Welcome to the Let’s Get Real Party #70

Welcome to Week 70 of our Let’s Get Real party.  We would love for you to link up your posts that focus on healthy living, fitness, healthy recipes, family, inspiration and tips for better living.  Don’t have a post to link up?  Then please visit for a while and check out some of the great posts our friends have shared below.

Don’t forget to follow our party’s group board on Pinterest, where we pin many of our favorites every week!

**  If you are interested in co-hosting Let’s Get Real with us, we would love to have you.  Please email Christina at:  jugglingrealfoodandreallife@gmail.com.  It’s super easy to host and a whole lot of fun.

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 I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.
1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
2) Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.

 We will be pinning our favorites!!

My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

Finding Joy in the Chaos of Christmas

Christmas nutcracker solider broken with dead pine tree

Well, the Christmas season isn’t following the plan I laid out so neatly and carefully.  My mother’s death, a year ago this week, is weighing heavily on me.  The adopt-a-family project I’m coordinating at work has run into some roadblocks.  The cabinet my husband is assembling is spread across the [continue reading]

12 Quick, Easy and Healthy Meals for the Busiest Month of the Year

Christmas decoration on brown natural wooden table

Eating well is always a challenge for busy families, but even more so when December rolls around. If you’re like me, you’re working hard every day to eat a healthy diet and feed your family (mostly) real food. And now that December has arrived, you’re finding that the activities, pressures [continue reading]

8 Holiday Hacks for a Simpler, Easier Christmas

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Well, ready or not, the Christmas season is upon us.  I’m trying to keep things calm and reasonably sane this year, and you probably are too.  But it’s hard – so many things demand our time and energy during the weeks before Christmas.  If you’re looking for small ways to [continue reading]

4 Simple Steps for Managing Your Weight During the Holidays

Christmas diet concept. Christmas tree made from measure tape

So, Thanksgiving is next week (let that sink in for a minute!), and Christmas is right around the corner.  Are you ready for the holiday season? I’m not, but it’s definitely time to get myself in gear! I’m really hoping to keep things fairly calm, reasonably healthy, and just a [continue reading]

Never Peel and Cube a Butternut Squash Again! Plus 4 More Things to Avoid When Prepping Real Food

Butternut squash with sage leaves

When I read a recipe that begins with “Peel and cube a butternut squash,” I try to picture the person who developed it. I usually imagine it’s someone who works in a test kitchen, or has a sous chef hanging around. Because I’m pretty certain it’s not a regular person [continue reading]