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?!

 

 

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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2 Summer Salads

2 Summer Salads

Hi friends! We’re approaching the end of the week and our fridge is starting to look bare again.  I try to make it through the week with just one trip to the grocery store, planning my menu and then shopping on Saturday or Sunday.  These two summer salads have been on repeat this summer, so I wanted to share them with you today.  Both of the recipes are from Gweneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good Cookbook.  I bought the book on the recommendation of my foodie friend Nat, and it has redeeming qualities, like the two recipes below (and more),

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How I Plan Our Weekly Menu

How I Plan Our Weekly Menu

Happy Monday friends! This weekend flew by and I’m feeling like I need a rewind! My in-laws were visiting with us, so we kept things pretty low key and just hung out.  I had some down time, so I went through all 46 pages of the women’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog online and narrowed down the “must haves” from each category so you don’t have to feel like you missed something- there’s too much!

Then, after going through everything, I had to place another order- shhh, don’t tell Jimmy!!  for things I didn’t see in my store and wanted to try out.  I’ll share them with you on Friday when the sale opens to everyone! In the meantime, if you find a field of money trees, send directions!!

On Sunday, I got to visit a very special friend in the hospital and I wanted to ask for your prayers for this precious little girl named Savannah.  She’s just two days older than Jordan and has already undergone her second open heart surgery.  On Sunday, she was doing well and in great spirits, smiling and scooting around her hospital room floor in her Minnie Mouse pajamas, showing me her toys and handing me books to read to her.  She’s already been in the hospital for 3 weeks this time and so ready to go home.  I don’t even know how her mom is holding up, but she says any mom would do the same.  She’s asking for all the prayers she can get that the surgery was successful (she won’t know for 3-6 months) and if you leave your well wishes in the comments or on my Instastories, I’ll forward them onto her.  Thank you so much!

I couldn’t think of anyone who would appreciate a warm, cozy circle cardi more than a mama staying with her baby in the hospital, and she loved it!  I picked up 4 more for Christmas gifts too. 😉

Today, I’m answering two of the most frequently asked questions around here- what do I eat in a day and how do I plan my weekly menu??  Although my bikini contest prep days are in the past, I still try to eat healthy most of the time with protein at each meal and 4-5 meals each day.  I’m hungry that often, so it’s no problem for me to eat that often and I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off!

I do indulge in sweets though- it’s my weakness! I workout 4 times a week and still prefer a strong, athletic build, and even though I’m still working on my ab separation, I have seen an improvement with consistent workouts and more ab-focused exercises.

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HOW I PLAN OUR MENU

I’m not the biggest fan of grocery shopping just because it usually takes so long and it’s harder to complete with kids in tow, so I sometimes order groceries online for pickup at Kroger or my husband goes.  Usually on Saturday morning, I take stock of what we have left in the refrigerator (not much), throw out the bad leftovers, and spend a good 30 minutes browsing my cookbooks or Pinterest boards for healthy meal inspiration.

I have to think about including Jordan in these meals now since she’s a good eater who eats a lot and thankfully, everything!  James is still super picky and eats his same food without much branching out.  I’ll usually pick 4 recipes to cook and plan for leftovers, along with a couple things to eat for lunch and snacks to have on hand.

How to menu plan

Using this Grocery List magnetic pad helps me organize things because I can write on the left side what we’ll be eating and put the groceries we need on the right.  I think it’s out of stock now and I might cry because it’s the pad I like the most!

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Healthy Meal Prep | Chicken Fajita Bowls & Salad

Healthy Meal Prep | Chicken Fajita Bowls & Salad

Hi guys! Did you have a good weekend?!  Ours slipped through my fingers like quicksand!  It was one of those busy, busy ones where I feel like I definitely need another day of weekend!  Yesterday, it was off to the car show and James’ favorite restaurant (iHop). I love doing weekend outings together, but at the car show, I was mostly chasing Jordan and trying not to lose the boys!  But at least I was comfy!  Flats and soft, cozy pants for the win!


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