Healthy Almond Joy Protein Bars

Your favorite candy bar flavors, wrapped up in a bar that’s full of nutrients. Now that’s a win! These Healthy Almond Joy Protein Bars are absolutely out of this world and don’t taste healthy at all!

Healthy Almond Joy Protein Bars - Your favorite candy bar flavors, wrapped up in a bar that's full of nutrients. Now that's a win! #healthy #protein #snack

As I was struggling to edit these pictures last night, a little voice in my head was reminding me that I do not have to perfect. This is, by far, not a very good set of photos. It’s been overcast most days this week. I was trying to play with the manual settings on my camera instead of letting it do all the work. And let’s just say the results were far from optimal. I almost didn’t post because of that. But then I had another taste of these healthy almond joy-esque bars, and there’s no way I could deprive you of these treats! It would be rude of me. [Read more...]

What Motivates You to Donate to a Good Cause

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Good Scout.
What Motivates You to Donate to a Good Cause?

So I have a problem. It’s a silly problem, but still, it is a problem. I am too compassionate. That’s right. I care too much. To a fault. I internalize just about every sad and heart-breaking story that hits the news. I picture my own family suffering whatever hardship is happening to another family. When there is a tragedy involving children, I immediately think of my own son. I know that’s a normal mama thing, but really – it’s these intense feelings that put me in a situation where I’m wanting to donate to every little cause out there. If it makes me teary, you can bet I’m feeling tempted to help in whatever way I can. But of course, I cannot give to every single organization, as much as I may want to. [Read more...]

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes

If you’re looking to try and make your mornings healthy, these deliciously fluffy Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes are where you should start!

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes. If you're looking to try and make your mornings healthy, these deliciously fluffy pancakes are where you should start! #healthy #pancakes #breakfast

Conversation with my seven-year-old son after school on Monday –
Xander: I have to go to bed early tonight.
Me: That sounds like a good plan, but why?
Xander: Because we have tests this week and the rules are that we go to sleep early and eat a good breakfast in the morning.
Me: Those are good rules, and I think we can do that. Any ideas on what [Read more...]

3-Ingredient Skinny Margaritas

It is so easy to get carried away and have all your drink calories add up way too fast. With this super easy, super skinny margarita, you have nothing to worry about!

3 Ingredient Skinny Margaritas - The easiest margarita you'll ever taste - under 70 calories!! #skinny #margarita #alcohol

I haven’t posted a cocktail on here in a long time! To be honest, my wife is the drink-master in our home, so the well has been pretty dry over here. Well, unless you count my nightly glass of wine. But as for anything mixed that requires me to measure anything out. Nope, not a lot has been happening in that department for the last 4 months. But with Cinco de Mayo early next week, I thought I’d whip up one festive beverage that I knew I could make with no problem.

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Easy Weeknight Vegetarian Stroganoff

Looking for a meal that will come together in just minutes, only requires a few ingredients, and your family will gobble up? This Vegetarian Stroganoff is the shortcut you are looking for on a busy weeknight!

Easy Weeknight Stroganoff. This vegetarian twist on your classic stroganoff pasta dish comes together in just a few minutes and is loved by the whole family! #vegetarian #easydinner #pasta

One of my son’s absolute favorite dinners at home is “mushroom pasta.” Every week when I’m planning meals out, I ask him is there’s anything he would like to have that week, and without fail, he gets all big-eyed and excited. “Oh! You know what I want. You know, that mushroom pasta?!”

Yes dear, the mushroom stroganoff that I’ve been making for years, that you just love, that also seems to take a billion years to make because I make my mushroom gravy from scratch. Yup, I know the one. The kid loves it, but when it takes so long to make, I just don’t have the time to slave over [Read more...]

Where I Turn for Motivation When I’m Achieving Goals

Do you find it easy to get side-tracked  when you're working toward something and lose sight of your goals? Come find out where I Turn For Motivation When I'm Achieving Goals. #motivation #selfhelp #gethealthy

Often, I’m getting asked where I find my motivation when it comes to achieving goals. I have so much stress and battle with chronic depression that sometimes it can be difficult to find the motivation that I need in order to reach the goals I have made for myself. Because I know this about myself, I wanted to take charge of the situation and be sure that I had a place that I could turn to that would be sure to keep me focused and motivated. [Read more...]

Giveaway: iPad Mini


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I am so excited for today! A bunch of my blogging friends got together to make this giveaway happen just because. With the Spring weather, I know a lot of us are getting out of the house these days. But at the same time, we still want to be able to stay connected, especially to read your favorite blogs, right?! We are dying to share more fabulous recipes, crafts, activities, ideas, and motivation with you, and we thought giving you an iPad Mini would make it a little easier to stay connected. [Read more...]

Savory Egg Scramble Stuffed Waffles

This is not your average waffle, my friends. These Savory Egg-Scramble Stuffed Waffles are completely packed to make it a complete breakfast for your next breakfast get together.

Savory Egg-Scramble Stuffed Waffles - These are a million times better than your average breakfast waffle. They're packed full of a complete breakfast! #breakfast #savory

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but the majority of the recipes you see here are the product of my wife’s very creative and inventive mind. Or at the very least, the recipes I’ve thought up have been run by her so we can discuss the probability of them working out or how to make them better. While she’s been away for military the last few months, I have had many dry spells trying to come up with recipes that are creative and that I think will actually work out. A few of my very own creations are the German Chocolate Cake Pockets, or my Healthy Cheesecake Bites in a Quinoa Crust, and then today’s recipe.  [Read more...]

How to Get in Touch with a Quality Nutritionist without Leaving Your Home

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well.

How to Get in Touch with a Nutritionist without Leaving Your House -

So it’s spring time, and you know what that means, right? More than likely, you are kind of freaking out about getting in shape for the warmer summer months. You’re hitting the gym. You’re biking the trails. You’re doing leg-lifts at your desk. All the little things that add up. But what about the food part?

If there was anything I could add to my life-experiences in order to help you get to optimum health, it would be to have a nutrition background [Read more...]

Healthy Carrot Raisin Muffins

These little morsels of nutrition are going to fill you right up with all the good grains they hold. Carrot Raisin Muffins may sound like someone only a health-nut would eat, but I assure you, my 7 year old candy-lovin-kiddo just gobbled them right up with no complaints!

Carrot Raisin Muffins may sound like someone only a health-nut would eat, but I assure you, candy-lovin-kiddo just gobbled them right up with no complaints! -

You know what I realized with this photo shoot? Healthy foods, especially healthy muffins, are not always the most photogenic of objects. I mean, I’d much rather be photographing a beautiful pale muffin with a golden top, maybe with some drippy glaze pouring over the sides.

Hum… now I’m hungry for [Read more...]