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Life Lately: Back to Basics

It's been awhile since I felt inspired to write anything either on the blog, in my journal, and hell, even in Birthday/greeting cards these days. I blame stress from various sources but also a bit of laziness too.
It feels good to flex the writing muscle again, so here's what's been happening in my life lately. 
We celebrated my sister-in-laws baby shower recently and it was such a fun day! Check out her decor, she and her friends did an amazing job - the dessert and candy table was a hit!

Aaaand someone was tired from all the festivities....a cat nap was obviously needed!

Then there was that time we had a family games night. I was so tired but my hubby got major points for setting up the board games, getting a surprise dessert for the kids (DIY sundaes), and wine for me!

I enjoyed some much needed me time with my couch, comfy blanket, and a warm coffee.

I'm on a new and improved healthy eating kick and panicked a little when the family wanted to go to Boston Pizza one day f…
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{Free} 30 Day Butt & Gut Challenge starts Mon. Nov. 21

I'm making this short and sweet...I'm starting a new fitness challenge on Monday, November 21...a FREE one. It's a 30 day buns and ab challenge that I found on Pinterest - but adapted for myself and I'm inviting allllll of my friends to join me!

Why am I starting it on Monday?
I don't like to wait for the New Year to start new goals or challenges. And I wanted to make sure that the challenge ends before Christmas - and it had to be 30 days - and so that's how I landed on November 21.

Where is the challenge being hosted?
I'm hosting it in a Facebook group called 30 Day Butt and Gut Challenge. If you can't find it, visit my FB page, www.facebook.com/coffeemomjengetsfit/, and leave me a message on my wall about wanting to join the challenge so I can add you!

What do I need to do?
All you need to do is check the schedule and do the daily workout (should take a few minutes - nothing too strenuous). If you're so inclined, you can check into the group after …

Friday Favourites #2: Christmas, Snowflakes, and Pinterest is My BFF

Ever since I started Core De Force a few weeks ago, I have felt sooooo good! Don't ask what my progress has been so far (I'm not going to weigh myself or take measurements until I physically notice pants and stuff getting bigger). My progress hasn't been weight related, but I definitely feel like I'm getting stronger (I did mostly normal push ups in yesterday's workout instead of girly on the knees push ups) and my stamina is getting much better too. WIN!

But anyway, today's Friday Favourites is not about fitness. It's about Christmas.

Christmas finally exploded at my house.

OK not really. I haven't put up any decorations yet, but the kids were ready to start celebrating Christmas as soon as they sorted through their Halloween candy. And thanks to my mom, they've been on a snowflake making mission for the past two weeks.

Me every day: "Do you guys want to play outside after dinner?" - secret
Kids ever day: "Weeee waaaaant tooooo maaaake…

Friday Favourites #1: Fashion, Clean Eating, Holiday Treats & Side of Inspiration

I started my day super early this morning - not because I was working out at 5:00 a.m. getting my fitness on. Nope. Not this mom. I was up at 4:30 a.m. trying to convince my 6 year old that it was night time, not morning, and had to get his effing ass back into bed and go to sleep. It didn't work. The kid is persistent, and he's allergic to sleep. I did manage to finally break free and get my 30 minute bad-ass workout in around 6:30 a.m., and that wasn't too bad because lucky me, I have the day off from work today - so I didn't have to worry about rushing through the morning and getting to work on time. Win!

So it's 9:30 a.m. on a super cold but beautifully sunny Friday morning. I'm 3 coffees and a protein shake deep into the day already, listing to the audio version of  You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life: In Less Than 30 Minutes by Jen Sincero.  I keep hearing how important personal development is soooo I'…

{Clean Eating Recipe} Gluten Free Flourless Brownie Muffins

These dark chocolate flourless brownie muffins are delicious and surprisingly healthy. Total Time: 40 min.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 1 cupcake each
Ingredients: 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
3 large eggs or egg substitute
½ cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
3. Place chickpeas, eggs or replacer, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
5. Top each muffin with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
7. Cool completely and enjoy!
21 Day Fix Containers:1 Yellow 2 tsp. So…

My #CoreDeForce Challenge Starts November 14

***You can read about this on my Facebook events page too***

OK guys...I've decided to take the plunge and start Core De Force as you know, BUT what is the fun in doing it alone when I can shed and shred weight with a few close friends??

Join me on November 14 for my next 30 day fitness challenge. I'm on a mission to drop some serious pounds...why wait for New Year's to make a resolution when I can take control of my health now?!

What is CORE DE FORCE?CORE DE FORCE is an explosive mixed martial arts-inspired total body workout designed by Beachbody Super Trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews to blast fat and carve your waist in just 30 days - with no equipment.

Who should buy the program?Anyone who wants to tighten up their midsection, carve a stronger core, and sculpt total-body definition. CORE DE FORCE is great for all fitness levels. Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced exerciser OR a beginner looking for significant weight loss this program is for you. Beginn…

Currently: November 2016

I love the idea of sharing what’s currently on my mind as a new month starts. I love the start of anything: new month, new week, new day, new season, New Year…to me, it always signifies a chance to make a positive change in my life. 
Whether it be small like making more of an effort to drink more water, or kind of weird (make an effort to take the prescribed fibre supplement twice a day to control my IBS), or kind of big (remember to tell the kids one thing they rocked at each day to help build their confidence – especially for Tyler), I feel like no goal is off limits. Big, small, silly, weird, it doesn’t matter.
So for the month of November, here’s what’s on my mind this month, and what I am looking forward to conquering.
CURRENTLY:FAMILY TIME
September and October literally flew by. One minute it was summer, and the next both kids were in school and our evenings were filled with swimming lessons, dance lessons, homework, and bedtime routines that seemed to never end. It was a bit rou…