Author Archives: Kandi

Back to the Basics #MealPlanning

 

We are getting back to the basic. Now that I stay home again I am trying to prepare healthier meals and stay on more of a budget. So for awhile I was trying a monthly meal plan- yeah that didnt go so well. Food got wasted and we often had way to many leftovers.  My budget was busted because I would still make weekly trips to the store for milk which resulted in extras being bought because something would sound better then what was on the menu. So I went back to a weekly meal plan.

So far- I am coming in under budget and I am sticking to my menus more and I do not have as many left overs! So here is our meal plan for this week.

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#Fundraising Overload!

I often wonder if life will ever slow down. I feel like I am constantly running every where. Joys of mommy hood and this is why I work my own business. But now this month a new challange:

What is it about October that says FUNDRAISING MONTH?

I mean really- Boy Scouts are selling popcorn. My son brought his stuff home and says he wants to sell $5600 I told him to come up with a realistic goal because we live in a small farming community and have a lot of scouts to compete against. He goest “Fine $4600″…. I admire his dreams and will encourage him to hit that goal. But going door to door, on top of meetings, my daughters tumbling and ballet, school. It is just a lot! To top that off he is also selling Pizza Cards for Casey Pizza’s and Jerky.  All for Boy Scouts to help him pay for the many camps and merit badge universities they go to.

Then my daughter- she is selling Christmas greens for a project called CmPS- Community Problem Solvers. They raise money to do things for the community- like helped pay for new playground equipment at the school, bought the public library new books, sent money to communities that were hit with natural disasters. But again- gotta find time to go door to door.

But I also know this community is being hit with another school’s band selling greens, another organization doing meat, cheese, and fruit sales, girl scouts doing nuts & candy. So why do all these organizations hit all at once?

Anyone else feel the finacial stress of fundraising?  If not want to buy popcorn from my son who wants to hit $4600 in sales? 😂

(in case you do want to support boy scouts you can order at https://www.trails-end.com/scout/QNV7YUGL )

Where to go from here

Hey everyone! It has been a long while I know. I am trying to get into a routine and get back on track with life in general.

The past few weeks have been full of scouts, tumbling, and ballet. Which means our meals have been slacking in the health department. But I rally have got to crack down on that.

So here is my problem. I do good, I cook healthy meals through out the month but some are lacking. I go a week of working out then just lose it. I lose motivation, I lose momentum. I get frustrated. However, I can’t! I weigh 196 lbs and am 5’3 this isn’t good for my health, or my blood pressure. But yeat no matter what I do or try I just fall short of staying on top of things.

I need something to help me stay accountable. Something that keeps me going and don’t let me give into that breaking point where I just stop. I don’t know maybe I just need to be hypnotized to be a fitness guru mindset person.  Is that even possible?

So what do you do when you lack motivation, confidence, and drive? How do fight through it and stick with it? Do you use any apps, meal plans, work out facilities?

One Pan Salmon and Broccoli #recipe

We love salmon in our house and I am always looking for good healthy ways to cook it. First my disclaimer- I am not a culinary person- I don’t think I could actually create a flavor on my own. I tend to combine a bunch of recipes into what works for me and my family. And as you can see my pictures are not “professional” – they are that of an every day mom trying to keep up with her kids.

My meals often reflect that as well when it comes to ease of making. Our salmon is no different- the easier the better. I have said it before and will say it again- just because it is quick doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy!

Ok enough chit chat- this recipe was actually inspired by a bunch of Maple Dijon recipes and a recipe I found in Kraft Food & Family magazine. Some of the recipes uses more maple syrup, some use a whole ground mustard, some a dijon, most is just the fish being cooked in foil. Kraft gave me the idea of cooking a vegetable with it. So with out further talk here is my collaberation of recipes:

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Announcing our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

If you are a company looking to promote for this holiday season I can help you in 3 different ways:

Sponsored Post: This will be a basic blog write up about your company and what we have to offer. There will be no follow links directing people to your site and social media.  Cost $30

Product Review: Send me a product you would like to feature and I will review it. The review will link back to your site and social (no follow links) and will have original photos of the product. The product sent must be an unused FULL SIZE product (no samples) to qualify for the review.

Product Review and Giveaway: Same as the product review (product for review must be sent to me). Except at the end of the post will be a giveaway form. Giveaway entries would include following you on social media, browsing your site, and sharing the post. You will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. I will not send the review product to the winner (who wants a used item as a prize anyway?), and I will not accept the second product to mail out. I will provide you with a winner name and mailing address only for the shipment of the prize to the winner.

Any post accepted to our gift guide will be promoted on social media during the Holiday Gift Guide period during the month of November. All Giveaways will end before December 1st so that winner can receive prize before Christmas. The post will also be linked to on our Holiday Gift Guide tab which stays up for the year.

If you would like to be considered for this promotional period please fill out the form below:

 

Why I am not *Just* a SAHM

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Ok first- Yes- I will probably offend someone with this- but that is just the way society is these days (that is a whole different soap box though). However, this is something that has literally been bothering me. In fact- it had me in tears the other day.

Why do we view Stay At Home Moms as less of a person then the moms who leave for work?

I can honestly approach this topic on both sides. I was a working mom. I dropped my kids off at daycare I went to a brick and mortar building and I worked. I had to. I would get so angry and frustrated when people would pull the “how can you let someone else raise your kids” and “how do you miss out on all those moments?”. It is called I had to. I had no choice. I did what I needed to help feed my babies, cloth them, and care for them.  And yes even once I hit school age I changed jobs and went to work at their school as a para. There would be days where I would be out of my house for literally 15 hours between school and activities. Cleaning still got done and dinner still made (out here we do not have fast foods so that isn’t an option on those crazy 15 hour days). We made it work for as long as we could.

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Team Members #Wanted #TCE #TheCocoaExchange

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We are getting into fall, back to school, soon Christmas… Where is this year going? Yikes! Now that I stay at home full time with the kids again I have been working on building a business of my own. I have mentioned The Cocoa Exchange in the past. I am mentioning it again because I am looking to start building a team. But not just for myself- to pass on the blessing that has been given to me.

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Sweet N Tangy Slaw #recipe

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For some reason the other day a cole slaw sounded really good. But I am picky about my cole slaw- I wont eat just any kind. Then I realize that is one thing I have NEVER made before! I knew I didn’t want just a basic cole slaw- I wanted to use my Cocoa Exchange products and make one.  The thing I love the most about my Cocoa Exchange products is that they use just enough cocoa in it to give it a hint of sweet. There really is no more sugar in than any other products out there on the shelves.  So I cruised the internet to see how people were making their cole slaws and what they used. From there I created my own recipe!

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Tortellini Gratin #Recipe

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I am loving this cooking fresh mood I am in! My husband and kids are loving it too. This was actually inspired by a recipe from Hello Fresh and I saw it a simple 2 ingredient type version on Kraft foods. It is that simple!

Now normally with my italian dishes I love a lot of sauce to cover my noodles and so I can dip garlic bread in it. This one is actually opposite of that but still has plenty of flavor. So here is my recipe:

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Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

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It has been WAY to long since I have posted a recipe. I am trying to get better about keeping up the blog and sharing recipes. At least that is my goal. Along with eating healthier and exercising! I am really starting to change my meal mentality to fresh and I am using things like fresh squeezed lemons, fresh parsley, fresh basil, ect. So far I have not been disappointed!

So tonight I really had no intention on blogging this (hence the poor quality picture). I came across this recipe online thanks to Cooking with Class. I had to adjust because well my pans suck so for the pan seared part that it is suppose to be head over to her site where you will find the recipe.

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