby starts gaining about a 1/2 pound a week, it gets harder to sleep, you're peeing every 5 minutes and you're trying to make sure everything is ready for the baby to make their grande arrival!  It can be a very exciting, yet overwhelming and stressful time.  Whether it's your first or your 4th baby... it's going to be a life altering experience! 

I know I have so many friends and family members right now who are expecting little bundles and I couldn't be MORE excited for each and every one of you! It's always easier to go through pregnancy when you have pregnant friends, whether you get to actually see them and spend time with them or just relate to some of their facebook posts!  (I am lucky enough to have my beautiful sister-in-law, Laura, who is also due to have a baby girl, only 3 days before me!)  It's always more fun to have a belly buddy! Right?  

So if you don't have a belly buddy this go-round... consider me as one of them!  I hope to be able to help answer any questions that any of you may have about pregnancy, eating habits, workouts that you can do while pregnant, how to lose the baby weight once the baby is here... whatever you all want me to share, I'm ready to help in any way that I can! 

The fam! Me, the 3 kiddos, hubby and a few of the in-laws!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Join my next Online Health & Fitness Challenge Group and I'll donate an extra $5 towards Susan G. Komen to find a cure for Breast Cancer!

So, as some of you may or may not know, each year for the past 4 or 5 years, I have walked in the Susan G. Komen 5K to celebrate the life of Donna Perkins. Donna was one of my best friend's, Jami Perkins, mother. She was an amazing woman who fought breast cancer for 8 years and was unfortunately taken from this Earth much too soon. But in her honor and to support those who are still fighting or have survived breast cancer, I make sure to reserve that one weekend a year to dedicate my time to support these amazing women and hopefully help contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer one day! 

This year, I have decided that for each of you who commits to joining my online health and fitness challenge group during the month of April, I will donate an extra $5 per person towards Susan G. Komen! This gives you the opportunity to not only take better care of your own body and health through an at-home fitness program, meal plan and support group, but you will also be contributing to finding a cure for this disease and helping to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. And to show my appreciation, I will also send you a free breast cancer bracelet so you can show everyone that you are a supporter!  REST IN PEACE DONNA PERKINS.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Looking for a way to make money from home? Online internship beginning soon! Apply here to join my team!

This opportunity has seriously been a complete life-changer for me. As a stay-at-home mom, I found that while I absolutely LOVE being with my children each and everyday, I was missing something in my life.  I couldn't quite figure out what it was, because I was living the "dream" that so many mom's wish they could live. But then I realized that my entire life totally and completely revolved around them, my husband and the cleaning, cooking, folding... all of that fun stuff that comes with being a wife and stay-at-home mom (or working mom for that matter).  I wasn't taking any time to improve myself, work towards any goals of my own, or even take care of myself, physically.  

I had always been pretty active when i was younger.  Working out was a part of my identity.  Setting goals and going after them was my motivation... whether it was sports-related, school-related... you name it, and I was pushing myself to achieve it!  So as a mom, all of my goals were actually now goals for my kids or goals to catch up on laundry and have a clean house.  And while those are great to have... I think we tend to neglect our own personal needs, as a mom.  We see it as being selfish, but in reality, we need to find that time for ourself!  We need to have personal goals and ambitions for ourselves... and our kids! I was losing my identity as Crystal and only living out my Mom identity! That is, until I finally agreed to try out this Beachbody Coaching Opportunity. 

This opportunity has opened so many new doors for me! I've met so many new, amazing, inspiring people... I've learned to reach out and help others achieve their goals and helped other mom's just like me, find a way to get back in shape while also providing extra income for their families.  I know that was another difficult thing for me as a stay-at-home mom... was not having my own money.  Yes, I know my husband's money is my money also, but it's been such an amazing feeling to be able to earn my own spending money, or buy my kids presents on their Birthday's with money that I earned! 

So this is where I'm asking you... does this sound familiar?  Or maybe it doesn't, but you'd really like a way to earn extra money from home while being your own boss and not having someone tell you what to do and when to do it.  If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity or are ready to jump in and start learning now, just fill out an application so I can get an idea of what interests you most, how I can contact you and when you're ready to get started!  I look forward to hearing from you and can't wait to find my next superstar coaches to rock this biz!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Edible Finger Paint for Kids!

Why in the world have I never thought of this before? I'm always looking up new creative recipes for finger paints that I can make for my little ones, which is safe to eat, because let's face it... if you're dealing with a little one under the age of 2... their fingers or paintbrush are going to find their way into the mouth! 
So instead of making some crazy concoction with corn starch or boiling water to use jello packets, I saw these snack packs staring at me in the pantry and thought... hmmm the kids don't seem too interested in these since they've been sitting in here for weeks now... why not throw in a little food coloring and put it to good use!? 
So that's exactly what I did! And while I can't get my kids to eat it out of the container... they sure were enjoying it once it was transformed into a pretty, colorful, finger paint! GENIUS! So not only did we get a little creativity and art time in today, but snack time was taken care of too! haha Just kidding!

Hope you enjoy this super-simple edible finger paint pudding recipe:

- a vanilla/tapioca pudding snack pack
- food coloring

TA DA! (and I love how the little containers are already perfect little paint containers... no work necessary here!)

Here are some other fun DIY and creative crafts to do at home with your kids:

(tutorial included for Windows Movie Maker Program)

Please feel free to share any of your own great ideas in the comments below!! :)