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Kick-Starting the New Year with Kin and a Light Snack

Garlic-Herb Mini-Toast Bites ~ The Complete Savorist #sponsored #KickStartToANewYouThis post is sponsored by Laughing Cow in connection with Kin Community for their campaign #KickStartToANewYou in 2015, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

It’s a New Year.  How many resolutions have you made?  How many have you broken? To help me kick-start my New Year, Laughing Cow has sponsored “Kick-Start the New Year With KIN,” a fabulous playlist of YouTube videos to help get your New Year started right. If you have trouble with them, the video Join The Kickstart Challenge! Let’s Make New Years Resolutions! Mind Over Munch Kickstart Series will help you get started. Mind over Munch will walk you through how to create realistic and obtainable resolutions.

I didn’t make many, but did make some important ones. For my resolutions, so far, I’m doing ok.  Here are the resolutions I made:

1. Save money to spend in Italy (I’m headed there in June).

Thumbs up.  Granted I’m two weeks into the year, but money is still sitting in the bank.

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Downloadable printables to help you get your New Year’s Resolutions organized and do-able!

2. Get back on track with my dietary protocol in order shed the few pounds I still need to part with.

Well, um, sure! I can do better. I have done oodles and oodles better since the New Year started, but there is still room for improvement. Leaner protein, more veggies.  FEWER CARBS!  This also means drinking more water. I drink about 64 oz. now, but would like to increase that by an additional 32 oz-simply to balance out the coffee and any wine I may drink in a day.  The KickStart Challenge video playlist continues with some good and practical food counsel. The video Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips On A Budget! by Mind over Munch was really helpful in how to navigate the market and stay on your budget, all the while purchasing the healthiest of options.  I love grocery shopping and I do it frequently (occupational hazard) but I still need to be reminded of best practices when navigating my local stores.

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3. Grow my blog, but find balance with work and life.

I’m still here writing and you’re still reading. That’s a step in the right direction for growth.  I got quite unbalanced with how much I was working and how little time I was giving to my daughter and to myself. My grandparents taught me the idea of hard work, but I suspect they didn’t necessarily mean work 15-18 hours a day.  Sadly, there were far TOO MANY 15-18 hour days this past year.  I’m not doing much better this year either.  But I am making progress.  I found a calendaring system to keep myself organized. I did some extra cooking to get a jumpstart on available content. Mediation is also key to finding more balance. Now before some of you scoff, meditation is awesome.  It’s something I started doing a few years ago.  It was hard to get started; clearing my mind was near impossible-you don’t want to know what goes on in there. Now, it’s something I practice regularly.  Not daily, but I should.  It’s on my calendar though, to carve out even just 5 minutes to stop, breath, and clear the mind. The first video in the playlist is Meditation for New Beginners by Bexlife.  It is fantastic to help you get started.  Don’t think of it as sitting there crossed legged fingers in a position and changing OM, it doesn’t have to be like that. It’s like a refreshing nap without sleeping, it simply restarts you.

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Additionally, I have found if I go to bed earlier (than say 2 am) I can get up a couple hours before my daughter and knock out much of the work I was staying up half the night doing. Which leads me to resolution number…

4. Go to bed by 10:00 and get up at 5 am.

I do well with seven hours.  I am a night owl.  But the few times I have gone to bed early, and get up early to work, I get more done.  But I always manage to get off track pretty quickly.  But that calendaring or scheduling system I mentioned in #3 will help with that.  Check back with me in mid-Feburary to see how I’m doing.

5. Drink more wine.

This sounds like a silly one, but I want to further develop my wine palate. I love whites, but reds and I are still rocky.  However, 6 months ago I would have never taken more than a sip of Pinot Noir and I’m happy to report that I had two glasses last week with a girl friend.  I was quite proud. With Italy on the horizon, I want to truly savor the wines that will be flowing like water in the streets.

 6.  Organize Thyself

Peter Walsh  and his video series #31Days2GetOrganized just might be the answer I have been seeking as far as organizing myself goes. A little each day, I think that’s something I can handle. Since I work from home, staying organized is paramount!  The video Conquer your Master Bedroom is at the top of the playlist and is always the LAST room I tend to clean and organize. He’s already turned me upside down and I love it! When I went through as he instructed and removed all the things that did not belong in my room, I was astounded at how my private sanctuary had become a clutter trap!

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Thanks Laughing Cow and Kin Community for putting together such an awesome and utterly helpful series of videos to make my 2015 the best it can be. Here’s to #KickStartToANewYou

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Now I couldn’t let the a post go by without providing you with at least a small snack.  Now I know I said I was trying to limit carbs, but I still love them.  Baby steps.

Garlic-Herb Mini-Toast Bites ~ The Complete Savorist #sponsored #KickStartToANewYou

Garlic-Herb Mini Toast Bites

Servings: 1
Author: Michelle
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Ingredients

  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Cheese Wedge
  • 8 Mini-Toast pieces
  • 16 small cucumber strips
  • 16 small red pepper strips

Instructions

  1. Spread the cheese wedge evenly on each mini-toast
  2. Layer with the cucumber and red pepper strips
  3. Enjoy

Garlic-Herb Mini-Toast Bites ~ The Complete Savorist #sponsored #KickStartToANewYou

This post is sponsored by Laughing Cow in connection with Kin Community for their campaign #KickStartToANewYou in 2015, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

Garlic-Herb Mini-Toast Bites ~ The Complete Savorist #sponsored #KickStartToANewYou

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58 Comments

  • Reply
    Darla
    January 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I LOVE this post! Thanks for the great information and wonderful recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you Darla, be sure to check out the videos in the series!

  • Reply
    Christina Lakey | Food Apparel
    January 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Awesome lady! Love those goals. This year will be amazing!!!! I’m so excited for your Italy trip. I’ve always wanted to go there. You’d better have some fun on my behalf!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

      I promise to have lots of fun on your behalf.

  • Reply
    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    January 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I’m a fan of goal #5 and right there with ya sister! Seriously though, what a simple an delicious recipe! Yum, pinned!

  • Reply
    Betty
    January 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Love this post and looks so easy and yummy.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Betty, hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Ritu ahuja
    January 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Great post Michelle. Very interesting and informative. And super delicious recipe of quick and yummy snack. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lovefoodies
    January 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    5 stars
    A very nice post! You know when you go to Italia you will indeed fulfill the ‘drink more wine’ resolution!!!
    Good luck with everything in your life Michelle, I know you can do it!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you LF. Yes, it will flow so I need to gear up now by drinking more wine.

  • Reply
    Dan from Pltter Talk
    January 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I love laughing cow cheese and can’t wait to try it on these tasty little bites!

  • Reply
    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    January 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Love the flavor combination and the colors in this appetizer.

  • Reply
    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    January 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Looks like you’re on the right track for the new year. I’d love for you to stop by my blog and take a look at “Real Food Experience 2015”. You may pick up an additional hint or 2. It’s a 4 week series and we’re in week 2 now.
    I love Italy, you will too. The Hubby and I have cycled there extensively. It’s a place of wonderful people, wine and food! https://thekitchenchopper.com/indexBlog.php/real-food-experience-2015/

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks KC, I will head over and check your post out.

  • Reply
    Kris ~ Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies
    January 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Great post for the new year! I wish I could do something about my sleep times and get up earlier too!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Sleep times are hard to stick to when you’re a blogger and professional and a mommy, and and and…

  • Reply
    Debi @ Life Currents
    January 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Nice easy recipe, and a great way to sneak in more veggies. I’m with you on the “drink more wine” in fact, maybe I’ll do that tonight! Cheers!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    January 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I love the post! Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Ashley, hope you have a wonderful 2015.

  • Reply
    Jillian
    January 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    This would also be a great snack for game day!

  • Reply
    Ashley (QLCC)
    January 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I’ve been slacking with my resolutions… good for you for starting the year off right!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Ashley, I always start off right…it’s keeping it going that I fail at. 😉

  • Reply
    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes
    January 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Those little apps sound amazing, and I agree about growing the blog while also maintaining balance.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Shauna, thanks for stopping by. Finding balance is hard, it might be a life long quest.

  • Reply
    Melissa Falk
    January 16, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Nice post. Love the light snack. Anything with garlic gets my attention. Have fun in Italy. It’s one of my most favorite place.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you Melissa, I am beyond excited to go.

  • Reply
    Victoria
    January 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Italy?! Take me with you?!! So jealous.
    Great post! I love it!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      If I could take you I would Victoria. I’m excited.

  • Reply
    Kecia
    January 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Great tips with a delicious snack at the end! What more could a girl want?

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    January 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    5 stars
    All your resolutions sound so good! You will do great this year. I think you will have a much bigger blog by this time next year. I have so much respect for you for attempting normal sleep hours. I have tried and failed so many times at sleeping well. Good luck to you this year!

    Your recipe also sounds so gooood. I love eating laughing cow cheese by itself. Now, I can add it to other recipes.

  • Reply
    Mike Benayoun
    January 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Love the Laughing Cow… or the Vache qui rit as we call it in France 😉

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Yes, even by a different name, it is still delicious.

  • Reply
    Melanie
    January 23, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Those little snacks look so good. Great tips, too! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for stopping by Melanie.

  • Reply
    jamie
    January 23, 2015 at 8:58 am

    love these!

  • Reply
    kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor
    January 23, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Being healthy is definitely how I want to kick start the new year! These look fantastic!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Hope your resolutions are going well.

  • Reply
    Angela
    January 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Love all your goals.. especially the wine one 😉 These look like a really great snack too!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      And I am doing well with the wine one too!

  • Reply
    Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]
    January 24, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I love Laughing Cow! These look great!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Simple and easy to make.

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    Aimee @ Like mother like daughter
    January 24, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I’m jealous that you get to go to Italy this summer. That sounds completely fabulous and these bites? They look amazing! I love the combo of the cheese with cucumber and red pepper, sounds so refreshing!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you Aimee, I am super excited for Italy. The snack is easy and delicious too.

  • Reply
    Kadie
    January 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I LOVE Laughing Cow! I eat it almost every day for lunch. I love your recipe! I’ll have to add it to my line up. 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole
    January 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Those laughing cow wedges are so yummy! Love your little bites- very colorful!

  • Reply
    Mike Benayoun
    January 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I started my new year resolutions on the 1st… and ended them on the 2nd… #dietstartstomorrow 😉

  • Reply
    Lori Who Needs A Cape?
    January 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Lovely light snack that is good for you too…win! Enjoy Italy, what a journey!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Lori, I can’t wait to go.

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