Monthly Archives: September 2016

Snack Time Struggles & 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. MOM WIN.


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!


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.  LOVING all of the items on sale for Fall at Target- our house is looking quite spooky!

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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Healthy Smoothie Options

This review was made possible by iConnect and Orgain.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Love finding new smoothie options to help me stay healthy.  Plus it is nice finding an organic option that TASTES good and is good for me.  WIN-WIN. Check out what I’ve been drinking two times a week after my long runs with Indiana Jones (chocolate lab).  Refueling my body is easy and delicious.



Orgain Organic Protein Smoothie

Unlike other protein powders that can contain questionable ingredients and be gritty, chalky and, frankly, hard to choke down because they just don’t taste good, Orgain protein powders are not only packed with the most nutritious, highest quality organic ingredients but are also delicious.Orgain launched a new campaign with a fun video reminding people to “Get Picky with Your Protein.”



Orgain Protein Creamy Chocolate Fudge


If your protein powder isn’t delicious AND free of anything artificial, it’s time to get picky with your protein.
At Orgain, being picky means we don’t compromise on nutritionals, ingredient quality, OR taste. Orgain Organic Protein has the nutritional profile you want in a protein powder: 21g of plant-based protein per serving, only 3g net carbs, no added sugar, and no soy. Orgain Organic Protein is USDA Organic, unlike the leading plant- based proteins, so it’s made without the use of toxic pesticides, hormones or any artificial ingredients.

Check out other fabulous options available from Orgain- HERE Store Finder: HERE

Would love to hear your favorite smoothie recipes so that I can add some new fresh favorites to the line-up throughout the week.

Please share below!

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Healthy Salmon Recipe for Dinner

Making sure we get healthy protein throughout the week is key!  I love incorporating salmon into our weekly meal-plan rotation of tacos, pasta, family pizza night, and burgers.  Thankful for just another way that meal time is easier thanks to Dorto.  Read on to find out more about how I spice up my Salmon during the workweek.


Healthy Salmon Recipe for Dinner

For meal planning I schedule out all of our proteins throughout the week and add in carbs, veggies, and fruit based on what is on sale.  I am thankful for another meal plan saving grace with Dorot on bringing frozen herbs and spices straight into the dish… literally added in my veggies and two cubes of Dorot Garlic and VOILA- fabulous salmon dinner.


Dorot- Found in the Freezer Section

I loved finding the assortment of Dorot Herbs and Spices that I can use to up my spice game and bring a little extra flavor to our meal plan throughout the week.  Garlic and I are best friends.

Frozen Spices

Crushed garlic, fresh veggies, onion, and a fresh filet of salmon are an easy way to whip up a healthy family dinner.garlic-herb-salmon-recipe

Simply add the cubes and INSTA flavor.  Plus it cuts down on cooking time and prep time- both a definite mom win.healthy-salmon-recipe-for-dinner

Healthy Salmon Dinner Recipe with Dorot

Easy, family approved meal for our weekly dinner rotation.  Thankful that I can make a couple filets and bring the extra into work the next day.  And no, I do not heat up the salmon in the break room…


$1 coupon off any of the Dorot garlic and herbs products. Dorot Garlic is by far my favorite addition so far to my Sunday Meal Plans, but I am adding in more into the rotation next week.

What are your favorite herbs and spices to add?

Garlic is my ALL-TIME favorite.  No vampire will ever come near this family. I kid. Mostly.

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The Motherhood Experience from FX’s Better Things Pilot

There are not many hours in the day that I get to myself. So the cherished time that I can spend relaxing on the couch and cuddling up with Indiana Jones are precious and not to be wasted.  I loved the opportunity to watch FX’s new pilot Better Things. I found myself nodding along throughout the episode and want to share some super-realistic scenes that I relate to.


 The Motherhood Experience from FX’s Better Things Pilot

Everyone knows that some days as a mom are better than others. FX’s new series Better Things sheds light on those days when you’re sleep-deprived and overwhelmed – and feeling maybe… perhaps… a little less than your best.

The show centers around a Single Mother doing her best at raising her three young, daughters. I mean we all clearly do our best at parenting, and Better Things shows the more realistic side of the balance of work, motherhood, and trying to find the extra bit of time to yourself.

Is there a balance?  I mean I feel like there is always something more that I could be doing.  But I do know that every day I wake up and do the best I can to conquer this world that I’m living in.  Being a role model to my two munchkins is incredibly important to me.  And at the end of the day, on those long days, I want them to know in their hearts that I did my very best for them.

I laughed out loud at the inherent lack of privacy the mother receives… I mean they ALWAYS find you at the most inopportune times.  Parenting at it’s finest.

So on the off-chance that you are able to relax this weekend- you should catch up on Better Things –it’s worth your time and goodness do we all need a laugh once in awhile.

Now read on below to enter to win this ENTIRE box of Mom Swag from FX.  Just simply comment and BOOM you are entered to win!



The gift baskets contain:
• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints

Simply comment below with the item you’re most excited about in the gift basket to enter the #BetterThingsGiveaway! I love the clutch and new Ray-Ban Sunglasses- its a tie!

The winner will be announced on Sept. 26. Entrants must be residents of the US, 18+ only. Winner will be randomly selected from comments on this blog post, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Healthy & Hearty Pasta Dish

Weekly meal-planning happens every Sunday.  Throughout the week I make 2-3 pasta dishes and I am so happy to find these Gluten-Free options for our allergy-friendly family. Read on to see other fabulous homestyle options!


Healthy & Hearty Pasta Dish

Love heading to the local Farmer’s Market every weekend to pick up organic veggies and grass-fed beef for the weekly meal plan.  Plus I truly do try to by local when I get the option to and I am grateful our Farmer’s Market runs year round now.


Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese

Ragu Homestyle Sauces to choose from:

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Traditional Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Meat Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Four Cheese Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce



Check out and visit Ragu’s site to learn more about the new line of Ragu Homestyle sauces and find a taste of home for yourself.

For recipe inspiration click here >>> RECIPES 

For information about the Homestyle Sauces click here >>> SAUCES

Do you meal plan?

Do you visit your local Farmer’s Market?

What is your favorite pasta dish for busy nights during the week?

I need another one for the rotation… PLEASE.


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