Wednesday, April 26, 2017


We're on a slime kick around here. With just few simple ingredients you may already have on hand, you can have your kids entertained for hours with super fun slime! Here are 2 of our favorite recipes.


2 Bottles of white school glue
1 tsp. Borax
Food Coloring

1. Pour both bottles of glue into a large bowl.
2. Fill each empty bottle with warm water, shake up, and put in with the glue. Mix together.
3. Add drops of food coloring until you like the color!
4. Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1 tsp Borax and stir. The mixture will thicken up quickly! 
5. Get your hands in there and mix and knead until you have a gooey and smooth blob! Have fun!


2 Bottles of white school glue
1 T. Baking Soda
2 T. Contact Lens Solution
Food Coloring

1. Pour both bottles of glue into a large bowl.
2. Add the baking soda and mix.
3. After mixing, drops of food coloring until you like the color!
4. Add the contact lens solution
5. Mix together until slime begins to form. Get your hands in there and knead! Have fun!

Both of these recipes are super quick and easy. I will say Slime #1 makes about 2x as much as the other recipe. Do you have a favorite slime recipe? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Did you know you can follow our family on our Newland Chronicles channel on YouTube?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Low Cost Fun Family Outdoor Games

There’s not much I like more than quiet evenings and weekends with just our little family hanging out together. Now that the weather is warming up, we’re ready to bust out of the house and be outside after school and on the weekends.

Here are 2 fun games we have enjoyed playing in the backyard and at the park with simple supplies we purchased at the dollar store and Walmart. You may even have several of these supplies already hiding in the playroom or your garage!

Balloon Ring Toss


Hula Hoops
Helium latex balloons
Black permanent marker

Attach each balloon a heavy object to weight it down. (We used some bigger toy cars)

Write different point values on the balloons with a black permanent marker.

This game really needs no explanation. Take turns throwing the hula hoops trying to “ring” the balloon. Take score (we used sidewalk chalk), and have fun!

Hula Hoop Frisbee Golf


Several hula hoops (Dollar Tree)
Frisbees of different colors (We got ours at Walmart for .97 each)

It’s simple - toss the hula hoops into an open field, and keep score similar to miniature golf, trying to get your frisbee inside the hula hoop in as little turns as possible.

We went to an open field at a huge park and had a blast.

What are your favorite cheap but fun family games? Share below!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meal Planning Monday

Hello Monday! I'm not quite sure I'm ready for the week to start yet. That weekend went WAY TOO FAST. But alas, it's here - and its' my birthday week!  I'm trying to use what I have on hand, so lots of chicken recipes this week because it's what I have in the freezer!

Here are 5 healthy and simple recipes I’m cooking this week. When meal planning, my goal is always healthy but also quick and easy. I don’t have time to make elaborate dinners. Those days are long gone! 

1. Bruschetta Chicken (I have our family recipe coming in a post later this week but until then, we do love this Six Sister's version.) 

2. Salisbury Steak (We love the Trim Healthy Mama recipe from their cookbook. It's insanely good + healthy!) 

4. Pizza-dillas (Kid-food night)
*Every Thursday night is what we call "Kid Food Night" at our house. This recipe from Mix and Match Mama was a HUGE hit and we'll be making it again this week!

Snacks: Apples & natural nut butter, Hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt with frozen berries

What's on your menu this week?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

8 Super Cheap Family Fun Ideas

As the family grows, so does the amount of money it takes to do fun things with your kids. Our family has taken 1 family vacation in our 17 years of parenting. Unfortunately we just can't afford the big trips some families take. But I will say we still have all the fun. Finding fun family activities that cost nothing or very little has been a fun little challenge. I'm excited to share 8 of our favorite ways to have family fun for little or no money!

8 Cheap Family Fun Ideas

1. Dollar store games at the park

Some of our favorite Saturdays at the park have been with cheap dollar store supplies. With simple hula hoops, frisbees, and cheap helium balloons we have a blast at the park.

*How-to post for these fun games coming soon!

Hula Frisbee Golf

Balloon Ring Toss

2. Bike rides and ice cream

Let the kids ride their bikes, throw the baby in the stroller, and get outside! We love to walk to our little ice cream parlor for cheap ice cream cones. Don't have an ice cream parlor nearby? Stopping at a nearby gas station for a large fountain drink to share can be a treat they'll love. 

Hey - if the kids are riding their bikes just a little ahead, you kind of get a nice quiet walk to chat with your spouse! It's like a little date! :) Well - kind of. 

3. Backyard campfire

I just love evenings when we light up the campfire pit on the back porch after dinner. We roast marshmallows, sip on coffee and hot chocolate, and just hang out together. Make a "foil dinner" or roast hot dogs in the fire for a super easy meal!

4. Outside dance party

We have a couple afternoons a week when the after school hours aren't filled with appointments or meetings. I try to take at least 1 of those afternoons to come up with something fun for the kids and I to do before dinner prep needs to take place. 

Honestly, if I ask what they want to do, they usually ask for this fun idea. We simply take our bluetooth speaker and my phone outside and blast the music. If you dropped in unannounced yesterday, you would have found us jumping on the trampoline and dancing to our favorite album, the Trolls soundtrack. Don't have a trampoline? Turn up the music and play with sidewalk chalk!

5. Amazon Prime or Netflix movie

Last night was a Friday night at home and we were trying to decide on something fun and free to do. Peter and I were beyond tired after a busy week and were definitely happy to just sit and chill out with a movie. We found a fun family movie that was included with Amazon Prime. It cost us nothing, the kids loved it, and we didn't have to move off the couch! :) Both Amazon and Netflix are constantly adding to their family movies, so find a good one, pop some popcorn, and stay in tonight!

6. Board game night

We absolutely love board games. Now that the kids are getting older it's extra fun to be playing "big people" games but of course pulling out Candy Land is fun too. After dinner, have everyone put on their PJs, brew coffee for the parents, and pick a game! 

(By the time the game is done, it's probably bedtime. Win!) 

Here's a few of our current family favorite games...




7. Zoo Membership

Hang with me for a second - I know buying a membership to the zoo or aquarium isn't cheap. BUT we make it possible by using our Christmas and birthday money to purchase annual family passes to the zoo and aquarium. When we have a free day on the weekend it costs us nothing to load up the car and head out for a day trip to our local zoo or head out of town to visit the nearby aquarium. 

Peter's tip? Try dancing outside the aquarium and embarrassing your kids. Ha! Okay - maybe not.

8. Birthday clubs = food and fun

I sign up for every possible birthday club I come across. April is my birthday month and we already have a free hour of bowling for the family and free food from restaurants. The kids get free coupons for trampoline places, bowling, roller skating, etc. on their birthdays. Use those coupons for a cheap and fun day out!

What are your favorite cheap or free family activities?

Check out our family's adventures on our Newland Chronicles YouTube channel!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring into Fitness Sale!

April is always a significant month for me - it was 3 years ago in this month when I made some health changes that stuck. After starting and stopping my weight loss goals again and again for 14+ years after having my first baby, I had finally made a healthy new habit and found the key to losing the baby weight. Something about the month of April since 2014 seems like a renewal and reminder of how far Peter and I have come.

April is a reminder of how much better Peter and I feel now than we did in 2014. It's a reminder that if we can make a few healthy changes that stick, anyone can!

I have such a passion to help others find simple ways to make healthy changes as well. I have loved helping friends stay accountable, share recipes and meal plans, and encourage them to keep going and reach there own goals.

Do you Netflix?

I have a question for you - do you "Netflix" or "Hulu?" If you're like us, the way you watch TV has changed. We rarely ever sit down to watch a show when it airs on TV anymore. For one I hate the commercials. But also I need to watch our shows when it's convenient for Peter and I. Let me introduce you to the convenient Netflix-like fitness.

Introducing Beachbody On Demand

Beachbody On Demand is my "Netflix" for fitness. Absolutely EVERY SINGLE exercise program that Beachbody has released or will release is available for me to stream. With my 1 year membership I get it all!

"Back in the day" I would have to purchase P90X3 and when I complete it, I would have to buy another series. Not anymore! I have every single workout available to me. I don't have to find time to go to the gym. I absolutely love doing these incredible workouts with world renown trainers in the comfort of my living room! 

All you need is an iPad, iPhone, laptop, or streaming device (Roku, Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, etc.) to access it all. On Demand also includes a cooking show and all of the eating plans that come with every workout program. It's truly insane. Welcome to 2017, right?! Things sure have changed.

What's more insane is the price. The On Demand challenge pack that includes a month of Shakeology is usually $199. For over $6,000 worth of workouts! But for the month of April the price has been dropped to $160! 

Here's what included:

* 1 year membership to On Demand
* 1 month supply of Shakeology
* Portion control program with containers
* Coach support! I will help you every step of the way to help you reach your goals

 If you're ready to give it a try, you can purchase using the links below. 

Once you purchase, drop me a message and I'll walk you through getting started and invite you to join our fitness accountability group!

I'm here if you have any questions. Just ask!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Grilled Chicken BLT Salad :: BJ's Brewhouse Copycat Recipe

Peter and I are late night regulars once a week at our favorite restaurant BJ's Brewhouse. It's a blessing to have a 17 year old son who can babysit! We put the kids to bed and sneak out for a late night date night.

Tip: DON'T stop dating your spouse! I can't recommend it enough to make date nights a priority - even if you have to hire a babysitter.

Since it's late, we don't need to spend the money and eat a whole meal. Tip: Secret way to make date nights affordable - go late when you're not starving and just split something! 

We LOVE to get a BJ's BLT salad. The spicy and sweet vinaigrette is so so good! Tonight we decided to make our own copycat version at home and added sliced grilled chicken to make into a more hearty dish. It turned out just like BJ's version if I dare say so myself!

Salad Ingredients

Grilled Chicken - sliced
Baby Spinach
Tomatoes - chopped
Bacon - cooked and crumbled
Hard Boiled Egg - chopped
Blue Cheese Crumbles

Honey Siracha Vinaigrette

Blend together...

1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Siracha
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Garlic Clove

It's pretty self explanatory. Assemble the salad, drizzle with dressing, and enjoy!

This is literally our new favorite salad.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

What is Shakeology?

For Peter and I, Shakeology is our go-to breakfast every morning. Peter is the shake-maker of the family - I'm not quite sure how that even started, but he makes one for me every day! I'm spoiled!!!

What is Shakeology? 

Basically, Shakeology is made of healthy foods we all should be eating every day but probably aren't. It's literally my healthiest meal of the day! 

Some people say "I already drink a protein shake." Actually, Shakeology isn't a protein shake! Instead it's is a shake chocked full of super dense nutrition.  This chart below explains a bit more of what is actually in our super nutrition shake!

Shakeology is unlike any other shake you've tried. Made from globally harvested superfoods, Shakeology provides you with the super nutrients you need - phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, pre- and probiotics, ber, adaptogens, vitamins, and minerals. Shakeology is turbocharged fuel for your body that's incredibly delicious!

What does Shakeology do for your body?

Because Shakeology nourishes your body with the nutrients it needs and craves, it can hep boost energy, curb cravings, and promote regularity. Plus, it's been clinically proven to aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, and reduce blood sugar levels (as measured by HbA1C). So whether you want to slim down or are seeking to get healthier, try Shakeology. And discover what "healthy" truly is. 

You can order HERE or message me fill out this form HERE and I'll help you choose your flavor and answer any more questions you have. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!

Combine Shakeology with our all access pass to the ENTIRE Beachbody collection of workouts to feel your best! Sign up and I even have a private small group on Facebook to keep you accountable, motivated, and reach your healthier YOU goals!