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The BEST Romantic Song Lyrics – Love Songs That You’ll Want To Share With The One You Love

Whether you’re in need of a sugar-sweet opening line for your Valentine’s love letter or are simply a hopeless romantic looking to indulge yourself, there’s bound to be at least one lyric here that appeals to you.

Songs can have such a powerful impact, and, music will put the words to precisely what you’re feeling without you having to say a thing.

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and felt like it represented everything you knew about love? Even if it wasn’t one of the most popular love songs, it made you think of that special someone.

For those of you who are still looking for that special song, We’ve got you covered. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the BEST romantic song lyrics – from Bruno Mars to Etta James and more…

1. “All of Me” – John Legend

Cause all of me loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections.

2. “My Love Is Your Love” – Whitney Houston

If tomorrow is judgment day
And I’m standing on the front line
And the Lord asks me what I did with my life
I will say I spent it with you.

3. “Lucky” – Jason Mraz

I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard.

4. “Love On The Brain” – Rihanna

No matter what I do
I’m no good without you
And I can’t get enough
Must be love on the brain.

5. “I Won’t Give Up” – Jason Mraz

I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
the tools and gifts we’ve got yeah we got a lot at stake

6. “My All” – Mariah Carey

I am thinking of you
In my sleepless solitude tonight
If it’s wrong to love you
Then my heart just won’t let me be right

7. “Your Song” – Elton John

I hope you don’t mind,
I hope you don’t mind,
that I put into words,
how wonderful life is,
now you’re in the world.

8. “You Must Love Me” – Madonna

Deep in my heart I’m concealing
Things that I’m longing to say
Scared to confess what I’m feeling
Frightened you’ll slip away

9. “Valentine” – Martina McBride

Even if the sun refused to shine
Even if romance ran out of rhyme
You would still have my heart
until the end of time
You’re all I need, my love, my Valentine

10. “At Last” – Etta James

At last
my love has come along
my lonely days are over
and life is like a song

11. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers

I’ve hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?

12. “You’re The Inspiration” – Chicago

You know our love was meant to be
The kind of love to last forever
And I want you here with me
From tonight until the end of time

13. “It Might Be You” – Stephen Bishop

Something’s telling me it might be you
Yeah, it’s telling me it must be you
And I’m feeling it’ll just be you
All of my life…

14. “For the Longest Time” – Billy Joel

I don’t care what consequence it brings
I have been a fool for lesser things
I want you so bad,
I think you ought to know that
I intend to hold you for the longest time

15. “Let Her Go” — Passenger

But dreams come slow and they go so fast.
You see her when you close your eyes.

16. “If I Ain’t Got You” — Alicia Keys

Some just want everything.
But everything means nothing.
If I ain’t got you, yeah.

17. “All These Years” — Camila Cabello

Cause after all these years.
I still feel everything when you are near.

18. “Us” – James Bay

Tell me how to be in this world.
Tell me how to breathe in and feel no hurt.
Tell me how could I believe in something.
I believe in us.

19. “I Can’t Fall In Love Without You” – Zara Larsson

I can’t fall in love without you.

20. “It’s Gotta Be You” – Isaiah Firebrace

Now my arms are open wide.
They’re hanging forever there.
Waiting forever for you.

21. “Beneath Your Beautiful” – Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé

I wanna see inside.
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight.

22. “Won’t Go Home Without You” – Maroon 5

Of all the things I felt but never really shown.
Perhaps the worst is that I ever let you go.
I should not ever let you go.

23. “Ain’t No Other Man” – Christina Aguilera

Never thought I’d be alright, no, no, no.
Till you came and changed my life, yeah, yeah, yeah!

24. “My Everything” – Ariana Grande

And it’s taken me a lot to say.
And now that you’re gone, my heart is missing something.

25. “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis

But nothing’s greater,
than the rush that comes with your embrace.

26. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele

When the evening shadows and the stars appear.
And there is no one there to dry your tears.
Oh, I hold you for a million years.
To make you feel my love.

27. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

And when you smile. The whole world stops and stares for a while. ‘Cause girl you’re amazing. Just the way you are.

Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Do you have a bag of tater tots sitting in the freezer? I have the perfect meal for you to make.

Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole is the ideal busy weekday dinner. With a few ingredients and a little time, you can give your family a nice home-cooked meal.

If your family loves tater tots and they love cheese, then there isn’t much to not like about this casserole. For years, casseroles have been feeding families! You can make a casserole and feed a whole bunch of people for a reasonable price. Keep reading to discover more about this amazing meal!

Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

I don’t think people understand how amazing it is to cook with your cast iron. When I cook with my cast iron, the food always comes out so much better! The tater tots get nice and crispy and everything just tastes so delicious. 

The way the cheese melts into the other ingredients is amazing. Once you bit into this Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole it’s bound to become a family favorite. Little kids, big kids, and adults seem to enjoy this casserole. It’s simple, yet very satisfying. 

Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet

A hundred years ago, everyone cooked with a cast-iron skillet. However, that has changed over time. It’s time to bring those cast iron skillets back into the home with recipes like this! You can take a cast-iron skillet and make a lot of different meals with it, starting with this casserole. 

You shouldn’t be intimidated by cast iron skillets. With a little seasoning, these skillets are amazing to cook in. You’ll discover cast iron skillets are one of the easiest tools to have in your kitchen. Sure, there are some amazing kitchen gadgets out there these days, but nothing will ever take the place of a cast-iron skillet. 

Great Family Dish

When I make Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole in my family, I think it’s a favorite because it’s quick and easy. After a long and busy day, I don’t always want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen cooking.

This meal fills everyone up, but it also ensures I can spend extra time with my kids. Life is too short but eating around the table is important for our family. Casseroles like this ensure our family gets to eat well and also spend time together. It’s a win-win for everyone.

What to Serve with Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole?

Knowing what to serve with a casserole can be a little tough. When it comes to this casserole, I love to saute any veggies we have on hand. I’ll also serve fresh fruit with it. Fresh fruit and sauteed veggies seem to help balance the meal a little more!

The kids can pick and choose which veggies or fruits to serve, which also makes it fun for them.

Encouraging kids to help out in the kitchen is something they will thank you for later.

Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Cast Iron Skillet Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole is the ideal busy weekday dinner. With a few ingredients and a little time, you can give your family a nice home-cooked meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 10.7 ounce can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 10-ounce package frozen peas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 pounds tater tots
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. In a cast-iron skillet, add ground beef and seasonings, brown the ground beef.
    3. Remove from heat, drain grease, and remove beef from skillet.
    4. Place a layer of tater tots along the bottom of the skillet.
    5. Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until tots have thawed.
    6. Squish the tots, until they cover the entire bottom of the pan.
    7. Put the beef back in the skillet.
    8. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the soup and milk, add the peas and half of the cheese.
    9. Pour over the beef.
    10. Top with remaining tater tots.
    11. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Ways to Decorate Your Home for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and stores are filling up with seasonal decorations.

We often associate Valentine’s Day with reds, pinks, hearts, and other romantic symbols. Adding some Valentine’s Day décor to a room can brighten it up for the entire month.

Some people are cautious when decorating their home for Valentine’s Day, and it’s easy to see why once you browse your local dollar store. Most Valentine’s Day decorations look tacky, and they’re covered in glitter that will never truly go away.

Thankfully, you don’t need to stick to these items to decorate your home for this February celebration.

Invite romantic vibes into your home with these creative decorating tips!

The BEST Ways to Decorate Your Home for Valentine’s Day!

1. Hershey’s Kisses Centerpiece

Hershey’s Kisses are a popular treat in February – after all, “kisses” is in the name! Fill a bowl with these chocolate candies as a subtle nod to Valentine’s Day. Choose a bowl that works well with the room’s existing décor. If silver fits well with the rest of the room, you can opt for a clear bowl, too. 

If you want your candy bowl to stand out more, buy your Hershey’s Kisses with a different wrapper. You can find milk chocolate Kisses with pink, red, or gold wrappers.

You can also get Hershey’s Hugs with a striped wrapper, dark chocolate Kisses with a purple wrapper, or caramel Kisses with a bronze wrapper. Other than the Hugs and Valentine’s Day Kisses, you’ll have better luck finding these varieties online.

2. Add Some Roses

If you don’t already own a flower vase, buy one to fill with roses. Real roses can be expensive, especially around Valentine’s Day.

For the purpose of decorating your home, there’s no shame in buying fake flowers! While you can find roses in other colors, red and pink roses are traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day.

If you’re concerned about those colors clashing with the rest of the room, you can’t go wrong with white roses.

3. Use Themed Wall Art

Add some art to your walls to invite Valentine’s Day into your home. Whether you choose to make your décor bold or subtle, you can incorporate wall art into your home without making it look tacky. Try an abstract oil painting to add some subtle romantic hues into your room. You can also find canvas art with roses on it and Valentine’s Day-themed pieces.

If you’d rather not add Valentine’s Day colors to your home, look for heart-shaped metal wall art. Large art pieces look great above beds and living room couches, and you can use smaller pieces for your kitchen or bathroom.

4. Put a Wreath on Your Door

Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas! You can find tasteful Valentine’s Day wreaths online, at department stores, and at craft stores. In home décor stores, you can find rose wreaths in the wedding décor section. Red, pink, or white wreaths will fill guests with Valentine’s Day cheer before they even enter your home!

If you’re feeling creative, paint the wood on this unfinished piece. You can also make a wreath out of pom-poms, felt, or deco mesh

5. Hang Your Child’s Artwork

Kids love Valentine’s Day – they get to exchange notes in school, eat candy, and do fun holiday activities. Ask them to draw or paint some pictures that remind them of Valentine’s Day. Frame the drawings before hanging them on the wall or setting them on a table.

You can also display any of their art projects from school. Valentine’s Day is all about love, and proudly showing off your child’s artwork shows everyone how much you love them!

6. M&M’s Centerpiece

M&M’s come in more colors than what you’ll find in the standard packages! On the official M&M’s website, you can buy bulk candies in every color they make. Fill mason jars, bowls, or clean wine bottles with festive colored M&M’s.

If you have many containers to fill, buy each color individually. If you’re only filling a small bowl, grab the Valentine’s Day mix online or at your favorite grocery store. 

Before you fill any glass containers, decorate them! Try adding metallic or glittery paint, chalkboard decals, or ribbons to your candy holders. 

7. Fill Your Home with Candles

Use colorful candles to bring festive colors and scents into a room. Find pleasant-smelling 3-wick candles at department stores, along with some votives to place in holders and smaller spaces.

Look for floral and sweet scents, but be mindful of your family’s sensory sensitivities. If the scent may be too strong, you don’t have to light the candle!

If you want to get creative, try decorating a mason jar to use as a votive holder. Use glitter paint, a tissue and mod podge collage, or acrylic paint to make your jars stand out.

8. Make Flowery Monogram Letters

Most craft stores sell single-letter monograms to paint and decorate. Grab one for the letter of your last initial, along with fake flowers, yarn, paint, and fabric. Decorate your monogram however you want – you can even combine decorating techniques to make the perfect piece to hang in your entryway!

The Internet is filled with inspiration for this DIY project, like this ombre yarn letter and this floral piece

9. Add Festive Pillows

Decorative throw pillows can bring Valentine’s Day cheer into your living room or bedroom. Find patterned pillows at any department store, home décor store, and even the dollar store.

Amazon has plenty of options to fit different room styles, from rustic to modern. You can even find pillowcases that look like they’re covered with roses!

If you’re buying Valentine’s Day pillows online, keep in mind that many listings only include the pillowcase. If you don’t have a pillow to put the case on, grab a 12×12 inch or 18×18 inch pillow insert before you check out.

Anyone can decorate their home for Valentine’s Day, regardless of your budget or level of creativity.

Whether you want to make everything yourself or buy it all, these decorating tips can add festivity to your favorite spaces. Skip the cheaply-made dollar store lawn signs and opt for something that ties your room together!

I would love to hear from you!

Please let me know what you think of these Ways to Decorate Your Home for Valentine’s Day in the comments below.

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Popsicle Stick Valentine Picture Frame

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Popsicle Stick Valentine Picture Frame

Valentine’s Day is so fun to celebrate when you have kids! You can give them cute gifts, enjoy eating sweets together, and make fun crafts to celebrate the holiday.

And if you’re looking for a simple way to celebrate the holiday, it doesn’t get much better than this adorable popsicle stick picture frame.

On top of being simple enough for kids of any age to make, you also get a cute keepsake to commemorate all the fun you had on Valentine’s Day.

The beauty of this craft is that kids of any age can put it together, depending on how much help they get from you.

Making this fun Valentine’s Day craft is so simple, a toddler or preschooler could do it with a little bit of assistance! But it’s also great for older kids, who can put the entire craft together all on their own.

The first step to putting this cute craft together is to make the picture frame. If you have young kids making this Valentine’s Day craft, it may be a good idea for you to take control of this step of the craft.

To make a popsicle stick picture frame, start by lining up two popsicle sticks to form the top of the frame and two popsicle sticks to form the bottom of the frame.

Then, attach the top and bottom together with two single sticks on each side. Place a drop of glue on each end of the popsicle sticks, then press them together to attach the sides to the top and bottom. Apply pressure to the corners of the frame as the glue dries to ensure the corners stay intact as you decorate your frame.

To ensure your frame stays together for years to come, I suggest attaching the sticks together using hot glue. That’s why little kids should probably skip this step. But if you have older kids who want to construct the entire craft on their own, you can skip the hot glue and use traditional white glue instead. Just be sure your kids hold the sticks together, putting pressure on the spot where the popsicle sticks meet until the glue is dry.

This easy picture frame craft was made using red popsicle sticks. But if you can’t find red sticks, why not make your own!

Simply add a step to the craft that includes painting the popsicle sticks. You could paint the sticks before you put the frame together or glue the frame together and let your little one paint the frame after it’s finished.

When the frame is constructed, it’s time to have some fun! Your kids can have a blast decorating their own popsicle stick frame using any kind of craft supplies you have on hand. The decorations we used on our Valentine’s Day craft were perfect for young crafters because they’re so simple – washi tape and stickers.

To start, we decorated the top and bottom of the frame with some pink washi tape. Then, we decorated the rest of the frame with fun Valentine’s Day stickers. But don’t think you have to stick to these simple craft supplies to make your own Valentine’s Day frame!

There are so many other great ways your kids can decorate their frame, including:

  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Markers
  • Sequins
  • Jewels

The sky is the limit when it comes to customizing your Valentine’s Day picture frame! 

After decorating your frame, it’s time to add a cute picture.

To put a picture in your popsicle stick, cut the picture to fit the frame, then tape the picture to the back of the frame. After adding the picture, give this cute Valentine’s Day craft as a gift or hang it up to display your kid’s handiwork for everyone to see!

Holiday Popsicle Stick Picture Frames

While we decorated our popsicle stick picture frame for Valentine’s Day, you can use this simple concept for any holiday!

Wondering how you can adapt this popsicle stick craft to other holidays throughout the year? Here are some fun ideas:

  • St. Patrick’s Day: use green popsicle sticks to form the picture frame and decorate the frame with shamrocks
  • Easter: make the frame using pastel popsicle sticks, then decorate the frame with Easter egg stickers, spring flowers, chicks, or rabbits
  • Summertime: use brightly colored popsicle sticks to make a rainbow picture frame and decorate the frame with summer-themed decorations, like shells
  • Patriotic frame: form the frame with red, white, and blue popsicle sticks and add stars to the frame to make a patriotic popsicle stick picture frame
  • Fall frame: use natural popsicle stick popsicle sticks and decorate with pieces of nature during the fall, including fall leaves, acorns, and feathers
  • Christmas: make a red and green popsicle stick picture frame and decorate the frame with mini ornaments, star stickers, and tinsel
Valentine’s Day Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

Valentine’s Day Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

If you’re looking for a simple way to celebrate the holiday, it doesn’t get much better than this adorable popsicle stick picture frame.

Materials

  • 6 red popsicle sticks
  • Pink striped washi tape
  • Valentine’s Day stickers
  • Glue

Instructions

    1. Lay two popsicle sticks together to form the top of the frame and two popsicle sticks together to form the bottom of the frame. Add glue to the ends of the popsicle sticks on the top and bottom and secure them together with another popsicle stick on each side.
    2. When the glue has dried, cover the top and bottom of the picture frame with pink washi tape.
    3. Decorate the frame with Valentine’s Day stickers.

So go on… grab the kids and get crafting and make this Cute Valentine’s Day Popsicle Stick Picture Frame!

I would love to hear from you!

Please let me know if you make this Popsicle Stick Valentine Picture Frame in the comments below.

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Why We Keep Clothes We Don’t Wear and How to Get Past It

Have you ever opened your closet to find it full of clothes that you just don’t wear?

You may even find yourself asking what is the point of having all these clothes? Or even saying to yourself “I have a ton of clothes but none that I actually wear”.

We hang on to clothes we no longer need for a variety of reasons, and in this post, I’m going to walk you through how to get past each pitfall and what may be holding you back from saying goodbye to an article of clothing once and for all.

It’s new or may even still have the tags on

clothes with tags

We all have that outfit in our closet that never sees the light of day. Maybe you wore it once for a party, or perhaps it’s never even been worn at all!

One reason we hang on to clothes is that it’s new or hasn’t been worn so we need to hold on to it and wear it. Keeping these articles of clothing in your closet isn’t going to change the fact that you still bought that item.

If it still has the tags on it and you bought it recently, see if you can still return the item. You may not get your money back, but you can still get store credit!

You spent a lot of money on it

The average family will spend about $1,800 on clothing each year. This number might even sound generous to those who have brand loyalty with expensive clothing brands.

It’s easy to justify hanging on to clothes that cost a lot of money. You may feel like you need to get your money’s worth or that you are supposed to have this item in your closet. Hanging on to this item isn’t going to magically make your money come back.

It’s better to try and sell it if it’s valuable or pass it along to someone who is going to get their use out of it instead.

You’re hanging on to it in hopes of wearing it someday

I am willing to bet that out of all the reasons you are hanging on to your clothes, this is the reason for many of the outfits you own.

Whether you’ve gained or lost weight, can’t find a place to wear it, or have dreams of wearing it somewhere, we all hang on to clothes hoping to wear them when the right occasion strikes. The reality is that for many of us when that time actually comes around, we are looking for a new outfit anyway!

If you don’t plan on having more kids, let go of maternity clothes.

Let go of the clothes that are too small for you, and treat yourself to new clothes if you find yourself back at that size again in the future.

Letting go of clothes can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! If you follow these tips you can let go of the clothes you don’t wear to make room for the ones you will.

I would love to hear from you!

Please let me know what you do to maintain order in your closet in the comments below.

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21 Healthy Breakfast Recipes Worth Waking Up For

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why is that many people skip it?

I’m just as guilty of this… I wake up in the morning, drink my coffee, start working, and before I know it it’s lunchtime

These quick healthy breakfast recipes will keep you on time while keeping you full throughout the morning.


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Quick Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Below I have a few delicious options if you are looking to add breakfast or change up your normal breakfast options through the week.

Some of these you can make ahead which means you can just grab and go for those busy mornings.


Quick Tip!

If you want to add something to your drinks and food that keeps your skin looking younger, repairs your body (after working out), AND gives you heaps of energy throughout the day, then I would seriously recommend collagen protein powder which you can check out here.

There are just so many fantastic benefits to collagen powder, so I would definitely check it out here and see how you feel and look after using it for a little while.


Apple & Raspberry Breakfast Oat Slice

These portable porridge bars are super delicious, incredibly filling and easy to make ahead breakfast for the whole week.

Plus, not only are these good for breaky, this Apple & Raspberry Oat Slice is also great in the lunch boxes or for snacks.

Get The Recipe at Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

Want a breakfast that will keep you going until lunchtime?

Great…

Then you must try these healthy baked steel cut oats.

This is one hearty breakfast that will give you the energy you need to tackle your busy day!

Get The Recipe at Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Blackberry, Banana and Oat Breakfast Popsicles

How fun are these? Porridge in a popsicle!

Your kids will love them…. who am I kidding, you’ll love them too!

A perfect summer breakfast that will keep you going for a while.

Get The Recipe at Veggie Desserts

Breakfast Avocado Toast with Egg and Sausage

I’m sure you know of avocado on toast, well this is avocado toast on steroids…

This avocado toast will easily power you straight through to lunchtime!

Get The Recipe at Two Healthy Kitchens

Chorizo and Egg Stuffed Bell Pepper

Who said you can’t have breakfast for dinner?

This is one such recipe that you’ll want to serve up all day long. 

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Cinnamon Flax Seed Muffin in a Mug

Oh my, this is one of my favorite breakfasts ever!

Just 2 minutes to make, hows that for breakfast in a hurry.

And it’s also suitable for pretty much every diet as this recipe is paleo, low carb, gluten-free, sugar-free, and nut-free.

Get The Recipe at Wholesome Yum

Easy Breakfast Acai Bowl

This has got to be one of the prettiest breakfasts ever!

So if you want something that will delight the eyes as well as the taste buds… then this nutrient-packed breakfast is sure to please.

Enjoy!

Get The Recipe at Fearless Dining

Fudgy Breakfast Brownies

Now, I know what you are thinking. Surely these are not for breakfast…

Well, you’ll be happy to know that these are in fact breakfast brownies.

Although they do make an equally delicious dessert.

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Gluten-Free Breakfast Fruit Pizza

Can you think of a more cheerful way to start your day?

While this looks like dessert, it’s actually a healthy breakfast.

Just 20 minutes to make and you can even get the kids to help!

Get The Recipe at Flavour and Savour

Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Granola

I love fresh fruit. And we always have some on hand around these parts.

So when I found this recipe for grilled peaches, I had to try…

And yes, these grilled peaches with yogurt and granola will be back on our breakfast table again. Yum.

Get The Recipe at Flavor Mosaic

High Protein Healthy Pancakes

Yes, pancakes are a traditional breakfast staple. But these pumped-up protein pancakes are something else!

They have 10-13 grams of protein, per pancake! And will definitely keep you full all morning long.

And please, don’t assume that because they are healthy, they’re not delicious – as they absolutely are!

Get The Recipe at Happy Healthy Mama

Low Carb Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Casseroles are the perfect make-ahead option and ingredients like cheese, Italian sausage, and heavy cream, this breakfast casserole will become a family favorite in no time!

Get The Recipe at Real Balanced

Related: 21 delicious keto casseroles

Maple Baked Pear and Walnut Breakfast with Granola

These pears taste delicious when still warm from the oven. Don’t believe me…

Try it for yourself!

You won’t regret it.

Get The Recipe at Killing Thyme

Omelet Muffins

I love making these omelet muffins ahead of time and reheating for a quick breakfast.

The other day I made cheese and spinach as that’s what I had in the fridge, but next time I’m planning on trying these with sausage and bacon…

Actually, I’m going to make them now, be right back!

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Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

You have to whip up a batch of these awesome blueberry pecan morning glory muffins.

I promise, your family won’t be disappointed. 

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Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage and Eggs

Great breakfast-for-dinner recipe. Only 30 minutes, and amazingly delicious!

Get The Recipe at Delicious Meets Healthy

The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Waffles

These chocolate waffles are really easy to make (perfect for meal prepping too!), and they remind me of extra chocolaty brownies! Made with no refined flour or sugar and just 78 calories!

Get The Recipe at Amy’s Healthy Baking

Turkey Bacon & Egg Breakfast Cups

Turkey Bacon and Egg Breakfast Cups make the perfect start to busy mornings.

Get The Recipe at The Mommy Mix

Vegan Ginger Apple Crisp with Granola Crumble

This Easy Breakfast Vegan Ginger Apple Crisp with Granola Crumble is an easy low sugar, high protein breakfast your family is going to love.

Get The Recipe at Abbey’s Kitchen

Vegetable Frittata

This Vegetable Frittata is quick and easy to make, is packed with flavor and you can enjoy this for more than breakfast, it’s perfect for enjoying any time of the day.

Get The Recipe at Healthy Little Foodies

Weight Watchers Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

And lastly, we have this healthy and filling Weight Watchers breakfast. Are you a fan of Blueberries? If so then this is a perfect recipe for you.

Get The Recipe at The Inspiration Edit

Start your day off right with these Healthy + Delicious Breakfast Recipes so tasty and easy to prepare, they might even turn you into a morning person!

I would love to hear from you!

Please let me know what you think of these Healthy Breakfast Recipes Perfect for Busy Mornings in the comments below.

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5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Your Kids Will Love

Dressing in green and keeping an eye out for leprechauns are both fun St. Patrick’s Day past-times for many children. But this interesting holiday has a variety of traditions tied to it that go beyond these simple holiday games.

Whether you’re hoping to teach your kids about the history behind this annual holiday or just want to have some traditional St. Patrick’s Day fun with your kids this year, they’re sure to love these five St. Patrick’s Day traditions.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Who doesn’t love a parade? One of the most fun aspects of St. Patrick’s Day is that it’s often celebrated with a parade.

While St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday in Ireland, the holiday was transformed by Irish Americans. In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day parades are a common occurrence – and they have been for hundreds of years. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1762.

Whether you live in a big city or a small town, chances are, there is a St. Patrick’s Day parade near you. Head to the internet to search for St. Patrick’s celebrations nearby to see the parade selection in your town. Then, deck your kids out in green and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Or, if you can’t find a parade nearby, why not create your own by parading through the neighborhood in your favorite green outfits?

Shamrocks

Decorating with shamrocks is another popular St. Patrick’s Day tradition that your kids will love taking part in. But do you know why we use shamrocks to celebrate the holiday?

Many say that St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the holy trinity of the Christian faith. Each leaf represents a part of the trinity – the father, son, and holy ghost.

While there is no evidence that this story is true, the symbol of the shamrock has deep roots in Irish culture. The shamrock is a symbol of Irish nationalism and pride.

But even if you’re not Irish or Catholic, you can take part in this fun St. Patrick’s Day tradition. There are a variety of ways to incorporate shamrocks into your family’s holiday celebration:

  • Decorate your home with shamrock decorations
  • Make a shamrock craft
  • Search your yard for shamrocks and four-leafed clovers
  • Make shamrock-shaped cookies

Catching a Leprechaun

Leprechauns might be the most popular character of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, especially among children.

These little men dressed in green have roots in Irish folklore and are said to cause mischief throughout the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. But part of the fun of this cute St. Patrick’s Day tradition is if you catch one, he’ll grant you three wishes if you let him go! Have a little fun with tradition by:

  • Setting a trap to catch a leprechaun
  • Making silly messes around your home and blaming it on a leprechaun
  • Doing a leprechaun themed craft

Wearing Green

Green is a popular color in Ireland. The country is known as the Emerald Isle. And green appears on Ireland’s flag. It’s also the color of Shamrocks. All those factors make green a popular choice when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

In fact, for many St. Patrick’s Day fans, pinching people who aren’t wearing green is a favorite pastime. But where does that tradition come from?

It’s said that people started pinching those who didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day in the early 1700s. During that time, a legend began that said that wearing green on the holiday made you invisible to leprechauns – and that leprechauns would pinch anyone they could see. People began pinching those not wearing green to remind them to protect themselves from the leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day.

Eating Irish Food

The Irish have a variety of delicious dishes to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day, but the traditional dish to eat on the holiday is corned beef and cabbage. And while cabbage is a traditional part of the Irish cuisine, enjoying it with corned beef is more of an Irish American tradition. Irish immigrants invented the dish when they settled in America because corned beef was the cheapest cut of meat they could find.

Whether you want to enjoy a more traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day or just need something a little more kid-friendly, there are a variety of great Irish meals to choose from.

Instead of corned beef and cabbage, try one of these traditional Irish dishes:

  • Shepherd’s Pie: a classic meat pie topped with mashed potatoes
  • Irish soda bread: a delicious quick bread that’s made with orange zest and currants
  • Irish stew: a hearty soup traditionally made with lamb
  • Colcannon: a traditional Irish side that combines cabbage with mashed potatoes
  • Apple cake: a traditional Irish dessert to enjoy with an after-dinner coffee

40+ Mind-Blowing Bathroom Organization Hacks You Need To Know

Whether you realize it or not, we spend a lot of time in the bathroom. From taking showers to brushing our teeth, the bathroom is an essential room in our home.

Finding new ways to make your bathroom cleaner and more organized is a great strategy to speed up your morning routine and move on to the important parts of your day without leaving a mess behind.

So go… check out these bathroom hacks and start organizing your bathroom today!

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6 Steps to a Clean & Shiny Bathroom

Wine Rack

Found From Cosmopolitan

I love how little counter space this hack uses. This will be your new favorite way to use a wine rack.

Small Drawers

Found From Pinterest

Turn old small drawers that are not in use anymore, into storage bins for small items.

Nail Polish Shelves

Found From Domestically-Speaking

While my collection of nail polish is limited, if I ever do collect more, then I will be building this. However, this may be great for other things too!

Lazy Susan

Found From House Beautiful

There are so many applications for this genius invention! Here is a great use for the lazy susan in the bathroom.

File Sorter

Found From The Real Coake Family

Office organization doesn’t have to be limited to the office space! Roll up your washcloths so they fit and hey presto…no more messy washcloths on the shelf!

Tension Rod

Found From Cosmopolitan

No one wants to waste precious real estate under the sink for storing cleaning supplies. This hack will allow you to organize both your beauty products and cleaning supplies in harmony. Be sure to check out the other 16 hacks from Cosmopolitan!

Hair Tools Shoe Organizer

Found From House Beautiful

Shoe organizers have no limits when it comes to making life more convenient. This looks awesome! Make sure to check out the other 19 hacks from House Beautiful!

Toilet Paper Shelf

Found From DIY Show Off

If you’d like to store some useful items above your loo roll, why not DIY an adorable little shelf such as this one!

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Found From The Country Chic Cottage

The classic mason jar is so versatile and this is an affordble, easy to clean option for storing your toothbrushes!

Towel Bars

Found From Jenna Burger

How’s this for a cute bathroom hack!? But, remember to use a door catcher, to prevent the rods from banging up against the wall.

Crown Molding Shelves

Found From Kevin & Amanda

I really like how you can’t see this when you first walk in the bathroom, so it’s sort of hidden.

These Easy Bathroom Organization Hacks will help you organize your home and life. For more brilliant bathroom hacks, check out

I would love to hear from you!

These bathroom hacks are so neat! Please let me know which hack is your favorite? And feel free to share some of your own favorite tips as well!

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake

If you were to make a dish for your family that is hearty and wholesome, what would you choose? I would choose this Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake.

It’s a healthier twist on an old favorite. Some of my favorite dishes are ones that I least expect, and this amazing dish is up there on that list! 

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake takes several scrumptious flavors and puts them all together.

You’ve had casseroles before, but those are boring compared to this delicious meal! I have to say that dinner time can be chaotic for most Americans, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. 

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Most people can agree that simple is better. This dish includes very simple ingredients and almost anyone can make.

I don’t know many people that ENJOY difficult recipes. I’ve done the exact opposite here, which is to create an easy dish that is super simple!

Busy weeknights will have nothing on you! Your family will come home to a yummy homecooked meal and they won’t even know what hit them.  I have a feeling that even the pickier eaters in your life are going to love and appreciate this dish! 

Easiest Way to Cook Chicken for Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake 

For this recipe, the easiest way to cook the chicken is to boil it. Heat up a large pan of water and allow it to boil. Drop in the chicken breast and allow it to cook until it is done. From there, you will cube the chicken. I prefer this recipe to have cubed chicken, but you can enjoy it any way you like it. 

You can also take a pound of chicken breast and place it in the slow cooker. Allow it to cook this way if you don’t have time to babysit chicken over the stove. The chicken will be more shredded then cubed, but sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

Chicken is such an easy protein to make! Your body needs protein to help ensure it gets a balanced diet. I would say we eat chicken about 1-2 times a week. This Chicken Alfredo Bake helps ensure I can get some protein into the bellies of my family! 

What Type of Pasta Should I Use?

I will tell you that I prefer to use penne pasta, but you can use any kind of pasta that you’d like. Penne works great for this Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake because it stays nice and thick throughout the baking process. 

However use whatever type of pasta you have on hand, it will still do the trick!

Conclusion

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake is one of those recipes that you can make week after week and no one would get sick of it.

I like to make double batches and put one in the freezer. I can pull it out when things get crazy in our schedule and have something yummy to feed my family. 

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli, steamed and cubes
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 16 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup + ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded, divided
  • 2 egg yolks

Instructions

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat,
      melt butter and whisk in heavy cream.
    2. Whisk in egg yolk and 1 cup
      cheese.
    3. Simmer for 5 minutes, then
      remove from heat and set aside.
    4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    5. In a large pot, prepare pasta
      al dente as directed on the package.
    6. Drain and put back in the pot.
    7. Pour ½ of sauce over pasta and
      toss to coat.
    8. Gently mix in chicken and
      broccoli.
    9. Dump into a 9x13 pan and top
      with remaining Parmesan.
    10. Bake for 30 minutes.

7 Legitimate Jobs for Work at Home Moms

Are you a stay at home mom looking to make money from home? Here are 7 legitimate jobs you can do from home that allow you to make money while being at home with your kids.

There may come a point in your life where you decide you want to work from home. As you search for a work at home job, you may be wondering which one works best for you.

In this day and age, there are still scams out there, which is why you must remain vigilant in looking for opportunities that are legit.

I’ve gathered several legitimate jobs for work at home moms that will help you settle on which career path to take. 

Top Legitimate Jobs for Work at Home Moms 

You’re a mom, you don’t have endless hours to comb through all the job opportunities that could be legit or not.

It’s nice to find a resource that helps you figure out WHAT is legit and what is not legit. Keep reading to discover some of the best work at home jobs for moms that are also legit. 

1. Start A Blog

I have to start with blogging as this has been a life-changer for me and my family.

Starting a blog is a great way to work from home and make a great living. My blog now earns enough that it allows me to continue being a stay at home parent.

Starting a blog isn’t very difficult, even for absolute beginners. If starting a blog and making money with it is something that interests you then these posts might interest you.

So, maybe you’re not interested in starting a blog, then check out these other great ideas.

2. Writer

Perhaps one of the best and most flexible legitimate jobs for work at home moms is becoming a writer. Writers can start and stop when they want, which is helpful when you have little ones to look after. There are a lot of ways in which you can become a writer. 

  • Start your own copywriting business and look for private clients.
  • Work for websites like Textbroker
  • Get upfront pay for your writing, check out these websites that will pay you upfront to write for them. 

When it comes to being a writer, most are paid through PayPal. You don’t need to be an expert to be a writer. Over time, you get better and more people will hire you because of your experience. 

3. Editor

If for some reason you don’t want to be a writer, but you love editing, this is also one of the many legitimate work from home jobs for moms. You can work for writers, editing their content. You can work for bloggers, editing their blog posts.

You could work for companies, editing their content. Whatever kind of editing you enjoy doing, you can find a work from home job doing that! Here are some companies that hire editors:

If you enjoy editing, then this may be a work at home position worth pursuing. 

4. Social Media Manager

Are you looking for something that is a bit of a challenge, but that you can also do from home? Becoming a social media manager is a legit job for work at home moms. Social media is a big deal to companies and they are hiring people left and right to help them!

Being a social media manager, you manage the social media accounts of your clients. You’ll manage platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Choose which platforms you’d like to work on. 

You can offer your services as your own company or you can join forces with another company. If you’re looking for a possible company to work with, check out 99 Dollar Social.

Many moms find that being a social media manager is very flexible and works well with their everyday schedule. 

5. Virtual Assistant

A fast-growing legitimate job for work at home moms is becoming a virtual assistant. This is when you assist business owners in whatever they may need to be done to help make their business successful. A virtual assistant is someone who may work as an online assistant to a business owner. 

A virtual assistant may be able to:

  • Make phone calls
  • Answer emails
  • Reply to clients
  • Set up appointments
  • Etc…

A lot of people that want to be a virtual assistant, start their own VA business. However, you can also opt to work for a company. Here are several companies that hire virtual assistants:

6. Transcriptionist

What if you don’t want to be a writer, editor, or virtual assistant? That is where becoming a transcriptionist comes in! You can transcribe for clients, from the comfort of your own home. I feel as though this isn’t the highest paying work from home option, but it’s still a really good one. 

There are several companies out there that will hire you to work from home as a transcriptionist. As a transcriber, you will need to be able to type fast and have decent computer skills. The files that you work with will vary in length. Here are some companies that will hire you to transcribe for them (if you get hired). 

7. Customer Service

Perhaps one of the fastest-growing work from home job opportunities for moms is customer service. Working from home with a phone job isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it does work for some people. You may be wondering what type of companies hire someone to do customer service for them. Well, BIG companies hire people like you! Here are some of the top companies that hire customer service agents who work from home.

This is not an exclusive list. Working from home as a customer service agent means that you will spend time talking to customers. You may have certain tasks you need to perform during your shift as well. Each company has different requirements. 

How Do I Start Working From Home?

Now that you know of some legitimate jobs for work at home moms, you may be wondering how you can start working from home.

The first step is choosing what you enjoy doing from home.

Do you enjoy writing?

Do you enjoy transcription?

Narrow down what you enjoy doing and then pursue this work-from-home path.

How Do I Work From Home with Kids?

Once you figure out HOW to work from home, you will need to narrow down your schedule. You may need to wake up early and work while the kids are asleep. You may need to stay up later and work while they are asleep.

You will find your own groove to working from home!

70+ Romantic Nail Art Designs For Valentine’s Day

Since Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, how about we look into some of the most awesome nail art designs that are perfect for the holiday of love, the day of hearts and roses.

These romantic nail art ideas for Valentine’s Day will be sure to put you in the mood for love.

Pink and red, and even lavender and white, are the most popular color options for Valentine’s Day.

And as for the nail art patterns, there are tons of choices for you here.

Hearts, glitters, floral designs or Cupid’s arrow…. I am sure you will find a style you love. Some of these you can do yourself, but some you will need help with. You can use stencils, decals and vinyls to achieve a professional design at home.

So without further ado, here are some of the designs you can choose from for your Valentine’s Day inspired nail art.

How to Keep Your Home Clean All Year Long – Free Printable Cleaning Checklist

If you have vowed to get your home in order this year and keep it that way, you’re not alone. Getting your house clean and organized is a popular New Year’s resolution.

But resolving to keep your home clean and actually following through with that goal are two very different things. It may seem like a difficult task to keep your home clean all year long.

But with a little bit of planning, it can be done.

Follow these easy tips and download my free printable checklist to make sure you keep your resolution this year.

How to Keep Your Home Clean

One of the most effective ways of keeping your home clean is to create a cleaning schedule.

This schedule will help you outline all the cleaning tasks that need to be completed throughout your home and when they need to be done. But a cleaning schedule isn’t just about planning what you’ll clean each day. It’s also a comprehensive plan that helps ensure every inch of your home is clean throughout the year.

To create a cleaning schedule for your home, you’ll need to start by outlining everything that needs to be cleaned in your house.

Then, it’s time to start scheduling.

Some of the items on your list will need to be completed every day, while others can be done once a week, once a month, or even once a year.

Daily Cleaning Tasks

Tackling these daily cleaning tasks each day is the best way to ensure your home stays clean. These daily chores are items around your home that need to be done each day to maintain the cleanliness of your house.

While your list may be slightly different, these are some of the common daily cleaning tasks you’ll need to do to keep your home clean:

  • Make the beds
  • Wash and put away one load of laundry
  • Straighten sofa
  • Wipe tables in the living room
  • Straighten coffee table
  • Spot clean living room floor
  • Clean the bathroom sink
  • Wipe the toilet seat
  • Wash the dishes
  • Clean the kitchen sink
  • Spot clean the kitchen floor
  • Wipe the kitchen counters
  • Clear the clutter from every room

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

In addition to your daily chores, you’ll also need to include weekly cleaning tasks into your cleaning schedule. Each of the items on this list only needs to be completed once per week, allowing you to spread the chores out across the days of the week.

To make sure you’re able to complete all the tasks on the weekly cleaning list, count the number of items that need to be completed each week and divide it by the number of days you plan to clean your house. The answer to that equation is the number of cleaning tasks you need to do each day in addition to your daily housework.

Wondering which cleaning tasks need to be completed every week?

Here is a breakdown of the most common weekly cleaning tasks to add to your cleaning schedule:

  • Vacuum and mop all the floors
  • Clean all countertop appliances
  • Clean the kitchen cabinet doors
  • Clean exterior of the refrigerator
  • Clean exterior of stove
  • Clean out expired food from the refrigerator
  • Wipe microwave
  • Clean bathtubs and showers
  • Clean sinks and countertops in bathrooms
  • Clean mirrors in bathrooms
  • Wash bath mats and towels
  • Scrub toilets
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Wipe off light switches and doorknobs
  • Dust blinds and windowsills
  • Dust furniture
  • Change bedding

Monthly To-Dos

While tackling all the daily and weekly cleaning tasks is a great way to keep your home clean throughout the year, there are still a few spots in your home that will need to be cleaned on a monthly basis.

These deep-cleaning tasks should also be added into your daily routine on a rotating basis to make sure each of these chores gets finished by the end of each month.

These cleaning tasks should be completed every month:

  • Dust all baseboards
  • Dust all doors and trim
  • Vacuum window treatments
  • Wash all comforters, pillow shams, pillow protectors, and mattress pads
  • Clean under all furniture
  • Vacuum under the sofa and chair cushions
  • Wash trash cans
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean freezer
  • Clean bathroom grout

Other Cleaning Tips

While these tasks are a great starting point, its also important to remember that messes happen every day that aren’t part of the plan.

These simple cleaning tips will help ensure your home stays clean and organized in spite of unplanned issues:

  • Clean it when you see it. If you see a crumb, stain, or misplaced toy in a room, don’t put off cleaning it up. By cleaning a mess when you see it, you’ll prevent messes from building up into one huge cleaning task.
  • Don’t leave a room empty-handed. If you dedicate your time to cleaning your house, you don’t want clutter spoiling all your hard work. Make sure your home stays clutter-free by being sure to never leave a room empty-handed. As you leave to move to another room, grab an out-of-place item that doesn’t belong and take it to the room where it goes.
  • Add doormats outside. Even if you ask your guests to remove their shoes before entering your house, if you don’t have doormats outside your doors, dirt and debris from outside will make its way in. Doormats will help trap debris on everyone’s shoes before they walk in the door, ensuring your floors stay clean after you’re finished mopping.
  • Clean up after dinner. While it’s tempting to relax after spending time cooking a meal, the longer you wait to clean up your kitchen, the more work it will be. Immediately after cooking, place your pans in the sink to soak. And after everyone is finished eating, wash the dishes and clean your sink so you start the morning with a clean and fresh kitchen.
  • Clean up after yourself. To prevent messes from piling up, make sure you clean up after every activity you do. If you enjoy a cup of coffee in the living room, take your cup to the kitchen and wash it or put it in the dishwasher when you’re through. And in addition to cleaning up after yourself, make sure you teach your kids to do the same. The sooner they learn to tackle their own messes as they happen, the less work you’ll have to do each day!
  • Start the day by making your bed. Each day, right after you wake up, make your bed. On top of helping you straighten your bedroom each morning, making your bed first thing will help you get in the right mindset for tackling the rest of the chores on your to-do list.

How to Organize Cleaning Tasks

After outlining the chores you need to complete every day, week, and month, it’s time to create a schedule.

Keep track of everything you need to finish each day by printing my cleaning checklist.

In addition to listing all the cleaning tasks above in a handy checklist, you can also list additional chores you need to do around your own house.

As you’re cleaning your home, check the item off the list, then move on to the next. Soon, you’ll have your entire house clean!

And by staying organized and keeping track of everything all in one handy place, your home is sure to stay clean throughout the year.

Download Your Free Printable Cleaning Checklist

Go ahead and grab the printable using the download buttons below!

Please feel free to download and print as many as you need for your own family and home. This cleaning schedule checklist is for personal, non-commercial use only.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles

Chocolate covered strawberries and truffles are both classic Valentine’s Day treats. Why not combine them into one deliciously decadent Valentine’s Day dessert?

This simple recipe combines the flavors of your favorite chocolate-covered fruit with the smooth and creamy texture of a truffle.

And that combination is so good, you’re going to want to share it with your Valentine this year.

How to Make Truffles

While making most candy involves using special equipment and carefully mixing the ingredients, truffles are the exception!

In addition to only needing two ingredients to making delicious chocolate truffles, they’re very easy to make. And you don’t need a candy thermometer or special double broiler to make them! All you need to make your own chocolate truffles at home is:

  • Heavy cream
  • Chocolate chips

On top of having a simple ingredient list, you can make truffles in just a few simple steps.

Start by heating your heavy cream to a simmer. When small bubbles start to form in the cream, remove it from the heat.

In a heat-safe bowl or shallow dish, add the chocolate chips. Pour the warm cream over the top of the chocolate chips and let the mixture rest for five minutes. Then, gently stir the ingredients until the chocolate is melted and the ingredients are well combined.

After the chocolate and cream are mixed together, place the dish in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least an hour. When the mixture has chilled and the chocolate has set, use a cookie scoop to spoon out the mixture. Roll it around in your hand to form a ball and enjoy!

That’s it! This simple method is a great basis for making a plain chocolate truffle. But why make a plain truffle when you can dress it up with a few simple ingredients?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles

To infuse the flavor of a chocolate-covered strawberry into your plain chocolate truffles, you’re going to need a couple of extra ingredients. First, you’ll need freeze-dried strawberries. To prep your freeze-dried strawberries to be added to your truffles, they’ll need to blended to a fine powder. Add the strawberries to your blender and pulse until a powder begins to form.

As you’re making your chocolate truffles, add the powdered strawberries to the chocolate and cream mixture before it is chilled. Simply pour the strawberries into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Be sure to set aside a little bit of extra strawberry powder for decorating your truffles after you’re finished!

In addition to adding strawberries to the truffle mixture, you’ll also need some extra chocolate for coating the truffles. Since I love the combination of strawberries and dark chocolate, I used dark chocolate chips for both the truffles and the chocolate coating.

To make a chocolate coating for your truffles, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until the chocolate is melted. It usually takes one minute to one minute thirty seconds to melt a full package of chocolate chips. 

After the chocolate is melted, dip each truffle ball in the chocolate and roll it around to coat the entire ball. Place each chocolate covered ball on a flat surface to set. If you plan on decorating the tops of your truffles with strawberry dust, sprinkle it over the top of the wet chocolate before it sets to ensure it sticks to the truffles.

Questions About Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles

This recipe for chocolate-covered strawberry truffles couldn’t be any easier. But sometimes questions come up as you’re baking. If you have questions about this recipe, keep reading to see if I have an answer for you!

Can I use fresh strawberries in this recipe?

While fresh strawberries definitely taste better than freeze-dried strawberries, using fresh berries won’t work in this recipe. Fresh fruit has too much moisture in it to be used when making truffles. If you added fresh strawberries to the truffle mixture, you’d end up with a soupy mess instead of a delicious strawberry flavored treat.

Can I use other freeze-dried fruit?

Of course! Dried raspberries or blueberries would taste wonderful in place of strawberries in this recipe. As long as the fruit is freeze-dried, it will work in this recipe. Simply blend your chosen fruit into a powder and add it in place of the freeze-dried strawberries.

What kind of chocolate should I use?

I used dark chocolate chips in my recipe, but you can use any kind of chocolate you like. Most chocolate varieties would taste great in this recipe, including milk chocolate and white chocolate. The higher quality chocolate you use, the better the truffles will taste. If you plan on using a bar of chocolate instead of chips, be sure to break it into small chunks before adding the cream to ensure it melts evenly as it rests in the warm cream.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles
Yield: 16 Truffles

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This simple recipe combines the flavors of
your favorite chocolate-covered fruit with the smooth and creamy texture of a truffle. And that combination is so good, you’re going to want to share it with your Valentine this year.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 10-ounce packages dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1-ounce package freeze-dried strawberries, blended into a fine powder

Instructions

  1. Heat heavy cream over medium heat in a small saucepan. Bring the cream to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  2. Pour one package of dark chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl. Pour the heated cream over the top of the chocolate chips and allow to rest for five minutes.
  3. Stir the chocolate mixture until well combined, then add all but one tablespoon of the crushed strawberries. Stir to combine.
  4. Place the chocolate mixture in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
  5. Heat the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
  6. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, scoop out the chocolate mixture and form into balls. Dip each ball in melted chocolate and top with a sprinkle of crushed strawberries.
  7. Allow the chocolate to cool and set before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.

5 Winter Wellness Myths You Can Ignore – The Truth behind These Winter Weather Myths

You have probably heard most of these winter weather myths for most of your life, but the truth is, there really isn’t much science to back them up.

If you’re wondering if the advice of these common winter wellness myths is true, let me help you separate fact from fiction this season.

You CAN safely ignore these five winter wellness myths this year.

Cold Weather Gives You a Cold

I’m sure you’ve heard your grandmother warn you about catching pneumonia if you don’t dress warmly when you head out into the cold winter air. While you’ll probably be uncomfortable, the winter air won’t make you sick – germs will.

To truly protect yourself from the winter sniffles, make sure you take care of yourself by washing your hands frequently, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of sleep.

Turkey Makes You Sleepy

This common holiday myth says that the chemical tryptophan, which is found in turkey, makes you sleepy, which explains why everyone is ready for a nap following a holiday meal.

While part of this myth is true – you will find tryptophan in turkey, there’s not enough of the amino acid to make any real impact on your body. In fact, tryptophan is found in a variety of everyday foods, like cheddar cheese, and you don’t hear about cheese making you tired, do you?

Instead of attributing your sleepiness to the turkey, blame the entire meal, which is typically filled with carbs and an excess of calories, for your afternoon nap.

You Lose Heat Through Your Head

While it is true that you’ll lose body heat through your head if you don’t wear a hat outside in the cold winter air, you don’t lose an excess of body heat through your head alone. You lose body heat through any part of your body that is uncovered, and your head is often the only part of your body left bare when you step outside in the winter.

To ensure that your whole body stays warm, try to bare as little skin as possible this winter.

Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold

Although having a fever may make you lose your appetite, you should never deprive your body of needed calories, especially when you’re fighting off an illness.

Limiting your food consumption while sick may even hurt your immune system more than help it. In addition to eating a balanced diet, whether you have a fever or not, you should also be sure to drink plenty of fluids to help your body overcome its illness quickly.

You Don’t Need Sunscreen in the Winter

While the sun may not make an appearance every day of the winter season, it’s always there. And UV rays are continually shining, even on overcast days.

If you’re spending significant time outdoors in the winter, you need to be wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from those damaging rays.

500+ Easy Meal Ideas That Are Family Friendly and Taste Great!

Eating together is something every family should try to do, here we have over 500 easy family meals that have been kid-tested for you to enjoy together.

They’re all easy to make and most are budget-friendly too!

Over the past few months, I have put together a lot of really amazing recipes that cater to all kinds of tastes!

Healthy diets, holiday recipes, and ketogenic diets.

Below are all of the recipe posts you can find on this blog.

EASY MEAL IDEAS

If you’re looking for awesome recipes that everyone will enjoy you’re in the right place! We have over 500 easy family meals for you to try, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course snacks, desserts and drinks!

EASY BREAKFAST IDEAS

Get the day off to a great start with one of these easy breakfast ideas.

21 Healthy Breakfast Recipes Worth Waking Up For

EASY LUNCH IDEAS

These easy lunch ideas are just what you need whether you’re eating at home or you need something for school or work. 

Coming Soon

EASY FAMILY DINNER IDEAS

With these easy family dinner ideas, you can say goodbye to late afternoon stress.

17 Quick, Easy & Delicious Sheet Pan Dinners

21 Easy Low Carb Keto Casseroles For Weight Loss

18 Delicious Keto Stir Fry Recipes

21 Delicious Keto Soups You’ll Want to Add To Your Meal Plan

40 Easy Keto Instant Pot Recipes You Must Try

Instant Pot Ham & Potato Chowder

For more of my favorite dinner recipes from some of the best bloggers around, follow my Dinner Recipes Pinterest board!

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EASY DESSERT IDEAS

We’re all for healthy eating but we also believe that treats and desserts should still be included in your family meal plan.

50+ Totally Delicious Strawberry Desserts

50+ Recipes Every Nutella Addict Needs To Try Right Now

10 Delicious Berry Ice Cream Recipes

42 Incredible Homemade Donut Recipes

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Edible Cookie Dough

19 Delicious Cacao Powder Recipes

For more delicious dessert recipes, follow my Desserts Pinterest board!

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EASY SNACKS

16 Amazingly Delicious Keto Snacks

Fun & Healthy Snack Ideas Your Kids Will LOVE

15 Cool Summer Snacks For Hot Summer Days

EASY DRINKS IDEAS

From smoothies the kids will enjoy to boozy drinks for the grownups there’s something here for all seasons!

29 Easy Hot Chocolate Recipes To Warm You Up

HOLIDAY RECIPES

12 Super Healthy and Easy Christmas Dishes You Will Love

60+ Festive Christmas Desserts

50+ Best Christmas Cookies You Must Try

15 Keto Valentines Desserts

30 Vegan Holiday Dessert Recipes 

This page will be updated constantly as I add more and more content to this blog.

Feel free to share your favorites with friends and family!

What Fruits Are In Season?

Today, we have access to an amazing variety of fruits year-round, but this does not mean that all fruits are in season year-round.

There are many benefits to buying fruits that are in season: better taste, cheaper cost, and adding variety to your diet.

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE

When fruits are in season, they have more nutrients and are full of flavor. 

However, when the fruit is not in season, it must be shipped in from around the world or grown in a heated greenhouse. These methods produce fruit that is not full of flavor and is not as nutritional.

The best fruit you can eat is one that is locally grown.  Create your own beautiful garden, or find a Farmers’ Market.

MONEY SAVING

If the taste alone does not make you shop seasonally, the savings definitely will. This is one of the many ways you can save money on groceries.

If you want to go all out on saving money on your food, knowing what’s in season tells you when is best to buy what produce. 

FRUITS IN SEASON BY MONTH

JANUARY

  • Avocados
  • Bananas,
  • Blood Oranges,
  • Clementines,
  • Coconuts,
  • Dates, 
  • Grapefruits,
  • Kiwi, 
  • Kumquats, 
  • Lemons,
  • Mandarins,
  • Oranges,
  • Papayas
  • Persimmon, 
  • Pomegranate
  • Tangerines

FEBRUARY

  • Avocados
  • Bananas,
  • Blood Oranges,
  • Clementines,
  • Coconuts,
  • Grapefruits,   
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats, 
  • Persimmon, 
  • Pineapple, 
  • Pomegranate

MARCH

  • Avocados
  • Bananas,
  • Blood Oranges,
  • Coconuts
  • Grapefruits
  • Kumquats,
  • Mandarins
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

APRIL

  • Avocados
  • Bananas,
  • Cherries
  • Coconuts
  • Kumquats
  • Loquats
  • Orange
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

MAY

  • Apricots
  • Avocados, 
  • Bananas
  • Boysenberries
  • Cherries
  • Limes
  • Loquats
  • Lychees
  • Mangos
  • Peaches, 
  • Persimmons
  • Plums, 
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

JUNE

  • Apricots
  • Avocados,
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries,
  • Cherries,
  • Elderberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes,
  • Limes
  • Mangos,
  • Melons,
  • Mulberries
  • Peaches,
  • Plums,
  • Pineapple,
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons

JULY

  • Apricots
  • Avocados,
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Currants
  • Cherries
  • Dragonfruit
  • Elderberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes,
  • Limes
  • Mangos,
  • Melons,
  • Mulberries
  • Peaches,
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons

AUGUST

  • Apples,
  • Asian Pears
  • Avocados,
  • Blackberries,
  • Currants
  • Dragonfruit
  • Elderberries
  • Figs,
  • Grapes
  • Mango,
  • Melons,
  • Peaches,
  • Pears,
  • Plums,
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

SEPTEMBER

  • Apples,
  • Avocados,
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries,
  • Currants
  • Dates,
  • Dragonfruit
  • Elderberries
  • Figs,
  • Grapes,
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Melons,
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches,
  • Pears,
  • Plums,
  • Pomegranate,
  • Quinces
  • Watermelon

OCTOBER

  • Apples,
  • Coconut,
  • Cranberries,
  • Dates,
  • Figs,
  • Grapes,
  • Guavas
  • Melons,
  • Pomegranate,
  • Pears,
  • Plums
  • Quinces
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

NOVEMBER

  • Coconut,
  • Cranberries,
  • Dates,
  • Grapefruits
  • Guavas,
  • Kiwi,
  • Pears,
  • Persimmon,
  • Pomegranate
  • Quinces
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

DECEMBER

  • Coconut,
  • Cranberries,
  • Dates,
  • Guava,
  • Kiwi,
  • Lemons
  • Pears,
  • Pomegranate