90 Day Challenge

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO RING IN 2019?

Just how you are (which I’m sure is amazing) or ahead of the game and with a game plan?

Each year I wake up on January 1st with the best intentions….I usually start strong but over the course of months, weeks, maybe even days I fall off the wagon and pretty much forget about it all. Does this sound like you?

This year I am committing the LAST 90 DAYS of 2018 to committing to be my best self and riding into 2019 on a magic carpet ready to fly.

Starting October 1st Selfish Mom Project is hosting a 90 day course that will hit EVERYTHING…I mean it y’all every-thing… Business, nutrition, fitness, sex, social media, vision, fashion, meditation…just to name a few of the topics.

You will receive weekly emails with workouts, tips & tricks to get more Selfish Mom time, suggested meal plans and recipes the entire family will love. You’ll hear from other mom’s who are at the TOP of their industry willing to tell you everything they know and how they got the success they did.

2019 CAN BE YOUR YEAR! I hear it calling for you. Start the work now! 

How many excused are you currently giving yourself right now? There will always be something! This is a course designed around your life and making you better.

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GIVE YOUR KIDS A HAPPY MOM. Don’t wait for three months start now and your ahead of the game and that sweet family of yours is getting the best of you. <3

Can not wait to work with you! You are amazing – 2019 is going to be the year of YOU because you are committing to the process NOW.

Link to Join us & pricing is here.

Remember you deserve this. 

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Food Friday: Paleo Meatballs – Jay Approved

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…unless you can turn it into a super healthy alternative and it still taste just as amazing as your  mother in laws.

My mother in law is known for her amazing meatballs. If you have ever had Floriana’s meatballs you know it pretty like eating  a small taste of heaven. We like to put her to work when she comes and make a big batch for us. They never last long because we gobble them right up.

I’ve been craving them and after seeing a healthy paleo version in my new favorite book Body Love I decided to give it a go. I had every intention of these tasting like cardboard. I was fully prepared for them to be super hard, taste like crap and then I have to make everyone something different…BUT THEY WERE SOOOOO GOOD!

I almost cried when my super picky five year old said, “Man I love Nonna Flo’s meatballs.” I was proud as hell to let him know THOSE were not Nonna Flo’s his Momma made those! Y’all call it a Christmas Miracle he not only had seconds, but thirds.

Sharing the recipe below because its super yum and easy! Two things to note: I made these on a Sunday kept in the fridge over night for an easy pull out dinner Monday night. My family threw these bad boys on top of spaghetti and I opted to skip the pasta and serve over zoodles for an even healthier version!

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Saucy Paleo Meatballs (Body Love by Kelly Leveque pg 108)

1 pound of grass fed ground beef

1 large egg

1/4 cup of flax meal (found mine at whole foods in the vitamin section)

1 garlic clove, minced (mine came from a container! just as good)

1 tbs dried oregano

1 tbs dried thyme

1.5 teaspoons of pink Himalayan Salt

1.5 teaspoons onion powder

2 tablespoons of fresh minced or dried parsley

1 (16 ounce) jar of your favorite marinara sauce (When we don’t have it freshly made we love Rao’s also found at Whole Foods)

Grated goats or sheets milk Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Whole grain Pasta or zoodles

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, use your hands to coming the beef, egg, flax meal, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, onion powder, and 1 tablespoon of the parsley. The mixture should be smooth but don’t over mix.
  3. For the mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter and place them on an undressed baking sheet. (NOTE: I actually put mine in a cupcake pan) Bake for 12 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  4. Transfer the meatballs to an oven safe baking dish. Pour the marinara over the meatballs to cover. Bake for 5 minutes to heat and thicken the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan over the meatballs and garnish with parsley. Serve over zoodles (NOTE: I do not heat up my zoodles I like them with a little crunch and the heat from the meatballs and sauce warm them up without making them soggy.)

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If you make these let me know what you think!

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Body Love & FabFour Smoothie Review

In a 24 hour period I had two people tell me I HAD to read this book called Body Love by Kelly Leveque. I’m not one to hope on a celebrity nutritionist train but I took it as a sign (with two people telling me about the book) and ordered it.

I’M SO GLAD I DID.

I’ve been behind the scenes struggling for a couple months health wise. I was exhausted all the time. My hair was falling out in massive clumps (even worse than postpartum). I was struggling to loose those last 10 lbs I’ve been holding on too after having Max. I was eating healthy but so busy I literally would grab an apple for breakfast, go workout with clients for two hours and then ravage food two hours later for lunch. Even after eating a big lunch would be starving by 5 pm. Since I was pretty much h-angry all day you can guess what my moods were like as well. Someone suggested maybe I had a thyroid issue (since it runs on both sides) so I got an at home test and currently waiting on those results. To say I was struggling would be oh so true! I was barely making it through the day even though I THOUGHT I was doing the things the ‘healthy’ way I know my body and I know something is just not right.

Hold on because I’m about to get real nerdy on you. I read this entire book in two days and decided right then THIS was the lifestyle change I needed.

Kelly Leveque, author of Body Love busts so many myths that different (popular) diets and other companies teach you and not only that she has MAJOR science to back it up. I’m guilty of believing to loose weight I needed to feed myself every couple hours in order to boost my metabolism and in turn loose weight. In Body Love you learn that all you really need to do is control your blood sugar and get it off the roller coaster that most diets put it on. That by adding these FOUR things into each meal (fiber, fat, protein, and greens) you are actually correctly fueling your body (and blood sugar) to sustain you until your next meal up to six hours later.

Dino and I are on day five of eating this way and both are blow away by our results. We both feel more stable, increased energy, never starving, both of us have lost four pounds. Each morning we are starting our day with what they call a FABFOUR Smoothie that honestly is blowing my mind! For years I was an avid Shakeology drinker and though I do think its a great product it always left me hungry only hours later and the price was a little hefty. I won’t lie, this is not the most amazing shake I have ever had in my life, it taste okay, but it totally gets the job done and thats what this struggling momma needs right now.

Tapper’s Morning Smoothie:

1 scoop Collagen Peptides (we use this one)

2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds

1/4 avocado

1 handful of Spinach

2 Cups of unsweetened almond milk (or any other unsweetened nut milk)

Add all ingredients and BLEND AWAY MOMMAS!

We’ve been trying her other recipes for lunch and dinner and y’all THEY ARE SO GOOD! More coming on those in the coming weeks! I truly hope everyone grabs a copy of this book!

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#MomCrushMonday

So so excited to show this amazing Mom friend of mine some big praise and recognition (bc mom’s need more that!) today. Allison and I met a couple years ago when our kiddos were in preschool together. We had lots of mutual friends but I would say we had an instant connection (both Missouri girls <3 ) and have been able to build a solid friendship on our own. She is an amazing friend, always thinking of others, an amazing wife and momma, and one of the most creative humans I have ever met. She has taken my ideas on cake design (our anniversary cake, Sophia’s birthday cake, Max’s birthday cake) and turned them into something that was not only delicious but more than I could imagine.

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Below is my interview with my sweet friend Allison Underwood from Cake•ology:

Tells us about yourself….

I’m Allison Underwood, originally from Kansas City,  a wife of 11 years, mom of four children nine and under (three girls and a boy), lover of espresso, Haribo gummy bears, habanero salsa, bike riding, traveling, and  long romantic walks down every isle of Target [by my self- ha ha ha] *not my original words, but so much truth* . Before moving to Dallas, I worked in community mental health while finishing up an internship at the State hospital- truly an incredible experience! From there, I got married, became pregnant with our first child, got pregnant again, and again, and again- ha!

 

You make the most amazing cakes! What got you started? How did you learn your craft?

Anyone who knew me back in my pre-married life, knows that I was not exactly a good cook and I definitely never baked! I was very spoiled by my mothers cooking and baked goodies, that I just enjoyed instead of learning how to make anything myself! A short time after we got married, I was trying to figure out the adult life, and would experiment with trying to cook for Geoffrey (my husband). Well, lets just say that if “nailed it” was a thing 11 years ago, I would have won for sure! Re-structured garlic bread french toast, botched mustard yellow cake balls, and a powdered sugar pie crust were just a few among many of our families favorite memories.

When our oldest was turning one, I was convinced that I had to make her cake myself. Having no clue where to start, I did what any rational person would do and got a box of fondant from Joanns! Needless to say, I failed! My father had to roll out and soften the fondant because for some reason the store bought fondant was rock hard- ha ha! My cake looked like a fluffy heart-shaped blob that was hardly edible. From this, I vowed that I would never bake another cake again!!! Well, fast forward a few years later, I decided to give baking another try. After making a rainbow cake for our grandmothers 89th birthday, my husband reminds me of a book we had of one of my favorite bakers and dessert places in NYC- Milk Bar. I sat there on the couch reading her book, ordering everything she suggested, then the rest was history! It was at this point where I realized that baking wasn’t just making a picture perfect cake, but rather an opportunity to play with flavors and create something that when you are eating you are instantly transported to a happy place. Food is an expression of love and something that everyone can relate to.
Over the past four years, I have spent countless hours teaching myself as I go. Somewhere along the way, I have created my most favorite vanilla cake recipe to which I can infuse other flavors by adding customized cake soaks!

Where do you come up with your ideas? 

Like many moms, I have had my fair share of Pinterest fails. I still love browsing through that and Instagram for inspiration, but I find most of my ideas originate from a combination of the friends, family, and customers I am baking for. I have found myself to be my own worst enemy when decorating a cake. One thing leads to another and what was supposed to be a quick and simple cake leads to hours of sculpting modeling chocolate and making a million tiny decorative pieces that wasn’t originally planned on. I just can’t help myself . My best ideas come at night, I’ve affectionately been dubbed as the “midnight baker”.

Whats your favorite way to show self love? 

My favorite way to show self-love is to wash my hair more than twice a week, maybe even freshen up my braid! Ha Lets be honest, I have four kids, two cats, and a husband… what’s self-love?

How do you have ‘Selfish Mom Moments’? (massage, facial, mani) 

My favorite selfish mom moments are when my husband and I make time every year to sneak away and enjoy a week of being adults!

Some of our favorite spots have been Spain for the wine, France for the food, and Tokyo for the rabbit hole of Japanese skin care that I became obsessed with. My favorite selfish moments were making my husband wait as I scour through aisle upon aisle of foreign skin care. Who knew various placentas were so good for the skin.
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Love this woman! Below are some amazing examples of cakes she has done. If you are a DFW local and need a cake you definitely need to talk to Allison!
To contact her:
IG: @cakeology_dallas
Email: cakeologydallas@gmail.com

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Are you interested in being the next #MomCrushMonday? If so I would love to chat! Email me at: tapperfitness@gmail.com
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