21 Ways to Romance Your Husband This Valentine’s Day

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Welcome ladies! So, yesterday I posted ways that our husbands can romance us this valentines day and today we are going to focus on ways to romance him! 21 ways to be exact!! Are you ready to find some idea’s that help inspire you to tap into your romantic side this valentines day? Great, lets get started!

  1. Start the day by making his coffee and breakfast, heart shaped pancakes and a valentine note next to his plate are a good idea! Oh, and if your man likes bacon (and I have yet to meet one that doesn’t) splurge and make him some! There are many healthier options, just leave the heavily processed pressed fake bacon behind and opt for uncured nitrite and nitrate free from an ethical source!
  2. Write a message on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker, or with your finger in the steam after he gets out of the shower (you can make it a steamy message!)
  3. Send him a text during his work day telling him something you love about him
  4. Send him a picture text during his work day of you wearing something pretty (or perhaps nothing at all, if you are bold enough)
  5. Be bold enough!
  6. Laugh, smile and flirt with him
  7. Be engaged, give him your full attention
  8. Make sure you feel pretty, if you feel pretty you will be more able to be fun, flirty and free
  9. Create an atmosphere, make your home a haven for him (as best you can) try to create a place of calmness vs a place of chaos when he walks through the door
  10. Go on an adventure with him and be his companion! Hike, bike, take a train, visit a new town, if your man is into fishing and hunting go with him (just maybe not on valentine’s day, but you get the idea)
  11. Kiss him passionately when he walks through the door, let him know he has been on your mind and you are so glad to see him
  12. Tell him he is handsome and sexy and strong and why you can’t stop thinking about him
  13. Do a project together, build something, paint something or just for fun build a fort in the living room for just the two of you.
  14. Go on a date to one of those paint your own ceramics places and make a gift for each other
  15. Go on a date and wear something you feel absolutely confident and beautiful in, do your hair and your make up, and then smile and accept his compliments!
  16. Take a hot and steamy bath together, perhaps while enjoying a glass of wine or champaign
  17. Get the kids to bed early so the two of you can get to bed early
  18. Wear something pretty and lacy that he has never seen before to bed or perhaps hasn’t seen for a long time, refresh his memory
  19. Give him a massage with the assistance of essential oils that will act as an aphrodisiac such as myrrh, black pepper, pine, ylang ylang, ginger and Balance blend  just mix a few drops of these oils into an unscented base or carrier oil such as coconut oil or sweet almond and oil and message into his back (and rest of his body)
  20. Be adventurous in the bedroom, leave soft lights on, candles or a string of white lights etc.. Play music, diffuse essential oils that boost your libido such as geranium, ylang ylang, ginger, and lime.
  21. Express gratitude, be thankful for your husband, love him, respect him, pray for him, pursue him, make him feel like the luckiest guy in the world to have you by his side!
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Again, don’t forget the bacon! Happy Valentines Day!

Do you have anymore ideas? please share them below or join the community with us on facebook and share!

Weight Loss Success Story, Justine

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Justine’s Before Picture With her Hubby

 

Yesterday I introduced my friend Charlotte to you, today I want you to meet my friend Justine. Justine and I also met during our taping of “The Doctors” TV show last November. Like Charlotte I also gave Justine a set of interview style questions to answer about her weight loss journey, below are Justine’s inspiring answers.

What was the most difficult part for you when it came to losing the weight?

The most difficult part for me was getting into a routine of exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.  I never really exercised and didn’t care what I ate so it was hard for me to adjust.  I also had to find what worked for me, what I liked and what I didn’t like.  I knew if I didn’t find something I liked, I wouldn’t stick with it.

How did you overcome that?

I have an amazing support system; my husband, my family and my close group of friends that helped keep me going.  I also knew that I needed to get healthy for our son, Ryder, and our family.  My husband needed a wife that could physically and mentally take care of things on her own with the job he is in and I needed to be healthy so I could model healthy habits for our growing toddler.  It became something I HAD to do for my health and for my future, not something I wanted to do or was trying to do.  Because of that, I completely changed my lifestyle and overcame my difficulties by finding new foods I liked and exercises I liked to do or that made me feel good about myself.

What was your inspiration to lose the weight?

My inspiration to lose weight was my family and myself.  I wanted my son to grow up knowing what healthy eating habits are as well as what exercise can do for his body.  I wanted him to have a mom that could do things with him and a mom he could be proud of.  I also wanted my husband to have a wife he could show off (even though he already loved me for who I was) and I wanted to be able to take part in family activities.  I could not believe I let myself get that out of control and, at times, didn’t even see myself in the mirror anymore.  I wanted to find out who I was, prove that I could do it and get healthy for myself.

How did you lose the weight?

Losing weight was a long, hard process; the most difficult thing I have ever done.  It took dedication and a lot of accountability.  In February of 2012, I started walking 6 miles a day every day with our son, Ryder, in his stroller.  I also cut out fast food, junk food, soda, and many other unhealthy choices in food.  I replaced them with lean protein, dairy, a lot of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  After about six months, I added running to my walk and could eventually run a mile without stopping!  I couldn’t even do that in high school!  We ran a 5K, my first, as a family in April of 2013 and finished in 32 minutes.  I was so proud of myself because I would never have thought to do this beforehand!  After that, I ran a lot and added a mommy and me stroller fitness class in May 2013.  It was perfect because I could take Ryder with me and he could play with the other kids while the moms worked out in the same area.  At that point, I had lost 75 lbs but still hadn’t hit my final goal weight.  From May 2013 to October 2013 I worked my butt off and by October 2013, I ran the Breast Cancer 5k in 25:52 and hit my goal weight!  I had lost a total of 115 lbs by exercising and completely changing my diet!

 

Who were your biggest supporters/who do you want to acknowledge or thank?

My biggest supporters were and still are my husband, my family and the moms in my stroller class as well as a tight-knit group of ladies struggling through the same thing.  My husband pushed me to keep going and has been proud of me for setting out to make this lifestyle change.  He suffered through a diet change with me (and by suffered I mean it was more suffering to him haha) and exercised right along with me.  My family supported me from far away by encouraging me when they could and trying new recipes with us.  They also let me talk about all the things I was learning and doing without getting annoyed or tuning me out like some people did.  The moms in my stroller class and the group of ladies that I am close with are an amazing support group because we are all struggling for the same goal; to become healthy, lose weight and love ourselves.  We pushed each other and helped each other with tips and recipes.  Unless you’ve been there, you don’t know what it’s like and these ladies all know.  I can’t thank all of these people enough and I will never stop thanking them for what they have done and continue to do for me!

I can’t forget to also thank my instructor, Jasmine.  She got me started in the stroller fitness class and has pushed me through sore muscles and an aching body.  She introduced me to cycling class as well as Kickboxing and even gave me a few personal training sessions when I wanted a little extra push!  She is a great motivator, a great friend, and an even better instructor!

What are your plans, goals, dreams etc for the future?

I have hit my final goal, a weight loss of 115 lbs but my plans for the future are to maintain my weight loss and continue my healthy lifestyle.  We will hopefully have another child in the future and I will have to adapt to what pregnancy brings, but I am looking forward to starting healthy and staying healthy.  I would love to write a book, a blog or go on other television shows to talk to people about weight loss and healthy living.  I would also like to start a mommy and me fitness class or other fitness class, but we will see what the future brings!  Right now, it’s all about me and my family.

 

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Justine’s after picture with her hubby

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Justine and her beautiful family

 

Thank you Justine for sharing more of your awesome story with us! I hope everyone is encouraged to know that with the right mind set, nutritious foods and support any weight loss goal is possible! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my personal weight loss story and follow this blog for continued recipes, encouragement and healthy living how to!

 

 

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Cheesecake… Oh yeah!

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So this weekend we celebrated my handsome husbands 35th birthday, and I tell you, if anyone in this house loves pumpkin flavored food more than me… it’s him! This Cheesecake was indulgence at its finest!  When I coach my clients they are sometimes shocked to see me endorse desserts! And to bring clarity to the matter, I coach my clients to not fear indulging from time to time, losing weight and being truly healthy in mind body and  spirit is never brought about by following rigid rules or by deprivation dieting!

*Coaching tip… I always say when you indulge, make it count 😉 be sure it is the best quality food and that you really truly enjoy it, eat it in the presence of loved ones and with great appreciation for the “sweetness” in your life 🙂 eat it with the understanding and acceptance that we allow no food to be our master.

So back to this beauty! I originally  found this recipe on Pinterest  but as I always do, I made my own additions and modifications to it, and the raves and reviews from my family were well worth the time and effort put into this cake! My mother in law even said that this was the BEST cheese cake she had ever tasted! As for the birthday boy? He was full of compliments for the chef as well! My advice is to make this cake the day before you plan on serving it, this gives it time to really “set” not to mention builds the anticipation for something to look forward to!

Here is what you will need for the crust:

  • 1 cup of ground up Gluten Free Ginger Snap Cookies (I got mine from Trader Joes)
  • 1/2 cup of Raw Pecans coarsely ground
  • 1/4 cup Grass Fed Butter melted
  • 2 tbsp organic brown sugar

Coarsely grind up your ginger snap cookies and your pecans and toss them into a medium sized mixing bowl along with 2 tbsp brown sugar. Melt your grass fed butter and pour over your crumb/sugar mixture. mix together until all of the mixture is nice and moist then press into the bottom of a 9″ spring form pan and set aside.

Here is what you will need for the filling:

  • 2/3 cup Raw Turbinado Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 egg yolks from pastured (cage free) hens
  • 3/4 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of Natural Full Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Raw Turbinado Sugar
  • 1 Large Pastured egg
  • 1 Pastured egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp Organic Grass Fed heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp Organic Tapioca Starch
  • Additional whole Pecans
  • Jar of Fluer De Sel caramel (I got mine from Trader Joes)

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Let your cream cheese get nice and soft at room temp, beat all 3 packages with an electric mixer until they are well blended and fluffy. In a separate bowl, add your pumpkin puree, 2/3 cup of turbinado sugar, spices, salt, vanilla and 3 egg yolks and mix well and set aside. Slowly blend in your 1/2  cup of turbinado sugar to the cream cheese, add the 1 large whole egg and blend in, then add the 1 remaining egg yolk, once this is nice and incorporated add in the 2 tbsp of heavy whipping cream, lastly add the tapioca starch. When the cream cheese mixture is nice and blended slowly pour in the pumpkin  mixture until well combined. Pour into your ready to go 9″ spring form pan (you may want to grease the sides for easy release later, I use trader joes coconut oil no stick spray) Place cheesecake in middle rack of preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 50-55 min (some of the filling may leak out so place on top of foil or a cookie sheet when baking 🙂 )

After the cheesecake bakes for 50-55 min (a knife in the middle should be mostly clean) turn the oven off and let stand in the oven for an additional  60 min. This tip is supposed to keep your cheesecake  from cracking, perhaps you will have better luck than I because mine still cracked : / luckily no one seemed to care, and it sure did not affect the taste!

Once the hour is up, remove from the completely cooled oven and cover with foil and place in the fridge, preferable overnight,  about 2 hours before it is time to serve, take the cake out of the fridge and let sit on your counter for about 15 min before removing the spring form pan. Take your jar of caramel and a clear plastic zipper baggie and fill about 1/3 of the baggie with caramel, cut one corner tip of the baggie off to create a “piping bag” and use this to drizzle or “pipe” lines of caramel over the top of your cheesecake, go up and down, side to side and zig zag. As you can see in my picture above, the caramel ended up all “smooshing” together anyway 😀 but it was still fun to do!

Then lastly add your remaining pecans around the edge and place back into the fridge until cutting time! Enjoy and I would love your comments below!

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Ryan on his 35th Birthday

Spice Up Your Summer With Some Romance

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Attention Husbands and Wives!!! Looking for some summertime fun with your spouse?? Be sure to catch our latest podcast 🙂 Listen to the end to take advantage of my FREE gift to you!!

Click on the picture to Listen and grab a pen and some paper to write down all these fun romantic ideas!

Nourish Your Body, Romance Your Spouse Online Workshop

 

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“Michelle you have really opened my eyes on food. I’ve enjoyed experiencing new and fun things with my husband, thank you for that.”

                                                                                          Ann M.

“Just want to say that I am loving this!! I look forward to the new assignment each day! And the body brushing is awesome!! Love that I am learning new things!!”

                                                                                        Stacey E.

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