Getting SoFabulous for SoFabCon #SoFabulous

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I am a mom of 3 fabulous boys who keep me busy...  The good and the bad thing about being a mother is that we often put ourselves last. While I am preparing to be more fabulous for SoFabCon 2014, I am going to have you all help me be accountable for making time for myself. Often as a blogger our personal lives bleed into our work lives and vice versa. For my goal to be more successful: I need to learn to say no. I often take on roles at work or the boys' school because I know I can make the time. However, making the time means I cut into me time. I have been known to go 6 months (or more) without a haircut, skip meals, or just don't have any down time. Learning to value and accept me time to be just as important as every task that I do is my top priority!   I need to remind myself the value of enjoying what I love. When we get so over-whelmed with all our roles we forget to stop and do what we love. I need to encourage us to do these things as a family more or … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Udi’s Giveaway #shop

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 Udi's Gluten Free is one of our favorite gluten free brands. As most of my readers know, I am more of a homemade cooking mom. However, we all need a back up plan for last minute surprises or failures in the kitchen. When Udi's asked me to participate in Random Acts of Udi's, I could not turn down the opportunity to keep showing others how great they are! Since we recently moved, I honestly don't know any others who are gluten free in the area. I used my Udi's box to show others who are not gluten free just how wonderful gluten free can be! Udi's is one of the easiest to find gluten free brands. I can even find it at the Walmart closest to us in our small town!  We have been fans of the chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and brownies for a while. The new dessert flavors are so enticing with the new flavors. I love treats that we might not make for ourselves. Our first Random Acts of Udi's was with my in-laws. Mimi always makes the boys cookies. We were able to exchange the favor with … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

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Mornings can be the most hectic time of the day. We have tried to establish a very specific routine and preparing ahead of time really helps. The night before we make sure all their homework is done, make breakfast (anything that requires more prep work than scrambled eggs), put snacks & water bottles in their backpack, and set their clothes out. The morning of I like to keep our routine to eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, and coat/backpack on. How quick we are able to get our routine done means some playtime before we leave. Incentives are a quick way to make mornings flow smoothly! Bananas, rolled oats, nuts, and eggs are staples in our house and create this perfectly filling breakfast to start the day off right even in a hurry! Yesterday we went on a hike for an hour and these were a great treat when we got done!    The batter resembles oatmeal. If your kids are not fans of oatmeal, I suggest grinding up the rolled oats smaller. We like the texture of the oats in our … [Read more...]

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Patties #shop

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  Happy New Year! The new year brings the inspiration of making over our body, our eating, or both. I am not very good at sticking to strict diets unless medically necessary. However I like to use parts of different diets to get inspired such as Paleo. Eggs are an easy way to eat paleo-inspired. Not too mention that eggs help me eat healthy even with limited time. If you are trying to lose weight, double up on protein instead of just cutting calories to help you lose fat instead of muscle. No time to cook? Check out Great Day Farms pre-boiled eggs found in the Walmart deli. The average egg has about 6 grams of protein!  I love dishes that look and sound like they take a lot of work but really don't. This is especially true if you like to make-ahead meals like I do!  To complete your meal Paleo style, stick with salad topped with pistachios and dairy free dressing. We had rice with ours as well.  If you are wondering what kids think....  This is my picky eater. He kept … [Read more...]

Fitbit flex technology review & giveaway to start the new year off right!

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Beginning of the year is a great time to evaluate your goals. What were you doing that worked? What just made you feel like a failure? Goals (new year resolutions or not) should be obtainable. I bought myself a FitBit Flex from Best Buy to see what I could do to lose that last little bit of weight and get back on track after the holidays and move. With technology being such a big part of all of our lives, the FitBit Flex makes a lot of sense to me!For me, my goal last year was just to keep moving since the car wreck and to drink more water. I did an awesome job drinking more water (don't worry I will share how with another review/giveaway later!) However, I wanted to push my body like before the car wreck which didn't work out so well. I would push myself to the point of pain. Then I would take a long break from working out. As I realized that I was creating a system where I felt like a failure. I decided to just get moving more. Park further away. Walk when I can. Maybe move a little … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Gingerbread from a gluten free yellow cake mix

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I can't believe that I just made gingerbread from a gluten free yellow cake mix. Desperate situations call for desperate measures! I am sure you will keep hearing this line for a while, but "we recently moved". Moving with food restrictions is not my favorite thing to do. I didn't really think about Christmas time not being the ideal time to be moving with all the specialty treats I would need to whip up at a moments notice. While we live near a bigger city with resources, I have been trying to make use of our town's gluten free options to get use to our surroundings. I have learned that our town's gluten free resources are extremely limited. I had placed subscribe and save orders on Amazon. However the ice storm delayed my packages filled with all the gluten free necessities for over a full week. Needless to say this is where the desperate situation comes in. I had to figure out how to make gingerbread out of a yellow cake mix that was all I had that resembled anything close. This … [Read more...]

DIY Eggshell Mosaic: Projects to help you wasteless! #shop

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This is a Great Day Farms sponsored post in collaboration with me being a Great Day Farms blogger. As a healthy living blogger, their sustainability efforts inspire me.We are always trying to find ways to waste less in our household. We go through a lot of eggs in our house. We have known for a while how nutritious eggshells are for our compost bin to make better compost for our plants (click here to learn to make your own bin). However, I have been trying to figure out what else we could do with all our Great Day Farms cage free eggshells. I couple of years ago I made an oil painted tree for my grandma. The brown reminded me of the tree. All you need are your washed brown eggshells, canvas, glue, mod podge, and some inkpads to create a personal eggshell mosaic tree. Of course, white eggshells can be dyed or painted! ~~~~~ Crush the eggshells into small pieces. Use glue of choice to glue on layer of eggshell mosaic. Allow to Dry. Look over tree for any white patches that need … [Read more...]

Blessing Bags: Ways to give back for every budget

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This post was done in collaboration with Great Day Farms as a charitable contribution of my choice. During the holidays, I think it is so easy to get caught up in all that we have going on. We might go to the store in a hurry forgetting that there are other people dealing with their own situations as well. We must have that last toy (or whatever). We are in too big of a hurry to let someone pull out of an aisle or road. If they do, we glare like those seconds are too precious to waste. What about the person who can't reach something on a shelf? What about just smiling at the mother dealing with the restless children who have been waiting in line like everyone else? I challenge you all to take a deep breath. Realize that those seconds to be kind will not ruin your day! Maybe your smile or kind act though is enough to brighten someone else's day. Maybe your behavior reminds someone else to pass it on. There are so may things that I love about my job. However as a blogger who focuses … [Read more...]

Smiling It Forward With Tylenol #SmilingItForward #ad

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I’m SMILING IT FORWARD™ because... I am a mom of 3 boys. Not only that, but I am the mom of a child with Celiac Disease, an auto-immune disorder to gluten. Hunter (pictured above on the left) with that lovable smile is the one with Celiac Disease. Hunter has been sick since he was 4 months old. There were  some pretty bad years when he slept about 18 hours a day. I missed seeing that smiling face. I'm SMILING IT FORWARD™ because I know what it is like to feel helpless to protect our kids! What inspired TYLENOL®: The “feel better” smiles shared organically by moms across the country online that they’ve teamed up with How I Met Your Mother star and mom of two, Alyson Hannigan, to launch the SMILING IT FORWARD™ campaign. Together, they hope to set the power of giving in motion, inviting everyone to share smiles of good health to help children in need. A self-proclaimed TYLENOL® mom, actress Alyson Hannigan, mother of Satyana, 4, and Keeva, 1, knows the importance of … [Read more...]

Building Family Traditions with Gluten Free Bubble Bread #shop

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Every Christmas we have Bubble Bread with the in-laws. Mimi always makes one for friends and family that she delivers on Christmas Eve for all to enjoy on Christmas Day! As we move further away from family, I think it is important to keep doing family traditions past down from our extended family. Using my favorite homemade bread recipe, I have created Gluten Free Bubble Bread that would make the boys' Mimi proud! Making bubble bread is not necessarily difficult. Making bubble bread with an assembly line of helpers makes it go much quicker. My husband use to help his mom when he was younger. Below Dylan is helping us with step 2 of bubble bread!Nibbling on bubble bread Christmas morning makes for delicious and easy breakfast that we look forward to once a year! This recipe is featured on Great Day Farms {Click here to see it} P.S. Bubble bread freezes well so make it ahead of time. Just thaw the night before. Bake it at 350 for about 45 minutes or until completely warmed. Print … [Read more...]