Birthday favorites

We don’t take the day off of school for my birthday, but I did decide to change our scenery for part of the day. I took the girls to a cute little coffee/tea shop with a few of our school books.

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On my kids’ birthdays, we “interview” them and ask them about their favorite things. It’s fun to see how it changes from year to year. Since it happens to be my birthday, I thought I would do it too!

  1. What is your favorite color? Purple
  2. What is your favorite toy? Hmmmm… Probably the food processor
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
  4. What is your favorite tv show? Old shows like “I Love Lucy” and “The Brady Bunch”
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Veggies on top of greens with beans
  6. What is your favorite outfit? Probably my puffy vest. It’s cute and WARM.
  7. What is your favorite game? Ticket to Ride – very good for my logical brain
  8. What is your favorite snack? Apples or grapes and nuts
  9. What is your favorite animal? Big dogs/Labs
  10. What is your favorite song? Right now it is Home Free’s version of “How Great Thou Art.”
  11. What is your favorite book? The Bible
  12. Who is your best friend? Sean and Audra
  13. What is your favorite vacation spot? North Carolina mountains or Disney
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run and garden
  15. What is your favorite drink? Tea
  16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and my birthday
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? This is obviously a kid question so I’ll say warm socks.
  18. What is your favorite dessert? So Delicious Salted Caramel Cashew milk “ice cream”
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for supper? Veggie tacos
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Can I change that to where? Heaven!
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Favorite Treats

My sweet mother-in-law recently asked for gluten and dairy-free treat recipes that she could make for my oldest daughter. I thought I would share some of our favorites!

Black Bean brownies – These are her absolute favorite. She requests them for special occasions. I use coconut sugar.

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea  Blondies – Made with Enjoy Life chocolate chips!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies – Also made with Enjoy Life Chocolate chips!

Throw together chocolate chip/oat cookies

  • Choose your fat – coconut oil, nut butter, or avocado ~1/2 cup
  • Choose your sweetener – 1 ripe banana, stevia, or 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg or 1 flax egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Add gluten-free certified oats until it “looks right.” Then fold in Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Energy Bites

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What are your favorite healthier treats?

The month of LOVE – LOVE your heart

Heart health is near and dear to me. Early heart disease runs in my family. I have close relatives – 1 had 6 bypasses at age 42 and another had a triple bypass at age 38. I am now 35! It’s crazy to think about that.

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It’s wear red for heart health awareness day!

The American Heart Association reports that 80% of heart disease is preventable! So what are the risk factors and what can I do to help protect myself?

Some of the risks are preventable. Some are genetic and not able to be modified. But you are not DOOMED!  There are things you CAN do!

The biggest factor in heart disease is obesity. When you are overweight it puts a greater strain on your heart. Your heart is your hardest working muscle and when you add extra body mass, it becomes overworked. Weight loss will also help with blood pressure control and getting your cholesterol numbers in a healthy range.

How can you get to a healthy weight? Exercise AND nutrition. You CANNOT out-exercise a bad diet. You just can’t. Food is about 70% of the equation. I know everyone hates to hear that, but it’s true.

Keep it simple – palm sized servings of protein, healthy fats, complex carbs (coming from whole foods), and unlimited veggies.  Include anti-inflammatory foods and omega-3s!

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Decrease sodium – foods high in sodium include cheese, lunch meat, salad dressings, processed foods, canned soups, canned vegetable juices, olives, pickles, and take out. Get comfortable with making some of your own seasoning mixes and dressings.

Don’t use tobacco of any kind. This includes smoking, smokeless tobacco, vaping, chewing, etc…

Eat meatless a few nights per week. Some people find that to be extreme, but I would argue that having your chest cracked open is pretty extreme too!

Is heart health a big concern for you? Are you going to wear red today?

 

A Day in the Life…

It’s been a while since I have done one of these, but I think they are fun. I happen to love Mondays, for many reasons, but it’s one of the few days where we are generally home ALL day! So, here’s my Monday!

Early morning routine – Bible reading, workout (Run on the treadmill, planks, pull-ups, and chin-ups (still assisted with a band)), and shower

8 am – Start school and breakfast, but on Mondays the girls have an online class from 8-9:30, so I have extra time to get some chores done. 🙂

9:30-11:30 – School work with the girls – This is when most of the direct 1:1 teaching happens. Bible, math, science, read alouds, etc… We’re working on decimals in math and Chemistry for young learners for Science. We’re doing lots of experiments and learning about the periodic table. So fun for this science/math Mama. Snack time for the girlies too! I prefer to have a snack in the afternoon.

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11:30-1:00 – Girls work independently. I have a online meeting with a few other health & wellness professionals.

1:00-1:30 – Lunch – big bunch of roasted veggies and beans on top of a bed of greens. Super simple!

1:30 – The girls finish up school work. Mondays are an extra long school day because of their online class in the morning, but they love it, so it’s OK. 🙂 I grade their math and make sure I have their schoolwork ready for Tuesday. I work on making sure I have things finalized for an online A&P class that I teach to 7th-9th graders and finalize things for a “Getting the Toxins out of your Home and Body” event. Snack time for Mama!

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4:00 – Health coaching client session

4:30 – Grade A&P homework assignments

6:00 – Fix and eat dinner – Veggie chili! Yum! This is one of my favorite times of day. We try really hard to eat dinner together every night – no phones or devices allowed at the dinner table. This means that if you try to contact me from usually 6:00-7:30, I do not respond. I grew up this way and personally think it’s wonderful. If someone has an emergency and really NEEEEEEEDS to get in contact with you, they will call more than once and you will know you need to answer the phone. I do NOT need to be available 24/7 to EVERYONE. I will get off of that soap box now. 🙂

7:30 – “Get the Toxins out of your home” Facebook event

8:00 – Relax/family time! Evening snack time too! Frozen bananas plus nut butter and some dark chocolate. Yum.

9:30 or 10:00 – Head to bed! I honestly don’t remember exactly when I headed to bed on Monday, but it’s usually about that time. I am a VERY routine person.

Are you a routine person? Do you homeschool? What does your schedule look like? Our homeschool schedule varies greatly from day to day because of online classes, a writing class 35 minutes away on Tuesdays, piano lessons Thursday mornings, and co-op 30 minutes away on Thursday afternoons.