Who wants to go on a 5 day hiking get away to Sedona?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 14, 2018

Hiking has become my new passion, whether it’s in my own back yard or somewhere around the world. I love to explore and find new trails, see new places, challenge myself physically and meet new people. I want to share my passion for hiking and healthy lifestyle and have created a unique affordable way to…

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Happiness Jar

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 1, 2018

Last year I stumbled upon a fun idea called a happiness jar. It’s a rather simple idea, easy to make and brings me comfort when I’m feeling a little blue. The idea behind the happiness jar is to jot down on a piece of paper each day something that made you happy and pop it…

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What will 2018 be for you?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | December 27, 2017

2018 is just around the corner and with it, we’re encouraged to consider what we want to change or fix about ourselves in the new year. It’s a time to make resolutions. A “resolution” is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something. With just 8% of those people who set resolutions…

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Make health your hobby!

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | December 10, 2017

Who wants to join me on a year long focus on their health? This is not a diet, a fad or a gimmick. This is a lifestyle that will allow you to enjoy life every day. For 2018 I am inviting anyone who is truly interested in focusing on their health to be a part…

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9 life lessons

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | November 12, 2017

I came across this convocation speech this week and decided it would be a great share.   I ask you take 6:41 minutes to listen to the following 9 life lessons. You will be entertained, be made to think and hopefully give you a little inspiration to live a happy life.

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All Natural Apple Muffins

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | November 6, 2017

Recipe (All-natural): Apple Muffins Serves 12 1 cup quick oats, uncooked 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup cooked quinoa 3 tbsp maple syrup 1 cup chopped apples 2 eggs, lightly beaten Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix the quick oats and cinnamon. Add the quinoa and mix again. Now add maple syrup, apples…

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How’s your posture?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | November 5, 2017

The human body was made to move. Unfortunately our lifestyle has shifted to one that is much more sedentary than it should be. I’ve heard statements claim sitting is the new smoking. How scary is that? In addition to all the sitting, we spend more time with our heads forward and shoulders slouched looking and…

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Guilt free brownies

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 31, 2017

Ingredients: 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted with 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1 avocado 1/4 cup unsalted almond butter 1/2 cup raw honey 3 eggs 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1 TBSP. Vanilla Extract 1 TBSP Almond Flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. sea salt   Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F Puree avocado flesh…

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Volunteering is so rewarding

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 29, 2017

For a year I have been thinking about volunteering some of my time.  I hear that regularly from many of my friends and Happy Monkey members, but it seems time marches on and we just talk about it. This fall I decided to take action and walk the walk as well as talk the talk…

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