Breakfast Mix

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So I’ll be honest with you guys I stole this idea from my sister. When I initially heard her talking about these pancakes I was skeptical to say the least. Cottage cheese…in pancakes?! Thanks, but no thanks! Then, when I went down to visit her, we made these, and needless to say, I think I’ve had them almost every morning since!

The great thing about Cottage Cheese is that it has Casein in it (which is a type of protein). Most people have heard of Whey protein, but not Casein. Whey is typically eaten/drank after a workout. It’s digested quickly by the body, which makes it ideal for muscle recovery, but not so ideal for helping you stay full. Casein, on the other hand, is a slower digested protein. Slower digestion means feeling full longer!

I usually make a batch of this mix at the beginning of the week, and it will last me the entire week. It’s really convenient to wake up, plug in the waffle iron, get the coffee brewing and have the mix already ready! The waffle/pancake and the coffee finishes at the same time, so it’s perfect 🥞☕️! I usually top mine with PB, a banana and just a little bit of real Maple syrup. I love having a set morning routine to help me get the day started right.

Recipe

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These are super easy as you can see and you can’t even taste the difference between these and regular ones! If anything these are a little lighter and fluffier. (Which is never a bad thing in my opinion!)

Towards the end of the week, they may need a little “pick me up,” aka if the batter starts to look too thin. If this happens just add a small amount of flour and some baking powder and it’ll be as good as new!

Wishing happy mornings to everyone! 🥞☀️

xoxo, the blonde

“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Psalm 30:5

 

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Favorite Planners for 2018

Hope everyone’s 2018 is starting off strong! I know I may be a little late to the game (ok very late), but it took me a while to find a planner that I LOVED…and that didn’t break the bank (I’m looking’ at you Erin Condren 😂).

After two weeks of looking, I finally found the perfect one! The print is perfect, it’s girly, but not overwhelming. It makes me want to find wallpaper like it and do an accent wall in my bathroom. (Buttt I’m about to move, so I guess that will have to wait!)

Here it is! Ain’t she pretty?!

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Also, it has the horizontal day-by-day spaces and full month calendar views, both of which were a must. (What can I say, I’m a little particular. 💁🏼)

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Paper Source has some of the cutest ones I’ve seen and for a good price. Right now, all their calendars and planners are 25% off! And if you sign up for their emails, you can get an extra 10% off coupon code. Here are two others that I almost got from Paper Source (just click on the picture for the link):

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This one is like Cinderella in a planner!
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Such a cute little planner! Don’t know if I’m trendy enough for this one though haha

Andddd if you didn’t like either of those, I created a collage of some of my other favorite planners, along with the links. These range in price from around $8-$50+, if you’re looking to customize the Erin Condren.

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1) Marble Planner 2) You Got This 3) Pastel Ombre 4) Erin Condren Watercolor World      5) Grey and Gold 6) Desk Calendar

Along with personal calendars, I love the idea of a huge family desk calendar! We used to have one while I was growing up, and it was sooo helpful to see what everyone had scheduled for that week. I linked one above, but I found mine for $3 at Target in their dollar section. (Gosh, I love that section!)

I debated writing this post because I figured most people had already gotten their planners, but tons of people at work complimented me on mine, and asked where I got it.

Hopefully, this helped you if you’re still looking for a planner! And I hope that you have some great things in store for 2018 to fill it with!

xoxo, the blonde

(and of course you can’t talk about plans without this verse ☺️)

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My Christmas Wish List

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1. Felt Board 2.Macrame Wall Hanging 1  / (another option here)  3.Sweater 4.Blanket  5.Hydroflask 6.Pixter 7.Instant Pot  8.Pillow Cases  9.Perfume  10.Pj’s

Christmas just seems to be getting closer and closer 🎄! It has definitely snuck up on me this year. I decided that today, I would share with you some of the things on my Christmas list! I know that we might not have the same tastes, but hopefully you can find some good ideas. Besides, nobody hates super soft pjs 💁🏼. Continue reading

Urban Outfitters Inspired Banner (No Sew)

It’s officially the same month as Christmas! Hopefully everyone didn’t get too overwhelmed with Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping! I know I was definitely glad I got paid this week 😁.

Anyways in my post last week I had talked about a great gift option being a banner, there may even be a person or two on my list getting one of these! So here I am to tell you how to make your own, no-sew version. Continue reading

Gift Guide: Christian Edition

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Happy Thanksgiving week! Anyone else excited to decorate for Christmas now that it’s “socially” acceptable?! Christmas trees, movies and lights, oh my! Along with all the fun decorations comes gifting. There are tons of blogs out there with gift guides, and I love going through them for some general ideas on what to get (I can’t wait for my dad to open his gift this year! I know Christmas isn’t about winning but I totally would if it was 💁🏼). The one gift guide I haven’t stumbled across yet though, is a guide for your Christian/Religious friend. These are some things that I want or like and then some things that my boyfriend has mentioned wanting! Continue reading

Workout Essentials to Help You Stay Active this Holiday Season

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Hope everyone is having a good week so far! So with the holidays ahead of us, (and all the amazing food that goes with it!) I thought now would be a good time to write a fitness post. The whole, “those who don’t prepare, prepare to fail” thing (raise your hand if you heard your coach say this 🙋🏼). So I’m here to help you prepare/share some of the fitness things I’ve been loving lately! Continue reading

Saving the Best of Germany for Last: Berlin!

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Hey guys! So last post on Germany! Our last few days we spent in Berlin, and it is now one of my favorite European cities. The layout of the city is just done very well, all the beautiful buildings either have a lawn (like the picture above) or cafes around them, leaving plenty of room for the buildings to be center stage. The people here were also very kind and welcoming. The public transportation was easy and a lot of the places were within walking distance. All things that make for a great city!

Our first day we took a bike tour! We used Fat Tire Bike tours and I would 100% recommend this to anyone visiting the city. It’s a great way to see all the main sites, get a feel for the layout of the city, and figure out where you want to return. Our guide was Claudia, and she was AWESOME. She was really entertaining to listen to and knew tons about the city. The city is also very flat and bike friendly, so even as a tourist I was never uneasy while riding my bike.

How the tour works is you begin by arriving at the shop, where they give you a brief overview and you find your bike; all the bikes have name tags. The names are quite entertaining, ranging from Jason Bourne to Darth Vader. I was Chewbacca ☺️. From there, you begin riding to the sites. At each site you hop off your bikes and get a brief summary of it’s significance, have a few minutes to ask questions and take pictures. Then you hope back on, and off to the next one! We did the Day City Tour.  About halfway into the tour we rode through the Tiergarten and stopped for lunch at this really cool little beer garden.  The Day City Tour included stops at:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin Wall
  • Nazi Architecture
  • Site of Hitler’s bunker
  • Victory Column
  • Tiergarten
  • Reichstag (parliament building)
  • Bebelplatz
  • Museum Island
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Deathstrip Watchtower

…aka tons of places in just about four and a half hours. It was also 65º and sunny, the leaves were changing, and there was a hint of fall in the air; the day really couldn’t have been more perfect. Below are some of the pictures I took while on the tour including the University Einstein attended! How cool is that?!

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Now, for all my chocolate loving homies out there, two words:Rausch Schokoladenhaus. We happened to find this little shop our first night…and maybe swung by there a few times after that 🙈. They have these huge chocolate sculptures all over the store that are incredibly impressive. They also have a chocolate volcano with melted chocolate bubbling out of it…umm yum! I don’t know what it is about European chocolate, but it is seriously so much better than ours.

I would definitely recommend this shop for easy souvenirs and gifts. They have a lot of little prepackaged gift sets with lots of varieties of chocolate.

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How cute is this little angel?!
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The Brandenburg Gate

The next day my mom and I spent some more time at the Brandenburg Gate, sat at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews and walked through the Tiergarten. It was hard not to spend all day just in the garden.  The trees changing colors were so beautiful. It was really cool when we walked out of the garden and the Brandenburg Gate was there in all it’s glory peeking through the leaves.

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We got lunch at a cafe by the Gate and made sure to get a table outside. This was our last official meal in Germany before we had to head back to Frankfort for our flight in the morning. Because it was our last meal we had to get Schnitzel and beer! And let me tell you, it was delicious. I got a pale ale with apple concentrate in it, and while I’m not a big beer person, I had no problem finishing my glass!

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And that was it! I’m so thankful I got the chance to travel to Germany. There’s so much history and good chocolate (two things I’m a total sucker for!). And then, there was the Rhine, which was charming and reminded me of my beloved fairytales. If Germany isn’t already on your Bucket List, then I definitely recommend you add it!

xoxo, the blonde

P.S. If this post alone didn’t convince you to visit definitely check out my other posts on Heidelberg and staying the night in a castle!

“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13