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What in The World Do I Eat For Breakfast?

What in The World Do I Eat For Breakfast?

If you are like me, you grew up in an era in which Little Debbie cakes were a perfectly acceptable breakfast item.  My typical breakfast choices as a child ranged between a Fudge Round if life was good, a Zinger if things were still going to be okay, and if there was already some bad juju karma in my house that morning, I might just have to settle for a Poptart.  

It's time to pick your breakfast

At no point and time did anyone in the late 80's or early 90's worry about sending their kids to school with a nutritious breakfast. We were going to "run it off" anyway.  To top it off, I usually drank a Mountain Dew or a Surge (remember that stuff?) No wonder everyone from my generation is turning up with diabetes. 

So, now that I am in my 30's and I have children of my own,  I have decided it is time for me to stop eating like a child... I have got to figure out what to eat for breakfast!  Now, there are choices out there like bacon and eggs, or oatmeal, but that is a SIT DOWN breakfast.   I am a full time working mother that commutes 40 minutes each way to work.  There is no time for sit down ANYTHING in my house in the mornings.  I have to have something that is literally GRAB AND GO.  I mean that in the most literal way possible. If I have to do any preparation to it, you can pretty much forget it.  

People have mentioned to me to try protein shakes. I have done it, and there are honestly very few I am in love with.  Maybe I am not trying the right ones, or not doing the right things, but really it's more of a texture thing for me.  I really just want to eat my meals, not drink them.  Most of the protein drinks kind of make me feel like I've drank some sort of liquid chalk that is going to be in my throat until I barf if back up at some point. I think I'll pass. 

Protein shakes

So, I have found a recipe for these chocolate peanut butter ENERGY BALLS that I love!  To be fair, they are still not 100% super healthy for someone that is on a low carb or no carb diet, but they are a hell of a lot healthier than the other stuff that I had been eating on my way to work (ie- a Hostess Cupcake, a Fudge Round, :(     So, I want to share with you the recipe. It's very customizable, you can add and subtract ingredients depending on preference and allergies, and also you might be able to cut back a little on some of the yummy stuff in here and make them a bit more healthy, but I'm on the baby step plan right now people. 

No Bake protein energy balls

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

 

  • 4 cup(s), Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup(s), Brown Flax, Ground
  • 1 tbsp(s), Vanilla extract
  • 2 Scoop, Soy Protein Chocolate
  • 1 cup(s), Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/3 cup(s), Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup, Honey

 All the ingredients together

Combined all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to make them easier to roll. Roll them into 1 inch balls.  This recipe makes about 40 balls.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 40.0

Amount Per Serving

calories 153

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 7 g

11 %

Saturated Fat 2 g

10 %

Monounsaturated Fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

0 %

Sodium 38 mg

2 %

Potassium 32 mg

1 %

Total Carbohydrate 20 g

7 %

Dietary Fiber 2 g

8 %

Sugars 13 g

Protein 4 g

8 %

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

0 %

Calcium

2 %

Iron

5 %

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

PS: For this particular recipe, I chose soy protein because I have not had luck with whey protein being kind to my belly in the past. You could honestly use any type of protein you wanted.  I have also seen these with chia seeds added and/or things like raisins, but raisins give me trust issues. This recipe is the one I have been loving, so go wild and add something if you want homies. 

Until next time!

Tiffany 

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Detox Baths

Detox Baths

Detox baths are an amazing way to rid your body of impurities and most of all RELAX! 

We expose ourselves to toxins on a daily basis, even those of us who do our best to live healthy lifestyles still encounter toxins in the environment and in our foods.  Organs like the liver and kidneys filter these toxins out of our systems, but the largest organ of all is the skin. 

Your skin can excrete toxins out of your system through holes called (you guessed it) PORES.   The warm water of a hot bath helps to open up these pores to allow the skin to become a two way street for letting things IN and OUT. 

Detox Baths can help rid your body of toxins

Here is where the important part comes in, if you are getting the toxins out what do you want to go in to your body?

1. Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

The staple of the detox bath in our opinion is Epsom salt. About 1/4-1/2 a cup per bath- depending on the size of your tub will do. It's great because of its high magnesium and sulfate contents which can help can help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation.

2. Baking Soda 

The human body works best a neutral pH. Acids and bases must be equal in order to achieve this balance. People who eat a Western-style diet consisting of sugar, red meat, cheese and other refined foods have a high acid consumption, which baking soda baths can neutralize. You can also detox your body from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and medications.  Baking soda is also great for common skin problems. Add 1/8-1/4 cup baking soda to a bath and mix well while the water is still running for best results. 

3. Essential oils

The combinations of essential oils to use in a detox bath are numerous, but we have a few go-to favorites.  Lemon is always great for a true detox bath. It's always best to mix the essential oils with the Epsom salt and let them set 24 hours prior to allow for even distribution.  Other oils that are great include Peppermint for achy muscles, Eucalyptus for a cold, Lavender if you need to relax, and Frankincense if you need to refocus and recenter yourself.  

Whatever you do, make sure that after your bath, you drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself and replace the fluid that you lost during your detox. Soak for 20-40 minutes, or until your kids can leave you alone no longer. 

Once you get out of your bath- your pores are going to be very dilated. Now is the perfect time to put on your Medical Mommas products like Tummy Tuck Cream or Lavender Love Story Body Butter.   Just remember, you skin is a two way street.  Everything you put on it absorbs and gets put into your body.

 

Look at the ingredients in the products your putting on your family and make sure they are something you are comfortable with them having in their system.  If not, check out The Medical Mommas and see why we do our best to make products all natural with love! 

 

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The Closet Cleaning Blues

The Closet Cleaning Blues

 I was looking in my closet today trying to find something to wear.  I ending up putting on 3 different shirts and didn't like a single one of them.  

I know y'all have been there before.  I already had one of the 2 pairs of pants that I own that I can been seen in public in that don't give me a giant muffin top, so that apparel choice was pretty much set, and I just thought to myself.....why do I have all these clothes in here that I don't like?   

cleaning out the closet blues new years resolutions

It's a valid question....I mean, did I like them at one point?  Did my vision change?  Has PMS kicked and I forgot to use the



   The Curse Rollerball and I gained 25 pounds from last month?      The answer my friends is NO.....  The answer is simply...DENIAL.

 

 

 

 

  I am living in denial.  So here is what we are going to do.   We are all going to take a deep breath.  We are going to roll on a lot of Chillout Rollerball and we are going to pony up my friends, because this closet denial thing does not look good on anyone.Chillout rollerball for stress and anxiety  

 

 

So here are Tiffany's ways to get over your fears of cleaning out your closet!

Stop Telling Yourself Your "Too Fat"

So naturally when you are trying to decide if you are going to keep something, you are going to try it on, right?  Well, normally when I do, if it is tight or ill fitting, the first thing out of my mouth is, "I'm too fat to wear that anymore." Well, that little slogan is counterproductive. It makes you feel bad about yourself, and then somehow tricks you to thinking that if you will just hold onto something long enough, you can will yourself back into it.

 However, I think a better and more fitting slogan is now going to be-

"THIS NO LONGER FLATTERS ME"  

Think about it, it's the truth.  Sometimes one time in the washer and that super cute sweater turns into something my 3-year-old could wear, am I seriously going to beat myself up about that?  Even if the clothes don't fit anymore because of a change in the shaped of your body- so what- would you rather squeeze into something just to prove you can and then have a raging case of camel toe, or actually have a comfortable pair of flattering pants on?

dog in sweater that is not flattering

It's Not Coming Back in Style

I am not a particularly trendy person, but even my clothes have some trend to them. Tops get longer, pants get skinnier, boots get shorter. Clothes that I have been clinging onto until I "could fit back into them again" are going to be WAY out of style by the time that I get around to losing that 10lbs that I keep talking about.  If you think the style is going to come back that quick, you are either are either a yo-yo dieter (no good for your body) or delusional.   Do yourself a favor and make like Elsa and Let It Go.

Even items that are "classics" that never go out of style- most certainly DO go out of style. Believe me, even I know that, and I wouldn't know fashion if it hit me with the broad side of a barn.  You know what's never in style...a camel toe.  Try to wear last year’s pants that are about 1-2 sizes too small and look in the mirror and you will see exactly what I am talking about. Even if you are not trendy such as myself- clothes that fit well are always in style.

The $$$$

I look at certain items of clothes and know how much I paid for them, and it pisses me off they don't fit anymore.   Now my husband doesn't know how much I paid or he would need a 


M-graine Rollerball
 and a brown paper sack to breathe into, but we will save that blog for another day.   However, clothes are not like stocks.  They don't hold their value just sitting in your closet.  You pretty much have to consider them valueless the minute you purchase them (that's a good mentality to keep when you are clothes shopping for you shopaholics).   At this point, clothes that do not fit you are only taking up closet real estate and are of no real value to you if you cannot wear them.  (or should not wear them). 



money for sellin clothes Let's just say you can get past the mental strife of dealing with the fact that certain articles of clothes "No longer flatter you". How to do make the best of the closet clean out situation?So, how do you cope?

Sell Your Clothes

Some clothes in good condition can be worth some money. For the most part, this is worth it if they are brand name items that people can search for on places like Ebay or Craigslist. Boutique clothes might be easier to sell on local sights like a Facebook for sale site, but make sure your include plenty of pictures, sizes, and the condition of your item.

THIS IS ALOT OF WORK, so I would only suggest this for higher dollar items to make it worthy of the time it takes to list and photograph them. People on sites like these are searching for keywords- like brand names, sizes, colors, etc. So when you list your items use as many keywords in your listings as possible so they can be found. 

Donate Your Clothes

  1. There are tons of superworthy causes out there that would love for you to donate to them. Goodwill, St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, The Red Cross, or check with your local church or mission house. Most all of these are tax-deductible, but you need to check your local tax laws and get a receipt for your taxes.  Plus there is the added benefit of knowing that you are helping people in need, so that's always a win-win situation. 

Have a Swap Party

  1. Clean your closet out - clothes, jewelry, shoes- (anything that just doesn't FLATTER you anymore).  
  1. Have your friends do the same- all shapes and sizes are welcome- you never know what goodies people are hiding in their closets. 
  1. Set up a low-key swap party- set out all the goodies arranged loosely by size-everyone is free to browse, try on, and take something if they like it. 
  1. There is no limit to what you can take or you don't have to take anything at all. What is left at the end of the night get donated to charity.  Even if you don't find anything you love, you have had a good night with friends and your closet is clean. (If you want to set rules up for your swap you can, but I would much rather just have a fun low key night and try on clothes and see what looks good on everyone.)

 

clothes swap party

Think back to a time you have cleaned out your closet before.  Have you ever truly missed any items you have given away?   I know I haven't.  I honestly never gave anything I tossed out a second thought.  

As I gather thoughts for the new year, this will be my first conquest! 

 

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No Shave November

No Shave November

So men have cleverly turned November into a month in which they all refuse to shave their faces.  Some claim it's for hunting season and some actually man up and just admit they just don't feel like it, and it becomes socially acceptable in November.   

We have something that will make it slightly less painful for you all that don't enjoy facial hair.

 Our No Shave, No Problem Beard Oil is designed to be used just a few drops at a time to help keep a beard soft and manageable.   

Take advantage of our sale during the month of November to get your man up to speed on beard care.  This also makes a great stocking suffer for all the men in your life with facial hair. 

 no shave november beard oil sale

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I Know I Taught My Kid Better Than This

I Know I Taught My Kid Better Than This

I have to let you all know about the latest situation in my house. You may either sympathize with me and have similar horror stories, or wonder what I am doing wrong as a parent. Either way, here is the current state of affairs at my house. 

At some point, my 6 year old son has decided that wiping his butt after he poops is now optional.  I discovered this, after I helped him get his shower, (which because he is 6, I mostly supervise). I was going to check out a bite on his leg where he got a jellyfish bite at the beach last week and I catch a whiff of something funky....like stale a$$.  I know that's not ladylike, but y'all know what I'm talking about.   

The face of a mom who has discovered the stinky butt

This is my face when I discovered my 6 year old hasn't wiped his derriere for a week

 

So I proceed to do what any good momma would do, and I go straight for the buttcheeks, and right there before God and everyone else, is my 6 year old sons dirty stinky butt crack. Mind you, I merely supervised the shower, so I did not physically peel his butt cheeks apart in the shower and clean them, but I know that I have taught him how to wipe his behind after he uses the bathroom. 

So I start to quiz him about the situation, and he starts getting pretty vague about things. First, he tells me that he doesn't remember if he has pooped lately. Then he says he doesn't know if he wiped his butt or not.  At this point, guilt is written all over his face.  He finally just breaks down and tells me that he thought if you couldn't see your butt, you didn't have to wipe it.....    Seriously?   Like, because you can't get a visual on it, it can smell like a hog barn and it's all good???? Now, I know I taught him better than that!  

Why am I telling you this story? Well, this is one of the many reasons Holly and I created The Medical Mommas. I'm serious- go with me here.

 So after I got him back in the shower and cleaned up, now I have a 6 year old with a clean very sore butt that is crying that hurts...what do I do?   What do I put on it? There was one point in my life I would not have had any clue what to do either.  We get questions like this all the time from our customers.   This is not exactly something you can run into Walmart and ask the store clerk there advice about.  We are moms though, and we get it.   If you send us and email and say, hey, "my kid won't wipe his butt, and now he has monkey butt, what can I use on that?" We are going to be able to help you out!   

Let me tell you what I did.  I put some Miracle Salve on his behind and in minutes he had already calmed down. In the morning I guarantee it will be better. It has happened before, and unfortunately will probably happen again, because apparently we have not been able to create a formula for stubbornness yet. 

So if you have questions about an issue, please don't hesitate to email us and we will be glad to help you. We have probably been there before, I promise! 

 

 

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