Ways to Show Thankfulness: More than on Facebook

Have you seen the posts yet? I am sure you have. It is the middle of November and people are flooding Facebook with things they are thankful for. I understand it is customary to do this, but what if we jumped off social media and really showed our thankfulness to the world. I mean, I could say I am thankful for my salvation in Jesus, but if I never share my faith am I really showing an attitude of thankfulness. I could I am thankful for my husband, but if I don’t show him kindness I am don’t think I am being very thankful.


Ways to Show Thankfulness

Show you are thankful for

  •  your salvation in Jesus by asking someone to come to church with you.
  •  friends by making them a handmade card.
  •  your husband by not nagging for a day. [Read more…]

Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies

About a year ago I got introduced to the best stuff ever–Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter ! Cookie butter is amazing. I live about 45 minutes away from Trader Joe’s so I don’t get it very often and it is usually gone within a few days. Last time we went to Trader Joe’s, I stocked up a few jars of it and resisted eating it within a couple days.

With the holidays approaching, I started thinking of all the wonderful desserts I could make with cookie butter. I was going to make Muddy Buddies (aka as Puppy Chow) and then realized I could swap out the peanut butter for cookie butter. Oh my!!! It was absolutely delicious!!


Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies

Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies
  • 9 cups Rice Chex, Corn Chex, or Chocolate Chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ Cookie Butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cups powered sugar
  1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  3. If the mixture is a little think, add a little more butter one tablespoon at a time.
  4. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
  5. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

This is a fun recipe that kids can help with too. I did not make mine in the microwave. I used a pot and a stove top. Took less than five minutes to make. I am going to be bringing this to a lot of Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings this year.

Have you tried cookie butter yet? Do you love it?

Recipe adapted from Chex.com.



Exercise Tips – Motivation to Move More

One of my New Year’s Resolution is to lose and keep off 12 pounds and become healthier.  I have lost 10 pounds which is great, but the hardest time of the year is just around the corner: Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I know that to maintain what I have lost and to take off 2 more pounds I need to get moving.  Below are some of the ways I am doing this.  I broke them down into 3 categories: anytime, at work and out on the town.



Exercise Tips

Anytime Exercise Tips

  1. Fitbit – I have the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch.
  2. Fitbit Challenges – I love the challenge that you can do on the Fitbit it keeps me motivated through the day.
  3. Park further away
  4. Find some stairs
  5. Walk to Lunch
  6. Set hourly goals – I have hourly goals for steps but also for water intake
  7. Setup playlist on YouTube – I have playlist for exercise video so that when I have a few spare minute I can log on and do a quick video
  8. Walk in instead of going through the drive thru
  9. Invest in some good workout Videos – here are a few of my favorites
    1. Ruthless
    2. Focus T25
    3. Body Beast
    4. Leslie Sansone Walk At Home 5 Mile
  10. Love your workout clothes – if you love it you are more apt to putting it on and working out
  11. Keep a gym bag in your car – at times I have keep 2 in my trunk
  12. Have a work out partner friend of maybe your child – my son is my work out buddy, he keeps me motivated for sure.
  13. Reward yourself – not with food, but other things you like.
  14. Walk to your printer of copier – you can do this at home, the office or anywhere you print
  15. Walk around your parking lot – there are parking lots everywhere you go
  16. Walk during commercials – no matter where you are you can walk during the commercials, just might be more embarrassing.

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