Rolling out a new series today called “TIDBITS Talk”. This is my chance to chat with you wonderful readers over a hot cup of Crio Bru and discuss all things, love, life, and chocolate (and perhaps a few other topics too). Bonus: all new, never before seen or tasted recipe for my latest obsession: Instant Pot Golden Crio Bru!
This post is sponsored by Crio Bru
I'll admit, I'm pretty psyched about today. Nervous as can be and having flashbacks of being the new kid in school, worried that no one was going to talk to me or want to be my friend . . . but mostly excited.
Since leaving my office job as a Nurse Practitioner I went from talking nonstop and ending each day hoarse, to spending the majority of my day typing in silence or singing my heart out to Rachel Platten and Andy Grammer songs.
There are pluses and minuses to both scenarios which is why I've had this idea for a TIDBITS Talk series on my brain for several months.
I never thought I could feel so connected with people I've never actually met in person, but there is a different type of friendship built through incredible recipes and treasured food memories that is exquisite and I look forward to it every day.
So in the spirit of all you foodie friends, pull up a chair, grab a hot cup of Crio (or whatever your drink of choice may be), and let's talk!
IMPORTANT ITEMS OF BUSINESS TODAY
- I'll be answering one of my most frequently asked questions – might have something to do with two high energy twin boys who I love so dearly despite them contributing to my permanent sleep deprivation
- Kids and Sports – HELP!
- How to look and feel good without ever putting on a pair of jeans
- Must listen to Podcasts
- One of my deepest, darkest food confessions
- Things I'm Lovin' lately
- Crio Bru flavor of the month
Let's do this!
INFERTILITY, TWINS, AND SURVIVAL
As I've told stories of my twin boys over the past couple years, I repeatedly get the same two questions, “Do twins run in your family?” “How did you survive 3 kids, 2 and under.” Short answers: No, and, Prayers, meditation, and motorcycles.
Longer answer: Infertility wasn't something I liked to talk about in the midst of it all. Once people know you struggle with this type of thing, they either act awkward around you, or that's all they want to talk about. Which is fine, that's understandable, but it was also exhausting.
Now eight years, thousands of dollars, a couple miscarriages, and about 100 shots later, I have three wonderful children who challenge me and force me to be better each and every day.
So no, twins do not run in my family, but were the result of modern-day medical miracles that I was able to carry and deliver 3 very healthy babies to term. I'm so grateful to all the doctors and nurses who encouraged me along that weary road, for a husband who put shots into my behind when I just couldn't do it, and for the incredible blessing these three kiddos are in my life.
My heart goes out to anyone who is sharing a similar experience. The heartache is real and intense, but it was the first time I really understood the phrase, “lean not to thine own understanding.” I learned to trust in a higher power during that trying stage of life and accept that my best life is in the hands of someone who knows all. We learn our greatest life lessons in the heat of a trial, I wouldn't trade the experience for the world.
And how did I survive 3 diaper wearing babies? Well, there wasn't really a choice. I got up every day, ran like crazy, and fell asleep exhausted beyond measure every night. Meditation became essential to handling the anxiety of it all (I recommend Headspace and my new favorite Christian Meditation–life changing!), and I'm so grateful to have this skill in my survival tool bag. Also, every weekend since my kids were babies, we've gotten a babysitter, and weather permitting, my husband would whisk me away on our KTM 1290 Adventure motorcycle, and all my worries, for a moment, would slip away.
KIDS AND SPORTS – IS IT A MUST?
Okay, this question is for you guys. I'm ridiculously uncoordinated and every memory of playing sports brings with it horrific memories of embarrassment. Thus, I don't enjoy watching or playing sports of any kind. In fact, I fell head over heels for my husband when I found out he loved motorcycles and hated going to college games. I have yet to put my kids in any type of organized sports (aside from a 2 month hockey trial) and I have constant guilt over it. What do you guys think? Are organized sports such as soccer, basketball, etc essential for optimal child development? I shudder at the thoughts of scheduling life around practices and weekend games, but am I just being selfish?
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CAN LOOKING GOOD AND FEELING GOOD COEXIST?
If I put on a pair of jeans I'm immediately bombarded by questions from my kids. “Where are you going?” “Are we going out to eat?” “Is something wrong?”. They are jeans kids, not a prom dress!!!
I basically live in yoga pants/leggings these days claiming that I'm just going for a “sporty look,” which obviously doesn't make sense considering I just confessed my dislike of sports. So tell me, have you found a line of clothing that looks put together and will allow me to still work from home in comfort? Help a “never done yoga, but I own 12 pairs of yoga pants” girl out! I did get a good laugh over this quote though:
Update: Thank you Brooke for suggesting this Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants. I can't wait to try them!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PODCASTS
I'm embarrassingly late to this train I'm afraid. I've only listened to one podcast diligently, and that's only been this past year. Brooke Snow and her words of wisdom and encouragement was the exact turning point that stopped my self degrading thoughts. I'm still a work in progress of course, but I'm so grateful for what I've learned from her.
What are your favorite Podcasts? Are there some gems you couldn't live without?
FOOD CONFESSION TIME
One of my favorite foods is far from my wholesome eating mentality, yet I have no plans of giving it up anytime soon – I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Spray. I love it on toast, on veggies, on popcorn, and so many more things. Can anyone else relate to my fake butter love? Do you have a food confession of your own? Famous quote from an old roommate:
“Why can't you believe it's not butter? It's been in the fridge all day and it's still liquid. What's hard to believe?”
THINGS I'M LOVIN' LATELY
I consider it my job to try out new products, fads, trends so that I can share that experience with you. At least that's what I tell my husband when he gasps over the pile of Amazon boxes in my office. “I know!!!” I say, “My life is so hard!” Here are my faves over the past few months:
MasterClass: This is an incredible collection of classes taught by the rich and the accomplished. I bought it for the cooking classes taught by Gordan Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, and Wolfgang Puck. I just recently finished the cooking class by Gordan, and colorful language aside, was mesmerized by it all. I learned so much and feel like I am Gordan's new best friend. Except I never want to meet him because he'd probably make me cry.
I just started Alice Water's class and her passion for home cooking just about has me in tears. I didn't even know who she was before and now she feels like family. There are many other topics such as photography, writing, storytelling, etc. It's a treasure trove and I'm thoroughly enjoying it!
Chill Out Chair: Well technically this is a Cordaroys bean bag that can convert to a bed, that's waterproof, and comes with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Considering my kids have been beating this thing up since we got it, all of those things are very important to me. Ultimately I bought it to go in my office and I was going to call it the “Chill Out Chair.” It was meant to be a place for any of my kids to go when they were upset or causing problems so they could calm down in silence. As soon as they get bored with catapulting themselves into the bean bag, I'll give my idea a try and let you know how it works as a peacemaker.
StickTogether: I bought this positively genius sticker activity board after seeing my kids mesmerized by it at our local library. I'm hanging it right next to the Chill Out Chair for when a sweet child of mine turns into a Tasmanian devil and needs a super calming, therapeutic activity. My critique so far – this product is a lifesaver and an answer to my prayers!
Honey Money: This is an app you can download that will not only tell you the cheapest price that items have been on Amazon, but it will also alert you when the product drops down to that price. I recently bought this Enameled Cast Iron Pot and this new Pan Set using Honey Money and got the lowest price in history on both of them. Download it ASAP! It's bargain shopping for the lazy at its finest.
Is there something you just can't live without? Something you want me to test? I'd be honored to be your guinea pig.
MY DRINK OF CHOICE 10 YEARS RUNNING
For those who have been around here long, you know I have a total obsession with Crio Bru, and that love went to a whole new level when I discovered how deep, dark, and rich my Instant Pot could brew my Crio Bru. Be sure and check out my go-to Basic Crio Bru recipe, but today's recipe is OFF THE FLIPPIN' CHART!
Have you heard of Golden Milk? It's a drink made with various spices and made yellow with the addition of turmeric, AKA, Super Spice. It's slightly sweet, a touch earthy, and 100% comforting. Guess what happens when you combine Golden Milk and Crio Bru? An explosion of joy, peace, and comfort like you've never experienced from a warm drink. It is by far my favorite version of Crio Bru and I'm ecstatic to finally deliver this recipe into your hands.
HOW TO MAKE GOLDEN MILK CRIO BRU IN THE INSTANT POT
- Gather up all the wonderful spices
- Add spices, milk, syrup, and Crio Bru grounds to the pot, pressure cook for 5 minutes
- Strain the Crio Bru and Enjoy!
WHAT IS CRIO BRU? WHAT DOES CRIO BRU TASTE LIKE?
If you're not familiar with Crio Bru, it is basically roasted and ground cocoa beans that can be brewed the same as coffee grounds. It is a terrific coffee substitute, is 99.9% caffeine free, safe for both adults and kids, and contains a natural stimulant called theobromine. It's loaded with antioxidants, gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free, and can be flavored to create so many fun flavors.
Don't expect this to taste like a rich cup of hot chocolate, that's not what this is all about. This is the kind of chocolate drink you could drink several times a day and feel really good about it. You can make it as creamy or as sweet as you like by what you add to it, but I prefer mine unsweetened, dark, and smooth with a splash of almond milk.
The best place to buy Crio Bru is on their website when they are running one of their many sales. If you sign up for their newsletter and you'll get announcements for future sales in your inbox. It is also available on Amazon and possibly at a grocery store near you.
I have high hopes that Crio Bru will also create a chain of stores throughout the US so we can one day enjoy one of our heart to heart TIDBITS Talks in one of these locations. Are you listening Crio Bru? Crio Bru sit down locations, everywhere, ASAP, thanks 😉
To celebrate our first TIDBITS chit chat, Crio Bru is giving away a gift box of Crio Bru and Durci Chocolate to one of you wonderful readers. I will pick the winner at random from the comments below and announce the winner on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Giveaway is now over. Congratulations to the winner, Heidi! We'll be in touch!
You guys are the greatest! I adore each and every one of you! If you'd like to see more TIDBITS talk goin' on around here let me know! I'm envisioning a monthly chat + a new Crio Bru Flavor of the Month. Are you into the idea? If you have a question for me or a topic you'd like to see discussed, feel free to send me a message.
Be sure to report back on what you think of this Golden Crio Bru! My fridge has been stocked with it for weeks and I'm dying to know if I'm just weird, or if this is actually a flavor we can all agree on.
TOOLS/INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE GOLDEN CRIO BRU
- Instant Pot
- Crio Bru on their website or on Amazon – Crio Bru Ghana is the flavor I usually buy
- Fine Mesh Sieve
- Turmeric (easy to find in most grocery stores)
Instant Pot Golden Crio Bru
Slightly sweet, a bit earthy, and 100% comforting. Instant Pot Golden Crio Bru is a drink for the heart and soul!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- 4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 – 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup Crio Bru grounds
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
- 1 inch of fresh peeled fresh ginger, cut in half (or ½ teaspoon ground ginger)
- 5 – 10 black peppercorns (or a couple cracks of black pepper or more if you like extra heat)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to the pressure cooker pot.
- Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.
- Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes
- When cooking is complete, use a natural release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
- Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour Crio Bru through the sieve to filter out the grounds. Be careful! The Crio Bru will be very hot.
- Serve immediately with a Frozen Whipped Cream Dollop if desired.
- Store cooled leftovers in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 4 days. It tastes delicious cold or warmed back up in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes
- A fine mesh sieve is important here so you don’t end up with a gritty beverage. I suspect a nut milk bag would also work great but the turmeric may stain it
- This can be easily doubled and stored in the fridge. Then when you want a cup, simply microwave it for about 2 minutes.
Keywords: instant pot recipe, chocolate drink, coffee alternative
I just recently discovered Crio Bru and am loving it! There is not a lot out there about or recipes. I am so happy to find your site and try this one out!
Danielle, oh yes, I’ve got Crio Bru flavors for days! I love to experiment!
Denise W. says
I only have cacao POWDER. Can I use that, somehow, in place of the Crio Bru?
Denise, I’ve never actually tried it. I can imagine you’d get some kind of chocolate drink from it, I’m just not quite sure how it would compare in taste. Crio Bru is the actual cacao bean that has been roasted so it’s more similar to the drink coffee drinkers get from the coffee bean. If you try it though, let me know!
So, there’s no water in this recipe (unlike the basic Crio Bru IP recipe)? I just wanted to make sure before I tried it. I made the basic recipe (unsweetened cashew milk, no maple syrup), and it’s delicious, so I thought I’d try this one.
Never had Golden Milk before, but have been running across it online for a while now.
Oh! Just as an aside, I didn’t have a fine enough mesh strainer. But I did have really fine mesh sink strainer bags that could be stretched across the top of my pitcher; it worked great!
SuBeth, You’re right, this one I did all milk, it worked better with the heavy hand of spices. It’s so heavenly, I could drink this version every day. And way to think on your feet with the strainer!
Just tried this recipe and it is amazing! I love crio bru and I love golden milk. I’m also pretty obsessed with my instant pot! I used a chunk of fresh turmeric because I had it on hand. Great flavor. I added a bit of sweetened almond milk at the end. Delish.
Stephanie, I love using fresh turmeric so it doesn’t have that grittiness! I’m glad you liked it, it’s just about the most comforting thing ever!
I really enjoy your site. there has to be a little however from me though. I have subscribed becuase I enjoyed it, but the pop up subsribe button comes up and won’t go away, the video ad comes up on the right hand side, and as much as I can find the X to cancel they both pop up within a minute. It tired me when I can’t get through one of your posts any longer without the constant distraction and annoyance of this. Please know that I understand the adverts help generate income – I get it, but please please can’t you do something to about both on the screen at once blocking any hope of actually reading what you’ve written to us? Frustrated in the Bahamas….I can send you a screen shot if it would help you see what I experience.
Helen, thank you for the heads up! I’m actually addressing that as we speak. My users experience is more important to me than the ads. It’s not something I can fix immediately, but over the next week or two things will improve. Are you getting the pop up subscribe button on mobile?
Hi Marci, I’m a great grandmother and although I can’t always relate to your topics on point, I certainly enjoyed reading this new ‘column’ and I use your IP recipes constantly. Thank you!
Anita, thank you so much! I’m sure you read my many mother stories and just laugh and shake your head like my mom does 😉
I love making crio bru in my instant pot–thank you so much for that technique. But the golden milk version? I’ve got to try that ASAP!
Kids and sports? I have so much to say about that! I steer my kids towards lifetime, individual sports–running, swimming, etc, even though they have tried many others. Our HS is huge and so competitive, and we have been happy seeking out the less common sports–the ones you don’t have to start when you are 4. Swim team, cross country, lacrosse, and water polo have been the sports my kids picked up at 13-14, after a childhood of being active for fun.
Mirien, oh just wait, this golden version is gonna make you cry 🙂 Your statement about sports speaks to my soul. That’s exactly how I feel. Hearing someone else say it makes me feel 100x better about my choices!
I’m hoping to win…but can’t wait to get an order of Crio to try myself!
Love Crio…what an interesting recipe…will have to try!
How fun is your blog! Loved reading about your kids and struggles- it feels so good to relate to other moms just trying to do our best! How delish does that Golden Crio Bru look?? Yum!! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff!
Shay, It makes being a mom easier when you know others struggle with the same things, right?! Crio Bru helps with all mother responsibilities 🙂
Could regular milk be used instead of almond milk? Thank you.
Sydney, yes it will work okay, but the taste of the almond is better in my opinion. But my kids like either!
OH MY WORD. I didn’t even consider instant pot + crio bru. This recipe is gold!! I cannot wait to try it!! My husband and I gave up caffeine and have replaced our morning cup of coffee with Crio Bru and Nutpods. Thank you so much for this recipe! This is going to be amazing!!
Anna, I’ve never tried nut pods, do you recommend it? It’s like a creamer, right? You’ll be shocked how much more flavor you’ll get out of the IP version!
this looks amazing! I love Crio Bru
Crio Bru is phenomenal. I love it. Ive never thought to drink it in a golden milk style. Thats brilliant!
Courtney, It’s my new favorite flavor, I love it!
Enjoying your new venture a lot. Great topics of discussion.
On children in sports. My husband and I have always had a peeve when children are forced to play in a sport their parents like or just to try to get a scholarship to play a sport. Kids have an awesome knack to know what they like. Sometimes they see peers playing and want to play to be accepted. We always allowed our children to try whatever sport they wanted, but when a season started they had to stick it out for the season. Don’t build a team on those participating and then leave mid-season. If they didn’t like it, don’t do it next season. We were fortunate that one of our children was blessed to receive a full sports scholarship paying for four years of school, but it was because she LOVED the sport and excelled in it.
Honey Money-Have used it for quite a while and love it. I go between Honey and Ebates. Love saving and receiving money. Also, great excuse to shop.
Would love to try the drink. I enjoy hot chocolate, but it is so sweet I can’t drink much at all.
Keep up the good work. Use your recipes a lot.
Hi Yvonne! That’s a great lesson in itself to a kid that they have to follow through with commitments until it’s fulfilled. I like that. I use Honey Money and Ebates as well, I’m sure my husband is happy that I have more reasons to shop, haha! For me, Crio Bru is more about the chocolaty, warm comfort and less about having a “treat.” I think you would love it! Thank you for your words of encouragement. Statements like yours keep me going on my 5 hours of sleep on the days I need to the most!
Ah! I have been looking for a good (Cafeine-free) substitute for my coffee!! Just found your site and am looking forward to following you!
Holly, it was meant to be, welcome! Crio Bru has got me through twins in a sense, I think you’ll love it!
I’ve tried Crio Bru in the IP before, but found that it tasted burnt. I ended up throwing it away and have stuck with my french press since then. Have you had that happen?
Molly, I’ve never had that problem and I brew it at least twice a week. Have you tried it with almond milk? I’d be curious of what you thought of this Golden flavor. I’m not sure why it would taste burnt!
Oh and about sports, I love having my kids in sports because it teaches them commitment and teamwork, but you can get that from other things too like musical instruments. Honestly, watching my son play competitive soccer right now is my favorite thing to do because he loves it so much. As soon as it’s too much we’ll be done though. I’m not going to push anything my kids don’t want to do! But I really like having them try all different kinds of things until they find something they love.
Megan, that’s a great way to look at it. More than the activity itself, I love watching my kids find joy in things. You put that into words perfectly.
I still need to try Choffy in the instant pot! Your golden version sounds amazing! And I think athleta has the best comfy casual clothes I can still feel put together. Lululemon, too, but athleta has way better sales. 😉
My favorite podcast right now is Crime Junkie!! I love a good true crime story haha. Have you listened to Cold yet?
Megan, You haven’t tried this yet?! Miss IP queen! Choffy is incredible in it, do it asap! I own a few Athleta pieces and adore them. They last forever too, that quality is worth the cost. Crime Junkie would keep me up at night, I’m a wimp like that, I’ve never heard of Cold though.
I’d love to hear more about your meditation practice as a potential future topic. I trust the people who say it would benefit my life but I just don’t get it. I’ve practiced practicing meditation but not for long enough, probably.
Stephanie, I hear ya on that one. I went through a few books, websites, cds, and dvds before I found what works for me. It seemed pointless for the longest time until I made a few discoveries. That’s a great topic idea, thank you!
(I’m trying to post as many comments as I can think of because you says I could to try to win the give-away away and because I’m procrastinating work stuff). Food confessions… oh this is bad… save the grease from browning sausage and put it on plain popcorn (+salt). It’s like essence of sausage filling your whole mouth. Also, and this is much more benign- I love my homemade peanut butter. Just peanuts in the food processor with a little salt (I like 1/4 tsp/cup of peanuts) and cinnamon (and other nuts if I’m splurging, but this is mostly about saving major $$ over store-bought natural pb).
Stephanie, Virtual high five for taking a moment to procrastinate work. You’ll come back that much stronger 😉 Sausage grease popcorn…I’ll admit I’m gagging and drooling at the same time and very intrigued – that’s a lot of emotions for one thing, haha! I agree, homemade butters are incredible. I love the silky, drippy factor.
Favorite podcasts!? I love listening to podcasts, my tastes change but my long time favorites are Better Than Happy with Jody Moore (listen and then join her coaching program and change your life), Happier with Gretchen Rubin, TED Radio Hour, 3 in 30, Awesome With Alison, and Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. I’d love to read any follow up you want to share about podcasts you find that you enjoy.
Stephanie, I’ve written these down! I’m gonna start with Better Than Happy. Thank you!
I’ve been wanting to try Crio Bru, I forget about it until I see you post about it. Seems like a great treat-yo-self drink:)
Stephanie, It’s a treat that’s not a sugar laden treat. Basically it just makes me happy to drink it 🙂
I’ve never heard of this product/drink. I’m not much of a coffee drinker (I tell people I add coffee to my cream and sugar!), but would love to try this. I’m always game for trying something different and this has many things for ingredients that I really love! Enjoy your blog, recipes and all your info…thank you!
Rebecca, thank you! I think you would love it. It’s my comfort/happy drink.
I LOVE chocolate and coffee. I’ve never heard of Crio Bru. Sounds delicious. Love all the recipes I’ve tried so far from your website. Thanks!
Stephanie, then Crio Bru is your baby!
I may have to break doesn’t and try Crio Bru! I love coffee, but you make it sound so yummy 🙂
Wyn, I’d love to hear what a hard core coffee lover thinks of Crio Bru. If you try it let me know!
Sports… I’m like you. My parents weren’t sports – obsessed and other than an occasional baseball game, watching them wasn’t part of my childhood, and never has been part of my life. I hated many, but not all, school PE activities but didn’t persue them later except swimming, and I don’t do that in my old age. I have been very successful in my career partly because I “played well with others” so I don’t buy the myth that you have to play team sports to learn teamwork. You teach your kids about teamwork, participation, and interacting well with others every day! That said, if one or more of the kiddos want to try bad enough to keep bugging you about it over time, and you are OK with the activity as played in your world (safety, coaching style, etc) you may have to let them. And yep, sounds dreadful to me too!
Wyn, your comment made me giggle all the way through. That tends to be all my thoughts in a nutshell!
I forgot to add, if you like stick together look on amazon for diamond painting or diamond dots. Super awesome craft for kids (and adults that like to act like kids🤫) for a fine motor activity that lasts for hours.
Lacey, I just looked this up and I am so intrigued! Do you have a suggestion of which one to get?
I am really interested in crio bru. I need a warm drink but don’t do coffee and hot chocolate is too sugary. (We’re trying to limit sugary consumption) My SIL uses cocoa powder and honey for her hot cocoa and it’s not my most preferred drink of choice.
I need a good podcast too. I listen to them while I exercise. I’ve only really listened to “Cold”. It’s pretty intense but makes me want to exercise everyday so I can find out what happens.
Good luck finding a new one!
Lacey, someone else suggested Cold too, now I’m curious! I think Crio Bru sounds like it would be right up your alley, I’ve had it in my life 9 years and I still love it.
I LOVE Crio Bru so much! I have never tried making it in the instant pot though, I’m so excited to try it! Thanks for the recipe!
Brandi, you will never use a french press again! It doesn’t even compare!
This sounds amazing! Passing it along to my daughter!!
Brenda, thank you so much 🙂
We have the same name! Thank you for this recommendation. My husband & I are looking for an alternative to coffee, and this sounds great! Would love to win the gift box so that we can try before we buy.
With a name like Marci, I’ll predict you fall head over heels for Crio Bru, it’s just meant to be:). If you try it let me know what you think. I’ve never heard back from a hard core coffee drinker what they think about it.
Crio Bru sounds so delicious, I cannot wait to try it! Thank you for always providing us all with such amazing recipes! 😋
Sue, you’re so welcome! I never knew in all my nursing career that my passion for life actually belonged to cooking, go figure!
Crio Bru is something I’ve never heard of before but would love to try.
Thank you for the chance at winning some!
Ginny, You’re welcome!
I’d love to try this crio Bru! It sounds great!!
I’m eager to try this. Sounds like it’s pretty adaptable to tastes.
I’ve gotten super sucked into true crime podcasts. I LOVE Crime Junkies, Criminal, Cold, Moms and Murder… Proof is a fun food podcast. It’s by ATK. I’m also loving Pretend- it’s about people who pretend to be something else. The first episode is about a pastor of a Christian church who is accused of acting very unchristian. Lots of interesting stories.
Katrina, I’m too big of a baby to listen to Crime podcasts, but a few people have suggested Proof, I’m excited to check that one out. Pretend sounds fascinating! Thanks for the suggestions!
Crio Bru sounds like something I should try!
Erin, yes, I agree 🙂
I have just recently found your website and blog. Also, having recently acquired an instant pot, I am excited to try some of your recipes. I have never heard of Crio Bru before, so I googled it. Sounds like something I would definitely like to try! Please enter me in the Crio Bru gift box and chocolate giveaway. Thank you so much!
Terry, Welcome! I hope you’ll learn to love your IP using some recipes on here. You are entered!
I really want to try this stuff! I am trying to cut back on coffee but also calories. I wonder if this would actually help me. Chocolate is another addiction of mine! Maybe I need a really good one so I dont want all the other brands 🙂
Cheryl, you should really try it! I’d be curious if it helped you cut back on coffee. Report back if you try it!
I am curious about Honey Money. The only app I saw was Honey Smart. Is that it or is there one called Honey Money? Thanks.
Beverly, it’s called Honey Money. The link will take you straight there!
Connie McVey says
Sweet children, so happy your journey to motherhood turned out so positive.
Connie McVey says
I found your site not too long ago, but have used some of your recipes, and wow they are so good. Thanks for all the tips on making Crio Bru. I have used your method and a couple of others, and your method of cooking is much superior to the others. Thank you! Would be exited to win the giveaway.
Connie, I’m excited you’ve tried it and other recipes around here. I’m thrilled to have you here!
Because of your introduction, I absolutely love Crio Bru. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, it looks delicious!
I haven't heard of this product before, but I am very interested. It looks delicious. Can't wait to try it. says
I haven’t heard of this product until I saw your post. It looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it.
Gennifer, I’m glad I could convince you 🙂
Julie Lee says
Thank you for introducing me to this exciting drink which I have never heard of. My husband loves his coffee and here’s a wonderful change to his daily routine … in fact, my teenaged grandsons would also welcome this addition to their “healthier beverage list” … can’t wait to try it soon …
Julie Lee, my kids love it, I hope your husband does too!
You’ve talked about crio bru so much that I’m ready to give it a try!
Heidi, haha, yeah, I’m kind of an addict so it spills into many casual conversations 🙂
Love the Crio Bru by your initial Instant Pot recipe, will make the Golden today!
You’re my go-to source for IP recipes!
Thanks so much for everything.
Cole, thanks so much! Let me know what you think of the Golden version. It’s my favorite so far.
Love the Golden version—the only downside is spilling any of the fluffy turmeric—I’m betting people used it for yellow dye as well as a spice! I’ve tried Vanilla Almond milk vs regular skim and maple vs no maple—and I like them all! I even drink it half-and-half with my coffee! (Serious coffee addict). I might have to try a half batch in the French press (for looks at a friend’s house) , but I love the IP versions.
Going to need to order more Crio, tho……
Thanks for this and all the rest!
I may be too old to comment on the child raising but I did successfully raise some very special children that have great work ethics, love to enjoy life and are far braver than I ever was. Ones a world traveller another is always helping out others when he can and my beautiful daughter is by far a better mother and human being than I am. Isn’t that what we want for our children, to be better than us? Sports and music or whatever your boys are interested in are actually important. It teaches them so much, opens their minds to either being part of a team or to being creative. Once you start, pack the foods, make sure you teach them to take care of their own gear, teach them to follow a practice schedule etc. You will all grow together in whatever your boys pursue, sometimes its hard but most of the time its amazing. Thank you for your wonderful post and sharing so many of your great ideas. Brook, thank you for the yoga dress pants link, seriously thank you!!!
Cindy, sounds like you’re the best person to comment! Your children sound like they have a very inspiring mother. If my kids can one-up me in every category, I’ll be thrilled. Brooke has intrigued many people here with that yoga pants tip! I’m excited to try them.
I’m going to order a stick together today! My boys would love this! Thanks
Brianne, it calms Chaz faster than anything I’ve ever seen!
I like a good hot drink – can’t wait to try this recipe!
Becky, It’s heaven!
I just recently started following your blog. Love the idea of the StickTogether for our granddaughters. Have never heard of Crio Bru, but am excited to try it and the Durci Chocolate. I also love my Instant Pot (especially for white rice)! Thanks for sharing your life with us. 🙂
Erica Jensen says
I love your posts! I love crio also, and cant wait to try this recipe! Thanks!
Love reading your posts. I definitely need to try Crio Bru as it sounds amazing! Anything chocolaty without all the sugar needs to be on my grocery list. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Kathy! Yes, Crio Bru fits the bill for my low sugar lifestyle perfectly! You will love it!
I like the one activity per child at a time idea. My kids are little at the moment, but oldest (5) is probably about to be to that point! My best friend does this with her three boys and it allowed all of them to find something they really liked and were able to pursue and excel at into middle and high school. Also limits the amount of crazy taxi-driver time for mom!
Sherry, “Crazy taxi driver mom” my greatest fear 🙂 That is a smart idea, I agree!
This is so timely bc my husband thinks he has to give up coffee. I am going to try this recipe tonight.
Laura, I’m so curious what he thinks of it, report back!
Well that was just lovely! I’m fascinated by the drink and now I have to taste the chocolate bar. I’m a chocolate snob, so I’m curious if I will like it! I have 5 kids ages 1 to 13 and we do karate piano and swim lessons life is crazy. If your kids aren’t interested in sports don’t push it! Just let them be them! And we also have a rule that you can’t do more than one extra activity after school at a time. If you are in soccer we cut out piano until soccer is done. Thanks for the lovely read!
Carly, I have no hesitation telling you it is a crazy good chocolate bar. Silky, smooth, and full chocolate flavor. It’s expensive, but stunning. I like your style, my kids are happy riding dirt bikes now, so I do think I’ll lay low and let them tell me when they want something else.
Both my husband an and I played sports growing up and in high school. We had dreams about our own kids in sports, but that’s just not them. I don’t see a problem with kids not participating in sports when they’re young because they need time to just be kids! Thanks for the recommendations in in tidbit talks!
Amber, Yeah, my kids don’t seem all that interested either. I tried hockey for a couple months and the only thing they seemed excited about was going for dinner afterwards. Once I put my foot down and said I wasn’t paying for dinner every Wednesday, they didn’t want to play hockey anymore :). So that worked out, haha!
I love crio bru!! Doing it in the instant pot is the best. I bought a French press that works great.. but love the result from the IP!!
Brianne, you’ll have to try this flavor, it’s so so so dang good. French press Crio is just too weak after making it the IP way!
I agree! And I’m going to try this ASAP
Fist off, I made this Golden Crio Bru first thing, before even reading the rest of the post, because I was that excited. It definitely delivered! The toddler wouldn’t stop trying to steal it either, so, safe to say it will be made again and again. Crio Bru is a regular staple here, so I always appreciate alternate ways to make it.
“how did I survive 3 diaper wearing babies? Well, there wasn’t really a choice” <– This is 100% how I feel every time someone asks me how I survive having 6 kids. Just get up, get through the day and do my best to enjoy it before they move out.
I did sports and activities as a kid (soccer, dance, theater), yet I don't have my kids do it. I feel like it has become so expensive and unnecessarily demanding. Practices are several days a week (if not every day) with games every weekend. Uniforms and gear are a total racket and cost a small fortune for one kid. Then there is all the volunteer time, team parties, snacks, etc. It's just too much. The kids can get the same social benefit from something simpler like youth group, scouts, or school clubs. If you worry about the physical aspect of it, they can go to the park ha ha
I am normally a heels and pearls type, so I don't have a lot of advice on the comfy clothes. Although, I am living in stretchy jeans at this juncture of my life and my kids interrogate me like that whenever I do my hair or makeup, so I can definitely relate there! Like, can't mom just look good because she feels like it? Why does there have to be a reason?
Tara, my kids loved this version as well, which surprised me a little, but I knew I had a winner. I hope you’re feeling better now! Yep, my babies never asked me if I’d like a break, it was just hammer down and get through it! I relate to everything you said about sports. I think some families find a lot of joy in it and happily spend their hard earned money on it, but I really really struggle with it. For me, it feels like it’s taking time and money away from other things I would like to do with my family. My kids never stop running, jumping, and catapulting themselves into our new bean bag so activity doesn’t seem to be an issue around here :). I need stretchy jeans! What do you suggest?
I have been wearing the Denizen jeans from Target. The only downside to them being stretchy is that, by the end of the day, they get kind of baggy. I have them in 3 different sizes and the larger ones, while they go on great in the morning, by breakfast, I can pull them off without unbuttoning them. If they weren’t skinny jeans, that would probably be ok. The smallest pair are snug first thing and give me more of a muffin top than I’d like, but fit great by the end of the day.
Tara, Yes, I know that problem. I’m still going to pick up a pair of these next time at Target, thanks!
Oh did you just suggest dinner with the three of us?!?!?! Um YES YES YES YES! Count me so in! That would be amazing! And we can all wear yoga pants 🙂 ha ha!
Marci! You are amazing. Your infertility journey squeezes my mama heart. I wear leggings basically every day, but I need to get on the yoga pants train!! I hope I’ll see you at EFC! 🙂
Becky, makes me choke up still years later, those were hard but precious learning years. I’ll see you at EFC in my dressed up yoga pants!
I bought myself some Crio Bru for Christmas after reading about it on your blog. I have only made it in my french press. I usually drink only one cup a day (and I won’t share it with my husband😉). Does making it in the instant pot make it a stronger brew? I tend to brew mine for 8 – 10 minutes because I think it is a little stronger than a shorter brew time. I tend to drink mine with a little frothed almond milk, but the recipe looks interesting so I might need to give it a try.
Living in Florida, I only wear jeans a few times a year – it’s just too hot most of the time. I live in shorts and skorts and tank tops. Seriously, I probably own more than 2 dozen tank tops! When I put on an actual shirt, it’s almost like getting dressed up for me. 🤣
Best to you with these new tidbit talks!
Danielle, isn’t it wonderful! It is definitely stronger in the Instant Pot. I used to make it in a French Press and it didn’t even compare! How do you make your frothed almond milk? That sounds amazing. Haha, yep, frayed levis feel dressed up to me 🙂
I have never even heard of crio bru. Sounds like something I must try one day.
Cindy, it’s a cup full of comfort. I adore it 😉
I love all my Lularoe clothes they are comfy and can be styled for dress up. As for the sports thing… I have two adult boys who attempted soccer as 4-8 year olds. It was torture. For me and them. We did it because they wanted to. But they hated it. Since we committed with money, time and energy we felt it important they follow through. We live in a small community and there weren’t many other options for activities. My suggestion is to see what interests your children then try it out. One of my son’s tried soccer, track and shot put. He just didn’t have the althetic gene. But we supported his attempts. The other son was not interested in sports at all. So we encouraged his other interests. Find activities that will stimulate them and enjoy it with them.
Heidi, I like that advice. I let them try hockey and they liked it at first, but just weren’t that excited about it. So we’ve been skiing together on Saturdays instead. They have been begging me to do soccer this spring. I’ve been dreading it for months, but I should probably let them have their chance at it. We’ll see!
Jan Mayer says
I have been following you for about a year and enjoy your friendly, honest style. I haven’t tried Crio Bru yet, but plan to right away! Thanks for a great site!
Thank you so much Jan! Crio Bru is medicine for my soul. I’ve been drinking it every morning for over 8 years now.
I’ve been wanting to try Crio Bru for years and love that I can make it in my instant pot instead of having a press. I would love to win some and finally try it!
Carmen, I donated my french press after figuring out an IP way to brew it. It does not even compare!
CRIO BRU – l love you!!!! My husband and I are addicted to this wonderful beverage! I make a large batch in the InstantPot several times a week. We love it hot or cold and will NEVER go back to “hot chocolate”. My husband recently ordered hot chocolate at a restaurant and couldn’t drink it. I use Crio Bru to make your gourmet chocolate vanilla extract (I love to add a splash to my brewed Crio Bru). Crio Bru and your wassail recipe are getting me through winter 🥶. Thank you!
Sounds like we would get along really well Sally! I love the chocolate extract!
Sharon Toji says
My first husband and I were completely non-athletic and really hated the team sports we were forced to play in school as “PE” as well as swimming (both of us were very near sighted). When we had children, (7 in all) we determined that we didn’t want them to be so intimidated and unhappy, so started them early on swimming. It can be either a team sport, or something you can enjoy most of your life independently. It teaches coordination. It really paid off and they all actually became good athletes, and several of them also became professional dancers. Well trained dancers are some of the most accomplished athletes. One of them did play Little League baseball, but mostly, they liked all kinds of independent sports, such as hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, wind surfing, skating, biking, etc. Their “team” skills were gained through the performing arts. If you play a team sport, one team is always a loser. If you perform in a choral group, musical group, a play or a musical, your “opponent” is the audience, and when your “team” wins over your audience, then everyone wins. There are no losers. I appreciate parents wanting their children to build teamwork and team spirit, but too few of them consider the alternative of the performing arts or maybe the debate or speech team for those who don’t want to play one of the team sports.
Sharon, that really inspired me. That’s absolutely how I feel, I was just having a hard time organizing it into a clear thought. They are very active kids, I would much prefer letting them explore these other activities you listed vs being tied down to games and practices all the time. Thank you!
I love when you post new Crio recipes!! Keep them coming!
Claire, that’s what I’m hoping for! I’ve got Crio versions for days!
Beth Harris says
I enjoy your site and look forward to trying crio bru!
Beth, you will love it!
Maegan McFarlane says
Oh sports! That is a constant battle in my mind too. I love all the wonderful things being part of a team teaches. And I love how it keeps them active. But I would just rather go hiking or something with my kids on the weekends. But then I feel like they will feel left out if they don’t play sports. So I am no help to you!
Maegan, EXACTLY my thoughts! I love the freedom of family adventures on the weekends and throughout the week. I’m not sure I want to let that go!
Brandy Alrashed says
Yes, yes, 100x YES! This looks like heaven in a cup! Mouth watering over this right now!!
Can’t wait to check out the podcast and love the “talk” idea. So fun!
With 5 kids sports can be insane so we only allow one sport per child and never push one on them. (Hmmm…is that for my own sake???) If they aren’t begging then we are not pushing, but we do like them to get outside and living in a neighborhood in the hot south tends to limit this, so sports keep them active. For my no-so-sporty, we do piano lessons and pick books with a movie and he and I both read it and then watch the movie together.
Likewise, jeans are for when I leave the house. lol aka “dress-up clothes” 😀
Brandy, This golden version is my favorite yet! 5 kids in sports is making me feel anxious;). And with the right top, I’ll even consider my leggings dress up clothes, haha, I’m hopeless!
Crio Bru was something I had read about from you but didn’t understand. Then my hubby had some given to him. He likes it after plowing snow to get warm. But he doesn’t share his! So I’ll have to get my own. But that stuff is pretty good.
Kristie, make a big batch in the Instant Pot and there will be plenty to share!
My kids get one sport or thing a season to do. Although we used to put them into City league baseball/softball. It went well until the adults couldn’t handle it. Then my kids stopped playing. They have taken up golf. The whole family goes, hits on the driving range. And they love it. (Ages 12,10,8.). But I will never force my kids to do any sport. And when it stops being fun and becomes all work, they are done. I agree with other commenters, if they want to play let them. Or just do fun hikes, play as a family.
Kristie, that response speaks to my soul! I love my family time activities so much!
I also meant to suggest joggers as a comfy but stylish option!! I love my black joggers paired with a white t-shirt!
I’ve yet to try joggers. Do you have a favorite brand?
Oh Marci! We really must meet up in real life someday! All your “talk” stuff is right up my alley!! ha! Thanks so much for recommending my course and podcast <3 Thrilled that you have enjoyed them and would recommend them!
As for yoga pants! Girl! I found the answer a few years ago and there was no turning back! Dress Pant Yoga Pants. They exist. I have five pairs! I always look super put together when I wear them and the secret is that they are actually yoga pants! gasp! Like I really do yoga in them too! ha ha! https://www.betabrand.com/. I have them in black and navy and also got the jeans. They are high quality, always have great sales, and look amazing 🙂 https://www.betabrand.com/womens/pants/dress-pant-yoga-pants-collection
Brooke, Everyone in the world needs to be listening to your podcast! I’ve seen this betabrand and almost ordered them several times, I am so on it now! You just made my whole day with this! You, me, and Cami – dinner date – asap!
I just ordered a pair, thanks!
Really great intrigued with Crio Bru. I never heard of it before but would like to try it.
Myra, it’s healthy and glorious. I still look forward to it 8 years running
I found that my two enjoyed early soccer and baseball, but when they got older and the coaches became more interested in the development of the better players they lost interest. They were fortunate enough to have coaches at the early stages who involved even the poorest players and they learned teamwork which does help in later life. Like my husband and I, they are more interested in individual sports like archery and hiking where you are challenging yourself to improve. If they expressed a desire to play a sport, we encouraged them; if they decided not to continue, they had to finish the term. It really depends on the child, don’t start them too young.
Helen, That’s wonderful advice. I’ve always stressed that if I didn’t start them early, they wouldn’t stand a chance, but perhaps that isn’t the point. Right now we love dirt biking together, I’ll relax and enjoy the moment!
I haven’t tried Crio Bru yet, but I really want to! I recently got into Podcasts too. Two of my favorites are Nutrition Redefined (https://www.nutritionredefined.co/podcast) and Proof (https://www.americastestkitchen.com/proof). Proof is from America’s Test Kitchen and instead of recipes or interviews with chefs, it goes really deeply into the story of a certain food. The first full episode is about celery and it’s amazing what an interesting history that humble vegetable has!
Emilee, I love Stephanie! Why have I not checked out her podcast yet?! I’m pretty excited to check out America’s Test Kitchen, that’s right up my alley. Thank you!
Love me some Crio Bru. Might have to try this version. Do you find that the ring in the IP lid gets discoloured from the turmeric?
Beatrix, you’ll love this version, it’s so comforting. No discoloration at all!
Kids sports is such a hard one. I grew up playing sports and think there are so many good life lessons that can be taught through being on a team and participating in sports. My struggle with sports as a mom now Days is that I feel sports have become too much. I didn’t have to start sports at 3 to “be any good”. I was able to play lots of different sports and started when I was in 3rd grade. It makes me sad to see that we’re taking away kiddos childhoods by getting them involved soo early with sports. I never did dance so things might still be the same today as when growing up, but I feel like poor girls are being forced into dedicating their lives to dance. The local high school makes the drill team girls sign saying they will put dance over family parties and other social things. Those things make me hesitant to do certain sports with my kiddos. I want them to play sports but have decided to put them in lots of different ones so they can still learn life’s lessons, but not letting them become our life!
Courtney, that is exactly my concern. I like the lessons of team sports, but am so against it being so life consuming. I value our family activities so much, I’m not sure I can give that up!
I’ve been wanting to try Crio Bru for a long time, would love to win! Yum!
Loretta, It’s comfort in a cup. I love it so much!
Deborah S says
I had not heard of Crio Bru, but it sounds promising as a warm and cozy drink!
I, too, have been on the infirtility ride, and have two amazing children (now 16 and 10) thanks to the wonderful, kind, and patient doctors and nurses on my team. I’d never wish to relive those difficult years, but I appreciate the inner strength of both myself and my husband for going through them together.
Deborah, absolutely never want to go back to those days. I’ve never been beat down so much in my life, but I did learn so much and I’m very grateful to have survived it! Holding them in my arms healed so much of the pain though!
LOVE the idea of Tidbit talks! It is because of you I now have an IP in constant use and I am looking forward to trying some Crio Bru! Sports for kids can be beneficial but only if they are interested. They will turn out fine without formal sports programs (I did 🤣)! My kids are older now but all 3 tried different sports with one deciding sports weren’t her thing; but the other two each fell in love with different activities along the way. I think it was good for a sense of belonging and to develop motor skills. Keep up the great job!
Pam, that’s so awesome to hear! I’m glad I could help you find love for your IP! I didn’t play formal sports either and hated it when I was forced to. That’s great advice, thank you!
Linda B says
Can’t wait to try Crio Bru, going to order some right away. And I have not heard of Honey Money, but I’ll be checking ti out today.
Thanks so much for all your fabulous recipes, love them all.
Linda, I hope you love it! It’s the perfect beverage to tell my brain, “everything is gonna be alright” Honey Money is awesome. I wish I’d had it for Christmas.
Re: Podcasts–My guilty pleasure is listening to true crime podcasts. Dr. Death (about an inept surgeon) infuriated me–so crazy!
Karen, I’m such a wimp, I’d never sleep at night if I listened to those kinds!
I haven’t tried using my IP for Crio Bru–I have been brewing it like loose tea so I probably don’t get all the flavor that I should. Right now my favorite is the Ecuador light roast–I drink it all day!
Karen, try it in the IP for sure! You will be blown away at the difference.
Thanks for great tips and recommendations!
I am a grandmother now, but when my children were young, my husband and I decided they should get the chance to play a sport to see if they liked it. My 2 girls were in cheerleading/dance, swimming and soccer. The 2 boys played one sport a season…baseball, swimming, basketball and soccer. They started when they were around 7 or 8. We knew sports would open up a new world for them with built-in friendships, and also knew teamwork, following directions, and handling disappointment were added skills they would learn. They followed their friends into different sports, and if they didn’t like it, they had to finish the season, but didn’t have to sign up again. I was a stay- at home mom, admittedly, and my husband was a workaholic, so that was also my social life!! As they grew, they all were grateful they had the opportunity to play sports, because the business world requires teamwork, and they’ve all been complimented on this skill!
Berni, That is my struggle. I know there is so much to learn and grow from with organized sports! I hate to see them miss out on that.
Ok, seriously, I’ve been working so hard to get back to the weight I was when I got married. I finally got there (yay!) which means I fit in to my super cute jeans again! But guess what I still wear anyway? Yoga pants. Wear what’s comfortable, right? Besides if I have several pairs of plain black leggings, it’s so easy to pair a cute top with it.
Alyssa, absolutely, with the right top, yoga pants and leggings are totally town clothes, right?!
Do you know of any downside to using the Honey Money app? Privacy or information sharing issues maybe?
Thomas, I’m not 100% positive, but I haven’t had any problems.
I need to try honey money!
I like your new chat idea! It’s fun to get to know you more.
I’ve been wanting to try crio Bru since your first post, I just haven’t made the jump yet. It looks so yummy! Drinking hot chocolate is too sweet for me, but I do love a few sips.
Kathryn, I think Crio Bru would be right up your alley then. I love it for its soothing bitter chocolate taste. I’m loving the chat series as well, I like knowing my readers more too!
I haven’t hopped on the podcast train yet. I have listened to one or two episodes of random things friends send me. I just try to listen to a general conference talk every day while getting ready. And even just that is quite an accomplishment when it actually happens. 🙂
Kathryn, agreed! At this point of my life, my chances to casually listen to anything is minimal.
I’m right there with you. I don’t think it’s selfish at all. Our family is the most important thing, and we need to choose what’s good, better, and best for our own families. There are a lot of other options besides the sports that take up all the weeknights and weekends. Like a karate class, or a ninja warrior class, etc. they can still have a sports experience without all of the time being taken from our already limited family time.
Kathryn, Your response speaks to my soul and is how I quite passionately feel. I know there is a lot to learn from team sports, but I don’t think I can give our lives over to it.
I’m an infertility mama too! After 8 years of all kinds of surgeries, procedures, treatments, etc we finally have our cutie pie! He’s 11 months old, cute as can be, and stubborn and independent as all get out. We just love him so!
Kathryn, Oh heavens, it’s quite a journey isn’t it?! Holding them in your arms has a way of healing so many wounds though. I’m so very grateful for them!
I also am a mama of twins!!!! Our twins just had their 20th birthday on February 6th.They are the youngest of our children,and ironically were ready to leave the hospital,(after they were born),before I was!! I am a survivor of “5 Little’s under 5”..no,I can’t handle stress like I used to,but by the Grace of God,I carry on! I have been immensely intrigued by the insta pot recipes,(although I still haven’t received one-I have put it on my wish list numerous times!!”,and especially this drink!! As far as sports..?Do they actually want to get involved? Listen to your heart on this-after all,your husband didn’t necessarily enjoy them and he “turned out”great,did he not??😁Do they have cousins/close friends that they can play group games n backyard sports with? Keep praying for and with your kiddos n get em involved in community service projects,etc.It certainly is “character developing”!!! You do know your children best..
You’ve got this,because you’ve got God!!
Rosanna, I have a hard time imagining my boys that old! Mine also were ready to go the second day and I was so grateful for their good health. 5 under 5, oh wow, that might have pushed me over the edge. But that IP ASAP! If you eat a lot of yogurt, you’ll pay for it right there. Thank you for that wonderful advice. It was perfect 🙂
Nicole M says
I’ve never heard of crio bru but it sounds amazing! And I didn’t know you’re an NP. So am I! And I am definitely checking out the Stick Together pictures for my kids. What a unique idea!
Nicole, Yep Family NP since 2010:). You need to try Crio Bru, I love it so much! And the stick together poster is a life saver! It calms my kids down in seconds when they are angry or upset.
While I never had twins, I can completely relate as I had 5 children very close in age, which includes a set of Irish twins born just 11 months apart. I had great chunks of my life where I had three children in diapers at the same time. For years, my life was a blur of no sleep, laundry, nursing and trying to keep up with cooking, cleaning, and homeschooling. Now I am in the grandparent stage with 10 beautiful grandchildren –this is the icing on the cake for all of the years of struggle. Grandchildren bring with them special graces and the sweet reward of all of those years of sacrifice. Enjoy each and every second with those precious three as they will be grown before you know it! God bless you and thank for all of your recipes, hints, and tips.
Karen, I have no doubt you know how exactly how it feels. My mom had a similar situation. Those early years are such a blur, I admire you for doing homeschooling. I often wish I could be that strong. I love seeing pictures of your grandkids. It’s obvious how much you love them. Thank you for supporting me from the get-go. Seeing your name here and there makes me feel like I’ve got friends around me.
You definitely have a plethora of friends! <3
Your website is the only one I read daily. I am 65 and your candidness helps me identify with the struggles my nieces, nephews and grandchildren are facing, plus I love my IP!
I believe as children develop sports helps them learn to be part of a team, handle winning but most importantly losing. Learn that rules are rules and how to eventually understand strategy. That of course is predicated on a coach that is focused on developing young people rather than winning! But yes you will be giving up some freedom.
Barbara, comments like that make my whole day, thank you! That is what I stress about when I think about not putting them in sports. There is so much to learn there!
It’s so nice to chat with you, Marci. 😊 I have yet to try Crio Bru but you make me want to give it a try. As for kids and sports, I never did put mine in them. Like you, I’m not a fan and the idea of having to schedule life around practice etc was daunting to say the least. I think kids need time to be kids. That said, my son felt left out when the other boys would play basketball and he didn’t know how/didn’t have the skill. He was never interested in sports though. I guess if they want to play, limit them to one after school thing. There’s no perfect answer.
I think this will be fun to chat once every so often. – Cecilia
Cecilia, OH you must try Crio! I like your confident blunt answer to sports, it’s how I feel exactly, I only worry about them being able to keep up with their friends, if they want to! However, none of their friends will be able to keep up to them on a dirt bike 🙂
I really enjoyed today’s new blog. It’s nice to know a bit about your life experiences and what has made you who you are.
Thank you so much for introducing me to Crio Bru, I have told my whole world about it. I can’t drink caffeine after 1:00 pm or I turn to into owl and stay awake all night. Crio Bru has given me another option besides water!!! Keep up the good work and give your children a hug from me. They are lucky to have you for their mom.
Thank you Margie, What a wonderful comment to read! I love that I can drink Crio Bru whenever and it doesn’t affect my sleep!
Thanks for sharing your infertility story. I have 2 grown children adopted as the answer to my prayers. I wish you all the best in these coming years and look forward to your blog.
And trying Crio brew
Thank you Lynn! Those years were hard, but I grew so much, as I’m sure you can relate to. Enjoy your Crio!
elizabeth r. tingley says
just ordered (on the 14th) Crio Bru’s Ghana, my favorite, and their new dark cho chips. Looking forward to trying them. Thank you for turning me onto the brand and instant pots.
Elizabeth, I haven’t tried the chips yet, I’m pretty excited for them. Ghana is also my favorite!
Thanks so much for sharing! As a mother of twins myself, I agree that the only way to survive is to take one day at a time. You have to play the cards dealt you, so you just live from one feeding to the next, taking one diaper change as it comes. There were certainly times when I was nursing one twin in the middle of the night and I thought to myself how much easier it would be with a single, as once one baby was done I had to repeat the process with the other. But in the end such thinking didn’t lead any where, and I am so grateful for my (now 3 year old) twins! Thanks for sharing your recipes and insights. I greatly enjoy your website!
Vicky, Exactly! There wasn’t time to feel sorry for myself or give up, there was just too much to do, which in some ways was a blessing. I remember my doctor asking me if I was having postpartum depression, and I said, “Well if I am I haven’t had time to acknowledge it!” As you can relate, I feel so blessed that I get to experience the unique relationship of twins. It’s so fun.
Never heard of honey money. Going to go look it up right now.
Also going to head over to Crio Bru and check that out! Chocolate?!? Yes, please!
Jan, healthy chocolate at that! Bonus!
About kids and sports- first, when it comes to safety I feel like there are certain sports kids shouldn’t play. Little developing brains shouldn’t be at risk of damage. I think this goes all through high school as brains aren’t fully developed until much later. Then socially…well. I played basketball in a church league and at school from a young age, and I was GOOD. Then, at about age 13, everyone else in school started growing and I did not. Suddenly basketball was no longer a place where I felt strong but a place I was constantly embarrassed and overlooked. I cant say sports helped me much, until I joined an ultimate frisbee league in college. My husband was a wrestler from a young age and suffered a few concussions in high school which he will have to deal with for the rest of his life.
My favorite podcasts-
Myths and Legends: myths from around the world told in a modern voice. They have an updated twist but still educational.
Fictional: classic stories abridged and also told with a modern voice.
Lore: spooky tales
Susan, as a Family Nurse Practitioner, that is high on my list of concerns as well. Is it worth the risk? I don’t know. I worry I may be a bit too uptight in that regards! Those sound like intriguing podcasts to have on while I create recipes!