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planning a holiday get together

This past fall while my husband and I were at a friend’s wedding, it was subtly suggested to us that we reinstate the “friend” Holiday get together at our house (we didn’t have one last year). I can’t even remember why we didn’t host one last year because the truth is that I love hosting […]

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Young Family  In Alpine Snow Scene

I often wonder why the best time of year often gets the best of us. We imagine the Holiday Season to be filled with family, food, friends and seemingly effortless shopping trips. Instead, all too often we find ourselves overworked, over stressed and ready for January 1 to take over. The Holiday Season is rarely stressful for […]

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Are you on Pinterest yet? Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. And by “beautiful,” of course I am including food, scenery and creative ideas in this equation. Pinterest has led to a ton of inspiration for many different aspects of life, including personal style and what […]

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Grocery shopping for the Thanksgiving Day meal can become quite overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Not only is developing the grocery list tough, but you also need to decide which tasty dishes you will make! Here are several items and ideas to get your Thanksgiving Day grocery shopping list started (in a healthy, delicious way): […]

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Enjoy Exercise This Fall

Posted on 10/16/2012 by Sarah Kay Hoffman // Filed in Community, Fitness // Comments: 2


SKH_Enjoyable exercise for blog

True or False: It’s still exercise even if you enjoy it. True! Yes, exercise can be enjoyable. The definition of exercise states, “bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health.” Make note that it never says anything about long hours on a treadmill or paying steep gym memberships to […]

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SKH_Organizing for Fall

I am very organized and detailed, but if you came to our house you’d never know it. (I mean, unless of course my husband just got done with a clean sweep.) Thankfully, I am not here to share all my housekeeping secrets – because I don’t have any. However, I do have some tips for […]

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Four Fall Activities with Friends and Family

Posted on 9/18/2012 by Sarah Kay Hoffman // Filed in Community, Fitness, Snacks // Comments Off


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Fall is here, which means new activities with family and friends are plentiful! The kids are back in school, and you have likely fallen back into your fall routine. And even though the days are getting shorter, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy each and every single day of fall that lies ahead. […]

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Pizza

Be inspired to set healthy fall resolutions by remembering that, the best day to begin is today. Starting today prepares you for tomorrow. The things we accomplish in the short term yield long-term changes and results. We have officially reached the last four months of 2012, and the countdown to 2013 is on. Most of […]

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Avocado and Mini Babybel Close

Has fall hit your household yet? For many of you, there is a good chance that the weather is not showing signs of fall yet! By late August, I’m ready for the temperature to drop from 100 degrees to the mid-70s. I’m also ready to get into a fall routine. The summer is so much […]

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Light Close

You should have seen his face when I told my husband I would combine a few of his favorite things: burgers, tostadas and The Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges. He thought it would look similar to a heaping helping of nachos. Instead, I delivered this to him. The most wonderful moments in my life are those […]

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Cucumber Stack

Instead of hearing their children say, “Ew… I don’t want to eat those green things,” moms and dads have been getting creative. It’s not uncommon to hear about all the ways to sneak fruits, vegetables and other “undesirable foods” into smoothies, muffins, sandwiches and more. I thought about that concept of sneaking. I’m always looking […]

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My husband: It’s so nice out today. We should have a few people over tonight for a BBQ. Me: Tonight? We haven’t planned anything. My husband: We’ll be fine. It will be fun! Are you a pre-planning type of person like me? Do you plan everything, live by to-do lists and typically struggle with last-minute […]

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SKH_Stress Free Summer

Seeing as how the official summer kickoff is just a few short weeks away, I’m preparing for a relaxing, stress- free summer. Why? Well, because there should be no such thing as stress during the summer! I like to leave that with the winter doldrums. You should vow to do the same! Here are 5 […]

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I might be biased, but hiking is one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities. Then again, how could you argue with a view like this! Spring is truly here and summer is just around the corner! I live for the outdoors this time of year. I can’t get enough of the fresh air, beautiful scenery […]

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Dance fitness group

I have been on almost every diet possible. I guess you could say it’s just a part of my ugly dieting past. I have also studied and have access to (literally) 100 different dietary theories. Today, I am the first to admit that diet is truly just a 4-letter word. A diet, no matter which […]

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Strawberries

There’s more to being healthy than simply eating right and exercising. It’s a common misperception that vegetables and running 3 miles per day will make us the face of “perfect health.” Don’t get me wrong, those are absolutely a part of the equation; they are not the entire equation. A + B does not equal […]

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SKH_adult spring break

Spring break: Like it, love it or leave it? As a child, teenager and young 20-something, spring break was always a love it. A full week off with nothing to do or think about except fun, entertainment, friends, family and usually white, sandy beaches.  Spring break was the kickoff to longer days and the summer […]

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morning yoga

I have always been an early riser. When I was very young, I used to wake my parents up bright and early. I’ve never been able to sleep in much past 7am. My mother used to “guarantee” that that would all change as I got older. She would say eventually I would long for the […]

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Quinoa

Imagine: You wake up to the sound of clashing ocean waves, birds chirping and the warm sunlight shining perfectly through your window. You get up at your own pace, grab coffee, check your email and Facebook and enjoy an hour-long breakfast. You continue on with your day, doing as you please; cooking and baking for […]

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Acorn Squash Stuffed Quinoa  Blue Cheese

Our hearts are powerful and enable us to endure every workout and  enjoy every bite we take. Most importantly, they are the key to the happiness that fills our days, months and years. “Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the […]

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Three Ways to Spend Valentines Day

Before you stop to do anything else this Valentine’s Day, ask yourself once question: How will you love you on February 14? Once you’ve got that down, the rest comes so much easier and it is so much more fun! Remember, the most important relationship we can ever have is the one we have with […]

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Pairings and a Bowl of Soup

A cozy blanket, the warm fireplace,  cup of hot tea, comfort food – Have any of these things helped you settle in with winter yet? We are almost a month into the season and rather than spending our time wishing for brighter, warmer days, why don’t  we embrace the now in the most positive way […]

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Travel Destinations

Do you dream of white, sandy beaches and hot, sunny days this time of year? Do you secretly wish Frosty the Snowman would just melt already? Is drinking hot cocoa and cozying up by the fireplace giving you the winter blues? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might just need to […]

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SKH Snack

Even though Black Friday was a few weeks ago, let’s be honest – your holiday shopping is not finished yet. If you’re like me, you’ve barely begun. But once I begin shopping, I typically don’t stop until my checklist is complete (this typically takes place in one day)! Since my list of recipients expands each […]

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Mother helping son fishing. Fish has eaten bait again.

If you had to choose between breathing the air of over populated cities or breathing the fresh air outdoors, which would you prefer? I spend a ton of time indoors at the gym doing various workouts and giving up my gym membership is not an option. But I jump at every chance I get to […]

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