Protein Chia Overnight Oats

This is the best recipe for overnight oats – Protein Chia Overnight Oats!
The best overnight oats you will ever have +++ they're healthy & nourishing - Protein Chia Overnight Oats
The best overnight oats you will ever have +++ they’re healthy & nourishing – Protein Chia Overnight Oats

I have tried so many overnight oats recipes that my head could spin. None of them were good enough to make a second time… or even finish the first time! This Protein Chia Overnight Oats recipe will convert all you skeptics!

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Until a couple months ago when my brother’s girlfriend told me about her overnight oats, and that she put Greek yogurt in hers. This is something I had not tried before.

So that night I went home, prepped my oats, tossed it in the fridge, and went to bed. The result the next morning was much better, but it still needed some tweaking so I started to experiment. (Let it be known that my brother’s GF didn’t give me an actual recipe, I’m not hating on her overnight oats skills!)

I wanted my oats to be as nourishing as possible. I also prefer to use almond milk, although I was using Greek yogurt (it that a cooking oxymoron?).

One day I plan to try out the almond milk yogurt that I love.

The best overnight oats you will ever have +++ they're healthy & nourishing - Protein Chia Overnight Oats
The best overnight oats you will ever have +++ they’re healthy & nourishing – Protein Chia Overnight Oats

You’re going to love these Protein Chia Overnight Oats. And the best part – the recipe is just a base, so you can add in whatever toppings you have roaming around your kitchen. My personal favorite add in adding any kind of berries! (I can’t wait to do a fall-inspired mix soon!)

I’m hooked on Bob’s Red Mill old fashion rolled oats which you can find HERE. I just love this company!!!!

I have made up several of these on Sunday night to make my weekdays/workdays a little. The Protein Chia Overnight Oats are so easy to make, but sometimes less thinking in the morning makes for a better morning… amiright?!

I’d love to hear what toppings you come up with for your Protein Chia Overnight Oats – I’m always excited to try new spins on recipes!!

Cheers!

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Protein Chia Overnight Oats
The best overnight oats recipe you'll find - bonus that it is super healthy and nourishing!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1-2 minutes
Passive Time 1 night
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Additional Toppings (optional)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1-2 minutes
Passive Time 1 night
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Additional Toppings (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (excluding toppings) in a seal-able, microwave safe container.
  2. Use a spoon to stir ingredients together well, or seal with the lid and shake like crazy (like I do!)
  3. Refrigerate oats for several hours/over night.
  4. To heat, remove lid and microwave oats for 30-second increments, until it reaches the perfect temperature.
  5. After heated to your liking, add in additional toppings like berries, spices, protein powder, whatever the mood calls for.
Recipe Notes

You may want to experiment with adding more or less milk depending on your taste. I like to err on the lighter side before refrigerating. It's easy to add more milk, but hard to remove it after the fact!

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9 Gifts for the Mom That ‘doesn’t want anything this year’ – What am I going to get my mom for Christmas this year?

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

I say that to myself every year. It’s so difficult to come up with a mom-worthy gift!

..and now, I am that mom!

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I used to get so mad at her (not really mad) because I want to get my mom as many gifts as I can for gift-giving holidays. How can this crazy lady never want anything?!


One year my brother told my mom, if she didn’t tell him what she wanted he was going to get her something stupid that she didn’t want at all.

Now that I am a mom, it is getting harder and harder to answer my husband when he asks me what I would like for Christmas (or my birthday). Maybe being a mom has nothing to do with it, perhaps it’s just “getting older” with a different perspective of value(s). I do not know.

 

Is it just me, or does it seem like the items that stores are trying to pass off as “gifts” are getting cheaper and less useful? I don’t want to get my mom (or anyone else for that matter) a gift that doesn’t have value. I don’t mean “expensive” value, I mean is valuable to that person, and shows them that I really put my heart into their gift.

Well I put together a list for you of REALLY GOOD gift ideas for your mom or significant lady in your life.

When it comes to gifting mom, think about the whole year ahead, or future Christmases. Think about the things she likes to do, her hobbies and interests. I have a hard time gifting people a Christmas-themed gift, especially when I am gifting it to them on the 25th! The item will get packed away shortly and not used for a whole year! Perhaps, think winter-y, or non-season related at all.

Here it is:
What am i going to get my mom this year for christmas? C-A-N-D-L-E-S!

I love candles, candles, candles, all year round! If mom already burns candles, this is a pretty solid gift. I like to burn clean-smelling things after Christmas, and particularly after New Years. Think of this time as a refreshing, calm, cool, and de-cluttering time. Scents like these:

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

This Capri Blue candle in the Volcano scent is amaaaaazing. If you’ve ever been to Anthropologie, THIS is the candle you smelled. So clean and fresh, perfect for winter, spring, and summer. I am OBSESSED with this candle.

What am I going to get my mom for christmas this year? Kitchen Gadgets & appliances!

Fun kitchen wares are things I love, but never ask for. I don’t ask for them because they’re just little knick-knacks, and it seems silly to ask for a little insignificant item that I could get for myself any time.

The key there is that I DON’T get it for myself.


 

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

NEW TUPPERWARE!!!!!!

The good stuff, man. I’m buying my normal stash of food storage containers at the Dollar Tree… but boy oh boy would I love some NICE containers. I feel guilty purchasing them the rest of the year because moms tend to have mom-guilt about making big purchases.

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

FOOD SAVER MACHINE

I’ve wanted one of these puppies for a long time. If mom has any interest in cooking, goes to Costco regularly, gardens, like to pre-prep meals… this is for her.

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

SALAD SPINNER 

I don’t know how I lived so long without a salad spinner… and WITH soggy, watery salads. Gross. It is hard enough to get more veggies in the mix without adding pools of water to your lettuce. YUCK! (Also, you wouldn’t believe how much water spins off the lettuce with one of these things.) Also great for washing herbs. But also don’t just get her a salad spinner… pair it with some fancy olive oils or vinegars, a fun cookbook, etc.

Bonus points because of the healthy-living trend that rolls around during the beginning of the year.

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

FANCY COFFEE MAKER

Is mom a coffee shopaholic?!? A friend of mine has this coffee maker, and I hope to receive one, too! I love that it has the little coffee pods, perfect for single servings. You can make an espresso size, or coffee cup size. With the milk frother, you can also make lattes, cappuccinos, mochas…. and more! Definitely worth getting the nicer model to get the milk frother. LOVE it.

What am i going to get my mom for christmas this year? Self care items!

 

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

SUPER COZY SLIPPERS

So, maybe a little cliche. But, I feel so pampered with “fancy” cozy slippers, a real special treat over the ones I bought at the grocery store (that really shouldn’t be true!!!)

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

WAKE UP LIGHT

I SO want one of these babies. These lights simulate the sun rise, and here in Michigan it gets downright depressing in the winter. I hope to receive one of these this year to test it out. The bonus is that it doubles as an alarm/clock and plays soothing tunes. Maybe it will help mom stick with her resolution of no screen time before bed.

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

BATH FIZZIES

Obsessed with bath fizzies, I can’t get enough. And, since winter time brings more cause for a hot bath at the end of a cold day, you know these beauties will be appreciated!

What to get my mom for Christmas this year?
What to get my mom for Christmas this year?

WINE

What goes better with a hot bath than a glass of wine?! Now that Amazon ships wine (to most states), it’s that much easier to order. Another thought would be to sign mom up for a wine delivery club from a local/her favorite winery. Some of my favorites are 2Lads, Bonobo, and L. Mawby. #michiganwine

Halloween – Sweet Not Scary

I am a little over the unnecessarily gory Halloween decorations, costumes, and especially FOOD! No, I do NOT want to eat a cupcake that looks like a brain. And no, I do not want to wear a costume that looks like I should be rushed to the emergency room. And this is coming from a person who watches The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Here are some Family Friendly Halloween Ideas for this Halloween!

Family Friendly Halloween Ideas for the Whole Family
I love this post from Cora L. Diekman on Domino about Halloween Decor.

The ideas in Cora’s post are sweet and Halloween-inspired, without making your lip curl. Also, could be some good ideas for workplace or office decor.My favorite it the tulle-covered balloon. You could so easily use another color tulle for a mix of black and orange (maybe purple, or green, too!). I may even repackage this as a birthday decoration with pink tulle. The opportunities are endless!

This post on livingly is great for costume ideas

The post is focused on family/group costumes, but you could easily tweak most of them for a smaller group (or to incorporate your pet!). I love the Jurassic Park one. None of the costumes are gory, or overly skin-showing (I’m not in that phase of my life right now).

I love this post on Just bright ideas for halloween cakes

(Minus the one with the stabbing knife.)

I may be making the candy corn cake this year, too cute.

Getting some cute monogrammed treat buckets to stuff full of treats!

I love the idea of making extra-special treats for all of the neighbors, coworkers, or family and friends. This would be such a cute way to package everything. And, it would make a few simple things look very well put together.

Homesteading Dreams (Ranch and Stetson Optional)

One of my dreams is to live on a farm, grow all kinds of things, and raise some animals. Specifically, chickens! Cute little chickens running around? Fresh eggs every morning? Yes, please!

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A few months ago my husband and I decided to sell our house and move into an apartment. Just until we decide where we want to live and what type of home will best suit our family. Plus the market was just begging us to capitalize on selling our home (read more about that here). Moving into an apartment kind of goes against the ideology of homesteading.

I grew up reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Anyone else? I cannot wait to introduce these books to my daughter. I think this book series is partially to blame for my desire to live a homesteading lifestyle. Maybe not bouncing through fields on a wooden-wheel wagon, or putting your clothes out to “dry” (AKA freeze) on a clothesline in January in the Midwest, or the lack of modern medicine…

What DOES sound ideal is the more simple way of living. No one was caught up in the 9-5 grind (that we all know is way more than just 9-5), traffic, being annoyed at an obnoxious family member on social media, or losing a phone charger…

Here are some tips to be more self-sufficient, even if you don’t have the luxury of wide open spaces…

5 Homesteading Tips (Regardless of the Type of ‘Home’ You Have)

  1. Have a small/medium/extra small herb garden in your kitchen

    Start a small container garden in your kitchen (or somewhere else in your home). Just grow a couple types of herbs, no need to over-do it right out of the gate. Make a list of 2 or 3 types of herbs you use regularly. Do some research to be sure they will all grow together well in the same container. (Some plants can live side by side with no problems, some will enhance the growing abilities of the other, and some will straight up kill each other – do your research before investing.)

    If you don’t have a sunny location to keep them (like me), try an LED Grow Light on your kitchen counter. This is the one I have and I really like it. I’m sure the neighbors are suspicious.

  2. grow some vegetable- or fruit-bearing trees

    You would probably be surprised to know how many veggie and fruit-bearing trees come in a dwarf/container sized variety that you can grow in your home. (Even when the climate wouldn’t normally support that type of tree.) I’m currently growing a Meyer Lemon tree in mid-Michigan. I’ve had two harvests so far and have had the tree almost two years. I hear that as the trees mature they bear more fruit, up to twice a year!

Not only will you be producing your own food, some of these items can be quite a luxury (i.e. you won’t have to justify purchasing them at the grocery store).

3. Embrace the essential oil movement

I’m really getting into the essential oil obsession right now. I am the first person to say that I am grateful for modern medicine (I had open heart surgery when I was 7). But I do think there are a lot of times I reach for a “cure” for an ailment that isn’t necessarily the best choice.

I’m not necessarily talking about being ill and avoiding professional medical care. But I AM talking about diffusing some grapefruit and orange essential oils around 2pm when you just really want to take a post-lunch nap (that can’t just be me). Legit. Try it. Work your way into it, you’ll be surprised how much you like it.

4. Make your own cleaning products

I have gotten into making quite a few of my own cleaning products. One of my favorites is my Laundry Detergent that works better than any other detergent I’ve ever used (and I have a messy toddler and a husband). Plus, it lasts SO LONG!!! You can get the recipe I use here.

Another thing I live by is the use of vinegar. Just the regular ol’ white distilled vinegar. (I take shots of apple cider vinegar, too.) I use distilled vinegar most often to clean my produce. Either put it in a spray bottle and spritz away (then rinse), or, what I usually do, put your produce in a big bowl with water and some distilled vinegar. (I tend to eyeball about a quarter of a cup when I use it.) You’ll be surprised how much longer your produce lasts, especially berries and grapes.

5. Rethink your self-care products

I try to find multiple uses for lots of things I buy. For example, did you know that olive oil is an excellent makeup remover?!? Also, coconut oil does just about everything, moisturizer, shaving cream, oil pulling, oh, and actually using it to cook with. And also baking soda will do just about anything, really worth a Google.