Holidays for me have always been about the food. Okay, let’s just be real honest. Holidays for me have always been about the desserts. I can’t pass up an indulgent treat, and a holiday is the perfect excuse to go big or go home. In recent years I’ve tried to break that cycle a little, but I still find myself feeling a bit dissatisfied if I just avoid them altogether. So I have started either planning in a little room for a small treat or I look for a healthier alternative that does fit into my plan. The nutrition plan I’m following right now doesn’t have much room for “cheats,” so I decided to whip up a healthy Valentine dessert. And let me tell you, it does NOT disappoint!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional Valentine’s Day flowers and chocolate. But the most memorable Valentine gifts I’ve gotten have been the ones that weren’t things but rather experiences! So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Valentine gifts to give and receive. (One of the great things about these options too is if you’re a little late to the game, you can put one of these ideas together last minute!)
I don’t know about you, but I definitely have a tendency to get in a bit of a food “rut.” Fortunately I am someone who can literally eat the same thing for several weeks in a row and not really get tired of it, but I’ve found that that also leads me to not branching out and trying new things as often as I could (or maybe even should).
So I always love trying a new program with a different meal plan to help push me out of my comfort zone and try new things. And believe me the current program I am following is doing just that! But y’all! The new recipes I have tried have been SO good! These sweet pepper poppers just happen to be one of my favorites, so I had to pass them along!
I’ve mentioned before that I tend to feel a little down and out once the winter weather hits, but lately I’ve been doing a little research in an effort to decide if its a bit more than just the winter blues. I still don’t have a definitive answer one way or another, but I’m treating the malaise I tend to feel this time of year much like someone diagnosed with SAD would. And I have to say, I think I may be on to something! So whether you think you may be affected by seasonal affective disorder or a heavy case of the winter blues, check out a few of these suggestions!
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Annual Ditch Day…Did you know that was really a thing (beyond your senior year of high school)? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it is. Only it applies to ditching your New Year’s resolutions rather than 8 hours of instruction time and happens mid-January every year (January 17th to be exact). I still kind of chuckle at the thought, but I get it too.
I mean, really…How many times have you set your sights on completely overhauling your life on the brink of January 1st only to have abandoned ship by a couple of days in? ✋🏼 No? Just me! Well, then for those of you who have your lives together, you can scroll on through. But I think the rest of us will admit it’s happened at least a time or two to us.