wellness calendar: january 2013 (free printable)

Just in time for the ball to drop, I’ve got the first Wellness Calendar of 2013 ready for you guys to print, hang up and enjoy! If you’re just joining us, each month I pull together a calendar full of nutrition, fitness and general wellness tidbits. The idea? Small decisions throughout the month add up… 

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my 2013 goals: less and more

lessmoreFirst things first, I've got some fun news to share. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you've already seen photos of our newest addition to the Johnston family. Meet Sookie! We adopted this playful little kitten from our local animal shelter this weekend, and we're totally in love with her. We don't know much about her because she was a stray, but we're, of course, already calling her Kittyface. Her and Puppyface are slowly getting used to. . .
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friday freebie: restore the core DVD set (CLOSED)

IMG_2637This giveaway is now CLOSED. Tune in every other Friday for a new giveaway! I do a lot of fun foodie giveaways here for Friday Freebies, but this week, I'm switching over to the sweatier side of healthy living thanks to a special fitness giveaway from my friends at Karna Fitness! To all the mamas out there (and anyone else who is interested in trying out mat-based core strengthening), listen up. Karna has been focused on bringing quick, easy, Pilates-based. . .
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bthr book club discussion: the book thief

terra-final-ebook  Good morning, everyone! It's time for us to delve into some awesome discussion about December's BTHR Book Club selection: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This discussion will have three parts. First up, I'll share a series of book discussion questions that are you are welcome to answer in the comments. Secondly, I'll share my review of the book. And thirdly, toward the end of the post you'll find a link-up party to share your review post on your. . .
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what i ate wednesday: christmas eve

1I hope you all just had the most wonderful Christmas day yesterday! Our day was super relaxed and cozy and amazing. And now! We're waking up to snow! It came a day late, but we're under a blizzard warning today and we're supposed to get up to 10 inches. Can you tell I'm crazy excited? We've got plenty of food and firewood, plus we've got no place to go. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Anyway, my. . .
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merry christmas!

christmas card[caption id="attachment_14926" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Yes, this was our Christmas card for this year. And, yes, I am totally wearing that sweater today.[/caption] Merry Christmas, my friends! I hope today is filled with love, family, and some really awesome food. And I hope Santa brought you everything on your list. If you aren't celebrating today, I hope you enjoy your Chinese food and get to catch a good flick. We'll be headed to the movies later (after brunch with my parents).. . .
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fiery eggnog martini

eggnog martiniWhen my family got together last weekend to celebrate Christmas, one of my sisters suggested that we hold a cocktail hour after the kids all went to bed one evening. This might not seem out-of-character for some families, but we're a bunch of beer drinkers (with the occasional bottle of wine thrown in). Cocktails aren't really our thing. But we all thought it'd be a fun challenge to try to come up with some festive cocktails. My sister and brother-in-law flew a. . .
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mattering.

Thank you all so much for entertaining me while I ducked away for the past week. I don't think I quite realized how much I needed to unplug. Of course, Sandy Hook was the tipping point, but I think maybe my need to disconnect and reflect has been building since way before the events of December 14th. Maybe it's par for the course leading up to the Big 3-0, but something in me lately has been interested—obsessed really—with living a. . .
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a break.

newtownI think what happened on Friday morning shook an entire nation (maybe even the whole globe) to its core—me included. I was fortunate enough to have a pre-scheduled family gathering this weekend where I got to spend time doing perfectly normal things like teaching my nieces to sew, laughing over goofy trivia questions and drinking cocktails with names like, "Ho-Ho-Holiday Martini". But even with all that joy, there was this big, dark, ominous cloud hanging over us all. Because there. . .
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friday freebie: $50 shabby apple gift card {CLOSED}

shabby1This giveaway is now CLOSED. Tune in every other Friday for a new giveaway! I have a fun little change of pace for this week's Friday Freebie—girlie stuff! Instead of the normal food and fitness flair, the folks at Shabby Apple thought it might be fun to hand over to one lucky reader a $50 gift card to snag some of their beautiful clothes, jewelry and accessories. There is so much pretty over at Shabby Apple, I seriously wish I could. . .
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the friday five

nailsThe Christmas geek in me is kinda freaking out over these obnoxiously festive nails. I've never tried the whole watermarbleing technique, but these nails are fun enough that I just might have to. We ended up snagging some awesome rolls of 80s wrapping paper from the Goodwill this year (for $0.50 a pop) but I might have to stash this beautiful, simple design for giftwrapping in the hopper for next year.  I made these no-bake caramel cashew clusters on a. . .
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parmesan and sausage stuffed mushrooms

stuffed mushroomsIf you haven't picked up on it by now, our family Christmas celebration is a bit...unorthodox. We're a blended family. I have three half siblings, all four of us are married and my three older siblings all have kids. To save hassle and struggle, my parents long ago decided that we'd have the celebration for our family the weekend before Christmas—leaving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day free for in-laws, other parents, grandparents, whatever. The unorthodoxity doesn't end there. We also. . .
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reader q&a (vol. 2)

Time for another round of reader q&a! A while back, I asked on Facebook and Twitter for folks to submit their questions and here’s what you guys are apparently itchin’ to know. Have a question of your own? Shoot me an email, leave a comment or hit me up on social media. I’ll answer it next time ’round. We have lots to cover this time, so, let’s get to gettin’. You and Craig seem to have such a strong relationship. What do you think is. . .
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mini christmas quiche

quicheI try not to do a lot of re-posting of recipes on BTHR. Not only is it boring for you guys, but it's a total snore for me, too. I have so many new ideas that I want to try out! But every now and again, there is a recipe that I've done previously (usually from my first few months of blogging) that I think really deserves an update. The only thing that was worse than my photography skills from. . .
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what i ate wednesday: brown baggin’ it

1First things first, today is a mighty huge day for my dearest, Gretchen. Today her book, Terra is released! Please, please, please go out there and buy a copy! Go support an independent author! I am so proud of her. And the book, friggin' rocks, kids. And my name is in it twice. TWICE. Not that this is about me or anything... YAY, GRETCH! Alright, onto WIAW. I thought it might be fun to change it up a bit for WIAW this week. . .
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