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Exploring Domesticity and Mom Life {How this blog got started and input from you!}

There is always a bit of reflection this time of the year. For us, it’s on Exploring Domesticity and Mom Life in general.

We’re looking back on our 5+ years of Exploring Domesticity. How it started. What was the purpose in the beginning. And what the plan is in the new year ahead.

Whether you’re longtime readers, stumbled across a couple interesting posts on Pinterest, or just checking us out for the first time… We want your input!

What do you want to know? What are you interested in? How can we help?

Exploring Domesticity and Mom Life - How this blog started, and input from you!

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Healthy Moms, Healthy Families: Motivating Mom Rachel

There is no way to be a perfect mom, but a million ways to be a good mom.

I love hearing stories from other moms, especially those who are committed to living a healthy lifestyle and raising a healthy family. I’m very inspired by other moms and I love to hear their stories about how they stay committed to setting a healthy example for their little ones and raising a healthy family.

If you’d like to be featured as a Motivating Mom, send a message to Exploring Domesticity on Facebook or email exploringdomesticity(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject, “Motivating Mommas.”

Today we’re hearing from Motivating Mom Rachel.

Motivating Mom Rachel: Children learn from watching their parents." (Fit Mom, healthy family, healthy kids)

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Ideas for Staying Active With Kids When You’re Stuck Inside

I love winter, don’t get me wrong, but there are plenty of stir-crazy days stuck inside with the kids. Days like that call for creative ideas to keep those crazy kids active and help release some energy.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to staying active with the kids while stuck indoors. Some are impulsive and easy, some take some planning, and some are store-bought games with an active element.

Ideas for Staying Active With Kids When You're Stuck Inside

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Healthy, Simple Snack for Apple Season with Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter

So, for many of you Fall is all about Pumpkin, but there are those of us out there who feel differently. I know, who on earth would know from looking at Facebook or Instagram? Pumpkin is everywhere! People are obsessed!

I definitely enjoy pumpkin, but I also feel like Fall is equally about the apples. Apple picking, visiting an orchard, the easiest on-the-go snack, apple pie – I could go on and on… and I almost did.

We love apples because they are the original 100 calorie snack pack. Why do we buy that crap when an apple can be thrown easily in any bag and eaten on the go anytime?

My kiddos love apples and we knew just what to do with our Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter when it came in the mail to review as a part of the Sweat Pink community. This is so simple, but we tried to take it just a little bit beyond being boring. You just can’t mess with a classic!

Health simple snack for apple season with mighty nut powdered peanut butter

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Willpower is Weak, Strategies are Strong: Strategies for Weight Loss from D28 For Life

As you know, I’ve been trying out the D28 For Life 28-day transformation program. When I first started, I was so gung-ho about my weight loss– I was going to follow the workout and motivation calendar, the meal plan to a T, and make every recipe.

Needless to say, I “failed” pretty quickly – in reality, it wasn’t a failure, but lack of a good strategy.

If I hadn’t been so concerned about having all the ingredients to make each recipe perfectly on the exact day it was suggested, I would have realized that the part of this plan that I need the most are the motivation and strategies for success.

I noticed that the success stories being shared note that the individual may be on their third round of the D28 For Life program, and I realized that the “For Life” aspect means I have a lot to learn and I can’t expect to be perfect all at once.

The phrase that really nailed this home for me was when a Robert Brace said, “Willpower is Weak, Strategy is Strong.”

Willpower is Weak, Strategies are Strong: Strategies for Weight Loss from D28 For Life

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Healthy & Thrifty Sweet Potato, Cauliflower & Turkey Meatballs {Recipe}

Delicious, sweet and full of as much veggies as turkey, these meatballs are amazing and I can’t get enough!

I can cook the heck out of all different veggies and our family loves them, but coming up with ideas for our protein is always a struggle for me. When it comes to the main course, I blank. My goal is to find more ideas and more healthy and frugal ways to stretch our protein whenever I can.

I love these meatballs! Plenty of meat, but still packed with veggies and tons of flavor! You could serve them traditional spaghetti and meatballs, eat them plain, or even make them into patties – just a word of warning, they end up a bit softer because of all the veggies and when we tried grilling like a burger it was not an easy task.

Sweet Potato Cauliflower & Turkey Meatballs

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28 Days of Healthy Strategies for Weight Loss #D28ForLife

I have been struggling to lose weight for over a year now. I take off and put on the same 10 lbs each month and haven’t made any significant progress in almost two years.

  • I stopped weighing myself often. Not that I think you need to have an obsession with the scale, but I used to check each day and, although I didn’t stress over the number I saw, it kept me accountable and made me think about my progress or lack thereof.
  • I allowed way too many treats. I kept thinking it wasn’t much, but slowly all those indulgences really began to add up.
  • I took on a part-time job and my workout schedule hasn’t been consistent or organized enough.
  • When my kiddos where younger, it was easier to keep my eating in check at meals. Now that we all eat the same things, I seem to have more trouble with portion-control.

Thanks to the FitFluential community, I found Robert Brace’s D28 For Life Program and I can’t wait to jump in today! I get to try it all and share it with you!

I have 28 days of meals, snacks, workouts, and motivation to help me reach my goals. Looking over tha calendar, I am so excited about all the tools I will have over the next 28 days.

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The Smart Plan of Attack for Chocolate Cravings

I can’t resist chocolate.

If a chocolatey dessert is offered to me, I will right a losing battle for a few minutes before giving in. If I have chocolate in the house it will be gone before you know it. On the other hand, if I don’t have chocolate and a craving hits, I will eat everything in the house trying unsuccessfully to satisfy it. So, leaving it out completely is also a bad choice for me.

The best plan for me is to be smart about the chocolate treats I keep in the house and stay strong with portions.

Today is International Chocolate Day, so it’s a great time to share some of my tips and hope you will share some of your own with me. Also, I have a giveaway for all you chocolate lovers, so look for that!

The Smart Plan of Attack for Chocolate Cravings

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The Easy Peasy Healthy Snack Kids Love {and it’s a veggie!}

I can’t remember when I saw this tip, but it has been one of the best tips I’ve ever received!

This snack can make you feel great about what you’re giving your kiddos, it’s healthy, tastes good, it’s quick and easy, buys you time, and it’s fantastic for little ones, especially those who are teething.

Any ideas? Check out this Sunday’s Sunday Shortcut and let me know if this is a snack your kiddos enjoy!

The easy peasy healthy snacks kids love! And it's a veggie!

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100 Kettlebell Swings for 100 Days: Day 25

I’m one quarter of the way through!

Day 25 of my 100 days of 190 kettlebell swings.

I’m really enjoying having something to commit to, and I’ve had no problem getting it in each day.

100 Kettlebell Swings for 100 Days: Day 25

I don’t necessarily think there have been any major changes for the kettlebells alone and my eating has been so-so, but I’m down about 7lbs in these 25 days. Just having something small to focus on helps with each healthy decision I make during the day. If I could get those crazy snack attacks under control, I’d really make some headway.

I’m really enjoying this challenge and look forward to the next 75 days.

What would you like to commit to for 100 Days?