Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Relationships

What This Picture Tells Me…

I came across this picture on my phone, and I froze.

I looked carefully.

Inspected the photo, and realized it was from about July of 2020.

Not quite 2 years ago, and oh, how things have changed.

Cade 4, Makell 3, Taya 10 months

All 3 of my children are much smaller, wearing different clothing sizes.

My girls have different hairstyles due to their lack of hair that was yet to grow in.

My son hadn’t been to public school yet.

No one could tie their own shoes, and all of them needed my help getting dressed.

There was no pressure of homework and learning to read, the focus was more about playing and having fun.

No one was looking right at the camera, because they didn’t know.

I remember some days thinking, goodness, I wish they were a bit more independent …getting in the car to go anywhere was so, very hard.

And yet, I look at this, and I want to cuddle these little ones again.

Yes, not quite two years have passed and they have grown so much.

Two of them are much more independent.

One has been in public school, one is going to school this fall, and another wishes she was in school.

Yes, time is a thief.

Children are such a blessing, in all phases.

All phases of motherhood is filled with trials, but all phases are full of blessings and joy.

My goal from this sweet, simple picture…

Is to love a little longer, and embrace all the moments.

Time pushes onward, too quick, and too fast.

Enjoy those moments as they come mama.

For they truly sneak by too fast.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

sharing food
Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes, Relationships

Gluten-Free Sunday Dinner Ideas!

One of the harder parts of the gluten-free lifestyle is coming up with an entire meal that is gluten-free.

I want to help you to make your gluten-free lifestyle easier.

Below is a gluten-free dinner idea for you to enjoy with family and friends.

sharing food
Photo by fauxels on Pexels.com

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!

Main Entree: Gluten-Free Hawaiian Haystacks

Side dish 1: Gluten-Free Banana Pineapple Salad

Side dish 2: Veggie tray of carrots, cucumbers, olives and broccoli

Dessert: Gluten-Free Lemon Lush Dessert

And a Tasty Gluten-Free & Alcohol Free Drink: Cherry Limeade Drink

woman eating on cooking pan
Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas on Pexels.com

Hopefully you enjoy this meal plan!

Let me know what other meals you would love to see on here.

Enjoy cooking!

Until next time,

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous

Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.

When I asked my 6 year old son what he has learned about Easter he said “Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.”

My heart was happy knowing that there was a deeper meaning to Easter.

A deeper meaning that impacts all of us.

Christ’s atonement, His crucifixion, He suffered greatly for each one of us.

Why?

Because He loves us.

Our family this Easter Sunday

He had all power to stop his pain and suffering, and yet, He knew he had to endure the deepest and enduring pain and anguish… so that through His atonement we can have the chance to live with Him again.

And yes, we know our Savior was resurrected. He lives.

He continues to be there for us all if we but reach for him.

Yes Easter is much, much more than eggs and bunnies, it’s about remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. Remembering that he suffered for us all, and that He lives again.

Happy Easter to all!

And my hope is that we remember this often, not just on Easter.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

Our Little Love Story/ Part 2

So I left off letting you know that I had met Brad at a birthday party…when I asked a mutual friend about him she said he wasn’t the “settling down type.” Which I still wasn’t sold on.

I did make sure to facebook stock him and think “he’s a cute guy.”

And that was that.

Life moved on.

I was finishing my last year of grad school while teaching full time and life was busy!

Fall of 2013 was full of planning my final thesis paper which would be due in the next 8 months, and I had many projects and papers to read in the mean time.

At this point in life, I was going on dates, but I hand’t met “the one,” and I knew at this point in my life, I needed to focus on finishing my degree…while still making sure to be a successful middle school teacher.

My social life had changed quite a bit.

I worked from 7am-3 pm, drove home to relax for an hour. Then would start studying or doing homework for a few hours, I’d hit the gym, eat dinner, then the same thing the next day.

Me with my dad on a trip to Canada Summer of 2013

On Wednesday I would go straight from work to Weber State University for classes until 10 pm.

Life was going along just fine.

And I had somewhat forgotten about the cute boy I met at the birthday party months ago.

Until…..

One Sunday, I had gone to church and there was a new girl in our ward.

I had only had this happen one other time in my life.

But I had such a STRONG feeling that this girl needed to be my friend.

Call me crazy, but I was drawn to her.

She was kind, she was beautiful and sweet, and very intelligent.

At the time my logical brain said “Christy you can hardly hang out with the friends you have, between work and grad school.”

However, I couldn’t shake that this awesome girl, was meant to be a good friend.

And sure enough, this new friend Whitney, became one of my dearest friends.

We clicked. There was no drama, she was kind and easy to get along with.

We had a lot of things in common and it was just a nice “break” to be around her.

My friend’s name was Whitney, and little did I know that being her friend would make such a big impact in my life.

She is still a dear friend to this day….and because of her, I officially met my husband.

Moral of the story, don’t shake those feelings or promptings you have.

God is in the details and He is always looking out for us in so many ways.

More to come ….

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, kids, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Newly Diagnosed With Celiacs Disease? 4 Important Steps to Help You….

It can be hard to step into a gluten free lifestyle, however, it shouldn’t be overwhelming.

Our works is understanding the gluten free lifestyle more so thankfully there’s more awareness.

After my own experience with being new to the gluten free world (back in 2008), I came up with 4 steps to help you:

  1. Share the News

Why share the news?

I have learned it’s important to be up front and honest about your gluten free lifestyle.

Be tactful and nice when you explain your gluten free guidelines. But let others know the importance of following gluten free food guidelines.

Gluten free living is more common now so there’s no need to feel like an “inconvenience” in any way.

It’s best just to let others know that you eat gluten free to stay safe and healthy.

2. Find Support Resources.

I am on multiple Gluten free Facebook groups.

I also follow a lot of gluten free accounts on Instagram and tik tok.

When you’re surrounded by helpful resources you don’t feel alone in the gluten free journey.

3. Download helpful gluten free apps

I currently have 2 apps on my phone that I use to help with my gluten-free lifestyle:

-Gluten free scanner: you scan food items snd it tells you if it’s gluten free or not.

-Find Me Gluten Free: it’s a resource mapping out gluten free restaurants and bakeries in your area. This is so helpful and nice.

4. Keep track of Gluten-free Recipes You Enjoy

One of the reasons I started this blog was to keep track of gluten free recipes that we love.

Pinterest is a great resource to organize recipes too.

Whatever way you choose to do it, make sure you can easily find your gluten free recipes..it helps make life simpler and easier when it comes to cooking gluten free.

If there’s any way I can help your gluten free journey easier, please reach out I’m here to help!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

A Children’s Book All Mother’s Need To Own!

This book “You’ve Got This Mama!” by Megan Park is incredible!

The book is so relatable to all mothers who have ever had young children or any children at all!

This cute book is a reminder that being a mother is a full time job with hard days, but oh so wonderful days as well.

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 personally have a hard time reading it without getting emotional, it’s beautifully written.

The illustrations are beautiful too, and my kids love it when I read it to them.

And at the price of only $11.99, you’re getting a great deal for a wonderful book!

Hope you enjoy it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

A Gluten-free Store Everyone Should Know About

I just had to share about a store that sells all gluten-free products a d they are amazing!

The store is located on Spanish Fork, Utah and it’s called Mom’s Place.

Or if you’re out of state you can click on the website here.

Bottom line, this store has some AMAZING gluten free products!

We made the soft pretzels and they were so delicious!

We also tried the gluten free licorice snd they tasted like red vines… so tasty!

Mom’s place ships order free to purchase of $50.00 or more.

Basically, it’s a store that I will continually buy products from because I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve tried.

And just note— I am not affiliated with them on any way, I just genuinely have loved their gluten free products.

Let me know if you try their products!

It’s always exciting and refreshing to find a store that is dedicated to good tasting gluten-free products!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

A tasty side dish on the menu for Sunday dinner.

The side dish I am sharing with you today is a family favorite.

It’s one of those family favorites where if we do t bring it to family dinner people wonder why?

For us, family dinner is something we look forward to all day!

The best part?

It’s tasty, easy to make and naturally gluten free!

So many wins!

The side dish is called Delicious Pink Berry Salad

Hopefully you enjoy it, and if you do make it let me know I’d love to hear in the comments below:)

Happy Sunday!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

Have You Tried These Yummy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bars?

These gluten free peanut butter bars are a tasty treat to enjoy during this holiday season.

My favorite part of these bars is the delicious topping/frosting.

These cookies aren’t hard to make and your entire family will enjoy this tasty treat.

Peanut butter and chocolate are such a delicious combination!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Comment below if you make it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

sharing cherry tomatoes
Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

The Perfect Father’s Day Dinner/Gluten-Free!

If you have been following for a while, you know I have celiacs disease and have to eat gluten-free.

I have learned that gluten-free dinner can still be tasty and delicious.

So for Father’s Day, I had to share the perfect gluten-free dinner!

All the dinner items have recipes linked.

And let’s be honest, sometimes the dinner is the best part for dad’s that love and enjoy food.

sharing cherry tomatoes
Photo by fauxels on Pexels.com

So for the main coarse on Father’s Day, we will be making Gluten-free Sweet & Sour Meatballs. These meatballs are one of my husbands top favorites! These meatballs are are full of flavor and the sauce is amazing! The hint of pineapple in the meatballs and in the sauce make for some very tasty meatballs.

Eat these meatballs on top of rice and you will definitely want seconds!

Let’s cook a great Father’s Day Meal!

For side dishes, we will eat this delicious pink berry salad. This fruit salad is simple to make and requires just a few ingredients.

The other side that will taste great with this meal is our favorite gluten-free potato salad. My husband loves potatoes so this potato salad is a must for Father’s Day. It’s very simple to make this potato salad gluten-free, and it is still packed with flavor!

For dessert—well it’s a tough choice, but we will be making the best eclair dessert/gluten-free!

Everyone will love this gluten-free Eclair Dessert!

This dessert is very tasty, and I am always told that people can’t believe it’s gluten-free because the texture tastes just like it would with regular flour….that’s a win!

And one thing we can not forget…a delicious drink.

For Father’s Day, add in this tasty drink, our Cherry-Limeade drink is simple, and easy to make, and tastes wonderful for this warm, summer weather.

family preparing food in the kitchen
Photo by August de Richelieu on Pexels.com

So there you have it, FIVE different gluten-free items to make for that special guy on Father’s Day!

I hope you enjoy these recipes, and even more, I hope you enjoy spending time with your Father’s!

xoxo,

Christy Lee