Kids And Clutter: The Six-Month Purge

Kids And Clutter: The Six-Month Purge

Ever since having kids, I’ve had moments of feeling like I’m drowning in an avalanche of stuff, buried under a mountain of stuffed animals unable to breathe. Let’s face it, whether it’s the mountains of gifts your kids get from well-meaning relatives and friends, the “necessary” items you purchase for them or the rock they found on your walk they just can’t seem to part with, having kids means having stuff.  Read more

My Cleaning Schedule: Minimizing Chaos

My Cleaning Schedule: Minimizing Chaos

“Oh my God, Rachel, you’re crazy!”

“How is your house always so clean?”

“You must spend all your time cleaning with four kids!”

“I could never do what you do!”

“Relax! Take a little time for yourself. You don’t have to clean all the time.”

From the outside, I must look a little OCD, but the truth is I just have a manageable routine which I stick to. I am NOT cleaning all the time, and I have plenty of time to enjoy life. Would you like to know how?

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Chicken Tortilla Soup: Hearty And Delicious

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Hearty And Delicious

During the long, cold months of winter, you can never have too many go-to recipes for delicious soup. Chicken tortilla soup is such a classic soup, and one of my favorites to order when going out to eat. I just knew I had to find a way to recreate it at home. This recipe is so easy to throw together, and it freezes beautifully. So, make sure to make a large batch. Plus, it is super healthy, and the kids love it. Feel free to spice up your pot of chicken tortilla soup, if you like the heat. Or keep it mild for the kids, and add a little hot sauce to your own bowl.

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In An Exercise Rut? Try Something New

In An Exercise Rut? Try Something New

As human beings, we are definitely creatures of habit. We find a routine we are comfortable with, one that fits into our daily lives, and we happily stick to it. Oftentimes to the point where we don’t even realize we have fallen into a rut, and have become uninspired and unmotivated. Many people are afraid to try new things, clinging to their mantras of “I hate exercise” or “I hate running.” A few years ago, this was me, simply going through the motions, counting the minutes until my workout was done.

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Breakfast Cookies: Simple, Healthy And Chocolatey

Breakfast Cookies: Simple, Healthy And Chocolatey

Breakfast cookies are the perfect grab-and-go meal for those busy mornings we all have. If you’re someone who likes a little something sweet in the morning with your coffee, consider adding this recipe to your arsenal. These breakfast cookies are packed with protein and fiber and sweet enough to take care of those morning sugar cravings. Plus, they won’t have you crashing before 10AM like those donuts typically do. And to top it all off, the kids will love them so much they won’t even realize they are eating something good for them.

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Stomach Flu With Kids: It’s Miserable And Unpredictable

Stomach Flu With Kids: It’s Miserable And Unpredictable

It happens every winter and always at the worst possible moment. You’re just sitting down to watch a movie with your spouse, you’re getting ready to visit the in-laws at Christmas, or it’s the middle of the night, and you’re deep in a peaceful sleep. And suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, you find yourself thrust onto the battlefield with the dreaded stomach flu. Stripping beds, washing sheets and precious stuffies, scrubbing the carpet, the couch, the walls, and waiting for the next family member to get taken down.

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Crustless Mini Quiches: Start Your Day Right

Crustless Mini Quiches: Start Your Day Right

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s probably also the most often skipped. We are always in such a hurry to get the kids off to school or get to work (or both) that it’s just easier to grab a coffee and maybe a bar, or more likely a donut, and go. Then, we wonder why we’re crashing an hour later. If this sounds like you, these simple mini quiches are the answer to your prayers. They are so easy to make. Simply whip up a batch on Sunday, and you will have a grab-and-go breakfast that’s actually healthy every day of the week. These mini quiches are low in calories and fat, but high in protein and fiber making them the perfect meal to start your day.

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Winter In Wisconsin: I Hate It And That’s Okay

Winter In Wisconsin: I Hate It And That’s Okay

Winter in Wisconsin…what can I say? It sucks! I hate most everything about it! There is a brief moment following Thanksgiving where I envision a beautiful, white Christmas. But I guarantee you in that vision I am most certainly inside a warm house, sipping a hot beverage, simply admiring the view through a window. Because, of course, freshly fallen snow blanketing the neighborhood is beautiful to look at. But that is where it ends. Once the holidays have passed, I dread the long, frigid, dark months ahead until spring.

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Detox In The New Year: Jumpstart A Healthy Lifestyle

Detox In The New Year: Jumpstart A Healthy Lifestyle

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely feeling like I indulged a little too much over the holidays. My pants are fitting a bit tighter, and my over-celebrating has transformed me into a bloated, sluggish mess. It’s time to finally get my diet back on track, and I love to jumpstart a healthy eating lifestyle with a 3-4 day detox.

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Smoothies: Get Healthy In The New Year

Smoothies: Get Healthy In The New Year

It’s that time of year again…the holidays are over, and everyone is recommitting to their plans to eat healthy and get in shape. This typically means eliminating processed foods and added sugars, and including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Smoothies are a great way to get your recommended fruits and vegetables, but they are so often done wrong. You start with such good intentions and end up with a finished product that has more sugar and calories than a dish of frozen custard.

So, I am giving you a foolproof “build-your-own” smoothie recipe you can use daily as a breakfast or lunch meal replacement. Packed with protein, fiber, and a variety of fruits and veggies to choose from, you won’t be bored and you will easily be able to stay on track. Feel free to mix and match, and play with different combinations of flavors. Make healthy eating fun.

Plus, most of these combinations are kid-friendly as well. You can get your kids all of their veggies for the day in a delicious smoothie. What’s better than that?

**I prefer to keep my smoothies plant-based, grain free, and dairy free.

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