January 18, 2017
The following post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
In December, I went to my first blogging conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I was going to navigate it. Really, I was scared of the commitment and whether I was going to take this blogging thing seriously. I volunteered for Shiftcon early on 2016 to make sure I couldn’t find a reason not to go.
Top 10 Finds from ShiftconShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability, and platform growth. If you didn’t know, I started blogging because I was a Beachbody rep. Now, several years later, I’m no longer a rep, but I’m still blogging. So I thought ShiftCon would be a great fit for me. I’ll go over all of the reasons why I loved ShiftCon tomorrow, but today, I’m going to tell you about all of the wonderful goodies I received as an attendee.
10. Chili Lime Cherries by Stoneridge OrchardsA deliciously sweet, tart and spicy snack, the best things in life. These no fat, all-natural Montmorency Cherries are seasons with Tajin, which is just divine to suit a variety of taste buds.
9. Hemp Heart Bites by Manitoba HarvestI’ll be honest, I was skeptical. The squares looked dry. But once I tasted them, I had to double check the serving size to make sure I didn’t eat the whole bag in one sitting. With 10 grams of Omega 3&6 and 10 grams of protein per serving, These satisfy my sweet tooth AND my daily protein requirement.
8. Goddess Garden Sunscreen StickAt #ShiftCon we learned so much about the benefits of utilizing sunscreen, including how increasing the SPF doesn’t necessarily mean better for you. The added protection (and often the white residue) is because of unnecessary and unnatural additives. That’s not what I want, especially since I live in a state where the sun shines most of the time.
7. Monkfruit Sweetener by LakantoThe sweetener wars are intense, but I have found one that tops all others. Monkfruit Sweetener is a little sweeter than sugar, but has ZERO additives, ZERO Glycemic value, ZERO aftertaste and is a 1:1 sugar replacement. Use in place of sugar everywhere without spiking your insulin. stopped using fabric softener
January 17, 2017
I told you yesterday that I went to ShiftCon in December. As ShiftCon was my first conference, I didn’t know what to expect. I know there would be some networking, some speaking and some seminars. For the first time, I was representing me, no company, no organization, just me.
I will be going to the next conference in 2018 and let me tell you why.
What I loved about Shiftcon
1. Great Food.OH, MY GOODNESS. We ate SO well. The sponsors were amazing and fed us well! Applegate had the best meats and I completely indulged.
2. I’m “Light Green”.
I came across this super cute and relatable video about creating your own garden this week:
Grow Food: Appetite for Change
Back in college, I crashed with my ex in the Jungle, which didn’t have a nearby neighborhood. Then, I flashed back to #ShiftCon where Ron Finley (of The Ron Finley Project) spoke about planting a garden in his side yard, you know that little strip of land between your fence and the sidewalk and I posted this:
Listening to @RonFinleyHQ #speaktruth about control that big companies have over our lives. We shouldn’t need “organic”. We can grow our on veggies and you don’t need a degree to start a garden. Drop some seeds in soil and let God do the rest. He took a plain unused grass area and turned it into a garden through the Ron Finley Project in Los Angeles. If you don’t have your own space, collaborate with others or reach out to local farmers and get some real food. Go out and #plantsomeshit
January 11, 2017
This post was sponsored by Kohl’s #MakeYourMove campaign to help you start your home gym. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.
I know I’ve said it over and over again, I am working to get into shape.
This last week, I lost 6.2 pounds! I know I won’t be able to sustain that type of progress (granted, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed and working hard), I could certainly use some help. So at the end of last year, I received some fitness equipment from Kohl’s to help me hit this goal.
January 9, 2017
Whenever I’m on a new eating plan, I am advised to take a multi-vitamin. This advice falls on deaf ears because I try to take them and I feel sick, no matter how much food I eat. So, when I saw a presentation on MegaFood’s vitamins, I was happy to try them immediately.
MegaFood was a sponsor and speaker at ShiftCon 2016! (ShiftCon was my first blogging conference and boy was it worth the trip! I learned so much and made SO many connections. More to come about the entire experience.)
MegaFood Presentation at ShiftCon
At the lunch, I took Multi for Women before I even ate lunch and I felt nothing. I mean, I didn’t feel nauseous. I felt fine. Then, I tried the Balanced B Complex after lunch and I felt fine again.
December 7, 2016
This post is sponsored by OGX Fenix. I was compensated for this discussion.
It’s been just over a month since starting my weight loss journey and I’ll have to admit, it’s been rough. I haven’t done a two-shake a day plan since college and boy, I wasn’t ready.
Finding the Right Time for the Full Meal
The first two weeks were the most challenging, trying to figure out what time a day that I’ll eat the full meal. Initially, I tried breakfast because I love bacon and eggs. I quickly found myself wanting regular food for lunch too and not drinking the shake at all, or only one for a snack.
October 28, 2016
**OGX Fenix inspired this journey and discussion. All opinions are my own.**
I’ve been on a weight yo-yo ever since law school… scratch that, ever since college. Unlike most people, I dropped to my lowest weight ever my first year of college, 120 pounds. Unlike most people who struggle to make this weight, I felt sick and weak. Apparently, I just wasn’t eating enough and exercising a ton.
My weight gain has been slow and steady, starting when I worked multiple jobs while in undergrad. I rarely ate, but when I did, I made terrible choices. That scheduled remained until graduation.
October 24, 2016
**This post is brought to you by Southern Dental Care. All stories and opinions are my own.**
Each day after school, Bee starts sharing her day as soon as she gets into the car. Some days, she doesn’t stop talking until we get home. Recently, her focus has been on a mission to lose her first tooth. A classmate has already lost their first tooth and Bee just can’t wait until the Tooth Fairy comes to visit for the first time.
Of course, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t always stop by our house (don’t judge).
September 22, 2016
I haven’t done a lot of fitness posts yesterday because (1) I’ve been sick, but more importantly, (2) I haven’t been working out. I find it hard to promote something that I’m not doing and quite frankly, I hadn’t hit the gym in a long while. Now, I’m back in the gym and I have this great post by Keith Daniels on full body workouts for busy moms.
As a mom, you have a lot to do and a lot of responsibilities to take care of. So your own personal fitness usually takes a back seat and you might not have much time to workout. But it’s important for your health that you find some time to exercise. You certainly don’t have to go workout 4-5 times a week, but 2-3 times a week is certainly doable- especially if you do in-home workouts.
July 28, 2016
Summer is almost over and I am desperately trying to feel comfortable in my own body. I would love to showcase an awesome bikini, but I don’t have that self-confidence to pull it off. Overall, I know that I’m not doing the best to lose weight, or more importantly, get the body that does make me proud, or at least not ashamed. Unfortunately, changing your eating habits can be downright difficult, but it is not impossible and is well worth the effort.
I’m going to start these seven simple steps to a healthier lifestyle.
June 22, 2016
I remember at one of Bunny’s first parties with his playgroup. He was about three and we were having a great time. One of the other moms asked him if he wanted some candy. He excitedly ran over to the vegetable platter and snacked on carrots and tomatoes. The moms all looked at me jaws dropped. My son had picked veggies over candy. By this time, he hadn’t had candy often, maybe 5 times in his life.
Now, that I have more children, the candy restrictions are not as strict, but I still have two of my three kids who will opt for vegetable over many other foods. The one, my eldest daughter, Bee, she’s a special case, with a story that goes all the way back into my womb. Even with Bee, she can eat her share of fruits and vegetables.
April 20, 2016
I’m so excited! I’ve officially registered for my first conference: . It’s not until December (so it’s a LONG way off), but I’ve aching to go to one. I know for sure that by December that I’ll have all of my ducks in a row to leave my children for three whole days, but ShiftCon is totally worth it!
Register Here for ShiftCon 2016 and use code: VAPRIL for $50 off
ShiftCon is the only social media conference focusing on food, wellness, health, and the environment. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers all over in one place. Bloggers and other social media professionals participate and collaborate with each other to inspire and empower each other to create effective communication and take their profession to the next level. Attendees participate in workshops, learn from professionals, discuss their niche and value systems, and decide on themes to collaborate on in the following year. This is a powerful event meant to organize the eco-wellness niche as a powerful community online.