Stuck at Home? Tips From a Former Homeschool Mom

As a former homeschool mom, I thought I would share a few of my top tips if you are tying to figure out what to do with your kids for the next few weeks at home.

Maybe your school had time to plan ahead and sent home activities for your children. Or maybe they set students up with some online learning. But many schools had very little time and just sent students home telling parents to do your best. Yikes!

I have 4 kids and due to an unexpected life twist, I homeschooled them for 6 years. We did a lot of things that worked, and lot of things that didn’t work!

So I thought I would share my thoughts.

First of all…Don’t Panic! It’s hard to learn in a stressful environment. Don’t feel like you need to do ‘school at home’. Kids actually learn a lot from just taking part in normal daily activities! Things like baking/cooking with you, playing games, helping you make a grocery list/meal plan and reading reading reading!

Let them explore their own interests! Kids learn best when they are interested in the topic they’re learning! We have a unique opportunity right now to let kids guide their own curriculum. Education is so much more about learning HOW to learn than learning any specific subjects or topics. So let them pick a topic and allow them to read and research on their own. Maybe they’ll be able to draw a picture or make a book or show and tell you what they’re learning.

Ex: My daughter was super in to sea otters. We read books and searched websites. I asked her questions like, “Where do they live?, What do they eat?”, etc. She made a book full of the facts she found with some pictures she drew. At a later date, we visited the zoo/aquarium so she could see them up close and personal. That is just one example of how we successfully allowed the kids to guide their own learning experiences.

We made a Japanese meal and ate on the floor!

Get Outside! Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t go for walks, hikes, fly kites, ride bikes, skateboard, shoot hoops, play catch, etc. Fresh air can do wonders for your mental and physical health! We can all use a little more vitamin D this time of year! It will even help boost your immune system!

IF you feel like you need a little more guidance or structure, there are lots of websites that might be helpful. We occasionally used – which I think allows for affordadable monthly memberships. Kahn Academy is a great resource for kids of all ages, too. They even have some great test prep options for high school students with upcoming SAT/ACT testing – and it’s free!

Remain calm! This can be a stressful time and putting additional pressure on yourself and your kids won’t help. Seek balance in downtime, play time and learning time. And finally, trust that we’re all just doing our best to keep our families, loved ones and the most vulnerable members of our communities safe and healthy.

And this too shall pass.

PS. You can try my home workouts for free!

Meet Me at the Barre

Barre Blend is on sale NOW!

What is it?

Barre Blend is an all new Beachbody program launching this January that will help you create a lean, toned physique through a fun fusion of ballet barre, Pilates, strength and cardio interval training. You will feel the burn as you sweat, stretch, and strengthen to energize your entire body.

What is included?

  • 40 unique workouts that you can do at home or anywhere (no repeats!)
  • Daily Motivation Cards
  • “Get Started with Barre Blend” video
  • 4 “Barre Basics” videos
  • Barre Blend Introduction to Nutrition video
  • Beachbody Guide to Nutrition
  • Get Started Guide + Workout Calendar
  • Option to add one of our proven nutrition programs and save over 60%!

Who is it for?

  • People who are up for a new fitness challenge.
  • Anyone who has goals for the new year.
  • Anyone who likes low-impact workouts that are easy on your joints.
  • Anyone who wants a lean, toned body.
  • People who like workouts that are good for all fitness levels.
  • People who want an efficient workout so they can get on with their day.

What equipment will you need?

NO bar necessary. All you you need is a chair and a couple of very light weights (1-5 pounds recommended). I even used soup cans!

What about Results?

Romy lost 25.6 lbs. and 15.5 inches in 60 days! She said, “I look and feel so much better. My waist is going back to its small self! My butt is sexy and round instead of just BIG! Everything is smaller and tighter, and I not only look good in my clothes, but also need new clothes!”

Marina lost 15.8 pounds and 10.75 inches in 60 days! She said, “I have abs! I never knew they were there but after 60 days of Barre Blend, they made themselves known. I loved that the workouts are 30-40 minutes – so there is no excuse for not finding the time in your day to dedicate to yourself and make these crucial improvements.”

This program will not be widely available until June. I am excited to be able to give 20 people early access in January! Grab a pack and save your spot in my “Meet Me at the Barre” VIP Test Group, starting on January 13th. 

Want to learn more or try a FREE sample workout and see what you think?

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My Ultimate Reset Review and Info

My Ultimate Reset Review and Info

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Recently my husband and I completed this 21 day cleanse/detox. I achieved the best results I’ve ever gotten from a 21 day program!
I lost 8 pounds and 7 inches without busting a single sweat! And hubs lost 14 pounds! What the WHAT?!
And the ladies in our group did amazing, too! They LOVED the program and were even sad that it was ending!

•Melissa lost 14 pounds.
Laurie lost 10 pounds.
•Kristin lost 11 pounds.
•Jennifer lost 12 pounds
Wendy lost 8 pounds and 6.5 inches.

Aside from a handful of yoga “workouts”, I did zero exercise! (rest is part of the program!)
I’ve done longer workout programs with results that pale in comparison to this one!
You know how they say you can’t out-exercise a bad diet? Ya…that’s totally accurate!

Now, I wouldn’t say my diet was “bad” before this cleanse, but I knew it could have been better, and I was ready for a totally different kind of challenge.

After going all out in my workouts for the first 10 months of this year, I was also ready to take a break. My body needed rest.

On top of that, we’ve been dealing with one stressful situation after another this year which was really taking a toll on my physical and mental health.
So the stars aligned. The timing was right. The husband was willing to join me and we did it together! All 21 days with no cheats. We stuck to the plan and now our clothes are falling off! And most importantly… we both feel amazing!
As exciting as it was to lose 8 pounds and 7 inches, what I gained is much more important.
  • I gained a better understanding of what MY body needs.
  • I lost all the BLOAT!!!
  • I created better habits.
  • I broke some bad habits (late-night snacking).
  • I drank more water.
  • I eliminated sugar from my diet
  • I slept like a baby!
  • My skin looks better.
  • I have so much energy – so much and didn’t have coffee for 21 days!
  • I tried a ton of great new recipes that I will keep using!
  • I ate a ton of veggies and loved them!
  • I didn’t exercise at all (except a few yoga workouts).
It was definitely challenging, but not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. The caffeine headache only lasted 2-3 days. I really wasn’t that hungry! The portions were huge and the food was really good!

Honestly, the toughest part was just shopping and meal planning for both of us, but it was worth it to have him doing this with me.

Would I do it again? DEFINITELY!
Would I recommend it? Hell to the yes!
If you’d like more info about it, keep reading!

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Watch this video for more info:
What is the Ultimate Reset? 

It’s MORE than a cleanse. It’s a 21 Day process of eliminating processed foods and toxins from your diet cleaning up your system, relaxing the nervous system, removing coffee, and providing antioxidant support for the immune system.

It’s not designed to be easy. It’s designed to work. You’ll learn to shop for, prepare, and enjoy healthy, nutritious meals as you follow a carefully designed eating plan and supplement program.

After just 21 days, the Beachbody Ultimate Reset can help you feel dramatically better, stronger, and healthier—physically, mentally, and emotionally.*

• Help your body’s detoxification process
• Help you lose weight safely
• Help improve energy
• Help improve key measures of good health
• Help support regularity

Why Ultimate Reset?

If you’ve been struggling with unhealthy eating habits, an over-dependence on caffeine, junk food, or alcohol, or if you’ve just been experiencing low energy and a sluggish feeling, you might want to consider making a few key changes to your daily routine.

The Beachbody Ultimate Reset is your step-by-step, 21-day guide to cleaner eating and healthier living.

With this program, you’ll learn to shop for, prepare, and enjoy healthy, nutritious meals as you follow a carefully designed eating plan and supplementation program.

Will it be challenging? Yes, you may come up against some personal challenges. But here’s the good news: All of your hard work can lead to noticeable results in just three weeks. As you change your diet and eating habits, you’ll begin to see positive changes in the way you look and feel.

You will have access to all the videos and resources in this Participant Portal on Beachbody On Demand to help you make the most of the Ultimate Reset.
The journey may not be easy at times, but like all journeys of growth, it can change your life for the better. And keep in mind that you have me and our group in your corner for lots of support and accountability to help you stick with it!
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In Phase 1, you’ll RECLAIM your body, accessing its inner chemistry and preparing it for change. In Week One, you’ll gradually remove foods such as red meat and dairy from your diet, which are known to place stress on the digestive system.


In Phase 2, you’ll begin to RELEASE unwanted compounds that have been holding your system back and start the detoxification process. In Week Two, you’ll be eating a fully vegan diet.

In Phase 3, you’ll help RESTORE your digestive system along with other internal processes to better efficiency, putting nutrients, enzymes, and pre- and probiotics back into your body. In Week Three, you’ll be eating mostly fruits and vegetables.
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These six supplements uniquely formulated to help support your Ultimate Reset.

  • Mineralize. Formulated with pink Himalayan salt, which adds natural minerals needed by the body.
  • Detox. Formulated with key ingredients including Chia, Flax and Turmeric, traditionally used to help support the body’s natural detoxification processes and healthy liver function.
  • Revitalize. Probiotics and prebiotics which help support beneficial flora in the digestive tract.
  • Power Greens. A combination of 6 powerful greens, including kale, matcha, cucumber, celery, spinach and chlorella.
  • Optimize. A proprietary enzyme blend and added camu-camu to help support nutrient absorption and bioavailability.
  • Soothe. Combines two incredible botanicals: aloe vera and turmeric, which have been traditionally used to support digestive health and the body’s response to oxidative stress.
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Benefits of the Ultimate Reset

What Benefits Can You See in 21 Days with the Beachbody Ultimate Reset?

  • Helps you lose weight
  • Helps improve energy
  • Helps improve key measures of good health
  • Helps boost mood as you get healthier
  • Supports regularity
  • Helps maintain healthy cholesterol within the normal range
  • Helps support your body’s natural detoxification process
*And message me after you order so that I can get you set up with the support system that will help you stick with it and get results! Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Now Available: Morning Meltdown 100

I used to get SO bored with my workouts, doing the same thing every day and expecting the same results. Not only does that NOT work, it’s not fun either. And if I dread my workout, I’m a lot less likely to do it! I can always count on Beachbody to keep me on my toes and avoid the dreaded plateau!

I absolutely LOVE this program! Morning Meltdown 100 includes every thing I love in a workout program, and lots of variety! And it is the perfect workout for busy moms because it’s SHORT, FUN and FAST-PACED!

Jericho McMathews is so inspiring, she will motivate you to be your best every single day. She has created this program for everyone, regardless of fitness level and experience. There are 2 modifiers in the program that show you how to do everything with lower impact and less intensity. I’ve worked out live with Jericho several times and I love her energy and her relatable approach to health and fitness.

What is MM100?

Morning Meltdown 100 is designed to help you unlock the best version of yourself by committing to completing 100 workouts!!! It might sound crazy, but I promise that with a little discipline and accountability YOU CAN DO IT!

Every morning, Beachbody Super Trainer and Core de Force co-creator Jericho McMatthews is going to lead you through a 20-30 minute workout that can help you rev up your metabolism, burn fat all day, and build your best body ever — all working toward helping you live your BEST LIFE.

There are 100 unique workouts in total and each one is designed to help you transform your body. These include HIIT, resistance, active recovery, mobility, and more. The workouts are short enough to fit into your day without any excuses and the variety means you won’t ever get bored!

But more importantly, these 100 workouts give you 100 opportunities to work on yourself  — and reap the rewards of working out in the morning (not required, but encouraged!).

I talk to a lot of busy moms who struggle to find the time to workout. I get it, that used to be me too. BUT what I found was that making the time (just 20-30 minutes/day) had so many positive benefits for me and the rest of my family that now it is non-negotiable. My family deserves the BEST version of me. It not selfish. You can’t pour from an empty cup. And when you put yourself first, you’ll find time and energy you never knew you had!

Pump up the Music!

If you love MUSIC when you workout, you’ll LOVE MM100! Music is such a big part of Jericho’s life so for the first time in Beachbody history, each workout is set to a heart-pumping playlist mixed by a LIVE DJ.  

Between Jericho’s energy and the upbeat mixes, you’ll have all the motivation you need to give your workouts your ALL.

“Working out with the DJ feels like a party! You’ll have fun, live in the moment, and connect to the workout like never before,”  – Jericho.

Who will LOVE this program?

This program will be perfect for anyone who is looking to:

  • tone up, lose weight, and build muscle
  • avoid a weight-loss plateau
  • have short & effective at-home workouts
  • have a variety of workouts so you don’t get bored
  • turn morning workouts into a habit

*And if you join us, we’ll discuss your personal health & fitness goals, too!

Results & Testimonials

The results people are getting from this program are jaw dropping!! Here are just a few photos and testimonials that I wanted to share.


Tasha lost 40 pounds and 36 inches! She said, “100 workouts. 20-30 minutes a day. An easy meal plan. I’m speechless from my own results. It’s crazy! #isthisreallife

Erin lost 22 pounds and said, “I gained a whole new mindset. I have learned so much about myself and I can honestly say I’ve never felt better or more balanced!”

Lauren lost 20 pounds and 28 inches and said, “I’m feeling so comfortable in my own skin and damn proud of what I accomplished in 100 days.”

When can I start?

Right now! Morning Meltdown 100 is NOW AVAILABLE to all Beachbody on Demand members! Not a member yet? SIGN UP NOW! 

And if you want daily support, meal planning tips, suggestions, accountability and a free coach to help you stick with it and reach your goals, you’re invite to join my online VIP community!

Spinach Pancakes

Tried a new pancake recipe. And of course, I changed it up a bit!

They were really tasty!

Fresh berries would have been a great addition, but alas…my kids ate them all! Instead, I opted for a drizzle of 100% maple syrup. Yes, they’re green – but you won’t even taste the ‘healthy stuff’ that makes them that way. If you or your kids are veggie challenged, this is a great way to sneak em in! Just tell your kids they’re Hulk pancakes or something – they’ll love that!

Oh and they’re gluten-free (if you’re in to that kind of thing)!


  • 1 ¼ cups old-fashioned oats (or oat flour)
  • 2 TBS ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 TBS coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • cooking spray


  • Place the oats in your blender (or food processor) and blend until oats become a fine powder and look like flour. (I should have blended mine a bit longer! It might take up to a minute to get it nice and fine. No biggie if you like a little texture.)
  • Remove oats and place into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, coconut sugar and cinnamon to the oat flour and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Add milk, Greek yogurt, banana and spinach to your blender.
  • Blend until mixture is combined and smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract and egg and pulse until just combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined and lumps are gone.
  • Heat a skillet or large pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  • Let your batter sit while your pan heats up. This will help your pancakes puff up a bit when they cook.
  • Pour ¼ cup portions of pancake batter onto the griddle about 1-2” apart.
  • Cook on the first side until the edges become firm and the batter begins to bubble slightly (3-5 minutes).
  • Flip and cook on the second side until golden brown (about 3-4 more minutes).
  • Repeat until all the batter has been used!
  • Serve warm with maple syrup, fresh berries or whatever you like on your pancakes.
  • ENJOY!

Makes about 12-15 pancakes. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Current Groups

Last Chance to save $30 and join our Morning Meltdown 100 Test Group!

Today is the last day to reserve your spot in my Morning Meltdown 100 Test Group, get $30 off your challenge pack PLUS a bonus gift of 2 free samples of a couple of my favorite products (Energize AND Beachbar)! 

Check out just some of the results in our group – after only 20 days!

The ladies in my group and I are LOVING this program and the results that we are getting!

Erin: “down 6 lbs since starting 100 days, 12 since joining in June!”

Kristin: “down 2 pounds, 1.5 inches!”

Dawn: “Down 8 inches and 2 pounds and in 20 days.”

Ellen: “down 4 inches!”

Cindy: “Down 2 lbs & 2.5 inches. My clothes are fitting better so I am very motivated!”

Julie: “down 1 pound and 1 inch”

Tina: “I’ve lost 6.6 lbs. My body is toning up “

Angela: “I’m down 2 pounds and 4 inches!”

Trish: “down 7 pounds…more muscle definition”

Jamey: “I’ve lost 4 lbs/6 inches and I. Am. Thrilled.”

Brenda: “I am down 9 1/2 inches and 6.8lbs! How is that possible?!”

Wendy: “Down 4.4 lbs and 6.25 inches overall . Definitely feeling motivated to keep working this program “

Click HERE to get on my list and claim your bonus gifts by midnight tonight!

Megan is down -27 lbs. and -27 inches!

She said: “Morning Meltdown 100 literally changed my outlook on life. It gave me my CONFIDENCE back. It gave me a REASON to live again. It showed me how much my life is WORTH.”

What is Morning Meltdown 100?

Next round starts on Sept. 3 and you’ll get everything you need to be successful: 

  • 100 unique workouts
  • 20-30 minutes/day
  • 2 different modifier options – for EVERY level (beginner – advanced)
  • customizable, sustainable nutrition plan
  • private group for daily support & accountability
  • and ME! I’ll be with you every step of the way!

We have a private test group for support and accountability, and I will be doing this WITH you sharing daily tips, recipes, meal plan suggestions and motivation to help you stick with it to complete all 100 workouts and accomplish your goals!

Just the Basics with FREE Shakeology

Just the Basics with FREE Performance Supplements

The JERICHO Challenge Pack (Everything she recommends for SUCCESS!)

Additional options available. Contact me for more info!

Ultimate Portion Fix

What is the Ultimate Portion Fix? Nutrition Made Simple

Can you believe it’s been 5 years since these cute little containers made their first appearance with the 21 Day Fix? This program and nutrition plan was a game changer and influenced so many of the programs that came after it, because it worked!

  • No counting calories.
  • No weighing food.
  • If it fit in the container, you can eat it.
  • It was simple.

But there was room for improvement!

The Portion Fix worked for most people, but for some it was a little confusing. What if you have dietary restrictions? What if you had a goal other than losing weight? What if you wanted to bust plateaus or reach new fitness goals? What if you wanted to get the family on board? How can this system help you break sugar addiction for good?

The plan taught you what to eat, but not why. But things are changing…

Those cute little containers are getting an update with Autumn Calabrese’s new premium nutrition program: The Ultimate Portion Fix!

The Ultimate Portion Fix takes everything we know and love about the portion containers and that simple 21 Day fix meal plan, and turns it into something 10x more effective! It educates us. It empowers us. And it helps us lose even more weight and keep it off!

The plan taught you what to eat, but not why. But things are changing…

Those portion containers are getting an update with Autumn Calabrese’s new premium Beachbody nutrition program: Ultimate Portion Fix!

The Ultimate Portion Fix takes everything we know and love about the portion containers and that simple 21 Day fix meal plan, and turns it into something 10x more effective! It educates us. It empowers us. And it helps us lose even more weight and keep it off!

Why Should You Try The Ultimate Portion Fix?

This nutrition plan is designed to be sustainable. It’s not a quick-fix. It’s a program that will teach you concepts that you easily can implement every single day for the rest of your life in a variety of circumstances.

You’ll eat a healthy balance of foods. Protein, veggies, fruits, healthy fats and YES! Carbs too! It’s all about feeding your body with an ideal balance of macronutrients!

It will help kill your sugar addiction. Even if you don’t have a “sweet tooth,” most of us still have a sugar addiction. And that partially has to do with consuming processed foods which are filled with hidden sugars!

It’s designed with dietary restrictions in mind. Whether you have a specific dietary restriction due to health issues or just out or preference, you’re covered. Whether you’re paleo, vegan, or gluten-free, this program will help you get the most from your nutrition.

The program is great for the WHOLE FAMILY. As a family with 4 kiddos, this is very important to me! The program covers what and how much your kids should be eating as well as strategies to end the “I only want mac & cheese” fight. And Autumn makes it fun for kids to learn and track how they’re doing each day.

You’ll really LEARN how to eat right — not just be told what to eat. Something the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan was missing. This program teaches you the principles of the meal plan in a way that you’ll really understand. Because sometimes the key to doing things right is understanding WHY you’re doing them.

It’s easy to personalize for any goal. Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight, build muscle or tone up this nutrition plan is customizable based on your goals & activity level.

Learn More!

What do you get with the Ultimate Portion Fix?

•30 step by step videos – these are broken down into modules that show you how to use containers, how to plan, how to prep, make healthy meals and help you get to the core of your food and eating decisions.

•Workbook: This is a companion guide to those 30 videos to take notes and complete additional exercises to better guide your 30 day journey of learning this program.

•Daily logbook: this is where you will track what you eat, how you feel, and what’s going on with your body

•7 color coded containers: no more guessing on portion sizes! Fill up the containers with your choice of foods – if it fits, you can eat it!

•Fixate volume 2 cookbook: 102 brand new delicious recipes that will work with your containers

•Fixate cooking show: over 200 easy to follow video demonstrations on Beachbody OnDemand

•75 Healthy Lunch ideas for kids: a quick and easy digital PDF to help parents give their kids healthy meals they will love to eat!

•Beachbody App: Stay on top of your daily container use, your portions, and Shakeology, plus access program content and more. Available for iOS and Android.

•FREE BONUS! 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix EXTREME new workouts: Anyone who purchases the Ultimate Portion Fix with have access to the all new 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts shot in real time – that’s 42 totally different workouts! Although the UPF can stand alone (no workout required) adding fitness will ensure faster progress.

Unboxing the Ultimate Portion Fix

Ultimate Portion Fix: JOIN ME!

You won’t be alone! In our group I’ll be sharing daily tips, recipes, meal planning suggestions and motivation to help you stick with it! The accountability and support has been the game changer for me and so many of the ladies I get to work with.

Please fill out the application below and I will get back to you ASAP about joining my group and getting you started on your journey!


Ashley lost 14.3 pounds in just 30 days with the Ultimate Portion Fix! 
Anita said: “These containers seriously taught me SO much about nutrition!”
Sophie lost 15 lbs using 21 Day Fix and Ultimate Portion Fix Containers. 
Maggie B. lost 30 lbs. in just 2 months while fixing her portions with the Ultimate Portion Fix!
In 30 days Kalena lost 10 lbs and 11.5 inches.
Results after just 2 weeks!

Instant Pot – Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

This rich and creamy soup is delicious, quick and family-friendly!

In typical Angie fashion, I started with a recipe, but made enough changes that it is just easier to write it up the way that I made it so that I don’t have to keep explaining the substitutions when I share the recipe.

But full credit goes to Ali over at Gimme Some Oven for the inspiration to make this amazing recipe! Original recipe is here.

For our family’s taste and preferences, I changed some of the seasonings, included some add-ins and changed some of the cooking methods. 🙂

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


  • 6 cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice (not a blend!)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 large (about 1 pound) sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced (this variety holds up better than white mushrooms)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large handfuls of kale, roughly chopped with thick stems removed OR spinach
  • shredded chicken (I used pre-cooked and shredded from Costco)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set Instant Pot pressure cooker to sauté and add olive oil. When the oil gets warm, add onions and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until onion is starting to become translucent. Add carrots, celery and sweet potato and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then add mushrooms, bay leaf, poultry seasoning, thyme and broth. Stir briefly to combine.
  2. Cover and turn valve to “sealing”.  Cook on manual (high pressure) for 25 minutes.  When timer goes off, allow the Instant Pot to sit for 10 minutes (natural release).  Then carefully turn the valve to “venting” and release the remaining pressure (quick release).  Remove lid and discard the bay leaf (if you can find it!) 😉
  3. While you’re waiting those final 10 minutes, make your cream sauce on the stove.  In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Whisk in the flour until combined, and cook for 1 minute.  Gradually pour in the milk, and whisk until combined.  Keep cooking and stirring until the mixture has thickened.  This happens pretty quickly! Remove from heat.
  4. Add the cream sauce, shredded chicken and kale (or spinach) to the soup, and stir gently until combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve warm with some crusty bread if you like! On it’s own it’s a perfect meal!


This recipe works perfectly for a 2B Mindset Lunch! Have a small side salad to boost your veggies even more!

What’s on SALE this Month?

LIIFT4 Review

We are officially one week in to our new program and I can already say…I’m in LOVE! LIIFT4 hasn’t even officially launched yet (not until October), but fortunately we have early VIP access (and you can too! Read below.)

I’ve done a LOT of programs over the last 6 years, and there are things I love about many of them (and some things I really didn’t love at all)!

This program has somehow combined ALL of the things I LOVE into one perfect creation!

  • strength training (nothing has ever worked better to help me get results)
  • HIIT cardio (quick and done)
  • short, effective workouts (30-40 minutes)
  • modifications make it doable for anyone
  • limited equipment (just a few sets of dumbbells)
  • option to use bands (great for upcoming vacations!)
  • 3 rest days!
  • freedom to do other things I love to do (running)
  • simple, flexible meal plan (perfect for my family of 6)
  • no diet restrictions (translation – let’s eat carbs!)
  • cheat day! (because it’s summer and I like pizza and beer!)

But even more than all of that, my husband is joining me! We’ve done all of the workouts together so far. He’s helped me plan the weekly menu. He’s following the meal plan along with me. Everything is easier and more fun when you do it together!


They are quick and effective. I’ve been sore but not paralyzed. I love that it’s really just back to basics strength training – 3 sets of ten, very straightforward. And the cardio is HIIT – and IF I have to do cardio, this is the way I like to do it. Quick, dirty and done!

Here is a sample of the first four days:


As you’ve probably heard MANY times, nutrition is at least 80% of your results! If you can get the nutrition part down, the results will follow! And when you have a nutrition plan that is simple and flexible and easy to include all your family favorites you’ll stick with it!

I don’t diet, and I don’t restrict my food groups or options. This plan allows me to eat all of the healthy foods I love, including healthy carbs and fruits! And it includes a cheat day! Everything in moderation!

Take a look at my week one plan, and click the picture to download a printable version if you want! 🙂


Want a BLANK plan to create your own? I’ve got that too! Click HERE.

And it’s not just me loving the program, check out the feedback and results in my test group after the first week!


And guess what, it’s not too late to jump in! If you’re ready to get to work on some amazing results, and you don’t want to wait until October, fill out the test group application below and I’ll be contacting you to help you get started.
*Already have access to the program, but need some extra support and accountability to help you stick with it, fill out the application! I’m here to help!


LIIFT4 VIP Early Access

That time we hung out with Joel & Jericho in Punta Cana!

LIIFT4 is the new best thing for busy people everywhere!

As a busy mom, I am already in love with Beachbody on Demand where I get access to my own personal trainers, nutrition guides, recipes, meal plans, and hundreds of different workouts that I can do in my basement, my backyard, in hotel rooms or wherever I happen to be!

No more paying for a membership I don’t use or commuting to the gym, waiting for machines or equipment. And honestly, I never saw the kind of results I get with these workouts I do at home!

And this new program is JUST what I need right now! Strength training and  effective total body workouts in 30-40 minutes a day for just 4 days each week!

Introducing LIIFT4

LIIFT4 is our new fitness program combining weight training with HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

Lift. HIIT. Rest. Repeat.

In just 30 minutes you’ll pack in what most people would take 1.5 hours to do at a gym!

And while this program doesn’t officially release until October, you have the chance to test it out with me in July. Keep reading to find out how!

I know I’ll be starting as soon as I can! Why?

This program is designed to make you feel:
Empowered. Strong. Lean.

What can you expect?

This program is efficient and effective. You will be working out just 4 days a week, 30-40 minute workouts. It is an 8-week program and the 40-minute workouts don’t come until weeks 7 and 8! So in just 2+ hours per week, you will see AMAZING results.

Not only that, but there are 32 different workouts – you’ll never do the same workout twice. Having variety in my workouts ensures I’ll be constantly challenged and never bored! This is SO key for me!

Plus, there is a super simple nutrition plan to follow that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals whether that’s gaining strength, losing weight, or both!

I like the sound of that! You know what else I like? This program was created by Joel Freeman, co-creator of an awesome program Core De Force. I’ve done live workouts with him as well as a few of his other lifting/HIIT workouts and I LOVE his style. Not to mention, he’s kinda adorable! HA! (My husband knows how I feel about him lol). swooon…

Every workout finishes with core strengthening exercises so your entire body is growing strong, lean, and torching calories!

Questions About LIIFT4:

What can I expect from the nutrition?

Details on the nutrition program have yet to be released, but it will be a simple, easy to follow plan designed to give your body what it needs to be fueled for optimum results.

And YES you get carbs! This I know!

What equipment will I need?

All you need is a set of weights (light, medium, and heavy) or you can use a set of adjustable weights! This will depend on your fitness level. Alternatively, you can use resistance bands in lieu of weights as needed. There will be a modifier in the program showing you how to use the bands!

Who is this program for?

  • Anyone with a baseline fitness level!
  • Women who would love to strengthen, sculpt, and tone their muscles
  • Men who want to build muscle and/or lose fat
  • So ya…pretty much anyone!

There is always a modifier to help meet the needs of anyone no matter where you are on your fitness journey.

LIIFT4 Program Recap:

  • 8-week program
  • 30-40 minutes a day
  • 4 days a week
  • Combined strength training and HIIT intervals
  • You’ll never do the same workout twice

How Do I Get Started?

Want to be a part of my first exclusive test group beginning July 16th? Fill out the form below and I will add you to my VIP Early Access list!

Save the dates:

June 11, 2018 – Pre-sale starts on all Challenge Packs, Accessory Bundles, and VIP Early Access.

July 16, 2018 – Join me in my very first exclusive LIIFT4 VIP Test Group with VIP Early Access

This means if you pre-ordered with a Challenge Pack, Accessory Bundle, or VIP Early Access, you can start LIIFT4 before the full release in October. EEK!

July 16–Sept 7, 2018 – Joel’s Exclusive LIIFT4 Test Group. Ask me how you can be a part of our team,  and this exclusive test group!

Oct 1, 2018 – LIIFT4 available for all Beachbody on Demand customers

Get on my VIP EARLY ACCESS LIST by filling out the form below so you can do this workout with me this summer.