What I Learned During My First Year of Working From Home

Five years ago, I was a stay at home mom of my two girls and I was feeling stuck.

 

Maybe you have felt that way before too??

 

I loved being home with my girls! I had a 3 year old and a 6 month old. I just wasn’t ready to go back to work, but our budget kept getting tighter and tighter.

 

What could we do? 

 

Adam had a great job but couldn’t really increase his income at work, so he was throwing around the idea of taking on another job just to give up some extra room to be able to give more to our church and save for a vacation. read more

Healthy Keto Iced Mocha Frappe

It’s summer in the south and that means it’s HOT!

Hot weather makes me want a cool treat, but since most of them are LOADED with sugar and other unhealthy options, I try to get creative.

For example, what I used to get in the past from Starbucks has 36 to 50 Grams of sugar (depending on size). Yikes!

 

So here’s a simple homemade frozen mocha that I love! And you end up with only about 3 Grams of Sugar per serving! Not to mention this home option saves you money as well!

 

Ingredients

* 1 Packet of Keto Coffee

* 2 Scoops of Chocolate Greens

* 6 oz of water

* 4 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk (or whatever milk option you prefer)

* Ice to preference

 

Directions

You simply blend the ingredients together and blend! I prefer my ninja blender for individual servings (but any blender should work fine!)

You can either pour it over ice, or blend it to make a Frappe. Either way, delicious and healthy!

 

Full video demo below!

 

 

What are you favorite healthy summer cool down treats?

 

 

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Instant Pot Low Carb Hearty Italian Soup  

Oh my goodness. I can’t believe this was low carb 

 

Even better, it took less than an hour to prepare and could be done completely in my Instant Pot!

 

I’m always looking for a quick and easy meal I can throw together in my Instant Pot. This ONE appliance has made it so much easier for me to cook more healthy meals at home – that tastes delicious!

 

You are going to love this! 

 

 

Ingredients

* 2 lb ground beef
* 2 bags of frozen cauliflower florets 

* 1 bag of frozen onion and pepper blend
* 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
* 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
* 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
* 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic from jar
* 1.5 quarts of beef broth
* 2 teaspoons arrowroot mixed with enough water to make a paste
* 1 cup heavy whipping cream read more

How to Pay Cash for Christmas

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… or is it?

As reported in a recent survey by Think Finance, Forty-five percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas

There really are a few reasons that make the holidays a stressful time for families…

 

According to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Here are the Top 11 Things people Stress about During the Holidays:

 

68%: Crowds and long lines
37%: Gaining weight
37%: Getting into debt
28%: Gift shopping
25%: Traveling
24%: Seeing certain relatives
23%: Seasonal music
19%: Disappointing gifts
16%: Having to attend holiday parties or events
15%: Having to be nice
12%: Holiday tipping

 

How would it feel if you didn’t have to worry about gaining weight or getting into debt this Christmas?

Wouldn’t that make the holidays a little less stressful?

 

You can always wait to lose weight… and you can always budget and try to save as much money around the holidays.

 

But wouldn’t the holidays feel more jolly if you had confidence, energy, your health??

Plus, some expenses are unavoidable like traveling home for the holidays, buying presents for family, and holiday food cost.

 

I want to show you how our family has been able to get healthy and 

Pay Cash for Christmas without Getting a Job. read more

ONE HOUR Instant Pot Gumbo

I’m a Louisiana girl. I grew up in north Louisiana and I lived in south Louisiana for 8 years… and believe me when I say Cajuns know how to cook! 

 

Also, most traditional Cajun recipes are NOT healthy…. 

 

Now, being a Louisiana girl… I have a special place in my heart for gumbo. It’s the perfect meal for a cold fall or winter day!

 

The basis of the dish is the roux (a mix of flour and oil cooked into a peanut buttery consistency). The roux is the HEART of a good gumbo. A lot of my friends in Louisiana didn’t make the roux themselves, but bought a bottle of pre-made roux… but it really can be made at home from scratch!

 

I wanted to try to use healthier ingredients so I made a roux with Olive oil and Rye Flour – Traditional? No. –

but maybe just a little healthier! read more

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If you don’t follow me yet on Facebook (or YouTube) – You totally should! 

But if you don’t follow me, you may not know that

I make a lot of videos! read more

Why is Grassfed Butter Good for You?

As you may can imagine… given the title of this blog… We like grassfed butter and we cannot lie, haha.

 

But what the heck is it and WHY is it good for you???

 

What is Grassfed Butter?

Grassfed Butter is just butter made from cows who eat grass…

Cow are supposed to be eating grass, Right? Sadly this shouldn’t be so usual… but we see that many conventional dairy products come from cows who are given feed other than their preferred diet of grass. You can read more about that in the Omnivore’s Dilemma 

Because these cows are fed grass, the butter that is made from the cream of cows getting a diet rich in beta-carotene – resulting in higher nutrition for you! 

 

Although you may have been told that butter is bad for your health… That couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

Let’s look at Grassfed Butter’s nutrition facts: 

Grass-fed butter nutrition is even more impressive than regular butter nutrition.

For example, 14 grams of butter, which is just under a tablespoon at 0.93 tablespoon, contains about the following nutrients:

  • 100 calories
  • 11 grams fat (with 7 grams saturated fat and 0 grams trans fat)
  • 30 milligrams cholesterol
  • 500 international units vitamin A (1o percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligram vitamin E (2 percent DV)
  • 0.8 microgram vitamin K (1 percent DV)
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    The One Appliance Your Kitchen is Missing

    So I LOVE to cook, (sometimes… lol)

    I love the finished product and the feeling that comes from preparing healthy dishes for my family (and knowing what they are putting in their bodies!)

    But there are times that I’m just not excited to hit the kitchen and do the meal prep and the cooking.

     

    Ever been there?

     

    Enter the “Instant Pot”

     

    You might be wondering “Instant what?”…

     

    Basically, an Instant Pot is a multi-use and programmable electric pressure cooker. When I first heard about this I was like “So what?”, but consider what this bad boy can do!

    My Instant Pot has so far replaced my:

    • Rice Cooker
    • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot
    • Saute’ Pan
    • Steamer
    • Warmer

    and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting!

    That sounds a bit more impressive to me, haha!

     

    Brown Rice in 20 minutes?? Yes, Please!

    Ingredients

    2 cups of Brown Rice

    2.5 Cups of Water

    Directions

    Add to the Instant Pot and Cook on manual high for 20 minutes! Perfection!

     

    Next up is One Pot (Instant Pot) Spaghetti!

    You only need four ingredients!

    One Pound of Dry Pasta

    One Pound of Beef

    One 6 oz can of Tomato Paste

    One 16 oz can of Spaghetti Sauce

    Watch for directions: 

     

     

     

    Most busy moms know the benefits of having a slow cooker… you throw a bunch of ingredients in, set it to low, dinner is ready by the end of the day… wouldn’t it be nice if you could speed up the process a bit?? Especially if you aren’t that organized lol.

     

    This is where Instant Pot comes in! It has the same benefits of a slow cooker, but FAST (a pressure cooker speeds up the cooking time by up to 70 percent.)

     

    Pressure cookers were a little scary to use back in the day, but now with newer models – they are so easy to use!

     

    If you are ready to give the Instant Pot a try, Click Here to See the Options!

     

     

    Do you have a favorite Instant Pot Recipe, Share it below! I would love to try it!

     

    5 Things To Do TODAY for Younger Looking Skin

    I know, I know… I should have listened to my grandmother when she told me to start taking care of my skin at 13…

    But here I am at 32, haha. I’m late the the party.

    I didn’t really start taking care of my skin… and then I turned 30 and I realized I was starting to look OLD O.o

     

    So here are FIVE things I have learned in the past two years that helps me Turn Back the Clock and Look Younger!

     

    1. Moisturize

    Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize! The leading cause of wrinkles is DRY SKIN! (Did you know that?? I didn’t!) So prevention is super easy… just start using a great day and night cream to prevent your skin from drying out (especially if you live in an area with dry winters). One a week deep hydrating Facials is always a good way to prevent and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

     

    2. Dump the Soap

    That’s right. I said Stop Using SOAP! Soap isn’t great for your skin (Didn’t know that either!) Soap is SUPER drying – and what did we just learn??? Dry skin leads to wrinkles.

    How do we clean our skin then?? Use a soap free cleanser! The one I use actually uses botanicals and herbs instead of soap to clean your skin (and it actually nourishes it in the process too – Win Win!)

     

    3. Take it all Off

    Bow Chicka Bow Wow… No really – Take it all off your SKIN!

    You know all those dead skin cells, clogging dirt and oils, make up residue… Twice a week you should be using a gentle exfoliating peel to take it all off and reveal the new skin underneath. This process will give you back your GLOW – Plus, your skin will be oh so soft too. (Promise you! I didn’t believe how much this helped until I tried)

     

    4. Tone Down your skin with Toner

    Fighting redness? Want smaller looking pores? You need Toner (Again, never used one before… didn’t know what I was missing!) I was told by a 5th generation herbalist that the number one product he would choose for your skin is a toner – (Really, it is THAT important). My favorite toner is a spray that is super refreshing and I just love how it makes my skin feel clean too.

     

     5. Wipe Away Wrinkles

    Did you know you could start tightening wrinkles that were already popping up? Seriously – in minutes you can see a huge difference! So if you are like me and late to the game – This is my way to instantly turn back the clock. Plus, I use this product as my primer (what smooths out your skin before you put on your makeup). So you can look flawless in seconds!

    Puffy eyes? No problem!

    This mama started running daily on little sleep in 2010 and it really hasn’t gotten any better, haha. So finding a product that helps you look like you got 8 hours of sleep is a life-saver!

     

    Watch How To Do an At Home Facial in 45 minutes: read more

    How to Use the It Works Wrap and get the BEST Results on your Belly

    How to Use It Works Body Wrap

    Three years ago, I tried my first It Works Body Wrap… now I have to tell you… It wasn’t what I expected!

     

    You know those wraps in the 80’s and 90’s where you had to go to a spa… wrap your entire body in a cloth and sweat at much as you could in an hour…. Any results you got were just water weight.. right?

     

    This is not your mama’s body wrap!

     

    How is the It Works Body Wrap different?

    You don’t sweat… at all!

    That’s right… no sweating involved at all.

    Actually, you want to avoid sweating all together so the cream is absorbed into your skin!

     

    Results are Progressive

    If the results were water weight… over the next three days,  I would expect your results to disappear. But in fact with the It Works Body Wrap, your results improve after you take the wrap off and full results are after 72 hours!

     

    No Spa Needed

    You can use these body wraps at home… and on the go! There is no need to book an expensive appointment… just in three easy steps you will get your wrap on : )

     

    What is the wrap?

    The Ultimate Body Applicator™ is a non-woven cloth wrap that is infused with a powerful, botanically based cream formula to deliver tightening, toning, and firming results in as little as 45 minutes! The botanical ingredients help to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin while redefining the appearance of your body’s contours.

     

    Watch this video to see how you can get your wrap on today:

    Buy your It Works Body Wraps Here

    Buy your It Works Skincare Here

     

    I hope that demo helped answer some of your TOP questions about how you can tighten your skin at home with our Body Wraps : )