Blog & Podcast

Episode # 18 – Can An App Find My Athlete A Scholarship?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s topics: Andrew’s journey as a professional athlete and all about his amazing Apps.   I’m joined by Andrew Fair. He is a professional basketball player, creator of YouthKinect and HoopKinect Apps, Author and an all-around awesome guy!   Andrew’s journey to becoming a professional athlete after suffering an injury.   How traveling for his career broadened his horizons and taught him about hard work.   How Andrew started his YouthKinect App and how the App helps high schoolers find scholarships for college.   HoopKinect App’s development and how it helps athletes find agents and teams.   Links & References:   You can connect with Andrew: www.thehoopkinect.com, YouthKinect in App Store When a Son Knows His Mother’s Heart   My name is…

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Episode #17 – How Do I Build My Athlete’s Confidence?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: How do I build my athlete’s confidence?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Jenn. She’s going to share with us how she helps teen athletes build the tools, the team, and the toughness to win in school, sports and life.   What it means to be “confident” and what you should strive for.   The three elements you need to build confidence and belief: Courage, Consistency, and Confidence   The two elements of belief and emotion and how they play into confidence.   How goal, community and team, and habits can help your child enjoy their athletic journey.   Links & References:   You can connect with Coach Jenn: jenn@jennstarkey.com A League Of Your Own: Leadership…

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Simple Ways To Add Some Me Time To Your Busy Sports Mom Calendar

Sports mom confession. It can all feel so overwhelming.   Everyday life is so scheduled with activities including eight or more hours of work, child care, school, church and community activities, volunteering     And then add to all of that the demands of busy sports schedules. Plus, we still need to balance our relationships too.   So more times than not we feel we have an excuse for not having enough time to do something, especially when it comes to self-care.   For a long time, I felt like it was impossible to take care of myself while taking care of my family, keeping up with the house and running a business. You have probably felt the same way as you manage all the aspects of your busy life!…

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Create a Self-Care Survival Kit

In the back of my car (aka my portable locker room) is my Sports Mom Survival Kit. It includes things like first aid, toiletries, extra clothes, snacks, extra technology and portable sports chairs.   Basically anything I might need to survive a weekend of sports!     But it wasn’t until recently I thought about the need for a Sports Mom SELF-CARE Survival Kit.   So what the heck is it?   A Self-Care Survival Kit is a personalized box of fun things to use or do to pamper yourself. When you’re sad, stressed, or just feel like it, you can pull this box out and enjoy. The survival kit will help you loosen up, relax and reconnect with the bigger picture. And making a kit can be just as…

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10 Day Healthy Meal Game Plan (Part 2) Recipe #4

Print Recipe SMU: 10 Day Challenge: Part 2: Recipe 4: Lasagna Soup Source: skinnytaste.com Course: Main Course Cook Time: 50 min Total Time: 50 min Yield: 6 servings Serves: 6 Scale Update Ingredients For the soup cooking spray 14 oz sweet Italian chicken sausage casing removed 1⁄2 onion chopped 2 crushed cloves garlic 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley divided 3 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth* 2 1⁄2 cups water 2 cups quick marinara sauce 2 bay leaves fresh cracked black pepper 6 oz broken lasagna noodles whole wheat or gluten free* For topping: 6 tbsp part skim shredded mozzarella cheese* 1⁄2 cup part skim ricotta cheese 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1⁄4 cup fresh basil chiffonade *check labels for gluten free Directions Heat a large…

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10 Day Healthy Meal Game Plan (Part 2) Recipe #3

Print Recipe SMU: 10 Day Challenge: Dinner: Part 2: Recipe 3: Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon and Broccolini A simple honey lemon salmon recipe baked up on a sheet pan with broccolini. Serve over rice and drizzle with the honey lemon sauce. Makes a great meal prep lunch. Source: sweetpeasandsaffron.com Course: Main Course Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 25 min Yield: 4 Serves: 4 Scale Update Ingredients 4 5 oz salmon filets 12 oz broccolini ((2 packages of Mann's broccolini)) olive oil salt & pepper 1⁄4 cup honey 1⁄4 cup water 1 lemon juice of 2 cloves garlic (minced) 2 tablespoons soy sauce ((I prefer reduced sodium)) 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 teaspoons cornstarch sesame seeds green onions Directions Heat oven to 425°F. Arrange salmon…

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10 Day Healthy Meal Game Plan (Part 2) Recipe #2

Print Recipe SMU: 10 Day Challenge: Dinner: Part 2: Recipe 2: Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Two Ways Source: cookingwithafullplate.com Course: Main Course Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 40 min Yield: 4 Serves: 4 Scale Update Ingredients Buffalo Chicken: 1 lb frozen chicken 1-2 cups chicken broth or water 1 cup buffalo wing sauce (not just hot sauce) Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing: 1 cup plain yogurt (fat free to full fat is fine) 1⁄2 cup blue cheese crumbles 1 tsp apple cider vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Sweet Potatoes: 4 small sweet potatoes Mason Jar Salad: 2 heads romaine lettuce 2 carrots 2 stalks celery 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds 1⁄4 cup blue cheese crumbles 1⁄4 cup raisins Directions Put frozen chicken breasts in the pot…

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10 Day Healthy Meal Game Plan (Part 2) Recipe #1

Print Recipe SMU: 10 Day Challenge: Dinner: Part 2: Recipe 1: Veggie-Packed Turkey Meatballs Source: cookingwithafullplate.com Course: Main Course Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 20 min Yield: 30-40 meatballs Serves: 40 Scale Update Ingredients 1 carton mushrooms 2 bell peppers 1 onion 1 cup parsley 1 lb ground turkey 1 lb uncooked turkey/chicken/pork sausage removed from casing if applicable 2 cups almond flour 4 eggs Salt and pepper to season Directions Prep: Chop vegetables into a fine dice in the food processor. It’s best to do one type at a time, empty it into a bowl, and then chop the next. No need to clean out the processor between, but this will help you to get an even chop on each item. Combine bell pepper…

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How a Little Me Time Can Improve Your Attitude

Until recently when I thought about “me time” I thought about running away from the stresses of my daily routine.   Then my sports mom bestie told me how she shifted her focus to running toward the pleasure of “me time” without guilt and without regret.   When you are focused on the rewards of what you’re doing, you’re in the driver’s seat of your life. Whether the reward is feeling powerful, a mani/pedi, brunch with a friend, new shoes, a bath, or a mental health day off work, when your intention is fixed on moving forward, toward pleasure, you are taking responsibility for getting where you want to go. – Amy Carrillo, Life Coach & Sports Mom of four   Whoa! I instantly let go of the negativity and guilt…

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Episode #16 – How Can I Talk To My Athletes About Their FEAR?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: When we feel fear (as an athlete, especially as a female athlete), what we do with that emotion of FEAR? Especially when we don’t want to admit it because we feel like it makes us look weak?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Christen Schnefaus who speaks all over the country to athletes, parents, and coaches about Handling Fear. We discuss how fear works in our minds and how to be there for your female athlete.   How to get rid of the “tap dancer” and get real with your feelings.   The way fear undermines our confidence.   Why sharing our fears and doubts is important and how you can encourage those conversations with your…

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