Friday, December 21, 2018

Cashew Ginger Bites

Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm a snack queen. I don't mean I carry all the snacks. I mean I love to snack. Ok, ok I love food in general. Anyone else with me? With that said, over the years I've learned to keep homemade snacks on hand at all times. Because homemade is best. It's the only way to truly control what is in your food. We all know I'm very diligent about what I eat.

Carb cycling has me all over the place. Yup, still carb cycling which means I need high carb/low fat and low carb/high-fat snacks depending on the day. One of my favorite things to meal prep is nut bites -- the combinations are endless and ingredients minimal.

A few weeks ago I picked up a jar of Artisana Organics Raw Walnut Butter with Cashews and it's as amazing as it sounds! I want to slather it on everything.

Pro tip: The best time to make any nut bite, energy balls, etc is when you open a fresh jar of natural nut butter. It's still super creamy making for the ideal consistency.

Personally, I love peanut butter or even cashew butter over almond butter. It's just my preference, but any nut butter will do... even chocolate!

Anyway, I like to keep these on hand for busy days. I usually pair it with a hard-boiled egg if I need a little extra protein. They travel well making a great post workout snack as well.

Cashew Ginger Bites 

40g quick oats
2tsp ginger powder
140g raw cashews
235g dates
41g nut butter

Serving size 34g = 27.5C/7F/3P

Combine everything in a food processor. Roll into balls. Enjoy!

P.S. Make a double batch and freeze half for later.

Get the kids involved and make these for Santa instead of sugar cookies.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Toddler Travel Essentials

Whether you're just getting back, gearing up, or planning to hit the road in the new year you'll want to keep reading. We pretty much have Emerson's travel bag dialed! However, since every kid is different hopefully you'll find some of this information useful.

1. Kids Backpack
This one should be a given, but the idea is to let the child pick some items to take with them. Obvious with a nearly 4-year-old we have a tendency to pair it down otherwise she might not be able to carry her backpack. We also try to guide her to toys with minimal pieces. You don't want a meltdown because you lost something.

2. Activity Books
We bust these out at restaurants because we don't believe in screens while eating. Sorry, that's the way we roll. Yes, we're keeping her busy and active so she's not running around the restaurant, but we want her present at mealtime and not glued to a screen.

3. Boogie Board
Hours and hours of endless drawing without all the supplies. I purchased this on a whim last year at Costco and it's been one of the best purchases. However, we have a child who likes to paint, color, draw etc.

4. Target Spot Activites 
I like to bring 1 or 2 new things when we travel. Target is great for $1-3 items they can enjoy and toss after vacation. This time around I bought a $1 puzzle. I can't tell you how many times she put it together!

5. Toddler Headphones & iPad
We always make sure to download movies for Em via Netflix before traveling. She'll typically watch at least one movie in flight or on the road. She loves her LilGadgets Volume Limited Headphones and does a decent job of keeping them on.

What are your toddler's travel essentials?

Happy Traveling!

Monday, December 17, 2018

5 Last Minute Hostess Gifts

Tis the season to PARTY. Am I right?!

This weekend alone, we had 3 parties between holiday gatherings and birthdays.  you could say we were party animals. Which got me thinking about hostess gifts? Do you take something with you to a party for the hostess? Usually a bottle a wine will do, but why can't it be something else? So I  figured I would round up a few fun ideas.

5 Last Minute Hostess Gifts

1. Bottle of Wine
Duh, wine is always a winner and you can pick up a bottle of Cote De Roses at Costco for $11! #winning

2. Wine Tumbler
In an age where everyone has stainless steel water bottles keeping things cold why not grab one (or two) for wine! Hello backyard BBQs, beach days, boating, etc. No one wants warm Rose! I snagged this Simple Modern tumbler from Target, but you could snag one via Amazon. It also makes a great stocking stuffer!

3. JOJO's Chocolate Bark
Dark Chocolate, please! If I'm being serious. This is the only chocolate you'll ever want again. The story is heartwarming, the chocolate is delicious, and you won't feel guilty after eating an entire bar because there's only 6-8g of sugar! I know right! After wine, this is my go-to gift and I've converted a number of friends. You can find them at Sprouts, Raley's, select Whole Foods & Costco! Or order direct HERE. If you order direct, use code TIARA10 to receive 10% off your purchase.

As I've gotten old I've realized the importance of good skin care and beauty products. I was recently introduced to the Italian brand Sole Toscana and well it's amazing, but then Italians do it right. They launched their 4-step skin care line in September and just recently added haircare, body lotion, and body wash to the mix.

5. Candles
I'm a sucker for a good smelling candle. Who's with me? The seasonal Trader Joe's candles never disappoint. So the next time you're there buying all the Everything but the Bagel seasoning snag a few candles too. Gift them or keep them for yourself. No judgment here.

Well, there you have it. A few different gift ideas that also make great stocking stuffers! Win-win.

What's your go-to hostess gift?