Friday, September 22, 2017

September's Joys {Volume 2}

Happy Friday, friends! What a fantastic week we've had here in the Buckeye State. The Summer is holding on tight and we soaked up every last second of it. Before long it will be dark and chilly at 5, cold and snowy soon after. We made the most of it this week and that brings so much joy to this Momma's heart.

The 4th Friday of each month Beth, Crystal, Jess and I encourage you to share with us the things that are currently bringing you joy. If it makes you happy, brightens your day or simply puts a smile on your face, if it's caused you joy and we want to hear about it. Here is what's currently bringing me joy...

Our family has had so much fun lately. Being with these two, taking on one adventure after another, laughing, smiling, making memories and messes has been such a blessing for me. Connor has turned a corner sleep wise so our family is more rested than ever before, leaving us with the energy and desire to do more. It's hard to function let alone thrive when you haven't slept in 4 years! We had a fantastic Summer 2017 and I am excited to see what the final months of this year have in store for us. 

I will read pretty much anything you send my way. But this book? It was like it was written for me. While I love the current season we are in as parents, I know that the good seasons don't last forever. Many of my friendships are doing well, with only a few that are in strange stages of change but Hatmaker's "Of Mess and Moxie"* is the perfect book to remind us that not all pain lasts forever. That healing happens and that you an move forward in life with joy and splendor. 

I realize we are only at week 3 of school but Connor J is LOVING every single minute thus far. He is so excited to go each morning, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are his favorite since he gets to see 2 of his friends those days. He is already learning so much and I am beyond pumped to see how much he grows this school year. 

I shared my 10 Days of Dresstember with you all last month and have been enjoying challenging myself to wear dresses, shirts and maxis more. It's been such a fun way to expand my "look". Being able to pick anything from my closest and know it fits isn't so bad either. Some ladies have joined in the challenge and I love seeing what everyone is putting together. The challenge ends in 8 days and I just may outdo myself and aim to wear a "dresstember" outfit more than 10 times! 

Today just so happens to be the first day of Fall and while the weather is screaming Summer, in our home we are 100% in the Fall mood. We've decorated, we've enjoyed a pumpkin recipe or two and I even gave a friend a Fall themed gift basket for her birthday. I love this time of year. Now, if Mother Nature would get the hint and cool it down a bit, I would really be excited. 

Our weekend is a pretty low-key one. Our last one till the November! My Mom is coming to visit and spend the night and the guys and I have a movie date planned. Pretty perfect if you ask me!

What's bringing you joy? Share your joys with us. And thank you to Sarah and Heather for co-hosting with us this month! I'd love for you to share with me something that's made you smile in the comments below.
Happy Friday Friends!

*I received our book for free from BookLook Bloggers. However our love of reading and sharing new books with you is all our own. #bookworms unite!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pumpkin Infused Premier Protein Recipes

One of my go to ways to stay full is to grab a Premier Protein shake. Each shake has 30 grams of protein and are just 2 SmartPoints. When Premier Protein reached out to me* and asked if I would share their pumpkin recipes, I couldn't say yes quick enough. I love these drinks already but add pumpkin and you know I'm on board. Here are 3 pumpkin infused recipes that pack a ton of protein with no guilt.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie
  • 1 Premier Protein 11oz Vanilla Shake
  • ½ cup of canned pumpkin
  • ½ tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 tsp of honey

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Pumpkin Protein Waffles
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 2/3 cups Premier Protein Vanilla shake
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Directions: Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in large bowl. In a second bowl, add eggs, pumpkin, Premier Protein vanilla shake, and butter; beat well. Gently fold in the flour mixture. Cook according to your waffle iron directions.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Mug Cake
  • 3tbsp of Premier Protein Vanilla Shake
  • 4tbsp of all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 1tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1tbsp of pumpkin pie spice

Mix ingredients in a mug and microwave for 1 min and 15 seconds. Let cake cool and enjoy!

Before discovering these recipes, I was worried that I would be using far too many points this Fall when enjoying my favorite pumpkin filled treats. Thanks to Premier Protein and the above recipes, I'll be able to have my pumpkin goodies with a solid does of protein to help keep me full as well. 

Have you tried Premier Protein shakes before? If so, which is your favorite flavor? 

*Thank you Premier Protein for sponsoring this post. WMMblog only shares and supports products and service we use, know and love. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Counting Practice & Cupcake Recipe | Apple Inspired

When Jess and I were planning our Fall kids club books I knew we needed to include at least one apple themed book. Apple season may be coming to an end but we've put together a simple craft and recipe to carry all things apple through till it's all things pumpkin.

This month's book was picked with Jess's little girl Emmy in mind. I wanted a book that would be a hit with little girls as we often focus on books for our big boys. Annie The Apple Pie Fairy is the cutest book. Annie the Apple Pie Fairy is a TV chef who makes simple, homey pies. One day, her position as the queen of pies is threatened by Sondra the Strudel fairy’s new show. An intense competition starts between Annie and Sondra and sees their fairy audience become obsessed with Sondra’s fancy pies and the gadgets used to make them. But when the mass of new gadgets and pie-making machines causes a huge power outage, what will happen to all the pies and will Annie be able to save the day?

Prep for this craft is simple. I wrote 1-10 on wooden tongue depressors AKA our tree trunks. I then cut out (some very funky looking) trees and added apples. Each tree had 1-10 apples that would then be matched to it's trunk. When CJ got home from school, he opted to have lunch first then work on his trees. He thought it was so fun to use glue instead of a glue stick. #itsthelittlething

When he got to number 5 he was really eager to remind me that he is almost 5 and showed me how big that is with his "entire hand and all my fingers". 40 something days till his big day, which will most likely include him asking how much longer until he is 6.

While Connor had quiet time, I backed a simple muffin recipe. Martha White's Apple Cider Upside-Down Cupcakes are quick and easy to make, not to mention you more than likely have all the ingredient on hand. I followed the recipe with the exception of putting diced apples in the mix. They make the perfect sweet treat without being too overly sugary.

Next month, we will be celebrating all things pumpkin with

Be sure to visit Jess at Secrets of a SAHM to see what fun they had with this month's book!
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