Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fitness Finds- & Costco Mom Hour

Shopping for healthy options to keep this tired teaching going is key to my survival.  Grateful for buying in bulk and for meal planning.  I prep all of our meals for the week ahead of time and the fridge is stocked with healthy essentials that keep this show on the road.  Check out this awesome event coming to a Costco near you.  AND check out a fabulous shake option.




Mom Hour – the holiday shopping event of the season is fast-approaching and will be even more exciting and enticing than last year. Have you ever wished Costco opened a bit earlier? Join City Mom Blog Network and Costco and shop at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 4, BEFORE Costco opens its doors to all of its members!

I attended last year and thought that it should DEFINITELY be an every month tradition.  LOVED it.

Premier Protein

Moms appreciate convenience when it comes to their nutrition. We’re excited for you to share about Premier Protein’s Hormone Free Chocolate and Vanilla Shakes – grab n go convenience without sacrificing flavor OR nutrition. Grab these convenient ready to drink shakes at Costco! HERE & HERE




1 Chocolate Premier Protein Shake

1¼ cup of raspberries

1¼ cup of blueberries

1½ cup of granola

11 cup of ice cubes

DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.



I am working on myself, for myself, by myself.  Ensuring that I have the proper nutrition to keep my body going is key.  Love buying in bulk at Costco and saving a ton of money in the process.

Click to RSVP and shop with the City Moms Blog Network during Costco Mom Hour, Friday, November 4, at 9 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, samples and giveaways. Register now. Want to become a Costco member, but can’t attend? Click to receive an exclusive membership offer to join. >>> HERE

What are your favorite healthy finds at Costco?

Thank you to Costco for sponsoring this post.  As always all opinions are always 100% my own. #premierprotein #costco

Saving Family Memories- Make My Book Service

As a busy mom and teacher, finding time to sort through ALL of the photos I took on our adventures the past year is near impossible.  Improbable for sure.  And making sure that I have a printed version of some of my FAVORITE family photos is incredibly important to me.  Thankfully there is a new service by Shutterfly that helps out people like me.  Can’t wait to share this fabulous new service… read on to find out more!


Shutterfly has created a Make My Book Service.  You simply pick out and upload your photos from your computer or social sites and BOOM you are done.  Sure you pick out the color of your book and how embellished it was… but after uploading all of my favorite photos from this past year- they uploaded FAST- I was ordering in a matter of minutes.  Four to be exact.




How It Works:
1. Choose what you want: Select a book size and style. Upload your photos or entire albums from your desktop, phone, tablet, or Shutterfly account. We’ll design your book. We can even curate your best photos for you. P.S. It’s free to get started!

2. Receive your book: In as little as 3 business days, we’ll add your custom designed photo book to your account and email you to let you know it’s ready in your Shutterfly account.

3. View and order your book: Order your book as is or personalize it with your own finishing touches. The one-time $9.99 service fee is applied only once you order your finished book. To view your book or to make any edits, please use your desktop computer.

It’s as easy as that. You hardly need to invest any time (other than supplying your photos) and you only pay the design fee if you order the book.



So there you have it folks.  In less than five minutes (after I batch uploaded my photos) I was on my way to adding another fabulous Shutterfly Book to our running collection.  I love the quality that Shutterfly provides with their products and use them every year for holiday cards.



What are you waiting for?  You need to check out this service STAT.  Holiday Season is upon us and what better way than to have the Make My Book Service help in securing gifts for the grandparents?  I think so.

What do you do to keep the memories?

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Fall Favorite Soup Options

Meatless Monday’s Just Got Easier and Heartier with Good Natured Soups!

Packing up lunch for school just got easier for this teacher!  I can simply grab one of these and leave my utensils at school to cook and eat during my lunch.  Love the simplicity of the design on not needing scissors to open the container and I am always completely satisfied after my healthy lunch.  Meatless Monday’s just got easier!


Start the week off going meatless and celebrating vegetables. With Good Natured Soups, we’re celebrating vegetables, and showing that beans are not boring and fennel can be fun. Treat yourself to a flavorful serving of Good Natured soup, warm and comforting made just your way—top off your soup with a few croutons or shaved parmesan. Add even more veggies with a side salad, or try serving Hearty Lentil topped with fresh avocado. It’s a delicious twist that is a hearty meal for Meatless Mondays.


Hearty Corn and Chipotle Chowder


Grab a coupon so you can try one for yourself! >>>  Good Natured Soups Coupon


Hearty Tomato with Spinach and Roasted Garlic

Don’t forget to check for other flavorful options from Progresso HERE.  #GoodNaturedSoup, #SoupSeason

Fall Favorite Soup Options

And enter your Good Natured Soup giveaway simply by sharing your favorite fall soup below!  Comment to win!

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Family Dinner- Taco Tuesday Recipe Ideas

Taco Tuesday is definitely a tradition that gets the family around the table.  I love adding in fun mixings so that the kids can create their own dinner.  Sure the mess may be a bit more than if I plated their own food, but they sure are proud about being big kids and making their own dinner.  Here are two of our favorite ways to enjoy Taco Tuesday as a family.


Family Dinner- Taco Tuesday Recipe Ideas

Old El Paso makes fabulously fun ways to devour our favorite chicken and ground turkey tacos!  I love the Taco Boats while the kids love the wide-bodied, gluten-free (MOM WIN) hard taco shells.


Old El Paso Taco Boats


Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells- Kid Approved

Taco Tuesday FAVES

-Cheddar Cheese

-Pepper Jack Cheese

-Red-Orange-Yellow Bell Peppers

Old El Paso Taco Shells & Boats

-Pico de Gallo Salsa



I LOVE watching my favorite football teams on the weekend and creating a Taco Bar with all of these fresh ingredients is EASY to prep ahead of the big game.  Simply prep all ingredients, separate in bowls, and either brown your meat or put it in the slow-cooker the day of so you can have fresh meat options for your party guests.  Don’t forget fresh salsa, guacamole, and oven fresh chips- get the bag you can warm up in the oven- it is life-changing.


The Big Game Recipe Options

What are your favorite Taco Recipes?  

What do you like to eat while watching the Big Game on the weekends?

I think I need to try making a cheese dip… I never have and it sounds delicious right about now!

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Fall Favorites- Recipe

Fall is HERE.  The boots were on instantaniously and I have been anxiously awaiting the weather to follow suit and match up with the season.  Such is the life of a desert dweller.  Today I am sharing easy ways to add in steel cut oats and add a touch of sweetness to your morning breakfast.  steel-oats-smoothie-recipe

Steel Cut Oats Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are an easy way to add in Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats.  Love getting a massive amount of protein and fiber in the morning- starts my day off just right- like my Cold Brew Coffee.


Stonyfield Organic Yogurt

Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats


Fresh Lemon Juice & Chunks


Blend to your little hearts content.

Fast, healthy, and delicious… I actually made a pact with myself this year to not eat or drink anything that wasn’t pleasing to the taste.  Life is short.  Eat what tastes good.  Spit out the other stuff.

No, but honestly.  I have stopped eating things that do not taste good. Easy concept and now I just don’t buy those mediocre foods and snacks.


Stonyfield Yogurt- Smooth & Creamy


Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Options

Love having these Gluten-Free Options in the kitchen.  We are a food-allergy family and companies that take our allergies seriously are hard to come by.  Definitely trust Bob’s Red Mill.


Stonyfield Yogurt & Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Sugar

For an added treat, for breakfast or that late evening snack, I simply add Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar.  The added touch of sweetness is just enough to take the meal to treat factor. Love it.

What are your favorite Fall recipes? Please share!

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

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