Have a Ball this Summer! Free End of Year Gift Tag Printable

Luke’s last day of preschool is Wednesday and he wanted (ok, I wanted him) to give each of his friends a small gift to kick off the summer. We were in Kentucky for Valentine’s Day, so he didn’t get to give out Valentine’s and this is just a small way to say “thanks for being my friend”. I scoured Pinterest to find the cutest ideas and you can see my post here on 12 End of Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables. 12 EOY gift printablesI took Luke to the Dollar Tree to pick out a little something to give each of his friends. He first wanted to give them m&m’s, but I shot that down quickly. We try not to give out too much candy and I know the teachers wouldn’t appreciate any extra sugar on the last day. After going up and down every aisle, he finally decided to give splash balls.

IMG_9151There are 16 friends in Luke’s class, so we purchased 16 splash ball sets. They come in a pack of two, but to cut costs you could easily place one splash ball in a baggie and attach the tag to the baggie. I think kids would be thrilled with one ball and never know that there were two in the original pack.

IMG_9153We came home and I whipped up some cute tags to cover the ugly Dollar Tree tag and ta-da… his end of year gifts were finished! Start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to cut and attach all 16 tags. (And that was with the help of two littles!)

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I ended up taping the tags to the splash ball packaging, but you could also use double-sided tape or staples to attach it.

Here is Luke with his little $1 end of school year gift. He couldn’t be more excited to hand these out next week!

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You can download these FREE gift tags by clicking the link below.
Have a Ball Gift Tags

Let me know if you use these for your kiddos classmate gifts. They would also be perfect for teachers to give their students as well!

Happy (almost) summer!

 

12 End of the Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables

12 EOY gift printablesIt’s that time of year again – the temps are rising, the students are crazy and the teachers are… crazier! Hah! Luke’s school year and preschool career are coming to a close next week with his graduation on Wednesday night. Since the kiddos in Luke’s class are going to be attending several different elementary schools next year, he won’t be seeing many of them as much as he would like. To curb the sad thoughts of friends parting, we decided it would be great to give each of them a little gift for the summer. He wanted to give everyone gum and legos. I wanted to give everyone something cheap that wasn’t candy. (Spoiler alert: I won that battle.)

After a quick Pinterest search I found several cute ideas. Here are my favorite end of the year gift ideas with FREE printables and the best part is they can all be found for $1 or less!

graduation_goldfish_snack_smThis goldfish themed gift tag from Party Bluprints is a great way to gift a snack without giving students a sugar high.

stars gift tagsAlisha from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher actually created these as a 1st day of school gift, but I think they would be great as a last day gift as well. Just print the stars, cut and attach a glow stick. So easy, so cute, SO cheap!

pop-rocks-singleThese are a candy gift, which I don’t love to give, but it is so darn cute I just had to include it! Christy from Eleven Magnolia Lane created these cute printables to go with Pop Rocks she purchased at the Dollar Tree. See, everyone loves the Dollar Tree!

Wanderful gift tagI’ve seen these bubble wands at Walmart, Target and the Dollar Tree. You can usually get a pack of 6 for $5 or less, which makes each gift less than a buck! You can’t beat that! Stacy at She’s Kinda Crafty created some adorable tags that say “Thanks for being a WAND-erful friend this year!” All you need to do is print, cut and tie them to the bubbles!

Class-Ring-end-of-the-year-Party-Favor-by-lidia-barbosa-at-kinder-alphabet-500x482Ok, I’ve seen LOTS of gift ideas floating around the internet, but I have never seen this one! How cute are these “class rings”? You can find these FREE printable tags from Kinder Alphabet!

End-of-School-Year-IdeaLandee is a new-to-me blogger and I LOVE everything on her blog! Hoping to not waste my entire Saturday perusing her site. Her daughter gave out sidewalk chalk for her end of school year gifts. Aren’t they cute? You can find a big box of these at Walmart and just split them up among the kids in the class.

bm-image-791365Seriously, these are SO adorable! You can find cheap sunglasses at the Target Dollar Spot or the Dollar Tree. You can also find them in small sets in the party section at some stores. You can find the FREE printable tags to attach on the Lesson with Laughter blog.

krazykoolThese gifts may cost slight more than $1 each because the cups will more than likely be $1 and then you have to add in the cost of the Kool-Aid. We don’t drink Kool-Aid at our house, so if I did these gifts, I would probably just attach a fun crazy straw. It would also be much cheaper that way as well. You can find the FREE tag at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

easy-end-of-year-student-gift-free-printable-love-this-so-much1What kid doesn’t love a frisbee? Just print, cut and tape these FREE printable tags to each frisbee and your cheap, easy gift is complete!

get-a-free-printable-that-to-put-on-a-jump-rope-give-as-an-end-of-the-school-year-gift-to-friendsLuke can’t really jump rope yet, but he loves to use his in pretend play as a lasso. You can find jump ropes at the Dollar Tree and just staple on these cute tags from Our Thrifty Ideas.

photo 9These are adorable CHEAP gifts that all students will love! The FREE printable tags can be found at First Grade Fairytales.

IMG_3724And last but not least, here is what Luke will be giving his class next week. We found these splash balls at where else but the Dollar Store. They come in a pack of two, but they can easily be split up and placed in a sandwich bag to make each gift only 50 cents. You can find the FREE printable tags I created here.

Do your kiddos give out or receive end of school year gifts? If so, what has been some of your favorites?

 

 

Kindergarten Kick-start

Word of warning: I will be over-blogging, over-gramming and over-posting about Luke over the next couple of weeks. He is graduating from preschool next week and my mommy heart can hardly handle it. I’m that crazy mom that cries when she listens to his graduation practice. The practice! I get that from my Mama and I’m just teary thinking about him getting SO big.

Since he will be going to two different schools next year for kindergarten (one in the fall and one in the spring), he had to visit both schools to be screened. The school he will be attending in the fall is a private Christian school and he had to do a 45 minute interview and screening with the Gesell Developmental Observation. Jacob and I also had a question and answer session during his screening. Our pre-interview selfie is below!IMG_6580

We were a little nervous as to what Luke would tell them. I asked him what he told them about Mommy and Daddy and here was his reply: “I told them that you cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen and Daddy plays football.” Yep, that pretty much sums us up, I guess! Hah!

After two rounds of  screening, I realized that Luke was ready for kindergarten even if I’m not ready for him to go. However, he needs to sharpen a few skills to make sure he will succeed when he enters school in August. In order for him to have fun, learn a few kinder basics and practice his fine motor skills over the summer, I created the Kindergarten Kick-start.

Kindergarten Kickstart Cover PAge

This is a HUGE 167 page set of worksheets, activity pages, coloring sheets, flashcards and posters that will help prepare any child for kindergarten. It covers letters, phonics, numbers, shapes, colors, handwriting and fine motor, scissor skills, reading, personal information memorization, a summer bucket list and much more! It would also be great review for kinders that need extra help before starting 1st grade or for home schoolers over the summer.

You can find out more information about the Kindergarten Kick-start at my Teachers Pay Teacher Store located here.

If you would like to get a FREE sample of the Kindergarten Kick-start you can download the printable emergent reader I created called, At the Beach.

At the Beach Emergent Reader About Colors

Strawberry Pickin’

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Last week our little family took a trip to Washington Farms to pick strawberries. My kiddos eat them by the cartons on the daily and I knew this would be a fun (and useful) family outing they would enjoy. If you are in North East Georgia, Washington Farms is located near Athens and it is definitely worth a visit. We found this little gem last fall during a field trip with Luke’s preschool class. They went to pick pumpkins, but as soon as I saw their flier about strawberries, I wrote it on my mental to-do list to make sure we came back in the Spring.

IMG_3567The berries were $12 for a gallon bucket and let me tell you, they tasted NOTHING like the berries that you buy at the grocery. They were amazing! Of course, doesn’t everything taste better straight from the farm. You weren’t allowed to eat them while picking, but it was SO tempting! The kids had so much fun picking the berries and they each had their own strategy. Luke would search and search for the biggest ones and Lyla would pick all of them she could find, even the bright green itty bitty ones.

IMG_3596Washington Farms also grows blueberries and blackberries that will be ready for picking later this Spring and Summer. We can’t wait to go back for more!

IMG_3599This picture makes me laugh… I had Lyla Rae in her strawberry appliqued dress with her bonnet because that just seemed like perfectnstrawberry picking attire and Luke, well, he was wearing all black Nike dri-fit gear. Boys and their clothes. Oh well, thankful for my girl to dress up! People are always asking me how I get her to keep her bonnets on and she actually likes them. She asks for her “princess hat” when it’s sunny, but to get her to wear them all the time, I just give her the option. If she wants to be outside, she has to wear her bonnet. She always chooses to be outside and the battle is over. Not only do I ADORE the way it looks on her, it provides excellent sun protection for my blonde haired, blue eyed princess.

IMG_8721After we picked two gallon buckets full of berries, we treated ourselves to homemade strawberry ice cream at the farm. It.was.awesome. I mean, I’m sure I burned off plenty of calories chasing kiddos up and down the rows of berries, right?

On the way home I researched how to make strawberry jam and we stopped by the grocery to grab the ingredients. The only thing I needed to buy was Sure-jell and sugar. My gracious, I didn’t know how much sugar was in jam. Guess that’s why it’s so yummy! I used the recipe right off the back of the yellow Sure-Jell Box and it worked perfectly on the first try. I don’t like “lumps” of berries in my jam, so I blended the berries to a puree to prep them and it worked great. Below are the results of my first shot at jam. Luke had one taste and proudly said, “Mom, it tastes just like the stuff you buy at the store!” Hah! Not exactly the response I was looking for, but I think he was amazed that I didn’t screw it up!

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Sunday Scriptures

Psalm 18:2

This weekend Jacob decided that we each needed to lay a stone on our house that we are in the process of building. You can read about our forever home here. We asked the stone masons if we could and they laughed… “um, its YOUR house!” So, while we were laying the stones, I was reminded of this verse, Psalm 18:2.

Jake, Al and Luke with front door stone

As I picked up the rock I was to lay on the wall of the house, I was amazed at the weight of it… it was heavy, especially for its size. And I was reminded of why the Lord our God is compared to as our rock.

Allison and Luke laying stone

This rock I was holding in my hands was stout, sturdy, and extremely hard to break. It is tough and has withstood pressure from being inside the earth for thousands of years, yet it remains solid and unbroken. That rock (along with the others) will protect the inside of our home from what is outside. That rock I placed on our house isn’t going to easily be moved, burned, chipped away or destroyed. If someone wants to move that rock, it will be nearly impossible, if not impossible. And isn’t that how God is? He is unchanging. He is solid and sure. He is our protector. And He isn’t going anywhere. No one can move Him or change Him. Wow!

Luke laying a stone

After reading what I wrote, it sure seems silly to try to compare God to anything, especially a rock. He is our almighty Lord, but this weekend, I was reminded that He can be our ROCK!

Jake and Luke laying stone

And don’t worry, Lyla Rae actually got to help lay a stone on the house too. She just wasn’t up on the scaffolding when we took all of these pictures. Also thankful that OSHA was no where to been seen while the 5 year old was on the scaffolding! Hah!

Low Iodine Diet Dinners

After completely falling off the blogging bandwagon, I decided to jump back on after a comment from a reader. She found me through a Pinterest search on low iodine diets and requested more information. Well, Jeni, you have inspired me to share, so thank you! I know this information has zero relevance for the vast majority of people, but I’ve been getting lots of pins from my LID posts. This excites me because I’m glad to be helping spread tips and tricks to surviving the LID. On the other hand, each time I get a notification that someone pinned my LID posts, it means that someone is getting radioactive iodine, as a likely result of a thyroid cancer diagnosis. Ugh. But, read on to learn how to survive dinner time on the LID!

LId Dinner Recipes

I LOVE to cook and try new recipes, however, while on the LID, I tend to keep things simple. There are lots of other dinner recipes for the LID online, but I stuck to my three tried and true meals. We literally ate the same dinner every third night for three weeks. I’m not sure who was more sick of them me or Jacob! Hah! He was a good sport and didn’t complain. Mainly because they are actually really great meals… at least I think so!

Meal #1: Steak, Green Beans, and Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I know some people (especially men) feel VERY strongly about their grills and grilling skills, however, we never cook our steaks on the grill. Four years ago, I learned how to cook the perfect steak in an iron skillet/oven and I’ll never go back! Below are the recipes for Meal #1.

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Steak– I usually buy filet mignon from our local butcher shop, Kroger, Costco or Whole Foods. You can buy another cut of steak, but when you are on the LID I think you should treat yo’ self whenever you can! Hah! Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. For all you grill lovers, don’t freak out about putting your steak in the oven. Get your iron (or other) skillet hot and pour in 1-2 tbs of olive oil. Coat your steak on all sides with non-iodized salt and pepper. Place your steak in the skillet and let it brown for approximately 4 minutes on each side. Transfer your steak to a shallow baking dish and cook in the oven for 10 minutes for medium (or longer if you prefer). Always use a meat thermometer to get your steak to the temperature of your liking.

Green Beans – I don’t really have measurements for my green beans. Brown garlic in a large sauce pan with some olive oil and then add the beans and a small amount of water. Stir to coat the beans and then cover to simmer. Check periodically until they are tender enough to cut with a fork. Salt to taste with non-iodized salt.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes– My family LOVES these! We eat them nearly weekly and my kiddos can’t get enough. The recipe below is easy to adapt to the LID by using non-iodized salt.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Meal #2: Baked Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Red Potatoes

IMG_5979I accidentally photographed this meal without the red potatoes. I had these sweet potatoes left over from the night before, but we usually ate this meal with the roasted red potatoes.

Baked Chicken – Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a chicken breast with olive oil, non-iodized salt and pepper. Place in shallow baking dish and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Again, use your meat thermometer to make sure the center of the meat reaches 165 degrees.

Roasted Broccoli  – Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash your broccoli and cut in to florets, or just buy them already prepared. Place florets in a large mixing bowl and toss in 2-3 tbs of olive oil, 1-2 tbs of minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Roast broccoli for 10-12 minutes.

Roasted Red Potatoes – Repeat steps for the roasted broccoli, except the potatoes will need to be peeled and cut into quarters and bake for approximately 45 minutes.

Meal #3: LID Safe Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

I adapted this from one of our family’s favorite dinners found here.

LID Safe Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice 2-3 chicken breasts into thin strips and place them in a greased 13×9 oven safe dish. Slice one red pepper, one green pepper and one large onion into thin strips and add them to the dish with chicken. In a small bowl mix: 2 tbs vegetable oil, 2 tbs paprika, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Pour spice mix over chicken and vegetables and mix with a large spoon to coat. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with No Salt Tortilla chips and slices of avocado.

I unfortunately didn’t take a picture of this dish probably due to the fact that it was inhaled as soon as it came out of the oven!

I am not a doctor or a chef, so please use these recipes for your low iodine diet prep with caution. Each doctor has their own set of guidelines for the diet, so check to make sure each ingredient is safe.

Good luck and let me know if you are on the LID so I can pray for you! It’s not easy, but you CAN DO IT!

 

Sunday Scriptures

Deuteronomy 4As a parent, I try to follow these verses diligently. Raising Christian children in today’s world is no easy task, but we must continue to follow the what the Bible says about teaching our children. Christian homes are where education about God begins and these verses are such a challenge to me to continually teach Luke and Lyla Rae about the gospel.

We are in the process of building our forever home and in the next few weeks the drywall will be going up (hopefully). Before that happens, Jacob and I decided we wanted to write God’s words on the door frames (and studs) of our future home. We tried to pick out verses and prayers that were meaningful to the purpose of each room. When both of our babies were born, we picked out a life verse for them, one that would be meaningful to them and help them grow in Him. I wrote Luke and Lyla Rae’s life verses on the door frames in their rooms. Luke’s is Psalm 37:4 and Lyla Rae’s is Matthew 5:16. The fruit of the spirit is now written on the studs in the kitchen and we also wrote prayers and other verses in around the house. We hope and pray that our future home will be full of love and will be the perfect place to raise our children to know and love the creator of all things.

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Luke writing on the wallsLuke saw us writing on the walls and wanted to as well. I mean, we’ve told him his entire life “we only write on paper”, so of course he jumped at the idea of taking a sharpie to the studs! He wrote his name, but he mostly drew and scribbled. My favorite part about this picture is his little bottom covered in dirt. That is what he looks like most days and I know one day I will miss that!

So, technically it’s Monday now, but I’m leaving this post title as Sunday Scriptures. Monday Scriptures just doesn’t have the same ring to it! I hope y’all have a great start to the week!

Low Iodine Diet Snacks and Treats

Last week, I discussed the importance of the low iodine diet for thyroid cancer patients. Although it’s of extreme importance for the treatment (I like to call it murder of cancer cells) and scans, it is not a bit fun. Due to the strict dietary rules on the LID, it’s often difficult to cook a large meal. I often prefer to snack throughout the day and after three rounds of the LID, I have a few go-to snacks and treats that I love.

I always keep a bag of almonds and raisins in the middle console of my car in case my kiddos get grumpy or I get hangry. For the LID, this snack is perfect to just replace the almonds with unsalted ones. I usually buy my unsalted ones at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but they should be available at most grocery stores. I always purchase several Lara bars and a couple of bags of unsalted Kettle chips to snack on throughout the diet as well. Of course, fresh fruits and veggie slices are always a good snack choice too. For dessert, I buy Hagaan Dazs lemon sorbet.

Popcorn is a must for me on the LID. We quit eating microwave popcorn after I was diagnosed and you should too! If you aren’t convinced read this. Not only is it bad for your health, stove top cooked popcorn tastes SO much better. My kids love to help cook it and it literally takes less than 5 minutes. The only switch I make for the LID is using non-iodine salt instead of sea salt.

LID Safe Stove Top Popcorn
1/2 Cup Popcorn (preferably white popping corn)
3-4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Non-iodine Salt to taste

Directions: On medium-high, heat olive oil in a medium size pot (make sure it has a lid). When you add the oil, drop 3 kernels into the oil and cover with lid. When those three kernels pop, add the 1/2 cup of kernels. Shake the pan to coat the kernels with oil and let the magic begin. After popping slows to about 3 seconds between pops, pour popcorn into a large bowl and salt to taste.

And now for my FAVORITE low iodine treat of all time. Drum roll, please…

LID safe no bake cookies!
LID Safe No Bake Cookies

Seriously, y’all they are SO good and I’m pretty proud to say I created this recipe myself. I had to hide them to keep Jacob and my babies from stealing my cookies each night. I have to admit that I made these twice a week while on the LID because they are so delicious. And if I’m being 100% honest, I usually didn’t even make them into cookies… I just poured the cookie mix from the pan into a bowl and ate them with a spoon. When you’re on the LID you just need a guilty pleasure food and these certainly fit the bill.

LID Safe No Bake Cookies
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Cocoa
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla1 3/4 Cup Quick Oats

Directions
In a medium saucepan, melt the oil and peanut butter. Stir continuously. Once melted and combined, add cocoa and sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir. Add oats and stir until combined. Drop by the spoonful onto wax paper. Or pour into a bowl and eat with a spoon. Enjoy!

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You Can Call Me Ned

Jacob and I walked into my oncologist’s office this morning and I was a ball of nerves. This appointment meant cancer or no cancer. Another round of radiation and isolation for ten days or freedom from molecular scans and the LID for three years. There was a LOT riding on this appointment.

My doctor walked in and nonchalantly said, “Well, you’re good girl.” Umm… “What?!? Like, I’m good, good? Like cancer free good?”

After ear-to-ear smiles, high fives, and giddy chatter (along with all the necessary medical junk), I left the office with a new name… Ned. No Evidence of Disease! Praise the Lord.

IMG_6347Sorry for the blurry picture, but Jacob snapped this as I was literally *running* out of the office yelling “wooooooooooo!”

And just like that, I had a peace that is hard to come by as a cancer fighter. The peace of knowing that for the moment I was victorious over this wretched disease. The worry muscle in my brain can rest in knowing that there is no evidence of cancer in my body. I will rest well tonight, but I know there are many that are still fighting and that breaks my heart. I pray that each of them get their NED designation soon.

14 Things You MUST buy for a Low Iodine Diet

Before I dive into what I think are “must haves” for a low iodine diet (LID), let’s first discuss why thyroid cancer patients must be on this diet as part of their treatments and check-up scans. This is my “no medical background” explanation, so if you are a nurse or have M.D. after your name, feel free to stop reading here. Hah!

Thyroid cells are the only type of cells in our body that absorb iodine. Actually, salivary cells also absorb it, but they spit (pun intended) the iodine out quickly, because they can’t process it. So, in order to kill all thyroid cells, healthy and cancerous, patients starve their bodies of iodine for three weeks and then take a radioactive iodine pill called I-131. The starving thyroid cells suck up the radioactive iodine and they die… hopefully! Every time a patient has a check-up scan, they must also go through this process. The dosage, called a tracer dose, is very minimal since it’s not intended to kill any cells. If there are any thyroid cancer cells, they will soak up the radioactive iodine and “glow” on the scan. There are lots of other parts to this process: thyrogen injections, blood draws, withholding medications, etc., but that is the bare bones basics of how the process works.

Now that all of the science is out of the way, let’s talk about the low iodine diet. It’s terrible. I hate it, but there’s no other option but to do it. And let’s face it, its infinitely better and easier that chemo, so I try not to complain too much.  (Jacob may say otherwise!)

Doctors disagree on what is and is not allowed on the low iodine diet, but here are the guidelines my thyroid oncologist gave me:

Foods to Avoid

1. Iodized salt and sea salt
2. All diary products (milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream, etc.)
3. Egg yolks
4. Sea food
5. Foods that contain the additives: carragen, agar-agar, aglin, alginates
6. Cured, corned & salt-seasoned foods (ham, bacon, sausage, etc.)
7. Bread products that contain iodate dough conditioners
8. Food and Medications that contain red food dyes
9. Chocolate (whomp, whomp)
10. Molasses
11. Soy products

When on the LID, a patient is advised to never eat anything from a restaurant because it could become contaminated. So, every bite of food for three weeks must be prepared by hand. This isn’t a huge change for me because I love to cook and we only eat out once, maybe twice a week. However, it became a huge challenge when we traveled to San Fransisco for the Super Bowl. I had to bring my food with me for the entire weekend… yikes! The only thing I could eat from a restaurant was fresh fruit. It was tough, but with a little bit of careful shopping and planning, I survived.

low iodine diet pictureMost salt has iodine in it, so any item that contains salt on a store shelf is a big no-no. Be on the lookout for “no salt” or “salt free” items and then you can add your own iodine free salt to them afterwards.

Here are 14 things you MUST buy while on the LID:

  1. Salt free tortilla chips. I use these for a snack with this salsa recipe and as a side for LID friendly fajitas.
  2. Puffed wheat cereal. I eat this as a snack without milk, but you can also make your own almond milk to go with it.
  3. Unsalted Kettle chips. These are my favorite! They are so yummy, I don’t even add salt to them.
  4. Egg whites. This is a no brainer! They provide protein and you can use them to cook with in place of whole eggs.
  5. Popcorn. I ate this nearly every day. We quit using microwave popcorn after I was diagnosed in 2013 and have never looked back. I cook it on the stove top with olive oil and iodine free salt and it doesn’t even resemble microwave popcorn… so yummy!
  6. Fresh fruits and veggies. Fruit is your friend because it’s all LID safe. I also munch on carrot and celery sticks for snacks.
  7. Haagen Daz Lemon Sorbet. Seriously, go buy this. It’s amazing even if you aren’t on the LID.
  8. Lara bars. A great portable snack, but be sure to read the ingredients. Some contain chocolate and/or salt. My favorites are apple pie and cashew cookie.
  9. Steak. I only cooked myself one big hot meal a day, so I treated myself to steak frequently.
  10. Chicken. See above… chicken was a dinner staple. I’ll share my dinner recipes in a later post.
  11. Salt-free peanut butter. I used this in recipes, as a dip for veggie sticks or apples, and sometimes just ate it on a spoon.
  12. Unsalted nuts. Mix any type of unsalted nuts with raisins and you have a quick LID safe snack mix.
  13. Coconut oil. I used this in place of butter in recipes as well as an oil for cooking egg whites.
  14. Simply Lemonade. This was a treat for me each day and a great LID safe drink.

Over the next two days, I will be posting my favorite LID meals, snacks and dessert recipes, so stayed tuned!

My scan is tomorrow morning and I could NOT be more excited to be off the LID! I will be spending the day drinking Starbucks lattes and eating pizza. I plan on pigging out for three days and then I will resume my normal eating habits. We have a vacay planned in three weeks, so I’m going to try not to indulge too much.