Planning for our Paleo Thanksgiving

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I am such a planner. I love lists, notebooks, checklists, planners. Organization is key to keeping up with my family of 7. Since this will be our first official Paleo thanksgiving, I am starting to make my lists. The Paleo Mom has a free ebook she offers on her site for a Paleo Thanksgiving. (It’s awesome!)

Here is our Paleo Thanksgiving menu adapted from The Paleo Mom’s Thanksgiving Feast:Turkey, Cauliflower gravy, Cranberry sauce, Yeast rolls, Bacon-Braised Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans, Cranberry Kale Salad, Paleo Pecan Pie, Paleo Pumpkin Pie, and Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream.

The Paleo Mom’s Thanksgiving Feast gives you a step by step order of cooking your menu, and she even gives you instructions depending on if you are cooking with a single or double oven. Love that! I always struggle cooking my Thanksgiving meal with my one oven.

I normally buy an organic bird from Trader Joe’s. I will be sending hubby to snag one of these this week as they do sell out! I will be ordering most of the baking goods and nuts online. I want raw, unpasteurized nuts for the pies. I will also be sure to put some of the produce on my door to door organics order. One of the items Sarah suggests baking with is Otto’s cassava flour. I am looking forward to trying this flour and see what yummy goodness comes from it. I ordered this bacon to try from U.S. Wellness Meats (note that this site has a $75 minimum, which is why I personally prefer buying meat from Grassfed Traditions). Grassfed Traditions also has these eggs that we love! Here are a few extra items I will need that I do not have in my pantry: Truffle Salt, Grade B Maple Syrup, Avocado Oil, Active Dry Yeast, and  Vanilla Beans Pods.

Planning ahead allows me to place orders for what I need without having to run around to several stores and fight the holiday traffic. This means less stress for me and more time with my family.

I will leave you with this quote from Sarah Ballantyne, the Paleo Mom: “Instead of seeing Thanksgiving as a chance to “cheat,” I encourage you to see it as a celebration!! It should be filled with warmth, community and delicious food. Use these recipes as a chance to enjoy something new, to impress your guests with a delicious and beautiful dish or to bring something you know won’t make you sick to a potluck get-together. I want you to know that we CAN celebrate with food that continues to nourish our bodies without giving up flavor or decadence.”

My goal exactly.

Adult Coloring Books!!!!! I can’t get enough…

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Adult coloring books….enough said. I am completely hooked. As a little girl, I spent hours coloring. And I love coloring with my kids now. It is just so relaxing. There is something about a girl and her coloring book. They are everywhere on amazon, in bookstores. So get out or get online and grab one. I even bought myself some mommy only markers and colored pencils. Now back to my latest coloring project. Sigh…. if only there were more hours in a day!!

Since I am a brand new blog, I am going to have my first giveaway to help spread the word. I am giving away my favorite coloring book Creative Coloring Inspirations.

Click on the rafflecopter link below. You can choose to tweet about this, follow me on twitter, and/or leave a comment on this blog post so I will know what to post more about! Good luck…

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Detox baths for better sleep

This year has not been as easy one for me as far as my health. Back in February 2015 after weaning my youngest, I started to feel like something just wasn’t right. I was having a hard time remembering things, I couldn’t seem to get motivated to do anything, and overall, I just felt sick. Of course, I thought I was just going through a rough patch and that it would pass. But things took a turn for the worse until the depressive and anxious thoughts literally overtook my body. Fast forward 7 months later, seeing several specialists, psychiatrists, and holistic medicine practitioners, and it seems it was a GI issue along. Did you know that there is neural tissue in your gut?!?!?! I never knew this until I thought I was losing my mind. An unhealthy gut can make your brain unhealthy as well.

After my gallbladder surgery and the fact that my GI tract and liver are inflamed, I have started to watch everything that goes into my mouth. By following GAPS diet recipes as well as a Paleo lifestyle, I feel like I am gradually regaining my health. While there is a much deeper spiritual story to what I have experienced, I will go into more detail of that soon. This IMG_4396post is about detox baths. I first learned of these through Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness. I have started on a rotation of baking soda, epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, and seaweed kelp powder. When I was trying to detox after surgery and to rid my body of toxins from not following a healthy diet, I did these baths every night. I would do baking soda one night, epsom salts the next, then the apple cider vinegar and finally the seaweed kelp. I still maintain this rotation, but usually just four nights a week depending on how crazy things are. Experts say to do as hot of water as you can stand and be sure to be well hydrated before bathing. I also added this bath filter and this shower filter to cut down on chlorine and chemicals.

These baths have truly helped me sleep better, and my headaches are not near as bad or as frequent. This is such an easy thing to add to your health regimen with great results. Plus, it gives me a moment to relax, read, and enjoy some silence!

Our Homeschool Preschool

I finally have found what works for our homeschool preschool!! And I am so excited about it. We are following FunShine Express. I am using the Fireflies curriculum with my five and three year old, and the Buttercups curriculum with my almost 2 year old. Today, I am going to focus on the Fireflies curriculum, and here at 10:30 a.m. central, I will be live on Periscope (find me @tia5500) showing you what this time looks like for our family. If you missed it, you can follow me on twitter to see the replay.

IMG_4368 (1)First, I do not follow any curriculum guide word for word. I tried when I was new to homeschooling and realized that I was a slave to the curriculum guide. It just wasn’t working! Here is how I make the Fireflies curriculum work for us. At night when I am organizing the big kids school work for the next day, I look in the curriculum guide at what they have planned for the day. The guide is written to be used in a classroom so this is why I like to go through it first to see what will work for us. I highlight or circle the parts that I want to focus on the next day. One of the best parts about this curriculum is that it comes with craft kits with ALL you need to do the activities. This was a huge selling point for me. There are only so many hours in a day and by already having the supplies, I find we waste less and actually do the craft or activity! There are sometimes extra crafts in the guide that do not come with a craft kit. I skip these because we usually do several art projects together as a family throughout the week. I also use the Faith Lessons, but add to them with our flannel board and bible.
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So once I have highlighted what I want to focus on for the day, then I get all the materials out and put in their preschool bin for the next day. I use these locker bins from the Land of Nod. This keeps me accountable to get it done. I also set my phone for an alarm to go off at 10:30 a.m. which tells me to stop and do preschool work with the littles. I do not do an individual planner for the little kids like I do with my grade school children, but I do keep this weekly planner handy to write down things that I would like to accomplish this week.

My five year old daughter loves to learn and is always begging to do schoolwork. I have started the Math-U-See Primer program, Logics of English Foundations Book A, and How to Teach Your Child to Read so that I have some extra material for her. We just do these lessons as time allows. I have found that by being more lenient on my planning for preschool and having the materials out and ready to use have made preschool more feasible. And if the day does get away from me, then we can always do it tomorrow! Or before bedtime! Again, flexibility is the key. I love having a plan, but sometimes my kids have other ideas. And that is what I love about being a mom. You never know what the day may bring!!

Our Daily Routine

Tomorrow we get back to our daily routine. This was my husband’s bye week so it was our homeschooling fall break. We spent our days on the beach, in the ocean throwing the football, and just spending time together as a family. It was AWESOME! While I enjoyed every minute, I am ready to get back to our routine. I seem to be a much happier mommy when we are following our routine. It isn’t strict or rigid. Just helps us to stay organized and be sure we are getting something done! Over the next month, I plan on posting more specifically how each part of this schedule works. I will touch on laundry, our homeschooling plan, our evening routine, meal planning, our chores, zones, and more. But today, I just wanted to give you an overall view of what our days look like. (more…)

A mom, her bible, and a handful of kids

My bible is my lifeline. It is my guide, my companion, and most importantly, my tool for spiritual growth. I love reading my bible, but sometimes finding the time is challenging, if not impossible. I have read many blogs on quiet times, and I have tried many of their ideas. It has taken me some time to find what works best for us, and it changes as my kids grow. For me, it was important that my quiet time was done when my children were awake. I know many people who prefer to do their quiet time when their house is actually quiet, but I wanted to do my bible reading as a family. I have found this encourages my kids to read their bibles because they see me engaging in mine. Our routine is to read our bibles directly after breakfast. (more…)

Our go to Paleo lunch

Lunch for us at home is usually pretty simple. One word. Leftovers. Since I cook pretty much every night and always double or triple the recipe, we have some dinner to eat the next day. But I like to have some go to options in case all of dinner was devoured by the family or we had a busy evening and grabbed Chipotle. This tuna salad is our favorite lunch right now, and the kids love it as well. Better yet, I have taught the almost 9 and 7 year olds how to make this themselves. I will often find them in the kitchen around 3 p.m. whipping this up for themselves. I love to have my kids help in the kitchen, and they each have a day where their chore is cooking duty. (more…)

Indestructible Marriage

I figured we should start with the most important human relationship we can ever have: our marriages. Dustin and I have been going through a video study with the Kansas City Chiefs titled Indestructible Marriage by Jimmy Evans. I have read many books on marriage, Dustin and I have done many studies on marriage together, and this on is by far the most powerful. It is a video series and not only is Jimmy a dynamic speaker, his content is right on point. One of the most memorable points to me: why Satan attacks marriage. Jimmy has you think back to Adam and Eve. Satan was not in the picture until Eve had entered the world. Satan was not worried what Adam could do alone. He was worried what Adam and Eve could do together. He tempted Eve because Satan knew if he could turn them against one another, they would not be near as powerful. It is clear to see in our culture today that marriages are under attack. This is not by accident. The ultimate destroyer, liar, and thief is thrilled when our marriages are on the rocks or in jeopardy. (more…)

Adult Coloring Books!!!!! I can’t get enough…

Adult coloring books….enough said. I am completely hooked. As a little girl, I spent hours coloring. And I love coloring with my kids now. It is just so relaxing. There is something about a girl and her coloring book. They are everywhere on amazon, in bookstores. So get out or get online and grab one. I even bought myself some mommy only markers and colored pencils. Now back to my latest coloring project. Sigh…. if only there were more hours in a day!!

Since I am a brand new blog, I am going to have my first giveaway to help spread the word. I am giving away my favorite coloring book Creative Coloring Inspirations.

Click on the rafflecopter link below. You can choose to tweet about this, follow me on twitter, and/or leave a comment on this blog post so I will know what to post more about! Good luck and please share my blog. And for the lucky winner: get ready to start coloring!!

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A Paleo breakfast we love and an awesome brussels sprouts recipe

Good morning…Since we adopted a Paleo lifestyle 2 months ago, the kids really miss cereal. Since our goal is to not eat any packaged food (except for a couple of healthy options from amazon), I have been trying to get creative. Eggs and bacon are great, smoothies are awesome, but sometimes we need someBanana Bowlsthing new. In comes, the banana bowl. It takes three ingredients to make this: bananas, Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter,and unsweetened coconut. We slice the bananas, top with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter, and coconut, and you have the banana bowl. The kids think it is similar to cereal because it is in a bowl, and we all love it.

I love this almond butter!!!!

I normally buy it in the pack of 3 or pack of 6 because we go through this so fast. It is also the main ingredient in the waffles that we make from Eat Like a Dinosaur.

For dinner, last night we followed an emeals recipe for Broiled Grouper from our Paleo meal plan.  The brussel sprouts that they had with the recipe were amazing!! I chopped some Applegate Farms Nitrate-free Bacon and put it in the skillet. Once the bacon was cooked, I added the washed, trimmed, and sliced brussels sprouts, with a little bit of garlic powder, lemon pepper, and sea salt. I did not have to drain the pan as the bacon did not produce much grease. And viola! DONE! The kids loved these and there was not a brussel left in the pan. Give this one a try tonight. Super Easy and Super Tasty!!

Eat Healthy, Be Healthy, Live Healthy.