Skinny Puppy Chow

chexI love sweets. Forget pizza and pasta, sweet snacks are my go to item!! I can eat salad all day long if need be if it means I get chocolate for dessert haha. I’m always on the hunt to find ways to make my favorite treats a bit healthier, and this week I made Skinny “Puppy Chow”. No its not dog food, its peanut butter chocolate covered chex mix. SO GOOD!!!! Its also a great sweet snack for kids!!will and chex

Here is how I made it:

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Wheat Chex Cereal (you can use regular too)

2 Tbsp Natural Low Fat Peanut Butter

2 Tbsp “I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter”

2 Squares Sugar Free Dark Chocolate

1 Package Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding

1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate in a large pot on the stove. Melt over low heat and stir consistently to prevent it from burning.  Once it has all melted, remove from the stove.  Pour the chex mix in the pot and mix it up well. Dump the chex onto a foil lined cookie sheet to cool. Once it has cooled (approx. 20-30 minutes) pour it into a large Ziploc bad and add the pudding and powdered sugar. Shake gently to mix. Store in an air tight container or bag for 3-5 days.

Dana

Making Time For MOM

making time for momLast weekend, I was standing in line at Target with all 3 kids. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “Going to Target on the weekends is a BAD idea!!!” I realized that once I pulled in the super busy parking lot, haha!!! But standing in line, I got to chat with the lovely Mom of 2 behind me. She was a bit frazzled and was having a rough time, so I helped her with a toy her child threw down. It took 2 seconds, but she was so thankful to have someone to help!!!

When I handed the toy back, she saw my manicure.  Her question to me in a very shocked voice was “How do you have time for such nice nails with 3 little kids??? I never make it to the nail salon!!!”

Been there, done that!!!! I had given up on nice nails after my second child was born. No one to babysit so I could get a manicure, and not enough time for them to dry at home!! Over 3 years it has been since I stepped in a nail salon!!! Yet as a Mom, I still want some part of me too look put together when I’m in sweat pants, baggy t’s and my hair in a bun on a daily basis.  I have 3 kids under 5 so spending time on my appearance is very tough!!myjams

Often times as Mom’s, we come dead last. We take care of our kids, our spouse, our house, and then there is nothing left for us!!! We go all day long, give everything we have, and at the end of the day are just too exhausted to spend any time on our appearances or things we enjoy. That was how I was!! Forget manicures, I didn’t have TIME for me!! And then I realized, I needed to find some way, every once in awhile, to do something I enjoyed just for me.

I stumbled across these fabulous little gems almost 2 years ago. They are vinyl adhesive “nail wraps”. You warm them up with heat, and then stick them on your nails!!! Super easy!!! In fact, it takes me about 10 minutes to do my manicure and they stay put and keep looking fabulous for 2 weeks!! One of the best parts??? A manicure at the nail salon use to cost me about $15-$20 not including tip. With these, I get FOUR applications for $15!!!!! Not to mention they have so many styles to choose from!! You can do animal print, floral, or French tips! And the whole “no dry time, no chipping, no touch ups, no glue” is a BIG plus for this Mom!!! I can change diapers in the middle of a manicure haha!!!

This is my “me time”. Sure its only 10 minutes every other week. But it’s a chance for me to do something for myself. Every single Mom needs something for them, wheather its a bubble bath, glass of wine, chocolate bar, or manicure. We work so hard taking care of others, we each DESERVE something for ourselves every once in awhile. All week long when I look at my nails, I feel put together!!! Sure I might not look it to the rest of the world, but I FEEL IT and that is what matters!!! No matter what it is, a manicure, a massage, a haircut, make sure as a Mom that you find some time for YOU!!! Because no matter what, you are doing a great job and deserve it!!!!

Dana

WHY?????

10367582_10152570653389576_6730199825170286823_nOne question I hear all the time is “WHY are you working from home??? Aren’t you busy enough??” The answer is a simple one, for my kids because doing this gives me MORE time with them!!! I have a Bachelors in Psychology, Personal Training Certification, and Nutrition Certification yet I choose to work from home because it’s the easiest!!! Before Liam was born, I was lucky in that I could usually get 3-4hrs of work in each day. Will and Adalyn took long afternoon naps plus were in bed by 7pm each night. I had tons of free time to write meal plans, workout plans, and help clients one on one. When Liam was born my plan was to take a few months off from personal training and then take on the same work load. But I couldn’t do that!!!934898_10152572574349576_3952406333496227497_n

Will and Adalyn stopped napping, Liam would only sleep on me, plus with nursing Liam wakes up a ton at night. I found that I was too exhausted and stretched too thin and had no time for anything extra, not to mention once all the kids went to bed, I usually passed out. But I still needed an income source as we prepare for a big move, buying a new home, and my husband cutting back his hours as he returns to school soon. So what was I to do???

1456736_10152568941094576_6985649486394944378_nI stay home with my kids because it’s what’s best for MY family and its what my husband and I both agreed on. I never want to miss a moment of them growing up, but I still needed to bring some income in. That’s why I share a few products I love with people. It’s a win for me AND my family AND clients! I introduce people to amazing products, spend less time working and more time with my kids, yet still am able to bring in a full time income. The most important thing for me is to be present for my kids all the time. They only have a few years with me, and sharing products and getting paid for it has made that possible for me and my family!! I love my personal training business and clients and can’t wait to get back to that full time one day, but right now this is what is best for my kids, and provides me with no stress!!!

Sharing a product is not for everyone, and to be successful with it, you need to make sure it’s a product you use daily and love. If its not something you love, you will dread trying to share it and people can tell that!! The reason I have been successful is because I use the products I love daily.

 

 

Its an easy win for me. I work from home not to be a millionaire, but because I want time with my kids!! Its an accomplishment in my book to be able to make a full time income, working a few hours a week, loving what I do, and never having to sacrifice time with my kids. Sure I don’t watch much TV or do anything other than work once my kids go to sleep, but for me it is totally worth it and I wouldn’t change it. Oh, and it also helps to have a great planner and be super organized. That and coffee keeps me on track each day!!

Dana