How to Play Heads Up 7Up (and variations of this game)

As a parent (or anyone who has to look after young kids), you can really appreciate the value of quiet games.  And one of the easiest places to start is by teaching your kid(s) how to play Heads Up 7Up.  

It’s a super easy (and more importantly, quiet) game to learn.

Kids love to play it because, every time you play, there’s a different outcome.

There are actually a couple ways to play this game, so we’ll go through both of them below, along with what you can do if you don’t have enough kids for the traditional version of this game.

Let’s get into all of the details.

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Grilled Avocado with Shredded Chicken Recipe (Delicious & Healthy)

I love grilling and I love avocado, so this recipe came natural to me.  While grilled avocado on its own is tasty (with the proper seasoning), I wanted something a bit more substantial – something that could stand on its own as a meal.

As I talked about in our 12 hacks for losing the baby weight, our diet primarily revolves around eating low carb foods and avoiding sugar.  This is another meal that fits perfectly with that goal.

This recipe, as written here, probably works better as a side dish, but there’s no reason you can’t double the ingredients and make enough for it to be your main entree (if you’re serving 3-4 people).

I found this to be both light and satisfying, a perfect summertime meal.

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12 Simple Hacks for How to Lose Baby Weight Fast as a New Parent

Let me start this post by first clarifying the title: there’s a reason it’s about losing baby weight “as a new parent” instead of just “as a mom.”

Believe me, the baby weight doesn’t only apply to mom.  

Sure, moms will naturally have more weight after carrying a child – that’s just biology.

But what it doesn’t factor in are the first few weeks or months where both mom and dad are sleep deprived.  And in many cases, being sleep deprived leads to less exercise and consumption of food that’s probably not good for you.

So this is a post for mom AND dad. 🙂

And I know that not all dads will gain weight during their partner’s pregnancy, but many do. (It’s what some refer to as ‘sympathy weight gain.’)

In fact, a British research firm found that fathers gain, on average, 14 pounds during their spouse’s pregnancy.

So now that we got that out of the way, let’s move onto how to lose baby weight fast as a new parent – we’ve got a few hacks that you’re probably going to find useful.

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Peanut Chicken Stuffed Green Peppers [Recipe] – Delicious and Low Carb

Mmm…peanuts.  If there were a way to work it into every meal, I would.

Fortunately, peanuts (in moderation) work with the low carb diet I’m on as I attempt to make money by losing weight.

Stuffed green peppers are a classic dinner entree, and you really have a lot of options (as far as what you can stuff them with).  This particular recipe has a fairly simple list of ingredients, but the flavor comes out relatively complex.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

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Best Diaper Wipes for Sensitive Skin 2017 (your baby will thank you)

Diaper wipes are one of those things where I would have thought (before having a child) that you can just buy any kind and they’ll be fine.

They’re just wipes, after all.

Having been through a variety of brands and types, I can say with certainty that the type of wipes matter, a lot.

Without getting too graphic (in case you’re eating while reading this), I’ll just say that the smoother and softer wipes tend to be a lot more gentle, especially when you really need to do a lot of wiping.

It becomes even more important when your baby has sensitive skin.  So what are the best diaper wipes for sensitive skin? 

I’ll explain.

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Baby Naps Too Long: Is That Even Possible?

It doesn’t take long before new parents understand that naps are the key to a lot of issues. They help your baby sleep better at night and they give you breaks during the day (or allow you to nap too).  But what if a baby naps too long?

Or, is it even possible that a baby naps too long? 

It seems like an odd thing to complain about, especially when it takes you a long time to put your baby down for a nap.

But, it’s a valid concern that some parents have, especially when a baby is still a newborn.

Let’s explore this topic in more detail.

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Refreshing Mango Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps (with Peanuts) Recipe

It’s time for another healthy recipe that probably tastes too good to be healthy.  But I promise, it is.

We’re continuing along our journey of healthy recipes in an effort to lose weight AND get paid for it (which we wrote all about here).

This delectable dish works well as either an appetizer or main course.  It’s sweet and savory, with a refreshing flavor that also leaves you feeling like you ate a real meal.   Because we’re using lettuce instead of tortilla or rice, you will probably find yourself extremely satisfied without the full “I’m going to sleep now” feeling.

The crunch of the lettuce and peanuts adds a nice texture that allows you to really appreciate the soft, sweet chunks of mango.

Writing this makes me want to close my laptop and make it again!

Let’s get to the recipe…

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Copycat Chipotle Fajita Chicken Burrito Bowl [Recipe]

So, we’re kind of on a diet now.  And, as I mentioned in a previous post, we’re getting paid to lose weight.

Our primary strategy is to eat low carb meals, so we’re on a mission to find low carb meals that taste good – and perhaps, come up with some of our own.

It’s generally not a good idea to eat fast food when you’re on a diet, especially if it’s a low carb diet like the one we’re on.

The one fast food item we have been able to eat is the burrito bowl from Chipotle, without rice of course.  (This is actually a recommendation from Tim Ferris in The 4-Hour Body.)

In an effort to not eat out too often, I thought it would be fun to try and replicate this meal myself.  I made this dish exactly the way I order it from Chipotle, and I think it came out remarkably close to the real thing.

You can try it too and see what you think.

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7 Incredible Date Night Meals to Make at Home

Date night is one of those special times that doesn’t seem to come often enough.  Some couples are really good about doing it on a regular basis, but for many, it’s a special occasion.

As your kids get older, I think it becomes a lot easier to find time to get away.  If you have an infant or toddler (like we do), however, it can be a challenge.

But having an awesome date night doesn’t mean you need to leave the house.

Sometimes it’s a lot more romantic, relaxing, and satisfying to stay in and cook dinner together.

So, we’ve tracked down 7 incredible recipes that make for great date night meals.  These are perfect for when you’ve dropped the kids off at their grandparents’ house, but you want to stay in for the night.

Enjoy!

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9 Amazing Slow Cooker Meals that will Blow Your Mind

I love slow cooker meals.  There’s something so comforting about setting it up and letting it run for however many hours while the smell fills your house (and I mean this in a good way).

While they’re generally not good when you want to make something you can eat right now, they’re usually really easy to prep.  And you can let it cook while you’re at work, taking care of the kids, whatever.

For some reason, slow cooker meals tend to make for the best leftovers.  And of course, good leftovers = not having to cook or worry about dinner the next day. Win win.

In the past when I’ve used my slow cooker (this is the one I have, but any will do) I’ve always seemed to focus on soups and chili.

But little did I know, there exists an entire world of slow cooker meals that range from BBQ ribs to pizza (yes, both of these are real and you will find them in this post).  Things that I never thought you could make with a slow cooker.

So, I set out to find slow cooker recipes that go beyond the boring pot of chili – and don’t get me wrong, I love chili.

But these recipes will take your slow cooker to the next level.

Let’s check ’em out…

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