With the new year comes new goals for a lot of people. Some people call them resolutions, but for me, resolutions are things people stop doing and goals are things people tend to work towards. Each year I set goals for myself for the coming year. Sometimes I make them, sometimes I decide they aren’t really things I want to pursue and sometimes they get carried on to the next year. Being healthy and active is something that has become more and more important to me as I have gotten older. As I am considering my goals for the next year, I thought I would bring you 15 Tips for a Healthy Active Life. Some of my tips might seem really basic to you, but hopefully they will all help someone. I think we all want to live healthy lives and being active is a huge step toward that goal.
I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine alone. Some links are affiliate links.
If you want to be healthier, but need Help with Green Smoothies, then you’ve got to check out this new book that I’m now using DAILY! I never thought I’d be enjoying delicious, healthy smoothies in my normal routine, but I’m thrilled at the difference this change has made for me!
I love smoothies – like L-O-V-E them! But….I kinda suck at making them really delicious and healthy on my own. I was eager to make a lifestyle change though, because my health could really use a kickstart int he right direction – wouldn’t hurt to loose some of this extra weight, either! I jumped at the chance to try out the new book Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard & Jadah Sellner, but never knew it’d make such an impact!
Guys, there’s over 100 tasty recipes in this beautiful book! I struggle to make a single tasty smoothie, and they’ve got a cool hundred plus. Getting started, for me, was the hardest part – I wanted a real change in my health and diet, but a realistic one. These gals are genius because they included a 10-day Kickstart. It’s like they KNEW I’d be totally lost at the beginning!
Not only do they have stunning photos (I mean, who’s talented enough to take that many green smoothies and give you dozens upon dozens of different, gorgeous, mouth-watering photos? These girls, that’s who!) but they also include inspirational quotes, useful ‘Did You Know’ tips, and other cool info to help you be a “Rawkstar”.
Jen and Jadah claim that these are ‘Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Feel Great in Your Body’ – well guess what? I believe them 100%! I’ve been doing the kickstart plan about a week….and today was the first day I missed. No green smoothie for me today 🙁 I didn’t think it was a big deal earlier in the day, but it actually hit me HARD later on. I could tell the difference! Low energy, not focusing as well – it was kinda weird and like ‘oh, well, these ladies know their stuff after all!’ I’ll be heck-bent if I miss another day again, that’s for sure.
If you’re worried about taste or texture, don’t – yes, there’s some recipes that are yummier than others (the one called Beginner’s Luck is my FAVORITE) and yes some don’t have as smooth of a texture as I personally would prefer – I didn’t struggle with them like I thought I would. I love that they’re EASY, too! They explain exactly what to blend first, give tips on frozen vs. fresh, swaps for when you’re really in a hurry, and break down the 10-day shopping list perfectly.
It only took a WEEK to get me converted to a ‘rawkstar’ and I can’t wait to see the difference this small, simple change to my daily habit will make down the road! More energy? Yes, please! Weight loss? Can’t wait! Maybe I’ll be running marathons like Jen or back into my ‘honeymoon jeans’ like Jadah by the end of 2016!
Grab your copy of Simple Green Smoothies now for a healthy, easy & DELISH change!
This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are mine alone. #BecauseMoment #IC
Life’s tough. There, I said it! Whether it’s dumpking sugar all over the floor, doing the school rush TWICE because a lunchbox was left behind, or dropping a basket of clean laundry on a muddy spot on the floor – let Massage Envy help you manage Your Because Moment!
I’ve heard so many people say ‘I can’t get a massage, no time for a luxury like that’. Oh, hun, it’s not a luxury! Sure, it’s a fabulous, wonderful hour or two where the focus is on YOU for a change, but it’s not pampering – it’s an integral part of everyone’s wellness journey. Think of how much we do each day, and how much we focus on everyone else’s happiness and well-being. It’s time your own aches, pain and stress is taken care of – and Massage Envy can help!
Think about it this way – you take your car in for a tune-up, right? Our bodies work plenty hard, too, and need one even more badly, but too often we don’t take the time. This realization hit me this past year, and it’s made a world of difference!
I have a membership to Massage Envy – gifted to me by my wonderful Sis-in-Law because she could see how desperately I needed to unwind, refresh, and get a better handle on my daily life. Going in every month has been wonderful! As luxurious as it feels, it’s helped me with a lot of my bodies aches – lifting and chasing kids all day, loads of never-ending laundry, plus never getting enough sleep leaves me in major need of a refresh!
Want to know some of my biggest ‘Because Moments’?
- Because 4 Kids
- Because Crafts & DIY
- Because Running Errands
- Because Traffic
- Because Laundry
- Because 2 BIG Dogs
…and my latest: BECAUSE MOVING! Yes, these are just some of my Because Moments that make me realize the importance of taking time for myself and remembering total body care. And as a leader in providing accessible massage and skin care services, Massage Envy is there to help me AND you manage this thing we call living.
What’s YOUR Because Moment?
I’m a list person. It’s how I keep my sanity. 🙂 I loved making this list of 20 Alternatives to TV for Kids!
Happy Thanksgiving from Riggstown Road, moms! I’m Lynn, and I love coming over to BMH to share some ideas with you, like these things your kids can do when they think there is nothing to do. I’m sure that, like me, you count your children at the top of your list when you count your blessings. I also know that life with kids can get pretty chaotic…like those times when your children insist they have absolutely nothing to do (moping and whining notwithstanding) while YOU are busy with so much to do! TV is such an easy and oh-so-convenient time-filler, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some alternatives to TV to fall back on?
But it’s hard for you to think of suggestions when you have the baby on your hip and dinner on the stove. I have learned (the hard way) that right in the middle of a thing is not the best time to come up with a plan. It’s best to be prepared ahead of time. So, keep these ideas handy and whenever you think of a new one, add it to the list!
ALTERNATIVES to TV for KIDS:
- Do some memory work. (Learn a scripture, a poem, or those pesky times tables.)
- Use flash cards to quiz a sibling.
- Radio dramas/ Audio books. (These are amazing. You can purchase cd’s or listen online.)
- Extra chores that we don’t get to every day (um, week.) (I have a list for that!)
- Do a fun creative writing assignment.
- Use craft supplies to make something fun. (Keep a craft bucket filled with kid-friendly supplies.)
- Go on a scavenger hunt in the yard.
- Speaking of the yard, Play Outside!
- Help a neighbor.
- Play a board game.
- Read. (Be prepared to tell me about it!)
- Dump out the toy box and rediscover things.
- Help mom in the kitchen.
- Play a board game.
- Help dad by raking leaves.
- Jump into newly raked pile of leaves and start over.
- Clean out the car. (You get to keep all the change you find!)
- Draw and/or color. (Buying fresh, new coloring books now & then is a worthy investment.)
- Build with Legos or Lincoln Logs. (Make it a competition!)
- Research something you’re interested in, and report on it at dinner.
Now, obviously, some of these activities sound like more fun than others. I usually start by suggesting the most appealing things first. If the whining continues, I suggest (or require) the more academic or chore-like activities. It’s a “complain at your own risk” sort of deal. 🙂 Also, those times when there seems to be a surplus of time are the perfect opportunity to get some of those neglected or forgotten things done.
Even though I limited this list to 20 to keep the post from being too long, there really are endless possibilities. I would love to hear some of your ideas, so I can add them to my list!
(And…check out this post for another sanity-saving idea for moms.)
Hello, and Happy Weekend! This is Stephanie from Steph in Thyme, and today I’m sharing another recipe for healthy homemade veggie chips. Subtly sweet but also savory, these Cinnamon Parsnip Chips are a healthy gluten-free grab-and-go snack.
Last week, I shared a recipe for Truffle and Garlic Kale Chips. So easy, tasty, and healthy, homemade veggie chips are a refreshing take on everyday snacking.
Start by peeling a large parsnip and then using a mandoline slicer to thinly slice a little larger than paper thin. Using a mandoline slices ensures that the slices are thin and even. It’s also super quick to slice with this handy kitchen tool, much easier than slicing by hand!. And when sliced super thin, they get all curly and pretty.
Arrange the parsnip chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Lightly spray the chips with non-stick cooking spray, then sprinkle with a light dusting of cinnamon. To dust lightly, hold the ground cinnamon container up high – I mean a good foot to foot and a half above the baking chips. Lightly tap your finger on the bottle to shake out just a bit of ground cinnamon. A light dusting is all you need.
Flip the chips and repeat so both sides are coated.
Bake until light, dry and crispy…and voila!
The parsnip has that light earthy flavor of a root vegetable, with just a hint of subtle sweetness. The dusting of cinnamon seasons them to spiced perfection for fall.
Pair with your favorite dip, or munch on plain. Store in an airtight container to keep the chips fresh if you don’t eat them all right away.
Cinnamon Parsnip Chips
- 1 large parsnip peeled and sliced paper thin
- canola or olive oil cooking spray
- dusting of cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 275 F. Line 2-3 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Peel the parsnip and trim the tough ends. Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife, slice the parsnip into paper thin chips.
- Arrange the chips in a single layer on the baking sheets. Spray lightly with canola or olive oil cooking spray. Lightly dust with cinnamon. Flip chips and repeat.
- Bake chips, one baking sheet at a time, for 25-35 minutes or until dry and crispy. Flip halfway through.
- Remove from oven and scoop chips into a large bowl. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container for 2-5 days.
Hello! This is Stephanie from Steph in Thyme, and today I’m sharing a healthy snack recipe with a simple, yet gourmet twist. These Truffle & Garlic Kale Chips are super easy to prepare but rich with flavor. Pour a big bowl, they’ll go fast!
One of my favorite ways to eat kale is baked into chips. Crispy, light as air, and much healthier than your corn or potato-based chips.
The curly variety of kale with its tight leafy folds creates delicious chips full of texture and crunch.
Simply slice away the stems and tough inner ribs of the kale and tear the leaves into a little larger than bite-sized pieces (they’ll shrink down as they cook). Add the kale pieces to a large mixing bowl and drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over top.
Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale. And I mean really massage the kale – it sounds odd, but use your whole hand and pretend you’re giving someone a shoulder rub. This motion thoroughly coats the kale pieces with the oil all the way into the curly crevices.
Finish the kale chips with a dusting of garlic powder and sprinkle of black truffle salt.
This salt is one of my favorite ingredients. A little container seems expensive, but that little container goes a long way. Just a hint of truffle salt adds such a huge flavor boost to a wide array of foods. Popcorn, roasted vegetables, soup, mac & cheese. So many possibilities. Even if you use the salt often (like me), you won’t run out of it quickly because you only use a teensy bit at a time.
I bought my truffle salt at a boutique olive oil store in Saratoga Springs, but specialty stores like Sur La Table sell truffle salt. You can also purchase it on Amazon. I highly recommend – it is DIVINE.
Once the kale chips are oiled and seasoned, arrange the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Bake at a low heat, 250 F, for 25-30 minutes until the chips are dried out and crispy, but not browned.
Enjoy the chips right away, or store in an air-tight container to munch on later.
These chips are addicting, so full of crispy crunch. Light as air, melting in your mouth. The flavors of garlic and truffle are rich but not overpowering, cultivating a craving that urges your hand to reach for more.
I bet you can’t eat just one…but unlike potato chips, you won’t have the guilt if you eat the whole bag!
Truffle & Garlic Kale Chips
- 4 cups curly kale stems and ribs removed, cut into larger than bite-sized pieces
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black truffle salt plus additional for garnish
- Preheat oven to 250 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Place the trimmed kale pieces in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the kale then massage with your hands until pieces are completely coated.
- Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over the kale and toss lightly to coat.
- Arrange the kale pieces in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the kale pieces have dried out and are crispy, but not browned.
- Remove baking sheet from the oven and pour kale chips into a serving bowl. Sprinkle additional truffle salt on top, if desired.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
Hello! This is Stephanie from Steph in Thyme, and today I’m sharing a recipe for a hearty slaw perfect for fall. Loaded with kale, purple cabbage, carrots and tossed in a tangy shallot vinaigrette, this easy Kale, Cabbage, and Carrot Fall Slaw is a nutrient dense and colorful side dish.
Just because fall is here doesn’t mean we have to bid adieu to slaw. One of my favorite fall/winter variations embraces deep colors and flavors of seasonal vegetables – curly kale, carrots, and purple cabbage.
To save time and whip up this side dish quickly, I turn to my food processor to finely chop all the ingredients. A few pulses does the trick to evenly chop the vegetables while also leaving enough texture so the slaw isn’t mushy.
I have found that one bunch of curly kale, one small head of purple cabbage, and 4-6 medium carrots are a good ratio of both color and flavor. Of course, you can tweak the ratios per your taste preference and according to the size veggies you purchase.
The shallot vinaigrette is light and tangy, adding a zippy flavor to the deep and earthy flavors of the vegetables.
1/3 cup of olive oil seems like a lot, but this is a dense salad. 1/3 cup stretches the vinaigrette enough to completely coat the ingredients without drowning them.
I chill this slaw in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving to allow all the flavors to meld. This slaw is tasty as a side to pretty much anything and is even delicious added to salads for additional texture and flavor.
Kale, Cabbage, and Carrot Fall Slaw
For the slaw
- 1 bunch curly kale ribs removed, finely chopped
- 1 small head purple cabbage core removed, finely chopped
- 4-6 medium carrots peeled and finely chopped
For the dressing
- 1 shallot minced
- 2 tsp gluten-free dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse the kale and shake/pat dry or dry using a salad spinner. Remove the tough inner ribs. Working in batches, pulse a few times in a food processor until finely chopped (not minced into super tiny pieces, enough to have texture). Pour the chopped kale into a large bowl.
- Remove the tough outer leaves of the head of cabbage. Slice in half and trim away the white, tough inner core. Slice into chunks and load into a food processor, working in batches depending on the size of your food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add chopped cabbage to the bowl of kale.
- Peel the carrots and trim the ends. Slice into 1" pieces and pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the carrots to the bowl of cabbage and kale.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the minced shallots and dijon mustard. Add the red wine vinegar and whisk to combine. Very slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking vigorously as you do so, to emulsify the vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over the slaw.
- Toss slaw and dressing until combined and well coated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to allow all the flavors to meld. Toss and adjust salt and pepper seasoning before serving.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on some of your favorite granola bars? Scary right? I love granola bars but I wanted some that I knew exactly what was in them so, here are some Homemade Granola Bars that are simple, cheap, and delicious for you or your kiddos for an afternoon snack or whenever.
M&M Granola Bars
- 2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup rice krispies
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
- ½ cup M&M minis
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup coconut oil, (can use half butter half coconut oil or one or the other)
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper then spray with cooking spray. (also spray the pan first and it will help the parchment paper stick easier so it’s easier to put the granola in.)
- Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the wet. Mix until fully combined.
- Press into your baking dish and bake for 18 minutes.
- Let cool and cut them into bars or squares!
Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- 4 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cups mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray
- Mix the honey and coconut oil together then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
- Press into pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, just till they’re slightly brown on the edges or if you like them crisp then let them brown even more.
- Let cool and cut into bars or squares.
Protein Granola Bars
- 4 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate protein powder (or vanilla)
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Mix the honey and coconut oil together then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
- Press into pan and bake for 15-20 minutes just till they’re slightly brown on the edges.
- Let cool and drizzle with chocolate, I chose white chocolate. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy!
These recipes are easily customizable with different add ins like m&ms, chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit, drizzle with chocolate, or just plain.
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This post is sponsored by Banana Boat®, but all opinions and experiences are my own. #BBBestSummerEver
Here in Texas we’ve been dealing with weeks of rainstorms, clouds, flooding and no sunshine. What a way to kick off summer vacation, right?! The sun FINALLY broke through and we’re hitting those 90 degree temperatures that we’ve come to expect in June. We have so many fun plans this summer, but the first one the kids were begging for was hitting the pool – of course! Guess we’re just jumping headfirst into Summer Fun and Safety! AKA: Why I’m the Sunburn Police.
As the end of school was drawing to a close, we made sure we were thoroughly stocked up on all the essentials for a fabulous summer: swim clothes, sunglasses, first aid kits, new vehicle tires, and sun protection. We still let our boys use floaties when we go swimming, unless it’s during lessons or one-on-one time with each so we can keep them safe. Summer should be filled with lots of playing and fun, not danger!
Before I tell you how I ensure I protect my kiddos, I should give you some background on WHY I’m the sunburn police – and not ashamed of it! Growing up I always loved laying out to ‘tan’, then in college thought it was fun to occasionally visit the tanning salon. Everyone loves that summer glow, after all! Then my mom was diagnosed with skin cancer.
What’s scary is that we almost didn’t catch it at all! Her hair dresser had seen a weird spot on my mom’s scalp awhile back, then as she went back for regular hair cuts she noticed that it was changing. After ‘watching’ it a couple years my mom went in to have it check and, sure enough, it was cancer. Luckily it was caught at that one spot – and it turned out to be basil cell carcinoma. To remove it she had a LARGE patch of her scalp removed – I’m definitely not getting in to details, but the experience was awful and painful for her! She was never the sun-tanning type, but from the exposure to sun over the years, and several sunburns, she got skin cancer. THAT’S why I protect my kids almost religiously with protection from the sun’s rays!
We’ve prepared ourselves with things to help prevent the boys from drowning, so doesn’t it make sense we pay as close attention to protecting their skin? Here’s our regimen that the kiddos learn as normal for our summer pool trips:
- Since our pool is only down the street, we apply the sunscreen at home before we head out. Did you know you should use 1 oz. of sunscreen every 2 hours? So we apply our 1 oz. each, helping each other with overlooked places like scalp lines (the parts in the hair where skin shows), and especially our shoulders, backs and faces. Even though their legs will be in the water most of the time, we still apply there because they can still get burnt.
- Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outside, so we finish packing up our towels, floaties, and sunscreen to reapply if we’re going to be there very long, then head over to the pool. If we’re too quick and still need time in that 30 minutes from applying the sunscreen, they wait in the shade 🙂
So yes, I’m SUPER strict when it comes to sun safety. I have some friends that go tanning regularly, and that’s completely their choice. I’m simply choosing to play it safer (and more white – sorry if I blind you at the pool!) especially for my kids. They’ve learned that this isn’t optional, and I’ve explained how it helps protect them, so we rarely get any complaints when it’s time to apply – it’s just ‘what we do’!
I love Banana Boat® products because they don’t hurt my kiddos eyes if it runs (or when they rub their arms over their eyes…which they ALWAYS do). With a variety of products, you know you can get things specific to your needs – such as babies or kids, or the Sport like hubby and I use.
Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – to provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the entire family. I can rest easy knowing that they’re protected! Like I said, we have a LOT of plans this summer outside, and I don’t want it interrupted because I didn’t prepare well – so kick off the summer GREAT with a little prep now, for lots of uninterrupted fun later!
What are YOUR fun outdoor plans this summer?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.
Okay y’all, I’m a HUGE Disney fan and go crazy over pretty much any event involving Disney – but I had NO IDEA they did themed marathon events! I mean, seriously, how fun would that be?! When I learned about the runDisney Avengers Half Marathon Weekend, it was all I could do to prevent myself from registering right that second!
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At first I’m like ‘oh dang, wish the kids were old enough for this’…..and then I read more and they even have Kids Races (including a Diaper Dash….really, they include EVERYONE)! I can just picture my kiddos in their Avenger costumes racing, being cheered on by their heros. It’d be such an amazing memory for them!
It’s being held November 13th-15th, 2015 at the Disneyland Resort in California. You can choose from a Marathon, Half Marathon, Captain America 10k, the Infinity Gauntlet (combine the Half Marathon with the 10k), a Superhero 5k and the kids races. Need to fuel up the night before? Check out their Pasta Party!
Since we already have a Disneyland trip planned just the month before, our family has to miss out this time around – but it’s definitely on our list for the future (hopefully the NEAR future!). I’ve already been brainstorming ideas on running-friendly costume ideas! The kids would be so star-struck meeting the Avengers ‘in person’.
Although Hubby and I may act even more like ‘fan girls’ (or boy, in hubby’s case) than even the kids!
For more event details and to register, head over HERE. After that, be sure to swing by Get Away Today to help book your hotel, theme park tickets and more to make it an unforgettable trip! Don’t forget to use Promo Code: BusyMomsHelper $10 off your vacation package. Buy yourself a couple extra Dole Whips or Churros!
I totally want a trophy case full of Disney marathon (well, HALF marathon) medals in my life! Guess this is totally motivating me to get healthy 🙂
How would YOU dress up for this event?
Other Disney fun…
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #HelloSummerFun
It’s been raining like crazy here in Texas, but we’re finally seeing lots of sunshine and feeling the heat! The kiddos have been begging to hit the pool – so why not kick off the season with a fun pool party? And what’s a pool party without some healthy summer snacks? We whipped up a bunch of these Homemade Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles, and the kids (and adults) loved them!
Since popsicles take a bit to freeze, we took care of getting them in the molds and popping them in the freezer first!
- Fresh fruit of choice (strawberries, mango, banana, oranges, watermelon, etc.)
- Yogurt of choice (we prefer vanilla)
You’ll also need a blender and popsicle molds or ice trays.
- Take turns blending each type of fruit with some of the yogurt, then place in a container while you do another fruit type!
- Once you’ve got all of your fruits, take turns scooping or pouring them into the molds. Create fun colored rows by mixing them up! Combine the flavors for something new and fun.
- Pop them in the freezer and let them get solid!
Once we were done with our popsicle prep, we made sure to get all our gear in order! Since my kids seemed to shoot up like beanstalks over the past year, we needed to grab some new swim stuff before we could enjoy our pool time!
Of course I knew to swing by OshKosh B’Gosh to get everything we needed, and was thrilled to find everything at such great prices – with four kids, outfitting them for summer can really add up! You can find one nearby you using their Store Locator.
And guess what? They have a coupon so you can save even more money! Woot woot!
We got the kids their swimsuits (tops AND bottoms, since I worry about the boys’ backs in the summer sun), hats, sunglasses, and even some cover ups!
I love the super bright colors OshKosh has, and the range of products in sizes 0-12 for both boys and girls! The boys think they’re great, and I love that it makes them easier to spot when we’re at the pool. You can tell what their favorite colors are by their suit choices – orange and green for the twins, and blue for my girl! Since the twins have hand-me-down suits to pass on to our youngest, we just got him a hat and sunglasses.
Once our fruit popsicles were ready, they pulled on their new tanks from OshKosh so we could enjoy the frozen treat!
They seriously LOVED the flavors of these, and I loved that it was a healthy snack option for them! Plus they look colorful and summery with all the stripes of fruity colors!
I was a little surprised when most of them chose banana as their favorite of the flavors. I thought the strawberry was the best – but all around they were so sweet, tangy and refreshing all at the same time!
What fruits would YOU like to try in a healthy homemade popsicle?
These Blueberry Oat Muffins by Juggling Act Mama for Busy Mom’s Helper are loaded with fresh sweet blueberries, hearty oats and a few chopped walnuts.
I don’t know about your house, but at mine mornings are a whir of activity. The kids seem to have turned into turtles overnight, moving as slowly as possible. Despite my constant coaxing, we’re nearly always running out the door with me saying ‘ComeOnWeAreGoingToBeLate’ with a muffin or granola bar half in my mouth! Having something quick and easy, but healthy and filling that we can grab as we hustle around in the morning is our saving grace sometimes.
These blueberry oat muffins fit the bill perfectly. Last summer, we picked so many blueberries, that I froze them in gallon-size bags. Now I just thaw the berries and in no time I can whip up a batch of these on the weekend. They make great in-between meal snacks, too. These will keep in the fridge for about a week, if they last that long!
Blueberry Oat Muffins
- 1-3/4 cups quick cooking oats uncooked, divided
- 2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ optional
- 1 tablespoon milled flax seed optional
- 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
- 1 cup milk
- 2 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon applesauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Spread the oats and nuts on a baking sheets and toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes to bring out the flavors.
- Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites. Add the applesauce, canola oil, lemon zest, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Once you are done toasting the oats and nuts, set the walnuts and 1/4 cup of the oats aside for the topping.
- Preheat the oven to 400-degrees and prepare a muffin pan with paper liners or coat with cooking spray.
- To the mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, milled flax seed, wheat germ, salt and the rest of the oats. Stir to combine.
- Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups, taking care not to fill more than 3/4 of the cup. Top with the remaining oat and walnut mixed.
- Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow to cool in the pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Turn the muffins out onto the rack and serve warm.
You can also double the recipe and make a big batch to freeze. After they cool completely, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then slide them into a gallon-size freezer bag. They’ll keep for a couple weeks in there and are great to have on hand. To thaw, just remove them from the freezer bag and set the individual muffins in the refrigerator overnight.
Love Homemade Muffins?
Try one of these other delicious recipes from Juggling Act Mama: