3 Ways to make time to recharge yourself  

Today’s tips are inspired by the Daily Post: Recharge. As an introverted working mom, I don’t get a lot of alone time – and alone time is essential to helping introverts like me to recharge.  I love people, I enjoy working … Continue reading

Corn Meal “sanbox” for indoor quiet play

Dinner time can be rough – after working all day the kids want my attention, we are all hungry (possibly cranky), and dinner isn’t going to cook itself.  This activity keeps the kids calmly entertained, and is great while you’re … Continue reading

A Story of Surrender 

A giant wave came rolling towards us and my 6-year old yells “Stand up mom! Pick me up!” I couldn’t stand, I tried with all my might but the water was strong and it was pushing me down.  We had … Continue reading

Collect Moments

My to do list is filled with tasks, there’s dishes in the sink, and the kids were craving some mommy time on that Saturday morning. I felt slightly torn between doing “productive” things on my list or taking them somewhere … Continue reading

Breakfast Solution: Quiche Cups

Quick and Easy Quiche Cups for Breakfast

I’m working on my health one habit at a time, and the focus right now is breakfast. A healthy breakfast (and a strong cup of coffee) give me the energy and nutrition I need for work, family, kids, running, yoga, and (mostly) keeping my sanity through it all.

I recently realized I sometimes sacrifice breakfast to get dressed and brush my hair on work days. Then I realized I can have my cake and eat it, too – or at least get dressed and eat breakfast, too. So now I’m on a journey of making breakfast ahead of time for the whole work week.

Last week I made a batch of Pear Quinoa Breakfast Salad. This week I made something that deliciously resembles one of my favorite breakfasts – omelets! I love omelets but rarely take time to make them, so I’m excited for this quick alternative. Before we get to the recipe –

WARNING: I don’t measure, and if I do it’s a flexible/best guess measurement. I’m not trying to make it difficult for you. If a recipe is so high-maintenance that it requires precise measurements, well then that recipe just isn’t for me (Unless it’s cookies. Or cake.).

Let’s get real – I’ve got kids. Kids try to help and bless their hearts – kids don’t measure accurately, and then they spill both inside the mixing bowl and out. If they aren’t helping, they’re distracting me and I lose track of how many scoops or cups or spoonfulls I’m counting anyway.  Oh, and I’m usually trying to get it done as efficiently as possible. It’s easier to just grab a handful of something or shake a spice right in than it is to find the measuring cups and spoons, wash them (because I found them in the bathtub or play kitchen), and then use them.

“One, two, three…yes you must wear clothes when our company comes over…wait, how many cups did I just put in? Meh, good enough.”

Sara’s Make Ahead Omelets (aka Quiche Cups, aka Breakfast of Champions)

Quick and Easy Quiche Cups for a healthy breakfast


6 eggs
6 egg whites 
red pepper, chopped
spinach (I used whole but next time I’ll shred it up first)
onion, chopped
coconut oil*+
chia seeds+

*I melt the coconut oil before adding it to the mixing bowl. I put coconut oil in a small oven-safe dish and place in oven while preheating. It melted by the time I was done chopping veggies.

+I add these ingredients to as many recipes as possible because they’re just so good for you. Serious. Google their benefits and you’ll be impressed.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk eggs and egg whites.

Whisk eggs: Quiche Cups Breakfast Recipe

Mix in remaining ingredients.

Quick and Easy Quiche Cups Breakfast Recipe

Spray or grease muffin pan (I use coconut oil to grease pan) and pour mixture into muffin pan.

Quick and Easy Quiche Cups ready to bake

Bake 20-22 minutes then let cool on rack.

Fresh baked quiche cups for a quick and easy breakfast

Store in fridge, and microwave 15 seconds to reheat.

I’ve been eating these throughout the week, and I find myself looking forward to them when I wake up in the mornings. They taste good and they make me feel good, too.

Make good choices. Fight for your sanity. Eat breakfast.

Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.”  -Dallin H. Oaks

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast? Do you ever prepare breakfast ahead of time?

Easter basket ideas for kids

Easter basket ideas for kids

I remember waking up one Easter morning to find a new pair of shoes stuffed with Easter grass and little treats. My mom was the best at making holidays special, and it was a better use of money anyway to … Continue reading

Pear Quinoa Breakfast Salad

During the day I’m sold on the importance of a good breakfast to help with health, energy, and weight loss. But come early morning – I’m tired, hungry, and desperate for something quick to eat. Speed wins over quality every morning. Every night I think tomorrow I’ll eat something better and every morning I feel I only have time for cereal, a (sugary) muffin, or maybe just a coffee.

Well I’m no longer a victim of myself. I’ve been on a hunt for quick and easy breakfast ideas, and I’m specifically looking for things that can be made in bulk ahead of time (in the evening when I’m motivated) so that in the morning I can grab-and-go.

Tonight I’m setting myself up for a healthier tomorrow. I made a batch of Pear Quinoa Breakfast Salad. It will sit in the fridge and provide breakfast for the week. No excuses. All I have to do is dish up and eat my healthy, protein-packed (did you know quinoa is full of complete proteins?) breakfast.

The basic Pear Quinoa Breakfast Salad is good alone, and even better topped with plain Greek yogurt and honey. If you’re feeling really fancy, slice up banana or top with fresh or frozen berries.

This recipe is gluten-free, and fits well into any clean-eating plan. The quinoa, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds (I sneak chia seeds into everything) have lots of protein; the fruit, honey, and coconut oil will give you a kick of energy to get your day going.

So let’s get to it! Here’s the recipe for your new favorite gluten-free quick and easy high-protein energy boosting breakfast.

Sara’s Pear Quinoa Breakfast Salad

You will need
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
1 pear

*Optional: chia seeds, coconut oil, Greek yogurt, honey, banana, fresh or frozen berries

*Variation: try replacing the pear with an apple

just a few ingredients needed, and most are staples in my kitchen

just a few ingredients needed, most are staples in my kitchen

How to make your new favorite breakfast

Add coconut oil to quinoa while cooking. I didn’t measure, I just added a big, rounded spoonful.

cooking quinoa with coconut oil and chia seeds

cooking quinoa with coconut oil and chia seeds

Dice pear into bite size pieces. I washed mine well and left the skin on.

Mix quinoa, pears, cinnamon, and chia seeds. I didn’t measure the cinnamon either, I just dumped some in. And when I thought I had enough, I added a little bit more.

ready to be chilled

ready to be chilled

Store in the fridge in your favorite Tupperware.

To serve

quick and easy (and healthy!) breakfast

quick and easy (and healthy!) breakfast

Dish up the chilled breakfast salad, top with Greek yogurt, and drizzle honey on top.

pear quinoa breakfast salad with Greek yogurt and honey

pear quinoa breakfast salad with Greek yogurt and honey



Want another easy breakfast idea? Give quiche a chance.

Quick and Easy Quiche Cups for a healthy breakfast

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Mums’ List: Spring Break

FAMILY LIFE This week was a beautiful and chaotic mess. My husband, a stay-at-home-dad, was out of town for 5 days and I took time off work to be home with the kids while he was away. I decided to make … Continue reading

Simple St. Patricks Day Project

Today’s art project was simple, included a teaching moment about gratitude, and took minimal prep (and minimal cleanup). First we gathered up some green: stickers, paper, die-cuts, markers, crayon, glitter, and anything else on hand. Then I helped my little … Continue reading