Thursday, October 15, 2015

Elderberry Syrup (Cold + Flu Protection)

Repost from last year! Well, its that time of year again. Fall sickness is just around the corner and every year I get the same way. ANAL. haha. I become a freak washing my hands and making sure to stay away from people who look sick. I just hate being sick and having my kids be sick so I am all about trying my best to prevent it before it hits! Last year was the boys first year at preschool and shockingly we did not have many sick days! I was kind of shocked and I survived Sams pregnancy without getting sick, minus the typical head cold but we had a fairly calm flu season last year. 

This year I still want to be prepared. I did elderberry pills last year so this year I am upping the ante and made Elderberry Syrup. I was going to buy it until I saw the price tag. It was like $25 for 5oz. No thanks! So I decided to make my own. You know since I am all Martha Stewart like over here brewing my kombucha like a pro! It was SHOCKINGLY EASY!
So whats the magic about this syrup??

It is packed full of antioxidants. It is said to relieve symptoms of colds and the flu, some swear it's more effective than TamiFlu! People use it also as a preventive once fall begins, which is what I will be doing! I have read such amazing things that I had to try it! 

Here's what you need!
(I ordered it ALL on amazon for like $35)
::I am stocked to make a ton of syrup::
2/3 cup Dried Elderberries (bought 1 pound bag on amazon
3 1/2 cups water
2 TBS Ginger Root (amazon
1 tsp Cinnamon (amazon
1/2 tsp ground cloves (amazon
1 cup Raw Honey (amazon

Bring water, spices and elderberries to a boil. Cover and Simmer for 45 minutes.
Drain the elderberries and discard them saving the syrup in a jar.
Once it has cooled add your honey.
Elderberry Syrup is complete. 
Seriously one of the easiest recipes I have done. 
Dosing is easy too.
For kids 1/2 tsp- 1 tsp
For adults 1/2 TBSP to 1 TBSP.
We are going to take daily for immunity boost!
If and when sickness occurs take the dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms disappear.
I am so excited to see how our family holds up this fall. KNOCK on wood. I pray this helps! The kids love the taste and have no problem at all taking it! I use a syringe so it's easy for them to just pop in their mouth and suck it down! 
Let me know if you guys make it!!! Would love to hear your thoughts!!
Happy Flu and Cold Season!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Outside that Comfort Zone!!

I am a huge lover of my comfort zone, that warm fuzzy place where I feel nice and safe. I usually dont like to leave that zone but since having kids I have definitely had to take risks and chances to expose them to life. If only I could keep them inside a little bubble, but that isnt realistic. I want them to be go getters and take life by the reins and run wild with no regrets, which mean this mama needs to face her fears as well and pave the way. 
So this summer I stepped WAY outside of my comfort zone and did a few new things, the first comfort zone breaker was taking on a brand new hobby. Stand up Paddleboarding and SUP Yoga!!! Jordan and I took a class earlier this summer and fell in love and since we have a river across the street we decided to invest in some boards and live it up!!!! 
We even made it into a family event and took the boys as often as possible!
Second up was CIZE, which is a dance program and I AM NOT a dancer but oh my goodness this program rocked my socks off. I was sweating insanely, way more than I do in normal cardio BUT I was having FUN!!! The best part is you do not need any equipment, you are just DANCING! He breaks it down into 8 counts just like a dance class and its amazing! Here are my results! 

What I lost: 3 lbs and 6 inches!!! 
What I gained:
Confidence in myself and actually not HATING dancing!! I am usually that person who never dances at weddings and this allowed me to figure out how my body moves and not be so nervous and self conscious about what I look like. It was shockingly good for my soul! 

If you want info on Cize email me at

Both of these things might not seem that big of a deal but they have been huge for me. I feel more free and weirdly more positive in every aspect of my life. I will do a separate post on the world of Stand Up Paddleboarding and how amazing it is and WHY you should get one asap!!!

Happy Friday, attack those fears! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies- 21 Day Fix Approved!

This recipe has become almost a weekly treat in our house. These are the first cookies I have ever made without real flour and sugar and while they are different its a GOOD different!!!! They are sweetened with maple syrup or honey and are seriously such a great alternative to regular cookies!!
Here is the recipe:
3 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4c melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

optional addition I have been doing is about 1/3 cup peanut butter! 

Preheat over to 375. Mix all ingredients. After batter is ready I place in the fridge for it to harden and then I drop by TBSP full onto parchment paper and bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown! 
Jude basically tries to eat them off the pages. The cool thing is these cookies are UBER moist and dense so you dont need many to fill you up! And since they fit into the 21 Day Fix they are a winner in my book! 

If you would like further info on the 21 Day Fix or FIXATE and how I have lost 40 lbs from the program please email me or follow my journey on Facebook or Instagram 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe

I am a pumpkin spice frappe obsessed lady! But I am not a fan of how calorie high they are so I sought out to make a healthier version. I used vanilla stevia drops to sweeten to my liking and it was tasty!
 I also topped with homemade whipped cream (not low calorie haha) but I use organic heavy cream and whip it with some powdered sugar and its a million times better than cool whip (without the nasty ingredients, I never knew how bad it was) once you make your own you will never go back!!!!
Enjoy loves.  Xoxo

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cooking with Kids SIMPLIFIED

I love cooking, and I love baking but I wish I loved doing it with my kids. We do cook and bake together sometimes, usually I try to when its just me and the oldest but more times than not the littles want to join in the fun and it turns into a WWF brawl no matter how prepared I think I am for the madness. This weekend we decided to make cookies and I no joke kept pushing it off and pushing it off until finally at 6pm on Sunday I couldnt push it off any longer. I got everything out and looked at the directions and thought, what the heck? Why dont I just premeasure it all into cups so there is no fighting over who scoops what and who cracks which egg. So I measured everything and put the ingredients away before the troops piled in on their chairs! It was FLAWLESS!!!! Minus they both wanted to do the chocolate chips so I just split them up into two cups and voila, no drama! By far the quickest and most stress less batch of cookies ever made in the Darr house. Hope this helps you mamas as much as it helped me!