Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fresh + Easy 30 Minute Summer Meal

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oh, summertime let me count the ways I love you. Aside from longer days there’s nothing better than fresh fruits + veggies and grilling out. However, sometimes it’s hard to grill mid-week when you’re playing with your kids, working out, mowing the lawn or a number of other things that fill your time in the evening.

With that said, I focus on quick, easy, fresh and better for you meals during the week. Think real flavor, real fast in 30 minutes or less. Yes, you read that correctly - 30 minutes or less! Wednesday was one of those nights. I opened the fridge and thought, what can I whip up tonight?

Luckily during my last trip to Safeway I grabbed a Smithfield Applewood Bacon Pork Loin Filet and a ton of fresh veggies. Since the grill master was busy mowing the lawn I popped the pork loin into the oven and got busy chopping veggies and boiling water for sweet corn!

Smithfield Applewood Bacon Pork Loin Filet.jpg

Let’s talk veggies -- I made a simple salad using cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber. During the summer this is a staple. It’s simple and classic. Sometimes I mix it up and add feta, olives, avocado or even bacon!  

Summer Cucumber Salad
serves 4-6

½ - 1 lb cherry tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Place tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion into a large salad bowl. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.

Friends this salad is so yummy even my toddler eats it -- red onions and all! #momwin Not only did she enjoy the salad, she also loved Smithfield Applewood Bacon Pork Loin Filet. Oh, since it was topped with bacon, cooking it in the oven was a good call. You don’t want to lose any of the bacon ;)  I love how juicy the pork loin is, it’s truly is real flavor, real fast.

Smithfield is also challenging you to see what you can do with Marinated Fresh Pork to get a flavorful meal ready in about 30 minutes with their “What Can You Do With 30?” meal and tip contest. For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com.


The next time you’re at Safeway check out the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork options in the fresh meat section.

Just remember when you're shopping Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork = Real Flavor Real Fast.

What's your favorite meal to whip up in 30 minutes or less?

Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Adventure in Lake Tahoe with a Toddler

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Happy Monday!

Life's about to get crazy again... Yup, I've been a tad MIA because work and life. But I couldn't pass up the chance to chat about Father's day, fishing and on-the-go snacks. You know this girl and her toddler like to eat.

As you know we live in gorgeous Lake Tahoe where views and adventures are endless.  Well, we're training Emerson to love all things Tahoe. She's going to be one fun loving mountain kid. The key is to start early. While she might only been two and a half I think we're introducing her to the right amount of adventure. So far she LOVES playing in snow/sledding, walking the dog in the forest, biking, beach days and fishing! I can't wait to get her on skis next winter.

How to Adventure in Lake Tahoe with a Toddler

Step One 
Pick a location with killer views. Just think about how gorgeous the backdrop will be whether your kid is smiling or crying.

Step Two 
Pack plenty of snacks. I don't know about you but I eat as often as my toddler...not kidding. When I'm looking for grab and go snacks/food I'll usually grab a quick sandwich, Odwalla smoothie or protein shake (hello I'm trying to hit 100g of protein a day!), and fresh cut fruit package from our local Safeway store.

While I love making smoothies at home I don't alway have time and Odwalla products are a great on-the-go solution when you're trying to make smart choices. Plus, their smoothies are 100% juice, Non GMO verified with no added sugar.

DEAL ALERT: Save $1 on your next purchase of in-store fresh cut fruit when you buy any TWO (2) Odwalla 15.2 fl. oz. (You'll receive a print out coupon at the register.). Offer ends 6/27/17.

Safeway's fresh cut fruit cups are ideal for toddlers! As you can see Nick (in the background) is setting up the fishing poles and Emerson is checking out the views while enjoying berries. The cup is perfect for little toddler hands, especially if they're always on the move like Emerson.

Step Three
This one is a twofer. Adventure with friends who have kids around the same age and pick something that will hold their attention -- like fishing! These two were having a blast playing with their mini fishing poles...even if they weren't really fishing.  

Dad + daughters celebrating Father's Day. Because that's an adventure in itself.

Well there you have it. Father's Day and how we adventure with a Toddler! Now I should note step four is the ability to read your toddler's cues and know when it's time to head home :) Side note,  I love the Odwalla Chai Vanilla Protein Shake post workout. It's just easy!

Just in case you shop at Safeway ;)

What's your  favorite on-the-go snack?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas from Minted

We're big fans of Minted and this year for Father's Day I thought Emerson and I would order a piece of art for Nick. He's always saying how we need something on our walls. With Father's Day this Sunday it's time to start thinking about it -- if you haven't already. Don't worry I've rounded up a few Father's Day gifts I think dad will like. Plus, if you order from Minted today your gift will arrive by Father's Day. #winning.

Personalized Stationery
For the dad who still loves handwritten notes.

Leather iPad cover
For the techy dad who's looking for a chic iPad cover.

Art for Dad's man cave/study/office
Minted offers a wide variety of wall art from limited addition prints to personalized framed photos. I'm loving this black bulls of the cam argue print.

Our Father's Day will likely be low key. Ideally we'll spend the morning at the beach and BBQ in the afternoon. Do you have any Father's Day traditions?

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy June! Life needs to slow down I can't believe it's JUNE! Last weekend we enjoyed a few days  at the beach! You really can't beat this view. The water's still a tad too cold for swimming. Unless you're in the mood for an ice bath. Anyway I'm keeping it simple this week.

+ Do you ever feel mom guilt working out? Then you should read Who's Really the Selfish one?

+ I'm still getting antsy and feel the urge to travel, but now that it's summer it's just so hard to leave Tahoe.

+ We're getting closer to purchasing a new couch. I just need to pay off Q1 +Q2 taxes (yes I'm behind I had to pay a boat load for 2016...plus, I like to pay myself first) which will happen this month. Looking for a sectional too? You might want to check out Emily Henderson's recent post about 58 KID FRIENDLY SECTIONALS.

+ Speaking of money my hubby and I are totally savers and semi-minimalists. Anyone interested in me writing more about how we save money and live with less stuff?

+ However, I do enjoy (cough, cough) shopping and finding a good deal. I'm currently eyeing this Zara dress, these Block Heel Sandals, this shift dress, and these Madewell 7-Pack Stud Earrings.