2012 Goals {and a giveaway}

I’ve never been big on the whole New Year’s Resolution idea, to me, it just seemed like something people did for the first few days and then give up. Making a goal to last an entire year, just didn’t seem realistic. After my Dad died so suddenly, I was lost. I was scared to make plans for anything and was just existing. The last {nearly} 2 years have taught me a lot about myself and what I’ve realized is that it’s ok to plan for the future and it’s ok to have goals and to be excited about things. Because, yes, you never know what could happen tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make plans or goals for myself.

I am setting a few goals for myself for the year 2012: Yes, I know I’m really late to post this, since it’s now nearly February, but I wanted to have concrete, realistic goals instead of the generic “lose weight” resolution, I have small goals to help me reach my happy weight.

1. Concentrate more on eating healthy than diet eating. Increase water consumption and decrease diet coke consumption.

2. Concentrate on fitness.

  • do 10 push ups (not on my knees) by the end of the year
  • hold a plank for 3 minutes
  • To not have to “modify” every move in the DVD’s I do.

And now for the giveaway! Trop 50 is offering 1 lucky reader a chance to win a $50 spa and wellness gift card.

At 50 calories per eight-ounce glass, Trop50 not only tastes great, but helps you feel good. Each 8-ounce glass of Trop50 squeezes in a full day’s supply of vitamin C and is also a good source of antioxidant vitamin E.

· Trop50 is available in Orange (No Pulp, Some Pulp and Calcium + Vitamin D), Farmstand Apple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Pineapple Mango, Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade.

· Trop50 Orange juice beverages also are a good source of potassium and antioxidant vitamin A.

· Pineapple Mango provides a good source of potassium.

QuantcastI tried the Pomegranate Blueberry over the weekend, and it’s delicious! I’m not a huge fan of orange juice unless I’m sick, but the pomegranate blueberry is perfect for when I need something other than water without blowing my calorie budget for the day.

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment with your name and email address and tell me one goal you have for yourself for 2012.

2. This contest ends tomorrow (January 31, 2012) and a winner will be selected at 5pm {eastern time}.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free, the opinions are my own.


Primal Strips Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered!!! A new giveaway will be posted this afternoon. The winner of the Primal Strips is:

Dee says:

December 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm (Edit)

This is quite interesting! I’d love to try it! :)

Congrats Dee!!! Send me an email with your address to foodfamilyfitness@gmail.com and I will get them out to you!!

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s 7am, and for once I’m organized and have all of my pictures from yesterday ready to be linked up for the party!


What WIAW isn’t about

Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt

What WIAW is about

Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!

What I Ate Wednesday is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & veggies , finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so much more ❤

Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.


{unpictured cheerios and banana}

English Muffin with peanut butter and cranberry apple butter




Open faced sandwich,  one side with jalepeno hummus {SOO good}, tomatoes, bell peppers and muenster cheese


And the other side was jalepeno hummus and muenster cheese. You’ll notice sprouts on both sides, but after one bite I threw it away. I felt like I was eating grass. No thank you.


And an apple for dessert.



Annie’s shells and cheese, Hot&Spicy primal strip and vegetables mixed in.



And a clementine {yay!!!} for dessert. I love these little guys!!


Don’t forget to enter the Primal Strips giveaway, it ends Friday morning!

Primal Strips {Giveaway}

Thanks again to everyone who entered the Mamma Chia giveaway, the goodies are in the mail and on the way to their winners. Today is a product giveaway, brought to you by Primal Strips.


Not sure what Primal Strips are? Neither did I, but once you taste one, you’ll be hooked!

Primal Strips are delicious, healthy, meat alternative snacks providing the positive health benefits of Soy, Seitan and Shiitake Mushrooms, all with full meaty satisfaction.


I’ve tried them on their own as a snack, and even had them on sandwiches. The Thai Peanut was amazing chopped up in a stir fry and the Hot & Spicy version is quite delicious mixed into some mac&cheese. I mixed it up with Annie’s Shells and Cheese and roasted broccoli…try it, you’ll love it!


And now it’s your turn! One lucky winner will receive 5 Primal Strips

  • Hot&Spicy
  • Hickory Smoked
  • Mesquite Lime
  • Texas BBQ
  • Thai Peanut

  • NON-GMO’s

How to enter: Leave a comment with your name and email address. Even if you won the Mamma Chia giveaway, you are still eligible to enter (and try your luck again) this giveaway.

The winner will be chosen on Friday, December 9.

So get in your entries ASAP!!!

Don’t forget to check out Primal Strips on Facebook and Twitter!!!


Mamma Chia {Giveaway}

Sorry, I didn’t get this posted yesterday, I was having some technical difficulties. For each of the giveaways that will be posted, they will be short, only 2 days long. I want everything done before Christmas! You can enter one, you can enter them all, it’s the season for giving! This first contest starts as soon as I hit publish and will end Monday morning, so make sure you get your entry in ASAP!

If you are a fan of the wonders of chia seeds, this drink is for you!

“For health-conscious souls seeking an extra dose of vitality, Mamma Chia is the undeniable drink of choice. Infused with ancient wisdom and powered by one of the world’s healthiest whole foods, Mamma Chia provides sustained energy to power your soul’s purpose.

Mamma Chia pairs the highest quality organic chia seeds with delicious organic fruit juices and is lightly sweetened with a touch of organic agave nectar. The pleasing appearance of the chia seeds suspended throughout the beverage adds a compelling quality full of heart and brain-healthy omega-3s, powerful antioxidants and dietary fibers, as well as complete protein, calcium and magnesium. Combined, these nutrients create a vital force that delivers the power to live the life you’ve always wanted.” (Mamma Chia)

I have tried all 4 flavors and went back for more! I drink a couple per week and each one is delicious.

  • Blackberry Hibiscus
  • Cherry Lime
  • Cranberry Lemonade
  • Raspberry Passion

Fun for Your Mouth – Great for Your Body!

For this giveaway, there will be 2 winners.

Both winners will receive 4 coupons for $1.00 off, so you can try each flavor for yourself or use however you choose!

To Enter:

1. Leave me a comment with your name and email address

That’s it! Sweet and simple!

You can also check out Mamma Chia on Facebook and Twitter

The Rules:

1. Only 1 entry per person

2. This contest ends Monday, December 5th at 7am. I will pick a winner and post the results that morning.


I’m getting old. The years are flying by faster and faster and there isn’t anything I can do about it. The last time I blinked, it was July and I was here.

Doing a lot of this

And now it’s December, the Christmas tree is up, lights are up, decorations are almost done and I wonder how to slow time down!

But, since there isn’t a way to slow things down, I can soak up every thing I love about December and enjoy the ride!

Along with that and because I need a challenge in my life, I’m posting some goals for myself.

1. There are 2 milestones I’m very close to making and when I hit those, I will be celebrating. My goal is to reach those milestones by the end of the month.

2. It’s no secret that exercise is my downfall. My goal is to reach 300 minutes of exercise this month.

Since it’s the season of giving, I have 7 giveaways that will be coming your way very soon (the first one will be today); here’s what I will be giving away (keep in mind some will be coupons, and some actual product) and also some will be from my personal stash and some will be coming from the company directly.

1. Mamma Chia

2. Primal Strips

3. Veggie Patch and Tribe Hummus

4. Artisana

5. Bella Bars

6. Larabars

7. Bakery on Main

I’m very excited about each of these giveaways because I genuinely like each and every one of their products and I hope you will too!! So tell your friends and come back later today for the first giveaway 🙂