Healthy Breakfast Shakes

2.29.2012

Hey y’all!

So I have been loving my chocolate Shaklee 180 shakes that I make for breakfast. They are super quick and easy! And I enjoy the taste (which is key)!

When I got my chocolate Cinch shake mix, I also purchased the vanilla as well. I tried the vanilla once and I wasn't sure that I liked it very well. So this past weekend I thought I would give it a whirl again and oh my goodness! It was fabulous! So I thought I would share with you how I made it…

Here is what you will need:

-Shaklee 180 Vanilla Smoothee Mix

-Milk (I use 2%, the pkg recommends Soy for better weight loss results!)

-Strawberries

-Blueberries

-Food Processor/Blender

Okay here we go…

1. Get your materials. :) I’m really bad about not knowing which season produces which fruit but I always smell strawberries to know if they are good or not. I probably look crazy sniffing the boxes of strawberries at the store but I know that sweet smell tells me that they are going to be good! :) IMG_7579c

Also, I have found a new love for blueberries. I used to never really like them. I did like blueberry flavored things but not the berries themselves. I don’t know what has changed but I LOVE them. I can sit and eat them forever.

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2. Now you need to measure out 1 cup of milk and 1 scoop of Cinch shake mix. Then add them to your blender/food processor. I used my processor because I already had it out (making baby food) and just cleaned well before I mixed the shake. I didn’t want to get something else out to have to clean later. Smart, right? ;) **If you noticed…I really really really need a new measuring cup!**
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3. Next, you will clean your strawberries and blueberries. You will also cut off the stems of the strawberries. Sorry to disappoint you but I don’t have any pictures of me cutting the stems off. I’m pretty sure I am not that talented…to hold a camera in one hand and snap a picture of me cutting strawberries with only one hand.

Anyway, you will then add your cut up strawberries to your milk and shake mixture. Then the blueberries. I honestly just eyeballed this. I don’t know how much to tell you to add. Just add to your liking. :)

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4. Then turn that machine on! And watch the magic! {haha}

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5. Add to your favorite college football team tervis tumbler! ;) A cup will work too! IMG_7596cIMG_7597c

My favorite things about this shake are:

-It keeps me full until lunch because it is packed with 24g of protein!

-It has TONS of nutrients!

-It tastes good! ;)

-It aids in weight loss!

What breakfast things are you eating that are healthy too?? I would love to hear your recipes!

If you are interested in purchasing some of the Shaklee Smoothee mix please feel free to leave a comment or email! :)

Healthy Breakfast Shake- Yummmmm!

Hey y’all!

So I have been loving my chocolate Cinch shakes that I make for breakfast. They are super quick and easy! And I enjoy the taste (which is key)!

When I got my chocolate Cinch shake mix, I also purchased the vanilla as well. I tried the vanilla once and I wasn’t sure that I liked it very well. So this past weekend I thought I would give it a whirl again and oh my goodness! It was fabulous! So I thought I would share with you how I made it…

Here is what you will need:

-Cinch Vanilla Shake Mix

-Milk (I use 2%, the pkg recommends Soy for better weight loss results!)

-Strawberries

-Blueberries

-Food Processor/Blender

Okay here we go…

1. Get your materials. :) I’m really bad about not knowing which season produces which fruit but I always smell strawberries to know if they are good or not. I probably look crazy sniffing the boxes of strawberries at the store but I know that sweet smell tells me that they are going to be good! :) IMG_7579c

Also, I have found a new love for blueberries. I used to never really like them. I did like blueberry flavored things but not the berries themselves. I don’t know what has changed but I LOVE them. I can sit and eat them forever.IMG_7580c

2. Now you need to measure out 1 cup of milk and 1 scoop of Cinch shake mix. Then add them to your blender/food processor. I used my processor because I already had it out (making baby food) and just cleaned well before I mixed the shake. I didn’t want to get something else out to have to clean later. Smart, right? ;) **If you noticed…I really really really need a new measuring cup!**IMG_7584cIMG_7586cIMG_7582cIMG_7585c

3. Next, you will clean your strawberries and blueberries.IMG_7587cYou will also cut off the stems of the strawberries. Sorry to disappoint you but I don’t have any pictures of me cutting the stems off. I’m pretty sure I am not that talented…to hold a camera in one hand and snap a picture of me cutting strawberries with only one hand.

Anyway, you will then add your cut up strawberries to your milk and shake mixture. Then the blueberries. I honestly just eyeballed this. I don’t know how much to tell you to add. Just add to your liking. :)IMG_7588cIMG_7589cIMG_7591c

4. Then turn that machine on! And watch the magic! {haha}IMG_7593c

5. Add to your favorite college football team tervis tumbler! ;) A cup will work too! IMG_7596cIMG_7597c

My favorite things about this shake are:

-It keeps me full until lunch because it is packed with 24g of protein!

-It has TONS of nutrients!

-It tastes good! ;)

-It aids in weight loss!

What breakfast things are you eating that are healthy too?? I would love to hear your recipes!

What gets YOU out of bed every morning?

2.26.2012

These three people get ME out of bed every morning…and I don’t mean literally. ;)

This was really a tough question for me. I thought to myself, what DOES get me out of bed? At first I really didn’t know…I just get out of bed because I have to. Then when I started thinking a little deeper about it, I realized how much of an impact these three people have on my life. Including getting out of bed.

My husband continually works hard for our family and my job is to show him appreciation.IMG_7222cAnd my kids…

Well, they NEED me. And I NEED them. They help me to be a better person. They motivate me to do what’s best for them and for myself.IMG_7425cIMG_7464c

 

Have you taken the time to think about what gets YOU out of bed each morning?

It may not be your husband or your kids. It could be something completely different like your own parents or your best friend who needs you or your job which affects so many lives.

Think about it. :)

My husband is awesome because…

2.23.2012

…he loves the Lord.

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…he is patient. (especially when I want to take pictures of him)

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…he is strikingly good-looking. ;)hank

…he is silly and funny. Every day is fun!

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…he loves life.meandhank

….he is extremely outgoing. He loves being outdoors.

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…he loves being a daddy!

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…he is a great uncle.Hankandthegirls

…he treats me amazing.

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I honestly could not ask to have a better man in my life. He is my very best friend and I can’t even begin to imagine my life without him. Thank you Hank for being such a wonderful person and a great father. :) Love you babe!

Finish the Sentence…

2.19.2012

I never do these survey type thingys but I thought it might be fun! One time!

1. My ex…is Tryp’s dad.

2. Maybe I should…clean the house, do lesson plans, and go for a run.

3. I love…my kids. A lot!

4. People would say that I'm…blunt? Organized?

5. I don't understand…why teaching is not as fun as I thought it would be.

6. When I wake up in the morning…I have to think about what day it is. Seriously.

7. I need…a pedicure. Big time.

8. Life is full of…mistakes.

9. My past…has made me who I am today.

10. I get annoyed when…I try really hard on something and don’t see any results.

11. Parties are…fun!

12. I wish…I had one more day off! ;)

13. Dogs…are cute when they are puppies.

14. Cats…are interesting.

15. Tomorrow…will be Monday and I have to go back to work. Booo.

16. I have a low tolerance for…ignorance. Like drug use.

17. If I had a million dollars…we would get our farm and I would stay at home with my babies. ;)

18. I'm totally terrified…to eat after watching the documentary Food, Inc. last night.

19. My spouse…is the most amazing man on this planet. So patient. Love him.

20. My life…is a blessing. I do not thank Him enough.

Happy 7 Months Audrey Mayne!

2.17.2012

Okay so I am technically 5 days late but miss Audrey doesn’t know that! :)

Miss A,

How can I be so happy and so sad at the same time?

Watching you grow and accomplish new things makes my heart SO happy but watching you grow so quickly makes me sad too. AMB7Months

At your last doctor appointment (around 6.5 months) you weighed 17 lbs. I was guessing 18 so I was pretty close. You are wearing size 3 diapers and 6-9 months clothes.

You are rolling over and are able to pull out your arm from underneath you. You are pulling your knees in to crawl but you don’t have enough upper body strength yet. You are sitting up with assistance and ALMOST can sit by yourself. Even though you are not doing what other 7 month old babies are doing I know that you are progressing because your growth is steady. You accomplish new things all the time. IMG_7284c

You love to eat. You SCREAM if you don’t get to eat when YOU are ready. It’s quite amusing because you never really cry except for that. You are now eating home made pears, squash and green beans. You LOVE pears which doesn’t surprise me because they are sweet.

You have started to laugh and it is ADORABLE. For a while you were just giggling and snickering and now it’s turned into laughing and your daddy LOVES to make you smile and laugh. He’s pretty good at it. :) Here is a picture of you and your daddy. I think he thought I was just snapping a picture of you and didn’t realize he was in it. Not smiling. You look so much like your daddy and I think it’s adorable. Although you are missing ONE thing in this picture…a BOW!IMG_7378c

Your temperament is still perfect. You are sweet, happy, and such a blessing. You go with the flow of every day. I’m such a schedule freak-a-zoid but because I am so busy I haven’t really been able to get you on a schedule. You nap when you are tired and you go to sleep around roughly the same time every night. That alone makes the world of difference. If all my future babies would be like you then I would have 20 and be like The Duggars.

It seems like every monthly post I do about you Audrey I say the exact same things.You are a princess and we hope to raise you to love the Lord, love life, and love others.IMG_7386c

You are my sunshine. My 2nd sunshine. You make me happy. When skies are gray. You’ll never know dear. How much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.

How I try to stay organized…

2.11.2012

I am not the most organized person but I really love it when things are organized! :)

I do a few things around our home that I thought I would share with you on how I try to keep some things “in order”.

The day to day… We keep a calendar on our fridge that has upcoming “events” written down. For example, birthday’s and birthday parties, off duty jobs, weekend outings, etc. If you have read far enough back you may have run into some meal-planning posts of mine. I bought this turquoise meal planner from Target about a year and half ago. I used it once and then put it aside. I wasn’t really into meal planning at that time. (Why did I buy it?!) So then when I started meal planning I was doing it in word documents. Making tables and using cute fonts…I love me some cute fonts.

Recently I’ve been going through a purging stage. Getting rid of clothes, furniture, things that we don’t need. (Selling them!) I came across this organizer that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided to put it to use and quit wasting paper and ink! IMG_7262c

Another thing you may notice is our meals..? Manwiches? 2x a week?! Okay so let me explain…we have started a neat program to help us get out of debt. (We have student debt out the wazoooo!) So, one of the tips is to JUST buy groceries that you are going to use. We (people) spend so much money on food that just sits in our pantry. I’m so guilty of that…so I told my husband lets use up what is in the pantry. Two cans of manwich. Pasta. Pork N Beans. That’s why we are having manwiches, beef stroganoff and chicken with campfire delight (beans!).

Next up is organizing bills. I am great about handling the finances BUT I would misplace bills occasionally and you know what happens when you do that, right? So I decided to use this binder system that I found somewhere online! So sorry that I can’t remember.IMG_7263c

Anyway, I bought one of the really big binders, made a copy of the months from the calendar on the fridge, labeled dividers, and hole punched everything. I write down all the bills on this calendar on the day they are due. For example you can see that Verizon was due on the 8th. It is paid so I marked it out. This helps me keep track of what is paid and what is not. Now, I know that I could keep up with this online. I actually tried using Mint.com for a little while but I was having some issues so back to paper and pen.

Here you can see the labels (I’ve blurred) and under each one I just hole punch and store the bill or document. I clean it out after taxes are done. I didn’t take a picture but I store the years previous bills in a filing box. Only a year. I do that in case. I don’t know why, I know I probably don’t need to but you never know.  I love this system, it really does help me! It also helps me to see what bills need to be paid with which paycheck. I was horrible about that before. Now, it’s pretty easy to see. :)IMG_7264c

Now these next pictures really fit into two categories: organization and education.My little booger Tryp’s room can become quite a disaster if we’re not careful. So I try to help him stay as organized as possible. I use try to use bins for everything. For example this blue bin hold ONLY Toy Story toys. I think I got this little canvas bin from Wal Mart.IMG_7255c

I like this little carry all that I got from Thirty-One. It has little robots on it and it is such a boy organizing tote. This little bin/bag hold all those little cars. It is full and probably can’t take anymore so if we were to buy him new cars then we would be donating the old ones to daycare or somewhere! Why would a boy need 20 cars with only 2 hands? Beats me! IMG_7257c

Then another thing that I’ve been dying to do but just recently finished is Tryp’s calendar! It is my old classroom calendar that I used my first year of teaching. I love it but it was just sitting around collecting dust. Now that Tryp is 4 he is understanding the concepts of day and night, days, weeks, and a little about months. Why not teach him just like I would teach in school?  This all started because a few weeks ago I bought Tryp some super hero Valentine’s and I told him that we won’t take them to school until Valentine’s Day. EVERY day he was waking up asking me if he could take them to school. Every day I would disappoint him telling him that it wasn’t Valentine’s Day yet. IMG_7253c

Every day we move the little pink heart (that says baby doll) to what day it is. Every morning we say the day of the week, the month, and the date. He knows that when we move our little pink heart to the Valentine's Day card that he will get to take his Valentine’s to school. He no longer ask me and I no longer have to disappoint him. :) Another thing you will see is one of his paintings. I thought it was cute so we pinned it up for him. You will also see a chore chart. YES, my 4 year old does chores! There are none written on there because I just cleaned it before I took the picture but they are back up. He does things like: Pick Up Toys and Put Dirty Clothes in Basket. I think I’m going to add something related to laundry or dishes. We usually have him put the silverware away (no sharp knives), load the fridge with waters, and transfer of laundry into washer and into dryer, etc. IMG_7254c

This last picture is just Tryp’s name on his wall under his light switch. I did this a LONG time ago and I really think it helped him in learning how to spell his name. For a long time he would stand there and point to the letters saying T, R, Y, P. :)

How do you stay organized? I love to see how others stay organized because your tips could help me! I might continue doing these How I try to stay organized posts because I have other things that I did not take pictures of. Future post! ;)

Happy Weekend Y’all!

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