Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Year, New Attitude!

Happy New Year! And yes, I am well aware that we are now in the third week of January but it is still a new year and time to dust things off around here. 2016 was a doozy for me and the end of last year I really had to take time to do serious self-reflection. It was a time of change, endings and new beginnings. Quite frankly, I am still getting back on my feet and I am nowhere near where I want to be in both my personal and professional life. But I have adopted the “act as if” mentality.

I have to “act as if”

My personal life is amazing.
I am winning in all areas of life.
I am living my best year ever.

This is not an easy exercise but somehow God, the Universe, good karma - however you want to name it - has surrounded me with people who are living this way daily. I have become a true believe in the Laws of Attraction and as a Christian I’ve always known that by trusting God the desires of my heart will be met but I don’t think I’ve believed it. I understand now that each and every word I speak and every single thought I have about myself can and will come into fruition. This applies to both negative and positive things and so I’ve decided to remove myself from the muck and mire of negativity and work on uplifting myself.

On New Year’s Day I attended a party where we each created Vision Boards. I was very serious about mind and was very focused on my intentions as I chose the words and pictures that I envision for myself. I have also asked for help from my friends. If you know me, you know that certainly isn’t something I do often but I am stepping out of my comfort zone to have my needs met.

One of the most fulfilling things I did was play a game on facebook by asking my friends for one positive word that started with the first letter of their name. The response was awesome and I’d like to think that each word represents what the individual thinks and/or hopes for me. I created the wordle above so that I can always have a reminder when I need a swift kick in the butt!

A final thing that has helped me was being nominated for an award in health and wellness from ACHI, a women’s empowerment group here in Atlanta. One of the things I had to do was provide information about my background and accomplishments in the field. I compiled the information and I impressed myself!  For a year now I’ve been singing the blues and had truly forgotten about what a Badass I truly am! Well no more. I am focused on being positive, growth and rebirth. My name Renee actually means Rebirth and that is what is in store for me in 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

3 tips for healthy living in 2017 #sandersonfarms ad

This post is sponsored by Sanderson Farms.

Unbelievably it is New Year’s Eve. This year has both moved swiftly but also at a snails pace for me as things not only in the world but personally have been very challenging. As the New Year approaches many of us make “resolutions” for the new year and I know that one of the most popular resolutions is to get healthy. Although I am personally not a fan of resolutions (because I think any day can be the start of a new attitude and outlook on life), I appreciate the idea of living healthy and want to share some tips with you that can help you have a lifetime of healthy living.

I’ll start with three small changes that should not be that difficult to implement but will reap big rewards.

  1. Drink water. I know not everyone is a fan of water but water is the key to life. Oftentimes when we believe we are hungry, it is our bodies telling us that we are thirsty. Drink water often, it will help to flush your system, keep down cravings and will also help lose any pesky water weight that is hanging on. Water is my go to drink, I rarely have juice or soda in my household.
  2. Add more vegetables to your diet. Find veggies that you like, I am personally partial to green leafy veggies but try to fill up half of your meal plate with vegetables of your choice. This small change can make a world of difference!
  3. Choose great protein. I am a big fan of fish and poultry (which I just added back to my diet 2 years ago after a two decade hiatus). I don’t eat red meat or pork and every meal I aim for a quarter of my plate to be protein.
Doing these three things will help you to curb your hunger, be healthier and you will be surprised but it will also help you to lose those extra pounds you might be carrying around. If you are looking for healthy chicken options, I highly recommend the Healthy and Light recipes on the Sanderson Farms website.

Making small changes in your diet can have a big impact on your overall health. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and would love to hear from you if you decide to take one or all three of my suggestions!  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday and #SandersonFarms #ad

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day for you to support causes that are near and dear to your heart. You might begin your holiday shopping and purchase items that provide donations to a great cause or you can give funds to your favorite non-profit or perhaps do a service project with your child. Whatever you do today, make sure it counts! One of the ways that I enjoy giving is supporting companies that assist others, philanthropy and service are important to me every day of the year and if I can make a difference by purchasing things that are necessities, I am all for it. I have been working with Sanderson Farms chicken for several months now and one of the things that I admire is their dedication to social good.

In fiscal year 2015, Sanderson Farms donated over $1.1 million to charitable organizations, including more than $370,000 through the United Way in the communities in which it operates.

“If you can imagine a company moving to a community and improving the quality of life for thousands of individuals and families, that’s what Sanderson Farms did for Lenoir County [North Carolina],” said June Cummings, Executive Director, Lenoir/Greene United Way. “Not only their corporate gift, but their employee gifts to United Way have made a tremendous difference.”

And since 2012, Sanderson Farms has donated nearly 1,000,000 pounds of poultry to charitable organizations. Additionally, the Sanderson Farms Championship, as part of the PGA TOUR, has generated over $2.7 million in donations to Friends of Children’s Hospital, a fundraising organization supporting Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

Sanderson Farms is truly committed to making a difference in the communities where they have plants. An example is from Bill Ellis, Director of Parks & Recreation for Kinston, North Carolina. “Before they even opened their doors, they donated 40,000 cubic yards of dirt for a soccer complex. They come in and clean up along the riverbank. From the plant manager down to the line employee, they really want to make the community a better place.”

I am very happy to be working with Sanderson Farms and in addition to your donations and/or purchasing of products that have a support good causes, if you eat chicken, I encourage you to purchase Sanderson Farms chicken, not just on #givingTuesday but anytime you purchase chicken. Every purchase will help make a difference!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all views are mine.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Comfort foods featuring #sandersonfarms chicken!

As the temperatures drop, I am on the lookout for comforting foods that are tasty and will  keep my belly full and warm. Something about the brisk mornings and evenings of fall make me turn to food for comfort. Over the last few months I've been working with Sanderson Farms to share chicken recipes. This month I decided that it'd be a great idea to review the recipes of my fellow bloggers in this campaign and share the ones I'm looking forward to trying.

photo credit Enaz's bargasins

First up, chicken noodle crockpot soup from Enza’s kitchen. Chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food! And if you can believe it, I haven't had a bowl since I was a child. I am looking forward to enjoy this delicious and easy to make meal.

photo credit Robyn's world

Next up is Coq au vin by Robyn.  This is another meal that I have never had. It is more labor intensive than the slow cooker method but certainly seems like a dish I can fully enjoy on a cool blustery day.

I'd be remiss if I didn't include Demetra’s Pumpkin Chicken Alfredo. Pasta, pumpkin, and cheese.....yes please! I absolutely LOVE Demetra’s recipes and I know this one is going to be in rotation during the fall and winter when I want to indulge!

photo credit Sanderson Farms

Finally, I have to tell you my absolute favorite comfort food is chicken pot pie and if you want to try one, check out the recipe on the Sanderson Farms website, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser! I hope that you enjoy these recipes as much as I know I will!

Disclosure: Thus post is sponsored by Sanderson Farms, all opinions are my own.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Game day ready with Sriracha Hot Wings #sandersonfarms

This is a sponsored post. 

Fall is finally here, the weather is cooling down (yay Atlanta, after 90 days of 90 degree heat, we are ready!) and it is that time of the year…..FOOTBALL!!! I am a native New Yorker and the old adage is true. You can take the girl out of New York but you can’t take the New York out of the girl! So when it comes to football, I am a fan of BIG BLUE! AKA the New York GIANTS!!!! I must admit that being a Giants fan here is something like being a fish out of water. Folks are busy screaming RISE UP! The tagline for the Falcons, however I have never drank that Kool-AID. Why would I? The Giants are Superbowl champions and the Falcons...have they ever won? Ahem. Moving on.

My love for the Giants has been incidentally adopted by the fine young man known as my son. We root for the team together when they play and he will proudly tell anyone who asks that he is a fan. As a matter of fact, we were walking into the gym the other day and a guy stopped us. I had taken of my Giants gear because I changed into workout gear but my son still had on his Giants t-shirt. The guy said “You can’t be in Atlanta with a New York shirt on!” My mama bear (and Giants fan) instincts stepped in and I replied “We are New Yorkers all day every day!” there was a bit of back and forth banter but there is no way I’ll ever be swayed from loving the Giants.

As I watch my Giants play, I enjoy a good snack or two and my favorite is the classic - Buffalo wings. I made some wings for the last game (I was quite disappointed but it is early in the season and a 2-1 record is good) and added a twist - I made Sriracha hot wings instead of using conventional hot sauce. In a word - DELICIOUS!  I plan to keep this recipe in rotation and bring them to a tailgate and on my menu at home because hot wings truly are my favorite thing to eat! This is my recipe and I rarely measure anything so be sure to taste along the way to ensure you get the flavor you desire! And for more chicken recipes be sure to check out Sanderson Farms.

Sriracha Hot Wings

2 pounds of wingettes
¼ cup of Sriracha
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ stick butter

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Clean chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, coat with non-stick spray.  Place chicken on cookie sheet and place in oven. Cook for 40 minutes. While chicken is cooking, make the Sriracha sauce. Melt butter in the microwave in a small microwave safe bowl (aprox. 30 seconds). Remove from microwave add Sriracha and remaining seasonings. Stir. Remove chicken from oven and brush with sauce. Return to oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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