As I sit this morning reading my devotional, thinking of all that has to be done in one day. God puts prayer on my heart. I have been lacking on praying, the most important thing everyday. I know when I take the time to pray before I start my day, I have peace. Why then do I not make that choice everyday to pray? Knowing the benefits that come from it.
As a busy mom there are so many distractions in one day that end in exhaustion. Homeschooling, Keeping the kids on task, putting a stop to bickering between siblings, making breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the snacks in between. Then driving them to their everyday activities. That is just for the kids not to mention all that has to be done around the house and then my poor husband gets the last piece of me. We get so lost in all the craziness that we forget about prayer and how it can help us in so many ways.
God wants to give us all the desires of our heart, if we would just go to him in prayer and ask for help to get us through our day. He will direct our path for the day. I know I think I am super woman and can do all things through myself, well…… I can’t, what am I thinking! We can only do all things through Christ who gives us strength. It clearly says in the bible, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean NOT on your own understanding. We need Him in all we do to get us through our crazy days.
I think of my children and how they treat each other. Some days it brings me great joy seeing them play and interact so well, being kind and loving, and other days it saddens me to hear and see them fighting and not getting along. It makes me think of the example I have been for them and realized how I have failed in so many ways. We can not expect our children to do what we do not do ourselves. In order for us to teach and build strengths in our children we must be the example. Parenting is a constant cycle of finding opportunities to improve ourselves because it improves the lives of our children. We all fall short but there is hope! I know in Christ I have a new start every day and it starts with me getting on my knees and praying for guidance throughout my day for my children and my husband.
I need to be praying for them more and on a consistent basis. I need to be teaching them how to pray by being the example. Letting them see that prayer is a regular and natural part of our daily lives. I count it a special privilege to listen to my children pray, and I delight to hear their young hearts learn to talk to God.
Prayerful people grow to be thankful people. As we see God at work and spend time in his presence, we will overflow with joy. Our ability to give thanks in all circumstances is not because every situation we encounter is good but because the God who ordained the circumstances is good. Even in his chains, Paul rejoiced because his imprisonment advanced the gospel.
Some bible verses that God put on my heart…
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ( Romans 12:12)
And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the saints. Pray always for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. For which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:18-20)
Be Joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God will for you in Christ Jesus. (Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Whatever you are facing today, you can prayerfully bring your requests to God, trusting that he is working everything out for your good.
It’s cold and rainy outside and I am in the mode for some warm, creamy, comforting, sweet, earthy butternut squash soup. It is the perfect way to end a cool Fall day in my house.
I’m not really ready for the cold weather to start but I am learning to embrace where we live now. Trying to like cold weather is hard for this California girl who now lives in Freezing New Jersey! Maybe the longer we live here my blood will get thicker and I will adapt to the cold ( at least that is what I’m hoping).
In this butternut squash soup I wanted to blend the sweet flavors of sweet potatoes and carrots with the earthy flavors of curry, nutmeg, ginger and garlic and the creaminess of the coconut cream. It is simply the perfect blend of sweet and savory! Not to mention the texture, so smooth and creamy. You can use an emersion blender or a VitaMix, which is what I used. You have to give it a try!
20 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
This yummy breakfast is one of my go to dishes. I put just about anything I have left in my fridge in the pan! It’s super simple and very tasty too. So today when I made this I didn’t have much in my fridge but it sure tasted great! I always use sweet potatoes in my hash, onions, bell peppers and garlic. Last time I made this I added black beans and it was so yum, but today I don’t have any. Here is what you will need for this dish….
1 med sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 onion sliced
6 little, super sweet red bell peppers
1 clove garlic
3 Tbs coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
dash of pepper
1/4 tsp tumeric
Once you have everything all cut up, place everything in a pan on med heat and cook until the potatoes are soft. I like my onions to be caramelized and a little toasted by the oil in the pan. Once it is all cooked place the hash on a plate and cook your egg how you like it. Then place the egg on top and enjoy! My kids love this one too because the yams make it kinda sweet 🙂
I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while I have some super exciting news coming your way very soon! It is going to give you all so much more than anything I could do on my own. I will keep you posted!!!
Oh my goodness! Have you ever had a Dole whip and Disneyland by the tiki room? Well do I have a treat for you! I created this super yummy, refreshing smoothie I promise you and your kids will love it! Summer isn’t quite here on the east coast yet but I tell you what I am ready for it! This smoothie IS summer to me and it reminds me of all the great family trips to Disneyland. Its so simple to make, lets get started.
Let me give you a few benefits of pineapple first. Pineapple is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It helps reduce inflammation of the joints and muscles, boosts your immune system, reduces risks of arthritis, good remedy for curing coughs and colds, helps improve oral and eye health, helps heal wounds and protects against infections, protects against constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. So not only does it taste good it is really good for you!
2 cups frozen pineapple
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
First I bought a fresh pineapple and cut it up make sure it is good and ripe. Cut up the pineapple in chunks and put in a ziplock bag and freeze over night. I use a fresh pineapple instead of the already frozen pineapple because it taste so much more fresh and sweet on its own. The next day I put all the ingredients in my VitaMix and blended away. You want it nice and thick like and ice-cream almost.
This smoothie is perfect for smoothie pops!
As the weather starts getting warmer I am always in search of healthy snacks for my kids. I remember my mom making freezer pops when I was a kid with juice. Then she would buy me otter pops (I know you all have had those as a kid!) Popcicles are not the healthiest these days with food coloring and artificial flavors. When it starts getting hot out my kids are always wanting popsicles to cool them down. Last summer I found these great silicone freezer pops on line! I swear by them and they are great for filling up with smoothies, a healthy cooling snack the kids will love!
These silicone ice pops are great and not expensive at all you can get 6 of them for $11.48 on Amazon and they are dishwasher safe. You can put any kind of smoothie or juice in these! Be creative use yogurt, sneak in veggies your kids might not eat and they will never know. The other day I did almond milk, cocoa powder, organic peanut butter, bananas and protein powder! Your kids will love them I promise!
I just wiped up a quick smoothie of….
blend it up and pour into the freezer pops and put in the freezer for a couple of hours and you have some happy kids in the end and a great snack that they can grab whenever they want. My kids finish them all in one day! I know they are eating something good for them so they can have as much as they want!
Has anyone else out there found these great silicone pops?
Smoothies bowls are one of the biggest breakfast trends out there, and for a good reason! Whether it is packed with leafy greens, tropical fruit or creamy avocado, these super bowls are filling, nutrient packed, and simply delicious! I have always have a smoothie a day, and now smoothie bowls are my new addiction! You can turn any smoothie into a smoothie bowl! You can add any topping you want to your smoothie bowl. You can top it with any kind of fruit, nuts, granola, flex seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, almond butter anything that sounds good to you. When making your smoothie you want to make it nice and thick. So you will use slightly less liquid than usual.
The smoothie I put together for my bowl was…
I put everything into my VitaMix and blended away
I poured my smoothie into a bowl and topped it with..
Enjoy and happy blending!!
Ever wonder how electronics affect your child brain? With all the devices out there iPads, iPhones, tablets and all the time that our children are on them whether it be an educational app or a game app. What is truly happening to their brains? Are you having an uneasy feeling that playing on devices is bad for your child’s brain? It is much worse than you think!
I have to admit I was one of those moms! I knew it wasn’t good for them but didn’t really know how the devices were effecting my children. I had noticed some not good behavior with my children for quite some time now. Easily angered, lack of concentration, not playing with there toys, easily annoyed with each other, no motivation to play of be creative and not wanting to do there school work. I got to thinking they are on devices way to much lately, which is my fault! I would reward them with one hour of device time if they finished their school. Well I would get busy and the one hour turned into a couple of hours so I could get things done around the house. After about a month of doing this the kids started getting very angry when I would say their time was up especially my little guy who is 7. It would get really ugly! He didn’t want to do his school any more and it was just a huge fight to get him to do anything, he wanted a device ALL the time! I needed help, so I called a family friend and she had mentioned to me about frontal lobe over stimulation. I had to do some research to see what I was up against and this is what I found.
We all know how important playing video games and having time on the iPad or iPhone is to your child. But what most of us don’t know is the profound negative lasting effects they have on a growing brain.
Here is a list of symptoms electronic screens can cause……
Interactive screen activities can overwhelm the nervous system by disrupting the body clock, brain chemistry, blood flow, hormone balance, and stress levels. The brain goes into a state of chronic stress or “survival mode”. In this state, blood flow gets shunted away from the more developed areas such as the all important frontal lobe, to more primitive areas that control behavior through fear and instinct, keeping the brain on “high alert” This happens more quickly in children.
Here’s some basic science explaining why video games are damaging to your child’s brain:
Eyes: The eyes connect the outside world directly to the brain. That is why video games can cause seizures in some children. Electronic screen are unnaturally bright with vivid colors. this attracts the eye, but the eyes and the brain were not made to handle this intense stimulation. One change that occurs as a direct result is the signals that tell our brains to go to sleep don’t get triggered, and insomnia often results.
Brain Development & the Frontal Lobe: The evidence is mounting that active video gamers’ frontal lobes do not develop properly.Why is this so alarming? Because adolescence is the time the frontal lobe develops most actively, and it determines personality, impulse control, empathy, planning, and reasoning abilities. Basically , all the things we need to succeed in life! Even cell phone usage and texting have been shown to negatively impact frontal lobe function.
Body: Because our brain thinks we are in fight or flight mode, the body sends out stress hormones which are toxic to every organ in our bodies. These hormones affect our sleep, learning, and memory.
Brain and Mood: Anything electronic causes irritability. There are multiple mechanisms causing these mood changes. Frontal lobe blood flow, hormones, and brain chemicals like dopamine all contribute to the irritable mood you see after your child plays on a device. When then child is playing the brain releases feel good chemicals (dopamine) and when they stop, they are in a relative state of withdrawal. The child might be tearful, irritable, disorganized, depressed and feel they can’t concentrate.
I found this awesome website http://drdunckley.com/reset-your-childs-brain/ I found out so much information on her sit! You really should check it out!
I signed up to do her program to reset your child’s brain. When you sign up you will receive an email every day with different information on how electronics effect your child and some helpful advice on some obstacles you may face while keeping electronics away from your kids. Wow! I have seen a difference in my children already! They are being more creative, less fighting and frustration, way better sleep patterns. It has only been one week with no devices! It has not been that easy for the kids, they have been going through withdrawals, poor little things. They still ask if they can play on a device. My job is to distract them and get them set up on a craft or doing a puzzle or playing a game of cards. It has been fun I can tell they are enjoying each others time more!
Take the challenge and do the reset your brain program I promise your kids will be different children! To sign up for Dr. Dunckley’s reset click on her name above. Lets help our children have a brighter, more relaxed mood, get along better with pears, increased creative energy, have improved sleep!
Comment below and let me know if you are taking the plunge to no devices. I would love to hear your feed back on how your children are doing without a device and if you see any difference in them. We are in this together for the better of our children!
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I whipped up this yummy salad after making my Crockpot Chicken Tacos. I love using leftovers for lunch the next day. This ended up making enough salad for a couple of days! Yeah! For this busy mom! Perfect healthy, great tasting meal that the whole family will love! This is what you will need..
2 cups spinach
1 cup arugula
1 cup black beans
1 ear of fresh corn cut off the cob
1 red bell pepper
1/4 cup purple onion
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 1/2 cups of chicken from the crockpot chicken tacos
1/2 plain greek yogurt
1/4 fresh salsa
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
pinch of pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
mix everything together in a small bowl. Place the dressing in a mason jar to save.
Mix together everything in a large bowl. Plate yourself some salad and then drizzle the dressing over your salad on your plate. By doing this your left over salad will not get wilted and will still be nice and fresh for the next day.
This is the best and easiest chicken tacos ever! I love being able to throw everything in the crockpot and let it do it’s thing till dinner time. With a busy family of six I want things to be as easy as possible!
This is what you will need….
1 1/2 lb chicken breast
2/3 cups of fresh homemade salsa or something real close to it from the store
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
bib lettuce or corn tortillas
your choice of toppings: avocado, fresh salsa, purple onion
This recipe serves 8
Back to our roots is were we need to be! From the beginning of time man has been eating bone broth, have you ever wondered why? They knew way back then the healing benefits of bone broth without even knowing it. I have heard so many amazing health benefits of bone broth I had to give it a try. I have made this before but I’m not going to lie it turned awful! No one told me I could season my broth with herbs and other veggies until a very good friend of mine from Fit Mom Tribe said season it up! You can join her amazing Facebook group and be apart of the Fit Mom Tribe Community movement to eating healthy and staying fit. Where busy moms can get the support and encouragement they need to stay healthy!
Before I get into the recipe I really have share with you ALL the amazing health benefits of bone broth. I highly recommend everyone making bone broth!
Many cultures have used bone broth to make healing elixers, soups and stews for many centuries. Chicken soup was the popular remedy for the common cold without fully understanding the unique health benefits in this dish. Science has revealed the amazing health benefits that come with bone broth. Bone broth can be made from any animal with bones and the most popular bones include those of fish, chicken, turkey, beef, and lamb. The bones house a variety of powerful nutrients that are released when they are slowly simmered in water for many hours. These nutrients include bone marrow which helps provide the raw materials for healthy blood cells a healthy gut and immune development.
The following information is from Dr Mercola’s website I highly respect him and the information he has given from research that he has done. He has great information when it comes to healing the body.
In later years, medical scientists have discovered that your health is in large part dependent on the health of your intestinal tract. Many of our modern diseases appear to be rooted in an unbalanced mix of microorganisms in your digestive system, courtesy of an inappropriate and unbalanced diet that is too high in sugars and too low in healthful fats and beneficial bacteria.
Bone broth is excellent for “healing and sealing” your gut, to use Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride term. Dr. Campbell’s GAPS Nutritional Protocol, described in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), centers around the concept of “healing and sealing” your gut through your diet.
Broth or “stock” plays an important role as it’s easily digestible, helps heal the lining of your gut, and contains valuable nutrients. Abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome of GAPS, and such immune abnormalities can then allow for the development of virtually any degenerative disease…
There are many reasons for incorporating good-old-fashioned bone broth into your diet. The following health benefits attest to its status as “good medicine.”
Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study4published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis5 (whole-body inflammation).
Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better
Promotes strong, healthy bones: As mentioned above, bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth
Making your own bone broth is both easy and cost effective. It will save you money on supplements if you drink it often! With your bone broth you can use it in your cooking. Making quinoa and soups, in any recipe that calls for broth. You can also warm it up put it in a coffee cup and have a nice warm healthy cup of broth! There all kinds of ways to season your broth it all depends on your taste buds. Here is how I did mine.
1 whole chicken carcass. Perhaps the most important thing when making broth, whether you’re using chicken or beef, is to make sure they’re from organically-raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.
2 1/2 quarts of filtered water
1 onion coarsely chopped
7 stocks of celery
6 cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar*
2 sticks of fresh rosemary
1 small bushel of fresh thyme
1 bay leave
10 fresh sage leaves
Put everything in your crockpot on low and let it cook for 24-48 hours. The longer the better to get all the goodness out of those bones!
*The use of vinegar is to leech all of those valuable minerals from the bones into the stockpot water, which is ultimately what you’ll be eating. The goal is to extract as many minerals as possible out of the bones into the broth water.
This is after 48 hours in the crockpot.
Then you want to strain the broth into mason jars and store in the refrigerator for one week.