A Grateful Mothers Day 

  I have to say today I was spoiled by my amazing family and I am so full of gratitude for these girls, this man, this life, the women in it, and the path behind me 😍 it got me thinking about all that I have been through that has prepared me for being a mom and quite honestly I don’t think I could share all the ways I have been grown into this role. Let me tell you a few that I struggled with, and maybe you have pieces in your past that caused pain or worry or even complete sadness that have prepared you too.  

My preparation started young, before I was even in this world.
   First I was blessed with a strong, loving mother, THEN He made me a big sister 😍 Then He forever changed me when we moved in with my grandma and I got learn from her and my mom every day ❤️ Then so many amazing and hard things followed as I grew from child to mother.

  All the while, every moment, every struggle, every lesson from these incredible selfless women, was preparing me for the woman and mom I was meant to be ❤ I never understood ANY of it, I never saw it coming, and maybe you didn’t either? 

  Then something happened: God took my heart right out of my body and put it right in these two incredible girls I get to call mine 👭 He made me their mommy 🙌🏼🙌🏼 He was working it all together for my good, He really really was ❤ 

  These amazing girls were the reason for all of it! For being raised by the strong and selfless women who taught me everything I know about being the mom I am today. Watching my mom and grandma as best friends made me want that with my own mom and I am so thankful I have it 👭

My grandma, mom, two sisters and I


  For my mom, choosing her children and their future and success at every turn, leaving the man she loved but was no good for her, only to protect and love us. Because of her strength I have zero doubts doing what is best for my girls (even when they don’t agree😉), it is second nature, it is inate and I have the very best example over and over again to draw from ❤

  For the role of big sister, mediator, advice giver, blame taker, rule breaker and even sometimes bully 😬, it prepared me for everything I go through every day raising a big sister 😉 and a little sister, and allowed me to understand their relationship on a level I never could have without my beautiful baby sisters ❤️

My sisters meeting and holding my oldest, Kayden 😍


  For the moments I missed having a dad around, it prepared me to choose the right man to be their daddy, a good and strong man who would ALWAYS be there for them, In All the moments they want him there for and even in the ones they don’t 😉

My husband Tyler and youngest daughter Tenley at Bib Sister Kayden’s Softball game last week


  For the illness of my grandma, who was my second parent, my best friend and an incredible woman, it taught me compassion and empathy and patience and as a mother I use those EVERY day ❤️

My dear grandma ❤


  And even for my angel babies up there looking down and living in my heart, He was preparing my body, my marriage and my heart for these girls, for this scary and sometimes treacherous ride of motherhood and even in that grief I am thankful. 

  He continues to surround me with the strongest and most incredible women and I am thankful for each of them ❤️

Just some of the strong women I have in my life at my baby shower for Tenley


  But these girls, Kayden Elizabeth and Tenley Florence, they were written on my heart before I ever knew they were coming, it is incredibly obvious to me NOW, that THEY were the reason for it all, they are His plan, they are the freakin best 😍 They are the perfect mix of sweet and sassy, loving, giving, grateful, hilarious, intelligent, compassionate girls and they are my best friends❤ I mean, I literally miss them when they are sleeping and feel what they are feeling and hurt when they are hurting…I mean every word when I call them my heart, because Even though my physical heart is still inside my body, my “heart” for the world, for others, and the center of all my emotions is completely in their hands and dependent on their day and their mood. There is nothing that could be better than being their mommy and I am so thankful God chose me for the job all those years ago!

What is your pain in your past? What have you struggled to overcome? What is different about you and your story? I would really love to hear! Because I guarantee you, THOSE are the things that have prepared you for your future, your purpose, your real life. They are the things that hurt the most, but help you grow the best❤️ They are your story.

Kayden, Tenley and I this morning, for Mothers Day breakfast in bed


This Mothers Day my heart for all of you is to see and feel the purpose in your pain, because being a mom is not an easy job, so it goes to figure, it comes from a less than easy path ❤️ Find gratitude in it all, big and small, lead with gratitude. 

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Check Out these ‘Tricks & Treats’ To Keep You On Track!

  With Halloween just around the corner your house is probably stocked with mini chocolate bars and sweets galore, and if you aren’t yet, you will be! Whether you have kiddos who will bring home their loot for you to “taste test” or you plan on sitting by the door and doling out the goods to your own neighborhood kids, the temptation remains the same…SUGAR!
We all love it from time to time and the more we eat, the more we crave! So here are a few tried and true tricks to keep you out of the treats 😉

1.  Eat Before You Trick or Treat

Serve a healthy family dinner before the fun begins, this way the kids will be less tempted to eat candy along the way and so will you! After trick or treating, offer a cup of warm sugar free hot cocoa made with almond milk or low fat milk with just one treat to ensure that blood sugar is stable before bedtime, and hold yourself to the same treat 😉

2.  Trick-or-Treat and Exercise  Make your children walk from house to house instead of driving them, and walk along with them. Parents can even encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers or activity meters and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.

3.  Keep the Best, Donate the Rest!

When children get back home from trick-or-treating,  have them make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they will not eat. Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
My family personally donates our leftovers and extra to Operation Gratitude, where it is shipped over seas to our troops and brightens the day of a hard working soldier who is missing the Halloween fun! My kids look forward to doing it every year and it starts off the season of giving! Ask your dentist about it or find local drop offs here!

4.  Procrastinate

Purchase Halloween candy the day of trick or treating to avoid temptation. Buy less than what you think you will need to avoid leftovers and purchase candies that you do not like, if you still have leftovers donate them! If you really have a hard time with temptation choose to pass out non-candy treats such as bouncy balls, spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.

5. Stock Up on Non-Candy Alternatives

Both for you and your kiddos, stock up on items you and they enjoy and offer those as alternatives to candy or in addition to eating 1 piece of candy vs. 2 or 3. Some great examples might be Trail Mix, Yogurt Covered raisins or pretzels, fruit for smoothies and frozen sugar free yogurt or popsicles. Non food items are great too like an extra 10-30 minutes of screen time, a special movie, a fun project, bubble bath, bubbles, nature walk etc.
When you’re tempted to grab a candy bar or your kiddos are begging you for them, reach for an alternate fun snack or activity and keep that craving at bay!

 

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Clean and Healthy Pie Crust

Tonight’s attempt at a clean and healthy crust was a total win and this recipe is one for the books! Perfect for savory or sweet pies and completely on point for a clean eating diet and 21 Day Fix approved! 

Ingredients

2 cups organic whole wheat or coconut flour

3/4 cup organic coconut oil

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt 

8 tbsp ice water

Directions

1. Add flour, salt and coconut oil to bowl and mix with dough hook 

2. Add ice water 1 tbsp at a time until dough starts to form a ball

3. Separate dough into two balls

4. place in refrigerator for 10-30 minutes and allow to cool

5. Remove from fridge and place on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle one half with flour and roll flat

6. Place in pie tin and repeat step 5 with the other half

7. Fill pie

8. Add top crust and pinch off edges and cut excess off sides

9. Place air slits in the top of the pie and bake according to pie directions or about 35 minutes at 375* 

10. Enjoy!!!