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Ask Me Anything!

Since I’ve been in a blog slump lately, I decided to go to Facebook for some help. I said, “Ask me anything!” and got a few great questions about Weight Watchers, running … and a few other random things. 
Just so you know, I will gladly answer questions, give my (non-professional or certified) advice (damn you, compliance, for always being in my head!), or just encourage you if you need it. Many people will send me messages on Facebook from time to time (like the one at the end of this post), and I’m happy to help in any way I can! 
What kind of music do you listen to, to help you stay motivated? A little bit of everything! I have a playlist on my iPhone that’s called
“Run,” and I constantly add songs that are upbeat and make me happy. There’s so many – everything from the “Frozen” soundtrack to Blink 182, the Dixie Chicks and Fall Out Boy – that I don’t care about the order and just put it on shuffle every time. 
More often, however, I listen to podcasts or audiobooks when I run. I kno…

Freezer Meal: Cilantro Lime Chicken

I’ve saved the best for last! This freezer meal recipe was BY FAR our favorite – twice over. 
First, we accidentally created a vegetarian option when I forgot to tell Kyle that the chicken was in a separate bag … and neither of us noticed the missing meat until I came home from work and found nothing but veggies in the Crock-pot. Oops! Kyle convinced me to try the filling in our taco shells anyway, and they turned out great (and of course, lighter in points). 
(NOTE: You'd think that since we made this twice, I would have taken a picture at least once ... alas, I did not. Sorry!)
Cilantro Lime Chicken - 6 points per serving for regular, 3 points for vegetarian (filling only - shells/rice and toppings extra points), serves 6
Ingredients 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or none for vegetarian!)Juice from two limes1 bunch cilantro, chopped1 16-oz. bag of corn2 tsp. minced garlic½ red onion, chopped2 red bell peppers (can substitute one bag of frozen pepper blend)1 can black beans,…

Disney World Planning Part II: Budget

In case you forgot (or in case you haven’t seen me in person and heard me obsessing over it …), I’m currently planning my family’s first visit to Disney World! Woohoo! I’m sharing my planning experiences to hopefully help other first-time planners/parents. My first post was all about research, but today, I’d like to talk about the next big hurdle you’ll encounter when planning a trip: the budget! 
How much does it cost? Disney makes it seem easy to price a vacation. You simply visit their website, enter in some dates, choose a resort, add tickets, select a dining plan and … voila! You have your final price, right? WRONG. There are soooo many factors that go into that equation, and you can dramatically change your bottom line by shifting some key decisions and exploring all your options. 
The TouringPlans Blog has a detailed post explaining the various methods you can use to price your vacation – it’s a lot of detail, but it’s worth reading if you’re trying to get the most bang for you…