Archive | March 2013

Trying to go “granola”

Hola Everyone! Jenn here.

So sorry it’s been awhile, I have just struggled finding time to write a post.

A while back I wrote a post about trying to “go granola” or as I like to call it “eating what God gives” and I said I would share some ups and downs of this change in my life.

It has not been easy, I love junk food and soda…..as I write this I just finished a Bojangles Bo Berry biscuit and a Mtn Dew…..I am a work in progress.

This is not the first time I have tried to do this, it is probably the third or forth. I have learned from the past that when I go all or nothing and have no sweets, that I do good for about 2-3 days then I pig out on tons of things that are very bad for me. So this time I am taking it slow and still allowing myself a few guilty pleasures….I mean come on man….I am attempting this when there are peeps staring at me in every store I go in 🙂

My first step is to start having “treats” in moderation. Soooo I say no to cake, I say no to moon pies(I know that is sacrilege right!), I say no to cupcakes….this is not full proof, but it is a really good start and has helped me really cut back. Seriously people, I could go all day and only eat junk food and drink soda.

I also have a weakness for the candy and soda that is in the checkout lines at the grocery store and Wal-Mart. To combat this I try to always pack a waterbottle and a snack (one that i am going to share with you later or a piece of fruit). And if you are like me you little one goes everywhere with you, so I also pack for her. For me personally, this helps resist the candy and soda in the checkout lines, and when my little one asks for something I just give her what I packed. This saves money and saves from eating something so unhealthy for you. Double win :).

I then try to have healthy options on hand at home. It is much easier to grab something healthy when it is a,ready made and portioned out ahead of time. I have 3 snacks I wanted to share with you, they are some favorite snacks of mine that help me combat reaching for a flaming hot doughnut or some sort of other sweet treat. And the best part is they are almost completely all natural ingredients!

The first is so simple! I came up with it so it doesn’t have a name, but I guess it is similar to a trail mix.
-Honey Nut or Regular Cheerios (mine are from the organic section, so made from all natural ingredients)
-Organic Raisins
-Peanuts with as little salt as I can find on them
I do not have exact measurements, you can add as lIttle or as much of each ingredient, depending on what you like more flavor of. I tend to add more raisins, so it is sweeter. I just put them in a bowl, put on the lid, and shake it up to mix them all together. This makes such an awesome snack that is a great blend of sweet and salty and crunchy.

20130326-080036.jpg

20130325-110803.jpg

The next one I found on Pinterest and it is called a “No Bake Energy Ball”.

Here is the link to the recipe:
http://www.asouthernmom.com/2012/04/no-bake-healthy-energy-balls-kid-approved/

These were the first thing I ever made with Flaxseed and it has a smell, this smell takes some getting used to, but I LOVE these. I did have some texture issues while having to use my hands to mix them up and ball out the ingredients, which is unusual for me(I just had a shiver thinking about it) but I have made 3 batches now and it is getting better. My husband and my little girl won’t go anywhere near them, but I really like them.

The next was also on Pinterest(I know SHOCKER!) It is super simple and very good!

All you do is take a plain rice cake, smear on some all natural peanut butter, then top with slices of banana. Super tasty!

20130326-081258.jpg

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today!!

Love,
Jenn

Advertisements

DIY Day-DIY Febreeze FAIL

Hola all! Jenn here with another DIY day!!

Unfortunately this is a fail 😦

DIY Febreeze

I found this during one of my Pinterest journeys and it seemed so wonderful! It showed homemade Febreeze for only $0.15 a bottle. I tried it a week or so ago and I am not impressed.

Per this pin you add:
1/8 Cup of Fabric Softner
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot Tap Water ( it didn’t have measurement filled remainder of bottle after other ingredients)
I used my old Febreeze bottle

I tried this and it smells great, but I found that when you spray it, it leaves a film on wood, widows, DVD cases, books, hardwood floors, etc. Soooo you can only use it on fabric that is nowhere near any of the above listed things. Obviously that is not helpful. You are trying to make things smell nice and you end up with a film on things! It easily wipes off, but that just means more cleaning you add to yourself. BOO! I don’t have time for more cleaning, I want to play!

I also tried adding more water(after using some) thinking that would thin out the fabric softner more, but it still leaves the film.

If you have any suggestions please let me know…..but as far as I am concerned this was a fail 😦

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today 🙂

Bye for now lovelies!!

Jennifer D.

No Soda….FAIL

Hey all Jenn here!

Just wanted to share that I am failing miserably at the no soda thing. As I was downing a Dew last week a friend told me that I needed to not have it in my house, to which I responded it wasn’t in my house, it was at the gas station that morning. (this morning it was at Walgreens)

I had soda all day yesterday and have had it all day today……But hey, tomorrow is a new day right?

Until then…..I am enjoying every drop of this Mt Dew 😉

20130304-144350.jpg

Hope y’all have a great day!

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile!

Love,
JD