Archive for March, 2014

March 14, 2014

Vids of my favorite exercises

I love to run outside!

I love to run outside!

Hey peeps! Hope you are somewhere sunny and can enjoy the weather. It’s almost Spring time! Sooooo looking forward to that.



I get asked what my favorite exercises are. So here you go in video form!

Plie squats:

Around the world on the treadmill:

Bosu Ball plank:

Floor Bridging:

Around the world lunges:

Battling ropes:

TRX Split Lunge:

Mountain Climbers:

And there you go!


March 13, 2014

Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon Kale Chips

Hi Everyone! Kathy here! I’m so geared up for spring! I’ve kicked up my workout routine and intensity  and cleaned up my diet.  Lots of salads, juice and fruit.  The only problem is that I still have a major sweet tooth to fight.

I tried the chocolate kale chips I found at Whole Foods to satisfy my sweet tooth and I was not impressed! I started thinking – what if I replaced the salt and olive oil in my regular recipe with cinnamon, sugar, and coconut oil.  Delish!!! A total success!

Now the only problem I have is eating too many!

Sweet Cinnamon Kale Chips

  • 1 head of kale (your preference)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional – I love spice so I added a couple of shakes of cayenne! The sweet, spicy and crunch of the kale is sooo good!



1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Wash and dry the kale and tear into pieces.

3. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl until coated. Spread the kale pieces onto the baking sheet.

4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, tossing the kale periodically, until crisp. Remove from oven and let cool 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

March 12, 2014

Waiting for Superman

I’ve never felt more like a super hero than when I rescued one of my pups. It was something weighing on my mind for a while (and still is), and I knew it would be adopting a pet or fostering a child. After discussing my desires with my husband, we decided the time was “more right” for the pet adoption route, at that time.

I read a funny quote which, at first, sounded silly, but after a while, I started to agree.


I’ve learned so much about life from my two dogs in the three years they’ve been in my life, and I’m not sure how to describe the shift I experienced in my world once they arrived.

I used to be a person easily annoyed by pets of any kind. They seemed expensive, messy, and needy to me. I also used to be a person who didn’t sit still long enough to care much about anything more than that which was in front of me. Being single and in the travel industry, my life didn’t seem to fit into one that would work well with a pet, so I closed my heart off to the idea. Well, until three years ago.


Maximus (my Doberman) and Samson (my Corgi/Dachshund mix) make me a better human being in several ways:

1. Take care of the basics–all they need is love, water, food, and shelter. Everything else they get (and they have a charmed life) is bonus. Sure, they enjoy it, but the basics are all they expect and need.

2. Attitude of Gratitude–These two fellas greet the day ready to play and love, and it’s non-stop. A few mornings, I recall thinking, “if only I started each day with such vigor…” Then I challenge myself to do so. “Dog park! Heck yeah, mom… Let’s go!” (No matter the weather, time, location, or how their hair looks.)

3. Loyalty and Royalty–Max and Sam have my back! I will never eat, read, pee, or work alone again. They each need to be within arm’s (or leg’s) length of me “just in case.” We’ve trained them to act appropriately, but let it be known: no visitor, gust of wind, or squirrel will ever get within ten feet of our home without a warning low-bark (quieter bark because our boys know the loud are reserved for threatening intruders.) The fact I have two live-in body guards makes me feel like royalty!


What does this have to do with health and wellness? As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I ask my clients to consider their health on a holistic level. How’s your spirit? How’s your emotional and mental stability? How’s your physical satisfaction? My pups help me keep all the above in check by reminding me every day of our basic needs. Whatever stress or strain I bring home with me from work or life, I’m guaranteed a rush-to-hug welcome and a constant companion for the evening, no matter what else may have failed or challenged me that day. Every day closes with love–and that makes me feel like a rock star.

If you haven’t felt this sort of unconditional joy from a pet yet, consider a trip to your local rescue or shelter. Someone is waiting for their personal Superman (or woman) right now. Go grab your cape! –Lacey Pruett

Message me at or on IG @laceypruett if you need some rescue recommendations. I have plenty! 😊

March 10, 2014

Make Your Water Sparkle!

The orange and mint water was tasty!

The orange and mint water was tasty!

Hi, there! It’s Brooke here. You know how important water is for your body, so why is it so hard to hydrate yourself? I struggle with getting my daily amount down as well, but I have found a solution for those of you who may prefer a bit more sparkle and flavor in your water.

Recently, I prepared a Gourmet Water Tasting at Juliette Fowler Communities (where I work) in hopes of encouraging our senior residents to drink more water. March 22 is World Water Awareness Day after all, so I was laying the groundwork. 🙂

water bird

I found 5 recipes for fruit- and herb-infused water for my friends to sample. They were delicious! What I hadn’t accounted for was how gorgeous the fruit and herbs looked in the carafes—jewel tones and freshness all over the place. I kept thinking how pretty a pitcher or two of fruit water would be at my next dinner party. And the prep couldn’t have been easier.

Have fun with your water and play around with your favorite fruits and herbs. Thankfully, there are no rules, except not letting the water sit too long. Here are some easy directions and the recipes I shared with my residents. Maybe you’ll enjoy them too!

Laurie, Liz, and Wanda--love these ladies!

Laurie, Liz, and Wanda–love these ladies!


  • 2-qt. or 3-qt. carafe or pitcher
  • Long spoon, spatula, or muddler (potato masher also works!)
  • Fresh water
  • 2-3 c. fresh fruit
  • Small handful herbs, torn or bruised
  • Ice (optional)


  • Chop or slice 2-3 cups of fresh fruit and place in an empty pitcher.
  • If you are using herbs, tear up a small handful and place in the pitcher with the fruit.
  • Optional—fill pitcher ¾ full of ice.
  • Take long spoon or muddler and press the fruit and herbs so that they can release their flavor—but don’t pulverize them. Just a little mashing is good.
  • Fill the pitcher with fresh water, close the lid, and let sit in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.
  • Don’t prepare fruit water more than a day or two ahead of time. Sometimes the fruit will become bitter or pulpy if allowed to sit too long (especially citrus fruit with rind).

Beautiful and healthy

Recipes for Our Gourmet Tasting

Basic Spa Water with Cucumbers

  • Peel cucumber first, then thinly slice ½-¾ of a cucumber, add to pitcher, and fill with water.

Fruit Extravaganza

  • Rinse all fruit with peel. Slice ½ an orange, add a few slices of lime and lemon, a big handful or two of raspberries, 5-6 strawberries (chopped), a small handful of blackberries. Muddle fruit well. Fill with water.

Watermelon Basil

  • Chop 2 cups watermelon and add to pitcher. Tear up about 5-7 leaves of basil and add to pitcher. Fill with water.

Blackberry Mint

  • Slice 2 cups of blackberries and add to pitcher. Tear up 10 mint leaves and add to pitcher. Muddle blackberries and mint well. Fill with water.

Orange Mint

  • Slice 2 oranges and add to pitcher. Tear up 10 mint leaves and add to pitcher. Muddle oranges and mint well. Fill with water.
More friends: Audrey, Judith, and Hazel--what a crowd!

More friends: Audrey, Judith, and Hazel–what a crowd!

Surprise your friends and family with a special water treat that’s not only beautiful but also healthy. Have a lovely and healthy week!


March 6, 2014

Gratitude is My Attitude


Sometimes we take life, health, family, friends, work and just about everything else under the sun (including the sun!) for granted. In the last year I have made a practice of being (more) grateful for everything and everyone who touches my life (good and bad).  This practice has transformed so many of my relationships for the better and my life is so much sweeter for it! My family ties are stronger than ever, friendships have flourished and my new business is growing day by day, I feel so blessed!!

This past weekend I traveled to Cabo with my family and we had the best time sharing new experiences in a beautiful ocean side setting.  I watched my daughter’s eyes light up as we watched baby whales jumping out of the ocean from the beach. A moment we will never forget.  

My point is, had I not been adhering to my new life practice of being grateful for what I have, and at times its been very challenging -those moments and experiences would have never happened. Trust me, it is a practice.  Its not something most of us are born with but it can be easily be learned and you will see your life so much richer and satisfying than ever before! 

I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for my life, my family, my health, my friends, my business and you for reading my blog.  I hope you can take away something positive from this.

Tips for Creating a Life of Gratitude

  • Make a list of 10 things everyday you are grateful for: include family, friends, job, etc.
  • Read your whole list everyday and continue to add to it.
  • If some one has hurt you, thank them (mentally) for the experience it brought you and release them and yourself.
  • If you are unhappy with something or someone, someone hurts you, or you let your ego get in the way of circumstances, those are the most important times to find a way to be grateful and change your thinking.

I hope those tips are helpful and if not, there are many books out there, that can help you find your way. I especially love anything by Louise Hay.

Here’s what I’m most grateful for.



March 4, 2014

Eight Spirit Hangover Remedies


Photo compliments of Lisa Proctor

Today is Ash Wednesday. If you’re not Catholic, your day will probably go on as planned, without interruption or ashes on your forehead. For Catholics, today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. How is this related to health? It forces Catholics to consider simplifying their lives, and to bring sacrifice, fasting, and prayer to the top of their daily priority list.

As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I encourage clients to regularly detox, but usually don’t encourage fasting (I don’t feel that the practice should ever have a weight loss focus) or giving up one food consistently. However, no matter your spiritual beliefs, the Lenten Season can be a great time to simplify and focus on your spiritual health. (No ashes necessary.)

This post is void of ways to detox your food, drink, or any other caloric matter. Rather, let’s chat about detoxing your spirit.  I’d like to share certain actions I take to help bring me to a place of peace whenever I need to. Peace does not equal relaxed, void of stress, organized, or restful, for the record. I’m hardly any of those. I hope you’ll consider one or two of these steps as part of your spring-cleaning or Lenten season practices.


1. Unclutter Your Life. You’ll feel a real rush of inspiration when you clear out stuff that’s no longer useful in your life. Key considerations: If you haven’t worn it in the past year or two, recycle it for others to use. Get rid of old files that take up space and are seldom, if ever, needed. (I’ll never re-read old magazines. Repeat.) Donate unused toys, tools, books, bicycles, and dishes to a charitable organization. This is less you need to insure, protect, dust, reorganize, and move, too!

2. Clear your Calendar of Unwanted and Unnecessary Activities and Obligations. Remain available for chance, magic, and serendipity. If you’re unavailable for the sporadic, you’ll never feel the inspiring nudge of your spiritual self. That’s when the cool stuff happens, folks! This was a tough lesson for me, as I once was grossly over-scheduled. I missed the magical aspects of life. It took loving family and friends to give me the swift kick in the pants I needed to alter the course of my days (and life.) Practice saying no without guilt.

3. Be Sure to Keep Your Free Time Free. If you’re like me, free time is precious and rare. Even with my best attempts to keep it balanced, I fail. If social get-togethers, fund-raising events, or society gatherings aren’t really how you want to spend your free time, then don’t. Begin declining invitations that don’t activate feelings of inspiration. I’ve learned to be unavailable for such events without apologizing, and consequently have more inspired moments freed up.

4. Take Time for Meditation and Yoga. Give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to sit quietly or practice yoga and make conscious contact with God. The rewards are so powerful: You’ll feel healthier, less stressed, and inspired by what you’ll be able to do with and for your body in a very short time.

Image6. Return to Nature. As a runner, a good ol’ distance run around my neighborhood trails (or the beach) is the best prescription for–everything! There’s nothing more awe-inspiring than nature itself. The fantasy to return to a less tumultuous life almost always involves living in the splendor of the mountains, on an island; near the ocean; or beside a lake. For me, this means a deep, long breaths among nature’s bliss. I always come back a better human being.

7. Get to Know Your Natural Self. So give yourself permission to get away to swim in a river, lake, or ocean; sit by an open fire; ride horseback through trails; or ski down a mountain slope. This doesn’t have to mean long, costly, planned vacations. Most cities have access to a park, campground, or trail that will allow you to escape with nature.

8. Put Distance between You and Your Critics. Choose to align yourself with people who are like-minded in their search for simplified inspiration. Give those who find fault or who are confrontational a silent blessing and remove yourself from their energy as quickly as possible. Your life is simplified enormously when you don’t have to defend yourself to anyone, and when you receive support rather than criticism. You never need to defend yourself or your desires to anyone.

Slow down a bit this spring and enjoy living. Be kind to yourself and to those around you. You work hard. Be sure to rest well, too.  


March 3, 2014

No, I am not anorexic, but thank you for asking….




This picture stirred up quite the controversy on my Facebook page yesterday ( Some people were astonished I had a box of tampons on the counter. WHY? Is it a secret that women use those? It is 2014 right? Some people decided I was too skinny. Some people decided I was anorexic, which is absurd, seeing as how I weigh 145 pounds and that information was included in my post. Some people decided I was just plain ugly, which is rude, because while I may not be the most beautiful woman on the planet, I certainly won’t burn anyone’s retinas out from unattractiveness. So today I rebutted with a different pictures ,showing that I have muscle.



Well, this pictures stirred up even MORE controversy. Some people decided I was too muscular. Some decided I again, was ugly. Some decided that I looked like a man. I was gross. Someone even ventured to say my elbows were too pointy. So what is the moral of this story. Get to the point already Danielle…right?


First, I would like to thank the 85 percent of my fan base who supports me one hundred percent. They stick up for me publicly and privately. They message me telling me not to let the haters bother me, though truly they don’t. They post on the picture and defend me to the nasty people. They share my pictures saying I inspire them to do great things. And to those people I am forever and truly grateful. You make doing what I do worth doing. Fit and Funky fans are the best fans in the world. I love you! 


The point of this rant though is simply this: first of all, who are we to judge another’s appearance. We don’t live in that body. Maybe I am too muscular for you. No one is forcing you to have a six pack. I live in my skin and I am happy and comfortable with the way I look. I like being fit. Its coded in my DNA. I feel strong, beautiful, healthy and am a positive role model for my two beautiful daughters. My only goal is to motivate you and inspire you to move more, eat less crap, and be the best version of you that you can be. And if that involves me taking half naked bathroom selfies, so be it. And if you don’t like it, then don’t watch it. You are not required to follow me. It’s a choice. 

To all of you out there who are struggling to find peace within yourself to love the person you see in the mirror, I challenge you not to hate on those who do. I challenge you to be the version of you that you can be and part of that is being a good, genuine, nice person who lives by the golden rule! 


So, no I am not anorexic, but thank you for asking! 


March 3, 2014

Sweet Nékter

interesting juice pic

Just what I needed–beautiful purple juice (The Cure)!

Hi, Friends! It’s Brooke here, and I want to share with you my latest addiction: Nékter Juice Bar! I sure do love my caffeine, but I know I drink too much of it. So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to nourish myself enough to step away (gradually) from my beloved stimulant. I love how happy, fresh, and alive I feel after drinking a fresh-pressed juice, so I started looking for juice bars near my neighborhood. Whole Foods makes amazing juices, but they are pricier than I’d like. And if I had more sense and time management skills, I would plan ahead and juice more at home. But when I’m on the move and I need some TLC, it’s Nékter to the rescue!Healthy History


Nékter Juice Bar founders, Steve and Alexis Schulze, opened their first store in 2010 with the simple idea of providing a neighborhood juice bar where everyone could enjoy delicious, healthy fruit and veggie juices at reasonable prices. Turns out people were starving for stellar nutrition on the go—Nékter now has 26 stores and counting! Thankfully, the only store outside of California just happens to be down the street from me in Dallas—yippee! One of my client friends even surprised me with a Nékter gift card out of the blue. What a beautiful gift of health—pure plant love.

Recently, as I prepared to get out of my car and grab a juice, I watched customers come and go from the store and I was struck by Nékter’s resemblance to a hummingbird feeder, with creatures zipping in, alighting briefly for nourishing sweet nectar (!), then buzzing away. Somehow, things just feel right when life imitates nature.

Smoothies, Cleanses, and Other Treats

The Cure and spicy kale chips--nutritious and delicious!

The Cure and spicy kale chips–nutritious and delicious!

In addition to the fresh juices, Nékter offers raw vegan smoothies as well as bowls of blended fruit with bananas, granola, and other tasty bits. If you need a good crunch to offset the smooth juices, they offer nuts, trail mix, and my favorite—spicy kale chips! For an easy way to detoxify your life and kick start your path to better nutrition, Nékter offers 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day juice cleanses with a handy cooler thrown in. Be sure and check out the Snider Plaza location (near SMU): You’ll be SO happy you did. 🙂

Homemade Delight

My favorite juice is The Cure, and I love getting it when I’m beset by allergies or changing weather, which is often. It’s a gorgeous deep purple-red color, it’s bursting with antioxidants, and it’s delicious! Here’s my take on this tasty treat:

The Cure

(Makes 16 oz. of juice)

  • 1-1½ small beets, raw and scrubbed
  • ½ small head of broccoli, with stem
  • 1 large handful curly parsley
  • 2-3 kale leaves
  • 1 red apple, small
  • 2 handfuls red grapes
  • 4 celery stalks, with leaves

Cut produce to fit the feeder tube of your juicer. Add pieces of fruit and veggies to your juicer, collecting the juice in a medium-to-large measuring cup or pitcher. Once finished juicing, stir and enjoy!

Here’s to health, love, and juicing,


grow through life


March 3, 2014

Meet Your Live HH Transformation Ashley Casalini Garcia!

What will Ashley look like in the future?

What will Ashley look like in the future?

Hey HH family!

You asked and we answered! Many of you requested a live transformation. We have always featured someone who has made great progress on their health and fitness journey,  but now we bring a live transformation right before your very own eyes. Meet Ashley Casalini Garcia. She recently had a baby and wants to be a Healthy Housewife. Watch what she eat, how she works out, and juggle everyday life with a newborn. She is excited to get in her best shape of her life right in front of you all! Here at the HH we are excited to see her journey with you too.

And so the transformation begins…

Ashley's Wedding Pictures

Ashley’s Wedding Pictures

My name is Ashley Casalini Garcia. I am 27 years old and a wife and new mommy to a precious little boy, Beau Bradley Garcia, born January 8, 2014. I grew up in a loving Italian household where I was taught to put God and family first. My husband Bryan and I regularly attend Lakepointe Baptist Church and work hard to support each other in all of our life goals. I work full-time as a Legal Assistant at an amazing law firm in Uptown Dallas and am a full-time student online at Texas Woman’s University. My lifelong love of, and participation in, sports has driven me to stay healthy and fit – mentally, physically and nutritionally.

Growing up I played sports

Growing up I played sports

I am one of four kids, the second oldest. We have all been involved in sports since we were young! For me, I started playing t-ball and running in elementary school. By the time I was in middle school, I was playing slow-pitch softball year-round with my sister, our mom as one of our coaches. I was also a member of the track team. In high school I participated in swimming, softball and track and field. I was also a member of the speech and debate team, competing in foreign extemporaneous speaking and original oration, speaking and competing in front of groups such as The Rotary Club, former Dallas Cowboys players, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others, winning scholarship money and pushing myself to new limits in confidence and creativity.

I was awarded a track scholarship to Sam Houston State University

I was awarded a track scholarship to Sam Houston State University

My junior year of high school I was blessed to qualify for the state meet in track and field in Austin, Texas, competing in the 400m for 5A schools. I placed 5th. My senior year of high school I dedicated to competing in speech and track and field, running cross country to train and competing in the 200m, 400m, 4x200m relay and 4x400m relay. I was again blessed to qualify for the state meet in the 400m. This time I placed 3rd! In the whole state of Texas! It was an amazing moment! I was then chosen to be a member of the Texas team that traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a nation-wide meet that summer. All of this hard work – the early morning runs, after-school practices, weight lifting and dedication to nutritional health – paid off and I was awarded a track scholarship to Sam Houston State University in 2005.

I learned a lot about myself while at SHSU. I was part of a team of elite athletes that pushed me to my next level of fitness and the best shape of my life so far. We earned 4 Conference Championship rings for Indoor and Outdoor seasons and competed with the best in the nation at the Texas Relays each year. I felt like I was at the top of my game – in fitness. But, I was struggling personally as I was in a mentally, verbally and emotionally abusive relationship. I went from being a straight-A student and top-notch athlete to failing an entire semester and watching my times slip in my races. I started going out with friends more and dedicating myself less to what was important. I was depressed and did not know where to turn. I then suffered a back injury that caused me to red-shirt a season. Not being able to participate in practice every day, where I found my outlet and peace, sent me further into a depression. My coach pulled me aside and at that point stopped being my coach and started being my friend. He helped me realize the downward spiral I had spun into and helped to get out of my destructive relationship.

My husband and I

My husband and I

I ended up meeting my current husband, Bryan, in 2008. We worked together on campus. He was exactly the type of guy I needed in my life. He was a God-loving, southern gentleman who helped me to heal emotionally and mentally. However, due to injury and my rough year of competition, I ended up losing my scholarship in 2009 and was behind in studies from failing courses. I decided I needed to get away and start fresh. Bryan had transferred to Universal Technical Institute when we started dating and had finished his studies in July 2009 and decided to follow me back up to Dallas. We both worked full-time jobs and continued to grow in faith and by April 2010 we were engaged and married on October 8, 2011. I went back to school, attending Kaplan University, and received my Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. I then enrolled at TWU to finish my bachelor’s degree in English and Business that I didn’t finish at SHSU and am currently set to graduate December 2014. We both had also gotten back into working out and eating healthy. I started my morning runs again and we both started lifting. It felt great to get back on track!

My engagement pictures

My engagement pictures

By 2012 we bought our first house and I decided that I wanted to again push myself to the next level in fitness. Sitting behind a desk all day was draining. I was meant to do more! I’m naturally athletic and wanted to inspire others to be fit in all areas of life! I met Marzia through my co-worker’s wife, Brooke, also a Healthy Housewife member. I started training with her for my first bikini competition. About six weeks in, Bryan and I found out that we were expecting, and I put my fitness goals on hold. I gained almost 45lbs. during pregnancy! When Beau was born he had a rough birth. His shoulder got stuck and the stress to his body caused heart, kidney and liver failure and a cephalohematoma. He spent the first 20 days of his life in the NICU unit and Special Care and we were told that we were lucky he made it through the first 24 hours. He is home now and we’re still working on getting his liver to 100% healthy. This has just further inspired and pushed me to get back to my fitness goals and back to training for my bikini competition.

My beautiful Beau!

My beautiful Beau!

I want to continue to push myself and to inspire others. I want Beau to know that no matter how hard things get, you can do anything you put your mind to, that God and family are always here for support and that living a healthy lifestyle will always make you feel better – body, mind and soul! Eventually, I’d like to make a career out of my love of health and fitness and get out from behind a desk! I’d like to let others, especially those who have been through tough relationships and struggles, know that they’re strong, that they’re loved and that living a healthy lifestyle can be empowering!

There are two quotes that I live by. The first is by D.H. Lawrence regarding self-pity (and not having it). It states, “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” It reminds me not to get lost in self-pity parties and to keep pressing forward. The second is a quote that we put on our high school track shirts and it has never left my mind. It states, “I do today what you won’t, so I can do tomorrow what you can’t.” It reminds me that hard work pays off in the long run! I can’t wait to continue my journey with Marzia and achieve my goals! Thank you, Marzia for dedicating your time, wisdom, patience and love to women like me!

These were taken last week

These were taken last week

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