Personalized Easter Baskets

Easter is coming up in mid-April. It’s not too soon (or late…depending on how you look at it) to start thinking about those Easter baskets. Some people prefer to pick up pre-made Easter baskets every year. I’ve never done that, though I say I’m going to every year! And I know my kids would love it. My daughter has asked many times why the Easter Bunny never brings them the store bought Easter Baskets! If pre-made Easter baskets aren’t your thing, there are many adorable, matching and personalized Easter baskets you can pick up and fill yourself!

Here are my kids matching, but not personalized Easter baskets:

personalized easter baskets

They are super cute and I really do love them, but after using them for the last 10 and 12 years, they are starting to look a bit scratched and banged up. As careful as I try to be with them, they get banged around and dented. So I am scouring Etsy for adorable, matching and personalized Easter baskets!

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Personalized Easter Baskets

personalized easter baskets

This burlap basket is my absolute favorite (and probably one I will be ordering)! It’s the perfect size, personalized and really goes with the theme of our house. You are able to choose what color bunny you want, as well as what color you want your child’s name to be.

personalized easter baskets

If you are looking for a basket similar to what my kids have, then this personalized metal bucket is something you should take a look at! I absolutely love the simplicity of it. Like the previous basket, you have several options of colors for the personalization.

personalized easter baskets

You may already have a basket that you like. If that’s the case, then this adorable basket liner may be the best option for you (baskets are also available…so you have that option too)! Like every other option I’ve showed you, with this one you are able to choose both the fabric color AND whether you want eggs with the name or not.

personalized easter baskets

Finally, if you already have matching (or not matching) baskets that you like, but you want to add a little personal touch to them, you can pick up these adorable and very inexpensive wooden tags and attach it to any basket you already have! Super cute, right?!?

While we are on the topic of Easter baskets, what are your favorite things to fill the baskets with? Leave me a comment below. I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Reading Log Free Printable

March was one of my favorite months as a kid. One reason was because March has St. Patrick’s Day and green was my favorite color, but the other reason is because March is Reading Month! I found my love for reading around the middle of second or third grade. The day I got my library card was one of the happiest days of my life, as a kid. I’m not even joking. Going to the library and browsing up and down the rows of books was something I very much enjoyed. So, as you can imagine, I was forever filling out and adding extra pages to the reading log my teachers would give me. Especially during March is Reading month. There were extra incentives for reading during that month and I always wanted to cash in on those incentives!

About March is Reading Month

Obviously reading is very important all year long, but March is the month that has been designated as Reading Month. Elementary schools typically send home a calendar for the month of March with various reading activities that kids can do. For example, you may see activities like:

  • Read a book about a favorite animal
  • Turn off the TV and have a family reading night
  • Read a book to your pet

The month is filled with fun activities to get kids to turn off the electronics and read a book!

Reading Log Free Printable

As a parent, you can help your kids keep track of the books they’re reading with this free reading log. One thing I like is having the kids write a very short, one sentence summary of what they read. It helps them reflect on what they just read and make connections. If your child is not able to write a sentence yet, that’s OK! Have them tell you and you write it for them.

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Print your FREE Printable HERE

Do your kids have their own library card? If not, take them to the library to get one, print off this reading log and start reading today!

What’s your favorite book?

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Valentine’s Day Keto Diet Plan

So it’s Valentine’s Day. The day of celebrating love, chocolate and other sugary sweets, and flowers. Are you freaking out right now that you are following the Keto diet and that means no sugary treats? Because you know, with the Keto diet, there is no cheat days. Once you show your body it doesn’t need sugar, eating it, even just once, can trigger your brain to start craving all the sugary treats again. However, don’t fret…I gotcha! I’ve put together a great list of the perfect Valentine’s Day Keto foods you will enjoy and stay on plan!

Valentine's day keto

Just because you are following a no sugar diet, doesn’t mean you can’t have a spectacular Valentine’s Day meal! There are so many Keto meals that are on plan that are absolutely delicious and satisfying. You won’t even think about the things you think you are missing! I promise you that!

Valentine’s Day Keto Dinners

Harvest Chicken

Tip: Pick up this pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. Such an amazing deal!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Valentine’s Day Keto Side Dishes

Keto Creamed Spinach

Baked Asparagus

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Truffle Oil

Buffaflower Bites

Valentine’s Day Keto Desserts

Vanilla Cheesecake Bites

Peanut Butter Mousse

Chocolate Coconut Bites

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Lemon Cheesecake

As you can see, you can make a FANTASTIC Valentine’s Day dinner and stay completely on plan with your Keto diet! There is no need to think you are being deprived of something. Tonight I will be eating out with the kids (food is already planned out) and for dessert, when I get home, I will be having the Peanut Butter Mousse! Hubby is out of town for work so no fancy meal, but I’m OK with that!

So…what are you going to be eating for Valentine’s Day? Did this Valentine’s Day Keto diet plan help you make any decisions?

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Love Not Hate – 101 Things I Love

There is so much hate in this world right now. Especially on social media. It drives me crazy. So, in an effort to stomp out all that hate, my friend Andrew of Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy, wrote a great post of 101 things he loves. Not only did I love his post, but I loved the idea of it too. I loved it so much that I decided to decided to do the same thing. So here are 101 things that I love. Let’s love not hate.

Love Not Hate – 101 Things I Love

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Now, this goes without saying, but I will say it anyway…this list is in no particular order. So if I list my cat before my kids…it doesn’t mean I love the cat more than them!!

  1. My husband
  2. My two kids
  3. Kindle Paperwhitelove not hate
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  5. Netflix
  6. My cat, Roxie
  7. MacBook Prolove not hate
  8. Keto Diet
  9. My Fitness Pal
  10. Family
  11. James Patterson books
  12. Nintendo Classic
  13. Days of Our Lives
  14. Puzzleslove not hate
  15. MacBook Pro Glitter Case
  16. Ulta
  17. Shampoo and Conditioner
  18. Jimmy Kimmel videos
  19. Writing
  20. Family dinners
  21. Game Nights
  22. Tequila
  23. Cruises
  24. Quiet Time
  25. Bedtime
  26. Swimming
  27. Sunshine
  28. MacBook Pro Book Case
  29. Camels
  30. Board Games
  31. Pro Football Games
  32. Grey’s Anatomy reruns
  33. Friends reruns
  34. The Library
  35. Diet Coke
  36. Thunderstorms
  37. This Vintage Card Catalog Jewelry Box
  38. Chip and Joanna Gaines
  39. Fixer Upper
  40. HGTV
  41. The Magnolia Storylove not hate
  42. Bacon
  43. Bacon Wrapped Smokies
  44. Justin Timberlake
  45. Northern Michigan
  46. Farmhouse decor
  47. This is Us TV show
  48. Being cold when I sleep
  49. Goats
  50. Series books
  51. Wood Signs
  52. Blogging
  53. Working from Home
  54. Planet Fitness
  55. Date Night
  56. Movies
  57. Adam Sandler movies
  58. Kid Rock
  59. Air Force Onelove not hate
  60. Amazon Prime
  61. Living Proof Primelove not hate hair product
  62. iPhone 7 Plus
  63. Loopy Case for iPhone (Best. Case. Ever.)
  64. Bacon Cheeseburgers wrapped in lettuce
  65. To Kill a Mockingbird book
  66. Ozark Traillove not hate
  67. Masterclasses (James Patterson, Aaron Sorkin, Shonda Rhimes)
  68. Friday nights
  69. 90’s music
  70. Pandora radio
  71. Steve Harvey
  72. Ellen Degeneres
  73. Homemade Gummy Bears
  74. Bearpaw Boots
  75. My new family room
  76. Purring cats
  77. Pedicures
  78. Heated seats in the car
  79. Weddings
  80. Love
  81. Hot showers
  82. Sleeping in hotels
  83. Roadtrips
  84. Chick Fil-A
  85. Chick Fil-A sauce
  86. Qdoba’s
  87. Thanksgiving
  88. The Bookstore
  89. Dreams
  90. Funny T-Shirts (getting this one for my husband)
  91. Flip Flops
  92. Salad
  93. The ocean
  94. The Blacklist show
  95. Law and Order SVU
  96. The Melting Pot restaurant
  97. Sweatshirts
  98. Funny socks
  99. Redbox
  100. My 1st house
  101. Jeopardy

There you go…101 things that I love. Join me in spreading the love not hate and tell me a few things that you love!

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Keto Diet Update – One Year Later

A little over a year ago (January 23, 2016, to be exact), both my husband and I decided to start a new diet plan that I had heard quite a bit about…the Keto diet. If you aren’t familiar with this diet, the Keto diet, in very simple terms, is a diet where you stop using carbohydrates as your energy source and start using fat. In other words, your body uses your stored fat as a means of energy. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not! After a year following this diet, I figured I owed you a Keto diet update!

Keto Diet Update

Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:

keto diet update

A year ago I was over 100 lbs overweight. My cholesterol was high. The triglycerides were 300. I was heading down a very bad path. If I didn’t do something and do it quick…well, I don’t want to even think about what would happen. I told my husband about the Keto diet. Both of us were skeptical, but decided to give it a chance. Here’s where my husband started:

keto diet update

He, like me, was extremely overweight and in need of doing something for his health too. He had sleep apnea, high cholesterol and who knows what else going on because of his weight.

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So Where Are We Now?

I’d love to say it was easy. In some ways, it was a bit easy, but it took a bit to get to that point. I was a sugar and carb addict. I ate nothing but carbs and sugar. All day, every day. Not even joking. My husband didn’t eat any better. So, as you can imagine, for about two weeks after starting the Keto diet, we went through some major sugar withdrawal. Once those two weeks were over, we were OK. We quickly found amazing recipes that totally took the place of all the sugary things we used to eat. Some of our favorites are:

Bacon Wrapped Smokies (everything is better with bacon!)

Homemade Gummy Bears (you read that right…gummy bears)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Vanilla Fat Bombs (essential…you have to get enough fat in)

OK…OK…you want to know where we are now. Well…I am currently down 82 lbs! I’m working out more and building more muscle, so at the moment, I am not losing pounds, but I am still losing inches all over. I just bought a size 10 for a pair of jeans! My husband has lost over 125 lbs! The thing to know about his diet plan is that he works in another state during the week so he eats out 90% of his meals and still lost 125 lbs. This is not just a diet. The Keto diet is a lifestyle. You either commit or don’t do the diet. Here is what we looked like in October of 2016 (since this picture, we both lost another 10 lbs or so):

keto diet update

So that’s our Keto Diet update. If you are interested in starting the diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. A good starting point would be to read the books Why We Get Fatketo diet update and Grain Brainketo diet update. Both books are extremely informational about they WHY. Why we need to say goodbye to carbs and sugar. Until you know the why, you probably won’t succeed with this diet or stick with it long term.

Keto Diet Tools

You will want to utilize the following tools to get started:

https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ (to figure out your macros)

My Fitness Pal app (to track your food. VERY IMPORTANT)

A Support System (like this Facebook group)

So…are you ready to get started? Take charge of your life. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR Keto Diet update soon!

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