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5 Easy Steps: Blueberry Muffins

Servings: 12Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutes Ingredients: 3 cups old-fashioned oats 1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/2 cup (4 large) egg whites 4 packets natural no-calorie sweetener 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup blueberries (fresh or thawed from froze, no sugar added) 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 400Continue reading “5 Easy Steps: Blueberry Muffins”

Connect with you Partner – 7 Conversation Starters – Week 4

Communication seems to be easier than ever. There’s no shortage of options, from texting and email to Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. But this is the reality: when it comes to digging deeper and getting to the heart and soul of another being, well, we’re pretty out of practice. How often have you sat across from your partner and heard the same old, same old? Or maybe you’re the one asking the superficial and routine questions: How was your day? How do you feel? What do you want for dinner? What should we watch? Just imagine how a relationship can grow by learning something new about the person you’ve known for only a few weeks or for even decades. That’s the power of thought-provoking, open-ended questions. They get us to dig deep, examine our motives, review our personal histories, crack our hearts open, and answer with honesty and—if we’re even luckier—revelation.

10 Minute Beginners HIIT Workout

Remember the golden rule during this routine: form first and speed second. This routine is designed to get you started with long cardiovascular-and muscular endurance-oriented exercise. Repeat the set two times. Rest for one minute after each set. Tip: If working for four minutes at high intensity with no break is too much for you,Continue reading “10 Minute Beginners HIIT Workout”

4 Easy Steps: Topsy-Tail Pony

A topsy-tail pony can make any ordinary ponytail look chic with little to no effort. This style is great for second-day hair. It works best for fine-haired ladies. When you pull the hair through your ponytail to create the topsy-tail, the slight roll it creates will make fine hair appear fuller. It’s a successful styleContinue reading “4 Easy Steps: Topsy-Tail Pony”

Connect with you Partner – 7 Conversation Starters – Week 3

Communication seems to be easier than ever. There’s no shortage of options, from texting and email to Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. But this is the reality: when it comes to digging deeper and getting to the heart and soul of another being, well, we’re pretty out of practice. How often have you sat across from your partner and heard the same old, same old? Or maybe you’re the one asking the superficial and routine questions: How was your day? How do you feel? What do you want for dinner? What should we watch? Just imagine how a relationship can grow by learning something new about the person you’ve known for only a few weeks or for even decades. That’s the power of thought-provoking, open-ended questions. They get us to dig deep, examine our motives, review our personal histories, crack our hearts open, and answer with honesty and—if we’re even luckier—revelation.

8+ Months: Maple Graham Animals

Skip the trans fat and high-fructose corn syrup found in many processed animal crackers. Mix up this lightly sweetened whole-grain dough instead and cut away. Animal-shaped crackers are cute, but little circles and stars also delight. Ingredients: Makes about 60 small crackers 1/2 cup whole-wheat graham flour or whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plusContinue reading “8+ Months: Maple Graham Animals”

7 Minute Beginners HIIT Workout

Remember the golden rule during this routine: form first and speed second. This routine is designed to get you started with HIIT by introducing base exercises and common routine formats in  way that is varied and challenging without being overwhelming. Repeat the set three times. Rest for 30 seconds after each set. High Knee SkiContinue reading “7 Minute Beginners HIIT Workout”

7 Easy Steps: Baked Faux-Fried Chicken Strips

Servings: 4Prep: 15 minutesMarinate: 1 hourCook: 25 minutes Ingredients: 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt 1 pound (about 12 pieces) raw boneless skinless chicken breast tenders 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon dried minced onion 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper You’ll need: Medium bowl LargeContinue reading “7 Easy Steps: Baked Faux-Fried Chicken Strips”

Connect with you Partner – 7 Conversation Starters – Week 2

Communication seems to be easier than ever. There’s no shortage of options, from texting and email to Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. But this is the reality: when it comes to digging deeper and getting to the heart and soul of another being, well, we’re pretty out of practice. How often have you sat across from your partner and heard the same old, same old? Or maybe you’re the one asking the superficial and routine questions: How was your day? How do you feel? What do you want for dinner? What should we watch? Just imagine how a relationship can grow by learning something new about the person you’ve known for only a few weeks or for even decades. That’s the power of thought-provoking, open-ended questions. They get us to dig deep, examine our motives, review our personal histories, crack our hearts open, and answer with honesty and—if we’re even luckier—revelation.

8+ Months: Smoky Squash Cakes

Babies and toddlers will love this veggie pancake. Nutrition bonus: butternut squash is full of vitamin A. Ingredients: Makes 12 patties 1 cup butternut squash puree 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 scallion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped clinatro 3/4 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more if necessary Steps In aContinue reading “8+ Months: Smoky Squash Cakes”

6 Easy Steps: Braided Bun

1.Brush through the hair to remove any tangles then part the hair either in the middle or on the side; either works fine. Pick up the section of hair from the part down to the left ear. Braid the section into a regular braid and tie off the end with a clear elastic band. 2.CreateContinue reading “6 Easy Steps: Braided Bun”

9 Minute Beginners HIIT Workout

Remember the golden rule during this routine: form first and speed second. This routine is designed to get you started with HIIT by introducing base exercises and common routine formats in  way that is varied and challenging without being overwhelming. Repeat the set three times. Rest for one minute after each set. Tip: For bothContinue reading “9 Minute Beginners HIIT Workout”

4 Easy Steps: Banana Bread

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 40 minutesServings: 8 Ingredients 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup (2 medium) mashed extra-ripe bananas 1/2 cup (4 large) egg whites 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 3 tablespoons Truvia spoonable no-calorie sweetener 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch byContinue reading “4 Easy Steps: Banana Bread”

Connect with you Partner – 7 Conversation Starters – Week 1

Communication seems to be easier than ever. There’s no shortage of options, from texting and email to Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. But this is the reality: when it comes to digging deeper and getting to the heart and soul of another being, well, we’re pretty out of practice. How often have you sat across from your partner and heard the same old, same old? Or maybe you’re the one asking the superficial and routine questions: How was your day? How do you feel? What do you want for dinner? What should we watch? Just imagine how a relationship can grow by learning something new about the person you’ve known for only a few weeks or for even decades. That’s the power of thought-provoking, open-ended questions. They get us to dig deep, examine our motives, review our personal histories, crack our hearts open, and answer with honesty and—if we’re even luckier—revelation.

January: 7 Ways to Start Fresh

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways. You start the year with your own doorway.

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