Self Care Essentials: 5 Tips to be YOUR Best YOU!

iBloom Self Care Training

Self Care is often overlooked in our busy, multi-tasking, working lives but it is extremely important to recharge so that YOU can be YOUR BEST YOU! {And so you can be your best for others, let’s face it; you just can’t give what you haven’t got!} I would be honored if you joined me for this FREE class that I am co-teaching with the amazing Kelly Thorne Gore of iBloom next week. 

Free iBloom Training

Self Care Essentials:

5 Tips to be YOUR Best YOU!

As a busy woman it can be so easy to put everyone’s needs above your own. However, in order to fulfill the many roles God has for YOU, then investing in YOU must be a priority! Self care isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity.

Join us for a FREE online iBloom Training to discover 5 tips that will help you become the best version of YOU!

Tuesday, June 6th at Noon ET

{Can’t make it to the live webinar, no worries, register and we will send you the recording!}

CLICK HERE to register for this FREE Online Training.

Gifts of Gratitude

THANK YOU for being YOU! I’m so grateful for YOU! I am blessed beyond measure to have you in my life. I truly hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get to spend time with your family and friends.

You are precious to me and I want YOU to enjoy some special discounts over the next few days! This is my way of showing you how much I appreciate you. Enjoy these gifts of gratitude, but, be sure to act quickly because the coupons expire 11/30/15!

1. Get instant downloads of the Pantry Clean Out and 5-Day Juice Infusion at 50% off by entering GRATEFUL50 at checkout 11/25/15 through 11/30/15. 

2. Enjoy 25% off Coaching packages by using THANKYOU25 at check out 11/25/15 through 11/30/15. 

3. Beautycounter gift with purchase! 11/27/15 through 11/30/15.

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Live blessed! Gobble Gobble!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup Blog

Here’s a great starter for your Thanksgiving dinner! This soup is a staple in my house all winter long. Butternut squash has many great attributes; it is high in anti-oxidants, potassium and cartenoids. With a 1 cup serving you get nearly half of your daily dose of Vitamin C which is super important this time of year.  I hope you enjoy this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup as much as I do. It’s especially yummy with a grilled cheese panini!   

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 4
A pure soup where butternut squash is truy the star.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Ingredients:
  1. 1 large butternut squash
  2. 1medium onion
  3. 1 quart vegetable
  4. 2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  7. Kosher salt
  8. Freshly ground black pepper
  9. Pecans (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Wash and dry the squash. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Drizzle the flesh side of the squash with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper, turn face down in a baking dish, add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan and roast for 45 minutes, until fork tender. Once cooked turn over on a cutting board and cool slightly so you can handle it
  3. While the squash is cooling, melt the coconut oil in a dutch oven over medium heat, add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes until the onions start to brown up nicely
  4. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, 1 tsp salt and let the flavors render for 3-4 minutes
  5. Scoop the squash out of its skin and add it to the post with the onion mixture
  6. Add the vegetable stock and stir breaking up the squash, bring to a slight 
boil and then reduce the temperature to simmer for 30-45 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and puree soup with a hand blender or food processor, 
please be careful because the mixture is extremely hot
  8. Return to heat for about 5 minutes, season to taste
  9. Serve in bowls, garnish with a dash of cinnamon and a few pecans
  10. Enjoy!
Note:
  1. Use organic ingredients when possible.
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
Need a few other classic holiday recipes? Check out my gluten free gingersnap pumpkin pie recipe here and my gluten free stuffing recipe here.

Before you go PLEASE give me a shout out in the comments on this ~  is it STUFFING or DRESSING that you have with your traditional Thanksgiving feast?

Please have a terrific turkey day, enjoy time with your loved ones and live blessed!

Celebrate YOU

If you are local to Lexington, this is my personal invitation to you, please be my guest at Kimberly Kate’s 1st annual customer appreciation night, Celebrate YOUYOU have made an impact in my life this year and I want to THANK YOU! Please feel free to bring a friend. Enjoy light refreshments, prizes, complimentary chair massage, shopping specials with free shipping, gift wrap and local delivery! Tiffany Stephens will be joining me from Upstitched with one of a kind creations. Please RSVP by clicking here.

CELEBRATE 2015 Customer Appreciation Event

Online friends, YOU have also made this a year to remember! Be on the lookout for my next blog post that will have YOUR special deals wrapped inside!

Gratefulness Challenge

In this season of gratitude, I wanted to take a few minutes today to tell you THANK YOU! I’m so grateful for YOU! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog, try out my healthy recipes and follow me on Facebook. I pray everyday that you will continue to take steps to improving your overall wellness so that YOU can live your happiest and healthiest life.

You are sincerely a treasure to me. If there is a healthly living topic that you would like to hear more about, please let me know in the comment section below. I thrive to serve you with great content that is applicable to your life.

In the spirit of the season, would you like to flex your gratitude muscle? I would love for you to please join me for the daily Gratefulness Challenge on Facebook.  Just be on the look out for the daily post each morning around 9 AM ET. It looks like this:Day19

What are you most grateful for right this minute? Post a comment below and I’ll send you an instant download of my Fall Recipe Guide!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Happy Fall Y'All

It’s that time of year in Central KY where you dress in layers because it’s 47 degrees in the morning and 77 degrees by the afternoon, you get to head out to the pumpkin patch for family fun, drink farm fresh apple cider, marvel at the changing colors of the landscape, watch football, eat chilli, cuddle on the couch and throw an extra blanket on your bed at night.

Fall is definitely in the air and no matter what traditions you enjoy this time of year it smells amazing in the kitchen with gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip bread in the oven!  Once in awhile I do allow for a little more “love” aka “sugar” in my recipes and this is one of those times, so put on your baking hat and enjoy a sweet treat. This delicious recipe makes 2 large loaves allowing you to gift one to a neighbor, teacher or loved one to make their day extra special! {They’ll NEVER know it’s gluten free, unless you tell them!}

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Yields 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients:
  1. 3 cups gluten free flour blend (I use Cup-4-Cup)
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  3. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 cup maple syrup
  9. 1 cup coconut sugar
  10. 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin
  11. 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  12. 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  13. 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, beat the eggs, maple syrup, coconut sugar, pumpkin, bananas and oil.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into two greased 8 X 4 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pans and place on wire racks.
  5. Enjoy!
Adapted from Taste Of Home
Adapted from Taste Of Home
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
Did you enjoy this recipe? If so, please share it with your friends. I’d love to hear from YOU, what is YOUR favorite thing about fall?  Please tell me in the comments below! 

Say It Isn’t So ~ A Birthday Sale

I hope that you had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend! It’s a little bittersweet for me because it truly means that summer is over {boo-hoo} and I’m a year older {say it isn’t so}. But, on the bright side, everything is starting to come up pumpkin {my absolute favorite thing about this time of year}.

Yes, that year older comment, it’s true, today is my birthday! Sometimes I truly can’t believe that I’m 44 years old and other days I’m surprised I’m not 64. I just want you to know that I am so grateful for YOU and I to celebrate with a ONE DAY sale. 

If you’ve been thinking about making an upgrade in your health and wellness I would be honored to help. This is the perfect time of year to implement changes as we adjust back to a  regular routine. Click HERE to view the coaching program and be sure to use BIRTHDAY20 at checkout to take advantage of the sale. 

Birthday Sale

Whether you welcome in fall for the cooler temperatures, tailgating parties, the changing of the leaves or the flavors of the season be sure to grab your hoodie and take a few outdoor walks. Depending on where you are in the country it is a beautiful time of year to start to take in the gorgeous colorful landscape. 

YOU Deserve Better Beauty

As a health coach I’ve always talked about how I support eating a whole foods diet rich in nutrients eliminating toxins and pesticides whenever possible as well as adding supplements when needed, getting exercise, practicing self care and hitting the sack early enough in order to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I’ve even had many chats with people about how to support their immune system, combat everyday ailments and even clean their house naturally with essential oils. Well, over the last few months I have come to realize that there is something HUGE missing from this conversation. Did you know that there are more than 85,000 chemicals on the market today with thousands being added each year. Many of these are toxic and don’t require any safety data to be posted about them. This is particularly true of those used in the skincare and beauty industry. So you may find yourself eating healthy and working out but then going home from the gym and lathering yourself in seemingly harmless but completely lethal scrubs, lotions, wrinkle cream and make up. That doesn’t have to happen anymore!

I am so excited that I have that I have found a company that believes in getting safe products into the hands of everyone while establishing a new health and safety standard in this highly unregulated personal care market. YOU deserve better beauty so without further adieu I would like to introduce you to Beautycounter.   

I joined Beautycounter because YOUR health counts and YOUR family matters. My passion has grown beyond the plate and it is being fueled by bringing as much information as I can to YOU about any and all toxic ingredients that affect YOUR wellness. I am dedicated to bringing you safe, beautiful, luxurious products as well as delicious recipes, exercise and healthy living tips.

Here is a gift, it is called THE NEVER LIST, the short list of all the ingredients that Beautycounter refuses to allow in their products. You can use this list to check the products that you use and see where you might consider making some upgrades.

Never List

Here are several definitions for you to ponder…

Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.

Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, proply- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Specially, parabens mimic estrogen; they can lock on to our cell’s own estrogen receptors and mess with important natural signals. They may play a role in triggering breast cancer. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

YOU can join the movement for better beauty as well by being a client and educating yourself and your family. Be curious, read labels and empower yourself with information. If you are passionate about this social mission, you might consider joining as a member. Band of Beauty Members receive incredible perks like free shipping, rewards and special surprises along with getting to support one of three trusted non-profits; Healthy Child Healthy World, Breast Cancer Fund or the Environmental Working Group. And of course I think that the most exciting way to join Beautycounter is to become a consultant. A consultant is someone who is passionate about this social mission and wants to share it with others.  

If you are interested in learning more about Beautycounter  please reach out to me or just click HERE.  YOU COUNT and so do YOUR friends and family. Please share this post with your loved ones and help the mission of getting safe products into the hands of everyone.

BC Smiling Girl

Reusable Snack Bags For School Lunches

I’m so excited to share this product with you today! As you know I am all about reducing the chemicals that we put in and on our bodies as well as what goes into the environment. I couldn’t be happier than to have my friend Erica Leggiero from eLeMeNO-P Kids post as a guest blogger today to share with you these adorable, practical bags, just in time for the school year. I have personally been using these fun snack bags for a while now and my daughter just loves them, I bet your kids will enjoy them too! 

Reusable Snack Bags

Hi! My name is Erica Leggiero and I am the girl behind eLeMeNO-P Kids! I’m so happy that Kimberly Kate invited me here to tell you all about one of the most popular products from my website: Reusable Snack Bags! With back-to-school hype all around us, these reusable snack bags are a must for the upcoming school year! 

Did you know that the average size family goes through over 500+ plastic sandwich bags each year? Let that sink in for a minute, I’ll wait… Can you believe that? I just can’t. Not only is that fact staggering, but so is the fact that the average child generates 67 pounds of trash during lunch each school year. 

Plastic baggies are also made with plastic and other synthetic materials that can leach chemicals like BPA, PVC, Phthalates and lead into food.

No, no, no! Not in my house anymore! I immediately disposed of the plastic sandwich bags, and completely transitioned my family to reusable snack bags. They are cute (why use boring when you can use cute?), easy to wash, and reduce your waste and save MONEY! Yahoo!

Erica's Bags

Each Earth Day, I hold a HUGE Reusable Snack Bag sale and this year they were more popular than ever! I sold over 300 snack bags! That’s huge and great news for all these families!

So, let me give you some details about our Reusable Snack Bags:

    • Come in 3 fun sizes: Large (Sandwich), Medium (Carrot Sticks, Grapes) and Small (Raisins, Almonds)
    • Free from harmful PVC, BPA, phthalates, or lead
    • Easy to Clean. Throw in your normal load of wash, turn inside out to dry, and boom. Reuse.
    • Wipe-able Lining
    • USA-made YKK zipper closure, making it easy for little hands to open and close by themselves.
    • Did I mention “TOTALLY CUTE” already? Because they are…

Reusable Snack Bag from eLeMeNO-P Kids

I hope you’re ready to take charge and revamp those lunch boxes for back-to-school time! 

Thank you so much for reading, and I wish your sweet kiddos a great school year! 

Blog_BioHeadshotErica is a former preschool teacher with a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She recently co-authored Learn With Play: 150 Ideas For Fun & Learning. She firmly believes play is the way children learn about themselves, the people around them, their environments, and build skills needed for the big world! You can find her at eLeMeNO-P Kids blogging about preschoolers, sensory play, essential oils, books, recipes, and so much more!