Friday Favorites

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It's Friday! Woo hoo! Actually as a stay-at-home mom, Fridays don't have quite the same meaning to me as before when I was in the workplace, BUT I do love having the hubby home and not being on any schedule so yay for that! Let's dive right into Friday Favorites!   Favorite meal We have been having salads almost every night during the week lately. My favorite this week was this simple BBQ chicken salad. I grilled chicken breasts and basted them in Stubbs BBQ sauce. Then sliced up the chicken and tossed it on some romaine with cilantro, cheddar, leftover broccoli, a little … [Read more...]


World Breastfeeding Week: Benefits & Tips for Breastfeeding Success

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It's World Breastfeeding week so I thought we'd talk about breastfeeding! I realize that this might not interest a lot of you, but it's important and even if it helps out one new mom then it's worth it! As a Dietitian, I worked with the WIC population when I was living in San Diego. It was an invaluable experience for so many reasons, one being that I learned so much about breastfeeding and infants. And this was all before I had kids. As part of the job, we were required to obtain a certification in lactation education which was really pretty neat! I learned sooooo much about … [Read more...]


Green Ways to Pack A Lunch

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Hi friends! Today I want to talk about environmentally friendly ways to pack a lunch.  I always keep foil, saran wrap and plastic baggies on hand, but we rarely use them for our lunches because there are so many great reusable options. For the month of August my three oldest are all attending my daughter's year round Montessori school. They offer such a great curriculum and fun summer camps so everyone is super excited. The sweet owner of the school even offered my two year old (who will be 3 in November) a chance to attend for the month of August as well, his first time. I have been … [Read more...]


Hawaii Vacation Food Recap

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Hello friends! I posted some pictures from our Hawaii vacation earlier this week and now I am moving on to the food we ate! We definitely ate well on vacation, although we cooked ourselves the majority of the time. Eating out with that many people would have just been a pain and way too expensive. Of course we made exceptions for some of our Hawaii favorites like poke, malasadas (which are similar to donuts but not as sweet (shown in front) and shaved ice. Let's start with malasadas- they are a Portuguese confection, similar to a donut (front box) and they are amazing. They only make … [Read more...]


Hawaii Vacation Recap

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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...]


WIAW {What I Ate Wednesday} RD Edition

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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...]


A Military Homecoming

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Nine month deployment to Afghanistan...coming home Memorial Day. There are no words. So I will tell you a story in pictures....from the hours spent before his arrival waiting at a friend's house, to the anxious hour waiting at the airport, and finally when the guys appeared before their loved ones. Seriously one of the best moments of my life. Photographs by Bonnie Hussey … [Read more...]


Surviving Deployment and Finding Strength

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I hope everyone is enjoying this Memorial Day as we take moment to pay tribute to those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for us. I remember when I met my husband and he was getting ready to join the Marine Corps, a couple years later we started our family and finished our first job at Camp Pendleton, San Diego and I thought about how different our children would be raised from the way I was raised. They would grow up moving from place to place every couple of years, being pulled out of schools and separated from friends. Fast forward eight years later and my husband is … [Read more...]


Pin It Party {Pinterest}

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Hi friends! I really meant to be a good blogger this week but then life got in the way so I missed Wednesday's post. I just need to find a way to create a few more hours in the day. Little Miss E takes way too long to get to bed now so even though I start the routine at 7pm I often have to run back up 5 or 6 times to sooth her, burp her, etc until it's past 9:00pm and she's still not out for the night. Then with the other 3 coming in and out of their rooms for things, it is impossible to get any work done around here! I try to keep telling myself this is such a short stage and they'll be … [Read more...]


IDLife: Individually Designed Nutrition

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Hi friends. Hope all you mamas had a lovely Mother's Day. I took the kids to church and then I treated myself to a day off from cooking and cleaning. The only place I could think of that had a drive-through nearby (that wasn't McDonalds) was Starbucks so they kiddos got egg sandwiches and I got a salad to-go. We had leftovers for dinner and they gave me sweet cards that they were so very proud of. They might drive me crazy at times, but they are truly my world. I am in awe of them and so blessed that I get to be their mommy! This is an iPhone pic from Easter because I wasn't able to get one … [Read more...]