We spent Mother’s Day a little differently this year. My family and I spent the evening at a local farm planting 150 herb seedlings. It felt good to dig in the earth, watch the warm sun set over the vast Kansas prairie, and spend some truly quality time with my husband and daughter.
We left MG Honor Farms with a promise to return and lend our hands to the tomato harvest, and with a lot of fresh greens and veggies. Clint Brauer built the farm on his late grandmother’s land as an homage to her memory. As well, to serve the people of our community, saying, “MGHonor Farms was created to help those who have realized their true priorities, have an option to purchase healthy food for themselves and their families without any herbicides and only organically certified pesticides.”
Every community deserves a resource like this.
The next evening we enjoyed the fresh spring greens and crisp kale in a salad that paid us well for our hard work the night before and reminded us of a promise to enjoy this summer more than any other. Escaping from the confines of winter, a big entree salad that is light and satisfying always feels so refreshing on these warmer days. That’s exactly what we made. (more…)
This Mother’s Day, avoid the crowds and treat mom to a homemade brunch. We’ll help get you started, as our menu includes mimosas, banana bread, quiche, salads, and more! From start to finish, mom will be impressed by your effort and careful selection of each recipe. Not to mention, you’ll all enjoy a healthier brunch made with fresh, in-season, nutritious ingredients. Cheers to mom, and to you for giving her a delicious Mother’s Day gift.
If you are fortunate to have a mama, a kind and generous stepmother, or a friend or neighbor you love and adore like a mom, you will most likely want to spoil her with a special treat or favor this Mother’s Day. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day chocolates are no longer gracing the shelves this month, so you can steer clear of tempting your mom with diet sabotaging junk food. To add to the splendor of giving, you can even find something to give that gives back to you in a healthy and satisfying kind of way.
The following are five things you can give, or do, that will not only be well received by your “mom,” they will also healthfully benefit you in return.
Mow the lawn
However dull and boring this Mother’s Day gift idea may sound, a fresh cut yard is food for the soul. Your mom may be spending all of her waking hours planting flowers and preparing the garden, so having help with the lawn will be much appreciated. And to complete the good deed, you will get a refreshing workout in return, and it will leave you both feeling satisfied and happy.
Wash the windows
I know what you are thinking. You think this blogger is telling you to do all of the housework for your mother. Yes and no. Window washing isn’t something that goes unnoticed, and the joys of looking out through clean windows will prevail long after Mother’s Day has past. And yes, your benefit is a workout for your upper body and balance. What could be better than that? (more…)
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By Jessie Gorges
This Sunday is Mother’s Day so, this year, don’t get caught waiting until the last minute to only buy your mom some half-dead flowers from the drug store.
Candy and jewelry are common gift ideas, but chocolate will only add inches to your mom’s waist, and, with the skyrocketing price in gold, who can afford jewelry? Show Mom how much you love her and how much you care by getting her a gift that will keep her healthy and happy.
Check out these gift ideas that will put Mom on the right track to living an active lifestyle.
Shape-ups ($100): This gift is perfect for the mom who hates, or doesn’t have time, to go to the gym. These tennis shoes, with an elevated sole, promise to tone your muscles by simply walking. Just a 20-minute walk will have her calves tingling from all the toning.
So, it’s Mother’s Day, but you just don’t want to fight the crowds at your favorite local restaurant. If you prefer something a little more low-key on this day, there’s nothing wrong with staying home with the family, and having a quiet get-together with your loved ones over a delicious and healthy meal.
If it’s breakfast in bed you want, try our Low-Carb Waffles.
Guest blogger Carol Dunlop is certified through FiTour as a Personal Trainer and through the American Red Cross as a CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. She has competed and placed in several Fitness America and National Bodybuilding competitions. To receive your free e-course, “How to Burn Calories While you Sleep,” log on to her website, OptimumBodySculpting.com.
Spending time with mom can bring about some of the most glorious and tension-filled moments ever imagined. Every daughter has a story and so does every mom. But one thing that helps us all bond together is exercise. Working out together can create a bond between mother and daughter that can last forever.
Here are some tips on how to get started:
And, really, every day, because who doesn’t want a healthy, happy mom?
- New fitness shoes. Whether she’s a walker, runner, or cross trainer, Mom could probably use a fresh new set of shoes. Don’t forget to add in a pair of socks!
- A pedometer. A basic “count the steps” model or a no holds barred GPS tracker, help mom keep her fitness moving in the right direction.
- A new exercise DVD. Help her get her groove on with some fresh new moves. (more…)