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11 in 2011: Favorite Healthy Snacks

Since being diagnosed with Celiac, I have really had to alter my healthy snacks. Before I kept whole grain crackers and protien/cereal bars in my desk (love the Special K crackers and fruit crisps) to keep me from hitting the vending machines when I got the munchies at work but now I am having to try out new things.

There are a couple varieties of Zone Bars that are gluten-free that are pretty good, especially the Chocolate Carmel Cluster. So I usually keep one in my purse or diaper bag if I am going to be out awhile or if I am unsure that I will havw other gluten-free options available.

Other stand-by snacks include lowfat string cheese and apples with gf peanut butter. I’m really bas about getting enough protien in my diet (which triggers migraines) so I try to sneak it in when possible.

The thing about being gluten-free is that it really limits your prepackaged options so its a good way to force fresh food options. The GF convienence foods that are out there (like cereal bars) cost a fortune and the taste (or lack thereof) isn’t worth the cost. Another things that compounds things for me personally is also having a nut allergy. I would love to be able to snack on almonds but the incessent itching that follows isn’t worth it. I have thankfully found a gluten-free and nut-free trail mix that is another great snack.

What are your favorite heathy snacks? I need some variety for me fridge at work!

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11 in 2011: Favorite Memory of 2010

How on earth can I pick out a favorite memory from 2010? So many wonderful things happened! But if I have to choose, I would pick our vacation to Myrtle Beach in May!

The trip was not only a vacation but a celebration! Hubs and I were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary as well as graduating from seminary (we both received our Masters of Divinity degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling). Abby had also turned 1 and we were celebrating the finalization of her adoption as well! So we were ready to relax and have a great time!

We stayed at Ocean Reef Resort and I highly recommend it! Our room was perfect and the pool area was great! They had two kiddie pool/water areas as well as a lazy river in addition to two large pools. Abby wasn’t too keen on sand so we spent a lot of time at the pool! Actually this is the only picture we have of her walking in the sand (from our first day there!):

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We also had a great time exploring the area too! Abby absolutely loves animals and fish so we had to visit Ripley’s Aquarium and Alligator Adventure!

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach

Alligator Adventure Myrtle Beach

I am looking back at these pictures with mixed emotions! We had such an amazing time and I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything! But they are also a reminder of how fast time goes and how quickly Abby is growing up! I remember when we got back from the trip that we commented on how big Abby looked and how much hair she had but now I look back and think of how tiny she was and how her curls were easily contained! Its crazy!

She is on my lap asleep as I am typing this post (one handed) and I am just incredibly thankful for every moment we have had and all that lies ahead! I would go through it all again just to be her mom.

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11 in 2011: Best Organization Tricks

This is an area that I am REALLY trying to work on in 2011! My almost type-A and perfectionist personality make it difficult to function without organization! I get overwhelmed really easily if I feel surrounded by clutter. Since moving into our house in July, trying to get organized seems to be an ongoing project! So here are some tips that I am learning to live by:

A place for everything . . .

I love knowing that I have an assigned place for everything (not saying that I have completely reached this point in our house) but I like knowing that light bulbs go here, diapers are stored there, etc. Even if you have a spot, such as a basket, where things go until you have time to put them in the proper place. This rule definitely helps me keep my sanity in the playroom as I’ve got different bins for each different type of toy. For example, I’ve got one bin for her baby doll accessories, another for her cooking/kitchen toys, and another for puzzles so it makes it really easy when it comes clean up time to know where everything goes.

Baskets!

I love baskets! They make organizing super easy and you can find them to match any decor! I have them all over our house! Not only do they contain the clutter, but they also look great! IKEA is my favorite place to shop for baskets and bins because they have tons of choices at really good prices!

What are your favorite organization tips and tricks?