**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored on behalf of Juicy Juice. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Fall is in the air! Ok, it’s not. It’s still in the 90s here in Atlanta but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t in the full swing of all things fall–this includes loving on some apples! Apple picking is one of our favorite activities but what do you do with all the apples? Here’s a suggestion: make an apple pie smoothie!
Anything made by a Grandma is typically guaranteed to be delicious. My Grandmothers are no longer with us, but my husband still has one of his and she makes the BEST peach cobbler. She may not be from the south where the peaches are always perfect, but she is from the north where Grandma’s cobbler is always perfect!
Kielbasa is a kid favorite dinner staple in my house. Personally, my favorite dinners are meals that everything is available in my pantry. My second favorite meals are one pot meals. Less dishes. That is why this one pot kielbasa dinner is a sure-fire dinner win for everyone!
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Smoothies are the bane of our household. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear, “Mommy can I make a smoothie?” Not only do they make it super easy to hide veggies in, but they taste really great too. As I’ve been losing weight while boosting my milk supply, I’ve become pretty well-versed in the art of the smoothie so I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes here for one that kills your chocolate cravings.
Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings
It never fails that whenever I have a baby and I’m trying to get my life right, chocolate cravings hit. And they hit hard too! My favorite ways to satisfy these cravings are with Oreo’s, Snickers Bars, brownies, Peanut M&M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. There’s something about the combination of the peanut butter and chocolate that just warms my stomach while making me feel so good!
Mama Has Goals Y’all!!
I do. Already this year I’m down close to 25lbs and I’m making health my way of life. While I do believe in having everything in moderation, your girl just isn’t ready for moderation JUST yet. But you know what I can do? I can substitute the unhealthy things with the healthy things until I can practice moderation. That’s why I am loving this smoothie I accidentally stumbled into!
Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Smoothie
Ready to boost your milk supply, satisfy your chocolate cravings while being mindful of your waistline?
- 8 oz Almond Milk I use vanilla that's been sweetened.
- 1 scoop Chocolate VeganSmart Protein
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Honey
- 2 tsbp Ground Flax Seed You can use regular flax seeds too.
Measure out ingredients and add to blender.
**Optional: Add ice to get desired consistency.
Why I Choose VeganSmart Protein
I once left a protein shake in the shaker for like 3 days or something. When I opened it, it smelled like death was brewing in there. Really. It then occurred to me that I was putting this into my body! Yeah, terrible.
VeganSmart is a plant-based protein powder and contains the following:
- 20g Non-GMO Protein
- 6g Dietary Fiber
- No Cholesterol
- Zero Trans Fat
- Dairy & Soy Free
- Gluten Free
- Whole Food Complex
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Omega 3
- Digestive Enzymes
Because of the nutrition that’s in there, I feel safe giving it to my kids as well.
What has been one of your “bad” cravings post-baby? How did you navigate it?
Last week Christine talked about the summer camp mom guilt she felt when looking at the prices for the programs her daughter wanted to attend. While my little isn’t quite there yet, I’m already mentally preparing and saving for summer camp. Friends and family have already shared some of the costs for kids activities so I know I’m going to have a good sized cushion!
While the price tag may seem daunting, there is hope to making saving for summer camp both a feasible and family affair. Again make this process a FAMILY AFFAIR. It’s never too early to not only teach your children about money, but the importance of savings. Delayed gratification and patience are essential to learn in our world that wants everything instantly. Here are a few tips to teach your children while enrolling them in the summer camps that their little hearts’ desire:
IDENTIFY THE TOP 3 CAMPS
Look at the summer camp catalog from local recreation departments, schools, and churches. Talk to your children about the cost of each. For older children, have a cap on the amount to be spent so they can understand how to make decisions with limited resources. You won’t feel like the bad parent for saying “we can’t afford this”. Pose questions like “Will space camp and basketball camp both fit in your budget?”
FIGURE OUT THE SAVINGS PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Pinterest has tons of creative money saving challenges. These I highly encourage because they do not require huge shifts in your budget immediately:
- Envelope Challenge: Number the envelops from 1-25. The number on the outside of the envelop is what should be deposited. 25 envelops = $325; 50 envelops = $1275
- Penny Challenge: Day 1 deposit $0.01, Day 2 deposit $0.02, Day 365 deposit $3.65. After making 365 deposits, total savings $668
- 30 Day Challenge: If you are on a time crunch and want to save quickly, Day 1 save $1, Day 2 save $2, Day 30 save $30. Total Savings $465
Keep in mind, the right savings plan for your family can be a hybrid of any of the above, or make adjustments to meet the goal amount for summer camp.
LASTLY, MAKE SAVING FUN!
Draw a thermometer, create a shadow box, make deposits at your family meetings. You want to keep everyone encouraged and excited about what you’re working towards. Having a physical representation showing where they are in saving for summer camp can help a lot!
Do you have family meetings about the money impact of your children’s desires? What money saving strategy do you think your kids will engage the most with?