Saturday, July 8

BOSSMODE / What I Pack for a Big Convention

Next week is our company's big annual convention in New Orleans and I am so very excited to get to see all my coach friends and hug their necks and be surrounded by people who are just as passionate about this as I am! It's so fun. But first... packing!

I am notorious about waiting until midnight the night before our flight to start packing. So this time I'm trying to be proactive and get all packed up a day in advance. Less stress this way! If you are packing for the convention too, especially if this is your first time, hopefully, this list helps! And even if you aren't a coach coming to New Orleans, most big companies have annual conventions and this list might help you plan and prep for your own trip!


First things first, you've got to know what types of things you'll need. So check the schedule of your event. For our convention (which is called Coach Summit), we have opening and closing ceremonies, breakout sessions, group workouts, and a few parties. So I know I'm going to need a couple dressier outfits, some professional casual stuff that I can walk around a lot comfortably in, a few workout outfits, and at least one formal outfit for recognition time! Check your timeline of events so you know what you'll need!

With annual conventions you need a mix of business tools and casual items. At our big annual convention there is a big mix of styles and formality. But I have always been of the impression that you should dress as the businessperson you want to be. If you pay attention to the leaders in your business, they are usually put together and looking professional all the time. It takes a little bit more effort, but it will also make you feel more confident and help people see you as the business person you truly are!

To me, that means that I don't stay in sweaty workout clothes all day. I also don't show up to opening and closing ceremonies in shorts or jeans. I imagine to myself, "What if today the CEO came up to me to talk about my business?" and I dress in such a way that I'd feel like I'd make an impression on him as someone who takes herself and her business seriously. That's just me though. I think the most important thing is just making sure that you feel really confident and great in whatever you pack so that when you are taking pictures, meeting new people, and meeting your corporate teams you feel great in your skin and you can be yourself and let yourself shine.

Here's what I'm packing:

packing list for annual convention

A few items you'll see on here that are MUST HAVE'S for conventions that you might not have thought about if you haven't been to one yet are cardigans or blazers for layering. Even if it's summer (like it is for our convention) the rooms where training and breakout sessions happen are usually super chilly. Bringing some lightweight items you can layer will keep you from being so cold you can't focus. Another thing you don't want to forget is a battery booster pack for your phone. Because you will run out of battery during those long convention days, trust me. And lastly, dry shampoo. It's your convention week best friend. You wont have tons of time between morning workouts and the day's events so dry shampoo will help you save time and still look put together! Also, don't forget your busuiness credit card or debit card because you are on a work trip and a lot of your expenses can be written off for your taxes that year!

Most importantly, plan to have fun, to feel good in your clothes, to present yourself professionally, and to bring your A game to learn, grow, and connect! These conventions are so much fun and you want to be present in the moment, not worrying about your outfits or what you packed! So plan ahead, resolve to have fun no matter what, and make the most of your trip!

Friday, June 30

MAKE // 90 Second Grain-Free Bread

paleo primal gluten free bread

I am all about kitchen magic. Simple things that are quick and still healthy are like my holy grail. And as someone who has food sensitivities, it can naturally be more tricky. I'm gluten free 100% of the time because I have Hashimotos. But beyond that I've noticed that I am able to maintain my weight and feel better when I'm also grain free.

One of my favorite meals for lunch are sandwhiches. So when I found out I had to go gluten free I was so sad. And gluten free bread is just a bit sad too. It's so expensive and so tiny that I feel like I'm eating an elf-sized sandwhich and it's just a bummer.

Enter this incredible recipe I learned from some low carb friends! It is so stinking easy and it is so very delicious that I have no desire to ever go back to regular bread or even regular gluten free bread! When I shared this recipe step by step in my Instagram story you guys flipped out! And I got tons of messages asking more about it! (If you aren't following me on instagram, you're missing out!) Today I'm going to teach you how to make 90 Second Bread at home and I think it just might change your life.

First things first, you need to gather your ingredients:
➳ 3 tbs almond flour
➳ 2 tbs butter (melted)
➳ 1/2 tsp baking powder
➳ 1 egg

In a small mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix up with a spoon until they are all combined. Pro tip: let your melted butter cool down just a smidge or it will actually start to cook your egg and you'll end up with little eggy clumps which is fine really but will mess up the texture so just let the butter cool on your countertop for a minute before you add it in.

Grab a microwave safe plate (or ramekin) and spray it with olive oil or your favorite nonstick spray. (Please please please choose one that is natural. We use a stainless steel sprayer and put our own extra virgin olive oil in it so we know it's the good stuff!) Then spread your mixture evenly. If you use a plate, you'll end up with a bigger, thinner end result. If you use a smaller bowl or ramekin you're bread will be more like an english muffin.

Pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds! Now you've got three minutes to do with what you will. Maybe have a dance party. Maybe make a smoothie. Maybe relish 3 minutes of doing nothing. I have faith in you that you'll come up with something great to do here.

Use a spatula or a chef's knife to take it off the plate and cut into two pieces. If you did yours on a plate like I do, you'll end up with two half-circle shaped pieces that almost look like a pita pocket when you stack em. If you did yours in a bowl you'll cut yours in half midway through like a biscuit.

Now here's my biggest pro tip: the bread is ready to eat now. But if you really wanna level up, pop it in the toaster for a minute or two. I don't know what sort of buttery black magic happens when you do this, but it crisps up the bread a smidge and the butter flavor really comes out. It's scrumptious. And it's worth waiting another minute or two for!

Load up your sandwich with your favorites! Mine are chipotle avocado oil mayo and turkey, ham, and cheese! Fold your sandwich meat and cheese in half and it will fit perfectly. See? I thought of everything for you! Start to finish this is about a 5-minute lunch. Grab a piece of dark chocolate because you deserve it! Enjoy!

Let me know if you try it and what your favorite sandwich recipe ends up being! I hope you love this as much as I do!!! xo, B

Wednesday, May 31

In Which I Took My Kid Off Sugar and Put Him On Fat

Hey friends! I hope summer break is treating you well! I'm writing you from my living room table. Nate and Little Man are on the floor in the living room with no less than one thousand lego pieces strewn all around like quicksand between them. It's a little bit overcast outside which is pretty much par for the course in Central Florida in the summer. We're trying hard to balance working from home with a kid around, coming up with fun things to entertain him, and also trying to inspire him to entertain himself. I will report back on how that goes. HAHA!

This letter isn't about our summer plans though. I want to tell you about a subtle shift we made that is making a huge difference in our family's quality of life together and that is that we took Little Man off sugar and put him on fat.

I know, it sounds weird. But stay with me.

He's been eating us out of house and home in some sort of early summer growth spurt and every 10 minutes I'm being asked for another snack. Then for the next 10 minutes, he's bouncing and climbing over furniture, climbing on me, knocking things over (because spacial awareness is not a 5-year-old's area of expertise) and generally whirling around our house like a tiny brown-haired tornado. I know he's a kid and that is just what kids do. But as moms, we also know our kids, and we know when their behavior is "off". You know?

A month ago my husband and I decided to start incorporating more healthy fats into our life and to cut all sugar, grains, and almost all carbs to see what happened. We'd been researching and finding some really interesting results with cholesterol and triglycerides (his struggle) and with hormone and auto-immune issues (my struggle) so we decided, why not?

A few weeks in, we were already feeling like new people, but we were still feeding our kiddo his normal meals. They were healthy (ish) to be sure. Way healthier than most kids. But we noticed he was struggling to stay full, struggling to sit still (ish) while he eats, struggling to not be a whirling dervish in our house climbing on everything and knocking everything over constantly...

(Now before you sick the mom blog police on me, I know he's a kid. I'm totally cool with him being his jumping, climbing, fun-loving little 5-year-old self. But I'm also his mom, and I knew this behavior was beyond the normal. I knew the way you just know when you're a mom.)

So... we decided to do a sugar audit. And MERCY! The sugar in normal, "healthy" kids stuff is astronomical. NO WONDER he couldn't sit still. No wonder his moods were all over the place. No wonder he was never full! In his breakfast alone he was almost getting his full daily amount of sugar. And this is in healthy oatmeals and healthy brands of cereal. I smacked my head. How did I miss this?!

So what we did was we started small. We swapped the vanilla almond milk for unsweetened. We swapped the oatmeal and cereal for eggs cooked in ghee and some ham or bacon. We swapped peanut butter and jelly on bread for meat and cheese roll ups with pistachios and berries on the side. We swapped goldfish for high-quality cheese cubes as snacks. We added coconut oil to "nice cream" for our afternoon treats. And he eats what we eat for dinner so it's healthy fat and protein and veggies.

And you know what? He went from taking an hour to eat his dinner getting up and hopping around every 2 minutes to sitting at the table peacefully enjoying his meal in one normal-length time period.

He went from asking me for snacks every 10 minutes to being full for an hour or so. He went from asking me for bread to asking me for roll-ups. He still loves oatmeal and goldfish but they aren't an everyday staple. His moods have balanced out. No more giant world-shattering temper tantrums all day. He can roll with the punches better. He's not crashing and burning on sugar all day!

It has been an incredible shift. And I'm sure I'm late to the party on this but I wanted to share because if it's helped us, maybe it will help you too! High-fat kids, who would have thought?! I knew that healthy fats were important for babies' brain development so I'm not sure why I forgot about it now that he's a kid. Probably just life and all the peer pressure of cheddar bunnies and gummy's and sandwiches for kids his age. But we are all loving upping our healthy fats and cutting our sugar this summer! Our house is so much more mellow, even-keeled, and happy!

Here are some of our favorite higher healthy fat things we've added into our days in case you need some ideas for where to start...

hflc lchf kids snacks

So that's what's new with me this week! What's new with you friend?

xo, B


Monday, May 22

Beachbody is Expanding to the United Kingdom in Fall 2017!


Beachbody is officially launching in the UK in the fall of 2017! What does that mean? Well, that means if you're a Brit, you will soon be able to join my challenge groups, get Beachbody on Demand, Shakeology, the Performance Products, and all my FAVORITE products that you see me talk about!

And perhaps even MORE EXCITING, you'll soon have the opportunity to become a COACH! And since my Arrow Tribe of coaches is expanding into the UK, that means you'll have the opportunity to sign up with me as your mentor! You'll be able to join our team's world class New Coach Training, you'll be mentored via video chats by yours truly, you'll be able to crush your wellness goals while building an amazing business as a coach from home! YES YES YES!!!!

My biggest PASSION is helping women get unstuck. Unstuck from a body they don't feel comfortable in. Unstuck from limiting beliefs about what they can do. And Unstuck financially or in their careers by helping give you the tools and training to do what I do and to ROCK at it!

This fall you'll be able to apply to join our 2x Elite, 2X Top 50 ranked team!!!!! We are waiting for you! This is a pretty incredible ground floor opportunity to be one of the very FIRST coaches in the UK with one of the best teams at your back helping you learn how to be successful in this business!
Where my UK friends at?! We need to chat right now! Email me asap if you're interested so we can start chatting, I can answer your questions, and we can start brainstorming your launch plan for fall!
The Arrow Tribe is expanding to the UK! Who is going to be a ground floor member of my European Dream Team!?!


Wednesday, May 17

On Ditching Adult Bullies and Finding Your Tribe

Have you ever been bullied by another adult? We all think about bullies as being kids who pick on other kids on playgrounds. But adults can be bullies too. I know, I dealt with one. Bare with me, this one gets personal...

I remember it like it was yesterday. In my house, on my turf, pretending like she had good intentions. Pretending to care for me when I was at my most vulnerable. I had taken my life and flipped it upside down. I was making, at that point, the biggest and toughest decision of my life. I was choosing to walk away from a 7 year relationship. No one could understand why and they didn't try. (But they sure did judge!) No one supported it. But I knew deep down it was what had to be done.

Then there she was. In all her self-righteous bully glory. She looked me in the face and told me one of the cruelest things any human has ever said to me. Something no one should ever say to anyone else, let alone someone already in a vulnerable place. It was a knife that cut right through me.

And just like that, my faith in an entire sisterhood crumbled to the ground. 5 years of friendship with these women, of sharing secrets and rooms and all the memories of my college experience. Just like that it came crumbling down around my feet. I saw them all in a new light. I felt every wall in my heart shoot up to the sky. Women friends were not to be trusted.

Women friends were not to be trusted. That was the message I learned that day. They would only be your friend as long as you stayed in line, went with the status quo, didn't rock their pretty little boat.

I lived like that for years. Not allowing any women close to me. Having mostly male friends. Not caring to pursue any relationships with people that shared my extra X chromosome.

Then three and a half years ago something amazing happened.

I found myself plopped right smack dap into an organization of women. A sisterhood. And I felt the fear rise up again. I felt like I had been thrown into the deep end barely knowing how to swim.

I felt the fear, but I pushed forward anyway because I also felt a spark of hope. Hope that this time things would be different.

And you guys, it was! Three and a half years from deciding to give girlfriends another try and now I have an entire TRIBE of passionate, loving, giving, beautiful female souls that I get to connect with every day through our private team page you can see here in this photo. We share our hearts, our dreams, our struggles. We lift each other up. We speak life into each other's dreams. We don't give up on each other when someone rocks the boat. We dig in. We share more than just business ideas and advice, we share our lives. I'm on the verge of tears just writing about it because it is such a 180 from my experience before. This team, this tribe is so much more than my business. It's my heart. It's my lifeline. It's my community and my village.

If you've been broken by yours in the past like I was I hope you won't give up. I hope you'll keep a tiny part of your heart open. I know it's hard. Find the others. Find the ones not shaken by life's ups and downs, who love recklessly and tirelessly and who match your passion beat for beat! They are out there! My Arrow Girls are proof of that!

(Wanna join us? Talk to me about it here!) 
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