TEN Go-to Healthy Meals

Ok, so one of the hardest things about being healthy is eating well. This is especially true for you mamas, because not only do you have to find something that will not send you soaring over your daily calorie count but also will keep the other members of your family from making faces… including the littles.

As things go, there is a lot to be said for not trying to please everyone at the dinner table, but everyone is always a little more cheerful when they’ve been fed something they enjoy and mom is always happier when she doesn’t have to argue about having baked chicken again.

Disclaimer: A LOT of these recipes are from Skinnytaste... and that’s because I LOVE her recipes! I am yet to have a single one that I didn’t absolutely love and have everyone rave about (and in my house my parents are also living with us right now, so that’s four happy adults!). I did try to mix it up a little bit with some of my other go-tos but to be honest the past few months I have been almost exclusively using Skinnytaste since the recipes have been so good and most of them are super easy.

So here are my TEN go-to healthy recipes, which is probably enough for at least two weeks of meal planning (assuming leftovers and/or eating out a few times).

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Good for the Body – Motivation Monday

There is hardly a quote I can think of that better sums up the balance of physical and spiritual wellness and how dependent they are on each other. When I neglect one or the other, I feel it big time, but when I neglect both… that’s when I find myself in a bad place. I find myself slipping more easily into sin, I’m more quickly dragged back to bad habits, I feel down and I know that when I am in that kind of place myself, it affects my family as well. I am a better mom, a better wife, a better friend, and a better Christ follower when I take care of myself physically AND spiritually.

Happy Monday, loves!

PS: Shout out to my sweet baby who turns ONE today!! Yikes!

Saving Money on Groceries (for moms who hate couponing!)

When I moved into my new house at the end of last year, I was determined to get my budget on POINT. I knew our expenses would be going up quite a bit from when we were renting, so I decided to start trying to see where I could cut some costs. I searched Pinterest, I read tons of blog articles, I made and re-made our monthly budget, essentially driving myself nuts because none of what I was doing really accomplished much. A lot of running around in circles, but not a lot of practical things I could implement in my crazy life.

For example, couponing. I have to give a HUGE amount of credit to the mama’s out there who are able to save so much money cutting out coupons every week and organizing their monthly grocery shopping into what is on sale when and what store has a coupon for what brand of laundry detergent… I just can’t do it. Or, I should say, I had to find the way that was going to work for me. I work 40 + hours a week, I’m a mommy to a 1-year-old, and to be honest… I just hate couponing. I get half way into it and give up because my brain gets distracted and I remember I should be doing something else, or my kid wakes up from his nap, or I’d rather write on my blog, or whatever.

However, I still really like to save money, and there are a few ways that I, the full-time working mama who hates couponing, still manage to save a few bucks.

 

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You are Never too Old – Motivation Monday

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of self-pity as the birthdays pile upon each other and each year that slips by reminds you of something you wanted to do but never did. I never traveled overseas before I had kids, I never got my doctorate, I never lived in a different state, I never, I never, I never…. but what good does that do?

I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I turned 30 yesterday. Thirty! Big milestone, I guess. Why is it that birthdays get less exciting the more of them you have? I wonder if some of it is just about shifting perspective. My twenties are gone, and they aren’t coming back. That’s ok, though. I have learned a lot, I have achieved a lot, and thank the Lord I have been incredibly blessed with a good job, a beautiful family, and a life that I love.

God doesn’t call us to live in wallowing of years gone by, but Christ came so that we could have life and live it abundantly! Isn’t that the good news of the Gospel? Negative self-talk, unhealthy habits, woulda-coulda-shoulda’s… the enemy uses all of that to his advantage.

The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they might have life and have it ABUNDANTLY. John 10:10

Remember that when you are worrying about all the things it feels like it’s too late to do now. Age is a number… and it’s just a drop in the ocean for we who will be spending eternity with Christ.

Top 10 Christian Songs for Working Out

Why is it so hard to find songs that are fun to work out to but aren’t totally inundated with curse words and/or vulgar messages? Sometimes it just get old. And it’s not just your little one’s ears you need to worry about! The Bible instructs us to guard our eyes, ears, and hearts.

Oh be careful little ears what you hear….

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That being said, here

is a top 10 list of my favorite Christian songs to workout to; admittedly a little heavy on the Christian rap, so forgive me. I’d love to hear any other suggestions in the comments! I know I’m always in need of some new additions to my workout playlist… and let’s be real, I use the same playlist for cleaning the house. It’s that good… and Lord knows I need the motivation. Ugh, cleaning.

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Bible Verse Memorization Tips

Bible study is important, of that here is no doubt. Knowing the Gospel, what God teaches about Himself, about humanity, about how to navigate this crazy thing we call life, and how to do all things in a way that pleases Him are things that are (and should be!) at the front of a self-professing Christian’s priority list.

Psalm 119-9-16

9How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13With my lips I declare
all the rulesc of your mouth.
14In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

I will not forget your word. How convicting is that? Verse memorization can be SO simple, and when you have a hundred other things going on, the simpler the better, right? Well, read on for the way I’ve found to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to verse memorization.

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Worry

Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be still.

I have been struggling with worry all my life. I worry about things that most people would agree that they also worry about; loved ones, relationships, the future, the state of the world. I also worry about school, meeting new people, doing well in my job, paying my car insurance, if I’m going to hit traffic going over the bridge, if the patient I saw in the ICU last week is doing any better now three days later… the list is truly endless. If I really wanted to I could write an entire blog post… heck, I could write an entire BLOG on just what I worry about. But that’s not the point.worry

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My Fitness Testimony

Hi, all! In an effort to be transparent and (hopefully) a tiny bit motivational as well, I’m going to be doing a monthly weigh-in on the first Wednesday of every month. My plan is to give an update not only of my weight, but also to check in on how I have been doing with my eating, workouts, and my spiritual discipline. There is nothing like accountability to others to keep you from slacking; this is something I learned when training for a 5k. So here is my story; my “fitness” testimony, if you will.

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Running

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to talk about something that I really do not enjoy: running. Earlier this year a friend of mine from work and I decided to train for a 5k. This was all well and good, but the entire time I hated it. Really hated it. The good news is that I think I’ve figured out why, and have some good tips on what to do if you are crazy inspired to start your own running program.

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It’s Christmas Time

I absolutely love Christmas. I always have. Gift giving is totally my love language, too, so a holiday that is celebrated by giving gifts to EVERYONE I love? Perfect!

It’s also a super busy, super rushed, super fast season that is so easy to get caught up in, as we all know. The older you get the crazier it gets, and apparently, as I am just learning this year, Christmas with a kid is a whole different experience. Especially as a Christian mom, it’s hard to know where to draw the line in terms of “secular” Christmas. How do we talk about Santa Claus? How do we talk about the Christmas story in a way he will understand? How do we show him Christmas is not all about getting presents, it’s not even all about giving presents, but it’s about celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus?

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