Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Sun Butter Cups and other Paleo Christmas Treats!

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Sun Butter Cups and other Paleo Christmas Treats!

When I was little, I wanted to give gifts to family members at Christmas time.  We didn’t have a ton of money growing up so instead fo my parents handing me money to buy gifts my mom taught me the joy of gifting baked goods!

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We would spend days before Christmas baking then package them all into boxes, tins or on plates and gift them.  Since then I can’t remember a year that I haven’t been in the kitchen the days leading up to Christmas pouring, mixing, measuring and baking!  I love it!

Since I’ve changed my eating habits over the past few years, my baking has changed as well.  I still enjoy sharing yummy goodies with others I just try to keep them Paleo friendly so I can taste them too :-)  Plus, it’s a bit healthier to share grain-free, sugar-free and often times dairy-free treats!

In case you’re looking for some healthier treat options for others or just for yourself, I’ve put together a list of recipes I’m planning to make.

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Third Annual Favorite Thing Party!

Third Annual Favorite Thing Party!

Less than one week until Christmas!  I know, I know, everyone is posting about it and repeating it over and over again but I just can’t believe how fast this month has gone by.  I swear December was the longest month ever when I was a kid!  What happened?

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed last week when we were planning to have half my family at our house tomorrow to celebrate, then some of The Hubby’s on Tuesday then the rest of my family on Friday.  Since today is jam packed and I’m teaching two classes tomorrow morning I was freaking out a little.  However, I took some of the stress off my plate by saying no to Saturday.  Learning to say no has been a big part of my de-stressing and when I woke up at 2:00am with anxiety over getting everything done by Saturday, I knew I had to say no somewhere.  Now that I have I’m feeling much better and ready for all the festivities next week!

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Christmas Eve Box and Teacher Gifts

Christmas Eve Box and Teacher Gifts

First off thank you all so much for the kind comments on Tuesday’s post.  It’s not alway easy being so open and honest about my health issues but it helps to think that someone out there could relate and my experiences could possibly help them :-)

On that note, I actually just got back some testing that I had done a few days ago on some of my hormone levels.  It looks like things are much better!  My THS is now in normal range and my FreeT3 is increasing which is great!  I’m feeling better too so that’s a plus.   I’ll keep you posted as I continue on my healing journey :-)

Switching gears now today I thought I’d share a few fun holiday gifts we put together recently.

My best friend and I used to exchange gifts every year for Christmas.  I remember when we were little we used to do 12 days of Christmas gifts and get each other something little for each day.  As we got older and moved further away, we mailed each a something each year but once we had kids we decided to just do gifts for them.  Since we don’t live close, we thought it would be fun to do something special that our kids would remember each year and identify us with.   So the past few years we’ve been putting together Christmas Eve boxes!

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What WE ate Wednesday

What WE ate Wednesday

Good morning!

We’ve had quite the busy week so far and it’s only going to get busier!  Tis’ the season!

I mentioned this past weekend that I’ve been in a food rut and had high hopes of getting out of it this week but… it hasn’t been going all that great.  Breakfasts and lunches have been fine but dinner has been a struggle still.  Thinking the holidays are partly to blame since we are just so busy but still… I need to get back on track!

Regardless of not doing that well with cooking full meals,  we have still been eating.  So I’m joining Jen to share our day of eats from yesterday.

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Be a COVERGIRL with Rent the Runway for New Years Eve!

Be a COVERGIRL with Rent the Runway for New Years Eve!

I’ve never been a huge lipstick person.

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The 3 Things that Broke Me….

The 3 Things that Broke Me….

I’m broken.

Luckily though, like humpty dumpty, my pieces can be put back together again.

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MIMM – Holiday Parties

MIMM – Holiday Parties

Good morning!

Only 9 more days until Christmas!  Are you ready?  I hate how fast this month goes by.  So much fun stuff to do with so little time…

Speaking of fun stuff, we did our fair share this weekend so I’m joining Katie and her Marvelous party to share some of our fun!

 

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Getting out of my food rut weekly meal plan!

Getting out of my food rut weekly meal plan!

I’ve been in a bit of a food rut lately.  I think the hustle and bustle of the holiday’s plus teaching a few nights a week at the Studio has decreased my lack of motivation to cook much.  That and I think I just cooking like spring/summer foods more than fall/winter.

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Peppermint Patty Protein Smoothie with Puritan’s Pride

Peppermint Patty Protein Smoothie with Puritan’s Pride

Yes it’s December, pouring down rain and we’ve been decked in our wet weather gear the past few days.

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Mt. Ready  Workout

Mt. Ready Workout

As I mentioned this morning, we’re experiencing quite the storm for the next few days.  Which is a good thing for all those snow bunnies out there!  So it’s time to get prepared for the mountain!

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