Cranberry Oatmeal Bites

I have been in my kitchen so much lately. And this recipe has been made on repeat over the last few weeks. These cranberry oatmeal bites are perfect for snacking on during the day. With minimal ingredients they are easy to make and store nicely in the fridge in an airtight container.

Be careful not to over pulse in the food processor. You still want the cranberries to be visible and the mixture should be slightly wet but not overly sticky.

I hope you enjoy these tasty bite sized snacks.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Pulse all ingredients in food processor.
  2. Use cookie scooper or hands to make small bite sized balls.
  3. Place in fridge.

Makes 16 servings (1 bite per serving)

Nutrition Facts per 1 Serving

  • Calories: 94
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbs: 10g
  • Protein: 2.8g
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Parenting with Loving Correction: Practical Help for Raising Young Children

Parenting while joyful can sometimes be painful. How you respond to the the little people God has given you can shine light on your innermost thoughts. I have leaned that how I react and respond to my children when they are disobeying can directly reflect at times my idolatrous thinking. It has and will continue to be an opportunity for me to grow in sanctification and self control.

I am thankful for books like Parenting with Loving Correction: Practical Help for Raising Young Children by Sam Crabtree that point me back towards the gospel and away from my own sinful nature. In doing this I am a more effective parent because I realize that God gave me the four children I have for their good and for mine as well as to glorify God.

Below are just a few highlights from this book. I highly recommend it if you are in need of encouragement or new strategies to deal with disciplining your child. It is a short read and will be well worth your time and money!

I received a copy of this book from Crossway to review. All opinions are my own. 

What is Corrective Discipline?

Corrective discipline means:

  1. Identifying actions or attitudes of your child that are unacceptable when weighted against clear and explicit standards, then
  2. acting promptly and decisively to move your child in the direction of compliance with those standards.

The Heart of The Matter

Discipline aims at fostering a specified pattern of character, in the strength God supplies. If you just address outward behaviors without getting to the heart the risk greatly increases for a child to gravitate to external conformity, moralism, and legalism.

While it is great if your child obeys when it comes to discipline the goal should be to impact the heart. Heart transformation will lead to sincere cooperation because that is change that God fully creates and sustains. Proverbs 20:11 tells us that “Even a child makes himself known by his acts, weather his conduct is pure and upright”. A child’s true character will be known by his behavior.

Young children are spiritually unregenerate. Using wise discipline that requires obedience from children can cause them to become aware of their own sin and their need for Christ.

The most important point here is to note that when correction is done well it honors God. As parents we can’t change or stop our children from sinning but we can create a clear association between a rebellious action so that our child understands the consequences to disobedience. If we can’t and don’t expect our children to yield to our authority how can we ever expect them to yield to God.

3 Core Imperatives for Wise Correction

Discipline does not destroy the child but attacks the things that would destroy him. Failing to discipline invites your child to a regrettable future. Wise correction is regret management for all concerned. There are 3 core things to keep in mind for wise correction.

  1. Keep it God centered.
  2. Speak truth – always mean what you say.
  3. Reward obedience, not disobedience.

These several chapters were filled with amazing insight! God is loving and holy and good. I appreciated the example of aiming our children to be good and not “normal” (conforming to everyone else). Parents need to aim for their children’s goodness. When the author’s children became older he would say to them as they were leaving the house “Don’t be normal. Be good”.

Being normal in our culture is an unwise goal because our culture is broken and corrupt. If we tell our kids to “act normal” we are inviting them to look around to their peers to set the standard.

Good correcting must also be preceded by lots and lots of good affirmation. By saying yes often you establish many affirmations with your children and they are more likely to accept your no when they make an unwise request.

There is an entire section devoted to practical strategies to help with before you correct, in the moment, plus questions from parents.

Parenting with Loving Correction: Practical Help for Raising Young Children by Sam Crabtree is available on Amazon.

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The Fitnessista’s Home Workout Warrior Live Fit Guide Review

Back in early February I was reading Gina’s blog and saw she was offering 1 month of her Home Workout Warrior program for $9. The program normally costs $97 for 12 weeks so it was an easy decision to purchase. It was a great way for me to try something I had been interested in without the larger financial investment.

I am so glad I did! It can be nerve-wracking sometimes to purchase something without having a solid idea what you are buying. The Fit Guide comes with workouts, a meal plan, as well as suggested options for cardio. So if you have been on the fence about this program here is my review.

The Workouts

I really loved the way the workouts were organized. I never got bored and I felt challenged at just the right amount. Each week there were specific Upper Body, Core, Lower Body, Total Body, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), and Cardio workouts.

I was able to complete most of the workouts in 30 minutes. This was great because I woke up in the morning before the kids and got it done plus still had time to read the bible. Each week there were 5 days of workouts and 2 rest days.

We no longer have cardio equipment at our home and don’t have a gym membership so I wasn’t able to take advantage of the Hill Gym Workout she provided. I am saving it for a later date whenever we do decide to get a membership again because it looks awesome. Gina did provide a 20 minute at home HIIT workout that I did use and I also used several Cathe workouts for my Cardio days to supplement.

The equipment needed was fairly minimal. I used 8 and 15 pound weights, stability ball, and chair.

The Meal Plan

The Fit Guide included a 4 week meal plan. I wasn’t able to strictly use it because I am not eating eggs but did find it helpful to add some new variety back into what I had been eating.

When the plan was first sent there were several items missing from the shopping list for week 1 but Gina quickly corrected it. She even sent a bonus digital workout with the updated fit guide.

If you are newer to meal prepping and healthy eating this plan would be a good starting place. It is straightforward, simple, and there is no calorie counting! The plan even recommends a small piece of high quality dark chocolate after each meal and schedules in cauliflower crust pizza or sushi, and a free meal choice on the weekend.

I enjoyed that there were uncomplicated recipes included. This made it super easy. I also discovered that I am a huge fan of Amazeballs.

Results & Final Thoughts

Before & After Home Workout Warrior Live

I feel so much better overall and I am so proud of myself for sticking with this program for the month. My clothes are also fitting better which is a huge plus!

I am looking forward to sharing more of my health and wellness journey this year so stay tuned if that is something you are interested in reading about.

Before & After Home Workout Warrior Live

There are so many ways you could modify this plan and I felt Gina did a great job of allowing flexibility within the program for a variety of fitness levels.

I loved this Fit Guide so much that I purchased the full 12 week program. In my opinion it is worth the money. You can tell there was a lot of time and thought put into this program. Having run my own online bootcamps in the past I know how much work goes into something like this. It was so nice to be able to get up in the morning with a plan that I didn’t have to create and just do the workouts. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to benefit from another trainers programming :).

If you are interested in purchasing the full 12 week Home Workout Warrior Fit Guide or seeing the other 12 week Fit Guides Gina has created click HERE.

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