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Coffee: What it takes to Make A (Good) Cup of Joe
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I was sent this article by request.  It is written by a friend of mine, Rose Tosti.  She has a plethora of knowledge in the arena of coffee and espresso creation and is a great writer to boot.  It puts “you get what you pay for” in perspective.  And, given the following insight, it seems we don’t pay much for coffee.  Not to mention, most coffee is not what I deem “good quality” or “good tasting” – thus the reason we cover it’s taste with immense amounts of sweeteners.  But what if we...

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Watermelon Salsa
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Fantastically delicious (and nutritious to boot!).  A great way to take summer fruit and mix it up.  Thanks again to Allison Singleton for the submissions… I tasted this at her home a couple of weeks ago so I personally recommend it! 6 cups diced, seeded watermelon, drained 1 cup chopped green pepper 6 Tbs fresh lime juice 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro 2 Tbs chopped fresh basil 6 green onions, thinly sliced 2 chopped seeded jalapeno peppers (optional) 1 tsp garlic salt (I usually add some frozen corn too…just eyeball it.)   Combine...

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Black Strap Molasses Benefits
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Back Strap Molasses was one of the most used sweeteners for centuries.  Today, thanks to its health benefits, it is most known as a “health food.”  And when you do a bit of research, it’s easy to see why. According to whfoods.com, “Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have...

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5 Ways to Get A Workout In With Kids
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I just finished posting a two-part podcast, “5 Ways To Get A Workout In With Kids” (http://abetterbodyafterbaby.com/podcasts/).  During the podcasts I go over a basic list of ways you can work out while raising kids. I also give tips and advice on how to best execute those ideas.  Here is a brief summary of what I covered on the podcasts, including links for additional information. I hope you feel encouraged to work out more while your kids are awake – it will help establish a constant routine for you and your kids.  Enjoy! Five...

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7-Day Detox; a Kick Start to Whipping Your Body Into Shape by Charity Parenzini
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It’s funny how we don’t realize how dirty our house gets until we are willing to clean out the corners, wipe down the base boards and wash the windows now and again; we find an array of dirt, gunk and cobwebs.  The same idea of hidden or overlooked build up goes for our body as well. Our bodies are created to work efficiently – burning fuel slowly to maintain blood sugar levels and the need for intake.  They are also made to work best on fuel that is whole.*  This is mostly because our bodies can identify these foods, store them or...

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How Am I Doing? by Kelly Balch
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[/author_image] Kelly Balch is an actor and dancer who surprised herself by becoming a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband recently uprooted from Seattle, WA, and are rearing their three girls in the same small town in Tennessee where Kelly was raised. It has been six weeks since I was cleared for exercise and twelve weeks since the birth of baby number three.  So, how am I doing? In a word: eh. I have lost a whopping four pounds in the last six weeks.  Yeesh.  If I were a contestant on The...

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The Runner – by Kelly Balch
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  I have a story to tell.  It is a really embarrassing story.  I probably shouldn’t tell it.  But I let go of my pride in 6th grade when I slipped on the playground horizontal bars in front of a group of girls and landed with a thunk like one of those dads on America’s Funniest Home Videos – with the bar catching me in the nether regions.  And I let go of my modesty when I realized I had forgotten to cover up my exposed breastfeeding boob; I made the discovery one minute after the Fed Ex man dropped off a package.  But this story,...

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The Date – by Kelly Balch
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I bought a new bra for the date.  Actually, my mom did, which would be icky if I were preparing for a date with a secret lover.  But I wasn’t.  As I put on the pristine white bra with the Champion logo on the left corner, I remembered with a nervous laugh that it had been a long time.  After seven weeks off, I was returning.  I was returning to the gym.  And I was hauling my postpartum a*& with me. I was nervous on the drive to the gym.  Would I remember how to get there?  Would my key card still work?  Would I see anyone I...

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A New Normal – I Have to Cook Again?? – by Kelly Balch
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I gave birth on April 1, 2011.  I mention this first because the 5 pound, 5 ounce nursing non-sleeper is now the dominating force in my life.  I also have a two-year-old and a three-year-old.  I mention them next because they are the other dominating forces.  And I have a husband.  He isn’t dominating; he is the only non-picky eater in my house.  And he actually thanks me. With this pregnancy I gained 26 pounds.  I have currently lost 15.  Sounds great, but the last 11 pounds will be tricky to lose; the disadvantage to having a tiny...

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