Simple Diet Changes that are Useful

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Dieting does not require drastic changes in what you eat. You can start with something small until you are comfortable in doing something more. It is better for you to have simple changes first that are attainable, instead of moving drastically, and not sustaining what you started. Switch to whole-wheat bread If you love bread,…

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Carrot Cake Baked Zoats and 5 Whole30 Tips

It's been 3 weeks since I finished my {almost} Whole30, and I've done surprisingly well at maintaining the habits that I built during that challenge. I'm especially proud of myself for spending a week in Florida with my parents and sister and staying within a normal fluctuation of 2-3 pounds, especially since food is our…

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On completing an almost-Whole30 and creating sustainable habits

One of the goals I set for 2017 was to complete another Whole30, and I decided to jump in with both feet on January 1st (as did, it seems, half of the people I know!). This time, I decided not to make a big deal or talk a lot about it on social media because I…

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The surprisingly easy way to get kids to try new foods

Sean and I both grew up as picky eaters, and this trend continued into the early years of our marriage and parenthood.  The list of foods we enjoyed was limited, not exceptionally healthy, and short on veggies.  Over the past four years, my tastes have expanded considerably, thanks at least in part to a few Whole30s and…

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250+ Instant Pot Recipes to Get Your Pressure Cooker Out of The Box

Do you remember the old fashion pressure cooker?  It was a great way to speed up the time to get a meal on the table.  But there were problems.  You had to watch it closely to reduce the heat at the right time and know when to release the pressure.  If not, you could have…

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Making the Perfect Cappuccino at Home

  I'm not really a coffee snob.  I really, really love coffee, and I have strong opinions about what I do or don't like, but I don't know all of the terms or processes for making good coffee, and I'm not sure any of my opinions are the "right" ones.  Despite my lack of expertise, when Braun…

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Baked oatmeal any way you want it

Because of our kids' dairy intolerances (which, thankfully, they all seem to eventually outgrow), we've had at least one person in our family on a dairy-free diet for pretty much the past 12 years. Finding dairy-free recipes online has gotten so much easier with the popularity of the paleo diet, and I'm pretty good at making…

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What a red dye sensitivity means for our family

We’re traveling this week and next, so I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives. This one seemed especially timely with Valentine's Day, and all of it's pink and red food, coming up this weekend. It happens every few months. As our oldest daughter rages and screams, one of our other girls will…

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6 lessons I’ve learned about kids in the kitchen

We're traveling this week and next, so I'm sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives. Since I talked a little bit about our new "assigned meal prep days" in Monday's post, this seemed like an appropriate follow-up! Our girls are constantly asking to help in the kitchen, and—if I'm honest—I still cringe a little…

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Easy Hillshire Farm® Naturals waffle pockets

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm®. All opinions are entirely my own. After years of wishing for a Belgian waffle maker that would make more substantial waffles than the one I got at my bridal shower, I finally put it on this year's Christmas list. {Although I know…

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