DIY Memory Jar

When we were home in Phoenix for New Year’s I got to see a special tradition that my sister and her family do. Throughout the year they write their favorite memories and put them in a jar. Then on New Year’s Eve they sit around the table and read them together!  I love this idea because it lets those daily miracles get recorded and the memories saved for the year.  So I thought it was time that Chris and I did the same for our family.

 

Memory Jar

 

I picked up this cute jar at Kroger.  I loved it because it’s a chalkboard which will make personalizing it every year super easy.  For the memories I just cut up some computer paper into strips and then glued a cute envelope to the side of the jar to hold them.

 

Memory Jar 1

 

I have already started adding some memories to our jar and I am really looking forward to all of the ones that end up in there over the year.  With kids this age things change and they grow at lightning speed so I am sure it’s going to be fun!  I have some plans for what to do with the strips at the end of the year so the memories last forever but that’s a thought for another day ;)

Memory Jar 2

 

How do you preserve your memories each year?

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WIAW – Clean Eating Week

Happy Wednesday friends!  I am halfway into my first week back and doing well … it’s been a little tough getting back into the swing of things.  One of our professors opened her class yesterday “welcome home from break … that is probably the last long break you will have in your life”.  Nothing like perspective right?  Ha.  Any-who … I am linking up today with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday.  My clean eating challenge is thriving and I am LOVING seeing how amazing my challengers are doing!  In honor of that I thought I would share a day of my ears this week …. I even stuck with my meal plan ;)  (Please excuse the low quality photos – it’s dark when I leave for school and dark when I get home which is a little depressing haha).

 

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Breakfast

I have been sticking with my tried and true breakfast of 2 eggs, nitrate free bacon, fruit, and coffee.  It only takes 5 minutes to prep and it’s worth it to have a hot and filling breakfast in the morning!

Breakfast

 

Snack

I hit the gym after dropping the girls off at school.  I got in an awesome hour of lifting, showered, and hopped in the car to head to class.  On the way I enjoyed my chocolate vegan Shakeology blended with unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 a banana, and ice.  I have noticed SUCH a difference with drinking ShakeO everyday.  My energy levels are higher, I have way less cravings, and my hair/nails are crazy healthy.  #obsessed

Snack 1

 

 

Lunch

For lunch I had shredded chicken mixed with buffalo sauce on a bed of romaine and homemade ranch.  My love for buffalo sauce runs deep and this lunch was great :)

Lunch

 

Snack

On my way home from class I munched on carrots and cucumbers.   The cucumbers were a bit mushy which wasn’t the best thing ever haha.  How cute is this container?  $2.99 at TJ Maxx!

Snack 2

 

 

Dinner

Dinner was grain-free BBQ chicken from Against All Grain, baked sweet potatoes with coconut oil, and bacon green beans.  SO good.

Dinner

 

Overall it was a great day of eating and I was super proud of myself for sticking to my plan.  SIDE NOTE: I have only had 3 Diet Cokes in 10 days.  That’s HUGE for me guys.  HUGE.

 

Have a great day friends!  What’s one delicious thing you ate this week?

 

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Southwestern Cream Cheese Dip with Wasa Crackers

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Thank you for all your nice messages yesterday!  I had a great first day back at school and ready to get another quarter behind me :)  I recently received some Wasa Crispbread to try and finally found the perfect reason to try them out.  Chris and I enjoyed one of the last weekends of football this last weekend and for me, football is all about the snacks!  I whipped up on my favorite appetizers and am really excited to share it with you guys today.

 

Southwestern Cream Cheese Dip
 

This cream cheese dips has all my favorite flavors of the southwest.  You can give it some kick by adding jalapeño … of your mouth dares ;)   I used the Hearty Wasa Crispbread to serve the dip on.  They provided an amazing crunch and I mean check out these whole grains … you can see them!

 

Wasa Crackers 2
Southwestern Cream Cheese Dip 2
 

The Wasa Crisbread makes me feel less guilty about this snack.  Why?  Because it is full of whole grain goodness and is packed with fiber and protein.  Some varieties, including the Hearty version used here, is non-GMO as well.  The versatility of these crispbreads isn’t limited to cream cheese dip though.  You can use Wasa Crispbreads along side soups, salads, or with fruit.  The versatility is endless and Wasa definitely knows all about healthy snacking :)

 

Southwestern Cream Cheese Dip

by Madeline G.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 8-oz containers of cream cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch seasoning
  • 1 can Rotelle tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 can fiesta corn (drained)
  • Small can chopped black olives
  • Diced green chilis (drained)
  • Wasa crackers

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients together with a hand mixer. Chill in the fridge until serving. Use Wasa crackers for a delicious crunch!

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Wasa Crackers
 

Want to know more about Wasa Crispbread?  You can find them online HERE and Twitter HERE.  They recently produced a fun YouTube video all about Living Healthy the Swedish Way!  Check it out :)

 

What’s your favorite appetizer for entertaining?  Have you tried Wasa Crispbreads?

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5 Days of Clean Eating

Today marks the beginning of my free clean eating challenge and I am SO pumped for the  95 (!!!) people taking the challenge.  While the challenge has a lot more accountability I thought I would share my personal meal plan for 5 days of clean eating with all of YOU!

5 Days of Clean Eating

 

Monday

Breakfast: Eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms + fruit

Lunch: Buffalo chicken salad + paleo homemade ranch <–the ranch, not the wings ;)

Dinner: Paleo BBQ chicken + sweet potatoes + bacon green beans

 

Tuesday

Breakfast: oatmeal + fruit

Lunch: Mexican brown rice bowl

Dinner: Sweet potato, spinach, and chicken hash –> I am subbing sweet potatoes for the regular in this

chipotle bowl

 

Wednesday

Breakfast: Eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms + fruit

Lunch: BBQ chicken salad (leftovers)

Dinner: Homemade chipotle bowls + cilantro lime cauliflower rice

 

Thursday

Breakfast: oatmeal + fruit

Lunch: Mexican rice bowl

Dinner: Salmon burgers wrapped in lettuce + sweet potato fries

 

Salmon Burgers

 

Friday

Breakfast: Eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms + fruit

Lunch: Salmon burger on spinach (leftover)

Dinner: Out

 

Snacks for the Week

Shakeology

Almonds

Apples + almond butter

Cheese stick

Veggies

Boiled eggs

 

Hoping that this week goes well since I am back at school today.  I feel better knowing I have a plan to stick to which will hopefully make the transition off of break a little bit easier.

 

What’s your favorite clean eating recipe?

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20-15-10-5 WOD

Happy Thursday!  Gosh I have been a busy bee and this week is almost over.  I still have a mile-long to-do list so the next two days are going to be jam packed.  UGH.  It’s been awhile since I shared a workout with you guys but when we were back in Vegas we had the chance to go to Nellis Air Force base and use their new gym.  And I got inspired.

 

Nellis AF Base Gym

 

This gym is amazing.  There is a huge CrossFit area, a ton of cardio machines, group fitness, free weights, basketball courts, and pool.  There is also this neat track that’s right by the CrossFit area with a door to it for sprints and there is artificial turf for sled pushes etc.  I wish I could work out there all the time.

 

For this workout you do 20 reps of each exercise for the first round, then 15 reps the second, and so on down to 5.  You can substitute 3 single jumps for 1 double under and modify the pull-ups as needed (I used a pull up band).  It’s a good one and left my muscles shaking!

 

WOD

 

Let me know if you try it!

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