Monthly Archives: June 2016

Cheerios Breakfast Bar- Fun Freebie

Growing up as a picky-eater my mom depended on breakfast to start my day off strong.  Our family was very active and on-the-go, always off on another activity. Being able to grab a cup of our favorite cereal to eat in the car was definitely a win!  Now that I am a mom I can truly appreciate how wonderful it is to grab a cup and hit the road.

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With a little prep, you can create your very own DIY Breakfast Bar with Honey Nut Cheerios.  I am beyond thankful for cold brew coffee and prepping everything(hello crock pot) before I go to bed.

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BEST Breakfast EVER

PREP

I prep all of the fruit the night before and place them into tupperware.  That way when morning comes, and I am not a morning person, my two kids do not have to ask over-and-over what breakfast is going to be.  The only fruit I do not cut ahead of time is the banana, which takes less than a minute to slice and serve.

I tend to use real silverware and dishes with the kids at every meal.  I started both around 14-15 months with real dishes and never looked back.  When the kids saw that they got to pour their own milk into their cereal they about lost their marbles.

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Cereal Fruit Bar

The ten minutes it took to prep made this a meal that I will repeat monthly.  Sometimes life gets too busy.  We get lost in being busy and do not stop and realize we are missing out on all of these moments.

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Most Important Meal of the Day

They exclaimed happily that this was in fact the BEST picnic they’ve ever been on and the BEST DAY EVER.

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FREEBIE FUN

Free in-pack offer General Mills is providing through their partnership with Universal Studios for the theatrical release of The Secret Life of Pets. Now you can collect your own Pets from the movie in specially marked boxes!

 

What is a BIG win that happened in your life recently?  I would love to share in the joy!

What was your favorite breakfast growing up?

Are you going to go see the movie in the theater?

Summer Outfit Inspiration: Fourth of July Bash

Summer is here and so are the temperatures!  Today I am sharing outfit ideas that you can wear this summer and to your favorite Fourth of July bash with friends and family!  Plus these summer sandals can go with ANYTHING.  Read on for details.

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Rocky 4EurSole Sandals

My new pair of Rocky 4EurSole Sandals are the perfect compliment to my summer style.  I love how the height is just enough to lengthen my legs-definitely what I look for in a sandal.  But what is MORE important to me is style AND comfort.  Every single pair of shoes residing in my closet can be worn for hours at a time. HOURS.  Ain’t got time to mess with uncomfortable shoes.

Never have.  Never will.

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Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

These Rocky 4EurSole Sandals can be worn for HOURS.  I wore them all day Saturday.  We went to the Farmer’s Market, to the park, to Lowe’s to build an Iron Man nightlight, and then to the store to grab everything on our meal plan for the week.  I wore them while nailing in projects, running after the kids playing Hot Lava Monster, and playing an epic game of Jenga.  Mom tested. Mom approved.

Who says you can’t have comfort AND style?

Not I!

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Red-White-Blue

Crop tops are apparently a thing.  So I tried styling one for these outfit inspirations for summer and our big Fourth of July BBQ Bash.  Red, white, and blue outfit for the win!

I simply added a chambray long-sleeve top, red crop-top, white shorts, and fabulous sandals.  Red-White-Blue.  Add in a cross-body bag and you now have my favorite outfit of summer.

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Ready for Brunch

For those that prefer clean lines you can add in crisp white pants and a bag that matches your fabulous shoe choice. I loved the effect of the pants and bag combination and plan on wearing this to our local Olive Mill to grab brunch next weekend.

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Favorite Outfit of Summer

LOVE my new shoes!  I am walking on air all day now.  Shoes can be comfortable AND stylish.  The Joyful Women’s Slide Sandal is my new favorite summer essential.  Definitely a smart find for all of you hard working women that prefer to be stylish and comfortable!

What shoes do you live in during the summer?

Which of the new summer line of sandals are your favorite?

My second favorite is the Set Free Women’s Sandal– love the look! I would pair it with black skinny jeans for a night out with friends!

What color is currently on your toes?

I am wearing a bright, pearly white.  LOVE the pop of brightness that peeks out from sandals.

Share which one is your favorite-would LOVE help picking out another keeper!

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Thank you to Rocky 4Eur Sole for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are always 100% my own.

 

Snack Time- Mom Win

Snack time struggles?  Toddler takeovers?  Been there. DONE that.  I am grateful to have an arsenal of go-to items to help quell the toddler blues.  Check out what I keep in the pantry that my toddler LOVES.

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Gerber® Lil’ Beanies

Over the years as a parent I have found some ways to help curb those mini-meltdowns.  Meal planning is key to my success and definitely staves off trying to find an option as dinner approaches.  I write out my list-take a picture of it- you know just in case-and then head off to the store.  I buy a TON of fresh veggies as it is one of the options that Raymond isn’t allergic to, and thankfully loves.  I always try to keep the pantry stocked with healthy options and Gerber just came out with Lil’Beanies that are a perfect way for my toddler to get her extra protein during snack time.

Talk about a mom win!

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Gerber® Lil’ Beanies

Gerber Lil’ Beanies contain 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber per serving.  Such a healthy option that I can reach for at a moment’s notice.

Lil’ Beanies has helped create a happy snacking experience for both Em and I.  Love that she can get a healthy dose of protein in during snack time.

 

I grabbed the Little Beanies while at our weekly trip to Target.  Easy to pick-up along with all of the rest of the items on my list.

You can head over to your local Target to experience the snack for yourself-definitely handy to keep in the pantry.

What is one healthy snack that you always keep on hand?

Would love to hear from you!

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NIOXIN Hair System- Help for Hair

As I’ve grown older it has become apparent that I need help in the hair department.  My fine, thin hair barely escaped motherhood and is now dwindling into despair.  I am working on finding ANYTHING that will help recover my luscious locks to their normal thickness.  Check out what I thought about the NIOXIN Hair System below and please share tips and tricks you know of- this mom needs help!
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NIOXIN Hair Treatment After

For over the past month I have used the Nioxin Hair System religiously.  I am grateful there are multiple levels of systems available through Nioxin enabling you to get a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs.

A little about Nioxin:

Nioxin uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair.  With 25 years of research Nioxin has been able to help more than 3 out of 4 men and women in the United States who experienced thinning hair.

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Before Nioxin

My hair is thinning and definitely a result of aging and what I am currently going through.  I was able to use the full NIOXIN system, Night Density Rescue Treatment and Bodifying Foam.

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Nioxin Scalp Therapy

With the Nioxin’s Consultation Tool I was able to find the system that works for my hair type.  I loved that it was personalized for my needs and incredibly easy to use.

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Slip Pillowcase

Common sense to use a silk pillowcase.  Common sense that had escaped my mind.  LOVE this pillowcase.

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Night RescueNioxin-Foam

Bodifying Foam

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After Nioxin Treatment

My hair does appear to be growing in better.  It will take awhile for the thin pieces to fall out and for the shape to regain it’s luster.  Such is life.  All I know is that this is helping and I LOVE how the Night Treatment feels on my scalp.

What are your tips and tricks for helping with your hair?

I NEED THEM.  Help a girl out! Please share below or shoot me an email.

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Thank you to Nioxin for sponsoring this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own.

 

 

Summer Grilling Adventures- Steak Recipe

Summer grilling adventures are upon us!  I love firing up the grill in the summer and am excited to share one of my favorite recipes.  Plus check-out the fabulous giveaway below and enter for your chance to win!Mezzetta-steak-recipe

Summer Grilling

Recipe

-Top Round Cut Steak

-Fresh Ground Pepper

Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Roasted Bell Pepper Strips

Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Mild Pepper Rings

-Garlic Salt

-Olive Oil- four tablespoons

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Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Roasted Bell Pepper Strips

Combine all ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.  Light grill.

GET YOUR GRILL ON.

I like my steak done medium… no dry steaks allowed in this house.  I always add a couple more peppers to help plate the meal before enjoying with a heaping serving of spicy salsa and chips.  The perfect way to spend the evening in the hot temps of the Valley of the Sun.

Now it is time to enter a fabulous giveaway to help step up your at-home grilling this summer!

GIVEAWAYENTER HERE

Grand Prize (1): Weber® Spirit® E-310™ gas grill (ARV $499.00) + Weber® 3 Piece Tool Set (ARV $22.99) + 5 jars of Mezzetta Peppers + Summer Entertaining Kit (Cooler, Wooden Cutting Board, Apron, Towel, Beachball)

Runner-ups (10): Weber® ORIGINAL KETTLE® 18” charcoal grill (ARV $79.00) + Weber® 3 Piece Tool Set (ARV $22.99) + 5 jars of Mezzetta Peppers + Summer Entertaining Kit (Cooler, Wooden Cutting Board, Apron, Towel, Beachball)

Ends July 15th, 2016

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Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Roasted Bell Pepper Strips

 

What are your tips and tricks for grilling in the summer?

Favorite homemade marinade?

Secret (not so secret) family recipe?

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