Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Delicious Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

This recipe may be one of my favorites to share! It has taken me a VERY long time to perfect this recipe…but I think you will love it!

Growing up I LOVED my moms oatmeal chocolate chip recipe.

After becoming gluten-free I craved my moms cookie recipe.

It’s only taken me about thirteen years to get it right. But FINALLY I feel like the texture and the flavor is just like the original, delicious cookie that I loved growing up.

I experimented, and using parchment paper is best…it helps the cookie to rise more.

Enjoy this recipe! Share away! The video is below if you prefer that, if not, follow along and this recipe is simple and delicious!

Ingredients:

-1 cup softened butter

-1 cup brown sugar

-1 cup white sugar

-2 eggs

-2 Tablespoons water

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 1/2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon xanthum gum

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-2 cups quick oats (gluten-free)

-2 cups chocolate chips (nestle or hershey)

Instructions:

  1. Cream together butter and both sugars.
  2. Add eggs, water, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  3. Mix in flour, salt, and soda.
  4. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon drop cookie dough on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes at 350 degrees until edges are set and golden brown.
  6. Transfer to cooling racks and enjoy!

Until Next Time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Lifestyle

Best Organization Tip Ever…

All my life I have learned a lot about cleaning and organizing.

I will be the first to admit I’m NOT the most organized or cleanest… but I’m always trying.

Even more, I love learning new tips and tricks for keeping a tidy, organized home.

Of all the wonderful advice I’ve received or read about when it comes to cleaning and organizing I will tell you the best organization tip I’ve ever received was this:

The one- touch rule!”

What is the “one-touch” rule?

It’s simple.

You touch the item once and put it right where it belongs.

For example, don’t take your plate over to the sink and leave it there with the intention of coming back later to put it in the dishwasher.

You touched the dish twice.

Instead, take the dish, rinse it and put it right into the dishwasher.

One-touch.

Or maybe it’s art supplies you have on your counter. You decide to clean them up, place them to the side of the counter with the intention to put them in the arts and crafts bin later… don’t wait, do it all at once!

The idea behind the one touch rule is that every time in a house should have a proper place.

If you simply follow through with returning items to their proper place … your house stays cleaner and more organized.

At the end of the day, it’s about following through with a task.

So I have to ask, have you tried the “one-touch” rule?

Give it a try if not, and let me know if it helps you keep your home cleaner and more organized.

I am a big believer in the one-touch rule, it makes a big difference with clutter around the house.

Maybe one day, I’ll be able to teach my toddlers about this incredible organization tip.

My goal is to use the “one -touch” rule in my house everyday this week.

Can I do it?

I hope.

I’ll let you know how I do.

And I’d love to have you join me!

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

5 Items That Have Helped Me to Finally Lose the Baby Weight!

Baby weight can be hard and challenging to get off.

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After having my 3rd baby last October (2019), I struggled to get the weight off.

I don’t think hunkering down through Covid 19 helped much with my baby weight either!

It was time whether I wanted to or not, and I needed to start taking the pounds off.

So far I am 5 weeks into my fitness and nutrition plan and I wanted to highlight the items that have helped me the most with taking down some weight.

Note-I am currently down 9 lbs., I would love to get another 9-10 lbs. off in the next month, that’s my goal!

The process I have used to help me lose the baby weight has been a circuit training workout program along with tracking my calories and macros.

Here are the wonderful items I have used in my weight loss thus far, I am excited to share these items with you and if you have any more items you would add, please comment below!

In no particular order:

#1: MyFitnessPal App-

This App is great for tracking calories and macros. I just use the free version, and its very simple to use. You can even scan the barcode on foods and it enters the calorie information for you, which is wonderful!

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#2: Renpho Scale:

I have loved using the renpho scale. It not only tracks weight, it also tracks, body fat, BMI, muscle mass, provides a chart of your weight loss etc.

It’s amazing!

The scale connects via bluetooth to a free app you download on your phone.

There’s something about seeing all the statistics of your weight that makes this scale different. I actually enjoy hopping on the scale to track my progress!

#3: Pro 6+ from Elevated Sports Nutrition

I love my Pro 6+ protein drink. I always drink this protein drink before, during and after my workout.

I feel that Pro 6+ gives me that added boost I need when working out. Even better, Pro 6+ DOES NOT have caffeine. This protein drink tastes great, aids in building lean muscle AND it hydrates well.

#4: Fairlife Protein Shakes:

I have LOVED these Fairlife Protein Shakes as a meal replacement. The chocolate and vanilla flavors both taste great AND they have 30 grams of protein which is PERFECT for counting macros.

#5: Fitbit Versa:

The fitbit versa has been a lifesaver when it comes to tracking steps. My goal is to get between 7,000-10,000 steps every single day. The fitbit versa has been my favorite watch to track steps, let me know when I hit goals, and many other features.

If you don’t have a watch that is tracking your steps, I highly suggest the fitbit versa, I think you’ll enjoy it too!

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Hopefully these 5 items can be beneficial to you.

I might add, that it’s very important when you are losing weight, to go about the process slow and steady.

I have learned that it’s amazing what your body is capable of when you push yourself physically. Even more, it’s important that you AREN’T “dieting” in a way that you are messing up the body’s metabolism. Do your best, and you will slowly but surely see the results!

Until Next Time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Baby, Family, Lifestyle, Relationships

11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Newborn Baby…

Having a newborn can be so incredible and amazing. And yet, it also can be challenging and exhausting.

When I became a new mom I felt like I knew the basics:

– Sleep when baby sleeps

-You will be tired and that’s ok

– Swaddle your baby

-Change the Diaper every 2-4 hours

And the list goes on.

Well, there was still A LOTTT I did not know about having a newborn, so hopefully this can be helpful to you!

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THINGS I WISH I NEW BEFORE HAVING A NEWBORN BABY

  • Everyone parents differently, because EVERYONE has different children. Don’t listen to everyone’s “advice,” take them into account and do what is best for YOU and YOUR baby.
  • Give your babies vitamin D drops everyday.
  • When your baby sleeps, you can get a few things done if it’s stressing you out. HOWEVER, if you can catch up on rest and sleep while the baby is sleeping–DO IT!

  • You shouldn’t work out for 6-8 weeks after having a baby. But if you can go on short walks, just enough to move around and get outside it helps. Moving your body is so key to a healthy mental state.
  • Pay to get newborn pictures taken. Babies change so fast and getting nice pictures of them is priceless.
  • Having a baby is time consuming. It’s such a beautiful stage of life, but it can be enduring. Make sure you take time for some self-care. Have a hobby that you are working on, go to the store alone, or dinner with friends. Being a new mom is wonderful, and yet, completely changing ALL the norms is hard. It’s important to take care of YOU so that you can be a happier mom for that sweet baby.
  • If breastfeeding is hard, enduring and not working well, don’t do it, and don’t feel guilty about it. Period.

  • Take care of your baby’s bum to prevent diaper rash. Be faithful about putting ointment on their bum so that they are not sore and miserable.
  • If your baby is crying most the day, take the baby to the doctor. If things are not changing and the baby is still crying, let the doctor know it is getting overwhelming. Try second opinions such as chiropractors, chiropractors know some great things for colicky babies
  • Invest in an owlet if at all possible. It’s a foot monitor that can give you peace of mind that your baby is breathing and sleeping well.
  • Keep some type of journal or log of your baby’s growth and development. It is so much fun to look back on baby milestone, and it reminds you what a blessing it is to have your sweet little baby!
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Enjoy the moments with your little one, it’s a heavenly experience in so many ways.

And as always, if you have more items you would add to my list, let me know in the comments below.

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

Rookie Mistakes People New to the Gluten-Free Lifestyle Make

It’s no secret that being new to any lifestyle change is hard. So when it comes to beginning a new journey of becoming gluten-free, and cutting out all things flour and wheat, eating can get hard!

I myself have been gluten-free due to my celiacs disease for twelve years now, and I myself made some rookie mistakes at the beginning of my gluten-free journey.

Here are some mistakes that many people make as they start out gluten-free. Hopefully, you can learn from other people mistakes. Even more, hopefully this can help your gluten-free journey to be easier and simpler.

ROOKIE MISTAKES PEOPLE NEW TO THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE MAKE

#1- Buying way too much gluten-free food in one shopping trip without knowing how the products taste. Buying a lot of gluten-free items can be very expensive, and you may be disappointed in the taste and texture of some gluten-free products. Stick to trying no more than 3-5 new gluten-free food products in one shopping trip.

#2-Assuming that others know what gluten-free entails. Most people have heard about being gluten-free, but actually don’t know what it entails. I have heard everything such as “oh you can’t eat potatoes,” or “you only eat meat right?” Make sure that especially those in your inner-circle know EXACTLY what eating gluten-free entails. This drastically can help you avoid get accidentally “glutened” by friends.

#3-Not being specific and proactive enough when eating at restaurants. My biggest push on this is ask a lot of questions. I usually ask my waiter/waitress about 2-3 times that they made sure my meal was gluten-free. I have gotten sick the most from going out to eat so I can attest it’s ok to be the “buggy” customer at the restaurant. Your health is more important than trying to win best restaurant customer of the year.

#4-Making sure to question all the ingredients if someone tries to make you a gluten-free meal. Honestly, I politely turn people down when others ask if they can cook me a gluten-free meal. Why? Because there are so many seasonings and small ingredients that have gluten that get overlooked. My exception to this are people that eat gluten-free themselves, OR friends that I am comfortable with having them break down the recipe for me. Again, no one wants to be rude or ungrateful, however, getting sick from homemade fun is never fun either.

#5-Trying to cook gluten-free products the same way you cooked regular (gluten-filled) products. For example, gluten-free noodles turn to gooey, gross messes if you don’t watch them carefully while boiling them. The time limit for gluten-free noodles is different than regular noodles. When it comes to baking you have to remember products bake much differently than regular products. Gluten-free baked products usually don’t rise and fluff up like regular items. So just remember, cooking and baking gluten-free takes time and it can be frustrating at first.

#6- Not vocalizing your frustrations with your new gluten-free lifestyle. This may sound bizarre, but it’s hard to have a diet change, especially when it becomes a life long diet change. This change is not easy and it can be a struggle. I recommend finding Facebook groups, understanding friends and family members that you can lean on for support. Try your best to be optimistic, but also realize it’s ok to have days of frustration.

#7- Overlooking books and resources that can teach you more about living a gluten-free lifestyle. We are blessed to have so many resources to lean on when it comes to being gluten-free. Dig deep and find those gluten free blogs, books, Instagram accounts etc. the more knowledge you have about a gluten-free lifestyle, the better!

Hopefully your gluten-free journey can be a positive learning curve. Yes, it will be a learning curve but you will do well.

Best of luck on your gluten-free journey!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Family, Lifestyle

I love this new Netflix Show!

A show that has been fun and motivating to watch on Netflix is somewhat new to Netflix called: “Get Organized with the Home Edit. “

The Home Edit is such a fun show to watch because these two women, who also have a team of organizers working under them, are professional organizers. This team of professional organizers do a fabulous job at bringing an aesthetic and organized look to any dysfunctional space.

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The Home Edit group organizes celebrity homes as well as everyday family homes.

I have learned a lot from watching all the Home Edit episodes and want to dig in and organize my house!

Some tips I have learned:

-organize in color

-edit out items or get rid of things you don’t need

-label, label, label.

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Have you watched this show yet?

Let me know a Netflix show you are enjoying.

Folding laundry is much more fun with a good show right?!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

Sunday Thoughts: Leaving our weaknesses at the feet of Our Savior Jesus Christ….

Have you ever carried a backpack or luggage that was just to much to lift for very long?

The baggage you carried weighed you down and you literally couldn’t move forward?

I think metaphorically, we can all relate.

We ALL carry baggage.

Often times, we fight through the baggage, thinking we are strong enough, we are tough enough, we can push through it.

Guess what?

We can’t.

Even more, we shouldn’t carry that baggage.

If you are Christian, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints like me, we know that our Savior Jesus Christ made it possible for us to leave our “weaknesses” or our “baggage” at his feet, then we can move forward.

The Savior did not suffer so intensely, and then expect us to suffer and carry ALL our baggage through life.

The Savior suffered, so that we can be forgiven, and leave our weaknesses and our “baggage” at His feet.

What’s even more beautiful?

If YOU let Him, the Savior will literally help us take off that big heavy load we carry, bit by bit, so that we leave it all at His feet.

It is a humbling act, to realize we have weaknesses, we have baggage, and we can’t continue to carry this “heaviness” through life.

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And yet, through our own humility, we can find peace and relief. We can more forward and progress as a person as we continue to leave our “baggage” at the feet of our Savior.

The Savior loves you indefinitely. I know this and I have felt this.

The Savior does not want any of us to “buried down” with such an amount of heaviness to carry through life.

If we can reach to our Savior, and let him help us, the happiness we can feel is more than any other worldly happiness we have ever experienced.

2 Nephi 2:25 “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:25)

The Savior wants us to have “joy” in our life, He just asks that we reach out to let Him help us.

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Reach out.

You will find him.

Be humble and know that we all have baggage that we must NOT pack through this life.

Forgiveness and repentance are the keys to feeling peace.

Remember what a bright and beautiful person you are, despite your weakness, you have so much to offer this world.

Remember you are infinitely loved by the Savior.

And drop your baggage and your weaknesses at His feet.

Feel His Peace.

And express Gratitude for His love.

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Recipes

The Best Loaded Sausage Jalapeño Poppers/Gluten-Free

These loaded jalapeño poppers are sure to be a new family favorite.

These jalapeño’s are naturally gluten-free, and quite easy to make.

You can follow the youtube video below for the step-by-step recipe. Or you can read below for the written recipe.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

-Softened cream cheese

-3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

-1/4 cup parmesan cheese

-1 package of hot sausage-cooked

– 6–8 jalapeños

-Package of pepperoni slices

-bunch of green onion.

Instructions:

  1. In a frying pan cook the hot sausage thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Slice jalapeños in half and de-seed. I prefer a few seeds left but its to your liking. Set aside. (wear gloves)
  4. Combine cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan and mix.
  5. Add cooked sausage to the cream cheese and mix well.
  6. (Wear gloves) put cream cheese and sausage mixture into the jalapeños –put a generous amount in each jalapeño.
  7. Once each jalapeño has the sausage and cheese mixture, place one slice of pepperoni on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Cook jalapeños in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  9. Allow to cool, then sprinkle green onion over the top.
  10. Enjoy!
Family, Lifestyle, Relationships

Why I keep “dating” my husband …

Date nights?

Maybe you’re not sure what that is, or why people have date nights?

Well, I can tell you that date nights in our marriage are not just important .. they are VITAL.

And even though I know I’m not a marriage expert by any means .. I know date nights are vital for ALL couples.

Our engagement photo (2014)

So here is why I keep “dating” my husband:

1-Communication with each other. It’s easy to get busy with kids and work and such, and forget to take time as a couple to just talk, to connect and to communicate with each other.

2- Growing deeper in our understanding of one another. What does this mean? Talking about the highlights and low points of our days, weeks and year—and understand where our spouse is struggling or excelling. By understanding each other more, we can empathize with each other more and connect in a more positive way.

3- Physically being near one another. I remember going to dinner with my husband and having the thought “goodness my husband has the best smile.” Just taking time to physically “fall in love” with each other again is key.

One of our first overnight getaways after the kids were born.

4- Emotional and spiritual bonding. If couples aren’t going out together, it’s difficult to grow emotionally and spiritually. Driving in the car and having a deep discussion without interruption may be an example of an emotional or spiritual connection. It’s hard to make these connections with a spouse when there’s a lot of distraction all around.

5-Strengthening friendship. At the end of the day your spouse should not only be a friend, but I would argue your spouse should be your best friend. Spending time with your spouse is a key component to creating a strong friendship. And friendships must continue to be nurtured. Even the best friendships can be broken if there is little to not time spent to help keep them strong.

6- Sharing beautiful moments with each other. Your spouse is the one that will experience life with you, so who better to share beautiful moments with than your sweet spouse?

I know for me personally, I look forward to date nights more than pretty much anything. Having a moment to be exclusively and solely with my spouse is a time to reconnect and prioritize relationships.

If you have young kids, understand it’s not selfish to go on date nights. Those children need to see their parents dating and in love. The example of prioritizing the marriage relationship is key.

My husband truly has the best smile!

My parents have been married over 50 years and something that warms my heart is that they go on date nights weekly!

It doesn’t matter that my parents have been together longer than they’ve been apart. Their friendship and relationship is prioritized as very important and what a tribute it is to see them enjoying each other’s company for so many years and making time for date nights!

So if you’re married, take time for the date night!

I could write in depth about the importance of date nights but just know, it’s so important for so many reasons.

Do you and your spouse go on date nights ?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, kids, Lifestyle

13 Tips on Traveling With a Baby…

Traveling with a baby can be challenging because there are so many items to consider bringing.

After packing for my own three kids over the years, I came up with a list of helpful advice for parents that are traveling with a baby.

#1- Always pack an extra set of clothes and jammies because more than likely …you’ll need it.

Our sweet baby girl, 11 months old.

#2-Don’t forget the meds! The motrin, Tylenol and even vitamin d drops. Ironically— my kids tend to get sick when traveling and having these items on hand are key.

#3- Utilize ziplock bags! I use ziplock bags for medicine, diaper ointment, baby snacks … it saves things from leaking and it’s easier to find items in a ziplock bag.

#4-When packing diapers and wipes be on the safe side and plan for 10 diapers each day, and a pack of wipes every two days. This is generous, but it keeps you safe.

#5- Pack a stroller that is easiest to haul and collapses easily. Even an umbrella stroller is ideal if your child is old enough to hold their head up.

#6- Pack plenty of baby snacks and food, you can always take the extras back home.

#7- Pack at least 2 binkis and 2 bottles so that there is always a back up.

#8- Buy travel size of the following: baby lotion, baby shampoo and body wash.

#9- Bring at least 2-3 blankets.

#10- no matter the weather pack a jacket.

#11- Baby toys-Baby’s can be quite easy to entertain but grab at least 1-2 baby toys to have on hand.

#12-Bring oragel or teething ointment, you never know when their teeth may start cutting.

#13- If the baby is used to a sound machine — bring it! Losing sleep while traveling is not fun.

I hope these tips have been helpful!

As always, I would love to hear your tips as tricks when traveling with a baby.!

xoxo,

Christy Lee