12k’s of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….Day 1 of the 12k’s of Christmas challenge. For the next 12 days I plan to run 1 km per day. And I want to invite you along with me! If you’re not a runner, you can walk! Or, if you are looking for a way to get into running, starting with one kilometre a day is a great way to build up your endurance.

So bundle up with your hat, coat and mitts, or lace up your shoes on the treadmill and commit to getting your move on everyday until Christmas!

Stay accountable by taking your post ‘k’ selfie and tag or hashtag @balanceblissblog and #12ksofchristmas.

Spread the word and get those around you motivated too! I can’t wait to see your successes.

Hugs and Kisses,

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Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookies

Believe it or not, I have not always been a huge cook or baker… in fact, I used to find being in the kitchen to be a chore, and did not really put much effort into the things that I made, only on the very rare occasion. It wasn’t until I became a mom. Funny how I didn’t put a lot of effort into my own foods, yet when it came to ensure that my daughter was getting proper nutrition, balanced meals and wholesome meals, that is when I really started to grow my kitchen experience.

I did dabble in baking, but most of my experiences were muffins that turned out pretty flat, and cookies that were almost always too hard to bite. Then once day, the baking fairy visited my house and my baking was never the same!! I love being in the kitchen, trying new things, cooking new dishes and baking new treats! I found this recipe about a year and a half ago and it has become my go to! I often batch cook them and put them in the freezer so that I always have cookies on hand if we have company or we feel like a homemade treat (this is a brilliant idea btw!)

So in deciding whether or not to post this here for you I did a poll on my Instagram. I thought you should know that everyone voted for yes, except for one person… my husband! He did not want me to share this recipe with anyone. He wanted to keep it all for himself! So against his approval, here you have it 🙂

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I have not made any changes to this recipe except for one. And it’s a trick that I learned from one of my best friends. She is insane when it comes to being in the kitchen. The things that she can make often blow my mind and she RARELY has something that doesn’t work out. So when she has little tricks that she shares I am more than happy to adopt them!

Addition: When you roll the cookies into balls and press them down, right before you put them in the oven, sprinkle some sea salt on them. It makes for salty and sweet unreal cookies!

Here is the recipe!

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And as always, I love when you share and tag me when you use the recipes! I love to see how they turn out 🙂

Hugs and Kisses,

Andrea Cute Signature

Let go of perfect- and you will find happiness

It feels like I haven’t blogged in forever (really I only missed posting last week, but when you only post once a week, this stretch feels like longer!). The last two weeks have been a little crazy making! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know last week I wrote my final exam for the first course of my Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach Certification. In between working a couple late nights,

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2 more months to end 2017 with a bang! 

With Halloween being over, and Christmas already knocking at our door (I am not complaining), I cannot believe that we are rounding into the end of 2017.

It is encouraging me to reflect back to what I had set out to do this year, what my New Years resolutions were, and to see how far I have come. I remember the end of December last year. I was excited to start the new Bikini Body Mommy challenge that was coming out! As an aside, I must say for any new mom who is looking to get back into shape or any mom who wants access to a free program, Brianna Christine’s method and message is so motivating, and most of what she offers is free when you register for her website, which is also free.

With planning to start this journey, I assembled an accountability group consisting of both women around the world doing this program as well as some of my co-workers and friends were going to do it too. I was determined to succeed, see the 90 days through and make 2017 my year.

Flash forward 11 months…I have accomplished so much this year! I have lost a total of 20 pounds, discovered my passion for helping others with their health and fitness goals, enrolled in an online course to get certified to do that, and I started this blog!  Now I would say that I have been so successful, however that does not mean that I don’t continue to challenge myself to grow and change and make each day the best that I can.

I want to extend this challenge onto you. We have roughly 2 months left in the year. Two more months of 2017.

Think back to last New Year’s Eve, what were your hopes for the year? What did you want to achieve. If you have a fitness or nutrition goal or are looking to lose weight, you still have time to make some significant changes!

The average recommended weight loss is 2 pounds per week. If you are losing at this rate, not only is it healthy for your body, but you are more likely to be able to keep it off! That being said, if you started a nutrition and fitness plan next week, you could lose 14 pounds by the end of the year! Not only that, but by incorporating more fruits and vegetables, proteins, healthy fats- all in balance with each other, you would be able to drastically change your energy levels, body functioning and the way that you feel overall! Who wouldn’t want to feel better!

If you need some support, and want to make the next 7 weeks of 2017 the best you have this year, please reach out to me! I would love to work with you to finish off the year in health!

What are you going to do to make the next 7 weeks count? I would love to hear it!


Hugs and Kisses,

Andrea

Loaded Vegetable Minestrone Soup

As soon as the cooler weather hits, I cannot get enough of soups and stews. (Mainly because I am always cold. I am currently sitting here typing in big slippers, drinking a hot tea and basking in the hot pack that I heated up purely just to keep me warm… oh and I am preheating my bed with a heating pad.. for real) Fortunately, over these last few years, I have built quite the collection of tried and true recipes that I continue to make over and over again!

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21 Day Fix Results I Did Not Anticipate

This past Saturday I wrapped up my 21 Day Fix challenge that I completed with a couple other women. It was amazing to have people along on the journey and even more exciting to see other people’s results along the way!

The reason that I decided to embark on this challenge again (as I have already done it before) is that I was feeling like I needed a little bit of a reset. Read More