Posts by Rachel Spoelhof

Inspiration for a New Season

FALL IS HERE!

And even though the weather in Sunny Southern California has yet to receive the memo, we are still VERY excited. To me, Fall means holidays, celebrations, food, and fun.

BUT–it can also mean BUSY BUSY BUSY.

So how to we find inspiration to have fun and make the most of this time of year without getting caught up in the fast pace of it all?

  1. Make Lists – write down what is MOST important to you. Make time for what matters most, leave a little time for last minute plans, and be prepared to say no to things that don’t make the list.
  2. Evaluate your goals – what is the motivation behind things you want to

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Roasted Sweet Potato Nachos

Sweet Potatoes are my FAVORITE!! They are one of the most nutritious vegetables AND are a great source of the antioxidants beta-carotine and vitamin C.

This recipe is so customizable, plus it is the perfect way to load up on vegetable goodness!!!

You simply replace chips with sweet potatoes, roast, then top with your favorite vegetables, meat, beans, and cheese. The sky is the limit!!

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes (seasoned and roasted)

Beans

Meat (cooked and seasoned)

Your choice of veggies (red onion, zucchini, broccoli, peppers, carrots, celery, spinach, etc)

Shredded Cheese

toppings for serving (salsa, guacamole, cilantro, etc)

avocado oil

seasonings

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel Sweet Potatoes. Cut into 1/4″ coins. Toss in a bowl …

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Back to School Blues

Am I the only one suffering from the “Back to School Blues?”

I gotta be honest, the past few weeks of back to school have been ROUGH! Just one thing after the other, plus the stress of remembering to pack lunches, a separate snack, a water, not to mention drop off and pick up your child ON TIME. My head is spinning just thinking about how stressed I’ve been.

Luckily, I decided not to stress alone and had a wonderful coffee date with friends to vent and connect. Seriously, friends, DO NOT suffer alone. IN ANYTHING. From the little things, like stress over school, to big things–reach out, connect, ask for help!!!

That’s what we are here for too! …

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Rachel’s Summer of Adventure

This was a Summer for memories! We had such a blast traveling, enjoying the sun, swimming, and more!

We really focused this Summer on swimming. We are so blessed to have a community pool in walking distance, and we spent many of our days practicing our swim skills. Taking 3 kids to the pool is no joke, but these girls are amazing!

We participated in our library’s Summer Reading Program and this mama really enjoyed all the prizes – especially the free kid’s meals!

I didn’t burden myself with too many expectations of projects, but we did take advantage of a few fun afternoons to craft, learn, and play. We are really enjoying our Kiwi Crates – and had …

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Healthy Meals in the Summer Heat

Anyone else melting in this heat? I sure am. And it can make sticking to healthy meal plans tricky.

Having fun on our meal prep day!

I have 2 tips to make things easier for you and your family.

TIP 1: MEAL PLAN and MEAL PREP

Spend one day with the AC on and get all your baking and cooking done!

I roast veggies, made cookies, and prepared easy to grab snacks.

Prepped these AWESOME sweet potato nachos!!! They lasted all week.

I keep protein balls in the fridge for quick snacks or a little energy boost.

Lots of healthy superfood shakes

Then use your crock pot or make lots of fresh meals that don’t require the oven!!

TIP

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Relationships Are Meant to Be FUN!

Relationships are FUN! Sharing time, laughter and memories is a JOY!!

It can be easy to get caught up in our own schedules and our own struggles, but that is when it is most important to look for those connections with others!

I have made a personal goal to make more connections this Summer! I created a Facebook group to get other moms together for playdates and memories. I am guilty of waiting to be invited to things, so I decided to be the INVITER–To set up times for connecting and playing and not allowing myself any excuses not to get out and HAVE FUN!!

We’ve had a few events so far and it was a blast to see …

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Creating Excitement Around the Table

Meals with little ones can be a struggle. Trying to get the kids to eat, teaching manners, trying again to get them to eat…it is exhausting.

I have found that cooking meals together creates more excitement around the table.

It might seem simple, but thinking of the cooking as a learning and bonding experience brings that attitude to the meal. Rather than seeing the frustrating and annoying things happening at the table, you see the meal you worked on as a family AND chances to teach and learn and grow together as a family!

I find that cooking together also creates an excitement to EAT the meal. PRAISE THE LORD! A meal the kids actually want to eat!!

Counting

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Sharing YOUR Favorite Things With Friends

Summer is a great time to share time with friends. School is out, schedules are simplified, and the days are long. Fill those long days with friends and simple activities!

I am working on having more of an open home – inviting people over more often. I decided to host a couple events this week, and it was SO fun!

In the past, I have felt nervous about having people over. I get in my head, “my house is small, I’m not good at decorating, where will the kids hang out, what will we do, do I feed people?” The reality is, people LIKE to be invited to things and hang out with friends! I had the idea to …

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Tips For Moms: Taking Care of YOU

I know as moms we often come last. Ok, in reality, we ALWAYS come last. But it is so important to take time for you! Taking time for you and putting parts of yourself first make you a better mom!

This is going to look different for everyone, so come up with a few priorities.

Health, for our family, is a non-negotiable. If you aren’t taking care of your health it will make all the other parts of yourself difficult to manage. Our family has always been healthy, but in the past 2.5 years we have taken steps to take our healthy living to the next level. By fueling our bodies with nutrient dense shakes, phytonutrient greens and …

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The Importance of a Mom-Squad

Becoming a mom is SO exciting. More than exciting–LIFE CHANGING!

A lot of that time is such a blur. The long nights, early mornings, so many questions about how to do this “mom thing.” But what I do remember is the community of other moms that got me through. I literally would not be the mom I am today without them.

There is nothing more important than finding your community. The other moms who hold your hand through the hard days and jump and celebrate the good days. Who laugh at the crazy stuff that happens (literally you cannot make this mom stuff up) and encourage you to when it seems like the rough seasons and stages are NEVER …

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