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New twist to a favorite meal!

So potato pizza is one of my family’s meals that’s always been a favorite. Been passed down a couple generations. My grandma found it in a magazine aome time when I was little. Since trying to cut carbs we haven’t been able to have it!

So I had an epiphany!!!

MASHED CAULIFLOWER!!!

I am so excited to have dinner tonight!!!

so does any of you have a family favorite meal?

Diet/Foods, Life

Breakfast hack!!!

If you’re anything like me you don’t typically eat breakfast. I barely function in the mornings, which isn’t always easy when your kiddo bounces around like a caffeinated chimp!

    Grease the muffin pan
  • put ham in the cup,
  • crack an egg (I scrambled)
  • add some shredded cheese on top
  • bake at 375° for 15-20 min

These bad boys can be saved and popped in the microwave for a few seconds! Easy peasy!!

What’s your quick breakfast hack?

Baby, Life, love

So true! LOVE it!

A friend of mine shared this on fb this morning. I have no clue who wrote it, but I find it wonderful!

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Before I became a mama, no one told me that some nights I would have no choice but to sit down in the kitchen floor & hold my crying toddler while dinner cooks.

No one told me just how exhausting it would be sometimes.

No one told me that with a nasty cold my baby would be so clingy & want nothing to do with anyone except mama.

No one told me that some days I would forget to eat because I would be so busy making sure everyone else had what they needed.

No one told me that on most days I wouldn’t get anything done around the house but keeping babies alive .. & that’s ok.

No one told me that I would go the lengths to catch throw up in my hands just so I wouldn’t have to clean it out of the carpet.

No one told me that I would so desperately long for a break only to miss them like crazy the second I got that break.

No one told me just how much sleep

I would lose.

No one told me that I would go & check to see if my baby is breathing during the night … even when they are nine, six & 18 months old.

But even if I would have been told those things before I became a mama, it wouldn’t have changed my mind. Motherhood is perfectly imperfect, as am I. Some days it’s full of fun & some days it’s on going tears. Some days it’s easy & some days it’s hard. But one thing is for sure, every day being their mama is absolutely incredible. ❤️

Life, Me

Cold weather is coming ☹️

Born and raised in Montana, and I absolutely love it! We typically get to see all the seasons, even if it’s only for a short time!

Our summer this year was amazing! We barely had smoke from fires and the temperatures were perfect! The downside? Summer is never long enough! We got about 2 months of great weather, and now that September hit we have rain.

I love rain! I prefer spring rain, because that means cold and winter are almost over and summers coming! Fall rain through is much harder for me. It means summer has ended and the long cold months of winter are coming. Winter is my least favorite, because it reeks havoc on my anxiety.

Cold weather tends to keep me inside more, and this decline in physical activity can slow down your blood flow, which can lead to inflammation, which can cause depressive symptoms in the brain. 

I find that colder temps, and shorter days make doing things in the winter that much more difficult. It’s easy for me to let this become depressive. I, not only have anxiety, but I also suffer from SAD.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mental disorder characterized by depressive symptoms that occur at the same time every year. It’s easy for this condition to be swept under the rug because sufferers often think it’s a case of the “winter blues.”

Because I’m not one for going outdoors as often in the cold, I am not getting as much daily intake of vitamin D.

The body absorbs vitamin D when UVB rays come in contact with your skin, and those rays can’t penetrate the atmosphere as easily when the sun doesn’t rise as high in the sky during the winter months.

How does this relate to my anxiety? Vitamin D triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. Vitamin D receptors are also located in regions of the brain linked to depression. So the lack of sunlight exposure during the winter months can disrupt the body’s release of these neurotransmitters that are related to anxiety and depression.

So I’ve been doing some research on how to take control of my issues. Here are a few things I’ve found to help with anxiety and SAD this coming winter:

  • Eating healthy
  • Exercising
  • Breathing (meditation)
  • Light therapy
  • Vitamin D

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from SAD? How do you, or they, manage?

Diet/Foods, Life, Me

So goood! 🍔

I have been trying to be healthier and with that (for me) comes the difficulty of food choices. Now I know there are so many wonderful things to eat that are healthy, but I get so tired of the same thing all the time. So being able to turn junk foods into healthier options is awesome!

This is the Big Mac salad. I was a bit skeptical that it would taste good from looking at the ingredients, but oh my was I in for a surprise! Even my husband thought it was pretty awesome!

Ingredients

Big Mac Sauce

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp diced pickles ( I used dill relish)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener (I used stevia)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salad

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cut up pickles (I found the sauce had enough pickles that the salad didn’t need it)

It’s a very simple dish! I made the sauce first, and let it sit in the fridge while my burger thawed. I cooked the burger, placed it over the lettuce and added the sauce! We will be having this again!

If you try it or have another “junk food turned healthy” recipe you’d like to share, please leave it in the comments!

Diet/Foods, Life, love, Me

Bulletproof coffee! 🥰

I’m sure you’ve all heard of bulletproof coffee. I hadn’t until my mom gave me the recipe for the one I use!

Bulletproof coffee is a drink consisting of brewed coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter, and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) coconut oil. It is mostly popular with people following a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet (keto). I do more of a lazy keto, but this is a great drink in general!

However, the one I drink had different ingredients! So maybe it’s not bulletproof coffee, but it still tastes amazing!!!

Here is our recipe:

  • 1 tsp raw cacao

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/3 tsp royal maca powder

  • 1 tsp organic coconut oil

  • 1 cup organic coffee

Put in a blender bottle, blend and enjoy!!!

If you test out this recipe let me know what you think! If you have a different way of making it; what’s your recipe?

Happy coffee drinking!!!

Books, Life, love, Me

Books, books, and more books!

For as long as I can remember I have loved to read! The first book I remember being a favorite was Rupert Gets Glasses! I’m pretty sure I had it memorized, because my mom read it so much!

Then I remember getting into The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley books! Oh my goodness did I LOVE them! Then my reading matured and I would steal my mom’s Danielle Steel or V.C. Andrews books! I remember trying to read Gone With The Wind when I was 12. I couldn’t get through it. I did finally read the whole thing in my 20s.

These days I find myself exploring a little more with different authors, but as far as my shelves are concerned they are FULL of Nora Roberts and Kristan Higgins. I impatiently wait for each of their new books to be released. In between these times, I can be found looking at garage sales. Which is one of the best places to find deals!

With all that being said, I come from a long line of readers! My grandpa always seems to have a book on the table next to him. My mom is the same way. If she doesn’t have an actual books to hold and read, she’s got one on her kindle! I always have a book next to my chair or bed. I hope that the love of reading continues through my son. I will catch him grabbing his books from his shelf and sitting to flip through them. He doesn’t always want us to read them to him, but the fact that it’s his go to warms my heart.

Because I do love to read, and I want my son to have that love as well, I started selling Usborne Books and More. Having access to all these books will give my son such an advantage in life. I truly believe in spreading literacy and opening new worlds for kids. These books have done wonders for friend’s kids that have had trouble reading or dislike to read. I’ve had home schooling parents buy these books to supplement their curriculum.

So when I say I love to read I’m not kidding!

What was your favorite books as a kid? Do you have any favorites now? Did you have a book that changed your life? I would love to hear about it!