I think about this A LOT. Most of the things we are supposed to do in order to live a healthy life we don’t want to do (initially).

When we were growing up our parents forced us to do things and we got mad but where did that get us? Nowhere.

Then you grow up and realize as adults you are going to have to force yourself to do things. We have to go to work. We have to make money. We have to sleep. Why not add in there that we have to eat fruits, veggies, etc. We have to drink water. We have to move our bodies. The way I live now is because at one point I forced myself to do those things which then became habits. When we have kids we are taught not to force them to eat things rather to let them decide which I understand. But when they are older who is going to force them? No one but themselves, I say. That is a hard thing to undo when you are older.

I force Max to eat certain things. He has to learn not to be lazy and not to be picky. He is happy, healthy and hopefully learning that in life you are forced to do certain things and that those things pay off. You have to do them just like you HAVE to go pee pee in the potty or you have to sleep in your bed. 🙂

I know that this is not the “right” way but I feel based on my history as an overweight/under active child who didn’t eat her fruits and veggies and did not move her body regularly it is worth a shot.

Shouldn’t we just force ourselves, isn’t that how we form new habits anyway? By forcing them?

I am 17 days off of coffee and the only way that happened is because I forced myself everyday not to do something that had become a habit. Force is not a negative word to me. It means change to me, it means doing the right thing, what is needed not wanted.

We need water, we need fruits, veggies, protein, carbs, good fats and exercise. So lets force it….because that is what is best for our bodies. “Force” in  the gentlest of terms of course when referring to kids/teenagers  along with education and understanding of why we need these foods and movement. As adults we have to FORCE ourselves to do the right thing. If we don’t then we dig a hole that is really hard to get out of.

What do you guys think??

This is simply my opinion and I don’t expect you to agree 🙂

What have you had to force yourself to do?? Quit something? Start something?

xo, A



Adrienne’s Energy Bites

adriennes energy bites




Perfect little bites of energy homemade instead of store-bought bars or bites! Perfect for your kids too!

energy bites 4

I used:

1/3 c coconut flakes

1/3 c mini choc chips

1/4 c wheat germ

1/4 c flaxseed meal

1 c old fashioned oats

1/4 c agave

1/2 c natural peanut butter 

2 tsp cinnamon

You can use the same or sub or add in your favorites! Nuts, raisins, etc.

Mix together all ingredients in bowl and use your hands if you have to. Messy!

Cover and place bowl in fridge for 1/2 hour.

Remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls or flatten the mixture into a large bar on wax paper and place back in fridge.

Should make around 20 to 22 bites or 10 to  12 bites and 1 bar to be cut into smaller bites as needed.

I did both methods as you can see.

It was messy! I even put coconut oil on my hands to help form them but the entire mix did not fully cooperate >>>hence the bar! Patience lost 🙂


They are delicious!!

I hope you and your family enjoy them!

xo, A




We are LOVE






What I have always known about myself  is that I love love! From when I was just a little girl I always sought out love. I wanted books about love and calendars, pens, notebooks…anything! I was never sure and still might not be about a lot of things but I am sure that I have always loved love.

As I grew up and went through school, started dating and eventually got married love was no longer in my view. I don’t know what happened but I got very lost and what I realize now is that I was not focused on love. This does not mean that I wasn’t loving or that I was a mean person it just means that I didn’t focus on it like I did then and like I do now. When I stopped focusing on Love I got lost in life. When I married a person who doesn’t believe in anything I got even more lost. I didn’t realize how important it was going to be to the rest of my life how important it was to believe in something. For my son’s sake I didn’t plan that one out very well. Of course clueless at the time and I am not blaming myself but I did somehow marry someone and have a child with someone who doesn’t believe in anything who eventually cheated on me and divorced me. Without belief in anything and without those values and morals how did I expect anything to last? I wasn’t awake then but I am awake now.

Love now is mostly what I think about. Loving things, books, ideas, sweating, learning, loving myself, loving my life and family, loving strangers, loving people’s differences. Just Love and Loving everything!

Love is what I pray to and for. Love is all that matters. When I put my thoughts out there I am not sure if they are going to the Universe or to God or to the moon, the stars….I don’t know but what I do know is that they are loving thoughts and I believe that Love will find a way and Love will guide me in the right direction.

When I was in my 20’s I wasn’t sure what or who I believed in. Was it God, was it nothing, was there nothing or no one to believe in?  And then slowly and gradually I realized that it was Love that I believed in and always had. I had gotten away from it because I wasn’t surrounded by it and I stopped thinking about it. I still have some of those things I had from when I was younger. There is a reason I kept them because I must have always known that Love was what I was! Below is a book I have had since I was 12 years old…its filled with belief, love, hopes and dreams.


flavia book 3
flavia book

flavia book 2



go where the love ischild





Squatastic Workout!

squatastic workout

Great overall body workout that you can do at the gym, at the track or even right outside your front door!

**10-1 push ups: do 10 push ups rest for 10 seconds then do 9, rest for 10, then do 8, rest for 10… until you get to 1

**10 -1 Squat/Hold: do 10 squats then hold for 10, do 9 squats, then hold for 9, do 8 squats, then hold for 8….until you get to 1

I used a 20 lb KB for the swings and twist and a 10 lb KB for the walk up downs and walk overhead hold



xo, A

Triple B Smoothie/Beets, Berries and Banana

Berries, Beets and Bananas! The most Beautiful smoothie ever!

triple b collage

Make this:

1/4 c fresh or frozen beets

1/2 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries

1 small banana

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp coconut flakes

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp oats

ice if needed (if you didn’t use frozen)



***some great additions would be cherries and flax seeds or vanilla protein powder or Super Foods 25 from GNC