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Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Confession: out of all the puppy chow recipes I've made, this one is my absolute fave. 

Granted, I'm not a chocolate gal and even though everyone is obsessed with this patriotic, Snickers version I made last Summer it's not for me.  But a cake batter version?  Yes, please.  

Another confession?  Totally off subject.  I think I'm starting to l o v e IG Stories now.  I really didn't like it at first.  But now most of my favorite snapchatters have stopped posting and mainly use IG.  Not to mention I love being able to doodle on IG...if only they could get on board with the filters.  Anyone else loving IG stories lately?  Follow along and watch my stories here.

Also, my students have recently found my instagram account.  Lordy.

One last confession.  I've actually post this recipe before but wanted to update the photography for the recipe.  And I know I have new followers since posting it anyways..and you don't wanna miss this one.

Okay enough with the confession and more about this recipe.  I first made this recipe in college for T and his roommate, and y'all I kid you not over half of the huge batch I made was gone in a day.  I tend to make smaller batches now that I know how far a couple cups of the chex cereal goes now.  BUT dang those boys could eat.  

Not that I blame them, this stuff is killer.  And way, way addicting.  Don't take my word for it.  Try it for yourself.  

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4 cups of Rice Chex Cereal
10 oz package of Candiquik (or any other melting chocolate)
3/4 cup of Yellow Cake Mix
1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar
Sprinkles (optional)

1.  In a microwavable bowl, melt the Candiquik every 30 seconds.  Stirring in between.  (about 1.5 min)

2. Add the rice cereal to the Candiquik and stir it in, covering the cereal in the melting chocolate.

3. Pour the powdered sugar and the cake mix in a gallon ziploc bag.  Shake to mix.

**add sprinkles to the mix for extra festiveness.

4. Add the cereal to the gallon bag, and shake until covered.

5.  Use a slotted spoon (or sifter) to remove the rice cereal without getting all the excess powered sugar-cake mixture.

6.  Devour, because yes that's what will happen.  ;)

Happy Monday friends.  We start testing today, so my step goal is 15k (which is SUPER high for me) but I plan on pacing ALL of testing.  May your coffee be strong and your day feel super short.  AND may the rest of your week be filled with this deliciousness.

Comment your email below if you have a fitbit so we can challenge each other!  And snap me if you make this recipe.  

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April Favorites

distressed jeans | tjmaxx find
obnoxiously large sunglasses | Shop Suey Boutique

Raise your hand if you are in total shock at how fast this year is flying by.  Before we know it it's gonna be May.  Raise you're other hand if you were a total 90's boy band fangirl and get that NSYNC reference.  

Anyways...a new month means a new round up of my favorites.  Also, is it practically Summer where y'all are too?  I'm talking mid80s everyday.  I can only imagine how July and August will be. Insane.


a girl who went to my highschool recently started a blog and it's awesome -- must read

Lynzy @ Lynzy & Co


Yours by Russel Dickerson

Small Town Boy by Dustin Lynch

What Guy Wouldn't by Wanderloo Revival

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These knockoff Birkenstocks | I get SO SO many compliments on these every time I wear them.  I got mine from Steinmart, but I linked them for the same AMAZING and much more reasonable price.  Or the actual birkenstocks here.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation | under $6, enough said.

Pandora Leather Bracelet | this was a Christmas gift from T and lately I've been wearing it everyday and 
loving it.  

This OTS Floral Top | perfect for this Summer-like weather and all the crazy hot weather that's to come in the next couple months.  Not to mention its $14; run do not walk.

Slingback Wedges | I found these at CATO'S shopping with my in-laws Easter weekend and they're a total steal.  As in I got them on sale for $18 and now they're down to $14.99.  Y'all.

Y'all, May?  Already?  Well..we're one step closer to Summer Break.  Cheers loves.  Happy weekending.  

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25 Quotes and Scriptures on Waiting

Ever feel like you're stuck in between phases of life?  Just stuck in the middle.  And all there is to do is wait?

I feel ya girl.

Waiting.  Why is it so hard to be patient and wait on God's timing?  

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I've blogged a little bit about my anxiety before, and really spilled the beans on all the scriptures I cling to when my anxiety is getting the best of me.

If you struggle with anxiety / stress is at an all time high right now I strongly encourage you to check out those list of verses in hopes that you'll find one to use in your time of darkness.

But today I'm going in a slightly different direction.  Yes, this period of waiting can get me feeling all the stress and anxiety as well, but I'm focusing on the lighter aspect.  When you just need some encouragement that God's got this.  HE knows what He's doing.

1. Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.

2. Even miracles take a little time.  [buy the print here]

3. Psalm 46:10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

4. Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

5. Psalm 33:20-22  Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

6. Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

7. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, forever.  -Jeffery R. Holland  [find the print here]

8. Faith is trust.  Trust that god sees what we cannot and that He knows what we do not. [find the print here]

9. Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

10. Pray before you overthink.

11. Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait for Him...

12. Be Patient.  Everything is coming together.

13. I believe in the good things coming.

14. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

15. Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

16. Nothing that has happened to you is a surprise to God.  God will still get you where you're supposed to be.

17. Isaiah 60:22 "At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen."

18. "To us waiting is wasting.  To God waiting is working."  -Louie Giglio

19. You can't rush something you want to last forever.

20. “God never denies us our heart’s desire except to give us something better.” – Elisabeth Elliot

21. Psalm 62:5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. [buy the print here]

22. Isaiah 40:33 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

23. Psalm 38 Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. [buy the print here]

24. God answers when you least expect it.

Let go and Let God.

As I was compiling this list, #20 seriously hit home with me.  The worst part about these stages of life where I feel like I'm stuck in between and waiting is the unknown.  But it's important to remember God only wants what's best for us, and that His plan is best.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY: 20 Verses on Patience & Waiting on God's Timing
(very little overlap in scriptures)

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21 Day Fix | 1 Week of Meal Plans

Confession this is the SECOND time I've started the 21 day fix.  The first time, I thought I'd just do the workouts and didn't buy the 21 day fix boxes of shakeology.  Fail.

It's true what they say it's 80% what you do in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.  I really needed to crack down on my eating as well to get my desired results.  And while I'm not there yet, I can definitely see how this program (eating well along with the workouts) can get my to my goal.  

Also, I should say that I don't think you have to buy the shakes for the eating plan to work, it just helps but there are a lot of other protein powders you could use as well.

Anyways... when I started the 21 day fix this second time I've been full blown on the shakes everyday and eating well within my "boxes".  And I figured since it can be pretty overwhelming at first I'd share an example of a week of meal plans you could use on the meal plan.  

ps.  anyone else find it super annoying to find a 21 day fix recipe on pinterest and it only lead to a meal plan you have to pay for?  *insert eye roll here*

this meal plan is for the 1,200-1,499 caloric level
boxes for level 1 per day: 3 Green, 2 Purple, 4 Red, 2 Yellow, 1 Blue, 1 Orange, 2 Tbsp


Breakfast: 2 Egg Muffins  1G 1R
(I make these on Sunday for the week ahead and keep them two in a ziploc in the fridge)

Lunch: Shakeology 1R
(or any protein powder of your choice) with 8-10oz of almond milk)

Snack 1: Medium Banana and 1/2 Avocado  1P 1B

Snack 2: 2 Rice Cakes (45 calories or less) 1Y

Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli 2G 2R
(nothing fancy with this meal just a little garlic salt and minced garlic added to the chicken and garlic salt to the broccoli, but its delicious AND the perfect I'm exhausted/don't wanna cook/Monday night dinner)

Snack 3:  Roasted Chickpeas and Strawberries 1Y 1P


Breakfast: Overnight Oats: Oatmeal Cookie 1Y 1/2R 2Tbsp
(like I said above during the week I generally make the egg muffins for the week ahead, but this is one of my other favorite go-tos that can be made ahead)

Lunch: Shakeology and an Orange  1R 1P

Snack 1: Banana and Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1P 1/2R

Snack 2: 10 Baby Carrots and Sweet Potato 1G 1Y

Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner 2R 1B
(2 fried eggs, 4 pieces of Turkey Bacon and 1/2 Avocado)

Snack 3: Steamed Broccoli 2G


Breakfast: 2 Egg Muffins 1G 1R

Lunch: Shakeology and 10 Baby Carrots 1R 1G

Snack 1: Strawberries and Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1P 1R

Snack 2: 2 hard boiled eggs and 10 Baby Carrots 1R 1G

Dinner: Burrito Bowls: sweet potatos, black beans, shredded cheese, tsp of greek yogurt 2Y 1B
(you could easily make these tacos, just keep in mind a whole-grain tortilla counts as 1Y and your sweet potato, and all types of beans are also yellow so you just have to make it all fit within your 2 yellow boxes)

Snack 3: Banana with Peanut Butter 1P 2Tbsp


Breakfast: 2 Scrambled Eggs, 4 slices of Turkey Bacon and a Banana 2R 1P

Lunch: Shakeoloy + 1 cup of Spinach + 10oz Almond Milk + a couple ice cubes 1R 1G
(whenever I'm having a hard time fitting my greens in I'll add a cup of fresh spinach to my shake and you honestly can't taste the difference)

Snack 1: Blueberries and Roasted Edamame 1P 1Y
Snack 2: Small Apple with Peanut Butter 1P 2Tbsp

Dinner: Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Squash  2G 1B

Snack 3: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs and 8 Small Whole Grain Crackers 1R 1Y


Breakfast: Egg Muffins 1G 1R

Lunch: Shakeology and (almost) 1 cup Spinach 1R 1G (almost)

Snack 1: Vanilla Greek Yogurt and 10 Pistachios 1R 1/2B

Snack 2: Raw Broccoli and Roasted Chickpeas 1G 1Y

Dinner: Skinny Chicken Parmesan  1R 1/2B 1/4Y 1/8G

Snack 3: Apple Slices and Strawberries 2P

Snack 4: 1 Rice Cake and Pumpkin Seeds 1/2Y 1O

Saturday | 

Breakfast: Overnight Oats: Banana and Peanut Butter  1Y 1P 1R 2Tbsp

Lunch: Super Green Shakeology  1R 1/2G 1P

Snack 1: Vanilla Greek Yogurt and almonds 1R 1/2B

Snack 2:  Roasted Edamame, Raw Baby Carrots and Broccoli 3/4Y 2G

Dinner: Leftovers from last night 1R 1/2B 1/4Y 1/8G


Breakfast: Avocado Toast (2 wholegrain slices, 1/2 Avocado, 2 Fried Egg) 2Y 1B 1R

Lunch: Shakeology + 1 cup of Spinach 1R 1G

Snack 1: Strawberries and Greek Yogurt 1P 1R 

Snack 2: Mixed Vegetables and 21 day fix healthy ranch dressing 1G 1/2O (2tbsp of dressing)

Dinner: Chicken "Noodle" Soup 1G 1/2R 1Tbsp

Snack 3: Tuna with 1 Tbsp Mayo and Grapes 1/2R 1Tbsp 1P

some additional notes:

+ you can have your shakeology any meal or snack during the day, I prefer to do so at lunch time, but a lot of people in my accountability group do so for breakfast

+ my coach suggested  I eat as many of my boxes I can each day, but some days I just don't hit the blue/orange and she said just to make sure they get mixed in there.  BUT you do want to be getting those green/purple/red each day because they'll keep you full and getting all those GOOD nutrients

+ almost everything is by how much you can fit into that box, ex: my chicken and broccoli I use 2 reds and 2 greens, but you could use more or less

+ if you're just thinking about doing the 21 day fix I suggest contacting my coach Lauren 

+ also, keep in mind there is a little bit of wiggle room, as in you can swap out a glass of win for your yellow box, or every once in a while there may be a special occasion you want to indulge for and that's okay as long as it's all in moderation and you get back to the plan


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