Helping Kids Overcome the Gimmie’s

Are you struggling to fight off the me-first “gimmie” attitude that consumes kids today? I know this is something we struggle with at our house every day.

In a world of instant gratification, upside down priorities, and exonerated selfies, we need something to help our kids as they strive for true contentment in their lives.

My friend Kim has created an amazing bible study to help kids and teens find contentment in a me-first world.


A Content Heart is a 22-lesson Bible study helping kids and teens to find godly contentment in a me-first world. Students will go on a journey through Scripture learning how to practically and realistically find contentment with themselves, their circumstances and their worldly possessions.

This study is written for families to work through together either in devotions or homeschool Bible time. Each member of the family works on his/her level, while studying the same topic each day. The Youth version is written for students to complete on their own, if desired and is recommended for ages 8 and up. The Junior version is written for ages 4-8 with the student contributing primarily through drawing.

Today (November 16th) you can purchase the digital version of this study for only $8 which is half the regular price. This is a great study to do with your family as we enter the Christmas season! The sale ends tonight, so don’t wait to purchase this resource for your family.

Buy your copy of A Content Heart today

The hardbound version is available on Amazon at the regular price.

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5 Secrets of Fit Moms

We all have friends who just seem to be naturally fit. What I’ve learned is that while some people can be naturally skinny, no one is really naturally fit.

Before I got fit, I noticed that my fit friends did things differently. When I started doing those same things, I saw almost immediate changes in my health and weight. These five secrets of fit moms can help you get fit too.

These five secrets of fit moms can help you get fit for good. From a mom of seven  at The Happy Housewife.

Fit Moms Eat Meals

I’m not sure when moms decided they didn’t have enough time to eat breakfast or lunch, but I know many people who skip those meals regularly.

The problem is that by early afternoon you are starving and will eat just about anything in the kitchen. That usually means something convenient and loaded with carbs and sugar. Eating several small meals a day is a great way to maintain energy levels and avoid the feeling of starvation which can lead to poor choices.

Fit Moms Watch Serving Sizes but Don’t Stress Over Food

Do you know how much one serving of ice cream is? One serving of ice cream is half a cup. I’ve NEVER seen anyone scoop only half a cup of ice cream without being told to do so. Have you seen those kid’s plastic bowls from IKEA? One serving of ice cream will easily fit in that tiny bowl.

Ikea Kalas Bowls

I’m not suggesting that fit moms walk around with a scale and measuring cups in their purse, but they are aware of how much a serving should be. They fill up on low calorie, nutrient dense foods before they reach for the bread basket or dessert.

While fit moms tend to eat smaller portions, they don’t feel guilty about eating a piece of birthday cake or getting dessert every once in a while. They know that an occasional treat is not going to derail their fitness goals.

Fit Moms Keep Junk out of the House

I have two teenage boys at home. If they did the grocery shopping, we would eat pizza rolls, hot wings, bacon, and Doritos on a daily basis. It’s a constant struggle to let the kids have some of their favorite foods yet not let them live off the junk.

Fit moms limit junk food and fill their fridge with fresh fruits and veggies. When junk is available, it’s usually the most convenient food to eat when you are hungry. It is also tempting even when you are not hungry!

You can avoid grabbing unhealthy quick foods by making your healthier options more convenient. Every few days we cut up fruit and veggies and place them in small Ziploc bags. These bags go in a plastic shoebox in the fridge. When the kids pack their lunches or want a snack, they can easily make a healthier choice and so can I!

Fit moms spend time throughout the week making sure there are quick healthy foods available for themselves for days that don’t always go as planned.

Fit moms avoid soda (both diet and regular) and drink lots of water.

Fit Moms Move

Fit moms park a little farther away from the entrance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk the track while their kids are at practice, play with their kids at the park, and plan activities that involve being active.

Moving is tricky because it’s easier to move when you’re fit, but you aren’t going to get fit until you start moving. Even walking three times a week can increase your metabolism and help you burn calories.

Fit Moms are Slow and Steady Eaters

Did you know that it takes about 20 minutes to feel full? If you eat slowly, it gives your body time to release the chemicals that cause your brain to send the “I’m full” message. If you scarf down your food, you might be overeating by having a second or third helping in less than 20 minutes.

Fit moms tend to fill up on veggies or salad before diving into the higher-calorie meats and sides. This leads to smaller portions of the foods that are higher in calories.

Fit moms fill up on the healthiest options first and eat slowly so they don’t trick their body into overeating.

It’s a Lifestyle Not a Fad

Being a fit mom is a lifestyle, not a fad or a 28-day program. Slowly making changes in how you eat and move will lead to long-term results and help you get fit for good.

Want to learn more about how I managed to become a fit mom? I share how I lost 25 pounds and got my life back in the Fit for Good series.



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Helping End Childhood Hunger While You Shop

Hunger Is Us

Childhood hunger is not just a problem in countries that are far away. This is a problem that lives in our own backyard.

1 of every 5 children in America live in households without consistent access to adequate food.

Often when I hear these statistics I think to myself, but what can I do? Most of the people we know, eat three meals a day and have a stable income that provides them with food and shelter.

21 million children rely on free or reduced-price lunches for their nutritional needs on an average school day.

While I want to help, it isn’t something that is at the forefront on my mind most days. That is why I love it I find opportunities to make a difference by doing things I do every week.

11 million children receive free or reduced-price school breakfast.

Did you know that standardized math scores see an increase of 17.5% when the child eats a healthy breakfast?

3 out of 5 K-8 teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry.

During the month of September you can participate in two different ways while you grocery shop.


First, you can donate a few dollars at the register when you are checking out at your local Safeway and Albertsons stores. This is not available at every store, so check to see if your local store is participating.

I like to take the money I save using coupons and donate a portion of my savings to help provide healthy meals.

If your store doesn’t accept donations at the register you can also help by shopping!


Brands like Marie Calenders, Healthy Choice, Bertolli’s, PF Changs, Coke, Unilever, Kellogg’s, and Campbell’s are donating a meal every time you purchase one of their products.

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This is an excellent opportunity to get your kids involved by letting them help with the shopping. Encourage them to find products that are participating in the Hunger Is campaign and add them to your cart.

Hunger Is Campaign It's easy to get involved

You can use this shopping time to brainstorm with your kids ways they can make a difference in their schools and community.  Help them find brands that are helping kids just like them have a healthy breakfast or lunch each day.

It is easy to support the Hunger Is campaign but you need to act quickly because it ends on September 30th! Remember to purchase participating brands while you are grocery shopping at your local Albertsons or Safeway and make a difference for children all across the country.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Safeway . The opinions and text are all mine.

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No Sugar Challenge: Fit for Good

Get motivated to kick the sugar habit for 21 days! We're sharing tips, encouragement, recipes, and checking in daily!

Are you ready to give your body a break from sugar? After talking to many of you in real life and online I know that you struggle with sugar. So for the next three weeks we are going to give it up.

This challenge is simple. Stop eating sugar. You can set the parameters, regarding whether you are going to try and substitute sugar with honey or agave or if you want to give up the sweet stuff altogether. My recommendation is that you give it up totally so that foods that are naturally sweet (mainly fruit) can serve as your sweet treats and you will be able to make better choices in the future.

We’ve done several no sugar challenges in the past and I’m excited to be doing another one with you. For many people this is what it takes for them to give up their daily soda or candy habit.

While we’re doing this challenge together beginning September 1st, you can start anytime. Just sign up below and you’ll get daily reminders, helpful tips, and encouragement for 21 days.

We’ll be doing daily check-ins in the Facebook group but for all the information you need to participate sign up for the email list below.

Don’t forget to use the #fitforgood hashtag on Instagram and Twitter so we can follow you!

Challenge starts September 1, 2015, but you can join anytime! Will you join me?

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