I hope everyone had a great Easter with their family, and got a refreshed filling of the grace we are given in our lives due to Jesus sacrificing his life for us! I will say that I am pretty proud of myself! I mentioned previously that I love Easter Candy, and that Easter is my favorite holiday. Well today I'm celebrating because I went the entire Easter holiday without eating any Easter candy...no Robbin Eggs or Starburst Jelly Beans for me.
I did however have some chocolate.....but it was SUGAR FREE!
What....? Is that even possible? I KNOW! I decided instead of buying my husband some chocolate Easter treat, that I would make my own, using 100% cocoa, and sweeten it myself. So that's exactly what I did. Check out these yummy
PeaNut Butter Cups!
I used the amazing Nuttzo to fill them, and they were yummy, and nutritious! It was so easy to make, and they were so tasty...plus, it was sugar free chocolate, filled with lots of goodness from this seven nut and seed butter, Nuttzo!
Check out Nuttzo here, and use code SUELL15 to get 15% off your order. I'm just telling you, you won't regret it! It's my new go-to nut butter!
Nuttzo in my smoothies, Nuttzo with my apples, Nuttzo by the spoonful, and now, Nuttzo in my chocolate cups!
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Am I WEIRD for making my own Easter Candy!?!? Is choosing to be DIFFERENT good or bad!?!? #MommyMonday
So, after making my own Easter candy, and chatting with a few friends, it got me to thinking.... Is being different, good or bad!?! Does making my own Easter Candy make me the "Weird Mom" !?!?
You all know my passion for living the #LeaveYourLegacy lifestyle! I have a desire to create healthy choices for my family. To make eating REAL FOOD the norm, and the desired choice.
I want to create a lifestyle that doesn't always use food as a "reward" or a special thing. I want to use experiences, or getting to do/enjoy special things together as rewards for my children, so that food isn't the thing that our lives are centered around. (I mean any more than it has to be, because obviously, we NEED food).
But.....does desiring these things, and wanting to be different in this way....does it make me the WEIRD MOM!?
Obviously, being different, and even weird is okay to some extent! It's okay to not confirm to everything! I want my son to know that it's okay to be different. To stay true to your passions and who you are created to be, even if that is different from those around you. HI also don't want my son to feel deprived, or like he didn't get to fully experience things in life.
How do you find the balance!?!
I have talked to two other moms this weekend who feel the same way. How do I do things that I know are better for my children (i.e. make homemade candy that is a healthier option for them, or not go all out with gifts for Easter, but instead focus on the true meaning of the holiday), and yet not be weird, or deprive my children of enjoying a holiday.
Or better yet, can i protect them forever!? OBVIOUSLY NO! Even at a young age, my child will go to a birthday party that has tons of junk food and juices full of sugar that I don't have at my house.
Things are going to happen outside of our homes that are different than the way we want our child to live, or things that we might not want them exposed to yet....or ever. So what do we do about it? Where is the balance?
I have decided, that I will raise my son the way I believe is right for him. For me, that is to eat healthy. That might mean not buying Starburst jelly beans for Easter, but instead making yummy, homemade treats together. Or that might mean filling his Easter eggs with dried fruit or stickers rather than chocolate eggs. But for me, that is okay, and I will be DIFFERENT, and I may be WEIRD, but I know that is what is best for my son.
Then, when he's older, and he goes to a party where they have Oreos, and artificial juices, I will let him decide what he wants to do. And hopefully because of the way I have raised him, to not be centered around food, he will be enjoying playing with friends more than he will be focussed on those cupcakes. Or, if he eats the sweets, then hopefully, his body will tell him when he's had enough.
Go with your Gut, with your Passions!
Do what you believe is right for your children!
And trust that they will always fall back on what you have taught them!
This seems to go along quite well with the Easter focus being on Jesus, and then this post, so be encouraged with this Bible verse:
"Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Happy #MommyMonday! Tell me, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU DO THAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT!?! OR THE WEIRD MOM!?
Enjoy this yummy recipe!