Lentil Soup

Homemade Lentil Soup

When the weather begins to get a little cooler, fall starts to settle in.  There is no better way to warm up than with soup!

We were trying a new salad recipe one evening that called for Lentils. We had almost the entire bag left over and weren’t sure what to do with them.  My husband looked up multiple recipes to see what ingredients went into lentil soup. He checked what veggies we had in the fridge and decided to create his own!

The outcome was quite good!

When your looking for some warm comfort food on a cool fall evening, this lentil soup is a must!

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In my 40's

10 Things I Don’t Care About In My 40’s!

They say that 40 is the new 30, but what does that really mean? I think they say that every ten years, so you don’t feel bad about being a decade older! Being a year and a half into my 40’s, I have to say it’s nothing like my 30’s…THANK GOD!

There is a sense of confidence and calm that comes with 40. Through life experiences, I have learned a lot about myself and who I really am as a person, as a mom, as a wife and a friend. It’s through these experiences over time that I have realized that there are some things that I just don’t care about anymore.

Here is my list of things that I don’t care about now that I am 40!

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Gluten Free

My Gluten-Free Journey – Week 1

This first week of being gluten-free was easier that I thought it would be. After some research, I was able to determine general foods to eat and ones to stay away from. I am usually pretty good about not eating a lot of bread or flour tortillas already, so that wasn’t a huge change for me. The biggest change this week was around breakfast. I usually eat a whole grain waffle, or frozen breakfast sandwiches, so I had to move away from that altogether. I basically replaced it with eating gluten-free cereals such as Chex and Rice Krispy’s. While I enjoyed those this week, I’m going to have to find something else to add to the mix!

I am also worried about restaurant eating. We didn’t eat out much this week as we started our adjustment. However, we regularly eat out, especially this time of year because the kids schedule is so crazy. I learned this week that when we do eat out, it’s going to take some preparation before we go to determine what to order.

Below you will find my highlights of the week, failures of the week and favorite food finds. I have also included a daily food log for those who are interested.

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Money Saving Apps

Save Money Weekly With These 5 Apps

Money Saving Apps

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a good deal. I like to shop around before I buy and find saving anywhere I can! As a matter of fact, we gets many eye rolls from our kids when they ask for something and we respond, ‘Did you find a coupon code for it?’

If you’re tired of clipping coupons, check out these MUST HAVE 5 Apps that are easy to use and help me save money every week. A few require that I plan ahead, while others provide me with saving after a purchase with little or no interaction from me at all. Because let’s face it, who gets the newspaper anymore?!

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Role Models

Help Your Child Choose The Right Role Model

Role Model

Role models come in all shapes and sizes for our kids; super heroes, sports figures, YouTube famous, dancers, teachers, parents/family, the list goes on and on.

When children are young, their role models tend to be fictional characters, who are usually pillars of how we would want our children to be. Honest, kind, helpful, courageous, among other traits. However, as they get older their role models tend to become real people. Either people they know in real life, or public figures. It’s at the point that we should start to involve ourselves with who are kids are looking up to, and why.

The Importance of Role Models

Role models have a huge impact on our kids. The role models that they look up to during their childhood, ultimately help shape who they are as human beings. As parents, we cannot discount the impression that these individuals make on our kids. In addition, we can’t choose who our kids gravitate to as a role model. We can encourage them to choose a role model that we would like them to have, but the reality of it is, they will end up choosing their own.

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What if we disagree about who our child looks up to? What if we feel this particular role model is not setting the right examples for our children? If our children’s role model does not represent what we believe in, how do we handle that? What if that role model has indiscretions or makes poor choices that our children become aware of?

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Going back to college

How My Husband Went Back To College

Going back to college is a big decision. The older you get, the harder it is to go back. There are many factors that are taken into consideration when going back to college; family, time, money, among other things. These are the many things that we had to consider as a family when deciding if my husband should go back to school. How were we going to afford it? Would there be time for him to go to class? What about coaching the kids in sports and his work schedule? How would we be able to fit it all in? There were so many reason to put it off, but Western Governors University helped us change our mind.

The Hurdles of Going Back to College

For many years, my husband had told me that he wanted to get his masters. It was something that he had envisioned for himself, and for his career, would eventually be inevitable. With having 3 kids, a household to run and my own job to consider, the thought of my husband having to attend 2-3 night classes a week was not something that I was looking forward to. I also knew that he didn’t want to give up his time with his family. Missing sports practices or games, or coaching the soccer team, was not something he was willing to do.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

One of my favorite brussels sprout recipes is simply roasting them. I have never been a big fan of brussels sprouts. As a matter of fact, I hated them when I was younger. You can ask my mom!

After not eating brussels sprouts for years, my husband decided to try a new recipe which included bacon and chicken broth. I would like to say that I loved them right away, but that was not the case! It took making that recipe a few times before I decided I liked them. However, once all of the additions were made to the brussels srpouts, they were no longer as healthy as they could be.

Then I came across this: Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It’s a simple recipe, but the outcome is delicious and healthy!

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Not everyone is a winner

Not Everyone is a Winner

Not everyone is a winner, and that’s OK!

Somewhere in the last 20 years, being competitive in sports became taboo. If you’re too good, try not to be as good. If you aren’t as good as others, you are told you are amazing anyway. Why is it bad to tell our children that they need to improve? Being honest with our kids about their abilities will encourage them to work harder. And hard work never hurt anyone.

Now, don’t get me wrong, positive reinforcement is always important, especially for our growing kids. Being honest about their abilities doesn’t mean being harsh. It means encouraging them. Letting them know that there is room to grow, that can only come from dedication and practice.

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successful family organization

How to Successfully Organize a Busy Family

Back to school means back to busy schedules. Between sports, school functions, after school activities, play dates with friends and your schedule, it can be difficult to keep schedules straight! I have the fear of showing up to the wrong activity on the wrong day or at the wrong time. Preparing for karate in a soccer uniform heading to the basketball game! Well, maybe not quite that bad, but you get the picture!

By nature, I like to be organized and our family schedule is no different. I have tried many approaches to organizing our schedule; some have been great, while others have been epic fails. This article will run through only those scheduling systems that have been successful for me over the years.

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Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice recipe

Cauliflower Chicken ‘Fried Rice’ Recipe

Cauliflower Fried Rice

First of all, I am not a chef. I honestly don’t really like to cook, but I know my family needs to eat! In addition, my kids tastes are completely different. One likes pasta, the other wants pizza. One likes bean burritos, the other like meat tacos. Sound familiar? It makes it difficult to decide what to make for dinner, because, chances are, someone isn’t going to like it.

I stumbled across a dish that my whole family loves! When it’s easy to make, everyone likes it AND it’s healthy, that’s a huge win in my book!

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