Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

I love Fall! Especially since I live in an area where we actually have that season!! I spent 10 years living off the coast of Georgia and while it was very pretty there, we had limited seasons!!! Basically just summer, and then kinda cold haha. Now that I’m in an area where the leaves change colors, I appreciate it so much more!

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

With kids, Fall brings a ton of fun activities around too! Picking apples, Halloween, Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, and more!! My kids and I are big fans of Holiday’s. One of my favorite things about Fall is pumpkin!!! I love pumpkin flavored coffee, muffins, donuts etc and I make huge batches all Fall! This year though, my diet has changed a lot thanks to my autoimmune disease. I can’t have most the pumpkin treats I enjoy, but I was able to find a muffin recipe that I really love….and it’s healthy!

Best part, it’s easy to make and my kids don’t notice a difference. I make a huge batch of these and freeze them and they are great for me, and my kids!

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Ingredients:

10 Eggs
1 Can Puree Pumpkin
1 Cup Applesauce
2/3 Cup Honey
2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Coconut Flour
2 TBSP Cinnamon
2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tsp Baking Soda
(I also like to throw in a dash of nutmeg, but that’s up to you!)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix on low until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix again until well combined. I let mine sit for a few minutes to thicken up. Spray coconut oil in your muffin tins. Fill ¾ of the way full with the mixture…it will be thick! Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes. Mine usually take 30 minutes as I like them more done. You can also freeze them and they make a great and easy heat up snack!!

Dana

Put Your Positive Pants On!

I try to be a very positive person. I feel like the more positive you are in life, the more you can enjoy life! And I for one like to enjoy life!! In fact, most my life I’ve been told how I’m always smiling, laughing, looking for the positive, being perky etc. I’m just an all around happy person for the most part!!! I try and also teach others to look for that positivity too….sometimes it hides, but it is always there!!!

Plus, no matter how bad we think we have it, there is usually somebody that has it for work. So because of that I try to always be positive and find the joy in each difficult situation. The last few months it has been a little harder for me to do that with some problems with my health. When you’re a positive person and you suddenly start feeling bad all the time, it begins to weigh down your mood. To be honest thought, not just weigh it down, totally change it!

I found myself turning into someone I don’t know. Instead of being a positive person I was starting to be a very negative person. I begin to feel sorry for myself and question why I was going through this and what was the reason behind all of these things happening! The other day, I went in for a medical procedure hoping to find answers as to a problem I was having. The doctor had a good idea what was wrong and it would be an easy fix once we got it confirmed. But unfortunately the complete opposite happened during the procedure! They actually found out that what the doctor thought was wrong was NOT wrong, but I had a different problem altogether that we weren’t expecting!!! I have to admit I argued with the doctor after that just to make sure that he was sure haha. Not my best moment!!!

I found myself questioning AGAIN why is this happening to me?? Why do I keep having these problems?? Why can’t I just get better??

And then….my, myself, and I decided to have a little pep talk! I told myself that I could continue looking for the negative and questioning why this was happening and how difficult it was making my life. Or I could laugh and say “Okay here’s Just Another Mountain I’m going to climb up and I’ll have a great story once we get this all figured out!.” In fact, maybe my struggles will help someone else!!! Maybe the fact that I have a social media presence, will allow someone going through the same thing, to read my story and feel like they aren’t alone!! Because that is the hardest part of being sick all the time….even with a ton of people around you, you feel alone!

Sometimes life throws you hurdles that you aren’t expecting, but what we can control is our attitude. I’m not always the best at controlling my attitude and looking on the positive side, but that’s something I really work for because I want my kids to learn from me, and hopefully inspire others!

 

Here is to this new mountain……I am ready to climb!!!!

Dana

15 Ways To Earn Cash For Christmas

As the Holiday’s approach, many parents get stressed over HOW they will pay for presents! I hate to hear that because the Holiday’s are supposed to be about joy, and fun….not stress!!! One tip I recommend to parents, put away money every month to prepare for Christmas! Just $25 a month would be $300 come Holiday Season!!!

 

Another tip I recommend is shopping year round. I know that sounds weird, but coming from the retail world, often times stores will up prices around the Holiday’s because they know you are going to buy!!! I keep an eye out year round for sales on things and then have a big box in my closet I can store little gifts in! We also try and stay realistic at the Holiday’s. I don’t know if you are like me, but I want to buy my kids tons of stuff!!! I have to remind myself they don’t need a lot of things, and most of it will be ignored after a few weeks anyways! I let them make a list of some things they really, really, really, REALLY want, and then a list of things they would just like to have. That allows me to weed it down! I also keep a list of things they have asked for during the year and I’ve said “No” you have to wait haha.

 

At the end of the day, remember the best gift you can give your kids is being there for them, being happy and stress free, and having FUN! My kids love going to look at lights, having a fire and smores, and camping out in our living room! They also LOVE making hand made gifts for family members. Things that don’t cost money, are usually things they love the most!

 

If you know the Holiday Season will be stressful, start planning now!!!! Don’t wait til the week before to shop and stress over how to have money, prepare ahead of time and have an easy Holiday Shopping Time!!

Earn cash for Christmas

Take Online Survey’s To Earn A Few Bucks!

These do not pay a lot, but if you start now and do a few a week, you can have some extra spending money come Christmas!

Survey Savvysurveys

Paid Viewpoint

SwagBucks

 

Ibotta  (discounts and cash back on groceries at your choice of stores!)

Inbox Dollars

Fusion Cash

Phone Apps

Here are a few phone apps you can download and get paid when you use them!

JunoWallet

Check Points

Make Money

 

 

 

Other Ways To Earn Some Money….

Amazon MTurk: Complete tasks and get paid for them! Each task will pay you thanks to Amazon!

Clickworker: similar to MTurk in that you complete tasks and get paid for them. Tasks vary from data entry, surveys, image captioning and more.

Humanatic: You listen to calls and place them by their importance for the company.

Field Agent: Allows you to make money by completing short tasks

GigWalk: Mobile workforce that allows individuals to use their smart phone to perform and get paid for tasks

Viggle: With this app you can get paid when you check in for watching TV shows, commercials, or ads!

 

Or start your own business!! It’s easy, it’s fun, it gives you a great income, and you are your own boss! You have tons of choices!!! I personally work for an online grocery store, but you can do things like share makeup, nail wraps, workout programs, food, jewelry etc. Check out our Work From Home Directory for more options

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Dana

Parenting is HARD!

Parenting is HARD! And anyone who tells you it’s not….is lying! Sure it’s rough being awake all night, arguing with a three year old going on 16, and trying to clean a house that is covered in fingerprints. But, I think one of the hardest things is worrying if you are doing it right or not!

I’m a big worry wort. I worry about everything. Even things that are silly to worry about. Becoming a parent just made me worry even more! I want what is best for my kids, never to see them hurt, and to give them the best life possible. That’s not too much is it???

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Last fall, my husband and I had a heart to heart. We have lived paycheck to paycheck for years and while do fine, we never had room for extra. And we want extra for our kids! For them to be able to do after school activities, to take a vacation each year, to be able to never hear us talk about money!! We agreed when we first had kids, that I would stay at home. As a psychology major myself, and my husband having spent most his childhood in daycare, we wanted to do everything possible to keep them home with me. That meant I became a budget Queen and began working from home to pay off debt. And that was working fine!

We decided last fall though, that my husband would apply to get his Masters Degree so that 5 years down the road, we could offer our kids the type of future we want for them!! It’s been hard!! My husband is taking classes right now while working full time, and I’m working more to help replace his income when he needs to be in school full time next year. But that hardest part is on my kids. They only get to see their Dad two nights a week, for about 3 hours each night. And that is the worse!!!

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Everyday during the week they ask how many days til the weekend. “Do we get to play with you and Daddy??” And the tears that have happened multiple times when I say No, it will just be Mommy. It makes me wonder, are we doing the right thing??? Will they care when they are adults that they didn’t get to play soccer or take a vacation? Or will they be thankful for this rough patch because of the bright future we are going to give them?

As a parent, it’s so hard to know which route is better! I know when I was a kid, we never took vacations and that was fine with me, but I also got to horseback ride and that was a passion of mine for many years!! I don’t want my kids to look back on life and wonder why they didn’t get to do something. But I also don’t want them not be able to see their Dad!! Its hard on them, but it also wears on me! I suffer from an autoimmune disease so I tire easily, I get sick easily, and I get stressed easily. I never want my disease to effect them though so when it’s the weekend, I try and always push through to take them to do fun activities….no matter how I feel! As every parent knows though, be the only one to help with homework, dinner, baths, story time, bed, getting ready for school and repeat everyday….it’s hard!!

At the end of the day, I remind myself that this too shall pass! My kids miss their Dad, but they are blessed with a wonderful Dad who is working hard to give them a wonderful future! My kids know I have a sickness, but they are blessed with a Mom who makes sure not to let that effect their childhood! And above all, they know without a doubt that they are loved beyond measure. In ten years I’ll ask myself again if this hard period was worth it, and hopefully my answer will be YES!

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To all the parents struggling, wondering if you are doing the right thing, and questioning your decisions….remember you are doing the best you can and that’s all we can do as parents. And love them. Love them with all we have!!

Dana