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SITE HAS MOVED TO WWW.HEALTHYNBALANCED.COM

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Please come and visit me for even more healthy recipes, tips, & encouragement at www.healthynbalanced.com.

Movin’ On Uppppppp….NEW BLOG SITE

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The time has finally come! The new blog site is up and running. You can now find me at www.healthynbalanced.com. :)

I tried my best to find a way where you wouldn’t have to subscribe to the new site, but unfortunately I couldn’t find a way.

Therefore, if you are currently a subscriber and want to continue to receive the Healthy-N-Balanced emails, please jump over to www.healthynbalanced.com to subscribe to the new site.

Thanks for all your support so far and your continued support on to the new site! :)

EXCITING NEWS!!!

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I have some great news!!

This weekend we will be switching over from http://www.healthynbalanced.wordpress.com to http://www.healthynbalanced.com.

I am suppppper excited because this is something that I have been wanting to do from day one. :D

I am praying that this will be a smooth transition and that we will not experience any hiccups along the way. Lucky for me, I am married to a techie which greatly cuts down on the possibility of hiccups. :)

I also wanted to let you know that there will be some other changes here at Healthy-N-Balanced. Not to worry! tThey will be changes that will hopefully give you as a reader an even better experience!

So what’s changing?

Where to find me-As I said, instead of having to type in healthynbalanced.wordpress.com, you will only have to put healthynbalanced.com.

We will still have all the old posts but the categories may be slightly different. This is to allow you to find what you are looking for more easily.

The design of the page will look different as well but still pleasing to the eye. :)

You may also start to see ads here and there but rest assure, I will not endorse anything or put any ad here that I don’t believe in or that I don’t think will be beneficial to you. This blog will continue to be about you and for you.

Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some giveaways and guest posts.

What’s not changing?

The purpose of this blog is to better equip you with what you need to live a healthy and balanced life.; that will continue to be the purpose behind everything that you see and read here. In this case, it really is all about you. :)

Once it is up and running, feel free to give me feedback on what you like or don’t like.

If you have suggestions/comments/questions, feel free to contact me at healthynbalanced@gmail.com.

Take Aim: Make Time for Your Family

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Every Friday I will be giving you a small goal to aim for in order to be able to hit your target of having a healthy and balanced life.

How did you do with last week’s challenge? Are you still drinking your water? I hope so!

Today your Take Aim Challenge is to make time for your family. If you are like me then the weekend is usually time to get housework done, wash clothes, and go grocery shopping. I would love to do these things during the week but it is hard to do when you work full-time. Therefore my weekend is usually filled with checking things off my “to-do” list.

I would like to challenge you this weekend to make spending time with your family item #1 on your to-do list. I am not just talking about being in the same house with everyone doing different things but actually setting aside a specific time to put away computers, phones, tv, etc and spend time together. Maybe you will go out or maybe you will just stay in and play board games. Either way, spend time with your family.

If you don’t have family living close by then set aside time to make a few phone calls to grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, or even close friends.

This weekend make family time your priority. I guarantee you this will be the easiest (and most beneficial) Take Aim Challenge you have taken up so far!

Organize Your Fridge & Freezer

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This months Organize This! Challenge is to organize your refrigerator.

My fridge…and especially my freezer…are seriously neglected. When I come home from the grocery store, I just throw it all in wherever it will fit. This is what my fridge looked like after my most recent trip to the grocery store.

As you can see, this is the reason why our leftovers sometimes go bad. They are crammed to the back when the new food comes in.

I leave other items in grocery bags or the plastic fruit/veggie bags. I don’t put the fruits and veggies into their designated bins.

This is also the reason why it takes me 5 minutes to find the butter in the morning or the meat I am needing to set out for dinner.  It is the reason I thought I had frozen carrots for tonight’s dinner but when I go to dig them out of the freezer I discover I have already used them. :)

So I decided if I really want to do my best not to waste food (and time) then I needed a new strategy.

Tiffany’s Organize the Fridge Strategy:

1. Get rid of anything you no longer use. (processed stuff, expired items, etc)

2. Don’t leave items in grocery bags and veggie bags.

3. Have a specific place for everything. Put like items together.

I used a little basket to put all the cheeses and lunch meats. I put the veggies in the veggie drawer and the fruit in the fruit drawer. I put the eggs in the egg section of the fridge. I put all the juices together…All the frozen veggies together…All the frozen fruits together. You get the point. :)

It really wasn’t a huge project and now my fridge and freezer are organized. The hard part will be implementing new habits to ensure it stays this way. :) But for now…isn’t it nice and organized??

Linked up to:

The Shabby Creek Cottage

Gratituesday: A Challenge for You

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Tuesday. The day after Monday. There really isn’t much said about Tuesdays. Mondays are usually dreaded. Wednesday is considered “hump day” and signals that we have made it half way through the work week. Thursday is Friday Eve. Friday….can I just say TGIF.

But Tuesday…nobody really has much to say about it. So I love the fact that Heavenly Homemakers has labeled Tuesday as Gratituesday. A day to give thanks and open our eyes to all that we have been blessed with and be grateful for it.

I want to challenge you to make a list of 5 things you are thankful for today.

Here’s my list:

1. Sunshine

2. Alarm Clocks

3. God’s Provision for my family

4. God’s protection (Psalm 91)

5. Coffee :)

Let’s  make every Tuesday a Gratituesday! Better yet, let’s make every DAY a day a day filled with gratitude!

Linked up to: Heavenly Homemakers

Flash Freezing 101

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I never realized how easy it is to flash freeze vegetables. I have frozen vegetables before but the only problem was that I was expecting to pull the bag out and watch as each individual vegetable fell out of the bag and into the pan. Unfortunately when I pulled out the bag to use it, it was just a big ball of iced vegetables clumped all together. ICK!

Flash freezing is what you can do to prevent that from happening and enjoy your frozen veggies in the same way you enjoy the store bought frozen veggies.

It’s SUPER easy to do and will save you from having to throw out veggies and fruit that you bought but never used.

All you need is:

Wax paper

Cookie sheets

Freezer bags

Fruits/Veggies

Knife

Cutting board

First, lay out your cookie sheet and place a piece of wax paper on it. This will prevent your veggies from sticking to the cookie sheet and allow you to easily remove them once they are frozen.

Then, cut up your vegetables and fruit. Slice and dice to your hearts desire.

Next, lay out your veggies on the wax paper covered cookie sheet in a single layer.

Place your veggie filled cookie sheet in the freezer and set a timer for about 30 minutes. (Depending on how you slice & dice and what vegetables/fruits you are using you may need to leave them in there a little longer.)

After that, go about your day until you hear the timer ding. If the veggies are fully frozen, remove them. If not, leave them in there until they are frozen.

Lastly, remove the frozen veggies/fruits from the cookie sheet and dump into a freezer bag. Be sure to mark your bag with the date.

Viola! You now have your very own bagged, frozen vegetables and fruits. :) Now you can feel free to buy the discounted fruit and vegetables from the grocery store (provided you flash freeze them before they go bad.).

If you’d like to see a video tutorial, check out Faithful Provisions.

Linked up to:

Time Warp Wife

5 minutes for Mom

Far Above Rubies

Whole New Mom

Raising 4 Princesses

Christian Mommy Blogger

We are that Family

Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Little Natural Cottage

Life As Mom

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