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Hi friends!

Time for more Bean Bytes! This is the first edition in about 3 weeks. There’s a reason for that- I was busy. It was the holidays. I haven’t been in the mood to read blogs. Take your pick. But have no fear! We’re back at it!

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First things first! Foodie Penpals for Hurricane Sandy is still going on. If you’ve participated in FPP in the past or are planning on it in the future, PLEASE consider donating. We’ve raised $1,755 dollars for NY Cares to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy which is AMAZING! Thank you so much to all who have donated. However, there are over 1,000 of you that have participated in FPP at some point and only 75 have donated…If you’re able, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Link Love

2 weeks ago

A beautiful post on self love. You’re worth it!
My weight evolution via Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail

Great tips for improving functional fitness:
5 tips for improving your functional fitness via Love Life Surf and FitKnitChick

What do you think?
Are gyms stigmatizing womens fitness? via Fit Mom in Training

Healthy holiday tips:
Healthy Holiday Eating via Don’t White Sugar Coat It

Finding motivation within:
Need motivation to exercise? via FitknitChick

On pinterest contests:
How to run a pin it to win it contest via Shareaholic

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites via Gimme Some Oven

So important.
Live Your Dream, not the dream via EatDrinkBreatheSweat


1 week ago

A great reminder:
life is like a christmas tree via simply be me

A heartfelt post on how running helps:
A little bit sad and a little bit happy via Mommy Run Fast

On consistency:
Aim for Consistency via Gabby’s Gluten-Free


This past week

Couldn’t agree more!
Running slow still makes you a runner via Zero to 26.2

Go sign up! It’s awesome:
round 4 of best body bootcamp is now open via Best Body Fitness

If you have tight hips like me:
Hip Mobility Routine via Your Trainer Paige

Change your tastebuds!
You can modify your tastebuds via The Candid RD

On crossfit:
Do short crossfit workouts work via Fitting it all In

Homemade xmas idea:
5 Bean Soup in a Jar via Back to her Roots

Love this!
What is fit via Delights and Delectables

I heart rest weeks!
5 reasons to take a rest week via Your Trainer Paige

breakfast sushi via Kiss my Broccoli

Better results in less time:
7 ways to get better Fitness results in less time via Mizfit Online

Can’t stop thinking about this one:
Am I cut out for this via Live Love and Run

Shin splints suck. Avoid them!
Prevent Shin Splints: 3 Calf Stretches via Fun and Fit

How bad do you want it?
Success- How bad do i want it via 300 pounds and running

Shameless plug!
Cookie Workout via Anytime Health

An amazing gluten-free e-cookbook from my friends Purely Twins:
Purely Classic Recipe Cookbook via Purely Twins

For those who travel:
Holiday Gift Guide for the Travelista via Nutritionella


Twitter Favorites

the no thank you bite via It’s Not About Nutrition
4 reasons you crave sweets via Organic Authority
Why people share your content via Social Fresh
How to find out who you really are via blog of impossible things
About Page 101: Making them care via Daily Post
Think Bigger via Kelly Olexa

In the News

Medicare picks up tab for obesity counseling
Do older adults need supplements and vitamins
Food triggers and migraine headaches
Weight Watchers 360 plan
Extra fruit may not ward of hunger

For Bloggers

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Rita, the creative genius from Blog Genie that helped me redesign my blog a while ago, has put together a blog improvement program that’s starting in January.  It has 12 monthly themes or topics to help you improve your blog, plus printable templates, planners and checklists to go along with each month! PLUS if you sign up before December 19th, you get an added bonus: Rita will either help you transfer your blog to self-hosted wordpress or install a premium wordpress theme if you’re already self-hosted!

You can read more information about the Blog Improvement Program by CLICKING HERE.  I would highly suggest checking it out. I can’t say enough good things about Rita. She is AMAZING to work with and a wealth of knowledge about all things blog related. Everyone could learn something from her…and if you’re looking to improve your blog…this is definitely something you should look into.

Added bonus- She’s offering a discount for my readers. Signups open Wednesday so i’ll post the code then so you can use it!!


In other news, we finally finished our eclectic kitchen wall. I love it.

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Oh, and if you missed it over the weekend, check out all my elves ROCKING the makeup-free friday challenge. SO INSPIRED by all of them! CLICK HERE to check it out

Let’s chat! What’s the best post you’ve read lately?!