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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

6 MUST Haves for New Moms [+ One Week Post Partum Update]

I can’t believe my little guy is a week old already!

I didn’t really think about the fact that having a baby over 5 years from my last would mean some different products and options would be out there. I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE things that I didn’t have during my last delivery that made so much difference this time!

Here’s My Top 6 Picks for New Mommies!

 

Here’s The Breakdown!

 

6 Must Have Items for New Mommies

 

 

After Ease Supplement: Helps naturally manage your afterbirth pains. I had a lot of afterbirth pain with my second baby, so I wanted to try something this time for it. This made SO MUCH difference! I had to use very little pain medication thanks to this. read more

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

 

You find yourself REALLY wanting a sweet snack but knowing that you REALLY don’t need all the sugar?

 

That’s like my whole life right now! Managing my tendency toward gestational diabetes means that I really can’t deal with sugar or carbs so I’ve been experimenting!

 

Here’s my latest creation!

 

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

4 Low Carb Tortilla (I LOVE this one!)
1 Tablespoon of Butter melted
2-3 Tablespoons of stevia blend
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

 

Directions

Brush melted butter on each side of tortillas.

Mix stevia & Cinnamon together.

Cut tortillas into 6 triangles each and dip each side into stevia/Cinnamon blend.

Bake at 350 degrees on baking tray covered in parchment paper for 10 minutes.

 

Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

8 oz of cream cheese softened
1 tablespoon of stevia blend.
1/4 teaspoon on cinnamon.
1 Tablespoon of chopped pecans.

 

Directions

Beat together cream cheese, stevia, and cinnamon until smooth.

Fold in pecans.

 

Note: The stevia blend I use is a cup for cup substitute for sugar (this one is a good choice if you want to try it!). You can use any sweetener you like, just sweeten to taste.

 

 

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1 Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug

Chocolate makes everything a little better doesn’t it?

I’m always on the hunt for chocolate snacks that satisfy with my sweet tooth without overloading me on the sugar!

 

Note: If you didn’t know, I have struggled with Gestational Diabetes with each of my pregnancies, here’s some info on how I beat it naturally!

 

Given my history and just being honest with myself, if I don’t find sweet things (with chocolate hopefully!) that is satisfying I’m going to end up chowing down on cookies or ice cream.

 

Thankfully I have a new favorite (and SIMPLE) recipe!

 

Check out my recipe for a 1-Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug!

 

 

 

Here’s the Recipe Breakdown:

 

Ingredients

1 Egg
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp of baking powder (I prefer an Aluminum Free option if possible)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of almond butter (try to stick with unsweetened if possible!)
1 packer of stevia sweetener (my preferred no calorie sweetener)

Directions

  1. Grease a large mug (I usually recommend Coconut Oil)
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute on high

And that’s it!

 

I’m simple, yummy, and has almost no sugar (and a little protein from the egg!)

 

What’s your go to healthy snack?

 

P.S. Don’t miss my other “In a Mug” snacks from around the blog!

 

Best Brownie in a Mug

King Cake in a Mug

Peanut Butter Crunch Mug Cake

Chocolate Chip Cooke for One (with Icing!)

DIY Calming Lavender Pillow Spray

Moms, the day that’s all about you is almost here—Mother’s Day! With everything you do as a super mom, you’ve earned a day of “R & R.”

The trouble with a lot of the “Sleep Help” products and recipes out there is that they are full of fillers or chemicals you might not want on your pillow while you sleep at night!

 

Thankfully, you can make it a day to rest easy with this DIY Calming Lavender Pillow Spray. My husband actually made this with my girls as a surprise and I loved how it helped me relax at bed time!

 

Enjoy this yourself, or make this with your kiddos for other moms who could use a little more rest in their lives!

 

 

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8 oz. glass spray bottle
Lavender Essential Oil
• 1 tbs. Witch Hazel
• Distilled water

 

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1. Pour 1 tbs. witch hazel and drop 30 drops of Lavender Essential Oil into the glass spray bottle
2. Fill the remainder with distilled water
3. Screw on lid and shake to mix
4. Spray on your pillow and rest easy!

 

The great thing is that this simple recipe has what you need to relax but doesn’t have any additives or other things that you might have to worry about having around the house. It’s hard to be 3 ingredients for simplicity!

I’ve used this same formula for my daughters rooms as well, and it truly works!

 

Do you use any sort of pillow spray? If so, What’s your preferred essential oil?

 

P.S. Looking for other tips to improve your sleep? Check out this post, it’s one of our very most popular!

A Baby Journal You Will Actually Use!

So be honest with me…

 

How many of you were actually good about putting things in your children’s “Baby Books”?

 

My eldest daughter Aidalyn found her baby book when were going through some things in her room, and she guilted me pretty hard on not having much of anything in it! Total #MomWin right there 

 

I love the idea of using a Baby book to remember things that I KNOW I’ll end up forgetting, but a written book just wasn’t cutting it for me.

 

Enter Qeepsake!

 

 I learned about Qeepsake after seeing it on Shark Tank  and I thought “Wow! That’s an awesome idea for saving memories for my girls!”

Anyways, I decided to try it out!

 

Side note: if you are looking for a good physical baby book, I’ve had several people recommend “My Baby Book” from Amy Krouse Rosenthal to me. It’s super cute and has some fun features if you do still want a physical book to write in!

 

So what is Qeepsake?

Qeepsake is a service designed to send you routine text messages (or Facebook messages if you prefer) asking short questions about your children. You simply reply to the messages and your answers are stored in your account!

 

 Here is a sample of the questions it will ask you and save your answers. It’s all pretty seamless and simple!

 

 

Even better, you can make an actual printed book later of the answers and photos you share, or you can just enjoy looking at it online for fun!

 

I know I’m not the only mom who would love an easy way to keep track of all the funny sayings and memories of my kids… but let’s be real right? 

I can actually do this! 

 

 If you want to try it out with me, head here to try it for free!

 

Qeepsake Lite is free but doesn’t have all the available features. If you find you like it, there are plans from $1.99 a month to $7.99 a month that unlock photos, multiple users, and more.  I ended up going ahead and going the premium route because it works so nicely 🙂

If you want to sign-up, please use my referral link. It won’t cost you any extra but I would sure appreciate it! 🙂

 

Pro Tip!  Qeepsake has the ability to connect to your Instagram and Facebook accounts and directly add a post you share to your account to save for later. You just use #qeepsake and it all works perfectly!

 

Have you tried Qeepsake or another online baby book option? Share your experience with us so others can make an informed decision!

5 Must Have Items I can’t Leave Home Without

I can’t believe it is time for our once a year conference in Florida! This will be our 4th time going, and I can’t wait to see my friends and learn from the best how to help more family get healthy and pay off debt. It has been such a blessing to partner with our company and work from home.

 

But before I load up my bags and head to Florida for our little paycation… I have to pack.

 

I’m such a procrastinator, so I have left packing to the last minute – and to make sure I don’t leave any of my must have items at home. I have made a packing list.

 

Here are 5 things I can’t leave home without!

 

 

 

Here are my must have healthy packing list:

Probiotics

Your “gut” is the foundation of your health! It is so important to make sure you give your body daily probiotics that will strengthen your immune system (when you are at home or away!) My favorite probiotics have the added prebiotics in them plus 5 different strains to make sure you stay strong all year long!

Which adds the question: Do you need Probiotics?

 

Berry Greens Powder read more

5 Tips for Using Facebook to Grow Your Brand & Business

5 Tips for using Facebook to Grow Your Brand and Business
5 Tips for using Facebook to Grow Your Brand and Business

Not too long ago, I was a busy stay at home mom who was looking to earn some extra money.

My husband Adam and I knew we needed a way to make some extra income, but we felt like that was never enough time.

We found that being busy doesn’t have to be an excuse to not chase after your dreams!


I’m so excited you picked up this awesome tool to help you build your business on social media.

Once you figure out how to leverage the time you have, you can feel more productive AND you get better results! read more

Healthy Chocolate Pancakes

When your girls want chocolate pancakes… you make high protein, low sugar chocolate pancakes and they love it!!!

Because I’m that kind of mom, haha.

 

When Adam and I changed our whole way of eating… it was before we were parents. We knew that being healthy wasn’t just for adults – it was something for the whole family! We had to show our girls how to eat to feed their body.

 

As a mom, I have learned that finding healthy recipes that the kids LOVE to eat is key… they are excited to eat healthy (and they are learning how to cook too!) I know you are going to love this recipe:

 

 HIGH PROTEIN/LOW SUGAR PANCAKES 

Ingredients

1 scoop It Works Shake protein powder 
1/4 c flour (I used rye flour)
1 tsp baking powder
2 scoops of Chocolate Greens Superfood Powder
1 small handful of old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1 egg or egg whites
splash of Almond milk or whatever you have for the right consistency

(1/2 tsp of vanilla and almond extract optional)

 

Directions

Mix dry ingredients, mix wet and add to the dry. Cook on medium hot skillet. Flip to cook both sides.

 

Serves 1-2.

 

Serving options:

Sugar free syrup
Jelly
Drizzle of honey
Fresh fruit

Share if you want these for breakfast tomorrow morning   

 

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