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23. December 2013 13:11
by jennifer

Healthy Holiday Tradition-Veggie House

23. December 2013 13:11 by jennifer | 11 Comments

Every year I usually throw my good common sense to the wayside and indulge my children with the traditional making of candy houses. Gingerbread, gumdrops, frosting, icing, M&M's and a host of other "goodies" laden with high fructose corn syrup, sugar, food coloring, and ingredients that none of us can pronounce. They make the houses nibbling along the way, eventually complaining of headaches and stomach aches. So why do I do this anyway?

This year I had decided to skip the madness and just forgo all candy house making. They hadn't asked for it, and I didn't remind them. And then on Saturday night, my oldest daughter (9yo Haley) and I were looking up stuff online when suddenly we came across this fun photo!

We both thought it looked AWESOME and after reading through the directions, we thought it would be fun to make on our first day home for Winter Break.

We hit up Publix on our way home from CrossFit and bought all the ingredients we'd need, came home, washed, peeled, and got our stations ready.

It was not as easy as it looked. Tongue Out

After some back and forth we decided that we'd all attempt smaller houses rather than the bigger lodge.

I made it this far before I threw in the towel and started eating my house. I hadn't eaten lunch yet, and I was pretty hungry, so it was a good time to call it quits.

Haley made it a bit further with her house.

And Ella made her house, it fell down, so she made a snowman Wink

And Ronin. Sweet Ronin. He was eating carrots and celery as fast as I could cut them, so his house never made it past the first level.

So while our grand plan of making a beautiful veggie house went out the window, we had fun, no one asked for candy, and we all munched on veggies.

I call that a WIN. Laughing

Does your family make any unique "houses" for the holiday season?

22. December 2013 19:30
by jennifer

Women Who Lift: Meet Amanda

22. December 2013 19:30 by jennifer | 1 Comments

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at  I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts! Today I am spotlighting Amanda. Amanda works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego.She is an amazing woman who has been on an inspiring weight loss journey of her own. She also works to save children from drowning as a trained infant swim resource instructor... [More]