Family, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Health Check-in: How are you doing, really?

Wanted to check in and see how you are doing?

Are you making it through this pandemic ok?

Be honest, I know you can’t talk to me directly but I will just say, if you need to talk to someone….just do it!

This is a very hard and challenging time and there is bound to be hard days so don’t feel bad or guilty about it. 

Probably the worst thing you could do is bottle up your emotions and let them burst. 

Know that you aren’t alone, this pandemic has some silver linings, but it is also really hard to stop all routines and quarantine.

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With that being said, this month I shared my monthly goal which was to “Prioritize health.”

Each week I focused on different fitness or nutrition challenges. They have been challenges, and I have not been perfect, but setting goals for health really makes such a difference on your entire body, your entire soul benefits from your physical health and I could feel that. 

So I encourage you to join me this week, the challenge is to walk or run for 25 minutes or more each day. Here in Utah we are able to walk and run outside and that is what I will be doing! However a treadmill or anything works great.

I promise you that if you prioritize “yourself” by taking 25 minutes out of your day to work on your physical health…you will be happy! 

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Also, this is a great way to incorporate your family…take a family walk or run or bike ride.

I am excited for this weeks challenge and I hope you enjoy it too!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy

Food, Lifestyle

Gluten or Gluten-free Game with my husband!

 

What are you doing for date nights with your spouse during this quarantine time?

Well my husband, was a good sport and was willing to play this game with me and I filmed it.

My husband eats gluten-free meals for dinner because I have to eat gluten-free, however, he still likes his regular food items too.

See how well he can distinguish the difference between food that is either gluten-free or has gluten….he is blindfolded so it’s a taste test for him!

 

I have linked the gluten-free items below:

*(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!)

 

 

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Price: $4.59

To purchase click here

 

 

 

 

 

Glutino Chocolate Oreos

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On Amazon you can purchase these cookies for $12.47

 

Click here to purchase

 

 

Kind Bars- Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate 

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I found these kind bars at Wal-Mart

Can purchase these kind bars for $2.78

To purchase click here

 

 

 

 

Barilla Gluten-free spaghetti noodles

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I have found these noodles at my local kroger store.

The price is only $1.99

To purchase click here

 

 

Now the question is, what other gluten-free items should I have my husband taste test next?

 

See you next Friday!

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

Beauty & Skincare, Clothing & Accessories, Lifestyle

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day that Your Mom is Sure to Love!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I have been looking at some great gift items that your mom is sure to love.

My goal was to find a variety of different items because we know all moms are different and they like different things.

I hope these items can help you find that special gift for the mother in your life!

*(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!)

 

Leopard Heart Mother’s Day Tee

This cute leopard “mama” t-shirt is sure to make moms of all ages happy.

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Click here to purchase

 

 

 

Personalized Name Charm Necklace

This personalized name charm necklace is sure to melt any mother’s heart.

How memorable for any mother to have such a precious piece of jewelry.

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And even better is the price, it ships for only $25.98 

Click here to purchase.

 

Clinique Happy

This  Clinique perfume “happy” has always been a favorite of mine.  The scent isn’t strong but oh my goodness it smells wonderful!  Even better, is the price!

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This popular perfume is only $32.99 (free shipping) for a 1.7 ounce bottle. 

If you look on Clinique’s website they sell it for $53.00 so you are saving $20.01 by purchasing through Jane! 

To purchase this amazing perfume, click here

 

 

Double Zipper Wallet/Crossbody or Wristlet

This is the type of wallet I use now and I will never go back!  You know us ladies, we have A LOT of items in a purse, and this double wallet keeps all the cards and such organized better than ever.

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I love the variety of color choices you get too!

This cute wallet only costs $14.99 (free shipping)

To purchase click here 

 

 

Belted Tulip Dress

This beautiful belted tulip dress is sure to be stunning and flattering for all the moms out there. Screen Shot 2020-04-21 at 10.37.05 PM

This gorgeous dress comes in a variety of colors, and again..you can’t beat the price!

This dress ships for $25.98 

To purchase, click here. 

 

 

Solid Leather Statement Earrings

These beautiful leather earrings are a great item for mom.

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Not only are these earrings stylish, but they also are very lightweight.

There is a wide variety to choose from, and the design of these earrings are beautiful!

These earrings only cost a total of $5.99 (free shipping)

To purchase, click here. 

 

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I couldn’t provide Mother’s Day gift ideas without telling you about the wonderful makeup and skincare line that I use.

I have been using Maskcara Beauty products for about 18 months now, and I absolutely love their products. 

Currently Maskcara Beauty Products are offering these wonderful Mother’s Day Bundle Deals that you won’t want to miss out on!

(Before you purchase please note that Maskcara Beauty currently only sells in the USA and Canada.)

 

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This bundle of gorgeous matte eyeshadows is sure to make your mom happy.

The eyeshadow colors in this bundle are: mama, lullaby, mi hija, and trust. It also comes with a square marble compact, and the blend and tap brush. 

If you purchase this bundle it is $60 (US price) 

Click hereto purchase

 

 

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These gorgeous colors can be used as lipstick colors as well as beautiful blush colors for your cheeks.

The colors in this bundle are:  Cindy, Lolli, Tropicana, and Ballerina.

The bundle also comes with a Gastby Quad compact, and the incredible B-squared double ended brush.

The price for this limited bundle is $78 US, $109 CAN

Click hereto purchase

 

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If you aren’t sure about makeup colors for your mom, she will LOVE the skincare line Maskcara Beauty has.

In this bundle you will receive the exfoliating milk masque, and 3-deep cleaning microfiber cloths. 

The price of this limited bundle is $60 US/ $84 CAN

To purchase click here.

 

I sure hope you are able to find an item or two that your sweet mother will love and enjoy.

I know my mom means the world to me and finding just the right present is important.

Don’t forget to take time to write your mom a beautiful card and perhaps even spoil her with fresh flowers…she deserves it!

 

Until next time,

 

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family, Lifestyle

In Times of Trouble Look UP

With all that is going on in the world around us….I wanted to write and focus on how to deal with “times of trouble.”

First of all, I will acknowledge, that we ALL have times of trouble that we are constantly working through.

Ironically enough— we are all going through this troubling time of COVID-19 together. It’s not easy, it’s a very unsteady time, a hard break of routine, but one thing I’ve learned through multiple trials in life, is that when you look UP you can find the light.

What do I mean by looking up?

It can be a bit different for everyone, depending on your values and beliefs.

Physically, I do mean, look up…look around your room and your home and recognize what you have…the blessings that surround you everyday.

(Above:one of my blessings, a kind husband sleeping next to my beautiful baby girl)

Spiritually, look up to God. Pray to him, actually talk to Him. Feel His comfort and realize what HELPS you to feel his comforting embrace more.

And for some, spirituality may be more of meditation, or taking time to be quiet, getting lost in your thoughts, and thinking about the beauty and joy that is in your world.

Shut out the dark and gloom and focus your thoughts towards peace.

 

Mentally, look up by “waking up” everyday. Make your bed, get ready for the day. When you are down and upset, keeping your mind in a good mental state is not easy. It takes effort to push yourself mentally but it’s key.

Look around and take inventory of your blessings and write it down. Mentally stay positive, even just for the little things. Be glad you have clean, running water, or air conditioning, those little things that bring yourself joy.

 

Emotionally, look up by finding influential guidance in your life. For some- talking to a positive and uplifting friend or loved one is key. For others it may be listening to a positive or inspirational podcast.

Maybe it’s going on a walk to get fresh air and clear your mind of all the unnecessary clutter. Find what helps lift you UP emotionally and cling to that.

At the end of the day we all need to find what helps us to “look up” in times of trouble and focus on those positive, uplifting things in our lives.

Something we can all learn from this Covid-19 experience is that we are still in charge of whether we “look up” or “look down.”

Yes we have some hard times right now and they are real and unpredictable. However, obsessing and stressing about all the issues will only make life harder and enduring.

Perhaps our lifelong lesson from this worldwide pandemic is that we,ourselves, can learn to turn to the good. We can come together and fight through all the pessimism and heartache that of course is there…. but we can be strong and remember the good in the world.

(Above- we have had a lot of family time during this pandemic and that has been wonderful and memorable.)

At some point this pandemic will pass and hopefully we can look back and think yes, that was hard at times, but I got through it positively and fought a good fight with my ability to””look up” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

So I ask you… how will you “look up” in times of trouble. What can you change so you aren’t sucked into a downward spiral?

Find those positive and uplifting things and hold on to them with all your might.

We will get through this, and guess what? I know we will come out better in the end!

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Lifestyle

6 Gluten-Free Pizza’s You’ll Love!

 

If you prefer to view the video on this watch this youtube video below:

 

When it comes to gluten-free pizza I have had my fair share of pretty bad pizza. I am alway looking and trying different gluten-free pizzas and wanted to share my six favorites with you. I focus not just on the flavor of the pizza, but the texture of the crust. If the crust is to chewy or breaks easily I won’t consider it. Let’s just say, I am quite picky when it comes to good gluten-free pizza!

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So here is my list, I have told you my score out of ten for each pizza recommendation I give.

I hope you enjoy this list, and more so…go eat some gluten-free pizza soon!

 

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

What I love about this pizza is that it’s take and bake! My husband has put this on our smoker and it bakes so wonderfully on the smoker. I score this pizza a 7 out of 10. If I have to be critical at all I feel like it’s a bit on the salty side…but still delicious!

*Also- try to get the coupon discount for the gluten-free pizza too. Save a few dollars🙂

 

Freschetta Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza

You can find this brand of frozen pizza in most grocery stores. I enjoy this pizza flavoring and texture and it’s never cost me more than ten dollars!

I score it a 7/10.

 

 

Schwan’s Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza

Schwan’s is a home delivery truck and they deliver across the United States. They have a gluten-free line that we love. Schwan’s gluten-free pizza is very tasty and I score it an 8/10. 

The price for this pizza is just under $15.00

 

 

 

Pier 49 Gluten-Free Pizza

Pier 49 has a great tasting gluten-free pizza. The crust tastes amazing and I give it a score of 8/10.  This pizza can be purchased for under $15.

 

 

The Pie Pizzeria (Gluten-Free Pizza)

Even though it’s only local to Utah, I have to inform you about this gluten-free pizza because it’s one of my top favorites! Not only does the Pie pizza taste delicious, but they are completely gluten-free friendly because they prep and bake in a completely different space than the regular pizzas. This pizza can be purchased for just under $20. I give the Pie Pizza the score of 9/10

 

 

Mod Pizza Gluten-free pizza

If I have to choose a favorite of this entire list…it would be this place, Mod Pizza! I love Mod Pizza’s crust and flavoring, it’s so tasty! The price is under $20 depending on toppings, and I give it a score of 9.5 which means it tastes incredibly good! You can find this pizza line anywhere in the US. Go check it out.

Now the question for you….what is your favorite gluten-free pizza line? What have I missed, and what do I still need to try?

I hope to keep finding more delicious gluten-free pizza in the future so stay tuned…I am sure this post will be updated.

I hope you come back next Friday for another “Gluten-Free Friday Flavors!”

Until next time,

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Uncategorized

A Favorite Book on Organization that You Will Love & Enjoy!

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Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

 

I picked up this book “The Complete Book of Home Organization” over a year ago at Sam’s Club. I love this book and am SOOO glad I bought my own copy so that I can refer back to it, mark it up, and continue learning from this great book on organizing your house.

The author, Toni Hammersley has some great ideas as to how to not only organize your home, but how to KEEP it organized. Screen Shot 2020-04-14 at 2.23.23 PM

Hammersley breaks down how to organize each room in your house and is very specific with ideas that can be a big “game-changer” when it comes to not having clutter everywhere. 

Currently I looked and found this book on Amazon for $11.98 which is a great price. 

If you are up for organizing during this time of quarantine, click here to purchase the book.

And as always, I would love to hear some of your favorite organizing books!

 

Until Next Time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

What I Have In My Gluten-Free Cold Storage

Here’s what I have in my gluten-free cold storage.

As a family we always try to be prepared with food on hand “just in case” there is a food crisis.

For those that are gluten- free or have a food allergy, I highly suggest making sure you have enough food on hand just in case something happened and there was no place to buy gluten-free food.

I also suggest swapping out food items every 6-12 months to keep your food up to date. 

Below you will see the youtube link for this video. Also below, you will see the written list of gluten-free items I keep in my gluten-free food storage. I hope this can be helpful to you or someone you know that has to eat gluten free!

 

 

 

Here is what I have in my Gluten-Free Cold Storage :

  • G-Free Chicken Stock
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Popcorn
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Applesauce
  • Progresso Soups (G-free labeled)
  • Potatoes
  • Canned Fruit
  • Black Beans
  • Variety Pack of Nuts
  • Hard Candy or Hi-Chews
  • Sugar
  • Corn Chips
  • Pudding Packs
  • Freeze dried fruit or veggies
  • Honey
  • G-free Protein Bars
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Corn
  • Salsa
  • Craisins
  • Potato Chips

 

 

As always, I would love your insight! What other items should I put in my food storage? Are you prepared yet? Right now is a great time to get prepared with food storage!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo, Christy Lee

 

Family, kids, Lifestyle

Quarantine Help:5 Kids Items for under $30 from Amazon.

Who knew you would be homeschooling kids this long right?! Thank goodness for modern day technology so that school can be completed online. And yet, there of course is still time for kids to get in that much needed “play and creativity” time.

Here are five fun items I found on Amazon that can be helpful for your kids to get through the day.

All items are $30 or less and should add a lot of joy and fun to your household while in quarantine.

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*(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!)

 

1. Chalktastic liquid chalk markers  can be used for: 

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-menu boards

-glass windows

And the list goes on!

Guaranteed to keep your kids busy for a while!

And this product is sold for only $18.97

 

To purchase click here

 

 

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This fun painting, writing, doodle board can be fun for kids of all ages!

Plus, it’s a great way for kids to channel their artistic side, and make drawing and writing fun!

 

The price for this item is only $21.99!

To purchase, click here. 

 

 

3, Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat, 24 Keys Piano Mat, 8 Selectable Musical Instruments + Play -Record -Playback -Demo-mode

How fun would this be for kids?!

And what a great way to incorporate music while jumping around.

I could even see some older kids secretly liking this as well.

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Click here to purchase

 

 

 

 

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If your kids are wanting a fun outdoor activity, this cornhole game can be the answer!

And at $29.99 (free shipping), you can’t beat the price! 

Even better, once quarantine is over it’s a fun game to set up for birthday parties or family get-togethers and such. 

For this fun game, click here.

 

 

5. Shrinky Dinks: TUPARKA 60 Pcs Heat Shrink Plastic Sheet Kit,Heat Shrinky Sheets Creative Pack,Including 10Pcs Blank Shrink Film Paper and 5 Pcs Shrinky Art Paper with Pattern,Hole Punch,Keychains,Pencils for Kids

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This product is easy and simple to use, and fun for kids of all ages! 

The price for this product is only $22.99

To purchase click here. 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn! What other fun items have you purchased off of Amazon for your kids?

I hope you enjoyed the selection and even more, the price.

Stay healthy and safe!

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo,

 

 

Christy Lee

Food, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Bars

 

This cookie recipe is a family favorite!

The peanut butter combined with the chocolate and drizzled over with a powdered sugar/peanut butter mixture is amazing! 

Of course it is gluten-free, BUT if you want to make it regular, just switch to regular flour, take out the xanthum gum, and do 2 cups of quick oats instead. 

If you need a yummy gluten-free treat I think you will enjoy this.

 

If you want to watch this step-by-step my Youtube video link of this is below.

 

Please share and I hope you have fun baking!

 

 

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (softened)

1 cup white sugar

1cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 cups quick oats

milk chocolate chips (At least a cup, to your liking)

 

Ingredients for drizzled topping: 

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons peanut butter

milk (to desired texture)

 

 

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Instructions: 

  1. Mix ingredients in order listed above, mixing each time. 
  2. Pour cookie mixture into one cookie sheet and flatten out until even. 
  3. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  4. While baking combine the drizzled topping ingredients, stir altogether. Texture should pour onto cookies easily (however too runny doesn’t work very well). 
  5. As soon as you take the hot cookie bar out of the oven, dump chocolate chips across the cookie sheet. 
  6. Chocolate chips should begin melting, start to spread the chocolate across the entire peanut butter layer with a butter knife. 
  7. Once chocolate layer is spread out, drizzle the powdered sugar topping over the top. 
  8. Allow to set for a few minutes. 
  9. Enjoy!!

I hope you LOVE this recipe as much as we do. And as always, comment below with any other gluten-free baked goods I should try out.

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee

 

Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Prioritize Health & Fitness for the Month of April!

I will start out saying that I am 34 years old…so my body doesn’t bounce back after pregnancy like someone would at 24 years old.

However, I also know that no matter the age…keeping physically fit is KEY to feeling well emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 

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Those natural ENDORPHINS you receive when working out are real, and can truly add that extra bit of joy and happiness to your daily life.

Is it hard to work out and eat right? You bet.

Is it worth pushing yourself physically? You bet.

My baby girl is 5 months old now, the weight hasn’t melted off like my first baby. Taya in green blanket

(Picture of my daughter just a week old, she came home on oxygen and a heart monitor)

Is the weight still there because I am older than my first pregnancy? Maybe. Is it because I had a c-section with this baby versus a vaginal birth? Possibly? Is it because this baby had a heart condition and I needed an emergency c-section…and it was quite the stressful situation…Possibly.

All I know, is that there are so many excuses and reasons to keep that baby weight on.

Chasing three little ones is busy and hard and it’s so easy to think “I don’t have time and energy to add a work-out or healthy meals!”

And yet, you don’t have time to NOT make PHYSICAL HEALTH a PRIORITY.

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The reason being, physical health is key to living a quality and happy life.

Will it guarantee you a life of freedom from health problems? Nope.

HOWEVER—it will greatly lessen your chances of many of the health problems that come from being overweight such as TYPE 2 DIABETES, HYPERTENSION, BACK PAIN…just to name a few.

Please note I am not JUDGEMENTAL in anyway to those that struggle with being overweight. I get it, it’s hard to lose weight!  I know there are those out there with thyroid issues and other problems that make losing weight next to impossible. BUT– I also know that despite the struggles with losing weight, pushing yourself, setting goals and accomplishing those goals physically is so rewarding and key to boosting that self esteem.

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I believe in you, and I am telling myself that I can do it too. More than losing weight, I want to tone and gain muscle so that I can run and keep up with my children. 

Come join me on my journey to healthy and fitness…not just for this month but for life! I know health and fitness is a lifestyle change and I truly hope to be able to keep the mindset of staying healthy through workouts and healthy eating.

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(Picture of our engagement photos in 2014, Size 6 and working out all the time. More importantly, I felt happy and healthy) 

I created a calendar, and here is the CRAZY part…Each week I add a new challenge to the next…so by the end you you will be working on 5 healthy and fitness challenges at a time!

Nothing is too intense or unreachable…You can do this at home, or by running around the neighborhood. No gym needed (are gyms even open with coronavirus??)

You can do this!

I can do this!

Let’s get HEALTHY together!

Click for the Free Calendar Here: April Health:fitness Calendar 2020

 

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Until next time,

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee