April 17, 2014


CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez

CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez


Meet Lauren Lopez Rocking the baby bump on the April cover of Healthy Housewives!


April 16, 2014

Building Healthy Business

ImageLeaving the comforts of Corporate America was probably one of the creepiest decisions I’ve made, alongside walking in a bikini and six-inch high heels, and getting married. Sheer, anxiety-laced panic poured over me followed closely by an equally powerful, peaceful calm, which I can only assume was gifted to me by a higher being. “No regrets!” I’ve had a personal mantra since my teenage years when I second-guessed everything I did. Confidence must have been still building in me, because a mentor at the time reminded me that if I was frozen with fear, just take the next small step. Then I’ll take another small step, and then another… you get the idea.

That advice and subsequent smaller steps got me onto the pageant stage, off of the corporate stage, and also supported my growth as a businesswoman, wife, and step-mom. Breaking apart your big fears into smaller, more manageable steps doesn’t remove all of the anxiety. Nor, is it easy! I learned the art of literally throwing yourself out there and having faith that everything will land just as it should. It doesn’t mean everything will land as you think it should, but perhaps your view isn’t the bigger, gorgeous view it should be. Going into business for yourself is a great way to make your passion your life’s work, but this opportunity comes with some sacrifice.

Friends poke fun at me for not knowing some of the latest pop culture names or television shows. No, I probably don’t watch your favorite show, and yes, I’m sure I am missing out. When I do watch T.V., it’s for research for a job or project. I declined more invitations than I would have liked last year, simply because focus and commitment were necessary to plant the seeds of my coaching and spokesperson work. I’ve never been a big shopper, but going into business for myself made me the most efficient catalog/online shopper around. I can do all of my Christmas shopping within two mugs during coffee time.

ImageI keep first things first, and family time is a priority. It gets an appointment. Everything gets an appointment, and this tip makes the list below. It’s that important! It’s a busy time in our household, and no moment gets wasted. For my fellow female small business owners, here are my top Business Building Tips keeping your holistic health in mind. You can follow these while you’re in your current job, or if you’re a full-time mom wanting to start a business of your own.

#1 – Make Appointments for Everything

Yes, quiet time gets an appointment. If it’s important to you, write it down and set a time. I spent too long thinking this appeared impersonal. It’s not. Rather, you’re telling someone they are worth prioritizing and blocking time for. What an awesome feeling to give someone! My workout, reading time, pup walks and play times, dinner time, and social events all get appointment times in my book. If someone needs you during a blocked time (even if it’s your hair-primping time), you say, “I’m sorry, I am booked” and propose a new time.

#2 – Make Gradual Changes

I thought I would love having a flexible schedule, starting and stopping work when I wanted to every day, and it really is. The surprise was how difficult it was to break away from the corporate routine. I didn’t give any thought to the fact I was addicted to waking up to an alarm clock and going to sleep after The Late Show. The anxiety took about a year to ease away. I even drove to my old place of employment once, on the way to a client meeting in the same area. What? At the same time, since I did have flexibility, I over-booked clients in the beginning (I was growing my clientele) and working long days. I got burn out quickly, and grew frustrated. “I’m doing what I want to do now, why am I so over-worked and stressed?” Just because you love what you do, doesn’t mean you want to do it all day every day, either. Gradually alter your routine, your client appointments, and your schedule. Like starting a new health routine, subtle changes can reap huge benefits. Use this tactic with your new business venture.  

Image#3 – Wake Up, Dress Up, Show Up!

Starting your own business doesn’t mean professionalism is out the window. If anything, you need to step it up a notch to win your clients. As a professional spokesperson, I’m used to getting dressed up and ready for show time; however, my role as a Holistic Wellness Coach allowed for a more granola, yoga pants-wearing, big bun hair attire. I will sport this look on a day booked with detoxification or nutritional coaching; however, even on these days, I may dress up to promote my work and business with polish and poise. When you go into business for yourself, you’re a walking business card. Keep this in mind as you prep for the day.

#4 – Vision Boards

Remember mind mapping from school (or maybe from your last staff meeting?) As a business owner, you get to make your own vision board with crayons, paint, glitter, or photos, and post it in your home office. Having a visual reminder of where you want to go will right-set your vision for the day. Self-motivation is imperative as a business owner. You can’t rely on someone else, or a team, to generate motivation for you. It’s all you, girl! (guys too!) A really cool thing is that you can switch stuff around too—goals and visions change all the time. (Like life!) 

Image#5 – Traditional Communication Rocks!

I love thank you notes, coffee dates, and client files/journals. I am grateful for technology, social media, and efficiency tools, but I think traditional communication still has a place in business and relationship building. My business tells a story and it’s cool to sit and reflect on messages communicated and relationships built in one business day. Sometimes, once the day slows down and the sun sets on your hard day of work, you’ll recall moments of appreciation to record and perhaps acknowledge with a note. Don’t under-estimate the appreciation factor with everything you do.

If you have any favorite tips or habits, please share in a comment. Lifting one another up with inspiration and goodness is a great way to make building your own business a little less creepy. Keep up the great work! Lacey


April 14, 2014

Easy Banana-Apple Bars


Morning, Friends! These delicious banana bars are super easy to make, and your family and friends will love them! Even better, you can dress them up or down. If you need a quick kid-friendly snack, serve a couple of the bars with some milk or yogurt. For a simple springtime dessert, you can serve these bars with your favorite healthy frozen yogurt or frozen fruit sorbet on the side. If you want something extra special, drizzle some melted dark chocolate across the bars and the yogurt, and garnish the yogurt with fresh mint. So pretty and easy!


  • 3 bananas, ripe
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 large red apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Stir in rolled oats, chopped apple, applesauce, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir thoroughly and set aside for 15-20 minutes. Add parchment paper to a baking pan, and spread mixture in the pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. After removing from oven, allow bars to cool before slicing them.

love fruit

Have a blessed and happy week!


April 10, 2014

Confession Time!

I am fascinated with the art of burlesque. I love the art of the seductive dance, the lace, the corsets, the show and the out and out athleticism and showmanship it requires to perform burlesque.  Last week, I was lucky enough to attend Dita Von Teese’s show Strip! Strip! Hooray! in Dallas at the House of Blues.  The show was amazing! Dita’s dance, costumes and stage props were like nothing I have seen before.

So my confession, I’ve always wanted to learn burlesque! I’ve signed up with a couple of the other HH ladies for Burlesque school with a mini performance at the end of the training.  My strip tease will end with my pasties over my bikini top and shorts for sure! But what a thrill and why not try something new and out of my comfort zone!

And after seeing Dita’s show with women of all shapes and color, I’m thinking why not!?

Link to Dita’s website with stills and video from the show!



Here is a great board on Burlesque!




April 9, 2014

Two Words That Changed My Life

Cellular Detox.


It breaks my heart when I hear someone hurting because they are sick, achy, or waiting in another doctor’s office. I’m sure they’ve completed a round or two of antibiotics or become regular users of a favorite OTC medication. I’ve definitely been there, and I got so frustrated with the cycle of sick, medicine, fuzzy-headed, well-for-a-minute, then sick again. It’s no way to spend your spring. Heads up for the allergy sufferers: toxic body + debris backup + allergies = sinus infection. The “bad stuff” gets stuck in an inflamed body and grows, attacks, and weakens the entire immune system. (There’s just nothing sexy about that sentence.)

Educating myself about the benefits of cellular detox and ioncleansing was life-changing! I know that sounds dramatic, and I mean for it to be. Our lives, our bodies, our health is worth getting a little passionate about. When I learned that while there’s nothing (well, okay, I can do a little) I can do to control the toxicity level of our planet, food quality, or air pollution, I have COMPLETE control over my internal environment. Your body? It’s yours to care for! You can rejuvenate your cells or you can contribute to their demise. Lifestyle choices, food/drink consumption, hygiene products, and stress all contribute to bodily strain. Holistic remedies such as massage, meditation, ion cleanses, laser therapies, and prayer purify your cells. Read: help reverse free-radical damage! Freedom!

Write down everything you’re going to ask of our body today. I’ll share mine: I’m going to workout, eat a good breakfast, be on my iPhone way too much, breathe in toxic air, stress about work stuff a bit, let a negative person get to me… I’m probably grabbing a second cup of coffee at some point because it’s a busy afternoon, using toxic beauty products (because they work), eat a nourishing lunch and dinner, but I’ll be entertaining tonight and will have 2.5 alcoholic beverages. Oh! And an Andes mint on the way out of the restaurant. I’ll get to sleep way too late. (Brutal honesty here.)

IMG_3286That’s just one day. Over time, your body says DONE! Don’t let it get to that point. I manage my crazy life with regular ion cleanses, sweating, chiropractic adjustments and massage. If I get injured, I get a low-level laser treatment, to help my cells repair, and I drink juice made from whole green leafy stuff.

By giving yourself a little love from time to time, you can reduce your sick time because your cells will stay strong and capable of fighting off adverse elements.


The “right” food, drinks, and supplements are relative to your beliefs and decisions. Sometimes your intentions may be to eat/drink clean and then life happens. (Your niece wants you to sit down and eat her pancakes and side of muffin with her.) 😊 I live for moments like that!

Our bodies can handle a lot, but sadly, we are asking more from our bodies every day with little rejuvenation time. Don’t conform to the world’s sickness/medication/sickness cycle. Talk to your favorite holistic wellness coach and get started on your personal wellness program today. It looks different for everyone depending on what’s important to you. For me, it’s staying energized and strong, so I can do life well. Life is way to short to be sick. –Lacey Pruett

April 8, 2014

Living Wheat-Free for Dummies

ImageThink about the last time you felt fatigued, bloated, irritated, or sick. Did someone (maybe even yourself) give you medicine to help the symptoms? Did you ever find out the source of the pain or discomfort? As a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, I help individuals find the source of their pain, provide solutions to heal, and share lifestyle tips that will nurture healthier living. Until recently, my dietary restrictions were few. I eat healthfully, and I watched my portions, but I didn’t restrict a certain food group. That changed as I learned more about how our food is processed in America (where I live) and what is allowed into our food sources. I don’t feel that any food source is bad, with respect for exceptions like specific allergies or personal medical conditions. Rather, I fear that the way certain food sources are processed and utilized restricts us from consuming and enjoying our food. Further, our food sources, processed under current guidelines (or lack there of) could be slowly killing us.

Until recently, I didn’t buy into the gluten-free, wheat-free lifestyles. I didn’t think it pertained to me since I enjoy meals with gluten and wheat (two different ingredients) without any serious, adverse health concerns. I know people with Celiac and similar diseases have to steer clear of all gluten and wheat. This isn’t me. Then I started noticing a change in how I felt after a bigger meal. Let me clarify that even a bigger meal didn’t mean over-eating for me. I’m pretty good at watching my portions, but when those portions were filled with more wheat or gluten (I didn’t know the difference at first), I noticed a sluggish, tiredness about an hour after I ate. This wasn’t a good thing for the social life. Still, I didn’t correlate wheat or gluten with the feeling. I simply resolved that “something didn’t agree with me” at that meal. After recording a month of meals, I noticed a pattern of adverse feelings associated with particular foods. I have to give dairy some credit here too, as I noticed cheese becoming a culprit to my good health. (It’s always that which you love most, isn’t it?)

When Rusty’s book, Living Wheat Free for Dummies, arrived, I thought, perfect timing! Let’s get to the bottom of this nonsense once and for all. After reading his book, I feel dumb for suffering so long. Was I bent over in pain after eating wheat and gluten? No, but the discomfort I felt wasn’t necessary either. Thank goodness the no-nonsense approach of his book cut-to-the-chase, so to speak. I wasn’t in the mood to learn the origin of wheat (which is available in the book for those of you who care) or who is to blame for it’s demise (which is also discussed, if desired.) I wanted to know why living wheat-free was all-of-the-sudden on every newsstand, book stand, and news show. It seemed to be a social topic that appeared out of nowhere, which up to now, I ignored. If you’re looking for a great starting point or if you’re curiosity is building, I recommend grabbing a copy of Living Wheat-Free for Dummies. Here’s a snap-shot list of why:

  • No time? Good! Rusty gives chapter references for specific topics related to wheat-free living, so no matter your current education on the subject, you can skip through or target specific needs/interests given the day.
  • Not ready? Fine! Use the book as preliminary study, as nobody is forcing you to sign over your rights to eat wheat or gluten after you purchase the book. You are in charge of your own body. Rusty authored an easy-to-read, inclusive tutorial on living a wheat-free lifestyle to serve as a daily coach as you implement new things into your diet.
  • Scared? I was! There’s no need because Rusty shared excellent recipes and how-tos in his book. He also discusses going cold turkey or gradually cutting wheat and gluten out. Again, you have choices—you are in control.
  • I can’t! You’re wrong. I challenge you to open your mind a bit and educate yourself on the evolution of wheat in our country. Even if you don’t change your own lifestyle, you could bless someone with your new-found knowledge of living wheat free and how wheat and gluten both affect our body’s systems, possibly even saving a life or two! Who doesn’t want to be a superhero?

I want to share a favorite recipe from Rusty (found in his book, Living Wheat-Free for Dummies):

Hidden Veggie Smoothie


I put my green drinks into fancy glasses. I makes me feel like I’m celebrating. Toasting my health. Cheers!

1.5 cups almond milk

¼ cup whey protein powder

¼ cup hemp protein powder

1 oz raw almonds

1 medium frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ cup frozen kale

½ avocado

Blend milk, protein powders, almonds together well, then blend in other ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

What else will you find within the pages? Over 40 meal recipes that are free of wheat or gluten, tips and further explanation resources to key concerns, a kitchen checklist, exercise programs, how to dine out on a wheat/gluten-free diet, and ways to track your progress. It’s like you get a mini-coach and accountability partner with the book.  It leaves this skeptical girl with nothing left to question or ask. With Living Wheat-Free for Dummies by your side, you can confidently navigate wheat-free living and still enjoy a fit and fun lifestyle. You can order yours now on Amazon or through the author’s website at rustygregory.com.  

April 7, 2014

Fuel Your Workout: Green Machine

strong is the new

How do you feed yourself for your workouts? Do you have trouble coming up with small meals that will fill you up but not make you feel bloated? I’ve struggled with my pre-workout meal over the years, but through trial and error, I found several solid options that work for me. Scrambled egg whites and oatmeal are great at filling me up, yet they are neutral enough to digest easily. I also like protein smoothies with fresh fruit added—quick and yummy! Your body may respond differently and therefore may need different fuel. But whatever that fuel is, you must figure it out!

Avoid the Bonk

First and foremost, make sure you get all your meals in throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, get a bite of lunch, and then eat a small snack, you may still hit the wall when it’s go time. To avoid the dreaded “bonk” and for some great pre-workout snack ideas, check out my post “Hitting the Wall” (http://thehealthyhousewives.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/hitting-the-wall/).


Find Your Feel-Good Snack


You will need to experiment with various foods and see how they make you feel. Look for options that make you feel satisfied yet clean.

  • Does a bowl of cereal leave you hungering for more?
  • Does yogurt tear up your system?
  • Are you a little weak, even after devouring the packet of almonds and a green juice?
  • Does bread sometimes puff you up like Winnie the Pooh?


My Favorite Fuel

My favorite protein smoothie du jour is something I call the Green Machine. It’s super simple, tastes amazing (if a little grassy), and fills me up without weighing me down.

Green Machine

Pre-workout meal or afternoon snack–you decide!

  • 1.5 scoops whey or vegan protein powder*
  • 1-1.5 c. almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 serving green phytofoods (Amazing Grass–Green Superfoods, ORAC berry)
  • 1 Tbsp. flax oil blend (Udo’s 3·6·9 Blend)
  • Few cubes of ice (optional)

Blend and enjoy!


*Favorite whey protein: Syntha-6 in Strawberry Milkshake

Favorite vegan protein: Sunwarrior Classic Blend in Vanilla


Good luck and happy fueling!


April 3, 2014


Excited to rock a bikini after pregnancy!

Excited to rock a bikini after pregnancy!



Hey y’all! It’s Ashley!
WHEW, let me tell you, it’s been a seriously crazy couple of weeks! It is currently 10:15pm and this is my time to settle down and unwind. Bryan (hubby) and I have put Beau (baby) to bed, settled the dogs down for the night, enjoyed our dinner and now get to relax. Our days are long, but they are worth it!

Winding down after a long day...ahhh...

Winding down after a long day…ahhh…

With work thrown back into the mix, I’ve had to figure out how to get to the gym in time to get a solid workout in. I can no longer go in the middle of the day or late at night. My gym’s hours are 4:30am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday, 4:30am-7:00p on Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and 8:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. The answer to my dilemma? Wake up at 4:15am and get to the gym by 4:45am (or 5:00am if I hit the snooze button!) before my mind realizes what in the world I’m doing!! Is it tough? You bet. I’m absolutely not a morning person. At. All. However, I’m very much of the mindset that I can make time to get my workouts in, not excuses as to why I can’t. It’d be easy to say “that’s too early,” or “I’m too busy with work, hubby and Beau.” The truth is that I am busy. But I also want to reach my goals and to be able to live healthy and take care of myself. So, that means making time for me. Even if it is crazy, stupid early!

Healthy meal prep is essential as a new mother or I will make bad choices.

Healthy meal prep is essential as a new mother or I will make bad choices.

I still do my meal prep. In fact, after we laid Beau down tonight (around 8:30pm), I was in the kitchen chopping, slicing, dicing, steaming and sautéing meals to have ready to simply grab-and-go in the mornings when I’m running out the door to work. Has it made for a long night? Ya, a little bit. But it’s absolutely worth it!! I won’t have any excuse to order out for lunch or to grab cookies for snacks. I HIGHLY recommend spending a couple hours one night a week to cook some healthy food and make some healthy snacks to have readily available and easy to take with you. It’s amazing how much time and effort it saves you throughout the week!
And now, because I’m not busy enough, I’ve teamed up with Marzia and am a distributor for It Works! Have you heard of that crazy wrap thing? Have you seen what the wraps and/or creams can do? Y’all, it’s amazing stuff! You should ask me about it. In fact, I’ll go ahead and give you a peek preview! It’s no secret that Beau left me with some pretty fancy stretch marks. However, I’ve been using the Stretch Mark cream for about 3 weeks and have done 2 wraps from It Works! The stretch marks have faded SIGNIFICANTLY and the wraps have helped with the weight loss and toning. It’s like having your own personal at-home spa experience. And I’m not just saying all of this to try and convince you to contact me about it, I promise (although you should! Visit my page at http://www.BodyBellisimo.com to see all the products). I’m saying this because I had to try it out for myself and see it to believe it. And holy moly y’all! I’ve got pictures to prove that the It Works! products ACTUALLY WORK!! And they feel amazing!

I couldn't believe it till I tried it.

I couldn’t believe it till I tried it.

My life is busy. Beau. Bryan. Dogs. Family. Friends. Work. Working out. Blogging on my Facebook Fitness page (https://www.facebook.com/F3byACG). Blogging for the Healthy Housewives Transformation series. Meal Prepping. I’m probably forgetting something. Would I change any of it? Absolutely not!
Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I truly believe that God doesn’t give me any more than I can handle, nor does He let me take on more than I can handle. I choose to believe that my future is bright and I am determined to make sure that I live, and inspire others to live, a healthy lifestyle.

With each passing week, I feel better and better!

With each passing week, I feel better and better!

From one crazy, busy full-time professional, wife and mommy to all of you – living a healthy lifestyle is absolutely possible! Stick with it! I’ll check back in soon with more progress and possibly crazy stories!

To try the stretchmark cream go to www.bodybellisimo.com

To try the stretchmark cream go to http://www.bodybellisimo.com

Ashley Casalini Garcia



March 31, 2014

I do NOT count calories 
I just don’t
No matter how many times you ask me how many calories you should be eating, i will always tell you to quit worrying about that and to focus on WHAT you are eating. I have recommended it before, and I will recommend it again…READ THIS BOOK 

even if you don’t go “Paleo” there are a lot of principles in here that will change your life. I don’t want you to have to weigh your food, count your calories, and stress over every bite that you take. You should be focused on putting good food into your body that will make you MORE HEALTHY. If you do this, and train hard, you will see the results that you want, not only for a short period of time, but for a lifetime. See , life isn’t about getting ready for events…its about being ready for EVERY event! 



March 28, 2014







Recognized at 2013’s year of the word caught on from the President to the Pope. Anyone and everyone takes selfie’s of their life. In case you have been living under a rock or not into social media this is Wikipedia’s definition of selfie:

The President taking a selfie

The President taking a selfie


“A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digitalcamera or cameraphone. Selfies are often associated with socialnetworking, like Instagram. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies” or “ussies”.”

The Pope and his peeps taking a selfie

The Pope and his peeps taking a selfie

No kidding, I was training a client the other day and I was talking about taking a selfie and she said “A what?” I looked at her like she was an alien. She was serious. She had never heard of the word selfie! And I am 10 years older than her. Blew my mind! I thought everyone knew. Even my 7 year old niece knew what a selfie was!

With my niece #valenciafilter

With my niece #valenciafilter


Now that you are caught up to speed on what a selfie is, you might need to read this too. In case you need instructions on how to take a selfie: http://m.wikihow.com/Take-Good-Selfies

There are so many types of selfie’s you can take. Some of the most common ones you see are:

1. Gym selfie: Yep, we all do it. We check ourselves out when no one is looking and sometimes we get caught doing it. When we make progress, we want to show everyone. It’s like saying “Check me out! How many likes will this get me?”



2. Shameless business plug: C’mon, we all do it. We promote more than our personal business, we plug our own businesses in hopes to make some more money. Does it work? What do you think? http://www.CelebritySkinnyWraps.com ;-)



3. Damn I look good selfie: It date night or perhaps you are going out with the girls. The hair, the make up, the jewelry, and the hot little number you are wearing. Yep, I look good and I am taking a selfie you say to yourself. Just like my pic so it strokes my ego. Enough said!




4. The “See I don’t always look hot” selfie: We want the world to know that you can be real, right? The “I can be real and show you that I don’t always look good selfie” Well, maybe not…



5. Make up done/hair did selfie: So your hair is perfect and your make up is caked on, time to take a selfie. Clown face is in effect and I am channeling my inner diva for this mirror selfie.




6. Look what I am drinking/eating selfie: Do we really care what you are eating or drinking? I guess for some who really want tips on eating healthy it works. I know in my business as a fitness trainer it is. I do post images of food and products but they hardly get any likes or feedback but when I post my face eating or drinking it, the likes start flowing.

#veganelixir #juiceme

#veganelixir #juiceme


And l leave you with this #SELFIE song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0

We all do it and we are all guilty of taking selfie’s to show the world about our life. Whether they are good, bad, or ugly, just be careful what you put out there, because it is out there in cyberland for good!

All this selfie talk, I think I’m going to take a selfie…





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