Zesty Sweet Potato Tacos

I don't know about you, but I think tacos are the most perfect food ever.  Having Judah in school now means that our nights have gotten a lot busier and the last thing I want to do is spend a few hours in the kitchen preparing a nutritious and satisfying meal.  Being a vegetarian family means that we eat a lot of fresh vegetables and protein substitutes, and tacos are so versatile that I have about 5 or 6 different versions that I serve on any given day.  One of my favorites going into the Fall season is sweet potato tacos heaping with fresh veggies.  I know a lot of people put salsa on their tacos, but since I am always creating new recipes and repurposing favorites I decided to revamp my … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Get Well Kit

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Every year at the beginning of Fall, someone in my house always winds up sick.  It never fails - whether it be from school, the weather change, the pollen in the air, who knows.  And once one person catches something, the whole family has to suffer through it as well.  In the past, instead of stocking up early like a normal person would do, I wait.  I wait until I am bed ridden and feeling like crud, then drag myself out to Publix (with kids in tow because I never get a day off) and head straight for the medicine aisle to get what I need.  Now, that is NOT fun at all.  I would rather not … [Read more...]

Ten Minute Mozzarella Sticks {12 Bloggers recipe}

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Hey everybody, it's the 12th again!  Do you know what that means?  #12Bloggers time!  Hooray!  Are you wondering why I'm soooo super excited?  Because this month's theme is all about tailgating, and, well, that's something to cheer for!  I am not really a sports fan myself, but I grew up around a ton of them so I am no stranger to the Saturday morning smorgasbord and all day grazefest that is tailgating.  I know, you're probably wondering what a vegetarian does for a tailgating spread, but for me it's all about the finger foods.  The appetizers.  The bite sized concoctions that I can pile on my plate by the hand full.  My recipe for this month's theme is about as easy as they come, so get … [Read more...]

Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 Raptor Giveaway!

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You guys.  I have found the most amazing ride on toy EVER and it is Step2's 2-in-1 Ford F-150 Raptor.  This thing is amazing - I won't tell you *too much* yet because the Step2 company sent us one as part of their Ambassador program and I've got a full feature coming up on it, but whoa.  This truck never leaves his side.  He watches tv in it, he tries to eat in it, he even cleans it with baby wipes so that it shines.  Seriously, he loves it more than any other toy he owns! And guess what?  I am teaming up with fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro to give one away to one VERY lucky reader!  Check it out below! Welcome to the Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor … [Read more...]

Fall Fitness For Busy Moms {& A Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe!}

I am sharing these great fitness tips as part of a sponsored post.  All opinions, images and recipes are mine. Being a mom is a lot of work.  From the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to bed I am responsible for not only myself but the survival of two children every single day.  Besides keeping everyone fed, clean and entertained I also have to fit in house cleaning, my work and somewhere in there a little "me" time.  When life is this busy there are just some things that don't make the cut, and sometimes the last thing I want to do is exercise.  You already know that staying fit and healthy is important to me, but life can get in the way.  So you know what?  I decided to make … [Read more...]

Caramel M&M® Cheesecake Bites {Recipe}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. My husband and I are total geeks.  We are huge Marvel fans, so you can imagine how crazy excited we are to see The Winter Soldier when it hits shelves on September 9th.  Oh, and it just so happens to fall on our 5 year wedding anniversary, so I am totally going to include it in my husband's gift extravaganza and make it a movie night to remember!  I have a few fun tricks up my sleeve for the big day, but one that I am really going to have fun with is making our annual cheesecake.  It has become a bit of a tradition that we have cheesecake on our wedding anniversary each year, and so far … [Read more...]

Making Healthy Choices With Balance Rewards {& WIN A FITBIT!}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. At this time last year I was in a little bit of denial.  I was balancing a newly 1 year old, a kid in preschool a growing mountain of work all while battling tons of stress and quite a bit of emotional eating.  Yes, I said it.  I have been known to be an emotional eater.  I normally keep my snacking habits in check, but for a bit the world got *just* a little much for me to handle and I freaked.  I stopped staying active, I stopped making smart food choices and I pretty much let my stress rule my life.  I can say that it wasn't a pretty sight but I was completely unaware of the … [Read more...]

Space Saving DIY Kids Workshop

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I received this work bench to review as a member of the Step2 Ambassador program.  All opinions are mine alone. A few weeks ago my husband started building a shed in our back yard.  (Yes, I said started because it still isn't finished. Men, eh?)  Anyway, whenever he goes out there to work on it Judah insists on helping him.  He is such a little handyman - he loves tools, putting things together, taking them apart and pretty much anything that involves working with his hands.  He turned 4 a few weeks ago, and while trying to come up with something really fun to give him Step2 sent us the cutest Home Depot Handyman Workbench to check out.  I really wanted to let him tear into it immediately, … [Read more...]

Upcycled Floral Wreath For Kids (Using Capri Sun Pouches!)

I made this adorable wreath using upcycled Capri Sun pouches as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. #CapriSunMomFactor Note: Adult supervision is required for this activity. Ahhh, the end of Summer.  Sun, fun and a whole lot of time on my hands!  School is in which means I will have to come up with engaging activities for Kaia while big brother is away.  We usually spend a lot of time outdoors during the warmer months, and hydration is super important so we always keep our fridge stocked with bottled water and Capri Sun Juice Drink pouches for the kids.  Besides active play, we also do activities like puzzles, fort building and tons of crafts. Our crafts aren't necessarily all that … [Read more...]

My Amazing Kid & Back To School Fashion

Thanks to JCPenney for letting me share our story and encouraging individuality with fun kids fashion! Right now, as I type this, my son is in the middle of his first day of school.  There are a hundred thoughts running through my head and I am not quite sure what to do with myself.  The house feels empty even though my daughter is beside me - she's the sweet, quiet type.  Judah on the other hand is so full of life and color that it spills out onto everyone he goes near.  He has this way of being loud, crazy and highly active that people are drawn to and he pulls you into his world with his warm heart.  Remember all those thoughts I just mentioned?  The most dominant one is pride.  I am … [Read more...]