Gettin Fit: Old Clothes Challenge

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On any given day, my daughter interrupts me nine out of the ten times I’m on the computer. Usually it’s so she can look at the screen or play with all of the buttons on the computer. Sometimes it’s because she want’s her momma, and that’s a good sign for me to put everything aside and just hang with my daughter. Lately, I’ve been waking up with my boyfriend so I can get a good couple hours of work in before she wakes.

Well, today she woke up before her normal time, and the interruption came in handy. I was well on my way to writing a really boring post and she must have somehow felt that was happening because she sprung out of her sleep and climbed on my lap (I should also note that she has become more accustomed to sleeping on the couch than in her crib right now. I know. We’re working on it).

Now that I have had some time away from the computer, I’m back and ready to write a super non-boring post (I hope!). I do have some exciting news to share: I’m officially an ambassador for the MyYogaPro Kickstarter campaign on DoYouYoga! This means I get all the inside scoop before the Kickstarter campaign actually starts. I know, I’m pretty special.

It also means that my photo is placed on the Ambassador page, and it links directly to my blog. So, it’s a double-promotion, aka double win! So, let me tell you a little bit more about MyYogaPro. It was created my Erin Motz, my most favorite online yoga teacher thus far, and Andy, who founded DoYouYoga. If the campaign goes as planned, the site will offer 16 full-on yoga courses and 200 exclusive HD videos of yoga classes, poses and sequences, all hosted by my girl Erin.

It will also allow you to connect with other yogis around the world and you can enter challenges with your bust bud. Even if you’re doing it solo, you can earn badges after completing courses and you will have a personal progress bar. So if you want to become a rad ambassador like me, click on the badge or any of the links above.

I have been really falling behind on my yoga practice, so that is just the push I need to get back on track! I also decided I would make my own pumpkin spice creamer today. This is really only because we don’t have any creamer left and a girl can use almond milk as creamer for only so long! I happened to find a recipe for both pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin creamer on my go-to clean eating site, The Gracious Pantry.

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The creamer is chillin’ in the fridge (literally) overnight, so I will write a full review when I’m done to let you know how it turns out! The last couple times I have tried the recipe have been failures, so I’m hoping for a win on this one.

I also tried on a few pairs of my old pants (mostly because my one pair I wear now was in the laundry) and to my surprise – they fit! I will also write a post on that for next week, and will show off the new/old duds! It’s definitely motivation to keep doing what I’m doing…and it’s super thrifty because I don’t need to buy new clothes! I already have them, hidden in that magical forest I like to call under-bed storage.

Please remember that I am not compensated for writing about DoYouYoga or The Gracious Pantry. I am writing about them simply because I love their websites and I believe in what they’re doing. If you would like to keep up with my gettin fit journey or if you want to join it, connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. I would love to have you!

Gettin Fit: Healthy Harvest Recipes

Since we don’t have a lot of coffee shops to choose from around here, Starbucks is the only place to stop to get a little espresso to go. Let’s be honest here, sometimes Folgers just doesn’t cut it. Well, I was doing pretty good at avoiding Starbucks for a while. It’s on the way to and from the freeway, so that is a challenge. But then, they had to go and bring back all of the pumpkin spice treats. Thanks a lot, Starbucks! Not only is it hurting my wallet, it’s also hindering my weight loss/ clean eating lifestyle. Luckily, there are plenty of pumpkin recipes you can make at home that are not only delicious, but are also healthy.

Image belongs to The Gracious Pantry

Image belongs to The Gracious Pantry

Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie Creamer from The Gracious Pantry – I really do try to venture out and find new websites to get clean eating recipes from, but when you have such a good thing going on, why mess it up? What I love the most about recipes from The Gracious Pantry is that she uses normal ingredients that I can find anywhere. We’re a one car family and I don’t drive. There is no way I’m getting my boyfriend to take me to anything that resembles a health food store, so I need to be able to get the ingredients at a grocery store.

Have you had those pumpkin muffins from Starbucks? My most favorite thing in the world is a pumpkin muffin with a pumpkin spice latte. Yes, I really do love pumpkin. Like, a lot. Well, here’s a recipe that is a little healthier, and a whole lot cheaper, to make.

Image belongs to Little Mouse's House

Image belongs to Little Mouse’s House

Clean Pumpkin Walnut Muffins from Little Mouse’s House – These may not have the delightful cream cheese frosting in the middle of them, but that’s for the best. I make muffins every week and eat them for breakfast every morning. They’re easy to make and literally require no work during the week. Just what I love. Sometimes I’ll even get to have a cup of coffee and muffin before the little one awakes, but that’s extremely rare.

And if you are still missing that cream cheese frosting, I found a recipe that still uses cream cheese, but much less sugar.

Image belongs to Clean Eating In Texas

Image belongs to Clean Eating In Texas

{Clean Eating} Cream Cheese Frosting from Clean Eating in Texas – I have been able to get most of the recipes I use past the taste buds of my pickiest eater, my boyfriend. He’s not picky when it comes to “bad food,” but he sure is when it comes to the good stuff. Since this recipe still uses cream cheese, I’m sure I can get this one by him too. I’m not even going to tell him it’s the healthier version (although I’m sure he’ll know), I’m just going to see what he says. HA!

So, if you are like me, and go pumpkin crazy at Starbucks, these recipes should make it easier to make the same stuff at home. The ingredients may cost a lost at first if you don’t already have the stuff, but it will save you money in the long run. I was overwhelmed at the cost at first, then I realized that most of these ingredients are used in several dishes. You just need to find whole, good food that can be used in a variety of dishes.

What’s your favorite recipe that you want to see “cleaned up?” Let me know and I will either find a good recipe for you, or attempt it myself. Share your favorite healthy harvest recipes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #healthyharvest. You can find more healthy harvest inspiration on my Pinterest.

Thrifty Thursday

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If someone told me a couple years ago that I would have been a stay at home mom, I would have laughed. That was never in my cards. I was supposed to just write about local music and art shows for the rest of my life. That would totally pay the bills, right?

Fortunately for me, fate had other plans and I wound up as something I told myself would never happen, a stay at home mom. And I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I honestly spend every day taking care of my baby, going to school and blogging.

Sure, I clean, cook and bake. But that’s because I all of a sudden like a clean house (go figure) and I’m loving this whole making food thing. Nobody told me this is what I do, I just do it. It’s my contribution to our family.

Since I’m not bring in the money, I try to spend the least amount of it that I can. So, I’ve been looking up different ways to make stuff or to reuse stuff that we already have in order to save some money here and there.

I know I’m not the only one in this boat, so I came up with Thrifty Thursday. A day dedicated to sharing different methods to keeping the money in your family. I’ll scour the internet (ok, mostly pinterest) and list about 5-10 different websites (depending on what I find) that feature cool projects for saving some of your hard-earned dollars.

Since I’m drinking coffee while I type, I’ll focus on handmade coffee creamers. Not what you’re into? What about gifting them to a friend?

Homemade-Coffee-Creamers1. Homemade coffee creamers, by Around my Family Table. This recipe is from Tiffany, a contributing writer to Around my Family Table, who blogs at offbeat + inspired. She offers three different flavors, maple almond, mocha and cinnamon vanilla. Check out the posting on Around my Family Table for the recipes.

IMG_87062. Homemade pumpkin creamer, by Next to Heaven. Y’all know how much I love pumpkin. So this solves my dilemma of never being able to find pumpkin creamer except for in October! Or, going to Starbucks just to get a pumpkin spice latte and finding out it’s “out of season.” I’m sorry, what? Pumpkin is never out of season.

3. Over two dozen flavors from one base recipe, from Mrs. Happy Homemaker. Is your family like mine and everyone likes a different flavor? Do you live spontaneously and want your creamers to match your lifestyle? Then check out this site.coffeecreamer5

coffee creamer 14. Homemade coffee creamers – 3 ways, from Acute Designs. Hold up, pumpkin spice AND dark chocolate? I think I found my soul mate. There’s also salted caramel, too. I’ve never gotten into the salted caramel craze, so maybe this will be my gateway drug, er, creamer.

almond-joy-creamer5. Homemade vegan almond joy coffee creamer from the hungry tortoise. When I followed a strict vegan diet on the days I felt like following it, I would always get peeved when I couldn’t find a vegan version of whatever food or beverage I wanted. So, here it is.

 

Have a homemade coffee creamer you would like to share? Want to see homemade recipes for something else? Leave your response in the comments! And as always, you can follow my homemade adventures on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.