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Grilled Cinnamon Raisin Sunflower Butter Sandwiches

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If you have a child with a peanut allergy (or one that goes to a nut-free daycare like mine), this is the perfect PB&J substitute!



2 slices 100% whole grain cinnamon raisin bread

1 1/2 Tbs sunflower seed butter

1 Tbs olive oil spread or butter


Spread sunflower butter evenly over one side of the bread and then press together with the remaining slice to create a sandwich. Place /2 of the olive oil spread or butter into a skillet and bring to medium heat. As skillet is warming, spread remaining butter/olive oil spread the top side of the bread. Place the sandwich, buttered bread side up into the pan. Allow to toast on one side, then flip and toast on remaining side until bread is lightly golden brown and sunflower seed butter is slightly melted. Serve warm.

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Workout Wednesday: Baby-Wearing Calf Raises

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When it comes to exercising your legs, you may focus mainly on your quads and hamstrings, but don’t forget out your calves. Having strong calves is vital to having fit and healthy legs and body.


While wearing your baby in a baby carrier facing either inwards towards your chest or outwards, but centered on your body, stand with legs and feet shoulder width apart. Slowly rise up on the balls of your feet, bringing your heels off of the ground. Hold this position for one second, then slowly lower your heels back down. Repeat.

I have so much to learn about raising a boy!

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Saturdays I work in the morning and my husband and Joey have “guy time.” Other than my father, I grew up with only girls, so I am not quite versed in what “guy time” really is. I guess I will be finding out shortly though!


This past Saturday while I was working, I get a text from my husband with a video of Joey drinking his iced tea. Although the video of him submerging his entire face into the bottle and lapping up the liquid like a puppy was very funny, last thing my never-sleeping toddler needs is caffeine (or added sugars). So I texted back asking him to not give him anymore. So a few minutes go by and I get another text “he cried like crazy when I took it away, but we went into the bathroom to spit into the toilet together and he’s happy now.” WTH?! I’m glad he’s happy now, but seriously- spitting into the toilet is entertainment? And I thought the grossest thing yet was Joey learning to spit and showing me on our wood floors (which he then proceeded to try and lick back up!). I have so much to learn about raising boys!

Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

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If you were recently diagnosed with elevated cholesterol levels, but you are looking for ways to lower it naturally before turning towards prescription medications, you are in luck. With just a few adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, your cholesterol levels can begin a steady decline back towards an ideal range. Here are some of my favorite ways to lower cholesterol naturally in @CDiabetes Magazine along with their sponsor @WeidersNutrition:

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