Hillary Chybinski

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Easy Overnight Oats: Apple and Cinnamon

Apples and Cinnamon Essential Oil

Have you tried overnight oats? I resisted this healthy breakfast trend for MONTHS before I finally pulled out my mason jars and got my ingredients together. I've tried several recipes, and have a basic one that works perfectly fine, but last week I stumbled across a yummy fall flavor idea.

For my basic  overnight oats, I use a half cup of oats, a half cup of unsweetened almond milk and a tablespoon of chia seeds. I mix these together in "jelly" size mason jars and put them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, I add a scoop of Young Living Spiced Vanilla Pure Protein Complete and a spoonful of frozen berries.

Monday, December 31, 2018

One Little Word 2019

2019 word of the year is grow

It's that time of the year again. . .time to select a guiding word for the upcoming year. If you've been around the blog for a while, you may know that I have been a follower of this practice since way back in 2008.

Yes, ten years ago, I selected one little word, with inspiration from Ali Edwards. Every fall since then, a word has whispered at my subconscious. Last year's word was "believe." If asked, I will tell you that I am a terrible goal-setter. It isn't that I don't have goals - I do. It's that the act of writing them down and putting them into words terrifies me.

That seems silly, doesn't it? What's the big deal? Goal: I want to lose 10 pounds. Goal: I want to plan menus every week. See, I can actually do it. But those aren't my "real" goals. . .or maybe they are. Perhaps this is one of those things that I make WAY harder than it really needs to be. For that reason, I choose the One Little Word philosophy over the goal-setting, resolution-making philosophy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

5 Things I'm Doing Now to Make the Year Ahead Easier

Planning for the New Year

In case you just met me, I'm a little bit of a planner. I've been called "Type-A", "particular" and yes, even "anal retentive". Truth be told, I probably have a decent amount of un-diagnosed OCD tendencies. But I'm okay with that - planning is my super power.

If planning and setting-up systems isn't YOUR super-power, I've got five easy ways that you can set yourself up for a great year ahead!

Monday, November 05, 2018

Keep Family Traditions, Even When Your Oldest Goes off to College

College Planning and Family Traditions

We are entering a new phase or season of our family life . . . we are about to send our first-born off to college next fall. I can't believe how quickly we got to this point. It seems like only yesterday we were taking him to the zoo and stopping in at our local fire station on a weekly basis.

I began to realize rather quickly that this year would be filled with last "firsts," like the last "first day of school picture" and the last "first fall lacrosse league game," as well as first "firsts," like our first senior portraits and our first college application. Needless to say there are a lot of highs and lows and emotions are running all over the place for all of us.

One of the things I've been thinking about a lot lately are our family traditions and how this shift in our every day will affect those traditions in the year (and years) to come. We aren't sure where he will land at this point, but at least all the schools he's looked at are less than a 3-hour drive away. So I can breathe deeply knowing that unless there's bad weather, he'll be home for the major holidays.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Easy Family Meal Plan 2018 Week 42

Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday meal planners! So sorry I missed last week's meal plan, but I'm back on my game this week, and have four ideas to inspire you. Something new I'm trying in my meal planning is to use up things I have in my refrigerator, rather than buying new food each week, and tossing out so many leftovers.

I don't know about you, but I hate throwing away food. It's like a personal affront when I can't figure out a way to eat something we have on hand. But it's a terrible habit around here that I am trying to curb. On Sunday, for instance, I knew the temperature was going  down and I should make soup. I had leftover Rotisserie Chicken and leftover Rice. I did a quick Pinterest search, and realized I had everything on-hand for this recipe, except for carrots. So I added carrots to my shopping list, and whipped up this easy yummy Chicken and Rice Soup.