Scenes From The Weekend and Meal Planning

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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?

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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...]


My Gluten Free Journey: Part 2

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For the last three months I have experimented eating gluten free. At first I thought it would just be a fun challenge, but as time went along I found myself really not missing much. Now it's not to say I haven't had any gluten at all, there were a few occasions when I had regular pizza crust and once when I had a few bites of pasta and one regular cookie. Overall though, day to day meals and snacks have been gluten free. I personally have never had a problem ingesting gluten and now that I have tried not eating it for a few months I don't necessarily feel any different physically. With … [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...]


Quick Fix Food

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Hey guys! Hope y'all had a great week. Today I am sharing a few instagram "recipes". They are more like quick-fix things that I am more likely to post on Facebook or Instagram (my peferred method of social media). Not following me there? Please do as that is where I am now going to put more focus since Facebook doesn't share much of anything from my "business page" anyway. Ok here we go! All iPhone photos for quick fix food!   Spicy Hummus Deviled Eggs  Want a quick deviled egg? These hit the spot!Take one hard-boiled egg, cut in half lengthwise, mash the yolk with 1-2 … [Read more...]


Meal Planning: Week of April 14th

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Hi friends! I am having problems with my photo editing software so I can't upload any photos until I get the issue resolved (and yes I could use other programs like iPhoto, which I might have to do in a pinch but I prefer to wait). So bear with me this week as there might not be any new recipes with photos :( I decided to go back to my usual meal planning method this week because my mom is in town and sometimes winging it, like we have been doing, causes more problems such as hungry, cranky children. It's grilling weather for sure here in the Pacific Northwest- sunny and in the 60s. … [Read more...]


Antioxidants 101

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I had a couple recipes lined up this week and they both ended up as big ol' fails. I didn't have time to retry them so I accepted that I just needed to move on. It happens! I am hoping to get some more cooking done this weekend though. So let's take a different approach and have a nutrition lesson. Lets talk about antioxidants. The word gets thrown around a lot in the world of nutrition, but how many people really know what they are and what they do in the body? Antioxidants 101 Our bodies produce free radicals both through natural processes such as breathing and exercising as well as … [Read more...]


Make-Ahead Salad Bowls

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Hi friends. Just popping in for a quick visit to share this fabulous salad inspired by Starbucks. That's right, you heard me....a salad inspired by Starbucks! I was in there this week with about 25 minutes to spare before picking up my daughter from preschool. I had our sitter watching the other kids so I thought why not actually go into a Starbucks (rather than use the drive-thru), sit down and enjoy some time to myself. Now I am pretty frugal when it comes to buying lunch out. I have a hard time justifying spending money on food that I usually have at home, but I was curious...and … [Read more...]


Basic Family Meal Plan

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Ugh meal planning. What used to be one of my favorite things to do on the blog has now become quite the chore. Having a newborn, plus 3 other little ones in the house and a husband who is missing from the table, makes it quite a challenge to cook dinner. First of all, the kids couldn't care less if they have eggs and toast or a gourmet meal so it makes it hard to put the energy into it. Plus they have different tastes than I do so they end up complaining anyway. It didn't bother me when my husband was around to eat with me, but now it doesn't make sense. It was hard when I was pregnant with … [Read more...]


6 Healthy Habits To Feel Your Best

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Aetna wants to know "What's Your Healthy?" I thought about all the things I do to live a healthy lifestyle. I am by no means perfect. I splurge every once in a while (perfect example is my last post of the chocolate cheesecake), but I do make an effort. I have taken my New Year's goals seriously so far because having my fourth child at the end of December was kind of a reality check. I am getting older. I have four children to raise. I want to be around for them for a long time to come and not just be around but still be active and healthy! My mom spent a month helping me out and had … [Read more...]