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    Active Recovery

    Started From The Couch (And Now We’re Here): Active recovery– or as my family practice doctor called it “you have to start moving before you can start feeling better.” I promise we’ll circle back in another post about the accident but for now, I’d like to skip ahead a little bit to the “I’m out of the hospital, now what?” part of the story. I learned when you are unable to do anything, you quickly prioritize the things you need or want to do. I recuperated at home after the accident desperately wanting normalcy— to make dinner, to go to work, to spend time with friends & family. Something this…

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    Kale Bacon Crunch Salad: A Keto and Paleo Friendly Meal

    I’m the worst because I totally forgot I needed to make a side dish for the 4th of July party– every year we go to our friends’ house in the Northland for a potluck, yard games and BBQ. This is what you come up with when you have two hours before the party, at least :45 of which needs to be a shower and makeup. Enter this mad scientist salad moment where I ran to Whole Foods and started grabbing ingredients off the shelf for a keto & paleo friendly side or main dish. (I don’t know if I’m more of a Bunsen or a Beaker, so I’ll let you…

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    Best Grain-Free Foods for Cats

    My cats have  divergent personalities, especially when it comes to food. Oscar will eat anything with no problems–  including my aloe plant and succulents. (Coincidentally there’s been two separate attempted murders of my succulent. Suspect was described as about 9 lbs and gray, of Siamese descent) Ms. Rita Bean on the other hand struggles with food quite a bit. We adopted Rita aka Bean in May 2014– known at the shelter as Rita, described as a “beautiful 6-12 month old female patch tabby. She is friendly and has unusual orange, white and tabby markings. She came in as a stray, but her owners never redeemed her.” Given she was so…

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    EPIC13 at Central Exchange Recap

    What’s EPIC13: Every year Central Exchange, a local non-profit that aims to inspire women and female leadership, hosts a roundtable event called EPIC13. They pick 13 influencers who hold two roundtable sessions where members can sit at your table, ask you real / raw questions, and pick your brain for advice. I was honored to be among the 2019 EPIC13.  I wanted to share the questions the ladies at my table asked me, because I think they each of their questions really made me think about my own story; where I have come from, where I’ve gone in the past few years, and how I can make a path for…

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    Don’t Be “That Girl”: 5 Tips for Marketing Your Direct Sales Business on Social Media

    Well, one of the more interesting lessons I’ve learned so far in 2019 is: People have REALLY strong feelings about direct sales. (or MLMs. Pyramid schemes. Network marketing. Call it what you want.) My blog post about some of the really terrible cold pitches I’ve received sparked dozens of texts, comments, and just general conversation about how those in direct sales use social media. Truthfully, I’m somewhere in the middle. I do sell Young Living Essential Oils, but have never approached anyone about selling the product; truthfully, I became a distributor to get a discount on Thieves cleaning products because they are the least harsh on my dyshydrotic eczema. While…

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    Quick and Easy Low Carb Veggie Pizza

    When I’m working on home on an icy day like yesterday, I tend to get a little ~creative~ with my lunches. Long gone are those quick 5 minute meals I can heat up at work the next day.  I had a craving for pizza but not craving those carbs or fat grams. Then I noticed the Mission Low Carb tortillas hanging out on the top shelf of my refrigerator. Here’s the product of my mad scientist moment: Quick and Easy Low Carb Veggie Pizza – Serves 1: 1 Mission Low Carb Tortilla 8″ 1 cup arugula 1/3 cup low fat shredded cheese 1-2 tbsp Ragu alfredo sauce 1 tsp italian…

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    Why Your Direct Sales Pitch Falls Flat

    I posted a snapshot of my favorite feline friend on my Instagram story, mostly to let my real life friends and followers alike know about Oscar’s illness. Several friends and a handful of followers reached out to me. But.. then came the DMs. No, not the DMs from followers who sent their well wishes to Mr. Osc. Not the text messages from friends and family who knew how worried I’d be about my cat’s condition. I’m referring to the fellow bloggers who responded to my story with a MLM pitch. “Hi Teresa, sorry to hear that!!! Have you heard of doTerra? I’d love to send you some samples and hear…

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    How I Changed My Skincare After a Melanoma Scare

    My Skin Biopsy: For starters, the mole in question whom I named Donald after someone else I’d love to see unceremoniously removed, was that it looked nothing like the ABCDE example moles on WebMD. It was a flat dot on my right thigh that looked I’d accidentally poked myself with an uncapped crayola marker. I’d had it since birth, proven by my baby photos, but had faded in adulthood. It looked different since I once dropped a boom mic on it while wearing shorts and scraped it. Lengthy backstory notwithstanding, my dermatologist looked at the birthmark under a microscope and thought it looked “pretty suspicious”. Less than 10 minutes later,…

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    Keto Mulled Wine

    It was a Saturday night, an overnight snowstorm left about 6” of heavy snow all over Kansas City. I wasn’t willing to go out to the bars, since I was nestled in sweatpants and the Chiefs game was on. Priorities, people.   I wanted a nice warm drink. Something I would imagine Hagrid having at Hogsmeade. Or something I would drink on a cold Alaskan night in a cabin. However, I was wary of how many carbs I wanted to add into my day. But if I came up with something that was dependent on red wine and no-sugar added beverages I could skirt by it. Thus, I invented this…

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    Keto Vegan Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding: Peanut Butter Cacao

    If I could go face first into a Halloween bucket of candy, I would. Do I know that’s not healthy? Yes. Do I care? Also, kind of, yes. With that, I created this chia seed breakfast pudding that changed the game. It’s sweet without being too sweet, like a grown-up version of Cocoa Puffs. I try not to be the person who writes a literal novel before the recipe, so here you go! Chelsea Peretti, this brevity is for you. Keto Peanut Butter Cacao Chia Seed Pudding: 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 1/4 cup almond milk 1 1/2 TBSP cacao powder 1/2 TBSP PB2 or peanut butter powder replacement 1…