ABC Channel 10 News Feature on our Woodland Teen Health Event!

In late July we were given the opportunity to headline the Teen Healthy Living Festival in Woodland, CA so we packed our bags and headed to Northern California. We loaded up on our favorite snacks and played our favorite jams and podcasts during the 6 hour journey up the great golden state. Our first stop was Sacramento for an interview with mega babe and news anchor Cristina Mendonsa of ABC 10 News. We sipped chai teas at a local coffee shop and chatted all about our movement and our presentation in Woodland. It was an evening of pure girl power!

The next day was our event and body image presentation at the Woodland Public Library. As we arrived, we could hear the sound of music bumping as girls of all ages participated in a Zumba workout and kickboxing. Healthy snacks and smoothies were being served as teens flowed in and out of the library and event center. We were met with smiles and excitement from the Woodland library staff who had been planning the event for weeks!

We had an amazing, diverse group of over 50 girls and women engaging and asking questions throughout the presentation and overall it was a fantastic program put on by the Woodland Public Library. We were so thrilled to see an organization putting on such a great event for the community and we hope be a part of more events like this!

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Chicken and Black Bean Soup Recipe

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I just started week 36 of my pregnancy and I have no idea what got into me, but this weekend I got a burst of energy! It’s something I haven’t had for a while so I was able to get so much done! Bradford and I went grocery shopping, I cleaned out the refrigerator and the entire kitchen! I even took a shower…… (yes, that is a big deal) and I made this delicious soup that you are going to love! This recipe is healthy and really easy to make!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 small – medium sized onion, chopped

1/2 bell pepper (any color)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 small can of green chiles

1/2 can of Rotel tomatoes

1 lime

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

8-10 cups of chicken stock

1/2 cup of instant rice

1 can of black beans

1 can of corn

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Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the chopped onions for 1-2 minutes, until golden.

Stir in the copped bell pepper and let cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Sprinkle in the cumin, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to coat onions and peppers.

Stir in the can of green chiles and Rotel tomatoes.

Add in the juice of one lime.

Stir in shredded chicken followed by the chicken stock.

Bring to a light simmer and add white rice.

Allow soup to simmer on low for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add black beans and corn.

Simmer on low for 30 minutes and let stand on burner for 10 minutes before serving.

Top with your favorite ingredients such as sour cream, avocado slices, and tortilla strips!

So good!

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Bradford and I made this soup together and we both rated it a 10 out of 10! It was so good and a really balanced healthy meal that can easily be modified to a vegetarian or even vegan option! Hope you love it!

Original recipe sourced from Yummly.com.

 

 

 

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A Sweet Dress for a Sweet Bump

This sweet dress from Seraphine is perfect for your growing bump. This style can be dressed up for a dinner party or date night, or dressed down by adding a jean jacket and sneakers for running errands. The material is soft and strechty and moves as you move and grow.

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To Romper or Not to Romper…

My relationship with rompers has been an on and off again love story. I feel this type of garment is the hardest piece to fit a wide range of body types and various heights. So I was a little skeptical to try it out but I really loved this blue and white bird print romper from Envie De Fraise. There were a few details that allowed me to make adjustments and achieve the perfect fit for my baby bump! First, there are adjustable straps! YAY! That allowed me to find a comfortable adjustment for my bust. Secondly, there is a side zipper that makes the fit really flattering as well as easy to get on and off. If you are pregnant then you know how important this is when you have to pee every hour. There is also an elastic band that sits below your bump and is camouflaged by the print.

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I love how rompers look in the front but find that for me, the backside can be a less than flattering so I added this white vest that I had from Zara and my sparkle sneakers! Comfortable, functional, and stylish, exactly what I am looking for.

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Here is the shopping link for you to check out! http://www.enviedefraise.com/maternity-shorts/11434-maternity-romper-charlinenew.html

Enjoy!

 

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Road trip to NorCal for HNS Presentation!

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I am packing my bags and heading to Northern California Friday, July 22nd for an HNS presentation in partnership with the Woodland Public Library as a part of their Summer Learning Program’s “Teen & Young Adult Healthy Living Festival!”

This is your chance to see what our message is all about!

The night kicks off at 5pm with mini sessions Zumba fitness and Yoga classes as well as stress-relieving crafts and information from local gyms. Nutritional snacks will be provided!

My presentation begins at 7pm and will be followed by a meet and greet with a chance to shop HNS gear at discounted prices!

Everyone is invited to come and learn how to take care of their mind, body and spirit

All activities will take place at the Woodland Public library located at 250 First Street, Woodland, CA 95695.

If you’re from Northern California of The Bay…this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Register HERE!

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My Diaper Bag… Make that my Diaper Backpack!

So excited about by new diaper backpack from Happ Brand! With a new book coming out and speaking events lined up, Baby True, Bradford, and myself will be hitting the road together! I love this diaper bag because it allows me to be hands free! There is nothing worse than traveling through and airport and leaning down to get something just to have all your shoulder bags crash forward and fall to the ground. So annoying! If that was my experience alone, I can only imagine how hard it will be traveling with a baby. As a new mom, my hands are going to be very much needed.

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When shopping for diaper bags, I asked my husband, “Is this gender neutral?” I wanted him to like it too since he will also be carrying it as well! He replied, “They all look like bags made for women!” (*Face palm*) LOL. I ended up choosing the navy blue Levy Backpack Diaper Bag with neon yellow details and I am absolutely in love! It is a handsfree style and has plenty of compartments for all of Baby True’s necessities! I can’t wait to put this to use!

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You can check out the bag and all its features here!: http://www.happbrand.com/collections/frontpage/products/levy-backpack-diaper-bag-denim

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Pink and Gold Sporty Look

I love a sporty “on the go” look and being pregnant has made that a little bit more difficult. None of my cute athletic clothing fits anymore and the options for maternity workout clothes are limiting and quite expensive. So I opted for another super cute dress from Envie De Fraise. I paired this t-shirt dress that has a gold elastic band for under my belly with my gold glitter sneakers and gold crystal necklace.

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Shop this casual cute dress here: http://www.enviedefraise.com/maternity-dresses/7607-coral-maternity-dress-with-multicolor-belt.html

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