Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber Monday Steals + Deals [Plus My Picks]

We'll we're back from Colorado and we survived holiday travel with a baby! In true Emerson fashion she was up and happy the entire flight and passed out as soon as we landed.

While we're all recouping from food, family and fun there are still plenty of deals to be had. Don't worry if you didn't venture out on #BlackFriday [we didn't] because #CyberMonday is tomorrow! Did you score anything awesome over the weekend? Here are just a few places I'm shopping tomorrow and a few of my favorite items on sale.

Happy shopping!

CyberMonday Picks

Gap, BR and ON — 40% off EVERYTHING no exclusions with code BESTCYBER. I currently have this, this and this in my cart.

Shop bop — Save up to 25% with code GOBIG15. And now through Nov. 30., spend $250+ and save 15%; spend $500+ and save 20%; and spend $1,000+ and save 25%. Loving this watch, cuff

Bloomingdale's — Cyber Monday sale! 25% off select regular and sale items, plus free shipping on US orders; Nov. 30 only.

Nordstrom — On Cyber Monday, take up to 40% off on top women's shoe brands! Plus, enjoy free shipping and free returns; valid Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. This, this and this are currently in my shopping cart. These Zella leggings are 50% off! — 20% off when you spend $40+ with code CM2015

Amazon — There are some serious deals to be had! I suggest snagging these packing cubes! — Extra 25% off all clearance items with code GETOUTHERE. Currently loving these leggings and shoes.

Kate Spade — Everything is 30% off with the code SHINE. I'm eying this everyday purse.

OshKosh — Everything is 50% off + an extra 25% off when you spend $40 + Free shipping with code CYBERNOW. This two-piece snowsuit is only $35!

P.S. If you don't already use EBATES to shop you need to start today! Seriously, by using their links to shop [500+ stores] tomorrow you'll earn double cash back! I started using the site a few months ago and already have a $50 check coming my way! Hello, extra spending cash! Thank you.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm thankful for my growing family. It's been an amazing year and I can't wait for many more! #familytime

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Christmas Cards + Minted Picks

Ahhh... Christmas Cards... are you ready? I'm not. I still need to roundup my little family and snap a few photos. I mean, I have some great photos from the last few months, but I would love one where we're somewhat coordinated and maybe there's a little snow on the ground. Oh wait, it's snowing in Tahoe right now! Wa-hoo.

Once again, this year I plan on going with Minted. I love how our cards turned out last year.

Narrowing down a design is always the hardest. Here are my top 5 Minted picks. I do know our card will be a landscape and somewhat of a modern design, although I am loving the Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards this year. I guess it will come down to the photo.

I love Minted for so many reason's -- free address printingFoil-Pressed Holiday Cards, and even  New Personalized Wrapping Paper!

Take advantage of Minted's BLACK FRIDAY SALE! From 11/25 to 11/27, enjoy 15% OFF your order with NO MINIMUM PURCHASE and 20% OFF your order of $150+ on holiday cards and all gifts. Or wait until Cyber Monday [11/30 only] and enjoy 25% off Minted products and 20% off holiday cards!

Shop all Holiday cards HERE!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Healthy and Happy + A Giveaway!

This review + giveaway has been compensated by Fit Approach and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are 100% mine alone. #SweatPink #HolidaySOS


This morning I rolled over and felt like saying 'SOS' to my husband. It was just one of those nights. One too many glasses of wine + not enough water [oops] + a baby wake up call at 2 a.m. [we're cutting another tooth!]. Ugh. Before I could think about life, eating or the hike we had planned I needed to hydrate. I turned to my NEW secret weapon, SOS Rehydrate [c/o]. Their mix of electrolytes help the body maximize it’s ability to get more out of water. What does that mean? You'll stay hydrated longer. #winning

Seriously though, I downed an 8 ounce glass and was ready to hit the trail.


About SOS Rehydrate: SOS Rehydrate is a fast-acting electrolyte replacement drink that has been created to prevent and help combat mild to moderate dehydration due to active lifestyles and physical performance. Unlike most sports drinks, SOS has 50% more electrolytes and 75% less carbohydrates. When compared to energy drinks whose main ingredients are sugar and caffeine, they only give an artificial energy boost, and are not meant to hydrate you.


If you have time in the morning I suggest making a smoothie using the SOS Rehydrate [Mango Flavor]. I've be experimenting and included my favorite combo below.

SOS Mango Madness Smoothie  
1 cup water
1 pack SOS Rehydrate [Mango Flavor]
1/4 cup mango [frozen]
1/4 cup pineapple[frozen]
1 cup spinach
1/2  banana[frozen]


As a Sweat Pink Ambassador SOS Rehydrate is giving one lucky a reader a box of Mango Flavor.

Prize: (1) SOS Rehydrate, valued at $17.99

To Enter: Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter (it might take a second to load, but it should eventually pop up below this paragraph). This giveaway is available for USA & Canada residents. Please note, only entries via Rafflecopter will be eligible to win. Thank you and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Happy Day It's a Kitchenaid Giveaway!!

Enter to win a Kitchenaid Mixer Wowza, do we have a special treat for you just in time for the holidays!  I've banded together with Angie over at My So-Called Chaos, her sponsors, and some other wonderful bloggers and people to offer all of you lucky readers a Kitchenaid Mixer. Do you want to win a Kitchenaid Mixer?  Good-read on to enter! Angie asked the wonderful people participating in this giveaway with me to share their favorite holiday treats with you.  Maybe our answers will inspire you, and if you win, you can make those treats in your brand new kitchen baby.  *Swoon!* So here are the lovely ladies involved, and their favorite holiday treats: Kitchenaid Giveaway Sponsors

"To kick this off, I'll share that my favorite holiday treat is Pumpkin Pie.  I know, it's totally basic, but a good homemade pumpkin pie is something I look forward to all year long.  That and all the festive holiday coffee options-love!" - Angie from "There's something just so classic and comforting about freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. I bake them every year because the smell stirs up the best childhood memories." - Kimi from Kimi Who 

"I recently made Buckeye Brookies! They are a twist on an old Ohio classic. I made them on Monday and by Wednesday they were totally devoured. Everyone loved them and was asking me when I was going to make them again! Looks like I've found my signature sweet treat!" - Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me 

"I am definitely a sweet eater! I love just about any sweet, but when it comes around to the holidays, I'm in love with cream puffs. If you haven't ever had a cream puff, its a dough filled with a cream cheese mixture feeling. It is a must try this holiday!" - Ashley from Simply Ashley Nichole

"Churros with dulce de leche!, it's sweet and crunchy, and I just love the creaminess of the dulce de leche, it could also be Nutella!" - Gaila from Petit Gourmet

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is Christmas cookies. I love cookies year round, but the cookies my family makes around the holidays are super delicious. I love my Grandmama's shortbread and my Aunt's sugar cookies. I also like to make cookies and make some awesome chocolate chip cookies." - Christina from Cali Darling

"My favorite treat is homemade Caramel Apple Pie. I'm not great at baking but I can make some delicious pie and this one is by far my best. I'm proud of it every time I cook it and it's absolutely delicious." - Bethany from Stella Kenton Body Shop

"My favorite holiday treat would have to be brownies or cookies, wait maybe Pie. Lol I love all three. How can I choose? But I do need them to have some time of holiday spirit on them such as peppermint." - Jasmine from Classy, Sassy, and a Bit Smartassy

"Definitely hot chocolate! Maybe with a shot of espresso? It reminds me of colder weather (I live in Florida!) and cozy blankets! There's a comfort in holding something warm." - Samantha from Samanthability

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is simply hot milk with cinnamon. I think cinnamon immediately drives me to the Christmas atmosphere as for the whiteness of the milk that reminds me of snow falling down." - Caterina from Kate/idoscope

"Cookies....because who doesn't love cookies? :)" - Linda from Brunch with Joy

"Every Christmas, my grandparents in New Jersey ship us out kiffles from the Kiffle Kitchen Bakery in PA, and they're by far my favorite holiday sweet treat! I love them because they remind me of the holidays in NJ when I was a child! Now that I'm across the country in AZ, it's nice to have a little something that reminds me of home during the holidays." - Nicole from Violet & Vine

"Our favourite holiday sweet treat is a chocolate candy called Almond Roca. It comes out in the stores around the holidays. It's toffee wrapped with chocolate and almonds." - Tript and Prabh from Footnotes & Finds

"Anything with chocolate - white, milk or dark, I love it all!" - Ang from Juggling Act Momma

"A big ol' piece of pumpkin pie covered in Cool Whip! But, minus the crust. I eat around that nonsense ;)" - Leeann from Join the Gossip

"I love my mom's homemade butter cookies. Her baking always fills up the house with a fantastic smell that reminds me of the holidays. I remember sneaking cookies that just came out of the oven. So good!" - Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is pumpkin pie, although I have met very few cookies I don't like. I love the spices of the pie and it brings lots of fond memories. Plus, I love to squirt the whipped cream in my grand kid's mouths." - Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas

"I love homemade toffee - one bite takes me back to sneaking pieces off my grandma's kitchen counter during the holidays!" - Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

"I love cinnamon rolls. The sweet smell. The warmth. It just is perfect for the fall and winter time!" - Amanda from Green Tea & Cotton

"My favourite holiday sweet treat is something we get in the UK called After Eight Mints. They're absolutely delicious and I can't imagine not indulging in a few (or half a box) after dinner on Christmas Day!" - Louise from With Love From Lou

"Every Christmas we host a Family Cookie Day, so I have to go with Butterscotch Haystacks as my favorite holiday sweet treat. Eating them brings back great memories of my youth." - Darcey from Foodie & Wine

"Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - they're a tradition in our family and I've been making them for my kids for about 15 years!" - Julie from Mom Fabulous

"Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies because they're good with coffee or after dinner." - Tiara from Ice Cream & French Fries
"It's so simple (and might sound totally lame) but I love Peanut Butter Blossoms. Every holiday season I crave them!" - Mary from Vindulge

"My favorite holiday sweet treat are Hershey kiss peanut butter cookies! There is something that just screams holidays when I'm stuffing them in my mouth by the handfuls, haha!" - Amanda from Little Lady Little City

"I love hot chocolate and fudge! Hot chocolate just reminds me of the cooler weather and fudge reminds me of Christmas time!" - Alissia from Stay at Home Mompreneur

"Sugar cookies topped with sprinkles are my favorite! They are so simple to make and taste delicious." - Krystal from The Krystal Diaries

Enter the Giveaway

Prize is one Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in your choice of color (as long as that color is no more than $300 value currently on Amazon) This giveaway is open Worldwide (Internationa winners will receive $300 Paypal cash instead to purchase from an international site) and ends on 12/8/15 at 12AM.  Entries will be verified and entering below agrees to full terms and conditions within the Rafflecopter widget.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fit Through the Holidays

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away? Well I can't. Honestly it's amazing how quick this year has flown by. While the average american might gain 10+ pounds this holiday season, I'm working on maintaining. Here are just a few ways I'm staying healthy and fit.

5 Tips to Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

1. Baby wearing while shopping [borrow one if you don't have one] Wearing a baby while power shopping will help you burn more calories and keep you from Christmas shopping for yourself instead of loved ones. #truestory

2. Get Outside with Family and Friends  - Ninja kicks are mandatory whether hiking, snowboarding or just being awesome outside! #optoutside

3. Buy new workout gear - Do you really need a reason? Ok, this #SweatPink Sweat Drop Racer tank [c/o] is my new favorite tank and well when you us code: sweatdropracer you get 15% off! Who doesn't love a deal. Click HERE to purchase the tank.

4. Make delicious good for you food!  Because DUH. 

bistroMD’s Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffed Acorn Squash  [c/o]
Nutritional Information: (for each serving, serves 8)
Calories: 219 Protein: 5g Carbohydrates: 44g

4 medium acorn squash, halved lengthwise with the seeds removed
3 cups of water
2 cups quinoa
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 ½ cups diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon minced cardamom
1/8 tablespoon of turmeric
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup diced apples
1/4 cup dried currants
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust rack to the middle shelf.

Simmer the quinoa in 3 cups of water to make fluffy, this should take 15 to 20 minutes.

While the quinoa cooks, add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, cardamom and turmeric. Using fresh apples, cut into small dices and soak with lemon juice. Cover the pan and simmer the vegetables for 5 minutes until they are tender.

In a big bowl, toss together the quinoa and vegetables. Stir in the dried fruit, diced apples, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Brush the skin of the squash lightly with olive oil. Place the squash, cut side down, in a baking pan. Pour 1/2-inch of boiling water into the pan and bake for 20 minutes to soften the squash.

Move the squash to a plate and set aside until cool enough to handle. Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa mix, return them, stuffing-up to the pan, and bake until the flesh can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife. This should take 30 minutes or less.

5. Drink More Water/Kick off your day with a Green Smoothie - With all the fun festivities don't forget to stay hydrated. I like kicking off my mornings full off veggies and fruits and don't skimp just because its the holidays.

How are you staying fit this holiday season?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Gift Guide For Her

Yay, today is all about gifts for her! Of course, I would love anything from my home cook or fitness enthusiast gift guides, but here are just a few things I have my eye on!

Before we dive into goodies for 'her' I have to say this was actually the hardest list to pull together. Why? Because other than workout gear all I really, really want is for my kitchen to be DONE and my wrist to stop hurting. I can't even clean the bar [which is only 35 lbs]  without it hurting :( ice, ibuprofen and time is what the doctor ordered.

Back to the kitchen. Party people my beautiful harwood floors are being installed!!! After thanksgiving expect lots of house updates. Until then I have a few more gift guides and maybe another shopping guide or two for you. Regarding shopping guides, let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to round up.

As always, happy shopping!

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

1. lululemon scuba hoodie [$118] - I'm not sure about you, but there's nothing better than a cozy hoody.

2. Ray-Ban 'Classic Wayfarer' Sunglasses [$200] - Everyone needs a classic pair of sunglasses.

3. Tieks [$175] - I've heard these are the best flats you will ever own and well I'm in the market for black flats.

4. Popover Plaid Shirtdress [$78] - While I like this dress I might actually LOVE this and this from the GAP a tad more.

5. Kendra Scott 'Elisa' Pendant Necklace [$50] - When it comes to jewelry I typically go for simpler pieces. I think this necklace is timeless.

6. Patagonia Women's Better Sweater Fleece Coat [$179] - I mentioned this jacket in a recent shopping guide and think it would be prefect from the office to running errands!

7. Michael Kors 'Slim Runway' Watch [$195] - If you haven't noticed I'm a watch gal. I'm been lusting over a Micheal Kors watch for awhile. However, among a number of bloggers it seems JORD wooden watches are all the rage. If I went that direction -- I would probably pick the 94A Dark Sandalwood or Fieldcrest Green Sandalwood.

8. lululemon All Meshed Up 7/8 Tight [$98] - A gift guide isn't complete without some workout gear [IMO]. Not a lululemon fan I LOVE these Zella capris too.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Gift Guide for Him

I must admit I haven't started any of my Christmas shopping! I know, I know. Plus, I don't have a clue what I'm going to get the hubby! Recently while browsing, I came up with a few ideas. While I'm sure he would love a few, I'm not so sure about a few. Either way here are a few ideas that will hopefully help you find the perfect gift for the guy in your life.

Have you started your Christmas shopping? What are you getting your main man? I would love some ideas/suggestions!

Holiday Gift Guide for him

1. Patagonia Fleece Hoody [$199] - Living in the mountains you can never have to  many jackets. Actually this fleece is perfect from the beach to the mountains.

2. GoPro HERO4 Silver [$399] - Of course, this is an awesome gift for any guy. Especially the thrill seeker or maybe new dad.

3. Roo Hammock [$99] - Sometimes you just want to chill in the back yard or on a mountain top. Why not do it in style.

4. SOREL Slipper [$74.95] - We love SOREL boots and their slippers are just as fantastic. Every few years the hubby needs a new pair and this is favorite style.

5. Sunnto Traverse Watch [$500] - For the active made in your life. While it's a big splurge if he's into watches, fitness, trekking, etc. he'll love it. If the hubby was a watch guy I would have bought this for him years ago.

6. Taylor Made Driver [$199] - My hubby loves golfing so

7. Matador Droplet Wet Bag [$14.99] or Pocket Blanket [$29.99] - The perfect stocking stuffers. Not only are they functional, but they're both under $30. I'm tempted to buy the pocket blanket for myself to keep in my car! Look how small that bad boy packs down!

8. iPad Pro [$799] - We manage with just one computer at home, but sometimes it would be nice to have two. Instead of shelling out $$$ for another MAC BookPro or desktop a iPad 4 or Pro would be perfect. [This would also make a great joint gift]

9. Thule Sappling Carrier [$279] - I know it's barely winter, but I can' wait to go on adventures with Emerson next summer. I think her daddy or really any adventure seeking dad needs a backpack carrier.

10. Ryobi Cordless tools [varies] - My hubby is pretty handy so tools always make a great gift.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Gift Guide for the Home Cook

We all have a foodie friend who loves cooking just as much as eating out. I know I mentioned it once or twice, but I seriously can't wait until our kitchen is 100% done. So close! In fact our flooring was delivered today! Ok, back to the home cook. Honestly I could have made the list much longer, but to keep you from feeling overwhelmed I narrowed it down to 10 items most home cooks would love this season.

Plus, just think about all the deliciousness that will be coming your way. Just saying.

Happy Shopping!

For the cook

1. Breville Sous Chef Food Processor [$399] - There are a number of kitchen gadgets a home cook needs. Like a good mixer or blender, but a great food processor is high on the list.

2. Clean Green Eats 100+ Clean-Eating Recipes [$15] - Yes, even in a world of pinterest I still love a good cook book.

3. Harper Rose Gold 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting [$59.95] - I have traditional everyday flatware, but OMG I love these and how fun would they be for dinner parties?

4. Le Creuset Oval Wide Dutch Oven, 3.5-Quart [$179] - Aside from my slow cooker, the dutch oven is a winter staple. Over the last few months I've realized you need at least two, round and oval.

5. Marble & Wood Cheese Boards [$29-49] - Every cook loves to entertain and so why not have cute cheese platters!

6. Pizza Grilling Stone [$44.95] - A home cook will thank you.

7. Bistro Mixing Bowls, Set of 3 [ $39.95] - Kitchen staple. I have a ton of mixing bowls and use all of them. Just ask my husband.

8. Classic Tartan Adult Apron [$41.95] - You have to look cute and stay clean while cooking.

9. JACOBSEN SALT CO. Gift Set [$29 - $39] - Last year at Feast I was able to try Jabobsen Salt Co. Can you say YUM! A gift set would make the perfect hostess gift.

10. Smart Tools for iPad® Sets [$39-$199] - For the pinterest loving cook you'll want something to hold your tablet.

Are you a home cook? What's on your wish list?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Choose to #GiveHappiness

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveHappiness #CollectiveBias

While I'm deeply sadden by the recent world events, I'm thankful for my little family and am holding them a little closer.

Christmas music, gift guides, red cups, decorations, etc. are flying around the internet and it's hard not to get in the holiday spirit. I'm guilty -- having already posted about christmas stockings, pjs, and a gift guide for the fitness enthusiast. Plus, I have plenty more to come!

Today I wanted to talk about Christmas, but about sharing the cheer in another way, giving happiness.


1. Adopt a local family in need - There are a lot of families that can't afford Christmas gifts or winter clothing.

2. Donate to your favorite cause - This year not only did I help raise awareness and funds, but I also donated to Barbells for Boobs.

3. Volunteer at your local food bank.

Feeding those in need with the WPR team.
4. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee, pay their toll, etc.

5. Prep freeze meals or cook a holiday dinner for a family with medial issues - it seems as though a new 'go fund me' pops up in my news feed daily. While I know medial bills can add up quickly [Hello, baby in NICU] there are other ways to help out [i.e., coffee & gas gift cards, ready to cook meals, dog sitting, etc.]. Trust me all these things are very helpful. After Emerson was born we loved all the homemade meals from friends.

This year Coca-Cola at Walmart has teamed up with The Salvation Army. Every Walmart Deli prepared meal with Coca-Cola purchased in November and December will provide a meal to families through The Salvation Army, so families in need will be able to enjoy the holidays together over a warm meal. Plus, every photo shared on social media using #givehappiness supports families in need.

Buying a prepared meal gives you more time with to spend with your family, friends, volunteering or adventuring. 

I'm spending my extra time with miss Emerson and inspiring others to achieve their passions.

I didn't know Walmart's prepared pizza was so affordable ! At $5 for a medium pizza you really can't go wrong when you're looking for something quick and easy.

Be sure to share photos on social media of your family enjoying a prepared meal from Walmart along with Coca-Cola using the hashtag #GiveHappiness! How will you spend your extra time with family?!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Date Night at Home | Seared AHI Tuna + Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

So it's a Friday or Saturday night and your 20 year old self is ready to par-tay, but the 30 year old is ready for a date night at home followed by cozying up on the couch with a roaring fire, rom-con and big glass of wine. Seriously the inner struggle is real -- even before Emerson.

Since Emerson the Hubby and I have been focusing on saving even more money and like to have date nights in. Emerson goes to bed at 7 p.m. so it's really easy.

I'm a big fish person and probably cook salmon at least once a week. Looking to mix things up, I suggested trying Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Seared AHI Tuna. We had nothing to lose, right?

Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Seared Ahi Tuna is the first ever sushi quality “Thaw and serve” packaged seafood product. It stays frozen during the processing and never fully defrosted or re-frozen during preparation, so we can guarantee our quality is on par with what you expect from fine chefs who know how to source the best product for their restaurants.

While their suggested Fall menu sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G my sister had a different idea. Oh yeah, did I mention we were at my sister's place in LA?

Our menu was simple and full of flavor: Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Seared AHI Tuna, Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Balsamic Asparagus.

Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

2 lbs rustic potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 tsp minced garlic
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup butter milk [any type of milk really works]
2 tsp wasabi powder
 salt & pepper to taste
chives for garnish [optional]

Place potatoes in big pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, about 10ish minutes.

Drain potatoes. Break up potatoes using a mixer or masher. Add garlic, butter milk, wasabi salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. Add additional milk for a smoother consistency. Add additional wasabi, salt and pepper as needed. Garish with chives and enjoy!

The key to a great date night in is good COMPANY, great FOOD, and plenty of WINE.

Don't forget to visit the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® website for menu ideas and a $2 off coupon! Which product would you try?

About Bumble Bee:
  • Bumble Bee SuperFresh® is a complete line of naturally-seasoned, restaurant quality, “fish-forward” prepared seafood solutions for the home. It raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen food!
  • All our seafood is no mess, and no fuss; just pure perfection, time after time. Our premium Salmon and Tilapia come with their own parchment paper baking pouch and go from freezer to table in under 25 minutes. High in protein, richly seasoned with pure and simple ingredients that let our fish shine through!
  • Bumble Bee SuperFresh® smells and tastes amazing. No fishy smells here. Because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh® straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish. And our frozen protein has stayed that way from harvest to your oven unlike most of the “fresh” fish you find at the seafood counter. That means it is fresh tasting, and fresh smelling.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Healthy Game Day Eats + A Recipe!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LegendaryTailgate #CollectiveBias

I'm taking a short break from all things Christmas related to talk about some serious stuff, football  + food! Yup, serious stuff. Sunday is football. When I think of football Sunday, I think of tailgating, barbecues and tasty [not-so-good for you] food. Game day food usually isn't the healthiest, but today I'm sharing a dish  that won't leave you feeling guilty afterwards, BBQ Chicken + Brussel Sprout salad! 

Last weekend, while shopping at Safeway I picked up my go-to always fresh Foster Farms Fresh & Natural Chicken and Stubb's chicken marinade. We LOVE Stubb's BBQ sauce and marinades! Other than homemade it's the only BBQ sauce and marinade we buy -- one because it tastes good and two because it's free of high-frustose corn syrup! 

Blogger tip: When bbqing chicken I typically pick thighs and legs. Always marinade overnight.

Here's the thing, you can't just eat chicken! I'm a big fan of salads and with brussels sprout in season I figured it would make the perfect side dish. The salad it super easy to make.  Making ahead allows for more football watching. Don't worry it won't become soggy which also means it's a great side dish for tailgating! #winning.

Brussel Sprout, Cranberry and Quinoa Salad 
via gimme some oven
[serves 4-6]

1 lbs brussel sprouts, ends trimmed then halted and thinly sliced
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cups chopped pecans, toasted

orange vinaigrette
  -1/2 cup orange juice
  - 1/2 olive oil
  - 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
  - salt & pepper to taste

Salad: Toss all the ingredients until combined.
Vinaigrette: Whisk ingredients until combined. Pour over salad and toss until coated.

Serve with your favorite BBQ chicken and enjoy! 

Psst: Save instantly with an in-store IRC (Instant Redeemable Coupon) for the chicken and BBQ sauce. The IRC’s expire on 12/31/15.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Gift Guide for the Fitness Enthusiast

While I typically post gift guides after Thanksgiving this year I decided to start a few weeks early. Monday was all things baby with Emerson's Christmas Wish List. Today I'm switching gears and focusing on fitness gear. I don't know about you, but every year when my birthday, anniversary, christmas, etc. rolls around my wish list usually includes fitness gear. So naturally it only makes sense to create a Holiday Gift Guide for the Fitness Enthusiast. While I have some items [Vitamix + leggings] I wouldn't mind any of the others. I almost feel the title should be fitness essentials!

As a fitness enthusiast here are a few items I would love this year [maybe you would too]!

Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Enthusiast

1. Patagonia Merino Mid-Weight Hoody [$129]: One can never have too many pull overs. The mid-weight is a perfect layer from fall to spring.

2. It Starts With Food [$10]: Fit bodies are made in the kitchen.

3. The Original Worm 7.0-Massage Muscle Roller-Pink [$32]: When you workout a ton rolling out is key. While I don't have 'The Orginal Worm' I do have a foam roller.

4. BOSU® Pro Balance Trainer [$159.95]: The Bosu is one favorite things to use at the gym. Hello BOSU burpees! If you add one item to your home gym this year make it a BOSU.

5. Suunto Ambit3 Sport Black [$400-$550]: The godfather of fitness watches. It does everything, but workout for you. This has been on my list for a very long time. One day.

6.  Vitamix Professional Series 750 [$629]: When you make as many smoothies as I do a quality blender makes a difference. The investment is worth the $$$.

7. Lifefactory Glass Bottle [$22]: It's good to have a few water bottles on hand. Lifefactory is a household favorite.

8. Sweaty Or Not Kit [$48]: Gym bag essential! This is high on my list this year.

9. UA ColdGear® Printed [$65]: During the winter I live in these leggings. Trust me -- these will become your go-to winter workout leggings.

10. Nike Metcon 1 [$120]: The perfect shoe for cross training.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Shopping Guide | Christmas Stockings

Pictured: PB, West Elm, Garnet Hill and PB Kids 
Having kids brings a whole new meaning to Christmas and family traditions. Monday I chatted about Christmas pjs, because who doesn't love new pajamas on Christmas morning. Today I'm back regarding another tradition, Christmas stockings!

Growing up we always had matching stockings and they varied over the years. Our current stocking situation is non existent. I would love to start fresh and buy three 'matching' stockings. I use matching loosely because they don't necessarily need to exactly match -- they just need to work effortlessly together. I would love something traditional and possibly monogramed/personalized [not a deal breaker].

Per usual, I've been searching for the perfect Christmas stockings. It's slim pickings, but I found some cute options. Although I haven't pulled the trigger, I'm leaning towards these or these. Of course, I had to share the best of the best [IMO] out there. Below I've listed 20+ options ranging from $15 to $100+.

Happy Shopping!

What's your must-have stocking stuffer?

$12.99 - World Market Holiday Tree Oversized Knit Stocking [also available in snowflake]
$12-$22 [on sale] - Pottery Barn Velvet Stocking  [available in three sizes: green w/ red cuff, red w/white cuff, green w/ red cuff, white w/ red cuff and green w/white cuff]
$19.95 - Crate & Barrel Reilly Red Christmas Stocking
$19.95 - Crate & Barrel Angelique Christmas Stocking
$20.50 [on sale] - PB Kids Plaid & Crewel Stocking Collection [available in santa, drummer boy, angel, plaid and solid]
$20.50 [on sale] - PB Kids Woodland Stocking Collection [available in angel, train, owl horse, polar polar, deer, plane santa, sheep, reindeer, snowflake and baby's first]
$23 - West Elm Layered Snowflake Felt Stocking [available in white]
$20.50 - $24 [on sale] - PB Kids Fair Isle Stocking [available in reindeer, tress, snowman, candy cane, polar bear, owl, first christmas, red ivory and green]
$24.95 - Land of Nod Merry Mod Stocking Collection [available in red, green, circles and triangles]
$24.95 - Pier1 Coastal Stocking
$29 - Pottery Barn Snowflake Knit Stocking [five designs available]

$29.50 [on sale] - Pottery Barn Channel Quilted Velvet Stocking [available in three sizes: ruby, ivory, green and gray]
$35 - Etsy Christmas Stockings with Burlap Accents [available in five designs]
$34-$39 - Land of Nod Camp Christmas Stocking Collection [available in teepee, canoe, and plaid]
$30 [on sale] - West Elm Jingle Velvet Stocking [available in ivory, platinum and blush]
$39.50 - Faux Sheepskin Stocking [available in white]
$39.50 - $49.50 - Pottery Barn Classic Crewel Embroidered Stocking [available in santa, reindeer, tree and nutcracker]

UNDER $100
$69 - Etsy Hand knit Christmas Stocking [red, gray, green and white with deer, gnomes, reindeer, snowflakes, and trees + personalized!]
$79 - Sundance Heirloom Colorful Snowflakes Stocking [available in stripe, emerald, candy cane and tree farm]
$80 [currently 30% off] - Horchow Needlepoint Christmas Stocking [available in six christmas scenes]

ABOVE $100
$108 - Garnet Hill Fair Isle Woolen Stocking [available in chevron, stripe, reindeer, and ski sweater] -Thanks for the tip Schue Love!