Don’t feel like cooking? No problem. This Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup is wholesome, packed full of nutrients and fibre, and clean eating at it’s finest.
The first thing I’d like to address is the fact that I labelled this recipe keto (low carb). You’re probably thinking that split peas are on the no-no list of ketogenic foods to eat because of it’s high carb content. However, it is also a great source of fibre! One cup of split peas is about 41 grams of carbs, with 16 grams of fibre (66%), which gives you 25 net carbs. Keep in mind that, that would be hitting your peak amount of carbs for the day.
You can most definitely fit this into your day as a hearty, fulfilling meal.
This summer has started off super hot – we’ve had a heat wave pass through and I definitely didn’t feel like cooking in the heat. I also believe that slow cooking isn’t only for the wintertime! The easiest thing you can do is get your ingredients ready, first thing in the morning, throw it in the slow cooker, and then go about your day.
There’s no contemplating about what to have for dinner, because it’s ready, smelling tasty, right in time. Every time.
This split pea soup has the perfect consistency that kids love, too! It works amazing as baby food and it is super nutritious and whole. If you have leftovers, simply store in a container in the fridge or freezer and warm up any time during the week. Who says you can’t eat soup in the summer?
5 Reasons You Need to Make Split Pea Soup
High amounts of protein, iron, zinc and phosphorus – essential for optimal health
Reduces risk of diabetes by maintaining blood sugar levels
Reduces risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease
25% thiamin and 18% magnesium helps with mental health, healthy mood, and clarity
These are just a few to name. This is the soup that your grandma made and lived off of. Just like my Fat Burning Cabbage Soup, this will do you good in the best way possible and help you lose weight.
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One Pan Asparagus and Salmon is quick and healthy, made with mouthwatering, ingredients. A clean eating recipe that’s keto, low carb, paleo friendly, and simple enough for anyone to make.
One Pan Asparagus and Salmon Dinner
A few things on how I like to make salmon: skinned, cut into squares, and a heck of a lot of melted butter! If you love seafood like I do, you know that butter is a key ingredient in any dish. Talk about mouthwatering!
This is a recipe that I love to make simply because there are few ingredients involved, yet the flavour and taste is not sacrificed whatsoever. Have dinner ready in under 20 minutes – literally. Most of the work involved, (yes, you have to lift your arms a bit), is in the prep work of skinning, washing (the veggies too), and cutting the salmon. Okay, I forgot to tell you about melting butter in the microwave to pour on top of the salmon. And using freshly minced garlic. Heck to the yes.
Everything else you choose to add to the pan is up to you. The options are endless with this recipe. You can add fresh cut carrots, baby carrots, and sweet potatoes as long as they have been previously boiled. You can also add mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, or shrimp. If it was up to me, I would have it all!
Please remember: you’re the real winner here and you will make Gordon Ramsay jealous. I may be just a mom over here, wanting to make quick and healthy meals the easiest way possible, but I feel so much better when I tell myself that. You should too.
But enough about that. Just so you know, it’s recommended to eat salmon twice a week to maintain a healthy heart and lower cholesterol. Remember to bake the salmon and asparagus together at 400 F, for 12-15 minutes, or until internal temperature reached 145.
See, I told you that most of the work was in prepping! And don’t forget the greens. Asparagus is packed full of vitamins you need for optimal health.
Bring on the warmer days, good company, and enjoy this meal paired with your favourite glass of wine!
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One Pan Asparagus and Salmon Dinner
One Pan Asparagus and Salmon is quick and healthy, made with mouthwatering ingredients. A clean eating recipe that's ketogenic, low carb, paleo friendly, and simple enough for anyone to make.
Do you want to know how to gain full parental control when it comes to our children or teens being exposed to the online world from their device? Here you’ll learn the exact solution for parents – how to block app downloads, hide apps, manage content, and limit screen time for the whole family.
This post was sponsored by Google in partnership with Forward Influence. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s easy to pass a device over to your child to occupy them or simply to calm them down. I’ll admit that I’ve done it – everyone’s done it – and although I’m not condoning it to be an affective form of parenting, it is the easy way out. It’s of course, modern day technology that is used for learning as well as entertainment. It’s one of those things that keeps us sane, as parents – hand over an electronic device to your child to stop them from screaming or crawling under the table at a restaurant, from jumping up and down on an airplane, or for being patient while waiting for a doctors appointment.
Gain Full Parental Control of What They’re Watching
I am definitely that parent to bring a tablet with us when we bring the kids on vacation, simply because they will get restless on the flight and maybe even during those few awkward hours between the beach and dinnertime. But I have to say, they are lucky to have access to it.
For the longest time, my children have not been allowed any screen time since the screen of our iPad cracked and had to be thrown out. It turns out that the whole situation was actually a godsend because our youngest was showing signs of speech delays. I’ll come right out and tell you that it was due to having too much screen time and ever since I’ve taken it away, she’s done much better.
Now, you can see why I’m thankful that the screen broke! But in all seriousness, let’s get down to the point of the matter. Not every parent out there is going to just throw away their electronic device, we just want control!
You Can’t Avoid the Inevitable, But You Can Start Gaining Control Right Now
The internet is a scary place, especially for our children when they have access to it. As mothers, we experience first-hand stress through thoughts of our kid discovering something that’s not meant for them. For example, if I am not supervising my child after a certain amount of time, I begin to think “Did they find something inappropriate? Are they becoming zombies? Will what they’re watching encourage violence, bad habits, or criminal behaviour?” Just few of the worries we have as parents. No matter what age your child is, they will be affected in some way when there are no restrictions in place.
You can’t hide them from absolutely everything so that they remain little innocent angels for the rest of their lives. It’s bound to happen, they’re bound to see some form of inappropriate content on the world wide web, but at least we now have the ability to limit the apps they use, at least before they become computer programmers and tech experts, or worse: go behind our backs and figure out a way to freedom. So, in the meanwhile…
The Google Family Link App
It’s a daily struggle when it comes to managing what your child or teen is watching and learning from their screen and there is now a solution for parents with Google’s Family Link app. You now have the ability to block apps, track and limit screen time, and ultimately gain full parental control of each electronic device in the household.
I’ll give it to you straight, ever since that scary Japanese figure circulated the internet – I even received a letter from the school about it – I was ready to shut down all electronic activity in our house and I’m sure every parent out there did, too. If you are a parent of young children, you most definitely feel uncomfortable with them watching any YouTube video they want, but at the same time, you still want to have the app accessible on your home screen for your own use.
You Can Now Block Apps
With the Family Link app by Google, you can block YouTube, for example, so that your children can have access to more appropriate content such as Netflix, Treehouse, your cable provider app for TV shows, or YouTube Kids, just to name a few popular ones.
This app will let you:
track activity and set limits on screen time/usage
lock a device when it’s time to take a break
allow and block apps from being downloaded
manage in-app purchases
access teacher-recommended apps that will benefit your child.
locate your child! (GPS your teenager as long as they have their device on them, yes please!)
block mature sites in Chrome
control both Apple and Android Devices
How to Gain Parental Control
Download the Family Link app and try it for yourself. Sync the devices in your household so that you can have immediate control over all of them – It’s that simple. You will need to create a Google account (gmail) for each child, have them log in on their device on any Google app or Chrome, and have their device beside yours to match and set your controls.
And did I mention, GPS your children? Oh, what a world!
The best part is that the app is free and easy to use. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sure how long it will actually work for my family and I – my four year old knew how to navigate my iPhone from the age of two. Who knows if my kids will eventually find a way around it. Until then, this is going to ease my mom-worrying mind so I can sleep better at night knowing exactly what my kids are exposed to.
What are your thoughts on parental control? Are you all for it?
Easter baskets are always fun and a great way to get kids excited about the holiday. Instead of including candy eggs, here are affordable gift ideas to include in your child’s Easter basket that won’t give them a sugar high or rot their teeth!
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Easter is during such a beautiful time of year! It’s one of our favourite holidays because there is so much hope. Hope for sunshine, warmer weather, blooming flowers, and so much more. It’s a time of happiness, and of course, the religious aspect of it! Parents commonly celebrate Easter together with their children by doing crafts together, or eating chocolate! Why not create a fun gift basket for your children instead, that doesn’t involve all the sugar? I think yes.
During this time of year, there are many affordable things to gift to your child. Some of which you can find at Walmart, and my favourite, Amazon. From outdoor toys, books, spring outfits, sandals, sunglasses, hats, etc, it will be like Christmas morning all over again, just more affordable and practical!
Rain Boots | Every child needs a good pair of rain boots to splash in puddles and live their little lives to the fullest, am I right?
Plush Bunny Rabbit | You can’t go wrong with getting your child a snuggly, cuddly plush bunny for Easter! They will always cherish it.
Easter Books | It’s important to teach children about what Easter is all about, the story behind it, and why it’s so special to us. Books with cute pictures and simple concepts are a fun way to get them to understand at a young age.
Bunny Ears | Cute hairbands with bunny ears not only look good but are fun for dress-up and play!
Neon paint | Basic coloured paint is boring! Freshen things up this spring with bright coloured paint for decorating Easter eggs (we use the foam ones), flowers, and more arts and crafts!
Beach Bag | Kids love to mimic their parents! Get them their own patterned beach bag to pack on their own, which is fun while they also learn responsibility.
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What Are Presets?
Think of them as filters. They are a customized editing ‘filter’ that you apply to each of your photos to get a consistent look. Rather than editing each of your photos manually, which can be extremely time consuming, you can apply the perfect recipe to each and every photo. And from there, adjust accordingly, if needed. Not only are presets convenient to use, but they save you a ton of time. With a good preset collection, simply select the desired preset to apply and then only a few further adjustments are required such as exposure and temperature. For example, if your photo was taken in harsh sunlight, you may need to cool down the temperature and even bring down the exposure. Everything else is expected to to be consistent when applying a preset to a photo.
Presets can be used on the free Lightroom editing app on your phone. If you wish to edit on a desktop computer, you will need to purchase a monthly membership to use Adobe Lightroom, which costs about $11/month. This is something you may need if you are a photographer, entrepreneur, designer, marketer, business owner, etc – someone who will use the program frequently. On the other hand, you may just be a mom who’s looking to create prettier photos of their kids to share on social media. Or perhaps start a mom blog of her own. The possibilities are endless when you have a preset collection to start off with.
Use my link here to access the desktop version of Lightroom OR Photoshop for just $11/month.
How to Use Presets
Once you purchase and download your preset package, it may be downloaded onto your computer or phone as a zip file, or a file that consists of individual DNG files (the individual presets). Simply, unzip the folder to get access to the individual presets, if needed. Usually, instructions are included. If not, that’s why you’re here!
Open the Lightroom app on your phone. Just as you would upload photos to the mobile app to edit photos, you will upload the DNG files; which are your presets. Once they’re uploaded to your Lightroom album, pick which preset you want to use. You may rename the DNG files to easily find and distinguish within your photo album in the app. When one is selected and opened, tap the three dots at the top and select ‘copy settings’ and then tap ‘ok’. Go back into your album and select the photo you wish to edit. Once opened, tap the three dots and select ‘paste settings’ to apply the preset to the photo.
Use on Desktop
Open the Lightroom program on your desktop computer. In the top menu bar, click on Lightroom > Preferences > Presets. Click on the box titles ‘Show Lightroom Presets Folder’. Double click on the ‘Lightroom’ folder and then double click on the ‘Develop Presets’ folder. Next, open finder or the documents which contain your new presets. Copy the preset folder and paste it into the ‘Develop Presets’ folder. Restart Lightroom by closing and opening it again. Import the photos you wish to edit into the Lightroom library, if you have not already imported any. From the editing bar on the side, select presets and select which one you would like to apply to your photo. That’s it.
Depending on the lighting situation of how and where the photo was taken, you may have to make small adjustments like bring up (or down) the exposure, and maybe even adjust the temperature bar to how you want the image to look. That’s about it! A good preset involves very few adjustments afterwards.
I recommend straightening your photo by clicking on the crop adjustment and levelling the photo, using lines like furniture, trees, or walls to be your guide. The healing tool is also great for getting rid a small flaws or distractions in the photo, but keep in mind that it’s an editing tool only available in the paid version of Lightroom. The free app will have most, not all, of the editing features.
Great presets will work on mobile and professional photos. I recommend shooting your photos in natural light. If you are in harsh sunlight, try to diffuse the light, find a shaded area. Back to the sun. If it’s dark in your house, shoot close to a window to maximize brightness. If shooting food, up the sharpness during editing process to bring out every detail. Shooting with a DSLR? Always shoot RAW images to get the most out of your images. The higher the quality of image, the easier the editing process!
As far as my photography goes, I have used the same DSLR from March of 2016 when North South Blonde first launched. My Canon EOS Rebel Sl1. It’s a great starter camera however I do wish it had bluetooth to make transferring files easier. It’s small in size, easy to hold, and I love the touch screen. I plan to upgrade to the big and bad Canon 5D Mark iii, a full framed camera.
***UPDATE*** I now shoot with a full frame Canon 6d mark II which is still fairly affordable.
As for my lens, I use a Canon 50mm 1.4 prime lens and I absolutely love it! It works amazingly well for achieving that blurred background, making it a great option for portrait and food photography. Keep in mind that it’s a lens that doesn’t zoom in or out. If you live in a small space, you’ll want a lens with a wider range like the 35mm. The lenses mentioned can be expensive especially when first starting out, a 50mm 1.8 lens is really all you’ll need at a fraction of the cost.
What’s better than a child who’s always on their iPad or tablet? A child who shows interest in reading! Every parent’s dream, right? Lillypost is a book subscription service to help build your child’s library and encourage little readers to keep on reading, or begin to learn how to read!
Thank you Lillypost for sponsoring this post. All opinions are always my own.
Why We Love Lillypost
It’s time to put the electronic devices away. Get your child’s brain turning by reading. Read with them. Read for them. Get them to read to you. It’s amazing when you put the effort in, as a parent, your child’s creativity begins to shine. Their imagination grows. Their vocabulary expands. There are so many benefits to reading every single day, great for mental and emotional health, and cognitive as well.
Growing up, I was most excited about going to a bookstore nearby, just to sit and read books for hours on end. By all means, not every child will show interest in this, so it’s important to encourage it. Lillypost is a great way to get kids excited about reading. They come in cute surprise boxes, right to your doorstep every month (available in Canada and the Us). Each book is wrapped up in a fun design of gift wrapping paper, just like a gift on your child’s birthday.
As you can see, my girls were absolutely thrilled to open their new books from Lillypost! It was just like Christmas morning. The first thing they did once unwrapping their books was attempt to read through each one through. I told them that we would read one at a time, each night at bedtime, and they happily agreed. They were so excited to hear the new stories and they engaged with me as I read to them as well.
I’ve partnered with Aubert and Amandine to bring you this post. All opinions are my own.
1 out of 5 of us will experience a mental health issue at least once in our lifetime. The chances are even greater, more so after a women gives birth, which is known as postpartum depression (PPD). Mental illness, including anxiety and depression, is more common than ever before. People are realizing they have imbalances, or maybe a simple DNA test can verify hereditary medical conditions. Isn’t technology wonderful? Contrary, it’s also the cause of addiction to our phones, the comparison game, negative and intrusive thoughts, self esteem issues, and so much more. That’s why we absolutely need to work towards nurturing our minds, just like we do for our bodies.
Similarly to stretching and exercising, our minds need everything we can possibly give them to be healthy. To get up in the morning and start our day, to have energy, positive thoughts, and a clear, sharp thought process, all of this has to be nurtured and maintained. It’s not only a healthy body we sought after – it’s the mind, body, and soul we need to take care of to truly feel like our best selves.
As a mother of two children that are so close in age, I know what stress is. I know all too well what it’s like to have anxious thoughts, insomnia, what it’s like to fall into ‘the mom rut’, and literally at times feel like I’m going crazy. Heck, that’s why I started this blog! All the feelings, all the emotions, all the repetitive routines, the days inside the house, the negative thoughts, it’s all something women experience and never get to talk about. In this post, you will discover new ways to reduce the anxiety, stress, and depression so you can get back to feeling great about yourself again. Because your mental health is just as important as anything else.
Wake Up Earlier
Wake up before your kids do. Set your alarm for an hour earlier than you normally would. There are so many reasons this will save your sanity, like being able to get a workout in, in the early morning, which is powerful for releasing endorphins and preparing your mind for the rest of your day. Get whatever it is you need done, without anyone around. This may be pampering yourself, preparing for the rest of the week, writing shopping lists, etc.
Set a Morning Routine
With all the things mentioned above, continue to do this daily and make it a routine. That time you spend in the morning is the best time to check in with yourself, something so important to do every single day. Even if you’re not a morning person, you can still do this when lying in bed, which works to relax the mind before bedtime as well. Think about the week you had, what you appreciate in life, what your goals are, and what you need to accomplish those goals.
Read a Book
There are so many stimulants in today’s world that keep our minds overly active. What helps us to relax and focus more, is simply to read a book, especially one of interest. Make it a habit to read a chapter when lying in bed at night instead of reaching for your phone. You’d be surprised how fast you can fall asleep when you’re reading. Not only is it a calming effect, it also exercises the brain by expanding vocabulary and producing ideas.
Laugh and Smile More
Do you ever think to yourself “jeeze, I really can’t seem to smile lately”? When absolutely nothing seems pleasurable and you find yourself completely miserable throughout the days, weeks, or maybe even months. That’s depression. The opposite of being happy. So, how do you laugh more and smile more? Start thinking about what made you laugh in the past. The childhood memories, the jokes your dad would make, what your child said to you when you almost peed your pants, that song that makes you want to dance. Simply talking about some of our greatest fears can give us a good laugh as well. Set those good feelings aside and always refer back to them when you need to. Most importantly, do more of what makes you happy and make it a priority.
Eat Healthy and Cut Out Sugar
This one is huge for maintaining a healthy mood balance. Sugar is the devil. Just kidding. But it will cause blood sugars to spike and your moods to fluctuate up and down. When you cut sugar out of your diet, it’s like coming down from drugs, people say. Your mind becomes razor sharp and that brain fog disappears. It’s true what they say, food is medicine, so use that to your advantage when taking care of your brain. Fill it with healthy fats, vitamins, and all the nutrients to feel good. The brain is the fattiest organ in the body, so replenishing it with avocados, coconut oil, and fish oil are a must. See ketogenic and whole 30 recipes here.
Drink Plenty of Water
Do you recall having that dehydration headache when you’re out and about for hours at a time and you’re completely parched? It’s a massive pain above your temple because your body needs to be replenished. You have not kept up with your daily water intake and now can barely function. The best thing you can do is always bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. Make it a habit. The last thing you want is to pass out or forgetting things like your wallet or phone on the way out. The brain is 75% water, people. Listen to what it tells you.
Keto and low carb egg cups are easy to prepare and great for a quick, on-the-go breakfast. Store in the fridge or freezer, reheat, and enjoy.
By using egg whites, you will reduce your cholesterol as well as consume far less calories. This helps to keep you within your macronutrients for the day (your fat to protein to carb ratio) by not overeating and limiting your calories for burning more fat and losing weight.
Each egg cup has 128 calories and 2.5 NET CARBS.
If you have an intolerance to dairy or looking to stick to a paleo or whole 30 diet, you can skip on the cheddar in this meal. You can customize the egg cups by adding your favourite ingredients like peppers, jalapeños, bacon, and more.
You can adjust this recipe to your liking, adding and eliminating, and changing it up each week to what you feel like. The best part is that all you need to do is reheat one and munch for a quick breakfast to go along with your bullet proof coffee or green smoothie.
Did I mention that this is super fun to make?! Get the kids to help you form your egg cups with the ham, and then pouring in the ingredients. Then, bake! I find that 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees is good for cooking the insides of the egg cups but this can all depend on your oven. It’s best to take them out and try the toothpick test, where you stick a toothpick inside and pull it out and if it has batter on it, it needs more time to bake. The toothpick should come out clean.