Let’s Get Real Friday Party #105

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started! Can you believe we’ve been doing this for over 100 weeks?? From the start, Let’s Get Real has been all about Healthy Living and that is quite an appeal to lots of folks. We are all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks. Each week, I encourage you to take a few moments just for yourself. We can all use some time for ourselves. Grab a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy getting to know some of the best bloggers I know.

Let's Get Real Linky Party

** Special Note: If you are a blogger looking for an active sharing group, we have the group for you! The         Let’s Get Real Facebook group has daily follow threads, support, and friendship. Come on over and join us.**

Let's Get Real Hosts

This week we have a special co-host.  Make sure you drop by and give Angela from Setting My Intention a big Let’s Get Real welcome.

 

Angela

 

I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.

  1. Follow all your hosts. We follow back!
  2. Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
  3. Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least three (3) other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
  4. Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.

Let's Get Real Linky Party

 

 We will be pinning our favorites!!

My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

(Drum Roll Please)

Nibbles by Nic

Pretzel Chicken

A restaurant in my hometown makes a delicious pretzel chicken and they always serve it with honey mustard sauce.  I find it so unique and delicious.  Nic shows us just how easy it is to make.  Impress your friends with this delicious dish.


Declutter Challenge for Busy Folks: The Bathroom

Time for another Declutter Challenge.  Are you tired of the clutter weighing your down?  I know I am!  We started the Declutter Challenge with the master bedroom and although I’m still not done with that room, I decided to move to another room that I am motivated to declutter.  Holy cow is my master bedroom cluttered!  I haven’t given up on decluttering the master, but I was really excited to get start on the bathroom for some reason.  Weird, huh?  Maybe not……….I do spend a lot of time in the bathroom.  I really don’t understand why this relatively low maintenance girl has to spend so much time in the bathroom when my husband only takes about 10 minutes to get ready each day.

Declutter Challenge for Busy Folks

Oh well…………..back to the declutter challenge.

I am working on decluttering the master bedroom slowly.  10-15 items per day.  I found that I was being slowed with sentimental feelings and worry that I would toss something that I would need at a future date.  The bathroom………that’s a different story.  How sentimental can you be about old toothbrushes?  Ummmm…………yes, I had a problem throwing away the really cute little toothbrushes that my kids started with.  Don’t judge me!  I did finally throw them away.

I decided to declutter my bathroom as a two-session project.  I have a small bathroom so there isn’t a lot of storage to hide clutter.  I have a small medicine cabinet and the area under the sink for storage.  Because my bathroom is so small, it is important that it be organized.  No matter the size of your bathroom, organization is key and the only way to be organized is to dump the clutter.  You just can’t organize clutter.  Believe me……….I’ve tried.  It doesn’t work.

I have two goals in organizing the bathroom.  The first is to shave a few minutes off my morning routine to allow some extra time for real food prep.  My other goal is to reduce some unnecessary stress.  Where is the brush?  Why can’t I find the toothpaste?  Arggghhh!  This place is a mess!  These little aggravations shouldn’t be the reason that I start my day in a grumpy mood.  A smoother start to my day will put me in a better mindset to take care of my family and have a more productive day at work.

Common advice is that you should start any declutter project with 4 boxes:

  1. Put away
  2. Storage
  3. Donate/Sell
  4. Garbage

Touch each item once and make quick decisions.  Does it belong in a different room?  Can I sell it?  Can it be stored in another location?  Does it just need to be tossed in the trash? Unlike most rooms, I found that my bathroom really just needed two boxes………”Put Away” and “Garbage”.  I threw away a ton from that tiny little room.  You may be surprised how much junk you store in your bathroom.

OK………..I’ll  let you get to it.  Start decluttering your bathroom.  Free yourself from the burden of clutter.  I believe in the bathroom, more than anywhere else in the house, the saying, “If in doubt………….throw it out” applies. So get tossing!  Leave me a comment below and tell me about your success stories.  I would also be interested in hearing what obstacles you run across as you clean out the bathroom.  I’ll be back soon with more advice and tips to help.  And if you are still battling with the emotional barriers to decluttering, I have help on the way for that as well.  Stay tuned!

If you are looking for help in making the transition to eating more real food, you should check out the Real Food Experience posts. You can get started at the beginning or jump around the challenges. You can find a complete round-up of the program here. Each week’s challenge is full of terrific advice to help you transition from fast and processed food to a real food diet. Changes that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle and have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule. I would also love for you to join me on social media. You can find me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram on a regular basis. Leave me a comment and let me know you are there. I love to visit with my readers.

 

You might also be interested in:  Decluttering the Master Bedroom

Declutterchallengeforbusyfolks

 

 

A School Lunch Favorite: Turkey and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich

If you haven’t noticed yet, I would be surprised.  My family is a little bit (OK……not so little bit) obsessed with cheese.  We love all sorts of cheese so we always have a variety of cheeses on hand to make quick lunches.  Cheese has lots of protein so it really helps in adding variety to school lunches without giving up on nutrition.

 

Turkey and Cream cheese bagel sandwich

My son is super picky.  He doesn’t like too many vegetables and he has lots of texture issues.  Sometimes I just want to give up, but of course I can’t do that.  He is my kid and I want him to get as many nutrients into his body as possible.  I noticed that when we would stop at the bagel shop he ordered a cream cheese and turkey bagel sandwich.  I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I know his Daddy had something to do with it.  I thought it seemed like a strange combination………….then I tried it.  Super yum!

The key with preparing my lunch recipes is the quality of the ingredients.  They are all simple recipes that can be healthy with whole grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables.  I try to avoid highly processed ingredients, but as I’ve found there are lots of definitions for “real food.”  I try to follow my family’s rules of eating and observe the 80/20 rule of eating 80% real food.

Turkey and Cream Cheese

Although we don’t eat deli meat every day we do still eat it on a regular basis.  I searched high and low and finally decided on two brands of lunch meat that I can live with.  I like Applegate brand and the Hormel Natural Choice line of meats.  Those are the two brands that our family uses on a regular basis.  Neither one of these brands is paying for this post.  I am open to offers though! Yes, that’s me laughing again.  Why do I laugh at my own jokes so often?  While I’m brand dropping, I’ll also let you know that I love Organic Valley cream cheese.  So good!  Once you try it you won’t want to go back to other brands.

 Turkey and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Turkey and cream cheese bagel

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A School Lunch Favorite: Turkey and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich
Author: 
Recipe type: Lunch box
 
Ingredients
  • Mini Whole Wheat Bagel
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
  • Slice or Two of Deli Turkey
Instructions
  1. Split mini whole wheat bagel in half.
  2. Spread 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese on each half of the bagel.
  3. Fold turkey slices on to the bottom half of the bagel.
  4. Put the top half of the bagel on top of the turkey slices.
Notes
We recommend organic ingredients where possible.
A toothpick keeps it together nicely for travel.

There you go.  My super picky kid version of a bagel shop favorite.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  These are so easy to make that they get included in our meal plan often.  Yes, I can even make this before I have had my morning coffee.

Do you have favorite brands that you buy on a regular basis?  How did you pick them?  Do you have a kid that is a picky eater?  Go ahead……tell me all of the stuff that they hate.  Are you a picky eater?  Is it flavor or texture that you have the most trouble with?

If you are looking for help in making the transition to eating more real food, you should check out the Real Food Experience posts. You can get started at the beginning or jump around the challenges. You can find a complete round-up of the program here. Each week’s challenge is full of terrific advice to help you transition from fast and processed food to a real food diet. Changes that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle and have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule. I would also love for you to join me on social media. You can find me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram on a regular basis. Leave me a comment and let me know you are there. I love to visit with my readers.

 

You might also be interested in another one of our school lunch favorites:  Monkey Bites

Lunchbox Favorites

Good Habits

Like most of you busy moms out there, my mind is always working and trying to figure things out.  How can I get little man to his practice?  Did I remember to bring a water bottle for little girl for her practice?  What are we going to have for dinner tomorrow? Oh man…….did we remember to return the homework to the backpack?  This evening, I was sitting at my son’s football practice and my daughter’s cheer practice and I was thinking about Juggling Real Food and Real Life.  So much of what we do is because we have the “habit” of doing that thing.  If we have bad habits we will likely be eating unhealthy foods, living in an unorganized house, and not feeling very fulfilled.  Now………..what if we have healthy habits?  Can you imagine the life we could be living?

Good Habits

 

I’ve decided to focus each week on good habits that lead to that life we all really want.  Some of these may seem like common sense and that’s OK. What we are looking at trying to do is combining some of these good habits we already have with some new ones.  I think we will be surprised at how adding one or two new good habits into our routines will have a big impact on our lives. I recently decided that I wanted to work on decluttering my bedroom.  That’s a good habit to get into.  I then decided that I wanted to make sure that the room is organized.  I’m trying to have a “everything in its place” mentality. This is another good habit.  I then noticed that when everything is in its place that it is so much easier to do my regular dusting and cleaning.  These good habits are all combining to get me to the life that I really want to be living.

Join me as we work on new “Good Habits” each week (both in the kitchen and out) that will really help us to feel happy and satisfied as we are Juggling Real Food and Real Life.  It is often said that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit.  I even read somewhere that it takes 66 days to form new habits.  Obviously, that means these new habits aren’t going to happen overnight.  I get that.  However, what I do know from experience is that if you write things down as goals or even just put your desires in the back of you mind that your brain will get to work on it and make it happen.  Years ago, my husband was my boss (at work) and he asked our team of salespeople to write down our goals.  I had been asked to write down sales goals plenty of times, but this exercise was different.  We were asked to write down both professional and personal goals.  A little over a year later, I ran across what I had written down that day and I almost fell out of my chair.  I had actually achieved almost everything that I had written down that day. It was almost like I wasn’t even trying to achieve these goals. My brain was working on the goals while I was busy doing everything else.  The big one?? I had written that I wanted my family to eat more healthy real food and less processed food.  Not only had I made the change in eating for my family, but I had recently started this blog.  Wow!  The power of a written goal that started simply with creating new “Good Habits”.

I hope you are as excited as I am to get this series going.  I always love to share with you when I find something that works in my house……… in the hope that it inspires you in some way.  I’m sending out lots of virtual hugs and high fives.  I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.

A School Lunch Favorite: Monkey Bites Recipe

It’s back-to-school again around here.  I can’t believe how short the summer seemed this year.  Back-to-school means that it’s time to get back to packing lunches.  For a few years now, my kids have asked for Monkey Bites for their first day of school.  Peanut butter and banana………..what is better than that?  They are also very satisfying and a great way to keep the kids fueled on even the busiest of days. Don’t let their cuteness fool you.  They have protein, whole grains, and a serving of fruit all packed into their compact size.

My daughter came home on the first day of school with a wonderful story about a girl who is new to her school and in her 5th grade class.  She sat with her at lunch and they quickly became friends.  My daughter’s new friend explained to her that she is a vegetarian.  My daughter replied, “That’s cool!  I’m a flexitarian.”  They compared lunches and soon my daughter was sharing her Monkey Bites with her new friend.  Don’t you love how food brings people together?

 

Monkey Bites

Monkey Bites are simple to make.  So simple that I can make them late at night when all I really want to do is go to bed or even early in the morning before I have had my coffee.  My husband makes them and the kids know how to make them.  Super easy!  We most often make Monkey Bites for the lunch box, but we will also eat them as a quick breakfast or snack.  We make our Monkey Bites with peanut butter, but as with all peanut butter recipes………….you can substitute your favorite nut-butter or even sun-butter.

Monkey Bites

A School Lunch Favorite: Monkey Bites Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Lunch box
 
Ingredients
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Banana, Peeled
  • Whole Wheat Wrap ( Tortilla )
Instructions
  1. Lay whole wheat wrap flat on counter.
  2. Spread peanut butter across tortilla, making sure to go all the way to the edge on at least one side. This will serve as the “glue.”
  3. Place whole peeled banana on the edge of the wrap.
  4. Roll up wrap with banana and squeeze gently so that the peanut butter “glues” the wrap together.
  5. Cut off ends and then slice into approximately 1 – inch pieces.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
We recommend using organic ingredients where possible.

 

Lunchbox Favorites

I hope you enjoy these Monkey Bites as much as we do.  They are certainly a lunch box favorite of ours.  I encourage you to keep a list of healthy recipes that your children love.  You can then go back to these lists and refer to them when you are doing your weekly lunch meal planning.  The best way to drop the chaos of hectic mornings and get on with Juggling Real Food and Real Life is to have a plan.  Grab my free printable here and get started with a much more relaxed week full of delicious and nutritious food your family will love.

Have you tried Monkey Bites yet?  Do you maybe call them by another name?  Does your child have a favorite food for the first day of school?  Are you a planner or do you just like to “wing it”?

If you are looking for help in making the transition to eating more real food, you should check out the Real Food Experience posts. You can get started at the beginning or jump around the challenges. You can find a complete round-up of the program here. Each week’s challenge is full of terrific advice to help you transition from fast and processed food to a real food diet. Changes that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle and have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule. I would also love for you to join me on social media. You can find me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram on a regular basis. Leave me a comment and let me know you are there. I love to visit with my readers.

 

You might also be interested in Back-to-School Food Lists.

Back-to-school food lists

Let’s Get Real Friday Party # 104

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started! Can you believe we’ve been doing this for over 100 weeks?? From the start, Let’s Get Real has been all about Healthy Living and that is quite an appeal to lots of folks. We are all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks. Each week, I encourage you to take a few moments just for yourself. We can all use some time for ourselves. Grab a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy getting to know some of the best bloggers I know.

Let's Get Real Linky Party

** Special Note: If you are a blogger looking for an active sharing group, we have the group for you! The         Let’s Get Real Facebook group has daily follow threads, support, and friendship. Come on over and join us.**

Hosts of Let's Get Real Christina Wiley

I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.

  1. Follow all your hosts. We follow back!
  2. Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
  3. Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least three (3) other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
  4. Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.

Let's Get Real Linky Party

We will be pinning our favorites!!

My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

(Drum Roll Please)

Tumbleweed Contessa

Grape salad

I love this simple recipe from the Tumbleweed Contessa.  Simple ingredients combine to make this beautiful and delicious treat.  There is plenty of hot weather left and this sure would be good to help cool things off.  And as always……..the story behind the recipe is an excellent read.