Food

Here you’ll find lots of healthy meal options along with some not-so-healthy (but really yummy!) things because, who wants to eat chicken, rice and veggies all the time?!

 

 

Chocolate Pecan Bars

Chocolate Pecan Bars

Hi friends! After weeks of healthy meal prep and getting in shape for Florida, I was really craving a sweet treat the other night.  I was going to make banana nut bread with dark chocolate chips, but when I pulled out my recipe binder, the recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars looked too good to resist!  Never mind that it was about 9 p.m., but at least it was the weekend!

My friend Jessica served this dessert after dinner when she and her hubby had Brian and I over for dinner one night.  She served it hot with a side of ice cold vanilla ice cream and it was so delicious! 

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6 Quick Healthy Snacks

6 Quick Healthy Snacks

Hi friends!  One good thing about a long weekend is a short work week!  We’re almost to Friday already!

And then it’s just one.more.week of school for my kiddos!  Are y’all already on Summer break?  Our school started later this year, so that’s why they’re going into June this year.  I know many of you homeschooled this year and my hat’s off to you!  That is no easy task!  PRAISE GOD for our teachers!!

6 QUICK HEALTHY SNACKS

Now let’s get to today’s post!  When I shared my healthy meal prep, I got such great feedback,

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3 DELICIOUS HEALTHY MEALS I’M PREPPING FOR THE …

3 DELICIOUS HEALTHY MEALS I’M PREPPING FOR THE WEEK

Hi friends! I’m so excited for today’s post!  As y’all probably know by now, I’ve been working on getting in shape for my upcoming trip to Florida with Brian and the kids this summer.  Having a goal and set date in mind helps keep me motivated!  I’ve been at it for nearly 5 weeks and have 4 weeks to go!

If you want to follow along on my fitness journey (and maybe even start for yourself!), sign up here.

Every Sunday, I send out an update with progress photos, body weight and body fat percentages,

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Healthy Savory Breakfast & Tex Mex Burrito Bowl

Healthy Savory Breakfast & Tex Mex Burrito Bowl

Hi friends!  Happy weekend! Can you believe we’re almost to March?!  We’re celebrating Jordan’s birthday today (a week late) and we’ll be celebrating James’ birthday next week.  I can’t believe he’s about to be 11!  He’s growing into such a young man, and he’s almost the same size as me!

This week has been such a blessing to be able to return to some semblance of normal.  The kids went back to school on Monday and we were so thankful that they were able to.  I got my house cleaned up and even got a car wash, which was badly needed. 

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How To Meal Prep for the Week

How To Meal Prep for the Week

*Thank you to Walmart+ for sponsoring today’s post and helping make my life so much easier! 

Hi friends, how’s your week going? It’s really feeling like back to real life after the holidays and now that we’re well into January.  This time of year, it’s common to reevaluate things in our life.  We think about ways we can be happier and healthier, how we can live less stressed and with more intention.  I’ve been pondering these things in my own life too.  Some things I’m already doing really well with (after years of trial and error);

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The Always Pan Review

The Always Pan Review

Thank you to Our Place for sponsoring today’s post.

Hi friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week is off to a great start!  I’ve been sharing glimpses of my cooking recently (remember that Redfish topped with mushroom and crab sauce?!) or the sautéed veggies – but more than the food inside the pan, y’all were interested in the type of pan I was using!

I was sent the Always Pan by Our Place to use and review, and after owning it for over a month, I’m ready to share my experience with you!

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Rhonda’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe & Pro …

Rhonda’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe & Pro Tips

Hi friends!  I’m so glad you found yesterday’s Black Friday Sales Now post helpful!  Are y’all getting reading excited for Thanksgiving?! I am!

I’ll be hosting my mom and brother at my house for Thanksgiving on Thursday, so now the countdown is on!  Thankfully, my sis-n-law Jessica is splitting the cooking duties with me and she is always ON IT when it comes to planning these things.  She wrote out our menu on the Notes app on her phone and sent it to me- I had no idea you could edit Notes!  Super cool!

One thing that will definitely be on the menu is Rhonda’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

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What I’ve Been Eating & Amazon Kitchen Essentials

What I’ve Been Eating & Amazon Kitchen Essentials

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was pretty chill with a few runs at the park and a long awaited get together with a couple girlfriends.  I’ve lost count of what week of this situation we’re in, but I know it’s been too long since I got to see my friends.

We are all being careful and taking safety precautions and thankfully a couple of us were able to meet up in honor of Trisa’s birthday.  I know it meant the world to her and to us too.  We’ve been friends since college and I can’t believe we are in our 40s now! 

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Healthy Meals You Don’t Have to Cook

Healthy Meals You Don’t Have to Cook

Thank you to ShopStyle & Sakara for sponsoring today’s post.

Did that title draw you in?! 😉 Even though I cook most of my own meals at home, I often wish there was a fairy that could deliver healthy prepared meals right to my door.  Sakara might not be a fairy, but it’s definitely a Godsend of a service that I’m beyond thrilled to have tried and would be happy to use again in the future.

I’ve used meal delivery services in the past and enjoyed them, but with those, you receive the ingredients and still have to cook them yourself.

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What I Eat to Stay Lean

What I Eat to Stay Lean

Thank you to Macy’s and Shopstyle for sponsoring today’s post.

Hi friends!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Ours slowed way down when James came down with the stomach bug that had him down for the count all day Saturday.  And Jordan napped for three hours, so that was reeeealllly nice for a change. On Sunday, everyone was feeling good and we spent a lot of time in the backyard enjoying our beautiful weather.

Finally, Sunday evening I went for a jog with Jordan in the jogging stroller (something I haven’t done in forever!),

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Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Today I’m sharing an easy white chicken chili recipe that you can make in a slow cooker! But first, a little on how this recipe came about…

I’m so thankful to have such a great group of mom friends at my son’s school.  We hit it off when James started Pre-K3 and he’s in third grade now, so we’ve all really gotten to know each other over the years.  About a year ago or so, we put together a Bunco group so that we’d have a standing monthly date on the calendar to get together.  You know how it is,

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What I Eat In A Week

What I Eat In A Week

Good Monday morning!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are starting this week with a refreshed spirit, ready to tackle this week ahead!  I’m excited about a fresh week and a clean slate to get all the things done and to continue on the healthy food journey I started. I thought I’d share what I eat in a week since eliminating meat in my diet to help you come up with healthy meal options or put together your own meal plan!

Eating Less Meat

After two weeks of totally being off my game- just busy with work and life and not consistently working out,

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What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day

Good morning friends! It’s been a while since I’ve given you the lowdown on what I’ve been eating and it’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately, especially after the swimsuit dressing room post, so I’m happy to share my typical daily meals with you!

When I was in my 20s, I could eat whatever I wanted and it never seemed to affect my shape.  #thosewerethedays Now that I’m in my 40s, it’s another ballgame for sure! I have a pretty big sweet tooth, but I’ve noticed that when I indulge too much,

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5 Easy & Delicious Dinners

5 Easy & Delicious Dinners

Since my meal planning post, the next obvious question is, “what are you eating?” and specifically, “what’s for dinner?”  Before I started religiously meal planning on Saturday morning, I used to dread that question because I often had no good answer!  My son eats the same thing on repeat, but since Jordan started eating what my hubby and I eat, I needed to have good dinner options on hand most of the time! She’s a great eater, but I realize she wants to eat real food that tastes good.  As long as that’s what’s served, she’ll usually gobble it up!

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How to Meal Plan for the Week

How to Meal Plan for the Week

On Stories, when I asked you what you were most interested in or needed the most help with in organizing and productivity, I was flooded with responses!  It seems we all have areas we struggle with and many of us have too much to do and never enough time!  By far, the overwhelming majority of you said you wanted tips with meal planning and I totally get that!  The struggle is real with “what’s for dinner?”  We go through that in our house too.  I’m not above admitting that some nights it’s cereal for dinner! It happens!

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Bliss Balls Recipe & 2017 Fitness/Lifestyle Rewind

Bliss Balls Recipe & 2017 Fitness/Lifestyle Rewind

Welcome to a new year friends!  Are you feeling alive and ready?!  Or more like ready to stay under the covers?!  I, for one, am feeling very ambitious and excited about 2018!  Ever since I was a little girl, 8 was my favorite number and my son turns 8 this year! When you have a new baby, it’s easy to think, “I never want you to grow up, stay a baby forever.”  But, my experience has been that each stage and each age gets better and better as your child grows and your relationship expands.  It’s truly the best thing in life!

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Holiday Party Food Ideas : Fake It or Make …

Holiday Party Food Ideas : Fake It or Make It

This week has been all about sharing the Honey We’re Home Christmas Experience! On Monday, we saw the first floor of our home all decorated for Christmas! Yesterday, I talked about the gifts and fun of our Second Annual Favorite Things Party! Today let’s talk about the GOOD stuff, the food!!  You guys know I have my tricks for avoiding holiday weight, but that doesn’t mean I don’t indulge some too!

For our Favorite Things party, everyone brought three gifts to share and a food or wine of their choice.

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Getting Help in the Kitchen with Blue Apron

Getting Help in the Kitchen with Blue Apron

*Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring today’s post! 

As we settle into our fall schedule of activities, I’m finding less and less time to do my meal prep. Time to call on Blue Apron! I’ve used this service before with great success. This time I was looking to do one of their meat-free options to change it up because my husband has been on a semi-vegan kick lately. The Summer Vegetable Paella was a perfect way to end our “summer” and head into fall with a festive dish!

If you’re not familiar with it, 

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