TINY Laundry Room Makeover for 65$ !!

Am I the only person that is super productive when their spouse leaves for the weekend? It’s like FINALLY I can focus on a project without distractions and I can do it the way I want and not have to negotiate about it. Freeeeedddooommmm!!

(Can you tell we’ve been married for a few years?)

I was excited to finally get my laundry room to a point where I didn’t hate being in it. While I don’t think that having a nice space to do laundry will make me enjoy the act of folding more, I did think that revamping the space would take my anxiety level down a few notches.


See my pain.

I went for the cheap fix. Alex wanted to tear out the shelves and put in an all new organization system. I waited a year. Now it’s my turn.

Here’s what I bought:

  • Brushed Nickel Shower Rod – 15$ TJ MAXX
  • 84″ Curtain Panels – Pack of 2 – 25$ TJ MAXX
  • Laundry Basket – 15$ TJ MAXX
  • Wall Decal – 10$ – Amazon
  • Light Bulbs (Soft White) – 5$
  • White Trim Paint – 0$ (Left over from another project)
  • Wall Paint – 0$ (Left Over) – Olympic 5006-2C “Sable Evening” – Semigloss 


I re-did the room in one day. I only wish I had done this sooner!

I knew that to make the white cabinet and washer/dryer pop I needed some contrast. I went with the same color I used to paint my fireplace and cabinets in the Star Wars bathroom. I tried using a white curtain initially, but it was too much dark and white, so I toned it down with a neutral blue grey curtain that I love!! I got the laundry basket from TJ Maxx as a basket  to replace the ugly plastic ones. (I still use the plastic ones for carrying laundry but not to collect laundry.)

Now that this room is done I can relax a bit. Ahhhh. And for only 65$ I don’t have to go through the 3 stages of buyers remorse. High five for that! Sometimes you just gotta do it YOUR way!


Even though I kept the vinyl flooring, it doesn’t bother me anymore. Plus that’s an easy fix for later!

Ooey-Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting (Almost* Sugar-Free!)


I really wish I could say this was completely sugar free. However, it really is ALMOST sugar-free. Yet, this tastes so sinfully good your brain will think this is just too naughty to be clean.


See what I’m talking about??? NAUGHTY.

(Don’t look at my nail. No really… don’t look at it.)

Lucky for you, (and for my kids… I’ve been tricking them into eating healthy stuff for years) I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Rather than adding sugar to the batter, I omit sugar all together. I add 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for some melty goodness. DO buy the mini chocolate chips. You can eat less sugar but still get that chocolate chip flavor in every bite!

Lastly, I had to do it. But the cream cheese glaze is the icing on the cake – literally. It takes this ultra moist bread and turns it into something that could compete with Cinnabon. It’s knock-you-dead good y’all! My son’s words were: “Mom, as soon as this is gone you HAVE to make more.”

Even with the chocolate chips and glaze , you are still eating less sugar than a typical cake. Plus, with a full serving of fruit and veggies (Apple +Pumpkin) You can even eat it for breakfast. Hell. Eat it for Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner. You won’t have an ounce of guilt.


2 TBS Pure Butter

2/3 cup Organic Unsweetened Applesauce

2 Eggs

1/3 cup water

1 (15oz) can PURE pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)

1 and 3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (I used this one from Walmart)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt (use just a tad less than this)


1/2-1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 TBS milk of choice (anything will work. Use water in a pinch)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 325. Melt the butter in a glass dish and add all the wet ingredients. (If butter is hot, do not add the eggs next) Blend thoroughly with mixer of your choice. (I still use a simple hand mixer) Now, combine the dry ingredients in a separate, larger bowl. Last, dump the wet ingredients into the flour mixer and blend until combined. Be careful to not OVER blend. You can use a spatula or fork to gently blend it all together. Pour into a 5″X 9″ loaf pan sprayed with cooking oil. (YOU CAN ALSO MAKE MUFFINS!!! But, I’m lazy. I stopped making muffins 5 years ago. Haven’t touched a muffin pan since…It’s been awesome.) Bake for 50-60 minutes!

Once it’s done let it cool while you make the glaze. Start with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, cream cheese and a little milk. Be really careful not to add too much. Start with 1 TBS. Beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar as needed.

Pour glaze over the bread and just TRY not eat a bite before it cools down enough not to melt your tongue off! Worth it? Yes!


Will accept a new, cuter loaf pan.

Oh – and PIN THIS!


GUIDE: Hiking Mt. Si


mt-si-washingtonIf you’re thinking about hiking Mt. Si, please read this article. It’s short and sweet and will keep you from making a complete fool of yourself. Say What? Is this possible?? If you have been to any high-traffic hiking spot, sadly yes – it’s true. Don’t let yourself be “that guy” – follow this guide to look like you’re a seasoned veteran…even if your not. :)

Mt. Si is hands-down an INCREDIBLE hike, no matter your skill level. Whether it takes you 2hrs or 8hrs – it doesn’t matter. You crossed the same path and saw the same view! Many people train on Mt. Si for Rainier. If you can do the entire thing in 2 hours you are ready to tackle Rainier! Because of this, you will find both seasoned mountaineers and newbies alike on the Mt. Si trail (as well as people running it!) so it’s important to be respectful of one another rather than shaming each other. It doesn’t matter your goal – everyone has the right to ENJOY!

TIP: If you have an invasive dog, keep it on a leash. Even if you know your dog is only running up to say hey, it is rude to have an invasive dog off leash. If you have a dog that likes to bark at people constantly – don’t bring it.

*** TIP: Do not bring a personal speaker and blast music on the trail.***


What you need to bring:

  • Camelback with Water
  • Something to munch on every 1 hour of exercise. (I like Energy Beans, Clif Bars, Blocks…etc) I did the entire thing in under two hours and ran the entire way down. I would encourage not trying to eat a full meal, but rather eat small snacks as you get hungry (DO NOT go more than 90 minutes of heart pounding exercise without fueling ! )
  • Beer for the top?
  • Climbing Shoes or snug fitting hiking shoes (for the last 40 feet and decent down the haystack gully)
  • Your dog
  • A positive, friendly attitude


The hike is straight forward. You can’t get lost! Yay!

You will KNOW when you get to the top…but it’s actually not the top. This is a great view here so choose to move on or stop here. The haystack scramble is rewarding but only do it if you feel confident and prepared.

If you want to do the Haystack Scramble, continue on through the trees in it’s direction (you’ll be looking slightly left at it). When you get to a fork, go right. If you’re not sure, wait a minute and someone will show you the way. Once again, it’s a busy trail. The trail here is still very clear. You will switch back left and make your way up to the base of the haystack. It’s a really obvious gully where you will see a bunch of people looking scared and not knowing how to get down properly.


BE SMART. As with any mountaineering, climbing or hiking – if you know that you are not ready for the haystack, don’t do it.

There is no perfect way up or down the haystack. Rather than climbing straight up, think about winding your way up the path of least resistance. We stayed mostly left.

Feel free to put your climbing shoes on here or wait until the last scramble to the top which is much airier and trickier. Yes, it get tougher. At the top, look left – this is the last scramble to the top and is legitimately scary. Be very careful down climbing this!

CELEBRATE. If you made it here, you made it the highest you can go and you can see everything!

Now, DOWN-CLIMB DOWN. (That means turn your little body around, face the wall and step down one at a time. This feels weird at first but is more natural and safer than crab walking.)

I can’t tell you how many people I saw trying to crab walk the entire way down the haystack, which is very difficult and off balance. DO NOT CRAB WALK DOWN THE HAYSTACK. Even worse was when I saw a person guiding a group of 15 people down the haystack in crab walk style.

Being scared is normal. It’s ok to be scared up there. Just don’t let your fear cause you to make poor decisions.


  • Do NOT crab-walk the entire way. DOWN CLIMB on all steep parts.
  • DON’T Disturb rocks, potentially kicking rocks onto people below.
  • Do not litter!

Here is a video on down climbing if you’re not sure. Thanks for reading!

STAR WARS Tiny Bathroom Makeover for Kids Under 300$

Do you have a tiny bathroom? check.

Do you have crazy kids? check.

Do you want your bathroom to feel cool yet classy at the same time? check.

Does your bathroom currently look outdated from floor to ceiling with water damage and old peeling vinyl from HELL?? (ok maybe just vinyl from 1990)



(Yeah. You’d be drinking beer too if your bathroom looked like this. Actually, BOTH of those beers are mine.)


What to do? PAINT

I painted the cabinets, the walls, the ceiling – even the trim. For the floor, we pulled up all the vinyl and laid  grout-able vinyl tiles, which turned out amazing! It was my first time doing grout which was a great learning process. Little did I know I would be doing my own backsplash in later months….

Here are the steps I took. I recommend not doing the floor first like I did. If you paint first you don’t have to worry about getting paint on your new floor!

(I do not have an affiliation with Lowes. I just happen to get almost everything there. I usually buy paint at lowes and light fixtures at home depot.)

For the WALLS:

  • White Trim and Stripe: Cabinet and Trim Paint in High Gloss Enamel
  • Bottom Wall Portion: Olympic D16-2 “Quill” – Egg Shell
  • Top Wall and Ceiling: One Tint LIGHTER than the above. It will look like it it white, but it isn’t!
  • Cabinet Paint: Olympic 5006-2C “Sable Evening” – Semigloss (I LOVE THIS COLOR!! I used this on my living room mantel too!

For the FLOOR:

  • Armstrong Crescendo 12-in x 12-in Groutable French Gray Peel-and-Stick Stone Residential Vinyl Tile  LOWES
  • Premixed Grout “Antique Beige” Gray would also look great.
  • Grout Float
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • White Calk to seal bathtub


The wall art is from TJ Maxx for 20$

StarWars curtain was at Target for 18$

I also had to replace wall fixtures. I bought a set from Lowes for 20$



When you are on a budget you have to fight the temptation to tear everything out. It would be nice, but replacing the cabinet was just too much money. After painting the cabinet dark, the white countertop looked clean and bright! I love it!

Painting a white stripe on the wall makes the room look upscale and classy without having to buy trim. I got this idea from doing the same thing in our other house.

I can confidently say that I now LOVE this bathroom!







Buckwheat Berry Blintzes (Sugar-free!)

Ever since I signed up for the Spartan Super I’ve been getting all these emails with their healthy recipes. Only problem; the only way they inspire me is to make something better. (Spartan Races, you are welcome to fire your current recipe developer and hire me anytime)



When I received the recipe for their Berry Blintzes and read the recipe I was already thinking about how I would make it different. And let me tell you a little secret… if it was a cooking competition, I would’ve crushed their recipe into the ground!! (Sometimes I can be a little competitive…. )

I started by using a super secret family recipe for Swedish Pancakes and swapping out the white flour for organic buckwheat flour. I then omitted the sugar and added a pinch of stevia. I’m not too worried about sharing this secret recipe because A) with the Internet, nothing is secret anymore and B) I think only 10 people read my blog anyway. ;)

You are going to love how incredibly easy these are to make by using an underdog kitchen tool : the blender! Kiss messy pancakes GOODBYE!!!

(I like using a regular old blender because it’s easy to pour, but a fancy bullet or ninja will do.)

If you make these, comment below and share your photos!!! Or tag me in Instagram @knicole87climb


(Makes 4-5 servings. Approx 200 calories each)


2/3 cup Buckwheat Flour

1 cup milk (Ive only tried 2% and whole)

2 eggs

pinch stevia (optional)

pinch of sea salt


4 oz of cream cheese (I used Greek)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

maple syrup

butter or choice



For the Filling-

In a small glass bowl, microwave the frozen strawberries and cream cheese for 30 sec. (You want to warm it all up just a tiny bit, but it will still be icy when you blend it.) Using a hand mixer or small food processor, combine the cream cheese and blueberries. You can leave blueberry chunks if you like, or blend until smooth.

For the Blintzes-

In a blender, combine the first 5 ingredients.

In a small – medium non-stick pan (do not use a griddle. The batter will go everywhere!!) bring the heat to medium high and coat with a little butter or cooking spray.

Pour in the batter until a thin layer covers the pan. DO NOT walk away! These cook fast!! You will see bubbles forming and when there is only a small pool of raw batter left, flip and cook an additional 30sec. Done! Make more!


Once you’ve finished your thin pancakes, spread a good amount of blueberry cream cheese down the center of the pancake and roll it up. Drizzle a little maple syrup on top and BOOM! You have yourself a delicious, sugar free treat you won’t believe is healthy. Just TRY eating only one.

(Remember to use maple syrup sparingly! A little goes a long way! I used 1/2 tsp on each.)

I hope you will try this one and let me know!

Love – Kristi Nicole





Why I Quit Beachbody Coaching: IS COACHING Right For YOU?


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First, this is not an article to bash Beachbody Coaching. You’ll see that I list many positive reasons to join. Second, this is not a sneaky way to get people to be coaches because well – I’m done, I don’t have a team anymore! (That seems like, duh, right? But sadly I’ve seen posts like this actually be a way to reel in more coaches.)

If you are asking, “Is COACHING right for ME?” You definitely want to read this. Because as much as we hear that it’s a DREAM JOB and anyone can do it, the truth is that Beachbody Coaching is still a JOB that requires WORK, and it may very well not be the right job for you. I hope that this article will help you come to the decision that is right for you.


The last week of July 2014 I became a Beachbody coach after being a fitness instructor at the YMCA for over a year. I met Adam** there who suggested I get a certification to teach PiYO. I later found out that he was one of the most successful Beachbody coaches in the area! How cool!

After watching the PiYO LIVE video I thought, “Well, this looks kinda dumb and I would probably never take a class like that.” I’m just being honest here…I like yoga that is not choreographed… just like I like my life – a little raw, a little messy, a little more intuitive. But, I decided, what the hey – I’ll give it a go!

After the certification, which was truly a blast and I met some amazing people I decided to jump head first into Beachbody coaching as a supplement to everything else I was already doing.  Plus, my husband was active duty Navy, so it was free for me to join. Adam did try to get me to buy a challenge pack right off the bat, but I said no because I needed to do my research first. I also made a long term plan to try the business out for 1 year and if I wasn’t making enough money by then I would drop it like its pluto.

My Rise to Emerald in 30 Days:

After doing the Team Rhino Training and starting to understand the business a little more, I decided to give Shakeology a try, as this was obviously the cornerstone of the business. I decided that if Shakeology did not do the things it claimed, I would quit Beachbody within the first month. I created my first group called, “Mythbusters: Shakeology” where I got other friends together that were interested in trying Shakeo for the first time. We took a more scientific approach and collected data based on our results. For more info on that group go HERE. I easily gained 1 coach on each leg, advanced to Emerald and was already paying for my Shakeology within the first month. I was also getting great leadership training for free. Worth it? YES.

Immediately, Adam shared a post of my success in the group, giving me public recognition for my advancement. I didn’t think this was necessary, but this is a BIG part of Beachbody (think Summit…etc) and one thing I actually don’t like, and here’s why: While it is nice to be recognized every now and then, public recognition is VERY different than your boss saying good job. The REAL intention here, is to get other workers to desire the same recognition and work to get it. (I KNOW that coaches are not intentionally being manipulative. I’m definitely not saying that.)

What I AM trying to say: I don’t do things to the best of my ability for a pat on the back and neither should you. Do things to the best of your ability for the sake of intrinsic integrity. A business that promotes too much recognition (cars, trips, celebrity-like recognition …etc) rather than a set income is a major red flag! This is applicable to ANY MLM business you may be researching!


So, when I got the Emerald Certificate – it was nice but that’s all I had. I didn’t want high fives and high hopes – I wanted money… Naturally, because this is a business after all and I was already putting in hours each day of, you guessed it – WORK.

You’ll hear a lot of contradictions in the Beachbody world. You’ll hear the diamond coaches say “you have put in the WORK. You work THEN you get paid. You can’t expect to take a month off and still make money.” But then you see photos of them at the beach saying, “I love it when my office is HERE!”… but the truth is, whether you consider social media to be work or not, it takes TIME and Time=Money: TRUTH.

So here is my list of things that made me reconsider being a Beachboy Coach.

Do things to the best of your ability for the sake of intrinsic integrity.


I may have had too much fun with this…

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#1 – A TON of TIME on the Computer/Phone

If you are already a computer/social media person – Beachbody IS PERFECT for you! For me, it was not. From August to November I found myself increasingly on my phone/computer. I set aside time for work, but was still distracted because I was working at home. My husband could hardly talk to me in the car because I was messaging/sharing links/ posting all the time. Even worse and another contradiction, I noticed I was having a harder time staying lean because I was sitting on my ASS all day! Yes, I still taught fitness classes but mathematically 1 hour of exercise + 15 hrs of ass in chair = less caloric burn than running around for 10 hrs chasing kids, cleaning and doing lawn work. For someone who’s passion is being active outside and working out OUTSIDE I found this to be a contradiction of personal interest.

#2 – You are a reflection of the PRODUCT

To be a successful Beachbody coach you have to drink Shakeology daily and be OK with working out at home using one of Beachbody’s programs. If you are in a time crunch, a stay at home mom/dad – joining an online challenge group to motivate you to stick with a program can truly change your life. For me, though, this did not work because I never did a home workout program and it didn’t make sense for me to. As a fitness instructor I was already working out 4 days a week, plus climb days. I train at home only if I have to and I don’t like it. Period.

On a positive note, I did try the 3- Day Refresh with amazing results! Check that out HERE.

To wrap up, I still strongly support Beachbody programs and YES they work! But if you’re constantly training outside, or prefer to workout outside your home (and can actually be consistent about it…) then Beachbody may not be for you.

#3 – Tough Money

I say this is tough money because getting one measly SC point is like playing the lottery. Sometimes you will get someone that says, “I’ve been looking into this Challenge Pack and couldn’t find a coach, I’m so glad I found you. I’m ready to buy NOW!” But what you’re more likely to get is people that do not want to commit or spend the money and most of all, do not want to be convinced to. This is where I personally drew the line. I would tell people the facts – but I also never tried to convince someone to buy a Challenge Pack so I could get extra SC points. This is where many Beachbody coaches get a bad reputation as being salesy, pushy and downright annoying (can I punch you through Facebook messenger?) There is probably a good way to get SC through link clicks and such, but I never learned how to do this successfully. Each SC point that I earned was a result of a lot of nurturing.

Lastly, you WILL work for hours and make very little at first. (Expect to work 6 hours a day 5-7 days a week to be successful.) If you have the extra time and gumption to put this investment in, you may very well find yourself with a sufficient cash flow in due time. What I found, though, is that with each month I felt like I had to start over. New SC quote, new products, new deals that I needed to promote to make SC. I did have a bit of residual income from Shakeology HD sales, but once again – the issue with this is that most people will NOT order Shakeology every month…unless they are coach and have to to keep 90PV… and so the ball rolls.

This is a major fault in the business in my opinion. Beachbody claims  that the goal is to sell the product, which makes it a non- pyramid scheme. Yet, what you really have to do, is recruit coaches, because that is the only way to ensure that the people under you will spend the 90PV a month. Normal customers will NOT buy Shakeology every month for more than a few months at a time.

#4 Finding and Retaining a Strong Team

After reaching Emerald the next big step is to go for Diamond. When you reach Diamond, Beachbody is much more than a side-thing. It is a full-out, full-time job. I remember Adam* congratulating me on making Emerald in my first month and I replied, “I’ll feel like I deserve more recognition if I make it to Diamond by the end of this year.” I imagine he was seeing stars and was thrilled to have someone with a self-starting, go getter attitude. Unfortunately, what I found was that becoming Diamond was not that easy. It meant more than just selling a challenge pack or bag of Shakeology (which is hard enough); it meant getting two other people to take the same risk of investing their time and money into the Beachbody Business. If it was easy for me, I should be able to get others to do it – correct?


I tried everything. I formed a team. I held a team meeting for new-comers, talking about the business side of things and how to advance… what was the problem? Well, there are so many reasons, but one issue I had was selling success when I was not even successful myself yet. Also, someone who is going to make it in this business has to have somewhat of a perfect storm. The person has to enjoy posting on social media, has to be capable of completing online trainings and learning the system, has to inspire others, and also has to be able to reach out to people that would be willing to spend money on fitness programs and Shakeology.

As an emerald coach I had to find others that could do the same, yet I was still not getting much to show for it. I also refused to convince family members to “support me” by signing up as coaches under me, because in my opinion, if that is what is took to be successful, I didn’t want it anyway. Of course I told them about it and asked them to try Shakeology – and many did, but they did not want to be bothered with the business.


Effective or Annoying? 

#5 Fees

Beachbody has some annoying fees. There is a monthly business charge of 15$ if you are a coach and a 40$ joining fee. These can be waived if you are active duty military.

There is a quarterly club membership fee of 38.87$ that drives me insane. They tried to make the club membership more valuable last year by adding web streamed workouts – but alas – the majority of people never use it. People might actually use their site for food/workout tracking if it was actually modernized but I don’t think the website interface has been changed since the company started. Basically, it sucks.

#6 Working at Home

This might sound like a luxury but the grass is not always greener on the other side. It’s worth giving it a try, but personally, I found it difficult to focus. I also felt like I was ALWAYS working. I was basically on-call. Sometimes it’s nice to know what hours you will work and what hours you will be home so that you can give your family your 100% attention and love.

#7 Informercials with Better Deals

First, informercials on TV are annoying. Can we agree on this? I actually did not have TV when I signed up with Beachbody, so I didn’t realize how damn annoying their commercials were. After coaching for a year and a half I got cable and saw how many channels Beachbody products are sold on. I was shocked! Not only that, a customer can order through this and have 2 benefits that you as a coach can NOT provide for a challenge pack. 1)Free Shipping and 2)Payment in installments.

#8 Authenticity

Maybe I should bump this up to #1? Being authentic as mentioned previously, and on my FB page… and everywhere else, is probably one of the most important things to me as a blogger and fitness proffessional.  Why? Because of all the people who AREN’T authentic. Fitness is a personal thing. It’s also multi-tiered. It’s not just about how big your muscles are or how you look in photos (or the team you have that does your hair and edits the photos). It’s about mental and emotional strength and balance. It’s about being the best YOU and not selling into the lie that in order to be inspiring you have to get extra lean and get fake breasts. (For men, maybe that’s get extra buff and lean and have the hairline of a 15 year old…) IDK! Damn! – Honestly, if you want to keep your sanity while pursuing fitness I would advise getting away from the TV screen and mainstream fitness all together and go outside and accomplish a physical goal that isn’t having a six pack. Go hike the PCT or John Muir Trail; the trees, sky, air and water hold no judgement. You won’t compare yourself to a fat or skinny squirrel or other person in woods that may be way fitter than you but you can’t tell because they haven’t showered in days and look like they just crawled out of The Walking Dead.


What I’m trying to say is the day you start posting on FB that you are a Beachbody coach and start telling your friends, family and acquaintances about it, people will question the intentions or authenticity of your friendship. They might even distance themselves from you. This is something to consider and ask yourself “is it’s worth it?”

Go hike the PCT or John Muir Trail; the trees, sky, air and water hold no judgement…


As I approached 9 months of coaching and did not see the growth I wanted, even after a push to form a successful team, I took a trip to Smith Rock, Oregon to recollect my thoughts. I took my oil paints and my climbing gear and spent 5 days having the time of my life! By the time I had come home I had had a moment of clarity: I did not mention Shakeology or Beachbody ONCE on my entire trip. Why?  It didn’t matter. Climbers typically don’t even have an address. Plus, they are the most ripped and leanest sexy beasts out there and they don’t get a single dime for it; and probably never will. From that day on I committed my heart and life back to the things I love most, painting, climbing, family… and food – not that that one ever went away – I will always be obsessed with food.


Plus, they are the most ripped and leanest sexist beasts out there and they don’t get a single dime for it… and probably never will.

Today, I am a happier person. I feel that during the months that I worked the hardest as a Beachbody coach, I fought the most with my husband and spent less quality time with my kids. (Pretty ironic right?). Now, I make 5x more money, work less, and can put more energy toward pursuing other career goals. (In my most successful month of coaching I made roughly 400$. Subtract the 97$ on Shakeo and that’s only 300$)


The moral of the story IS: If you can get the military discount, giving Beachbody a chance costs next to nothing. (You do still have to factor in your time and reputation.) IF you can’t get the military waiver but are the type of person I described above (at home a lot, extra time, a little extra money and wants to get in shape) Beachbody is STILL worth it. You will gain leadership and social media experience and it could open MANY doors for you! If you would like a coach you can still contact me and I will give your contact to one of the amazing coaches I personally know!

As for me, I’m onto my next adventure!

~ Cheers!

**Name changed to respect privacy of the coach.










30 Minute Restorative Broth for Cold and Flu



Restorative Broth sounds so refined doesn’t it? I actually got this term thanks to Downton Abbey which has a few funny scenes including one of the maids (Danker) claiming to make a delicious broth, only to be full-out bluffing.  Ironically, when she is asked to make the broth, they can hardly smell it without gagging but Victoria Crawley ends up liking it! Strange old lady…

Today we are resting at home with a cold bug in the house. These days are always bitter sweet for me. I have to make arrangements and cancel all work plans for the day until Alex returns home from work. But then, I get the joy of taking care of my kids and getting in some extra snuggle time. With a 102.7 fever, sore throat and cough (he tested negative for the flu) all he wanted was some hot soup. Thus, the restorative broth was born!

This broth is pure and delicious, yet not too rich in flavor. It only takes 30 minutes to make and now that I’ve made it, I might start making this once a week and storing the broth in glass jars. I usually go through 1-2 cartons of chicken broth each week so it will take a bit more time, but save me 2.50$ per carton. Plus, I know what’s in it AND it tastes better. Definitely worth it!

(Make 1-2 jars full and use during the week. Don’t make too much because it is not shelf stable. If you have a little extra, pour into ice cube trays and freeze for quick broth you can add to anything!)

You can play around with spices and make a vegan version as well. All you need is a large wire strainer. If you don’t have one, get one NOW! No excuses.


Classic Restorative Broth Recipe 

1 natural/organic chicken breast

10 peppercorns

1 inch peice of ginger, washed well

1 bay leaf

1 tsp Himilayan Sea Salt

1-2 large carrot, cut into large peices

1/2 onion, wedged

6 cups filtered water

(Other spices to try: Star Anise, Cinimmon Stick, Coriander, Lavender, Garlic)

(Other flavorings to try: fennel, celery root, parsnip)


Vegan Restorative Broth

1 Fennel Bulb

1 Onion

1 Celery stick or Celery root

2 Carrots

1 Bay Leaf

1 inc peice ginger

10 peppercorns

1 tsp Himilayan sea salt



Bring water to a boil and add the chicken first. When it turns white, add everything else (including spices). Bring to a rolling boil, then turn down to a simmer. Boil partially covered for 25 minutes. Remove the chicken and immediately put it in a bowl of ice water to Blanche. Strain the broth once or twice though a wire strainer. And serve!

I sliced the carrots, rinsed them and returned them to the broth. You can pull the chicken and store in Tupperware for another recipe or add it back to the broth with some cooked brown rice or pasta for a chicken soup. Oh, the possibilities!