Lasagna Roll Ups

One of the hardest part of cooking with 3 kids is finding things they will eat…other than mac and cheese!! Of course once I find a recipe they approve of, I have to share it so other parents can give it a try!! This is a favorite in my house for both the kids and adults! And if you want to get some veggies in, just puree them and add them to the sauce. The kids never even know! Enjoy!!!

 

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**12 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles 
**1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
**3 cups Sugar Free Pasta Sauce
**10oz. Frozen Spinach – THAW AND DRAIN
**2 1/2 cups Fat Free Cottage Cheese
**2 cups Part Skim Shredded Mozzarella
**3 egg white
**2 tsp. Garlic Powder

Directions:
Cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Combine parmesan cheese, spinach, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, egg white, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl – Mix well. Spread 3/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Lay the noodles out on a plate, and spread the cheese/spinach mixture on them. Roll them up and place them in the baking dish. Top with the remaining sauce. Bake COVERED at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

 

Dana

Healthy Crock Pot Chili

One of the only things I like about winter is getting to eat lots of soup!! I’m one of those people who can’t eat soup when its hot outside, so I really enjoy it for most of the winter. I normally make 4 different types of soup, and freeze them so we have an easy meal every week. Chili is one of the favorites in my house, my 18 month old LOVES chili!! I like it as its packed full of protein, healthy, and fills you up! Plus this recipe is super easy and makes a huge batch so I also have something for lunch all week too. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

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Ingredients 

1 Lb. Lean Ground Turkey

1 Onion

1 Yellow Pepper

1 Red Pepper

2 Cans Tomato Sauce (15 Oz)

2 Can Diced Tomatoes (15 Oz)

2 Cans Black Beans (15 Oz)

2 Cans Kidney Beans (15 Oz)

1 Cup Frozen Corn

1 Tbsp Chili Powder (add more if you like your chili to have a kick!)

1 Tbsp Cumin

1 Tsp Salt

½ Tsp Pepper

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

 

Directions

10353088_1061867783846687_4815752159621034768_nPour the olive oil into a saute pan and cook the ground turkey. While it’s cooking, chop up the onion and peppers and pour them in the crock pot. Rinse off the beans and add those to the crock pot too. Next add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Once the ground turkey is brown, add it to the crock pot along with the corn. Stir the ingredients in the crock pot. Next add the spices and stir again. One everything has been stirred, turn the crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours (or 4 hours on high).

Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!!

You can also freeze this and warm it up when you need it!

 

 

 

Dana

How To Be A Social Media Success

Last week I talked about the do and do not’s of social media, and that brought in a load of questions!!! So today I’m going to elaborate more on how to have success on social media!

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First lets talk about your profile. People who are interested in working with you, are going to research you!! When they go to your page, you want them to see someone that is successful, happy, positive, and would be a great mentor. The first thing they see is your profile pictures and cover picture. Keep it professional, clean, and friendly. Ask a photographer for some head shots, or if you can’t afford that, ask a friend to do it! Aim to do it outside if you can as the outdoor lighting is great and you don’t have distraction in the background of your picture.  I personally use a family photo for mine, but you can do one of just you if you prefer! I just think my kids are so adorable that helps people want to work with me 😉 (KIDDING!!) Remember with your pictures of yourself, you want people to chose you!!!! If someone approaches me selling makeup, but their pictures of themselves are all without makeup, I’m going to wonder if they truly love the product. People are going to join your company because of YOU, and their belief in YOU and your success. And if you don’t have success yet, don’t lie, but show people you are working hard to get there!

 

Next let’s talk about what to do on Facebook. Scrolling through your newsfeed is fine when you have time to kill, but it will NOT build your business! You need to engage with people and meet new people! I suggest going through your friends list and re-connecting with at least 7 people each week. Do NOT message them about your business! Simply try and catch up and get to know them better. If they ask what you are up to, share, but don’t sell!!! If they are interested in your business, they will ask!! Build relationships, people want to work with those they trust!! Join groups. Not to talk about your business, but to engage with people and meet new people! You can find tons of fun groups in your area to join!

 

11141180_10153078114179576_3521282344485357203_nStop scrolling through Facebook! If you are a busy Mom like me, you have very limited time each day to work and Facebook is a distraction if not used correctly! The first thing I do when I get online is check my messages and notifications and answer those. Then I post in my private groups, check in on business partners and customers, and then see what I need to do to grow my business. I keep a list of what I need to do each day by my computer. For example, three days a week I work on blog articles.  Two days a week I participate in network parties for blogs. Four days a week I work on growing my business. Keeping a list of what needs to be done, helps me work faster and more efficiently.  I save the scrolling through Facebook for when I do my morning cardio, as it is not a beneficial way to grow my business.

 

 

 

 

Growing your reach is important! Some people chose to use Facebook, others chose to meet people face to face. Either is fine, but to be successful you need to be growing your reach of people every week! Using a facebook business page is a great tool also, but keep in mind many times you have to pay to promote those. Find free groups to join, or pages you can network on. Find local Mom groups in your area! You have tons of options, but you need to work at it each week!!! If you aren’t talking to people, then your business isn’t growing!

 

11Get your product and company out there, without annoying people!!! Facebook does not show every post to every person, so when you start a new business, it is hard to let everyone know about it! You can contact people directly to let them know and see if they will support you, but remember, don’t spam them!! Sharing about your new business on Facebook is fine, but remember to share why you are excited about it, and don’t be a sales person! Be real, be true, and be YOU! When you first start your business, you do need to post a lot about it. On average, I recommend once a day IFFFFFFFF you are active on social media.

 

 

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Remember to make the RIGHT type of posts on social media. You don’t want to drive people away so make sure you never over post. The average posts you do should tie in to how many friends you have. If you have less than 400, one post a day. If you have around 1000, 2 posts a day. If you have over 1000, 3 posts etc. Too much posting will make facebook think you are spamming people (notice how if you post 10 times a day you get no like or comments? That is because they stop showing your posts to your friends), and it annoys people so they unfollow you. When that happens they NEVER see anymore of your posts!

You can post your items without ever selling them! Remember sales is hard, but being a SHARESPERSON is easy!! Just share what you love about your product and company. Leave the money and sales out of it! People will trust you for sharing what you love and being honest. And have fun with your posts!!!! If you are bored and hating it, people can tell!! Make sure to also use your own personal pictures. Copying other people’s posts is not a good idea. Using stock photos is not a good idea. The best posts include a personal picture. You also want to save your business posts for the busiest time on social media, which is after 8pm!

 

One important thing to know about Facebook, the more people who engage with you on your posts, the more people who will see it!!! Tag your friends if you know they won’t mind, or ask them to help by commenting and liking. Each time someone comments, make sure you reply to them too. The more comments and likes you have, the more Facebook thinks your post is important so they will show it to more people!

 

 

At the end of the day, remember that being successful is about balance, hard work, fun, and dedication. When I first started in direct sales over 3 years ago, I didn’t make hardly anything my first paycheck!!!! That company had a horrible approach and I quit within 6 months as I was not having fun! This year I joined a new company and I knew that to be successful I had to have balance, hard work, fun and dedication. You have to be willing to work every single day, but you can’t let it consume you!! And never give up, as your dreams are worth chasing!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Dessert is my favorite meal of the day. It always has been, and it always will be!! But that is also what caused me to spend most of my life a tad bit on the chunky side haha. After gaining over 60lbs with my first child, I realized I had to make some changes!! For awhile, I cut out all dessert, but that was just miserable and did not last long! Eventaully, I learned the key was NOT to cut out dessert, but find ways to make it healthier and have it in moderation.
This is one of my favorites! You can do them as muffins or brownies. I make a big batch and stick them in the freezer and then just warm them up for a treat. I also like to add a little whipped cream to mine. Delicious, healthy, and takes care of that chocolate craving!
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1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Mashed Bananas
1 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease the muffin pan. Combine the egg, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla Blend the bananas and then add them to the mixture. Mix the dry ingredients and then combine them all and stir until well mixed. Add chocolate chips. Bake for about 20-25 minutes for regular muffins . Once they are cooled, you can also freeze these and then just heat them up when you want one!

 

 
Dana