Saturday, November 2, 2013

Protein Peanut Butter Cups! The Better Way to Get Your Peanut Butter Fix This Holiday Season

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to make some healthier treats.  I've got a bowl of chocolate sitting around that I don't want to eat so I made these protein peanut butter cups that are delicious.  I don't even feel guilty about them.  & Yes, I went to the PB2 again.

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For these delicious delights, here's what you need:
3/4 cup PB2 
{I used the regular peanut butter flavor, but I bet the dark chocolate flavor would make it so interesting!}
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup agave/honey

Mix together.  Make sure it's not too thick, otherwise it won't set into peanut butter cups {it will still be delicious, however}. Scoop into muffin tins.  Cover with foil & freeze. Makes 6-7 personal peanut butter cups.  You can even make mini ones using tiny muffin tins! It will make a whole pan of those.  These are best served frozen, otherwise they will likely melt {& they will still be delicious..... did I mention I LOVE these??} So just leave them in the freezer for a few hours & take one out when you want it!

Look how cute they are!! {these are the minis!} If this picture doesn't make your mouth water..... I don't know what will! I'm a peanut butter lover, though.

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Check out my No Shave November special to see how you can get your protein at a discount to make this yummy treat!

 They are just so adorable!!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

November Distributor Special!

I have been waiting so long to offer this special! Finally!! It's just in time for the holidays, so if you've been thinking about getting started with AdvoCare to find some awesome energy boosting products, to get fit, or to just to make a little cash, now is the time.
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 **Applies to the first TWENTY people who sign up!!**
{Click here sign up & get the November Special!!}

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thank you, USO!

I just want to say, 
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

They have partnered with RocketLife to give a free photo book to any military member stationed abroad. How awesome is that?!?

Before J left, we got our photos taken. We got them back from the photographer a few weeks after he left. Perfect timing to send him a photo book. I LOVE this program, because it boosts his spirits to get things in the mail & it was really fun for me to create. Also, it's free! They even ship it free

All you do is go to the website below & fill out the form. You'll have to download some software to create your own unique book. Then you'll enter your promo code at the end when you check out. It's 5 x 7, so it's the perfect size where he can fit in his backpack or his locker or really anywhere.  You can buy other things from their site like cards, mugs, calendars, etc. All the proceeds go to the USO in support of their programs (like this one). 

Our finished product looks like this below.  Again, thanks USO!

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Click here to check it out:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Crockpot Veggie Chili

The nights are getting cooler in Cali, but it still doesn't feel like fall to me.  So.... I made chili-- my favorite cold weather dish! This recipe is vegetarian-friendly, but so hearty.  It's also made in the crockpot.  How easy is that?  It makes several servings. I'm talking so much that you can keep some in the freezer for later.  I adapted it from {Taralynn's blog}. Her recipes are just so so delicious.  My recipe is a much smaller version than hers, but will last me for weeks {I cook for myself only!} I even freeze it in smaller portions and thaw it out later.  You can change mine up a bit based on what veggies are in season or what you have in your fridge.  If you want to add a squash or another pepper, go right ahead.

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Here's what you'll need for the best veggie chili EVER:
1 sweet onion
1 large (or 2!) sweet potato
1 bell pepper
1 can kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained 
1 can diced tomatoes, rinsed & drained
 1 can corn
1/3 bunch of cilantro
 1 jar tomato sauce
1/8 cup olive oil 
3 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 bag of meatless crumbles
Shredded cheddar cheese 

  1. Dice your onions and bell pepper.  Skin sweet potato & dice.  Add to the crockpot {mine is only a few quarts, about 3 or 4}. Turn on HIGH.
  2. Drain and rinse your cans of beans & tomatoes. Add to the crockpot & add the corn {don't drain}.
  3. Chop cilantro.  Add cilantro, tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, black pepper, cinnamon, and sugar. MIX.
  4. Top with meatless crumbles.
  5. Let the crockpot cook for about 4 hours.
  6. Top with shredded cheese & enjoy!!!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No Shave November Care Package Featured on Love From Home

Hey everyone,

Just to let you know, one of my care packages is being featured on Love From Home's blog recently! I can finally share it here, because today my boyfriend received his package.  I followed Ashley during the last deployment and she inspired lots of my care packages. This one was inspired by my boyfriend's moustache..... You'll see! Check it out. She's awesome & has so many tips on military life, deployment, DIY projects, and even her own Etsy store, which is soooooo cute!

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This was by far my favorite care package I've ever sent & will probably ever send.  
He LOVED it.

Let me know what you think & check out Ashley's blog. She's awesome!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

Is your house decorated for Christmas yet? Are you looking for a cheap DIY craft? 
This wreath cost me under $5.

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Here's what you'll need:
* $1 brown wreath
*$1 HUGE red ribbon (from the Dollar Tree)
*$1 poinsettia (also from Dollar Tree)
*2 of any other kind of flower (I got the other red clusters from Dollar Tree)
*Hot glue gun
= only $5!

This wreath is so easy! Just warm up your hot glue gun & get started.  First, start with the red ribbon.  Mine had a twist tie that I could use to add it to the top of the wreath.  Next, I separated the bunches of flowers and intertwined 3 on each side.  Then I hot glued them in an alternating pattern.  You can even glue the poinsettias open once you have them positioned just how you'd like them.  They're so pretty!

For under $5, this is the perfect Christmas decoration to hang on my door! Comment below and tell me if you try it out.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I Just Plane Miss You Care Package

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If you don't already know, my boyfriend is in the Air Force.  When he's deployed, I try to think of really creative ways to show that I'm thinking of him.  This is what I came up with! The theme is “I just plane miss you” and YES, that's a paper airplane.  It was the first box I sent him during this deployment (our #2nd together!), so I tried to go for things he would really love.  You see, my boyfriend loves the movie Cars.  So, when I was roaming the aisles of Hobby Lobby & found this awesome lunch box, I HAD to get it. 

An idea floating around Pinterest that I’ve done a few times now is simply making “Open When” cards. Get a bunch of great cards together (and pictures!) & write on the outside of the envelopes, things like “open when you miss me”, “open when you need a laugh”, or “open on Christmas Day”. I think this is one of J's favorite things, especially the pictures!

Other things I included in this package were essentials, like:

· Hand wipes
· Homemade Chex mix (recipe linked here: )
· Protein powder & a shaker bottle (he doesn’t get great meals there)
· Protein bars
· Pictures of us
· Pringles, fruit snacks, extra phone charger

What are some of your creative care package ideas? Share!