Healthier Eating · motivation

Ready for the week….

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Well I am ready for my week.  In searching the web lately looking for healthier options for myself, I came across lots of yummy things.  For me it is not just about yummy and healthy, it’s about convenience. If I plan most of my meals for the week then it does guarantee that I will eat healthy.  And I know my weaknesses.  For example…I like something sweet with my coffee in the morning, about 930am while I am checking emails at work.  Also, like many people, if I don’t bring something good for lunch I will fill up with crap, like go into the lunchroom and have a Pizza pop!!! (that hasn’t happened yet..but it could).  So today was my day to try out some recipes that I found online.  I love to cook so spending a few hours in the kitchen is a pleasure and therapeutic.

Last night I put some overnight steel-cut oats on the stove so today I portioned them into jars for my week.  Every morning I will just add my fixins…nuts, coconut, brown sugar…lots of choices for overnight oats.  I also made some great Loaded Baked Omelette cups from  Skinnytaste.  Let me tell you, if you have not yet discovered Skinnytaste, you are missing out.  It’s got amazing recipes!

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So then I was onto some recipes I was really looking forward to trying.  I am not a baker and also I am trying hard to limit my gluten, but I was trying to find alternatives to my “morning coffee sweet”. So I tried these two recipes and they are not only no bake but healthy, clean and tasty!! I love coconut so if you don’t these are not for you.  So first I made Quinoa Almond Joy Bars, note…mine do not look as good as SkinnyMS but they tasted great!!  Then I had dried apricots in my cupboard so I tried these Apricot Balls.  Both turned out very delish!!! Will definitely make both again!! So I am ready for my week and still researching more yummy recipes…..any suggestions?

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inspiration · motivation

Happinez

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Recently while on vacation in Texas, I stumbled across the most amazing magazine in Barnes and Noble.  I may have missed it if for not  deciding to go to the Starbucks to get  coffee. I was waiting in line and turned around to see a small rack featuring some magazines…and there it was.  I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover. Once I flipped through the pages I could not believe it.  I felt like I found a magazine made for me and the present time in my life. Why have I not heard of this magazine before?  Of course I bought it and spent the rest of the afternoon ingesting all of it’s beauty.

So turns out this is a Dutch magazine that has been around for years but they just started publishing an English version in 2015.  So far there has been 2 issues and they just released their third.  In their own words….

Welcome to this new magazine. A magazine for people who have two feet on the ground, who are aware of living in a changing, hectic society and for that reason are looking for ways to find peace – as a starting point for a happy and harmonious life.

Let me tell you, this magazine is so beautiful!  The pages are thick and rich with stunning photographs, inspiring articles and amazing discoveries.  Seriously I had never heard of the 18 Ities before!  And there is a great article revealing it all.

This magazine struck with me so much that I have purchased a few for friends with similar passions as I feel it is meant to be shared.

In every issue is also beautiful cut away inspirational cards! Wow!

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Now unfortunately this magazine is only available in Barnes and Noble in the US and that sucks for us Canadians, but the good news is you can now subscribe for a whole year on their website and shipping is fast and cheap! Their website also has a great Blog and of course beautiful images, as does their Instagram.

Can not wait for my next issue….

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inspiration · motivation

Good Things Jar

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For the last few years I have had myself a Good Things Jar.  What is that you say? My dear friend saw something about it on the internet and told me about it.   All year, every time something memorable and wonderful happens in your year, write it on a piece of paper and throw in the jar.  On New Years Eve, open it up and be reminded of all the great things that happened all year. Well, I LOVED the idea so I dug out one of my husband’s Gramma’s canning jars that was included in a box given to him when she died. They were perfect, a good size, ready to be filled with all things wonderful.  I gave one to my friend and coveted one for myself.  I have now filled it for the last three years. The only difference is that this last year, I did not crack it open and read the contents.  I was sick all through New Years and since then I haven’t felt like emptying it. Not sure why….maybe because there was a lot of things I did want to accomplish last year that I did not.  Most geared towards health and wellness.  I guess I feel a wee bit defeated.  But none the less, I feel like maybe soon, I need to read the past and start anew, because I have this feeling…this inkling that this year will be a great one!!!