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    The Whole Way Through Whole30

    Well, I did it. I made it through the 30 days of what I expected to be pure torture-the whole way through Whole30. Surprisingly, it wasn’t torture at all but rather a life changing experience that has forever changed my relationship with food. Being a mom I am a mother of two little girls. My life is busy, my nights are sleepless, I have been breastfeeding for 4 years almost non-stop, and the 30 pounds that I haven’t been able to lose for the last 4+ years, were justified. But, enough was enough. My youngest turns 1 year old this month and it was time to make some changes. After…

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    Keep the Milk Flowing on Whole30

    As I sit here on Day 20 of the 30 day program of The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, I want to talk to you about my experience with snacks. As a quick overview for those of you new to Whole30, these are the pillars of the Whole30 program that are non-negotiable. So whether you’re munching on a snack or eating a meal, the following may NOT be consumed. Whole30 shortlist of what not to eat: added sugar or artificial sweeteners alcohol grains legumes dairy Nursing Concerns I am a nursing Mom, so I need to be taking in enough calories to sustain a good…

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    Whole30 – Halfway there!

    I have been overweight for most of my life. I remember when I was an adolescent, I couldn’t fit into regular jeans.  We had to get the 14+ size, which was the “chunky kid” version of a regular 14. I remember that so vividly. I also remember riding the bus in middle school and having one of my supposed “friends” tell me “You are fat!  Look at your stomach!” I will never forget when that boy said that. It destroyed me. Sure, I thought I was a little chunky but that word… “fat”… absolutely made me feel like a piece of chewy steak that I regularly spit out. I remember…

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    Bonfire

    Spring in Michigan is a beautiful time. Grass turns green, flowers bloom, birds chirp, and everything seemingly comes alive again after a dormant winter. Tonight after we got our little ones asleep, quick like a ninja, I exited the house into the fresh spring air. I was thrilled by the idea that for about 30 minutes, the dogs and I would enjoy some peace and solitude on a beautiful spring evening. Pure Michigan beauty. Crisp air, slight breeze, not a car in sight, and more stars in the sky than I had noticed in months. Mostly likely because I hadn’t taken the time to notice them. They have probably been there all along…

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    Hyacinth Toddler Craft

    Spring is here! In my mind, I’m ready for beautiful flowers to start growing! In Michigan’s mind, we have a while yet. To make it “feel” like spring, my 3-year-old and I decided to make a hyacinth craft project. I asked my daughter what kind of flower she wanted to make. We saw hyacinths in a magazine a few days ago, she LOVED them, and so she said she wanted to make some! So, here we are. Cue simple hyacinth toddler craft! Hope you enjoy! Supplies: White card-stock paper (any size works) Green card-stock paper (or construction paper works too) Purple tempura paint Round sponges or bottle cap (if your toddler can be careful…

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    The Husband’s Guide to Meal Planning

    This is what dinners look like these days, as a Mom of a toddler and an infant. Please note that this is dripping with sarcasm, and I DO cook for my family and I love doing so. But sometimes, I wish this would be more of the accepted mealtime reality. So, dear husband, here is my concise guide to meal planning for the week. I do hope you approve. 1. “Make Your Own” Monday I take no part in making dinner on Monday nights. “Make Your Own” Monday is what it sounds like: Make your own dinner. Mac & cheese, PB&J, a bowl of Cheerios sound like perfect options to me! Remember…

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    The Three Finger Salute

    Each time my husband puts our 3-year-old to bed, I feel like giving him the three finger salute from “The Hunger Games.”  You know, the salute that is used by District 12 residents to show love, admiration or respect to each other. When I watch him head down the hallway to the bathroom to begin the bedtime teeth brushing routine with our 3-year-old, he deserves the three finger salute. I admire his perseverance, patience and love for his daughter, particularly in that moment.  Parents out there, you know what I am talking about.  You know how those minutes or hours before bedtime go with a 3-year-old.  The struggle is real. On the way to…

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    Postpartum Purgatory

    The moments immediately following birth are some of the most incredible, surreal, astounding, miraculous and emotional moments that you may experience in your lifetime. You brought new life into the world! The life that was inside of you for the better part of a year, is now earth-side. Astounding. That little bundle of amazing life gasps for her first breath of air, and that’s it. You are no longer her sole vessel. These first couple of days after birth are fairytale-like in nature. You have the incredible support of many people, including close family or friends, nurses, doctors, doulas, and midwives. You can relax for the most part, the siblings are cared for by…

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    Peanut Butter Vegetable Chicken Soup

    This is a great hearty, protein packed, wintry soup!  It tastes great with a baguette dipped in.  You don’t even need a side salad with it because it is packed with healthy veggies.  It’s a complete meal on its own.  I did some experimenting and I think I found just the right combination of veggies!  This recipe makes enough to freeze, or enough to feed a small army.  I would love to hear what you and your family think of it! Makes: 12 or more servings Ingredients:  12 c – chicken broth 4 c – diced cooked chicken 2 c – peeled and diced potatoes 2 c – diced carrots 2 c –…

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    DIY Snow Paint

    Want to know how to make a paint that is fluffy like snow, dries with a puffy texture, and is a super fun sensory experience for your kiddo? Read along for a tutorial on making Snow Paint! Materials:  White glue Shaving cream Glitter Peppermint essential oil Bowl Spoon and/or paint brush How to Make:  1. Dump equal parts white glue and shaving cream into a bowl. 2. Shake some glitter into the bowl (white or silver works well for the snow look). 3. Add 1 drop peppermint essential oil. It makes it smell better than glue and shaving cream, and gives it a wintry scent. Completely optional. 4. Lightly stir…