Food + Drink

Dairy-Free Morning Glory Muffins for the Whole Family

April 8, 2019

We continue to introduce new foods to Owen, always try to give him a little of what we’re eating, but despite our best efforts he’s been on a serious kick of fruit, yogurt and carbs for a long time. I’ve chatted with chefs and dietary experts, all of whom have been super reassuring that Owen’s eating habits will in fact change (he can’t eat this many peanut butter sandwiches for all of eternity) and that where we’re at isn’t as bad as it can get when it comes to toddlers and their pickiness. Parents of picky eaters I see you, I hear you, we will survive!


Five Morning Sickness Hacks That Worked for Me

March 28, 2019

Now that I’m settling into the second trimester I am happy to report that my morning sickness has almost completely subsided. That being said my first trimester was rough. I experienced all day nausea, and toward the end of the first trimester and even into my second trimester I experienced some vomiting. It has been essential (even still) that I eat as soon as I wake up. In the first couple months it was also crucial that I ate lots of small snacks throughout the day rather than large meals.


A Refreshing Juniper Lime Gin Cocktail (or Mocktail) Recipe

March 20, 2019

I’m a big fan of gin cocktails, especially in warmer months (like I hope are on the horizon). But, since I’m expecting and not drinking at the moment I wanted to create a simple cocktail that my friends and family could enjoy and an alternative for anyone else like me who isn’t drinking. Not only did this recipe turn out to look beautiful, it tastes delicious!


An Affordable, 30 Minute Trader Joe’s Dinner Hack

March 11, 2019

Zack and I always talk about the fact that I’m the weekday, healthy cook and that he’s the weekend, glutenous cook. Essentially, I’m good at whipping something up with what we have, keeping it easy and quick and usually fairly healthy. Zack will spend hours in our kitchen over the weekend perfecting a single recipe that’s usually buttery, delicious and a little on the heavier side. We both appreciate each other and have found that it’s the perfect balance in our household.

This affordable, 30 minute Trader Joe’s dinner hack is one of my go to meals. All of the ingredients (with the exception of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper) we’re around $15 and purchased from our local Trader Joe’s.


My Favorite, Healthy, Easy Pregnancy Snacks

March 6, 2019

I experienced morning sickness both when I was pregnant with Owen and this time around. The difference between the two is that with Owen I was nauseous first thing in the morning, would eat breakfast and then would feel wildly better – no vomit, nothing too challenging honestly. This time around that nausea, at least in the first trimester, lasted all day long. I would have the same need to eat right away, but within an hour and a half to two hours it would hit again and it would come like that all day and all night long. Oddly enough toward the end of my first trimester if I didn’t immediately put food in my mouth upon waking I would even vomit. Fun, fun stuff you guys. So my cure? Eat small snacks all day and all night long.


10 Ways to Create a Simple, Intimate Baby Shower at Home

January 16, 2019

When I found out my best friend was expecting her first baby this summer I was overjoyed. Okay that might be an understatement. I don’t know if there’s one word that properly can wrap up all of my emotions, which is a problem I frequently have, but especially in this case. I mean my best friends are having a baby! 


Fool Proof Glazed n’ Soft Pumpkin Cookies

November 16, 2018

Is there a dessert you’ve had at a restaurant that you literally daydream about? Oddly enough I discovered pumpkin cookies like these ones at a small enchilada restaurant in Phoenix called Gadzooks and I’ve never had them anywhere else since. I’m not sure if it’s still true today, but when they opened the story was that the owner’s mother made them for the restaurant every day. Call it a sappy heart, but I loved that about this little fast casual place plus the cookies were so delicious.


Ten Minute Gluten-Free Hummus Plate

October 23, 2018

When I put out the question, “What recipes would you like to see more of here?”, a lot of you responded quick and easy meals. There were lots of requests for gluten free and vegan options so even when a recipe doesn’t completely fit that mold, I hope you know I’m still looking out for you guys with dietary restrictions and will always note how you can make it work for you.


Balancing Beneficial and Non-Beneficial Bacteria with up4® Probiotics

October 22, 2018

This post was sponsored by up4® Probiotics.

I’ve always been a relatively healthy person, but after pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, weaning and then traveling for the majority of last year I knew I needed to switch up my diet and take better care of myself. After so much change in our lifestyle my body and gut were craving a healthy routine.


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