For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.
My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!
My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.
Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.
Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.
Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.
Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.
Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.
Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.
We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.
Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!
She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.
She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.
Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.
Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.
My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.
My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.
He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.
Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.
Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.
As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.
I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.
I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.
I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.
I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.
This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.
I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.
I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.
And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.
I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.
I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.
And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.
Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.
With the holidays around the corner ..this is a fun time to enjoy family and friends company while enjoying some tasty treats.
When you love a gluten-free lifestyle, often times the common treat isn’t usually something that passes as gluten-free.
Well— don’t worry!
Below are two recipe links to our delicious gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, as well as our favorite homemade hot cocoa.
Here is our Gluten-fee cookie recipe. Keep in mind, when you take the cookies out of the oven they may not look quite right, but as you let them sit for a minute on the cookie sheet you will see they make great cookies with a delicious texture and flavor!
And for the hot cocoa recipe, you can find that here.
I have always enjoyed homemade hot cocoa better than store bought .. the flavor is more rich and vibrant!
However – if I do get a store bought hot cocoa, my top choice is Stephens mint hot chocolate.
We hope you enjoy these tasty treats… and even more, we hope you’re holidays are fun and memorable!
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.