Hot Mom of the Month: Angel Fuchs

Congratulations to Angel Fuchs, of YAY BABY! Blog, Spa Week’s Hot Mom Spa Squad’s newest Hot Mom of the Month.

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We are thrilled to announce Angel Fuchs, of YAY BABY! Blog as our newest Hot Mom of the Month. Angel is a valued contributor to Spa Week Daily, covering topics like 6 Uses for Coconut Oil and the new wellness trend Oil Pulling. We want to extend a huge thank you to Angel for all of her work with the Hot Mom Spa Squad this past month and since she has been a member!

More from Angel:

“I have been blogging for just over a year but I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember. As a child I loved writing silly stories and poems and in first grade I won an award for a story I wrote about a family of bears.

Prior to becoming a blogger I had a career in marketing and built my resume holding various positions over a 15 year time span working at a radio station, a Western theme park, an international airline, a major newspaper and a chain of grocery stores.

I met my husband when a company I worked for hired him to design our ad campaigns, there was an instant connection and we’ve been together almost nine years! We suffered through almost two years of infertility. My doctor suggested fertility drugs but that didn’t feel right to us so we decided to stop trying and be content with child-free life. My heart was shattered. Just when I had made peace with the idea-POW-we were pregnant!

We welcomed our gorgeous daughter Jacquelyn (aka Jax) in July 2012 and she’s dominated our universe ever since. I’m fortunate enough to be able to stay-at-home with my daughter but the writer in me couldn’t put her pen (or keyboard) down. Thus, Yay Baby! Blog was born.

Readers of Yay Baby! will find glimpses of my life as a mother with anecdotes and pictures. I also host the occasional product review and giveaway. And because I love to cook and entertain I share original and delicious recipes and party planning ideas.

In this chaotic, ever changing world, in good times and bad, whether it’s to each other or to our child, my family always looks for reason to shout YAY BABY!”

Get more from Angel by checking out YAY BABY! Blog, liking the page on Facebook and following on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Hot Mom Monday: Beating Spring Fever

 Hot Mom Spa Squad Member Bekah shares tips for keeping the kids active during spring’s unpredictable weather.

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Spring can be a tough season for families to stay active. The weather is up and down, and between extra rain and thawing snow, in many parts of the country it’s hard to get kids outside without getting muddy and wet. Regardless, it’s still important to stay active and help keep the whole family on the move. Here are some bright ideas for families with kids of all ages to stay active:

Active video games

If you have a video game console like the Wii or Kinect, take advantage of movement-based activity games. There are many out there that offer at least a moderate workout, and younger kids can mimic parents or older kids. Kid-friendly workout DVDs are also available.

Active board games

Classic board games like Twister or modern games like Sturdy Birdy encourage whole-body movement. Families can also make up their own games. For example, use a deck of cards, assigning each suit to an activity and performing that activity for the number you draw. (So the 10 of clubs would stand for 10 crunches, as one option).

Inexpensive props

Some toys and household objects encourage movement. Furniture gliders can become indoor skates. Beanbag toss and knee hockey can make safe indoor games as well. Large bouncy balls, collapsible tunnels, and exercise trampolines also make space-saving large-motor options.

If you’re cooped up inside, you can still encourage large motor activity. It’s a healthy for you and your kids!

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Bekah blogs at Motherhood Moment where she writes about parenting topics – family activities and meal ideas, saving money and time, and much more. She lives in Minnesota and works as an online teacher and freelance musician. In her free time she enjoys family activities with her husband and their two young daughters.

Hot Mom Monday: Healthy Holiday Eggnog Smoothie

Just in time for the holidays–a perfect healthy smoothie from Hot Mom Angel!

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By stu_spivack (Flickr: local stone fruit) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I am pretty much the only person in my entire immediate family that doesn’t love eggnog. Seriously the best part of the season for them is partaking in the stuff. To me, it’s just too sweet, too rich, and too thick. Last year I decided to experiment with my own version of eggnog that would taste good and be healthy to boot.

This is what I came up with–a frothy blend of almond milk sweetened with agave nectar and laced with nutmeg and cinnamon. The spiced sweetness is then thickened with Greek yogurt and blended with ice for a creamy smoothie reminiscent of the real deal. A decadent, yet guilt-free holiday treat that may just replace the ‘nog for good!

This healthy rendition of traditional holiday eggnog contains about 6 grams of protein per 8 ounce serving to give you the energy needed for a day full of holiday cheer.

Enjoy!

Healthy Holiday Eggnog Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups of Vanilla Almond Milk, Unsweetened
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 ½ Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 6 Ounce Containers of Honey or Vanilla Flavored Greek Yogurt
  • Handful of ice

Directions:

  1. Blend the first five ingredients together (almond milk, egg whites, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon).
  2. Pour into a medium saucepan and heat over low flame for about 10 minutes. Stir frequently and do not allow to boil.
  3. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  4. Once cooled, return the mixture to the blender and add the yogurt and ice. Blend until thick and smooth.
  5. Serve immediately in cinnamon/sugar rimmed glasses.

Note: The egg whites can be omitted (although it won’t be as frothy) and soy or coconut yogurt can be substituted for a vegan version.

AngelAngel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Babyblog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby!

Hot Mom Monday: Original Recipe, Healthy Pumpkin “Ice Cream”

‘Tis the season…to overindulge!

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Nothing says the holidays like eating, eating and more eating—stuffed turkeys, glazed hams, buttery potatoes, carbs and calories galore! It’s no wonder so many of us make resolutions for the New Year to lose weight, eat healthier or cut back on sugar. We’re trying to repent for the previous six weeks of our lives!

Here is a sweet treat you can gorge on and not feel an ounce of guilt afterward–Pumpkin “Ice Cream.”

Ingredients

Now, ice cream is in quotes because it’s not really ice cream at all. There is no dairy in it but it still has all the creamy goodness of a bowl full of sin. The creaminess comes from the frozen banana base.

I have been making frozen banana “ice cream” for a while now and I love experimenting with flavor combinations. This pumpkin version is perfect for the season and your family will be begging for more.

Each ingredient boasts nutritional value so you can feel great about letting them indulge! Bananas are rich in iron and potassium, pumpkin is high in vitamin A and can help support a strong immune system, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and agave nectar is low on the glycemic index so it won’t spike your blood sugar. How’s that for a perfect treat?

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All that and it’s easy to make too!

Pumpkin “Ice Cream”

Ingredients:

8 Bananas, peeled, cut and frozen for at least 4 hours

1 15 Oz. Can of Organic Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

3 Tbs. Organic Raw Agave Nectar

2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until well combined and smooth.
  2. Transfer to an air-tight, freezer-safe container with a lid and freeze for at least an hour.
  3. Top with a dash of cinnamon, serve and enjoy!

Angel-150x150Angel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Babyblog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby!

Hot Mom Monday: How Important Is Breakfast? + Three On the Go Ideas

This Hot Mom Monday, we bring you the truth about breakfast and some easy ideas for quick, nutritional morning meals!

Breakfast

On the run? Skipping breakfast—or grabbing a cup of coffee and calling it “breakfast”—is one of the worst ways you can start you day. “Our bodies are machines and they, like any other machine, need fuel!” explains Nick Perri, trainer and owner of First Place Fitness in suburban Chicago. “And if losing weight or maintaining your weight is one of your primary fitness goals, “burning” carbohydrates as a fuel is a necessary step in the process of “burning” fat as a fuel. With that said, if you’re working out on “E”, you’re not at your best, you’re not getting the most out of your workout and your goals will be much harder if not impossible to attain.”

1. Grab a banana.

Perfect for on the go, bananas just might be the perfect portable fruit. Their complex carbohydrates and vitamin B6 will kickstart your metabolism and their nature-made wrapper make them easy to throw in your purse for on the road. “Carbohydrates are our first fuel source and usually by morning, most of those fuel stores are depleted. One great way to replenish those fuel stores is by grabbing a piece of fruit” shares Nick.

2. Spread some peanut butter on a piece of whole wheat toast.

Peanut butter is nutritious and filling, thanks to 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving. Spread it on some whole wheat toast so you won’t reach for the candy or sweets as a quick fix mid-morning.

3. Go bake an egg…in an avocado.

Get your fill of protein, fiber and healthy fats by baking your egg in an avocado! Simply cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, crack an egg in each avocado half, and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Spoon with salsa if you’re feeling spicy!

amyAmy Bizzarri is a teacher, a writer, and a mom to two kids. Follow her on twitter @amybizzarri or on her blog, amywrites312.com