How to Meal Prep for a Better Week

So real talk, I know that it’s a major #adulting move to meal prep for the week over the weekend, and yet I’ve always found it to be the last way I want to spend my Sunday. I’d rather be doing almost anything else than cooking up a storm on Sunday evening, that is, until I tried it recently and realized how AMAZING it feels to greet the day with your meals already made! This week I meal prepped the core portion of all of my lunches and dinners over the weekend and now I’m reaping the benefits all week. What follows are my suggestions about how to meal prep for a better week. I’m still an obvious newbie at this, so suggestions are welcome in the comments!

How to Meal Prep for a Better Week

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What’s New with Emma?

It’s time again for Gretchen and Kristen’s What’s New With You? link up! It’s one of our absolute favorites to be a part of every month! This month I am sharing what I’m reading, listening to, eating, and a new habit I’m working on. This month I added some links I loved in the month of June. So many great bloggers turning out awesome content! Read on!

What's New with Emma

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How to Complete a Spending Freeze

Happy July, all! I truly can’t believe how the time has flown by this month. Between a trip to visit my girlfriend in Pennsylvania and a bachelorette weekend in the mountains (and not to mention many trips to the pool!) I was busy a lot. But not too busy to complete a spending freeze alongside my good friend, JW. I completed my first spending freeze last August and it totally changed the game for me. By looking at what I needed versus what I wanted and by taking a few cost-saving routes more frequently, I’d say this month was a great success for saving money! Follow along for the details of how to complete your own spending freeze.

How to Complete a Spending Freeze

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How to Decorate Your Home to Elevate Your Mood

I am someone who is a big believer in the fact that our environment can seriously influence our mood. What simpler way to boost your happiness then, than to keep a tidy, inspiring, light- and love-filled home? Keep reading for some easy ways to mindfully decorate your home to elevate your mood.

A tidy, inspiring, light- and love-filled home can really boost happiness. Here's how to mindfully decorate your home to elevate your mood!

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9 Activities for a Fit and Frugal Summer

If you’ve been around our blog for any length of time, you’ll know we’re committed to health and happiness. That’s why when we think of summer the first thing that pops into our minds are all of the great opportunities for summer fitness! We’re all about keeping our spending to a minimum so we’ve pulled together a list of activities that will help you stay active on a budget. Our guide to a fit and frugal summer!

9 Activities for a Fit and Frugal Summer

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How to Become a Morning Exerciser

To anyone interested in committing to an exercise habit, my number one recommendation would be to try out exercising in the morning. From my personal experience, I am much more likely to actually exercise as planned in the morning rather than later in the day. The few times I have planned to exercise in the afternoon or evening have either left me slogging through an ineffective workout or have been met with one thousand excuses of why I shouldn’t do it at all! Follow my proven steps to discover if a morning exercise habit might work for you.

HowTo Become a Morning Exerciser

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Fighting Depression with Foods and Supplements

One of the things I’ve learned on my journey toward health and wellness is that many supplements exist in the natural world that can work in concert with things like medication and therapy to keep you feeling like your best self. This post is the start of a series on mood-boosting nutrition that will take you through foods and supplements that help improve your general well being. First on the list? Fighting depression with foods and supplements.

Fighting Depression with Food and Supplements

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Make-Ahead Recovery Smoothie

Hi again! It’s JW here to share the new best-ever way to make smoothies. I got this smoothie method and recipe from the latest issue of Runner’s World in an article about make-ahead breakfasts. With this method, you can put in a little time on the weekend and then sip on gourmet smoothies all week long!

Ingredients

Makes 6 servings

1 cup figs

2 cups hot coffee

2 bananas

1 cup of yogurt (I subbed 1 can of coconut milk to make it dairy free)

¼ cup almond butter

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 tsp vanilla

½ tsp cardamon (I subbed 1 tbsp of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice)    

Recovery Smoothie Ingredients

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