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Eating Lean & Green Cookbook

Hi there lovely people,

Okay, so I’m continuing my theme this week of celebrating the women around me and all the amazing things they are accomplishing!

Today, I wanted you to meet my dear friend, Katie Marreel! You know the friend that is just good at whatever she does…yeah that’s Katie! Creative, brilliant, kind, caring – you know that good to the core kinda person – well, Katie pretty much rocks and I feel super lucky to have had her in my life as a close friend and one of my best brain storming buddies!! Nothing better than another entrepreneurial girl to keep you going! So check this out…

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She has just launched her first cookbook and I couldn’t be more proud! Woo!!!

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I have witnessed her toil lovingly over this project for a looong time but the finished product is beyond gorgeous!! Go to her website to check out this beautifully written and photographed (by Katie herself) cookbook. Chock full of delicious, healthy recipes!

So you can get to know her a little better, I decided a little impromptu interview was in order! Just like her book, she’s bursting with great information and healthy tips for busy families and health minded individuals alike!

Okay here goes….So Katie…..

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What is your personal relationship like with food and fitness? (hint hint…tell us about your story. ;)

My story begins nearly 60 lbs. and 15 years ago with a quest to transform my body into something healthier. The first several years brought many new diets and exercise programs, some of which failed, and others that made their own small contribution to weight loss. Nothing, however, came close to achieving the ultimate goal.  Then I discovered the Medifast 5 & 1 Meal Plan© through Take Shape for Life©. With guidance from my physician, I followed the program and experienced radical results. I lost weight beyond my expectations and built an entirely new relationship with food. Six years later, I’m still maintaining a goal weight. Eating Lean & Green has become a way of life.

My relationship with food and fitness is always changing and growing. There are so many ideas from experts in the field, I find that I am always studying and learning as much as I can. 

When it comes to food, I have learned to think about it as fuel to power my body, and I find deep satisfaction in eating things that are nutritious.  Old emotional eating habits, using food as a reward and a comfort, continue to fade away as new healthier habits take over.  There is no reward sweeter than the satisfaction of having made the right choices!

Fitness is something I have always been passionate about, and I am dedicated to keeping it a regular part of life. I like to change it up and try new things. From yoga and strength training to running and tennis, I’m always keeping my body moving.  Although it can be exhausting in the moment, I know that it does so many healing and restorative things for our bodies. It’s worth every drop of sweat.

What was your inspiration in creating this cookbook?

As a person who has struggled with weight for most of my life, my inspiration comes from a deeply-rooted desire to help others on the same journey.  I am passionate about sharing healthy and nutritious meals that are also incredibly satisfying and delicious.  Losing weight doesn’t have to taste bad!

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What are your top three tips for incorporating healthy eating into your everyday family life?

#1:  Plan, plan, plan. It may not be the most fun task, but getting familiar with the nutritional value of your food and making a daily plan is the best thing you can to reach your goals.  I write down all the foods I plan to eat each day before I go to bed. If I’m going out to a restaurant, I will check out the menu online ahead of time and know ahead of time what I am going to order.

#2:  Don’t force it. Learning to be selective with your own foods while offering a few options for others will go a long way to getting them excited about being healthful. Forcing food choices on others will only drive them away from healthy eating.  Not everyone in my house eats on such a restrictive plan as I do, especially the kids who need more carbohydrates. The core of every dinner I cook is a healthy lean and green meal, but I will often serve a starch like beans or grains on the side to make it more satisfying for them. 

#3:  Make a daily habit. Whether you choose to read a book or magazine, listen to a podcast , or go online, spending an hour of time each day thinking about health and nutrition will make a big difference in your ability to incorporate healthy eating into your everyday life.  It will keep you focused and give you a better knowledge base to make wise decisions.

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What changes have you seen within your life and your families by implementing these healthy practices?

One noteworthy change has been in my own sense of identity and being comfortable with my body. Losing weight and maintaining it has brought a great deal of self-confidence and has opened the door to trying lots of new and exciting things in life that I might have been intimidated by otherwise.

The most exciting thing to see is the effect on people around me.  By living out a healthy lifestyle, I get to be an example for others who have a similar goal, but may have lost hope or gotten frustrated in the process.  My conversation often falls into the topics of health and nutrition because it’s something I get really excited about. I love getting to share new ideas about food that show people being healthful can also taste incredibly delicious. It’s a win win!

She’s inspiring right? Katie is so passionate about helping others live a healthier life!

Now don’t be shy…you can visit her at her website or Facebook too! Go say hi! ;)

Thanks for chatting with us Katie! You go girl!

xo,

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An Art Supply Giveaway!

Hello there!

So I gotta say…I had never really done giveaways on the blog before the one we just did for the Paint & Pixels Workshop…and well…they are SUPER fun! You can expect more of these from me in the future! I love the excitement of putting together a fun package and seeing who wins! :) Good times.

SOOO….I’ve decided to do one to celebrate my upcoming online Mixed Media & Encaustic workshop – Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes!

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Check it out! I’ve gathered up lots of goodies to give away! What a great start to the class and we all LOVE new supplies right? :)

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All of these items are on the supply list! Yah! Included in this package will be — A Ranger Heat-It craft dryer, a bottle of linseed oil, two Faber Castell Gelatoes (white & black), a set of Reeves water mixable oils (love these), a gorgeous set of Japanese Hake Brushes (used for encaustic wax) and a 1 lb. bag of encaustic medium by R & F!! Woo!

There are ONLY TWO DAYS left for the early bird pricing of only $52.00 and I need your help to spread the word!

To enter to win this lovely bundle of art goodies you simply have leave a comment about what your all time favorite art medium is PLUS share about the workshop on one (or more) of your social channels….i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Let me know how and where you shared and each time you do, I will enter you name again into the drawing! Pretty easy right!?

I will be drawing the winner on Saturday June 13th! So stay tuned to see if you won!! Can’t wait to wrap up this box and ship it out to a lucky creative friend!

Thank you all for helping me share this event! You guys rock!

xo,

Ivy

 

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A Favorite Digital Artist and A Paint & Pixels Giveaway too!

Hello lovely people!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! The sun is shining here and we are soaking it up and playing in the garden…and of course I’m doing a little work too…

Today, I wanted to introduce you to my friend and artist, Robin Laws. I’ve invited her to guest post today to share with you one of our favorite digital artists and also to give you all the info on our exciting Paint & Pixels giveaway! Take it away Robin…

Hello Friends! I’m R​obin Laws​ and I am delighted to guest post on Ivy’s blog today. I’m an artist and the co-teacher along with Ivy for the upcoming Paint and Pixels class. Many artists inspire us but one in particular really does some outstanding work on her mobile devices, including her iPad! Her name is Sarah Jarrett and I wanted to show you some of her incredible work…

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Gorgeous right? She really knows how to blend digital painting, photography and digital elements to create provoking, beautiful and layered work! We are both BIG fans! Such inspiration! In the Paint & Pixels class we will be doing a similar Self Portrait project! It’s going to so exciting to create! If you haven’t already you can click below to sign up for the class before the early registration price ends on June 8th!

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On that note, let me tell you about our FABULOUS Paint & Pixels GIVEAWAY! We are so incredibly excited about this course and to celebrate we are offering you a chance to win this fantastic giveaway valued at over $150!

What we are giving away:

  • 1 A​donit Jot Touch 4 Stylus with pressure sensitivity (it’s our favorite!)
  • a 10″ x 10″ ready to hang canvas print of one of my most popular digital paintings AND

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  •  a $10 Apple gift card so you can grab some of the very cool art apps we will be showing you!

To ENTER all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know what you hope to learn in the P​aint and Pixels ​course or how you use your iPad creatively. Then share this image and the link to this post on at least one of the social media sites listed below —->

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To win the giveaway you can…

  • Share this post on Facebook
  • Pin this image to Pinterest
  • Talk about the giveaway and the class on Instagram and use the hashtag #paintandpixels and @ivynewport and @rlaws2
  • Blog about the the class
  • Share this post on Twitter

*Each time you share it come back and tell us so you have another chance at the giveaway!

The winner will be announced on the last day of our sale for early registration next Monday, June 8th.

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word!

***I’ve included a square version for you to use at the bottom of this blog post for sharing on Instagram.

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We can’t wait to draw our winner!! Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

Robin

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Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day to any of my French readers! Here are some lovely festive pics, celebrating this beautiful and inspiring country!

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Need a French shopping fix? Mai, oui! Check out these Bastille inspired Etsy Treasuries!

Have a gorgeous weekend! We are off on a camping trip…I’m a little nervous because I was 15 the last time I slept in a tent! Hoping for beautiful, sunny weather and minimal interactions with spiders. (I’m a total arachnophobe.) Wish me luck.

xo,

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Etsy Love: Royal Wedding Souvenirs

The countdown is on and the Royal Wedding is just around the corner! Excited! I can’t help it. In fact, I couldn’t resist this sweet little mug from this Etsy shop

and I’m so tempted to get this tote…*sigh*…I’m such a sucker for romance.

I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t ever get that gorgeous sapphire ring but these will do nicely…

What about some decorations…this Union Jack bunting is darling…

And I just love this print

Every girl should own a crown…why not wear it around your neck? It’s more subtle, really.

Look at this lovely little necklace

Ooh and remember that gorgeous cobalt blue dress that Kate wore when they announced their engagement? Get your own version here. Perfectly lady like.

Okay…just one more…have sweet dreams of your own prince on this precious handmade pillow

Have a beautiful Thursday my friends. Will you be watching the big event?

xo,

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Face painting…

Okay, I had to share all these beautiful painted faces from Grace’s b’day party…they are too cute!

Such lovely princesses were in attendance! Of course, the birthday princess decided she didn’t want her face painted! Perhaps, she felt it would have detracted from her tiara…who knows? I thought it best not to argue with her. She seemed to just love watching her friends have fun.

Her pre-school set up the most gorgeous tea room for her. Unfortunately, I forgot my bounce flash so the photos turned out terrible. So sad. Instead of looking at my blurry photos (I have SO much to learn!) let’s take a peek at this gorgeous princess tea party…wow…

Do you have some birthday parties to throw this Spring and Summer? If so, head over to Kara’s Party Idea blog for more of these stunning images!

xo,

Party idea images via here.

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