Since this month has started, I’ve began my Holistic Journey.. With all that’s been happening this year so far, it’s really motivated me to get my health and spirit in check. One of the things I’ve been doing is taking a Prebiotic Shot everyday to get my body off to a great start. I purchased this from Walmart but you can literally make this at home. My body has been feeling amazing and my sleep has improved a lot. If you’ve been watching my stories you also know that I’ve started my Vegan Journey as well. Check out the “Food” highlight on my page to see all the yummy “Vegan” Eats I’ve made. .
is Myers Briggs still a thing lol?
I was never the biggest fan of it. Answers seemed to ebb and flow depending on the season of life a person was walking through.
intuitive and Judging we’re the only constants I got (even over introvert vs extrovert lol).
No matter what season of life, I always saw the world in black and white and I always trusted my gut.
Ask my dad sometime about when pre teen me told him that manslaughter (ie car accident) deserved life in prison.
Because emotions are so fluid and hard to trust sometimes, plus I went to highschool in the 21st century, I learned how to do effective research.
I say all of this because I see emotions heightened right now. We are all a little raw and exposed after these last few weeks and months.
I see “research” being done without checking sources, history, or common sense.
I see people scared to act out of places of love out of fear of being rediculed for not knowing any better.
I see anger, I see hate, I see fear - all born out of misinformation and misunderstanding.
Today, see someone with a differing view then you - and love them anyway.
Today, listen to another viewpoint without educating, fixing, or chastising the other party.
Today, research that story or article before you repost it.
I’m so guilty of it as well, but if you’re in it to change 👇🏻 let me know ❤️❤️❤️
Donut paradise!! 🍩
These babies are gluten-free, dairy-free deliciousness!
Using the @traderjoes Ube Mochi Pancake Mix made these babies so simple! The blueberry glaze put them over the top. 🍩
Ube Baked Donuts (makes 6)
• 1.5 cups Ube Pancake Mix
• 2 tbsp oil
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup water
Glaze: • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
• 2/3 cup powdered sugar
• preheat oven to 350, spray 6 ct donut tin with nonstick spray
• combine pancake mix, water, egg and oil a medium mixing bowl.
• place mix in a Ziploc bag and cut one corner edge off, pipe the pancake mix into the donut tin until about 2/3 full.
• bake for 11 to 12 minutes.
• while the donuts are baking, make the glaze. Microwave the frozen blueberries in a small bowl for one minute. Then mix in the powdered sugar until smooth.
• when donuts are done, let them cool for five minutes. Then remove them from the pan and place on a rack to finish cooling for 10 more minutes.
• stir glaze up and spoon over the donuts, top with any additional toppings! They are also delicious just plain.
Enjoy!!!! @fasterwaytofatloss clients, these are great for a treat!
Last week was the last week of online zoom classes.
But Skyler's teachers decided to do a farewell class zoom party today!
❤️ Such a thoughtful and sweet gesture ❤️
Every student had a few minutes to say their little farewell speeches.
Followed by each teacher saying their speeches to each student!
One student was too touched that he couldn't say his speech...
Could see how heartfelt and some were left with teary eyes. 😢
Skyler also started tearing up after the zoom class was over when I asked him who and what he missed the most in Kindergarten... 😔
Really appreciate the teachers for doing this small but much needed gesture for these kindergarteners! 💞
It really made their school year end on a high note during this pandemic period...
Today we would like to feature another great black owned business in Charlotte!
Kinderdance of Charlotte is a dance and movement program for young children ages 2 to 12. 🖍Their programs include educational concepts that provide for a well rounded experience. It is a great way to help your kids build self confidence and self-esteem.
These days can be lllooooonnnggg, but I can’t resist taking the boys on adventures just so I can see their giant smiles!
If you are in the Charlotte area, check out @usnwc! Trails, ropes courses, zip lines and more. Hopefully we will come back to do some kayaking soon.
What was the first thing the kiddos #SiennaSkyler requested during the first phase of reopening?
Library books!!! 📚📖🤓
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library just began to open up in phases on June 1st with very limited services!
The opening will be gradual, with virtual-only services transitioning to in-person services in a responsible way.
Sienna's been waiting for the longest time to get new books to read!!!
Thank you Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga for picking up their books for them!
These will keep them occupied all summer long *this momma's wishful thinking*... 😏
My book lover will breeze through this in no time 😅
In light of everything going on right now, we want to put the spotlight on black owned businesses in Charlotte. Today, we are featuring @earth2survival run by Tara Kamiya.
Tara makes well crafted masks in many comfortable styles! If you’re starting to go out again, or making your trip to the grocery store you may need your mask. Purchasing a mask helps support local black owned business and can help you stay healthy! You can even order in bulk if you need! ✨
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It’s getting sooooo real!!! We have a sign!!! 🤩🥳🤗 Camp starts on June 15!!! Be there or be square! (They still say that, right?) Registration link in the bio on IG and on our website at www.Ballantyne.IdeaLabKids.com .
Some things i hear all the time when talking to people about nutrition are “i don’t want to just eat salads” and “i like to eat a LOT of food.” Well...this recipe has become a new staple for me! Its main ingredient is spaghetti squash...filling, vegetable, not salad!
I make it with tofu-based vegan ricotta (msg me for the recipe for that if you don’t do dairy!) and @followyourheart vegan mozzarella...and it’s been tested by a non vegan friend...still amazing!
And best of all? 4 huge servings! Save this recipe!!
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
1 small spaghetti squash, (approx. 3½ to 4 lbs.)
Nonstick cooking spray
4 cups all-natural marinara sauce
3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil (optional)
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membrane.
Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender.
Reduce oven temperature to 350º F.
Scrape spaghetti squash flesh into stringy noodles.
Lightly coat 4-quart baking dish with spray.
Evenly layer half spaghetti squash, half marinara sauce, and half ricotta cheese in baking dish. Repeat with second layer.
Evenly top with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
Garnish with basil (if desired).
So freakin good 🍝
𝐄𝐍𝐆𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐓𝐎𝐒 🖤 We spent the weekend taking our engagement photos at the same waterfall we got engaged at! A huge shoutout to the best photographer out there @ashleyricciphotography for capturing these special moments. It’s everything I thought it would be and more! I can’t wait to see how amazing the actual wedding photos come out! @lookingglassfalls was just as magical the second time!
7 983 June, 2020
My heart is crying for our world right now. How in 2020 is racism still at large? I feel as if the world is spinning out of control and we have to be better. WE NEED TO BE BETTER! We can't take a backseat to the reality of this and need to spread awareness as much as possible. As I focus mainly on motherhood on my Instagram I am going to speak out to all the mothers out there. Life is crazy right now on all fronts but we have an advantage right now that we need to utilize. Our kids are home and most are being homeschooled so it is time for us to take control of the narrative and take the time to educate our children on all cultures and teach them to love and appreciate all of it. Racism starts at home and not teaching your children to love and appreciate everyone is where we as mothers can be the change. If your kids are old enough talk to them about what is going on. Educate them. We can be the generation to raise the next generation to end racism and prejudices. We are in the age of the internet and social media and have so many resources at our fingertips and we need to use them to end this. Mothers, wives, husbands, fathers should not fear for their loved ones every time they leave the house. We are all going through crazy times together yet we are still letting situations divide us. We need to all be as one and come together as one for the greater good. There needs to be a light. We need to do our part to be that light. I ask that you all please take time to educate your children and let us do our part to raise them right and to love and appreciate every one. We need to put a stop to racism. It can start with you. Let us all stand together in this fight! BLACK LIVES MATTER! Let's be the change we want to see in this world. Change starts at home! Change starts with you!
If you have any resources that can help educate please leave them in the comments below.
Happy 6th birthday Powers !!!
(Skyler's friend from preschool...
Glad they could still keep in touch tks to technology 👍)
Thanks for including #SiennaSkyler in your zoom birthday celebration...
Looks like u had an awesome backyard birthday with bouncy castle n of coz cake 🏰🎂😋
Look forward to seeing you take nice pics with ur new bday camera 📸👍
Have a great summer ahead!
You hear people talk about tummy time a lot. What’s the big deal?
-strengthens baby’s back and neck muscles
-helps prevent a misshapen head
-helps get baby accustomed to his/her stomach which will be needed for rolling and crawling one day
Tummy time should be supervised and practiced when baby is awake.
Meals don’t have to be complicated! With the boys being home 24/7, it can be hard to find time to make certain meals.
But Salads can be so easy! 👍
SALADS THE EASY WAY: chop up lettuce and veggies when you have some time and even get the kids involved! Bake chicken breasts with your fave seasoning on parchment paper in the oven at 425 for about 23 minutes. Keep in the fridge for 4 days to use for SO Many meals!
SALADS THE SUPER EASY WAY: Get a healthy bag salad mix and a rotisserie chicken. 🥗
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated!!
The @fasterwaytofatloss meal plans have simple recipes and come with a grocery list so you can just print and go! 🔥REGISTRATION is closing tonight at 11:59 PM! DM me! @nataliemarieoreo 🔥
3 552 June, 2020
New normal with our neighbors...?! 🤔
Picnicking while social distancing...
Will have u guys over for homecooked meals next time when this coronavirus is over...
(p/s: lawn looking 👍, good job Mr. Hubbies)
I know most of you guys are here for cute chubby babies, big family life and motherhood... but I can’t help but share my prayer for unity as I see what’s going on in our country. I might lose followers or not get likes but this is too important to be silent on.
I hope this time in our country fills chapters and chapters in future history books showing the beginning of change...from leadership down to our own homes...in how our black brothers and sisters are treated.
That the name George Floyd and so many others are shared and justice is written into the pages...
That there are images of the honorable cops hugging protestors, images of brave black men protecting cops from a mob and images of the many peaceful protests...
As a white person who receives privilege because of my skin color, I’m sorry for the hurt and suffering and loss others have experienced because of their skin color...it doesn’t make sense!
Everything is so heartbreaking and I hope that this movement I see via social media changes hearts and moves people to be active in unity! Not just posting quotes on instagram alone...but acting on that empathy and love to make change!
I see you hurting. I stand with you. Praying for unity and peace. 🙌🏿🙌🏾🙌🏽🙌🏼🙌🏻 and I Hope chubby sleeping Chase makes you smile tonight.
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31 1,6702 June, 2020
We and so many others in Charlotte support and stand in solidarity with our black community. It is very hard times right now but together we can make a difference, not only today but everyday.
We believe in equal rights for everyone and we will use our voice to stand up for that.
📸 credit: @nkravarik
Moms, bath time can be a success or fail. I’ll help you make sure your baby’s bath time is successful. We also purchased some new products to help have a successful bedtime. What do you do to ensure your baby has a successful bath time?
It’s just a pot of quinoa 🥣 But with that I learned so much today. •
“Pockets of time”. I know I’ve heard this phrase a whole lot more than once in my mothering (or my life for that matter) but I continuously found an excuse for not using those pockets of time well. “I’m too tired.” “I just don’t want to.” “I think I need a break.” “I’ve done the dishes enough today.” The list goes on 📃
But today I realized what 10 minutes can actually mean. 1) time is not a thief. The thief is how I’m choosing to spend that time. ⏰ 2) I can make quinoa for lunch while I’m making the kids lunch so that I can nourish myself as well I’m nourishing them...I really do have the time 🍒 3) cleaning the bathroom really does only take 10 minutes which is less than a Daniel tiger show which is the kids start to rest time every day and my house will feel so much cleaner 🧼 4) I waste a lot of my life not using those pockets of time well. •
My point, every minute we have is a gift. And if you’re feeling any sense of mom guilt over something look at how your spending your “pockets of time”. Are you using them well so you can be the best wife and mama you can be? •
It was kind of a harsh reality today for me but I’m so glad the Lord revealed it to me. I don’t want to let my time be a thief. I will choose to make the most of each “pocket of time” for them ☺️
3 91 June, 2020
⭐️Sneak peek⭐️ Vintage buffet lovers, there is something for you 8pm tonight. Check back with me for its full reveal :)
We love good bacteria, especially for our guts! 💨
Probiotics help support your immunity and regularity...
My kiddos #SiennaSkyler have no problemo when it comes to regularity 😂😁
They are fruit eaters... leave a whole watermelon in front of them, it's gone! 🍉😋
But immune system on the other hand will need extra boost especially more during this coronavirus period!
Most probiotics are kept in the fridge, but these Triple Action Kids Probiotics from @omaxhealth are shelf stable!
Comes individually packed which makes it easy for when traveling/road trips!
It contains a high potency probiotic for kids and also a prebiotic fiber.
My kids look forward to it everyday because of it's delicious berry flavor and it's chewable!
This momma is just as happy to give it to them as it contains no added sugar!
For those who are interested, right now Amazon has $5 instant coupon on Omax Triple Action Kids Probiotics, just use the link in my bio 👆
The last Murphy just graduated from high school!
We had a night filled with our closest friends and family, mexican, and a fabulous graduation ceremony that included a Jumbotron, a lot of cars, and broadcasting to the radio. Surely won’t forget this one!
Congrats @ellieoooou 💥
MOMS! You can do this!
We are in some absolutely crazy times. Stress and anxiety are high. Which makes it even more important to prioritize your nutrition and health.
You can still join me TOMORROW for my June 1st @fasterwaytofatloss group! 🚀
You will learn how to conquer your nutrition using Intermittent fasting, whole food nutrition, and efficient workouts to maximize your fat burning potential.
you will learn about changing your mindset to help you gain back confidence, health and happiness!
Monday is going to be amazing! In our all new client experience you will accelerate your results and thrive! 🔥
LINK IN BIO @nataliemarieoreo to register or DM me!
We found the cutest little activity from The Mint Museum on making patterned pots! This is so fun and can (hopefully) be done with stuff you have lying around the house! This project is inspired by Thomas Downing’s painting, Grid 5, which features a circle, repeated in variations of color and subtle patterning within a grid-like structure.
You will need:
🎨Any old terracotta pot, just make sure to clean it well first
🎨Acrylic paint (try house paint if you don’t have art acrylics)
🎨Water cup for brush cleaning
🎨Something to use as a paint palette (paper plate, wax paper, etc)
🎨Paper towels and newspaper to manage mess
🎨Masking tape or painters tape (not required)
*Note that acrylic paint is not washable.
If you are collaborating with a young child, dress for a mess, and supervise at all times. Or, try a similar process with washable materials on paper, instead.
Brainstorm what colors and patterns you want on your planter. Think about using repetition of line and shape to create patterns. Explore how different colors interact with one another.
Map out your design onto your pot. Use a pencil to lightly draw your design onto the pot. Lay out strips of tape if you want to create stripes or clean lines with your design.
Hope you enjoy!
0 1831 May, 2020
What is volume?
When I mention volume lashes the first response I always get is " oh I don't want to look like a Kardashian"
Volume lashes are an art form of there own. When creating the perfect look natural lashes depicts what looks can be achieved.
This beautiful lady wanted to look like herself while having a feminine and soft effect 🦋
To create this design I used 0.07 D making 2/3 D fans
I also kept in mind she has to wear glasses so the curl choice was not only essential for lifestyle but left her open eye subtle & sexy🌟
Happy Monday!!! Can y’all believe it’s March?! I’m sitting here this morning thanking God for it all!! Here’s what I affirmed: .
. 💫 My business is growing at exactly the right pace
. 💫I started my business at precisely the right time in my life. .
. 💫My business meets and exceeds my needs and my family’s needs .
. 💫I get everything I want by first helping others get everything they want. .
. 💫My business helps me serve my life purpose • • •
Entrepreneurs, What are you believing God for today? This month? This year? Take time to reflect. .
Do you have a closet with really shallow shelves that your aren’t sure how to utilize? We ❤️ this solution from @therealisticminimalist ! Also, getting organized does not necessitate incorporating expensive products - these simple, clear containers help create the perfect system, along with file folding #konmari style 🌟
Getting ready to board our flight to Thailand! I’ve packed enough food to feed half the plane in attempt to avoid airplane food at all cost. Hoping to sleep 19 of the 21 hour flight so when I wake up, I’m magically on the other side of the world 🌏 #helloambien