Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Annual Prime Time Wellness Summit - Highlights

Wow! What an awesome first event. I recently (9/26/15) held an all-day wellness summit on healthy aging teaching the principles of the Prime Time Health (PTH) series. PTH is a scientifically proven plan developed by Dr. Bill Sears and his wife, Martha Sears, RN, and is taught by certified health coaches that graduated from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. I have been a certified health coach since 2012. You can learn more about me here. If you want to know how to age healthfully, you'll want to contact a certified health coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute STAT. Thankfully, certified health coaches for Dr. Bill Sears can also teach this series online providing the convenience of online education and for a fraction of the cost. Contact me if you'd like to pursue this option.

Without further ado, here are the highlights from my first annual Prime Time Wellness Summit. The photos were taken by a local Ridgecrest photographer, Kelsey of Living Desert Photography. If you'd like to book her for your next event, you may find her on the Living Desert Wellness Center's website. The summit was held at the Living Desert Wellness Center located on Ridgecrest Blvd., in Ste. B. 

Convey Awareness | PTWS 1st Annual Summit on Healthy Aging
The classroom before the attendees arrived. 

Convey Awareness | PTWS 1st Annual Summit on Healthy Aging
Preparing attendees for the first workshop of four for the all-day wellness summit. 
I have taught the Prime Time Health series at local venues around my area. I usually teach them one at a time (or two at a time on separate days) and I always serve a healthy snack. I am fond of this series as it provides sustainable tools for one's wellness journey and what a better way to make it into an all day wellness summit! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

What Seeds Are You Planting?

How does your garden grow? Don't have one... yet? Maybe this is the time to give it a go. Come learn about my experiences over the last year and a half on the MomsRising blog about school and community gardens

The MomsRising team has an excellent #BacktoSchool initiative for the first half of September focusing on healthy snacks, lunches, and sharing practical life skills for parents, teachers, and children. 

I recommend you follow their pages for further wellness awareness! BTW, [almost] every Friday at 10a EST, they host a #FoodFri talk on Twitter. You can check out their page, Good Food Force, on Facebook as well to connect with other concerned parents and care givers.

An excerpt from my guest post on the blog: 
If you’re like me, you want your family to eat well and enjoy it and maybe, just maybe, learn about where real food comes from. So whatever happened last growing season, maybe my story will encourage you to give it a try again. And, don’t give up; your family’s health may just depend on your perseverance! 
Before you go, here's a quick tip for your garden: If you happen to live in or visit the Mojave desert in the spring and you see this wildflower while out and about, pick some, and place them in a vase with water. You'll be able to enjoy them for a few days. Some say they smell like cherries and others may say they smell like grapes. I smell cherries. My son smells grapes! They have a very nice scent. 

Convey Awareness | Planting Seeds with Guest Post on MomsRising

Friday, September 4, 2015

School Fundraising with Scrip {Guest Post}

Convey Awareness | School Fundraising with Scrip

You know what I hate? School fundraisers. H-A-T-E them. You know the ones that I mean; popcorn, cookie dough, pasta, donuts, wrapping paper and even magazines. "But why?!? They help the school, the schools depend on these, how can you say you don't like them?" Don't get me wrong, of course I like helping schools, I like raising money for them, I like encouraging students to take pride in helping their schools. What I am oppose to is spending money on things that I would normally not purchase or consume. I oppose supporting GMO, sugar laden junk food and we are encouraged to ask others to purchase these overpriced non-food items (I mean IS any of that stuff actually food?).

Luckily the fabulous school that my children attend has started using a scrip program for which I am the coordinator for. We started this program about a year ago and it has been steadily growing. Every week we place an order and every week we make money from the rebates. Scrip is simply gift cards that the school receives rebates for. Every time a gift card is purchased the school gets a percentage of that sale back as revenue. So if I purchase a $100 gift card, I pay $100 and I get $100 but the school also gets a percent back. Now a scrip fundraiser doesn't have to be done every week. It could be done monthly, quarterly, twice a year, whatever the school wants but the greatest reward will be by having families get used to using it for their everyday expenses.

Scrip is great for several reasons but my favorite reason is because I'm spending money where I would already be spending money. I purchase gift cards for the grocery store; the home improvement store; where I buy my coffee, get my kids clothing from and order gifts online. This is money that I already have to (or choose to) each week and I feel great taking a few extra moments to purchase my scrip so that every time I spend rebates are earned for the school. It's not even hard. I purchase physical gift cards for some stores, but for most I reload or purchase electronic gift cards. It literally takes a few minutes and the rewards are great!
Perhaps, consider it for your school. Bring it up to the PTO or the administration and share with them how the school can make money without encouraging financially irresponsible unhealthy fundraising. Just my two cents.

Visit this link to learn more about Scrip. 

Getting started checklist here.

Scrip is available in the United States.

Jessica Hall is a mother of 2, scrip coordinator extraordinaire, and owner of Moxie Event Design; specializing in business and community events. 

This is not a paid or sponsored post; it is a guest post. School has begun and this post was published for the purpose of sharing another, probably better, and most likely healthier, fundraising resource. 

Great news! Through the end of the year, I have doubled the donation amount for non-profits! When you sponsor a non-profit through one of my 3-week online Nutrition Simplified classes, I will donate 50% of the proceeds! Contact me for more details.

Nutrition Education and Empowerment Services.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Peppers and Tomatoes over Chicken with Rice

Need a quick and delicious dinner idea this week? 

Like many of you, I'm a busy parent. Some days require an easy approach to dinner that doesn't compromise on flavor or nutritional value - wouldn't you agree? This recipe is gluten free and if you omit the feta, it can be dairy free too.