FIVE TIPS FOR GOING DAIRY FREE

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We love starting off the new year with planned resolutions and goals. Some of our goals revolve around our finances, or mental health, time with our children, spiritual goals, and health related goals. One of our goals this year is to cut dairy out of your diet for 30 days.
This is not a complete life change, because eventually we are going to want cheese. However, we are hoping to adopt a healthier and lighter way of eating through this challenge.  So far, we have been doing a great job at being dairy free and I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped keep us On track.

 Here are our five simple tips that can help you with a 30 day dairy free challenge.

  • Set a clear start and end date. Having a set date, keeps us focused and reminds us that this is not a deprivation diet. When I want a piece of cheese, it’s easier for me to put it down knowing that I can have it in a couple weeks.
  • Clean out your fridge. If the ice cream is in the refrigerator, we are going to eat it. For that reason, we do not keep any dairy in a refrigerator. Out of sight out of mind.

 

  • Stock up on the good stuff. There are a lot of dairy free alternatives. We keep our favorite Silk Almond Unsweet Vanilla Half Gallon and Silk Almond Unsweet Original Half Gallon handy.  I use almondmilk in my coffee, in my kids cereal and in my favorite recipes. Silk Almondmilk is simple, great tasting and made from natural ingredients. It’s low in calories, and it’s dairy-FREE and lactose free. Silk’s Progress is Perfection campaign fights the notion that “extreme” is the only path to being healthier, small victories are still victories and every sip is a step towards a dairy free life.  I also use almondmilk as a creamer to my cafe con leche and cortaditos.
  • Accountability. It’s much easier to stick with your goals when you have people to hold you accountable. Alex and I text each other throughout the day to see how we’re doing and I also text my mom. She’s really good about encouraging me. There’s a sense of camaraderie that comes with achieving a goal together.

 

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HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY HADDON!

 

This little guy right here is turning three today!!! These days he’s all about lighting McQueen, sleeping in mamas bed and mac and cheese.  He loves his sister Emory with his entire heart and loves to jump in the trampoline until he gets “schweaty” He’s very particular about who he plays with and isn’t afraid to raise his voice when there’s something he’s not happy about. He gets really excited about watching confu-panda and magic school bus and would live in his lighting McQueen pj’s if I let him. He loves to sing and pretends he’s Johnny (the monkey in the movie Sing) while playing air piano.  He loves “doing school” and asks me to “weeeeee” him all the time (pick him up and twirl him as he says weeee!) He’s not too crazy about sweet potatoes, but he’ll down a bowl of bacon all by himself. He loves to hold my hand as he’s falling asleep and whispers “I love you mom” before he drifts off.  He melts my heart.

Haddon, you are everything to your daddy and I. Happy birthday bud!

 

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CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

 

I can’t believe I forgot all abut these pictures! A few weeks ago, we visited a Christmas tree farm.  We had already put up our tree for the year but we heard Santa was there and couldn’t pass up the opportunity of seeing the big guy and take a few pictures all together.  Grace asked santa for an easy bake oven and a phone and I am happy to report that he let her down.  No phone and no easybake oven.  She did however, get a nail polish set and a stamp set because santa was on a budget this year.

Haddon just wanted to eat all of the candy canes and run and hide behind the Christmas trees.  This is for sure one of those experiences that we have been able to share due to our Nebraska move.  We’ve never been to a Christmas tree farm before. In fact, whenever it came time for us to deck the halls, we would head out to our local Home Depot and pick out our perfect tree! This takes the cake when it comes to Christmas tree experiences.

 

 

I love this picture so much.  Alex caught us hiding during a game of hide and seek. Emory is always in her own world, wondering why mama screams so loud all the time.  Haddon is always one to jump in the fun!

 

This was out great encounter with the big guy.  Emory wasn’t so sure how she felt about him…

 

These boys make me all kinds of happy!

 

Grace looks so big to me in this picture.  I don’t know if it’s her face of curiosity or her hair all wavy and beautiful, but she is looking so grown up.

 

 

There was a gorgeous clydesdale at the farm and the sweetest lady who was so kind and knowledgeable.  Grace wanted to pet and feed the horse and she climbed right up and went for it.  She was so excited and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since.

 

 

I want to say the kids were more excited about seeing the farm and spending time with us, but we may take second place to those tiny candy canes.  It was their first time having one and they have been asking for more since.

Here’s to forgotten pictures and Christmas in January!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017

This week we had our family over.  We celebrated Christmas day together playing football in the snow and eating all of the things.  We went sledding and had a wine and cheese spread for New Year’s Eve.  We laughed, I cried, we held each others babies and had a couple of sibling spats.  It was perfect.  It was everything I could ever ask for and more.  My brother Jorge and his family are headed back over for a few more days before they fly back home for good (insert cry fest)  If you need me, I’ll be snuggling baby Selah and making hot cocoa and snow cones for the kiddos.   Also, it may be time to let go of those 10 lbs I’ve been holding on to… so whole 30 here we come!

No crazy resolutions this year folks.  I just want to relish time with my babies and love on Alex fiercely.  I am hoping for a few more travel miles under our belt and a great school year with my big girl… first grade this year!

Here’s to all the good that 2017 brought us and to our best year yet! 

Love,

Tere

All of these babies make me so happy.  They’re all a little crazy and so much fun in their own way. They were also in bed by 7:30!

LOVE LOVE LOVE these girls!

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