Seven Little Ways To Improve Each Day And Make This Your Best Year Yet!

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Here are 7 little ways to improve each day and make this your best year! They add up to make a BIG difference in your day! #NewYou #SameSilkySmoothTaste #ad

I’ve always been a fan of the New Year, New You motivation, but it’s been on fire for the last two years.

What has changed? Well, EVERYTHING. I think it’s just about raising kids and watching them grow up – and a bit more independent each day. Once you get out of the swirl and whirl of diaper changes, naps, and feedings, you’re left with the core of your life. Love. Work. Meaning. Dreaming. Once Des grew out of the toddler stage, it hit me that while we still have many vivid and gorgeous years of parenting not yet under our belt, I still want to work on the foundation of this life. I suppose there are more than one thing holding up the foundation. I want to work on my career. I want to work on my marriage.

I want to work on ME.

There are so many intricate pieces that add up together to make a fulfilling life. They’re steps! They’re ways. They are big by themselves, especially when you work on them daily, and they also add up together to make big changes – for your best year!

I keep this cute TASKS app on my phone, and while it doesn’t necessarily propel me, reward me, or hold me accountable, it does serve two purposes. 1 – it does inspire me. It’s just one step of many little steps, that add up to BIG changes. And 2 – it shows me what I find important – and what it means to me to succeed. It’s a well-rounded list, and you can try it too!

1 – Get up early. Hear me out on this one, because I DON’T believe in getting up early. I’m absolutely a night owl and I always say that getting up early is fighting my own biology. You just never know what you’ll see at dawn, though. One of my dreams is to get boots up to my waist (does that exist?) and sit with a tripod and a zoom lens in a lake at dawn, just to see what kind of wildlife comes through. By the beach, you can see sunrises. If you’re hiking, rock climbing, or on a mountain, the morning light will take your breath away, just as much as whatever you’re doing does. I firmly believe that to really “get” a place, see it at dawn. That’s one of my #1 travel photography tips, but I think it should be applied to home life and daily life.

Try it out and see morning in a new way. I believe it will improve every day, and your year.

2 – Make playing a priority. Believe it or not, even though I’m a parent, I still need this reminder. Before I had kids, I still found ways to play because I thought if I stopped, I’d grow old too fast. For me then, it was bowling and video games. You can use trivia games, mini golf, and basically think of ANYTHING that has the sole purpose of enjoyment. How novel is that?

3 – Move your body! One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not easy. Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s crucial. If I skip movement, I get into an exhausted rut. I can see the difference in anything I do. It’s hard to hold yourself accountable, right? Some ideas – always take the stairs. Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000+ steps a day. Join a local team. Pay for a dance or barre or fitness class ahead of time so you want to get your money’s worth! Go for a walk with the dog. Get down off your desk and do a 90 second plank! I honestly just did one. Ok, I exaggerated a bit. I can get to 70 seconds, though!

This was me a year ago, the first time I was greatly humbled by barre!

4 – Be still. I’m not going to tell you to relax, because if you’re like me, you get rather annoyed/rebellious when someone tells you to relax. “No, I will not relax! In fact, I will do the opposite to spite you!” The studies do show, though, that meditation does a bunch of good stuff for your days. What you can do is practice sitting quietly. It may not come easily right away, but practice makes everything feel more natural. Start with five minutes a day, and work your way up to 20!

Just taking that time for yourself will make you better off in the long run.

5 – Give yourself boosts of energy – through different avenues. I scatter these throughout my day like little shooting stars. They make ALL the difference. It’s whatever gets you going, right in the heart. First, drink a glass of water. Aromatherapy? Diffuse some oils. Music? Play a power song. Connections? Call, text or email a loved one who is NOT expecting it. Do something amazing – like donate money, send a gift basket, help a neighbor. These are the very things that make us human, and they are the very things that keep us going. Do them DAILY. These are powerful and motivating self-care and care deeds, punctuated with a glass of water, about 7-8 times a day. It builds! Plus, you keep hydrated! Now that’s magic.

6 – Do things with your WHOLE heart. I think this has been my biggest lesson and my biggest resolution of 2017 so far. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. If it feels right, not only should you JUST DO IT, but go that extra distance.

7 – Give your morning routine a big boost. By now, you know I believe that little wins of each day become positive and lasting changes in your overall health. I’ve been looking into using less dairy and more plant based products in my days, and my years. That’s why I was so excited to see that Silk Milk, a product I already love, is featuring new packaging that came out in mid-late January. Silk Milk is the perfect everyday milk for all dairy-free needs, and I get it at Walmart.

I LOVE Silk Almondmilk. with its mildly nutty taste, and great calorie count, I love it with cereal, and as a smart swap for recipes, shakes, and smoothies that call for milk. No cholesterol or saturated fat! It’s the power of plant-based nutrition.

Then we have Silk Yogurt! It’s the PERFECT everyday snack, breakfast, lunch, etc. for your dairy-free needs. The Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternatives are available in six different flavors. I generally buy a bunch at once.

They are all unbelievably smooth and creamy, cholesterol-free, vegetarian, and containing 6g of plant-based protein!

Now how awesome is this?

Are you ready to embrace a new you and your best year yet? What’s your favorite Silk product?

Cinnamon Streusel Waffles With Shredded Wheat

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It should be noted, that we have a Farm Animal Waffler.

We are waffler people. It started well before marriage and kids, when we were long-distance dating, and dreaming about what it would be like to have breakfast together in our own home every day, or even just one time! What a dream! So we started giving each other breakfast-themed gifts. Christmas that first year saw maple syrups, flavored baking mixes, funny oven mitts, and maybe even a cheeky apron. Somehow, I dug up a photo of our first Christmas together. Maine, circa 2006.

For Valentine’s Day, it was heart-shaped egg makers and pancake/cookie cutters.

Once we had kids, of course our breakfast repertoire expanded to included character waffles, and heart-shaped EVERYTHING.
Of course we have kids who get in on our breakfast action, even though they have different tastes. Des loves bananas, and can eat three at once, and then ask for breakfast. Scarlet will eat scrambled eggs and cereal with milk, while Des wouldn’t touch eggs, and loves his cereal dry. Both kids can agree on waffles and pancakes, and have for as long as I can remember. My recipe is actually great for pancakes – Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes – but I made it for waffles to see how it would go.

Turns out – it’s awesome!

Think pancakes and waffles topped with coffee cake crumble. That is essentially exactly what this is – with a twist. I crush Shredded Wheat and put it in the mix before baking. What does this add? Texture, flavor, crunch. Important things. I love adding Post cereals to my baking and my breakfasts, but I do like to designate them for different things. This tastes delicious.

Shredded Wheat is also a crucial part of the streusel topping.

Post cereals are the products we buy and love. We keep them on hand for our guests to kick-start their mornings, and we keep them for ourselves too! In the great theme of kick-starting a new day in a new year, isn’t it amazing that cereal can be eaten at all times of the day, and for various occasions? Whether it’s on or with French Toast for breakfast or brunch, whether it’s snack time, or whether you want a good bowl of cereal at any time of the day or night, it’s always welcoming, comforting and delicious. I find that starting each day of the New Year off right – makes for lasting change – and it sticks around.

How do I love breakfast? Let me count the ways.

It’s the most important meal of the day – as you have heard for years – because it’s TRUE. Luckily, it’s never been easier to find a healthy and tasty breakfast from Post cereals. They help you kick-start your year, and start each day off right, with whole grains that are packed with nutrients – including protein, fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants. They have fiber that keeps you full until lunch, by preparing your body for the day. It’s a new and better you with Spoonfuls of Goodness.

I have three favorites: Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts, and Great Grains.

Great Grains bring plenty of good things together to make a great breakfast. It has 36 grams of whole grain per serving, 12 vitamins and minerals, and 20% of your daily value for fiber. Grape Nuts, my old favorite, are a morning staple with 7 grams of fiber and 52 grams of whole grain. It is versatile and I eat them with milk, with cream, or in recipes.

Shredded Wheat, though! This is a new favorite. It’s packed with 49 grams of whole grain and 6 grams of fiber. Shredded Wheat Original is a classically wholesome breakfast – recommended by 9 out of 10 doctors to reduce heart diseases – and is the sole inspiration for my recipe today. Think about the topping of coffee cake – the coffee cake crumble. That is essentially what cinnamon streusel is – although it’s a bit wetter with maple syrup – and a bit crunchier with Shredded Wheat.

The recipe doesn’t take long to make, and if you happen to have already-cooked waffles on hand, you can bake them in the oven right with the streusel. Otherwise, you can bake the streusel separately and then top it over the waffles. I’m certain you can also spoon it into the waffle iron, but I haven’t been brave enough to try that yet. Lastly, you can spoon two tablespoons of the cinnamon streusel onto your pan, and cook pancakes or French Toast right on it! Just think of the best part of coffee cake – the topping – and how you can make it better with Shredded Wheat – and eat it as a breakfast topping.

Cinnamon Streusel Waffles

Cinnamon Streusel Waffles


  • For the Waffles:
  • 3/4 cup Post Shredded Wheat cereal
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.75 cups milk
  • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • For the Cinnamon Streusel:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Shredded Wheat, crushed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground cereal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
  2. Add milk, oil and eggs
  3. Combine until smooth and wait for waffle iron to reach medium heat
  4. Pour batter into grids and pour crumble on top of batter
  5. Close lid and cook for 3.5 - 4 minutes or until waffles are golden brown
  6. For the Cinnamon Streusel:
  7. Mix together flour, sugar, butter, Shredded Wheat, and cinnamon in a large bowl until crumbs form
  8. Sprinkle the streusel on a baking sheet and bake until brown and crisp, about 12 minutes
  9. Top the finished waffles with cinnamon streusel and maybe berries too!
  10. Alternatively, you can heat a griddle or pan to medium low, coat with cooking spray, add butter, and then add two Tbsp of cinnamon streusel to pan. Then cook pancakes right on it. SO GOOD!

So many fun and diverse recipes can be created using Post cereals – from sweet to savory and back to sweet again – and I love the endless possibilities. There is something for everyone in my family to kick-start our mornings together. Head over to your local Walmart and find these wonderful Post cereals in the cereal aisle. There’s a favorite for everyone in my family:

Which one is your favorite Post cereal?