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By Coach Danielle on 4/28/2010 2:33 PM

This is the time of year for planting. Many of us are planting vegetable seeds or flower seeds in anticipation of fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers.  

We usually spend a lot of time and energy caring for our plants. We feed them, nurture them, enjoy them, and appreciate them. Why not do this for ourselves?

This spring, I encourage you to grow right along with your garden. And here’s how:

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By Coach Danielle on 4/9/2010 3:09 PM


Spring represents a time of new beginnings and new life.

It is the perfect time to think about what  you want to cultivate in your own life. Think about the things that are important to you but you are not satisfied with? What are the areas you want to cause a shift in? Where would you like to grow and develop? How can you foster growth in those areas? 

Here are some steps for cultivating what is important to you.

1.  Identify an area of your life you are simply putting up with. An area where you have some dissatisfaction or a lack of freedom.

2. Examine that area of your life. Why do you think it exists the way it is? What are the benefits of it ex Read More »

By Coach Danielle on 3/30/2010 1:23 PM

Yes, you can dye your Easter eggs naturally! Skip the artificial food coloring.
  1. Use a mug or large glass for each color you wish to make.
  2. Place the colorant into each mug
    • Brown: 2 teabags or several tablespoons of coffee grinds
    • Red: several tablespoons of paprika
    • Pink: piece of a beet or 2 berry teabags or mashed frozen raspberries or red fruit juice
    • Purple: fill cup 1/3 with grape juice
    • Yellow: several tablespoons of turmeric
    • Orange: yellow onion skins
    • Blue: red cabbage leaves or frozen blueberries (mash a bit in mug)
    • Green: spinach (mash a bit in mug)
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By Coach Danielle on 3/29/2010 1:21 PM

I know many of you, myself included, will be coloring Easter eggs with the kids this week. While it is very easy and convenient to use artificial food coloring (like the little pellets in the egg decorating kits), it is also easy to use natural dyes... and it is a lot healthier.
Many people see artificial food coloring as harmless. Afterall, why would they allow it in food in500pixelbanner food if it were dangerous? This is a question I have a hard time answering myself since artificial food coloring and dyes can be f Read More »

By Coach Danielle on 3/15/2010 1:12 PM

Smoothies can be incredibly fun, incredibly delicious, and incredibly healthy! And, when you add in the green, it takes them to a whole other level! My favorite part of green smoothies... and smoothies in general though.... Versatility!!  You can put just about anything you want into a smoothie!! You can make it thick or thin, sweet or tart, warm or cold... you name it. Trying to get your kids to eat more veggies... this is a sure fire way! 
Here are some of my favorites.... but keep in mind you can add and change whatever you want. Experimenting makes it oh so much fun!!  No luck involved here. Just take the ingredients and stick them in a blender until you reach your desired consistency. (Also... adding a little bit of spirulina or wheatgrass to any of these recipes will not onl Read More »

By Coach Danielle on 1/19/2010 8:30 AM


So, we are already a few weeks into the new year. How are your New Year's resolutions holding up? If you are  llike most people, you are already asking..."What resolutions?" That is because most people throw in the towel on their resolutions within the first few weeks of the year. Each year people jump into action (or say they are going to jump into action) and then end up giving up. If you have already given up here are a few questions for you and a few things you can do to get back on track.

  • Are you truly committed to that resolution?
  • Was you resultion specific or general?
  • Did you select that resolution because it is something you truly want or something someone else wants (or society wants)?
  • Are you ready and fully prepared to take on that resolution? Do you have everything you need?
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By Coach Danielle on 1/12/2010 8:18 AM

Feeling like you just can't get any exercise in because it is too cold to get outside? Does the thought of getting into a cold car to get to the gym just make you nuts?

Don't despair.... you CAN still get moving. In fact, if you are looking to warm up, moving that body can actually work to your benefit and get you warm :)  Who said exercise can't be fun? Here are some ideas for getting yourself and your family moving:

  • Turn on some music and just dance.
  • Remember Twister??  Get some stretching in and Twist your way to fun!
  • Start cleaning that basement (or junk closet)! --- yes, cleaning burns calories!
  • While you are on the phone, sitting around, do a few squats or a few leg lifts
  • Chase your kids around the house (I know, this is something you do without even trying LOL)
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By Coach Danielle on 12/23/2009 5:45 PM


moneyIt is always an honor and privilege to listen to and speak with author Mike Robbins. Our call last week was no different. In fact, from the feedback I have received, I know that people really were touched and inspired.

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By Coach Danielle on 12/11/2009 9:24 PM

moneyI have several pages of notes from out call with Frank Grasso. Frank generously shared a ton of his knowledge and expertise when it comes to finances. Here are just a few pieces of the information he provided: 
Reduce your debt: Pay off your credits cards by making more than the minimum payments. Target the cards that are costing you the most money. If you can cost effectively do it, look to consolidate your debt.
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By Coach Danielle on 12/5/2009 12:53 PM


Jennifer covered so much information -- and that was just the tip of the iceberg. What a fantastic call! Here are just some of the things we talked about: Read More »


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