10 Natural Appetite Suppressants

10 Natural Appetite Suppressants You SHould Be Eating Everyday! www.sparklesandglue.com

There are many foods that we can eat that are natural appetite suppressants, make us feel full, and can help us lose weight naturally. Why wouldn’t you want to include these magical foods in your diet? I know I want them in my diet! {I could use all the help I can get!}

Steel Cut Oats are an awesome breakfast! Yeah, yeah, yeah, they are a carb and we are all afraid of carbs but don’t fear these slow digesting oats! They will keep you full for longer than simple carbs as they take their time digesting and they suppress the hunger hormone gherkin. These should be eaten now and then not everyday but still include them!

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Avocados are full of fiber and heart healthy monounsaturated fats making you feel full and satisfied. I use avocados in place of mayo it’s creamy and taste awesome. The recipes that include avocados are endless so get cookin’

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Pine Nuts are tiny little nuts that pack a punch of goodness. They have more protein than other nuts and a mild taste. You can eat them raw or give them a light tossing to enhance the flavors. These little guys are full of so many nutrients and help send signals to your brain saying “I’m full”. They also slow the emptying of your stomach making you feel full longer. You can thank a powerful hormone called cholecystokinin (or CCK.)

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Spinach & Kale are super foods that fill you up! They are very fibrous and we know that fiber is filling and good for the belly!

Eggs make me happy. I eat them at all times of the day: fried, scrambled, boiled, and poached. I eat them whole, in salads, and on sandwiches. They are packed with protein to fill you up and keep you going all day. PS Eat the yolk it’s good for you!

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Apple a day keeps the doctor away and keeps you feeling full! Pectin and fiber help fill your belly and take awhile to digest helping you feel full longer. I eat an apple almost everyday and since there are so many kinds I never get bored. 

Almonds are a super food in my book since they are rich in antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin E, and can help you lose weight! What can’t these nuts do?!?! I carry a small bag of almonds with me everywhere and snack on a few when I’m getting hungry but can’t eat yet. They keep me from over eating at my next meal. Thanks almonds you rock!

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Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. It goes great on my steel cut oats, in my morning coffee, or mixed in a smoothie. Cinnamon is special because it helps to keep your blood glucose levels steady. Rises and falls in your blood glucose lead to cravings and overeating.

Water. Yes, that clear, cold, thirst quenching liquid, we should all indulge in. It has no calories, flushes our bodies, and keeps us alive. Often when we think we are hungry we are really thirsty so drinking water throughout the day can prevent this. Also, drinking cold water can help you burn a few extra calories as your body works to warm it up!

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Green Tea is perfect for those of you who want something other than water to drink. Green tea like cinnamon helps maintain a steady glucose level in your blood decreasing your need for snacking, eventual overeating, and decreases fat storage. So sip away. 

Do you have a natural appetite suppressant to add to this list? Tell us below! 


Cauliflower & Bacon Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Most normal Americans get excited for pumpkin flavors as fall approaches. I, however, get excited for acorn squash. Yeah, I know you can get it all year round but it just seems yummier in the fall. Call me maybe crazy but that’s how I feel. Previous years I would have baked up some Rice & Bacon Stuffed Acorn Squash and your welcome to make that but since I discovered how easy, yummy, and healthy cauliflower rice was traditional rice has been history! 


What You Need
2 acorn squash
2 cups cauliflower rice (1 head of cauliflower)
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 pound bacon {or 1 package bacon pieces}
1 jalapeño, diced
3 sweet peppers, diced
8 oz Hunts tomato sauce
1/4 mozzarella cheese, shredded {or try the vegan cheese}
1 tablespoon butter {or whatever fat you like}
pepper to taste


YUMMY…let’s get cookin’

Cook the bacon and feel free to use the grease as your fat for cooking the cauliflower.

Crumble cooked bacon. 

Cut the acorn squash in half and place in a baking pan. 

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash www.sparklesandglue.com

TIP: Cut a small piece off the bottom of each half to help them stand up right. 

Toss the cauliflower in your food processor and pulse until it looks like rice.

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash www.sparklesandglue.com

Heat butter in a medium sauce pan then add the garlic, sauté for about 30 seconds. 

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash www.sparklesandglue.com

Add cauliflower, bacon, peppers, pepper, and sauté for another 5 minutes. 

Stir in the tomato sauce and continue to stir for about 2 minutes. 

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash www.sparklesandglue.com

Fill each acorn squash with the cauliflower rice & bacon mixture.

Cover with foil and bake at 365 degrees for 30 minutes.

Uncover, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for another 5 minutes. 

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The sweetness from the acorn squash mixed with the subtle spice of the cauliflower rice & bacon mixture is heavenly! This year fall sprang on us all at once and it went from 80′s to 40′s overnight making me crave something warm and filling.

Curled up in a blanket, watching a good movie with my Prince Charming, and eating this fall favorite really hit the spot. I’m full and all smiles tonight {the only thing that would make me happier is if the kitchen would clean itself~ a girl can dream!}

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Let’s chat…. what’s your favorite fall dish? 




Sparkles of Inspiration Linkup Party {{{Week 11}}}

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Let’s just take a minute to celebrate everyone who joined in last weeks link up party! 


I appreciate everyone who took the time to linkup, check out others links, and share the a party with friends or on social media! Every new person who joins our party means one more person has seen your awesomely amazing post! So keep sharing and keep linking up every week! 

CHEERS to everyone… now let’s keep this party jumping! 

On to the features for the week…

In honor of Halloween and all things cute I selected the first featured post as…drum roll please… no really do the drum roll sound…. Chloe’s Frankenstein Treats for Halloween! They are too stinking cute not to make! 

Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party! www.sparklesandglue.com

I couldn’t pass up the post shared from Sex is a Bad Word: 5 Sugar Skull Tutorials. I love sugar skull makeup I think it’s sexy, scary, and freaking detailed! I have seen some amazing sugar skull makeups and tattoos recently…I swear they just keep getting better. 

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and since we will all be tempted by the bags and bags of Halloween candy that seem to be everywhere I thought we could use a little weight loss inspiration. April from 100 LB Count Down wrote an awesome article about losing 7 lbs in 2 weeks in a healthy way!

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OK, now let’s get on with the Linking, clicking, sharing, and drinking partying!


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Crossfit Hasn’t Killed Me Yet!

I received an e-mail this week asking me how my crossfit classes were going and that made me realize that I have not posted an update on them in a while {shame on me for keeping all the goodness a secrete!} 

Crossfit hasn't killed me yet www.sparklesandglue.com

So I’m still going to crossfit Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every single week! I actually look forward to class and I’m sad on days I don’t have class. There’s something empowering, fulfilling, and magical about starting your day off with sweat dripping down your face as you complete an awesome workout and I’m using the word “workout” loosely. My crossfit classes are so much more than a workout you get going to the gym and running for an hour on the treadmill or awkwardly using the machines. Each and every crossfit class pushes me past my limit and makes me realize even I’m not sure what I’m actually capable of . That feeling carries on into my life at work and home as well. I’ve learned to push myself a little more in general and I surprise myself everyday and that feels seriously good!  

My body is changing too…

I have lost 16 pounds in 12 weeks

and that’s weight lost by exercise and eating right no pills or gimmicks so it’s much more likely I’ll keep this weight off! I’m also starting to notice my clothes are fitting so much better {no more covering up with a huge t-shirt or sweaters or garbage bags.} My arms are gaining definition and don’t giggle when I wave at people and my thighs are getting less fatty and more muscular. I’m not building muscles like a male body builder but I am building healthy lean muscles that will burn more fat for me! {anything that wants to burn fat is welcome to my body!}

BONUS: You get to buy all sorts of cute workout clothes to wear to the classes. Here are 3 of my favorites I recently purchased. 

Cross Fit Hasn't Killed Me Yet!!! www.sparklesandglue.com

I’ll be sure to keep you updated with my progress. I’m working on putting together some before and after during pictures so you can see for yourself. I’ll also share some measurements with you in my next update. I get nervous and giddy when I take my measurements each month so far I have’nt been disappointed yet! 

What have you been doing to stay healthy and fit?  

Are you considering going a crossfit class?

Comment below!


Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party {week 10}

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Bloggers showing other bloggers love makes me smile. That’s why I love the Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party. It’s a place for us to share our favorite posts each week and get a little attention. It’s my favorite when I stumble upon a new blog via a link up party and before you know it that blogger has become my friend and we are helping each other grow.

Let’s get to the party! Pick some of your favorite projects and get to linkin’ 


Your Host

Jessica Snyder

Jessica from www.sparklesandglue.com Hosting Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party

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Paleo Chicken Scotch Eggs

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Have you ever had a Scotch Egg? It’s a fantastic treat made from a boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, sometimes breaded, and always fried! Not exactly a healthy snack …until now…

Paleo Chicken Scotch eggs are healthy twist on an old favorite that combines eggs, chicken, and veggies. It’s a perfect healthy snack that you can eat on the go or add some greens and make a family meal out of them. 


What You Need
10 eggs {boiled & peeled}
1 pound chicken (boneless & skinless}
2 peppers {your choice green, red, yellow, orange}
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon italian seasons
Salt & Pepper to toaste
Saran Wrap

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

tear 10 small pieces of saran wrap and lay them out. 

Add the peppers, garlic, and tomato paste to a food processor and pulse about 10 times until everything is finely chopped- put it all in a large bowl. 

Add the chicken to the food processor with the salt, pepper, italian seasonings and pulse until the chicken resembles breakfast sausage constancy. 

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Mix the chicken and vegetable mixture together then divid into 10 equal parts. Place 1 part of each piece of saran wrap. 

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Place 1 egg on top of each pile of sausage the pick up the saran wrap and work the sausage around the egg. 

Paleo Chicken Scotch Eggs www.sparklesandglue.com

Grease a muffin pan and place each Scotch Egg in the pan.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes then flip the eggs and bake 5 more minutes. 

TIP: When you are turning your eggs you may notice the muffin tins are filled with chicken juices. You can pour that out to help your eggs get a nice brown on them. 

Paleo Chicken Scotch Eggs www.sparklesandglue.comThese are a healthy delicious snack that I love to pack when I’m on the road and serve to my family with a big pile of baby spinach. Either way they are full of protein and will fill you up!



October A Month Without #AMWO

October: A Month Without: Weight Loss & Health Improvement www.sparklesandglue.com

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit or build a new one so I’m going to make some changes one month at a time. I encourage you to join me as I strive to be a healthier me. I selected each goal for my month with hopes that I can adapt a new habit based off of my month without.  For example, my diet could use more chicken, fish, and veggies so a month without red meat will help me find more options I enjoy and save a few cows too. A month without chocolate can’t hurt my waist line and who needs cookies {currently me…but I’m working on that}…


Here are my Month Without goals…

January- exceeding 2000 calories a day

February- red meat

March- carbonated drinks 

April- pastries & cookies 

May- ice cream 

June- alcohol

July- chocolate DID IT! Read my July update to see how it went!

August- gluten WOW this was hard. Read my August update here! 

September- sweets & candy  Doing a dance!  

October- fast food 

November- pasta

December- white bread



Ready OK! I’m really motivated for this month after how great last month has made me feel. This month I will officially give up all fast food that is crap IE: McDonalds, Burger king, Long John Silvers, etc. I do feel like a few restaurants have a few meals that are pretty safe for when I’m on the go and don;t have anything to eat. I occasionally stop at Chipotle and Panera Bread. I’m still very selective about what I order but I feel fairly safe there. 

My plan for success this month is being proactive about m meals. I have cooked and pre packed my meals for work hours and planned dinner out a week at a time. I’m going to make a huge effort to avoid getting too hungry since that’s when I’m most likely to end up eating crap food. If I’m filled with vegetable, fruit, and protein there won’t be any room for crap in my belly. 

I’m on a mission …

join me in becoming a healthier & happier me! 

What will your goal be this month?




Places to Visit in Cleveland

Our Anniversary Trip to Cleveland…Where & Why You Should go! WWW.SparklesandGlue.comPrince Charming and I just celebrated our 5th year of wedded bliss. It’s been a roller coaster ride of happy, sad, hilarious, and exciting times {but never a dull moment!} What has made it tolerable is having his hand to hold through it all. We are pretty normal people and we don’t always see eye-to-eye but we agree this trip to Cleveland was a major success! 

To start our trip off I searched AirBnB for the perfect place. If you haven’t used that site/app yet you better get busy plus you can get $25.00 off if you click this link HERE. We found an amazing, spacious, retro apartment in Lakewod, Ohio. Brittany was our host and she has impeccable taste and helped us find some local favorite places to visit and eat! We loved her place and every one of her suggestions! 




Melts: This place has some crazy good gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, melts, salads, and sides that are to die for! The sandwiches are as big as a house so be ready for left overs. I also recommend you try the tofu buffalo wings~delish! While to food was top notch and we enjoyed every bite we also loved soaking in the cool vibes and atmosphere. The staff was hilarious and so friendly.


Capitol Theater: is a one of a kind vintage theater that has been updated. It plays some small films & indie films plus you can enjoy beer and wine while you watch your film! It’s a perfect place to sit, relax, take in a movie, and enjoy a drink together. 


Lyrics to Purple Haze at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame www.sparklesandglue.com Cleveland, OH

Elvis Display at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, OH www.sparklesndglue.com

Cleveland, OH Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame www.sparklesandglue.com

Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame: This place is huge so set aside enough time to really enjoy it. Prince Charming and I spend about 4 hours walking around and playing with all the interactive stations. We share a love for all types of music and this place hit all the high notes: The Beatles, Elivis, a huge 80′s rock section, a one hit wonders area (my favorite!), and even some newer additions you might not expect (think Katie Perry and Bruno Mars) every minute was entertaining!

Cleveland, OH Contemporary Art Museum www.sparklesandglue.com

My Prince Charming “making” art in a kids area at the Contemporary Art Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

Contemporary Art Museum: It’s FREE and that makes it a great place to hang out. The staff made us laugh and we really enjoyed the exhibit that was in the basement. It changes so who knows what will be there when you check it out but I bet whatever it is will be great. On our way out we joined some children in making art {I think we had more fun then they did!}

Botanical Gardens Cleveland, OH www.sparklesandglue.com

Botanical Gardens Cleveland, OH www.sparklesandglue.com

Botanical Gardens Cleveland, OH www.sparklesandglue.com

Botanical Gardens Cleveland, OH www.sparklesandglue.com

This Pink Pigeon was my friend as we walked around the gardens.

Botanical Gardens: is right next to the museum and so worth walking those few steps. We liked the habitat exhibits but we loved the butterfly gardens. It tickled my fancy to be surrounded by so many breath-taking butterflies. Some of them were as big as birds and you could get so close to them. It was just amazing. 


Cleveland, OH Anniversary Trip www.sparklesandglue.com

This picture was promptly followed by my Prince Charming falling and scaring the crap out of me!

Lakewood Park: its huge, clean, and full of kids and couples. We walked down to the path near the water and enjoyed the sun set as a breeze blew in off Lake Erie with some wine in our coffee cups :) Perfect night!


Ninja City: is a weird little place that serves asian fusion food and we loved it! It was a light but feeling meal full of flavor but not too much fat! It’s a must eat in my opinion! Plus, the staff is too cool and friendly. They gave us some good places to hang out that night. If this was in my city I would probably become a frequently flier and try everything on the menu. 


Great Lakes Brewery: We got lucky and the weather was perfect {this night all and all of them really} We sat outside, enjoyed some local beers, and shared a basket of sweet potato waffle fries YUM!. The Brewery offers tours if you call in advance and it’s steps away from from a public square that had a band playing. It was a sweet combination and gave us some down time to talk and enjoy each others company. 

West SIde Market Cleveland, Ohio www.sparklesandglue.com

West SIde Market Cleveland, Ohio www.sparklesandglue.com

The West Side Market: This place is beyond mind-blowing. We stopped by and bought all sorts of fresh foods for our lunches and brought some local veggies home. The veggies taste so delicious and fresh. If it wasn’t so far from home I would buy all my produce and meats there! You can literally find anything you need or want fresh and locally grown: vegetable, fruits, meats, desserts, cheeses, raw honey, soaps, and anything else your heart desires! 

Sweet Moses Lakewood, Ohio www.sparklesandglue.com

Sweet Moses Lakewood, Ohio www.sparklesandglue.com

Sweet Moses: This place is to die for! They make ice cream, fudge, chocolate, candy, and it’s ALL so freaking good! Get a cup of coffee too! I ended up with a much worth it tummy ache after eating a cup of coconut and chocolate chip ice-cream topped with caramel, homemade whipped cream, and a cherry! mmmmm….

There’s also

Nano Brew (awesome atmosphere & good beer)

World of Beer (beer & TVs)

Campbells (sweet treats)

The Root Cafe

Liquid Planet (healthy treats & smoothies)

The Diner of Cliffton

Luxe Kitchen (way cool & trendy!)

Latitude 41

Big Fun Cleveland (funky little retro store you really need to check out)

The list could go on and on. There was so much to do we could have spent a month in Cleveland doing something different everyday. If your looking for a vacation that is fun, full of yummy food, beaches, city lights, nostalgia, and history than Cleveland and Lakewood Ohio are the place to be. The city is big enough to be a city but not so big that it’s congested like Chicago. We are making plans to return in the spring and do some hiking. If you make a trip to Cleveland let us know where you stop….

Do you have an awesome place to add to this list? Comment below! 



Italian Eggplant Bake

Have you ever looked around your kitchen and thought “What the heck am I going to make?” I do that all the time! I usually start pulling items out of my refrigerator and wait for something to inspire me. Tonight’s inspiration resulted in my family’s new favorite dish! 

Easy Healthy Italian Eggplant Bake ~ a healthy inspired dish exploding with veggies! www.sparklesandglue.com

I had a huge eggplant staring me down and I knew if I didn’t use it soon it would end up spoiling. I have a go to recipe for an eggplant bake but it’s kinda boring so I jazzed up with a spicy Italian twist 

What You Need
1 lb ground beef or bison
1 large eggplant
pepperoni (I used 1/2 package)
6 sweet peppers
1 large can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon italian seasons
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
pepper to taste
Mozzarella cheese- shredded

Let’s get cookin’
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

In a medium sauce pan cook the meat  until there is no pink then add the diced peperoncinis, sweet peppers, large can of tomato sauce, and seasonings. Let that simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Slice the eggplant and cut it so you can cover the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking pan. Once the bottom of the pan is covered take the remaining eggplant and dice it up (you need it later).

Easy Healthy Italian Eggplant Bake ~ a healthy inspired dish exploding with veggies! www.sparklesandglue.comEasy Healthy Italian Eggplant Bake ~ a healthy inspired dish exploding with veggies! www.sparklesandglue.com

Cover the eggplant with some pepper, the meat sauce, a layer of pepperoni, and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese.

Easy Healthy Italian Eggplant Bake ~ a healthy inspired dish exploding with veggies! www.sparklesandglue.com

Sprinkle the diced eggplant on top, drizzle the small can of tomato sauce over everything, and top with a little more cheese. 

Easy Healthy Italian Eggplant Bake ~ a healthy inspired dish exploding with veggies! www.sparklesandglue.com

Cover in foil and bake for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Easy Healthy Italian Eggplant Bake ~ a healthy inspired dish exploding with veggies! www.sparklesandglue.com

When everything is done you have a dish filled with veggies that tastes like pizza that married an Italian beef sandwich! I ate this for lunch, dinner ,and I fully intend on taking this for lunch (for a few days!) It’s my favorite when something is good for me and it taste so good that I forget it’s vegetables. I’m seriously like a kid I need my mom in the kitchen to tell me to eat my veggies!

Typing this post has made me hungry {and I now what I’m going to eat!} 

Take a minute to comment below and tell me what you think of this recipe! 





6 Tips to Get Your Husband to Help You with Housework

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I have an amazing husband who is kind, caring, funny, and supports me but he doesn’t like to clean. He honestly couldn’t care less if we live in a clean home or a pigpen. I feel embarrassed when people stop by and my home isn’t presentable. He on the other hand will swing the door open and invite them in {cue Jessica hiding her face}.

We are just very different people with different agendas. He goes to work comes home and calls it a day I go to work, come home, sweep, vacuum, load the dishwasher, wash laundry, unload the dishwasher, load the dryer, wipe off counters, scrub the stove, wash windows, mop, fold laundry, cook dinner, clean up the kitchen after dinner, and the list goes on and on and on… I know you all understand and need more help too. Here are the 6 tips I used to get my husband to help me clean {without a fight}

1. Throw out the notion that your husband will ever look at cleaning the way you do. He can be taught to clean but he will probably never obsess about the dust on the baseboards or fingerprints on the refrigerator door. Once you stop expecting him to think you like you do you have won half the battle!

2. Don’t expect him to read your mind you have to ask your husband to help you. Do I find it a little annoying that I had to ask for help yes but after a few months of tell him what I needed done he started doing it without me asking. Imagine that communicate improves your relationship…amazing. 

3. Say thank you! I know no one thanks us for cleaning the kitchen after dinner but that’s not the point. Positive reinforcement works wonders in just about any situation! When my Prince Charming sweeps the kitchen I tell him “Thank you!” A few years ago my response probably would have been to comment on only one room being swept but all that got me was an augment and less help. After saying thank you and how much I appreciate his help he now sweeps all the rooms {and sometimes I don’t even have to ask}

4. Stop correcting him. You might do a better job dusting, vacuuming, or folding clothes but who really cares he’s helping and that is what counts. I no longer point out what he doesn’t do perfect I just thank him and think to myself it’s still less work than I would have done alone.

5. Leave him to do lists. Sometimes I feel like if I ask in a note it’s a little less annoying to him or maybe it seems that way since I’m not there to see him face either way it gets done and there is no argument.

6. Make a big deal out of stuff he does and I don’t mean in a sarcastic way! Be genuine If you came home and he folded a load of laundry {even if it was on the to do list you left him} acknowledge how much time that saved you, how grateful you are, how awesome he is, give him an extra kiss, or tell him since it’s done you two can hang out and watch a show together!

The key to getting your Prince Charming to help with the housework is really more about you than him. You can change your actions much easier than you can change his. Work on the tone of your voice, how you ask for help, and how you respond to him. I have found that my actions actually made life harder. I know we all think we are perfect but we aren’t! So get over it and start working together!