Free Mothers Day Gift Tags

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Holidays

These are the perfect gift tags to put on ANY present for ANY women on Mothers Day!  They will print out perfectly on a 4x6...you'll just need to cut off the white corners and punch the hole, put some ribbon on it and tie it to the gift!  

Mothers Day is May 12th...get on it my friends!

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All the wrapping, gift bags, tissue and frame below was purchased at Target.

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Mustaches…Oh, I just love them!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design

I thought I would dedicate an entire post to mustaches!  I never thought mustaches could be so trendy, but they sure are and I think they are soooo fun!  I created some quotes that you can download for free all about mustaches!

This first one is my absolute favorite and I am going to put it in my boys room for them to always remember how important it is to be a gentlemen.  NOTHING is sexier and more attractive to me then a man who fits this description of a gentleman.  

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Benefits of Green Smoothies…plus, a delicious protein and omega packed green smoothie recipe that is dairy free…and you and your kids will devour it!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Recipes

Yeah, I know...that is the longest title of a blog post in blog history!  But I wanted to emphasize the insane health benefits in this smoothie and to point out that it actually tastes delicious too!  

I think it is important to have fruits and vegetables on our plates for dinner every night, but that is not the main way I get my kids to eat their greens!  I like to find ways to hide veggies in different recipes or smoothies as much as I can so my kids get the adequate nutrition that they need!  We started drinking green smoothies a few years ago and I have seen amazing results from it. 

A few tricks on making a green smoothie: First, put in your liquid, then your spinach (or whatever greens you are using) and blend this together first before you add anything else.  This will get the spinach completely broken down and smooth.  Notice how much I put in...I stuff as much as I possible can into each smoothie...the spinach really has no flavor and it is soooo good for you (see reasons why down below). Then add your flax seeds, chia seeds, and peanut or almond butter...blend again to get a smooth consistency...add fruit and ice and blend one last time.  If your kids are picky, spray some whip cream on the top of it and put it in a fancy cup so they will think it is a treat.  IMG_3027IMG_3017

Chocolate Protein and Omega Packed Green Smoothie-Dairy Free

(Makes approximately 4-6  smoothies)

3 cups Almond Milk

3 cups Spinach

2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (my favorite is muscle milk-cheapest at Costco)

3 tablespoons Almond Butter

1 tablespoon Chia Seed

2 tablespoon Flax Seed

2 Bananas

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It is the perfect snack for after school, before swim team or after dance class...and it's great to add to a healthy breakfast too.  The kids will ALWAYS  ask for seconds of this recipe!

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Health Benefits of this recipe

Flaxseeds: Two tablespoons of flaxseed meal contains 4 grams of fiber, 2.4 grams of the short-chain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and 300 milligrams of a particular type of antioxidant called lignans. Both ALA and lignans are anti-inflammatory, and lignans may also help lower cholesterol levels. Flaxseeds should be eating ground, otherwise they won’t be fully digested—and you won’t extract the nutrients.

Chia Seeds: While most associate them with the infomercials trying to convince you to buy green furry pets, chia seeds were originally eaten by the Mayan and Aztecs. One of the goals of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was to have people choose foods that provide more dietary fiber. The typical American only eats 40 percent of their daily fiber goals (women should aim to consume 25 grams a day). Chia seeds can help you close this gap. With 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, just adding two tablespoons of the seeds to your oatmeal or smoothie in the morning will double the fiber intake of the average American. Like flax, chia seeds also contain the omega-3 fat ALA.

Spinach (this is all in 1 Cup):

  • High in Protein - The highest vegetable protein around! One cup of spinach equals 5g of protein. (12% DV)
  • Super high in Vitamin A – Over 18,000 IU (377% DV). Vitamin A benefits the heart by preventing cholesterol from becoming oxidized in the body.
  • Crazy high in Vitamin K – Second only to Cauliflower with over 880 mcg (1111% DV) Vitamin K is essential as it helps calcium adhere to the bone making them stronger.
  • Great source of Folate/Folic Acid – Over 260 mcg or 66% DV. Which is particularly important for pregnant or nursing women.
  • Nice source of Vitamin C – With 17.6 mg or 29% DV. This also benefits the heart by preventing cholesterol from becoming oxidized in the body.
  • Great source of Minerals - 84% DV of manganese, 39% DV of magnesium, 36% DV of iron, 24% DV of potassium, and 24% DV of calcium.
  • 13 Flavonoids that help to fight cancer, protect against age related memory loss, and prevent heart disease.
  • Decent source of Fiber with 4.3g or 17% DV.

 Health Benefits of Green Smoothies

1 – Natural Weight Loss

Drinking a green smoothie is the best thing you can do to lose weight. Green smoothies provide the nutrition, vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without starving yourself. 

2 – Increased Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables (Particularly Greens)

The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases. Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them. The fruit masks the flavor so even though all you taste is pineapple, mango, banana or strawberry, you are consuming a healthy dose of spinach, carrots, tomatoes and any other vegetable that you put in.

3 – Easy Digestibility and Nutrient Assimilation

Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. Your blender unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body more than chewing any salad could. Smoothies are quicker and more convenient than preparing and thoroughly chewing a salad, especially when you are on the go.

4 – Antioxidants

Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.

5 – Increased Energy

Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.

6 – Mental Clarity and Focus

With a healthier diet comes greater mental clarity and focus.  You will experience greater alertness, energy and dramatically reduced anxiety and nervousness.

7 – Increased Fiber Intake

Unlike fruit juice or using a juicer, green smoothies use the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all the fiber and nutrition. Fiber is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order.

8 – Clearer Skin

Clearer, radiant skin is an often-reported benefit to eating healthier. Smoothies are high in fiber and allow your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin. 

9 – Reduce Cravings

Green smoothies reduce cravings for junk foods, unhealthy sweets, salt and fats. You will find that after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you will crave healthier foods such as fruits, vegetables and greens.

10 – Rich With Chlorophyll

Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.

11 – Alkalizing

Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many natural health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance in the body. Acid-producing foods (as well as the over-consumption of protein) can raise the PH level of the blood, which can cause your body to leach calcium from your bones to neutralize it, thus increasing your risk for osteoporosis. 

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Free downloads of a few of my favorite love and life quotes…plus, I Dreamed A Dream quote from Les Miserables!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design

I LOVE quotes...can you tell?  They simply inspire me! These are a few of my very favorites, so I thought I would create them with coordinating colors...you can print them off and they will fit perfectly in an 8x10 frame.  You can upload them to Costco Photo Center and they will print them for only 1.50 each!  

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FYI: If you sign up for my newsletter (down below on the right hand side), you will receive free printables that are exclusively for my email newsletter peeps!  They will be printer ready and will be without my elliebeandesign label on them. 

Have a fabulous day my friends!!

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There is something amazing about this William Shakespeare quote...It makes me think of the times when I was holding my brand new baby in my arms, feeling an instant deep love and connection to them and they would look up and smile at me...almost as if they knew what I was thinking and feeling.  It could also be that intensely magical moment when you meet your soul mate for the first time.  So sweet and profound...I love it!

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Love this song from Les Miserables...gives me chills just reading the words.

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I try and find the beauty in the most messy of days...Life IS beautiful and there is so much to be grateful for!

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 I have learned that we "choose" what we want our lives to become...things won't always be perfect, but we can choose to have a great attitude no matter what the circumstance.  I need this quote in every room in my house to always remember to choose JOY!

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Design Inspiration for a Tween Girls Bedroom

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design

I am currently working on very fun project!  I am designing and decorating a room for an adorable 12 year old girl...these are a few of the things that I am using and I thought I would share them with you!  Pictures of the completed project will be coming to the blog in a few weeks!  Can't wait!!

The links for all of the items are below...

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1.  Caitlin Wilson Textiles

2.  White Tufted Ella Sleigh Bed

3.  Porcelain Turquoise Elephant Figurine

4.  White Queen of Love Chair

5.  Ikat Wool Hand Tufted Rug

6. White Ornate Picture Frame with Initial 

7. Turquoise Dresser

8.  White Wall Clock

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75 Healthy Substitutions for Recipes & Gluten Free Options too!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Recipes

This past week was so much fun...we had Easter, plus Spring Break, plus having family in town, all equals lots of cooking delicious food in my kitchen!  Although I enjoyed every bite,  it's time to get back on the healthy eating train again!   Here is a list of healthy substitutions for recipes...some are very surprising, but they really do work! You can download the link below if you would like a copy!!

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1. Black beans for flour

Swapping out flour for a can of black beans (drained and rinsed, of course) in brownies is a great way to cut out the gluten and fit in an extra dose of protein, Plus, they taste great. When baking, swap out 1 cup flour for 1 cup black bean puree (about a 15oz can).

2. Whole wheat flour for white flour

In virtually any baked good, replacing white flour with whole wheat can add a whole new dimension of nutrients, flavor, and texture. Because whole wheat includes the outer shell of the grain, it also provides an extra punch of fiber, which aids in digestion and can even lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. For every cup of white flour, substitute 7/8 cup of whole-wheat.

3. Unsweetened applesauce for sugar

Using applesauce in place of sugar can give the necessary sweetness without the extra calories and, well, sugar. While one cup of unsweetened applesauce contains only about 100 calories, a cup of sugar can pack in more than 770 calories! This swap is  perfect for oatmeal raisin cookies. Pro tip: You can sub sugar for apple sauce in a 1:1 ratio, but for every cup of applesauce you use, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.

4. Unsweetened applesauce for oil or butter

Don’t knock this one till you’ve tried it. The applesauce gives the right consistency and a hint of sweetness without all the fat of oil or butter. This works well in any sweet bread, like banana or zucchini, or in muffins (like in these low-fat blueberry muffins) — and even with pre-boxed mixes! On your first try, only try swapping out half the fat (so a recipe using 1 cup of oil would use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce). If you can't tell the difference with that swap, try swapping a bit more of the fat next time around.

5. Almond flour for wheat flour

This gluten-free switch gives any baked good a dose of protein, omega-3s, and a delicious nutty flavor. Check out these classic butter cookies for a simple example. A word of advice: almond flour is much heavier than other baking flours, so when subbing go 1/4 cup at a time (so 1 cup wheat flour would become 3/4 cup wheat flour and 1/4 cup almond flour). Or, if it's all or nothing for your recipe, remember to increase the amount of rising agent (by about 1/2 teaspoon per cup of almond flour added) to account for the extra weight.

6. Avocado puree for butter

They’re both fats (albeit very different fats) and have nearly the same consistency at room temperature. The creaminess and subtle flavor of the avocado lends itself well to the texture of fudge brownies and dark chocolate flavorings. Check out this recipe for perfect proportion guidelines. It can take some experimenting to get this swap perfect, but generally, using 1 cup of avocado puree per cup of butter works

7. Brown rice cereal with flax meal for Rice Crispies

Brown puffed rice has the same texture as conventional white rice, but with half the calories. The flax adds extra fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals to the mix without compromising flavor!

8. Marshmallow Fluff for frosting

Replacing the fat and sugar in frosting with marshmallow achieves the perfect consistency with many fewer calories. While two tablespoons of marshmallow has just 40 calories and 6 grams of sugar (and no fat!), the same amount of conventional frosting can pack up to 100 calories, 14 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of fat. Need we go on?

9. Natural peanut butter for reduced-fat peanut butter

While they may appear better than traditional Skippy or Jiff, reduced fat versions of peanut butter can actually have more sugar — and an extra-long list of artificial additives— than the classics. Natural peanut butter (preferably unsalted) provides the same sweetness without call the extra junk.

10. Vanilla for sugar

Cutting sugar in half and adding a teaspoon of vanilla as a replacement can give just as much flavor with significantly fewer calories. Assuming the recipe originally calls for one cup of sugar, that’s already almost 400 calories cut out! You can't sub this one in equal ratios, but next time you're whipping up some cookies, try cutting 2 tablespoons of sugar and adding an extra 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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April Fools Day Menu that Kids will LOVE!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Holidays, Kids & Family Life

I love to make April Fools Day fun for the kids...they get a kick out of the simplest things!  Of course my life revolves around food on any normal day, so it is just natural for me to make April Fools Day all about the FOOD!!  I made this menu from The Crazy Cafe and you can print this out and let your dinner guests choose what they want for their April Fools Day dinner...they will be VERY surprised when their plate arrives at the table!!  

I let my kids take turns being the "waiter".   They will take one persons order and then I let the "waiter" help me in the kitchen creating that plate.  They take turns doing this until everyone is served...they absolutely love it!   Oh, and I don't want to be held responsible for the insane sugar high that your kids might get from this!  It's only one day out of the year...right?   

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