The Three Traps that stop you

The Three Traps that stop you

I Love reading Blogs and different articles online. I also feel that keeping them to myself isn’t fair to you. So, today I’m sharing a great blog that I just read.

Ruth Soukup, is a blogger at Living Well Spending Less, New York Times Best Selling Author, and all around smart woman! She has a blog and academy focused on blogging.  Now I am not in her class and do not receive any type of kick back from her. When reading her bog today I could relate. I feel that these traps that stop us from being the best version of ourselves are true for everyone; not just bloggers.

At different stages and times in my life I have experienced all of these self induced traps; Overwhelm, “I Can’t, and Comparison. The article gives simple tips to help overcome these.  So, in true Christine fashion I drew them out and and wanted to share with all of you. Check out her blog Avoid Getting Stuck.


I hope you enjoy the visual notes as well as the blog share!

Banana Oatmeal Mini Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Mini Muffins

I Love muffins. They are quick and easy, can be frozen for the future, and are good any time of day. I am always on the lookout for new muffin recipes and while browsing Pinterest came across this new one.  I really only changed the size of the muffin as compared to the original by Debbie Reichert Fitness. With young kids in the house a mini muffin becomes the perfect snack.

These are moist and chewy muffins for anytime of day.

Banana Oatmeal Mini Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Serving Size: 40-48

Banana Oatmeal Mini Muffins


  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats uncooked
  • 1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBSP flax seed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or walnuts *optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray two mini muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray or use liners.
  3. Place Oats in food processor or high powered blender until smooth (about 15 seconds)
  4. Place remaining ingredients in blender, EXCEPT chips/walnuts. Note if using a high powered blender you may want to layer your oats and wet items so they mix.
  5. Mix until smooth. The batter should be wet, but thick.
  6. Stir in optional chips and nuts. You could divide your batter at this stage to make both!
  7. Divide batter among liners and bake for 11-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. *Tip- Either fill the liner to the top of pan for a traditional muffin top or use a 1 Tbsp measure for a flatter top muffin.
  8. Cool on a wire rack


These muffins can be easily frozen in individual bags, but they are great eaten warm.

I was lucky enough to spill some of the batter just on the top portion of the pan, and my daughter coined it the Mickey muffin. Totally doable to do this to all of them!

Banana Mickey Mouse muffin
Banana Mickey Mouse muffin




My Meal Planning Template

Maybe you don’t know what Meal Planning is or how to do it, no worries. I wanted to share my meal planning template with all of you to help get you started.

Meal plan

Get Your Free Template here: Weekly Meal Plan Template

I personally figure out dinner first since I know everyone in the house will be eating this meal. Remember that just because your planning it out, doesn’t mean that you need a big elaborate meal. You can still keep it simple to include grilled cheese one night. This list will help to make sure you have the bread and cheese in the house to actually cook.

If the thought of doing this is overwhelming start planning only one meal at a time. Start with dinner and add other meals to your plan later down the road.

I promise that this may be one of the easiest things to keep your sanity, save money, and eat real food. For more information on how to meal plan check out my Simple Steps for Meal Planning.