Try It Tuesday

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Doing this whole low carb/Keto thing can be tough sometimes, especially when you’re looking for fast snacks. Thankfully, I searched around and actually found some snacks that are LC/K-friendly!

 

First up are these awesome little packets of protein-packed nut butter from Wildfriends!

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These would be great with celery sticks, but honestly, they’re tasty by themselves and are a great post-workout snack! The vanilla almond butter has 10 grams of protein in a serving and the chocolate peanut butter packs 12 grams of protein! Great for hitting your macros and they’re tasty, too!

 

Next up are these crunchy little snacks from Cello! They’re literally made from one thing: cheese!

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Each serving of these crunchy crisps has 10 grams of protein and only 1 carb! I’ve added them to salads, poured them on top of my chili, and eaten them with Laughing Cow cheese! Soooo good! Bonus–they’re gluten free!

 

Have you tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

Mommy Monday

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Last Thursday, Huff the Tot was running a slight temperature and not really acting like herself. After some encouragement from my mom to take her to the doctor (okay, she basically told me to; but I’m glad I listened because…) we had her tested for the flu. Guess what?

Flu A. 

Yep.

My reaction:

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Thankfully, it hasn’t been *too* bad. She seems to only have the coughing/fever part of the flu which is great. But still, Huff the Hubs and I haven’t gotten a whole lot of sleep and I’m so scared that we’re going to get it. So I’m a wee stressed.

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I wish I was one of those people that did NOT eat when they were stressed. But I’m not. When I’m stressed, I like to eat everything in sight. And, to be honest, I was even doing this for a few days before she got sick. I kept seeing how many folks at the Mother’s Day Out program were getting the flu/had little ones with the flu and I was legit panicked. Like, “eating-all-the-kid’s-leftover-Christmas-candy” panicked.

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Soooooo…..yeah, my New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and get back into shape has sort of fallen by the wayside. And, statistically speaking, I’m sure a lot of you have let your resolutions go too–whether it be to lose weight, get better sleep, or save money. Research shows that most resolutions lose their steam by February. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! You can still get back on track–and so can I! I’ve rounded up some great tips to help you (and me!) reach those goals!

 

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

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I’m really bad about this. I beat myself up whenever I have the slightest hiccup in getting to my goals, whether it be through my own choices or circumstances. I fixate on the fact that I screwed up and start to get into a pit of melancholy. Sigh. Instead of saying, “Ugh! I can’t believe you did this! You’re never going to achieve {insert goal here} because you’re worthless!” tell yourself: “Hey, its okay. Let’s pick ourselves up and do better next time.” Or, you can just watch this scene from Batman Begins to help you.

 

If You’re Not Seeing Any Progress, Maybe Its Time to Reassess Your Goal

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Maybe your goal of saving $300 a month isn’t working because you don’t have a set budget. Or maybe your goal of working out five days a week isn’t feasible because of other things going on in your life right now. Some of you may say, “Well, if its REALLY important to you, you’ll MAKE time.” And while that is true, you’ve also go to look at facts. If you’re on a tight budget as it is, don’t make yourself sick by setting an enormous goal amount of money to save. Start small and slowly build over time, then find the amount that works for you without making you eat canned chili for dinner every night. The same goes for working out. Instead of saying you’re going to workout for an hour every single day, shoot for 20 minutes, 2-3 times a week and build on that over time.

 

Think About Why You Made These Goals in The First Place

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Why did you want to start waking up earlier? So you could get more done before the kids woke up? Why did you want to start eating healthier? So you could be around longer for your family? Why did you want to save money? So you could take that big trip you’ve always wanted? Think about the reasons behind your goals and let that motivate you!

 

Get Started

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Like Nike says, “Just do it!” No matter how hard it is, just put one foot in front of the other and move. Keep that $5 and put in a jar on your dresser. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Eat an apple instead of that doughnut. Just make it happen! I know it can sometimes be hard to begin, which leads me to my next tip…

 

Get an Accountability Partner

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I know its a lot easier for me to make excuses to not do something when I’m the only person dependent on it. But, when I know someone else is expecting me to show up, its a lot harder for me to flake. So when I made a running goal, I enlisted my sister (and vice versa). It was a lot tougher for me to say, “I don’t want to run” to her than to myself. And, nine times out of ten, she would say, “Too bad. Get up. Let’s go.” (ha!)

 

There’s An App For That

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Want to drink more water? Try Plant Buddy! Need help stressing less? Maybe Pacifica could be helpful! Need guidance with workouts? 7 FIT gives short, concise workouts you can do anywhere! Want a better night’s rest? Sleep Cycle can help you count some zzz’s! There is pretty much an app for any goal you can think of–just peruse the app store and you’ll see!

 

Do you have any tips that have helped you get back on track? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been doing the low-carb/Keto thing for a few weeks now and seeing good results so I’m keeping this train going! I found an AMAZINGLY delicious dessert that is LC/K and I just gotta share it!

Here’s what you need:

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~4 oz.  cream cheese, softened (seriously, it needs to be super soft, but not melted)

~8 oz. Milk Chocolate Delight Atkins Shake (I used a Svelte Organic shake because that’s what I had on hand)

~1 box sugar-free chocolate pudding mix

~4 tbs. peanut butter

First, mix the cream cheese and shake in a large mixing bowl until it is well mixed and there are no chunks.

 

Then, add the packet of sugar-free pudding and peanut butter.  Blend well!

 

Line a plate with wax paper (I didn’t have any so I used foil; worked just as well!). Roll the mixture into little balls and put them on the foil or wax paper and place them in the freezer to set. (Note: My mixture wasn’t as “doughy” as the original recipes’, so I did spoonfuls of the mixture. They ended up looking like little piles of dog poo…Whoops!)

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After about an hour or so, pop the balls into a container and store in the freezer! You can enjoy these frozen or let them thaw for about a minute or two! They are sooooooo good!

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Each ball has about 35 calories, 2 carbs, and 1 gram of protein! Have you ever tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

Mommy Monday

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Guys. This flu foolishness has me stressed out. Just look at this map from the CDC:

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I’ve already heard of ten cases at our Mother’s Day Out program (five of which are in my kids’ classes!) and I’m seriously going crazy waiting for symptoms. I really don’t want my kiddos (or myself!) to get it!

I already had a doctor’s appointment this morning (calm down, it was just a check-up) so I asked him what we can do to help keep ourselves flu-free. I thought I’d share what he told me with you guys!*

Get a Flu Shot 

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This is kind of a given. He said that the flu shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu, it will just shorten the days you have it/lessen the severity of the flu.

 

Avoid Contact With Folks that Have the Flu

 

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This is also a “no-duh” kind of tip. But still, just stay away from people who have the flu. No point in exposing yourself (and everyone under your roof) to that.

 

Wash Your Hands! 

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Again, DUH! But this isn’t just for you, this is for your kiddos too. Make them wash their hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, after playing with toys at the store/daycare/school/doctor’s office, and after petting animals. There’s also a great hand sanitizer that’s alcohol-free (and safe for littles) that I keep on me all the time for the kiddos!

 

Take A Multivitamin

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Taking a vitamin with Vitamin-C, B-vitamins, and elderberry can help your immune system. In fact, elderberry has been show to help reduce the severity of the flu as well as help prevent catching it! (The kiddos and I have been taking these!)

 

If You Have Young Kids, Clean Their Toys at the End of the Day, Everyday (And Wipe Down Doorknobs With Clorox Wipes)

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Little Ones put everything in their mouths. The doctor said its important to make sure their toys are sanitized because of that reason. Especially if that kiddo attends daycare. Also, we all touch hundreds of surfaces a day. Be sure to clean the door handles around the house to get rid of any germs that may be sticking to them.

 

Now, let’s all spray ourselves with Lysol and pray we don’t get the flu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I’m not a doctor. This is in NO way me saying “avoid going to the doctor because this is what MY doc said”. If you think you’re getting sick AT ALL, go see your primary care physician. Also, do not follow any of these tips unless you check with your provider FIRST.

 

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday! Do you enjoy the feel of a new paperback? What about the smell of fresh pages? Then today’s FGF is just for you because all of the geeky goodies are for book lovers!

 

One of my literary heroes is Jane Austen. She was such an amazing writer and marched to the beat of her own drum! Which is why I love that she has been immortalized as an action figure!

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This lovely figurine is an Archie McPhee exclusive and comes in a book-inspired box! Perfect for your shelves!

 

Pretty sure all of us as kids tried to escape into a magical world through our closets after reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Although all my sisters and I found was a hole and drywall. Sigh. Relive those days with this a-DORK-able tee from Mental Floss!

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Do people ever borrow your books and not return them? Keep book thieves at bay with this Harry Potter-inspired stamp from Etsy shop Hello World Stamps!

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Do you have a reading goal this year? Maybe you’ve seen reading challenges on Pinterest that you want to try? Why not challenge yourself while also decorating your home with this print from Blue Poppy Gallery!

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This print–An American Literary Journey–features 50 books from each of the 50 states! Read your way through America in 2018!

 

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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On Monday, we honored a man who had a lasting impact on the world. I’m not downplaying Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful fight for desegregation and civil rights, however I think it is just as important to talk about the woman who stood by his side throughout his battles for equality—Coretta Scott King.

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Coretta Scott was born in Marion, Alabama in 1927. Her grandmother, a former slave, was actually the midwife at her birth. Coretta was raised with her brothers and sisters in the segregated south. Coretta’s mother, Bernice, would bus her children as well as other black children in the neighborhood to the closest school—Lincoln Normal School.

 

Coretta excelled in academics as well as in the school (and church’s) choir and band in which she played the trumpet. She graduated valedictorian of her senior class in 1945 and attended Antioch College. At the time, Antioch was a historically all-white school and, in an effort to diversify, the college gave full scholarships to African-American students. Coretta’s sister was the first black student to attend Antioch just two years prior.

 

Because of her singing and musical prowess, Coretta was awarded a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While at the Conservatory, Coretta was introduced to a young man—Martin Luther King Jr. At first, Coretta was not too keen on Martin; but, as she got to know him, Coretta fell for the future pastor and civil rights activist.

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The pair married in 1953. In 1954, after earning her degree in voice and violin from the New England Conservatory of Music, Coretta and her husband moved to Montgomery, Alabama where Martin became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

 

Coretta gave up her dreams of a professional singing career and shifted her focus to the civil rights fight and assisting her husband in planning peaceful protests.

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In 1958, Coretta headlined a concert at a high school, singing songs about the fight to change legislation regarding segregation as well as break down the walls of racism. Coretta worked side by side with her husband until his untimely death in 1968. After Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Coretta continued his work and his mission as long as she lived.

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Coretta Scott King endured her home being bombed, her husband being arrested several times, and numerous attempts by the FBI and other governmental offices to discredit herself, her husband, and their marriage, and she did it with grace and peace. Thank you, Coretta, for your lovely legacy and inspiring life story.

Try It Tuesday

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Since I gave y’all a resolution-busting Try It last week, I thought I’d give y’all a healthy option this week! One of my goals this year is to get down to pre-Huff the Tot weight. I’ve been following a low-carb/semi-Keto “diet” (I don’t like the “D” word) Mondays through Saturdays and eating whatever I want on Sundays. Since January 2nd, I’ve lost two pounds! Yay!

One thing I’ve been missing in the mornings is waffles. I used to eat eggs and whole wheat Eggos in the mornings but, since waffles=carbs, I haven’t had one in a while. I’ve tried a high-protein/low-carb waffle before but it just wasn’t that great. I thought I’d try a new recipe and see if the waffles tasted any better! (Bonus! These are also gluten free!)

Here’s what you need:

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1 cup almond flour, sifted

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy cream or heavy cream and a little water

2 tablespoons oil

3 eggs

 

In large bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder and salt.

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Stir in oil and eggs and mix until well blended. Then, slowly add the heavy cream until the desired batter thickness is achieved.

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After that, pour the batter into your waffle maker to cook.

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Wait for the waffle to finish cooking and serve!

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GUYS. These waffles were DELICIOUS! They also only had THREE carbs per waffle! This recipe yielded about 4 waffles, so I was able to freeze a few and reheat them throughout the week (like when my family had pizza for dinner and I had to resist the temptation)! You don’t even have to add syrup–top with raspberries (a naturally low-carb berry) and some Reddi Whip and you’re golden! Its filling, its Keto-friendly, and its DELISH!