Diva Adventures: Newport Beach

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Ever since moving away from California, we haven’t really played in the sand. (Unless you consider the Desert Sand mixed with rocks, then yes. Every day.) We miss it so much, and we will be calling this our home for the next week! This couldn’t have come at a better time with our busy and crazy lifestyle. Sometimes we just need to take time and relax…And drink milkshakes.

Have you ever been to New Port Beach, California? What are your favorite activities? More importantly, where are the best places to EAT? ūüôā We did the Crab Cooker, which was an old family favorite, but I would love to hear more of your ideas!

Pirate & Pixie Birthday Party

My plan was to have this post up two weeks ago…

But if you follow me on social media, you know that we just bought a house (WOO HOO!), but we had two weeks to be out of our rental and move and clean everything (Boo!!).

This year for the girl’s birthday I really wanted to keep it simple, unlike THIS one…or THIS one…or THIS one…

But I have this problem where I like to plan parties for little kids who won’t remember it and spend a lot of money and make it cute…I blame pinterest. So this year I halved-it. I did some cute decor, a few games, but I still kept it simple and had the party at the park and let the kids run wild on the play ground.

I have to say, it felt good to take it easy and not put TOO much stress into it! I think next year will be even more relaxed!

After all…I should save my stress (and money) for the three weddings I’ll have to plan in the years down the road right??

The girls really wanted a Tinkerbell Party this year, but they have a lot of boy friends and I figured fairy wings and wands weren’t really up their ally. So we changed it to Pirate and Pixie! I loved this theme so much, you really could have so much fun with it!

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Here are some party details:

Food: (We had a lot of adults/family too!)

Pirate Booty

Berries

Orange ‘pirate boats’ (Saw this on pinterest too! Not sure where it originally came from though.)

Garden Salad-Kale salad from Costco, which is my FAVORITE!

Berry Marshmallows in cups

Pizza

Tinkerbell cupcakes- I used my Cricut machine to cut flowers and designs for the toppings

Pirate Cupcakes

Decorations: 

Fans/Lanterns (Minted.com)

Utensils/Straws/Plates/Napkins etc. (Partypail.com)

Games:

Walk the plank

Pirate Hook Ring Toss (Not sure where this idea came from, but it’s all over pinterest)

Pi√Īata

Playing at the park

 

I just love being a mommy to my two darling baby girls, and every year I get a little sad that they are growing up! So grateful to have them in my life!

Thanks again for your patience friends! Love you all so much!

 

Pregnancy #3-Update/All About

Oh my Heavens!! Where do I begin?!

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(12 weeks Pregnant. I’ve grown since then!)

First of all, THANK YOU for all of the love, support, congrats, and sweet wishes from all of you! Our little family and this baby bump of mine feel so loved! I feel so blessed in so many ways!

When my second little girl was born, I vowed right there on the hospital table that I wasn’t going to do it ever again. Not because I didn’t love babies, but because that pregnancy/labor was so hard I swore to myself and everyone around me that we were done.

I gave away ALL…yes all…of my baby stuff. (Minus a few memorable items.) I was content with my decision and moved on with life as a mom of two little divas.

But then…

I saw a baby.

Seriously, that was all it took. Our neighbor had a baby and all of the sudden I had baby fever. I felt that there was another little angel in our life that needed to be with our family. I told my husband about it and he¬†looked at me shocked and confused each time. Yes, there were multiple times we talked about babies. Finally, at one moment, we both felt it was right and well…I don’t need to explain more do I?

So far, this pregnancy has been INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT and similar all the same. (Which is why we were convinced it was a boy….)

With¬†each of my pregnancies, I always know immediately. It’s a weird thing to explain, but I just always know. This one started out incredibly easy, to the point where I started to disbelieve what the FOUR pregnancy test were telling me. I had NO symptoms…Not one. Usually I’ll have a few right off the bat, but this time I had nothing.

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Don’t worry…they showed up.

Around week 8 it hit me.

Nauseousness. Throwing up Every.Dang.Day. (Still pretty much am.). Headaches, fatigue, and did I mention my hate towards food?! This has been pretty similar with both my pregnancies, but food does not sound good. The look, texture, feel, smell, anything will turn me off. EVEN CHOCOLATE!!!! Some days I can stomach a certain food, and some days I can’t. It has made things difficult because I feel like I’m not getting all the nutrients I need. I wish I was being dramatic, because let’s be honest, I usually am…

But I swear the other day I bit into a carrot that didn’t taste so good, I went to spit it out, and the act of well…doing that…made me loose my lunch. I also heated up soup in the microwave, and that did it for me too…I’m hoping the further along I get, the better I can eat. I really do miss food…

As for my exercise, the beginning of my pregnancy when I felt amazing, I was kicking butt. As soon as the vomiting started, my exercise pretty much stopped. It was hard feeling like I was in a car 24/7, loosing the food I did eat, and taking care of two very active girls. It’s gotten a bit easier since then, so I’ve been taking it slow with my stationary bike and walks. If there is one thing I’ve learned in pregnancy, it’s that exercise makes pregnancy and labor definitely easier, but pushing your self is never a smart thing. Just do the best you can, even if it’s slow. Any movement is good.

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I also nap pretty much every day, especially when I felt car sick. My laundry is rarely done, the dishes are pilled high, and my kids lived off TV and macaroni and cheese for a while as a laid down for the majority of my day. My poor husband came home to quite the scene every day from work. Luckily he loves me OH SO MUCH, so it was all good ;)!

I have to add that I know pregnancy in general can be a sensitive subject to others, especially those who have struggled with loss and infertility. It’s hard to say this but a majority of my friends are suffering from these problems, and it’s a horrible struggle to go through. I am so grateful for each one of these people in my life, they have been such amazing women to my daughters by loving, teaching, playing, and caring for them. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to do the things I am able to do, but please know that with those that struggle my heart is always with you! We are all mothers in our own way, whether we bare children or not, I truly believe that.

 

Thank you again friends for your love & support! I plan to do a series of post of the foods I HAVE been craving, and what I’ve done to make them more healthier! (For example, a ranch salad…Sounds so good right now!)

Love you all!!

 

We’ve been keeping a secret…

We’ve been keeping a rather large secret for a very long time…

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We are expecting another BABY GIRL in February, 2015!

A post will follow soon with all the details :)!

Diva Adventures: Utah

I guess you could call us ‘moochers’, since we’ve always relied on grandparents to go on family getaways and vacations, but for the first time we ventured out just us four. I wish we would have done this sooner, but with student life and school loans, we haven’t had the opportunity to do so. Luckily, everything worked out perfectly for our little family to take this trip, and it was exactly what we needed.

We didn’t go anywhere exotic (well, to some it might be), just to the beautiful state of Utah. We haven’t been in years, and I was dying to see grass. (It’s against the religion of Las Vegas to have grass I think?) I’ve never felt more like a family than I did on this trip. I still feel happy thinking about the memories we created.

We visited my grandparents grave first thing, and it was a beautiful start to the trip. It really put things into perspective for me. I couldn’t help but think how happy my grandparents were to see their two great granddaughters running around and reading the names on their grave site. I know they would have loved my babies more than anything!

The next day was July 4th, and boy does Utah love to celebrate. We attending the provo parade, and then sat under the stars on a large blanket in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We knew no one, but had so much fun cuddling, tickling, and laughing on that blanket as we waited for the fireworks.

On Saturday we went to Salt Lake City where we toured Temple Square. There are so many fabulous things about temple square that I love, especially all of the flowers, grass, and trees. (Again, non existent in Las Vegas.) We watched a movie, read stories, viewed beautiful buildings, and ate ice cream. Then we walked across the street to the mall and went to the Disney store. (There was some bribing that happened in order for that stop…)

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I can’t say it enough…I loved every second of this weekend. Every day home life is special in it’s own way, but going out and doing things as a family, and enjoying each others company is completely different. I treasure these moments and I hope in 15 years my girls still consider my their best friend. (And my husband too!)

Oh, and seriously…I LOVE grass.

Diva Adventures: Frijoles Grilled Tacos, Las Vegas

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a visit to a restaurant here on the blog! What’s even more sad is that I live in Las Vegas where tons of people visit often, and there are amazing restaurants galore! But…I have two little kids and no babysitter…

And if we aren’t out of a restaurant within 20 minutes, well…It gets dangerous.

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That being said, our little family LOVES eating out. Ironic? No..More like, I just cleaned the kitchen and it would be really nice for it to stay clean for at least an hour…

Get in the car kids! We’re gettin’ tacos!

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Majority of the time when we eat out, we chose Mexican. No, every time we eat out we chose Mexican. I go through salsa like I drink water, and my husband could eat burritos every day for lunch.

Correction. I think he does.

So when our good friends opened a Mexican Grilled Tacos Restaurant called Frijoles, there was no doubt in our minds that we had to check it out.

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After eating there more than I’d like to admit, I knew I had to share this amazing find with all of you! Being a healthy lifestyle blog, I totally consider this something that is right up my alley. All the food and drinks are fresh, made right in front of you! There are meat and vegetarian options and…FOR CRYING OUT LOUD THEY HAVE THE MOST DELICIOUS SPINACH DRINK.

Was that clear?

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If I’m correct, this drink was made with lime, spinach, and oranges. Dang It!…Now I’m craving it. I’ve also had their CHIA SEED lemonade, which was the perfect balance of sweetness and tangy-ness! But don’t worry, if those drinks don’t float your boat, there are a ton of fresh drinks right up front for you to sample and chose from!

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We usually get my girls rice and quesadillas and then cause a huge rice bomb all over the floor. (But that’s ok, we know the owners so they totally are ok with that :)! )

Rice is probably one of my favorite carbs besides sour dough bread, and this one fits the bill perfectly!

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The salsa is fresh and somewhat chunky, just the way I prefer my salsa! And my husband…(Only he’s not chunky, so that jokes not even funny.)

 

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Now here is where things are going to get intense…

This corn. I swear I make “MMMmmmm” noises every time I take a bite. I’ve had my share of grilled corn, but this one is just different! I swear they sprinkle magic (yes that’s right) on them or something, because this corn is incredibly addicting! It has the perfect char from the grill, the right amount of sweetness from the corn, a little spice, and the cojita cheese brings it all together!

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Ahhh…The grilled tacos. I’ve never strayed, and i’ve always gotten the grilled chicken tacos and never once been disappointed. It’s made with corn tortillas, seasoned and grilled chicken, amazing FRIJOLES (beans), salsa, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. I usually skip the cheese and just get a little sour cream since I usually ate my weight in salsa, corn, and spinach juice. Just trying to balance things out…

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My husband get’s something different every time, and this last time he got a grilled shrimp burrito. I know this picture is horrible, but it was either this picture or one of him shoving the burrito in his mouth. I’m assuming he was very pleased :)!

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So if you are ever visiting Las Vegas, or live locally, come try Frijoles!

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I’m hoping to share more of my favorite ‘healthy’ restaurant Las Vegas finds in the near future since I get asked a lot the best places to eat! I might also throw in the best place to find chocolate cake…

I’m sure you won’t mind though right?

 

Just Write. Just Live.

My English teacher¬†in college taught me (more than) one lesson I’ll never forget…

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He said that too often when we write, we are taught to go back and re-read every sentence after we write it. Then we look over every written word, grammar usage, grammatical errors, and eventually we find our selves proof reading ¬†those one to two sentences to the point where we’ve lost our voice. What we really felt like writing, or saying, is now long gone, because we over thought it, and worried to much about the ‘past’, and didn’t just follow our thoughts, hearts and mind.

Just write, he would tell us.

“I don’t care how many grammatical errors you have. Don’t stop. Just write.”

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I’ve never forgotten that professor, except maybe his name…I blame the pregnancies. I remember each time I sat in that tiny classroom in the middle of Idaho, feeling as if the words and thoughts I wanted to express were valuable. And all the rules and guidelines I had learned about writing were somehow, not the main focus any more…

After taking that class, I remember looking at writing differently. Not seeing it as a dreaded horrible ‘project’ that was due by 9:30 the next morning…But an opportunity to express the things that I had been feeling, or had experienced. To somehow share the emotions that had come along side every learned experience.

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And now, again, I look at that lesson even more differently.

I don’t think my professor “so and so” had meant for his lesson to be taken this way, but I have a feeling he would have understood and agreed.

The past 5-6 years of my life have been one hell of a ride. I’ve had ups, downs, nauseating scared shitless moments, and so happy I can barely stand it experiences. Sometimes I wake up and wonder what is going to happen next, and I’m not going to lie…It freaks me out. It’s scary to just start living and enjoying, when I want to go back and make sure every.little.thing is perfect.

How can I move forward when there are so many other things that I could work on to make life…Perfect?

I don’t know if the world was always this way, but it seems more than ever there are so many rules, guidelines, and ‘proper grammar’ things that need to be followed in order to make things be…A+.

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But what’s the definition of having an A+ life? I’m not saying “Screw the Rules!”, drive 150 on the freeway…No No. But what I think I’m trying to say is…

Just write.

Just Live.

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Don’t go back and forth, over and under every nook and corner to make sure life is perfect. Don’t ‘read between the lines’ and dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s. Just write.

Just Live.

Messes will happen, clothes will be dirty, chocolate will be eaten, food will be spilled, and houses will be small and dirty. Don’t obsess over it. Just live.

Move forward. Show love. Express happiness. Live in the moment. AND EAT CHOCOLATE.

Just Write.

Just Live.

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Maybe then, life won’t be a’Project’ that’s due when you wake up Monday morning, but an opportunity to show love and gratitude, feel happiness…and peace.

Tonight as I rocked my one year old to sleep, I started to sing to her this song that my oldest daughter learned at church. After the first verse, Sweet Pea looked up at my and began to sing through her passy that was resting in her mouth. Her sweet little voice sang these words:

“My Life Is A Gift.¬†

My Life Has A Plan.

My Life Has A Purpose, In Heaven It Began….”

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Just Live.

Live this life that is a Gift, and give it Purpose…

Thank You Professor, for you have taught me more valuable lessons in my life than I could ever repay you for…

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Just Write. Just Live.

Favorite Costco Finds

While most 25 year olds spend their money on clothes, makeup, and pedicures I rack up my grocery shopping bill.

I have a hard time saying no to food, like all the time. Most likely if a creeper in a broken down van opened his door to me and said he had a bag of chocolate chips…I’d probably get in the van.

(Note: Don’t really do that.)

Costco is one of those places that I visit weekly, and a lot of times I am emailed about things to buy to stock a healthy pantry. Now, for those that don’t know, Costco sells food and other items in bulk. Like you don’t buy 1 bottle of ketchup, you buy 7. But there are things that I get weekly there because we plow through food in our house so often, that I have to go there to save money. (Yes husband, I said ‘Save Money’).

Here is a list of¬†some of the things I think are worth getting at Costco. Every Costco is different, so you might not find what’s on this list at your local store. I’m sure in a few months I’ll do a part two because Costco likes to sell my favorite things for a little bit, and then all of the sudden..stop.

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Produce:

Living in Las Vegas, produce isn’t as fresh or as cheap as it was in California. And since we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, I tend to buy majority of my produce from Costco. It’s the most cost effective for our family since my girls can eat a whole container of blueberries in two days! Often you can find Organic produce for not much of a price difference for non organic too!

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Frozen Fruit:

We love our smoothies in our house, so frozen fruit is a must! Right now I have a huge bag or Organic dark sweet cherries! I usually buy one bag, and use that up until it’s done and then I’ll switch to another fruit. Again, this has just been the most cost effective for our family too since we use it so much!

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Sabra Single Serving Packets

I’m almost positive these aren’t going to last at Costco because I love them so much! They used to see a HUGE tub of Sabra hummus for $5, and now it’s gone! But it’s ok, because now they switched to these single serving packets! It’s perfect for out families hummus obsession, because I can take one out and eat it as a snack without eating the whole tub. I also put this in my daughters lunch for school!

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Mama Chia Packets

These are so amazing! It’s basically a sweet chia gel in a packet that you can suck right out when you need a little something. Perfect for me or the girls, we both love them!

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Chobani

The girls favorite yogurt, especially the strawberry. Usually this is the most cost effective for us since we eat a lot of it!

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Fruit/Veggie Packets

My one year old is obsessed with the apple sauce packets, so when Costco has them I always buy them because they don’t last long! And most often, they are more expensive in other grocery stores!

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Pure Maple Syrup

This is the syrup I use when cooking, baking, pancake making, etc. It’s 100% pure! Maple syrup is SO expensive, but I’ve noticed I get more for my money at Costco!

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Almond Butter

Almond butter is delicious, especially when you add a little honey and cinnamon to it. This is a great find at costco, especially since it’s all natural with no added sugars! And again, more for your money!

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Almond Butter Packets

These are perfect for lunches or quick snacks! I’m always looking for things like this to make life easier!

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Coach’s Oats

Great brand of oats, and you get a lot for your money!

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Quinoa

I just barely finished my bag  of quinoa from costco that I got MONTHS ago! I keep it in the fridge/freezer so it last long!

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Coconut Oil

$20 for a HUGE thing of coconut oil. If you use it as often as I do, then definitely look into this!

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Quinoa & Brown Rice:

Microwaveable rice that’s perfect and healthy for quick dinners and lunches!

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Chia Seeds

This is similar with the quinoa in that this last forever and I keep it in the fridge until it’s all gone!

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Hemp Seeds

Along the same lines as the Chia seeds! Last forever and more for the money!

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Dairy

I usually  buy my non dairy milks at costco, they have coconut, soy, and almond. (I use a lot during the week.) I also buy eggs there because of the great price!

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Salsa

If costco gets rid of this salsa, I swear I will break up with them! This is the BEST salsa, and it’s gone within the week. I put this crap on everything!

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Fage Greek Yogurt

My favorite favorite yogurt! It’s so thick and creamy, it’s the perfect sub for sour cream and perfect for baking! You get a HUGE tub for like $5!

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7 Superfoods Salad

This salad has kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, etc. I LOVE THIS SALAD! I have this often for lunch with a leftover protein from dinner! It’s seriously the best, even my girls love it! (And my husband!)

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Evolution Apple Juice

Liquid gold my friends. Everybody loves juice, but I’m kind of a snob towards juice that isn’t fresh. It taste SO much better, and this is an example! We fight over this juice in our house, that’s a fact.

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Honey Chia Bread

This is a new find for me, but they give a lot of samples of it with warm melted butter. I’m now addicted! It’s the perfect toast/breakfast bread with a little almond butter, honey, cinnamon, or coconut oil!

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See what I mean…

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Now I will say this…Don’t buy all of this at once. Unless you want to spend $600 at Costco.

What are your favorite things to get at Costco? Did I miss any fun finds? Also, my children were cuddling while I shopped and took pictures for this post. My three year old was tickling my one year old and singing to her…

Costco may be what heaven is like…

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Easter Food 2014

This Easter is more different than any Easter I’ve ever experienced…

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Besides being a year older, living in a different state, and making Easter dinner by myself for our small family…This Easter I’ve grown up. Or, I’ve¬†become¬†more of a grown up. I wouldn’t go too far into saying I’m an adult.

I still call my mom 1..2..3 times a day.

It seems like with every¬†day, month,¬†year comes new challenges, big or small, tragic or simple. With each challenge, we grow. Eventually. Sometimes those challenges send us back farther than we’ve ever been. Sometimes challenges push us to try harder and move forward. Either way. We all experience them.

I spent last weekend in the beautiful state of Virginia. Seriously, there was so much grass I didn’t know how to handle it. (You know..living in a desert and all.) I was there visiting one of my best friends who recently lost her 4 month old baby. A long with me on the trip came two other friends of mine. It was an emotional weekend, but filled with so much love.

A few days after returning home from my trip (which convinced me I’ll never fly again after being stuck in Denver for 10 hours…), my husband and I found out that a family member had just lost their 20 month old baby. My heart sunk, and seriously…I don’t think It’s going to feel back to normal ever again.

Ever since then, I’ve just wanted to sit and hold my babies. I’ve been letting the little things go that are insignificant, and honestly have taken up wasted time. I wanted to share this with you guys because I know that many of you, if not every one of us, is struggling with some type of challenge in our life. I know that it’s hard to move forward when times are difficult. I know that it’s a struggle to grow from these challenges.

But I also feel that eventually we will move forward and we will grow.

I’ve become even more grateful for my knowledge that families are forever, and that we will see our loved ones again. I am overwhelmed with the knowledge that my Savior and Heavenly Father love us, and feel our pain. I am grateful for the knowledge of prayer, and I know that it works. And each prayer said on behalf of others truly brings comfort.

This Easter I am going to try my best to really Love One Another. I’m going to Choose Happiness. And I’m going to be grateful for what I have now, and not focus on what I wish life could be like if this or that was happening.

Hug you loved ones for me! And Happy Monday, and I’m so grateful for each one of you!!

Starting A Healthy Lifestyle // Step 4 // Eat Cookies, Take a Nap-Plus-Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Cookies

Hello Friends!

Today is the LAST and final Step for the series:

To catch up on the previous Steps, check out the following links:

Where Do I Begin // A Healthier New You // A Happier New Year!

Step 1 // Start Small // Be Consistent

Step 2 // Fall In Love with Exercising

Step 3 // Be Prepared

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Step 4 is titled:

Eat Cookies, Take A Nap

I’m going to keep this short and sweet…Stop Dieting.

The reason that I’ve been so successful in living a healthy lifestyle is because I’m made health a LIFESTYLE…Not a diet. I’ve done the non fat, fat free, no calories, low calories, sugar free, no carbs, bla bla stuff, and YES, you can loose weight this way. But seriously…Who wants to count calories the rest of their entire life?!?

Who wants to turn down a cookie every once in a while because it will over exceed your calorie limit for the day? Not I. Definitely not I! (Let’s point out I’m not saying everybody should take their bras off, grab a gallon of ice cream and go to town on a nightly basis…)

The thing that keeps living a healthy lifestyle do-able is that you allow your self to LIVE, Enjoy, Breath, and be Happy. Trust me…Happy people eat cookies.

 

80% of the time I eat really fresh wholesome foods, and the other 20% is foods that aren’t ¬†‘the healthiest’. Some days it’s 50/50. And when it’s that time of month well it’s… 0%/100%…

The point I’m trying to make is that if you are doing your best to eat wholesome foods on a daily basis, and you are exercising regularly, then eat a cookie every so often! Live a little.. ūüôā

Now…How about a cookie recipe? It’s about time I posted a recipe on here right??

 

I’ve always loved healthier cookies, especially these! Perfect to cure those sweet cravings when you don’t feel like FULLY indulging :). Also, for those with kiddos, they are a much better choice than chips or candy to satisfy their taste buds! These cookies have oats, dark chocolate, raisins, coconut oil & ¬†natural sugar! They are a chewy, but crumbly and delicious all at the same time!

Enjoy!


4.3 from 3 reviews
Chewy & Crumbly Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c. oats*
  • 1 c. Oat Flour-from ground oats-May sub another flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. coconut oil, softened at room temp
  • ½ c. coconut sugar, can sub brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp**
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • (1-2 TB. milk if dough seems too dry)
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ c. dark chocolate chopped
  • *Can sub gluten Free Oats*
  • **Can use 2 flax eggs**
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 325.
  2. In a medium bowl add the dry ingredients; flour, oats, spices, and baking soda. (The flour is made by grounding 1 c. of oats in a food processor until it turns into flour. If you don't have a food processor or blender feel free to sub another flour, 1c.) Whisk the dry ingredients, and then set aside.
  3. In a mixer, beat together on low/med speed, oil and sugar for about 2-3 minutes. Next beat in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat until just combined, do not overmix! (If the mixture seems to dry, add a few TB. of milk)
  5. Fold in the raisins and chocolate.
  6. Scoop cookies using an ice cream scoop onto a prepared baking sheet. Flatten cookies on top a little bit using your fingers.
  7. Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove carefully from pan immediately with a a flat spatula, and place cookies on a cooling rack to cool and harden.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. From the Diva Dish, xo

 

THANK YOU so much for allowing me to take time to post all about Starting to Live a Healthy Lifestyle! I’m always here if you need any tips, recipes, advice, etc.!

I have some great things planned for The Diva Dish this year, can’t wait for all the things to come!