Surviving Summer on Keto Diet

School is finally out for summer! Can you tell that I am one happy mama! No more alarms; No more school lunches to make; Just park programs, soccer camps and lacrosse tournaments to fill our days. When you follow a very specific diet plan, eating out or enjoying BBQ’s with friends and family can be pretty stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Surviving summer on the Keto diet can be very simple and you don’t have to worry about feeling like you are missing out on something. Trust me!

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Surviving Summer on the Keto Diet

So you’ve been following the Keto diet all winter and now summer is upon us and you are afraid that you won’t be able to enjoy all the summer fun with friends and family. Don’t worry! Following the Keto diet in the summer is no different that following it any other time of the year. If you’ve been on this diet for any amount of time, you know that it is a mindset and a lifestyle change, more than a diet. Like anything else, you need to plan, plan, plan.

Appetizers for Your Summer BBQ

In planning on how you will be surviving summer on the Keto diet, you need to think about things like appetizers. At most BBQ’s over the summer, appetizers include things like chips and dip, chips and salsa, or hummus and veggies. None of those options are Keto friendly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take something with you that is Keto friendly! Try one of these three recipes:

Delicious Deviled Eggs Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Both of the bacon wrapped recipes could probably be made on the grill! However you choose to make them, they will be a crowd pleaser and a nice addition to the other food at the BBQ.

Pro Tip #1…pick up one of these cups. It is the perfect summer cup!

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BBQ Main Meal

Bummed because you think you won’t be able to eat a burger or a hot dog? Don’t be! I can honestly say that I do not miss hot dog or hamburger buns. Plus, by not eating the bun, I don’t feel embarrassed when I load my plate up with both a hamburger and a hot dog! If you really must have a hamburger that you can pick up, just wrap it in lettuce! I personally like to eat my hamburger on a plate with a fork and knife with a little Franks Red Hot sauce and sometimes a little ranch dressing! I used to be a ketchup-aholic…I don’t even miss it!

Pro Tip #2…if you absolutely need some crunch, either on your salad or in place of chips, pick up these Parmesan Whisps!

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Keto Desserts

While you won’t be eating pies and other traditional BBQ desserts, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. For me, if I have the carbs available, slightly frozen raspberries or blackberries are my dessert. When you’ve completely cut out sugar, fruits like raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries start to taste like candy to you! Now, some people that are super strict with the Keto diet will not eat fruit at all. I have had tremendous success by only allowing me fruit on occasion and only when I have the carbs to accommodate it. Another Keto friendly dessert you may want to try are these delicious Keto cheesecake bites! So good!

 

What are your favorite Keto friendly recipes for surviving summer?


Chore Lists for Tweens and Teens Over the Summer

Summer is almost here!! Here in Michigan we have the rest of this week and all of next week and then it’s no more school until September! I can’t tell you how excited I am to not have to set my alarm or to make school lunches. The kids are also excited to be out of school. With no school, they can play outside more, watch more TV and play video games. One thing I will be starting this summer, that I have been meaning to do all year, but haven’t, are chore lists. I think the chore list will help things run a little more smoothly and give them a little responsibility while they’re at it!

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Chore Lists for Tweens and Teens

The one thing I really hate, as a mother, is when I have to nag the kids to do something. I don’t want to do that. They don’t want to listen to it. But what they do want, is for me to take them to the park program every single day, let them watch TV and play video games whenever they want. Quite frankly, that is what I would like too. I like them running around outside all day long and I don’t mind the TV and video game time when they are indoors…but, when I do start minding all that is when I have to ask them repeatedly to do something.

How Will Chore Lists Help?

By setting up chore lists with a things daily that I expect them to do, they will know that if they complete their tasks each morning, then they will have the rest of the day to do the things that they want. Not only that, but they will learn to be more responsible and to prioritize their time. For instance, the park program starts at 10 am, Monday through Friday. They will know that if they want to go to the park program at 10 am, then they will need to eat, brush their teeth, and complete their daily chores. If the chores aren’t completed, they don’t go. They will have a chance to go to the 2 pm park program instead.

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I picked up this magnetic pad to put their chore lists on. It is currently marked down super cheap right now, so I would pick it up if you like this idea! My idea is to put their initial next to a couple chores each day. That way they know which one has to complete the chore.

Types of Chores

My kids are 10 and almost 13 (next week!!). A few of the chores I am thinking about are:

  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Put clothes away
  • Sweep the floor
  • Wipe the counters
  • Wipe the kitchen table

I’m not looking to give them massive jobs that will take hours. Just little jobs that help with the day to day running of our household. Since I will be driving them all over the city for the park program, lacrosse practices, etc., giving them these little jobs will help me, as much as it will help them!


How to Fix Chlorine Damaged Hair

A few weeks ago, we were in Lansing, Michigan for my son’s lacrosse tournament. After the games on Saturday, the kids all went swimming. They were having a blast playing in the pool, running outside and playing basketball, and hopping in and out of the hot tub. Thankfully they didn’t have any adults in the actual pool or hot tub to bother with all their cannon balls (yes…they did cannon balls in the hot tub too) and splashing! What I didn’t expect to happen, was have my daughters hair completely destroyed by the chlorine. Not after one time in the pool. Here’s how we fixed her chlorine damaged hair.

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To see her hair so damaged after one trip to the pool was very confusing to me. She has spent all summer in the pool before and never had any damage at all. This one trip completely destroyed her hair. Imagine someone that tries bleaching their hair at home and they leave it on too long. Her hair was FRIED. I could barely get a Wet Brushchlorine damaged through it. And when I say  barely, I actually mean, at all. It was horrible. This hotel pool had WAY too much chlorine in it. Of course, I completely forgot to have her get her hair wet with fresh water first, but I really don’t know that it would have helped much.

How to Fix Chlorine Damaged Hair

I knew that I needed to strip the chlorine out of her hair. A friend told me to use baking soda or the blue Dawn dish soap, but I didn’t have it. While I was out shopping, I was next door to a beauty supply store so I walked in and asked a few questions. She quickly recommended a clarifying treatment that will strip residue from products, chlorine and other things from the hair. I also picked up a deep conditioning mask that she said works wonders.

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I picked up those three things and that evening, Bella and I got to work on her hair. We followed the directions on the clarifying treatment and once we shampooed it out, her hair was already starting to feel better. After two deep conditioning treatments (one week apart), I can happily report that her hair is back to normal and is no longer chlorine damaged!  The only thing we need to do is get a trim, but we were going to get that done soon anyway!

You can put a plastic bag or shower cap over the conditioning treatment, but it’s not necessary. We did use a shower cap, but only because I had one on hand that my husband brought home from a hotel he stayed at. I picked up these shower capschlorine damaged. They are on a super sale right now! Get them while the sale lasts!

Since I worked so hard to get her hair back to normal, I want to make sure it stays that way. These are our daily hair products that we both use and I highly recommend.

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What are your favorite and must have hair products?

Family Fun Night Plans

One of the things I like, more than anything else in this world, is family time. I crave it. Literally. Between having a husband that travels a ton for work and two kids that are both in travel sports, we don’t have a lot of family time. So, as you can imagine, the time we do have together, I want it to be special and fun! As often as we can, we plan a family fun night. The kids love them and so do we!

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Planning a Family Fun Night

To be honest, there are times that we do something really low key like pizza and a movie from the movie rental place…they still exist! The kids enjoy walking up and down the aisles looking for a movie. Zack usually disappears in the video game section, while Bella is trying to find some 80’s or 90’s movie that I used to watch like The Gooniesfamily fun night. I love that she wants to watch all the movies I grew up watching! If you are looking for movies with a faith based background, then check out Pure Flix’s collection of Christian movies.

I will admit, we love video games in our house. Some really fun, family friendly video games that we enjoy are:

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When we are planning a family fun night, at least one of those games (usually Mario Cart) is on the list of things to do. The fun part is how competitive we are with each other. The kids laugh so hard when I tell them they’re going down! If you are a fan of the Lego video games, then you really need to consider the Jurassic World Lego game. It’s my favorite out of ALL the Lego video games!

If we aren’t playing video games, then we love to play board games. One of my FAVORITE things about Christmas is when we are with our entire extended family and we sit around and play board games. It’s so loud, but fun. It’s because of those times, that my kids always want to play a board game on our family fun night. Some board games we like are:

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In my opinion, and if you ask my kids, it is truly essential to plan a family fun night as much as possible. Not only are they fun, but the things your kids will remember when they are older are all the fun times you had together as a family.

What is your favorite family fun night activity?

Save Money with Groupon Coupons!

I’ve said it before, part of my job description as a wife and mother is to save my family as much money as possible. When out shopping, I don’t pay a thing until I’ve searched online for a coupon that I can use. The same is true when I am shopping online. In my head, I can’t help but think that they wouldn’t have coupon codes if the stores didn’t want you to save the money! So why not take that extra minute to do a quick search?!? One thing I really like to do, and highly recommend, is to save money using Groupon Coupons.

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Recently, my son got a concussion during a lacrosse game. This was our first time every dealing with a concussion. While researching the best things to feed my son and what to do for him while he is recovering, I read and was told by many people to pick up a really good fish oil for him. Apparently the fish oil will help heal the brain. The brand recommended to me was Barlean’s.

Thankfully I was able to pick this up at a local health food store near me. Since I was in such a rush to get it, I didn’t even look for a coupon. I know…the horror! Now that my son is getting better, and I am able to think a little more clearly, I started looking at my favorite place for coupons…Groupon Coupons! Imagine my delight when I see that one of my favorite online retailers (Vitacost) has 36 coupons available!

There are a wide variety of coupons available with Groupon Coupons. Some retailers you will find are:

  • Home Depot
  • Hertz
  • Kate Spade
  • Kohls
  • 23 and Me (which I am VERY interested in checking out)

These are just a few of the retailers available. Whether you are booking a car, ordering vitamins or shopping for summer clothes, Groupon Coupons can help you save money! And we all love saving money!!

How did you save money with Groupon Coupons?

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