Paleo Cupcakes

When I went paleo, the hardest part for me was the lack of dessert! I can eat grilled chicken and veggies all day long…as long as at the end of the day I get a small dessert. It’s all about moderation after all! So I began hunting for a good dessert. The problem was, many paleo recipes require strange ingredients you have no clue where to buy, or they take a lot of time to make. OR….they taste really gross haha. After hunting around, I finally found a good one! It’s a lemon paleo cupcake!! It easy to make, uses normal ingredients, and you can make a lot and freeze them (anything I can freeze and have later is a big winner in my book!) My favorite way to have these is with strawberries! It reminds me a lot of strawberry shortcake!

 

Give them a try and let me know what you think!!

Paleo Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Coconut Flour ( I don’t recommend substituting this, I tried and it did not turn out well!)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Honey (I like to melt it a little, makes it mix better!)
  • ½ Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • Juice Of Two Lemons
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. Combine the oil, honey, vanilla, eggs, and lemon juice in a bowl using a hand mixer.
  4. Slowly add the liquid to the flour mixture. Keep mixing until all the clumps are gone. You may have to turn the mixer up and it will be thick.
  5. Spray a muffin pan with coconut oil ( I did not have good results using cupcake liners!)
  6. Fill the tins half way full with the mixture.
  7. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, check, and then cook for longer. The muffins should turn dark on the top when finished.

 

These freeze really well and are wonderful served with strawberries! Perfect healthy treat for the summer!

Dana

Spring Cleaning Tips

I absolutely love Spring!! It is my favorite time of the year. I love all the new life you see outside, the feeling of sun on your skin, and the hours your kids can play outside. Only thing I dislike about Spring…..Spring Cleaning!! I want to be outside in the Sun, not stuck inside cleaning! Yet it has to be done. Especially as winter usually brings some sort of germs into a home, and most houses don’t get aired out often! I do the Spring Cleaning, but I want it done as quick as possible so I can get outside to the beautiful Spring Weather!! I put together some of my favorite Spring Cleaning Tips so you too can get your home clean, and then get on to enjoying Spring!

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips

  1. Don’t try to clean your entire home in a day! Instead break it up over a week and tackle different things each day. Make a list as it will help you not forget things, stay on track, and get done faster. For example, one day I wash all the bedding, sheets, pillows, and clean the carpets and beds at the same time.
    1. Fun cleaning tip…you can clean your mattress by using 5 tablespoons baking soda and mixing 5 drops Lavender essential oil then spreading over your mattress. Leave it on for a few hours then vacuum off!
    2. Wash your pillows twice a year at least! I throw them in with just my detergent, but other people recommend using 1 cup baking soda along with it!
  2. Ask your family to help! Kids need to learn how to do chorues, be responsible, and upkeep their space! Base the chorus on their age. For example my 2 year old picks up his room and all the toys. He also is good at helping clean the windows (they end up with streaks but hey, its a learning process!). My 6 year old helps with his laundry, and my 5 year old empties the dishwasher….kids can help, it might not be perfect but it will get there as they get older and as a Mom trying to clean, every little bit helps!
  3. Air out your house while you clean!! This is sooooo important for all those with kids. In fact, did you know stay at home Mom’s have a higher rate of cancer BECAUSE they breathe in cleaning product fumes in a home all day?? YES! Anything you spray lingers for a year! My best suggestion is go toxin free, but even then, its nice to air your home out! Leave the windows open, turn on the fans, and get some plants that help improve the air quality. This is very very very important and the reason so many kids have asthma, allergies, hormone disruption, and other health conditions hardly heard of 30 years ago.
  4. Make it fun….yes I said it, the word fun on a post about cleaning haha. But it can be! I turn up my music, make it a game for my kids (whoever cleans their room faster gets a special afternoon activity!!), and focus on the positive such as how clean our home will be!! And that I don’t have to do this again for awhile haha.
  5. Get rid of stuff as you go!! This is a huge one for my house…we just came up with 7 huge bags to donate! We go through old clothes, toys they don’t play with etc to find things we don’t need and others may like. It also makes for less stuff you have to pick up!
  6. Clean the toys….just throw them in a laundry bag or pillow case….germs and gunk are all over toys as kids often forget to wash their hands.
  7. Don’t forget to clean things like your baseboards, air vents, and screens! I’m also one who likes to wipe down my walls…but then again I am a bit crazy about cleaning!

 

Have fun with your Spring Cleaning and make sure to leave your favorite tips for me in the comments section!

 

 

 

Dana

5 Things Not To Do If You Own A Home Based Business

I love owning a home based business! It  gives me the freedom to take my kids to school, pick them up, work a few hours here and there, and have the rest of my time for my family!! It truly is the best job! Especially since I work an average of 5-10 hours a week and make way over a full time average income. So to me, when people say they would rather work 40+ hours a week and earn 1/4 of what I do, while also getting limited time off…it boggles my mind!! But that is each person’s choice and I would never bug someone to work with me. And yet on a daily basis, I get the same from others!! Best part is when I’ve been in my business AGES, yet someone who has never shown interest in what I do, they join a business and right away ask me to buy from them….hmmmmm, yep, NO! Support others, and you will get the same! Ignore them until you need them, and they know better!!

5 Things Not To Do If You Own A Home Based Business

There are so many ways to work a business without annoying people! A few of my pet peeves…tagging me in posts about your company, posting stuff about your company on my facebook (delete and unfriend!), adding me to your group two seconds after I accepted a friend request, pestering me over and over and over after I have already said NO (this won’t make me change my mind, it will do the opposite and If I ever was interested, I wouldn’t buy from YOU!), posting non stop every day about your company (people unfollow for this and then they NEVER see your stuff!)…just to name a few.

 

I personally love work from home jobs, BUT it’s so important to do it the right way! I’m happy to support all my friends who work from home! I’ve used products from Thirty- One, Jamberry, Younique, Beachbody, Isagenix, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Moji Life, Monat…just to name a few…and they are some of the BEST products ever! Just make sure when you start your business, you do it the RIGHT way, and don’t drive people away.

Here are tips on 5 Things Not To Do If You Own A Home Based Business! Hope you enjoy, and remember, its all about the RIGHT approach as these products are awesome!!

 

5 Things Not To Do If You Own A Home Based Business

 

1. Don’t bug people!! 5 Things Not To Do If You Own A Home Based Business

This is what gives many work from home jobs a bad name, when you bug people non stop. I get it often, and many when you say no thank you, leave you alone. But. But. But….you will find people that no matter how many times you say no, they keep asking!! It’s beyond annoying and if you do this, you can actually get your social media account closed, and your account with the company!! Don’t be like that! If someone is interested, they will tell you. And if they say no, leave them alone!!

2. Don’t let your business become your life!!

We all know the people we dread talking to, because the moment we do they will start throwing their business at us. Don’t be like that! You had a life before your business and remember some people will never be interested, don’t lose friends over your business!!

3. Don’t over post on social media.

Everyone has seen this happen! Your friend joins a work from home company and now they post about it 10 times a day. It’s annoying, it’s spammy, and eventually you unfollowed them so now you never see any of their posts. To avoid this, remember to keep 90% of your social media about YOU! For example, if you post 3 times a day, only 1 of those should be about your business.

4. Don’t sell a product, show a problem you solve.

I’ve seen it over and over, people selling products, posting pictures of them, but they don’t actually use them themsevles. Don’t be one of those people trying to make money only, have integrity and show you using the products and what they do for you. If you are just looking for money and not in love with your products…it shows!

5. Don’t be disrespectful

Making fun of other products, bashing other companies, pushing someone to join your team or buy from you…all this stuff is a big no no!! Use manners, be respectful, and support other people! Your company could close tomorrow, but how you treat others is something that never will go away. Work your business with integrity!

Dana

April Monday Musings

Things have been quiet here on the blog that past month, but definitely not quiet at my house haha. The first 3 weeks of March saw my husband in and out of the hospital 3 times for an emergency surgery then an infection. It was scary, chaotic, and very overwhelming. I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted! And yet at the same time, I was pretty darn proud of myself. I think that sometimes, we forget to be proud of what we have accomplished! Too often people call it bragging, but in reality when you do something good, you should be proud! As I sit here and reflect on last month, I am very proud! Being a Mom is tough, doing it alone is tough, and doing ti while you have an autoimmune disease…that’s a whole other level of tough! Yet I got my kids to school each day, we only forgot lunch one time (whoops!!), they did their homework, the house stayed pretty neat, I remembered to feed my husbands dogs, and my kids never knew something was wrong. That’s a huge accomplishment! And on top of that, I run my own business, had one of my BEST month’s ever, and was able to help a lot of people. Yes, I was tired. Yes it was hard. But looking back on it I am proud!!

April Monday Musings

April Monday Musings

Now, I hopefully won’t ever have a month like that again haha!

 

It taught me a lot though! I learned I could handle more than I thought possible! I learned I have some pretty amazing people to lean on during hard times. I learned that now, more than EVER, I am thankful to work from home. Let’s just think about that one for a minute….I made probably 10-15 trips to the hospital in a 3 week time! Mostly visiting my husband but also the one taking him there, taking him supplies, picking him up, etc. And then of course having to go get him medicine, make him food, take my kids to and from school each day, take care of my toddler, and everything with our house. If I worked for a boss, I would have had to call out for 3 weeks! Pretty sure that would not go over well with any boss…especially since I had had the flu the month before HAHA! When I look back at how crazy March was again, I’m so thankful to be the boss! I think one of the hardest things I hear from most Mom’s, is the fact they have to call out, or miss field trips, or fun class activities….when you are the boss YOU make your own schedule! That is powerful right there!

April Monday Musings

March might have been hard, but I think it reminded me again how blessed I am. Working from home was a choice I made, yes it hard, but it’s well worth it to be present in my families lives every single day! I think the biggest lesson from March I learned was no matter how hard things are, look for the good! It is always there, even though sometimes you do need to look a bit harder! I’m thankful for a new month, and hopefully getting back on schedule! Thank you to everyone who follows this blog and our facebook page…as always please feel free to email with any requests you would like to see talked about this month! Hope everyone has a blessed April!

Dana

Monday Musings From A Tired Mom

You know that moment when you feel you have too much on your plate to handle? Your chest gets tight, you feel like you are going to bust, your hands begin to shake, your heart races….that’s been me the past few weeks, and I’m here to tell you, you aren’t alone!!

Getting overwhelmed happens to everyone, but when you are a parent of multiple kids, it’s even more common!! On Feb 28th, my husband had his appendix out in an emergency surgery. Four days later, he began running a high fever and was back in the hospital. Five days after that, the fever came back and relax was admitted to the hospital for four days!! Needless to say, I was stressed over him, but also having to do everything for everyone, all by myself!
Monday Musings From A Tired Mom
With 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, my job, a house, kid activities….the to do list kept pilling up on me!! My kids are ages 2-6 and while they don’t need diapers changed, they are too young to understand the serious situation or Mommy needing help.

I took a lot of deep breaths!
I did my devotional every morning!
I stopped and counted to 10 when I lost my cool!
I focused on the HAVE TO not the WANT TO!
I found shoulders to lean on and give advice.
I prayed a lot!
And most importantly, I reminded myself not to get upset as I was doing the best I could!!

One morning during all the chaos, my kids lunches didn’t make it into their lunch boxes…it was in the fridge and their lunch boxes were empty in their backpacks!! Not going to lie, I cried haha. I felt so bad my kids didn’t have lunch and I worried I didn’t notice it in time!! It was something that could happen at anytime but It happened while I was being a single parent so it felt like a failure to me! When I talked to the school, they said it happens DAILY!! Phew!! I felt so much better knowing I wasn’t the only mom to do that!

All Mom’s struggle at sometime! But we need to remember to not beat ourselves up! Feeling overwhelmed happens, instead finds ways to make things simpler! Handle what you have to, and leave the rest! Your kids won’t remember the pile of dishes, but they will remember that extra snuggle and book time.

 

And you Mom, go enjoy a glass of wine and a bubble bath because we need to take care of ourselves in order to care for our families!

Dana