Life is a never ending balancing act. I mean, today I made oatmeal cookies 🍪for a stuffed owls birthday... that was a balancing act between encouraging my child imagination and creative view of the world, but also being realistic and not throwing a full birthday party 🎂🎉for the stuff bird even though he really wanted me to 🤷🏼♀️ everyday is me, balancing the different needs of the two little boys who rely on me with their wants. It took a long time for me to realize that having my needs met or meeting them myself was just as important to the health and safety of my little ones. I mean think about it. If you are stressed out, can't wash your hair, change your clothes, don't like how your body feels, how exactly are you at your best for them? If we don't take care of ourselves what are we modeling for our children? But if we are militant about the foods we invest and how many times a day we work out (seriously?) and what that scale says, what the hell are we teaching our kids about self love? My partner in crime made the mistake of calling my life change a diet and now my 6 year old boy keeps asking if I'm still on a diet. I finally said to him "mommys not in a diet baby. Diets end. Mommmy decided that she wanted to take better care of herself so that she would feel good and can be with you for a very long time". Little dude understood too! He thought that was a good idea 😂 😂 😂 So today, while I try to workout with only one arm, I will give it my best. Not just cause my babies are watching, but I want to feel good for me. Today, while I eat my well portioned five meals (yeah boo. I eat five meals a day. Sometimes six, and I'm still getting results) I will not think of it as a diet. This isn't a temporary bikini season fix. This is a "I'm gonna keep up with these little nuggets forever" life change. And today while I eat my oatmeal raisin cookie with chocolate chips 🍪 I'm gonna remember "I made these for a stuffed owls f*cking birthday" and laugh. Because shit son, I will do anything for these kids. And ima enjoy that cookie 🍪 because it's exactly what I need to keep balance on this tight rope known as life and motherhood. #momkife#oatmealcookies
You know you're a teacher when...you have way too many glue bottles and writing supplies for your family of 5.
Even though I'm not returning to work this year, teaching will always be part of who I am. Today I taught my oldest how to clean off glue bottles so they don't get clogged. I taught my middle how to use her words to talk to her sister instead of tattling. Lastly, I taught the baby how to use sign language for the word "more." It's a work in progress over here, but each day is not about perfection. It's about being present, making positive progress and loving on one another.
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These are the BEST Veggie Tacos I have ever had (You need to try them!) Ingredients
3 small zucchini, sliced lengthwise
2 small yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
1 small eggplant, chopped
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Pinch of cayenne
1 avocado, pitted
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges
8 Paleo tortillas
1. Place the zucchini, squash, and eggplant into a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and one teaspoon of salt. Add pepper to taste. Toss to coat.
In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice and a dash of salt. Set aside.
2. Heat the grill to medium-high. Place the zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant onto the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning once, until slightly softened but still crispy.
3. To assemble, top each tortilla with a few pieces of squash or eggplant and red onion. Spread the avocado mixture over the vegetables and garnish with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Honey and sesame chicken stir fry for a quick and easy dinner. I prepped this chicken and marinaded it for 24 hours then it only took 10 minutes to cook.
500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 tbsp liquid aminos
4 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 inch piece ginger, grated
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
1 chilli, sliced
150g mushrooms, sliced
100g tender stem broccoli
Fresh coriander to garnish .
Slice the chicken thighs into 1-inch strips and mix with the marinade ingredients (aminos, vinegar, honey, sesame seeds, chilli, garlic and ginger) and leave to marinade for minimum 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. When ready to cook pour the chicken and marinade in a heated non-stick pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, until almost fully cooked. Then add the veggies and cook for a further 3 minutes until they are cooked but still crunchy. Serve with fresh coriander.
The all American lunch for his first day back to school. Everything is per his request. He planned it out. When he gets to choose I know he'll eat everything. 😍
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• carrot sticks
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That moment when you are listening to music from high school and you look back on all that you have accomplished since then...
1. Moved to Chicago for a year
2. Got engaged at age 20
3. Bought a Pomeranian
4. Graduated from college with an Elementary Teaching Degree
5. Got married at age 22
6. Accepted a 3rd grade teaching job
7. Bought another dog
8. Had a baby
9. Had another baby
10. Bought a real house
11. Bought a new dog
12. Got a new teaching job
13. Had another baby
14. Hubby got a new job
15. Started coaching
16. New SAHM
God has been good to us!! 💖
I've got a little side kick today helping sample some new concoctions. Gotta love kids honesty, they're the toughest critics! 👍I got a thumbs up for these choc vanilla cookies (made with sunflower seeds and sweet potato). Grab some for you or your little ones at The Beaches Market next week (just a few more recipe tweaks). Lunchbox friendly as their nut free.
Chilli prawns with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and courgette noodles is so easy, fast and light. Takes less than 10 minutes to throw together but leaves you feeling so satisfied!
100g cooked prawns
1 courgette, spiralized
1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp black olives, sliced
1 tsp dried chilli
1/2 garlic powder
@chosenfoods coconut oil spray .
Spray some oil in a heated non-stick pan and add the prawns. Stir well to coat in the oil and add the tomatoes, olives, chilli and garlic powder. Cook for a few minutes until everything is heated through then add the courgette noodles. Mix everything together and leave on the heat for about a minute to warm the noodles through but still allowing them to be a little crunchy.
K Bear (my daughter's nickname) with her very own K Bear cereal. She was pretty excited when she came across it at @hillstreetgrocer, South Hobart, & demanded that it look just like the pic with banana on top. #twinning#glutenfree#glutenfreekids
Try these addictive raw brownie bites!!! Think about taking a bite of the most fudgy, chewey brownies you have ever had ❤️
Don't forget to claim your free of charge paleo report by clicking my profile link! 🍗 ☝️
And just like that.... summer is over. What was you best memory of the summer? Mine is the late family evenings outside watching the sunsets. It was perfect. • gluten free penne with marinara
• gf rice crackers with hummus
• sweet bell peppers with hummus • watermelon
• aged Gouda cheese
Crockpot marinara soft and tasty chicken pasta 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼Kids love it because NOODLES, daddy loves it because NOODLES, and mommy loves it because this crowd-pleaser pretty much makes itself (and also, because noodles 😄👌🏼)! .
Ingredients👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻: 3 FROZEN RAW organic chicken breasts
1 jar of your fave #nosugaradded pasta sauce.. I used @edenfoods delish thick organic pasta-pizza sauce 1 head chopped broccoli
1 cup frozen peas
Raw penne/ spiral noodles of choice
@canyonglutenfree Focaccia bread .
ALL YOU DO👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻: Toss FROZEN chicken breasts in crockpot
Dump sauce on top and set timer for about 7 hours on low and say bye to the crockpot👋🏻. Go do a million mommy things. If its a good day with the kids, those 7 hours with fly... otherwise, it will feel like an eternity til suppertime 😂(we all have those days too🙊) At suppertime (after at least 7 hours)... Boil noodles.
In last 5 mins of cooking time, dump frozen peas and raw chopped broccoli on top of pasta and put lid on pot-- they can steam in the pot as noodles finish cooking
Strain veg and pasta and top with that soft tasty chicken from the crockpot.
That's it! 💃💃
"NOMNOM good job, mom!!!!" (☝🏻Before you get your hopes up... nobody is actually going to say that you, but they'll be thinking it 😂) ❤️ Enjoy the day!
When you are struggling to get out of bed...bring your workout to bed! I have to say that being able to press play is something that I love greatly!!! I worked at a health club for about six years in high school and college and even though I was surrounded by health and fitness each day, I still made every excuse to get in the car and go home instead of exercising! Now that is crazy. I'm pretty sure it was my life's mission at the time to avoid such a thing as sweating. Oh how times have changed...for the better, of course!
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I almost ate the whole bag...guess what's in it...SUGAR!! My BFF!!! I struggle to avoid sweets like cookies, ice cream, sugary peanut butter, tasty salad dressings, oatmeal with brown sugar...you get the idea.
Starting on Monday I will be running an exclusive FREE 7 Day Sugar Detox. You are invited to join me as I say no to one of the most addicting food ingredients ever!!! Tips, tricks and sample meal plans will be shared. You can comment below or message me to be added. Love me some sugar! 😗
It's crazy to think that my oldest will be entering Kindergarten this year. To make matters even more exciting, she will be attending the same Catholic school that my hubby and I graduated from. This is the school where I taught Kindergarten, where I grew in faith and where she will continue to grow her little mind and heart.
We practiced walking to school and she felt that the umbrella was an important object to bring along. I think I may be just as excited, if not more for her to start "big kid" school. Bring on the tears!
On the way home we visited with some sweet neighbor friends of ours and every time we seem them, I am reminded of the importance of positivity and true, happy, mama power!!! I just love surrounding myself with people who make me a better person. Call me crazy. 😘
|| if you've never added fresh corn to your morning scramble, now is the time. grab all that super sweet organic summer corn while you can and eat it up for dinner! in the morning, you can use your leftovers for this epic breakfast. ||
summer corn and arugula scramble on gluten free toast with almond milk chive cream cheese, side of peaches and strawbs.
➕whip eggs together with a bit of water and s&p. sauté a bit of arugula (it shrinks a lot so we add some big handfuls and my daughter likes it roughly chopped so we go with it). turn the heat to low and pour in the eggs. sprinkle in corn cut off the cob and slowly fold the eggs over a few minutes to keep them creamy. add chopped chives when cooked to your liking.
Crunchy Bento! Lunch boxes today are filled with lots of fresh & crunchy food! Carrot Stars 🥕Green Beans 🌿Capsicum 👌🏽Grapes 🍇Also in the mix is Pineapple Tarts 🍍 Choc Cranberries, Yogurt Sultanas & a Ham & Cheese Wrap 🌯Underneath is an extra wrap & a Lady Finger Banana 🍌 Happy Tuesday!!
Yummy back-to-school muffins great for lunch box or snack. Packed with bananas, blueberries, sunflower seeds, coconut, and oats; flour-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free and highly customizable. They freeze well. Oh, and made with love ❤️.
3 ripe bananas mashed
1 cup milk (sub almond milk for dairy free)
2 TBSP maple syrup
1 TBSP baking powder
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or shredded apple)
Mix all ingredients except blueberries together in big bowl. Then gently fold in blueberries. Pour into lined muffin cups (fill to top of cup), bake 375 20-25 minutes. Let cool. Makes 12 muffins.
Some things are worth the risk...
Baking cookies with Gigi is something I grew up doing. We only saw our grandparents 1-2 times a year Bc of living far away (#armyfamily ) So it was always the very first thing we asked to do when we visited!
Now with my food allergy girlies, I was afraid they would miss out on the tradition. The laughter, the joy, and the most amazing cookies! And y'all there is a deep genetic love for cookies in this family!
But, we are improvising, and making the best of what we have! Paisley is helping stir and crack the eggs...and asking before she touches everything: "Gigi is this gluten fwee?" I will scrub her hands when she's done, and we will do the cookie switch-a-roo when they are all ready! Gluten free cookies are already made and ready to "try" when these are all made!
We will make this work!
Tracking my habits, one day at a time.
Have faith and be grateful. You can do anything you set your mind to. The challenge is your ability to stay focused with a positive mindset that what you want can be achieved.
We finally made it to the big city with all 3 kids!!! We tried to take the ever so famous "bean" selfie, but we couldn't quite get it right. 3 steps back, no, 4 steps to the left, ehh...we are here, we are happy, life is good!!!
Instead of planning the day jam packed with stuff, we went with the flow. We hit up the American Girl store just cuz. We ate donuts for lunch for fun. We had pancakes, eggs and ketchup for an afternoon snack. We pushed a double wide stroller through the Michigan Avenue crowds with no stress or anxiousness.
So not like me, but freaking awesome and memorable!! And to think that for the longest time that my attitude and mindset couldn't change. Don't underestimate yourself and what you are capable of!
Picnic Bento! Sending the kids off to school with a lunch box full of Cheese & Crackers 🧀 GF Crumbed Chicken 🍗 Cherries & Blueberries 🍒 Underneath is GF Choc Chip Cookies & Carrot Sticks 🥕🥕🍪 Happy Monday!