Father’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for that perfect gift 🎁 for the “dad” in your life? 

💡I’ve got the perfect idea that will bring a Health Body 💪🏽 Healthy Mind 😊 Healthy Finances 💵

Show him how much you ❤️ him by giving him his health back! 

Leave me a comment for more details!

Pesky Mosquitoes

Summer is practically here! Summer cookouts, picnics, beach and pool days, going for walks, taking the kids to the playground and the list goes on!  But one thing that can put a halt to all that fun are those itchy, pesky bugs that attach themselves to you and before you can even think to swat at them, more than likely they have already started to feed on your blood!  Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “mosquito!”
My girls and I were headed out for a walk a few days ago as our plan was to get in some exercise while spending some time together and our local news station approached us randomly to interview us on nonetheless: Mosquitoes in our area! That definitely inspired this post and you can find the news clip below.


They come out of nowhere–the bites itch at night and they keep popping up here and there and everywhere! So what are some ways to make prevent these bug bites?

Here are a few tips I found that works and some that I will be trying throughout the summer:

  • Bug Repellant Spray: Spray liberally before heading outdoors!
  • DynaTrap: this has been a life saver for us! This device emits UV light to lure the mosquitoes in.  After a week or so, check and empty the device.
  • Grow your own mosquito repelling plants (citronella, catnip, basil, peppermint)
    You can crush these leaves and rub the oils on your skin–the natural oils they emit will keep these bugs at bay!
  • Get rid of any standing water in the outdoor areas. (make sure gutters are not clogged so that the water can drain freely from the top of your house) Mosquitos thrive and reproduce in warm, humid and dark areas.
  • Refrain from wearing heavy perfume/cologne or scented body lotions–the sweet smell attracts mosquitos.

How to STOP the itch?

  • Apply apple cider vinegar to bug bites to help stop the itching.
  • Vicks Vapor rub is said to ease the itching. (definitely helps)
  • Honey to soothe the area.
  • Banana peel–rub the inside on the bite for a few minutes.
  • Peppermint oil–a dab on the bite and it relieves the itchiness (TRUTH)
  • Rubbing Alcohol–the cooling effect of the alcohol immediately soothes the bite, reduces the size and swelling. (works for me)

What are some of your methods that works for you and your family to help with these pesky bugs?

 

Preschooler Learning in the Kitchen

Our almost 3 year old was up earlier than her two older sisters this morning…so she and I decided to make breakfast together. A little one-on-one time with just mommy  and some added fun with learning, that mommy totally snuck in! 

Who says making pancakes can’t get a preschooler’s mind going?! 

She got introduced to measurements, a review in shapes/colors and there’s lots of fine motor being used! 

What are some fun ways you are keeping your preschooler’s mind busy this summer?

Avocado & Chicken Caprese Salad…


2 cups Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved

1/8 Avocado, chopped

2 oz. Fresh mozzarella, chopped

4 oz. Chicken breasts, chopped (I used garlic salt & pepper-seasoned, sauteed chicken breasts)

Fresh torn basil

Walden farms Balsamic 

1 full lean and green, 1 healthy fat and 3 condiments

Trust…

This is so true for Daniel and I, especially as we approach our 2 year mark of stepping out of the boat–our comfort zone! God has seen us through SO much in the past 2 years and we stand so much stronger in Him! We both can attest to “He never leaves you and never forsakes you.” There is always a Bigger Plan–trust Him!

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day!!! A special blessing and prayer for continued strength, peace and joy! 💕

She is clothed with strength and dignity!” Proverbs 31: 25

Zucchini Enchiladas

Makes 5 servingsPer serving

1 Leaner protein

3 vegetables

3 condiments

1 fat


Ingredients 
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup leeks chopped

¼ tsp kosher salt

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

18 ounces Shredded chicken breast

1 c. red enchilada sauce or green 

2 1/2 pounds zucchini, halved lengthwise

1 c. Shredded low fat Monterey Jack

1 c. shredded low fat Cheddar

2 Tbs Sour cream or fage Greek yogurt for drizzling (or fresh cilantro leaves for garnish)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add leeks and season with salt. Cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic, cumin, and chili powder and stir until combined. Add shredded chicken and 3/4 cup enchilada sauce and stir until saucy.

On a cutting board, use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to make thin slices of zucchini. Lay out three, slightly overlapping, and place a spoonful of chicken mixture on top. Roll up and transfer to a baking dish. Repeat with remaining zucchini and chicken mixture.

Spoon remaining 1/4 cup enchilada sauce over zucchini enchiladas and sprinkle with cheddar and Monterey Jack. Bake until melty, 20 minutes. Garnish with sour cream/yogurt or cilantro and serve.

Shining For Him


Fourth grade is no joke! This can be a time where most boys and girls are coming into their own personality, making their own choices on who they call friend, being tested academically, emotionally and spiritually day in and day out! 

This season has even tested me as a mom in building a relationship with my 10 year old daughter! Do I just want to tell her how to handle a situation or do I listen to the 4th grade drama and equip her for the very similar  types of drama that unfortunately show up later on in life too? Ofcourse, my natural mama bear surfaces and I want to protect her heart and tell her exactly what to do and how to do it! But will that help her in the future when I’m not around? 

After listening to countless stories this school year, my advice always seemed to come back to one statement, “Alyssa let your light shine and keep being who you are in Christ.” 

 At school Alyssa was presented with student of the month and she received the “Peace Keeper” award. They describe a peace keeper to not only be someone who is helpful to their teachers and friends; or one that chooses to keep peace and above the drama; but one who also lets their light shine in all circumstances

Our sweet girl chose to keep peace and kept being who she is! A lesson that I know personally is never easy to do at any age! 

Are you choosing to let your light shine today? Are you keeping peace in whatever situation you may be facing?  “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18

An Interactive BB-8…Meet and Greet!

Announcing the newest character to the StarWars line-up–an interactive BB-8! He moves, answers your questions, laughs in his own BB-8 way, and you can even give him a hug! A definite must-see as he makes his debut starting this weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

My family and I had so much fun  promoting this adorable character and it is definitely one of our favorite experiences! (You can view our video here)

Don’t forget to checkout the other Star Wars characters as well, Chewy and Kylo-Ren! I gotta admit Kylo Ren was pretty intense! Yikes!

Original post can be found on the official Disneyparksblog site. 

Alaina’s Tale


In the morning the girls and I are often rushing to get out the door in time to head to school. But the rule still stands that they have to fix their beds after getting up. Ofcourse, our oldest has always taken it seriously and is meticulous about her sheets and making sure the comforter is evenly spread. 

Then there is Alaina…

Alaina will quickly escape the fact that she needs to fix her bed. In my haste, she would get away with it but daddy would remind her, “Alaina, you need to fix your bed in the morning.” A couple of weeks ago I noticed that as I’m tucking her into bed she doesn’t get under the covers. Now I’m totally one who loves to be snuggled under a big blanket or a super soft comforter whether it’s winter or summer–it’s how I drift off to dreamland.  

Me: Alaina it’s time for bed, under your covers.

Alaina: no mommy I don’t like covers.

Me: hmm don’t you get cold? 

Alaina: a little but I will wear tights under my nightgown.

Me: (alittle confused) ok then–I don’t want you to be uncomfortable though.

Alaina: I’m not mommy but now I don’t have to fix my bed!

Me: oh yeah, why is that?

Alaina:  See… (pointing to her already made bed as she lies on top of the covers) its already fixed when I wake up! 

What more could I say? She remedied her problem! 

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