What IF…


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What if when someone told us something they were struggling with instead of us judging or pulling away because we are uncomfortable or unsure what to say we find a way to treat that person the same way we always have and remember that inside them is the same person they have always been and that person is dying to be re-discovered and flourish. Amidst our trials and things that are tearing us apart what do you want most? You want to be able to crawl out and conquer the trial, the trial that you are so firmly grasping onto the edge of the cliff hanging on for dear life, waiting for it to pass. What if the way you treat someone is what could make the difference from them letting go of their grasp or kicking their leg up over the ledge to climb out. What if we find it in ourselves to be the good, to help someone find themselves again… find the person we saw before?  So, How can we do that?

3 simple ways:

1.  Listen without judgment.

2.  Treat the person the same way before you knew what was going on. Reach down deep inside and climb out of your comfort shell and step into the uncomfortable zone that you are creating and act the same.  You’ll be surprised at what will come back your way for this support.

3.  Love them with service and kindness.  Don’t ask them what you can do for them, JUST DO something!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcake

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Ingredients

Modere Pure Chocolate Whey Protein 1/2 cup
Oat flour 1/2 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup
Baking powder 1 tsp
Greek yogurt 170 g
Whole egg 1
Egg white 1 white
Unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup
Stevia or other powdered sweetener 1/3 cup
Natural peanut butter 1/3 cup

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
2. Combine all the ingredients except the peanut butter in a food processor.
3. Divide the mixture between nine cups in a cupcake tin. Then pop a teaspoon of peanut butter in each and push it down so it is submerged.
4. Bake the cupcakes for around 10-15 minutes until they’re cooked through. They’re best eaten fresh from the oven. If you have any leftovers, microwave them later to re-melt the peanut butter center.

 

Pro Tip

No need to run out to the market for oat flour! The oat flour can be made by blending up oats in a food processor. It can also be substituted for brown rice flour or almond flour in other recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Recipe yields: 8 cupcakes
Calories: 134
Total Fat: 7g
Total Carbs: 8.4g
Protein: 11.7g

You Think Too Much

 

 

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I was once told I think too much.

There are a lot of things in my past that I am happy to leave in my past. I have grown, learned and changed for the better. But that comment echoes in my head.

When I was younger I was compelled to believe thinking was a bad thing. That I should restrict my thoughts, limit them to only necessary activity. I learned that over thinking causes problems. It upsets people.

I will no longer stand in fear of my own thoughts. I used to think pondering things was a bad thing and I tried to suppress them.  But now I am turning them into something good. Be the good in the world. Share your thoughts. Share your feelings. We can all stand to learn from each other.

“The Best Lemon Bar Ever!”

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If you like dessert and you like Lemon’s you must try this recipe!

Crust:

1 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour, unsifted

Cream butter and powdered sugar.  Add salt and flour mix well.  Pat into 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 29 minutes.

Filling:

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup lemon juice

Rind of 1 lemon, grated

To make filling, mix all ingredients and pour over hot crust.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes .  When done, sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut when cool.  Yield:  One 9″ x 13″ cake.

Lemon is a fruit so it’s healthy!

 

Is That My Neighbors House

 

 

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As soon as I saw the leopard print pumpkin I fell head over heels for this home.  Everything about this living and dining room combo makes me swoon.  The color choices, the textures and the magnificent light coming through the windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Workout on a Busy Schedule

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Let’s face it, there aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes. Work, family, running errands, more work, there is just too much going on, so how on earth are we supposed to fit a workout routine into our schedule?

It isn’t easy, but it’s doable. There are literally thousands of blogs from stay-at-home moms, marketing gurus, or travel enthusiasts who talk about fitting a workout into a busy schedule. So where do you start?

Shoot for the morning

Gyms Close to Home or Work

Find a Buddy

Get Competition Ready

Be a Weekend Warrior

Workouts for You

Schedule your workout

Share Your Goals

Make Any Space a Home Gym

Meal Planning and Tracking Calories

Most importantly a WORKOUT SHOULD BE FUN!  If you are dreading your workout mix it up and try something new.  There are hundreds of different options.

*Remember to consult your physician before starting any new workout program.

Be Creative With Storage

 

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If you live in Las Vegas like I do you’ll easily be able to relate to this. Homes in Las Vegas have limited storage. Some people have been forced to choose between a garage space for their car or a place to store important items. Being creative on how to store important items is helpful when you do not have a basement to store everything your heart desires.

My home has a nice ledge in my stairway. It is a great place to set out beautiful items for decoration. I found these cute storage boxes at The Container Store that offered a solution for storag and decoration.

I bought 4, 1 for each of my children. Inside the storage containers I save my kids important school work. The boxes have dividers for each grade. Each day when my kids arrive home from school I sort the important papers into one pile, place the ones I need to remember on our bullletin board and throw the others away. The important ones are immediately placed in the appropriate file location on my stairs so they don’t get lost or create clutter.

Halloween Party Easy Set Up

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I LOVE a good party, but I hate the clean up.  I would throw a party every week if someone else would clean up.  Here are a few tips for making your party clean up easier:

  • Makes things simple:  While everyone loves a beautiful party with lots of decorations most guests come to the party for good company.  So, don’t go overboard on decorations and spend loads of time and money.  A few simple beautiful items will be enough.
  • Paper Goods can be beautiful:  It is amazing what paper plates and paper silverware look like nowadays.  You can find beautiful paper plates anywhere!  This makes the clean up simple as pie!
  • Accept help when offered:   Most people will offer help at the end of the party to clean up or you might be lucky enough to have someone offer to bring a food to share.  Don’t be embarrassed to accept.  The more hands involved the quicker the process.
  • Prepare the food in advance:  When making your food selections for the party choose items that can easily be made in advance.  Store them in the fridge until an hour before the party and then warm them if necessary.
  • Get yourself ready at the beginning of the day of the party:  This last one might only be my problem!  But I always choose to run around the day of the party accomplishing everything I need to and the day is gone before I realize it and I haven’t showered or gotten dressed and my guests are about to arrive.

 

Is That My Neighbors House? #2

 

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I would like to share my mother’s home in Las Vegas. Growing up I moved about every 2 years. My mother always found a way to buy brand new furniture for each home we lived in. Every home was tastefully decorated always keeping me on my toes what she was going to do next. She has impeccable taste and an eye for what piece should go where and knowing exactly what she needs to purchase.  I had the privilege of assisting her in decorating this home.  I love the way it turned out!  I hope you enjoy her home as much as I do!