Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Loving desserts is always something I am very honest about. I will give up dinner for a good dessert. It’s literally my favorite meal of the day! When I became a personal trainer, I taught people how to have a healthy dessert in moderation so they never had to give up their favorite food! Because let’s be honest, life is too short not to have dessert every day!

 

Of course with my luck, when I got an autoimmune disease, dessert was one of the first things that got taken away. (and wine too but we won’t start on that subject right now) At first I just made due and was miserable watching everyone else eat dessert. Until I started looking into paleo (no dairy, no grains, no preservatives) and found you can make a lot of great desserts, just healthier! Needless to say I am a happy camper again since I can have dessert! So far I have only found a few I like that are easy to make, but I won’t complain and will keep hunting! Here is my favorite, Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! (This is NOT my personal recipe but one I got out of a paleo group and tweaked to make it work for me!)

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

2 Cups Almond Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

3/4 Cup Almond Butter

3/4 Cup Coconut Oil (Soft but NOT melted)

1 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar

2 Eggs

3 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips (gluten free and dairy free)

Directions:

Preheat over to 350. Combine the coconut oil, almond butter, egg, and vanilla extract. I use a hand beater on medium to combine these and it does take a few minutes to get the chunks out of the oil. Next, slowly add in the dry ingredients. The mixture should be pretty thick. If it’s to thick, I added a dash of coconut milk. Once it is combined, stir in the chocolate chips.  Next, scoop some up with a spoon and make it into a ball. Put it on a baking sheet and press down so it’s flat (I use cooking spray or aluminium foil on my baking sheet for less mess and sticking). Fill your baking sheet and then place in the oven for about 15-18 minutes. I like my cookies crunchy so I do it longer. They do bake after coming out too, so keep that in mind! I store mine in a bag, but also put some in the freezer! Just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and you have a nice tasty snack!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Dana

Stop Making Excuses

Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all have them! It’s just part of life! And yet some people are able to never let the excuses stop them, and others let the excuses control them. As a personal trainer, I got really good at helping people notice the excuses and find ways around them. That benefited me BIG time when I started working from home. Many people think a work from home Mom has it made, but it’s quite the opposite! I was Mom from 5am -8pm and then come 8pm, when I was completely exhausted and drained, I suddenly had to put my perky pants on and get to work! I could have used the fact I have 3 kids as an excuse. Or the fact my husband works long hours and is gone Fri-Wed. Even the fact he went to school on his days off would have been a legitimate excuse! Not to mention the fact I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and discovered to be quite ill! And yet, all of that motivates me MORE!

Stop Making Excuses

Stop Making Excuses

Why??? Because as a Mom, I want to set an example to my kids about how to function no matter what hurdle comes in your path. As a woman of God, I want to show others that God gives us these mountains to show people they can be moved! I’m a firm believer that my story could be life changing for someone else. Every struggle I encounter, every setback with my health, every hurdle I climb reminds me I can do this, and when I reach the top, I will have an AMAZING story to share!

 

That inspires me not to let the excuses stop me. Every person is different though and you have to find what personally will inspire you! Is it setting an example for your kids? Buying something you really want? Getting more time with your spouse? Being able to retire early? Find what will inspire you to work hard! It has to be something big, or very important to you because the honest truth is there will always be EXCUSES, but if you are motivated enough…..you will fly over those excuses easily! In 2017 my health got much worse, my husband spent a month in the hospital and almost died, I ended up in the hospital multiple times, we had a death in our family, I got pneumonia, the whole family got the stomach bug, I ran a fever for 3 months straight….the list goes on and on! But I also had the best year ever in my business. I also learned what are the best things to do for my health. My husband and I got out of debt. The positive list goes on and on to, and all because I never let a hurdle stop me. Every time I encountered an excuse, I found a way to get around it!

Stop Making Excuses

Sometimes it really helps having a partner who you can share your goals with, and discuss your struggles. They can point out if you are making too many excuses and help come up with ways around them! One thing I have learned over the years and through all my crazy struggles is that if you truly want to succeed bad enough, NOTHING will stop you! So the question is, how bad do you want it???

 

 

Dana

New Year, New Goals

The New Year is coming, and with that, New Years Resolutions!! For many small business owners, this is a time to evaluate how your business did over the past 12 months, and what your plans are for the coming 12 months. In order for your business to be successful and thrive, set goals for yourself! Start out small, but make sure you are growing your business every month. Whether it’s by adding 3 new customers, or by adding a new business partner, you need to grow monthly and stay consistent!
2018

New Year, New Goals

If you are struggling to grow and find your business going down hill each month, put a stop to it!! Take stock of what you did that works, and what didn’t work. Stop relying on social media to build your business, and get out in your community!! Pass our flyers, leave business cards around, and offer samples! If you aren’t talking about your business, then its not growing!

You can also search out craft fairs in your area, most have them in the Spring and these are a GREAT way to get your product/business out there to a new market. Be creative with these, offer free samples, prizes and incentives. You can find some great ideas for events on Pinterest. Make sure to get get people to sign up for your newsletter, this way you have their contact information even after the event is over.

And if you don’t have a newsletter, start one NOW. This is a great way to let your current and past customers know about new deals, plus ways to offer them incentives if they refer friends or host a party. Keep in touch and show them you appreciate their business. A happy customer stays around and refers their friends to shop with you too!

Remember in order to be successful, you have to put in the work! Some people can get by with just a few hours a week, but most of us require a few hours each day of work! Especially if you just started a new business, it takes people 7 times being exposed to a product to be ready to buy!

 

Here are Five Tips To Help Your Business Be Successful
1) Always be the hardest worker in the room! I never ask others to do thing I personally won’t do and because of that, I lead by example.
2) Be consistent. Nothing is worse than having business partners that stop, start, stop, start over and over again! Be known as someone who is always consistent.
3) Have an accountability partner. It’s always great to have someone you can share ideas with, and who will call you out if you aren’t doing your work.
4) Plug In To Training’s! A lot of time the things you struggle with, someone else has been there and overcome it! If you plugin, you can learn.
5) Drop the excuses! Everyone can find an excuse why things won’t work. Don’t even bother with them. Make this the year you succeed, no matter what!

 

Do you have some tips for being successful this year? Feel free to share them with me!!!

Dana

How To Stay Thankful

November is one of my favorite month’s of the year. I love that the leaves finally begin to change, the weather gets a tad bit cooler (sometimes, I do live in the south after all), and I can drink my coffee HOT! I especially love the practice of celebrating things I’m thankful for, both big and small and preparing for Christmas. This November though, I’ve gone thru an entire month of chaos! Literally I think I have had one “normal” day. And yet when I was having coffee with a friend, she asked how I could smile after all the chaos.

How To Stay Thankful

The truth is, sometimes it’s hard! I started this month out with the flu, then got a chest infection on top of that. My husband lost a beloved member of his family and had to go out of town for a few days (and of course during that time one of his dog’s got out and I had to trample thru briers to save him), and my daughter got a stomach bug at that time too! Then the medicine I was on gave me a horrible reaction so I was sick again plus had to go off the medicine. While being sick, I also had many obligations I still had to keep! Of course the fun stuff too of 3 Thanksgiving Lunches for my kids and 2 Thanksgiving Play’s and my family get together along with photos for the Holiday’s. That put us to fall break and I was so excited for a week of fun activities….and then my daughter woke up at 2am with a massive stomach bug. Needless to say I never went back to sleep that night, and sleep is something someone with an autoimmune disease really needs! To add to it, 2 days later I got the bug and of course the next day my husband and 2 boys got it too! From all the sickness, my oldest ended up having a severe asthma attack (first one in over 6 months so that’s good!). That brings us to today where we are approaching then end of the month and it’s been no stop chaos!!!!

How To Stay Thankful

How do I manage to write this with a smile??? Because it’s life! Stuff is going to go wrong, it’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be exhausting. But how I chose to still be thankful is by focusing on the joy! Yes it was a horrible month, but we got to spend time with family, saw the Christmas Movie The Star (super cute by the way!), had great food, and learned 3 bathroom’s aren’t enough for 5 sick people (make a joke, it helps!!) I also don’t dwell on the bad stuff for long as then we miss out on all the joyous moments. I truly believe if we look for the positive, we can find it! No matter what the situation is! I especially am thankful for my job this month as with all that craziness, most people would have to call out. But with me being my own boss, I just rearranged my schedule! I also got to watch quite a few Christmas Movies with my kiddos during our sick time and did all my Holiday Shopping Online!! See, if you look for the positive, you can ALWAYS find something to be thankful for! I encourage you this Holiday Season not to focus on what goes wrong, but instead make an effort to look at all the things that go RIGHT! Not only will it make you a happier person, it will teach your children to do the same!

Dana

Online Teaching

How do you find the perfect work from home job? The key is finding something you enjoy, that pays well, and works with your schedule! One popular job I’d love to show you today is online tutoring!

Many people choose to work in direct sales because of the flexibility it offers, yet that’s not the perfect fit for every one. Other people choose customer service jobs thanks to the set income, yet those set hours don’t work for moms with little kids at home. Being a virtual assistant or getting certified to do billing are other options. One I’ve heard a lot about lately, and is a newer program, is online teaching!

Online teaching

Online Teaching

This program is called Vipkid and focuses on teaching kids in China, how to speak English. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for this job!!! What really appeals to Mom’s looking for some income, is the fact you can pick which hours you work, and how many hours you work!

 

You get paid in a few different ways with Vip kid. For each class you teach, you earn $7-9. You also earn $1 for finishing the class and $1 for leaving feedback within 12 hours of teaching the class. Let’s say you work 6-8:30 each day, for 5 days. That puts you earning around $200 a week!! Not bad at all!! Most people with the company are earning around $2,000 per month! Just by fitting this in while their kids sleep!

 

The company also has training’s where you can learn how to tutor better, and what thing’s they are looking for.  They also work with your schedule, which we all know is important as a Mom! They have great reviews online too from many people who enjoy the income they earn with this job. The only complaint is people wish they could work more, and that benefits were offered. But for Mom’s looking to earn some extra income from home, this seems like a great fit!!

Online Teaching

VIPKID is currently looking for online teachers to teach young students in China via video-conferencing. Teachers will earn on average between $14-$22usd per hour. This opportunity is ideal for teachers looking to supplement their income.

Who Qualifies?
– One (1) school year of traditional teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education
– Bachelor’s degree in any field
– Eligibility to work in the US or Canada

Contact them to APPLY HERE 

Dana