Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

5 Favorite Gluten-free Instagram Accounts to follow!

As many of you know, I have celiacs and eat completely gluten-free.

One of the primary reasons I started this blog was to share gluten free recipes and tips.

Something that is very helpful when living a gluten free lifestyle, is learning about gluten free living from a large variety of people.

I personally follow a wide variety of gluten free Instagram accounts and wanted to share some of my favorite accounts with you!

Instagram can be a quick and easy source to finding great gluten free food ideas!

So here they are:

1- @glutenfreewithcoral-is a wonderful account to follow. She provides daily tips and motivation for people that love a gluten free lifestyle. She has great food recommendations too.

2-@gfmacros- her account is full of delicious food options and ideas for eating gluten free. She always tries to keep it as healthy as possible.

3-@cleanmondaymeals- this account has great gluten free meal prep ideas and endless recipes.

4-@glutenfree_longisland- this account is another favorite of mine that shares a variety of gluten free recipes and products.

5-@glutenfreedisneyfinds- if you happen to go to Disneyworld this account is wonderful to follow! The account documents all the gluten free food options on Disneyworld!

So there are just a few of my favorite gluten free Instagram accounts.

What others would you add to my list ? I’m always looking for more!

If you are new to being gluten free let me know if you have any questions I’m happy to help in any way I can !

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Lifestyle

Why Should We Budget ?

It’s a great question …”Why should we budget ?”

And it’s actually a simple answer:

To enjoy your money and finances to their fullest!

Does this seem weird?

We budget so we can enjoy our money ?

Just think about it…

When we frivolously spend and live paycheck to paycheck , we have an added stress in our lives.

When we budget and save money, we have a slush fund.

That slush fund comes in handy for good and bad times in life.

When we budget, we can save for a fun vacation.

When we budget, we aren’t stressed when we get into a fender bender and have to use a chunk of money for car repairs.

Budgeting makes us have a better relationship with money, budgeting helps our long-term goals become a reality.

Budgeting hasn’t been something I’ve always done, but I enjoy budgeting now because I have seen the long term benefits of budgeting.

Remember, if you haven’t been following along with our 20 days budgeting, you can try it for another month, just click here!

We would love to hear your thoughts on budgeting!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Tasty Asian Chicken Marinade/ Gluten-free

This delicious chicken marinade is not only gluten-free, it’s also simple and easy to make!

The key ingredient to help make sure this recipe is gluten-free is to make sure you use gluten-free soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos.

Hopefully you enjoy this recipe, let me know in the comments below !

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce

1-3 pounds of chicken

-1/2 cup brown sugar

-1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic

-1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

-dash of crushed red

-sesame seeds to your liking

-dash of pepper

We grilled the chicken and it tasted delicious !

Directions:

1. In a zip-lock bag combine all ingredients.

2. Zip lock the bag securely. Refrigerate the marinade for 1-24 hrs.

3. Cook the chicken. You can grill it, bake it, or fry it.

4. Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Motherhood unfiltered – a moment that was priceless

For everyone in those years of motherhood where all the children are cute and young, adorable but very dependent … today was a day!

Fatigue settles in and I had high hopes of taking a nap while my two little ones napped hoping my older son would play with some toys or draw a picture…. something, anything.

Just as I was getting my son situated to not need me for a bit… my baby woke up, her nap was over and now my chance to rest was gone.

This is not the first time this has happened so I’ve told myself to never get my “heart -set” on taking a nap… and yet it’s hard to keep going when energy levels are low.

But we do keep going because we are moms and we know that’s what our family needs us to do right?

Baby girl with her fancy sunglasses

Well we had some errands to run and I promised the kids a vanilla ice cream come from McDonalds after errands.

Baby girl who is 16 months had her first ice cream cone and she was messier than ever but loved it so much!

I took baby girl out of the car seat and sat down by her, eye level, to clean her face.

I meant to say “give mommy a lick,” because the ice cream looked tasty and it was dripping everywhere… but instead I said “give mommy kiss.”

Well that little cutie puckered up her ice cream face and went in for the biggest kiss and love.

And then when I asked for another kiss she walked away and was too busy.

It literally melted my heart because the kiss came unexpectedly and so quick, but it was so genuine and sweet.

That little kiss from baby girl reminded me that these little ones may be precious to us, but we are so precious to them.

My 2 sweet girls

Our kids love us and show us small acts of endearment throughout the day, if we can just focus on seeing the love.

That little surprise kiss today was the best “pick me up,” and I forgot about how tired I had felt.

When my oldest climbs in for cuddles … my heart melts

I’ve heard it said a million times, but right when we think we as parents are teaching our kids all the important things in life… it’s truly the children that have been teaching us all along.

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

How to Make Home Made Foam

Do you ever need a fun and easy activity to help entertain your kids?

This foam recipe is perfect for kids of all ages!

Even better, this foam recipe only uses 2 ingredients!

The best part?

This foam kept my kids busy for well over an hour!

Foam is such easy cleanup and it’s a great sensory outlet for kids.

We made pink and blue foam.

What you’ll need:

-Bins for the foam to go in so your kids can play with it.

-A big bowl to make the foam in

-beaters for mixing the foam

My cute little ones could play with foam for hours!

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons of tear free baby wash or shampoo

1/4 cup water

Instructions:

1. Combine water and baby wash/ shampoo into bowl. (Optional-food coloring).

2. Mix with beaters on medium speed until desired consistency.

3. Have fun!

Let me know if you end up making this foam, I’d love to hear how it goes!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Good Reads, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous

5 Things I Learned in College

I was in college from 2003-2008, then went back to grad school from 2009-2013.

I have zero regrets when it comes to going to college.

I feel like college taught me more than academics.

Here is a list of 5 Things I learned in college.

  1. I learned that I was smarter than I thought I was. I have always had to work hard in school, and labeled myself as “average.” However, college was a reminder that even if I wasn’t at the “top of the class,” I still had more intelligence than I gave myself credit for.
  2. Confidence- college gave me MUCH more confidence. Not just with academics but with public speaking, working with groups of people, technology…and the list goes on. If you want to build your confidence—go back to school!
  3. College taught me to work the HARDEST. I say “hardest” because working hard is not always enough…often times, you have to work the “hardest” you ever have. That means sacrificing social life, favorite tv shows, traveling, and more. Working “hardest” means studying through dinner sometimes, or waking up at the crack of dawn to study before other classes begin. It’s extremely hard work at times, but how rewarding it is to know you have worked your “hardest.”
  4. College taught me how to prioritize my life. When you have a full load of classes, it’s important to prioritize which class to study for first, what assignments to get done first, and so forth. Prioritizing is more than just organizing life, it’s making sure you put the most important things first.
  5. Balance-Along with prioritizing life, college taught me balance. Like that one semester I rarely socialized and I got straight A’s, but I realized my emotional well-being was struggling and I needed friends, so the next semester I didn’t get all “A’s” but I did have some fun memories with friends. Because part of college is creating fun memories with friends and roommates.

So if you ever ask me if you should go to college …I’d say “Yes,” …100% you should go to college.

The life lessons learned at college are incredibly life changing.

If you went to college ..what would you add to this list ??

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

9 Tips For Helping Your Kids With Homework -From a Former Teacher

Did you know I taught school for seven years before I had my kids?

I taught seventh grade history and eight grade health…and I loved it!

Switch gears to having my own kids, I have found that doing homework with your own kids, is similar to teaching in the classroom.

Here are some tips that may help you out at home.

  • Be near them but don’t hover. Kids need their freedom to do work on their own. I always stay in the same room, and help my child understand the concept, however, when my child gets to work on their homework I don’t stand over them the entire time –so that my child feels that they are able to accomplish on their own.

  • Praise, Praise, and Praise. Even if your child does something wrong on their homework assignment, correct them, but correct tactfully and find something to praise them with. Such as “we need to re-do this, but your handwriting looks great there.” It’s amazing how much confidence or lack of confidence comes from school work and when we stay positive with the childs learning abilities, it not only motivates the child to work harder, but it reminds them that even if they make a mistake they are capable, intelligent people.
  • Be willing to give your child breaks while working on homework. We all know it’s idea to sit down and get an assignment completed. However, for some kids, having breaks while doing homework keeps a positive environment. Yes it takes a bit more patience for the parents, but if the child benefits from breaks, give them some time to complete the assignment.

-Make a point to stay near the child that’s doing homework, and yet work on something yourself. Again, it’s hard not to hover .. and it’s good to keep them on track … but if they can see that you are THERE and PRESENT if they need help that’s great. Even more, if they see that you are cooking or writing in your journal close by… this might create an opportunity for your child to work to solve homework problems in their own .. which is a great thing. As the parent, stay productive yourself while the child is working on homework close by you.

Put away the phones : Parents and the child doing homework should have their phones’ sound turned off and the phones should be away from the parent and child so as to not cause major distractions.

Serve up some snacks. Sometimes it’s a bit more enjoyable to get through homework with some snacks to munch on. These snacks shouldn’t be sugary and unhealthy treats.. but more so, some food that’s healthy and tasty to the child.

My son enjoys snacking on popcorn or crackers during homework time.

-Be consistent with setting a homework routine. Kids crave routines and truly work extremely better when there is an expected routine in place. Find a designated time and area of the house to do homework and be as consistent as possible.

-Have your child teach you. As a former teacher myself, I found that I learned more from teaching than I ever did in college. Why? Because when you teach a topic or subject you truly have to know and understand the topic and be an expert in that area. Having your child teach you—the parent, a concept they have learned can be a positive way to enhance the child’s confidence. Also, having the child teach the parent can help the child understand topics and subjects at a much deeper level.

-Make homework fun! Now I’m not saying you have to blast music, but as the parent, have a smile on your phase, make sure your tone of voice is positive and cheerful. Most of all, if we as parents are encouraging and positive .. your child can enjoy their time doing homework, versus dreading homework time. Attitude is everything when it comes to homework.

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Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

What I Have Learned About Strengthening Spirituality

This past month, my focus as been on strengthening my spirituality.

If you are just now following, I created a free template, to work towards 20 days of strengthening spirituality.

As I reflect on how this past month has gone, as I have sought to make a point everyday to strengthen my spirituality, I have learned a few things:

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1- I don’t make enough time for “peace and quiet.”

2- Planning time during the day to read scriptures or listen to uplifting talks, is not very hard to do and I always leave feeling happier. So why not do this more?

3- It’s enjoyable to discuss spirituality with others.

4- Keeping a strong sense of spirituality keeps me balanced mentally, emotionally and physically.

5- Striving to strengthen my spirituality has uplifted me and enlightened me.

6- Strengthening my spirituality has made me feel more gratitude.

There are many more items I could list about what I have learned from focusing on my spirituality this month, however, these points above are the main highlights.

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I want to keep this spiritual focus in my life, not just for certain time periods, but ALWAYS.

Whether you are a member of my same religion or viewpoints, I would encourage all of you to do what you can to increase and strengthen your relationship with God.

It’s amazing the peace and power that can be within you when we increase and strengthen our spirituality.

What do you do to strengthen yourself spiritually?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget That Everyone Needs!

My friend introduced me to this amazing kitchen gadget and I had to share!

This kitchen tool is called: Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper

I purchased this veggie chopper for only $15.30 on Amazon, and it works great!

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!

The blades are sharp and it works great with just a pull of the cord at the top!

I love that it’s not overly expensive, its’ easy to use, and it’s not extremely big which makes it easier to store.

Chopping onions, and garlic, or anything else was never so easy!

This chopper comes in a few different colors.

To purchase, click here!

And I would love to hear any other kitchen gadgets that you love in the comments below!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Family, Good Reads, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

A Spiritual Book I am Enjoying…

If you have been following me you know that this month my goal and focus is on “Strengthening My Spirituality.”

If you click here, you can find the free printable I made which is “20 Days of Spirituality.”

My reasoning for wanting to strengthen my spirituality is because I believe spirituality is the core of who we are.

2020 was a bit of a whirlwind …and I became aware of just how powerful and significant spirituality is in my life, and in the lives of others.

Naturally–I knew I wanted to straighten my spirituality and it will not end after a month. My hope is that this month with really kickstart me into truly prioritizing spirituality into my 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!

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So with that…

I would recommend this book “Holy as You Are,” By Christie Gardiner.

I will say, this book relates most to people that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

However, the overall theme behind the book is for anyone wanting to strengthen their spirituality.

This book is beautifully written and it’s focus is on reminding women that they already possess so many holy attributes and qualities.

This book is uplifting and a great read.

You can find this book online or at Desert Book or Seagull Book.

I would love to hear any spiritual book recommendations you may have, please just comment below.

Until Next Time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee