A Week of Hotel Workouts: How to Thrive Without Kettlebells

Traveling can throw a wrench in your training plans. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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What do you do when you don't have any of these available?

What do you do when you don’t have access to all your training equipment? One of the things that I like about training with kettlebells and bodyweight movements is it enables me to train almost anywhere. That was the case this last week, as I was out of town at a conference for pastors back east. Sadly, the hotel fitness center (which was great) did not have any kettlebells. And I was reminded why I prefer kettlebells to dumbbells (the gym didn’t have any barbells), but the kettlebell lover can still get a pretty fantastic workout with some hotel dumbbells and a little creativity. But I knew this beforehand, and planned my workouts accordingly.

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Weekly Menu Musings #27

Welcome to the 27th Meal Plan (food ideas in bold). Spring is here! I love feeling the warmth of the sun on my back. I love that I just went on my first run (okay, jog/walk) with my new nine year old. I love breathing in deeply the smell of freshly cut grass and barbecue from my neighbors. I love seeing our neighbors again after months of hibernating. I love that spring means hope, newness of life, and growth.

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Our Tip for Eating Frugal Organic Chicken and Crock-pot Seasoned Drumsticks

Today I am sharing how we eat organic chicken on a budget and a recipe for crock-pot seasoned drumsticks. This is the most frugal way I know at this time to get organic chicken.

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Frugal Crock-pot Shredded Chicken

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At the end of last year I stopped buying organic whole chickens. I had been buying them all year at Costco where they were $2.49/lb. which is a great price for organic whole chickens.  I really thought buying a whole chicken was the most economical way of eating chicken. And I still do think that…mostly. Now I definitely believe buying the whole organic chicken is the cheapest way to get your hands on some white meat. If you buy them independently, organic chicken breasts can be about $5.99/lb. That’s a lot of money! So to pay $2.49/lb. to get the chicken breasts and dark meat is pretty good. Plus you end up with organic bones to make a bone broth. Can’t beat that. Continue reading

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What Do You Do When You and Your Spouse Don’t Agree About Money?

Do you and your spouse always agree about how to handle the finances? If you are like people in most marriages, a situation is bound to come up here and there when you don’t agree about finances. So what do you do when that happens? Do you have a knock ‘em down, drag-it-out fight? Who “wins”? Or do you think about it as winning? Is there one better way over another to disagree?

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Weekly Menu Musings #26

Welcome to the 26th Meal Plan. Skip to the BOLD food for the menu plan. Thank you for visiting our humble little blog. Spring is here! We’ve had a couple of beautiful days at the beginning of the week. Sunday was beautiful, sunny, but a bit chilly. It felt like summer on Monday; it was so wonderful! We appreciate the warmth so much here in the Pacific Northwest because it is kind of a rarity about 10 months of the year. We are back to clouds and sprinkles for a little while, but I remind myself the sprinkles give us the beautiful lush green that the Pacific Northwest radiates.

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