New Holistic Nutrition Instagram Account


Josh and I experimented with Whole 30 during the month of January.  Needless to say, we were quite happy with the results.  Because I felt like I was posting too many food pictures and tips on Facebook, I decided to create a brand new Instagram account dedicated to overall health and wellness. 

If you would like to follow along, please feel free to follow me at here!

My goal is focus on holistic nutrition, fitness, and most importantly- finding a balance to enjoy all life has to offer.  Besides, being healthy isn’t about starving yourself.  It’s about thriving and enjoying everyday life.  When life’s plate is full, your dinner plate should be to!  Stay happy, stay healthy!


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Valentine’s Day Hearts- Chocolate Chip Banana Paleo Muffins


I was thrilled to come across this heart shaped mini cake pan during a recent shopping trip, and knew I could put it to good use. With Valentine’s Day approaching in a few days, I was determined to find something healthy, yet delicious and fun, to make for the kids. And of course, the husband!

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I used this recipe from one of my favorite Paleo Blogs, and added a heart shaped strawberry slice to the middle. The only modification is I didn’t use walnuts, and I decreased the baking time to about 15-18 minutes.

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The kids loved them, and it was a nice little surprise for Valentine’s Day breakfast!

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My First Pie

I made my very first pie for Christmas! When we were making our Salt Dough Ornaments a few weeks ago, everyone laughed my improving because of my lack of a rolling-pin. I rolled up a Pam spray bottle in parchment paper and used it to roll out the dough. Hey, it worked at the time! But, worry no more. My lovely husband snuck one in my stocking on Christmas morning. I had to put it to good use.

I followed a random recipe I found online and tweaked it quite a bit. I should have kept track of what I did differently, but I honestly didn’t think it would be so tasty.

One of the main things I did was use my heart cookie cutter to cut the top pie crust into hearts. Then I simply layered them around the top to make it look extra pretty! It sure was tasty, and I had plenty of homemade caramel sauce left over to dip apples in for days.

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Handprint Ornaments, Year 2!

Last year we had so much fun doing these Santa Handprint Ornaments. We made some for our tree, and also gave them out as gifts to the grandparents and my aunt and uncle. Everyone loved them.

I definitely wanted to do some more this year, but was looking for a different design for them. It worked out perfectly because Josh’s mom and my grandma were planning to visit, so I figured we could do them with the Grandma’s.

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I thought a reindeer theme would be super cute, so we made our salt dough handprints, following the same recipe as last year. Then we painted! Now, I’m not too craft savvy. I took the advice of an employee at Joann Fabrics as to what glue to use to glue on the eyes and nose. She suggested gorilla glue. Unfortunately, that didn’t keep the cute little red pom-poms I had in place, so I had to resort to using paint for the nose. Bummer.

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All in all, I liked last year’s Santa ones much better, but it was still fun to make! And luckily they were all dried and ready for the Grandma’s to take home with them when they left for the weekend. I can’t wait to do them again next year!

Overnight Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Gluten Free)

When I came home from the Academy last night, I was in a cooking mood. I made up a whole bunch of meals, and when I was waiting for a batch of chicken to finish cooking, I sat down and had an apple. Then I remembered that I saw a recipe for overnight apple oatmeal that I wanted to try. Minutes later, I was peeling and slicing apples.

I changed the recipe quite a bit to make it healthier and gluten-free, then of course I had to double it since I have big eaters. But let me tell you, the final product was delicious. And even more perfect to wake up to a few inches of snow covering our wooded back yard, the smell of apples and cinnamon, and having breakfast already finished.

Here’s the recipe (adapted from getcrocked.com) :

4 cups of milk (can use whole, almond, coconut, or whatever you prefer)
4 TBSP Honey
2 TBSP Butter (I used a dairy and soy free butter)
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 cups Dry Oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
4 Apples, peeled and sliced
4 TBSP Coconut Sugar (can also use brown sugar)

Put all ingredients in a crock pot (I highly recommend using a crock pot liner) and cook on low for about 6 hours. Easy peesy! When I served it, I threw some walnuts on Josh’s.

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(Crock pot food never turns out too “picture appealing,” but trust me, it’s good!)

This recipe was for the double batch I made, but without me even eating any, the kids and Josh finished the whole thing. The boys each had three bowls and Josh said it tasted like amazing apple pie. I’d say it was a success. I bet it would taste even better topped with ice cream. Hmm, maybe I’ll have to try that for the holiday season!

Fall Fun Craftiness

I’ve been slacking on my blog lately. We’ve been busy with buying and moving into our new house, which is amazing by the way, but we haven’t been too busy to stop and play in some paint every once in a while!

The Grandma’s planned to come visit a few weeks after we got settled into our new house. Josh’s mom volunteered to paint the kids rooms for us, because, you know, painting is not my thing. I struggled with finding the perfect colors, but finally decided. They look wonderful, and Aeriella finally has her beautiful purple bedroom that she’s been talking about for months.

In all the excitement, I wanted to make some cute, fall gifts for the Grandma’s. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest, but decided to break out the paint and canvas instead of using construction paper.

Materials Used:
Red, Green and Brown nontoxic paint
Paintbrush
Canvas
Three cute kids arms, hands, and little fingerprints

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You can be as clean or as messy with this as you’d like. I chose messy. One kid at a time, I lathered up their hand and forearm with brown paint, and pressed it into the canvas to look like a tree trunk and branches. I also pulled out a long area of our paper roll and let them play with paint on it while I was attending to one kid at a time. They made a mess, but it was all washable.

Once that was done, and they were bored with playing in the paint, I threw everyone in the bath and let the paint dry. Once it dried, I let Aeriella use green paint and to make the trees. Once that dried, I put the boys in their high chairs, kept dipping their fingers in red paint, and let them make apples on the tree with their fingerprints. Aerie also did this from the kitchen table. They each had their own tree.

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Sure, they’re messy, and far from perfect. That’s not the point. We worked motor skills, got creative, reviewed colors with the boys, and made something fun for their grandmother’s to display with the other artwork we’ve done. Overall, a messy success!

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Shapes, Colors & Butterflies!

Today’s craft was fun. Aeriella loves butterflies, and has these butterfly wings that she loves to wear with her princess dresses. I decided to cut the shape of a big butterfly out of paper, then I used various colors of construction paper and cut them into small shapes. Even though Aerie has known her colors for a while now, I still used it is an opportunity for her to divide the colors into individual muffin tins just to pass some more time. You can also sort them by shape if that’s what you are working on.

Next, she dabbled dots of glue all over the butterfly cut out. Then she attached the tiny shapes of colored construction paper all over the butterfly. After she started, she decided she wanted to also draw pictures on the individual colored pieces, and even called her daddy over to draw some things. She thinks Josh makes the best princess castles, waves and diamonds. She handled drawing pictures of TV’s, remotes, and airplanes. I love her imagination.

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