money wise the biblical way

Be Money Wise the Biblical Way

We’ve all heard the phrase “Money is the root of all evil.” But do you know what the Bible actually says about being money wise?

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10

This scripture clearly says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Money itself is neither good nor bad. God calls us to be good stewards of money because it is HIS! It can sound like such a strange concept to think that your paycheck doesn’t come from your job, but really comes from the Bank of God.

Every dollar we have we owe to God. In the Bible, He gives us instructions on how to be wise with His money. He wants us to give Him our “first fruits”, the BEST of everything we have. When we receive a bonus, we give to Him first and then we can use the rest. When we get a tax refund, we give to Him first. When we do this in obedience of Him, He blesses us beyond what we can imagine! Just read this scripture.

“10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

Can you imagine being so overflowing in blessing that you don’t have enough room for it? That sounds like a great life to live. 

Managing even the smallest money properly is the wisest thing you can do. If you misuse the five dollars He gave you, how can He trust that you would do well with $5,000? We always think that more money is the answer. But the Bible says contentment is the answer. 

“5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

It’s definitely hard not to worry about money. Believe me, I have felt the stress of not knowing how I was going to pay for my bills. When I started accounting for every dollar I spent and doing my best to be wise with the money God gave me, He made sure everything was taken care of. He’s always made sure I had a job, a place to live, food to eat, clothing, etc. He’s always blessed me with so much more than I ever needed. When I come to those moments where money and finances seem overwhelming, I read this scripture. Maybe it can help you too.

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:26 – 34

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Transform Yourself with the PIIT28 Challenge

Motherhood doesn’t always allow for a lot of free time. Especially time to work out. That’s why I’ve decided to take the PIIT28 Challenge from PopPilates creator, Cassey Ho.

I’ve lost my baby weight but still feel like I’m not my best self. I remember being so strong when I first got pregnant. Now, I struggle to even do one pull up! I needed to commit to something that could help give me back my confidence. Setting aside a short amount of time a day to work out will be a sacrifice, but I know I’ll be happy about it later. 

This 28 day system requires you to follow a Pilates inspired high intensity training six days a week.  The work out is only 28 minutes! Don’t think it’s super easy though. I started my day one yesterday and I was SWEATING!

Each work out begins with a short warm up and is followed by four rounds of a challenging routine. The program aims to push you to your limit in 45 second intervals and then reward you with a 15 second break in between each move. Once you’ve completed four rounds, you move on to a stretching cool down. 

Everything you need to stay on track and work out lives inside your PIIT portal that is only accessible if you purchase the system. You also get access to a whole community of others within the portal and on Facebook working towards their goals. Since PIIT28 is running a 50% off holiday special through December 3rd, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

There are a few different packages that you can choose from for as cheap as $40. There are three different levels of PIIT. Obviously 1.0 is the most basic. There is also the 28 Reset meal guide that can help accelerate weight loss.

  1. PIIT28 1.0
  2. PIIT28 Power Pack
  3. PIIT28 Transformation Pack
  4. Vegan Transformation Pack
  5. The 28 Day Reset 
  6. Vegan 28 Day Reset

Blogilates has also created some free PIIT work outs on YouTube that you can try if you’re on the fence about buying this program. 

I’ll be posting updates on my Instagram so you can follow me along my journey. If you want to join the movement and transform into your best self, you can buy the system here.

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

Guys can be very difficult to shop for. Some love video games. Others love to work out. And still some just want to live outdoors. Whatever hobby that special guy on your list has, this list will help narrow down your options.

Sports Wear

Gifts for Him

If your guy loves sports, you’ve got to get him a gift that helps him rep his team. Now, I may be a little biased by this pullover because the first option is the Lakers, but my husband wears his constantly! They go with almost everything thing he wants to wear and are perfect for game nights. 

Camping Hammock

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Does your guy love these outdoors? Checkout this compact camping hammock. My friends actually had something similar on their wedding registry and they love it! It’s super easy to set up where ever you go and lightweight enough not to weight you down. This gift set comes with all the essentials you’ll need to take the party outdoors.

gifts for him

My husband is such a hipster. He’d rather listen to most music on vinyl. He goes crazy every time we go into a store and they have a vinyl section. Does this describe that special guy on your list? Get him the perfect gift for Christmas by finding his favorite artists and albums on vinyl. Honestly, nothing compares to listening to you favorite song through the record machine.

Robes and Slippers

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The other day, my husband was just telling me how trashed his house slippers were. He constantly wears them, so it’s not a wonder they’re flat and ready to be thrown out. I also don’t believe he even has a robe. It get’s pretty chilly at our house during the winter time and I know he’d use these cozy items. A robe and slippers is such a classic gift for him and you can’t go wrong.

Fitness Gift Box

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It seems like there’s just about a delivery box for every niche nowadays. Meals, clothes, dogs, etc. How about a healthy box? This clever gift packs a TON of healthy snacks filled with high protein for the fitness fanatic on your list. You have the option of a one time purchase or a full subscription. Give the gift of health this year.

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Best out of the box Christmas gifts

As part of my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide, I decided to include a short list of out of the box Christmas gifts. There’s always someone on your list that either doesn’t know what they want or has everything they could ever want. If you’re shopping for someone like that, this Christmas gift guide is for you. Checkout a few of my favorites. 

Baby Nessie the Loch Ness Monster Tea Infuser 

Out of the box Christmas gifts

Everyone knows a tea drinker in their lives. This handy tea infuser lets even the snobbiest tea enthusiasts enjoy a warm cup of their favorite flavor. I actually have an owl one and fill it with fresh herbs from Teavanna. The steeping concept of this makes the flavor so much more powerful than your average tea bag. The best part is you can find infusers like these in a ton of different themes. 

Portable Espresso Machine

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Move over Starbucks. This personal espresso machine will be the coffee lover on your list’s new best friend. This nifty cup grinds your favorite roast with ease and assures the perfect flavor in every use. It makes a great travel companion for the fanciest drinkers. No longer do you have to listen to THAT friend complain about how basic coffee is trash. Gift them this and they’re be too busy enjoying a cup of Joe to complain about anything.

LED Marquee Bo

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Marquee signs have always been known to convey an idea or make an announcement. Bring the fun of capturing the moment home with this mini marquee box. Whether you want to be serious, festive, or just caption your daily life, this is the perfect gift for you and your friends.

Conversation Starters for Husbands & Wives

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Have a married couple of your list and have no idea what to get them? Don’t  pull your hair out trying to buy separate gifts, grab this fun ice breaker. These cards are filled with fun and entertaining questions to get husbands and wives in the mood to converse! One side has an interesting question and the back has an accompanied scripture.

Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes

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Here’s the perfect gift for your wine connoisseur’s. Put them to the test with this wine trivia. Test their knowledge and see if they really know what’s going on inside their glass. 

Mop Slippers 

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Wish you could clean the floors without doing any extra work? Well, there’s a slipper for that. These mop slippers are perfect for the clean freak in your life, aka my husband. We have wood floors in our house and they constantly reveal dog prints and dust bunnies attempting to hide. These cozy slippers can help keep those floors presentable and keep my feet comfy at the same time.

Animal Desk Fan

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Got an animal lover on your list? Get them something they can use everyday! Try this animal desk fan that comes in a dog and a cat version. I know my office thermostat is constantly changing and I keep my fan handy. How perfect would it be to have a cat or dog cooling my cube instead of a boring old basic fan?

Checkout my full list of gifts for pets and pet lovers.

Mini Pong

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Who says work can’t have some playtime? This mini pong gift set is perfect for playing the classic game on the go or at your desk. Fill the mini cups with your drink of choice – keep it non-alcoholic during work hours – and enjoy! 

What fun items have you found for Christmas?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Toddlers and Babies

My 2018 Christmas Gift Guide continues with this list of unique baby and toddler gifts for Christmas! This year, I am celebrating my son’s first Christmas and have been searching for babies first Christmas gift ideas. There are a tons of awesome Christmas gifts for babies under 1 year that I’m adding to my list. I’ve also made sure to add some options for older kids on in these gifts for toddlers and babies.

To be honest, this list could go on forever listing great baby and toddler Christmas gifts. If  you don’t see something you’re looking for on here, checkout the official toy guides from Target and Amazon.

Name Puzzle

Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the best gifts. This unique toddler gift will make a game out of your little tyke spelling their name. The pieces are all wooden and large enough that they cannot be swallowed. And the best part is, you can make the puzzle as custom as you want! Pick your child’s favorite colors and turn it into this sign. I suggest it as a stocking stuff or a cheap find for littlest family members.

Playskool Play Favorites Sit ‘n Spin Toy

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Apparently, this is a childhood classic. It’s been selling out online and in stores for years! This idea is so simple. The kids think they’re just having a great time spinning in circles, but they’re actually learning important motor skills. Teach your little one some coordination just by them laughing and playing. Depending on your child’s learning level, this item would be suitable for 12 months and older.

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book, Green

Here’s another useful gift for toddlers. This learning book helps teach babies and big kids  words. If you look inside, there are many photos associated with each of the words to help kids learn easily. And like most gifts for toddlers and babiesLeapFrog toys, it focuses on reading and speaking. Your little sponge will be talking and reading in no time!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Stride-to-Ride Puppy

I’ve been searching for this little puppy for a while now. My son is just about ready to take off crawling and sits up pretty easily now. This cool seat has shapes and buttons to keep your baby entertained while sitting on the floor. Once they’re ready for a ride, they can sit on top and scoot themselves all around the room. Many companies have toys just like these, but this particular dog is an Amazon exclusive.

Step2 Play Ball Fun Climber With Slide For Toddlers

Why not bring the playground home? My nephews have something similar at their house and they love it. It’s perfect for a playroom or even a small backyard. The slide and staircase are just the right height for toddlers that are comfortable walking and climbing. There’s also a ball game on the side. The entire thing is perfect for solo or group play.

Character Furniture

gifts for toddlers and babiesFor Christmas, I really want to get my son his own mini furniture. I’ve been looking all over for something that’s big enough to grow with him. I found a boy version of this convertible couch. Basically, this little number pulls out into a lounging bed. This company also has a ton of different cartoons to choose from too.

PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

Every where I go, there are Paw Patrol toys, clothes, books, backpacks – you name it! I found this cool race tower that features all of the characters. Although this toy mostly targets boys, it could be a fun item to use on a playdate with boys and girls.

Art Easel

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Teaching my son to appreciate art is very important to me. He may not turn out to be a Michael Angelo, but he can at least develop the artistic side of his brain. This kid sized easel is perfect for toddlers, boys and girls, and can last for quite a long time. My oldest nephew is turning five in a few months and still plays with his.

Little Tikes Inflatable Jump ‘n Slide Bounce House

For Christmas, my motto is go big or go home. What kid wouldn’t want their very own inflatable bounce house? And just think about all awesome parties you could reuse this at! It’s obviously a little pricey, but would be perfect for a backyard playground.

What big gifts are you going to get your kids this year?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts Under $20

Shopping on a budget? This list of the best Christmas gifts under $20 is just for you. Everything on this list, as well as my entire 2018 Christmas Gift Guide, can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And with prices like these, you’ll want to treat yourself too! Here are some of my favorite finds.

Perfect Bake 2.0 Smart Scale

I don’t know about you, but I hate measuring. I’m always trying to hunt down the right bowl or spoon for the recipe. And then when I want to increase it proportionally, I’m forced to do all kinds of crazy math. I found this smart scale and luckily comes with a recipe conversion app. I literally just have to pour into the bowl on the scale and it tells me when I’m at the right amount. If I pour too much, the app recalculates the recipe. It’s a perfect gift for the beginning baker and the culinary mastermind on your list.

The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm: A Lexicon for Those of Us Who Are Better and Smarter Than the Rest of You

Gifts Under $20

You don’t actually have to like reading to appreciate this novel. As noted in the book, you just have to be of the rare breed who appreciates sarcasm. This hilarious dictionary redefines our most common words to help educate the sarcasm illiterate. My favorite example definitely resonates with my need to have a strong core. “ABS: A part of the human that can, apparently in only minutes a day as part of this exclusive TV offer, become rock hard.”

Adult Coloring Book

You’re never too old for a good ‘ol coloring session. I have this exact coloring book at home and I’ve barely made a dent in the pages. Each picture is really intricate so it takes a while to fill in. There are many of these adult coloring books to choose from. You could get a spiritual one, a gangsta rapper one, pet or literally whatever your gift receiver loves. And they’re all super inexpensive.

Coffee Mug

Gifts Under $20

Anyone that knows me, knows I don’t like foxes. BUT I saw this mug out shopping and I couldn’t stop laughing. I’m a sucker for a good coffee mug and that’s probably why I have more than I can use in a month! Coffee mugs are an easy gift for everyone. Get creative with a funny quote or image and you’re set. I bought my coworker the poop emoji cup and he about died he loved it so much.

Salt Lamp Diffuser

Essential oils are my favorite way to solve everyday issues like anxiety, pain and sleep. I currently have a diffuser just for my son to help him sleep. These salt diffusers are said to help purify the air and help you become more healthy overall. Add the option to diffuse with your favorite oil, and you’ve got a winning combination. I was actually really  surprised to find that this was just under $20. I thought for sure it would be $40 or more. A gift like this is can be used at home or at work so it’s virtually perfect for everyone!

Any other cheap, but awesome finds you’ve gifted?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Best Christmas Gifts for pets and pet lovers

Let the shopping begin! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am doing a gift giving guide for 2018. Hopefully I’ll help you find something for everyone, and everything, on your list.

Whether you’re shopping for a pet owner or pet of your own, this pet gift guide is for you. Take a look at these unique pet gifts that are perfect for the furry friends on your list. Warning, some of these techy gifts are a little pricey no matter what brand you get.

Petnet SmartFeeder

This little gadget is perfect for gift for dog lovers and cat lovers. I’m sure you’ve seen at least one commercial for similar items. Basically, you can schedule your pet’s food to disperse right from your phone event when you’re not home. It’s a really simple way to make sure they’re fed and not have to rely on someone to stop by when you’re running late getting home.

Petcube Play Smart Pet Camera

Best Christmas Gifts for pets

Here’s another super cool pet Christmas gift to consider. Do you constantly think about your pets when you’re away from home? If you’re like me, the answer is yes! When I can’t bring my pups with me, I want to know exactly what they’re doing and talk to them. This little camera lets you virtually play with them using the attached laser and also see what they’re doing while you’re away.

Link AKC Smart Dog Collar

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Your pet’s safety is probably one of your main priorities. If my dogs ever got lost, I don’t know what I’d do. This new collar from the American Kennel Club works not only as a GPS to help track your dog, but it also records their daily activities right into your phone. It’s an awesome option for an active person on your list. It even has safety sensors built-in for night walks and to alert you when it’s too hot or cold outside for your pet.

*This collar does not replace the importance of a microchip. When pets go missing, collars and tags can fall off. If your pet is not microchipped, schedule your appointment with The Animal Foundation. It’s only $20*

Dog Bowtie Collar

Dress your pup to impress with a cute bow tie collar. This little collar comes in multiple prints including flamingo, dogs, anchors and geometric. It also comes in multiple sizes for all sized dogs. It’s on sale right now for $10 as part of Amazon‘s pre-Black Friday deals.

UPSKY Cat Toy Roller

Some cats cannot stop playing, especially when everyone is trying to sleep at night. (My cat lovers know what I’m talking about.) When my parents youngest cat was a kitten, we got him a ton of cat toys including a single level roller like this. He loved it! Toys like these help stimulate pet’s minds to keep them active mentally and physically. Playing is a great part of overall pet health and this toy is super affordable at under $10.

Nylabone Dog Chew Ring

Best Christmas Gifts for pets

Whatever you choose to buy your pet for Christmas, you can’t forget the treats! I’m grabbing one of these for my big chewer Smokey. He can shred every toy I’ve purchased and not even think twice about it. For a little dog, he has powerful teeth. This cool chew bone is not only affordable, it’s said to last a while even for the biggest chewers. I’ve had the green and white Nylabone for Fiona for years and she’s barely chewed down one side.

Pet Bed

Pet beds really are my favorite pet gifts for Christmas. For several years, I’ve taken Fiona to the pet store and let her pick out her own. One year she picked a pink and black polka dot one. Another year, she chose a red and white Christmas patterned one. (We literally just got rid of this one because Smokey finally chewed through it). Like slippers for people, dogs love cozy beds and blankets to cuddle up in. This one is actually under $20 so it won’t break your bank.

Have you started shopping yet? What items are on your list?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide Preview

The holiday season has begun and so have the Black Friday previews! I’m subscribed to both Target and Amazon and my inbox has been blowing up! I even received the Christmas toy guide in the mail before Halloween! There are literally SO many gifts to choose from, even if you’re on a budget.

To make shopping easier for you, and me, I’m starting this 2018 gift giving guide to find the perfect item for everyone on your list. Here’s what you can look forward to:

My goal is to post at least one list a week to make sure we’re in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Keep an eye on my Instagram for limited time items and I share about at they come. I’m still kicking myself for not grabbing these wireless Beats headphones that were marked down over 50%.

How To: Baby Pumpkin Photos

It’s pumpkin season and you know what that means, baby photos! I’m sure you’ve seen all those beautiful baby in pumpkin photos floating around Pinterest and thought “How do I make my photo look like that?” Well, I tried it for myself and I’ve got some tips on how to get it just right.

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First, start with a pumpkin that’s tall enough and wide enough for your baby. The perfect size allows them to sit comfortably without feeling squished or lost inside. Since my baby is already a giant, my sister grabbed a pretty large pumpkin.

Next, completely carve the inside out and remove all seeds and stringy pieces. When your baby is inside, they will probably try to eat it or pull pieces off at the least. My son is teething and his first instinct is to put EVERYTHING. in his mouth. My sister carved this one perfectly and no innards were left behind.

Carve two leg holes larger than your baby’s legs. You don’t want your baby to get stuck inside. Mostly likely, you will get one or two good photos before they throw a fit and start crying. Be prepared to remove them quickly.

Baby Pumpkin Photos - Wonderful World of BreeHere’s a trick I wish I would have done. Cut a removal-able panel in the back of the pumpkin so you can easily slide the baby in and out. It’s not easy trying to get a person out of a vegetable and we ended up laying him down just to slide him out.

I would also suggest laying some towels down inside of the pumpkin to protect the baby’s skin. Many babies have sensitive skin and something new may cause them to have reaction. Choose baby towels that you an also use for clean up later.

Leave the baby in their diaper inside the pumpkin. Unless you want your kid’s clothes dyed orange, save the cute outfits for another photo.

Biggest tip of all – snap those photos quickly. Plan your lighting and lay your props out before you put your baby inside. Like I mentioned before, your kid WILL throw a fit. And unless you want only crying photos, take them as soon as they sit down.

Hope these tips help you to have some Pinterest worthy baby pumpkin photos!


Easy Recipes: Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash

I’m always on the hunt for quick, easy recipes to make for dinner. Balancing a full-time job and a growing baby keeps me very busy. I don’t always have a lot of time to prepare an intricate meal for dinner.

I love spaghetti squash and found a ripe one over at Gilcrease Orchard a few weekends ago. While I was searching on Pinterest for an easy recipe for it, I came across this Chicken, Bacon and ranch quick meal. It honestly took no time to prepare and fed four hungry adults. Here’s the recipe to give it a try!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients: (Recipe makes 4 servings)

    • 1  large spaghetti squash or two smaller ones
    • 2 large chicken breasts
    • 4 slices of bacon
    • 1 packet Ranch seasoning mix
    • 4 ounces cream cheese
    • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Poke about 5-7 small holes into your spaghetti squash. Try to space them evenly around. *Note: You can put the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes to make it easier to slice open*

3. Cut the squash in half vertically and remove all the seed and stringy pieces.

5. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the squash cut side down.

6. On the same tray, place your chicken breast and season with a dash of the ranch seasoning mix. 

7. Bake for 30 minutes. *You may need a little more or less time depending on the size of your squash. Check periodically to make sure it is soft but not mushy. You want to easily shred the insides.*

8. While the squash is baking, cook your bacon and dice it into small pieces.

9. In a large bowl, mix the ranch seasoning and cream cheese.

10. Once your squash is complete, shred it using a fork and intermix with the cream cheese and ranch seasoning. Add 1/2 of the cheese and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

11. Once the chicken is cooked, dice it into small pieces and add it to the squash mixture.

12. Add the squash mixture back into the skins and top with crumbled bacon and the remaining cheddar cheese.

13. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

14. Remove from oven and enjoy!