Low Carb Shake: My Favorite Chocolate Fudge Protein Shake

I’ve never been one of those people that can stomach typical off the shelf protein shake mixes. Too…chemical tasting for me!

I’ve tried a LOT of homemade protein shakes, but I needed one that was low carb, low sugar AND I wanted it to taste creamy.

Long story short, I found out that by adding a little cottage cheese to your protein shakes it changes the texture and the taste. It literally transforms drab into an almost Frosty like texture.

This shake is so weird. And so good. And so healthy. The cool thing is you can modify the ingredients to make your own taste buds happy! It tastes like a decadent fudge dessert….I mean, well, IT IS a decadent dessert shake!! Enjoy!

Creamy Chocolate Protein Shake

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (I like unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon high quality chocolate baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Scoop Collagen Powder, unflavored
  • 2 to 4 Teaspoons of Sweetner*
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Start with the milk, crushed ice. Blend, blend, and blend some more. Then add the remaining ingredients.

Blend until smooth and creamy. The texture should be creamy and velvety!

*I used Truvia!

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Personal Growth Ideas

Personal growth is such a simple concept, yet how often to we really give time to growing and learning ourselves? With more time at home, I’m learning to set aside a few minutes each week to better myself. Here’s a few fun ways anyone can pursue learning opportunities:

Three Easy Ways to Practice Personal Growth

One: Take up a new hobby! Spend few minutes each day learning a new language or try calligraphy. What things are on your bucket list that you never seem to have time for? Do that.

Two: Learn to be self sufficient. Can you learn to mend clothes? Plant an herb garden? Think of something that would give you peace of mind and yet be relaxing as well. I’m hoping to learn more gardening tips this year!

Three: Find an artistic outlet! Watercolor? Oil based painting? Pastels? Nature Photography? Find an art medium and go for it. You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it can be.

What ways are you learning personal growth strategies? Share below!

P.S. You may also enjoy reading Easy Self Care Ideas for Moms!

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Nature Walk I Spy Ideas For Kids

If you are looking for ways to get out of the house and still have a fun learning experience, consider going on a nature walk while playing “I Spy” With the kids.

You can give them a list of items to track down while out walking around your neighborhood or on an approved nature trail!

10 Ideas For Playing I Spy on a Nature Walk

  • A Flower
  • A Leaf
  • A Specific tree (Pine, Palm Willow, etc)
  • A Large Rock
  • A Hanging Plant
  • Specific Colored Front Doors
  • A Large Garden
  • A Rose Bush
  • Holiday Decor (Front Door Wreath, Yard Blow Ups, etc)
  • Moss

Have you gone on a nature walk paying “I Spy” before? If so, what items did you spot?

For more fun with kids, check out list of 25 Fun Kids activities!

Fun For Kids

Flower Coloring Sheet FREE Download

Check out this fun free Flower Coloring Sheet!

Download your copy as a fun freebie for those long days at home or for when you need to de-stress a little. Perfect for kids, teens or even mom!

Flower Coloring Sheet

You can download your free copy here!

Flower Coloring Sheet

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Also, if you are looking for other fun printables, check these out below:

Preschool Activities For Learning At Home

I love teaching preschool activities to my kids. When we were foster parents, I also had the privilege to teach preschool at home for a few months. Scouring resources and coming up with learning activities are my wheelhouse! You don’t have to have special curriculum to get started either-you can just use items around your house!

Teach Preschoolers Responsibility

Preschool aged children love being trusted and being given responsibility. It helps satisfy their new taste for independence and keeps them busy. A few easy ways to teach responsibility through preschool activities:

  • Give them a rag to help dust furniture.
  • Let them hand wash any of your plastic dishes.
  • Teach them the basics of making their bed (they will need help!)
  • Let them sweep or swiffer the floors
  • Set a timer to let them pick up toys when it’s time to go to bed.

Preschool Development with Sensory Activities

Sensory learning is crucial for preschool development! It helps them with fine motor skills, building confidence and so much more. You don’t need the latest wooden toys, either. You can use items around the house!

  • Fill a bowl with black beans or rice. Hide small age appropriate toys for the kids to find! Kind of like the game “I Spy” but with sensory bins!
  • Fill a bucket with water and let them wash some of their plastic toys
  • Fill a bowl with shaving cream or whipped cream and let them play in it for a few minutes. Will it make a mess? Yep! But, they will remember it for years to come.
  • Try making homemade play dough or slime. There are tons of recipes out there!
  • Fill a bow with ice cubes. Let the kids touch the ice cubes. Ask them how it feels. Can they name the appropriate term “Cold”?
  • Have the kids count a bag of cotton balls or pom poms!

Preschool Activities For Art

Art in preschool is the best! There are so many creative ways to teach kids the importance of art. It boosts morale, gives them a creative outlet among other things!

  • Take a piece of paper to a tree and let the kids slide the color back and forth. It will make a unique design, plus it doubles as sensory learning!
  • Try painting with cotton balls to make polka dots!
  • Watercolor painting is a great calming activity.
  • Drawing with chalk outside is always a great art project!
  • Utilize the plethora of Art Classes hosted online! A quick google search should give you tons of ideas!

Other things to Teach Preschool Kids

  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • Letters
  • Site Words
  • Rhymes
  • Storytelling (Ask them to tell you a story based on a word: Pig, Cow, Etc.
  • Animal Names
  • Difference between night and day
  • Lyrics To Kids Songs (BIBLE, Old MacDonald, etc)

Read To Your Preschooler

Many teachers and education experts agree that reading to your children is a huge benefit and one of the most important things you can do for your child’s education. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Read while they eat breakfast
  • Listen to audio books while going for a drive
  • Listen to audio books while cleaning
  • Read to Them Before Quiet Time
  • Read to Them Before Bedtime

Free Printables For Preschoolers

Take advantage of free printables for preschoolers! It’s a great boredom buster and kids feel accomplished when they complete them! Types of printables you can look for:

  • Number Sheets
  • Letter Sheets
  • Copy Sheets (Copying words like Cat or Dog)
  • Coloring Sheets
  • Dot to Dot Drawing Sheets

Check out our free resources for printables and homeschooling here!

Have Fun With Your Preschooler

While homeschooling your preschool remember to have FUN! We’ve got a list of 25 Fun Activities For Your Kids!

Information meant for learning purposes only! I am not an education expert or teacher. Just a homeschool mom on a mission to share along the way!

Share this post if you found the information useful! 🙂

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Self Care Tips For Moms

Self care is so important! We all need it to stay positive and sane.

Between rainy weather (it has been endless around here!) and many in self-isolation, it’s important to take care of yourself. As moms, we are often running to and fro and need time to settle down and take care of ourselves.

List of Self Care Tips For Moms

  1. Have quiet time
  2. Take a bath
  3. Learn a new yoga pose
  4. Give yourself a manicure
  5. Give yourself a pedicure
  6. Take time for an at home facial
  7. Pluck your eyebrows
  8. Read a book or magazine
  9. Read inspiring quotes
  10. Listen to classical music
  11. Learn a new word in another language
  12. Write down your goals
  13. Go for a walk
  14. Stretch and take deep breaths
  15. Deep condition your hair

Do you follow any of these? Share them below!

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Free Coloring Page Heart Printable For Kids

Free coloring page alert! Looking for boredom busters for your little ones? Download this fun coloring page for your kids!

I love learning how to create free printables for other families to enjoy. I have been creating them for my own kids to use in our homechool journey.

Today, this printable focuses on an easy heart coloring page while encouraging kids to practice counting 1 through 4! Simple and fun! You could create multiple pages and have the kids focusing on different colors. One page full of green hearts for St. Patrick’s Day, one page full of rainbow colors, etc. Have fun with it!

Free Coloring Page Printable

Download your free preschool math heart printable for your kids right here!

Free Coloring Page

We also have other free printables geared towards the early years! Check them out here. For more free learning resources, check out our post on 11 free resources for your family!

Soft And Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adding a packet of vanilla pudding to this chocolate chip cookies recipe makes these the softest, butteriest cookie that makes my family happy! I love them and honestly, it’s hard not to eat the entire pan in one sitting. I’m sure ya’ll never do that, right?

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe With Pudding

You’ll notice to added ingredients not traditionally found in cookie recipes: pudding (instant) and almond extract. The first time I tried the almond extract in my cookies blew my mind! It just adds that something extra and really bring out the vanilla flavoring in the cookies!

The Recipe

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Small Pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Soften the butter and add sugars. Let set for just a minute. Then add vanilla, almond extract and eggs. Add pudding, flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

Bake on a stone bake ware or cookie sheet for 10 to 11 minutes at 350. When you remove them from the oven, lest them rest for 2 to 3 minutes.

Tips: I personally like to use salted butter for my cookie recipes. I also like to bake with sea salt! As for the chocolate chips, I prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate. But, go for what your family likes!! Oh, and you could always add just a few more chocolate chips to this recipe. I don’t think anyone would mind!

Enjoy!

Do you enjoy drinking milk or coffee with your cookies? If coffee is your answer, check out this recipe for a perfect breve latte! My drink of choice depends on my mood. Some days, I go for a classic fold cup of milk!

Free Easter Printable For Kids

Easter is coming early this year! With that in mind, I wanted to share a free printable that I created for my own kids. It’s a great coloring sheet to go along during the Easter story or during morning basket time!

Free Easter Printable For Kids-He is Risen!

You can download your copy of this free printable right here! Feel free to use it for your homeschool studies or even your classroom!

Praying you all have a blessed Easter!

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” ~Matthew 28:6

Minnie Mouse Ideas For First Birthday Party

Looking For Ideas For Your Daughter’s First Birthday Party? We’ve got a fun solution: Minnie Mouse!

The love for Minnie Mouse has been strong in our home since our daughters were tiny. So much so, that we knew that our primary ideas for our first born’s birthday party would be Minnie Mouse or at least Disney themed. Minnie & Mickey won out by a landslide!

Mickey Themed Cupcakes

I knew we wanted cupcakes that would be Disney themed, but I also knew that homemade was the way to go! We Simply added mini oreos to create “ears”for the cupcakes. Simple is the way I like it!!

Minnie Mouse Decor

So, I wanted to think outside the box for the decorations. I ended up buying a lot of tulle! I taped it around our daughters high chair to create a tutu effect! I also used it to drape around baskets. I found Minnie Mouse sandwich cutters and actually used them as decor! I attached them to our popcorn basket.

Budget Ideas For First Birthday Party

I worked hard to keep our birthday party on a tight budget, so for extra supplies I utilized the Dollar Tree. Wal-Mart and Mardels is also a great resource for cheap party supplies!

Do you have a favorite resource for birthday party supplies?

PS. If you love Disney, check out our Disneyland tips!

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