Piña Colada Smoothie

This healthy piña colada smoothie is a refreshing treat. With added protein and healthy fats this will keep you fueled and hydrated on a hot summer day.

I have been making this smoothie on repeat over the last few weeks. It has quickly become a family favorite and is now the only smoothie that our kids are requesting. I made them the Tropical Green Smoothie the other day and they took one sip and said “we want the white one”.

We have been trying to buy more products unflavored lately and adding stevia to sweeten, which is what I used for this smoothie. If you have vanilla flavored protein you can easily use that instead.

INGREDIENTS: 

DIRECTIONS: 

Add ingredient to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. (We have a Vitamix Blender and love it!)

This recipe makes enough for two adults to share or for the 4 kids to each have their own. Enjoy!

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3 Ways We Glorify God On The Car Ride To School

Between elementary school and preschool drop off last year I started to wonder if I could be making better use of my time in the car with the kids. A few months into the school year we began to implement these 3 things on the 15 minute car ride to the elementary school: singing, catechism, and prayer. With all 4 kids in the car it has become the perfect way to start the day for all us.

SING

We love singing together as a family and singing about God to glorify God is the best way to start our drive to school. Here are a few of our favorite albums that I highly recommend:

  • Seeds Family Worship: Seeds has many albums that will help your entire family memorize scripture through song! This is a great resource!
  • Sovereign Grace Music: Another great resource to speak God’s Word into your family via song. We like the albums Walking in the Wise, The Ology, and To Be Like Jesus.
  • Shai Linne: The album Jesus Kid is our current favorite. The song Gotta Know The Books helped our 6 and 4 year old at the time learn all the books of the bible. If you want to introduce your kids to good and sound theology that will be easy for them to remember and understand start here.

CATECHISM

For reference we are using New City Catechism. Today many churches and Christian organizations publish “statements of faith” that outline their beliefs. But in the past it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms.

Using this question and answer method the catechisms explains clearly what the gospel is, but also lays out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrines of God, of human nature, and of sin. It also helps to address false beliefs of our culture so that believers can reflect the likeness of Christ.

You can download the New City Catechism app on your phone. We love this app because it is free and we also have easy access to the songs that make it super easy to memorize each question/answer. There are 52 questions and every week we do a new question. Our kids enjoy the songs and it is amazing to see how much they are learning. We also have it in book format as well which can be purchased HERE

We usually will review a previous question that the kids have already learned and memorized and also the current question we are working on for the week. I get just as much, if not more, out of learning these alongside my kiddos.

PRAY

About 5 minutes before we arrive at school we start praying for the day. We will pray blessings over our children and their school as well as the staff. We also ask each off our school aged children to pick a friend in their class that we can also pray over. By the end of school year each child in class will have been prayed over by our family multiple times. Our morning car ride concludes with praying that our kids find a way to encourage that person during the day. 

These are super simple and easy ways we have found to place the gospel message in front of our kids. Plus when they are in the car they are strapped in and can’t go anywhere ;). If you have children I hope your family has a blessed, safe, and happy school year.

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July 2019 Fitness/Wellness Update

I can’t believe it is August! My older two kids are back in school and I miss them so much during the day but know they are having such a great time learning.

In July I tried to focus on drinking 96 ounces of water each day. I had to pee so much. Yikes. I need to keep doing this because I feel so much better when I am hydrated.

I am not really using the scale anymore because my clothes are fitting better and I just feel more confident in general but decided to check what my weight currently is. When I started documenting this monthly updates I was weighing in at 150 and by March I was down 135. I was doing lots of cardio and walking everyday. These last few months I haven’t done cardio and have just been lifting weights and I am weighing in at 144. It just goes to show muscle weighs more than fat.

Eating

I am still eating lots of salads and because it has been so hot here I am using my Instant Pot to cook the majority of our meals. Our kitchen and living room become so hot in the summer that I try not to turn the oven on in the afternoon. If I know I need to use the oven for anything I do it early in the day. Here are a few of our go to Instant Pot recipes.

Workouts

I wrapped up my last workout for the 12 week weight lifting program I was following this month. I enjoyed it but am ready to start adding more cardio back into my programming. It was a nice change to workout 3 days a week and only lift. I am going to be doing a kettle bell program next and just started learning the basics this last week. So far I have worked on deadlifts, swings, and snatches and my legs and core have been so sore.

We went up to the mountains with my parents in July and had a fantastic time enjoying the cooler weather. While we were there I was able to take a HIIT class that was super fun but also super challenging because of the altitude. It was also really hard because it was the first time I had done any type of cardio in weeks.

Wellness

I had my bi-yearly skin cancer check with my dermatologist and it was the first time in a long time I haven’t had anything biopsied. Such a relief. I know that next time I go in this will most likely not be the case but I counted it as a huge win! If you haven’t made an appointment to get your skin checked recently please do so. It is so important.

I am also still plugging away on my bible reading plan for the year. Currently I am in Chronicles. And honestly this section of the Old Testament always gets really hard for me to read. I have to focus so much but I know it is worth it to put the time into reading the bible.

Josh and I made it out of the house for an amazing date night and saw Hugh Jackman’s THE MAN. THE MUSIC. THE SHOW. He performed so many amazing songs and is so talented! It was awesome and worth the money. It made my heart happy.

And that is what has been going on since my last update. Thanks for reading!

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