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The holidays can be pretty stressful and finding the perfect gift for some people can be really tough.  I’ve put together some fun things that don’t take that much time and can be fun to give as well as get for any holiday or birthday!


Trail Mix

The balance of carbs, fat and protein make this a great snack.  Store bought versions can be a little pricey but creating a custom mix is easy and affordable.  Buy their favorite nuts, dried fruits, cereal and/or candy, decorate an empty spaghetti jar (or any glass jar!) and you have yourself a pretty cool gift anyone would love to receive.


Bath Salts

This is a lot easier than you may think, my 13 year old daughter makes this all the time! After a tough workout soaking in a  hot bath with these salts can help reduce inflammation.  To make, mix 6 cups Epsom salt, 2 cups table salt and 4 cups baking soda together in a large bowl.  Add their favorite essential oil (such as peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and/or chamomile) until the scent of the salts reaches your desired strength.  Mix well and place your creation in glass jars.  Make sure the jars have a tight fitted lid.  Print up a fancy label for your own exclusive masterpiece to be extra! These are great for people who aren’t feeling well also.

Chocolate Spoons

You may say chocolate isn’t exactly a “healthy” gift but I say, everything in moderation is fine.  Especially when you use dark chocolate (at least 70%) because of its antioxidant benefits.  These portion-controlled little sweet stirrers are fun to receive and super fun to make with the kids! To make you can either purchase metal ones at a thrift store or plastic ones work just fine.  Melt 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate in a microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.  Dip clean, dry spoons into the melted chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool slightly,  then dip them in the chocolate again.  Dip as many times as you like to get the thickness you desire.  Another option is to lay them flat and fill them with chocolate instead of dipping them.   While they are still warm, add your favorite extras such as crushed candy canes, drizzle melted white chocolate, crushed Andi’s Candies, crushed nuts …anything you can think of! Be sure to let spoons cool before placing them in a clear bag or plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon!

Hearty Oatmeal

It’s the middle of winter, the snow is piling up outside, you are looking for comfort…is there really anything more comfy and tasty than a warm bowl of oatmeal? Plain old oatmeal can become boring and the fancy flavored versions are full of added sugars that you just don’t need.  Making your own oatmeal in a mason jar can be really fun and taste even better with healthy add ins.  You can find a ton of delicious recipes on Pinterest or simply Google.  Fill up your jars and decorate to your content.  Don’t forget the directions! Your friends and family will love them!

Rice sock

Ease headaches, sooth sore muscles, loosen a tight lower back and even warm cold feet with this easy homemade rice sock.  Do you have a friend who is always complaining about his/her workout? Well, give them this and they will know you are listening. To make your rice sock fill a sock (you could really have some fun picking these out or use the ones that have lost their match) with 1 or 2 pounds of rice, add a few drops of essential oil (only if you wish), then sew the top shut or use a ribbon to tightly tie the sock closed.  Add a cute label about heating in the microwave until hot and your giftee will be pain free (and complainee free)!

chocolate pretzels

Chocolate lovers will love this gift. Pretzels are a low calorie snack and when dunked in dark chocolate they feel like a total indulgence! To make these pretzels lay out a sheet of wax paper near your stove or microwave, melt a bag of dark chocolate in either a pot on the stove being careful not to have the heat on to high and stirring constantly or in the microwave.  If you choose to heat in microwave, heat for one one minute until you get the consistently you desire.  Dip your pretzels in the chocolate and lay them on the wax paper.  Using any kind of toppings you wish (see the Chocolate Spoons above for ideas) sprinkle them on top before they cool (you may have to press the decorations into the chocolate a bit), wrap and they are already for an easy gift!



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I reached 200 pounds after having my children and several things have led me down my path of wanting to be healthier and better for myself and for my family; countless fitness dvds, a gym membership, leading a weight management class at my church and a personal trainer telling me I had good symmetry.

My husband and I have competed in several competitions from 2012 from 2015.  Every competition brought more information on how to be better and stronger both mentally and physically.

I have learned many things on my fitness journey, but the one thing that I hear over and over no matter what size they are, is the self-talk that many women tell themselves regarding the way they see themselves. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have the tools and wisdom of the people around me to help women of all shapes and dynamics to help them on their journey.

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