6 Ways to Create Healthy Habits for Your Kids

When I first had my kids, I really had no clue what I was doing (but I guess don't we all have no clue)? Well, when it came time to start feeding them, I felt like that is one thing I could handle. I had been in school for five years and was working as a dietitian at WIC (Women's Infants and Children). I did nutrition education all day everyday, for pregnant women, infants, children and postpartum women. I mean, what else did I need?

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6 Gift Ideas for a Teenage Girl, AND They Can Be Here by Christmas!

It December 14th and you still have a few gifts to buy (or more than a few if you’re like me!), and you don’t have time to head out into the wonderful world of shopping at the mall…..AND teenagers are some of the HARDEST people to buy for!!! Well, here I have 6 gift ideas for a teenage girl AND if you order them now, they will be here for Christmas! So, enjoy!

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So go ahead and get to shopping so no time is wasted!

Happy Shopping,


White Chocolate Hot Chocolate

So in Louisiana, really cold days are rare....and most people around here either love them or despise them! I LOVE them....my oldest daughter DESPISES them! She is cold in the summer here though, so she can't be trusted! :) Anyway, we have had some unusually cold days here lately and I love hot chocolate when I am cold. Normally, I do the Swiss Miss thing, heat the milk or water, open the packet and voila'! (Which there is nothing wrong with that-quick and easy!)

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BUT, I was alone one night (gasp-I spent years wishing for a night alone, and now I'm alone A LOT! Teenagers and a working husband will get me there I guess?) ADHD alert.....I decided to make homemade hot chocolate and I found a recipe for White Chocolate Hot Chocolate, and thought "why the heck not? I'm home alone, I don't have to make 2 tons of it, no one will tell me it looks terrible, stinks, whatever else they can say..:))". And, I love chocolate. I am not a huge fan of white chocolate, but I decided to give it a try!!!

O.M.G.....(I'll bet you knew I was going to say that!) It was so, so good. Like, I think I made enough for 2 servings and yep, I drank both of them.  And it was so easy! I literally heated up a few ingredients and I was drinking homemade white chocolate hot chocolate! It literally probably took me 6-8 minutes total, which after the way it tastes, I will make anytime I have the time to do it, instead of the packet. So, now you want the recipe?  Ok, I guess....


Makes: 2 servings

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  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 8 ounces of white chocolate
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • whipped cream, or marshmallows, more chocolate, anything you would like to top it with

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot over medium heat.
  2. Whisk frequently, until the chocolate has melted and the hot chocolate is smooth. DO NOT allow the hot chocolate to boil. You will have curdled milk!
  3. Serve hot, with whipped cream, marshmallows, shaved chocolate, sprinkles, or anything that you like to top your hot chocolate with.
  4. Enjoy! And repeat! :)

I had all of these ingredients in my kitchen already because lots of my recipes call for half and half or whipping cream and I keep all kinds of chocolate! I was pleasantly surprised that I liked the white chocolate so much, but it was smooth and cream and delicious! 

Now, I'm looking for a good regular homemade hot chocolate recipe....any suggestions?

Happy Sipping,



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How I Increased My Pinterest Average Monthly Viewers by 640% in about 6 Weeks!

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Ok, so I am a dietitian and I write about nutrition, meal planning, healthy eating, and recipes. So, why am I writing a post on how my Pinterest viewers increased by 650% over a few weeks time? Oh my gosh, because I am really new to blogging. Like 6 months new, and I have slowly educated myself on LOTS of things pertaining to blogging. So, I always like to share what I have learned and some helpful hints along the way. That’s a huge part of how I learned, by reading other people’s blogs and taking some of their advice!

I have been a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years, and have worked in a variety of settings. I now work with the Child Nutrition Program in our local school district and I love my job! One night, in the middle of the night, I just kind of woke up, and couldn't go back to sleep. As I lay there, I started thinking about my life and my job, my education and my career. My kids are 21 and 17 now, and they still need me, but not like they did when they were 8 and 4. So I thought, "Self, you are not using your education and knowledge to its fullest potential"! I don't know what I thought "Self" was going to do....but an hour later, I was still laying there wide awake. I also would not have minded a little extra cash every month for my family! So, with this business, I wanted to make some money. I have a full time job, so I can't open a Consulting Business and operate it during the day, but why couldn't I open it and operate it online??? I did a little research, and people are doing this! The rest is history, I was off and running. There Jennifer Lee Coburn Nutrition was born!

What's your long drawn out point Jennifer? I. HAD. NO. IDEA. WHAT. I. WAS. DOING....So, I took a course called Digital Nomad Nutritionist by Amie Tollesfund...and it was a game changer. It was very easy for me to understand and it told me step by step how to do everything that I needed to do to get up and running with my website. I initially thought that I didn't want to spend the money for the course, but I have quickly figured out that you have to spend money to make money. You have to invest in yourself, and this was a great investment. Amie has offered a promotion for $100 off the course when you sign up by December 31, 2018! Go check it out here, and go ahead and sign up before the cut off so that you can receive that awesome discount! I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Which brings me to Pinterest. Let me start out by saying that Pinterest is my greatest source of traffic BY FAR! Everything you read tells you that Pinterest is not concerned about followers! It is a search engine and it is based more on how many people put their eyes on your content. The more people see your content, the higher you will rank in their logarithm and your pins will go to the top of their feed! So, I decided to invest in a course called Pinning Perfect. It is fantastic and it taught me so much. It literally breaks down how to produce a pin that is beautiful, informative AND leads the reader to valuable information. It also shows you the method to pinning your own pins, plus other people's pins, in order to be recognized on Pinterest. Y'all....I had no idea that blogging was a science!!! For real, there is a method to this, and things change every day. Let me say, that after taking this course and following their lessons, my traffic did increase greatly. And the content is available forever, so if I ever need to go back and look something up or get some new ideas….I just go right back to the course and read up on it!

So, how did I increase my pageviews? You're expecting me to say Tailwind right? Well, I do love Tailwind. It is also discussed in the course and it is fabulous because it is an automated pinning program that lets you schedule out TONS of your pins ahead of time so that you aren't pinning all day everyday. They also have "tribes" that you can join that are related to your niche and this is a place where you can share your pins and they get seen by so many more people. When you sign up with Tailwind via this link, there is a special promotion for new bloggers that when they sign up, they will get one month free. Just try it out and see. You will be hooked!

But, the way I increased my viewers on Pinterest by 652% is by SEO. Search Engine Optimization. When they say that Pinterest is a search engine, they are not kidding. There is a whole part on SEO in the Pinning Perfect Course! I was just looking at my Pinterest account one day and thinking I needed to update some of the boards and maybe add a few more. So, I did just that...I changed the name on almost every board and I went in and spiffed up the descriptions and hashtags...and can I tell you that during that very weekend, my views skyrocketed. I thought it was some freak of nature so I got on the Pinning Perfect Facebook Group Page (another perk to taking the course - it's a private group where you can ask all kinds of questions) and asked if they thought it was legit. Well, needless to say, it has been four weeks and my numbers are still climbing. My views have gone from 40,000 to 390,000 in about 6 weeks. Best news, my google analytics show it too! Which increases the pageviews to my website, which helps with ads and people looking at my other content! It was a WIN/WIN and I couldn't believe it was all from changing my boards and cleaning up my descriptions and hashtags!

Here is a picture of my Pinterest analytics from October 28:

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And here is a picture of my Pinterest analytics from Nov 12:

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I mean, need I say more? Nope. I couldn't believe, it, so I kept checking it and then checking my Google Analytics and they both showed a huge increase! I did figure out that my most popular posts were 5 Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal Ideas for Busy Moms That You'll Want to Try Tonight AND The Secret to Making Amazing Take Out Fried Rice from the Comfort of Your Own Home! So, I did go back and make sure that those posts and titles had Search Engine Optimization, and I created a couple of new images for Pinterest for them, and they took off even more!

I thought I would share this little tidbit of information, because everything I read about increasing your views on Pinterest are usually geared toward Tailwind (which I love!), but was floored when I saw what SEO had done for my account. So go ahead, go look at your boards. Do the titles for your boards make it clear about what is being pinned there? Do you have too many? Or too few? Then check your descriptions. You should be using keywords that are popular on Pinterest at the time and incorporating them in your description AND your hashtags. If any of you go and do this and see some kind of improvement, PLEASE let me know! I promise, it will knock your socks off. AND, it's FREE!!! 

Happy Pinning,


10 of the Best Christmas Cupcakes for Your Holidays

Christmas desserts are the best!! And cupcakes are a perfect dessert to bring to parties, dinners or just to have around for the holidays. This list of the best Christmas Cupcakes include great ideas for children, adults, co-workers, anyone you could think of….but be careful! After working on this post, all I wanted was a CUPCAKE!!!

Santa Hat Cupcakes courtesy of Midget Momma

Christmas Light Cupcakes courtesy of Baked Bree

Grinch Cupcakes via Make Bake Celebrate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes courtesy of Beyond Frosting

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes courtesy of Baker by Nature

Mickey Mouse Santa Hat Cupcakes courtesy of Two Sisters Crafting

Snowflake Cupcake courtesy of Glorious Treats

North Pole Cupcakes via It is a Keeper!

Gingerbread Cupcake via Cooking Classy

Whew! That was fun….and appetizing! Go ahead! Get to making some of these and let me know if you do!! I want one of each please! :)

Happy Cupcaking,


Christmas Bullet Journal Ideas That You Don't Want to Miss!

So, I got back into my bullet journal over the Thanksgiving break and started a few Christmas pages....to say it was therapeutic AND fun is an UNDERSTATEMENT! I love the holidays, and this just got me a little more excited. I think making those pages doesn't take A LOT of my brain power, so it's kind of relaxing...now, I am NO artist, so that's a whole other issue! But, it's just for me (and I'm showing y'all), so what does it matter? Right? Ok, right! Anyway, here is a peek of some of the pages I did (while I probably should have been cleaning my house!).

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Don’t Want Your Thanksgiving Leftovers to Go to Waste? 5 Ideas to Transform Them Into Entirely Different Dishes!

You plan and organize and stress over Thanksgiving. You have family coming and you want everything to be perfect..or you are just fixing for your immediately family and you still want everything to be the best that it can be. And it is! The turkey is perfect, the dressing is to die for, and dessert hits the spot. And then it's over. All the hype, worry and preparation, and it is over just like that, AND you are left with a ton of leftovers...ughh. What are you going to do with all of this leftover food? Well, I have gathered a few ideas to help you decide what to do with these things.

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12 Dessert Ideas That Will Save You Time and Money During the Holidays

No holiday meal would be complete without a decadent dessert or two for Thanksgiving. Fortunately, there are a number of affordable and easy ones you can make at home so you don’t spend a fortune at the bakery.

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1. Pumpkin Pie

This is a traditional favorite that makes the most of the autumn pumpkin harvest. Buy pumpkins from a farm, cut in half, roast until tender, and scoop out the pumpkin puree. Each pumpkin should yield several cups, or you can purchase pumpkin pie filling at your local grocery store. 

2. Pumpkin Bread / Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin is very moist and makes a great cake or loaf. You can make it as spicy as you like to suit your taste. You could also frost or glaze it to make it look more festive.

3. Apple Pie

Make the most of the harvest in the orchards with a traditional apple pie. Make a lattice crust and serve with a dollop of cream or ice cream on the side. Making it from scratch means adjusting the seasonings as you like, and you can add raisins, cranberries and more to make it really festive.

4. Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is another healthy but filling dessert option which makes the most of the autumn harvest. Add raisins for sweetness and a cream cheese frosting and some nuts to dress it up.


5. Apple Crumble / Apple Crisp

Instead of a buttery pie crust, use brown sugar, flour and spices as a crumble topping. An apple crisp uses oats. Both are very filling and great with cream or ice cream.

6. Pecan Pie

This classic Southern favorite is festive and tasty. Pecans can be expensive, however, so buy in bulk online. This is one that my husband loves, and I tend to make it more around Thanksgiving and Christmas, because pecans are falling from the trees and readily available. Sometimes I like to make little individual pies, and that is the real favorite!

7. Sweet Potato Pie

This is another classic Southern favorite that is similar to pumpkin pie, but uses yams and their natural sweetness for the pie filling. Making it from scratch means you can season it as you wish.


8. Cheesecake

Cheesecake works well on its own, with chocolate, and with any fruit topping you like. Buy the cream cheese when it is on sale. You can also lighten things up by adding sour cream. There are so many variations of cheesecake, you can't go wrong with this dessert.

9. Chocolate Pie

Chocolate pie is a simple either custard base or pudding-like base with either meringue or whipped cream on top. This is another favorite with my family!

10. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is a very festive-looking cake thanks to the topping of bright yellow pineapple rings with red maraschino cherries in the center of each ring. Buy canned pineapple and yellow cake mix when it is on sale at your local supermarket.

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11. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue is a combination of an easy lemon custard and a sugary meringue on top. The meringue will require quite a few egg whites, but eggs are inexpensive. Plan another dessert like bread pudding to help use up the unwanted egg yolks from this recipe.

12. Angel Food Cake

This is a light, fluffy cake that gets its texture from egg whites. It is low in calories and an ideal pairing with most fruits.

Home-made desserts are not just less expensive, they are often more delicious than the bought option too. If your family is like mine, we have our favorites, and they are expected to be served at Thanksgiving! Use these ideas to give your guests a real Thanksgiving treat after their wonderful meal.

Happy Desserting,



Smart Ideas to Elevate Your Drink Making Skills During the Holidays

One of the main things that can help round out a Thanksgiving feast is a good assortment of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There are several ways to offer a variety of drinks and save money if you are prepared to spend the time and effort.

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Soft Drinks

Soft drinks such as Coke or Pepsi, Sprite or Seven-Up, are popular at the holidays - especially with children. Buy them at a warehouse club or when the supermarkets have them on sale. I also recommend staying away from the canned ones. They tend to get opened and left sitting around to go flat and basically wasted.


Sodas that mix with other drinks include seltzer, club soda, tonic water, ginger ale, and so on. Seltzer is well-suited to making wine spritzers, which can lower the cost of each drink you serve your guests. Ginger Ale is a great beverage to put in a punch, whether it be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, it gives it that extra fizz of refreshment!


Fruit Juice

Cranberry juice is a must at Thanksgiving. Orange juice is good for cooking and drinking. Apple juice is also a standard all year round, but particularly in the autumn. Apple cider, which is thicker and cloudier, is ideal for hot apple cider with spices. Look for large bottles of apple juice or bottles of cider at a warehouse club or the supermarket.

Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate

These drinks are a nice way to end the meal. They are also tasty with your dessert course. Avoid single cup coffee makers. Buy grounds and make them in a conventional pot. Use loose leaf tea for more flavor and less chemicals. 

Make your own hot chocolate using real milk and cocoa powder. Add a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick if you wish, and a dollop of whipped cream. You can control how much sugar you put in compared with boxed mixes, and your own homemade cocoa will usually work out more cheaply as well. You can also use non-dairy nut milks if you prefer, such as almond or cashew.

The coffee and tea can also be as a base for iced tea and iced coffee.

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Milk and Cream

You will most likely need these in a range of recipes. You will also need more milk for coffee, tea, and cocoa. If you have guests staying in your home, you will probably need even more for beverages, cereal, and so on, especially if you have small children visiting. Buy these in bulk at a warehouse club.

Nut Milks

These are useful for anyone who is lactose intolerant or vegan. Choose from soy, rice, almond, oat and more. Look in your supermarket, warehouse clubs or buy in bulk online.

Shopping Apps

Some shopping apps actually give you a discount for the wine and spirits you purchase. Two worth registering with are Checkout 51 and Ibotta.

Happy Drink Making,



10 Ideas to Help You Become the Side Dish Queen at Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

One of the best things about a Thanksgiving meal is often the side dishes that go with it. They add color, taste, texture and variety on the plate and they are also a really good way to save money. Plan on serving 4 to 8 ounces of turkey to your guests, but let them load their plates and fill their stomachs with inexpensive side dishes. I love to bring side dishes to our potluck Thanksgiving. And, I love to eat the ones everyone else brings! Here are some great ideas for side dishes that won't break the bank!

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1. Flaky Biscuits

Biscuits are great as a bread on the side and perfect for mopping up gravy. They are warm, filling, and the smell when they bake really says it is holiday time. If you can make biscuits from scratch...more power to you. I am a frozen biscuit or canned biscuit kind of girl (especially when I am preparing a BIG meal).

2. Cornbread

Cornbread is another cheap, easy and filling option. Bake up a few pans of it to use as is, or in other recipes. Use any leftovers at breakfast the next morning. Cornbread is a staple in our cornbread dressing here in the South.


3. Cornbread Stuffing

You can also make stuffing using your own homemade cornbread. Cut it into cubes, toast them, and then cook as you would bread stuffing. If you aren't into making homemade cornbread, it's ok to use the mix and help you get a little further with your preparations. Cornbread mix is not expensive at all. This is what I bring to Thanksgiving at my sister's house and it is a crowd pleaser!

4. Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce is easy to make. When making it yourself, you can adjust the sugar, add orange or apple juice for natural sweetness, and so on. If you choose to use the canned cranberry sauce, it is on sale always around the holidays.

5. Sweet Potatoes/Yams

This cheerful orange vegetable is very cheap and will go a long way towards filling up your guests. Cook in the microwave like a baked potato and top with some brown sugar or cinnamon, or boil up a pot to mash for a sweet potato casserole. 

To the mashed sweet potato, add milk, butter, brown sugar and/or maple syrup, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake and eat as is, or add a layer of marshmallows to the top and cook until just brown and puffy. Some people do a crunchy topping that is to die for. 

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6. Bread Stuffing

Bread stuffing is a great way to use up any stale bread you might have. Make sure it is dry, not moldy. Mix with herbs. Add onions, celery and broth and you have a filling dish to stuff a whole turkey with, or serve on the side.

7. Corn/Corn on the Cob

Corn is very filling, and eating from the cob can be a lot of fun. You can also eat with a little butter, or make your own homemade creamed corn with milk. I like to cut the corn off of the cob and fry it in a skillet with a little butter, salt and pepper...OMG...My sister make a corn casserole that I look forward to every year and it is quick and easy too.

8. Green Bean Casserole

This is a staple on many American holiday tables. Most people make it using canned cream of mushroom soup, canned green beans and a can of French-fried onions. These items are all readily accessible and inexpensive at your local grocery store. If you choose to make them with fresh green beans, that's awesome too! I also bring this to my sister's house and to my in-laws every year. One year I thought maybe they were all tired of it, so I skipped it....won't EVER do that again! I had some family members unhappy with me. Basically, don't fix it if it ain't broke.

9. Potatoes au Gratin

If you want something a bit more elegant for your holiday table, slice up the potatoes thinly and cook them in a creamy cheese sauce.


10. Baked Potatoes/Mashed Potatoes

Nothing could be easier than some baked Idaho potatoes with butter, sour cream and chives, or cheese. They are cheap and filling, and add a restaurant-touch to your homemade meal. If you are more of a mashed potato family, just mash them while they are hot and add your butter, salt and milk to them and voila'! Mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.

So whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or attending a potluck Thanksgiving, these are some great ideas of side dishes that are inexpensive and easy. Add them to your list of goodies to bring or serve and I promise, your guests (or you) will leave with a happy tummy!

Happy Side Dish Making,



6 Main Dish Ideas for your Thanksgiving Dinner Instead of the Basic Turkey (or in addition to)!

The main course will usually be the most expensive part of your Thanksgiving meal, apart from alcohol. Being prepared can help you save money no matter what you decide to serve and what your family and guests prefer. Or, sometimes you just want some variety in your meal or to have some extra meat! In any case, here are 6 main dish ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner instead of turkey-or, in addition to your turkey!

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Guide: 12 tips to pull your meal off like a pro

Thanksgiving is 10 days away....oh my. I feel like it snuck up on me...but I have had a ton going on, so maybe that's why? Anyway, some people host the entire Thanksgiving dinner at their home and provide all the food, drinks, everything....well, in my family and my husband's family, we all bring something (1 or 2 things) and it's one big potluck dinner. And, I LOVE it that way. There are certain things that people bring, that I look forward to every year....and I remind them...."you are bringing the sweet potato casserole right?"! 

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5 Day "Clean Enough" Eating Challenge

So, my birthday was September 17th, then my youngest daughter's birthday was September 26, my mother-in-law's birthday was October 8, my dad's birthday was October 11, my boss's birthday was October 15, Boss's Day was October 16, and my oldest daughters birthday was October 19! To say that I have been eating terribly is an understatement! I have had so much junk and so much cake, that I literally am miserable. I have never been one to jump on the "clean eating" train....just because I love all of the food you AREN'T supposed to eat! But, y'all, I am miserable. I haven't gained any weight because if I ate the junk and cake I didn't each much else, so my body is probably in MAJOR distress. Anyway, I'm going to take the next 5 days and try to eat wayyyy better than I have been over the past month! And the reason I say "clean enough" is because I am not naive enough to think that I can go the next 5 days with NO sugar. I AM going to drastically cut back. I love milk and just can't see myself not drinking milk (and I eat cereal everyday for lunch, so that would be difficult)!. But, just cutting out the chocolate and junk that I eat will hopefully make a BIG difference. We shall see.

Who wants to join me? Anyone up for 5 days? If you want to do this with me for the next 5 days, go ahead sign up below! When you sign up, I will send you a "Clean Enough" Eating Shopping List and you will be able to keep up with what's going on! Even if you can't start today, you can start a day or two behind! I have convinced my 17 year old daughter to join me, so this is going to be fun fun! :) 

So go sign up below, get you “clean enough” eating shopping list, it will at least be entertaining! :))

Happy “Clean Enough” Eating,