Peach Pie Oatmeal

Summer has many advantages, but fresh peaches is one of my favorite things about summer! Nothing is better than a fresh peach!! I lucked out this year because my parent’s peach trees are producing like crazy, and they’ve given me a ton! We went to my parent’s for dinner last night and they made PEACH COBBLER!! Mmmm! I think I definitely had more than my fair share.

I grew up on oatmeal. We had oatmeal almost everyday as a kid. We had it with milk, sugar, and raisins. My kids love it too- especially my oldest. I still like oatmeal, but I prefer eggs or a smoothie for breakfast; however, this is one of my favorites! It’s super easy and it’s like dessert for breakfast– but HEALTHY! Can’t go wrong. You can go simple or go all nuts and add different mix-ins. I have pretty simple taste when it comes to most things, but especially food, so I don’t usually add too much extra to this dish.

Give it a try and let me know what you think and how you customized it!

 

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PEACH PIE OATMEAL: 

  • Oats
  • Peaches
  • Optional ingredients: Honey, chia seeds, cinnamon, nut(s) of your choice, milk etc

For 1 serving cook 1 cup of oats according to package directions. Move oats to bowl and stir in peaches. Let the peaches sit/cook in the warm oats for a minute or two until soft. Add any desired mix-ins.

That’s it! The warm soft peaches makes it feel like you’re eating pie. It is so delicious and good for you too!

healthy banana oat muffins

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These are our absolute favorite!! My kids love them too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shared the recipe because they are crowd pleasers! My go-to for potlucks. They are healthy, sweet, yummy, filling, gluten free, and can be vegan if you’re into that ūüėČ . AND they even freeze well… saay whaaat! Win all around. We eat these for breakfast, as a healthy treat, lunch, evening snack… really anytime. These are a fantastic post-workout meal!

Ingredients:

  • 5 c oats
  • 5 overripe bananas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 1/3 c water
  • chia seeds (optional)
  • just under 1/4 c oil (olive or coconut)
  • 5 Tbs honey or other liquid sweetener
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk chocolate chips (optional-but not really cause they’re the best part)
  • other add-ins (dried fruit, raisins or craisins, nuts (walnuts are my fav), flax etc)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mash bananas
  2. Pour oats, salt, and cinnamon on top of bananas. Mix dry ingredients together before blending with bananas… now blend with bananas ūüôā
  3. Add water and chia seeds together- let chia seeds sit in water for a minute to absorb the h2O
  4. Add remaining wet ingredients and mix everything together
  5. Add chocolate chips and/or other add-ins
  6. Bake for 23 minutes at 380 degrees.
  7. Tip: Muffin liners!

 

 

back to school deals: post 1

textgram_1470445648School is just around the corner! That means it is time to hit the stores to stock up on your child’s school wardrobe and supplies for the year (at least the first half). Costs can add up pretty fast so any penny saved can make a big difference. I’ve scoped out a few deals and feel free to share any you’ve found!

OLD NAVY: 

I went shopping for my 5 year old at Old Navy today. The picture above: the jeans were $12, the gray tee was $3, and the striped tee was just over $5. I also got him some tan dress shorts for his aunt’s wedding next month for $7. Their back-to-school sale is pretty sweet. Most things were 40-50% off, but goes up to 60% on some items.

Old Navy Cash $10 for every $25 spent through today 8/5/16

Uniform sale. Items from $5

Saturday 8/6/16 use code SATURDAY for 30% off (we’ll see if that works tomorrow!)

GAP:

Online code FF40 or code GAPWOW give you 40% off and FREE SHIPPING

Get $25 Gap Cash for every $50 you spend through today! 8/5/16

Sign up for email to get 25% off (I don’t think you can combine with other offers but it’s nice to save for when you have your GAP CASH if they’ll let you. I’m not 100% sure on the rules but worth a try)

Lots of kids back-to-school items are on sale! Check them out on the website.

Target:

This is a great place for school supplies! They are offering a $5 gift card on $30 school supply purchases with Order Pickup. Most items are pretty close to Walmart prices (some more some less), except I noticed Crayons are quite a bit cheaper at Walmart.

Cat & Jack stock up sale is going on PLUS an extra $5 off $25 Cat & Jack purchase code KIDS

Extra 20% off clothing clearance with code EXTRA20

10% off all regular priced denim with code DENIM10

JanSport backpacks are 20% off making them between $28-$54 (see Walmart backpack deals below).

TGTMYJ3J gives you $5 off $50+ (plus you’d get automatic free shipping)

  • This would be good to use on the more expensive JanSport backpack for your older kiddo(s) with heavy textbooks!

Don’t forget to check your CARTWHEEL App deals

Walmart:

It is DEFINITELY the place for cute, cool, and INEXPENSIVE backpacks! They start at only $6.88 and most are around $10 (give or take). ¬†There are laptop bags, fashion bags, character bags,¬†and sooo much more!! Some even include a lunchbox to match. Target kids’ backpacks are around $15-20, but some are less expensive. If you’re not going to spend $30 on school supplies and the backpack would take you to $30 it might be worth it; you’d just have to price it out and see.

Here are a few Walmart backpack examples:

 

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Walmart always has good deals on school supplies too.

H&M:

20% off plus free shipping on $60+ with code 3676

up to 60% off bottoms

Free shipping on all orders ends today 8/5/16 with code 1306

Free shipping on $40+ with code 0040

Many other items are on sale too! How cute are these?!

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These are a few of my favorite deals. More will come before school starts so I’ll post more as school approaches. Comment below to share deals you’ve found!

easy protein pancakes

This is my kids’ favorite breakfast! I make my batter thin so we’ll usually have enough for an extra day or two. It is simple, delicious, and healthy– what more could you ask for?! Let me know what you think!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Few dashes of cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1-1.5 cups of milk (varies upon batter thickness preference)
  • Any other mix-ins or toppings (chia seeds, flax, chocolate chips, nuts etc)

DIRECTIONS:

In a blender, blend together dry ingredients to create a flour. Add eggs, bananas and about half of your milk. Slowly add milk until desired thickness. Add any other mix-ins. Cook on griddle until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with syrup, jam, apple sauce, or other topping.

never take it personally

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Motherhood is challenging for a lot of reasons, but one of the hardest obstacles many face is feeling fulfillment in each day. Although you know¬†in your heart your job it important, that you’re irreplaceable to your family, and that their life would be completely different¬†without you–¬†it’s still easy to feel unimportant and forgotten.

The world holds completely unrealistic, impossible, and contradicting expectations of us mothers. It expects us to stay home with our children, but then belittles us when we do. We’re told that we stay at home because we’re not smart enough, talented enough, or capable enough to do anything else. But if we go to work we’re bad moms. Stupid. We’re also expected to be “super moms” and be an expert at everything-even though we’re too stupid to hold a “real job”. We have to be musicians, beauty contestants, the fittest of our lives at 4 months post-pardum, gormet chefs, scientists, mathmatitians, crafters, doctors, experts on every world event and every political crisis…. the list goes on. Oh, and you better never make that boxed cheezy crap for your kids even though you’ve been up all night with your new baby–which also makes you a bad mom because your child should be sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old. Good moms know how to get their kids to sleep. No, you better be feeding them 100% organic, no sugar, and no processed foods. And your house better be spotless while your children make memories and play– so figure it out, stupid. Stupid. And your kids better go to the best schools, play every sport, play a musical instrument, be on student counsel, and you better not let them out of your sight ever just in case they get hurt or someone is mean to them– but you better not do any of that or you’re a helicopter mom. And never get mad. EvER. Or your children will grow up doing drugs and end up in prison- especially if they already talk back. You’re doomed. So really there is no winning by the world’s standard.¬†Stupid.

But we’re not victims. Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion on– especially for those who don’t have children. So annoying right? In reality, it’s a lot harder than it looks. Well, it doesn’t even look easy when a mom has three kids screaming in the grocery store; it actually looks pretty miserable. But good moms wouldn’t have screaming kids in the grocery store, duh. We should’ve let the experts handle it and stuck with cleaning toilets for a living because that’s the peek of our intellectual capacity. Stupid. But, no, we’re not victims. That’s not sarcastic. We don’t need a mommy movement… please no! Enough with the movements for every complaint that possibly could exist! Anyway, the point is never take it personally.

Being a parent is the hardest job on the planet. It demands more physical energy, more emotional energy, more dedication, more intellect & brain power, and more care than any job. It is also the most rewarding, important, world-changing, and joyous job. It can also pretty entertaining at times! Kids are hilarious. But never take the rejections, failures, or anything else for that matter- personally.

Really, moms, just don’t take any of this crap personally. YOU are enough. YOU are what your kids need. Not the unrealistic version of you. Not the stressed version of you trying to accomplish all of these expectations, you. They NEED YOU. This is a nonnegotiable and constant need. They will actually turn out better if you’re your raw, messy, imperfect self striving everyday to become better. They will admire that.. you. They will feel more comfortable approaching you when they have problems. Think about it. That “perfect” friend¬†we all have and wish we were, but never can be so we just pretend we’re perfect too so they won’t know how messy our life is– we don’t want to be that to our kids. We want to be approachable and trustworthy. We want them to know that it’s OK¬†to mess up as long as you keep on trying and keep on working to improve. Little secret– that friend isn’t perfect either and they don’t want you to know it ūüėČ

You also need you. You need to laugh, sing, dance, and anything else that makes you happy. You need to love ¬†yourself. My dad told me many times that you can’t love anyone if you don’t love yourself. I didn’t understand what he meant until my mid-late twenties. I thought he was talking about prideful or narcissistic¬†characteristics. I don’t know why I thought that is what he was meant,¬†because my dad isn’t that way¬†so he wouldn’t teach me to be narcissistic. He was talking about finding joy in who you are: your role, divinity, purpose, and strengths. To best love your children, your spouse, your family and friends you must first love you. You’re pretty great so take that time you need to get to know you. Let go of all of these crazy expectations the world places on us and be your messy, beautiful, worthy, fun, authentic, and Christ-like selves.

It can be very difficult not to take harsh criticisms personally- I get it! ¬†Especially if it’s from someone we love or from other parents. I’ve had number of times when good friends, strangers, and family let me know I wasn’t measuring up- as many of us have. I’ve taken it a number of ways: getting offended probably being number one, not caring what they thought probably being the end result after hurt feelings, and everything in-between. But I think the lesson to be learned was not to push these heavy expectations on myself¬†or on my¬†kids. That is when life opens up and you will feel a huge burden lifted off of your shoulders. Your anxiety levels and blood pressure levels will return back to normal ūüėČ ! You’ll feel lighter (best diet plan), happier, and more at peace. It doesn’t mean not to¬†take responsibility for you or your kids’ actions. It means be to be reasonable with your expectations. You’re not perfect, kids aren’t perfect, and neither are your accusers. We just need to be the very best we can and never stop trying.

You’re enough, mama. You’re loved! Just keep doing your very best and that is enough. Your soul is important. You’re not forgotten. You’re important. Tell yourself that everyday and you’ll start to believe it. Lastly, remember to take it personally ūüôā

“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”¬†Doctrine & Covenants 18:10

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a name and a blessing

My husband blessed our sweet baby boy yesterday. In our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka Mormon church, after a new baby is born we bless him/her in sacrament meeting (our weekly Sunday service). The purpose of this ordinance, and all religious ordinances, is to put things in their proper order; this specific ordinance gives a child his/her name and a blessing. This is a very happy, sacred, and special event for the family.

Mark 10:16 reads,

“And he took them up in his arms put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”

This part of the chapter Christ is blessing the little children and expressing his love and reverence for them. In verse 15 he says, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter therein.” Meaning, those who do not have the same characteristics as a little child shall not enter the kingdom of God in the next life. See Mosiah 3:19

Christ loves all of God’s children. He is our older brother. He suffered, atoned for our sins, and died that we have the opportunity to return to live with our Heavenly Father after we die. I am grateful for the knowledge that¬†as long as I¬†continue to follow Christ’s teachings and repent WHEN I¬†fall short (because we all do), I can be with this beautiful family of mine forever.

To learn more visit LDS.ORG

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my favorite eyebrow pen

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PS- What’s wrong with this picture?! hahaha!!

A strong brow is critical to your overall look. Your brow frames your face, makes you look more mature and classy, and sets the tone for the rest of your makeup/look. There are days when the only makeup I do is eyebrow fill.

In the past I’ve used Sephora’s tattoo brow pen and loved it. It runs for about $20 so this time around I needed to spend less because my contour¬†and highlight were out too. I found one on amazon for around $7 and I like it just as much! It’s very easy to apply and the color is beautiful. I bought the natural taupe, but it’s also available in dark brown. Sorry Sephora, but I ain’t going back!!

Milani Brow Tint Pen 01 Natural Taupe

Milani Brow Tint Pen 02 Dark Brown

My first few times using a brow pen was a little awkward. It took me a few tries to get it right, but now I can touch up my brows easy as pie. I love the fine tip because you can create hair-like strokes. It looks much more natural than powders or pencils that dull quickly. You get a consistent and natural look every time! I’m not a pro- so if I can do it- you can too!