General Conference Jeopardy! For FHE or Anytime!

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Last Sunday night for Family Home Evening, we played General Conference Jeopardy! I told everyone to study for it during the week to get ready! The winner would get a candy bar of their choice!

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You can play it too! Just go here to get the PowerPoint version. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the PDF file if you want to do it the low-tech way. Make sure everyone has a set of scriptures handy as some of the answers, er questions, involve a scripture chase.

Be sure to play the intro to get everyone in the mood!

It was nice to use questions/answers (answers/questions) already written out! That meant I could play along too and have one of my kids (the one least interested in playing) be the host. Of course I did have to exercise self-control and not peek ahead of time at the questions/answers. In the past I have written the questions and answers, but then I don’t get to play! Which is sad since I am the biggest fan of the game in the house!

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(Sorry this photo is so washed out but it shows how much fun my daughter had playing the game! she is competitive just like her mother)

A good time was had by all! We even had my son from BYU-I join us through Google Hangouts. I said it was open book for using your notes, but I didn’t allow looking at the original talks published in Gospel Library. If anybody got the question right without looking at his or her notes, that meant double points! My little 9 year old guy asked to study about 30 min. before the game. He ended up getting the question about Bobbie the Wonder Dog right because of this last-minute study.

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This is the beginning of a great family tradition! And we don’t have to wait until April to play again, we can use the older versions Montserrat has on cranialhiccups.com or make up our own question/answers. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Come to the 2017 Moms Conference!

Join us for The Mom Conference —
A Free Online Conference Designed To Help You Create More Peace In Your Home
Don’t just survive motherhood – thrive!

What is the Mom Conference?
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The Mom Conference will give you inspiration alongside powerful, concrete ideas to help you create a more peaceful home.

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Don’t just survive motherhood – thrive!

The Mom Conference Speakers

DR. LAURA MARKHAM
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, BEST SELLING AUTHOR
HOW TO MINIMIZE SIBLING RIVALRY

JENNA RAMMELL
ENTREPRENEUR, INSTAGRAMMER, MAMA OF 3
FIND YOUR PASSION

TARA CARSON
FOUNDER OF THE DATING DIVAS, INFERTILITY WARRIOR, DATING EXPERT
HOW TO KEEP THE SPARK ALIVE IN MARRIAGE

KELLY E. JENSEN
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, ENTREPRENEUR, MOM OF 5
FINDING JOY IN MOTHERHOOD

JESSICA GEE
WORLD TRAVELER (34 COUNTRIES IN 21 MONTHS AND STILL COUNTING!), FOUNDER OF THE BUCKET LIST FAMILY
TRAVELING HACKS WITH A FAMILY

HEATHER AVIS
AUTHOR, SPEAKER, FEATURED ON THE TODAY SHOW
WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A CURVEBALL, DEALING WITH THINGS THAT DON’T TURN OUT AS EXPECTED

SADIE JANE SABIN
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, MOM OF 3, AUTHOR OF POPULAR BLOG “SIMPLY SADIE JANE”
AN UNTRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS, STRENGTHENING FROM THE INSIDE

RUTH SOUKUP
NYT BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF LIVINGWELLSPENDINGLESS.COM
HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND FILL YOUR LIFE WITH WHAT MATTERS

ERIN ODOM
AUTHOR OF “MORE THAN JUST MAKING IT” AND FOUNDER OF THE HUMBLED HOMEMAKER
THE MAGIC OF MEAL PLANNING

HEATHER TAYLOR
CHIEF ENCOURAGEMENT OFFICER OF MIGHTY MOMS, CERTIFIED SLEEP COACH
HOW TO AVOID THE BABY SLEEP TRAINING MISTAKES MOST PARENTS MAKE

 

VANESSA QUIGLEY
CHATBOOKS CO-FOUNDER, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, SPEAKER, MOM OF 7
SIMPLE MOM HACKS

 

RAMONA ZABRISKIE
MULTI AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, INTERNATIONAL MARRIAGE EDUCATOR AND SPEAKER, FOUNDER – WIFE FOR LIFE UNIVERSITY
WHICH ONE WINS – MOTHERHOOD OR MARRIAGE?

CHAD HYENGA + LYNNE JACKSON
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST, PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, AND DIRECTORS AT CONNECTED FAMILIES
GAINING COOPERATION IN THE HOME, PROBLEM SOLVING WITH A STRUGGLING CHILD

JENNY LAYTON
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, COACH
OVERWHELMED? CAN’T FIT IT ALL IN? NEW STRATEGIES TO GET STUFF DONE!

AMANDA MORGAN
FOUNDER OF NOT JUST CUTE – WHOLE CHILD DEVELOPMENT, SPEAKER
THE POWER OF PLAY

KRISTEN A. JENSON
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR “GOOD PICTURES BAD PICTURES”, FOUNDER OF PROTECT YOUNG MINDS
HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ONLINE

 

 

ABIGAIL WALD
FOUNDER OF REAL-TIME PARENTING, CERTIFIED HAND IN HAND PARENTING INSTRUCTOR
5 ACTIONABLE TOOLS THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY BETTER YOUR EXPERIENCE OF PARENTING

DAMARA SIMMONS
AMAZON BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, “SELF-MOTIVATED KIDS”, CERTIFIED FAMILY LIFE EDUCATOR, FOUNDER OF PARENTING BRILLIANTLY
HOW TO GET KIDS TO LISTEN

KIRSTEN TYRELL
ENTREPRENEUR, FOUNDER OF THE POPULAR PODCAST “MARVELOUS MOMS CLUB”
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE TO CREATE A LIFE YOU LOVE

DAVID D. BURNS, MD
AUTHOR OF “FEELING GOOD”
(OVER 5 MILLION COPIES SOLD)
SUCCESSFUL TOOLS FOR COMBATING DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

AMY MCCREADY
TODAY SHOW CONTRIBUTOR AND FOUNDER OF POSITIVE PARENTING SOLUTIONS
ENCORE PRESENTATION: RAISING MOTIVATED AND GRATEFUL CHILDREN DURING THE ME, ME, ME EPIDEMIC

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Introducing the New Trim Healthy Mama Book: THM Trim Healthy Table

Did you all get your copy of the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook last month? I was so excited all through last spring and summer, waiting for Sept. 12 when it would be shipped. It’s called Trim Healthy Mama Trim Healthy Table. This was one of the main things that made me look forward to summer ending! That plus our new family liber school starting (a homeschool co-op group on steroids). Our school started August 4, but I had to wait until almost the middle of September for this book. Sept. 12 is a wonderful day! It was my first due date ever as a mom, 24 years ago! My firstborn was overdue by four days, but this book/baby was released right on time! It was the best-selling nonfiction trade paperback book for at least one week last month! It’s also been the #1 Amazon weight loss book! Congrats to Serene and Pearl!

(Photo credit: Trim Healthy Mama group on Facebook.)

I have been having so much fun just poring over these recipes and photos! Talk about eye candy! My 11 year old daughter likes to look at them too. I will do a full review and giveaway sometime this fall, but for now, I am just doing a preview of the book. I already made the Cinnamon Bun Shake, the Gingerbread Shake (it’s an FP even), the Lemon Lime Burst, and the Cheeseburger Soup. I adapted the Cinnamon Bun shake to be FP here. It’s originally S in the book.  I am planning on making the Pizza Casserole, the Cornbread, and the Chicken Fajita Soup over the coming week. I went and bought some parchment paper so I can make the Hangry Pockets from the book, shown in the video below.

Below is a video featuring the sisters talking about the new book for a St. Louis TV news station. As you watch it, write down the ingredients for the Save Your Waistline Crockpot Lasagna and you will have another one of the recipes from the new book.

Here is a peek at you will see in this new cookbook:

  • even more family friendly casseroles and one skillet meals
  • even more soup recipes to stretch meat and make beans and lentils taste so yummy
  • family dinner theme night recipes for grain-free nachos, salad bar, pizza, scones and jam, sushi rolls, and burritos
  • more breakfast recipes to jazz up the old standbys of oatmeal, eggs, and pancakes
  • more single serve baked goods
  • a chapter of “Hangry Meals for One”
  • a variation of the wonder wrap recipe from the first book
  • even more salad recipes, both for sides and for main dishes
  • more tasty side dish recipes to take veggies from plain to pizzazz
  • a white “bread” recipe called “Wonderful White Blender Bread” (WWBB), with several variations. This is a FP bread that is better than the Swiss bread recipe from the first book because it really looks like white bread.
  • six variations on the Trimtastic cake from the previous cookbook, including a holiday pumpkin roll
  • more shakes and smoothies with the special slimming ingredient in them
  • more cookies, brownies, cupcakes and muffins, including a knock-off Hostess Chocolate Cupcake
  • more candies, like the Good Girl Moonshine Gummies

In the previous book Serene was on an okra kick, in this book, she seems to be on a Trimmy Bisque kick and a baobab powder kick. Just like in the first cookbook we get to read comments from Serene and Pearl about the recipes. If it says “Serene chats” before a recipe then you know it’s a recipe she created. If it says “Pearl chats” then you know it’s from Pearl. They have the usual banter going between the two, since Pearl is a Drive-Thru Sue and Serene is a Purist. It’s fun to read! I have to say, the THM Cookbooks are the best cookbooks for laughs ever

A feature that’s new in this book is a testimonial to the THM plan from a real everyday person at the beginning of every chapter. I love seeing the before and after pictures of all these people who have lost weight and had tons of non scale victories (NSV). Men, sisters, married couples, a mom with teen triplets, moms who have had 8 or 10 kids, and formerly morbidly obese people are featured. A few have lost over 100 lbs on this plan! They are off their medications for thyroid help and high blood pressure. One woman says one of her biggest NSVs is that she can now play the flute, which she couldn’t do when she was fat! These stories are so inspirational!

So what are you waiting for? Go get the book on Amazon today! For less than $22 you will have new inspiration and motivation to plan meals for your family, shop, and be in the kitchen cooking food from scratch. We all need help for that neverending duty right?! With all of this you will be able to lower your blood sugar level, nourish all your bodies, and make your tastebuds happy! On top of all that you can lose weight too or just maintain with hormones balanced like I have been after losing 70 lbs on a different plan.

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Creating Reading Journals for You and Your Kids

 

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This is what homeschooling looked like for a day last week! Yes, homeschooling can be relaxing! I snuggled into my big son’s hammock and read aloud to the littles while they played outside.

It’s another school year! I feel like we’ve found a great rhythm for our family with our homeschooling, chores, seminary, carpooling, football practices and games for two teen boys, on top of our weekly trip to our family liberal arts school in Tucson. The kids are doing most of the laundry, meal prep, and dishes too. We’ve had big sister move back in for a time after graduating from college. It’s been interesting fitting her back into the mix. I wish I could assign her all the driving but she does have her own adult life. She has helped quite a bit with driving and fixing dinner with one of her younger buddies so that has been super wonderful.

If you want some encouragement and some new ideas for how to make this year more fun, more meaningful, and less tied to a curriculum, I encourage you to read aloud more and provide space and time for your kids to read silently to themselves. Doing this allows for more relaxed days and a more relaxed mom! I’ve never been one to be a slave to a curriculum. It’s always seemed too stressful to me. In my 19+ years of homeschooling, the only curriculum I’ve stuck with is Mathusee, day in, day out, and year in, year out. My language arts/science/history curriculum, until my kids do LEMI Scholar Projects, is reading aloud to them and getting them to read on their own.

A new idea I’m learning from Sarah Mackenzie, one of my favorite podcasters, is to show your kids how to track what they are reading with the insights they get by creating Reading Journals. These are similar to commonplace books. Here’s a great way to do that below, from Sarah, who also blogs and homeschools. I am copying and pasting her email message to share with you so you can get access to her master class where she shows you how to do Reading Journals. The book darts she mentions sound like great stocking stuffers for Christmas! I don’t know if I can wait until then to get them!

I often get asked how my kids log their reading, and whether I encourage them to keep any kind of reading journal.

The answer is yes. In fact, I have a super simple method of reading journals for kids— reading journals your kids will love to use and will treasure for years to come.

Usually our master classes are available for Premium Members only, but this time, I’m sending access to you too.

I just know reading journals will make a big difference in your home– I didn’t want you to miss it.

Click here to grab access to the master class → Simple Reading Journals for Kids

Simple Reading Journals for Kids

In this free class, you’ll discover:

  • how to help your kids track their reading & save their favorite passages
  • the basic tools you need to get started
  • what reading journals can look like at any age

I also give you a peek into my own kids’ reading journals!

Click here to get instant access to this video master class →

xo, Sarah

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How to Get Even More Answers to Prayers

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I snapped this photo from inside our car as we whizzed along at 70 mph in southern Utah. (Don’t worry, I wasn’t the one driving at the time!) Isn’t the scene lovely? I just love driving through Flagstaff, then Page, and then through the “Color Country” of southern Utah. It is just so pretty! We went to Utah to stay for Labor Day weekend so my baby, who just turned 8, could attend the Mastering Knighthood Summit. While we were there for the weekend staying at my parents’ home, my mom told me about these amazing tapes she bought used at D.I. (a thrift store). They featured Elder Gene R. Cook. She told me some of the stories he told on the tapes, on how he helped his son find a lost hat and wallet, using faith in God and prayer. The stories so intrigued me that I Googled them and found the following:

First an image of a book he wrote:

 

Next, I found some text of the exact same stories she told me from the tapes. So I read through some of them and felt my soul being filled with light. I am excited to use these principles in my prayers. I invite you to read these principles and use them for yourself.

Here is the text of the book I found online. I think it is the same book that goes with the cover image above, but if I am wrong, someone please correct me. I hope you enjoy Elder Cook’s wise counsel. He is one of my favorite LDS Church leaders.

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Autumn Cinnamon Shake (THM – FP)

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How many of you got the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook that was released last week? It’s called Trim Healthy Mama Table. I got my copy and have been having so much fun with it! Just like with the first full color cookbook, we get to drool over mouth=watering photos of these low-glycemic index yet luscious foods, taken by the THM photographer, Rohnda Monroy. She really has a knack for creating beautiful pictures! Thank you Rohnda!

I’ve had the Cinnamon Bun Shake, featured on p. 469, about 5 times already in just one week! I like to adapt it be FP instead of S. That way I can eat it whenever, instead of waiting 3 hours after an E meal to eat it since the original recipe is an S, with cream cheese.  To make it an FP recipe I took out the cream cheese and added more fat-free cottage cheese. It really does taste like a cinnamon bun! This is the perfect drink right now as we transition into fall. It’s still pretty hot here in southern AZ, in the 80s. So the iciness of the shake is appropriate for how hot it is but the warming tones of cinnamon and ginger help me feel fallish. I’m thinking when it gets colder I will make it with warm water instead of ice and use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. Yum!

OK, so here’s the recipe:

1 c water

1-2 cashews

Whiz those two ingredients in the blender to make your nut milk. Then add the next batch of ingredients:

1 c fat-free cottage cheese

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 T Pristine Whey Powder (if you don’t have that just add a little more cottage cheese)

whole sweetener of your choice to taste (1 T THM Super Sweet blend, or 4-6 doonks of stevia or 1-2 T honey, etc. Taste and then adjust to your liking.)

(Of course if you use honey then it’s not a THM FP recipe)

Blend until smooth. Then add as the blender is blending:

1/4 tsp glucomannan powder, or more if you like it thicker

Pour into a large mug and share some with your husband or child or drink it all yourself as a full meal!

 

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Grain Free Granola Bars, aka Low Carb Protein Bars for Weight Loss

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Here’s my latest and favest recipe to make when I travel. It’s for grain-free granola bars. Well, they aren’t really “granola” because there are no oats. A better name is “low-carb grain-free protein bars for weight loss.” We had a lot of road trips this summer to Utah, in May, June, July and September. For every trip, I made up a batch of these bars. I ate them in the car instead of the crackers, fruit, veggies, and bagels I bought for the kids. They can handle a lot more carbs then I can as they are growing children and don’t have insulin resistance like I do which makes it easy for me to gain weight. I learned about this from the Trim Healthy Mama authors.

These  bars are inspired by the Praline Protein bars on p. 391 of the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. The only problem with that recipe is that it doesn’t make very much, only 5 bars! I always quadruple the recipe so I can make a whole cookie sheet full of bars. That gives me enough to eat on the trip up for two meals and snacks, the trip back, and then have some leftover after we get home. I eat these for breakfast and lunch, along with yogurt as we travel. They totally satisfy me so that I don’t eat those carbs.  Once I hit dinner time, then I do eat some carbs as part of my dinner. These bars are considered FP, or Fuel Pull, which means they are low in carbs, low in fat, and have a moderate level of protein. So that means they are kind to your blood sugar and especially good to eat if you gained a few pounds the day before (ahem) and want to lose those pounds. Yep, after losing 70 lbs. I weigh myself every day so I can watch it and stay under an upper limit I have chosen for myself. This always seems to happen right before I leave on a trip! So I eat these bars along with yogurt, for my FP breakfast and lunch while traveling, then for dinner I will have an E, or high carb meal, and it works like  charm. The next day I will have lost the weight!

And now without further ado, the recipe:

4 c Trim Healthy Mama Pristine whey powder (I know that’s a lot, so if you don’t have 4 cups you can substitute oat fiber which is much cheaper. Sometimes I will do 1 c whey and 3 c oat fiber or some other variation of the combo of whey to oat fiber, depending on what I have on hand. Or I will sub collagen powder for whey powder if I am low on whey)

1 c collagen powder

1 c whole foods sweetener of choice (for THM people that would be Gentle Sweet, or you could use honey, maple syrup, or sucanat if you don’t have Gentle Sweet)

1 tsp Real Salt

1 T plus 1 tsp  coconut oil or butter

1 tsp of caramel or maple extract

1 c water

1 c chopped pecans (if you don’t have a food processor to chop them you can grind up in your blender in small amounts at a time)

Mix up the dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients. If it’s too stiff, add more water until it forms a stiff but pliable mixture. Taste the mixture and add more sweetener or salt to get to the sweetness you like. To be truly low carb bars, use the Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet.

Line a cookie sheet with wax or freezer paper. Put the mixture on top of the paper. Put another piece of the wax or freezer paper on top and then roll it all out with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick or whatever your desired thickness is. Enlist the help of your 16 year old muscly football player son to do this. If the residue left in your mixing bowl looks fossilized, as my sister-in-law calls it, put the bowl to soak in water to make clean up easy. Ideally, you will have added enough water that the mixture comes out without leaving a residue. Cut with a pizza cutter into bars.

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Wrap individually in the wax or freezer paper, taping the paper closed. Store in a ziploc bag in the fridge overnight so that they are chilled and extra firm in the morning when it’s time to grab and go on your trip! When I’m driving I keep these in the pocket of the door of my Toyota Sienna, which is the best family car ever. Sometime I will have to blog about that!

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Do have someone else unwrap the bars for while you are driving. Enjoy your trip with these bars! I plan on going on some hikes this fall with these bars in tow. They are such a great food for being on the go!

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