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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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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You’re not a bad mom

This post is dedicated to the moms who played Plants vs Zombies last night for an hour after the baby went to sleep instead of finishing her Bible study because her brain needed a vacation. To the mom who let her baby chew on the pacifier he dropped on the floor of the restaurant just so she could maybe get a bite of her food in before he started demanding to be let out of the high chair. To the mom who is praying her baby will take like a 4 hour nap so she can maybe get some work done. So basically… to me, and other moms like me. I know you’re out there… I can’t be alone in this.

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