Monthly Archives: January 2015

Wheat Free Dairy Free Oat Flour Banana Muffins

These Oat Flour Banana Muffins are one of our favorite breakfasts are both wheat and dairy free. Bonus - they freeze great. Need to add these to your menu!

This is one of the first recipes I put up on the blog and I still love how easy and healthy they are. They also happen to be the third most popular recipe! (Coming in after this easy Alfredo Sauce and fabulous Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole.)

These Oat Flour Banana Muffins (that are dairy and wheat free) make the perfect breakfast, snack, and freezer food. That means you can make a double or triple batch and enjoy the wonderful smells wafting through your kitchen one day and stock your freezer for the next few weeks at the same time.

Guess what else? There’s no added sugar. That’s right, not even honey, maple syrup, or stevia. Using ripe bananas adds the perfect sweetness. That makes me happy as I try to keep breakfasts with sugar to special occasions.

All that to say, if your family is used to sweet muffins, you might want to use the chocolate chips or add a little honey (or even sugar) the first time you make them and each time you make them use less. We all eat and enjoy them just as they are though.

Mini muffins work best in our house. They are the perfect size for a 4 year old and a 20 month old. Less waste if they decide they aren’t hungry anymore after one bite, if you know what I mean. Of course you can make this recipe into bread or regular muffins as well.

Watch the cooking time closely the first time you make these – we all fill our muffins tins to different levels, oven temperatures vary, and pans cook differently.

Depending on how full you fill your pans this recipe will make 36-48 mini muffins. Last time I made it we got 12 mini muffins and 11 regular sized ones out of a batch.

I hope you enjoy these wheat free dairy free oat flour banana muffins as much as we do knowing you’ll be feeding your family a healthy, nutritious, and portable breakfast.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Wheat Free Dairy Free Banana Muffins
Recipe type: Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 5-6 ripe bananas (to equal 2 cups smashed)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • Optional - nuts or chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl smash the bananas with a fork or pastry cutter. Add in the coconut oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl combine oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combine.
  5. Place in greased muffins tins or bread pans.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes for mini muffins.
  7. Cool on wire rack.
  8. Enjoy.
Notes
Add a little honey (or sugar) if your family likes sweeter muffins!

 

These Oat Flour Banana Muffins are one of our favorite breakfasts are both wheat and dairy free. Bonus - they freeze great. Need to add these to your menu!

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How to Set Financial Goals

How to set financial goals (and succeed at them)!!! Great tips that will help you decide what to set and keep you motivated! (Paying off the house is our BIG goal right now!)

We recently set a pretty big financial goal. It’s a little scary, a little exciting, and a lot “I can’t believe we are doing this”!

Goals and planning are important. A budget is a plan and we’ve talked before about how I think a budget is a key to financial success. Today I’m going to share how to set financial goals and some of the though behind our plan for the next 18  months.

How to Set Financial Goals:

Discuss the Options

Sit down and discuss big saving projects you have or if there are any loans you need to pay off.

Mortgage, loans, car funds, remodeling project, college funds, retirement fund, emergency fund, investment opportunities, and travel are all ideas to get you started.

Pick a project

We are debt free with the exception of our mortgage. We recently purchased a new to us mini van and still have a little money in a car fund that we are slowly adding to. We have a fully funded emergency fund/living expenses. We have no known major expenses coming our way. Sure, our retirement fund and kids’ college accounts could use more but we went for paying off the mortgage.

Look at the Numbers

When we knew paying off the house was a huge goal of ours I spent some time looking at the numbers, seeing how much time we had left paying off the house as is and then started seeing when we’d be done if we put all of my paychecks towards it. Talk about motivating.

Seeing the numbers and looking at dates on the calendar made it seem real and possible!

Pick a Start Date

Decide when you are going to start and just do it! Big goals are hard. You can spend a lot of time thinking about them instead of acting. That will get you nowhere. Go for it.

Know it Will Be Hard

It’s not going to be easy. It wouldn’t be a BIG GOAL if it wasn’t. Expect challenges, prepare yourself for them, know it’s not going to last forever and commit to it 100%!

Have an End

Goals are hard to keep after when the going gets tough and hard to keep momentum going if there is no end in site. You can have two types of ends:

  • a time – a date in the future when you’ll be finished
  • a dollar amount end

I have both in my head. I know how many months it will take to pay off our mortgage and we also see the dollar amount decrease each month.

Celebrate the Milestones

Saving up $10,000, $25,000, or $100,000 is daunting! It might seem like you’ll never get there. To help keep the end in site and the momentum going, break your goal down and celebrate the mile markers along the way. It doesn’t have to be anything big, you are on a budget after all. Have a family game night, complete with homemade ice cream, have a picnic at the park, rent a movie and pop some popcorn. Do something your family would enjoy that doesn’t cost much (or any) money.

Visual Reminders

Keep the goal in front of you! Don’t shove it in the back of your mind where you will forget it.

  • Make a paper chain with one ring for every thousand dollars. When you put in $1,000, remove a chain.
  • Draw in outline of whatever you are saving for or paying off and section it into parts. Each time you are a thousand dollars closer to your goal, color in a section.

Having even simple visual reminders and being able to see the progress can keep you motivated!

Plan a Party

Plan something fun that you want to do when your goal is 100% met! Go out to your favorite restaurant, take a day trip to the zoo or amusement park, buy everyone’s favorite foods at the grocery store that haven’t made the budget cut the last year. Make it fun and something to look forward to!

Don’t expect it to be easy, but with these 9 steps on how to set financial goals you can select a goals and start tackling it! We can cheer each other on. Do you have any tips for successfully setting financial goals? Any goals that you are trying to nail this year?

How to set financial goals (and succeed at them)!!! Great tips that will help you decide what to set and keep you motivated! (Paying off the house is our BIG goal right now!)

 

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Easy Menu Plan and Goals

Another week of gorgeous weather! We played at the park, went on walks, and enjoyed every minute of it. The cold will be returning this week. Saturday, we had an impromptu visit from my husband’s parents and nephew. They came the afternoon and evening and the kids enjoyed playing and we visited and ate some yummy Italian food from a local restaurant.

Easy and healthy menu plan and goals! What our family of 4 is eating and what I'm going to attempt to get done.

I’m hoping this week will involve my 20 month old sleeping better. I think he’s started working on his molars and nights have been brutal. They have to come in eventually, right?

Easy and healthy menu plan and goals! What our family of 4 is eating and what I'm going to attempt to get done.

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Italian with Shaun’s parents
  • Leftovers
  • Salads

Suppers:

  • Chinese with Shaun’s parents
  • Fajitas on homemade tortillas x 2
  • BLT Salad
  • Pizza
  • Guacamole and chips and veggies for the other 3 of us when Shaun’s gone one night.

Goals:

  • Read The Help
  • Continue with week for of the BeFit YouTube workout
  • Start cleaning the office. . . Blech. That’s going to take serious motivation.
  • Memorize 2 Bible verses
  • Write a guest post

Linking up to Menu Plan Monday

Cinnamon Kettle Corn

Cinnamon Kettle Corn | Oh my goodness. This stuff is amazing - you'll never what the regular stuff again.

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Popcorn is a popular snack in our house. It’s easy and pretty healthy – especially if you use the Whirley-Pop we love so much. Most of the time it’s of the butter and salt variety popped on the stove. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a salty and sweet snack though and then kettle corn is the answer.

We recently did some experimenting and found adding cinnamon to the mix brings it over the top. Cinnamon Kettle Corn is the perfect movie night food or afternoon snack.

In my opinion, cooking is all about making things fit the tastes of your family. If you are trying to cut back on sugar, eliminate a tablespoon or two. Love salt? Add some more. My husband loved the popcorn with 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Me, I like it with 1. But anyway you make it, it’s some good (and addicting) stuff!

Once, I attempted to make this healthier by using sucanat. Umm, let’s just say everything had to be tossed. I think the higher moisture content caused it to burn. I use the fair trade cane sugar with no problems though.

You can find your popcorn kernels anyplace from Wal-Mart and sometimes Aldi to online at Amazon and Vitacost (<— If you sign up using my referral link, you’ll receive $10 off your first order if it’s $30 or more.)

Cinnamon Kettle Corn | Oh my goodness. This stuff is amazing - you'll never what the regular stuff again.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cinnamon Kettle Corn
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Put oil and 3 popcorn kernels in your popper. Turn heat to medium (or a smidge over).
  2. Combing sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Once all 3 kernels pop, add remaining popcorn and the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Give the pan a stir/shake. Then take a silicone scraper and stir and scrape the bottom and sides of the pan quickly. (It helps break up and dissolve the sugar.)
  4. Close lid and use the handle to stir if you are using a Whirley-Pop or shake the pot every couple seconds.
  5. When finished popping, pour into a big bowl and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

Financial goals can be scary and exciting! This year we are focusing on paying off our house - here's how we are doing it!

Image source: 401KCalculator via Flickr (license)

Financial goals. They can seem daunting or exciting. Debilitating or exhilarating. Sometimes, a combination of everything.

This year we are challenging ourselves to try and meet a pretty big financial goal. We pay our mortgage (and taxes and insurance) each month but we are going to put a much larger chunk for the next 18 months towards paying extra on our principal!

Is paying off your mortgage early important to you?

How Budgeting Looks in Our Home:

My husband works in Christian radio and I work 24 hours a week at our church.

We budget off of my husband’s salary and work hard to make it possible. Even to make it possible, we have to eliminate certain categories and have others less than we’d like, but we want to know that we could live off of that income if we had to.

The money I earn we budget separately. Here is where the “extras” come out of. Things like:

  • Vacations
  • Extras for clothing (to supplement the very little that comes out of our regular budget)
  • Putting extra towards saving goals – new cars, storm shelter etc
  • Putting extra toward the mortgage
  • Projects we want to tackle around the house
  • The list goes on. We sit down and look and see what’s going to be happening each month and decide what we are going to do with the money.

Our Financial Goal

This year, we are going to be doing something a bit differently. We are going to be budgeting (and living) off of my husband’s income as usual.

Where the big change comes in, for the next 18 months we are planning on every penny I bring in (after giving) going towards paying off our mortgage early.

It will be tight. We’ll have lots of decisions to make and I’m sure it won’t be easy. I’m guessing that there will be times when we wish we could just use a hundred dollars. We’ll have to say no to lots of things we want to do.

At the same time it’s exciting.

It’s exciting to set a big goal and see it get chipped away at.

It’s exciting to see each thousand dollars come off of the total.

It’s exciting to see the difference short term sacrifices are making.

Not only is it exciting (and scary) I think my husband and I will see plenty of other benefits over the next months besides the obvious perk of our mortgage disappearing.

Benefits of Tackling a Financial Goal as a Couple:

  • Our creativity and trust will be stretched.
  • We’ll have extra motivation to try and increase our side income projects.
  • We’ll have to be resourceful to come up with money for things we want or need that come up during the year.
  • We’ll learn to be content with what we have.
  • As we tackle this big project together, hopefully our communication and relationship will be strengthened.

I’m looking forward to 18 months from now and hopefully having our home paid off and being able to look back over that year and half and see how the sacrifices and determination paid off!

What financial goals have you tackled? Did you see benefits from it? Is paying off your mortgage early, something you’ve talked about?

Did you set any big financial goals this year?

Financial goals can be scary and exciting! This year we are focusing on paying off our house - here's how we are doing it!

Image source: 401KCalculator via Flickr (license)

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Easy Menu Plan and Goals

I think we might be finally crawling out of the Christmas busyness and hopefully settling into a bit of a routine. That is until new craziness hits, but hopefully that won’t be for a little while. I just checked the last one of these mini updates/menu plan/goals that I posted was from December 8. It’s been a while.

My favorite part of the Christmas holiday was actually the week after Christmas. I seemed that life slowed down enough to actually enjoy things. We spent a quiet New Year’s Eve home, I was able to hang out with some good childhood friends one afternoon, and another day had a movie night with another friend. It was nice to finish December with some calmness and relaxing.

We are now halfway through January with the grand intention of going through our house and organizing and throwing away. I’ve actually made decent progress but we have yet to hit the worst room in the house – my husband’s “office”/guest room/craft show storage. It will then get interesting.

I did a quick shopping trip yesterday and restocked up on produce but other than that I’m trying to use a lot of what we have in the house and make an easy menu plan around that.

Easy menu plan for our family of 4 and my goals for the week!

Breakfasts:

  • Leftover cinnamon rolls from small groups x 3
  • Sweet potato hash browns and scrambled eggs x 2
  • Broccoli egg bake
  • Oatmeal
  • Or something like that anyway. Breakfasts are easy in our house and scrambled eggs are a simple default.

Lunches:

Suppers:

Goals:

  • Continue with the BeFit Youtube exercise level 1
  • Thank you cards!
  • Budget meeting
  • Spend time in the Bible each day
  • Actually post this week
  • Get back into going through a blogging series

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Top Recipes of 2014

These are the most viewed recipes of 2014 on From this Kitchen Table!!! These need to go onto the menu plan. These are some great ones.

I have a post today that will make your stomach, menu plan, and Pinterest boards (follow mine here) happy! These are the most viewed recipes from 2014, and there are some good ones including my favorite breakfast dish, a go to 20 minute meal (can’t go wrong with butter, cheese, and cream), my easy way of making yogurt, and the broccoli pasta we are actually having for dinner tonight!

Have you made any of these? If you blog, what were your most viewed recipes?

Best Recipes of 2014:

10. Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizza | Easy and tasty. No need to buy it from the store anymore.

9. Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic Breadsticks that are easy and delicious!

8. Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli Pasta coated with garlic and red pepper infused olive oil. Super simple and tons of flavor. Great as a side or main dish.

7. Homemade Yogurt (Slow Cooker Method)

Thick and Easy Homemade Yogurt (with or without a slow cooker) We LOVE this!

6. Baked Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls

5. Indian Layer Dip

Fabulous Indian Layer Dip. I couldn't stop eating this. Take a hummus base and give it an Indian twist and you have perfection.

4. Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Hamburger Noodle Casserole. Freezes great and is kid friendly.

3. Chicken Spaghetti (cream soup and Velveeta free)

Chicken Spaghetti without Velveeta or cream of chicken soup! Yay! We love this and the leftovers are awesome.

2. Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

This sweet potato breakfast casserole is amazing and can even be made the night before! The leftovers taste amazing as well and it's #paleo and #whole30 approved. SO GOOD!

1. The Best Alfredo Sauce

The best alfredo sauce. So creamy, flavorful, and super easy! We love this recipe.

Thanks for reading, pinning, and cooking these recipes the last year!

Do you have a favorite recipe you’ve made the last year?

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Top Posts of 2014

It’s been a busy and fun past 12 months. Posts that I wrote last January seem like a lifetime ago so it’s been fun looking back over so many of these top posts of 2014.

Top Posts 2014

The number 1 most popular post this year blew all the others out of water. Can you guess what it is?

I have a second post coming up highlighting the most popular recipes from 2014 – and there are some good ones.

13. How to Organize Owner’s Manuals

This genius idea come from my mom. Our manuals, receipts, instructions are no longer shoved into a file cabinet or random drawers. This makes it so much easier:

Genious way to organize all your owner's manuals. You can find what you need in seconds!

12. When Surviving is the Only Option

Encouragement for those times when our life circumstances are not going to change. Maybe there’s been illness or loss or suffering. When life isn’t going to change our heart and attitudes might have to.

When surviving is the only option and circumstances don't change.

11. 5 Minute Pick Up

It’s crazy how messy even 2 kids can make the house. 5 minutes (or 15 if it’s super messy) can make such a difference. Less clutter = less stress for this mom.

5 Minute Pick Up - a simple way to keep toys and clutter from taking over your house. We love doing this after supper each night.

10. Meal Ideas for a Date Night at Home

Sometimes it isn’t feasible to leave the house for a date. Make a special meal for you and your spouse after the kids are in bed or make a restaurant quality meal for the entire family.

10 great meal ideas for an at home date night

9. The Secret to Financial Success

Budgeting. It’s made a world of difference in our finances and our family. Having a plan for our money helps us not get into money arguments and enables us to meet goals a lot faster.

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8. Reading List for 2014

I love finding new reading material and I guess you do too. I have to admit, I didn’t get near as much read last year as I wanted so many of these are still on my list.

My book list for 2014. Jon Acuff, Elisabeth Elliot, Jesse & Susan Wise and more! Lots of good ideas.

7. Tips for Eating Wheat Free on a Budget

We did a wheat free period to try and help my son’s eczema (and determined the dry winter weather is what makes it flare up the worst). These are suggestions for how to eliminate wheat from your diet without your family protesting and without breaking the budget.

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6. 20 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes

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5. 16 Whole30 Soup Recipes

I think a lot of us are looking for healthier options to put on the table. I love soups because they make awesome leftovers.

Yum! Great list of soups that are ALL Whole30 approved. Need to check this out for my menu plan this week!

3. Christmas Presents on a Budget

There is so much pressure to put the emphasis on presents at Christmas time. What do you do if you don’t have the money (or simply choose not to to spend a lot)? Here are some great ideas to keep your Christmas spending down as you plan for next year.

11 Tips for buying Christmas presents on a tight budget! Perfect for those of us that need (or want) to spend less this year. Check them out!

2. How to Go from Surviving to Thriving

This struck a cord with a lot of readers. Our lives are busy and things happen that we don’t plan and we find ourselves in survival mode and it’s not fun.

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Tips for a Successful Whole30

The beginning of the year so many people tend to think about food, diets, and health. A great way to give your year a jump start, no matter your long term eating plan, is a Whole30.

A Whole30 is a great way to help heal your body and ditch cravings. It's not easy, but it's worth it! Here are some tips for a successful Whole30!

After months (maybe even years) of thinking about it, we completed our first Whole30 in October. What exactly is a Whole30? It’s a 30 day nutritional program a couple started over 5 years ago. It will change your cravings, habits, help heal your body, and give you a good restart. They have a great post of the many benefits here.

The rules (foods you can and can’t eat) can seem a little daunting. Knowing I was going to have to avoid so many foods that were a standard part of our mostly real food diet stopped me from committing for a long time. There are no sweeteners allowed of any kind (not even honey), no grains (quinoa, oats, rice etc), no legumes or peanut butter, no dairy, no carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites, and you also aren’t allowed to create plan ingredient approved “baked goods”. (It’s sort-of like a paleo plan but more strict.)

Ummmm, that’s a lot of nos! Where do you start and how do you ensure that you’ll finish out the 30 days strong?

I have 12 tips for a successful Whole30 to help you out!

1. Plan, Plan, Plan

Menu plan for all three meals and snacks. Plan for at least a week at a time or even for the whole 30 days. Food on this plan can take some more time to prepare, don’t leave it to the last minute or you’ll find yourself stressed or grabbing foods that aren’t on plan. Having a written menu help keep that from happening. Use Pinterest to keep track of recipes you’d like to try and find some great resources. I have a list of Whole30 Soup Recipes and Whole30 Breakfast Recipes to get you started.

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2. Mentally Prepare for a Hard Start

Don’t expect it to be a bed of roses! You will struggle and possible feel miserable the early days. I found myself thinking about food (I couldn’t eat) continuously! Be prepared for this and be prepared to stick it out. You can do it. Maybe plan your Whole30 to start when life won’t be too crazy or stressful.

3. Mentally Prepare to be Over it at the End

By the time 30 days are over you’ll probably be ready to just quit and think, “surely 27 days is good enough”. Knowing this will happen will allow yourself to combat it. Perhaps give yourself a reward if you stick out the 30 days.

4. Have the Entire Family Do It

Let me tell you, it would have been torture if everyone else in my house was eating cheese, grains, and chocolate and I had to watch. The temptation to take a bite would be huge. I didn’t cheat, but it was a family project. I’m not sure the results would have been the same otherwise.

5. Do it With a Friend

My sister and her husband did a Whole30 the same time we did. It was amazing! Having another person responsible for the majority of the cooking to talk to, was great. We could brainstorm together and take meals from each other’s menus, and, of course, keep each other accountable.

6. Repeat Meals

Please, don’t feel like you need to come up with 30 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you find a meal you love – especially one the kids love – make it every week. Or even more often.

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7. Do Lot of Kitchen Prep at One Time

You’ll be using many fruits, vegetables, and meats during this month. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen each day preparing these items, take some time on the weekends to wash, peel, chop all the food you can for the next several days. Bonus, you only have to do those dishes once.

8. Plan for Leftovers to Save Time in the Kitchen

One of the big deterents of the Whole30 is the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen. Make extra one night so you can have leftovers on a busy day or use them for lunches.

9. Try New Things

If you don’t venture beyond scrambled eggs for breakfast and carrots and broccoli for your veggies, it will be a long 30 days. Get out of your rut. Trying cooking some veggies you don’t love in a new way and pick out some new produce you’ve never tried.

10. Save Up to Increase Your Grocery Budget

Set aside a little extra money before your Whole30 begins! We keep our grocery budget low and we definitely spent more during this challenge. Probably double what we normally spend. Only buying produce, meats, dried fruit, and nuts can get a little pricey. Watch for meats to get marked down and start stocking up in the months prior as well.

10 super easy ways to drastically lower your grocery budget! I've saved thousands of dollars doing these over the years. GREAT ideas!

11. Get Rid of Temptation

Had there been a bag of my favorite candy staring me in the face every time I opened up the cabinet or cheese in the refrigerator it would have been a really long month and I’d have been much more incline to just cheat a bite of something here or there. Bury them in the deepest part of your pantry, pass ingredients on to a friend, or toss them – do what it takes so they won’t be taunting you.

12. There’s NO Perfect Time

Our lives are busy. There’s always things going on. If you try to wait for the perfect 30 days where you have nothing going on that will take you out of your home, you’ll never do. That’s a big part of the reason it took me soooo long to commit. Find a time that works best – probably avoiding major holidays and birthdays of your family members – and put it on the calendar.

Lastly, don’t let fear keep you from getting started! Take the plunge and set aside 30 days for recharging your body, breaking cravings, and possibly losing a few inches and pounds and becoming a healthier you. You’ve got this, especially with these tips for a successful Whole30!

A Whole30 is a great way to help heal your body and ditch cravings. It's not easy, but it's worth it! Here are some tips for a successful Whole30!

Have you done a Whole30? What tips do you have?

Haven’t done a Whole30, are you thinking about it?

I’ve joined up with 40 other bloggers to share ways to make 2015 the best year ever! A Whole30 is a great way to jump start your health, but read below to see many of fabulous ideas.

A Whole30 is a great way to help heal your body and ditch cravings. It's not easy, but it's worth it! Here are some tips for a successful Whole30!

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3. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting

4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance

5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools

6. Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship | Amanda Woods @ Adventures All Around

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8. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous

9. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden

10. 5 Ways to Make this Your Best Monarch Season…Ever! | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden

11. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries

12. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth

13. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By

Design

14. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman

15.  A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green

16. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut

17. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond

18. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit

19. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller

20. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen

21. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an

Overworked Mom

22. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia

23. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ The Memory Journalists

24. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist

25. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner

26. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund

27. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense

28. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet

29. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage

30. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes

31. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy

32. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

33. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know

34. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak

35. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String

36. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @ Shambray.com

37. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home

38. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home

39. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table

40. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama

41. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys

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Fashion Resolutions:

How to Add Style to Any Outfit | Ellen Christian @ The Socialite’s Closet

Linking up to these fun parties!