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SHARE | April Fool's Day Shenanigans for the Whole Family

Thursday, March 28

Monday is April Fool's Day...
Are you ready for the shenanigans?
Here are some "Harmless and Silly" ideas to try...

Stuff a small part of a marshmallow in one end of the straw to clog it. 
Add it to a beverage you are serving someone and try not to laugh or smile while they're struggling to quench their thirst. 

Add some confetti to the paddles of a ceiling fan and wait for someone to turn it on. Messy but worth it!

Click the "Read More" button below to see all 11 Harmless & Silly April Fool's Day Pranks...

EMPOWER | Self-Intervention

Tuesday, March 26

It's time for a SELF-INTERVENTION...

I'm gearing up to start TWO very powerful 30-day challenges next week...
related specifically to properly fueling my body and changing some bad habits I've developed.
And because the two challenges compliment each other...
I'm starting them the same day - Monday, April 1st.

Click the "Read More" button below to find out what I'll be doing...

iNSPiRE | Promise Me Necklace

Saturday, March 23

Oh yes!!
Yes I did!!
I have been on pins and needles wanting to share this with you!!
I squealed aloud when I opened the package and I've been wearing this loud and proud...

"Promise Me" Necklace

Those of you participating in the "Promise Me" journey absolutely know how special this is!!
A custom hand-stamped necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs...
something I can wear on a daily basis to remind me of the promises on my list...
a sweet, simple, beautiful reminder to take care of me - among all of the other people I care for and tend to on a daily basis.

Click the READ MORE button below for more information and a surprise announcement...

GOOD THiNGS | Best Ever {Fresh} FRUiT Cake

Wednesday, March 20

For most people…
"Fruit Cake" typically warrants wrinkled noses and groans during the Christmas/Winter Holidays at it's very mention.

Thankfully...this isn't the season for "fruit cake"! 
And... as you can see from the image below...
there's no need for wrinkled noses and groans because...
what I'm sharing with you today isn't your traditional "Fruit" Cake…

Fresh "Fruit Cake"

Made completely of fresh fruit...
this cake is sure to turn heads while still tending carefully to the heart health of those we love.
Click the "Read More" link below to get the rest of the details on the most delicious and nutritious fruit cake ever!

RECiPE RADAR | No-Guilt Veggie Pizza

Monday, March 18

As much as I'd love to share desserts-only every time I do a "Recipe Radar" post with you...
the reality is...
I'm also a mom who is always looking for ways to incorporate healthy meal options for my family...
and ultimately, for myself.

I obviously LOVE sweets and desserts...
Did you see the Irish Cream Pies I most recently shared?
BUT...believe it or not...there's more to me than just sugary treats!
I also love finding new, creative ways to introduce my kids to healthy eating options.
In fact, I'm pretty passionate about it. (when sugar isn't distracting me)!

So instead of sharing all things "sugar" with you every time I create a "Recipe Radar" post...
it only seems right to also share the other choices I'm making (or would like to make).

Today's recipe comes from Self Magazine and is something that caught my eye for several reasons:
#1: It looks appealing
#2: It's versatile
#3: It's simple and quick (something fun I can teach my girls to make)
#4: It had Carrie Underwood's name associated with it *wink*

No matter where you are on your "health journey"...
you can adapt this recipe to suit your needs.

For instance, the recipe calls for using a tortilla as the crust.
Beginners can opt to use a flour tortilla.
Intermediates can opt to use a whole grain tortilla
Advanced can use the suggested Organic Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain tortillas found at health food stores.
And for those who are sensitive to wheat...
you can also find Gluten and Wheat-Free tortillas in your local health food stores.

You can do the same thing with the cheese too. (use your favorite - Feta, Goat, or just regular ole Mozzarella).
I, myself, will be using Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil to replace the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray".

serves 2

Vegetable oil cooking spray
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
1 Food for Life Organic Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain (or whole-grain) 9-inch tortilla
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup 2 percent shredded mozzarella
16 slices Yves Veggie Meatless Pepperoni (or 3 slices lean sandwich meat, cut into small pieces)
Vegetable toppings of your choice
1 cup mixed greens (optional)

Heat oven to 400°. Coat a cookie sheet or pizza stone with cooking spray. Spray I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray on both sides of tortilla; place tortilla on sheet; spread with pizza sauce; sprinkle with cheese. Top with pepperoni slices and your favorite vegetable toppings. Bake until tortilla is crispy and cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Top with mixed greens, if desired. Cut into 4 slices and enjoy.

The Skinny
239 calories per two slices, 6 g fat (1 g saturated), 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein

So there you go...
Either stick to the recommendations in the recipe...
or change it up...
it's your long as you keep it healthy! *wink*

just to put this out there...
I will never share a recipe for my "Recipe Radar" posts that I haven't REALLY wanted to try...
or something that I don't REALLY intend on making. I pinky promise!!

And if you have a fabulous recipe you've found that you'd like to share...
PLEASE send it my way!
I'm always looking for something new!

It's Clara's night to cook dinner for the family!
And guess what she's going to be making? *wink*

It was Ema's (Emalyn's) 14th birthday on Saturday!!
LOVE her so much.
I'll be sharing the fun, HEALTHY cake she requested I make her.

BAKE it | Irish Cream St. Patrick's Day Pies

Saturday, March 16

Looking for a last minute treat for St. Patrick's Day?
I combined my Mini Oreo Recipe...
with a kid-friendly Irish Cream - Cream Cheese Filling Recipe (see the bottom of the post )
and I came up with...

Irish Cream St. Patrick's Day (Whoopie) Pies

Click the "READ MORE" button below for more details and to get the filling recipe...

GOOD THiNGS | Simple Green Smoothies 30-Day Challenge

Tuesday, March 12

It seems there's been nothing but sugar on the blog lately! *wink*

How about a little detox from all the sweets today?
Let's focus on something I think is perfectly festive for St. Patty's Day...
and is absolutly nutritious and good for you too...

Green Smoothies

We've talked Green Smoothies and here.
Today, however, is a bit different...

Click the "Read More" button for the entire scoop...

RECiPE RADAR | Irish Cream Desserts

Monday, March 11

With St. Patrick's Day approaching...
I've been fixated on finding a dessert to try out using Irish Cream.

Since I came across  a lot of different recipes that looked tempting to try...
Instead of picking just one of them to share for my "Recipe Radar" post today...
I decided to do a round up of Irish Cream desserts for you.
Just in case you too have been searching for something fun to try.

For the complete list of 17 Irish Cream the "Read More" button below...

SUGAR | Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Wednesday, March 6

You HAD to know these were coming!?
I mean they were totally inevitable...right?
My love for peanut butter + chocolate...
plus the Recipe Radar post last week featuring the yummy recipe from +Jamielyn Nye aka +I Heart Nap Time
combined with my love for all things mini sized...
and you've got yourself some...

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites SQUARED

Using the same recipe but two different techniques/molds...
you've got yourself two varieties of sinfully delicious grab n' go treats.
Keep reading to get the full scoop and recipe...

RECiPE RADAR | Party Popcorn by My Baking Addiction

Monday, March 4

Looking for a quick treat for St. Patty's day?
Need to send something in with your little one for that class party?
Thinking of surprising the office with a festive treat?
Or just want to do a little something special for your sweet family?
Well you are in LUCK!

What I LOVE about this:
– only 3 ingredients
– quick prep time
– adorable outcome
– versatile for all occasions

This is definitely on my RECiPE RADAR!!
Go HERE for the recipe and instructions.

If you haven't checked out Jamie from My Baking Addiction are truly missing out.
She's been my go-to source for recipes since stumbling upon these delicious morsels I made
for the Lemonade and Sunshine Party I hosted for my two older girls.

Any recipe posted on My Baking Addiction I've ever tried has never disappointed...
I encourage you to 
Friend her...
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Find her...

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I'll be back this week with the follow up on the RECiPE RADAR post from last week...

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend...

My weekend turned out kind of quirky!?
J and Ella were gone all weekend - a short visit to Illinois with J's family.
I had grand plans for accomplishing all sorts of things while they were gone.
Instead,  I found myself in the middle of things I wasn't planning on;
...purchasing a bed for Ella. unexpected afternoon visit with my mom that turned into a visit to Williams-Sonoma followed by dinner out with her.
...several trips to JoAnn's for things I never planned on purchasing.
...random last minute running around that turned out to be a HUGE time-waster
and quite unproductive.
None of it really made any sense.

However, I did manage to paint my nails with gold confetti!
Which may or may not make any sense either? *wink*
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