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How many times do we fall in life? How many of those times have we given up? Yes I know I have done it many of times too.

It seems easier to just give up and forget about it. As adults when we fail we just walk away and cut our losses. No matter how bad we really really want something we still just give up. Our hopes and dreams seem to just slide out from under us and become just that a dream.

This last week I have been really watching my 6 1/2 month old son Liam. He hasn’t started to crawl yet, because he is going for the bigger picture he just wants to walk. I have watched him over and over again try to pull him self up to a standing position, but each time he gets to a squatting position and his legs just can’t manage to push him up.

Yesterday morning was no different then any other. I was having my morning apple cider, honey and warm water while watching Liam play with his car his Nana and Grandpa got him for Christmas.

I looked at my phone quickly to see the time as we had Liam’s 6 month check up that morning. As I looked up this little monkey managed to pull him self up and was standing. He stood there for a minute and was thinking next thing I know he takes one hand off his car and try’s to take a step but his legs gave out and he fell and bumped his head a little ( Thank god we have carpet there). Poor little guy looked shocked and started to cry I felt horrible. I thought he hurt him self the first time he tried to walk now he is going to be scared.

I was amazed he looked at me and put his head on my leg wiped his tears and he tried to pull him self up again. Not only did he try, fall and hurt himself but he didn’t give up he tried again and again and again.

It is amazing how a baby knows that you will succeed if you keep trying. Some how as we become adults we forget that with failure comes success.

As I look at my son this morning I am reminded that to live my dream I need to keep going, don’t look back and NEVER GIVE UP.



Here is his first try before he fell


And he try’s again and again. he won’t give up.



Tuesday nights in our house are family swim night. These nights are already busy for me as it is trying to get ready for swimming.

Yesterday was specially challenging for me as Liam is teething right now. His forth tooth is about ready to be shown by his beautiful smile, but what that means for me is that every minute of my day has been used to comfort and sooth him as best I can.

On top of that I have to find time to look over my website as there is big changes coming soon, clean the condo and make sure that Ryan and I are eating healthy.

It would be very easy for us to head over to our local McDonald’s and grab a meal that would just leave us tired, sluggish and feeling really unhealthy.

But it is not hard to make a quick, clean and easy meal and I don’t mean pulling a box of Kraft dinner out of the cupboard and tossing in some kind of veggie in no way is that clean or healthy just quick and easy.

Our dinner didn’t take long to prep and cook and I used mostly all fresh ingredients.

It actually only took me 20 min to cook and 10 min to prep that is exactly how long it would take for us to head over to a fast food place and place our order.

We had baked rainbow trout with a dijon mustard sauce, sauteed spinach with lemon and Himalayan pink salt, and tomato and cucumber salad in a apple cider/garlic dressing, all I can say is that it is yummy.


Today has been kind of hectic as well. So my meals were quick and healthy, here is what I ate.

Breakfast I had scrambled free range eggs with salsa, an apple and Ezekiel toast with organic butter.


And for lunch I had a chipotle wrap with hummus, tomato, cucumber, chopped kale, Himalayan pink salt, pepper and hemp hearts and a side of organic pro biotic blueberry yogurt.


It doesn’t take up a lot of your time to eat healthy, and even with a busy schedule and a demanding child it is still possible and I am going to show you.

Coming very soon to Tammy’s Charmed Life blog quick and easy healthy meals. I will be showing you meals I have made a long with recipes to go with them.

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Welcome to Day 7 of the 7 day challenge. Today’s challenge is get at least 20 minutes of exercise in your day. Try going for a walk, hitting the gym or grab your favourite workout video.

Personally hitting the gym for hours isn’t my idea of fun. The way I get in 20 minutes of exercise without throwing a fit is I use these two videos:

Skinny Bitch Fitness Body

Skinny Bitch Booty Bounce

By the end of these workouts I feel great and have had a great laugh as well.

Did you know that only 20 minutes of exercise a day can improve your health in a big way. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia and cancer ?

Cool Fact- When you exercise you’ll create twice as many brain cells then you would without exercise.


Thank you for joining me on this 7 day challenge. If you would like to work with me on a personal plan please contact me and together we will make sure your Living your Charmed Life.





Welcome to Day 6 of the 7 day challenge. Today’s challenge is making at least one day a week meat free (that’s if you eat meat)

Did you know that eating a meat free meal is easier on your body and the planet ?

Cool Fact – Raising animals requires more energy than growing grains, vegetables and fruits.


Pick yourself up some cookbooks that have some great meat-less recipes or subscribe to Vegetarian Times Magazine.

I personally use and love the following cookbooks:

Supernatural Everyday – by Heidi Swanson

The Kind Diet – by Alicia Silverstone

Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook – by Kim Barnouin

Eat Raw, Eat Well – by Douglas McNish



Late summer minestrone with butternut squash

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced leeks
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt, optional
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh sage, or 2 tsp. dried sage
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (¾- to 1-inch cubes)
  • 2 cups green beans or flat beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 15-oz. can or 1½ cups cooked white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2–3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish, optional

1. Heat oil in 5-qt. Dutch oven or other large soup pot over medium heat. Add leeks, celery, bell pepper, and salt, if using. Cover, and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until veggies are softened, stirring occasionally. Uncover, and continue cooking 5 to 6 minutes more, or until celery is somewhat shrunken and leeks are browned.

2. Add garlic, sage, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Stir 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add tomatoes and 8 cups water, and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Add squash, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Add green beans, white beans, and corn; simmer 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Just before serving, stir in vinegar and mint.


Recipe from September 2013 issue of Vegetarian Times Magazine


Welcome to Day 5 of the 7 day challenge. Today’s challenge is to start a gratitude journal. Go to your local stationary store and get yourself  a beautiful notebook and a good pen. Every night before you for to sleep think about your day and write down what your grateful for.

Did you know some of the benefits of gratitude are, feeling more relaxed, you will be less nervous,you’ll be less materialistic, and you’ll be more resilient.

Cool Fact – A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent.


Welcome to Day 4 of the 7 day challenge. Today’s challenge is adding colour to your diet by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in bright colours. Include things like blueberries, peppers, kiwi, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, kale etc.

Did you know that brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals ?



Colour              Phytochemical                       Fruit/Veggie

Green                       Glucosinolates                             Broccoli, Kale

Orange                    a and b Carotene                          Carrots, Pumpkin

Red                          Lycopene                                      Tomatoes

Red-Purple              Anthocyanins                               Grapes, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries

Orange-Yellow        Flavnoids                                     Oranges, Peaches, Papaya

Yellow-Green          Lutein & Zeaxanthin                     Spinach, Avocado, Corn, Melon



Welcome to Day 3 of the 7 day challenge. Today’s challenge is treat yourself to a piece or two of Dark Organic Chocolate.

Yes you read that correctly.

Don’t feel guilty !!! Sit quietly with a glass of wine, in a hot bath or with a good book and truly enjoy that chocolate. What’s the point of life if you can’t enjoy a simple piece of chocolate. Just make sure that you are eating at least 75% or higher to get the benefits of eating chocolate.

A few of my favourites are :

* Giddy YoYo

* Green & Blacks

* Whydark (picture above)

* Camino

Did you know that dark chocolate contains polyphenols, which provide antioxidants and can lower blood pressure ?

Cool Fact – Do you eat dark chocolate everyday ? If so, your effectively reducing the risk of heart disease by one third.

I would love to hear how your doing with this challenge, so please head over to my Facebook page and let me know.


Welcome to day 2 of the 7 day challenge. Today’s challenge is to quiet the mind for 20 minutes.

Sit quietly with no distractions, close your eyes and breath in with your nose and out through your mouth. Concentrate on your breathing. I find it helpful to use my phone to set a soothing alarm to let me know when the 20 minutes are up, that way you aren’t constantly opening your eyes to see how long you have been sitting there. If you would like to go longer that is even better.

Cultivation of inner silence has long been recognized in many cultures as a cornerstone in spiritual growth.

Did you know that meditation reduces aging, improves functioning of your brain, helps you sleep better and keeps your stress levels down ?

Cool facts

Physical benefits of meditation :

* Oxygen consumption lessens

* A decrease in muscle tension and headaches

* In women meditation can reduce pre-menstrual syndrome

* A marked increase in blood flow occurs, which in turn slows the heart rate

Do you need a guided meditation? Let me know and I can create a custom meditation for you.

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I would love to hear how your doing with this challenge, so please head over to my Facebook page and let me know.





Welcome to Day 1 of the 7 day challenge. Each day I will post your new challenge on the blog as well as on my Facebook page for Charmed Life. If you haven’t joined me there please join me now.

Today’s challenge is to drink 2 liters of water. Staying hydrated keeps your energy levels up, your skin and hair healthy, it will help curb your appetite and will also help clear out toxins.

If your having issues downing 2 liters of water try the following in your water:

* Fruit slices (Strawberries, Lemon, Grapefruit)

* Slices of Cucumber

* Sprigs of Mint

* Goji Berries

Here’s a great recipe for refreshing water

– Chop 1 cucumber, 1 apple and quarter 10 strawberries

– Lightly mash up a few sprigs of mint

– Add fruits and mint to 1.5 liters of water

-Serve over ice and enjoy

Did you know that not drinking enough water can dehydrate muscles over the long term and can lead to chronic problems including lower back pain?

Cool FactOur body is made up of 2/3rds water.

I would love to hear how your doing with this challenge, so please head over to my Facebook page and let me know.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live a Charmed  Life or even what is a Charmed Life?

Charmed Life = Healthy, Happy, Peaceful and Balanced.

To live Healthy = eating a whole, natural balanced diet with fresh clean water and physical exercise.

To live Happy = to laugh and enjoy life.

To live Peaceful = to have inner peace and have acceptance for others in this world.

To live Balanced = to have balance in your work, social and personal life, as well as a good balance of “ME TIME”

This is the life I live and I know that this is the life that you can achieve.

I would love to work with you and help you achieve this life. I can promise you that by the end of our work together you will be Healthy, Happy, Peaceful and Balanced. You WILL be living the CHARMED LIFE.

But before we start our one on one work together I would love you to join me on March 16 for my 7 day challenge to living a Charmed Life.

You daily challenge will be posted every morning at 7am on my blog and my Facebook page.


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