Hawaii Vacation Recap


I am back from our 3 week vacation in Hawaii. We had a fabulous time and ended up with very spotty wifi so blogging wasn't doable. Sorry to leave you hanging for that long, but I know you understand! Since it will take me a little bit longer to get into the groove of blogging, I thought I could share some of vacation with you. Every other year the majority of our family gathers in Hawaii for a family reunion/vacation. This time we spent 10 days in Kauai and 11 days in Oahu, with our family (my husband's siblings and their families, my mother-in-law and my parents for the second half). … [Read more...]

Stitch Fix Review 3 & 4


Hi friends! As you read this I will be on my way to the Aloha state for our family vacation. Yup, we are headed to Hawaii! Words can't express how ready and in need of a vacation I am...although traveling with 4 small children may or may not be considered a vacation. We are sure to have some fun! So I thought I'd do a fun Stitch Fix post. I am still in love with this service and also love seeing what other people get in their fixes. For those of you who haven't heard of Stitch Fix , here is my first post about them and my second review. Since my last post, I have gotten two more fixes and … [Read more...]

Love My Silk! Introducing Silk Almond Coconut Blend


I can' t remember the exact year that I discovered I was lactose intolerant but it was over 15 years ago. I switched over to soy milk and cut back on a lot of dairy products. Now I can handle a lot more dairy in my diet than I used to (cheese, yogurt and cooking with small amounts of milk don't bother me anymore), however I still don't drink milk. I just never developed a taste for it and knowing I might not tolerate it as well as a non-dairy milk I see no point in trying. Silk has always been my preferred brand of soy milk, but you can also find their almond milk in my fridge as well. … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites


Another week has flown by! My son had Vacation Bible School and my daughter is still in pre-school (it's a year round school) so I spent the week chauffeuring the kids around. A visit to the Doctor for my lil' guy who had a fever for a couple days, plus lots of errands getting ready for our vacation led to a tiring week! Unfortunately this weekend won't be very restful, but that's okay. Here are my favorites for the week....   Favorite recipe My kids would probably eat nuggets and fries everyday if I let them. However, kid-friendly doesn't mean it has to be McDonalds. I … [Read more...]

Asian Noodle Salad With Peanut Dressing


The fun thing about being in charge of the food around here is that I get to cook whatever I feel like eating! Pasta with veggies tossed in a peanut dressing. That's what I wanted. As I mentioned before, we had company over a couple weeks ago (our good friends from Texas) and when hosting any guests, I do my meal planning before they arrive so that I am not grocery shopping or trying to figure out what we should eat last minute. This is especially important when there are lots of little ones in the house- 8 kids to be exact, ages 7 and under (4 for each of us). Heather is one of my … [Read more...]


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I love group fitness. I am not able to do it all the time because it's hard to commit to the classes while coordinating the kids' schedules, but I love doing zumba, yoga, pilates, body pump- I am open to anything really. This year the group class I focused on TRX which was something different for me. I am always up for new-to-me classes because I think it's so important to vary your exercise routine. Speaking of new..... You've probably heard of Les Mills , the creator of global group fitness and team training programs such as BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™ and RPM™? They obviously think … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday! It's been a good week! I might have overbooked the kid's activities- flag football, cheerleading, gymnastics, piano, Vacation Bible School next week. I am excited about vacation and then a nice, light schedule in August. On a personal note, I have no idea how trying to keep a blog up and running on a regular basis became so hard. I guess it was adding the forth kiddo to our brood. I am determined to get back to 3 consistent posts a week but that might not happen until after vacation. I thought I'd bring back Friday Favorites, but this time I'm going to share more than just … [Read more...]

Scenes From The Weekend and Meal Planning


Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed celebrating the wonderful dads in your life. We had a lovely weekend, the first one since my hubby returned from Afghanistan that it was just our family. We both still have a lot of sleep to catch up on, but it was nice to have a somewhat quiet weekend at home. Over the last 2 weeks baby Evangeline cut her first tooth and rolled over for the first time so these milestones have been interfering with our sleep! I told my husband I look forward to the time where I don't always look (or feel) tired. She did give me one day where she … [Read more...]

Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Gluten?


I posted this hilarious video to my Facebook page last month from the Jimmy Kimmel show where they asked some people in LA, who follow a gluten free diet, if they knew what gluten was and none of them had a clue! It's pretty amusing (and embarrassing). A lot of people follow a gluten free diet for medical purposes, some self-diagnose and others just want to experiment, but what ever the case it's good to learn more facts about your diet restrictions. Don't let the staff of Jimmy Kimmel catch you in the streets unprepared to answer the basics of gluten free living like these folks - make … [Read more...]

WIAW {What I Ate Wednesday} RD Edition


Hi friends! Can you believe I've never participated in a WIAW post? Jen from Peas and Crayons hosts it and it's where bloggers write a post about everything they ate in one day and link it up every Wednesday- mostly because it's fun but also to share ideas and inspiration. I am normally too scatterbrained to remember to photograph all my eats (you'd think I'd have that down by now), but when I got tagged by a fellow Dietitian, Carissa of Fit 2 Flex, for the RD edition of WIAW I had to participate! This is RD version started by Carlene of Healthfully Ever After where RDs all over the world … [Read more...]